Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Swimmin' Time!

From our last couple of posts you can see that Rowan (or maybe just MOMMY) loves the jungle theme! So when we got this amazing swim diaper in the mail Rowan and Mommy were very excited!

Monkey Doodlez has inventory we had been gaga over for a long time! So we were thrilled to put it to the test. Our neighbourhood has a lake so that's where we tested it first! The diaper closes snaps and fits snugly and very trim under Rowan's swim trunks. It could be worn without the trunks very easily but because it was super sunny we went for extra sun coverage.

The inner lining of the swim diaper is meshy to catch potential solids. Behind the mesh is a PUL lining which doubles that solids will stay put and liquids as well. I have a fear of Rowan having a massive poo in the pool or lake and the diaper not catch it! I felt very secure with this swim diaper.

The elastic around the legs is also snug, but not too snug, to prevent leakage.

We have been on many swim dates since the first time trying it out and Rowan has been the envy of all of his friends! I am glad to say this swim diaper helped us avoid using disposable swim diapers all summer. We are about to start swimming lessons in a few weeks and I am hoping this swim diaper will last through lessons before the little monster grows.

This swim diaper is much better than the one I had previous tried out and puts my worries of Rowan's poo escaping into the pool at ease because the diaper is pretty bullet proof!

I am very happy to say that we cloth diaper and swim diaper I can't imagine that one of the disposables would feel as natural or comfortable on a baby as this did!

Monkey Doodlez has offered to do a give-away of one of their swim diapers! The winner will be drawn on September 12 at 6pm (MST).

PLEASE include your email address with your comments so I can find you!!

To earn entries:

1) MANDATORY - Like Go Shop Momma on Facebook
Like Monkey Doodlez

2) Check out Monkey Doodlez website and let me know which swim diaper you like best.

3) Let me know what other products Monkey Doodlez carries that you like.

4) Let me know who would be wearing your swim diaper?

Monday, August 22, 2011

Our favourite diaper cover...

I received what has become my most favourite diaper cover in the mail a while back! I love this work at home momma's work so very much!

Michele from Zookies makes some amazing products! Like most WAHMs Michele was looking for a way to stay at home with her two children and make some income at the same time. She was a cloth diapering momma so that is how she came up with her product ideas!

Michele's initial goals are to help with an extra income but she does have dreams of growing her business, and with such high quality products she won't have troubles growing!

Zookies has a website as well as an ETSY shop. Some of her diaper covers are even carried internationally!

Michele does all of the sewing for Zookies, but has a helper that comes in to help cut and iron the fabrics. Which I think is a brilliant idea, considering she has two little children at home.

I have some photos of Rowan rocking his elephant print cover. We have used it to cover our favourite night time diaper which is a hemp diaper and we have also used it as a back up cover for our flip inserts! We have been using it for a couple of months and have never had a leak!!!

The cover we received has the snap rise and velcro to close the cover. The way the cover is crafted rivals that of any big name diaper cover out there. I do not hesitate to recommend Zookies to other cloth diapering mothers and those considering cloth diapering. With the fun prints, the choices in closures the possibilities are endless in what Michele can create for you.

I look forward to growing our cloth diaper stash and adding some more of Michele's fine work to our collection.

Although this blog is all about Zookies diaper covers there is so much more available on their website. Some of their other products include burp cloths and bibs, snack bags, bar soap and the list continues.

Michele has been kind enough to offer to do a give away for one lucky reader and is offering the discount code goshop15 to save 15% on any order over $10!

In order to earn an entry into the random draw to win the cover please do the following, after you do each please come back and leave a SEPARATE comment (each comment counts as one entry)! Please leave your email address with you comments so we can contact you IF you win!

1) MANDITORY - Follow Go Shop Momma on Facebook as well as Zookies on Facbook.
2) Visit and tell us which print you love the most!
3) Tell us why you would like the diaper cover for your stash!

We will do a draw on July 27 to decide the winner!

Monday, August 15, 2011

BBG Knits

I decided before Rowan was born that he would have a safari baby animal theme to his room. I also decided that he would love monkies, especially sock monkies.

So when Jaime from BBGKnits sent us this fantastic hat and blankie combo I was head over heels! I love my sock monkey as a child so I absolutely love the sock monkey inspired products.

