Monday, March 2, 2015

Free Fluff - A Cloth Diaper Giveaway

We are fluff fanatics in our house. I realize it's not the norm in all social circles but it's becoming quite the vogue thing to do with environmentally conscious and budget-minded parents.

I want to do my part to make cloth mainstream (#makeclothmainstream) and thought a giveaway was the perfect way to make a difference!

A randomly selected person will win their choice of 1 one-size diaper - a BumGenius 4.0 in Mirror (aqua blue), or a BumGenius 4.0 in Armadillo (gray), or a Flip Diaper Cover in Stellar (dark blue).

To enter the giveaway, simply do one or more of the following actions. PLEASE LEAVE SEPARATE COMMENTS FOR EACH ACTION TAKEN! Each additional comment earns you another chance to win. 
1. Leave a comment below telling me what you like about cloth diapers
2. Subscribe via email; comment with "Subscribed"
3. Like Spool and Spoon on Facebook; comment with "Following on FB"
4. Share this post on Facebook; comment with "Shared on FB"
5. Follow Spool and Spoon on Twitter; comment with your Twitter username
5. Share this post on Twitter; comment with a link to your tweet
6. Follow Spool and Spoon on Instagram; comment with your Instagram username
7. Follow Spool and Spoon on Pinterest; comment with a link to your favorite pin

Be sure to include contact information so I can notify you if you win! 

On Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. the giveaway will close and I will select a winning comment at random using the number generator. On Tuesday, March 10, 2015, at 12:00 p.m. est. I will announce the winner on Facebook and will contact them via the contact information provided.

Best of luck to all! And if you win, be sure to check out our printable wash routine.

If you're interested in attending, MommyCon is offering Spool and Spoon readers $5 off of general admission tickets (not valid on VIP or pre-sale tickets).

March 28 - Atlanta
April 18 - Minneapolis
May 23 - Orlando (tickets available after Feb 28)
August 22 - Washington DC (tickets available after Feb 28)
September 19 - Columbus (tickets available after Mar 15)
November 14 - Newport Beach (tickets available after Mar 15)
November 21 - Seattle (tickets available after Mar 15)

Visit and select the date of your choice. During checkout use code SPOOLSPOON15 for a discounted ticket price of $35! If you have a group of 20 or more (think church groups, neighborhood play group, MOMS/MOPS, etc.), let me know before purchasing as I can provide you a code to get your group tickets at $32 a piece.

If you've been to previous MommyCon events, shoot me an email! I'd love to hear about your experience!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Cloth Diaper Wash Routine + Free Laundry Printables

It's been two months since we started using cloth diapers and I'm hooked. Having used disposables for the first few weeks (and for years before as a nanny), I can honestly say that I prefer cloth to sposies. The benefits surely outweigh the minimal inconvenience of extra laundry.

Sure it's only been a couple months but our diapers look and smell as good as new. I credit that to the awesome wash routine I'm sharing with you today.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Our Top 3 Cloth Diaper Picks

Convincing my hubby to use cloth diapers was pretty darn easy. Who would have guessed that three months later we would both be fluff fanatics in our house.

Every family has their preferences but we're obsessed with the one-size options from the BumGenius and Flip brands. Only the best on our baby's bum!

Friday, February 27, 2015

How I Got Cloth Diapers "Hubby Approved"

While I was pregnant I came up with this *crazy* idea that I wanted our little baby to be diapered in cloth. The only factor I still had to consider was my generally sane husband's reaction. How do I convince him that cloth diapering was not outdated or wacky, and would actually be the best decision for our new family?

I researched. I read. I reviewed all the options. When I finally felt confident that I had all the info I needed, I sprung the idea on Joe.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Pinteresting Solution #1 - Litter & Sock Frost Trick

Ever come across one of those seemingly silly hacks or straight out genius tips on Pinterest and wonder why you didn't think of it first? Every week, I'll feature a new one that caught my eye and share the success or failure. If you see something interesting, send it in my direction!

We've been in a deep freeze up north. Thankfully, we haven't gotten the same amount of snow as our neighbors in New England but it's been pretty darn cold. While browsing Pinterest, I came across a link to some winter hacks on Buzzfeed. I'm more than glad to jump on any tips to help conquer the frozen tundra outside.

This one specifically caught my attention:
"You can also use a stocking or sock filled with cat litter to prevent frost."
(image via buzzfeed)

Prevent frost? Considering my hubby isn't a morning person I thought this tip would be invaluable for him. This trick could easily save him a couple minutes each morning and every minute counts when you're already late and leaving during rush hour.

Let the experiment begin!

According to the site, all you need is a sock and cat litter. I think a funnel is pretty helpful as well.

Simply slip the funnel into a tube sock (no holes, please!), and pour the litter in until the foot section is completely full. I tied mine off with a knot but you could sew it shut as well. Place the filled sock on your dash and wait until morning.

I stuck the sock on my dash and waited until morning to check on my car. NOTHING HAPPENED. Well, something happened. Something being frost. Lots of frost. 

Supposedly the sock will absorb the moisture in the air and stave off frost. Hmm. Well, considering that frost is on the OUTSIDE of the window, I should have thought this through. My conclusion, a kitty litter sock does not prevent frosted windows. This hack is a big fat hoax. Maybe it'd prevent foggy windows but I'm not going to wait and see. 

I guess you can't believe everything you read on the internet (ha!). If you see other craft, cooking, or cleaning hacks on the web, let me know! I'll put it to the test and see if it's actually a pinteresting solution or not.

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Friday, February 13, 2015

Valentine's Day Photo Shoot - Perfect Last Minute Gift

Having a child at any holiday seems to make it 10x more special. But with the need to instill traditions while keeping things Pinterest-perfect, there is a lot of pressure as well. I am definitely not immune. Celebrating Baby's First Everything puts me in a tizzy. I want to document it all. It's also important to spoil the grandparents with baby love. For Thanksgiving we did footprint turkeys. At Christmas, we made handprint ornaments. I figured for Valentine's Day it was probably time to let up on the body parts haha.

Instead, we did a mini photo shoot for Valentine's Day and guess what - you can too! I promise, it's not too late. Within 15 minutes of shooting, I had the perfect custom Valentine for baby J's grandparents.

With places like Target Photo that print cards in store (or even using your own printer and cardstock at home) you can have cards printed within an hour of doing the shoot. About 10 minutes after placing my order, I got the email confirmation that my prints were ready for pick up!

What you need is minimal at best. A piece of fabric for a backdrop, a couple glitter hearts, and a coordinating holiday shirt. No pants necessary folks!

Monday, February 9, 2015

Rosé and Lime Spritzer & Festive Wine Glasses

Are you preparing a Valentine's Day dinner at home? Maybe you're super wonderful and hosting a Galentine's Day Brunch this Saturday morning? Or, if you're anything like me, you like the idea of having another fun beverage idea up your sleeve!
This Rosé and Lime Spritzer is super simple and absolutely refreshing.

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