I stumbled upon Diva Diapers on Facebook. They were having some awesome giveaways for their fans, and I was lucky enough to win a gift certificate from them! When I e-mailed Diva Diapers to claim my prize, they expressed an interest in sponsoring a giveaway during my upcoming In Honor Of The Tatas event! How cool is that?! Anyway, I spent quite some time browsing their inventory when choosing what to put my gift certificate towards, and I was very impressed by their vast selection of fluffy goodness. They carry all of the best brands, including a few I haven't tried yet. After hours of deliberation, I decided to go with one of their wonderful package deals, and am now the proud owner of a 3-Pack of bumGenius 4.0 Artist Series dipes. These weren't new to me, as I already had a couple, but I was thrilled to be able to add to my collection of these beautiful, artistic diapers. Now I have all the colors, except for the yellow. I'm not a fan of yellow, so I would call my collection complete. Yay!
Anyway, Diva Diapers is a fantastic family owned business out of sunny Florida. They offer tons of cloth diapers, accessories, and even baby fashion. With tried and true brands like bumGenius, FuzziBunz, Apple Cheeks, GroVia, Drybees, and Knickernappies, you're sure to find the ideal diapering solutions for your baby. Diva Diapers also has a special selection of items just for the mamas out there. After all, it can't ALL be about baby, can it? Moms need care, too! I wish I would have known about Diva Diapers when we were trying to conceive. They offer pregnancy and ovulation tests at rock bottom prices! When we were trying for Sophie, we probably spent hundreds of dollars on these items.
I have to say, the customer service at Diva Diapers is absolutely outstanding as well. They are very responsive, easy to deal with, and willing to help in any way that they can. This makes choosing the best diapers easy and painless, even for fluff-newbies. The staff at Diva Diapers is friendly, knowledgeable about the products that they carry, and are committed to customer satisfaction. When there was an issue with the prints I had selected for my BG 4.0 Artist Series order, they were quick to let me know, and also let me know the prints they had in stock so I could easily choose a substitution for the Eiffel Tower print that was temporarily out of stock. I greatly appreciated this, and was definitely satisfied with my order. It arrived to me very quickly, too!
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My ACTUAL wedding day. His hair is gone, as is 50lbs of ME!
My wonderful husband and I have been married for almost 4 years now. I have known Dan since I was 13 years old, and he truly is my best friend as well as the love of my life. We finish eachother's sentences, can read eachother's thoughts, and basically complement eachother perfectly. He stinks at anything spelling or grammar related, and I am awful at math unless I have a calculator in hand. While I am a worry-wort and panic at the slightest possibility of a stressful situation, he can laugh it off and bring me back to reality. I've taught him how to grow up and behave like an adult, (which was a feat in itself) and he has taught me that sometimes it really IS okay to act ridiculous and embrace the inner child we all have. We can laugh at eachother. We can laugh at ourselves, when need be. He's not afraid to tell me when I am being a neurotic pain in the butt, and I am not afraid to tell him when he needs to put on his "Big Boy Pants" and think like a grown-up. In a nutshell, we balance eachother out perfectly. I'm the cheese to his macaroni, and we're like two peas in a pod. There's something about us that just works. No one needs to understand it. We don't really care what anyone thinks. We just know that we have that "Holy Grail" of a relationship that people search for their whole lives and few are lucky enough to find. He is also the best husband and father I've ever known. He gladly changes even the most toxic of diapers, makes bottles, and acts as a human jungle gym for our toddler. He snuggles our son when he can't sleep. He helps my oldest child with his homework. This man is a miracle, and is willing to go out of his way for our family every single day. Is he perfect? Not at all. But he's perfect for me, and what we've got here is pretty darn special.
I don't know about any of you, but my family LOVES yogurt. The kids are big fans of children's varieties, while I love a thick and creamy Greek style yogurt. I'm also a big fan of grabbing some yogurt, some whole grain toast and some cheese for a quick and easy breakfast.
