Friday, January 28, 2011

February 2011 Cloth Diaper Giveaways Across the Web

Okay everyone, here is our list thus far for February 2011:

>>Ends 2/1 Lindsay's Family Reviews and Giveaways - bumGenius 4.0 One Size Cloth Diaper

>>Ends 2/1 Monkey Tales - 2 Pack Rumparooz Lil' Joey's Newborn Cloth Diapers

>>Ends 2/1 Instinctual Mamas - Econobum Starter Pack

>>Ends 2/1 Diary of Momma - The Champ GoGreen Pocket Diaper

>>Ends 2/2 The Cloth Diaper Whisperer - 2-Thirsties Duo Fab Fitted Diapers and 1-Thirsties Duo Diaper Wrap
Don't forget EACH Friday they have a Fluff Friday Giveaway! So check back each week!

>>Ends 2/4 - 2 Knickernappies One-Size Cloth Diapers

>>Ends 2/4 Granola Mommy of 2 - Zookies Diaper Cover

>>Ends 2/5 Baby Dickey's Giveaways - Charlie Banana Cloth Diaper

>>Ends 2/5 Monkey Tales - Thirsties Duo Diaper

>>Ends 2/8 - GoGreen Pocket Diaper

>>Ends 2/9 The Cloth Diaper Channel (YouTube) - Go Green Pocket Diaper Giveaway

>>Ends 2/10 2 is Purrfect - Nifty Nappy Store Product

>>Ends 2/10 - Tiny Tush Elite Pocket Diaper

>>Ends 2/10 Sippy Cups & Cloth Bums - Wee Expressions Cloth Diaper

>>Ends 2/11 Granola Mommy of 2 - Custom Slot Doodle Dypes

>>Ends 2/12 Arizona Mama - Sage Diapers Cloth Diaper

>>Ends 2/14 Cloth Diaper Foundation - Blissful Booty AIO Cloth Diaper, Wipes and Solution

>>Ends 2/16 Sippy Cups & Cloth Bums - Kissaluvs Marvel All In One Cloth Diaper

>>Ends 2/18 Momma In Flip Flops2 - Tiny Tush Elite Pocket One Size Diaper

>>Ends 2/20 Monkey Tales - Rumparooz G2 Cloth Diaper

>>Ends 2/20 Lindsay's Family Review and Giveaways - 3 My Baby's Green Organic Cloth Diaper

>>Ends 2/28 Happenings of the Harper Household - The Champ GoGreen Pocket Diaper

Please check back often as I update the list throughout the month as I find new Cloth Diaper Giveaways!

If you are hosting a Cloth Diaper Giveaway on YOUR blog and would like me to add yours to the list, please feel free to add it to the comments section or E-mail Me! Please make sure to tell me the End Date for the Giveaway, Blog Name, What you are giving away, and the web address for the giveaway!

Also, I'm looking for Sponsors for my Newborn Fluff Challenge! Anyone out there need reviews for their Newborn Cloth Diapers? What about reviews for One Size Cloth Diapers ability to fit Newborns? My baby girl is due Feb. 14th! Please shoot me an e-mail!

Good Luck dear followers!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Free Formula for New Moms

Found this around the internet and thought I would spread the wealth!

If you have a child aged 0-3 months you can get a FREE 24ct case of Enfamil Newborn Premium Formula! Always good to have around if you need to supplement while your milk comes in. If you get it and don't use it you can always donate it to a mom in need!

Simply Call: 1-800-baby-123. Wait on the line for a little while to get ahold of the representative, answer some quick questions, and your FREE Formula will be shipped out to you! They say it should take 5-10 days for shipping.

I know that all the Exclusively Breastfeeding Mommas out there are screaming NO at this post, however after I had my first I NEEDED some help supplementing! I was TOTALLY set on Breastfeeding only, however my body was a little slow at producing. In the hospital my baby was quiet and sweet and just a dream. By the time we got home she was fussy and so upset. I kept trying to satisfy her but nothing worked, she was STARVING... so we gave in and supplemented with formula until my milk production was in full force. I was upset at the time because I thought I was failing her, but it was the best thing we could have done for my daughter. She was happy and content again after her belly was full.

