Thursday, December 5, 2013

100 Days of Super SoftBums Sellers- #22

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Today we continue our series putting the spotlight a different retailer for 100 Days of Super SoftBums Sellers as a fun way to show our appreciation & help our fans get to know our retailers a little better.

 


Retailer of the Day is: 




Q1: What is your company's name? What would you like us to know about your store or yourself?

Bizzing Bea Baby, I always wanted a small store and had the idea for ours in my head for years. The experience of carrying and giving birth to my third child, Bea Moira, is what finally gave me the courage to plunge into the world of store ownership. We miss our tiny girl every day, but love having the store as one more way to keep her close every day.

Q2: What is your name?


  • Ali Kunde 
  • info@bizzingbea.com
Q3: Please list your website URL, If you are a brick and mortar store, please list your address and hours:



  • www.babybea.com 
  • www.bizzingbea.com 
  • S121 McKay St, Spring Valley WI 54767 

Q4: Please link any social media hook ups you like for your business:
                                   
Q5: How long have you been selling cloth diapers?
  • Since Dec 2011

 Q6: How many kids do you have? How many would you have if you could pick any number?
  • 4,5

Q7: What is the most number of diapers you have personally owned at any given time?
  •  around 60 ish
Q8: What is your favorite SoftBums product combo?

  • Omni DryTouch Large Pods 
 Q9: What is your favorite color, and what would you name a diaper that was this color?
  • Green. Lucky.

Q10: How do you think cloth diapering will be different in 5 years?
  • I hope to see the cloth diaper trend/hype continue to grow and expand. I think we will see the use of more and varied fabrics and the advancing technology will bring us ways of making the use of cloth diapers a more viable option for the population.

   If you love Bizzing Bea, comment below tell us why!

Want to see your favorite SoftBums Retailer featured on the blog? Check back weekly to see more of our 100 Days of Super SoftBums Sellers!

Please note the retailers featured in this series are published in no specific order.

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

100 Days of Super SoftBums Sellers- #21

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Today we continue our series putting the spotlight a different retailer for 100 Days of Super SoftBums Sellers as a fun way to show our appreciation & help our fans get to know our retailers a little better.

 


Retailer of the Day is: 




Q1: What is your company's name? What would you like us to know about your store or yourself?

Moss Envy, 

is a 2500 square foot specialty retail store located in Minneapolis that sells eco products for your home and life. Our product lines cover a wide range of categories including furniture, home decor, gifts,  jewelry, bath and body, stationery, clothing, mattresses, baby gear, building materials, and more. Every product that is sold at Moss Envy was chosen because of its eco-attributes and is somehow better for you, your family, your community, or your world.

What is different about Moss Envy's products?
Moss Envy sells eco alternatives to everyday products. The items that fill our floor and shelves fit into one or more of the following categories: recycled, reclaimed, natural, organic, sustainable, vintage, energy saving, water saving, or fair trade. We also seek out, support, and purchase from a number of local artists, designers, inventors, and craftspeople.


Q2: What is your name?



  • Ryan North 
  • info@mossenvy.com
Q3: Please list your website URL, If you are a brick and mortar store, please list your address and hours:

  •  3056 Excelsior Boulevard Minneapolis, MN 55416 
  • Open Mon-Sat 10-7, and Sun 12-5

Q4: Please link any social media hook ups you like for your business:
                                   
Q5: How long have you been selling cloth diapers?
  • Since 2007

 Q6: How many kids do you have? How many would you have if you could pick any number?
  • We have 1. That's enough!

Q7: What is the most number of diapers you have personally owned at any given time?
  •  14 years ago...we used disposables. There just weren't great options like SoftBums back then!
Q8: What is your favorite SoftBums product combo?


  • Omni Bamboo Large Pods 
 Q9: What is your favorite color, and what would you name a diaper that was this color?
  • Green - we'd call it the Moss Envy!

Q10: How do you think cloth diapering will be different in 5 years?
  • Maybe we'll see the invention of "Smart" diapers that send a text message when they're wet! No more butt sniffing! Just check your phone.


   If you love Moss Envy, comment below tell us why!

Want to see your favorite SoftBums Retailer featured on the blog? Check back weekly to see more of our 100 Days of Super SoftBums Sellers!

Please note the retailers featured in this series are published in no specific order.

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Sunday, December 1, 2013

SoftBums Top Fans- November 2013

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Superfan Top Fan Leaderboard.
The more you participate on our SoftBums Facebook Page, the more points you will get. Each like, comment or share is worth points. If you are interested in participating, follow the link below and join in on the fun. If you are the Top Superfan on the leaderboard on the last day of the month at 2pm you will win! The prize each month will vary.


