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Dirty Diaper Laundry Turns 4! Time to Celebrate with a week of Giveaways but first…

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…you have to listen to me get all sappy and reminisce about how it all started.  I’ll be posting the giveaways all week so stay tuned-
Dearest Diapers $25 GC. Ends 4/18

BALM! Baby Prize Packs. Ends 4/19
6 LC Fitteds and a Lunette Cup. Ends 4/20
Orange Diaper Co. OS Fitted. Ends 4/20
$25 GC to Kelly’s Closet and car decal. Ends 4/20
100 Load Box of Eco Nuts Soap. Ends 4/21
2 Babykicks Basic Pockets. Ends 4/22
Thirsties Prize Pack. Ends 4/22
Diaper Lab prizes-Ecoposh, Swaddlebees, and Trainers. Ends 4/23
Poppy Fields Fitted. Ends 4/23
Applecheeks Swin Diapers and Bundle. Ends 4/23
Jack Be Natural $50 GC and Rarpz Diaper. Ends 4/23

The time flies when you are having fun, or when you are busy raising 2 boys and running a popular cloth diaper blog!  Either way I’m pretty blown away that I have been doing both of those things for 4 years.  Not to get all sappy and emotional but “why do they grow up so fast!?”  The baby this blog was built around, my original diaper tester Fletcher, is 4.5 years old.  The idea for Dirty Diaper Laundry and the original cloth diaper video review were born simply from a desire to show parents the modern cloth diaper and the many parts and purposes.  As with all of my great ideas it happened while I was laying in bed trying to sleep and I promptly started working on it the next day.

Fletcher in a Gro Baby-2009

Fletcher in a Gro Baby-2009

To date I have filmed, edited, and published over 156 video cloth diaper reviews and over 250 videos in total.  Beyond videos I have spent 4 years writing articles to help parents learn more about cloth diapers.  I’m not a one trick pony though; I do enjoy exploring other topics in both my videos and my blog posts.  In fact, for the past 4 years the most popular posts (in traffic) have always been about something not related to cloth diapering.  That used to upset me but now I just laugh it off because I know that the entire world enjoys crafts and tutorials, only a small percentage like looking at cloth diaper articles.

The driving force behind the blog has always been the readers.  I’ve hit a lot of walls and have wanted to throw in the towel but there has always been someone, usually a regular reader, to talk me down.  I do enjoy what I do very much but make no mistake about it; this blog is a job too.  About 3 years ago I started taking it seriously and have partnered with some amazing companies who support the blog by buying ads or work with me on giveaways.  As a niche blog having these companies to work with is so appreciated and necessary since traditional monetization most other blogs use wouldn’t work for DDL.  I’ve been able to bring an income in for my family and do a job that is fun and that hopefully makes a small difference in the world.

My boys are growing so fast!

My boys are growing so fast!

The times, well, they are a-changing.  My last baby is 2 now and will hopefully be sporting some spiffy and less than fluffy new underwear soon.  So what does that mean for my blog?  Well, for starters, I won’t be able to truly “test” and review cloth diapers on my children.  I have found a wonderful mother to begin reviewing diapers for the blog.  She has a sweet 5 month old and is already working on several reviews that you will start seeing post soon.  I will still make videos for the diapers so that will remain the same.  It is a bittersweet time in my life, that is for sure.  The good news is that as my boys age and become more independent it frees me up a little more to work on larger scale projects.  I’m not done yet!  There are so many ideas in my head (and scattered on notes and emails to myself) just waiting for me to put into motion.

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I’m celebrating all week with lots of giveaways from some very awesome sponsors, many of whom have been a part of DDL for years!  I couldn’t do it without them or you.  Now they are helping me fill a week with giveaways!  Dearest Diapers, BALM! Baby, Eco Nuts, Kelly’s Closet, Jack be Natural, Green Baby Elephant, Orange Diaper Co., Green Team Enterprises, and Thirsties

all have prizes for you.

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RSVP for the Mom’s Milk Boutique #MilkMiles Twitter Party 11/22

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Cloth Diaper Geek and Dirty Diaper Laundry are proud to present the Twitter Party of the Year!  Mom’s Milk Boutique‘s first ever Twitter Party Bash!

Join us as we celebrate the upcoming Black Friday promotions and kick off the launch of Mom’s Milk Boutique’s new Milk Miles Rewards Program!

The prizes and sponsors are POURING in so you don’t want to miss this amazing party!

