Pick up a great nursing cover or sling from Peanut Shell over at Green Baby Bargains TODAY ONLY.  Up to 55% off!

Each Peanut Shell® Nursing Cover is equipped with flexible neckline to promote mother/infant eye contact, infant monitoring, and increased air circulation. Their wide design allows easy and discreet breastfeeding and clothing adjustments. The bottom corners of the Peanut Shell® Nursing Cover each have a convenient storage pocket made from soft cotton jersey knit for the best in quality and functionality.”  Priced at $16.

The Peanut Shell pouch slings come in three sizes, and has nothing to cinch, adjust, or buckle. These slings can be used for multiple carry  positions – cradle, tummy to tummy, forward facing, and hip carry. They are for use with newborn up to 36 months.” Priced at $17.55.

Valid today, 10/29 only, while supplies last.

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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.

Website

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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Earth’s Best is “offering parents the chance to host their very own Earth’s Best Playdate Party! Each Playdate Party comes complete with an Earth’s Best Party Pack, containing over $90 worth of products for the host and their guests to enjoy.”  Check out their Facebook page to find out  how to enter.

My Baby’s Green 50% off item for today is the adorable Garden Tote by Under the Nile. Pick one up for $12.48! Valid today, 8/23 only!

EcoMom’s Daily Deal today is Doctor T’s Supergoop! Bundle: 1 Medium Super-Pump (24oz) and 1 pack of Super-Swipes for $61.20! Original price $105!  Valid today, 8/23 only!

Order something from Country Drawers’ new store between today and Friday (8/27) and be entered to win a diaper sprayer OR a $30 gift certificate to the store!

Baby Legs is having a Back to School Sale (who isn’t?).  Some great coupon codes to use:

  • BACKTOSCHOOL to get 50% off your orders of $100 or more
  • SCHOOL to get 30% off your order of $50 or more

And rumor has it, their school bus legs are back in stock!

Bebe Au Lait nursing covers are 50% off over at Baby Steals TODAY ONLY! Snag one for just $19.99.

Cutie Poops & Bottoms has announced their own Fluff of the Month Club! Like other store’s similar programs, subscribe and every month you get a surprise delivery of new diapers. They are offering varying lengths for subscriptions, from 4months to 9 months and you can opt to pay the membership subscription fee all at once, or monthly. Rate is $22.50/month.  Sherri says “We want to make it fun! In our Fluff of the Month Club, you will receive many adorable prints and unique diapers that I have either commissioned for our store, or something great I found from a WAHM (work at home mom).  Here are some examples of diapers you just might get including exclusive prints, tie-dye, camouflage, and sports. Remember: half the fun is the surprise!

You might also receive brand new colors or prints from our already popular brands including bumGenius, Fuzzibunz, GroVia, Thirsties,  Bummis , and more.  Other diapers may include WeeHuggers, Lollidoo’s, Butterbears, Forward Thinking, Kiwi Pie, and more.  Possible diapers  include: Thirsties Duo-Diaper, bumGenius Elemental AIO, GroVia AI2, Bummis Bamboozle, Flip Stay Dry or Organic, Tots Bots Easy Fit, and more!”  YOu can also indicate your preference to AIO/Pockets or Wraps/Covers and if you want Boy, Girl or Gender Neutral colors/prints.  Check out her store site to find out more information.

EcoBabyBuys has Bamboo LullaBags & LullaWraps from Cloud B for $18.98 – 47% off! Valid today, 8/23 only, while supplies last. “The patented two-way zipper provides easiest access without waking baby.”

These are all from posts from my favorite stores and products on Facebook. Have you “liked” your favorites yet? Great deals can be had….

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Some good deals out there today:

EcoBabyBuys has Lovelines Organic Crib Set by Pixel Organics for $150 – 62% off! “The entire set is made of 100% Certified Organic Cotton Sateen (no pesticides or herbicides) and has a thread count of 220. The quilt and bumper are filled with eco-spun 100% Regenerated Refill Polyester Fill that releases zero VOCs (volatile organic compounds).  Printing is low impact and approved by the Organic Trade Association. Made in the USA.” Valid today, 8/5 only, while supplies last.

GreenBabyBargains has Nursing Necklaces by Organic Mama’s Shop for $12.45 – 50% off. Valid today, 8/5 only, while supplies last.

Not organic, but super cute: Olivia Place has the Peace Please Onesie by Hot Tot Tees for $8.40 – 70% off!Custom made for Olivia Place – you won’t find this hip piece ANY where else! Funky peace sign screen printed on a rich chocolate colored long-sleeved onesie.” Valid today, 8/5 only, while supplies last.

