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Fall 2014I am so in love with the fall issue of Green Child Magazine. It’s full of amazing articles, beautiful babywearing photos, and so much more.

If you’ve been around here a while, you may know that I am a proud partner at GCM. Among other things, I do the magazine design (and I LOVE it!) It’s truly amazing to be able to work from home and be part of a team, publication, and community that I love and believe in so much.

If this is new to you, Green Child Magazine is a beautiful, free resource for families – made possible by the support of wonderful advertisers. Each issue is filled with amazing content from experts and advocates in the realms of parenting, babywearing, attachment parenting, nutrition, behavior, green living, cloth diapering, and so many more. In addition to expertly written articles, GCM features carefully curated product guides to help families discover safe products for the whole family.

You can view the beautiful Fall issue by clicking here, or by clicking the cover photo above. If you’d like to check out some of the amazing past issues (we have many, all available for free!) you can do that by clicking here.

Last but not least, you can sign up for a totally free subscription. We keep emails to a minimum, and are never spammy. Our emails will alert you of new issues (6 times a year), and great new content on our website (never more than twice a month).

Are you a current fan of GCM? I’d love to hear what you think :)

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Stitch Fix ReviewI am not known for my fashion sense. There’s just no delicate way to put it. I don’t like shopping, I have no idea what goes with what, and frankly I’m just a tank top and jeans kind of girl (who am I kidding, I wear yoga pants 90% of the time.) Want proof? Check out this embarrassing video entry from 2012.

In spite of my lack of fashion sense and love of comfort, I do want to feel confident that I look like I have a clue when I go out. Stitch Fix seemed like a perfect fit for me. It is a personal stylist/shopper service. You sign up, fill out an in-depth profile, and a designer will ship you a box of 5 items picked just for you.

This is my first box, and while I only kept one item, I must say that I was really impressed with the service. The included note let me know that the designer really kept my wants, needs, and special notes in mind when choosing the items for my box. I have read that the more feedback you provide, the more spot-on your boxes will become, and I’m excited to see what my future boxes hold.

Pictured below are 4 of the 5 items from my box. I didn’t take a picture in one because it was fairly see-through and I couldn’t find my black camisole to go under it.

My First Stitch Fix(click to enlarge)

Because I am preparing for a work trip to Vegas, I specifically asked for help choosing tops. Typical boxes can consist of tops, bottoms, dresses, and even accessories to create complete looks.

One of the things that I love about this service is that unlike being at the store, I am forced to try on every item. Often times at stores I struggle to find anything to even try on because it all looks so unappealing or overwhelming on the hanger. I know there are gems that I’m missing, but the process is just too much. That frustration is gone with Stitch Fix.

I was really surprised that I actually liked the fit of every item that was in my box. My stylist did a really great job choosing items that fit me. I’m a bit long in the torso, so finding tops that don’t rest oddly on me can be challenging.

The tops are as follows (left to right):

  • 41Hawthorn Moni Stud Detailed 3/4 Sleeve Blouse in Black ($58) Keep!

    • If you can’t tell, this is my favorite top. It’s comfortable and I just love it. It’s a keeper!
  • Fun2Fun Richard Pleated Lace Detailed Blouse in Dark Pink ($48) Return

    • I actually like this top more than I thought. I just wasn’t sure about the color on me. Not enough to pull the trigger.
  • Creative Commune Laguna Abstract Floral Flutter Sleeve Blouse ($64) Return

    • I liked the fit of this top, but the pattern and colors were throwing me off.
  • Same but with an outer layer I already own.
    • I like it better this way, but the colors were still just too overwhelming for me.
  • 41Hawthorn Wrenn V-Neck Jersey Top ($48) Return

    • I originally thought I’d keep this top. I like it with a jacket and without. I like the fit. My hesitation on this on was the color and that it was very wrinkled and seemed to be holding onto them. Since I am specifically looking for tops to travel with, I’m afraid this one might look a bit too sloppy.
  • Not Pictured: Sanctuary Stefani Lace Detailed Crew Neck Tank ($48) Return

    • This top was kind of cool looking, but was quite see-through and would definitely require a camisole, and for some reason I really dislike wearing camisoles under tops, so this was was a no-go for me. (If interested, you can see the top here.)

Like I said, I was happy with the fit of the items. I think next time I’d like to see some colors that are a bit less vibrant, or that are more “warm” if they are bold. I would also love to see an option for organic textiles. 

More About Stitch Fix

So here’s how it works — in a nut shell:

  • You fill out an in-depth profile, pick a date, and pay a $20 styling fee. (You can select to receive a box every month, or every other month.)
  • When your box arrives, you try everything on and ship back what you don’t want (in a prepaid mailer).
  • The $20 you paid for the styling fee will be applied to the items you decide to keep.
  • If you decide that you like ALL of the items in your box, you’ll save 25% on the whole box!
  • Alternatively, if you decide that you don’t like anything, you ship it all back and are only out $20 – which is totally reasonable, as it helps to cover their time and shipping costs both ways.

