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giveaway & reviews – Frugal & Simple http://frugalandsimple.com living a green, minimal & sustainable life Fri, 30 Jan 2015 19:10:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.2 Lunapads Postpartum Cloth Pads http://frugalandsimple.com/2012/02/27/lunapads-postpartum-cloth-pads/ http://frugalandsimple.com/2012/02/27/lunapads-postpartum-cloth-pads/#comments Mon, 27 Feb 2012 14:00:35 +0000 http://frugalandsimple.com/?p=7222 As I shared two weeks ago, while preparing for Weston’s birth, I put quite a bit of thought into postpartum recovery and my comfort during that time. Since we were already cloth diapering our toddler and planned to begin cloth diapering our newborn after a week or two, I decided to try out cloth pads for myself during my recovery. I just washed my pads along with the boys diapers!

One of those cloth pads I tried was a Lunapads Heavy Pad:

“With Lunapads, the Liner Inserts sit on top of the Pad Base, so all you have to do is swap out the Liner Insert, which can easily be done as often as you desire throughout the day. This feature also allows you to purchase fewer pads (you’ll need more liners than pads) in the first place, as well as not having to carry as many things around with you.” lunapads.com

Pictured is a Wing Liner, the Heavy Pad and a Tri-Fold Liner Insert. Each of these are 14" long. The Heavy Pad and Wing Liner are $24.99 and you can purchase a Tri-Fold Liner Insert for $16.99.

The Wing Liner is inserted into the Heavy Pad. The rick-rack is what holds the liner in place.

The Tri-Fold Liners are 14" long and 8" wide. As the name implies, they are tri-folded for maximum absorbency. The liner is simply folded and inserted into the Heavy Pad.

At 14" long, the Heavy Pad is very long but provides excellent coverage.

The Heavy Pad is large and long. The Tri-Fold Liner is very, very bulky but it is a postpartum pad! The Wing Liner is not as bulky and the lack of bulk was more comfortable. Of course, both the Tri-Fold Liner and Wing Liner are so much more comfortable than disposable pads and even the Tri-Fold Liner didn’t feel as bulky as some heavy disposable pads!

As far as postpartum pads go, they are really bulky, I was only wearing them at night, from the beginning at 1 week postpartum. However, if you plan on skipping the disposables all together and start wearing cloth pads from the moment your baby is born, this pad would be perfect, especially with the Tri-Fold liner. And they’re useful beyond the postpartum recovery as overnight pads!

Heavy Pad, Maxi Pad and Long Pad

In addition to having the Heavy Pad, Wing Liner and Tri-Fold Liner, I also purchased a Heavy Flow Starter Kit which includes:

2 Long Pads with 2 Long Basic Liners and 2 Long Wing Liners

2 Maxi Pads with 2 Maxi Basic Liners and 2 Maxi Wing Liners

This kit retails for $87.94 but was on sale for $79.14 when I purchased it. I had a 16% off discount code and free shipping, so I only paid $66.48 for the 4 pads and 8 liners!

I really love the Maxi Pad and Long Pad. These two are not nearly as bulky as the Heavy Pad but still provide complete and adequate coverage for postpartum bleeding after the first few days.

About Lunapads:

Lunapads International is a women-owned and operated mission-based business based in Vancouver, Canada. Our mission is to help individuals have healthier and more positive experiences of their menstrual cycles, and by extension, their bodies overall. Our team is made up of a passionate group of women who believe that using natural menstrual products is a creative and empowering way to honor and care for ourselves and the planet.

Giveaway: Win a $50 gift certificate to lunapads.com

Mandatory Entry: Leave a comment telling me if you’re already using reusable menstrual products, if you’re thinking about it or if you didn’t even know such a thing existed!

Additional Entries: {leave a separate comment for each entry}

Giveaway ends Monday, March 5th at 12 pm EST.

*Giveaway restricted to US and Canada.

Disclaimer: I was provided a Lunapads Heavy Pad with Wing Liner and Tri-Fold Liner to review. I personally purchased the Heavy Flow Starter Kit. I was not compensated in any other way. All opinions expressed in this post are my own!

This giveaway is now closed! Congratulations to commenter #37, Meg!!

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Postpartum Cloth Pads: GladRags http://frugalandsimple.com/2012/02/14/postpartum-cloth-pads-gladrags/ http://frugalandsimple.com/2012/02/14/postpartum-cloth-pads-gladrags/#comments Tue, 14 Feb 2012 12:02:42 +0000 http://frugalandsimple.com/?p=7218 While preparing for Weston’s birth, I put quite a bit of thought into postpartum recovery. Since he is my second baby, I knew what to expect and wanted to make my recovery as comfortable as possible. With Paxton, I had a third degree tear and was uncomfortable for weeks post delivery. I also remembered how uncomfortable those huge disposable pads are and how much waste they create! Since I’m  already cloth diapering and know it saves money and how much more comfortable cloth seems over disposable, I decided to try postpartum cloth pads.

I looked at several different brands of cloth pads and purchased samples of the different brands so I could actually see the product before investing in several.

