Toddler Savvy Smoothies: For Healthy Weight Gain


Designed to pack fat, protein and calories into your little one!  I created these smoothies based on advice from a nutritionist when I was trying to pack weight onto my tiny little one some years ago. These are the recipes I offer up to the clients I’m gently and gradually helping to night wean. If they are worried about total daytime calorie consumption, we add in smoothies to what they are already doing.

Berries do not stay nice in the fridge more than a few hrs. Make the entire recipe if you will share it. If just for your kiddo, make half of the recipe.

Chocolate Banana NutButter/Sunbutter Smoothie

            1 cup milk of choice (goat, unsweetened coconut or hemp)

            3 tablespoons cocoa powder

            1 heaping teaspoon nutbutter or sunflower butter.

            1/2 frozen banana

            Ice cubes or crushed ice chips – one cup. 

            Smidge of vanilla extract or bean. 


Berry Avocado Smoothie:

1 Avocado

1 Cup Frozen Berries 

1 Cup Hemp Milk or Coconut Milk

1 Tsp honey or maple syrup.


Morning Oatmeal Smoothie: 

1 cup ice

            1/2 cup frozen raspberries

1/2 cup plain yogurt (goat, coconut preferred)

            1 banana

            1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats, cooked

            1 tablespoon honey or maple.

            1 cup coconut water 


Berry Spinach Omega Smoothie

(Iron from the spinach is absorbed well by mixing it with the Vit. C from berries!) 

    2 cups loosely packed spinach (about two handfuls)

    2 cups frozen mixed berries (if cherries, use more honey)

    1 cup plain yogurt (goat, coconut preferred)

    1 cup milk (unsweetened hemp or coconut or other))

    1 tablespoon honey

    1 tablespoon flax oil, olive oil or borage oil if you can get it. 

    Never put fish oil in your blender. It will not ever smell good after that!


Chocolate Pea Protein Smoothie

Any Fruit 1 cup

1 Cup milk of choice

2Tablespoons Spirutein Chocolate Pea Protein Powder. or other Pea Protein powder. Strawberry flavor is also good. 




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Dear Boobs, (a poem)

boobslowjpgDear Boobs,

As a child I swore up and down you would not become

What I saw hanging at the waist of my mother,

To the hip of my grandmother.


They say that babies do not change you

Make you fall or sag- but that is only true

For tiny titties and not true for babushkas like you.


For when one begins before motherhood as a Double D

The very first added inch of girth and stretch

The very first added ounce of milk storage capacity

Is a tipping point from which

You will never return.


So I do understand, and it was no surprise what happened.


Progesterone and Prolactin’s pregnancy tease of perkiness

Taut like the Octomom’s lips

Sustained through the big birth day and beyond

But eventually you relaxed into motherhood

And to Prolactin’s Deluge

Somewhere around two months in

And the three of us slipped over the precipice.


I was too tired to notice at the time

But I wanted to have this word with you now.


Because when the ground sucked you down

I became… Earth Mother.

I want to say against my will

But I was not stupid to genetics or gravity.

And I did not choose my lot

But I did choose to provoke it

With that fateful injection.


Of sperm costlier than I could have ever imagined

The cost of my health

Having puked so much I needed months on IV to live

Costing 2 years of sleep.

And of course, the cost of –

The loss of

Collagen and elastin.


And I want to love you like some women learn

To love their thighs

All feminist righteousness.

But in all honesty I know I will not

Be able to love you like that.


Instead I will love you like

My people learn to love our mothers

Imperfectly, embarrassed with resentment and

Struggle, denial, and shame and humor.


So I taught my daughter to sing to me

What I teased my mother with as I grew up:


Do your boobs hang low

Do they wabble to and fro?

Can you tie ‘em in a knot?

Can you tie ‘em in a bow?

Can you throw them over your shoulder

Like a continental soldier?

Do your boobs hang low?


And I totally let go

I let go of you, tits.

You can nurse this child

For 6 years for all I care

Until you reach my knees

What’s a few more inches

When we have come this far?


-Moorea Malatt


Note: We only nursed for 3 years 😉

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My First Stitch Fix: I Now Have A Personal Shopper!

I Joined Stitch-Fix. Really.

