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Happy Heinys Mini One Size Cloth Diaper Review (Plus Discount!)

Happy Heiny Mini OS Diaper 1

Last week, I reviewed the “new style” Happy Heinys one-size diaper. Today, I’m reviewing the mini one-size diaper! The mini-one size with inserts retails for $17.95, but just like the one-size, there are discontinued colors (burgundy, forest green, hot pink, light pink & peach) available at a $6 discount. Grab one for $2 less if you don’t need an insert, then add the discount code I have for you to get the price under $9!

Happy Heiny Mini OS Diaper 2 sideHappy Heiny Mini OS Diaper 3 back

I chose the light pink figuring it might be light enough to pass for off white. I think it does look rather pink, but I’m not too concerned about it. I mean, it is a diaper, right?

Happy Heiny Mini OS Diaper 4 3 rise settingsHappy Heiny Mini OS Diaper 5 Velcro closures
Happy Heiny Mini OS Diaper 6 inner & leg elastic

“Mini One-Size” is a fitting name, since it looks like a miniature version of the one-size! It has 3 rise settings (the o/s has 4) to fit 4-15 lbs, Velcro closures, and the same leg elastic.

Happy Heiny Mini OS Diaper 7 pocket openingHappy Heiny Mini OS Diaper 8 doubler from os a little wide

The mini one-size comes with two inserts (if you don’t elect to save the $2 instead!) in extra-small and small. I tried the small insert from my one-size Happy Heinys diaper and though it was a wee bit wide. I’m curious about the size and shape of the inserts that come with the diaper, but I have plenty of newborn inserts/doublers that came with all my one-size diapers! I found one that was a little bit narrower and it worked really well.

Here is each size measured folded and stretched:

Small:

Happy Heiny Mini OS Diaper 9 small foldedHappy Heiny Mini OS Diaper 10 small stretched
Happy Heiny Mini OS Diaper 11 small

Medium:

Happy Heiny Mini OS Diaper 12 medium foldedHappy Heiny Mini OS Diaper 13 medium stretched
Happy Heiny Mini OS Diaper 14 medium

Large:

Happy Heiny Mini OS Diaper 15 large foldedHappy Heiny Mini OS Diaper 16 large stretched
Happy Heiny Mini OS Diaper 17 large

Here is the largest setting and the smallest setting of the mini one size, compared to the smallest setting of the (full size) one size:

Happy Heiny Mini OS Diaper 18 large mini os vs small osHappy Heiny Mini OS Diaper 19 small mini os vs small os

Here’s my “model” in a preemie disposable, compared to the smallest setting of the mini one-size:

Happy Heiny Mini OS Diaper 20 preemie disposableHappy Heiny Mini OS Diaper 21 preemie back
Happy Heiny Mini OS Diaper 22 smallHappy Heiny Mini OS Diaper 23 small back

Newborn disposable vs. medium setting of the mini one-size:

Happy Heiny Mini OS Diaper 24 newborn disposableHappy Heiny Mini OS Diaper 25 newborn back
Happy Heiny Mini OS Diaper 26 mediumHappy Heiny Mini OS Diaper 27 medium back

I also have a review coming up of the extra-small Happy Heinys pocket diaper, along with a separate post comparing it to the mini one-size. Grab a discontinued color without an insert, use the discount code below, and get a mini-one-size for under $9! I also wanted to mention Happy Heinys’ Micro Mini Stages AIO diapers, which fit babies 1-3 lbs, 2-4 lbs and 3-6 lbs. While it makes me sad to think of babies that tiny, I think it is awesome to have a cloth option.

See fit on a newborn.

Discount: Shop http://www.happyheinystore.com/ and enter ThanksBloggers10 at checkout to receive 10% off your entire order!

FTC compliance: I purchased the above products myself, with a coupon code. I was not compensated for this post and all opinions are my own.


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Renpure Organics Shampoo & Conditioner Review + Deal at CVS

renpure organics

So again I’ll say that I’ve had a hard time switching my personal care products over to more natural alternatives. I admit, I love the way my shampoo, conditioner, soaps, body wash etc. smell and work. Since I started “CVS’ing” in 2007, I haven’t had to pay real money for any of that kind of stuff. It’s also given me the opportunity to try a lot of new brands I wouldn’t have otherwise.

I have a handful of mainstream shampoo/conditioner brands that I love. They smell good and leave my hair clean, soft, shiny and silky. At any given time, I have 4-6 bottles of shampoo (plus their matching conditioners) in my stockpile. If one of my favorites comes up free (or better than free) it goes in the back of the stockpile. If it’s not a favorite, it gets donated.

