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Hello Truro!

We are still getting settled in and there is a lot of work to be done to our new home, but you can arrange for pick up in Truro on Shannon Drive!  I have been spending a lot of time in New Glasgow visiting family with D while we are in transition.  I have taken D to the new house a few times to get used to the space.  He seems to like it so far, spent a lot of time playing in the empty closest and exploring his new domain.  Made himself right at home sitting on the fireplace, chilling out, having a drink of water.

I told A that the first things to move had to be the shop stuff.  So, after he gives the green light I will be packing up shop and setting up in the new house.  I am so excited to finally have a dedicated space to display my products 🙂  I’m still trying to work out the best location in the house though, how do you feel about stairs?

In between unpacking the rest of the house and wedding planning, I will be working on the showroom this summer.  Hopefully, it will be ready for a grand re-opening just in time for our 1 year birthday celebration in September!

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Cheap Diapers

Cheap Diapers.  Check out this great entry by fellow home based cloth diaper retailer, Babies Bottoms and More. She talks about reasons to avoid the cheap ($8 china made) cloth diapers.

And here’s my 2 cents:

I absolutely cannot stress this enough, quality in a diaper is important!  This is going on your baby’s bum.  They are in their diapers all day and all night (with some exceptions). They take a beating, that’s for sure, and they need to stand up to the wear and tear of being used and washed every other day for 2 years or so, and if you are going to make the investment, you hope they will last through multiple children as well.

My favourite point in her post is : Warranty, warranty, warranty!!  Why do you care about a warranty?  because if there is a manufacturer’s defect in your diaper, they will replace it for you!  Fuzzibunz has a LIFETIME warranty on snaps and PUL (the waterproofing layer), let me say that again: LIFETIME WARRANTY! Forget diapers, does anything else you own really have a lifetime warranty?  This is one of the companies that stands behind their product, even to the point of putting on such a fabulous warranty, and holding it up.  The process is easy, contact them through their website, receive a return number, mail them your shells (you keep your inserts and bonus elastics if you haven’t used them yet). They mail you brand new diapers to replace the defective ones.

Another thing that weighs on my mind in regard to the cheap diapers is that we don’t know the working conditions in the factories they are made in, what are the environmental standards?  Do they use child labour?  Honestly, I don’t know the answer to those questions, but I doubt they are the answers I would want to hear.  Even with the cheap materials being used for these cheap diapers, there is just no way that they could be sold for $8 and turn a profit without cutting some corners somewhere.  I know where my Fuzzibunz are made, and I know that they care so much about the standards and working conditions of their factory that they picked up and moved their operations when the previous facility didn’t meet their standards, that’s a big cost for a company.  I know that my Happy Heinys are made in the USA by locals, and my Monkey Doodlez are made in Canada, also sewn by locals.

I can give you the information and my opinion, but I can’t tell you what is right for your family.  If you want to try a cheap diaper, knock yourself out.  I know the sticker shock with cloth diapers is hard to swallow sometimes, but the reality is that you are saving thousands of dollars by using cloth diapers in the first place, and as my hubby often says:

“You don’t cheap out on your children”

The Great Cloth Diaper Change

ImageOn April 21st at 1pm AST (9am PST), thousands of babies will be changed into a reusable cloth diaper, simultaneously.  I will be co-hosting the Truro, NS location with Andrea Munroe of Enchanted Forest.  Join us at the Douglas St. Recreation Centre, starting at 12:30pm, for The Great Cloth Diaper Change – Truro, NS!

Last year, the record was set by 127 locations in 13 different countries around the world!  The number to beat? 5026!

We are currently one of over 200 locations in 15 different countries who will be attempting to break last year’s record. 

As this is an official Guinness(TM) World Record attempt, there are some rules:

• Each location needs to have a minimum of 25 participants (each participant must be 18 or older, one adult to one baby), so please invite your friends!
• Baby being diapered must be 39” tall or shorter
• The clean diaper must be 100% reusable and commercially available (must be able to be purchased online, in a brick & mortar store or offered through a diaper service.)

But don’t let the rules get you down!  This event is all about fun, community, and spreading the word about cloth diapers.

