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Weekend Super Saver Coupon - Nov 14th & 15th

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This week's giveaway: (given by the manufacturer)
2-Rumparooz One Size Diapers with inserts

What to do? Simply leave a comment telling us: Do you prefer a snap closing diaper or an aplix (velcro) closing diaper and why? You should leave your comment before Thursday, November 19th at 8pm EDT.

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We will draw one winner randomly with an "Online Number Generator" and will make a post with the winner on Friday, November 20th. It is the responsibility of the winner to contact us to claim their prize.

Who can participate?
US Residents are welcome!

Important note about the winner:
If we haven't heard from the winner by the closing time of next week's giveaway, we will choose another winner that will be published TOGETHER with next week's winner.

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 than a friend of yours!!
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Fluff Friday 55 - Rumparooz Giveaway

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This week's Fluff Friday winners are: Becky AND Anna. TWO WINNERS! They will each receive a Mother-Ease One Size Intro Kits

This week's Twitter winner is: AnnathanMagz. She will receive: 2-Haute One Size Diapers

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! Please, contact us ASAP so we can get your winnings out to you!!!

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Fluff Friday 54 PLUS Twitter Winners

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Kelly's Closet would like to recognize one of its longest vendor relationships... FuzziBunz cloth diaper. It's a relationship that has blossomed in the last several years as the manufacturer and retailer have both grown and matured together.

It all started in 2001. Tereson Dupuy, the founder of FuzziBunz diapers, was just starting to bring on retailers to help her sell her crafty pocket-diaper invention. She says, at the time, she contacted Kelly to see if she'd be willing to sell FuzziBunz diapers, even though they were a new, relatively unknown product. "Of course Kelly took on the challenge and has been selling them ever since!" says Tereson.

The rest is history. Today, FuzziBunz continues to be one of Kelly's Closet's top selling diapers. "The diapers have come a long way over the years and the quality is the best it has ever been," says Kelly. "Plus, FuzziBunz has been one of the original leaders in growing the entire cloth diaper marketplace, something all of us are grateful for."

Tereson says she believes that Kelly's success is due in large part to the way she runs her business. "She is very professional in running her business and everyone can see that she's very committed to marketing and constantly thinking outside of the box."

In an industry where retailers and diaper manufacturers come and go, both Kelly's Closet and FuzziBunz have been around since the beginning.

"I feel that we have both stuck around so long because both FuzziBunz and Kelly's Closet are committed to continued growth and prosperity. I have seen many businesses discontinue their diaper business (either making them or selling them) when their children grow out of diapers and move on to some other stage of life. I think I can speak for both Kelly and myself that our businesses are like another child to us - just as we watch our own children grow, we carefully nurture our companies and watch them grow, develop and mature and don't plan on giving our "children" up anytime soon," says Tereson.

Kelly's Closet would like to commend FuzziBunz diapers for continuing to make an excellent product and for working together with Kelly's Closet to continue to make this world a little greener... one bum at a time!
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Kelly's Closet Recognizes One of the First Diaper Brands It Ever Carried... FuzziBunz Cloth Diapers!

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"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free." - Ronald Reagan - 40th United States President (1911 – 2004)

In honor of Veteran's Day we would like to take a special moment to thank all the men and women who currently serve our country in the military and to all of those who have fallen in the line of duty.

Our blessings and prayers go out to all military families on this honorable day.
We also wanted to let you know about a wonderful tradition that has been started at Arlington National Cemetary. It is called Wreaths Across America.

The following is taken from the Wreaths Across America website:
Wreaths Across America, a non profit 501-c3 organization, was formed as an extension of the Arlington Wreath Project. The Arlington Wreath program was started by Morrill Worcester (Worcester Wreath) of Maine in 1992 with the donation and laying of 5000 Christmas wreaths to Arlington National Cemetery. This became an annual journey for Mr. Worcester. Read more about this in the History of Arlington.

It was relatively obscure until 2005 when a photo of the stones adorned with wreaths and covered in snow circulated around the internet. The project received National attention. Thousands of requests poured in from all over the country from people wanting to emulate the Arlington project at their National and State cemeteries spurred the creation of “Wreaths Across America”. Unable to donate thousands of wreaths to each state, Mr. Worcester conceived the idea of sending 7 wreaths (one for each branch of the military as well as POW/MIA). In 2006 with the help of the CAP and other civic organizations, over 150 locations held wreath laying ceremonies simultaneously.

