Buttons Diapers: Wipes and Liners Review & Giveaway

I love Buttons Diapers! In fact, I use the fantastic wipeable covers with my flats and hemp prefolds and now have four of them in my stash. Amy recently told me some new prints are coming at the end of Spring, so it looks like I’m going to be buying a few more! :-)

 Amy sent me a few things from her shop to try out and share with you: a 100-count roll of Flushable Bamboo Liners (retail $7.00) and a 15-pack of Cotton Flannel Wipes (retail $7.00). Both of these are good products at a really great price, so read on for the full review and a chance to win some for yourself!

The wipes are one layer of unbleached cotton flannel with red stitching around the edges. They measure just under 8 inches square and after washing shrank about 0.25 inches, which is expected. Flannel is a soft and smooth fabric so it has worked well for the average diaper change. The only improvement to these wipes would be to have a second layer of fabric that’s a little bit “nubbier” for stubborn messes. But if you’re looking for a soft, basic wipe at a bargain price, you can’t beat these; you get 15 for just $7.00!

If you haven’t used flushable diaper liners before, I urge you to give them a try. They can considerably cut down on (and often eliminate altogether) “dunking and swishing” time if you’ve resisted the urge to buy a sprayer like I have. Now, I have tried several mainstream brands of flushable liners and Buttons is now my top choice. I will definitely be buying another package when the complimentary sample I received runs out. They are just about as good as a liner can get with features like a great price (100 sheets for $7.00), silky soft fabric and a size that’s just right.

Each liner is perforated and easy to tear off the roll, one sheet at a time:

See what I mean about the size? At 6.5 x 11.5 they aren’t too skinny or too wide, and they coordinate perfectly with all Buttons inserts. The length is almost exactly equivalent to a standard, infant-sized prefold diaper, which you can see in the photo below. For smaller babies you can fold up the back or front a little; it creates no extra bulk. For larger babies or toddlers, just shift it to the back of the diaper slightly (that’s where you want most of the coverage anyway).

If you’d like a chance to win these two products for yourself, enter using the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!

 

ENTRY FORM

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Hits: 2551

Which Farming Family Inspires You? (Win $25!)

 

Just last week, I featured the Blythe family from Kansas and talked about some of our own hobby farm projects (keep watching your inbox because posts on building a coop and raising chickens are coming soon).

Today, I’m highlighting the Woodrow family:

This family has been farming since the 70′s, when Kelly Woodrow was only eighteen and worked alongside his father. Now his sons are part of the operation. Farming is one of the few occupations left in America that is multi-generational, with land being passed onto family members and everyone (even down to the littlest grandchildren and great-grandchildren) contributing in some way to the business.

The Woodrows raise corn, wheat and soybeans in Illinois. This quote from Kelly really resonated  with me because it stresses just how important the farmer has been in history when it comes to innovation and ingenuity:  ”I think we’re the best in the world at what we do, so I think it’s up to the American farmer to keep improving the technology, to keep being a better steward to the land, to keep doing better with the quality of grain, to keep feeding the world. I think as long as we do that, we’ll all survive and we’ll all make a good living. That’s what it’s going to take, everybody working together.”

Which of the featured farming families inspires you the most? Tell me in a comment below and you’ll be entered to win a $25 VISA gift card from America’s Farmers!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Entry form:
a Rafflecopter giveaway

This post was created in partnership with America’s Farmers. All opinions are my own.

Hits: 1520

Morning Sickness Combat Tips from a Mother of 7

Morning sickness is miserable. It’s like having a stomach virus that lasts for months. Some women even have it all nine months!

It’s frustrating to read pregnancy books that devote a couple of paragraphs to it, or generally limit their advice to eating Saltine crackers, sipping on ginger ale and sucking peppermints. A mother who’s suffering daily from this malady will try pretty much anything for relief. That would be me. After 8 pregnancies, I think I’ve tried every remedy out there. Some of them might even make you chuckle. Read on….

I bought audio tapes that you listen to with headphones; apparently, the specially pitched sound waves were supposed to work some magic on my inner ear and make the nausea go away. Did I feel foolish listening to anti-vomiting melodies? You betcha. Did that stop me? Not hardly. Like the woman who grabs her doc by the collar during transition and growls “give me drugs now!” the constant sickness had moved me past the point of caring about appearances. But I distinctly remember running to the bathroom in the midst of one of those sound therapy sessions. Yes, it was a total flop. A complete waste of money.

I tried accupressure bands on my wrists. Sea Bands, they call them. Another flop (but thank goodness for Ebay). They just didn’t work for me, nor did manually stimulating key points on my own. Sigh……..I really wished the Chinese could have helped me with this one.

