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Project Envolve™ Mission One: Save Energy with your Holiday Lights!

I’m writing this post as a Project Envolve™ Ambassador. I have not been compensated for this post, but I did receive the items shown below to facilitate energy savings in my home.

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The approaching new year has me thinking about positive change. I’m welcoming new ideas, for sure, but also revisiting those things that are important to our family and strengthening our resolve to do better in 2014. Eating habits, exercise, living a little more consciously. We could use a brush up on all of those things. And now, as a Project Envolve Ambassador, I’m going to do just that with a REcommitment to saving energy every day! Continue reading

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Grab a FREE Conscious Box!

Who likes pure, natural, sustainable products? 

You do!

Who likes supporting ethical, purpose-driven businesses of all sizes? 

You do!

Who likes FREE STUFF?

YOU DO!

…and I do, too! That’s why I’m stoked to announce that Conscious Box is offering a promo code for a FREE monthly subscription box (for a limited time.) I’ve been told that I am at liberty to share it with all my readers, so here goes:

Use code SECRETCODE during checkout on any “Monthly” subscription, and all you’ll need to pay is shipping. (Repeat: You DO have to pay shipping!) The box itself is free, courtesy of the folks at Conscious Box. It’s their way of saying “Thanks!” for the success they’ve seen over the past year, and it’s just in time for Earth Day!

If you’re not yet familiar with the best way to find carefully curated natural and sustainable products, check out my Conscious Box review. Then go get yourself a box, on them!

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Win a 3-month Subscription to Conscious Box (Ends 4/8)

Subscription boxes. There’s no shortage of them these days. From fitness focused to eco-crafts for kids, there’s something for everyone who likes to find fun things in their mailbox each month.

My favorite? Conscious Box, hands down. This is the box that is curated just for me. For my interests. For my commitment to the planet, to pureness, to sustainability. When a Conscious Box shows up in my mail, I know I’m about to find some new treasures.

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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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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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