This is just my story, please make sure to talk to your doctors about breastfeeding and any formula feeding to make sure you have the best recommendations for your baby!

Oh totally off subject but make sure you LIKE Rural Mama's Sandbox on Facebook or follow me on Twitter (@RuralMama), whenever I come across random giveaways and information I post it there! I find tons of cool stuff all the time!

Good Luck Mamas and thanks for reading dear followers!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Whahoo Whahoo Happy Dance

I think I may be a little excited, okay, maybe a LOT excited! I am getting a Dynky Dype from Doodle Dypes and hopefully I will be able to review it for the Newborn Fluff Challenge!!!!!!

I am crossing my fingers, hoping to get some more newborn fluff to try. If not I will probably compare the brands I have in my stash, since most are One Size and tell how well they fit and work for newborns... but only as a last resort!

Had a doctor's appointment this past week, everything is good and the baby's heartbeat was 140bpm which is normal for her. Her heartbeat has been between 140-145bpm at each check up. No signs of early delivery though... I am SO ready to have her here already! This pregnancy has been a bit different than my first. This baby is so low and she feels so much heavier, not sure if she is or isn't but my belly "feels" heavy. My big belly making my back and tailbone pretty sore, which is something I didn't have much of with my first. I also have swelling in my hands and feet now... which I only had after I gave birth to my first and only then did I have it for maybe a week. It seems so weird that there are so many differences.

Well, I have to cut this short dear followers, my daughter is up from her nap!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Baby Leg Warmer Project

Okay, so I've seen these products called Baby Legs all over the Cloth Diaper blogs. They are SUPER cute leg warmers for babies. Makes life so MUCH easier for moms and dads to change diapers and keep their little one's legs warm without having to take pants off and on. I REALLY wanted a pair, but they are pretty expensive for one pair so I gave up ever getting them. I found a couple blogs online that gave descriptions on how to make your own Baby Leg Warmers using Women's Knee High Socks. I was so excited, except I don't have a sewing machine and I really don't know how to hand sew very well... or rather at all... I didn't have a lot of money to throw at his project, so buying a sewing machine was out of the question... (IF there are any sewing machine companies that would like to give me, a beginner, a super easy sewing machine to try, I would LOVE to do a review for one! Contact ME!) So, I found this little device made by Singer, called a SewQuick, it was about $15.00 at Wal-Mart and looked Blond Proof... well almost. I bought several pairs of Women's Knee High Socks (Shoe Size 4-10) as well as some Girl's Knee High Socks (Shoe Size 10 1/2 - 4). Today I attempted to make a pair of Baby Leg Warmers using the directions from the blog Cut Out + Keep. I had a couple issues come up while trying to make these Leg Warmers...

First issue, I had to learn to use the SewQuick machine. From the look of it on the box it looked really simple, which was good because I have never sewed anything before. Well, I decided to try it out on a piece of fabric first instead of just trying to jump in to the project. The main issue I had with the SewQuick was the needle, it doesn't come up very high at all and I wasn't sure I could get it to work for the project. The fabric also was catching on the little tracks that move the fabric. Once I started using it for the project it worked just fine, so I'm guessing I just didn't have a big enough piece of fabric as a tester.

Second issue, I wanted to take step by step photos of my project, but my digital camera's flash decided to go out (Once again IF there is a company out there that would like me to review a Digital Camera that would be great for taking portrait as well as action shots of kids and animals, please contact me!). I took a few pictures using it, then found our other digital camera, the flash works on it, but it randomly shuts off by itself so its frustrating to use.

Third issue, I made one, and I turned the fabric the wrong direction, so the cuff is actually inside out... it looks a little funky, but will function.

Fourth issue, after I made the second one and was tying the knot with the needle threader I pulled too hard and broke the threader. I don't have another one and I can't figure out how to fix it... so when I finished sewing the cuff on the second one, I ran over the end seam in hopes it would stay, since I couldn't tie a knot like I did the first one.