I tried peppermint tea and ginger tea. They settled my stomach oh so slightly. Not enough to make much of a difference. And thanks to pregnancy food aversions, I was literally (and physically) sick of anything with ginger or peppermint flavors within a week’s time.

I tried those pregnancy lollipops in an assortment of fruity flavors. It was a no go. My children liked them, though!

I tried over-the-counter Dramamine, the motion sickness medication. After a few days I remember wondering if I’d even taken the pills. There was literally no noticeable result. It was that bad.

I tried eating crackers before getting out of bed. It helps for the moment, but you can’t keep eating crackers all day long (sickness isn’t just in the morning).

I tried prescription meds like Phenergen and Zofran. There was a short window of time when the Phenergen would kick in and my nausea would actually subside. I had died and gone to Heaven! Actually, no. I had passed out on the couch because that stuff made me super dopey and sleepy. No way I could take it with small children running around the house. So it had to go. Zofran is quite expensive and helped me only a little. Plus, with any prescription medication you have to do the cost/benefit analysis for your particular situation.

I even tried taking B vitamins before becoming pregnant the second time. Had high hopes for this one because I’d researched it. Got the positive test and a week or two later, I was back in the bathroom again, just like my first pregnancy. That was a pretty pitiful morning as I cried on my husband’s shoulder and said “I prayed that this would be the thing that worked, but I can see now there’s no getting out of it!” (Eve was really on my hit list for a while…..)

And this is just a partial list of the things I’ve tried….

So how have I learned to manage morning sickness?

I use a four-pronged approach.

#1 Sugar

If you know anything about hypoglycemia, then you know how bad it can feel to have low blood sugar. I’m what you might call “borderline,” so the sick, shaky, lightheaded feeling is quite familiar to me. Pregnancy makes it even worse. Naysayers begone, because I’ve found that good old sugar is a quick and easy way to put those hypoglycemic feelings in check and restore good feelings. High fructose corn syrup works even faster! That’s why you will always find Coca Cola (caffeine-free) in my fridge during early pregnancy. Any soft drink will do. I let it go flat and when those waves of hunger/nausea come over me, I sip on cold Coca Cola. The relief is almost instant. It settles my stomach and I don’t feel so shaky. I continue to sip while finding something REAL to eat. It’s important to follow up the sugar with something substantial. Complex grains and proteins are best. And notice I said sip, not gulp. All it takes is a little; I’m not advocating a lot of sugary drink intake during pregnancy. In fact, I don’t even drink soft drinks outside of early pregnancy. If you can’t find any type of soft drink that is palatable, sweet cold lemonade is a good substitute.

Now I realize that many pregnancy women do not find themselves craving sweets early in pregnancy. I don’t either. This tip is not about satisfying a craving. It’s simply about getting a small amount of glucose or fructose into your body to quickly even out your blood sugar and help you feel just well enough to find something else to eat.

Personally, when I’m suddenly confronted with a “sick yet starving” moment, it’s easier to take a few sips of a cold lemon-lime soda than it is to put ANY type of food in my mouth. When you are at the point where you can’t even THINK about food…..try a drink first.

#2 Salt

I was relieved to discover that a pregnant woman’s need for salt may increase, so it’s normal to crave the stuff. Salty grits, salty baked potatoes, salty tortilla chips, salty french fries, salty pickles, etc. All those things made me feel a little better, and they are some of the most-mentioned foods that women report as helping to combat nausea.

 #3 B6 + Unisom

This is a DIY remedy suggested by many midwives and doctors which mimics a beneficial medication which is no longer on the market (Bendectin). It has helped ease my morning sickness somewhat AND shortened the duration (before taking the combo I would be sick for about 5 months – now it’s more like 3). The remedy works best if you take B6 in a “complex” formulation, with other B vitamins and folic acid included.

The remedy is easy to duplicate at home; Dr. Walt shares the standard regimen on his blog (half of a Unisom/doxylamine tablet plus 25 mg. of B-6), but of course you’d want to double-check all this with your own physician or midwife.

Can it make you drowsy? Potentially, since it has half of a Unisom in it. Because of this, I start off taking it only at night. Then after a few days, I will take the mid-day dose when my toddlers are going to be sleeping. Within 7 days, the sleepiness effect seems to wear off almost completely, at least for me, and I can take 3 times a day if needed.

#4 Lying Down

What a funny thing to include, right? Perhaps not. There may actually be a scientific reason for the fact that many sick mothers find relief on the couch or bed. In her book Managing Morning Sickness (aff), Marilyn Shannon writes that low pressure can cause dizziness, nausea and light-headedness, which all happen to be common morning sickness symptoms. My nausea will often lessen just a bit when I lie down; sometimes I even eat or snack reclining on the couch. There’s definitely something to it.

