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Why Cloth Diapers & A Giveaway

 

storkWhen I was a baby back in the late 1960’s, I wore cloth diapers.  My mother used a diaper service which would periodically drop off a bundle of clean diapers and pick up the soiled ones.  If you live in an apartment with shared laundry facilities, it’s not that neighborly to be putting used diapers into the machines, so a service is a good option to have available.

And since I wanted to use cloth diapers for my twins back in 2007, I had to hunt around for a diaper service, much like my mother used, since we were apartment dwellers at the time.  After calling around and trying to find a service that didn’t use toxic detergents to clean the diapers, we found Brian the diaper service guy and his wife who used to run their service in Florida before they moved to another state.  Really nice folks, chock full of new baby advice.

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And we used that service for about a year until the twins were entirely too squirmy and the multitude of steps required to cover a baby butt with an older-style, fussy pre-folded cloth diaper (that the babies LOVED to disarrange) was a bit too much for me so we switched to 7th Generation disposables. (Sometimes you have to pick your battles… 😀  If I were having an individual baby today, where we live now with our own private washing machine, I would go back to cloth diapers and not bother with a service.)

That was 8 years ago, when the options for cloth diapers and covers were pretty…bland.  Nowadays though, cloth diapers are awesome! So many colors to choose from! And they have different configurations, inserts, etc.  Instead of hundreds or thousands of disposables, you just need approx. 30 diapers or so to get your child to potty training age!

That’s a lot less landfill than disposables!

Here’s some more input on the ‘Disposables vs. Cloth Diapers’ debate:

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If you’ve been looking for a chance to either try cloth diapers out for the first time, or to add to your diaper stash, how does winning a $50 gift certificate** sound? Just comment below with any interesting or funny diapering stories, or what you think of cloth diapering vs. disposables ! (and don’t forget to add your email so I can contact you if you win) 😀

I’ll get the ball rolling:  When my mother-in-law came to visit our newborn twins, she was nice enough to pitch in with diaper changing duty. On one memorable occasion, we heard her give a startled shout from the babies’ room during diaper time and she called us over.  Apparently, baby H had gotten a…nugget…stuck, and had given a stronger ‘push’ to it and it had come shooting out of her little butt at ballistic speed until it hit the wall – NINE FEET AWAY! Since then, we were certain that baby H was destined for something interesting! 😀

**RULES:  Just one entry per person, and a winner will be chosen randomly from all who comment.  Entry period ends 10/21/16 at 11:59pm and a winner will be chosen on 10/22/16. Winner will be contacted by email and will have 48 hrs to respond before a backup winner will be chosen. This giveaway is a partnership with Nakturnal, with a prize of a $50 gift certificate.  Open to US residents, age 18+.

#GBTravelSafe Infant Car Seat Sweepstakes! Win a $500 BabiesRUs GC.

**I participated in a Blog Blast Activation on behalf of Influence Central for GB. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

There’s a big difference between having your baby all nice and snug in the womb, and after birth when you have to trust their safety to a car seat.  We researched for weeks to find the right car seats for our twins, and then to find a place that would help make sure we’d installed it correctly!  Car seats are one of the baby care items you can NOT skimp on!  We did our best to find the right one – a convertible car seat – and realized when we put the girls in them for the first time that we hadn’t properly taken into account that even though the twins were full term (39 weeks), they were both kind of shrimpy compared to average infant sizes! The seats were a tad too large and needed adjustments made until the babies grew a bit more.  We also found that we needed a mirror in the back seat so we could see them reflected in the rearview while they were still in the backwards facing stage.

And please remember: DO NOT BUY USED CARSEATS!  You just don’t know what kind of inner structural damage they could have if they’ve already been in a crash – and you’ve got no way of truly knowing if they have or not.  Also, REGISTER your carseat, so the manufacturer has a way to get in touch with you in case of recalls.

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Car seats are one of the most important purchases parents make! That’s why GB places their priority on safety with the GB Asana35 AP Car Seat. Their unique 3-way FirmFit System provides Mom and Dad the ultimate peace of mind.

As part of GB’s effort to promote car seat safety and their recently launched Asana35 AP car seat, the GB Travel Safe Sweepstakes is offering Moms a chance to win a $500 Babies “R” Us gift card with second and third place winners to receive GB baby gear like the GB Asana35 AP and the compatible GB Zuzu stroller! Leading up to this grand prize, weekly winners will receive Babies “R” Us gift cards. Know any Moms with Babies “R” Us baby registries? They’ll get extra points for adding the Asana35 AP to their registry!

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MAKE SURE YOU’VE READ ALL SWEEPSTAKES RULES AND REGULATIONS (LISTED ON THE SWEEPSTAKES WEBSITE).

