Wednesday, August 22, 2012

jChew Teether Giveaway

I am giddy over the newest products coming to Country Drawers! These jChew Teethers are the most adorable things I have seen in a long time.

Made with 100% BPA Free Silicone, jChew Teethers come in a variety of options. The Teethers are soft on gums and perfect for babies to sink their teeth (or gums) into.

The Chocolate Bar Teether is probably my favorite. This guilt-free chocolate bar is a fun way to help with your baby's teething.

The Smart Phone Teethers are available in 7 bold covers. We all know that babies love phones. Thankfully, Jellystone Designs has created a safe and ideal solution for everyone!

These teethers are only $15.00 at Country Drawers. Plus, we offer free shipping in the United States.

To celebrate this new product line, Country Drawers is giving away one jChew Teether in the winner's choice of style and color! Giveaway ends 8/30/12 and is open to residents of the United States and Canada.
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Monday, July 23, 2012

Surviving Summer

This morning, my husband said, "Well, at least it's only going to be 101 today." Yikes!! Something is seriously wrong with that statement!

After dealing with temperatures up to 116 degrees, I've found a few things that make these high temps a little more bearable. (Besides sitting in front of the air conditioner all day.)

Are you a gardener? Delish Naturals Be Knotty Muscle Rub is a wonderful treat for sore muscles after pulling weeds all day.

Apparently the bugs aren't bothered by the heat as we've been dealing with swarms of mosquitoes here. CJ's Bug Banisher is a life saver! My husband and father-in-law even wear it while they're out in the fields and I've been known to spray our animals with it.

My favorite part of summer is being able to wear sandals (or no shoes at all). But all that barefoot time is rough on my feet. To help combat the rough skin, I slather on some CJ's BUTTer and then put some socks on. After about an hour, my feet are soft and smooth again.

Speaking of feet, Piggy Paint Nail Polish is one of my must have accessories for summer. Non-toxic and quick drying make it a wonderful nail polish for hands and feet!

Need a quick way to cool down after a workout? Mix up a batch of Delish Naturals Wash Bits and keep it in the fridge. After your workout or a long day outside, wipe yourself down with the cold solution -instant cool down!
If you're away from home, you can keep a small bottle of the solution in a cooler along with a pack of Biodegradable Wysi Wipes. Wysi Wipes are perfect for traveling as they come in a compact 2cm wide size but turn into a 9x10 in wipe when you add water!

Another favorite of mine for summer skin is Delish Naturals Glam Glow Sugar Scrub. Besides helping moisturize and exfoliate dry skin, it also makes a great pre-shave scrub for maximum smoothness.

How are you keeping comfortable this summer?


7/23 Deal of the Day

Today's Deal of the Day

$10 off Medium Diaper Bag Sets!

The Medium Diaper Bag Set comes in a variety of stylish colors and prints and includes a matching Changing Pad. The ribbon accents can be easily removed. These diaper bags feature several zippered pockets that will keep your belongings secure.

Buy today for only $19.99!

Size : 15.5L X 11H X 5.W
Material : Cotton
*Zipper Closure
*Metal Feet on the Bottom
*Gingham Lining
*Rear Zipper Pocket
*Changing Pad Included
*Central Zipper Compartment
*Detachable Ribbons Accent
*Open & Zippered Pockets Inside


Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Cloth Diapers and the Environment

This seems to be one of the most controversial subjects on cloth diapering. There is almost always someone that likes to point out the amount of energy and water it takes to wash cloth diapers. However, many of those people don't think about how the disposable diapers ended up at their house:
  • The fuel that it took to cut down the trees that make the wood pulp that goes in the diapers. (Over 250,000 trees are used annually for disposable diapers.)
  • The transportation & fuel costs to ship materials to the manufacturing plants and to ship the finished products around the world.
  • The amount of water it takes to manufacture the disposable diapers.
  • And the list goes on...

