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Winner chosen! Lil’ Outlaws, Almost Heaven Diaper Company & FuzziBunz Changing Set Giveaway


I’ve used’s true random number generator to choose a winner for the Lil’ Outlaws, Almost Heaven Diaper Company & FuzziBunz Changing Set Giveaway.

The lucky winner is fancygrlnancy!


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Cloth Diapers Diaper Covers Made in the USA Overnight Diapering Solutions Review Sized Diapers WAHM made Wool

Mobums Wool Interlock “Night Night” Soaker


I really like my Kissaluvs wool cover, but I wanted a spare for when it was being washed.  I also wanted to get a medium, since the large was a bit, well, large.
I managed to win an auction for a mobums “night-night” wool interlock soaker, for about half the price of the Kissaluvs.  The night night soaker has a double layer of wool through the whole soaker body, wider waist and leg bands, and all seams are serged for durability. 
The size medium I purchased fits a 17″ rise, 15-17″ waist and  9-10″ thighs.
Monique at mobums ended up refunding my shipping (all of it) because there was a slight delay in shipping my soaker out.  I didn’t even notice a delay; it came in about a week.  Still, that was my first hint that mobums has excellent customer service and really values their customers.
The soaker was shipped lanolized with cucumber melon scented lanolin.  I’ve become very sensitive to smells lately and this was a little strong for me.  I contacted Monique and got help washing the scent out.  She was very apologetic, receptive and sweet.  This was nice, since she had no way to know the scent would bother me. 
I thought this would be a good opportunity to show you my wool washing routine!
I fill my utility sink with some lukewarm water and a teaspoon or so of Eucalan, then swish it around before adding the wool.
I squeeze the suds into the wool a bit, then let it soak for 15 minutes or so. 
In the meantime, I get four towels out, and stack them in sets of two.
When the wool has finished it’s soak, I drain the water, then gently squeeze some of the water out of the wool.  Then I lay it on top of a set of towels.
I roll the soaker up inside the towels.
Then move to the next set of towels.
then lay flat to dry.  Mobums soakers can be tumbled dry on low, but I’d rather just let it air dry.  I’m afraid one day I will accidentally dry it on high and ruin it!
Here’s a close up of the leg openings
and the seams inside the soaker
Here the mobums medium is on top and the Kissaluvs large is on the bottom.
another angle
The Kissaluvs has that extra, extra wide waistband to fold over and cover higher waist diapers etc.
The night night soaker actually has quite a bit of stretch to it.
It fit snugly, without being tight.
It fit over that super fluffy booty!
I topped the soaker off with fleece pants. In the morning, I could feel a bit of dampness on the outside of the soaker.  It doesn’t surprise me, and in my opinion, it isn’t a reflection on the quality of the soaker.  My son manages to completely saturate an outrageously absorbent fitted, so the fact that the wool (which is breathable remember) was damp where his tush was compressing it all night, doesn’t concern me!
In the end, this is a great product and the fact that it comes with even better service behind it, makes it worth much more than the price I paid!!
August 2010: Still in our regular night time rotation!
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Eco-Friendly/Green Giveaway Review

SodaStream Review & Giveaway CLOSED 5/5


We don’t drink tons of soda, but we do like to have it occasionally.  However, I love flavored water, especially seltzer, and I’ve even been known to add a dash of orange juice to seltzer.
Soda is expensive, and seltzer can be too, even the generic brands.  I go through flavored water so quickly that it takes up tons of space in the cart, the trunk, the pantry and the fridge.  Not to mention the space in the recycling bin.
One reason I like to have soda on hand is to be able to offer it to guests.  Keeping a few 12 packs on hand again, takes up a lot of space in the pantry, and trying to keep a few of each type cold takes up a ton of space in the fridge.  If we buy 2-liter bottles, it goes flat before we drink it, and that’s money down the drain.
You can read here about how SodaStream helps the environment including less packaging waste and less pollution from transporting the packages.
SodaStream offered to send me a Fountain Jet starter kit and some SodaMix flavors to try and review.  They are sponsoring a giveaway too, so read on!
I was very excited to find this at my door.
It was packaged with bubble wrap that my daughter enjoyed, and some other cushioning materials that I can reuse!

I also got seven SodaMix flavors, and 3 MyWater flavors!

Each bottle of mix isn’t much bigger than a single can of soda, but it makes the equivalent of 33 cans!  Each bottle sells for $4.99-$6.99 and makes 12 liters of soda.

All of the bottles in my pantry took up about the same amount of space as a 12-pack of soda, but the 7 bottles would make over 19 12-packs worth.  Each tiny bottle of MyWater mix makes 20 1-liter bottles.

