Mother’s Day #ClothDiaperHop Sponsor Spotlight: Babee Greens

Fitted Cloth DiaperI’ve got another wonderful Prize Package full of cloth diapers for you all!  This one is for a fun event called “Mother’s Day Cloth Diaper Hop Giveaway”!  The giveaways will go live on Monday, May 1st and run until Saturday night, the 12th… with the Winner being notified on Mother’s Day!  There are over 90 blogs participating and all have at least a $25 Cloth Prize, but a lot have prize packs worth over $100… including So Easy Being Green! The first fabulous Sponsor in my Prize Pack is Babee Greens!  These diapers and this wonderful company are one of my absolute favorites that I’ve ever worked with, and some of my favorite fitteds!

Our line of certified organic cloth baby diapers and baby products was developed out of a desire to provide an environmentally friendly alternative to traditional chemically grown cloth and plastic disposable diapers. Created in the Blue Ridge Mountains nearly ten years ago, Babee Greens, formerly Baby Greens Diaper Company, began as a small business with one big goal of nurturing babies and the environment. Now owned and operated exclusively by mothers, Babee Greens has continued to expand its sustainable and biodegradable product selection, with all of its products made in the USA. The diapers and related diaper products are manufactured in Asheville, N.C.

I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing {and then buying 3 more} of their hemp and organic cotton blend diaper and their wool cover {and buying another!} in the past.  This time around, I get to see what their organic cotton diaper is all about!

Growing Greens is our original one size diaper, fitting most babies 5-35 lbs. The two part diaper system is constructed entirely from the softest fleece knit, 100% unbleached cotton thread and natural rubber elastic. Our unique non-PVC, hypoallergenic snap system offers wide adjustment for thigh and back allowing a custom fit. The functionality of the two part snap in design creates a trim, multi-fit diaper that enables a thorough cleanse and quick drying time.

Babee Greens Fitted Cloth Diaper

I absolutely love our organic cotton and hemp blend and it really absorbs a lot, as I mainly use them for overnight paired with a wool cover.  I was pleasantly surprised that this diaper seems just as absorbent, but softer – a big plus, especially with a little baby! The design of this fitted is unique in that they recommend using only the contour insert for small babies, 5-10 lbs.  Then, you can use only the diaper, without the snap-in insert, for smaller babies, 10-18 lbs.   Once you have a larger baby, or for overnight purposes, you’ll want to use both the insert and the diaper.  I also add in an extra doubler for overnight cloth diapering.  The rise has 2 sets of snaps and for the smaller setting, you simply fold down the diaper as I’ve done on Moreaya!  If I had to choose between what I liked best between the hemp/cotton blend and the organic cotton cloth diaper from Babee Greens, well, I would be quite in trouble.  Although I love, love, love the way the legs have a tiny bit of a frill around them!  😉

Buy It:  You can purchase a Babee Greens Organic Fitted Diaper on their website for $19.95.

Get a head start to the awesome Mother’s Day Cloth Diaper Hop Prize Package by liking Babee Greens on Facebook!

I’d love to hear your opinion about Babee Greens… if you’ve tried them, let me know what you think!  If you haven’t… why not?!

We had such a great time at the Great Cloth Diaper Change 2012!

We had a WONDERFUL time at the Great Cloth Diaper Change this weekend!  I attended the Change in Knoxville, TN – it was quite a drive for me, about an hour and a half, but well worth it!  I went with a friend and her 4 month old son.  It was such a fun time because our location really outdid themselves from last year!

Source: GCDC, Knoxville

This year, the Knoxville location held a Natural Parenting Expo as well.  It was a fun time, getting to meet and see local businesses… including Swaddlebees & Blueberry Diapers {who are local to Knoxville} and Cutie Tooties  – and lots more!

Our location made up some cute shirts, which I definitely had to have for the girls and I!  They gave away some great prizes and even though I didn’t have any luck that day, it was still fun to enter for them!  Sophia enjoyed the Music & Movement program too!  Moreaya loved the Expo too as she got to ride around in our new Beco Gemini the whole time… and loved it {so did I!}.

Source: GCDC, Knoxville

When it was time for The Change, we went into a separate room that was quite full of Mama’s and Babies!  Sophia snacked while we waited patiently for the time to come!

