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My Favorite Things Thursday~Dimple Buns Diapers!


As many of you know, we recently made the decision to switch to cloth diapering. With Sophie in diapers, and Xander due in January, it was really a no-brainer decision! It will save us a TON of money over disposables for 2 babies, and it is much better for the environment. Plus, I am a firm believer that cloth diapers are comfier for baby. I mean, would you rather have your butt covered in something soft and plush, or in scratchy, chemical-laden paper?

So while the decision to make the switch to CD’s was inevitable, I found it very intimidating initially. There are SO many different styles and types to choose from! There are fitteds and pockets, AIO’s and AI2’s, OS dipes, prefolds and covers….It was literally enough to make me go nuts from confusion! Which types were the best, and which would be best for my babies?  So I decided I was on a mission to find out as much as I could about cloth-diapering, and I was determined to find dipes that are not only affordable and cute, but highly functional and would last while my babies are in diapers.

I am all for WAHM businesses. Not that I have a problem with big name brands, of course. I just tend to think that items that are handmade with love by women who actually USE  and have extensive knowledge of the products they make generally tend to not only have more character, but tend to also be of much higher quality than those that are mass-produced in a factory somewhere in China.

While I was scouring the web looking for cute diapers to try, I came across Dimple Buns diapers! These are so cute, and there is a HUGE variety of products on this site. The diapers are made by a very nice and helpful woman named Krystal. She was amazing to deal with. I explained my situation, and how we’re basically CD virgins, and she was kind and helpful enough to take the time out of her busy day to answer all questions I had regarding cloth-diapering,(and trust me, I had a ton!)  as well as offer many tips and tricks I may not have thought of before. She really took a lot of time to reply to me, and was very thorough in the information she gave me. And she was just a sweetheart!

I was very impressed by the look of the diapers she has made. She has many styles and sizes, mostly fitteds and AIOs. These are all absolutely gorgeous, and she uses the best materials, like suedecloth and hemp on some diapers! The designs and colorful prints are just so unique and full of personality, as well. She has a NB dipe that is blue flames that I have my eye on for Xander, and a very cute purple leopard print diaper I would love to buy for Sophie! Just LOOK at how adorable these are!

Can’t you just picture my little Xander rocking this diaper?! I LOVE it!  And look at this one:

This is just a small sample of Krystal’s work! She has TONS more styles, and has even partnered with another company to offer some pretty awesome diaper covers and other amazing products. I decided to order one of Krystal’s fitted diapers in medium, which is gender neutral and absolutely adorable with cute little turtles and multi-colored polka dots on a light blue background, as well as a Wallypop Fleecy Wrap cover in Raspberry Furry. These covers are VERY generously sized and adjustable, and will fit Sophie for quite some time! And it is SOOOO soft. Although the color is stated as raspberry, it is more of a red than pinky. Therefore making it beautifully unisex. Here are some stock photos of the fitted diaper  I purchased  taken from http://dimplebunsdiapers.com

Let me tell you, I was in love with this diaper as soon as it arrived! It was very well constructed, with no loose threads or anything, and it was soooo unbelievably soft to the skin. It was also extremely plush. I just knew it would be like sitting on a cloud to my princess. SO much more comfy than the disposables she has been used to since her birth. I couldn’t wait to put Sophie in it and see how well it held up to her heavy wetting tendencies. I was also eager to see how well it fit on her very fat little legs. Even disposables have been known to leave uncomfortable looking redness on her chunky little thighs. I was worried that I should have purchased a large, but Krystal assured me that a medium should be just fine at her weight, despite the thunder-thighs. She was absolutely right! The diaper fit beautifully, and didn’t cut into Sophie’s skin at all. It is also somewhat size adjustable due to the snaps at the waistband area. She actually should have a little room to grow and use this dipe before I have to stash it away for Xander when he is big enough. Krystal recommended that with a fitted diaper, I should use a cover. Well, I did buy and use the cover, but before I put the cover over this adorable diaper, I let Sophie crawl around in it for about 3 hours, just to test its absorbency. I was quite impressed! When I went to change her, she had definitely peed quite a bit, but the outside of this diaper was not at all damp. Let’s just say I was sold,haha. Here are some photos of Sophie proudly playing in her Dimple Buns diaper!

I did elect to try the cover out as well, after a quick wash of the fitted. i figured I would try the fitted + cover combo for overnight. I honestly think the fitted diaper would have been fine on its own, as it was highly absorbent, but I decided to go ahead and try both together. Sophie is a good sleeper. She usually sleeps a good 8-10 hours at night. When she woke up the next morning, I was surprised to see that while she definitely peed a lot, both the outside of the fitted and the cover were absolutely, 100% dry! No leaks here! So while I am sure the cover adds extra protection, when I pair it with the Dimple Buns fitted diaper, it has been more for looks,lol…Maybe I will try it with other fitteds once I buy some and see if it holds in leaks, but Krystal’s diapers are so well made that there have been no leaks to contain yet. So I do use the cover, but it’s because I love the look of it. There is nothing cuter than Sophie crawling around with a furry butt!

