Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Review and Giveaway: Urbun Sprout SproutWrap Fitted Flat

   Disclaimer:  I received one or more free products to review.  I was not compensated in any other way for this post.  I was not required to post a positive review and all opinions expressed are my own.

Last week, many of us took the Flats and Handwashing Challenge.  You may have learned that you love how quickly flats dry, but don't find them absorbent enough and miss the fit of a fitted.  Maybe you love that they are one-size, but Daddy has trouble folding them and can't work a snappi to save his life.  If that sounds like you, you might consider something like a flat/fitted hybrid.





This 'fitted flat' diaper from Urbun Sprout fits babies from approximately 6 to 40 pounds and has a 4-step snap rise.  I tested this out by snapping the diaper as small as it would go and as large and it would go, and it really does go from very tiny to pretty big!  I didn't have any newborn diapers to compare, but this diaper goes smaller than my OS pockets on the smallest setting and it is close to the same size as the same OS diaper on the largest setting.

 This 'fitted flat' diaper is a square-shaped and is cut to be folded into the shape of a diaper, giving you more layers in the wet zone.  It also has elastic in the back and legs, giving you the speedy drying of a flat with the fit of a fitted diaper.  A snake-style snap in soaker is included, in case you need an extra boost.






To fold the diaper, start with the diaper layed flat.  Then, take these little flaps here


and fold them like this.  Then, fold the top part down, adjusting the height of the diaper to fit your child.


My daughter used the second smallest setting, so I fold the first two rows of snaps in.  Once you have the right snap setting exposed, you can fold in the excess on each side.


My daughter is on the second set of snaps for the rise, though she could also fit the third set if I liked a higher rise.  Right now, she seems to be between waist snaps.  Using all three waist snaps makes the diaper a little snug, but using only two makes it too loose, so we took the lesser of two evils and are going with snug instead of loose.  Right now, no snap studs are exposed.  However, if you have an older baby, you might find that one snap stud is exposed in the waist.  That's where these two Sprouleaf snap covers might come in handy.  You simply snap them over the exposed studs and make the diaper more comfortable for your little one.



I was surprised how well the Fitted Flat fit my Midge.  I did find the front to be a little bulky when using the extra soaker, but the back was very trim.  The elastic really does make for a great fit, so I'm happy to let her run around coverless without worrying about poop leaking out the legs.  With the help of the soaker, this diaper is absorbent enough to use overnight with a cover or coverless around the house during the day.  My daughter is an average wetter, and she is all set to use this diaper without the soaker with a cover, or with the soaker and without a cover.

 With the help of Midge's uncle, I have taken some pictures of my 21 pound 11 month old wearing this diaper with the soaker.

The front is a little bulky when using the soaker, but not terribly oversized.



Nice, snug legs thanks to the elastic!



Overall, I was happy with the Urban Sprout SproutWrap Fitted Flat diaper.  It held up well after washing, was even and well made, and functional as described.  While it might be a bit bulky, it works wonderfully and fits well on my skinny minny.  I would recommend this diaper to anyone who likes a quick drying diaper and likes the fit of a diaper with elastic.  If you want to try your own SproutWrap Fitted Flat, head on over to http://hyenacart.com/stores/urbunsprout/ and use the code SPROUTWRAP113 for 15% off!

Urbun Sprout has also been kind enough to offer up a GIVEAWAY!  I know we all love giveaways.  If you're 18 years or older and live in the US or Canada, you can enter in the Rafflecopter below.  This giveaway is for a one-size SproutWrap Fitted Flat in the winner's choice of pattern, and there is no purchase necessary to enter.  Good luck, and thank you for stopping by!

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Blogs from a Single Mom is not responsible for the fulfillment of prizes.  Winner will be emailed and will have 48 hours to respond, or another winner will be drawn.  Giveaway sponsored by Urbun Sprout.  I received a free product for review and was not compensated for this post in any other way.   I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions expressed are my own honest opinions.  Facebook, Twitter, Picket Fence and Rafflecopter are in no way affiliated with or responsible for this giveaway.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

How About Handwashing?

I'm taking the Flats and Handwashing Challenge.  I'll be using only flats and Handwashing them all week.