Why do I love yogurt so much? Well, other than being incredibly tasty, yogurt is rich in calcium and protein, which are essential nutrients. Yogurt is also quite filling, making it a sensible snack, even on the go! And if you stay full longer, you're a lot less likely to make poor eating decisions when hunger strikes.
I have tried Activia yogurt in the past, and really liked it. So when I was offered the opportunity to try their new line of yogurts, Activia Selects, I jumped at the chance. They've taken what everyone already loves about Activia and gave these yogurts a gourmet spin. With new varieties like parfaits with granola, smooth French, and thick and creamy Greek yogurts, what's not to love?!
Okay, so how many Star Wars fans do we have out here?! Hands up? Or Light-Sabers, if you will! I admit it: I am NOT a sci-fi fan. At all. As a matter of fact, these types of films have me running for the hills as quickly as possible. I don't do spaceships or zombies or anything with super-heroes. Yeah, I guess you could say I am more of a realist. However, my husband and 11 year old son both LOVE these movies, and enjoy camping out on the couch together eating popcorn and watching them together.
When my husband found out that the Star Wars Complete Saga was recently released on Blu-Ray, he was super excited and informed me that we have to buy it. This is a Star Wars Fan's dream come true!
This incredible collection unites all six Episodes together for the first time in stunning high definition with the purest digital sound in the galaxy. With over 40 hours of thrilling special features, including all-new content created exclusively for this release, you can journey deeper into the Star Wars universe and discover more than ever before. Feel the Force of STAR WARS The Complete Saga on Blu-ray this September!
In honor of the release, select General Mills Big G cereals have a limited edition Star Wars good versus evil image on their packaging, which when combined creates a full panoramic poster.
I know my husband and my son will love enjoying some Big G cereal and watching some Star Wars adventures unfold! And I will take advantage of this time by going and getting my hair done or having lunch with some friends. It's a win-win situation!
I am super excited about my next sponsor for the In Honor Of The Tatas event coming this October! So excited, in fact, I am sitting here typing with an injured finger because I just can't wait to share this with you all! I had a nasty cheese grater accident, and my right pointer finger was cut almost down to the bone, right on my knuckle. Ouch! So ladies, be very careful when grating your cheeses. This really hurts!
Anyway, like I said, I just HAVE to talk about Swaddlebees. Have you heard of this awesome company yet? They make some of the most luxurious cloth diapers I have tried to date. Think of them as the Mercedes Benz of the cloth diapering world. Fully loaded, at that!
Why are Swaddlebees diapers so nice? Well, for a lot of reasons! First of all, they use US made materials whenever possible. On the off chance that US grown cotton is in low supply, they receive cotton from Turkey. However, it is still milled here in the US. This gives them much more room for quality control, making for a superior product. Using US sourced materials is also great for our economy, and helps keep the textile business alive here in the States!
Swaddlebees are also uniquely designed to fit a baby's unique body shape perfectly. No bunching, sagging, drooping, or added bulk! This is wonderful in my home, as we have 2 babies in cloth. These diapers are also very comfortable for baby to wear, and even have super-soft inners feel amazing against the skin.
I grated my finger! OUCH! It's right on the knuckle, and goes almost down to my bone. So while I am doing my best to get a couple more reviews/giveaways posted today, I think I may take it easy...At least till we get to the store to get Band-Aids. Right now I have a diaper liner tied around it to stop the bleeding. Yep, that's how we roll in a pinch. So it's off to Target for bandages and veggies, and I will be back around in a bit!
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By now, everyone knows that I am a huge fan of cloth diapering. This was a decision made out of necessity, as we found out we were pregnant with Xander, our youngest, when our daughter was just 3 months old. (Eeek!) We knew that on one income, we would have to find ways to save money in order to comfortably afford another baby. One of the first things we thought about were diapers. Can you imagine what it would cost to keep 2 babies in disposable diapers? Ouch! So we started looking into the world of fluff. Once we tried cloth, we were hooked.
