Monday, September 28, 2009

Giveaway #5 -- Gift Certificate to Earth Angels Diaper Company

I recently found myself in a very unusual predicament. It was a place I vowed I would never go. I had encountered a situation that I was having a hard time remedying.

And so . . . I resorted to plastic. You know, disposable diapers. Gasp!

I had taken great pride that no plastic had touched the glorious bum of my Mr. Smiley. He had made it approximately 15 months with his bottom only covered by soft cloth.

But then teeth came. August heat came. And a slight weening came. After which, the rash came. I pulled out all of my natural and not so natural tricks to heal the nasty nuisance that plagued my gentle little boy.

Finally, I took a trip to Walmart and bought some supposedly environmentally friendly disposable diapers. The manufactures lured me in with their enticing white and soft green packaging, ensuring me that 100% organic cotton was used. It worked. I shelled out the extra money to sooth my guilty conscience. I really felt like I was letting the world down by contributing to the landfill. To those of you who use disposables, forgive this post and move on, but I was genuinely mortified to buy disposables. I prayed that no one would see me purchasing the equivalent to a bad word in our household!

I know that I am being dramatic. But this was a serious mothering challenge to me. Embarrassment. And it dented the organic budget. I seriously don't understand how people afford disposables . . . even if you buy the cheap kind.

And not to mention the smell! I could go on, but I'm going to "shut it," and explain our next giveaway.


Enter Julia from Earth Angels Diaper Company. Carisa (who else?) from 1+1+1=1 and Lil' Ladybug, had listed a bunch of her favorite diapering resources. I looked through the various websites, but Julia's site stood out to me . . . there was a big, large and in charge, comment/question form.

And I used it.

I must admit that it really required some squelching of my pride to ask for help. I've been doing this gig for 5 years now . . . and to run into a cloth diapering problem that I couldn't solve . . . well, it brought my self-esteem down a bit.

Julia graciously replied with several questions, of which I answered . . . and set about putting her suggestions into action. I am happy to say . . . the problem is resolved and we are back in the cloth diapering business. But because I had such a great experience with Julia, I really wanted to bring her WAHM business some attention and asked if she would do a giveaway.

She said YES!

In exchange, I had to do a cloth diaper review. Can you believe it? (Secretly, I was overjoyed at the opportunity to review a diaper. I really hoped it would be a diaper with all of the bells and whistles, since I mainly use prefolds.) Julia didn't disappoint!

I was sent a Large Green Acre Pocket Diaper. When I first received this little diaper . . . I laughed and thought that it was a joke. There was no way it would fit on my 30 lb child! But it did. In fact, it is a perfect fit with a little room to grow in.


Having sewn my own diapers before, I initially questioned the construction of the diaper, but as I used the diaper . . . I think they are geniuses. For starters, the diaper snaps shut on the waist opposite of any diaper I have ever used. As a result, you don't have leaks because the side of the closure that is near "pee" stays close to the skin, and the dry part of the diaper overlaps with the snap closure. Get this, no snap touches the skin so no tattoo snap marks! The pocket for the insert is slightly recessed below the waistline and keeps the liner from creeping out of the diaper. The fleece that Mr. Smiley's bum comes in contact with, is so soft. Too bad underwear isn't made out of that stuff! (Is it wrong to think that?)

And probably the best part about the diaper . . . no leaks . . . none.

I am going to ask for some for Christmas. (For Mr. Smiley, not me.)


Oh, and on a side note. I also tried Charlie's Soap . . . we have officially switched to this brand. You won't believe how clean my diapers are. Plus, my laundry room smells naturally good. And Julia also threw in some amazing smelling baby wipe solution beans. I used to only use water, but I actually began to look forward to poopy diapers, because the wipes smelled so insanely good being immersed in the Baby's Breath Wipe Bean solution.

OK . . . maybe I'm going overboard.


Want to know what you're playing for?

Giveaway #5
$25 Gift Certificate from Earth Angels Diaper Company

RULES

Please, please, please . . .do not put more than one entry per comment. I will be using www.random.org to pick the winners. So if you would like for your comments to count, leave individual comments.

All options are worth 1 entry, unless otherwise stated.
  1. (Mandatory) Visit Earth Angels Diaper Company and leave me a comment telling me what color Green Acre Designs pocket diaper is your favorite.
  2. Tweet about this giveaway, making sure to include @GranolaMom4God and leave a comment back at the blog.
  3. Become a follower through Google Connect on Julia's Diaper Discussions blog page (I am counting on you being honest). While you are at it, become one of my fan's if you aren't already!
  4. Become a follower of Julia on Twitter or Facebook . . . leave separate comments for this.
  5. Purchase something from Earth Angels Diaper Company and receive 5 extra entries. Be sure to leave 5 comments stating that you did buy from Julia. Tell us what it was!
  6. Find another blog post I wrote about cloth diapering and share with me something that you learned.
  7. Leave a comment and tell me how you would use your $25 at Earth Angels Diaper Company.
  8. Put my blog, http://www.granolamom4god.com, on your blog roll in a continuously visible location, not just a blog post.
  9. Grab my button and place it on your blog for all to see!
  10. Grab Julia's button and place it on your blog.

