Saturday, April 30, 2011

"Beyond Bums" Special Feature: PeekPea Leather Infant & Toddler Bibs from ClothDiaperKids.com

Welcome to the beginning of the Beyond Bums event! I am very excited to be partnering with Stephanie of ClothDiaperKids.com, who is located from right here in my own hometown of Edmonton, Alberta! From Day One with her little son, Stephanie and her husband were committed to using cloth diapers, and have made their way from using a diaper service, to purchasing cloth diapers of their own to use, to now owning their very own online cloth diapering boutique! As their online business grows, they've also expanded their product line to include a variety of other terrific products for baby and mom, with a special focus on Canadian-made or Stay at Home Mom made products!

PeekPea Leather Bib - "Turtle" design

Up for review, Stephanie was very keen to send me a gorgeous product that is handcrafted at home by a Canadian stay at home mom--a leather PeekPea bib! These bibs are available in both an infant and toddler fit, in a variety of GORGEOUS color combos with sweet little leather appliques on them. They have dragonflies, ladybugs, alligators, teddy bears, hockey sticks, and many more colors and designs perfect for a little boy or little girl!

This bib is basically the one bib you will ever need. It is completely wipeable and will not stain (I dropped everything from spinach to blueberries to spaghetti sauce on ours, and it never absorbed any stains!). There is also a heavy-duty, reversable pocket (which can flip around to the other side if you like, or can flip inside out for easy emptying) for catching crumbs and spills and keeping them off of little laps. When this pocket gets flipped to the backside, the bib becomes completely reversable and has a whole other look with a new solid print on the backside. My favorite feature of this bib is the magnetic neck fastener. Previously, I had used all bibs with velcro closures, and I found that they would frequently scratch at Baby A's neck when she was eating (or tugging on her bib), leaving nasty gouges or redness after dinner. All the velcro would also often come unfastened in the wash and snag on her other cute clothes. The magnetic closure on this PeekPea bib, however, is completely sealed off between the layers of leather and is completely no-maintenance. I can easily fasten or unfasten the bib even using one hand (when my other hand is covered in sweet potatoes!). It's a great feature that I totally love, and since this bib never needs to go in the washing machine, the magnet is a perfect fit for its design!
The neck fastens with a handy embedded magnet clasp

My only reservation about this bib when I first read about it (before trying it) was the price--at $34.95 for the infant style and $39.95 for the toddler style, I was concerned that this was a pretty steep price for a bib. However, now that I've used it, I have to say that I have found that price would still totally be worth it for a few reasons--the bib is heavy duty with terrific stitching, design, and workmanship. But, more than that, this bib can replace ALL your other bibs that you currently have to worry about constantly washing and keeping clean! Before I used this bib, I was still using cloth infant bibs primarily, stockpiling PACKS of them because I was dirtying 3 of them daily! That added up to a lot of laundry (and, sadly, also a lot of velcro snags in the wash!). Now, I have literally packed all those bibs away for hand-me-downs to new friends, and I am exclusively using this bib 100% of the time. It wipes clean and dries within a moment, ready to be used again next time. It folds flat in the diaper bag for when we need to go out, and the pocket is far superior to any that I've ever seen on other pocketed bibs in the stores.

The wide, sturdy, reversable pocket never missed a spill for us!

Overall, this is a lifesaver of a baby product, having saved so many outfits from stains (with its wide spread all across the chest & shoulders), and its cute, unique design. I also love supporting two great homegrown, Canadian mommy business--Cloth Diaper Kids, and PeekPea!

BUY IT: Visit Cloth Diaper Kids to pick out a gorgeous PeekPea bib in the perfect size and design for your little one!

WIN IT: Be sure to like us and Cloth Diaper Kids on Facebook and join our live online gala event on Friday, May 6th at 9 pm CST for a shot at winning a gorgeous handmade leather bib of your very own! If you stop in to Cloth Diaper Kids' Facebook page early, be sure to let them know we sent you! :)


Altogether, 6 fantastic prizes (including one grand prize) will be up for grabs at the live Beyond Bums Gala on our Facebook page on Friday, May 6th at 9pm CST. Mark the date and join us then for lots of terrific fun, chatter, and flash prize giveaways!!

