Welcome to the greatly anticipated 4th annual Merry Fluffy Christmas Giveaway Event!! There are 56 blogs giving away cloth diapering prize packages each of $50+ value! Make sure you enter here and then hop to all the others. There are thousands in fluffy prizes to be won!
Robot Love’s $52 prize package for the Merry Fluffy Christmas Giveaway includes:
- Charcoal bamboo fitted from April’s Baby ($27)
- 12-pack of cloth wipes from Marley’s Monsters ($8.95)
- Waterproof Diaper Cover from Rebel Cloth ($16)
Use the Rafflecopter form below to enter for your chance to win. Make sure to check out all the other giveaways going on with the Merry Fluffy Christmas Giveaway event, too, by checking the linky at the bottom of the page.
We’re almost home owners! We made it through pre-qualification for a loan and our gorgeous house passed the inspection and appraisal with no issues at all. We’ve been through underwriting and now all that remains is to close on the house, which fingers crossed will happen next Tuesday without any issues.
I’m so excited about the move. We drive by the road where we will be living when we take Isla to daycare, and every day I think, “Only x days until this is where I turn off!”
I’ve moved over 25 times since I was 18 and bounced from Northeast Texas to Central Texas to Minnesota to Washington state to Oregon and back to Central Texas again. My suitcases and moving boxes have accumulated thousands of miles. Our new home will be the 4th place my daughter will have lived in her short life, and she won’t even be 2 until March!
I can’t even say how thrilled I am to be putting down some roots, to be moving into a home we know we will be in for at least the next 10 years, possibly longer. Once we finish this move, everything we own is coming out of boxes and all of our boxes will be given to our friends who are moving in February. No more moving boxes. No more constantly being on the lookout for the next great place to live. No more rolling stone lifestyle. We’re done, y’all. We’re going home.
Now just to get everything packed up around visiting family and Christmas festivities!
Over at my other blog, I kept a running list of all the things I was thankful for during the month of November. I thought I’d compile them and keep them as a reminder of what a lucky lady I am.
November 1: Today I’m thankful for my Mirena IUD. I haven’t had a period in over 2 years, between pregnancy and the Mirena, and it has been glorious.
November 2: Today I’m thankful for friends.
November 3: Today I’m thankful for my mom and dad. They help out so much with Isla and love doing it. I never feel like I’m putting them out because they live spending time with her. Occasionally they cook and clean at my house, which is just amazing. I love them and am so very grateful for all they have done and continue to do for me.
November 4: Today I’m thankful for my husband. He’s a great father and husband. He cooks. He cleans. He’s smart and ambitious and a lot of fun. I’m glad he thought marrying me was a good idea, because it’s definitely the best thing that’s ever happened to me.
November 5: Today I’m grateful for Isla, who is a hoot and a half and my reason for not quitting on life most days.
November 6: Today I’m grateful for autumn, cooler weather, boots, and cozy cardigans.
November 7: Today I’m grateful for days when Isla sleeps through the night.
November 8: Today I’m grateful for caffeine, because absolutely nothing else is going to get you through a day after your kid keeps you up for well over half the night.
November 9: Today I’m thankful for cake balls.
November 10: Today I’m thankful for our many photo and video taking devices. I have been able to record so many precious memories of my daughter. I go back and look at old photos and video all the time. So much of her babyhood is a blur of sleep deprivation and busy-ness, it’s wonderful to be able to hold onto the things I’ve forgotten and to enjoy them again and again.
November 11: Today I’m grateful for naps.
November 12: Today I’m thankful for not having a migraine.
November 13: Today I’m [SO VERY VERY VERY] grateful my stakeholder is back in the office after a long vacation. Not that she can stop bad things from happening, but at least if I have questions about what to do when bad things happen, she usually has answers. And sympathy. And moral support.
November 14: Today I’m thankful for having more than enough.
November 15: Today I’m thankful for Fridays and the glorious potential of every weekend.
November 16: Today I’m grateful for salted caramel shakes and college football.
November 17: Today I’m grateful for ibuprofen.
November 18: Today I’m grateful for Dr. Pepper and leftovers.
November 19: Today I’m grateful that we are able to buy a beautiful home that will be the place where our daughter grows up and where we will bring home our next baby. I feel so very lucky that we have managed to make this dream a reality.