I was also given the opportunity to review a GladRags Night/Postpartum Pad:

This pad comes with 1 Night Holder {approximately 14" long and 3" wide at the middle} and 2 Inserts. It retails for $17.99.

The inserts are placed inside the holder {this side is what touches your underwear}. You snap the pad in place around your underwear.

Once the pad is snapped in place, this is what touches your body.

When this pad came in the mail, I was shocked at the length! It's huge as you can see!It's pictured with a ruler to give you an idea of the length.

My first impression was this thing is huge and there’s no way it will be comfortable. After wearing it the first time, I realized I was wrong! It was so comfortable, so much better than the pads from the hospital. I didn’t feel like I was wearing a diaper, like the disposables feel, even though it was large and provided full coverage. As far as postpartum pads go, this is really bulky, but that is the purpose of a postpartum/overnight pad. I started wearing the cloth pads at 1 week postpartum and by that point, I was only wearing this one at night.  Of course this postpartum pad will make a fabulous overnight pads beyond the postpartum recovery. This one piece pad system with inserts is so easy to use, it’s really no different than disposables, only you wash and reuse instead of throwing away!

How many pads are recommended? I just guessed on how many I would need. I ended up with a total of 11 pads {3 postpartum pads, 4 long/heavy pads and 4 maxi pads} and 4 liners which were more than enough with my wash routine. I would recommend a minimum of 5 pads per day.

How often do you wash them? I washed every day and a half along with the boys diapers. I simply put them in the diaper pail and they were washed along with the diapers which was no extra laundry.

What about staining? I have had no staining issues so far after 5 weeks of use.  I rinsed the pads with cold water and then stored them in the diaper pail to wash with diapers. My current diaper wash routine is cold rinse, hot wash with detergent and another hot wash {to make sure all the detergent residue is gone to prevent build up issues in the diapers.}

Recommendation:

If you’re tired of spending money on pads and exposing your body to chemicals, then look into cloth pads! I invested around $75 into cloth pads which should last 5 years or longer. I’ll save a ton of money and prevent so much waste!

All of the GladRags are made of a comfortable cotton flannel and come in a variety of prints as well as undyed organic cotton.

About GladRags:

Inspired by the simple utility, earth-friendliness, and comfort of cloth diapers, GladRags was founded in 1992 in Portland, Oregon. It began as a home based business that quickly outgrew the extra bedroom and moved to its own building.  Today, GladRags is still a small company but with a big presence, promoting positive attitudes toward menstruation and making the environment a safer, cleaner place. GladRags can be found in health food stores and natural pharmacies nationwide.

Here are some informative links regarding disposable feminine products:

The Shocking Truth About Feminine Hygiene Products

Scary Tampon Recall May Change Your Periods Forever

I’d love to answer any questions you may have  about cloth pads! Either leave a comment or send an e-mail to rachel@frugalandsimple.com. Please don’t leave any rude comments saying this is ‘disgusting’ or ‘extreme’, menstruation is a natural function that is neither disgusting or nasty. Women’s bodies are doing just what God intended for them to do and it’s nothing to be ashamed of or disgusted by!

Disclaimer: I was provided a GladRags Night/Postpartum Pad to review. I was not compensated in any other way. All opinions expressed in this post are my own!

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Book Review: The Money Saving Mom’s Budget http://frugalandsimple.com/2012/01/05/book-review-the-money-saving-moms-budget/ http://frugalandsimple.com/2012/01/05/book-review-the-money-saving-moms-budget/#comments Thu, 05 Jan 2012 14:00:35 +0000 http://frugalandsimple.com/?p=7333

During the summer of 2008, I found Crystal Paine’s blog, Money Saving Mom. We were already living frugally since we had just gotten out of college but, like most college graduates, expected our standard of living to increase upon graduation. Thanks in part to Money Saving Mom, we were inspired to continue living on basically the same budget we had in college and start saving money for a house downpayment! Over the years that I’ve been a Money Saving Mom reader, I’ve been inspired by Crystal {she and her husband paid cash for their first home!}

I was excited to hear the news that she was writing a book and even more excited when the book came in the mail for me to review! I immediately started reading The Money Saving Mom’s Budget. This book is full of all kinds of practical information for getting your life in order. It begins with a chapter about goal setting which I found to be very inspiring. We already set financial goals for each year but haven’t really put much thought into long term goals. She poses the question, “where do I want to be financially five years from now?” This question prompted thinking more long term in regards to our finances.

The second chapter is devoted to clearing out clutter and streamlining your life. Practical strategies for getting rid of physical clutter as well as commitment clutter are mentioned. She poses questions to ask about your clutter such as “do I use this item regularly?” and “is this item taking up space I don’t have?

As the title implies, budgeting is covered. The book outlines baby steps to take towards budgeting. She suggests during the first month  establish a grocery budget, the second month use bare-bones budget which covers basic necessities and by the third month you’ve worked your way up to a full-fledged budget. Taking these baby steps is a great way to not get overwhelmed with budgeting and give up!

