Friday, September 28, 2012

So Cute It's SCARY!

So, I've been wondering what costumes my family will be wearing for Halloween this year. Last year, we got lazy and didn't even dress our son up. I know, I know, I'm a horrible parent...but he was two, our church canceled their Fall Festival last minute, and we didn't have anywhere to go besides grandparents' houses. At least his first Halloween wasn't a total bust. He was Toad from the Nintendo Mario games. It was pretty epic. We used the costume again at a church youth group party, and my husband dressed as Mario and I dressed as Princess Peach. So fun!

This year I need to come up with a costume for a family of four (or just the kids)--mom, dad, brother, baby sister. I always wanted to do the Rubbles (neighbors from the Flintstones) when it was just my husband, son, and I, but if we did that now, it would look like the Rubbles who just happen to be carrying around Pebbles (or the Flintstones randomly toting along Bam Bam).

Cutest idea so far? S'mores (mom and dad are graham crackers, kids are chocolate bar and marshmallow)! However, I'm pretty sure getting my husband to dress up at all is going to be like trying  to get my son to sit still and not make a sound (aka, near impossible).

That brings me down to getting my toddler and baby costumes. My son is big time into Peter Pan/pirates, so I've gotten him convinced to dress up as Peter Pan (took some convincing for him not to be Captain Hook). My daughter, well, she's a baby, so she will wear what I want her to wear--and I think she'll make an adorable Tinkerbell. :) This will all work out great with the Peter Pan birthday party I'm planning for my son this November. Hopefully I'll have an all-out amazing post on that in the future!

Well, despite what I dress the kids up like, I'd like to have some Fall/Halloween-ish outfits for them to wear to the Pumpkin farm, etc. My son will be pretty easy to put into jeans and a plaid shirt, or to find a cute Halloween-ish shirt (maybe a skeleton shirt, like he had his first Halloween?), but my daughter is a different story. In a land of adorable bejeweled holiday tops and tutus, I've been having trouble finding something that is affordable as it is cute! Even deal sites are pricing these far above what I'd consider spending. (Do people really pay those 'full' prices, or do they make those up? I mean, $70 for a tutu outfit seems a bit much to me.)

Enter cloth diapers. I have thoroughly enjoyed coordinating my daughter's diapers with her outfits (yay for dresses and BabyLegs!), but so far the only Halloween/fall idea I had was to put her in her orange (aka, "Clementine") bumGenius diapers, perhaps underneath a tutu with a black top.

Then...awesome sauce--Diaper Parties got a shipment of the coolest cloth diapers and covers I've ever seen (and I've seen a lot of diapers). What makes them so great, you ask?




In the dark.


I hope you thoroughly understand my amazement now. Not sure you can, though, honestly. It's pretty intense.

Allow me to share the amazing cuteness with you...

(You can click the pictures to learn more.)

One Size diaper cover by Kissaluvs"Booville" print
(This one does not glow in the dark, but it still pretty darn cute!)

One Size diaper cover by Kissaluvs "Spiderweb" print
As you can see, this one glows in the dark!This is the most likely pick for my daughter. 
I'm planning on pairing it with a blackshirt and either a green or orange tutu. *color me stoked*

One Size pocket diaper by Happy Heinys"Halloween" print 
(black with orange snaps and trim)
Available in Aplix closure

One Size pocket diaper by Happy Heinys
glow in the dark "Skull" print
Available in snaps or Aplix closure

The tried and true bumGenius 4.0 One Size pocket diaper
"Clementine" orange colorAvailable in snaps or Aplix closure, 
and a great staple for your clothdiaper wardrobe, during Fall or any time of the year!
So what do you think? Should I stick with the "spiderwebs" cover as my first choice for my daughter? Do you coordinate cloth diapers with your child's costume or other holiday apparel? I know I've seen some cute Christmas diapers before, too, and I'm looking forward to seeing what we get in this year!
Which one of these diapers/covers is your favorite?

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Fall Into Green 2012 Giveaway Blog Hop: $25 Diaper Parties Gift Card Giveaway!!

