Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Woolino Baby Sleep Giveaway

Do you ever wish there was material for baby wear that would keep baby dry, warm in cold weather, cool in hot weather, naturally breathable, without chemicals, and easy to care for? I'm here to tell you that merino wool is all of the above! It's really a miracle material that's perfect year round for everyone, but especially for kids.    

Woolino merino baby sleep sacks have a host of amazing features. It is perfect at home or on the go and fits into a compact pouch. Strategically placed snaps make the size adjustable and diaper changes easy. Your baby will be comfortable in a Woolino 4 Season baby sleeping bag in temperatures ranging from 63 to 78 degrees Fahrenheit. It comes with a travel bag, room thermometer, and it is in a plastic-free, ready-to-gift package!

The merino baby swaddle blanket and hat are great for those first three months before your baby fits into a merino baby sleep bag. Babies have a limited ability to regulate their own body temperature, the merino wool swaddle will keep your baby comfortable and snug from birth.

Our Favorite Features of Woolino Merino Wool: 
  • Naturally anti-microbial, anti-fungal
  • Naturally fire resistant without the use of harsh chemicals
  • Regulates body temperature
  • Sustainable, 100% natural Australian merino wool
  • Machine washable
  • Super soft on baby's skin
Our Favorite Features of the Woolino Baby and Toddler Sleep Sacks
  • Available in two sizes, 3 to 24 months and 2T to 4T
  • Seat belt slot for easy transfer from car to crib
  • GOTS certified organic cotton outer

Our Favorite Features of the Woolino Newborn Swaddle/Blanket: 
  • Large square size, 90 by 90 cm
  • Comes with matching newborn hat and swaddling instructions
  • Naturally stretchier, easier to wrap, and stays in place
  • Unlike shaped swaddles that are quickly outgrown, the wrap can be used as a stroller blanket, in the car, as a nursing cover, sun shade, etc. 
Purchase: The 2013 Collection Woolino 4 Season Baby Sleep Bags retail for $119 (baby) to $139 (toddler) each, you can purchase it on the Woolino website. The swaddle set retails for $69. The Woolino products are also available on Amazon and select retailers across U.S. and Canada. 

Win One! Woolino is blessing one of you with a 2013 Collection Woolino 4 Season Baby Sleep Bag in your choice of size/color AND another winner will receive the Newborn Swaddle Set.

Special thanks to AnaB Social for hosting this giveaway. Huge thanks to all participating bloggers as well! Giveaway ends April 23rd at  11:59 pm, open to U.S. and Canadian residents, ages 18+. To enter please use the Rafflecopter form below. Thank you!

Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post. AnaB Social and participating event bloggers are not responsible for sponsor prize shipment. 

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Thursday, March 21, 2013

March Natural Living Blog Carnival, Spring Cleaning: Re-Purposing

Welcome to the March 2013 Natural Living Blog Carnival: Naturally Spring Cleaning. This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Natural Living Blog Carnival hosted by Happy Mothering and The Pistachio Project through the Green Moms Network. This month our carnival participants have written posts about how they keep their homes clean - naturally.

