Friday, July 29, 2011

Take a peek at this Demo/Tutorial of the FluffStash App for iPhone!

Tara over at Padded Tush Stats shared a great little review of the FluffStash for iPhone App, plus she's giving away a copy of it!  She had some great things to say and she even made a really cute little video review/tutorial on how to use it.

The video will even give those of you without an iPhone a glimpse at how to use it and what exactly you're missing.  Make sure to check out the video below and also the review on Tara's blog!

And don't forget, the App is just 99cents at the App store!  You can download it from your phone or visit this link for more details.





Do you have the FluffStash Cloth Diapers App? What do you think about it?

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Calling all West Coast Families! We're sponsoring the #WestCoastCloth Twitter Party, Have you RSVP'd?

When:  Tuesday August 23, 2011
Time:  8pm-9pm PST (that's 11pm EST)
Hashhtag:  #WestCoastCloth

Knickernappies is proud to be sponsoring the #WestCoastCloth Cloth Diapers Twitter Party, especially since we're a west coast based business!

Additional Sponsors: To Be Announced, Interested in Sponsoring?  Click Here http://ow.ly/5OW9q

This Twitter Party is for cloth diaper loving families worldwide but this time around we've picked a time that would benefit the mamas and papas on the West Coast.  Generally times are always so convenient for East Coasters, this time we want the Wet Coast families to be able to make an appearance.

We'll be tweeting live from 8-9pm PST.  We'll have tons of sponsors, prizes and great conversation about anything and everything cloth related.  All random prize and grad prize winners will be announced during the party and winners will have been chosen from those who have RSVP'd.

The more sponsors, the more prizes we have to give out!  Help us spread the word by sharing this link http://ow.ly/5OXHh  with all your favorite brands and retailers asking them to sponsor our fabulous #WestCoastCloth Twitter Party!


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Prizes will be tweeted by me using:
http://www.facebook.com/shethinksmedia
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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Knowing when to strip your cloth diapers.

If only cloth diaper washing were as easy to figure out as stuffing a pocket diaper.  There's one way to stuff a pocket and a million ways to wash your cloth diapers.

Something that I vividly remember when I first started was learning that there's such a thing as "stripping," and no, no poles or naked people are involved in this kind. lol  Stripping your diapers is recommended when you think you have an odor or buildup problem or if you suspect your cloth diapers of repelling.  Repelling is when water beads up instead of being absorbed or wicking through.

There are a lot of recommended ways of stripping, some have even claimed that putting them in your dishwasher works.  We do not recommend that method...

Anyhow, this post is not necessarily about how to strip your diapers as it is about how to tell if that's what you really need to do in the first place.

One of the most common problems when it comes to diaper odors and other funk related to cloth, is that you may simply not be using enough detergent.  I know, you read somewhere, from someone, that you should only use 1/3 to 1/4 of the recommended amount.  But we all know that not all detergents are created equally and definitely not all detergents are created with cloth diapers in mind.

First thing you should do is directly ask or consult with the brand of detergent you are using.  Get it straight from them and not just a fan or fellow cloth diapering mom.  Remember that everyone has different washing machines, different diapers, different types of baby poop and definitely different types of water.  From chlorinated, to soft water, hard water, city water, well water and more, there's a lot to know and there's absolutely no way that another mama is going to be able to 100% troubleshoot with you.  So it's best to consult with the manufacturer of the detergent you use.

Then check your cloth diaper manufacturers warranty and make sure that stripping them or using certain brands of detergent will not void their warranty.  They'll no doubt have some other great washing tips and info for you on their Care and Use page.

Chances are, you are simply not using the right detergent or the right amount of detergent, and you might not even need to bother stripping your cloth diapers.

Curious as to what repelling looks like?  Watch the Rockin Green video below for a great demo on how to tell if your diapers or inserts are repelling.


Lastly, if you want to experiment with different types of detergents, stripping techniques, etc. you might want to just try it on one diaper before you decide to do your whole stash.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

What's so special about the cloth diapering industry?

