Cloth Diaper Geek

http://www.clothdiapergeek.com

Totally geeky about cloth diapering and it benefits for our babies and environment. Passionate about eco-friendly activities, natural foods, love and life. I blog about everything from natural rash remedies to raising chickens!

Julie is a winner of Top 25 Eco-Friendly Moms - 2013

What's a fun way to repurpose household items into toys or crafts?

Upcycling and repurposing items is so fun!

You can turn any piece of scrap wood, old lamp, jewelry box or milk jug into a canvas for your child to paint on. Use them to make a sign for your child's room or one for the garden, gift for the grandparents or colorful containers for storing toys. I also love to use old Scrabble letter tiles to glue on. These give a nice collage look to any project and make personalization fun and easy.

Nail polish art is also cool. We recently took some empty glass bottles out of our recycling and used nail polish to paint and decorate them. It's quick and easy and each color has a built in brush so that makes it really convenient. Just don't forget about the fumes, make sure you have a fan on or window open.

Cardboard sculptures are also a household favorite here. Take any cereal box or cardboard and cut into a variety of squares. Then give your child the pieces and a roll of masking or painters tape. From cubes to castles, tee-pees to fire trucks, this occupies my kids for a long time and they love all the three dimensional creations they can make.

Do you know any great children's books that teach kids about being eco-friendly?

"Santa Claus is green! How to have an eco-friendly Christmas" is a great book with ideas for having a green Christmas. Especially important because the holiday is notorious for creating a ton of waste.

"Charlie and Lola: We are Extremely Very Good Recyclers" is also sweet, fun for kids and all about recycling.

What organic or healthy snacks do your kids love? Please share a link to a recipe if you have one.

We're HUGE fans of Green Juice and thankfully my kids love it. Our favorite is Green Lemonade and the recipe can be found here on my blog http://www.clothdiapergeek.com/2013/02/juicing-green-lemonade-recipe-you-dont.html

Another yummy and organic treat, perfect for teething babies and toddlers is the Sweet Pea Organics BRAT Bars. In addition to being natural and healthy, they're also gluten free which makes them a good choice for families with allergies. You can read more about these here on my blog http://www.clothdiapergeek.com/2013/04/brat-protein-bars-healthy-for-kids-and.html