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    Happy Baby Cloth Diapers


    2009 - 06.22

    I’ve made no secret on my other blogs that I have been cloth diapering both of my youngest children, aged 2 and 1 years old.  And I love it!  It works so well for us!  And while I do have a decently sized stash of diapers that work well for us, I always love trying out a new diaper, to see if maybe it’ll work better or if I’d like to expand our stash.  I’ve had great luck so far, thankfully.  And the nice thing about cloth diapers is that even if you try something and it doesn’t work, there are many avenues for you to sell that diaper and recoup a great deal of your cost in the process.

    Happy Baby Cloth DiapersI was thrilled recently to get the chance to review some one-size pocket diapers from Happy Baby Cloth Diapers.  I started out cloth diapering using primarily largely manufactured diapers, such as bumGenius and Fuzzibunz.  But I find now that I know more about cloth diapers and am more comfortable with them as a whole, that I am enjoying even more the diapers that are made by WAHMs (Work at Home Moms).   I love supporting crafty mamas trying to earn a few pennies for their families and often the workmanship is unparalleled.

    Such is the case with Happy Baby diapers.  I received two of the one-size pocket diapers to try out and I have to say, I am in love.  These diapers have quickly been elevated to “nap diapers” in our house, which to those of you out there who use cloth diapers, you know that is high praise indeed!  I can not only trust these diapers (and the super thirsty inserts they came with) to absorb what I need them to, but unlike some of our older Fuzzibunz, these stay on my son who has recently cultivated a newfound interest in stripping during naptime.  Not so with the Happy Baby diapers though!  There is no gaping, they fit snugly and comfortably, and so far my son has yet to try to remove them.  Yay!

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    As you can see, there isn’t a whole lot of extra room to grow here.  Then again, my son is getting close to potty training age.  Still, he’s on the skinny side so you might want to beware if you have an extra chubby wee one.  But I have played around with the different snap settings and I feel confident in saying that these diapers would fit small babies well without a whole lot of extra bulk.  The fit is trim and yet comfortable.

    The sewing is quality work.  The seams are all straight and tight.  The snaps are all applied correctly and evenly.  The elastic is tight and stretchy.  The fleece on the inner of the diaper is soft and effective at keeping my son’s diaper area dry in between changes. The PUL (polyurethane laminate) that keeps the diaper water-proof is thick and effective.  No leaks here!

    If I had any constructive criticism (other than the snugness on older children), it would be the pocket that you stuff with inserts.  It’s a little snug to get your hand inside and the position of the pocket can make it difficult to remove an insert from a soiled diaper.  I would probably move it up closer to the waistband so that the insert could be easily shaken out over a diaper pail.  That said, it’s a minor inconvenience on a diaper that works so well for us!

    I think I will certainly be interested in getting a few more of these to so that we have enough for naptime and outtings every day!  The WAHM behind Happy Baby Cloth Diapers is super nice to work with and you can be confident that she does a great job on these diapers.  Also? The price is VERY right for a one-sized diaper.  If you’re looking to start cloth diapering or if you already do and would like to try a new diaper, give these a try.  You won’t be sorry!

    Who’s afraid of the dark?


    2009 - 03.09

    My two boys share a room.  They are 9 years old and 2 years old.  And they both like to sleep with all the lights blazing.  All night long.  We will turn out the lights after they’ve fallen asleep only to find all the lights back on in the morning.  This can’t be good for our electric bill, for one thing.  But a mere night light has never done the trick in the past (and believe me, we’ve tried).

    Enter the SYLVANIA PalPODzzz Portable Nightlights.  It’s a mouthful, but the gist is it’s a cute little light to chase away the boogeymen and monsters at night.  PalPODzzz come in two different designs, the ladybug for that little girl in your life, and a rocket ship, which is what we got.  These cute little lights plug into an outlet but also have a rechargable flashlight (in our case, the rocketship detaches from the base for use as a flashlight).  This is GENIUS, because if there’s one thing my 9 year old loves, it’s a flashlight at night when he’s in bed.  And if there’s one thing I hate, it’s when my 9 year old wastes a couple of batteries from leaving a flashlight on all night.  This here is a win-win situation.

    Another side-benefit of this cute little light is that it matches my boys’ room decor PERFECTLY.  Their room is done up in full outer-space motif with dark blue ceiling with glow in the dark stars, rocketship painted on the wall… the works!  This light is perfect and both the boys love how it looks like a toy.

    There are still some nights when we find the lights on after bedtime, but with this wonderful nightlight, those nights are becoming few and far between.  Hopefully, those energy wasting days will soon be a thing of the past.

    Many thanks to SYLVANNIA and to the Parent Bloggers Network for letting me try this out.  It is a perfect fit in our home and if you have some little ones who have a healthy fear of the dark, chances are it will be perfect for your home too.

    The most important meal of the day


    2009 - 02.23

    It’s been a while since my last review and what better way for me to make my Grand Return than to talk about one of my favorite foods of all time?  Yep, I’m talking about breakfast cereal.

    Breakfast has always been one of my favorite meals, ever since I was a little girl.  I have vivid recollections of creeping downstairs on Saturday morning, before anyone else in the house was awake and watching cartoons all by myself.  My dad was usually up an hour or so later and he would always pour me a bowl of cereal.  I can also remember when my older brothers and sisters would come downstairs for breakfast on school days, I would eat cereal with each and every one of them in turn, keeping them company.  I can remember creating a “cereal box fortress” surrounding my bowl so I could examine the puzzles and pictures on the backs while I ate.  I can remember rooting through many a box in search of the infamous “free inside”.

    Ahh… memories.

    These are the sorts of feelings I want to pass down to my children.  And so far?  So good.  But my nine year old doesn’t have much patience for any cereal that doesn’t have a metric ton of sugar in it.  Which is why I’m grateful for General Mills and their “Grow Up Strong” campaign for children’s cereals.

    It’s so hard anymore to get kids to eat healthy. And when it comes to important vitamins and minerals like calcium and vitamin D, 75% of kids do not get the daily amount.  75%.  That’s HUGE.  Because without calcium and vitamin D, how can our children grow healthy bones?  The good news is that it’s easy to find these nutrients by looking for foods and drinks fortified with calcium and vitamin D.   And even better news is that all of General Mills’ Big G kid cereals offer a good source of both nutrients.

    Need more convincing?  A “recent report in a leading consumer magazine ranked kid cereals by nutritional content, and all nine General Mills Big G kid cereals included in the report were ranked in the top half.”  Not just that, but all Big G kid cereals have at least 8 grams of whole grains per serving which is a great start towards fullfilling the daily whole grain nutritional requirement.  And if it’s sugar you’re worried about, Big G kid cereals have 12 grams or less sugar in each serving.

    General Mills was kind enough to send us a box of their Lucky Charms to try out and enjoy and you would have thought itwas Christmas again at our house.  Lucky Charms just happens to be one of my nine year olds most favorite cereals.  Even my two year old has gotten in on the fun and it’s hard to find ANYTHING that child will willingly eat.  Not a problem with Lucky Charms, he gobbled that up right away.  What a peace of mind for me!  Because I know he’s getting nutrition at the same time he thinks he’s getting a treat.

    So thank you, General Mills, for giving me that peace of mind.  And thank you to the Mom Bloggers Club for hooking me up with this great review.    And remember, don’t forget to eat your breakfast!  It is the most important meal of the day, after all.