Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
(Unless we get anyone new?!?!?)
After that, I'm compiling a small package of the WWFB and some diaper donations from our local CD'g mamas to make a care package for Miracle Diapers.
If you're interested, please look into it. Miracle Diapers is a FANTASTIC organization and could really use your cloth if you can spare your cast offs. Especially if you're a sewing mama who is trying a variety of styles/fits, this is a great place to purge.
All the best to you & yours this holiday season,
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
There's a couple more mamas on the list and I anticipate it getting to most of them by the New Year.
My hope is to send a great package of the diaper, map, etc to Miracle Diapers. If you would like to donate your diapers to this amazing organization, please let me know and I'll bundle them all together from The Global Fluffy Bum Participants.
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Although the diaper arrived during a not-so-exciting point in our lives, we were happy to take it out for our every day routines. First, Tobin took it around the living room a bit.
Then we were off to play group, where someone brought a big zebra to play with. Though all the mommies were excited to have the zebra around, none of the babies seemed too keen. Tobin rubbed nose to butt with the zebra. That's about the most love the poor guy got!
Inside again, Tobin had his first taste of purely o's! He wasn't too sure about them that day, but has come to love them now!
The next day, we went over to babysit (play for him!) a couple of older kids, and Tobin crawled around them trying to get their toys. Here, he was allowed to play with a hot pink flying ring. Good enough for him!
Finally, my boy decided to help me by unfolding laundry. Always appreciated! Well, maybe one day he'll learn to fold it. A mom can dream...
Off to MD...
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Due to popular demand the diaper is taking longer than expected to make the rounds. I'm trying to consolidate the participants and rather than organize by region, I'm now going to take requests for participants in the order they are received.
If you are on the list and would still like to participate, just reply to me (not all) with your mailing name/email. Anyone no longer interested, need not reply. (I know some of your babies are now potty trained!)
Thanks again for all the amazing participants and great turnout. I'm hoping the next edition of the Fluffy Bum can make it even further!
ps. If you have any CD'g friends, please pass along the info! We'd love to have 'em on the list.
Fall/Winter 2009 Participants:
Denise C. , TN - *CONFIRMED*
Andrea C. , PA - *CONFIRMED*
Becca P., LA - *CONFIRMED*
Bonnie S, CA - *CONFIRMED*
Jennifer B., MD
Chelsea H. IN
Kylie G., IN
Beth O., IN
Anne S., IN
Aileen L., IN
Jill L. , OH
Jennifer F. WI
Jennifer C., PA
Amanda R., IN
Ashely M. , IL
Emily D., OH
Laura M, KY
Sue O., CA
Mary Beth R., NC
Serena O., NJ
Kristina M., NY
Paula C., PA
Kirsty F., Enfield, Middx, UK
Sandra R., Sabah, Malaysia
Saturday, August 22, 2009
(Cloth Diaper Carnival II)
Alright. I'm a terrible singer, but I thought it was catchy.
Wash routines vary greatly and I think that's a good thing. We all live in different areas and with varying degrees of water/soap availability. And what works for some types of dipes won't work for others.
I've become addicted to Rockin' Green (see sidebar) , but it's quite the indulgence. I'm thinking that a friend and I may split the price and share a bag!
I have a pretty predictable/regular kid so our 'dirties' aren't all that dirty. Our typical wash is every other day with a cold rinse/hot wash/cold rinse. I add the detergent to the wash cycle. In the event that I don't have the RG soap, I use Kirkland (Costco) brand Environmentally Friendly soap. I line dry with a 20 minute dry cycle if needed. (my hemp inserts take the longest)
Here's the kicker...my stain solution kicks butt! (ha...kicks butt...I'm funny, see?!) If you have a set in stain, wash like usual. THEN, BEFORE DRYING squeeze a raw lemon onto the stain and set out in the sunshine. Wash again and check stain. Repeat as necessary. Then dry once the stain is removed. When my microfibers get the stink...or my hard water adds too much buildup (sidenote: this has not happened since I used the RG) I add a scoop of water softener and a splash of vinegar or bleach.
I didn't think I'd like line drying. It's so archaic to me, but there's something methodical about spending the 10 minutes to hang things on the line. And maybe (just like my grandmother said, but don't tell her that I agree) 'Laundry line time, is good thinkin' time.'
Hope this helps anyone who's having troubles! Comment, ping, or join us on the CD Carnival!
