Friday, May 27, 2011

Smile for the Day!

My mother sent me this email today
and I had to share with you mamas!
It made me literally laugh out loud.



 It's just a cup of tea




[] 
ONLY A MOTHER WOULD KNOW...


~A Cup of Tea ~

One day my mother was out, and my dad was in charge of me.

I was maybe 2 1/2 years old. Someone had 
given me a little 'tea set' as a gift,
and it was one of my favorite toys.
Daddy was in the living room engrossed in the 
evening news when I brought him a little cup of 'tea', 
which was just water. After several cups of tea and 
lots of praise for such yummy tea, my mom came home.

My dad made her wait in the living room 
to watch me bring him a cup of tea,
because it was 'just the cutest thing!'  
Mom waited, and sure enough, here I came down 
the hall with a cup of tea for Daddy; 
and she watched him drink it up.

Then she said, (as only a mother would know), 
"'Did it ever occur to you that the only place 
she can reach to get water, is the toilet?"



This would soooo be my hubby!
:)



Thursday, May 26, 2011

Earthy Crunchy Mama Review & Giveaway*CLOSED


Earthy Crunchy Mama is a source for all things Crunchy!
Well you may ask.. What is crunchy?

You can ask this question to 10 different people 
and more than likely you will get 10 different answers.
But to me the definition of crunchy is
that of granola.. natural, or like that of the
earth beneath your feet.
When you live a crunchy (semi or fully) you have 
a love or appreciation for our earth, our environment
and you tend to question main-stream thoughts.
I also relate crunchy to tree-hugging.. Tree are crunchy :)

Earthy Crunchy Mama wasn't always so "earthy crunchy".
Here is her story:

"Earthy Crunchy Mama is the realization of a dream I never knew I had.
I was never a very “earthy crunchy” person. 
You would never have caught me at an environmental rally, 
forgoing meat or passing on pampers in favor of cloth. 
Then I had Cole and everything changed. He was born with, 
Progressive Infantile Scoliosis, a rare spinal deformity. 
When he was diagnosed I realized that although some things, 
like his scoliosis, were out of my control, there was lots 
I could do to ensure he grew up healthy. 
This was the start of my transformation in to an Earthy Crunchy Mama.
I started to look for ways to make healthier choices for our family. 
This soon expanded to trying to minimize our impact on the environment. 
Like most families we run on a budget, time is tight 
and we enjoy the amenities of modern day conveniences. 
Unfortunately, going green isn’t always cheap or practical. 
I made it my mission to search out ways my family 
could become more health and environmentally 
conscious without breaking the bank, taxing our already tight schedules, 
or forgoing our much loved modern conveniences.
The more I learned, the more passionate I have become 
about raising my family in a more natural lifestyle. 
I have found that it can be easy, affordable 
and compatible with modern living. 
I hope Earthy Crunchy Mama can share what I have learned, 
both in terms of what has worked and what hasn’t 
worked for us and to help you find what will work best for you and your family.
All of the products we offer on our site are hand 
selected because of their quality, practicality, and affordability. 
We are committed to bringing only the best products to you 
and your family and helping you find new 
practical ways to become a little more Earthy Crunchy."


Her story is so similar to mine.. although a serious
medical problem was not involved.
I never considered being green or the least bit
earth friendly until after the birth of
my first daughter! I am glad I am not alone.

Earthy Crunchy Mama sells a variety of Eco-Friendly products
and has tons of informative material for those
Crunchy-minded!
I love her Crunchy-pedia section that
has several hot topics, from how to strip your diapers
to how to wear your baby in a Moby!
Earthy Crunchy Mama also has tons of products for sale;
clothing for mom, breastpads, cloth diapers, baby carriers and more!

Earthy Crunchy Mama sent me a package of
their reusable fleece liners and a reusable microfiber sponge!


The washable microfiber sponge is super thick
and the exterior material is the perfect texture for hard to clean messes.
The size is perfect to fit in the palm of your hand, 
measuring at 3x5!



If you've ever tried the "reusable" sponges from the store, 
you know that they fall apart easy and tend
to smell very soon after using them.
They are a waste, in my opinion.
But these Earthy Crunchy Mama sponges
are nicely made and very durable.

