Available Ring Slings for Sale!

Each sling is handsewn and includes a front pocket with Velcro tab, unless otherwise noted. Email me for up-to-date availability! Kara_713@yahoo.com

Rainbow Batik $55
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Brown/Pink Batik $55
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Blue Batik $55
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Brown Batik $55
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Black Textured $50
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Gray $40
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White Mesh (no front pocket) $35 – Great for in the pool, at the beach, or just another Arizona summer day! Breathable and lightweight.
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Purex Tropical Splash Detergent… try a bottle!

PurexTropicalAnother day, another Purex review… This time for Purex Tropical Splash Laundry Detergent. I am not usually a fan of smelly detergents, so when I opened the bottle and got a good whiff of its combination of pineapple and coconut, I wasn’t sure what to think. Have no fear, during the wash the scent softens and after drying you get a subtle hint of the tropics. Not to overwhelming for those of us with sensitive noses.

-Hypoallergenic and dye-free formula doesn’t irritate sensitive skin

-DirtLift Action

-Part of the #1 selling Natural Elements brand

See where Purex Tropical Splash is carried in your area

Want to try a bottle of your own? Comment with your favorite laundry detergent scent!

Purex provided me with a sample of Tropical Splash Laundry Detergent so I could review it; I received no other compensation other than free product. All of the opinions expressed here are my own.

Cloth Diapering 102

Here is how I cloth diaper in my house. Keep in mind, everyone is different, so you need to find what best fits your family and your needs. 🙂

Babyland Snaps Babyland Pocket 1) Pocket Diapers. I prefer them over prefolds/covers and AIO (all in ones) because I like to be able to adjust the insert kind and count as baby grows. You can also start out at the smallest size and adjust the rise snaps to make the diaper bigger as they grow.

 

Inserts

2) Inserts. I use Microfiber to start, then as baby grows and needs more absorption I either add another MF, or a blend insert (cotton/bamboo, MF/bamboo, etc). I also make small half size mini-booster inserts from the MF cloths that you can buy in bulk from Costco.

 

 

 

 

 

Diaper Pail RoomWetbag room3) Diaper Pail. I have a diaper pail with a diaper liner in my son’s bedroom so I can easily disassemble a wet diaper right then and there at time of change. I also have a zippered wetbag hanging so that I can wrap up a poopy diaper and put in there for later spraying. (see#4). You don’t necessarily need a diaper liner, you could use a garbage bag (and just reuse it) but I prefer the PUL liners.

 

 

Diaper Sprayer4) Diaper Sprayer. There are many people who say you do not need a diaper sprayer in order to successfully cloth diaper; I, on the other hand, completely disagree. I do not believe I would be able to CD without a sprayer. It is so convenient and EASY. Mine broke for one week and I tried the swish and soak method and it was too hard, I ended up keeping Carter in disposables for that week until I got the sprayer fixed. I also keep a second diaper pail in the bathroom for the diapers after I spray the poop out.

 

 

Diaper Liners5) Diaper Liners. There are some restrictions on what kind of ointments you can use with cloth diapers that won’t clog up the PUL and make leaks happen. Instead of freaking out about it, I decided to just get some biodegradable diaper liners that you can flush down the toilet, so if by chance one of my kids needs some diaper rash cream (although my kids rarely get diaper rash with CD 🙂 ) I can throw a liner down and use what I need to use. There are some CD safe ointments (my favorite is Earth Mama Angel Baby’s Bottom Balm… it seems to clear up pretty much any sort of rash/yeast in a short period of time.

 

Travel Wetbag6) Travel Wetbag. I got a wet/dry wetbag for when I am out and about, the front is just cloth with a zipper to hold your dry diapers, the back part has the PUL lining so you can put dirty diapers in there (also zippers). There are several sizes, the one pictured is I believe 11×14, you can fit about 4-5 diapers comfortably in there at a time. Sometimes I use this as my diaper bag too, throw some toys or a bottle in the front. I also have a one diaper sized one if I won’t be gone long and only want to bring 1 diaper “just in case”…

 

 

Hemp Insert7) Nightime Leakage. I have chosen to use CD at nighttime as well, since my kids seem to leak through disposables just as easily as CD. I have found the combination of MF and hemp help to keep leakages at a minimum. A lot of people use disposables at night instead of CD, it’s all what you prefer.

 

 

 

 

IMAG52768) Washing. You should use as little detergent as possible to reduce the chance of it building up on your diapers. I use about 1 TBSP of Ecover (I get it from Sprouts) per load, or I have also used Dreft or Purex Baby.

Basic instructions: Dump dirty diapers in washer. Do one rinse cycle. Do a wash cycle with 1 TBSP detergent. After done do another rinse cycle. Hang to dry on the line, or if need quickly you can put in the dryer (low heat preferred, but high heat is OK). Since my kids have a history with the yeast monster, I add some Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) to the first rinse cycle and some Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE) to the last rinse cycle. It is supposed to help with the bacteria. You can also add OxiClean to the wash cycle if you want to bleach them a little, but make sure to add another rinse cycle at the end.

Soft Scrub Advanced Surface… TRY FOR FREE!