Guest post by The Cloth Diaper Geek

To an outsider when I try to explain what is was like being a cloth diaper retailer, a cloth diapering family and now, that I am now simply a cloth diaper advocate, they get this sort of bored look on their face.  I imagine them comparing my enthusiasm for cloth diapers to a mom who's enthusiastic about toddler shoes or baby blankets.  They just don't get it.

If you're not here online, on blogs, facebook, diaperswappers, twitter and the like, then you have no clue about this secret little cloth diapering community in which we all live on a daily basis.

Those who don't use cloth diapers or don't have kids, they can't really imagine it.  Heck for that matter I don't even think my husband quite gets it and he's married to me.

But what exactly is special about the cloth diapering industry and what sets it apart from other baby and child product markets?

To start, the growing popularity of social media and the world wide web have allowed us all to connect with the brands and the faces behind them in a way which did not exist in the past.  With the click of a button we've read about the mom who started XYZ brand and in most cases we're even able to speak with her in person via her FaceBook Page or Twitter account.  She might share with you what she had for breakfast or how her family's trip to the park went.

A lot of cloth diaper businesses are still small but they're growing, or at least some of them are.  I suppose there will come a time when select little guys will become big guys and will no longer be personally interacting with their consumers.  But, there will be new little guys to support if you prefer the products and services provided by small mom-entrepreneurs.

The other reason such a thriving cloth diapering community exists is because of the nature of the product.  As a consumer you're constantly researching, constantly buying more cloth diapers or reselling old ones.  Support is necessary, unlike the toddler shoe or baby blanket business where customers might interact once with the manufacturer or retailer and that's it.

Because parents are passionate about their babies, their babies health and the nature of the items they use on them, cloth diapering holds a niche all it's own.  The presence of an online cloth diapering community is partly what I think is responsible for so many mamas not giving up on cloth, they can't imagine NOT being a part of this.

The industry is of course growing but I presume that the things which I hold so dear will always remain.  The faces and brands may change over the years to come, but the nature of the industry will always be kind, there will always be businesses run by mom-entrepreneurs, you'll always have the option to buy from whomever you want where ever you want and I suspect there will always be an online community of like-minded cloth diaper enthusiasts eager to talk cloth and help those in need.

What are your thoughts?  Do you just love the cloth diapering community or am I as crazy as my real-life friends and family think I am?

Julie, The Cloth Diaper Geek

Monday, July 25, 2011

Enter to win a New Ooga Booga Print Knickernappies Onesize Diaper! CLOSED

We are super excited to have our very first print out in retailers stores!  It's the Knickernappies Ooga Booga print and it's super cute!  A great gender neutral color scheme that would be perfect for a boy or girl.

Because we love our fans so much we wanted to give you all a chance to win one of these adorable onesize pocket diapers!

Enter to WIN (1) Knickernappies Ooga Booga Print Diaper!

Giveaway runs Monday July 25, 2011 through Sunday July 31, 2011 at 11:59pm.  Winner will be announced Monday August 01, 2011 on the Blog and our FaceBook Page as well as contacted via email.

