Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Just tonight I cashed in some Swag to buy myself a Thirsties Prefold to try out (I am on a MAD HUNT for the softest prefold).
I cash in 450 Swagbucks for a $5 Amazon gift card OR 700 Swagbucks for Paypal credit (hint: that means you can buy used diapers too!)
But I wanted to share a few tips I learned:
First of all, what is swagbucks? Basically it is a toolbar that you download and you do your internet searches through that. You get rewarded Swagbucks randomly for different searches that you do.
When they reward you
I have found that they normally reward you once in the morning and once in the evening. I usually don't win if I have done 20 searches in an hour. What I normally do is if I am on the phone with someone, I just keep searching for random stuff because I am fidgety.
It's a crappy search engine, only use it until you get a reward or you will give up on it fast
I don't always use it as my main search engine. It is fueled by advertisers, so I feel like the first five search results are kind of crappy. So once I get my reward for the morning/evening, I then just use google.
As far as the searching is concerned, I am not obsessed. If I am bored online, I do it. If I remember to search with it, I do. But I am not going crazy.
I subscribe to sc-s.com where they let you know when a new code is up. You can enter in this code and get a few extra bucks. I don't go crazy with this either. If I see there is a code, and I have a sec, I do it.
If I remember, I print my coupons from there. On the swabucks website you can print up the same Smartsource coupons that you would print up through the regular couponing website. But by going through here you get 10 or so swagbucks for each coupon. I don't do this much, I should do it more!
I asked my family members and friends to help me buy diapers for my babies by doing swagbucks. They all were really helpful in doing this. My eighty-one year old Grandma has racked up over 1,000 swagbucks! For referrals, for every swagbuck they earn, you get one too (until they reach 1,000). I don't have many referrals (under 10), but just today I logged on and found that I had earned 300 swagbucks just by doing nothing (It takes 450 swagbucks to get $5 in Amazon gift cards).
If you don't use swagbucks throughout the week, try to at least get online on a Friday. On those days they reward more.
How much do you get?
So how often do I cash in? About every other week I get a $5 swagcard. So let's say you just found out you were pregnant.....that means if you do this you could get $100 worth of diapers before the baby is even born!
Anyway, just wanted to share those tips with you. If you aren't a member, see if you have friends who are so you can use their referral link. Don't just go straight to swagbucks to join, help someone else out. If you can't find a friend or family member who is swaggin', feel free to use my referral link.
Current Swagbuck Users: Are there any tips you have for using swagbucks? What have you purchased?
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Monday, April 25, 2011
Therefore, THREE different people will be selected as winners for this giveaway.
Giveaway will end on 5/15/2011 at 11:59PM PST. Winner will be selected via Random.org and e-mailed. Winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be selected.
Please fill out the form below for your chance to win. Good luck!
Saturday, April 23, 2011
I feature advertisers who I believe in. I believe in their product or their customer service. So I want to give a little shout out to my sponsor: Stinkerpants Diapers and I want to tell you why I like this company so much.
Softbums. I didn't really know what I wanted, but I knew I needed help. Someone on DiaperSwappers suggested I contact the owner of Stinkerpants because she was able to create a whole customized package to meet the needs of that individual. Several other people agreed with that.
So I contacted her.
This may sound silly, but I was impressed with CaraLin immediately because she had such kindness in her emails. Statements such as "HUGS" dotted all correspondence between the two of us. She was able to advise me on a Softbums package that she felt would best meet my needs.
In addition to that, you will almost ALWAYS find her responding to any Softbums post you may put on Diaperswappers.com. Try it...right now. I double dog dare you. I dare you to post something on Softbums and within a few days I BET she will respond.
She is passionate about Softbums diapers. She loves them so much that she had asked the owner of Softbums to sell them. And, for the moment, that is the diaper she sells.
Anyway, thank you CaraLin. Thank you for your warmth. Thank you for your ability to troubleshoot. Thank you for your passion. Thank you for sponsoring this website. You rock!
