Saturday, November 29, 2014

Small Business Saturday!

This year for Small Business Saturday, we're teaming up with our absolute FAVORITE small business (besides Spray Pal) to bring you some awesome giveaways and fun! 

The purpose behind Small Business Saturday is to get holiday shoppers to focus on the benefits of spending your money where it really counts.  Big box stores always have great deals, but that's because the can afford to!  Small businesses offer the best deals that they can, but the overhead for running their business comes directly from their paycheck.  So you can see why most small businesses can't really offer those deep 30,40, even 50% discounts.  But, when you think about what you're paying for, you might think twice about where you spend your hard earned dollars.

Here at Spray Pal, you're paying for a product that is made in the USA with the highest quality materials.  Our splatter shield is BPA free and made from 50% post-consumer recycled polyethylene.  Every once in a while the post office roughs up one of our packages or one of our clips might have a quality control issue.  And by shopping small with us, you know that you can send us a message any time and we will help resolve your issue.  You can't beat the customer service.  Plus, you get to feel good knowing that your dollars are not only saving your time and money on bathroom cleaning supplies over the long run, but you're also supporting a hard working family, allowing me to work from home and around my kids' schedules, and you're helping cover the crazy medical expenses and insurance stuff we deal with as my other "full time" job. ;)

So, stay tuned as we share about the fun people behind the scenes at Spray Pal on Instagram and our Facebook page throughout the day!

Now, on to our OTHER favorite local small business! If you follow us on social media, you can probably guess who I'm talking about: my brother's place, Beach City Brewery!  Who knew back when we were kids that when we grew up, we'd both end up owning businesses in our 30s!  When I was in college at UC Irvine working toward my teaching degree, and my kid brother was still at Servite High School, I NEVER in a million years would've guessed that in just over a decade I would be selling a cloth diapering accessory and helping #makeclothmainstream out of my home while he was opening up a craft beer brewery just about a mile away! Life is crazy, I'm telling you.

My brother, Glenn, and I have teamed up today to bring you a special SIBLINGS edition of Small Business Saturday! All you have to do is show us how you are shopping small this weekend.  Enjoying nice weather?  Head to your local cloth diapering store and take a selfie of yourself shopping there. Or head out to a local watering hole and order yourself a local craft beer (legal stuff should be said here, I'm sure.  Be over 21, have a DD, etc.)  Weather not so great?  Order from a small business online and show us a screen shot of your order! (Just make sure we can't see your address or other personal info...don't want that stuff leaking on the interwebs!)  The best of ALL these worlds would be if you stopped by Beach City Brewery in Huntington Beach, CA today and then ordered something from the Spray Pal from your phone while there. OMG, instant winner right there! ;)

Do any of the above this weekend (through Cyber Monday), take a photo or video and share it on social media, and then TAG US so we can see it!  You can also use the hashtags #craftbeermeetsclothdiapers and #smallbizsat.  Then come back here and grab all your entries in the rafflecopter to win prizes from us!  We bought some BCB gift cards (perfect for SoCal locals) and we have some great cloth diapering prizes that we'll be giving out to non-locals.  Thank you for supporting small business this year!
Instagram: @spraypal and @beachcitybrewery
Twitter: @spray_pal and @BeachCityBrew

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Friday, November 28, 2014

Why I LOVE Small Business.

Well, that's easy.  Because we are one.  The end.  #thanksforlistening

OK, just kidding. That's not the only reason. ;)

There really are too many reasons to list.  But let's just say after spending over an HOUR on the phone with an rep trying to figure out why they couldn't get the promotional code I had set up for our customers to work, it confirmed everything I'd ever felt about the differences between big and small businesses.  And then I said EFF YOUR PROMO CODE and just went and changed the price myself.  Because it's EASIER.  Why do they always have to complicate things?!

Ignore that 5-7pm time limit.  We'll let it go through tomorrow since amazon made things so difficult! is the FLASH DEAL that was supposed to go live earlier this afternoon.  Just click the link and code needed!  I've taken $10 off the regular price ($54.95) of our diaper sprayer on amazon through Small Business Saturday (or while supplies last). You may notice that we don't have any reviews of the Spray Pal diaper sprayer on there yet.  If you're curious about how awesome this sprayer is, you can check out the Bumkins sprayer reviews which are pretty phenomenal.  They worked with us to make the Spray Pal sprayer, and the quality really is the best we could find on the market.

If you're looking for deals on the Spray Pal sprayer and splatter shield, check our website!  We've got discounts and freebies all weekend long, plus free shipping over $20!

Can't wait to show you all the fun stuff we have up our sleeves for #SmallBusinessSaturday tomorrow!!  Let's just say...small business runs in the family now.
#craftbeerandclothdiapers #makeclothmainstream

Sunday, November 23, 2014

The Gratitude Giveaway from Spray Pal

Around this time of year, people start reflecting on the many things they are thankful for in their lives.  And Mr. Spray Pal and I are obviously thankful for the obvious.  Good health, loving and supportive family and friends, and of course our two beautiful children.  But there's a group of people in this world that we're thankful for that we really don't want to go unnoticed.  And that is all of YOU!

We are so blessed to have the most amazing fans and followers, and I know I say it a lot, but you guys really are the best.  You're always positive and upbeat, you support one another in your cloth diapering journeys, you support US in our roller coaster of a journey with mini Spray Pal 2.0, and we truly can't show you enough gratitude for the smiles and joy you have brought us, just with a simple "like" or comment. 

As a very small token of our appreciation, we're going to do a Gratitude Giveaway.  We'll be giving away a complete diaper spraying system, which we lovingly call the "What Do I Do with the POOP?" bundle. ;)  This includes a Spray Pal diaper sprayer and a Spray Pal splatter shield. 

We tried to make it simple for everyone to enter.  You don't have to do much to get the first 10 FREE entries.  If you feel like following us on social media or sharing, etc. feel free.  But anyone who clicks that free entry button gets 10 chances to win.  We wanted to keep it simple for you.

SO, thank you for being so awesome.  And we can't WAIT to show you even more amazing things in 2015!!

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Men of the Baby Industry Calendar 2014

Men of the Baby Industry Calendar Trailer:

In the span of just a few short weeks, what started out as a crazy four in the morning brain worm has turned into a reality!  Luckily for me, when a far-fetched idea pops into my head at 4am and won't go away, being on the West Coast means that there's sure to be some East Coast friends who are already up and consuming coffee to help me run with it. Enter Kim Rosas from Dirty Diaper Laundry, Amanda Hearn from Green Child Magazine, and Calley Pate from The Eco Chic.

