Tuesday, November 30, 2010

How is Everyone?

Hope that you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday!  Did you find any great deals?

The Winner is...

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Congrats EmUrso!!!  With the Comment:
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I will be emailing you shortly, or send me an email at themommygoods@gmail.com to claim your prize!!!
(and if anyone can tell me how to copy/paste the entire random.org generator, that would be fabulous!  I spent over 30 minutes trying to figure it out and this is as close as I could get!!)

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Bumbledoo Giveaways!!!!

Make sure that you are following The Mommy Goods as well as Bumbledoo tonight on Facebook!  Bumbledoo is going to be having giveaways starting at 6 PM EST tonight!!!  There will also be an Auction folder on her page with great items starting at 99 cents!!!  You can stay tuned on her page and I will also try to keep up with announcements through my Facebook page!  So make sure that you are following both!!!

You can also follow bumbledoo on their Blog or their Store.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Black Friday Shopping!

So just like any other store, Kelly's Closet is having great deals on cloth diapers, accessories, and more!!! I have listed below just some of the amazing deals that they are having, and if you enter the store through my affiliate link to the right, you can earn me a 5% commission along with your fantastic purchases!!! Enjoy! And Happy Black Friday Shopping!!!

Free Gifts:

First 10 orders of the day receive a bumGenius 4.0 One-Size Cloth Diaper with inserts

Orders 11-70 Receive a FREE sample of Rockin'Green detergent

Orders 71-89 Receive a FREE Kiwi Pie One-Size Fitted Diaper - $24.95 retail
value (if item isn't available KC reserves the right to substitute)

Orders 90-100 Receive a FREE BabyKicks 3G One-Size Diaper

At 6pm est the first 10 orders receive an Rumparooz One-Size
Diaper with insert $23.50 retail value (KC chooses color and closure.)

*Limit 1 free gift per household. Please let us know if you have a boy or girl in the
comments section at check-out. KC chooses colors/closures of all gifts and giveaway

On Sale:

Many of your favorite brands are 10-40% off!!!

And, the BIG news:

Kelly's closet will be exclusively carrying Fuzzibunz Hook and Loop!!!!!  This is a WORLDWIDE exclusive!!

Even Better:

Every order placed will be entered to win one of 44 prizes!!!  This includes diapers, wet bags, packages, etc!!!  Very exciting!!!

The deals start at Midnight tonight!  Happy shopping!  And make sure you enter through my affiliate link!!!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

bumGenius 3.0 OS Diaper Review

Fits 7-35 pounds

Price Per Diaper:  ★★★☆☆ This diaper has been replaced by the newest version bumGenius 4.0 and is no longer sold by most retailers.  However, this diaper can still be found on certain retailer websites such as The Ultimate Green Store as well as Amazon.com for around $17.  As with most diapers, it is not one of the cheapest nor is it one of the most expensive.  But you do get a lot of bang for your buck!  This diaper has all of the great features that moms want along with the ease of use for dad/grandma/babysitter, too!

Leaks:  ★★★★★ Not once did we have a leak issue with this diaper!  This diaper is extremely absorbent and has held whatever mess my daughter has thrown at it!  This is one of the very few diapers that I have ever tried at night.  My daughter is a very heavy night time wetter and usually sleeps for 12-14 hours at night.  Not once did we have a leak at night!!!  This diaper comes with a newborn insert as well as a larger insert for older kids.  The newborn insert can also be used as a doubler with the larger insert.  The larger insert also has snap settings so you can adjust the size according to what size you have the diaper set on.

Fit:  ★★★★★ I gave this diaper five stars for fit because I have never had any trouble finding the perfect fit on my daughter.  There are three snap rise settings on the front of the diaper to adjust as your baby grows.  This makes it very easy to change the size setting as your child grows or if you are diapering different sized children.  That being said, I did not start cloth diapering my daughter until she was 1 year old and 19 pounds.  So while I have found the fit of this diaper to be amazing, I do want to disclose that I do not know how it will do on a smaller baby.  I also love the Velcro on this diaper.  With any Velcro diaper, you can adjust the waist band perfectly to fit your child!   This is handy, especially for my tall skinny child!