If you are interested in becoming a sponsor as well, please let me know. Right now I am offering starving student rates for the month of May. If I don't know much about your company, I will do a little background research first. But, chances are, I probably already admire you from afar (I am a diaper forum/blog/webpage lurker). I intend to post news/deals your company has on my facebook page and would include a spotlight on here as well. If you know of someone who may want to sponsor, pass it on.
Friday, April 22, 2011
***I would love for you to become a Padded Tush Stats follower! Hear about any current giveaways, new reviews, and new survey postings by subscribing to Paddded Tush Stats via Google Friend connect (see box on the right), signing up for the mailing list (see box on the right), and/or following on facebook & Twitter.***
Padded Tush Stats recently released surveys for the GroVia One Size All in One Diaper. After numerous calls for survey respondents on social networking sites, blogs, and cloth diapering community forums, we received 143 responses and here are the results.
Before we look at the results of the survey, I wanted to provide some basic information on the diaper. You can also see this in the video found below. The GroVia One Size AIO is an all in one diaper. This means it is a diaper with a soaker that is sewn in. In the case of this diaper, there is an option for a snap in booster that rests underneath that sewn in soaker. The soaker is made of organic cotton, which survey respondents were very happy with. The exterior is made of waterproof TPU (this has a little bit softer and stretchier feel than PUL). Tabs are a stretchy fabric to make for a good fit. It is a side snapping diaper with a variety of adjustment options. It has a 2X3 snap rise setting so it could fit babies 10-35+ pounds.
So let’s look at what stats this diaper brought in. In the survey, questions are broken down by the kinds of diapering issues faced by the babies.
Main Findings: Respondents were nearly unanimous in the fact that this is a very trim-fitting diaper. Those with skinny babies seemed most impressed with this diaper. It does not seem to work well as an overnight diaper and many expressed concern over the fact that the diaper runs on the small size. Many were happy with the short drying time of this diaper, as well as the fact that the diaper makes it to where natural fibers are up against the babies’ skin.
*I feel obligated to include a few disclaimers here. First of all, I did an initial analysis of the results when I had 24 responses. The diaper received an average of about three stars overall. When I sent the review to GroVia, they gave the diaper a push on their Facebook page and as a results, over 100 more responses came in and a few of the categories increased significantly (however, I did notice that this did not have an impact on the main findings, except perhaps the diaper is closer to four stars). I also found that several respondents (about 10?) completed the survey out thinking it was the AI2. This was after hours of analysis, so I did not go back and delete those posts; however, I found that if I would have omitted them, it would not have had an impact on the statistics.
Pros of Diaper (asterisks *** indicate a higher frequency of these comments)
stretchy materials at waist
easy to put on wiggly baby
great to use for EC
company is great if you have problems
double row of snaps make for good fit
does not leave red marks
easy to put use*
easy to wash
leg elastics good fit
organic cotton soaker*
Cons of Diaper
doesn’t work well for boys
soaker tends to curl
flaps of soaker trap poo, makes it tough to spray off
takes a long time to dry
leaves red marks
outside got holes (but company did replace it)
liners shift in diaper
tough to put on wiggly baby*
not stay dry
lack of a variety of prints*
inner fabric wears very quickly
snap in soaker fell into toilet while spraying poop
sizing is on smaller side***
wouldn’t stand up to overnight use
elastic wore out quickly
not very good with runny poop
tough to get out stains*
not absorbent enough for night
leaked almost every time
Comments from Survey Respondents
*I would buy more if they didn't side snap. Or if aplix was also offered.
*I am really happy with this diaper, mostly because it is super absorbent for how incredibly trim it is--it really has the same profile as a disposable under clothing. I add a GroVia organic cotton booster for nighttime, and haven't had any leaks.
*I do usually use a piece of fleece for the stay dry feel. I would not use this diaper for nights because while it is super absorbent I would need to add a few boosters for nights and it is so trim I don't think it could hold them without gaping.
*For night time I used an extra GroVia doubler (usually sold with the hybrid package) & that did the trick
*A stay dry booster is awesome for naps and help make the diaper more absorbent without being bulky.
*I have to layer hemp or another cotton/obv insert to keep it from leaking for over night use.