I've tried to keep my wash routine as simple as possible, and so far it's working well.  I wash one or two diapers at a time, usually right after they come off the baby.  I didn't buy anything to use for washing diapers this week.  Instead, I'm washing in my sink.  Yepp, thats where the magic has been happening all week.  

I rinse each diaper individually under running water, until the water runs clean.  Then I plug the sink, add a little ( and I mean a LITTLE or it takes forever to rinse) Ecos, add in the diaper and get washin'.  I squeeze the diaper, swish it around, knead it, ring it out and start again.  If the water turned a light shade of YUCK and the diaper still doesn't smell clean after a few minutes of washing, I empty and sink and wash again.  If the diaper smells clean and the water isn't too yucky looking, it's time to rinse!  I drain the sink and rinse the diaper under running water until most of the bubbles are gone. Once I think it's rinsed, I rinse again.  When in doubt, rinse again. Then I wring the diaper out as best as I can, and hang it on a drying rack in my room.  The magic happens there,  too.  Then whole magical process takes maybe 15 minutes of washing and several hours of drying.

I'll be happy to have my washer back soon, but if I ever need to hand wash again, I'll easily be able to.  So far, I'm glad I'm doing the Challenge. 

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

How Much Did I Spend?

 I'm doing the Flats and Handwashing Challenge!  I'll be using nothing but flat diapers and covers to diaper my 11 month old, and my own two hands to wash them.  No washer.  No dryer.  No problem. Click here to read my post on Day 1, which is about WHY I'm doing the Challenge.
 
 
 So far, so good!  I've already handwashed twice and I don't have any complaints about it.  Well, except that Midge wants to play in the bathtub with the diapers when I'm rinsing them.  But let's move on to today's prompt, shall we?
 
What Am I Using?

9 receiving blankets
1 Thirsties size medium cover
2 Flip one-size covers
1 Wolbybug one-size cover
1 home-made wool cover
2 Snappis
Instead of using a bucket and plunger to wash diapers, I opted to simply was them in my bathroom sink or in my bathtub.
 
How Much Did I Spend?
 
Well, I already had everything I needed to do the Challenge, but I did have to buy it all at some point.

Receiving blankets-  1.50 x 9 = 13.50$
Covers- (11$ x 2) + (14$ x 2) + 3$ = 53$
Snappis- 6$
TOTAL: 72.50$
 
It is absolutely possible to cloth diaper for cheaper than that.  You can make your own wool covers for 1$ each or less by shopping at your local thrift store or Goodwill for wool sweaters.  Our local Goodwill has '10 Items for 10$' Days (maybe they all do) once a month, and I go and stock up then.  With a large sweater, you can easily get 2 toddler-sized covers, and you can get twice as many small covers.  You can spend another 10$ on XL cotton t-shirts (or raid your closet), then cut them in half to make two flats from each shirt!  Who knew you could diaper a child for 20$?

If you're taking the Challenge, how are you doing?  How much did you spend?




Monday, May 20, 2013

Why Am I Washing Diapers By Hand?

Today is the day!  It's the first day of the Flats and Handwashing Challenge, hosted by Dirty Diaper Laundry, and I'm giving it a shot.  For the next week I will only be using flats and covers to diaper my 11 month old, and my own two hands to wash them...along with the help of some soap and water, of course.  No pocket diapers, no AIOs, no fitteds, no washing machine, no dryer, and no complaining.

But I'm not doing this just for fun.  I'm doing this to prove a point.  You can put clean diapers on your baby, no matter what your budget is.  You don't have to spend 2,000$ on disposable diapers.  You don't have to spend hundreds of dollars on fancy modern cloth diapers (unless you want to, because it is sort of fun) and you most certainly DO NOT have to re-use disposable diapers.  Under no circumstances should a child have to wear the same diaper all day, or multiple times over the course of a few days.  You don't have to do that.  You can diaper your baby using things you already have around your home!