Our little "Dream Team of Cloth Diapers" (ohhhh...#makeclothmainstream Dream Team??) managed to gather together 12 of the best known brands of the baby industry (it's a little heavy on the cloth diaper related brands for obvious reasons) and get their men to pose for pictures so that we could put together the most amazing calendar you'll see for 2015 just in time for the holidays. 

This calendar is awesome for a million reasons.  Let me count (some of) the ways:

1.  You'll get to "meet" some of the men behind your favorite brands in cloth diapering and babywearing.

2. 100% of the profits will go to Giving Diapers, Giving Hope to help families in need get cloth diapers on their babes.

3.  We'll be sending these out to our retailers as a gift so they can hang them in their shops and #makeclothmainstream all year long.

4. Jamie Grayson AND Angry Baby from TheBabyGuyNYC get a month.

5. Mr. Spray Pal goes Clark Kent (-ish).  I don't know about you all, but this has been a personal fantasy of mine, sooooo...yeah ;)

6.  It makes THE perfect gift for the cloth diapering mom who truly has everything.  Hang it in your home and invite people over to admire it.  Imagine the conversations it will inspire!  Give one to your boss to hang in their office.  They'll surely treasure it forever.  Bring one in to your local coffee shop or market and hang it prominently and proudly.  You're sure to make loads of cloth converts with this calender as your secret weapon.

All that said, please join us November 25th for our huge Google + reveal party!  We'll be giving away FIVE of these amazing calendars along with prizes from some of the 12 participating sponsors for 2014.  Now, if you're like me, you're thinking...Google +?  How am I supposed to figure THAT one out?  And I don't have the answer to that because I'm still figuring it out myself.  BUT. I can tell you it will be worth it because it's way better than a FB chat or Twitter party in that the hosts will all be chatting live on their webcams.  And they'll probably all be drinking.  So you'll want to get your Google + account set up in advance so you won't miss it. ;)  Once you have it set up, you can RSVP and get your giveaway entries here:

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

The BEST homemade latte. Seriously.

Alternate Title: This is Somehow (Sort of) Related to Cloth Diapers.

It may seem like a stretch, but bear with me, this is absolutely related to cloth diapers.  Just wait for it.  I'm about to show you the absolute easiest, most delicious way to save $28 dollars a week (plus the cost of gas!) on fancy coffee drinks from fancy coffee shops.  You're probably thinking I'm going to recommend an expensive, high end espresso maker with milk frother attachment, right?  WRONG!  You must not know me well, because I'm WAY too cheap for that!  Not too mention my kitchen is WAY too small to store anything like that.  Counter space in our kitchen is some highly sought after real estate. ;) 

Yes, there is a purchase required, but it's not what you think.  I bought two items off amazon for around $40 (and free shipping with amazon prime).  These two items are simple to use, easy to clean, and easy to store, which is reason number one that this is related to cloth diapers because doesn't that sound exactly like the Spray Pal splatter shield??  And while I can see how you might easily confuse the products, and knowing that the shield is food grade plastic free of all harmful chemicals, we actually don't recommend using your Spray Pal shield to make the world's best latte. ;) Just grab yourself these two products and follow our simple photo tutorial!

So, once you have the Aeropress Coffee and Espresso Maker and the Aerolatte Milk Frother, you'll just need to grab your favorite ground coffee and some milk.  You can see in the photos below that we love to use organic ground espresso, organic milk, and organic vanilla creamer and I can tell you that with the money I'm saving on Starbucks after buying these things, it's well worth it!
Here's everything you'll need.  It may look like a lot, but you'll notice everything is very easy to rinse clean.  After we clean it we just toss it in a box and tuck in in a pantry.  No counter space needed!

Twist the little filter holder on the bottom of this contraption.  Then add two scoops of your favorite coffee.  The scoop is included in the package!

Heat about 8 ounces of water and then pour it in with the ground coffee.  Make sure you set the contraption on a sturdy mug.

Use the stirrer provided to stir the water and grounds for 10 seconds.

Insert the pusher contraption and slowly push it down to force the coffee through the filter and into the mug.  When this is done, I pour the coffee into the glass pyrex I had used to heat the water.

Next I rinse the mug and use it to heat up the milk.  I use regular milk with some vanilla creamer added to it for sweetness.  Once it's hot, you can use the Aerolatte foamer to foam the milk.  This is super fun, believe it or not.

Now just add the coffee to the foamy milk and enjoy!  I usually use about half of the coffee per mug of milk and refrigerate the rest so I can make myself another cup later. Or I share if someone's around to share with. ;)

The BEST homemade latte ever!

See?  It's super easy and well worth the $40 some dollars I spent because I've seriously cut back on running out to the coffee shop for an afternoon pick me up.  I've been using this method for about a month and a half now, and I'd say it has easily paid for itself and then some. :)

And so finally, how is this all related to cloth diapers?  Well, you probably already caught that Spray Pal reference earlier, but besides that, coffee is basically what makes our business run.  Without it, I don't believe I'd function at more than 50% of my current state, lol.  So, you see, without these lattes, Spray Pal might not exist as it does now, and cloth diapering wouldn't be nearly as easy, and we wouldn't be working nearly as hard to #makeclothmainstream!!  Therefore, totally related. ;)

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Ryan's Cochlear Implant Journey Update

It's finally raining in Southern California, so we're taking advantage of the fact that we aren't sitting in a hospital waiting room right now and I'm cuddled up under a blanket with Dani watching Cinderella and recovering from our Halloween candy coma.  Ryan and Dave are in the kitchen enjoying the rest of the Greek yogurt pancakes I had time to make this morning because we weren't driving to UCLA in the dark hours of the morning.  Well, Dave is enjoying them while Ryan watches as he gets his blended diet through his g-tube.

With all this peace surrounding us, I figured now was a good time to write out all my stress, frustration, and anger from the past 2 months.  If you've been following us since the NICU days (ahem, months), then you already know that writing is my outlet for these negative feelings.  And I often spin them to be as positive as possible in writing because it makes me feel better, and plus my grandparents will read this, and I don't want them to stress. ;)

One of the main reasons I want to put this out to everyone is because a few comments about "The doctor's know what's best" and "Better safe than sorry" got to me.  And I'm not upset with those who commented by any means, I know they are completely well-intentioned, but I feel they are misinformed and I figured it was better to just write out our side of the story for those who are interested.

