Saturday, December 12, 2009

Pimp Your Stash Winner #17-Beccalyn! Congrats!

Congratulations to Beccalyn, comment #34! We hope you're ready to Pimp Your Stash with a brand new Minky Moo TweedleBugs diaper! Please contact me asap to claim your prize.

Want to learn more about Beccalyn? Swing on over to her Blog A New Mom's Quest for the Perfect Cloth Diaper and see what she's been blogging about!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Wipe Out! A Cloth Wipes Tutorial

When I first began cloth diapering, one thing I never thought I’d do was use cloth wipes. For some reason, the thought was a little gross to me. But then, the sample pack of cloth diapers arrived, I began (loving) cloth diapering my son and I realized that I had to have a special trash can just for wipes in his bedroom.

I also began thinking about the money that I spend on wipes. I usually try to get mine on sale. Let’s say I spend about $1.50 a week on wipes, assuming I’m using one package a week. That adds up to $6.00 a month, and $72.00 a year. For me, those savings were worth trying cloth wipes, especially if I was doing diaper laundry anyway! You can buy great wipes at Earth Angels Diaper Company! They also have all kinds of wipes solutions you can use on your new, deliciously soft, wipes.

I decided to try making my own wipes. My mom is a quilter and she had all sorts of left over flannel material in cute baby patterns that she let me have. So here’s a step by step process of how I made my own flannel wipes. Please keep in mind that I am by no means a professional sewer!

1. I doubled up the fabric with the pattern side facing outward and cut out 6” squares.
2. Then I set my sewing machine to sew zig zags (later I experimented with other patterns like a square shaped zig zag and an intricate lace design).
3. I sewed around the four edges of the square.
4. When I was finished, I washed and dried all of the wipes. The edges had frayed a little and I had to cut the fray off.
You can either keep your wipes in a container with water and wipes solution or you can keep a small spray bottle in the wipes box and spray each wipe as you need it. I prefer the second method!

If you haven’t tried cloth wipes yet, give it a go! I think you’ll find, like me, that you (and your baby) prefer the softness and naturalness of cloth wipes (not to mention the savings!). Plus, think of how many extra cloth diapers you can buy with the money you spend using cloth wipes!

Reader Contributed Article by
Tamara Sz.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Wacky Wednesday Sale! Save 10% storewide on cloth diapers & more!

This Wednesday only, December 9th, save 10% storewide at Earth Angels Diaper Company! Simply enter Coupon Code WW10 at checkout and your order will be discounted. Also, don't forget to take advantage of our FREE Shipping on USA orders over $50 & Canadian orders over $150.

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Just Julie: I'm trying to have a thrifty Christmas! (with pics of my finds!)

You may remember me saying that we're getting a puppy for Christmas. She will be our MAIN present and despite the long list of items my daughter has asked Santa for, he will only be giving the kids a few small gifts and some stocking stuffers.

Trying to be thrifty during the holidays is a real challenge and it's super easy to just buy-buy-buy! However with all my online adventures I am usually able to come up with some super thrifty gifts, great deals, or creative ways of getting what I want. My husband doesn't really keep tabs on what I'm up to but when I show him my stash of goods and explain how I came by it all he is usually really shocked!

Just the other night he was shopping on Amazon. He had a few things in his cart and was just getting ready to checkout. I asked what he was up to and he explained he had a gift in the cart for me and a few small things for the kids. I asked if he'd price shopped and he said no. We looked around on the web at ToysRUs and a few other sites and Amazon did turn out to be the best value.

Just as he went to click SUBMIT ORDER I yelled "Wait!" In just a nick of time I remembered that I had (2) $5.00 Amazon Gift Cards that I had earned through SwagBucks! We were able to save $10.00 off that order and it qualified for free shipping.

Another cool thing was that I had $25.00 in CafeCash from that I had earned. I used that to purchase 2 T-Shirts for my niece & nephew and didn't have to spend a dime!

I used a Coupon Code for a Free PhotoBook and made one for my Mother-In-Law as a gift. (code has since expired)

I also used a Coupon Code for Free PhotoCards and got 50 Free Christmas photo cards & envelopes. All I paid was $3.19 put of pocket! (code has since expired)
Plus, I try to trade with as many wahms as possible when I have an opportunity to (for my graphic design services), for anything and everthing and have quite a little stash of wahm goodies to use as gifts as well. Currently I have finger puppets, wool dryer balls, knit shorties, cloth wipes, crochet play food, mama pads, chalk board mats, jewelry and more!
Aside from the above things I have mentioned I have picked up some things at yard sales and have also been given some used toys that I plan to use as gifts for my kiddos. Everything else I need I want to try and sew or make.

So what are you up to for the holidays? Are you trying to save big and score super awesome thrifty deals? Do you strictly make your own gifts? Do you only buy handmade? Let me know what you're up to and if you have any thrifty tips or cool finds, please do share!

*ETA: Please read the comments to see some new deals and promos that may or may not work. Please also share new ones and ones you know of via the comments! Thanks!*

Monday, December 7, 2009

Fluff in the Spotlight: Hi Mamma Changing Pad Covers

This week's Fluff in the Spotlight isn't fluff at all but a much needed accessory and often necessity for all mamas. Hi Mamma custom made changing pad covers are super cute and practical. They make messy diaper changes and accidents easy to clean up. Simply remove and toss in the washer with your regular laundry. Hi Mamma covers can also be dried in the drier as well.

Made from soft flannel and available in a variety of prints and solids, they fit standard size changing pads which are generally 32"x16"x4". Each cover features elastic all the way around giving it a secure yet adjustable fit.

Hi Mamma changing pad covers can also be custom made in any print or fabric you choose, simply contact me for more details!

Don't forget Hi Mamma covers make perfect baby shower gifts for those new or expecting moms in your life!

Hi Mamma changing pad covers were also recently featured at Healthy Moms where the author of the post had great things to say about how much her little one enjoyed having a bright fun print changing pad cover!
She comments,
He is so happy laying on his cars. Seriously, whenever I change his diaper he has been delighted about it since the car fabric began providing entertainment. He makes car noises and typically smiles at the cars and says, "Hi!"
So drop by Earth Angels Diaper Co. today and check out our new addition, Hi Mamma Custom Changing Pad Covers! Woot!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Pimp Your Stash #17- CLOSED

Pimp Your Stash with a TweedleBugs Minky Moo Onesize Diaper! They are a super soft minky velour print AND they're waterproof! Sure to make a cute addition to your existing stash!Photobucket

This weeks mandatory question for your first entry is "What do you like most about using cloth diapers?"

Guidelines for Entry
-In order to participate in our weekly contest and validate all extra entries you must first answer the weekly question.

-Please, be sure to be logged into your email account when you post your comment for us to be able to contact you if you win (that is with the option called OpenID). If you have a blog, be sure to be logged into the account linked to your blog for an easier way to contact you....

-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.

-How to earn extra entries:
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