My dirty washing machine before I cleaned it. Ick!

I recently reviewed Crunchy Clean Scrub a Dub Dub
cleaner (See review HERE) and I used the 
Earthy Crunchy Mama sponges as part of my review.
The sponge did a great job!

Earthy Crunchy Mama Sponge- Dirty from scrubbing grime off

The sponges textured exterior made scrubbing easier
to clean those tough messes.
Once the sponge got dirty, I just tossed it
in the washer and voila... Good as new!

After a wash in the washing machine! Spotlessly clean

I am very impressed by this little sponge!
I love that I can just toss it in the washer to
get it all spiffed up.
So much better than those store bought ones
that seem to last for a brief time!


 The fleece liners from Earthy Crunchy Mama
are wonderful as well.
Nice, thick and soft fleece that can be placed
directly on top of cloth diapers to 
create a barrier between skin and the diaper.
These are good for wicking away moisture while
using a prefold or other non-stay dry materials,
when you have to use a non-cloth friendly 
diaper rash cream (but make sure to wash
these separate if used for that purpose) and
they are also great for catching poo 
(a nice reusable alternative to flush-able liners.).

These Earthy Crunchy Mama liners come in
packages of 10 liners and are available in 
several colors: yellow, orange, blue and purple
and they come in three different sizes:newborn, infant and toddler.
If you purchase too big of a size, they cut very easily!

I love these liners. I add them to our night time solution
to help keep extra moisture away from Olivia's
sensitive bottom and I add them to her diapers
when we know that she will have a BM soon!


ECM Fleece liner in Olivia's night time diaper.
Olivia in her night time diaper.. No fleece liner showing

They definitely do their job well!
Once soiled.. I spray them off and toss them
in the diaper pail.. And since they are
so cheap, I don't feel too guilty if I can't 
salvage one!

The toddler size are perfect for Olivia!
She is only 7 months old but she is the
size of some 1 yr olds.
Once the liner is in her diaper, it doesn't
show at all! Love it! 


Earthy Crunchy Mama is a shop after
my own heart!
There isn't a single item in her shop
that I don't oogle over.
I am dying to try several other items she carries!
How about you?

BUY:
Earthy Crunchy Mama's fleece liners and microfiber
sponges are available from her store.
10p. of Fleece liners- $4.99
3p. of Reusable sponges- $4.99


WIN:
Earthy Crunchy Mama would like to give one LUCKY reader
a GroVia Shell set. (the shell in aplix + soaker pad) 
Earthy Crunchy Mama will choose the color. 

Example of a Grovia Shell Set
 
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Saturday, May 21, 2011

CrazyColorfulWools Giveaway Winner

The winner of the CrazyColorfulWools giveaway is:


#196- Amy V
Congrats Amy! You are the winner of the $20 gc 
from CrazyColorfulWools!
Please respond to my email within 48 hours to claim
this prize or I will have to redraw.

Thanks again to everyone who took
time to enter. 
Keep an eye out for Crunchy Clean and 
Earthy Crunchy Mama reviews/giveaways
that will post early next week!

**Have a wonderful weekend**

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Monkey Snuggles Review & Giveaway* CLOSED


It is no secret that I have an obsession for cloth diapers,
I like to refer to it as a love but my hubby might say
it is a "love affair";
But bottom line, I live, breath, sleep and eat (okay, maybe not eat)
cloth diapers. It consumes me.

Recently I have developed the fitted love.
Not only are they so darn cute but since Olivia is so
warm natured the "breathing" material are perfect for her
especially in the HOT southern summer.

While attending The Great Cloth Diaper Change 2011
here in Memphis, Tennessee I was introduced to a
line of cloth diapers and immediately fell in love.
Monkey Snuggles donated two fitted diapers
to the raffle at the GCDC
(proceeds went to The Real Diaper Association).

Monkey Snuggles is a family run business based out of
Southern Vermont that makes cloth diapers, Woolies
and so many more cloth diaper accessories.



 It is evident that Monkey Snuggles' fitted diapers
are handmade with love and care.
The details are flawless and remarkable.
The gorgeous fabrics used both inside and out
just pop!


