Today we welcome Rhythm of the Home sponsor Butterbean to the blog! Read on to find out more about Butterbean, and to read our interview with Summer, the creative mama who makes the natural sunscreens, lip balms, and bug sprays that Butterbean offers. And make sure to read all the way to the bottom of the post, because Butterbean has a special giveaway to share with our readers here today!

 

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Tell us a bit about Butterbean.

The mission of Butterbean is simple. It is about using healthy ingredients that protect the skin, while complementing the relationship of people to their environment. Our sunscreen, lip balm and bug spray are handmade in small batches by artisans who believe the best ingredients are natural. Butterbean products will gently nourish, protect, and heal the skin of everyone in the family.

Butterbean is a mama-owned business that makes sunscreen, bug spray, and lip balm. I started making these products for my own family and friends, and I got such positive feedback that I thought other people may want to try these natural, effective alternatives as well. I think the atmosphere for local, organic, and artisanal products is ripe right now as people realize that the best way to get a quality product is to know the first name of the person who makes it! The thing that I get most excited about when it comes to Butterbean is the list of ingredients. I use certified organic raw coconut oil and organic fair trade Shea Butter. The beeswax is from a local apiary. My apricot kernel oil is free of chemicals, and my vitamin E is from a company that makes a pledge against GMO’s. The essential oils I use in the bug spray and lip balm are 100% pure and steam distilled. I have also been pleased with finding an organic source for Neem oil as this is one of the key ingredients in Bug-a-boo. This year, Butterbean sunscreen is listed as an EWG top pick with a score of “1.”

 

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How do you balance being a business owner and parent?

Late nights! Fortunately I am a night person, so, after the children are tucked into bed, and the house is quiet, I get to work! I have a passion for family life and healthy living so I am so grateful to have this space where I can express my bliss. I have found that having a small business allows me to maintain my own identity while still being present and available to my family. It also connects me to the community in an intimate way. I get so excited when I walk into a shop that carries my sunscreen, or when I get an email about someone’s experience with my products.

 

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What is one special object in your home that makes you smile, pause, or reflect?

My oldest daughter and I share a birthday, and one year, as a gift, she made me a beautiful banner out of scraps of fabric. She cut each piece into the shape of a triangle and hot glued the pieces onto a piece of twine. She did all of this without my knowing (and I have eyes in the back of my head)! I was overwhelmed with the magnamity of a project like this for a child, and the thoughtful and generous spirit that made it. This little prayer flag hangs in my family room above a window.  I see it everyday and it reminds me of my gratefulness for the sweetness of home and family!

 

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Today Butterbean is generously offering one Rhythm of the Home reader a Butterbean gift pack. The gift pack includes 1 3oz jar of sunscreen, 1 bug-a-boo, and 1 lip balm. To enter to win, please leave a comment on this post. We will pick a winner next Thursday, June 27th.

Thanks to Butterbean for being a part of the ROTH community and for sharing with us today! For more about Butterbean, you can visit the Butterbean website, or the Butterbean blog.

 

 

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We are so thrilled to see the 2013 Summer edition of Rhythm of the Home now live. There are many wonderful articles, recipes and crafts to enjoy during this warm and lovely season.

In honor of the new launch, we are once again hosting a wonderful giveaway from many of our contributing authors. Below you will find the collection of giveaway items that are available. To enter, leave a comment with your preference and join us on our Facebook Page, and we will announce the winners on Wednesday, June 5th.

We hope that you enjoy every single bit of the new Edition as much as we have enjoyed putting it together.

Shannon is offering a spot in her e-course. Mothering with heART is an online experience that will inspire and celebrate your intuition and creativity (while nourishing your children’s creativity, too). Through daily reflections sent to your inbox, weekly art projects for the whole family, mom’s art night out, videos, interviews and personal essays (and SO much more), you will awaken to the things that matter most to YOU, while connecting to an amazing online community of mothers from all over the world! Session dates: July 8th – August 2nd.