*This is Daddy's favorite diaper in our house
*Would love a little more absorbency, maybe the snap-in booster to be more "heavy duty" so you wouldn't need and extra booster on top
*Because the tabs are stretchy you can adjust the snaps differently on the top row (waist) and the bottom row (thighs) to fit a big belly and skinny things, or slim belly and chunky thighs :)
*Add a GroVia soaker or two for nighttime use for super heavy wetters.
*I've used just the shell as a swim diaper with great success.
*Make sure tabs are under the insert...I've had leaking when they were on the inside.
*When you're using the smallest snap setting for the waist, make sure the flaps go behind the soaker (make sure the flaps aren't touching baby's skin, only the soaker.)
*I don't use these for night time because snaps are too difficult for nights. We have a velcro cover for that.
*I have folder over the snap-in insert in the front (so it's triple-layered) this seems to really help absorbency issues with my heavy-wetting little boy. I also don't need to add any additional inserts to bulk it up - just use what it already has.
*I love grovia diapers. They made me adjust quickly from disposables to cloth. Easy for daddy too.
*Adding a stay-dry booster folded in half to the front of this diaper (boy) makes it last for a LONG nights sleep.
*I like a fleece layer on top to keep baby's skin feeling dryer.
Made in China
Where to buy them
* You can find a list of retailers here
* I personally bought mine from Amazon using Swagbucks (so I got it for free!).
* There is a great thread at Diaper Swappers about places where you can get get free shipping.
* I also like Sew Crafty Baby. Shipping is free and there is almost always some kind of discount on the Facebook page. The link here is an affiliate link so if you purchase using that link I thank you in advance!
Are you a GroVia owner? Feel free to complete a survey if you haven’t already. Completion of surveys here at Padded Tush Stats give you extra entries in our giveaways.
* I was not compensated for reviewing this product
You see, I just took Kermie’s word for it. I assumed it wasn’t easy being green. so I left it at that.
I only recycled because I had to (city rules).
With hubby and I being full time employees and grad students who ate most meals on the go, we flew through paper lunch bags, little plastic sandwich bags, etc.
I washed clothes on HOT HOT HOT, ran my sink all through teeth brushing, and busted open a fresh bottle of water for every workout.
When I heard my sister in law was cloth diapering, I considered doing it myself and said to my mom, “Here’s my thing. I know I am leaving a carbon BOOTprint instead of a little carbon footprint, and for some reason I don’t care.”
Then I turned frugal. I don’t know when it hit me, but at some point I got sick of buying diapers every week. I got sick of looking at disposables spilling out of my stupid diaper genie that really only held a day’s worth of diapers and looked like a giant poop sausage when you pulled it out (ewe). So it happened. I bought cloth. Then, all of a sudden, that simple decision to help the environment got me thinking of other little tweaks to turn a little green.
So there’s (1): I turned green by doing cloth diapers instead of disposable diapers. I limited the amount of diapers filling up a landfill.
Then I got more green..
(2) I started putting our lunch items in tupperware containers that could be reused. I even made my own sandwich bags (I can’t sew worth a lick, but I tried!). I love this tutorial for how to make sandwich bags (for sewing dummies like me!)
(3) I started to use reusable grocery bags and even reusable produce bags. I got the produce bags at Whole Foods and they ROCK. I am, however, pining after these. But read until the end of this post to know why I haven’t splurged on them.
(4) I started watching the water flow in our house. Laundry washed in cold for things that don’t REALLY need big-time sanitation. I even became more aware of my cloth diapering washing, waiting until I absolutely HAD to wash diapers and even then, being cautious about using the wash cycle that gave just the right amount of water without going overboard. I put the diapers on one short dry cycle and what isn’t dried gets hung to dry.
