Buttons Diapers Prints Review

Disclosure; This is not a sponsored post. I did receive the product samples seen here however the opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links. 

     I have a fond place in my heart for Buttons Diapers. They were our non-newborn...newborn diapers for my third son. I started cloth diapering my second son when he was 8 months old and was completely inexperienced with cloth diapering a newborn. I bought a stash of One Size diapers expecting them to fit my healthy boy from birth on. Unfortunately they didn't fit him until around 16 lbs, even though he was 9.5 at birth and they said 8-35lbs. Luckily we had our Buttons Diapers. 
     While our other OS diapers didn't fit for several weeks...our Buttons Diapers fit right away!! In addition to fitting from birth, I also found that the Buttons all-in-two (AI2) system is easy to use, easy to clean and comes with a variety of inserts. Since our last experience with them, Buttons has expanded their line to include a huge selection of solids and prints. I look forward to using Buttons Diapers for the arrival of our 4th son in just a few months. Here, take a look.

Creating a Bee Sanctuary #SaveTheBees

Disclosure; This is not a sponsored post, this is a family project at our home. 

      A major red flag for humans is the continued disappearance of bees. These pollinators act as a monitor for environmental health. If the environment isn't healthy enough to keep bees alive...what does that mean for humanity? The introduction of pesticides, herbacides and GMO crops with built in bug-killer has ignited a major decline in the bee population. In response to this terrifying reality, my family began researching what we could do to help the bees. We live in the country, grow as much produce as we can and eat organically. Unfortunately that's not enough. This year it was months before I saw our first bee. I was afraid that we wouldn't have any at all. We concluded that the obvious solution is to try and attract more bees to our yard. Not only does it help the environment, but it ensures pollination of our apple trees and veggie garden, and is a great lesson for our children. Win - win - win.

Shutterfly Freebies July 2015

     One of my favorite thing about shutterfly is the freebies! If you use their coupons, you can get all sorts of gifts, items for your home and photos absolutely free. Shop now for Holidays and be prepared early...and save tons on gifts. Shipping may apply, but for the few dollars you can get an amazing order of goodies. Here are some freebies for July 2015:

1. $20 off of a $20 purchase; All Customers 7/22-7/28; Code: JOLLYJULY 

2. FREE Small luggage tag, Placemat OR Two 8x10 Prints; All Customers 7/25-7/26 Code: OhJoy

3. FREE 50 Prints; All Customers 7/22 - 7/30 Code; 50FREE

4. New customers enjoy one FREE 6 foot roll of gift wrap or one 10 foot roll for $5 7/22 -7/29Code: NCGIFT 

5. New customers enjoy 100 FREE 4x6 prints with promo 7/22-7/30 Code: 100FREE 
Disclosure; I'm a shutterfly affiliate and these are my links. I get a small percentage if you use them, so thank you for purchasing through my links, we appreciate it.

Ham Cheeks $25 Cloth Diaper Giveaway USA ends 8/5

     There's so many benefits to using cloth diapers... Not only do you save a lot of money with cloth, but you also contribute to less waste and cloth diapering is actually much better for baby's skin too! One of my favorite way to support cloth is to shop through work at home Moms or WAHMs. These are Moms who run businesses from their home, sewing amazing cloth diapers. One such shop is Ham Cheeks.
     Ham Cheeks is run by Lana Nesbitt in Carrollton, Georgia.  Ham Cheeks opened just a few months ago and is a place you can find cloth diapers- pockets, AI2's and hybrid fitteds, cloth trainers, wipes, cloth pads, children's clothing, maxaloones, bibs, crib shoes, blankets, headbands, totebags, nursing pads as well as women's tops and undies.  Ham Cheeks is CPSIA compliant- all products have been tested for consumer product safety requirements and are certified.
Check out the Ham Cheeks hybrid fitted review and more info about the WAHM behind Ham Cheeks from Latched On Mom HERE. Would you like to win $25 to spend on whatever you choose from Ham Cheeks?

Gerber All in One Cloth Diaper Giveaway, 20 Winners, USA ends 8/1

Just a few weeks ago Gerber announced the launch of a very exciting product; Their new all in one (AIO) clothdiaper. As a cloth diapering advocate and parent, this is really exciting news. Already carried by major retailers including Target and Amazon, this product is likely to reach consumers well before other brands of washable diapers. It may even serve as a gateway diaper into the wonderful world of cloth diapering and reusable products. I'm proud to announce the opportunity to win one of TWENTY, yes 20 diapers. You can read the full Gerber AIO review and see photos for more details about the diapers and enter to win below. Good luck and thanks for stopping by.