Ease of Use:  ★★★★★ This is the by far one of the easiest diapers to use.  It is Dad/ Grandma/ Babysitter approved.  When I wash my diapers, I immediately stuff them so they are all ready to put on baby.  The opening for the inserts is large and very easy to stuff.  Completing this step prior to use makes this diaper a cinch!  You can then use this diaper exactly like you would a disposable; slide under baby, secure the two Velcro tabs, and you are done!

Washing:  ★★★★★ These diapers wash very well.  I have no trouble with staining on these diapers.  They always wash clean and smell fresh.  Over time, the inserts have become a little dingy and they have retained a stain here and there, but no one sees that but me.  The diaper itself looks brand new like the day I got it!  You do have to be very careful in the wash that the Velcro tabs are secured to the laundry tabs so that a diaper chain does not form.  This can damage your Velcro tabs (as well as other diapers/inserts/etc) and decrease the amount of wear you will be able to get out of the Velcro.  I have had no trouble thus far with the Velcro on my bumGenius diapers and they are one of my most used brands.  However, per manufacturer instructions, these diapers are one of the few that does not recommend tumble drying the covers, they recommend line drying.  I hang mine above the dryer on a hanger and they dry in no time at all!!!  Usually by the time my inserts and other diapers are done in the dryer, the hanging covers are too!

Overall Performance:  ★★★★★ This is one of my most trusted go-to diapers.  They are always in use or in the wash.  They fit my tall skinny daughter perfectly, they keep her dry on long naps and at night, and even my husband will grab these first!  I highly recommend the bumGenius 3.0 to a first time cloth diapering parent or for someone looking for a great diaper!!!

Total Stars:  28/30

Daddy’s Thoughts:  This was the first diaper that I got my husband to use and for a long time, it was the only cloth diaper that he would use.  He has since branched out and has no fear of any of our cloth diapers, but this is still the one he prefers.  These are also the diapers that I pack for Grandma to use.

The bumGenius 3.0’s have been one of our most trusted and most used cloth diapers.  We have had no issues with leaking or fit and they wash up to look brand new!  I have no complaints about this diaper and would recommend it to any parent looking for a great cloth diaper.  In June of 2010, bumGenius did discontinue the 3.0 and released the 4.0.  They have made some great upgrades, most notably the option of snap closure as opposed to Velcro.

For those of you with older children (1+) I would recommend the 4.0 with snaps.  The bumGenius 4.0 has all of the great features discussed here, but the addition of the snaps can save your linens.  We did have two instances where my little Houdini was able to get her bumGenius 3.0 with Velcro off in her crib during nap and then proceeded to pee and poop (of course!).  If she had been in a snap diaper, this problem could have been avoided.  However, I do not see this as a flaw with the diaper; the child is to blame!  I still stand by the bumGenius 3.0 as one of my most trusted diapers; I just have to remember to put her in a onesie to protect the crib!

I will be reviewing the bumGenius 4.0 next and will post a link here.

bumGenius 3.0 in Blossom.

Wordless Wednesday!

I can do it myself, Mommy.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Fuzzibunz OS Giveaway!!


In honor of my first review, I am giving away a Fuzzibunz OS cloth diaper in the color of your choice to one lucky reader!  You can read my review of this diaper here.  This is a great diaper and will make the perfect addition to any cloth diaper stash or would make a great first cloth diaper!!

Mandatory Entry:

You must follow my blog through Google Friend Connect (top right corner).  Also, go to Fuzzibunz and check out their amazing selection of colors.  Leave a comment telling me that you are a follower, what your favorite Fuzzibunz color is, and your email address.

Additional Entries:

Like The Mommy Goods on Facebook.  Leave a comment telling me this and include your Facebook name.

Like Fuzzibunz on Facebook.  Leave a comment telling me this and include your Facebook name.

