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Do you have a hilarious cloth diapering experience? Does everyone roar with laughter every time you tell the story?

If so, we want to hear it! We are looking for the funniest cloth diapering story… In 500 words or less, please share with us your most comical cloth diapering experience!

The Details:
* Please send your entry to: (email removed as the contest is closed)
* In the subject line please write: Funny Cloth Diaper Story
* Don’t forget to attach photos too!
* All entries must be received no later than Tuesday, March 31st at 8pm (EST)
* The winner will be announced on Thursday, April 2nd along with their post!
* Winner will receive a $25 gift certificate to Kelly’s Closet!

The Fine Print:
* Limit 1 entry per family. Entries must be sent directly to (email removed as the contest is closed) and must clearly state in the subject line "Funny Cloth Diaper Story."
* Due to the high volume we expect we won't be able to personally respond to each entry but please be assured that we will read every one.
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The Funniest Cloth Diapering Story! - Contest

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Welcome to this week's giveaway!

What would you win:

2-Kiwi Pie One Size Fitted Diaper
1-Thirsties Cover

What to do? Simply leave a comment telling us something funny that happened to you related to cloth diapers...If you dont have something funny per se, you could mention something that you know you will NEVER forget. 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, April 2nd 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:
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How? We will draw one winner randomly with an "Online Number Generator" and will make a post with the winner on Friday, April 3rd, 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. Canadians winners will be responsable for shipping costs.

Good luck, and don’t forget to tell all your family and friends about the giveaway! In case that you don't win, what a better person to win that a friend of yours!!
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Fluff Fridays - Week 22 *** CLOSED ***

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Free shipping on any order of $25 or more on Kelly's Closet with code SPRINGFLING.

Sorry, no previous or pending orders discounted.
Limit 1 coupon code per order.
Valid March 28th and March 29th Only.
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Weekend Super Saver Coupon - Mar. 28th & 29th

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This week's winner for the Fluff Friday is sure a VERY BUSY mom... Who wouldnt be that busy with SIX kids, right?? Check her out on her blog.

We also had a Twitter contest (announced in Twitter directly) and whoever mentioned Diaper Shops in their update got an entry. The winner will get 3 Fuzzi Bunz One Size Diaper!!!! The lucky winner is:
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Fluff Friday Winner from Week 21 PLUS Twitter Contest Winner!

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I think of all us nowadays are being a little bit more aware about the economy and are trying to cut costs whenever possible. For some strange reason I caught the tail end of the Dr.Phil show that was focused on saving money, frugal living, and coupon clipping! I sat down and watched the rest of the show and thought to myself ,"Why wasn't I utilizing these money savings tips sooner? They really are pretty simple."

Well- life happened and I continued to let the fridge and the pantry get down to almost nothing so I was forced to go grocery shopping. (BTW- I really don't like to grocery shop.)

This past Sunday my son Hanz and I sat down with the last 6 weeks of the Sunday paper and pulled out all the coupons. Hanz starting clipping all of the them. I do have to add that he said, "Mommy, I am not going to clip the H-----s diapers as we don't need them." I said "That's my boy!"

So I took some tips from the Frugal Coupon Mom and was on my way. I pulled out our local grocery store flyer from Hannaford and the Walgreens flyer. I have to tell you- Walgreens has the best deals! The key is to NOT purchase anything that is not on sale and only purchase their sale items. So the simple secret that I learned is:
* Find the items on sale that interest you
* Utilize in-store coupons on the sale items
* Pair the sale item with a manufacturer coupon
So the ultimate savings recipe is sale, store coupon, manufacturer's coupon.

You have to keep in mind that you HAVE to be flexible with brands. I know a lot of us will only purchase one brand but if you really want to save you need to be flexible. Another thing is purchasing multiples of the items. Many of the sale items only will allow you a limit on how much you can buy.

For example: I purchased a health and beauty item that was on sale for $6.99. I then had a $3.00 store coupon. The limit I could purchase was 3. I found 3 manufacturers coupons for $1.50 each. So here is how much I saved on three:

After Hanz and I clipped the coupons, matched them to sales and store coupons, I made a master grocery list. I made a list of everything we needed and then highlighted the items in pink that I had coupons for. Now granted I needed some items that weren't on sale,had a store coupon, and manufacturer coupon but I at least had a manufacturer coupon. Out of all the items on our list I only purchased 7 items that weren't on sale or didn't have coupons.

