Friday, October 24, 2014

Today I Ate Sh*t Diaper #HateAllTheDisposables read that title right.  Today, I*t diaper!  And a warning before I get too far into this...  I will be using lots of asterisks!!  Reader discretion is advised.

Today I was mom.  That mom.  That mom who does some pretty nasty @** stuff for the sake of her child's well being.  It was a day unlike any other day.  Emma Bee and I spent most of the morning reading some board books and playing with toy food in her play kitchen and feeding stuffed puppy dogs with miniature plastic spoons.  Then came lunch.  I decided to make a large pyrex baking dish of shepard's pie.  I love vintage pyrex.  And I also love shepard's pie. But decided to make shepard's pie, one, because I had all of the ingredients already and wouldn't have to lug the kiddo to the store.   And two, because I knew that Emma Bee would eat the corn, green beans, mashed tators and gravy and would likely let me eat the roast beast chunks.  So that's what we had.  We ate on the couch while watching A Christmas Story on VHS.  Yes we still have a VCR and we run that thing like theres no tomorrow.  And yes...I know....Halloween isn't even over yet and were watching Christmas movies.  Were an odd family but that's pretty much how we roll.  Were weird and we use it till it breaks, then we fix it with duct tape and paper clips and use it till it breaks for good.


We finished our shepard's pie and Emma Bee gets up to go chase the cat and I notice something on the couch.  It was like....jello....or jelly blobs.  But it was clear and crumbly.  In real the blog...I'm actually kind of a potty mouth.  Ok....I swear like a dirty rotten sailor.  My mother will vouch for that.  And so will Mr. Bee!  But hey, at least I'm mad enough to admit when I have a problem, right?  ANYWHO.....I see this stuff on the couch and I think (or I possibly may have said it out loud but I'm not fully admitting anything)....."what the duck is that?"

I did not say duck.

I pick up a bit of this clear jelloish crud and examine it.  No idea what this could possibly be.  I look at the dog who does not have her normal guilty expression on her face and figure it probably wasn't her that got into something.  The kiddo is playfully chasing Joe (our fat black Halloween dumpster diving kitty cat we picked up behind a pizza shop in Gutenberg, Iowa).  So I clean up the mess and we go about our bee business.

A little while appears again on our hardwood floors by the end of the couch.  Again...."what the duck is this sh*t?"

I did not say duck.

This time its really driving me crazy because my kiddo was in my sight the whole time!  I know for a fact she didn't get into something.  She does that often.   Gets into stuff.  Shes a scientist like me...always investigating sh*t.   But I know she didn't find something she wasn't supposed to because she was playing with me the whole time!  And now, the dog was in the backyard so it wasn't our big stupid beautiful doberman. Again puzzled, I clean it up and go about our playing.

And then.....THEN AGAIN...about 10 minutes after reading an Elmo book 6 times over and a few more minutes of kitty chasing....there it is again by the base of the steps.  This time....I'm livid!  Because gol dang it I want to know what the heck this sh*t is and where the H E double hockey sticks its coming from!  It can't possibly be my kid!  It cant possibly be the dog!  And for the life of me, it does not look like anything at all recognizable!

So I go all mad scientist right.  I'm examining this crap close up.  Squishing it between my fingers and rolling it between my thumb and pointer finger. Smearing it against the floor trying to get some sort of sense of what this crap is made of.  I sniff it.  Nothing.  Sniff it again....  Nada.  Nothin.  I'm something in my house leaking some sort of toxic crud?  What if my kid ate this stuff?  So I do the only thing that pops into my head in my semi not so logical frantic state of mommy mind.  I put it in my mouth.  I'm thinking....if it burns my tongue, I'll call poison control in case my kid ate it too.  I'm thinking....if it tastes like Windex or something super harsh or chemically.....I'll call poison control in case my kid ate it too.  It just seemed logical that I know if I needed to be seriously concerned about this stuff being dangerous.  Call me Madam Curie if you will!  So yeah....I put a little bit on my tongue.  Nothing.  Nada.  Didn't taste like anything.  I'm thinking....well that was a bust!  I ate something weird off of my floor and it did me no damn good.

At that point Emma Bee comes over with a book and says "mommy book."  So, we sit and begin reading yet again, the Elmo book.  Then I spot her foot.  Those adorable little bare piggies.  To us, shoes and socks are like prisons for feet, so they are very seldom worn in our house.  I spot her cute little sausage links she calls toes and notice some of the jelly crap on her foot.  Then I spot a little bit of it on her ankle.  And I realize.....its coming from her pant leg.  And eureka.......there we have it folks.  The source of our mystery goo!

The mystery goo was coming....from my toddler's pants.  Her diaper!!!! Now.....don't jump to too many conclusions quite yet.  YES....I am a cloth diaper mama.  And I am very VERY proud of that!  HOWEVER....right now we have no choice but to put poor little Miss Emma Bee is those dreaded disposable diapers because shes got a pretty wicked diaper yeast rash and right now, I'm desperately trying to strip and treat her cloth diapers for yeast so that we can kick this yeast rash.  So while mommy is ridding the cloth diapers of yeast, Emma Bee's bum is in disposables.