The FAQs say to keep unopened bottles in a cool, dry place, and for the “coldest soda,” you should keep opened bottles in the fridge.  The MyWater bottles say to refrigerate after opening, and to use within 6 weeks of opening.  I am used to things requiring refrigeration after being opened, so I decided to store them in the fridge just to be on the safe side.  They didn’t take up much more space than a few cans of soda.
The SodaStream website says “SodaMix bottles feature a “best before” date which relates to optimal taste. Rest assured that sodamix can safely be consumed well beyond this “best before” date, however peak taste is ensured by consuming prior to this date. Sodamix will typically arrive at your home with about 3-4 months remaining prior to the “best before” date, therefore please order no more than a 3-4 month supply of sodamix.”  I had one bottle with a Best Before date in this fall, one in December, and the rest were early next year.

The machine is small, sleek and lightweight.

I have it out on my counter instead of being hidden away like my other small appliances! 
It actually looks great with my stainless appliances.
The machine had a tag with some quick tips on the it.
I still read the instruction sheet, and referenced it as I tried it out.
The Fountain Jet has a drip tray that’s easily removable for cleaning.
I’m ready to set it up and try it out!  It was really pretty easy.  I had to install the CO2 cartridge.
My starter kit came with a 14.5 oz cartridge that will carbonate up to 60 liters.  The spare/exchange deal works just like propane tanks.  Exchanging a cartridge this size costs around $15.  Getting a spare is slightly more.  Looking at their online store, it appears you can’t exchange just one of the smaller ones, so I would have to do the buy 1 spare/exchange 1, which is regularly $49.99, on sale for $30.99.   (The Earth Day sale runs through 4/23 and offers 40% off spare carbonators).   The shipping charge is $7.99, and shipping your empty back is free.  If you don’t ship it back, you can be charged a $15 fee (basically making it a spare rather than an exchange).
You can also search for a retailer and look for one that sells spares and/or exchanges.  For us, the nearest is about an hour away.  We’re used to this.  Our mall’s anchor stores are Sears and JcPenney, not Neiman Marcus and Crate and Barrel.  We travel to a “big mall” city a few times a year to shop for different things, so we could take care of this then, or just order online.
The Fountain Jet also accepts 33 oz/110 liter carbonators.  Other models do not.
In any case, installing it was easy.  I removed the back panel.
Installed the cartridge
and replaced the cover.
The Fountain Jet comes with two BPA free, reusable PET bottles. 
You can get extras for $15 per two pack.  They are 1 liter size.  They also have 1/2 liter travel size bottles.
Much sturdier than a store bought soda bottle.
They cannot be washed in the dishwasher.
The caps have a rubber seal, keeping the seltzer or soda fizzy for much longer than store bought.
You are supposed to be able to use each bottle for up to three years.  The bottles conveniently have the discard date printed on them, but mine say to discard after October 2011.  I imagine they sent me a kit that was a bit older than what they would ship a purchaser.
To carbonate, fill the bottle to the fill line (no more than that!!)
Tip the nozzle out.
and thread the bottle on.
The instructions said to press the carbonating button in short presses, all the way down until you hear a loud buzz.  3 buzzes provide average carbonation, repeat for extra fizz.
This took me a little bit of practice.  I initially wasn’t pressing the button hard enough, and I wasn’t sure what I was supposed to be hearing.  I took a quick video to show you.
My daughter said the “buzz” sounded like a burp, and I think that’s pretty accurate!
Hold your bottle of fizzy water at a 45 degree angle, and slowly pour 1 capful of SodaMix in.  Tighten cap and gently rock the bottle back and forth to mix.
Or, you can do what I did.  I carbonated the water and stored it without adding anything.  The “serving size” is 8 oz of water to 10 ml SodaMix.  So, you could just add about 2 teaspoons of mix to 8 oz of seltzer in your glass, then mix.
