CLOSED Giveaway: Holly Jolly Jubilee 2012- win an AI2 cloth diaper and custom onesie #HJJubilee12

Welcome to the Holly Jolly Jubilee giveaway blog hop, hosted by Formula Mom and Fabulous Finds by Tiffany! This is one of my favorite hops, since it’s holiday themed!

I have to confess something. I keep nagging Hubby about his interest in Christmas when Thanksgiving isn’t even over yet, but I’m just as excited…especially since we have a new little one to start traditions with!


Win your own in a holiday print!

Here on My Life: A Work in Progress, you have the opportunity to win two adorable gifts for the little one in your life, thanks to my awesome sponsors, AsherLiz Designs and Mama Loves!

AsherLiz Designs:

Stephanie is the creative WAHM (working-at-home mom) behind AsherLiz Designs, offering cloth diapers and accessories.

“Hi, I’m Stefanie! I started CDing with my youngest and quickly became addicted! One of the reasons I decided to go with CDs was to save a little money. So naturally, that lead to me making the diapers myself. Soon after, AsherLiz Designs became a reality! The name is inspired by my kids, and everything I offer in my store, I use with my kids too.”

One lucky reader will win an AsherLiz Designs all-in-two (AI2) cloth diaper in a holiday print! Read my review here.

Mama Loves:

I’m also thrilled to introduce the mama behind Mama Loves, a wonderful little online boutique for “things a mama loves.” I first met Angel about 6 years ago, when I was a young teacher wet behind the ears. She helped me survive my first year of teaching, and I’ve always been grateful! Now, as I’m a new mommy, she’s still showing me the ropes!

Angel Lee is a first time mom to an adorable two year old who doesn’t care at all about any of the sweet things mama makes her. Angel lives in perpetual hope that someday her daughter will care, but in the meantime she will keep sewing clothes for her and for other little girls like her.

Angel makes and sells ornate jeweled wine glasses, upcycled toddler clothes, car organizers and more. The wine glasses are gorgeous, but probably my favorite product Angel offers is the “Daddy dress,” from an upcycled man’s shirt. You can provide your own Daddy shirt or Angel will. I can’t wait to have a little girl and have her wear a Daddy dress! It would be especially perfect for our little one to remember Daddy when he’s on deployments.

For this giveaway, the winner has a choice of a custom boy’s onesie, shirt, or tie or a girl’s onesie dress or twirly skirt in a holiday theme. Options are awesome!! Decisions are difficult. :/

Check out these stylin’ sample boy onesies:

“Nerd” onesie
“Power Tie” onesie
More tie styles

Prize information for boy selection: a Christmas themed onesie, Christmas themed shirt or tie. After winning you will be contacted to give sizing information and to make your fabric selection. May choose bow tie or neck tie styles.

I love these girly pieces below!

Toddler Twirly Skirt
Twirly Skirt Close Up
Toddler Onesie Dress

Prize information for girl selection: Choice of toddler twirly skirt in Christmas colors and patterns or onesie dress in Christmas colors and patterns. After winning you will be contacted to give sizing information and to make your fabric selection.

Disclosure: Formula Mom, Fabulous Finds by Tiffany, My Life: A Work in Progress, and the Holly Jolly Jubilee bloggers are not responsible for sponsors that fail to fulfill their prizes. Sorry, this giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. You must read and agree to the Terms and Conditions (located through the link at bottom of the Rafflecopter form) to enter. One winner will be chosen at random via Rafflecopter and The winner will be sent an email and will have forty-eight hours to respond, or another winner will be chosen.


Entry #3158 Jenna F.

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Review: All-in-Two Diaper by AsherLiz Designs

Stefanie is the designer and seamstress behind AsherLiz Designs, a WAHM (working-at-home mom) cloth diaper line.

“Hi, I’m Stefanie! I started CDing with my youngest and quickly became addicted! One of the reasons I decided to go with CDs was to save a little money. So naturally, that lead to me making the diapers myself. Soon after, AsherLiz Designs became a reality! The name is inspired by my kids, and everything I offer in my store, I use with my kids too.”

Stefanie sent me an adorable all-in-two (AI2) diaper to review! An AI2 diaper consists of two parts: a waterproof outer part that can be used more than once and an inner absorbent part (soaker) that is be replaced as it becomes wet or soiled.

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The outer layer of this diaper is made with a cotton knit fabric overtop a hidden waterproof PUL layer.


This AI2 is a one-size diaper, meaning it can fit most babies from 10 lbs. to 35+ lbs. The diaper size is adjusted by the rows of snaps along the waist and rise.

Smallest setting

Largest setting

The inside of this diaper is made with cuddle dry microfleece.

This diaper comes with a size-adjustable soaker that snaps into the diaper. The soaker is made of 1 layer of cotton velour and 1 layer of heavy organic bamboo fleece sewn together.

Soaker made of 1 layer of cotton velour and 1 layer of heavy organic bamboo.
Soaker snapped into diaper

The soaker has two snaps to adjust the size. By folding the top of the soaker down and using the lower snap, the soaker better fits smaller babies.

Soaker folded under and lower snap used

Here’s a shot of the diaper in action:

6 months, 20 pounds

Sorry about the blurry photo; my model is mobile and extremely squirmy!