It is absolutely possible to cloth diaper using flats and covers.  I've been doing that already, though not exclusively, since Midge was 4 months old.  That part is easy and it can even be fun.  I have never handwashed before, but it can be done.  People had been handwashing their clothes for a long time before washing machines were invented.  It seems to be a lost art.  I might not enjoy it, but I'm still going to do it.  There are lots of things about parenting that aren't always fun.  I don't enjoy cleaning up spit-up.  I don't enjoy getting woken up in the middle of the night.  I don't think I'm going to enjoy handwashing diapers.  But that doesn't mean it can't be done.  As parents, we do whatever we have to do to ensure our kids are taken care of as best as possible.  You CAN diaper your child.  I (and many other bloggers) am going to prove it.


Why are YOU taking the Flats and Handwashing Challenge?

Friday, May 17, 2013

Twig Terrarium Review and Giveaway


  Disclaimer:  I received one or more free products to review.  I was not compensated in any other way for this post.  I was not required to post a positive review and all opinions expressed are my own. 



Twig Terrariums was started by two women, Michelle and Katy.  Both women had a passion for making unique moss terrariums and turned it into a business.  It's clear that the makers behind Twig love what they do, as it shows in the beauty and creativity of their terrariums.  Twig offers a good variety of high end moss terrariums ranging from 25$ for a do-it-yourself kit up to those costing several hundred dollars.  Twig offers DIY terrarium kits, readymade terrariums and even custom ones!  They offer a ton of different sizes and many amazing, unique scenes involving little people or animals in your terrarium.

I was sent Le Petit Singularite DIY kit from Twig terrarium, so I could make my own little green world.  The kit includes literally everything you need to make your own moss terrarium except water and sunlight.

My kit came packed lovingly in a box within a box with a ton of packing peanuts.


The kit comes with a little figurine, a small square glass terrarium with a cork, and four plastic baggies containing the ingredients for the terrarium.  The bags are labeled 1-4 in the order they go into your terrarium.  The kit also comes with simple, easy to follow instructions.

Bag number 4 is not pictured.  This bag contained the moss, which was soaking at the time I took this picture.  The tiny person included is also not pictured.

The instructions were clear and even included a little picture.  They were very easy to follow and this would be a great activity to do with your kids!
    

 Step 1: Take the moss out of bag 4 and soak it in water for at least three hours.  Feel free to take a nap during this time. 


Step 2: Add some of the rocks in bag 1.  Cover the bottom of the terrarium with them.
Note:  I wish I wouldn't have used all of the rocks!  I think one layer would have been more than enough.  This layer is just here to look pretty and give excess water somewhere to drain to so your soil doesn't become waterlogged.  There were a generous number of rocks included, which is great.  Better too many than too few.  However, please don't feel it is necessary to use all of everything!  I used way too many rocks and my terrarium quickly became crowded.  Use your judgement and keep in mind that you have probably been given more than you need.

Step 3: Take the contents of bag 2 and soak them in water for a minute, squeeze out the excess water, then dump the contents into the terrarium on top of the rocks  Smooth it out, make it even and press it down.  Once again, you may not need to use it all, but do make sure that you have a good layer of it.  This layer is there to keep the soil from falling down into the rocks, and it also helps retain a bit of moisture.
 

Step 4:  Add bag 3 into your terrarium.  It's pretty simple, just dump it in, spread it around and mist it with some water.  I obviously made a mess all over the sides of my glass jar, but that's alright.  It'll clean up later.


 Step 5:  This is the fun part!  Time to add your moss and decorate.  I was given two different kinds of moss.  It gave my terrarium a nice effect.  You can use the different mosses in any way you please.  I used one moss for most of my terrarium and the fluffy, hair-looking moss in one corner.


Then, you get to add your little person.  I was given a girl, I called her Mindy.  I also saved two rocks from bag 1 to add on top, so Mindy has somewhere to sit.



Then add your cork, and you're done!  Just place out of direct sunlight and mist with water once a week or once every few weeks.

Building my own terrarium with the help of the Petit Singularite DIY kit was really easy.  The directions were clear, more than enough 'ingredients' were provided, and everything was high quality.  The moss was amazing, and I liked the more than one type of moss was included.  I would suggest this kit to anyone, especially those with children! 


