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April 8th 2011 Newsletter


Little Padded Seats
130-A 5th St.
West Des Moines, IA 50265
********************************************** April 8, 2011
Duck Season! Wabbit Season!


Sorry, I was channeling the old Looney Toons cartoon 'Rabbit Fire' which ends with Bugs & Daffy finding out it's really Elmer Season.

But seriously, it really is Expo season for us and things get even more hectic than usual for us this time of year. The season kicked off last weekend when we were at the Natural Living Expo. (Sorry for not sending this newsletter out last week, but, again, things get pretty hectic for us this time of year!) We had a great time at NLE. We saw lots of familiar faces and met many new folks as well!

Expo Location Date
Child & Baby Expo of Iowa 5 Sullivan Brother's Convention Center
Waterloo, IA
Saturday, April 9th
10:00am - 5:00pm
Green Expo Surf Ballroom & Museum
Clear Lake, IA
Thursday, April 14th
4:00pm - 7:00pm
Earth Day in the Junction Historic Valley Junction
West Des Moines, IA
Sunday, April 17th
10:00am - 4:00pm
Iowa Green Scene Eco-Fair West Capitol Terrace
Des Moines, IA
Thursday, April 21st
11:00am – 2:00pm
I-Renew Energy & Sustainability Expo Iowa Memorial Union
Iowa City, IA
Saturday, April 30th & Sunday, May 1st
9:00am - 5:00pm
(both days)
Update on Great Cloth Diaper Change

We finally have a location for the Des Moines area Great Cloth Diaper Change event! Drum roll, please... We will be meeting at Val Air Ballroom! Thank you very much, Chewi, for agreeing to let us use your facility for free!

For those of you who don't know about it yet, the Great Cloth Diaper Change is an attempt to raise awareness of cloth diapering and set a Guinness World Record in the same event! On Saturday, April 23rd, 2011, at exactly 9:30am PDT (11:30am in Des Moines) we are trying to have the most babies changed simultaneously around the world. And the best part is that all of the diapers being changed will be cloth!

As you would expect with an event that is trying to be recognized by Guinness as a World Record, there is some paperwork and documentation that needs to be done. We are asking that everyone arrive no later than 11:00am to facilitate these requirements. We will be posting a registration form on our website shortly that will allow participants to download the form and fill it out prior to the event. This will speed things up on the day. Look for an announcement on Facebook that this form is available.

We will also need witnesses for this event - at least one for every 50 participants. Witnesses must be non-participants who do not derive any gain from the event. Please email Lauri if you would like to volunteer to be a witness or help with check in.

We want to make this more of an "event" than just show up, do some paperwork, change your baby and leave. So, we're expanding the event to be from 10:00am to 12:00noon. There will be door prizes, goody bags for the first 100 participants, activities and refreshments. Barber Photography will be there to help document the Change. They will also set up a photo studio and take "diaper photos" of your little ones. 'Like' them on Facebook and they will give you a free print of your favorite shot. Watch our Facebook page for more announcements of activities at the event.

The Des Moines Great Cloth Daiper Change is a joint event of Lauri & Tommy at Little Padded Seats, Sarah at Wallypop, Amanda at The Stork Wearhouse and Andrea of Diaper Dudee. On April 23rd let's fill Val Air Ballroom to capacity and show the world how large and united Des Moines' cloth diapering community is!

Lauri's Earth Day Norwex Open House

Are you interested in cutting down on the chemicals that you use to clean your house? If you could clean and disinfect by cleaning with just water, would you want to know how? Well, it IS possible. Using Norwex microfiber cleaning products, with just water, has been lab tested to remove as much bacteria as traditional cleaning with bleach kills. This is just the tip of the iceberg. These Norwex microfiber products also make cleaning faster and easier. Interested in learning more? You're invited!

What: Lauri's Earth Day Norwex Open House
Where: 1509 48th St, Des Moines
When: April 18th @ 6:30pm
Why: To learn how to clean faster, easier, and in a more healthful manner.
How: RSVP and get 10% off your entire purchase.

There will be refreshments and door prizes (bring a friend for an extra chance to win).
Upcoming Classes

Cloth Diaper 101

Mon. 04/18 @ 5:30pm
Sun. 05/01 @ 10:00am
Mon. 05/16 @ 5:30pm
Sun. 05/29 @ 10:00am
Mon. 06/13 @ 5:30pm
Sun. 06/26 @ 10:00am

Intro to Babywearing

Sat. 04/23 @ 9:15am
Sat. 05/21 @ 9:15am

On The Lighter Side

Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson were going camping. They pitched their tent under the stars and went to sleep.

Sometime in the middle of the night Holmes woke Watson up and said: “Watson, look up at the stars, and tell me what you see.”

Watson replied: “I see millions and millions of stars.”

Holmes said: “and what do you deduce from that?”

Watson replied: “Well, if there are millions of stars, and if even a few of those have planets, it’s quite likely there are some planets like earth out there. And if there are a few planets like earth out there, there might also be life.”

And Holmes said: “Watson, you idiot, it means that somebody stole our tent.”

Trey & Kaija's favorite Knock, Knock joke

Knock, Knock.

Who's there?

Interrupting Cow.



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