Monday, November 29, 2010

EXCITING!

We are headed home tomorrow! We have enjoyed ourselves so much but boy are we ready to be home in our own beds and in warmer weather! I am excited although its bittersweet to say goodbye.

Then the day after tomorrow, Dec 1, at 12:01am A MERRY FLUFFY CHRISTMAS begins! So many awesome cloth diaper giveaways here and at other awesome blogs! I will have a linky up every day so you can enter at the different blogs easily! I am so excited and I am you are too!!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

MFC Sponsor Spotlight - Softbums! + Product Review

I am proud to announce another Merry Fluffy Christmas Sponsor -- Softbums! Softbums is a husband and wife team; Brian and Sarah Van Bogart. They have been selling the Softbums Echo Diaper System since 2008.  Now they sell the Echo as well as their latest diaper, the Omni!!

I was able to review the Softbums Echo Diaper! I was so excited because I have heard tons of great things about this diaper!

About the Echo Diaper

  • Softbums Slide2Size is the ONLY variable adjustment of it's kind!
  • The Softbums Echo diaper is super trim!
  • Fits 4" - 14" legs with no red marks!
  • Choose your own pods- Dry Touch Pods, Super Dry Touch, or Organic Bamboo
  • Industrial strength velcro that won't wear out!
  • The reusable shell saves money, space, and resources!
My Review

I had never tried a drawstring diaper before, so I admit I was a bit nervous about it. When I received the Softbums Echo Diaper I loved the color instantly! I was able to easily figure out the drawstring and adjust it to fit Noah. After washing it, I tried it on him and was happy to find it fit really well! We have been using it here all week on our trip and have had no leaks! He even napped in it today and his clothes were completely dry when he woke up! I love the fit; I love the adjustability; and I love having the option to choose the pod! I am very pleased with this diaper!!

Buy It!

Win It!
Softbums is giving away one Echo Diapering System for A Merry Fluffy Christmas!!

Be sure to visit Softbums on Facebook for a head start on extra entries!

Thank you Softbums for being a sponsor of A Merry Fluffy Christmas!!




Saturday, November 27, 2010

MFC Sponsor Spotlight- Sweet Pea Diapers

I have another MFC Sponsor Spotlight tonight!! Sweet Pea Diapers!!

Sweet Pea Diapers was created in 2008 in Canada. There weren't many inexpensive diapers available in Canada so Sweet Pea Diapers was trying to create that for people. In 2009 the first US retailer came on board! Amy is the US distributor for Sweet Pea Diapers! She also runs a cloth diaper store called The Giggling Green Bean!

Sweet Pea Diapers started with just a one size diaper but now has one size, all-in-3s, wetbags, nursing pads, prefolds and cloth wipes!

Buy It!
Go here to purchase or find a local retailer!

Win It!
Sweet Pea Diapers is giving away 2 One-Size Pocket Diapers with Inserts for A Merry Fluffy Christmas Event!!

Visit Sweet Pea Diapers on Facebook for a head start on extra entries!

Thank you Sweet Pea Diapers for sponsoring A Merry Fluffy Christmas!

MFC Sponsor Spotlight- Miss Lily's Washing Powder & Product Review


I am so excited to have Miss Lily's Washing Powder as a Merry Fluffy Christmas sponsor!! Jill is so nice and makes some really awesome washing powder!

About Miss Lily's Washing Powder

Here's a bit about Jill and how Miss Lily's Washing Powder came to be!

"I am a WAHM of four beautiful kids and a cloth diapering mama. My youngest, Lilyana (aka Miss Lily) is who this detergent is named after. I started making laundry detergent after being disappointed with the other "green" detergents out there, and after reading about the cancer-causing agents found in popular detergents. My goal is to provide you with clean and fresh-smelling laundry without the chemicals found in the other detergents. My washing powder really works! "


Miss Lily's Washing Powder is natural soap free, enzyme free detergent. One bag can do up to 96 loads! The washing powder also comes in tons of awesome scents like Black Rasberry Vanilla, Island Fresh, and Lemon Sugar!

My Review

I was super excited to try some of Miss Lilly's Washing Powder. I have always used Rockin' Green on my cloth diapers and while I love it, I was very interested in trying something new. The washing powder came at the perfect time. I was dealing with some ammonia stinkies and it was getting frustrating. The washing powder came with step by step directions on how much to use, what to use it with, and even tips on removing stains and stink!! I followed the directions and washed my diapers! To my pleasant suprise my stinkies were gone! I was a bit skeptic though because I'd only used it one time. So I decided to keep using it. I've been using it for the past month now and have had absolutely no stinky or buildup issues the whole time! I am very VERY pleased with this washing powder. It leaves no residue or buildup and Noah hasn't had any reaction to it whatsoever! I am a BIG fan of Miss Lily's Washing Powder and just ordered my first full bag yesterday!! :)

Buy It!
Visit Miss Lily's Washing Powder on Etsy to purchase today!

Win It!
Miss Lily's is donating one (1) bag of washing powder for the Merry Fluffy Christmas Event!

Be sure to check out Miss Lily's Washing Powder on Facebook to get a head start on extra entries!

Thank you Miss Lily's Washing Powder for sponsoring A Merry Fluffy Christmas!!

Crazy but Fun!

How was your Thanksgiving? Mine was great! We are still visiting family in New York and are really enjoying ourselves. I have a big family and they are all so crazy! But we are all so close and would do anything for each other and thats what's so great about this family! Thanksgiving was very nice and filled with good food and fun converstations. Then yesterday we went out shopping for the Black Friday deals! We got some good stuff and saw some great deals! It was crowded but not unbearable. I had a lot of fun!