So back to it....the goo.  Ya know that nasty crumbly squishing jelly crap that's in disposables that makes them absorbent and gets all jelly like when it comes in contact with pee?  Yea?  You know that crap?!  Well that's what the goo was.  Her disposable had a tare in it and was leaking those diaper crumbs all over the place.  That's why I was finding it around the house.  Because they were falling from her pant leg as she walked like Andy Dufresne in Shawshank Redemption!   So I go to change her diaper.....and low and behold....we have a turd!  Yep...a turd. my scientific explorations and my morbid curiosity so so so getting the best of me, trying so vigorously to determine the mystery substance being trailed around my house by my kid.....I ate sh*t diaper.  Yeah......nice one mom.  This is why I seriously dude.... SERIOUSLY......#HateAllTheDisposables!

WIN a $50 Party City Gift Card! Hoppin' Halloween Giveaway Hop! #HoppinHalloween

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Welcome to the Hoppin' Halloween Giveaway Hop, hosted by MamaNYC!
We've got some fantastic bloggers who have teamed up to offer some amazing prizes in this Halloween themed giveaway hop!  This hop will run from October 24th to 31st!  Enter to win my prize below and don't forget to hop around to the other blogs to get in other the other prizes in this hoppin' #giveaway! 

Enter to win a $50 Party City Gift Card!

Giveaway ends 10/31/2014. Open to US only.  Must be 18+ to enter.  One winner will be randomly selected.  Winner will have 48 hours to claim prize.  If prize is not claimed, a new winner will be randomly selected.  Good luck!

 Enter using the Rafflecopter form below!

The Bee Hive Buzz was not compensated for participating in this giveaway.  The Bee Hive Buzz is not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations.  All opinions are my own. 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Lil' Monkey Cheeks 5000 Fans Fluffstravaganza Giveaway!

5000 Fans Fluffstravaganza

Welcome to the Lil' Monkey Cheeks 5000 Fans FluffStravaganza!

It's been just over a year since Lil' Monkey Cheeks opened its proverbial virtual doors to serve Canadian and American Fluff-Mail-Aholics with speedy shipping, surprise herbal teas and personalized notes. Joining the Lil' Monkey Cheeks team this spring as Social Media Manager, Lindsay at Maman Loup's Den has helped Renee grow her fan base and also watched (from afar) how hard this entrepreneurial powerhouse works. Her attention to detail and her willingness to go the extra mile for her customers keeps them all coming back! Renee has prepared a $165 cloth diapering prize pack (a quarter of a reasonably-sized stash!!) for you to win:
  • A Blueberry Simplex AIO;
  • A Bummis Dimple Diaper;
  • A Funky Fluff Stay Dry 2.0;
  • An Omaiki AIO;
  • An AppleCheeks Microterry Little Bundle;
  • An AMP with 2-ply hemp insert.
This giveaway is open to Canadian and American residents. Please see the giveaway tools form for full terms and conditions.

Participating bloggers were not compensated for their promotion of this giveaway. Bloggers are not responsible for technical failures or sponsors' inability to fulfill prize commitments. Please contact Lindsay at mamanloupsden(at)gmail(dot)com with any questions or concerns.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Eco Nuts Organic Baby Liquid Laundry Soap Review + GIVEAWAY!

Have you heard of Eco Nuts yet?  By now you have probably heard of it!  Seems like everywhere I turn I head a mama talking about Eco Nuts, especially for cloth diaper laundry.  Well I wanted to try it for myself to see if it was just as great as all of these mamas keep saying it is.

                                  Organic Baby laundry

The folks at Eco Nuts sent me their Eco Nuts Organic Baby Liquid Laundry Soap to try with my baby girl's laundry and cloth diapers.  If you don't know what Eco Nuts is, its a soap that is make from soap nuts berries!  Sounds totally weird right?  Yeah that's what I thought but this stuff is really cool.  The soap is found naturally in the berries so when you soap the berries in your washing water, the soap seeps out and gets your clothes all squeaky clean.  But Eco Nuts has the concentrated liquid version all ready to use.

It doesn't get the wash water all sudsy and foaming but from what I've discovered, that's a good thing.  Not having a 6 inch high layer of soap foam is good!  Too much detergent leaves residues on your clothes.  Eco Nuts doesn't leave that nasty residue that can wear out your clothes and make them look old and well, gross.  Its also natural so that means its ecofriendly.

I used it on all of our laundry, our clothes, towels and my baby girl's cloth diapers came out soft, clean and fresh!  Love this stuff!

The folks at Eco Nuts are also offering one lucky The Bee Hive Buzz reader, a chance to win a bottle of  Eco Nuts Organic Baby Liquid Laundry Soap!