Many naysayers are quick to point out a study done a few years ago. This study stated there really wasn't a difference between the environmental impact of cloth diapers and disposable diapers. However, that study was severely flawed. First, they used the extremely low number of 4.16 average diaper changes per child and their study only accounted for the diapers being used up to 2.5 years. Many families will sell their cloth diapers or use them for other children, getting even more use out of them. For even more reasons this study was flawed, read the RDA's response.   

This comparison chart by AppleCheeks really helps illustrate the actual impact of disposable and cloth diapers.

There are ways to reduce the impact of cloth diapers even further according to the RDA:
  • Use Energy Star rated machines.
  • Wash diapers at 140 degrees.
  • Air dry.
  • Use washable wipes and liners.
  • Use low-impact detergent.
  • Use organic products.
  • Reuse diapers for the next child, then give them away or sell them to another family.

So, which one would you rather use?


Monday, April 16, 2012

The Basics of Cloth Diapering

It's Real Diaper Week! People around the world are celebrating cloth diapers starting today and ending on the 21st with The Great Cloth Diaper Change! We'll be posting about different cloth diaper related topics throughout the week to help spread the cloth love.

I thought we'd kick the week off by going back to the basics of cloth diapering. Especially since I almost always hear, "I'm so overwhelmed!" by new cloth diaper users.

Types of Cloth Diapers

Simplex OS AIO
All-in-Ones (AIO)

The outer shell, insert, and inside lining are all sewn together. These are very simple to use and are good for people that might be intimidated by cloth diapers. Some AIOs feature pockets so the user can add extra inserts for more absorbency.

GroVia Hybrid Shell

All-in-Twos (AI2) or Hybrid Diapers

These are basically a cross between an AIO and a Pocket Diaper. Usually an AI2 consists of a waterproof outer shell and an absorbent insert that snaps or lays in the shell. The shell can be reused by snapping or laying in a new insert when the other insert become soiled.

Charlie Banana Pocket Diaper

Pocket Diapers

Pocket Diapers feature a pocket in the back or front of the diaper between the waterproof outer shell and inner lining. This pocket allows the user to stuff the diaper with an absorbent insert. Pocket diapers are so popular because they allow the user to customize the amount of absorbency by adding additional inserts.
        EcoPosh Recycled Organic Fitted

        Fitted Diapers

        These diapers are not waterproof and require a cover. Although, many babies are able to use fitteds for 1-2 hours without leaks. These diapers come in a variety of styles with some featuring snap-in inserts or pockets.

        Sweet Pea Prefolds

        These are the traditional diapers that many people are familiar with. Flats are large square pieces of fabric, usually on layer of birdseye. Prefolds are made of multiple layers of fabric with extra layers sewn in the center. These diapers are the most economical choice and require some type of fastener like a Snappi or diaper pins and a diaper cover.

        Blueberry Coveralls
        Diaper Covers

        Diaper covers are made with a variety of materials.
        • PUL diaper covers are made of the same type of material used as the waterproof layer in Pockets, AIOs and Hybrid Diapers.
        • Fleece and wool diaper covers provide a breathable cover option that is water resistant.
        PUL and Fleece covers can be washed with your regular diaper laundry while Wool covers need to be hand washed and lanolized.

        Sized vs One Sized (OS) Cloth Diapers
        • Sized diapers usually come in X Small (Newborn), Small, Medium and Large sizes with a few brands also offering X Large or larger sizes. These diapers have less bulk than OS diapers, but you will need to purchase larger sizes as your child grows.
        • One Sized (OS) Cloth Diapers usually fit from 10lbs to 35lbs. OS diapers are usually adjusted by snaps on the front of the diaper or by adjustable leg elastics. These diapers are bulkier on smaller babies than sized diapers, but are more economical as you usually do not have to buy larger sizes.

        Getting Started
        Depending on your baby's age, we recommend at least the following diaper changes per day:
        • Up to 8 weeks: 12-14 diapers per day
        • 8 weeks - 3 months: 10-12 diapers per day
        • 3 months - 6 months: 8-10 diapers per day
        • 6 months - 1 year: 6-8 diapers per day
        • Over 1 year: 5-7 diapers per day
        So, to wash diapers every 2-3 days, you would need at least:
        • Up to 8 weeks: 26-40 diapers
        • 8 weeks - 3 months: 22-36 diapers
        • 3 months - 6 months: 18-30 diapers
        • 6 months - 1 year: 15 - 24 diapers
        • Over 1 year: 12-21 diapers
        If you're using prefolds, flats or fitteds you will also need one cover for every 2-4 diapers.

