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Grace’s Birthday Party Part Two (featuring Glad’s One Bag Challenge & a giveaway)

Glad One Bag Challenge

We are more eco-conscious than most families. We use reusable dishes in lieu of paper plates or plastic silverware and cups. We compost all of our plant-based waste, and we grow worms in our basement. Our motives are partly cost and partly environmental. Reusable products cost a little more at the beginning, but offer tremendous savings over disposable alternatives. More than that, though, reusable products leach fewer chemicals into our food. Most of all,  reusable products allow me to preserve our beautiful world for Grace and Allie’s children. And also? There’s no better plant food than worm castings (that’s a … Read more

10 Ways to Use Baking Soda for Babies & Kids

I am delighted to be one of twenty bloggers featured in Arm & Hammer’s Switch & Save Challenge. During the next five months, I’ll be testing several Arm & Hammer products and sharing my experiences with you.   10 Ways to Use Arm & Hammer’s Pure Baking Soda for Baby Clean and deodorize baby bottles – To remove formula funk from baby’s bottles, soak the bottles, nipples, and rings overnight in a solution of 4 tablespoons to 1 quart warm water. Wash with hot soapy water and use as normal. Deodorize diaper pail – Whether you use cloth or disposable … Read more

10 Uses for Baking Soda in the Kitchen

baking soda

I am delighted to be one of twenty bloggers featured in Arm & Hammer’s Switch & Save Challenge. During the next five months, I’ll be testing several Arm & Hammer products and sharing my experiences with you. I have, on occasion, written about my love of vinegar as a cleaning product. Vinegar is acidic; it cleans by eating away grime and mineral deposits and disinfects by leaving an acidic environment that is unsuitable for microorganisms. I love baking soda for many of the same reasons. It’s cheap, and it’s non-toxic. I don’t have to worry about a chemical sitting around … Read more

Getting Greener with Diapers.com

My household, while aware of global issues, is not especially green. We do some environmentally-friendly things, especially when they cost less than their wasteful counterparts. We have mostly ditched paper towels and paper napkins in favor of cloth ones. We use washable kitchenware instead of disposable plates and flatware. We switched from disposable diapers to cloth diapers for Allie. All of those decisions have had enormous financial benefits, in addition to decreasing our family’s impact on the environment. At the same time, we’ve held on to incandescent light bulbs and traditional soap products. Being green doesn’t have to be all … Read more