Sunday, April 29, 2012

Baby K's 1st Birthday Celebration GRAND PRIZE

After 29 long, wonderful and fun days we have come down to April 30th and the GRAND PRIZE!!!  This event was started to celebrate Baby K turning 1.  I set out to find 12 sponsors since she was born on the 12th.  It ended up being 30 days worth of wonderful sponsors and giveaway!!!  This event became more than I ever thought or imaged it could be!!!  30 days has been a LONG time :) but I have had the wonderful support of 7 other great bloggers!!!  Never did I think that there would be 8 wonderful Mama's and 30 awesome giveaways to help celebrate my little baby's birthday!!!  Everyone has been so wonderful along the way and I truly appreciate every single person who has been involved in this event.  From the sponsors to the bloggers and especially all the wonderful fans who have entered the giveaways.  I hope you have had as much fun with this event as I have.  It has been a lot of work, even more than I thought it would be, but totally worth it :)

I would like to say an extra special THANK YOU to the wonderful Mama Bloggers who have helped promote this event and have been a great support system through the whole thing.  Thank you so much!!!

Julie from My Cloth Diaper Stash 
Shannon from Mommy of One and Counting
Anne from Zephyr Hill
Savannah from 8 Days a Week Mom
Jessica from Rj and Jessie
Angela from Earth Faerie Momma
Emily from Love {n} Bugs

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Diaper Donks AI2 Cloth Diaper - Review

Outside of the Diaper
Jennifer from Diaper Donks sent me the cutest diaper EVER!!!  It is pink cheetah and has ruffles!  YES I said RUFFLES!  How much more girly and adorable can you get?  I received a OS AI2 with snap on ruffles.  Diaper Donks uses a fold over rise instead of the traditional Snap Down rise.  This is the only diaper I have that has the fold over rise.  When I 1st saw it I was kind of scared.  I had no idea how to use it!!!  But it is super simple.  For Baby K I fold over the top of the diapers and use the inside snaps.  It says that the diaper will fit from 10 lbs but for me I'm honestly not sure.  Baby K is 19.8lbs and I use the only rise there is.  I could see using the diaper around 15 lbs. maybe a little sooner but I think it will come up pretty high on baby.
Inside of the Diaper

A Little About The Diaper (from Diaper Donks)

Turned & Top-stitched One Size All in Two Diaper.

Features a Cotton Outer, & Snap on Ruffles (for a ruffle diaper).

A hidden layer of waterproof PUL, and a soft cushy Micro chamois inner to help keep babies bottom dry.

Includes a snake style snap in soaker made of Heavy Organic Bamboo Fleece and topped with Cotton or Organic Bamboo Velour.

One Size Fits Most 10-32lbs

All Diapers now come with Fold Over Rise Snaps.

My Thoughts
Smallest the Diaper will go
Ease:  My diaper came with 2 snap together lay on soakers.  All I have to do is snap the inserts together and snap them onto the diaper!!!  I then put it on Baby K, fold the inserts to fit her best, fold over the top of the diaper and then snap it on her.  I know it seems like a lot of sets but really it is not that bad :)  It is just as easy as any other AI2!
Largest Rise Setting
Price:  The specific diaper that I received, with ruffles, runs $25.  That price for a diaper with the little extra is a really good price for a WAHM diaper!!!  WAHM diapers usually run a little more than the big brand diapers because they are made with love and hands instead of with a huge machine.
Folded over on Baby K
When and Why I use it:  I use my Diaper Donks AI2 during the day.  I especially like to use it around the house when I know I am not going to be putting pants on Baby K!!!  I like to be able to put the ruffles on the diaper and be able to see them :)  Even when I put a skirt on Baby K the ruffles are so high on the diaper that I am unable to see them.  So I use it with out pants!!  I have also used it once or twice at nap time without any problems.  

Fold over rise
Recommend:  I would defiantly recommend checking out Diaper Donks!!!  Especially if you have a little girl :)  Diaper Donks has the cutest ruffle diapers and also skirtie diapers :)  Check them out and let them know you found out about them from SAH CD Mama!!!

Ruffles on Baby K!!!
Overall:  I would give the Diaper Donks OS AI2 a B- to a B.  I absolutely love the diaper but I am not in absolutely love with soakers.  One of the 2 soakers likes to curl around the edges.  But other than that I have not had any problems with the diaper at all :)    

All opinions are my own and not influenced in any way.  The diaper was provided by Diaper Donks for review.  No additional compensation was accepted for this review.   

