bumGenius 3-Pack Diaper Giveaway

Welcome to the bumGenius 4.0 Cloth Diaper Giveaway!

You can enter to win a package of eco-friendly cloth diapers which fit from birth to potty training! This giveaway is being hosted and sponsored by Sam at the Crunchy Livin Mama Style Blog. Sam has been cloth diapering for over 4 years and has tried many brands, but one of her favorites is bumGenius, namely the one-size 4.0 pocket diaper. I’m happy to share this opportunity for my readers to add 3 of these top-rated diapers to their stash!

Photo Credit: bumGenius

The bumGenius 4.0 fits most babies from 7 to 35+ lbs. The diapers are well-fitting, highly absorbent and have a stay-dry lining inside. You can choose from either snap or hook & loop closure.  Each diaper comes with both a newborn and one-size insert. The newborn insert is great for the first few months when you need absorbency but not too much bulk. The larger insert is adjustable for the perfect fit.  It can be snapped over itself for more absorbency in targeted spots. Another way to use the newborn insert is for a nighttime booster if you have an older, heavy wetter. One really nice feature of the 4.0 is the overlap at the back of the diaper opening to cover the pocket area. It gives a clean look to the back of the diaper but it helps eliminates any redness from the elastic along the back of the diaper. To adjust the fit of a 4.0, use the 3 rows of rise snaps and double row of waistband snaps. Visit Crunchy Livin’ Mama Style to learn more about her experience with bumGenius!

Photo Credit: bumGenius

You can connect with bumGenius on Facebook and Twitter.

To Buy: You can purchase bumGenius! products through a handful of retailers.
To Win: One winner will be chosen to receive a 3-pk of bumGenius 4.0 Cloth Diapers valued at $54.


This giveaway will begin July 25th and run through August 8th at 11:59pm. The winner will be chosen at random through Giveaway Tool. The winner E-mailed and given 48 hours to claim their prize. They will then be announced on the Giveaway Tool. The winner will receive the prize shipped to them from Crunchy Livin’ Mama Style. Any other participating blog is not responsible for prize shipment. Must be 18 years and older. Facebook, Twitter and Google are in no way affiliated with this giveaway. No Purchase Necessary. Void where prohibited by law. Open to US residents only.

Zephyr Hill Blog was not compensated for the promotion of this giveaway. All opinions are our own and were not influenced in any way. Keep in mind what works for us, our children or our family may not work for you. The sponsor will be responsible for prize shipment. Any participating blogger is not responsible for prize fulfillment. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google and any other social media are not affiliated with this giveaway in any way. This disclosure is done in accordance with the FTC. If you have any questions regarding this post, please email Sam at Samantha@Crunchylivinmamastyle.com.

Cloth Diaper Sales: 50% off Planet Wise, $5 Swim Diapers plus FREE Stuff


My bulletin includes over 30 different cloth diaper stores
so you can find just what you need for your baby, at a great price!
Some of these are my affiliate links.

All Things Diapers
Get a FREE swim diaper with a $60 plus purchase using code “swim” at checkout. Valid until 8/31
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Gently used unbleached prefolds for $1.00 each
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Top-rated 1st aid diaper balm starts at just $3.00
This week’s Plastic Free July sale is 28% OFF sitewide until 7/24 – check back for next week’s sale
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Buttons Diapers
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Cloth Diaper Outlet:

Free shipping on orders over $35
Deep discounts in the Outlet section
Save 5% on orders over $50 with code Bonus50
Save 10% on orders over $150 with code Bonus150
Wolbybug diaper covers are just $10.99 – three NEW colors (teal, aqua and platinum)!
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Cozy Bums (Canada)

Charlie Banana final clearance
Bummis Super Brite covers on clearance for $11
FREE shipping for orders in Canada over $99
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Diaper Safari:

Diaper Safari one-size covers are $7.95 for a limited time only
Planet Wise snack bags 50% off
Get 20% off Boba 3G carriers
Get 20% off discontinued Fuzzibunz Elite pockets
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Dearest Diapers:
FREE cloth wipe with an order over $40 using code FREEWIPE
FREE Sky’s Rain Wrap Scrap Teether with an order over $150 using code WRAPSCRAP
5% off orders of $20  or more with code MILITARY
5% off orders of $20 or more with code DSMAMAS (from the Diaper Swappers online forum)
Refer a friend and get $7 store credit

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Diaper Junction:
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FREE RLR Laundry Treatment with a $39 purchase using code FREERLR
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Diva Diapers:
Newsletter subscribers receive exclusive coupon codes (10% off plus free shipping)
Training pants sale – starting at just $11
Imse Vimse swim diapers on clearance for $10
Earn DOUBLE reward points thru 7/24
Every Monday is Mama Monday, one lucky customer who places an order receives $25 Paypal cash!
Every Tuesday is Two-For–Tuesday: one lucky customer will receive TWO of one of their items!
Every Wednesday is Wacky Wednesday: one item on the website will be 15% off
Every Thursday is Thankful Thursday: one random Facebook fan will be chosen to receive a $10 store credit
Every Friday is Freebie Friday: one lucky customer has an item in her shopping cart refunded
Free shipping on all orders over $50; flat rate of $5 for orders under $50
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Ella Bella Bum
Premium embellished pocket diapers
FREE shipping on orders over $75
Just visit the website for an exclusive coupon code for 15% off your purchase!
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Happy Baby Company