So….using the tips above, this is kind of how an average day goes when I’m in morning sickness survival mode those first three or four months:

  • Wake up, sit up slowly and snack on some Quaker Oatmeal Squares before getting out of the bed.
  • Take my B6/Unisom
  • Walk slowly to the kitchen and get out my can of Coke. Take a few sips while I fix myself something that my stomach will tolerate. Maybe some grits with a lot of salt and butter. Maybe some cold peaches or citrus fruit.
  • Eat my breakfast.
  • Prepare breakfast for other children and then lie down while they eat it!
  • Have a mid-morning snack….or maybe several of them.
  • Have lunch.
  • Take my B6/Unisom after lunch. Put little ones down for a nap and lie down myself.
  • Throughout the day, repeat the “have a little sugar boost while I find something substantial to eat” routine as needed. For me, this is MANY times a day, as my appetite in the first trimester is voracious. (Cruel isn’t it, because that’s also when nausea is at its peak?)
  • Take my B6/Unisom before bedtime.
  • Go to bed with a little bit of something in my stomach. If that sick hunger wakes me up in the night, reach over and nibble on some more cereal. Then, try to go back to sleep again.

This is not a perfect plan but it gets the job done for me. Nothing rarely works 100% (and if it does then you probably had very mild morning sickness to begin with). 

Morning sickness is tough to beat, and I mean tough. It’s a powerful force. The flood of pregnancy hormones that are knitting together that beautiful baby in your womb really do a number on the mama. You can’t make the hormones go away, nor would you want to. So you have to find other ways to combat the nausea.

One last thing I want to address.

Why, even after finding remedies that work or help, do we still feel sick some days?

Because there’s more going on there than just hormone-induced nausea. Bloating can make you feel quite ill and unwilling to eat. Food aversions aggravate sick feelings. Producing excess saliva and that inexplicable metallic taste in your mouth (don’t even start me on these) also can worsen nausea. Add to this the agonizingly slow digestive tract that helps get nutrients to your baby and you can see why morning sickness is a very complicated problem that’s often hard to solve with just one method.

Try one, try them all.

Let’s hear it for relief!

That’s my bag of tricks……what’s yours?

 

Hits: 1051

Try a New Skirt for Spring (and Enter the Giveaway!)

Skirts are great for pregnancy (or any other time, for that matter). They are comfortable to wear and easily coordinate with other things in your wardrobe. When the weather warms up in spring and summer, you’ll especially appreciate the breezy style of a pretty skirt.

My long-time friends at newCreation Apparel sent me something very lovely to review this spring: the popular Diagonal Stretch Denim maternity skirt.

This is not an ordinary denim skirt. The poly/viscose/spandex fabric is very fine and lightweight, with a smooth feel and very nice drape. The color is a deep denim blue with hints of aubergine, and it’s accented with diagonal stitching for visual appeal. The soft and stretchy tummy panel helps to accommodate your expanding waistline during pregnancy.

Solomon – the cat – kept rubbing on my skirt while Catherine was trying to take a photo of me so I finally just picked him up! (Finally got the cameo he always wanted, I guess.)

 

I simply ordered my pre-pregnancy size and then picked my desire length (33, 36 or 39 inches). Many of newCreation’s skirts can be ordered in the length of your choice, and I think that’s one of the best features of their website, and something very unique in the online fashion industry. Size ranges offered are also pretty generous: from ladies small to 2X.

If you want to know my honest thoughts about my new maternity skirt, I’ll put it this way. I’ve worn it more than six times in the past two weeks! And one of those times was church because it’s versatile enough to be dressed up or down. Not only does the contrast stitching give it an extra nice touch, but the hem of the skirt has a bit of flutter at the edges:

Simply put, it’s a flattering and very comfortable skirt, and at just $28.00 I would highly recommend it to any expectant mother as a wardrobe staple.

Here are a few items from their site that are on my “wish list” for after pregnancy:

 

Since I’ve been a customer of newCreation for many years, here are a few more reasons I can wholeheartedly recommend them to you:

  • They sell hard to find items like maternity slips (in cotton!!) and longer silk slips.
  • Shipping is super fast – my packages usually arrive within 3 days.
  • Things I’ve purchased in past years still look and fit great; the quality and durability is stellar.
  • The people behind the scenes are like old friends – kind, generous and extremely helpful. And they are truly committed to providing beautiful, modest and affordable clothing for women.
  • There’s always something for sale in the Treasure Chest – you can find skirts up to 50% off.

newCreation has offered to give one lucky winner one of their skirts! You can choose whatever you want from the site – and the giveaway is open to both US and Canada. Good luck!

