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Why do YOU Cloth Diaper? VIA Dirty Diaper Laundry

Why do YOU Cloth Diaper? – Dirty Diaper Laundry

Thank you Kim for taking the time to write about cloth diapering and why I do it! Really, you took the words right out of my mouth! I initially started cloth diapering because of the volume of waste that disposable diapers create. Then cloth diapering turned into so much more. I have learned so much about the harmful chemicals in disposable diapers. I have learned how to truly get your cloth diapers/clothes clean – and what it takes (water) and what it doesn’t take (tons of soap). I love to see people’s expressions when I tell them I cloth diaper. They have NO idea how simple it is and how super cute the diapers are. If they only knew how much money they would save I’d have them hook line and sinker. Generally people can’t get passed the initial investment. They aren’t thinking long term and how a weekly trip to the store to buy a $10+ pack of diapers really adds up over several years. I have altered, albeit gently, my lifestyle because of cloth diapering. I am more conscious when I go grocery shopping and very selective about the foods that I purchase and feed my kids. I recycle – EVERYTHING. I too am by no means totally green but I have made changes where it was most important to me. Did I mention I am the FIRST person at my daughters pre-school to use cloth diapers? I have mixed emotions on that one. Happy that they agreed, sad that I am the first but hopefully, not the last. So, If I’ve peaked your interest and you would like to learn more about cloth diapering come by Bloom or give us a call (210-824-2727) to set up a one-on-one consultation. It’s free, doesn’t take much time and we have everything you need to get started!

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Cloth Diapering Info Class Scheduled!

Cloth diapering is as easy as disposable and a lot better for the environment!

Come learn the basics of cloth diapering

Join us at Bloom on Tuesday, May 25th at 6pm for a FREE informational class on cloth diapers! Come learn about cloth diapering and how easy it really easy. Learn the basics of diapering and laundering. Bring a friend and bring your questions! Bloom has everything you need to get started. We carry GAD Diapers, FuzziBunz OS pocket diapers, Rockin’ Green Detergent, wet bags, dryer balls and cloth wipes.  It is so simple and so much better for your baby! Let us know if you can make it by calling the store 210-824-2727 or send an email allison@bloommaternity.net

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Day 4 – Save on Cloth Diapers and Accessories

Cloth diapering is as easy as disposable and a lot better for the environment!

Cloth diapering is as easy as using disposable diapers and a whole lot better for the environment.

Day 4 of the 12-days of Christmas sale gives you the opportunity to SAVE on cloth diapers and accessories. You don’t cloth diaper but have been thinking you might want to give it a try? Did you know that you will spend over $2,500 for one child on disposable diapers? Compared to that, cloth diapering is affordable, you can re-use cloth diapers on siblings down the road, the colors and styles are super cute and it is GREAT for the environment! Here is a great way to get just a few diapers and see how you like it! All GAD diapers have been re-priced TO INCLUDE a microfiber terry insert!! Regular price $20 for the two pieces, now only $16. Need detergent for your cloth diapers? Get some Rockin’ Green! Want to make cloth diapering even easier? Bummis flushable liners make dealing with the poop a whole lot better!! Diapers, wet bags, dryer balls, detergent, liners, bamboo wipes….we’ve got everything you need! Happy shopping.

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Day 3 – SAVE on In-stock Petunia Pickle Bottom & Storksak Diaper Bags

Cake diaper bags are luxurious!It’s day three of our fabulous 12-days of Christmas SALE!! Today save 20% off all in-stock Cake, Petunia Pickle Bottom diaper bags and stroller blankets and Storksak diaper bags. These two diaper bag lines are so beautiful, they ooze style and function. Hurry up, selection is limited. Don’t forget deadlines are fast approaching for holiday orders of custom name jewelry!! Get yours before it is too late.

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Red 40 Dye: Is it Effecting Your Child?

