Monthly Archives: April 2009

Go Boobies

breastlogoBy Associated Press

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) – Washington moms are gaining a civil right to breast-feed in public under a bill signed into law by Gov. Chris Gregoire.

Gregoire signed the measure Wednesday. It takes effect three months after the end of the 2009 legislative session, scheduled to adjourn Sunday.

The new law protects women from discrimination when they nurse in public places like movie theaters, parks, shopping malls and schools.

Some 40 other states have laws protecting a mother’s right to breast-feed in public. And mothers in Washington are already protected from criminal indecency charges if they’re nursing.

The bill was Senate Bill 1596.

 (Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Published April 22, 2009

Can YOU Help?

diaperpin2Punkernoodle Baby is working on a fabulous event coming up here in Seattle this spring, and we need your help!

With the economy in the doldrums, uncertainty still inking the horizon for many families, and the ever-present climate concerns for our planet, there has never been a better time to advocate for cloth diapers. Cloth diapering can save families as much as $2,500 for one child and twice that for two, and can prevent an average of 8,000 diapers from landing in our landfills with each baby.

Yet for some families, a set of cloth diapers, or any diapers for that matter, is out of reach.

All a family needs to be able to use cloth diapers is a residence and a washing machine, and a stack of cloth. Nothing fancy. Having a set of cloth diapers to reuse for months and even years can save a family thousands of dollars in disposables. It also means that families in financial straights aren’t forced to make disposable choices. Being green should not be a luxury; everyone can contribute to making our planet healthier.

We are seeking donations of used or new cloth diapers and diaper covers. Once we collect all the donations we can find, Punkernoodle Baby will match that with new cloth diapers and then host our One Day Diaper Bank. The goal is to get cloth diapers to all those who need them and want to use them. Stay tuned for more details about when and where the Diaper Bank will be. And send us your thoughts and ideas, offers of help and, most importantly, your diapers!!! If you are able to contribute, shoot Natalie an email:

Peep, Peck, What the Heck

april-2009-chickens-021We have a new approach to being green around here. Because nothing says “pet chickens” like spring. And a buzz-kill economy.

We’d been talking about setting up an urban coop since long before half the people we know were losing their jobs or worried about it. We were going to draw up elaborate blueprints for our chicken kingdom, to be shared with our split-lot, backyard neighbor and supported by Seattle’s very cool urban chicken ordinance. But after consulting with our grange committee (ok – 2 friends of ours who set up coop behind their Seattle house) we decided to put a rush on it so we could start getting eggs before summer was over. Added to the elaborate vegetable garden that is creeping its way into every square foot on the property, the eggs could conceivably cut our grocery bill and help us reduce our footprint in so many more small, but significant, ways.

In our haste to populate the fowl kingdom in time for spring, the task of finding baby ckickens landed with me, despite the fact that Lukas is the one with ranch experience and our next-door friend read the Urban Chicken Farmer’s Handbook, or something like that, cover to cover. I stumbled for my terminology as I called around to feed stores asking whether they had chicks or pullets and what varieties. But the classic city-girl slipup (and there always is one, folks) was when the girls, our neighbor and I arrived at the Chicken Guy’s garage and I asked him if he had any Long Island Reds. For those who are as in the dark as I was, the correct name for the very common chicken breed is Rhode Island Red. Apparently I was asking for a chicken-flavored cocktail. Veganism, anyone?

The chickens (all but one, poor little guy – -yes Virginia, there is a chicken heaven) made it, and are now ensconced in a fabulous cedar mansion in our tiny backyard, waiting for us to hurry up and build them a full run and install their tennis courts. We’re told that if they stay happy, we could end up with around 6-7 eggs a day. The girls are thrilled, the dog is excited and the cat suspicious, and I am indeed hoping this venture is fruitful. Because all squawking aside, homegrown food, especially on a micro-scale, is such a great way to begin pecking away at some of our large-scale problems, from climate change to commercial food-safety concerns to economic stability for working-class families.

Ok, off my soapbox. It’s been a long day and I’ve gotta go wrangle me a Long Island Red.

Green Diapering Class April 25

Punkernoodle Baby is hosting another fabulous Green Diaper Choices workshop! This one will be Sat. April 25, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Seattle Holistic Center in Wallingford. This class is set up for parents and parents-to-be to learn everything they need to about cloth diapering (and how it compares financially, environmentally and lifestyle-wise to other diapering methods). This fun workshop is held inside SHC’s cozy yoga studio, with lots of bolsters and blankets to sit on. Students can see and play with dozens of types and styles of diapers that are typically hard to find in person. Natalie will also answer questions about cloth vs. gDiapers, water and resource usage, and the cheapest way to diaper your baby. Class is $20, or $30 per couple, and $10 of this is redeemable in our shop for any diapering products.

See a class description and get info to sign up here:

A New Baby

My first baby surprised us all by deciding to come into the world three weeks early, although her arrival took an exhausting and exhilerating 12  hours. They say that subsequent babies comes faster, and thank goodness she did – my water broke at 2:30 a.m. and my second daughter came into our arms at 5 a.m., beating sunrise by a few minutes.

According to the formula, our new baby should have been born in a flash. But this one took longer than anyone anticipated. After many months of planning, waiting and hand-wringing and one final push, our newest addition,, is finally here. Our online cloth diaper store, carrying all the diapers and products we’ve been selling in our Seattle showroom for more than a year, plus some new treats and goodies, is finally live! We have some perfecting still to do, and the Punkernoodle shop will have to grow through infancy into a fierce-talking, diaper-slinging preschooler like my first baby is today. But it’s here, loaded with dozens of styles of great diapers and accessories — a clean, hip, informative place for parents to make green choices for their own kids, just like we dreamed.