Gerber All-In-One Diaper Features Include;
  • Available in 3-sizes
    • Small 8-18 lbs
    • Medium 16-28 lbs
    • Large 23-37 lbs
  • Hook and Loop closure
  • Stay put tabs to hold hook fabric when not on baby
  • Open pocket under all-in-one insert for customizing absorbency
  • Soft and trim waterproof PUL outer layer
  • One-size booster, same size comes with all 65% polyester/35% rayon
  • 100% cotton inner fabric (looks unbleached)
  • Trans-Dry technology woven into lining (draws moisture into fabric)
    • 65% polyester/35% rayon
  • Blow out elastic band at top front and back of diaper (seen below)
  • Double gussets  
  • 4 Colors; Orange, Sage, Pink and Royal Blue
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Tula Giveaway USA and Canada ends 8/1


Welcome to the Tula Baby Carrier Giveaway
Hosted by Conservamom

We all know how wildly popular Tula Baby Carriers are! From the beautiful prints to the versatility in carrying these soft structured carriers help keep baby and Mom/Dad happy. Babywearing has many benefits and allows you to "hold" baby while doing every day things like eating, shopping or even folding laundry.

Each Tula Ergonomic Baby Carrier:
  • can be used in both front and back carries
  • can be used from 15-45 pounds (toddler carrier is approved for 25-50 lbs)
  • can be used from birth with the use of the revolutionary Tula Infant Insert (not included), and into toddlerhood with Tula Free to Grow Extenders (not included)
  • is easy to use and comfortable
  • provides an ergonomic M-position seat supporting optimal development for baby’s body
  • is easy to care for and machine washable
  • is made by hand from 100% ├ľko-Tex Standard 100 certified cotton
  • is made with the highest quality Duraflex buckles available
  • includes features such as dual-adjustment straps to allow for the perfect fit, additional leg-opening and shoulder padding, and a large pocket on the contouring hip belt
  • includes a removable hood to support baby’s head while asleep, protect from sun or wind, and allow for comfortable breastfeeding
Have you been wanting to own one? Here’s your chance! One lucky winner will get the chance to win one of these beautiful baby carriers in Incognito print. You can also purchase one at GreenPath baby in one of the wildly popular prints! So head below for your chance to win! Giveaway open to US & CA and ends on 8/1 at 11:59m EST.  
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Choosing a Disposable Diaper for Your Cloth Diapered Baby

     I love our cloth diapers. I don't keep disposables in our home because Hubby and Grandma will search for, and use up, every disposable in the house...before they'll use the adorable, pre-stuffed and prepared cloth diapers I have in our baby's room. I've been trying to convert them for over two years without luck. However, if there aren't any throw away diapers around they will use the cloth diapers on my two youngest sons...so that's my current strategy.
     When my almost 18 m/o developed a stomach bug I thought we could cloth-it-out. He soiled a few diapers during the day, I sprayed them and put to wash right away. That evening, he woke up 5 times with stomach trouble. I could hear his little belly gurgling and he was very unhappy. His little bum was very red and he was crying 'ouch' every time I tried to change him. It was time to find disposables. I dreaded the purchase before I even left the house.

Cozy Baby Carrier Giveaway $105 arv Open Worldwide Ends 7/27/2015

   Soft structured carriers (SSC) are very popular. Many brands including Ergo, Tula and Lillebaby have made their mark in the baby market with these products. While these big brands may be more well known, there are many smaller brand markets producing quality baby carriers at great prices. The Cozy Baby Carrier Nap Bag by Bagy is designed and manufactured by Olga Boieru, a WAHM in Moldova, Eastern Europe and sold throughout the world.
   Each year, there is a brand new collection of styles and colors released.  Check out all the amazing carrier designs available on her Etsy store.
If you'd like to know more about this carrier and how it compares to other SSC carriers, you can read the detailed review of the Cozy Baby Carrier Nap Bag by Bagy from Latched On Mom HERE.
One person will win a Cozy Baby Carrier Nap Bag that's currently in stock on Etsy, valued up to $105 USD! This giveaway is open internationally! Michigan Savings and More is co-hosting this giveaway!
     All you have to do to enter is fill out the giveaway form below. Must be 18 years of age or older. Void where prohibited. Giveaway will run from 7/12/15-7/27/15. Winner will be announced on this post as well as emailed. You will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be drawn. Open Worldwide. GOOD LUCK!!!
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Gerber AIO Cloth Diaper Review

Disclosure; This is not a sponsored post. I received product samples to facilitate my review however the opinions here are my own. These are photos I took of the actual diapers. This post contains affiliate links.

