A LUXurious diaper: Introducing Funky Fluff LUX {Giveaway}

I'm a sucker for something gorgeous and luxurious when it comes to cloth diapers. Funky Fluff has done both of those things with the new LUX line! This new diaper is an update from the old OS diapering system. The new LUX shell is one-size (OS) and comes with either a bamboo lining or stay dry. The shell can be used as either pocket, an all-in-two (AI2), or an all-in-one (AIO). There is a pocket opening at both the front and the back of the diaper for easing stuffing and insert removal. When choosing to use the diaper as an AIO or an AI2, there's a snap at the top of the back of the diaper. Just snap the insert in and fasten onto your baby!

The shell fits from approximately 7-35 lbs. and has 4 sizing options with the rise snaps. The crossover snaps on the tabs create a great fit for even the tiniest of waists! The hip snaps prevent wing drop which is a must have for me when choosing a diaper! I do find this diaper a little hard to stuff in the middle, where the natural curve of the design is, but thanks to the front and back opening, I was able to pull the insert through and smooth it out without any issues.

The LUX diaper comes with two new LUX bamboo soakers, a large and a small. When used individually, this diaper is incredibly trim. The inserts can snap together to boost the absorbency for naps or a heavy wetter.

With the new diapers, Funky Fluff also released two new prints! Chantilly and Maritime are gorgeous and a perfect edition to the line-up! The LUX diaper retails for $24.45 for the bamboo lining and $23.45 for the stay dry lining, pricing includes two bamboo inserts.

Funky Fluff also has new DeLUX Bamboo/Hemp soakers. These new inserts are trim and sewn in a way to make drying quicker. They are sold as a set, one large and one small soaker and retail for $15.95.

Now for the fun part! Enter to win an amazing prize pack from Funky Fluff valued at $104!


Cloth diapers and free food! Cow Appreciation Day is coming!

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Chick-fil-a's Cow Appreciation Day is coming on July 14th! If you've never been it's a ton of fun! Basically, you dress like a cow and get free food! I have friends that have gone for all 3 meals! We usually go for lunch because my husband is too embarrassed to dress like a cow. So I dress up and bring my little one along with me! Both of us get free lunch! Here we are the first year we went!

This will be our fourth year! Since my son is potty trained, we can't do anything with cloth diapers, but hopefully next year I'll have another little one in cloth! Last year, I made t-shirts for us to wear using a fabric marker and we'll be reusing those again this year.

It's not too late to get your little one ready for Cow Appreciation Day! There are a few brands that make cow print diapers!

                                               Wolbybug Diaper Cover, $10.99
                                               Best Bottom Diaper Cover, $16.95
Of course, you could also always use a white diaper and tape a few black spots on it! Or a white black diaper would work too! Many brands have them! You can find quite a few of them in this old post or by searching for your favorite brand!

Will you and your calf be attending Cow Appreciation Day?


How to sell your cloth diapers

The sad day has come when it's time to say goodbye to your beloved cloth diapers! Or maybe you are ready to celebrate, glad to be done with the days of diaper laundry and spraying out diapers. If you're ready to part with your stash, you can earn back a good bit of the money you spent by selling your diapers!

How to sell! 
Thanks to Facebook Groups, there are lots and lots of places to sell your diapers. These are typically referred to as B/S/T (buy, sell, trade) groups. Many of them are brand specific groups, but there are some broader groups available as well. Other options include selling locally on sites like Craigslist, holding an auciton on ebay, or websites like Cloth Diaper Trader. Don't be afraid to list your diapers on multiple sites.

Before selling your diapers, you'll want to use the following guidelines:

  • Start with clean diapers! If your diapers have any stink issues, you'll either want to treat the issue or be prepared to disclose the problem in your listing. 
  • Check for stains! To get the most for your money, having stain free diapers is best. Sunning your diapers is an excellent way to fade stains. Many buyers will still buy diapers with stains. Just be sure to take pictures of all the stains and detail them in your listing.
  • Inspect your elastics. If your elastics are relaxed, you can either replace them or sell them as is.
  • Look for any other problems. Does your organic cotton have holes? Is the PUL still intact in all places? Is the stitching fraying? Is the aplix/velcro/hook and loop curling or no longer sticky?

How to sell your diapers:

1. Take lots of pictures! Most buyers will want pictures of the diapers from the front, but also from the inside and pictures detailing any problems.

