Why Organic? – Organic Series Part 1.

Hello Everyone!

This is Part 1 in the Organic Series! Today I am going to be writing about a topic that I get asked a lot, Why do you eat Organic Food?

There are many reasons why I chose for my family to eat mostly Organic, but here are the Top 3:

#1: Pesticides

Did you know that the USA uses over 1.2 billion pounds of Pesticides a year, and ONLY 0.01% of that actually reaches the bugs? If it is not reaching the bugs, then where is it going? That’s right, into our food! There are many health risks associated with Pesticides such as: Eye and Skin Irritant, Hormone Disruption, Cancer, Blood Disorders, Birth Defects, Immune Disorders, Nerve Disorders, ADHD and more!

When you ingest Pesticides, they are stored in your Colon, and will eventually poison your body. Organic Foods do not contain Neurotoxins (organophosphates), which were developed as a toxic nerve agent in World War I. Think about that, since there is no use for the nerve agent anymore, they are spraying it onto our food. Imagine what kind of damage that exposure can do to your body over time. 

Children’s brains are more susceptible to toxins, and The National Academy of Sciences reported that at least 50% of lifetime pesticide exposure happens during the first five years of life. There was another Study published, that found that exposure to Garden Pesticides can increase the risk of Childhood Leukemia by a SEVEN-FOLD. Leukemia!

There are many major side effects to being exposed to pesticides, and I do not want my family to be exposed to Pesticides anymore than they already are.

 #2: Organic Food contains more nutrients, and even taste better!

One day I was at the Grocery Store and decided to get some Organic Bananas. They were delicious, but I couldn’t understand how they were any better than conventional Bananas. Next time we went to the Grocery store I skipped the Organic Bananas. My daughter and I split a Banana, and I instantly got this disgusting taste in my mouth. I tried drinking water, and even brushing my tongue, I could not get the taste completely away. After a quick Google search, I quickly learned that I was tasting the Pesticides on the fruit. I was absolutely disgusted.

Organic Fruits and Vegetables contain at least 40% more antioxidants, and Organic milk contain up to 90% more!  Antioxidants are said to reduce the risk of heart disease, and even many cancers. They also have higher levels of beneficial vitamins and minerals, that we desperately need. Eating Organic vegetables could “give you the same benefits as eating one or two more of the daily recommend servings,” that is amazing!

Switching to Organic food, has made me feel so much more healthy! 

#3: Animals that are raised Organically, are treated so much better.

Eating fewer animal products is better for the environment, but if that is not possible, at least eat meat that was treated humanly. Animal Agriculture cause 80% of the world’s deforestation, and massive amounts of Pollution. They also consume half of the worlds grain harvest. Animals that are raised Organically are fed organic feed, aren’t filled with antibiotics, they are not from a test tube, and get to eat more nutrients than conventional meat.With Organic meat, there is little risk of mad-cow disease. Animals that are raised organically are only fed 100% organic feed, without other animals chopped up inside. Also, when Farmers use animal manure as fertilizer, they are recycling the nutrients. These animals are not constantly caged, sick, or in overcrowded populations. Most animals in fact, have other purposes besides just giving meat.

Now these were only a few of the many reasons why I believe Organic is important, but there are many more! So please, if you haven’t researched about it before, do it now!

Stay tuned, I have an upcoming post called “Eating Organic on a Budget” coming soon!

Happy Parenting,

- Marissa.

It has been too long..

Hey Everyone!

It has been forever since my last post, and I greatly apologize. I have had a lot of things going on lately, and just finally got a new laptop!

I start College next month, and I am super excited for the great things to come. I have felt myself turning into a new person lately, and I know that College is the push I really need. My views of the world have changed, and I am leaning more now towards Holistic Methods of living. I believe that it is what is best for my family, and I am going to be posting more on how we live. This includes our monthly food budget, shopping, personal care routines, why I believe in certain things, etc. I hope that I haven’t lost you in the months I did not post!

Since I had to get a new computer, I lost all of my pictures and drafts, so it will take a couple days for me to get some posts lined up.

Have any life changing events occurred in your family lately?

Happy Parenting!

- Marissa.

