Monday, November 25, 2013

Buttons Diapers Happy Holidays GIVEAWAY!


 Welcome to the Buttons Diapers Holiday Giveaway sponsored by the Daily Globe and hosted by The Parenting Patch! With the holidays approaching, how would you like to win a Buttons Diapers prize pack? Heather at The Parenting Patch absolutely loves her Buttons Diapers and even bought all the colors currently available. For more information, check out her Buttons Diapers Review. One lucky reader of The Parenting Patch will win five (5) Buttons Diapers covers in choice of color and ten (10) Buttons Diapers inserts in choice of size valued at $90. To enter for your chance to win the Buttons Diapers Holiday Giveaway, simply use the following Rafflecopter form. Good luck! Happy holidays! 


The Buttons Diapers Holiday Giveaway is open worldwide. An international winner will receive $90 via PayPal in lieu of the specified prize. The Buttons Diapers Holiday Giveaway ends at midnight CST on December 9, 2013. One winner will be chosen at random via Rafflecopter. The winner will be sent an email and will have forty-eight hours to respond. If no response is received within forty-eight hours, another winner will be chosen. The Parenting Patch and other participating blogs are not responsible for prize fulfillment.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Introduction to Woven Wrap Reviews


 A Heartiness turqouise arrakis woven wrap

In the next few weeks, I'll be starting a new line of reviews.  I'll be reviewing some woven wraps.  Woven wraps are a long piece of cloth used to carry your baby on your body.  Normally, I don't feel the need to write a post introducing you guys to a new type of review.  The reviews themselves usually give enough information.   Woven wraps are a little different.

The most difficult part of writing reviews for woven wraps is that everyone will have a different experience with each wrap.  There are too many factors that change from person to person.  Some wearers will like thick wraps and others will hate them.  Wearers with newborns may find some wraps very supportive, while wearers with toddlers may find the same wraps to be saggy and unsupportive.  Some people will love the ease of cotton, while other people will like hemp or silk or wool better. How someone feels about a certain wrap is often just personal preference.

Even though each person might have a different experience with the same wrap, there is still a lot I can review for you.  I can still tell you what I liked or didn't like about the wrap, how the quality of the wrap is, if the sizes are accurate, if the wrap is thick or thin, how it holds up to rough use, etc.  I can tell you if I found a wrap was diggy on the shoulders in one carry, but easy on them in another.  I can tell you how supportive the wrap was with my baby.  I can still tell you everything I found out about the wrap, and you can then use that information to decide how you might feel about that wrap.

The most important thing to remember when reading reviews for wraps (especially if you are a new babywearer) is that there is no such thing as the 'best' or 'perfect' wrap.  It doesn't exist.  Every wrap is different, and so are the needs of every wearer.  The 'best' wrap to me might not be supportive enough for a mom with a bigger baby, or it might to too warm for a mom who lives in another climate, or it might not fit well with her style of wrapping.  Hopefully my reviews will help you decide what wrap might be right for you.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Little Be Co. Cloth Diaper Review!


The Little Bee Company is a company with a mission.  Their mission is to Bee Changed and to Change the World.  What does that mean?


The Little Bee company is a for-profit organization that is helping babies in need, one diaper at a time.  For every diaper you purchase, a matching diaper is DONATED to a baby in need!

I was sent a Bee Changed Bamboo Pocket OS diaper by the Little Bee Co, free of charge to review for you!  This diaper is a pocket style diaper with a bamboo fleece inner and adjusts to three different rise settings.  There is elastic in both the back of the diaper, and the front.  Front elastic is great for older kids who like to sleep on their tummy, since it helps prevent leaks out of the top of the diaper.  Two micro-fiber inserts are included.  One is your typical straight, rectangular insert. The other is a curved insert.

The care instructions for the inserts and diaper include hang or tumble drying and avoiding fabric softeners and bleach.

 The inner of the diaper is shown here next to the curved insert.


 The diaper here is fully unsnapped, showing it's length at the largest setting.



The Little Bee Co diaper has crossover tabs for a better fit on small babies.

The inside of the diaper started off amazingly soft and has continued to be pretty soft, even after quite a few washes.  This one my go-to diaper when my daughter has a rash, because the natural fibers are more gentle on sore body parts.


My daughter's diapers seem to fit her better when they have a lower rise, so my 17 month old is wearing her diaper here on he smallest rise setting.  She's right between settings and is almost ready to move up to the middle rise setting.


