Ditch the Baggies – 10 Uses for Zippered Snack Bags (Reusable of course)


This post is sponsored by Maxwell Designs.  Keep reading to find out how to enter to win your own reusable zippered snack bag like the one shown here!  Have you ditched disposable snack and sandwich bags from your life yet? What are you waiting for?  Disposables are such a waste of money, single use plastic, and destined for the landfill (if they made it that far).  Many disposable snack bags don't even make it to the landfill and end up littering the streets and eventually finding their way to our waterways and endangering wildlife.  There is a simple alternative - reusable zippered snack bags!!   With kids going back-to-school this month, it's a great time to add a few snack bags to your lunchbox arsenal and a simple step in "going green!"  These bags are latex-free, BPA-free, and do not contain DEHP, formaldehyde, brominated flame retardants, or lead.  I bet you didn't even think about what was in those disposable bags, did you??   These bags are fabric on the outside and ... [ Read More ]

Fluffin’ Awesome Baby Shower Roundup


Thank you so much for joining us this week (or for finding us at a later date) for a fun filled week of Fluffin' Awesome Baby Shower decor, gifts and games!  The six of us have spent over 3 months planning this event and I'm just amazed at all the adorable center pieces, cloth diaper cakes, diaper cupcakes, and hilarious games that we have compiled!  We encourage you to take these ideas, make them your own, or give them as gifts.  We thank you in advance for sharing our ideas with your friends via Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, etc.  If you missed any of the posts this week, here is a summary of some of my personal favorites.  If you click on any of the photos in the slideshow it will take you to the blog post with directions on how to create your own! Most of the products featured in these decorations and tutorials were inspired by the sponsors of this event.  Without their help, these projects would not have been possible.  Please thank them with your "Likes," follows, shares, ... [ Read More ]

Top Baby Shower Gift Ideas for Eco-Friendly Parents

Top Eco-Friendly Baby Shower Gifts

As we wind down the Fluffin' Awesome Baby Shower event I wanted to take a minute and share with you some of my favorite eco-friendly baby shower gift ideas from our sponsors.  Flip through the slideshow below; each one is clickable and will take you to a store where you can find them (affiliate links have been used for some products). Don’t forget to enter the Fluffin’ Awesome Baby Shower Giveaway, August 4-8th (2014) with over $2000 worth of cloth diaper prizes.  About the Fluffin’ Awesome prizes!  There is over $2,000 worth of prizes and over 60+ winners!!  That’s right, 60 lucky readers will win one of these great prize packages.  Prizes include: a SoftBums Summer Splash Bundle, Smart Bottoms Prize Pack, Spray Pal, Lillebaby Complete Organic baby carrier (from Green Child Magazine), $50 Gift Certificate to Kelly’s Closet,  Project Pomona cloth diaper jeans,Tiny Tush diapers, Healing Hazel necklaces, Earth Mama Angel Baby essentials,EcoNuts cloth diaper washing bundle, Grandma ... [ Read More ]

First Look – Dolphin Tale 2 Gavin DeGraw Featurette

The team behind Dolphin Tale 2 (coming to theaters September 12th) have just released a brand new video featuring the theme song from the movie and some never before seen scenes.  I actually got a sneak peek at the video on Wednesday but was sworn to secrecy!  I haven't been able to get Gavin DeGraw's, You Got Me, out of my head all day!  I hope you enjoy it.... Would you like to win an MP2 iTunes gift of Gavin's new song?  Leave a comment on this post and let me know why you're excited to go see Dolphin Tale 2.  I'll select a winner on 8/15 and announce it here! Be on the lookout for more fun as we approach the release date of Dolphin Tale 2.  I'm a blogger ambassador for the movie and will be sharing more information as we lead up to the movie. ... [ Read More ]

Dinosaur Rawr Baby Shower Food Ideas

Baby Shower Food Ideas

A good party is never complete without a few yummy treats!  For my dinosaur themed baby shower, I kept snacks simple and (mostly) healthy. Dino-Treats For the herbivore, serve up some raw fruits and vegetables and dip.  Raw carrots and broccoli make a fun display; pair with a simple ranch dressing for your guests to nibble on.  Blueberries and grapes can act as "dino eggs" and are a no-mess treat for all ages.  For something a little sweeter, different candy may also look like "dino eggs;" such as lemonheads or jellybeans. I used a giant clothespin from Michael's to hold the "Dino-Treats" sign.  You can download and print these dinosaur eggs (PDF format). I kept things really simple for this shower but here are some other ideas I found while searching through blogs and on Pinterest. From the Cloth Diaper Geek - Cloth Diaper Crescent Rolls I've created a Dinosaur Rawr Pinterest Board that includes some more fun food ideas.  Click over to Pinterest for more fun ... [ Read More ]