I am back! (Plus a CJ’s BUTTer review!)

Hey Everyone!

I haven’t had much change in my life lately, besides learning more about Cloth Diapers and watching my daughter learn new things!

Speaking of Cloth Diapers… I have a review! Cj’s boutique was so awesome, and they sent me three products to review! Have any of you tried Cj’s butter before? How did you like it? I absolutely love this diaper balm! In fact, I am about to order extra’s! :)

While I was a little disappointed by the packaging (I have to admit, I had expectations for something creative), I absolutely loved how CJ’s included their website address on the front of the package!

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I opened the packaging, and inside my products were wrapped and protected!

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I unwrapped the products while my daughter attempted to pop the bubble wrap, and I was so excited to see what I had received!

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They had sent me 2 of their Sample Jars (Sweet Orange, Mango Sugar & Mint), and their 2 oz Tea Tree and Lavender stick!

The first thing I opened was the Tea Tree and Lavender stick, which smells absolutely amazing!

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One of the first things I looked at was the ingredients list. It contained: Shea butter, Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Beeswax, Cocoa Butter, Vitamin E, and Oatmeal! All of these ingredients I was comfortable with putting on my daughters skin! Score! I also really loved how it named different uses for the stick.

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I took the cap off the stick, and examined the actual product. It was very smooth, with yellow in color. It looked perfect and brand new, I almost didn’t want to use it!

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This stick glides on clear, but with a slight tint that you can still tell where you put it. I really liked that, since I didn’t want to waste it by putting on too much! I decided to test it out on my hand:

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I LOVED how the BUTTer felt on my skin, so I decided to try it out on my daughter before her nap. (She almost always wakes up from naps and bedtimes with a super red bottom due to having a reaction to microfiber.) Once she was done with her nap, I noticed that she did not hardly have any redness, and she wasn’t tugging at her diaper like she normally does! I was so ecstatic! I had finally found something Cloth Diaper safe that did not irritate my daughters skin, and actually improved it!

The stick is now our holy grail, and I use it daily. I have no idea what I would do for her poor little butt if we hadn’t have gotten CJ’s! So thank you so much CJ’s!

Pro’s:

  • Glides on Smooth.
  • Smells AMAZING.
  • I don’t have to use my fingers to rub it in.
  • I can tell where applied.
  • It didn’t irritate my daughter at all.
  • It has an expiration date on the bottom of the stick!

Cons:

  • I have no bad things to say about it whatsoever!

I absolutely love this product, and you should really try it out if you are needing some sort of Diaper Balm!

Now, onto the sample Jars!

I thought that they were cutely packaged, and I love that they are tiny enough to stick in my small(er) purse!

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The product inside these jar’s were smooth and had a yellow tint as well!

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I do not have a lot to say about these, as I did not get to use these samples on my daughter (She is allergic to mango and citrus makes her really raw,) but I did get to use them on my own dry skin!

These work AMAZING on my dry skin. I seriously loved these better than my Eco Lotion, especially on my knuckles!

Another thing that I did love, is that these little jar’s also come with an expiration date on the bottom!

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I find that having an expiration date is super handy, you never realize how long you have had things!

Pro’s:

  • Was smooth on my skin.
  • Blended in, and moisturized.
  • Compact to fit in my Purse.
  • I love the expiration date.

Con’s:

  • It started to dent a little in the middle after using it for awhile, so next time I will know to swirl my finger around the jar.

Overall, I am SO thankful we got sent these products! I am going to have to buy more to have around the house :)

Thank you so much CJ’s Unique Botique!!

I hope you all enjoyed this review, and if you have any questions, let me know!

Happy Parenting!

- Marissa.

Natural All Purpose Cleaner

Hello Everyone!

I just recently made an AMAZING All purpose cleaner! The recipe only calls for Natural ingredients, so you don’t have to worry about it being super harmful to you or your children :)

I used this cleaner all over my kitchen, on the floors, on our wood, in the bathtub, seriously everywhere! The awesome thing? Only FIVE ingredients!

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When I made the recipe, I just poured it all in the bottle, and than shook it up! So all you need is the ingredients, a spray bottle, and a measuring cup!

