The 2012 Choose Your Charity Event

Newborn Stash Cloth Diaper Giveaway – (Ends 10/20/12)

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Win a HUGE STASH of newborn and one-size cloth diapers!

Welcome to the Newborn Stash Cloth Diaper Giveaway hosted by Daily Mothering and a group of fantastic bloggers! This incredible giveaway event is sponsored by Kissed By The Moon, a cloth diaper and natural parenting store. Together we are giving away a huge prize of cloth diapers and accessories to one lucky winner!

A little about the sponsor!

Kissed By The Moon offers a wide variety of cloth diapers and other natural parenting products. They provide excellent customer service and super fast shipping, along with cloth diaper rental programs, mystery fluff packages, Kissed Cash rewards, and gift registries. Join their newsletter and “like” them on Facebook for special promotions like coupon codes, sales, freebies, double Kissed Cash, and more!

SPECIAL EVENT COUPON: Shop at Kissed By The Moon and get 8% off your order over $25! Use coupon code nbstash at checkout! Expires Oct 27, 2012. Not valid on bumGenius, Flips, JuJuBe, Sloomb, Bumby, Ergo or Grovia items, as well as items already on sale and Mystery Fluff or rentals.

Giveaway time!

One winner will receive this amazing Newborn Stash valued at $295!

Prizes include:

  • Fuzzibunz Perfect Size XS Cloth Diaper
  • 2 Swaddlebees Newborn Simplex Cloth Diapers (1 Swirls, 1 winner’s choice)
  • GroVia Newborn AIO Cloth Diaper
  • 2 Lil Joey Newborn AIO Cloth Diapers
  • Bumgenius 4.0 Cloth Diaper (Mirror, Aplix)
  • Bumgenius Elemental Cloth Diaper (Sassy, Snap)
  • Bumgenius Freetime Cloth Diaper (Dazzle, Snap)
  • Bumgenius BabyLegs
  • Rumparooz Cloth Diaper (Limited Edition White with Black Snaps)
  • Swaddlebees One-Size Simplex Cloth Diaper (Red)
  • Blueberry Minky One-Size Pocket Cloth Diaper (Dinos)
  • AppleCheeks Cloth Diaper with Organic Insert
  • CJ’s BUTTer 8 oz Jar (Warm Vanilla Cake)
  • 2 Pairs of Babee Greens Hemp/Organic Cotton Nursing Pads
  • White BabyLegs
  • Jujube Coin Purse and Key Ring

As you can see, there are many one-size diapers in the prize pack too,
so even if you don’t have a newborn, you don’t want to miss this giveaway!

Giveaway ends October 20, 2012 at 11:59 PM EST.

This giveaway is open to USA only.

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First time cloth diapering momma 2 month update …

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Its been 2 months since I began my cloth diapering journey and I’ve had alot of fun so far.

My husband and I decided to cloth diaper to save money but the fact that it is better for the environment, a wide variety of styles are available, and the softness of the cloth diaper against our baby’s sensitive skin keeps us motivated to continue to cloth diaper even though it has been more work to cloth diaper than what was expected.

While cloth diapering has many benefits it is more time consuming in my opinion. I have to wash, fold and put away my diapers which is something a person does not have to do with a disposable. However, a disposable cannot be resold and I have managed to basically cloth diaper my baby for free for the last 2 months (excluding the cost of washing which is minimal). I am sad to say he has grown out of all his newborn diapers except the Swaddlebees Newborn Simplex. He has a few more weeks left in those.

Before washing, I use a sprayer attached to my toilet to wash off any poop. This is something that isn’t a requirement to cloth diaper but I do it because I plan on re-selling my diapers and I believe this will help protect my investment. I’ve accidently gotten water in my eyes while spraying. The floor surrounding the toilet gets wet if I spray too hard which I do often. My hands definitely get wet while cleaning off the exclusively breastfed poop and I wonder if I will be as motivated to cloth diaper my baby once he is eating more then mommas milk. A baby’s poop changes from mushy to solid. I’m anticipating an easier clean-up once baby gets older especially since we use disposable liners (these biodegrade quicker than disposable diapers and are significantly cheaper than buying disposables and create less waste in the landfills). These liners are placed in the cloth diaper then thrown away in the toilet along with the poop by simply peeling it off the diaper or knocking it into the toilet. Hopefully things get easier and I won’t have to spray as often.

I love love LOVE my wool diapers but to properly care for them I have to HAND wash and lanolize them. Handwashing wool can get tedious but I only have to do it once every 2-3 weeks or if it gets soiled. I lanolize about every 2-3 weeks also. I love the smell of my wool wash which is CJ’s Liquid Wool Wash in Oatmeal and Honey and the swishing sound of the water when I’m washing. Majority of the time I don’t mind washing. I do wish the wool would dry faster and that I had more wool so that when one wool is drying I have atleast 2 or 3 more to use. I have found myself not washing wool right away so it will sit there for a few days soiled before I get around to washing it. My life gets busy what else can I say?