One chapter is titled “Twenty-Five Ways to Lower Your Grocery Bill Without Clipping Coupons.” This chapter is full of money saving grocery tips such as have a meatless night once a week, stick with simple meals that use inexpensive ingredients and don’t throw out your leftovers. Just applying one or two of these suggestions could cut quite a bit from your grocery budget.

The final chapter is “Embrace Today” and Crystal writes about contentment, which I believe is a key to living a frugal life! You have the power to choose contentment, “a cheerful attitude can go a long way in less than ideal situations; you can either complain about the thorns or you can savor the roses that bloom in their midst.”  Ways to cultivate contentment are listed, including create a gratitude list, choose to stop comparing yourself to other people and choose to be  a giver.

There are helpful worksheets in the back covering financial goals, priorities lists, time budgets and budget sheets.

This really is a book that anyone  can benefit from. If you’re just starting out on a journey to get your finances in order, this book is full of valuable information that will help you! And even if you’ve been living a frugal and debt free life, there are things you can learn from saving on your grocery bill, being inspired to set lofty goals and focusing on contentment.

Pre-order The Money Saving Mom’s Budget. The release date is January 10, 2012.

Disclosure: I received this book to review.  All opinions expressed are my own. 

*This post contains affiliate links.

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Book Review: Shiny Objects http://frugalandsimple.com/2011/11/22/book-review-shiny-objects/ http://frugalandsimple.com/2011/11/22/book-review-shiny-objects/#comments Tue, 22 Nov 2011 13:00:37 +0000 http://frugalandsimple.com/?p=7188

This year my whole mindset about consuming has changed. We’ve been on a path towards rational minimalism. While we’ve certainly not ‘arrived’ our lifestyle has changed. I now think about the environmental, financial, and space impact of purchases and seriously question every thing we bring into our home.

I am intrigued by consumer culture and people seeking to acquire more and more stuff. Shiny Objects: Why We Spend Money We Don’t Have in Search of Happiness We Can’t Buy,  by James A. Robertswas a thought provoking read. I read through the book in a few short days and with each chapter I felt like I was gaining more insight into our culture as well as myself.

“Our current consumer culture is best understood as an environment in which the majority of consumers avidly desire, pursue, consume, and display goods and services that are valued for non-utilitarian reasons such as status, envy, provocation, and pleasure seeking.” 

This quote from the very beginning of the book sums up, in my opinion, our consumer culture quite well. So many people {myself included in my past} have sought after things thinking they’ll make me look better or they’ll make other people think I’m somebody or it’ll make me happy. None of these are true, we so easily buy into lies of consumerism.

Of course since we’re committed to living debt free, driving 10 year old cars and living in a small home, we’re living a non-traditional, somewhat counter cultural life. However, that’s not to say we also don’t get caught up in materialism at times. Understanding that we are susceptible to falling for the lie that consuming more will make us happier is the first place to start.

In Shiny Objects, after presenting facts about consumerism and making the reader really begin to evaluate their lifestyle, Roberts gives the reader tools to help them succeed at letting go of consumerism. He lists 25 tweaks to financial tranquility in chapter 13, including build a budget, just say no to the mall and rent or borrow, but don’t steal.

Using just these 3 suggestions out of the 25 can make a huge difference:

  • Building a budget– This is the first step to financial success. If that’s not a big enough reason to create a budget, consider the fact that a budget makes you evaluate your spending and can help control your frivolous purchases, putting you on the path towards overcoming consumerism.
  • Just say no to the mall– If you can’t go into a store without making a purchase, avoid it at all costs!
  • Rent or borrow, but don’t steal– Renting or borrowing saves you money, not to mention it gives you more space because you’re not acquiring items you will only use a time or two!

Another negative of materialism is how it undermines relationships, “Materialists tend to opt for work over family when pushed by time constraints; we’re a national of overworked souls, and the family is a major casualty.” Most people say that their family is the most important priority of their life but when it comes down to it, they often give stuff or the desire to obtain more stuff, priority over their family.

“It is the preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else, that prevents us from living freely and nobly.” -Henry David Thoreau

I know I don’t want to be preoccupied with possessions and spend my life working to obtain things, ignoring my loved ones and the people around me.

Reading Shiny Objects will give you insight into your behaviors whether you are pursuing the American Dream of bigger, better, faster, more or, like my family, working towards minimizing and living a simpler life that’s not preoccupied with stuff.

Disclosure: I received this book from TLC Book Tours.  All opinions expressed are my own.

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Planet Wise Bag Your Snack Stuff Review http://frugalandsimple.com/2011/11/14/planet-wise-bag-your-snack-stuff-review/ http://frugalandsimple.com/2011/11/14/planet-wise-bag-your-snack-stuff-review/#comments Mon, 14 Nov 2011 16:20:57 +0000 http://frugalandsimple.com/?p=6677
Mamas of toddlers know snacks are necessary…my little man is always hungry! Having snacks for Paxton to munch on makes our outings so much more pleasant for everyone. The thing is glass {or plastic} containers are big, heavy and take up a ton of space and I refuse to buy disposable snack bags {we’re not fans of disposable things around here!}

What’s the solution? Snack Bags!!

