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   Nov 30

Ohhhh…..I LOVE mama cloth!

So I wasn’t exactly sure on how to go about this. But  I wanted to talk about that wonderful thing that most of us dread every month. Call it what you will (period, cycle, BFF, Aunt Flo), for the purposes of this article, and any that I discuss, I call it AF (Aunt Flo). I think I was in a group of TTC (trying to conceive) when I first heard this term. It has since grown on me. So I wanted to discuss some green ways to get through this week (or days for some of you lucky gals).

I am sure that most of the population use one of two forms to “collect” AF.These are what I was using prior to mama cloth. The first one I started with was pads, ya know the always, kotex, etc, kind. You can buy these at your local grocery store. These worked great until high school and then I switched over to tampons (I always preferred Tampax, but whichever). This was what I used, and most of us have only ever heard of!

Then about 18 months ago I started using cloth diapers. I fell in love with these. I joined a few chat groups and at some point saw someone talking about mama cloth….say what?

Ahhh…mama cloth. Yes, I was certainly skeptical about these. I mean where do you put them after you have used them? How do you wash them? What if you work, you have to carry these around? Yes, these were all my questions. I mean, I didn’t want to carry a gross pad in my purse all day at work, right?

So I am going to break it down for you. First mama pads are wonderful. I mainly only use them at night and for liners, and right in the beginning of AF since it is heaviest then. I also use a menstrual cup (which I will discuss next week). These are also great for those first 6 weeks home with your baby, when you cannot use a cup or tampon.

So this is what a mama cloth looks like:

intro-kit-ws mini-pad-ws

Green Baby Goods carries Lunapads, which come in all sizes and flows, a great way to start out. All of the ones that I own have fleece on the back to help in them shifting. Some brands work better than others for this, and some even use PUL.

You can go about this in a few different ways. I have a small Planetwise bag that I use when I go into work, a ziploc bag will also work. I do not carry this with me to the bathroom, I just wrap it up into itself (see below) and carry it back to my desk to put into my bag. Most of the pads that I have bought have snaps that snap around your underwear, then you flip them to snap shut.

The top snap I use to snap onto my underwear, the one furthest out I snap when I wrap it up.

Like so:

So they really are pretty discrete, and when they are wrapped up like this, you can fit several in a quart sized freezer bag.

Now for home, I use at old wipes container and just throw them in there when they are used, and then I store them all in the same tub when they are cleaned and not being used for the other 3 weeks of the month. It was free and I found a way to re-purpose it. A wet bag and Ziploc bag would work in the same way.

So far all of the mama cloth I have purchased come with instructions on how to wash. To be honest, I just throw mine in with my cloth diapers, which is virtually the same instructions. But I am not going out of my way to wash them. I throw them in a quick wash right with my cloth diapers to rinse them in cold and I wash on hot with vinegar and eco friendly non scented Eco’s. I do not have a line in my yard (yet!), but I stick mine on top of my dryer or dry on extra low (a setting my new dryer has), and they still look like new.

I am a fan of mama cloth and I promote it to everyone. I hope that this helps in your quest to learn more.


   Aug 24

Accessorize for August Giveaway!

Welcome to the Accessorize your stash in August Event, hosted by According to Jenny and So Easy Being Green! We’re taking a fun spin on the Cloth Diaper Giveaway Hop Events and bringing you one with lots of accessories to use with your fluff!

This Event will run from August 24 – August 31st! Each blogger has a great Prize for you, so be sure to hop around to them all and Accessorize your Cloth Diaper Stash!

We have teamed up with several other blogs to bring you this great prize! All items being given away in this hop have at least one accessory. So if you are looking for inserts, wipes, detergent, etc, you have come to the right place! There will be some gift cards and fluff a long the way too! So kick back, relax and have fun. Only the first entry gets your name in, all of the others will get you additional entries! :-)



Green Baby Goods is giving away a set of Bummas Wipes in your choice of color. These can be used in replace of your paper wipes (Huggies, Luvs, Pampers, etc) or they can be used as dry wipes for drying off baby before putting the diaper on. Bummas wipes can also be used as wash cloths for the tub or family cloth. They have so many uses!