In my “feminist/riotgrrl/anti-consumerist” head, I imagined stitch fix to be slightly akin to say, joining Mary Kay, Avon or Melaleuca. A few friends signed up and I scoffed, but then my stylish friend Tea signed up. In fact, I had recently been house sitting for her and accidentally/ on purpose stolen/borrowed a v-neck black tank top (I promise to give back this week!).  I had Tea send me a photo of what she kept from her latest Stitch Fix order and I was sold.  Stitch Fix is personal shopping for you based on a profile or preferences and you try it on and send back what you don’t like. To cut to the chase, I bought 3 out of 5 pieces they sent. That’s pretty good because I have a curvy body and I am very picky. Overall, I’m pleasantly surprised at the quality and surprised at the cool boutique brands and the affordability.  I may have at one time been part of an anarchist collective, but it was time to admit that I do not have time for hours of thrift shopping.  And I used to just trade clothes with college friends, but I am a working mom now and none of my friends are throwing those “naked lady  parties”.

I debated whether to post something about fashion on this blog. Then I realized, this really is a MOM thing. This is totally about having young children and being busy with other stuff as well like work, writing, school. My idea of hell is taking my child into H&M and walking out with a bunch of total crap because we needed to get a snack right quick after, or needed to go to the potty- and I was rushed and totally confused. Nothing fit because there was certainly no time to try things on or risk your toddler crawling into the other ladies’ stalls. This has happened to me at least 10 times in the last few years.

I am neutral about shopping. I don’t love it or hate it, but I want to do it alone and I want to focus, otherwise I’ll wear out my old stuff until my mother sends my birthday package 😉 I’m also style-challenged, which is odd for a libra. I’m ALL over the place and I like to swing in and out of phases. Vintage Glam one year, preppy yacht club the next, and punk every 7 years..? I’ve always secretly dreamed about having a personal shopper.  Ready to see how it worked out? ….


1) I paid them $20 to “style my Fix,” which means for $20 a personal stylist will pull together 5 items of clothing (and/or accessories) based on my requests. For example, I wanted “edgy” pieces and “romantic” pieces in a size 8/ Medium. I told them I was hella busty but I liked to show them off. I told them I don’t like to show my back, but I might show part of my back with the right cut. I told them I don’t wear rings or bracelets and that my necklaces are not small and classic but “statement.”  You can be very detailed.  You also tell them how much you want to spend. I told them “cheaper stuff: $30-$60/item” but once I get my style down, I might raise the amount I am willing to pay– since I know I don’t have to keep it.  Also, I believe that all of the handbags they send have light-colored funky patterned insides so you can find your crap!

2) I scheduled the delivery and it came two days early, just before a fun weekend of awesome.  My $20 styling set-up fee was applied to my purchase. If you bought all 5 items, you’d get a 25% discount. I had three days to decide, and I sent the two things I didn’t want back to Stitch Fix in a pre-paid envelope.

3) When I “check out” online, my credit card was already saved and I gave a lot of feedback about why I kept things and why not- which supposedly will help my stylist make even better choices next time. My stylist was OCATAVIO. So now I imagine my own personal stylist running around the warehouse, looking for items for my next fix.

Item 1:  Hoop Earrings: Vanessa Mooney Archer Beaded Block.      Funky and cool, pretty much-loved them but when I tried them on, the backless, clasp-less in-ear piece just fell right out. Oh well. Now they know what sorts of earrings I can’t wear. Stuff needs to stay ON. SENT BACK 😦


Item 2: Skinny Jeans: Liverpool Vinny Ankle Length.  I loved the color immediately. Then I pulled them on and realized that though it felt awkward, the ankle-length jeans really looked great with sandals. Now that I live in CA, it is mostly sandals.  They were a tad big on me- not at all skinny jeans, but since I am not sure I would be comfortable in skinny jeans, that was fine. Then, my booty looked good, so that was a Keeper. The crotch was stiff but that worked itself out with one day in the garden.


Item 3: Knit Top: Paloma Dot Print Back Cut-Out. This shape of front is not my favorite. With a big bust, these drapey shapes can make me look perpetually pregnant. But they had me at the polka dots. My daughter and I share an obsession with them. Black and white is also so easy to wear and the fabric is SO soft! And I don’t have a photo of the back of this shirt, but it is a “T” shape with cut-outs and buttons. Pretty unusual and stunning. KEEPER. So far, this shirt looks great with everything.


