care for themselves and the earth. Our mission is to eliminate the dread of
"that time of the month" by providing simply divine organic pads! We, a small
group of moms on Maui, have been making Go With The Flo pads since January of
2008, and I have kept Robin's original 2005 design unchanged.
What is your favorite style of dying?
As far as end results go, my favorite is the swirly dye technique using shaving
cream, but considering the work involved with the various styles I do, my
favorite is LWI (low water immersion)on scrunched up fabric in a baggie. It's
much faster than other methods and turns out with many unexpected variations
that are usually stunning!
How did you get your start as a wahm?
I started my WAHM business in 2003 with a cloth diaper line I developed out of
necessity. When I dove into the world of cloth diapering with my firstborn,
everything leaked on me just as badly as the disposables. Granted, I did not
have access to some of the awesome WAHM diapers out there. So, I made my own! In the beginning, it was just a hobby
business, trying to recoup my supply costs for the diapers my daughter wore, but
as word of mouth spread on the island, I decided to set up a website and sell
online, too. In January 2008, I took over cloth pad production for Robin's Go
With The Flo. Shortly thereafter, I purchased the business from her and added Go
With The Flo pads to my own business, Lilia Designs.
How long have you been sewing?
I used to make Barbie clothes out of my mom's
scraps and old clothing when I was pretty young. LOL! But seriously sewing? My
good friend taught me how to serge in 2002, and I taught myself to also sew well
What was your first sewing project ever?
That would be curtains. Doesn't every seamstress start with curtains? I don't
know why, actually. Curtains can be quite challenging! My first curtain project
turned out pretty well, however, I have to admit my first diaper and my first
baby dress are laughable. I saved the dress to remind myself of my beginnings,
but that first diaper had to go. Since then, I have drastically improved, and
one of my pads is featured in a wonderful cloth pad article in the current issue
of Mothering magazine!
What are your inspirations for colorways?
My inspiration comes from the brilliant scenery around my island. 'Emerald Isle'
captures the richness of the rainforest...'Tropical Reef', the myriad of bright
fish against subtle coral...'Sunset' is the closest I have ever come to
capturing the brilliance of the Maui sunsets.
What is your favorite fabric to work with?
There are so my fabrics that I love! It is much easier for me to say which ones
I dislike. Among my top picks for fabric are organic bamboo velour, fleeces and organic knits.
Do you have a funny customer story?
My best customer story is actually from a tester! When I was first learning to
dye, I sent out these organic bamboo velour fitteds dyed in lovely bright colors
to test a new pattern. I had dyed the soakers in coordinating bright colors. I
was apalled to receive a picture of a sweet baby sporting a bright blue bum! The
dye had not been fixed well, and it bled onto her skin when it got damp! I was
horrified. Thankfully, my tester was laughing about the whole situation and was
not worried about it. Don't worry, since then I have not had this problem. lol!
Now ... on to the giveaway!
Tell us you became a fan or are following us on Twitter by posting to this blog post, and get a chance to win a 9" Standard Mini pad in your choice of available colors! This giveaway is open to USA, Canada including shipping. If a winner is chosen from another country, we'll work out the shipping difference. :)
Let those April showers do your painting for you! Drop small amounts of paint onto a large sheet of fingerpaint paper or freezer paper. Place the paper outside in a gentle rain and watch as the raindrops ht the paint, splattering it. Watch the water droplets pooling then dispersing, taking the colors with them. Bring your paper inside to dry. Don't leave it out too long or all of the paint will be washed away!
from Earth*School "April Showers Bring May Flowers"
copyright 2004-2010, Earth*School
submitted by Earth*School
Maybe there should be a T-shirt with this stated on it!
Yep, instead of using up a roll of toilet paper a day (like is possible in our household of eight), you can wipe with cloth.
Why on Earth would I use cloth?
* It's reusable.
* It's comfy and doesn't leave annoying lint.
* It stands up to serious wiping!
* You can use it wet or dry.
* It saves trees.
* It's purty!
(wipes set by Holden's Landing)
Here's how it works in my family. It's not a topic most people are willing to discuss, but here goes.
I'm honestly the only one in my family that is willing to use cloth full time. My husband is not willing, and for what he uses toilet paper for, I'm fine with that! My kids will use cloth if I remind them, or if we're out of paper. And I'm a little worried they will forget and flush it. Been there, done that.
Here are the not-so-gory details:
We keep our cloth diaper pail in the bathroom. I use cloth wipes on my baby, so it wasn't a huge stretch for me to switch to family cloth. I keep a basket of cheap terry baby washcloths (most of which I found on clearance at Target!) on the bathroom counter. I use mine dry, and then just throw it in the pail. Some people will use a special container, an old ice cream bucket with a lid, a hanging wetbag, etc. There are many options.
(Yes, this is my actual diaper pail!)
