Big news! I’ve moved to my own domain!
Please visit at gidgetgoeshome.com
Special thanks to my friend David at setwise.com for helping me get things going, and doing all the high-tech stuff. :)
Gidget’s Ultimate Cloth Diapering Tips
We’ve been using cloth/hybrid diapers part-time for a few months now (I wish we’d started sooner!). Cloth diapers are in fact what started my whole green/eco-friendly/non-toxic kick that I’m gradually incorporating into our daily life. I thought I’d put together a little summary for my interested readers.
Here’s a great blog post linking to a petition to our next president to plant an organic garden in part of the White House’s 18 acres of lawn, like has been done in the past. In a time where food prices are rising, this would be a great example for the rest of the country to attempt to grow food in our own yards.
P.S. A few of my grape tomatoes are finally starting to redden!!
The two books in Deirdre Imus’ series, Green This, are both very informative.
Vol. 1: Greening Your Cleaning
I’m going to have to buy this one to keep on hand as a reference. She categorizes by room in the house and within each room gives specific tips, products, homemade recipes, etc for cleaning various surfaces. She also gives great background info on why it’s important to detoxify our cleaning routines.
Vol. 2: Growing up Green: Baby and Child Care
I didn’t read this one all the way through (library books are due back today and can’t be renewed this time around!) but I will definitely check it out again when I have another one on the way. What I did read was helpful in understanding how the environment affects our children (diseases & other medical conditions, like asthma & ADHD for example). One reference I found particularly cool was her list of websites for companies that sell natural (non PVC, pthalate, etc) toys.
I will be adding these to the Gidget Goes Home aStore if you’d like to get a copy!
We use BumGenius one-size pocket cloth diapers and gDiaper hybrids during the day. In order to make the few we have last longer, I made a few extra liners out of 3 layers of microfiber towels cut to 6.5″ x 12′”. I just sewed a simple zig-zag around and then applied some Fray-Check to the edges because, man, does cut-up microfiber make a mess! Definitely keep a lint-roller handy when you make these! :)
Stay tuned for more cloth diapering tips in this coming weekend’s edition of Gidget’s It’s The Absolute Ulitmate!
I do a lot of crafts… more on that later… but knitting is something I’ve never learned how to do! Mom crochets, so that’s my yarn-craft of choice, but I’ve only ever made blankets (which take me an eternity) and scarves.
Then I found this project, and have now decided that I must learn to knit, if only to make this sweater. Although the more I think about it, there are lots of cute things I could make with two needles and a skein of yarn! I’m not sure when I’ll get started, but it’s out there on the horizon. I’ve never been that great at learning crochet techniques from patterns/books, so I may have to wait till I get back to California to have my knitter (is that a word) friends give me some live lessons. I know my girl Emma does it, anyone else out there a knitter?
Note: I found this project HERE on the Flint Knits Blog. She offers a free pattern a cute pictures.
What are your favorite knitting patterns/projects? Does anyone have any advice for a novice knitter?
Yesterday after church we went to our town’s Farmer’s Market. We’ve been going for a while now, pretty regularly (it runs here from late spring-fall), and it’s always fun to pick up some local fare, and usually Chiquita will get to see a couple of doggies which makes her very happy.
Early on, I was disappointed by the lack of farmers. There were booths selling sausages (yummy ones!), Tupperware, dip packages, burritos, etc, but only one booth with produce for sale. This was a bit different from the abundant spreads you’ll find at a California Farmer’s Market, such as the ones we used to frequent in San Luis Obispo and Huntington Beach.
But here in Colorado, the farmers have finally come out as summer crops are now in full swing, and in Highlands Ranch, our market has now grown to have at least five farm booths, with quite a variety of produce.
Here’s a photo of the lovely assortment of goodies we got for only $8.75… all this! Such a good deal! We had a salad for dinner last night, and the locally-grown lettuce was decidedly tastier than the store-bought variety, as I expected! Not only does eating local taste better, but it’s better for the environment because your food is not using up precious gas to arrive to your local grocery store from afar. Plus it feels nice to support the farmer who is handing you your produce with a smile.