What I really like about this is that if your seltzer loses some of it’s fizz, you can re-carbonate it.  You can only carbonate water, so if your already mixed soda loses it’s fizz, you can’t re-carbonate it.  Also, no, you can’t carbonate vodka.  *eyeroll*  Yes, when my hubby saw this, he asked me if you could carbonate anything else, with a devilish glint in his eye and yes, he specifically mentioned vodka.
Also, you can have whatever flavor you like, without having several bottles of mixed soda on the go, taking up space, getting flat!  It also makes it very easy to keep the bottles clean.  Just rinse with warm water, fill with clean water to the fill line, then store in the fridge until you’re ready to carbonate (cold water carbonates better).
What I like most about the Soda Stream, is that I can adjust the mix to water ratio to my taste.  Most sodas are too sweet for me.  Even when I occasionally get Fruit2O, I cut it with about half water.  In fact, my favorite water isn’t sweetened at all.
It’s a rare treat though, because it’s so expensive!
I set up a taste test.
My 5-year old daughter was excited, since she’s only had sips of soda a few times.  It’s actually quite amusing since she really doesn’t like soda.  She makes a disgusted face, but forces out a “yum” or similar, before refusing another sip.  I think she wants to keep her options open to try some the next time, instead of being reminded that she doesn’t like it.
Anyway, I put about 4 ounces of water and 1 teaspoon of soda mix in each glass, then stirred.  I used 1/4 tsp of MyWater in those glasses.
I really wasn’t sure if my husband would like any of these.  All of the SodaMix flavors contain splenda, even the “regular,” non-diet flavors.  Neither one of us is a big fan of artificial tasting flavorings, but he is really bothered by artificial sweeteners as well.  The MyWater flavorings contain natural flavors only, no sweetener (though they tasted sweet to me).
The “regular” flavors don’t contain any High Fructose Corn Syrup.  However, I do wish there were flavors sweetened with cane sugar or stevia.
After a few tastes, we decided we needed a palate cleanser.
Not just goldfish, dye filled goldfish.  What can I say, sometimes it’s worth giving in to pleas for colorful goldfish.  It’s a better “treat” than candy!
Hubby liked the Coke Zero imitation.  He used it just as he uses Coke (ha ha).
He also really enjoyed the Diet Energy drink.  He thought it tasted and smelled just like Red Bull.  The next morning after this taste test, he mixed some up and took it with him on the ride to work, in one of his reusable, aluminum bottles.
My daughter really liked the orange mango (also my favorite).
She also really enjoyed the diet cream soda (as did my hubby).
I thought that the fruity flavors were good with the average, 3 “buzz” carbonation, but the cola, root beer etc. could have used a bit more fizz.
I loved the orange and lemon-lime MyWater flavors.  I thought just a drop to a full glass was great, and that it would taste great in “still” water also.  Even my husband liked the lemon-lime, and that is not his cup of tea (seltzer?).
The only flavor that got a thumbs down all around was the berry MyWater.
I think this would would be great for a party.  You could mix different flavors, even use them as alcoholic drink mixers.  My husband had the idea of having a pump that would dispense the right amount for one glass, which is a great idea.
I figure two liters of this soda costs between $1.43 and $1.77 between soda mix and a large CO2 cartridge (exchange-including shipping).  This is slightly greater than the typical “stock up” sale price on name brand soda in 2L bottles, at my local store.  However, we would end up throwing away about half of that two liter bottle, making the SodaStream much more cost effective for us.  That’s totally aside from the convenience and storage factor.  The energy drink is much, much more cost effective and the savings on seltzer is huge.
SodaStream says you can use tap water, but I would use filtered water.  We have awesome well water that is further filtered.  Even before being filtered, it tastes like mountain spring water (probably because it is!)  So, that may make ours taste extra good!
Right now, we’re having a blast using this.  Before I invest in more CO2 cartridges or SodaMixes, I want to see if we continue to use it after the novelty wears off, or if it collects dust!
Want your own?  Buy one.
Or, win it! 

