Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Wordless Wednesday




I went to go shower and daddy was feeding Tates before we went to see family to celebrate, Christmas Day (2010) this is the only time Tates has been so tired he fell asleep eating! Even though he LOVES bananas they weren't good enough to stay awake for!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Positive Diagnosis-An Update on Tates & Tidbits on T-Bone

**Please be advised this post is graphic in some area**

Part 1 of this story can be found HERE
Part 2 of this story can be found HERE
Part 3 of this story can be found HERE
Part 4 of this story can be found HERE
Part 5 of this story can be found HERE

So it has been almost a month since the last update on this LONG story about Tates being sick and I want to first thank my lovely readers for your continued thoughts and prayers and inquiries about how Tates is doing.  It really means the world to my family to have your support.  I have been trying to get caught up on blog reviews/giveaways and have not had nearly as much time to write personal posts like I have wanted to and I apologize for keeping those of you that have been following this story hanging.

Within 36 hours of being home I got a call from the surgeon's office informing me that one of the cultures they had taken during the colonoscopy was positive for Clostridium Difficile Colitis (c-diff). Finally we had a positive 100% definite diagnosis!  Now to find out what the heck c-diff is and how do we treat it.  After speaking with the nurse on the phone further and doing some research I found out c-diff is a (super bug) bacteria that is resistant to most antibiotics.  There are currently only 2 antibiotics being used to treat c-diff (metronidazole [flagyl] and vancomycin).  C-diff can't be killed with soap or hand sanitizer (alcohol based or not), it is only killed through bleach and prevented through antibacterial soap hand washing when you come in contact with an infected person's poop.  Yep I said poop!  So this brings up the question of how the heck did Tates get it?  The other main way to contract c-diff is if you are on strong antibiotics as your natural probiotics are killed and your immune system becomes susceptible.  Well Tates hasn't been on any antibiotics for over 11 months so he didn't get it that way, and he hasn't been around anyone that has it (that we know of) and has definitely NOT been around anyone's poop so we are clueless how he got it, I don't think we will ever know.


So how do we treat this?  We start a 10 day round of flagyl (antibiotics) and I also have him taking some probiotics (the mom in me does this, the Dr. didn't order it) and try to keep Tates hydrated as one of the symptoms of this illness is the horrible bloody phlegmy diarrhea I mentioned several times before.  Tates appetite has seriously declined and he isn't eating much at all however this is expected with the stomach cramps so Dr.'s aren't worried however as the mama to this little guy that typically eats nonstop I am constantly worrying about it.  Flagyl is a pill that the pharmacist crushes up and mixes with water (I think?) to make into a liquid for Tates to take and it tastes horrible, he does not want to take it at all let alone 3 times a day for 10 days.  It completely sucks having to hold your little one down, pinch their nose and squirt medicine down their throat.


Next step of treatment, kill this bacteria everywhere in my home.  The only way to do that is clean sterilize every square inch of our apartment (this is when I am grateful we have a small apartment verses a house).  Through more research I find out 'L' brand does not kill this bacteria however 'C' brand does so I head to my members club to buy out their stock of pre-moistened sanitizing wipes and paper towels.  As I mentioned before we have to use anti-bacterial soap for all hand washing (we normally don't use it) and are told not to use our regular towels when washing our hands but instead to use paper towels as a n extra precaution for reduced risk of spreading the bacteria.  I also have to pick up bleach because everything Tates tushy has come in contact with must be bleach washed in hot water twice and dried on high heat to kill the bacteria.  Bath towels, changing pad covers (I will share our awesome changing table with you all sometime soon!) and cloth diapers and all cloth diapering accessories (more on that later) all have to be sterilized.


So there goes the hope to get him back in cloth (at least for awhile) like I wanted to do right after getting home from the hospital.  Now we have to use disposable wipes too, yuck.  And I have to buy disposable gloves for each diaper change too.  This sucks and I am not even the sick one, my poor little guy is miserable on top of this all.


Every surface has to be wiped down with wipes and showers are sprayed with bleach solution, laundry done (double time) with bleach and hot water  and there is no information (that I can find yet) on how long this bacteria even lives outside the body.  I have talked to the CDC (center for disease control) and they refer me to my local health department where I am not given an answer either.  So basically I am sterilizing non stop.