One lucky Blogs from a Single Mom reader is going to win his or her own Twig Terrarium Petit Singularite DIY kit!  Thanks to Twig for generously sponsoring this unique and fun giveaway.  This giveaway requires no purchase to enter and is open to anyone 18 years of age or older and residing in the US.  To enter, just use the Rafflecopter form below!  Thanks for stopping by and good luck!

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 Blogs from a Single Mom is not responsible for the fulfillment of prizes.  Winner will be emailed and will have 48 hours to respond, or another winner will be drawn.  Giveaway sponsored by Oceanside Boutique.  I received a free product for review and was not compensated for this post in any other way.   I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions expressed are my own honest opinions.  Facebook, Twitter, Picket Fence and Rafflecopter are in no way affiliated with or responsible for this giveaway.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Review and Giveaway: Tillandsias(Air Plants) from the Air Plant Shop


  Disclaimer:  I received one or more free products to review.  I was not compensated in any other way for this post.  I was not required to post a positive review and all opinions expressed are my own.

Recently, I did a post on decorating with air plants.  There are tons of fun, creative ways to display them around your home because they do not need to be put in dirt.  Now that you've realized how beautiful air plants can be, you're probably wondering where you can buy them.  

I was sent 11 tillandsias to review from The Air Plant shop.  The Ionontha Collection, consisting of 10 plants, and 1 Funkiana.  The Ionantha Collection is a collection of 10 Ionantha tillandsias, selected from 14 or 15 different varieties.  These plants seem to be closely related(perhaps all growing in the same area?) are some appear very similar.  However, I think this is a good collection for a beginner or someone who wants a lot of variety at a low price.  There is a good mix of thick and thin leaved plants and a good mix of sizes.  I was sent the Ionantha Druid, Mexican, Peanut, Rubra, Fuego, Rosita, Hybrid, Fire of Tinco, Guetamalin, and Victoriana.  Each individual plant was wrapped in bright colored tissue paper and put together in a box.  They were packed well (it didn't look like they had been bouncing around at all) and the presentation was gorgeous.  It reminded me of a basket of Easter eggs.



 I unwrapped each plant and was happy with what I saw every time.  Each plant was labeled on the outside of the tissue paper, so there wasn't any confusion. (For size reference, the label is about the same size for each plant.)






One of my plants was even sent to me in bloom!  Amazingly, the flower was not damaged at all.

When in bloom, most tillandsias will change color, often to pink or red, and the leaves will curl down away from the flower.

A few other plants were starting to gain a little bit of color, signaling that they will be blooming soon as well.


See the tiny bit of pink in the center?  That's the flower starting to grow!

None of the plants were damaged in shipping!  If you've ever ordered plants online, you can understand the nervous feeling you get when opening a box of plants.  Poor packing will almost certainly mean dead or damaged plants await you.  Thankfully, none of my air plants were damaged during transit due to good packing.  A few seemed to be sulking from lack of light, but you would probably be a little sad if you were stuffed in a box for several days, too.

Overall, all of the plants arrived in great condition.  They were wrapped well so that none of them got crushed or  broken or bent, even with the rough handling of the USPS.  Each plant was labeled so I knew exactly what it was.  I think it was great that some plants were sent blooming or almost blooming, but some were not.  That means that I'll get to enjoy some flowers right away, then more in the future.  I was really pleased with the variety in the Ionantha collection, as well as the amazing cuteness of my bonus Funkiana.  My box from the Air Plant Shop also included a care sheet, which is great!  I think all plants should come with a care sheet.  I'll highlight some important care facts for you.

Never put an air plant in dirt.  They're called 'air plants' for a reason, and that reason is that dirt will kill them.
Use rain water, filtered tap water, or bottled water (not distilled water) to water your air plants about once a week, sometimes more depending on your climate.  Just dip them in water and let them soak for about half an hour, then lay them where they will received enough sun and air to dry in 4 hours or less.
Did I mention to never put them in dirt?
Never use copper wire or anything else copper on your air plants.  They will die.
If you want to fertilize your air plants, use a very diluted (1/4 recommended strength) fertilizer once a month, preferably one that is low in copper.
Keep your plants in a very sunny place, but out of direct sunlight.  They make perfect houseplants!  Easy, right?

