Friday, May 15, 2009

Soft Cloth Bunz Free Giveaway Fridays

Let me introduce you to Soft Cloth Bunz "Feed Your Stash" Friday giveaway!

Soft Cloth Bunz is a fantastic online and storefront cloth-diapering retailer based in Norfolk, Va. They not only carry a variety of cloth diapers and accessories, but also organic/cloth sanitary items for women.

As I've mentioned before in older posts, it's important to consider the environment and one's physical health when choosing sanitary products. Products that are reusable (such as cloth pads and Diva cups) are healthy for you and good for the planet.

This week's Soft Cloth Bunz "Feed Your Stash" Friday giveaway prize includes a Lunapad Intro Kit complete with

(1) one Maxi Pad
(1) one Maxi Liner
(1) one Maxi Wing Liner
(1) one Mini Pad
(1) one Mini Wing Liner
(1) one Mini Pantyliner
(1) one Teeny Pantyliner
(1) one Bonus Mesh Laundry Bag

Soft Cloth Bunz's keeps you up-to-date on cloth diapering and other products and gives you a chance to win something free each week just by answering the question of the week. Visit now and post your answer to enter the drawing!

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Modern Cloth Diapering - As Easy As Using Disposables!

Sounds too good to be true, doesn't it?

Well, it's not. After trying out a variety of modern all-in-one and pocket cloth diapers on my little one, I've discovered that modern cloth diapering is not the chore it was 20 or 30 years ago. It's actually almost as easy as using disposables. And definitely saves money and the environment over the long run.

My two favorite cloth diapers are bumGenius 3.0 and Fuzzi Bunz Perfect Size. Yes, I know, the names are cute and funny, but they're seriously amazing diapers. Both are pocket diapers that can be stuffed with the accompanying micro-terry inserts (stuff with one or two inserts depending on desired absorbency), and then both the inserts and diapers can be washed. They have wonderful absorbency and no leaking!

The bumGenius 3.0 are a one-size diaper, which uses velcro across the tummy. Because it is a one-size-diaper, it grows with your baby from birth to about 2 years old. The Fuzzi Bunz Perfect Size comes in a range of sizes - small and medium are generally the only two sizes needed for 2 years of diapering. The Fuzzi Bunz uses snaps rather than velcro. The snaps are longer-lasting than the velcro of bumGenius, meaning you can potentially use the Fuzzi Bunz diaper for more than one child's diapering years. However, the bumGenius are a less expensive investment upfront. This type of pocket diaper is certainly more expensive than the traditional prefold-type diapering, but it is much LESS expensive than buying disposable diapers.

Here are the cloth diapering retailers I most highly recommend due to price, convenience and customer service.

Soft Cloth Bunz (weekly FREE diaper/item giveaways, convenient store front in Norfolk, Va., earn in-store purchase points toward FREE items!, best website layout and info, and owner Bryana is so experienced and very helpful)

Nurtured Family (best microterry inserts [4-layered!], offer Fuzzi Bunz-recommended fleece/flannel wipes, and best deal on Fuzzi Bunz-recommended detergent)

Kelly's Closet (best bumGenius pkgs and fast customer service)

If you are an organic/environmentally-conscious mom using disposables, you've got to check these out. You can save money and the environment, with hardly any inconvenience at all!

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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Practical Ways to Go Greener

I'm always fascinated by people's suggestions on additional ways to save energy and leave a smaller carbon footprint. If you're already reusing and recycling, but you're looking for more ways to go green, check out this article by Jessica Knoblauch.

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Had Your Daily Dose of Mercury? - One More Reason Not To Eat High Fructose Corn Syrup

Nutritionists usually discuss the harmful mercury levels in fish, but a recent article in E magazine describes the hidden mercury levels in high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). If you're eating organically, then HFCS isn't something you're probably consuming anyway. But, this is just one more reason to avoid it!

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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Save $$$ - Organic Buying Club Opens in Chesapeake, Va.

For those of you who live in the Virginia Beach/Chesapeake region of Virginia, you'll be excited to know that an organic buying club is starting up just down the street!

EssentiallyOrganic2 is led by a friend of mine, Michele, who has made alliances with a number of local farmers between southeastern Virginia and northern North Carolina. Unlike most buying clubs, Michele has set things up so that the members of this buying club get the best possible prices - and Michele doesn't take any kickback at all, but passes the savings on to the members.

Ordering for the buying club will begin tomorrow (May 14, 2009) with most farmers. Visit to find out more and sign up as a member.

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Returning from a Baby Hiatus

As you may have noticed, it's been a number of months since I published a post! My little boy is now almost 6 months old, and I'm finally able to catch my breath.

I'm excited to be back in the swing of things, though, and looking forward to posting some more info.

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