Hits: 2354

Thirsties Covers for $7.65, FREE Amber and More March Diaper Deals!

My report includes
over 35 different cloth diaper stores
(with some affiliate links)
so you can find just what you need for baby, at a great price!

BabyLegs
Get an instant 20% off coupon by email just by visiting the site!
Legwarmer bundles are 3 for $10, 3 for $12 and 3 for $20 for a limited time – just search using the word BUNDLE at the top of the home page!
Winter styles up to 50% off – click the SALE tab on the home page.
PLUS save an additional 20% on your purchase with code 20FIRST
Get $5.99 flat rate shipping on any size order
Join the VIP program and receive FREE shipping, member only discounts (up to 20%) and 5% loyalty rewards

Click the store button to start shopping.

BALM Baby

Top-rated 1st aid diaper balm starts at just $3.00
Hint: BALM Baby Pucker lip ointment is on sale for just $2.00 at Green Baby Goods right now!)
Click store button to start shopping.

Buttons Diapers
Cloth diaper AI2 system with covers for just $11 and inserts for $3.50
Free shipping on orders over $75

Click the store button to start shopping!

Cloth Diaper Outlet:

Free shipping on orders over $35
FREE wet bag on orders over $25 with code ILikeFree
Save 5% on orders over $50 with code Bonus50
Save 10% on orders over $150 with code Bonus150
Super Undies trainers and Swimmis on clearance
Click on the Outlet Store and Gently Used diapers for more discounts!

Click store button to start shopping.

Cotton Booty Box
Get a mystery package of cloth diapers and accessories for just $24.99
Click here to get $5 back on your first order!
Top-rated diaper brands in every box – choose boy/girl/gender neutral
Click store button to get started:

Diaper Safari:

Diaper Safari tri-fold bamboo/cotton inserts are just $4.99 for a limited time
Planet Wise snack bags 50% off
Select Beco carriers are 35% off
Get 10% off Boba 3G carriers
GroVia newborn AIO 30% off
Click the store button to start shopping!

Dearest Diapers:
Newborn BabyLegs just $6.95
Free Buncha Farmers Stain Stick with your Order over $50 use code STAINSTICK
Free Squooshi Pouch with your Order over $100 use code POUCH
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

Click the store button to start shopping!

Diaper Junction:
FREE water test strip with a $10 purchase using code TEST10
FREE cloth diaper cream sample with a $10 purchase using code SAMPLE10
FREE deluxe sample of EcoSprout detergent with a $49 purchase using code 49SPROUT
FREE Diaper Junction wet bag with a $69 purchase using code FREEBAG
FREE Diaper Junction OS diaper with an $89 purchase using code FREE89
Diaper Rite organic cotton prefolds – 6 pack for just $8.00
Free shipping on orders of $49 or more

Click the store button to start shopping!

Diva Diapers:
Newsletter subscribers receive exclusive coupon codes (10% off plus free shipping)
Thirsties on sale (TIP: you can use your newsletter subscriber discount to get an additional 10% off plus free shipping so Thirsties aplix covers are just $7.65!)
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

Click the store button to start shopping!

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!
Click store button to get started:

Green Baby Goods:

GOING OUT OF BUSINESS SALE – 20% to 50%  off everything
Discounted diaper covers for less than $10
Check out the Used Fluff section for more great bargains!
Click the store button to start shopping.

Green Team Distribution
Get 1 point for every dollar you spend and redeem for gift certificates!
*Spend $100 or more and get a $10 gift certificate to use for your next order. Use code TENMARCH. (VERY IMPORTANT: A $10 gift certificate will show up within your order and at the END of the order you will see a $10 discount. The gift certificate will be emailed to you after you place your order.)
*Spend $250 or more and receive a FREE 12pk of Changing Diapers Books. Use code MARCHNOW at check-out.
*Free shipping on an order of $350 or more with code FREESHIP350 (USA shipping only)

Click store button to start shopping:

Happy Baby Company
Free shipping on orders over $35
Check out the Daily Deal – each lasts only 24 hours!
Get 10% off your order with code DS10 (from the Diaper Swappers online forum)

Click store button to start shopping.

 

Hipkiddo Cloth Diapers

Get 10% off your first order with my exclusive code: ZephyrHill10
Wet bags are just $7.00 (love these!!)
Free shipping on orders over $149

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
Click store button to start shopping!