One concern is the smell. To be honest, it's not terribly noticeable. If you wash them every other day or so, there's not much time for an odor to form. If you keep them in a lidded container, or a zippered wetbag, there should be no smell at all, if washed often enough.
(wetbag by Sweet Slings, LLC)
How do you to wash them? If you don't use cloth diapers but are interested in family cloth, you can just toss them into the washer from whatever container you are using, wash them with a load of towels on hot, and you are done! If you do use cloth diapers, it's easy to just dump them in with the diapers and wash together. You can be very discreet, by keeping them in a pretty basket on the back of the toilet, or under the sink. For a wet wipe option, you can keep a squirt bottle of plain water next to the toilet, as well, and you are ready to go.
(Here's my set-up -- easy peasy)
If you are concerned about the environment, there's really not much more impact in using cloth that in just washing your regular laundry. Say you use 10 wipes a day for a week, that's still less than a load of laundry, and you would likely throw them in with other laundry every other day or so, anyway. As for money savings, we go through a good 6-7 rolls of tp a week (at $1 a roll, that adds up) and now we are down to 4 or so. I hope to keep chipping away at my family's reserve to use cloth more, because that's $2-3 dollars a week we are saving so far, which equals over a hundred dollars a year! If we switched over entirely, we could save literally $350 a year just in toilet paper that will be flushed into our sewers, anyway.
There are so many cloth alternatives, too! Flannel, Terry, and Organic bamboo velour are popular choices, but you can use any absorbent cloth. 100% cotton is good, and washes very nicely. Flannel is great and is cheap, and once it's been cut and washed a few times, it doesn't unravel too much. You could easily serge or sew two peices together for extra strength. My wipes are a mixture of terry baby cloths, flannel and OBV. Very comfy and soft, and pretty in my little basket!
For a quick and easy baby cloth wipes solution recipe (that also works great for the rest of us) you can use:
1 1/2 cups of water
mix in a squirt of baby shampoo
a drop or two of your favorite essential oil (I use tea tree oil)
pour over a pile of folded wipes in a wipes container. I use an old plastic one I got with some disposable wipes, and it's the perfect size for a stack of the terry or flannel cloths folded in half.
We have noticed a big drop in toilet paper usage since I've been using cloth. I have used fewer disposable baby wipes, as well, and I feel very good about that. Even if I'm the only one in my family that makes the choice to use cloth, every little bit helps!
contributed by Shannon of Gillyweeds
2 C uncooked elbow macaroni or rotini
1 1/2 lb ground beef
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 8 oz cans tomato sauce, condensed tomato soup, or pasta sauce
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
1/4 tsp pepper
1/8 tsp garlic powder (I always throw in extra garlic)
1/2 C milk
1/4-1/2 lb shredded/grated mozzarella or cheddar cheese
Prepare pasta according to package directions, and drain. Brown ground beef and onion, drain fat, add tomato sauce, 1/2 tsp salt, and seasonings. Simmer for 5-10 minutes. Beat egg, milk and remaining salt together, blend into macaroni, and spread in greased casserole dish. Cover with meat mixture and top with cheese. Bake in 350 degree oven for 20 minutes. Let stand for 5-10 minutes before cutting. Serves 6.
submitted by Lori, alfabette zoope
My goal with Joyful Earth is to create sustainable, functional, fun and unique items for your home. From kitchen cloths, to baby and child items, to reusable snack bags, to tea accessories and more. I hope to help my customers find joy in the everyday items used in their homes, while ensuring ecological responsibility in my creations.
How has your business evolved since you first started selling? (What got you started as a WAHM?/How long have you been in business)
I first started selling in 2005 under the name Tush Cloth Diapers. I loved being a diaper sewing WAHM but after my youngest child potty learned, I started to lose interest in diaper making and selling. In the summer of 2009, I took a break from Tush to delve into other reusable products for the home. Joyful Earth was met with immediate enthusiasm from my customer base and I've been growing and evolving the Joyful Earth line of products since then. In fall of 2009, Tush closed permanently as I decided to focus my energy on growing Joyful Earth.
My favorite products to make are the Tea on the Go sets. Inspired by an idea Lisa, of Healing Pixie gave me - I created this product to allow the loose tea lover to have their favorite teas on hand wherever they went. I love shopping for fabrics, mixing fabrics and creating unique pieces for my customers.
You make a lot of green products - what has been your journey into being green?
I've always been green. I remember way back in high school sitting in a room filled with bags and bags of paper to be sorted and recycled. A group of friends and I had started a "green club" in our school (this was back in 1990 before being green was fashionable) and we took on the massive task of recycling the waste paper in our high school. The paper had to be sorted into colour and white paper, and we'd spend hours chatting and sorting. I'm not sure we ever got through all of the sorting, but the memories are still with me today.
