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Celebrate Earth Month: DivaCup Review and Giveaway

Psst…guess what.

There’s kind of a revolution going on. You want in? Sure, but I’m going to have to talk about period stuff for a minute…

K? K.

I grew up thinking there were 2 options for feminine products: pads or tampons. I guess the ol’ OB could be considered a third option depending on how you look at it, and I did prefer those for a while because there was no applicator, and I considered that a little more Earth-friendly.

It wasn’t until college that I heard of something called a menstrual cup. I wasn’t sure what it was, or exactly how it worked, but I knew one girl who used one and she was waaaay crunchier than I was.

That was then. Bwahaha! :D

So long story short, after I had my son and committed myself to ridding our lives of scary things that make us sick (like chemicals and plastic, both of which live in a traditional maxi pad), I decided I wanted to give menstrual cups a try. I had heard nothing but great things about DivaCup. Sure, I had some reservations about using something that seemed like it could be complicated or uncomfortable, but after just a few uses it was easy as can be. No fuss, no mess. If you have those same concerns, let me assure you: you can do it. I promise.

Here’s a statement straight from DivaCup describing their mission:

Diva international Inc. makers of The DivaCup® (menstrual cup) and The DivaWash®, offers women an environmentally responsible and economical alternative to tampons and pads, thereby changing the face of feminine hygiene around the world. 


Billions of tons of pads and tampons are dumped into landfills each year, and consumers are becoming more aware of this every day. Because of this, women are looking for a cost-effective way to make a positive impact on the environment. The DivaCup® significantly reduces one’s eco-footprint while providing the most convenient, clean, reliable, and comfortable way to address the monthly cycle and the issue of disposable feminine hygiene.

 

Obviously, using a product that eliminates waste is good for the environment. But the benefits of DivaCup go further. I honestly think that using DivaCup is one of the best things you can do for yourself as a woman. Seriously. Pads and tampons are full of chemicals that have no place in a woman’s body, and I have even been told by friends that their flow and uncomfortable symptoms decreased when using a menstrual cup. I chose cloth diapers mainly because I didn’t want yucky toxic ingredients next to my son’s most delicate parts, so I should be worth the same consideration, right? :) I think so. I encourage every woman out there to just give DivaCup a try; it might take a cycle or two to get used to it, but it really is easy…and you’re worth it.

 

Interested in trying DivaCup? Purchase one in stores or online, or enter to win one using the easy Rafflecopter form below!

Happy Earth Month, from me and the folks at DivaCup!

 

And just a note: DivaCup provided me with a product sample for review purposes, but I was not compensated at all for providing a positive review.

 

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Changing Diapers: Review and Fuzzibunz Giveaway!

Kelly Wels is on a mission to change your diapers.

Ok, maybe not your diapers. That would be silly. :lol:

She’s on a mission to change the type of diapers you use. Unless you already use one of the many, many varieties of easy-to-use and uh-freakin’-dorable modern cloth diapers on the market–then she’s on a mission to make you feel like the coolest mom on Earth.

Either way, I think she’s succeeding. After reading through her new book, Changing Diapers: The Hip Mom’s Guide to Cloth Diapering, I’m feeling pretty hip and eco-fabulous, and if I didn’t already love cloth, the fluffy bums pictured in the book would change my mind for sure! :D

Have you ever considered using cloth? Have questions? Come on – admit it. You’re wondering what happens to poop in your washing machine, right? Or maybe you’re worried about the “stink factor.” No matter what your questions or concerns might be, you can bet Kelly addresses them in this book.

I wish I had had a guide like this when I first started out. The choices were mind-boggling. Prefold? All-in-one? Pocket? Fitted with a cover? Hemp, bamboo, microfleece, PUL? What did it all mean? I was sure I wanted to try cloth, but also very sure I didn’t want to waste my money trying 25 different types before I landed on one I liked.

This book addresses that very issue perfectly, along with every other issue pertinent to cloth, in a relatable, understandable, friendly voice. The voice of another mother who really wants to make a difference. You’ll learn how to choose, how to clean, how to deal with nighttime, as well as details about different brands, accessories, the eco-benefits, helpful cloth diapering bloggers and so much more. Plus, you’ll find tons of fluffy baby bottoms that are reason enough to give cloth a try!

It’s hard to explain the heartwarming feeling of hanging your cute little dipes on the line to get some sun, or the feeling of knowing that your child’s most delicate parts are not wrapped up in toxic chemicals and plastic. With modern-day cloth, wet, poopy diapers actually verge on fun. No joke.

