Kissaluvs Kissa – Newborn AIO diapers (Giveaway- THREE Winners!)

 Kissaluvs has a new member of its diaper family- the Kissa Newborn AIO diaper.  This diaper makes me want another baby.  Badly.  Sadly, Mr. Bargains doesn’t seem to think that’s a valid reason to have another baby….who knew?  But oh, the teeny tiny diaper with its teeny tiny leg openings and teeny tiny waist- ah, adorable.  Sweet. Snuggly. Lucky for my reviewer Jenni, who’s the recipient of this diaper.  (In all seriousness, we’re not going to have another baby, no matter how loudly my ovaries scream at the mere idea of just one more baby…we can’t do it for multiple reasons).

The Kissa newborn AIO is a super easy one-step system with a custom milled moisture wicking fleece inner and custom PUL outer, this diaper ensures leaks stay in and moms can focus on spending time with their precious moons instead of worrying about blowouts and rashes! The umbilical snap down feature provides cord protection during initial weeks and the cleverly placed snaps allow it to fit from 5-15lbs.

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Kissaluvs Antibacterial Wetbag (Giveaway- THREE winners!!)

Kissaluvs has some fun new products coming out and I”m one of the first to try them.  The first thing we’ll be sharing with you is the new antibacterial wetbags.   Regardless of if you use cloth diapers or not, wetbags are something I can’t imagine living without.  Anything damp, wet or just moist can go into a wetbag- not just diapers.  They just happen to be marvelous FOR diapers.  (I myself have used wetbags for bathing suits, soiled clothing, toiletries, and a makeup bag in addition to diapers!!)

The Kissaluvs wetbags come in 3 prints- bold, bright and fun.  They sent me Spring Circles and I love the look!! These are definitely smaller than most wetbags I’ve had- or have- but I’m ok wtih that- my littlest one is 21 months old and we’re not needing as many diapers on outings, and she’s begun to use the potty anyway so its likely we’ll be bringing trainers and/or underwear for her sooner than later, which take up  less space than diapers.  These are a compact 10×13 size bag with a zipper closure (which is key, in my experience, with any wetbag!!).

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Kids Frugal Fun- Bird Feeders


Thanks to Momondealz for bringing this post to us!
Each week I bring you a fun, educational, and frugal craft that you can complete with your child. Since warmer weather is finally here and bird families are everywhere, I thought this would perfect. Will loves seeing birds at our hummingbird feeder and now hopefully we can attract more varities!
Materials:
Large piece of Cardboard
Peanut Butter
Bird Seed or Sunflower Seeds
String
Scissors
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Frugal Gardening

Thanks, Just Trying to Save Money for this great post!!! 

If you are looking for a way to save some money with out having the care of your own garden, you can always visit your local Farm. Visit PickYourOwn and search for a local farm in your area where you can tour their farm, pick your own flowers, veggies or fruit all for a very reasonable price! We live near Cincinnati and I found 3 that are within driving distance for us to visit and pick our own!

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Safe and effective ways to clean your home on a budget

I discovered a few years ago that I can clean my house – almost top to bottom – with 2 very simple and very inexpensive ingredients. They are not hard to find and you can buy them in large or small quantities.  They are also non toxic and child and pet safe so there’s no need to worry about ventilating for fumes, or rinsing once you are done cleaning.

The two ingredients that you want to get to know the benefits of? Baking soda & vinegar. There are other things you can add in, like essential oils, to enhance the cleaning or disinfecting power, or make the cleaners smell good, but you don’t really need them.  When I mention vinegar in recipes below, I am referring to distilled white vinegar (think of what you dye Easter eggs with!)

What can baking soda do? This is almost more a question of what can’t baking soda do! Sign up for Arm & Hammer coupons to make your cleaning supplies even more affordable!!  I buy 2 large bags of it 1-2 times per year at BJ’s using a coupon and literally pay just a few dollars to clean almost my entire house.  I think a 5 lb bag was $5.99 last time we bought this, less the coupon !!

What does vinegar do? It kills mold, bacteria and germs, because of its acidic properties.  Its safe for kids and pets! (Get money saving coupons for Heinz vinegar on their site!)  Buying vinegar in gallon sized containers (or larger from a warehouse club for about $6) is only a few dollars and will make most of your cleaning recipes dozens of times over!

Soft Scrub: Make a paste with baking soda & water. Put a bit of baking soda into your hand or a dish, add water to make a paste, and voila. Works the same as softscrub, it isn’t abrasive, and will clean just the same.

Coffee maker: Run 1cup of vinegar through your coffee maker to clean the machine. Run plain water through (a full pot worth) twice to rinse afterwards. Use what goes into the pot while hot to kill weeds in your driveway or front walk

Carpet freshener: sprinkle baking soda on your rug or carpet and let sit for 20-30 minutes. Vaccuum.

Toilet Bowl: Pour 3 cups vinegar into toilet. Let sit at least 30 minutes (I usually do this right before I head to bed so it can sit overnight) — this doesn’t replace scrubbing the toilet but it keeps it disinfected!

Wallpaper Removal : Mix equal parts vinegar with hot water. Use as you would any remover.

Clean your microwave (this is one of my favorites!!) Mix 1 cup vinegar with 1 cup water.  Put in microwave safe bowl and cook in microwave for 5 minutes.  Let this sit after the time ends for 5-10 minutes, open the door and wipe clean. 
       You can also clean your microwave with 1/2 c baking soda and 2 c water, again in a microwave safe bowl- repeat as with vinegar. So easy, no scrubbing, and totally food safe- no risk of chemicals in your food!

Fabric Softener: 1/2 c distilled white vinegar in the wash eliminates lint and static without chemicals.  Also refreshes fabrics like towels that may have a musty smell. 