Item 4: Cardigan: LA Made Rita airy Knit Pocket-Front. Wow. Look at my face. (And my double chin). SENT BACK. This was the wrong fabric (mesh), the wrong mix of too many colors in the fabric. It served no purpose. I’m too practical for long sleeves that won’t keep you warm.  Mostly, this was totally the wrong shape for my body. This would give great curves to somebody who is thin and with less chest. In fact, days later I saw similar styles on other women and it looked great. Contemplated giving away to a friend but then realized it was $88. I’m not that nice a friend 😉


Item 5: 41 Hawthorn Callafia Short-Sleeve Wrap Dress.   I had never liked a wrap dress until my friend Laura had ordered one that didn’t fit well on her shorter frame and I took it and it was lovely on me. I had just worn it to Easter Sunday with Laura and Aaron in Napa. Never would I have even tried it on, but because it was free (no risk), I did and it worked. So weeks later came this other one. Stitch-fix is also no-risk, but somehow I was still skeptical about a wrap. Unless a wrap is jersey, it will not stay tight enough to keep my boobies covered. This one was jersey!  Also, it was my favorite color, so it was a KEEPER. Here the pink bra peeks out too much, but lucky for me, I have a teal bra 😉


Want to try it? I’d love to see what you get! HERE is the link to sign up for Stitch Fix get me $25 off. If you tell me you signed up, I’ll send you a surprise in return! Remember, it only costs $20 to give it a try. You don’t have to purchase anything. You can send it all back, but that never happens. I think all the picky and hard-to-fit ladies are shocked that they like at least something in the pile. And your $20 starting fee goes toward your first purchase!

You can go to this page to check out some people’s blog posts with the details from their “Fix” packages:

Almost all of this is “mom clothes” and I really need a good amount of them in my wardrobe. Still, if you know me,  you know the other part of me is really funky and queer so I’m going to see how far to the edge these next stitch-fixes can go if I tell them each time that I want it to be “even more edgy”. I doubt they can go very far to the unusual, because the majority of stitch-fix users, I’ve read, are moms and…teachers. Yep. I will post my second stitch fix and we can decide together if anything is edgy.

Larger Sizes?

Below are some examples of Stitch Fix for Larger sizes. Though, I have noticed that they just offer less and the sizing is less exact for my bigger friends. I think StitchFix really is trying to get the act together. If you wear a larger size, it is probably a better deal to ask for sweaters, accessories, tops and skirts, rather than dresses and pants. As you will see, there are some larger-sized ladies that really enjoy stitch-fix.


Also, lots of women are thrilled that if you tell your stylist (in the notes section when you sign up) that you are pregnant, they have plenty of clothes to accommodate a growing bump that will also work later on!

In short, I highly recommend this service because it is EASY and FUN!

Again, HERE is the link to sign up for Stitch Fix and win me $25 off. If you tell me you signed up, I’ll send you a surprise in return! Remember, it only costs $20 to give it a try. You don’t have to purchase anything. You can send it all back, but that never happens. And your $20 goes toward your first purchase!


Moorea from and MamaLady the blog.

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Full Nourished Living Summit and Coupon Codes for only $37 – Listen to my potty talk and 68 other presentations!

Get the WHOLE shebang for only $37!

Friends…..the promoters of the NOURISHED LIVING SUMMIT (for parents) listened to your feedback that the summit could be more affordable. I’d really love for you to be able to hear my potty talk, and below I have recommendations of the some other INCREDIBLE speakers you should listen to right away when you purchase the entire package. Did I mention that there are 35 coupons and discount codes (including for !) that make this price basically ridiculous?