Today we are just hanging out and watching some football. We are expecting 4 to 18 inches of snow today too! That will be exciting for us southern folks!!
I hope you are all enjoying your holiday weekend! Be sure to check back VERY soon for the kickoff of a Merry Fluffy Christmas event! Plus be sure to enter my other giveaways (left sidebar) that are ending soon!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!!

I hope you all have a wonderful and blessed day spent with family and friends!! Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

MFC Sponsor Spotlight- Buddha Bunz!

Yay for another Merry Fluffy Christmas sponsor spotlight-- Buddha Bunz!! Buddha Bunz specializes in their wool dryer balls but also carries a number of other baby care products!!

Buddha Bunz was created by Melinda Allen. She created the wool dryer balls to dry her son's cloth diapers without the residue of dryer sheets and to cut down on drying time as well. Her dryer balls are made of 100% wool and come in awesome colors and designs. Buddha Bunz also carries other cloth diapering products as well as aromatherapy products and products for mama!
Win It!
Buddha Bunz is giving away 4 undyed dryer balls as part of a Merry Fluffy Christmas prize pack!!

Be sure to like Buddha Bunz on Facebook to get a head start on extra entries during the event!!

Thank you Buddha Bunz for being a sponsor of a Merry Fluffy Christmas Event!

We Made It!

We made it safe and sound to New York yesterday afternoon! We are spending time with great family! I'll be back tonight to do some more sponsor spotlights for A Merry Fluffy Christmas! Only 7  more days!!!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Off we Go!!

We are leaving bright and early in the morning and heading to the airport! We'll be in upstate New York visiting family until next Tuesday, the 30th! I'll try to still post but I'll be scarce! So if I'm not on again before Thursday, I wish you all a blessed and happy Thanksgiving!!

Even MORE Extra Entries for A Merry Fluffy Christmas!!

The Not-So-Secret Confessions of a First Time Mom


If you missed out on the extra entries last time then now is your chance!Or if you want even more entries you can do this too!  This event is going to be HUGE and we want to bring in as many people as we can!! So here's your job to get extra entries!

1) For 5 extra entries - Blog about the event. Be sure to leave a link back to this blog (http://ftmommyferg.blogspot.com/) and mention that it is Dec 1-5 with over 20 different blogs participating! Also be sure to let everyone know that the cloth diaper prizes value at $25 a day or more!! (Mostly more!) Leave a link to the post in your comment.

2) For 1 extra entry (per day) - Tweet about this event. Mention the same things that you mention on your blog post and link back to this blog. Leave a link to the post in your comment.

You have until Tuesday, November 30th to get these extra entries in! The extra entries will be added to the end of the entries for each day! You MUST be sure to come and do the mandatory entry for each prize pack, each day, or these entries will not count!! I WILL check links and mandatory entries so make sure you follow the rules! Please also leave your email address with EACH comment! Good luck!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Mom Blog Monday Blog Hop!

Are you a Mommy blogger? Do you blog about your kids? Do you blog about great things for Mommies? Do you wanna meet other Mom Bloggers?

The Not-So-Secret Confessions of a First Time Mom


If you answered yes to any of those questions then link up!


This blog hop is hosted by Sippy Cups and Cloth Bums, The Not-So-Secret Confessions of a First Time Mom , and Luxury Living Frugal Style!

Rules?


All we ask is that you follow Sippy Cups and Cloth Bums, The Not- So- Secret Confessions of a First Time Mom, and Luxury Living Frugal Style.We are the first three on the linky!Then follow spot #4 which is the featured blog! Be sure to leave us a comment so we can follow you back!

We would LOVE it if you'd grab our button and put it somewhere on your blog or in a blog post! This would help us spread the word. However, you aren't required to.

You can follow as many or as few blogs as you'd like

Each week one lucky blogger that links up will be chosen to be the featured blog.

This wee's featured blogger is :



"I'm the wife of Jake, mother of Carter, and mama to our furbaby, Trigger. I'm a stay at home mom who loves to connect with others through blogging.
Carter was born premature at 29 weeks gestation and is now 10 months old. We're so lucky to have him with us and healthy, except for some feeding issues that we're currently struggling with.
I blog about our baby wearing, breast pumping, cloth diapering, dream feeding, roller coaster riding family and hope all of you will come along for the ride!"


 



















Saturday, November 20, 2010

Luminess Air Review & Eye Kit Giveaway!! ***CLOSED***

I was so excited when I was contacted about doing a review for Luminess Air! It looked so cool and fun! And I can definately now say ,it really is cool and fun!!

About Luminess Air

Luminess Air was developed by leading makeup artists and chemist and colorists! Luminess Air believes in making their product as simple, holistic, organic, and natural as possible. They never test on animals! Chances are you've seen this product on a Hollywood runway, tv show, or the latest magazine!

My Review

I was a little intimidated by the Luminess Air kit when I recieved it but was very much relieved when I opened it up and there was a how-to dvd for me to watch and show me exactly how to apply the makeup. It was SO helpful! Even though the step by step video was great, it did take me two times to figure out how to apply the makeup evenly and smoothly. I wasn't moving my hand around enough. Thats a big thing, you have to keep moving! Which is great really cuz it gets the job done quick too! The second day I tried it I was able to get it applied evenly the first time and I really loved it! It gave my skin a smooth, almost painted look. But at the same time it was very natural looking. My husband even pointed out how natural it looked! Once I got the hang of it I was very happy with the look it gave me and how easy and fast it was to apply! I can definately see why the celebrities and models use it! It's good stuff!! Here's a pic of me with the Luminess Air Foundation and Blush on! (The eye makeup was my own)


Buy It!!