Our experiences with the diaper:

About 2 hours after I first put this diaper on my son, I checked for wetness. The soaker was damp on the bottom half, so I went ahead and changed it. The diaper cover part itself felt dry. This time, I used a medium-size Diaper Rite prefold folded under and placed inside as a doubler. Since the prefold was quite large, I undid all the rise snaps, and my son wore the diaper on the largest rise setting. After 2 more hours, I changed him again. The cover maybe, maybe felt a little damp, but I wasn’t quite sure. I went ahead and set it to the side until later in the day to let it air out. When I came back a few hours later and smelled it, there was no ammonia smell on the diaper. I used the outer part a third time. This time, I used it with a small-size prefold, which fit better as a doubler for my son. When I changed the diaper after this third use, I noticed the microfleece on the diaper part was starting to feel wet, so I went ahead and put it in the diaper pail to be washed.

I have nothing negative to say about this diaper! I was impressed with how well the microfleece repelled the moisture back into the soaker. The outer and inner layers are very soft and comfortable, as is the soaker. It does exactly what it should do and looks super cute doing so! The stitching is even and the diaper has an expensive feel and look to it.

I also want to mention we were able to get a very nice fit around the legs: no gaps, and no leakage.

Besides AI2s, Stefanie makes fitted diapers, pocket diapers, diaper covers, inserts and soakers, and cloth wipes. While browsing through the photos on the AsherLiz Facebook page, I noticed this line offers many prints I haven’t seen at other diaper shops, so you’re sure to find something you like! Visit AsherLiz Designs on Facebook.

You could win a winter-holiday themed AI2 diaper for your own little one during the Holly Jolly Jubilee 2012 blog hop! Giveaway starts Monday, Nov. 19, so check back here at My Life: A Work in Progress for your chance to win!

Note: I received a sample product to review. I was not compensated for this review. The opinions are my own and may differ from yours.

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CLOSED Giveaway: Win free cloth diapers! It’s the Hoppin’ Halloween Giveaway Hop #HoppinHalloween

I’m excited to announce the Hoppin’ Halloween Giveaway Hop is now open!

This event, hosted by MamaNYC, runs from Oct. 25-31. Nearly 100 bloggers have teamed up to bring you exciting giveaways with all kinds of prizes on their blogs. View the linky at the bottom of this post to “hop” from blog to blog, entering giveaways as you go!

Here on My Life: A Work in Progress you have the opportunity to win free cloth diapers, thanks to my awesome sponsors!

Never used cloth diapers before? Cloth diapers are becoming increasingly popular over disposables due to environmental, medical, and financial concerns. Click here to read “Why Choose Cloth Diapers over Disposables?”

Over the last few weeks, I’ve reviewed several cloth diapers made by the creative WAHMs (working-at-home moms) of Diapers by Chris, Rockabilly Baby, Roxie Harlow, and Poodelum & Missy Kate. These wonderful mamas/entrepreneurs are giving away a diaper or gift certificate code for their store to one fortunate reader at My Life: A Work in Progress!

Diapers by Chris:

Chris began sewing cloth diapers after her daughter was born. Like many of us, she was concerned about the negative impact disposable diapers have on our environment.

In sewing her diapers, she uses fabrics like natural bamboo, hemp, cotton, and fleece. Although she can make perfect-size or newborn-size diapers, many of her premade diapers are one-size, fitting approximately 12-35 lbs. Chris also sells and makes several styles: fitted, hybrid fitted, all-in-one, and all-in-two.

To read the full review, click here.

Diapers by Chris is giving away an AI2 diaper! Winner gets to choose fabric for the diaper from a selection.

Rockabilly Baby:

Rockabilly Baby diapers are the creations of Bri, a long-time WOHM (work out of home mom) turned SAHM (stay at home mom) to two boys. Bri started sewing diapers for her youngest son when he was too chubby for most of the readily available brands. After sewing her own, Bri wanted to share her love of cute prints with everyone. 

In addition to boy and gender neutral prints, Bri sells “a lot of girly diapers, which is super fun for me having two boys.” Bri says the best thing about her diapers is that they are great for chubby thighs!

To read the full review, click here.

Rockabilly Baby is giving away a one-size hybrid fitted diaper!

 Roxie Harlow:

Roxie Harlow diapers are the creations of a SAHM/Etsy Shop Owner/Photographer/Navy wife.

“I got the idea of cloth diapering when I was pregnant with my third child. The thought of two in diapers didn’t sound too good on the bank account. I started my stash with some cheap-o-China diapers, but soon progressed to drooling over the super cute WAHM diapers I was seeing on Etsy and Hyena Cart. Being the DIYer that I am, I decided to hit the sewing machine and start making my own. After a few failed attempts I finally got the fabric combination/pattern that I liked. Soon after making a few diapers for my kids I started getting inquiries from friends and friends of friends. So, I decided to add them to my Etsy shop, and here we are today.”

To read the full review, click here.

Roxie Harlow is giving away this “Wakey, Wakey, Eggs ‘n Bakey” embroidered pocket diaper!

Poodelum & Missy Kate:

“Located in beautiful Bend, Ore., ‘Poodelum & Missy Kate’ began on the far end of my enormous kitchen table with my sister’s borrowed sewing machine.

I’ve always been ‘crafty.’ It’s in my nature. I’ve always loved sewing and creating. But now, absorbing a wealth of information from other know-how, crafty, do-it-yourself-genius mamas, I am striving to become an expert.”

Poodelum & Missy Kate sells hybrid pocket fitted diapers, pocket diapers, all-in-twos, hybrid fitteds, fitteds, fleece soakers, wool soakers, and inserts.

To read the full review, click here.

Poodelum & Missy Kate is giving away a $25 gift certificate to their store!

Entry #2283 Katie A.

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