Spray Collar Review and Giveaway!

There's a new cloth diaper accessory and it's awesome! Diaper Dawgs released their first product last year, also called "Diaper Dawgs", to add in spraying out diapers. This product was perfect for parents or caregivers that were squeamish about touching dirty diapers. Not only is the product incredibly easy to use, but it was so stinkin' adorable!

But Diaper Dawgs didn't stop there. This year they announced the Spray Collar! This handy tool attaches to your diaper spray and shields the water from spraying all over you and your bathroom! It guides any back spray from making a mess! The best part about this sprayer is it's small and compact and never needs to be taken off your diaper sprayer to be stored!

I did have a hard time installing the sprayer at first. It didn't come with instructions and I was worried at first that it wasn't going to fit on the nozzle of my Knickernappies sprayer. I walked away for a bit, found an installation video and tried ago. Voila! It worked! The spray collar has stayed put ever since and hasn't had any problems staying attached.

The Spray Collar will fit most diaper sprayers (the nozzle should be 1" to 1.25" in diameter), but you may have to get creative with the mounting. My sprayer does not mount properly with the Spray Collar attached. I have to turn the nozzle facing outward in order to store my sprayer. This isn't the most secure way and it is easily knocked off the hook. Diaper Dawgs does sell a mount separately that will solve this problem. I've also tried hooking it onto a 3M hook which also works well!

The Spray Collar retails for $14.95 and a mount (if desired) is $4.95. You can purchase a Spray Collar at your favorite retailer!

This review was sponsored by Green Team Distribution and they'd like to give you the chance to win a Spray Collar of your own! Open to residents of the US, 18 years or older!

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#DiaperNeed Week - I accept the challenge!

Last week, Calley of The Eco Chic challenged me to take part in Diaper Need week. I couldn't be happier to accept the challenge!

What is Diaper Need Week?
Families all over the country struggle to provide diapers for their babies. Cloth Diaper banks are raising awareness and calling on you to help! By donating diapers in new or good used condition, you are helping a family in need. I can't imagine what that must feel like as a mother to not be able to provide the essentials for my child, so I'm here to help! For more information, check out Giving Diapers Giving Hope!

Today, I sent off a package of cloth diapers to Giving Diapers, Giving Hope! Some of these were pulled from our stash, but others were new diapers too! I hope some mama out there is just as excited as we are get we receive fluffy mail!
 Want to participate? I challenge YOU to donate a diaper (or more) to Giving Diapers, Giving Hope! You may even win a prize! Giving Diapers, Giving Hope will be awarding random prizes (can you say Spence and Marie?!) Here's how to particpate:

  • Send a package to Giving Diapers, Giving Hope
  • Post a photo of you and your package on Instagram
  • Use the hashtags #diaperneed and #givinghope in your post
  • Help a family in need and win prizes!

For more details, check out this post from Giving Diapers, Giving Hope.


Sparkbox Toys Review #playlearnreturn

Monthly subscription boxes are popping up everywhere. There are boxes for everyone in your family, including your dog! The problem with all of these boxes is that every month you are adding more and more stuff to your home. Lately, I've been feeling the need to declutter our house, not add more to it! But as a mom, that doesn't stop me from indulging my son in new toys to play with every once in a while. The problem is that I have to get rid of the old stuff to make room for the new. Who has time for that? That's why I love Sparkbox Toys!

Sparkbox Toys is a subscription that doesn't create clutter! You sign up for a monthly or bimonthly box to arrive at your doorstep full of quality, educational toys. You're child plays with the toys until it's time to send them back and then a new box arrives in place of the old. It's super easy and incredibly convenient! The box that the toys arrive in is the same box you'll use to send back the toys and it comes with a prepaid label to ship it back. You don't even have to go to the post office! You can schedule a UPS pick up online and they'll come to your home. This service is perfect for busy moms that don't want to clutter up the house with more and more stuff!

Each toy comes a mesh bag to contain the pieces so they don't get lost! And if your child falls absolutely in love with a toy and you don't want to send it back, you can do that too! Sparkbox will allow you to keep the toy and charge you 20% less than the advertised Amazon price!

Sparkbox sent us a box for my three year old to enjoy and check out. Sparkbox hand selected the toys in our box based on my child's age and gender.

What's in the box?
Melissa and Doug Magnetic Car Loader
Animal Jigsaw Puzzle 
Learning Resources My Very Own Tool Set
Melissa and Doug Band in a Box

I loved our box and so did my son! We didn't already own any of the exact items sent, but if we did, subscribers have the option to swap out the hand selected items on the website before their box is sent. These toys had been played with before, but they were properly sanitized before shipping and arrived packaged together. My son quickly fell in love with the car carrier. It was his favorite of the whole box!