Final details: I received no financial compensation for this review or giveaway, though I did receive the sample item free of charge. All opinions shared are my own, and I was not persuaded to share anything other than my own thoughts. Other users may have different experiences with this product than what I have shared. One randomly selected winner will receive the same prize item during our live Facebook giveaways on May 6th, and the prize will be supplied and mailed out to the winner by the sponsor of this giveaway.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Winner of the Calgary Cloth Diaper Company Giveaway



Congratulations, Olivia!  Please check your email and contact me back within 48 hours to verify your win! :)

Announcing the "Beyond Bums" Event!!

We are so excited to bring you a quick little announcement, in the "TGIF" spirit!! Now that everyone is heading home from work and wondering what they are going to spend parts of this weekend doing, I'm thrilled to let you know that our big, Beyond Bums Event is beginning tomorrow!!

With this event, we have a series of products that we will be reviewing from Saturday 'til Thursday. Check back to the blog daily to see just what these fabulous items are--but, be warned--though they all come from stores we know well for cloth diapers, they themselves are all items that think beyond the bum! We have no diaper items this time around, but all sorts of other wonderful and wacky goodness to share with you! :)

The most exciting part of this announcement is that on Friday, May 6th, we will be giving away one of EACH of these items to 6 lucky winners in a huge, live Facebook gala style event! Join us Friday evening on Facebook for this live event for plenty of fun, chatter, and--of course--flash giveaways and awesome prizes! Mark your e-calendars, because you don't want to miss it! :D

See you tomorrow!

- Lisa

Swaddlebees' Econappi Snaps Giveaway


Marni's Organized Mess is giving away an Econappi Snaps by Swaddlebees!

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Contest closes: May 4

Crunchy Clean Detergent Giveaways


Obsessions of the Trophy Wife is providing TWO lucky winners a chance to try out anything they want from Crunchy Clean. They first winner will win a $15 gift certificate and the second winner will win a $10 gift certificate!

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Contest closes: May 6

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Best Bottom Diapering System Giveaway


One Smiley Monkey is giving away a Best Bottom diapering set, with your choice of shell and 3 sized inserts!

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Contest closes: May 4

Envibum Diaper Giveaway


The Cloth Diaper Fairy is giving away an Envibum diaper in your choice of color and an additional absorbency pad.

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Contest closes: May 2

Win a Striped Wet Bag

Eco Baby Mama Drama is giving away a cute striped wet bag (13"x17") to one lucky reader!

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Contest closes: April 29

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Daily Deal: Change Pads & Diaper Bags

amykathryn diaper bags, handbags, and change pads are being featured today at Zulily! From the description: Each one-of-a-kind bag is hand-printed with beautiful patterns derived from the textiles designer Amy Hall remembers from her childhood. Hall's collection incorporates rich colors found in nature, paired with animal-friendly faux leathers. Stand out in style and show off your eco-friendly side.

The bags are summery and fun and start at just $29.99 each!

They also have 4 different cute, faux-leather changing pads on for just $6.99 each!

Head to Zulily to check out these daily deals!

Win a Flip Diaper System


One Smiley Monkey is giving away one Flip Cover, One Stay-Dry Insert and a pack of Disposable Inserts to one lucky reader!

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Contest closes: April 29

Cow Patties Cloth Weekly Giveaway

Cow Patties Cloth is giving away a custom 4th of July diaper to TWO lucky winners!


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Contest closes: May 1

Win a $30 Gift Card to the Diaper Bag Wrangler!


Mommy and Me Giveaways is giving away a $30 gift card to the Diaper Bag Wrangler!

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Contest closes: April 30

Win a Thirsties Duo Wrap


Lindsay's Family reviews and Giveaways is giving away a Thirsties Duo Wrap!

