Monday, June 27, 2011

Start to Summer Mass Linky!



Winner of the Modern Cloth Gift Certificate



Congratulations, Amylynn!  Please check your email and reply to me within 48 hours to validate your win! :)

June Shoutouts

I just wanted to send an end of June shout-out to three great mom-run businesses I've been featuring for the month of June! They have some exclusive deals for our fans & Facebook friends that are about to run out, so be sure to take advantage of these promos, deals & highlights before they end!

Milies Boutique
http://miliesboutique.com

Milies Boutique is a chic new online boutique specializing in everything from cloth diapers (including swim diapers!), wet bags, Babylegs, and other gear for baby and mama! Use exclusive code MACKID for free shipping, or SPNG5OFF for 5% off your cart purchase! You can also look up Milies Boutique on Facebook or Twitter.


Bumblebee Baby
http://bumblebeebaby.ca

Bumblebee Baby is a Canadian-based company specializing in eco-friendly items for baby and the home! Cloth diapers are one of their speciality, and they have a great selection of fluffy goods and accessories. Some other highlights are local, mama-made items, chemical free mosquito solutions, wool dryer balls, and more! They are currently offering 15% off your total purchase price if you pickup in Sherwood Park, Alberta, to deal with the Canada Post strike (enter code NOPOST). You can also look up Bumblebee Baby on Facebook.


Modified Momma Creations
http://hyenacart.com/ModifiedMommaCreations

Hurley and Nikki team up on Hyena Cart to produce an array hand-sewn items that are over the top cute! They have gorgeous pre-made and custom pocket diapers (that are totally one-of-a-kind!), nursing pads, toddler dresses and pinafores, coffee cozies, mama cloth, and even more in their ever-refreshing collection. As part of this promotion, mention that we sent you, and you can receive 15% off any of Nikki's creations! You can also find Modified Momma Creations on Facebook.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Win a Bag of Rockin' Green Detergent


Formula Mom is giving away a bag of Rockin' Green cloth diaper safe detergent!

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Mandatory Entry:
✔ Mention which scent you'd like to try

Additional entries also available.

Contest closes: June 27

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Sprout Change Reversible Pocket Diaper Giveaway


Formula Mom is giving away a Sprout Change reversible pocket diaper!

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Mandatory Entry:
✔ Mention which color combo you'd invent if you could

Additional entries also available.

Contest closes: June 26

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Win a Lovely Pocket Diaper


Formula Mom is giving away a Classic Lovely Pocket Diaper!


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Mandatory Entry:
✔ Mention which color you'd choose

Additional entries also available.

Contest closes: June 25

Win a MiniMaestro Pocket Diaper


Formula Mom is giving away a MiniMaestro pocket diaper!

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Mandatory Entry:
✔ Mention which color you'd choose

Additional entries also available.

Contest closes: June 24

Monday, June 20, 2011

**CLOSED** AMP Hemp Fitted Diaper Review & Giveaway

 
Though AMP has become quite a household name for avid cloth diaperers, it is neat to be able to share with you a great product from them, but also a little bit of the story behind the company.

With AMP being such a huge name (making thousands of high-quality cloth diapers--everything from fitteds, to all-in-ones, to pockets & more), I was pleasantly surprised to find out that these diapers herald from a mom-founded and owned company just two provinces over from me, in Winnipeg, Manitoba! Annie, mom to five fantastic kids (aged 2-17) first began her cloth diapering in the 90s with her oldest daughter. Frustrated by the failures she experienced with typical cloth diapers (everything from old fashioned styles, to hand-me-downs, to department stores splurges), Annie got out her sewing machine, determined to come up with a style that would work for her newborn baby in 2003. At the urging of her friends, she began to make more and more diapers for people she knew, and quickly her foundling company exploded! AMP Diapers--the short name for Annie Marie Padorie's (after the nickname Annie's grandfather gave her as a child)--have now taken off as a full-scale manufacturing process, now made in a factory in Winnipeg where workers love their jobs, are paid full wages, and work in comfortable and safe conditions. When you buy AMP Diapers, not only do you get a great product, but you can also feel good about supporting domestic inventory and buying into fair and ethical business practices.





I've reviewed an AMP Duo Pocket Diaper before from another local shop--I loved it then, and I still love it now. So, I was thrilled when Annie from AMP got in touch with me and said she would send one of AMP's Hemp Fitteds my way. This is great as it is number two in our summer series, where we are highlighting breathable, natural fabrics favorable for these warmer months. These fitted diapers are available in two sizes, Small (8-16 lbs) or Large (15-35+ lbs). For 9 month old baby Aurelia, we received the Large Hemp Fitted and have been absolutely loving it!

This booster pad comes included with this diaper and adds an extra 3 layers of absorbency

The minute I opened the package on this diaper, I could tell that it was made with high quality materials and construction. The material itself is made of two body layers of hemp fleece (55% hemp and 45% cotton), which makes it super soft, natural, and breathable. Additional to the two layers all over, this diaper is sewn with an extra layer already in the wet zone, to make it more absorbent. The thing I loved most about this diaper is that it additionally comes with an extra three-layer booster pad. So, altogether, if you use this booster on top of the already padded wet zone, you get 6 layers of absorbent material where it counts. The thing to remember about a fitted diaper is also that, when worn with the cover, the entire diaper itself actually adds towards the absorbency (absorption is not only contained to the wet zone). Honestly, when super soaked, this diaper remains MUCH trimmer than a super-soaked, bulky disposable diaper.

