Business Profile: Zumbini (Logan Square)

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This interview highlights current Green Diaper Babies customer, Cara T.  Let’s talk about Zumbini in Logan Square, Chicago!

 

Zubmini group lead by Cara Turner.

 

What is your business to share?
Zumbini by Cara Turner. 

 

What do you do, what services do you offer, who do you offer it to? 
Created by Zumba® for kids ages 0-4 and their caregivers, the Zumbini® program combines music, dance and educational tools for 45 minutes of can’t-stop, won’t-stop bonding, learning, and fun! 

Where do you offer this?
I’m currently teaching in Logan Square at Studio 101 Dance and Fitness (3627 W Armitage) on  Saturdays at 10a. I am also available to do demos for businesses, groups, parties, festivals, etc. 

What do you love about what you do, why do you do it? 
I discovered Zumbini after becoming a new mom in November 2016. My daughter, Wren, was totally captivated by Zumbini TV from birth! When I couldn’t find any classes in our area, I thought it would be really special to bond with Wren by learning to teach Zumbini together. We practice everyday and she comes to my classes with her dad. We all love it! 

 

Fun in class at Zumbini with Cara Turner.

What is something that most interests you about this topic and need?
Through session based classes (typically around 6 weeks), I see the children develop gross motor skills (moving to the music), strengthen fine motor skills (learning to play instruments), and develop social skills (learning to share and play together). It has been fun and rewarding to share these experiences with families.
What is the most interesting thing you’ve learned this year, company or otherwise?
Even as newborns, your child will have their own personality and interests. An exciting part of the parenting adventure is engaging in a variety of activities with your child, some of which may even be new to you. 

What’s your connection to Green Diaper Babies  and why do you use cloth?
Cloth diapering was something we were curious about during pregnancy. We attended a cloth diapering class with Shannon of Green Diaper Babies to learn more and really liked the ease and convenience of a service as well as the all-in-one diapers. In addition to being environmentally conscious, we learned cloth diapering leads to earlier potty training and were sold.

Outdoor Zumbini at a Chicago Festival 2017.

 

If you are interested in learning more you can contact Cara directly at cturner1103@gmail.com

Follow Zumbini on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/zumbinibycara/

Meet The Geishecker Family

The Geishecker Family. Working with Green Diaper babies since December 2014.

 

Tell us a little bit about your family, who are they and what do they love?  

We live in Glen Ellyn, where Charles is a pastor and Sara is an English Language teacher. Sara is from the Chicago suburbs, and Charles grew up in Ohio. Parker is now two years old. He loves trucks, trains, and cars. He is very inquisitive, energetic, helpful, and loving. He loves to read, which is one of the few times he will sit still! He also loves dogs, especially his greyhound, April.

What are the main reasons you like being a part of the Green Diaper Babies family?    

Sara was a cloth diaper baby herself, and wanted her baby to have a more comfortable and environmentally friendly option for diapers. We love the convenience of having the diapers cleaned, and picked up and dropped off weekly. The diaper covers are cute too!

What advice can you share regarding cloth diapers? 

Change the diapers more often than you would a disposable. Make sure every bit of the diaper is tucked in the cover!
Advice regarding parenting and loving your family?
Spend as much time as you can with your child(ren.) You never know when the last time will be that you get to give them a bottle, rock them to sleep, or help them brush their hair. Enjoy every moment! Dishes, cleaning, etc. can wait. Take tons of pictures, and write down everything. Keep a baby book, or a journal where you can write down what they did each day. Set aside time each week to spend as a family, even if it’s just an hour.

What are some of your favorite activities to do as a family and anything else you’d like to share?  

We love to visit the Morton Arboretum (especially the children’s garden), go on long walks around the neighborhood, and cook together. Having a child makes even the most ordinary of errands (like grocery shopping) something exciting. We love to spend time with grandparents and family, and be outside.

Meet the Barner Family

The Barners. A family with Green Diaper Babies since December 2014.

 

Tell us a little bit about your family, who are they and what do they love?  

We’re the Barners! Rufus is an attorney with his own practice specializing in family law and Claire is an Operations Manger at a nonprofit. Elise turned two in December and is developing her own eclectic interests, which include baking cookies, reading every book in sight, NASA and all things space, classic Barack Obama speeches, Minnie Mouse, and the Beatles.

What are the main reasons you like being a part of the Green Diaper Babies family?    

We both are passionate about social justice issues and Green Diaper Babies has allowed us to be environmentally friendly without sacrificing convenience. Elise loves noticing the different colors of her diaper covers and pretending to change Minnie Mouse’s diaper. We all appreciate that Elise has never had a really bad diaper rash while wearing cloth.

What are some of your favorite activities to do as a family and anything else you’d like to share?  

We enjoy going on adventures all around the city. Elise loves touching plants at the Garfield Park Conservatory, hiking near the North Park Village Nature Center, and walking along the Chicago River. We all enjoy being in the kitchen. Elise is learning how to bake bread from her dad and all about spices from her mom. We both come from big families, and Elise loves spending time with her grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins.