Sunday, April 22, 2012

The Great Cloth Diaper Change 2012

Yesterday we were host to at least 66 babies (I know there were 67, because I didn't end up changing my own Grand Baby! I was too busy directing traffic)  And lots of moms and dads and friends and grammas and grampas.  It was a really fun event and I am posting the slide show of pictures here.  I would love it if everyone who was there would leave a comment about the event.  Thanks so much!

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Wee Can Too Edible Organic Art Supplies

When I first discovered Wee Can Too Art Supplies, I had been wanting to make some finger paint for my Grand Baby.  I didn't really want to make it myself, even though I knew there were recipes out there.  I stumbled upon the Wee Can Too web site and started reading about their products.  Here is their story...

Sarid Ditton founded Wee Can Too in 2007 as her then, only daughter, Savannah, turned 6 months. As an artist, she sought out fingerpaints that would endure the curiousity of an infant. Many companies claimed to be safe and non-toxic, but still contained dyes that make her feel unsettled about “feeding” them to her baby. She started tinkering in the kitchen and finally came up with a product that is completely edible, organic and most of all, safe for babies and toddlers. 

I first tried the crayons with our little  peanut, and of course the first thing she did was taste them.  So I tried them too just to see... they didn't have much taste, but they are nice and chunky and easy for baby hands to color with. They smell great too.  Being all natural I wasn't sure how well the color would show up, but all of the crayons make a nice color and our GB seemed to like playing/coloring with them.

Here is a little more of their story...
After two busy years of marketing and manufacturing Wee Can Too paints on her own, the tired and overwhelmed, now mother of two, connected with a client based out of Kansas. Nichole Groat owned an Organic Children’s Store online, was a fan of Wee Can Too from the start and was also a mother. Sarid and Nichole instantly became friends- both outgoing, lively, passionate, and full of ideas. Nichole loved the idea so much that they decided to partner with Sarid in her passion with the paints. Our motto: Whenever you have a passion in life, go for it… so we did. Wee Can Too is on its way, as our little business, is turning into a big one… in great ways.
We tried the finger paint next.  It comes in a tube in powder form, and you add water and shake shake shake.  I don't think I added enough water, and my paint was too thick, next time we paint, I will add more and thin it a little.  Other than the fact that she didn't really like getting her hands messy, our GB enjoyed playing with the finger paint as well, and of course the first place it went was in her mouth, which is why I LOVE this product, no worries about any harmful dyes or chemicals it's not only all natural but organic as well.   
It is such a pleasure to use a product that you know is made with the safety and health of your baby in mind.  

Wee Can Too is giving away a set of finger paints at our Great Cloth Diaper Change raffle, so if you are a local reader, we look forward to seeing you on Saturday April 21, 2012.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

The Traveling Coffee Shop

One of the fun features of the Great Cloth Diaper Change will be Annah's Traveling Coffee Shop.  Plan on arriving early enough to get yourself a Latte or other drink from Annah before the "change"!  Annah's shop will actually be traveling to The Refuge on a regular basis very soon, and be open to the public!  Annah has put her love for coffee and people together to form the Traveling Coffee on to hear from her what she is about, and how she started her business...
My name is Annah Sipp. I'm 22 and I enjoy coffee! I grew up in a family of 10 (2 parents, 8 kids). We were all home schooled. My parents have instilled in us entrepreneurship (I suppose that's one reason why I am in this business now.). The best thing my parents passed down to us is the teaching of Jesus and his ways. Although, it's a life long journey of discovery.  I am nothing without the Lord! I have seen his faithfulness, when I am faithless.  I love to create things, which is something I enjoy with the Traveling Coffee Shop. It's fun coming up with ideas and flavors, to try!
My shop is a coffee catering service, and its like a coffee shop without the building! I can bring my coffee cart to any location (with electric outlets) and serve those special delicious espresso drinks that we love to get at our local coffee shops. I use only freshly roasted coffee beans, and strive to make a coffee drink that will make you smile! Also non-coffee drinks such as: hot tea, chai latte, smoothies, and hot cocoa are provided. 

