Sunday, November 22, 2009

Spotlight WAHM: Meg from Cow Patties Diapers

So I've decided to do a little something special on Rambles & Shambles. Every month I'm going to feature a WAHM and her products. I know a lot of wonderful and talented Moms out there who make some amazing products that are as good, if not better, then the mass produced diapers of today.

This month (I know, it's a short notice kinda post) I'm featuring a wonderful mama named Megan. Megan is the mastermind behind Cow Patties Cloth Diapers. She has 3 children and came up with the idea to make her own diapers 2.5 years ago while on the hunt for cloth diapers for her oldest. Seeing that there wasn't much of a selection of cute, absorbent cloth diapers for people on a tight budget. Megan makes all in ones, pockets, covers, and many more cute, stylish and affordable diapers. I'm going to review her Famous Pocket Fitted.

From Cloth diapering

This diaper is made of two full body layers of bamboo fleece, then a cotton knit full body layer. The insert is a long bamboo fleece 2 layer insert that no matter how it's folded it makes 8 layers:
From Cloth diapering

I LOVE the way the insert is made because it allows me to fold it thicker in the front for my heavy wetting, tummy sleeping little girl.

The thing that sets these fitteds apart for the rest is the fact it's a pocket too! The insert goes in the front of the diaper rather then the back:
From Cloth diapering

I love how buttery soft the bamboo fleece washes up, and the fact that these are sized diapers gives me a optimal fit on my long, lanky Izzy:
From Cloth diapering

The leg openings are snug, but not super tight and I've had NO gaps whatsoever:
From Cloth diapering

Izzy certainly approves of her new, soft, trim pocket fitted:
From Cloth diapering

Now for the demo deets...
Hold onto your seats people...
I love this diaper more than my BSRBS. Yup. You heard me.
Not only are they more affordable ($14.00 a piece), they are softer, stretchier, and more absorbent. When I get a new product to demo, I prep it and then put it on Izzy and see how long we go without a leak (barring she has no rash and no poopy). Izzy went 3.5 hours with no leaks, no dampness, before I decided I'd better changer her and check this diaper out. The insert had wicked ALL the moisture away from Izzy and yet the diaper itself was bone dry. The insert was damp, but not soaked. I was shocked! I've never had a fitted diaper go this long without a cover and no leaks!I could have gone much much longer too. Even my BSRB's get damp after 2 or 3 hours. Not so with Cow Patties Famous Pocket Fitted Diapers.
With all this in mind, I am currently in the process of buying more Cow Patties Famous Pocket Fitted Diapers to replace pretty much every other fitted I own... They are THAT good.
I highly recommend these diapers and I suggest you check out her website and order your famous pocket fitted today!

From Cloth diapering

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Teeth for Joey

A good friend of mine in the cloth diaper community has a young brother named Joey who could use our help.

Here is a word from his big sister Bonnie:
"Joey just turned 13 in May. He was hit while crossing the street on his dirt bike. The young girl that hit him was doing 45 miles an hour in a 30 mph zone, ran a stop sign and was driving on the wrong side of the road. Since Florida is a no fault state, and Joey was not 16, and obviously didn't have a driver's license, the girl that hit him is getting off scott-free. She's not recieving so much as a ticket for any of the moving violations.

From being hit, Joey is lucky to be alive. The only thing that saved his life is his helmet. The injuries from the accident are brutal. He has a broken arm, both legs are broken, his hips are broken in 8 different places, and most of his top teeth are missing on the left side of his mouth. My mom doesn't have dental insurance to cover the cost of him getting new teeth. Medicaid is paying his medical bills from the accident, and for one cleaning on the teeth he has left.

He loves being outside and he's so upset that he can't just get up and go outside and play. He's always been a pretty active kid.

The donation to the church that is doing the fundraiser will be matching dollar for dollar what comes to them to help fix Joey's teeth, and they'll be doing the fundraiser until all his teeth are fixed."

This is a recent photo of Joey:
From Stuff

It sucks that this kid has to suffer so much. What 13 year old doesn't like to chow down? Joey's missing half his teeth, which aside from being embarrassing, makes it difficult to eat like he used to, not to mention all his OTHER horrific injuries.

If you would like to make a donation, you can send it to:

Melbourne Community Church

4940 Stack Blvd
Melbourne, FL 32901

Lets help Joey get some new chompers!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Bid for the Berkys

My friends on made me aware of a charity auction to benefit the family of a fallen soldier.

Taken from the auction website:
"On September 12th, 2009, the world lost a hero.

Bryan Berky, a United States Air Force Staff Sergeant, was killed while serving his country in Afghanistan. He leaves behind his wife Erin and their son, Harrison, both of whom we want to help however we can. 100% of the proceeds from this fundraiser will go directly to Erin and Harrison to help them through this decidedly difficult time.

We appreciate everyone's support in this effort! "

Since Novemeber is National Military Family Appreciation Month, I'd like to feature this auction on my blog, if only by post. I encourage you all to visit Bid for the Berkys on November 11th, 2009 and make a bid or a monetary donation to help this family.

Even if you don't support the war, please support this family. Erin and Bryan have a very young son who will never know his father past infancy, and Erin has so much to deal with in the wake of her husband's passing... lets help bring a little compassion into her life and help this family out.

I'll be reviewing some WAHM products next week :) I am back from vacation finally :)