Collection of Cloth Diapering Tips – on Pinterest!

  It's not a secret that I'm a huge fan of Pinterest!  I have however learned how to deal with my addiction and try to only pin for about an hour a day and only a few times a week.  If I were on there every day I would accomplish absolutely NOTHING the rest of the week. I've had to pleasure of working with to bring you a pretty extensive collection of Cloth Diapering Tips via one of their Pinterest boards.  Included in the collection of tips on their board are: 7 Tips for the Cloth Diapering Newbie Source: via DiaperShops on Pinterest     Tips on how to keep your GroVia hook&loop looking fresh. Source: via DiaperShops on Pinterest   Best Budget Cloth Diapers Source: via DiaperShops on Pinterest   Tutorial on how to repair elastic on your diaper covers or shells. Source: via DiaperShops on ... [ Read More ]

Let’s Rock Pinterest with Rockin’ Green

Let's Rock Pinterest Contest

I have to admit it, I'm a tad bit addicted to Pinterest!  When Kim approached me and asked if I would help her design the perfect Pinterest contest I was super excited!  Are you ready to Rock Pinterest with Rockin' Green? To view the entire set of rules visit the Rockin' Green blog post.  Then head over to Pinterest and start having fun with your favorite scent.  I picked Lavender Mint Revival because honestly the colors lavender and mint are so beautiful together!  You can see my sample board for a little inspiration - #LetsRock with Rockin' Green Lavender Mint Revivial.  I'm trying to decide what my favorite pin is on the board; I think I'm going to have to go with the Rockin' Outfit!  I mean seriously...isn't it gorgeous?  If only I had some place to wear this. Source: via Calley on Pinterest   Want to know what else is cool about the contest?  You could win a year's worth of Rockin' Green Laundry Detergent!  This is a cloth diapering mama's ... [ Read More ]

Pinterest For Dummies Review & Giveaway

Pinterest For Dummies

"I've been pinning for nine months, 2 days, and 12 hours."  That's pretty close to what I would say if there were a Pinterest-anonymous.  I've been on Pinterest since the Fall of 2011 and I love everything about it.  It's a great way to learn new things and see some wild ideas - or just get sucked away from work for hours!   If you are relatively new to Pinterest you may be a little confused by some of the terms and features like; pinning, repinning, like, boards, and following.  I recently received an advanced copy of Kelby Carr's newest book, Pinterest for Dummies, and couldn't put it down.  In fact, after about 2 hours I have finished the entire book, highlighted my favorite parts and dog-eared the pages I need to go back to.  You can officially call me a Pinterest-junkie now! Kelby Carr is a one of the most well known Pinterest users with over 3,000 followers and thousands of pins!  She is also the founder and CEO of Type-A-Parent, a social media network, blog, and ... [ Read More ]

Real Diaper Week April 16-21, 2012 – Join the Blog Hop

Real Diaper Week Blog Hop

Have you heard about the Great Cloth Diaper Change yet?  Leading up to Earth Day (April 22nd) the Real Diaper Association (a non-profit cloth diaper advocacy group) is hosting Real Diaper Week (April 16-21st) and the 2nd Annual Great Cloth Diaper Change (April 21st). Did you know that 90% of the diapers changed in the U.S. are into disposable diapers that sit in a landfill for over 500 years in hopes that they will one day decompose?  - Real Diaper Association In 2011, the Great Cloth Diaper Change set a Guinness Book World Record for the most cloth diapers changed at the same time with 5,026 participants at 127 locations around the world.  For this years event we already have 292+ official events planned and we WILL break last year’s record.  With your help we can reach even more families and share the benefits of using cloth diapers.  Cloth diapers are Real Simple, Real Diapers! During Real Diaper Week we are inviting bloggers, manufacturers, retail stores, organizations, ... [ Read More ]

Lorax Upcycled Crafts

Lorax Bookmark Craft

I'm planning a Lorax party for my kids later this week to celebrate the release of The Lorax Movie (giveaway link) on March 2nd.  My kids are (almost) 9 and 3 and they love it when I spend time with them crafting.  Here are some of the projects (crafts and recipes) we're going to be working on this week (thanks Pinterest for the inspiration).   Lorax paper flower using an upcycled book.  This would be a good use for a book that may be missing pages or damaged.  via Etsy. Lorax upcycled bookmarks.  Again using old books.  via Etsy Lorax book purse.  Another upcycled book project.  via Etsy Grickle Grass Salad.  via Pinterest Recycled Puppet Theater.  It only takes a cereal box and some craft paper.  via Katydid and Kid Marshmallow Truffula Trees.  Yummy!  via Pinterest Lorax Cake Pops.  Perhaps I should bake too?  via Bakerella Lorax Tattoo??  Ok, so it's not really one for the kids but mama might like something like this but then my friends may think I've gone ... [ Read More ]