Here is the five simple ingredients to making this cleaner:

  1. 1/2 cup Vinegar
  2. 1/4 Cup Baking Soda
  3. 1/4 tablespoon castille soap 
  4. 3 tsp tea tree oil
  5. 2.5 cups water

and here are the three simple steps:

  1. Measure ingredients in measuring cup
  2. Pour ingredients into bottle
  3. Shake bottle, and you are ready to clean!

See, isn’t that simple?

This Cleaner even cleaned permanent marker off of our wood desk, don’t believe me? See the pictures below!

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And Wallaa! It is gone!

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See! The permanent marker is completely gone! 

Let me know if you make this cleaner, and how it worked for you!

Happy Parenting!

Marissa.

 

Dinner Tonight/Recipe – Buffalo Chicken (Crock Pot)

Hello Everyone!
Tonight I had an absolutely delicious dinner thanks to a recipe one of my friends/ fellow blogger The Mama Bomb posted on her blog site! The recipe is for Buffalo Chicken, and if you like hot sauce, then this recipe is for you! I personally cannot stomach very hot, hot sauce due to my Acid Reflux, so I used a 6oz bottle instead of 12oz! I shredded the chicken, and mixed some baby spinach in with it. Delicious!

You can click her name above and it will direct you to her blog, but here is the link to the actual post:

http://www.themamabomb.com/uncategorized/buffalo-chicken-in-the-crock-pot/

Buffalo Chicken with Baby Spinach.

Buffalo Chicken with Baby Spinach.

I hope you all like this recipe, and you should really check out other parts of my friend’s blog! She always has such amazing deals, and awesome posts!

Happy Parenting!
-Marissa

Update

So, it has been exactly ten days since I have last posted, and I am sorry that I did not post sooner. I have had a lot going on with my husband and I’s separation lately, and I have not been feeling my best. But… I do have a couple surprises for you guys coming up! I have two giveaways, and a couple reviews :) I also have recipes planned out, daily routines, and our favorite products! Also, some DIY’s :)

So keep on the lookout, I promise I will have more posts coming up soon!

Happy Parenting,

Marissa.

 

Review of Products from Green Mountain Diapers + GIVEAWAY!!

Hello Everyone!

Today I am going to do a review on some products that I got sent from Green Mountain Diapers!  (Bare with me as this is only my second review, and very first giveaway!!) Green Mountain Diapers (also known as GMD) are an online natural cloth diaper store. They believe that for baby’s safety, cloth diapers should not have any color dye in the cotton fabric that goes against your babies skin. I absolutely love that! My daughter is sensitive to red dyes, and it really makes me feel better knowing that it is not going to be completely against her sensitive skin!

A paragraph that I really like from their website is: “GMD prefers natural fiber reusable diapers. We sell quality products that meet CPSIA standards only. Choose your baby’s most important wardrobe elements wisely and with confidence from GMD. Information is important. Everything is revealed up-front at GMD – from country of origin to fabric content.” I believe that natural fibers are the best ones to put on your child, not microfiber! (Which, feel free to correct me on this, is actually pretty harsh for their skin, not to mention full of chemicals).

I must say that their Customer Service is absolutely amazing! The same Lady, Karen, emailed me back every time, and she was very thorough and nice about everything. She even asked questions specific to my daughters size and what we prefer, to help us find products we love! With every order they send a free “Quick Start Guide” which covers the basics of Prepping, Washing, choosing detergent, and elastic + heat! I really enjoyed reading this paper and as astonished to see that they also included a huge packet of information called the “How-To Booklet“. The How-To Booklet went over prepping all different kinds of diapers, washing, choosing/using detergent, How to change a baby, wool care, and pages of Questions & Answers! This booklet totals to about 16 pages. It has a great amount of useful information, and it is free once you add it into your online cart! (Oh, and did I mention their shipping is only $4.95 unless you spend $75? Then it’s free!) If you have any questions or concerns, you can email GMD at: Support@greenmountaindiapers.com.