Celebration Day #28 AND #29 - Diaper from Baby Babü

Baby Babü has been wonderful enough to not only giveaway 1 diaper but to giveaway 2 diapers for Baby K's 1st Birthday Celebration!!! This giveaway will have 2 DIFFERENT winners, that is why it is day #28 AND #29 :) The winner will have their choice of either girl, boy, or GN. Thank you so much Baby Babü for this wonderful giveaway!!!  Baby Babu also carries biodegradable, hypoallergenic, chemical-free disposable diaper!!!  These would be great fro when you are going somewhere on Vaca that taking your cloth is just not an option :)  And Baby Babu has offered a coupon code for 10% off and they offer FREE SHIPPING on orders over $50.  Use coupon code TRYUS10. 
A Little About the Diaper

Baby Babu pocket cloth diapers have tons of features to make cloth diapering a breeze for you and your baby!

Our one-size pocket cloth diapers all come with the following features:

-TWO openings to stuff the inner pocket of the cloth diaper. Why two openings you may wonder? Two openings allow for the insert to simply self agitate out in the washing machine, preventing mommy or daddy from having to reach in and pull out a yucky, soiled insert. With Baby Babu pocket cloth diapers, just dispose of any #2 in the toilet, toss in the washing machine and that’s it! We’ve eliminated the need for any additional dirty work.

-Our adjustable snap button system, you now have a cloth diaper for life! The button system allows for sizing from 8-35+ pounds, so you’ll never have to search for new diapers to fit your growing cutie.

-Each diaper wing has 3 button snaps to ensure a secure, but comfortable fit (most competitors have only 2 snaps on their diapers). But wait, there’s more! We’ve incorporated an extra gusset inside of the outer leg gusset to help prevent leakage for those little guys and girls that have a tendency towards the dreaded blow-outs or flood style pee pee incidents (moms and dads love this).

-Finally, each pocket cloth diaper comes with one 3 layer super absorbent insert and super soft, moisture wicking liner.

Baby K's Birthday Celebration Week 3 Winners!!!!

This is the winners list for week 3!!!  Thank you so much to all of my wonderful sponsors who have been kind enough to giveaway items to some of the best fans ever!!!  And congrats to all of the winners :)

Friday, April 27, 2012

Doll Gift Set from Bella's Inspirations - Review (pictures will be added on 4/29)

I found the wonderful and I mean WONDERFUL Nancy from Bella's Inspirations on Etsy.  Nancy is a wonderful and loving Grandma to 2 special little ones :)  She has a true passion, and gift, for making doll accessories that help you little ones be a super Mommy.  Nancy sent A the same package that is also in the giveaway.  She received a diaper bag, a changing mat, a doll diaper, and a burp cloth.  You should have seen A's face when it arrived!!!  She was super excited when I opened the package and could not wait to run upstairs and play with her Baby Stella.  Her bag is always full of diapers and Stella's clothes.  She honestly loved the diapers so much that within less than a week I made a purchase of 3 more diapers from Nancy and Bella's Inspirations.  Once again when they arrived A could not wait to try them all on Stella.

A is learning so much from playing with her dolls.  She is learning how to take care of her "baby", everything that needs to be done for the baby, and how to treat her baby.  A plays with Stella on a daily basis and this wonderful set from Nancy has given her some of the best tools to foster her imagination.  Just like any little one A can sometimes be rough on her toys but the items we received have stood up to her crazy playing.  You would never know looking at the items from Bella's Inspirations that they are handmade with love.  They are some of the best constructed items I have even seen.  I would buy from Nancy again in a heartbeat and I truly hope you check out her store!!!

A Review from A

I LOVE the cute diapers!  They look cute on Stella and are like Sissy's.  Everything goes in my bag and I carry it all around.  I put Stella down on her blanket (changing mat) and change her poopy :)  Stella likes the diapers.  She thinks their cute.  Stella needs dipies that match Sissy!!!  Thank you Miss Nancy.

All opinions are my own and not influenced in any way.  This doll gift set was provided by Bella's Inspirations for review.  No additional compensation was accepted for this review. 

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Celebration Day #27 - 45/90 Bag of your Choice of CD detergent from Rockin' Green

Rockin' Green has been kind enough to give 1 lucky winner a 45/90 bag of detergent in their choice of rock type and scent!!  Rockin' Green is one of the most well know detergents in the CD community.  It comes in hard rock (hard water), classic rock (middle of the road) and soft rock (soft water).  It also comes in a number of different scents!  Thank you so much Rockin' Green for you generosity and in helping to celebrate Baby K's 1st birthday. 

CJ's BUTTer - Review

The wonderful people at CJ's BUTTer have been some of the nicest people to work with for this review.  The person that I was have been in contact with has been Heather!  She has been so help and wonderful.  Sometimes I feel when I contact a company for a review/giveaway they just look at my numbers and say either yes or no.  But Heather actually took the time to read my blog.  And I know you are thinking "how does she know?"  The reason I know is because Heather read my review on Scarlet's Naturals where I wrote that Baby K has never had a diaper rash before.  She put this info in an email back to me and said that she would send me some information on other ways to use CJ's BUTTer.  She also put together a WONDERFUL review package with a bunch of different options to try to get a real feel for the companies line of products.  Thank you Heather for all your help and kindness.

