Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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Everything is $14.99 and under at Gymboree! And today is the last day for standard shipping to get orders in time for Christmas. 
I've gotten a couple adorable outfits from Gymboree and they're very well made, lasting through both my girls and I'm very happy with them!  Thought my readers would also appreciate this great sale! 
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
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 I love bumGenius diapers! They have some amazing prints, and I am happy to introduce the newest print called Osa, which will be available at The Green Nursery in a few hours!
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Thursday, December 11, 2014
Welcome to Make it Green in 2015! During the next following weeks, stay tuned to learn a variety of ways to easily make more healthy and ecologically friendly choices for the New Year!
I've been striving to find ways to cut all the chemicals out of my life and recently read that dryer sheets and fabric softener are laden with a concoction of untested toxic chemicals.  After use, dryer sheets are just thrown into the garbage can and end up in the landfill.  Scary, right?  I definitely don't want that stuff in my home, if I can help it! 
I've been wanting to substitute my dryer sheets with something natural and when I found Woolzies Dryer Balls, I did a happy dance!  I was provided a Woolzies Dryer Balls 6 Pack for reviewing purposes. 
 Woolzies are handmade of 100% pure wool in New Zealand.  Here's some important facts about Woolzies Dryer Balls:
  • are chemical free
  • can reduce drying time by 25% 
  • hypo-allergenic
  • last for 1,000 loads of laundry
  •  reduce static and wrinkles
  • naturally softens clothes
  • safe for those with wool sensitivities
 Because Woolzies are handmade, the size/shape per ball may vary, however I'd estimate the size to be comparable to a tennis ball.  It's recommended that you use 6 or more balls for large loads.  When they're put into the dryer, they create more space between the clothing, pushing the air through.  This improves the drying circulation and saves time, energy and money for you.
Wool has many benefits! It has a natural outer layer which repels moisture and odors from settling into the fabric, giving it antimicrobial capabilities.  It is strong fiber and can last for a very long time.  It is also fire resistant, and environmentally sustainable. My grandfather had sheep on his farm, and I have a lot of appreciation for farmers.  When you buy wool products, you are supporting farmers!
Woolzies Dryer Balls really did cut down my drying time!  I usually use a normal setting with medium heat on my natural cloth diaper materials (all the cottons, bamboos, hemps) and sometimes they don't seem to dry completely.  Since using Woolzies, I haven't had to add any extra time to the dryer cycle.  Also, for my clothing, I have not had any static buildup with Woolzies. My clothes always come out dry and smelling fresh like clothes should smell. 
What do I like most about Woolzies Dryer Balls?  No more nasty chemicals!  Yay!
Is there anything that I would change about Woolzies?  I honestly can't think of one thing.  I love Woolzies Dryer Balls!
Shop Woolzies- http://woolzies.com/
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Want to win some dryer balls? Woolzies is giving away one 6 pack of Woolzies Dryer Balls to one lucky reader! Just fill out the giveaway form below to enter. Giveaway will run from 12/11/2014-12/27/2014. Open to US only. Must be 18 years of age or older. Void where prohibited. Winner will be announced on this post, as well as emailed (so make sure to log into the form with the email address you use). You will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be drawn.
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Saturday, December 6, 2014
I started using cloth diapers with my third child because it saves money, is better for baby's skin and keeps trash out of the landfills. Trying out the different kinds of cloth available is a good idea because it helps you learn what works best for your family.  My diaper stash consists mostly of prefolds, covers, fitteds and pockets.  I love the simplicity of prefolds, and was on the lookout to try out flats. I wanted something with organic materials and luckily, a local WAHM, Christina Edwards of Fruit of the Womb, sent me a Organic Bamboo Preflat/prefold diaper for reviewing purposes. 
Christina started sewing diapers for her children after using cloth diapers for ten years. She wanted to make something that would contain all the diaper blowouts she was experiencing.   She designed a cover pattern that worked just right.  Then, everyone started asking her where she got her diapers from and she was even approached to sell the diapers she made in an online store!  Fruit of the Womb was born and gave her a way to support her family and sewing addiction.  Fruit of the Womb is located in Iowa City, Iowa.