Another tip I recommend is shopping on Sunday when most of the flyers, especially Walgreens come out. If you wait until mid week (according to my Mom- who is the coupon queen!) most of the sale items will be out.
I ventured out Sunday afternoon with 3 kids- 11,9,and 9.5 months and did the following:
-Filled the Jeep with gas.
-Vacuumed out the Jeep.
-Went to McDonalds for the kids and spent $4.24 (not a regular occurrence I promise!)- the key here is to purchase off the dollar menu. They really get you on drinks so have the kids fill up their own bpa free bottle.
-Went to the New Balance Store to purchase my hubby 3 running shorts. Had a 25% off coupon. If you spend $75 or more they give you a free t-shirt.
The 3 shorts were $59.97 less 25% coupon (-$14.99)=$44.98 + 5% tax=$47.23
I asked the clerk if I could still get the free t-shirt and she said yes! $15 retail value. (I saved $30.00 with the coupon and free t-shirt-this amount is NOT included in my $96.37 savings!)
-Went to Walgreens and went up and down the aisles to find the sale merchandise. I handed Olivia the store coupon, the coupon saver coupons (Walgreens has a monthly store coupon booklet),and manufacturer coupons.
-Went to Hannaford and matched up manufacturer's coupons with items. About this time Riley was getting a bit fussy but we managed to get thru the store fairly quick.
So the grand totals were:

Don't forget to bring your re-usable bags when you shop! I just love mine and prefer them over the plastic bags where all of your items fall out of in the back of your car! LOL

Here are some other sites that I found to get some more savings and tips:
The Coupon Clippers: This is a site where you can search for your favorite items and find coupons. They do cost a bit ($.05-$.10 per coupon) but you receive $1.00+ coupon in return.

Frugal Coupon Living: This lady has done her homework when it comes to savings. Great tips,suggestions, and offers.

5 tips to survive and thrive in a recession- A great article!
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I saved $96.37 in coupons!

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They are not the only diapers I use on my daughter, but they are an essential part of our stash. I know that some people don't like prefolds, but personally I think that everyone should have at least a dozen prefolds if only as backup.

The first prefolds I bought were the Gerber ones they sell at Walmart. I was not impressed, but I found ways to use them. They are very adequate as a stuffer in a FuzziBunz. They work as a good doubler inside a Kissaluv fitted. Two in a fleece cover worked well for overnight diapering. They are great for cleaning up spit up. There have been several times when all my preferred diapers have been dirty or in the wash and I've had to rely on the prefolds.

Over time I realized that they really aren't that difficult. They are definitely better than resorting to disposables. They wash easily and dry quickly. Over time using prefolds has grown on me. Recently I bought a dozen unbleached premium size Chinese prefolds. WOW, the difference between these and the Gerber prefolds is amazing. When I first bought them they were flat and stiff, but after a few washes they were soft and fluffy.

They are so thick that I don't think I could put two on her at one time. I recently discovered the How to Fold a Prefold Diaper section on Kelly's closet the diagram was very helpful, but I haven't quite gotten the hang of step 4. This is how I fold my diapers.

A friend demonstrated how to use a snappi, but I have found that I prefer the old fashioned pin method.

I bring the wing around from the back, place my hand between the front flap and my baby and then pin through the wing and the first layer of the flap, then repeat on the other side. With a little practice this is very quick & easy. I find that pins allow me to get a tight secure fit. Around the house, I don't always put a cover on, this allows my daughter to get lots of air to her bottom.

My favorite cover to use with prefolds is the Thirsties diaper cover.

They can be put on over a pinned diaper, but they fit so securely that you can just lay the prefold inside the cover, then fasten the velcro.

I really like that using prefolds gives me the option to use a variety of covers.

