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Sunday Surf – June 26, 2011

I was NOT happy when I woke up this morning.

I’m never normally happy upon waking…I’m not one of those people who jumps out of bed with joy to greet the day. But usually by the time I’ve visited the bathroom and brushed my teeth I’m fairly good to go – as long as coffee follows soon after.

This morning though, I was still washing my hands and getting ready to brush my teeth when my husband called me downstairs to look at my daughter’s poopy diaper.

You’d think by now he could deal with this stuff on his own??

The reason he needed my assistance was the fact that there were ‘strange looking’ things in there (the remains of solid food she hadn’t digested) and he was worried. I told him what it was and grumbled back upstairs to brush my teeth.

Then she was acting tired and it was her naptime, so I attempted to get her to sleep for half an hour, which seemed more like 3 hours as I hadn’t yet had my coffee.

Finally we gave it up as a bad job and came downstairs, where I cried and told my husband all about how this was the worst morning ever – especially as he was leaving in 20 minutes to go help someone move and I had to deal with it all by myself and I wouldn’t be able to eat breakfast or have coffee or anything and it was all terrible.

Yes, I am not a morning person. Read the rest of this entry »

Weekend Update & a Sunday Surf

 

The Ham I Baked Today - 1950's Style Awesomeness

The Ham I Baked Today - 1950's Style Awesomeness

What a week!

Earth week, mama cloth reviews and a giveaway (still lots of time to enter!), an Earth Day Blog Carnival, guest posting at The Cloth Diapering Mama, The Great Cloth Diaper Change, and Easter!

Can I have another weekend please?

In spite of being tired (and still quite full), I feel almost ready for a new week to begin – just need a quick recap of the weekend first!

Bean came down with a bit of a cold and was miserable Friday night, so Saturday night we added some eucalyptus and lavender essential oil to the humidifier and it seemed to help quite a bit…she’s almost back to her normal self today (though we are still getting more nighttime wakeups than usual…poor Bean!). I was very thankful to mamas on Facebook for their helpful advice, though I DO have a bit of a beef to share!

Here’s the thing – I posed the exact same question on two pages (essentially: Bean has cold; natural remedies; how much oil should I put in the humidifier). On one page (an AP/natural parenting page that allows fans to post questions and get advice from other fans), I specifically stated that breastfeeding was not an option for us – I knew that if I didn’t, the answers would probably be filled with bf’ing remedies (not that I have anything at all against that – it just wasn’t something that was going to be helpful to me!). Read the rest of this entry »

Can I Have a Green Period, Too? (Giveaway ~ US & Canada – CLOSED)

Welcome to the Earth Day Blog Carnival

This post is part of the Earth Day Blog Carnival hosted by Child of the Nature Isle and Monkey Butt Junction. Each participant has shared their practices and insights of earth friendly, environmentally conscious, eco-living. This carnival is our way to share positive information and inspiration that can create healing for our planet. Please read to the end of this post to find a list of links to the other carnival participants. Happy Earth Day!

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Wingless type (left) and winged type (right) o...

Do you REALLY wanna keep using these??

Happy Earth Day!

It’s been such a blast throughout this past week sharing reviews and my experiences with Mama Cloth and other natural menstrual products, getting your feedback, and realizing that making the switch wasn’t so hard after all.

I know I was a little worried in the beginning that I would spend money and find out I really didn’t like one or all of the products I picked, but truly, I would be happy with any of them over disposable pads and tampons any day – I’m only sorry I didn’t make the switch sooner!

If you haven’t gotten a chance yet, please check out my reviews on Moms Crafts 4 U (along with Earth Mama Angel Baby Monthly Comfort Tea), Lunapads, GladRags, the Diva Cup, Sea Sponge Tampons, and Party in My Pants

And if you’re still on the fence, here are a few Earth Day inspirations that might help to bring you over:

  • Over 20 BILLION disposable pads, tampons, and applicators will be added to landfills every year in North America alone. The disposal of these products releases dioxins and other toxic chemicals into our rivers, lakes and oceans and pollutes our soil.
  • A woman will use on average 13,000 disposable menstrual products in her lifetime. ONE cloth pad has the potential to replace 140 disposable pad/tampon products.
  • ONE cloth pad can last up to 5 years.
  • Disposable pads and tampons used in an average woman’s menstruating life will cost her $4500 compared to $200-$750 for reusable pads and tampons.
  • Many pads and tampons are chemically treated to whiten, perfume, and make them more absorbent. They are also made of synthetic fibers. Given the sensitivity of the vaginal area to chemical absorption and the number of disposable menstrual products a woman uses in her life, this is a really big issue.

Sources: http://www.naturalmenstrualproducts.com/, http://lunapads.com/about-us/media-info

STILL not convinced??

Well, that’s OK, because Becoming Crunchy has gotten together with WAHM Veronica from Moms Crafts 4 U, who has generously donated three 8” cloth pads AND a $10 gift certificate good for anything in her wonderful Etsy shop for one lucky winner from today’s post – you may just get a chance to try before you buy! Read the rest of this entry »

There’s a Party in My Pants!

