Preparing for a Little One : Favorite Stores and Shops

Welcome to another week of Preparing for a Little One, with Wifesessionals.  Fast becoming a fav over here.  Although I have three kids, I’ve found that this link-up has shown me that I’m not alone in how I’m raising my kids or the choices that I’ve made (especially with some of the heavier topics).  For most moms, I would think, that is a priceless gift.  You know what you’re doing is right and in reality you shouldn’t need affirmation of that fact.  However, as humans I think self-doubt is only natural.  One of the weeks I found three or four girls that I spoke to through comment and email responses and we shared that same sentiment.  They may not have realized that they gave me a little blessing that day, but they did.  So, even if you have kids and sort of have your bearings, stick around and read some posts.  You might find your own smile somewhere in there.

This week’s topic is a little more fun and light – Favorite shops and stores.  Who doesn’t love shopping?  And furthermore, who doesn’t love shopping for a baby!?  I’m a succor for it in fact, especially all the little girl stuff.  Make it in pink and I’m sure to swoon.  I’ve got a couple favorite, some big and some small.  Wherever you are google a local boutique.  While they might be more expensive you might find some really cool unique things, plus you’re supporting small business.  One of my favorite dresses I got for my daughter one Christmas was one I found at a little boutique shop.

1. Target!

seriously, who doesn’t love target.  They basically have everything, and as far as big store stuff they are going to be cheaper then Babies R Us and Buy Buy Baby.  The truth of the matter is I love going there because I can look for other things besides baby stuff.  But you really can’t beat their clothing (aside from Wal-Mart). I just don’t spend a lot (nor would I recommend spending a lot) on baby clothes.  They barely use them, so if you can get hand me downs they will probably look almost brand new.  But at $3 a piece at wal-mart, their Circo Brand for clothing is awesome!

2. Little Sapling Toys

I love Little Sapling teethers.  I bought this one for my niece.  My nephew has an anchor and my youngest had one in the shape of California (since that’s where we are from).  They are amazing and the kids love them, plus they are a keepsake.  It’s such a great company, hand-made, small-business.  It’s American made and they plant a tree for every toy sold.  They have all sorts of toys and accessories.  These also make great gifts and I absolutely love everything about the product and the company.

3. Once Upon a Child

Reuse Recycle and Reduce!!!!  I have found some great stuff at Once Upon a Child.  Some of the things still had tags on them even.  I’ve gotten toys, a stroller and my very favorite Janie and Jack outfit for my daughter.  I’m all about budgeting where I can and I really think every day kids clothes is the way to go.  Consignment sales are also an option, but those aren’t held all the time.  Most of the clothes, especially for the little ones are barely used and I’ve never had an issue with anything I’ve purchased there.  Most of the shops even have a little place where the kids can play that’s gated off so you can shop and just keep an eye on them (or have your seven year old do it, LOL).  I’ve never sold anything at one before but I’m sure the experience is equally as great.  Usually the stores have a frequent buyer card, so for every ten dollars you spend you get a stamp and then you get 20% off your purchase after you fill it up.  Usually twice a year they have a clearance, fill-a-bag sale, so watch for that and get on a mailing list.

4. Cloth Diaper Shops

For my cloth diaper needs I have bought used and from friends, but some of the shops I love and have worked with personally are:

Kebbie’s Diaper Bag – wahm run and Fern is great.  I’ve had the pleasure of meeting her in person and trying some of her products (check out the cloth diaper tab up top). They are really starting to pick up and grow and carry more products so don’t count them out because they are smaller.  They carry some of my very favorite products like Scarlet’s Naturals, Bummis, EcoPosh, Planet Wise and others!!

Kelly’s Closet – larger business with a wide variety of cloth diaper, and cloth diaper related accessories and items.  Plus more!!

Diaper Safari – where I order my liners

Abby’s Lane – this used to be where I would go into a brick and morter store and get to touch and feel all the dipes!  Oh how I miss them.  but they are still around online and they are awesome!!