Congrats to this months winner! With 328 points! 

Abby L. Please email us at info@softbum.com to claim your prize!



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Friday, November 29, 2013

December Calendar Bums is HERE!!

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Introducing the Decemer Calendar Bums...


Getting To Gnome You!

You can purchase this shell individually HERE or in our NEW Holiday Bundle!




Holiday Bundle Includes:

1 Getting to Gnome You Omni w/Velcro
1 Sprout Omni w/Velcro
1 One-Size DryTouch SUPER Pod ...
1 One-Size Bamboo SUPER Pod

As always these are a limited edition print and will sell out. Get yours now!

OTB Shot:
Baby Connor is loving Getting to Gnome You! 

Do you LOVE Getting to GNOME You? Want to WIN ONE? 

We will select a winner in one week. Contest Closes Friday Dec 6th at 12pm CST. 
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My Baby's First Month in SoftBums- Shannon's Summary

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             As I sit here on my LAST day of maternity leave and reflect on my last 8 weeks being a new mom, cloth diaper explorer and blogger, I feel like crying. I am so sad that I won’t be around my Otis 24/7! At least he doesn’t have to go to daycare as his dad and I are working opposite schedules so one of us is always home. I have probably gone thru nearly 2000 wipes, 850 diaper changes (with cloth) and have saved nearly 300 dollars in disposable diapers.  It has been so much fun documenting my cloth diaper adventures and I have learned so much! I absolutely LOVE SoftBums!!



I have learned that I prefer Aplix. This preference was due mainly because my LO had an in-between size belly for snaps and I couldn’t succeed with a leak-free diaper change so I sold them on the Softbums B/S/T on facebook. I may regret this decision down the road as his hands become more capable. ;)

Things I have learned:


  • It is essential to loosen the elastics for a good fit. Tight elastics make leaks happen and red marks on the legs.

  • Get bigger inserts sooner- They may make the bum look bigger but there are less leaks, less wardrobe changes and THEY GROW SO FAST! My little guy was 6lbs 15 oz when he was born. I started cloth diapering at 2 weeks right after his cord fell off which he was 7lbs 6oz and now he is about 12.5-13 lbs and the mini’s aren’t working so I ordered bigger ones but I have limited supply right now and I have a lot more leaks even with 2 minis.
  • When  you travel it is so much easier to just have a large wetbag in the back of the car to store the wet diapers.
  • Bamboo SuperPods ROCK for overnight diapers.

  • Check points on every diaper change are essential.  Check the legs, swoop the back and make sure you put the waist on with legs down.  

In hopes of helping others just starting out with a newborn I created this quick SoftBums Newborn video tutorial!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b7QxsxUtSIA

Laundry:

-I've found that starting your laundry in the evening so the diapers can go on the line right away in the morning.  This took me nearly 6 weeks to figure out.





My Favorite Cloth Diapering Gear:


  • -My Planet Wise wet/dry bag for town diaper changes
  • My Kelty Kids backpack that came with a really compact changing pad for a diaper bag
  • Earth Mama Angel Baby Bottom Balm

Stuff I wasted my money on:


  • -Probably too many mini pods yet I can use them as doublers and once we have a second child we will probably need both doublers and minis again for a mini bum.
  • Disposable liners- Maybe I will like them down the line when we introduce solids and the poo is REALLY nasty.

Favorite SoftBums Diaper Combos:


I LOVE my Bamboo SuperPods currently on smallest setting . They absorb so much, are nice and soft and they will grow with Otis. I have only 1 Omni which I will be getting more as I like them at night and once Otis goes to daycare using them as a pocket will make it much easier for the provider.

My favorite shell right now is probably Moonlight.  


The PUL is a different texture than most of the others and seems to be softer and more comfortable. I get a wonderful fit and it’s a solid but it is unique enough to bring some fun in to his outfits.  My favorite print is Cowies although I haven’t used it on Otis more than twice total. In fact, I sold it. It had snaps. I’d love to get one with aplix but it is by far one of the cutest prints.

So as I end this blog, I advise families who will cloth diaper their babies;


  • Stick with SoftBums- learn the system very well, become an expert. You only have to keep track of one general type of things (shells, pods, wipes and bottom balm-only 4 things). Also having one system makes it easy for your significant other to learn, grandma and grandpa and their acceptance of it will improve.