 Air plants bloom only once in their lifetime, but the flowers may last for several days, weeks or sometimes even months.  My Ionantha Mexican, which was sent to me in bloom, grew a new flower every two days.  Each flower lived about two days before wilting and dying.  Sometimes it even had two or three flowers blooming at once!  It was beautiful and exciting to watch.  After all of the flowers had died, the plant will eventually start 'pupping', or producing baby plants from the base of the mother plant.  None of my plants have started doing this yet, but I'm sure it will be fun when they do.

All of my plants from the Air Plant Shop are doing well.  I would absolutely order from this website again!  They have good prices, a nice selection and beautiful, healthy plants.  If you want some of your own tillandsias, you can visit the Air Plant Shop by clicking here.

And...

One lucky Blogs from a Single Mom reader is going to win his or her own Ionantha Collection of air plants!  This giveaway is generously sponsored by the Air Plant Shop and there is no purchase necessary to enter.  Open to the US only and you must be 18 years or older to enter.


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 Blogs from a Single Mom is not responsible for the fulfillment of prizes.  The Parenting Patch, The Median Mommy, Leettle Baby, and Going Green with the Grizls are not responsible for the fulfillment of prizes.  Winner will be emailed and will have 48 hours to respond, or another winner will be drawn.  Giveaway sponsored by the Air Plant Shop.  I received these products free for reviewing purposes and was not compensated for this post in any other way.   I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions expressed are my own honest opinions.  Facebook, Twitter, Picket Fence and Rafflecopter are in no way affiliated with or responsible for this giveaway.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Ongoing Linky 5/10

 
From now on, I'll be doing the linky a little different.

This is an ONGOING linky.  That means you only need to submit your giveaway once!  I will be deleting expired giveaways and reposting the linky every Saturday as usual, but the active giveaways will not be deleted.

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Blogs from a Single Mom is hosting some giveaways!   Click here to check out the My Perfect Giveaway.  You can also read my reviews and enter in my giveaways for ORGANIC SOAP and STAY-DRY POCKETS from Oceanside Boutqiue.  Click here to enter in the Grow Your Stash Bash giveaway!


Thursday, May 9, 2013

Fun DIY Terrarium in 6 Easy Steps (WITH PICTURES!)

Terrariums are an easy, low-cost, low-effort way to bring plants into your home.  They don't take up a lot of space, don't need to be watered as often as some plants, and the glass container keeps the dirt off of your floor.  Yes, terrariums are one of many great options for lazy, busy, space- limited, young, or creative plant owners.  Actually...I think they're good for anyone!  Plus, they're easy to make yourself.  Make one with your kids, your husband, your friends, or by yourself.  You'll have fun no matter what.

(And they make great last-minute Mother's Day gifts, if you still haven't gotten one!)

Here's what you'll need to make your own terrarium.  You might find that you have most or all of these things at your home already.  I did!
A clear glass or plastic container with a narrow opening or lid.  I used a wine bottle, but a mason jar or something similar would work well too.
Small rocks or aquarium gravel.  You can use stones from your yard, too!
Potting soil
Long-fiber sphagnum moss, which can be found at your local hardware store, garden center, or even some grocery stores.
Moss, which can be ordered online, sometimes found at hardware stores or garden centers, and is often easy to find in your own backyard.
Small, low-light, moisture-loving plant(s) OPTIONAL
A dowel or something else thin that will fit into your terrarium
A spray bottle and water
A funnel or piece of paper
Somewhere to put it all together!

 Step 1:
Prepare all your materials.  If you are using a wine bottle like I did, sit down and enjoy your wine!  Then wash the bottle and peel off the label.  You might need to use some rubbing alcohol to get the label off.  Get everything together somewhere that is easily cleaned, because you're probably going to make a mess!  I worked outside on my patio.


Step 2:
Take your small rocks or aquarium gravel and add them to your terrarium.  This can be a little difficult when you're using a container with a small neck.  A funnel is great for this step!  I didn't have one, so I used a sheet of paper to make my own.


