Saturday, August 28, 2010

Lilypad Likes: Cow Patties Cloth Diapers

We have been a cloth diapering family for just over two months now. In some ways I feel like I am a pro now; I have figured out good wash and storage routines and figured out some diapers that work well on Sunflower and which ones I wouldn't buy again (and what about them would make me stay away from others like them). In other ways I still feel completely inexperienced; there are so many different types of diapers never mind brands within those types that I have tried only a tiny fraction. But despite my inexperience, I have already stumbled onto our perfect nighttime diaper.
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One thing I have learned about the cloth diapering community is that everyone is very generous. There are multiple diaper giveaways on Facebook and blogs everyday, and winning a giveaway can be a great way to try new diapers without blowing your budget. I was lucky enough to win a Cow Patties Famous Pocket Fitted diaper in a giveaway from the Cloth Chronicles.
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The Cow Patties FPF is two layers of organic bamboo fleece (OBF). It has an OBF insert that folds to provide 10-12 layers of protection. The outside is a cotton knit, so if you want a completely waterproof solution you will need some type of cover. There are also no closures on this fitted, so you will need a Snappi, pins, or a cover to keep it on.

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My first impression of the diaper was of how soft it was. The OBF is amazingly soft and stays that way even after repeated washings to prep it. I was joking around with the long insert and wrapped it around my neck like a scarf, LP Dad thought it was a shame anything that soft should be pooped on. I can only imagine how nice it must be to have just that super soft OBF touching her skin, especially when the reflux is acting up and she is starting to get a rash again.
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When I originally pulled out the insert I thought it was going to be a very bulky diaper. But I was wrong, despite all the layers when the insert is stuffed, it is still trim. It fits well between her legs and can't imagine that it will be too bulky or cause any issues when she is more mobile. Because there are no snaps, you can use a Snappi or pins to get a perfect fit around the waist. And no velcro means nothing to snag in the wash or look messy.
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The first time I put it on Sunflower was during the day, I won't use anything overnight that I haven't already tried during the day so I have some idea of what to expect. She spent 4 hours in this diaper, without a cover, and the outside of the diaper never even got damp. So I decided to give it a try overnight the next time. I don't like to change Sunflower overnight because then she thinks it is party time, so I need a diaper that can hold for up to 12 hours. I have found that fitteds with a cover work best, but they are completely saturated in the morning and I need to wash the covers as well. The Cow Patties FPF is barely damp on the outside of the diaper even after a full 12 hours and the cover can be used again after a short air dry. This is now my first choice nighttime diaper and I would really like to get 2 more and make it our only nighttime diaper.

The only negative I have found with this diaper is the black knit fabric faded quickly during the prep washings. But I would expect that of any dark fabric that goes through multiple hot washes. There are so many fabrics to choose from, both sold as in-stocks or as a custom choice that I can easily find something lighter for the outside next time.

Cow Patties Cloth Diapers also offers Covers, Pockets, AI2s, Fitteds, Wipes, and Babylegs along with the Famous Pocket Fitted. I am hoping to give an AI2 or Pocket a try as well soon. If they are anything like the FPF I know I will love them. You can find in-stocks available now in her shop on Facebook or check out the Cow Patties blog for more information, sales and promotions and to find giveaways of Cow Patties diapers.

Friday, August 27, 2010

It's a bird, it's a plane....

It's PopPop!
Can you find him?(Can you find him in this photo?)

Big congratulations to PopPop who got his Sport Pilot license last week. The plan was for him to fly to the beach house for the end of our vacation, but unfortunately the weather did not cooperate and we had to come home before he could make it. But yesterday he finally got a break from the storms and made his way out east in his little (and I mean LITTLE) StingSport.

We decided to surprise Lily and Sunflower, so I didn't let them know that he was making a layover in the little county airport the next town over. I told Lily that we were going on a Letterboxing hunt (there is one at the airport that we have been waiting for until just this time), packed them both into the car, and started giving Lily the clues. She solved the clues I have her to narrow it down to airport and restaurant and got out of the car ready to hunt.

While she was pulling her letterboxing bag out of the car, PopPop walked up behind her and said something. She turned around with a puzzled look on her face, it probably took about 30 seconds for her to realize what was happening before she launched herself on him for a big hug.
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First we headed out onto the tarmac for a look at PopPop's new toy, um I mean plane. Lily enjoyed climbing up onto the wing and looking into the cockpit but when we told her she could get in and be a pilot she told us it was too small. Too small for a 4 year old but PopPop just flew from Oklahoma in it? Well, judge for youself.
PopPop's new plane!
I guess when a plane isn't twice as tall as a 4 year old it is a little small!
Enjoying an ice cream layover
After checking out the plane we headed into the restaurant for a little ice cream and a letterbox hunt. We enjoyed spending an hour with PopPop before he had to take off again for the final leg of the trip to the beach and Nana.
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Lily ran along the fence waving goodbye as far as she could, then she, Sunflower and I all watched as he took off into the sky until we couldn't see him anymore.
Bye PopPop Have a safe flight!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

And the Winner Is....

