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#SpreadtheLovey Campaign with Baby Jack and Co

It’s almost Memorial Day. Yes, it is a chance to have a little family fun, but more importantly, it’s a chance to reflect and remember the sacrifice of many that chose to serve their country and paid the ultimate price.  While Memorial Day recognizes those that have passed in the line of duty, it’s not that far of a leap for us to also think about all the men and women that serve in the armed forces currently. As the spouse of an active duty member, I hope that Memorial Day always remains a sunny, family-filled, long weekend without any personal connections.

Our military members don’t serve alone. When they are called away, whether it’s the other side if the country or the other side of the world, their families are left behind. In these situations, some children find a lovely item very comforting and reassuring. This Memorial Day weekend, you have a chance to help families that may be in the middle of a long separation. Join the #SpreadTheLovey campaign with Baby Jack and Company and donate $18 to gift a Baby Jack and Company Flag Lovey to a military child. They will ship donations for free to Kindness Reps around the country, including four that work with military families. This weekend, make sure to use code SPREADTHELOVEYTCOP for free shipping and to make your purchase count towards donations to The Carrying On Project.

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Baby Jack and Company makes loveys with closed tabs, so that they don’t get stuck or twisted around tiny fingers, and that can clip on to carriers, car seats, and strollers. Based out of Milwaukee, WI, Baby Jack and Company employs a team of moms to make their unique and modern product that grows with your child. Visit Baby Jack and Company to donate a Flag Lovey today. You can also find them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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This weekend, Baby Jack and Company is going above and beyond by donating a percentage of ALL sales to The Carrying On Project #Military Families. The Carrying On Project provides baby carriers of all styles to military families and I have personally been touched, having received a Catbirdbaby soft structured carrier. It was a huge sanity saver being with an active preschooler and a clingy infant all day. We still use it regularly.

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I also recently got to represent The Carrying On Project at a local Operation Homefront Star Spangled Baby Shower in our area where I got to help give away about 45 carriers to military moms! If you are going to a MommyCon event this year (use code DOMESTIC15 for $5 off), be sure to 1) “like” The Carrying On Project on Facebook or Instagram so you can get the secret code she sometimes has for special prizes and 2) be sure to stop by their table and let them know how awesome they are.

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The #SpreadtheLovey campaign is being featured by The Baby Guy this weekend. They have teamed up to give FIVE of you a chance to win a lovey of your choice and FIVE to #SpreadtheLovey to a friend or child in need.

Buy a lovey, donate a lovey, or just check everyone out on social media!

We have a chance for you to win one right here, too! Follow the link below to enter to win. This giveaway is open from May 22, 2015 to June 2, 2015, 11:59pm. The winner will be notified by email and have 24 hours to claim their prize. Baby Jack and Company is responsible for prize fulfillment. Good luck!

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*Giveaway prize is being supplied by Baby Jack and Company but I was not compensated for this post. This implies no relationship to TheBabyGuyNYC. This post may contain affiliate links. All opinions are my own.*

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Favorite Cloth Diaper Accessories

When it comes to cloth diapers, a lot has changed since our parents or grandparents were using them. In addition to the wide range of styles and materials on the market, there are lots of accessories out there to make cloth diaper easier, more efficient, or just a little more fun. Here are a few of my favorites. Don’t forget to scroll down to jump on the giveaway hop and check out what other blogs are talking about!

Baby leg warmers:

There are lots of brands out there, but it’s also pretty easy to make them yourself or if you have a friend or family member with a serger. I picked up a couple of pairs of knee socks in some fun designs and my mother used her serger to pretty quickly make a handful of sets. Here is a great tutorial from Hobo Mama.

Cloth diapers tend to be a little bulkier than their disposable counterparts and need to be changed a little more often so sometimes a little tee shirt and baby leg warmers instead of pants are easier during the day. They have been great for just being around the house or to cover legs with riding in the carrier or stroller to protect legs from the sun.