Floors: 1/2 cup vinegar to 1 gallon water to clean hardwood floors (works beautifully and the kids can help!)

I love fresh scents in my house- so I usually add some drops of essential oils (including strawberry or green apple which technically aren’t true essential oils but I love the smell so I add drops of them to cleaners quite often.  I just ordered some of each of these 2 scents from an Etsy seller this morning- about $4.99 for a 5ml bottle of each scent.  You can find essential oils in a range of prices at health food stores and online- many have naturally disinfecting properties (like Tea Tree Oil which is included in almost every single cleaning recipe I make but not necessary)

Other great items to keep in the house for cleaning: Castille soap and Borax (The 20 mule team borax, like mom used to buy…)

                                                                                                

I’m not going to share all of my cleaning recipes- they are quite easy to find with a quick search online, and there are countless books you can find on homemade cleaners.  I just wanted to share some of my favorites and illustrate just a little bit how inexpensive and effective homemade cleaners can be!! 

Frugal Gardening

Thanks to Just Trying to Save Money for this great frugal gardening post!

 Just Trying to Save Money’s mom’s birthday was yesterday (Happy Birthday again to her Mom) and she always have her girls make something for her. She never wants anything so  if her grand kids make it then it will mean more and she will keep it forever!!! So this year they made her a few herb cans!! They are very easy to make and of course very inexpensive!!

Little Tikes partners with Sea Turtle Conservancy

As if I didn’t already love the Little Tikes Sea Turtle, they are partnered with the Sea Turtle Conservancy!  Love it!! 

To celebrate the 33rd Anniversary of Little Tikes’ beloved Sea Turtle Sandbox, Little Tikes is partnering with the Sea Turtle Conservancy, the world’s oldest sea turtle research and conservation group. Together they will raise awareness about worldwide threats to sea turtles and encourage positive stewardship of ocean and coastal habitats.

The Sea Turtle Conservancy was founded fifty years ago to save sea turtles from imminent extinction through rigorous science-based conservation. The organization carries out worldwide programs to conserve and recover sea turtle populations through research, education, advocacy and protection of the natural habitats upon which they depend.

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Kid Friendly Gardening

Spring is almost here! So, I thought it would be a great time to start planting a garden! Unfortunately it’s not always easy to get the kids involved on such a large project. So, I’ve got the perfect solution for both!
If you’re like me, you love to use Organic products without paying the steep price. My kids absolutely love yogurt and we can usually get it for Free at the grocery store after using coupons! So we have a ton of these little yogurt cups. I was trying to think of what I could use them for instead of throwing them away. Then the other day we got the Danonino Yogurt that had the awesome idea of planting seeds in them! They even come with a little pack of seeds! Even if you don’t have this specific yogurt you can still to this project!

Supplies:
– Clean, empty yogurt cups
– Potting soil
– Seeds ( I would recommend herbs or something that will grow well inside)
– Water
– Kids that don’t mind getting their hands a little dirty!

Directions:
– Fill the container ¾ of the way full with soil
– Place the seed on top and then smooth over with more soil just until you can’t see the seed
– Pour a little water in
– Wait for it to grow!

This is super cheap and easy! Kids love being able to get involved and get their hands a little dirty. Plus, they actually get to watch it grow. Then when it’s ready you get to have fresh organic herbs to use in your favorite dishes! My kids are so excited about theirs!

Thanks, Triad Super Savers!

Xtrema 10.5″ Braiser/Skillet Ceramic Cookware

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I have been making lots of changes in our kitchen in the past few years- we went to stainless for most of our pots and pans…I use a cast iron skillet for a lot of our cooking (easy way to get extra iron in)…and I was really intrigued by the ceramic cookware I  have been hearing so much about lately. 


Xtrema sent us a 10″ Braiser/Skillet with lid to try out.  I have to tell you that I LOVE this so so much.  Its non-scratch ceramic cookware, so care of it is super easy – but its also great for cooking and baking- I can brown meat in it, I can bake things, braise them, put them in the fridge, the stovetop, the microwave, the oven…even the GRILL (which I haven’t tried yet but we do plan to). 


My family’s favorite meal is stuffed peppers.  They get so excited when I make them.  Normally I have to bake the peppers about 10 minutes in a pan of shallow water before stuffing and baking them- with the Xtrema, I didn’t do that step- and totally don’t need to again.  I’ve done a meatloaf in this, and a few casseroles- all came out really well. 


Because of the thermoplastic nonstick coating and ceramic material, there isn’t any leeching of chemicals of any sort into our food.  THAT makes me feel good.  I love the versatility too- with a small kitchen and little storage, space is a premium in this house.  Having pieces like this which are versatile are so key for us!  With my cooking “skills” I definitely need nonstick cookware.  My cooking is always a hit or a miss.  There is no in between with me.

-Xtremely Easy to Clean: Non-stick, PFOA Free, non-toxic, thermoplastic cooking surface makes clean-up extremely fast.

-Xtremely Attractive: High-gloss black ceramic finish looks fantastic.

-Xtremely Versatile: Oven, stovetop, freezer, barbeque grill, microwave oven, dishwasher and dining room table.

-Xtremely Healthy Cooking: No trace metals leaching from the cooking surface.

-Xtremely Practical: Retains heat longer so foods stay hotter longer.

-Xtremely Tasty: Ceramic far infrared cooking enhances the food flavor and the entire cooking experience.

-Xtremely Durable: Outside surface can not be scratched during cleaning.

I am smitten with this cookware.  I want more!!  I’m actually really excited about using it, like a kid with a new toy.  Knowing that its safe and made with green practices makes it even better!!


You can buy Xtrema products on their site or find a retailer near you.


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