The one thing I've found with my Little Bee Co diaper is that the tabs don't seem to be long enough for my daughter.  At 17 months old, she's already on the second to last setting!  This might have a little when I move the rise up a setting, but at this point is a little disappointing to think that she might outgrow this diaper so soon.  She wears all of her other OS diapers on the second smallest or middle settings.

Performance wise, my Little Bee Co diaper is working very well.  The inserts are plenty absorbent and the diapers fit well and don't seem to leak.  They also come in a ton of cute prints!

You can buy your own Little Be Co. diaper HERE, and help support babies in need.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Happy Holidays Nicki's Diapers GC GIVEAWAY! (Ends 12/02/13)




Welcome to the Happy Holidays Nicki's Diapers $75 Gift Card Giveaway sponsored by the Daily Globe and hosted by The Parenting Patch! With the holidays approaching, how would you like to win a $75 gift card to Nicki's Diapers? Nicki's Diapers is a business founded and run by a mom. The small business was started to fill a gap in the cloth diapering services available within a local community and has since grown into a website helping parents around the United States and world. One lucky reader of The Parenting Patch will win one (1) $75 gift card to Nicki's Diapers. To enter for your chance to win the Happy Holidays Nicki's Diapers $75 Gift Card Giveaway, simply use the following Rafflecopter form. Good luck! Happy holidays! 

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 The Happy Holidays Nicki's Diapers $75 Gift Card Giveaway is open worldwide. An international winner will receive $75 via PayPal in lieu of the specified prize. The Happy Holidays Nicki's Diapers $75 Gift Card Giveaway ends at midnight CST on December 2, 2013. One winner will be chosen at random via Rafflecopter. The winner will be sent an email and will have forty-eight hours to respond. If no response is received within forty-eight hours, another winner will be chosen. The Parenting Patch and other participating blogs are not responsible for prize fulfillment.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

12 Days of Crunchy Day 3 BabyKicks 25$ GC and Hippi Longstockings Blanket


On the 3rd Day of Crunchy, Spray Pal and The Inquisitive Mom Gave Away...

 Prize 5 (US Only)
BabyKicks $25 Gift Certificate
and
Hippi Longstockings Giving Tree Muslim Swaddle Blanket

I'm joining Spray Pal and The Inquisitive Mom November 14th through the 25th for the 12 Days of Crunchy Event (Enter and RSVP for the twitter part using this link)! Each day leading up to the twitter party, a new blogger will share the details of that day's prize and reveal a new entry for the day.

I'm excited to share today's prizes, which include a BabyKicks $25 Gift Certificate and a Hippi Longstockings Giving Tree Muslim Swaddle Blanket! Be sure to enter to win and RSVP here for the #12CrunchyDays Twitter Party! You can also grab daily entries here by filling out the entry form below.

BabyKicks

BabyKicks is a family owned and operated business located on Maryland's beautiful eastern shore.  The company makes natural and organic diapers and accessories that are gentle on baby and gentle on the environment.

BabyKicks is dedicated to making the highest quality cloth diapers out of natural and organic materials since 2000. BabyKicks uses hemp because of its durability, absorbency, and it's natural anti-microbial properties. This means your baby will be protected naturally from bacteria, mold, mildew and fungus. Parents around the world have fallen in love with the incredible quality, comfort and value of BabyKicks products - from nursing pads, to burp clothes, so cloth diapers, to receiving blankets.

Hippi Longstockings

This 47" x 47" 100% cotton muslin swaddle blanket is perfect for swaddling and nursing your baby or toddler all year.

Lightweight and breathable, this blanket allows for the soft touch and protection of a blanket without overheating you or your baby. This is a great gift for a mom-to-be--or any mom for that matter! The blankets are also packaged in a 100% cotton reusable muslin bag!

For every item purchased, Hippilongstockings.com will donate a similar item to a child in need. Included with each purchase is a "Giving the Gift of Good" card stating what was donated as a result of your purchase, as well as where your donation will be given. Such an amazing business run by an amazing mom and dad.

Get your daily entries into the giveaway here!
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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Thanksgiving Bash! 100$ Amazon Giftcard GIVEAWAY (ends Nov. 28)





 Welcome to the Thanksgiving Bash $100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway sponsored by the Daily Globe and hosted by The Parenting Patch! Thanksgiving is right around the corner. To help celebrate the holiday, one lucky reader of The Parenting Patch and Blogs from a Single Mom will win one (1) $100 Amazon gift card. To enter for your chance to win the Thanksgiving Bash $100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway, simply use the following Rafflecopter form. Good luck! Happy Thanksgiving!

