Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Luck Of The Irish Sale

In honor of my oldest daughter turning 10, we are having a HUGE sale

She was born on March 17, 2002 and has been nothing but good luck to me from the very moment she was conceived; so, this sale is called 

The Luck Of The Irish Sale!!

The sale will run all month long ~ March 2012. We are giving you a 1 hour head start by beginning the sale at 11 pm PST on February 29, 2012.

All Original Booties will be reduced from $29 to $25.50.

Like our Facebook and use the special code posted on the wall to get FREE SHIPPING on orders over $100!! Since the coupon code feature isn't working in our Cloth Diaper Shop right now, email us with the code & we'll send you a special link or refund the shipping cost to you.

Please leave us a comment below telling us what your top 3 favorite cloth diaper colors are!


Detergents and Cloth Diapers

If you use or are contemplating using cloth diapers, chances are that you have come across many differing ideas about which detergent is best to use.

The first one that we used was Tide. We love it for our regular clothes, and I read that it worked great for other cloth diaper families. Well, sadly for our family it led to stinky diapers & a rash. We made the switch to Rockin' Green & have been in love it with it ever since.

That being said, I follow and noticed this awesome post this morning. She has put in a lot of time researching which cloth diaper soaps work best by polling her readers. Its definitely worth reading!


Monday, February 27, 2012

DIY GREEN: Toy Organizers

In effort to keep organized, I have been checking out toy storage options. It seems like my daughters have every toy know to man kind in their room. We clean out the toys and donate them, but the overall amount never seems to dwindle.  

I found these great toy storage ideas that I wanted to share:

Got a huge fabric stash that needs to be used? This tutorial from Make It Perfect teaches how to make Peek-A-Boo Toy Sacks.  I really like this idea because not only is a great way to see what is in each bag; but, its also a great way to use up a fabric stash or re-use clothes that are ready to be donated.

This idea from Room Envy is great if you have lots of wall space and some old drawers or sturdy boxes.

DIY Inspired has shared a clever & crafty way to update & keep track of those tried & true storage bins.

Emily's Musings has post with several clever storage ideas. I am uber in love with the idea of designing a bed that doubles as a play place & triples as toy storage ~ 


If you want to support some WAHMs, I've found some cool shops that offer toy storage items that they make at home.

KidsStore has these great organizers for small toys and crayons:


BeepsPeeps offers crayon storage, toy car storage & some cool play mats

IronTimber offers plans to build your own toy storage.


Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Linky Followers Tool

Many of you have probably already heard that

GOOGLE Friend Connect will go away

on Feb 29 for any one that is not with Blogspot
but rumor has it that it is being completely phased out for everyone soon {I haven't been able to find any information from Google or Blogspot about this, but gaining new links never hurts, so in the mean time please still GFC follow our blog!!}


there is good news
There is a NEW awesome tool–Linky Followers
It has so many amazing features (that GFC never had). If you have not signed up you should. (yes you can have both.) I love the new tool so much and want everyone to enjoy all the new features.
…and did I tell you its super easy and FREE!


1. You MUST have the LINKY FOLLOWERS tool on your site to participate.

If you see that your link has been deleted you need to add the LINKY FOLLOWER tool to your site and then come back over and re-enter your link.  {You can have both the LINKY FOLLOWERS & GFC on your site but you must have the LINKY FOLLOWERS tool to participate in this party hop.}

2. You MUST follow the person who has the party on their site as a thank you.

3. Just add your blog button to the LINKY PARTY below.

4.Then grab the BLOG HOP code

You will find the code right under the Linky Party where it says CLICK HERE TO ENTER
{just under that it says: WHAT IS A BLOG HOP? GET THE CODE HERE}
Click on GET THE CODE HERE and enter it into a post on your site.
You can grab the party button code in the FOOTER at Its So Very Cheri
You can grab info from my post if it helps you with your post.

5. Then you follow other bloggers–(as many as you want)
–leave each one of the blogs that you follow a comment letting them know you are following them and ask them to follow you back.

If you want to add the BLOG HOP to your own site you will get lots of new followers(see rule #2)

Once you have Followed us with Linky Tools & GFC, please comment what name you follow by so we can follow back. :) 


Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Excuses, Excuses, Excuses

Ever since we started using & selling cloth diapers, I've heard so many things from so many people. I think I hear more about cloth diapering than I ever did about nursing. A lot people praise the idea, but quickly give excuses as to why its not for them. Older moms & grandmas smile & tell stories of their cloth diaper days; then, when I show them Booty Buns Cloth Diapers, they tell me that these are not the cloth diapers they remember! A reoccurring theme that I've noticed is that a lot of people have excuses for not
 using cloth diapers ~ not a single one of them being 'I am so rich, I wish to waste my money.' ;)

I'd like to take a minute and address four of the most common ones that I've heard.