Join the movement! Just click the banner below (or the button on my sidebar) and get your very own 248 full-color pages of pure fluffy love! ….makes a great stocking stuffer or shower gift!

Have I convinced you to try cloth? Are you already a fluff addict? You’re in luck! Kelly has also offered one lucky reader ONE FUZZIBUNZ ONE-SIZE DIAPER and one “I’m a hip mom and love cloth diapers” ECO-FRIENDLY TATTOO!

Enter to win using the simple Rafflecopter form below.

The only mandatory entry is the first one on the form: Leave me a comment below telling me why you love cloth diapering OR why you’d like to give it a try. Make sure to leave your email address!



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Look out, Potty! Here we come!

I knew this time would come…eventually.

My 23-month-old son has shown quite an interest in the potty for a while now, peeing occasionally, and throwing lots of paper in when we aren’t looking.

But now? We have POOP!

Not every time, but often enough to know that he’s well on his way to learning how to use the potty full-time.

So, why do I feel a stinging twinge of sadness?

Because I’ll miss my FLUFF!

The stash I researched so diligently and worked so hard to build (building a community of like-minded friends along the way, I might add! Bonus!) The stash I painstakingly laundered and sunned, sniffing to make sure they were as fresh as a spring breeze for my sweet baby’s bum.  They might be poop-catchers, but there’s nothing quite like a pile of freshly washed, stuffed and folded diapers in a rainbow of colors!

I surely don’t have the most impressive collection, and I’ll admit that we never did quite get to the point where we gave up our little stash of disposable inserts (GroVia rocks, by the way!) , but there’s just something about making that choice – the economical choice, the ecofriendlier choice, the healthier choice - that made me feel like I was doing my absolute best as a mom.

Ah, cloth. How I love thee! It saddens me that our time is coming to an end, but I have hope that someday I’ll unpack you and fall in love all over again!

Thanks for the memories!

Until next time…

(I just wonder if I’ll feel the same way about my mama cloth when I join the menopause community:| )

Wow. Did I just say menopause?! Can you tell I’m feeling the clock tick away? Come on Baby #2!

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To all my cloth diapering readers: did you miss your fluff when the potty took over? Were you sad to see the transition begin?

 

 

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Blissmobox Review and Giveaway

Hey, do you know Blissmo?

Blissmo is a daily deal site dedicated to helping you discover exceptional eco-friendly and organic products by offering them up to 70% off!

And now, Blissmo offers (drumroll please) the Blissmobox!

What’s a blissmobox?

“It’s the easiest way to discover products that are safer & better for you, your family and your planet. Think of it like a CSA or Wine Club subscription, except instead of veggies or Pinot Noirs you’ll be discovering well-loved sustainable products that are better for you & your family than conventional alternatives.” ~Blissmo

In short, the Blissmobox is a package of carefully chosen organic and eco-friendly products, delivered to your doorstep with the promise that they fit Blissmo’s standards. Even better, Blissmo offers 2 different themed options each month, and you get to choose which one you want to receive!

In June, Blissmo offered a food and beverage-themed box, and a beauty-themed box. I was given the opportunity to review one, and, well, I’ll bet you can guess that the foodie in me won out!

Get a load of this haul:

The June “Foodie” box contained:

Kaia Foods - Cocoa Bliss Buckwheat Granola
Kaia Foods - Fruit Leather
Clif Bars - Coconut chocolate chip energy bar
Clif MoJo - Peanut butter pretzel trail mix bar
La Yapa – Organic Golden Quinoa
Alter Eco Fair Trade - Unrefined Golden Brown Sugar
Numi Tea – Organic Rooibos 18-pack
Sambazon – Acai berry energy drink
A fun write-up of all the products and a letter from Blissmo
Here’s a quote:
The June Food & Beverage Bissmobox is a reminder that every corner of the planet is doing their part to make food and farming more sustainable…Eating sustainable food reminds us that, despite our borders and language barriers, we’re all in this together.”

Lovely words to live by…and a steal for only $19! There was nothing in the box I wasn’t excited to try (except maybe for the energy drink, but my husband happily took that.)

So, if you’re anything like me and you love to experiment and try new organic and eco-friendly products, Blissmobox is a great way to do so without spending a lot of money!

Buy it!

Exclusively for ABCs and Garden Peas readers – Subscribe to the Blissmobox and get your first box for only $11 with FREE shipping! Get more details on subscribing to Blissmobox here.