 

Because it is made with 100% natural materials, this diaper does need to be prep-washed before you begin to use it. This is because natural fibres like hemp, bamboo, cotton, etc, are naturally coated with their own oils which will make them non-absorbant if you use them right out of the package. Washing them 3-5 times before use with your regular diaper or baby laundry will slick those oils off the fabric, exposing their pure absorbent capabilities when you finally use the diaper on your baby. I washed this three times before using it and only continue to see the diaper get more "primed" and effective as every wash goes by. The materials themselves, although they diminish somewhat in their soft, fluffy quality, have an amazing, close-knit, durable quality that continues to develop. For all the Canadians out there, it almost reminds me of the durable quality of the old Hudson's Bay blankets you may have seen as a kid--only much, much softer, of course. But the tight-weave and super absorbent qualities do make this a diaper that Baby can truly wear coverless for the majority of the day, especially when around the house. Even when coverless with a heavy soak, this diaper will still give you time to feel slight dampness before it ever begins to wick & spread, which would give you time to change baby or place them on a waterproof surface.

Aurelia wears this all the time around the house (coverless), and it (and the other fitteds we've been trying) have made a HUGE difference in improving her teething rashes. I love that her skin isn't humid and clammy when we take off this diaper. I was shocked to discover, too, that it's actually become one of my favorite naptime diapers for my little super soaker. All my covers fit well over its trim fit, and when covered, this  hemp fitted can absorb and absorb and absorb, even for 2-3 hour naps.  I am certain it could go all through the night (for the brave at heart), although I personally would add a "stay dry" layer just for comfort against Baby's skin. We've never had a leak or any wicking problems with this diaper--more than I can say for some of my pocket diapers, that's for sure!

The elastic gives a great fit but remains soft and comfy with no red marks

The other thing I love about this diaper is the soft, covered elastic that is in the legs and waistband. Because the elastic is embedded into the soft fleece layers, it keeps a great fit but also never leaves any sort of red marks like some of the PUL-covered elastic can do (especially when it's hot/humid out).

In terms of the structure and design, the waist snaps have a crossover fit, and the seams are finished with a cheerful, rainbow serging. Although fitteds may not be best for every scenerio out there, I would feel comfortable using a fitted diaper like this 80-90% of the time in our household. It is a great investment that keeps its quality over time and that is natural and friendly to baby's skin. With hemp also being the most environmentally-friendly textile to produce, and with the factory located on Canadian soil, this is also a quality environmental and ethical choice.

Overall, I highly recommend this diaper, and if I was starting my stash all over again, I would definitely lose a few pockets and stock up on at least a half dozen of these guys instead!



BUY IT:
Head over to the AMP Diaper Store right now and find out where you can buy one of these Hemp Fitted Diapers ($18)

Also, if you make a purchase from the online AMP Diaper Store totaling over $50, use coupon code cdcontests to receive 10% off your total order!

WIN IT:
AMP Diapers is also offering one lucky winner any AMP Diaper of your choice!!




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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 June 30, 2011 at 11:59pm MST and is open to residents of Canada and the USA 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.

Win a Cow Patties Cloth Diaper


Andersons Angels is giving away a semi-custom diaper from Cow Patties Cloth!

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Mandatory Entry:
✔ Follow the blog with GFC and mention a favorite item from the sponsor

Additional entries also available.

Contest closes: June 22

Win an Envibum Cloth Diaper


Formula Mom is giving away an Envibum diaper!

** ENTER NOW **

Mandatory Entry:
✔ Mention which color/print you'd choose

Additional entries also available.

Contest closes: June 23

Win a Sandy's Diaper System


Formula Mom is giving away a Sandy's diaper system!

** ENTER NOW **

Mandatory Entry:
✔ Visit Mother-ease Cloth Diapers and mention which Rikki Wrap print or color you would choose.

Additional entries also available.

Contest closes: June 22

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Win a Diaper from Envibum

Closer to Lucy is giving away an Envibum cloth diaper!

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Mandatory Entry:
✔ Follow the blog with GFC and mention something you learned about the sponsor

Additional entries also available.

Contest closes: June 21

itti bitti d'lish giveaway


Formula Mom is giving away an itti bitti bitti d’lish AIO in your choice of size.

** ENTER NOW **

Mandatory Entry:
✔ Mention which size you'd need

Additional entries also available.

Contest closes: June 21

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Win a Diaper Changing Toolbox for Daddy

Mom and More is giving away a Daddy Diaper Changing Toolbox!

** ENTER NOW **

Mandatory Entry:
✔ Leave a comment on an item you think should be included or what one item you really like from the toolbox

Additional entries also available.

Contest closes: June 20

AMP AIO Diaper Giveaway


Formula Mom is giving away an all-in-one diaper from AMP!

** ENTER NOW **

Mandatory Entry:
✔ Mention your favorite color or print

Additional entries also available.

Contest closes: June 20

Friday, June 17, 2011

*LOW ENTRIES* Win a Mother-ease Cloth Diaper System


Times for Keeping is giving away a diaper system from Mother-ease!

** ENTER NOW **

Mandatory Entry:
✔ Mention which cover & color you'd like to try

Additional entries also available.

Contest closes: June 18

Wallypop Prize Pack Giveaway



Formula Mom is giving away a Wallypop fitted diaper with a fleecy wrap.

** ENTER NOW **

Mandatory Entry:
✔ Mention something else you'd like to try from Wallypop

Additional entries also available.

Contest closes: June 19

Win a Thirsties Prize Pack!


Formula Mom is giving away a Thirsties Duo Fab Fitted with a Duo Wrap

** ENTER NOW **

Mandatory Entry:
✔ Mention your favorite color or print

Additional entries also available.

Contest closes: June 18