  • Have fun with it. Find the things that make diapering fun. I love to tell Otis that I am going to put chocolate on his butt. Although it’s a shell color it also sounds very goofy.  
  • Let your family enjoy the process. I let dad pick a bundle of the shell colors. He is a solids kind of guy and I’m a print kind of girl. We each have our favorites but it lets them participate and adopt the idea more fully.

Things on my mind about cloth diapers:


I have changed so many diapers in the last 8 weeks that I am very comfortable with it. I do have leaks now and then and I figure out why then fix it. My husband has learned some stuff from me but is far behind me in numbers, trial and error and video watching.  I hope as I am off to work tomorrow he does okay with it. I did make a tutorial video and I hope he watches it if he needs to.

I worry that dad won’t be on board with the laundry routine once he learns about the loads and the 2 cycle routine. 

I can’t wait to buy more. I don’t know why I love diapers so much. It seems like there is almost a love affair with them. You first buy them simply for the colors and prints, then, it grows into a conquering ritual as you want to avoid leaks, rash, and banana crotch. With those goals you watch videos, practice a ton and become so satisfied when you “get” it.

I’m going to miss my morning routine and seeing the beauty of natural fibers and colors basking in the sun drying all on their own.  They cost no more than a few minutes of my effort to put them on the line.

With that, the Pitt family is signing off. We hope you enjoy your cloth diapering experience. Fall in love with the money savings and instead of dreading the giant garbage load, smile at the pretty colors on your clothes line and start adding it up.

We hope you find help as I did on Softbums Superfan Facebook page, perhaps buy them cheaper on the B/S/T group and that you adopt the notion that cloth really is better.  Finally remember, you do this all because you care about your baby, and the world you are shaping around them.




Did you follow Shannon & Otis on their journey into cloth diapering in this series of My Baby's First Month in SoftBums!


Let them know what you learned or what you enjoyed from their journey into cloth diapering below!
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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Black Friday at SoftBums!!!

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http://www.softbums.com/SoftBums-Bamboo-Starter-Kit--PRE-ORDER--Begins-Shipping-1127_p_280.html

SoftBums will be having a Black Friday Sale that will start Wednesday, November 27th and will go until Monday December 2nd 2013.

Our sale will be on our Brand NEW Bamboo Starter Kit plus we will include a FREE package of SoftBums Organic Bamboo Wipes!

The Bamboo Starter Kit includes:

  • 1 Omni shell: Amazing SoftBums 2-in-1 Pocket Diaper. Snap in Pod or stuff Pod into easy to use Pocket! 
  • 2 Echo Shells: The SoftBums Echo is our original diaper shell, made to use with our Snap in Pods. With our signature trim fit, no other diaper fits like a SoftBums Echo!
  • 6 pack of Bamboo SUPER 2-in-1 Pods: Pods are the absorbent insert that snaps or stuffs into your SoftBums shell.
  • 1 FREE Wet Bag: A waterproof bag to put soiled diapers.
  • 1 How-to Guide
  • And for a limited time a FREE 5 pack of organic bamboo wipes! 


You can purchase this black friday deal NOW at SoftBums.com or any participating SoftBums Retailers


Black Friday is the day of our big reveal of our Secret Calendar Bums Shell! 

 This Limited Edition, super cute secret print; gender neutral Omni w/Velcro available in both our Holiday Special bundle or as a single Shell purchase after 11/29/13. 

PRE-ORDERS Yours Today!

SoftBums Holiday Special includes:

1 December Calendar Bum Omni w/Velcro 
1 Sprout Omni w/Velcro 
1 One-Size DryTouch SUPER Pod 
1 One-Size Bamboo SUPER Pod

This great gender neutral print is Limited and will sell out!


Support your local SoftBums Retailer!

Saturday November 30th 2013

Below is a list of all our Brick & Mortar Stores (alphabetical by state) . Please consider paying them a visit on small business Saturday Nov 30th! Help small businesses everywhere and keep your money local! Some of them are doing the "Small Business Saturday" which is a special where you get $$ back from Amex if you use that card on that day. Please note: some retailers may not be open that day, its best to get their holiday hours prior to your visit.


