Saturday, June 29, 2013

HUGE SALE at Mama's Emporium!

I just had to share this HUGE sale! I have gotten so many good deals from Mama's Emporium but this is the best sale ever! EVERYTHING that isn't already on sale is 30% off! PLUS a lot of things now have "make an offer" buttons. I don't know how long this sale is going to go, but it's a great deal, so I'm scooping up as much as I can! Her inventory has already been drastically reduced, she's out of most baby carriers and a few other things so if there's something you want, get it now before someone else does! I've saved so much that it was basically getting a diaper and some rash cream for free! I can't wait to get paid and make another order! You do still have to pay shipping but she charges exact charging which I like.

I can't even begin to list all the awesome stuff that is on sale, go check it out for yourself! AppleCheeks Diapers, Boba Carriers, GroVia Diapers and Trainers, one last Maya Wrap, and a good selection of Melissa and Doug toys, all at an amazing deal!
The website is HERE. Use the code ANNAROCKS to get the 30% off. Let me know what awesome deals you get! I love hearing about people's good deals almost as much as I love getting my own! 

Monday, June 24, 2013

SUPER Sale at Super Green Label!

This is unrelated to cloth diapering but I just wanted to share this AWESOME deal with you! Super Green Label is doing a SUPER Sale on her reusable cloth nursing pads! These nursing pads are awesome. I haven't used them much yet as I am still pregnant but I have had some leaking issues so I've used them a few times and I can say they are awesome! They hold a lot but still feel soft and dry. They are so comfortable that I never even noticed they were on during the day! Last time I had a baby I was nursing and working and didn't have good nursing pads. Using the disposable pads that kept my skin feeling wet sometimes was not only gross, but lead to a nasty case of thrush that hurt me, my supply, and my nursing relationship for about a month and a half while I got it under control. I ended up buying reusable ones from Gerber and while they work I just wasn't in love with them and they leak through because they aren't backed with anything waterproof. So I've decided to use Super Green Label's reusable nursing pads this time around and I'm SO excited about this sale because, as you probably know, we are on a budget! We use cloth to save money and not only do reusable nursing pads save you money, they are more comfortable! Once my little one gets here I promise I'll do a proper review. So onto the good stuff!
Super Green Label
Super Green Label is an awesome WAHM company. The owner is an Army Wife and stay at home mom to two adorable children. She makes all sorts of wonderful products and I have been buying from her a long time because of her exceptional workmanship and wonderful customer service. Her turn around times are awesome and if she is having issues she keeps in contact with you. She also ships very fast! She has something for everyone, all sorts of cloth diapers, double sided wipes with one side flannel and one side terry, inserts for cloth diapers, reusable nursing pads, mama cloth,  custom crib sets, slings, wetbags, and much more! Check her facebook page out here
So the SUPER Sale is on reusable nursing pads. She makes daytime and nighttime nursing pads. The Daytime Nursing pads are only $4 a pair (regularly $7) and the Nighttime Nursing Pads are only $5 a pair (Regularly $9)! These are Co-op prices available to everyone for a limited time only! This sale ends July 1st and there are no minimum orders! To order simply message her with your order. After July 1st the prices return to normal and she will make everyone's nursing pads at the same time and ship them. All nursing pads will be print PUL unless you request plain. You can request a print from what is in stock (she'll be posting in stock PUL pictures later today!) or request she randomly pick for you. If you don't make a request she will just give you random prints. Either way you're sure to love your new nursing pads!

What They Are Made Of

Both the Daytime and Nighttime nursing pads have Minky on the front so they are soft and wick the moister away, hemp fleece in the middle for great absorption, and PUL on the back so that they are waterproof, to avoid embarrassing leaks! The Daytime nursing pads only have 1 layer of hemp, and the Nighttime have 2 layers of hemp for more absorption. They are heart shaped so they don't slip and slide and they don't bunch up and poke out, making them much more discrete. Here is a picture of some of the pairs I have already!

