Sunday, December 19, 2010

**CLOSED** Rumpsack "Deck the Halls" Soaker Giveaway

Winner is.....

Cute cloth diapers and Christmas are both things that make me smile. So, what could be better than some super cute Christmas fluff?!

Rumpsack Diapers wants to give one of you an adorable Deck the Halls Fleece Soaker (in Medium or Large)! 

 You can get your own Rumpsack Diapers over at their Hyena Cart Store. They do still have a few Christmas items left, plus a bunch of other awesome fluff!

If you want to win this Deck the Halls Soaker, you just need to like Rumpsack on Facebook and enter your info in the form below. Soooo easy!!!

Giveaway ends Monday at 8pm CST and I will email the winner that night. If you win, please get back to me ASAP so we can get your soaker to you before Christmas!

Good Luck!!!

Friday, December 3, 2010

**CLOSED** Natural Pure Essentials Giveaway & Discount

The winner is...

Susan M!!!

Natural Pure Essentials started because of two parents that were determined to find high quality, all natural and toxin free products for their daughter. After sifting through many products that claimed to be 'natural' they are happy to bring you products that truly are natural and pure.

Navine, owner of Natural Pure Essentials, has been kind enough to offer one of their products as a giveaway! One lucky fan will win a Rockin' Green Shake It Up Pail Freshner!

Does your diaper pail or wetbag smell like....a diaper pail? Then freshen things up the Rockin Green way with our all natural pail freshner.

To enter:
Visit Natural Pure Essentials and tell me what your favorite item is.

Giveaway ends on Friday, December 10th and winner will be announced the next day.

Natural Pure Essentials is also giving us a 10% discount!!! Just use the code "fb10". It's good until next Friday, December 10th.

Facebook Updated Their Rules Again

Ugh! Facebook went and updated their promotions guidelines again!

You still can't hold a giveaway on Facebook, unless you use an application on one of your tabs. Not such a big deal, but I've looked through the applications and I've never found one I liked or one that I thought the fans would like. Most of them have been too complicated.

Of course, you can still hold giveaways on your blogs and you can promote those giveaways on Facebook. I've been thinking that you could probably also use Google Docs Forms, even for flash giveaways. You'd just have to post the link on your FB page.

You CAN require people to like your FB page for an entry, but you CAN'T have a giveaway where people are automatically entered when they like your page. I'm assuming this means you can't say at 1000 likes, you'll give away something to a randomly drawn fan. But, you can post a blog giveaway when you reach 1000 likes and have people fill out an entry form.

You CAN'T notify winners on FB. This means, you can't contact the winners with FB messages, chats or posts on profiles or pages. This is why I've started asking for email addresses on our entry forms.

While you can require people to like your FB page to be entered in a contest, you CAN'T require them to take any other action on FB - like post on a profile, like a status or photo, upload a photo, or comment on a wall. For example, you can't have people get an extra entry by liking a certain photo. This could also cause problems for flash giveaways where fans are asked to comment on walls. I actually have a giveaway going on right now that requires entrants to post on a FB wall. So, it looks like I'll be changing my giveaway guidelines...again.

Of course, I'm not a lawyer, but this is my interpretation of the updated guidelines. I have heard of FB contacting page admins and even shutting down pages because they weren't following the guidelines. I've bent the rules plenty of times and haven't had an issue yet, but I suppose this would be a good time to start being a little more cautious.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

**CLOSED** Surprise Giveaway - Back to Basics Toys

The winner is...

Jennifer B!!

As most of you know, the Cloth Chronicles blog and the I Heart Fluff Facebook page are pretty much non-paying jobs for me. :) Except for the small amount of income I get from the ad space and some free products for reviews, I mainly do this for fun. So, I'm always excited when my fans purchase products using my affiliate links for sites such as Eversave, Zulily, and Mamapedia. Besides you getting a good deal, I also get a little credit in my account.

Today, I want to give some of that back to you. So, I purchased a $40 gift voucher for Back to Basics Toys from Mamapedia a couple days ago to give to one of you!

