Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Eco-Able AI2 Charcoal Bamboo Cloth Diaper Review & Giveaway!

Disclosure: We received the below diaper in exchange for our honest review, all opinions and experiences are our own and may differ from those of your own. I am not responsible for the fulfillment or shipment of the giveaway prize. The winner's diaper will ship directly to him/her from ecoAble.

ecoAble carries a variety of cloth diaper styles as well as cloth diapering accessories. They have the largest selection of charcoal bamboo cloth diapers with inserts. ecoAble offers pockets, AIO, AI2, fitteds and covers, all are priced affordable and ecoAble truly ships fast! ecoAble has cloth diapers for preemies, newborns and all the way up to potty learning! 

Black with Yellow and Red Stars AI2 Cloth Diaper


Black with Yellow & Red Stars AI2 with Insert ($9.95ARV) fits from approximately 8 to 35lbs. An All-In-Two (AI2) cloth diapering system is similar to that of an All-In-One (AIO). It has a simple step of just snapping the one insert into the inside of the shell, then you just put the diaper on your baby. So simple! This AI2 has a Charcoal Bamboo insert as well as a soft charcoal bamboo inner which wicks moisture away from your baby's skin to keep his/her bottom dry and comfortable. The outer layer of the shell is waterproof, so no cover is needed, making this diapering system even easier for dads and grandparents to use. Also with an AI2 system, you can reuse the shell if it is not wet/soiled. Just unsnap the soiled insert and snap in a new one. So you could essentially buy about 6 shells and a dozen inserts and be set for at least one day of cloth diapering.

The inserts is made of 5 layers - 2 outer layers are charcoal bamboo to protect baby's skin and between those two layers are 3 layers of microfiber. Charcoal bamboo inserts are very absorbent and quick absorbing, they have a stay-dry feel, are stain resistant and they don't bunch up. They are also antibacterial and anti-fungal which help to reduce diaper rashes.

Washing an AI2 is rather quick and easy. Since the shell is just PUL and charcoal bamboo it drys quickly and the insert does as well as your can unsnap it from the shell. I have wool dryer balls (6 from BecksWares) in my dryer, but I bet even with out those the shell and insert of this diaper would be dry in ONE LOW heat cycle! With my AIO's I have to run them on low and after the first cycle I have to go and flip them wrong side out so that the insert will finally dry. I'm so thankful for the AI2 and the simple step to decrease drying time. 

This is a OS - one size cloth diaper that fits from approximately 8lbs to 35lbs, meaning that it has rise snaps, which you can use to adjust the size of the diaper shell from X-Small, Small, Medium or Large. The diaper also have cross over snaps so that you can cross the wings over each other for a really small/young baby. It also provides a nice snug fit in the waist and legs to help keep those messy diapers contained and avoid leaks. These AI2's also have hip snaps which prevent wing drooping, which is really annoying. 

 This AI2 fits Ezio perfectly! We can snap down the rise by one setting and the tabs even cross over. Ezio is 2 years old and 30 pounds. He has some fairly chunky thighs and his Buddha belly is actually slimming down more as he's loosing what I call the "winter coat" or their winter fat storage. We can also use this diaper on Ezio with the rise fully open and the wings not crossed over, we get a good fit both ways. No red marks from the leg elastic or any irritation, which is really nice as Ezio has pretty sensitive skin. This AI2 is very nice and trim while still being absorbent! He can actually wear the appropriate sized jeans with this cloth diaper on, isn't this what all of us cloth diapering mommas want?


Sorry, he's my blur. He rarely holds nice and still for more for the point two seconds it takes to take the pictures. But these were the best that I was able to get and I think you can see how well this diaper fits and how trim it is, pretty nicely in these photos. 

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One lucky reader will win an AI2 cloth diaper from EcoAble of their choice (pictured above and comes with one Charcoal Bamboo Insert)! Open to US residents whom are at least 18 years of age. This giveaway will end on August 5th at 11:59pm CST. For your chance to win simply complete as many or as few entries in the form below. Winner will be chosen at random, winner's entries will be verified and the winner will have 48 hours to respond to the email notification or a new winner will be chosen.
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Monday, July 21, 2014

Guest Post: 4 Fun & Easy Ways to Spruce Up Your Kitchen this Summer!