I am so glad I decided to give Dimple Buns a try! Not only are they excellent, lovingly handmade diapers, they are truly very high quality. And the customer service you will receive from Krystal is top-notch! She was a pleasure to deal with, and I look forward to buying more of her diapers, just as soon as the hubby will let me. (hint, hint to family and friends…These would make wonderful baby gifts for Xander!) 

Her prices are also very affordable. Most fitteds range from 10-12 dollars a piece, depending on size, and the AIO’s range from 12.00-15.50, again depending on size and options. The covers are equally affordable, as well.  For something so well-made, I think the pricing is a steal!

Also, for the month of October, Dimple Buns Diapers has the following sale going on to save you even more!

OCTOBER IS 10% OFF SALE ALL MONTH LONG
SPEND $30 OR MORE AND GET FREE SHIPPING
*excludes Wallypop, Lovey’s, and Lunapads products*

Doesn’t that make you want to run over to http://dimplebunsdiapers.com to  try these awesome diapers out? I know you won’t be disappointed. Take a look around, and let me know YOUR favorite designs and features. And be sure to sign Krystal’s guestbook and let her know you stopped by! 

A special thanks to Krystal at Dimple Buns for all of her help and being so willing to answer my questions. I definitely love her products, and plan to place another order soon!

Also, Dimple Buns is on Facebook! Be sure to visit and leave some comment love on their page!

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dimple-Buns-Diapers/209659780916

****No compensation of any kind was provided for this post. I purchased these products myself for the purposes of reviewing and stocking my CD stash. All opinions are 100% truthful and my own.****

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October 7, 2010 Posted by | For The Munchkins-All About The Kids Reviews and Rants, My Favorite Things Thursdays | 1 Comment

My Favorite Things Thursdays-Can We Say Cheesy?


So this week, I will be reviewing a product I not only know and love, it is something that, at least during this pregnancy, dreams are made of. I am actually only posting about this because I have such an intense craving for it right now that I cannot even think straight!  Xander is apparently a Taco Bell baby… With Sophie, I always wanted Wawa subs. (For those of you who don’t have Wawa locally, I am so sorry for you! ) Xander, on the other hand, makes me crave a lot of weird things… Meat, for one. I always seem to want meat. Whether it be steak, (I actually tried a medium rare steak for the first time this summer when I was in Ohio. I am usually a well-done kinda gal!) fried chicken, wings, ribs, etc….All I seem to want is mass quantities of tasty critters! Sorry if I am offending my vegetarian friends out there. While I applaud your lifestyle, I am a carnivore, plain and simple.

Other than the necessary incorporation of all things meaty in my meals, I have also been craving spicy foods. I had never tried guacamole before this pregnancy, and now I cannot get enough. But my main spicy craving has been Taco Bell. I NEED my Taco Bell. People will get hurt if they try and keep me from it,lol..Okay, not literally, but I can pout like a champ! I have always loved Taco Bell. I remember as a kid, living in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, Taco Bell was a mainstay in our household. I don’t know if it’s because my mom couldn’t cook, or if it was just the fact that it was convenient and easy on the wallet, but we had Taco Bell a LOT. I remember I always got a tostada and their wonderful chili cheese burrito, RIP. It is no longer available where I live. In fact, the only place I have seen it still on the menu is at Taco Bell in the greater Toronto area! Makes me wish I were Canadian,lol.

Since becoming an adult, I don’t really eat a lot of fast food. I have discovered a great love for cooking. My husband says I am like a 5 star restaurant. So we usually eat our meals here at home. And as a mom, of course I prefer not to shovel fast food in my children’s mouths very often. But for some reason, this pregnancy is making me have an itch to “think outside the bun” and it is definitely safe to say, “Yo quiero Taco Bell!”

In my never-ending quest for the perfect spicy, beefy food, I have discovered what it in my humble opinion, one of the most perfect foods on the planet. Yes, nutritionally I am sure it is crap. I’m sure it’s WORSE than crap. I am not saying that Taco Bell is even remotely a health-conscious meal choice. I know that have healthier options on their menu, but I’m not gonna lie. I don’t order those items. They look chock-full of onions, and onions are my mortal enemy! What I am craving…What I am yearning for…What I would be willing to commit certain felonies for at this very moment is…..

That’s right…The one, the only, the heart attack in a wrapper, the Cheesy Double Beef Burrito! Now don’t knock it before you try it. This is literally heaven in a tortilla! It is a flavor explosion of cheesy, beefy goodness! They have somehow figured out how to take their signature taco meat, a zesty nacho cheese sauce, and some seasoned rice and turn it into something so mouth-wateringly delectable that I would gladly sacrifice a limb for a lifetime supply, haha.