So, on to the review! Green Mountain Diapers were nice enough to send me TWO Mommy’s Touch Covers, White Workhorse Fitteds in ‘Medium’, TWO Cloth-eez Bamboo Rayon/Cotton Prefolds, and a free set of blue pins (The pins come with every order)! I am SO thankful to be able to review these amazing products, and although I was sent them for free, it does not change my opinion of them whatsoever!

When I found out that I was getting sent these products, I literally checked the mail EVERYDAY waiting for them to come! Then finally one day, the mail person knocked on my door, and the package was there!

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As soon as I got the package, I grabbed a pair of scissors, and cut it right open! That is when I saw the really awesome informative papers!

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I got so excited reading through those that I almost forgot about the packages! The most exciting part! All the packages were wrapped with plastic, and neatly folded!

Both packages from mail, blue cover back side

Both packages from mail, fitted and prefold diapers.

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I was so eager to get my items out of the package! and the first thing I noticed was how soft everything was! Like seriously, the softest diaper fabric I have ever felt!!

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Let’s review everything individually, and I must say that it may mainly be pictures :)

The Mommy’s Touch Covers are first! I received two of these awesome covers! The purple-blue one is “Storm Cloud” and the pink one is “Baby Pink”. Both of these covers look slightly different depending on if I use flash or not! Storm Cloud is a gender neutral purple-blue color, yet in most photographs it tends to look more blue, especially with flash. See here:

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This picture is property of Green Mountain Diapers, taken from their website.

The Cover "Storm Cloud" with no flash.

The Cover “Storm Cloud” with no flash.

"Storm Cloud" with flash, it looks more blue in this picture.

“Storm Cloud” with flash, it looks more blue in this picture.

See how it seems to be three different colors? It is really the same color! It just depends on the light, the camera, and if you are using flash or not! The pink also has a difference, though it isn’t as significant. 

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This picture is property of Green Mountain Diapers, taken from their website.

"Baby Pink" with flash, the color is true to the name!

“Baby Pink” with flash, the color is true to the name!

The Mommy's Touch Cover in "Baby Pink" without flash.

The Mommy’s Touch Cover in “Baby Pink” without flash.

See the differences in the pinks? I believe (at least to my eyes) it is a lighter pink than what GMD has posted, but it it is still true to its name, and is a beautiful color.

These covers consist of  Two layers of very soft and non-crinkly PUL waterproofed polyester! The PUL on these covers does not show, it is covered PUL! It is actually even more covered than normal, so it lasts longer!

The covered PUL

The covered PUL

I personally like this type of cover because I feel like it holds more urine, but I also do not like how I cannot just wipe it out and have it dry instantly like other PUL covers.

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Mommy’s Touch logo

"Storm Cloud" laid out with flash.

“Storm Cloud” laid out with flash.

I really did like these covers, I just wish they had the middle rise snaps like other OS covers do, so it wouldn’t be so big! My daughter seemed to enjoy these covers as well!

Front view of Storm Cloud.

Front view of Storm Cloud.

Side view of cover.

Side view of cover.

Lily Standing with her leg out.

Lily Standing with her leg out.

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No leaking through the leg holes, something what we are always looking for thanks to her super long legs!

The elastic on the back of the cover, it is perfect and holds leaks!

The elastic on the back of the cover, it is perfect and holds leaks!

As you can see, the cover fit her pretty well! It was not gapping, and fit great around her small waist, and plump belly! I personally prefer the pink one though ;)

The cover curves with her body perfectly!

The cover curves with her body perfectly!

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No gaps in the leg holes for leaking!

No gaps in the leg holes for leaking!

Closer view of the leg elastic!

Closer view of the leg elastic!

Side view of the cover! You can see how it contours to her waist and thighs, yet has room in the butt area for more fluff!

Side view of the cover! You can see how it contours to her waist and thighs, yet has room in the butt area for more fluff!

In a simple list, here are the Pro’s and Con’s:

Pros:

  • The 3 rows of snaps make it so you can have a more customized fit
  • NO LEAKS! Even overnight!
  • There is extra room to add more fluff
  • It fits my daughter about perfectly
  • There is extra PUL

Cons:

  • I wish it had snaps for the rise
  • The PUL doesn’t instantly dry for the next prefold/fitted
  • The colors show up differently in pictures.

