The hand soap smells great, I order the lemongrass one. The only complaint I have is that it doesn’t lather. I know in my head this doesn’t affect it’s effectiveness but I still miss the lather. It’s psychological. Also, I prefer the scents from Rocky Mountain Soap Company.
The laundry soap from The Honest Company worked well. I did not have any problems with it. My clothes came out just as clean as when I use my regular natural detergent. No one had any skin reactions, which is a biggie in my house. So I would have to give this product a passing review. Out of all the home cleaning products I have tried from The Honest Company, I would have to say this is the best one!
That’s it for my reviews of The Honest Company. I haven’t purchased any other products because of the surcharge on products as I described in an early post!
Cloth diapers have so far been a love hate relationship. When I was pregnant I knew I wanted to use cloth diapers but wasn’t sure I wanted all the work and washing that went with them. So my internet search began for a diaper service in town! I found Happy Nappy! Things got off to a rocky start with the diaper service, my baby was born early so I had no cloth diapers at home! But Happy Nappy quickly remedied this and I had cloth diapers a few days after my daughter was born. Happy Nappy had tried to deliver diapers the day I had my baby so I would have them for her original due date but couldn’t find my house. Happy Nappy usually delivers the diapers early so you have everything you need when baby arrives!
Now I had very little knowledge of cloth diapers! I probably should have done more research and read more reviews! The cloth diapers from Happy Nappy are hand made and not all the same. So when you receive diapers some are bigger than others as they are stretched out more from use, I guess. This made some of the diapers too big and some just right. Then came the next hurdle it was impossible to keep the diapers off the umbilical stump so I had to switch back to disposables until that had healed and that took 2 weeks! So I was paying for a diaper service I wasn’t actually using, this is good information to have if you are just starting out with a diaper service!
I like cloth diapers as I have an endless supply! See part of my cloth diaper stash ——>
Figuring out how many I need each week has been a challenge as last week I ran out of diapers and had to go back to disposables again. So I ordered 10 more than I think I need for the week and have higher hopes this week.
Another thing I never knew was my baby doesn’t like them as she is wet, she doesn’t enjoy being wet at all so cries right away when she soils them. this is not a huge deal but she does wake up more during sleep, which has its down falls.
Oh and remember when I said the diapers are hand made and some seem to be different that others……well I have found with certain ones she pees out of them. I am not sure how she’s doing it but I am avoiding this type until I make it through the rest in my pile of diapers, hoping that the end of this week will not result in needing to change an entire outfit with each diaper change this week.
All in all I am liking the cloth diapers and a committed to using them, but it probably would have been beneficial to know then what I know now about my cloth diaper journey as I would have done things a bit differently. Like starting the diaper service at 3 weeks old and reading up on cloth!
If you are thinking of using cloth diapers, I would recommend Happy Nappy, they have been great at helping me along the way and have been there to answer any questions, concerns or changes to my orders that I might have. They are always prompt and polite!
Don’t forget to mention that I (Alicia Newton), referred you as Happy Nappy has a referral program!
Being Natural is hard. The labels are confusing and so is the information out there.
I recently read the book Ecoholic by Adria Vasil and thought WOW I now have the information to be an informed consumer. Also I loved the book because it was Canadian, so I recognised products within and was able to actually find the stores and products talked about in the book! All of her books are great and highly informative!
But after reading the book doing research online and watching a few documentaries. I was more confused than ever!
Two websites that have helped to make everything easier to figure things out are
http://www.goodguide.com/ and http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/
And a page with a whole list of helpful tools from Adria Vasil’s website
I can now easily search products, while I am shopping to find out whether they are eco-friendly and live up to my standards.
There has been the odd product lines like Live Clean (If anyone has info on this company it would be greatly appreciated!), which I can’t seem to find on these databases so I am left to my own devices to determine whether they are good or not, but by and large these two websites make wading through the assault of products claiming to be eco-friendly much easier!
Mean 15 Chemicals to Avoid | Ecoholic.
Maintaining Natural Beauty is a full time job. Above is a link to the 15 main chemicals to avoid.
Happy Earth Day!
Today is one of my favorite festivals of all year! Edmonton has a great Earth Day Festival.
You can check it out here!
It runs from 12:00pm to 6:00pm today at Fort Edmonton Park at the Blatchford Hangar.
ETS has a free shuttle running from South University Campus LRT station (Foote Field) to the front entrance of Fort Edmonton Park.
- Free bike lock up is being provided courtesy of Edmonton Bicycle Commuters, (and transported by bicycle to the site by our friend Earth General Store’s Michael Kalmanovitch!). Please bring your own lock.
- Carpool to the event. There is limited parking at Fort Edmonton Park.
I am taking my Sparks today and will stay afterwards to check out everything else!
Here is the Earth Day Canada Site, with links to all kinds of stuff going on for Earth Day here in Canada!
Something that I strive to achieve through my blog. Pinkwashing and chemicals you should avoid. Makes you wonder why we allow companies to poison us.
I read Curly Girl Handbook a while back and had implemented some of their curly hair styling tips and tricks and have had great success with them. I recommend this book to anyone with curly hair who wants to go natural. So after reading Curly Girl, I recently tried Deva Curls products Deva Care No-Poo and Deva Care One Condition. I love these products. I have no complaints. They clean my hair wonderfully and the conditioner works great! This is a great everyday hair care product (by everyday I do not mean literally everyday). I would recommend this product to anyone with curly hair. They are definitly on my hit list currently of products to try. I am now going to try some of there styling products. I will give you the low down on what I think.
Check out The Curly Girl Handbook and Deva Hair Care Products!
Today I woke up late. Showered, dressed and ate breakfast.
Then we ventured downtown. We decided to walk we stopped and dropped our books off at the library and then we were off to the farmers market!!! I love the famers’ market and there was a wedding party getting there pictures done. We stopped in the shop called Carbon – Environmental Boutique which is on the same street as the market. I am pretty sure K and myself fell instantly in love!! This store has everything I have ever wanted….okay maybe that goes a bit too far but it really does have good quality eco friendly products….which I love!
We stopped for lunch and I have a green onion cake and K had a pretzel and lemonade! We stopped in at the library again (as we hadn’t wanted to carry books around all afternoon) and then we made our way home in the rain but it was nice and refreshing!!!
Later in the evening I ventured out to see the movie Bad Teacher with a friend. I decided to take the bus as my feet were tired of walking and I didn’t want to get caught in the rain and have to sit through a movie while soaked. I found the movie to be funny and enjoyed the awesome company I had at the theatre.
Hope you all enjoyed reading about my Saturday!