Thursday, April 17, 2014

eLeMeNO-Pee has not one, but TWO, new brands to announce!

You thought we were just going to announce one brand today but instead we're announcing two!

The first is Ju*Ju*Be bags and accessories! This has been one of my favorite "mommy indulgences" for a long time. There are no other bags like it on the market.  I used two Ju*Ju*Be bags while my daughter was still in diapers and they still look new! Ju*Ju*Be is notorious for their awesome print selection along with all the nifty features that come with each and every bag.


Some of their most awesome features:
1. Machine washable. Yes, that’s right…machine washable!
2. Most bags have attachments for Be Connected™ stroller clip system (I still use this 4.5 years later to clip my purses or shopping bags on!)
3. Tons of smart pockets.
4. Crumb Drains™…bye-bye mess!
5. Metal feet on selected bags.
6. 3M™ Thinsulate™ in the insulated bottle pockets…climate controlled.
7. Memory foam in shoulder pads… comfy!
8. Teflon® fabric protector…helps repel stains.
9. Custom, all-metal hardware…no one else has it. And we don’t use any of that cheap plastic stuff.
10. Agion®-protected linings…natural antimicrobial treatment inhibits and reduces the growth of odor-causing bacteria, mold, and mildew.
11. Light-colored linings…you can actually see what’s inside; it’s not just a big black hole in there.  (You don't realize how helpful this is until you've used it!!)
12. Self-healing coil zippers.
13. Ergonomically curved straps make carrying our bags oh-so-comfy!
14. Tons of details, from jewels in the zipper pulls to stars on the labels.
15. Memory foam changing pads…nice for baby.
16. Mommy pockets with lots of organization.
17. PVC- and lead-free!

Once you go Ju*Ju*Be, you don't go back! :) We love these bags and are sure you will, too!



The next new brand in our lineup is the  AFG line of Baby Furniture!


We are carrying the full range of furniture -- the cribs, mattresses, changing tables, and dressers. You name it, we carry it! We are also running an introductory special on the Jordana Lia crib. You get to choose the offer -- either $150 OFF or get a free 96 coil mattress for FREE *along* with free shipping! They have so many amazing convertible cribs that will last your child from infancy through their entire childhood. I love this feature in cribs!

A cool fact about AFG Baby Furniture  is that they contribute a portion of all sales to various organizations including children in need and sustainable forest efforts. They have been in business since 1986!














We are so excited to be expanding our product lines and bringing more fun things to the table for each and every eLeMeNO-Pee customer. We strive to offer the best of the best and we think both of these brands fit the bill perfectly!

Stay tuned in the coming weeks for a couple more exciting product launches coming just around the corner!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Rep Spotlight: Tara Cullum

Welcome to this month's eLeMeNO-Pee Representative Spotlight! This month, we are featuring the lovely Tara Cullum, our Paris, Texas rep!


Tara is a dental hygienist 4 days a week in Oklahoma, commuting 120 miles a day from Texas. She met her husband   2 days before her 17th birthday but waited 7 years to get married. They had their first baby right after their 3rd wedding anniversary in 2009. Tara and her husband had a precious baby girl named Eden, whom they started cloth diapering at 7 months. She is now 4 years old and makes them laugh daily with her antics. Their son, Zane, whom they started cloth diapering right away, is 10 months old and walking. She is busy planning his first birthday party!
Time for a little Q&A!

How did you get introduced to cloth diapering? Mommy message boards while pregnant with my first but I couldn't talk my husband into for the first 6 months

What was the first cloth diaper you ever saw in person? A WAHM cover from eBay that I used with Gerber prefolds. I thought it was awesome at the time but now I have more experience I see how poorly made it was. I wish I had someone to teach me and show me what good cloth diapers were before I ordered the first ones.

How did you find eLeMeNO-Pee? I was searching for a company that would allow me to sell cloth diapers from home.

What is your favorite part of being a rep? I've sold Avon, Mary Kay and Home Interiors in the past. I loved direct selling but was never passionate about the product. I am very passionate about cloth diapers and the other products that we sell. I love being able to help other families become more "crunchy".

What is your current favorite cloth diaper? I'm loving my Bumgenius 4.0s right now.  I love the trim fit on my tall skinny baby.

What are your hopes and dreams for your family for the future? We are hoping for #3 in the next few years. Other than that I just want to raise happy healthy considerate children.

What is the most popular item that you sell via eLeMeNO-Pee? Probably the Bumgenius 4.0s since I recommend them a lot.