If you EVER want to try and get the Daily Deal over at EcoMom, you’re going to want to get their annual EcoPass. One-Year membership is $99 and includes:

  • Discounted prices on all products
  • Free ground shipping on all orders
  • First look at new product samples
  • Exclusive offers and promotions

This includes getting EARLY access to the Daily Deal. These are selling out, on average, in about an hour every day!

Nicki’s Diapers is having some good deals this week:

Zulily has a BabySoy event until 8/10 at 7a PDT with clothing up to 55% off. This is a member-only site, but it’s free to sign up.  “babysoy clothing is sustainable and eco-friendly. Soybean fiber is a textile made from recycled material, so it doesn’t add any extra burden to Mother Nature. Plus, all of babysoy’s snaps and zippers are nickel-free and made by the world-renowned brand YKK. The co-founders of babysoy are serious about employing artisans to craft their clothes in a fair, safe working environment. Four times a year, they conduct unannounced factory inspections. The brand also partners with Healthy Child Healthy World in dedication to protect the health and well-being of children.”

And Totsy has Naturally Knotty up to 55% off until 8/10. Also a member-only site, but it’s free to sign up. “Luxurious wraps, scarves, totes and gift sets made from recycled, renewable materials make this collection eco-chic!” Great things for baby OR mom!

Be sure to check out past Green Baby Deals posts! Don’t want you to miss out on anything!

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Hey all Nursing Moms!  BabySteals has the Glamourmom Nursing Tanks 50% off TODAY 8/2 ONLY! Prices starting at $17!!

“Stylish, yet practical, this nursing top replaces and improves upon the ordinary nursing bra because it can be worn underneath or on it’s own. The revolutionary patented design of these breastfeeding tanks combines complete post-partum tummy coverage, with a built-in soft cup frame and elastic shelf for total breast support. Nurse discreetly without covering baby and avoid complete exposure.”

While Supplies Last!

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EcoBabyBuys has Sigg water bottles starting at $10.99 – 40% off! Valid today, 7/30 only, while supplies last. Sigg water bottles are BPA-free.

BabySteals has Halo Cotton SleepSack™ & SleepSack™ Swaddle Wearable Blankets starting at $12.98 – 50% off! Valid today, 7/30 only, while supplies last. “The SleepSack™ wearable blanket replaces loose blankets for safer sleep. It’s the wearable blanket that carries the “#1 Safe Sleep Product” gold seal from First Candle/SIDS Alliance.”   “The ORIGINAL SleepSack™ Wearable Blanket now with an adjustable, removable swaddle feature. The 2-in-1 SleepSack™ Swaddle hugs your baby to prevent the startle reflex – allowing your little one to sleep more soundly. The SleepSack™ Swaddle replaces loose blankets for safer sleep and allows your baby to stay safe, warm and cozy all night long.

BabyHalfOff has The American Terry Co Hooded Towels And Cover Ups 50% to 55% Off – starting at $9 each! Including an Organic Baby Hooded Towel ($9) or Organic Toddler Cover-up ($19).  Valid today, 7/30 only, while supplies last.

The Mini Social is having a sales event for PureBaby pajamas until 8/4 12a PST.Purebaby is an Australian owned fashion label creating unique, organic clothing for babies and children. Established in 2002, Purebaby was born out of a desire for beautiful and simple products made with awareness and care.” This is a member-only site, but it’s free to sign up.

Zulily is having a sales event on Muck-Free Lunch Gear by Citizenpip until 8/4 at 7a PDT – up to 45% off!.These lunch bags and food jars have no lead, BPA, or phthalates. Now’s your chance to gear up for the new school year and commit to making a small change with a huge environmental impact.” These are so awesome! Look at the great designs! I want one for me. 🙂 This is a member-only site, but it’s free to sign up.

BabiesRUs AGAIN! Super TWO-DAY Sale (Friday 7/30-Saturday 7/31 ONLY!) and again, it is IN-STORE ONLY. Use these coupons when specified.