(5) I started using Shaklee products (my favorite retailer is from www.abowlfulloflemons.com). So this is embarrassing. Basically I got sick of buying bottle after bottle of all purpose cleaner, so I just kept refilling the bottle with water once it got to 1/4 full (I am sure by the time I gave that bottle a toss it was only 99.99999999% water). So I found Shaklee. You basically keep the same spray bottle and only drop about 1/4 teaspoon of this stuff and fill the rest of the bottle with water and VOILA no tossing a spray bottle. And the good news is it is a big bottle for only $11! Anyway, this is my newest obsession. I did my floors with it and added some lemon and peppermint essential oils to give it a nice smell (one quick note: I did try the detergent on my diapers. I did just the normal amount and I don’t think it worked with my machine/water type/amount of diapers).
So what’s next? This Earth Day I have made a few goals for myself:
(1) Limit fast food to once a week: yup, confession, I go at least 4 times a week. Think of all the waste I use (and put in my body!)
(2) Buy organic apples and potatoes. Dr. Oz said to at LEAST get these organic. I may do other organic stuff. By the way, I totally recommend Epitaph for a Peach, a story about an organic farmer. A great read. But read it in the summer months so that you can get a hand on a peach, or else you will go crazy.
(3) Try to include more vegan/vegetarian meals in my life. Is this green? I dunno. But all the green people are doing it. My newest obsession is this new website by a friend of mine. She cannot post recipes quickly enough! She is one of “those” Moms you totally admire…biking her kids all over town, eating healthy foods, oh and she’s gorgeous (I think I blame the veggies for her pretty glow!). I am also a long-time fan of a great green food blog: Kath Eats Real Food.
(4) Limit materialism and donate clutter. I am starting to get a little icked out by how much I buy. Like every weekend I buy at least 10 new things to clutter my home. Is that necessary? I hope to cut things back and try to be a little more resourceful. That way fewer things are PRODUCED for me to just stuff in my home. (oh so how am I going to get those cute produce bags? I plan to enlist the help of my crafty friend from Mama Mel Crafts.
If you are still reading…what have you done to get green? Do you have any goals for becoming more green?
HAPPY EARTH DAY!
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
she’s going to ask for one to hang on the door in the bathroom.
When you give her one to hang on the bathroom door, she will then ask for one that goes in a diaper pail so she doesn’t have to worry about opening a zipper after spraying a diaper.
When you give her a pail liner, she might move the hanging wet bag into the main nursery.
But if she does that, chances are she will fall in love with that hanging wet bag, and will notice the wet bag company she likes makes a new hanging bag that has a zipper in the front. So she’ll probably ask for another wet bag to go in the bedroom the newborn sleeps in.
When she gets that, she realizes while while attending a PUBLIC gathering, that the wet bag for her diaper bag that she bought from a different company isn’t really holding in stink (it’s as if she can see the black smoke monster from LOST creeping up out of the bag, RAAAAAAAR!!!). So now she is begging husband for a new wet bag for the diaper bag.
And chances are, if she asks for a diaper bag, she is going to want yet another wet bag…
Monday, April 18, 2011
Have you tried this diaper? If so, please head on over here to fill out the survey. You can also go here to fill out some other Padded Tush Stats Surveys.
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Padded Tush Stats recently released surveys for the Ragababe ‘Easy’ All in One Diaper. After numerous calls for survey respondents on social networking sites, blogs, and cloth diapering community forums, we received 30 survey responses.
You know those clips from the Beatles days where you see the screaming fans, near tears over excitement (I am still in denial that Bieber fever elicits the same reaction). Well, although they (wanted to put “we” here because I know I fall in this category) are masked by a computer and we can’t see their reactions, it’s pretty much what current/hopeful Ragababe owners look like as the store nears an opening or a used diaper posts online.
What caused this “Raga” fever? Well there are two things that have lead many, including myself, to have that heart racing moment of purchasing a diaper (my Mom did not understand why I sat at her computer for 45 minutes waiting for the store to open):
1) High quality - look at the results so far. This is by far the best-rated diaper at the moment. The performance is nearly off the charts, with Ragababe scoring perfect in almost every category
2) The store situation. I don’t have exact numbers to support this or anything, but about the time Ragababe word because a loud buzz, the company made a move to a different state. This has caused them to have to train new people to help them make the diapers. They closed the store down and in an instant the forbidden fruit became all that much desirable. The store first reopened and within fifteen minutes they had to close because they sold out. They spent several weeks making more, and at the opening, they sold out in an instant. It won’t be like this for too long (*gulp* I hope not, my baby is nearing size large!), but until the company can catch up with the craze, this is how it goes. (NOTE: There are probably many more details to this story, this is just what I have picked up)
Before we look at the results of the survey, I wanted to provide some basic information on the diaper. You can also see this in the video found below.