SoftScrubAdvancedAnother day, another review… This time for Soft Scrub Advanced Surface Cleaner + Polish. It says it is supposed to get hard to remove stains from Granite, Stainless Steel, Marble and Glass Cooktops. I have quite a few on my Glass Cooktop (as you can see on the left – yuck), and I have had good results with Soft Scrub in the past so I was interested to see how well it would work.

As you can see from my before and afters… there really wasn’t much change at all. I followed the directions, first cleaning with the gel; when that didn’t seem to do much I let it sit for 5 minutes and “soak” the stains, then scrubbed; some was removed but not anything to write home about. It definitely polished the glass but the stains were still all pretty much intact.

If you would like to try a bottle of Soft Scrub Advanced Surface Cleaner + Polish for FREE and see if you have better luck, please comment and tell me what other ways you can get a glass cooktop clean!

 

Soft Scrub 4-in-1 Toilet Care… FREE COUPON!

SoftScrub4-in-1When I had the opportunity to try and review the NEW Soft Scrub 4-in-1 Toilet Carel cleaner, I was estatic… As most (normal) people, I do not really enjoy cleaning the toilet, especially the guest one that rarely gets use and has a tendency to grow things in the bowl. I clipped on the 4-in-1 to the side of the bowl and sat back and watched what happened.

And I have to say I am THOROUGHLY impressed. I have not tried the cleaning drops in the tank or anything else besides the normal gels and toilet bowl cleaners, and this one has so far kept my cleaning skills at bay. I have not had to additionally clean this toilet bowl since I put it in a few weeks ago! THAT makes me happy!!!

Every flush grabs some of the cleaning power, and I like how there are some soap bubbles in the water after every flush – it affirms to me that it is actually cleaning at every flush.

I have been given some coupons to give away to my readers! If you would like to try one for FREE please leave a comment as to what YOUR least favorite chore around the house is.

Soft Scrub is also having a Brighter Bowl Sweepstakes featuring NEW Soft Scrub 4-in-1 Toilet Care! One lucky winner will receive $1,000, while 250 second place winners get to try NEW Soft Scrub 4-in-1 Toilet care for FREE!

Go Here to enter the sweepstakes!

Soft Scrub provided me with a sample of 4-in-1 Toilet Care so I could review it; I received no other compensation other than free product. All of the opinions expressed here are my own.

Dial’s NEW Coconut Water Hydrating Body Wash… FREE!

DialCoconutWaterThe latest of my review opportunities is Dial’s NEW Coconut Water Body Wash. I know that there have been a lot of new products revolving around coconut water, as must be the latest trend, so I was interested to try this. I also had my husband try it, and we both had about the same reaction to it.

I was expecting the scent to be a very overwhelming Hawaiian theme, but surprisingly, it was a very subtle floral scent that smelled very “fresh”. It was a little slick when you put it on, and took a bit to get it completely rinsed off. But overall I liked  it, my skin afterwards feels very soft and clean without any residue. I really didn’t need to moisturize much after.

Some interesting facts I found about coconut water on the Dial website: it’s found in young, green coconuts and known to be rich in antioxidants and electrolytes that provide replenishing hydration. A leading trend in the food and beverage category (see! I knew it!), coconut water is known as “super water” for its natural hydration and health benefits.

Interested in trying a bottle for yourself? Go to Dial’s Facebook page and leave a note that I sent you, then just comment on my post that you did. It’s that easy! The first 3 to mention me get a coupon for a free bottle.

Dial provided me with a sample of Coconut Water Body Wash so I could review it; I received no other compensation other than free product. All of the opinions expressed here are my own.

Borax – Great for so many different things…

BoraxPurex provided me with a sample of 20 Mule Team Borax so I could review it. However, all of the opinions expressed here are my own.

This time I was given the opportunity to review Borax, which I have read/heard about for a while but never tried. I first off had heard it was similar to OxiClean or Baking Soda in that it helps bleach so I wanted to try it when stripping my diapers. After a little research I found that there are about 50/50 that say to use it and not use it. It seemed to work fine for me, bleached my diapers well enough with no funky smell or after-residue.

After dealing with a sick 6 month old, I also found that Borax is great for cleaning up pretty much anything… as my carpet that was doused with internal liquid is now clean and sparkly (not really… but you know what I mean). 😛

There are seriously so many ways you can use Borax around the house… Sanitizing the sink, pots and pans, oven, microwave, tile/grout, china, sprinkling in diaper pail to neutralize the odor… the list goes on and on. I am going to dilute it in water and put into a spray bottle, and mist my diapers when they are sunning on the line to get a little extra boost of bleach.

Some other facts:
-Borax is 100% natural mineral from the earth.
-Common name for sodium tetraborate, which is a naturally occurring substance produced by the perpetual evaporation of seasonal lakes.
-Nothing is added; no phosphates, chlorine or other additive chemicals. Once Borax is removed from the ground, it is washed, dried and boxed for consumers.
-Naturally softens hard water! Over 85% of homes have “hard water”.
-When added to laundry, it improves your detergent’s cleaning power, and helps keep stains from being re-deposited back onto clothes.
-Visit their website www.20muleteamlaundry.com for more information and where you can buy Borax.

What do you use Borax for? First 2 to answer get a coupon for a free box of 20 Mule Team Borax!

Also check out the Borax Fresh Year, Fresher Laundry Sweepstakes for your chance to win cash and/or free Borax! 🙂

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