CVS usually has a lot of great deals around Thanksgiving/Black Friday, and they are open on Thanksgiving! So for the past 3 years, I’ve taken a break from cooking Thanksgiving morning and gotten a haul of good stuff. Nothing like the buzz of a great bargain shop to get you through the cooking. 🙂

Last year, CVS had Renpure Organics shampoo & conditioner on sale for $4.99, and when you bought it, you got $4.99 Extra Care Bucks back (limit 2.) Renpure has quite a selection of shampoo/conditioners, but my CVS didn’t have many. So, I got the “I love my hair” body & shine shampoo/conditioner. I’d love to try the “my savvy hair needs sleek” smoothing formula, or maybe even the revitalizing or strengthening formulas.

Anyhoo, the Renpure products do not contain sulfates, parabens, dyes, gluten, phthlates or propylene glycol. It’s made with 100% certified organic extracts and the formula I got contains hydrolyzed soy protein, green tea, chamomile and sunflower oil.

Shampoo ingredients:
•Water (Aqua)
•Decyl Glucoside
Sugar derived foaming agent based on Coconut Oil
•Disodium Lauryl Sulfosuccinate
Vegetable Oil based foaming agent
•Cocamidopropyl Betaine
Coconut Oil based mild foaming agent
•Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate
Sugar derived foam stabilizing agent based on Palm Oil
•Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract
Certified Organic anti-inflammatory
•Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract
Certified Organic anti-oxidant to protect hair color
•Hydrolyzed Soy Protein
Natural protein replenishment
•Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein
Natural protein replenishment
•Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil
Certified Organic natural hair lipid
•Panthenol
Pro-Vitamine B5 moisturizing and hair repair
•Polyquaternium-10
Hair conditioning agent
•PEG-150 Distearate
Palm Oil based thickener
•Glycol Stearate
Palm Oil based pearl opacifier
•Polyquaternium-47
Hair conditioner
•PEG-100 Stearate
Palm Oil based thickener
•Cetyl Betaine
Coconut Oil based foaming agent
•Coco-Glucoside
Coconut Oil based foaming agent
•Glyceryl Oleate
Palm Oil based emulsifier
•Amodimethicone
Modified silicone hair conditioner
•Glycerin
Vegetable Oil moisturizing agent
•C11-15 Pareth-7
Solubilizer
•Laureth-9
Solubilizer
•Trideceth-12
Solubilizer
•Benzophenone-4
Sunscreen to protect hair color
•Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate
Food grade pH stabilizer
•Citric Acid
Fruit acid based pH adjuster
•Diazolidinyl Urea
Preservative
•Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate
Preservative
•Fragrance (Parfum)
Pineapple Olive

Conditioner ingredients:
•Water (Aqua)
•Cetearyl Alcohol
Canola Oil based emulsifier
•Behentrimonium Methosulfate
Hair conditioner derived from Rapeseed Oil
•Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract
Certified Organic anti-inflammatory
•Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract
Certified Organic anti-oxidant to protect hair color
•Hydrolyzed Soy Protein
Natural protein replenishment
Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil
Certified Organic source for Vitamin E
•Panthenol
Pro-Vitamine B5 moisturizing and hair repair
•Tocopherol Acetate
Vitamin E for sun protection
•Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil
Natural hair lipid
•PEG-100 Stearate
Palm Oil based thickener
•Dicetyldimonium Chloride
Palm Oil based hair conditioner
•Cetrimonium Chloride
Palm Oil based hair conditioner
•Glyceryl Stearate
Emulsifier based on Palm Oil
•Stearalkonium Chloride
Palm Oil based hair conditioner
•Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate
Food grade pH stabilizer
•Citric Acid
Fruit acid based pH adjuster
•Diazolidinyl Urea
Preservative
•Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate
Preservative
•Fragrance (Parfum)
Pineapple Olive

It had a pleasant smell (not quite what I’m used to, but not bad) and was sudsier than I expected for a non-mainstream product.

The best part by far is that both bottles I bought had “try me free” hang tag (around the neck of the bottles) rebates. Keep in mind that I paid $10.58 in Extra Bucks, then got $9.98 back. So all it “cost” me was 60 cents Extra Bucks for the tax. Even so, I figured it was worth a stamp to try for the rebate. The forms did not limit the rebate to one per household. So, I sent both completed forms and my receipt, not expecting much. Lo and behold I was refunded for both bottles!! $9.98 was the rebate check amount, meaning the shampoo earned me $9.38 in real dollars (vs. Extra Care Bucks A.K.A. monopoly money, LOL.)