I did one thick layer of bright green aquarium gravel and one slightly thinner layer of dark blue gravel.  You can use any color you want, but I chose these because they're my mom's favorite colors.  Last-minute Mother's Day gift, remember?  Tip: Shake your container slightly to level out the rocks.  If you're doing layers, shake between each layer, but not too hard or you'll scramble the colors together.

Step 3:

Here is what long-fiber sphagnum moss looks like up close.  This is what is going to keep your dirt off of the rocks, so excess water has somewhere to drain to instead of water-logging your soil. 

This is where the long-fiber sphagnum moss comes into play.  First, soak your moss for a minute so it is easily pliable. Then, squeeze the moisture out and put some long-fiber into your terrarium.  Go slowly!  Do a little at a time.  Take small amounts and press them into the neck of your container.  You may need your dowel or stick to get your long-fiber into the bottle.  Once you have a few chunks in, stop and shake your bottle slightly to level it as much as you can.  Then, stick your dowel in and press everything down and even it out.  If you didn't put enough in to cover the rocks, add a little more.  If you can't reach the corners with the dowel, you can make sure you get enough long-fiber there by tilting your bottle a little and using gravity to your advantage.


 Step 4:
Time to add your potting soil!  It's easy.  (Isn't all of this easy?)  Just use your paper or funnel to add your dirt a little at a time.  You want at least an inch of soil, but a little more won't hurt, especially if you're adding a plant.  When you have enough in there and have shaken to even it out, use your squirty bottle and mist your soil so it is damp.  Try not to over-water, but if you do, don't sweat it.  That's why you have a layer of rocks there.


Step 5:
Add your moss, and your plant if you're adding one.  If you collected your moss yourself from your yard, remember to rinse it thoroughly.  This part is going to be a little sloppy.  Add your moss a little at a time, just like you did with your long-fibered sphagnum moss.  Some of it will probably land dirt-side up, but that's okay!  You can always add more.  Don't forget that you can tilt your bottle and use gravity to get moss into hard to reach places. 


 When you have as much in there as you need, add your plant.  Small plants are best because not much will fit into the bottle.  Moisture-loving plants that don't need direct sunlight are best.  I chose an ivy plant.  I have no idea if it will survive or not.  But that's okay!  If it doesn't, I'll take it out and try something else.  Press your moss down with your stick and press your plant's roots into the soil.


Step 6 (The final step!):

Clean up the inside of your terrarium if you got dirt on the walls of your container.  You can do this by using your squirty bottle to shoot water at the walls of your bottle.  If you didn't make a mess, use your squirty bottle and mist your terrarium anyway, to give your moss a good drink.  Once you have everything all cleaned up, it's time to decorate!  You can add a rock, or a tiny person, or leave your terrarium the way it is.  Don't be discouraged if everything didn't end up exactly the way you wanted it.  Over time, your moss with spread and your plant will grow.  You might be surprised how much better it looks in a few weeks as your terrarium learns to take care of itself.

Ta-da!  That's it.  You're done!  If you made your terrarium as a Mother's Day gift like I did, don't forget to give it to your mom this Sunday.  Place your terrarium in a moderately lit place, out of direct sunlight.  Water once a week or every few weeks, when your dirt begins to look a little dry.  After a while, you'll learn to read your terrarium's cues, and it'll grow into a lovely little masterpiece.







Monday, May 6, 2013

Why I'm Doing the 'Flats and Handwashing Challenge'


Most of you don't know a whole lot about me.  I talk about my daughter, my pets, and my plants, but I seldom talk about myself.  While I don't have much to say about myself today, I do have something to say about my childhood.  My mother had me when she was young.  She was a teenager, and so was my father.  They married and he started working, but there were a lot they could not afford.  Diapers were one of those things.  Even buying the cheapest brand of disposable diapers was difficult on their tight budget.  Sometimes, they simply did not have the money for them.  When I was an infant, I wore the same disposable diaper more than once.  My mom didn't know about cloth diapers, or didn't think she could use them.  So instead, she scraped the solid waste out of my diapers  or allowed the urine and gel to dry, and I wore them two, three, or more times.