        Accessories you may need:
        Because it can be so overwhelming when making the decision to use cloth diapers, we offer trial packages that allow you to try a variety of diapers and return the ones you don't like. This is a great way to step into cloth diapering without making a big commitment.


        Monday, April 9, 2012

        Win a Year Supply of Lulu's Detergent!!

        As many of you know, we love Lulu's in the Fluff at our house! We use it for everything from washing our diapers to cleaning our carpets. Lulu's is:
        * Dye-free
        * Filler-free
        * Enzyme-free
        * Phosphate-free
        * Free of optical brighteners
        * Perfect for cloth diapers
        * Great for sensitive skin
        * Easy-rinsing (resists build-up)
        * Excellent with microfiber
        * Approved for military use
        * HE compatible

        So, I'm pretty excited about this giveaway sponsored by Lulu's in the Fluff! How fantastic would it be to win a full year's supply of Lulu's Detergent!

        It's really easy to enter. Just visit the Giveaway link over at Lulu's Glamour Wash website. Then simply fill out the form and tell them your favorite Lulu's retailer *cough* Country Drawers *cough,cough*.

        If your chosen as a winner, you will recieve 6 full size bags of Lulu's Glamour Wash, enough for a whole year! The approximate retail value of this prize is over $80. Entries will be accepted until April 30, 2012.

        To help celebrate this fabulous prize, we're offering 10% off Lulu's at Country Drawers until Friday, April 13th. Just enter code CLEAN at checkout.


        Wednesday, March 28, 2012

        Pin It to Win It

        Contest is over! Thanks to everyone that entered, we had over 300 pins!
        Keep watching for more Pinterest contests.

        We are celebrating our love for Pinterest and giving away a $25 gift certificate to Country Drawers!

        Here’s how it works:
        Step 1: Create a Board on Pinterest under the name "Pin It to Win It"
        Step 2: Visit our website at Pin your favorite products to your "Pin It to Win It" Board. We've made it easy for you, just click the Pin It button on the product page!
        Step 3: Fill out the form below with your contact info and Pinterest Board link. For each product you pin, you will be automatically entered for a chance to win a $25 Country Drawers Gift Certificate.

        Contest ends 4/7/2012 at 11:59PM CST. Winner will be randomly chosen. If you have any questions or would like an invite to Pinterest, please feel free to contact us at


        Friday, March 16, 2012

        3.7 Million Tons of Disposables in One Year!

        According to the 2010 EPA Municipal Waste Facts and Figures Fact Sheet:
        In 1970, 350 thousand tons of disposable diapers went to landfills
        In 2010, 3,740,000 tons went to landfills

        The 2010 number is actually down from 3.8 million tons in 2009 but that's still a staggering number. Here's hoping 2011's number will be even lower!


        Cost Comparison of Disposable Diapers and Cloth Diapers


        Cloth Diapers vs Disposable Diapers

        Sometimes, it just helps to see the comparison.

        Some disposable companies state that their diapers can last up to 12 hours. But, I can't imagine that would be very comfortable for a baby. Babies need to be changed more often than that.

        Here are our minimum recommendations:
        Up to 6 weeks - at least 12-14 diaper changes per day = 504-588 diapers
        6 weeks - 6 months - at least 8-10 diaper changes per day = 1008-1260 diapers
        6 months - 1 year - at least 6-8 diaper changes per day = 1176-1568 diapers.
        After one year that equals 2688 - 3416 diaper changes.


        Friday Fun, Save Some Green!!

        Save some green this St. Patrick's Day when you buy something green! This coupon is valid today and tomorrow (3/16-3/17).

        We also have a GroVia sale in full swing! Save 15% off the current prints in GroVia Newborn AIOs, Shells and AIOs until March 31st.