Rating Meter:

Easy Use: 5 (Very easy, you just snap on!)

Fit: 4 (I wish it had snaps for the rise)

No Leaks/Leak Protection: 5 (No leaks!)

Is it worth the money?: Yes, I do believe so. (Even though I was gifted this cover, I would definitely buy more if it was in our budget.)

Style: 4 (They have some cute prints, but otherwise I find them a little plain.)

Overall, these covers are really great, and I will definitely keep using them!

Now, onto.. *drumroll*.. THE FITTED!

I received this AMAZING Cloth-eez White Workhouse Fitted! This fitted is optical-brightener free, Chlorine free, and 100% Pure cotton! The first thing I noticed were that the snaps were covered by cotton, that means that the snaps would not dig into my daughters skin! I very much appreciated that! This fitted held up overnight  when paired with a wool cover, which never happens! We almost always constantly have leaks overnight. My daughter has very runny stools most of the time, and this fitted even held her poop in! Another bonus point!

The size that I was gifted, was a size large, which means it has brown stitching!

The front of the fitted, all buttoned!

The front of the fitted, all buttoned!

This fitted is SUPER soft, and I feel comfortable having it against my daughters most sensitive parts, unlike some other diapers that I have tried.

This diaper is made out of a prefold diaper material, you can especially tell in the back!

The backside of the fitted!

The backside of the fitted!

If you look closely, you can see the 8 layer soaker outlined in the back of the fitted. Once you open up the fitted, you can see the soaker is folded inside, and all you have to do is unfold it!

The 8 lyr insert flap folded.

The 8 lyr insert flap folded.

The 8 lyr insert flap completely out. This is what it should look like when you are about to put it on your child.

The 8 lyr insert flap completely out. This is what it should look like when you are about to put it on your child.

Remember though, with fitteds, you HAVE to use a cover if you are going to keep it on for long periods of time (such as a nap or bed time). We have used this fitted without a cover while my daughter was running around and playing. I loved how it did not leak, but was still thin enough to the point where her skin could breathe through it, and it did not make her diaper stink like ammonia! My daughter likes to sit in different, uncomfortable (in my opinion) positions, and this fitted still contours to her body perfectly!

The elastic is perfect around the legs and waist, no matter how she sits!

The elastic is perfect around the legs and waist, no matter how she sits!

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She very much enjoyed trying to pull this fitted off since it was a bit poofy :)

She very much enjoyed trying to pull this fitted off since it was a bit poofy :)

Even though her little belly sticks out, and there is a small gap at the top, it still fit her perfectly!

Even though her little belly sticks out, and there is a small gap at the top, it still fit her perfectly!

My daughter posing for the camera :)

My daughter posing for the camera :)

The back of the workhorse fitted.

The back of the workhorse fitted.

It stays contoured to my daughters thighs, even when she is sitting.

It stays contoured to my daughters thighs, even when she is sitting.

The matching white snaps, that almost completely blend in.

The matching white snaps, that almost completely blend in.

The front of the cover.

The front of the cover.

The tag on the Workhorse fitted.

The tag on the Workhorse fitted.

It even looks super trim under covers!

The fitted even looks very trim under a GroVia wool Cover!

Fitted under a GroVia wool Cover!

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My daughter does not wear pants often when we are in the house, she prefers dresses or shirts, so that is why we did not get a picture of her with the fitted in a pair of pants, once I do, I will update this review :)

PROS:

  • It fits very well to my daughter body
  • IT HELD UP OVERNIGHT
  • It is made of 100% cotton
  • No dye’s in my daughters most sensitive area
  • It has snaps, so I do not need to mess with pins
  • CHEAP

CONS:

  • It is a little “poofy” near my daughters private area, I think it is just it due to being a little big.
  • It is sized so once she outgrows it, I will have to buy another.

Rating Meter:

Easy Use: 3.5 (You just snap on the baby, but you also have to have a cover, and my daughter hates laying down for so long.)

Fit: 4.5 (It fits almost perfect, but will continue to be a little big until she gains more weight.)

No Leaks/Leak Protection: 5 (No leaks!!)

Is it worth the money?: Yes, especially for being under $10! (Even though I was gifted this cover, I am definitely going to be buying more for our stash.)