Over all I think I did ok for my first time. I will definitely get better with future Baby Leg Warmers. Here are some photos from my sewing attempt, Enjoy:

Singer SewQuick Machine
Women's Knee High Socks (Shoe Size 4-10)
First Stage, Cutting into Pieces

Cuff Folded in half the correct way

Cuff Placed on Sock ready to Sew
Cuff Sewed On
Final Products, you can see how I messed up the first one (top) compared to the second one (bottom), which I did correctly.
Hope you enjoyed my sewing adventure dear followers! Will get photos of my baby girl wearing them once she gets up from her nap!

Thursday, January 13, 2011 Coupon CODES

Made an order on yesterday, they are having some great sales lately! I LOVE how fast their shipping is! I used a LOT with my first daughter when ordering diapers (before I switched to cloth) and to order her Earth's Best baby food. They are a wonderful company and the customer service is AWESOME!
Here are some coupon codes from to help you all save some money on!
Use code WINTER15 to get 15% off any one product. Offer is Valid from 1/13/11 to 1/17/11 or while supplies last. Excludes diapers, wipes, formula, baby food, sale items, close-outs plus the following brands and products: Ameda breast pumps, Argington, Baby Jogger, Babymel, BEABA, Bedtime Originals, Belly Bandit, Bloom, BOB, Britax B-Ready, B-Nimble, and B-Scene strollers, Bumbleride, bumGenius, Cybex, Dandelion, DaVinci, Dayla Baby, ERGObaby, HABA, Ingrid & Isabel, Kettler, Kissy Kissy, Lambs & Ivy, Maclaren-Nursery, Mountain Buggy, Naturepedic, Oeuf, Orbit Baby, Peg Perego, Phil & Teds, Q Collection, Spot on Square, Stokke, Storksak and Valco Baby. Offer not valid on previous orders. Other restrictions may apply.
Use Code BOOKS20 to Save 20% when you buy 2 or more books. Valid while supplies last. We reserve the right to limit quantities. Limited Time Only.
Use Code SGWIPE for $10 off case of 7th Gen Wipes with case of diapers.
Use Code SCARRYDVD to Save $2 off All Richard Scarry DVD's. Valid while supplies last. We reserve the right to limit quantities. Offer expires 1/31/2011.  
Use Code 20BRITAX to save 20% off select Britax car seats and strollers. Offer excludes Britax B-Ready products and Closeouts. Valid while supplies last. We reserve the right to limit quantities. 
Use Code SAVECARSEATS for 20% select Car Seats, valid until 01/16/11. Valid while supplies last. Offer not valid on previous orders. Cannot be combined with promo code 20BRITAX. Excludes closeouts and the following brands: Chicco, Clek, Cybex, Maxi-Cosi, Orbit Baby, Peg Perego, Teutonia, Lilly Gold. Other restrictions may apply.
Use code FBJANZUTANO at checkout for buy 1, Get 1 50% off the Zutano Cozie collection.Offer valid 01/13 - 01/15, or while supplies last. Cannot be combined with any other offers. Other restrictions may apply.
Use code DREA3545 any time and get 30% cash back on diapers for three months plus 15% off everything else in your first order at (*$90 maximum total cash back over three months; $100 maximum 15% discount. Other restrictions may apply)
Enjoy dear followers!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Newborn Fluff Challenge

As my belly gets bigger and bigger and heavier and heavier I find myself less active and spending more time checking out things on the web.

I REALLY want to use cloth diapers on the new baby, but don't really know which ones to use. Who has the best fluff for newborns? I would like to start a Newborn Fluff Challenge for all those that make Newborn Cloth Diapers, whether its a well known cloth diaper company, WAHM, new cloth diaper company, etc.! Let me know who has the best! Leave me a comment! Hopefully, I can get some Newborn fluff to try and giveaway, wouldn't that be AWESOME?!?!

If you or your company makes Newborn Cloth Diapers and would like me to do a product review and giveaway, PLEASE contact me at

My baby girl is due February 14, 2011 and I fully expect to go full term or even over since I was 6 days late with my first daughter. I would like to have all items to review in by February 13th so please contact me asap! I also tend to have nice sized babies, my first daughter was 8 pounds 13 ounce when born, so I expect this baby girl to be about the same, if not bigger (she is SO low and heavy, lol).