It took me a week (literally) to get our stash clean.  After everything was washed I stuffed, folded and assembled our precious fluff and tucked them into a plastic tote and closed the lid.  Oh how I can't wait to get that tote open and on my Tates tush!


After the flagyl has run its course we wait until Tates has his next poop and I have to take it to the lab and get it tested.  I dropped off his poop on Friday at 4:45pm and by 9am on Saturday morning we are talking with the hospital physicians on call and they are advising us that he isn't going to be treated anymore because he isn't having explosive diarrhea and he would just have c-diff.  Wait what?  I don't think so, and what about getting back into cloth diapers?  The Dr. advised we call the GI surgeon's office Monday to get clarification on the diapers.


Monday morning I am on the phone with Laura (our surgeon's nurse that has become familiar with our situation as she was in his colonoscopy and is the Dr's right hand gal) and she corrects the misunderstanding, Tates will still be treated only with a different medication this time but for 10 full days.  She advises me that the vancomycin (antibiotics) needs to be followed by a 2 week double dosing of a specific brand of probiotics (the most expensive) then he will need to be seen by the surgeon for a followup.  She advises me not to use the cloth diapers until we get this cleared up.


We have to wait almost 36 hours to get this prescription filled because nobody in the state had the needed ingredients on hand and it isn't normally a liquid formulation.  It is a pill however Tates can't swallow pills so the pharmacist has to call around the state to find someone who can teach her how to make it.  She offers to transfer the prescription to a pharmacy down the street that makes it all the time but doesn't charge insurance rather you pay up front and get reimbursed by your insurance.  I say OK, we need this medication.  She calls back and informs me that the cost is $1,500.  We don't have it so we wait for it to get filled from our regular pharmacy, the good news is they can flavor it so I don't have to hold Tates down, plug his nose and squirt it in and pray he doesn't spit it out like I had to do with the flagyl.


Within days of starting the new antibiotic Tates seems better, Praise GOD!  Once he completes the antibiotics and starts the probiotics he seems to slide back into the diarrhea and appetite loss and fussy behavior.  


I call Laura and ask if we should have another lab test done to see if he is negative as the followup appointment is near and I want to get back into cloth diapers.  She says yes and orders the test via faxing the order to the lab.


It takes me 3 attempts to get this lab test.  The first attempt I show up poop in hand and the lab is closed for lunch, the second attempt the very next day poop in hand and the lab has misplaced the faxed Dr's orders.  3rd attempt is finally successful and I wait to hear back from the office.  It is killing me so I call Laura and leave her a message, within the hour the Dr. calls back.  Right when I answered the phone and heard his voice instead of Laura's my heart sank.  I know Tates has to be positive if the Dr. is calling.  I am right, he is still positive.  In less than a week Tates is being seen for his followup so Dr. says put him back on the probiotics double dose until he sees him in person.


My heart is broken, I feel like a failure of a mom.  What am I doing wrong?  Why won't this bacteria die?  I am so depressed and defeated feeling and all I can do to not cry is get mad, until the kids go to bed and then I cry....why is this happening to us?  Why won't it die?  Why can't my baby be healthy and back to normal?


Monday morning office visit and after several questions, examining Tates and talking about the precautions we have been taking at home the Dr. wants to give one last shot at vancomycin and double dosing probiotics together and tapering the vancomycin.  If that doesn't work the rest of the family will get tested to see if we are positive and just have no symptoms (this is very rare).


On the way home we drop off the prescription to the pharmacy and are told (just like the first time we had it filled) that it will take at least 24 hours to make because the ingredients aren't stocked and are special ordered.  


The next day I get a call from the pharmacist explaining she was reading the medication insert and realizes that the liquid form is only good for 96 hours (4 days) and after that there are no studies showing how potent the medication is and can be un-effective (and the maker confirms this).  WHAT?!  Why wasn't this caught the first time we are prescribed this medication?  I am LIVID, I call Laura and explain the situation telling her the pharmacist has advised me I will have to either mix the medication myself or get new medication every 4 days and want to make sure that sounds right to her.  She wants to research it and call me back.