Fun & Simple Ways to Spruce Up Your Kitchen this Summer
Author: Mary Kremer

Disclosure: I received no form of compensation for this publication nor am I the author of the post. 

Even though you have a “family room” in your house, your kitchen is likely the heart of your home. That’s where you prepare meals for the family and where people often gather to eat, chat, and just hang out together. So give a little love to your kitchen this summer, and spruce it up with these easy (and cheap) projects and tips.

Grab Some New Accessories

A simple way to add some life to your kitchen or to update it seasonally is by adding a few accessories…
  • Too many pots and pans? Buy a rail and a few hooks ($3 at Ikea) to hang everything up on an open wall. This frees up some cupboard space and can also be used as a decoration.
  • If your feet are always cold, buy a colorful rug ($20+) to place on your kitchen floor.
  • A well-placed vase ($10+) with some fresh flowers is a great way to brighten up the room.
  • New placemats ($2+) or a new tablecloth or table runner ($10) are also simple ways to add a little flair.
  • Updating your fixtures can really create a whole new look for your kitchen. Whether it’s your lighting fixtures ($30+), drawer and cupboard handles ($2+), or a new faucet ($30+), a new look is just an installation away.
Total Cost: $2-$20+

Add a Fresh Coat of Paint

One of the best ways to really brighten up your kitchen is by adding a new coat of paint. All it takes is a good eye with color and a few hours to devote to the project and your kitchen will look brand new!

What You’ll Need:
  • A gallon of paint in any color of your choice ($30)
  • 1 paint roller ($5)
  • 1 package of roller covers ($10)
  • 1 roll of paint tape ($7)
  • 1 paintbrush ($5)
Some Tips to Keep in Mind
  • Pick a long weekend to work on your project. It will likely take at least two days to complete, and you want to make sure you have enough time to get it all done at once.
  • If you can’t decide on a color, purchase a sample jar (about $3) in the colors you’d like to try. Take them home and try them on an area of your kitchen to help you decide.
  • If you’re painting over a dark color, you’ll need to prime the walls first. A gallon of primer is about $15-20.
Total cost: $55-$70

Refurbish Your Old Furniture
Want a few stools to fit more people around your counter? Or maybe you have an old end table that could use a makeover? With a little elbow grease and a coat of paint, those old pieces can work together to transform your kitchen. All this project takes is:
  • A solid piece of furniture you’d like to re-work, whether a stool, bench, or end table
  • A bottle of Murphy’s Oil ($5)
  • 150 grit sandpaper ($2)
  • Primer in an aerosol can ($5)
  • Spray paint in your choice of color ($5-$10)
  • Clear spray paint lacquer ($10-$20)
Project Tips
  • Clean your piece of furniture thoroughly with Murphy’s Oil
  • Sand the entire piece with 150 grit sandpaper. Sand all the shine off. You don’t need to sand all the old paint off. The goal is simply to create a rough surface for the new coat of paint to stick to.
  • Spray your piece with primer and let it dry. If you can see through the primer, lightly sand your piece and add another layer. Sand over the layer as well.
  • Once you’ve added your last coat of primer, spray a coat of your color. Add a new coat, sanding between each coat. Don’t sand the final coat of color.
  • Spray your lacquer and let dry.
Take your time. This project may take two days, but if done correctly, the results are wonderful!
Total Cost: $25-$40

Give Your Cabinets a Makeover
If your cabinets are dark and dated, a new coat of paint can give your kitchen a whole new life. Re-doing your cabinets is a similar process to refurbishing a piece of old furniture, though it will take a lot longer. If you’re interested in taking on a big project, here are some tips to keep in mind.
What You’ll Need
  • Liquid deglosser ($7)
  • 100 grit sandpaper, 280 grit sandpaper ($2)
  • 1 gallon of paint in your choice ($30)
  • 1 mini paint roller ($5)
  • 1 package of roller covers ($8)
  • 1 roll of paint tape ($7)
  • 1 paintbrush ($5)
  • You may also need brushing putty ($45), depending on the wood you’re refinishing
Project Tips
  • This project could take several weeks to complete, and you’ll need to clear out all your cabinets to do it, so make sure you have the time and energy to devote to it.
  • Once you’ve cleared out the cabinets, clean them off very well with Murphy’s Oil.
  • Remover the cupboard doors for better access.
  • Using an abrasive pad dipped in liquid deglosser, scrub the surface of your cabinets. Wipe afterwards with a clean, wet rag.
  • Sand the surfaces with 100 grit sand paper.
  • If you’re painting a tight-grained wood (like maple, cherry, or any man-made materials), a coat of primer and then paint will work just fine. For looser-grained woods (like oak, ash, or hickory), you’ll need to first apply brushing putty, which will need to be sanded down after it dries (220 grit paper). The putty works as primer, so you can start painting right on top of it.
  • Paint your color on with a mini roller. Let dry and sand lightly with a 280 grit sandpaper. Paint one more coat on with a new brush.
If this project is a little too much for you, you may want to splurge on a set of ready-to-assemble cabinets. RTA cabinets are a cheaper option because you do all of the installation work yourself. To learn more about the installation process, click here.
Total Cost: $65-$100