Welcome to the Fall Into Green Giveaway Hop, hosted by Happy Mothering and Happy Green Mama through the Green Moms Network. Each participating blog is hosting a green or eco-friendly giveaway worth at least $25. You can find the list of participating blogs at the bottom of my post.

I am very excited to be a part of this event! This is my first 'hop,' and I'm glad to be doing one that involves being 'green.' My most obvious 'green' lifestyle change has to be our use of cloth diapers. If you've read my previous posts, you know that I love cloth diapers for their monetary savings and re-usability. We are currently on baby #2 with the same diapers from our first child, and they are still working great! :)

When I was given a choice of what to give away for my $25 prize, I started brainstorming ideas for products from Diaper Parties, since we have so many great products for natural, green living. Problem is, we have so many of these products, I couldn't choose! I decided to leave it up to the lucky winner to choose what they would like by offering a gift card. I will try to help you out by previewing some of our great products here. Hopefully this will give you some ideas of what you can buy and of what we offer! Call it a mini-tour of our fantastic website. ;)

Ok, let's start with the categories on the left sidebar of the Diaper Parties website and go from there!
As you can see, there are plenty of products to choose from! 

Ok, so let's start with cloth diapers. (Keep in mind that we have plenty of other products in addition to diapers!)
This giveaway would be great for anyone interested in cloth diapering that is afraid of the investment. There are several products you could buy outright, and some you could use the gift card towards to help cut the cost!
Here are just a few of the items you could buy...
Blueberry One Size Bamboo Fitted Diaper, $25.95
Yes, that means you would only pay 95 cents for this diaper after using your gift card! 
Gro Via Newborn All In One diaper, $14.95
You'd still have some money to spend after this one! Don't they have the cutest prints?!
bumGenius 4.0 One Size Pocket Diaper, $17.95
I love this "Albert" print! The "Lovelace" print is also a personal fave! 
You can always "kick it old school" with flat or prefold diapers.
This Econobum 3 pack has a diaper cover and 3 prefold diapers for just $14.95! 
Want to ease yourself into the transition from disposables to cloth?
The Flip travel pack comes with 2 covers and 18 disposable inserts for $33.95. 
Tired of buying disposable swim diapers? This Bummis cloth swim diaper is just $14.50! 
We have lots of options for each type of diapering system, but these are just a few to give you an idea of what we offer. If you have any questions about cloth diapering, please feel free to email, Facebook message, or send me a direct message on Twitter anytime! Personal consultants are the Diaper Parties difference! I'll be there to guide you every step of the way in your cloth diapering journey at no extra charge. I am here to help you--and I love every minute of it!

We also have a fantastic selection of cloth diapering accessories, such as diaper pail liners, diaper sprayers, cloth wipes, wet bags, potty training gear, and even personalized cloth diaper labels!

Maybe you are a mom (or know a mom) but don't have a child in diapers right now. Time to check out the "For Mom" section! Here is a small sampling of products available to help you in your mommyhood journey!
Aden and Anais' mum+bub hair and body wash, $15.95
key ingredients: pawpaw fruit extract (Carica Papaya), coco-glucoside and Glyceryl Oleate (cleanses and moisturizes) and lightly scented with Australian Sandalwoodfree of: phytoestrogen, parabens, petroleum oils, phthalates, gluten and soy
Ju-Ju-Be "Be Hip" diaper bag, $80.00 ($65 after gift card!)
These bags are amazing!
Think of everything you ever wanted in a diaper bag. Ju-Ju-Be has it!
Planet Wise Reusable Snack Bags, $7.95 each
I can't get enough of their prints! Sandwich bags, sandwich wraps, and window bags also available. 
Baby K'Tan Carrier, regularly $49.95, on sale for $42.45
Planet Wise nursing cover, $24.95
--with a handy pocket and it's own pouch for storage and a rigid neckline so you can keep your eye on baby!
We also offer nursing pads and nursing/teething jewelry
Jellystone Designs has some adorable teethers that look like Smart Phones (shown) and chocolate bars!
Just $15.00 each!
Jellystone Designs also has a fabulous line of nursing/teething jewelry for mama!
This necklace is $35 (just $10 after the gift card).
And for the sweetest little customers, look under our "For Baby" section...