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According to Jenny, So Easy Being Green, and the Accessorize your Stash participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations.

 


   Jun 23

$600+ Cloth Diaper Giveaway! #UltimateFluff Event!

The Ultimate Fluff Stash Giveaway

Welcome to The Ultimate Fluff Stash Giveaway hosted by Daily Mothering and sponsored by Kebbie’s Diaper Bag! We are giving away a huge cloth diaper prize pack valued at over $600 to one lucky winner!

You could win all of the following:

The Ultimate Fluff Stash Giveaway

30 Bubbz 3.0 Quadcore Anti-Leak Pocket Diapers
Bubbz Ultimate Wet/Dry Bag
Bubbz Super Cinch Pail Liner

For a total retail value of $634.40!

Winner chooses colors and prints!

Haven’t heard of Bubbz 3.0 Cloth Diapers? These new one-size cloth diapers from Kebbie’s Diaper Bag feature a waterproof TPU outer, super soft microfleece inner, color coded waist snaps, four rows of rise snaps, dual pockets, extra gentle leg gussets, and a Quadcore Anti-Leak Protection System complete with twin gussets, a back pocket gusset, and a front waterproof flap. Each diaper comes with 2 Deluxe Organic Bamboo Cotton Inserts for superior absorption. The inserts snap onto the diaper, and they can either be stuffed inside the dual pocket opening for a stay-dry feel or laid on top of the diaper against your baby’s skin for a soft natural fiber layer. Read the Bubbz 3.0 diaper review at Daily Mothering for more details and pictures!

Want to win?

Use the Rafflecopter below to enter the giveaway. This giveaway ends on June 30th at 11:59pm and is open to contestants in the US only, ages 18+.

The more entries you submit, the better chances you have of winning!

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   Jun 21

How To Make Wool Dryer Balls from Wool Batting

OK last week I brought you the simple quick, and easy to get products to make the wool dryer balls from wool yarn. This week I am bringing a tutorial on how to make them from wool batting. Most of the shops that you see online either use wool batting or wool roving. I actually use both! Now I find batting, really by googling it. Last time I wanted organic batting, which was a little more of a challenge, so I was able to find it on Etsy. The shop that I purchased my wool from is Bungalow Bear, but I am sure there are many out there if she is out of stock.

So here is a visual of the wool spread out on my living room floor. 2 lbs is a lot! So I spread this out in a big area where I have a lot of space as it is about 10 feet long and 2 feet wide. You then start at the top and pull a very thin layer from one end to the other. Thinner is better. It is easier when you start winding it.

You will then take the wool and start winding it around itself, making a ball. Wind the wool as tight as possible, making the ball more dense. Yes, this will cramp your hand after some time, but a lightweight ball will put a bunch of wrinkles all over the ball, which makes in work, but not as pretty, and who wants ugly balls??

Now, optional, but in my opinion necessary, get a felting needle (eBay for a couple of bucks shipped) and as you go punch this needle into the ball multiple times. I do this every time I grab another piece of wool. It does make the process take more time, but it holds the ball together and if you need to set it down, you can.

Here is what felting the ball looks like. Really, it is just poking it. The felting needle is a regular needle, but it has these grooves in it that grabs pieces of the wool and pushes them down into the ball.

Just keep doing this until your ball is big. And by big I mean bigger than a softball. I have seen dryer balls that are the size of golf balls up to the size of softballs. The size in completely up to you. I like mine to be bigger because they are less likely to get stuck inside of clothes (shirt sleeves, pajama pants, etc). Keeping in mind that when you start the washing part, the ball will shrink.

So after your ball is done being wound into a ball, you will then put it into a nylon stocking. I have seen people tie the knot right to the ball, I make it a little loose so that it doesn’t put a mark on the ball. Remember to put the seam of the nylon on the outside, in other words, flip the nylon inside out, and then put your ball in. You are doing this so that the line on the nylon doesn’t get put on the outside of your beautiful ball!