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What is a flat?  That's what you may be wondering right now.  Well the best way to explain a flat is one layer of material (usually cotton) which can be folded several ways to custom shape your baby. 
So what is a preflat then? It's basically a combination of a prefold and a flat. They're shaped like a prefold, and are double layered throughout the entire diaper, leaving less bulk in the middle. Preflats are great because you can use it like a flat, use it like a prefold, and/or like an insert or booster for a pocket or cover.
 Here is what it looks like, straight out of the package. It measures 16x19.
This is what it looks like next to a heavily used Bummis Infant prefold (11x16).
The next photo is after prepping (2 washes with the other diapers). The preflat shrunk to 16x17. It is more square shaped, as you can see.
Don't be intimidated, putting it on baby is really easy! Lay it out flat, then tuck in one end like shown below.
 Put the baby in, tuck the front up and hook a Snappi on. You're done!  If you want to make it leakproof, you can just put a cover on and you don't even need to use a Snappi in that case. My daughter is 14 months and about 25 pounds and fits perfectly with even a couple inches she can grow into. I personally prefer folding the preflat into a trifold and laying it in the cover or putting it in the pocket.  
There are many other folds you can do...  Check out this link to see 8 Ways to Fold a Cloth Diaper: http://www.wikihow.com/Fold-a-Cloth-Diaper
Fruit of the Womb makes organic flats, preflats, organic bamboo and organic hybrid fitteds, AIO's (all in one), AI2's (all in two), pocket diapers, inserts, covers, wool soakers (shorties), wool longies, wool legwarmers, burp cloths and keychain diapers.  You can also place a custom order for something if you don't see it available. 
I love the preflats from Fruit of the Womb! They're so soft and smooth, I can tell they'll hold up for years.  I would much rather use these than prefolds any day!  They wash and dry easily.  Spray or knock off solids into toilet. I use Tide Original HE (recently switched to Tide and it's so much better!) filled to the first line in the scooper. I wash about 15-20 diapers at a time, which happens to be about every other day. My cycle is cold soak, warm wash and cold rinse. I dry the non-PUL fabrics on a normal drying cycle.
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What is my favorite thing about Fruit of the Womb Organic Bamboo Preflats? They're multifunctional.  They can replace prefolds and inserts entirely!
Is there anything I'd change about it?  I think for chunkier babes or for older children that are still in diapers, you'd have more difficulties using it in the way I illustrated above since this is the largest size currently available.  However, you still can fold it up and place in a cover or stuff into a pocket.
I give the Organic Bamboo Preflat by Fruit of the Womb a 10/10!
How do you keep up with all the amazing products put out by Fruit of the Womb and find out about sales?  LIKE Fruit of the Womb on Facebook, Follow on Twitter, Follow on Pinterest and SHOP Fruit of the Womb on Etsy!
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I'm super excited to be able to host a giveaway for Fruit of the Womb! One person will win $20 credit! 
All you have to do to enter is fill out the Rafflecopter form below. Giveaway will run from 12/6/2014-12/22/2014. Open to US only. Must be 18 years of age or older. Void where prohibited. Winner will be announced on this post, as well as emailed (so make sure to log into the form with the email address you use). You will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be drawn.
Latched On Mom did not receive payment for the review which was given.  All opinions are my own, written by me.  I have no affiliation to the company, unless otherwise stated. This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or associated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or any other social media. Prize fulfillment is the sponsor's responsibility.
Friday, December 5, 2014

The majority of mothers worry about their milk supply at one time or another. I wrote a blog post addressing many of the concerns that mothers face regarding their milk supply here- http://latchedonmom.blogspot.com/2013/04/do-i-make-enough-milk-for-baby.html
As an exclusive pumping mom, I have an advantage of seeing how much of my milk that my baby eats, but this isn't an accurate portrayal of how much milk I have, unfortunately. I do not respond very well to a pump and have had a very difficult time keeping up with my daughter's demand. I have relied on several different galactagogues to help me continue my pumping journey.  I have been an exclusive pumper for 14 months!  Let me say how thankful I am for galactagoues right now... especially lactation cookies!  So obviously, I was thrilled when I found a business just about an hours drive away from me called Wonderland Lactation Cookies!
