Nifty Mom

Vegan, Eco-conscious, Natural Parenting, Unschooling Wife and Mom

New children’s vegan book!! June 22, 2009

I’ve looked around for vegan and vegetarian books for Punkyroo before and tried a couple and  have found dissapointing. But one day looking for a new recipe to try out I saw a post about a new children’s book but talking about WHY we don’t eat animals like the vast population. It’s called That’s Why We Don’t Eat Animals: A Book ABout Vegans, Vegetarians, and All Living Things by Ruby Roth.  I checked it out and watched the youtube video about it and decided to order it. Since it was on pre-order at the time when I ordered it I had to wait atleast a month to get it! I was so anxious to get it and hope that Punkyroo liked it.

Finally it came in!!! I LOVE this book. the illustrations (also by Ruby Roth) are so cute and wonderfully written. Punkryoo likes it too. She’s known we are vegan and if you ask her why she would say “we are vegan because we want the animals to be happy”, that’s a pretty good way to put it to a 2 year old at the time and she says it’s with such joy. But  with this book it describes it a bit more without going into too much detail. She understands and actually asks all the time while shopping, cooking or making snacks.. “is that have no (insert animal/animal byproduct) so we can eat it? we are vegan we don’t eat that”, it’s nice to know she understands and questions about food.  

When we go grocery shopping she sees the lobsters in the tank and asks to see them, which I don’t like but made it into a teaching about us being vegan. We tell her that they are in there because some people eat them but they belong out in the ocean. She still always wants to see them and says “they belong in the ocean” with a sad face. Well last time we went they didn’t have any in the tank , which we didn’t notice until Punkyroo’s face lit up and shouted “there’s no lobsters!! they’re in the ocean!!” it was so hilarious and so cute.

Off track but back to the book… The book was wonderful and anyone vegan or vegetarian and has children really should get this book, I really recommend it!!


Cloth Diapering Dr.Seus February 7, 2009

One of my fell0w moms in my natural mom’s group posted this and thought I’d share….


Do you like a cloth diapered bum?

I do not like them, CD Mum. I do not like a cloth diapered bum.

Would you use them here or there? I would not use them anywhere.
I do not like a cloth diapered bum. I do not like them CD Mum.

Would you use them in the house? Who will use them? Would your spouse?

I would not use them in the house. No one likes them, especially my spouse.
I will not use them here or there, I will not use them anywhere. I do not like
a cloth diapered bum. I do not like them CD Mum.

Would you wear them to the mall? With a design and nothing dull.

Not to the mall. Not printed or dull. Not in the house.
Forget my spouse. I would not use them here or there. I would not use them anywhere.
I would not have a cloth diapered bum. I do not like them CD Mum.

Would you? Could you? In a car? Wear them, wear them…here they are.

I would not, could not in a car.

You may like them. You will see. You may like them, this one’s free.

I would not, even if it’s free. Not in car. You let me be.
I do not like them at the mall.
I do not like them, printed or dull.
I do not like them at the house.
I do not like them, neither does my spouse.
I do not like them here or there.
I do not like them anywhere.
I do not like a cloth diapered bum.
I do not like them CD Mum.

Micro fleece! Suede cloth! Stay dry liner. Could you? Would you put that on your docket?

Not on MY docket, even if it’s free.
Not in the car. Mum, let me be.
I would not, could not at the mall.
I could not, would not printed or dull.
I will not use them, neither will my spouse.
Not out and about or even at the house.
I will not use them here or there.
I will not use them anywhere.
I do not like a cloth diapered bum.
I do not like them CD Mum.

Say, if it’s Sherpa?
100% Sherpa! Would you; could you if it’s Sherpa?

I would not, could not if it’s Sherpa.

Would you, could you with a pocket?

I would not could not with a pocket.
Not if it’s Sherpa. It’s just not on MY docket.
Not in the car. Not if it’s free.
I do not like them, Mum, You see.
Not in my house. Not at the mall.
Not for my spouse, regardless if printed or dull.
I will not use them here or there.
I will not use them anywhere.