Free shipping on orders over $35
Get a FREE mini Episencial Mighty Shield Lotion with orders over $30 using code BUGS5
Check out the Daily Deal up to 15% off
Get 10% off your order with code DS10 (from the Diaper Swappers online forum)

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Imagine Baby Products and Cloth Diapers

For a limited time, all Imagine products (pockets, AIO, flats, prefolds, covers and more!) are up to 38% off
New prints and colors have just arrived!
Pull-up, side snapping training pants are on sale
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Irresistibly Green

Fuzzibunz Perfect Size diapers are $11
Tiny Tush fitted diapers are $11.95
Select Kawaii diapers under $10
Check out the Bargain Bin for diapers under $15
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Itsy Bitsy Bums
Fuzzibunz wipes and wet bags on sale
Pre-loved diapers just re-stocked – get a great deal!
Planet Wise wet bags on sale
FREE shipping on orders over $35

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The Joyful Giraffe:

FREE shipping on orders over $49
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Funky Fluff Stay Dry diapers discounted to $18.69
Check out the diaper deals $10 and under
Every order receives a FREE sample
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Kelly’s Closet:
FREE one-size diaper cover with orders of $59 or more using code LEMONADE
FREE one-size diaper (worth $17+) with orders of $89 or more using code FLAMINGO
NEW Imagine knitted wool covers in stock!
Fuzzibunz Elite final clearance for $13.99
Moby Wrap close out sale (select colors) for $67.96
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Kissed by the Moon:

Spend $99 and get a FREE diaper worth $19+ with code SUNNYDAY
Get 15% off AppleCheeks diapers
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Lil Tulip’s

FREE Lil Tulips lip balm with orders over $25 – no coded needed, just mark the box at checkout
Imse Vimse swim diapers just $5.00!!
EcoPosh organic training pants just $11.95
Smart Bottoms diaper covers – final clearance price of $7.00
Free shipping on orders over $45

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Lil Helper Diapers (Canada)
Save 15% on the Lil Helper starter diaper kit
Visit the site for an instant coupon for a FREE gift with your purchase
NEW customers: try a Lil Helper diaper for 30% off plus get FREE shipping! Write “no code necessary” at checkout
Now in stock – Lil Helper Lite diaper packages for $49 – includes 3 covers, 2 flats and 4 inserts!
Free shipping on all orders over $79

Little Spruce Organics:
EcoSprout detergent on sale
Engel organic fitteds on sale for $14.92
Kate Quinn organic clothing is 50% off
Overs over $100 ship free always
Save 15% always with my exclusive Zephyr Hill Blog coupon code ZH15 (not valid on sale items)
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Mom’s Milk Boutique:

Spend $25 or more and get a FREE BabyLegs flag leggings with code BLFLAG
Spend  $99 or more and get a FREE Aden + Anais swaddling blanket with code FREEWRAP
Wahmies wet bags on sale for $6.65 and up
Planet Wise wet bags on sale for 25% off, starting at $7.12
FREE shipping on orders over $25

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My Sweet Pickles
July 21 and 22: save 10% to 15% on your favorite brands: Sweet Pea, Blueberry, Imagine, Planet Wise, Thirsties, SoftBums, AppleCheeks and CJ’s
Geffen Baby prefolds on sale for $5.46 and up
Get 5% off a purchase of $45 or more with code NEWCUSTOMER
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 Nicki’s Diapers

Bummis diapers are 10% off for a limited time
Bumkins Snap-in-Ones are Buy 2 Get 1 FREE
Get 25% off Planet Wise products
Spend $50 to $99 and get a FREE pair of baby leggings
Spend $100 or more and get a FREE 2-pack of snack bags
Jellystone teethers are 20% off
GroVia discontinued prints are 30% off
Visit the Closeout section for 30 to 50% off
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Over the Moon Diapers

Get FREE shipping with orders over $60
Fuzzibunz clearance: inserts for $1.49 and XS Perfect Size diapers for $6.98
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Smart Snugs Diapers

Get a FREE gift with any wet bag order – free gift ranges in value from $5 to $400!! (one shopper’s free gift will be a full stash of diapers). No code needed.
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Squishy Tushy
Free shipping over $45
FREE swaddle blanket with your purchase over $65 using code “lovey”
More discounts on gently used cloth diapers
Exclusive blog discount gets you 5% off everyday – zhblog