Jaime is another one of the amazing Work at Home Mommas I have come across recently. She is one busy lady! Between running a busy household and her own business she's got a lot on her plate, and she's headed back to work shortly. Her husband fully supports her business and helps with designs and taking photos of her products. Together they have two sons, a black lab, a betta fish, a leopard gecko and two bearded dragons! 

So the products she sent me, are her most popular products and I can see why! We take the blanket everywhere, the hat (toque) lives in the trailer for camping! I was sooo excited that the hat actually fit Baby R's big(ish) sized head! The blanket  is perfect for the stroller, carseat or for Rowan to tote along when we're going out. 

The colour schemes are amazing! I used to crochet, and I thought I was amazing because I had mastered a granny square, and now all of the crafty mommas are laughing at me, but Jaime is amazing. She has mastered the art of bringing the sock monkey back for the new generations!

"I have been crocheting and knitting since I was a little girl and after I got pregnant with my 2nd son, I figured it would be a great way to earn a little extra money while doing something I love to do," says Jaime.

Jaime says she can make nearly anything, right now she is specializing in baby and children's items. She can do some custom work and she is looking into making some photography props for photographers to use. She has made everything from headbands to toys to blankets and is willing to work with new ideas and budgets.

Jaime's products are very well put together, Rowan has put his little blanket through a lot and a trip through the washer later you would never know that it was just at the beach or the victim of  a sick baby moment!

Please check out Jaime's FaceBook site and her different products! She is offering all GSM readers and fans free shipping on any order over $40 to anywhere in Canada or the USA if you send her the code "GSMFREESHIP" to her email

So GSM readers please go check out BBGKnits and show her some love!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Easy cleanup with Kiddo Designs

I must admit before having a child of my own I used to make fun of the parents who used the full shirted bibs... Thanks to Nicole from Kiddo Designs, I am one of those moms!

I have used the bib she sent me dozens of times already. We started when we started Rowan on a sippy cup. I know you're not supposed to put formula in sippy cups because of the extra pieces inside, but the cups we have are one piece and I clean them by hand with the bottles so I know it's all clean in the end!

Since then we have started with baby lead weaning (or solids) and skipped the cereals and purees. Let me say this bib comes in handy on the days we have squishy pears and messy avocados!

It's simple, it does up in the back, covers Rowan's front so any spills don't go on his outfit, on the inside of the bib has a lining so liquids don't soak through.

This product is brilliant, and only a mom could understand the amazingness of the product! Nicole has added food catchers to bibs in the past.

She does custom orders on her crocheting, which is also stunning work! She makes the most adorable hats. Her most popular product is the brown newsboy hat with a pink flower and trim.  Her two little girls helped inspire her to begin crocheting again and to create her own patterns.

She sells her products in her Etsy store and has some prospects for a small shop picking up her products as well!

For our loyal readers Nicole is willing to do a discount code for 10% off her products. Just use the code: KIDDO10

Visit Kiddo Designs at

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Discovery Toys!!

As a mom I have become obsessed with toys for my son. If I can somehow find an educational use for the toy it’s that much better. So needless to say I am obsessed with Discovery Toys and most of their inventory (if not, all of it!). So when I received two of the Peek-A-Boo Photo Cubes from Discovery Toys Educational Leader, Kristina Graham, I was ecstatic! Rowan was pretty stoked too as was his girlfriend (one-year-old) Macy.

The two loved the soft toy. The bright reds contrasting with the whites and blacks captivated their attention. The soft rattle head made Rowan giggle and try to find the noise! Although, Rowan is a bit young to “play” he got his hand stuck in the middle of the box and was shaking it silly and laughing his heart out.

The black and white patterned cards can be flipped or replaced with different cards or photos. Kristina herself fell in love with the line of Discovery Toys when she was looking to buy gifts for her sons and soon found herself selling the product. Her two adventurous sons will not complain as they have a toy room every little boy would dream of!!

Kristina hosts online parties as well as in home parties. I must admit the parties are as much fun for parents as they are for kids as you get to test out the toys and see what they’re really like.

Kristina loves how Discovery Toys allows her to work around her busy mommy schedule, have fun while working and visit with other moms.

