Dec 5, 2013

Review: Buttons Cloth Diapers


I am really excited to review Buttons Cloth Diapers! They are a family owned business and their diapers are super cute! Buttons Diapers are a two-in-one diaper system: wipe-able, waterproof PUL covers that adjust with snaps to fit babies from 9-35 lbs. There are two insert options: a regular insert and an additional doubler.

The diaper arrived festively wrapped:

 I thought this was a really nice touch. The PUL outer cover is a light green and has an adorbale red botton trade mark. The double leg gussets helped to hold everything in. I actually think this would also work well as a prefold cover in a pinch as well.

 The inserts snap in which I liked better than having to stuff a pocket. I also really liked how the double snaps to the cover and the other insert so there is no sliding around. The inserts were very absorbent and very soft.

Overall, I really like this diaper system and would recommend it to anyone cloth diapering their baby. The covers come in a variety of colors and I love supporting small businesses! You can pick them up  on their website You can also connect on social media:

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Oct 27, 2013

Review: Ozeri Precision Digital Bath Scale

I was really excited to review the Ozeri Precision Digital Bath Scale
 and it did not disappoint! It arrived well packaged and in one piece:

The scale came with a lithium battery and we had it out of the box and in the bathroom working in under 3 minutes! The scale is made of tempered glass and works by just standing on it- no waiting or tapping required! It has a button that instantly changes the unit of measurement from pounds to kilograms to British stones. We have found it to be very accurate. I also love how thin it is:
One of the first things my husband did was use it to weigh our dog- he's so silly! But clearly it worked!

Overall, if you are looking for a scale this is a great option. It is reasonably priced and very accurate.

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Oct 12, 2013

How to Make Homemade Body Wash

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Body wash is a luxury item that I enjoy. I like to use loofahs and I feel that it just works better than more economical bar soap. What I don't like are the extra chemicals in it. Organic and natural body washes are really expensive so I decided to try making my own. It was actually pretty fun and felt like a science project (minus making a giant poster and writing a report).

  1.  Bring water to a simmer in a large stock pot
  2. Grate soap into soft flakes (I used my food processor because I'm lazy)
  3. Add soap to water and stir until completely melted.
  4. Turn off heat and stir in glycerin. It will look like this: 
  5.  Cover and let sit for 24 hours. This is the hard part because I kept wanting to mess with it and thought it wasn't working- it is!

    When I woke up the next morning I had pot full of body wash!

    I was able to fill four and a half jars for a pittance! Easy peasy!

Sep 14, 2013

Review: Blossom Parties Cloth Menstrual Pads

This review has been a work in progress for several months! I have found it to be one of the most interesting for me because I have been able to review different stages of Blossom Parties' redesign of their cloth menstrual pads. It has really helped me appreciate the effort and love that goes into the products.

Blossom Parties is an Etsy shop run by Katherine with a very unique focus. Their products are designed to give give teens and tweens a positive outlook on their period and to foster Eco-friendly habits. Their line includes cloth pads, cards, heating pads, wetbags and more! I love that Katherine's vision is to celebrate and embrace this important milestone. Our society so often bemoans menstruation and our girls have enough pressure without another reason they are "supposed" to hate their bodies.

Although Blossom Parties' Femeko pads are marketed towards teens, I found them equally effective for adults. The flannel is soft and they are very absorbent.

I reviewed both the colored and non-dyed Femko pads. The undyed pads were the redesigned pads with less stitching on the bottom and middle of the pad where protection is most needed. I found the redesign to be very effective and more absorbent.

Both dyed and non-dyed pads are made of cotton flannel, absorbent cotton, and PUL. They come in light, medium, and heavy absorbency.

The dyed pads have different patterns to denote absorbancy- the lightest is on the left and the heaviest is on the right:

The non-dyed pads use small stars to indicate absorbancy. 1 star is light, 2 means medium, and 3 means heavy:

I think whether you choose the dyed or non-dyed is a matter of personal preference. I love bright colors for pads but some people prefer to keep things as natural as possible. I did find the non-dyed just slightly more absorbent than the dyed but not enough to discourage anyone who loves colors. I love the shape and design of the pads and the only change I would make would be to make the heavy pads about 2 inches longer.