Irresistibly Green

FREE shipping on orders over $20
Purchase any product from the SALE section and receive a FREE insert
Bamboo folding inserts just $3.75
Knickernappies hemp inserts on clearance for less than $5
Tweedlebugs diaper covers just $7.95
Tiny Tush diapers are Buy 5 get 1 FREE
Select Kawaii diapers under $10
Check out the Bargain Bin for diapers under $15
Click on the store button to start shopping!

Itsy Bitsy Bums
Changing Diapers book is just $5!
Bummis Super Lite Wraps discounted to $7.96
Pre-loved diapers just re-stocked – get a great deal!
Bottombumpers on sale
FREE shipping on orders over $35

Click on store button to start shopping!

Jack be Natural
Visit the website for an instant 15% off coupon code!
bumGenius Freetimes discounted to $14.95
Check out the Cloth Diapers for $10 and under section
Always get FREE shipping, 7% rewards and free goodies with every order (samples, reusable bag, etc.)

The Joyful Giraffe:
FREE shipping on orders over $49
FREE pair of Imagine leggings with any Imagine purchase over $50
Sweet Bobbins nursing covers and un-paper towels discounted
Every order receives a FREE sample
Click the store button to get started!

Kelly’s Closet:
Get a FREE small wet bag with a purchase over $49 with code SMWETBAG
Get a FREE medium wet bag with a purchase over $79 with code MDWETBAG
FREE one size diaper with a purchase over $109 with code MODERNFLUFF
Sign up for the newsletter and receive 10% off your purchase

Click store button to start shopping!

Kissed by the Moon:

Get a FREE Piggy Paint with any purchase over $99 using code MARCHPIGGY
All Healing Hazel and Healing Amber jewelry 10% off
5% off $25+ for military families with code: MILITARY
5% off $25+ for Diaper Swappers mamas with code: DSMAMA
$5 off a $45 purchase with code: WELCOME (This is a one-time use)
Free shipping on orders over $49

Click the store button to start shopping!

Lil Tulip’s
Free Layla Babylegs order over $30 CODE: LAYLA
Select Inspired by Finn AMBER Necklaces 50% Off   NO CODE NEEDED
Free Sili Squeeze with any order over $60 CODE: freesili (while supplies last, we pick) NON-STACKABLE
Buy 2 or more Appe teethers and save 20% NO CODE NEEDED
Free shipping on orders over $45

Click the store button to start shopping!

Mom’s Milk Boutique:

Spend  < $24 – choose any item valued up to $5
Spend $25 – $49 – choose any item valued up to $10
Spend $50 – $99 – choose any item valued up to $15
Spend $100 – $149 – choose any item valued up to $20
Spend $150 – $199 – choose any item valued up to $25
Spend over $200 – $249 – choose any item valued up to $30
Spend over $250 – choose any item valued up to $35!

Use the coupon 35KFANS  at checkout for your free item. Write your desired FREEBIE in the Order Comments with any color preferences.
For orders over $40, the CYBERCJ code is still active and will get you a free small stick.
BONUS: type 35MILES in the order comments and you get 35 free Milk Miles!
Use code SPRINGCLEAN to get 10% off your order until 3/31
FREE shipping on orders over $25

Click the store button to start shopping.

 

My Sweet Pickles
FREE one size diaper with $79 plus purchase using code MARCH
SmartBottoms 3.0 final clearance
Get 5% off a purchase of $45 or more with code NEWCUSTOMER
Get 5% off a purchase of $20 or more with code MILITARY5
EcoSprout detergent on sale for $12.56
Get 30% off GroVia newborn diapers
Free shipping on orders over $49
Click store button to get started!

Lil Helper Diapers
Save 15% on the Lil Helper starter diaper kit
Limited edition SPRING colors available only for a short time
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:
Winter clearance sale: CJ’s Butter, Aiden + Anais and more!
Orders over $49 ship free with code SHIPFREE
Overs over $100 ship free always
Save 15% always with my exclusive Zephyr Hill Blog coupon code ZH15
Click store button to start shopping!

Nicki’s Diapers

Get FREE pair of baby leggings with an order over $77 to $126 with code LUCKY77
Get a FREE Aden+Anais blanket with an order over $127 with code LUCKY127
Get up to 40% off select toys and Ergo carriers
Get 25% off selected GroVia discontinued prints
FREE shipping on diaper covers and pockets and Planet Wise and Imagine products
Visit the Closeout section for 30 to 50% off
Click on the store button to get started!

Over the Moon Diapers

Get FREE shipping with orders over $60
Thirsties, CJ’s and Best Bottoms products are all on sale this week
AMP one-size pocket diapers on final clearance for $14.99
Thirsties Duo pocket diapers, final clearance $13.99
Check the great Customer Referral and Customer Rewards programs – you can earn gift codes!