By incorporating prefolds into our stash, I was able to accumulate a large quantity of diapers at a fraction of the cost of pocket diapers. I've saved a lot of money and I never run out of diapers. I would highly recommend that anyone who is still using disposables part-time or washing diapers every night for the next day, buy at least a dozen prefolds.

- By Denise C.
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I LOVE prefolds

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All too often we talk about how “easy” and “modern” cloth diapering has become… no more folding diapers and using pins and rubber pants. And, while I genuinely appreciate the advances in cloth diapering, I also appreciate the simplicity of prefold diapers too!

Now, I know some of you are a little intimated by prefolds… I, myself, thought there was no way in the world I would like prefolds; so much so I bought a couple dozen used prefolds so I could save my money for other diapers I liked better. However, after having experimented with them, I fell in love with their overall versatility and, believe it or not, their ease of use!

Prefold diapers, typically made from 100% cotton twill, are very absorbent, easy to clean and VERY multi-purpose! They can be fastened with either good old-fashioned diaper pins, a Snappi, or don’t fasten them at all – simply tri-fold the diaper and stuff it inside a diaper cover for a super quick and easy diaper change!

Oftentimes I recommend prefolds and covers to parents for the early weeks, especially when babies are little poo factories! Honestly, it never fails; just as soon as you put that fresh new diaper on, you hear the gurgle and the ensuing explosion! While Pocket diapers and All-in-One diapers are convenient, it is a lot of wear and tear on a diaper, especially if you’re using One-Size diapers which you intend to last for a few years! Prefolds are a perfect solution.

Prefolds are a wonderful staple in the cloth diapering world. It’s the only cloth diaper, Flat diapers aside, which can not only be used as a diaper, but as an insert for a Pocket diaper, a burp cloth, a household cleaning rag, and they do wonders for polishing furniture or even your car!

Prefolds can easily be dyed or tie-dyed for a splash of color too. Able to withstand more vigorous washes, these diapers last for years giving you the greatest value for your money!

Additionally, prefolds provide you with a plethora of diaper covering options! PUL covers such as Thirsties or One-Size Wonder Wraps diaper covers are wonderful, relatively inexpensive and long-lasting covers. Depending on how frequently you are doing diaper laundry and what prefold method you use, you can get by with as little as 4-6 covers; making prefolds the most economical cloth diapering options!

Other diaper cover options include fleece (which naturally repels and wicks away water) such as the Bummis Polar Fleece Diaper Wrap or wool (which naturally absorbs up to 30% its weight) such as the virtually bomb-proof Imse Vimse Wool Diaper cover. Fleece is the easiest to clean and can even be tossed in with your regular loads of laundry. Wool, quite surprisingly, isn’t difficult to care for at all (just takes a little while to dry). Wool is also a wonderful night solution for those of you with little super soakers!

Not interested in the “second step” of putting on a diaper cover? Then Shorties or Longies are a wonderful option to eliminate the need for pants altogether. Simply put on a pair of fleece or wool shorts or pants and voila! Instant, stay dry diaper cover and clothing solution all in one!

Crafty? Sew your own fitted or contoured shaped diapers for dollars less with prefolds

Cloth diapering on a dime can still be fun and easy with prefolds! So consider getting back to the basics today!

- By Serena
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Back to Basics with Prefolds!

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A short description of Hulla products, when it was invented, and the types of materials it is made of.
I started sewing totes and handbags about three years ago when I was given my great-grandmother's sewing machine for Christmas. What I was most interested in at the time was making totes. I just sat down at the machine and began sewing. I started making my own patterns and practicing my technique every day. Soon I had more bags than I knew what to do with, so I opened my first Etsy shop, "Hullabaloo." Hulla bags tend to be made out of brightly colored or patterned cotton upholstery fabrics with coordinating cotton interiors. The insides are also strengthened with interfacing, which is a product that attaches to a fabric to make it sturdier. Almost all of my bags close with a velcro flap.

Why choose Hulla?
All of the bags at Hulla are handmade, unique creations and I take pride in making them to my best capacity. They are sturdy, multi-purpose bags that always draw attention. The bags are machine washable, which adds to their convenience factor. Also, I love to do custom orders. One of the things I enjoy most is collaborating with customers! I am more than willing to make something to a customer's specifications, add more pockets, different straps, make a certain size/style of bag. I think it is fun to take and idea and bring it to life, and I love how happy people get when they have a new, beautiful bag.

