Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Wordless Wednesdays!!! Happy Halloween!!

Wordless Wednesdays is a great opportunity for us loud-mouths to shush and post pics instead...lucky for me, this Wednesday is Halloween!  Autumn is my very favorite season...everything about it is so magical!  Love the pumpkins, leaves, hay-rides and orange colored everything!  It's only 1 o'clock and I've already seen a Halloween parade!  The little kids were all dressed up and ready to trick-or-treat around the neighborhood!  What a fun time!  I am so thankful for Fall!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Ethical Shopping Choices-Cloth Diapers

Welcome to the October 2012 Natural Living Blog Carnival: Ethical Shopping Choices This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Natural Living Blog Carnival hosted by Happy Mothering and The Pistachio Project through the Green Moms Network. This month our members have written posts about how they make purchasing choices.
For the month of October, the Natural Living Blog Carnival theme is Ethical Shopping Choices. This topic came at a wonderful time because it is something that I've noticed in an industry of "green" products is lacking sometimes.  As a consumer I must try really hard to retrain myself and almost correct my thoughts to question some deep help beliefs and notions about what I've come to expect from my everyday buying choices and interactions with other merchants/retailers.  As a full time cloth diapering mamma, I am not only a user of cloth diapers but also a retailer, and it is so interesting to be able to see both sides of the same issue.  I hear alot of talk (especially on facebook groups) from other CD mammas about "The Cheap Diaper".  Basically, the question is: "What kind of diaper can I get that doesn't leak and is cheaper than a name brand".  Now, I want to state that there is NOTHING, absolutely nothing wrong with asking this question.  As a consumer, I want to be able to get the best price for the best product.  But as a consumer, I also have to retrain myself to understand that there is no such thing as a free lunch; moreover, if a deal looks too good to be true, then it probably is.  Let me explain...When a person designs an awesome product, lets say, a cloth diaper that doesn't leak, that person has to start a company with their state, pay taxes on the business and their income, hire a lawyer, file a patent, secure a manufacturer either in the US or abroad to manufacture their product, pay for the supplies to make their items, undergo a huge marketing process which includes social media, print, expos, not to mention the cost of their own time away from their children and family dealing with business issues, so on, and so on...the list is massive.  This isn't even a fifth of all of the things people who are in this industry have to do to get a product out.  YEARS go into making a good reliable product.  Here is the question...How much is all of this worth?  Especially, when as a consumer I can just join a co-op on facebook and get a diaper for $4.00.  Here is the information on that $4.00 diaper.  By purchasing it, you are undercutting the patents of the people who actually spent the years and the time developing the very product you are using.  Most reputable diaper companies go to alot of trouble making sure that the factories where their products are made have humane working conditions and provide such things as fair compensation and healthcare for their workers.  A great example of this dilemma is Rumparooz.  The inventor of this diaper is a mom, just like the rest of us, and this company has spent a really long time making sure that their products are made "green" to the fullest extent.  Their diapers are made in China, but they operate under Swiss Certificate, which means their workers are protected under European standards, they are salaried employees paid 40% above the European cost of living and provided with healthcare, education for their children, and a great place to work, NOT a sweat shop.  The diapers and accessories are biodegradable, so even if they end up in a landfill for some reason they will not do harm to the environment.  Human beings make our diapers-did you know that?  If you are happy to purchase a diaper for $4.00 where are the savings coming from?  There is no magic here.  If Rumparooz, or any other big cloth diaper company could survive by selling a $4.00 diaper they would! The reason they do not do it is because they insist on ETHICAL treatment of their employees here in the states and abroad.  They are dedicated to innovation, which takes time and has costs.  They use materials that are organic and good for baby which have passed rigorous safety testing and are not loaded with harmful chemicals used to dye those cute prints which will go in your baby's bum.  I hear moms talk about how they just purchased a bunch of diapers from such and such co-op and they hate them because they are leaky and just plain fall apart in a short period of time.  You get what you pay for.  Our economy is such that supports this notion.  If these cheap diapers really were superior they would put the American companies out of business.  But they haven't, and they won't.  Because they are selling a sub-standard product.  It's almost like owning a disposable cloth diaper.  They leak and do not last.  Alot of moms say, well I can't afford a $25 diaper.  I understand that notion, especially in this economy.  But there are options like waiting for sales, or purchasing seconds, used or saving up to purchase one good me, you will get more use out of it in the long run.  In life, there are always options.  We choose what we stand for, what we support.  I choose to support moms, and mom-owned businesses, not sweat shops.  I choose the best for my baby, but most of all, I want to lay my head down at night and be able to say that the choices I make, by being green, supporting fair trade, ethical treatment of human beings and the earth have a positive impact on everyone around me.