Do it for You

Sprucing up your environment doesn’t just make your home look great, it can make you feel great. Learning new skills and taking on new projects can help you expand your skills and increase your confidence. So do it for you! Learn something new this summer and leave your kitchen looking great at the same time.

pedipad Gives $13,000 to Schools as Part of pediped Schools Initiative!



pediped® Gives $13,000 to Schools as Part of pediped® ♥ schools Initiative

Annual school program gives parents yet another reason to shop the award-winning brand

Henderson, Nev. (July 2014)— Charitable footwear brand, pediped®, announces the company will give $13,000 back to over 200 schools enrolled into the pediped® ♥ schools program. Each school will receive a check for a 10% rebate on their total attributed purchases of pediped® footwear from May 15, 2013 to May 15, 2014. The top five performing schools will receive $1,000 as an additional bonus.

pediped® ♥ schools is a one-of-a-kind giving campaign where participating education partners receive a check for 10% of their total combined purchases of pediped® each year. Individual schools can earn up to $10,000 per year. pediped® is thrilled with the success of the program to date which receives positive feedback as it also brings awareness to the importance of helping schools get the things they need.

pediped® ♥ schools is currently accepting enrollment for the upcoming year. School officials and leaders of the PTO or PTA are encouraged to enroll their community’s school along with parents and teachers. Upon enrollment, each school receives a unique code and those who purchase pediped® footwear should enter the code at checkout when shopping online at pediped.com or in any pediped owned boutique located in Las Vegas. pediped® tracks the purchases registered to each school’s code to determine the amount of dollars earned. Purchases will be tracked now until May 15, 2015 and schools will receive checks for 10% back in June 2015.

Schools enrolled into the program are encouraged to visit www.pediped.com/schoolsprogram to track their earnings and print promotional aids to pass out to parents and caregivers to help spread the word of the program. pediped® will also provide electronic newsletters that can be shared through the school’s online community as well.

Giving back has and always will be a core value of pediped®. Since its founding in 2005, pediped® has been dedicated to bettering communities and enriching the lives of children. In 2010, the pediped® Foundation was established and since its inception has donated $2.75 million in product and monetary support to charities around the world that are devoted to the health, education, and basic needs of children. pediped® ♥ schools is yet another commitment of the company’s continuing philanthropic efforts.

Please visit www.pediped.com/pedipedschools to enroll your school today.

About pediped®
Exceptional quality, unsurpassed comfort and distinctive styling have made the award-winning company the fastest growing children's footwear brand in the United States. pediped® has been awarded the American Podiatric Medical Association Seal of Acceptance for the promotion of healthy foot development, and preeminent orthopedic medical professionals, Dr. Mininder S. Kocher and Dr. Thomas W. Vorderer, deem pediped® shoes an excellent choice for parents/caregivers who want their children’s feet to develop naturally and healthily. In 2011, Earnshaw’s, the premier media resource serving the children’s market, recognized pediped® with an Earnie Award for Company of the Year and Best Footwear. Earnshaw’s also recognized pediped® with an Earnie Award for Company for Good for their philanthropy efforts of nearly $2 million in 2012, and an Earnie Award in 2013 for Best Community Outreach.

pediped® footwear is sold in over 2,500 stores in the United States and 40 countries worldwide with an offering of more than 140 designs for boys and girls between their three lines, Originals®, Grip ‘n’ Go™ and Flex®. Their award winning footwear is available in EU sizes 17 to 36 (US newborn to 4.5 Youth). 