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Contest closes: April 28

Happy Heinys OS Diaper Giveaway


Just Add Cloth is giving away a Happy Heinys one-size cloth diaper!

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Mandatory Entry:
✔ Mention your favorite Happy Heinys color/print

Additional entries also available.

Contest closes: May 1

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Hundreds of dollars of prizes!

Did you know right now we are giving away hundreds of dollars of prizes, cloth diapers, and accessories on our Facebook page? Make sure you 'like' us and then cruise on into our '1000 Fans Giveaway Celebration' photo album!

In it you'll see teething bling, detergent, Buddha Bunz dryer balls, nursery fresheners, mama cloth, cloth wipes, clothing items, and OF COURSE a whole lot of fluff, including items by Oh Katy, Happy Heiny's, Cow Patties Cloth, Rearz, Thirsties, Zookies, Pooters, Sweet Bobbins, and plenty of WAHMs too!

If you're new to our page, leave us a little wave or hello on our wall! We love to know how you all found us :)

As well, if you'd like more exposure for your shop, business, or blog, we are still accepting sponsors which will send hundreds of new fans your way, as well. Contest runs til April 30th, so there's still plenty of time to get your item listed :)

Head to our Facebook page now!!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Winner of the Thirsties Prefold Set


Congratulations!  Please respond to me by email within 48 hours to claim your prize! :)

**CLOSED** Sweet Bobbins Etsy Shop - Review & Giveaway


I'll confess right up front that though I don't do a lot of dealings on Etsy, I love browsing through what this chic flea market-esque venue has to offer in terms of creative, unique, and dainty hand-crafted items.  When I first saw Sweet Bobbins on Etsy many months ago, I couldn't get over just how cute her items were. As my sister often says, dramatically, her stuff is so cute, "it just makes me wanna puke" (in a good way, of course!) ;) It's true though--head over to Angela's delicate little shop and you'll find one-of-a-kind pieces covered in everything from dainty birds, owls, flowers, and leafs, and other delicate nature themes and sweet patterns! Angela is also quite handy with a sewing machine, creating all her own items, including cloth wipes, bibs, wet bags, washable nursing pads, and more! In addition, Sweet Bobbins sells sewing patterns for bibs, tutus, pail liners, and other popular items--all for nominal fees of under $10. If you're a seamstress (or even an aspiring one, like me!), this could be a good place for you to get your start with baby items!

Up for review, Angela sent me two of her most "in-demand" items: a sample set of (4) girly cloth wipes, and a wet bag in her Michael Miller Bird Swing print. Are these not THE cutest things you've ever seen in your life?

When I tore open the mail package they came in, I sucked in a huge gasp and oohed and aahed over them for a couple of good minutes.  Not only are they SUPER cute, but they are also SUPER soft!  With the printed side as a soft cotton flannel and the backside as a soft OBV (organic bamboo velour), these are probably the most luxurious thing that Baby Aurelia's bum has ever come in contact with!  Before I had used them, I sent Angela a little message, saying that they were too cute to even want to use.  I loved her reply and have to include it here for you; she said, "LOL! They are cute, but also very functionable. :) I used to pick one up and think, "how pretty! I think I'll go wipe up some poo!" LOL!"  Ha! I had a good laugh at that and then bucked up to the task of using them to do the dirty deed.

I've been wetting my wipes with just water, and these were absorbent to suck up a terrific amount of water (or wipes solution, if that's what you use) to really get a smooth, clean wipe.  They are what I would call a medium-sized wipe, bigger than a Bumma or a baby washcloth, but smaller than some of the very large wipes that were out there.  This made it very easy to wield one-handed while my other hand was tied up holding Baby's legs still.  The size, I think, is just right!

I've laundered these wipes several times now (I washed them once before use, and have washed them a few times after being dirtied, as well), and I am THRILLED to say that they are just as soft as when they came in the mail!  They are not pilling or curling (as some of my other wipes have done after even 2 washes), and are so, so soft and flexible.  They are also stain-free, having washed up so, so clean even after some messy jobs!  I LOVE these wipes!