Here goes, and I'll try to do this in timeline form as much as possible:

March 2012-Oct. 2012: Ryan was born at 25 weeks and remained in the NICU for this time.  Early on he showed signs of hearing.  Responding to voice and musical toys, getting aggravated by the fire alarm even when completely enclosed in his isolette, etc.  Then he had an eye surgery in August which led to a tracheal infection which led to crazy harsh antibiotics and the scariest episode of our NICU stay.  2 months later he was given the newborn hearing screening before discharge from the NICU and he failed, much to our surprise.

January 2103: Official ABR testing is completed and we discover Ryan is profoundly deaf in both ears.  She actually said, "This is what people refer to as 'stone deaf.'" We were told our next step was to find an ENT and have testing done on his inner ear anatomy to see if he would be a cochlear implant candidate.

March 2013-June 2013:  ENT ordered CT scan and MRI and ear anatomy checked out as normal which meant he was a good candidate for CI (cochlear implant).

June 2013: Began the search for a CI surgeon.  After much research and speaking to many parents who had been through this before, we decided on the House Institute.  We met with the highest recommended doctor, and he was nervous about Ryan's general health and suggested we wait 6 more months for him to grow stronger.  So we did.  Then Sept hit and we realized flu season was looming.  We talked it over with his pulmonologist and cardiologist and both agreed it would be better to get him in for a surgery ASAP rather than wait the full 6 months which would put him right in the middle of flu season.  We weighed all the pros and cons, and this was their recommendation, which we trusted because they know him best out of all his doctors.

September 2013:  We began the process of meeting with our House Institute doctor again to get the surgery set sooner rather than later for the CI to avoid flu season because he agreed with the pulmonologist and cardiologist.  Only problem was, with all the red tape and craziness of our medical system, book appointments and getting the required testing completed took us all the way into December.

December 2013:  All CI testing completed, he is recommended for a double implant with surgeries one at a time, 6-12 months apart.  Let the scheduling process for surgery begin.

January through March 2014:  Dave and I spent numerous hours on the phone with the schedulers and the insurance following up, making sure things were moving forward, etc.  Finally on March 23rd (3 days after Ryan's 2nd birthday), we found out there was an opening in the OR and he could get in for surgery one week later.

March 30, 2014: The House Institute doctor attempted to implant the device and wasn't able to because once he opened up Ryan's ear he found thick mucous inside the middle ear that no one had detected from the outside.  There was no outward sign of infection, no fever, redness, nothing.  This was probably just something that had accumulated throughout the flu season and become a chronic issue.

April-June 2014:  Meet with various ENTs (I say various because we'd meet with one and they would inform us they were no longer in our insurance network, so we'd have to find another one, and so on).  They tried numerous courses of antibiotics to remove the chronic fluid in his ears, to no avail.  So in the end of June he went under anesthesia to get tubes placed in his ears.  The procedure was successful and he did great, but the doctor came out after and informed us that there was no fluid in there when he put the tubes in.  Go figure.

Summer 2014:  We began the search for a new CI surgeon because our doctor at the House Institute was no longer in our insurance network.  We actually got a call from our former ENT at CHOC because they were starting a CI program there and they knew Ryan was a candidate.  We were ecstatic and figured that maybe this was why things hadn't been working out in LA so far because now he could have everything done close to home with doctors who know him.  Unfortunately, the doctor was in a car accident in August and injured his legs and wouldn't be able to perform surgery until at least November (oh man, this just made a light bulb go off since it's November 1st right now!). So, we continued our search for a surgeon because we really wanted to get Ryan in before flu season.  He's been tested, he's a candidate, and he's healthy and ready.  And the longer we wait, the more he falls behind developmentally. 

September 2014:  On the 2nd of this month, we met with our current surgeon at UCLA for the first time.  We explained all that I've written here and our incredibly difficult journey to get our son a cochlear implant so far, and the doctor was amazingly supportive and understanding.  He explained that he has a very busy schedule and is already booking surgeries out into November, but he would do his best to get Ryan in for surgery before flu season hits (which in SoCal is officially Nov. 1st, but illnesses always show up sooner).

We jumped through every hoop.  We drove out for more audiological tests even though we'd already been through everything less than a year prior, they wanted to test him themselves.  So we obliged.  When I hadn't received a call from the surgery scheduler by the end of September, I called them.  And I found out they hadn't even turned in the authorization request to our insurance yet!!  That's when I realized we'd have to be doing much more on our end to get this scheduled. 

So I called constantly.  I know I was *that* mom, but you get to a point when you have a medically complicated kid that you just can't care anymore if you're annoying people with your calls.  This is how the system works.  Here's how a typical interaction would go:

Me:  How are things coming along, anything I can do to help?
Surgeon's office:  We've called the ENT and pulmonologist for his records, and they told us, we'll have it in 7-10 days, so we'll let you know when we get it.
Me: Oh, ok.  That's great. Thanks.
*Click* :::calls ENT and pulmonologist offices to give fax number directly and request records to be sent::::
:::Calls Surgeon's Office back::::
Them:  Oh, yes, it looks like we have the records we need.  I'm in the clinic on rounds today, but I'll be able to go over all of this with the doctor tomorrow and we'll call you back to schedule surgery soon.
Me: Ok, that's great. Thanks.

A few days later, no call.
Me:  Did you get a chance to go over those records with the doctor yet?
Them:  Oh, actually we have a CI meeting tomorrow.  I'll go over it with him them.  But it turns out we need XYZ from so and so before we can schedule.


Another month of all that back and forth and we finally got a date for November 21st.  And of course I was upset because that was WELL into flu season and with a 4 year old in preschool living in our home, the chances of some sort of germ traveling into his system before then is pretty high.  So I called the scheduler and begged them to see if they had anything else. I told her our whole journey from Sept. 2nd until now and how he's medically sensitive and really healthy right now and if we wait it's really risky, etc. (This was on Wednesday, October 29th) She ended up emailing me that evening that they had an opening this Saturday (today, Novemeber 1st) and that we should schedule our pre-op with our pediatrician right away, so we did.  And we stayed awake and freaked out and secretly rejoiced that it was finally going to happen, but not outwardly yet because we knew a lot could chance in the 3 days we had to wait.  He could get sick.  That was our greatest concern.  If he got sick, all bets were off.

Except he didn't get sick.  He held up his end of the bargain.  And on Halloween morning, the day before his surgery, the nurse called us to check him in over the phone and give us instructions, and the anesthesia department called to go over his history, and by 11am we started to outwardly rejoice because things were FINALLY falling into place!

