Gray Star Boutique Giveaway {Fluffy Mail Giveaway Hop} #fluffymail

Are you ready to win some cloth diapers? Check out all of the giveaways below! Special thanks to Gray Star Boutique for providing the giveaway prize for this event on my blog! Check out my review HERE!

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Welcome to the Fluffy Mail Giveaway Hop, hosted by the Blogging Mamas Network!

If you're a cloth diapering Mom or Dad {or plan to be}, you know that one of the most exciting things about cloth diapers is… Fluffy Mail!  There's just something special about opening up a package of adorable fluff!  I've teamed up with over 30 other bloggers to bring you LOTS of chances to get the best kind of Fluffy Mail – a Giveaway Win!  So be sure to hop around to all the other giveaways at the bottom of this post before the event ends on May 15th!

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Gray Star Boutique is sponsoring this giveaway for The Practically Green Mom. One winner will receive a CUSTOM Gray Star Boutique diaper – your choice of size and in-stock fabric (or send your own fabric!) This prize is valued at $25-30 (prices vary based on size and fabric).

Images courtesy of Gray Star Boutique

Images courtesy of Gray Star Boutique

Fine-ish print: Giveaway runs from 12:01 am EST on Wednesday, May 1 – 12:01 am EST on Thursday, May 16. Entering is easy! Simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below. By filling out the form, you are agreeing to the terms and conditions linked in the bottom of the Rafflecopter. Must be 18 or older, and a resident of the U.S. or Canada. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Winner has 48 hours after initial contact to claim prize.

THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED!
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{According to Jenny, So Easy Being Green, the Blogging Mamas Network, and the Fluffy Mail participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations. For more information regarding giveaway terms and conditions, please read my disclosure policy.}

Unimpressed with my Quest for the Trimmest AIO

I purchased the following all-in-one cloth diaper brands to try in my quest to find the trimmest AIO! Though my love of hybrid fitteds is no secret, sometimes you need a diaper that can be worn outside the home under pants!

Let’s meet our contenders:

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  • Bagshot Row Bamboo AIO (one-size)
  • Swaddlebees Simplex AIO (one-size)
  • Chelory Stay-Dry AIO (one-size)

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All diapers were tested under the same pair of 18-24 month jeans from The Children’s Place. This is his current size, not one size up like many who CD will do to accommodate a fluffy bum. I wish I had some sized diapers to add to the comparison, but I tend to gravitate towards one-size diapers because I know we’ll get more use out of them in the long run.  I have tried the sized Swaddlebees Simplex 2.0 AIO, though I don’t currently have any for a true comparison.

Bagshot Row Bamboo (BSRB) AIO has a similar design to an AI2, with a cover and a snap-in insert.  It has a hidden layer of PUL to make it leakproof, but the shell can not be wiped clean.  Therefore, when wet OR dirty, the entire diaper will need to be washed before it is reused.

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Swaddlebees Simplex AIO has an interesting AIO design.  The soaker is sewn in, and can be stuffed into the corresponding sleeve, OR laid on top of the sleeve prior to putting on baby.  No inserts to snap-in or keep up with.

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Chelory Stay-Dry AIO has two layers sewn in on each end of the diaper, which provides fantastic absorption, while allowing for a faster drying time than most AIOs.

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Unfortunately, the results for these diapers were all the same:

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An unimpressed, unhappy toddler…with unbuttoned jeans.

I think it’s safe to say that you’ll be hard pressed to find a one-size cloth diaper that fits like a disposable under clothing.  But, that’s a good thing!  Cloth is supposed to be soft and fluffy, not thin and papery, right?  🙂

Do you have any other suggestions for cloth diapers that are trim enough to wear under jeans?  Leave them in the comments!

{Disclosure: All products in this review were purchased by me, and I received no compensation.  All opinions are 100% my own.  Please read my disclosure policy for more information.}

Gray Star Boutique Review {Sponsor Spotlight}

I want to welcome a wonderful sponsor, Gray Star Boutique, who has generously offered up a prize in the Fluffy Mail giveaway event starting May 1st!

I was introduced to Gray Star Boutique recently by a couple of online mommy friends (and fellow hybrid fitted fanatics.) On a whim, I purchased one to try on my little guy. (I’m always looking for new brands and styles of diapers to add to my CD stash!)

Gray Star Boutique is relatively new on the hybrid fitted scene (their shop just opened this past January), but you wouldn’t know it by the quality of the diapers. They are very well-made, super absorbent and so SOFT! A new brand to add to my list of favorites. 🙂

Little Man checking out, and wearing, his first GSB hybrid fitted!

Little Man checking out, and wearing, his first GSB hybrid fitted!