Since I want one of my fans to win this, I am asking that you fan I Heart Fluff on Facebook and follow this blog. Just fill out the entry form below and you're done!

This giveaway will end on Thursday, Dec 9th and I'll pick a winner with on Friday, Dec. 10th.

**FYI, I have purchased from all of the sites mentioned in this post and I would recommend them to anyone!

WAHM Wednesday - Erin from Baby Frills

Tell us about your business:

Baby Frills is my WAHM business that sells everything cute, frilly and fun for infants and toddlers. Scruffle Legs are the signature of Baby Frills, but keep coming back as I expand to include other homemade and personalized items for my kids and yours! Watch for other customs to become available at!

What makes your business fabulous?

When my fourth was born, I decided to be wild and cloth diaper. What has made it easier is leg warmers. I didn't have enough money to spring for a bunch of top name leg warmers, so I started making my own. And, I love them. So do my other kids and they have added their input too. I think that makes it original as my 5 year old daughter loves everything frilly.

One day she walked in to where I was sewing and asked if I was making more "scruffles." Of course she meant "ruffles" but the name was born!

White Rugby Striped Scruffle Leg Warmers

Why did you become a WAHM?

I love crafting. I still scrapbook, but that has gone digital so I felt I needed to do something else hands on. What better way to feed my urge to make, than to make for others!

Faux Fur Leg Warmers - How cute are these???

How do you find the time?

Good question! I find that time is a relative term these days. I have four kids aged 6 and under. I also homeschool the older two. Finding time for anything is hard, but MAKING time is a different matter. You need to MAKE time for the things that are a must in your life.

Any tips for other WAHMs?

Maybe one or two tips! Make sure you love what you do and that you are prepared to invest in an idea. It adds up!

LOVE the Owls!!!

Out of all the products you make/sell, which one is your favorite?

I love my Scruffle Leg and Onesie/Top combo. It is just so cute on the little ones and there are so many custom combinations.

Any specials or giveaways we should know about?

Baby Frills is now on Facebook! Watch for more information on giveaways in the near future.

**CLOSED** Olivia Place Giveaway

The Winner is....

Ambra W!

I first became aware of Oliva Place a few months ago and I've been hooked ever since! It's a family run company that was started by two sisters, Caroline and Deb, and their husbands. For you scrapbook enthusiasts, Caroline and Deb are also the brilliant minds behind Maya Road!

Olivia Place features daily deals starting at 9am CST for 30% to 80% off retail! Of course, my favorite deals have been the cloth diapers but they offer all sorts of products for children and moms.

Now, here's the really good part...Olivia Place is giving one of you a $15 gift certificate to their site!!! All you have to do is visit Olivia Place on Facebook and say I <3 (Heart) Fluff sent you! Seriously...that's all!  Well, and fill out the entry form below so I can contact the winner. :)

Giveaway ends Wednesday, December 8th and the winner will be randomly drawn the next day.

*I was in no way compensated for this - I just love Olivia Place. :)

Thursday, November 25, 2010

It's Black Friday!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Busiest shopping day of the year, but I'm keeping my tushie inside where it's warm and my coffee cup stays full. :) Why would I want to leave these comforts and brave the crazy crowds when there are so many good deals I can get online?

  • FREE Shipping today through Cyber Monday!
  • FREE Shipping on every order!
  • Every order over $50 will be entereed into the "Golden Turkey" contest! Prizes include:

    ** Amazon Kindle
    ** Sakura Bloom Essential Silk Ring Sling
    ** IPOD Shuffle with $50 ITunes Gift Card
  • Every order over $100 will also receive a free gift (value of $10.95 or more) with their order!
  • All accessories, doublers and liners are 10% off