Win It!!
Luminess Air is sponsoring a giveaway for one lucky follower to win a Luminess Air Eye Kit! This kit is not even sold in their store yet! It includes one brown and one black calligraphy eyeliner and one mascara in black!!

***Mandatory Entry***
You must be a follower via Google Friend Connect and go here and tell me one thing you like about Luminess Air!
Extra Entries
(1 entry) Like Luminess Air on Facebook. Leave your Facebook name in the comment.
(1 entry) Follow Luminess Air on Twitter. Leave your Twitter ID in the comment.
(1 entry) Subscribe to this blog via email.
(1 entry) Like The Not-So-Secret Confessions on Facebook. Leave your Facebook name in the comment. 
(1 entry) Follow MommyFerg02 on Twitter. Leave your Twitter Id in the comment.  
(2 entries) Grab my button and put it on your blog. Leave the link in the comment.
(1 entry) Enter any of my other giveaways (1 entry per giveaway entered)

Please be sure to leave your email address with EVERY comment. Winner will be choosen by random.org and will have 24 hours to respond to the winning email or another winner will be chosen. Giveaway ends on December 11, 2010 at 11pm EST. Open to US residents only! Good luck!

**I was not paid for this review and the views expressed  are my own.**

MFC Sponsor Spotlight- Babee Greens!

Today's Sponsor Spotlight for Merry Fluffy Christmas is Babee Greens Organic Cloth Diapers! Their line of organic cloth diapers were created to provide an alternative to traditional chemically grown cloth and plastic disposable diapers! They were created in the Blue Ridge Mountains , but now manufacture in Asheville, North Carolina! And the best part, it is owned and operated exclusively by mothers!

Babee Greens uses the highest quality, eco-friendly fibers in its cloth diapers. This includes 100% certified organic cotton, organic cotton/hemp blends, hypoallergenic, non PVC poly resin snaps, and 100% unbleached cotton thread and elastic! 

Here is their mission statement:
At Babee Greens our mission is to provide a safe, economical and green diaper alternative. We are committed to setting a new standard that helps our global community reverse the negative effects diaper manufacturing has had on our environment, in order to create “A Better World for Babies.”
Buy It!
Go here to visit Babee Greens!
Win It!
Babee Greens is giving away a package of cloth wipes and a Cleansing Greens set to be part of a Merry Fluffy Christmas event prize package! ( $29 value)

Be sure to like Babee Greens on Facebook to get a head start on entries!

Thank you Babee Greens for being a sponsor of A Merry Fluffy Christmas!!

Friday, November 19, 2010

The craziness begins!!

So from here until Tuesday is going to be super busy! Tomorrow we are going to my parents house to celebrate Thanksgiving with them and then Sunday is church and Thanksgiving lunch at church afterwards and then Monday is cleaning and packing and running around like crazy trying to get things done!! Then Tuesday we'll be on a plane to New York!! Yippeee!

So if I'm a bit scarce thats why, but I'll still be posting a FEW more Merry Fluffy Christmas Sponsor Spotlights! Plus Mom Blog Monday will still be here!! So be sure to check back!! :))

Thursday, November 18, 2010

30 Days of Thankful- Savings!!

Whoever invented coupons, I am thankful for them!! Hehe! Seriously though! I haven't been couponing long but it has been awesome! Not only has coupons helped me save money but it helps me be more aware of what I'm spending and how much I'm spending. I plan what I'm going to get and how much I'm going to spend BEFORE I actually get to the store, so I rarely go over that budget! It's been great! I'm so thankful that they are actually ways to save money out there, especially with this crazy economy!! Its a breathe of fresh air to go in a store and come out knowing you saved money!

MFC Sponsor Spotlight - NanaPants by Betsy

Yay for another Merry Fluffy Christmas event sponsor! NanaPants by Betsy is an etsy shop I cam across and fell in love! The diapers are so adorable! They are one-size pocket diapers that come in a array of different colors and can even be embroidered! And the prices are very reasonable! Here are a few of my favs she has up on her site!!

Here's Betsy herself telling us a littel bit about how she got started making cloth diapers:


"We specialize in diapers that are cute and personalized as well as effective in diapering your child. I am Nana, otherwise known as Betsy. I cloth diapered my children (they are now 28, 26, 24 and 22). However, that was in the age of birdseye diaper, diaper pins and plastic pants. Several months ago, my son Micah and his wife Amanda, told me of their desire to cloth diaper. Their son had not yet been born. I decided to explore sewing diapers for them. My older daughter, Erin and husband, had also wanted to cloth diaper so my then 2-month old grandson, Jase, became our "tester". We used some different designs and materials and came up with what we know works, at an affordable price. And, adding the embroidery, of course, makes it fun and personalized. After supplying both my grandsons with diapers, we decided as a family to try offering this to others. Thus, Nana Pants by Betsy was born. We are still in the infancy stage, getting products up on ETSY and trying to get our webs
ite out there for others to see. We are approaching this as a family adventure, involving all 4 kids and their spouses.
A little about me ... I have been a preschool teacher of 3,4 & 5 year olds in a faith based school for 11 years. My husband, Lowell, and I have been married for 30 years and live on and work a farm. For half that time, I was a stay-at-home mom raising our 4 kids. My sewing machine has always been my friend. When my children were growing up, it was my creative outlet. Now that my children are grown and into their own homes, it has given me something to help fill the void. My greatest blessing has been my family and adding grandchildren to it is even better!"