What is your #1 piece of advice for a family considering making the switch to cloth? Just go for it! Its a lot easier than it seems. Once you actually get started, you'll wonder why you waited so long and wish you'd started sooner.

Now that it's starting to warm up, what are you most looking forward to this coming Spring/Summer? Walks outdoors wearing my sweet boy and watching my daughter play.

What is something most people would be surprised to learn about you? I don't know how surprising it is once you've seen how outgoing I can be but considering my current career is a dental hygienist/cloth diaper rep most people are surprised to find out that I started college as a theater major.

 
To get in contact with Tara for your own personal consultation, please visit her personal website :  www.elemeno-pee.com/tarac 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Skeeters and bites. Wait. What does eLeMeNO-Pee have to do with mosquitos and bug bites?




It's that time of year again! Can you believe the grass is already greening up, the birds are chirping outside the windowsill, and the temperatures are climbing? I LOVE it! Nothing feels more refreshing than the dawn of a new Spring and eLeMeNO-Pee has a few products that will help start the warmer-season off right!


First off, one of our best sellers of the Spring/Summer are our awesome mosquito bands, called Mosquitno BandZzz. They come in both adult and child sizing and they are a unique and innovative way to keep those pesky little critters at bay.

They are made of silicone and are infused with citronella spray. Each bracelet lasts up to 6 days (up to 150 hours of exposure). They come in sealed packaging to preserve the integrity of the product and they come in various colors. They are waterproof, non-toxic and DEET-free.




Since we are now retailers for the full line of The Honest Company products, we also sell their well-reviewed bug spray!  This product is formulated from non-toxic, non-synthetic, non-petroleum based ingredients and contains pure, organic essential oils  to keep the skeeters at bay. This product is lab tested for efficacy in deterring mosquitoes and flies for up to four hours per application. It is also DEET-free and has a yummy aroma comprised of rosemary, wintergreen, and citronella.


In the event that you do find yourself outdoors without the protection of either of these products, eLeMeNO-Pee also carries a couple of products suitable for helping alleviate the awful itchiness and irritation that comes along with the bug bites.

The Earth Mama Angel Baby Butt Balm works wonders:







As well as the hosie naturals teething cheek balm (I know, sounds crazy, but it works every time!)




Now that you know a few of our all-natural, effective tricks for the Spring/Summer, you will be all set! eLeMeNO-Pee is wishing you a happy, healthy, bug-bite free Spring and Summer! :)


Thursday, March 27, 2014

Save the date! The 4th Annual Flats & Handwashing challenge is right around the corner!

Whether you're new to the cloth diapering community or you've been around for a while, it's that time of year! We get to discuss the upcoming annual challenge from Dirty Diaper Laundry.


I will admit, the first year this began, I initially scoffed at the idea. Excuse me? A challenge to hand wash diapers, and flats, at that?

Turns out, there's a back-story for this challenge and it makes perfect sense in context. Kim Rosas started this challenge as a way to prove to herself that if the situation was ever dire enough, she could and would successfully have a way to diaper her children, even in less than ideal circumstances. At the time, the media was reporting on diaper need and how many people were reusing disposable diapers or letting their babies sit in the diapers for far too long yet never considering cloth.  And thus, the flats and handwashing challenge was born!

Why flats? Because flats are the easiest to get clean and they are generally the most inexpensive diaper you can buy. In fact, flats can be made out of many things, including tshirts, "flour sack towels" - anything that is one layer of cloth that gets folded down to use as a diaper. This is the type of  diaper most of our grandmothers used. 

Hemp Babies Flat Weeds diaper

This year, the date has been set for May 11th through 17th. I'm posting this now so you can have plenty of time to prepare - this isn't something a lot of cloth diapering families are going to be equipped to start overnight so I definitely wanted to give you time to prepare if you plan to join in on this challenge. Official sign-ups will be next month and I will be sure to share the sign-up link on the eLeMeNO-Pee Facebook page.

The official rules will be released then as well but they are generally always the same. The two most obvious rules being that you  must use flats and you must hand-wash.