Then I got a call at 12:20pm, just as I was finishing lunch and about to get Dani ready for her preschool Halloween parade.  It was UCLA, I could tell from the area code, so I picked up and it was a brand new scheduler person.  She said, "I have some bad news, it looks like we're missing your pulmonary clearance for anesthesia."  1) I know I personally talked to the person in pulmonary who faxed over everything we need the week prior and 2) how are they JUST telling me this right now, during the Friday lunch hour for doctors's offices everywhere?!  Oh, and she tells me, "I'm in the office until 2pm, if you can give me the numbers to call I can try to get it faxed over."  YEAH RIGHT.

So I called EVERYONE I could and left tearful messages about how hard we've worked to get this surgery scheduled and we just need this one note from one doctor and we just found out and I know it's lunch time and I pray you hear this and here's the fax number.  Then it was 1:15 and I was walking Dani to her Halloween parade which was scheduled to last until 2pm, and I had given up hope because I'd done everything I could and there was nothing else I could do before 2pm when this lady left the office.  And then my phone rang, and it was her.  And she said, "It's some sort of miracle, but we just received the clearance we needed, so you're all set.  Well done, mom.  I've never seen anything come in that quickly!"  AMEN, HALLELUJAH!!  I finally felt like I could breathe and enjoy the day with my kids and just get through ONE more sleepless night before he'd finally get his implant.

Then, as we were getting ready for our friends to come over for some trick or treating, I got another call from the UCLA area code.  Which made me especially nervous because it was 5:30pm.  I picked up and it was the surgeon.  He said he had spoken with the anesthesiologist who would be working on our case and he was requesting another heart work up.  He couldn't clearly read the echos and he wanted UCLA to do another one because he was concerned about his pulmonary hypertension.  I took a very deep breath and calmly began to explain why this was completely ridiculous since he'd been cleared of the PPHN for almost a year and had already easily tolerated the same surgery in March and....within a minute he said he wanted me to speak directly to the anesthesiologist.  So he called me within 5 minutes and I stepped into the backyard and paced back and forth explaining that his heart was the least of our concerns right now, the biggest issue is the fact that his lungs don't do well in flu season and if we push back the surgery we risk giving him more time to get SICK.  He asked a million questions about past procedures, meds, hospital stays, etc. and of course I was able to answer every single one and point out that we are WELL aware of the risks and we've consulted with every doctor and jumped through every hoop and WE know our son better than anyone and there's no way that WE would put him at risk for an elective surgery if we hadn't already thought in all the way through forwards and backwards from here until Sunday.  So he left it with, "Well, with PPHN there's always the chance that something could go wrong and cause a recurrence and you'd want to have the best team there on the off chance that this were to happen.  And if you do the surgery on a weekend, you won't have the best team there." Which I have to admit now that I'm calmer does make sense.  But I told him that his schedulers had informed me that the next opening would be Nov 14th or 21st, and I think that at this point 2-3 weeks out is too far to wait.  He told me he would speak to the surgeon and see if he could make arrangements to see us this week.  So he called me right back and said the surgeon had openings Monday and Wednesday of this week that he would try to get Ryan in for surgery.  Then the surgeon himself called me again and concurred that he had openings Monday and Wednesday but they wouldn't be able to schedule us until the schedulers were back in the office on Monday (which to me means that a Monday surgery is not likely to happen).  So let's all keep our fingers crossed for Wednesday!

Thanks for reading if you made it this far, lol.  It felt good to get it all out and now I'll have one convenient place to send people when they ask what happened so I don't have to keep typing out cliff notes versions. ;)  I'll keep you updated about our next date!  Thank you all for the love and support you give Ryan and our family, we truly appreciate it!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

MommyCon Newport Beach Giveaway!

We are super excited that MommyCon is coming to our local area.  We've been attending as many of these events across the US this year as we could, but THIS one is going to be the best yet because it's right here in Orange County!   It's also their last event in 2014, so you do not want to miss it!

To help MommyCon end this year with a bang, we are giving away a pair of tickets to MommyCon Newport Beach.  If you're in the Southern California area, be sure to enter and tell your friends.  We'd love to see you there!  The Spray Pal crew will be hanging out at the Sloomb Cloth Diaper Resource Center answering any questions you may have about cloth diapers.  We're hoping to convert a few more of you to cloth as we work to #makeclothmainstream. ;)

You can purchase your tickets HERE or enter to win below!

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Homemade Almond Milk and "What do you do with the PULP?"

Last week I attempted my very first batch of almond milk made from scratch.  The reason being that we give our son a blended diet through his g-tube so he's getting healthy and organic food as much as possible while he learns how to eat orally.  We avoid dairy because his lungs still aren't all that great and the slightest bit of mucous can send him into a coughing/gagging tailspin. And no one wants that, right? ;) 

So, for the past few months, the base of his daily blend has been mostly store bought almond milk.  Then I started reading things about carrageenan not being super great for you.  While the USDA will label foods that contain carrageenan as organic, the EU has banned this ingredient from all baby formulas.  So, there's that.  Some research testing done on rats shows that it's harmless, while other studies have shown that prolonged exposure can show an increased risk for cancer and tumors.  I'd credit all this, but it's basically just what I'm recalling from my random internet research. So, credit source:  The Interwebs.  And also, it's always a good idea to do your own research to see what works best for you.

Back to my point.  Since I was worried that he was getting enough of this particular nut milk to make it worth questioning how much I really wanted to expose him to these potentially concerning ingredients, I decided to bite the bullet and make a batch.  My friend Lennox from Milkin' Cookies (by the way, if y'all need lactation cookies, check them OUT!) had told me a few months back that it really wasn't as difficult as it seemed, and I thought to myself, " I really have time for this?!" And then I thought to myself, "Self?  That's what people say about cloth diapers." Point taken.

So, I went jumped in feet first, bought some almonds and went to town.  I used a combination of two recipes that I found on pinterest, and even with TWO recipes I managed to mess it up.  So please learn from my mistakes! ;)

A shot of the mess I managed to make my first time attempting homemade almond milk.  Round 2 with the nut milk bag was MUCH less messy, I promise!