Planet Wise has a Bag Your Snack Stuff line which includes snack bags, sandwich bags and even a sandwich wrap! These bags are perfect for on the go.

Sandwich Wrap, Window Bag & Snack Bag

We have a sandwich wrap, window bag and snack bag.

The sandwich bag is great for sending sandwiches and bread to work with my husband. It folds out and makes a nice little ‘plate’ too! One or two of these would be perfect for sending lunches to school with kids!

Around here the snack bag and the window bag get the most use! Just about every time we leave the house, one of these bags is in my purse or Paxton’s backpack {and many times I’ve got them both packed!} We pack cereal, crackers, small cookies, dried fruit, just about any snack in these. They keep the food fresh and we’ve never had any leaks.

One of the best parts is the fact that Paxton can easily hold these bags and eat his snacks out of them on his own.

Each bag is $7.99 each which may seem a little pricey but when you consider that you won’t be purchasing {and throwing away} snack bags or bringing heavy snack containers {we use glass containers, not plastic} with you on the go, they’re a fabulous investment! After several months of use, mine are showing no signs of wear and I know they have years of life left in them!

These bags would make wonderful first birthday gifts or Christmas gifts for toddlers, kids or even your eco-friendly friends and family!!

They’re useful, they’re easy to carry with you and they also come in adorable prints!

Giveaway:

Win a set {sandwich wrap, window bag and snack bag} in your choice of prints!

Mandatory Entry: {leave a comment telling me you did}

Additional Entries: {leave a separate comment for each entry}

Giveaway ends Monday, November 21 at 12 pm EST.

*Giveaway restricted to Continental US and Canada.

Disclaimer: I was provided the Planet Wise Bag Your Snack Stuff bags to review. I was not compensated in any other way. All opinions expressed in this post are my own!

*This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to commenter #67, Kate! 

 

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Incorporating Scripture http://frugalandsimple.com/2011/05/18/incorporating-scripture/ http://frugalandsimple.com/2011/05/18/incorporating-scripture/#comments Wed, 18 May 2011 14:02:51 +0000 http://frugalandsimple.com/?p=6635 “But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.” -Joshua 24:15

 

Having scripture throughout our home is important. It’s powerful, encouraging, inspiring, influencing and a reminder of who we serve.


Recently, I’ve discovered and fallen in love with wall art from Urban Soul, sold at Day Spring. I love the modern look of it but most importantly I love the applicable scriptures.

My newest Urban Soul Wall Art is “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13

When I received this piece I knew I loved it but I wasn’t sure what room in my house to incorporate it into. As I began thinking about this powerful scripture, I realized the perfect spot was in Paxton’s room.

This beautiful and inspiring piece goes perfect in the nursery and I hope this is one of the first scriptures Paxton learns and takes to heart!

Just last month I purchased the Urban Soul Fruit of the Spirit Wall Art to incorporate into my gallery wall. Reading the fruits of the spirit when I enter our living room reminds me of the importance of each of those qualities in the life of a Christ follower.

Do you want your own Urban Soul art? During the month of May you can get 20% off of your order with coupon code MAY20!

Do you have scripture throughout your house? What are your favorite scriptures?

*Check out more reviews of awesome Day Spring products on their (in)spired deals page!

Disclaimer: I was provided the Urban Soul, I Can Do Everything Through Him wall art to review. I was not compensated in any other way. All opinions expressed in this post are my own!
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Bamboobies Nursing Pads + Giveaway http://frugalandsimple.com/2011/04/19/bamboobies-giveaway/ http://frugalandsimple.com/2011/04/19/bamboobies-giveaway/#comments Tue, 19 Apr 2011 16:37:53 +0000 http://frugalandsimple.com/?p=6524 {This giveaway is now closed.}

Breastfeeding is by far the frugal (and green) way to feed your baby! Of course breast pads are a necessity for nursing mamas. A big question is whether to use disposable or reusable!

Before Paxton was born, I was given disposable pads which I used during the first few weeks. The disposables were uncomfortable and I was incredibly self conscious due to the ‘paper sounds’! Not to mention, I hated all the waste they created!

After those early weeks, I switched to reusables and haven’t looked back with no plans to use disposables with future babies.

There is a cost with whatever nursing pads you choose to use. I’ve invested in reusable pads which have held up through this first year of breastfeeding showing minimal wear! I prefer that to spending $10 or so on a box of disposables every few weeks.

There are all different types of reusable nursing pads but there is a quality and comfort difference! While nursing you’ll be wearing nursing pads daily so choose a soft, comfortable and absorbant pad like Bamboobies!

There are two different types of Bamboobies – Regulars and Overnights.

Regulars:

The regulars are heart shaped and adorable! They come in pale pink, hot pink and black. They really are soft, they’re comfortable and absorbant! The heart shaped pads shifted on me when worn right side up so I wore them upside down with minimal movement. Of course, bodies are shaped differently so you may have no problems wearing them right side up!

