Go Green, Get Fit Challenge – My Goals

Go Green Get Fit Challenge #gogreengetfit

2012 has been a year about me pushing myself  in areas that I've never been comfortable in before.  In January I visited my doctor for a regular check-up and to get some refills updated when I found out my cholesterol was off-the-charts!  I was in a state of shock because I'm not a very large person, I'm not over weight, and I don't eat too bad.  I know I'm not the healthiest of eaters but I don't indulge in the bad stuff very often.  I was immediately put on medication for the cholesterol adding to my list of daily medications I already take (I have Grave's disease - a thyroid condition, a minor heart condition, asthma, and now this). My family history is not all that exciting either.  My dad has had open heart surgery and a few other heart procedures.  The rest of his family has also struggled with heart conditions.  My mom has Parkinson's Disease (like Michael J Fox) and suffers from a bad case of the shakes most days.  I've gotten so accustomed to health problems that it doesn't ... [ Read More ]

July Upcycled Crafting Challenge #freefromtrash

July Upcycled Crafting Challenge #freefromtrash

Trash!  We all have it, no matter how hard we try to eliminate our waste.  While some of us are really good to live a waste-free life, the average American throws away 4 lbs of garbage each day and that's PER PERSON!  Yes, that is the average and I do know that some of my faithful readers don't create that much waste.  I haven't weighed ours lately but we are about a 1-2 bags per week family. For the entire month of July I'm going to be playing with my garbage and I want you to join me!  Every day in July I'll be posting a new upcycled crafting project featuring a different piece of 'trash' from the list above.  Looking over my trash this past week these are some of the items that I still find in our garbage (don't judge my K-cup addiction please).  I'll be cutting them up and finding new uses for each and every item on the list. About the July Upcycled Crafting Challenge: I want you to join me and show your own creations and ideas!  I know that you may not have all of the ... [ Read More ]

More Tips for Traveling With Cloth Diapers

cruise ship

Day 4: Have cloth, will travel (most of the time)! With the holidays fast approaching you may be curious about how to travel with your cloth diapers.  I'm going to be honest with you - there are times when we've chosen NOT to take our cloth diapers with us.  We are a very mobile and active family and we've mastered traveling with kids.  We haven't mastered traveling with cloth diapers though - but that doesn't mean I'm giving up either.  I kinda like the challenge but only when it doesn't send me into a panic attack. The easiest trips of course are the day trips.  Going to the mall, the grocery store, out to dinner, to play groups, church, etc.  Packing a cloth diaper diaper bag for a day is really no different than packing a disposable diaper bag. Day trip packing list: small wet bag (zippered works best) cloth diapers (number depends on length of trip) wipes (either disposable or cloth - we'll talk about wipes another day) changing pad change of clothes The only ... [ Read More ]

What is Fluffy Mail?

Fluffy Mail

What is Fluffy Mail? Since most of us don't have a local retail store to go pick out our fluff we mostly rely on the retailers we find and love online.  I have my favorite of course like DiaperShops.com (AKA Kelly's Closet).  When we place an order for new cloth diapers to add to our stash the hardest part is WAITING (it may be considered considered stalking to some) for them to arrive.  When your first package arrives it's almost like Christmas morning.  Depending on the retailer your new stash will arrive by USPS, FedEx, or UPS.  I've actually made friends with all three of my delivery guys and they have me on saved in their GPS for frequent deliveries!  (A sign of a true cloth diapering addict.) Fluffy mail can come in envelopes or boxes - large or small.  Sometimes it even comes eco-friendly with a reused shipping box (like my last box from Rumparooz).  However it comes to you fluffy mail actually makes going to the mail box fun again.  It's even more fun when it comes marked with ... [ Read More ]