Best of 2013 – The Eco Chic Edition

Best of 2014

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 ]

Balboa Sling Review & Guest Post

I'd like to introduce a fellow blogger to you, Christine from Thoughts of Fluff blog.  Christine is a guest blogger today and wanted to share her thought on the Balboa Sling.  If you are looking for a carrier you might enjoy this one.  Enjoy ~Calley I was given the opportunity to try out the Balboa Sling for review, and happily picked out an adorable print called Lime Poppy. Admittedly, it was difficult to pick out just one print from all these cute prints! I was planning on using a sling with Squiggle who, obviously, is yet to come... but the Balboa Baby Sling has a weight range of 8lbs - 35lbs, so it held Bobble since he is only 30 lbs. More product usage and safety information can be found HERE, then select the Care & Safety Tab on the far right.) I had never used a sling carrier before, so I did a lot of reading up on it via the literature provided with the sling, and studied the web page a bunch too. Here's a close-up of the sturdy ring part of the sling ... [ Read More ]

The Pros and Cons of Strollers at Disney (or any place really)

Strollers at Disney

  Strollers!  I actually listed strollers as one of the 10 things you can leave off your baby registry and got a bunch of feedback from my readers.  Some of you agreed with me while others disagreed.  I wanted to take a few minutes and talk about strollers and some of the pros and cons of using them at Disney or anyplace you are traveling to during your day. My family has never been a big stroller family.  We don't live in a town where we can walk to the town.  The only place I could walk to would be around the neighborhood - not really all that exciting.  We're not big shoppers or mall rats.  We did have a stroller that we got when my first was born but it sat in the garage for almost 10 years and was only used about 10-20 times over those 10 years.  When my kids were little we tried to travel with the stroller and we did venture to the mall a few times.  We quickly learned that the big stroller was not right - for us!  We did however use our cheap umbrella strollers (we ... [ 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 ]

Eco Mom Twitter Parties


Have you heard? Eco Mom Media is throwing some great Twitter Parties!  What the heck is a Twitter Party?  Well first, it's on Twitter!  Secondly, it's a bunch of people talking about a certain topic for one hour at a set date/time.  Lastly, it's a chance to win some AWESOME prizes from Eco Mom Media and sponsors.  So where can you find out more about this great parties?  Eco Mom Media of course!  In case you missed the announcement, I am Eco Mom Media!  Upcoming events: 4/15: #WearMyBaby with @FranklinGoose.  Prizes include gift certificates to Franklin Goose and a baby carrier of your choice. 4/22: (Earth Day) #GetRealDiapers is the BIG event to share cloth diapers with ANY parent with a baby in diapers.  Learn how cloth diapers are making a come back!  They aren't what you remember from your Grandma and mom!  Register to win a Flip Ultra HD camcorder and many cloth diaper packages! 4/29: #DiaperShops is celebrating the 9th Anniversary of Kelly's Closet with another ... [ Read More ]

Back from Vacation

Yes, I've been on vacation!  My Twitter followers have followed my adventures with my family at Disney this past week but I wanted to share a few fun things with everyone.  Cloth Diapers and Traveling:  We didn't have a washer or dryer so we took disposables to Disney.  This made me very sad but it was very stress-free.  One day I'll try to travel with my cloth but I have to be able to wash them.  Breastfeeding:  In honor of World Breastfeeding Week...we have a long way to go to educate people about breastfeeding.  You would think at Disney World, a place for kids, breastfeeding would be easier than it was.  The parks have these great baby care centers where you can nurse but they are not always where you need them.  There is only one center per park and the parks are huge!  I ended up breastfeeding in some odd places and got quite a lot of different reactions...including the one mom who made her family leave the bench I was sitting on while breastfeeding (PS...I was not exposed ... [ Read More ]

Day 14: Gotta Love Baby Wearing Daddy’s


Giveway Alert!!  The Eco Summer Blog Party might be almost over but the giveaways are still going strong!  Be sure enter the contest below to win an Ergo Baby Carrier from La Stella Blu.   ECO-ngratulations Erin!  You are the winner of the Ergo Baby Carrier from La Stella Blu. Why did it take us so long to find baby wearing?  We have a 6 year old and we pushed him in the umbrella stroller all the time.  I had a carrier but didn't love it.  It was complicated and uncomfortable and ugly!  6 years later they are certainly more hip and trendy!  I am now the proud owner of 2 Hotslings, 1 Dittany Baby Reversible Pouch Sling, and now 1 Ergo Baby Organic Carrier and I love them all.  Honestly, I use every single one of them. The pouch slings are great for wearing around the house or on short outings.  The members of my family (husband, mother, sitter, etc) have all used them and it usually ends with a sleeping baby!  See my post last week for a cute picture of her asleep in the ... [ Read More ]

Day 8: Free Your Hands & Love Your Baby


Coupon code below!  GIVEAWAY ENDED!  Congratulations Gwen & Jennifer! A few years ago I was introduced to attachment parenting.  I personally thought it seemed like an extreme idea but I think that was because of my limited knowledge on the actual ideas.  I originally thought that it was a theory that parents and their babies/children should not be separated from one another.  That by being held at all times and by co-sleeping that the child would somehow gain some sense of security.  Now with my second child I am starting to understand that it's much deeper than that.  It's not just about holding your child.  It's more about living a more natural family lifestyle including such values as breastfeeding, natural health, co-sleeping, baby wearing and homeschooling.  Being an attachment parent doesn't mean that you have to accept all of these values either.  I didn't realize that I was actually following most of the principles of attachment or natural parenting.  We cloth ... [ Read More ]

Party Teaser

  You are cordially invited to The Eco Chic’s 1st Annual Eco-Summer Blog Party   When:  July 1-15, 2009 Where: and also appearing on Facebook and Twitter (@theecochic) What:  The Eco Chic is kicking off a summer of green with an Eco-Summer Blog Party.  What is a Blog Party?  It’s a combination of networking, marketing, and social media.  For readers it will give you a chance to meet other eco-minded people around the world.  You will learn about new and innovative green products and services.  You may even win one of the many giveaways our sponsors will be providing.  For businesses it is a great no (or low) cost marketing opportunity.  You will be able to reach an audience as far as the Web can reach.  The great thing about the Eco-Summer Blog Party is that everyone is involved.  Readers are encouraged to spread the word to their friends via their own blogs and social media tools. How to Participate:  For businesses, retailers, authors, artists, ... [ Read More ]