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Are French parents all they’re cracked up to be? – Guest post at Red + Honey

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Today is a very big day for me – it’s my very first guest post! I am so honored and excited to be over at Red + Honey today, sharing my thoughts on French parenting. While you’re there, check out the blog. It’s one of my favorites and I am always learning something (placenta encapsulation, anyone? I do love the DIY toothpaste). So head on over, read the post and leave a comment!

Like many moms in 2012, I soaked up Pamela Druckerman’s book Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting. At the time I had an 18-month-old daughter and was expecting my son. While I had a good start into motherhood, I was still trying to get my feet beneath me. My daughter hadn’t given my husband and me too rough of a go: she slept through the night at four months, was a great eater and even obeyed us. However, I still wondered how I would develop and maintain authority, handle the power struggles of the ‘terrible twos’ and what exactly was I supposed to think about her growing independence?

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Detox your laundry: two ways

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I’d like to talk to you about your dirty laundry.

No, no. Not the clothes pilled on the floor or the ones that actually made it into the hamper.

I want to talk to you about what’s neatly folded in your drawers and hanging in your closet.

We all know that laundry detergents and fabric softeners can cause skin irritation, especially in babies and children. But did you know they contain chemicals that can lead to infertility, damage organs and disrupt hormones? The government doesn’t regulate many of these chemicals and doesn’t require them to be listed in the ingredients. Scary!

So, what’s to be done? There are some safe commercial detergents but they come with a pretty high price tag. Let me suggest Laundry Detox: Two Ways. Continue reading