What All I Received to Review 

CJ's BUTTer Vegan Formula in Mango, Sugar & Mint
CJ's BUTTer Vegan Formula in Madagascar
CJ's BUTTer Original Formula in Blueberry Crumble
CJ's BUTTer Original Formula in Monkey Farts (same as giveaway item)
CJ's BUTTer Plus
CJ's Creamy Lotion in Pink Sugar
CJ's Creamy Lotion in Coconut Lime Dream
CJ's BUTTer Lip Balm in Peachy-Mangolicious
Everything I received for review

What All Can CJ's Be Used For

CD safe diaper cream
dry/chapped skin
rug burns (sore ‘crawler’ knees)
mechanics’ hands and cuticles
hang nails
rub a small amount on your hands and use as a leave-in conditioner for your curls
Use it for black/mixed hair!! Leaves hair soft, shiny and helps alleviate those ‘owies’ when trying to separate locks
Melt a dollop under running bath water for a relaxing, soothing, and anti-inflammatory soak–provides relief for post-partum soreness and hemorrhoids
Provides protection against windburned cheeks/face and helps to relieve windburn
Promotes healing and provides a non-stick barrier when used after a circumcision

My Thoughts

Personally I am extremely picky about not only products that I put on myself and especially my kids but my husband is EXTREMELY picky about any scents that I wear!  The scents that I received, and have used the most, my husband has no problem with.  They are not over powering or smell like old lady :)  I use the BUTTer when one of us has extremely dry skin but on a daily basis I LOVE the creamy lotion.  The lotion goes on like silk!  It spreads easily and does not leave a nasty, greasy feeling behind.  It leaves your skin super smooth even after washing your hands.  My favorite scents are Blueberry Crumble (if you are in the mood for something sweet and yummy), Coconut Lime Dream (my absolute FAVORITE), and Monkey Farts (a classic but delicious smell).  Overall, CJ's BUTTer, lotion, Vegan formula and Lip Balm are well worth trying.  They have created some of the most well know products in the CD community.  They have a ton of different scents you can try in a ton of different products.  They even sell their sample sizes so you can find what you like the best!!!  

All opinions are my own and not influenced in any way.  The samples were provided by CJ's BUTTer  for review.  No additional compensation was accepted for this review. 

Celebration Day #26 - Swimm Diaper from BabyTork Embellishments

Stephanie from BabyTork Embellishments has been kind enough to allow 1 lucky fan to win a swimm diaper for their little one!!!  This giveaway is coming just in time for the summer months :)  Grabbing your swimm diaper now will allow you to get the most use out of it this year.  BabyTork Embellishments has a TON more items than just swimm diapers.  Stephanie has Swimm Diapers, Cloth Wipes, UNPaper Towels, Fleece Soakers, Longies, Blankets, Rag Quilts, Baby's First Clothes Quilts, Car Mats, Coloring totes, Crayon Rolls, Shopping Cart Covers, and much more. Embroidery is available.  Also check out her Hyena Cart store and on Etsy.  Thank you so much Stephanie for this wonderful giveaway and allowing me to review your new Swimm Diaper!!!

A Little about the Swimm Diaper

Disposables are the thing of the past. Why not use an Eco-friendly, reusable swimm diaper at the pool, beach, or lake this spring and summer.  Your child can swim in style while keeping those messes contained. 
Sizes include:
X-Small 7-14 lbs
Small 12-22lbs
Medium 18-28 lbs
Large 24-40 lbs
X-Large 35+
Swimm Diaper has an outer layer of PUL and an inner layer of athletic material. 

Celebration Day #25 - Custom Diaper from Diaper Donks

The wonderfully awesome Jennifer from Diaper Donks has been kind enough not only allow me to review her fabulous AI2 but to also giveaway 1 to a lucky fan :)  I would like to thank Jennifer from the bottom of my heart for her wonderful generosity in not only giveaway her product but also in helping to celebrate Baby K's 1st Birthday!!!  Thank you Jennifer!!  You can also find Jennifer and Diaper Donks on Hyena Cart.

A Little about Diaper Donks AI2

Turned & Top-stiched One Size All in Two Cloth Diaper.  Features a  Cotton Woven Outer & PUL front panel, a hidden layer of waterproof PUL, and a soft cushy Micro chamois or Wicking Jersey inner to help keep babies bottom dry.

They include a snake style snap in soaker made of Heavy Organic Bamboo Fleece and topped with Cotton or Organic Bamboo Velour.