Speaking of life getting busy … my little one is waking up now but before I go know that I recommend cloth diapering. It has been fun and I will keep doing it. My husband fully supports it and he is as much hands on in the diaper department as I am. I won’t let him do the cloth diaper laundry though because even though it can be time consuming there is something fun about washing, folding, and putting away all my, uh hum …  the baby’s fluffy diapers.

 

Our Marshmallow is Here!

8.1 lbs & 20" Long ~ Lil' Joey by Rumparooz

On June 23, 2012 my water broke and after about 2 hrs of active labor, with each contraction getting more and more intense … Marshmallow was born.

Thanks to the wonderful support of my husband and mom-in-law and the nurses and doctor I was able to deliver naturally… NO pain meds. I did ask for them but I was reminded that it could affect the baby so I told myself each time after asking … that I needed to be strong for Marshmallow.

We had no problems cloth diapering from the start. Our nurse put his first diaper on him which was a bermuda blue Lil’ Joey by Rumparooz. It fit him perfect! He weighed 8.1lbs and was 20″ long at birth. He was able to wear those until about 3 weeks old.

8.1 lbs & 20" Long ~ Lil' Joey by Rumparooz

 

The Ultimate Fluff Stash Giveaway (Ends June 30th 2012)

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Welcome to The Ultimate Fluff Stash Giveaway hosted by DailyMothering and sponsored by Kebbie’s Diaper Bag! We are giving away a huge cloth diaper prize pack valued at over $600 to one lucky winner!

You could win all of the following:

The Ultimate Fluff Stash    Giveaway

30 Bubbz 3.0 Quadcore Anti-Leak Pocket Diapers
Bubbz Ultimate Wet/Dry Bag
Bubbz Super Cinch Pail Liner

For a total retail value of $634.40!

Winner chooses colors and prints!

Haven’t heard of Bubbz 3.0 Cloth Diapers? These new one-size cloth diapers from Kebbie’s Diaper Bag feature a waterproof TPU outer, super soft microfleece inner, color coded waist snaps, four rows of rise snaps, dual pockets, extra gentle leg gussets, and a Quadcore Anti-Leak Protection System complete with twin gussets, a back pocket gusset, and a front waterproof flap. Each diaper comes with 2 Deluxe Organic Bamboo Cotton Inserts for superior absorption. The inserts snap onto the diaper, and they can either be stuffed inside the dual pocket opening for a stay-dry feel or laid on top of the diaper against your baby’s skin for a soft natural fiber layer. Read the Bubbz 3.0 diaper review at DailyMothering for more details and pictures!

Want to win?

Use the Rafflecopter below to enter the giveaway. This giveaway ends on June 30th at 11:59pm and is open to contestants in the US only, ages 18+.

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Mini Pregnancy Update

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I am still very pregnant and my due date is tomorrow. I am thankful to have carried him full term but I didn’t expect to make it to my due date. My doctor told me at my last check up, last week, that I was 4 1/2 cm dilated and about 70% effaced. I have also been having alot of braxton hick contractions and lost the mucus plug … I figured I would have delivered by now but no, I am here writing this post.

This is my 5th pregnancy and my last two births were a few days early but the last time I gave birth was about 8yrs ago. *Sigh* God knows the perfect time and all I really can do is wait for when my little one is ready to make his grand entrance. His family are all anxious to meet him and have been asking about him quite a bit these days.

My husband told me yesterday that every time I call him he thinks its “The Call”. Poor guy. I told him I’ll just text him from now on and if I call then it’s time. Hopefully our baby comes safely within the next 24 hours and healthy too.

 

Moms Do It Better ~ $200 Amazon.com Gift Card Giveaway! (Ends on June 14th!)

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Over Mother’s Day weekend my husband decided to fix some plumbing issues with our shower. The shower worked it just didn’t work “well”. He asked me what I thought before he started considering he was going to begin the project on Sat and the next day was going to be Sun,  Mother’s Day. Like a supportive wife I said make a plan and do it. In my head I was thinking can’t it get done next weekend and you just pamper me all day? I’ve been super emotional now that I am only 2-5 weeks away from Marshmallows expected due date so I really wanted him to not be busy an be with me — not knee deep in dirt, pulling pipes apart, and spreading tools and plumbing supplies all over the house. We also didn’t have water for a majority of Sat and Sun and it was a HOT weekend. ….

