Tuesday, June 30, 2009

What Happened to Good Samaritans?

My business partner Melissa and I were traveling in the SUV with some of our kids today ages 2-15. We had four kids under 4, Rylee who is 9 and Jordan who is 15. All of a sudden the tire blew out on the highway.

Not to worry, Melissa got us safely to the shoulder.

However, we were on the side of the road for almost an hour and no one stopped to see if we were ok. My husband Chuck was on his way to pick up the kids and Melissa's husband was on his way to change the tire.

So, seeing that the kids were switching vehicles I lined up all four child car seats on the shoulder so that the kids could move around in the SUV while we waited for daddies to come rescue us.

So there we were, obviously stranded with a pack of little kids and no one stopped. They had no way of knowing that help was on the way. I was very disappointed with the residents of Spokane today.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Win a FREE LolliDoo Eco-Pocket Diaper

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Helloooooooo from LolliDoo World Headquarters

My family and I have been in Newman Lake, WA since June 14th. We are enjoying the cool weather although we are bundling up at night in sweats. Melissa and I have quite a bit to do in order to get diapers out to you and we are on it. LolliDoo's should hit the shelves in early July, hooray!

Here are some highlights and a super sneak peak at the new Tye Dyed Eco-Fitted diapers coming your way this fall. Enjoy.

Carl, Melissa's husband built a slide that goes right off their front porch. Zoe, Talia and Skylar really enjoy it.

Chuck and Carl built the kids a swing set. Here are Melody and Talia swingin away.

A larger view of the swing set with Zoe modeling the rope swing.

This is Melissa's husband Carl. Notice his "sexy dad's change cloth diapers" shirt? I couldn't resist :)

LolliDoo Certified Organic Cotton not yet sewn but...


Working on more colors next week.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Looking for Good Thoughts and Prayers

My good friend Shona was in a horrible car accident a few weeks ago. She was driving home from work and hit a deer. Her car rolled over several times and her injuries were extreme. I don't remember them all but some are a lacerated liver, broken vertebrae and her kidney's shut down. She has had some surgeries and is on the mend, THANK GOD! I finally got to speak with today and she said that she might not walk again. She is a single mother with two small boys, ages 4 and 2. Please, please send some prayers her way.


Shona's oldest son Gage

Monday, June 8, 2009

Road Trippin

My family and I are about to embark on a four day road trip. The final destination is Newman Lake, WA home of LolliDoo Headquarters.

I am not a fan of driving, get me to an airport and I'm happy. I don't have the patience for endless driving, I'm too antsy. This is going to be interesting.

Chuck decided that it would do us all good and save money to drive. He also declared that we are leaving at 3am on Thursday so that we can spend the day at the Grand Canyon. While that's a great idea, I don't think he considered that we will be exhausted and chasing kids who are wide awake after sleeping in the car for 5 hours.

Oy vey.

Day 2 we are going to go see the arches in Moab, UT. Chuck is really excited about this. I am more excited to spend the night at my friend's house in Sandy, UT.

Day 3 we are going to the Idaho Potato Museum. Is this starting to remind anyone of Chevy Chase? We even have the cargo carrier on the roof of the van now.

Finally we arrive at Carl and Melissa's house on Day 4. We will co-habitate for about a month, give or take.

Check in for LolliDoo updates, we are going to be working on projects that will rock your socks.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Do you have people who believe in you?

I do and I am so grateful and blessed. My mother and my grandparents not only believe in me but they support and stand behind me.

My grandparents are children of the depression. When they first got married, my grandfather was in the Army and they were so poor that their kitchen table was an ironing board. My grandfather worked really hard and after his Army career became an entrepreneur. Eventually he had a successful manufacturer's representative business selling automotive parts; which he made a family business with my father- his son-in-law, and my Uncle Denny.

My mother and my grandparents believe in me, they really do. I am so lucky to have people who I can depend on to catch me if I start to fall. They have been my cheering section, my support and my sounding board every step of the way on my life journey.

Now that I have LolliDoo Diapers, they are so supportive of me. My grandmother calls me in tears telling me how proud she is. They celebrate my accomplishments as if they are their own. No matter what I've done; and in my life I've pulled some doozies, they love me unconditionally, they don't judge me and they keep pulling for me.

This is my Mama May and Papa Bob on one of their first dates

Here we are now:
Talia in my arms, My mom, Rylee, Jordan, my brother Jon

Mama May holding Zoe, Papa Bob


1. Family comes first

2. Always look for bargains, never pay full price

3. Put away money for your children and grandchildren, always take care of your kids first

4. Sing, dance and be joyful

5. Always take leftovers home from restaurants

6. "Becoming a mother was great, becoming a grandmother was thrilling but it wasn't until I became a great-grandmother that I understood what pure joy was"-Mama May after Jordan was born 1993

7. If you forget to bring money to Passover you may have to promise a child a
pony to finish the sedar

8. Forget about inheritance, enjoy your money with your kids, take annual family vacations to tropical destinations.

9. Tell and retell stories about your childhood so that your kids and grandkids can pass on an oral family history to their kids and grandkids

10. Laugh, laugh often and enjoy life

Thank you Mommy, Mama May and Papa Bob for all your support, I couldn't do it without you. I love you.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

I'm a big tease

LolliDoo Eco prefolds are in the works, possibly hand dyed and one of a kind. More information to come...

Gotta love me :)

Monday, June 1, 2009

What we are doing to make LolliDoo as green as possible

Right Now
  • We use new machine motors that consume 63% less energy than traditional clutch-motors
  • Our packaging is made from printer waste and 100% reused
  • LolliDoo Diapers are recycled, recyclable and reusable, and all cotton is certified organic
  • Our office paper is recycled and we use both sides and recycle what we don't need to keep
  • Fabric scraps are made into Mama Pads (coming soon)
  • We designed our diapers so that they dry quickly on the line or in the dryer
  • LolliDoo Diapers wash beautifully in cold water
  • All printed materials that we distribute are printed on recycled paper with vegetable based inks
  • Instead of mailing retailers information, we are using email as often as possible
  • LolliDoo Diapers are shipped in recycled cardboard boxes
  • All textile components of LolliDoo® Diapers come from the United States. Buying products made in the USA supports our local economy by providing jobs, which support families and generate domestic spending. Buying domestic also reduces the environmental impact by eliminating energy to ship goods internationally.
  • Certified organic cotton is soft against baby’s skin and is highly absorbent. Certified organic cotton fibers are grown using safe and sustainable practices that respect both the earth and baby‘s health. Fibers are turned into textiles using eco-friendly processing that does not compromise workers’ health and reduces water, electricity and toxic runoff.
  • Recycled fleece is a smooth, supple fleece produced from recycled beverage bottles. Recycled fleece is a low pill fleece that exceeds all industry standards for strength, shrinkage and color fastness. Recycling protects natural resources and saves space in landfills: Recycled fleece enables billions of plastic containers to be recycled each year, instead of them being buried in a landfill.

In the future:

Our main "green" goal is to sustain ourselves on wind and solar power while powering up neighboring low income housing with our surplus wind and solar energy.

Did you know?

The amount of water used to launder cloth diapers at home is about 50 to 70 gallons of water every 2-3 days; this is about the same as a toilet-trained child or adult flushing the toilet five to six times a day.

It is illegal for solid waste to enter our landfills, so even disposable diapering families should put the poo in the potty.