Jennifer on July 22nd, 2014

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Yesterday my daughter made these delicious lemon raspberry cupcakes. While putting the leftover lemon rinds to use I started thinking of my favorite uses of lemons and thought I’d share them…


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Recipes

Obviously there are many yummy recipes to choose from and I cannot begin to list them all. Here are my choices….

  1. Lemon raspberry cupcakes (how could I not mention the inspiration for this post) – this recipe uses the zest of lemon as well as lemon juice. So yummy!
  2. Iced Tea – this is a staple drink in our house – we use 1/3 cup of lemon juice and 1/2 cup of sugar in a half gallon container of tea.
  3. Candied lemon – this is a special treat that I don’t do more than once a  year since it is so time consuming to do but it is yummy – you can eat candied lemons as is or use it a beautiful decoration on cakes or pies.
  4. Lemonade -  another treat in our house since this takes time and money. Still we enjoy making this occasionally in the summer time. 6-8 squeezed lemons, 6 cups of water and 1 cup of sugar.
  5. Lemon water -  add thin slice of lemon to water or other favorite drinks to add flavor.  Lemon flavored water helps me meet my quota of 64+ ounces of water a day.

Cleaning

There are many ways to clean with lemon but here are the ones I find most useful at home. I just use these methods when we have leftover lemons and rind.

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  1. Inside of our teapot – boil small cut up lemon rinds in water in a teapot. Let it stand for an hour before rinsing.
  2. Garbage disposal – run softened, cut up lemon rinds through the garbage disposal. Make sure they are small enough for the disposal to handle.  This freshens up the sink.
  3. Cutting board - turn the rind inside out and rub it outside of a cleaned wooden or plastic cutting board to freshen it.  Rinse.
  4. Copper or stainless steel – dip the lemon in baking powder or salt and scrub copper/steel pots or stainless steel sink.
  5. Grease stains from clothes – rub lemon juice on the stain and let it sit overnight before washing with regular laundry.

Here are 22 to ways to use your lemons, inside and out. Put the whole fruit to good use!

How do you use your lemons? Please share!

 

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Diaper Pin on July 21st, 2014

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With this fold a flat can act as a prefold with the benefit of being lengthened or shortened to fit your child’s unique size. Fold the flat in half from top to bottom as show below. You can adjust this fold to less than half if your child has a higher rise.

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Fold the left side just short of 1/3 of the way (or as will fit on your child)

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Fold the left side towards the middle.

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Now you have a customized prefold. You can fold the diaper as you would a prefold… Fold both sides in and open up the top.

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Place baby on top of the diaper and fold the up over the baby.

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Pin one side…and then the other..

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Done!

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Diaper Pin on July 20th, 2014

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diaperpin on June 22nd, 2014

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Wondering who ranks in our Top Cloth Diaper Business?!  Here  ya go! these are our customer’s choice members in cloth diaper directory this month! These businesses have earned enough rave reviews (15 or more) to earn the awards below:

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Our top directory members are also qualified to display this award on their site:

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Top 11

GoGo Natural is back on top!  Little Boppers has jumped into the top 11 – Congratulations! Nicki’s Diapers is in the top 10.

GoGo Natural      for baby   for mom
We focus exclusively on the best natural care products for you and your infant. We carry cloth diapering supplies, baby carriers, breastffeding accessories, & much more!
Member since May 2007 (updated: January 2013)

Diaper Junction         for baby   for mom
Home to the 100% cotton Diaper Rite Prefolds, Diaper Junction carries all the cloth diapers, diaper covers, & accessories you’ll need to diaper your child from birth to potty training. FREE SHIPPING
Member since November 2002 (updated: May 2012)

Little Boppers      for baby   for mom   made by mom
Hello Baby! Little Boppers are plush and stylish cloth diapers you’ll love to show off! Fitteds, Hybrids, AI2s, & Covers, handmade with great attention to detail. Custom orders available.
Member since February 2004 (updated: May 2014)