November 20: Today I’m thankful for Docusign. I can’t even imagine how hard it would be to have to completely rearrange my schedule every time I needed to go in and sign paperwork in person with all this home-buying business. Docusign is amazing. Thank you, internetz.
November 21: Today I’m thankful our appraisal came back right on the nose. HOOORAAAAAY!
November 22: Today I’m thankful for leftovers. Sometimes it’s tiring eating the same thing day after day, but then I remember, we’re lucky to have more than our entire family can eat in one sitting. It is an amazing, rare thing to always have food on your plate and to have never experienced true hunger. We’re fortunate to have so much abundance.
November 23: Today I’m thankful for fun days at home with my little family.
November 24: Today I’m thankful for warm clothes to wear and a warm place to sleep.
November 25: Today I’m thankful for ice cream.
November 26: Today I’m thankful for PicMonkey, which makes my life as a blogger so much easier!
November 27: Today I’m thankful for my job and my paycheck and all the security it provides. I’m also very thankful for the two paid holidays I’m getting this week. Thank you, work!
November 28: Today I’m thankful for sleeping in until 7 AM, beautiful weather, having the day off, getting to take a shower at my leisure, knowing I will have more than enough to eat today and someone else will be cooking!!!, my husband, my daughter, my family on the left coast and here in Texas, the coming holiday season and Christmas lights and more good food and so much abundance, the fact that we’ve been cleared to close on our house in less than 2 weeks, the wonderful gift that is today, and so very much more. My life is amazing, and I am incredibly fortunate. Today, I’m exploding with gratitude.
November 29: Today I’m thankful for Austin, Texas. It’s so good to finally be HOME!
November 30: Today I’m thankful for my health. I’m so lucky to be well and feeling good.
I’m not a very crafty person. I get on Pinterest and start perusing the crafts section and pretty quickly feel completely out of my depth. Somehow, my hands just don’t cooperate with my brain, and I lack the patience and thoroughness–with crafts, anyhow–to get the details just right. Most of my crafts end up in the rubbish bin, and I end up at Target buying some cute little knick-knack Made in China instead.
When it comes to some things, though, I like to have a cute, personalized touch, and our family Christmas cards are definitely one of those things. Because I don’t have the time or the aptitude to DI-myself, though, I go to Tiny Prints.
Tiny Prints is a fantastic little site where you can make all sorts of greeting cards, birth announcements, invitations, stationery, photo books and tons of other adorable gifts using your own photos. All you do is select the product template you want–in this case, a Christmas card template–and then personalize it. You drop in your family’s names and pictures, tweak the messaging and the graphics, and voila! you have super adorable customized items.
When you’re done, you can either have them ship all the cards and envelopes to your house so you can hand address them, or you can have them print return labels or print the return address on the envelopes and send them to you, or you can load all your address into Tiny Prints and have them print both the return and the mailing addresses and send everything to you to mail out yourself, or you can have them handle absolutely everything for you. I always go with the latter option (because I am supremely lazy) and have them print all the addresses and ship them out. It’s not that much more than I would spend having them shipped to me, and I never have to lick any envelopes or make a trip to the post office.
I will seriously never do conventional Christmas cards again. Once you go Tiny Prints, you can’t go back to normal Christmas cards.
And it’s not just because it’s so easy. Here are some of the absolutely precious holiday cards I created for my family this year.
I’m still not 100% sure which one we’re going with (what do you guys think?!) but we’ve got a whole lot of cute to choose from.
Celebrate the holidays with customized Christmas cards from Tiny Prints! Seriously, y’all. It’s the absolute best. And their 30% off sale runs through the end of today.
About half the time I tell someone we use cloth diapers, I get a reaction like this:
“But…but….that’s so disgusting!” they cry.
To which my response is usually something along the lines of:
When I ask them what exactly they think is gross about cloth diapering, they invariably reply with: “You have to touch poop!”
I know I’m a mom and all, and moms are sort of infamous for their lack of propriety when it comes to the big #2. After all, we all post pictures of our kids’ turds on Facebook with wild abandon and every other story that comes out of our mouths revolves around fecal shenanigans. But when someone, especially a new or soon-to-be parent, voices their fears about having to get up close and personal with excrement, I just feel like…
Poop is a normal part of parenting. When Isla was 3 weeks old, she sprayed me and half my bedroom while I was trying to change her diaper. Her disposable diaper.
