Why I Broke Up With Detergents “Safe for Cloth Diapers”

Why I Broke Up With Detergents Safe for Cloth Diapers - My Mama Adventure

This post may get me kicked out of the “crunchy” mom category. Okay, probably not. But seriously, this is may be a very controversial topic in the crunchy realm of things, especially since my choice is not so green. However, it is saving me green and with only one income in our house right now, we really need to watch our pennies. So, while this may not be a popular opinion, it’s how we’re rollin’ these days.

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The Ultimate in Cloth Diaper Resources

The Ultimate in Cloth Diaper Resources - My Mama Adventure

I took to some fellow natural bloggers to get their posts on cloth diapering. Everything from cloth diapers 101 to DIY rash creams and everything in between. I’ve personally loved using cloth diapers. One might say I became a bit obsessed with trying different brands when M was still in diapers. I even bought a bunch of limited edition Chelsea Perry bumGenius prints and retiring colors that never got used because M became potty independent shortly after buying them. They have sat in wait for baby #2. So, yay! I finally get to use my lovely prints!

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Celebrate Earth Day by Planting in Recycled Pots

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This year for Earth Day, M and I celebrated in a way that I’d been wanting to do for awhile. We planted some of our own veggies! I was pretty excited to get some High Mowing Organic Seeds to plant this year. I don’t exactly have the greenest thumb on the planet, but it’s not completely black either and planting a small garden has been on my to-do list for awhile now.

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5 Ways to Pamper Yourself this Valentine’s Day (+ a Rain Africa Review)

5 Ways to Pamper Yourself this Valentine's Day {+ a Rain Africa Review} - My Mama Adventure

Valentine’s Day is tomorrow and whether you have a significant other to spend the holiday with or not, I say pamper yourself! Valentine’s Day is all about showing those you love how much you appreciate them, so why not show yourself some love and appreciation! Take some time to pamper yourself, relax, and enjoy.

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bumGenius Cloth Diapers #Giveaway

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Welcome to the bumGenius 4.0 Giveaway, sponsored by Cotton Babiesand hosted by Thrifty Nifty Mommy & Viva Veltoro!

Cloth diapers have come a LOOOOOONG way over the last few decades. Pins and prefolds are a thing of the past. If you don’t believe it, check out bumGenius 4.0 One-Size Cloth Diapers! bumGenius 4.0 is a reusable diaper that is just as easy to use as disposables (except it’s way better for the environment — and your wallet). From its “stretchy, butterfly tabs” that provide a comfortable, personalized fit to the trim pocket design, bumGenius 4.0 is a practical option for anyone — especially those who may be resistant to cloth.

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Guest Post: Eco Friendly Tips to Save Cash

Guest Post By: Anna

Are you strapped for cash? Or are you willing to save some dough for a rainy day? Whatever the case, if you need extra cash, you have to stop spending money like water in the first place. The best way to achieve that is by organizing your personal expenses and reducing some costs in your monthly budget. Whether you need pin money for your Canaries holiday or you’re desperately trying to make both ends meet, we hope we can help you. Here are a few ways to tighten the purse strings. Read on.

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Falling Short in the Crunchy World

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Falling Short in the Crunchy World - My Mama Adventure

In my circle of friends and family, I may be considered crunchy. I use cloth diapers, a menstrual cup, some essential oils, coconut oil in my hair, I babywear (toddlerwear?), prefer organic, buy many natural products, pay attention to labels, etc. But, in the world of crunchy, I continue to fall short and frequently feel like I’m not crunchy enough to be considered crunchy.

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6 Ways I’ve “Greened” Up My Beauty Routine

My list of “green” beauty products are minimal compared to other green bloggers out there. I will never claim to be 100% crunchy, I’m crunchy-ish at best. I make some crunchy choices and in my family and circle of friends, I’m a tree-hugger. But, in the scheme of all things crunchy, I fall quite short. I truly could give you a laundry list of my non-crunchy ways, I’ll save that for another post.

I have made several attempts over the past few years to be more green, especially in regards to my body. After a 2nd miscarriage I really started questioning some of my beauty routine practices and slowly made some changes.

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My Favorite Green Beauty Products:

  1. Pretty Mommies – It started out as a product review and it has turned into a love affair. I even wrote up a follow up review because I love this skin care line so much!! And, if it’s your first order, you’ll save 20% with the Coupon Code: MOMMIES20.
  2. Juice Beauty – This summer I switched up my makeup routine. I was using horrible products prior to my switch. I won’t name names, but it used to be bought in a drug store and is very common among women. I LOVE Juice Beauty though! And it lasts! Like all day lasts!
  3. Coconut Oil – Seems silly, right? Well, it’s my all time favorite anti-frizz cream! It’s also my conditioner. I haven’t used conditioner in years because it takes too dang long to rinse out of my super massive thick hair. I started using coconut oil when I finally stopped denying my adulthood curls. It works miracles on the frizz! The best anti-frizz cream I’ve ever tried (and I tried so many kinds before!).
  4. Toms of Maine Deodorant – When I first tried their original formula, I was not a fan. But I tried their longer lasting formula scented with lavender and I love it! It truly works all day and smells fantastic!
  5. Toms of Maine Toothpaste – It’s fluoride free, which is a bonus, no aspartame and it does a great job!! I even bought the kid”s version for M and he seems to really like.
  6. Lunette Menstrual Cup – This is an area that I swore I would never ever touch! When I first heard of menstrual cups it grossed me out beyond belief! Then the idea started to sink in, the seed was planted, and that seed grew. Before I knew it, I was researching the different brands and chose Lunette. It’s been over a year since I started using my menstrual cup and I’ll never turn back!