Remember, only #1 is mandatory. The rest of the entries are optional, but you MUST comment separately for each one.

The Fine Print: I will email you when you have won. You cannot win more than one giveaway. I must have your email address to alert you to your prize. You can include that in your comment or email me separately at thegranolamom4god@gmail.com. You must respond within 24 hours.

Contest ends 10/5/09

87 comments:

grace said...

man! I wish I had a little in diapers! ha ha.
I almost want to try for this thing just for the future! :-D

Natalie said...

I like the royal blue and red diaper

Natalie said...

I follow you

Natalie said...

I would use if for a Thirsties Pocket All-In-One V2

Natalie said...

I have your button

Casey said...

I love the purple diaper with green on the inside!!!! :)

Nikki said...

I like the lime green with purple inside, so cute!

Nikki said...

Tweeted http://twitter.com/nikkipainter/status/4472127049

Nikki said...

Now following Julia's blog :)

Nikki said...

Following Julia on twitter and fb!

Nikki said...

Added your button to my blog http://thepainters5.com

Nikki said...

Added Julia's button to my blog also
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Sarah J. said...

I would love to try a GAD diaper! My favorite color shown on the Earth Angel website is the Saturn Blue with Red Microfleece. Although I love the sample with dinosaurs shown at the top of the page.
saywah_j(at)yahoo.com

Sarah J. said...

I follow Diaper Discussions blog.
saywah_j(at)yahoo.com

Sarah J. said...

I am an Earth Angel facebook fan and follow @mommygonewild on Twitter.
tweet as @saywah
saywah_j(at)yahoo.com

Sarah J. said...

I would use the GC for a Mango Thirsties Duo Wrap because my son is almost too big for his Bummis covers and on a GAD baby diaper because my team's colors are blue and red (Rock Chalk Jayhawk). It's football season and basketball season isn't too far off. :o)
saywah_j(at)yahoo.com

Sarah J. said...

I read your "Cloth Diapers 101- How I cloth diaper." I am sooo jealous your husband wanted to CD! Mine does it because he doesn't have a choice; our son had several reactions to the chemicals in disposables and good thing I received some as a shower gift. After 13 months and all the money we saved by using cloth diapers and wipes, he still complains that disposables would be more convenient.
I didn't really learn anything new, but I do think your description of a Snappi is the best I've ever heard. I tried it but I still much prefer pins... safety, not bobby as you also mentioned! :o)
saywah_j(at)yahoo.com

Mama Kalila said...

The one at the end that's two shades of purple... Very nice! Kalila would love it lol.

Justine M. said...

I love the Purple one(Grape I think it is) with the light purple inner.

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Justine M. said...

Diaper Discussions blog google friend connect follower

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Erin said...

i love the blue and brown, even for a little girl!

Erin said...

i tweeted at http://twitter.com/erinlitt/status/4476247416 (erinsl at gmail dot com)

Erin said...

i follow the diaper discussions blog

Erin said...

i follow Earth Angels on Twitter

Erin said...

i am an Earth Angels FB fan

Erin said...

i would love to get a couple of thirstys duo wrap covers if i won!

Erin said...

your blog is on my blogroll at ekirabo.blogspot.com

Erin said...

diaper discussions button on my blog at ekirabo.blogspot.com

Erin said...

your button on my blog at ekirabo.blogspot.com (erinsl at gmail dot com)

The Howard's said...

I like the aqua blue!
stacylhoward at gmail dot com

The Howard's said...

I tweeted!
http://twitter.com/jskhoward/status/4477991896
stacylhoward at gmail dot com

The Howard's said...

Fan on FB!
stacylhoward at gmail dot com

The Howard's said...

Follower on google connect!
stacylhoward at gmail dot com

The Howard's said...

Follower of Julia on Twitter!
stacylhoward at gmail dot com

The Howard's said...

I would want to try the Gad diaper
stacylhoward at gmail dot com

jdeemarie said...

My favorite GAD is the blue with black inner. We love GADs, we always get a great fit!

Cathy said...

I like the royal blue with red micro fleece

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jdeemarie said...

Blog follower...

Cathy said...

I'm a follower at diaper discussions
myerscathy [at] hotmail [dot] com

Cathy said...

If I won I'd expand my cloth diaper stash by another diaper or two...we're doing laundry every other day over here!
myerscathy [at] hotmail [dot] com

jdeemarie said...

If I win the certificate, I'd want to try out the Thirsties duo cover and a DryBee's Hybrid pocket AIO.

momof3munchkins said...