Overnights:

Overnights are round shaped, plush and incredibly soft! They are designed for heavy leakers and for those early weeks of nursing. These are the most comfortable nursing pads I have ever tried! Honestly, I love these so much that I wear them during the day. I would recommend the overnight Bamboobies to new mamas wanting to avoid disposables entirely during the first few weeks.

Buy Bamboobies:

2-pair packages of Regular Bamboobies or Overnight Bamboobies ~ $16.99

Multi-pack (a lingerie bag with one pair of Overnights and three pair of Regulars) ~ $29.99

4-pair package of Overnights (in a pink lingerie bag) ~ $29.99

Use discount code FAS20 for 20% off!

Giveaway:

Win a coupon code worth $16.99! You can purchase a 2-pair package to sample or apply them towards anything else they sell!

Mandatory Entry:

Visit Bamboobies and tell me what you like the best about them!

Additional Entries:

Giveaway ends Tuesday, April 26 at 12 pm EST.

Disclaimer: I was provided a pair of Regular and Overnight Bamboobies to review. I was not compensated in any other way. All opinions expressed in this post are my own!

Winner: Commentor #6, Jill!


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Book Review: Really Wooly Bible Stories http://frugalandsimple.com/2011/01/29/book-review-really-wooly-bible-stories/ http://frugalandsimple.com/2011/01/29/book-review-really-wooly-bible-stories/#comments Sat, 29 Jan 2011 13:00:10 +0000 http://frugalandsimple.com/?p=5288

We believe it’s never too early to begin sharing our faith with children. We’ve been reading Bible stories to our son since he was just a few days old and read a different story from the Bible to him every day at lunch.

The Bible story books we enjoy the most for our young son have short stories that are easy to understand and have bright illustrations. Really Woolly Bible Stories by Bonnie Rickner Johnson has all of these traits and is one of our favorite Bible Story books.

It is a padded board book which is perfect for a 9-month-old who loves playing with his books but still chews on everything. It’s a perfect size for little hands and is a great book to carry in the diaper bag.

Some of the stories include Creation, Moses, Jonah, Jesus Loves the Little Children and Jesus Death and Resurrection. Each of the stories are written in rhyme which make them fun to read and listen to! I’m looking forward to reading these stories over and over to my son as he grows and learning some of the rhymes together.

Do you love reading with your children? What are some of your favorite Bible Story books or stories to read to them?

Disclosure: I received this book from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. All opinions expressed are my own.

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Book Review: Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half http://frugalandsimple.com/2010/10/12/book-review-cut-your-grocery-bill-in-half-2/ Tue, 12 Oct 2010 13:00:04 +0000 http://frugalandsimple.com/?p=4638


One of the ways we live frugally is by sticking to a tight grocery budget. Our budget is $160 a month for our family and after 4 years of living on a tight grocery budget, I’ve gotten the knack of saving money on groceries…without a lot of coupons!

Of course I’m always excited to learn ways to stretch those dollars through grocery shopping tips and recipes!

I was very excited to read Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half by Steve and Anette Economides. The 306 pages of the book are full of money saving tips to help anyone save money. There are also a few recipes at the back of the book!

Since I am already on a small grocery budget, I have been applying a lot of the advice they gave such as sticking to your list, avoiding impulse buys, looking at the price per unit and how having an additional freezer saves money. However, I am going to start using some of their methods such as monthly meal planning to help save money (I will begin by attempting a 2 week menu!)

I really believe anyone can glean money saving ideas from Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half. If your grocery spending is out of control, applying just a few suggestions in this book will result in grocery savings!

I plan on re-reading my copy and know that I will find other ways to save money! And I’m anxious to try some of their recipes!

Disclosure: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. All opinions expressed are my own.

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Comfy Rumps Diaper http://frugalandsimple.com/2010/09/12/comfy-rumps-diaper/ http://frugalandsimple.com/2010/09/12/comfy-rumps-diaper/#comments Mon, 13 Sep 2010 04:27:37 +0000 http://frugalandsimple.com/?p=4505 *This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to commenter #11, Sammy and #17, Caroline!

Cloth diapering definitely saves money over disposables (not to mention they are so much cuter!) Most mamas (and daddies too) think they are a great idea but can’t get over the fact that some diapers cost $17-20 each.

Comfy Rumps is a parent owned Canadian cloth diaper company that offers quality pocket diapers at an affordable price – starting at $8.75CAD!

Paxton’s new orange PUL snap Comfy Rumps diaper! This one-size pocket diaper only costs $8.75! (They come in orange, yellow, purple, pink, red, green, blue and white and they also offer a velcro version!)

What about the quality?

When I received my diaper, it was in a simple plastic bag with no packaging and there were no brand tags on the diaper. I was surprised about the lack of packaging but it really makes sense – it helps keep the cost of the diaper down plus there is less waste!

When I pulled it out of the bag I was immediately impressed by the diaper. The lining was very soft and the diaper was easy to stuff – in fact when my husband was on diaper stuffing duty the first time after our Comfy Rumps was added to the stash, he commented how it was the easiest diaper for him to stuff!

