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Weekend Super Saver Coupon! Dec. 13th & 14th!

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Here is our winner from this week!!! She is the mom of two beautiful girls... CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Let's all say congratulations to her!!! Dont be shy!!
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Fluff Friday Winner from Week 6!!!!!

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First of all I want to thank you, the readers of the blog, for making this blog a success. I have so much fun reading your posts. I also want to thank Anelys, the blog's moderator and designer, who has really put so much effort and love into the blog. I so appreciate all she does.

I would also like to thank all of our customers for all your support during the past 8 years. I love what I do and I couldn't do it without you.

To my staff-

Karley who is my assistant- She is amazing young woman and at the age of 23 shows so much dedication and puts 200% into her work.

Jill who is the receiving dept- She is a wonderful lady who has been with me for almost 6 years. I enjoy working with her and seeing her baby Wilder, who was born 3 weeks before Riley.

Janet who is my bookkeeper- What can I say? You make my paperwork world so easy. Janet has been with us since January of this year.

Stacey who is my web-developer- Stacey has been with me for almost 3 years and she keeps all the sites looking great and operating smoothly. I couldn't run the business without her.

To the many other companies and contractors who do work for me, thank you so much for all you do!
On a personal note I am so grateful to be blessed with 3 beautiful children: Olivia (10), Hanz (8), and Riley (6 months). This year for Thanksgiving we were invited over to a friends house. Hurray, I didn't have to cook! (I am super thankful for that!!) My husband Scott, did make Pumpkin Soup and Crab Cakes for appetizers (I still didn't have to cook!).

We had all the traditional fixings: turkey, potatoes, sweet potatoes, wild rice, cranberry sauce. What was extra special is that our friends used to own a Bed & Breakfast so the cooking was gourmet. Yum, yum.

I especially enjoyed the day as it was my 35th birthday (btw- is 35 considered "middle age"? LOL!). So not only was I surrounded with family and friends for Thanksgiving, it was also my birthday too. Instead of cake though- we had pie.

During this holiday season I feel blessed in so many ways! I am truly grateful.
I wish you and your family and very joyous holiday season.
Blessings to you all,
Kelly- The Cloth Diaper Whisperer
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Giving Thanks! A Glimpse Into The Whisperer's Thanksgiving Day.

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I received a wonderful email from a customer recently who won a BumGenius one size diaper during our BUZZZZ day, Black Friday promotion. She emailed me an adorable picture of her son Grant and I replied back by asking her if she would share with us on how she got started using cloth diapers.

Here is Emily and Baby Grant's story:

When I gave birth to my third child, a son, in June I thought I knew everything there was to know about baby care. I wore the title of "been there done that" mom proudly. I did everything I could to give him a great start in life; breastfeeding? Check. BPA free bottles? Check. Organic cotton onesies? Check.
Then one day, a friend of mine, a first time mom no less, pulled something foreign out of her diaper bag.
"Look at this," she said. "It's called a BumGenius One Size Diaper."
"What is it?" I asked skeptically.
"It's a cloth diaper," she said. "Isn't it neat?"
"Cloth?" I said disapprovingly. "That's way too much work."
She just looked at me and shook her head with a smile.
"No it's not, it's super easy to do, plus these things are practically leak proof."
At that moment my darling four month old decided to play devil's advocate and pee through his expensive disposable diaper right onto my jeans. Hmph.
So that night I got online and searched, searched, searched. What I learned surprised me. I wondered why no one had ever told me that disposable diapers have carcinogenic chemicals in them? Or that they required large amounts of trees, oil and energy to produce? And most disturbingly, the carefully wrapped little packages of poo would still be sitting in a landfill 500 years from now. Hmm, disturbing.
I called my friend the next day and very casually asked her where she'd ordered her BumGenius. It was really hard for me to admit that this first time mom knew something I didn't, and she didn't miss the opportunity to sneak in a couple 'I told you so's!
From that day on I began a love affair with diapers. Who knew diapers could be so much fun?
At first my husband thought I was crazy. But when he first strapped a BumGenius 3.0 on our wiggly baby he was an instant convert as well. "These are pretty cool," he said. "Do they come in college football patterns?"
It really was a much easier switch than I imagined. The only snag I ran into was what to do with my disposable wet wipes. When you don't throw away the diaper there is no good place to throw away pooey wipes. A quick phone call to my friend solved the problem.
"They're called 'cloth wipes' Emily. Try them."
So I did, problem solved. More Money Saved? Check.
My entire family including both Grandma's are very supportive of our new 'greener' baby bum. And while I'm a stay at home mom, I've since learned that many childcare centers are now welcoming cloth bottomed cherubs with open arms.
The greatest part for us (aside from the obvious money saving benefit), is that our little boy wakes up dry and happy every morning. We have had no diaper rash, no messy, poo stained clothes, and most importantly he looks simply darling in the wide variety of cloth diapering choices.
I wish I would have figured this out with my first two kids, but hey, better late then never right? Recently our society has become much more aware of things like the environment, energy independence and of course the need to live frugally. These are uncertain times our little ones have been born to, but we all can do little things to make a difference. One thing I know for sure, is that cloth diapering has to be one of the most fun ways to do that!
Thanks Kelly for making cloth diapering so accessible to so many people!