GCDC Change

Moreaya was changed into her brand new Bummis Easyfit – the same diaper I reviewed last Fluffy Friday!  Although she doesn’t look like she enjoyed it at the moment, she did afterwards!

Sophia GCDC

I was so happy to be a part of the 2012 Great Cloth Diaper Change!  It’s a wonderful event that’s bringing awareness to the ease of using modern cloth diapers and their benefits!

Did any of you participate in a GCDC in your area?  I’d love to hear how it went!

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Finding My New Normal
I’m an American living in London with my amazing husband. On August 13, 2010 our lives were shattered when we lost our son at 36 weeks pregnant. After struggling with infertility for many years, we thought we were finally going to have our miracle baby. Sadly, this is not what happened and I struggle every day to make sense of it all. But I am determined to get my life back. Not my old life of course, but a new life,,, a new normal. I have no idea how I am going to find it yet but I just know I will. We decided to try for another baby using an egg donor. In October of 2011 we got the wonderful news that I’m pregnant again. Now we’re just hoping and praying that this baby sticks around and becomes our take home baby. As I am quickly realizing, pregnancy after loss is no walk in the park. So watch for lots of writing about how The Hubby and I navigate our way through it all. I’m starting to think that my new normal is going to be much more complicated and stressful than my old normal ever was.

When did Sophia turn into a Picky Eater!?

Moreaya will be 4 months old this week!  These last 16 weeks have flown by and are a bit hazy… how can she really be this old!?  I am planning to start her on infant cereal soon and it got me to thinking about how we’ll introduce other solid foods.

Moreaya Smile Daddy.jpg

With Sophia, I started cereal around 4 months and then a couple of weeks later I started with Green Vegetables then Orange Veggies then last came Fruits.  I did it that way after a pediatrician told me that if you started with Fruits, the baby may associate all foods with the sweetness of fruits and dislike the veggies more.  So, we did it.  Sophia was the best little eater.  She actually seemed to prefer her Peas and Green Beans over Fruits!

When she started eating table food, she loved broccoli, asparagus… She was such a good girl with her veggies!  Our family was always commenting on how well she ate.

Sophia Smile Eating

And then… she became…a TODDLER!  Now, even with a good foundation of healthy foods, she despises broccoli {I know she still likes it deep down, even though she pretends to despise it, right!?}, won’t touch her asparagus and goes straight for the fruit on her plate – after requesting cookies for dinner – which she doesn’t get!

So, what happened to my good little veggie-eating girl!?  I certainly hope this is a phase and it gets better!

Now your little baby is a toddler, and you still have a lot to learn about feeding your toddler! At this stage, your toddler’s growth rate and appetite slows down. A toddler’s first agenda is to establish himself or herself as an individual. Stubbornness and fierce independence may be displayed at mealtime. A new challenge emerges for you because “toddler-hood” is an important time to establish healthy, lifelong food preference and eating habits. In order to do that, it helps to know what you’re up against and how to deal with it. Here is a great article from Earth’s Best on how to deal with this new “challenge”.

Real Diaper Week: Today’s the Day! Attend a local GCDC Event!

This blog post is a part of a series to celebrate Real Diaper Week and the Great Cloth Diaper Change that will be taking place this Saturday, April 21, 2012.  Each day this week, I’ll be discussing a different angle on the topic of cloth diapers to bring more awareness to the Event and to CD’s themselves!  Feel free to chime in by way of the Comments section, or if you’re a blogger yourself – JOIN IN the fun!

Great Cloth Diaper Change 2012 – Attend and invite a friend to a local GCDC event!

Today’s the Big Day!  At 12:30 pm EST today, I’ll be changing Moreaya into a brand new Bummis EasyFit with Snaps!  {Read my review on the diaper in yesterday’s Fluffy Friday post!}

I hope you’ve already made plans to attend a Great Cloth Diaper Change Event in your area because it’s going to be a ton of fun!  We’re helping spread the news about modern cloth diapers AND breaking a Guinness Book World Record!

Fluffy Friday: The Brand *NEW* Bummis EasyFit!