Angelic Baby Shower Gifts for Mom & Baby

Mama & Baby Care Basket

Ask my friends, I don't do traditional baby shower gifts.  I rarely even look at someone's baby registry because I know exactly the types of items that the new mom will swoon over. Even if they are not planning on using cloth diapers, I usually give them just a little touch of cloth in their gift.  I always give them a copy of Changing Diapers book by Kelly Wels and I usually highlight a few of my favorite sections.  With the book I usually try to give them just one cloth diaper so they can touch it, feel it, and maybe even use it for one of their new baby photos (because they are just so much cuter in pictures than disposables).  Yes, I have friends who have never used their cloth diaper, but I hope that it will find it's way to a mom who will show it some love. Next up, I like to shower the new mom with some angelic gifts from Earth Mama Angel Baby.  Most people forget to give the mom things that are just for her and her changing body.  Regardless of if the mom is having a ... [ Read More ]

Lennar Tampa Back to School BBQ – Meet the Mommy Certified Bloggers

Back To School BBQ with Lennar Tampa

You're invited to the Lennar Tampa Back to School BBQ at K-Bar Ranch this Saturday!! For the past few weeks I've been working closely with the Lennar Homes Tampa team to help promote and share their newest community K-Bar Ranch in New Tampa.  Along with a few other local bloggers, Lennar created their Mommy Certified blogger campaign and we've been blogging, tweeting, and pinning some of the features that we think make a Lennar Home "Mommy Certified!"  This Saturday, August 9th, they invite you to their end of summer, Back to School BBQ at K-Bar Ranch.  There will be food, beverages, music and games for the whole family.  Plus, you'll get to meet the Mommy Certified bloggers! Meet the other Mommy Certified bloggers; Denise and Tracy Tracy is the owner of the blog Having Fun Saving and features recipes, reviews, deals and fun in the Tampa area.  Here are links to Tracy's Mommy Certified blog posts. Why I Love Living in Tampa #MommyCertified Home is Where Your Heart Is, ... [ Read More ]

Dinosaur Rawr Baby Shower Decoration Ideas #FluffinAwesome

Baby Shower Food Ideas

Decorating for a baby shower can be one of the most fun (and sometimes stressful) parts of planning a baby shower.  Here is a roundup of fun ideas for a Dinosaur themed cloth diaper baby shower. Click back to yesterdays post for directions on how to build the cloth diaper cake pictured above. Use some of the smaller baby gifts for decorations!  Balm Baby Diaper Balm and Molly's Suds were used to help decorate the cloth diaper cake.  You could also hang baby clothes from the clothesline on the wall. Include your food in the decorating.  Blueberries, candy, and carrots were all included in this theme.  The giant clothespin (found at Michael's) can be used many different ways.  We used it to label the Dino-Treats for the guests. Larger clothespins (also found at Micheal's) were used for the wall decorations and hold a few cloth diapers, along with a ribbon streamer decorated with baby dinosaur eggs.  Each dinosaur egg has a sweet saying such as baby boy, ... [ Read More ]

Dinosaur Rawr Cloth Diaper Cake Tutorial #FluffinAwesome

Cloth Diaper Cake Dinosaur Theme

Diaper cakes have become a very popular baby shower gift these days and some of them are absolutely adorable.  The problem with most diaper cakes though is that they are created using disposable diapers.  Nothing is more disappointing for a mom who plans on using cloth diapers than receiving a disposable diaper cake at their shower.  If you are planning a baby shower for someone who is planning on using cloth diapers, here is a quick tutorial for how to incorporate cloth diapers into a diaper cake for about the same amount of money. This cloth diaper cake is made up of 3 tiers with a baby legging cupcake topper.  It rests on a bucket that I found at the Dollar Store this summer.  I used mostly flat cloth diapers to make up each tier but you could easily use swaddle blankets or cloth diaper inserts (from pocket diapers) to make up the tiers.  The top tier was created with a pack of flannel cloth baby wipes and a flat diaper.  All of the ribbons and accessories were from the craft ... [ Read More ]

Fluffin’ Awesome Cloth Diaper Baby Shower Giveaway #FluffinAwesome

Fluffin' Awesome Baby Shower Sponsors

Thank you for joining us for the Fluffin' Awesome Cloth Diaper Baby Shower event!  There will be some fun baby shower ideas and tutorials posted all week here on The Eco Chic blog; as well as Dirty Diaper Laundry, The Eco-Friendly Family, The Cloth Diaper Report, Change-Diapers, and Cloth Diaper Geek.  Before we start sharing some of the fun baby shower posts, we wanted to take a minute and thank all of the Fluffin' Awesome sponsors who have donated prizes to this giveaway.  Scroll down for your chance to enter this giveaway; August 4-8th only! About the Fluffin' Awesome prizes!  There is over $2,000 worth of prizes and over 60+ winners!!  That's right, 60 lucky readers will win one of these great prize packages.  Prizes include: a SoftBums Summer Splash Bundle, Smart Bottoms Prize Pack, Spray Pal, Lillebaby Complete Organic baby carrier (from Green Child Magazine), $50 Gift Certificate to Kelly's Closet,  Project Pomona cloth diaper jeans, Tiny Tush diapers, Healing Hazel ... [ Read More ]