 

Party in my Pants

Party in my Pants pads, Wet Bag & Wing Extender

That’s because I’m reviewing Party in My Pants – the cloth pad company that definitely wins the award for the best name ever! (Seriously – I bought from them because of their name! :D )

If you’re just catching up with Becoming Crunchy today, I’ve been reviewing mama cloth, or cloth pads from various businesses, along with reusable tampon-like products.

So far I’ve covered Moms Crafts 4 U (along with Earth Mama Angel Baby Monthly Comfort Tea), Lunapads, GladRags, the Diva Cup and Sea Sponge Tampons.

I also got the great opportunity to guest post over at The Cloth Diapering Mama today – I would love for you to go check out my post on Looking at That Time of the Month in a Whole New Way - especially because it includes information on how you can help support girls and women in countries around the world who are being deeply affected by an inability to afford sanitary menstrual products – a cause that is very dear to my heart.

I have one last review this morning, a post later on today with a few wrap up points, and a giveaway tomorrow!! (A chance to try mama cloth or add to my stash without spending $$? Don’t mind if I do!). The giveaway will also be part of tomorrow’s Earth Day Blog Carnival hosted by Child of the Nature Isle and Monkey Butt Junction, so it’s definitely going to be a great day for some good reading.

All that housekeeping out of the way, let’s get started… Read the rest of this entry »

Green: It’s the New Red

Sampler Set of 5 Cloth Pads from Moms Crafts 4 U

Sampler Set of 5 Cloth Pads from Moms Crafts 4 U

We’re talking about Mama Cloth here at Becoming Crunchy for Earth Week, and it’s review time!

When choosing my products to review, I tried to get as much variety as I could on my budget, and purposefully selected 2 WAHM businesses to purchase from along with the 2 more mainstream companies that sell cloth pads. And because I personally am not always comfortable with pads alone, I also bought a Diva Cup and some Sea Sponge tampons.

In all honesty, I was pretty skeptical of the whole thing (especially didn’t like the idea of the Diva Cup for some reason) but I wanted to give them all a fair trial, and will attempt to be as informative and un-biased as possible in the upcoming reviews (basically, I’m trying to give you what I would want)

Please also keep in mind – what I am reviewing is only a small taste of the array of products each of these companies provides.

Today’s review includes mama cloth, or cloth menstrual pads, from work at home mompreneur Veronica of Moms Crafts 4 U, Earth Mama Angel Baby Monthly Comfort Tea, and information on how to clean your cloth pads. Read the rest of this entry »

Well That’s Strange…My Period…It’s…Green!

 

Mama Cloth

Mama Cloth!

Happy Earth Week!

If you’ve been a reader for any time at all here at Becoming Crunchy, you’ll know my hubby and I have been making a lot of changes in our lives recently from very ‘mainstream’ living to being more ‘crunchy’, which entails quite a lot, but basically comes down to having much greater care for the environment, the food we eat, the products we use, etc., etc.

I’m not denying that we still have a long way to go, but I am pretty proud of many of the changes we’ve made – I think we’ve come a long way!

Because we celebrate Earth Day on April 22nd, I spent some time last month thinking about what I could do as kind of a bigger gesture toward becoming more sustainable.

What I came up with was Mama Cloth.

If you don’t know what Mama Cloth is (I didn’t until very recently!) you’re gonna get a whole bunch of information on it this week – I’ve ordered products to review from 5 different companies (including some awesome WAHM’s) and I’ve got a lot to share from what I’ve learned and experienced.

We’re gonna get into some intimate details here, but hopefully by the end you’ll come to be as excited about the whole idea as I am (if you’re not already!) – and if you’re mama cloth curious, a lot of your questions should be answered this week… Read the rest of this entry »

Winner! Baltic Amber Teething Necklace – & Another Sunday Surf!

Amber Bead Necklace

Amber Bead Necklace

I am very pleased to announce the winner of the Baltic Amber Teething Necklace Giveaway:

Nikki L.

Congratulations!

And thank you so much to everyone who entered – I will be hosting another giveaway this coming Friday (April 22nd) from a wonderful WAHM, so be sure to stop by again next week!

And just a quick update on my own Bean’s situation – since I have been using the necklace, she has hardly had any fussy teething moments – it is night and day from how unhappy she was before! So if you’re wondering if they really do work, I will happily add my voice to the ones who are recommending them…

In the meantime, I promised another Sunday Surf – some of my favorites from this month’s Carnival of Natural Parenting.

If you haven’t gotten a chance to check out any of the carnival posts (or you don’t have any idea what the heck a blog carnival is ;) ), I do highly recommend surfing around some of these listed below. Basically, some amazing blogging mamas – Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama, host a blog carnival each month on a certain topic that centers around natural parenting.

This month’s topic was Compassionate Advocacy – what it means, how to do it, so on and so forth.

This is actually a subject that is very dear to my heart – both as a person who used to be VERY bad at it (!) and as someone who has benefited from so many compassionate advocates as a new parent. I really feel that understanding compassionate advocacy is important to anyone who has a desire to see positive change in the world around them (whether you are a parent or not!) and there are a ton of good lessons to be learned here.

So without further ado, here are some of my personal favorites from the carnival: Read the rest of this entry »

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