Sign-Up to receive your package here:

Sign up to receive your full summit package and then go listen to me, Moorea Malatt, talk about Potty Learning. Then, listen to these. There are too many speaker recordings for me to have even gotten through half, but so far, here are my favorites:

Back to Work Breastfeeding – Renee Beebe

Donor Milk– Emma Kwasnica  *fascinating*

Newborn Decisions: Jennifer Margulis

BabyWearing– Jennifer Wenzel and Shannon Riley

Autism: Dr. Jay Gordon

Children’s Oral Health: Will and Susan Revak *fascinating*

Fostering Independence: Ariadne Brill

Parenting Without Stereotypes: Paige Standard

Healing from Trauma (birth trauma) and the Benefits of Placenta Encapsulation: Stefanie Brandt Cornais

Managing Anger and Overwhelm as a Parent: Laura Markham

Becoming Aware of Possible Toxins Around your Children; Choosing Safe Products for Your Children: Dawn Lorenz


Or you know, you can grab all of the 35 Discounts/coupons first 😉


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Listen to my POTTY TALK on the Nourished Living Summit !

I’m very excited that my “Potty Talk” airs today on the Nourished Living Summit!  Here’s your chance to listen free or own it forever (along with tons more!) Read on:

My talk is FREE today beginning 10 Eastern/ 7 Pacific until Friday. Here is the link to listen now for FREE:


Somehow it was put in the 3-6 month category, but I’m talking about healthy potty learning for babies on through 4, of course! And Bobby from joins me on the interview!

The best thing about being part of the Summit is being grouped with some pretty amazing doctors and parenting speakers/writers. I want  to encourage you to take advantage of all or some of the talks, presentation slides, free offers and coupon discount codes offered in this Summit!

THERE is starting 9PST/12EST today, a $20 off sale for 24hrs.

The Full Summit Package are offered at $149 through April 30th* or $127 today and includes:
Lifetime access to all 62 expert audio presentations (MP3 format);
Lifetime access to all 62 slide presentations;
Over 300 Pages of Presentation Summaries;
Over $150 Worth of Free Bonus Items;
35 Exclusive Special Offers and Discounts;
109 Page Speaker Guide;
Automatic Lifetime Access to All Future Presentations Released in 2014-2015 (including accompanying MP3s, slides, and summaries)
*The full summit package will convert to regular price of $247 on April 31st and WILL NOT offer the lifetime access to future presentations.

Purchase your Lifetime Access here:


Individual Track Pages are offered at $49 each and include:
Lifetime access to all audio presentations (MP3 format) in that track;
Lifetime access to all slide presentations in that track;
Presentation Summaries for that track;
35 Exclusive Special Offers and Discounts;
Speaker Guide
Individual track packages do NOT include Free Bonus Items or upgrades.

Get Your Track Access here:
Enjoy all the Summit has to offer! So far I have been incredibly impressed listening to the speakers!

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Curly’s Coconut Carrot Cake Muffins with Honey Frosting

Curly’s Coconut Carrot Cake Muffins with Honey Frosting

So good you will say:

 “There is no way these are vegan, gluten free, cane sugar-free, and full of protein and fiber.”



Dry Ingredients:

1/3 cup of brown rice flour

1/3cup tablespoons millet flour

3 tablespoons tapioca flour/starch

(or Bob’s GF baking mix)

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon fine ground sea salt

1/2 cup organic coconut palm sugar

1 cup organic chopped walnuts
(leave out for allergy free)

2/3 cup organic raisins (I prefer golden).


Wet Ingredients:

3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted and slightly cooled. To melt oil: or spoon the oil into a small saucepan and melt over low heat.

1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons organic pure maple syrup

½ teaspoon vanilla extract or the scrapings from half of a bean.

1 and ¼ cup grated organic carrots (2 large/3 small carrots). Use small grating size if possible.

Fake Egg:

Two tablespoons flax meal and 3 tablespoons water.


1/3 of a cup of applesauce or apricot applesauce.


Preheat Oven to 350 degrees.

Make Icing First:

1.5 cups of earth balance soy-free spread.

1 Tablespoon of sunflower butter. (Sun Butter)

¾ cup of honey.

1Tablespoon of grated roasted beet for pink color (optional)

Blend With an electric hand mixer.

Refrigerate frosting covered for 20-30 min. (longer ok)



1) In a medium size bowl, mix brown rice flour, millet flour, tapioca starch, baking soda, cinnamon, and sea salt using a whisk. Set aside.

2) In a small bowl, combine coconut palm sugar, flax “egg” and applesauce with melted and slightly cooled coconut oil, and maple syrup. Mix with a spoon until smooth. Add carrots to wet mixture and mix.