    AND MUCH MORE!!! Use code BLACKFRIDAY10 to receive all the awesome deals!!!
  • Rockin Green: Secret Scent will be available. Limit 1 per customer
  • Purchase Lulu's in the Fluff or Charlie's Laundry soap and receive a free wooden laundry scoop (not the same as the ones for purchase)
  • Purchase a combination TummyTub and stool, and receive a free Natural Sea Sponge
  • Wooltopia Dryer Balls: Unscented and scented --$5 each.
  • Buddha Bunz Dryer Balls: Available in Christmas scents
  • With a Bravado Bra/Tank purchase, receive a free pack of Bravado Bikini Panties
  • With the purchase of a Flip Day Pack, receive a free bumGenius Odor Remover Spray
  • With the purchase of 5 Doopsy Diapers, receive 1 free.
  • With the purchase of 2 Doopsy Diapers, receive 1 free DOOPSY™ "All in One Insert" with PUL + 4 Layers of Bamboo Double Loop Terry
  • With any EcoNuts Purchase, receive a free EcoNuts Vegan Lip Balm
  • With the purchase of a Planet Wise wipe pouch with flannel wipes, receive a free pack of Honey Chunks
  • With the purchase of 3 Fuzzi Bunz Diapers, receive a free SwaddleEzee Blanket
  • With the purchase of a Bosom Baby Nursing Pillow, receive a free pair of Milk Diapers cotton nursing pads
  • With any $100 purchase, receive a free $15 gift certificate/coupon.
  • Many items are also on sale!

    ***Free items will not show up in shopping cart, but will be confirmed via email. In "remarks" section of order, specify color/size/type, etc., if necessary for free item. All free items are subject to availability of stock and only available while supplies last. For the $15 gift certificate/coupon, purchase must be $100 after all discounts taken.

Butzie Covers

  • UT & Titans diapers $20 (regularly $30)
  • Organic Bib & Burp Cloth Sets $3.50 (regularly $5.50)
  • Milk Bath $6.50 (regularly $10.99)
  • Bath Salts $7.49 (regularly $9.49)
  • Oatmeal Bath $2.75 (regularly $5.50)
  • Natural Soaps $3 (regularly $5.50)
  • Heiny Huggers fitted $7 (regularly $10.50)
  • Happy Hempys fitted $14 regularly $16.00)
  • Bumkins AIO $14.00 (regularly $25.95)
  • Advocacy T-Shirts $4 (regularly $7.50)
  • Fuzzi Bunz Perfect Size $10.95 (regularly $17.95)
  • Fuzzi Bunz One Size $13.95 (regularly $19.95)
  • Little G wipes $3.35 (regularly $3.99)
  • KaWaii One Size Diapers $8 (regularly $12)
  • Bum Wraps $5 (regularly $8.50)
  • Momma Pads Buy 2 get one FREE
  • Nursing pads 2 sets/ $2.50 (regularly $2/set)

Sweet Lil Dimples

Kae's Kloset

Urban Sprout Baby Boutique
  • All in stock items up to 45% off! (Black Friday - Cyber Monday)

StuckOnARock Bowtique
  • All instock is 35% off, customs are 20% and military discount still applies.

  • Buy 3 Get 1 FREE Diapeze or Traineze  OR
  • Buy 1 Get 1 Half Off all EZ Products
  • HUGE 2000 Fan Celebration is going on right now!

  • Free Shipping on all orders over $35.00
  • Free Ouchie Pad with any set of 6 or more
  • Free Wet Bag with any set of 8 or more
  • Buy 1 Get 1 Half Off on all Singles
Baby Frills
  • Buy One set of Leg Warmers and get a Second Set of Leg Warmers (of equal or lesser value) HALF PRICE!
  • FREE Embroidery on any Applique Tee!

Make sure to visit us on Facebook for even more Black Friday Sales!!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

*CLOSED* HootHootBaby OS Diaper Review & Giveaway

The winner is...

Wendy F. who chose the Blue Dot Minky!!!

 I have this little obsession with owls. I think it began with a stamp I got in a scrapbook kit and I've been hooked ever since. C'mon, they're cute! :) So, of course I was intrigued when I heard about HootHootBaby. I became even more curious when I found out they were from our neighbor state of Kansas. But once I saw their owl fabric, I was hooked!

There was no way I could resist reviewing a diaper like this! Of course, as my husband says, it doesn't matter how cute I think a diaper is if it won't hold poop! Such a wise man!! Luckily, this diaper works as good as it looks. 