Baltic Amber Teething Necklace by Inspired by Finn, $19.95
Hylands Homeopathic Kids' Kit, $32.95
Aiden and Anais Classic Muslin Swaddle, 2 pack, $32.00
Diaper Parties carries retailer-exclusive A+A products, so comparably
the ones you can get in stores would be 200 thread count and ours are 600 thread count!
Not a mom or someone who needs products for mom/children? No worries! This gift card will come in handy for you in our "For Home" section!
LooHoo Wool Dryer Balls, $9.45 each
Cut your dryer time and your energy bill naturally!
Eco Nuts Natural Laundry Soap, 100 loads for $12.00!
Do your laundry naturally with soap nuts!
Rockin' Green Melody Room Spray, $9.95
Freshen your rooms naturally!

As you can see, we have a little bit of everything for everyone! Can you understand why I couldn't choose what to give away now?!

Enter via the RaffleCopter form below for my giveaway, then be sure to 'hop' on over to the other blogs to enter their giveaways as well! Have fun, and don't forget to enter the GRAND PRIZE Giveaway!

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We also have a fabulous Grand Prize for this giveaway hop, sponsored by Maggie Bags. Two lucky winners will each receive The Tote of Many Colors in The Fall of Leaves or Camo – Maggie Bags’ most eco-friendly bag! Made of super durable recycled seat belt webbing, this roomy tote will hold everything you need and want, even that extra pair of shoes! You can also get 25% off at Maggie Bags with code FallGreen good now through November 10 on their Premier Line!

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Saturday, September 15, 2012

The 2012 "Choose Your Charity" Cloth Diaper Charity Awareness Event

You may have noticed the new button on the side of my blog. I'm thrilled to be a part of the 2012 "Choose Your Charity" Cloth Diaper Charity Awareness Event!

I think most cloth diaperers cringe when they see contests to win a year's worth or lifetime's worth of disposables. I know I do! I always think, "They could have helped so many more people for so much longer if they'd given a lifetime supply of cloth diapers!"
I also think that it would be wonderful if there were some type of voucher for needy families. Lots of people who are in programs that help them get food, formula, and other baby supplies would surely benefit from having cloth diapers. Disposable diapers is probably the #1 thing new parents spend money on weekly (or perhaps #2 behind formula, depending on if they are breastfeeding or not).

Well, the good news is, many cloth diaper manufacturers and retailers have answered the tugging of their heartstrings to those families who would like to cloth diaper but just can't afford to get started by forming their own charitable programs! Some charities even provide entire cloth diaper stashes!

One such charity is the "Pay It Forward" campaign from Diaper Parties. A new program, they will be giving away a full stash of diapers and cloth diapering essentials to a family in need. I'm very excited about their sponsors, since my first cloth diapers were from Swaddlebees and I've recently fallen in love with CJ's products (previous review here)!

Many more great cloth diaper charities are listed with details in the "Choose Your Charity" post by the Thinking About Cloth Diapers blog.

Interested in blogging about this great event? Sign up here! There will be prize drawing for participating bloggers! :)

I'll be sharing more details in the coming weeks, both here and on my Facebook page, so stay tuned! :)


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Why Diaper Parties?

I recently became a consultant for Diaper Parties! I never thought I'd do any sort of in-home party business because I have never felt comfortable asking people to buy things from me, but I feel like cloth diapers are an investment that saves you money and truly helps people, so this was a perfect fit for me!

It has come to my attention that many people don't quite understand what I'm doing when I say I do "diaper parties." Hopefully this post will help explain what we are, as well as what we aren't.

First, let me begin by sharing our company's vision statement:

Mission Statement: Diaper Parties, LLC strives to educate families about the numerous cloth diaper and natural parenting options available today. Our customers are smart, earth-friendly, and economical, and realize the benefits of using cloth diapers. We offer a wide variety of natural parenting products at the same price as other retailers, but with the added benefit of having an educated 
and hand-picked consultant that can give you professional advice.