3) Add wet mixture to dry ingredients that have been set aside. Mix until all dry ingredients are incorporated.

4) Fold in grated carrots, raisins, and chopped walnuts.

5) Line a cupcake pan with muffin papers of line muffin tin with coconut oil.

6) Fill each of six -10 muffin cups approximately 3/4 full. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes or until a fork comes out clean. Do not over bake and edges are golden.


Cool completely if you will frost them. Spread frosting over each muffin/cake or eat plain for breakfast!




xo Moorea

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6 Tips for Encouraging Your Toddler to Play Alone


drawing16moAlmost all of my parent coaching clients eventually ask this one question:

“Is there a normal amount of time my toddler should be able to play alone?”

There is no normal amount time a todder or preschooler of a certain age plays alone. Depending on maturity and what has been expected of him so far and how available to him you have been- it could be just a random 30 seconds or up to 45 minutes. I suggest asking him for gradually longer periods of time and have firm boundaries about it. Begin with asking for 5 minutes and gradually lead up to 30 minutes and beyond as he grows. Know that a desire to play alone naturally grows in time for almost all children but that how much they will want to play alone can have a lot to do with personality type and how inclined toward imaginary play they are.

The key with all of this is that our kids begin to learn autonomy as we gradually set boundaries, take space and give space.

1) Slowly back off on involvement over time when you are sitting down and playing with him. Start with touching toys less and asking questions more.This will encourage more independent play with you very, very nearby. This one is something to just work on over time. It is a start, and can set things up well.

2) Have firmer boundaries about your time and needs. Don’t get down and play if you had said you wouldn’t, do get down and play exactly when you promised to. Be firm in communicating what you need and what is expected of him.

3) Give just two choices and repeat what is expected. “Mama needs to rock the baby now. You may either play with toys in your room or sit here with me and look at a book quietly.” If anything different is happening that bothers you, repeat what is expected and give an expiation for why you need to be doing what you are doing. “Mama’s job is to take care of baby Calvin right now. Your job is to play quietly. Do you understand that it is important that Calvin gets to have mommy time?”

4) Be very clear. If she comes to you, remind her right away of what your deal is, what you need and remind her when her play time with you will be so that she has something to look forward to. “I can’t wait to play with you now. Our play time will be after dinner.”

5) Have special play baskets or bags of activities (This Pinterest Board could help with this) that you bring out just for the times you ask him to play quietly or by himself. “You may have these water beads (a favorite of mine) to play with, but I need you to play quietly with them here. I won’t be able to play, I’ll be busy on my computer/taking care of our baby.” Put those toys away with him when you are able to give him more attention, make cleaning them up a joint activity, he will learn clean up from this modeling. Sensory activities and fine motor activities (like small tongs to pick up pompoms) often buy you the most time. I love how Montessori calls this sort of thing the child’s “Work.” In this context, “You do your work. I’ll do my work.”

6) THANK him whenever he successfully completes any decent period of time playing by himself, whether you designed the time or whether he does it on his own. “Thank you for playing alone and letting me nurse the baby/work on my computer. You are such a big boy! You can play your own games by yourself. Playing on your own is such big help to mommy. How did it feel to play alone?” In general, own your desires and preferences and acknowledge when they have been heard. This guilds mutual respect and trust.

*Note that amounts of time little ones will play alone can vacillate. At 15 months my daughter was able to focus on “writing/drawing/play doh” for up to 45 minutes and I thought that was amazing. At 4 years it is less, just 30 minutes and there were times before when it was only 5 minutes! Interests change, attention span goes up and down. It isn’t “regression” or sudden onset of ADD 😉

Love, Moorea
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Nourished Living Summit! Parents, Please Join Us!

I’m incredibly proud to be a speaker at this online event with some of my very favorite parenting and health thinkers in the world! Dr. Jay Gordon, Elizabeth Pantley, Dr. Laura Markham, Renee Beebe, Guggie Daly, Emma Kwasnica and more! Please Register! Its free to listen during the first part of the Summit and then you will have the opportunity own the recordings later, if you loved it. Full Line-Up At the Bottom (for some reason I’m in the 3-6yrs section so read all the way through!