The Patriot Guard Riders volunteered as escort for the wreaths going to Arlington. This began the annual “Veterans Honor Parade” that travels the east coast in early December.
By 2007 the requests for more wreaths grew. The Worcester family established the non-profit group Wreaths Across America to further promote Veterans remembrance. The mission Remember, Honor and Teach characterized the projects goals perfectly.
Cadet Saluting
By 2008 over 300 locations held wreath laying ceremonies in every state, Puerto Rico and 24 over seas cemeteries. Over 100,000 wreaths were placed on veterans graves. Over 60,000 volunteers participated.

WAA reached out to thousands of children with the message of Remember, Honor and Teach. The importance of honoring each fallen serviceman as an individual is stressed.

The wreath laying is now held annually on the second Saturday of December. December 13, 2008 was unanimously voted by the US Congress as “Wreaths Across America Day”. Wreaths Across America would not be successful without the help of the volunteers, many active organizations and the generosity of the trucking industry.
We collectively thank our military and their families for “Our Freedom”!
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In Honor of Veteran's Day

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My oldest daughter, Aaliyah, has officially started kindergarten this year. Honestly, I’m AMAZED at how far the kindergarten education has come. I quite fondly remember simply learning letters, numbers, the fundamentals of writing, and of course story time and play time! Although we homeschool, the program we use has a very progressive curriculum. Now kindergartners are expected to learn the continents (history), all about the skeleton and inner body parts (science), money (math), artists such as Matisse and Hiroshige, along with reading fundamentals and language arts (phonics and reading) and SO much more!

A couple weeks ago we met with Aaliyah’s “teacher” who simply checks our progress and assures we’re meeting our goals, etc... We were only at the library for approximately an hour and were just about to wrap up our meeting. Aaliyah walks over and whispers the dreaded, “Mama I went pee-pee in my pants.”

UGH! Seriously? She never once asked to go potty or even indicate in the slightest that she had the need to go. Now, in the middle of the library, she’s protesting as I prevent her from removing her pants in front of everyone.

“Just WAIT a moment and I will take you to the bathroom.”

“NO Mama! My pants are wet. I HAVE to take them OFF!”

“PLEASE WAIT just a minute!”

Several whines and protest filled moments later, we’re off to the bathroom. Now, what in the world am I supposed to do?!? I had no extra clothes or panties for her (nor would I have imagined needing them for a nearly 5 year old). The fact she was willing to strip off her pants in the middle of the library without hesitation was clue enough there was NO way I’d be able to persuade her to keep the pants on until we made it to the car.

Thankfully, I had my handy dandy Planet Wise wet/dry bag in my diaper bag. So, at least I had one problem solved - something to cart her soaked jeans and panties home in! HOORAY for wet bags!

Yet, I was still baffled with what to do with my half naked daughter? Dare I let her walk out of the library with her bum (and other parts) exposed to everyone? I was tempted - but I couldn’t embarrass the both of us like that! If only she wasn’t so big - I would have forced her into the lonely bumGenius Organic All-in-One One Size diaper I had in the diaper bag!

Thankfully my quick wit has always served me well. I’ve been known to make some very clever and useful makeshift arrangements when needed... I crafted a fire extinguisher mount out of a wooden CD crate because the fire department was about to issue a fine to my employer since they failed to “mount” the fire extinguisher. Surely I could find something. AHA! Toilet seat covers and toilet paper! Minutes later Aaliyah was sporting a new skirt and belt!

Not my greatest accomplishment mind you, but I was certainly proud of my handy work!
I wholeheartedly appreciate my cloth diaper accessories, such as the indispensable wet bag - how did I ever live without having one of these always on hand?
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Quick Wit and Wet Bags: Mama's Best Friends!

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Our Mission - Mother-ease is a socially responsible, green powered Canadian manufacturer committed to exceeding customer expectations with original designs, including natural and organic cloth diapers, while leaving a minimal carbon footprint.

Green Power – the Mother-ease factory is powered solely by renewable resources. 80% hydro-electric and 20% wind power.

Erika Froese, designer and mother of 5, together with her partner/husband Rick have been manufacturing their own line of soft, convenient, leak free cloth diaper systems since 1990. We are leaders in the industry with established distribution networks in many countries. Our design features are evident in many of the diapers found today, however only Mother-ease offers the experience and reliability customers have come to depend on.

Our diapering systems consist of three components: a fitted cloth diaper available in one or two sizes, an absorbent liner for additional protection at night or whenever needed, and a breathable waterproof cover worn over the diaper. These products can be purchased individually or in packages that help simplify your purchasing decision.