All in One Cloth DiapersTo say I was excited when Bummis said they would send me a sample of their brand new – not even on the market yet – EasyFit diaper for me to use in tomorrow’s Great Cloth Diaper Change… would be a major understatement!

I tried my first EasyFit after seeing a few different blog reviews and because they were always rave reviews.  Do I like them?  Well, let’s just say there are now 6 EasyFits in Moreaya’s stash more than any other diaper I own.  They worked wonderfully on Sophia when I added an extra hemp insert into the Pocket.  Yep, there’s a pocket even though it’s an AIO.  And miraculously, they worked wonderfully on Moreaya as a newborn!  Now, at around 13lbs, they fit her so well, still at the smallest setting.

So, I was excited to see the changes that had been made for the remodel of the EasyFit.

The new EasyFit will come in a Snaps version!  Although I preferred snaps with Sophia at an older age, I definitely prefer Aplix, especially in the EasyFits.  Their aplix is unlike any other on cloth diapers and I’ve never heard anyone complain about it getting worn out and not sticking to laundry tabs.  It’s quite the miracle aplix!

The insert is made out of minky, which seems to be how a lot of manufacturers are going now in the cloth diapering world.  The fun part about Bummis’ minky is the fact that it color coordinates with the PUL of the diaper – as does the Aplix and snaps on the outside of the diaper.

Those are the major changes of the diaper, along with some super duper cute prints!  The changes have definitely only improved this already great diaper.  Minky is supposed to not be prone to stink as much as microfiber does and it’s super trim – although I always found EasyFits to be super trim.  The minky is very soft against baby’s skin.  I also love that it isn’t hard after line drying.  I always had to throw my EasyFits in the dryer after line drying them because the old style would get a bit crunchy with line drying only.

Bummis EasyFit

The diaper fits Moreaya well and seems to be as absorbent as the old style – easily lasting about 3 hours on her.

As I said, this is the diaper Moreaya will be getting changed into at the Great Cloth Diaper Change tomorrow!  Be sure to check back next week when I recap our Knoxville, TN Event!

Buy It:  I had heard rumors that they would be available this month, but I haven’t heard an exact date.  I’ll be sure to share with you when these diapers are available in the US!

Real Diaper Week: Re-Using Cloth Diapers!

This blog post is a part of a series to celebrate Real Diaper Week and the Great Cloth Diaper Change that will be taking place this Saturday, April 21, 2012.  Each day this week, I’ll be discussing a different angle on the topic of cloth diapers to bring more awareness to the Event and to CD’s themselves!  Feel free to chime in by way of the Comments section, or if you’re a blogger yourself – JOIN IN the fun!

Real Simple Real Diapers Reuse –  Reuse, traveling with cloth, cloth diapering at night

Today, I’m going to be tackling the idearea of “re-using” cloth!  {Although I have a ton to say about traveling with cloth diapers AND cloth diapering at night… if I blogged about all 3 you’d be reading for awhile!}

There are a few different ways that I can think of, that you can re-use cloth.

  • The first and most obvious is re-using on more than one of your children.  There are several diapers that I have in Moreaya’s stash {probably about 3/4} that were Sophia’s diapers.  If you launder your diapers according to the manufacturer’s guidelines, line dry your covers {this prolongs your diapers so much!}, and generally take good care of them… there’s no reason that your cloth diapers won’t last through at least 2 children, maybe even more!  A couple of factors could influence how long a diaper lasts, other than laundering, such as the size of your stash {if you have a huge amount of diapers, they probably aren’t being worn as much as if you only have 15} and Aplix/Snaps.  Aplix just tends to not last quite as long as Snaps.
  • The second way to re-use diapers is to Buy and Sell used cloth diapers!  It’s a great way to build or add to your stash for about 1/2 the cost of new diapers!  I’ve written a post about the Advantages & Disadvantages of buying used cloth diapers in the past.  Although there are things to look out for and to keep in mind, it’s a great way to re-use cloth diapers and make them even more green {both by buying them cheaper, getting some of your money back out of your original investment, and recycling/re-using them}!
  • The last way to re-use cloth diapers is to donate them!  The Real Diaper Association, the fabulous group behind Real Diaper Week and the Great Cloth Diaper Change, is a great organization and is working with the US and Canada locations of the Great Cloth Diaper Change to accept diaper donations at the Event Locations.  There are a few great organizations that take diaper donations, such as: Giving Diapers, Giving Hope.