Then put your ball into a pillow case, and tie the pillow case with a knot. And throw your ball into a wash on HOT water. I use Eco’s Detergent, but really any eco-friendly detergent will work. I wash each ball three times on hot water. Then remove the ball from the wash and the pillow case.

You will see the fibers of the wool coming through you nylon. The nylon may take some time and work to get off of your ball since the fibers have started making their way out. This is a GOOD sign, your ball felted right!

Here is my ball:

Now the ball will be misshaped and the wool, in my opinion, doesn’t smell too good. So you shape it back into place, nice and round and throw it in the dryer on high. This will dry to the round shape and help get the wool smell out. Time will really help with that too. When you have dried it your ball should look something like this:

Now before you dry it you can add wool roving in just about any color. I felt mine on and then wash on hot 2 more times. I also then add the scent and throw those into the dryer. You can see my complete wool dryer balls here.

 


   Jun 21

Summer Cloth Diaper Hop

I have decided to go on a mission to try just about every cloth diaper out there. And not for any other reason but I love the experience. Seeing that my mail has come. opening the mailbox to see a package that I know is fluff, getting to prep my new fluff and then out using it, and doing extra laundry, just so I can get it back on the baby. Yes, new fluff is wonderful!

 

So as most of you know I run the store Green Baby Goods and put out a question of what my fan’s favorite diapers were and one of them had mentioned Groovycheeks. Now until that day I had never heard of them, and I have heard of a lot, so I started looking into them. Groovycheeks offers 2 different types of diapers, both are pockets, but one is has a microfiber insert with a microfleece inner, and the other is their bamboo diaper with 100% bamboo fleece inner. So I contacted them about carrying them in my store, and got in a stock of their bamboo diapers. They asked if I would like to have one to review, and I said ABSOLUTELY! So, in came my fluffy mail!

Here is what sets this diaper apart from the others. The first thing is the inside of the diaper. It is charcoal in color. So, when baby poo’s, there is no staining (why aren’t more companies doing this?!?!). The second is how trim the insert is and that it is made up of 70% bamboo 30% cotton.

 The outside is made of a very soft material, not PUL, as the PUL is hidden, so it feels more like a pair of shorts, rather than I diaper which was also very appealing!

 

I added a few in motion shots so that you can really see how trim this diaper really is!

Pros:
No stains will show
All natural insert
Natural fibers touch baby
TRIM!
One sized

Cons:
Only comes with one insert. I have a SUPER heavy wetter since he drinks non-stop, so he only lasted about an hour in it

Buy Groovycheeks HERE

Would you like to win a Groovycheeks Bamboo Cloth Diaper AND a $10 gift card to Green Baby Goods? Fill out the form below!!

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   Jun 19

Have You Tried “A Happy Green Life”?

As many of you know, I am a cloth diaper addict! I am constantly on the hunt to try new cloth diapers. I am privileged enough to have a daycare that will also use cloth diapers. Unfortunately because he goes through them much quicker at daycare, then at home, we end up doing a whole lot of diaper laundry. With that being said, I don’t mind doing the fluff laundry at all. The longest part is stuffing pockets and actually getting them ready for hubby to take with him in the morning.

I really don’t have a detergent that I stick with. Every kind of detergent that I have tried since I started cloth diapering 19 months ago has changed with each one that I use up. What I can tell you, is that I choose with the ones that specifically say that they are cloth diaper safe. I have put a lot of money into my stash, and I strive to make it last as long as possible.

I was recently given the opportunity to try A Happy Green Life. The product is made right here in America, which recently has started to mean more to me. It is also made by a couple of mama’s right at home, and I love supporting local mama’s! I have an HE washing machine and soft water, which is where I messed up right in the beginning with this.

So I was super excited to get to be able to test out the Dreamcicle scented wash. The smell reminded me of those Flinstone Push-ups, it smells so good! The back of the bag says to get a stronger scent to let the clothes soak, I did this, and noticed no difference in scent. I really wanted my clothes to smell like Dreamcicle too!