There were a few other useful items in our package:
FREE Laurie Berkner CD and download
Mesh Bags for storage
Return Shipping Label

We are huge Laurie Berkner fans! So the CD was an amazing bonus and there was a code to download a whole other Laurie Berkner album! So awesome! The mesh bags kept my OCD happy while this box was in our house. I like to have toys contained and didn't want to lose anything that wasn't ours to keep permanently. Sparkbox has a process if you do lose something, so don't worry! And when it was time to say goodbye to our beloved "new" toys, I packaged them all back up in the same box, affixed the shipping label and sent them all back!

This is truly a great service for parents! The box we received included about $60 worth of toys and the box cost is much less monthly! It's such a good deal! You can find out more info about Sparkbox Toys on their website and even preview all of the available toys. You're one click away from giving your child the opportunity to play, learn, return!

All opinions in this post are my own. I received a toy from our box in exchange for this review. 


How PCOS changed my life.

September is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Awareness Month. Visit the PCOS Foundation for more information on PCOS and RESOLVE for more support for infertility.

I have PCOS. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. It's not something I keep to myself. In fact, I've shared quite a bit of my story on the internet. The more I write about my struggles, the more people that come forward sharing their stories with me as well. I hope that by pouring my heart out onto this screen, someone else can heal. If not, it is incredibly therapeutic for me to blurt out my thoughts.

I was diagnosed with PCOS in my early twenties. I was young, single, still in college and had no clue where my life was going. I had big plans and dreams for myself. I desperately wanted to be married and to start a family. I had friends and I kept myself busy with college and work. Life was good for the most part, but I was constantly day dreaming (and worrying) about my future. I'm a bit of a control freak. I like to know what's going to happen. I always said that if God would just give me a glimpse into my future I would wait patiently. The not knowing was killing me.

At 21, my very regular periods stopped. I had come off of birth control and my body revolted. After a year of nothing and a gynecologist that didn't seem concerned, I sought out a second opinion. No matter what my first doctor said, it didn't seem normal to me that a healthy 21 year old girl would stop having periods. My new doctor ran lots of tests. There were ultrasounds and blood draws. He concluded that I had PCOS. I was prescribed many medications to get my hormone levels under control. I was put back onto birth control with the hope that it would regulate my body. While my hormone levels became more stable, my periods never returned.

A couple years later, I was fresh out of college and landed my first teaching job in a new city. Three weeks into the school year I met a man and fell quickly in love. Within 5 months we were engaged. At my routine physical, my doctor urged me not to wait to have children. At 24, my body was already so uncooperative that time wasn't on my side. Who would have thought that at 24 I'd have to rush to have babies?

But honestly, that was okay with me. I wanted babies. I wanted lots of them! Three or four was my number. Not one and not two. Those were unacceptable numbers. And five? Well that was just too many. My plan was to have them all by the time I turned 30. Four kids by 30. Totally possible when you're newly married and just 25 years old. But with a new marriage and a new city, I had to find a new doctor. My new OBGYN looked at me like I was crazy when I showed concern. After all, I was only 25. I had plenty of time. So she thought.

After a year and a half of nothing working on our own my doctor prescribed Clomid. Let me just stop right here and tell you how much I hate Clomid. When I hear that name I shudder. Clomid was not good for me. I was already such an emotional mess and Clomid just made things worse. My emotions were out of control. Sobbing for hours, anger and rage at the drop of a hat, short tempered with everyone. My husband couldn't do anything right. Poor guy. Honestly after 3 cycles of Clomid, it's a miracle I'm still married and have friends.

The first two cycles of Clomid weren't promising. My body wasn't responding. I wasn't ovulating. A third cycle was prescribed with a plan to be referred to a specialist if that cycle failed. Lo and behold I got my miracle. I ovulated on that last round. Not only did I ovulate, but I got pregnant. I was a few weeks away from my 27th birthday with the best news of my life!

I began to realize that 4 kids by 30 probably wasn't going to happen, but that's okay. I could squeeze in a second child by 30 and have babies 3 and 4 by the time I hit 35 and became even more high risk. I weaned my son at 1 to remove any obstacles that could prevent my body from functioning properly. I knew of people that struggled with PCOS before kids, but their first baby seemed to work out all the kinks in their body. I was really hopeful. I even had a random period after I weaned my son. But his second birthday rolled around with no good news.

A year spent doing infertility treatments again and nothing. This time we moved beyond Clomid into injectibles. Thousands of dollars and a sea full of tears with no good news. I'll be 31 this year and I'm the mother to an only child. He's three years old and honestly I can't imagine anything greater than the life I have. My husband still adores me after 6 years. My son is far greater than anything I could have dreamed up. I'm blessed beyond measure. I no longer dream of a family with 3 or 4 children. I'm content with my one. Maybe a 2nd is in our future and maybe not. Only God knows the answer to that.

We have closed the door on more fertility treatments. I have ridden the infertility roller coaster and I'm not strong enough to turn back. Adoption is still an option, but at this time, not something we feel called to do. I don't know where the rest of my life is going. I don't know what 35 or even 32 is going to look like and for the first time in my life, that's okay. I have learned to let go. And more importantly, I've learned that God knows me better than I know myself. He has created this life and it is a million times better than the life I would have picked.
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