Random Thoughts

I am currently headed into my busiest season at work (working 8-10 hour days), so I will not be able to post as much as I would like until January.

In the meantime, check the daily deal sites for some great sales (saw a lot of organic kids’ clothing over at Zulily this morning, Envirosax at Olivia Place today!) and I will post when I can.  Come January I will be back in full force!

Thank you!

I had already been cloth diapering #1 for a year and a half before a friend told me about an actual brick & mortar store about an hour from my home. This friend was due to have a baby in a few months and had been considering cloth diapers. But she wanted to actually hold some in her hands before she made a decision. She had been one of our weekly sitters for #1 and was familiar with what we used, but just wanted to see what else was out there.

So, enter Cutie Poops & Bottoms of Orland Park IL.

First Impressions

My friend and I knew nothing of what to expect when driving to the store.  It is located in a shopping strip mall and using the directions on the website, very easy to find.  From the outside, looks like a children’s specialty shop.

Friendliness & Knowledge of Staff

We were greeted right away and almost immediately began a discussion of baby carriers, because I was wearing #2 (who was only 2 weeks old) in a Moby Wrap.  This was back in April and the store was going to start carrying different carriers and having classes. (See products and services sections below). Although we didn’t realize it right away, we were speaking with the owner, Sherri. And, goodness, did she know her stuff!

Discovered she is the mother of twin boys – 100% cloth diapered from birth!  She gave a short demo of the various CD’ing options for my friend (who was so excited she was able to actually touch the diapers!) And it was nice for me to be able to see in person a lot of the diapers I’d only seen online (Happy Heinys, GroVia, etc.).

Variety of Product

As Sherri finished answering my friend’s questions, I wandered to see what else the store carried.  I was in the market at the time for some wool or fleece covers, plus searching for some diapers that would fit #1 – who was outgrowing everything we had!

The products carried in-store are a great sampling.

  • one-size diapers of all kinds
  • pocket diapers
  • AIO diapers
  • prefolds
  • covers – PUL, a few wool
  • fitted diapers
  • hybrid diapers
  • baby carriers
  • diaper bags, nursery furniture, and more!
  • A lot of WAHM stuff as well.

And her website has a TON of stuff, also! More than what is in the store. Although, in-store has some different products also, including local WAHM products.

Although my friend didn’t buy anything that day (but DID set up a baby shower registry), I walked out of there with a KiwiPie one-size fitted diaper to try with #1, an AhGoo Baby Plush changing pad, a Happy Heiny trainer, and a tub of Earth Mama Angel Baby Bottom Balm.

Since then, I continue to receive Cutie Poops & Bottoms e-newsletter and follow the shop on Facebook.  The store inventory is CONSTANTLY changing.  She now has a ton of natural toys (including Sophie the Giraffe and Global Green Pals!), the baby carriers we discussed (including the Ergo Carrier!), and super unique diapers like these tie-dyed ones.  And she’s currently looking into more wool covers (and they sound like they should be a great price).  So, I’ve learned to never stop watching her inventory. 🙂

Services Offered

  • Cloth Diaper Trials – These are great programs if you’re not sure you want to actually go with cloth, but want to try it out. Pay a deposit, get a sampling shipped to you, use the diapers for a set amount of time, mail back the diapers and get a refund (minus a set up fee). If you like it, purchase the ones you want. Easy as pie.
  • Fluff of the Month Club – Ok, this is really for us CD addicts out there. 🙂 Buy a membership (varying lengths offered) and every month you get a new diaper shipped to you!
  • Diaper Packages & Starter Kits – everything bundled together!
  • Gently Used Program – buy and sell your used diapers. Great way to save money (and earn money!) when you’re starting out!
  • Gift Registry – having a baby? Register for gear, diaper, and accessories!
  • Classes – Oh, my goodness, the number and variety of classes Sherri offers are amazing.  Just a few:
    • Baby Boot Camp (for new parents)
    • Baby Wearing 101
    • BabyCare Express (for new parents)
    • BLAST Babysitter Class
    • Breastfeeding for Dummies
    • Diapering 101
    • Infant CPR
    • Infant Massage
    • Lamaze
    • Natural Birth Classes (the Bradley Method)
    • Pediatric First Aid
    • Pre-Natal Yoga
    • Financial Planning for Parents
    • Special Events – she recently had a Buy, Sell, Swap event. I was so bummed I couldn’t make it!