Adrianna Sullivan is the WAHM who came up with Wonderland Lactation Cookies.  She says that she was finding it hard to make ends meet and the stress was starting to have an effect on her milk supply.  She was desperate to get her supply back so she started making lactation cookies.  The batches made so many dozen and she couldn't eat them all so she gave some to her breastfeeding mommy friends and then after that, it just blew up and everyone was asking about purchasing cookies from her!  She loves being a WAHM because she is able to stay home with her little lady and not worrry about how she'll pay the bills. She also loves doing what she does because she can help set other mom's fears at ease by helping them boost their milk supply.
Wonderland Lactation Cookies is located in Normal, Illinois.  If you're local, you can pick them up fresh out of the oven, but don't worry if you're not, she will ship cookies anywhere in the United States! The prices of the cookies is very competitive, at $10 a dozen and $8 for every subsequent dozen. 
Wonderland Lactation Cookies doesn't have a list of the of cookies you can order.  That's because she is up to creating just about anything you're interested in.  Making every single customer happy is important to her and your order is personalized.  Plus, eating several of the same kind of cookies day after day can get overwhelming.  Some of the cookies she's made are chocolate chip, dark chocolate chip, white chocolate chip, white chocolate macadamia nut, chocolate chip almond, cranberry almond, white chocolate cranberry, pumpkin, pumpkin chocolate chip, peanut butter, peanut butter chocolate chip...the list goes on and on!  So if there's something you're looking for all you need to do is ask!  The only exception is rolled cookies like sugar cookies, etc.
I was sent the white chocolate macadamia nut cookies for reviewing purposes.  I loved how they were packaged up. The little tag says to eat two or three cookies a day on the back side.  So I immediately went to work! They're so soft but have a chocolate nutty crunch.  They are incredible!  I ate 3 the first day, 3 the second, 2 the third and BAM.  I started seeing more pump output.  I got an extra ounce on day 3.  The fourth day I ate 4 more, saw another extra ounce that day. The fifth day was the most successful.  I ended up getting three extra ounces that day!
What makes these cookies work you wonder?  It's the combination of three different galactagogues: Oatmeal, ground flax seed and brewer's yeast.  You can not taste these herbs at all, there's not any strange textures involved either.  They're made with all natural ingredients purchased from a fully stocked organic store. 
Don't they look wonderful!
What's my favorite thing about Wonderland Lactation Cookies?  The natural ingredients really give such a nutritious, yet sophisticated flavor!
Is there anything I'd change about the cookies?  Nope!  They're so delightfully soft and tasteful!
I give Wonderland Lactation Cookies a 10/10!
Would you like to try some of these delicious cookies to boost your milk supply?  Here's a gift certificate for one dozen cookies and it could have your name on it!
One lucky reader will win one dozen cookies from Wonderland Lactation Cookies!  All you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form below. Giveaway will run from 12/5/2014-12/15/2014. Open to US only. Must be 18 years of age or older. Void where prohibited. Winner will be announced on this post, as well as emailed (so make sure to log into the form with the email address you use). You will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be drawn.
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Thursday, December 4, 2014
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Crazy 8 is the newest addition to the Gymboree Corporation and has a wide variety of clothing for kids from infant to size 14.  Not only do they offer great values, but they have a very fashionable selection. 
There is an amazing sale going on at Crazy 8 where you Buy One, Get One for $.08! 
I am ordering a couple of holiday sleepwear sets for my girls so Christmas morning they'll be in matching pajamas! It's going to be adorable! For my boy, I'm getting him 2 pairs of jeans because he wears them out quickly! 

Hurry over to Crazy 8 to catch this Buy One, Get One for $.08 Sale while it lasts!
Monday, December 1, 2014
What is one of the best resolutions you can make for the New Year? 
The answer is to become aware of changes you and your family can make to help protect the environment.
Join me the next few weeks to learn a variety of ways to easily make healthy, ecologically friendly choices through the campaign called Make it Green in 2015!
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