**make sure to check out my reviews in the Cloth Diaper tab up top and I’m always around to answers questions about cloth diapering

5. Inspired By Finn

Being who I am (LOL), I was a skeptic when it came to Amber necklaces.  It honestly sounded like a mind game, like a placebo affect.  But I decided to try it out and was pleasantly surprised at the effect I know it had.  It actually worked.  Now you have to be careful because they are so many knock-offs and fakes out there.  I’ve only worked with three retailers on these – Kebbie’s Diaper bag (which i mentioned before), one of my amazing sponsors The Cloth Nook, and Inspired by Finn.  I wanted to share Inspired by Finn with you because of their grab bag options and their customer service.

The grab bags at Inspired by Finn, are sort of like the slightly off sheets you get at like TJ Maxx.  The beads aren’t all perfectly matched in color or size.  To me, I could care less.  I’d rather save money but still know I’m getting a good product.  You’re going to probably pay about $19.00+ on them depending on where you buy it from.  You can get a grab bag item (where you don’t get to choose) from IBF for about 14.95.  I had an issue with the first necklace they sent me, the closure cracked, which can happen.  They sent me another one right away, no biggie.

When buying amber, please go with a reputable shop and ask questions if you need to!!

6. Evie Doo’s Boutique

This is a WAHM shop, where you can get just about anything!  What I love the most about the shop is the embroidery!  She’s even embroidered towels, like for a wedding gift?  How amazing is that and a unique option.

 Look at this! Month onesie set!!!

thanks for stopping by!  Have you ever shopped at one of these shops before?  What’s your favorite shop or store?

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Planet Wise and Bubbz – Wetbags

Happy Small Business Saturday Everyone!  I hope everyone has had a chance to check out a small business today.  One of the businesses I’m talking about today is a local small business (for me anyway), although she is also on the fancy dancy internet.  I’ve met this lady, and her family, in person and they are wonderful, dedicated people, who are all about the fluff!

One of the things that I’m really behind on that I want to catch up on is my cloth diapering related reviews.  I know that there are so many out there, but I also know that I have sort of a unique perspective, having used disposables on my first two.  My cloth diapering journey has been a crazy one and I definitely want to document it.  You can read my thoughts on my journey, as it were, here – and then find all my other cloth related posts (which will keep coming) by clicking on the tab up top.  Now, lets get down to business.

Currently, I am the proud owner of three wetbags – a Large Planet Wise, a small Planet Wise, and a Large Bubbz Wet/Dry bag.

Here’s the basic run down of the two:
This ultra large wet/dry bag features a super roomy zippered compartment to store all wet items. The front pocket has all the room you need to carry extra diapers, wipes, creams, sprays and even an extra set of clothes, that way you have everything at your fingertips.

  • Features a 2 Spacious Zippered Pockets
  • Metal Zippers are the Best in the Industry that Won’t Leak Liquids
  • Holds 10 Bubbz 3.0 Double Stuffed Pocket Diapers up to 18 Single Stuffed Pocket Diapers
  • Sturdy Snapping Handle allows for ease of use with Stroller, Changing Table, Doorknob or Hook
  • Made from Eco-Friendly TPU Waterproof Lined Polyester, which decomposes in 4-5 years
  • Comes in 7 Bright Colors and 12 Fun Prints
Planet Wise
  • PVC Free and Lead Free Zippers
  • Anti-microbial
  • Reusable to avoid using plastic bags, helping to protect our planet
  • Made in the USA
  • Made with high quality designer fabrics with coordinating waterproof inner material and locking zipper.
  • Each bag is innovatively sewn with hidden seams and sealed for no wicking or leaking. First and ONLY in the industry!  Patent pending waterproof design.
  • Resists most stains odors – keeping smells in.

The Bubbz bag that I have is a wet/dry bag and the Planet Wise bag I have is just a wet bag.  You can purchase the Planet Wise is a wet/dry bag option as well.  The price difference is really the first apparent difference.  You can purchase the Planet Wise bag between $18.90 and $21.00.  The Bubbz bag is available for $7.50 right now on Kebbie’s Diaper Bag.  The Planet Wise fabric on the outside is a real  fabricy feeling (yes, new word), whereas the Bubbz bag is a more slick fabric.  While I love both and both seem to hold the same amount of diapers, the zippers seem to be quite similar, the price of the Bubbz and the fact that it is a WAHM brand makes me want to love it more.  For me I also feel like I’ve had better luck with containing smell with the Bubbz; but like I said, that has just been my experience.

