Thursday, August 12, 2010

August Promotion!!



I am so excited to begin my newest business venture! Starting the cloth diaper/natural parenting store ali AND swan has been something I've been wanting to do for a long time. I am focusing on quality made WAHM products that promote baby wearing, cloth diapering, and all natural products. My goal is to find you products that are made with high standards by hard working WAHMs that have a desire to grow their business. I love to show off the beauty and creativity of moms out there that are sewing, stitching, and designing late at night while the rest of their family sleeps snugly in their beds. I know what it's like to forgo a good nights sleep because we couldn't/wouldn't give up the quality time spent with our little ones and husbands during the day light hours. It's time to reward all this hard work!!


With all the good intentions in the world, I can't do it without you! I appreciate all of you who are "Likers" of PureBebe, but now I need some love over at ali AND swan! This giveaway will be in two parts with two winners!! Yee-Haw!! (where did that come from??)

So, without further ado, I give you the August Promotion!


Prizes:

One random Liker will receive a $15 ali AND swan gift card, good toward anything in the store!!
AND
The most ambitious fan will receive a $25 gift card to ali AND swan!!



Here's how to qualify:

MANDATORY ENTRY:
Like ali AND swan and post back here with your Facebook name. You are now qualified for the $15 GC!

After you have become a "Liker" refer your friends!!


The more referrals you get, the better! The "most ambitious fan" is the fan that gets the most referrals. Your friends MUST, MUST, MUST post in the comments below that you sent them to qualify. I was lenient last time, but it was too hard to find all your friends in the Likers list (they are not alphabetical). So nag your friends and get them to post! The person who brings the most friends, gets the $25GC!

Note: When your friends post, " _______ sent me!" they are entered into the $15 drawing.

For those of you who are wondering, ali AND swan is on its way to open early September. But, if you know what you want (some items I will be carrying are posted in this photo album) you can cash in your GC before the Grand Opening.


The giveaway will end when ali AND swan reaches 400 fans. I know you guys can do it!!
So, go! Get busy!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Lulu's in the Fluff giveaway!!





It's impossible not to love diaper fluff, right? Well, let me tell you, there was a time when I wasn't too happy with my stash. Why? One word.........ammonia.

This normal everyday word can cause most mom's hearts to sink and most dad's to run from the room with t
ears in their eyes, literally. About 2months ago, I was met with the most unbearable, hit you like a brick wall, stank when I went into my daughter's room one morning. And the rash! Oh the rash! My poor baby! Nothing tears at your heart more than when your 20 month old whimpers the words, "Ouchie, mama, ouchie!" through tear stained cheeks as she tries to waddle across her crib without causing any more pain to herself. Ugh! :(

I felt horrible. I had been washing those diapers with diaper safe detergent, per the directions. What more was I supposed to do? What more CAN I do? You better believe I took every diaper we owned, threw them in the wash and rinsed, and rinsed, and rinsed! I RLRed the diapers (which, by the way, is nothing more than washing soda that can be purchased for about $3 per box, not the $2 per packet you pay for RLR), soaked, boiled, you name it, and NOTHING got rid of the ammonia.

Now I was on a mission to find the best diaper detergent I could find. I read reviews, visited Facebook pages, searched websites, and settled on trying two detergents: Rockin Green Hard Rock and a newcomer, Lulu's in the Fluff. I contacted both ladies with my problem and both responded quickly saying their detergent could handle my hard water, HE machine, ammonia problem. YAY!! I ordered 4 samples of RnG and was sent a full size bag of Lulu's in the Fluff to try. Thanks Lulu!

Now, I thought to myself, "How am I going to know which detergent works?" Answer? Divide the diapers in half and keep them separate over the course of a few weeks to see which detergent works for the long haul. So I soaked both loads, washed both loads, and rinsed the crud out of both loads. Immediately there was a change is both sets of diapers. In the end, though, both groups of diapers needed 3 soaks and rinsing sessions to remove all the ammonia. I was happy!!! I had clean diapers!!! Now I could put my daughter back in cloth and feel safe knowing she would not wake up rashy again. :D

After about one week, however, I noticed the smell of ammonia creeping back again in the RnG group. Lulu's was still going strong. I thought, "Okay, do I really want to mess with soaking them again and adjusting the amount of detergent when I have something else that works? No thanks!" And you know what? 5 weeks later, Lulu's is STILL going strong! I could not be happier!!