The dark brown is my favorite!

tolsmamm(at)juno(dot)com

momof3munchkins said...

tweet http://twitter.com/momof3munchkins/status/4480139204

momof3munchkins said...

I follow Diaper discussions

tolsmamm(at)juno(dot)com

momof3munchkins said...

I follow Julia on twitter (momof3munchkins)

tolsmamm(at)juno(dot)com

momof3munchkins said...

I would use the gift certificate to purchase a bumgenius organic os aio!

tolsmamm(at)juno(dot)com

momof3munchkins said...

I already have Julie's button

tolsmamm(at)juno(dot)com

momof3munchkins said...

I added your button

tolsmamm(at)juno(dot)com

momof3munchkins said...

I learned you can save $300/year using cloth wipes from a previous post on cloth diapers you wrote.

tolsmamm(at)juno(dot)com

4torock said...

yessssss! I so want to try these! LIme with baby blue for my lil man! And no LEAKS?? even better;)! THANKS!

ktwalser at yahoo dot com

4torock said...

HI!! Follower through Google connect!! THANKS!!!!
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4torock said...

Fan on FB!! so glad I found you!!
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Mrs B. said...

I follow earth angels on FB

Mrs B. said...

I'm a follower of Diaper Dicussions

Mrs B. said...

I follow Julia on Twitter

Mrs B. said...

I would buy a couple thristies Duo covers

Mrs B. said...

#1

I purchased wipe beans, unfortunately they melted before they got to her, but Julia was awesome and sent me some awesome wipes. I'm waiting for the winter to buy the beans again so they don't melt. ;)

Mrs B. said...

#2

I purchased wipe beans, unfortunately they melted before they got to her, but Julia was awesome and sent me some awesome wipes. I'm waiting for the winter to buy the beans again so they don't melt. ;)

Mrs B. said...

#3

I purchased wipe beans, unfortunately they melted before they got to her, but Julia was awesome and sent me some awesome wipes. I'm waiting for the winter to buy the beans again so they don't melt. ;)

Mrs B. said...

#4

I purchased wipe beans, unfortunately they melted before they got to her, but Julia was awesome and sent me some awesome wipes. I'm waiting for the winter to buy the beans again so they don't melt. ;)

Mrs B. said...

#5

I purchased wipe beans, unfortunately they melted before they got to her, but Julia was awesome and sent me some awesome wipes. I'm waiting for the winter to buy the beans again so they don't melt. ;)

Mrs B. said...

Julia's button is on my blog! :)

Mrs B. said...

i snagged your button for my blog

Mrs B. said...

I follow your blog!

Krista said...

I would get the really pale green or blue one with gray lining.
teacherkrista at gmail dot com

Krista said...

I would probably actually spend my money on that Charlie's Soap that you mentioned. I have so many issues with my diapers in the laundry and I'd like to try this!
teacherkrista at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I'd really like to try the new Thirsties Duo Wrap!
shannoncarman@Yahoo.com

Attila & Tamara said...

I like the Olive with the baby blue inside. So cute!

szogediek@yahoo.com

Attila & Tamara said...

I follow Julia (mommygonewild) on Twitter.
szogediek@yahoo.com

Attila & Tamara said...

I am Earth Angel fan on FB!

szogediek@yahoo.com

Attila & Tamara said...

If I won, I would probably buy a DryBees fleece nighttime diaper or some Charlie's Soap!

szogediek@yahoo.com

Attila & Tamara said...

Tweet:

http://twitter.com/szogediek/statuses/4552315898

szogediek@yahoo.com

Linda K said...

meadow lime with baby blue


lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Linda K said...

I would get the Wet Happened? designer wet bag


lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Attila & Tamara said...

I just read your post "Cloth Diapering 101--How I cloth diaper" and I really like your idea of having the little bucket that you carry to the b-room and that you have a bag for the "cleaned off" poopy diaper in the bathroom.

szogediek@yahoo.com

Kaylyn said...

I really like the pink with the chocolate brown inner.

Kaylyn said...

I would use the GC to get a Rocky Mountain OS pocket.

Gigi said...

All of the names aren't listed, but I like the black diaper w/ the light blue lining. I don't have any black diapers yet. thanks!
ruth dot gray at gmail dot com

Gigi said...

I follow diaper discussions.
ruth dot gray at gmail dot com

Mindy said...

I love the yellow diaper with the orange lining - so bright and bold!

Mindy said...

tweeted about this.

Mindy said...

I follow the Diaper Discussions blog.

Mindy said...

I follow Julia on Twitter.

Mindy said...

I have the Diaper Discussions button on my blog at www.theinquisitivemom.blogspot.com.

Mindy said...

You are on my blog roll at www.theinquistivemom.blogspot.com.

Mindy said...

If I had this gift certificate, I would get a DryBees AIO (always wanted to try one) and some of the Bean solution you mention in your article!

Mindy said...

I am a facebook fan.