Tuesday, September 24, 2013

I Have A Love For The Green Nursery!

Have I ever mentioned I test and review diapers for The Green Nursery? They're a local store here that sells cloth diapers and other great baby products! I'll give you a little background into how I got so involved in TGN and whatnot. When we decided to cloth diaper our son, we were waiting for a meeting with Heiny Helpers. This is a local organization who helps families cloth diaper their children, but might not have the money to get a full stash all at once. We were kind of in that boat. Not only that, but we had no idea which diapers we wanted to use. Luckily we were able to use Heiny Helpers for a while which helped us decide that, A) We definitely wanted to cloth diaper our son and B) We did not want to use prefolds full time. I enjoy using prefolds a little more now that I'm more experienced, but as a beginner in cloth diapering, I hated them! So after chatting with my husband about which diapers we should use and how much we wanted to spend, we started to do our research. Now, when we were waiting on the diapers from Heiny Helpers, I was totally impatient and decided that I wanted to go to TGN to see if I could buy just one diaper and try it out. (This was when they were at their old location on Kirkwood, for those who are local.) I was so confused! There were so many different diapers. After chatting for a while with one of the extremely helpful employees, I committed to buying a Flip cover (in Grasshopper) and three stay dry inserts. This seemed like the best option (and cheapest) for me to be able to test the waters. It was like buying three diapers! So back to the research. I looked into Alva diapers. I thought, wow, $5 for a pocket diaper with an insert? That's an awesome deal. My husband was doing his own research, however. He came across a review for the GroVia Hybrid diapers.(I wish I would have bookmarked whoever wrote that review so I could thank them!) He seemed to think they were our best option so we went to TGN's website to see what they had. We found their GroVia bundle and started to do the math. The way we looked at it, we could go with the Alva diapers (which would have cost a bit less) and wait for at least a month for it to ship OR we could buy the GroVia bundles from TGN and pick it up the very next day all while supporting a local shop. I'm sure you can figure out which one we went with. We picked up our GroVia diapers the very next day and even snagged a large hanging Planet Wise wet bag. The coolest thing about making that big of a purchase was getting the reward points! By this time TGN had moved into their awesome new store (on Hillside Drive for the locals). So the first event I ever attended at TGN was their grand opening party. I actually bought my very first Ergo and one of my favorite Itti Bitti prints that day! (Which is the red diaper with white stars. I'm not even sure of the name of the print and it's now discontinued.) Since then, they have had several events including a party to reveal the new Sloomb Happy Little Cloud, The Great Cloth Diaper Change and an event called Heroes for Naomi. Every event they have is amazing and I absolutely mark my calender (or join their Facebook event page rather) and never miss one. I spoke to Abby (who owns TGN with her husband) on a few occasions during events.
One day Abby messaged me about possibly becoming TGN's official diaper tester/review. I was beyond excited! I had recently started up this blog because I enjoy writing (especially about cloth diapers and other baby products). At this point I had a couple reviews for my own blog under my belt. I was given this amazing opportunity because TGN's blogger Brea's son decided to potty train. Of course I said yes right away. I have been officially reviewing diapers for TGN since late February. I'm so grateful they asked me to be the official diaper tester/reviewer because I have such a love for cloth diapers and hope that maybe one day, one of my reviews will help someone decide on buying a diaper or a stash of diapers (hopefully from TGN). 

Just recently TGN announced an amazing opportunity for other mom (and dad) bloggers. They now have an affiliate program. This gives you the chance to earn money while doing what you love to do. Blogging about cloth diapers, green toys, baby carriers and everything baby! So for everyone who visits your blog and goes through with a purchase, you earn 5% of that sale! You also get a pretty graphic to display on your blog! I have become an affiliate myself and have one of their lovely banners displayed on the right side of my blog. So, if you decide you really like something TGN has and want to buy it (They have extremely fast shipping, by the way!) just click on my affiliate link! (It would be much, much appreciated!)

(This banner has my affiliate link attached and is the only affiliate link in my post!)

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Monkey's First and Second Haircuts!

Newborn Monkey!

When Monkey was born he had some of the most beautiful black hair I had ever seen on a baby. He didn't have a crazy amount like I've seen other babies have, but it was still such beautiful hair. After a few months his hair started to lighten up and disappear.

