Wife, Mummy, Nurse: December 2013

27 December 2013

Funky Fluff {Giveaway}

This sponsored post is a collaboration between Funky Fluff, The Pierogie Mama and That Mama Gretchen, We are thrilled to share our cloth diaper love because we're truly floored by these exceptional diapers. Enjoy, and don't miss the amazing giveaway!
There's something new in the cloth diaper world, friends ... I've raved about Funky Fluff before and today I'm thrilled to share about their new release ... the Funky Fluff Fusion Bamboo 3-in-1 System 2.0! Best of all The Pierogie Mama and I have teamed up for this grand debut and it includes a super thorough review (we've seriously tested every dimension of this diaper) and a big, no, ginormous giveaway!
First off, we want to share a bit of the heart behind Funky Fluff, because companies with a purpose and passion speak volumes to us. Funky Fluff was founded by Kathy and Tricia, long time friends with a passion for cloth diapering. They "live, breathe and LOVE cloth diapering" and it's their goal to help other mamas be successful in cloth diapering their children. Together, Kathy and Tricia have cloth diapered 4 boys and have grown their home based, Canadian business through tons of hard work. And their commitment to quality products obviously hasn't stopped since they're debuting a 2.0 version of their popular bamboo cloth diaper. Ready to relish in all the features of the 2.0?
Now, a little introduction before our official reviews ... between us both we've tried almost 30 different brands of cloth diapers between our 3.5 children (Gretchen's daughter and son and Bianca's daughter and sweet bump due in March). So, when we say we like a certain feature or really trust something about a diaper, we're not joking. We've got A LOT of comparison power. That's probably why we're so excited to share Funky Fluff's 2.0 with you!
First up, Bianca's thoughts ...
I've got a pretty trim little miss - at 21 months old, she just tipped the scale at 23 lbs and is about 31 1/2 inches tall. She's a perfectly proportioned little doll, and her smallish stature has been both a blessing and a difficulty. I love how long clothes last for this girl - she's still wearing 12 month zippies!
But fitting diapers around her waist in proportion to her height has become a difficulty with her night time diaper, as she still wets a lot at night and you've got to find that right balance of fluff and stuff to make sure you can make it through the night.
I've been loving the Funky Fluff Bamboo line (both the 1.0 and 2.0s) because the bamboo liner and inserts are extremely thirsty. Parched. When she started to leak out through her 'tried and true' night time diapers that had been working for us for over 12 months, I tried the Bamboo Fusion 1.0's and was immediately relieved! After stripping and repairing velcro (the next step was re-doing elastic that I really don't think needs it), I was almost ready to try 'sposies. 
Admittedly I was a little apprehensive when the 2.0 version dropped the double gusset feature (because she's also a side sleeper) but I quickly learned that it wasn't the double gusset that was saving my biscuits in the middle of the night - it was that awesome bamboo material! Zero leaks and no changes through out the night = a well rested Penny and this preggy mama. Our night time diaper solution is a Funky Fluff Bamboo Fusion 2.0 stuffed with one heavy duty bamboo soaker or a light bamboo soaker with booster.
And while I have your ear can I tell you how much I love the soakers? They are SO dense yet thin - they are by far my favorite stuffer for diapers because they hold so much liquid.
And now, a bit from Gretchen ...
Before Max was born, I thought I knew almost everything about cloth diapers. I mean, I'd cloth diapered Jemma for 34 months and gone through many successes and failures as we narrowed down what worked best for us. Then I had a son and I began the learning curve all over again!
Max is almost 17 months and is about to tip the scales at 32 pounds. Pretty much the opposite of Bianca's petite Penny. If I've learned anything about diapering both a son and daughter, I've learned that they pee different (obviously) and this therefore, requires different features to adequately do their job. Funky Fluff covers the gamut thanks to their bamboo lining and inserts in their 3-in-1 system.
It's definitely hard to find cloth diapers that do their job for chubbier babies. I need a high rise to prevent top leaks and large enough leg elastic that hold without leaving marks. Right now Max wears his Funky Fluff on the widest waist setting. But I'm not worried about outgrowing our Fluff since he's really starting to run and will most likely gain more height and less weight in the coming year.
I won't speak too much to the thirst of the bamboo - Bianca sang that praise - but I will say that we too ALWAYS opt for an extra stuffed Funky Fluff 2.0 for naps and long car rides. I will add that there is nothing softer than a bamboo diaper. So, between the amazing absorbency and the gentle fabric, I pretty much want our whole stash of diapers to be filled with Funky Fluff's bamboo 2.0 diapers.
My only hope and recommendation for Funky Fluff is that they'll launch a trainer/pull-up cloth diaper design by the time we're ready for that transition. I would LOVE to see a pull-up design with bamboo inside and PUL outside ... maybe even a bamboo padded underwear. Wouldn't that be awesome?
Ready to add some Funky Fluff to your cloth diaper stash? We couldn't encourage you more - you won't be disappointed! You can purchase the Fusion Bamboo 3-in-1 System 2.0 here, or consider saving with the purchase of a bundle. Still on the fence? Maybe consider a Starter Kit so you can compare the bamboo and stay dry options while testing out the reinforcing soakers and boosters.
And now, what you've all been holding your breath for ... the amazing giveaway to celebrate the launch of the 2.0 version of the Funky Fluff Fusion Bamboo 3-in-1 System! Funky Fluff is giving away a 10 pack of the 2.0 in your choice of boy, girl or gender neutral colors. Ohmygoodness, amazing, right?
Enter below and share within your social media circles with #funky10pack ... we can't wait to announce a winner! What a wonderfully fluffy new year one lucky mama and baby will have!