AppleCheeks      for baby   made by mom   sewing resources
Throw away your preconceived notions. Ignore your skeptical peers. These are NOT your grandmother’s cloth diapers.We are AppleCheeks™, a breakthrough in reusable diapering. This is a paradigm shift. Thought you knew what reusable diapering was all abo
Member since September 2008 (updated: December 2013)

Green Diaper Demos      for baby
Fast friendly service! We carry many brands but our top seller and recommended are SoftBums, Thirsties, bumGenius, and itti bitti!
Member since April 2010 (updated: October 2013)

Sweetbottoms Baby Boutique      for baby   for mom
FREE USA SHIPPING! Cloth Diapers, Teething Necklaces, Baby Carriers, Unique Gifts! KaWaii Baby, BumGenius, FuzziBunz, Thirsties, GroVia, BabyKicks, Ergo, Aristocrats, & more! Most orders ship within 24 hours. Store in Raleigh/Cary, NC!
Member since June 2010 (updated: August 2013)

Modern Cloth LLC      for baby   for mom
Modern Cloth is your resource for cloth diapers and accessories in South Carolina’s Lowcountry and on the web. We have a passion for cloth diapering and our mission is simply to spread the word about just how far modern cloth diapers have come!
Member since November 2010 (updated: December 2012)

Sandbox Lane      for baby   for mom
Specializing in top cloth diapers brand (Fuzzi Bunz, bumGenius, Rocky Mountain, Drybees, Sweet Pea, Flip, Charlie Banana, and much more) and other organic baby products. Free shipping over $30.
Member since September 2011 (updated: October 2011)

FiggyFuzz Baby Boutique      for baby   for mom
FiggyFuzz Baby Boutique is Mommy Owned and Mommy Operated! Most orders ship within 24 hrs. $5.99 Flat Rate US shipping, orders over $69 ship FREE! Eco-Friendly, Family Focused. Local appointments available.
Member since April 2012 (updated: January 2014)

Nicki’s Diapers         for baby   for mom
Long-standing business and large in-stock selection for all your cloth diapering needs. Fast, free shipping included on most items and all orders over $75. Also, Nicki’s Diapers offers a wide selection of Mama and Baby Items. A one-stop shop!
Member since June 2004 (updated: December 2011)

Dearest Diapers      for baby   for mom
Dearest Diapers is your Cloth Diapering and Natural Parenting Source! Free Shipping in the U.S. Use code NEWBIE for 10% Off your First Order!
Member since May 2012 (updated: May 2013)

Sherri on June 19th, 2014

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If you are new to all-in-two systems, this is a great brand that is easy to use and offers a quality system you will fall in love with.

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The purpose of an all-in two system is to be able to reuse the shell (cover) while changing the insert. This is the first system I have found that I can use the same shell three or four times before throwing it in the wash! Less laundry and fewer shells to buy? Yes, this system definitely has my attention!

Here are the features of GroVia’s Hybrid All-In-Two System:

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Diaper Type: All In Two

Size Range: One Size diaper fitting babies from 8-35lbs, adjusted by a snap down rise

Waist Closure:  Hook & loop or snaps

Shell Exterior: TPU that come in solids or prints

Shell Interior: Polyester Mesh

Inserts: 

  1. Snap-in, Stay Dry Soaker that is TPU backed. It has 4 layers of cotton/hemp blend topped with a wonderfully soft microfleece. The leg gussets are microfleece too!
  2. Snap-in, Organic Cotton Soaker that is TPU backed. It has 5 layers of certified organic cotton jersey with organic cotton leg gussets.
  3. Lay-in or stick-in, disposable BioSoaker that is fragrance & dye free and plastic & chlorine free.


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Putting the GroVia’s Hybrid All-In-Two, to the test:

Fit: With the hook & loop version (I am dying to try the snap shell!), I get a perfect fit every time. I can get a custom fit on the waist due to the wide panel where the side tabs attach. The overall rise seems accommodating. My 30 pound 2 year old fits the rise nicely. The hook & loop tabs can overlap each other, making the eight-pound starting size look to be a reality. All the soaker options have elastic in the gusset area so they can provide a custom fit as well. This is a super trim diaper!

