• Sleepover Survival Tips For Parents – Parenting tips for surviving a sleepover with your kids.

    Sleepover Survival Tips For Parents
  • One of the most frequently asked questions I get from other cloth diapering mom’s is, “What diaper bag do you use with your cloth diapers?”  Cloth diapers do take up a little more room in your bag compared to disposable diapers.  I remember with my first child, I would stuff 10-12 disposable diapers in the… [Continue Reading]

    Lassig: Best Diaper Bag for Cloth Diapers
  • If you follow me on Twitter and Instagram, you may remember seeing me stuffing my face in South Tampa last week.  I was invited to experience a progressive dinner with other Tampa Bay Bloggers at Roux, Datz and Dough.  Before we start talking about the food I have a confession to make, I’ve never been… [Continue Reading]

    The Perfect South Tampa Date Night
  • Let’s call these cloth diaper troubleshooting fads and really bad ideas!  When you run across a problem you seek advice on the Internet and not all of the advice you find is sound.  Almost every day I hear or see someone trying to ‘fix’ their diapers using some crazy off the wall idea and I… [Continue Reading]

    10 Things You Should NEVER Ever Do to Cloth Diapers
  • Marsala is a naturally robust and earthy red wine color and I suspect it’s only a matter of time before you start seeing Marsala (0r a something similar) in the cloth diaper industry. Here’s a look some of the other top Pantone colors that are likely to appear on a cloth diaper for 2015.

    2015 Cloth Diaper Color Trends According to Pantone

Reasons Why I Love Flats

Earth Footwear Butterfly Flats

Do you love flats?  Not the cloth diaper kind, but the shoes!  Ballet flats!   As a working mom with two very active kids, flats are my go-to shoe of choice (well besides my flip flops of course).  Let me count for you all the reasons I love flats.... They are comfortable!  Seriously, I feel like I run a marathon some days between taking the kids to school, karate, gymnastics, baseball, etc.  My favorite pair of Earth Footwear Butterfly ballet flats from their new Spring/Summer 2014 Collection has contoured arch support and comfort footbed cushions from heel to toe! They are fashionable!  While I'm not a yoga pant mom (at least out of the house), I do have my favorite jeans and tank outfit that can always use a little accessorizing.  A cute pair of flats makes me look and feel like I "tried" to be fashionable.   My Butterfly ballet flats are available in 4 fun colors; Grass, Red Plum, Pacific Blue, and Camel. They hide your unpainted toe nails!  Uh oh, you forgot to get ... [ Read More ]

Can your kids be friends?

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Do your kids fight? Do they argue over the silliest things? Do they drive you insane with their petty jealousy? Maybe it's time for a family vacation! My kids are almost 6 years apart in age so the sibling dynamics are much different than me and my brother. My brother and I are only 18mo apart and most people confused us as twins when we were little. My brother was my best friend growing up. That was before the age of computers, iPads and cell phones when we actually went outside and played with our neighborhood friends. We didn't always get along, I guess that's part of being siblings. I remember being downright mean to my brother; I'll spare you the details because I'm sure you have your own memories if you had a sibling. My kids are no different. They fight over who gets to sit next to me at dinner. They argue over who gets to pick the show on TV. They cry when the other gets "their" way! But when it really matters, they show their love for each other. While on our ... [ Read More ]

MightyNest Earth Day Challenge & Giveaway

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Will you take the MightyNest Earth Day Challenge with me? Putting toxic chemicals under your arms stinks!  That's why MightyNext, an internet retailer of extraordinarily high quality and safe products for your home and family, asked me to put non-toxic Pit Paste to the test.  Find out why you should use a natural deodorant, then take the pledge below.  Your pits will thank you, and you could win a Happy Pit Pack from MightyNest! Yesterday in my, Got Stinky Pits, article I explained that I haven't used a 'traditional' deodorant in over a year.  I choose to use the all-natural deodorants because they are non-toxic and do not contain aluminum, parabens, phthalates, synthetic fragrances and other hidden toxins.  I challenge you to switch your deodorants for just one week to see what you think. For the past week, I've been personally using the Primal Pit paste deodorant that MightyNest sent me to review.  I have the 2 oz stick in Thyme & Lemongrass scent along with some other ... [ Read More ]

Got Stinky Pits?

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Did you know that there are hidden toxins in most deodorants?  It's been years since I put a traditional deodorant on, most of the ones you find at the grocery store or big box store contain aluminum, parabens, phthalates, synthetic fragrances, and other toxins.  There are other options that aren't laden with these hidden toxins that are equally as effective. The brand I've used the longest is by Balm! Baby, a brand out of Hawaii.  Their natural deodorant, Thinc Skin Pits!, is packed full of herbally infused Hawaiian oils, shea butter and essential oils.  It offers up to 18 hours of protection from stinky pits!  I love that the Pits! comes packaged in a recyclable glass jar and is made from organic & natural ingredients.  Most of the ingredients are locally sourced from an organic farm in Hawaii.  Pits! is vegan and cruelty free. Pits! is available in a number of fresh clean scents, unscented, and a super sensitive for those prone to skin irritations.  Ingredients: Shea ... [ Read More ]

