Friday, August 29, 2014

Ju Ju Be meets Hello Kitty

Here at eLeMeNO-Pee, we are big fans of Ju Ju Be products! They have a solid reputation within the natural/cloth diapering community for a reason. Their bags and accessories offer so many neat features, many of which are unique to Ju Ju Be. Not only are their bags stylish but more importantly, they are ├╝ber functional. I personally carried Ju Ju Be bags when my first child was an infant/toddler and I will be carrying them again once our second baby arrives (any time now!).

The most exciting news in the world of Ju Ju Be is their newest release! They have collaborated with Hello Kitty and launched an adorable line of Hello Kitty bags and accessories that are to die for!



A few closer ups of the accessories :

The ADORABLE stroller clips:


And the Be Neat bib:


If you happen to own any of the Scarlet Petals print, the Hello Kitty coordinates with it adorably! We love this combo!



We celebrated the launch on Monday with our first ever in-store Ju Ju Be trunk show and it was so much fun!



 There are so many different, fun combinations of Ju Ju Be products yuo can mix and match -- what are you waiting for?! Be sure to comment and let us know which your favorite Ju Ju Be products and prints are - we love to hear feedback from our customers!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

eLeMeNO-Pee Rep Spotlight : Jill Crawford!

This week, I have the pleasure of introducing you to one of our most experienced reps, Jill Crawford from Kinder, Lousiana! 

Jill is 31 years old and she has been married to her high school sweetheart for 10 years. Together, they have three beautiful children; Jackson (5), James (2), and Harper-Beth (7 months).  Jill works for the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana and has been an eLeMeNO-Pee rep for the past 5 years!





On to a little Q&A to acquaint you with Jill a little further : 

Who introduced you to cloth diapering? --I was introduced to cloth by Laura Broussard, who is a former eLeMeNO-Pee rep and now the social media director for GroVia.  We were having a play date with our boys and she made cloth diapering look so easy that I made my first purchase that day.

What was your first cloth diaper? -- We started our cloth diapering journey with a Drybees overnight diaper.  I started at night so that I would be comfortable with cloth diapering before I asked my daycare to get on board.  My daycare was hesitant at first but after reading an article in the American Press about cloth diapering they welcomed them with open arms.

What led you to eLeMeNO-Pee? --I decided to become an eLeMeNO-Pee rep because I knew that I could inspire more families to use cloth.  I’m in love with cloth diapers and I want everyone to at least try them out.  I know that they aren’t for every family but trying something new never hurt anyone.

Describe one of your most rewarding client experiences. --I’ve had many rewarding experiences as an eLeMeNO-Pee rep but the most rewarding was when I got to help a needy family save money by switching to cloth.  They can now better provide for the needs of their child because they aren’t worrying where diaper money is going to come from.

What has being an eLeMeNO-Pee rep done for you and your family? --Being an eLeMeNO-Pee rep has allowed my family to have extra funds to move to a greener lifestyle.  eLeMeNO-Pee has also introduced my family to products and other people that have made us healthier and have opened our eyes to an interesting new lifestyle that revolves around a protecting the earth and all who live on it.

Since you're a working mom, tell us about your experiences with cloth and daycare. Are you excited about the new school year starting up or do you wish summer break would last a little longer? --I’m super excited that summer is coming to a close because we have several new journeys ahead of us.  My oldest will be attending Kindergarten this year and is excited to learn and we now have a fabulous nanny who is caring for our younger 2 children.

What is one of your favorite quotes? --My favorite quotes are from Mother Teresa.  “God has not called me to be successful.  He called me to be faithful” and “ I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love”.  I try to live my life by these quotes.

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be? --If I could learn to do anything I would want to learn to garden so that I could grow organic produce for my family.

When you have 30 minutes of free-time, how do you pass the time? --With 3 small children I hardly ever have 30 minutes of free time but when I do I love to relax with a good book. 


 To get in contact with Jill for a personal consultation, you can visit her website : www.elemeno-pee.com/jill





Friday, August 8, 2014

A new way to get started with cloth from eLeMeNO-Pee!

You've been asking and we've been listening! We have now created several "starter stashes" for budgets and preferences of every size!

We anticipate that our most popular bundles will consist of the bumGenius 4.0s and also the GroVia All In One stashes.

bumGenius 4.0 stashes are available in diaper quantities of 6 (the "Starter" stash),  12 (the "Every Day" stash), 18 (the "Rotation" stash), and 24 (the "Ultimate" stash).

The perks of each of these are as follows:



6 / Starter stash: 6 solid print 4.0 diapers in the closure of your choice and a free wetbag. Also qualifies for FREE shipping!

12 / Every Day stash : 11 solid print 4.0 diapers + 1 Genius series print diaper and a free wetbag. Also qualifies for FREE shipping!