In ode to this Small Business Saturday I’m edging the Bubbz bag into the lead here with 3 1/2 stars out of 4; and a solid 3 out of 4 for the Planet Wise.  I really wish there were more size options with the Bubbz since I do like it so much, and the pricing for the Planet Wise, as wonderful as a brand and company it is, it is hard for me to recommend it to someone who is really struggling with the idea of paying that much for diapers and everything else, and then on top of it to add a wet-bag.  I purchased mine with a deal through one of my favorite online retailers, CottonBabies.  I can always find what I want, they have great details and their customer service has been absolutely impeccable and trustworthy when I’ve had an issue pop up.
You have a couple more hours to check out Kebbie’s Diaper Bag’s Small Business Saturday Sale!  You better hurry!  Enter Thankfulforfluff at check out!  You will also get 50% of your shipping if you purchase $25 or more in merchandise
Happy Small Business Saturday!
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Thoughts on Teething – Kebbie’s Diaper Bag Review

Happy Thursday everyone.  I’ve really been trying to get some reviews out of products that I actively use and love.  As a mom and a blogger, talking with other moms (in one form or another) is the best way to get information.  When I was a new mom, not many of my friends had kids yet, but those that did were absolutely invaluable to me.  Getting their opinions so that I could narrow down the overwhelming load of information and products out there saved me time, energy and stress.  Blogging is how I really learned about cloth diapering, but I first found out about it from one of my mom friends.  (You can read my cloth diapering story here

Teething is one of those instances where trading stories with moms can be helpful.  BabyGanics is my go to teething item and I have re-purchased it several times since first reviewing it.  Another new discovery I’ve made is Baltic Amber.  I can’t remember if there was specific instance or who specifically told me, but one of my friends was going to order one and if she ordered several she could get them at a lower price so I went ahead and jumped on it.  After receiving it I put it on and didn’t really notice much.  I figured it was probably because there wasn’t too much in the teething department yet.  Being a naturally skeptical person, not noticing some sort of grand effect probably didn’t help how I initially felt about the amber.  Then I had the opportunity to visit Kebbie’s Diaper bag, IN PERSON, for a cloth diapering photoshoot!  How exciting is that?  In conversation we I expressed to her my skepticism, and noticed that she herself was wearing Baltic Amber.  She said that absolutely she had noticed a difference, especially in her heartburn during this pregnancy.  Her daughter wears one too and has seen a significantly positive effect.  Hmmmmm, I thought.  Then I discovered the possibility that the one I had might have not been totally genuine.  Really?!  Apparently that is a thing, and there is even a way to test them, and she tests hers, even though she gets her from an authentic overseas provider. 

I left that day with my new Baltic Amber from Kebbie’s Diaper bag.  There are several different ways to test amber. (Hazel-Aid website),  but finding a reputible seller is really your key to purchasing authentic amber.

A skeptic no more – I’ve got to say that each time I leave the necklace off without realizing it, and too much time passes, I suddenly realize just how good this stuff really is.  It is rare that it is ever off my little guy.  I’m actually thinking about purchasing a bracelet for me with some of my foot pain.  I wouldn’t say that I never doubt that it might be all in my head, but I would recommend for any mom to give it a try.  My older two children never really had a difficult time teething, but Phillip has.  He has been getting teeth in since just before six months and they keep coming at full force, 2, 3 at a time, poor guy.  Baltic Amber, I believe, has helped him sleep better at night and during naps.  I haven’t had to dose him too much with tylonel and who wouldn’t like that?

Have you tried Baltic Amber?  Are you a skeptic?

Where you can buy Amber – Kebbie’s Diaper Bag sells necklaces and bracelet/anklets.

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Which Diaper Cream for you?