Guidelines For Entry-
  • First entry requirement is to visit our Knickernappies Catalog and let us know which product besides a Onesize Diaper you'd like to try!  *Come back here and comment with your choice as your first mandatory entry.
  • Please comment once per entry so that you are entered the correct number of times in the giveaway.
  • Make sure you either leave your email address, blog or website address in each comment or make sure you are logged in to your Blogger account so that we can be sure to have a way of reaching you should you win.
  • Contest is open to participants in the USA & Canada.
  • Winner is chosen via random.org and winning announcements are posted on the Blog & FaceBook.
  • Participants have 7 days from close of giveaway to respond and claim their prize.
How to earn extra entries-
  • Earn (1) extra entry for becoming a FAN or already being a Fan of Knickernappies on Facebook!
  • Earn (1) extra entry for Following the Knickernappies Blog.
  • Earn (1) extra entry for Following our partner blog, I Love Cloth Diapers!
  • Earn (1) extra entry when you Follow @Knickernappies on Twitter.
  • Earn (10) extra entries for purchasing the .99cent FluffStash App from the iTunes App Store!  *Must be a new purchase, does not apply if you already have the app.
  • Earn (3) extra entries each time you Tweet this "Enter to #win (1) @Knickernappies Ooga Booga #clothdiapers --http://ow.ly/5MQ6k  *Ends 07-31-11" (Max. 1 tweet per day)
  • Earn (3) extra entries for Tweeting about FluffStash or sharing a link to FluffStash on your blog or facebook page.
  • Earn (1) extra entry when you place the Knickernappies Blog Button on your website or blog.
  • Earn (3) extra entries when you Announce the Giveaway either on FaceBook or your Blog, you may use this link and the above graphic if you can.
  • Earn (3) extra entries when you submit your information to become one of our weekly Featured Fluff Addicts.  Visit this link for more information on how to submit your story. *You may only earn these extra entries if you submit your info and have not been our Featured Fluff Addict before.  Thanks!
  • Earn (10) extra entries when you contribute an article to be posted on the KN Blog.  Please email marketing@knickernappies.com for more details or to submit your article. Please wait for approval before submitting your 10 entries.
Good Luck!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Knickernappies just released our very first print diaper, and it's Ooga Booga!

It's been nearly 5 years in the making, but we are finally releasing a Knickernappies one size in a PRINT!! 

Knickernappies retailers will now have Ooga Booga in Lime, Turquoise, and Chocolate with coordinating snaps and fleece.  These are adorable and ready to ship!  Currently available only in the One Size cloth diapers.

So what do you think?  Will you be scooping up this adorable print before it's gone!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

A wealth of cloth diapering information, all in one place!

Cloth diaper blogs, websites and retailers are everywhere and every single one strives to try and be the authority, share their advice, wisdom, experience, recommendations and more.  However it's rare to find everything you need to know in one single blog or website, many have tried but let me tell you...there's a LOT of work involved in striving to provide the best, most accurate information you can to the masses.

Today I want to share with you one of the best I have seen, and it's provided to you buy a Knickernappies Retailer! How cool is that!?  The site is Pin Stripes and Polka Dots!

I know, that doesn't necessarily sound like a cloth diapering website but it is.  Pin Stripes and Polka Dots is the retailer of many of the leading brands of cloth diapers and accessories and their Cloth Diapering Basics page, well it's like none other that I've seen.

Let me give you the scoop on what you'll find there, just in case you've never visited the site.
  • Cloth diaper terminology
  • Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
  • Cloth Diaper Safe Rash Cream Chart
  • Cloth Diaper Laundry Detergent Chart
  • Information on HE Washers
  • Cloth Diaper Comparisons
  • Cloth Diaper Washing Tips
  • Disinfecting your Cloth Diapers
  • Cost Comparisons
  • Step-by-Step Photo Tutorials 
  • much more!
Seriously, you WANT to bookmark this website.  More often than not when I am asked a question about cloth diapers that I may not know the quick answer to, I find myself either referring to their page or giving the link out to those with questions.

Head over to Pin Stripes and Polka Dots and come back to let us know how fabulous you think their Cloth Diaper Basics page is!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Get Your Rockin' Green Ticket from a Knickernappies Retailer!

It’s back…Rockin’ Green’s Second Annual Green Ticket Event.

Here’s how it works:

1) Purchase a bag of Rockin’ Green cloth diaper detergent from your favorite participating Knickernappies retailer. Look for the Rockin' Green seal on their websites to verify that they are participating in the Green Ticket event!

2) Open up the detergent bag (stop and smell the aroma of course), and look to see if you have a green ticket!

3) If you’re a lucky winner, then redeem the ticket using the printed code for a chance to win up to 200 prizes ranging from a bag of Rockin’ Green soap (scent of choice), a Shake it Up!, a Rockin’ Green Bundle…or one of two grand prizes
  • Two concert tickets to the Ticktmaster event of your choice*
  • A year supply of Rockin’ Green!
4) If you didn’t find a green ticket – fret not, play again. The tickets are going in bags at random so you never know when it will be your chance to win!