Mint http://www.livinggreenconsignment.com/ British Columbia
Granola Babies www.granolababies.com California
Haute Mommy www.hautemommy.com California
Luludew Diaper Service http://www.luludew.com/ California
The Sanctuary Birth & Family Wellness Center www.birthsanctuary.com California
Kissed by the Moon www.kissedbythemoon.com California
Baby Cotton Bottoms www.babycottonbottoms.com Colorado
Cloth Diaper Market http://clothdiapermarket.com/ Colorado
Natural Generations www.naturalgenerations.com Georgia
Daly Resources www.mauibirth.com Hawaii
Pinstripes and Polkadonts www.pinstipesandpolkadots.com Illinois
Green Baby Goods www.greenbabygoods.net Indiana
Little Ants www.littleants.com Indiana
The Green Nursery www.thegreennursery.com Indiana
eLeMeNO-Pee http://www.elemenopee.com/ Louisianna
Eco Baby Boutique http://www.ecobabyboutique.net/index.html Maine
Chapman Hill Baby www.chapmanhillbaby.com Maryland
Elephant Ears www.elephantearsonline.com Michigan
Squishy Tushy www.squishytushy.com Michigan
Mama Luna Natural www.mamalunastore.com Minnesota
Moss Envy www.mossenvy.com Minnesota
circleme www.circleme.me Nebraska
Time For Baby www.timeforbabystore.com Nebraska
Top To Bottom Baby www.toptobottombaby.com Nebraska
All About Baby Boutique www.allaboutbabyboutique.com North Carolina
Sweetbottoms Baby Boutique http://www.sweetbottomsbaby.com/ North Carolina
Lollibeans www.lollibeans.com Ohio
Belly Laughs www.bellylaughs.ca Ontario
Milk and Honey Kids www.milkandhoneykids.com Pennslyvannia
Baby Luv Boutique www.babyluvboutique Saskatchewan
Butzie Covers www.butziecovers.com Tennessee
Fluff n Stuff www.fluffnstuffonline.com Tennessee
Babies Bottoms and More www.babiesbottomsandmore.com Texas
Cushy Tooshie www.cushytooshie.com Texas
Mami's & Papi's www.mamisandpapis.com Texas


Franklin Goose www.franklingoose.com Virginia
Buckwheat Bottoms http://www.buckwheatbottoms.com/ Washington
Bizzing Bea www.bizzingbea.com Wisconsin
Whippersnappers http://www.whippersnappersboutique.com/ Wisconsin


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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

100 Days of Super SoftBums Sellers - #20

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Today we continue our series putting the spotlight a different retailer for 100 Days of Super SoftBums Sellers as a fun way to show our appreciation & help our fans get to know our retailers a little better.

 


Retailer of the Day is: 




Q1: What is your company's name? What would you like us to know about your store or yourself?

The Joyful Giraffe owned & operated by a work at home mom of three cloth diapered kiddos


Q2: What is your name?
  • Kate Becvar, 
  • kate@thejoyfulgiraffe.com
Q3: Please list your website URL, If you are a brick and mortar store, please list your address and hours:


Q4: Please link any social media hook ups you like for your business:
                                   
Q5: How long have you been selling cloth diapers?
  • 2 years

 Q6: How many kids do you have? How many would you have if you could pick any number?
  • we have a 4 year old son, a 2 year old daughter and a 6 month old daughter

Q7: What is the most number of diapers you have personally owned at any given time?
  •  I've had 2 children in cloth diapers for the majority of the past two years. My largest stash for diapering two at a time is about 35
Q8: What is your favorite SoftBums product combo?


  • Omni Bamboo Large Pods 
 Q9: What is your favorite color, and what would you name a diaper that was this color?
  • deep purple, eggplant, not a great name, but the first to come to my mind ;)

Q10: How do you think cloth diapering will be different in 5 years?
  • In 5 years, all common issues of stink and leaks will be solved for everyone and the number of cloth diapering families will quadruple.


   If you love Joyful Giraffe, comment below tell us why!

Want to see your favorite SoftBums Retailer featured on the blog? Check back weekly to see more of our 100 Days of Super SoftBums Sellers!

Please note the retailers featured in this series are published in no specific order.

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Monday, November 25, 2013

SoftBums December Calendar Bums Sneak Peek

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SoftBums Calendar Bums craze has made its way to the North Pole... 

Check out this video from SoftBums & Santa!




How to get a SoftBums December Calendar Bums?? 

For some it will be convincing your husband.. For others it is as easy as pre-ordering it from SoftBums.com :)

SHHHH! It's a secret, we aren't revealing the December Calendar Bums until Friday 11/29/13. We are allowing customers to get first dibs by pre-ordering this holiday bundle NOW! 

Holiday Bundle Includes:

1 Secret Print Omni w/Velcro
1 Sprout Omni w/Velcro
1 One-Size DryTouch SUPER Pod
1 One-Size Bamboo SUPER Pod

Pricing Details:

Retail Price - $59.95 

Click here to Pre-Order Yours Today! 

Feel like waiting till the reveal to order? No problem! 