When I first got our HootHootBaby fitted diaper, I was immediately impressed with the materials used. With it's Organic Bamboo Fleece and Organic Cotton Velour, it's one of those diapers that you'll rub against your cheek. Any of you CDing mamas know what I mean! When you use both soakers, there is a total of 8 layers of absorbent material! If all that isn't enough for your heavy wetter, just let Libby know and she can add another soaker to your order. 
Inside of the diaper
 My husband put this diaper on little man one morning thinking it was one of our AIO or pocket diapers. I didn't know until I took little man's pants off to change him a couple hours later. I was amazed that his diaper was only slightly damp on the outside. If he'd been running around without his pants compressing the diaper, it probably would've still felt dry on the outside.

You get 2 soakers with your diaper
Another great thing about the HootHootBaby OS diaper is that it truly is a One Size Diaper. Most of our other OS diapers, especially our fitteds, fit our 17 month old son great around the waist still, but their rise is too low so they don't provide the best coverage anymore. Libby had told me that she was sure the rise of the HootHootBaby diaper would fit our son and she was right. I really believe that this diaper will last us through potty training. 
Soakers snap together
The diaper features cross over flaps that will fit a wide range of sizes, from itty bitty babies to chubby toddlers. As with any one size, it might be slightly bulky on an eight pound baby but with diapers this cute, I say put some babylegs on the little one and call it good. HootHootBaby does make a Newborn diaper that will fit babies 6.5 to 14 lbs. I'm pretty sure I'll be buying some of those whenever we have our next baby!
On the smallest settings
I wanted to get some thigh, waist, and rise measurements of our HootHootBaby diaper for this review, but my son took off with my tape measure and I still haven't found it. I promise I'll post some measurements as soon as I get another tape. :)

All in all, I'd say this is a pretty fantastic diaper. If you're having issues with nighttime leaks, I'd definitely suggest trying out a HootHootBaby OS with a wool cover. It also makes a fantastic daytime diaper that could easily be worn up to a couple hours without a cover. The OS diapers cost $20 but for the amount of time your child will be able to wear this diaper, it is completely worth the investment.

Want to get your own HootHootBaby diaper? Visit their website where you can also find Ring Slings and Training Pants. During the month of November, if you spend $45, you'll get 10% off your order. Spend $65, you'll get 15% off your order plus a free doubler. Every order comes with a free wipe and a 2 load sample of Ruby Moon Cloth Diaper Detergent!
Training Pants
Want to win a custom OS HootHootBaby Diaper? Just like HootHootBaby on Facebook then pick out your favorite HootHootBaby fabric at this link:
Fill out the form below, and you're done!
*Here's a hint - If you don't want to forget that you entered, just leave a comment on this post. You can comment with something as simple as 'Entered' to remind you.

This giveaway will end Tuesday, November 23rd at 11:59pm CST and the winner will be selected the following day. Good Luck!!!  

*CLOSED* Jodys Designs Review & Giveaway

The Winner is...

Ronnette C!!

Since my main focus is, obviously, on cloth diapers, I don't often get the chance to review non fluff items like toys. So when Jody from Jody's Designs contacted me, I jumped at the chance to try out some of her absolutely fabulous and super cute items!

Imagine my excitement when I opened up my mail and these were waiting for me...

These doughnuts are the perfect size for my little man's hands and are made with acrylic yarn so they're machine washable - a must have when those hands are sticky! The colors grabbed his attention and it wasn't long before he realized how fun these soft toys were to throw around. The doughnuts are small enough to carry in my purse and a great toy for little man to play with while we're at a restaurant or at church. 

Close up of our doughnuts. Unfortunately, little man has already moved the Strawberry doughnut to a place only he can find. :)

Besides these awesome doughnuts, Jody's Designs also includes dolls...

stuffed toys... 

and a variety of other play foods...

What I really love about Jody's toys is that they'll grow with your child. They are safe for babies, but still fun for older children to play with. Her toys are made with such quality that I know we'll be playing with these for years to come. 