Wish me luck on this Newborn Fluff Challenge, REALLY looking forward to being able to do this, but it is up to YOU to get me the FLUFF!

3/3/2011 UPDATE: Our beautiful baby girl was born February 16, 2011, she weighed 8 pounds 4 ounces and was 20 1/2 inches long. I have a few Cloth Diapers for my Newborn Fluff Challenge, however I could use a bunch more! If you are a retailer, cloth diaper company owner, or Cloth Diaper WAHM please contact me! I NEED your cloth diapers for the Challenge! THANKS!

Have a wonderful night dear followers!

Sunday, January 09, 2011

January 2011 Cloth Diaper Giveaways Across the Web

Wish I would have thought about this at the beginning of the month and I hope I can keep it up each month! I am going to try to attempt to create a list of Cloth Diaper Giveaways Across the Web for each month. If you find one I'm missing PLEASE feel free to leave a comment with the End Date, Blog Name, Brand of Cloth Diaper and the Website/Blog Address of where to find the Giveaway!

So far, here is my list for January 2011:

>>Ends 1/12 Diary of a Momma - Thirsties Duo Wrap and Stay Dry Duo Insert

>>Ends 1/13 The Cloth Diaper Whisperer - 2 Best Bottom OS Covers & 2 Best Bottom Stay Dry Inserts

>>Ends 1/14 I Love Cloth Diapers! - FuzziBunz One Size Diaper with Hemp Insert

>>Ends 1/14 Mama Chocolate - Bummis Tini Fit Diaper

>>Ends 1/14 - RagaBabe Easy AIO

>>Ends 1/16 Familylicious - Baby Kicks 3g Bamboo Pocket Diaper

>>Ends 1/18 Leaves of my Tree - GoGreen Pocket Diaper

>>Ends 1/18 Sippy Cups & Cloth Bums - $20 Gift Card to RagaBabe

>>Ends 1/18 Life With My Littles - GoGreen Pocket Diaper

>>Ends 1/18 Fitteds and Pockets and Snappis, oh my! - The Champ GoGreen Pocket 

>>Ends 1/18 The Jacobsen Family! - Nifty Nappi

>>Ends 1/19 Diary of a Supermommy - bumGenius 4.0 One Size Cloth Diaper

>>Ends 1/19 Knickernappies - Knickernappies Custom Fit Cloth Diaper

>>Ends 1/20 Thrifty Nifty Mommy - Pink One Size Pocket Diaper from Cloth by Tel

>>Ends 1/20 Fitteds and Pockets and Snappis, oh my! - Thirsties Duo Wrap and Prefold

>>Ends 1/21 Green Diaper Demos on Facebook - Chocolate SoftBums Echo with a bamboo pod!/note.php?note_id=185350501489552&id=299585526357

>>Ends 1/21 Sippy Cups & Cloth Bums - The Champ GoGreen Pocket Diaper

>>Ends 1/22 Soleil Selene - Charlie Banana OS Pocket

>>Ends 1/22 - Rumparooz One Size Cloth Diaper

>>1/24 Empty Uterus Syndrome - Kawaii Baby Heavy Wetter Hook & Loop Diaper

>>Ends 1/24 One Little Mister - Tiny Tush Elite OS Cloth Diaper

>>Ends 1/26 Bottom of the Sixth - Bum Essentials Bambino A12

>>Ends 1/27 Luv My Two Girls - Happy Heinys One Size Pocket Diaper

>>Ends 1/27 Simply Stacie - AMP One Size Duo Diaper

>>Ends 1/28 What Mama Wants - Bright Star Baby $25 Store Credit to cover Cloth Diaper + Shipping

>>Ends 1/29 Double Duty Mommy - One AppleCheeks Little Bundle (cover + insert) & AppleCheeks $25.00 Gift Card

>>Ends 1/29 Chubby Cheeks Thinks - Bummis Easy Fit Diaper

>>Ends 1/31 Good Bye Disposable, Hello cloth - Nana Pants by Betsy OS Pocket

Good Luck Dear Followers!

Saturday, January 08, 2011

Left Overs, No Problem & Randomness

Happy 2011 All! Boy am I doing a bad job of keeping up with my blog this year, lol! I'll try to work on that!