The outer material is a soft cotton knit and the
inner is made from a super luxuriously soft organic bamboo velour
(70% bamboo 28% organic cotton 2% polyester)
with a hidden layer of organic bamboo fleece
(70% bamboo 30% organic cotton).
 Each diaper comes with two velour topped snap in soakers;
available in regular absorbency- 2, four layer inserts
or overnight absorbency- 2 petal style, seven layer inserts.

Inner of the Monkey Snuggles fitted. Love the blue velour.

Each insert snaps in.


Monkey Snuggles fitted diapers are available in different sizes:
  • One Size- fitting babies from 10 to35lbs
  • Newborn- 5 to 10lbs
  • XL Toddler- 30 to 40lbs PLUS
I received a OS Monkey Snuggles and it fits Olivia great.

Olivia in her Monkey Snuggles fitted. Don't mind Lillian's arm :)

The rise on this diaper is lovely.
It sits right below Olivia's naval and rest comfortably
over her high bum.

Covers her bum GREAT
The inner thigh fits equally as well.
The elastic is not too tight against her CHUNKY thighs
but still is tight enough to contain messes.

Great fit

Fitteds aren't typically trim in my book, they
tend to be a bit bulky but this one is
just right. It gives Olivia a nice fluffy bum
but not too much that I can't get her clothes over it.
It fits great underneath all our covers and woolies.

Love the bum shot


The absorbency of this diaper is PHENOMENAL.
Like most diapers, Monkey Snuggles suggests several
washes to reach full absorbency.
But even after only two washes, not even fully prepped,
this diaper is so absorbent.
Olivia was able to wear this diaper around the house without
a cover, for hours!! Amazing!


Like I mentioned earlier.. I am in love with
Monkey Snuggles.
So much so, that I ordered two more of
these fitted diapers!!
(I can't wait till they arrive)
This diaper is on the TOP of my list of
best diapers EVER.

Olivia <3s her Monkey Snuggles :)

It is not only adorable.. The print reminds me of Spring time,
but it is super soft, absorbent and fits Olivia perfectly.
I would HIGHLY recommend Monkey Snuggles.


Would you live to try a Monkey Snuggles fitted diaper
or anything else from their store?


BUY:
Purchase whatever your fluff loving heart desires from
Monkey Snuggles' store or sometime they have items listed
on their Etsy shop.

WIN:
Monkey Snuggles would like to give ONE lucky reader
a $20 gift certificate to their store!
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This giveaway May 30 June 02, 2011  will end  at 11:59pm CST.
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Winner will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.


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**Thank you to the sponsor for the chance to review this product and for giving one lucky fan a prize!

Kael&Kaed Giveaway Winner

The winner of the Kael&Kaed giveaway is:


#127- Paloma7255 (Robin Wilkins)
Congratulations! You are the winner of the Kael&Kaed giveaway!
You have won a toy/sophie leash, a no-sag pant saver belt AND
a 20% off coupon from anything in their shop.
Please respond to my email within 48 hours to claim your prize.


Thank you everyone who entered.
Keep an eye out for some great reviews/giveaway coming up
including Monkey Snuggles, Sweet Bobbins, Boba, Crunchy Clean
and More!!! 

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: What a mess



Today is laundry day...
This is what I get for leaving a 2.5yr old alone with
2 baskets of unfolded laundry. 

Friday, May 6, 2011

CrazyColorfulWools Review & Giveaway*CLOSED



Since fabric sheets were eliminated out of our house about
8 months ago because they aren't cloth diaper friendly,
I made the decision to use wool dryer balls.
And I have to admit they are
One of my favorite cloth diapering accessories!
I can't pinpoint what I love so much..
Maybe it's just the fact that they are a companion
to laundering, which I do daily!

CrazyColorfulWools make the some of the cutest dryer balls
that I have ever layed eyes on!
Available in a wide variety of color and scent choices or
you can go classic and get unscented ''nakie'' balls.
(My hubby thought that was HILARIOUS. Dirty mind!)