Style: 2 (It is really plain, but I very much like how there are no dyes in the diaper, besides the brown stitching.)

Overall, I really love this fitted, and I am going to purchase more for myself, and to give away as gifts!

Okay guys, thank you for sticking with me. There is one more product I am going to review before I introduce you to the giveaway and it is: Cloth-eez Bamboo Rayon/Organic Cotton blend prefolds!  These babies just arrived on GMD Jan 20th of this year! I am one of the few people that have reviewed them online so far, and I must say that it is a honor!

These prefolds are made from 55% bamboo rayon and45% organic unbleached cotton, so they are a blend. This has to be my favorite blend, I even prefer these to my hemp prefolds! They are quite large at first, but once you wash them, they really shrink up. We were given a size medium, and at first look I was worried we had gotten the wrong size!

Bamboo prefold laid out folded once

Bamboo prefold completely laid out

The prefolds were very long, but were very thick once I tri-folded them.

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Trifolded into a cover.

Trifolded into a cover.

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We do not usually use prefolds, but I did really like these. They are very silky, soft, and absorb a ton of urine. I found that putting these inside of a pocket diaper worked so much better for us than using microfiber inserts!

My favorite way to use a prefold though is with a Snappi. Since these prefolds are very silky, I found it a little harder than normal to make the Snappi work, but my daughter wiggles too much to use a pin!

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The Snappi did eventually work though, and fit very well under a Flip cover!

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My daughter kept wiggling too much for me to get a good picture of her in the prefold and cover, but I got a couple of them!

Lily sitting and playing, using a prefold with a cover.

Lily sitting and playing, using a prefold with a cover.

The prefold in a flip cover while she is playing.

The prefold in a flip cover while she is playing.

These prefolds held up during a nap time, and there were no leaks, which I was absolutely happy about!

Lets compare the prefold in a cover, to the fitted in a cover, they are both very trim!

Fitted inside of a cover.

Fitted inside of a cover.

Prefold inside of a cover.

Prefold inside of a cover.

PROS:

  • Very Trim
  • Silky
  • Holds a ton of Urine!
  • No leaks
  • Goes great against my daughters skin
  • Is not too big, or too small.

CONS:

  • Snappi does not hold very well
  • It is very long, so I have to fold it, but that is alright as it is even more protection.

Rating Meter:

Easy Use: 2.5 (I do not like prefolds, and I hate having to lay them inside of a cover, then putting the cover on the baby.)

Fit: 4. (It fits fairly well, it is just a bit too long.)

No Leaks/Leak Protection: 5 (No leaks!!)

Is it worth the money?: If you like prefolds, then yes. I MAY buy a couple more in place of microfiber inserts.

I am sorry that the Prefold post was not as long, as I have stated above, I do not like prefolds.

Overall, I VERY much loved all of the products that I received, and I hope that you like them too!

Also, with every purchase (only one set of pins per cart.) you get a set of blue diaper pins!

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Now onto the giveaway.

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GIVEAWAY, SPONSORED BY GREEN MOUNTAIN DIAPERS

Enter the Raffle-copter below for your chance to win TWO brand new Mommy’s Touch Covers (in the colors shown in my review above), one bamboo prefold, and a set of blue diaper pins!

Giveaway Set in package!

Giveaway Set in package!

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Giveaway Set

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at: mysunshinekisses@gmail.com. Good luck, and Happy Winning!

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Join Zulily!

 

Hello Everyone!

Zulily is one of my most favorite places to buy my daughters clothes! They have designer brands sometimes as much as 80% off! They have Children’s Clothes, Toys, Products, Women’s Clothes, Maternity, Furniture, Home products, Plus size, shoes, accessories, and much much more! The brands change out every few days, and they have new ones everyday!

Follow the link, and take a look! Also, if you sign up and make a purchase (it does not matter what price) my account will be credited $15 to go towards my daughters summer clothes! You can even get an affiliate link and share it with your friends too! It is such a great thing!

Zulily is one of my favorite places, and you should really check it out!

http://www.zulily.com/invite/marissaporter36937

Happy Parenting!

- Marissa