Buy It!
Visit her Etsy shop or visit her website for non-embroidered diapers & package deals.
Win It!!
NanaPants by Betsy is giving away one embroidered cloth diaper, one set of washable nursing pads, and 5 cloth wipes for the Merry Fluffy Christmas Event!  ($25 value!)

Be sure to "like" NanaPants on Facebook to get a head start on extra entries!!

Thank you NanaPants by Betsy for being a sponsor of the Merry Fluffy Christmas Event!!


Wednesday, November 17, 2010

MFC Sponsor Spotlight & Product Review- Go Green Pocket Diapers


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I am happy to announce another Merry Fluffy Christmas event sponsor! Go Green Pocket Diapers! I was also able to review a pocket diaper from Go Green Pocket Diapers and I have lots to tell!!

Go Green Pocket Diapers are one-size pocket diapers that do the same job as all the pricey diapers but at half the cost! Go Green Diapers comes in silky or fuzzy and in prints or solids! Every diaper comes with a microfiber terry cloth insert as well!

My Review

I received the Shiney Hiney fuzzy pocket to review. I was immediately impressed at how soft and fuzzy it was! The diaper reminds me of a mix between a Smartipants and a Fuzzibunz pocket diaper. It has the snaps set up similar to a Smartipants and is fuzzy and soft like a Fuzzibunz! So after washing it, I tried it on little man. It fits great! Its pretty trim too! He's worn this diaper about 5 or 6  times since we received it and we've had no leaks at all! He's even worn it napping with no leaks! I am so happy to find a diaper that does just as good of a job as the higher priced diaper at a MUCH lower price! I will be buying more diapers from Go Green Pocket Diapers again for sure!


Buy It!
Win It!
Leah from Go Green Pocket Diapers has generously donated THREE pocket diapers for the Merry Fluffy Christmas event!!


Be sure to visit Go Green Pocket Diapers on Facebook  for a head start on Extra Entries in the event!

Thank you Go Green Pocket Diapers for being a sponsor of the Merry Fluffy Christmas Event!!

Blog Hopping!




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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

MFC Sponsor Spotlight- BabyLegs!

I love me some BabyLegs! These are great for babies, kids, and adults alike and I am so proud to announce them as a sponsor for the Merry Fluffy Christmas Event!!

In April of 2005 a mama was dealing with diaper rash on her baby's bum. We've all been there. Well while she was working on letting her baby's bum get some fresh air she was worried about her baby getting cold. So she cut off the feet of some socks and slipped them on her baby's legs as legwarmers! And that is how BabyLegs began!!



So what's the big idea?
  • BabyLegs make diaper changing and potty training easier
  • They keep legs warm in strollers or carriers
  • Protect knees from hard surfaces and rug burns
  • Provides lightweight sun protection in summer months
  • Keep in diaper bag for quick change when messes arrive
  • They are a fasionable alternative to tights
Find out more about how BabyLegs got started and the awesome benefits to BabyLegs here!

I personally have about 5 pairs of BabyLegs that I put on Noah and I just love them! They are so cute and comfy and they really do make diaper changes a lot easier!!



Buy It!
Purchase BabyLegs here
Win It!!
BabyLegs is donating a BabyLegs grab bag for the Merry Fluffy Christmas Event!
This includes:
- 2 pairs of leg warmers
-1 pair of socks
-1 pair of tights (or 2 pairs of socks for a boy)

Thank you BabyLegs for sponsoring the Merry Fluffy Christmas Event!!

30 Days of Thankful- Saving Grace

Today I am thankful for God's saving grace! I was thinking about this yesterday. I am very blessed to have His forgiveness because I have messed up big time and many a time!

I grew up as a preachers kid so obviously I grew up in church. I became a christian at 4 years old and my daddy led me to the Lord in our living room. I remember kneeling down at our big recliner and praying that special prayer. As I've talked about before on here, I was a rebellious teenager. I was horrible. If my parents told me to do one thing I'd do the opposite. I made it very tough for them to keep a tight hold on me. Then once I graduated I got even more out of control. I began partying and drinking. I remember I would get so wasted some nights that I didn't remember what happened or I'd wake up at home and not know how I got there. I remember amongst my group of friends the one who was the "most sober" would drive home. None of us were ever sober. I drank underage. I drove drunk. I even experimented with a few drugs. I was out of control and I knew it. But thanks to my Lord's amazing grace, he pulled me back in, forgave me for my horrible mistakes, and rescued me. Now I have a happy fulfilling life instead of dead or in jail like I could have been if I would have kept up with that junk. For that I am more thankful than words can express.

Monday, November 15, 2010

MFC Sponsor Spotlight- Bippy Diapers!

Our next Sponsor Spotlight is Bippy Diapers! Bippy Diapers was created by Lora, a mom of 2. She is from  St. Louis, MO but now lives in Florida. She works full time as well as runs this business and hopes to one day be a stay at home mom.

Bippy Diapers has everything you need for cloth diapering including detergents, wetbags, and cloth wipes! Some of the brands that are sold at Bippy Diapers includes Rumparooz, Happy Heinys, BumGenius, and Fuzzibunz! They even have a section on their website where you can learn all about cloth diapering called Cloth101.

