Beth Barnes

#ASKAMAMA Monday with Madeleine Somerville: Rubbing Alcohol vs. Vinegar & Cleaning a Mouldy Compost Bin

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On her final #ASKAMAMA episode, Madeleine answers not one, but TWO viewer questions!

  1. Is there a difference between using rubbing alcohol vs. vinegar to kill germs when cleaning around the house?
  2. How can I keep mould out of my kitchen compost bin

Thank you SO MUCH to Madeleine for taking part in the series during such a busy time in her life (book tour, interviews, house purchasing, moving)!

For more tips & tricks from Madeleine, click HERE to purchase her best selling book All You Need Is Less: The Eco-friendly Guide to Guilt-Free Green Living and Stress-Free Simplicity!

And of course you can follow Madeleine on her adventures through her blog Sweet Madeleine, which has gained a large following thanks to it’s no-muss, no-fuss approach to eco-friendly endeavours, as well as her relatable, honest and humorous take on family life.

Other ways to get in touch with Madeleine:

Email:  info@sweetmadeleine.ca
Twitter:  @MadeleineSix
Instagram:  @Sweet.Madeleine
Facebook:  Facebook.com/SweetMadeleine.ca

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Starting next week, writer/blogger/small biz whiz Kat Armstrong will be joining us for 4 weeks as the next Mama on the #ASKAMAMA series!

When she’s not freelance writing, she writes her own blog This Is The Place. When she’s not writing this or that, she’s the co-owner of Toronto boutique This Little Piggy where she manages social media, the store’s blog and various other fun things!

There’s still time to submit a question, so here’s how!

Post it on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #ASKAMAMA

Leave what’s on your mind in the comment section of this post

Head to my Facebook page (link in sidebar) & either drop me a private message or post the question to my wall

Shoot me an email at iamthemamamantra@gmail.com

Fill out the trusty ol’ form below!

#ASKAMAMA Monday with Madeleine Somerville: Is It All Worth It?

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“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world.  Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
― Margaret Mead 

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Is it all worth it?  Are my tiny environmentally friendly gestures really helping in saving the planet?  How can one person truly make a difference?

We’ve all been there, we’ve all had our doubts.  And on this week’s #ASKAMAMA episode, Madeleine offers her thoughts on the bigger picture and suggests that by simply changing the way we think about it, we can get our eco-confidence back one recycled coffee cup at a time.

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If you missed last week’s Top Three Toddler Tantrum Tips, click HERE!

And click HERE for the previous week’s DIY Natural Body Lotion episode!

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Here’s how you can connect with Madeleine:

E-mail:  info@sweetmadeleine.ca
Instagram: @sweet.madeleine
Twitter:  @MadeleineSix
Facebook/SweetMadeleine

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Don’t forget that starting in a couple of weeks, the effervescent writer/blogger/small biz owner Kat Armstrong will be joining us for 4 weeks as the next Mama on the #ASKAMAMA series, and I couldn’t be more excited about it!

Here’s how you can submit a question for Kat:

Post it on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #ASKAMAMA

Leave what’s on your mind in the comment section of this post

Head to my Facebook page (link in sidebar) & either drop me a private message or post the question to my wall

Shoot me an email at iamthemamamantra@gmail.com

Fill out the trusty ol’ form below!

#ASKAMAMA Monday with Madeleine Somerville: Toddler Tantrum Tips!

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It’s Week Two with author and eco-blogger Madeleine Somerville!

In today’s episode she gives her Top Three Toddler Tantrum Tips, and passes along some sage words of wisdom she once received for us parents to keep in our back pockets at all times!

And if you missed last week’s DIY Natural Body Lotion episode, just click HERE!

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Here’s how you can connect with Madeleine:

E-mail:  info@sweetmadeleine.ca
Twitter & Instagram:  @MadeleineSix
Facebook/SweetMadeleine


And of course, here’s how you can ask a question for an upcoming episode:

Post it on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #ASKAMAMA

Leave what’s on your mind in the comment of this post

Head to my Facebook page (link in sidebar) & either drop me a private message or post the question on my wall

Shoot me an email at iamthemamamantra@gmail.com

Fill out the trusty ol’ form below!

 

#ASKAMAMA Monday with Madeleine Somerville: Natural DIY Body Lotion!

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Welcome Madeleine Somerville, eco-blogger and author of All You Need Is Less: The Eco-friendly Guide to Guilt-Free Green Living and Stress-Free Simplicity (currently #4 on Amazon.ca‘s Green Housecleaning list), to the #ASKAMAMA series!