The pocket diaper and insert. The insert is not as thick as some of our other inserts but it’s worked well so far!

One of my favorite features of this diaper is the snaps that allow the diaper to be in an extra small setting! Even on the extra small setting, the diaper is not really bulky.

Here is the diaper in the large setting (notice the snaps on the right wing that allow for an extra small fit!)

We’ve been using our Comfy Rumps diaper for almost a month in our stash that we wash every other day. This diaper has been tested and so far has stood up to heavy wetting, a rather large poo which it contained and has also been worn a few times overnight with no leaking!

I’ve been very pleased with this diaper! If you are looking for an affordable one-size pocket diaper alternative, Comfy Rumps is a great option!

Paxton is quite comfy (and cute) in his Comfy Rumps!

Purchase:

Comfy Rumps sells PUL Diapers in snaps and velcro, Minky Diapers in cute animal prints and Organic Bamboo Diapers!

They are currently running a special through September 20 – Buy 15 diapers get 3 free diapers, 1 free wet bag and 3 free soakers!

Giveaway:

Two winners will receive a Comfy Rumps diaper of their choice!

Mandatory Entry:

Visit Comfy Rumps and tell me which diaper you would choose if you won!

Additional Entries (leave separate comment for each):

1. Tell me which diaper color or print is your favorite!

2. Like Comfy Rumps on Facebook!

Giveaway ends Monday, September 20 at 12:00 pm CST.

Disclaimer: I was provided a Comfy Rumps diaper to review. I was not compensated in any other way. All opinions expressed in this post are my own.

 

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Book Review: The Boy Who Changed the World http://frugalandsimple.com/2010/09/07/book-review-the-boy-who-changed-the-world/ Tue, 07 Sep 2010 12:00:45 +0000 http://frugalandsimple.com/?p=4459

The Boy Who Changed the World by Andy Andrews is a book that I will read to my son and hopefully future children and grandchildren for years to come!

It a wonderful tale of the impact one person can have on millions (or billions) of people and illustrates to children how investing in just one other person can go on to changes lives for years to come.

It traces the lives of Norman Borlaug, Henry Wallace, George Washington Carver and Moses Carver and shares how they impacted two billion people!

Another reason this book will be a family favorite, the impact was through agriculture. Since I was privileged to grow up on a farm and have a BS in agriculture, I believe it is important to teach future generations about agriculture and The Boy Who Changed the World is a great book to do that.

It ends by telling the child that they can change the world!

I believe this is a timeless book that will be read to children for years and highly recommend purchasing a copy for the little boy (or girl) in your life!

Disclosure: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. All opinions expressed are my own.

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Seventh Generation Natural Baby Starter Kit Giveaway http://frugalandsimple.com/2010/08/19/seventh-generation-natural-baby-starter-kit-giveaway/ http://frugalandsimple.com/2010/08/19/seventh-generation-natural-baby-starter-kit-giveaway/#comments Thu, 19 Aug 2010 17:44:56 +0000 http://frugalandsimple.com/?p=4400 *This giveaway is now closed, congratulations to commenter #3, Tara!

As a cloth diapering mama, I’ve found that I can’t always cloth diaper my baby. There are times that it is easier to use disposables (like overnight trips!)

In the first few weeks, we used disposable diapers before we started cloth diapering. Once he started wearing cloth diapers full time at home and only wearing disposables when we were on the go, I noticed that the disposables had a smell! The “diaper smell”scent it made his soiled diapers smell just horrible! I knew there had to be an unscented disposable diaper!

Then I was introduced to Seventh Generation Diapers:

  • Wood pulp processed without chemicals containing chlorine
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Fragrance and latex free
  • Premium fit and absorbency

The light tan diapers make them look different than other diapers. One of my favorite features is the stretchy tabs and the fit of these diapers is great.

With a breastfeed baby (and the explosions and blowouts that come with that) how did they do? They were great! They had a high rise on the back and contained messes. He did have a little poop up the back one time but it was only a little bit and it was a huge dirty diaper! Other than that I never had any problems and never had any leaks with the wet diapers! (Other brands…let’s just say when he has to wear disposables I’m super prepared with tons of wipes and extra clothes!)

Looking cute in his diaper!

I also tried out the Seventh Generation Baby Wipes. They were okay wipes, they were a little thin and I found that I needed to use 2 or 3 wipes to clean up most dirty diapers. However, the fact that they are also hypoallergenic and unscented makes them a great option for babies with really sensitive skin.

Giveaway:

Win a Seventh Generation Natural Baby Starter Kit including Chlorine Free Diapers (in the size you need), Chlorine Free Wipes, Baby Laundry Liquid, Disinfecting Wipes, All Purpose Cleaner and a few more products (I’ll let you enjoy a surprise when the package arrives!)

Mandatory Entry:

Leave a comment telling me why you want to try out Seventh Generation Diapers!

Additional Entries: (leave a separate comment for each)

1. Tell me who the diapers would be for!

2. Tweet about this giveaway.

Giveaway ends Saturday, August 28 at 12:00 pm CST.