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Sweetbottoms Baby Boutique
FREE shipping on all orders
Bummis Training Pants on sale for $13.50
Blueberry Coveralls, hook and loop, $14.95
FREE samples with every order over $25
FREE Sweet Pea one-size diaper cover with a $50 purchase using code SWEETPEA
FREE Planet Wise medium wet bag with a $65 plus purchase using code WETBAG

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Thanks Mama Cloth Diapers
*New* Get free shipping on ALL orders
Imse Vimese covers on clearance for $9.95
Kushies diaper wraps just $5.99
Kushies training pants just $7.99
Get a FREE diaper cover with the purchase of a Kissaluvs fitted or contour diaper package
Get FREE hemp inserts with any purchase of a Fuzzibunz diaper package
Get FREE microfiber inserts with the purchase of a Thirsties Duo diaper package
Changing Diapers book now just $5.99
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Tiny Tush Cloth Diapers:
Made in the USA.
Perfect Fit diaper covers on sale for $8.25
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Coupon code save5 gets you 5% off every day
Earn 5% rewards on purchases and get free shipping on orders over $75

TushMate Cloth Diapers
Starter kit is just $25.78 and includes a one-size cover, a stay-dry liner and TWO cotton/hemp inserts!
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Up on the Hill Diapers
Tea Collection sale – use code SPRING to save 25% on Spring clothing
BabyKicks hemp prefolds on sale, starting at $5.75
GroVia wool wash bar on sale for $6.99
Rumparooz one-size diaper covers on sale for $13.60
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NOTE: If you are placing an order from Canada with a merchant offering “free shipping,” it wouldn’t hurt to check first. Sometimes free shipping applies only to the continental U.S. Thank you for supporting my sponsors and affiliates! If you’ve got some coupon codes and sales to share, or find an error/omission here, please leave a comment below.

HUGE Cloth Diaper and Baby Auction Starts Tomorrow!


How would you like to have fun bidding on cloth diapers, teething jewelry and popular brand name mama and baby products AND support a wonderful charity at the same time?

It’s all happening at the Cloth for Everybum Facebook page starting Sunday at midnight!

Cloth for Everybum is a 6 month cloth diaper lending program that teaches diaper kit recipients proper use and care through trained mentors. Donations of all kinds, including new and used diapers, are appreciated by anyone who can help. Diaper kits contain 18 prefold diapers, 2 inserts, 3 covers, 4 pocket diapers, 12 handmade wipes, 1 wet bag, 1 cloth-friendly rash cream sample and 1 detergent sample.cfelogo

Cloth for Everybum’s mission is based on the old adage “If you teach a man to fish, he will eat for a lifetime.” Giving free diapers is not the primarily goal; the idea is to give ALL families the chance to use cloth and see how easy it can be – and how much money and waste it can save. Receiving a free starter diaper kit enables families to try cloth AND gives them time to save up to purchase anything they might need or want for their stash going forward. Then, they can “pay it forward” by returning the loaner kit, and the cycle will start all over again for another family. Alternately, the diaper kits can be purchased at the end of the rental period.

Donations to Cloth for Everybum can be mailed or dropped off; financial giving is possible online by simply choosing the chapter you wish to give to.


You will have the chance for 1 week to bid on the following:

  • Brand name cloth diapers and accessories (Thirsties, Snappi, Diaper Safari and more)
  • WAHM cloth diapers and accessories
  • Teething jewelry, hair accents, etc.
  • Baby food and infant feeding products
  • Breastfeeding products
  • Toys, bookmarks and much more!!

The auction will begin on Sunday, July 20th at midnight and end on Monday, July 28th at midnight – all items can be found in the designated photo album via Cloth for Everybum’s Facebook page.

Have fun bidding! You’ll see me there!





How Labor Pain Can Be a Good Thing


Five of my seven deliveries have been natural, and it’s my preferred mode of operation. “But why on Earth would you want to go through that pain if you don’t have to?” I’m sometimes asked. It’s a reasonable question. Maybe this post will help give you some perspective.

Pain can clue you in to how far along you are. I can easily push a broom or mop around during early labor but find it difficult to even talk when I’m having a contraction at the end of active labor. Your pain level is a pretty good indicator that it’s “time to go” if you’re having the baby somewhere besides home. It can tell you when you’ve gone from active labor to transition.

Here’s a great story to illustrate this point. A friend of mine was having some extremely painful contractions but they were 30 to 60 minutes apart. When she gave this information to the hospital they advised her to come when the contractions were more regular and closer together. She hung up the phone and waited again. A contraction came that brought her to her knees. Disregarding the hospital’s advice she told her husband “Let’s get in the car NOW.” Sure enough, the baby came very soon after their arrival. Pain, and not timing, was the tip-off. And that’s not an isolated case, because I have yet another friend who only had 3 very painful contractions in the course of one day before it was time to start pushing! Her midwife wisely judged the situation by how painful that very first contraction was, even though two hours had gone by before the next one came.