One Size Fits Most 10-32lbs, All Diapers now come with Fold Over Rise Snaps.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Wool Dryer Balls from Fondle My Fiber - Review

Feba from Fondle My Fiber sent me 2 awesome dryer balls to review and also 2 to giveaway!!!  One of the ones I received looks like a dog and the other has a little decoration on it.  Thank you so much Feba for the wonderful review and giveaway :)

These dryer balls are not the spun kind.  They are totally felted all the way through.  These dryer balls are awesome in helping to reduce drying time.  I now have 4 dryer balls (2 are from Feba) and I notice that my clothes are done about 30 minutes sooner than before and my diapers are done about 15-20 minutes sooner.  Dryer balls a a great natural way to help reduce drying time and to also soften your clothes.  With 2 little kids I hate putting more on their clothes than there needs to be.  I have never used dryer sheets with them.  But the dryer balls are awesome in helping to keep their clothes soft!

My set of Fondle My Fiber Dryer Balls in the laundry with my diapers :)
If you are all about natural stuff and/or CD you NEED to try some dryer balls.  They are an awesome accessory to add to your household and you will not be sorry you did :)  

About the Dryer Balls from Feba

Want a safe environmentally friendly alternative to dryer sheets?

Handmade Wool dryer balls Set of 2. I have increased the size to 2-3 oz each
An environmentally friendly and pocket book friendly option to dryer sheets!!

They are an excellent alternative to dryer sheets, fabric softener, and plastic PVC balls.

Wool absorbs up to 30% of its weight in water so these dryer balls soften clothes, reduce drying time, save money, reduce static, reduce wrinkles, and are reusable for years.

GREAT for cloth diapers

Using 4 dryer balls on a 90 minute cycle will cut a small load of laundry approximately in 1/2 and a large load by 1/4! The more you use the better they work. They can be used on cloth diapers and all other laundry.

Piling may occur. They can be shaved if bothersome but it does not affect the performance of the dryer ball. If anything it may help them work better by providing more surface area and friction. They may also shrink slightly in size as the wool continues to felt.

There is no need to remove them in between loads and no need to wash.
I recommend starting with 4 dryer balls and adding more later. The more you add, the shorter your drying time
To further reduce static, add vinegar during your rinse cycle in your washing machine.

Each ball is hand decorated and unique.  

All opinions are my own and not influenced in any way.  These dryer balls were provided by Fondle My Fiber for review.  No additional compensation was accepted for this review. 

Celebration Day #24 - 10x10 Wet Bag from Sweet Bobbins

Not the exact wet bag winner will receive
Angela and Rene at Sweet Bobbins have been awesome enough to allow 1 lucky person the chance to win a 10 x 10 wet bag!!!  Everyone, whether you CD or not NEEDS a wet bag!!!  They have so many uses that I don't know how anyone can not have one :)  The 10x10 size is perfect for your diaper bag when you are going to be gone for a good part of the day!!!  Thank you Sweet Bobbins for the WONDERFUL giveaway!!!!

A Little About the Prize

Our Wet bags are boutique quality! The Ultimate solution to Blowouts, cloth diapers, and baby messes!

Wet bags are the solution to stop using plastic bags for containing dirty diapers, blowouts and beach wear.

♥ Outer fabric is a cute cotton print. Fabric is PRE-WASHED in warm water to minimize shrinking.
♥Inside fabric is ProCare Barrier fabric. It is a stronger, more durable fabric than PUL and holds in smells more effectively. The ProCare is seam sealed for extra protection against leaks.
♥ Holds 2-4 cloth diapers or several swimming suits
♥ Heavy Duty Zipper
♥ Snap strap measures 6-7 inches when snapped. Coordinating snap.
♥ Poly resin snaps are easier to use than metal snaps and have a more professional look to them. Snaps are CPSIA approved.
♥Awesome baby shower gift - every mom needs a wet bag in her diaper bag! Folds up small and tucks away in a pocket. When a mess occurs, use the wet bag to contain it!
♥Other uses:
Wet swimming suits, gym clothes, cleats and sports uniforms, wet clothing, beach bag, makeup, potty training, toiletries, medications and so much more!

Celebration Day #23 - Cloth Diaper Key Chain from Sweet Southern Bums

Not the exact key chain you will receive and no it does not come with the keys either!!!
Angela from Sweet Southern Bums has been gracious enough to offer 1 lucky winner a Cloth Diaper Key Chain!!!  Not only will your little one be wearing a cloth diaper but so will your keys :)  Now there will be even more opportunity for someone to ask you about Cloth Diapering!!!  The winner will get to chose their fabric for their new key chain and this giveaway is open to US and Canada but a Canadian winner will have to pay any extra shipping charges to Angela.  Thank you so much Angela for this awesome giveaway and in helping to celebrate Baby K's 1st Birthday!!!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Celebration Day #22 - Set of 5 Cloth Wipes from The Diaper Addict

Amie from The Diaper Addict has been kind enough to donate a set of 5 Cloth Wipes to help celebrate Baby K's 1st Birthday!!!  The Diaper Addict caries a nice selection of wipes, diapers and soakers!!!  Check out Amie and The Diaper Addict to see if there is something special and unique for you little one :)  Thank you so much Amie you your generosity and kindness.    

