Monthly Archives: May 2011

Cloth Pads Coupon Discount Eco-Friendly/Green Made in the USA Reusable Products Review

“Party in My Pants Pads” Mama Cloth Review & Discount

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This is your fair warning that this post is about mama cloth. Though I try to use discretion in order to not be gross (and not attract weird google searchers!) there is bound to be at least some “TMI.”

Those who have been reading for a bit know that I’ve been interested in Mama cloth for quite a while. Though I know I’m not alone when I say I initially though “reuseable WHAT?!,” it didn’t take long for the idea to grow on me. I think it was after switching my son to cloth that I started to think “hey, I want this soft cloth instead of paper too!” A few weeks ago, Party in My Pants Pads had a special offer where they sent the first 1,000 people (who had never tried mama cloth) a liner, absolutely free to try. Who can say no to that?

From the very beginning, I was impressed with the company. They were understandably overwhelmed by the traffic the promotion brought, and I had trouble getting my form to go through. I wasn’t sure if the 1,000 liners were gone, or if it was just a traffic issue, so I sent them a quick email. I received a personal, very sweet email from Melissa almost immediately. I chose my options (I could choose from mini, demi or luxe in cotton or flannel fabric, I chose the mini in cotton) provided my address, and I was set! About a week later, I received my shipping notice with tracking number.

Party in My Pants Mama Cloth 1 liner

The package arrived so discreetly that I didn’t realize what it was at first! I opened the package while I was waiting to pick my daughter up from school. I wanted to rip into it immediately, but it was packaged so nicely (see the first picture) that I had to photograph it first to show you! I love how the liner folds up onto itself and the wing snaps keep it closed. Also that there’s a little tag labeled “mini liner,” so you don’t have to try to keep track of what’s what.

Party in My Pants Mama Cloth 2goodie

Look what I found when I opened the liner! This was such a fun surprise. It was such a small thing, but just very neat, and speaks volumes about the company. My daughter spotted the chocolate unfortunately, but I did get a bite (and boy, was it delicious!!)

Party in My Pants Mama Cloth 3unfolded

One fun thing about mama cloth is all the prints you can get! I didn’t get to choose the print for my sample, but when I saw what I received, I had to laugh! If you think about it, you are wearing money in your undies when you use disposable feminine products (only you throw it away afterwards!)

Party in My Pants Mama Cloth 4snapped

Of course, there’s no adhesive on mama cloth, the wings snap closed to keep it in place. I love this. Once you snap it on, you can slide it a bit to get it placed just right. With disposable products, I always have the trouble of needing to try to peel it off and re-place it, without the adhesive sticking to everything & having the wings stick to themselves.

Party in My Pants Mama Cloth 5 top

The top of my liner is cotton (you can also choose flannel) and honestly, it just feels so much nicer to have cloth against my skin instead of paper (not to menton it doesn’t crinkle, making me feel like I’m wearing a diaper!)

Party in My Pants Mama Cloth 6 disposable liner

I wanted to see how it stacked up next to a disposable liner, so I grabbed what I had in my stockpile, these Kotex long liners.

Party in My Pants Mama Cloth 7 vs disposable
Party in My Pants Mama Cloth 10 vs disposableParty in My Pants Mama Cloth 11 vs disposable

I think they are very close in size. Once I got the liner situated and the wings nice and flat, I didn’t even notice it. initially I felt like you could/should be able to see the line through my jeans, but I checked (I’m sure I looked silly bending over and looking over my shoulder in the mirror, LOL!) and you couldn’t.

Party in My Pants Mama Cloth 8 lengthParty in My Pants Mama Cloth 9 width

The mini liner measures about 7″ x 2″ and is for very light flow/every day use. They’re available in a variety of flannel, cotton and organic cotton prints and have a breathable nylon layer to guard against leaks. The snaps are also nickel free. The mini liner retails for $9.99.

The pads are available in a huge variety of sizes, from thong liners to queen pads. The Party in My Pants (P.I.M.P hee hee) website has an awesome PIMP prescription page to help you choose the right pad. They sell kits to help you get started, and even have a “Mama Rama Kit” and a “Mama Mini Kit” for postpartum Mama Cloth (you can buy the Queen and Overnight pads separately too.)

So, what my verdict?

-I’ve only used this liner for “everyday” use, so I haven’t had to figure out the washing issue yet, since right now it’s no different than washing undies. However, when my disposable pads bunch up on me, I wash my underwear, I don’t throw them away. So I’m really not that intimidated about washing cloth pads.