Pain can alert you when something is wrong. With my third child I labored for quite some time on my hands and knees; due to my back pain it seemed like a good position to be in. But the pain was overwhelming and unusually “sharp” and I wasn’t making any progress. This was a different kind of pain and I knew something wasn’t right. It didn’t take long for my midwife and me to figure out my little girl was not descending like she should. We decided to try a different position.. Thanks to the changes, our daughter descended within minutes. She was born two pushes after that. I often look back and wonder how I would have picked up on those “distress signals” had I been totally numb.

Pain lets you know when and how to push. Pushing can potentially be more effective when you can feel everything. Epidurals don’t just mask pain; they can completely obliterate the sensations of pressure, bearing down and crowning. With my second epidural, it was kind of surreal to be coached through pushing while everyone watched the peaks and valleys of my contractions on a monitor. I couldn’t feel anything, so I just obediently did what I was told. I balled up my fists, shut my eyes and pushed like Sisyphus on steroids. I pushed until I was blue in the face. But since I had been pushing blind (i.e. harder than I actually needed to), I paid dearly for that the next day with broken blood vessels all over my face, a throbbing backside and aching abdominal muscles.

Pain makes the birth experience even more memorable. Painful events become strongly cemented in the mind. Experiencing pain during labor marks the event in a special way for a woman. When great suffering is followed by great joy and relief, it’s almost magical. It’s amazing to go from intense pain to intense peace as your hold your newborn. Just minutes ago you were in agony and feeling as if it would never end; now just minutes later you are quietly going about the business of being a mother – putting on that first diaper, giving the first taste of milk, putting tiny socks on those little feet. Without the pain, the climax isn’t so earth-shattering. A marathon runner might want to collapse right after crossing the finish line, but when he hoists the trophy high it feels that much more special because of how his body suffered physically and mentally to reach that goal.

A warm stove feels better when you’ve just come in from the freezing cold. Water tastes better if you drink when you’re parched and dry. A hot meal is heavenly when you’re ravenously hungry. That feeling of “the agony was worth it!” is both humbling and exhilarating after labor.

John the Apostle penned a very memorable verse nearly 2000 years ago that captures this exactly: “A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world.” (John 16:21)

Pain can have spiritual value. Labor is very intense and I know spiritual thoughts will probably NOT be foremost in my mind, so I make sure to “offer up” my pains in a sacrificial way before arriving at the birth center.  I just give it God ahead of time. Perhaps He can use the gift of my pain to help another person. I leave that all up to Him. :-)



How to Recycle and Reuse K-Cups


At Christmas, my husband completely surprised me with a single-serve coffee machine. To get an idea of how much I liked my present, I’ll just tell you that the 40-pack coffee sampler we bought was gone in less than two weeks (hanging head in shame). I love my Keurig and the convenience that single-serve coffee packs offer, but I don’t love all the waste generated by the single-serve cartridges. We did buy a reusable/washable filter that works with the Keurig, but I still like being able to pop a K-Cup in there without measuring grounds and washing a filter. The K-Cups are especially handy when we have company over and are pressed for time.

Like many others, I’ve wondered if those hundreds and thousands of K-Cups could be re-used or recycled. I never found any satisfactory answers to this question….until now. Recycle A Cup™ has created a little tool that separates the plastic K-Cup from the cartridge so you can re-use or recycle them. Recycle A Cup sent me their new tool to review, plus a pack of decaf K-Cups to facilitate the testing process.


What’s in a K-Cup? Components include the aluminum foil lid, the coffee grounds, a heat-sealed paper filter and the plastic cup. It’s not that you can’t recycle the parts, it’s just that separating them out is time consuming. And while Keurig has recently launched a Grounds to Grow On program, it’s only available to commercial customers right now. Where does that leave the average consumer who goes through hundreds or possibly thousands of K-Cups per year? This is the problem that Recycle A Cup has sought to address.

Here are the basic steps for using Recycle A Cup:

#1 LOAD: Place a used (cooled down) K-Cup into the holder. Gently turn until you feel the puncture hole on the K-Cup align and settle with the tiny little pin at the bottom of the holder. Put the lid on top, lining it up with the notches on the holder.

#2 TWIST: Without pushing the green buttons, give the lid a quarter turn to set it for cutting. Then press and hold both green buttons while twisting one full turn. This completes the cutting process.

#3 SEPARATE: Release the buttons and remove the lid. The top part of the K-Cup, with filter bag and grounds still attached, will come loose. The plastic bottom will remain in the holder; pop it out by pushing your finger through the hole in the bottom.

#4 RECYLE OR REUSE: The white plastic cup can be recycle or repurposed (see below for ideas). The filter bag and grounds can be composted. The foil lid can be peeled off and recycled.

Here’s my quick photo tutorial, plus there’s a video on You Tube if you’d rather see it in action.


What can you do with the separated plastic K-Cups? Simply find a local recycling center that accepts #7 hard plastics. If they can’t be recycled, you can repurpose them as seed starters, or wash and use for freezing things like mini Jello treats.