Click store button to start shopping!

Pretty Mommies
Use coupon happyny2014 to receive 20% off your purchase
For every dollar you spend, earn 1 reward point
Refer a friend and receive more points!

Click store button to start shopping!

 

Smart Snugs Diapers
Get a FREE 3-pack of bamboo inserts with your purchase of $29 or more – use code SECRETSALE33768 (add the 3 pack to your cart and the discount will be applied)
FREE shipping on all U .S. orders

Click on store button to start shopping!

Squishy Tushy
Free shipping over $45
New arrivals: Best Bottom “Watermelon” and bumGenius “Audrey”
Thirsties Duo AIO on sale for $12.99
Rumparooz G2 discounted to $18.95
More discounts on gently used cloth diapers
Exclusive blog discount gets you 5% off everyday – zhblog
Click store button to start shopping



Sweetbottoms Baby Boutique
FREE shipping on all orders
FREE stuff with every order
FREE JuDanzy baby leggings with $45 plus purchase using code FREELEGS
FREE Planet Wise wet/dry bag with a $135 plus purchase using code WETDRY
All Thirsties products on sale until the end of March
Kawaii diaper covers are $7.25
Fuzzibunz Perfect Size pockets on clearance for $10
Click on store button to start shopping

Thanks Mama Cloth Diapers
*New* Get free shipping on ALL orders
Imse Vimese covers on clearance for $9.95
Get a FREE pair of BabyLegs with any purchase of 12 bumGenius diapers
Get FREE hemp inserts with any purchase of a Fuzzibunz diaper package
Changing Diapers book now just $5.99
Get 30% off discontinued Fuzzibunz, while supplies last

Click store button to start shopping!

 

TushMate Cloth Diapers
Starter kit is just $25.78 and includes a one-size cover, a stay-dry liner and TWO cotton/hemp inserts!
Get 20% off your order with code TM20OFF (US only)
Free shipping on orders over $25

Click store button to start shopping!

Up on the Hill Diapers
Tea Collection clothing sale!
BabyKicks hemp prefolds just $4.25
Joey Bunz inserts just $5
Click the store button to start shopping!

 

 

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.

Hits: 1200

Win a Diaper Cover, Trainer and Changing Pad: Lucky Little Ones Giveaway!

Welcome to the Lucky Little Ones giveaway hop with Irresistibly Green, Just Add Cloth, Our Piece of Earth, and a variety of parenting bloggers. This hop is all about your little infants and toddlers! Aren’t they lucky? Each blog is offering a baby or toddler related prize valued at $20 or more for you to win!

When you finish entering my giveaway (details below), make sure to check out the grand prize offering over $240 worth of eco-friendly baby gear for one lucky winner.

Here at the Zephyr Hill Blog, you can enter to win a unique “green” prize package worth $40 from my blog. It includes:  

  • Diaper Safari “Green Tea” One-Size Cover: a durable, great-fitting cover that will work with most any diaper in your stash. Read my full review here.
  • Imagine (Size Large) “Emerald” Training Pants: soft knitted trainers with a stretchy waistband, hidden soaker layer and one side that snaps open to make changes easier. One of my favorite trainers!
  • Planet Wise “Green Squares” Changing Pad: made of soft designer fabric with a waterproof backing, this compact 13×21 pad is perfect for the diaper bag, or for home use if you don’t have a changing table. 

You can find all these highly rated cloth diapers and accessories at Diaper Safari (aff), with free shipping (as always)!

The Lucky Little Ones grand prize giveaway (enter here)  includes:  3 WAHMies one size picket diapers (Cow, Blue Dot, Pink Dot), 2 2 WAHMies pail liners in light blue, 1 large WAHMies wet bag, 1 medium WAHMies wet bag, 1 tube Grandma El’s Diaper Rash Remedy, 1 tube CJ’s BUTTer, 1 small Planet Wise wet bag, 3 Fuzzibunz Perfect size pocket diapers in choice of size and color, 1 pack of fleece liners (10) and a Jellystone Troika teething necklace!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Entry form:

a Rafflecopter giveaway



Disclosure:

Prizes ship directly from sponsor unless otherwise noted. Irresistibly Green bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment. Please contact the blogger through whom you won a prize should issues occur. Grand prize is fulfilled via Irresistibly Green and is available to U.S. entrants only. All prize winners are chosen randomly and notified via email.

