Thursday, February 28, 2013

Steam Machine Giveaway

Are you all ready for an awesome giveaway? Enter here for your chance to win a Steam Machine! Good luck, everyone!


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Mizz Review Lady, J's Reviews & Giveaways, SoCal City Kids, and Making Memories With Your Kids, along with many other awesome bloggers, have all teamed up to bring you this awesome giveaway! 

I never knew how much my life could benefit from a Steam Machine until I met the Steam Machine Multi Purpose Power Steamer. As a stay at home mother I can tell you first hand that my carpets are like a canvas, as is my walls. But that's not a problem if you have a Steam Machine!  My floors; Unfortunately, are no different! Once again the Steam Machine comes into play!

There's definitely a good reason why they call it a Multi Purpose Steamer and that's because it has so many different functions. From room-to-room the Steam Machine comes in handy!  If you need to remove wallpaper, simply use the Steam Machine to quickly remove it and best yet - it's chemical free!  The kids drag in a little dirt on your carpet? No problem, use the attachment to not only clean, but also sanitize your floors. And that's not the only thing it sanitizes either!  Use it to sanitize your kitchen area including your stove top and oven.  And don't forget about your grills and bathrooms!

One of my favorite things to use the Steam Machine for is my dirty kitchen tiles.  It sanitizes my floors while cleaning them at the same time.  The steam blasts them clean and then I use the cleaning pad to wipe the surface clean.  It really goes far and beyond a typical mop job!  


How does it work?
The Steam Machine works by a pressurized high temperature to efficiently steam away grime and dirt, grease, and even bacteria.  

The Steam Machine includes:

  • Owners Instruction Manual
  • Two Nylon Brushes
  • Jet Nozzle
  • Brass Brush
  • Squeege
  • Floor Steam Mop With Microfiber Cleaning Pad
  • Wallpaper Steam Plate
  • Measuring Cup With Fill Funnel
Use the Steam Machine with ease by grabbing the handle and then using the two wheels to roll it around with you wherever you may need it. Take advantage of the 8 foot hose to reach hard to reach places both high and low.  Rest assure that your purchase is totally covered with a two year guarantee. 

BUY IT: You can purchase a Steam Machine for $99.99. Use their product finder to find it in a store near you or find it online.

LEARN MORE: To learn more be sure to visit HOMERIGHT online. 

WIN IT: Thanks to HOMERIGHT, one of my very lucky readers is going to receive their very own Steam Machine!!! This is a $99.99 value!!!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Squiggle Event

I don't recall if I mentioned this before or not (yay, pregnancy brain!), but I have a big event planned for the near future to celebrate Squiggle! I have some lovely sponsors on board to offer you, my readers, some lovely prizes! If you are interested in sponsoring the event, please send me an email to:
ThoughtsOfFluff (at) gmail (dot) com

For all my fabulous readers... get excited! More details will come in the future... but for now, I need to come up with a name for the event! Suggestions are welcome! :)

Steam Machine Free Blogger Opp!

Here's a great Free Blogger Opp for all of you bloggers out there who are looking to get more social media followers and exposure on their blogs!  This giveaway will be for a Steam Machine worth $99.99!!! In exchange for posting the giveaway on your blog and sharing it on Twitter, you will receive your choice of one free Twitter link.  

HOSTS: Mizz Review Lady and J's Reviews & Giveaways PRIZE: Steam Machine - Multi Purpose Steamer that can be used to do many tasks including removing wallpaper, sanitize and clean floors, and much much more! 
BLOGGER SIGN UPS: February 3 - February 25th
GIVEAWAY EVENT: February 28 - March 28th

You will receive one free Twitter link for participating.  A couple of days before the event goes live I will send you the review and giveaway code. You will then be required to alter it a little and post it to your blog. Also, please post it on Twitter, if possible. The post will need to be posted on February 28th and then submitted to the form(that will be sent to you in a future message).  If you would like you can purchase extra links for only $1 each. Your choices include Facebook, Google+1, Pinterest, and GFC.  Also, if you are interested in becoming a co-host you may pay $10.  Each co-host will receive a visit to their blog as an optional entry and as many links as you may wish from those listed above.  

Please send co-host and link payments via PayPal to mrs.cakes01@yahoo.com. 

Additionally, although it is not required I would love it for you to share this blogger giveaway opp anyway possible. The more people who sign up, the more people that enter, and the more expose we all get! 

To enter please visit this LINK and fill out the form, completely. 

Friday, February 15, 2013

Earth's Best NEW Veggie Puree Giveaway!

