Saturday, October 10th, 2015

BREASTFEEDING! A Big Post. It’s Important Stuff.

Happy breastfeeding baby.

Happy breastfeeding baby.

Some of you don’t know there was a time when I was crazy writing two blogs. There was (and is) my blog you’re reading now, Kristen’s Raw.

I was also writing a Green Mommy Blog where I shared my “green mommy” ways.

Shortly after I entered motherhood, I realized that it was a wee bit nutz to maintain two blogs so I stopped writing the Green Mommy Blog.

Fast forward to today and I decided to (soon) close that blog, but not without sharing some of the gems of posts. I’ll be updating the information, as well as including some of the helpful comments people wrote. Here’s the first article.

Let’s talk breastfeeding.

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Sunday, February 5th, 2012

Kamea Models an Organic Flap Happy Hat & Giveaway Time!

by Kristen Suzanne in awesome giveaway, green mommy blog, kamea

I was offered the opportunity for Kamea to get her hands on one of these cute organic flap happy floppy hats. That’s something we can use year round here in sunny Arizona. I jumped at the chance.

Trouble was…. I couldn’t get her to wear it. She’s going through a no-hat stage right now, but that’s ok. I know she’ll grow out of the phase (fingers crossed) and the hat will still fit when she does (fingers still crossed).

In our attempt to get a pic of this adorable hat, I offer you this “action” shot. You’d never know that a nanosecond after we got the shot, she took it off because she sure looks like she’s loving it. I know I am!

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Sunday, November 27th, 2011

Kamea’s (and my) Favorite Drinking Cup – The Doidy Cup – Brilliant!

by Kristen Suzanne in green mommy blog, kamea

There are a lot of things to learn with a first baby-turning-toddler… High chair or not? Co sleeping options as baby grows and rolls? When to introduce solids and what solids to introduce… Baby Led Weaning or not? Sippy cup or straw cup? When to allow watching TV and what programs, if that!? When do I start tooth brush training? What is the best way to potty train? Should we work on sign language? The list goes on and on and on.

So… In transitioning Kamea to drinking fluids on her own when not breastfeeding, we opted for two kinds of cups. We went with a straw sippy-type cup (I’ve read that traditional sippy cups can cause speech problems and experts recommend straw cups instead) … and the brilliant Doidy Cup.

Let’s start with the Thinkbaby straw cup. It seemed to be love at first site. It passed the eco-mama issues (BPA free, etc), it was a straw cup (importance of that detailed above), and Kamea took to it with the first attempt. I thought we were home free for a while, I was bubbling over with excitement at how well she used it. Such a proud mama! But, when it came time to clean the darned thing, problems! I’ll put it mildly… it’s a pain in the ass. Nonetheless, we still use it occasionally because it (kind of) works for smoothies better than a traditional cup.

A couple of things: For the most part, it keeps the beverage in the cup and not on Kamea’s shirt (notice I wrote “for the most part” – that’s because it’s not spill proof depending on what the contents are, but the spills that have happened are not catastrophic). And, I like that it’s pretty much airtight so her smoothie doesn’t oxidize if she takes her time drinking it. I’ll be honest, I have a love-hate relationship with this straw cup, so I recently ordered another brand to compare. Maybe all straw cups have the same issues… I’ll see and report back.

The next cup that I really love, and what this post is about really, is the Doidy Cup. This cup meets the eco-mama issues and is brilliant in helping your child really learn to drink from a regular cup. I LOVE IT! It’s an awesome transition cup because of its unique design where she learns to drink from a rim cup without having to force her head back. First things first, right?

I think the aforementioned straw cup is useful because she likes to carry it around, dangling from her hand. So, that cup has its place in our lives for now. You couldn’t do that with the Doidy Cup unless you didn’t mind the contents being all over the floor. But, Kamea can’t always drink out of a straw cup, right?! She needs to learn how to drink from a regular cup eventually, and the Doidy Cup is great for that.

Here are some details I grabbed from Amazon about it.

Product Features
  • It may look strange! but for teaching your child to drink from a rim it is the best!
  • The DOIDY Cup was scientifically designed with its unique slant to teach children to drink from a rim and NOT a spout.
  • Weaning ~ The DOIDY Cup is an ideal aid to weaning as the natural mouth action used is the same as in breast feeding.
  • The DOIDY Cup is made from food safe HD Polyethylene and is Bisphenol free.
  • This proven 40 year-old design helps your baby learn to drink safely from a cup with fewer spillages along the way. The DOIDY Cups are UNICEF baby friendly and they are sold by the National Childbirth Trust in the U.K.
Product Description
The Doidy cup is an ideal aid to weaning as the natural mouth action used is the same as in breast feeding. Babies as young as 3 months find the two handled cup easy to hold and use but with Mum’s help the cup can be used from birth. The unique slant of this cup enables your baby to drink easily as she moves from breast to cup. Starting with a small amount of liquid she will soon become adept at drinking from it. Complete with resealable bag for travelling. Dishwasher (top shelf) and microwave safe. Imported. Designed and made in the U.K.
I am so glad I found the Doidy Cup. I have a couple of them so I keep one at Mom’s, etc, and I highly recommend them for the baby in your life.