-They’re soft and comfy. I find disposable pads irritating in many ways, and since I had my son, tampons aren’t comfortable for me anymore.

-They’re better for the environment, and I find it far more disgusting to have that stuff sitting in my trash can, than to have cloth in a wet bag for a day or two.

-If you normally pay for feminine products, these will save you money in the long run. Like cloth diapers, there’s an initial investment, but it will pay off over time. I’m a big couponer and haven’t paid more than a few pennies for this sort of stuff for years. Still, the benefits of mama cloth are worth it to me. Be sure to check out the sale section, where they have the “Cloth Pad Curious” (what I got) available for $3.99 now that the 1,000 free liners are gone.

-I’m loving this company. Their products are great and well made. The people who own/work for the company obviously care about their work and their customers. The little things like the packaging really impressed me.

So, what are you waiting for? Go try some mama cloth!

Discount: Use coupon code MM52011 to receive $5 off your order of $35 or more. Coupon expires 6/10/2011.

FTC compliance: I received the pictured item at no cost (along with 999 other people) as part of a promotion unrelated to this blog. I was not asked to write this review, I was not compensated for this post, and all opinions are my own.

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Episencial All Natural Skincare – Baby Safe Summer Skincare Review, Giveaway & Discount (CLOSED 5/23)

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Episencial sells natural skincare products designed just for babies and kids. Their products don’t have any icky stuff like parabens or phthlates, are manufactured using solar power, and are packaged in recycled and sustainable materials!

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I received the SPF 35 Sunny Sunscreen (the MSRP for a 4 oz tube is $14), the SPF 6 Protective Face Balm (MSRP $5.99 for .75 oz) and the Soothing Cream (MSRP $10.99 for 4 oz.)

episencial 3 sunscreen

The sunscreen blocks UVA and UVB rays with zinc and titanium. It contains organic green tea extract, sesame, safflower and avocado oils, so it’s great for baby’s skin! Beeswax and organic shea butter make the sunscreen water resistant (not petroleum or chemicals.)

episencial 4 sunscreen on hand

I have “issues” with the texture and feeling of products, but I love this Episencial sunscreen. It goes on smoothly without a lot of leftover white goop, and it doesn’t feel greasy. I am used to applying water resistant sunscreen, then washing my hands with soap 10 times to get the gross feeling off, and finding greasy spots all over everything my kids touched or leaned on!

episencial 5 protective face balm

The face balm is perfect for faces and lips, and contains aloe vera, cocoa butter and shea butter to soothe and moisturize. It’s fortified with vitamins A, C,D & E and contains raspberry juice, cranberry extract and grape seed.

episencial 6 protective face balm on hand

Like the sunscreen, it has a nice texture and isn’t too heavy or greasy.

episencial 7 soothing cream

The soothing cream is perfect for itchy, irritated skin. It contains probiotics, cucumber extract, aloe vera, borage seed oil, jojoba seed oil, oat extract, safflower, green tea, neem oil and calendula extract. All ingredients are designed to soothe and heal dry skin and ezcema.

episencial 8 soothing cream on hand

Keeping with the theme, it has a wonderful texture as well!

You can view complete and up to date ingredients lists on Episencial’s website. Be sure to check out Episencial on Facebook and follow Episencial on Twitter to keep up on all the latest! Check out the Episencial Store Locator to see if these great products are available near you.

Skin Cancer Awareness Month Special: Did you know it was skin cancer awareness month? Episencial has a deal for you this week only (May 16th-23rd) at

Offer: Get 15% off all Episencial products with the purchase of Episencial Sunny Sunscreen!
Promo code: DSSUNNY.
Offer valid: May 16-23 only.

Giveaway: Episencial is offering one of my readers an Episencial Suncare Kit containing a 4 oz SPF 35 Sunny Sunscreen, .75 oz SPF 6 Protective Face Balm and .75 oz Soothing Cream. The combined value of these products is $30, the ARV of the kit is $14.99.

Here’s how to enter: All entries go in the form below. I love comments (great way to remind yourself you entered) but comments do not count as entries.

Mandatory entries include your name, and email address. You may receive a bonus entry if you “like” The NEW page. Please note: this is a new page. You must like the new page to receive this bonus entry. Feel free to “unlike” the old page after you do!

I will accept entries until Monday, May 23rd, 2011 at 9:00 P.M. Eastern. I will select a winner using’s true random number generator and notify him/her by email. Winner has 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 residents of the U.S.