Seed starter idea, as seen on Pinterest

Plastic cups can also be collected and mailed in batches to Recycle A Cup, and they will take care of recycling for you:

Medelco, Inc.
Attn: RAC Processing
54 Washburn Street
Bridgeport, CT  06605

Recycle A Cup is not actually made of recycled plastic, however the company hopes to change this within in the next two years. You can still recycle the tool at the end of its useful life, though.

Here’s a brief summary of my thoughts on the Recycle A Cup:


  • The separation process is quick and easy. It takes me about 20 seconds, which is much faster than trying to do it manually.
  • There is no mess.
  • It can potentially reduce a massive amount of K-Cup waste (13% of the US population enjoyed a single serve brew yesterday – that’s a lot of plastic cups ending up landfills)
  • By exposing the organic component (coffee grounds) Recycle A Cup can help speed up decomposition (as opposed to the grounds being trapped in the plastic cartridge)
  • Your initial purchase of the Recycle A Cup tool includes 2 extra replacement cutting blades.


  • Recycle A Cup does not separate the foil top, paper filter and grounds; this must still be done by hand and is messy. As the website explains, though, it’s not a perfect process, and is one meaningful step towards making the use of K-Cups more eco-friendly.
  • Recycle A Cup is specifically designed to work with K-Cups and so may not work with all single-serve cartridges.

If you want to go the extra mile and break down your K-Cups completely, I recommend standing over the sink as you work the paper filter and coffee grounds loose, and have a container ready to dump it in for composting. You’ll need to wash your hands and rinse out the sink when done.

Here is what you end up with after breaking down a K-Cup completely:


Recycle-A-Cup suggests that replacement cutting blades be purchased every 30 days. A package of 6 costs just $9.99.

If you are excited about the prospect of being able to recycle all those plastic cups, Recycle A Cup has made it easier in more ways than one. They are offering a special promotion to my readers; you can get this nifty little tool for just $9.99 (which is five bucks off the regular price) PLUS free shipping with promo code jcd8nv.




Imagine Training Pants Review & Giveaway


Imagine Baby training pants have worked well for both Susanna and Samuel, so I wanted to go ahead and share an official review with you. The Prefolds to Potty Training giveaway hop seemed like the perfect time to do this!
PrefoldstoPottyTrainingFINALHosted by Lauren at lo-wren.com and Maria at Change-Diapers.com, this event began as a one year cloth diapering anniversary celebration for Lauren last year, but has grown into a celebration of the journey from diapering through potty training. Join us for two-and-a-half weeks of cloth diapering and potty training guest posts, introductions to some amazing products (to help get you through the diaper-potty training journey), two amazing grand prize packages, and a blog hop with fifteen other bloggers giving away cloth diaper and potty training prizes! Be sure to check out (and thank) our amazing grand prize sponsors, and “hop” on over to the other participating blogs via the linky at the bottom of this post.

Two years ago, I purchased the Emerald trainers in size large:


A view of the inner lining and sewn-in soaker (it only unsnaps on one side so I can’t open it up completely to photograph).


Here are the basic features of Imagine Training pants:

  • Cotton knit outer with a 100% flannel lining
  • Hidden layer of microfiber to absorb small accidents plus a hidden layer of waterproof PUL in the wet zone
  • Snaps on one side (the right side of your child’s hips)
  • Three sizes: Small fits 21-29 pounds, Medium fits 24 to 35 pounds and Large fits 31-41 pounds.
  • Five colors to choose from

Our Imagine trainers worked well for both Samuel and Susanna at a certain stage in potty training. This was the time when they were actively learning and were able to get through *most* of the day without a big accident. For the inevitable “oops,” these training pants are sufficient, but you have to change your child pretty quickly or it will wick onto clothing.

In this picture, Susanna is wearing the size large; she is 2.5 years old and 31 pounds.


Here’s a quick summary of my thoughts:


  • The cotton knit fabric is very soft and comfortable. It has a bit of stretch and the fit is superb.
  • The flannel lining helps them feel wetness immediately.
  • The inner layers are sufficient to catch a small accident but don’t add any bulk to the trainers.
  • Drying time is normal.
  • They look like “big kid” underwear, and not at all like a diaper (see photo above on Susanna)
  • The bright colors are fun.
  • They are very durable. I’ve used for over two years with two different toddlers and all I note at this point is some normal pilling on the fabric.
  • At $13.95, they are affordably priced. (NOTE: they are on sale for a limited time for just $11.95 each!)


  • They run small, so to have an XL size available would be great. Lots of toddlers are still learning at age 3 and beyond.
  • The snaps on one side are very handy (and they are well-hidden so as not to look like a diaper); it would be nice to have them on both sides! However, if your learner does not like snaps of any kind on their “big boy” or “big girl” underwear, this would be a plus for you.
  • The tiny side snaps are a *little* less secure than the regular-sized snaps you see on most cloth products. Sometimes, one or two will come undone as I’m pulling the trainers up or down on my children. However, they’ve never come unfastened while wearing.