If you have any questions on how to place an order or become a Discovery Toys Educational Leader just head on over to Kristina’s FaceBook site

GIVE-AWAY CLOSES July 1, 2011!

AND if you want a chance to enter to win one of your own Peek-A0Boo Photo Cubes read below on how you can qualify! Comment after you complete each of the chances (WITH an email address so I can contact you IF you win!)

1)      Follow Go Shop Momma’s Blog and Kristina’s Discovery Toys Page
2)      Comment on why you like Discovery Toys.
3)      Comment on who you would give the Peek-A-Boo Photo Cube to if you were to win.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Old fashioned toys making a comeback!!

I thought I would enlist a handful of older kids to test out this fantastic set of bean bags I received from Klever Krafts. So I packed Rowan up and we headed to a friend’s house for a play date!

In the pictures you will see we had a total of four kids under 2.5 years old testing this product! Tanya with Klever Krafts started making “Bump ‘n Bruise Bags” and then her curious son got a hold of the bag and started playing with it! That is how she started creating smaller versions, just like the old fashioned bean bag!

The bean bags were a hit with the four testers as they would be for older kids as well! The younger kids play with them and toss them around. With bigger kids you could make a crafting project to build props with holes to aim at with the bean bags and then use them! Us mommies even enjoyed playin with them.

These can also be tossed in the freezer to be used as mini ice packs for those owies all kids run into. Although the beans are double stitched in the bags, it is recommended to watch little ones while they are playing with the bags just in case!

Klever Krafts has many clever products and Tanya is always expanding and creating new products from suggestions and ideas she finds herself. She likes her business because it allows being a mom to be more fun and it allows her to make things the way she likes it rather than things that are mass produced in factory somewhere.

Some of her other products include coffee cosies (a protective sleeve for your coffee cup), crayon rollups, pillow cases, bags, aprons and much more! She has a great selection of fabrics and most importantly of all she puts her customers first!

Tanya has an offer for one of our readers! She will offer one reader a $10 coupon to her store and free shipping.

**After doing the steps to qualify for the draw come and comment on the blog! **

To receive entries for the draw:
1)      *MANDATORY ENTRY* In order to be entered you MUST follow Go Shop Momma’s Blog AND you MUST be a fan of Klever Krafts and Alterations.
2)      EXTRA ENTRY – Tell me what your favourite product of Klever Kraft’s
3)      EXTRA ENTRY - Suggest 10 friends to follow check out Klever Krafts 

Friday, April 22, 2011

A Fluffy Giveaway!!

I was very excited when we received our first package of fluff in the mail! Carolyn from Every Babies Bottom sent us one of her diapers to try out.

The outside of the diaper
The inside of the diaper
They carry Papoose diapers, we were lucky to receive one of the Whimsical in White diapers. The outer layer of the diapers is PUL, so no cover is needed and the inner layer is a polyester. The inner layer is so soft which would feel nice against the bare skin. The diapers come with one microfiber insert.  

A rear view of the diaper
Extra inserts are available at an extra costs. We did not have a problem only using one insert, and Rowan is a heavy wetter. The elastic legs managed to contain one of Rowan’s most explosive poops to date!

The diapers are all in one pocket diapers. They fit a bit larger than the other diapers we have, Rowan is on one of the smaller sizes, but that means it will last us longer. There are three options for the rise and the waist can go quite small and quite large as well.

How the diaper fits

Every Babies Bottom just went public last month. It is a family run business. we are truly passionate about all the benefits of cloth diapers. “They are cheaper to use than disposables, better for your baby, environmentally friendly, easy to use and adjustable to fit baby  from newborn to toddler,” said Carolyn.”

Carolyn is expecting her first child and started the business after a family member asked Carolyn to look into cloth options.

Currently Every Babies Bottom is an online store with just the diapers and inserts but they are thinking of expansion in the future.

Carolyn is doing a giveaway once her facebook group reaches 100 fans. She will be giving away a cloth diapering package!

Ask her how to get free shipping and a 15% discount before April 30.

In order to qualify for Every  Babies Bottom’s giveaway you must head over to her facebook group, like it and leave a message for her as to why you want to cloth diaper or why you cloth diaper.