When I had babies, it was natural that I decided to cloth diaper them. We had a disastrous time cloth diapering our eldest because I had not yet discovered the online cloth diapering community. When we had our second, I discovered Hyena Cart and soon after began sewing diapers for my daughter and eventually for sale. The rest is history so to speak.
What does a typical day look like for you?
A typical day involves a lot of balance! We wake up at about 6am and I brew that essential pot of coffee. As the kids play or watch tv, I check in on my email, facebook and browse the online forums I belong to. Then we eat breakfast and I madly rush to get the eldest two out the door. On a good day, the youngest naps while the middle child is in preschool. I use this time to package orders and do a bit of sewing. Close to lunch we head out to the school to pick up the middle child and then back home for lunch and a bit of housework. My partner comes home at 1:00 and I get busy sewing for the rest of the afternoon. Generally, my husband will do most of the supper prep as I finish up photos and listings. I also have an out of the home job that I go to 2 days per week. Saturday and Sunday are a mix of activities, working out and sewing. It sounds like I am very busy, but really its a nice relaxed routine that we all enjoy!
What inspires you?
I wish I could say that I am inspired by nature or something more artistic, but it's just every day life that inspires me. The idea for Joyful Earth came while I was shopping for groceries and yet again forgot to bring my reusable grocery bags. I felt that if I had something beautiful and functional, I'd be more inclined to remember to bring them.
What is your most favorite thing you've ever made?
Its really hard to narrow this down to just ONE thing. I've created some amazing dye work for diapers and unpaper products and some of tea wallets I've made have been really difficult to part with. If I were to narrow this down to one piece, it would likely have to be the Heather Ross Mendocino mermaids shower curtain hanging in my bathroom! So rarely do I find time to create things for our home, I am especially proud of this piece.
Thank you, Robin, for sharing your world with us!
Stock up on Joyful Earth's unpaper products for your home at
and be sure to join the Joyful Earth fanpage for a change to win a custom mini tea on the go set - you pick fabrics! http://facebook.com/joyfulearth
Lots of people in the WAHM world have heard of Relic Soap Company - and today we get to meet the woman behind the name.
In her own words ..
Relic Soap Company is a family-owned business that specializes in creating one of a kind artisan soap that nourishes the body and dazzles the senses. Our unique blend of oils is the product of years of listening to our customers and providing them with a soap that they come back for time and time again. Our soaps are infused with cultural, culinary, and aroma-based inspiration. Soap is a necessity, but we aim to indulge you with delicious aromas and sumptuous ingredients.
What makes our soap unique?
While other companies are aiming to cut costs and skimp on ingredients, Relic Soap Company is not satisfied with mediocre soap. We strive for extraordinary. We love olive oil for all of its amazing qualities and use it as a dominant ingredient in each of our soaps. We use only top-shelf natural plant-based oils, essential oils, fragrances, botanical extracts, and minerals. We make all of our soaps in small quality-controlled batches using traditional methods.
Everything is made by hand.
We're going to have to pretend it's Tuesday, and then tomorrow pretend it's Monday.
Here's to quick t-shirt folding!
My preschooler learnt all about body parts last week. Today she brought home her first assignment. She can't pronounce the word, but is very proud. We are required to make a person out of items already at home - so since she is on first name basis with the refrigerator we thought we'd raid it and see if we could make a food person. Beatrice proudly presents ... Ludwig (her dad). I tried to explain to her that *ahem* Ludwig might be a girl - but she told me I was being silly.
We had 254 entries - wow!! Random.org chose lucky #40 as our winner - so congratulations to sezzlebumflowertopgirl! We will be in touch shortly!
Place a jelly bean on top of a napkin and cover it with a cup. Have the child guess the colour, and reward said child with the bean. Plenty of variations on this, so let your imagination run wild.
- 2 cups white chocolate chips
- 1 (16 ounce) container vanilla frosting
- 2 cups jelly beans
I picked President Reagan because he, reputedly, always had a bowl of jelly beans on his desk when he was in office - but there is some gorgeous jelly bean art out there.
This will work for older kids (and inebriated adults) - and here's how it goes.
So, what is this amazing giveaway? Well, let me tell you ...
From Holden's Landing: A luxuriously soft organic bamboo velour pillowcase, natural with lavender satin trim. Perfect for a peaceful night's sleep - a must for every woman! (retail value $26)
From Love Abounds: Fragrant Coconut Rice™
Fluffy Thai Jasmine rice infused with freshly toasted coconut and coconut cream. This fragrant rice is an easy way to make your meals extra special. It pairs well with curry dishes, stir fries, grilled fish and other meats. Leftover rice, if there is any, makes a wonderful rice pudding. (Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes Servings: 4-5) This kit comes with rice, toasted coconut and a coconut cream mix. It is easy to prepare on the stove top and even easier in a rice cooker. Fragrant Thai Jasmine rice, unsulfured unsweetened toasted coconut, and our own coconut cream mix. No hydrogenated oils, corn syrup, or MSG. (retail value $6)
From Bungalow Bear & Friends: 6"fairy Waldorf doll sachet/ornament (retail value $18)
From Zany Zebra Designs: This pretty pair of panties features a pure white body and feminine pink and white striped cotton/lycra knit waist and leg bands.