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Nuby Booster Seat Review & Giveaway


Last year I reviewed Nuby’s step stool and was so happy with its performance that I was very curious about the booster seat. Nuby’s booster is made of durable plastic in a limited variety of color combos: pink with purple handles, green with orange handles and blue with green handles. It has a wide base and contoured design for comfort. I received the orange and green seat from Nuby in exchange for a review.

Here are the specs:

  • Holds up to 65 pounds
  • Includes white safety straps for securing to a chair, and also 3-point straps for fastening around your child.
  • Base measures 14×14 inches at its widest
  • Seat boosts your child up about 5 inches.

There are holes in the bottom of the seat to feed straps through around your child’s waist.

Like the step stool, this is a very durable yet lightweight accessory. Both of my toddlers can pick it up with no problem; the textured handles on either side make this even easier.


It has worked fine to boost Susanna up at the table, and is just the right height to allow her legs to fit under the table.


Note: the seat is secured to the chair, but the child restraint straps weren’t yet fastened when I snapped the above picture.

Both of my toddlers have actually enjoyed the seat much more for play. They sit it in, climb on it and put their dolls and stuffed animals in it. When used away from the table, the straps are not needed and can be easily removed.




If you’d like to pick up Nuby’s Booster Seat for your child, try retailers like Target and Walmart, Amazon and Bed, Bath & Beyond. They retail for about $14.95.

Here’s how to connect with our friends at Nuby:


Did you know that all Nuby sippy cups are on sale at Target right now? This promotion ends Saturday, July 12th!

You can enter to win a Nuby Booster Seat for your child. Just use the Rafflecopter entry form below. Giveaway is open to US residents only and ends July 10th.







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Cloth Diaper Innovations Giveaway: Win a Diaper Sprayer!


How do you deal with dirty diapers between washings? Scrape them? Dunk and swish them? User liners? Or perhaps you have a sprayer.

QD Spray is a mom-and-pop enterprise that was started to address a very simple problem: the price of diaper sprayers. I’m one of those mothers that has put off buying a sprayer for my entire diapering experience because I don’t want to spend fifty or sixty bucks on an accessory. I know that those who have them love them. But still I hesitate. And so do LOTS of other mothers I know.

Besides a lower price, QD Spray proposes a few more advantages:

  • You aren’t confined to the potty. QD Spray hooks up to your laundry sink, your bathroom sink, your tub, etc.
  • You can still use it with your toilet, if you want, because there are three lengths available: 4 feet, 8 feet and 12 feet.
  • You can spray diapers without bending over or kneeling at the potty.
  • You can adjust the water temperature.
  • You can use QD Spray for lots of other things besides diapers. Some ideas: washing your hair, your pets, the children, rinsing and cleaning the tub or sink, and so on.
  • You can travel easily with it. Take it off your sink, put it in the carry bag and hook it up at your next stop.

But don’t you have to spray diapers in the toilet? I wondered that, too, and here’s the answer. All the pipes in your house drain to the sewer or a septic system, so the waste is going to the proper place. I’ve learned over the years that many mothers do rinse diapers in the tub or a large sink (while first knocking off the big stuff in the toilet). Instead of flushing when rinsing is complete, you can mist the sink with Lysol or some other type of disinfectant.

I chatted with Melissa at QD Spray about this question and she told me “People can most certainly spray off the poop wherever they choose, but we find the most people feel comfortable spraying it off in the toilet.”

Courtney, who has the QD Spray in stock at Over the Moon Diapers (starting at $39.99), sent me a couple of pictures which show how it attaches to the sink faucet:


The QD Spray will fit most faucets, but not all. There are additional adapters that can be purchased. You can check the website for known-exceptions.

I’m really thrilled about getting the opportunity to personally review the QD Spray and share with you on my blog! But with baby #8 coming in just 4 short weeks, this will have to wait until fall. However, today you get to go ahead and enter to win one of your own!

innovation1Over the Moon Diapers has put together a truly one-of-a-kind event to showcase innovative cloth diapering products. Read about and enter to win some great prizes from the brands featured below, plus be sure to follow all the participants on social media! Giveaway ends July 11th at midnight and is open to US residents only. Good luck!

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8 Things to Know Before Giving Birth Naturally


Here I am about 4 weeks from my due, so it’s the perfect time to publish part two of my “pain management in labor” series. In part one, I shared the facts about epidurals (which I’ve had twice). Today’s post, part two, is about natural/unmedicated birth. The final installment will talk about labor pain itself and what the purpose is.

Birth without drugs is painful, or at the very least uncomfortable. I’ve heard of truly painless births but they must be very rare exceptions. What this all means is, that without medication, it helps to have a good idea of what you might expect so you can have coping techniques on tap. Without drugs, you’ll need a few more tricks up your sleeve.


Here are some of the most common things that mothers experience during a normal delivery (via the birth canal) without medication of any kind.