Winner: M.

Disclosure: That Mama Gretchen, The Pierogie Mama and participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment. Please see the giveaway's terms and conditions for full set of rules. The winner will be notified via the email provided and will have 48 hours to respond to the winning email before a new winner is chosen.

23 December 2013

Juliette's Dress PDF Sewing Pattern {Review}

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial. 

As a mother to a girl, I have been very concerned with many of the outfits that are sold in stores for girls, especially since my daughter is currently in 5T. As a result, I have decided that I want to try to get better at sewing, so that I don't have to rely on buying clothes at many department stores.

Juliette’s Dress, designed by Lily Bird Studio
is a vintage inspired dress. It is built-in panels with a rounded neck line and an opening at the back which makes it perfect for hot summer days. It has a fully lined bodice. It closes at the back with 2 small buttons or snap buttons. This sewing pattern provides the instructions to make a petticoat which makes this design look much better.
This pattern provides two options for sewing the dress; I chose option A, which has a full front panel, 2 front-side panels, 2 back panels, and 2 back-side panels. The dress is lined at the top, until it reaches the waist.

When I received this pattern, I liked that I was able to print everything out immediately, though I did have problem printing the pattern itself. I think my trouble happened because I was using a laser printer. I liked that the pattern has a wonderful tutorial to go with it; there are photographs of every single step. This helped me tremendously since I'm more of a visual learner.

The biggest drawback for me with this pattern is that the letters did not print in alphabetical order, and there were two "H's", so after that the letters were messed up. I ended up laying the pieces in a grid on the bed and cutting them out based that way.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com
Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

12 December 2013

Little Pim {Giveaway}

    Little Pim Giveaway Immersion set  
Sponsored by: Little Pim
Little Pim is a cute little Panda Bear who helps children 0-6 years-old learn a second language. Do you know that he is in a new holiday ebook? Yes he is! Around the World with Little Pim just went on sale on Amazon. Your children can learn so much traveling with Little Pim to Mexico, Brazil, France and China. Your child will learn new words, new customs and more!
Around the world with little pim
To celebrate Little Pim's new book, we would like to offer our readers a giveaway - just in time for the holidays. Enter below for your chance to win The Immersion Set in the language of your choice!
The Immersion set includes (in your language of choice)...
  • 6 language videos for children (eating and drinking; wake up smiling; playtime; in my home; Happy, sad and silly; I can count)
  • 1 - 15 song bop compilation
  • Little Pim plush toy
  • Little Pim poster
  The ARV for this product is $124.99 US and CAN (Canadian residents will receive digital downloads of DVD's and songs)   Giveaway ends on 12/20 - so enter today!