Giveaway ends 11/4/2014.  Open to US only.  Must be 18+ to enter.  One winner will be randomly selected.  Winner will have 48 hours to claim prize.  If prize is not claimed, a new winner will be randomly selected.  Good Luck!

Enter using the Rafflecopter form below!

I was provided with a sample product free of charge to facilitate this review.  I was not compensated for this review and was not compensated for this giveaway.  This post contains affiliate links.  All opinions are my own!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Beautiful Bouqs of Fresh Cut Flowers From The Bouqs Company - Review

I never get flowers.  My husband is NOT one of those men that brings home flowers for his wife.  Or gets me flowers when I'm mad at him.   I actually can't remember the last time I got flowers., it was when our daughter was born a year and a half ago.  But before that I think it was our 6 year anniversary because I was still in college and I made sure to mention that he hadn't gotten me flowers since our FIRST DATE 6 years prior.  Anywho....that 6 year anniversary was 6 years ago now so my point is, I don't get showered with flowers too often.  But I was thinking recently that its about time.  I saw this new company on TV called The Bouqs.  I was intrigued by these folks because they grow these beautiful flowers on the slopes of a volcano and the bouquets or bouqs I should say, looked absolutely stunning.  I wanted some!

So I picked out the most beautiful bouq I could find and The Bouqs folks sent them to me to make our family dinning table a little more festive for Fall.  They were delivered by my friendly FedEx man in a thick sturdy protective box.  

The first thing I noticed was the lack of a little water container.  You know, that little water bottle that the ends of the stems are stuck into.  I've never seen flower bouquets without them.  Well....I was surprised at first but keep reading.  These flowers did not need it!  I literally think that someone was out in a field of flowers with some sheers and my box.  And just fresh cut my flowers and boxed them up right there.  They were that fresh and beautiful that they didnt need that water during shipment!

Take a look!  Here's my bouq in the box!

Here's my bouq on day 1!

After here's my bouq one whole week later!

They just kept getting more and more beautiful as time went on!  The blossoms opened up and all of those teeny tiny little blossoms were starting to open up too.  My bouq was still beautiful after almost 2 weeks!  They are amazing and so gorgeous.  There are so many beautiful arrangements to choose from too.   I had a really hard time choosing one for myself.  And I loved so many of them that I sent my mom a bouq of roses for her birthday.

These are definitely the best flowers I've ever gotten and I sure as heck won't be ordering flowers from anywhere else from now on.  If you have a special occasion coming up and need to send some flowers to someone special, you definitely need to check out The Bouqs website!

I was provided with a sample product free of charge to facilitate this review.  I was not compensated for this review but this post does contain affiliate links.  If you purchase a bouq through my links, I will make a small commission.  All opinions are my own!

WIN an AppleCheeks Cloth Diaper in the Bear Bums Halloween Hunt!

Halloween is almost here, 
and online cloth diaper retailer Bear Bums wants to have some fun! 

To celebrate the spooky holiday, they're having a different kind of giveaway - a Halloween treasure hunt! Every day from October 20-31, there will be a new letter hidden somewhere on the Bear Bums website. Visit Bear Bums' Facebook page every day to get your clue for where to find that day's letter. By the end of the hunt, you'll be able to unscramble all 12 letters to find the secret phrase for bonus points! Starting late? No worries! All the clues will stay up on Facebook so you can still find the letters and the secret phrase! The winner will receive an AppleCheeks cover in Boo (black with orange inside) or Trick or Cheeks (orange with black inside). Of course if you really don't like either of those, you can get another colour, but we think you'll love one of these spooky limited edition AppleCheeks! 

Enter for your chance to win in the Rafflecopter widget below. 
This giveaway is open to residents of Canada and the US, 18+. All entries will be verified. 

Disclosure: This West Coast Mommy and other participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment. Contact Olivia at olivia(at)thiswestcoastmommy(dot)com with any questions.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Alpha Grillers Garlic Press and Peeler Set Review

One thing that kinda drives me nuts, is peeling and chopping garlic.  Don't get me wrong, I do love garlic.  But I don't like my hands smelling like garlic for the rest of the day.  Seems like no matter how much I wash my hands after, I just cant get that strong overwhelming garlic stench off my skin.  I've never had a garlic press before but I've seen people using them and thought they looked pretty handy.

I was sent an Alpha Grillers Garlic Press and Peeler Set to try and man does this thing take all of the pain outta prepping garlic.  The peeler is weird.  I honestly thought this thing was not going to work but did.  Super slick!

And not having to peel the garlic before mashing it was awesome!  The press peels it for you.  All you have to do is just put the cloves right in the press and it does it all for you.  

My husband is a Chef and loves kitchen gadgets like this so he was pretty excited to use it.  If you do any cooking and ever use fresh garlic, I would highly recommend you get one of these.  The price is great too!  You can order it on Amazon.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.