I feel a little selfish for wanting to keep my husband all to myself and normally I am okay with him being gone with friends or working (it seems like he works ALL the time — his boss even calls him on the weekends, ya thats how bad it gets sometimes) or fixing stuff around the house.

I’m not usually this needy for attention. I’ve had to “kick him out”  a few times and tell him to go have fun since I know how hard he works and very generous he is with his time when it comes to helping a friend or family member out. But now I need him, this is our first child together and we need to enjoy this time as Marshmallows due date is very very close. So, for now I am pulling my wifey card and keeping him close as much as I can for now.

Mother’s Day ended sweetly with the shower working better than ever and hubby cleaned up his tools and all the dirt tracked into the house and tub. The weather cooled down a bit too. Being pregnant during hot wheatehr is no fun.

Some of us may not have a handy significant other or maybe our handy significant other is too busy to fix things around the house. Maybe it’s just easier to call someone to service our homes when something breaks or starts to fall apart. Maybe, we just want things to work “better”.

Mid-Atlantic Door Group has nothing to do with plumbing but they do offer residential and  commercial garage door products. If you need help with fixing that part of your home or would like a garage door that works better maybe you should give them a call. For more info about their services and what they can do for you click here.

 

Below is information borrowed from Mid-Atlantic Door Group website briefly describing their company and services offered:

About Mid-Atlantic Door Group

The  Mid-Atlantic Door Group distributorships consist of five office and warehouse  locations which have been strategically placed to property service our markets  in Maryland, Washington,  D.C., Virginia, and Pennsylvania. We are proud to offer the industries best in both residential and  commercial garage door products.

Whether  you need a custom, Amish crafted, Signature Carriage Collection door for your  home or a premier insulated Thermacore(R) door for a climate-controlled storage  facility, Mid Atlantic Door Group has a garage door that will exceed your  expectations. All of our garage doors and openers are backed by industries best  warranties; demonstrating our confidence in both our products’ quality and  longevity.

In addition to being a  leading Overhead Door Distributor, we continue to provide the area’s most  trusted garage door repair and installation services. Our 24-hour garage door repair services  include planned maintenance, garage door opener service  and repair, garage door spring repair, broken garage door cable repair, roller repair, panel  replacement, and fire door inspection and  drop tests to ensure compliance with the standards  of the National Fire Protection Association.

About Overhead Door Corporation

Overhead Door Corporation  represents the best in craftsmanship, reliability, and customer service within  the garage door industry and is most often recommend by design and construction  professionals.

Overhead  Door has provided nearly a century of innovation to the garage door industry,  inventing the first upward-acting garage door in 1921, and the first electric  garage door opener in 1926. Our tradition of innovation continues while  maintaining our time-honored principles of customer service and quality  control.

Source: Mid-Atlantic Door Group < http://www.doorsnow.com/about.htm >. Retrived May 15, 2012.

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As a thank you to customers of Mid-Atlantic Door Group they are giving away a $200 gift card to Amazon.com to one lucky winner.

Mid-Atlantic Door Group will announce the winner on their blog on Thursday, June 14, and contact the winner directly so they may claim their prize. You may enter the giveaway here on my blog and as soon as I know who won I will annouce the winner also!

Good luck and don’t forget to have fun!

Mid Atlantic Door Group

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3rd Trimester Countdown ~ Marshmallow

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I think we have everything Marshmallow needs and then some but for some reason I still feel unprepared. I’ve had 4 babies before so I have a good idea of what baby really needs but this time around I’m much older (about uhhumm 30 yrs old come June …). So I also know what would be nice to have, like a wipe warmer for instance. It’s not necessary but it can help make baby more comfortable during night changes so he doesn’t get startled by cold wipes against his tiny tush.

My good friends and family have thrown Marshmallow a baby shower and we played many fun games like guess the chocolate poo, what baby food is that??, how big is my baby bump, and a memory game of baby items. I didn’t win any of those games. It’s been 7 yrs since I’ve experienced labor and raised an infant. I am used to my children getting themselves up and dressed with an occasional reminder to ”put the shoe on the right foot”. My two oldest boys whom are 11 and 10yrs old know how to make scrambled eggs, under supervision of course.  Having an infant in the house is going to be extremely different and that is why I keep going over what we will possibly need for our newborn once he is here so we don’t need to rush to the store or go look for it.

Marshmallow has “dropped” which means he is deeper into my pelvis. I can breathe better now that there is less pressure against my diaphragm but I also need to use the bathroom more. Last night I woke up about every 2 hrs to go use the restroom. I’ve contemplated the benefits of straight cathing myself (emptying my bladder manually so I don’t need to get up and out of bad) but it seemed more complicated then just walking the 15 feet of space from bed to bathroom door. Sleeping in the bathroom was not an option but it did cross my mind.