Our diapers are available in a number of fabric choices. The original, very durable, stretchy cotton terry with the choice of unbleached, white and 7 vibrant colors. organic cotton and silky, soft bamboo. We offer a custom stay dry barrier fabric superior to anything available on the market and the only leak proof diaper cover fabric used to make our breathable diaper covers available in a variety of colors and our fun eco theme prints.

We offer a full line of accessories to help simplify cloth diapering.

Why choose Mother-ease? Simple - no leaking! Parents will not experience discouraging leaks common to most of the other diapering products available.

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Product Focus: Mother-ease

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I would have to say the most intimidating aspect of cloth diapering for me was the laundry routine. I assumed if I thoroughly researched, read the reviews and listened to the expert advice I would find one simple, straightforward routine that would suit my needs perfectly. Yeah, okay, didn’t quite happen that way. Have you seen the information out there? It’s overwhelming, painfully detailed and sometimes contradictory.

I prefer simplicity so I took the most basic instructions I could find and started from there. The first couple of weeks were deceptively easy. I didn’t have any stink issues and my diapers were beautifully clean and fluffy. After a while, however, I started to get deep in the trenches of cloth diaper laundry. The inserts lost their fluffy whiteness and the pocket diapers got some build-up. My daughter was also growing and changing. Her diet evolved and her (eh-hem) output increased, especially overnight. My easy, perfect laundry system took some hits during this time and I had to do some trial and error to come up with my solutions.

I have also tried three different detergents at this point and feel confident, no, EXTREMELY confident that I have THE ONE! The first brand I used to wash my diapers was Charlie’s Soap. In the beginning I was very happy with the results, but after a while I noticed that my diapers were retaining some smell, even after many rinses. I then tried Planet liquid because it was available locally. It seemed to clean the diapers well, but I started to experience some build-up. I’m not sure if it was the Planet or something else, but I decided to switch. I will say, however, that I really like using Planet for the rest of the family’s laundry. After hearing great things about Rockin’ Green I gave it a try and I have been so happy with the results. My diapers come out smelling like…well…nothing! Fresh, clean nothingness.

Keeping it as simple as possible, the following is the cloth diaper laundry routine I use with my front loader:
  1. Cold Water Rinse (no detergent)-I use the “Rinse and Spin” cycle which will only allow a cold water rinse. If I haven’t rinsed all of my diapers after each diaper change I will do a “Quickwash” cycle as my rinse, which is 15 minutes longer and uses a bit more water.
  2. Hot Water Wash-I use the hottest setting with 2 Tablespoons of Rockin’ Green
  3. Rinse- Again I will do the “Rinse and Spin” cycle, but if I feel it was a particularly smelly or dirty load I will use the “Quickwash” cycle because it runs a little longer and I have the option of using warm or hot water.
  4. Dry-I will dry everything outside on my clothesline or in my dryer on a timed cycle (medium heat) for about 60-80 minutes. Depending on the load size and contents there are times when my bumGenius Organic all-in-ones won’t be completely dry after this cycle so I just take them out and hang them over my dryer to air dry the rest of the way.
Tips and Tricks I have learned along the way:
  • Because my front loader adjusts the water level according to weight I will either throw a wet towel in with my diapers or I will rinse the inserts without ringing them out prior to washing to increase the weight.
  • I use the low spin option during my initial cold water rinse for the same reason as above. By not spinning all of the moisture out of the diapers it makes my washing load a little heavier and the machine adds a bit more water.
  • I almost always rinse my inserts after diaper changes. It’s not necessary, but it definitely helps prevent any strong odors on the diapers and in the diaper pail.
  • I have 2 open plastic bins, one for my bathroom and one for my daughter’s room, to store dirty diapers. I find that keeping the diapers open to the air actually cuts down on smell (trust me, my mother would tell me if the diapers were starting to smell). I also like that I can quickly wipe the bins out after I toss everything in the wash and use them to cart my diapers out to the clothesline or to another room so I can stuff them.
--By Jennifer G.

Note: Kelly’s Closet recommends, for best results, to wash your diapers every other day. Wash the diapers on a short cycle cold wash with detergent, followed by a long cycle hot wash with detergent, and 1 additional rinse. Having troubles with funky smelling diapers? Check out our previous blog posts on stinky diapers!
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Can Cloth Diaper Laundry Be Simple?

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