1."Ewww, POOP! I don't want to touch it, clean it or smell it; and, I really don't want to look at a stained diaper."

I wonder if they know their babies still poop in disposable diapers? ;) When ever we are around a sposies baby who happens to have a BM in their diaper, I am sooo thankful for the tight fighting Booty Buns Cloth Diapers that my baby wears that do such a good job of containing smells. I mean yes, I can still smell when she has gone, but thank goodness I can't smell it in the other room like you can with disposable diaper! Plus, an international law says that you are not allowed to throw away poo in disposables because it can cause viruses to become airborne. Here's what the Pampers' website says about this:

 “As the Pampers bag recommends, you’ll want to dump bowel movements in the toilet. Then just roll the diaper into its backsheet, using the tape or fasteners to keep it closed, and dispose of it in the trash.”

Aaaahhhhh man! Looks like poop has to be dealt with even if you use disposables. I wonder what you're supposed to do when the baby has the runs in a disposable diaper. . . 

After about 6 weeks of using cloth diapers, my husband wanted to use up the last few disposables we had left. Now, at this point he still wasn't 100% convinced that they were better. He liked the idea of saving money, but thought it was just easier to toss the poop with the diaper. When it came time to change her, we could smell that child a mile a way, well almost a mile ;) It was that moment that I looked at my husband and said, 'Honey, YOUR baby needs her booty changed.' My husband laid her down & had me come look at the huge gap around her legs caused by the added weight.He was surprised that the disposable diaper didn't maintain it's fit as well as the cloth  diapers do.

Then, his exact words were, 
'Wow Honey! After using the cloth diapers for so long, 
these disposables are total weak sauce! Let's just use the cloth.'   

We haven't looked back since.

Something else to think about is, if a baby has a BM in a disposable that they then place in the trash can, the whole house will smell like diapers. YUMMY. Even if it goes to the outside trash can, every time the lid is lifted out comes the lovely aroma. With cloth diapers, the BM goes the same place that the rest of the family's goes ~ down the toilet. Then, at least in our house, the dirty diaper goes in a container with a lid to contain any other smells. Thanks to this bin, we have noticed that we actually do smell less than we did with disposables.

Thanks to the 100% cotton flannel liner we include with our diapers, BM clean up easier than people might think. Solid BMs knock right off into the toilet; where, EBF  & teething BMs can be easily cleaned by holding the liner in the water and shaking. This will usually get it off, but you may have to use both hands & rub it together to get it off. You could also use a toilet sprayer, but I have never used one, so I can't tell you how they work or if they work well. 

2. "I just think that its too much hard work to wash diapers; I don't know how you do it. I just don't have the time to wash & dry all those diapers"

I'd like to share how much hard work goes in to washing cloth diapers in my house. We do 2-3 more loads of laundry per week. 

Phew, all that hard work leaves me exhausted!

Seriously though, my 9 year old produces more laundry than that every week because she can never find the right outfit; and, every outfit she tries on is then 'filthy' & needs to be buried in the hamper. Every time I wash my family's clothes, hers take over by about 4 to 1 for every one else in the house. 

Diaper laundry is nothing compared to a pre-teen 
girl with an eye for fashion!

Here is our diaper washing routine: 

*Cold water rinse
*Warm water wash with Rockin' Green
*Double cold rinse

When they are ready to be dried, I grab all the inserts, liners and wipes & toss them in the dryer. I then walk out side & pop open my handy tri-pod clothes line that my awesome mother in law bought for me, then I hang diapers. I spend maybe 10 minutes start to finish loading the dryer & hanging diapers. 

The only difference between washing diapers & our regular laundry is that I don't usually pre-rinse our clothes; I do have a lot that we hang dry though. So I spend about 15 minutes more per load on washing our diapers. That's only 30-45 more minutes per week.

3. "You use cloth diapers? Doesn't your baby have a ton of diaper rash?"

My daughter has only had a diaper rash 2 times since we started using cloth diapers, and they were both when we first started & were still learning the ropes. Now that we have the hang of it, her booty is clear. We change her often, use plenty of corn starch at each change & we use an amazing detergent made just for cloth diapers ~ Rockin' Green & we give her a bath every night. 

The first time she got a rash was from using disposable liners. I admit I was {and still am} one who doesn't like the idea of scrubbing poo out of diapers; so, I bought the disposable liners. The first day we noticed her little booty turning a slight pink color. By the morning of the second day she had her first ever diaper rash. I was so sad! My husband said no more disposable liners, her skin doesn't like this rough paper irritating it. 