     I often say that the Gerber selection at our Babies-R-Us deterred me from cloth diapering my first son. I looked at the pull-on waterproof pants and prefolds and thought...there is no way I can cloth! It wasn't until my second son was 8 months old that we discovered cloth diapers and our love continues to grow. The selection of colors, prints, options and quality have us in love with many reusable diaper brands. In addition to being really adorable, cloth helps the environment. They are chemical free, require production and transport once and can be washed at home and line dried indoors and our (when the weather is sunny).
     I was really excited to see the new all-in-one line from Gerber! I knew we had to try these diapers in order to completely redeem my original opinion. Guess what? They did a good job, the diapers are reasonably priced and I bet these will be on the shelves at the Babies-R-Us I mentioned earlier (I already called!!). If you have been cheering for cloth diapers to go mainstream...then I think it's safe to say we're just about there!! When a big company like Gerber makes an all-in-one...well, cloth is reaching new popularity and it's really exciting! 

Is Breastfeeding During Pregnancy Safe?

     Breastfeeding is recommended by the World Health Organization for at least two years of baby's life. While conceiving while breastfeeding may take some tips and tricks, you may soon find yourself expecting and breastfeeding. How do you continue to breastfeed during pregnancy? Is it safe for baby? Are there risks?

Have You Been Tekhnified?

Tekhnify - to add a Tekhni woven wrap or wrap scrap to a person, object or other item, immediately making it more aesthetically pleasing, emotionally enjoyable and increasing it's awesome factor. "I think I'm going to spend the afternoon Tekhnifying everything in my home." Here are a few Uses:

  • Tekhnified - as in "My SSC used to be plain until I had it Tekhnified by a local WAHM with these amazing Pax Delta suck pads." or "Mama, you need to get yourself Tekhnified, here let me introduce you to the Talk about Tekhni facebook fan group."
  • Tekhnification - as in "I dream of the Tekhnification of my carseats, they're hideous." or "I'm not crazy about this sewing pattern, but with a little tekhnification I'm sure it will be amazing!"
  •  Tekhnifies -  as in "What does your wife do for fun? Oh, she tekhnifies baby stuffed animals, teethers, keychains...you name it, she can Tekhnify it!
  • Tekhnifying - as in "I won't be able to run errands today, I'm tekhnifying our local babywearing meet."  
 As always thanks for stopping by! I appreciate a follow on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram (when being chosen for reviews many companies care about numbers) and love to network on Google and LinkedIn.Want to work together? Contact MamaBananasAdventures@gmail.com


I've Never Been So Happy to See a Bee

     As a Nursing Mom, I spend much of my breastfeeding time watching Hulu and Amazon documentaries. Lately, I'm hooked on Organic Gardening and Bee Episodes. While the health of Mother Earth isn't making news Headlines the way Bruce Jenner's gender transformation is, it should be. We're in serious environmental trouble. While we do our best to 'stay green' with cloth diapers and organic produce, I would love to do more. I've been educating myself online, watching educational programs and reading everything I can get my hands on. I'll give you a little synopsis of what I'm learning.

Dog Dies During Grooming at Petco; Tips for Finding a Quality Groomer

     As a pet owner and animal lover, it saddens me to see preventible incidents like this in the headlines. When we leave our dog in a professional's care, we expect that they will be cared for and pampered...not left to die.

Medela Freestyle Giveaway USA ends July 14th, 2015

Welcome to the Medela Freestyle Pump Giveaway sponsored by Medela and hosted by The Pistachio Project.

Ardo Calypso Double Plus Breastpump Giveaway $200 arv USA ends 7/3

     Ardo is a Switzerland based company that actively supports breastfeeding world-wide.  Their products are WHO Code Compliant,  BPA free and made of materials that are certified for quality and safety.  The Calypso Double Plus Breast Pump  has a sleek design, is portable and super quiet!  It offers a closed system, which keeps germs from invading the tubes and pumping mechanism. It has a variety of flanges and provides the user with 64 settings to give you optimum comfort while pumping. You can find more specifics in the review by Latched On Mom HERE.

