We’re excited that you’re interested in participating in the Natural Living Blog Carnival, sponsored by the Green Moms Network and co-hosted by Chrystal of Happy Mothering and Leah of Crunchy Farm Baby through the Green Moms Network.
Please bookmark this page, as it contains all of the information you need about the monthly carnival topics, posting details and more.
What is a Blog Carnival?
While blog carnivals have been around for quite some time, we know the concept is new to many of you, so we wanted to share a little bit of background with you. Blog carnivals are a fun way to connect with bloggers who share a common interest by writing about the same topic one time each month.
In addition to writing your post, we encourage our participants to hop around to as many of the other participating blogs and leave a thoughtful comment on their post (at the very least, the 2 blogs above and below you on the linky). It’s a great way to discover new blogs you may want to continue following and foster a greater sense of community between green moms.
Why Natural Living?
As green moms, our interests are broad, but they share an overarching goal – to make the world a better, safer place for our families. There are many ways we can accomplish this together, so are leaving this blog carnival open to exploring many topics related to eco-friendly and natural living.
How Does the Blog Carnival Work?
We want to keep this blog carnival simple and fun! Each month, you’ll be asked to write a new, previously unpublished post on the specified topic (listed below) and publish it on the specified day. In each month’s call for submissions, we’ll include the information for adding your blog to the linky, and adding the linky to your post.
In general, you will be required to add your blog name, post title and a one-sentence description of your post (no more than 500 characters). We will go through the linky the day of the carnival and review all of the posts. Anyone found to be writing off topic or not including the linky and intro copy will be given 24 hours to rectify the issue or be removed from the linky. We also expect that you write with proper grammar and spelling, and that your content is family-friendly and supportive of that month’s topic.
Each month, we will post a call for submissions to give you time to prepare your post and provide the link to us ahead of time.
Celebrate Your Participation!
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Upcoming Monthly Carnival Themes
October is Non-GMO Month, National Farm to School Month and Fair Trade Month! So naturally, the Green Moms Network will be talking about our food supply this month. They’re be sharing stories about why it’s important to eat organic, support non-GMO awareness (and labeling), grow your own food and eat a real food diet. You may also find some new recipes or learn what real foods or gadgets are staples in our members’ kitchens. This month it’s all about food!
Past Monthly Carnival Themes
September is National Preparedness Month, so this month we’ll be sharing information with our readers about family preparedness. Here are some questions to get you thinking about what you may want to post (anything related to family preparedness will suit the theme – no product reviews or giveaways please).
August is when families across the country start preparing for back-to-school. Our members are talking about how they are greening their child’s school year in the August carnival. Share your tips with your readers for choosing eco-friendly products, packing healthy lunches and minimizing your impact on the Earth.
While Independence Day is celebrated only one day of the year, we like to celebrate companies that make their products in the USA year round. Join us for the July Natural Living Blog Carnival where we’ll be talking about Made in the USA products. Share your best tips for supporting US businesses, your favorite US-made products or anything related!
Warm weather is finally here! Time for family vacations, beach/pool season, and getting those kids outside in the abundant sunshine! Of course, with summer often comes harsh toxins in OTC sunscreens, chemicals in pools and sandboxes, and lots of plastic toys. Join our carnival this month to tell us all about the ways your family stays eco-friendly in the hot summer season!
As mothers, we are frequently guilty of taking care of everyone else in the home before we look to ourselves. So, this month, we are celebrating Moms going green. Join us and share some green ways that you take time for yourself. Tell us about your green beauty care routine, share your favorite guilty green snack pleasures, or simply let us know how you remember to schedule time for yourself in your busy green mom’s life!
Join us this month as we not only celebrate Earth Day, but as we share how make conscious choices to honor the Earth year round. What are some things that your family does to reduce your footprint on the Earth? How do you give back to Mother Earth? How do you share your eco-friendly choices with those around you?
Did you know that close to 40% of Americans make a fitness-related resolution each new year? Sadly, it’s also true that less than 10% of us will still be keeping up with those resolutions a mere month after making them! So, now that March has rolled around, and Spring is on the horizon, share with us how you and your family fit fitness into your daily lives. Tell us your tips for keeping kids active, share your favorite (green?!) fitness gear, or update us on your fitness resolutions!
Chemicals in skincare and personal care products are rampant. To protect our families, it’s ever-more important to educate ourself about ingredients and make wise choices. How do you choose beauty products? Do you have trusted brands or do you make your own? Share with us your best tips and recommendations for keeping your beauty routine safe and natural.
It’s the time of year to reflect back on all of the successes you’ve had in the previous year, and set some goals for yourself in the coming year. What changes did you make in 2012 towards living a more natural and eco-conscious lifestyle? What changes do you plan to make in 2013? Sharing your goals publicly is a great way to hold yourself accountable!
The holidays are a time when we can go overboard with spending. Of course, everyone loves to give gifts but do we really need to buy everything from a store? Homemade gifts are often easy and inexpensive plus you can put that extra effort into showing your loved ones that you care. Do you have thoughts about homemade holidays? Do you have any great homemade gift ideas? Share them with us!
This is the time of year when everyone is stocking up on canning jars and reading up on how to freeze meals. Finding ways to preserve our food is a great way to waste less and worry less about fixing meals. Do you have any tips on preserving food? Are there some amazing recipes you would like to share that involve canning or freezing? Let’s share our ideas and stock our kitchens!
While it’s easy to stick to your natural lifestyle when you homeschool, it’s not so easy for families with children that attend school outside the home. How do you extend your family’s lifestyle to your child’s school? Do you pack healthy lunches in reusable containers? Does your child bike or walk to school? What tips can you share with parents who want to extend their lifestyle to their child’s school?
How to live sustainably is a hot topic these days, and rightfully so. As food and energy costs continue to rise, more families are looking for ways to cut costs and their dependence on the the volatile food and energy systems. What steps has your family taken to live more sustainably. What steps would you like to take? What’s preventing you from reaching your goals?
Be the change you want to see in the world. Mahatma Gandhi said this, but we can all extend this practice to our own lives. While you set the example by living a green and natural lifestyle, those around you may not follow suit. How do you inspire others to make positive changes in their lifestyle? Do you think it’s your place to encourage change in others? How do you do that peacefully and effectively? Share your best tips and stories with us.
Take 1 or 2 weeks to explore a natural practice that you have yet to try, then tell us about how it went. Perhaps it was cloth diapering, cooking completely from scratch, ditching all paper products, eliminating plastic purchases or line drying laundry. The possibilities are endless!
As moms, so many of us forget to take care of ourselves. Share with us some things you do for YOU!
How do your kids respond to natural living? Has it been a battle? How do you help them understand the changes you are making?
March is when spring begins and with it comes the age old Spring Cleaning. However, if you are trying to live naturally then you can’t spring clean like everyone else using chemical laden products. How do you naturally clean your home? Share your tips, recipes, reasons to choose natural products, etc.
Most families face some sleep challenges in their home. Whether it’s sleeping through the night or naptime struggles with the kids – or insomnia or other sleep challenges for the adults – most of us have dealt with sleep issues. From your experiences, what tips do you have to share? How do you handle sleep problems naturally and in a gentle way?
Let’s face it – none of us are the perfect shade of green. We’re always striving to become more eco-conscious and make wiser decisions. However, sometimes it’s just not possible to make the greenest choice. What decisions have you made to not be green in your lifestyle, and how do you feel about it? What would you be mortified if your crunchier friends learned about your lifestyle choices? Spill the beans about what Green Resolutions you’re making this year.
Natural Living Blog Carnival Events from Previous Years
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