Basically you just soak the almonds in the water overnight (10-12 hours).  Then you blend everything in the blender and strain it all through a cheese cloth.  Sounds simple enough, right?  Well.  Because I had two recipes going, I didn't really pay attention to the water to almond ratio.  I measured out my almonds and then just randomly filled the bowl with water.  I have no clue how much.  When I went to blend it the next day, I realized that I probably should've measured the water as well.  So I estimated and added more water to bring it to where I needed it, and I think that may have affected the taste.  Not to mention my estimation skills were lacking and I shorted my batch about 1.5 cups of water, lol.  So, this was my practice batch, which was fine because Ryan doesn't actually taste it going down anyways!

The second big mistake I made was the cheesecloth.  It wasn't actually a true mistake because it got the job done, but holy heck did I make a mess.  And I felt like I was squeezing out the milk for about an hour because I had to keep pouring it in small batches. It. Took. Forever.  As soon as I was finished and I went on Facebook to post about it, I got a ton of comments about this magical thing called a Nut Bag (stop laughing, haha).  I ordered myself one of those bad boys off amazon, and the next batch was SO much easier!

In conclusion, here are my easy steps for making your own almond milk after a major fail and a successful make up session so that you may learn from my mistakes:

1. Measure 2 cups of almonds and soak them in 6 cups of water for 10-12 hours.

2. Blend thoroughly in a high quality blender (we use Vitamix).

3. Strain through a Nut Milk Bag.

You can adjust the portion size, just keep the ratio of one cup of almonds to three cups of water intact.  Some recipes I found on pinterest had some suggestions for adding vanilla extract and sea salt to give a nicer flavor, but we didn't need that since it was all going through the g-tube anyways.

My big question after my first batch was, "What do you do with the pulp?" and as usual, pinterest had the answer to that.  I searched "almond pulp recipes" and a bunch came up, so we tried this one and it was AMAZING, plus it was super easy:

Almond Pulp Brownie Recipe

We adapted it a little bit, but the recipe was delicious nonetheless.  Here's how ours turned out.  I realize this isn't pretty, but it was OH so good:

Brownies made with almond pulp leftovers from homemade almond milk.
Have you ever made your own nut milk?  How did it go?  Any tips you'd like to add, feel free to let us know in the comments below!

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Two Little Fish Collaboration and Giveaway!

If you played in the Instagram Round Robin giveaway this weekend, then you already know we have some more surprises waiting for you this week, and here's one of them!  We have teamed up with another really amazing family-run small business, and I'm excited to share a little bit more about them and their mission.  Plus, they are generously sponsoring a giveaway for one of their large wetbags!

The Two Little Fish large wetbag perfectly fits a Spray Pal all the way inside!

I first discovered Two Little Fish on Instagram.  I was actually on the hunt for a good quality wetbag that would fit the Spray Pal inside for a new, fashionable, but made in the USA option for our bundles.  I just happened to see one of their wetbags in a feed somewhere and I instantly fell in love!  The colors and patterns were so bright and cute, they seemed perfect.  Then I went to their site and read more about who they were and what they were doing.  You guys, this family is running their entire business to benefit others.  

I immediately contacted them and heard back right away from a very sweet and excited Nicole, who is the mom behind this company.  She was just as excited as I was about the opportunity to work together, but they hadn't really done the wholesale thing before, and let me tell you...I knew EXACTLY what she was going through!  When Spray Pal first started, we didn't even think we could handle wholesale.  We were choosing to make our product here in the USA with high quality, BPA/phthalate-free, recycled polyethylene which, of course, is costly, and we were still (and still ARE to this day) adding the clips onto the Spray Pals in our home garage!  But, we've been able to make this work with numerous (and AMAZING) retailers in the US and Canada!  

After numerous emails back and forth, Nicole and I were able to figure out a way to make this happen for you all! So, for a VERY limited time and in VERY limited quantities, we are going to have the Two Little Fish large wetbag in 3 different colors available for purchase!  And, because Nicole is so awesome, they are going to do a giveaway for you guys as well!

You will notice that the wetbags may cost a bit more than you're used to, but here's why:

100% of their profit is given away and put back into the community via partners that assist their mission in Putting Poverty To Bed.  How do they do this?

1.  Your item contains Ghanian fabric which has been purchased straight from the village women in Ghana, Africa.  This gives them sustainable income.

2. You will be sending a mattress to an AIDS orphan in South Africa through Horizon International with the purchase of your item.

3.  The rest of the profit from the wetbag you have bought will be put BACK into local and global organizations that help Put Poverty To Bed!  It's really THAT cool.

Feel good about the products you spend your money on.  100% purpose, 100% handmade in the USA.

There's a great video on their website that shows a bit more about their mission so you can see the big picture as to how this business is helping so many others others.  My favorite quote is: "The mission is to, at every facet of the process, benefit someone other than ourselves."  I truly admire the work this family is doing and I'm honored to be able to support them in their mission.

Photo credit: @houseofrose on Instagram

You can learn more at - Their shop is SO much more than wetbags, too.  If you're looking for some beautiful nursery linens and decor, definitely check them out so you can feel good about your purchase and supporting their labor of love.  Enter below for your chance to win a large wetbag from Two Little Fish and help spread the love!

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

ABC Kids Natural Parenting Scavenger Hunt!

Spray Pal is super excited to be a part of the most exciting scavenger hunt since you were in 5th grade (or possibly later if you have a fun bachelorette party, but maybe we won't go there ;) )...the Natural Parenting Scavenger Hunt at the ABC Kids expo! This multi-brand event/giveaway is being organized by our friends at Super Undies and Kim Rosas from Dirty Diaper Laundry!  With a pair like that, you know it's going to be amazing.

So, what does this entail?  Well, if you are a retailer, blogger, or anyone else associated with the baby industry, and you're planning to attend this year's ABC Kids Expo in Las Vegas, you are going to want to pick up your copy of the scavenger hunt clue list.  You can print one from home (shoot us an email if you'd like a copy) or pick one up from the Super Undies booth at ABC Kids. Then you visit all the natural parenting brands listed (including Spray Pal at booth #5143 of course. I ain't to proud to shamelessly plug) and turn in your completed stamp sheet for a chance to win some AWESOME prizes for your store and followers.
So cool to be partnering with so many fabulous brands as we help #MAKECLOTHMAINSTREAM

Not attending ABC Kids this year?  No worries!  We've got you covered.  Starting Sunday morning, you can head over to Kim's blog at and enter to win via rafflecopter.  Yes, you'll miss out on meeting the Spray Pal crew as well as all the other super cool natural parenting brands that are participating, but we can't have it all. ;)

We are bursting with anticipation as we pack our bags and load up the cars for our first ever ABC Kids booth.  If your favorite local cloth diaper retailer isn't carrying the Spray Pal splatter shield yet, be sure to let them know that they can stop by and see one in action (yes, we are bringing a real working toilet with diaper sprayer to demo the Spray Pal!) at our booth #5143 on the first floor in the ABC Kids Expo Sept 7-10, 2014

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Traveling with Cloth Diapers just got Easier!