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Use:  This diaper was bullet proof during the day.  I did not have any leaks. I was able to use the shell three or four times before it was ready for the wash.  I used the Stay Dry Soaker for nap-time, which performed nicely-no leaks! I did attempt one time at night, the Stay Dry Soaker alone did not work. My two year old is a known heavy wetter, so I was not surprised. GroVia does sell boosters, which may have changed this. The TPU layer really does keep the shell dry in between changes throughout the day.  The gussets do a great job of keeping the poop off the shell too. I really like the Organic Soakers for the day and the Stay Dry Soakers for naps. I did use a BioSoaker for an outing and I could see where this would be a convenient option for out of town use or daycare.

Ease Of Use: These diapers are incredibly easy to use.  The snap-down rise is very easy to use and the hook and loop is toddler proof-really! It is strong! The inserts snap in and are easily unsnapped. The shell has laundry tabs (a must for hook & loop closures). GroVia also recommends that you stick the tabs under a loop that is over the laundry tab as it’s supposed to keep the tabs from curling and cracking.

Washing:  These diapers are very easy to wash and dry.  It is important to remember that with the hook & loop shell, fasten your laundry tabs!  I hang dry the shell and it is quick to dry. I also hang dry the soakers because of the TPU, then throw the soakers in the dryer on low heat for 20 minutes to soften and finish drying the material.

Quality & Cost:  The quality and durability of this diaper is great! You can feel the quality in the material and see it in the sewing. This All In Two diaper makes it easy get a bang for your buck.  If you use the shell approximately three times, the cost is a little over $14 dollars per diaper. That is a great price for such these quality diapers!

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Summary

I love this diaper!!!  It has become one of my favorites in my stash, and the first one I reach for out of the laundry. The soakers are great, and I love using the Stay-Dry Soaker for naps and having the Organic Soaker throughout the day. I only have one shell right now but I am going to buy more on Black Friday or Cyber Monday! I definitely want to try the snap shell, but I will keep a stock of the hook & loop because they are daddy friendly!

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This is a great system to introduce someone to who is new to cloth diapering without scaring them off. It is also a great system for someone who is already cloth diapering and is looking to get awesome quality diapers for a great price! I would absolutely recommend this diaper!!!

 

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Diaper Pin on June 19th, 2014

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Unlike regular diapers, swim diapers are designed to keep solids from escaping – they are not meant to absorb (otherwise they would absorb pool water!).  Cloth swim diapers are cheaper and just as effective as disposables – this just another reason to go cloth. Here is a quick view of the Swim Baby diaper.  There are many other 

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Jennifer on March 26th, 2014

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Wondering who ranks in our Top Cloth Diaper Business?!  Here  ya go! these are our customer’s choice members in cloth diaper directory this month! These businesses have earned enough rave reviews (15 or more) to earn the awards below:

mom's pick
Our top directory members are also qualified to display this award on their site:

Top 12

We have a new #1! Kissed by the Moon  has finally climbed to the top of the list with  39 reviews averaging at a rating of 5 – can’t beat that! Congratulations to AppleCheeks for climbing to our top 10!

Kissed by the Moon      for baby   for mom
We are a cloth diaper/wool/natural family products store specializing in popular and up-and-coming brands including FuzziBunz, bumGenius, Swaddlebees, Thirsties, Crow Mountain Crafts, Bumby, Cjs, Planet Wise, Little Fancy Pants and more!
Member since October 2011 (updated: January 2013)

GoGo Natural      for baby   for mom
We focus exclusively on the best natural care products for you and your infant. We carry cloth diapering supplies, baby carriers, breastffeding accessories, & much more!
Member since May 2007 (updated: January 2013)

Diaper Junction         for baby   for mom
Home to the 100% cotton Diaper Rite Prefolds, Diaper Junction carries all the cloth diapers, diaper covers, & accessories you’ll need to diaper your child from birth to potty training. FREE SHIPPING
Member since November 2002 (updated: May 2012)