Are you excited about the NEW veggie puree flavours by Earth's Best? Enter to win a sampler pack of ALL their NEW veggie puree flavours here!
Good luck!


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Earth's Best NEW Organic Puree Flavours

Earth's Best has lots of fantastic foods and snacks for your little ones of all ages. You can always count on them to have wholesome foods rich in vitamins and without all those nasty things you just don't want in your food or your little one's food!

The Earth's Best difference:
  • Organic ingredients grown without harmful pesticides
  • No Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)
  • Most items are made only from whole grains
  • No added salt, modified starches or refined sugars
  • No artificial flavors, colors or preservatives
  • Kosher (excluding meat varieties)
  • Rigorous product testing
What better way to start your little one off with healthy eating habits than organic? Better yet, Earth's Best has some NEW organic puree veggie flavours! They now have Sweet Potato & Beets, Carrots & Broccoli, Pumpkin & Spinach, and Squash & Sweet Peas in their handy squeeze pouches.



You can look for these new puree flavours, along with many other Earth’s Best products, online at the Earth’s Best Store, from Amazon.com, many other online retailers, or you can use the Earth’s Best Store Locator to find a retailer near you!

You can also enter to win some HERE!

Finicky Eater Tips From Earth's Best

Fruits and veggies are a very important part of your little one's diet. Wait, your little one is a bit finicky with fruits and veggies? Earth's Best put an educational video on their YouTube Page on starting your little one on fruits/veggies.



A few tips from Earth's Best:

Parents who eat more fruits and vegetables often have kids who
a) are less picky
and
b)consume more fruits and vegetables.

Don't pressure kids to eat. Studies show that parents who pressure their kids to eat actually get kids with higher levels of pickiness and kids who eat significantly fewer servings of fruits and vegetables.


Looking for some more tips? Check out the Earth's Best article Plant The Seed For Vegetable Loving.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Switch to Cloth (Giveaway)

Welcome to the Switch to Cloth Giveaway Event hosted by SAHM of Drama Queens & a Prince, My Cloth Diaper Stash, A Year With Mom and Dad, Mommy of One and Counting and Adventures of Mommyhood. Together we are bringing one lucky winner a cloth diaper prize pack worth over $450. Below is a list of everything you can win! Rockin Green - Rockin Bundle (winner's choice of formula), Funk Rock and a Diaper Sprayer Glowbugs - 4 pack of winner's choice Girl or Boy/Gender Neutral - Read Karine's review and Shannon's review
Chelory - $30 Store Credit
Poppy Fields - Fitted Poppy Fields Diaper - Read Shannon's review
Rumpkinz - Embroidered Diaper - Read Shannon's review
Sunbaby - Sunbaby 4.0 One-Size - Read Karine's review
Irresistibly Green - Sweet Pea Diaper Cover & $50 gift certificate - Read Julie's review
Spray Pal - Spray Pal
Red Barn Cloth Diapers - Heavy Doody Diaper
Sports Bumz - Fleece Cover (custom slot)

Lots of great prizes for you to win.... and if you don't want or need all those items, they are a great baby shower gift!

One lucky winner will win everything listed above.
Giveaway is open to US residents only and will end on March 14th at 11:59pm EST
Disclaimer: I received no compensation for this publication. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of your own Thoughts Of Fluff is not responsible for shipping prize to winner, nor did I accept any compensation for this promotion.

IntelliGender (review)

This review is a 3-part review being published all at once.

For anyone who hasn't heard of IntelliGender, it is a baby gender prediction test that you can take as early as 10 weeks of pregnancy. You simply use the first morning urine and.... voila! Test results come in!

Before I get into how easy to use this test was, I'd like to let you know a few things first. One, I've felt that Squiggle was a girl from the moment I found out I was pregnant.... much like I felt Bobble was a boy from the moment I saw those two little lines. This pregnancy has treated me very differently from the start, and that only further confirmed my theory that Squiggle is a girl.

I also want to let you know that, as a fellow blog READER and excited new mother, I had entered an IntelliGender giveaway at another fabulous blogger's page. It just so happened that when IntelliGender got in touch with me in November (after said event ended and I received no notification of winning), that they sent me a test kit to review for all of you once I was far enough along. A couple days after I received that test kit, I received an email stating I won the other giveaway. I'm not sure if the giveaway winner drawing was delayed for whatever reason, or if I simply forgot that I ever entered it in the first place and forgot that it was still going on (I did forget I entered at first!).... but now I had two kits.