The Benefits of Carpooling | How to Rideshare

As fuel prices rise, the cost of commuting to and from work can start to eat into your monthly budget. This becomes even more apparent the further you live from work. The easiest way to save money on gas, short of taking public transportation (which isn’t an option for everyone), is to organize a carpool or rideshare. You can start by chatting with coworkers about the idea to gauge interest. It may be helpful to post a notice or send out a mass email stating that you’re interested in starting a carpool. Even if you only find one other person to carpool with every day, you could end up saving a lot of money.

Carpool savings

The main reason most people start carpooling is to spend less money on gas. Carpooling with just one other person, if you alternate driving days, will result in a 50 percent decrease in fuel costs. You’ll also save money over time on car maintenance resulting from regular wear and tear. Another carpool benefit that is often overlooked is time saved. If your commute is 30 minutes each way, you’ll lose an hour to driving every day. Carpooling spreads the driving responsibility around so you’re able to be productive during that hour when someone else is driving. You can get a jump on answering morning emails, or even read the newspaper.

Multiply your carpool savings

The more people in your carpool, the more money you’ll save. One other carpooler is great, but you can reduce your driving time and cost dramatically if you find three or four other carpool participants. At a certain point, picking up several carpoolers each morning and dropping them off each night will add time to your commute, but for many people the benefits outweigh the costs.

Bonus carpooling benefits

Not only does carpooling save you money, but also it reduces your overall environmental impact. Fewer cars on the road will produce less pollution and release fewer emissions into the air. You may be also eligible for unexpected monthly savings; some insurance providers offer car insurance discounts to drivers who rideshare. Call your insurance agent to find out if your provider offers a carpooling discount. If it doesn’t, consider calling a few other companies to compare car insurance quotes and rideshare discount policies.

The Clean Towel Giveaway – $300+ Prize Giveaway!

Welcome to The Clean Towel giveaway hosted by Mom with a dot com & MamaNYCThis isn’t your ordinary giveaway but it’s just as sweet. We got together with some great blogs to give our readers the chance to win an awesome prize package!

The Clean Towel is an innovative, sustainable and eco-friendly product that will save you money. Imagine not having to spend so much for paper towels and helping our environment at the same time. Sounds great, huh?

The Clean Towel’s main goal is to get some opinions of consumers like you.

They have created a simple survey that will take you no longer than five minutes {they promised}. They are evening sweetening the deal by offering an amazing prize package valued at over $300 – including an Android Tablet! Now, I don’t want to tell you too much more about The Clean Towel or it might take the fun out of the survey.

One lucky winner is going to receive the following prize pack valued over $300!

*Please Note: Items may be larger than they appear*

*Camera & iPhone not included*

Check out all of these prizes that are included in this prize pack!

  • Android Tablet ($100)
  • Verizon Tablet Sleeve ($15)
  • Scentsy Groovy White Plug-In ($20)
  • Scentsy Bar / Cerise ($5)
  • Tenth & Final Season of Smallville ($40)
  • The Knight Life: Chivalry Ain’t Dead, book ($15)
  • mark. Night Iris Eau de Toilette Spray ($24)
  • Black Medium Collapsible Tote ($10)
  • Two AMC Theatre Movie Tickets ($25)
  • Giant Sidewalk Chalk Pencil ($11)
  • Gary Fong Flip-Cage ($22)
  • Gary Fong iPhone Tripod Adapter ($20)
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Real Diaper Week: Health Benefits of using Cloth Diapers and Cloth in Day Cares

This blog post is a part of a series to celebrate Real Diaper Week and the Great Cloth Diaper Change that will be taking place this Saturday, April 21, 2012.  Each day this week, I’ll be discussing a different angle on the topic of cloth diapers to bring more awareness to the Event and to CD’s themselves!  Feel free to chime in by way of the Comments section, or if you’re a blogger yourself – JOIN IN the fun!

Real Simple Real Diapers for Babies – Health benefits, cloth diapers in hospitals, or cloth diapers in day cares

Not only are cloth diapers better for the Environment, better for your Wallet, but they are also better for your Baby!