I know I have everything I need and more to welcome our newborn into this world because God has given us everything we need. I’ve been told Im nesting and given my recent activities and emotional outburst I’d agree. I spend my days cleaning out drawers that have been stuffed with junk mail and odd items, sweeping the floor 3x day even though I know it’s pointless to do until all children have gone to bed, constantly washing and folding laundry, rearranging the cloth diaper storage area a billion times (they’re so soft and squishy!), and I have finally vacuumed and cleaned my car out. I hadn’t deep cleaned it for months!

For the next few weeks I will continue nesting and re-checking to make sure Marshmallow has all he needs for when he is born. I will also be making sure his brothers and sister have all they need to make the adjustment and spending time with them so they are reassured that we love them just as much.

Marshmallow 34 wks & 4 days

Guest Writer – My Hubby: “Wife Knows Best”

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Buying the right patterned diaper, searching for the right plush, holding a new fluff to your cheek and determining if baby will like it sounds all too exciting for mommys.  And “sounds” is right.  That’s what I hear when I come home from a long day’s work, and it’s true.  It sounds exciting and for a brief moment I absorb the sounds enough to put a slight grin to my face.   But the grin goes away when I look at how much was spent on the new cloth diaper. Twenty bucks, thirty-five, and in the back of my mind I ask, “aren’t diapers supposed to be cheap?”  But I quickly remember what I signed up for: I’m having a baby and I want what’s bestfor him.

 

Sure it eases my mind a bit knowing that my son won’t be contributing to the millions and billions of pounds of diapers that end up in alandfill just waiting for bacteria to disintegrate it in about 500 years or so,but taking on cloth diapers is no easy task. At least from the father of this offspring’s perspective, cloth diapersseems more daunting than rebuilding my motorcycle’s engine in a weekend andexpecting it to run before heading back to work come Monday.  Of course, I’m a hands-on kind of person andthe idea of cloth diapers hasn’t set in since no hands-on activities have takenplace yet and my son is not due for another 2-5 weeks.  Mind you, diapering teddy bears does not count.

 

So to me, diapering the baby with cloth initially sounded expensive, tedious, and as a friend of mine put it, “with regular diapers you might get sh*t on your hands, but with reusable diapers I guarantee you will.”  And yeah, I considered him an expert in the business since he already had a few children, used disposable diapers, and never thought of using a cloth diaper in his life because he didn’t want to get sh*t on his hands. All kinds of fear set into my head. Thoughts of baby poo on me over turned the notion of having a baby in my life was a happy thing to happen in my life. But thankfully my sweet wife speaks kind words of wisdom, “your friend spent at least $2,500 on diapers raising just one of their kids.  We’ll spend right around $500 saving us about$2,000 with our marshmellow by using cloth diapers.”

 

So now, using cloth diapers sounds like such a great and wonderful idea when she puts it that way. And once she began educating me on the nuances of modern cloth diapers,it didn’t seem all that bad.  Besides saving money and helping the environment, she again made me realize that the point is to take good care of the child that God is to bless us with here soon.  I suppose I will soon be elbow deep in this in about 2-5 weeks and the hands-on experience I seek will come faster than I realize.  I’m not stressed about it, though.  In fact, as I sit out in the sun polishing my Harley for the Summer days, the first thought that creeps into my mind is where will I carry the fluffs? Ah, yes, in the Harley’s left saddle bag next to the wipes and the leather gloves.

2012 Mother’s Day Giveaway #2: Hannah Necklace by Margaret Furlong Designs (retail value $92) – (Ends 5/12/2012)

2012 Hannah Necklace by Margaret Furlong Designs

WIN a beautiful designer necklace by Margaret Furlong Designs for yourself or for your Mom! We are giving one lucky winner one of Margaret’s newest necklaces ~ 2012 20″ Hannah Necklace.

A 20″ sterling silver chain is adorned with a precious Cameo Bella charm and Porcelain Pearl charm. I love this necklace because of the fine detail, simple design, and the pureness of love that shines through. You can also customize the necklace by adding more charms to the 20″ sterling silver chain. Margaret has created many other charms that you can buy seperately to create an even more personal and memorable gift that your mother or wife will cherish.

I’ve collected many of her items which include angels, ornaments, pins, and house decor. What makes her designs special and a great gift idea is the unique meaning of each one. Many of her angels come with Bible verses that is significant in someway.

My favorite angel is the 2″ Way of Light. It’s Bible Verse comes from Psalm 18:28 KJV, “For thou wilt light my candle: the Lord my God will enlighten my  darkness”.

If you’d like to shop her online store you can click here . Her designs are also available from many retailers across the US and you can find a location near you by visiting her website.

2012 Hannah Necklace by Margaret Furlong Designs