# of entries received as of giveaway close: 187

FTC compliance: I received the pictured items at no cost in order to review them. I was not otherwise compensated for this post, and all opinions are my own.

Disclosure: This giveaway is not sponsored, endorsed or administered by, nor associated with Facebook. By entering, you release Facebook from any responsibility and understand that the information entered on this form will not be disclosed to Facebook.

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Cloth Diaper Advice – Mailbox Mondays 5/16/11 – Washing Diapers with Other Laundry

Sometimes even experienced cloth diaperers have cloth diaper questions. Mailbox Mondays are where I take user-submitted questions, answer them, and ask my readers to weigh in too!

Questions don’t have to be cloth diaper related, just email maria at with “Mailbox Mondays” in the subject, or Fill out my contact form for readers, which you will always be able to find on my Contact Page.

Hannah says:

Hi Maria,

I have a question that maybe you could weigh in on, or your readers!

My 22 month old son has been doing great on the potty, woo-hoo! My diaper pail is getting 3-8 wet/dirty diapers or training pants every 3 days. I don’t like letting things sit longer than that, and it doesn’t seem worth doing a load of laundry for just that many. Is it OK to put them through a rinse cycle or two and then wash them with other items like his clothing, or towels or sheets? Is there anything I shouldn’t wash them with? Any other options people have done, like hand washing?

Thank you!

Hannah VW

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New Facebook Promotion Guidelines Explained

You may or may not have heard that Facebook updated their promotion guidelines on May 11th, 2011. While the guidelines have been slightly restated and are a bit clearer, nothing has changed!

My readers probably are aware that I do not, and have not run any giveaways on Facebook. I don’t require comments, likes, photos etc. on Facebook to enter giveaways. I am aware that many (very large!) businesses run giveaways on Facebook via the wall, liking comments or photos, or saying “when I get xx likes, 5 people will randomly receive xyz.” This isn’t allowed, but this isn’t anything new! It hasn’t been allowed!

Since I’ve had my Facebook fan page (around a year and a half) the Facebook promotion guidelines have been updated/restated twice and each time, people have gotten very upset about the “changes” when in fact, nothing has changed. It seems that Facebook is aware that the guidelines are difficult to understand, and have tried to make it clearer. I was waiting for the day when they started deleting huge pages for violating the guidelines! The guidelines are in place to protect Facebook from any legal involvement in promotions.

I personally think they have done a pretty good job of making the guidelines easy to understand this time. I’ve posted them below with some bold notes of my own. I think the reason people have continued to violate the guidelines is because they have been so difficult to read/understand that people interpreted them differently.

This is #8 in the promotion guidelines, but I am putting it first so you can keep it in mind as you read along:

a. By “administration” we mean the operation of any element of the promotion, such as collecting entries, conducting a drawing, judging entries, or notifying winners. Any time they say “administration” they are referring to all aspects of running a promotion.
b. By “communication” we mean promoting, advertising or referencing a promotion in any way on Facebook, e.g., in ads, on a Page, or in a Wall post. When they say “communication” they mean any reference to the promotion at all. I think this is important to note for those of us who run our giveaways on our blogs, but may link to, post about or advertise them on Facebook.
c. By “contest” or “competition” we mean a promotion that includes a prize of monetary value and a winner determined on the basis of skill (i.e., through judging based on specific criteria). A contest or competition refers to a prize being awarded to someone chosen based on specific criteria (funniest submission etc.)
d. By “sweepstakes” we mean a promotion that includes a prize of monetary value and a winner selected on the basis of chance. A sweepstakes is when a prize is awarded at random, by chance, with no skill or judging involved.

Promotions Guidelines

Date of Last Revision: May 11, 2011

These Promotion Guidelines, along with the Statement of Rights and Responsibilities, the Ad Guidelines, the Platform Policies and all other applicable Facebook policies, govern your communication about or administration of any contest, competition, sweepstakes or other similar offering (each, a “promotion”) using Facebook. You have to follow these rules when running or advertising a contest, giveaway etc. using Facebook.