Synthetic dyes, such as Yellow 5 and Red 40, don't belong in foods, especially those consumed by children.I came across a discussion today on Facebook that really caught my attention. A friend on mine posted a link to Food Inc. and then the discussion below it was about Halloween candy and Red 40 Dye. You see my friend has an autistic child and she is very aware of what food items she puts in his body. I don’t have any children with autism so I pretty much go with the flow. I certainly encourage my children to eat healthy and make healthy choices. We cook a lot in our home with very fresh ingredients so I am not overly concerned. But since we have a giant bag of candy in our house from trick or treating and it is flu season so I have been passing out spoonfuls of cough medicine like it was candy this dye issue is starting to bother me. I am posting the conversation here so you can see what these mothers are going through.

Holly, I’m so glad there is someone else looking at this – I don’t believe in the FDA anymore! My son has had kidney damage (long story) but b/c of this I’ve done a lot of research about foods & the dyes that are put into them – dyes: yellow, blue, orange & red 40 they are finding correlations to ADD & ADHD, autism & kidney damage (especially red 40… when you start looking at the ingredients dyes are in everything! I’m also reading Jillian michaels book “master ur metabolism” & she talks about food, chemicals, etc that affect our hormones! Absolutely scary! I grow most of our veggies & have cut out all processed foods!

Way to go Emily!!! So savvy and cool! I’m very sorry to hear about your son’s kidney damage and that it could have been prevented. You are so wise to grow your own food and to be shunning foods made in a chemical plant. Why these “foods” (we’ll call them that for sake of conversation) are allowed to be sold is beyond me.

p.s. Holly…….My kids don’t eat candy normally but I allowed my youngest to eat a little last night. He asked me which ones he could eat from his bag and I said, “nothing that is blue or green!” lol! He ate some “white” nerds and a couple of tootsie rolls then I snuck in a few mini-bags of Annie’s fruit chews which he THINKS are candy. …  ha ha! He was perfectly satisfied and convinced that he had eaten CANDY!

My oldest (with autism) cannot talk so I always say, “when he can ask me for candy then I’ll give it to him”. Until that time, candy is not our target goal word!

I hid the candy and am going to go through it in a bit to get the heavily dyed stuff out. I will tell you both that there is NO doubt that Andrew is affected by Red 40. No doubt. It makes a HUGE difference in his hyperactivity.

Oh, and unfortunately Andrew knows how to say he wants candy all too well! He won’t tell me most things, but “I want candy” is a favorite. 😦

That’s funny!! Candy isn’t in our house either but I’ll go through it & it mysteriously disappears- lol! Another interesting tad bit on red 40- it is the worst of the dyes, yet when u have a kidney infection ur told to drink cranberry juice & what does cranberry juice have? Red dye 40!

Why does medicine need to be colored if it’s flavored? If it tastes good, kids will take it. Why does it have to be red, orange, yellow or purple? And why does medicine for adults need to colored? Why does Sudafed for adults have to be red? I usually wipe the color off medicine tabs with a damp paper towel – comes right off.

I thought that conversation was too important not to share. It has really opened my eyes. I hope it inspires you to read more labels and ask more questions.  Here are some other good articles about Red 40 Dye. Please read it and tell me what you think.

Is the Red 40 Food Dye Additive Having a Negative Impact on Your Child??

Watchdog Group Wants Ban on Yellow 5, Red 40, and Other Artificial Food Dyes Linked to Hyperactivity, Behavior Problems

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Prince Lionheart Bamboo Cloth Wipes and Wipes Warmer

On Wednesday we got the new Prince Lionheart Warmies Wipes Warmer and the Warmies Reusable Bamboo Cloth Wipes in the store! I am so excited to try out my new stuff! I opened up the package of wipes and loved how soft they were. Yes, they are bamboo and yes I know that bamboo is soft but it surprises me everytime I feel it how