-Emily and Baby Grant
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That's Way Too Much Work! A Mom's Story On Converting To Cloth Diapers.

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Have you ever taken diapering advice from a popular cereal company?

My children were sitting at the kitchen table yesterday morning eating their favorite popular "o's" cereal. My son loves to eat his cereal and reads the back of the box. He started to read the back:

"Your little one is learning and growing every day, and the morning is one of the best times for that growth to happen. That's why -ampers and --eerios are working together to bring you bright mornings.... -ampers Baby Dry helps lock wetness away for up to 9 hours. Plus, -ampers Wipes with baby powder scent help refresh your child."

The 2 companies have partnered "Together for Bright Mornings."

My son commented and said," Mommy, this isn't true. Riley can go thru an entire night without having to change." Can you tell you I just LOVE him extra for saying that? Even my 8 year old knows that with the right cloth diaper system you can go 10-12 hours at night without having to change.

Just wanted to post that there are some terrific cloth diaper options that will work just as well if not better at keeping your baby dry at nighttime. We use a pocket diaper (either a Fuzzi Bunz, bumGenius, or Blueberry) stuffed with a bumGenius one size insert and a Super-Do Hemp Insert and are able to go 12 hours at nighttime with our 6 month old.

Next time I go shopping though I will look at the back of the box and will make sure not to purchase a box of cereal with disposable diaper endorsements. Better yet, I might need to find a new "o's" cereal!
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Popular Cereal Endorses Disposable Diapers

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Short description of Blueberry Diapers:

Best known for our Minky Diapers, Blueberry offers a line of high quality, fashion-forward diapers to give moms a viable alternative to today's modern cloth diapers. Established in May 2007, it has grown to be one of the most sought-after brands among those who use cloth diapers. Having diapers made with minky in bold colors and prints, along with a wide selection of unique PUL prints and colors,top quality craftsmanship, anatomically-correct fit and reliable performance helps differentiate Blueberry Diapers from other cloth diapers in the market today.

Why choose Blueberry?

1. Reliability. If all we had were good-looking diapers that leaked, we would have gone nowhere. Beyond the fashionable aspect of our line, there is also a science to making the diapers work. You have to have the best quality materials. The microfleece we use virtually has no problems with any kind of repelling issues. No special detergents needed other than what you can buy from your local grocery store (of course as long as no fabric softener is added). Whether you have hard water or soft water, it's not a problem. The inserts that come with our diapers are extremely absorbent. Where a lot of people have to buy extra hemp inserts or doublers to combine them with the microfiber terry inserts you typically get with pocket diapers, you don't have to do such a thing with ours since we've already combined the hemp and microfiber for you. The minky fabric we use are all laminated. We are the only one in our industry that I know of that uses laminated minky. It is a long and expensive process to do it, but the reason we laminate the fabric directly is to eliminate extra bulk, especially for our one size diapers, and to prevent any wicking issues that may occur when you have an outer layer that is not laminated. So there's your formula for making a diaper that works: a good waterproof outer layer, non-repelling inner layer, and and absorbent core = a very reliable diaper. Plus our diapers fit really really well.

2. Variety & Options. We make both snaps and hook & loop diapers in almost 40 different solid colors and prints (both minky & PUL). It would be so easy for us to just make 1 type of diaper in a handful of colors and only use white snaps. But where's the fun in doing that? People want colors and prints and dots and animal prints and multi-colored-snaps! We cater to the "advanced" cloth diapering mom. We want to add excitement to changing diapers. Only cloth diapering moms look forward to changing diapers when they have something cute in their stash to use next. I don't know many people that get excited about changing another white diaper, much less a disposable.