Over the next four weeks, Madeleine will be answering viewer’s questions on everything from DIY Lotion (this week’s episode) to keeping mould out of our kitchen compost, and even to whether or not our seemingly tiny green endeavours are actually making a difference.

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THIS WEEK!  Are you searching for the perfect “natural” body lotion for your sensitive skin?  Ever wonder if you can trust those “organic” claims every high-end moisturizer seems to be making these days?

Madeleine shows us all just how easy it is to whip up your own using just THREE ingredients!  How’s that for witchcraftery??  Click HERE for the recipe, and watch the video above for more info!

Here’s how you can connect with Madeleine:

E-mail:  info@sweetmadeleine.ca
Twitter & Instagram:  @MadeleineSix
Facebook/SweetMadeleine


And of course, here’s how you can ask a question for an upcoming episode:

– Post it on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #ASKAMAMA

– Leave what’s on your mind in the comment of this post

– Head to my Facebook page (link in the sidebar) and either drop me a private message or post the question on my wall

– Shoot me an email at iamthemamamantra@gmail.com

– Fill out the trusty ol’ form below!

Great News & UGH! News: 28 Weeks Pregnant

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My 28 Weeks Pregnant vlog, featuring a special guest towards the end.

How far along?  28 weeks, officially in the third trimester!  Holy sh*t…..

Baby’s size:  Pelé is now the size of a large eggplant and still around 1.5-2.5 lbs.  I kinda feel like he’s been through a growth spurt, which is why I was feeling queasy the other week.  That’s all gone now though, back to eating like a horse.  A massive, hungry horse whose appetite cannot be satiated with mere single portions alone.  Give me two of everything or give me your heart on a plate…

….woah.  That got dark really fast.  Sorry about that.  I get super hangry these days.  Just a warning.

Total weight gain: 19 pounds, so I was one pound off from my guess of 20!  But really that’s only because I didn’t eat breakfast before my glucose test.  If I had had my usual oatmeal/scrambled eggs/toast/sneaky croissant slipped into my purse I would have been over 20 for sure, forsureforsure.

Maternity clothes?  Yes… except for the bathing suit I had to wear at my in-laws over the long weekend.  I dug and I searched and combed and scanned and tossed and overturned everything in this house, and for the life of me could not find that damned maternity suit I am still convinced I have somewhere!

I’d been dreaming of floating in the pool for weeks, so I had no choice but to sift through the bikinis from my previous lives (because why would I own a ONE PIECE before having kids?! Like, hell-OO!) and pick out the least flimsy, tissue paper-esque, stringy one I had, one with actual support – which was basically this one:

VSSuit*Sigh* I did not look like this while wearing it.

All I’m going to say about squeezing myself into this contraption is that I’m grateful there was only close family there to see it. The end.  Moving on.

Best moment this week:  Just as I’d hoped, being in the Valley for Canada Day long weekend, hands down.  As I mentioned in my 26 week update, we weren’t sure how Bee would take to the pool.  Much to our delight though, after a bit of time spent watching everyone else splash around – and possibly a bribe of a pickle (a “pickle bribe”, if you will) – she went in!  She was eventually comfortable and happy in the water, and even did some kicking and bubble blowing with Hubs!  It was the cutest thing and we have such incredible photos of the day… it was one of my Top 5 Bee Moments, for sure.

Since having her, I’ve imagined Bee as a wild, nudie, hippie baby, running free around my in-laws barefoot and diaper-less… a dream that was realized over the time spent there.  Most days the only thing on her skin was sunscreen a bit of bug spray, other than that she was free as a bird; nekkid as the day she was born.  It was amazing to see how natural she was in that environment, and I really hope we can get back there again sometime this summer before Pelé comes.

Miss Anything?  Still boooooooooze.  It’s really, REALLY hard being the only one not enjoying a glass of wine or a delicious frosty beer, especially in the Valley.  Sitting in the gazebo enjoying the breeze, listening to the cicadas and just being still with everything around me – what goes better with that than alcohol, I ask you?!

With Bee I managed to convince myself that President’s Choice Red Brew De-Alcoholized Beer tasted exactly like the Muskoka Brewery Mad Tom… LIES!  All lies.  This time around, it tastes like bath water.  Or swamp water.  Or worse:  just really bad beer.  I’m allowing myself little sips here-and-there of Hubs’ pints whenever we’re out, but I’m just not one of those pregnant women who is comfortable drinking her own.  I wish I was, GOD!  I wish I was!  I always thought I would be.  But, alas, just the faint taste of a delicious IPA on my lips is what I settle for, and will for the next 12 weeks.