Disclaimer: I was provided a Seventh Generation Natural Baby Starter Kit to review. I was not compensated in any other way. All opinions expressed in this post are my own.

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Baby Bond Review and Giveaway http://frugalandsimple.com/2010/07/12/baby-bond-review-and-giveaway/ http://frugalandsimple.com/2010/07/12/baby-bond-review-and-giveaway/#comments Mon, 12 Jul 2010 20:42:17 +0000 http://frugalandsimple.com/?p=4180 {This giveaway is now closed! The winner was commenter #36, Casey!}

Nursing covers are wonderful for nursing moms! I’m not going to stay at home all the time for fear of having to breastfeed my baby out in public and I don’t feel comfortable not using a cover or just using a blanket…my son moves around too much!

Most nursing covers go over your neck and completely cover your baby up but it gets really hot underneath the cover and my baby  gets drenched in sweat! Add in southern heat and humidity and that results in a very  hot and uncomfortable baby and mama!

Then I tried Baby Bond! It is a wonderful cover especially for summertime nursing!

Baby Bond is a nursing sash which allows you to discreetly feed from the top of your shirt! They make 3 different sashes, the Original, Flex and Couture which is a sash and belly band combo! I chose a Couture in Barcelona (charcoal gray).

I’ve really enjoyed my Couture! It does take practice to get the knack of it, the first time I tried I was a bit discouraged but I just kept practicing. I have used it both as a sash (nursing from the top) and as a band (nursing from the bottom) and I prefer using it as a band. (Another benefit during the summer, when wearing as a band, you don’t have to wear a nursing tank!!)

I love that I don’t have to cover up my son and we can nurse discreetly! I’ve already  used it to nurse at my parents home and when we’ve had company over and felt completely covered and comfortable! I’ve not used it “out” in public but with a little more practice I know that I will feel confident to use it anywhere.

Using the Couture as a sash! He really is nursing here…looks like I’m just snuggling my sweet boy!!

 

Purchase Baby Bond:

Buy your own Baby Bond! Use discount code “simple” for 25% off your Baby Bond purchase! (Discount code active until 7/20/10.)

Giveaway:

Win a Baby Bond of your choice!!

Mandatory Entry:

“Like” Baby Bond on Facebook! (Leave a comment telling me you “like” Baby Bond!)

Additional Entries: (leave a separate comment for each)

1. Visit Baby Bond and let me know what you like best about the product!

2. Tell me which Baby Bond you would choose!

3. Follow @BabyBond on Twitter

4. Follow @frugalandsimple on Twitter

5. Tweet about this giveaway! “Win an @babybond for ‘nursing and conversing’ from @frugalandsimple http://bit.ly/a18qGH #breastfeeding #bfing”

Giveaway ends Monday, July 19 at 12:00 pm CST.

Disclaimer: I was provided a Baby Bond to review. I was not compensated in any other way. All opinions expressed in this post are my own.

*Enter my Bummas Cloth Wipe Giveaway too!

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Bummas Review and Giveaway http://frugalandsimple.com/2010/07/06/bummas-review-and-giveaway/ http://frugalandsimple.com/2010/07/06/bummas-review-and-giveaway/#comments Tue, 06 Jul 2010 15:41:55 +0000 http://frugalandsimple.com/?p=4184 {This giveaway is now closed! The winner was commenter #3, Margaret!}

 

As a cloth diapering mama, it just makes sense to use cloth wipes! In fact, at the very beginning of my cloth diapering, I was using disposable wipes and they were just more of a hassle! Once I realized using cloth wipes made more sense I began a quest for the “perfect” cloth wipe! I started off using baby wash cloths which work okay but I’ve been warned that as my son gets older they won’t be sufficient!

Then I learned about Bummas! Bummas are 100% cotton cloth baby wipes – made in the US! I was sent a package of Wild Ones to try and my first thought when I opened the package was “I love the bright colors!” If you are going to be wiping bottoms, why not do it with fun colors?

When I pulled out the first wipe I thought it was a little small at 5″ x 7″. After using these I realized that the Bummas are the perfect size for wipes – the baby wash cloths were too big!

After using these a few weeks, the 10 Bummas wipes are my favorite! I use the Bummas before the washcloths!

What if you don’t use cloth diapers? Bummas can be used with both cloth diapers or disposables! “Bummas are small soft, luxurious baby-sized cloths made especially for drying baby bottoms, as well as blocking those surprise squirts. And with a little douse of water, they can also replace wet wipes for clean up of sensitive bums.”

Purchase:

Buy your own set of Bummas for $16.99!

Giveaway:

Bummas is giving one reader  a set in their color choice!

Mandatory Entry:

Go to Bummas website and leave a comment telling me which set you would choose!

Additional Entries: (leave a separate comment for each)

1. Visit Bummas website and tell me what you like best about the Bummas!

2. Tell me if you would use them with cloth diapers or disposables!

3.  Follow @frugalandsimple on Twitter

4. Tweet about this giveaway (include @frugalandsimple in the Tweet!)

5. “Like” Frugal and Simple Living on Facebook!