My first thought was to give one to a coworker slightly farther along than me and let her test it out too. My husband actually declined that idea, so I then decided to do a more thorough review of the kit for all of you. I decided I would do one at the earliest point possible (exactly 10 weeks), and then again at either 15 weeks or 16 weeks of pregnancy to see if it changed any. Since we know that hormones alter and that morning sickness tends to die off (TENDS to... doesn't always!) a bit after the first trimester, I thought taking it after the first trimester was over would be smart. However, I was very curious as to how the test would read at 10 weeks as well.


 The kit was super easy to use, so that was a relief to me first thing in the morning! You collect a urine sample in a cup, use the syringe to collect the specified amount to add to the test bottle, peel back the sticker on the top of the lid, inject urine slowly, swirl (rapidly!) for 10 seconds, then let it sit for 5 minutes. That's it. I set it on some toilet paper to ensure I had only white contrasting it and that it wouldn't skew the reading at all.

The test was read easily enough, and it was definitely GREEN. If the liquid turns GREEN inside, it means it is a boy. If the liquid turns ORANGE/YELLOW, it means it is a girl. I will admit, my heart sunk a bit when I saw that green. I could have sworn that Squiggle was a little girl! True, the test isn't 100% accurate.... but the trials performed that show the test results are around 90% accurate still had me a little bummed.




 The top two pictures are with flash, the bottom two are without flash. Flash does make a difference in how the colour appears... especially in the lighting you have at 3am!

For the record: I would totally love another boy.... but my hubby only wants two children (I want four!), so if we only have two, I was hoping to have one of each!

I went back to look at the test after about 15 minutes, and noticed that all the granules (now green) had settled to the bottom in a pile, so now you could see yellowish coloured liquid with a pile of green. I decided to email customer service with a picture for them to help read it (and to see how fast of a response you get!), and in the mean time, I compared my results to the sample results they provide for you from various email submissions on their page.

To my surprise, I had a response from the customer service within TWELVE HOURS. Talk about speedy! I was especially surprised since I performed the test around 3am, and emailed them around that time, too. They confirmed my initial reading of BOY.

Now 15 weeks came and went without a test due, but I figured 16 weeks was just as good. Unfortunately, at 16 weeks is when I had that nasty bug that wouldn't allow me to hold down food OR water. Not only did I not feel like taking any test of any sort, but I didn't even have enough liquids in me to feel like I could have provided a decent enough sample amount.

Feeling better at 16 weeks and 3 days, I took the test..... again, at 3 in the morning because that's when I woke up and had to go. (The test recommends first morning urine, at least 2.5 hours after you last went. Last time I recalled going was around 8pm, so I thought this was my best chance!)

Again, I was thankful for how easy it was! Open box, collect sample, inject specified amount, swirl, wait, read. Easy-peasy! This time, at 16 weeks and 3 days...... it was an ORANGE hue! I was super excited! The only thing this made me wish is that I had a test kit for every week to see where it started to change over to orange instead of green, or to see when it definitively changed.

If I had only one test kit, I fully planned on testing around 13 or 14 weeks as that would be out of my first trimester. (Again, referring to the hormonal changes in your body and thinking it might be a better time for me than 10 weeks.) I would probably recommend waiting until 13 weeks, personally, just for that reason.

Now to await the ultrasound! The ultrasound is scheduled for February 11th, so we still have a few weeks to go, yet. Obviously, my first concern is for Squiggle's well being. With all the illness I've had this pregnancy, I really just want to see he/she is developing properly and is healthy! If he/she isn't shy, however, will be an added bonus!

For all pictures taken, I'd like to mention that flash photography skewed the results in those pictures. In the second test performed, use of a flash made the liquid appear greenish (see below for a flash picture from the second test!) despite the fact it was orange.

While the only SURE way to know what your child is would be to wait until birth, and a more reliable way (while still pregnant) is with an ultrasound, IntelliGender is definitely a fun test for any pregnant mother! They are pretty darn accurate (probably more so after the first trimester is officially over, I would think), and super easy to do! You can pick up an IntelliGender test kit at stores like Babies-r-us, Walgreens, CVS, and RiteAid (store locator for retailers carrying this product can be found HERE), or you can order online from IntelliGender for only $27.99! Happy testing, mamas!

