Saturday, September 5, 2009

Labor Day Weekend Sale! BIG Savings!

Visit Earth Angels Diaper Co. this Labor Day weekend and place your order between 9/5-9/7 and you'll receive a Voucher for $10.00 off your next order! Plus don't forget about our other fantastic savings like
  • Great Deals on Packages & Starter Kits
  • Trial Diapers
  • FREE Shipping on orders over $50.00
  • Clearance Items
  • & More!

Pimp Your Stash Winners #3 - Mrs. B, Lauren & Sarah

How fun is to have THREE WINNERS!!!! Two of them had blogs and I had the chance to take a peek on each one and LOVED them both!! The winners are:
#75: Mrs. B from the blog Our Life
#29: Lauren from the blog Sanity Sold Separately
#116: Sarah W.

Hope you girls enjoy your winnings!!! Please, contact us ASAP so we can ship your winnings to you. Write Pimp Your Stash Winner on the subject line. Thanks! :)

Friday, September 4, 2009

Try your favorite cloth diapers, Risk Free!

A great new Trial Program just launched. Try Cloth Diapers One at a Time is a great new alternative to buying diapers! Now you can try all the latest and greatest and you're not committed to keep them if you decide you're not crazy about them.

The program is simple, you purchase your spot in the program by paying $19.95. This price includes the cost to ship your first trial diaper to you. You choose from the list of available brands/styles, evaluate and use the diaper for 2 weeks, and then send it back to Earth Angels Diaper Co. You will then be contacted for your next trial diaper which is sent to you free of charge.

Should you decide you'd like to keep one of the diapers you are trying you will receive a $5.00 refund as well as a $5.00 off coupon to use towards your next order! When you're done trying diapers and have returned your last diaper, you may then drop out of the program. You will receive a refund for all but $10.00 of the original fee paid to join as well as issued a $5.00 coupon to use towards a future order!

For more details and answers to Frequently Asked Questions about this trial program please click HERE.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Doing diaper laundry can be simple!

When I first started using cloth diapers, I had this fear that I would ruin them. That somehow I would add too much soap, or the water would be the wrong temperature, or I would use the wrong soap, or something bad would happen. I would mess up all my new diapers that I just bought! I don't know why, but I seriously feared washing my diapers.

A silly thought, sure, but that's actually a common concern of many new cloth diaper users! You just spent $15 + on a diaper. The last thing you want to do is ruin them!

I've learned that washing your diapers is actually really simple and I'm pretty sure it's virtually impossible to ruin them. My wash routine is very basic. There are many ways to wash your diapers, many different detergents to use, many different ways to dry them, and really- they all work at cleaning your diapers- it's just about doing what works for you!

My routine is very simple.

We keep a regular trash can with a lid ($10 plastic bought at Fred Meyer) in the hall bathroom which is across from my son's room. Inside the trash can we have a normal trash bag which contains all the dirty diapers. Because this is more wasteful, I would prefer to use a wet bag/pail liner. I will hopefully be getting one eventually, but they are certainly not necessary. It works just fine to use a trash bag and throw it away after each wash.
After the trash can is full, I wash! I wash about every 3 days. Currently I'm using Purex Free & Clear detergent. I'm not in love with this detergent, yet I have no reason to complain about it either. I've found something that works to get my diapers clean, so I'll stick with it! I always do two loads and one dry. The first load is a cold wash, the second is hot. Through trial and error I learned that you should always do a cold wash first. This helps prevent any stains from occurring. With both washes I use a tiny bit of detergent. It takes very little detergent to get your diapers clean!

Drying my diapers can be done two ways; the lazy way or the smart way. The lazy way is to throw all my diapers (covers, inserts, rags, etc) into the dryer on medium setting. It usually takes less than 20 minutes to get everything dry. I call this the lazy way because I don't believe this is the best way as I've noticed it really wears and tears on my diapers. Just like our clothes, the more times things are dried, the more wear is caused to them.
The smart way, and the way I believe that really helps contribute to long lasting diapers, is to either hang them to dry or lay them on your kitchen table. Really, anything better than the dryer is better. A clothes line is optimal and nice, however your couch, bed, table, heck even a clean floor! would work as a place to lay your diapers to dry. Avoiding the dryer is going to make the elastic and velcro last longer and keep them looking newer for longer.

After my diapers are dry I stuff them and prepare them for wearing! This takes less than 10 minutes and is almost always done while watching TV. :)

And that my friends, is it! Sounds simple doesn't it? That's because it is! Using cloth diapers doesn't have to be complicated or include 12 different steps. It can be and it is easy! Does it take an extra 20 minutes of my time every few days? Yes. Does it cost more money up front? Yes. Are the benefits of using cloth and the cuteness factor totally worth it? YES!

Reader Contribution
by Samantha at Mama Notes

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Just Julie: Homemade Halloween costumes anyone?