 

But nonetheless, the wash is pretty inexpensive, considering I was able to use such a small portion of it. Right in the beginning I was using a little too much of the wash and it didn’t seem to rinse out of my diapers making them stink as soon as urine touched them. But after a few trial and error runs I noticed that I needed to use a little less of the wash. I will admit this was very discouraging to me and I hate writing a bad review, so before I do, I try and tinker with it a little bit, just to make sure that there isn’t something that I am missing, like I found here. I also will say that it did not seem to get the stains out as well as others, but the same as other cloth diaper powders. I am not sure if it makes a difference that it is a powder or not, but the stains from the diapers did seem to show up more with this wash. But when I lined dried them, the stains did come right out. I do not think this is the wash itself though, I honestly think it is powder detergent in general, because that is the only time I have noticed it.

 

Pro’s:

Made In America

Made from a WAHM

Smells delish

Inexpensive (plus only $5 shipping!)

Con’s:

Takes some trial and error to get the right amount

Smell won’t stay on clothing :-(

Does not get out all of the stains

I received A Happy Green Life wash as part of a Karma Media campaign. All opinions are 100% mine.

 

Ready to win your own bag of A Happy Green Life? One winner will be selected to win a free bag of wash in your choice of scent!

 

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   Jun 18

5,000 Fan Giveaway!

We have made it to 5,000 fans, and we couldn’t be happier! Green Baby Goods would like to celebrate by giving away some items that we carry in our store!

We are personally giving away a $25 gift card to purchase anything in the store! Pick and choose from whatever you want!

Please take a minute and visit each of our wonderful sponsors, without them, this giveaway would not be possible (or at least wouldn’t be as great!)!

Eco Nuts are a product made right here in the U.S.A. Although the actual nut itself is grown in the Himalayas. All of their other ingredients and packaging are sourced from US suppliers. All of their products are cruelty and paraben-free, vegan, tested only on humans, and utilize recycled or recyclable packaging! They carry lots of cleaning preducts. Even body soaps and lip balm.

Eco Nuts is giving you a Medium Size Eco Nuts Soap Nuts (100 Loads)!

 

Bummas wipes are fairly new to the cloth diapering world. Their wipes have several uses. They can be used to wipe off extra wetness after using a wipe to help in preventing rashes, they can be used as a cleaning cloth around the home, and can replace the paper wipes altogether and save money and waste on disposable wipes. Bummas wipes are unique in that they will not shrink nor fade and come in some beautiful colors. They have also recently won several awards such as the Eco Excellence Awardin skin care and the Parent Tested Parent Approved (PTPA) Seal of Approval.

 

Bummas is giving you 2 sets of their wonderful wipes! And they are also offering free shipping between June 19 – June 22 for Summer Solstice. To take advantage of this offer, visit them here.

 

The GoGreen Pocket diapers are 4 sizes in one! Their unique configuration of adjustable rise and waist snaps provides TRUE birth-to-potty fit. Never un-stuff a dirty diaper again! Inserts self-agitate out in the wash cycle. Dual Gussets™ Technology provides unbeatable leak protection. Soft, stay-dry sueded lining gently shields your baby from moisture. Waterproof diaper outer keeps diaper trim and fashion-forward!

GoGreen Diapers is giving you a free pocket diaper from their champ line. They also have fun colorful snaps, and are a very affordable cloth diaper. Go Green also has a unique snap to hook and loop converter for dad’s and sitters!

If you have not tried anything from Earth Mama Angel Baby you sure are missing out! Their products are about as natural and good for you as you can get! They use the highest-quality, certified-organic or organically grown herbs and oils for our teas, bath herbs, gentle handmade soaps, salves, lotions and massage oils. Their products are 100% toxin-free, cruelty-free, vegan, and free from all artificial preservatives, fragrances and dyes. Their commitment to honor the earth and her valuable resources extends to our packaging as well – they use only eco-friendly recyclable or reused/reusable packaging and packing materials. It’s true – they are even the proud recipients of the BRAG (Business Recycling Award Group) for our green practices. And their products are made right here in the USA!

Earth Mama Angel Baby is giving you a very special package called A Little Something For Baby. It includes:

A Little Something For Baby Includes:
Angel Baby Shampoo & Body Wash 1.67oz
Angel Baby Bottom Balm 1oz
Angel Baby Lotion 2oz
Angel Baby Oil 1 oz

Their balm is cloth diaper safe, the shampoo and body wash makes for some great smelling wipes, and I am in LOVE with their lotion!