SodaStream will send one lucky winner a Fountain Jet starter pack (retail value approx. $100), which includes a machine, 1 carbonator, two BPA-free carbonating bottles and two flavors of the winner’s choice.

Here’s how to enter:

1. Leave me a comment with  which two flavors you would choose if you won.  This is a mandatory entry.  
2. Follow my blog publicly.  Current followers count.  Comment saying you’re a follower to get your entry.
3. Fan me on Facebook.  Current fans count.  Comment saying you’re a fan to get your entry.
4. Follow me on  Twitter.  Current followers count.  Comment saying you’re a follower to get your entry.
5. Tweet about this giveaway.  “RT @ Chgdiapers win a SodaStream Fountain Jet Starter Pack valued at $100 until 5/5 #giveaway” Comment with a link to your tweet for your entry.  (One Tweet/entry per day)
6. Write a blog post about this giveaway and link to it.  Post a comment with a link to your post for your entry.
7.  Become a fan of SodaStream on Facebook.  Comment saying you’re a fan to get your entry.

I will accept entries until Wednesday, May 5th, 2010 at 9:00 P.M. 

I’ll use’s true random number generator to select a winner, than notify the winner via email. 

Please be sure to leave your email address in your comment if it isn’t in your profile
Thank you SodaStream for providing me with a Fountain Jet and SodaMixes, as well as the winner’s starter kit.  The freebies in no way influenced my review.
Edit August 2010: We’re still using this regularly and have purchased cartridge and sodamix refills.  I stll wish they had a “make your own” sampler option so we could try different mixes without committing to a full bottle, or a sampler with many flavors we’re not interested in, or have already tried.
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All In One Diapers Coupon Retailers Review Sized Diapers

Bumgenius AIO


I received this BumGenius All-in-one diaper free with my BumGenius coupon and flip purchase from Abby’s Lane.
The size medium I chose fits from 15-22 pounds.  My little guy is about 16.5 lbs as of the day I took this photo.
It fits him wonderfully with plenty of room to grow.
These are a lot like the BG 3.0 O/S diapers.  They have a stay dry inner.
A stuffable pocket to add additional inserts.
They have the same waterproof outer with front PUL “stopper,” the “poop scoop,” aplix closures, rear elastic…all the same great features except it has a sewn in microfiber soaker.
This is a photo of the diaper turned inside out, which helps it dry a bit faster.
These diapers are sized, with the XS fitting from 6-12 pounds (no stuffable pocket on this one), S fitting 8-16 lbs, M fitting 15-22 lbs and L 22-30 lbs.  This makes them even trimmer than the one sized diapers, and they are just as leak proof.
They are priced at $15.95 each, which is $2.00 less than a Bumgenius 3.0 one-size pocket diaper.  If money were no object, I would gladly exclusively use these.  Since money IS an object for us, (a very scarce one at that) I would prefer the one size diapers.
Aside from the cost issue, they would experience the same velcro wear over time (the organic AIOs come with snaps but not these, with the stay-dry inner).  You’d also be unable to separately treat the microfiber insert if it needed some extra stink treatment, which would limit your options (bleach and other treatments can damage PUL).  One person told me she actually removed the soaker from the diaper, which would “save” it, but then it would be a pocket diaper!
The XS/newborn size diapers are priced at $3.00 less.  I would definitely get a few of these to diaper a newborn! But for now, I’ll stick with my 3.0’s, though I’m so glad I got to try this!
Edit August 2010: I still like this diaper; it is very trim and absorbent.  However, it is getting a little stinky.  If I turn it inside out to dry and sniff the microfiber, it doesn’t smell clean.  I’ve had to re-wash it turned inside out several times.
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Baby Legs Giveaway Review WAHM made

Five in a Row Baby Legs / Leggies Review and Giveaway! CLOSED


I had been eyeing BabyLegs for a while, but I really hesitated to buy any.  At $12 (or more) plus shipping, per pair, I was afraid I wouldn’t like them, they wouldn’t fit etc.  Plus, I was having a hard time finding a pair that would match a lot of our diapers.
Several WAHMs make their own version of babylegs out of knee socks.  When I saw the pair of “leggies” that Five in a Row had, I jumped on them.  $5 including shipping?  Yes please!!
If you know me by now, you know I love a personal note!

One end has the original, um, cuff I guess?  Hem?  I don’t know, what do you call that, LOL.  The thing that would be at the top of your sock!!  The other end has the hand sewn part where the foot used to begin.

The socks are stretchy.  That combined with the change in width led to a little bit of a ruffly seam inside, but you don’t notice it at all when they’re on.

We usually use around 7-10 diapers in a day, so after his first change of the day (I usually don’t get him dressed first thing) I gathered up all the diapers I thought might match.

Hmm, the brown & blue might not match that well.  Oh well!

At first I tried the wider, hand-sewn end at the top, and the original, tighter end at the bottom.

Yes, baby holding remote=quiet baby=Mommy can take a picture, LOL!

Are these not adorable?

They eventually slid down.
And when it got over his foot, he yanked that puppy off!
Once I turned them around (tighter end at top), they were just fine!

I think they pink pair she has are adorable.  I was tempted to buy them for my 5-year old to wear with skirts, but I don’t know if she would wear them!

Want your own pair?  Five in a Row sent me another pair in earthy tones of tan, brown, white and maroon (I think?  I’m not great at describing shades of red!)  I think they would be great for either a boy or a girl, depending on what you pair them with.  One lucky winner gets them!

How to win:

1. Leave a comment on this post.  Anything you want to say.  🙂
2. Follow my blog (current followers count).  Comment saying you’re a follower to get your entry.
3. Fan me on facebook (current fans count).  Comment saying you’re a fan to get your entry.
4. Follow me on Twitter (current followers count).  Comment saying you’re a follower to get your entry.

Make sure you leave your email address in your comment if it’s not in your profile.

I will accept entries until Saturday, April 17th, 2010 at 9 P.M., EST.

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