Bald Monkey!
 He was pretty bald for a couple of months, then his beautiful hair started coming back in. Lighter than what he was born with, but I was so happy his hair was growing back in nicely. This is the reason I wanted to postpone his first haircut as long as I possibly could. Finally, my husband and I decided it was time to get his hair cut. It was getting warmer out and this kid sweats terribly as it is because he's always so warm and his hair just added to it.

Before his first haircut!
Poor guy would drip sweat from his hair which would be soaked in sweat. I knew we needed to get it cut, so I agreed. Of course I was sad to get it cut since I absolutely loved his hair, it was so beautiful. However, I wanted him to be as comfortable as possible and his hair was obnoxious because it would be in his eyes. So we got his hair cut on May 5, 2013! He was 18  months old when he had his very first hair cut. 
In the process of his first haircut.

He hated the process of getting it cut off. He wanted to get up and run around, he didn't want anyone in his face with scissors and a comb, but finally we got him to sit still long enough by bribing him with my phone. (Hey, you gotta do what you gotta do!)
After his first haircut!
 Everyone loved his new "big boy" haircut! (Of course I kept his hair so I could put it in his baby book.) I think he loved his new haircut more than anyone else. He seemed a lot happier since it wasn't in his eyes and it kept him a bit cooler on the warmer days.

So here it is September and we were in the same position as before. His hair was out of control, in his face, in his ears and it was way too hot for him to have to deal with such long hair. 
Right before his second haircut!

So we decided it was time (just four months later) for him to have another haircut. I'm not going to lie, I was slightly sad that his hair was short again. I think mostly because it makes him look so grown up, like he's a kid and not my baby anymore. However, he looks absolutely adorable with a "big boy" haircut. 
After his second haircut!
The woman that cut his hair did and excellent job, especially when she used the clippers to get the back of his neck and around his ears. She was so patient and you could tell she loved cutting children's hair. Also, we might have bribed him a little bit with a sucker. That only lasted a little bit though, then she let him play with her combs (which he dropped a few on the floor). He also tried combing his hair. She also had to bring a toy duck out that talked so he would be entertained by that.
After his second haircut!
 As soon as she was ready to use the clippers, she let him feel how it tickled his hand. (Don't worry, there was a guard on the clippers so he wouldn't get hurt.)
 He really seemed to like that, especially when she used them on the back of his neck. Now with winter coming up, I'm not sure if we'll cut his hair this short, or if we'll just trim it up to make sure it's not in his face or ears. I guess we'll just wait and see.

What age was your little one when they had their first haircut? (If they've had one yet.)

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Kawaii Heavy Wetter Review and Giveaway!

Sometimes when people see a low price tag on a diaper they think the quality is lacking. Lovely Eco Chic asked me to test the one size Goodnight Heavy Wetter Kawaii diaper for this very reason. When you're looking to sell diapers, you want to make sure you are offering your customers good quality diapers. The Goodnight Heavy Wetter has a price tag of only $7.75. Most people would lump this diaper in with the diapers that are considered "China Cheapies".

The Kawaii comes with two microfiber inserts that I feel are comparable to the inserts that come with the new Fuzzibunz diapers. They are extremely thick and absorbent for microfiber inserts. The problem with microfiber inserts is that they will (over time) flatten out. You can always put in another insert or maybe even a prefold if you prefer once they get to that point. The quality of the Kawaii is better than you would think for being really inexpensive.

The Kawaii has some really great features. It comes in some super adorable prints! I received the Black Aloha print to review and it's such a beautiful print. The tabs are squared with cross-over snaps so you can get a nice small fit if you have a tiny little one. There are hip snaps to prevent wing drooping, which is always a great feature. There is a nice wide pocket which makes stuffing super easy, especially if you want to use a prefold on the inside. There is a nice tummy leak-proof panel which prevents leaks from happening if your little one likes to sleep on their tummy.

This diaper is supposed to fit from 8 pounds to 36 pounds. There are three rows of snaps to adjust the rise setting which will make it small, medium or large.  My chunky guy is 35 pounds and we were on the very last snaps. We did have an issue with the diaper leaving some marks on him after the second time wearing it. He has extremely chunky thighs so we often times have issues with certain diapers fitting him well.

Overall, I really like the Kawaii.
It is much better quality than one would expect for it being so inexpensive. It works really well for heavy wetters and worked without leaks overnight. I do wish it was a little bigger so C would have more room and would fit him comfortably. If you're looking for an inexpensive nighttime solution, you should give the Kawaii a try.

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