Our ultrasound revealed to us that Squiggle is (appearing to be) a very active little GIRL! I had a feeling Squiggle would be a girl, and my later IntelliGender test also suggested as such. I'd probably wait until just after the first trimester before testing at home with IntelliGender so your hormones can regulate. :)



Disclosure: The product mentioned above was provided to me by IntelliGender for review. This did not influence my opinion of the product in any way. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of your own.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Cloth Diaper Storage

I know lots of people store their fluff all sorts of different ways. I thought I'd share how we store our fluff (and accessories!) for those of you still looking for ideas.


The majority of our fluff would be kept in media storage bins that we got at Target (back-to-school section... I think they were intended for CDs and DVDs, really). These are kept under the changing table.

Top row are all now all pocket diapers in the left 3 baskets, and wipes and liners in the fourth. When I took this picture, however, the first two baskets were pockets, the third basket was covers with some flats, and then wipes.



The bottom row (in this picture) are prefolds, flats, then two bins of night time diapers. (*currently I have extra inserts with swim diapers and trainers on top of them in one basket, flats and prefolds with covers on top in another basket, and two row of night time diapers*)



Our wet bags, hanging pails and pail liners we keep in the "diaper holder" that came with the bedding set we purchased. It's snapped onto the end of the changing table.



For all of our accessories, we have a stand-up organizer (next to his diaper pail). On top you can see some Nursery Wipes (Earth's Best), some CJ's BugBanisher (which I would spray on before we head outside in the summer time), and a travel-size pack of Nursery Wipes.



In the top drawer we keep an array of baby items.... extra creams, fingernail clippers, snappis and boingos, etc.



The middle drawer is full of brand new diapers for Squiggle. I am keeping them separate from the others right now since I want to prep them at the same time. The used ones I purchased for Squiggle I have in a bag waiting to be stripped/washed before first use. I'll probably do this all in May when we get closer to the time we'll need them.



For Bobble's "childcare diapers" (which I keep separate from the rest so we have enough for when he's at childcare), we keep them in the bottom drawer.



Speaking of Squiggle's diapers, I have no idea what I'm going to do for newborn diaper storage! We'll want something with easier access than where they are currently, so I guess I'll have to move some of the OS pockets over to the drawer or something.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

All About (Reusable) Liners

I'm not talking about disposable liners, as I've never used those before. I'm talking about FLEECE. Bobble had a lot of issues with diaper rash early on, and the last thing I wanted to do was stop using fluff. It was suggested to me, since he had to be on prescription cream (totally not cloth diaper safe!) to switch to disposables. Nope, not doing it. There had to be a way around this!

Then I was probably given the best advice ever. Someone online suggested using liners. I looked up the different liners and about hit the roof. They get pricy! They told me to go to the local fabric store and look for anti-pill fleece. I found some and it was about $8 a yard (NOT on sale). That's doable. I bought one yard, came home, washed it, and started cutting.

Okay, so I'm not the most perfect, crafty person in the world... and I probably SHOULD have used something as a guide instead of just cutting aimlessly. As an end result, my liners are all sorts of different sizes (and shapes!), but you know what? THEY ALL WORK!


As you can see, none of these 3 are the exact same. The one on the far right I cut to match the shape of our FuzziBunz OS just to see if it worked better than the ones cut in rectangles. It really didn't make a difference, though. Also, you can tell the one on the far left has been used MUCH more than the others from colour, but it still works great!

It works great! They are fleece, so the urine goes through them and still gets absorbed by the diaper, but the creams stay on the liner. We've NEVER had a leak issue from using Rx creams with our fluff because the liners just work so darn well! Best $8 I ever spent!

All you have to do is lay them between baby and the diaper. When you change baby, have a separate wet bag so you can store the liners (and cloth wipes if you're using those while using non-CD safe cream), and just wash those on hot with the towels or something so you don't transfer residues to the diapers while you're getting them clean. Speaking of residue, I noticed when using the creams and when Bobble pooped, the run off from spraying the wipes with the diaper sprayer was very sudsy. Even though it didn't look like there was much cream on the liner, there was. This confirmed that I should store wipes and liners used with these creams separate.... and also to spray them out if I get the chance!

Just put the liner on the diaper and you're good to go!

I've also used them when I knew Bobble was expecting a poopy diaper while we are traveling. Most of the poop will be on the liner (depending on how well you cut them to fit the shape of the diaper), and you won't have to worry about staining ... or the fact you might not have a diaper sprayer where you're traveling to!

The other reason we use these liners? Bobble is so sensitive to wetness that he breaks out if he has a prefold or flat against him and he wets it. If we put a liner in there, he doesn't break out. Easy solution to help keep him dry and rash-free!