Little Boppers      for baby   for mom   made by mom
Hello Baby! Little Boppers are plush and stylish cloth diapers you’ll love to show off! Fitteds, Hybrids, AI2s, & Covers, handmade with great attention to detail. Custom orders available.
Member since February 2004 (updated: November 2013)

FiggyFuzz Baby Boutique      for baby   for mom
FiggyFuzz Baby Boutique is Mommy Owned and Mommy Operated! Most orders ship within 24 hrs. $5.99 Flat Rate US shipping, orders over $69 ship FREE! Eco-Friendly, Family Focused. Local appointments available.
Member since April 2012 (updated: January 2014)

AppleCheeks      for baby   made by mom   sewing resources
Throw away your preconceived notions. Ignore your skeptical peers. These are NOT your grandmother’s cloth diapers.We are AppleCheeks™, a breakthrough in reusable diapering. This is a paradigm shift. Thought you knew what reusable diapering was all abo
Member since September 2008 (updated: December 2013)

Green Diaper Demos      for baby
Fast friendly service! We carry many brands but our top seller and recommended are SoftBums, Thirsties, bumGenius, and itti bitti!
Member since April 2010 (updated: October 2013)

Sweetbottoms Baby Boutique      for baby   for mom
FREE USA SHIPPING! Cloth Diapers, Teething Necklaces, Baby Carriers, Unique Gifts! KaWaii Baby, BumGenius, FuzziBunz, Thirsties, GroVia, BabyKicks, Ergo, Aristocrats, & more! Most orders ship within 24 hours. Store in Raleigh/Cary, NC!
Member since June 2010 (updated: August 2013)

Modern Cloth LLC      for baby   for mom
Modern Cloth is your resource for cloth diapers and accessories in South Carolina’s Lowcountry and on the web. We have a passion for cloth diapering and our mission is simply to spread the word about just how far modern cloth diapers have come!
Member since November 2010 (updated: December 2012)

Sandbox Lane      for baby   for mom
Specializing in top cloth diapers brand (Fuzzi Bunz, bumGenius, Rocky Mountain, Drybees, Sweet Pea, Flip, Charlie Banana, and much more) and other organic baby products. Free shipping over $30.
Member since September 2011 (updated: October 2011)

Nicki’s Diapers         for baby   for mom
Long-standing business and large in-stock selection for all your cloth diapering needs. Fast, free shipping included on most items and all orders over $75. Also, Nicki’s Diapers offers a wide selection of Mama and Baby Items. A one-stop shop!
Member since June 2004 (updated: December 2011)

Dearest Diapers      for baby   for mom
Dearest Diapers is your Cloth Diapering and Natural Parenting Source! Free Shipping in the U.S. Use code NEWBIE for 10% Off your First Order!
Member since May 2012 (updated: May 2013)

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Diaper Pin on February 12th, 2014

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Katie on January 28th, 2014

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Reviews for SoftBums Echo System
When I first opened this diaper, I was immediately struck by how very soft and cushy the lining was.  The inserts are covered with a dense, pillowy fleece that can only be described as deliciously soft!! At first I thought that might be the only thing to make this diaper stand out from other All-in-Ones or All-in-Twos, but I was wrong!

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On first glance you can see that the inside of the diaper looks much the same as any other AI2, but it has some pretty significant differences.  For starters, the Echo system comes with a selection of Pods – their term for inserts – so you can get quite a wide range of absorbency in the diaper.

Three sizes of doublers - (see the snaps) - this makes for a very versatile diaper!

Three sizes! (see the snaps) This makes for a very versatile diaper!

The One-Size Pod is a wonderful one – it is somewhat T-shaped to give full absorbency and coverage in the back, and long enough to be folded under to give double absorbency where you need it most.  The wide shape is designed to cover the interior of the diaper completely, so that you can switch out the Pods without having to change the whole diaper.  Plus, the inserts snap into place, eliminating any sliding around.