Want to buy your own Jody's Designs toys? Visit the Jody's Designs Store. She has a few items available now, but will be stocking even more items on the 18th.

Want to win a pair of Chocolate and Vanilla doughnuts from Jody's Designs? It's super easy to enter! Just like Jody's Designs on Facebook, then fill out the form below and you're done! 
*Here's a hint - If you don't want to forget that you entered, just leave a comment on this post. You can comment with something as simple as 'Entered' to remind you.

Since I had some technical difficulties with my internet connection, I'm leaving the giveaway open until Tuesday, November 23rd at 11:59pm CST and the winner will be drawn the next day. Good luck!!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

What's with all the Mama Drama???

Bottle vs Breastfeeding
Cloth vs Disposable
Crazy Organic SAHM Mom vs Tightly Scheduled Working Mom

Tell me I am not the only one that finds it so discouraging to ALL mothers when I come across an article or another specialist telling us the RIGHT way to raise our children. One person says that the only type of milk that should touch your baby's lips before their 1st birthday is breastmilk. Another person says that breastfeeding is a prison that reverts women back to the dark ages. One study says that children of working moms are extremely happy children, another study shows that children of stay at home moms are even happier.

Maybe it's because I'm sort of a contradiction. Some of my parenting beliefs fall right into the attachment/natural parenting category; but I still do plenty of things that are far from the natural parenting concepts. I feel like I don't really fit into any parenting stereotype. I'm not natural enough to be an attached parent and I'm not conventional enough to be considered mainstream.

My labor was not natural. I was induced and gladly accepted the epidural. I breastfed, but we also used formula. I made our own baby food and we eat mainly organic, but I don't freak out when a family member gives my son processed foods. We vaccinate. I loved our sling and I wore my son all the time, but we never once considered co-sleeping. We now use cloth diapers, but we did start out with disposables. I am now a work-at-home mom, but if we hadn't had the daycare drama, I'd probably still be working outside of the home.

My point is, why do women always have to judge each other? I could care less if another woman is making her own baby food or babywearing. What I care about is that she loves her child and is giving her child the best that she can. By now, I'm sure we all know that breastfeeding is best for babies, but it can be very hard for some women. I worked outside of the home until my son was a little over 4 months old and I could pump all day long and still only get anywhere from 4-8 oz. I pumped as much as I could and it just wasn't enough, so we had to supplement with formula. Thankfully, my son easily transitioned from breastmilk to formula and back so I was still able to nurse while I was home.

I think that instead of pointing fingers at each other, maybe we should look into ways to educate each other without all the judgment. Look into educating our doctors about the dangers of inductions and epidurals. Get involved with state agencies to help educate new mothers about the benefits of breastfeeding and where to find help if they need it.

I know there are great resources out there that are already involved in these types of education, but those resources are usually centered in large cities and rarely found in less populated areas. If I had access to this education while I was pregnant, I would've fought the induction and I probably would've tried harder to exclusively breastfeed. Alas, the only nursing help I had was while I was in the hospital by a nurse that was a little bit too touchy for my taste and told me if my son ever bit me while nursing, "just slap his cheek and he'll stop". No, of course, I never did slap my son while he nursed - but that gives you an idea of the sort of education I received.

So, maybe the next time a pregnant friend tells you there's no way she could breastfeed, or cloth diaper, or babywear, or whatever else, instead of breaking out the "Don't you want to do what's best for your baby?", how about saying something like, "Well if you decide to (fill in the blank) let me know, and I'd be happy to help."

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

WAHM Wednesday - Jill from Green Baby Clothing Company

What makes your business fabulous?

Green Baby Clothing Company is fabulous firstly because we have super cute Earth friendly items but ALSO because it combines the talent of seven Moms who bring their talents to Green Baby!

Why did you become a WAHM?

I became a WAHM so I wouldn't have to go back to the corporate world after having my first baby in 2007 :)

Handmade ROCKSTAR Hoodie

How do you find the time?

Most of the work happens "after hours" and when I happen to luck out on getting both kids to nap at the same time!!

