HMN Blog

Get Outdoors More!

We know we need to get outside more, but bringing kids, especially infants, can make some of us feel overwhelmed and unsure where to get started. Spending time outdoors from infancy is a great way to start a healthy habit as a family. Most locations are free to visit and you don’t need anything special to get outside! The fresh air and sunshine promote better sleep and exposure to microbes in the dirt help build the immune system and can even help prevent allergies and asthma. The variety of textures, sounds and colors outdoors are great for cognitive development and uneven terrain helps build motor skills. Tips for getting outside with infants Sunscreen is not recommended for children under 6 […]

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Thriving in Community

by Nancy Peplinsky, Founder, Holistic Moms Network In a hectic and anxious world often dominated by screens and schedules, there’s a quiet but profound force that holds the key to well-being: community. For mothers and individuals invested in natural and holistic living, this sense of connection goes beyond social interaction. It becomes a lifeline for navigating parenthood and powerful source of support, wisdom, and inspiration. Motherhood, with all its joys and challenges, can sometimes feel isolating, especially as a holistic-minded parent. In the pursuit of raising children, maintaining a household, and perhaps even balancing a career, mothers often find themselves stretched much too thin. With the additional layer of navigating holistic and natural options for their families and dealing with […]

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Allergy Relief: Tea and DIY Massage

If you are looking to help relieve seasonal allergies using more natural methods, try our herbal tea and a gentle massage! Tea is hydrating, which can help thin mucus and the warm steam also helps with sinus pressure and congestion. This tea has simple to find ingredients you can find at many health food stores or even grow at home! Nettles provide antioxidants and may have an antihistamine effect. Peppermint has anti-inflammatory properties, helping to relieve sinus congestion. Chamomile is anti-inflammatory and antihistamine. Adding raw honey for local pollen and sweetness finishes off this lovely tea. If you are not a fan of peppermint or want to switch things up, feel free to swap out for a slice of fresh […]

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Sowing Seeds: Seed sourcing and saving

Some of the healthiest food we can find is what we grow ourselves. Even in the tiniest of spaces we can produce some amount of food to eat. Whether you are growing in pots on your patio, have a community garden plot or your own substantial home garden, seeds are where it all begins. In addition to the care of our plants during the growing season, the quality of the seeds we choose is important. Where your seeds are sourced from and what you grow can be just as important as how you grow it! When selecting seeds consider choosing diverse varieties to increase the genetic diversity in your garden. If you have space, plant a couple types of each […]

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Celebrating Spring Equinox

As winter bids us farewell and the days begin to stretch longer, we approach a significant celestial event—the spring equinox. This moment marks the balance of light and dark, as we transition into a season of renewal and growth. At the coming equinox on March 19th, 2024 everyone worldwide will experience nearly equal amounts of day and night, with the sun rising due east and setting due west. Celebrated by cultures around the world for centuries, the spring equinox, also known as Ostara, is a period of joyous celebration. It signals a powerful time to realign our energies with the rhythms of the Earth and welcome the new beginnings that this season brings. It’s a time to honor the awakening […]

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Elderberry Syrup

Make your own elderberry syrup to support your families immune system! The antioxidant rich elderberry provides immune support while honey adds sweetness and is a natural preservative. Ingredients 2/3 cup dried organic elderberries (double amount if fresh!) 3 cups water 2+ Tbsp fresh ginger 2 cinnamon sticks 2 tsp cloves 1 cup local raw honey Directions Add water, dried elderberries, fresh grated or diced ginger and cinnamon sticks to a pot and bring to a low simmer. Do not boil. Allow to simmer uncovered for 45-60 minutes until liquid has reduced by half Allow to cool and then squeeze through milk bag. Add local raw honey and mix well. Add to a 16 oz mason jar. Keep refrigerated. Best used […]

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Holistic Moms Network Expands Governing Board

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 6, 2024 CONTACT: Andria Somers, andria@holisticmoms.org  HOLISTIC MOMS NETWORK EXPANDS GOVERNING BOARD New Trustees to infuse energy and knowledge to help organization grow [Caldwell, NJ] [February 6, 2024] – Celebrating two decades of commitment to holistic parenting and green living, the Holistic Moms Network (HMN) is excited to announce a significant expansion to its Board of Trustees. Joining existing Trustees Barbara Arango, CAE, Michael Connolly, and Rajae Nami, along with Executive Director Andria Somers, are two distinguished members, Kate Birch, RSHom, CCH, and Stacy Cook, LOT, CCH. This dynamic team is set to lead HMN into a transformative era of growth. As part of the expansion, both Ms. Cook and Ms. Birch bring extensive expertise as certified homeopaths […]

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Creating a Sacred Space

For many of us January is the time that we make resolutions to improve our lives, to eat better, exercise, and improve our relationships. What if instead of pushing harder we could set ourselves up to more effectively reach our goals? Our living environments have a profound impact on our well-being, influencing our emotions, thoughts, and overall energy. Beyond the aesthetics, creating a sacred space allows us to intentionally shape an environment that nurtures and supports our individual journey, providing a refuge from the demands of daily life. This could look like a meditation corner bathed in natural light or a cozy reading nook adorned with soft blankets and essential oils. These purposeful spaces become sanctuaries for rejuvenation, relaxation and […]

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Holiday Traditions

by Nancy Peplinsky – HMN Founder Each year it seems that the holiday season creeps up faster and faster. Stores begin decorating for Christmas before the arrival of Halloween and the sheer commercialism of the season seems to take hold. Between planning, decorating, shopping, cooking, and juggling our everyday lives, the season often seems daunting and overwhelming. When we look back on holidays past, it is never this busy-ness that we recall fondly, but treasured traditions and time with friends or family that warm our hearts. It is time for all of us to let go of the holiday crazy and to rediscover the simpler, more memorable parts of the season to share with our children. Growing up my best […]

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Apple Scrap Jelly and Vinegar: Zero Waste Recipes

It always feels good to make something from nothing! There are many great ideas on how to reduce kitchen waste by using what might be discarded in other ways like carrot top pesto or watermelon rind pickles. Today we would love to share 2 recipes to use your apple peels and cores, apple scrap vinegar and apple scrap jelly.  As you peel and core apples for snacks or other recipes, stash the peels and cores in a container in your freezer until you have enough for one of these recipes! Apple Scrap Vinegar Ingredients: Quart/Pint Mason Jar Apple Cores & peels Sugar Water (filtered/non-chlorinated) Apple cider vinegar with mother (optional) Directions: Fill your jar 3/4 full of apple peels and […]

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