Hello. My name is Amber, and I’m an accidental natural parent. Three and a half years ago, when my son was born, I was a firm believer in disposable diapers, store bought baby food, and Johnson & Johnson baby products. Now, I cloth diaper, make my own baby food, wear my kids, and refuse unnecessary chemicals in my children’s lives. How I got to this point is simple: necessity.
When my son was 2 years old, after multiple doctors from all over the Dallas/Fort Worth area ran scores of tests, shrugged their shoulders and gave up, I decided to try a new solution to his stomach issues: I eliminated dairy and soy. We saw immediate improvement, and the doctors decided he had Milk Soy Protein Intolerance (MSPI). This meant we were going to have to change the way we ate and, incidentally, when you go dairy and soy free, you tend to default to natural (and often vegan) foods. Logically and financially, it made sense to also switch myself and my husband to the same foods, rather than buy for two types of diets and worry about our little guy accidentally consuming something he shouldn’t. Once we made that change, it was a natural progression to buy more organic products and reduce or eliminate things like preservatives and artificial colors. With each change, I noticed a significant change in the overall well-being of my family and strove to find more ways to “green” my family.
My daughter, like her brother, also started out in disposable diapers. I had an image in my mind of a cloth-diapering parent, and it wasn’t me. However, after she also proved to have MSPI and began to have extreme eczema, especially around her diaper area, I decided to poke around and find out more about this crazy thing called cloth. I talked to a Natural Baby Company proprietor at Birth Without Fear (BWF) in October, and she made cloth look so much easier than I ever thought it would be. Cloth diapering also appealed to us financially (who knew it was such a savings?!).
While at BWF, I also discovered doTERRA Essential Oils. With my children’s sensitivities and allergies, it seemed that somebody in our home was constantly ill and, with a rise in healthcare costs on the horizon, I was extremely intrigued by the idea of being able to treat my family naturally and on my own. So, I became an Independent Product Consultant (hello, wholesale prices!) and began my essential oil journey. Thus far, we have made it through the winter season with only minor colds, despite confirmed cases of Flu (twice) and Pertussis at my son’s preschool. Caring for my family with oils and home remedies has been not only financially freeing, but also personally empowering.
Since I’m still fairly new at a lot of aspects of natural parenting, and I’m sure there are many things I’ve yet to discover, I am over the moon about the opportunity to attend and blog about MommyCon Austin. I began blogging out of a desire to save other moms some of the sweat and tears I experienced in my parenting journey. I am a firm believer in the “it takes a village” mentality: great things happen when mommies (and daddies!) work together to give our children the best we possibly can.
I have high hopes for MommyCon Austin, and I can’t wait to see you all in April!
Amber Dunn has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Texas Tech University, where she specialized in Literature and Language studies. Since graduation, she has worked as a bookstore manager; a tutor; a Freelance Writer; and a Configuration Analyst in the Aerospace Industry. Currently, she holds a variety of positions: Preschooler Wrangler, Diaper Changer, Bottle Washer, Shopper, Bottle Washer, Bottle Washer, House Cleaner, Laundress…in short, a SAHM. Oh, and she’s also a blogger and dabbles in sewing.
Amber lives in the DFW area with her husband, son (Thing 1), daughter (Thing 2), and a dog that could double as a pony.