18 / Rotation stash: 17 solid diapers + 1 Genius series print diaper including a free wetbag,a free diaper sprayer, and free shipping!

24 / Ultimate stash: 22 solid print diapers + 2 Genius series print diapers, also including a free wetbag, free diaper sprayer, and free shipping!


GroVia All In One stashes are similar to the 4.0 and available in diaper quantities of 6 (the "Starter" stash),  12 (the "Every Day" stash), 18 (the "Rotation" stash), and 24 (the "Ultimate" stash).



6 / Starter stash: 5 solid color AIOs, 1 print, a free wetbag, and free shipping!

12 / Every Day stash : 11 solid print diapers +  one print diaper and a free medium wetbag. Also qualifies for FREE shipping!

18 / Rotation stash: 17 solid diapers + 1 at least one print diaper including a free medium wetbag,a free diaper sprayer, and free shipping!

24 / Ultimate stash: 22 solid print diapers + 2 print diapers, also including a free wetbag, free diaper sprayer, and free shipping!



We also have two great stash options that consist of Softbums diapers+accessories (the Softbums Basic kit and the Softbums Bamboo Starter kit)  and also two choices of Thirsties+accessories stashes (the Thirsties Cover Rotation kit and the Thirsties All In One Everyday kit).


If you've been wanting to make the leap, now is the perfect time to start with any of our diaper stashes that include a little extra incentive to help sweeten the deal! Please visit us in the store, via our website (www.elemeno-pee.com), or contact your nearest cloth diaper consultant to get started today!


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Lots of new and exciting events coming up at eLeMeNO-Pee!

Now that the summer craziness is starting to wind down and everyone is starting to think about going back to school and getting back into a regular routine, we thought now would be a great time to announce several fun, new things coming to eLeMeNO-Pee!

We will be continuing to offer our popular Cloth 101 classes, including two of them today, Wednesday, July 30th at both 10am and 2pm. The class is free and is an excellent starting point for those curious about cloth diapering and not sure where to begin. We hope you'll join us! 


This Saturday, August 2nd, we will also be holding our first-ever Breastfeeding 101 class as well! If you are pregnant and planning to breastfeed or you're currently nursing and would like some additional information or assistance, please plan to join us this Saturday at 10am for an in-store Breastfeeding 101 class. 

You can register for our Breastfeeding 101 class by calling or visiting the store to  register for the class or by visiting our website, www.elemeno-pee.com and registering there as well.

Also on the horizon will be Daddy Bootcamp classes and Comfort Measures Natural Childbirthing classes as well. We are working diligently to get those planned and on the calendar so stay tuned to the blog and our Facebook page for important updates regarding details for both of those exciting classes!

We are hopeful that these events will be a welcome service to our community and we would love to have you join us. Also, as part of the launch, all classes (with the exception of Comfort Measures) will be free!  If you have any questions regarding our classes, please feel free to call or contact us via our website and we would be glad to assist you in any way we can.  We are also open to ideas for additional classes you may find useful as well. Be sure to tell your friends and family members -- the more, the merrier!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

So, those "disadvantages" to cloth diapers? Some of them are actually true (but hear me out!)

Did my blog title shock you? I know, why would a "cloth diaper lady" ever admit to common cloth diapering "cons"  actually being true? Well....because some of them actually are!

There are a lot of myths that cloth diapering families hear over and over. Some make you roll your eyes (no, they wouldn't make your baby bow-legged) while others actually have some merit. Let me get started so I can fully explain.

A few of the most common "cons" and my rebuttal:


"You have to touch poop!"
Here's the deal. When you're a parent, poop is part of the job title. I don't care if you use disposables, cloth, or opt for elimination communication. If there's a baby in the house, you're gonna touch poop at some point, it doesn't matter how you diaper your baby. 


"It requires so many more diaper changes."
It's true that cloth will need changed more frequently than disposables. But how is this a bad thing? It encourages your child to have a fresh start with a diaper so they aren't sitting in their own urine or excrement any longer than necessary. I fail to see how this could ever be a disadvantage! I also attribute this to my daughter never having a single diaper rash! 


"They use SO much water."
Well, yes, it will require water to wash them with every load. It's a given that any reusable item is going to use additional water as you continue to wash and reuse it over and over and over. What people don't stop to think about when they make this claim, however, is that there is a lot of water used in the production, packaging, and shipment of every single disposable diaper. This is the same type of logic I apply when I compare using cloth diapers to wearing clothes. None of us would find it sensible to say clothing use too much water to wash and then choose to buy a new outfit every day instead to cut down on water consumption. That's just not accurate and the same principle applies to cloth diapers. 