Bobble also likes to sneak over to the liners and use them like tissues because they are soft. Unfortunately, that generally means I end up with them all around the house because he touches his nose, drops it. Grabs another one (or a wipe), touches his nose, drops it wherever he happens to be, etc.

I've been using these liners for about a year and a half, and they are still going strong! I didn't even cut the entire yard of fabric! I ended up with about 20 - 25 cut liners, and still the amount of fabric (shown below) left over!


Just look at all that left over fabric! Plenty of liners can still be made out of the left overs from that ONE yard of fabric!

Also, if you're curious, you don't need to sew at all for this. No need to sew the edges or anything, it won't unravel or fall apart. Just wash, cut, use. Yay!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Love Chili? Try this recipe!

A couple of months back, I saw a post from Daily Mothering titled The Best Chili Recipe Ever. Okay, so I admit, whenever I see "the best" or "world's greatest" before something, I am generally skeptical. I do love chili, however, and my husband.... well, he doesn't. Yep, you read that right. He doesn't love chili. This, of course, led me in a pursuit to find a chili he would like so that I could finally get chili again! (Hey, no point in making chili for only one person!)

I pinned the recipe to my interest account as soon as I saw it (find it on Thoughts Of Fluff's Pinterest board here), and finally the day came where he had no idea what to do for dinner, but we had thawed ground beef. Jackpot! I sent him the link to the recipe, and he was confused. It called for... green beans? Wait, green beans? In CHILI? Yep. Zucchini too! This is part of what intrigued me so much!

We made the recipe two different ways, and I wanted to share both with you. I went back to the original post to make sure I could credit the correct source, but found this appeared to be an original recipe! Of course, I made certain to get permission from Daily Mothering before I posted their recipe!

Here's the (original) recipe:

Photo Property of Daily Mothering

You will need:

  • 2 lbs Lean Ground Beef
  • 1 large can (29 oz) and 1 small can (15 oz) Tomato Sauce
  • 1 can (15 oz) Diced Tomatoes
  • 2 cans (15 oz) Kidney Beans, drained
  • 1 can (15 oz) Green Beans, drained
  • 1 can (15 oz) Corn, drained
  • 1 large Green Bell Pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium Zucchini, chopped
  • 3 Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 1 medium Onion, chopped
  • 2 tbsp Vegetable, Olive or Coconut Oil

Seasoning:

  • 2 tbsp Flour
  • 1 tbsp Chili Powder
  • 2 tsp Brown Sugar
  • 2 tsp White Sugar
  • 2 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tbsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Dried Oregano
  • 1 tsp Dried Basil
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 3 tsp Ground Red Cayenne Pepper
  • 2 tsp Ground Cumin

Toppings:

  • Crushed Saltines or Oyster Crackers
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • Sour Cream
  • Avocado, peeled and diced

Instructions:

In a large pot, cook Ground Beef until lightly browned, then drain. Meanwhile, in a separate pan, combine Green Bell Pepper, Zucchini, Garlic Clove, Onion, and Oil and saute on medium for a few minutes until just starting to brown. Add sauteed vegetables to the Ground Beef in the large pot. Add Kidney Beans, Green Beans, Diced Tomatoes, Corn, and Tomato Sauce and stir until blended. In a small bowl, combine seasonings. Pour seasonings mix into the large pot and stir everything together. Bring to a boil on High, then reduce to a simmer on Low for 2-3 hours, stirring occasionally. Serve hot with desired toppings.

While we intended on following this recipe exactly... it didn't work out so well. We found out (a bit late) that we didn't have any ground red cayenne pepper.... so we used the exact same amount of crushed red pepper instead. We also didn't top with crackers simply because we thought the greek yogurt (plain... we always use plain greek yogurt in lieu of sour cream... healthier and tastes the same!), cheese, and smashed avocado was plenty! (Yes, smashed... we opted for that over diced. Again, our preference.)

The chili was amazing. Perfectly spiced... flavourful.... just fantastic! I loved it so much that I decided we should make it again for a potluck we were going to host.... but I wanted to make a few changes.

  • Change #1: double the green beans (they seriously rock in this!)
  • Change #2: actually use cayenne pepper like the recipe calls for instead of ground red pepper
  • Change #3: add a can of black beans in addition to everything else 
The end result was surprising, actually. First, the bean addition was GREAT. I love black beans, and I thought it was a little light on the beans over all the first time... so more green beans and throw in the black beans! Love beans! I would have loved lentils in it, too, but we didn't have them on hand and I thought of it too late.

