Category Archives: GREEN

the very first Etsy Friday!

Thanks to Christine at TotRags, I’m kicking off my very first Etsy Friday!  On Etsy Fridays, I’ll feature my favorite picks and finds from Etsy and the lovely folks who are behind them.  So, meet me here every Friday to see what’s new and great in the world of handmade.  It’s a date!

Considering my girl is almost 9 months now, I’ve been a bit slow to catch on to the whole diaper clutch thing.  I’ve been lugging around this huge diaper bag that could sustain the whole family for days, if need be.  Not exactly the most convenient thing to schlep around, especially on smaller errands.
I’ll schlep, no more!  Christine’s fabulous TotRags DipeWipe Clutch has become about as attached to me as my purse.  I love it!  It’s cute, it fits my Pampers wipes case and 3 to 5 diapers.  If we were using it, I could fit a tube of diaper cream in there, to.  Big enough to fit everything we need, small enough to still fit in my purse.  Have a look:

how cute is this?!
 
 
and it’s not even full yet!
 
 
the boxed sides are awesome!
 
Since discovering the TotRags DipeWipe Clutch, I’ve done some investigating.  Lots of diaper clutches don’t have the boxed sides like Christine’s do.  You want boxed sides!  Everything lays so much flatter in the TotRags clutch.  There’s no ugly taper to the bottom of the clutch, and hte boxed sides really allow you to fit a lot more – while still remaining small and fairly flat.  Christine’s work is top-notch, the quality is amazing.  Each piece is handmade by her, and the care and effort she puts into her work really shows.
I’m loving the pattern mine came in, Summer Stripes.  It’s really cute and…summery!  What’s even better, though, is that most of the TotRags products are made from up-cycled, salvaged, or thrifted materials.  Cute and good for the environment!  And you’ll love Christine’s prices.  Get this – spend $25 on any of the other fabulously cute stuff at TotRags, and she’ll send you her signature DipeWipe clutch FREE!
Know what else is awesome about TotRags?  Christine is giving back – $1.00 from every purchase goes to the Lance Armstrong Foundation to support cancer research.  Buy an awesome product and help support cancer research?  That is awesome.

These very baby-hip bibs came with my DipeWipe clutch.  They are a must-have!  Lots of bibs start out cute, then end up a tattered mess after one wash cycle.  Not these!  The long velcro closure stayed closed when I washed them, and they came out in exactly the shape/form they came in.  Not a bit of twisting or shrinkage.  I was thrilled!  They’re also really absorbent and have good coverage.  You’ll love everything Christine at TotRags has to offer!
Want your very own DipeWipe Clutch, plus either 2 regular bibs (shown) or 1 full-coverage bib?!  Here’s how to win:
  • go to TotRags and check out the cute stuff, then let me know what your favorite item is in the comments – 1 entry
  • follow me here & on Twitter follow in sidebar) – BOTH = 1 entry
  • go to the TotRags blog and tell Christine how cute the DipeWipe Clutches are! = 3 entries! (just be sure and leave a comment to let me know you left some love at her site!)
Giveaway runs from 5/22-5/29/09.  Winner to be chosen via random.org.  If you don’t leave me an email, you can’t win, so be sure to leave one!

Go Green & Go Shopping

NimliNimli is an online boutique dedicated to eco-friendly products for the whole household, from people to pets and even things for the home.  The site itself is more than easy on the eyes, it’s quite well designed.  That makes for a very pleasant shopping experience!

I had the pleasure of testing this lovely lavender shawl from Nimli.  It’s delish!  It’s so soft and elegant, and the lavender is a great color for my summer wardrobe.  Shawl, scarf, wrap – I can see it’s going to get a lot of use.  Oh, and the multi-purposing mom in me had to try it out as a baby carrier, and it would do for that in a pinch, too!  It’s also light enough to fold up and take along in a purse or diaper bag, which is key for wearing it (or wearing it with your baby) on the go.

bamboo shelfNimli carries a huge variety of brands and even designers at their site.  If you’re looking to go green with your next purchase, chances are, you’ll be able to find something there.  I found this really unique and fun bamboo shelf that would be great in a playroom there.   I think I’d love that in my bedroom, too.  There must be a hundred ways to fill out the nooks and crannies, it looks like such a fun and functional piece.  

cute gift set

I love shopping where I can find things for me and the rest of the family.  This cute gift set consist of a couple cloth diapers and a little eggplant doll for the little one, as well as a set of earings for mom.  Bonus!  I like it even better when I can buy one thing and it has something for both of us!  You’ll find lots of great, green products when you visit Nimli.  Even things for the four-legged members of the family!  The way I see it, if you know you’re in the market for something, you might as well get something environmentally friendly if you can, and it’s even better when it’s a unique, off-the-beaten-path item.  Nimli is the place for both, and that makes mom happy.