I don't want anyone else to have to go through that.  1 in every 3 American families struggles to afford diapers for their child or children.  You don't have to re-use disposable diapers!  There are other options.  That's why I'm doing the Flats and Handwashing Challenge this year, with Dirty Diaper Laundry. (Click here to read about and sign up for the challenge)  You CAN use very low-cost, 'old fashioned' flat diapers on your baby.  You CAN wash your diapers without a machine.  You CAN diaper your baby.  You do not need to re-use disposable diapers.  It is absolutely possible to diaper your baby using nothing but flat diapers, covers, fasteners, laundry soap, a plunger, and a bucket.  Don't believe me?  I'll prove it.  I, along with many other people, will be doing the Flats and Handwashing Challenge this May 20th through the 26th.  I'm doing it to prove that you CAN diaper your baby without re-using disposable diapers.  Why are you?

Saturday, May 4, 2013

ONGOING Saturday Linky 5/04

 
From now on, I'll be doing the linky a little different.

This is an ONGOING linky.  That means you only need to submit your giveaway once!  I will be deleting expired giveaways and reposting the linky every Saturday as usual, but the active giveaways will not be deleted.

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Blogs from a Single Mom is hosting some giveaways!   Click here to check out the My Perfect Giveaway.  You can also read my reviews and enter in my giveaways for ORGANIC SOAP and STAY-DRY POCKETS from Oceanside Boutqiue.  Click here to enter in the Grow Your Stash Bash giveaway!


Thursday, May 2, 2013

Review and Giveaway: Stay-Dry Pockets from Oceanside Boutique


Disclaimer:  I received one or more free products to review.  I was not compensated in any other way for this post.  I was not required to post a positive review and all opinions expressed are my own.



A common problem people have when using prefolds and covers to cloth diaper their baby is that the urine is not pulled away by the cotton.  It is absorbed, but not wicked away like it is when using a pocket diaper with a stay-dry inner or something similar.

Photo taken by and property of Oceanside Boutique

That's why Oceanside Boutique is now making and selling these.  What are they?  They're stay-dry pockets! They are made from athletic wicking jersey and come in three fun colors.  You stuff the pocket with a trifolded prefold, flat, natural fiber insert or even a microfiber insert, then lay it in a waterproof cover and use the diaper like you would use any other diaper.  The stay-dry pocket wicks the moisture inside to the absorbent inner, keeping your baby's bottom dry.

The fabric used is very thin, so there is no added bulk and it's easy to fold over any excess length.

I was sent a purple stay-dry pocket to try out and review for you.  The pocket is about 15 inches long and 5 1/2 inches wide, pre-wash.  The opening is nice and wide, plenty big enough for a flat or prefold, maybe even two!


I stuffed a microfiber insert in my the pocket, and there was room to spare.


 Then I folded over the excess fabric...


and put the pocket and insert in a size medium Thirsties cover.  Aww look, the colors match. 

I have used my pocket several times, and it wicks the moisture away and leaves my daughter feeling as dry as our suedecloth pocket diapers so.  I like to use it for night-time use with a trifolded flat if all my fitteds are dirty.  It has held up well so far.  I haven't noticed much or any shrinking or fraying.  I would recommend these for babies with sensitive skin, and for anyone who wants to use a microfiber insert because microfiber can't go directly against the skin.  These stay-dry pockets would also be very useful when you're leaving your baby with a babysitter who may not be familiar with cloth diapers, thus not knowing when it is wet and leaving the baby in a wet diaper for a little longer than normal (Grandma, you just open it up and touch it.  If it feels wet, it is!) These pockets may not be the prettiest or fanciest things out there, but the absolutely get the job done!

To buy your own stay-dry pocket from Oceanside Boutique for 3$, click HERE and you will be taken to the Oceanside Boutique hyena cart store.  You might also want to buy some soap while you're there!  You can read my review and enter in my giveaway for the soaps HERE.

But wait, there's more!  Oceanside Boutique has kindly offered to send one lucky reader their own stay-dry pocket, no purchase necessary!  Just enter in the rafflecopter below, and good luck!

Giveaway open to those residing in the US and Canada, 18 years or older.

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