Today I woke up, stuck some Toaster Strudels in the toaster, looked out the kitchen window and saw this:
There are a total of 5 horses in that pasture, you can't see the 5th one, he is sleeping on the other side of the horse all the way to the left in the photo. Not sure why, but there is something SO peaceful about horses sleeping. They know that they are safe and that they can relax here, which makes me feel good that they are happy with us! I ran out to get this photo and then after I did, the last horse standing (Sadie), laid down as well... but it was cold and I didn't want to drag my heavy belly back out to get the picture, lol. 

I have to say that over the years I've gotten a kick out of people when it comes to horses sleeping out in the pastures. Evidently, because horses CAN sleep standing up by locking their knees, most of the public believes that that is the ONLY way they sleep and if they are laying down sleeping, they are dead. I can't tell you how many times people have rushed up to the door frantic to tell us our horses are dead. Most don't believe me when I tell them they are taking a nap, until I literally go out, yell for the horse, and its head pops up. They are totally amazed to learn that horses do in fact sleep laying down. Very entertaining for me, not so much for the horse that gets his nap interrupted though.

I made some of Dad's Yummy Chili again the other day and had some leftovers. I had never heard of Baked Chili before, but my Hubby's Mom wanted to try it out with my leftover Chili. We had a couple of pie crusts that weren't baked over the holidays so she used them as the crust... here is what you do:

Follow directions for Dad's Yummy Chili, use leftovers as filling for the Baked Chili!

Additional Ingredients Needed:
2 Unbaked Pie Crusts
Bag of Your favorite Grated Cheeses (we used Cheddar AND Mozzarella)

Place Pie Crust in bottom of pie pan or desired dish. Add a Layer of Chili, then alternate with a Layer of Cheese, then Chili, then Cheese until you reach the top of your dish. Place 2nd Pie Crust on top and bake until Pie Crust is golden brown (follow preheat and times on your Pie Pie Crust box).

I was delightfully surprised at how yummy this was! A+ in my book! The pie crust gives it an extra texture, which I loved the crunch! Good Luck and Hope you Enjoy!

On a totally different subject... I'm 34 weeks and 5 days along with this second baby girl. People always tell you that each pregnancy can be different, but I don't think I actually realized it was true until I was able to experience it for myself. This time around has been quiet different. My belly feels SO much lower than with my first, I've had bad back pain, but missed out on the lovely carpel tunnel that I had the first time around. Overall though I think that I've handled this second pregnancy much better than the first, probably because I was prepared for what was to come, knew what my body was going to go through, and wasn't plagued by the "what ifs". I only have about 5 more weeks to go, but if I had her tomorrow, I think I'd be ok with it. I'm ready, I'm done. I'm tired of feeling like I sleep with a bowling ball, tired of heartburn, and I'm overall done with sharing my body, I want it back to myself... now don't get me wrong, I LOVE the end result, but boy am I not a great pregnant person! There are some women that are born to have babies and love it, I on the other hand am NOT one of those women. I just keep reminding myself that its a GOOD think I'm a human and only have to be pregnant for 9 months, if could be worse, Elephants are pregnant for 22 months! Glad I'm not an Elephant, although sometimes I feel as big as one with this baby belly.

Was totally bummed the other day... I'm trying to get things ready for the new baby and decided to dig out my daughter's infant car seat, clean it up again and get it in the van. I had washed it down, placed it in a large garbage bag, sealed it, and put it in the basement thinking it would be okay until I needed it...NOT. I opened the bag, pulled out the car seat, began to take off the covering, and thousands of tiny foam balls fell all over the floor. A mouse had chewed through the bag and destroyed the foam support in the car seat. SO annoying! At first I wanted to try to contact the manufacturer of the car seat and see if it could be fixed. Then I thought about it and if we happen to be in an accident, I would feel much better having the baby in a car seat that hadn't had any repairs done to it and was brand new. I did some research and talked to some other Mom's on a couple Mommy groups I'm on online and decided to order a Safety 1st onBoard 35 Infant Car Seat. It should be here between the 14th and 20th, hopefully it makes it here before the baby does!

Thanks for reading dear followers!


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