Win It!!
Bippy Diapers is donating a BumGenius Elemental Diaper for the Merry Fluffy Christmas Event!

Be sure to visit Bippy Diapers on Facebook to get a head start on extra entries!

Thank you Bippy Diapers for being a sponsor!! 

30 Days of Thankful and Just a little FYI

So today I am thankful for my car! Its an old 2 door Honda Accord. Yes, I have a carseat in my two door lol. Its a pain in the butt getting Noah in and out of that thing but we manage. I am thankful for it because it runs good and gets us where we need to go! We hope to get a new one in the new year but for now I'm happy with what I got. I didn't have a car for a long time so I am VERY thankful for the one I have now!

And just a little FYI, a week from tomorrow (23rd) we are getting on a plane and flying to Upstate NY to visit family for the Thanksgiving holiday. I don't know how much I will be around that week, so I just wanted to let you know. I'm going to try and and finish posting all my Sponsor Spotlights this week for the MFC event and then the day after I get back the Merry Fluffy Christmas event will start!! Yippeee! So if I'm not around very much next week and don't post much, you know why :)

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Mom Blog Monday Blog Hop!

Are you a Mommy blogger? Do you blog about your kids? Do you blog about great things for Mommies? Do you wanna meet other Mom Bloggers?



The Not-So-Secret Confessions of a First Time Mom




If you answered yes to any of those questions then link up!


This blog hop is hosted by Sippy Cups and Cloth Bums, The Not-So-Secret Confessions of a First Time Mom , and Luxury Living Frugal Style!
Rules?
All we ask is that you follow Sippy Cups and Cloth Bums, The Not- So- Secret Confessions of a First Time Mom, and Luxury Living Frugal Style.We are the first three on the linky!Then follow spot #4 which is the featured blog! Be sure to leave us a comment so we can follow you back!

We would LOVE it if you'd grab our button and put it somewhere on your blog or in a blog post! This would help us spread the word. However, you aren't required to.

You can follow as many or as few blogs as you'd like.


Each week one lucky blogger that links up will be chosen to be the featured blog.


This week's Featured Blog is.....


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My name is Laurie. I grew up on a dairy farm in South Dakota. Country born and raised, as they say. Some of the things I love are country music, long conversations at the kitchen table, family get togethers, and my new hobby, blogging. Family keeps my heart pounding. I'm married. I have 3 kids. 2 still living and one singing country songs with the angels. I grandmother two beautiful girls. Both my kids are in their freshman year of college. Luckily my hubby and I like pork and beans because I reckon we'll be eating them awhile! College is expensive but I am so proud that they have made the choice to attend.

My aim is to blog about products and host giveaways. But as you can see from my button, I'm still figuring out how to set my page up. Thanks for the opportunity. I hope ya'll stop by.










30 Days of Thankful- Food

Even though I wish I didn't eat so much haha, I am so VERY thankful for food on my plate every day. Not only just that, but I have the choice of so many different varieties of food! There's plenty of people around the world who don't even have enough to feed their whole family, much less choose what kind of food they want to eat :( So today I am so so SO thankful for food!

MFC Sponsor Spotlight-- Rockin' Green Cloth Diaper Detergent!

So if you've been a follower of my blog for a while, you know I'm a big fan of Rockin' Green! If you haven't been a follower you can check out my review of Rockin' Green Cloth Diaper Detergent here. So I am SOOOO excited to announce that Rockin' Green is a sponsor of The Not-So-Secret Confessions for the Merry Fluffy Christmas event!!

Rockin' Green Cloth Diaper Detergent was invented and founded by Kim Webb. She invented Rockin' Green after dealing with chronic diaper rash, stinky diapers, and hard water. In 2009 Rockin' Green became one of the very first detergents to be considered  a "cloth diaper detergent". It is a clean rinsing detergent and leaves litle to no soap residue. It has no fillers, enzymes, optical brightners, and is 100% phosphate free.

Rockin' green is available online at rockingreensoap.com and also at over 250 retailers!

Today Rockin' Green detergent has three different formulas:
  • Hard Rock (for hard water systems)
  • Soft Rock (for soft water systems or babies with very sensitive skin)
  • Classic Rock ( for normal water conditions or those with moderate hard water conditions)
** They also just announced their latest formula-- Funk Rock!!

Rockin' Green comes in 6 rockin' scents:
  • Smasing Watermelons
  • Motley Clean
  • Rage Against the Rasberries
  • The Plain Green Tea's
  • Lavendar Mint Revival
  • Mighty Mighty Marshmallow





Rockin' Green also comes in Bare Naked Babies which is unscented.

Buy It!
http://www.rockingreensoap.com/ or go here to find your local retailer!

Win It!
Rockin' Green is giving away a bundle which includes a 45 load bag of detergent, an 8oz Shake it Up pail freshener, and a magnetic laundry scoop. This bundle will be part of one of the packages for one of the MFC days!

Be sure to visit Rockin' Green on Facebook and Twitter for a headstart on entries!!

Thank you Rockin' Green Cloth Diaper Detergent for being a sponsor!!

Winner Winner!!

The winner of the Uncommonly Cute onsie/t-shirt giveaway is comment #71!

