Monthly Archives: Mar 2012

Baby Products Co-sleeping Giveaway

Arm’s Reach Curved Mini Co-Sleeper Giveaway (CLOSED 3/28)


My son is 3 months old now and I’m still in love with my Arm’s Reach co-sleeper! View all of my co-sleeping posts if you want to know why.

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Feeling Lucky For Diapers Sweepstakes – I’m a Sponsor!

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If you’re a Facebook fan, you’ve already heard about the Feeling Lucky for Diapers Sweepstakes. The sweepstakes ends on April 5th, and you can enter daily.

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You get extra entries for “liking” sponsor Facebook pages, and for sharing the sweepstakes with others.

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The grand prize is a Kindle, but I say Kindle schmindle, show me the fluff!

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The second & third prizes are awesome! So go enter now, and every day through April 5th!

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Affiliates Cloth Diapers Giveaway One Size Diapers Pocket Diapers Snap Closure Velcro/Aplix Closure

Bumgenius 4.0 Cloth Diaper Giveaway – Self-Sponsored (CLOSED 4/3) U.S. & Canada


My love of fluff began in 2009 with 3 Bumgenius 3.0 cloth diapers, so it’s only fitting that I would give away a Bumgenius 4.0 to welcome all the new faces (and to say thanks to the folks that have been around a while!)

Consider “liking” me on Facebook, following me on Twitter, adding my Google+ page to your circles, subscribing to my YouTube channel, RSS feed, email updates or following me on Pinterest. However, this is a one click giveaway entry, so you don’t need to do any of that to get entries.

Giveaway details: One winner will receive a Bumgenius 4.0 one-size cloth diaper in his/her choice of color and closure (ARV $17.95.)

Winner may choose Albert or Lovelace print however, they may be backordered. I will purchase the diaper from a reputable cloth diaper retailer of my choice, including (but not limited to) my affiliates Cloth Diaper Outlet, Kelly’s Closet, Diaper Junction and Mom’s Milk Boutique. Winner name, address & email may be shared with the retailer for order fulfillment only. This giveaway is open to the U.S. and Canada, excluding Quebec, and will end Tuesday April 3rd, 2012 at 9:00 P.M. Eastern. I will select a winner using Rafflecopter, 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 for complete details.

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Please note: This giveaway is not sponsored, endorsed or approved by, nor affiliated with any cloth diaper manufacturer or retailer. I was not compensated for this post, and all opinions are my own.

This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase after clicking the link, I receive a small portion of the sale. Thank you!

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Affiliates Cloth Diapers Flats Mailbox Mondays

Cloth Diaper Advice – Mailbox Mondays 3/19/12 – Flat Cloth Diapers

flat #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers

Do you have a cloth diaper question? Each Monday, I answer a reader question, and ask for my other readers’ input as well.

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.

Leigh says::

Tell me all things flats! I don’t really understand how they are so simple when the folds seem so confusing…

Carolyn says::

And are there different kinds of flat? (What the HECK are flour sack towels, anyhow??) But do they come in different sizes and materials? (Like prefolds?) Or is a flat always a certain size and a specific kind of material?

Ok, you all know I’m a pocket diaper loving Mama, and I am very glad I don’t have to use flat cloth diapers & pins like our Grandmothers did. Even so, lots of people love flats. They can be very affordable, are easy to wash & dry (they are a single layer of material) and can be customized based on how you fold them. Hannah wrote a guest post about using flats while traveling to Italy.

You can get flats for as little as $1.46 each for birdseye cotton and as much as $7.50 each for hemp flats. You may hear people refer to flour sack towels used as flat diapers as well. They are simply lint-free, absorbent kitchen towels very similar is size and makeup to flat diapers. They are available in different sizes.

Flats are generally about 27″ x 27″ before washing (some you can get larger, like Diaper Rite’s) and can be folded into quarters and used pretty much like a prefold; trifolded, or folded & snappied, pinned or simply placed under a cover. Green Mountain Diapers has a page about flats that includes folding a flat to prefold size with another inside as a doubler, flats on a newborn and many other babies, and a photo tutorial of the origami fold. Diaper Pin’s Diaper Pin Corner has lots of flat diaper posts including a photo demo of the mini neat fold and how to pad fold a flat.

I didn’t participate in Dirty Diaper Laundry’s flats & hand washing challenge last year because I wasn’t able to commit to it the week it was being done. However, I believe 50 (or more?) moms participated & blogged about it.

If I had to choose between diapers or food, I would definitely use flats, t-shirts, towels or whatever I needed to. Especially if I didn’t have access to a washer & dryer. Fortunately I have a stash of modern cloth that I love and my own washer & dryer! I know I need to master all the flat folds so I can really be a cloth guru, but it may have to wait until my little one is a bit bigger and I have a little more time on my hands!

Have you used flats? What do you think of them? How did you fold them?

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Arnold Health-full Bread #imabzzagent


I got to participate in the Bzzagent campaign for Arnold (Orowheat in other areas) Health-full breads. I’ve enjoyed their whole grain breads for many years, so I was anxious to try the new breads.

Health-full breads come in 10 grain (5g of fiber, 5g of protein & 80 calories per slice, baked with 10 whole grains), flax & fiber (4g of fiber, 5g of protein & 80 calories per slice, Good source of Omega-3 ALA) and nutty grain (5g of fiber, 5g of protein & 80 calories per slice, baked with whole grains.)

All three have no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives, no HFCS and are sweetened with stevia extract.
The bread is a little premium as far as price range at my store, but it’s so much yummier than plain old white or wheat bread. I love that it has so much fiber & protein, but it lower in calories than the other multi-grain breads (and about the same as white bread.)

Soooo tasty with some mustard, sliced chicken, lettuce & tomato. Mmm…

FTC compliance: I received free product from Bzzagent. I was not otherwise compensated for this post, and all opinions are my own.

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