I haven’t done a cloth diaper related review in awhile.  So much has piled up on my desk.  I feel like I’m in that sweet spot in blogging where I still feel like I have so much to say!  So many ideas keep popping in my head, so many things I want to tell you about (reviews and stuff) and so many great opportunities to share products with you.  Thankfully I’m a semi-organized person (don’t laugh, for having three kids 6 and under I think I’m doing pretty good).  I’ve always been a list girl, with my paper planner.  Its how I’ve always been and so far I feel like its served me pretty well.  I have a family calendar up on the wall that we write stuff on, keep track of hubby’s schedule and all that good stuff.  I use my iphone to make lists of blogging stuff, so I guess I’m trying.  I feel like I’ll never get to say it all!  Although I suddenly feel like what makes what I have to say more awesome then what anyone else has to say?  Hopefully I’m helping someone in some way.  As long as I enjoy it too I guess I’ll keep plugging along.

Today’s thing I have to say is about Diaper creams for Cloth Diapers.  There are so many out there, which do you use?  Which one is good for you?  I had the opportuntity to try out three different types of creams thanks to some samples I received from The Cloth Nook (or host for the Great Cloth Diaper Change here in NoVA) and Kebbie’s Diaper Bag, a local cloth diaper store.  I had the awesome opportunity to have two of my little one’s take part in their most recent store photo shoot.  *If you go to Kebbie’s homepage you can see my daughter on the far left!*

I have three different creams for you to check out today.  CJ’s Ointment, Scarlet’s Naturals Hiney Honey and Earth Mama Angel Baby Bottom Balm.  These three are totally different.  It’s crazy how three things meant to do the same thing can be so completely different

CJ’s Ointment, by CJ’s Unique Boutique- this is a very creamy ointment, it almost was melty.   I got the Monkey Farts flavor (totally weird right).  It’s a great fruity/tropical smell.  Despite the fact that it looked like Crisco it wasn’t really greasy.  It had a slightly greasy feeling but it didn’t have a greasy residue if that makes sense.  It went on really smoothly and you didn’t really have to use a ton of it.  If you are just using it for occasional bottom troubles getting the mini jar would last you a long time.  Out of the three that I tried this was in a tie for first.

4oz spritz version  will cost you $8.99 at The Cloth Nook
1/2oz mini Jar available for for $1.99 at Squishy Tushy
You can also create a sampler pack – 8 1/2oz tubs for $8.99 at CJ’s

4 out of 4 Stars!

Scarlet’s Hiney Honey, by Scarlet’s Naturals – This was my tie for first!  This was such a cool thing in general, made from honey.  The only way I can really describe this is that its like grainy looking.  Its almost like ground up honey comb.  It’s not a rough grainy feeling though.  This stuff goes a long way.  Doesn’t go on as smoothly because of its more textured appearance, but I was highly impressed.  the first time I put my lil’s bum in a bamboo fitted the next morning he woke up with a red bum, which apparently isn’t so strange with a natural fiber.  However, I put some of this Scarlet’s of there and by day’s end he had a perfectly un-red baby bum!  Whoohooo!!!!

A 4oz tin will cost you $9.00
Purchase at Kebbie’s Diaper Bag

4 out of 4 stars!

Angel Baby Bottom Balm, by Earth, Mama, Angel, Baby Organics – While this isn’t a terrible cream it was my least favorite of the three.  This cream is more of a Vaseline type feel, and was a bit more greasy in my opinion.  It went on well and you didn’t need much.  I didn’t have a lot in the sample to really use it for an extended period of time, but just from a more first impression type perspective it wasn’t my favorite.  You are looking at almost $10 for 1oz and $14.95 for 2oz.

Purchase at Earth, Mama, Angel, Baby.  I’ve also seen this one in stores like Buy Buy Baby and Whole Foods, in their Baby section.

3 out of 4 stars

So there’s some opinions from a previously disposible diapering mama who was strictly a Baby Powder kinda gal.  Diaper Creams didn’t really work well on my previous two children.  I swore up and down by Baby Powder and it worked like a charm for us.  Since making the transition to cloth diapering I knew that baby powder wasn’t an option.  And even though I would say that any kind of rash or redness is a rare, if any, occurrence since making the switch to cloth (which is something people say all the time as a positive about cloth diapering), exploring your options and seeing which of the best work for your little one’s bum!

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