Friday, September 30, 2011

Comfy Joey Fundraiser (Coupon Code: BRUCE) *Last night*

This is a company I was interested in doing a review for, and after going to their website I noticed they are doing a fundraiser for a very notable cause: I would really like you all to check it out. This is an excerpt from their website:

"Life can deal a twist of fate that no one can plan for or imagine. Bruce Rosenberg (40) a father of two precious children (Ella 13, Lucy 5) and husband to Julie; has been diagnosed with Stage 4 Melanoma Cancer. This aggressive form of cancer is considered terminal in most cases, but Bruce is not most people. He is young and has been in great health to this point. That is until his life was turned upside down.

A little over 6 months ago he was diagnosed with this cancer and currently he has undergone 3 major operations to remove the affected areas, but the cancer is still advancing. Out of work, his company has not fired him but has discontinued his benefits; leaving the family to have to pay for Medical (Cobra Coverage) and his life insurance on their own – this amounts to $1,500 per month above and beyond their normal household expenses.

Furthermore they are seeking treatment in one of the nation’s leading cancer centers, Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa FL. Being over 800 miles from home does take a toll on the family and the household finances. Bruce is fighting for his life and is undergoing a trial treatment called IL2. Although this treatment is dangerous, it does hold hope for a cure. Both Bruce and Julie need to focus on this fight and not the funds to keep their home and life a float, and that is where you can help this family in need!

From September 10th through the 30th, along with participating retailers will be offering 15% off all orders with coupon code BRUCE. The 15% you save is the same amount we will match with a monetary donation to Bruce Rosenberg and his family. Get a gorgeous sling at a discount and help a loving family focus on the FIGHT.

We would appreciate all effort in spreading word about this fundraiser and promoting it among your family & friends. Feel free to copy/paste in an email, network, blog, Twitter, share on Facebook and post in community forums. Please help spread the word and share this with everyone you know. Thank you!!"

I think we can all agree that this is a noble cause. If any of you are a babywearing family, now would be the time to buy. Your purchase may be what saves this father!

You can order here
You can become a fan on facebook here

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Pooky Packs Cloth Wipes Review:

I won a set of Pooky Packs cloth wipes about a month and a half ago. They have since became an everyday item at our house. My daughter doesn't even want me to use them for what they were meant for... She would much rather play with them. As soon as I take them out of the drawer in my changing table her eyes light up and she reaches for them. I won the "froggy" set. It has a super cute frog on one side, and a matching green on the other side (both sides an incredibly dreamy soft flannel cotton). I must admit, I was at first skeptical because I have terrible luck with serged wipes. They look prettier, but I thought they would not be as sturdy as the turned and top-stitched type. I was soooo wrong.

These get used every day. They have been washed about 35 times so far and they look like the day I got them. They get played with, chewed on (don't worry mommas,I use two rinse cycles:) ) and used for the down and dirty, and somehow they have lasted wonderfully.

Also the Momma that owns Pooky Packs is PHENOMENAL!! She makes transactions so easy. Shes personable, caring, and an all around good momma.

You can find Pooky Packs here. Tell her Renewable Mommy sent ya!

Final Review: Great product, long lasting, and a great Momma.
Five Stars!!

Noteable WAHM's- A must read

I believe it is very important to support other WAHM's. These are very hardworking mommas who put a lot of love and time into making quality products for you and your family. These are not made in a sweat shop. They did not cross an ocean to get to you. They were made in a home just like yours. Another mom who knows what you need put her time and energy into making something that your family can truly enjoy. Your purchase is putting dinner on their table. Helping them take their children to the movies. Really consider buying from other Mommas first. These are some Moms that are pretty phenomenal women:

Pooky Packs- Melodi is a great woman. She is so easy to work with, and shes got a huge heart.

Levi Creations- A Military Momma with a talent for embroidery. Shes fabulous. She also does trivia on her FB page to get to know other Mommas

Jessa's Sunshine Crochet- She started crocheting amazing owl hats a year ago, and hasn't stopped. Her work is beautiful!