The Secret December Calendar Bums will be announced on Black Friday, November 29th, 2013. This limited edition, super cute and gender neutral Omni Velcro will also be available for purchase in the holiday bundle and as a single shell at that time. 

What do you think the Secret Print will be? 



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My Baby's First Month in SoftBums- Pitty's Summary

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Our first month had come to an end and we were still happy to be using SoftBums. 


       We expanded our stash 5-6 more shells and 6 more pods so we only have to wash every 3 days. We kept up with using cloth wipes as well since it was so much more convenient then disposables. During this first month it was definitely all about trial and error when getting the perfect fit on a newborn especially a wiggly one. But SoftBums truly is a one size fits all diaper. Even my husband who at first thought I was crazy to want to use cloth diapers jumped on the band wagon and loves that we switched over.
My favorites are: still echos since our little girl is almost 11lbs now. And we are still using mini pods during the day. 
My go to diaper is: still sugar and spice. (good thing I now own 2 of them!)
My husband's favorite: fingerpaint echo!
Not much else has changed though since we got a good routine down with the wash and the fit of our diapers! It has been a great adventure so far and I look forward to cloth diapering using SoftBums for many years to come!

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Click on the speaker to start music click on the arrow to start the slideshow!



Did you follow Pitty & Meadowlark on their journey into cloth diapering in this series of My Baby's First Month in SoftBums!


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Friday, November 22, 2013

Holiday Photo Contest Winner!

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We are pleased to announce our Holiday Photo Contest Winner & Runner up! 

We asked our SuperFans to submit photo entries to us with their baby in a sprout or firecracker or chocolate diaper. 

We received a lot of adorable photos and we want to thank everyone who submitted a photo. 

We are happy to announce, we have a winner! 

Congrats Vanessa!! 

Winner will receive $100 worth of SoftBums diapering supplies! 

Please email us at info@softbums.com! 

We want to also recognize our runner up and although they didn't submit an adorable baby picture. We want to give them credit for being so creative! 

Congrats Colleen!! 

Please email us to receive a special gift! 

Thanks again to everyone who sent in a photo!! We really loved them all and it was not easy to choose just one winner! 
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My Baby's First Month in SoftBums- Shannon Week 4

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A day (weekend) in the life of Otis, Shannon and Justin AND Scout, and Riley and Oliver


That is the list of all of us in a truck; 3 people and 3 dogs. We headed to Iowa last weekend to help move our horses there for the winter.   

Grandma and Grandpa Pitt came to pick up the horses and we had to bring them their boat so on the road we went.  365 miles, and a 7 week old in a car seat……this should be fun. 
 I got everyone at home ready and drove into town to pick up Justin and hit the road about noon. I got the little man all in his carseat and ready but then we had a meltdown and needed a quick change even if on the tailgate, it works.

We got on the road, and wouldn’t you know 30 minutes on the road and Otis was hungry. I had tried pumping while on the road a couple of weekends ago and giving him a bottle but I’m not sure if it was the position in the carseat or what but he kept choking. This trip I wasn’t going to put up with that so we had to stop so I could nurse him.

 I set up our diaper changes with a wetbag in the back of the truck as my wet/dry bag is not huge and would just be tricky. Then we utilize the driver’s seat as a changing station and then air out our used diapers on the headrest of the passenger front seat.  This road trip included about 5 stops for feeding and diaper changes an extra 3 for extra changes as I have a man who doesn’t like to be wet.   What is normally at 7 hour trip took us 10. Uffda!

Thank goodness for my mother in law who let me do diaper laundry.  I tried to stay out of her way and not impose on her laundry so I did mine overnight now I have totally switched to overnight laundry.  I LOVE this new routine compared to my starting laundry in the AM.  I can now have my diapers on the line about 45 min after waking up. This has cut out almost all dry time in the dryer other than a little fluff to get them soft at the end of the day (or when it’s raining J).  


Things I didn’t love about cloth diapering on the road:


  • Having diapers all over the car airing out.

  • Not having a diaper sprayer.

Things I LOVE about cloth diapering on the road:


  • I can actually succeed at diapering since I apparently suck with disposables and get leaks all the time when I’ve tried them.
  • Having part of my home routine on the road-makes me feel more comfortable.
  • Being able to coordinate super cute diapers with his outfits when we are on the road visiting people.

Overall the weekend went really well and I had diapers clean and dry when I got home thanks to my new night diaper routine!!



Continue to follow Shannon & Otis on their journey into cloth diapering each week throughout this series of My Baby's First Month in SoftBums!


Check back next week because you don't want to miss an awesome surprise Shannon has made for fellow new moms reading this series ..
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