Many of us start out with cloth diapering as a way to save some money for a couple of diaper changes a day at home.  We never really expect to put our baby in cloth 100% of the time because we just feel that overnight and outings might be too hard.  Then we start looking into it (and falling in love with the daytime fluff), and we realize that overnight really isn't as hard as we had anticipated.  So, we get a few prefolds or fitteds and covers to test out and realize our baby will sleep through the night in one diaper.  So, now we're using cloth full time at home, but not on outings.  No way.

Then there's that one day when we're heading out to a quick trip to the park and we realize we don't have any disposables. Or maybe we're heading in for a doctor's visit and we want to show off our adorable cloth diapers.  So we make an exception and grab a couple extra cloth diapers, a wetbag, and some wipes and just wing it in cloth, just for this one outing.  All of a sudden, bringing cloth on outings doesn't seem so daunting!  Woohoo, cloth full time!!

But wait.  What about that week long trip we have planned to visit Grandma out of state?  NO WAY can we bring cloth diapers along.  What will we do with the dirties?  Nobody wants my baby's poop in their washing machine.  This just can't be done.  Or CAN it?!? ;)

Enter the Qdspray and a Spray Pal!  The Qdspray is a portable diaper sprayer that attaches to your sink.  This is awesome in so many ways.  Let me list them for you:

  1. You can take it with you where ever your cloth diapering heart may lead you.  Just make sure the sink is compatible or that you have the correct adapter.
  2. By hooking it to a sink you have access to hot or cold water through your sprayer.
  3. If you're worried about an older child finding the diaper sprayer attached to your toilet and using it as a water blaster, you won't have to worry about this one. ;) 
So if you're planning on camping in a tent or RV, or even just bringing cloth diapers to stay with squeamish relatives, you can just show them your awesome pre-rinsing system which will get your diapers super clean before you put them in the washer and will also keep their bathroom's spotless by keeping any splatter right where it belongs, in the toilet! 

Et voila! Now ANYONE can cloth diaper ANYWHERE without a worry in the world! ;)

The Spray Pal and qdspray are available in a bundle on the Spray Pal website with FREE shipping in the US!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Yoohoo! Big Summer Blowout! {Another Fun WAHM Giveaway!}

I've had the pleasure of working with Tia from Wooly Booly Designs a few times in the past, and when she approached me about working together on a massive giveaway, I just couldn't say no!  I love learning about new WAHM small businesses and sharing them with all of you.  So we have gathered together a few of our favorites and we'll be sharing a little about their products here. 

These small, mom-run businesses have generously offered up some amazing, hand-crafted prizes, so be sure to check out all that they have to offer and show them a little love. You'll be glad you did!  You can find all of these shops on Facebook and many of them have Etsy shops as well, just search for their names. :)

Honeysuckle Handmades is offering a size medium shortiBunz, designed to fit sizes 3-18 months and beyond.  The waist and leg cuffs can be folded up or down to accommodate all sizes and kinds of children and their cloth diapers.  Value: $20

Lil Monkey Business is going to make one lucky winner a custom pair of "Grow with Me" pants! Value: $30

Wooly Booly Designs is sponsoring a medium wetbag and 4 fleece Wooly Bums Inserts for cloth diapers. Value: $22.50

Ema's Elegance will be providing a 12 inch polished caramel amber teething necklace for one lucky little one.  Value: $20

Elvish Painter will be honoring a $15 gift card for a custom painted baby item (gDiaper, baby clothing item, cloth baby shoes, etc.)

Jae's Gems will be giving their winner a choice of a custom, handmade, all natural healing child's hazelwood/amber/gemstone necklace. Winner can choose from general teething, acid reflux, allergies, or insomnia. The necklace will be new and made to order. Value: $25

Sara Ren Designs will be designing a custom invitation or chalkboard (winner's choice). Value: $15

Upcycle Momma will be creating an adorable custom-made stuffed animal for one of our winners.  Value: $25

Tickled Pretty is sponsoring a Coraline wristlet bag with an owl theme.  Measures 10 inches wide by 6 inches tall.  Value: $20

Just In A Stitchy will be providing a $15 gift code to their Etsy store.

Lil Angel Bows *n* Toes will offer one winner their choice of a headband and sandals or a headband and bows. Value: $18

Ramblings of a Cloth Diaper Addict is giving away a limited edition and now HTF (hard to find) BumGenius 4.0 in the Chaplin print!

Mama Beads and Baby Baubles will provide one lucky winner with a bubble gum bracelet. Value: $15

You Found Me-Safety ID Bracelets and More will create a custom ID bracelet to keep your little one safe and sound. Value: $10

The Sweet Spot is sending one lucky winner a small sample box of home baked goodies. Value: $30

Spray Pal will also be sponsoring a prize.  We will send one lucky winner a Spray Pal splatter shield to make cleaning cloth diapers with a diaper sprayer EASY and mess-free!

We will be selecting and verifying 16 winners, the more the merrier!  You'll have 48 hours to respond to our email if you've won, so make sure to provide an email address you check often.  Good luck to all who enter, and a HUGE thank you to our amazing WAHM sponsors!

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Saturday, August 9, 2014

Back to School with Cloth Diapers

Are you a busy parent?  Do you send your kids to day care in cloth diapers? Have an older child heading back to school and a younger child in cloth diapers? Many parents avoid cloth diapers thinking that it's going to be a ton of extra work, but it's just not true.  If WE can do it, ANYONE can!

Save time in your daily routine with these helpful tips. Whether your cloth diapered babe is home with you or at day care, you can use our time saving tips below and be sure to comment with any time savers you've discovered along the way.

