Tips for Managing and Avoiding Lines at Disney World

Tips for Avoiding and Managing Lines at Disney World www.theecochic.com

  We've been enjoying our passes to Disney World and some of you have asked me to share some tips to make visiting Disney with kids more fun - and less stressful.  Admit it, the one thing that you dread is standing in line for hours on end with kids who are bored.  One of the advantages of living in Florida and having passes is that we don't have to do everything in one trip.  Enjoy this short video with some of our tips for avoiding lines, skipping lines, and entertain your little one's while waiting in lines. You can view this video on YouTube here: Tips for Managing and Avoiding Lines at Disney World Avoid lines! Pick the popular rides that you want to see before you get to Disney. Do those popular rides early in the day, late in the day, or during a slow time (like during parades and fireworks). Get a Fast Pass for popular rides to avoid standing in lines. Things to do with no (or little lines): Every park has a few rides that aren't as popular ... [ Read More ]

Our Holiday Photo Outtakes

Holiday Photo Outtakes

  After school today I decided to take the kids outside and attempt to capture the perfect holiday photo for our Christmas cards.  Mind you my children had been in school ALL day.  I was hoping that I could harness some of their energy and get some really cute shots. Instead I ended up with two kids who did not want to take orders from some crazy mama with a camera.  Here are just a few of the 55 photos that I took today that show just how uncooperative my kids were...  He was doing flips instead of cooperating with me. This last one was the best of the bunch and after a little bit of editing (not shown edited here) it ended up looking pretty nice. Lessons learned:  Don't attempt to take photos after school. Don't attempt to take photos when your kids are hungry. Don't assume you'll get a good holiday photo on the first try. Don't try to stage your photos too much. Do have a camera that takes really fast pictures (mine is slow). Do try to ... [ Read More ]

Diapering in a Disaster

It looks like Hurricane Sandy is being nicknamed Frankenstorm since it's looking pretty frightening to everyone along the NE United States.  Thankfully Sandy skirted past Florida with very little damage (although it was pretty windy this weekend and the temperature has dropped) but I know that many of my readers may be in her path.  I pray that you are all safe and that Sandy spares you and your families.  If you use cloth diapers I wanted to share an old post with you about how to prepare an emergency kit when you use cloth diapers. In addition, here are a few other posts I've found around the internet with useful tips.  My friend Amanda at The Eco-Friendly Family wrote a funny (yet helpful) post about the 10 Things to Do BEFORE a Power Outage.  Tonight while on Facebook this post appeared in my stream from Human Milk News on how to protect your freezer stash of breastmilk. I pray that you won't have to use any of these tips and pray for your safety.  Have any tips to share or ... [ Read More ]

Collection of Cloth Diapering Tips – on Pinterest!

  It's not a secret that I'm a huge fan of Pinterest!  I have however learned how to deal with my addiction and try to only pin for about an hour a day and only a few times a week.  If I were on there every day I would accomplish absolutely NOTHING the rest of the week. I've had to pleasure of working with DiaperShops.com to bring you a pretty extensive collection of Cloth Diapering Tips via one of their Pinterest boards.  Included in the collection of tips on their board are: 7 Tips for the Cloth Diapering Newbie Source: kitchenstewardship.com via DiaperShops on Pinterest     Tips on how to keep your GroVia hook&loop looking fresh. Source: adventures-in-fluff.blogspot.com via DiaperShops on Pinterest   Best Budget Cloth Diapers Source: blog.diapershops.com via DiaperShops on Pinterest   Tutorial on how to repair elastic on your diaper covers or shells. Source: makermama.com via DiaperShops on ... [ Read More ]

Blog Conference Survival Tips

Are you attending your first (or fifth) blog conference soon?  In 2010 I packed my bags and headed off to my first blog conference.  I had never met any other bloggers.  I didn't really even know a lot of bloggers.  I showed up in New York City and just about left in tears after the first hour.  Yes, really I did...you can reread my post, What BlogHer Meant to Me, to hear the full story. That was nearly three years ago and I still get intimidated at blogging conferences.  I've been to 2 BlogHer's and 2 Blissdom conferences and I still get butterflies in my tummy at the thought of this trip.  Why? There will be over 4500 women (and a few men) in attendance at this year's BlogHer.  That's a LOT of women.  Women have been known for our catty attitudes.  We've been know to be clique-ish.  We've been known to be rude and well...just plain mean!  So how do avoid all the nasty stuff and not go home crying on the first day? Blog Conference Survival Tips Follow the #blogher12, ... [ Read More ]

