The Honest Company – My Review

I’ve always been interested in The Honest Company and trying out their products, but the insane shipping price always kept me from going ahead.  I signed up for their emails and when I got their Black Friday email deal offering me 50%, I thought this was a good time to start!

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My order consisted of 204 size 3 diapers, 288 wipes and two hand sanitizers for only $65.91! These diapers and wipes are “natural, organic, sustainably harvested, renewable, pure raw materials” and with this price is CHEAPER than what I could buy Pampers or Huggies for.  AND it’s delivered to my door!

The bundle consists of 6 packages of diapers and 4 packages of wipes:

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The size/quantity chart was really helpful to tell if it was a good deal or not.  The smaller sized diapers end up being the best deal because you get more within the bundle.

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Here’s what I like about The Honest Company:

1. Makes for a “fun” diaper change.  My two year old doesn’t like getting his diaper changed at all, so having him choose what print he’d like to wear gets him to easily lay down and makes for a struggle-free diaper change.  We had ordered the sample in his size and he LOVED the “pirate” diaper.

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2. No harmful chemicals or products.  This is becoming more and more important to me.  Yes, some people think that it shouldn’t matter since it’s just meant to catch pee and poop, but since I’m becoming more and more mindful of what I put INTO my children’s bodies, maybe I should be concerned on what I put on the outside too?  Charles – my 7 month old – is especially sensitive and I have found that I can even use the wipes on his bum when he has a rash.

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3. The wipes come in a close second!  My absolutely favorite wipes are the Kirkland brand, but these come in a close second especially since they are delivered to my home.  The only reason I like Kirkland a bit better is because they are a bit more moist.

4. You can easily postpone a delivery online.  It’s as easy as logging into your account and changing the date on your next shipment calendar!

calendar5. They have been working as over night diapers!  I will love a diaper forever if it keeps my kids  from leaking through over night.  I’m not sure if my kids are peeing less or what, because these don’t have the same absorbancy as Pampers or Huggies, but they are doing the trick!

6. I feel like I’m kinda, sorta cloth diapering.  The gentleness of the diapers and wipes make me feel better about not cloth diapering which is something I really wanted to do, but can’t stand the amount of laundry :/

7. They get shipped to my front door within a week.  From the time I order until the time of delivery, it’s about a week.

8. There is usually a freebie they include when you order a bundle!  Last time I got two awesome, natural hand sanitizers that fit perfectly in my purse and diaper bag.

The ONLY negative, is that they are expensive.  I don’t think the price would be half so bad if the shipping wasn’t $20.  Essentially you’re paying $25/week for diapers and wipes.  Is that bad?  It would be if you were paying that for Huggies or Pampers, but for a higher quality product?  No, I honestly don’t think so.

We are going to give The Honest Company a go for a while and see how we like it.  If you’d like to try, please sign up through my referral link!

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Making Organic Butter Is Cheaper than Buying It!

Growing up we occasionally made butter.  It was mainly for school projects, and I remember reading the pioneer book about how they’d churn it and say: “Come butter come.  Come butter come.  Peter standing at the gate, waiting for a butter cake.  Come butter come.”  Mom had us take turn shaking the whipping cream in a mason jar until we got butter and buttermilk.  Thank goodness there were lots of siblings to share in the shaking because it was exhausting.  Now I use my cheap hand held mixer to whip butter (time for a Kitchen Aid Mixer!).

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This was the EXCELLENT book that first introduced me to making butter.

First off, if you like to shop organically, the price of butter probably KILLS you.  For about a cup of butter you pay close to $5!  Sometimes it goes on sale for under $4, but I’ve only seen that once.  Making butter is really easy, fun, and tastes amazing!  It’s also less expensive to make than to buy.

As you know, we are trying out Spud.ca this year (nope, I am not an endorser!), and so far love it!  Last week I ordered whipping cream with my order.

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Compare this price to that of non-organic whipping cream:

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Only a $0.60 difference and I get the organic cream delivered to my front door (it is NOT cheaper to make non-organic butter).

If you’d like to see how to make butter, there are lots of great Youtube videos out there, but essentially here’s what you do:

1. Pour 500ml of cream into a big bowl and slowly turn your mixer on to high.

2. As you mix you will see your cream turn into whipped cream.  Keep mixing until it starts to look like this:

photo(16)3. Once you have about half butter and half butter milk in your bowl, you can stop and drain your milk into a mason jar.  I used cheese cloth to drain.

4. Now you have to rinse the butter in ice water to avoid spoilage.  Pour the ice water into the bowl with your butter, but make sure you don’t actually add the ice.  My mixer is a cheap thing so I actually had to wash the butter by hand.  It was cold (again, time for a Kitchen Aid mixer).  You mix (or in my case, knead the butter) until the water turn cloudy.  Continue this until the water is clear.

5. Drain all the water, then press the butter into the side of your bowl to remove any access of water.  Water can cause spoilage!

Here is my end result!  A beautiful cup of organic butter and a cup of organic butter milk for only $3.89!  You can’t even buy organic butter from SPUD for that cheap.  We use the buttermilk in buttermilk pancakes or biscuits so as not to waste.

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