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One Whole Year Event Day 7: EcoMom!

Welcome to Day 7 of my One Whole Year Event! (Remember, to enter you must visit the original One Whole Year giveaway post, and complete the mandatory entry first. ALL extra entries must also appear on THAT post!)

So far, I’ve announced 6 prizes in the package:

  • One Kawaii Minky Bamboo one size cloth diaper in the new olive green color
  • The in-stock baltic amber teething necklace of your choice from Inspired by Finn!
  • A prize bundle from HappyBaby, including the book, HappyBaby: The Organic Guide to Baby’s First 24 Months!
  • A BabyBond, for nursing and conversing!
  • A snuggly Keptin Jr. organic cotton Rabby from Hazelnut Kids!
  • A 2-week supply of Milkin’ Cookies (lactation cookies for mom!)

This has been a fun week, but it’s not over yet!  :D

Today’s featured sponsor is EcoMom!

As you may recall, I recently did a review of Plum Organic Baby Food from EcoMom. That’s because EcoMom was generous enough to sponsor my One Whole Year event AND offer a separate giveaway for a $25 gift card to their site!

To visit my EcoMom review and enter the $25 gift card giveaway, click here. (This link also includes a 15% discount code!! ) Ends 11/25.

My super lucky One Whole Year winner will be receiving one of our favorite baby products ever! One of my very first blog posts was about Under the Nile veggie teethers (check it out here) and we still love them just as much today. My winner will be receiving the organic cotton carrot teether, just like this one:

Just a reminder, EcoMom carries great eco-friendly products for all members of the family! In fact, I’ve given the link to Santa so he knows where to get me a new lunch carrier for work! :)

Thanks again, EcoMom! If you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go check out the Daily Deal…


For an extra entry into the One Whole Year giveaway: Visit  EcoMom’s Gifts for New Moms and Babies page and leave me a comment on the original One Whole Year post telling me which gift is your favorite.  Good luck and thanks for celebrating with us!

**Make sure to complete the mandatory entry first! Mandatory entry and ALL extra entries must appear on the original One Whole Year post! (NO entry comments on this post, please!)


Sorry, this contest open to US residents only (Please note: My EcoMom giveaway is open to residents of US and Canada!) One Whole Year entries will be accepted through 11/18. I will choose a winner via Random.org on 11/19. Winner will be contacted via email (please leave your email address!)  and will have 48 hours to respond and claim prize package or a new winner will be chosen.


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Your Guide to November Events…

Call me a worry wart, but as much as I love featuring my favorite products and offering giveaways, I always fear that I may be making things confusing or difficult for you, my dear readers, and I certainly want to avoid that when I can. So today’s post is dedicated to providing a little clarity on November’s events! :)

Here’s a roundup:

  • Now: Enter to win a $25 gift card from EcoMom here. Note: EcoMom is NOT just for moms! They carry cool eco-friendly stuff for foodies too! ;)
  • Nov. 1 – 10: I’m participating in the Blogmania Dream Team’s Holiday Open House! Check my blog on those dates for some healthy holiday recipes and a few of my favorite gift ideas. Just stop by and read, or link up your own holiday post (just write one one any topic you’d like), and you could win some great prizes! (See the button on my sidebar…)
  • Nov 11 – 18 – My One Whole Year Event! Baby boy is turning one and we’ve hit the one year breastfeeding milestone! To thank my readers and online friends for all the help and support I’ve received over the past year, I’ve put together a prize package worth over $120. Entries will be easy, and one lucky winner takes all! My sponsors have been very generous with some great prizes, along with discounts and other offers, so you don’t want to miss these 7 days of Sponsor Spotlights! For now, grab the button on my sidebar and put it on your blog for an extra entry! If you do, let me know here.
  • Nov. 18: I will choose and announce winner of the One Whole Year giveaway!
  • Nov. 25: I will choose and announce winner of the EcoMom giveaway!

As you can see, there’s a lot going on over here at ABCGP, and I know I’ve been a little light on the posts lately. But that’s about to change! November’s going to be a fun, FULL month, so I hope you’ll join me!

(But for today, first things first. We’re off to little man’s first Halloween party! :D ) Happy Halloween, everyone!!!

If you have any blog events going on – or questions about mine – be sure to let me know!


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Sponsor Sneak Preview: EcoMom Review and Giveaway!

Why did I hook up with Blogmania 2011? Because I found SO many great retailers during the 2010 event! Some became regular favorites of mine, and now I’d like to help spread the word about them, too!

So, dear readers, I’d like to introduce you to Ecomom! (Eco-friendly baby products – EcoMom®(Stick around, foodie friends…there’s something in here for you, too! Stainless steel lunch carrier, anyone? ;) )

EcoMom is an online shopping site and eco-friendly community, as well as a sponsor of my One Whole Year Event!

How do I love thee, EcoMom? Let me count the ways...

