December 4, 2008

LoopyDo winners!

We have our winners for the 6-pack LoopyDo giveaway!

The winner for Cloth Diaper Outlet is Jaimee W.

The winner for NoPins4Baby is Christine, who entered via this blog!

Congratulations to you both and for everyone else...keep your eyes open for more promotions at both Cloth Diaper Outlet and NoPins4Baby!


December 3, 2008

More diapering tips

I promised more cloth diapering tips and so here are a few more!

Pocket Diapers - If you're new to pocket diapers, here's my favorite method of washing them...when you change your baby's diaper, take the insert out right then and lay it inside the diaper, along with any cloth wipes you've used. Fold the diaper in half, then use the dry outside of the diaper to carry it to the diaper pail. Toss it in! That way you don't have to touch wet dirty diapers a second time. On wash day, dump the pail into the washing machine.

Pail Liners - Speaking of diaper pails, one item that I recommend everyone buy is a pail liner. These are waterproof bags big enough to fit most trash cans and diaper pails. They protect your pail from wetness and odor plus make it much easier on wash day. Just lift out the pail liner, dump diapers into washer, and toss the pail liner in. It can be washed and dried with your diapers. These are a great investment as they last forever. My oldest one is over three years old and still works great.

More tips coming soon!

November 30, 2008

Tips for a green Christmas

Between environmental concerns and the economy, we're all concerned with "green" it trees or money. In our home, we successfully use some ideas that can save a bit of both!

Gift Bags - For Christmas time, I bought 3-4 yards of Christmas fabric for less than $1 a yard. I cut these into about 15 pieces in various gift bag sizes. I sewed them up, strung a ribbon through the tops, and now our family has a set of reusable gift bags. These bags will stay in our house for this year, but if I make a few more each year, we could be wrapping-paper-free in a few years.

Wrapping Paper - My daughter loves to paint. Last Christmas her big gift was an easel. The large paintings she makes are perfect for wrapping paper. When we do use wrapping paper, even for birthday gifts for her friends, we use her paintings. It's a fun way to reuse the sheets.

Batteries - When my daughter was born, practically all of her "gadgets" required batteries. I thought we could either buy stock in Energizer to offset years of disposable batteries. Or, we could spend $75 and buy a stash of rechargeable batteries. I bought them from Ebay, new in their packages, for a fraction of the cost in a store. Now 4 years later, I think I've bought disposable batteries the zoo when we forgot fresh batteries.

I've got more ideas, but I'll save them for another day!