ECMA nominated Children’s entertainer, Crystal Mann, will be performing during registration;  We have fantastic giveaways you could win, and goodie bags with items and coupons donated by local businesses and national GCDC sponsors!

Not using cloth diapers? NO PROBLEM!  We will be providing a cloth diaper for those who require one for the change.  A quick lesson (not that one is really needed), and you’ll be all set!  We will also be doing one of our cloth diaper workshops after the big change for those who are interested in learning more about the benefits of cloth diapering.

See you there!

 

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Happy 1st Birthday D!

Today is D’s first birthday!

I didn’t think it was going to hit me as hard as it did this morning.  I made my obligatory “one year ago…waiting for baby…” blah blah blah post on my personal Facebook page, and did in fact get teary eyed.  Then I decided to look at some of the photos we had from his birth.  Que the waterworks.  I have decided to share some of them with you.

The first one is his weight, not quite big enough to fit into his Fuzzibunz so I was really glad that I had bought the tiny preemie prefolds.  The second shot is me getting to really hold him for the first time.  We were about to leave the OR.  I did get skin to skin with him briefly, but he started sucking my neck and he still couldn’t breathe through his nose, so he turned purple and they took him away.  The third photo is from our hospital room, he was very jaundice and sleepy.  And last but not least, a photo of him from today.  This was the best one I had, he blinks when the flash goes so he looks drunk in all of them, haha.

And with only 3 days left, here is clue #11: Head over to the website and find the information for defective products.  Who is typically responsible for defective merchandise?

The contest is still on until Sunday.  I will be at the Truro Welcome Wagon Baby Show that day, we sponsored the grand door prize (a Snuza Halo movement monitor and some extras).  I will also be at a local trade show on Saturday in Milford at the Rec. Centre.  Hope to see you there!

Scavenger Hunt Clue #8

We’re celebrating D’s birthday today with friends and family, s0 here’s something for a little fun.

Swing over to our Facebook page and find a picture of my Baby, baby, baby…oh! The next clue will be in the description 🙂

 

Only 4 more clues to go! and one week left of the contest!

 

 

Where did the last year go? or D turning 1

Okay, so it hasn’t been a year yet, but the 1 month countdown to D’s 1st birthday starts today.  To celebrate, we’re going to have some fun, and you can win prizes, and get discounts!

At the end of the contest period, the person with the most entries will receive a $50 gift certificate to the shop! (draw date will be Sunday March 25th after the Truro Welcome Wagon Baby Show.)

I will also use random.org to draw 2 names who will each receive a secondary prize of 20% off their next order. There will also be random opportunities to receive small prizes throughout the contest period.

HOW TO ENTER

Spread the Word

Tell your friends about The Fluff & Stuff Shop!  Then come back here and comment what you did so I will know.

  • Like us (or be a current fan) on Facebook (1 entry)
  • Share our Facebook Page (1 entry)
  • Tag our Facebook Page in a post {@The Fluff & Stuff Shop} (1 entry)
  • Have your friends post on our wall and tell us you sent them (1 entry each)
  • Comment on or Like a post on Facebook (1 entry)
  • Make a purchase (2 entries for every $10)
  • Rate us on Padded Tush Stats (1 entry)
  • Follow our blog (1 entry)
  • Re-blog this blog entry (5 entries)
  • Sign up for our e-mail list (2 entries)
  • Follow me on Pinterest (1 entry)
  • Pin this blog post on Pinterest (1 entry) use the logo –>
  • Pin items from our website or shop on Pinterest (1 entry)

Scavenger Hunt

Make your way around our website, Facebook page, and blog searching for the next item on the list.   Sometimes I’ll give the item, sometimes you’ll have to figure it out based on a clue.  It could be an image, a word, or a product.  Remember to keep track, you will need your list later.  Once you find the item, you will get a head start in the hunt by receiving the next item or clue! Post them as you find them (item and where) here in the comments as a separate comment (we don’t want to give away the answers before everyone has a chance to find them).  Each item you find also gives you 1 entry into the draw for the $50 gift certificate.  I will post a new clue every few days, so if you don’t find one of them, no worries, you still have a chance to find the next one!

1st on the list: D’s birthday theme is Owls, go to the website and find a picture of an owl!