Laura researches and talks to the hospital pharmacy and is advised that the pills are not supposed to be crushed and mixed with rather there is a vancomycin powder that should be used and they can fill it within a few hours.  This formulation (the correct one) will be fine for the entire tapered dosage.  I tell her thank God I called her and we are going to get the correct formulation.  The first round of it is now believed to have been basically ineffective, kinda like taking your medicine for a few days then stopping.  We make the half hour trip to the pharmacy and are starting the antibiotics tomorrow.


We have been advised to re-sterilize the entire apartment and are actually going even further than before, bleach spraying all carpet, stuffed animals and clothing and bedding (again).  All toys and hard surfaces are going to be wiped down and bathrooms and sinks will be wiped down daily.  Anyone want to come help?


Tates is doing better on and off with his eating, maybe a bit of picky toddler in there :).  He is trying some new foods and we are loving that.  Still no cloth diapers.





We have had a nice cloth diaper stash, I can honestly say I hit stash euphoria.  We had over 70 diapers and some fabulous wipes and wet bags.  The sterilization process killed lots of them, they fell apart (literally).  The ones that did survive I have been now advised to destroy them as I am told nobody can be positive they are truly bacteria free.  I am at a hard decision about this....when Tates is bacteria free do I dare risk exposing him with the chance the diapers are infected?  Or do I pray sterilizing them again will work?

I have a few review diapers that are unworn and some wins that I have received set aside for when we get back to cloth (someday?).  I also a planning a huge cloth diaper event when this wonderful day comes and there will be sponsored giveaways!

In other family news, Tates still hasn't talked however he has had 1 speech therapy appointment and is starting to sign more, I am so thrilled at this!  Poor T-Bone broke his foot while messing around (dang boys!) just days before school started and had to have his schedule rearranged and start a new school in a special shoe which stinks and he is very unhappy about.

Thanks for your continued prayers and I promise to be quicker with updating you all in the future.

What'd You Win-August Edition with Linky!




Hello where did August go?! I can't believe it is gone already! Time flies when you're entering winning giveaways! It's the last Wednesday of the month and my favorite time to share, What'd You Win? For anyone just joining this is how it works and who can participate, well let me introduce you to your hosts first:


Michelle from Sometimes You Win,
Darcy from Tales From the Nursery,
and me, Bri from Eco Baby Mama Drama

So how does this work?

Well Michelle, Darcy and myself will write a blog post on the last Wednesday of the month sharing what we won throughout the month, then you follow the easy guidelines below to join in the fun!

Guidelines

  • Blog about your wins for the month 
  • On the last Wednesday of the month, come by and post your "Wins" post url to our linky 
  • Visit other bloggers listed and see what they won!

As most of you know I am a giveaway entering junkie and random.org and I are apparently BFF because this has been the luckiest month I have had to date! For all you loyal followers you know what kind of rough time my family has been having for the last few months and these wins have really helped us out with replacing Tates stash and aiding in his learning so I am more than thankful for them!  Here are my wins in no particular order:


Bottle of Unburn from Andersons Angels (not received) 

*I actually won this in July and forgot to add it to my July wins list (blushing) I am so sorry Trista!

New Jammies Organic Cotton PJ's (for Tates) from Mama on a Green Mission (not received)

Strawlution sets from Jamies Precious Peas (not received)

Sweaty Band from Cook. Vegan. Lover. (received)

Zookies Diaper Cover from Cloth Diaper Addiction (received)

$15 gift card to Jack Be Natural from Cloth Diaper Addiction (received)

$15 gift card to Crazy Dog T-shirts from GreeN Mam-a JaM-a (not received)

YoBaby product coupon from YoBaby Yogurt Facebook page (received)

Tooth Timer from Moma Lovebug (received)

Meeno Babies Cool Mee Seat Liner from Seventeen Sirens (not received)

Roll-A-Round Softie from Sisters 'N Cloth (received)

Rock N Learn Special Collection & Sunbelt goodies from Day By Day in Our World (partially received)