If you use Facebook to communicate about or administer a promotion, you are responsible for the lawful operation of that promotion, including the official rules, offer terms and eligibility requirements (e.g., age and residency restrictions), and compliance with regulations governing the promotion and all prizes offered in connection with the promotion (e.g., registration and obtaining necessary regulatory approvals). Please note that compliance with these Guidelines does not constitute the lawfulness of a promotion. Promotions are subject to many regulations and if you are not certain that your promotion complies with applicable law, please consult with an expert. If you are running or advertising a contest using Facebook, you still have to follow all laws regarding contests. Meaning, just because you follow the Faceook promotion guidelines, it doesn’t mean you can run a giveaway in states or countries that don’t allow it, require a purchase (or offer extra entries for a purchase, without offering an alternate method to receive the same number of entries, eg: mail in entry) or anything else that breaks the law. From the FTC: “Sweepstakes-type promotions that require a purchase by participants are illegal in the United States. Other agencies, including the United States Postal Service (USPS) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), also enforce federal laws governing contests and prize promotions. And each state has laws that may require promoters to make disclosures, seek licensing, or post a bond. Since state laws vary, check with the Attorney General’s Office in the state(s) in which you plan to advertise.”

1.Promotions on Facebook must be administered within Apps on, either on a Canvas Page or an app on a Page Tab. If you run a giveaway/contest on Facebook, you must use a third party app (wildfire etc.) to run it. You cannot use the Facebook wall, photos, sharing etc.

2.Promotions on Facebook must include the following: All three of these requirements are to make it clear that Facebook has nothing to do with your promotion.
a. A complete release of Facebook by each entrant or participant.
b. Acknowledgment that the promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.
c. Disclosure that the participant is providing information to [disclose recipient(s) of information] and not to Facebook.

3.You must not use Facebook features or functionality as a promotion’s registration or entry mechanism. For example, the act of liking a Page or checking in to a Place cannot automatically register or enter a promotion participant. Again, you cannot automatically enter all “likers” into a giveaway, so all of the “when we get xx # of likers, 5 people will randomly win xyz” giveaways are not permitted.

4.You must not condition registration or entry upon the user taking any action using any Facebook features or functionality other than liking a Page, checking in to a Place, or connecting to your app. For example, you must not condition registration or entry upon the user liking a Wall post, or commenting or uploading a photo on a Wall. You can require that people like your page (or check in or connect to an app) to enter a giveaway, you just cannot have them automatically entered for doing it. You cannot require a wall post, comment, photo, or liking a comment etc. This means that the “like the sponsor and leave them a comment” giveaways are not allowed, nor are the “the comment/photo with the most likes wins” giveaways. Huge companies (not just diaper companies) have continued to do this even though this has been in the promotion guidelines all along.

5.You must not use Facebook features or functionality, such as the Like button, as a voting mechanism for a promotion. Again, you cannot collect votes for photos or comments using the “like” button. Any “the photo with the most likes wins” contests are not permitted.

6.You must not notify winners through Facebook, such as through Facebook messages, chat, or posts on profiles or Pages. If you are running a giveaway on a blog, you can certainly link to the winners announcement on your blog. However, you cannot notify or post winners through your Facebook page, on anyone’s wall/profile, through a message or on chat.

7.You may not use Facebook’s name, trademarks, trade names, copyrights, or any other intellectual property in connection with a promotion or mention Facebook in the rules or materials relating to the promotion, except as needed to fulfill your obligations under Section 2. (emphasis mine) This seems self explanatory at first except:

I assume that whereas now I say “receive a bonus entry if you ‘like’ (my page or the sponsor’s page) on Facebook” I need to just say “like the so and so page” and not use Facebook’s name at all, aside from a blurb (which I will have to add) stating that the giveaway isn’t sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, that by entering you release Facebook from any responsibility and that your information will not be disclosed to Facebook. I’m not 100% positive on this since none of my giveaways are on Facebook (#2 specifically refers to promotions on Facebook-they used the term “on” and not “administer” or “communicate” here), but since since I “communicate” about them (by posting on my page) I figure it’s better to err on the side of caution!

I hope this is helpful to you whether you have a blog or company fan page, or if you’re just a fan wondering about Facebook giveaways!

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Cloth Diaper Giveaways – Roundup for 5/13/11 (plus linky for all giveaways)

Cloth Diaper Giveaway Roundup

It’s Friday, which means cloth diaper giveaway roundup time! I search for cloth diaper and baby wearing giveaways, then list them all in one place for you.