Katherine also included a corn heating pad for me to review which was a really nice surprise! I really liked the heating pad because I could put it in the microwave to warm it and then use it to help me fall asleep when I had cramps without worrying about wasting electricity all night. This made my husband happy since he worries about the electric heating pad being a fire hazard when I sleep with it. The flower pattern was also really pretty.

I would definitely recommend shopping at Blossom Parties! I love that the products are made in America and help support a work at home small business. Katherine is a joy to work with and I know you will not be disappointed.

You can check out Blossom Parties at their website and their Etsy shop You can also follow on Twitter: @BlossomParties

Sep 7, 2013

Juppy Baby Walker Review

I was sent a Juppy Baby Walker Momentum to check out and it's a neat gadget. As someone with Lupus, I have a lot of joint pain. The concept of the Juppy Baby Walker is that you don't have to hunch over when you are helping your baby learn how to walk. I think that this would be a great product for people with Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, or back problems.

It comes in a variety of colors and is adjustable for height. It is also machine washable which is important for anything babies use since they make so many messes!

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Aug 31, 2013

The Absolute Best Detox Bath Recipe

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It is the end of August and I have a terrible cold. WTF? I thought colds were for WINTER. Ugh. This is what happens when teachers go back to school. It started as a sore throat and has progressed into a sinus/runny nose nightmare.

I tried everything- Theraflu, Nyquil, Advil Cold and Sinus (I had to sign my life away because it had Sudafed in it), steam, saline spray- nothing helped. I remembered that I had used a detox bath to get back on my feet after my awful flu last January and figured I would give it a try.

I have been out of the bath for ten minutes and can actually BREATHE out of my nose! Don't get me wrong, this isn't a miracle cure, but I do feel that it brings a lot of relief. I couldn't move when I had the flu and after the detox bath I could at least get food and go to the bathroom.

Detox baths make you sweat and the theory is that you sweat out toxins and other bad stuff to help you feel better. Some belief systems actually refer to the skin as the "third kidney" because it helps to filter out toxins. I've written before about how much I love Epsom salts so it probably comes as no surprise that I love them for detoxing, too!

For this bath you need 40 minutes. The idea is that 20 minutes lets you sweat out the yucky stuff and the other 20 is to absorb some of the minerals.

  1. Fill bath tub with very hot water- I actually add a pot of boiling water to mine
  2. Add 2 cups Epsom Salts
  3. Add 1-2 cups of Baking Soda
  4. Add 1 heaping tablespoon of ginger
  5. Swish well- you can add essential oils to make it smell nice but I usually don't since I feel terrible
  6. Sit for 40 minutes
  7. Make sure to drink plenty of water during and after bath
 The ginger will make the water feel even hotter than it is and will make you sweat profusely. This is a good thing because it is what makes you feel better but it is important to keep drinking water so you don't get dehydrated.

Note- This bath is for adults. I do not recommend it for children due to the risk of dehydration.
Aug 28, 2013

New Pillsbury Gluten Free Cookie Dough!

I heard awhile back that Pillsbury was coming out with a refrigerated cookie dough but didn't really get any details. I was at Publix this weekend and decided to check the cookie dough section on a whim- and lo and behold- there it was! The stock boy heard my squeal of delight and told me that they had just got it in this week. I immediately scooped up a tub of chocolate chip and brought it home.

I really like that it comes in a tub- sort of like margarine- that I can reseal after taking what I want. This kept me from eating the whole thing in one sitting. I made just enough cookies for my husband and I each night.

The cookies were super easy to make. I just spooned out what I wanted onto a cookie sheet and backed them for 11 minutes at 350.

Taste-wise the cookies were pretty good. They had a little of the grainy texture that is typical of gluten free baked goods but it wasn't too bad. The gooey warm cookies definitely made up for it! I don't make gluten free cookies often because of all the different flours necessary for good results so I really appreciated how easy these were.