Ergo Organic Front Pouch from Cloth Diaper Geek (not received)

$25 gift certificate to The Ultimate Green Store from Hug A Tree With Me (received)

It's So Fluffy I could Die prize package from My Silly Monkeys (partially received)

Veggie Tales 'Princess and the Pop Star' DVD from A Little Bit of Life (not received)

Scare Me Not from A Time Out For Mommy (received)

Educational Insights Tactile Learning Sets from A Year With Mom and Dad (not received)

No Throw from Life with Twins & a Drama Queen (not received)


And a Feature.... We will also be featuring a reader and their favorite giveaway blogger every month! Fill out our form if you are interested in being featured and thanking a giveaway blogger for what they do!

Please welcome… Mehera from QuietCT

Tell us about your giveaway entering. Do you enter a lot, a little, only certain types, new to this, or a sweeps veteran?

I have been entering giveaways for just a few months (May-ish of this year). I enter almost every cloth diaper related giveaway that I see, but have entered others that catch my eye!

I'm very strategic: I compile every giveaway that I see in a blog post, email or linky in a word document with the link and try to order it by end date. Then when I enter the giveaway I put it into an Excel Spreadsheet with the end date, blog, prize, and any daily entries. I grey them out when they expire, and highlight the ones I've won in blue. From May - July I've entered at least 300 giveaways!

My husband always told me I needed a hobby, and now I have one! He doesn't mind because it helps saves us money! (so far...)
 

Mehara would like to specially thank…. Goodbye Disposable, Hello Cloth

Why do you want to thank them? Did you win something cool? Do you like what they offer?
 

My first prize I won was from Goodbye Disposable Hello Cloth (The Limited Edition Charlie Banana Diaper). I was very excited when I won it because I wanted it very badly!!! Goodbye Disposable Hello Cloth puts out a great list of cloth diaper giveaways every week!

Thank you!


To be featured, CLICK HERE and fill out the form!




















Monday, August 29, 2011

Monday Meet & Greet-Week 5

Welcome to week 5 of Monday Meet & Greet!  Every Monday a new blogger is featured and you get to meet the person behind the blog.  This week it is my pleasure to introduce you to Leandrea, the lady behind Coupons are Great.  And she is right, they are!  Now read all about her and hop on over and say hello to her and show her some Eco Baby Mama Drama love!


Your Name: Leandrea


Where do you blog? Coupons Are Great

Coupons are Great

How did you decide on what to name your blog? 
When I started using coupons I was so excited. I really liked the "I Heart" sites, but I knew that was someone else's idea. Since my site was about saving with coupons and I thought coupons were great...the name was born. It seems like three word names are pretty popular. However, if I could redo my name I would. Because my site contains the word "Coupons" my emails get sent to spam on a regular basis. It is very frustrating!



Tell us a little bit about you: 
I am married to my high school sweetheart. My husband and I have known each other since the sixth grade. We have two little girls who are 15 months and 3 weeks apart in age. I am a former educator. My degree is in Special Education, but I taught a 1st/2nd combo at a charter school in Oregon. I now stay home with my daughters and attempt to have a clean house and prepare healthy meals. I love helping others - whether they are children or adults. I have a co-blogger on my site who I met on an online pregnancy forum. It was scary meeting in real life for the first time, but now we are the best of friends.


Tell us 5 of your favorite things, and 5 of your least favorite things.


Five Favorite Things
Tetris, Scrabble, Watermelon, Apple products, and running


Five Least Favorite Things: 
Bad grammar, drama, heat combined with humidity, soggy cereal, beef


When and why did you start blogging? 
I started blogging three years ago. I wanted to share my deals with my friends. I believe that everyone should be saving money. If there is a coupon for a product then it seems very silly to not use it! I hoped to motivate my friends when I started blogging.


What do you blog about? 
At Coupons Are Great you will find many ways to save money including coupons, mystery shopping, and online deals. We are a family friendly site and we share all sorts of family ideas. Each Tuesday we have a Crafty post. We try to incorporate a broad range of posts.


When do you find the time to blog? 
I find the time to blog at night when my girls are in bed or during the few hours that my youngest is in preschool.