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Congrats! I am about to email the winner and they have 24 hours to respond or another winner will be choosen! Be sure to enter my other giveaways for YOUR chance to win!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

30 Days of Thankful- Freedom

Veterans day was this week and it always gets me to thinking about how thankful I am that I live in the United States and I have so many freedoms! I am so very blessed to live in this country and it's all because of the amazing veterans, past and present! If you or a family member are a veteran, I thank you so much!!

Are you a Cloth Diapering/Babywearing/Green Mama?? Lookie Lookie!

If you answered yes to any of the above questions please read! My friend, Emily, wants your help!

My company, Mommy Secrets, is a mom owned company that exists to support and educate a community of moms on the benefits of a more natural way of mothering while providing a selection of mom made products to enrich their lives as mommy.


At the core of who I am, I love helping people. I stumbled into a greener lifestyle about 5 years ago when I became very ill with an unknown illness. You can read the whole story on my blog here. When I became a mother things changed even more in our lifestyle. I wanted to give my children the healthiest lives possible, as I think all moms do. I research and researched and researched and tried out so many green products. When my oldest was about 2, all my friends were asking me how I did what I did and even sending their friends to me. One day, a good friend of mine said: "You know Emily, you really should think about starting your own business. You are teaching all these moms amazing things and then sending somewhere else to spend their money. Why not make a little extra money yourself?" And Mommy Secrets was born.

Now just over a year later and after a lot of blood, sweat, and tears Mommy Secrets is about to enter into a new place. One thing I knew right away was that I have no desire whatsoever to become another big online cloth diaper and natural parenting store. There are already so many of those and some do such an amazing job and I have no desire to compete with them. If you need a place that can help you over the phone or over email there are incredible mom owned businesses that I can fully recommend. But if you are looking for a place where you can touch, examine, and try out natural parenting items and you don't live in their town they are not really going to be able to help you. You are still going to have to pay shipping for items that may or not work for you and you still are not going to be able to talk to someone that actually uses your water type when you are having problems with your wash routine. THIS is the problem I want to solve.

So I have decided to give moms who are already doing what I was doing (converting friends to a greener  lifestyle) the opportunity to make some additional income. Starting and running a business is a whole lot of work and I know many moms don't want to tackle such a task. Which is why I am not looking for moms to bring on as Green Mommy Consultants. How great would it be to be able to bring Natural Parenting items into your town? How incredible would it be to have these items readily available for moms to see in towns all across the country? If that makes you giddy inside, then you are exactly the mom I am looking for. I see this program as more than a just a business venture but also as a movement. A movement to show moms across the country that there is another way. Cloth diapers are not disgusting, breastfeeding is not something you should be ashamed, and feeding your family a wholesome diet does not have to be expensive or difficult! And the best part is I have worked very hard to design this program to be very flexible and affordable for you to get started.

If this sounds likes something you would be interested in I would love to hear from you! Simply click on the button below for more information and a link to an application. If you are a mom blogger I would love it if you could help spread the word with me. Let's start changing our nation's perspective on Natural Parenting one town at a time!


Mommy Secrets

Friday, November 12, 2010

MFC Sponsor Spotlight-- Applecheeks Reuseable Diapers!

I am proud to announce another amazing sponsor for the Merry Fluffy Christmas event! Applecheeks Reuseable Diapers was founded in April of 2008 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The owners are Ilana and Amy and between the 2 of them, they have 7 beautiful children!

Their diapers are a two sized system with a one sized insert. They also sell washable nursing pads, disposable diaper liners, and gentle cleansing solution and they have more to come in 2011! There diapers are super cute and come in an adorable array of colors!


Buy It!

Win It!
Ilana and Amy are generously giving away a Little Bundle for the MFC event! This include one cover and one insert! A $29 value!!

Be sure to follow the Applecheeks blog, Facebook, and Twitter to get a head start on extra entries for the event!!

Plantet Wise Wetbag Review & Giveaway! ***CLOSED***

Planet Wise wetbags are made to make your life easier! They are eco-friendly and reliable and available in some many cute prints! I was so excited when I was given the oppoturnity to review a Planet Wise wetbag!

About Planet Wise
Planet Wise not only carries wetbags, but pail liners, dry bags, and even swim/diaper bags!! Their wetbags are available in 3 different sizes; small, medium, and large. They are PVC free and the zippers are lead free. They are made with high quality fabric and have a waterproof inner fabric to keep the wet stuff in! And what's so great is you don't have to use them JUST for diapers! You can use these to carry shoes, wet swimsuits or clothes, or even as a gym bag! The possibilities are endless!!

Our Review
I received a medium sized wetbag in the Black Curly Q print. First off the print is so cute! Very chic, but not too girly so hubby won't mind carrying it around either lol. I loved it. The size is great. I can fold it up and stick it in our diaper bag and it doesn't take up much room. The website says a medium wetbag will hold about 8-9 diapers. I would venture to say that it could probably hold 10 or 11 depending on the size of the diapers.
 I tried out the wetbag first thing with a nighttime diaper. One that Noah was in all night and soaked! I put it in and then used it throughout the day with the rest of his diapers. I am happy to report, no smell! I couldn't smell anything through the wetbag and I knew it was stinky because as soon as I'd open it, the pee smell would hit me. But as long as it was zipped shut, I couldn't smell a thing. Plus it keeps all the wet inside as well! No leaky messes! I was so very pleased with this wetbag and give it a five star rating!!


So cute!!

Buy It!
Go here to find your favorite retailer!

Win It!
Planet Wise is offering a medium wetbag in winner's choice of print to one lucky follower!

