Thursday, March 31, 2011

April 2011 Cloth Diaper Giveaways Across The Web

Welcome to the April 2011 list of Cloth Diaper Giveaways Across The Web!
Good Luck to you all!

>> Ends 4/1 - Mama to 4 Blessings - Mini Maestro Pocket Diaper

>> Ends 4/1 - Double Duty Mommy - GroVia Hybrid Diaper

>> Ends 4/1 - - Sprout Change Starter Kit

>> Ends 4/1 - Makin' It - Red Fuzzibunz OS Diaper

>> Ends 4/1 - A Year with Mom and Dad - Itti Bitti Tutto, an Itti Bitti D’Lish AIO, and a set of 5 wipes

>> Ends 4/2 Double Duty Mommy - 2 Thirsties Duo Diapers or 1 Econobum Full Kit

>> Ends 4/3 - The Reynolds Mom - Cow Patties AI2 Cloth Diaper

>> Ends 4/3 - The Reynolds Mom - Zookies Cover

>> Ends 4/3 - Te B Keeps Us Honest - Sprout Change Training Pants

>> Ends 4/4 - Mama B - 2 Fuzzibunz OS Diapers

>> Ends 4/4 - Double Duty Mommy - 2 Fuzzibunz OS Diapers

>> Ends 4/6 - Mama B - Econobum Full Kit and 2 Thirsties Duo Diapers

>> Ends 4/6 - Double Duty Mommy - Small Charlie Banana Orange or Black

>> Ends 4/7 - Mama B - itti bitti tutto and itti bitti d'lish

>>Ends 4/7 - Double Duty Mommy - Tiny Tush Elite Pocket Diaper

>> Ends 4/7 - Double Duty Mommy - itti bitti tutto and itti bitti d'lish

>> Ends 4/8 - A Year With Mom and Dad - Pooters OS Diaper

>> Ends 4/8 - Mama B - 2 Charlie Banana OS Diapers

>> Ends 4/8 - Double Duty Mommy - 2 Charlie Banana OS Diapers

>> Ends 4/9 - Lindsay's Family Reviews and Giveaways - Best Bottom System (1 shell 3 inserts)

>> Ends 4/10 - sophieandmomma - Cow Patties Fitted Pocket

>> Ends 4/10 - Monkey Tales - SoftBums Omni Diaper

>> Ends 4/12 - Mommy's Peanut Gallery - Tiny Tush Elite 1.1

>> Ends 4/12 - Mama B - Fuzzibunz OS, Rumparooz, Thirsties Due, & gDiaper

>> Ends 4/14 - Mama B - Yo-Yoo Pocket Diaper, 2 inserts, & Wet bag

>> Ends 4/14 - Double Duty Mommy - Yo-Yoo Pocket Diaper, 2 inserts, & Wet bag

>> Ends 4/14 - What Mama Wants - Thirsties Fab Fitted and Duo Wrap

>> Ends 4/15 - Lindsay's Family Reviews and Giveaways - Sprout Change OS Cloth Diaper

>> Ends 4/15 - The B Keeps Us Honest - Happy Heinys Diaper

>> Ends 4/16 - Mama B - 6 pack Charlie Banana OS

Another reminder! If you would like your giveaway added to my list you may either leave me a comment with the link and End Date or email me the information!

Have a great day dear followers!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Splashing into Spring

So, March 21st I did some "Spring Cleaning" out in our barn. I hadn't been out there so quite a while, since before sometime in October I believe. My dear sweet husband has been taking care of the animals while I've been out of commission. While I was still taking care of them myself I had started letting my chickens free range outside of their coop and run, but I would pen them up over night. Well, my dear sweet husband just let them run loose ALL winter. They seem to have tried roosting in EVERY possible spot in the barn, leaving a nice big mess EVERYWHERE, but I can't blame him he  a great job keeping them fed and watered all winter. Since we've been having warm days I been itching to clean up around the barn. I've been taking Big Sister for walks and recently decided to do a little cleaning here and there when I could find time to get out there on my own.

On the 21st I was able to get out for a long period of time. I bathed our pony, both miniature horses, fixed one of the auto waterers so that it wouldn't leak everywhere, distributed salt and mineral blocks, cleaned up the duck area and filled up their kiddie pool. I'm not sure why but I have an obsession with poultry and ducks/waterfowl are my favorite! Unfortunately, the other day I lost my Pekin Duck, however I still have the Pekin Drake, a Black Swedish Duck, and a Rouen Duck. I know this is probably going to sound odd, however, my African Goose and my Royal Palm turkey tom also live with the Ducks.