Just this weekend, we realized Isla was running around the house with poop bubbling up over the top of her (disposable) training pants. I won’t go into the clean-up process after that, but needless to say, it was very brown.
I’ve scooped poop out of the bath tub on several occasions. I’ve had surprise poop fall out of diapers onto my feet while I was changing Isla standing up. I’ve found random turds just sitting in places in my house with no baby in sight and no idea how they’d gotten there.
Poop doesn’t scare me anymore, but even if it did, I think there’s a very mistaken impression that cloth diapering looks something like this:
…when in reality, it looks just like changing any other diaper. I wipe Isla down, I roll the wipe and diaper up, and I throw them both in the diaper pail. That’s it! I pretty much never touch poop unless something goes seriously awry.
Most people assume because I have to launder my diapers, I have to touch poop at some point, but so far, I’ve never touched poop while doing laundry. We put our diapers in a diaper pail with a liner, and when it’s time to wash diapers, the only thing I touch is the clean outside of the waterproof pail liner. The liner and the diapers all go into the laundry together. I run everything through once before I even attempt to take the inserts out of the pocket diapers, which means usually all the inserts agitate out and on the occasion when one doesn’t, all the pee and poop for the most part have already been washed down the drain.
And, no. Washing diapers in my washing machine doesn’t make my washing machine dirty. After all, the entire point of a washing machine is to wash things. The poop goes in with lots of hot, soapy water and runs through several times. After 2 or 3 runs, all the stuff you want to get rid of has been washed away and sent along its merry way into the sewage lines. My diapers, and my washing machine, all smell fresh and clean.
To sum up: cloth diapers aren’t that different from disposables in terms of poop exposure. My cloth diapers do a better job of keeping poop in the diaper than any disposable alternative and because of that, I actually probably deal with poop a lot less than parents who use disposables. My diapers get thoroughly washed several times a week, smell great, and are probably cleaner than most of the underwear sitting in your underwear drawer right now. Sit on that for a minute. (No, really. Think about what’s touching your unmentionables right now.)
Cloth diapers are better for the environment. They don’t contribute to billions of pounds of non-biodegradable waste that goes to landfills every year and that will still be sitting in those landfills hundreds of years from now. They are chemical free, and if a cloth diaper accidentally ends up in my washing machine along with regular clothes, I don’t end up with weird jelly-like chemical balls all over everything I own. Everything just ends up clean.
Cloth diapers look better on our bank statement, because we’re not dropping major bucks every week or two on more diapers.
Plus, they are super adorable. They come in tons of cute colors and prints and styles, and my daughter’s rear end is soul-crushingly precious in her diapers.
Cloth diapers aren’t gross at all. They’re awesome and a great way to keep a baby’s body fluids under control.
The Merry Fluffy Christmas Giveaway starts in just a couple of days. This is seriously the BIGGEST cloth diapering event of the season so come back to check out all of the amazing prizes on each of the 45 different participating blogs starting December 1!
The Grand Prize Package on And Then There Were 5… contains amazing products from these incredible companies:
- Irresistibly Green = $100 gift certificate
- Glow Bug Cloth Diapers = $75 diaper package
- Buttons Cloth Diapers = $90 diaper package
- Zookaboo = $56 diaper package
- Tooshas = $75 store gift certificate
- Grovia AIO diaper (selfsponsored) = $24
The Grand Prize Package on Mommy’s Favorite Things includes more amazing brands and products:
- KRaz Couture Starter kit, Diaper of choice, wipes, lovey, wet bag and $15 certificate = $78
- Imagine fitted, cover and wet/dry bag = $47
- Bummis OS Cover, 6 prefolds and Biosoft liners = $40.95, $52.95
- Rarpz 2 Boo! Nappies = $66
- Gone Green Mama 2 Hybrid Fitteds of choice = $60, $70
- Moraki Frosty and Christmas Tree Diapers = $66
- Fancy Cloth Diaper, Bum Balm, Cloth Wipes = $50
Are you excited yet?!
Come back on December 1st to enter to win these amazing prizes and so many more!