The Nourished Living Summit brings together 69 natural health, wellness, and parenting professionals who are dedicated to helping parents care for their family naturally. These experts know that this parenting gig is not easy and as such are arming you with the information you need to either begin, continue, or expand your journey as a natural-minded parent.

Nourished Living Summit

The Nourished Living Summit is a FREE online event that launches March 24, 2014.

It won’t be like those other Summits, the ones were you have 24 hours to listen to 10 presentations. No – The Nourished Living Summit wants to arm you with as much information as you can absorb via an improved Summit model. A model where you will have time on your side so you can take advantage of all the incredible information these speakers are handing you. The Nourished Living Summit is showcasing 62 presentations divided into 8 thematic tracks including:

  • Pre-Conception, Pregnancy, and Birth
  • Breastfeeding
  • Health and Development for Children Ages 0-18
  • Natural Health and Wellness for the Whole Family
  • Care and Nurturing For Mothers
  • Education for Natural Minded Parents

Beginning March 24th, you will have 48 hours to listen to 3-5 presentations. Each track is divided over the course of two 48 hour periods. Presentations will stream live Monday-Saturday with Sundays off. The Summit ends on April 29th.

You MUST be registered in order to listen to the presentations. You can register on the home page of the official Nourished Living Summit website.

Want to learn more about the Nourished Living Summit lineup? Check it out!

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What are you waiting for? Go register for the Nourished Living Summit!!!


Infertility and Preconception Health
Donielle Baker
Natural Fertility and Wellness

Natural Family Planning and Ecological Breastfeeding
John and Sheila Copley
Natural Family Planning

Birth Choices
Nicole Deggins, CNM, MSN, MPH
Sista Midwife Productions

Carrying and Parenting Multiples
Trisha Gilkerson
Breastfeeding Place

Preventing Autism, ADHD, Asthma and Allergies Before Conception
Jill Baumann, BS, NC
Guided Path To Health

Herbs and Oils for Pregnancy and Birth
Jessica Aveni
Natural Health and Prevention

Eating For Two
Courtney Hillis
THRIVE: Natural Family Living

Family Oriented Bonding
Guggie Daly
The Guggie Daly


Supporting and Boosting Milk Supply Naturally
Diana West, BA, IBCLC
Low Milk Supply and Mahala Lactation and Perinatal Services, LLC

Building Blocks To A Healthy Breastfeeding Relationship
Dionna Ford
Code Name Mama

Back to Work Breastfeeding
Renee Beebe, M.Ed., IBCLC
The Second Nine Months

Breastfeeding As A Source of Joy

Christine Poirier-Brotchie Momzelle Nursing Wear

Donor Milk
Emma Kwasnica
Human Milk 4 Human Babies

Nutrition and Breastfeeding
Becky Webb, NTP, CD (DONA)
Rooted Blessings

Inducing Lactation – One Mother’s Story
Millie Copper
Real Food For Less Money

Tongue Tie
Jennifer Tow, B.F.A., IBCLC
Intuitive Parenting Network


The Vaccine Decision – What Parents Need To Know
Jessika Bailey
Natural Mother Magazine

Gentle Sleep Solutions
Elizabeth Pantley
The No-Cry Solutions

Baby Led Weaning and Starting Solids
Kate Tieje
Modern Alternative Mama

Laura Schuerwegen
Authentic Parenting

Newborn Decisions/Newborn Care
Jennifer Margulis, Ph.D
Author of The Business of Baby

Proper Care of Your Intact Son
Jennifer Andersen
Our Muddy Boots
Larissa Black
The WHOLE Network

Cloth Diapering
Miriam J. Katz
Author of The Other Baby Book and Intuitive Life Coach
Megan McGrory Massaro
Author of The Other Baby Book

Elimination Communication
Marija Mikolajczak
EC Wear

Jennifer Wenzel
True Confessions of a Real Mommy
Julie Mangan
A Little Bit of All of It
Shannon Riley
The Artful Mama


Dr. Jay Gordon, MD FAAP
Dr. Jay Gordon

Childhood Development Disorders
Dr. Jamie Oskin, N.D.
Arizona Natural Health Center

Chiropractic For Children and In Pregnancy
Dr. Staci Borkhuis, D.C.
Cornerstone Chiropractic