For those doing cloth diapers at home:

  • If you're looking to save time over money, buy some AIO (All in One) diapers or fitteds and wool.  AIOs and fitteds go on in one piece, so there's no stuffing or set up involved.  Wool covers, which go over fitteds to make them waterproof are actually easier to prep than you'd think.  One lanolizing session every 2 weeks or so, and you're good to go.  Plus, the longies and basewoolies double as adorable pants perfect for Fall!
  • Invest in a few extra diapers.  Expanding your stash will benefit you in a few ways.  You can stretch out the amount of time between laundry days if you have more diapers to change.  You'll also be decreasing the wear and tear on your diapers by washing them less frequently, which will help them last longer and get you a better resale value when you're finished with them (or make for a nicer quality donation).
  • Get a diaper sprayer and a Spray Pal splatter shield.  This dynamic duo is a definite time saver.  Whether you spray them as they come or save the dirties for the end of the day, using a sprayer on the highest pressure to quickly blast those diapers clean without worrying about messy over-spray is a life saver for us.

For those sending cloth diapers to day care:

  • Send enough diapers.  Calculate how many to send based on a diaper change every 2 hours and at least one extra, just in case.  They may not need them all, but it's better to have more than enough ready.
  • Keep the communication open and send what they like.  Ask your provider what style of diaper they are most comfortable with.  Many prefer pre-stuffed pockets or AIOs so that they don't have to do any prep, and Velcro/aplix/hook and loop closure.  It's honestly no different than putting on a disposable other than they will toss the dirty diaper into a wetbag to be washed rather than the trash can to sit in a landfill. ;)
  • Send two wetbags.  One for the clean diapers and one for the dirties.  Maybe sure they are clearly differentiated, maybe a nice blue or green color for the clean and a red or brown for the dirty diapers?
  • Consider a third wetbag specifically for poopy diapers.   You will have to take care of those after you bring them home.  Might as well have them separated out so that you don't have to dig through the other diapers to get to the hidden treasure, so to speak.  This step will save you time at home!
  • Invest in a sprayer and Spray Pal splatter shield.   If you are trying to get the poop out of cloth diapers that have been sitting in a wetbag all day, you will make your life a lot easier by clipping them into a Spray Pal and spraying them at full blast with the sprayer. No more spending time hunched over trying to carefully pulse that stuck-on stuff.  Just spray, squeeze the excess water, unclip in wetbag, repeat, then get on with your day!
  • Be sure to show them your appreciation.  Not all day care providers are open to the idea of modern cloth diapers (mostly because they probably don't realize how easy they are). If your day care is willing to work with you to do cloth, be sure to be overly thankful!  After all, they are helping #makeclothmainstream. :)

    If you have any of your own tips for successfully using cloth diapers at day care, please share them in the comments below!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Mini Spray Pal 2.0's Review of the Joovy Cocoon

You can see in this picture how all of his cords can slip through the sides to the back compartment and all of his gear can be easily stored right behind him.

We've been using the Joovy Cocoon for a few months now, and I feel it is important to share this with our Spray Pal community, especially for those who have kids with special needs.  Our little guy LOVES this stroller, and for great reason.

Ryan was a micropreemie born at 25 weeks gestation weighing only 1lb 13oz.  He spent his first 7 months in the NICU before we were able to bring him home on oxygen and with a feeding tube.  That meant lots of logistics for taking him out of the house with all of his gear, and we are very much an “out of the house” kind of family.  We didn’t want his life experiences to be limited, so we adapted.  We would babywear him as much as possible with the oxygen tanks placed in a camelback pack on our backs, but there are many times when a stroller is necessary for him.  Namely, when he is on one of his gtube feeds because that’s a lot of gear to hang off a baby carrier (not to say that we haven’t done it a few times before). ;)

Can you see how excited he gets when we first put him in?! Helping #makeclothmainstream in his Grovia cloth diaper as well. ;)
For those times we needed a stroller, we were using one of the more expensive brand’s umbrella strollers because we wanted something convenient for travel but sturdy enough to carry all of his medical gear.  What we found was that while it was great for travel, it really wasn’t great for the gear.  I can’t tell you how many times I lifted my son out of his stroller just to have it tip backwards from the weight of all his equipment…which is especially dangerous when he’s hooked up to a feed and there is the potential to pull out his gtube Mic-key button if the stroller yanks his tube hard enough.

We were using said umbrella stroller during our road trip to MommyCon, and Pam from Joovy noticed our stuggles.  She asked if we had ever seen the Joovy Cocoon, and we honestly had not.  We are pretty frugal, so if we have something we think is working well enough, we just use it.  But man, do I wish I had done a little research!  This was one of those things you don’t really know how much 
you need it until you have it.

Another Zoolander look! Also known as the "Quit taking pictures, mom. I'm ready to go for a walk!" face. ;)
We’ve been using the Cocoon for a few months now, and it actually sits on our front patio because we use it daily.  It has been so nice to easily get Ryan out for walks each day.  There’s a huge compartment for him to sit in.  The straps and clips are the best we’ve used on any stroller (Mr. Spray Pal always comments on this and told me to be SURE to mention it in my review, lol).  The best part is that there’s a large compartment in the back which has openings that connect with the front seat compartment where we can put all of his medical equipment.  It easily fits an oxygen tank plus a spare, his feeding pump backpack, and my purse without any trouble.  We also have the handlebar cup holder storage thingy (sorry for that “official” term, I need to look it up, lol) and that combined with the back storage, there is definitely plenty of space to go around. 

The Joovy Cocoon in action.
Now this review is mostly done in terms of a special needs kid, but with that much space, you can tell how awesome it would be for a non-medical issue kiddo.  You will have space for DAYS.  And there are so many features that make this stroller worth the investment (retails for $499 HERE).  This stroller is very stylish and easy to use.  Our nurse takes Ryan for walks every day during her shift and loves it, and then we usually do a family walk/jog in the evening and it works great as a jogging stroller.  The ride is VERY smooth, which is great for our bumpy neighborhood sidewalks.  Ryan used to dread being put into his stroller (he’s a glutton for babywearing), but he doesn’t complain about this one.  I think he realizes a fun ride is about to occur when he gets in there.  I also love that there are huge clear “windows” on all sides so he can watch the world around him as he goes by.  He sits up so straight with his hands and face glued to those windows, it’s fantastic to see him enjoy a stroller so much. It also converts easily to a bike trailer, which will save you tons if you were planning on buying a separate stroller and bike trailer!

A couple of extras to consider if you go with the Joovy Cocoon:

1.  The Cocoon Parent Organizer:  This is that handlbar attachment thingy I mentioned earlier (I went and looked up what it was actually called, LOL).  This thing is really handy to have around when you’re walking with drinks, cell phones, etc.  Highly recommend.