Also, be sure to provide feedback! Don’t be shy, and really let them know what you like, what you don’t, and what they can do to improve the next box.

The prices are definitely not what I’d typically pay when padding my wardrobe (then again, I generally buy a lot of tank tops), but I think it’s worth it to find some items that you really feel great in — and it’s nice to pamper yourself once in a while.

If you’re interested in signing up, you can visit or sign up through my referral link (for which I would be very grateful!)

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Fluffin Awesome Baby Shower GiftsNo matter your budget, there is a gift idea here for the parent-to-be on your list (or maybe it’s a little something for you!) These gift ideas range from super economical to well, a bit more spendy (and worth every penny!)

DIY Ideas

Whether you’re on a budget, or you just love gifting an item crafted with love, these ideas are sure to be a hit.

  • Homemade Detergent — This recipe is cloth diaper safe and perfect for baby clothes as well.
  • Homemade Bottom Balm — Cloth diaper safe, but more importantly it’s non-toxic and works.
  • Babies Against Parenthood — A parenting twist on Cards Against Humanity, this game will provide much needed laughs for newly sleep deprived parents.
  • Cloth Diaper Centerpieces — A mason jar and a cloth diaper walk into a room… Beauty ensues!
  • Cloth Diaper Cake — Prefolds are perfect for cloth diapering AND for not. They make amazing, uh-maze-ing burp rags.
  • Cloth Diaper Wreath — Just like the cake, this project utilizes prefolds, but newborn sized.

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Green Child Magazine

This amazing natural parenting magazine is full of tips and ideas for parents. Click to grab a free subscription.

Thirsties $7-20

I sort of adore this company… and all of their products. Their covers were the first I ever tried and I love them still (6 years later). I can’t pick just one favorite product, so please don’t make me!!! You really can’t go wrong with this brand. From diapers to inserts, balms to wet bags, Thirsties really has it all. Your giftee will love them.

Onya Baby Outback with Baby Booster $185

I love, love Onya. The company, the people, the products. The Outback is a wonderful carrier, comfortable, and with the baby booster it may be the only carrier that a mom will ever need. Available in four neutral color schemes.

HALO Bassinest $230

The HALO Bassinest is truly one of the best new infant products I’ve seen in a while. As a co-sleeping, bed-sharing mom I realize that it is NOT for everyone and not everyone can do it safely. However, I do believe in the benefits of sleeping in close proximity—for both to mom and baby.

The HALO Bassinest provides a safe, stress free way to have baby close. Unlike traditional bassinets, the Bassinest has a mesh exterior allowing you see baby clearly at all times. This one feature allows you to be more aware of baby’s sounds, hunger cues, and breathing. This simple, but genius feature could prove vital for an infant. On top of this, they have made getting to baby easier too, allowing you to get to your baby faster in the sleep-like haze that is the early days with a newborn. Finally, unlike some other products, the Bassinest is meant for infants up to 5 mos. old or 30 lbs. Check thier webstie for a store near you.

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Bamboobies Nursing Pads $25

Thin and descrete, these nursing pads are hands-down a crowd favorite — and a blessing to any new mom. Be sure to check my Nursing Pad Roses tutorial for a beautiful and fun way to gift these.

Earth Mama Angel Baby Bottom Balm $8

If you’ve been around this blog at all, you’ll know that I love EMAB’s bottom balm. It was one of the only things that worked for my girls’ sensitive skin, and I use it still for minor burns, cuts, scrapes, and more.

Project Pomona Little Wren Jeans $34

Project Pomona jeans are SO cute, but more than that they are perfect for cloth diapered babies—designed with room for all of that extra fluffin’ awesomeness :)

Moraki Cloth Diapers $27

If you want a little flair to gift a cloth-diapering mom-to-be, look no further than Moraki (More-a-key). Their one size diapers come in everything from sophisticated to totally far out!

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Eco Nuts® Dryer Balls $27

Dryer balls eliminate the need for toxic dryer sheets. They natually soften laundry and reduce drying time. They are perfect for all laundry – baby, family, and even diapers! Check out my tutorial for how to make Coffee Filter Flowers and gift them up in a vase full of Eco Nuts soap nuts!

SprayPal $26

The biggest concern when it comes to cloth is, “What about the poo?” With the SprayPal and a diaper sprayer, poo is of no concern. Simply spray and flush it away. No splatter, no yuck.