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Celebration Day #21 - Doll Gift Set from Bella's Inspirations

Doll Bag, Burp Cloth, Changing Mat, and Doll Diaper

 The WONDERFUL and I do truly mean WONDERFUL Nancy from Bella's Inspirations has been so great in offering an AWESOME doll gift set for 1 lucky winner.  Nancy was also wonderful enough to send A a set to review (coming soon)!  This wonderful gift set includes a diaper bag, a changing mat, a doll diaper, and a burp cloth.  This has everything your little one needs to get started in CDing her baby :)  Thank you so much Nancy for this giveaway and in helping to celebrate Baby K's 1st Birthday.

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Baby K's Birthday Celebration Week 2 Winners!!!!

This is the winners list for week 2!!!  Thank you so much to all of my wonderful sponsors who have been kind enough to giveaway items to some of the best fans ever!!!  And congrats to all of the winners :)

Friday, April 20, 2012

Celebration Day #20 - 2 Wool Dryer Balls from Fondle My Fiber

The wonderful Feba from Fondle My Fiber has been kind enough to donate a set of 2 dryer balls for a lucky winner!!!  Feba has been wonderful helping me with this giveaway and also in donating 2 dryer balls for me to review.  Thank you so much Feba for all of your generosity in the giveaway and review and in helping to celebrate Baby K's 1st Birthday!!!

These are the exact dryer balls the winner will receive!  Mr. and Mrs. :)

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Juppy - Guest Review by Ashley E.

What is the Juppy Baby Walker?

Juppy Packaging
"An alternative to dangerous wheeled baby walkers that eliminates the stress and strain on the parents back while the baby safely learns to walk." (from Juppy website)
Baby A sitting with help
When the Juppy arrived it came in a beautiful silky little carrying pouch that is so small it's hard to believe a baby walker could fit inside.  That is a big selling point for the Juppy, it's so small it can fit in your purse and you can take it with you anywhere!  When you take the Juppy out of the case you can feel the high quality material that is used which makes it feel sturdy and safe for you little one to be in.  It has a zipper in the back and which makes it easy to slip on, also it has adjustable straps to adjusts to your height.

Why the Juppy Baby Walker?

Baby A Standing
The Juppy is doctor approved and uses parent assisted guidance which reduces your child's risk of injury.  This products allows you to support your child as they learn to balance and walk without having to constantly be bent over putting strain on your back.  Also I learned how many injuries babies suffer each year from wheeled walkers.  According to the Juppy website there are 21,000 injuries annually due to baby walkers.  Causes being: rolling down the stairs, children getting burned due to being able to reach hot liquids, and drowning due to rolling into a pool. (From Juppy website.)

My Opinion

So easy for Mommy
When I first saw the Juppy I thought "What an awesome idea!!"  It is so versatile and can not only help your child learn to walk but also learn balance.  When I put Abby in it she was instantly all smiles!  She was learning how to sit so I used this to help her get her balance.   She isn't quite ready to be walking yet but we put her in the Juppy for some weight bearing and balancing fun!  I really like that you can take it anywhere, I'm thinking it may go with us to the beach so my daughter can get her toes in the water and be safe as she is learning to walk.  I would recommend this product to anyone with young children, especially any caregivers with pre-existing back problems.
You can currently buy the Juppy for $29.95 or $19.95 without the inside lining.  Also if you want for an additional $6.95 you can have it personalized.  Is it worth the price? I think the price is very reasonable for a walker, especially one so versatile! I will definitely be telling my friends about the Juppy!!

Couture Fluff OS AI2 Twiggy Fit Diaper - Review

Outside of Diaper
So all WAHM diapers are the same, right?  Wrong!!!  Every WAHM has their own little tweaks and style to their diaper.  And of course Tanya at Couture Fluff is no exception!  Tanya offers 3 different types of diapers in 2 styles and a ton of other items!!!  You can check out all of her items on her website :)
Tanya sent Baby K and I a OS AI2 in the Twiggy Fit to review!!  The Twiggy Fit is super slim compared to some diapers and you can never go wrong with an AI2!!  The outside of the diaper is a really cool print (Baslik I think?!?!) and the inside is done in a coordinating blue.  Plus the soakers color matches also :)  Tanya gives you the option to have no rise on your diaper, a fold down rise or the traditional snap down rise.  TOO MANY CHOICES :)

About the Diaper from Tanya
Inside of Diaper

Couture Fluff diapers can be made into
~ fitteds (absorbent sherpa core)
~hybrid fitteds (non-absorbent poly fleece core)
~AI2 (waterproof PUL core)
 There are now TWO fits to a Couture Fluff diaper. 
~"Marilyn Fit" is wider in between babies legs 
   Will fit 12-35+ pounds
~"Twiggy Fit" is more narrow in between babies legs
   Will fit 8-35 pounds

