Cloth Diaper B/S/T Buyer Etiquette. Don’t Be That Girl

Can I just say that almost nothing irks me more than trying to sell cloth diapers? Really. The brand-specific boards seem to have their act together for the most part with a few exceptions, but the general cloth diaper (and cloth pad) b/s/t boards? I’m looking at you. No offense, honey, but you are a hot freaking mess! 

Girlfriend, let’s talk.

Trust me, I’m not trying to rip you off. When I want to sell my cloth diapers I take into consideration how I’ve cared for them, the brand, the condition, and I price them accordingly. In fact, according to the brand-specific boards, I’m undercharging you. So please, don’t give me a hard time when I try to sell you my beautiful cloth diapers. 

Cloth diaper (and cloth pads) B/S/T buyer's etiquette. The whats and hows of buying and trading cloth diapers without being *that girl*

We all want a good deal and nothing stings as much as getting taken for a ride, so how can you buy the diapers you want and get them for a fair price without annoying everyone in CD-Land? Take my hand and I will tell you, my friend. 

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Make Your Own All-Natural Gel Air Fresheners

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I am the only female in a house full of males and two cats so trust me when I say that things can get a little funky up in here. Between dirty socks, teenage body odor, and the litter box I am always looking for new ways to make the house smell nice. Girl it up if you know what I mean. 

The problem with most air fresheners is that I don’t like to spray chemicals into the air we breathe. Whenever possible I like to make my house smell nice by using essential oils, simmer pots, or potpourri. I recently found a recipe for homemade gel air fresheners and this seemed like the perfect solution so I had to try it. It’s easier than you may think!

How to make homemade all-natural gel air fresheners with essential oils. #LongLastingScent with Suavitel® Fragrance Pearls™ #cbias #ad

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Healthy Cats are Happy Cats with Rachael Ray Zero Grain

When I adopted Orion and Freya from the shelter I knew that I wanted to give them the best life possible. Orion was just over a year old when we adopted him and we were already his third home. Freya was brought to the shelter at about eight months old after she was found wandering the streets of Denver with an obvious URI. 

For me, part of giving them the best life I possibly can means feeding them a healthy food that doesn’t break the bank. One of the most important criteria for me is to give them a cat food that doesn’t contain corn or soy but preferably no grains at all. I have tried Rachael Ray’s Nutrish cat food with my cats in the past and was excited to learn that there is now a new grain-free variety

Healthy Cats are Happy Cats with Rachael Ray Zero Grain

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The Tragedy That Almost Was

Bad things happen to other people, not me. Oh sure, I’ve had my fair share of unpleasant experiences and bad luck, but truly bad things only happen to people on the news. Or so I thought. A few  weeks ago I learned rather abruptly that yes, they can also happen to me and I am extremely lucky today that we avoided tragedy by the skin of our teeth. A few weeks ago I had one hell of a wake-up call. 

The tragedy that almost was. PLEASE strap your dressers to the wall

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Win a Cloth Pads Starter Set from Pink Lemonade Shop

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Welcome to the Spring Sweeping Giveaway Hop, hosted by Lindsey Blogs and Viva Veltoro.

The days are getting warmer, brighter, and longer which may lead many to start Spring Cleaning. But we’re not ready to start cleanin’ until we’re done sweepin’! Take the next two weeks to sweep along the fabulous giveaways that a group of bloggers have come together to offer you! Be sure to hop around to all the giveaways, in the linky below, including the two fabulous Grand Prizes – Sudsy Dough at Lindsey Blogs and the Step2 Heart of the Home Kitchen on Viva Veltoro!

For my giveaway you will win a starter set from Pink Lemonade Shop. If you’re on the fence about cloth pads, this set is perfect for you! It will include three minky pads: (1) 9″ wide day pad, (1) 8″ standard light pad, and (1) 7.5″ wide pantyliner in the prints below. 

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We’re Celebrating Red Sox Opening Day with Fanatics.com!

While I live in Colorado now, I am a New England native and that means that I love the Boston Red Sox. We Red Sox fans take our team very seriously and I am no exception. My first trip to Fenway Park was with my uncle when I was about eight years old and I’ve never looked back. I still remember my first walk down Yawkey Way very clearly. It was the first of many. 

My grandfather was a lifelong Red Sox fan up until he passed away in March 2004 so when the baseball season started up a few weeks later I watched that season as my tribute to him. Little did I know then that I was going to witness history in just a few short months. After 86 years, the Red Sox would finally win the World Series! Sadly, my grandfather was never able to see his Red Sox win a World Series so to me, that win was for him. I cheered, I cried, and I have watched almost every game since then.

While the 2015 baseball season has already begun, the season never really starts for me until the home opener at Fenway Park. Today is that day and we’re ready to go!

Celebrating the Boston Red Sox Home Opener 2015 with Fanatics.com

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5 Times I Survived My Vintage Childhood

5 times I survived my vintage childhood of the late '70s and early '80sSome may say that I grew up in a different time, that kids are more at risk now than they were in the ’70s and ’80s. I beg to differ. I think kids were just as at risk then as we are now with the only real difference being that we hear about it more in our 24 hour news cycle society. 

I really don’t believe that there are more bad people in 2015 than there were in 1980 but the modern times have certainly changed my overall parenting philosophy and has made me watch my kids like a hawk. Not because I think a stranger is going to come steal them away from me, but because I think the sanctimommy sitting next to me might by way of a phone call to CPS if I dare read a book while my child plays on the slide. This isn’t something that my mother ever had to worry about and I have to admit that I’m kind of envious.    

I have fond memories of my childhood, playing outside with the other neighborhood kids without a care in the world. I guess it’s natural to wax nostalgic about our own childhoods regardless of when they were but I remember coming out of a small independent toy store when I was about eight and I said to my mother, “this is the best time to be a kid”. I believed it then and I believe it now. It was fun and free then and we managed to survive it with only a few bumps and bruises along the way. There are admittedly a few times that I was luckier to survive my childhood than most, though. 

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How to Enter Blog Giveaways and WIN!

I haven’t entered a blog giveaway in a while now because I just don’t have the time but I used to enter giveaways like it was my job. I won a lot, too. A stash worth of cloth diapers, a Kindle Fire, gift cards, a baby carrier, a $4300 camera (yes, really), and some other things here and there. I sometimes got more than one winner email in the same day and often at least one a week. For a while there I was on fire! But how did I win so often? Well, I’ll tell you.

How to enter blog giveaways and WIN! Where to find giveaways and the #1 tip for winning

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Green Your Teen’s Bathroom Routine

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Growing up with a mother from the hippie generation who was also an environmental planner, being conscious of the environment was ingrained in me from the time I was a young child without my even realizing it. To me, it’s second nature to go the more natural route in most areas of my life but for some reason, when it comes to personal care products I have been slow to make the switch. When my second child was born four years ago I started using natural bath products and toothpaste for him but I was still using mainstream hygiene products for myself and my older son. Now my oldest is a teenager it’s time for him to also make the switch. 

Green Your Teen's Bathroom Routine with Tom's of Maine #NaturalGoodness #Ad #Cbias

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