 

Wahmies has a very unique one-sized pocket diaper. The inside of this diaper is one of my favorites. They have an amazing diaper technology with a super soft, cozy and comfortable viscose of bamboo and organic cotton velour layer inside.   A solvent free waterproof fabric that loops around the edges to create a barrier and makes side leaking a thing of the past.  Included with each diaper is our fold to fit viscose of bamboo and cotton insert keeping the diaper absorbent and trim. You will be impressed by the soft inner fabric and very happy with the barrier we have created to keep baby and caregiver dry.  The front features three rows of snaps for a sure adjustment of small, medium, and large sizes to fit 7-30 pounds.  Not only does Wahmies One Size with Hydro-Assure(tm) look adorable and soft, it is easy to wash too.  Our Hydro-Assure(tm) diaper comes in to die for prints and colors!   As with all Cloth Diaper Company products this diaper this diaper is USA made.

Wahmies is giving you one of their deluxe one sized pocket diapers! Choose between girl or gender neutral colors.



 

Luv Your Baby is the home of Kawaii. If you have not yet tried one of their diapers, for the cost, they are wonderful! They carry mostly pockets, but have recently started carrying swim diapers, and trainers (available at the end of June)! This is a great diaper for under $10. And the Good Night Heavy Wetter is a best seller at Green Baby Goods. They are the only things that work in our home!

Luv Your Baby is going to give you a free pocket diaper from their line of diapers!

 

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   Jun 17

Trying to conceive? Or maybe not? Here is an all natural, accurate way to do it!

After I had my oldest son (who is now 9 1/2) a rather new birth control pill was all over the TV. It advertised periods only 4 times a year, which were typically also lighter and shorter. Say what? Sign me up! Seasonale was great for me. Having only a period every three months, and it really was lighter and shorter, even sometimes only lasting 48 hours. I LOVED this pill. I talked about it in every conversation I get into about birth control pills. It was perfect for me.

After hubby and I got married, we decided to start trying to have a baby. While I was pregnant with my youngest I knew that I would be nursing, and rather than taking a low dose birth control, I decided to get the IUD. A lot of the women (friends & family) loved the IUD. Many of them didn’t have a period at all. I thought “perfect!” and discussed it with my doctor. I had it placed at my 6 week appointment after my son was born.

Oh I hated the IUD! Not only did it hurt a ton going in, but I spotted. And not just a little here and there. Almost constantly for MONTHS. I was so miserable. I kept holding out though, trying it give it another chance. But still spotting. So after 10 months of it, I finally called my OB/GYN and told her how miserable I was and asked that she switch me to something else. I tried going back to Seasonale, I mean, it worked so well for me in the past. Still spotting. So she tried a higher dose pill, still spotting. After one last try and another pill I went back in to see her. She gave me some hugs and suggested that I just go off birth control pills altogether and let my body adjust for at least 6 months, and then we can try again. I thought, OK it’s 6 months I can do this.

So I started on a search for something else. Condoms are OK. And they work, but are kind of a pain and a mood killer. I thought of a diaphragm, same thing though really. So I started googling charts. I figured if I could just chart my ovulations, I would know when to avoid “the deed” and therefore, avoid a pregnancy.

Well during my ovulation chart search I came across a website that you can track your fertility for FREE. You just sign in and input your chart. Things like cycle length, temperature (which helps in calculating ovulating), periods, etc. The site is called OvaGraph. It costs nothing at all and all of the work is done for you. The site is really great for women trying to conceive. There are chat groups, Q&A, and TONS of information on charting and reading charts.