I pledge to NEVER knowingly purchase anything I know to be harmful to anyone, financially, personally and environmentally.  Will you take that pledge too?  

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Travelin' with Baby Giveaway Hop!

As promised, GreenPath Baby blog is participating in the Travelin' with Baby Giveaway Hop hosted by So Easy Being Green and According to Jenny!  Our giveaway this month is sponsored by the GreenPath Baby Cloth Diapering Store!  This Event will run from October 10th - 24th with a Twitter Party Grand Finale on October 25th from 9-10 PM EST!  In this Hop, each blogger has a great prize, worth at least $25, to make traveling with your baby easy and fun! Don’t miss out on the fabulous Grand Prize worth over $500 featuring the best, must-have Baby Travel Products!  I have recently traveled with baby, and one of the things I really used besides my Baby K'tan was my CJ's BUTTer spray to keep baby rash free throughout the trip.  The spray contains Coconut oil, which for a baby that has eczema is a wonderful solution to keep his skin moisturized as well.  We are giving away a Baby Travel Pack that includes a Baberoo Minky Necksaver (to keep baby's head well positioned on those long car or plane trips), as well as a CJ's BUTTer Spritz Lavender and Tea Tree Oil Scent, A Hemp Babies Raw Silk cloth diaper liner, and three 100% 30x30 Organic Cotton burp cloths.

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Eligible entries must be posted no later than midnight Eastern time, Thursday, October 24, 2012. U.S. residents only. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary to win. Winners will be drawn after the close of the contest and notified via e-mail. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. We hereby release Facebook of any liability.
According to Jenny, So Easy Being Green, and the Travelin’ With Baby participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Traveling with Baby

As some of you may know, we are participating in the Traveling with Baby Giveaway Hop hosted by So Easy Being Green and According to Jenny, and sponsored by the GreenPath Baby Cloth Diapering Store.  Coincidentally, two weeks ago, our family decided to go on a vacation to the good'ol midwest with our two kids in tow, so needless to say, this was perfect timing to post on this topic!  Aside from the lack of sleep, I must say that I was pleasantly surprised at how smoothly this trip went.  Dragging baby around town is difficult enough, so when we decided to go on this trip, I was genuinely concerned with exactly WHAT to bring to make our trip easier.  We had to fly and stay with relatives in Illinois and Indiana, which meant taking a flight and also driving for about 4 hours.  I packed all of our suitcases and decided to go bare-bones with the baby stuff.  I checked the car seat and the snap-n-go and basically had the baby attached to me the whole time.  This was perhaps the best thing for us, because chasing a 3 year old through the airport required my full attention (and both of my hands!!!)  So having the baby on me was awesome.  I didn't have to fuss with the umbrella stroller through the airport foot traffic and going through security was a breeze.  I didn't have to take the baby out of the K'tan, I just walked with him attached to me right through the metal detector, allowing me to focus on the 3 year old trying to put his shoes back on.  My Petunia Pickle Bottom Boxy Backpack diaper bag (which can convert from a traditional diaper bag into a backpack) was opened by security because I forgot to remove the baby food and the formula (oopsy!).  And after it was thoroughly searched, I was able to grab it, strap it onto my back and go on to find our gate.  Surprisingly, through all of this commotion, the baby was able to fall asleep on my chest and when we got on the plane, I found my seat and just strapped the seatbelt on to my waist.  Halfway through the flight, he woke up happy and contented and played with grandma and grandpa...he did so well! I was so proud of my little one!   
Having the baby attached to my chest kept me calm and gave me a great sense of relief.  I am not a huge fan of flying and having that little human being breathing in and cuddling up safely next to me made me so calm-I could fly all day!  Nursing on the plane kept the baby calm and provided him with some relief from the ear popping torture.  Getting off the plane was also not a big deal, I just strapped the baby back on the carrier and walked out onto the baggage claim to get his car seat.  Off we went to our destination.  All in all we had a really great trip-no major meltdowns or headaches!  I was so relieved!  All of us had fun and actually enjoyed our vacation, even with two small children in tow!

Have you traveled with baby?  How was your experience?  

Now for the fun part-GIVEAWAYS!  Click here for the Traveling with Baby Giveaway.  This giveaway starts Wednesday, October 10 at 12:01am EST and ends on Oct 24th at 12:01pm.