My coffee experience all started with selling espresso drinks at fundraisers. We did this to raise money for our church youth group, and I loved making them/drinking them. Then, I started thinking, we can do this almost anywhere, how cool would it be to have a coffee shop that could travel to places? It could go to any special event and make it unique! So the journey began...

The struggles I face with this type of business is that it's not a very known thing around these parts, so finding ways to help people understand how this looks is a challenge. Like any new business, it takes faith and risk to invest in it, but I do believe the Lord has opened doors for me to walk through.

I would have to say my favorite drink is a coconut latte! I love coconut and coffee, the combination just fits! Although I am fond of the most recent flavor, the root beer cafe.

If you are interested in having a coffee bar at your next event or get together there are two ways to go about it:
1. The host pays for cost of drinks and labor, and your guest will love ordering free lattes, cappuccinos etc!
2. We can also do an open cash bar, let me know where you want to provide a coffee bar, and We''ll come!
check out to see coffee cart options!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Meet Nicole from

When I was starting to prepare for the Great Cloth Diaper Change I met Nicole through my etsy shop.  She is also hosting a location in Roanoke, VA.  After talking a bit, we both decided to contribute to each others event!  Nicole has donated a pair of her super cute Crazy Leggies and a pair of her super soft and cute baby shoes.  Here is a question and answer I did with her.  Check out her shop Crazy Leggies on Etsy and see the end of the post for her current promotions!

What is your name and what is your shop about?
Hi, my name is Nicole and my shop is about a bunch of baby items!  I currently carry some crocheted diaper covers/hat combos, baby leg warmers, crocheted baby booties, and sewn custom baby/toddler shoes!

How did you get started?
Actually, to be honest, it was an accident!  I was just making a pair of shoes for my youngest son and everyone wanted a pair after I posted a picture on my I decided to try my hand at selling them on Etsy!

What do you like about having your own business?
Hmmm, hard question. I like that I am able to fill up some free time!  I currently don't get too many orders to where I am making a ton of money or anything like that, but I am making enough to float my horrible yarn and fabric addiction haha.

Any tips on managing a business and a family :) ?
I sew when the youngest is asleep.  We have the sewing machine in the play room, so my oldest can play his heart out when I sew.  My youngest is still a bit shy of the loud noises of the sewing machine, so I can't really take him with us.

Anything else you want to add to promote your shop? 
Right now I have a BOGO half off on shoes!!!  They are crazy cute!  Come check them out!  I also have a limited time 4 pack of shoes for $58 (which is 
 $10 off my regular prices PLUS free shipping!).  There are a lot of ways to save!  Just check out my combo prices section on my etsy page!

As I said above, Nicole has donated a pair of her Crazy Leggies and an adorable pair of shoes, both of them are pretty neutral, so anyone would be happy to win them!  See you on April 21 for the Great Cloth Diaper Change!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Easy Spring Fruit Salad

This dish is so super easy, it really shouldn't be considered a recipe.  I am still on my quick and easy get dinner on the table because it's spring and we want to play outside kick!  So I wanted to add some fruit and color to the table and here is what I did.

Quick and Easy Pear Blueberry Salad

2 pears washed and sliced
1 cup blueberries frozen or fresh
2-3 Tbs. Honey

Place the sliced pears in a serving bowl, top with blueberries and drizzle all of it with the honey.  Serve... Tada, you have a lovely fruit salad that is easy peasy.

 We really love eating blueberries, right out of the freezer, or baked in blueberry muffins, or tossed in salad like in this recipe.  They are also (like the sweet potatoes from last week) a super food.  According to the 2005 Dietary Guidelines from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, most Americans should increase the amount of fruit that they eat. Blueberries in particular may be good for you because of their high amount of fiber, anthocyanidins and vitamin C, and low number of calories. This applies to fresh blueberries without added sugars.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention actually recommend increasing your fruit intake to help you lose weight. A cup of raw blueberries has only 83 calories and no fat or cholesterol. A cup of blueberries provides 4 g dietary fiber, which makes you feel full so that you eat less at the next meal. If you substitute blueberries for higher calorie snacks, you can save calories and lose weight. This taken from Live