 

The Details:

Date:  Tuesday November 22, 2011

Time:  9:00pm-10:00pm Eastern

Hashtag:  #MilkMiles

Platform:  Twitter via Tweetgrid, TweetChat, Hootsuite, etc.  

The Sponsors so far are amazing!

  • One Grand Prize: 
    • Grand Prize Package Includes 10 GroVia Shells, 5-Soaker Pads (2-pack), 2-Booster Pads (2-pack), and 1-50ct Pack of Bio Soakers! (valued at appx. $300) (one winner) from @GroVia

    1st Prize:

    • New Amazon Kindle Fire from Mom’s Milk Boutique (valued at $199)  (one winner)

    2nd Prizes:

    • 3 Pacifiers, 1 Clip, 1 Bag, 2 Panda Teethers, Bath Toy Set from Hevea Baby (valued $101.70) (one winner)
    • $100 worth of Rockin’ Green from Rockin’ Green (one winner)

    3rd Prize:

    • Buggy Bag Original from Blueberrys (valued at $64.95) (one winner)

    More Prizes:

    • You! Lingerie Nursing Bra – choice of  Ella Rose, Bella Cerise or Amber Plum (2 winners)
    • NEW PRODUCT (ssh…it’s a secret) from Swaddlebees (valued at $25.95) (3 winners)
    • Holiday BabyLegs 3 Pack Gift Set (3 winners)
    • ERGObaby Front Pouch (3 winners)

    Additional Sponsors and Prizes:  (more details to come)

    • CJs BUTTer
    • Aden + Anais
    • Tots Bots
    • BumGenius
    • Thirsties
    • and more!

RSVP using the Rafflecopter form below to be eligible for prizes.  To win you must be present at the party and have tweeted with the #milkmiles hashtag at least once in that timeframe.  Check back soon as we add more amazing prizes!  


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New Comment System, New Winner System, and New Newsletter!

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Maybe you have noticed a few changes around Dirty Diaper Laundry lately? Thanks to Amy from Just West of Crunchy I learned some very exciting news!  There is a way to use Disqus comments and still run giveaways without pulling my hair out.

I wanted to explain it to you that way you still trust my giveaway system.

First: Disqus comments are easier to follow along with.  They will all display on the same page, unlike my comments after the redesign.  You can sign in using your Facebook or Twitter or email.

There are also nested comments so replying to discussions is easier to follow along with.

However, Disqus does not number their comments (I hear you can but this involves some coding.  I was too nervous to try).

I have always used Random.org to draw winners.  Without numbered comments I cannot draw a number.

This is where the WordPress Plug-in, And The Winner Is…. comes into play.

I designate which posts are contests and how many potential winners there are.

Next, I go to my WP dashboard and click the “And the winner is” link underneath my Settings link.

Then, when the time comes, I close the comments. This is an old contest I am using as an example.

And…………………. I get this!  The winner has been selected, completely randomly.  If the winner is not eligible for some reason (did not follow the guidelines etc) I can reject and draw again.  This very rarely happens)

So there you have it!  The next giveaway will use this system.  I hope you embrace the new system.  It is saving me a lot of time!

The other exciting thing I have been working on is a monthly Newsletter!  I have chosen MailChimp to publish and deliver it.

Basically, you will get links to all of the video reviews for the month, any exciting and important articles I wrote, and a list of diapers to be reviewed in the month to come.  I am still working on it.  There may be more but I am getting used to the whole thing so bear with me for a couple of months while I get things sorted out.  I really wanted this to be something readers can sign up for who don’t come here often but still want to watch my video reviews.  They can get a rundown of them each month right to their inbox!

If you would like to sign up for the newsletter (and I would love for you to, not to mention that for a while it will be worth 3 Entries into my future giveaways) you can do so right now!

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What is in the pipeline at Dirty Diaper Laundry!

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ABC was a very worthwhile trip for DDL.  Since there were many new releases in the cloth diaper and baby carrier world you better believe you will be getting a review of many of them on DDL.

Wanna know what is in the pipeline?

Kiwi Pie OS Fitted Review and Giveaway
Bambino Mio Review and Giveaway
Bravado Microfiber Review and Giveaway
ECA Wear Review and Giveaway

Plus, these are the diapers awaiting my special video reviews! Kissaluvs AIO, Wahmies OS, Softbums, Drybees AIO, Rocky Mountain OS, and more on the way!

Wool Week is quickly approaching! Look for reviews of Muggabug interlock longies, Sbish interlock soaker, Monkey Snuggles knit soaker, Baby Beehinds felted wool cover, CYA wrapping wool cover, The Soakery recycled wool soaker, Play All Day Wool cover, and Sudz n Duz wool wash! Plus, lots of giveaways!

