Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Green Resolutions Giveaway Hop #GreenResolutions~~Cloth Diaper & Accessory!

Welcome to the Green Resolutions Giveaway Hop, hosted by Happy Mothering and Mama Chocolate. To help our readers start their New Year off Green, members of the Green Moms Network have come together to offer giveaways valued at $25+.

All you parents out there know that you want the best for your baby, and that often means looking for products that are natural and safe. What better way to go green in the new year than to green up your diapering routine?

I will be giving away two prizes to help you do just that!

1) Your choice of a  Fitted Fleece Lamb Babies diaper in either of the following prints:
Bohemian Diamonds

Blue Wave

These diapers are amazing! Breathable, economical, and so squishy! 
Two layers of water-resistant fleece make up the one-size diaper.  Comes with a snake-style snap-in insert of 4 thick, thirsty, and soft layers of bamboo/organic cotton fleece and topped with a matching stay-dry fleece lay-in soaker.

These diapers would require a cover to remain completely waterproof, but because of the natural water-resistant properties of the fleece, many babies don't need to use a cover at all, even overnight!

2) A 1 oz jar of Monkey Butt Healing Ointment from Glory Bee Body and Honey

 After entering my giveaway below, please visit the other blogs listed under the Rafflecopter form to find the rest of the green giveaways.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This contest will run through January 30, 2013 at 9:01 pm PST (January 31, 2012 at 12:01 am EST). The winner will be chosen the following day and announced on Lamb Mama & Lamb Babies. No purchase necessary. US entries only. Must be 18 years or older to win.The sponsors provided me with free samples of these products to review, and I was under no obligation to review them if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You understand that you are providing your information to Lamb Mama & Lamb Babies and not to Facebook. Please note that Lamb Mama & Lamb Babies, the Green Moms Network and the Green Resolutions event bloggers are not responsible for sponsors that do not fulfill their prizes. We have represented each sponsor with the expectation they will fulfill their prize and in a timely manner. We will contact the sponsor regarding your prize(s). The sponsors, in most cases, are shipping their items to you directly. I will make every effort to assist you obtaining your prize. If there is an issue with a sponsor, please notify the blog you won a prize from within 4-6 weeks for assistance, after that we may be unable to assist you.

Monday, January 14, 2013

The Legality (and Morality) of "Diaper Dipping"

Note: This information is primarily from what I have personally seen and heard, and may not have any real legal backing.

Source: via Kimberly on Pinterest

We had this discussion on the Lamb Babies Facebook page a few weeks ago, about  diaper dipping.
I had seen this phrase popping up here and there where certain cloth diaper businesses (small, work-at-home-mom types) would be "dipping a diaper." Wanting to stay on top of things, I researched this phrase.

Here it is in a nutshell:

It works like a raffle.  You can buy a "dip" or a chance to "win" a diaper.  Generally, you would purchase one chance for $1.  So, if you wanted ten chances to win, you would spend $10, sent directly to the person hosting the dip.  Sometimes, the business owner puts a minimum number of dips. For example, if the diaper was a really rare print and they needed to make back their money, there might be a minimum of 30 dips (or $30 put toward that diaper, at least). I guess, there can be maximums too.

Then, after a certain timeframe, a random number is drawn, and whoever has that number (they were the x number person to pay for a dip), is the winner.

The point is: The person paying for their chance to win could potentially get a cloth diaper for only a couple bucks.  Good, right?

Well, apparently, if you live in a state where gambling is illegal, than you cannot by law participate in a diaper dip in any way, shape, or form.  I'm not, in any way, condemning those who have participated...I mean, who knew a harmless cloth diaper could have legal issues?!
Raffles in general, must be for charitable purposes only overseen by that charity itself, and not for the commercial gain of the individual and/or business.  In many states, a special permit is required in order to host a raffle. (  So, these facts basically dissuade against any idea that diaper dipping is okay for charitable purposes.(You could always do an auction instead...?)

Source: via Kimberly on Pinterest

But, I also had a personal problem with the idea of diaper dipping, when the work-at-home-mom (wahm) or small business got the profit.  The person purchasing dips is under the idea that they may only get a diaper for a few bucks, but it is not really specifically outright stated that ALL of the money that goes into the dips goes to the diaper business.  So, let's say there were 50 dips....that's $50 that's goes into the pocket of the wahm.

Even if it's a rare print, that is still a lot to receive for making a cloth diaper, especially when the wahm or business runs with the idea that someone can get a diaper for a few dollars, while seemingly undermining the fact that all of the money goes in their pocket.  Auctions are different though, because there isn't "hidden" money, what the person says they are going to pay, they pay for the diaper.

And I'm not saying this all to be mean or anything.  Afterall, I make cloth diapers and sell them too, and I like to be honest.  Also, although I don't know for sure, I have heard of ramifications for wahms who have hosted diaper dips. I don't want anyone to get in trouble, so now you know!

Source: via Kimberly on Pinterest
Source: via Kimberly on Pinterest
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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Coming up for January 2013!! Happy New Year!

First off, Happy New Year!

(That's ^where we walked around all evening)

I am really looking forward to this year! I talked about what's coming up a little bit already, but I'll go in more detail because there's a GIVEAWAY coming up!!!! Woot woot!

The Green Resolutions Giveaway Hop runs from January 16th to 30th, and will be full of lots of eco-friendly items for the whole family to help green up your lifestyle!  I just checked and as of today there are 40 blogs signed up so this event will be BIG!

This is the first time (eek) I'm hosting a giveaway where I'm giving away my own prize package.  I will be giving away Glory Bee Body and Honey's Monkey Butt Balm (see review here) and a diaper too of course!!! Though I can't decide what kind...hmmm...have to think about that one.

I will also start regular stockings soon.  I'll keep you updated!