Follow The Mommy Goods on Twitter.  Leave a comment telling me this and include your Twitter ID.

Follow Fuzzibunz on Twitter.  Leave a comment telling me this and include your Twitter ID.

Blog about this giveaway or post on another site such as Facebook, Twitter, or other website.  Leave a comment telling me this and the URL for your post.

I hope to have my blog button up soon.  Check back for it, as adding that to your blog with get you another entry!  Then leave a comment with the URL where you placed the button.

Rules:  This giveaway will end November 29th at 11:59 PM EST.  Any entries submitted after that time will not count.  Mandatory entry must be completed in order for other entries to count.  Entries will be verified.  Any entries without the proper information or entries that cannot be verified will be deleted.  The winner will be chosen by entry number on random.org and notified by email as well as announced on my blog on November 30th.  The winner will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen.  Please remember to include your email with your mandatory entry as this is the only way to contact you if you win.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Up Next.

So I am starting to work on my next review.  And as I stated before, I am still going to review the bumGenius 3.0's.  I know that some of you may think that this is futile.  But you can still buy them retail and/or used and they are still a go to diaper for many moms.  I also want to review the 3.0's so that when I complete the review for the 4.0's I can demonstrate the changes that bumGenius has implemented in the newer version, most notably the addition of the snap option!  I plan on completing both of these reviews next, so stay tuned!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Welcome Wednesday!

Under Construction!

As you can tell, the blog is going through some changes today.  I am so excited about my new header!!!  And a huge thank you to Erin for working so hard on this for me!!  I can tell you, I am not the easiest cookie to please!!!  So she really deserves a medal and a gold star and a trophy!!!  Because I am just in the process of getting things situated and all set, copyright disclaimers and such are not yet incorporated, this will be up soon.  Please do not call the copyright police!!!  And stay tuned for more changes!!!  I still have a few surprises up my sleeve!!

Wordless Wednesday!

I think I may have a left-handed child!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Go Green Pocket Diaper Giveaway!

Head over to Go Long! Go Green!  For details to win a Go Green Pocket Diaper!!

Kelly's Closet Affiliate Program!

I had been contemplating doing this for a while, and I finally just did it!!!  I became an affiliate of Kelly's Closet!!!  Kelly's Closet is the online cloth diaper retailer that I have used for the majority of my online diaper purchases!!  I highly recommend them.  They have competitive prices, free shipping over $49, and have some awesome coupon deals going all the time!!!  So far I have gotten SIX free diapers with their free diaper coupon codes!!  Amazing!!

So if you are contemplating buying cloth diapers, or if you just want to browse a great online store, use my button on the right side of my blog titled "Where to Buy?"  If you do want to make a purchase, make sure that you enter the store through this button and you will earn me a 5% commission on your purchase!!!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Fuzzibunz OS Diaper Review

Fits 7-35 pounds.

Price Per Diaper: ★★★☆☆ This diaper generally retails for 19.95. Not a bad price for what you are getting. This diaper is designed to fit from birth to potty training.  It is not the cheapest diaper, but far from the most expensive as well!

Leaks: ★★★★☆ I did encounter a leak here and there, but an adjustment of the elastic bands cured the problem every time. We also had one leak after a 4 hour nap with one insert, I now use two inserts for every nap and we have had no leaks.  This diaper comes with a newborn insert and a larger insert for bigger kids.  The newborn insert can be used as a doubler with the larger insert (this is what I use).

Fit: ★★★★★ This diaper stands alone in terms of perfect fit. The leg elastic has 8+ settings and the snaps have 4+ settings.  Between the hip/waist snap variations and the adjustable leg elastic, you can get the perfect fit every time. Also, the back elastic can be adjusted to fit your child's waist perfectly!  When first using the diaper, you may have some leaking and fit issues, but once you get the diaper set for your particular baby you will have perfect fit every time! (until baby grows of course, then you have to adjust and find the perfect fit again!!)  Extra Extra!  Each Fuzzibunz OS Diaper comes with a set of replacement elastic!!!  They really have covered all of the bases!

