How to Attend a Google+ Chat / Hangout On Air


Google+ is one social media outlet that needs a little explaining.  I'm not sure why Google thinks these things need to be complicated.  Regardless of how complicated Google+ may seem, there are some really cool features if you have patience to learn how to use them.  Google+ Chats (or Hangouts On Air) are a fun way for you to interact with bloggers, brands, and friends live on air. The first thing you'll need to do is set up a Google account if you don't already have one.  Most of us have one connected to Gmail, YouTube, or other Google owned application.  Once you have a Google account you can set up your Google+ profile.  It's very similar to setting up a Twitter or Facebook profile and you can decide what information to share.  If you're using your mobile device or tablet you may need to download the Google+ app first. Next you'll need to RSVP or confirm that you'll be attending (or watching) a specific chat or hangout.  For the reference of this post we'll be using the ... [ Read More ]

Snow White Sour Apple GoGo-Rita Cocktail #disneyside

Snow White Sour Apple GoGo-Rita

We hosted a Disney themed party this weekend for some friends and since it was National Margarita Day on Saturday we spiced things up a bit with this fun cocktail recipe.  Since we hosted the party for both kids and adults we had an alcoholic version of this recipe and a mocktail version for the kids.  Just be sure to label the glasses so the kids don't sneak a sip of the "poison" apple! Snow White Sour Apple GoGo-Rita Cocktail #disneyside Recipe Type: Drinks Cuisine: American Author: Calley @TheEcoChic Prep time: 5 mins Cook time: 5 mins Total time: 10 mins Serves: 4 Show off your #DisneySide with this fun Snow White themed cocktail or mocktail. Ingredients 1 Frozen Margarita Bacardi Mixers 1 Mixer Can full of Bacardi Big Apple Rum 2 pouches of GoGo Squeeze Applesauce Handful of ice Instructions Add all of the ingredients to your blender and mix well. Continue to add ice until you reach the consistency you desire. Serve immediately and garnish ... [ Read More ]

RSVP for #WorldAdventure Twitter Party with @ISeeMe_Maia

#worldadventure @TheEcoChic @ISeeMe_Maia

  Don't forget to RSVP for Tuesday nights Twitter AND Pinterest party with I See Me! We all know what a Twitter Party is but what is a Twitter AND Pinterest Party?  During the party we'll be chatting on Twitter about the I See Me! personalized children's books and their newest book, My Very Own World Adventure!  I See Me! has a Pin to Win contest on their Facebook page and we're going to help you enter and share our favorite #worldadventure pinboards with you during the Twitter party. Want to know more about I See Me?  They are a collection of children's books that can each be personalized with your child's name.  For instance, in My Very Own World Adventure the letters in your child's name determines which countries you will visit in the book.  My daughters name is Bailey and she travels to Brazil, Argentina, Isreal, Latvia, Ethiopia, and Yunnan China in her book.  Each book is unique and your child will get to learn about different countries.  My daughter is only 4 but ... [ Read More ]

Join Beth Terry on The Motherhood June 18

Beth Terry's book Plastic-Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too finally released this week and I couldn't be more excited for her.  Beth has worked very hard over the past several years documenting her efforts to live without plastic in her life.  When Beth approached me about being interviewed in her book I didn't feel worthy since my own life is not plastic-free, but I do know a lot about cloth diapers and that's what she wanted to talk to me about.  We spent over an hour on the Skype as I gave her the complete breakdown on cloth diapers - even showing her some of my favorites and how they worked.  I'm so honored to have my own little section in the book that will reach thousands of families who want to live a more sustainable life. To kick off the launch of the book, Beth has been invited to join The Motherhood for a Book Party today, June 18th.  Join us to talk about Beth's new book and living plastic-free. Get personal solutions and tips on limiting your ... [ Read More ]

Diapering Today – the Video Review

What type of learner are you? Do you learn things best by reading them?  Or are you an auditory or visual learner?  I actually learn best by watching videos and seeing pictures (or touching the real product).  That is one reason that cloth diapering can be so intimidating to many parents.  While some brick and mortar stores exist most of us learn about cloth diapering online and shop online.  It's very challenging to learn about the different diapers and how to actually use them until you get them in your hands.  Nevermind all the crazy terminology and techniques that come along with it. Enter The Willow Store and Catherine Bolden. Her and her family decided that they would create an instructional video, Diapering Today, that would help parents understand cloth diapering from a real parents perspective.  They used local cloth diapering parents (young and old) to share their personal experiences as if they were sitting in the room with you.  You almost get the feel that by the end ... [ Read More ]