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Another stand-out design feature of the Echo is that the front aplix strip is positioned well below the front edge of the diaper.  This is great for sensitive baby skin, as it prevents the stiff edge from rubbing into baby’s tummy.  All that touches is the deliciously soft fleece on the inside!  No scratches!

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And now for the pure genius that makes the SoftBums Echo “meaningfully unique”….  This diaper is a one-size diaper.   For other diapers, having a one-size system means you have 3 sets of snaps to shrink the diaper down, meaning it’s really a 4-size diaper.  For the SoftBums Echo, they have made it infinitely customizable – inside the diaper, underneath the fleece, is a drawcord clasp holding the elastic in place.  This is their patent-pending “Slide2Size” sizing system – simply shrink the diaper leg holes to the desired size by sliding the clasp down the elastic!

 

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This makes the best leg opening fit of any diaper I have tried, and contributes to making the diaper overall one of the trimmest I have tried.

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This opening reveals elastic that is used to lengthen or tighten the diaper.

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Before washing this diaper, be sure to attach the velcro tabs….

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diaperpin on November 23rd, 2013

 

With Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday around the corner I thought I’d put together a list of the beautiful holiday prints that are available this season.  I reached out to our directory members and asked what prints they are making/selling. The information below is based on the responses I got from them! Aren’t these beautiful??

Bummis Tots Bots – Gingerbread

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Limited edition only 5 per retailer! If like this act fast – These already arrived at retailers and some are already sold out!

Retailers: Abby’s Lane, Mom’s Milk Boutique, Over the Moon Diapers, Kelly’s Closet, Dearest Diapers, Dream Diapers, more…

Moraki  Snowman

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Moraki has a fantasic holiday collection that I photographed  the ABC Kids Expo here is their super cute snowman!

Retailers: Kelly’s Closet, Mom’s Milk Boutique, more…

 

Bottombumpers – Holiday Collection

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I love these beautifully embroidered diapers!

Retailers: Kelly’s Closet, Sweet Little Blessings, Sew Crafty Baby, Mom’s Milk Boutique, Nicki’s Dapers, Kissed by the Moon(last year’s), more…

 

Little Boppers – Holiday Edition

Little Boppers Holiday Edition

Retailers: Dream Diapers (exclusive)

 

Best Bottoms – Mistletoe

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This cute print is from last year and some retailers are still carrying  them.

Retailers: Mom’s Milk Boutique, more…

 

SoftBums – December Calendar Bum

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Softbums has a limited edition print that will be released on November 29th. Pictured above is  their holiday package with the panda is covering the diaper!!  We will post the actual diaper as close to the reveal as possible!

Retailers: Dearest Diapers, FiggyFuzz Baby Boutique, Dream Diapers, Squishy Tushy, more…

CutiePoops – Grinch

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Sold at CutiePoops.
 

Mom’s Milk Boutique

Picture coming on Black Friday!

Announced Black Friday (picture to be added soon!). In the meantime check out the other holiday prints they are selling. Find out more at Mom’s Milk Boutique
 

GEN-Y – gnome for the Holidays

GEN-Y - gnome for the holidays

Sold at GEN-Y

 

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AppleCheek’s – Joy!

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Retailers: Turtles in Bloom, Squishy Tushy, Kissed by the Moon, Fluff-N-Stuff Baby, Kelly’s Closet, Ju-Ju Monkey, Go Baby Go Shop, Diaper Style, Bums Away, Sew Crafty Baby, Mom’s Milk Boutique, Dearest Diapers, Sweetbottoms Baby Boutique, FiggyFuzz Baby Boutique, more…

Dri-Line Baby – Red Bamboo Bib

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Sold at Dri-Line Baby

 

For those of you who want list a little sparkle to your perfolds and flats – get the glitter Boingos.

If you are looking for prints and don’t want holiday ones check out those from businesses like Grovia and SmartBottoms – we took pictures at the ABC Kid Expo!

Happy Holidays!

 

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