 

Giveaway ends on Thursday, July 15 at 12:00 pm CST.

Disclaimer: I was provided a set of Bummas to review. I was not compensated in any other way. All opinions expressed in this post are my own.

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PaciGrip Review and Giveaway http://frugalandsimple.com/2010/06/15/pacigrip-review-and-giveaway/ http://frugalandsimple.com/2010/06/15/pacigrip-review-and-giveaway/#comments Tue, 15 Jun 2010 17:48:04 +0000 http://frugalandsimple.com/?p=4114 {This giveaway is now closed! The winner was commenter #17, Sarah!}

My son is a Soothie pacifier baby which presents a problem when it comes to pacifier clips! Most pacifier clips are not compatible with the Soothie. However, the PaciGrip by BooginHead is a “universal pacifier leash” that works with the Soothie (plus they are really cute)!

Features of the PaciGrip:

  • Washable, durable and non-toxic
  • Strong clasp that won’t pull off, but is gentle on clothes.

The PaciGrip is simple to put on any pacifier! I was somewhat worried that the “rope” that attached to the pacifier would be uncomfortable for Paxton but there were no issues with that at all!

The clip stays put which is wonderful! It hasn’t made any permanent marks on his clothes. The only downside is that it stays put so well that it can be a little difficult to open since it is not a pinch open clip. However, it is only slightly inconvenient and I’d much rather it be a little snug than falling off all the time and causing his pacifier to fall in the floor (yuck)!

Paxton says go get the baby in your life a PaciGrip! They’ll love it (and so will you)!!

You can purchase PaciGrips at several retailers such as Babies R Us or Baby Depot. You can also order one from Amazon.

Giveaway:

BooginHead has agreed to give one reader a PaciGrip in their choice of color!

Mandatory Entry:

Tell me who would use the PaciGrip! (Your child? Grandchild? Niece?)

Additional Entries: (leave a separate comment for each)

1. Visit booginhead.com and tell me which PaciGrip color is your favorite!

2. Visit booginhead.com and tell me which one of their products you like the best!

3. Follow @BooginHead on Twitter

4. Follow @frugalandsimple on Twitter

5. Tweet about this giveaway! Include @frugalandsimple & @BooginHead in your tweet!

6. Help Sari Crevin (BooginHead owner) achieve her dream of being on Oprah and having her own show! Go vote for Sari and come back and leave a comment telling me you did!

7. Tweet about Sari’s quest to be on Oprah!  You can tweet, “Help Sari Crevin achieve her longtime dream of being on the Oprah Show and having a show of her OWN! Please retweet!http://ow.ly/1Wgiv

Giveaway ends on Thursday, June 24 at 12:00 pm CST.

Disclaimer: I was provided a PaciGrip to review by BooginHead. I was not compensated in any other way. All opinions expressed in this post are my own.

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Skin MD Natural & Giveaway http://frugalandsimple.com/2010/02/15/skin-md-natural-giveaway/ http://frugalandsimple.com/2010/02/15/skin-md-natural-giveaway/#comments Mon, 15 Feb 2010 17:33:18 +0000 http://frugalandsimple.com/?p=3213 {This giveaway is now closed! The winner is commenter number 10, Tina!}

Winter is so rough on my hands! Between the dry air, washing dishes, and repeatedly washing hands (I don’t want to get sick) my hands get very dry! In fact, if I don’t keep them moisturized, the skin over my knuckles cracks and sometimes bleeds!

I need a lotion that keeps my hands feeling moisturized and that’s doesn’t have a strong fragrance (heavily scented lotions give me a headache!)

Enter Skin MD™ Natural Shielding Lotion. This lotion “uses only the finest natural ingredients, and is focused on urging the skin to be active, and to use its own moisture to effectively heal itself.”

When a representative from 21st Century Formulations contacted me about Skin MD™ Natural, I was very excited about trying out the product, in hopes that it would be the solution to my constantly dry hands!

I was not disappointed with the lotion at all! After one application my hands felt wonderful, the lotion does not leave any greasy feeling residue and makes my hands simply feel moisturized!

What’s even better about Skin MD™ Natural is it can be used on your face as well which was exciting to me because I deal with dry facial skin all winter too! It feels wonderful as a facial moisturizer.

Skin MD™ Natural comes in a 4 ounce bottle and retails for $18. The 4 ounces is a 1 to 2 month supply with daily use since you only need a small amount of the lotion to adequately moisturize.

Giveaway:

21st Century Formulations has agreed to give one reader a 4 ounce bottle of Skin MD™.

To Enter:

Leave a comment about your skin care struggles!

(Do you deal with dry hands & face in the winter? Are you allergic to heavily fragranced moisturizers? etc.)

Additional Entry:

Tweet about this giveaway! Include @frugalandsimple in your tweet and leave an additional comment telling me that you tweeted!

Giveaway ends on Sunday, February 21 at 12:00 pm CST.

Disclaimer: I was provided a 4 ounce bottle of Skin MD™ Natural to review from 21st Century Formulations. I was not compensated in any other way. All opinions expressed in this post are my own.

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