  • 20% off Boppy Pillows w/ coupon
  • 30% shopping cart covers w/ coupon
  • 20% off all gliders and ottomans w/ coupon
  • FREE $10 BRU gift card WYB (3) Earth’s Best 25.75oz infant formula @ $29.99
    • $5/1 EArth’s Best formula – can only print ONE
    • Buy 3, use 1 coupon: Total OOP: ~$85. Get $10 back. Net cost of $24.99. Eh, ok price, but I’ve gotten it on sale for better.
  • FREE Earth’s Best tub of wipes WYB (2) Earth’s Best value boxes of diapers (56-76 ct.) starting @ $19.99ea.
    • $1.50/1 Earth’s Best diapers – can only print ONE
    • Buy 2, use 1 coupon: Total OOP: ~$38.50. Get FREE wipes (value $3.79). Eh, ok price if you need the diapers/wipes.
  • B2G1 FREE Babyganics products – prices starting at $.99.
    • $1/1 Babyganics product – Parenting: the early years magazine – May 2010.
  • B2G1 FREE Annie’s Homegrown Snacks – prices starting at $1.99
  • Earth’s Best 1st and 2nd baby food jars – 20/$10 – must by 20
  • Earth’s Best 3rd baby food jars 10$10 – must by 10
  • Brothers All-Natural Fruit Crisps 5/$4 – must by 5
  • B2G1 FREE Silly Bandz (have you seen these crazy things?) $4.99

Totsy is having a sale event for Agoo Leg Huggers until 8/4 at 10a EDT with prices starting at $4.49 (regular price $10).Agoo Leg Huggers fabulous function and flare, made from eco-

friendly, 100% sustainable bamboo fibers will keep your little one’s legs warm in the cold and cool in the heat.”

Totsy is also have TWO Hooligans events. The first is for Hooligans Dolls ends 8/2 at 10a EDT and has prices up to 50% off. The second is for Hooligans Clothing and ends 8/3 at 10a EDT and has prices up to 60% off! Hooligans pride itself in authentic designs .Only Fair trade fabrics are used and a huge commitment to previously disadvantaged communities has seen independent factories blossom into exclusively manufacturing for us.”

Green Baby Bargains has Dillygiggles Organic Lip Balm 4-Packs 53% off – $6.99! Valid today, 7/30 only, while supplies last.  I love this name. LOL!  “Dillygiggles”. Just makes me want to giggle. “What started out as some fun-filled, mom & daughter experimenting in their own kitchen, turned into a unique and whimsical line of products for young girls that are simply down-to-earth!” 4-Pack includes: 1 Fairy Cherry, 1 Sassy Citrus, 1 Magical Mint and 1 Cocoa Kisses lip balm.  Hmmm…. need stocking stuffers already???

BabyLegs gives out a code to Facebook Fans every Friday for %off – Go Fan them!

Funky Monkey Organic Freeze Dried Fruit at $.80/bag on Amazon! Use promo code: FUNK4BTS for 10% off. If you sign up for subscribe & save: get 25% off. Must buy the 12-bag to get the lowest price. Thanks, Organic Deals!

And some Cloth Diaper deals today:

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Zulily has an event going on right now for The Little Seed – an eco-friendly children’s clothing company. All clothes are made from 100% RAW cotton, which means it hasn’t been treated with chemicals after growth and harvest.  Hmmm… I’ve never heard of that. Anybody?  Anyway, the sale is up to 55% off and ends 8/3 at 7a PDT. This is a member-only site, but it’s free to sign up.

Zulily also has Challenge & Fun up to 45% off – ends 8/2 at 7a PDT.   “Challenge & Fun represents a range of natural brands with products that are made in Europe and not readily available throughout the States.”  I love this wooden market play set. 🙂

EcoBabyBuys is offering today a set of 2 Lafe’s Organic Baby Bug Repellent 40% off – $15.59!  Valid today, 7/29 only, while supplies last. This repellant receives a 0 in the Cosmetic Database. (Read about why this is important.)

Have you checked out Disney’s new organic line? They are offering organic graphic tees in both adult AND child sizes! Priced at 2/$24 for adult sizes and 2/$18 for child sizes.

They are also offering a cool TrackYourT program that allows you to “track” your t-shirt from the field to the store!

Babies R Us is having a members-only in-store only event THURSDAY 7/29-FRIDAY 7/30 ONLY! Coupons required. Sign up in-store to receive these offers!

Use the Search box at the top of this page to search for other deals at Babies R Us. I posted last week on some in-store deals I saw on my last visit.

GreenBabyBargains is offering Nursing Bracelets by Organic Mama’s Shop 58% off – only $13.98! Valid today, 7/29 only, while supplies last. “Nursing Bracelets are super simple to use! And made of durable stainless steel memory wire, either gemstones beads, high quality glass beads, and metalized number beads (Lead FREE!!). Each Nursing Bracelet comes with

one co-ordinating charm and extra Nursing Bracelet charms are available for purchase in Organic Mama’s Shop to keep track of things…”

One Step Ahead has a great thing I found (and that I need DESPERATELY!): Juice Pal Insulated Juice Box Holder. Looks like it also holds drink pouches. Not a sale, but at $3.95 – worth every penny at our house!

They didn’t have any Organic/Green delas today, but you may want to also check out:

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