What is your favorite blog post ever? 
This is a tough one! My favorite posts are generally the crafty posts. My favorite posts are tied: Crafty Tuesday: A Care Bear Party  and Crafty Tuesday: Sesame Street Birthday Party 


What is your favorite item you ever reviewed? 
My favorite item that I have reviewed is the Blooming Babies Personalized Stamp . I love personalized things. My wish list includes a personalized necklace with my daughter's initials. Being able to support small businesses makes me very happy!


What brand or product would you really like to work with/review? 
I would love to work with Garmin to review their running watches.


What has been your biggest blogging challenge, how did you overcome it?
My biggest blogging challenge is finding the time to sit down and blog. I have too many tabs open on my computer and I am easily distracted. I am working on focusing more.


What advice would you give a new blogger? 
As hard as it may seem, try to make blogging friends! I am a very reserved person who has a hard time getting past the "Hello how are you's" but the best thing you can do is introduce yourself and try to get in to some blogging social circles. I am not the most active person in my social circles and I tend to learn more from others, but it is totally worth it. Blogging is much more fun when you have friends. Plus, the friends you make are always a wealth of knowledge.


My next piece of advice is to stay true to yourself. When you blog about the things that make you happy you will be successful. As a frugal blogger I sometimes have to remind myself "Just because everyone else is posting about it....doesn't mean I have to too."


What widget or feature could you not live without? 
My favorite widgets are Askimet (spam control), and the winner is (for giveaways), and Mile 51 (list maker)




What are your favorite blogs to read? My favorite blogs include:
Run Faster Mommy - http://www.runfastermommy.com/
Skinny Runner - http://skinnyrunner.com/
Skinny Taste - http://www.skinnytaste.com/
Eighteen25 - http://eighteen25.blogspot.com/




Where can we find you?


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CouponsAreGreat
Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/CouponsAreGreat

Saturday, August 27, 2011

GFC Follower Appreciation Giveaway

So my lucky number is 8 and I just realized I have 888 GFC followers!  Thank you so much you guys!  You are awesome!  To celebrate I am giving away a one sized cloth diaper with snap closure in your choice of color from the picture below (all diapers are new, unwashed/unworn and come with a microfiber insert).


Tates is waving 'Hello'!


Good Luck!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Catch The Social Wave - Twitter & Facebook Follow Hop-Week Five

Welcome to week one of the all new Catch The Social Wave Twitter & Facebook Follow Hop.






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Welcome to Catch the Social Wave! A blog hop for your Twitter and Facebook. The rules to join in this hop are super easy. To be in the hop you must follow all the host on either Twitter or Facebook. We do follow back. So when you stop by make sure you let us know you are new so we can return the favor. Only direct links to your Twitter and Facebook pages will be accepted. All others will be deleted. Please no spam. It is that easy.


Feel free to grab our button, Tweet or Facebook about this hop or grab the Hop code! Have fun!












ABE2 Feedback & Winners Master List

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Jessica from My Silly Monkeys and wonderful creator of A Blogtastic Extravaganza has a master list of all the winners (some winners are still pending verification) from all the blogs participating in ABE 2.0 and has also put together a feedback form (super easy google document) so you can give put your 2 cents in about what you did/did not like about the event (please be nice!).  

Although every blog is responsible for their own prize package themes and actual prizes we can always use your input!  Please drop by and fill out THIS FORM for us so we can make A Blogtastic Extravaganza 3.0 even better than 2.0!  You can also take a peek at the master winners list and see if you recognize any names!  

On behalf of myself and all other participating blogs, thanks so much!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Wordless Wednesday


I am NOT smiling for that camera Mommy, I don't care how cute I look in this sun hat!
(I guess I can't complain since he is at least looking at the camera, he usually dodges it!)

Monday, August 22, 2011

#ABE2 Winners!

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It's time to announce the winners of the 4 fabulous prize packages that were up for grabs during A Blogtastic Extravaganza 2.0!  Thank you to all my wonderful sponsors and to YOU my readers who entered!  With 1,712 entries random.org has spoken and the lucky ladies are: 

#263 Amber Abbott (Eat package)
#1638 Amanda Larson (Sleep package)
#1052 Mona Garg* (Play package)
#1681 Darcy Zalewski* (Play package)
*confirmed

Congratulations to all 4 of you!  I have emailed you all and you have 48 hours to respond or I will choose a new winner!