At the 2014 Great Cloth Diaper Change

At the 2014 Great Cloth Diaper Change

Cloth diaper fastener:

I usually use pocket, all-in-one, or all-in-two style of diapers. However, on occasions when I want my daughters tush to get a little fresh air without running the risk of creating a puddle, I use prefolds and I have been able to get a great hold with Snappi. These and other fasteners on the market have replaced the old style “pins” that my mom used to use on me. I also use them with snapless fitteds for overnight, with or without covers.

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That’s me in a pinned on diaper!

Storing diapers ready to wash:

I use a regular plastic trash can with a foot peddle for the lid as our diaper pail. I line it with a Planet Wise Diaper Pail Liner which makes it easy to turn out the contents into the washing machine, set my options, and walk away. The elastic around the top keeps it in place and the generous size holds what ever my daughter can dish out. When we moved, I even used our pail liners as laundry bags. They have taken quite a beating between two children and family use and they are still in great shape.

Washing diapers:

There can be (and has been) discussions on cloth diaper detergents alone. Regardless of what detergent I use, I run the occasional wash with RLR to help remove any build up. I also use on regular clothing, especially if my whites start looking a little dingy. In the dryer, I still use these and these wool dryer balls to help clean my inserts fluffy and help them dry quicker. I hang diaper covers to dry on my Ikea drying rack.

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You now have a chance to win a couple of my favorite cloth diaper accessories: two sets of baby or toddler leg warmers and a pack of neon colored Snappi fasteners by following the link below. A winner will be selected, be notified by email, and have 24 hours to claim their prize. Giveaway ends May 25, 2015 at 11:59pm. Open to US only. Good luck!

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*Check out #SpreadtheLovey and enter to win a Baby Jack and Company Tag Blanket here!

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Do miss out! The 2nd annual Cuckoo for Cloth giveaway event, hosted by Zephyr Hill Blog and ConservaMom, starts today! It’s a fun way to visit lots of different cloth diapering bloggers and enter to win some wonderful prizes.

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The grand prize package is worth over $150 and includes items from Funky Fluff, GroVia, Wink Diapers, Margaux & May, Zookaboo and Geffen Baby!

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The Zephyr Hill and ConservaMom blogs are not responsible for grand prize fulfillment. Please refer to the terms and conditions particular to each giveaway. Good luck and have fun!

Domesticating Michelle was not compensated for this post and opinions are my own. Post contains affiliate links.

Chu Berries Silicone Pacifier Clip Review

Do you feel like you have to choose between a pacifier clip and a teether? Or maybe your tired of your baby chewing on the pacifier ribbon? You should look at Chu Berries Silicone Pacifier Clip and Teething Toy.

Chu Berries BPA Free Universal Pacifier Clip With Silicone Beads for Teething Baby * Non-toxic (Marvelous Mint) is a great twist on a useful item when it comes to babies. This product combines the classic pacifier clip with silicone teething beads to 2 products in one. The unique clip design is plastic instead of metal, opens in a way that cannot pinch baby or be opened by baby unexpectedly and it holds strong once in place.

The beads are silicone, like ones on a teething necklace so baby has the option to explore these shapes on top of using their pacifier. The combination of the ribbon and plastic snaps made it very easy to attach to different kinds of pacifiers when I tested this product, even the difficult to clip Soothie was a breeze to fasten.

Simple but very effective, multiuse design makes this a standout in my book. Best of all Chu Berries contains no BPA, phthalates, cadmium, lead, wood, paints or metals. Works with most pacifiers including MAM, Soothie, Avent, Nuk, & more.

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“LIFETIME TRADE UP GUARANTEE”. These are the ONLY pacifier clip that I know of that offers this! Simply contact Chu Berries for instructions and you’ll get a coupon for a FREE product with purchase. Don’t put your Chu Berries products in a landfill. So send them back and we’ll recycle them for you.

Add this BPA Free Universal Pacifier Clip With Silicone Beads for Teething Baby * Non-toxic (Marvelous Mint) to your baby registry today or pick one up for the baby in your life! Be sure to visit Chu Berries online to sign up for their newsletter or find them Facebook.

I received this product for free in exchange for my honest opinion. The views expressed represent my personal opinion of this product. (This post contains affiliate links.)