Rumparooz Little Joeys $30 (for two)

Another newborn diaper I simply must have if we ever have another baby. Little Joeys are SO cute and I’ve heard amazing things about them for years. Your giftee will be over-the moon with these adorable diapers.

Snappi $10

No cloth diapering stash is complete without at least one Snappi. The Snappi has got to be one of the most earth-shattering cloth diapering inventions in my lifetime. While modern cloth has moved and evolved, the Snappi has made the classic prefold a true favorite for many parents.

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Molly’s Suds Cloth Diaper Laundry Powder $15

Based on the Real Diaper Association’s recommended ingredients, Molly’s Suds contains no harsh chemicals, filler, enzymes or fragrances. It’s safe for baby and perfect for cloth diapers, as well as baby clothes!

Zen Rocks Teething Jewelry $15

Babies chew on everything, well before they ever start teething, so it’s important to have safe items readily available. Zen rocks offers a variety of designs and colors. I’m partial to the beautiful Lotus, but there is something there for any parent-to-be.

Tiny Tush $22

Fitted diapers are one of my favorites. They allow baby to feel when they are wet (which makes learning to us the potty SO much easier), they are natural fibers (no senthetics up against baby), and they’re highly absorbent (making them perfect for nights.)

SoftBums Calendar Bums $22

If you’re looking for a unique diaper to gift, look no further! SoftBums Calendar Bums are a fun way to get new prints—seasonally! Scroll down on their homepage to see the current print.

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Charlie Banana 2-in-1 Reusable Diapering System $60

One of the things I love about Charlie Banana is their beautiful, giftable packaging. This 3-pack of diaprs is an affordable gift that will give mom some variety and fun.

Allen’s Naturally Stink Out $8

Though cloth diapers rock, washing routines are quite individual. Everything from your water hardness to machine, your child’s diet to the brand of diaper you use, can make a difference. There may be times when you’ll want to kick your machine, but before you do that there are some handy tools to try. One is line drying (you’d be amazed by what a little sun can do) or a product like Allen’s Naturally Stink Out. This could prove to be a lifesaver for a parent new to cloth and trying to find their groove.

Grandma El’s Baby Shampoo $9

Though baby doesn’t need washed often, unless they get dirty, it’s important to have a safe, non-toxic shampoo and wash on hand. Grandma El’s is gentle and naturally tear-free.

Changing Diapers $15

The Hip Mom’s Guide to Modern Cloth Diapering, the title says it all. This book is full of everything a new parent needs to know about cloth diapering.

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GroVia Newborn All-in-One Cloth Diaper $15

If I have another baby, you can bet that I will have several of these ADORABLE all-in-ones in my stash. Not only are they cute, but they work and that can make things easier for the parent of a new baby. Your giftee will thank you.

Healing Hazel Anklet $14

Wearers say that Hazelwood can alleviate everything from heartburn and exzema to ulcers and acid reflux. As pretty as this is, I’d say it’s worth a try, and a lovely way to pamper a new mommy :)

Smart Bottoms Born Smart Newborn Diaper $18

The interior of the diaper boasts 3 layers of organic cotton sewn in to the diaper and an additional 4 layer snap-in insert (included).

Kelly’s Closet

Not a product, but Kelly’s Closet is a great one-stop shop for all things natural parenting!

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Babies Against ParenthoodLike Cards Against Humanity, Babies Against Parenthood is a funny, multiplayer party game. This version is more PG, but thankfully that’s open to interpretation ;) This game is fun for baby showers, or a late night with friends also in the parenting way.

This game is totally free to download. You will have to pay for your own supplies. Sorry!

What you’ll need:

How to make the game:

  1. Download the PDF. Here (Google Drive) or Here (DropBox)
  2. Print it.
  3. Cut it out.
  4. Store it!

You can hold your game together the old fashioned way (with a rubber band, of course), or you can get one of these cool containers (2 5/16” square size) to keep it a bit more safe and sound.

Babies Against Parenthood Free Printable Game

How to play:

Well, the PDF file here has instructions, but here’s the basic idea.

  1. Everyone draws 10 White Cards to get set up.
  2. Each round one person will read a question/fill-in-the-blank from a Black Card. (You can switch or keep the same card reader if you choose.)
  3. Each round, everyone but the card reader will choose the White Card from their hand that they think is the funniest answer to the Black Card. (*Black cards with two or more blanks will require an equal amount of answer cards from players!)
  4. The card reader will pick a winner by choosing the one they think is the most funny.
  5. The funniest answerer gets a point.
  6. Everyone draws new White Cards so that they again have 10 cards and the cycle repeats.
  7. The player with the most points wins.

That’s it! This game has the potential to be super funny, depending on who’s playing of course.

I hope you enjoy this parenting version of the game, and keep a look-out for cameo appearances by some of my favorite natural parenting brands and products with convenient names!

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