Thursday, July 26, 2012

How To Make A Diaper Cake

We love the idea of a diaper cake as a baby shower gift.  You can match the colors to the new baby's nursery or come up with a theme of your own.  We did a simple pink and black color scheme and we think it turned out great!

Here's what you'll need:
A plate or cardboard base
Glue gun OR Double sided tape
Diapers-approximately 50
Various small baby items 

1.) Start by rolling up each diaper, individually, and securing with a rubber band.
2.) Place 4 rolled and secured diapers together and secure group with a rubber band.
3.) Add 4 more diapers around that and secure with a rubber band.
4.) Fill in gaps with diapers to maximize the rubber band's hold.
5.) Repeat process to create larger and smaller levels of cake-you should have 3 levels total.
6.) Put largest level on plate or cardboard (we covered our cardboard with spare fabric we had lying around).  Stack levels on base.
7.) Cut ribbon in desired length to hide rubber bands.  Secure around levels with hot glue or double sided table.  Repeat for all levels.

8.) Add various baby items around cake to finish

For more baby cake ideas, check out our Pinterest board.

Friday, July 20, 2012

25 Easy Ways To Go Green!

Going green can be done one step at a time.  There's no need to do a complete overhaul all in one day.  It's a noble thought, but it's likely to overwhelm you.  Here are 25 easy ways to go green.  Start with one and master it, then add another.  No task is too small.  Get your family members involved to help tackle other tasks.  And remember one person can make a difference!

1. Use a coffee cup or travel mug instead of paper or styrofoam (yikes!) cup at work.  Same goes for a water bottles-use a reusable one at work or the gym.
2. Use reusable grocery bags.
3. Participate in your community's recycling program.
4. Walk or bike less.
5. Go meatless one day a week.
6. Plant flowers and trees in your yard or community.
7. Grow your own herb or vegetable garden.
8. Conserve water-use a rain barrel to water your lawn; turn off the water while brushing your teeth; take shorter showers.
9. Use cloth napkins, towels, and rags instead of paper towels.
10. Shop at your local farmer's market.
11. Unplug electronics when not in use.
12. Use energy saving appliances like Energy Star products.
13. Green your laundry routine by following these tips.
14. Buy products made from organic and recycled materials.
15. Don't buy furniture made of MDF and particle board-better yet try Craigslist and yard sales.
16. Use natural, non toxic cleaners.
17. Sign up to stop receiving junk mail.
18. Use CFL bulbs throughout your house.
19. Reuse/repurpose items-give life to an old item.
20. Actually eat your leftovers.
21. Participate in a clothing swap or shop/sell clothing at a consignment store.
22. Receive and pay bills online.
23. Buy in bulk to save on packaging.
24. Don't litter.

25. Turn in old/expired medications instead of flushing or throwing them out.

Which ways will you go green?

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Greening Your Laundry Room & Routine

A few simple changes in how you do your laundry can save you time, money, and benefit your family's health.  Today we'll talk about easy eco-friendly changes you can make both in how you do your laundry AND what's in your laundry room.

Let's start with your laundry routine...

First off-stop doing so much of it!  Clothing can and should be re-worn.  Of course soiled, dirty, or sweaty clothing needs to be washed, but what about the jeans you simply ran errands in?  Or the blouse you wore to work where you sat at your desk, in your air conditioned office, all day?  It doesn't need to be washed every time you simply put it on.  Lessen your work load and you'll not only enjoy the benefits of spending your time elsewhere, but your checkbook will thank you on next month's bill.

Alas, there is laundry to be done so start by making sure you are always using cold water.  Wash full loads, but don't OVERLOAD.  If you're not sure how much your washing machine can take, check the labels or manual that should list its capacity.  If you're looking to replace your washer or dryer, look at the energy star products out on the market.  These appliances can significantly reduce the amount of energy used in your home.  For more information about how these products earn their energy star badge-check out the Energy Star website here.

What you put in the washer with your clothes is very important as well.  Make the switch to an eco friendly detergent or make your own!  Seventh Generation, Method, Mrs. Meyer, and Ecos are great options or you can check out and Seven Sisters for DIY recipes.  Replacing chemically laden fabric softeners with white vinegar also helps green your wash load.

Once your clothes are nice and clean, try these drying options...

Line drying is, of course, the most eco friendly measure you can take, but even hanging up a few items and using the dryer for the rest of your wash can reduce drying time and ultimately reduce the energy used.  According to, the dryer is the 2nd largest energy hog in your house.  Dryer balls, like Nellie's All Natural PVC Free Dryer Balls, can help reduce drying time.  Another tip is to make sure you're not adding wet clothes to a load that has been partially dried already-this will only cause your dryer to work harder.

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Other ways to help green your dryer is by removing lint from the lint trap after every load (this can be added to your compost bin).  Check to make sure your vent is clear from debris to help maximize your dryer's performance.  This tip can go for any appliance in your house!

Speaking of green, do you know what part of your laundry is probably the least green aspect?  DRY CLEANING!  The dry cleaning process is very non eco friendly, however there have been movements to change this.  Check in your area for cleaners that use a greener approach, or even better, ditch the threads that have to be dry cleaned.

As for the laundry room itself, try buying in bulk to save on packaging.  Also check out these nifty ways to line dry inside!
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Last, but not least-go through your closet.  I'll bet you can find 4 or 5 of nearly the same item in there.  Do an inventory so that the next time you go shopping, you're not bringing in a nearly identical black shirt or a 3rd cream cardigan.

These simple steps can really help your environment and save you a few pennies as well!  Now who doesn't feel good about that?

Feel free to comment about other ways you go green in the laundry room here or on our facebook wall!