Where/How to Order

Go to Super Green Label's Facebook page HERE and message her your order! Don't forget to like her page and check back for updates, new sales, giveaways, etc. While you're on facebook make sure to like my page: Cloth Diapering, A Hobby.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

AppleCheeks Diapers: A Review

If you've been reading my blog for a while, or have recently read through it, you probably know by now I love to try different things out! I also love sharing my experiences with others so maybe I can help them! So when Mama's Emporium started carrying AppleCheeks I was intrigued. I had never heard of AppleCheeks diapers and I wanted to try them out! So I got a size 2 diaper and a 2 pack of stay dry microterry inserts and tried them out!
AppleCheeks diapers have a lot of cool features that I like. First off, the inner is REALLY soft. I love thinking about how soft that has got to be on my little one's bum! I like putting softer fabrics on him because his comfort is important to me. He sure seems to enjoy it! I also love the vertical snaps. I like them because it makes it easy to get a good fit and the wings don't curl/droop like some diapers that have horizontal snaps. I also like that they are a sized system without having ten different sizes. There are only two sizes to buy. I like that about other diapers too such as OsoCozy workhorse fitteds and Thirsties AIOs. Size 1 AppleCheeks fits from 7 – 20lbs, and size 2 fits from 18-40lbs. That is a pretty impressive range, two different diapers take you from newborn size to toddlerhood! It's the best of in between, not quite one sized but also not 5 or so different sizes to stock up on! AppleCheeks are pocket diapers. Their envelope style shell is supposed to mean you don't have to unstuff it to wash it, but I always do anyway out of habit so I'm not sure if they really slide out the way the company says they do. I did like how large the pocket is so it is easy to stuff! I've tried it with a trifolded prefold and liked that a lot. I have also tried it with the two microterry inserts and just one. The last thing I really liked about the diaper was the gussets. They are perfect for keeping the entire mess inside which in the long run means less laundry and hassle for me! The elastic on the waist and legs seems really tight and wonderful. Not so tight as to hurt baby, but just tight enough to keep the messes contained!
The most important part of pretty much any diaper is how well it holds what goes inside! I have tried this cover/pocket with a trifolded prefold and liked it. It was absorbent enough for playtime and short outings out and my son didn't feel wet when I changed him, so it did a good job soaking up everything. I also tried it with just one of the staydry inserts. You could lay these inside the diaper without stuffing it, but I didn't. I liked it with one insert and it certainly did hold a lot. One day I'll have to do a test to see how much one holds, because I know I was surprised at how well it soaked everything up. Then I got brave and tried it with both inserts. I did this for bedtime. I expected to have to clean up a mess but I was pleasantly surprised. My son is a heavy wetter and it worked just fine! I liked that the diaper kept him dry because of the soft stay dry material on the inside and because the inserts did their job and held their moister!
Let's face it, a lot of us buy diapers because they are ADORABLE. I like  the look of these. Even though I got a solid color the color was SO vibrant! Through many washes so far it has stayed just as bright as when it first came in the mail too! I took a picture or two when my son was in it right before diaper. I'll admit it wasn't that trim because there are two inserts in it, but it lasted through the night so I don't worry about bulk at night.
See, he likes it!
Bottom Line
I like these diapers a lot! I think AppleCheeks diapers and inserts are a great addition to any stash! I will probably buy more. I love that there are vertical snaps and that the elastic seems to be good quality. I also love that the color is so vibrant and that the inside is so soft. The inserts were very absorbent but not that trim, especially at night. You could put pretty much any insert in though to make it nice and trim.
Where to Buy
I usually buy pretty much everything from Mama's Emporium. That's because she is a WAHM and I love supporting mamas who stay at home! I also love supporting small USA based businesses. Also, I save up rewards points and spend them on FREE diapers, teething necklaces, rash creams, wipes, toys, and more!