It can be noisy. Your husband might especially benefit from knowing this beforehand, or he might go into “panic mode” when you cry or yell. Making all kinds of noise is normal and expected during labor. Doctors, nurses, midwives (and even those annoying med students who come in to peek at you) expect it. Just try not to scream; you’ll scare yourself and everyone else in the room!

It can change your behavior. Perhaps you’re just a bit snippier than usual. Or maybe you completely morph into that angry, green Marvel comics hero. I can’t say how you’ll act, but I do know that the pain, stress and hormones of natural labor can make you do or say some things that are not “typical” for you. Once again, the staff has seen it all, so don’t worry on that account.

You can decline the constant checks. Does the doctor realize just exactly how much those constant cervix checks hurt, and does he deliberately time it during a horrible contraction?? Checking for progress not only adds to your discomfort, but each intrusion introduces the slight possibility of contamination. I know doctors are terribly curious about when you might deliver (and release them from duty!), but you CAN decline the routine probing. My midwife always asks if she can do a check, the understanding being that I can say yes or no.

It can get intense at the end. God designed most labors to progress gradually so you have time to adjust and cope. Contractions become more frequent and painful, but you muster your resources and manage as best you can. You might even feel that, despite the intense pain, you’re “in the zone” and doing whatever it takes to bring your child into the world. And then transition comes. Forget everything you’ve been doing until this point, because (for most women) transition can be quite overwhelming. Sometimes we cry. Sometimes we beg for drugs. Sometimes we fear it’s never going to end. I told my midwife once “I’m going to split in two with the next contraction!!” (Amazingly, I didn’t.) Everyone’s level of pain or discomfort will be different, but things definitely ramp up and get more intense during and after transition. Just knowing that it’s coming can help psychologically with coping. Knowing that what has been working may suddenly not bring any relief at all is good to know (as opposed to panicking and thinking something is wrong).

It can burn during crowning. Thanks to veteran mothers (and not Johnny Cash) there’s a very description nickname for this sensation: “The ring of fire.” You’re stretched to the widest point just before delivery to accommodate your baby’s cute (but huge) head. One of my friends has a personal vendetta against the ring of fire. She can’t say enough nasty things about it. For me, it’s not so bad. It stings like the dickens, but it’s so different from the painful contractions I’ve been feeling for hours, and it’s so brief, that I actually welcome the feeling, in a morose sort of way. For me it means the baby is just about to come out and that’s a HUGE morale boost. I grit my teeth and endure this milestone with a sense of relief. Interestingly, a few women don’t even experience this sensation at all, but it bears mentioning.

It can help to curl up. Being in pain makes you naturally want to arch your back. Don’t. Especially in the pushing phase. Although everything in me fights against it, curling inward and tucking in my bottom while pushing works amazingly well to move a baby down and out. My midwife has to repeat this to me over and over while I’m pushing, because I’ll tense and straighten with the contractions.

It isn’t over when the baby comes. All the pain seems to momentarily vanish as your gloriously squalling newborn is held aloft for all to see. But there just a few more unpleasantries you need to be aware of. Delivery of the placenta (or “after birth”) can also be quite painful, though not as much as active labor. Getting stitched up (if you tore) can also be mighty uncomfortable. If you nurse right away after an unmedicated birth, the afterpains feel like menstrual cramps. The more babies I’ve had, the more afterpains hurt. For me, though, having the baby I’ve waited 9 months to see cradled in my arms is like a balm that helps to lessen the pain of these after-birth inconveniences.

It might not be what you expect. Some women prepare like champs for their natural delivery and are completely shocked at how difficult it was despite positive imagery, prenatal conditioning, and breathing techniques that would put a Tai Chi master to shame. Still others walk (waddle?) into labor with plenty of horror stories from friends and family members, and are later able to say “I don’t know what the big deal is. It wasn’t that bad.” Natural childbirth is truly the most unpredictable type of birth because there are so many variables that result from a mother’s unique response to pain, pressure and hormones. 

Have you experienced natural childbirth, or do you hope to? What advice would you give to an expectant mother?


Third Time’s a Charm: Maternity and Newborn Giveaways!

Third Times a Charm Maternity and Baby Giveaways

Hello and thanks for checking out the Third Time’s a Charm event hosted by First Time Mom and Zephyr Hill! We’ve come together as veteran moms who have been there and done that to bring you what we feel are some of the best maternity and baby products out there. Each participating blog has a maternity and/or baby themed prize that’s at least worth $25. Hop around from blog to blog by using the linky in this post and see what must-have maternity and baby product each blogger thinks you should have!

Our grand prize packages are ones that Bert has tested and approved during her pregnancy with baby #3, Keira, as well as on Keira now that she’s on the outside world. We can’t wait for you to get to know our sponsors and their sometimes sanity saving products.


3TC maternity PackageMaternity Prize Package – These products can be used during pregnancy and some can be used after you’ve given birth to your new little one. Take a moment to check them out for yourself.