Booster (left) and Soaker (Right)
In Stock diapers feature a NO rise setting. Buyer can choose snap down, fold over or leave it the way it is. However, custom slots can choose snap down, fold over, or no rise choice. (Unless otherwise noted in the listing)
Feature a LONG rise diaper~  truly fitting babies through potty learning.
A three soaker system, as is the top and bottom soaker, the MAIN soaker are cotton velour and organic bamboo fleece. The optional BOOSTER, snaps into the main soaker and is made from a layer of Zorb II.
Use the main soaker for regular use on a baby in full rise mode. Add the third, booster soaker for overnights and extended wear. Or for your super soaker!
Use the booster soaker for infants still on a snap down rise setting as a smaller soaker.
Smallest Setting
All belly snaps are hidden so nothing irritates baby's tummy. A fold over or a snap down rise snaps will not be hidden BUT the are covered by the soaker.

'Wings are skinny to prevent wing curling.
Small, obscure label so baby is not a walking advertisement. 
 My Thoughts

2nd Setting
Ease:  There is a little more work involved, at first, when it comes to an AI2.  You have to snap in the soaker, snap down the rise, position the soaker correctly on the baby and then snap on the diaper.  Not a huge deal but a little more work than other types of diapers.

Price:  WAHM diapers tend to be more expensive than the big company diapers.  But they also have a lot more love and care put into making them.  I've said before that I have a hard time spending more than $20 on a diaper and these around around $24+.  But when you know it is going to a real person and not a huge company it makes the price tag more bearable (at least for me).
Largest Setting

When and why I use it :  I use it all the time :)  Duh!!!  I love the way WAHMs are constructed.  They fit Baby K great and for some reason the snap placement is always great!!!  I have used it at nap time once and I wouldn't again :(  When Baby K woke up the outside of the diaper was wet.  I have never had this happen before so I am not sure what went on.  But when I use it on her any other time of the day it is just fine.

Recommend:  Honestly I would not rave in a review about a diaper and then not recommend it :)  I honestly at this point don't even know why I still have this section on my review!!!  But if you are willing to pay a little more for something that is unique I would go with a WAHM diaper!!!  Tanya has a TON and I mean a TON of prints to chose from.  There is something for everyone and most likely (where you live) you will be the only one with that diaper!!!
Couture Fluff on Baby K
Overall:  I would give the Couture Fluff OS AI2 Twiggy Fit diaper a B to B+.  The construction is great and so is the design of the diaper.  For me I would like the soaker pads to be a little longer than they are.  I like to have them folded over 4 times where Baby K pees :)  And these just don't reach.  They are better for boys probably :)  But I would definitely check Tanya out on Facebook and her website to see if there is something special for your little one. 

All opinions are my own and not influenced in any way.  The diaper was provided by Couture Fluff for review.  No additional compensation was accepted for this review. 

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Celebration Day #19 - Juppy Baby Walker

The Juppy Baby Walker has been gracious enough to offer 1 lucky winner their own Juppy Baby Walker!!!  Thank you so much Juppy for this wonderful giveaway :)  They also offered one of my friends from college her own Juppy to do a special Guest Review for me since Baby K has been walking since 7 months and I couldn't personally review the item!!!  I know that Ashley was very grateful for this opportunity and I am very grateful for all of Juppy's kindness!!!  You can also connect with Juppy on Facebook, Twitter, or their own blog :)

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Celebration Day #18 - 4 Oz. Tube of CJ's Original BUTTer

The wonderful CJ's BUTTer has been kind enough not only to send me a wonderful sampler package to try and review BUTT also a 4 Oz. Tube of their Original BUTTer in Monkey Farts for 1 lucky winner!!!  CJ's has a huge line of just about EVERYTHING for your little one :)  Check out their site to see all they offer.

A Little About the Product

Called "A Miracle in a Tube" by some, CJ's BUTTer has been used on adults and children to help relieve:
  • eczema
  • rashes
  • dry/chapped skin
  • rug burns (sore "crawler" knees)
  • mechanics hands and cuticles
  • hang nails
  • rub a small amount on your hands and use as a leave-in conditioner for your curls
More uses for CJ's BUTTer include:
Use it for black/mixed hair!! Leaves hair soft, shiny and helps alleviate those "owies" when trying to separate locks! Melt a dollop under running bath water for a relaxing, soothing, and anti-inflammatory soak provides relief for post-partum soreness and hemorrhoids!
Provides protection against windburned cheeks/face and helps to relieve windburn! Promotes healing and provides a non-stick barrier when used after a circumcision.

Q: What are the ingredients in CJ's BUTTer?
A: The only ingredients in original BUTTer are shea butter, olive oil, coconut oil, lanolin, beeswax, cocoa butter(deodorized, not raw) and Vitamin E. I also keep some without lanolin on hand for a couple customers who have sensitivities to lanolin, and you're welcome to that as well. The Stick o BUTTer has the same ingredients, except there is no lanolin. Fragrance or essential oils are only added if you choose to have it scented.