So let’s get this party started! Be sure to spread the word on Facebook too to make sure all your Rockin’ Green family and friends are up on the good news!

Good luck to all!

*Up to a $250 value

Please see official rules for more details or watch the embedded youtube video below.


Monday, July 18, 2011

Save space with the Knickernappies Doorknob Pail!

What is the Doorkob Pail you might wonder?  Well....it's pure awesomeness!  The Knickernappies Doorknob Pail is similar to a wetbag but larger, large enough to replace the need for a diaper pail. 

The Doorknob Pail is perfect for cloth diapers.  It can hang on a doorknob, changing table, bathroom door or on a hook.  It's made from the same waterproof materials as our award winning cloth pocket diapers and is desinged to store your dirty diapers while you wait for laundry day.

Ready to wash?  Simply toss the Doorknob Pail into the washer with your cloth diapers, then toss in the dryer for 15 minutes or turn inside out and hang to dry.

Go beyond cloth diapers!  The Doorknob Pail can even be used beyond the diapering age.  Use it as a laundry bag in your you childs room, in the bathroom for wet washcloths, towels or other delicates.  Have a pool?  The Dorrknob Pail would work great out on the patio and could be used to hold wet bathing suits and more.

The Doorknob Pail comes in 11 great colors:
  • Baby Blue
  • Butter Yellow
  • Celery
  • Chocolate
  • Raspberry
  • Royal Blue
  • SeaSpray
  • Spring Green
  • Turquoise
  • Violet
  • White
To purchase a Knickernappies Doorknob Pail please locate a retailer near you!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Knickernappies Cloth Diaper Q & A: Why do my cloth wipes smell funky?

Time for our first Knickernappies Cloth Diaper Q & A segment.  Last week we asked you to share any questions about cloth diapers that you might have.  No questions are too small or too dumb, there's a lot to know when it comes to cloth diapering and there's a lot of misinformation out there.  Give us your best shot and we'll dig deep and come up with the best possible answer that we can.

If you have a question then submit it to our form and we'll try to address it in an upcoming blog post.
Our first fan question is about cloth wipes.  One cloth diapering mom asks...

Why do my cloth wipes smell funky all the time?  What am I doing wrong?
This is really legitimate question and issue.  Many moms make the switch from disposable wipes to cloth wipes and assume that they can just wet some cloth wipes and put them in a plastic wipes container.  This is not the case. 

You might not realize that those supposedly "gentle" disposable wipes were actually soaked in a special solution which contains preservatives and chemicals designed to keep those wipes from molding and getting funky.

Although disposable wipes do contain water, they also contain detergents, humectants, fragrances and preservatives.
The detergents most commonly used are known as amphoteric surfactants, similar to those found in baby shampoos. Sodium diamphoacetate and coco phosphatidyl PG-dimonium chloride are primary surfactants used in wipes.

Humectants such as propylene glycol and glycerine are added to prevent premature drying of the solution and contribute to skin moisturization. In addition, some formulas incorporate oils such as mineral oil, lanolin, or silicones that help to soften skin. Thickeners, such as cellulose derivatives like hydroxymethyl cellulose, control the viscosity of the finished product and keep it the right consistency.

Other ingredients include preservatives, such as methyl and propyl paraben, to ensure the solution does not support microbial growth. Fragrance is usually added to increase consumer appeal and to help over-come body odors, but fragrance-free products are also offered. Featured ingredients may also be added to increase consumer appeal.
Source:  http://www.enotes.com/how-products-encyclopedia/baby-wipes

So, when you take away all those ingredients and try moistening and storing your new cloth wipes just with water, you can imagine, they'll mold, get mildew and won't keep well at all.