"It costs way too much money to get started."
I will admit that the initial investment can absolutely be a little daunting. The thing is - it's a matter of when you're spending the money. You can slowly accumulate a stash at the start of a pregnancy, buying a couple of diapers per month, and it helps spread out the expense. Using disposable diapers can easily cost double (or even triple!) what a stash of cloth diapers will.  

"You have to do SO much more laundry." 
It's inevitable - if you use cloth diapers, you will do more laundry, that's a given. I found that it actually helps keep me up to speed with my additional laundry, however, because diaper laundry is non-negotiable. It *has* to be done NOW which forces you to finish the other loads you started prior!  In that regard, it really does keep the flow of laundry traffic moving more consistently.


So, there you have it - a handful of the most commonly heard "disadvantages" to cloth diapering and why they're really not so bad after all. Do you have any that you'd add to the list?

Friday, July 18, 2014

Get the scoop! {{{Chaplin release details}}}

If you're even vaguely "in the loop" when it comes to the cloth diaper industry, I'm sure you've seen this week's big hype : the new, limited edition print exclusive to bumGenius and Flip cloth diapers! They finally unveiled the newest to the lineup, Chaplin (after the late Charlie Chaplin). Charlie Chaplin is one of the most famous stars of early Hollywood and is most well-known for his roles in iconic silent films in early 19th-century.


eLeMeNO-Pee was honored to be one of the select few retailers chosen to carry this   print and we have been amazed at the response! We did a limited number of pre-orders the day after the print was released and sold out of every single style in less than an hour! WOW! This is one popular print! :)

The good news is, despite the fact that this is a very limited edition and they're flying off the shelves everywhere, you still have another chance at snagging this new print thanks to the way we're planning to roll out our additional stocking!  We are working diligently to figure out the most effective way of stocking the rest of this limited edition diaper so that everyone has a fair chance.

Stay tuned to our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages for timely details about the next online release! (If you typically shop through an eLeMeNO-Pee Rep, be sure to get in contact with her to get the full scoop so you don't miss out)


Friday, July 11, 2014

Rep Spotlight : Stasia Theiss Skelton

This month, I have the pleasure of introducing you to our Statesboro, Georgia rep, Stasia Theiss Skelton!

Stasia and her husband Andrew have been married since January 10, 2009. They met in Athens, Georgia and lived in Augusta for a year and a half before moving to New Orleans for three years while her husband went to seminary and she taught elementary school.

Their daughter, Bailey Drew, was born March 23, 2013.  They now reside in Statesboro where she is a part-time preschool teacher and her husband is a campus minister. They are moving again very soon! They are frugal and strive to be faithful in all that God has given them. Stasia also has a blog, Our Life on a Budget, so be sure to check in there to follow their journey! 

 Now that you know a little more about Stasia and her beautiful family, it's time for a little Q&A!

Who introduced you to cloth diapering? 

{That is a great question… and honestly, I am not really sure. I am pretty frugal (thus the name of the previously mentioned blog) so I think it has always floated around in the back of my mind. When we got pregnant I started researching like crazy. Eventually I met with Nicole (another eLeMeNO-Pee representative) and she helped get me set up!}

What was the first diaper you purchased? 

{Bum Genius 4.0… and I am still in love :)!}

What led you to eLeMeNO-Pee? 

{I had done a lot of research, but still wanted some hands on advice. I was taking a Bradley Method class and got Nicole's card in my binder. Then I set up an appointment, bought my diapers, had a great experience. I knew one day I wanted to work for this company!}
                                                                     


 

Which of our diaper brands is your favorite?

{I still love Bum Genius. I have a pretty big baby (9 lbs 9 oz at birth…). They have fit her well from day one… I find that some of the other things I have tried squeeze her cute little rolls a little too much!}




What do you love about being a cloth diaper rep? 

{When a client says, "Wow, this seems easier than I expected!" I wish I could get everyone to realize how easy cloth diapering is and not be so scared of it! :)}

Do you have any exciting plans for this summer with your family?

{We have been on quite an adventure this summer. We have been to Atlanta, Augusta, Hilton Head, Ohio (I would tell you the city but you probably haven't heard of it), Annapolis and Washington D.C. 

We are also moving this summer… we are not sure where yet, the hubs is still in process interviewing, but we hope to move in a month!}

If you could give one important piece of advice to a family considering making the switch to cloth diapers, what would it be?

{Meet with someone who already cloth diapers, and I would recommend a representative. Why, you ask? One, you actually get your hands on the diapers. Two, you see how easy it is. Last, but certainly not least- you have a built in support, someone to ask questions, someone that will support you, troubleshoot with you and celebrate with you!}
 
What is something most people would be surprised to learn about you?
{I am an extreme morning person (think 3:30 AM and the like) and have been since high school.  I used to try to deny it and now I just embrace it:).}


To get in contact with Stasia for a personal consultation, please visit her consultant website : www.elemeno-pee.com/stasia