This is the exact one the winner will receive

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Celebration Day #17 - Set of 12 Cloth Wipes from Hipster Fluff

The absolutely WONDERFUL Taylor at Hipster Fluff has been kind enough to help me get to 30 days of giveaways by offering a lucky winner a set of 12 cloth wipes!!!!  Taylor makes the best diapers EVER so I can only imagine that her wipes are just as good.  You can check out my review of her diaper to see just how much I love it :)  I have met with Taylor a bunch of times and absolutely love spending time with her and Mr. C-Man!!!  He is just 2 cute and sweet.  Both of my girls love when we are going to see Ms. Taylor and C-Man.  Thank you so much Taylor for this awesome giveaway and helping me to finish out the month of April strong!!!  Taylor is also going to be part of the grand prize!!!  She will be offering the winner a Hipster Fluff diaper!!  Specifically the "Hipster"!!!  So make sure to check back for your chance to win an awesome, awesome, awesome diaper and go check out my REVIEW!!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Booty Buns OS Diaper - Review

Outside of Diaper
The Booty Buns OS Diaper is not your average pocket diaper.  It is different than any other pocket diaper I own!!  And NO that is not a bad thing :)  For starters it is not a TRADITIONAL pocket, it's an envelope pocket.  Now if you are still new to CDing you are probably wondering what an envelope pocket is.  And envelope pocket opens on both sides, making it super easy to stuff and technically you don't have to unstuff it to wash.  Also the Booty Buns OS Diaper has a snap in the front to keep the insert in place (genius)!!!  Plus their is a layer of PUL at the front to help with wicking onto your little ones clothes.  And the last thing I find that makes this diaper different from ALL other pocket diapers.........How soft and flexible the diaper is!!!  The 1st time I held the Booty Buns OS in my hands it just fell over :)  It is not stiff like a lot of diapers are and the colors are great!!
Inside of Diaper

The wonderful Booty Buns allowed me to chose what color I would like to review on Baby K.  It was a hard choice :)  I had narrowed it down to Love Booty and Royal Booty (LOVE the names).  I decided to go with Royal Booty because there are not as many purple diapers on the market as their are pink.  The diaper came with 2 inserts, like most OS diapers do.  I do wish that you could snap both inserts together and then put them in the diaper.  I like to use both inserts for nap time or long car trips.  You can use both inserts together but I wish I could snap them together and then to the diaper for added security.  There are also a TON of rise settings and cross over snaps.  It goes super small to super big!!!
Newborn insert and full size insert

About the Diaper (From the Manufacturer)

Our Original Booty Cloth Diaper, is the only TRUE ONE-SIZE POCKET CLOTH DIAPER available on the market. Our patent pending design will grow with your baby all the way from birth to potty training because it fits from 3-45 pounds.

Smallest rise setting
Our Original Booty Cloth Diaper comes with 4 rows of riser snaps to give you 5 levels of height adjustment; 10 rows of double waist snaps, and 2 rows of crossover waist snaps to find the best fit for your baby's booty. We also have a hip snap on either side to help prevent wing droop. The amount of snaps we use along with their strategic placement allows our diapers to mimic the sizing found in conventional disposable diapers from preemie to potty training pants. Please see here to find out which snap settings compare to each size. Please note, that it may be necessary to adjust the waist snaps to smaller or larger depending on your child.

2nd rise setting
Our ONE SIZE POCKET CLOTH DIAPERS consist of 3 different components: shell, insert and liner & we now offer a matching cloth wipe with each diaper. The shell is composed of an outer layer and an inner layer that create a pocket in between the 2 layers. There is an opening in the front and the back of the diaper creating an envelope style pocket. The pocket is used for stuffing the absorbent inserts into. The liner is placed on top of the diaper becoming the layer closest to your baby's booty. The cloth wipe measures 7.5" x 7.5" & is double sided; one side is 100% cotton flannel & the other side is jersey micro-terry cloth.
3rd rise setting
The outer layer of the shell is made from waterproof polyurethane laminated fabric {PUL}. The inner layer of the shell is made from super soft suedecloth. Suedecloth is known for its ability to wick moisture away, keeping baby drier, and ability to stay new looking longer. Our cloth diapers have double gussets the suedecloth and another elastic strip at the back to better contain explosions. Each diaper comes with 2 inserts {newborn and large size}. Each insert is composed of 3 layers of microfiber terrycloth.  These super absorbent inserts can be used alone or as doubler for night-time or heavy wetters.  The diaper and insert snap together to keep the insert in place. We also include a 100% cotton flannel liner to place between your baby and the diaper. The cotton flannel makes cleanup from a BM easier and helps babies with sensitivities to synthetic fibers.