I love that EcoMom carries eco-friendly baby toys, diapers, nursing supplies, and lots of other things that I need very regularly, and I don’t have to check each item to make sure it’s non-toxic or safe for baby. If EcoMom carries it, we’re good to go.

I also love that EcoMom offers a Daily Deal, which has turned me into a regular stalker… 8O

I really, really love the intro to EcoMom’s children’s toys and books selection…(you should read it. It’s fab.)

but one of the things I love MOST about EcoMom is that I can order baby food from their site, too!

Ok, yes, I like to make my own baby food. BUT, since going back to work full-time, I just can’t make ALL of it. And I like to have a few pouches (BPA-free, of course) on hand at all times for times when we’re out, or just need a quick snack for little man.

But I won’t bend on the organic factor, so I am so glad to be able to order Plum Organics and Revolution Foods through EcoMom. Anytime I plan an order, I can just add on some Red Lentil Veggie, Multigrain Super Greens, or Blueberry, Pear and Purple Carrot! (There are lots of other unique varieties, too. A great bonus because I like my boy to have a wide variety of foods, but specialty items like organic purple carrots aren’t always in my grocery budget. They’re so much more affordable this way!)

EcoMom carries organic purees, training meals, snacks, and more that you can feel good about feeding your kids, whether they are starting solids or packing lunches for school! (And there are vegetarian and vegan-friendly options too!)

Are you excited yet? Ready to go shopping? Well, EcoMom has graciously offered a special discount code for my readers! Use the code SBBL663 to save 15% off your first EcoMom order! (Offer good through 11/30/10.)

Wait! Wanna know how you can save even more? Sign up for the new EcoPass program! You can purchase a $99 annual membership and get a 15% discount on every order, as well as free shipping with no minimim order! Considering you can buy snack items, household and beauty products as well as baby food, toys, books and a TON of other stuff, an EcoPass membership could help you save BIG! (It can pay for itself in as little as 4 orders!)

And now, for the really fun stuff: EcoMom has generously offered a fun “pre-party” giveaway to help get everyone warmed up for the big One Whole Year event! This is an especially great prize, because EcoMom offers something for everyone! You’ll find everything moms need, but if you’re not a mom, you could choose makeup, shampoo, a stainless steel lunch carrier, cloth snack bags, unpaper napkins, gorgeous EarthLust reusable water bottles and more…all safe and non-toxic in keeping with EcoMom’s commitment to making eco-conscious living easy, affordable and rewarding!

Excited? Good! Here are the deets:

  • To enter to win a $25 gift card to EcoMom, you must first complete the mandatory entry: Visit EcoMom and tell me what product you are happily surprised to find there!
  • Bonus Entry #1: Follow EcoMom on Twitter
  • Bonus Entry #2: Become an EcoMom fan on Facebook
  • Bonus Entry #3: Like me on facebook!
  • Bonus Entry #4: Subscribe to my blog via email!
  • Bonus Entry #5: Sign up for the EcoMom newsletter
  • Tweet about this giveaway: Tweet must include a link to this post! Please leave a comment with the URL of your unique tweet. Only one per day, please!

Giveaway is open to residents of US and Canada! :)  I will choose a winner using Random.org on November 25th. I will contact winner via email (so make sure you provide your email address!) and winner will have 48 hours to claim prize, or a new winner will be chosen.

Good luck, and don’t forget to grab my One Whole Year button!

Disclosure: I received a product sample of Plum Organics from EcoMom for review purposes.  I was not compensated for this review, and the opinions are my own.


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Cloth Diaper Carnival VIII: Where’s the Awareness?

This post is part of Cloth Diapering Bloggers’ and Dirty Diaper Laundry’s Cloth Diaper Carnival VIII: Cloth Diaper Awareness.  Please visit the other bloggers participating by following the links at the end of this post. 

I’ve been cloth diapering for nearly 5 months now, and it’s truly been one whopper of an eye-opening learning experience!
I’ve learned a ton about diaper companies, different fabrics, laundry methods, and how to twist and dump a poop with pretty good precision, if I do say so myself. But I’ve learned a lot of other things, too. Like how gratifying it is to make such a positive decision for my family and my baby, and how I shouldn’t doubt my abilities because when I put my mind to something, I CAN accomplish it, even if I don’t know what I’m doing at first. 
Perhaps the biggest thing I’ve learned is that I am not alone, in cloth diapering or any other parenting issue, because beyond my family, I have a huge community of like-minded, supportive, experienced mommies out there who are willing to go above and beyond to help me succeed. I am honored to join you all!
But, despite all I’ve learned, I still have questions: Why don’t I know another cloth diapering mom? Why have I not EVER seen another baby in a cloth diaper? Sure, they are online, but where are the fluff lovers in my community? I find box after box of yicky disposables in every store, and I see them in shopping cart after shopping cart, but the closest I’ve seen to cloth is a random pack of Gerber prefolds at Wal-Mart. Um, not exactly what I’m looking for…

