September 2010

Sharing my lucky streak!

by Maria Moser on September 30, 2010

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I had sort of been feeling sorry for myself because I had entered so many giveaways and never won.  You know the feeling, you’re happy for the winners but wonder when it will be your turn!  Shortly after that, my luck changed and I started winning, so I wanted to share with you what I won!

July 28th-$20 Abby’s Lane gift certificate from Show Your Amor (bought a Bumgenius Elemental, watch for the review next month!)

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August 3rd-Mother-Ease reusable shopping bag-Facebook win (I’m keeping my Boba Carrier in this, but it makes a great shopping bag because it has a drawstring.  Plus, I maybe someone will comment on the cloth diaper logo and I can bring them over to the dark side tell them about my cloth diaper addiction habit use!

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August 12th-Yummy Dough from The Simple Things

August 16th-Kushies Kritter-Facebook Win

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August 24th- Unwind beverage from My Life as Married Girl and Mommy

September 1st-Knickernappies 2G pocket diaper from http://www.theclothdiaperreport.com/

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September 20th-Knickernappies 2G pocket diaper from Earth Angels Diaper Co. on their blog.  Since I was lucky enough to win the same diaper twice, one courtesy of Knickernappies/The Cloth Diaper Report, and the other from Earth Angels, watch for a giveaway of the second one next month!

September 21st-Kissaluvs Fitted from The Abby’s Lane’s blog chat giveaways!  Watch for a review of this next month, along with a giveaway (with two winners!) sponsored by Kissaluvs!

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So, it does pay to enter!  I hope some of my readers are winning a few of the giveaways I post on the Friday roundup!!  Get ready to enter a whole lot of great fluff giveaways here during the Year of Fluff event in October!!


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I reviewed the BabyKicks Bumboo Pocket Diaper in May, but now BabyKicks has a 3G Bumboo Pocket Diaper.

Improvements to the 3G include: colors (now available in Poppy, Meadow & Azure as well as white), a new one-size insert, unique newborn snap closure, wider front panel, wider pocket opening, trimmer design and thinner wings to fit chunky thighs.  All the great things about the 2G but even better!

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CSN Stores is not only sponsoring a prize package during the A Merry Fluffy Christmas Event, but they have also agreed to allow me to send a BabyKicks 3G Bumboo Pocket Diaper to two of my readers! 

CSN Stores is a collection of over 200 stores that sells everything from furniture to luggage and everything in between.  They have a selection of diapers as well as an environmentally friendly product category.

Here’s how to enter: All entries go in the form below.  Feel free to leave a comment about the post, or simply to remind yourself that you entered however, comments will not be counted as entries.  Mandatory entries include name, email address and visiting CSN Stores, then telling me what cloth diaper products you think should be in the December Prize Pack.  You may follow this blog (RSS, GFC or email, you choose) for a bonus entry and/or “like” me on Facebook for a bonus entry.  This post will be updated daily (or so) with the # of entries received, for those of you who like to know your odds.

I will accept entries until Tuesday, October 5th, 2010 at 9 P.M. Eastern.  I will select 2 winners using random.org’s true random number generator and notify them by email.  Winners have 48 hours to respond before the prize is forfeited and a new winner is chosen.  View my giveaway rules page for complete details.  This giveaway is open to U.S. residents onlyWinners, please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery to you.

# of entries as of October 5th, 2010 at 9:00 P.M.: 258

https://spreadsheets.google.com/embeddedform?formkey=dE5RcGw3ZGQ0Z3lrZGlSZ0tHV0VfVGc6MQ

FTC Compliance: CSN Stores is providing me with the product, which I will ship to the winners.  I was not compensated for this post; I was not required or requested to write a positive review, and all opinions are my own.

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Mailbox Mondays 9/27/10

by Maria Moser on September 27, 2010

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Every Monday I will answer user submitted questions. They don’t have to be about cloth diapering! I’ll always answer questions via email, but if you would like your question to be answered in a Mailbox Mondays post, send an email with the subject “Mailbox Mondays” to Maria at change-diapers dot com.

Please note: My intent is to get a queue of questions for the next several months, so it may be some time before your submission is posted. If you would like me to email my response so you don’t have to wait until your question is posted, let me know!

Carrie Says:

Maria,



What are your thoughts on the detergent debate? I’ve been reading some manufacturers (like rumparooz) saying use detergents like tide, because they have enzymes, and what seems like most everyone else saying no to tide and other conventional detergents.

Carrie

This is a bit of a hot button issue for me; as I’ve mentioned before, detergent was the sole reason I waited so long to start cloth diapering my son.  There were no “5 star” detergents available to me locally, and it would have been far to expensive to have one shipped. 

