May 23, 2009

Alert to cloth diapering bloggers!

The cloth diaper industry (businesses and consumers alike) needs to work together to effectively counter a bribed blogger initiative designed to promote disposable diapers through mommy bloggers. This is coming directly from the disposable diaper companies. You may have already started to see these posts on some blogs. As a reference, you can rely on this little tidbit in the Wall Street Journal in an article called "Big Diaper Makers Square Off" published on April 13, 2009.

"Kimberly-Clark plans to ship free samples of its new diapers to about 500"mommy bloggers," hoping to build buzz among mothers who write aboutchild-rearing and their readers. Likewise, P&G is hosting about a dozenmommy bloggers at its Cincinnati headquarters next week to show how Pampersdiapers are developed."

To counter this campaign and positively elevate cloth diapers in the eyes of your readers, please make a concerted effort to focus your blogs around cloth diapers and related issues in the coming weeks.

Thanks to everyone for your help. Please feel free to reference this post on your own blogs. I'd also recommend using other social media (ie: Twitter) to get the word out quickly...
Have a great Memorial Day weekend! :-)

--written by Jenn from BumGenius

May 22, 2009

New Onesize Diaper coming soon!

Introducing a new OneSize diaper!

Knickernappies OneSize Diapers are a side-snapping pocket diaper. OneSize with four rise adjustments (small, medium short, medium, and large), side snaps, and they come with TWO inserts! You have your choice of two microfiber inserts or two LoopyDo inserts, all made in the USA!

We use this diaper on our 40 lb almost-4 year old at night and it does beautifully. 40 lbs is the upper weight range, but I've seen the diaper on 8 lb newborns and it looks great on these tiny babies.

Made with top quality materials and the best possible workmanship, Knickernappies OneSize Diapers are the perfect onesize diaper. Made with snaps instead of velcro, these diapers will last several years with proper care.

Set to release by June 1

Diaper with 2 microfiber inserts = $18.95
Diaper with 2 LoopyDo inserts = $24.95

Quantity discounts will be available.
We will have all 6 colors instock in both insert options.

May 20, 2009

Gardening, Part 2

I promised to describe the gardening method that we use...Square Foot Gardening.

It's not a new method. It was first written about in the 70s, but I'm sure many of our moms and grandmas used it for years in their kitchen gardens. The basic idea is this: by planting in squares instead of rows, you can grow more veggies in a smaller space with less work. This is perfect for small gardens like ours. Here's the website: I do recommend checking the book out at the library or buying it.

This is our second year using square foot gardening techniques. Last year I grew 16 different types of vegetables and marigolds in just two raised beds. We had enough beans to eat 3-4 nights a week for dinner and I froze about 12-15 quarts. We had more spinach, swiss chard, and romaine than I could ever use and we gave away more than we ate. We had broccoli enough for just about every meal in August and September, plus potatoes, tomatoes, tomatillos, and lots more.

This year I cut back on the types of vegetables but I'm growing more of the ones we use the most of. Broccoli (already harvested our first yummy!), carrots, spinach, chard, garlic, bell peppers, and beans. I do have a tomato but I put it in a pot this year. My husband and I don't like tomatoes, but I'm hoping that a "sugar grape" tomato plant placed right where Camille plays will entice her to try some.

Also in pots we have two blueberry bushes and about 12 strawberry plants. I consider these our snack bushes. Anytime Camille is allowed to eat freely.

Our last plant is an acorn squash that I'm putting in the corner of our yard where it has room to grow.