You do not like a cloth diapered bum?

I do not like them CD Mum.

Could you; would you if it’s hemp?

I would not, could not if it’s hemp.

Would you, could you, it won’t rip!

I could not, would not, even without a rip.
I will not, will not, even if it’s hemp.
I will not use them with a pocket.
It’s not my thing, not on my docket.
Not if it’s Sherpa, not if it’s free.
Not in the car, you let me be.
I do not like them at the mall.
I do not like them printed or dull.
I will not wear them at the house.
I will not, nor will my spouse.
I will not use them here or there.
I will not use them anywhere.
I do not like a cloth diapered bum.
I do not like them, CD mum.

You do not like them, so you say.
Try them! Try them! And you may,
try them and you may, I say.

Mum, if you will let me be.
I will try them and you will see….


I like a cloth diapered bum.
I do. I like the CD Mum.
And I would use them if they’re hemp.
And I know these wont’ rip.
And I will use them with a pocket.
And if it’s hemp, it’s now on my docket.
And in the car, Wow it’s FREE!
They are so good so good you see.
So I will use them at the mall.
I don’t care if printed or dull.
I will use them at the house.
We will use them, even my spouse.
And I will use them here or there.
I will use them anywhere.
I do so like a cloth diapered bum.
Thank you, thank you…
CD Mum.

~adapted by ~denise m cole, 4/2006


New Cloth Diapers in!!! November 26, 2008

Well Punkyroo is still potty training. She’ll have an accident here and ther but mainly its right when she wakes up is when she’ll pee. Since we do disposables/cloth/training undies I can’t wait for it to be done but she’ll get there in her own time.

In the beginging we tried the Elimination Communication (EC) and was doing great but then we moved and it got put on the back burner and EC is something you have to stick to and make a #1 priority so that kind of back fired. I do have to say it was good since she was used to the potty seat but it was harder to get her to sit on it. And here is the deal I HATE disposables…the waste, chemicals and the money that we are litteraly throwing away, but Hubby loves them. He hates dealing with cloth and training undies that have pee and poop in them. So you see the battle I deal with.

So we were getting close to the end of the 3rd “last box” of diapers and I was determined to it finally being the last but convincing Hubby to make that choice as well would be hard. Since Punkyroo wasn’t fully there I wanted to buy a few cloth diapers since the ones we were using, she outgrew. So I atleast convinced Hubby to get a couple new cloth but I guess if I got my way he’d get his too…more disposables. blah.

Here’s the deal during the day Punkyroo does great in training undies and goes in the potty chair but during naps and bedtime she’ll have an accident if I’m not quick enough to get her.Even when we go out just her and I she’ll go on the toilet BUT when Hubby is home or we all go out there’s a 50/50 chance she’ll tell us she has to go or have an accident and that’s why Hubby wants more disposables.

But anywho to my main point…. I got a couple of BumGenius One Size Organic diapers! They are awesome!!! I ordered them from a fellow WAHM’s  (in my mom’s group) store called Earth Angel Diaper Co. When I can I try to buy/support local WAHM. These are supper super soft! I was looking for an AIO that was organic or bamboo. And these were it! They are more expensive then most but the great thing is that they snap to 3 levels to fit the 3 sizes (except for tiny newborn) so the price is well worth it since you can use them alot longer than normal ones!! It’s so funny PUnkyroo loves them so much she’d rather wear them then her big girl undies!! I have to say these are sooo much better than are previous ones.


Punkyroo’s first trike November 23, 2008

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Rollin (rollin).Rollin (rollin).Rollin on Recycle!

Green Bike

So Punkyroo was noticing all the people with bikes while we’d be out or in our yard and especially the little kids at the playgrounds with their little trikes, so Hubby and I realized it’d be good to get her a trike. We’ll we looked around and  there weren’t any trikes that looked in a safe condition to buy second hand so went to the store and there we found a cute green trike that was made with recycled material! Awh and it had a Go Green sticker on it too! Just too stinkin cute. So hmm.. the green trike was the same price as the others that weren’t made from recyleable material (well by a few cents) and with us trying to make everything we buy now with the environment and our health in mind it was a no brainer for us.