The Ragababe Easy AIO is an all in one diaper, which means the soaker is sewn in and the diaper closely resembles the ease of a disposable (no stuffing, pinning, snapping in, etc). The exterior is made of waterproof laminated polyester PUL which makes it waterproof and durable. The sewn in soaker is made of bamboo rayon and topped with suede cloth to wick away moisture and help prevent rashes. Strong elastic in the gussets and across the back hold in messes. The diaper comes in four different sizes: newborn (6-15lbs), small (9-20lbs), medium (14-30lbs), and large (23-40+lbs). The diaper is made of strong velcro that does not appear to curl over time. It also contains laundry tabs to prevent the velcro from sticking to other diapers in the laundry.
Main Findings: Even though there were thirty responses (one of the largest response rates so far), the diaper scored PERFECT in THIRTY SEVEN different categories. The diaper performed best for with chunky thighs and babies with skinny thighs. Everyone felt the diaper was trim, liked by cloth diapering skeptics, daycare worthy, and a naptime diaper. Some people did not think it was a night time diaper and not everyone thought the diaper was worth the price.
Pros of Diaper (asterisks *** indicate a higher frequency of these comments)
easy to use**
thick waist band*
easy to adjust waist size
covered elastic for legs
adjustable for absorbency
poop comes off easily*
no diaper rashes
Option of stay dry or organic next to skin (by laying on liner)
No red marks
Made in the USA from fabrics made in the USA
Use for day or night
Dries super fast*
Fits under jeans*
good for heavy wetters, but without the bulk
Cons of Diaper
may be considered pricy for those on a budget*
may have to fasten it tightly to get a good fit on skinny thighs
laundry tabs don’t stick well
still wake up wet at night
not one size*
a little thick between the legs
inner material needs to be stripped every 2 weeks because of Grandma El's rash ointment use - not so often with other brands.
Comments from Survey Respondents
* GREAT customer service
* hanging to dry upside down helps drying time go faster
* If your baby is a side sleeper or fast wetter, lay the organic cotton liner on top of the lining.
* I found with my little guy it was important to make sure the diaper was pulled high in the front so the legs did not leak
* my son turned into a side sleeper so at night the insert is a big help
* I love this diaper, but it is so expensive that I couldn't really recommend it. I don't think it's a great value.
* Lay the inserts in--don't stuff.
* For heavy wetters laying doublers in instead of stuffing them works better preventing leaks.
* I find that stuffing isn't as effective as laying the insert right on top.
* Make sure you give the Velcro a good squeeze on the laundry tab so they don't come undone in the washer
* These diapers are very easy to use :)
* That these are the best diapers I have ever tried!
* SO important to follow maker's recommendations for fit, and for nighttime
* This diaper is great and I really like the microsuede
* I liked it without the extra liner.
Prints $25.95 for prints, $23.95 for solids
Each diaper comes with an organic cotton liner.
Ragababe creators recommend 1 insert ($7.95-$8.95 each) to lay on top for naptime or night time and 1 doubler ($6.95 each) for naptime and going out and about.
Made in the US
Where to buy them
* You can order them at www.ragababe.com. The owners recently moved to another state and is in the process of training seamstresses. However, in this period of time the popularity of the diaper grew exponentially and therefore the store is closed and opens once every couple of weeks for about fifteen minutes. It will be like this for a few months until they catch up with the growing need. You can snatch up some on used diaper sites and on the Ragababe facebook page. These sell in minutes.
Are you a Ragababe owner? Feel free to complete a survey if you haven’t already. Completion of surveys here at Padded Tush Stats give you extra entries in our giveaways.
* I was not compensated for reviewing this product