Product Review & Giveaway: Dropper Stopper

This giveaway is closed, but please still enjoy the review. Over the holidays there were three things in my AppleBlossom’s life that I found to be incredibly valuable. One of which is the Dropper Stopper, the other two I’ll tell you about in the days to come. The Dropper Stopper is an incredible invention designed to “keep cups and toys clean and close” and it does that. Although at this time AppleBlossom is still too little for her own cups, she has reached the point of holding toys and getting excited and then losing them. Such as the main event of her toy collection, Winky the lamb. We have five Winkys just in case one disappears, but when I’m out and about those others do not help me much. What helps is this fabulous tool! The dropper stopper is an accessory that no parent should live without! With its patented. . .

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Product Review & Coupon: @Lunapads (on the lines of #clothdiapers)

After making the decision to go completely cloth for my baby’s bum, I was searching around and reading information galore about cloth diapers and came across mama cloth products. I was shocked, but it had never even crossed my mind before to get cloth menstrual pads for myself. But if I can handle doing cloth for AppleBlossom, then CherryBlossom should be able to do it too right? *wink* Well into my research the first ones I wanted to try were Lunapads. Lunapads was created in 1993 by company president Madeleine Shaw, in response to her own dissatisfaction with conventional disposable menstrual products. As a result thousands of women around the world have since discovered that not only are washable pads more comfortable than disposables, but they’re very economical and environmentally responsible. *Thanks to Lunapads for sending for a few samples for review.* The products I was able to review include:–. . .

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Thanks Mama #clothdiapers (& Coupon!)

Recently I was introduced to Helena of Thanks Mama, a online cloth diaper company based out of Boston, Massachusetts. And I want to share with you all about her, her store, and blog! I am a work at home mom (with a lot of help from my husband) We have a 14 months old baby girl, cloth diapered from birth. Almost every new product we add, we try on our baby, if we won’t use it, we won’t sell it! We have a new blog www.clothdiapertalk.com where we hold giveaways, they are not on schedule yet, but eventually they will become a weekly event. We also have reusable nursing and menstrual care products for moms and natural baby care products. We are growing and developing fast (sometimes faster than we can handle!) *grin* Look forward in the future to a guest post from our dear Mama Helena and right now. . .

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Please pray for Maria #clothdiapers

Today has been a rough day on a rough year. A friend in the cloth diaper industry got the diagnosis today that her 12 y.o. daughter Maria has a terrible brain tumor in the middle of her brain. They sought medical attention after brief symptoms of motor skills trouble on the right hand side of her body and some cognitive difficulties. The first word they received today after her MRI was that it was inoperable and she didn’t have long to live (I assume from the interference with brain function from rapid growth). They have since found a neurosurgeon that is willing to attempt to remove it and she is scheduled for surgery at 7:30 AM tomorrow morning. Whatever time you receive this–since God isn’t limited in time–please pray for Maria and her whole family. She is the eldest daughter and her youngest sister was born just after AppleBlossom.

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Product Review: Bummis #clothdiapers

Soon after finding out that we were pregnant with our AppleBlossom we knew that we were going to cloth diaper and so I went to my SisterL for advice. As you can read back on this post, she strongly prefers a Bummis system to cloth diapering. *Thanks to Shirley from Bummis, I was able to review an Infant sized Bummis Organic Cloth Diaper Kit* and I’m sold! This is my preference for cloth diapering pretty much for all the time. In the weeks to come I’ll fill you in on other methods I also use and enjoy. But I love Bummis brand! First off, what did I get in the kit? The Infant size contains: • 24 infant size Organic Cotton Prefold diapers (4 x 8 x 4 layers thick) • 4 Super Whisper Wraps – small • 2 Super Brites – small • 3 rolls Bio-Soft liners – small. . .

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Product Review: Graco Classic Pooh Let’s Fly a Kite Swing

Thanks to my sisters-in-law AppleBlossom has a Graco Classic Pooh Let’s Fly a Kite Swing. It is a lifesaver! There are times when being on her back does not work, being held does not work, and tummy naps are no longer an option. When my whits-end is coming and she just is so unhappy, that is only one of the times when the swing has been so useful. Other times she is eager for it and enjoys the movement and looking around the room. Sometimes she will fall asleep in the swing and then stay out for longer naps that are fabulous for Mama time. I will scoop her up while she’s out and put her down in the crib and when she wakes up she is all smiles and cooes. The infant head support is great for supporting her neck when she is soundly asleep and for when she. . .

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Review: The Baby Whisperer Solves All Your Problems

The Baby Whisperer Answers All Your Questions: Beyond the Basics from Infancy Through Toddlerhood by Tracy Hogg Goes beyond the basics presented in the author’s first two child-care guides to offer a series of specific, targeted strategies for solving common challenges faced by parents of children up to three years of age, including feeding problems, sleep troubles, and behavior issues, in a volume complemented by real-life case stories. My rating: 2 of 5 stars*Checked out from the Arlington Public Library* I found this on the shelf in the “parenting section”. Odd for me to be able to look there still. This was recommended to me a couple months back as being pretty useful. Well, what do you know almost three months into parenting and I have already ruined my daughter’s life and completely warped her sense of view and the world is going to end. I read this book last. . .