The biggest surprise of the second batch was the spice (heat). It was SPICY! The first batch was perfect for me because it wasn't too spicy, and I'm pretty sensitive to spice (heat). I kept telling people at the potluck that it wasn't a spicy chili, and they kept commenting it did have a kick to it. Apparently, crushed cayenne pepper is a lot spicier than crushed red pepper in the same quantity. If we make this again with cayenne pepper, I will add 1/2 the amount that it calls for... but the crushed red pepper worked great, too.

I still devoured that spicier batch of chili... I just made sure to plop a LOT of plain greek yogurt on top to help neutralize the heat. It worked great. The only thing I regret is not having corn bread either time. It would have been perfect!!!

We had enough left over from our initial batch (made in December) that we froze a big gallon bag of the chili. I thawed it a week or two ago so we could have a quick meal (well, it really fed us more than 1 meal, but still!), and I was pleasantly surprised and how well the chili froze. It tasted great, still!

Chili reheated after 6 weeks of being frozen (and sans toppings)

Check out Daily Mothering's original post The Best Chili Recipe In The World for a few tips and a link to her cornbread recipe (check the additional notes at the bottom!). I didn't think to snap a picture either of the times the chili was fresh, so the picture is from my lunch at work, and from the batch that had been frozen and then thawed. Not the best photo, but still looks yummy!

Monday, February 4, 2013

Babylegs Giveaway!

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BabyLegs is giving away a $50 grab bag to one lucky winner!

Our5Cents is excited to bring you another great giveaway!
Be sure to stop by and visit BabyLegs Facebook page to stay up to date on their sales and products. They have lots of sales for Facebook fans only that you will not want to miss!! While your there be sure to tell them Our5Cents sent you and thanks for the giveaway!
Pros:
One size fits both my 2 year old and 8 month old
Stretchy material leaves no red marks
Great quality
Can be used for more than just baby leg warmers
Socks fit great with lots of colors and prints to choose from
Socks are true to size so no guessing!
Fast shipping
Their Facebook page always has new coupons!


Cons:
None!
Would I refer this product to a friend? YES!!
You can read the whole review of their Leg Warmers and Socks HERE.
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Sunday, February 3, 2013

Switch To Cloth Blogger Sign-up!

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Saturday, February 2, 2013

Earth's Best NEW Sleepytime Lotion

Many parents have a routine for bedtime and/or naptime with their little ones. Some do a light baby massage with lotion just before bed to help soothe/calm their child, while some parents do this right after bath time. We never got into a routine that involved massage when Bobble was little, but we have started a little lotion massage lately after receiving the NEW Sleepytime Lotion (Chamomile) from Earth's Best.


The Chamomile Sleepytime Lotion is lightly scented with chamomile to help with calming your child, and it's a very pleasant scent too. I've got a very sensitive... well, everything! Needless to say, I have trouble with scented items that aren't naturally scented or if they are overpowering. This lotion has the perfect amount of fragrance that even my nose enjoys it!

The lotion is made with oats to help nourish dry skin, and also has:
  • Contains 70% Organic Content
  • Hypo-Allergenic
  • No Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate or Sodium Myreth Sulfate
  • No Mineral Oil or Petrolatum
  • No Parabens or Harsh Preservatives
  • No Synthetic Fragrances, Colors or Phthalates
  • 100% Vegetarian, No Animal Testing 

Hard not to be happy about that! Bobble has been asking for this lotion, too. He enjoys the quiet time we spend together rubbing the lotion on him, and it does seem to help him quiet down in the evening (which can really be a challenge!).

If you are interested in purchasing this new Sleepytime Lotion from Earth's Best, you can look for it locally using the store locator on the Earth's Best page. You can also order it directly from the Earth's Best online store for $11.79 for a 16 oz. bottle.

 Disclosure: The product mentioned above was provided to me by Earth’s Best for review. This did not influence my opinion of the product in any way. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of your own.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Stuffing a Pocket Diaper

I've been asked all sorts of things about cloth diapers. Everything from washing tips to stuffing and storage. I decided to start doing a little Cloth Diaper 101 for you. If you already know this stuff, great! Feel free to leave your comments and suggestions as well! If there is anything you'd like to see in the future (video or post), leave me a comment and let me know!

Here's my first video for you.... Stuffing a Pocket Diaper! I apologize for the lighting, but it was tricky trying to film this without having a tripod or another set of hands! I guess I'll have to figure something fancier out for the future. :)

The lighting will look better if you make the video full-screen.