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Using Mother Nature to Dye Those Eggs

Using Mother Nature to Dye Eggs the Thirsties Blog

Unnatural food coloring is a hot topic out there and while there isn’t any firm evidence from the FDA (the US Food and Drug Administration) you can’t deny that biting into a bright pink deviled egg is less than appetizing. In the past the FDA has banned the use of Orange Number 1 and Red Number 2 finding the first to be toxic and the second to be a carcinogen. There have also been studies out there linking some food dyes to the increased number of children with ADHD. All I’m pointing out is that you might as well stay on the safe side and use the dyes out there that Mother Nature gave us.

How do you dye eggs naturally? From the research that I’ve done I’ve found that there are two ways to dye eggs naturally: Hot Dye Method and Cold Dye Method. The Hot Method for … Read More

Observing Earth Day with your Littles

Observing Earth Day on Thirsties Blog

This month marks the 44th anniversary of  Earth Day. Created in 1970 by US Senator Gaylord Nelson, many consider the 1970 Earth Day observation as the beginning of environmental awareness both nationally and globally. No matter, your political preference or personal beliefs you cannot deny the impact we have on the environment which we live in. It’s an important lesson to pass on to our children to ensure we’re treating this world we live in with respect and care; after all, aren’t we supposed to be its caretakers?

I vividly remember as a child learning about how bad it was to litter on the highway. In fact when I reach back into the depths of my memories I can see litter skewed all over highway ditches. There’s a different scene now that’s for sure. I also remember spending an entire unit in elementary school learning about the three … Read More

Green up your holiday gift giving!

Green up your holiday gift giving on Thirsties BlogIt’s the season of gift giving and what better time to buy some of those green products you won’t normally spend on yourself? I’ve been amazed by how much my lifestyle has changed since I started using cloth diapers on my babes. I’m more aware of what goes on my skin, my children’s skin, as well as the everyday household products we use. So think outside of the box and give your loved ones the gift of green and clean!

Clothes, Suds, and Dryer Balls - I think the easiest place to start greening up your laundry is by getting rid of dryer sheets with fabric softener. Those puppies are nasty little things when you look at everything that’s found in them!  (Click here for a detailed account of why I made the switch.) It may take some getting used to; your clothes may not feel as soft  because you’re … Read More

Unconventional ways to use a Wet Bag

thirsties_blog_wet-bag-pail-liner_featured-imageSure the wet bag is a “must-have” cloth diapering accessory; there are few that would argue with that statement. I, however, want to show you the unconventional ways to use your wet bag. Okay, so these are my ideas, no one else’s, but I think they’re unconventional. You’ve heard that you can use them for your wet and dirty diapers when you’re out and about. You can use one at the beach to put your wet swimming suit in for the ride home. What else can you do with it? When you put your mind to it, the possibilities are endless!

1. It’s winter and if you live in the northern part of the country a wet bag is the perfect pairing for that sledding party. It’s amazing how sopping wet those hats, mittens and scarves can get, especially once they’re in the car. Using a wet bag keeps everything … Read More

What’s worth more? Gifts or Memories?

Gifts or Memories. Thirsties. Bert AndersonHave you ever looked around at your house and wondered how on earth you acquired so much stuff? Seriously, we have so much stuff in our house that’s kid related; I think a pre-holiday purge is a necessary event this year. From hand-me-down toys to new toys, mismatched toys to full on sets, you name it my kids have it. And within 38 days they’ll have even more toys, games, books, puzzles, etc. I’m not knocking the generosity of our friends and family; I’m grateful for it but often I look around my house and think, “We could have less.”

This week on the Huffington Post one mom daringly wrote about how her children do not need gifts and she was going to tell her family this before the holidays. I was appalled at first at the thought of my children not receiving any presents for Christmas. How could I … Read More