June 21, 2014

Closing for Good

It will be 3 years of business this July. I have had to make a hard choice. My kids are bigger and my time spent on Lovely Eco Chic has become harder to find. We will be taking down the website at the end of the month. I have enjoyed playing games, talking fluff, all the sweet baby photos people have shared. I wish you and your growing families all the best. It has been my pleasure knowing you. If you want to get in one last laundry detergent order. Please PM or email me your order. Best wishes~ Mary

May 7, 2014

Smart Bottom 3.1 Review

This has definitely been a winning diaper for our baby.  The fast drying organic cotton interior is unbeatable, even at night.  For me, it dries in one or 2 dryer cycles, about how long prefolds take.  I love the color coordinating snaps, no boring colors here.  The one that was sent to me was the Juliet diaper, pink with aqua snaps is so adorable on my little one.  They have new color combos that recently released and they are awesome!!
   The diaper looks very comfortable for baby too.  The elastics are completely encased in organic cotton around the legs.   I have not had staining issues like I have had with other organic diaper brands.  The softness and ease of this diaper make it a favorite and have even purchased another.   The snaps have been very durable and are easy for me to get undone, my little nudest is yet to undo it. The 4 step rise really would fit a very small baby and can accommodate my 23 lb daughter on the second to highest rise snap setting.  

November 30, 2013

Fun way to get my husband Warren Lutz new Real Estate website launched.

As some of you know, I'm married to a writer. But that's not all Warren does. He's also a real estate agent, and he just launched his website at EastBayHousingMarket.com (also found at AgentLutz.com).

Warren isn't like other agents -- he won't spam you or get on your case about when you're going to buy or sell a home. But if you have a question about that stuff, you should ask him. He knows a lot about real estate and has worked in the industry for nearly 20 years. (In fact, he used to be the editor of a national real estate news service, has written newspaper columns, and still writes for Mortgage Banking magazine.) Feel free to follow him on Facebook atwww.Facebook.com/AgentLutz or on Twitter at @AgentLutz.

Here's how you can help. We're going to have a Lovely Eco Chic style giveaway only helping spread Warren's info about and win a Fabulous door prize doing it. 

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October 10, 2013

Halloween Photo Contest win some Fun Fluff

I want to find a home for our Anibums Pumpkin cover before Halloween. I thought it would be fun to post falls pictures on our blog Today through next Thursday and choose a photo contest winner. Without being gender bias we'll choose a boy and a girl winner. Our boy winner will get an equal value item from our shop as I didn't think about a baby boy pumpkin. Sorry I had ruffles on the brain when I ordered. email photos to info@lovelyecochic.com photos will be published at night to http://lovelyecochic.blogspot.com/

**** A Tally will be taken of comments to chose the winner. Please this is family fun and anything considered rude or hurtful will be deleted and disqualify you from any giveaway Lovely Eco Chic hosts here or elsewhere

June 25, 2013

OsoCozy Fitted Diaper Review (reviewed/written by Kelly Skubisz)

One of the reasons I initially switched to cloth diapers was because I could not find a disposable diaper that would keep my 1-year-old son dry at night. After experimenting and failing with all-in-one (AIO) diapers and pocket diapers, stuffed with every type of insert I could get my hands on, I finally found the solution for my heavy wetter - fitted diapers! I was so pleased with how well they worked at night that began using them quite often during the day. So needless to say, I was very pleased to have the opportunity to use and review the OsoCozy fitted diaper.

The OsoCozy fitted diaper is constructed of three layers of birdseye cotton and an interior flannel pad consisting of 6-7 layers of absorbency. It is available in snap and hook/loop closures and in sizes ranging from small to toddler sized. Fitted diapers do require a cover to be waterproof. This review is of the snap closure, toddler sized diaper, tested on my 2 year old, 28 lb toddler. The toddler size fits from 25-35 lbs.

This diaper does require prepping to reach maximum absorbency. My first use was after only 3 washes, and the exterior of the diaper became damp very quickly. However, after each subsequent wash, I noticed a marked improvement in performance. I would recommend at least 5 washes before initial use.

Lots of absorbency in there! 