The different “cloth diaper detergent charts” had seemingly conflicting information, and every diaper company had their own ideas.  If your stash consisted of all one brand, it would be simpler, but I don’t recommend putting all your “eggs” in one “basket” when it comes to cloth diapers.

So, here’s my take:  What good is a “safe” detergent if your diapers stink and/or aren’t getting clean?  Use trial and error to find a detergent that works for you, and stick with it.  Obviously stay away from detergents with fabric softeners and optical brighteners, which can build up on your diapers.  If a detergent isn’t working for you, if you have buildup or stink, strip and try again.

But what about warranties?  I don’t really know, that’s a personal decision.  For me, I will use the detergent that gets my diapers clean without damaging them or irritating my son’s skin.  If a company decides not to honor their warranty because I used Tide or didn’t use Tide, shame on them.  Stink isn’t covered under diaper warranties, so what good are warranted diapers washed in “safe” detergent that you can’t use?

Ashley says:

What are the most useful type of training pant? The ones on most cloth diaper sites are so expensive, I’m not sure if they’re worth the buy.

Thanks, I never see much input on blogs about training, just diapers.

-Ashley
 
I am still several months away from potty training/learning, but rest assured I’ll be reviewing trainers soon enough!
 
From what I remember from potty training my daughter (she is 5 1/2 now!) we initially just needed a diaper that we could pull up and down to try to go potty, but she was basically still in diapers.  My plan with my son for that stage is to use any side snapping diapers I have (which isn’t too many!) as pull up type diapers.
 
Next was that in-between stage where she wasn’t really ready for undies yet, but she didn’t always need a diaper either.  That’s where the trainers come in.  The Little Beetle Learner is definitely on my “to-try” list.  They are absorbent, but are made from organic cotton, so baby will feel wetness.  They snap off to make accident clean up easy.  I love the idea of a pocket trainer (like the Happy Heinys pocket trainer), where you can use them with as much or as little stuffing as you need based on “where they are” in the learning process. 
 
Encouraging my daughter to use the potty full time wasn’t too bad, but I’m hearing that boys take longer and are more stubborn, so we shall see!

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*Upcoming* BabyKicks Giveaway sponsored by CSN stores

by Maria Moser on September 25, 2010

in Giveaway

>This weekend, I got to go to the grocery store all by myself.  It was blissful I tell you.  I had to make a couple other stops, including picking up some socks for my daughter.  I rounded the corner of the store, past a twin bed set and just about walked smack dab into a Christmas tree.

Of course, I instantly freaked out.  It’s September!  I don’t even have Halloween costumes for my kids!  I’m not ready for Christmas!!  Then I was invited to participate in the Merry Fluffy Christmas Event and I came to terms with the fact that Christmas is only three months away.

Between this event and my “A Year of Fluff” event coming in October, I feel like I’ve let my reader-inos become neglect-arinos (anyone else watch The Simpsons?) 

I’m excited that CSN Stores will be sponsoring a cloth diaper package for the December event (did you know they sell cloth diapers??)  CSN stores is also sponsoring a giveaway now (should probably be up in the next few days!)  I’m going to be giving two readers each a spanking new BabyKicks 3G Bumboo Pocket Diaper!  Since they are brand new, they won’t ship to the winners until mid/late October, but I thought you guys deserved a fun giveaway for sticking with me through my blog redesign (which is still ongoing) and the slow-ness of the blog this month as I get ready for nearly a dozen giveaways (and counting) next month!

Also re: the blog design, it seems to be loading slowly for me, which drives me crazy.  Bear with me as I make some tweaks to hopefully get the page to load faster.

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Each Friday, I will post cloth diaper and babywearing giveaways that I’ve found, or that readers have submitted. The post will be accompanied by a linky where you may enter any family friendly (no “adult” products please!) giveaways, they do not need to be diaper related.

If you have a cloth diaper/accessory/babywearing giveaway you would like to be listed in the next giveaway roundup post, please email a link, blog name, giveaway title, end date and photo (if applicable) to maria at change-diapers dot com. I want to keep the featured giveaways to cloth, accessories & babywearing only, though I have strayed from that a bit lately, clearly!