So we stopped using them immediately.

Then she had a BM in the diaper. I so generously let my husband handle the clean up since it was his idea to take away the liners. When he came out of the bathroom, he said,  'We have to find another solution; because, I am not going to scrub poop out of all her diapers if its that hard!'

This is the reason I developed the 100% cotton flannel liner. It has been a life saver in so many ways; most importantly, it makes BM clean up a breeze compared to before.

The second time my daughter got a diaper rash was about 1 month into using cloth diapers. I noticed at this same time that her diapers were smelling like flowery pee when they came out of the washing machine; and, she smelled really uriney  when she was ready for a change. I found out that no matter how much I love the smell of Tide, or how clean it gets every thing else we own ~ IT WAS NOT MADE FOR CLOTH DIAPERS. Our diapers had actually developed a build up of Tide + urine causing an irritation to her poor little booty. 

We had to strip our diapers to get the Tide out so she could heal. It was a very arduous process. We switched to Rockin' Green & she hasn't had a rash since!!

Other babies we know that use disposables, seem to have a diaper rash all the time. I am sure that there are other factors that cause the rash; but, when sposie parents accuse cloth diapers of causing rashes I want to let my baby moon them so they can see no bumps or redness for her! {Of course I don't let her!} 

4. "I could never afford to cloth diaper. It costs so much money & we're on a budget."

There are two wonderful quotes that come to mind every time I hear this:

'Whether you think you can or you can't, you're right.'

'Where there is a will, there is a way.'

People who think they can't do something, will never do it. So when they say they could never cloth diaper {even though tons of us know that its really EASY to cloth diaper} they are right. Its a tough job being green & saving money while doing it, but:

If anyone out there has ever has ever wondered how you could ever afford to use cloth diapers, 

I have a way to go with your will!

Using the numbers for one of the most popular brands, I'm going to show you how Booty Buns Cloth Diapers is actually MORE AFFORDABLE than disposables. 

When we were using disposables, we were buying 2 large boxes or 1 extra large box {if we could find them} per month. Either way were spending about $50 per month on diapers.

Using generic wipes can save a few extra dollars each month, so we used them before we switched. Each box costs around $20 and lasted for about 5 weeks. The combined amount spent on disposable diapers & wipes was about $70 per month. 

That's more than my cell phone bill.

A lot of parents wait until their child is 2 1/2 - 3 years or older to potty train. So if these parents spent $70 per month over this time period they would be spending $2,100 - $2,520+  to diaper their child.

A lifetime supply of Booty Buns Cloth Diapers  
for their baby & a baby in need is only $510.


Now for the way ~

Don't be intimidated by a large start up cost. Nobody said you have to buy all 20 at once! We actually have developed a program that helps parents buy their cloth diapers over time to reach their life time supply.

If you were to buy 3 Booty Buns Cloth Diaper in one month, it would cost $76.50 including shipping. That's barely over $6 more than what we paid per month in disposables. A huge difference though, is that you would only need to by 3 diapers for 6 months & 2 diapers for the 7th month then YOU WOULD BE DONE BUYING DIAPERS! That's 23-29 months of saving $70 per month!! You would end up saving $1610-2030 by using cloth diapers on your baby; oh and did I mention, you can reuse cloth diapers with other children thus multiplying the savings!

Here's another cool part of the program:
If 20 Booty Buns Cloth Diapers are purchased over an 8 month period, you get your choice of a free Original Booty, or a $20 rebate! 

For every excuse, there is a solution!


Friday, February 17, 2012

Measuring Flower Review

We have another review over on Measuring Flower

She has 2 little boys, one of which was a newborn when she tried the diaper on him.
Go check out her review & enter the giveaway for another chance to win an 
Original Booty in your choice of colors. 

All in all its a pretty good review; 
but there is something in her review that I'd like to clear up:

She said that when her son was first born the diaper leaked at his legs & she thought it was 
because his legs were so small. I was perplexed by this because at the diaper's smallest setting the 
waist measures 7 inches around & the legs measure only 2 inches around. 


Just to give you an idea of how small 2 inches is, the diaper can hold a 
marker in the leg hole when its snapped to the smallest setting.

That's really small.

 So I looked at her pictures again, and found the problem.  

It wasn't snapped tight.

The diaper is designed to be very trim

Our 15 month old daughter weighs 22 pounds & we have the waist snaps snapped to
 the same place that she had it snapped to for her newborn.  The waist measurement at
 this setting is 12 1/2 inches ~ 5 inches larger than the smallest setting. 

