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Amy writes daily about natural family living, attachment parenting, organic gardening, and cooking on her site, Progressive Pioneer. She and her family try to live simply and be as self-sufficient as possible while living smack dab in the middle of the city.

Green Kids' Art Supplies

Written by contributor Amy Thompson of Progressive Pioneer.

Our family picks and chooses which art supplies we search out green sources for and which we pick up at our local box store.  Ideally we"d buy only green art supplies, but they are a tad pricier, so we try to invest in healthier versions of those things that pose more of a risk to our kids, like play dough.  No, seriously. Read More

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Sweet, Sugar-Free Holidays

Written by contributor Amy Thompson of Progressive Pioneer. The big turning point in how we make and eat sweet treats in our home actually came when I was potty training my son.  We did a little candy bribery to encourage him to use the potty.  We used the good health food store type of chocolates, (read more…)

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Make Your Own Herbal Remedies

Written by contributor Amy Thompson of Progressive Pioneer. With flu season staring me down, I decided that this year I would be prepared.  I’d been wanting to try my hand at making my own herbal remedies.  The cost is considerably less, you know exactly what goes into them, and you can tailor them to your (read more…)

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Natural Pregnancy, Birth and Postpartum Healing

Written by contributor Amy Thompson of Progressive Pioneer. Planning for my daughter’s natural birth began long before her actual due date.  Being a researcher by training and nature, I read voraciously.  Everything from Taking Charge of Your Fertility to Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth.  Consequently I incorporated natural methods into my prenatal regimen, the actual (read more…)

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Got Water?

Written by contributor Amy Thompson of Progressive Pioneer. It seems so basic, water.  But sometimes those basic, but critically important things are the easiest to forget.  As creatures that are about 75% water, staying hydrated during the hot summer months (and dry winter months) is one of the most important things we can do to (read more…)

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