Diapering Today Holiday Twitter Party

  Save the Date! After all your Black Friday & Cyber Monday shopping is complete why not take a break and join us for a Holiday Cloth Diapering Twitter Party hosted by The Willow Store and myself.  Their brand new "Diapering Today" cloth diapering video was just revealed a few weeks ago and we'd like to help them celebrate the release with a party.  In addition they have a new website to reveal with great cloth diapering educational tips and advice.     Party Time:  9-10:00 pm ET Who to follow:  @TheEcoChic, @TheWillowStore, and @EcoChicSideKick Sponsors to follow:  @KellyWels, @ChangingDiapers, @DiaperShops, @ittibittius Hashtag:  #DiaperingToday TweetChat: Prizes:  Door prizes will be announced very soon!  Door prizes will be awarded to any registered guest of the #diaperingtoday Twitter Party (must tweet live with us a minimum of one time during the live party to be eligible). To RSVP please follow the steps ... [ Read More ]

How to Use TweetChat for Parties – Twitter Parties 101

Twitter Parties 101:  How to Use TweetChat during a Twitter Party If you are new to Twitter, one of the easiest ways to follow and participate in a Twitter Party is by using TweetChat.  To begin visit and sign in using your Twitter account (you'll need to have a Twitter account in order to use TweetChat or any other Twitter application). Once you sign in you will then enter the appropriate hashtag (#examplehashtag) and all of the related tweets will appear on your screen. Enter your message into the empty block and begin chatting with friends.  The hashtag will automatically be entered at the end of all of your tweets so you won't have to remember to enter it each time. To reply or retweet using TweetChat hover over the arrow buttons to the right of the tweet and select either reply or retweet.  From there you can enter your comment/tweet into the message box. If the Tweets are going to quick for you simply select the Pause button at the top ... [ Read More ]

What is the Rockin’ Green GREEN TICKET Event?

Want to learn more about the upcoming GREEN TICKET event before next week's Twitter Party?  Watch this short video featuring Kim Webb, owner of Rockin' Green, as she shares with you the great prizes that can be won when you purchase your next bag of Rockin' Green Laundry Detergent. Link to video: Want more great chances to win Rockin' Green detergent and other eco-friendly cleaners?  Register for the #GreenTicket Twitter Party which takes place Tuesday, July 19th at 9pm ET.  For more information: ... [ Read More ]

Changing Diapers – A Twitter Party with Kelly Wels


I am so excited to be hosting the #ChangingDiapers Twitter Party that is taking place Tuesday, June 7th at 9:00pm ET on Twitter.  Cloth diaper expert (and a personal friend of mine) Kelly Wels is launching her new book, Changing Diapers, The Hip Mom’s Guide to Modern Cloth Diapering (available for pre-order now) with a big party and lots of baby prizes including cloth diapers, baby related products, and breastfeeding resources. The book promotes the convenience of cloth diapering while discussing every aspect of modern cloth diapering.  Topics discussed in the book include; Why Choose Cloth Diapers?, How to Wash Your Cloth Diapers and even a chapter that discusses Daddies and Diapers. “As the depressed state of the economy butts up against the ecological green movement, more eco-friendly and cost-conscious moms tend to be looking at cloth diapers as a way to save money and the environment.” Says Wels.  “Modern cloth diapers are really him, functional, and work just as well as, if ... [ Read More ]

Three Years Ago –


Three years (and one week) ago I bought a domain name - The Eco Chic- and began writing.  Who would have thought that today I would still be writing and (trying) to make my name known in the blogosphere.  Why did I start writing?  There were many reasons but I guess I really wanted to share my tips and advice to living a more sustainable lifestyle with more people.  I have always tried to convince my friends and family that there was a 'greener' way to do things but it wasn't until I started blogging that I really started to implement these steps in my own life. When I started blogging I wrote about the easy stuff and wrote about similar issues that I was trying to implement at work.  For instance, my very first post was a welcome and mention of Pollution Prevention (P2)Week.  It was very short (as were most of my initial posts) but it was my way to start.  I'm not sure how many people actually read my first post (you can read it here: but that ... [ Read More ]