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Shawn is offering one reader her summer e-book Lemonade and Fireflies: Inspiration for a Magical Summer. This e-book is filled with inspiration, recipes, family activities and mindful living journaling prompts to encourage you focus on what a meaningful summer would feel like for you, this workbook guides you through simple exercises that will lead YOU to have the best summer FOR YOU — and your family.

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Meagan is sharing one reader one each of- Whole Family Rhythms Autumn, Winter and Spring Guides: Whole Family Rhythms are a series of seasonal and monthly guides created and designed to help you maintain a steady rhythm in your home. The rhythms include unstructured, child-led play both outdoors and indoors; early childhood stories and fingerplays; weekly bushwalking themes; daily art, handwork or creative projects; holistic baking and cooking recipes for the whole family as well as weekly caregiver meditations and projects.

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Kerri is offering a hand-dyed “Mulberry Dreams” playsilk from her daughter’s home business: Enchanted Childhood Playthings.

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Brooke is offering a copy each of Raising a Son  & Raising A Daughter by Jeanne and Don Ellium.:: Raising a Son and Raising a Daughter are two books both found and often reached for in their home library. Written by a couple who are parents, educators and a family counselor, they are resources for thoughtful, hands on parenting.

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Michelle is offering her guide :: The Parenting Primer: A guide to positive parenting in the first six years is an eBook that introduces the key components of positive parenting for new parents, or parents of toddlers and preschoolers who want to find a better way to interact with their kids. With a mix of research based findings and stories from the author’s experiences as a parent “in the trenches”, The Parenting Primer is factual, approachable and encouraging.

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Alexandra is giving away a paperback edition of one of her family’s favorite books, “The Children of Noisy Village.”  It’s a great one to enjoy outside under a shady tree or inside a cozy nook on a rainy day.

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Brenda would like to share one gift certificate to two readers to her Etsy store Pail and Pie for $15 each.

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Amy is sharing Magic Hollow is donating a Homeschool or Early Childhood Daily Planner in the edition of the winner’s choice. The planner provides practical framework to help you create a rhythm that works for your family, alongside beautiful, original artwork.

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Erin is kindly offering a $25 credit to her shop Tiny Dreamer Creative sells block printed, fair trade apparel.

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Kathy Stowell is donating a spot in her ecourse Sew Blissful Mama. An online, take at your own pace, advanced beginner sewing class that includes all the patterns needed for an easy to sew handmade wardrobe.

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Andrea and Danielle from Crafting Connections is offering a 1-year digital subscription to our quarterly creative magazine for little ones and their grown-ups, starting with our newest issue, Celebrate Summer. Perfect for children ages 2-9, our magazines provide the tools & inspiration for raising creative children, while learning a bit about yourself, as well, along the way.

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Kelly Dahl is giving away 3 spots in her upcoming Fulfill Your Summer e-course. Fulfill Your Summer e-course is here to help you design an amazing Summer — for YOU! Taking care of yourself and your desires means you can be there for your children and create memories to last a lifetime.

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We are very excited to share the most recent edition of Rhythm of the Home with all of you.  It is always so exciting to see  it’s pages come together and to life.

While we put the finishing touches on this edition, we hope that you enjoy this small preview of some of the wonderful articles, crafts, and recipes that fill its pages.

We hope that you are all having a lovely start to the season of Summer.

Enjoy!

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Celebrating the Hard Things

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Elderflower Cordial

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Rite of Competence

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The Firefly’s Light

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Start Your Starter :: Cooking with Sourdough

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Repurposing a Pallet for Kids Jacket Rack

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Wholesome Banana Zucchini Muffins

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Lessons from the Hive  First Year Experiences in Beekeeping

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We look forward to seeing you all back here bright and early Monday morning!  (and don’t forget about the giveaway as well!)

Enjoy!

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