Happy Valentine’s Day

Salt Dough Recipe

Happy Valentine's Day from The Eco Chic & Family!   Thanks to an inspiring post a few days ago over at Green & Clean Mom I decided to do a little crafting with my kids this week and make some Valentine's Day gifts.  We love playing with clay and dough but we've never tried making our own salt dough. Our salt dough recipe (for a small batch): 1 cup flour 1/2 cup salt water (add a little at a time) Directions: Mix the flour and salt in a bowl and slowly add water until you have a dough that is the consistency of play dough.  It shouldn't be sticky to the touch so you may have to add a little more flour until you get the right consistency. I let my son make the dough and both of the kids created their Valentine's.  We used simple cookie cutters for most of the hearts.  I tried to make some thumbprint hearts but they didn't turn out so cute.  They had a lot of fun playing with the dough and my daughter even attempted to eat some of it.  (Don't worry it's safe to eat ... [ Read More ]

How to Make an Apron Knot Dress

You Can Make This Apron Knot Dress

GIVEAWAY ALERT:  You can win a copy of this pattern (in PDF format) to make your own Apron Knot Dress.  Details at the end of the post. I'm feeling the urge to pull my sewing machine back out of the closet.  I had hoped to get it out this past weekend to make Lil' B a new dress for Valentine's Day but that just didn't happen - yet! I received a PDF pattern for the adorable Apron Knot Dress that you see in the picture to the left and I can't wait to see how it looks on my tot.  She loves wearing dresses and this pattern doesn't look like it's going to be too difficult.   The pattern is really easy to read and doesn't require any challenging sewing skills.  The only part that scares me are the 2 button holes where the knots go - but I'm sure I'll be able to figure this out. The fabric:  A few weeks ago my husband cleaned out his closet and packed up 3 full bags of old clothes to donate.  I snagged a few of my favorite prints and patterns so that I can repurpose them into this ... [ Read More ]

News & Updates from Around the Cloth Diapering Community – 2/11/12

Cloth Diapering News & Coupons

Would you like to know the very latest happenings around the cloth diapering community?  I thought so! You all loved this feature so much that I thought I would continue again this week.  It's been a quiet week in the cloth diapering community but here are a few things to entertain you. My Favorite Posts of the Week: Do you love Pinterest?  Find out which cloth diapering and green companies are joining the Pinterest revolution. Would you like to win a ones&twos cloth diaper?  You can enter one on my giveaway sponsored by Kissed by the Moon. Wondering what else you can do with baking soda?  Here are 5 Ways to Use Baking Soda for Babies. and finally my work in progress - Learn to Speak Cloth Diaper Slang, a cloth diaper dictionary. My Posts from Around the Web: I posted a review of the ones&twos all-in-one cloth diaper on the blog. New Products: Coming soon from Swaddlebees & Blueberry is the Capri cloth diaper cover and ... [ Read More ]

My Favorite Sponsors & Companies on Pinterest

Are your favorite companies on Pinterest yet? Pinterest is quickly becoming a favorite hangout for companies.  Retailers and manufacturers are realizing that Pinterest is one of the hottest social media pages and it's bringing in lots of traffic to their websites and some very nice brand awareness.  Here are just a few of my favorite companies who have joined Pinterest: - Sharing cloth diaper tips, laundry organization, and great cloth diapering baby pictures.  They've even shared tips on how to replace the elastic in FuzziBunz. Source: via DiaperShops on Pinterest   Cotton Babies - I love their Take a Look in the Mirror board which features my favorite colors. Source: via Cotton on Pinterest   Earth Mama Angel Baby - Take a look around their boards for some herbal remedies, beautiful breastfeeding photos, and more natural goodness. Source: ... [ Read More ]

Eco-Crafting Tutorial: How to Make a Wreath Using a Queen Sz. Sheet

Eco-Crafting Tutorial_1

Eco-Crafting Tutorial: How to Make a Wreath Using a Queen Size Sheet Supplies: One wire wreath form (or any wreath form), one queen size sheet, one pair of scissors Time: 1-2 hrs for a large wreath You can reuse or upcycle with any fabric. I found the perfect color sheet at the local thrift store to match the color of my little girls room for only $3.00. There weren't any stains on it but even if there were some minor staining you could still use it for this project. Solids or prints, both would work fine. If I had found a chocolate brown and ivory sheet that day I would probably have used all 3 and alternated the colors in the wreath. You can also use fabric scraps from old t-shirts or any fabric remnants that you have. Just be sure you have a LOT of scraps. I used the entire queen size sheet for a large wreath form. Total cost: Less than $5.00 Directions: -Cut the fabric into equal sized strips. Our strips were approximately 1-1.5" wide and 6-9" long. Be sure to cut ... [ Read More ]