Friday, September 30, 2011

Winner of the Woolyrounds Dryer Balls


Congratulations, Samantha!  Please reply by email within 48 hours to validate your win :)

Winner of the Snappi Fastener




Congratulations to 'Fiddlin' Dandi'!  You've been randomly selected as the winner of our Snappi fastener through Diaper Parties by Shannon!  Please check your email and reply within 48 hours to validate your win :)

Friday, September 23, 2011

Winner of the Green Line Diapers Giveaway






Congratulations, Aimee!  Please check your email to confirm your email by replying back within 48 hours! :)

Monday, September 19, 2011

Win a Kelly Wels Gift Pack!


Kelly Wels is giving away 1-Bummis Tot Bots Easy Fit Cloth Diaper in Pomegranate AND 1-bumGenius Pail Liner

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Contest closes: September 23

Saturday, September 17, 2011

**CLOSED** Wooly Rounds: Wool Dryer Balls Review & Giveaway


I have reviewed other wool dryer balls before, and I've even tried my hand at making my own (in my early days of cloth diapering). Making my own was very satisfying, but sadly--despite my mixture of following online tutorials plus adding my own creative flair--my dryer balls quickly fell apart and were totally useless in a matter of weeks. I was a big fan of The Willow Store's small, lightweight wool dryer balls when I reviewed them, and so when Cyndi of Wooly Rounds expressed interest in sending some of her dryer balls my way, I was excited to give them a go!

No matter which type of wool dryer balls you settle on using, their benefits are numerous. Wool dryer balls are totally eco-friendly since they contain no chemicals or additives. Instead, they assist in shortening the drying time of tumbling laundry through mechanically lifting and aerating the load. They also assist in softening laundry without the use of commercial fabric softeners, waxes, and chemicals. Their pummeling action softens fibres gently and also helps to reduce static cling. Since wool has natural antimicrobial properties, these balls remain clean, fresh, and maintenance-free. Some wool dryer balls are made with yarn, and some are made with roving (a combed type of wool). All wool dryer balls should be felted (matted down) before using, or they will loosen and come apart during use.

Knowing all these things, I was excited to get Cyndi's package in the mail. Since I started cloth diapering about a year ago, our household has gone completely dryer sheet and fabric softener free. For years I had found that the fragrances of these products were agitating me, and having a baby (and cloth diaper loads!) was the last push I needed to completely eliminate these products from our house. And, since using wool dryer balls, I can honestly say I do not miss the dryer sheets ONE BIT! The wool dryer balls are actually much easier and cheaper to use since you buy them once, stick them in the dryer once, and then forget about them. That's right--you never have to remove them from the dryer if you don't want to! Just stick them in and forget about them, and they'll do their job on every load, whether delicates, diaper laundry, or towels. It's one less step in having to remember to throw in a dryer sheet and then pick it out of your laundry load later on. I'm all about minimizing!


When the Wooly Rounds parcel arrived, I was impressed with Cyndi's commitment to being eco-friendly, right down to the packaging material that the dryer balls came in. Even her shipping envelope was completely recycled & eco-friendly (no bubble wrap required!), stuffed with a recycled paper type of insultation and cushioning. Once I got the envelope open, my Wooly Rounds were gorgeously packaged in a cotton sachel--this would be great for storing them or traveling with them if need be.

Wooly Rounds are available in natural grey sheep's wool or in softely tinted colors of Spice, Gold, Lake Blue, Spruce, Garnet and Mountain Laurel. Mine were the gorgeous grey and light purple roving. I loved how soft and natural they felt and looked. They were also felted to perfection--there were no loose ends or lumps anywhere, and the balls were perfectly round and firm. I had much more confidence in these than in my homemade ones that sadly let me down!

Although I love the Willow Store's lightweight, smaller dryer balls for tiny loads of laundry (like when I'm only tumbling dry diaper liners and inserts), I found myself sometimes needing a little more "oomph" for larger loads, like towels, bedding, or jeans. These Wooly Rounds were just what I had been searching for. I love that, having 6 of them, I could choose the right amount for the load size I had. In smaller loads I would leave only 2 or 3 balls in the dryer and for larger loads I would replace all 6 in the drum. Like all the dryer balls I've used, I do find that these shorten drying time (I pretty much only dry all my laundry on permapress or delicate now, and it typically comes out dry or damp dry how I like it). Static also hasn't been a problem, and the laundry comes out soft (true, not AS soft as with the chemical sheets, but soft enough for us, and I like that it's all natural & healthy for our skin and breathing!).

The only down side, at times, to these dryer balls is that--there's no way around it--they do make an audible noise as they bounce around in the dryer. All dryer balls, whether plastic, wool, or rubber, will do this. Some people love this, others hate it, and many are indifferent. I personally don't mind the "thump thump" the majority of the time. I even find the rhythym calming as we fall asleep at night in our quiet house. However, there are rare times, like when we have company visiting in our family room outside our laundry room, where I might remove the dryer balls or postpone tumbling the load until our visitors have left.