I don't have other allergies but did want to post the ingredients for those who do:

Because there is egg, soy, and milk these may not work for everyone. Otherwise, I am very pleased with the cookies and will DEFINITELY be buying them again!
Aug 25, 2013

School Buses Go Green with Alternative Fuels

About 480,000 school buses run on diesel fuel in the US- that's 95% of all school buses. The other 5% is composed of alternative fuels: bio-fuel, compressed natural gas, and propane. Propane appears to be the fuel of choice for school districts looking to go green this year.
  • Omaha and Millard school districts in Nebraska will introduce 434 propane buses this school year- the largest fleet in the nation.
  •  Shelton, CT. is getting 60 new propane school buses this year.
  • Kentucky has purchased its first propane bus as part of a pilot program.
  •  The Fort Zumwalt School District in Missouri added 22 propane buses this year to the 8 they added last year. The district now has 18% of their buses using alternative fuels.
  •  Mesa Unified School District No. 4 in Mesa, AZ is adding 61 propane buses this year which will bring their total to 89 buses equaling 16% of their fleet.
The initial cost of a new, full-size propane school bus is about $100,000.  This only about $3,000-$4000 more than a similarly sized diesel bus. The buses get about 10% fewer miles per gallon with propane than with diesel, but over the 18-year, 277,000-mile life of a bus, propane costs $98,527 less than diesel.

I think it's great that school districts are finding a way to go green and ultimately save money on fuel costs. With approximately half a million buses on the road in the US, this is an area that local and state governments can go green an really make an impact.

Aug 18, 2013

Baked Garlic Broccoli Bites

Baked Garlic Broccoli Bites are by FAR my favorite way to eat broccoli and they are super easy! We make a whole head of broccoli and never have leftovers- they are that good! My husband doesn't even like broccoli but he loves these.

  • 1 head of organic broccoli
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 tbs of olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Pre-heat oven to 375°
  2. Break dry broccoli into little bites- smaller pieces = more crispy goodness!
  3. Put olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper, and broccoli in a large ziploc bag and shake well
  4. Place mixture on a cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil
  5.  Bake on top rack for 30 minutes
  6. Enjoy!
Aug 14, 2013

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Aug 12, 2013

Using Lunapads for Post-Op Bleeding

Last week I had laparoscopic surgery for Endometriosis. It went well but I was really uncomfortable and in a lot of pain. Before going to the hospital I had thought about bringing cloth pads for the bleeding but was afraid the nurses might throw them out or they would get lost. After surgery there was a lot of bleeding and I was in the monster sized disposables. The problem was I had no underwear on so it stuck to my leg and hurt me. I also broke out in a rash from it and was so itchy. I couldn't wait to get home and switch to cloth!

I went with a Lunapads Maxi Pad for the first night back and could probably have used something heavier if I had it. It was such a relief to have the soft cloth against my sensitive areas that were sore from surgery. It's like the difference between sleeping in a hospital bed and finally getting back into your own. Nothing stuck to me or gave me a rash- it was so much more comfortable which is important when everything else was in pain.

This experience has convinced me that I need to stock up on postpartum pads for when I finally get pregnant. There is no way I want disposables against me again during that sensitive time! I will be bringing them to the hospital with me.

Although there aren't a lot of times in our life when we need pads for medical purposes other than menstruation I thought this was an important thing to mention. I am 4 days post-op and Lunapads made this time much more comfortable for me. If you have to be in pain you should at least be able to be comfortable!
Aug 6, 2013

Woolzies Dryer Balls Review

I've written before about how much I LOVE dryer balls and Woolzies
 are no exception! These dryer balls made out of 100% New Zealand wool are so big and fluffy! Daisy kept trying to steal one to play with!

Wool Dryer balls have a lot to offer. They naturally soften clothes, reduce static, and reduce drying time by 25%. They are chemical free and hypoallergenic. They are also QUIET which is really nice.

I think the thing I loved the most about Woolzies was how big the XL balls were! I took a picture of them next to my hand so you could see just how gigantic they are:

They are twice the size of my other large dryer balls! The size was a great advantage because they made my laundry even softer and my towels were super fluffy (is there anything better than a fluffy towel fresh out of the dryer?).

Woolzies are guaranteed to last 1,000 loads and I can see why. They are handmade and so tightly wound that they have not pilled or come unraveled like some of my other dryer balls and just keep getting softer with every load. I love that they eliminate the need for fabric softener and dryer sheets- we quit using them years ago so wool dryer balls fill a really important need for us.I'm also allergic to wool and have had no problem using these which is really nice.

You can also learn more by checking out their Facebook page and following them on Twitter.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.