Children’s Dental Health
Will and Susan Revak

Extended Breastfeeding and Tandem Nursing
Lauren Wayne
Hobo Mama

Potty Training/Learning
Robert Edwards
Squatty Potty
Moorea Malatt
Savvy Parenting Support

Fostering Healthy Independence
Ariadne Brill
Positive Parenting Connection

Children and Reading
Elaine Krishnan
Usborne Books and More 
Jana Kemp
Jana M. Kemp


Dr. Sherrill Sellman, N.D
What Women Must Know with Dr. Sellmen

Adrenal Health For Children
Michael Smith, N.D. BHSC
Planet Naturopath

Teen Health
Lydia Shatney
Divine Health From The Inside Out

Posture Makes Perfect: The Benefits of a Physically Balanced Life
Elizabeth Eckert
Word Cures

Parenting Without Stereotypes
Paige Lucas-Stannard
Parenting Gently

Raising Your Children To Know Where Their Food Comes From
Abbie Walston
Farmer’s Daughter

whole Family

Common Childhood Illnesses
Dr. Mary Bove, ND
Brattleboro Naturopathic Clinic

Skincare for Families
Jennifer Saleem
Hybrid Rasta Mama

Food Allergies
KerryAnn Foster
Intentionally Domestic

Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy
Joy Moeller, BS, RDH
Orofacial Myofunctional Therapist

What Every Parent Needs To Know About Gluten
Joe Rigola
Wellness Punks

How Candida and Parasites May Be Harming Your Children’s Health
Amy Love, NTP, CGP, CILC
Real Food Whole Health

Environmental Toxins
Andrea Fabry
moms AWARE

Kombucha for Families
Hannah Crum
Kombucha Kamp

mama care

Preventing Postpartum Depression
Amanda Rose
Rebuild From Depression

Herbal Support for New and Overwhelmed Mothers
Carol Little
Studio Botanica

Self Care For Moms
Lauren Luquin
Spiral Elixir

Healing from Trauma and the Benefits of Placenta Encapsulation
Stephanie Brandt Cornais
Mama and Baby Love

Getting Centered
Amy Phoenix
Presence Parenting

Mommy Tummy and Diastasis Recti
Bethany Learn
Fit2Be Studio

The Babywearing Workout
Kelly Stewart
The Babywearing Workout

Parent Empowerment

Managing Anger and Overwhelm as a Parent
Dr. Laura Markham
Aha Parenting

Attachment Parenting: Creating a Foundation for Healthy Child Development
Kelly Bartlett
Author of Encouraging Words for Kids

Becoming Aware of Possible Toxins Around your Children; Choosing Safe Products for Your Children
Dawn Lorenz
Raising Natural Kids

Holistic Fathers – Engaging and Including Dad
Billy Bradley
Holistic Dad

Creating a Natural Medicine Cabinet
Rosalee de la Foret
Herbal Remedies Advice

Sneaky Nutrition
Lisa Herndon
Lisa’s Counter Culture

Real Food For Families
Kimi Harris
The Nourishing Gourmet

Finding Community
Chara Shopp
Stitching Hearts Together
Judy Tyler
Living Healthy ‘n’ Happy

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Constipation: The Other Reason to Ditch the Sippy Cup!


ASHA is the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. They Rock. ASHA finally came out with a blog post condemning the widespread use of sippy cups for toddlers. I’ve been hearing children’s occupational and speech therapists say this in person for years, because occasionally I work with a child with speech issues or excessive drooling and one of the first steps to improving the muscles of the mouth is to begin to use straws and then to practice using an real cup.

And yet I have another reason to ditch the sippy cup, from my own line of work: Potty. Constipation can be one of the most difficult challenges of the potty larding time. Little ones often associate constipation pain with the process of potty learning and the potty itself. In my experience, about 3/4 of potty learning refusal challenges are brought on by a run-in with The Constipation Monster. 

Traditional sippy cups were not created to help children, or with developmental progress in mind. They were created to eliminate a bunch of messes that we parents have to clean up. Not a bad idea. We already have so many messes. But chronic constipation is a different kind of mess you really don’t want to deal with during potty learning.