The first thing I noticed when our GSB arrived is that cute little gray star snap on the bum. How unique! Another thing that sets GSB apart from other hybrid makers out there is that their diapers come with an extra booster and stay-dry fleece liner standard. Most hybrids only have those extras with their nighttime diapers.

Snake-style soaker with snap in doubler, and a stay-dry fleece topper

Snake-style bamboo fleece soaker with snap in bamboo fleece doubler, and a stay-dry fleece topper

With all of those extra layers, we’ve never had a leak, and the outer fabric of the diaper is never damp (even after a 2-3 hour nap!)

In addition to their diapers made with knit fabric for daytime use, Gray Star Boutique offers velour and fleece “sleepy” diapers for nighttime. My FAVORITE GSB that we own (so far!) is the blue velour sleepy. Even the soaker insert is made of matching velour!!

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GSB diapers are available in four sizes. (All sizes are approximate, of course. Every baby is different.) — Newborn (up to 12 pounds), size 1 (8-25 pounds), size 2 (12-35 pounds), and size 3 (toddler fit). My little man is currently in a size 2 at about 34 inches tall, and 26-ish lbs. (We have also tried a size 3, but it was huge on him.)

Be sure to like Gray Star Boutique on Facebook for more information, and join us in the Gray Star Boutique b/s/t Group, too!

{Disclosure: All Gray Star Boutique products in this review were purchased by me, and I received no compensation for this review. All opinions are 100% my own. Please read my disclosure policy for more information.}

Little Monsters Cloth Diapers Review {Sponsor Spotlight}

I want to welcome a wonderful sponsor, Little Monsters Cloth Diapers, who has generously offered up a prize for a giveaway starting in July 2013!

I’m apparently a big deal in the cloth diapering world, because I was recently contacted to review a Little Monsters Cloth Diaper! They sent me the cutest yellow diaper to test out (love that frog on the bum!)

Little Monsters offers one-size pocket diapers (each includes a large microfiber insert) embroidered with different appliques. Now, y’all know I don’t exactly have the pocket love anymore.  But as soon as I put this on little man, I had a bit of nostalgia for our early CDing days.  ADORABLE!  So trim!  (Remember, I’m used to super fluffy hybrid fitteds here!)

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I tested this one out for a few weeks, and even after several wearings and washings – it looks and performs great!  I love that the snap-down rise system has three rows instead of two (allowing it to fit smaller babies than a typical “one-size”).  The hip snaps keep the wings from drooping, even if you have a small-waisted child and can still cross the front snaps over.

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I am very impressed with this diaper, and I can’t get over the cuteness.  I may need one in every design (especially the penguins)!

{Little Monsters Cloth Diapers provided me with a sample product to review. I received no other compensation for this review, and all opinions are 100% my own. Please read my disclosure policy for more information.}

Kelly’s Closet $50 Cloth Diaper Gift Card Giveaway

Want to win $50 to Kelly’s Closet (my favorite online CD retailer)? Keep reading!
Special thanks to Kelly’s Closet and Bellyhood.com for letting me share this giveaway on my blog! (I received no compensation for doing so – I just wanted to make someone’s day!)

If you haven’t heard of Bellyhood.com yet, it is a social forum for moms and moms to be. It provides a friendly and supportive community for moms to ask questions, discuss and share.
It is a great way to have fun, learn new things and make life long friendships.

To encourage participation in the community and to give back to its members, Bellyhood.com is sponsoring this awesome giveaway for a $50 Kelly’s Closet Gift Certificate!

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Enter the giveaway in the Rafflecopter Form below.
The giveaway will end at 11:59 pm EST on May 12, 2013.
It is open to US residents, 18+ only.

THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED!
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{I received no form of compensation for this post. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook and/or Kelly’s Closet.
The Practically Green Mom and other participating bloggers are not responsible for the fulfillment of this prize. For more information regarding giveaway terms and conditions, please read my disclosure policy.}

The Anchors & Bows Boutique Giveaway {Showered With Love Giveaway Hop} #showeredlove

Are you ready to win some great prizes for mom and baby? Check out all of the giveaways below! Special thanks to The Anchors & Bows Boutique for providing the giveaway prize for this event on my blog. I’m happy to spread the word about your new business venture! (I did not receive any compensation for sharing this info.)

Welcome to the Showered With Love Event hosted by the Blogging Mamas Network!  We all know that April Showers bring May Flowers, but did you know that over 50 bloggers have come together throw a huge Shower of our own – a virtual Baby Shower!  The Showered  with Love Event will run from April 1-15, giving you plenty of chances and time to enter all of the great giveaways!