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30 Days of Thankful x3

I've been so insanely busy the past few days that I missed 30 days of thankful! Bad me! So I'm making up for it today by naming 3 things I'm thankful for!

1. I am thankful for my house. We lived in a crappy, tiny appartment before this and so this house is like a mansion to us! I love it! It's so beautiful and spacious! We got an amazing deal on it as well! We were very blessed to get this house and I can't wait to make so many memories in this house!
2. I am thankful for my church. When Noah was a little baby and we lived in the appartment and since Brian worked every weekend, I didn't go to church. I could never bring myself to get us ready and go to a church where we didn't know anyone. I would occasionally visit a friend's church or go with my in-laws, but never went on my own. Well when we moved here, I was determined to find a church. And I did! I love the church I attend now. They are so loving and I get so much out of the sermons! They accepted Noah and I right away and that was so important to me! I am very thankful I finally have a church to call home!
3. I am thankful for family! And by family I mean the big family! I am thankful for my in-laws who have been so helpful to us when we needed them. I am thankful for my grandparents, and aunts and uncles! I am thankful to Brian's aunts and uncles. One of which let us live with them for a year!! My extended family is great and I couldn't ask for any better!!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

We have a winner!!

Congrats to comment #70! You are the winner of the Carmex Skincare giveaway! You have been emailed and have 24 hours to respond to the email or I will choose another winner!

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Everyone be sure to enter my other giveaways, located on the left sidebar!!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

MFC Sponsor Spotlight- Mud Butt Diapers!!

Yay for another Merry Fluffy Christmas Sponsor Spotlight! Today's sponsor is Mud Butt Cloth Diapers. Mud Butt diapers was started by a woman named Carrie. She is a mother of 2 and lives in Minnesota! She started using cloth diapers with their first child and then started making her own diapers! After using her homemade diapers on her own babies, she then started making and selling diapers to others in June of this year! So she is fairly new to the business but seems to be doing pretty well if you ask me!

She makes two kinds of diapers, pockets and AI2 Pocket Fusion Diapers. This month she just started offering Clean B detergents and pail fresheners in her store as well! She does custom orders AND she has over 20 PUL options and 20 snap color options for you to choose from! I've heard nothing but good things about Mud Butt cloth diapers and definately want to try one for myself one of these days!


Win It!
Carrie at Mud Butt Cloth Diapers is generously offering one $10 gift card to be part of one of the daily packages in the Merry Fluffy Christmas Event!

To get a head start on extra entries during the event, go visit Mud Butt Cloth Diapers on Facebook!

Thanks Mud Butt Cloth Diapers for being a sponsor!!


What happened to "To Each his Own"??

What am I about to write is my opinion, which I have a right to. If you don't agree with me thats fine, and feel free to state so, but lets be adults and play nice.

Ok so if your on Facebook you've probably heard about the "Cloth Diaper Wars" that have been swarming the net. It started out with a short segment on CBS. If you haven't seen the video, go here. When I watched it I was shocked. I do think it was not very informative at all, or not correctly informative I guess. They had gerber prefolds as examples of modern cloth diapers lol.

So the cloth diaper community spoke up and complained! And the host, Natali Del Conte-Morris listened to the complaints and accepted a challenge to cloth diaper for 30 days! How cool is that! But from what I have read and heard, these comments from the cloth diapering community were not the nicest. Her husband does a podcast called Daddy On Board when he shares his experiences as a dad and he basically said she was bombarded by the cloth diaper community and his co-host even went as far as to call us Cloth Diaper Nazis!!

Now I think the nazi thing was a bit harsh, but I am not suprised one bit that some of these comments were not so nice. I know how moms can get! We can me mean!! We are all about our own little way of doing things and that is the right way and everyone else is wrong! You know what I'm talking about. We go haywire over these debates of cloth vs disposable, breastfeeding vs formula feeding, rear-facing vs forward-facing. We do it..all of us...including myself. So yes, I completely believe that this community I consider myself a part of said some mean things to that lady and I am ashamed!

What ever happened to "to each his own"? Why are we so worried about what other moms do that we have to say mean things to each other just to share how we do things? Yes, the segment sucked, but there are plenty of ways we can say that without being mean! I mean heck, give the girl major props for giving cding a try!! I know plenty of people who won't even consider it! It just bugs me to no end that moms (not all, but a lot) feel like they have to be mean and force their opinions on others. I cloth diaper and love it! But did ya'll know Noah was in disposables until he was 7 months old? And he's ok! I have friends who use disposables, and their babies are just fine too! Yes, cloth is great and yes it is better for the environment and baby, but its not going to work for everybody. It just isn't.

I just wish we could all be nice and let people do their thing. As long as a parent isn't neglecting their child or putting them in fatal harm I say we mind our own business (I know some of you will argue putting a baby in sposies is harm but you know what I'm saying). If someone asks me about cloth I LOVE to tell them about it, but I don't push it on my friends who use sposies and I am definately not mean to them because they do! So yea, thats my little rant for the day. We're all just doing the best we can as parents, and putting your kiddo in sposies doesn't make you a bad parent. I just wish we could all play nice and mind our own business when we need to.

** Here's the link to Natali's blog where she shares her cloth diapering challenge if your interested.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

30 Days of Thankful - Good Friends + Pear Tree Greetings $30 Gift Card Giveaway!! **CLOSED**

Today I am thankful for my good friends! They are far and few between but they have all been a blessing in my life! I seriously only have about 4 or 5 close friends, but thats ok, because they are all amazing! They are there for me when I need them, they don't judge me, and they love me through thick and thin! They are exactly what a good friend should be!!