  • Winners will receive:
  • Grand Prize:
  • $500 Babies “R” Us Gift Card.
  • Second Prize:
  • GB Asana35 AP Car Seat
  • GB Zuzu Stroller
  • Third Prize:
  • GB Asana35 AP Car Seat
  • Additional Sweepstakes Winners:
  • Each week, two Sweepstakes participants will be randomly selected to win a $50 Babies “R” Us Gift Card.
  • Each week, one Sweepstakes participant will be randomly selected to win a $100 Babies “R” Us Gift Card.
  • To enter the GB Travel Safe Sweepstakes and win the Grand, Second, or Third Prizes, Sweepstakes participants can get points during the time period of the Sweepstakes. Points are awarded by performing tasks found within the entry widget on the Sweepstakes website (http://gbtravelsafe.com), which consists of Tweets, watching a short video on the GB Asana35 AP, visiting the Asana35 AP product page on BabiesRUs.com, and pinning images from Pinterest.
  • If you have a Babies “R” Us registry, you can gain extra points by adding the GB Asana35 AP and providing us with your registry number!
  • Performing these entry tasks will also enter participants to win weekly $50 or $100 Babies “R” Us gift cards through the GB Travel Safe Sweepstakes

*Information in italics was provided by Influence Central, the post’s sponsor.

Try A New Book! Amazon GC & Children’s Chapter Book Giveaway

The weather’s been a bit wonky this winter, hasn’t it?

Being snowbound with little ones who have a hard time putting down that electronic gizmo can be a bit trying, so I’ve decided to hold a giveaway!

Recently, we found that one of our girls (while still reading) has been reading below grade level in school.  So we made the decision to box up all under-grade-level books and comic books and stow them away until things have improved.

To help our girls gain confidence in their reading, and to ensure it was an enjoyable experience, we chose several series of 2nd-grade-level chapter books that featured some of their interests, for them to try out!

We got Scooby Doo, Puppy Place, Rainbow Magic Fairies, Black Lagoon Adventures, Cam Jansen, Magic Tree House, Bailey School Kids, Thea Stilton and Charming Ponies.

Imagine my joy when the timer ‘dinged’ on their mandatory 20 minutes and they still wanted to keep on reading longer!

To help give you a boost in finding something new to tempt your little one’s literary tastebuds, I’m offering a $5 Amazon gift card and a new paperback copy of “Goldie” the first book in The Puppy Place chapter book series (both my 7-year-old girls LOVED this one!).

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Just enter in the rafflecopter form below!

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Feed Your Snack Attack With Funny Face Cranberries! #Free #Rafflecopter #Giveaway

One of the things I’ve learned in dealing with hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), is that I can’t rely on spur-of-the-moment snacking decisions to keep me healthy.

Really, how many of us start feeling a bit lightheaded because we’ve skipped a meal – hey, we’re busy parents! It’s easy to get distracted by rambunctious small children and let our own need for food go by the wayside.  Or maybe the kiddos actually cleaned their plate for once and the deliberately small portion we chose for ourself won’t be supplemented by our children’s leftovers.

And there we are, in the midst of our busy schedule and we need something FAST!  So we make a grab for whatever is closest – or make a pit stop at a convenience store or fast food joint – and hurriedly stuff our face with junk that’s overloaded with carbs, fat, sugar, chemicals and barely any redeeming nutritional value whatsoever.  The short-term sugar-high may feel good for a few minutes before you inevitably crash and burn, feeling a little ill and regret all the empty calories you ingested.

In my car, my purse, my workbag, my work area and my kitchen, I’ve got a stash of tasty healthy snacks that I can grab on the go. (Sometimes I feel a little like a squirrel hiding its stash in all these places!)

Here’s what I have in my basic Snack-Aid Kit:

  • A bottle of water
  • A mini-can or two of Low Sodium V8 (higher potassium than regular version)
  • A packet of nuts
  • Dried fruit (Currently, my fave is Funny Face Cranberries)
  • Whole grain crackers
  • A nutritional food bar like Clif or Larabar (no relation to me :D)

If my budget allows, I’ll even get those DIY Tuna Salad mini-kits and add that.

You can even combine the nuts and dried fruit in a tasty trail mix!

Try out this recipe for Choo Choo Cherry’s Easy Pumpkin Seed Trail Mix from the Funny Face Cranberries Recipe Page!

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Besides being a change-up from same-old same-old raisins, let’s do a nutritional comparison between the two:

famous brand of raisins                   Funny Face Choo-Choo Cherry flavored Cranberries

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There’s a heckuva lot more sugar and a lot less fiber in the raisins compared to Funny Face Cranberries!  Wow! Half my daily requirement of fiber in just one serving of the cranberries!  Half the sugar per serving, too!  And that’s with the raisins’ serving being a miserly 1/4 cup, while Funny Face treats me nice and serves me 1/3 cup of tasty goodness! (It means I get to stuff my face with a lot less guilt :D)

Funny Face Cranberries are also a great substitute for any recipe that calls for raisins – bread pudding, muffins, oatmeal, etc.

The little snack-sized boxes are the perfect size to slip into your children’s lunchboxes, too!

And with Thanksgiving coming up, here’s a useful tip: nibble on some of your healthy snacks prior to sitting down for the Big Meal.  You can still enjoy all your favorites, but it’ll be easier to keep to smaller portions if you’re not going into the meal while suffering from hunger pangs!

If you’d like to win a chance to nibble on Funny Face Cranberries for yourself, and receive a nifty reuseable lunchbag and other fun treats, please enter our giveaway below that’s been generously sponsored by Funny Face Cranberries!

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And if you enjoy hanging out on social media, you can find Funny Face Cranberries here:

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Happy Holidays!

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*I received samples of Funny Face Cranberries from the manufacturer to facilitate this review and they have sponsored a giveaway prize for my readers.  The opinions expressed in this review are my own and were not influenced by the sponsor and do not necessarily reflect the sponsor’s point of view.

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