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post #661 of 752
i'd love to know that too!
post #662 of 752
well this changing table pad is my business (eco home and baby) and i have looked for a long time. i am not aware of anyone doing a contour version. we do a flat version that is 1" of natural latex wrapped in pure grow wool and organic cotton with a quilted outer OR 1" natural latex just wrapped in a wool puddle pad. this would go on top of your changing table just fine - but no contour edges.....
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Talia, would you mind PMing your business URL? Thanks!
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I wanted to report that our electric bill was way down in October. I plugged the laptops, the TV, and the DVD player into power strips, and I've been super-vigilant about turning them off when those things are not in use. It's made a big difference!
post #665 of 752
Any thoughts on LED christmas lights? Anyone have any experiences with them? Any ideas on where to buy?

Thanks!
post #666 of 752
We switched all our lights to LED this year. Target has the best selection this year from what we've found. They look SO much nicer than regular lights anyways...so BRIGHT!!
post #667 of 752
We have two sets of LEDs. the only thing I don't like about them is the blue. It's way too bright! The light they give off is on the cool end of the color spectrum anyway and when you couple that with a blue colored light it's yikes! I think I'd kinda like to try some of the yellow ones and see if they have that same problem. Seems like the manufacturers could compensate for that issue just like the fluorescent light people have. I'm pretty happy with the color of most of the small fluorescents lights now. It's a teeny bit cooler, but it's not bad. The LED lights all look like they've been run through a blue filter if that makes any sense. I used them outside on one tree last year. I might get some more this year, though. I'll have to check out Target's selection. I've also seen them at Lowe's.
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I'm also pretty excited since I secretly bought some Solar lights off of ebay to try too
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I got ours at our local Ace hardware store... $12 for a 20-foot strand that has 60 egg-shaped bulbs.

Haven't put them up yet
post #670 of 752
Target was all out of LEDs, but I did find recycled wrapping paper! That feels like a minor miracle as I had recently done an internet search and found only very expensive paper ( beautiful, but way too much money). I have been collecting paper bags to use as wrapping paper (I would stamp them with the kids to decorate). I also have fabric squares I can use. I will still do that, but it is nice to have a green option!

Off to Ace to find LEDs.

K
post #671 of 752
Are there some posts missing? I recently posted some questions about Christmas, got a couple of responses and now I don't see them. I was going to go back to the green Christmas list someone posted about and it's not there. Could someone repost that link please? Thanks!

I was wondering about the led Christmas lights. My grandmother called me a couple of days and wanted to come over to my house and put up some extra icicle lights that she had. I appreciated her offer, but where we live no one would it see it but us and our neighbor, so I didn't want to put them up for just us. I would put up lights for just us if we could very little or no electricity from the grid to do it. Gratefulbambina, you'll have to tell us how the solar ones work out!
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We put up our Christmas decorations last night. I had forgotten that last year, I salvaged the lightweight plastic tablecloths from my employee holiday party (snowman and poinsettia motifs) and stuck them into the box of decorations. They'll make good wrapping for large presents! Most of our gifts these days get wrapped in little fabric bags that I made while I was pregnant. I may make some more this year, since my Girl Scouts are doing a sewing project and I've promised to reinforce their seams between meetings, so I'll have the sewing machine out. My mom made some fabric bags last year, too, and we've been trading them back and forth!
post #673 of 752
Mostly just subbing here, but I also wanted to add that I've been wrapping gifts in pieces of fabric tied with ribbons for a few years now. I tell the recipient that if they won't use the fabric, they can give it back to me, and occasionally I'll use dishtowels, or other useful pieces of fabric, but often its just a square yard of whatever I've found. I keep meaning to make bags, but until I do, this is working
post #674 of 752
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Originally Posted by Manonash View Post
Are there some posts missing? I recently posted some questions about Christmas, got a couple of responses and now I don't see them. I was going to go back to the green Christmas list someone posted about and it's not there. Could someone repost that link please? Thanks!
Weird. How did that happen?

Here's the link to the green Christmas decorating thread.
post #675 of 752
i know this is silly, but what are LED lights? i want to get some outdoor lights this year, we think.

of course, maybe not, considering our holiday is Dec 8 (bodhi day, day of buddha's enlightenment), and we haven't decorated a THING. maybe i'll decorate on Bodhi Day.

anyway, yeah.

and snozz/talia rose: please forward the business URL to me. i'm interested in eco baby stuff.

ok, is it relaly wrong of me to hope hope hope that i'm pregnant?
post #676 of 752
LED light info:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas_lights#LED


The package we bought says that the strands we bought for $12.99
(20 feet long with 60 "unbreakable" C6 bulbs) are rated up to 20 years.

If 600 bulbs are lit for 6 hrs/day for 45 days,
Traditional bulbs will use 810 kw.
LED ones will use 13 kw.

If you're charged the USA average of .12 cents/kwh,
Traditional cost: $97.20
LED cost: $1.63
post #677 of 752
Oh- and hope you're pregnant, too!!!!!!!!
post #678 of 752
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Originally Posted by cheenya View Post
Mostly just subbing here, but I also wanted to add that I've been wrapping gifts in pieces of fabric tied with ribbons for a few years now. I tell the recipient that if they won't use the fabric, they can give it back to me, and occasionally I'll use dishtowels, or other useful pieces of fabric, but often its just a square yard of whatever I've found. I keep meaning to make bags, but until I do, this is working
I had an idea a while back that I keep meaning to do--get cool fabrics, and figure out a way to attach a ribbon at a key point so that you get wrapping paper plus ribbon in one. Then it totally encourages reusing it, and you could get some awesome-looking gifts: I'm picturing velvet with a thick satin bow!
post #679 of 752
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Talia, would you mind PMing your business URL? Thanks!
would you pm me w/ it as well? thanks!
post #680 of 752
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Have you guys seen the new smilie?!?

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