Ease of Use: ★★★★☆ Obviously any diaper with snaps and this many adjustment variations can be a little challenging at first. But once you get the diaper fitted correctly and know which snaps your baby is on (this takes 2-3 diaper changes) it will be a cinch!

Washing: ★★★★★ These diapers wash very very well. Let me stress that again, very well!!! I can always count on my Fuzzibunz to come clean no matter what kind of day my little one is having. They always wash clean and smell fresh. Not one of my Fuzzibunz OS Diapers is stained!!! (see my wash routine in the header to see exactly how I wash my diapers)

Overall Performance: ★★★★★ These are one of my “go to” diapers. They are reliable and I reach for them daily. Once you figure out the fitting, you have a leak proof diaper that will fit any baby body type! I have a long skinny baby and these fit her like a glove!! Very impressed with Fuzzibunz OS Diapers and would highly recommend!

Total Stars: 26/30

Daddy’s Thoughts: At First, he refused to use these diapers because they were “too confusing.” It’s the snaps…Dads hate any and all snaps. And THREE! Yep, he was done at that! But after some time, he saw how well the diapers fit and that there were no leaks or poopy blow outs, so he started to use them! They are now one of the ones he grabs first because, as he puts it, “the poop falls off of the Fuzzibunz into the toilet better than any other diapers.” There is an approval if I ever heard one!

We both have been very impressed with the Fuzzibunz OS Diapers. They are very reliable and are one of the first diapers that we grab. The fit is amazing every time, even on my tall skinny baby. The only flaw that I could find with this diaper was during stuffing.  The pocket for the insert is relatively tight.  This is especially true when stuffing both inserts.  It is tight, but manageable.  I do not feel that this is a reason not to buy this diaper but is note worthy.  I typically use these diapers with one insert during waking hours and two inserts at nap time, with no leak issues. I did not test this diaper at night.

Fuzzibunz OS Diaper in Mac n Cheese
For more on Fuzzibunz Diapers, you can visit their website here.  Or you can buy through my affiliate, Kelly's Closet, through the provided link on the right side of my webpage.

Katydid Diaper Giveaway!!

Visit Diary of Momma to win a Katydid cloth diaper!!!

Very Exciting Week!

So, I am making my final revisions to my review on Fuzzibunz OS diapers and hope to have it up tonight.  Yes, I am putting extra thought and effort into this review as it is my first and I want it to set the standard for all of my diaper reviews.  I am so excited to get it posted and officially start my journey into cloth diaper reviews!!!

Also, I have been cooking up a few surprises.  Can't wait to tell you all about it!!  Stay tuned!!!

Mom Blog Monday

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Friday, November 12, 2010

Monday, November 8, 2010

Win a bG Artist Series Diaper!

Head on over to The Cloth Diaper Report for details on how to win a bG Artist Series Diaper!!!

Here we Go!!

I was out of town last week, and so my hopes to get reviews going were dashed because my mom has SLOWER THAN MOLASSES internet.  So this is the week.  I am planning to post my review on Fuzzibunz OS Pocket Diapers and perhaps bumGenius 3.0 OS Pocket Diapers by the end of this week!  So excited!  Yes, I know, it is practically worthless to post a review on the bG 3.0's because they are no longer making them.  But, they were one of my first diapers, and you can still buy them new and used.  So I might as well continue as planned, review them, give mommas out there the info I have, and in the process work out some of my reviewing bugs.  So stay tuned!!!

Also, we are only 3 people away from 50 followers!  Wow!  I will not have a giveaway lined up in time for 50....but maybe at 75 followers!!!  And definitely 100!!  So keep watching!!

Late Note:  We made it to 50!!!  Wow!  I can't believe it!!  Thank you to everyone following!!!  This is amazing!!

And, every time I have logged on to my blog today, I read the title of this post and break into the Steeler song!  Yes, I am a HUGE Pittsburgh Steelers fan, and they are playing tonight.  So I had to share some love with my team!!  Go Steelers!!!

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