Prince Lionheart Reusable Bamboo Cloth Wipes

Prince Lionheart Reusable Bamboo Cloth Wipes

soft it actually is. It is luxurious!! The Warmies cloth wipes come in a package of 8. (The Warmies Wipes Warmer also has 4 warmies included as well as an Ever-Fresh pillow to keep the wipes moist, bonus!!). I love that the wipes have a recipe book included so that you can make your own wipes solution, I am not so crafty and need all the help and guidance I can get! I made the All-Purpose Wipes Solution. I would have like to have made the Essential Oils Wipes solution or the Soothing Baby Wipes solution but I don’t keep essential oils around the house and didn’t feel like going to the store and spending a fortune!! The All-Purpse Wipes solution called for olive oil, water and all-natural baby wash (I used Mustela Dermo-Cleansing infant hair and body wash, because we sell it at the store, it smells GREAT and I have plenty of it in my house!) So, I soaked my wipes in a big bowl, squeezed out the extra solution and rolled them up and placed them in my new Prince Lionheart Warmies Wipes Warmer. Several hours later they were nice and toasty. Finally, a dirty diaper. Time to put the wipes to the test. OMG I love these wipes. The solution I made smells so good and one wipe cleaned up the whole mess. Then I just threw it in the with

Prince Lionheart Warmies Wipes Warmer

Prince Lionheart Warmies Wipes Warmer

my cloth diaper and they all went into the wet bag together. No sorting dirty disposable wipes from the dirty cloth diaper. I’ve gone the flushable wipes way but just wasn’t very satisfied with the experience.

I give the Prince Lionheart Bamboo Cloth Wipes and Wipes Warmer a hearty thumbs up! Just one more way I am reducing my footprint. Get yours at Bloom!

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Supergoop! Sun Protection for the Whole Family

For those of you that don’t know me, my husband or our children, we are the fairest of fair. All blondies and blue eyes. Our son is translucent. Our daughter can tan but it takes months!! Just like her mama. Sunscreen is a MUST for us – everyday – no matter what. Plus, skin cancer is prevalent in my husbands family. As Dr. T says, “90% of lifetime sun damage occurs during incidental daily exposure. Whether walking outside, or just driving in the car, damage from UV rays is cumulative throughout your life.”

So who better to blog about their love of Supergoop than me…..

With Vitamins A, C, & E SPF 30 Organic Protection for the Entire Family

With Vitamins A, C, & E SPF 30 Organic Protection for the Entire Family

Supergoop!! Top 10 Reasons my family loves it….

  1. It stays on for a long time. I do reapply about every 2 hours if we have been sweating or swimming.
  2. A little goes a long way. I have had the same Super Small Pump since Spring Break and there is plenty left in the bottle.
  3. It is a great moisturizer. Our youngest has eczema so he needs a sunscreen that will moisturize. I leave it on his chest of drawers and use it on him everyday. He knows the difference between regular sunscreen and Supergoop!
  4. Quickstick rocks! It is my new favorite. I use it mainly on there little faces, but I caught myself using it on my chest the other day when I was out in the sun. I keep one in my purse as well as in our pool bag.
  5. It’s organic!
  6. No sticky, smelly concoctions – it’s the real thing. It glides on, just like a regular light-weight moisturizer. I also use on my face and it doesn’t clog pores.
  7. No parabens.
  8. It absorbs really quickly which is perfect for applying on squirmy 4 and 5 1/2 year old bodies ready to explore the world.
  9. The Super Spray is a 5 oz. REFILLABLE spray – so I buy the 15oz. Super Small Pump and a Super Spray Pump and refill, baby! One more way Dr. T’s is Eco-Friendly.
  10. Shop Texas!!! Dr. T’s is produced in Dallas, but the founder and CEO of the company lives in San Antonio. Oh yeah, and she’s a woman!!

Ready to give Supergoop! a try? Let’s go shopping – and to sweeten the deal, the shipping is on us! Just type in “supergoop” in the coupon code when you check out!

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