If you’d like me to list your cloth diaper, accessory, baby wearing (etc.) giveaway next week, send a link and description to maria at, or Fill out my contact form for readers.

oh katy cloth diaper

My Oh Katy Cloth Diaper Giveaway ends 5/19 (Open to the U.S. and Canada)

The Cloth Diaper Whisperer

*Itti Bitti Diapers from Mommy’s Peanut Gallery Mandatory GFC follow (ends 5/13) Open to the U.S. and Canada

*Joli Mini Diaper from Crum’s This n That (ends 5/13) Open Worldwide

*Hiney Lineys Vera Cover Sample Pack from Cloth Diaper Geek (ends 5/13)

Thirsties Duo Fab Fitteds & Wrap from Kelly Wels (ends 5/13)

*Cloth Diaper Package from Double Duty Mommy Mandatory GFC follow (ends 5/16) Open to the U.S. and Canada

*Lovely Pocket Diaper from Mommy and Me Giveaways (ends 5/16)

*Comfy Rumps Diapers from Freckleberry Finds Mandatory GFC follow (ends 5/16) Open to the U.S. and Canada

*Tiny Tush Diaper from Home Grown Families Mandatory GFC follow (ends 5/16)

*Swaddlebees Simplex and Basix Diapers from Dirty Diaper Laundry (ends 5/16)

*Hipkiddo Diaper from One Smiley Monkey Mandatory GFC follow and Facebook “like” (ends 5/17) Open worldwide

*Sweet Pea Diaper from Diary of a Devil Dog Wife (ends 5/17)

*Softbums Omni from What Mama Wants Mandatory GFC follow (ends 5/18)

*Baby K’Tan Carrier from Crunch Beach Mama (ends 5/18) Open to the U.S. and Canada

Best Bottom Diaper from The B Keeps Us Honest (ends 5/18)

Bumgenius 4.0 Cloth Diaper from Wee Little Changes and A Mom’s Take (ends 5/19)

$10 Better for Babies GC from so Easy Being Green Mandatory GFC follow (ends 5/19) Open to the U.S. and Canada

*$20 Wee Little Changes GC from Oh So Savvy Mom Mandatory GFC follow (ends 5/20)

*Lovely Pocket Diaper from What Mama Wants Mandatory GFC follow (ends 5/20)

Cottonkind Diapers Package from West Coast Mama (ends 5/20) Open to the U.S. and Canada

*Thirsties Duo Wrap & Prefold from Mama Days Mandatory GFC follow (ends 5/20) Open to the U.S. and Canada

$15 GoGreen Pocket Diapers GC from Love Lives Here (ends 5/22)

Ergo Baby Carrier from Katydid and Kid (ends 5/22)

*Mother-Ease Cloth Diaper & Cover from Nault’s Nook (ends 5/23)

*Rumparooz Diaper from The Changing Table and Journey Through Mommyhood Mandatory Facebook “like” (ends 5/23)

Best Bottom Diaper from Freckleberry Finds Mandatory GFC follow (ends 5/23) Open to the U.S. and Canada

Best Bottom Diaper from Mommy’s Peanut Gallery Mandatory GFC follow (ends 5/23) Open to the U.S. and Canada

*Baby’s Booty Wipes, Solution & Detergent from Mama’s Passions Mandatory GFC follow (ends 5/24)

Blissful Booty Cloth Diaper & Wipes from Marni’s Organized Mess Mandatory GFC follow (ends 5/24)

Bumgenius Artist Series Cloth Diaper from Comfy Cozy Diapers and Mama B (ends 5/24)

Planet Wise Hanging Wet/Dry Bag and Changing Pad from Minnesota Mama’s Must Haves (ends 5/25) Open to the U.S. and Canada

Cloth Wipes from CurlyMonkey and Natural Parents Network (ends 5/26) Open to the U.S. and Canada

GoGreen Pocket Diaper & Rockin’ Green Detergent from The Momccupation Mandatory GFC follow and TWO Facebook “likes” (ends 5/27) Open to the U.S. and Canada

*Knickernappies Diaper from Wee Little Changes (ends 5/29)

Diaper Bundle from Baby Baby Lemon (ends 5/30)

*$80 BabyHawk Credit from The Clothspring Mandatory GFC follow and Facebook “like”/comment (ends 5/31)

*Seven Slings Sling from Kerrific Online (ends 5/31)

*$600 Rumparooz Package from Kelly Wels’ Changing Diaper Book Project Mandatory Facebook “like”, entry is through a FB app (ends 6/15)

*giveaways that have been listed in a prior week’s roundup

You may enter any “family friendly” giveaway in the linky below. The form Blog name – Giveaway Item – Ending date works well. Please at least include the item and end date, and link directly to the giveaway.

View my where I list my giveaways post, to find more places to link up your giveaways!

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