Friday, September 28, 2012

FAQ: Is there an easy way to get inserts out of pockets?

Recently received this in an e-mail from a customer. Since a lot of people may have the same question, she said it was ok to post the answer here!
Q: We use mostly pocket diapers and I really love them-except during washing. I hate trying to wiggle the inserts out of the pockets. I've tried just leaving them in and most of the time they are bunched in on the closed end. Are some pockets easier to get the insert out of than others?
A: Besides having to stuff the pocket, this is the biggest pet peeve of pocket users. I too have tried to leave the inserts in, and they do bunch up. Some people don't have this problem, and I think it may just depend on how your washer agitates the diapers. Some tips to try:
Take the insert out before you put it in the wet bag. That way you don't have a bunch to do at one time.
Try partly wiggling the insert out (I know this really doesn't solve your problem)...that way you don't have to get it all the way out, but it's more likely it will come out in the wash.
If you do 2 washes, throw all your diapers in as-is. In between the first and second wash, take any bunched-up inserts out. That way you aren't wrestling with dirty inserts.
Try a pocket that has a pass-through pocket. Thirsties Duo Diaper, Tweedlebugs, Sweet Pea Diapers
all have front and back openings, so the insert can just come out rather than bunch up on the closed end.
Hope something there helps!


Thursday, September 27, 2012

FuzziBunz on Shark Tank

Who loves to watch Shark Tank? If you've never watched it, Shark Tank is a show on which small businesses make a pitch to investors (the Sharks). These business moguls or 'Sharks' invest in a company for a stake in that business.  FuzziBunz founder Tereson Dupuy will be on Shark Tank  on September 28, 2012, 8:00-9:00 p.m., ET on ABC.
 If you have watched this show, what are your predictions?
Will a Shark invest in the company? Will a few Sharks fight it out? What impact will this have on FuzziBunz and cloth diapers?


Monday, September 3, 2012

Green Back to School Lunch Products

Looking for some fun and easy ways to pack a lunch this fall? These eco-friendly lunch products are durable, reusuable and sure to cut down on the garbage created by packing a lunch each day. I have enough product for a couple days' worth of lunches. That way I have time to wash one set while the other set goes in the lunchbox. Say goodbye to baggies and foil!
The ECOLunchbox 3 in 1 is perfect for kids that like to bring a sandwich and some sides. The 2 tiered set holds a sandwich on the bottom and accoutrements on top. It even comes with a small snack/dipper container for wetter ingredients. It's versatile and great for adult lunches, too! (Tip: have your child practice opening before school. It's not hard, but a little different than some other containers.) The ECOLunchbox Oval set somes with a roomy oval stainless steel container and smaller dipper cup. It's great for salads.
PlanetWise Snack Bags come in a few styles. The PlanetWise window bag is great for allowing kids to see what's inside. The snack bag is good for smaller snacks and the sandwich wrap is a pretty way to wrap up an everyday sandwich. Let your kids pick which prints they like best, and they'll love carrying their food in these! Don't forget about the PlanetWise reusuable napkins as well. They come in the same bright patterns as the snack bags!
I'm also loving the ChicoBag Snack Time rePETe set. Sold in a set of 3, these fold-over style bags fit sandwiches and snacks alike. Even better, they are made with some recycled materials. These lightweight bags dry quickly, so it's easy to wash at night and have them ready in the morning. These are very easy to open and perfect for younger grades or preschoolers.
In a rut for some healthy lunch ideas? Pinterest is loaded with lots of fun recipes. Some are labor-intensive, some are simple. Find what works for you!


Saturday, September 1, 2012

Labor Day Savings

Through September 4th, receive a free PlanetWise lunch bag when you spend $35 or more in the Reusable Lunch section. Lots of new items added, including the EcoLunchbox line!
GroVia Free for Fall-buy 3 shells, get 1 free (select colors)

Bottombumpers Diapers on sale

Flip covers buy 2, get 1 free

Many many new products are in, so check out the 'See What's New' section. Be on the lookout September 4th for the new Calendar Bums release!