A brief intro about Hulla and about the inventor
I initially opened the shop (Hullabaloo) three years ago on Etsy, but closed the shop last year due to being too busy to put serious time into it. I reopened under the moniker of Hulla this year, and Im loving having the opportunity to make and sell things I love.

I'm a social worker, but I'm not working right now. I spend most of my time sewing--although lately its been hard to sew bags because all I want to do is sew diapers for my baby-to-be (I'm 5 months pregnant!) and obsess about cloth diapers on the internet. When I am not sewing, I can be found hanging out with my husband, irritating him with my crazy home decorating projects, and watching lots of television on DVD. I also am loving listening to relaxing bands like Counting Crows and the Dave Matthews Band and indulging in my guilty pleasure--young adult science fiction novels.
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Product Focus: Hulla Bags

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Here are my initial impressions and thoughts after seeing/using Softbums:

First Impression: Oh my goodness..these are soo tiny and cute! They come sized all the way down and honestly made me want to have another baby. I can definitely imagine a newborn baby wearing these. Unlike some other One Size Diapers, these definitely look teeny tiny like newborns and don't have all of the bunch between the legs. They are definitely trim fitting.

Second: These are INCREDIBLY soft inside! The lining is just oh, so soft. I kinda wanted to cuddle them...

Third: I wonder how they get bigger and smaller? ~At the top of the front of the diaper there is a little opening. Inside is elastic with a knot in the top. I pulled on it for a while, not sure what to do then decided to look at the directions. Further down, next to the leg gussets, there were two "toggles," one on each side. They are very small and in no way would bother the baby. To size the diaper you only have to push in the toggle button, pull the elastic the direction that you would like and release the toggle button...VERY EASY!

A great thing about these diapers is that there are SO many different sizes you can have! Sarah V (creator of this amazing diaper) recommended that I size it a little bit tighter then I think it should go to prevent leaks. She said that if there are red marks on the baby after a change then it is TOO tight, so loosen it about 1 inch. When first sizing them, it was trial and error, but after finding that "Perfect Fit," I simply matched up the elastic on the other diapers to make them all the same size.

The insert is REALLY long! But when put in the diaper and folded to add absorbency to where Kinsley needed it the most, it did not seem long or bulky at all! (A smaller insert can be used when the baby is on its tiniest setting.) Now that Kinsley is rolling all over the place it can be a bit tricky at times to get it to lay flat, but make sure it is flat or else there will be leaks!

One thing that I have always felt bad about when cloth diapering is how it often looks like Kinsley is sitting on a horse or something because of the wideness of the diapers. These diapers are so trim and skinny that I feel much better about it! (Kinsley seems to notice the difference as well and is rolling MUCH more than before).

LESS room in the diaper bag!!! These diapers take up a bit less room in the diaper bag than prefolds and TONS less room than pocket diapers.

These diapers are great for the environment. And I don't just mean better for the environment because they are cloth, but better because there is less material. The covers are used more than once, so you need less so there is less items being created and therefore being wasted in production. Plus, there is less in the wash than if pockets would be used (and if you have a washing machine that adds water, spins, etc based on weight then less energy is being used.)

Now that I have used these diapers for a few weeks, I am pleased to say that I am VERY happy with them. They fit Kinsley great. It did take a little bit to figure out the perfect size, but all that meant is a bit of wicking around the legs, which never even reached passed Kinsley's base layer. I have never had any trouble with them in the wash (no diaper trains here) and they still look brand new (and I wash all of them every two days or so).

Overall, I really like these diapers. My husband likes using them a lot more than prefolds and covers due to their quickness and my mom likes them better because she was scared of snappis. I love them the most because they are trimmer AND because I finally allowed myself to get a pink diaper:) The one thing I would change is to include another snap to help keep the liner in place while changing a baby that is doing crocodile death roll and have the PUL go a little further into the diaper to prevent wicking.

Thanks for the great prize!

- By Sara M.
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Update from our 14th Winner - Sara M.

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