2.  The Cocoon Bicycle Trailer Attachment: This is the part you will need if you want to use your Cocoon as a bike trailer in addition to a stroller.  Totally worth it if you like to ride bikes. And if you do ride bikes, you should also look into these Joovy Noodle helmets for the kiddos.

There is also a double stroller option available should you need the extra space called the CocoonX2.

As a huge THANK YOU to Joovy for introducing us to the Cocoon, we are going to give away a Spray Pal to one of you!  This may seem strange, but I'm not sure how else to thank them for being so awesome, lol.  It's our way of paying it forward.  Enter below!
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Disclaimer: Joovy very generously gave us the Cocoon stroller after meeting 2.0 in person at MommyCon Austin after the Great Cloth Diaper Change in April. This review is my honest opinion after using it frequently for the past few months. None of the links are referral links, they are just there to help you find what you're looking for more easily!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Tangled Tantrum Review and Giveaway!

If you’ve seen pictures of my daughter’s hair on Instagram, you already know that she is the queen of the bed head. It took her over 2 years just to grow enough hair to even get it tangled, but once she did, oh MAN were we surprised at how crazy it was!
Typical morning bed head for mini Spray Pal 1.0
We tried many different detangling products, but Tangled Tantrum Detangling and Conditioning Spray is by far our favorite. We wanted something more natural, so we skipped the name brand detanglers altogether. We checked out some of the products available in our favorite cloth diaper retailers, and the one detangler we tried left a strange taste on my lips when I kissed my daughter’s head after using it. So, we stopped using that one and went back to Tangled Tantrum.

Now that mini Spray Pal 2.0’s hair is growing in as fast and furious as his sisters, we needed something to tame it as well. I contacted Amber from Tangled Tantrum to see if we should go with the styling paste or the hair gel, and she offered to send us a tub of her Tangled Tantrum Separation Anxiety Styling Paste to try on him. We’ve been using it on him for a few weeks now, and this stuff is just as fantastic as the detangling spray! I love that both are paraben and alcohol free, so they are super gentle for my little ones.

Here’s what I love most about the Tangled Tantrum products, besides the fact that they both work great:

1. They are super lightweight, and they don’t leave a residue or funny taste on my lips if I kiss my babes’ heads.

2. They both smell great, and the smell isn’t overpowering. The styling paste literally smells like Hawaii.

3. All of the Tangled Tantrum products are made in the USA by a small, mom-run business (of course we super love this one!).

4. My daughter actually requests this spray before she will allow me to brush her hair!

Anything that makes getting kids ready easier in a safe and more natural way is a total win in my book. And we are so excited because Tangled Tantrum actually sent us an extra Detangling and Conditioning Spray AND Separation Anxiety Styling Paste so that we could give one of each away to our Spray Pal fans! We love introducing you guys to awesome products, so be sure to enter below for your chance to win!
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Friday, July 18, 2014

Spray Pal Market Research: Addressing the Comments

We've been conducting some unbiased market research about the Spray Pal, and the results have been fantastic to read.  We are so thrilled that the overwhelming majority of those who use a Spray Pal love it!  And we are learning a lot from the non-Spray Pal users, so thank you for taking the time to respond!  If you haven't taken the survey yet, you can do so HERE and you could even win a Spray Pal OR a BumGenius cloth diaper for the minute or two of your time!

A few of you left some very kind comments that we would like to address for you to show that we truly are reading each of these suggestions and taking them to heart!  We appreciate you giving us the opportunity to learn and improve.  Here goes:

1. In response to the $25 price point, the majority of responders selected the option that said "The price is just right" and a few even said they'd pay more!! LOL.  Don't worry, we don't want to do that.  Of the ones who selected "It should be less," a few of you left some comments that you understand why the price is where it is, but since you have a limited budget you choose to go without, which I totally respect.  And then a few made comments that you think $25 is a fair price if it includes shipping.  That's the part I wanted to address:

You guys know we offer free shipping on orders of $25 or more on our website, right?  Which means the Spray Pal splatter shield and all of the bundles ship FREEMany of our online retailers such as Kelly's Closet and Dream Diapers also offer free shipping when you spend a certain amount along with reward points and other loyalty programs.  AND...we have the Spray Pal available on Amazon prime...which will ship for FREE if you have prime or spend over $35.  Best yet, you can go into a local store and pick one up without any shipping charges!  Not only will you be supporting our small business, but you'll be supporting your own local business economy as well.  Win/win!  And if your local cloth diapering shop doesn't carry the Spray Pal, you can ask them to carry it and 9 times out of 10 I bet we'll get an email from them asking for wholesale information.  Most of our retailers became Spray Pal retailers because of customers like you who went in and told them about it, which we LOVE!!  We are all about supporting small businesses, especially cloth diaper retailers. ;)

2.  Spray Pal storage:  According to the survey, many of you already know this, but we do currently sell a Jaq Jaq Bird wetbag that works great for storing the Spray Pal.  Also, according to the survey, those of you who own one think it's pretty awesome! (It is also our personal favorite for cloth diaper outings, but I digress...) ;)  To address a few comments, this wetbag is not large enough to seal the Spray Pal completely inside, but we've found that actually works to our advantage.  By slipping the Spray Pal in there and leaving the top sticking out a little, the Spray Pal is able to air dry between uses while still being tucked away.  Some of you (as we do at times) leave your Spray Pal standing up in a trash can or tub to air dry, which is great, but the Jaq Jaq Bird wetbag will also do this for you if you'd prefer to have the shield more concealed (like my rhyme?). ;)

3.  A few of you mentioned the squeezing out of the diaper not being as easy as you had hoped.  I totally agree with you...Mr. Spray Pal is way better at that than I am.  But I did figure out a technique that has worked well for me that I'd like to share in the photos below.  The trick is in the bend!  The Spray Pal is made of high quality materials that will stand up just fine to you bending the sh*t out of it (haha, see what I did there?!).  If you check out the graphic below, that was a diaper that had been sprayed for a photo about 2 hours prior, but had been left sitting in the Spray Pal before I thought to take these photos for you.  On the left, I'm just squeezing flat with my thumbs and nothing is really coming out.  You can see in the photo on the right that the water is actually squeezing out just by me bending it.  So, bend away and let the Spray Pal do the work for you!

I hope this information helps those of you who were wondering, and thank you for taking the time to leave the comments.  I'm sure others were wondering the same thing and just didn't speak up (or didn't realize they were wondering until they read this!), so hopefully this will come in handy for a lot of you.  If we come across any other comments that we can help you out with right away, we will do so.  Thank you so much!