Once you try Dundies you'll never wear store-bought panties again! Dundies won't ride up, pinch or give you a wedgie. The unique cut and stretchy fabrics work together so each size fits a wide range of body shapes and hip measurements. The rise gets lower as they stretch, so a size 8 will have a higher rise on a 34" hip than on a 44" hip. Dundies are made from soft knits that are breathable and oh-so comfy against your skin. Elastic-free hip and leg bands provide a snug fit without digging in. Seams are serged on the inside to avoid any ugly panty lines. Each pair of Dundies is hand-crafted without the use of industrial machines or techniques by Amy Sue of Zany Zebra Designs. (retail value $15)
From Jujube Baby: One 3.5oz skein Aran BFL in the "Topography" colorway.
About the colorway: "Topography" is kettle dyed on UK BFL using professional acid dyes. A light yellow-tinged green, bright red, black, purple, sea water blue, and earthy brown make up this colorway.
About this BFL: BFL is a sturdy yarn with a soft feel. There are 2 3.5oz. skeins available for a total of 7oz. Approximately 182 yards per skein. (retail value $19)
From Buff Organics: Aloe All Over Lotion, 8 oz. pump bottle
Conditioning lotion with Organic Aloe Vera to soothe and alleviate dry skin. Great as an everyday body and/or hand lotion. This lotion is a wonderful treat for the skin. Apply right after a shower or bath and as needed throughout the day. This lotion feels great and soaks in quickly. Perfect for all skin types. Scented in Lavender & Vanilla, which is made with Essential Oil of Lavender and hints of Vanilla Select. A wonderfully sweet scent! (retail value $10)
From Lilia Designs/GWTF: 1 9" Standard Mini Go With The Flo pad in "Moss" & 1 11" Standard Maxi Go With The Flo pad in "Harvest"
Go With The Flo pads have an organic hemp fleece core topped with hand dyed, organic bamboo velour. They are backed with soft, high performance fleece that provides complete leak protection. Our original wing design wraps around panties and snaps for a secure fit that doesn't shift. Our Standard Minis are suitable for light days and/or IUD backup, and our Standard Maxis are suitable for moderate to heavy flow. (retail value $25)
From Relic Soap Company: 4 assorted half slices of natural, artisan soap, packaged beautifully with a raffia bow and hang tag. Each slice weighs approximately 2-2.5 ounces. The fragrances include: Sandalwood Vanilla, Lavender Mint, Winter Solstice, and Hippie Chick. Each soap is our special blend of top shelf vegetable oils, fragrances and essential oils, and other spa-quality ingredients. Our soaps are specially designed to be mild enough for even the most sensitive skin. (retail value $12)
From Blossom Pads: Blossom Nursing Pads ~ Blossom now offers nursing pads that are absorbent, soft and fun. Our 100% cotton nursing pads are made from multiple layers of thirsty cotton fleece and a topped with a cute knit print. Looking for wool pads? Try our wool nursing pads made with two layers of buttery soft wool interlock ~ excellent at wicking moisture away from the skin. Blossom Nursing Pads are serged together to prevent fraying and to allow the pad to lay smooth and shape itself to your breast. These pads can be hand or machine washed cold and lay flat to dry. (retail value $8.50)
From Gillyweeds Set of 3 crocheted scrubbies, one nylon, the other two cotton, perfect for face or body (retail value $4.50)
From Sweet Slings: Hanging Mama Cloth Wetbag, made with high quality 100% cotton outer fabric and 2 mil PUL inner liner, this bag measures 13" wide by 16" tall. The PUL liner is attached to the bag twice at the top seam and out exclusive bottom finish means no restuffing the liner in to the bag after the wash! (retail valu $15)
From Daisy Cake Kids: Twin pack of Lavender Bath Bombs (retail value $6)
From Joyful Earth: Teeny tiny tea on the go set - A mini version of our larger tea on the go set, this set features two pockets. Included with your mini set are a PUL wet bag for your used tea bag and one reusable muslin tea bags. (retail value $10)
That's $175 worth of the most amazing, hand crafted goodies to pamper yourself with! You know you want to enter this giveaway! How, you ask? Well, it's simple ... just leave a comment at the end of this post answering the following questions, in honor of International Women's Day:
Who has been the most influential women in your life?
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Winner will be chosen using random.com on International Women's day, Monday, March 8th and posted to the blog and facebook.
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