Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Sponsor Post for Crafty Weeks

Today I am going to tell you a little bit about Crafty Weeks.

Crafty Weeks, owned by Allison, is a handmade shop on Etsy with all sorts of adorable items.  She sells custom made onesies with cute prints on them and also a lot of different leg warmers.  She also sells crayon rolls, blankets and burp cloths.

Here is one of my favorite onesies that she makes:

Crafty Weeks will also be available as a vendor at the Great Cloth Diaper Change in Roanoke this year!  We are so excited to have her and I just can't wait to see what she brings.  A few of her items will also be in a raffle package!!!!

You should also check out her awesome blog she has too!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Sponsor Post for Smile Sunshine Designs

Smile Sunshine Designs is a local business right here in Roanoke, VA that has an online shop on Etsy. The shop features safe & natural alternatives for mamas and kiddos. All items are handmade by the shop owners and come from a smoke free and pet friendly home.

Smile Sunshine Designs offers Silicone Necklaces and Bracelets. These are made of the same silicone as baby pacifiers and bottles, so no BPA! The bracelets are made on a thick, strong elastic cord and baby can chew, suck, and play with them. The necklaces are only strung part of the way, but that is for comfort for the mommy – also the baby won’t be chewing on your neck!
Another type of Necklace the store offers are Fabric Necklaces. These are made of fabric and natural wood. A knot is placed between each bead just in case of breakage and some necklaces offer an unfinished wood teething ring! So cute.
Another option for a necklace is the Crochet Bead Necklace. Each crochet bead is made up of a birch wood bead that is covered in soft cotton. Something fun for babies to play with while nursing, taking a bottle, etc.
Teether Rings are made with soft fabric, perfect for absorbing all that drool! Fabric is stitched twice to ensure the beads are secure. This is a great teething product to use instead of all those plastic teethers that out now!
Check out Smile Sunshine Designs on Etsy to see all the cute items they carry and the different color combos they offer.

Sponsor Post for Baby K’tan

The Baby K’tan Baby Carrier is a cross between a sling a more structured front infant carrier. There are seven positions with the baby carrier – they can be snuggled or breastfed using the Hug or Explore positions and as they get older they can be carried on your hip! Most slings only distribute weight over one shoulder, this carrier distributes over both your shoulders and your back, so no more back or neck pain!

The loops for the Baby K’tan are very easy and uncomplicated unlike other wraps. You can use the Baby K’tan from 8 pounds up to 35 pounds! Check out this comparison chart to other types of baby carriers:

The Baby K’Tan is offered in sizes XS, S, M, L and XL. Sizing is based on your pre-pregnancy fitted dress size (or suit jacket size for men). You can also refer to their sizing chart. Due to the carriers being sized you and your partner may need separate carriers – refer to the sizing chart to determine.

Once you receive your Baby K’tan you can refer to their website for instructions on the various holds! The Kangaroo position is for newborns up to about 3 months old – the step by step instructions are super easy to follow and the snuggling with your baby is wonderful! To carry on the hip there are two alternatives – either with the carrier over one shoulder or over both shoulders.  Always do a safety check once you have the baby in the carrier. 
The Baby K’tan comes in a variety of colors; Heather Grey, Eggplant, Black, Cocoa, Sage Green, White, Natural, etc. They also offer a baby carrier called the Breeze – the difference is that the 50% mesh and 50% cotton construction reduces heat and moisture. The Breeze comes in White or Black. If you like to choose organic they also offer a Natural and Black carrier.

If you’d like when you purchase a carrier directly from Baby K’tan you can also personalize the carrier OR sash with a name, monogram, or Family Logo. So cute!
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Sunday, April 14, 2013

Sponsor Post for Momma Bean Stalk

OK local mommas! FINALLY a local resource for amber! I don’t know about you but I’d so much rather buy from someone local than order online through a retailer. Momma Bean Stalk is based in Christiansburg, VA and instead of paying for shipping you can meet up with her to get your product.