Here's the kicker, I was using 1TB of RnG in the wash, per directions for $.23 per load. (with $5 shipping included)
I use 2 TEASPOONS of Lulu's per wash for $.12 per load. (with $5 shipping included)
If I used 1TB of Lulu's per wash if would be $.18 per load. (with $5 shipping included)
(Prices are for the Hard Water version of each detergent)


If you use RnG and it works for you, great! And, in all fairness, I was using Hard Rock 1.0 and I know they have a 2.0 out now, so maybe that would work for me, but why mess with something that ain't broken?

I know people like pictures, but honestly, since I had an ammonia problem and not a build up problem, nothing came out of my diapers (that could be seen), so they wouldn't be very interesting. So, here are pictures of my cutie pie kiddos instead, enjoy!



Now, HOW do you and WHAT do you win? Well, thanks to the gracious Lulu, 1 lucky winner will be sent a full size bag of Lulu's in the Fluff in their choice of Naked Booty (unscented) and Hard Water (unscented)! That's enough to do at least 45/90 loads; plenty for you to glamorize your stash!

Lulu's  is:

  • Dye free
  • Comes in several Glamorous "booty" scents - including Naked (for those with sensitivity to fragrance)
  • No fillers
  • No enzymes or optical brighteners
  • Phosphate free
  • Great for sensitive skin
  • Easy rinsing formula
  • Approved for military use
  • Works great on microfiber
  • Perfect for cloth diapers
  • HE compatible
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Ways to Enter:

Mandatory Entry:
Tell me what you hope Lulu's will do for you! 1 Entry

Extra Entries:
1. Like PureBebe on Facebook and post here that you do. (Include your facebook name) 1 Entry
2. Like Lulu's in the Fluff on Facebook and post here that you do. (Include your facebook name in your entry) 1 Entry
3. Publicly follow this blog. 1 Entry
4. Blog about this giveaway and come back and leave a link. 3 Entries
5. Tweet about this giveaway and come back and post a link. 2 Entries
6. Tell me your best diaper laundry tip. 1 Entry

Make sure to leave your email in each entry.
Also, make sure to leave a comment for each entry. (ie. 3 comments if you blog about this, etc.)
Giveaway will end 8/12/10 at 12am CST - winner chosen randomly


GOOD LUCK!!


Wednesday, July 28, 2010

And the winner is..............
#30

Congrats! I will email you shortly!

sXenerd said...

I follow your blog (sXenerd)
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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

My Sista's Coming Home!!!



I am so excited my sister is coming home Friday from California! Unfortunately it is only for a vacation, but still; I haven't seen her since February. Because I am so excited for the return of my best friend, I am going to do a giveaway!! Woot! Woot!

I am going to give away a $10 gift certificate for PureBebe items to one randomly chosen comment!

CLOSED! CLOSED! CLOSED!
MANDATORY ENTRY:
My sister and I love to chat, play cards, reminisce, and shop (unfortunately for me, my sis is not a big shopper, so it has to be a quick trip). What do you like to do with your sister/best friend?

EXTRA ENTRIES:
1. Follow PureBebe on Facebook and post back here that you followed AND include you Facebook name.
2. Follow this blog publicly and comment that you do. Include your email address.
3. Leave an entry on the PureBebe FB page under the discussions tab with what awesome WAHM you would like to see featured on my website.
4. Suggest PureBebe on Facebook to your friends and let me know here.

ALL ENTRIES:
Please leave your email address in your comment so I can contact you! :)
Giveaway will end July 28th at 9:00am CST.


P.S. Do not judge the picture, this is sans makeup after 3 thirteen hour days driving cross country!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Welcome!


Being a blogger is something I never thought I would be. Do not expect witty comments or funny jokes; it ain't happening. With that said, I am happy you're here and am looking forward to using this blog to promote PureBebe and other great companies and products that I've come across.

Before we get into the fun stuff, I thought I'd tell you a bit about myself since Facebook pages tend to be hard to really get a feel for who a person is.

10 nifty little tidbits about myself:
1. I have 3 daughters ages 5, 3, And 1
2. I've been married for 7 years
3. I have 17 chickens in my backyard
4. I love to bake and took three cake decorating classes
5. I love cars (for beauty, don't ask me what's under the hood) and could name almost any car/truck coming down the road made within the last 10 years
6. I am a Christian
7. I am planning on homeschooling my children
8. I stay up late every night just for some alone time even though I'm watching tv with only one eye open
9. I can't stand rootbeer, mushrooms, cheap cardboard pizza, and burgers made inside in a frying pan
10. I plant a garden every year and say to myself, "This is the year I will weed diligently every day."

So there you have it! I little bit about me and who I am.
Next post will be about Lulu's in the Fluff and how YOU could win!!