Angela also sent along this adorable wet bag for review!  This is a medium-sized wet bag with a ProCare Barrier Fabric layer for the waterproof inner, and a cotton-blend print for the exterior.  Sweet Bobbins' wet bags are available in a variety of prints & sizes, or you can create your own custom! Angela even has a second Etsy shop, Sweet Bobbins Fabrics, to show off all her cute fabrics or even sell them by the yard for other people who love sewing and crafting!

Every wet bag that Sweet Bobbins puts out also comes with a thick, sturdy snapping strap that easily attaches to a stroller handle, doorknob, or nestles in the crook of mommy's elbow for easy toting!

I personally love that the inner lining is not attached to the exterior print with this wet bag, as I just pull it out (inside out like a sock) and leave it hanging free from the cotton print altogether so that when I launder the whole thing with my diaper laundry, the entire bag washes cleaner and dries faster than if I had to keep all those thick layers bunched up together. I personally hang all my wet bags to dry, though this one can be dried in the dryer from time to time (though to prolong its life, hanging to dry is better).

I also love that this bag is available in a variety of sizes. With this size, I could honestly fit 5+ dirty diapers in here if the trip needed it. This would be great for long day trips (to the lake, etc), or even a short overnight stay at Grandma's! I love that you could just pack the one zippered bag, contain all the stinkies in one spot, and only have to launder one bag when you get home.  The zipper is sturdy, the bag never leaked, and it is cute as can be when you have to tote it around in public spaces.  This will be a favorite wet bag for anyone who picks one up.  Plus, they start at only $12.50 on the Sweet Bobbins Etsy shop!

Overall, I love the charm, uniqueness, and special TLC that goes into all of the Sweet Bobbins items.  I love everything that Angela sent me to try, and I love everything else that I viewed on her site. 

My only complaint about the Sweet Bobbins Etsy shop is ... Angela! Why don't you make diapers too?? ;) ;)

One lucky winner is going to walk away with a mini starter set of sweet little wipes of your own, though, so read on!


BUY IT:
Head over to the Sweet Bobbins Etsy Shop right now to buy a set of cloth wipes or a cute wet bag starting as low as $5.25!

WIN IT:
Sweet Bobbins is generously offering one lucky reader a mini starter set of cute cloth wipes from her shop! Choose from boy, girl, or gender-neutral for your set of wipes if you win!





GIVEAWAY ENDS 4/30/11 at 11:59 PM MST
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Final details: I received no financial compensation for this review or giveaway, though I did receive the sample items free of charge. All opinions shared are my own, and I was not persuaded to share anything other than my own thoughts.  Other users may have different experiences with this product than what I have shared. This giveaway will end on April 30, 2011 at 11:59pm MST and is open to residents of Canada and the United States only. Winner will be chosen randomly using random.org’s services. The winner will be contacted by email and will have 48 hours to reply before a new winner is chosen. The prize will be supplied and mailed out to the winner by the sponsor of this giveaway.

DinkleDooz OS Pocket Diaper Giveaway

The Mommy Goods is giving away a large wet bag and a change pad by Maxwell Designs!

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Mandatory Entry:
✔ Mention what color you'd like as well as another product you like from GoGoNatural

Additional entries also available.

Contest closes: April 28

Win a Prize Pack from Maxwell Designs


Dirty Diaper Laundry is giving away a large wet bag and a change pad by Maxwell Designs!

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Mandatory Entry:
✔ Mention your favorite product at Toots N' Tots

Additional entries also available.

Contest closes: April 30

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Daily Deal: Up to 50% Designer Diaper Bags

Designer Diaper Bags by OiOiToday Zulily has deals on designer diaper bags by Australian mom Lisa Bennetts, founder of the darling "OiOi".

My three favorites are the Chocolate Slouch Tote, the Black & White Floral Messenger Bag, and the Butterfly Hobo Diaper Bag.

Too cute!!

Shop here at up to 50% regular price!