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The Thanksgiving Bash $100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway is open worldwide. An international winner will receive $100 via PayPal in lieu of the specified prize. The Thanksgiving Bash $100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway ends at midnight CST on November 28, 2013. One winner will be chosen at random via Rafflecopter. The winner will be sent an email and will have forty-eight hours to respond. If no response is received within forty-eight hours, another winner will be chosen. The Parenting Patch, Blogs from a Single Mom and other participating blogs are not responsible for prize fulfillment.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Stargazer Soaps Promo Code! And Mini Review



This one is for all you mamas who love things that are natural, chemical-free, practical and beautiful.  If you're a loyal Blogs from a Single Mom reader, you probably remember my review last month of Stargazer Soaps handmade luxury soaps.  I have raved about these soaps ever since discovering them, and now I'm proud to be able to give to you a 10% off promo code to use on your order at Stargazer Soaps!

Stargazer Soaps are beautiful, handmade soaps that come in a variety of colors, designs, scents and choices.  They are a premium product for a great price and would make perfect Christmas gifts to others or yourself.  I use these soaps on both myself and my 17 month old daughter.  They are moisturizing, have excellent lather and make me feel clean without feeling dry.  I would recommend them to anyone, without a doubt. 

If you would like to try a bar or a few bars of high end soap, use promo code SingleMom10 when you checkout HERE (or you can click on the soap ad at the top left of the blog) and get 10% off your order of any size.  And believe me, you DO want to try a bar!  I never promote a product I do not stand behind, and I never rave about a product like this unless I truly support the product.  This promo code is ONLY good until the end of November, so do not wait to buy your soap in case you miss the code!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Being Kind and Helping Others: Not Just for the Holidays

It's that time of year again!  We're coming up quick on two of the biggest holidays of the year.  Thanksgiving and Christmas.  That means food and presents, everyone's two favorite things!

Right about this time of year, I start seeing a lot of people encouraging others to volunteer and help others during the holiday season.  I've already seen my fair share of them in the past few weeks.  I absolutely love that people are trying to encourage others to be kind.  I'm not so fond of people throwing 'during the holiday season' at the end.  Volunteers are needed every single day, not just during November and December.  Donation are needed every day.  Kind act are appreciated every day.

There are so many ways you can volunteer or help others during the non-holiday part of the year.

Do you have an elderly or disabled neighbor?  Offer to help them with grocery shopping, cleaning up after their pets, or cleaning their home.  Invite them over for dinner, or dessert.  
Do you have a neighbor with small children?  Offer to babysit (preferably unpaid if you are not in need of money), or to watch a movie with the kids to give their mom a break.  As a single mom, I would probably cry tears of joy if one of my neighbors offered to take my daughter for a walk so I could pee by myself.    
Do you love animals?  Look into volunteering one day a week at your local animal shelter.  I volunteer with mine, and it has been an extremely rewarding experience so far.  If you don't have a few hours a week, look into fostering a dog or cat for a shelter until they find a home.  Fostering animals literally saves lives, as well as socializes animals and makes them better pets.  If you get attached, don't be afraid to adopt!  
Do you have extra money?  There are so many charities, animal shelters, and research funds that you could donate to.  You could also 'pay it forward' and pay for the person behind you in the drivethru.  Food pantries are happy to accept donations of canned goods, or send a care package for a soldier overseas.  This is a great option for someone with a little extra cash but not a whole lot of extra time.

 Me bottle-feeding one of my foster kittens, my favorite way to make a difference.

You could offer to bring in a neighbor's mail while they are on vacation, let someone cut in line at the grocery store, or make a gift for a friend.  One of my favorite ways to be kind and help others is to forgive strangers who are rude to me, instead of being rude back.  Smile at people you don't know, say 'please' and 'thank you', hold doors open, tell others to have a good day.  Being kind and helpful doesn't have to be expensive or time consuming, and it certainly doesn't have to stop when the holidays are over.

Since I started volunteering, helping my neighbors, being kind and fostering kittens, my life has become a little brighter.  It makes me so happy, I can't even put it into words.  Not only does it make me happy, but it makes others happy as well.  Every kind act, every minute of volunteering, every penny you donate makes a difference in this world.  Don't limit yourself to only spreading happiness right before Christmas.

Do you volunteer or otherwise help others?  What is your favorite kind act you've been on the receiving end of?  Tell me in the comments below!