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Review: The Happiest Baby on the Block

The Happiest Baby on the Block by Harvey Karp In perhaps the most important parenting book of the decade, Dr. Harvey Karp reveals an extraordinary treasure sought by parents for centuries –an automatic “off-switch” for their baby’s crying. No wonder pediatricians across the country are praising him and thousands of Los Angeles parents, from working moms to superstars like Madonna and Pierce Brosnan, have turned to him to learn the secrets for making babies happy. Never again will parents have to stand by helpless and frazzled while their poor baby cries and cries. Dr. Karp has found there IS a remedy for colic. “I share with parents techniques known only to the most gifted baby soothers throughout history …and I explain exactly how they work.” In a innovative and thought-provoking reevaluation of early infancy, Dr. Karp blends modern science and ancient wisdom to prove that newborns are not fully ready. . .

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Review: Your Newborn Head to Toe

Your Newborn: Head to Toe: Everything You Want to Know About Your Baby’s Health through The First Year by Cara Familian Natterson This one-of-a-kind primer explains to new parents, in a clear and comforting tone, precisely what is happening inside their new baby’s body, the reasons behind various standard post-delivery hospital procedures, and, once baby is at home, what parents can and should do before they call the doctor. In the age of managed care, many pediatricians are unable to find the time to impart even basic medical information–the very information that might reassure parents and help them understand the difference between danger signs and normal development. At the same time, many parents are unable to distill the information they get from the pediatrician, because, even when baby is perfectly healthy, visits to the doctor’s office tend to be chaotic and parents may not have their wits about them, may. . .

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No internet Update

*Coming to you from the Arlington Public Library.* So, it’s Tuesday, October 27th and I still have no internet. I have started notifying some of the winners so far of the blogoversary giveaways and I hope you all will continue to forgive my absence. I’m sure you know how frustrating this is for me as well. *sigh* DH has started his new job, so for a first it is just AppleBlossom and me during the day. So far so good. I have read two books this week, and it’s only Tuesday! I was unable to participate on-line in the 24-Hour-Read-a-Thon which was a real annoyance, but it was a joy to log on and find people had cheered for me anyway! That made my day. *grin* So, AppleBlossom is now about three months old. She is growing and going through another growth spurt, weee! We got out some pictures of. . .

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#ClothDiapers WoollyBums Review

When my friend Lindsey introduced me to Alicia, the creative mind behind WoollyBums Cloth Diapers I became really excited. This fall is the first introduction of Newborn/Small diapers to her stash of normally One Size fitted diapers. We were able to sample a Newborn Pucci Diamonds fitted diaper as well as a One Size Pink Chickadees and absolutely love them both! AppleBlossom is already on the out growing stage of the Newborn/Small diaper at 11lbs, but these are without a doubt ones that I plan to get the next child round. I like it even better than the Kissaluv’s size 0! Fabric is of premium quality and a fabulous choice of patterns and a bamboo inner layer. Here is a WoollyBums description of the Newborn/Small diaper. Sweet little newborn bums will fit perfectly in this tiny diaper! If you’re planning on having a baby and going with cloth from the. . .

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#ClothDiapers Fuzzi Bunz Review

After my decision to cloth diaper our daughter AppleBlossom and literally months of research, one of the first choices I knew I wanted to have in my diaper stash were Fuzzi Bunz diapers. About the time that I was making our first purchases, I discovered the new One Size (OS) Fuzzi Bunz (FB) diaper and was able to acquire one of those as well as some Perfect Size (PS) Small and Medium diapers. In comparison to the other diapers we have also obtained in the small size, FB is one of our favorites still. Fuzzi Bunz is a pocket diaper with guaranteed snaps from Mother of Eden. The outer layer is made of PUL (polyurethane laminated fabric), which is soft and waterproof and available in a plethora of colors and limited edition prints such as the current daisy print which is just too cute! The inside fabric that is up. . .

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New Mom’s Guide to Living on Baby Time

New Mom’s Guide to Living on Baby Time, The by Susan Besze Wallace New moms run into a host of new challenges once baby arrives, including getting back into shape, developing a parenting style, readjusting schedules, and interacting with their husbands in new ways. With compassion and humor–and always the privilege of motherhood in mind–The New Mom’s Guides go straight to the heart of these matters, offering moms guidance and encouragement in this new season of life. Each of the four books in the series offers real advice from women who have been there, done that, and want other moms to benefit from their trials and triumphs. A perfect gift for baby showers, Mother’s Day, or any day, these small volumes are compact enough to take along in an overstuffed diaper bag and designed for the mom who can only find a few minutes of peace each day to read.. . .

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