Babybjorn Travel Crib Giveaway and Huge Amazon Sale open to USA ends 6/28

Jungle Roo Pocket Diaper and Insert USA ends 6/30

Prenatal Making You Gag? The Perfect Prenatal Vitamin Gag-Free

Disclosure; This is not a sponsored post, I received product sample to facilitate my review however the opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.

     I've been taking prenatal vitamins for over 5 years for pregnancy, breastfeeding or both. I started taking one when I planned on conceiving my first son and haven't stopped. I think I've tried them all. I've taken prescription vitamins, samples from my OB's office, over the counter vitamins, things I ordered online and finally found the perfect product. New Chapter Prenatal multivitamins have to be the best vitamin for Pregnant and Nursing moms available. It's a "whole food" vitamin that can even be taken on an empty stomach. Packed with a huge list of quality ingredients that go beyond traditional vitamin supplements, once you see what's inside I know you'll agree. 

Pretty Pushers Transition Gown Giveaway $104 ARV USA ends 6/30

     Welcome to the Pretty Pushers Transition Gown Giveaway! If this is your first baby, or your fourth, considering what to wear during maternity, delivery and post partum is probably on your mind. This dress offers all 3. It has features that allow it to be worn during pregnancy, and has many features that allow it to be used during delivery and for post partum care. The belly opens up for fetal monitoring, the halter top ties and gives easy skin-to-skin and breastfeeding access, and the back completely un-snaps to allow for epidural access if desired. The Pretty Pushers Transition Gown is a great way to feel pretty while delivery baby! Certainly beats the giant worn-out blue hospital gown I've delivered in before! Thanks for stopping by and good luck.

Pretty Pushers Transition Gown Review

Disclosure; This is not a sponsored post. I received a product sample to facilitate my review however the opinions here are my own. This post contains affiliate links.

     As I plan for the arrival of baby 4 labor and delivery are always in my thoughts. As a 2 x vaginal birth after caesarian champ (VBAC), I am planning for VBAC #3. One thing that bothered me for my last 3 deliveries was the hospital gown. Let's face it, they're one-size fits everyone...and are supposed to be appropriate for 5'4" me and the 6'3" guy on another floor. In addition to being designed to resemble a circus tent, they're hideous. I was watching a comedian and he asked...why would my wife want to give birth in a gown that someone died in yesterday? Truth..right?

Dear Hubby; If Something Happens to Me....Here's What to Do With My Wraps!!

Dear Hubby;

     While neither of us want to consider the possibility of something happening to me...in the event that something should...there are a few things you should know...About my baby carriers! At the doctor's office today they asked "Do you have a living will?" I answered "No." I'm a healthy Mom and never considered making out a will. I give everything I can to my babies and have few valuable possessions. Then I thought - WAIT - what about my my baby carriers??!!

What's in RLR for Clothdiapers?

     I received a packet of RLR in my Cutie Booty Box a few months ago. I have seen it recommended for dingy and or stinky diapers and couldn't wait to give it a try. It worked great! I soaked our well loved, two+ year old cloth diapers in the bath tub and couldn't believe how brown the water was. I wondered what magic could be in the packet. When I turned the package around to see...there were no ingredients listed. I checked Amazon, the company's website and googled on the internet. I remembered my days as a cashier and thought...there has to be an MSDS sheet! I searched online and found sheets for many of their other products, but not for RLR. I decided to avoid using the product until I knew exactly what I was dealing with. What if my kids got into it?! Two e-mails, three phone calls and a few weeks later I received the MSDS sheet from the company.

Tekhni Petradi Heather Review

     I have been fortunate when it comes to wraps. I have had the opportunity to try many brands, feel and wrap with different patterns, styes and I really enjoy the whole process. However, I find myself comparing all wraps to Tekhni. "This isn't as wide as my Tekhni wraps, this one isn't as supportive, this doesn't have the depth of color that other wraps do." So as it would turn out, I love Tekhni. I am really excited to share Tekhni Petradi Heather with you. It's a 100% Mercerized cotton, Made in France beautiful lightweight (218.24 g/m2) supportive wrap. It has character and sheen that make it complex and eye catching. Here are some photos:

Pregnancy; The Second Trimester; How Many Times Did I Pee Today?!