I believe I will be participating in A Blogtastic Extravaganza 3.0 in the near future, what do you all want to see as prizes?

Monday Meet & Greet-Week 4

It's Monday folks and you know what that means!  It's time to meet another blogger friend!  For anyone that has missed the previous 'Monday Meet & Greet' posts let me explain how this works.  Every Monday a new blogger will be the featured blogger of the week and you get to know them a little.  Please drop by the blog and say hello and check them out!  This week you get to meet Tree (cool name huh?!).  She is such a super sweet and helpful lady!


Your Name: Tree (aka Mother of Pearl)

Where do you blog?
Mother of Pearl It Is (http://www.motherofpearlitis.net)

How did you decide on what to name your blog? 
Long story short... my oldest son began calling me Mother of Pearl years ago, and it kinda stuck. You can read about WHY he came up with that name for me here at Mother of Pearl, You Say?! 

 Mother of Pearl It Is

Tell us a little bit about you.... 
I've been with the love of my life for 24 years... married for 15 of them. We have 5 beautiful biracial kiddos, a lovely DIL-to-be, and 2 precious (or is that precocious) granddaughters. We are very family-oriented, although slightly dysfunctional. :) I work outside the home part-time, and LOVE my computer. I'm also scheduled to have Gastric Sleeve surgery this Friday, and am looking forward to feeling good inside and out again. You can read about why I made this decision HERE.

Tell us 5 of your favorite things, and 5 of your least favorite things...

Favorite things: 
my family, the beach, my laptop, amusement parks, chocolate
Least favorite things:
liver & onions, procrastination, being broke, fake people, aching all the time (I have RA)

When and why did you start blogging? 
I actually started 9/2009, but got frustrated and stopped after a few months. Then got the bug again, and have been blogging steadily since 2/2010. I started doing reviews around that time too.

What do you blog about? 
MOPII is a mixture of our family's crazy antics, teenage dramas, the fun of being "young" grandparents, a mish-mash of reviews and giveaways!

What does your family think of your blog? Do they read it?
They don't really pay much attention to it... unless I tell them they MUST listen to my latest post. LOL They do love the reviews though (well, the review products anyway... tee hee)

When do you find the time to blog? Right now, I am on unemployment and getting ready to have my surgery, so most days I'm on throughout the day. When I'm working... I get right on as soon as I'm home. Then go back and forth in between doing chores, playing with the kids, watching tv, etc.

What advice would you give a new blogger?
It's YOUR blog... you write whatever you want to write about, add whatever you want on your blog, but do take into consideration any advice that others offer you. You don't want to "follow suit" just because Jane, Betty, and Tom are doing it, but you also want to be sure to listen to their critiques. They may offer things you didn't know about, which may make your blog even better! :)

What are your favorite blogs to read?
I don't get around to reading as much as I used to, since I began doing reviews/giveaways. But, there are several that I love to read when I get time. I like to laugh, and these gals (and guy) always make me chuckle.

Boobies, Babies, and a Blog
The Boogie Man is my Friends 
The Blog O' Cheese 

Where can we find you?
Facebook: http://facebook.com/motherofpearlitis
Twitter: http://twitter.com/amotherofpearl
Linked In: http://linkedin.com/in/treelindsay

A Blogtastic Extravaganza is Finally Here! #ABE2

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*Please note this post will be be at the top of my blog until August 21, 11:59pm EST.  If you are interested in reading older posts or entering other giveaways please feel free to scroll down and click 'older posts' or see the right sidebar for other giveaway links*

It is FINALLY here!  A Blogtastic Extravaganza!  The name says it all, a phenomenal event hosted by the lovely Jess from My Silly Monkeys and joining in the giveaway fun are 107 of the most awesome blogs ever! Everyone is offering up at least one fantastic prize package valued at $50 or more!  All blogs together have over $10,000 in prizes!  Please visit all the blogs to see what everyone else is offering, I know I will!  