But Punkyroo absolutely LOVES this bike…I like how it will fold in half so it’s easier to fit in the trunk! She asks to ride it everyday. Also since our driveway has a somewhat slant to it it’s alot more fun when mommy has to chase you on the bike! hehe. It’s so goofy to see toddlers and their reactions…when she first got on and didn’t know how to peddle she tried to bite the handle bar gripper! Atleast she doesn’t have this issue with people!


Tagless clothing bad now too? November 12, 2008

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So one of the blogs I read EnviroMom has a post about tagless clothing you know those ohh so cofortable shirts with no tag on the back of the neck? Well they are not so comfortable to some out there that are getting severe rashes from the stuff in the ink for the imprint.

Do we seriously have to have everything in our life we touch be dagerous to our health? Toys, bottles, pesticides in food, vaccines, and th elist goes on. And notice alot of the stuff is for babys and kids?!!  What ever gets the companys that dollar right? {who cares who’s using this because I wont be, so use whatever is the cheapest even if it’s toxic and that’ll do} seriously feels like the mindset of some of these places.

But back on the subject at hand the taggless imprints…. If you go to this blog you’ll read of a post from a mom who’s baby had a bad reaction and stuff she found out, even being contacted by an insider who works with the product and they had this to say..

“One is a plastisol type, which is the same basic material that the large designs on the front of t-shirts is made of… the ink is a PVC blended into a phthalate… at a certain temperature the PVC melts and the 2 components form a solid… that solid is transferred to the shirt with heat and pressure… this type of ink is on the way out as phthalates are now being classified as hazardous… residual phthalate from not fully fused ink is what is most likely causing the reaction.

The other type of ink is a solventborne polyurethane that is post cured via a catalyst… typically a polyisocyanate… this ink can have 2 possible irritants… small levels of formaldehyde in the urethane or residual polyisocyanate that is left unreacted…”

So just becareful and keep an eye on that area of your baby because I don’t think if this happened to Punkyroo that I would have thought that that might be the source. We are lucky so far and escpecially with her eczema. But It’s true, look around and now its hard to find tagless less. So hopefully they will find a newer and non-toxic method of these tagless tags.


County Fair November 9, 2008

Yesterday we headed down to the county’s annual Fair and it was alot of fun. Then you have the Vegan side of me… wow… things that you notice when you’re vegan. But I’ll get to that after all the good stuff.

County Fair

It was so nice, the perfect day to get out and ride some rides. Punkyroo loved the tall slide you sit on a hemp sack and slide down, the merry go round, ferris wheel and {gulp} dizzy dragons. I didn’t think Punkyroo would be able to actually pull the wheel thingy to make it go that fast!! I was so queezy. I LOVE roller coasters but I can’t take the things you sit and spin yourself. Anywho it was really nice and we stayed there ALOT longer than we planned on but it was worth it. Another really awesome thing that happened was.. nursing my little girl while on the ferris wheel. What could be a prettier view while nursing than all the lights of the fair, the cool breeze and a perfectly happy child? 

Berry Go Round

On the extended nursing in public issue… Hubby and I got into a debate type of talk a few weeks ago about nursing in public without a cover and I think that fussed me more to be confiedent in doing so. Don’t get me wrong he’s completely supportive he’s just more on the jelous side since he thinks they are “his”.LOL. But when I first had punkyroo I was more hesitant due to my own comfort level and Hubby wanting me to cover as well and I just got used to it but as time goes by and a fidgety baby reveals yourself and more nursing support from other bf moms I grew to accept not to worry about it and feel more comfortable with the main goal. Nourishing my daughter. I like the phrase “Put a blanket over your head while you eat” . With all the images of sex everywhere and even hidden in children movies nursing my child is the least of someone’s staring/glaring eye’s worries. Well now that I’m done with that off subject….