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Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

Personal Questions from a Reader

by Kristen Suzanne in green mommy blog, Kristen Suzanne

A while back I opened up my blog for questions…. it’s been a lot of fun answering them. Recently, a reader asked me some other questions via email that I chose to feature on my Green Mommy Blog. Things like… my favorite magazines, parenting books, etc. Check it out! 

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Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

A Day in My Life (posted from Green Mommy Blog)

by Kristen Suzanne in green mommy blog, Kristen Suzanne

A while back I opened up my blog to questions about me, my life, food, or whatever. I had an amazing response! So many of you asked such great questions. Of those questions, two were asked about my daily life and how I balance motherhood with raw food, etc. I felt it was appropriate to answer those over on my Green Mommy Blog. So, for those of you who haven’t read it yet, here’s a link!

And, I’m still happy to answer questions on the Ask Kristen Suzanne… Anything blog post. Please read through the ones that are already there before posting… and if you do ask a question, be sure to ask it in the comment section of that blog post so we can keep everything under one post.

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Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Green Mommy Blog Giveaway!

by Kristen Suzanne in green mommy blog

Hop on over and check out the giveaway going on at my Green Mommy Blog. :)

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Saturday, January 22nd, 2011

Food Journal – All Raw Vegan Organic

by Kristen Suzanne in food journal, green mommy blog
All Raw – All Vegan – All Organic
All Delicious – All Nutritious

Supplements: Probiotic, E3-Live, vitamin D2, wheat grass tablets, vegan DHA, digestive enzymes

Green Juice: cucumber, kale, lime, broccoli, dandelion greens (dandelion greens are great for cleansing and nourishing your liver)

Green Smoothie: 1 large handful spinach, 2 bananas, 2 tablespoons hemp seeds, 1 teaspoon homemade curry, 1 1/2 cups coconut water (I LOVE this truly raw and ORGANIC coconut water. Pricey? Not to me when I compare it to my former addiction of enjoying daily coffee “drinks”… plus the fact that it’s good for you and an awesome treat!)

Mexican Crackers with raw almond butter 
2 small oranges

More Mexican Crackers with almond butter
Chia Pudding
1/2 KeVita

Green juice: cucumber, dandelion, kale, lime

Large serving zucchini pasta with an abundance of vegetables (pictured)

Chia Pudding
1 spoon of Rawtella

All Raw – All Vegan – All Organic
All Delicious – All Nutritious

Supplements: Probiotic, E3-Live, vitamin D2, wheat grass tablets, vegan DHA, digestive enzymes

Water with fresh lime juice

Green juice: cucumber, grapefruit, dandelion, celery, kale

Green smoothie: spinach, orange, grapefruit, stevia (I don’t recommend this combo – ack)

Big Salad with tahini almond butter dressing loaded with nutrient dense veggies

Big bowl Go Raw Chocolate Granola with homemade raw almond milk

Pizza Bites (pictured)

2 spoons of Rawtella


Herbal tea

By the way… I did comparison videos of baby wearing carriers over at my Green Mommy Blog. Check it out!

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Friday, June 18th, 2010

Gold To Green Smoothie (Raw Vegan Recipe)

by Kristen Suzanne in green mommy blog

I’m glad you are all excited about the Avocado Cucumber Smish-Smash recipe I posted.

Today’s recipe is a wonderful nutritious smoothie that starts out filled with gorgeous golden colors in the blender, but quickly turns to a vibrant green after blending. It’s unique and addicting. My kind of smoothie!

The nutrition is top of the line, too! Spinach (vitamins K, C, A, B2, and E, as well as iron,  manganese, zinc, folate, calcium, protein, fiber, and more). Banana (vitamins B6, C, potassium, manganese, and fiber). Golden Kiwi (loads of vitamin C, as well as vitamin E, fiber, potassium, copper, and more). Hemp foods (complete protein, essential fatty acids, calcium, iron, zinc, phosphorous, magnesium, and more). Turmeric (manganese, iron, vitamin B6, and loads of antioxidants). How can you NOT get excited about all of that delicious nutrition that will make your heart, mind, and soul sing?

Gold To Green Smoothie
Recipe by Kristen Suzanne of
Yield approximately 1 quart

1 cup water (more if desired)
1 cup ice
1 banana
2 golden kiwi
2 big handfuls spinach
1 tablespoon hemp seeds
2 heaping tablespoons hemp protein powder
1/4 teaspoon turmeric (or more!)
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon (or more! yum yum!)

Blend it up and enjoy!

I’m frequently asked which blender I like better: Vita-Mix or Blendtec. I love both my Vita-Mix and Blendtec blenders! Although, I tend to use my Blendtec more… it’s easier to clean. For a more detailed review, check out my blog post here.

Green Mommy Blog posts of interest:
Baking Soda: 51 Uses!
Review: Primal Strips Vegan Meat Alternatives
Formula Fed America
My Pre-Labor Activities and Experiences

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Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

Green Mommy Blog Giveaway Going On NOW!

by Kristen Suzanne in awesome giveaway, green mommy blog

Check it out… my favorite skin care line, Dr. Alkaitis, is sponsoring an awesome giveaway for my Green Mommy Blog readers.

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Saturday, March 27th, 2010

Green Mommy Blog – 3rd Awesome Giveaway :)

by Kristen Suzanne in green mommy blog

If you want the chance to win some Morrocco Method International Zen Detox Hair & Scalp Therapy, then hop on over to my Green Mommy Blog. :)


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