Archives for October 2015

Product Review: Aketta Cricket Powder

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Cricket Powder

It’s that time of year again! World Edible Insect Day was October 23rd! What? You forgot to celebrate this exciting event, you say? You’ve never even heard of it, you say? Eating insects is disgusting, you say?

It may be time to reevaluate our relationship to insects and entamophagy (the eating of bugs). The fact is, most of the world actually eats insects on a regular basis, and because they are cheap, easy to grow, and use infinitely less resources than any other form of protein, bugs may be the wave of the future for us all.

Thanks to Aspire Food Group, located in Austin, TX, I was able to try my hand at using their finely milled cricket powder in my everyday cooking. The product is pure cricket, ground to a powder comprised of 68% protein. I was pleased to find out that these insects enjoy a better diet than most humans. Aspire’s crickets feed exclusively on local, organic fare, and drink only reverse-osmosis filtered water. Reverse osmosis, people. Let that sink in for a moment.
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Cloth Diaper Review and Giveaway: Glow Bug

flowerworks-glow-bug-diaper We’ve been using cloth diapers since Franci was born and have tried a variety of types and brands.  Our motley collection includes everything from homemade insert diapers to Chinese pre-folds to designer prints.  We certainly have our favorites, but as eco-consious diaperers, we’re not going to get rid of any unless they are leak prone.  If we were new to cloth diapering and ready to invest, Glow Bug Cloth Diapers would be on the top of our list.

The most important feature of cloth diapers, for us, is that they don’t leak.  I don’t care how cute they are!  We’ve been using our Glow Bug Diaper for months, and have never once had a leak or blowout (which is more than I can say for Charlie Banana, which we had to stop using it was so bad).
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And The Super Undies Winner Is…

Super Undies Hybrid

Super Undies Hybrid

Congratulations to Bianca! She chose a Hybrid Super Undie in Blue. We use our pink one all the time, and yet to have a leak. We hope you like it as much as we do!

Thank you to everyone who entered our giveaway, and a big thanks to Super Undies for sponsoring it! For those of you who didn’t win, you can always buy your own from their website. Read about all the different styles of cloth pull-ups for all ages in our giveaway post, and you can find our full review of the nighttime pull-ups here.
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Halloween Candy Exchange Ideas

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No thanks!

Our girls are a little young to be trick-or-treating, but that hasn’t stopped me from thinking about what we’ll do with all that candy once we do! Last year we wrote about our decision to stop giving out sweets and giving out alternitives to candy. We’ve actually been blogging about non-edible Halloween treats for years, which leads me to believe we’re not the only parents figuring out what to do with all that candy.

I was about to write up my own list of organizations that accept Halloween candy and other uses for the candy, but it looks like Kid’s Health has already done it for me.  One of the most well known and best organized programs is Operation Gratitude that encourages you to send your kids’ candy to our Troops. Find out how on their website.
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Super Undies Giveaway!

Reusable Nighttime Pullups

We’re excited to be hosting a giveaway from Super Undies! One lucky reader will receive their choice of Super Undie by entering the Rafflecopter Giveaway below.  Here are the different reusable training pants they offer:

  • We give their Nighttime Trainers two thumbs up (check out our full review from last week).  They are durable, extra absorbent and come in sizes for up to 10 year-olds.  You can add in extra layers for heavy wetters, and choose between cotton or microfiber, both in a variety of colors.
  • We have also been using their Hybrid Undies, and haven’t had a leak yet.  The idea is that they can pull off and on, but also have snaps in case of a big mess and have extra snaps so they will grow with her just a bit. They are too small for our toddler, but they fit our 11mo just right.
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Product Review: Super Undies Nighttime Undies

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Reusable Nighttime Pullups

Cotton Nighttime Pullups

I must admit that we have not been as committed to cloth diapering at night as during the day.  Actually, we exclusively use disposable at night because our girls have a propensity toward diaper rash if left in a wet cloth diaper and, more importantly, we don’t want to jinx their habit of sleeping through the night.

Once Franci started having dry diapers most mornings, I felt it was time to try a reusable nighttime diaper.  Especially since you can only reuse an un-soiled disposable so many times, and throwing dry diapers away was starting to cause a case of eco-guilt.  Of course we use chlorine-free, biodegradable diapers that use corn fiber for absorption, but still.
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