     Pregnancy the second trimester. Whew, what a relief! Making it to the second trimester is cause for celebration. In the second trimester the risk of miscarriage goes down super low, most of my nausea has subsided and I'm looking towards delivery. I got to hear baby's heartbeat at my last OB appointment and the smell of chicken no longer makes me want to puke. In my first pregnancy I was very nauseated for 16 weeks, in the last three (including this one), reaching 13 weeks has nearly been the end of nausea. Despite the fact that mind numbing heartburn hasn't accompanied this pregnancy, nausea certainly has! In addition to feeling some relief, I find myself peeing...a lot. It's really a huge interruption! I pee at night, constantly during the day and I really don't think I drink that much liquid! Here are more second trimester highlights:

Sewing Your Own Cloth Diapers; Magnum Cloth Diaper Pattern

     Ever consider sewing cloth diapers? I've often considered it, but didn't know where to start. I know local fabric stores, even Walmart, carry PUL and other cloth diaper materials. But how would I shape it, the layers, inserts etc? I'm thrilled to share a cloth diaper pattern from Opulent Monsters for an All in one (AIO), All in two (AI2) and Pocket diaper. This pattern runs just $12 and even has options for snaps and aplix.
     Ever purchase a work at home Mom (WAHM) diaper and wish you had the pattern for your own use? This is it! This pattern has been tried and tested and is now for sale for personal use. In addition to the cloth diaper pattern, it includes information about the best elastic to use, tips and tricks and offers a facebook group for chatter and to help you through the sewing process.

Spectra S2 Breast Pump Giveaway Open to USA ends 6/30

Welcome to the Spectra S2 Breast Pump Giveaway!

Hosted By: Ramblings of Mama
Sponsored By: Spectra Baby USA

The Spectra S2 Breast Pump is a double pump with a hospital grade, closed system unit that provides a uniquely individual pumping experience for you. The Spectra S2 has an extremely quiet motor, with a letdown (massage) mode to help maximize your breast milk output. It also has hospital grade vacuum, with an extremely comfortable cycle that doesn't rip your nips! There is no other pump like this on the market. It's extremely affordable and ideal for moms of preemies, exclusive pumpers, or just the mom that needs a quality pump.

Tips for Taking Baby to the Beach

     Summer is here! Many families are taking advantage of warm weather and longer days by planning vacations. Weather your trip is long or short, there's a good chance sun and sand are in your future. When traveling with little one there are many things to consider; Special supplies are needed to prepare for everything from sunburn to sand in unpleasant locations. Here are some tips for taking little ones to the beach, especially baby!

10 Things Every Mom of Boys Should Know

     As a Mom to all boys I often find myself laughing. Before I had children I was told that Boys have definite characteristics Moms need to be prepared for, and this is certainly true with mine! I often hear, "Your boys are boy's boys" and I'm so happy they are! While some days I'm shaking my head, like when my toddler tried to hang from the chandelier...pulling it out of the ceiling, most days we're having pure fun. Here are 10 things every Mom to boys needs to know! From a Mom of all boys:

  1. The right place to dig for good worms. The kind that you can hold in your hand.
  2. How to carefully pick up worms and bugs. How long to keep them before demonstrating a humane release.
  3. The art of a good playful wrestle. 
  4. The difference between Autobots, Decepticons and Rescuebots. 
  5. What a Brontosaurs eats for breakfast, and other fun curious questions that arise.
  6. The precise sound a helicopter or airplane makes when delivering lunch on a spoon.
  7. How to select T-shirts, boxers or briefs, little suits with vests and pants with those elastic adjustable bands inside the waist.
  8. Which pots and pans make the best drums.
  9. How to snuggle like champion snuggler because boys love to cuddle!
  10. The best way to preserve dandelion flower bouquets, robot drawings and spaghetti kisses.
     As Moms we will hold these moments in our hearts forever. In a flash these baby boys will be grown into Men who won't remember bubble baths that turned into small floods, waking up with Buzz Lightyear next to your pillow and playing spaceship landing with a generously sized brown box. While I'll remember pretending that I know how to throw a football the right way, my boys climbing in with the animals at the petting zoo, and bicycle races in the drive way...I hope my boys remember all the love I have for them and always will.

    As always, thanks for stopping by! I really appreciate a follow on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and love to network on Google and LinkedIn. Companies care about these numbers when deciding which bloggers to select to review products etc. So thank you for following! Want to work together? E-mail MamaBananasAdventures@gmail.com