The vegan side of a fair..

Petting farm, food and even some rides… Even if we didn’t bring a ton of snacks the only possible choice for something to eat at the fair would have been corn on the cob and fries!! Between the turkey legs, chicken on a stick, ice cream, floats, burgers, etcc and then all the sugar stuff we don’t let Punkyroo eat like cotton candy, funnel cake, etc there is nothing to eat! It’d be nice if they could atleast start to involve 1 item for vegans at a fair, not asking the whole food genre change but atleast to include something that could sustain us if we were hungry.

They had a set up to teach you how to milk a cow and pre-vegan I would have jumped right in to see what it’s like but not now. They even had a fake cow with utters to “milk” for the kids! A seeting to wrangle a steer’s head with a laso and all. So what did we choose to do? Straight to the corn cob box! Punkyroo had a blast playing with the corn cob box thats made just like a sand box, we had to pull her out she had so much fun.

Fair Nights

One last thing to add to this long post today is the smoking. Have you ever noticed (well if you have a kid) that 98% of the workers smoke?! Its not the “take a cigarette break” smoke. They smoke while manning the rides. It wouldn’t be bad if just didn’t allow the workers who manned the kid’s rides to smoke but they don’t. The main rides we went on, every single time the same worker was smoking and we were there for 5 hours!! Yes we were outside but when they are under a tent and nothing but little kids all around waiting for minutes and inhaling the smoke..that’s not good. I think the smoke made me more sick than the dizzy dragons. But my opinion is either make a designated smoking area or not allow any smoking by the kid’s ride. It’s a family event not a bar. And I know any smoker who reads this wont like it but eh that’s my opinion.


Dr.Seuss-style Breastfeeding Poem November 3, 2008

I found this poem on the internet when I was still prego and just thought about it today and wanted to share with any mom out there who hasn’t read it before, believe me it will atleast get a little chuckle but in a silly way is encouraging to those who may not be so courageous to nurse in public.

If you can’t tell I’m a big advocate for breastfeeding and extended breastfeeding (going on 2 1/2 years now with PUnkyroo). It’s the most natural thing but in the US it’s made out to be so Taboo, but luckily things are getting easier for us who nurse.

Dr. Seuss for Nursing Moms

Would you nurse her in the park?
Would you nurse him in the dark?
Would you nurse him with a Boppy?
And when your boobs are feeling floppy?

I would nurse him in the park,
I would nurse her in the dark.
I’d nurse with or without a Boppy.
Floppy boobs will never stop me.

Can you nurse with your seat belt on?
Can you nurse from dusk till dawn?
Though she may pinch me, bite me, pull,
I will nurse her `till she’s full!

Can you nurse and make some soup?
Can you nurse and feed the group?
It makes her healthy strong and smart,
Mommy’s milk is the best start!

Would you nurse him at the game?
Would you nurse her in the rain?
In front of those who dare complain?
I would nurse him at the game.
I would nurse her in the rain.

As for those who protest lactation,
I have the perfect explanation.
Mommy’s milk is tailor made
It’s the perfect food, you need no aid.

Some may scoff and some may wriggle,
Avert their eyes or even giggle.
To those who can be cruel and rude,
Remind them breast’s the perfect food!

I would never scoff or giggle,
Roll my eyes or even wiggle!
I would not be so crass or crude,
I KNOW that this milk’s the perfect food!

We make the amount we need
The perfect temp for every feed.
There’s no compare to milk from breast-
The perfect food, above the rest.

Those sweet nursing smiles are oh so sweet,
Mommy’s milk is such a treat.
Human milk just can’t be beat.

I will nurse, in any case,
On the street or in your face.
I will not let my baby cry,
I’ll meet her needs, I’ll always try.
It’s not about what’s good for you,
It’s best for babies, through and through.

I will nurse her in my home,
I will nurse her when I roam.
Leave me be lads and ma’am.
I will nurse her, Mom I am.

Aurthor unknown