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ARCHIVE: May 2014

Thursday Giveaway: Go Free this Summer
May 28, 2014 7:29 pm | by
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Summer is only three weeks away, which means VAY-CAY!  After spending weeks and months trapped indoors, there’s finally enough warmth and sunshine to spend time outside! But, if you’re stuck inside stuffing cloth diapers, it’s hard to find a few minutes to get out and enjoy yourself. With bumGenius Freetime, you will have more time to kick back and have fun this summer! bumGenius Freetime is an all-in-one style cloth diaper with built-in inserts, so you can say goodbye to stuffing! While summer is not quite here yet (we wish), you can get a kickstart on your relaxation with this week’s

 
Real Mom Talk: The Stress and Fun of Party Planning
May 27, 2014 7:52 pm | by
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Over the weekend, we had B’s 2nd birthday party. The people, the food, the decorations, cake, everything was overwhelming. I meant to take pictures to share with all of you and that just did not happen! I love having parties for my kids. I love my house being spotless, good food just sitting around, and actual conversation with adults. The only downside is the stress that takes its toll on me the week before. The first thing that comes to mind when I know I’m having people over is getting my house clean. That makes me think of the e-card on

 
Cloth 101: How to Sanitize Your Cloth Diapers
May 26, 2014 11:24 am | by
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Is there a lingering odor in your diapers? Has your baby recently had a rash or yeast infection?  If you answered yes to either of these questions, it may be time need to sanitize your diapers.  So, how exactly do you sanitize bumGenius, Flip or Econobum diapers? Easy! Simply add 1/4 cup of regular liquid chlorine bleach to your wash load once a month!  Now, there are a few things to remember when using bleach with cloth diapers: DO NOT add more than 1/4 cup DO NOT use bleach more frequently than once per month DO put the bleach in your wash machines bleach

 
Thursday Giveaway: Summer Love
May 21, 2014 6:29 pm | by
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Summer, the season of love. Whether it’s the warmer temperatures or bright sunny skies, there’s always a lot to enjoy. But if your a parent who needs help caring for your family, summer can also be stressful and you’re forced to worry about child care, meals and other basic necessities like diapers.  Our national cloth diaper bank, Share the Love, was created to help needy families — all year round. It’s a locally-sustainable, nationally-accessible program that has more than 100 host sites throughout the U.S. This summer, we want to continue spreading the word about Share the Love while also making

 
Real Mom Talk: Memorial Day
May 20, 2014 11:59 am | by
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Memorial Day is a holiday in which we reflect upon those who have served for our country, especially those who have gave their lives for our freedom. With my husband being active duty in the United States Marine Corps, this holiday holds a special place in my heart.  Here in the states, we tend to forget the actual meaning of this holiday. It’s fun to have a day off work to jump start the summer festivities, but it’s also important to reflect upon this holiday and celebrate the true meaning behind it. I’m sharing with you a few fun memorial

 
Cloth 101: Washing Cloth Diapers, A Look at the Last 10 Years
May 18, 2014 11:12 am | by
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I recently read a post in a forum from a cloth diapering mom complaining that her cloth diapers weren’t clean.  Her friend had told her to use a sprinkle of detergent when washing her cloth diapers.  She was frustrated because the amount of detergent she was using wasn’t working.  As I read the responses, I realized that many of the people writing had profiles that were relatively new and were probably unaware of the history of washing recommendations in the cloth diaper industry.  This post grew out of a desire to bring some clarity to that history. The “tiny little

 
Thursday Giveaway: The Power of a Hybrid
May 14, 2014 6:08 pm | by
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What’s the definition of a hybrid? Well, if you ask a car lover the same question, they will most likely say, “Prius.” If you ask a zoologist, they will respond with “Zebroid.” And if you ask someone who uses cloth diapers, they’ll instantly exclaim, “FLIP!” Flip Hybrid Diapers allow parents to use one cloth diaper cover with three absorbent insert options to meet their changing needs. Just choose from stay-dry, organic or disposable inserts.  Change it up and try something new or grab something fast and convenient. But whatever you prefer, Flip gives you flexible choices when it comes to cloth diapering,

 
Real Mom Talk: Mommy Time
May 14, 2014 5:23 pm | by
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Evidently, being a mother means never going to the bathroom alone, always sharing your food, late nights and early mornings, and having to change cloth diapers,  clean up snot, poop, and vomit on a regular basis. Welcome to motherhood! As a mother, I rarely get time to myself to even think but it’s very important that I do get some “me” time here and there. And you need it too!!  Being a woman is not easy. (Being a person in general isn’t easy!) But women seem to have things constantly on their shoulders. I know I always have a meal

 
Real Mom Talk: The Myths of Motherhood
May 13, 2014 5:00 pm | by
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I have always liked kids.  I was the number one babysitter on my street, a second mom to my little brother and worked at a daycare for my summer jobs.  No one was surprised when I graduated college with an Early Childhood degree.  After you graduate and teach for a while, you definitely become the expert on kids – or so I thought.  I would even stop moms with screaming toddlers at the grocery stores and give them tips on “positive reinforcement.” I am very sorry.  I loved giving parenting “advice” to those who were close because I was the expert…

 
Real Mom Talk: Twins are AWESOME
May 12, 2014 12:28 pm | by
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 “Double the trouble!”  “You’ve got your hands full!”  “I could never do that!”  “Why do you look so tired all the time?”  Those are just a few common things a mom of twins hears. Raising twins is a lot of work, but no one wants to tell you the wonderful, outweighing benefits of two at a time.  It is absolutely thrilling and wonderful, and here is why… Everyone wants to tell you it is double the work.  It is not double the work.  If we are getting technical it is maybe 1.25x more work.  Think about it; your baby’s diaper is dirty