October is all about Babywearing. Lots of exciting reviews and giveaway for that as well. Rockin’ Ring Sling, Ellaroo woven wrap, Baby Hawk Mei Tei, Lovey Duds, Boba, and more.

Now, would you like to see some photos from ABC Kids Expo? Yes? OK!

Fletcher found a few playmates at ABC!  And, do you see my lovely roomie from Diaper Daisy?

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Don’t forget about my Giveaways!

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I have some great giveaways going on that you don’t want to miss!

First, Go Green Baby Co is giving one reader a Fuzzibunz One Size Diaper!  These are truly One Size diapers and they work great!  You can enter to win that here. Monday September 7.  Open to US.

Great Arrow, an awesome card shop that makes truly unique and quality cards for all occasions, is giving you a free card!  No entering to win!  You can order a card from their catalogue to be sent to your home to fill out, or they will enter a message for you and send straight to the recipient!!!  You don’t want to miss your chance to send out such a beautiful card to someone you care about.  AND, if you have a friend who is expecting, send their “Fold and Hold” card for a congrats!  It features a cloth diaper on the cover! Go here for your card! Last day to get a free card is Monday September 7.  Open to US.

Easy Expression™ hands free pumping bra is a great way to pump that liquid gold while working or relaxing at home!  What a pain it is to hold up the flanges to pump.  This one has relatively low entries so your chances are good!  Enter to win your choice of style, halter or strapless, here. Ends Thursday September 10.  Open to US and Canada.

Want to try a Gro Baby cloth diaper and the new Bio Soakers?!?!  Sweet Baby Bottoms is offering a Gro Baby shell set (1 shell, 1 soaker, 1 booster) and a pack of 50 Bio Soakers to the winner of this great giveaway!  Go ahead and enter here.  This contest ends Monday September 14.  Open to US and Canada.

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Easy, Breezy Saturday

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Folks, I dropped the ball on Fluffy Mama this week. The time flew and by the time I thought to send off the questions to the next person it was Friday! So instead I am going to give you a sneak peak of things to come.

First, Monday will be the video review of the Fuzzibunz One Size AND a giveaway for a FB OS sponsored by Go Green Baby Co.! You don’t want to miss the chance to win this diaper, it is fabulous!

Want to know some of the diapers that will be getting reviewed in the near future? Well, I will tell you. In no particular order: Snap EZ Pocket with Fleece, Monkey Doodles fitted, Gro Baby with snaps, Soft Bums AI2, Kiwi Pie OS fitted, Cheeky Diapers OS cover, Lollidoo, the Bambino Mio Nappy system, and many wool covers for All About Wool Week in late September. Many of these diapers will have a corresponding giveaway as well.

The 3rd Week in September I will be in Las Vegas attending the ABC Kids Expo. I will get to see the new diaper from Cotton Babies, Econobums, first hand. I will also get to see the new ♥2♥ from Ergo, which is still a mystery but I have my own theories. That week I have an information series planned on Cloth Diapers which will include posts like “How to Dive into Cloth Diapering Without Drowning” and “The Scoop on Poop.” When time allows I will be posting fun updates from ABC. AND, follow my twitter to get live tweets from the show about the newest baby items!

October will include Babywearing Week. All about the many different styles of carriers and how best to use them. Pssst.… one lucky reader is going to win a Hands Free System from Ergo (carrier, front pouch, and backpack) I am sooo jealous!

And, I am in the process of starting a new website dedicated solely to reviews and giveaways. I still want to do cloth diaper giveaways on this site, but I want to keep DDL more about content. So, very soon I will have a new site just for that. Stay tuned!

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Cloth Diaper Giveaway Round-Up- Added New!

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So, as of late I have been entering lots of cloth diaper giveaways.  I am determined to bring you all lots of video reviews.  I am not able to buy every diaper out there (I wish).  So to review all of the diapers out there I have to rely on companies to send me diapers for review, or win some!  I am going to be nice and let you in on some of the awesome giveaways going on in cloth diaper land.  

AppleCheeks- So Fawned.com

ES Baby AIO- Look What Mom Found.com 

Find more about ES Baby on her website: ES Baby.net

ES Baby Fitted and Cover- Monkey Toes Review

Smartipants- Our Life Upstate

ES Baby AIO- Our Life Upstate

Thirsties- Mama Notes

Kissaluvs Marvel- Cloth Diaper Blog 


So what are you waiting for? Go win yourself some Fluff!

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