So what am I offering for prize packages you ask?  My theme is EAT, SLEEP, PLAY and thanks to my fabulous sponsors which you can read more about HEREHERE and HERE there will be 4 packages for you to have a chance at winning!


EAT (1 winner)
  • A 12 pack of Square One Organics Superfood Purees
  • A Two week supply of SQ1 Daily Journals
  • A Square One Organics Children's CD featuring 2010 American Idol Winner Lee DeWyze
  • Shipping and Handling






SLEEP (1 winner)
  •  3 pack of organic cotton crib sheets in your choice of in stock color
  • $50 gift certificate to Only Organic for Baby online store




PLAY (2 winners)
  • Our World Puzzle Set 
  • Telling Time with Tibbar


All you have to do to enter is fill out the Rafflecopter form below!  All entries will be verified.


The first entry is the ONLY mandatory entry all others are completely optional!  Feel free to do as many or as few as you like!    



Sunday, August 21, 2011

Cloth Diaper Event at Grinning Cheek to Cheek





Amy over at Grinning Cheek to Cheek is coming to the FLUFF side!  She is making the transition to cloth diapers with her TWO boys.  Everything from washing routines to how the kids are feeling about the change will be covered and YES there will be some giveaways too!






Starting tomorrow (August 22) and going for the next three weeks please make sure you go check out this great adventure!

Ali And Swan Store Closing



As most of you now I love wahm (work at home mom) products.  One that is very near and dear to my heart is PureBebe Super Stars Cloth Wipes Solution made by the owner of Ali and Swan online store the lovely Ali. 

One of the things I love about her online store is that she stocks only products that are made by wahm's.  I am so sad to report that She has decided to close her online store; don't worry she will still be making her Super Stars and selling them in her Etsy shop, however she is selling off her entire in stock inventory (starting Monday 8/22) at a 20% discount until everything is gone.  Ali offers free shipping on orders of $40 or more and free samples of CJ's  or Crunchy Clean on all orders over $25!

Please take advantage of these great prices! If you have any questions please feel free to drop by her Facebook page or you can email her.

She has some great brands you can choose from while supplies last, a few are SoftBums, Bottombumpers, CJ's, LuLu's, Paper From Heaven, Ruby Moon, Snuggy baby and Nifty Nappy and that is just the beginning!


Friday, August 19, 2011

#ABE2 There is still time to enter!

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Have you entered to win any or all of the 4 wonderful prize packages I have up for grabs?


There is still time to enter so hurry over HERE  if you haven't already entered!


Entry is super easy via Rafflecopter!


Good Luck!

Diaper Safari Sponsor Spotlight Review-Back To school Giveaway Hop




With kids heading back to school and most families on a budget and trying to eat healthier more and more kids are bringing lunch from home.  This is a great idea except when you think about all the waste caused by plastic bags.  After starting to cloth diaper (and use cloth wipes!) changing over to reusable bags was the next smart step for our family.  I recently had the opportunity to try out the Bag Your Snack line from Planet Wise and was more than excited.


Diaper Safari carries all of the bags that Planet Wise makes and they sent me the sandwich wrap, window bag and snack bag all in 'On the Road' print.  T-Bone chose the print as he would be the one using them everyday at school and I have to say it is very cute!  The colors are bold and fun for both my boys actually, not too mature for Tates (18 months now) and definitely not childish for a young teen (T-Bone just turned 13).


Such vibrant colors and cool design!

The bags are very well made, they feel thick and strong even after several washings.  I really like that you can just wipe them clean OR you can toss them in the washer for heavier messes.  The stitching isn't fraying at all and they look just a vibrant as the day we received them.

All Planet Wise Bags are made with FDA Food Safe Material, FREE of PVC, BPA, Phthalate, Latex and Lead and are CPSIA compliant which is definitely very important.

The snack bag is 3.5" x 7" and has a strong hook & loop closure that goes all the way across the bag which is great for making sure your little treats don't get out.  This is the perfect size bag for toddler snacks or a few cookies for T-Bone's lunch.