I’ve tried to spread the word, but most women I know aren’t biting. I’ve told friends and coworkers how easy cloth is, and how I actually enjoy doing my son’s diaper laundry because it’s just one more way of caring for him in the best way I can. (Most just roll their eyes at me.)  The problem is that I don’t know where to find the new mommies who would be open to the idea of cloth, the ones who have questions or don’t know where to start, or even the ones who have never even heard of a pocket or an AIO and have no idea what the world of modern cloth diapers has to offer them.
 A free pocket diaper is what snagged me, but getting a free diaper put into all those (useless) bags you get from the doctor or hospital might be just a tad costly. Soooo….today’s carnival topic got my stream of consciousness flowing…I’m here, and I’m ready to talk, help, encourage. But how?

Maybe, I print up business cards that say just that. “I’m Wendy. I don’t sell cloth diapers, but I use them, and you can, too. Call me and we can talk about how easy it is.”
And maybe, they should include facts that people need to know. Like “The disposable diapers you use today will still be in a landfill in 500 years.” or “Cloth Diapers are the best choice for your baby’s health, and our environment.” or “Do you want dioxin on your baby’s bum? Consider cloth!”
I could hand these cards to the folks I see buying disposables. Ok, that might be just a little too forward…. Maybe, I could just leave them all over town! The diaper aisle at Target, community bulletin boards, coffee shops, OBGYN’s offices, the WIC offices… what if we could convince people on the inside to join us? It’s for the babies, after all!

Or, I could leave strategically placed sticky notes, Operation Beautiful style, in places where I know mommies go. But I wouldn’t want my phone number all over town… so maybe I could include a website? If there is, in fact, one definitive website on the topic, maybe they’d be willing to supply such notes?
Or, maybe we CD mommas start a covert website where we plan our world takeover!  A website that could spark a whole movement… The “Cloth Diaper Brigade,” “Mommies for Cloth” or whatever we called ourselves could enlighten millions if we joined forces and kept all the details on when, where and how to learn about cloth on a tidy little card in our purses or diaper bags, ready to hand out at a moment’s notice, or casually drop in just the right place… (like the little hole/handle on the side of a big box of sposies… oooh, sneaky! :twisted: )
But what else? T-shirts? Maybe an ad in the paper? A sign in my yard? A bumper sticker on my car? A tattoo! Ok, so maybe my ideas are a little on the silly side. I’m not sure what the answer is, but I sure look forward to hearing all the other ideas generated by the carnival, and if anyone needs my help, I’m in!
One thing is for sure: The word is out on the ‘net, but it is not out in my local community, so I’m choosing to lead by example, and hope that I inspire someone once in a while (I have had 2 people ask me for recommendations for friends…so it is working, albeit slowly.) Big advertising a la Pampers and Huggies might sound good, but if it can’t happen for the smaller cloth companies, a grassroots movement should not be underestimated. (Nor should Daddies! Convince them that cloth will save money, then send them out to tell everyone! My husband is ON it!)

For now, the best tools I have are a friendly voice and a willingness to share with anyone who wants to listen…(and a smiley baby wearing some super cute fluff doesn’t hurt, either!!)

In the spirit of sharing and helping new CD mommies out there, I’d like to share what’s in my stash, just in case you might have any questions about the brands/styles/products listed below. It’s been quite a while since I posted a cloth diaper update, so here’s the scoop on the latest poop-catchers in the ABCGP household!
Every diaper change is a mix-and-match experiment using the following. (I’m not listing products we’ve sold off or aren’t using.) These are the ones that are working for us:
  • 7 Fuzzibunz OS Pocket Diapers
  • One Marvels by Kissaluvs OS
  • One BumGenius 4.0 OS with Hook & Loop closures
  • One Kawaii Minky OS Pocket
  • One Kawaii Minky Bamboo OS Pocket
  • One Flip cover 
  • One Imse Vimse cover 
  • 3 GroBaby OS shells
  • 6 extra GroBaby soakers
  • One Ecobumz OS pocket
  • One handmade diaper cover from ClothBaby.org – (The softest one we have, and so cute! See, the bum says it all…)
  • 8 organic cotton prefolds
  • 6 gCloth inserts
  • a few packs of biodegradable gLiners
  • 3 extra BumGenius microfiber inserts
  • one Knickernappies SuperDo
  • 3 bags Lulu’s in the Fluff detergent
  • One shaker of Lulu’s pail sprinkles in Dimpled Booty
  • One lidded garbage pail

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the diapers I’ve been using. I’m no expert, but I’m happy to help where I can!

As for the future of cloth in our house, I’m considering venturing into the land of fitteds instead of relying solely on pockets. If you have any advice or suggestions, please share! I need to get the kinks worked out in case we are lucky enough to find ourselves expecting #2!

Thanks, and happy diapering everyone!

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