The solution is to use a cloth wipes solution or water if you prefer, and pre-moisten just enough wipes for the day. Another method is to keep your solution in a spray or squirt bottle and then simply wet the wipes as you go about your day.  You'll also want to keep an eye on the ingredients of your wipe solution because sometimes even those can go bad when kept too long.


In a nutshell, without all those extra ingredients, you can expect your wet cloth wipes to act just as your wet washcloths or wet towels will act, they'll get funky when left moist for more than a day.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Have you seen us on the Cloth Diaper Finder? We'd love for you to review our products!

The Cloth Diaper Finder is a new and innovative, interactive tool for find the cloth diapers you're looking for.  You can search by style, closure, size, material, brand, country of origin...you name it!  You'll find great information about each diaper as well as reviews!

That's where we need your help!  If you've tried a Knickernappies product we'd love for you to submit your reviews there.  By submitting your reviews and rating our diapers and other manufacturers diapers you are assisting new cloth diapering mamas by providing them your honest feedback.  We all know there's a lot of research involved in choosing which cloth diapers you want to invest in and it really helps to read about others experiences.
Simply locate the diapers you'd like to review and then follow the easy steps to submit your feedback.  Kim has even created a great Youtube Video you can watch to assist you in searching for diapers or leaving your reviews.

So please, head over to Dirty Diaper Laundry, or Cloth Diaper Finder.com and leave reviews of the Knickernappies Custom Fit Diaper or Knickernappies Onesize Diaper and any other cloth diapers you'd like.  We'd greatly appreciate it!


Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Tips and tricks for using prefold cloth diapers!

Now that we, Knickernappies, sell our very own line of prefold cloth diapers, it's time we educate you pocket diaper loving mamas on how to use prefolds, aka "old school cloth diapers."

In today's post I'm going to share with you some youtube videos that show you the basics, using prefolds is easy!

This video shows you how to use a snappi and a quick and easy folding technique, even if you have a squirmy baby!


Here's another video demonstrating the snappi in depth, from a Knickernappies retailer, DiaperShops!


A demo of the prefold "twist" folding technique:


The Angel Wing folding technique:

Monday, July 11, 2011

Blessingway or Baby Shower? It doesn't always have to be about the gifts.

The decision to have a baby shower can be difficult, especially if you've already had a baby and a shower before.  Sometimes friends and family care enough to ask if you'd like one and sometimes they don't care, they're throwing you a party whether you like it or not.  True, telling someone you do want a shower can be awkward and you might feel funny creating a registry, but rest assured, these women are most likely living vicariously through you and want nothing more than a great excuse to go out and shop for cute baby items.

But what if you have most of what you need?  This is where your best friend, sister, mother, or in-laws come in.  They should make it their priority to make sure guests know what you need or do not need.  Registries can make you a little uneasy but they do work.  Send a message by registering for just a few things you need.  If they're big ticket items then guests might get the picture and buy you a giftcard or give you cash.

Registering for cloth diapers?  Many online retailers have gift registries and you could either print out a small tag or write in the card that you've decided to use cloth.  At the very least this would let friends and family know that you do NOT want disposable diapers.

Don't want a shower at all? Traditional showers can seem like they're all about gifts and silly games, but truth is, I think each baby deserves a party to honor their mother and their upcoming arrival.

Consider a Blessingway!  A Blessingway is similar to a shower but focuses more around honoring the mother-to-be and lending her support and encouragement, and truly celebrating the upcoming birth.  Ideas might include...
  • Making a nursing or labor necklace for her to wear.  Each guest could bring select beads or stones and then at the Blessingway you could make the necklace together as a group.
  • Have a special journal made and allow guests to write words of encouragement, advice or their favorite quotes for the expecting mother to read.
  • Sew a baby book or blanket.  At a recent Blessingway that I attended we each made a quilt square for the baby and then one local friend of mine took on sewing them all into a nice soft book safe for little one to play with.  We also all signed the inside of the fabric cover.
  • Have a massage therapist there to give the mother-to-be a massage, foot rub or pedicure.
  • Consider asking each guest to make a food item, craft, drawing or other unique gift.
It's important that each mom-to-be is honored and that her wishes are upheld.  Don't feel forced into the baby shower option if you really don't want one or feel it's not your style.  Tell friends and family about the idea of a Blessingway, ideally you wouldn't have to tell them...lol

What are your thoughts?  Do you feel a party or shower is appropriate for each birth or just the first?  What are your tips?