All in all, these dryer balls are gorgeous, totally maintenance free, and completely reliable. I highly recommend that every household should have a set (of between 3-6 balls, depending on your needs). At only $7 each, these will quickly pay for themselves as you are able to do away with chemical fabric softeners & dryer sheets, not to mention reducing your energy bills on shorter drying times. Read on for how you can also be eligible to win a set! :)



BUY IT:
Head over to the Wooly Rounds website right now and buy your very own eco-friendly wool dryer balls for only $7 a piece!

WIN IT:
Wooly Rounds is also offering one lucky winner a set of 4 Wooly Rounds eco-friendly wool dryer balls!



GIVEAWAY ENDS 9/26/11 at 11:59 PM MST
OPEN ONLY TO CANADA & THE UNITED STATES
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  2. Make a purchase from the Wooly Rounds online shop and allow yourself one extra entry per dryer ball purchased!
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  7. Tweet this contest and tag @woolyrounds and @CDcontests (max. 1 tweet per day). Leave the permalink in the comments section. (1 entry each tweet) You may use the following tweet if you wish:
  8. #Win a set of 4 @woolyrounds wool dryer balls via @CDcontests (9/26) http://bit.ly/n2l4qE #clothdiapers #ecofriendly #contest #giveaway
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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 September 26, 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.

gDiapers Giveaway

All Things Diapers is giving away one gDiaper Little gPants with snap-in liner and a package of gRefills biodegradable inserts in your choice of size & color!

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Contest closes: September 19

Thursday, September 15, 2011

**CLOSED** Snappi Fastener Review & Giveaway


Delving into the world of prefolds this past summer was a scary thing for me since I knew that using oldschool diaper pins was definitely not within my comfort zone, being the sleep-deprived klutz that I am! So, when I started networking with blogging friend Shannon (a.k.a. The Artful Mama) and chatting about her "Diaper Parties" Consulting service & business through Everything Birth, I was excited to hear that we could partner together on having me demo a Snappi, a pinless cloth diaper fastener!

I had seen pictures of Snappis before and wasn't quite sure how I felt about them. In the photos I had seen, they looked rigid, and I imagined that they would be hard to work with and adjust on a growing (and wriggling!) baby! Little did I know (until I received the Snappi in the mail), these are actually made of a very soft, pliable rubber/silicone type material that allows them to bend, flex, twist, and stretch.

The Snappi arms are flexible and stretchy for a great fit & grip

The Snappi fastener works like a tensor bandage claw, only it has three claws that are triangulated into three branches to ensure that equal tension holds a prefold snuggly in place on the tummy. I should mention that these claws are extremely sharp and could definitely cut sensitive baby skin, so you want to make sure that the Snappi ends are really anchored in well before you leave the prefold as is. For playtime and for mobile wee ones, I would definitely recommend using a cover while using the Snappi to avoid any owies that could result from curious fingers prying at it. All that being said, however, I have NEVER had it snag anything, come undone, or--frankly--move one bit, even when being worn for a 12 hour overnight stint. It holds really well, and the diaper never sags or bags even after lots of tumbling around.

A soft, stretchy tab protects the firm claw below

I am now the hugest prefold lover, thanks to this handy little fastener! And, quite honestly, one or two is all you need. If it ever happens to get soiled, this little fastener would be a cinch to rinse off in the sink. Having one at home for us has worked just fine since we primarily use fastened prefolds only for nighttime. I could see that having a second one in a diaper bag could also come in handy in a pinch, and since they honestly take up less space than a tube of lipstick, they are a no-brainer to keep in several handy locations (or at the babysitter's house, etc).

The Snappi comes in two different sizes--Size 1 (infant) and Size 2 (toddler), and with plenty of stretch these have a wide range of fits for all baby body types and waist sizes. At only $3.95 (infant) and $4.95 (toddler) each, these are honestly one of the best inventions for modern diapering. I could never go back to not having one, and I'm so thankful for Shannon to introducing me to this handy gadget!

Head on over to Shannon's store, which has hundreds of amazing diapering, baby, and mommy products, Snappis aside. Stocked by Everything Birth, her online store is honestly a terrific one-stop shop for any items you've been meaning to pick up. If you end up making a purchase, don't forget to apply that towards some extra entries in our giveaway below! :)




BUY IT:
Head over to Shannon's consulting page with Everything Birth right now and buy your very own diapers, accessories, and other baby & mommy products from a huge selection of amazing products!


WIN IT:
Shannon Riley, Diaper Consultant is also offering one lucky winner a Snappi fastener in your choice of size (infant/toddler) and in-stock color!




GIVEAWAY ENDS 9/24/11 at 11:59 PM MST
OPEN ONLY TO CANADA & THE UNITED STATES
Please read all the Giveaway Policies and Rules before participating.
**EACH comment must have an easily accessible email address**


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  2. Visit Shannon's 'Everything Birth' shop and mention another item from their online shelves that you would be interested to try out
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  4. ‘Like’ Cloth Diaper Contests & Giveaways on Facebook
  5. 'Like' Diaper Parties by Shannon on Facebook and leave a quick comment on her wall
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  9. Tweet this contest and tag @ClothDP_Shannon and @CDcontests (max. 1 tweet per day). Leave the permalink in the comments section. (1 entry each tweet) You may use the following tweet if you wish:
  10. #Win a Snappi #clothdiapers fastener from @ClothDP_Shannon via @CDcontests (9/24) http://bit.ly/n2RoED #clothdiapers #baby #contest #giveaway
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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 September 24, 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.