While looking over Momma Bean Stalk’s store on Etsy I noticed she has only been open since February 4, 2013 and already has 91 sales! WOW, that is great. Way to go Bekah!

Here are a few of her products that stood out to me:

Raw Baltic Amber Bracelet on Stretch Cord – Adult Various Sizes and Colors – Easy On - $12

 13 inch Ombre Baltic Amber Teething Necklace - $16


28 Inch Honey Raw Baltic Amber Necklace - $28


For the raffle table she has provided:

Retail value of $46
13 inch raw, unpolished amber
18 inch raw, unpolished amber
6 inch raw unpolished amber

Sponsor Post for Roanoke Ring Slings

In this post I am going to tell you about my experience with Roanoke Ring Slings.

I have actually purchased a ring sling from Roanoke Ring Slings not too long ago and I have to say I am impressed.  I have tried almost every carrier and felt like I could only ever like the Boba.  Well, prove me wrong!  This ring sling is super durable, easy to use, very snugly, versatile and I could go on and on and on!

When I tried this, I first tried it on my 18 month old and he loved it!  He just snuggled right up to mommy and was LOVING the cuddle time.  We used this sling A LOT on our Florida vacation...including using it on the beach!  My son was soooo scared of the water!  I put him in the sling and, well...just LOOK at how happy he is!

Not only all that, but this ring sling felt safe and secure.  I also LOVED the black thread on the white cloth.  It looks so elegant and was DEFINITELY great for the FL sun and heat!

Now, of course, at one point my 3 1/2 year old just HAD to get in it.  I was very surprised that he was able to use it!  Not only that, he loved it.  I have to admit that for me it was a little awkward (let's face it...he is a huge boy measuring in at 3 feet 9 inches), but it did feel safe and secure!  Please note, that my older son is still only 35 lbs.  I would never put my son in it if he was over the suggested weight limit.

Now, with all that said, I bet you can't WAIT for your chance to win one in the raffle!!!! ;-)

Sponsor Post for Villa Babies

In this post, I am going to tell you a little bit about Villa Babies.  

Villa Babies is a relativity new diaper maker right over in Beckley!  She makes AIO diapers.

Her AIO diapers vary from Stay Dry to Organic options and snaps or velcro.  She also makes AIO diapers with  snap down option for the umbilical cord (which to me is essential when CDing a newborn).  She also has 17 options for the diapers for colors and/or prints.

She also carries pail liners, wet bags, diaper pails, diaper sprayers, wipes, and wipe warmers.  So, basically everything you would need to CD plus more!

But, it doesn't stop there!  She also offers tees and hat sets!  

I mean, seriously, look at the adorable raffle package she provided for us.  There is also a second one for a boy!

Sponsor Post for EcoSprout

EcoSprout is a cloth diaper friendly laundry detergent.  I received two different scents, warm vanilla sugar and sandalwood vanilla.  I had such a hard time picking out which one I was going to try.  I ended up choosing the warm vanilla sugar....okay, I husband had to choose for me.

I loved this detergent.  It works VERY well.  I was able to use the whole sample size (2 oz) before I wrote this review and I'm telling ya, no stink issues here!  The diapers are ALWAYS smelling fresh!  Also, it just smells SO yummy!!!! 

This detergent got out even the toughest poop marks, diarrhea from being sick.  I'm telling you, for real, I am IN LOVE with this product!

I also did a soak with this detergent.  Well, two soaks (because I have that many diapers lol)...and boy was that nasty!  The water was so brown and yuckie...ew...that's the only way I know how to describe it.  But, I loved it so much that I had to buy another batch of it.  I have to admit that this is the very first time I have ever committed to a laundry detergent.  It is the first full size bag I have ever bought, no joke.  I have been living off of samples that I purchased and stuff in hopes of finding one that I liked.  Well, I have been searching since August (when I realized how much I really didn't like Rockin' Green) and I have finally FINALLY found one!!!  So happy about this!!!