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The last couple years I’ve had really good luck. I’ve won contests, I’ve been in the “right place” at the “right time” and I’ve been very grateful for whatever good vibes the universe has been sending my way. Friends have asked me for my secret, but I really don’t have one other than to tell them I like to “pay it forward” and invest in future good karma.

Recently I participated in a contest hosted by a local salon, with the prize of a haircut. I shared the story of my worst haircut ever (I’m still waiting for my parents to email a copy of my school picture that year), and my wonderful friends jumped to the request to “like” my entry. My sad story won.

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Today is Day 1 of the Flats Handwashing Challenge, hosted by Dirty Diaper Laundry. This year, there are over 450 participants from around the world.

For 1 week, I’ll be using a one-size cloth diapering system with an approximate retail value of $154 (24 cotton flat diapers and 5 one-size covers) and washing them by hand, as an exercise to show just how easy and affordable cloth diapering can be. Did you know that $154 buys just 2mos’ worth of disposable diapers (figuring $20/wk)? For low income families, that money could be better allocated to food, utilities, clothing and other necessities, yet there is very little government support available to encourage families to use cloth diapers.

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Recently, the media has been paying a fair bit of attention to families practicing extended breastfeeding. Extended breastfeeding is a broad term that covers mothers and children who continue their breastfeeding relationships past the age of 1 year. Mothers who encourage and support nursing toddlers are frequently maligned in the press as curiosities, weirdos, or hippy nutcases.

I disagree. I think there are far more of us who practice this than anyone realizes — the fear of public shame often silencing discussion. I think we do ourselves a disservice by not sharing our experiences with other mothers, by discussing this topic in a much broader forum. How can extended breastfeeding be seen as anything other than “freaky” if we don’t normalize it by bringing it out in the open?

I don’t know very many people who set out when pregnant with the specific intention of nursing a toddler.

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