Neither The Squishable Baby or other blogs hosting this giveaway ARE NOT responsible for prize distribution. Prizes will be processed and sent by Little Pim.
No guarantees are made for Christmas delivery.
  Graphics by Elizabeth PL

Imagine Baby Products $50 Gift Card {Giveaway}

Welcome to the $50.00 Imagine Baby Gift Card Giveaway sponsored by Leettle Baby and co-hosted by Our Piece of Earth & Mama Pure!
Christmas is around the corner, and if you are worried that there will not be enough fluff under the tree, you have come to the right place! One lucky reader win a $50.00 Imagine baby gift certificate to spend on any items of his/her choice. All you need to do is enter on the Rafflecopter form below! There is one mandatory entry, but you can greatly improve your chances of winning by finding the most recent Imagine diaper prints on a few of the participating blogs. Don't worry, you will get hints on where to look!
Giveaway begins on December 12th, at 12 am EST and ends on December 27th, at 12 am EST. Open to all residents of US & CAN, 18 years and older. Good luck, and Merry Christmas!
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Disclosure : One winner will be chosen at random via Rafflecopter. The winner will be sent an email and will have 48 hours to respond. If no response is received within 48 hours, another winner will be chosen. Wife, Mummy, Nurse is not responsible for prize fulfillment. If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail Alanna at leettlebaby (at) yahoo (dot) com. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or any other social media outlet. Page may include affiliate links.

06 December 2013

Homemade Laundry Detergent and Fels-Naptha {Review}

I have been wanting to make my own laundry soap for awhile. When I was accepted to become a Purex Insider and saw they were looking for people to test a Fels-Naptha bar, I applied. Fels-Naptha
is a powerful laundry bar that works overtime to remove greasy, oily stains, perspiration, and ring-around-the-collar. With over 100 years of removing America’s stains, you can rest assured that this laundry bar knows how to tackle your toughest stains.
I was able to make a batch of laundry detergent. It's SO easy, I don't know why I waited so long to make it.


Grate the Fels-Naptha bar. It was chunkier than I wanted, so I then put it in an old food processor to make it a finer powder.

After grating.

After going through the food processor.
Add 1 cup washing soda {make sure you get washing soda-not baking soda} and 1 cup borax. Mix thoroughly. You can even add some essential oils; I added wild orange and lemon essential oils to this batch.

When using the detergent to wash clothes, use 2-3 Tbsp. If you want to add an extra boost to your wash, add some oxy-clean.

Other uses for Fels-Naptha:
  • Pretreating stains: Wet stain with water. Rub Fels-Naptha on stain. Sit for a few minutes. Wash garment as usual. I did this recently with my daughter's sweater. She got chocolate milk on her white hood-don't ask me how. I forgot about the stain. When I went to wash her clothes a few days later, I was mad at myself for being absent minded. I made the hood damp, 
  • Laundry booster: Grate part of the soap into the wash and wash as usual.
Have you ever made homemade laundry detergent?

Babyville Boutique Review

I love DIY projects, especially if it involves sewing or knitting, and often swing by Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft stores when I'm grocery shopping. One of my favorite products to buy at Jo-Ann's is Babyville Boutique sewing supplies. Check out my previous review.

Babyville Boutique
was “born” when a new generation of parents embraced an emerging lifestyle trend of wanting healthier and environmental friendly products for their baby.  As more families became conscience of this lifestyle choice, many creative moms began sewing cloth diapers for their babies and toddlers for both social and economic reasons.
Babyville started out selling coordinated cloth diapering supplies, but they have expanded their repertoire. Babyville Boutique designers have been busy creating new books and writing tutorials online for their blog.

Babyville Boutique graciously offered to send me a box of their new supplies. I definitely squealed when I received this box below; it was full of their new supplies. I received a package of Little birds and chevron assorted PUL, Sweet assortment pink and lavender wicking fabric, Sweet girl design snaps, Little bird and heart labels, pink and white ruffled elastic, scalloped pink and white fold over elastic, plus 51 PUL Projects book and two packages of buttons which are not pictured.

I decided to make a small AI2 diaper.

Using Babyville's small diaper pattern, I cut one layer of wicking fabric and PUL for the diaper.

And added my embellishment. Since I was using PUL, I used the sewing method which is explained in the 51 Babyville Boutique Projects. They write "Position applique onto fabric using a fabric glue stick."

I used a zig zag stitch to apply the applique, but when I do them again, I'll use a straight stitch. I think it might look neater.