For more information, visit www.pediped.com or call 1-702-567-0311. 
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Disclosure: I am not the author of this publication nor am I responsible for any statements made in the above article and I also was not compensated in anyway for this post.

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Aquagenix Fusion Hand Shower ($39.99ARV) Giveaway! Cont. US 8/1

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This Revolutionary 7-setting hand shower does more then shower! It can also purify and soften water, moisturize your skin and deliver aromatherapy - all at the same time, as you shower. Featuring innovative built-in reservoir handle, it comes with two refillable cartridges pre-filled with minerals and active carbon for water conditioning and purification. When desired, you can refill these cartridges with your choice of bath salts, aromatherapy minerals or water-treatment granules widely available at bath & body stores and on-line. As water passes through cartridges, it gets conditioned by minerals and infused with nutrients, moisturizers and aromatherapy. You can refill cartridges at any time with ingredients from your favorite bath & body store, or from Aquagenix. Filters can be replaced with bath salts or beads from any bath store or refill packs and pre-filled replacement cartridges may be purchased separately.

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One lucky winner will receive a Aquagenix Fusion 7-setting 2 in 1 Moisturizing / Water-Conditioning Hand Shower with Reservoir Handle & Refillable Cartridges. This prize is valued at $39.99. This giveaway is open to residents of the 48 contiguous United States & D.C. 18+. This giveaway will end on August 1, 2014 at 11:59. Winner will be contacted by email within 24 hours of the giveaway ending. To enter for your chance to win please use the Giveaway Tools application below. Good Luck!
Mami's 3 Little Monkeys is not responsible for shipment of prize. The sponsor is responsible for the shipment. Winner may have to submit full address and phone number to receive prize. This is not the requirement of the blog but of the sponsor. Your information will not be traded or sold. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or any other social network.

Blobbits Deluxe Kit ($24ARV) Giveaway! US 8/21

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Mami's 3 Little Monkeys, all my favorite blogger buddies and the amazing people at Blobbits.com invite you to enter for a chance to win a Blobbits Deluxe Kit valued at $24.00 from Blobbits! A Huge thank you to our sponsors at blobbits.com for making this sweepstakes possible! It’s time to have some blobbin’ fun with Blobbits. People search it as Blobbits & Blobbit as well. This intergalactic stretchable, glow-in-the-dark, moldable, silicone-based compound is ideal for kids who thrive on being hands-on with their creativity and imagination. Blobbits can be formed into any shape and come with face and body parts to give them personality and a scare factor. See your creations glow-in-the-dark when you dim the lights and after awhile the monsters melt down into a blob so you can build them over and over again so the fun never ends. Best of all, kids can roll their Blobbits up into a ball and give it a bounce or two for fun before creating a whole new monster. Blobbits are a non-toxic, heat-resistant, non-allergenic and reusable compound. Each Blobbits comes with it’s very own stack-able reusable Blobbits container so it won’t dry out and never leaves a mess. It is ideal for kids of all ages. Each complete Blobbits Creation Kit comes with enough Blobbits, face and body parts to make two monsters and cost $9.99 plus $6.99 processing and handling. For a limited time only, we will double your Blobbits and send two additional Blobbits creatures for free just pay additional processing and handling, this will be enough Blobbits and parts to make four monsters; one in yellow, green, orange and blue.

Features & Benefits Include:

  • Blobbits reusable for endless fun.
  • Comes in 4 different Colors.
  • Every Blobbits comes in its own carrycase.
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  • Blobbits and Face and Body Attachement are interchangable.
  • Create 1000’s of unique Blobbits Monster and Characters.
  • The Blobbits compound is bouncable and stretchable for bouncing catching and tug-of-war.
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10 lucky Winners will win an amazing Blobbits Deluxe Kit valued at $24.00! Sweepstakes is open to US, must be 18 or older and use the giveaway widget to enter. This giveaway/sweepstakes will end on 08/21/2014 at 11:59 pm EST. Good Luck Everyone!

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Kindle Fire Giveaway! US 8/21

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Welcome to the Kindle Fire HD Giveaway!
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 Are you ready to enter to win a fantastic Kindle fire? What a fun gadget that will make life easier with great apps, movies and more you'll never be bored with it!

So head below and enter for your chance to win one! This giveaway is open to US only and ends on 8/21 at 11:59pm. Good luck!
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