After I finished filling up the kiddie pool the ducks and the goose were extremely excited and jumped right in. Normally, I empty the kiddie pool before winter so the bird don't get stuck in the pool and free to death. So, it was like I had given a child chocolate after not having it for a long time. Here are several photos of the goose that I took with my cell phone!

3/21/11 - Female African Goose


I just love watching them play in the water!
Hope you enjoyed the photos dear followers!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

One Year Anniversary

Oh my goodness! I have been so busy with the new baby that I had totally forgotten that March 8th was my ONE YEAR BLOGGING ANNIVERSARY! I'm still trying to get into a schedule and unfortunately my organization skills aren't quite top shelf...yet.

When I had my first daughter (back then I called her "Baby K" instead of "Big Sister"), everything was new, a bit crazy at times (which was mostly due to my hormones, it probably wasn't really crazy, I just thought it was because I was "overly sensitive"), but it all worked out. I wasn't sure what I was doing about 15% of the time, but I figured it out fast and it all turned out good. I got lucky and by the grace of God, Big Sister was the "perfect" baby, easy to please, always happy, not clingy at all, and slept great right off. She was just perfect! Big Sister was what I like to call "The Sucker Baby". "The Sucker Baby" by my definition is the baby that is so good, so perfect, that it sucks you in so you have more babies. If this blog were a comedy TV show they would insert a scene right about now depicting Adam and Eve looking up to the clouds as the booming voice of God thundered loudly "Be fruitful and multiply..." taken from Genesis 1:28. Big Sister is just that a "Sucker Baby". Little Sister has, so far, proven to be a bit more difficult than Big Sister. We are still working on sleeping schedules, I would LOVE to get my 8 hours of sleep again, not sure when or if that will happen but I'm hoping so. She doesn't seem as happy and smiley all the time like Big Sister was and she seems to have less patience for me if I'm slow at making her bottle or changing her diaper. She is way more clingy than Big Sister and some days I just can't put her down or she will cry. Little Sister seems more gassy and spits up more than Big Sister ever did. Please take this the wrong way! I love both my babies tremendously and wouldn't trade or change them for anything! I know they are different people and everyone ALWAYS says that all pregnancies and babies are different... I just never thought mine would be, I don't know why, it seems silly but I think I was secretly hoping for Little Sister to be "Big Sister: The Clone Sequel". I guess that now I'm realizing just how different they are going to be as people, which is pretty cool and exciting now that I think about it!

Now that I'm starting a new chapter in my life and a new year of blogging here at Rural Mama's Sandbox, I thought I would share My Goals for the Blog this year:

>> To post to my blog more frequently - Last year I posted 49 times, this year I want to at least DOUBLE that with interesting and fun post!
>> To increase my followers - I currently have 12 followers, whom I love dearly, however I want to gain 10 times that many by my 2 Year Anniversary!
>> To do several product reviews AND giveaways - At least one per month starting in April
>> To have guest bloggers post about  parenting subjects relevant to my blog - I'd like to find bloggers from different age groups to get their perspective on similar issues.
>> To inspire other moms or moms to be out there! I will never know if I achieve this one, but it will ALWAYS be part of my blogging goal!

Well, I have successfully stayed up way too late!!!

Thanks for sticking in there with me dear followers!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Random Update

Just wanted to send a quick update! I've been trying out different cloth diapers on Little Sister for the Newborn Fluff Challenge and its been going ok. I've ordered a couple new ones to try as well and to help build my stash. It's been rainy here lately so I haven't been able to sun my diapers which is a bummer, but I'm dealing with it. I've been using Rockin Green Cloth Diaper Detergent the cloth diapers and LOVE it so far. I had written a review on this product when I used it on our bed sheets, however it has proven pretty good for our cloth diapers as well!

Big Sister and I had been going outside before all the ran came. She LOVES the horses and instantly wants to go see them. Hope you enjoy the photo to the left of her hanging out with my hubby's horse. She has no fear and goes right up to the horses and wants to touch them. Hopefully, we can get her up on her pony this summer! That will be super exciting, can't wait to take her on the trails with me, although that probably won't be for quiet a while or at least until I get her pony used to the trails first and all the "scary" things that he might see along the way. We shall see!

Have a wonderful night/morning dear followers!

Monday, March 07, 2011

A Birth Story

I feel bad. I have neglected my blog so much, especially in February. Here is my birth story for my new baby girl!