Any tips for other WAHMs?

Make sure all the product that goes out is 100% perfect! Enjoy what you do or you won't be able to do it for very long! And... Have fun with it!

Out of all the products you make/sell, which one is your favorite?

I love our "support local farmers" tee!! And all our fun hats!

Any specials or giveaways we should know about?
Always free shipping on orders over $150 and 10% off all orders on Wednesday until 10pm EST with code FLUFF

Django Mango Organic Turtle Rattle

Monday, October 25, 2010

*CLOSED* Bottombumpers Giveaway from Sweet Lil Dimples

The winner is entry #76 -


who said they'd take a Medium, Honeydew Bottombumpers.

One of the best things about this blog is all of the wonderful people I come in contact with. Rhonda, from Sweet Lil Dimples Baby Shop, emailed me about some ad space and while we were sending emails back and forth, I found out that she really enjoys spreading the cloth love and giving back to the community. Plus, she's a mom of four children and still runs a cloth diaper store. That's pretty awesome!

Something else that's pretty awesome - Sweet Lil Dimples Baby Shop wants to give one of you a Bottombumpers Perfect Size Diaper in your choice of color and size and a sample of Rockin' Green Detergent!

Since I posted about the Google forms the other day, I figured we might as well try it out. So, here's what you need to do:

Visit the Sweet Lil Dimples website and tell me what color and size of Bottombumpers you'd like to win.

For extra entries:
Follow The Cloth Chronicles via GFC
Subscribe to The Cloth Chronicles Newsletter
Let me know how you like the new entry form.

Giveaway ends Sunday, October 31st, at 11:59pm CST.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Creating a Contact Form with Google Docs

Since there was a good response on my last tutorial, I figured I'd push my luck and try another one. Google Docs are a fabulous thing. Easy to use and accessible anywhere. It wasn't until maybe a month ago that I realized they had an even more fabulous thing - Google Forms. What I love about Google Forms is that you can embed it in a website, blog, or email and all of the responses are automatically entered into a nicely organized Google Docs Spreadsheet. I use Google Forms for the Contact Us form on the sidebar here, but  I've noticed a few blogs also using these for giveaways instead of the typical, 'Comment on this post'. I might even follow that trend. Besides making it easy to pick the winner - Google spreadsheet entries are numbered - it's also much more confidential for the readers since they don't have to leave their email address for everyone to see. The only drawback I can see would be that, since other readers can't see the entries, there's no way for the blogger to verify that the winner was really randomly drawn.

Anyway, I'm going to show you how to embed a Google Form into your blog at blogger, but you can use this same concept in a website or email. If any of you figure out how to embed the form into a Facebook tab, please let me know!

If you don't already have a Google account, create one and then head over to Google docs. From there, select Create new and then select Form.

You should see something like this...

Select the questions you want by either editing the current questions and/or adding new ones...

For my questions, I used name, email, comments, and added a checkbox for the newsletter subscription. You can also change the look of your Contact Form by changing the theme, but I find that the plain theme works the best in blogger.

Once you have that done, you can edit the confirmation screen and embed your form. 

I left my confirmation message as it already was. Unless you want everyone to see all the responses, leave the Publish response summary unchecked. If you check that, then as soon as someone submits their answers, they will see all the other responses too. 

Go back up to More actions and select Embed. You should get a little pop up box with your embed code in it. 

To add to your blog sidebar, log in to blogger and go to Design. On the sidebar you want to use, select Add a Gadget and then HTML/JavaScript. Now you just need to copy and paste your embed code...
 More than likely, you'll have to change the width of your contact form so that it'll fit in your sidebar. My sidebar width is 250, so I changed the form width from 760 to 230. You can also change the length of your contact form. If it's too short, you'll have a scroll bar on it. I changed mine from 624 to 700. This is one of those things that you might have to mess with a little bit before you get it exactly how you want it.

Here's what my contact form looks like in the blog sidebar.

To see the form entries, go back to your Google docs account and click All items. A spreadsheet with the same title as your form should be there. 

Here's what the spreadsheet looks like for my form...

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