This was my first time sewing PUL and wicking fabric together. It seemed like a NIGHTMARE, but that's not Babyville's fault, it's mine. I am not used to sewing both of these fabrics together. I quickly found that the fabric was seriously sliding. Here are a two tips that might help you out:

  1. Use hair clips/boppy pins, instead of sewing pins. This equals less holes in the PUL.
  2. Use a washable glue stick to temporarily baste the layers together.
Sadly, I do not have a photo of the finished project. I had the wrong size die tray and shaft on my pliers. The other sizes are at home, and I've been visiting family for the last week. Hopefully when I get home I'll be able to finish the diaper and post the picture on this blog and Twitter.

I continue to enjoy Babyville Boutique supplies, especially their new prints that came out within the last 6 months. 

Don't forget to enter a giveaway for $35+ of Babyville Boutique sewing supplies.

What's your favorite Babyville Boutique product?
Have you ever sewn your own cloth diapers?

04 December 2013

Maize Fingerless Gloves {Yarn Along}

I am over halfway finished with my brother's Christmas gift-Maize Fingerless Gloves. He broke his wrist late summer in a bike accident, had surgery, and now has to wear a brace. Over Thanksgiving he told me, "The only gloves I can wear right now are fingerless gloves because of my brace." I had already planned to knit him these gloves and did not know this fact. I am knitting them with Ella Rae Classic Superwash yarn. I bought it on Black Friday {along with 5 different other yarns} from Wolf Creek Yarns in Grove City for 30% off its regular price.

What are you reading or knitting?
Join me at Ginny's Yarn Along.

Didymos Didy Tai {Giveaway}

Didytai Giveaway Event
Sponsored by Adriane Stare of Caribou Baby
Hosted by:
Co-hosted by:
Our Piece of Earth According to Jenny Zephyr Hill Blog
The Median Mommy Life as a Wife, Mummy and Nurse I Thought I Knew Mama
Mommy's Favorite Things Kerrific online Living Peacefully with Children
Hobo Mama Momma Lew
This giveaway is unique. The Didymos Didy Tai is a wonderful marriage between a woven wrap and a Buckle carrier. It's Super fast (and easy to learn) like the buckle carrier and snugly like a wrap. The DidyTai (or wrap-tai) has a criss-cross back for weight support. This is the only Mei Tai style carrier that Caribou Baby recommends for newborns because of the tremendous back support - and the ability to carry the baby legs out in a deep squat - from day 1.
The DidyTai is versatile. Its toggle base allows for a great newborn hold and for the mobility of an older baby.
Other features of the Didy Tai include:
  • Reversible two-color carrier
  • Anatomically correct squat-spread-position
  • Special, diagonally stretchable cloth
  • Lightweight and handy
  • Free from any toxic materials
  • Pure organic cotton
  • Non-toxic dyes
  • Made in Germany
  • Machine washable
  • Long-lasting and resistant
      Please enter the Giveaway below for your chance to win a Didymos Didy Tai From Caribou Baby RV $190. US and CAN residents only.    
Life as a Wife, Mummy, and Nurse is only hosting this giveaway and is not responsible for prize distribution.

01 December 2013

#FluffyXmas {Giveaway}

Welcome to the greatly anticipated 4th annual Merry Fluffy Christmas Giveaway Event!! There are over 30 blogs that are giving away cloth diapering prize packages $50+! Make sure you enter here and then hop to all the others!! There are thousands in fluffy prizes to be won! This year, there are also two HUGE Grand Prize packages, on both of the host blogs, And Then There Were 5 and Mommy’s Favorite Things! So make sure you enter to win those as well! Good luck!

Babyville Boutique has offered to sponsor this giveaway and will be giving away a prize package of $35+ of cloth diaper sewing supplies. Review is scheduled to be posted on Monday. You can read an old review here.

The second prize will be a hand knit wool soaker. The winner will tell me their top three colors to knit and give me their baby's measurements which I will then knit. Turn around time will be 2-3 weeks.

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Now that you have entered my giveaway, click through the linky and enter giveaways on other blogs. Disclaimer: And Then There Were More, Mommy's Favorite Things and the Merry Fluffy Christmas Bloggers are not responsible for sponsors that fail to fulfill their prizes.