Not only is modern cloth diapering easy, convenient, and economical, it is also much better for the environment. No nasty chemicals are found in cloth, and choosing cloth also helps keep waste out of our already overfull landfills. Did you know it can take 500 YEARS for disposable diapers to biodegrade? Now that's a LOT of diapers, worldwide, sitting in our landfills. And another perk to using cloth? Cloth diapers are cute, comfortable, and come in a wide variety of fabrics, colors, and prints. Cloth diapers are a fashion statement all their own. I have even based entire outfits around which diapers my babies happened to be wearing at the time.
That's why I was so excited to receive the opportunity to review the Duo Diaper from Thirsties. Thirsties has a fantastic reputation for producing innovative and high quality diapers and accessories, and their prints are some of the cutest around! This is my first experience using Thirsties, so I really did not know what to expect. However, I have heard that the Duo Diapers are amazing, and I couldn't wait to give them a try!
So one of the definitive moments when I realized I am truly and officially an adult was when I found a passion for wine. Until earlier this year, I had never really tried many wines. My husband on the other hand loves wine. Did my husband convince me to sample more wines? Nope! He tried for YEARS and didn't succeed. It was another man who piqued my interest in wine: Stephen, the awesome PR guy for flipflop Wines. (Stephen is probably my favorite PR person in the whole entire galaxy, by the way.) Don't worry, the hubby wasn't jealous at all since I was so easily persuaded by another man. As a matter of fact, he was pretty darn thrilled!
Alas, now that I have tried the Moscato and Chardonnay, my flipflop tour is over, as I have sampled every single delicious variation of these superior yet surprisingly frugal wines. At around $7.00 a bottle, these wines won't break the bank, and no one would ever suspect you picked these up on the cheap. flipflop Wines do not taste like your stereotypical cheap wines. In fact, they could probably be sold for several times the cost. But the folks at flipflop are cool like that, and keep their wines affordable for everyone. BIG plus in my house, since we have 3 kids, a dog, and one income! They're definitely suitable for even the most lavish of occasions, or for everyday use.
I'd love to take this opportunity to tell you about my most recent flipflop experiences.
As you all know, I am a fluff-loving and proud of it cloth-diapering mama. Not only is cloth diapering economical, it is also much better for the environment. Disposable diapers are full of nasty chemicals and can take up to 500 years to biodegrade. Imagine the amount of diapers in the Earth's already overflowing landfills! By choosing cloth, I am doing my part to keep these diapers out of our landfills, therefore reducing my family's carbon footprint.
Another plus to cloth-diapering, other than the fact that cloth diapers are stinkin' cute, is that cloth is available in so many styles, fabrics, colors and prints. I am actually guilty of revolving an entire outfit around which diaper my babies happen to be wearing that day. Yes, I am a little obsessed. You other cloth-diapering mamas understand though! Cloth is absolutely addictive, and I love getting to try new brands and discovering new online retailers. Where I live, there aren't really any brick and mortar places to buy decent cloth diapers, so I pretty much have to go online for the best selection.
That's why I was so excited to learn about The Green Nursery! This amazing online boutique carries a staggering selection of great eco-friendly baby gear, and even offers informative local workshops in the Bloomington, Indiana area. The Green Nursery specialized in a wide range of only the best cloth diapers and accessories. They also carry toys, baby carriers, feeding and teething supplies, and so much more!
You can even earn reward points with each purchase from The Green Nursery that can be redeemed for anything your heart desires! That's right! These accumulated points can be spent on ANYTHING The Green Nursery carries. They can even be used for free shipping! But there are other, more interactive ways to earn points, too. You can review products for points, and even participate in fun polls and surveys designed to make The Green Nursery community informative, up to date, and give you confidence when you buy. These product reviews are coming from parents like you, and will give you the low-down on products before you buy them, so there aren't any surprises. I love this feature!
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I'm Brandy, a happily married, proud Mom of 3 amazing kids. If you're interested in building a working relationship, please feel free to e-mail me at: NewlyCrunchyMamaOf3@gmail.com
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