#GCDC2014 Twitter Party & Prizes

Great Cloth Diaper Change

It's almost here, the 4th Annual Great Cloth Diaper Change (GCDC) is scheduled for Saturday, April 26th at 11am (local time).  To help build up some excitement about the diaper change we've decided to host a special Earth Day GCDC Twitter Pre-Party to celebrate and get the word out about the local events in your area. Is there a Great Cloth Diaper Change in your area?  You can check the map on their "Find a Location" page of the GCDC website. ...and we have prizes!! Please join us on Twitter Tuesday night, April 22nd (Earth Day) from 9-10pm ET for the #GCDC2014 Twitter Party hosted by @ClothRecord and @TheEcoChic.  The party is sponsored by some of your favorite cloth diaper companies and they have each donated a fluffy prize!!  All you have to do is complete the Rafflecopter form below and tweet with us (at least one time) during the Twitter Party. Sponsors:  Moraki Cloth Diapers, EcoNuts, Kelly's Closet, Molly's Suds, Zen Rocks, Cloth Diaper Geek, Green Team Distribution, ... [ Read More ]

Peeps Bunny Trail Mix

Peeps Bunny Trail Mix #peepsonality

What do you do with a big box of Peeps (thank you Peeps and Co) if you don't want your kids to eat them all in one day?  Cook and make snacks of course!  I'm always looking for fun ways to include some sweet treats for the kids without going overboard on the sugar.  With Easter just around the corner, I know we'll all be trying to ration the sugar to the little ones. This recipe could be modified any way you like.  We used some of the cereals that we had in the pantry already and added a few snacks and sweets to make it fun and colorful. What you'll need: Your favorite Peeps 1 cup of 2-3 different types of small snack-able cereals.  We used Cheerio's and Corn Chex. 1 cup of Annie's Bunny Grahams 1 cup of mini-chocolate morsels, raisins, or other small sweet snack 1 cup of jelly beans or malted milk balls leftover from the Easter basket There really isn't much to do to prepare this snack.  Gently mix all the ingredients in a bowl and you're ready to nibble away on ... [ Read More ]

gDiapers Partner with 5 Gyres for Clean Beaches this Earth Day

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I'm really jealous that my baby is out of diapers with this new print from gDiapers!  For this Earth Day, gDiapers has partnered with 5 Gyres, a renowned environmental group known for its efforts to end plastic pollution.  With the launch of two new limited edition products - the Great White gPant and Great White Tee - 5  Gyres commits to a foot of beach clean up for every item sold.  To learn more about how 5 Gyres and gDiapers have partnered please read their blog post; A Future Free of Plastic Pollution. I was fortunate enough to have a beautiful baby girl (Natalia) to model the new products for us and I'm in love with how soft and comfortable the outfit is.  Unlike most traditional cloth diapers, the gPants feel like a soft breathable fabric pant.  With gPants you can add your favorite inserts, prefold, or flushable insert and reuse the gPant with each diaper change.  By purchasing cloth diapers and gDiapers, you are helping to keep our future and our beaches free of plastic ... [ Read More ]

Wordless Wednesday – Carvel Family Date Night

Wordless Wednesday sponsored by the sweet treats at Carvel Ice Cream Ending a fun family day with a little @CarvelIceCream pic.twitter.com/TyUPf6cKZ8 — Calley (@TheEcoChic) April 5, 2014   Follow @TheEcoChic on Facebook for a chance to win a $10 Carvel Gift Certificate. ... [ Read More ]

Peeps Waldorf Salad Recipe

Peeps Waldorf Salad Recipe

What do you do with all that Easter candy if you want to moderate how much candy your kids eat?  I decided to have some fun and add some peeps to my favorite Waldorf Salad recipe.  As much as I hated to cut the adorable little peeps into little pieces, it added a little dash of color to the recipe while replacing the mini-marshmallows I would normally use. I also have a confession, when I received the generous box of Peeps (thank you Peeps and Co) I had no idea what I was going to make with them.  This recipe was inspired by my husband!  We haven't made a Waldorf Salad in years and I didn't know if the kids would even eat it.  I made a few modifications to make the recipe a little healthier as well. I'm not a big mayo fan so I substituted with Stonyfield Greek yogurt (plain or vanilla - you choose how sweet you want it).  The apples were from the local farmers market and the rest of the ingredients from the grocery store. What you'll need: 1 cup of halved grapes ... [ Read More ]

Cloth Diaper Reviews Giveaway Event – Day 4

Welcome back!!  I know you're excited to see what's up for grabs today in the Cloth Reviews giveaway event.  Keep reading.... Welcome to Day 4 of the Cloth Reviews Grand Opening Giveaway Event! Together with 20+ bloggers and 10 cloth diaper retailers, we are hosting 5 days of cloth diaper giveaways to celebrate the launch of a brand new website, ClothReviews.com! Finally there is a website devoted to consumer-submitted reviews of cloth diapers! To kick start the launch of this awesome new resource for cloth diaper users, we are giving away $700 of cloth diapers and accessories this week! Each giveaway will only last 24 hours so make sure you come back each day to enter! The best part is, there will be 5 WINNERS EVERY DAY! Today's 5 Prizes Are: BumGenius Elemental AIO One-Size Cloth Diaper and DreamyLeggs Sponsored by Dream Diapers FuzziBunz Pocket One-Size Cloth Diaper and FuzziBunz Diaper Tote Sponsored by Angel Bunz Blueberry Deluxe Pocket One-Size Cloth Diaper and ... [ Read More ]