Last year's rule list looked like this, for reference:


Materials Allowed

The following diapering items can be used:
• Any flat cloth diaper, store bought or handmade. A flat should be only 1 layer of material for easier handwashing and faster drying.
• 1 night time diaper per night of your choice although you are asked to make flats work for you (this diaper must also be handwashed)
• Doublers (not inserts meant to be absorbent enough to stand alone) if you absolutely must.
• A diaper sprayer.
Wet bags/diaper pails for storage.
• Handmade “washing machine” for diapers such as the camp style washer I made last year.
• Non Electronic Portable washing machines (must be powered by you and cost less than $100).
• Commercially available or handmade covers.
• Commercially available or handmade detergents.
• Snappi, Boingo, and Pins for closure.
• Pocket diapers STUFFED WITH FLATS. (note that the potential for repelling on the stay dry lining could make your challenge harder but you can see what happens)
• Homemade or store bought fleece liners.
• Iron (to use in order to expedite drying time or sterilize)

Materials Not Allowed

• Electronic washer/dryer.
• Pockets with inserts other than flats, AIO’s, Fitteds, Contours, Prefolds, AI2’s, etc.
• Flushable liners.

Rules for Everyone

• You cannot use your washer or dryer.
• If for some reason something arises and an exception is made you need to disclose in the Conclusions Survey or on your blog if you are a blogger.
• There is no limit on the number of flats or covers you can use. Should you purchase 100 flats for $100 and go a whole week without washing? No. Use your common sense on this one. As a tip, the more diapers in your camp washer/ sink/ tub the harder the washing will be.


So, what do you think? Do you plan to join hundreds of other families in this year's challenge? 


Thursday, March 20, 2014

The benefits of routine infant massage & how eLeMeNO-Pee can help!

The other day, I was visiting with my sister, who is expecting her first child later this year. She mentioned infant massage and asked what I thought about it, and thus, a blog post was born! It was something I did a handful of times when my daughter was tiny but I admittedly didn't do it nearly enough.

Image credit: Erin Keith (used with permission)
 

Most adults know that a massage is excellent for themselves and recognize how much better they feel after having one so it only  makes sense that our babies would love them, too! Infant massage is beneficial in many ways, the four biggest being: stimulating, relaxing, relief, and bonding/attachment.






infant massage USA expounds on those four areas with a helpful list of explanations for each of those four biggest benefits:

Stimulating

Stimulates all the systems of the body including the:
  • Nervous system
  • Circulatory system
  • Respiratory System
  • Elimination System
  • Immune System
Stimulates the release of oxytocin, known as the cuddle hormone (is released in both parent and child), prolactin (promoting milk production in the mother) and other endorphins.
Reduces muscle stiffness and normalizes muscle tone

Relaxing

  • Helps relieve tension built up from all the stimulation in the baby’s environment
  • Helps babies handle sensory stimulation and respond in a relaxed manner
  • Helps babies sleep better
  • Helps regulate sleep/wake cycle

Relief

  • Touch combined with vocalization helps reduce pain levels up to 80%
  • Helps tone digestive tract
  • Helps alleviate gas and promote elimination
  • Releases hormones for food absorption.
  • Releases endorphins, natural pain killers, to ease emotional distress
“Bonding is a unique relationship between two people. It is specific and endures through time.”M. Klaus

Bonding and Attachment

  • Infant massage draws on all the elements of bonding and attachment
  • Eye-to-eye contact, skin-to-skin, body scent, vocalization, taste, responsiveness
  • Hormones stimulated by infant massage promote bonding and attachment between parent and baby





eLeMeNO-Pee carries two excellent infant massage products. The first is the hosie naturals baby massage oil, one of the many all-natural products from the hosies line that we carry.







The second infant massage item we carry and highly recommend is the Earth Mama Angel Baby baby oil which is also comprised of all natural ingredients.






Image credit: Erin Keith (used with permission)


There are many ways to learn how to give a "proper" infant massage. There are many online tutorials, books, DVDs, and even in-person classes.  One thing is for sure, it's a great, age-old way to bond and relax with your baby and eLeMeNO-Pee would be honored to assist you with the products you need to properly administer an excellent infant massage!



Friday, March 14, 2014

eLeMeNO-Pee Rep Spotlight : Cayla Barrett

Cayla Barrett 
Goose Creek, SC  Consultant


Cayla is a stay at home mom and her husband is in the military.  They have an eight month old daughter (who wears cloth diapers, of course!).  She is from Georgia, and her hobbies include playing the flute (11 years), cooking, baking, thrifting, and doing anything eco-friendly. 


Who introduced you to cloth diapering? How old was your child when you made the switch?
I introduced myself to cloth diapering while I was pregnant, since I was looking for ways to save money and be Eco-friendly!  I LOVE it so much I decided to start selling them.