I tested the OsoCosy on my son during normal daytime activity, naptime, and overnight. Daytime use was a breeze. The snap closures are easy to use, and very secure with a toddler who sometimes likes to undo Velcro diapers! During the day, I always let him go coverless and I love how breathable yet absorbent fitteds are. The only trouble I had when my son wore the OsoCozy during the day was wing droop. One more hip snap would've been ideal, but I have difficulty in general finding a diaper that fits my son well because of his skinny waist and chunky thighs.

 Snapped up and ready to go! 

I loved the OsoCozy for naptime. I had been having leaking issues with my go-to naptime diaper before I tested this fitted, so I was thrilled to have a potential nap solution. The first day we used it during naptime, I put a fleece cover over the fitted and crossed my fingers. At the end of his nap, dry sheets!

Nighttime is always a challenge around here! I must admit, I was nervous to try the OsoCozy overnight. With any fitted I use on my son overnight, I always add an extra soaker to boost absorbency (in this case, I used one made of organic bamboo fleece), a separate fleece liner to keep his skin dry, and a knitted wool soaker or shorties on top. I was thrilled to find dry sheets in the morning, and the outside of the wool soaker wasn't even damp! When I removed the OsoCozy, it was soaked! I was quite impressed with how much it held.

Great fit around chunky legs! No gaps! 

The OsoCozy is a great option for those who need the absorbency of a fitted at an affordable price. The only drawback for me was the fit. I had trouble with wing droop if he wore it while he was walking or playing, although I mostly used this diaper for sleeping. I would recommend anyone with a heavy wetter give an OzoCosy a try! 

May 8, 2013

Review of the OsoCozy All In One Cloth Size One diaper on a Newborn

I have been using Osocozy AIO diaper almost daily since I received them. They are great for newborns and toddlers too. They are very soft inside and the fit is great. The elastic around the legs and on the back of the diaper is gentle yet firm and did not leave marks. I like that they come either a bleached cotton gauze or unbleached Birdseye fabric. The wide Hook and loop tabs hold the diaper very securely. My 2 year old could not get it undone, which was great. Both diapers will fit as described size one 7 to 18 lbs (it may not start fitting until the cord falls off) and size 2 up to 35 lbs. The trick with these are to get them really high in the back since they do not have any rise adjustment other than the leg elastics. I only had one leak the second time I used the size 2. That could be because we left her in it a little longer than we should have or because it was not to its full absorbency yet. The size one on a newborn worked at all times of day and night. For the size 2 I don't know if I would trust it over night with a 2 year old but would probably be just fine for a one year old or less. Easy to wash and dry. I had no staining issues at all, even if you did get a little stain on them I am sure they would sun out perfectly. The only thing that I wish I could change about the diaper is that I wish it had a way to add additional absorbent layers to it. That would really make me comfortable in leaving them in the diaper overnight. Overall, I would recommend this diaper to someone just starting out or someone who does not have a lot of time. They are a very cost effective cloth diapering AIO option. These are the size one fitting a 8 lb 5 oz baby. ^^^ she was about 9 lbs here. This is the fit on my 2 year old she is about 26 lbs and 35" tall. Thank you so much for letting me try these great diapers and let me know if you would like me to review anything else for you. With warm regards, Rachel

May 1, 2013

Smart Bottoms Review and Giveaway

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Smart Bottoms AIO Diaper Review

It's been a while since I've reviewed a diaper for you guys!  Woo!  Feeding your addiction one diaper at  a time.  I've got another one for you!  Lovely Eco Chic needed a second opinion on the Smart Bottoms Smart One 3.0 AIO, and I was more than happy to give that second opinion as I'd never tried Smart Bottoms before.  And y'all know I LOVE trying new diapers on E.  We've talked about our addiction before.

We'll start that Cloth Diapers Anonymous group as soon as our stashes are done...

Yeah.  Ok.  Enough with the delusions and on to the good stuff!  I know you want to hear all about this diaper, and I have a lot of great things to tell you about it!.  Firstly, it's a one sized all in one- so if you're new to cloth and trying to figure out what in the heck that means- it's a diaper that can grow with your baby.  Smart Bottoms says their diaper can fit a baby ranging from 8 lbs to 35 lbs.  It's also an all in one which means no stuffing, no prefolds, no trying to figure out how to set it up- the organic cotton inner is sewn right in!  Easy peasy.  They come in a bunch of great colors and prints, and have a feature I love- some of their colored diapers have contrasting snap colors.  Cute!!!