Areas for Improvement:

I’m not perfect, will never claim to be, and I will never be 100% crunchy. With that said, there are a few areas that I still plan to “green” up with my beauty routine.
  1. Shampoo – Over the summer, Mama Pure blog did a Pure Body Challenge on Instagram. This is when I discovered my old shampoo was a 7 (!?!?!) on the EWG Skin Deep site. I am not one to waste or throw things away, but I did ditch that shampoo right away. I have since switched to a shampoo that rates a 4. This is still not ideal and I intend to go a “no-poo” route. In my no-poo research though, I’ve discovered that baking soda – the traditional no-poo method – may not be the best choice for my curly waves. I have bought some raw honey and plan to start using that at some point based off this recipe from Empowered Sustenance.
  2. Body Lotions – Truth-be-told, I LOVE my current body lotion. It has done me well and is a 2 on the EWG Skin Deep site. But, I also wouldn’t mind trying my hand at making my own lotion. Think of all the money I’d save! I’ve tried rash cream, so why not lotion?
  3. Razors – Granted, I shave once a week – at best. This practice is not to be green, I wish I could claim that, it’s sheer laziness. I hate shaving. If I could find a way to keep the hair away and it would be natural, safe, green, etc., I’d be all in! Plus, think of all the thrown away razors in landfills! Any suggestions?
  4. Soap – I really like my shower soap. I’ve been a bit scared to try a “green” shower soap. But, it’s an area that I’d like to eventually work up to. The good news is, my current soap isn’t anything horrendous, just a basic bar soap, but I’m sure there’s a healthier option.

How have you “greened” up your beauty routine? Where do you feel you could improve?

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Going Green for Work (+ a Planet Wise Product Review)

Being a working mom kind of straight up sucks! Am I right?! I mean, it has it’s benefits, regular adult contact, getting out of the house sans toddler tugging on you, being able to pay the bills…but I know, for me, I’d give up the adult contact and toddler free time any day if it wasn’t for the fact that we need to pay those pesky bills. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I don’t enjoy my job, I do! I’d just much rather be home with my favorite 2 year old!

My job requires quite a bit of travel. I definitely don’t work an office job, I’m constantly traveling between clients, the office, schools, etc. This often means breakfast, lunch – and sometimes dinner – on the road. I don’t always have time to stop and actually eat. This is not ideal and it can lead to drive-thru windows (yuck!), but more often than not it means grabbing a banana, granola bar, baggie of pretzels, etc. to get me through the day until I can eat an actual meal. This does not make for a balanced diet.

This summer though, I swore to myself that I would actually pack a lunch! I wasn’t traveling nearly as much, as most days I was in one location running a camp-like program. I usually had access to a fridge and microwave, so I wasn’t limited to PB&J or granola bars, I could take actual food with me! As the summer wore on, I even attempted to make sure my lunch packing ways were also Earth friendly.

So, enter: My Tips for Going Green for Work

5 Tips to Go Green at Work - My Mama Adventure
  1. Reusable Water Bottle: Take a reusable water bottle to refill throughout your day. I also like to add some lemon essential oils and local honey to keep allergies at bay.
  2. Take Your Own Silverware: I frequently forget this one, so it’s a work in progress. But, taking your own silverware cuts down on the plastic going into landfills. 
  3. Glass or Stainless Steel Containers: Obviously, if it is something that needs reheated, glass would be ideal. But, if I’m packing something like fruit or veggies, the stainless steel is perfect!
  4. Reusable Sandwich Bags: I love, love, love the reusable sandwich packs that Planet Wise sent me! They were perfect for a PB&J or to store my go to pretzels. Using these sandwich bags helps to decrease the plastic baggies that end up in our landfills, plus, they’re super cute!
  5. Reusable Lunch Bag: Ditch those brown paper bags, or even worse, the plastic grocery bags! I wasn’t using disposable items, but I had been using a puppy dog shaped lunch bag that belongs to my 2 year old. Thankfully, Planet Wise sent me an awesomesauce lunch bag that is more appropriate for work! And, I also love, love, love it!!
Planet Wise sent me two reusable zipper sandwich bags in teal chevron and whales and one of their convertible lunch bags in teal chevron. I am seriously in love with what they sent me! No, seriously, I’ve been telling everyone I know about their lunch bag and sandwich bags. My co-workers can totally vouch for this, and many of them commented on my new lunch bag and welcomed me to adulthood. 😉

