BCM is self hosted!

Babycakes Crunchy Momma is now self hosted! If you are an email subscriber, please visit my new page and re-subscribe. I am very excited about where the blog is going!


Win some Fluff!!

Have you seen Thisties new print? Here’s where you can try to win one of your own:

TWO Thisties diapers in the NEW Polka Dance print

TWO Thisties diapers in the NEW Polka Dance print

TWO Thisties diapers in the NEW Polka Dance print

TWO Thisties diapers in the NEW Polka Dance print

TWO Thisties diapers in the NEW Polka Dance print

TWO Thisties diapers in the NEW Polka Dance print

Here’s a list of other great Cloth Diaper Related Giveaways!

$100 Nicki’s Diapers Giftcard

Thirsties Duo Wrap, Geffen Baby Hemp Prefold, Boingo Fasteners

Thirsties AIO, Thirsties Booty Love, Thirsties Booty Luster

Swaddlebees OS Simplex AIO

Fluff Mail!

As I’ve mentioned before, I love packages. I get excited every time, without fail. Even if it’s not something really special I still get excited. For example, I received a package yesterday of things normal people would not jump for joy over. Here’s what I got:

Fluff Mail! Where's the fluff?!

Fluff Mail! Where’s the fluff?!

Yep, I was excited for laundry detergent, a laundry scoop, laundry aid and diaper cream. Writing that out loud makes me feel a little silly. I was excited for a delivery of laundry care items. Boy have my priorities changed. Anywho I’m hoping the Rockin’ Green and RLR routine will conquer my hard water woes.

P.S. CJ’s BUTTer is the best invention in the world. We use it every night with her night-time diaper and she has never, ever, in her life had diaper rash. Not once.


A Quest for Dye Free Food

Recently, I have been trying to reduce my family’s exposure to artificial food coloring. This has been no easy task as many pantry ‘staples’ contain them. I’m not a dietician, nutritionist or a doctor so I will not go into too much detail about why artificial food coloring can be so detrimental to your health. However, I will state some facts.

Fact: Synthetic food colors are banned in Europe (Red 40, Yellow 5, Yellow 6, Blue 1, Blue 2, Green 3, Orange B, and Red 3)

Fact: There are ways to color food using natural ingredients instead of with chemicals.

Fact: The sole purpose of synthetic food colors is to make food more appealing.

If you’re interested in reading more about the harm artificial coloring can cause, you can do so here, here, here and here.

If you looked in your pantry or refrigerator right now, I guarantee you will find several items that contain one or more dye’s. If you know you have boxed macaroni and cheese, pickles, pudding, jello, candy, and children’s cereal then I’ll spare you a few seconds from getting up and looking because they are full of artificial color.

Since the FDA allows these artificial colors to be added to popular foods, it’s almost impossible to avoid them completely (unless you’re following Raw or Paleo diets). My husband and I have decided that we will slowly replace store-bought favorites with dye free versions. Boxed macaroni and cheese is full of Yellow 5. As a replacement, we have found Annie’s Homegrown. It’s organic, there are no artificial ingredients and it’s delicious!

Pudding is another staple in my husband’s lunch box. I craved them when I was pregnant with Babycakes and got him hooked. Unfortunately, they’re full of partially hydrogenated oils and artificial food color. Yes folks, you read that right. Your chocolate pudding isn’t brown from chocolate, it’s brown from chemicals.

So. Gross. And completely unnecessary. I prefer my pudding to be flavored and colored with real chocolate. We’ve stopped buying the pre-made pudding that comes in 4 ready to go packs. Instead, I make it myself and store it in single serving size containers. Perfect for lunches or afternoon snacks.

Those are just a few examples of how we are trying to consume less artificial food colors. Do you avoid artificial food colors in your food?


Big Changes

Big changes coming for the Babycakes Crunchy Momma blog…

I’ll be converting to WordPress! Please bear with me as I make this big change. If anyone has already converted their blog from Blogger to WordPress, I’d love to hear how you did it and how it worked for you. Fingers crossed it all goes well!!

Don’t you ever grow up, just stay this little…

Taylor Swift’s “Never Grow Up” is currently stuck on repeat in my head. Quite frankly, it’s heartbreaking. I just can’t belive 10 1/2 months have gone by so quickly and its time to start planning Babycake’s 1st birthday party. Although the past 10 1/2 months have been the happiest, the toughest and the most exhausting that I’ve ever experienced, I’m a little sad my baby girl is growing into an independent soon-to-be toddler. But enough with the wallowing, there’s a party to plan!

I’m not a huge fan of the tried and true character themed parties for babies. Call me crazy but I prefer something a little more unique. Since I’m not a natural at party planning, I’ve been searching pinterest for some inspiration. There are so many adorable (and timeless) ideas for 1st birthday parties! After countless hours of contemplating, I’ve decided on a Pink Lemonade theme!
Here’s a sample of my pinspiration, you can follow my boards to see more:

Source: On to Baby

Source: Hostess with the Mostess Blog
Source: Hostess with the Mostess Blog  
Source: Merriment Style
Source: Hostess with the Mostess Blog

So, what do you think? I can’t wait to start putting it together, see why it’s so bittersweet?! How did you celebrate your little ones first birthdays?