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Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Monday was not a good day for the diaper. We washed it and washed it. Long story short, the diaper was stained. Tuesday we wanted to use the diaper again. We went out and about, first to the Farmer’s Market to buy some fresh veggies and fruits. YUMMY. We had lunch and then went shopping at a few more stores. Fletcher wasn’t too happy about that. The last thing we did that day was go to the local community center to volunteer. Fletcher played on the ground while I helped out the old ladies who were sewing pillowcases for the hospital. Then we went home and relaxed. Wednesday was the last day we used the diaper. At this point I knew the stain wasn’t coming out and began working hard to find a way to replace the diaper. Thanks so much to Mom’s Milk Boutique and Smarty Pants for agreeing to provide a new cover and embroider it. This say was another pretty boring day. Fletcher and I played outside in the backyard. He loves grabbing grass and trying to eat it. What can I say, he is only 8.5 months old! I talked on the phone to Softbums about a video cloth diaper review and I am really excited about that! After that Fletcher came in and used the potty so we had to take the diaper off. Later, we went out with a friend to Target. Fletcher and his girlfriend played outside of the fitting room while he showed off his Fluffy Bum! The journey ended for the GFB for good after one last ditch effort to wash and sun and wash and sun etc. This is probably the last picture of the GBF in its current form. How fitting that it should be hanging in the pit of my basement. My husband saw this picture and said it looks like where Ecoli was born. Possibly. Despite the difficulties with the diaper we are glad to have participated. We are sad that we killed the diaper but happy to have been able to find a solution that may work even better than the previous GFB. Thanks to Halley for being so understanding as well! I hope the next families all enjoy their time with the GFB
Thursday, August 6, 2009
With over 40 kids covered by the Global Fluffy Bum 08 version, the diaper is a little dirty. A new sponsor has donated an one size diaper cover to be embroidered with the logo.
I'm wondering if now is a good time to switch the title of the blog/address over to the new one while we can archive this one?
Here's the lastest sponsor:
Please thank her for her diaper donation!
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Today the diaper is en route.
So on the topic of living greener...
I am convinced in the summertime that kids grow like weeds. Their legs get longer, their skin gets darker, hair lightens and they are in a state of constant motion. Awake they are powered by photosynthesis and popsicles. When they are finally (FINALLY) still, they sleep deeply and grow an inch. My boys are entertained this summer by:
- playing outside in their Spiderman sprinkler (best $12 bucks spent this summer)
- bug catching
- riding bikes
- water painting with food dye colored tap water
- riding bikes
- building forts & teepees out of old bed sheets and clothespins
- digging in their garden
- making their own volcanoes (with 'real' hot lava)
- riding bikes
- washing the dog
- did I mention they like to ride bikes?
So in the spirit of things that entertain kids outside, but are free (almost free) and let them just be kids....chime in with your summer ideas for kids.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
From a Cloth Diapering Blogger Board here's a Discussion Prompt:
What do you wish you knew then that you know now? Meaning, now that are have experienced cloth first hand, what would you have told yourself when you first started or before you started?
- Okay, honestly I wish that I would have known that it's okay to ask questions and not feel guilty about buying used.
- That buying a sample stash off Craigslist is a great way to try different types of diapers and see what works best for your diapering style and your baby. (ie. thick thighs, long waisted, etc)
- That CD'g is SO NOT what your mother/grandmother used to do, but you know what? (sssshhhhh...don't tell, but they are right about it being easier than I thought)
- That it is way cheaper than I thought.
- That my kids don't get nearly as many diaper rashes.
- That it's SUPER easy to corrupt, I MEAN, convince friends to try it. And then they are CD'g too.
- That husbands will try it, like it, if you make it easy for 'em. (stuffing the pockets already, lining the dipes already, etc) ps...it helps if you lay out the cost savings too!
- That CD'g moms on blogs are happy to help, answer questions, chat and pass along information. They're generally a good bunch!
- That DiaperSwappers can scare the beegeezus outta you if you let it.
- Not all baby's booties were meant for the teeny tiny 'boutique-y' diapers that cost $40 a pop.
- My baby loves me no matter what kinda diaper I put on his bum.
I'm sure there's more, but this is a good start!
We had a great “diaper” day.
Amy, Cecily (3) & Brennan (18 mo)
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Andrea & Girls,
Thursday, July 9, 2009
There are two diapers in rotation:
1) the domestic diaper is visiting a mom who recently had surgery and is trying to get to the post office ASAP.
2) the international diaper is wrapping up a long visit in Canada and should be on the way to Malaysia soon.
I hope there's an easier/faster way to keep the diaper going, but I'm at a loss as to how.
All the best,
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
Friday, June 5, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Meanwhile, my family is taking a mini vacation and I'll be off line for a couple of days.
The diaper should be ready to travel upon my return and I'm hoping it will move quicker.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Thanks for such a fun day!
Our diaper is headed to New Hampshire next so stay tuned.