Customer Service

In general, the customer service Sherri offers is outstanding. She knows her products, her vendors, and she knows what works and what doesn’t. If she for some reason doesn’t know an answer, she will find out for you.

My friend had a slight issue with some of her registry items shipping from the warehouse, but Sherri was good at explaining what was going on.  My friend did have to ask for an update once, but seemed overall satisfied.

I have not had to make any returns or had any issues with products, so I cannot speak on that point. However, I have had many conversations with Sherri, both by email and on Facebook, and she is always prompt and courteous.


The website is very clear, with minimal items on the homepage (great! I hate the clutter on some sites!). Products are divided into sections For Baby, For Mama, Baby Gear, Cloth Diapers, For the Nursery, as well as a photo gallery.  The class listing is posted, with information on how to register.

There are also a couple of helpful articles: FAQs, Diaper 101 and Why Choose Cloth that are really helpful.

Everything can be purchased online and shipped to your home, which means the store is accessible to anyone! Not just those in the Orland Park area. Which I love, because I don’t get down there often. But this is great, too, for all of you no where near Chicago. You can participate in any of the sales, promos, clubs, trial programs, right through the website. Obviously, the special events and classes are for local residents who can come by the brick&mortar store.

Final Thoughts

Overall, I really like Cutie Poops & Bottoms. Because I try to support local businesses first, CP&B is one of the first I check when I’m looking for new items. I like that I’m dealing with a business that is giving back to the community with education classes and support, instead of just an online store. Although it is not the only store in my area, it is one of the few with an actual storefront that I can send people to.

So, if you’re ever in the Orland Park area, stop by and tell Sherri you found out about them on Green & Frugal Mama!

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Just a quick FYI – have made some changes to the Dominick’s Shopping Guide, as well as the E-Coupon Guide.  These are in response to the changes made to the official Dominick’s coupon policy with the introduction of the Just4U program.

The short of it is that you can no longer stack an electronic manufacturer coupon with a paper manufacturer coupon. While never the most ethical thing, it was accepted at Dominick’s and was factored into many a shopper’s (including mine) planning.

See more discussion at Mashup Mom or Jill Cataldo. Not the best news for us bargain hunters in IL.

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Here’s what came into my inbox from myself:

“Enter these giveaways”

Rumparooz G2 Cloth Pocket Diaper @ One Little Mister – ends 10/7

Bella Pamela Apron @ New Age Mama – ends 10/4

Green Sproutlets @ New Age Mama – ends 10/4

“Read these articles”

Weatherize your Home @ Do Something!

Conserve Water @ Do Something!

Make your Home more energy efficient @ Do Something!

Green Up Your Pet @ Do Something! (#1 received a kitten as a birthday present this week – unexpected gift from an aunt. Shouldn’t people normally ASK the parents first?? Oh well. She’s a good kitten).

“Check out this website”


“Make these recipes”

Crock Pot Apple Butter

Favorite Canned Salsa

“Ohh! Awesome tutorital! Bookmark it!”

How to Freeze Apples

What about you?

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Oh, I am so excited about this! I did it all by myself, with the help of this awesome tutorial from Blogging with Amy. Thanks!

So, please – grab the code and add my blog to your blogrolls, if you are so inclined.  🙂


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What did you send yourself today??

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Do you ever email yourself things? Something you want to look at later when you have more time, or print out, or you just want to remember something?  Well, I do that often!!  Thought you might find it interesting, because a lot of them end up on this blog. Not all, but most.

I always email myself with things divided into sections, so I know if I only have a little bit of time, what I can do. Most of these are usually just links in my email, but I have put them as hyperlinks here. That way you can see what they are easily.

GIVEAWAYS – These I want to enter.

UPCYCLING/REUSING (projects I think are cool, or are good ideas)






What  kind of things do you send yourself??? Or am I the only one that does this??

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Had to turn down a FSOT Mei Tai baby carrier last night when I re-checked our funds and found very little available after bills. Been looking at a Mei Tai for a long time and just can’t see spending close to $100 on one.  Don’t get me wrong, I love our wrap.  Just wanted an alternative.

What item have you longed for and always seem to miss out on just when it’s within reach?

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I apologize for the low number of posts so far yesterday and today! It has been very crazy at work. I will post deals as I can.

Thanks for understanding!

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