The deets-  The inner is a sewn in "snake style" insert.  What that means is that it is one long insert that you can lay in the diaper however your baby needs it.  I put it on E to sleep in one night and the girl is a tummy sleeper so I folded that little "snake" to have the most absorbency in the front, right where she gets the heaviest wetting at night.  It's a feature I definitely love.  It does not have a stay dry top on the insert, which is something some people love and others hate.  I don't feel passionately one way or the other about that, but it's just something to keep in mind when you're ordering one of these.  Some people do say that having a natural fiber against the skin with no stay dry inner can help babies potty learn faster because they can feel when they are wet.  It's also just my personal feeling that a diaper without a stay dry inner has got to be more comfortable and much less hot in the summer.

The diaper has four rise snaps which means there is tons of room for customization on the fit.  Which is awesome, because if you really do have an 8 lb newborn, the diaper will probably be pretty bulky snapped all the way down, but I think you probably would be able to get a good fit.  Obviously E is 14 months and almost 20 lbs, so that isn't an issue with her, but it does fit her really well.  It's not bulky at all, and she has plenty of room to grow into it.  If she keeps her infant round-tummy I might worry about running out of room in the waist, but as I think that will go away as she grows, I think she will get a lot of use out of this diaper.

The way the waist snaps are set up is a little different than most diapers, and in a really great way.  The female snaps are on the tabs, and the male snaps are on the tummy panel.  So what does that mean for you and your little one?  It means that there's no possibility of an errant tab snap digging into their skin. While I don't really think that would be an issue with this particular diaper since there are no hip-snaps, it is something that I think makes a whole lot of sense, and I'm not sure why other diapers aren't made that way.

So what do I love about this diaper?

*Organic cotton inner.  No worrying about what kind of chemicals may be going up next to your baby's skin with this diaper.  And if itdoes help with early potty learning- another huge plus.

*Great trim-fit.  Even when the snake insert is folded into crazy positions, your baby will never look like she or he can't move in this diaper.  But even being as trim as it is- E slept in this all night long with no extra absorbency added and had NO LEAKS!

*I love that the snaps on the tummy panel are reversed from what most cloth diapers are.  The female snaps are on the tabs, so they won't dig into your babe's skin.

*The colors and prints are so adorable.  Seriously.  I want them all.  Which really shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone, but they are just so cute.  And the contrasting snap colors?  Yes please!

*Super absorbent.  Keep in mind that as this diaper is organic cotton- it will take 5 or 6 washes to be fully absorbent.  If you only wash it once and then put it on your baby and it leaks- that is why.  That being said- once it is prepped and ready, this diaper is awesome!  It lasted E all night with no leaks.  And that is saying something!

*Easy to size, easy to use.  There's not much of a learning curve with this diaper, and there are so many ways you can fold the insert to get the right fit for your baby.

Is there anything I would change about this diaper?

*The leg elastic.  E has been having some crazy watery teething poops lately.  It's unfortunate.  And some diapers just don't hold it in at the legs.  While E hasn't pooped in the Smart Bottoms yet, I do worry about it's ability to keep it in.  I'd really love it if the leg elastic was top stitched.  I feel like leg elastic that is top stitched just stays in place a little better, and holds everything in a little better.  The way the elastic is on the Smart One is not bad- it's plenty snug, but I do worry about the watery teething poops.

*I'd like the tummy panel to have one more set of snaps and be just slightly wider.  On a really chunky baby, I'm not sure this diaper would really fit up to 35 lbs.

But that's it!  Just two things that I would improve on, and neither is even close to being a deal breaker for this gal!  I think the Smart One 3.0 is going to become one of those diapers that I reach for first.  It's so easy to use, is super duper cute, and really absorbent.  I also love the organic cotton inner, and think I'll probably need a couple more for the summer months because it just has to be a little cooler than most of E's fleece-inner diapers.

All in all, I really really love this diaper and I'd recommend it to anyone!  At $23 it's not the most expensive AIO, but it's not the cheapest either.  I'd say it's a pretty fair price for an organic cotton AIO and it certainly won't deter me from buying more.  I'm already planning my purchase of a Berry Berry color.  Pink with purple snaps!

Alright folks- hopefully I've just helped feed your cloth addiction today, and told you about a diaper you didn't know too much about before!

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