I started feeling some contractions on Monday night (Valentines Day / My Due Date), nothing painful, just some annoying pressure. The next day, I kept feeling the contractions on and off all day long, but again nothing painful to indicate that I needed to go to the hospital. The next morning, Wednesday, I woke up and the contractions started to become painful. I had a regular doctor's appointment scheduled for 4:00PM, but I called in to see if they could get me in earlier, but the earliest was 3:00PM. Around 1:00PM-ish I decided that I really couldn't wait until my appointment and decided that we needed to head for the hospital. Now, with my first I hadn't really felt "real" contractions, my water broke, we went to the hospital and once I felt a tiny bit of pain I asked the nurse for pain meds, so this time around I wasn't sure how things were going to go. When we got there, the triage nurse hooked me up to the monitors and check my cervix. I was 3cm, which was promising. I had been 1cm for a couple weeks. The monitors would tell if I was in active labor, which to them means a change in the cervix due to contractions over a 1-2 hour time period. Well, unfortunately after the 2 hour mark my cervix didn't change at all. I was so worried that they were going to send me home, even though the monitors did say that I was having pretty good contractions. Since I was already two days overdue they decided to go ahead and keep me and start some Pitocin to help things move along. A nurse came in to start the IV, I was very relieved at this point because my baby would be here soon! Around 4:30PM a nurse that took me to my room and said that the doctor would be in around 5:00PM to break my water. The doctor came in closer to 5:30PM and broke my water, there was some meconium in the fluid, which meant that my little girl already had a bowel movement in utero. Some complications can arise from this and there were a couple extra nurses present in case she aspirated some of the meconium. Moving on, when my water was broken my cervix was about 4-5cm, so I was progressing. Shortly after my water was broken

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Bambo Nature Eco-Friendly Diapers Review

Several months ago I won a package of Bambo Nature Eco-Friendly Disposable Diapers from a SoleilSelene Review/Giveway. I chose the Newborn Size / Size 1, that fits babies 2kg - 4 kg or 4 1/2 pounds - 9 pounds. Even though my little one had not arrived yet, I was instantly curious as I opened to box and just HAD to open the little package of diapers so that I could SEE and FEEL for myself how different this diaper was from other disposable diapers. The first think I notices was the cute little lady bug designs on the front (there are 5 different designs), not that I really care what they look like because it doesn't have much to do with their function, but they are cute. The second thing I noticed was that they appeared to be slightly wider than other disposable diapers. It made me a little weary at first because I wondered if they would leak or not. The third thing I noticed was that the outside was soft and silky to the touch, the texture seems to be something in between a soft plastic and soft cloth. It appears as if it will not irritate a newborn, even if the leg areas rub because the material is so soft. And finally I noticed how thick the absorbent padding was inside the diaper. It didn't seem outrageously thick, just thicker than most disposable diapers. It did however give me a little more confidence in them because it just seemed like it could hold a lot of urine.

Now that Little Sister is here, I decided to break out the bag of Bambo Nature diapers and try them out. I put Little Sister in them for a couple days and even over night. So far no leaks, not even at night. The width of the diapers doesn't seem to really matter at all. It held up very well for dirty as well as wet diapers.  Before I put her in the Bambo Nature diapers I had also put her in Pampers disposable diapers for a couple days, so that I could compare them. I noticed that Little Sister gets a little more irritable after she is wet, in the Pampers. When she wets in the Bambo Nature diapers, it seems like it takes her a lot longer to realize that she is wet, therefore I seem to be changing less Bambo Nature diapers than the Pampers diapers. It really does seem to wick away the wetness better than the Pampers.

Overall I am very impressed with these diapers. Aside from the fact that they are better for the environment than regular disposables and they don't contain harmful chemicals, the quality is great and they take care of "business". I would definitely recommend these diapers to Moms that want to go Eco-Friendly but don't want to use Cloth, Mom's that Cloth Diaper but need disposables for certain occasions, or for those Dad's that aren't quite into changing cloth diapers like the Mom's are.

Cost: $9.00 - $45.80 depending on diaper size and amounts per bag

Where To Buy: Visit Bambo Nature Eco-Friendly Diapers website (Use code SOLEILSELENE to get 10% off your order), or you can find them on Ebay,, or CSN Stores.

My Rating: A+ $$$ 

Check out Bambo Nature on Facebook & Twitter

Have a Great Day dear followers!

Disclaimer: I won a bag of Bambo Nature Diapers through a blog giveaway. I was not compensated for this review. This review details my personal opinion and experience using the product.

March 2011 Cloth Diaper Giveaways Across the Web!

Hello Everyone!

Sorry this is late... I really try to get the list posted at least a day before the 1st of the month, however I've been pretty busy lately! Our new baby girl was born February 16, 2011 at 8:16PM, she weighed 8 pounds 4 ounces and was 20 1/2 inches long. She is doing great but we are still working out our schedule and getting used to lack of sleep, I'll post more about her in a separate post, so stay tuned...

Without further ado here is the list for March! Enjoy and Good Luck!


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