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QT Bunns Diapers

So we finally found an answer for our littlest one’s diaper needs and our pocket book.  We’ve moved to cloth diapers, and we found a great source on Etsy.  Her shop is called QTBUNNS.  We did a custom order for our little girl and I am a convert.

QT’s Diapers are made by Shariee Wisdom a work-from-home grandmother in Anchorage Alaska.  We found her on Etsy after a very unsuccessful foray into another .com’s idea of cloth diapers.  The other company’s diapers were $60 for 3 of them… We felt like that was quite an investment for something we weren’t sure would work.  So I went shopping on Etsy.

Shariee has a great feedback rating and has made hundreds of sales, so we felt comfortable making the leap.  Her diapers cost from $7 to $11 dollars each, depending on the baby’s size.  We got them in good time, even through our APO and they are fantastic!  Washing and drying instructions are included, and easy to do without trouble.

Shariee’s diapers are “made with elastic leg gussets and an adjustable waist, with velcro closures to ensure a snug fit as your little one grows.
Each diaper has an outer layer of flannel material, durable for washing and attractive for style, and an inner layer of flannel that sits softly against baby’s skin. Inside, a thick inner layer of terry is sewn securely in place for absorbency, and a layer of PUL (polyurethane laminate) offers hidden waterproof protection.
All diaper orders include a soaker liner that is firmly attached with a small strip of velcro, yet easy to remove for washing. Soaker liners are made with two outer layers of flannel and two inner layers of thick terrycloth.” (from QTBUNNS diaper description)

My daughter doesn’t get diaper rash and they hold so much without leaking or ruining her outer clothing.  The flannel is holding up well to the washing and the velcro is nice and strong, the elastic around the legs is also good (no leaks).  We are so impressed, and feeling dumb for not making the move earlier.

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We are away from home and family this holiday season.  It’s always hard for me this time of year – I know exactly what I am missing.  Somehow the weather just doesn’t feel like Christmas, growing up in Colorado I need at least a little snow to feel like I’m ready for Christmas and New Years.  As far as I know, Brazil doesn’t get snow, even during the ‘winter’.

To make the house feel a little more festive and to help break out of my little funk I’ve done some decorating.  On Saturday my husband helped me make some paper stars from old wrapping paper and hang them from our absolutely horrific light fixture.

recycled wrapping paper stars

recycled wrapping paper stars

We also hung up some of our old Christmas cards.  I punch some holes in the top corners and then string them up around the house.  Most of the pictures have lovely winter scenes and snowy mountains.

Happy Holidays!

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Green Thing

Have you checked out the Do The Green Thing website? I was tipped off the other day through WordPress’s Tagsurfer and decide to check it out for myself. What a great idea, encourage a community of people to make small changes to help out the environment. In their own words:

Green Thing is a community that’s here to help as many people as possible in as many countries as possible to do the Green Thing. A community of Green Things across the world will not only make a sizeable CO2 saving, it will encourage governments and businesses to do the Green Thing too.

To help achieve all of that, Green Thing is a number of things.

Green Thing is an easy thing. Because lots of small things can add up to more than a few big things, Green Thing suggests one easy thing a month to tempt as many people as possible to do it. Green Thing is also free which makes it easier to be part of.

Green Thing is a creative thing. Because entertainment is very inspiring and lectures a bit less so, the monthly Green Things are suggested with brilliant content from brilliant writers, musicians, designers, directors and artists – pro and am, young and old.

Green Thing is a not-for-profit thing. Because people are cynical about commercial or political agendas, Green Thing is an independent, not-for-profit thing powered by grants from foundations and individual contributions.

And so on, go here www.dothegreenthing.com to check out the rest… I love the message; it’s reasonable, not too preachy, and finally an easy approach to making a difference in the world. Check it out and see if you care to Do The Green Thing too.

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I was surfing the channels tonight and happened across the PBS program called E2 – the chapter I watched was on Energy for a developing world.  It was so interesting to hear about how simple changes, some of them in the form of small micro loans were doing so much to improve poverty and at the same time creating environmental improvements.

Most of the people of Bangladesh are terribly poor and energy starved that they rely on kerosene as the primary source of fuel.  In one example a tea vendor was able to improve his business and cut down on environmental pollution by the use of biogas to heat his tea kettles instead of kerosene. The new heat source helped avoid the fumes and polution caused by the kerosene.  The new heat source even kept the kettles cleaner, resulting in less need to clean and consume water.  The overhead cost of using biogas was 1/4 of what it cost to have kerosene.  Also the change to biogas allowed him to sell tea all day long, to more customers…

The program went on to talk about how the money saved from reduced energy cost in addition to the increased ability to serve and gain new customers could be saved to provide a much better life for these families.

PBS has posed the transcripts and some excerpts on their site – have a look – it seems like a great series.

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