Best of 2013 – The Eco Chic Edition

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It's been a pretty crazy year for our family but it's been great!  I wouldn't have changed a thing.  I'm glad that you've joined us as we continue our parenting journey...on the green side when possible! I wanted to share with you some of my favorite posts from 2013 along with those that you've read the most!  If you haven't read them yet, I hope you enjoy them. Starting off 2013 I shared my lack of baking abilities as I attempted to make Hello Kitty cake pops.  My post "How to Make Hello Kitty Cake Pops" even made the Pinterest Fail blog this year.  This year I'm letting someone else make lil' B's birthday cake...that's in 4 days!! Next up is a little bit of sass with some not-so-popular baby registry items.  When I wrote this I was showing how some of the "popular" baby registry items can provide crutches to overly tired new moms.  It received some supportive and not-so-supportive comments due to my sass.  Perhaps I shouldn't have added the crib as an item you don't need ... [ Read More ]

How to Make a Cloth Diaper Baby Gift Basket

How to Make a Cloth Diaper Baby Gift Basket

My husband was invited to a baby shower for a coworker and friend of his and asked if I would make him a baby gift basket...with cloth diapers!  Of course I jumped on the opportunity to create a beautiful gift for a new mom-to-be.  Her and her husband both got the "Are you doing cloth?" talk from my husband and decided they would give it a try. What to shop for?  We wanted the gift basket to be fun and have some other items besides cloth diapers so I raided my closet of all the eco-friendly goodies that I've accumulated from trade shows, conferences, and even my EcoCentric Mom subscription boxes.  I will say, one of the perks of being a blogger is that I can usually find a few things to give as gifts.  My husband went to Target and picked up a huge pink bucket (we have one we use in our daughters room just like this for stuffed animal storage) and a few small items from the mom's baby registry.  Then I ordered a few of my favorite cloth diapers from Kelly's Closet (and pulled a few ... [ Read More ]

10 Things You Can Leave Off Your Baby Registry

10 Things You Can Leave OFF Your Baby Registry @TheEcoChic

I have a few friends who are pregnant and I'm trying really hard not to be too pushy on what they buy for their babies.  I was looking over the baby gift registry for one of the girls at BabiesRUs and attempted to give her my recommendations (again, without being pushy).  After glancing at the must-have list that BabiesRUs provides new parents I decided it was time to make my own list of must-NOT baby registry items.  10 Things You Can Leave OFF Your Baby Registry Disposable diapers.  What?  Don't babies need diapers?  Yes, but did you know that disposable diapers are full of toxins and chemicals?  Your baby is going to be in diapers almost 24 hrs a day for the first 2-4 years of their life.  Modern cloth diapers have come a long way since we were kids.  They come in fun colors and prints and are just as easy to use as disposable diapers.  What about the poop?  As a parent I promise you that you will touch poop - even with disposable diapers.  Put the poop where it belongs - ... [ Read More ]