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Purge that Pile of Junk with the Best Buy Recycle Program

When I came home from the hospital with our new little love a couple of weeks ago, the first thing I did was stock up on movies. Some for me, since I expected to be up all night, and some for my son, who I knew would be pretty bored while Mommy was stuck recovering on the couch for a while. Since our favorite, Peter Pan, had just been rereleased, we skipped the RedBox and just purchased it.

I was a little irked to see that I could only purchase the movie in a set that included both the DVD and the Blu-Ray disc. I guess I see the idea behind it – if you buy both, you’ll have the disc when you decide to make the switch to Blu-Ray (which we have not done yet, although I feel like we won’t have a choice soon.)

Now, don’t get me wrong. I love new technology. Really. What I don’t love is the pile of old electronics in our garage! TVs, VCRs, old monitors, and other old relics, tossed aside and dusty. Still working, but outdated. It’s kind of sad, really, for the poor, once-loved technology as well as the environment! After all, you can’t just throw that stuff away so it tends to just stick around as clutter…for a looong time.

Luckily, there is a quick and easy way to get rid of those unwanted items. Did you know that you can recycle them at Best Buy? In fact, Best Buy not only accepts your old electronics for recycling, but they are leading the industry in recycling efforts by offering the service for FREE in every Best Buy location in Puerto Rico and the U.S.

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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)
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  • 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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