This week’s giveaway finds:

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The Cloth Diaper Whisperer

Bummis Bamboozle Diaper from It’s Me Melbie (ends 10/20)

FuzziBunz One Size Pocket Diaper from Trees Will Bend and Blessing Natural Products (ends 10/8)

Fuzzibunz One Size Pocket Diaper from Liz has a Life and The Diaper Wagon (ends 10/8)

Tree Huggin’ Designs Monster Wet Bag from Biehl Adventures (ends today, 9/24)

Bummas Wipes from Natural Baby Giveaways (ends 10/15)

Happy Heinys Sized or One Size Pocket Diaper from Chubby Cheeks Thinks (ends 10/4)

Happy Heinys Diaper from Mommy is Green and DiaperEnvy (ends 10/13)

Mother-Ease Training pants from Arizona Mama (ends 10/9)

Mother-Ease Sandy’s Fitted and Air Flow Cover from The Cheap and Choosy (ends 10/20)

Newborn Stacinator Fleece Cover from The Cloth Diaper Retailer Cooperative and Giggle Britches (ends 10/4)

Wee Essentials Diaper from Coping with Frugality (ends 9/27)

Mud Butt AI2 from The Small Town Mom (ends 9/27)

$20 Abby’s Lane Gift Certificate from Dirty Diaper Laundry (ends 10/4)

Preston’s Pants Diaper ($25 GC) from Loves Jurn (ends 10/8)

Ergo Baby Carrier from 5 Vinez Monkeys (ends 10/8)

Ergo Baby Carrier from Mama to 3 Blessings (ends 10/12)

Sleepy Wrap from Wishing Penny (ends 10/5)

$15 Gift Certificate to The Diaper Wagon from Loves Jurn (ends 10/9)

Lulu’s In The Fluff Glamour Wash (Cloth Diaper Detergent) from Biehl Adventures (ends 9/28)

The Eli Monster $20 GC from My Life as a Married Girl and Mommy (ends 10/2)

NorthernMom Wipes from The Etsy Cloth Diaper Team (ends 9/29)

Thirsties Duo Wrap and Duo Hemp Prefold from And Then There Were Four (ends 10/12)

Giveaways still running from last week:
 
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Treehugger Mama Cloth from Crunchy Beach Mama (ends 9/27)

Apple Cheeks Little Bundles, wipes, wet bags from AppleCheeks (several winners) (ends today, 9/24)

AppleCheeks Little Bundle from Monkey Tales (ends 10/10)

$1000 Super Stash Giveaway (several winners) from The Cloth Diaper Blog/Diaper Junction (ends 10/13)

GroVia Diaper from Wishing Penny (ends tomorrow, 9/25)

Moo Moo Kow Diaper from Mama to 3 Blessings (ends 9/27)
 
Babee Greens Diaper from Organic Girl (ends 10/14)
 
Katydid Diaper from The Small Town Mom (ends 9/27)

Little Comfort One Size Bamboo Diaper from Dirty Diaper Laundry and Otter Babies (ends 9/27)
 
Tot Wraps Trainer from Arizona Mama (ends 10/2)

Ergo Baby Carrier from Simply Stacie (ends 9/27) Open to the U.S. and Canada
 
Planet Wise Hanging Wet/Dry bag from Natural Baby Giveaways (ends 10/13)

Thirsties Duo Diaper from Hot Tips 4 U (ends 10/6)

Babee Greens Diaper from The Cheap and Choosy (ends 10/15)
 
Mother-Ease Sandy’s Fitted Diaper from your World Healthy & Natural (ends 9/30)

Knickernappies Superdo Insert from The Cloth Diaper Report (ends today, 9/24)
 
Thirsties Duo Wrap, Dup Hemp Prefold and Stay Dry Duo Insert from The Shopping Mama (ends 9/30)

Sage Diaper from The Review Stew (ends 9/30)
 
Bumgenius 4.0 from Monkey Tales and Diaper Junction (ends 9/28)

Bummis Fabulous Wet Bag from Coupon Clippin’ Mommy (ends tomorrow, 9/25)
 
AppleCheeks Diaper Cover and Insert from SAPsMaMa (ends 9/27)

Mother-Ease Sandy’s Fitted Diaper & Air Flow Cover from Big City Baby (ends 9/28) Open to the U.S. and Canada

Whamies Wet Bag from The Cheap and Choosy (ends 10/5)
 
Knickernappies Diaper from Wee Little Changes (ends 9/26)
 
WHAMies Pail Liner from The Cheap and Choosy (ends 9/30)
 
Snap EZ diaper from Organic Girl and Dapa Diapers (ends 10/4) Open to the U.S. and Canada

FuzziBunz Perfect Size Diaper 3-Pack from Well Born Baby (ends 9/30) Mandatory Facebook Like

Moo Moo Kow Diaper from It’s Me Melbie (ends tomorrow, 9/25)
 
You may enter any family friendly giveaway in the linky below. The form Blog name – Giveaway Item – Ending date works well. At a minimum, please include the item and end date, and link directly to the giveaway.

Please view my post on where I list my giveaways to find more great places to link up!

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