It makes a HUGE difference!

 Here is our Sweet Baby A, 
notice her waist snap placement:

Here is the picture of Measuring Flower's adorable newborn, 
notice his waist snap placement:

If you don't snap the waist tight it will 
cause the legs to measure larger 
& you could end up with a leak.

For more information about sizing your Original Booty to fit your baby, 
please click here.

To contact & hire the photographer who took the 
Night Night Booty diaper picture, click here.

To contact & hire the photographer who took the pictures 
of our daughter & the button for the lifetime giveaway, click here.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Flash Giveaway Winner

Before I announce the winner, I just wanted to let you all know that I am working on a Blog Roll page. I will be posting buttons/links back to all you wonderful bloggers who grabbed our button. We are also working on one for Amy's Craft Bucket, so you'll be linked back there as well. 


And now, the winner:

Congrats to Maye D!!!

Check out her great blog Momaye's Diary

If you entered but did not win, you still get free shipping on your first 
order between now & March 7, 2012. Please email us with the colors you 
want & we'll send you a Paypal link sans shipping.
We also have giveaways going on right now on these great blogs:
 Daily Mothering  {3/3} 
  Mommy Kat & Kids  {3/7}
& Measuring Flower  {3/2}
 also have giveaways going on right now.


Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Booty Buns Blog Giveaway Winner

We have another winner! 

Congrats to Julie M!! 

Check out her cloth diaper savvy blog, My Cloth Diaper Stash.

If you entered but did not win, you still get free shipping on your first 
order between now & March 7, 2012. Please email us with the colors you 
want & we'll send you a paypal link sans shipping.

We also have giveaways going on right now on these great blogs:
 Daily Mothering  {3/3} 
  Mommy Kat & Kids  {3/7}
& Measuring Flower  {3/2}
 also have giveaways going on right now.


150 Followers Flash Giveaway

Come celebrate with us for reaching 
150 followers in 4 weeks!!!

Use this Rafflecopter form to enter. 
The first 4 entries are mandatory & if you don't have all 4 
you will not be named the winner.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Versitile Blogger Award

Thank you 7 kids & Counting 
 for giving this award to us!

When you receive this award there are 3 things that you are asked to do:
1. Thank the person who nominated you with a back link to their blog.
2. List 7 things about yourself.
3. Award 15 newly discovered or fondly followed blogs.

7 things you don't know about me:
1. I was once both an teen mom & a single mom. I was single until my oldest was almost 8.

2. I
had my newest baby in a birth pool in a box in our living room.
3. I wont sing in front of my husband, even though I can. {What a silly fear!}

4. I am horrified of swimming in lakes because there are fish in there & one might touch me
5. I wish I lived on the mountain so I could snowboard every day.

I belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints {April 6 will be 7 years!}
7. I don't eat meat & am trying to give up all dairy products.

15 Blogs I have discovered and would like to Award:


Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Lots Of Love Event Winner

We have a winner!! 

Congrats to April H!! 

If you entered but did not win, you still get free shipping on your first 
order between now & March 7, 2012. Please email us with the colors you 
want & we'll send you a paypal link sans shipping. 

We still have a giveaway on our blog that ends tonight 
at 12 PM Eastern Standard Time
& another on Tidbits that ends tomorrow.
 Daily Mothering  {3/3} 
& Mommy Kat & Kids  {3/7}
 also have giveaways going on right now.

Something else wonderful we're doing right now is preparing for 
a lifetime supply {20 CD} giveaway event on Daily Mothering. 

If you're a blogger & would like to participate in the hop follow
 & sign up today. 

Hurry though because space is limited to
the first 200 blogs & we already had 

60+ blogs signed up & its only been 1 day!!!!


Monday, February 13, 2012

Booty Buns GO GREEN ♥ GIVE CHARITY Giveaway

Daily Mothering is hosting a giveaway event 
& one lucky winner will receive a 
lifetime supply of  
That's 20 cloth diapers in the winner's color choice, 
40 inserts, 20 liners & 2 flannel/micro-terry wipes!!!!

Booty Buns *Go Green Give Charity* Cloth Diaper Giveaway Event

You can sign up now to participate as a blogger by clicking here
Daily Mothering will also be giving away an Original Booty to the blog who 
refers the most people!! Hurry and sign up now because the linky will be closed 
when the limit of 200 blogs is reached.


Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Lucky Day Sweepstakes Event

From March 13-20 we will be participating in the Lucky Day Sweepstakes Event
Keep close to find out what we're giving away for you! 

This is another blog hop, and each blog's prize is worth $25+. 

So far there are 90 blogs involved, so lots of chances to win! 

Good Luck