Hits: 3180

Capture (and Preserve) the Beauty of Childhood

Babies and young children are a joy to behold; there’s something so universally appealing about their wonderful expressions, tiny little faces and unpredictable, comical ways. We parents especially treasure photos from childhood that capture those qualities. And nearly every family has some special dress or outfit that was perfectly suited to the occasion. Perhaps it’s something that’s even been passed down from generation to generation.

Feltman Brothers has been generating this kind of magic for quite some time – almost 100 years, in fact! At it’s founding in 1916, Americans were puttering around in the famous Model T while “Edwardian” ladies swept their hair up high and wore skirts almost to their shoes. But just like then, we still love to dress up our little ones for a special occasion, or maybe just to capture them in a keepsake photo. Fine sewing sometimes seems to be a vanishing art, so I’m really glad that companies like Feltman Brothers are still providing heirloom-quality clothing to families.

Feltman Brothers sent us two beautiful spring outfits for Erik and Susanna in exchange for an honest review: the Teddy Bear Bobby Suit in blue (retail $53.85) and the Rose Garden Smocked Bubble Suit (also in blue, retail $47.99):

It took me a really long time to choose something for my two toddlers because the selection at Feltman Brothers is extensive and everything is either breathtakingly beautiful or just plain adorable (some are both!). In the end, I thought the two pale blue spring outfits would suit them both perfectly.

They are quite a pair!

The outfits we received are meticulously crafted. Not a stitch out of place. The fine fabrics and delicate details are just what I would expect from such a trusted name. You can be sure that after Spring and Summer have come and gone, these little suits will be carefully packed away for the next Sweden baby.

The tiny pintucks and embroidery on Erik’s romper are perfect, and the button-on style is one of my absolute favorites:

Department stores and big box stores don’t sell clothing of this quality, and it often takes some looking (and driving) to find a high end boutique shop. Luckily, you can easily shop with Feltman Brothers online and receive free shipping on all orders over $95.

I do want to mention that if your baby is average or bigger, then you might go up a size when purchasing. Susanna and Erik are both small/short for their ages, and the sizes I picked corresponded exactly to their ages and the outfits “just” fit – with no room to spare.

Feltman Brothers also sells christening gowns! Baptism is a crucial, once-in-a-lifetime event, so it’s no wonder that parents have traditionally dressed their babies in the very best for the momentous day. Feltman Brothers has beautiful styles for both boys and girls, plus accessories like bibs, blankets and diaper covers.

Do you see something you like at Feltman Brothers? Is there an outfit or gown that would suit your child perfectly?

After you take a few minutes to browse around, don’t forget that Feltman Brothers is having a giveaway this month for a clothing package worth $150, and it ends in just 3 days! You can enter here.

 

 

Hits: 797

Power Breakfast for a Pregnant Woman

I eat an egg (or two) almost every day because the protein helps keep my blood sugar levels steady and allows me to feel fuller longer. But preparing scrambled eggs (with a little bit of diced ham and cheese for added flavor) takes extra time and dirties up dishes and utensils. Time is at a premium around here, as you can well imagine with 6 children running around – and one in the oven.

Quaker gave me a couple of days off this week. I received some complimentary samples of their breakfast shakes in the chocolate and strawberry flavors and had the impetus I needed to try a different kind of “power breakfast.”

Quaker is a loved and trust brand in this house, and maybe in yours, too! From their nutritious (and tasty) dry cereals to the old fashioned oatmeal, I can guarantee that anytime you open my pantry, you will always be greeted by William Penn. In the early months of pregnancy, I snack on those yummy Quacker Oatmeal Squares (you know, the ones with a “touch of brown sugar”) to combat morning sickness and trying to keep my husband and children away from the box is literally a daily battle.

Here are the specs on the breakfast shakes I reviewed. In each 11.1 fluid ounce bottle you’ll find:

  • 8 grams of whole grain oats per serving
  • 10 grams of protein per serving
  • 6 grams of fiber per serving
  • 200 total calories

The ingredients at the top of the list are water, milk protein, whole oat flour and sugar. Further on down are a bit of canola oil, natural and artificial flavors and sucralose (which, incidentally, I couldn’t taste – usually I can and find it unpleasant). As far as nutritional value goes, the Quaker shakes can definitely hold their own. To get those same benefits, I’d have to prepare 1 egg plus a couple of slices of whole wheat bread, and the calorie count would be higher – 250 calories or more.

They taste really good, too! Not too thick and not too thin and just the right amount of sweetness. I thought that because of all the “stuff” Quaker has managed to pack in those bottles that they might not exactly taste like milkshakes. But they do. My husband and children agreed (once again, trying to keep something all to myself is nearly impossible; everyone asked for a taste). Chocolate is rich and delicious, and strawberry doesn’t taste artificial or over-the-top fruity.