Grasshopper Quick Dry AIO Giveaway


Dirty Diaper Laundry is giving away a quick-dry AIO cloth diaper from Grasshopper Diapers!

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Mandatory Entry:
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Additional entries also available.

Contest closes: September 19

Win a Grasshopper Diaper



Grinning Cheek to Cheek is giving away a cloth diaper from Grasshopper Diapers!
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Mandatory Entry:
✔ Visit the sponsor & mention which size & color you'd like to win

Additional entries also available.

Contest closes: September 16

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

**CLOSED** Green Line Diaper Giveaway


This giveaway, photos, and written content are all brought to you by Green Line Diapers!
This is the Green Line diaper- unique, comfortable and affordable!

The soaker is an absorbant piece of bamboo cotton. It's sewn as a single layer which folds into six while in use but remains loose for better washing and quick drying.

The cover is made up of 2 different materials; an outer layer of 100% cotton and an inner layer of breathable waterproof (not PUL) . The cover keeps everything in place - with style.

Green Line diapers are adjustable around waist with hook and loop fastener and at the thigh using a drawstring cord and lock system, this allows our diapers to fit from birth to potty learning.



BUY IT:
Head over to Green Line Diapers right now to see all the great diapers they carry!  Use coupon code CDCG10OFF to receive 10% off your entire purchase! (coupon code valid until September 25, 2011).

WIN IT:
Green Line Diapers is also offering one lucky winner 1 cover + 1 bamboo cotton soaker in your choice of boy, girl, or gender-neutral.


GIVEAWAY ENDS 9/21/11 at 11:59 PM MST 
OPEN WORLDWIDE 
 

** Please read all the Giveaway Policies and Rules before participating.

**EACH comment must have an easily accessible email address.
 
HOW TO ENTER:
** 'Like' Green Line Diapers on Facebook, and leave a comment saying you've done so (including your email address so we can contact you if you win!)  



Final details: I received no financial compensation for this review or giveaway and have never tried any Green Line Diapers products myself. All information shared has been provided by the giveaway sponsor, and I am only serving to facilitate their communication with you. This giveaway will end on September 21, 2011 at 11:59pm MST and is open worldwide. 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 Limited Edition Charlie Banana Diaper


Grinning Cheek to Cheek is giving away a small Charlie Banana "Goodbye Disposable, Hello Cloth!" diaper!
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Mandatory Entry:
✔ Visit the sponsor & mention something you'd like to try

Additional entries also available.

Contest closes: September 16

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Win One of Three $25 Gift Cards!


Grinning Cheek to Cheek is giving away *3* $25 Gift Cards to Sweet Cheeks Diaper Company!

** ENTER NOW **

Mandatory Entry:
✔ Visit the sponsor & mention something you'd like to try from their shop

Additional entries also available.

Contest closes: September 16

Monday, September 12, 2011

Win a GoGreen Pocket Diaper


Grinning Cheek to Cheek is giving away a GoGreen Pocket Diaper!

** ENTER NOW **

Mandatory Entry:
✔ Visit the sponsor & mention which diaper you'd like to try

Additional entries also available.

Contest closes: September 16

Friday, September 9, 2011

Win a SmartiPants Diaper


Grinning Cheek to Cheek is giving away a SmartiPants Diaper!


** ENTER NOW **

Mandatory Entry:
✔ Visit the sponsor & mention which color you'd like to try

Additional entries also available.

Contest closes: September 16

Win a Pair of Babee Greens Wool Shorties

Eco-Babyz is giving away a pair of Babee Greens Jersey Wool Shorties in Chartreuse.

** ENTER NOW **

Mandatory Entry:
✔ Vote for Babee Greens in a contest & leave a comment

Additional entries also available.

Contest closes: September 15

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Win an Oh Katy Pocket Diaper


Grinning Cheek to Cheek is giving away an Oh Katy Pocket Diaper!

** ENTER NOW **

Mandatory Entry:
✔ Visit the sponsor & mention which color you'd like to try

Additional entries also available.

Contest closes: September 9

FuzziBunz OS Diaper Giveaway


Grinning Cheek to Cheek is giving away a FuzziBunz one-size cloth diaper!

** ENTER NOW **

Mandatory Entry:
✔ Visit the sponsor & mention something you'd like to try from their store

Additional entries also available.

Contest closes: September 9

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Win a Little Bundle by AppleCheeks!


Grinning Cheek to Cheek is giving away a Little Bundle diaper by AppleCheeks!
** ENTER NOW **

Mandatory Entry:
✔ Visit the sponsor & mention which color & size you'd like to win

Additional entries also available.

Contest closes: September 9