3. No human was harmed in the production of our diapers. The laminate used for our waterproof fabrics is a non-solvent based type. Other than the fact that it is more environmentally sound, it is also safer for people to work around it because there are no fumes. Even a pregnant woman can safely work in the factory that laminates our fabrics. Same thing with our prints. You don't smell that oil-based ink smell in the factory where our prints are made since they are all water-based. But more importantly, the fact that the very fabric that touches the baby is made in the US also helps assure us that they are made with higher standards of quality.

A brief intro about Blueberry & Me

Making diapers was something I accidentally stumbled into. All my life I thought I was going to be in food service. I had my first food business in high school at age 16. After a degree in Hotel & Restaurant Administration, I went to go to culinary school in San Francisco to earn my "chef" degree. After working in the field and owning 2 restaurants later, I realized I did not want to cook for a living. Why? Because of all the dishes. I hate doing dishes. I don't like cleaning up after I cook. And it bored me to tears to have to cook the same thing over and over again. I make the best Shrimp Scampi in the world...and Tiramisu. But I don't want to have to do it 50..80..120 times a day. Yes there are cooks and staff that can do it for us, but when someone doesn't come in for their shift, me and my husband ends up doing the work. I loved the people we met and the customers we had, but the thought of managing a staff of people that aren't as passionate about the business as I am just gives me knots in my stomach.

I started making diapers shortly after my first son was born. We established Swaddlebees in April 2005, we still had a restaurant back then. But within just 2 years, Swaddlebees sales had already surpassed that of our restaurant with just 2 employees compared to the restuarant's 25. That's when we decided to shut down the restaurant and make diapers full time.

The concept of Blueberry Diapers came about as a way to fill a niche market in the world of cloth diapers. It's all about having fun. It began as a personal project in late 2006 as simply a way to test different designs and fabrics just to see how people would respond to it. I never planned on wholesaling it. Production began in Feb. 2007 and the website was launched in May that year. I already knew there was a huge market for cloth diapers with our experience with Swaddlebees. And I also know that among the moms who are already using cloth diapers, there is that certain percentage that is always looking for something more, regardless of the cost and whether or not they even needed more diapers. Using the best materials possible, and being able to find a high quality US manufacturer meant we will be pushing way beyond the "normal" price limits of cloth diapers. But then again, I didn't intend for it to be "normal". Blueberry Diapers are supposed to be, fashionable & funky....something you don't see everyday. It's something you will want to pull your baby's pants down to show people what they have underneath....or something you may even not want to cover up.

I've never been the type to try to convince people to use cloth diapers, much less try to push our products on parents. I blush when I have to do that because I feel like a used car salesman. The way I see it, people either get it or they don't. There's no judgment. But if they do get cloth and are looking for something more than what you see everywhere else and what everybody else has, that's where Blueberry Diapers come in. :)

-Written by Margarita McClure-Inventor of Blueberry and Swaddlebees Diapers
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Product Focus: Blueberry Diapers

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What would you win? The winner will get one Blueberry One Size Deluxe Diaper (solid color), One Swaddlebees/Blueberry Wet Bag and One Swaddlebees/Blueberry Pail Liner!! A $60+ value.
Winner Week 6

What to do? Simply leave a comment telling us the age and sex of the baby(ies) that you are diapering right now. Don’t forget to leave a way for us to contact you if you're the winner. You don’t need to have a blog to win, but be sure to leave your email address if you don’t have one.

When? You should leave your comment before Thursday, December 11th at 8pm EST.
What else to know? You can make ONE comment PER DAY. If you want to get more comments there are several ways to do it:
1 - Being or becoming one of our followers (gives you one extra comment PER GIVEAWAY, NOT PER DAY. Simply post a comment saying that you are a follower.
2 - Being a subscriber of our blog or subscribing to our blog (gives you one extra comment PER GIVEAWAY, NOT PER DAY. Simply post a comment saying that you are a follower.
3 - Commenting in other posts during the week will give you ONE EXTRA comment PER EACH comment that you make. Simply post a comment on this one saying the title of the post where you wrote your comment. So, what are you waiting for?? Participating on other posts pays off!!!

How? We will draw one winner randomly with an "Online Number Generator" and will make a post with the winner on Friday, December 12th, and will notify the winner by blog or email that they've won.

Who can participate? US Residents and Canadians are welcome!

Important note about the winner: If we havent hear from the winner by the closing time of next week's giveaway, we will be choosing another winner that will be published TOGETHER with next week's winner. We promise to do our best to get in contact with the winners.

Good luck, and don’t forget to tell all your family and friends about the giveaway! It will if somebody that you knows get to win, in case you dont win yourself!!!
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Fluff Fridays - Week 6 *** CLOSED ***

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