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 

Monday, June 30, 2014

What to do when you need to buy used (diapers).

Buying and selling used cloth diapers, it's a thing! A lot of people don't realize there is a huge market for used cloth diapers but there certainly is. eLeMeNO-Pee even has a Facebook buy/sell/trade page specifically for this purpose!

A lot of people would never even consider buying  used cloth diaper and that is totally fine. However, for various reasons, a lot of parents set out to do just that. Some prefer the savings up front and some love the idea of continuing to reuse a very Earth-friendly product in their own family and are not bothered by the idea of using pre-loved cloth!

There are a few things to consider when purchasing used cloth diapers, however. Unfortunately, there are people out there that are less than forthcoming with the information so it's good to ask plenty of questions before you commit to buy so you get a full scope of the condition of the diapers.



A few guidelines to follow:

--Be sure to ask if they are the original owner or if they purchased the diapers used as well so you know what type of lifespan is left

--Inquire about the type of detergent they used. Be sure they did not use fabric softeners.

--Ask them to verify whether they are "seconds quality" diapers or if they were first-quality diapers that came with the warranty.

--Specifically ask if there are any stains, repelling, tears, stink, or buildup.

--When purchasing online, always, always, ALWAYS use Paypal and send the funds as goods/services so you are protected in case the person is dishonest or misrepresents the item.

--If it is important to you, make sure to ask if the person has a pet and smoke free home.

--If it's not a site like eBay with built-in feedback to view, make sure you ask if they have references or feedback on other websites for you to reference. Sites like DiaperSwappers are common reference points in the buy/sell/trade community.

As is the case with all transactions, just be careful and trust your gut. If something seems "off" with the information you are receiving, move along to the next diaper. After the first transaction or two, you will be an old pro and have the swing of things down pat. It can be quite rewarding to score a stash of well cared for yet previously owned diapers for a fraction of the price you'd pay new!

 


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

I'm crunchy....she's not. What on Earth do I buy her?

Admittedly, this is something I have encountered several times over the past few years. It's easy to get so caught up in your own way of living/mothering that you don't even realize what you're doing is not at all mainstream. If you consider yourself crunchy, maybe even just a *little* crunchy, baby showers for a more mainstream mama can leave you feeling stumped!

eLeMeNO-Pee has plenty of products for mamas even if they choose not to cloth diaper, baby wear, or nurse!



One of our most popular baby shower gift items are the certified organic bamboo swaddler blankets from the Austin Tye Dye Co. They measure 50x50inches and are super soft with plenty of stretch for a tight but breathable swaddle. And you can't beat how cute they are - so vibrant and fun!   We also offer a three pack of tye-dyed prefolds that are intended for use as burp cloths.




Another popular product to toss in the baby shower gift basket are  Chewbeads. Never heard of 'em? Oh, how I wish I'd had these when my daughter was a teething little one! She has always, always been a very "mouthy" type child and it would have been so nice to have cute but SAFE jewelry for her to gnaw on as she was working on cutting those teeth!

Chewbeads are non toxic, fashionable teething jewelry that mama can wear and baby can chew!  They are 100% silicone beads and contain no BPA, phthalates, PVC, cadmium, or lead.   They are also dishwasher safe! 

 
Our Colic Calm and Tummy Calm are also popular products with both mainstream and crunchy mamas who want to help their upset babies feel better! Both of these are perfect shower gifts as they are excellent to have *on hand* when the need arises for them. Late night trips to the store are never fun for anyone!






If you're looking for more of a pre-made bundle of products, The Honest Company has the perfect item for any mama-to-be as well! The baby arrival gift set includes all of the most beloved Honest Company infant products including adorable, eco-friendly disposable diapers and wipes, hand sanitizer, shampoo+body wash, lotion, healing balm, and a baby teether. 


eLeMeNO-Pee is so much more than "just" a cloth diapering store - we have products that accommodate families from every walk of life. These items are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to excellent products for mama and baby! Come in and see us weekdays from 9-5 and Saturday from 10-2 and let us assist you in picking the perfect items for the expecting mother in your life!





Thursday, June 5, 2014

A few announcements about eLeMeNO-Pee!

There are a few fun changes on the horizon for eLeMeNO-Pee just in time for summer!

We have changed the store hours for our retail location and the following are our new hours:




Monday - Friday  we are open from 9am - 5pm

Saturdays we are open from 10am - 2pm

We remain closed on Sundays. 


 

We are also excited to announce that this summer we are offering a weekly story hour every Thursday morning at 10am. It is free of charge and we would love to see you and your children! There will be a story, snack, and other fun activities throughout the summer!

Our first story hour is TODAY at 10am. We will be reading the book All the Way to the Ocean by Joel Harper.  Be sure to tell your friends and family - we'd love to see you and your little ones! We are located at 1513 W. McNeese St, Suite B in Lake Charles, LA.