Most tots are not getting much out of the sippy cups and might therefore be dehydrated. This is not a universal truth, a few parents have told me that the child sucks out four cups worth a day but that is very rare. Most parents tell me they are lucky if the first fill is empty at the end of the day. Many cups are very hard to suck and this causes a child to make the effort less often than he might with a different option.  Often times, once children are done with breastmilk or bottles, the only form of hydration they are offered is water, juice or milk in a sippy cup. We are busy parents and most of us have never measured how much liquid our toddlers are consuming daily.

Dr. Sears suggests here in Parenting, that tots should hydrate based on weight.  “1 oz of fluid per pound, per day.”  If that’s true, a 40lb  preschoolers needs 10 small 4oz cups or 5- 8oz bottles. most of us can’t fathom getting that much into them, but if it happened, they would not get constipated!

Be careful not to force and just to encourage and don’t be scared by the numbers above, just try to move in a more hydrated direction. And be careful not to always count dairy milk as a fluid in these terms. Dairy can be constipating and in general isn’t nearly as hydrating as water.

I recommend switching to a sippy cup that has a straw or putting a straw in a cup if your child isn’t used to the cup alone, and then gradually over time teach and encourage cup/glass drinking as a skill.


Happy Pooping,



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Progressive Parenting Secret #3: Boundaries

Progressive parenting isn’t permissive parenting.  “Anything goes”  tends to leave children feeling unsafe, without being able to predict how the one they trust most will behave. It isn’t extreme, overbearing or permissive. Progressive parenting simply blends what we know of a child’s cognition and personality with an ethic of compassion and respect for our children, ourselves, and the planet. Boundaries are an integral part of learning respect.

Boundaries. A better word for rules because nobody likes to follow rules (least of all me!!) Though some of us may even come to parenting after a history of punk or anarchist leanings (or just artistic independent tendencies), most of us will have learned that even we function better with some parameters for our work and relationships.

Most of us have learned that healthy boundaries serve us, even if we are not perfect yet at establishing our own or respecting other’s boundaries. Our children are watching us try.  Those of us who have been parenting for a while or work with children have seen the peaceful difference some boundaries make.


The First Step is Looking at Yourself. The example you want for your children to follow is of course (in the vain of Progressive Parenting Secret #1: Modeling), is to practice making and setting good boundaries in your own life. Protecting your sanity, time and body from encroaching co-workers, partners, family members  and even some of your children’s behaviors is one if the finest lessons you may ever teach by example. This includes not letting our children harm us (knowing how to compassionately curb hair pulling, biting etc), and making sure our relationship with our partner is respectful.

Does housework happen all day tirelessly or is there a time it ends and you focus on the children? What about turning off the cell phone? What about stopping what you are doing to show love to your partner who has just come home? (this is the one I’ve been working on!)

The Second Step is Listening and Watching when your child sets his or her own boundaries with you. This starts with reflecting back with “I hear you” language and narrating the scenario when your child says “No” to you and learning to keep our hands off of a child who does not want to be coerced or who has said NO (unless they or another is in danger and you must stop or move them). We must listen, slow down and spend less time belaboring our point and give more space in the challenging times.

The Third Step  is Creating and Communicating family and personal boundaries to your children (and to the other caregivers in your life.) It’s funny that I have the actual discipline of boundaries all the way down at step 3, I know. I just feel that we must set the stage for respect before we begin to suddenly introduce new rules or suddenly start enforcing old ones. Once we are a good role model and a good listener, we can sit down and think about what bothers us, what sets us off and how to clearly and compassionately communicate what we will and will not allow our children to do to us, around us, to others and in our shared home.

Write it down. Write down what you want, what you would like to change. Parenting partners and caregivers should have a meeting to get on the same page including using same process and the same language to stop dangerous or harm behaviors. “Stop. I cannot let you hit me. Hitting hurts and is not okay in our family. You may touch me gently like this…” (I teach gentle, effective discipline techniques! Please contact me if you need help.)

The Fourth Step is Consistency. Consistency is Progressive Parenting Secret #4 and is coming to you soon! Hint: It’s the clear, communicative and near-constant implementation of your boundaries with your children, even when it feels inconvenient in the moment. It’s also the absolute most difficult challenge of the early years and the most quickly rewarding. See you back here soon!

Secret Number 1:

Secret Number 2:

Love, Moorea

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