4th rise setting
Every part of our one size pocket cloth diapers is 100% machine washable:
shell, inserts, liner & wipe.

My Thoughts
Ease: The Booty Buns OS is super easy to use. All you do is snap the rise to the setting for your baby (They even give you a chart for compared to disposables), snap in your inserts, pull it through, and snap on baby. Can you really get any easier? Plus they give you a coordinating piece of flannel for the inside to make it even easier to clean up when baby poops!!! And now they also supply you with 1 wipe. It is a true ALL-IN-ONE package!!

Price: For me the price is on the high side! The diaper is $25.50 and then shipping is another $6 (no matter how many diapers you buy). For me, I like to stay under $20 for a pocket diaper. But when you add in the wipe and the flannel liner it makes the price not so bad :) For an everything "kit" it seems a lot more reasonable. 
5th and largest rise setting
When and Why I use it:  Well I use it because it was sent to me :)  NO that is not the only reason I use it!!!  I use it because it is super soft and I love the bright vibrant color.  I also use it because even with only the large insert the thing can hold!!!  I have not used this diaper at nap or night.  I have used it for longer car rides though.  I love using it when I know that I am going to be able to show it off :)  Especially under a cute skirt.
Recommend:  I would totally recommend this diaper!!!  Especially if you LOVE pockets and want to try something different.  There are only so many different types of diapers out there to try.  And I love trying all the different types.  The Booty Buns OS diaper is the classic pocket with a new and different twist.  It is worth having at least 1 of these in your stash.  If for nothing else then the AWESOME colors.
Booty Buns OS on Baby K
Overall:   I would give the Booty Buns OS an A- to an A.  I absolutely love everything about this diaper except that I can't snap the 2 inserts together.  I know it sounds like a silly thing but to me, for some odd reason, it means a lot :)  I love that this diaper can be used from Itty Bitty to Potty Training!!!  It truly is a OS diaper.  You can tell when you look at the diaper how big the size range is for it.  Booty Buns you have done a wonderful job!!!  You can order a diaper from their website or from one of their retailers :)  

All opinions are my own and not influenced in any way.  The diaper was provided by Booty Buns for review.  No additional compensation was accepted for this review. 

Celebration Day #16 - GC to Couture Fluff

Tanya from Couture Fluff has been kind enough to offer 1 lucky winner a GC!!!  Tanya is all about ~cloth diapers for the couture baby~ and Modern, hip and cute cloth diapers!  She has a wonderful selection in her store that ranges from diapers to covers and cloth wipes to wet bags.  Couture Fluff has a little bit of everything for your Fluffy lifestyle.  Thank you so much Tanya for this wonderful giveaway!!!

Also make sure to check out my REVIEW of the Couture Fluff OS AI2 Twiggy Fit! (Will be posted no later than Wednesday!!!)

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Baby K's Birthday Celebration Week 1 Winners!!!

This is the winners list for week 1!!!  Thank you so much to all of my wonderful sponsors who have been kind enough to giveaway items to some of the best fans ever!!!  And congrats to all of the winners :)

Celebration Day #15 - Baltic Amber Necklace from Justa Wee Bab

This is the exact necklace the winner will receive!
The wonderful Mama over at Justa Wee Bab Designs is offering my wonderful fans the opportunity to win a Baltic Amber Necklace for their little one!!!  I would like to thank Aimee for this AWESOME giveaway!!!  I have heard so much about Baltic Amber and to be able to have one of my fans win this item is so exciting to me :)  Thank you Aimee!!

A Little About the Item

11 inch Baltic amber necklace, artisan cut disc shaped beads.The color of these beads is almost perfect, pure and translucent. 

Wearing baltic amber close to the skin is a traditional European remedy for baby teething. A natural analgesic, amber will help calm a baby without resorting to drugs. Used for centuries in Europe, amber's natural anti-inflamitory and pain relieving properties are perfect to soothe teething babies. Amber is fossilized resin, which warms against the skin, releasing it's theraputic properties safely and naturally It treats the throat, stomach, spleen, kidneys, bladder, liver, and gallbladder, alleviates joint problems, and strengthens the mucus membranes. As an elixir and for wound healing, it is an excellent natural antibiotic. Amber provides decisiveness. It strengthens your memory and intellect and helps with emotional calming and centering. It is an excellent grounding crystal, and transmutes negative energy to positive. Amber radiates a warm and bright energy. It aids the Abdomen, Bladder, Blood, Eyes, Kidneys, Stomach, Tissue Revitalization, Throat, Liver, Joint Problems.SIZING YOUR NECKLACE: I recommend that parents should measure their child's neck to get exact sizing for safety. A baby's necklace should never hang lower than their chin but should be loose enough for an adult to fit 2 fingers between the necklace and the child's neck. Babies can begin wearing AMBER at the age of 4 months. The typical size chart is a follows: baby - 10.5-11” (0-2yrs)

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