CrazyColorfulWools dryer balls are all made from 100% wool yarn. 
The owner of CrazyColorfulWools, Danielle,
individually hand spins each making them all One of a Kind!
CrazyColorfulWools puts some fun into laundry time.
Not only are her balls helpful with decreasing drying time,
reducing static, cloth diaper friendly and softens laundry
but when scented they leave a light, pleasant smell on everything.
When I received my CrazyColorfulWools balls in the mail,
my mailbox smelt like Monkey Farts.
Yea, you 'heard' me right, Monkey Farts!!

How could a Monkey Fart smell good?
Think of what a monkey might eat.. Tropical fruits like
Bananas, Grapefruit, kiwi, right?
CrazyColorfulWools describes the scent Monkey Farts as:
"notes of fresh bananas and juicy grapefruit, middle notes of kiwi, 
juicy bubblegum, and strawberries; and a hint of vanilla as a base note"

The first time I used them my hubby said..
"Our dyer smells like heaven!"

For a man to notice a smell, my hubby especially,
speaks volumes.
CrazyColorfulWools have so many other wonderful scents 
that I am dying to try out.
Like Cotton Candy, Butt Naked, Pink Lemonade and MORE.


The four CrazyColorfulWools balls I received
are brightly colored,
Hints of pink, purple, blue, green, yellow.

This picture doesn't do the colors any justice.


I love these dryer balls.
Before these all I had were plain (nakie) unscented balls
and there really isn't anything excited about that.
But the ones I got from CrazyColorfulWools smell heavenly
and the colors are adorable.
Even Lillian adores them. I always seem to find her in the dryer!


My only qualm is that the outer layer seems a bit
thin on two of the balls and is already
starting to show the white underneath.
And like other dryer balls,
they have the usual pilling but
they sit in the dryer.. Who cares?



Before I started cloth diapering I never heard of 
wool dryer balls and I admit at first I thought it was silly.
How could this little ball make my clothes soft, 
decrease drying time, and decrease static?
I thought of a wool sweater... Itchy and full of static.
But in all honesty, I have noticed a HUGE difference!

Would you like to make laundry fun with some
dryer balls from CrazyColorfulWools?


BUY:
You can purchase a CrazyColorfulWools dryer ball from
their Etsy shop!! A set of 4 dyed/scented balls runs about $22+ shipping.

WIN:
CrazyColorfulWools would like to give ONE lucky reader
a $20 gift certificate to her shop!!
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This giveaway May 20, 2011  will end  at 11:59pm CST.
                    Winner will be notified by email and posted on my blog!
Winner will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.


**This is not a paid post. The opinions of this product are strictly that of my own and completely unbiased!    
**Thank you to the sponsor for the chance to review this product and for giving one lucky fan a prize!




LocoMOMomma Giveaway Winner

The winner of the LocoMOMomma giveaway is:


#138- Kristin_b
Congrats mama! You have won a $15 gc to LocoMOMomma's shop.
I love her made toys and I'm sure you will too!
Please respond to my email within 48 hours to claim your prize.


Tuesday, May 3, 2011

April Showers bring May Floods

Hey mamas!
I know it has been awhile since I blogged.
Life has been hectic.

We are under a Flood warning here in Memhis, TN
and we have taken precautions are prepared to be evacuated.
We live on a very large creek that feeds into the Loosahatchie River
which in turn feeds into the Mississippi River.
With the MS River at record highs due to torrential rains
not only here but up north, they are predicting 
an "Epic flood." 

Last year we had a similar event but due a levee breaking
we managed to escape major flooding in our neighboorhood.
Although some others did not fair so well. 

Not too far from my house- May 2010
We are hoping and praying to be as fortunate as last year 
but are taking as many precautions as possible.
Out belongings (for the majority) as
packed up and in the attic, our furniture has been
placed upon cinder block and now we just watch and wait.

It seems all too cruel.
This waiting game is killing me 
but at least this year we have a warning unlike last.

Until we know what the future may hold
I won't be very active.
A post here, a post there, for the most part.

I begged the hubs to put my computer back up
so I didn't go absolutely insane...
Hence, I'm able to write this post.

 Thank you all for your thoughts, prayers and concerns!