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Cloth Diapers for Beginners: The Ultimate Guide

When I first found out I was pregnant I knew we would use cloth diapers. My husband and I are keen to save both money and the environment, so being able to do both at once is an automatic win. Plus, I try to avoid chemicals like those in disposables. I’m the oldest of five, all of whom were in cloth, so I didn’t think I was intimidated by it. As I started reading up, however, I quickly realized that modern cloth is a whole other story. From brands to wash routines to all the different types, it was easy to get overwhelmed. […]

Learning to Use a Menstrual Cup

Learning to use a Menstrual Cup: First Impressions

I’m not sure how I first became interested in using a menstrual cup. I didn’t personally know anyone who used one (well, I did. I just wasn’t aware of it at the time). It was probably something I originally heard of it as a crunchy thing practiced by women who don’t shave their armpits. However, I’ve always hated every single thing about pads and tampons, and the more I read about cups, the more I began to wonder why they weren’t more common place This post contains affiliate links. These help support GWR at no extra cost to you. Thank you! I didn’t jump […]

Why I don't use essential oils

Why I Don’t use Essential Oils (Yet)

I don’t use essential oils for the same reasons I didn’t watch Twilight. “What?” I hear you say. “But essential oils are wonderful and fragrant and good for you. Twilight is sparkly vampires and bad actresses and exploitation of teenage sexual insecurities.” That is true. But as I’ve started to search out, read, and follow more natural-living or homestead blogs, I’m realizing that loads of them write about or sell essential oils. Not only that, but over the last year they’ve started popping up all over my Facebook as consultants sell pricey diffusers and the hashtag #oilymom has become a thing. “But, […]