All bags together

The window bag is the same size as the sandwich bags; 5.5" x 7" and has a see through front area so you can what is inside without having to open the bag.  It's a nice feature for inquisitive kids (or husband's).  This is a good size for sandwiches and chips or cheese snacks which is what we use them for.


I put the tag inside so you could see the 'see through' window

The sandwich wrap is my favorite, it measures 13" x 13" and is the best thing for sandwiches in my opinion.  The reason I love it so much is that once you open it up you have an immediate clean surface to eat on, whether at the lunch table or outside at the park on your lay it makes a great place mat and you don't need to waste a paper plate.


Sandwich wrap open placed next to toddler snack puff container for comparison

I have to say that I am not a fan of hook & loop closure however these are holding up so nicely and are the first things I reach for to prepare T-Bone's lunches everyday.  T-Bone isn't a fan of hook & loop either but he really likes his bags!

Diaper Safari is sponsoring a set of Planet Wise Reusable bags just like the ones I received (in your choice of in stock prints)  for one lucky winner during the Back To School Giveaway Hop starting on August 22nd and running through August 31st!

Super easy Rafflecopter entry form and I will also have another prize package along with this one!


Feel free to connect with Diaper Safari on FacebookTwitter and subscribe to their newsletter and you can use these as extra entries when the Giveaway Hop starts!

Lovable Labels Sponsor Spotlight Review-Back To School Giveaway Hop






As the end of summer approaches, getting prepared for a new school year to begin becomes top priority.  I remember when I was elementary age and my mom would sit at the kitchen table the night before school was starting and write our names (I am one or four kids) on all our supplies.  It was always so nice (for me) to have her pretty handwriting displaying my name all over every notebook, folder and pencil.  Now that I am a parent I can't imagine doing that for my two kids let alone four?  My hand would fall off!  Not to mention I do not have nice handwriting (in my opinion)!  So what is my solution?



Their tagline 'Don't Lose It-label It' is so perfect for kids (and adults) of all ages!  I swear my kids lose everything and when friends come over the boys are fighting over something that they all swear is theirs.  With Lovable Labels you are covered (literally).  You can know exactly whose is whose and with the wide variety of colors and icons to choose from the possibilities are endless for your kids to personalize their tags and stickers.  We recently received a wonderful package just in time before school started, the Back To School Pack.  The Back to School Packs include:




The perfect amount for any age child starting off the year.  T-Bone started a new school in a new school district and was a bit nervous about using the personalized labels however it turns out they are pretty cool, some kids even asked him where he got them.  (Score 1 for mom!)

With two boys and several neighborhood kids in and out with T-Bone whatever we have has to be durable, that is exactly what these labels are.   



Lovable Labels also has some wonderful items for younger kids and parents, I really want to try their ZIPIT! tags for winter coats at our house and the address labels since we haven't gotten any new ones since the move.  We are still loving our Book Worm Label Pack that I reviewed HERE also.

     


Lovable Labels is sponsoring a Back To School Pack for one lucky winner during the Back To School Giveaway Hop starting on August 22nd and running through August 31st!

Super easy Rafflecopter entry form and I will also have another prize package along with this one!

Feel free to connect with Lovable Labels on Facebook, Twitter and on their Blog and you can use these as extra entries when the Giveaway Hop starts!

Another Weekend Hop with Lisa!


It's the TGIF - Planet Weidknecht Weekend Hop!

Lisa has a great blog with some great giveaways (did you know she is a published author?!)  please drop by and check her out if you haven't already!

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Catch The Social Wave - Twitter & Facebook Follow Hop-Week Four

Welcome to week one of the all new Catch The Social Wave Twitter & Facebook Follow Hop.




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Welcome to Catch the Social Wave. A blog hop for your Twitter and Facebook. The rules to join in this hop are super easy. To be in the hop you must follow all the host on either Twitter or Facebook. We do follow back. So when you stop by make sure you let us know you are new so we can return the favor. Only direct links to your Twitter and Facebook pages will be accepted. All others will be deleted. Please no spam. It is that easy.


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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Wordless Wednesday


Look Mom!  I can walk all by myself!
Insert 'Rocky' song here :)