Be sure to hop around to each blogger in the linky under my giveaway, as well as check out the fabulous Baby Shower Grand Prize, including a Boba Wrap, Red Charlotte Doll Carrier, a $50 GC to Walls Need Love, AND 6 pocket cloth diapers from Little Monsters – worth over $300!

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The Anchors & Bows Boutique is sponsoring this giveaway for The Practically Green Mom. One winner will receive a New Baby Prize Pack – which includes one set of cloth wipes (your choice of pink anchors/white OR sea life/red), a 6-pack of cloth nursing pads, and 5 fitted cloth diapers (size small: 7-16 lbs.) This prize pack is valued at $50.

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Fine-ish print: Giveaway runs from 12:01 am EST on Monday, April 1 – 12:01 am EST on Tuesday, April 16. Entering is easy! Simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below. By filling out the form, you are agreeing to the terms and conditions linked in the bottom of the Rafflecopter. Must be 18 or older, and a resident of the U.S. only. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Winner has 48 hours after initial contact to claim prize.

THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED
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{According to Jenny, So Easy Being Green, the Blogging Mamas Network, and the Showered with Love participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations. For more information regarding giveaway terms and conditions, please read my disclosure policy.}

Glow Bug Cloth Diapers Giveaway!

Thank you Glow Bug Cloth Diapers for providing a diaper to give away to one of my lucky readers! (I also received a diaper to review, which you can read here!)

If you haven’t checked out Glow Bug Cloth Diapers lately, they have some really cute prints in their new collections! There are 12 girl patterns, 12 boy patterns, and 6 gender neutral solid colors with multi-colored snaps.

Are you wanting to try one, but not sure about buying a whole package right off the bat?

Well, you’re in luck, because now you have a chance to win one!

Fine-ish print: One winner will receive their choice of a girl, boy, or gender neutral cloth diaper (note: you don’t get to pick a specific pattern…only the gender!) Giveaway runs 12:01 AM EST March 11 – 12:01 AM EST March 25. Entering is easy! Simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below. By filling out the form, you are agreeing to the terms and conditions linked in the bottom of the Rafflecopter. Must be 18 or older, and a resident of the U.S. or Canada (excluding Quebec and Puerto Rico). No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Winner has 48 hours after initial contact to claim prize.

THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED
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{Glow Bug Cloth Diapers provided me with a sample to review, and a product to giveaway. All opinions are 100% my own. Please read my disclosure policy for more information.}

Fresh Start for Spring – Cloth Diaper Organization

** I am an affiliate blogger for my favorite online CD store, Kelly’s Closet. If you order products via the links below, this blog will get a portion of the sale. Thank you for your support!

Lately, I’ve seen a lot of moms asking, “What’s the best way to organize my cloth diapers?” Obviously, the answer is different for everyone, but here’s what works for us…and you get to see pictures of my (rarely) organized stash!

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My setup consists of two dressers. Back when {Hunter} was teeny tiny, the top of the large dresser was our changing station. Now, we just use the floor.

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The small dresser is where the diapers are stored. The intention was that I would keep my stash minimalized enough that if I had more diapers than fit in these three drawers, I had too many. But let’s be honest…that’s not happening here. The overflow usually ends up in a laundry basket. 😛

The top drawer holds diaper covers, Flip inserts, wet bags, and pocket diapers. I keep these in the top drawer because they have the most pieces that can be scattered all over the room, and little man can’t quite reach them yet. So, they are safe…for now.

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The middle drawer is my Swaddlebees AIOs and some hybrid fitteds, and the bottom drawer is more hybrids and overnight diapers. (Which provides easy access should we need to do a change in middle of the night.)

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  • Tip #1: Organize your stash by type, so you’re not digging around trying to find something to put inside that cover while your baby is wandering around bottomless (unless you feel like cleaning up a mess).
  • Tip #2: Make sure your diapers are ready to “grab and go”. Put baby down. Dirty diaper off, clean diaper on, done. Diaper changes are hard enough with an older baby/toddler. Don’t complicate things by having to hold him down while you try to snap in an insert, stuff a pocket, etc.

So…now, that you’re all organized, do you have empty spaces in your dresser/cart/laundry basket that need to be filled? Join the fun in the Kelly’s Closet Easter Egg Hunt for your chance to win more diapers!

THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED
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{Disclosure: I am an affiliate blogger for Kelly’s Closet and I’m participating in the Egg Hunt promotion. No compensation was received. Affiliate links may be present in this post. Prizes are sponsored by Kelly’s Closet. To learn more about becoming an affiliate or about Kelly’s Closet: https://www.kellyscloset.com/affiliateinfo.asp. Please read my disclosure policy for more information.}

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