JT Sky Design- This is more for us Mommas. She has some really pretty handmade jewelery. She does custom orders as well. This is a Momma that could really get me into some trouble with the Hubs.

Oh Sew Green- This Momma does a little of everything. I have been told shes got some pretty noteworthy momma cloth :)

Little Miss TuTu- Amazing handcrafted Tutu's, and more.

Items for review

I have contacted some companies, and WAHM's about doing product reviews. I am hoping to do some reviews and giveaways really soon. Anyone have anything in particular that you would like to see here? Brands?

I am trying to review Babyfood making items, Teething Items, Toys, diapers, wipes, and all WAHM products. Thanks for any suggestions Mommas!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

I am sew saving money :)

We all can use a little money saving tips right now. So here is one of the things I do to save money: I sew... A LOT!

I don't buy paper towels: I sew "unpaper" towels
I don't buy napkins: I sew double sided napkins from upcycled cloth
I don't buy wipes: I sew cloth wipes from upcycled cloth, and make a simple wipe solution
I don't buy babylegs: I sew sassy leg warmers out of adult knee socks to protect my babies knees and keep her warm
I don't buy duster covers: I sew duster covers for my Swiffer that I can wash after each use.

These are just a few of the ways I save money while enjoying one of my hobbies.

Anyone else have other ideas? What do you do to save money?

Cloth Diapering: What I have learned so far.

I started cloth diapering when my DD was a few weeks old. I wanted to do it for a number of reasons- I wanted to be able to tell my daughter later in life that she was the cause of less waste. I wanted the greener option, as I want my daughter to grow up in a better world. I also wanted a less harsh diaper (My DD has super sensitive skin, and gets diaper rash with all sposies) Lastly, and... I won't lie, the biggest reason... $. We are a one income family, and we are blessed to be able to afford for me to stay at home with my little princess, but this also means we need to save every little bit.

We started our cloth journey with Gdiapers. I really loved the GDiapers. (We are not using them now, as we had some fit issues I will talk about later) They are a hybrid diaper so I was able to use the same cover several times and change out the insert. I was also able to sew my own inserts to save even more money. We bought about 10 Small Gdiapers, and this worked fabulously.

We started to have some fit issues with the G's due to my LO's size. She is skinny and tall (4 months old now- 12 lbs and 25 inches) When we got the G's to fit properly in the rise, she didn't have enough chunk to hold the mess in. We started to look for other cloth options at this point. We have tried Thirsties covers and prefolds. I really love these. (I plan to do a review on these at a later date, so I will save the details until then) And now we use Babylands as well. These are the cheapest of the cheap diapers, but they work just fine for us... And, as I said our biggest reason for going with cloth is to save money.

I plan to do reviews on diapers, as well as a post on how I wash them, and what you will need if you plan on cloth diapering. Please let me know if there is any other information you guys would like to know.

Bright Starts Review (Pretty in Pink Bounce-a-bout)

My husband and I were fortunate enough to receive the Bright Starts- Pretty in Pink Bounce-a-bout at our baby shower. The second we opened it I thought to myself... "I cant wait until Zoey is old enough to use this thing. I want one in my size!!" So it sat in our spare bedroom taunting me for the next several months. We finally got to open it up a few weeks ago, and Zoey absolutely LOVES it!! This thing has all the bells and whistles. Its got enough toys to keep her busy for a long while. She gets tired before she gets bored! It was easy to put together (Meaning I put this together and it works... I didn't have to have the hubs take it apart and put it back together) I also wanted to note: Safety is always my main concern when shopping for my little one. I have seen a lot of bouncers that did not feel safe, but this is not one of them. This bouncer is very well made.If you are looking for an activity center for your little one, this is the ONLY way to go. Thank you Bright Starts for yet another "most used item".

This activity center can be found here.