Disposable diapers contain traces of Dioxin, an extremely toxic by-product of the paper-bleaching process.  It is a carcinogenic chemical, listed by the EPA as the most toxic of all cancer-linked chemicals.  It is banned in most countries, but not the U.S.  Source

Along with getting rid of all those dangerous chemicals in disposable diapers, you also see other health benefits with using cloth diapers.  Most parents find that their babies have less diaper rash issues too!

Today, I also wanted to touch on the subject of Cloth Diapers in Day Care.  Before I became a Stay-at-Home-Mom, I was an Owner/Director of a childcare center.  I had 40 children ranging from 6 weeks – 5 years old on a daily basis in my center.  If a parent would have came into the center and said they wanted us to use cloth diapers on their child, I would have literally laughed in their face.  At that time, I thought cloth diapers were still “your grandma’s cloth diapers”, you know… flat diapers and pins.  I would have thought there was no way to use them hygienically and keep everything straight between children.

I would have been wrong.  Cloth diapers would be completely doable in Child Care Centers.  After my experience with both, even though at different points in my life, I know using cloth in a child care setting would be relatively easy, if the center was well prepared.

So, if you’re child attends a daycare, be patient with the center.  Approach the subject with knowledge and show your center director an example of a modern cloth diaper {and make sure it’s a simple one!}.  I think the more we expose people to modern cloth diapers, the more people will use them… even in day cares!

Real Diaper Week: $$$ Savings using Cloth Diapers

This blog post is a part of a series to celebrate Real Diaper Week and the Great Cloth Diaper Change that will be taking place this Saturday, April 21, 2012.  Each day this week, I’ll be discussing a different angle on the topic of cloth diapers to bring more awareness to the Event and to CD’s themselves!  Feel free to chime in by way of the Comments section, or if you’re a blogger yourself – JOIN IN the fun!

Real Simple Real Diapers Savings – Cost savings, diapering on a budget, cloth diaper banks or support organizations

I’ll admit… the first and foremost reason I chose to use cloth diapers on Sophia {and now Moreaya too} was Money.  I would about guarantee you that $$$ Savings is one of the top two reasons that every family decides to use cloth diapers.  Sure, the eco-friendliness was a big factor as well, and after choosing to use cloth, I’ve become green in other aspects of my life too, but money was definitely the deciding factor!

In my “Why Choose Cloth?” article, I share the savings in a very simple and easy to understand way…

Cloth Diapers are Better for your Wallet. – The average cost savings of using Cloth vs. Disposables is an alarming statistic on it’s own.

“Over a 3 1/2 year time period, you will have used over 8,700 disposable diapers on one child, totaling $2358 for discounted name brands and $1862 for generic/store brands.” – Source {great breakdown of diaper price}

There are factors that will determine just how much money you’ll save by using cloth diapers.

  • Types of cloth diapers you buy.  {Prefolds & Covers are by far the cheapest route of cloth diapering with Pockets/AIO’s being one of the most expensive routes – but still much cheaper than using disposables in the long run.}
  • Whether you purchase all new or some used diapers.
  • How many you buy or how big your stash is.
  • If you re-use the diapers for more than 1 child.

No matter how you choose to build your stash and what types of diapers you choose to use on your little one, you’ll be making a huge impact on our Earth and Waste Reduction as well as on your Wallet!

Learning her ABCs.

Sophia has been singing her ABCs for awhile now.  When she first started singing them, a few rantogether, some were   left   out, but it was still entertaining and very good for her age!

Now, we’re working on recognizing letters by sight.  She knows the majority of the 26, but there’s still a few that she gets hung up on… J, K, M, N, Q, U, and the differences in I and T, & V and Y. We point out letters everywhere – at the grocery store, in books, on signs.  I also realize that even though she knows most of them, it’s very easy to lose that knowledge if we don’t reinforce the behavior quite often.

One fun way that we are practicing our ABCs lately is with our Organic Letter of the Day Cookies from Earth’s Best Organics Sesame Street line of products!  Sophia loves the fun of learning – I got so lucky with this little gal – and she enjoys eating the letters even more!