The time is drawing near.....Halloween that is. Last year we decided to commit to making our own costumes each year and start a tradition. The result was awesome and it felt very rewarding to have made our family's costumes with my own two hands but just like back in High School when I had a 20 page report due and months to plan, I waited until practically the night before to work on Oh and did I mention, I had pretty much never sewn anything before, or at least I had never sewn anything "well" before.

My husband and I were pirates, the boys were mini pirates and my daughter was a beautiful mermaid. I am sure we looked way better to ourselves knowing our costumes were unique and handmade, but regardless we dressed up as a family and thoroughly enjoyed our Halloween and festivities.

This year my daughter has announced she'd like to be Lava Girl, from the most annoying kids movie ever : The Adventures of Shark Boy & Lava Girl. I would rank this movie among the top 10 most annoying of all time, and I can now say I've seen it more times than any other adult on the planet, a fact that I am not proud of.

So in keeping with the theme, I am now beginning my preparations for sewing and planning out (1) Lava Girl and (2) Shark Boy costumes for this Halloween. No matter how painful the movie is to watch I am sure that my kids will look great in their costumes once I finish them.

So, what are your plans this Halloween? Do you make costumes, have themed costumes or have any special Halloween traditions? Please share! :)

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

The Cloth Diaper Geek Explains it all! #2

Welcome to this week's edition of The Cloth Diaper Geek Explains it all! Here, every Tuesday, at Diaper Discussions you'll find answers to reader submitted questions. No question is too big or small for The Cloth Diaper Geek! Post your questions as comments or feel free to use our Reader Contribution Form to submit your question.

Below you'll find some frequently asked questions answered by The Cloth Diaper Geek!

Question: I've heard of stripping your diapers but I've never heard of stripping your washing machine? What does that entail and how do I know if I need to do it or not?

The Geek's Answer: Stripping your washing machine is pretty much just a deep cleaning to remove any dirt, debris, or laundry detergent buildup that may have occurred inside the washing machine. Prior to using/washing cloth diapers you may have used a detergent with additives not suitable for cloth. When washing your diapers there is a chance that the buildup inside your washer can affect your wash load and cause your diapers to repel even though you are currently washing with a diaper safe detergent.

Here's how:
Add 2 cups of white vinegar or 1 cup of bleach to an empty washer. Fill with cold water for the bleach method, hot/warm water for the vinegar method, and run a full wash cycle. This can be done monthly.

Question: I've read that hemp diapers shouldn't get washed with other non-hemp diapers? Is this true? Why?

The Geek's Answer: Good Question. Even the Geek hadn't known the answer to this one until recently. New Hemp diapers will need to be washed at least 2-3 times prior to washing with your regular diaper laundry. Hemp oil (a natural plant based oil) is naturally found in the fabric and washes out after a few washes. If washed with your other diapers the oil could coat your diapers, causing them to repel. This only applies to new diapers which haven't been washed/prepped. Wash them separately at least 2-3 times before use.

Have a question for the Geek? Post your comments below.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Fluff in the Spotlight #3- KnickerNappies Lopy Do & Super Do Inserts

Just in case you didn't know, all inserts are not created equally. This week's Spotlight is on the Loopy Do and Super Do inserts. KnickerNappie's has cornered the market with their outstanding inserts. They are made with convenience and dependability in mind.

The Loopy Do is the #1 Rated Insert on DiaperPin and is the Cadillac of all inserts. Two layers of hemp topped with two layers microfiber give it a super trim design while still being super adsorbent. Literally, the best of both worlds. Because the Loopy Do is sewn in a loop it allows it to dry faster, meaning it won't require any extra drying time when dried with your diapers. They are available in Small, Medium and Large and should fit in most brands of pocket diapers.

What could be better than a Loopy Do? Meet the Super Do, Loopy's BIG BROTHER! The Super Do was desinged for overnight diapering and for heavy wetters, babes who's diapers usually need extra stuffing for added absorbtion. The Super Do boasts 6 layers of super thirsty hemp topped with two layers of the best microfiber. The photo below shows the Super Do next to two basic microfiber inserts. The Super Do is way more absorbent and half as thick.
If you're looking for an alternative to having to stuff your babies diapers full of inserts just so they won't leak then look no further. You MUST try the Super Do for overnight and the Loopy Do for every day diapering. You won't regret it.

And don't forget to check out this weeks Pimp Your Stash GiveAway where 3 winners will win 1 Loopy Do & 1 Super Do insert in the sizes of their choice!

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Pimp Your Stash #3 - Ends Friday 09-04 (3 Winners will be chosen!) **** CLOSED ****

PhotobucketThis week there will be 3 winners! Each random winner will win a KnickerNappies Loopy Do insert in the size of their choice! This weeks question is "What do you like best about Loopy Do inserts and why would you love to win one?"

Guidelines for Entry
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-Each contest runs from Sunday 12am to Friday 9pm.

-Winners are chosen using, notified on Saturdays and winners name also posted on Blog.

-Winners have 7 days from contest end to claim their prize.

-Participation is open to mamas and papas worldwide! Anyone and everyone is welcome to join in the fun, however we are not responsible for lost packages and prizes that do not reach their destination will not be replaced.

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