Win it!

Win the latest Blissmobox! I can’t tell you what will be in it, but rest assured – you’ll love it! Besides, who doesn’t love a surprise! (Especially when it’s eco-friendly!)

Mandatory Entry: –> June Blissmoboxes were Food and Beverage and Beauty. July was Get Outdoors and Summer Snacks. Tell me what type of theme you’d like to see in an upcoming Blissmobox! (Just leave a comment below. Easy, huh?)

Bonus entries: (optional. Please leave a separate comment below for each entry, including your email address in each one.)

  • Follow ABCs and Garden Peas via GFC. (one entry)
  • Like ABCs and Garden Peas on Facebook. (one entry)
  • Follow me on Twitter @ABCGP (one entry)
  • Comment on another post and leave me a comment telling me where to find your comment. (one entry)
  • Share this giveaway! You can tweet it (daily for one entry per day), Facebook it (up to 3 times total), or post it on a link-up (up to 3 times total.) Please leave me a separate comment each time you share with a link to your tweet or post.
  • Subscribe to Blissmo’s daily email. (one entry)
  • Sign up for the monthly Blissmobox! (5 entries – will be confirmed through Blissmo)

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Disclosure: I received a free Blissmobox for review purposes. I was under no obligation to provide a positive review, and the opinions stated above are my own, honest opinions based on my experience with the products.
Entry period will close on Aug 24 and winner will be chosen on or about that date and notified by email. Winner will have 48 hours to confirm prize via email response or a new winner will be chosen. Contest open to US residents only.

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News! I have news!

Wow…what a week it’s been!

First…do you notice anything? (My husband always cringes when I ask that…)

You guessed it! Lots of changes are underway here at the blog. You  might notice a few of them just by looking around, but the biggest change is that I’m now self-hosted!

I had been considering making the switch for a long time, but I was just a little too intimidated by all the techie stuff to take the plunge. And I had no time. But then, I was contacted by Joseph from BlogTweaks and he offered me a great deal to take care of the switch for me. I couldn’t turn it down, and now it’s done! My blog had zero downtime, I got really great service, and I even learned a few things along the way! I’m SO glad I did it. If you’re considering the same type of switch, contact Joseph and he’ll give you $15 off!

Just visit BlogTweaks, send a message through the contact form, and mention my web address to get $15 off the regular price (which is already pretty low.)

In my opinion, it was worth every penny! :)

So I’ve made a few changes to my design, but I’ll probably keep tweaking for a while. One thing that will definitely stay, though, is my new GFC box. I wasn’t allowed to have one through WordPress.com, but I can now! I hope you’ll follow me! Sadly, I also lost all my email subscribers in the switch, but I’m hoping to get many of them back through word of mouth, some timely tweets and a bunch of carrier pigeons (I mean, how DO you tell your lost email subscribers that you’ve lost all your email subscribers?) If you happen to be a subscriber, please resubscribe! And if you’re new to my blog, there’s no time like the present, eh? ;)

The timing of this switch is great, too…because there will be some MAJOR changes going on over here in the ABCGP household.

drumroll please…

We bought a new house!! :D

Yup. We finally did it. It’s been a few years in the works, but last weekend we bought the cutest little house at auction, along with 6 acres of land!

It’s difficult to really express how I feel about the whole thing. I guess that’s why it took me a whole week to blog about it. I’m really overwhelmed with a lot of different emotions, but all of them lead to my being completely elated at the thought of a new home! Living in our tiny house has been tough for a myriad of reasons, and I was wearing thin, but it’s all worth it now. I always knew it would be, but now that it’s real, I’m jumping out of my skin to close and get our keys!

We’ll be living just a few miles from my parents (our childcare.) Sure, we could have moved closer to my job and cut down my commute, but that thought just didn’t feel right to me. We’re moving to a pretty remote, rural area, but it just feels more like where we want to raise our family…with some earth beneath us to put some roots down in. I feel like we stuck to our core ideals and chose a modest house that is well within our means, while at the same time providing our son with a great place to grow up, and that makes me feel like a good mom.  I just can’t stop thinking about all the things we will grow and learn on that land, and I’ll appreciate every second of it.

Plus, it will give me lots of great things to blog about! You know what they say about buying a new home, right? That’s when the new baby decides to show up! (Cross your fingers for us!) :)

I don’t have a lot of pics yet, but I can share the view from our new deck!

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