        St. Patrick's Day Fun

        St. Patrick’s Day is tomorrow! We’re getting our green on with some of these fun crafts and recipes:

        First up are these fun St. Patty’s Day Printables from Love the Day. These are for a party, but could still be a lot of fun for a family. Why not wear the mustaches during your St. Patty's Day meal?

        For the younger kids, Woo Jr has some really cute St.Patrick’s Day coloring pages as well as printable pinwheels.

        These Shamrock Lacing Cards from Catholic Icing are super cute and a fun way to help your kids with fine motor skills.

        The projects found at Easy Preschool Crafts for Kids have to be my favorite.  Just look at this little Leprechaun made with a toilet paper roll!

        To top the day off, try these rainbow cupcakes from Family Fun. I’ve made these before and they were definitely a hit.

        *Please remember, if you are pinning this article please give credit to the original source. Thanks!


        Friday, March 2, 2012

        Friday Fun!!! RLR Laundry Treatment

        Happy Friday!!! This week, we're featuring RLR Laundry Treatment.

        I love this stuff! RLR Laundry Treament really helps pull out all that residue and mineral deposits that can get trapped in your diapers and clothing. Every few months, I would put our diapers in the tub with a packet of RLR Laundry Treatment and soak them anywhere from a few hours to overnight. Then, I'd run them through the wash without any detergent and rinse until the water was clear.

        It helped so much with the dinginess that can happen with hard water. Even the inserts felt fluffier after an RLR soak.

        To celebrate Fun Friday, use code TGIF to receive a FREE packet of RLR Laundry Treatment with any order over $15. (Make sure to add the RLR Laundry Treatment to your cart before using the code).

        Because I'm late posting this, the code will be valid through tomorrow.


        Tuesday, February 28, 2012

        The Big Three: Tantrums, Fussing and Whining

        By Elizabeth Pantley
        Author of The No-Cry Discipline Solution

        If you ask parents to list the most frustrating discipline problems during the early childhood years, you would find that these three items appear on every parent’s list. They are so common that I refer to them as The Big Three. All children master their own version of these behaviors, some are more talented in one area over another, and they appear and disappear at various ages and stages – but every parent has to deal with them!

        Controlling their emotions
        Most often tantrums, fussing and whining are caused by a child’s inability to express or control his emotions. When a child is stressed in any way he’s more likely to lose control. Tiredness, hunger, boredom, frustration and other causes that ignite The Big Three can frequently be avoided or modified. The best way to use this knowledge is to watch your child carefully. When she begins a meltdown, try to determine if you can tell what underlying issue is causing the problem. Is it past naptime? Is she due for a snack? Is the puzzle too much beyond her ability level? Solve the base problem and you’ll help your child gain control of her emotions.

        Handling tantrums, fussing and whining
        No matter how diligent you are in recognizing trigger causes, your child will still have meltdown moments. Or even meltdown days. Children are human beings, after all. Young humans, without the experience and wisdom that will grow over time. And all children need the guidance of a strong adult to help them gain this experience and wisdom – they can’t do it on their own. The following tips can help you handle those inevitable bumps in the road along the way. Be flexible and practice those solutions that seem to bring the best results for your child in any given situaiton.

        Get eye-to-eye
        When you make a request from a distance, yelling from room-to-room, your child will likely ignore you, if he hears you at all. Noncompliance creates stress, which leads to fussing and tantrums – from both of you. Instead, go to your child, get down to his level, look him in the eye and make a clear, concise request. This will catch his full attention. Plus, you will know that he really did hear you and can get him to verify that he understands what you need him to do.

        Tell him what you DO want
        Avoid focusing on misbehavior and what you don’t want him to do. Children hear far to many Nos, Don’ts and Stops. These negative words bring more resistance from your child.  Instead, explain exactly what you’d like your child to do or say in a positive, specific way. It gives him simple instructions to follow. So instead of saying, “Stop bickering over your toys!” a better choice is, “I’d like the two of you to find a fair way to share your toys.”