Sorry for the delay in picking the winner. We are on vacation and I wasn't able to log into my blogger account from my phone. I finally made it to the library to access a real computer.

To make the drawing fair, I put the numbers 1 through 60 into the random number generator at Random.org. The first winner was #29 unfortunately that person commented as Anonymous and did not leave me any way to contact them or verify who they really were if they contacted me.

So I had to draw again. Again, 1-60 into the random number generator and came up with number 59.

Congratulations to Diane! (I removed her email from the comment) I will be emailing you in a little bit to get your contact information for Tina.

Thank you to everyone who entered. I hope that some of you who have never seen Tina's work before will have found something they loved to add to a holiday or birthday wish list.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Love Touch Pendant Giveaway

If you have been a reader for a while you have already read at least 1 post from me about the beautiful fingerprint jewelry created by Tina Steinberg. I received a gorgeous Round Up Your Love pendant from Lily and her Daddy for Christmas 2007.

For Christmas I received a little packet of clay along with instructions and a package to mail everything back.Together we all sat down to make a mold of Lily's fingerprint, which was a very easy process after a little practice with some playdough. We packed it all up, dropped it in the mail, and two weeks later I received a beautiful silver pendant with Lily's tiny fingerprint preserved forever. You can read about my initial impression and see more photos in my first post about it it here.

Three years of constant wear later, it was still beautiful and in perfect shape. I will be the first to admit I am not easy on jewelry. I never took it off, I showered, slept, worked out and even sometimes swam with it on. You would never have known by looking at it. A little silver polish every month or so kept it looking brand new. I received countless compliments and questions about it and was always happy to direct people to Tina knowing they would be as thrilled as I was.

Earlier this summer I lost my pendant. My chain broke while I was out (not a chain from Tina, one that I had before getting the pendant) and I put it into my purse until I could get home. Somehow it must have fallen out along the way and I am heartbroken that it is gone. Lily used to love to put her finger into the print to see how much she had grown. I used to love to touch it whenever she wasn't with me, feeling a little closer to her whenever I missed her.

I had already planned on purchasing another Round Up Your Love pendant for Sunflower, but now I haven't decided yet whether to replace Lily's with another single and get a new one for Sunflower or to get one double pendant with both fingerprints now that I have lost the first one. Tina has so many more beautiful designs now it is even harder to decide than during my initial search. Besides my favorite Love Touch Collection she also has gorgeous lockets that you can fill with tiny fingerprints, names or tiny treasures and a Spirit Collection that gives "sheer empowerment and a dose of good juju on a chain".

Giveaway

Tina Steinberg has graciously offered to give one reader their own Love Drop Pendant (valued at $120). The winner will receive a kit from Tina to create your own fingerprint mold which will be used to create the sterling silver pendant. This pendant is the size of the fingerprint plus 2mm around and 4-6mm above the print. It includes a 1 word inscription on back and a jump ring, but does not include a chain.



To enter the giveaway you must visit Tina's website then come back and tell me what your favorite item is other than the Love Drop or Round Up your Love pendants.

You may earn one additional entry by "liking" Tina's Facebook page and by following my blog. Post an additional comment letting me know that you did both.
The winner will be drawn on Monday, August 16th.

This giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents.
Disclaimer: I did not receive any money or products in exchange for this review and giveaway. The opinions are all my own based on my experience with the product that was purchased.

Some Changes to the Blog

I have finally gotten around to making some changes to the blog. When I started the blog, Lilypad Princess was the focus and I planned the theme around her. Now that her baby sister has joined us, I wanted to make it inclusive of both girls.

The day she came to the hospital to meet her new sister, LP nicknamed her "My Beautiful Sunflower". So instead of trying to find a nickname that would fit into the Lilypad theme (if she had been a boy I had planned on calling him Tadpole) I decided to shift to a Flower Garden theme. For the girls I would could continue to use Sunflower and just shorten Lilypad Princess to Lily. And so our little lilypad has become a garden.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

4 Months Old!

4 months old

I can't believe Sunflower is already 4 months old! She is rolling in both directions, scooting around when on the floor,  "chatting" up a storm, and has just discovered how to blow bubbles. She is still waking up to eat overnight, but has started off the night in her crib this week. She still ends up in the bassinet or my bed by morning, but is quickly outgrowing the bassinet and getting used to her crib. Her favorite toys are baby, zebra, Sophie, and of course, her big sister.

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4 months old