Friday, July 8, 2011

Knickernappies Sighting! I SPY some Knickernappies Giveaways...

It's been a while since we've shared with you all a Knickernappies Sighting post.  This time around we've got some great opportunities for you to win Knickernappies cloth diapers!

Squishy Tushy-
Enter to win a Knickernappies Onesize Pocket Diaper with LoopyDo Inserts!  You've got plenty of time to enter, this giveaway doesn't close until 07-14-11

Earth Angels Diaper Company-
Enter to win a Knickernappies Onesize Pocket Diaper with LoopyDo Inserts from the DiaperDiscussions Cloth Diaper Blog in their Pimp Your Stash Giveaway!  Giveaway ends 07-15-11

WeeLittleChanges-
Enter to win a Knickernappies Onesize Cloth Diaper from WeeLittleChanges on their blog!  They feature a Knickernappies giveaway each month so you've got great odds!  The Wee Little Changes Blog giveaway is open all month and closes on 08-07-11

For great sales and other announcements from our Knickernappies Retailers please visit our FaceBook Page Wall and check out all our retailers posts and links.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Kickernappies Cloth Diaper Q & A, Coming soon to the KN Blog!

Have questions about cloth diapers?
Knickernappies would like to start a weekly post featuring answers to your most frequently asked questions!

We know, everyone's situation is different.  From detergents to well water, newborns to toddlers, rashes, diaper sprayers, odor issues and everything in between, there are questions on top of questions.  While there are answers available online, we'd like to give you a chance to be heard.  A place to ask your very own unique question.

All to often I see moms ask a question, either on forums or a blog and instead of getting answers they're told to go and look it up because it's been addressed in the past.  That's not one on one help or support.  We want to try and provide you with customized answers, to the best of our ability, so that you can cloth diaper with success.

Have a question you'd like to see us cover?  Please click on the link below and submit your question. Make sure to check back weekly and see if we've covered your topic and addressed the problem or question at hand.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Winners of our 4th of July Photo Contest!

Thanks so much to everyone for participating in our 4th of July Photo Contest!  We hope you all had a fabulous holiday weekend and we thank you for sharing your photos with us.  They were all great entries and it was super hard to choose, they were all so cute!

We chose three winners who will each receive a Knickernappies Custom Fit Diaper in red, white or blue.  We also chose one runner up who will receive a SuperDo Insert!

Our top three winners are:
Kelly Beech
Amy Lomboy
Tawnya 
Our Runner Up is:
Sabrina Moore
Congrats to our lucky winners.  Please look for an email from us in the next day or two requesting your color choice, size and shipping details.

Freedom of Cloth Carnival, Falling in Love with my Prefolds

The Freedom of Cloth Carnival is scheduled over the week of July 4th (July 3-9) to celebrate the beauty of finding independence from unnecessary waste through the use of cloth diapers, as well as to support independent, mama-run businesses.  Organized by Natural Parents Network.

The relationship I have with my prefolds is much like an arranged marriage. I bought them because they’re cheap but I had no idea how to use them. I figured it would be a good idea to have them as back-up, but I always looked at them with disdain since I didn’t really want them hanging around. It wasn’t until I started having smelly issues with my pocket diapers and microfiber inserts that I finally took the plunge and began to use them.

Since I had no clue how prefolds should be folded, I had to do some research. At first, I would tri-fold them and stuff them inside a pocket diaper, which works but looks sort of weird. I never had any intentions of doing fancy dancy folds, so when I found the bikini twist, I was all over it. What could be easier than laying your baby on the prefold and pulling up the front in a twist? Fastened with a snappi and covered, this was a perfect, quick solution for my wiggle worm.