Here is the product description taken from Taco Bell’s website :

A warm, soft flour tortilla loaded with a double portion of seasoned ground beef** and filled with warm nacho cheese sauce and seasoned rice.

What they are leaving out is how maddeningly addictive they are, and that they can cause pregnant, hormonal women to wake thier poor, sleeping husbands up at 1:00 to go get them. Heck, if it weren’t windy and rainy right now, I would be in the car on my way to get one right now!

September 30, 2010 Posted by | My Favorite Things Thursdays | 1 Comment

My Favorite Things Thursday- Tide and Downy Loads of Hope


I know it may seem odd that I am featuring laundy detergent as one of my favorite things this week. But let’s face it; laundry is a reality we all have to live with, and until it’s acceptable to just go naked,(and let’s face it….That isn’t necessarily a pleasant idea. Especially not my fat, pregnant butt!) the necessity to do laundry is here to stay, no matter how much we may despise the chore.  In my household, we do a TON of laundry. Between Dan’s stinky socks, Sophie’s baby food and spit-up messes, and the copious messes I tend to make in the name of morning sickness, we literally sometimes do 3 full loads of laundry a day. Yes, I said a day. Luckily, the laundry is Dan’s one and only household chore, so the only time it affects me is when I have to gripe at him for letting it pile up. (That’s a whole other story in itself,lol)

We love Tide detergent here in my household. And Downy fabric softener, too. Yes, there are many different options for detergent, and this isn’t something many people think about. I love Tide for several reasons. For one, it really gets the ground-in, deep down messes clean. You moms out there know what pureed sweet potatoes can do to an outfit!  And the different scents are wonderful. I personally like the Tide detergent with Febreze. There is nothing better than pulling my freshly washed, soft comforter onto me at night and just enjoying the fresh and pleasant smell. It makes falling asleep for the night even more of a pleasure!

Another reason I am happy to support Tide is because they give back, and they do so when it’s needed the most. Have you heard of the Tide Loads of Hope Program?  This is a wonderful program that helps victims of disaster. The wonderful people at Proctor and Gamble designed this program to provide a FREE mobile laundry unit with OVER 30 high-efficiency washers and driers to help those caught in the wake of natural disasters, such as Hurricane Katrina and the disaster in Haiti. They have volunteers that leave their creature comforts behind and travel to these places where devastation has occurred to help ensure that the victims left in the wake of disaster at least have clean clothing to wear. When I learned about this, it truly touched my heart. It isn’t often that corporate America steps up to help those in need, and Tide has gone above and beyond to do just that, time and time again.

I am very impressed not only with Tide products, but with the fact that the people at Proctor and Gamble have a heart and truly care about providing something we take for granted until it’s gone to those who need it the most.

A fellow blogger, Experimental Mommy, is hosting a giveaway through the 20th where a lucky reader can win a FULL YEAR’S supply of both Tide Detergent and Downy fabric softener in celebration of this wonderful product. Please check her blog out, and go enter! The link to this wonderful giveaway is:

http://www.thenotsoblog.com/2010/08/tide-and-downy-lifting-up-laundry-giveaway/comment-page-26/#comment-142901

And please, next time you’re at the store buying household cleaning supplies, show your support and buy Tide detergent and Downy fabric softener. Not only will you be giving your laundry a superior clean, you will be helping to support a wonderful cause.

September 16, 2010 Posted by | My Favorite Things Thursdays, My Story | 1 Comment

Raindrops On Roses And Whiskers On Kittens…Okay, Maybe Not The Kitten Part!


Hey everyone! I have decided that to get my blog going, I need to have weekly features. So every Thursday, I will be featuring and reviewing some of my favorite things!  It might be baby products, beauty products, recipes I love, books I have enjoyed, household goods and products, movies, music….You name it, it just might be featured! 

So starting tomorrow, check back each Thursday for this week’s feautured review! And just for fun, feel free to leave your comments telling me YOUR favorite things, or what kinds of products you would most like to see feautured on my blog! I am always looking for new and interesting products to try and would love to hear your feedback and experiences. I might just have YOU as a featured contributer on my blog if there is something you are passionate about that you would just LOVE the world to know more about!

I hope you’re as excited as I am, and remember, every Thursday, look for the week’s spotlighted products!

***Just a reminder, I have 2 active giveaways currently! There are low entries, so your chances at winning are very good! My UPrinting giveaway is open until THIS FRIDAY, September 10,2010, and my Name My Baby Mystery Prize Giveaway is open until September 22, 2010! Get those entries in! ***

September 8, 2010 Posted by | My Favorite Things Thursdays | Leave a comment

   

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