What was the first cloth diaper you purchased? 
The first diaper I purchased was a Bum Genious Freetime in Lovelace.  My daughter was 3 months old when I finally was able to switch full time, and hasn't been in a disposable at all since (even when we travel!). I fully intend to cloth diaper our next child from his/her first diaper. :) I'm obsessed.


What is your current favorite diaper? 
My current favorite diaper is a prefold in a Thirsties cover.  I love the simplicity and ease of washing it.

  
What led you to eLeMeNO-Pee?
I was led to eLeMeNO-Pee when my mom told me I should start selling cloth diapers and do parties like Mary Kay.  I laughed and told her I highly doubted there was a company like that...little did I know.  I googled it and eLeMeNO-Pee came up... I was so shocked and excited. 


What is one thing you want for your child's future? 
I want my child to grow up to be responsible, caring, loving, smart people who make a difference in the world.


If you could only read ONE book for the rest of your life, which would you choose? 
If I could only read one book for the rest of my life, I would probably choose the Bible because there is so much to read there!  


Do you have pets? Tell me about them if so! 
We have two dogs, one of which is a miniature daschund and yorkie mix, and the other is a sweet, energetic, super hairy and loving mutt from the pound.


Now that Spring is just around the corner, do you have any plans to start a garden -- vegetable and/or flower?
I would LOVE to start a vegetable garden, but unfortunately I do not have any space for a garden...I hope to have a yard for one next time we move!


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

Monday, March 3, 2014

Introducing: The Honest Company and the BIGGEST giveaway in eLeMeNO-Pee history!

If you follow our eLeMeNO-Pee Facebook page, you'll know that we just announced our newest brand in our product lineup: The Honest Company. We are VERY excited about this news and have already been hearing all the rave reviews about their products.

The Honest Company is notoriously popular in the natural parenting community for their disposable diapers and wipes. Even cloth diapering families admit to occasionally needing disposables -- whether it be for traveling, needing a back-up for when they're stripping the entire cloth diaper stash, or when they flat out just want to take a break. They're a much more natural disposable diaper and guaranteed to be free of chlorine processing, latex, lotions, fragrances, common allergens, phthalates, optical brighteners, PVC, heavy metals, organotins (MBT, DBT, TBT) & harsh petrochemical additives.

Not only are they better for baby and better for the environment than traditional disposable diapers, they are also insanely cute. Just look at the adorable print options (these change every few months so you never get bored of the same options!):



An exciting part about bringing on The Honest Company line of products is that we aren't just selling the diapers and wipes, we are carrying the entire line of products both in-store and online! Those additional products include sunscreen, vitamins, body wash, lotion, nipple cream, toothpaste, cleaning products (laundry detergent, multi-purpose cleaner, dishwasher detergent, window cleaner, etc), and SO much more.

Now that you know what The Honest Company has to offer, we have even more exciting news! 

Are you ready to hear about the BIGGEST giveaway in eLeMeNO-Pee history? 

For the entire month of March, eLeMeNO-Pee is participating in The Honest Company Suitestakes. One lucky winner will win over $1,300 in product, including a crib AND stroller!!! Yes, you read that right, it's valued at over thirteen hundred dollars! 






       






The full list of items to be given away:

  • one (1) Beco Baby Carrier (valued at $135.00 MSRP)
  • one (1) Baby Jogger Stroller (valued at $369.00 MSRP)
  • one (1) Cate and Levi Bear Hat (valued at $30.00 MSRP
  • one (1) b. box Diaper Caddy (valued at $60.00 MSRP)
  • one (1) Honeyami Organic Cotton Blanket (valued at $65.00 MSRP)
  • one (1) LAYERXLAYER Utility Tote (valued at $195.00 MSRP)
  • one (1) Manny & Simon Wood Toys (valued at $35.00 MSRP)
  • one (1) Babyletto Crib (valued at $369.00 MSRP)
  • one (1) Aden & Anais (valued at $55.00)



How exciting is that?! Entering to win is super easy and there is no purchase necessary to enter!  To enter, complete and submit the entry form provided in the store and accept the Official Suitestakes Rules. Limited to one entry per person. The Suitestakes will end on March 31st. Contest is for in-store customers only and the winnings will need to be picked up from our retail location in Lake Charles, LA. Items cannot be shipped to the winning entry. Participants must be 18 years or older.


Don't miss out on this super exciting launch of The Honest Company products and the HUGE giveaway they are sponsoring for our store! Make sure you stop in and fill out the form for your chance to win TODAY!