Sponsor Spotlight!

I am proud to announce the Babycakes Crunchy Momma sponsors for the Summer Cloth Diaper Giveaway Hop! The Little Bee Co., Maple Hill Dryer Balls and Charlie Banana will all be taking part to offer you an AWESOME prize package worth…. $72!

I will be posting reviews of the offered prizes in the near future. I would like to say THANK YOU to my very generous sponsors and I can’t wait to get started on this event!

Fluff Mail!

As I’ve mentioned before, I love packages. I get excited every time, without fail. Even if it’s not something really special I still get excited. For example, I received a package yesterday of things normal people would not jump for joy over. Here’s what I got:

Fluff Mail! Where's the fluff?!

Fluff Mail! Where’s the fluff?!

Yep, I was excited for laundry detergent, a laundry scoop, laundry aid and diaper cream. Writing that out loud makes me feel a little silly. I was excited for a delivery of laundry care items. Boy have my priorities changed. Anywho I’m hoping the Rockin’ Green and RLR routine will conquer my hard water woes.

P.S. CJ’s BUTTer is the best invention in the world. We use it every night with her night-time diaper and she has never, ever, in her life had diaper rash. Not once.

Winning!

#clothdiaperproblems

I love cloth diapers. They’re cute, they’re (relatively) easy to use and they save us a lot of money. I would love to say that I love them all the time but as you can tell from my blog post title, they’re not completely headache free. However, minor mishaps are no reason to switch to disposables!

We’ve been using cloth diapers with Babycakes since last summer. And we’ve really only hit a few bumps in the road. The first major bump we hit is something I’m sure has happened to a few cloth diapering mamas out there. We accidently left a dryer sheet in our dryer when we threw the cloth diapers in for a spin. Not only did we do this, but we did it twice. Oops. and I mean Big Oops. Dryer sheets are wicked bad for cloth diapers. They leave a waxy buildup on your diapers that essentialy leaves a waterproof barrier. Not good since you want your diapers as absorbant as possible. That’s their job isn’t it?

So not only did we give our diapers a double dose of waxy dryer sheet gunk but we’ve got hard water. And I meand HARD. We have a water softener installed that filters all of the water that comes in from our well. (Yup, we’ve got well water too.) Even though we have a water softener installed, we’re still battling with hard water.

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Hard water evidence on fridge…

Hard water is such a pill but if I wasn’t cloth diapering, I wouldn’t care as much. If you cloth diaper and have hard water, you know that cloth diapers and hard water do not mix well. See the white in the above picture? It’s mineral deposits left after the water on the fridge water dispenser evaporated. That’s just from a couple little drops so can you imagine what’s covering my cloth diapers after every wash? We have a decent washing routine: rinse/spin, rinse/spin, rinse/no spin, hot wash with Country Save detergent, rinse/spin. It works for us but no amount of rinsing will get the mineral deposits out because each wash and spin cycle just exposes them to more water/minerals.

So what is one to do? I’ve been leary about trying the ‘striping’ methods that I’ve read about online. I have a front loader (that I don’t want to ruin) so many of the suggested ways (blue dawn, etc) are not going to work for us. Then a cloth diapering friend of mine suggested RLR Laundry Treatment. I had heard of it but I hadn’t really seen it used to help ‘strip’ cloth diapers from mineral deposits. Since I didn’t have anything to lose, I figured I’d give it a shot because my diapers really needed freshing up.

RLR

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RLR is chemical free and biodegradable. For a front load machine, I add half a package of RLR to a clean load of diapers. After my hot wash, I run a rinse/no spin cycle and then sprinkle the RLR right over the clean diapers and run a second hot wash without detergent. Then I rinse a few times to make sure all of the RLR is removed. That’s it! I do this once a month and it’s such an easy way to keep my diapers from getting dingy and stinky and keeps the mineral deposits at bay. I’m also going to be switching to Rockin Green Hard Rock.

Do you have hard water? If so, how do you conquere it?

Try some RLR today!

Earth Created Designs Review and GIVEAWAY!

I’m a traditional dresser. I don’t have any flashy clothes and I’m not into super trendy looks, like skinny jeans, flannel tops, etc. I love the look of cardigans with classic/trendy tops and simple bottoms like jeans or khakis. It’s practical for my job teaching in a preschool classroom and it can easily carry over for evening or weekend looks. I use jewelry to help dress up my look so it doesn’t look boring. I don’t like to wear multiple pieces at once because I love the look of statement jewelry. I like to have that one piece of jewelry really pop, whether it is a big necklace or chunky bracelet. I often have a difficult time finding statement pieces that don’t look tacky, aren’t too big or made with cheap materials. I find that the bracelets and necklaces I gravitate to are overpriced and then they break after a few wears so I’m always looking for new pieces to add to my collection or replace old and broken pieces.
While searching for some eco-friendly products online, I came across a company called Earth Created Designs. They sell hand crafted eco-friendly jewelry! Perfect! I can look good and feel good about the jewelry I wear! Their unique bracelets, necklaces and earrings are all handmade from all natural 100% green materials acai, coconut, Algarrobo and Tagua.  Not only are these materials natural, they are harvested in a sustainable manner. This truly is jewelry that you can feel good about wearing.
Earth Created Designs was gracious enough to send me the Platino bracelet to review! The Platino bracelet is made from natural red platino seeds set on memory wire. This is such a beautiful and vibrant piece of jewelry. It also seems like it is very well made. The seeds are all nice and tight on the memory wire and there are no kinks or oddly bent curves. The bracelet also does not have any edges or metal pieces sticking out that my snag your clothing. The Platino bracelet wraps gently around your wrist. Its one size that fits loosely enough where you don’t feel ‘wrapped up’ but you don’t have to worry about it slipping off your wrist like some large bangles. I love how brightly colored the bracelet is. It’s red enough to make a statement without being overpowering. I have a lot of clothes that are black, gray, white and navy. The red in this will really make my outfits ‘pop’.  
 I am in love with this bracelet and can’t wait to pair it with everything in my closet! If you love the look of the Platino bracelet, you’re in luck! Earth Created Designs is offering one of my readers a Platino bracelet of their own! 
*I recieved a free product for review purposes and I was not paid to write this review. All opinions of this bracelet are mine and mine alone.

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