        Offer the freedom of choices within limits
        You may be able to avoid problems by giving your child more of a say in his life. Children crave independence, yet we must remain in control of this growing need. You can do this by offering choices between two or three things that you will accept. Instead of saying, “Put your coat on  right now,” which may provoke a tantrum, offer a choice, “What would you rather do, wear your coat or bring along a sweatshirt?” Children who are involved in their own decision making are often happily cooperating without even realizing it!

        Validate his feelings
        Help your child identify and understand her emotions. Give words to her feelings, “You’re sad. You want to stay here and play. I know.” This doesn’t mean you must give in to her request, but letting her know that you understand her problem may be enough to help her calm down. Follow the validation with a brief explanation and instructions, “The bus leaves soon, so take one last turn down the slide before we leave.”
        Teach the Quiet Bunny
        When children get worked up, their physiological symptoms keep them in an agitated state. They become tense, their breathing becomes rapid, and their You can teach your child how to relax and then use this approach when fussing begins.

        You can start each morning or end each day with a brief relaxation session. Have your child sit or lie comfortably with eyes closed. Tell a story that he’s a quiet bunny. Name body parts (feet, legs, tummy, etc.) and have your child wiggle it, and then relax it.

        Once your child is familiar with this process you can call upon it at times when he is agitated. Crouch down to your child’s level, put your hands on his shoulders, look him in the eye and say, let’s do our Quiet Bunny. And then talk him through the process. Over time, just mentioning it and asking him to close his eyes will bring relaxation.

        Distract and involve
        Children can easily be distracted when a new activity is suggested. If your child is whining or fussing try viewing it as an “activity” that your child is engaged in. Since children aren’t very good multi-taskers you might be able to end the unpleasant activity with the recommendation of something different to do.

        Invoke his imagination
        If a child is upset about something, it can help to vocalize his fantasy of what he wishes would happen: “I bet you wish we could buy every single toy in this store.” This can become a fun game.

        Use the preventive approach
        Review desired behavior prior to leaving the house, or when entering a public building, or before you begin a playdate. This might prevent the whining or tantrum from even beginning. Put your comments in the positive (tell what you want, not what you don’t want) and be specific.

        When it’s over, it’s over
        After an episode of misbehavior is finished you can let it go and move on. Don’t feel you must teach a lesson by withholding your approval, love or company. Children bounce right back, and it is okay for you to bounce right back, too.

        by Elizabeth Pantley
        The No-Cry Discipline Solution (McGraw-Hill 2007)

        Monday, February 27, 2012

        Reusing an Old Barn Window

        Living on an old farm, I always have a great variety of old materials that I can use for crafting.


        I found a whole stack of these windows just sitting in one of our old farm buildings a couple years ago. I dug them out, cleaned them up and I was planning on making some sort of cold frame or small green house with them. Turns out, old and extremely weathered windows don’t hold up to any sort of construction very well. I set them aside and moved on to my next projects, figuring that I’d find a use for them sooner or later…

        I’ve wanted some sort of message center for our kitchen for a while now and it hit me that this would be a great way to repurpose these windows. Because I still wanted to hold on to the weathered and distressed look of the windows, I didn’t bother using primer. By skipping that step, the paint really soaked into the wood showing off the grain and cracks. I used a bluish teal color for my base and then a thin coat of white on top. I finished it off by sanding the edges and adding a couple coats of polyurethane.
        I used some fabric covered cork to replace the window panes. I just cut an old corkboard to the sizes I needed and then used some spray adhesive to attach the fabric to the cork. I used my hot glue gun to fasten the panels to the window.
        I painted a hanging basket for our mail and used a couple thumbtacks to hold it on one of the panels.


        On another panel I used my glue gun again to attach a magnet strip. Then I glued some fabric on one side of another magnet and we use this to hang small items like business cards.

        I used some little screw-in hooks on the sides to hold keys and some bigger hooks and a dowel on the bottom for a towel rack and apron hanger.

        I love the distressed look of the wood and the fabric is the perfect color. The only thing I might have changed would be to make a chalkboard panel using a thin piece of plywood or panel and chalkboard paint. There’s always next time. :)