April 22, 2011

Green Your Period this Earth Day with the Diva Cup! Read about the day Heather fell in love with it!

After my daughter's birth 5 (almost 6!) years ago, I swore I'd never use mama cloth.  Yes, we were cloth diapering.  Yes, I believe in reusing whatever we can.  Yes, I know...I was a hypocrite!

When my delightful daughter was a year old, my menstrual cycle returned and I happily trotted to the store for supplies.  I'd been a tampon user most of my "womanly" life and I planned to stay that way.  But lo and behold, tampons weren't comfortable anymore.  Or leak proof.  Ew.

And so I became a mama cloth user.

A year after that, I was introduced to the Diva Cup.  I'd heard of it but it sounded intimidating and a little weird.  Plus, was it even safe to use?  But when a friend tried it and raved, I had to give it a go.  After all, a former tampon user will never truly be a happy pad user!

My first month with the Diva Cup was pretty rough.  I quickly learned the "Diva Dance" and found myself googling for alternate folds.  After 3 days, I put the cup away, frustrated that I'd wasted $33.

The next month, I was packing for a 2 week trip to my brother's wedding.  Very out of town...long flight followed by an 18 hour drive.  And then we'd do it again in reverse a few days later.  My period was due right in the middle of the trip.  But we were trying to get pregnant and of course I was hoping my period wouldn't come at all.  So my conundrum...I didn't want to pack a bunch of cloth pads because we were short on suitcase space, not to mention we wouldn't have laundry facilities.  And I didn't want to buy and pack a bunch of disposable pads because if I got pregnant, I'd be wasting money on something I wouldn't be using.  What to do?

I got a very brave idea.

I only packed my Diva Cup.

Yes, the cup I'd struggled with so much the month before was the only thing I took with me.  It was discreet in its tiny purple bag and it took no space in my suitcase.  If my period started, it would be all I would need for the whole trip, and because it can be dumped & cleaned, there would be no waste whatsoever.  And if I was pregnant instead, then no money or suitcase space wasted.

Fast forward to our trip.  The wedding was over and we'd just left for the first leg of our 18 hour drive back to my mom's house.  An hour into the drive, I knew I had to stop for a restroom break.  Sure enough, I needed my Diva Cup.  In a slightly dirty gas station bathroom, I did the Diva Dance, inserted 2 or 3 times, answered my mom's question "Are you okay in there?" with "Yes! I'm fine!  Go away!"  Back in the car, I thought "Here we go...either this works or it doesn't."  I was nervous at this point, but still feeling pretty brave.

And then it happened.

The Diva Cup worked.  I couldn't even feel it.  I forgot I had a period.  I was 2000 miles from home and in a car loaded with other people and I was carefree.  Comfortable.  Happy.

I was in love.  With my Diva Cup.

That was 4 years ago and I've been a happy Diva Cup lover ever since.  I even got my OBGYN to switch.  I did eventually become pregnant and now that my adorable baby is 10 months old, I have my Diva Cup in use again.  Fond memories of that silly little silicone cup! 

April 20, 2011

Were you one of our (10) FaceBook Fan Winners? Check and see!

Last night was a BIG night for us on the I Love Cloth Diapers FaceBook page!  We surpassed the 1000 fan goal that we were aiming for and we got to choose the 10 random facebook fans to win our 10 free diapers!

If you haven't checked in to our FaceBook Page recently then you should!  You could have been chosen as a lucky winner and you don't even know it!

Visit our page and view posts by "I Love Cloth Diapers" in order to find the winners announcements.  If you won then shoot us an email to claim your prize!

Irene B.
Christopher M.
Christina F.
Wendy M.
Kelly J.
Dani H.
Dawn P.
Lauren F.
Krystal M.
Sarah T.

Thanks for being a Fan of I Love Cloth Diapers!

April 19, 2011

Trophy Tuesday Summer Essentials Giveaway: Enter to win a GC to purchase the product of your choice! CLOSED

Summer is on the way!  Well it might have already arrived for some of you!  We're fully stocked on some of your must have summer necessities.  From Swim Diapers to Bug Blockers, Sunscreen and more, we've got what you need to have fun in the sun!

Swim Diapers
We've got Imse Vimse Swim Diapers, Tankinis and also Bummis Swimmis!  Reusable swim diapers make so much more sense than using disposables.  They hold in messes, are more comfortable, are way cuter and will save you a ton of money!

Children have super sensitive skin and are prone to allergens so it's important to get a high spf sunscreen that's natural and made especially for those little ones.  Mama Rose and Loving Naturals both make excellent, 100% natural, sunscreens that will protect your baby from those harmful UV rays.

Bug Blocker
With the arrival of summer comes the arrival of bugs as well.  Biting flies, mosquitos and other pests can irritate baby and quickly ruin a fun day outdoors.  Protect yourself and baby naturally with a 100% natural insect repellant like Mama Rose's Naturals Bug Blocker.

The Giveaway:
Enter to win a $20.00 Gift Certifcate that you can use to buy ANY item of your choice from Cloth Diaper Outlet!

Giveaway is open to USA and Canadian participants.

First Mandatory Entry:  Visit Cloth Diaper Outlet and tell us which summer item you might buy with your gift certificate if you win!

*Leave one comment for each entry you qualify for.

Giveaway ends 04-24-11, Winner will be announced 04-25-11

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  • (1) Entry for Becoming a Follower of this Blog
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  • (3) Entries for Announcing this Giveaway on your FaceBook or Blog.  (1 x per day)  Please include a link to this Giveaway when you share it.
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  • (5)  Submit an article, product review or other contribution to be published on the I Love Cloth Diapers Blog! 
*Winner will be notified by email as well as announced on FaceBook and the Blog.  Thanks for reading!

April 18, 2011

Winner of our Woombie Giveaway was...Comment #22, Sarah!

Congrats to the lucky winner of our Woombie Giveaway!  The lucky entry was comment #22 which is Sarah from the blog "Our Cozy Robbins Nest!"

Stop by Sarah's blog and congratulate her!

Thanks to everyone who entered and please stop back by tomorrow and see what our next Trophy Tuesday Giveaway is!

If you need to purchase a Woombie, please visit Cloth Diaper Outlet!

*Sarah, please check your email for a notification from us and to claim your prize.