I would buy Renpure again (with a good deal of course) but I wouldn’t buy this formula again. I felt it weighed my hair down, and as though I had residue on it. It didn’t really feel clean. My husband finished the bottles because I couldn’t bring myself to use it anymore! No, it’s not exactly baking soda and apple cider vinegar, but I think it’s a good compromise for those of us would-be-crunchy ladies, who are still clutching our mainstream shampoo products in our white-knuckled, sudsy mitts. With the CVS deals, it’s certainly a great compromise for those of us who are pinching pennies too!

There’s another Renpure deal at CVS next week (6/19-6/25.) Please keep in mind that deals can be regional, so check your local ad before you buy! Renpure Organics Shampoo/Conditioner is on sale for $4.99 and when you buy a bottle, you will receive $3.00 Extra Care Bucks. That makes your net cost $1.99. Unfortunately, the limit is just one this time, so you’ll have to choose shampoo or conditioner. You can buy more than one bottle at the $4.99 price, but you will only get one $3.00 Extra Care Buck back. If my CVS has any of the other shampoo formulas I wanted to try, I might try again!



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Tom’s of Maine Wicked Fresh Mouthwash Review + Deal at CVS Next Week

So I tried the Tom’s of Maine Wicked Fresh Toothpaste as part of a BzzAgent campaign last year, then I tried the Tom’s of Maine Natural Deodorant a few months ago.

I’ve explained before that since I’ve been “CVS’ing” since 2007, I haven’t paid more than a few pennies (paid in CVS ExtraBucks mind you…not real money, LOL) for my personal care products, including toothpaste (I only “buy” that if they pay me to take it, and I donate a lot as it is!) deodorant and mouthwash. The deal with the deodorant was that it was on sale for $3.99, and you got $3.00 Extra Care Bucks back. It’s regularly around $5.29 for 16 ounces.

I’ve struggled with switching my personal care products to more natural alternatives, largely because I can’t bring myself to pay $5, $8 or more for things I can get for free (when they are for me anyway, my kids are worth it of course.) Even though 99 cents was “a lot to pay” I figured it was worth a try for something more natural.

If you read my deodorant review, you know that was a bust, but the deal was limit 2, and included the Wicked Fresh Mouthwash. I recently finished the bottle and it was OK. It was definitely worth 99 cents!

Here are the ingredients:

(Name/Purpose/Source)

Water/Consistency/Maine aquifer
Glycerin/Skin moisturizing/Vegetable oils
Sorbitol /Moistener/Corn (Zea mays)
Aloe vera leaf juice (organic)/Soothing feel/Organic aloe (Aloe barbadensis) plant
Propanediol (vegetable source)/Consistency/Corn (Zea Mays)
Natural flavors/Flavor/Natural oils derived from the leaves of mint and other aromatic plants
Benzoic acid (natural)/Preservative/Apples or Cinnamon leaf/bark
Zinc chloride/Fresh Breath/Derived from purified zinc from the earth
Menthol/Flavor/Brazilian cornmint (Mentha arvensis) oil

Sounds a little better than this, eh?: THYMOL (0.064%), EUCALYPTOL (0.092%), METHYL SALICYLATE (0.060%), MENTHOL (0.042%) INACTIVE INGREDIENTS: WATER, ALCOHOL (21.6%), SORBITOL SOLUTION, FLAVORING, POLOXAMER 407, BENZOIC ACID, SODIUM SACCHARIN, SODIUM BENZOATE, FD&C GREEN 3

Anyhoo, I’ll be honest that I don’t think it was quite as effective as the traditional stuff. My breath didn’t seem as fresh and my teeth weren’t slick-clean. However, I would continue to buy it if I can get good deals!

FreeVS CVS has another deal on Tom’s of Maine next week, 6/19-6/25. Please keep in mind that some deals are regional,so check your local ad before you buy!!

Tom’s of Maine Toothpaste, Mouthwash or Deodorant will be on sale for $3.49 and you will get $1.00 Extra Care Buck back when you buy it (limit two.) The 6/19/11 Smart Source Coupon insert is supposed to have $1 coupon for Tom’s of Maine Toothpaste or Mouthwash, as well as a $1 coupon for Tom’s of Maine Deodorant. (Make sure you’re buying the largest paper in your area, ex: my local paper doesn’t usually have the good coupons, but the Washington Post does.) So your net cost would be $1.49 each. Not bad if you’ve been wanting to try their products, or if you already use them!



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