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Lauren Wayne (Hobo Mama)
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Brothers by the autumn tree
Every autumn, we take photos in front of a sweet maple tree outside our home as the leaves change colors. Karsten: 22 months Mikko: 9 years Alrik: 5 years Comparison with years past: Mikko at 3 Mikko at 4, Alrik at 5 months Halloween superheroes at 5 and 1 ...
Every autumn, we take photos in front of a sweet maple tree outside our home as the leaves change colors. Karsten: 22 months Mikko: 9...
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The perfect cat litter for a small space: ARM & HAMMER™ CLUMP & SEAL™ MicroGuard™ Cat Litter + $100 giveaway!
\   What do you get when you combine 1,000 square feet, 5 people, and 2 large cats? Challenging litter box placements! We don't have a lot of space, and  we need to fit three litter boxes amidst the chaos  of kids' stuff, a home business, and the accoutreme...
We don't have a lot of space, and we need to fit three litter boxes amid the chaos of kids' stuff, a home business, and the accoutrements of daily life. The litter boxes are out in plain sight — and plain smell. Enter ARM & HAMMER™ CLUMP & SEAL™ MicroGuard™ Cat Litter with 7-day odor control — guaranteed.
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I decided Karsten needed his own post of cuteness. Was I right, or was I right?
Cutie at the beach.
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The other day, nine-year-old Mikko was intrigued by our returning something to Home Depot. "Are they giving you cash back? Can I have the munz? " I said: "Normally, I'd tell you that it belongs to me, but I'm tempted to now that you've made up a new nicknam...
Because we needed new slang terms for money.
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On being five & not wanting to die: Playing through the serious questions
Alrik recently turned five years old. Maybe this engendered a sense of impending mortality, because he's been talking daily about how he doesn't want to die, and doesn't want me to die, and doesn't want family members or pets to die, or really anybody. I th...
Learning to answer children's big questions through play.
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Do you feel like blogging has gone the way of the stegosaurus and the dodo? Here is a brief mourning of the past … and the ways you can keep up with the future. >>
Good reasons why the blogging landscape has changed, and what you can do about it as a blogger.
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Do you breastfeed more on the left side?
Breastfeeding on the left side so my right hand is free for important swiping-related activities. I was curious why button-down shirts tailored to women button right over left whereas men's button left over right, and I came across this article from The Str...
Breastfeeding on the left side so my right hand is free for important swiping-related activities. I was curious why button-down shirts t...
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How to manage the mess of renovation in an apartment, condo, or other small indoor space
It's one thing to DIY in a garage or workshop — it's another to paint, sand, saw, and otherwise muck around with no outdoor space to call your own and wall-to-wall beige carpet covering your whole living space . Here's how we've handled doing super-messy an...
Here's how we've handled doing super-messy and time-consuming projects in a second-floor condo with a teensy balcony and no usable uncarpeted area, and how you can do the same in your small space!
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Family photos in a beach sunset
Every year around Mikko's birthday (usually on), we walk out to the beach for a special silhouette photo shoot. Here's this year's, with three children standing. Previous years: All five of us For the curious, Alrik decided to color his hair blue to match h...
Annual silhouette portrait, now with three children standing.
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On branded clothing and parental expectations
Recently I was talking with a nanny who was telling me why the kids she cares for ended up with Sesame Street shoes. She was apologetic in explaining it: It was all they had left! They were on clearance, in their size, so we had to make do! Meanwhile, she f...
Before I had children, I assumed their clothing would be character-neutral. And so it went…until my first child developed opinions.
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Best solutions for thigh rub under summer skirts, shorts, & swimsuits
Perhaps strangely for being a parenting blog, one of my most enduring and popular posts is the one I wrote bemoaning "chub rub" or inner thigh chafing in skirts . Apparently we are not alone, sisters (and/or brethren), in having our thighs touch! If you're ...
Best preventions for inner thigh irritation ("chub rub") when wearing summer skirts, dresses, shorts, and swimsuits.
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+Candace Ernst Thanks! I hope you find the solutions that work for you, too! 
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Last days to get my parenting ebooks on sale!
A gentle reminder that the deep discount on my three parenting ebooks is coming to a close. The countdown is on! Right now they're at these prices: The Natural Parent's Guide to Babywearing: Baby Carriers Made Simple — $3.99 What Will We Learn Today?: Easy ...
Run to get The Natural Parent's Guide to Babywearing, What Will We Learn Today?, & Poetry of a Hobo Mama in a limited-time Kindle Countdown Deal on Amazon!
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Lauren Wayne, writer and natural parent. Riding the rails with my husband, Crackerdog Sam, and my three hobo boys: Mikko, Alrik, & Karsten. Trying every day to parent intentionally and with grace. Blogging about parenting at and about being a professional author at and cofounder of Natural Parents Network.
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