Spring is upon us and if you're compulsive (like me), this time of year represents among many things cleaning time.  I hate cleaning.  There is a constant tug of war in my home, because I am terrible at it...but I love it when things are clean and organized.  Quite a conundrum.  I've hinted at the possibility of a full-time maid...but there were no takers...so for now, it's just me and my hap-hazard-yet-want-to-be-clean ways.  Sigh.  One thing I am good at though, is re-purposing. We have a tendency to hoard around here, so we have alot of material to work with!  I was organizing my closet the other night and came across two small vertical bins that were housing my sewing goodies (scraps of fabric, notions, random supplies).  Since I really have not touched the sewing machine since the baby was born, I decided to re-purpose the bins into (you guessed it), cloth diaper storage!  Over the past few months, my stash has grown significantly so I've needed more room for a while.  I also wanted to be able to categorize my diapers into brands and types so they would be easier for my husband to figure them out, like which ones to use on the baby at night, and which ones to put on him before we go out. I had six drawers to work with and these were the categories I decided to divide my diapers into:
  1. Night-time diapering 
  2. Prefolds
  3. Rumparooz
  4. Bumgenius
  5. Kawaii
  6. Miscellaneous
I took a pair of sewing scissors and off to work I went, using re-purposed scrapbookng paper to create a fun little label that would fit on with the "bunting flag" theme I have going on in my nursery.  I cut 
Cute and organized mini drawers!
my little flags and wrote all of the categories down, stuck them on the drawers and voila!  An instant update for my messy cloth diaper drawer.  The best part is, by keeping the diapers organized and divided I have been able to work on the laundry a bit better, because I can see when my night-time diapers need to be replenished (washed),  so I am constantly on top of what needs to be done.  This system is very visual, which is just what I need, given the fact that my time is so stretched nowadays that if I have to rely on my own memory things will certainly slip through the cracks!  This system has been working wonderfully for our family.  I was able to take something that was literally collecting dust in my closet and turn into a free organizational tool!  The best part is that now I actually have more drawer space for the baby's clothes and blankets, which were hanging out on top of our rocking chair for months.  Re-purposing is a great way to save money and find new and exciting uses for items that may not be getting much love.  Even a few days after having this system, I couldn't imagine doing cloth diapering the "old" way.  I am so excited to look for more things around the house that I may be able to turn into fabulous new organizational tools!
More room in my drawers for baby clothes and blankets!
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Friday, March 1, 2013

How to Begin Cloth Diapering: Take the Plunge!

My first cloth diaper, RAR Crimson, snaps.
I am always surprised, amazed even of what I learn from teaching our Cloth Diapering 101 classes. From the really inappropriate conversations about poop to the down right funny questions moms have about the nitty gritty. One of the things I see more and more with ladies in our community is general curiosity mixed with a hint of apprehension about cloth diapering.  It's really one thing to take the plunge financially, say buying a diaper here and there, but it's a whole other story when you actually begin to place the diaper on your baby's bottom.  Now this isn't rocket science, but it can still be intimidating for someone used to the idea of use and toss.  I remember receiving my diapers in the mail and thinking "Ok, here they are...let me just wash them and put them in a drawer for a while". It took me a few days until I actually worked up the courage to put the diapers on my baby's bum.  He looked so cute, I can't deny it, but let me be clear; I was afraid he would poop.  Very afraid. Now looking back, I can't really understand why, I mean isn't that what babies are supposed to do?  Once he finally went #2 on his precious little fluffy diaper, a mixture of dread and relief actually washed over me...that which I feared had come to pass, all I had to do now is move forward.  I dunked, I swished (before graduating to using a diaper sprayer).  And guess what? It wasn't that bad!  I thought to myself: "What was the fuss all about?".  If there is something we mothers have to get used to, is our constant close contact with poo...off the dirty diaper went to a pail liner over my garbage can and eventually after many poopy diapers they all went to the washing machine, and came out fresh and clean as if they were brand new again.  It wasn't that big of a deal.  I guess my advice for those of you building a stash with no intent of actually using them is:  GET ON WITH IT!  You will be surprised how simple the process is...will there be poop you have to clean up?  Sure.  Will there be leaks if you don't put the diaper on correctly?  Sure.  But you know what?  You have to diaper your baby all day every day right?  At that pace, if you manage to cloth diaper full-time (no cheating) you will be a pro within two weeks.  By that time you will have changed around 280 diapers (or more if your baby is younger) and done 8 loads of diaper laundry, stuffed a ton of inserts and probably sprayed a large amount of poop.  A pro indeed!  The point is, get on with it-just do it, take the plunge and let the questions come as they may!   
Have you ever been afraid to use your cloth diapers?