So I was starting to like these large, flat pieces of cloth. They dry nicely in the dryer, I didn’t have any leaking
problems and my girls didn’t get rashes from them. I bought more of them and started using my pocket diapers as covers with a tri-folded prefold and all was right with the world. Whenever a rash or smell issue would pop up, I’d fall back on my prefolds because even in the midst of build-up, they still tend to treat my daughters’ sensitive skin better than anything else.

I have a lot of pocket diapers and some fitteds, but it is truly the prefold that I wish I had more of. If I had the chance to start over with a new stash, I would absolutely spend the money on prefolds and covers and buy almost nothing else. In terms of an “arranged marriage,” this one certainly worked out for the best!


Amanda is passionate about natural parenting and green living. She enjoys chasing after her two daughters, cooking, sewing, writing and gardening. In her spare time,  she volunteers as an articles editor for Natural Parents Network. Her blog, "Let's Take the Metro," is about as diverse as it could be.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy 4th of July! Get out and do some Geocaching!

Did you know that Knickernappies is crazy about geocaching?  Well we are!  Are you familiar with the term geocaching?  Let us share with you why geocaching is so much fun and why it might just be the perfect hobby for you and your family.

Geocaching is a real-world outdoor treasure hunting game. Players try to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, using GPS-enabled devices and then share their experiences online.

But isn't geocaching expensive?  Not at all!  You can use a basic GPS device to lead you to the coordinates of the geocache you seek or if you have a smartphone you can download the geocaching app.  The app gives you important details about each geocache, clues, descriptions, photos and more.

It's free to create an account at geocaching.com and then all you do is type in your zip code or the address of wherever you'd like to look for geocaches and tada!  You have an instant treasure hunt.

Personally, since starting to geocache with my family we have explored so many new areas in our county, found some great new parks, fishing spots and other great unexplored areas.  Sometimes the "cache" is as tiny as a film container and sometimes as large as a treasure chest.  Most of the larger caches can accomodate treasures and trinkets for the kids.  If you want to allow your little one's to take a souvenir from the cache then you're supposed to bring something to replace it so that the cache will always have enough goodies for the next geocaching family.

You might think that this sounds cool but there's probably not any near you.  You're wrong!  There are currently about 1.5 million geocaches hidden world wide!  On my first search I found that we had one on our street, just 200 yards from our house!
Still confused?  Watch this brief 2 minute youtube video below.


Friday, July 1, 2011

Faking the big "O"-Is it on the rise?

Non-Organic Products in Organic Packaging?
There no denying that the demand for organic products, food, clothing and even cloth diapers are on the rise.  Even retail giants like Wal-Mart are suddenly carrying an ever increasing number of "organic" or "green" products.  The problem...are they really organic?  And how can we know for sure?

Recently it came to light that even some of the greenest most eco-friendly and supposedly "organic" brands are not actually organic and may actually contain NO organic ingredients, not even a trace.  Customers, fans and consumers alike all feed cheated, lied to and taken advantage of.

We as consumers, usually pay a great deal more for organic versions of our favorite products.  We want a more natural and healthy alternative for ourselves and our children and we want to also support the organic industry while we're at it.  But we've been duped.

There are of course two sides to every story, every news article, blog post and then some.  Obviously the larger the company being accused the greater funding they have to spend on denying the claims.

YOU, are the one given the choice.  You can read both sides, all the information you can find, and then decide for yourselves which brands you would like to continue to support or not support.

I'm going to list just a few enlightening links below that you can choose to read or not read depending on if this is a topic you'd like to learn more about.

Articles you should check out:
http://www.greenoptions.com/forum/thread/121/my-list-of-fakers-and-not-fakers
http://www.organicconsumers.org/bodycare/index.cfm
http://www.truthinskincare.com/2008/02/kiss-my-face-not-with-that-ingredient_27.html
http://www.purefood.org/bodycare/032303_natural_cosmetics.cfm

What are your thoughts on this and how do you plan to protect yourselves and your families from being taken advantage of?

 
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