5 Tips to Successfully Cloth Diaper at Night

Real Diaper Week

  One of the reasons parents use cloth diapers is to reduce their babies exposure to toxins that are found in disposable diapers.  Even though parents know the health benefits to using cloth diapers many parents admit to struggle with finding a system that works well overnight and end up using disposables at night. Why is nighttime such a struggle?  Babies are often nursed (or fed a bottle of milk) before they fall asleep leaving them with very full bellies.  If you are fortunate to have a baby who sleeps through the night they can sleep for as many as 7-10 hours at a time.  Since cloth diapers don't contain absorbent crystals like disposable diaper they can only hold so much liquid.  Most parents find that 2-4 hours is about the longest a cloth diaper can last before it becomes too full and starts to leak.  While a pocket diaper with 2 microfiber inserts can work successfully for some babies overnight - others soak right through that and leak all over their beds ... [ Read More ]

Tips for Using Cloth Diapers at Day Care

Real Diaper Week

One of my biggest fears when we started using cloth diapers was finding a day care center that wouldn't fight us over using cloth diapers.  It was such a big fear of mine that I kept my daughter in private in-home care until she was 2 years old.  When she turned 2 we made the switch to a traditional day care/learning center.  You can read my full story about how I approached them to use cloth in my cloth diaper archives. Here are some tips that I suggest if you are planning on using cloth diapers at day care.  Most importantly remember to stay positive and don't make a big deal about them. Remember how your spouse and family felt when you told them you were going to use cloth?  The day care may react the same way… Show them the diapers and show them how similar they are to using disposables. Explain to them that they are better for your babies sensitive skin (and the environment and your wallet…but you don’t have to tell them all that). Explain that you will provide a wet ... [ Read More ]

News & Updates from Around the Cloth Diapering Community – 2/11/12

Cloth Diapering News & Coupons

Would you like to know the very latest happenings around the cloth diapering community?  I thought so! You all loved this feature so much that I thought I would continue again this week.  It's been a quiet week in the cloth diapering community but here are a few things to entertain you. My Favorite Posts of the Week: Do you love Pinterest?  Find out which cloth diapering and green companies are joining the Pinterest revolution. Would you like to win a ones&twos cloth diaper?  You can enter one on my giveaway sponsored by Kissed by the Moon. Wondering what else you can do with baking soda?  Here are 5 Ways to Use Baking Soda for Babies. and finally my work in progress - Learn to Speak Cloth Diaper Slang, a cloth diaper dictionary. My Posts from Around the Web: I posted a review of the ones&twos all-in-one cloth diaper on the DiaperShops.com blog. New Products: Coming soon from Swaddlebees & Blueberry is the Capri cloth diaper cover and ... [ Read More ]

News & Updates from Around the Cloth Diapering Community

Would you like to know the very latest happenings around the cloth diapering community?  I thought so! For starters, let me say that while I may not get my blog updated as much as I like I am still very active in the community.  You can find me most days on Facebook where I moderate several cloth diapering community pages including my own.  I can also be found blogging for other companies and appear as a guest of a few blogs as well.  I'll try to do better with cross posting here so you don't miss a single article from me. News from this week: Wednesday night Kim Rosas from Dirty Diaper Laundry hosted an amazing Twitter Party for the Giving Diapers, Giving Hope organization.  The community raised over $1,500 so far in their fundraising efforts to become an official non-profit and to continue supporting families in 2012.  You can read more about the campaign on Dirty Diaper Laundry and enter to win some amazing prizes through Feb. 14th on her Facebook fan page.  To review the ... [ Read More ]

10 Ways to Green Your BlogHer ’11 Experience

Earth

Last year I was honored to be on the BlogHer Green Team to help advice them on ways to make the conference a little bit more eco-friendly.  I hope that our efforts and our ideas are considered again this year during their planning and that maybe they implement a few new green initiatives each year.  The official BlogHer sponsors (the one's that help keep our costs down, pay for the food we eat, pay for the speakers we listen to, and provide a lot of the swag we love) dictate a lot of the areas in which raise concern with some of the eco-minded attendees so there are limitations on how far BlogHer can change things.  Regardless of what steps BlogHer and the sponsors provide we can each do our own part to help green our own experiences in California. 1.  Carpool, take public transportation, or walk! One of the most amazing things about BlogHer is the ability to connect with other bloggers.  As it gets closer to the arrival date start tweeting with the #blogher11 tag and look for a ... [ Read More ]