Am I still eating eggs in the morning? Sometimes – because a hot breakfast is admittedly satisfying. But it’s good to know I have a quick and easy (and quite tasty) alternative to my usual labor-intensive routine. Being able to consume a healthy breakfast in a few minutes flat is really a treat. If you’d like more time-saving food tips like this, be sure to check out my new Pinterest board – Good Good for Busy Beavers!

If you’d like to grab some Quaker Breakfast Shakes on your next grocery trip, follow this link for a $2.00 off coupon: http://bit.ly/1gGTEfr

Do you enjoy Quaker products in your home? Have you ever tried a nutritious shake in place of your usual breakfast? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This sponsored post was created in partnership with Quaker. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Hits: 1119

Rock-a-Bums 2.0 Cloth Diaper Review plus TWO Giveaways!

 

Not only do I have a unique diaper review to share with you today, but there are also TWO giveaways you can enter, so read on!

Rock-a-Bums sent me their 5-in-1 diaper, version 2.0, to review. I received the black cover with snap closure and two inserts.

The “BOMBshell” is lined with an exclusive (hospital-grade, hypoallergenic) black fleece fabric, and has a front/back pocket openings and three rows of rise snaps (which equates to 4 adjustable size settings). Inserts can be attached to a snap which is located both at the front and back of the shell. Inserts are made of several layers of microfiber with a gray charcoal bamboo top:

Rock-a-Bums are designed to offer 5 options for versatility: AIO, AI2, pocket, hybrid or a separate cover. I wasn’t able to test it as a hybrid as those inserts are not yet available.

I like using my Rock-a-Bums best as a cover, either with the included inserts laid inside, or with other diapers from my stash (flats and prefolds). As an AIO it also works quite well, as the insert will generally stay attached in the washer and dryer. Used as an AI2 or a cover, the 2.0 does have a minor drawback – the fleece interior is not “wipe clean and reuse.” Once the lining gets wet, everything has to be washed. I did test the diaper as a pocket, and it also performed well, but stuffing is not my cup of tea, so I don’t generally use the pocket feature.

The Rock-a-Bums diaper is very absorbent with one insert, and nighttime worthy with two. There haven’t been any leaks or blowouts yet, and after lots of usage over more than a month’s time, it’s holding up superbly. All the components are very easy to clean, although I have noticed the black fleece attracts hair and lint very easily.

Other features I really love:

  • The square tabs and double snaps on the wings make this a really well-fitting diaper. There are no hip snaps, but this diaper doesn’t droop at all. I love how it looks on my little ones!
  • A strip of PUL fabric on the inside front gives extra protection when your baby is on his tummy.
  • The black fleece lining and gray insert fabrics are both excellent at hiding stains.
  • Although I’m not into the “rock and roll” theme, I really do like the bold, contrasting colors (black, white, red) for both boys and girls. Plus, the NEW PRINTS that are now available (see below) are really bright and appealing!
  • If you purchase Rock-a-Bums to just use as a cover, it’s $16.95, but it also includes 2 of the inserts, so the price is really good compared to other one-size covers on the market.

And now, here are the NEW just-released prints, in both snap and velcro closure!

In order from left to right: Green Plaid, Pink Plaid, Zanadu (my favorite) and Blue Velvet:

GIVEAWAY NUMBER 1

You can enter to win a Rock-a-Bums in your choice of print or color right here on my blog. Just use the Rafflecopter form below.

GIVEAWAY NUMBER 2

The Rock-a-Bums blog is also giving away a diaper package of their own, worth over $150! Enter using this link and be sure to say Zephyr Hill sent you for BONUS entries! Rock a Bums is giving an Amazon gift card to the blogger who refers the most entries to their giveaway, and I would be thrilled if you could help me win!

Entry form:
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Hits: 5738

BabyZen YoYo Stroller Giveaway

What do you get when you combine luxury, versatility and compact style? The BabyZen Yo Yo stroller!

This neat little stroller is actually approved as an airline carry-on because it weighs only thirteen pounds and is incredibly compact. You can fold it up very quickly with just one hand and throw it over your shoulder like a diaper bag.

Other handy features include:

  • Easy recline
  • Removable, washable fabric
  • 4-wheel suspension
  • Exclusive soft drive system/no need to lock front swivel wheel
  • Five-point safety harness
  • Extendable leg rest
My friends at PishPosh Baby are giving away a BabyZen stroller this month with a fun Instagram contest. Click here to enter!

Just follow, re-post and tag to enter. That’s it! Contest ends March 23rd and you can enter up to one time every day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This sponsored post was written on behalf of PishPoshBaby.com

Hits: 613