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RG Natural Babies
is offering two of my readers the chance to save some extra money on their already awesome Black Friday Deals. RG Natural Babies is also offering to all shoppers that spend over $100 to enter them in a drawing for 2 pocket diapers and a wet bag (that are in stock) and for all purchases over $100 that are made between Black Friday and Cyber Monday will be entered in a drawing for a custom diaper bag (you will have to pay shipping on the bag). So here are the codes (remember they are only good on Black Friday and only for the first person to use the code:

$5 off an order over $25: BobbiBF5 
 $10 off an order over $55:  BobbiBF10
Happy Shopping!
 

Cloth done our way

My diaper stash, I have been cloth diapering for about 2 months. I love it, the only thing that I would change is that I would have bought more then 4 diaper covers. My stash right now consits of 24 prefolds, 2 fleece fitteds, and 4 Thirsties Duo Snap Covers. Oh and a Rumparooz G1 one size aplix in fire engine.  I don’t understand why anyone who stays home who has the means to wash diapers, doesn’t cloth diaper. It saves money, it is better for the environment, and it is better for babies skin.

In the beginning we had the hardest time trying to figure out a way to cloth diaper at night. It took about 6 weeks to finally find something that worked for us. We use a fleece fitted stuffed with the doubler it came with and a prefold folded up inside of the diaper(not stuffed in the diaper) then a cover on top of that. This works great as long as he doesn’t sleep more then about 8 1/2 to 9 hours then it starts to leak. During the day we use just prefolds and covers and love it. We can’t go over about 3 hours but that is ok. Now the Rumparoozs was a gift and I can’t stand it every time we have used it leaks after just having it on a few minutes. Ian is not a heavy wetter but it just doesn’t work for us.

So for  what we have we make it work and love doing. The laundry is bad I actually like washing cloth diapers. I have a since of pride of a job well done when I take them down of the line. So if you are thinking about doing cloth go for it.

Semi- Crunchy or Frugal?

Is it possible to be semi-crunchy? I would think if it is then that is what I am. I recently with the help of Vanessa, we hung clothes line across my patio. It was quite an adventure trying to cut plastic covered clothesline with kitchen shears. Then trying to figure out how and where to place the clothes line where the patio was still somewhat usable. Once all was said and done and we were sweating like crazy(I forgot to mention this was at four in the afternoon) I have a functioning clothes line which I have used almost everyday since. Since someone so small dirties more clothes then whole sports teams wear.

Now back to the Semi-Crunchy idea, I am switching to cloth diapers (whole post within itself) this week not only because they are better for the environment, they are better for Ian’s skin too (less chemicals), they will save us money in the long run (yay, for saving money), and I won’t have to run to the store for diapers. With starting cloth diapers I am going to start making my own baby wipes with baby wash clothes and a little bit of Burt’s Bees Head to toe wash and water (this is mainly to save money). I am also trying to switch to less chemical filled products for cleaning and other such purposes. Which I have found vinegar, baking soda, and other such things our grandmothers use work best and are normally the cheapest. I am currently reading a book called Good House Magicwhich is all about doing things cheaper and easier. Not only am I trying to find less chemical filled cleaning product but baby care products also. I am a huge fan of the Burt’s Bees line of baby care products called Baby Bee. Their diaper rash cream is amazing and to top it off smells good too. I know that the Burt’s products are a little more money but they smell great and have less chemicals. We also made homemade pizza tonight that cost less then $5 for the both of us to eat with enough ingredients left over for me to make my self pizza for lunch in the next week. Also we are trying to incorporate one meatless meal into the rotation every week. We have cranked the thermostat up to above 75 degrees, this by far has been the toughest for me. So does anybody else have any good tips on how to save money?