2. Decide on a condition. Please remember that the condition is subjective and can vary from person to person. You can use terms the following terms:

  • New - new diapers with tags/packaging that have never been used or washed. 
  • NWOT - New diapers that do have tags or packaging. These diapers have never been used or washed. 
  • Prepped only - New diapers that have been prepped, but never worn.
  • EUC - Excellent Used Condition. Diapers that have been used, but look brand new. These diapers have no stains or stink, elastic that isn't stretched, and PUL with no problems. 
  • GUC - Good Used Condition. Diapers that have been used, but there aren't any major issues. There may be some light staining or slightly relaxed elastics, but overall still have a ton of life in them and are in good condition. 
  • Play - Play condition diapers are very well loved! They usually have stretched elastics, holes in the cotton or are just very worn. 

3. Decide on a price! This may be the hardest part of all! The best way to find out the going rate for your brand of diapers is to look around other sites and see what the diapers are going for. Any issues with the diapers and the condition can cause the price to be lower. Remember that you can always lower your price if they aren't moving fast enough for you.

A note about shipping: If you aren't selling your diapers locally, it is typical to add the cost of shipping into your asking price. This is noted by using the abbreviation PPD. Be sure to note if your are only willing to ship to the country you live it. It can be expensive to ship to other countries. In the US, it will cost about $2-3 to ship one diaper, so adjust your price accordingly.

4. Make your post! On the BST (buy/sell/trade) site you have choosen, list what you are selling! Be sure to include the following details:

  • Brand and style
  • Colors and prints
  • Price per diaper or lot
  • Details on condition
  • Lots of pictures (or be ready with more detailed pictures available upon request)
Examples of posts to help you:

If selling your daipers sounds like too much of a hassle or you want just to bless another family, there are a ton of great cloth diaper organizations available that provide cloth diapers to families in need. You can do a web search to see if you have any local resources, but if you are looking for a reputable national organization try Giving Diapers, Giving Hope or Share the Love


The sting of a pregnancy announcement

Just a disclaimer before I pour my heart into this blog post. I know I will get some negative comments. Someone is going to tell me to get over myself, that I need to move on or just be happy for other people. Many people will never understand the feelings I have and that's okay! Honestly, it's fine. If you are lucky enough to never have to experience the pain and longing caused by infertility, I truly am happy for you. For those of us that have suffered, it is a very hard road. This blog is my site and my place to write my feelings. My therapy. By writing these words and being able to "say them out loud", I am able to grow, to process my feelings and to move forward. Thank you for reading and thank you for your kindness!

I put up walls. Mentally, not outwardly. Facebook is full of friends, acquaintances, old classmates, and relatives. Most of my news feed is clogged with group posts from the tons and tons of cloth diaper groups I belong to. I rarely see business or blog pages and even friend posts are hidden among the cloth diaper chatter. None of this is by choice and honestly, I long for the old days of Facebook when you just completed sentences about yourself ("Jenny is .....") and sent badges to your friends to pin on their walls. Things were simple back then. Now Facebook is full of thoughts, information, drama, and whatever else people want to share. But really this post isn't a rant about Facebook. Facebook is a part of my job and as much as I dislike it some days, I love it others.

The problem is not being able to filter out things on Facebook. It happens almost every day. I log in to Facebook and put my guard up. I just know that at any moment a pregnancy announcement is going to pop into my feed. The truth is, I start putting these mental walls up around the time babies turn a year old. That's around the time that I expect a lot of my friends will start trying for more children. Some pregnancies happen way before then and many don't happen for months and months later, but I know it's coming. So I try my best to guard my heart and prepare for the ultrasound picture, the big brother or sister announcement, whatever adorable thing they've concocted to announce that another baby is on the way. And every time I see one, I catch my breath. The sadness sets in and the infertility once again begins to consume me.

It's not just on Facebook. I do at gatherings too. Whenever I find myself in a room full of young moms I worry that I will be hit with the news of a new baby on the way. It happened a few weeks ago. I met a group of moms for coffee. I honestly was worried one mom was going to have news and tried to prepare myself mentally. Instead, another mom showed up with her very new newborn. It hurts and it's hard, but it's life.

I am suffering from infertility. My husband and I don't get to have another baby. My son doesn't get to be a big brother. But not these other families. My infertility doesn't (and shouldn't) stop the rest of the world from growing their families and excitedly announcing it. The truth is, these moms, dads, siblings, families should be excited! They should share their news with everyone and on Facebook in the most adorable way that they choose. Babies are blessings and should be celebrated.

But for me, I need time. Time for the news to sink in. Time for the pain from the reminder that once again we aren't pregnant and my body is failing us. At home my mood may fall. I may cry. I may pour my heart out to my husband or on this blog. I get over it. I move on. I'll come to your baby shower if you invite me and tell you all about cloth diapers if you are interested. It's all part of the healing process.

It may not sound like it, but I've come a long way in three years. The infertility doesn't consume me like it once did. I've found a lot of peace. Most days are good days, but the bad days still come. The pregnancy announcements still sting. The newborns still make me long for my own.
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