One thing I love to do for my good friends is send Christmas cards! I know a lot of people think its a waste of money, but I love doing! I only started sending Christmas cards when I had my own little family, but I just love it. And I love receiving them too! It's so fun to get cards from friends with sweet pictures of their families on the front!

Pear Tree Greetings is an awesome place to get your holiday cards! They have a huge selection and at great prices too! Plus they give back to the community so thats another great perk! This year they are doing Operation Gratitude as a way to give back! They are giving teachers and students the opportunity to send over 75,000 Christmas cards to men and women in the military! Plus they are partnering with the American Cancer Society, and by purchasing one of 6 exclusive Christmas cards, 100% of the proceeds go to the American Cancer Society! So not only can you get amazing holiday cards at Pear Tree Greetings , but you can also give back while doing so!

Win It!
Pear Tree Greetings is giving away a $30 gift card to one lucky follower!!

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 ** Please leave your email with every comment so I can contact you if you are the winner! Giveaway will end on December 1  at 11 pm EST. Winner will be choosen by random.org and will be emailed. The winner will have 24 hours to respond to the email or I will choose another winner. This giveaway is up to US residents only. Thanks and Good Luck!**

Monday, November 8, 2010

30 Days of Thankful- Sissys!!

Today I am thankful for my sisters! I am the oldest of 3 of us girls. We are 23, 19, and 15. When we were younger we didn't get along that great. We fought alot and picked on each other, typical sister stuff. But now we get along great! I don't see them as often as I'd like to but I love seeing them when I can and spending time with them! And we can't forget to mention how much Noah adores them!! I am very thankful for my sisters! They are great!!


MFC Sponsor Spotlight -Sage Diapers!

I am happy to announce another wonderful sponsor for the Merry Fluffy Christmas event- Sage Diapers!

Sage Diapers began in 1984! Believe it or not, they were the first ones to make a pinless diaper cover and the first to use PUL in a diapering product!! Pretty cool, huh?! The first covers were called Diaperaps. The Sage Diaper Website offers cloth diapers, cloth diapering packages, organic nursery products, and even organic baby clothing!


Sure-Fit Pocket

Sage Diapers is donating one Sure-Fit Pocket diaper in the winners choice of size one or two and their choice of hemp/ organic cotton or microterry/microfleece insert for the Merry Fluffy Christmas Event! The Sure-Fit Pocket diaper can be used as a pocket or an AI2, is very trim and has side snaps for adjustability! There are two snaps in the back to hold the insert in place, and the front elastic prevents major leaks!

Be sure to check out Sage Diapers blog, Facebook, and Twitter for a head start on entries for MFC!


Thank you so much Sage Diapers for being a sponsor!!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Mom Blog Monday Blog Hop!!

Are you a Mommy blogger? Do you blog about your kids? Do you blog about great things for Mommies? Do you wanna meet other Mom Bloggers?

The Not-So-Secret Confessions of a First Time Mom


If you answered yes to any of those questions then link up!


This blog hop is hosted by Sippy Cups and Cloth Bums, The Not-So-Secret Confessions of a First Time Mom , and Luxury Living Frugal Style!

Rules?

All we ask is that you follow Sippy Cups and Cloth Bums, The Not- So- Secret Confessions of a First Time Mom, and Luxury Living Frugal Style.We are the first three on the linky!Then follow spot #4 which is the featured blog! Be sure to leave us a comment so we can follow you back!


We would LOVE it if you'd grab our button and put it somewhere on your blog or in a blog post! This would help us spread the word. However, you aren't required to.

You can follow as many or as few blogs as you'd like.




Each week one lucky blogger that links up will be chosen to be the featured blog.


This week's Featured Blog is.....



Having a fairytale wedding and ending up with a handsome prince wasn't one of my childhood aspirations, yet I ended up marrying my high school sweetheart and it's been a dream come true. Kids were something that I never imagined for myself and now I'm unsure if I could survive without them. I was determined to live in the city and take advantage of public transit, instead I'm a suburbanite driving a mini van. The moral of my story is that everything you envision for your life, may not be what your future holds true. Remaining open to changes that make you uncomfortable often yield the greatest blessings. In these times of uncertainty, the greatest adventures can emerge. Our life is an unpredictable journey and this blog is our attempt at documenting it.






30 Days of Thankful- Hubby's Job

Today I am thankful for my husband's job! He worked his tail off to get this job! He started out at a very low position with very low pay. This was all when Noah was a newborn and I literally had to be a stay at home mom because my part time job wouldn't even pay for child care. And we had no other options. But hubby hustled and bustled and talked to everyone he needed to talk to and was able to get transferred.

Now he is making more than double what he was when he started out. He works 3 days a week (12+ hours a day) and is off for four days. Now I can be a stay at home more because I choose to be instead of because we can't afford childcare. Now I can go to school full time and get my degree, still not having to pay for child care because my hubby is home to watch Noah. We have everything we need and even more sometimes. I thank God every day for giving hubby this job. We are really blessed! :)

Extra hour..my bum!

I hate time change! My internal clock had me awake at 6:45 and instead of just being able to roll over and go back to sleep, Noah's internal clock had him up at 7:20. So we are up a bit earlier than normal today. Oh well. More time for hopping before church!

If your a new follower, Welcome! Please take a minute to enter my awesome giveaways! (left sidebar) Also, leave a comment so I can follow you back! Have a great Sunday!

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