What it is: a party where you can earn rewards as a hostess or party attendee...
Many times when I explain what a "diaper party" is, people will say, "Oh, so it's like Pampered Chef or Scentsy, but with diapers?" This is partially true, since I will be presenting products and giving party attendees the opportunity to order at the end of the party. We also offer rewards for hostesses and party attendees based on party sales. This changes monthly, depending on the featured 'brand of the month.'
What it isn't: a 'pyramid' company
Sometimes people assume it's similar to other 'in home' party companies where I work for someone, who works for someone, who works for someone and I have the potential to have others work under me, etc. (aka, "pyramid scheme"). This is not at all true. I work for Diaper Parties, LLC. So do lots of other consultants. None of us get any extra pay for having others work under us. We are all working in our own areas with no one 'under' or 'over' us (besides the main company being in charge). We do support each other by sharing ideas, resources, etc. with each other, but there is no financial 'pyramid' (if there were, I would not have been interested in working for this company). I think having this structure helps people stay honest and be willing to help each other out with resources, etc. unselfishly instead of thinking of how they can get ahead of the next person doing the same parties. We have consultants in many areas, but the main company is careful to keep consultants spread out so that they are not competing with each other.

Now, what about your consultant?
We are here to help you, through education and guidance. Our primary goal is to educate others on the benefits of cloth diapering, as well as our other products, like baby carriers and natural baby and laundry products.
We believe that if we educate people on the benefits of our products, they will want to try them themselves. We aren't making any money to educate customers, but we are hoping that if you choose to use the products we offer, you choose to order them through us. We have the same prices and sales as any other retailer, since the manufacturer sets the prices. The difference is, we are here for you as a personal support team! Any time you have a question, you have a person to ask! You don't have to talk to a computer, send countless emails, or do your own research. We are your personal consultant in every sense!
This is where the major difference between Diaper Parties and other retailers comes in. We are charging you the same price to buy diapers and other products as everyone else, but we also give you personalized service!
*Please realize that this means we are not getting huge commissions off of anything. This is not a company that I'm a part of to get rich from. I do this because I strongly believe that I can help people improve their lives and their childrens' lives through educating them and helping them purchase the products we offer.
**Please also consider that we are taking our own time and efforts to help you become educated about our products and while we aren't looking to get rich, it would be really nice if after we have helped you, you purchase from us. Sometimes consultants spend hours or days helping people only to have them order from somewhere else. Would you do that to a Scentsy or Pampered Chef representative?
Remember, we have the same sales as anyone who carries that manufacturer's products, and we offer free shipping over certain amounts and other incentives with our 'brand of the month' program. You will also earn reward points with each purchase, which can be redeemed for giftcards (aka, free products)!

So, if you are interested in cloth diapers (or any of our other products), contact your local consultant today! We can either do a personal consultation or a diaper party.

A consultation or a party--Which is right for me?
A consultation is great for someone who is interested in getting started with cloth diapers. We can meet with you in person as well as communicate online. We can bring our kit to you to show you the different types and brands of diapers (and some other products we offer) in person. I don't know about you, but it is hard for me to buy something online without having seen it in person first. Especially something that is such an investment like cloth diapers! That's the main benefit of DP consultants--we bring the store to you!
A party would be great for either a group of moms that is seriously considering cloth diapers or is interested in our other products (like designer diaper bags, baby carriers, and baby care products). It would also be great for moms who already use cloth diapers but want to add to their stash and learn about the newest products! OR if you use cloth diapers and have some friends who have shown interest, but just aren't sure about it yet, a party could help them learn more and see how cloth diapers can work for them!
Rewards and incentives are offered for both consultations and parties. These change monthly, depending on our brand of the month. For example, the September brand of the month is Jellystone Designs. This month's incentives for a personal consultation or party will be free products from Jellystone Designs based on the party or consultation sales amounts. Also, those who host or attend  parties will be entered into drawings for free products!

Another helpful service Diaper Parties offers is baby registries! Your consultant can even send you shower inserts to put into your shower invitations. Many times, cloth diapering mamas may need or want to add to their cloth diaper stash, but people who haven't used cloth diapers themselves are intimidated about ordering them for someone else. Take out the guess work with a registry!

If you have any additional questions about Diaper Parties, please feel free to ask in the comments here or on my Facebook page!