Here is something else though. If you have been trying to conceive for some time, they have a product called OvaCue. This handy little device will track when you are ovulating for you! It really takes out all of the guess work. You just wake up each morning and put this little device on your tongue and it will tell you up to 7 days before you ovulate. Mine is avergaing about 5 days before. But nonetheless, the guessing is gone. Now with that being said, I also have the Vaginal Sensor. This is not needed for everyone. However my periods are between 29 days and 36 days. They are now all over the place, and I have been off birth control for five months. My body just has no normal anymore. Which is OK, but this really helps me determine the exact day of ovulation since the middle of my cycle changes every month. I am in love with this device. When I got it, I was already into my second week of cycle, and had to wait for the next one. I never wanted my period to come so bad before! I love that it only takes a second and it is so user friendly!

Here is what each device looks like.

OvaCue:

 

Vaginal Sensor:

And here is what my chart looked like last month:

So from my chart you can see that I ovulated on the 17th. But I knew on the 10th when that day was coming so I knew when to plan how not to get pregnant. I cannot say enough good things about this product. OvaCue has also written up a post to compare the differences between the different fertility monitors here. Not having to pee on a strip is a good enough perk, and that device costs the same, but doesn’t tell you in advance when you will be ovulating. It is kind of nice to know in advance, and is certainly a great benefit if you were trying to conceive and you knew your hubby was going to be out of town for any length of time.

So here is where to find all of the information about this super wonderful product:

Free Graph: https://www.ovagraph.com

OvaCue: http://www.fairhavenhealth.com/ovacue-bundle.html

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/FertilAid/92240570781

Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/fertilaidamy

Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/FairhavenHealth

 

And here is a video on the product!


   Jun 15

How To Make Wool Dryer Balls from Yarn

So you are looking for a new way to save some money AND the environment?

Wool dryer balls help your laundry in many ways. They are a natural fabric softener (since you cannot use fabric softener on your cloth diapers, this is a great alternative), they reduce the static in your clothes AND they break up the clothes while in your dryer so that they dry faster. There are 2 different ways to make dryer balls. Wool batting, and wool yarn. This tutorial is with yarn, since it is the simplest and easiest to get the supplies for.

I am going to walk you through step by step on how to make your own dryer balls, with some simple steps and some time (and maybe a little hand numbness) but hey! I promise, it is worth it in the end.

Now I will tell you that for these to be the most effective, you will need several. And by several I would say 6-8. Each one will help a little more, so if you are only starting out with 2, it will still help SOME just not as much as, say, 8 would.

So start with some wool yarn. You can buy this at just about any place that sell yard (although I did not see it at Walmart). Now you are looking for a specific kind of wool. It should say “good for felting.” If it is washable, it is no good for this project.

Here is what I will be using today:

Fisherman's Wool

Now start by winding the wool around your fingers, and then pull off and wind around itself.

And then here comes the time. Winding takes about an hour. Just keep going in circles. I keep flipping the ball every 3 times I wrap. The process is long, but it is the longest part and most difficult in the project. BUT with that being said, the most rewarding since you can see your ball coming together!

Wind this until you have used half of your yarn (4 oz). It barely fits in my palm (to give you a better perspective).

If you do not have a scale, this is what it will look like in a visual, with half used in the first ball.

What I do is tie the loose end to another piece of the yarn. If you have a felting needle, you can also use this to push down the end, but this works good for me, and also helps in it not coming unraveled.

And then comes the washing part. Put your ball into a nylon stocking. I buy knee highs which fit three balls. You can get these anywhere (dollar store). I put the seam on the outside like so:

And then stuff the nylon into a pillow case and tie the pillowcase shut.

I then wash the pillowcase with anything else that I can on HOT water. I do this three times to really get the ball felting. Once you are done, take the nylon ball out of the case and take the nylon off the ball. It may take some work as some of the wool fibers will make their way out of the nylon. Go slow so that part of the nylon will not stay stuck to the ball.

At this point I usually scent my ball with a few drops of essential oil, but it is not necessary.

Here is what my dryer looks like. I like having many balls. The more you have the less static and the more they will bounce around and help break up the clothes.

Several of mine are made from wool batting (will do another tutorial at a later date). Please feel free to post questions or comments! I love to hear how wool balls work in your dryer!


   Jun 11

Summer Splash Cash Giveaway Event

$400 Summer Splash Cash Giveaway

 
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It will end at 11:59pm EST on June 24th, 2012.

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