Type-A Parent Conference Atlanta 2014

As a blogger, one of the most exhilarating and inspiring things to do is attend a blogging conference.  Over the past 5 years I've been to several including a few BlogHers, Blissdom, Mom 2.0, and Type-A.  Each one is different but I always take away something special from these events. Why should you attend a blogging conference? If you are serious about treating your blog like a business, it's a good idea to attend a conference.  You'll learn some very valuable lessons about how to turn your blog into a business AND get paid for it.  Each conference has different areas of blogging that they focus on in their sessions. This year at Type-A there are some pretty exciting sessions.  I'm especially interested in 1) The Hybrid Life - Juggling Blogging and Marketing Careers, 2) Stop Being Scared of Video, 3) Freelance Writing, and 4) Instagram.  There are 3 days full of sessions, keynotes, panels, and receptions. Another reason to attend a blog conference is to connect with ... [ Read More ]

Best Summer Ever!

We started this summer with a plan, I even made an official Summer Bucket List with a few things each of us wanted to do this summer.  I was looking back over my Instagram account this afternoon with my youngest and I'm so excited about how much fun we had this summer.  I'm not writing this to brag or gloat over all the cool things we've done, but rather for me to look back over the best summer ever! It's really hard for me to believe that our 10 week summer is already coming to an end.  I've been a little emotional all day thinking about it.  This was the first summer that I didn't stick my kids in summer camp most of the summer while I worked.  I decided that, as much fun as they have at camp, I really wanted to be part of their summer too.  I have an amazing boss and a flexible job that allows me to sneak away from time-to-time to make memories with my family.  I've paid for that fun by staying up past midnight many nights completing projects, but it's been so worth ... [ Read More ]

Angelic DIY Liquid Laundry Detergent

DIY Liquid Laundry Detergent Recipe

I've always wanted to try to make my own laundry detergent but I really wanted something simple.  I had read that you can use the Earth Mama Angel Baby Shampoo & Body Wash by itself as a laundry detergent, but I really wanted something with a little more....ooomph! After reading several different versions of recipes consisting of castille soap, I decided to try my hand cooking up a batch myself.  It was really simple and only took me about 15-20 minutes from start to finish. Supplies needed:  1 cup HOT water, 1/2 cup Borax, 1/2 cup Washing Soda, and 1 cup Angel Baby Shampoo & Body Wash (Castille Soap) Directions: Boil 2 cups of water (or bring it to almost boiling, you want it to be really hot). In a bowl or jar, dissolve Borax and Washing Soda in 1 cup of really hot water.  You don't want any powder left in your mixture.  Allow to cool. Once cool, slowly add 1 cup of Angel Baby Shampoo & Body Wash. Gently stir the mixture but do not shake or you'll ... [ Read More ]

New! FuzziBunz One-Size Small & One-Size Large Pocket Diapers {Review}

New FuzziBunz Diapers

What's old is new again!  FuzziBunz is back and better than ever!! Before I introduce you to their new one-size diapers, I thought it would be a good time to meet the new designer behind FuzziBunz's new look; Roy Couvillion.  When the new owners, CRG llc, purchased the intellectual property rights to the FuzziBunz brand back in 2013 they were inspired to redesign the diapers and morph them into the highest quality cloth diapers in the industry.  As a long-time product design engineer (and grandfather of nine), Roy was excited to design the new one-size diapers from the ground up.  With this, the new FuzziBunz One-Size diaper collection was born. The collection actually consists of two separate cloth diapers, the One-Size Small and the One-Size Large.  They are replacing the FuzziBunz Elite and I'm in love with the improvements he's made. You may be wondering, "Why 2 different sizes? How is that a 'one-size' diaper?"  Both of the sizes are intended to take a child from birth ... [ Read More ]

CoSchedule Editorial Calendar for Bloggers

CoSchedule Editorial Calendar for Bloggers

I don't normally share my blogging secrets on my blog, but I have to tell you about CoSchedule Editorial Calendar for bloggers.  I have never been a very scheduled blogger and typically just schedule and share things as they are relevant.  I know that most successful bloggers are more disciplined and depend on their editorial calendar.  When I saw a fellow blogger recommend CoSchedule I just had to try it out. Take a minute and watch this video on how easy it is to share your content right from your WordPress blog using CoSchedule.  On YouTube: http://youtu.be/uK3un3Wt_Qo When you sign up, you'll get a free 14 day trial period with CoSchedule and you'll get to test out all of the features.  I figured, "what can it hurt?" right!  After signing up and connecting my social media accounts and my blog I didn't think much of it.... ....until I logged back into the admin portal of WordPress and started to blog.  Wow! Right there on the admin panel I can write my blog post AND ... [ Read More ]

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 ]