Spark of Amber - I reviewed the Raw Amber necklace in Campfire. I don’t have chronic pain so I didn’t really see a difference so my stepmother-in-law, who suffers from migraines at night, tested the necklace out. She definitely saw results and my father-in-law has said he’s noticed that she’s no longer in visible pain like she had been. You’ll be able to win an adult amber necklace in your choice of color!

Dr. Brown’s Gia Angled Breastfeeding Pillow – I first met this wonderful breastfeeding support last year at the Baby Ladies Baby Shower in Chicago. I loved how the pillow was shaped and the support it offered. Now that I’m using it in action I’m even more impressed. It’s ten times more supportive than the Boppy and both myself and my sister (who’s still currently nursing her 11-month-old son) like it a lot.

Mod Mum hospital gowns – There is nothing worse in my opinion than wearing the hospital provided gown during your entire hospital stay. They just look so bleh and let’s be honest, you’ve put in a lot of work the past months plus the labor and delivery. I love Lisa’s, the owner of Mod Mum, sense of style and the fabrics that she uses for her gowns. You’ll read my full review later but this is definitely a product you have to check out.

Chewbeads – Chewbeads are necklaces that mom wears that are safe for baby to chew on. I love wearing jewelry. Once my children turned four months I could pretty much guarantee I wouldn’t see another necklace around my neck for the next six months. That’s all changed with Chewbeads, they’re super cute and on trend too!

Maxwell Designs – If you’re not in the cloth diaper community using cloth diapers there’s a pretty good chance that haven’t heard about Canada-made Maxwell Designs. Maxwell Designs uses the best fabrics and their totes are so cute. Every bag, whether it’s a tote or a wet bag, is made with care which is one of the reasons this newer (to the US) company is really on the rise. I had the opportunity to review their cosmetic bag and I loved the shape of the bag. I also really liked the lining of the bag and how easily I could wipe away some of the loose powder that escaped in transit.

Pink Lemonade Mama Cloth – One time as I was folding Kendall, my oldest daughter’s, diapers and I touched the inside of the diaper and thought, “It would be nice to have underwear made out of this.” Well, you can! It’s called mama cloth and Pink Lemonade is the place to get it. For the event, I reviewed their Post Partum Pads. I was so impressed with how comfortable they were and how much they were able to hold without leaking.

Dana Decals – Wall decals are all the rage now and what makes Dana Decals stand out in my opinion are the designs they offer. You can walk into any big box store and buy some wall decal that’s in every home in your neighborhood. Or you could check out a shop like Dana Decals and find an original wall decal that will set your room apart from the rest. This is a must for nursery decorating.

3TC The Newborn PackageThe Newborn Package – What do newborns do? Eat, sleep and poop! Naturally the prizes in this package go right along with their basic needs.

Smart Bottoms – I love Smart Bottoms’ products and their commitment to provide organic fibers in their diapers. Plus, everything is made and sourced in the US. Their Born Smart diaper is the perfect fit on a little tush with skinny legs.

Thirsties – I’ve been so impressed with Thirsties’ hemp prefolds and of course their covers. In a jam and when I’m tired I just trifold the prefold and lay it in the cover. There’s a fold on the inside of the diaper that helps keep the prefold in place.

Nommy’s Nappies - Sarah and I go way back, okay only a year, but her Nighttime Nappy is my go to overnight fitted. The Newbie Nappy is just as high quality and efficient as the Nighttime Nappy.

Zookaboo!I just about go into credit card overload whenever I look at Zookaboo!’s website so when I had my very own newborn t-shirt with a diaper cover and match hat for Keira to wear I just couldn’t stand how cute she looked! I’m so excited for you to win one of your own too!

aden + anais – I adore these blankets!! I’m sure you’ve seen them everywhere. What sets Hayden’s Heart swaddler apart is the message behind the blanket. It’s to raise awareness for Congenital Heart Defect as well as to help the families with medical bills.

Crafting TreeYou have to check out this breastfeeding infinity scarf. I can’t wait to tell you more about it so keep your eyes peeled for the review.

Black Wolf Designs – Michelle, the creator of Black Wolf’s jewelry, is truly talented. I love the washer necklace that she made for me.

Honey Pot Herbals - Laura has been using a salve for the past few months on BabyCakes that’s from Honey Pot Herbals. She’s really liking how nicely it goes on BabyCakes’ skin.

Farm to Front Porch – Farm to Front Porch does all things burlap! I love her burlap wreaths and banners and I can’t wait to show you the banner she made for Keira.

The event runs from today until midnight on July 7th. Good luck! Simply enter by completing the Giveaway Tools form(s) below. You may enter to both packages, however, you can only win one of the packages. Open to US and Canada. Don’t forget to hop around from blog to blog!

The Maternity Package

The Newborn Package

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First Time Mom, Zephyr Hill and participating Third Time’s a Charm bloggers are not responsible for fulfilling prizes. Prize fulfillment is the sponsor’s responsibility and obligation.