Also happening this week is a sidewalk sale! Our sidewalk sale will be running from today through this coming Saturday so be sure to come in and snag some great clearance-priced items!



Friday, May 30, 2014

What sets us apart?

 
Long before I worked for eLeMeNO-Pee, I was a customer. I was introduced to this company by a former rep, Laura, and her enthusiasm for the business was catching. I knew it had to be something special by the way she talked about it.

She was right! By the time I found eLeMeNO-Pee, I had already been cloth diapering for the better part of a year and had a good system in place. When it was time to size up on diapers, I purchased the bulk of my stash through Laura and despite knowing what I was doing, she was still a tremendous amount of help, even for the miniscule things.

The fact is, eLeMeNO-Pee is unique in the way that our clients receive the one-on-one care from their consultants. We sell our products at the exact same MSRP (Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price) as every other company on the market but what sets us apart is the relationship we build with our customers. It isn't just a sales position, we are in it for the long-haul. If you run in to a washing problem at 7 at night, you can't run to most stores and find someone who knows exactly what you purchased, how to fix the problem, or, at that time of night ... someone who is even in the store! As representatives of eLeMeNO-Pee, we strive to make sure we can assist our customers for the lifetime of the product. That is what sets us apart.

When I entered the cloth diaper "scene" five years ago, to say I was overwhelmed is a huge understatement. If you try to figure it out yourself, it is a lot of information to take in and try and sort out, and honestly, I almost gave up several times. Oh, how I wish I had known about eLeMeNO-Pee at the time. I  would have saved myself a lot of frustration if I could have sat down with someone who could show me each and every step   of the process and answer any question I had (and there were plenty, believe me!). I truly believe that cloth diapering can work for any family with the support and assistance that one receives from eLeMeNO-Pee's reps. We are here to make this process easier for you.  We do not charge a fee for our time and service, you simply receive it by purchasing your products through us. 

We are set apart because we care. We know all of the ins and outs of the cloth diapering process and we put our expertise to use by assisting you every single step of the way. That's not something Amazon or any major retailer can offer.  We aren't primarily in this for the sale, we want to see you succeed. We care about our customers, we care about what these products mean, and we want to see you succeed!

If you're not in contact with your nearest rep, please visit this link to set up your personal consultation today : http://www.elemenopeeonline.com/

Thursday, May 22, 2014

What's the point of shopping local, anyway?

As I was scrolling through my timeline yesterday, a short video from a small business owner popped up in my feed. It was titled "GRRR" and, being the curious type-person that I am, I had to watch.

He owns a small business quite similar to eLeMeNO-Pee. He had just spent two hours with a customer, enthusiastically detailing the entire cloth diapering process, only to end the consultation with her snapping a few pictures, excitedly sending them to her husband who replied and said "I can find those cheaper on Amazon". She left without making a purchase.

Y'all, it is truly unfortunate how many times this happens on a regular basis. It's not always intentional, I'm sure. I think a lot of customers have good intentions and plan to come back to buy the products. They get online, search around, find a mob of people that point them elsewhere (to generally much inferior products), their loyalty to the company who taught them everything they know starts to waiver,  and then the sale is then lost. 

It may not seem like a big deal but to those of us who own or work for a small business, the loss of sales like this on a regular basis is quite  disheartening. We pour our heart and soul in to our business only to be passed over, time and time again, for big box stores or people opting to import directly from China instead.

We offer a level of customer service that big box stores can never compete with. When you come to us, we remember who you are, who your family is, and what your preferences tend to be. If a problem arises, we are physically here for you - to help you get the right fit for the diaper, how to troubleshoot washing issues, and SO many other things. We love to help you hand-pick items for big events in your life and those around you - baptisms, baby showers, and more. We care. Your patronage is not lost on us - you are what keeps us in business!

Not only is it good for the business you patronize to "shop small", but it's great for your local economy as well. Wouldn't you rather your purchase positively impact the economic sustainability of your own community?  In fact, a study done in Austin, TX showed that $100 spent at a local book store produced $45 worth of local economic activity whereas the  same $100 spent at Barnes and Noble only brought back $3. Yes, you read that right. Three. The difference is staggering!

We know a lot of our customers are also eco-conscious and strive to be as green as possible. Buying local is so much more environmentally friendly than having everything shipped. Industrial pollution is estimated to be responsible for 50% of all pollution in the United States. 

On a slightly different note, if every family spent an additional $10 per month, just ten dollars,  at local businesses this year instead of a big box store, over  9.3 BILLION dollars would be directly returned to our economy.

The next time you're tempted to walk in to a small store and check out a product and walk out and order from Amazon instead, please keep these things in mind. Where you spend your money does matter. It positively influences your local economy, your local shop owner, and the environment. We value our customers more than we could ever say and hope you will continue to help make eLeMeNO-Pee a great success!