Saturday, June 7, 2008
This subject is another interesting green topic and has been brought up as long as I can remember since the availability of disposable diapers. Did you know that the average child uses about 4000 diapers before mastering potty training? And that the basic diapers out there are not biodegradable along with containing harmful gel toxins? The EPA reports that diapers make up about 3.4 million tons of waste in our landfills each year! Ouch, that is a lot of smelly diapers that do not decompose!
I admit it.....I am one who uses disposable diapers. And I have a preference of which one I like. I did not take the time to investigate the more "green" friendly diapers for disposing and I had a problem with using cloth diapers. To me, cloth diapers might be less in the landfill, but you are using more electricity and more water to wash the diapers, about 4000 more according to the stats I just gave you. There are moms who are using the potty training method of no diapers as early as 3 months, using a consistent verbal sign. There are also a few diapers on the market that are compost friendly and biodegradable, g Diapers being one of them. The prices are certainly not competitive, and that is where the problem also lies. This is one area where cost and convenience will always seem to override environmental impact unless the companies who make the disposable diapers such as the most popular brands of Pampers and Huggies change their manufacturing ways. You can give Pampers & Huggies a call and see what they have to say about how they are providing a more green product. Let me know in a post. I know I will be contacting them to see what scripted answer I will be getting.
Friday, June 6, 2008
I am a big supporter of products that are handmade. The Kat Sack, another Etsy shop, offers beautiful bags made of high quality material and sewn in very fine detail. You can pick from several patterns and also request request a custom made fabric! Detail is shown from the bag to the wrapping! You can win you own Claire Bag by stopping by the Chic Shopper Chic and posting what design you would love. You can't win if you don't play!
Childhood games have certainly changed! I remember playing pin the tail on the donkey, dodge ball and musical chairs. Now it is Wii, X Box and PS2! Wow those cost a lot of money compared to using your parents chairs! You can win a Wii just by posting your three favorite childhood games on Metropolitan Mama. One less toy to buy and more money for maybe some chairs?
Having lived in Hawaii for five years, Aloha Friday got you ready for a weekend of fun, relaxation, sun, beach, friends and family. Basically taking it easy, island style. So in participating with An Island Life, here is the question of the day.
What is your favorite movie you can watch over and over again?
Post your answer and if you have a blog, feel free to participate and be sure to link your post!
Thursday, June 5, 2008
I was one of those moms who decided that I wanted to make my own baby food, instead of feeding right out of a jar. Yes I am a stay at home mom and yes I guess you can say I had the time to do this. Time really is no excuse because the time it takes to do this project and freeze the food is the same as making a meal! I did it for the nutritional value, the cost and what I felt was best. It is a choice and many choose the other route which I am not saying it is bad.
Questions have now come up with BPA and using it for baby food packaging, such as Gerber. The company cannot define whether they are BPA free or not. Green and Clean Mom describes the information Gerber gave her when she called the company for an explanation (BTW, 1-800-4-GERBER) which they did the usual scripted answer and then sent a letter with coupons, still not defined enough. A few days ago I posted about the BPA Challenge and how you can go to Moms Rising to sign a petition to all the big companies using BPA. Your wallet and your voice are the most powerful tools. Give Gerber a call and question them or write a letter. Don't buy the BPA products. Go to Z Recommends to see what is out there for BPA free. There are baby foods out there that are BPA free packaging.
Next topic will be the use or the word "organic" with baby food. This is also used as a marketing tool and not always clear.
O.k., who does not have a can of WD40 sitting in their garage? Well you need to check out Jig-a-Loo which is a product that contains no contains no oil, grease, wax, petroleum distillates or detergents! An Island Life is giving away 2 cans of Jig-a-Loo and a XL T-shirt so pop on over to their web site and tell them what you would use the Jig-a-Loo on. I know I would use it on my daughter's squeaky room door that wakes her up when we open it to see if she is sleeping!
My friend Brian and I went for a field trip to the A Dong Asian market in Hartford. This is suppose to be the largest in Connecticut. We lived in Hawaii for 5 years and loved going to the local asian market.
Not sure what this is but it was green!
So many wonderful tea pots and great dish designs!
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Love the beach and island style jewelry? Salty Chix has unique island wear and jewelry to reflect those days you long for laying around on the beach, sipping that Mai Tai! O.k., back to reality! An Island Life is giving away a T-shirt and Vintage Trucker hat! Go drop by and check out the designs at Salty Chix then pop on over to An Island Life and post which T you need to take you back to that scene on the beach. Mmmmmm Mai Tai's.......
I am always amazed at what we carry in a diaper bag when we are on the move, not to mention how heavy it can be! Neat Solutions has made some of the products you need a little bit easier. They have Table Toppers for dining out so you don't have to worry about how clean the table really is and disposable bibs that have the crumb catch and leak proof! Chic Shopper Chick is having a Giveaway from Neat Solutions that includes one package of each of the following: disposable bibs, floor toppers, table toppers, potty toppers, multi-use pads, and XL Changing Pads! Drop by to post your comment and win.
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Hard to believe that we still have baby bottles and children's products made with the Bisphenol A in them knowing that effects can be on growth and health of the baby. You can help via your computer! Go to Momsrising.org and sign the petition to the major companies that produce these products, also stop buying them! I am glad to have the sippy cup done with one less piece of plastic for my daughter to be using!
For more information, check out the BPA free products list from Z reccomends.
Monday, June 2, 2008
I wish I had this product when Victoria was an infant instead of draping a towel over her. Check out Bath Luve which is a cute 100% cotton towel of a duck, fish or frog that keeps the baby warm laying down in the tub. Chic Shopper Chic is giving away a Bath Luve! Just drop by the blog and jot a post about which design you would choose.
Sunday, June 1, 2008
It's official, for the first year all of my iris' varieties have bloomed. Could have been either the bone meal or the fact that I weeded early! The maroon bearded is spectacular! I am looking for a white bearded to add since I am extending the garden out. Not sure if it exists in our zone and the garden shops do not have it. I will be going to Ballek's next week to see if they have one. Ballek's in East Haddam is a little more expensive than the other stores in the area but they do have a lot or different plants.