Planet Wise Convertible Lunch Bag - My Mama Adventure

Not only can I now look more adult-like when packing my lunch, the lunch bag works amazing at keeping my lunch fresh throughout the day – even when a refrigerator has not been accessible. The convertible lunch bag has a nifty feature where it can have a zip top when you need it to hold more items, or it can be folded down and held in place with a hook & look enclosure. I have generally used the zip top, as I frequently have a lot that I pack with me (e.g., breakfast, lunch, snack), and this has nicely fit all my food items for the day – including the 2 sandwich bags stuffed with goodies. The lunch bags are made to be easily cleaned by whipping them off . They are made in the U.S.A. and are PVC, BPA, lead, and Phthalate FREE!

Planet Wise Sandwich Bags - Perfect for snacks and sandwiches! - My Mama Adventure

The sandwich bags, which are called sandwich bags because they will very easily hold a sandwich, can hold just about anything you’d want it to. I’ve used them for sandwiches and other snack goodies. The inside is so easy to wipe out!! I’ve loved showing friends the inside of these bags so they can see how easy they are to clean. Even Hubs was impressed with how nice the inside is – and he’s hard to please! The outside has a nice pattern on it and I’m pretty sure it would hold up in the washer if you ended up with a stain on the outside of the bag. They are a really nice size, I like them better than the small snack bags we’ve used in the past.

If you’re on the hunt for a new lunch bag and sandwich/snack bags, I would highly recommend Planet Wise as your next purchase. They are perfect for work, trips to the park, school lunches, snacks for the car, the uses are so many, there is no way I could possibly list them all. Believe me when I say, I have not found anything that I do not like about these bags – no seriously, nothing. If you’ve read other reviews by me, you know, if there’s something I’d like to see changed, I always mention it in my review. I love the Planet Wise lunch bag and the sandwich bags!

Buy Your Own:

You can purchase your own Planet Wise lunch bag and sandwich bags through their website. The lunch bag featured above retails for $15.95. The sandwich bags featured above come in packs of 2 and retail for $10.99. Happy shopping!

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Accessorize Your Stash in August Giveaway Hop {Featuring Spray Pal & EcoNuts} #AccessorizeAugust

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My Mama Adventure would like to welcome you to the 3rd Annual Accessorize Your Stash in August Giveaway Hop, hosted by the Blogging Mamas Network.
If you’re ready to accessorize your cloth diaper stash, you’ve come to the perfect Event! A fabulous group of bloggers have come together to help you do just that – with Cloth Diaper Accessory Giveaways! If you love cloth diapering, then you’ll love hopping around to see what each blog has in store for you and your Fluffy Stash! Don’t miss the Grand Prize which includes 2 Cloth Diaper Stash Must-Haves: a Hanging Wet/Dry Bag and a Diaper Sprayer!

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All right My Mama Adventure readers! I have a spectacular prize pack for all of you!! The perfect accessories for your cloth diaper stash! I seriously wish I’d had known of both these products when my son was in diapers, pretty sure they would have been the optional necessities, if you know what I mean, and it would have made diaper laundry so much easier and less stinky. Are you ready? Do I have you on pins and needles?
Spray Pal & Eco Nuts!!

That’s right! Spray Pal has agreed to giveaway one of their fabulous patent pending Spray Pals to one lucky My Mama Adventure reader! Spray Pal is the perfect accessory to make spraying diapers worlds easier. Like I said, I wish I had one when my son was in cloth diapers. Simply put your diaper inside the Spray Pal and keep the spray off you! Genius! Spray Pal has more than just their patent pending Spray Pal though, head over to their website and check out what else they have to offer. They of course have diaper sprayers, wet bags, mama cloth, cloth wipes, and even diapers!

In addition to the Spray Pal, you also have a chance to win a bottle of Ammonia Bouncer from Eco Nuts! Seriously! We had so many issues with ammonia when M was in cloth diapers, we tried everything! I have found so much success in using Eco Nuts liquid soap nuts, but I know that so many of our ammonia issues would have been resolved if only we had known about their Ammonia Bouncer as well. Eco Nuts makes so many wonderful and natural products that are cloth diaper safe. In addition to the Ammonia Bouncer, they have both regular soap nuts, liquid soap nuts, wool dryer balls, and so much more! Definitely check out the rest of their website!

After you’re done entering this spectacular giveaway, scroll down and enter the Grand Prize! Then use the Linky below to enter more cloth diaper accessory giveaways!


To Enter this Giveaway, use the Giveaway Tools Form Below:

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents ONLY 
and runs 8/14/14 – 8/28/14
(Must be 18 years of age or older to win, void where prohibited)

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NO LONGER ACCEPTING ENTRIES

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Don’t forget to enter the fabulous grand prize!!
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So Easy Being Green, Viva Veltoro, the Blogging Mamas Network, and the Accessorize Your Stash in August participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations.