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What crunchy things are you looking to get more into in 2013?

Eating healthier 0.47089947089947 47.1% [ 89 ]
Buying local 0.042328042328042 4.2% [ 8 ]
Recycling 0.047619047619048 4.8% [ 9 ]
Using less fossil fuels 0.042328042328042 4.2% [ 8 ]
DIY & upcyling 0.21164021164021 21.2% [ 40 ]
Activism 0.068783068783069 6.9% [ 13 ]
Other stuff (post your alternatives!) 0.11640211640212 11.6% [ 22 ]
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"Crunchy? Granola? What the heck are these people talking about?!"

Welcome to Crunchy Folks - A Natural Living Support thread. In case you're wondering, "crunchy" and "granola" are slang terms used to describe people who strive to live more naturally or somewhere outside the mainstream. If you're a little crunchy or a lot, come join the discussion! Not crunchy? That's okay too! Just be respectful and feel free to ask questions!

Some common topics here include gardening, breastfeeding, recycling, DIY, sewing, natural cleaning products, pregnancy, alternative education, organic cooking, attachment parenting, going green, human rights, etc.

Please note: Crunchy Folks is a Pro-Intact thread.

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Recycling 101
Build a Compost Tumbler
75 Things You Can Compost, But Thought You Couldn't
Build a Rain Barrel
Reusing PET Bottles
DIY Fruit Fly & Ant Traps
DIY Mosquito Trap
6 Cloth Alternatives to Everyday Disposable Products
Clean Up Your Act: All Natural Homemade Cleaners
27 Ways to Clean with Baking Soda
3 Natural Cleaning Products That Will Clean Your Entire Home
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Crunchy Betty: Water Kefir
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Wellness Mama - How To Make Natural Deodorant
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LiveJournal - The No 'Poo Method
Healing Cavities
Natural Dreadlocks
The Oil-Cleansing Method
Menstrual Cups
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Intact America
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Doctor Opposing Circumcision
Beyond The Bris
The National Organization of Restoring Men

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Above The Ignorance

Baby Milk Action
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Project NoSpank
Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood
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Campaign For Real (Raw) Milk

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Attachment Parenting International
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Peaceful Parenting
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Ask Dr. Sears
Babywearing International
The Babywearer
Wrap A Baby
Peaceful Parenting - Basic Care of an Intact Child
Cosleeping and Biological Imperatives: Why Human Babies Do Not and Should Not Sleep Alone
Peaceful Parenting - Sleep Training: A Review of Research
Vaccine Exemptions By State

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Birth Without Fear
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What Is Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG)?
Living dead girl- Surviving HG
Mothers Naturally
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La Leche League International
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KellyMom - Adoptive Breastfeeding & Relactation
LLLi - "Extended" Breastfeeding
KellyMom - How Weaning Happens
Baby Led Weaning

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Waldorf Education
Montessori Education
HSLDA - Homeschooling Laws
John Taylor Gatto - Underground History of American Education
Radical Unschooling
I'm Unschooled. Yes, I Can Write.

Progressive Phonics

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Natural Plant Fabric Dyes
The Crafty Crow
The Artful Parent
Filth Wizardry

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Indie Tutes
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Sew Mama Sew
Diaper Sewing Divas
Make Your Own Cloth Pads

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Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World
Nourishing Traditions
The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers
The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding
Adventures in Tandem Nursing
Unconditional Parenting
Raising Our Children, Raising Ourselves
Three in a Bed
The No-Cry Sleep Solution
Sleeping with Your Baby: A Parent's Guide to Cosleeping
The Attachment Parenting Book
How Children Learn
Sandra Dodd's Big Book of Unschooling
Dumbing Us Down
The Children's Year

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Username: SpiderMum
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Some Interests: Lactavism, Intactavism, sewing, knitting, crafting, alternative education...

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Oh wow. Just when I thought I saw it all.. Lactation support? I'm all for breastfeeding all the way but... Hmmm... A whole support group dedicated to it?

Good luck.
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»»» I must admit, I used to think breastfeeding was a very... gross process. sweatdrop But when my cousin started breastfeeding her babies, I saw how natural it was and how healthy it was for the baby.

I fully support this thread!

Questing Pale Marionette, help?
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Th3_Thr3ad_Kill3r - BFing mamas need all the support they can get! I've been very lucky to have a great La Leche League group in my area, but not everyone is so lucky...so support online can be really helpful too.

Kcscooter - thanks for the support!

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La Piewacket
Have you got any links on inducing lactation for a woman who hasn't been pregnant?
(IE: Adopting a very young child.)

KellyMom - Adoptive Breastfeeding and Relactation

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We don't even have a LLL in our area. And breastfeeding support isn't common here. ><
Seems like the majority of people are doing formula - which isn't bad... it's just hard to find people to belong with.
When I went to a WIC briefing, out of like 10 families with infants, I was the ONLY one breastfeeding there. ><
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Rayne - Yay! Good to see you here! I PM'd Brooke so I'm hoping she'll be around shortly.

I'm surprised you haven't found more support in Cali...it's a shame. It's hard when you're the only one. sad

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Lactivating xd
love it
I'm rena, or Shar, and i have two kids, Adara and Noah, i breast fed them both till they decided to up and quit on me gonk
Yeah. Well I'm also in the desert.
In a military community.

I'll give WIC and the OBGYNs credit. They do educate about breastfeeding and encourage.
I'm surprised it is not more popular than it is.

Luckily, I have no had any issues with breastfeeding in public and whatnot. Sometimes we drive some guys around, and I'm with Todd... and I think they've learned to deal, that Austin is breastfed.
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Hey Shar! biggrin

Rayne - My father used to FLIP OUT about me nursing....but he eventually got over it. rofl

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Spider! terrific thread smile

Hi all I am a mom of 4 and own a childcare. I nursed all 4 of mine though not currently nursing I am a total advocate and sometimes have ideas that help!

I am good with ideas to continue nursing if you have to go back to work and counsel new moms through the transition!

I totaly belive hman babies NEED human milk smile GO mommy milk!
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Rebecca! yay, more familiar faces! I'm glad to have some former nursing-moms here too...your advice is invaluable!

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Well, if we are going to be assisting those guys by driving them around.
They're going to deal with it.
The first and last time we went out to dinner with them, they were like O_o. But I went about my business. And since then, no comments.

I'm nervous how my father will react. ><
Hopefully, it won't be a issue.

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