Movement:  YES.  Pelé is trying to knock my laptop off my belly as I type this, and coming very close to succeeding.  I’m going to try and get a video of it….

Food cravings:  Everything bad for me.  Ice cream, especially.  And chicken wings.  Oh my God, chicken wings… I could eat a dozen right now, I’m telling you.

Anything making you queasy or sick:  Not this week, thankfully.  Or, maybe… not thankfully?  If you watch the vlog you’ll hear about my glucose test hiccup – as it turns out I’d probably be better off with aversions to the junky foods which I hold so dear.  UGH.

Gender:  Boy.  Still a boy.  And even if I didn’t know that he was a boy I would definitely suspect it, since everything about this pregnancy is totally different from the last.  Especially the way he kicks and wiggles and worms around, getting all his little limbs jammed everywhere under everything- exactly what I’d expect from a mischievous little boy.

Symptoms:  Lower.  Back.  Agony.   Sometimes I have trouble rolling over or sitting up in bed, that’s how bad it is.  And I’m not someone who ever had general aches and pains before getting pregnant – before having Bee I was in really good shape, rocking tissue paper bikinis and actually wanting to show off my legs, and now… I huff and puff going up stairs and hate pants and want to wear long dresses and skirts all the time.  And I have back pain.  LOWER back pain, which for some reason I imagine to be worse than just back pain.

Seriously, my next project is to find a good acupuncturist, one who specializes in easing prenatal discomfort.  If anyone can recommend one in the GTA, hollah at me, PLEASE.

Thank you in advance!

Belly Button in or out?  NEXT.

Looking forward to:  Getting my back sorted out – hopefully I’ll be able to find an acupuncturist and get an appointment made before my 30 week update, so I can let you all know how it goes!

Not really looking forward to the second round of glucose testing per se, but hoping the results come back negative so I can go back to eating ice cream guilt-free!  I’ll keep you posted on that!

Author and blogger Madeleine Somerville will be featured every Monday for 4 weeks starting July 14th on my #ASKAMAMA series!  The questions are in and filming starts soon!  A teaser will be up next weekend, so stay tuned for that!

 Hope you guys are liking this version of the bi-weekly update!  Would love to hear your thoughts!

#ASKAMAMA Monday with Kat Inokai: Two, Two, Two Questions in One!

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This week’s #ASKAMAMA episode takes a lighter turn with not one, but TWO questions answered by the lovely Kat Inokai!

Ever wondered how often you should be washing your toddler’s hands?  Or whether it’s okay to give your infant a blanket rather than a sleep sack?  Check out the vlog to see what Kat has to say about it all!

EDITED TO ADD:
A message to Erin from Kat

Hey Erin, I found something just for you while I was on my travels. This Wee Urban sleep sack is locally designed and crafted, made from organic and recycled materials, super cute, won’t break the bank at $38, fits baby up to 36 months, AND you can get it from This Little Piggy right here in Toronto!

Check out thislittlepiggyshop.ca  where you can order on line, or come to the super cute shop at 1594 Queen West (at Sorauren Ave).

Call 416-564-2935 if you have any questions and tell them you heard about them from #ASKAMAMA!

Hope this works for you.
Xo Kat

This Little Piggy

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Just a reminder that Madeleine Somerville is the next Mama lined up for the series!  Her episodes start airing on Monday, July 14th, and there’s still time to submit a question (deadline is Friday, July 4)!

Here’s how you can ask a question for an upcoming episode:

– Post it on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #ASKAMAMA

– Leave what’s on your mind in the comment of this post

– Head to my Facebook page (link in the sidebar) and either drop me a private message or post the question on my wall

– Shoot me an email at iamthemamamantra@gmail.com

– Fill out the trusty ol’ form below!

#ASKAMAMA Monday with Kat Inokai: Where Do We Go From Here?

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This week Kat tackles a sensitive yet important question from K., regarding sex and relationship issues post-miscarriage.

Kat handles it gracefully and provides valuable insight from her own struggles with the same issues.

Here’s how you can ask a question for an upcoming episode:

– Post it on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #ASKAMAMA

– Leave what’s on your mind in the comment of this post

– Head to my Facebook page (link in the sidebar) and either drop me a private message or post the question on my wall

– Shoot me an email at iamthemamamantra@gmail.com

– Fill out the trusty ol’ form below!