Saturday, August 29, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Sunday, August 23, 2009
But it's okay, I am not giving up and I have another craft show in less than a month, the 2009 Lexington FunFest. I guess I need to start keeping notes on what shows are like once I participate in them. I would do this show over again, I just would not put near as much into it next time, that way I am walking away with a profit, not a loss.
I will be posting pictures later, right now I am just too tired!!
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Please let me know what you think of these articles, I hope they are helpful and would appreciate feedback on how you like them for all the time I put into them. :)
How to make a washcloth lollipop
How to make a diaper butterfly
How to make a boo boo bunny
How to market and sell diaper cakes
How to throw the perfect baby shower
How to make the perfect baby shower punch
Diaper Cakes by Wendy
Monday, August 17, 2009
Severe Problems (Very Rare)
Serious allergic reaction (less than 1 out of a million doses) Several other severe problems have been reported after DTaP vaccine. These include:
- Long-term seizures, coma, or lowered consciousness
- Permanent brain damage.
In 1976, a certain type of influenza (swine flu) vaccine was associated with Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS). Since then, flu vaccines have not been clearly linked to GBS. However, if there is a risk of GBS from current flu vaccines, it would be no more than 1 or 2 cases per million people vaccinated. This is much lower than the risk of severe influenza, which can be prevented by vaccination. (If the people who make the vaccine do not even know what they are talking about, how can we trust them?)
- Seizure (jerking or staring) caused by fever (about 1 out of 3,000 doses)
- Temporary pain and stiffness in the joints, mostly in teenage or adult women (up to 1 out of 4)
- Temporary low platelet count, which can cause a bleeding disorder (about 1 out of 30,000 doses)
Severe Problems (Very Rare)
- Serious allergic reaction (less than 1 out of a million doses)
- Several other severe problems have been known to occur after a child gets MMR vaccine. But this happens so rarely, experts cannot be sure whether they are caused by the vaccine or not. These include:
- Long-term seizures, coma, or lowered consciousness
- Permanent brain damage
- Serious allergic reactions, within a few minutes to a few hours of the shot, are very rare.
- A serious nervous system disorder called Guillain-Barré Syndrome (or GBS) has been reported among some people who received MCV4.
Moderate to Severe Problems
- Serious eye infection, or loss of vision, due to spread of vaccine virus to the eye.
- Rash on entire body (as many as 1 per 4,000).
- Severe rash on people with eczema (as many as 1 per 26,000).
- Encephalitis (severe brain reaction), which can lead to permanent brain damage (as many as 1 per 83,000).
- Severe infection beginning at the vaccination site (as many as 1 per 667,000, mostly in people with weakened immune systems).
- Death (1-2 per million, mostly in people with weakened immune systems).
For every million people vaccinated, between 14 and 52 could have a life-threatening reaction to smallpox vaccine.
People who come in direct contact with the vaccination site of a vaccinated person, or with materials that have touched the site, can also have a reaction. This is from exposure to virus from the vaccination site.
Feel free to check out this website here. And notice how every time they say something bad, like it could kill you, they go on to reassure you that it is rare, but rare is not good. People are dying every day from vaccines, I believe they need to be made safer, but then again, like I said, I am crazy. Please share your thoughts.
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
This is perfect for those of you residing in Charlotte, NC who are looking to buy diaper cakes, baby shower favors, little girl hair bows, or any other baby shower needs as both Diaper Cakes by Wendy and Linda's Hair Candy will be here at the York SC Summerfest. It is a short ride from Charlotte, please visit this link for more info!
Sunday, August 9, 2009
And, in case you didn't catch it, here is a hint!
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Friday, August 7, 2009
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
First let me start off by saying I do NOT like Huggies at all. I tried them with my son (he is 5 now) and I did not like them then either. But just thought I would give the new ones a try. I liked the fact that they are made with organic cotton and that they are hypoallergenic, although my daughter doesn't necessarily have sensitive skin.
When I first opened the pack I noticed how soft the diapers are. They are soft to the touch (not quite as much so as Pampers Swaddlers though) but they are also squishy soft, almost like a cloth diaper. They are also soft colored, as they use less dyes in it then the regular Huggies. My opinion on this is that if a Mom is worried about the dyes in a diaper, she is unlikely to buy this one just because it has LESS, when she could just get cloth diapers that have NONE, so if this was a concern for Huggies they should have made the diapers white.
So I put the diaper on my daughter, it is the correct size but the fit is bad, just they way Huggies in general are shaped do not conform well to baby's bodies, the back of the waistband doesn't even touch her skin even with the diaper fastened securely. So at the first diaper change I noticed the cotton in the diaper bunched up very, very badly, which is one of the reasons I dislike Huggies. All Huggies do it, but these do it worse. Also, when I changed the diaper, my daughter's skin was very wet. I did not leave the diaper on her too long, it just does not absorb the wetness away from her skin very well at all.
That was how the daytime use went. So I tried it overnight. My daughter sleeps about 14 hours at night, but never wakes ups with an extremely wet diaper. These diapers are a very bad choice for overnight use. She woke up with her pants and bed soaked, her skin extremely wet, and her diaper area smelled foul.
The velcro fasteners on these diapers are also very weak and do not hold well at all.
So to sum it up, I do NOT recommend the Huggies Pure & Natural diapers. If you like to think you are helping your baby or the environment by buying them, please consider switching to cloth diapers. My daughter has 2 cloth diapers and just those save us a lot of money each month, and also save a lot of diapers from going into landfills.
So needless to say I will never be using these on my daughter again once this pack is gone, and I will never be making any diaper cakes with them either. I will be sticking to luvs for my daughter and Luvs for my diaper cakes as well, they are by far THE BEST diapers I have tried, and I have tried them all!
Diaper Cakes by Wendy
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Diaper Cakes by Wendy Review
Mom Gone Witty
Monday, August 3, 2009
I must admit I look around the internet very often at other diaper cakes and sometimes get pretty mad at what I find. I just want to write a quick guide on what to look for when deciding to purchase a diaper cake for a loved one's (or your own) upcoming baby shower.
First things first, look at the style of the diaper cake. There are pretty much 2 styles you can choose from - the candle roll type, where every individual diaper is rolled up and stood up in the tiers, or there is the spiral type, which can be made in a variety of ways. The best one by far is the spiral style cake. The reason for this is because, if you give a rolled type, the Mom is going to have to unroll every single diaper before she uses it. Most people secure them with rubber bands, some with ribbons, either way, it is a pain having to take every diaper apart (I got one of these types for my baby shower) before using it.
Then there is the spiral style. Different people make these different ways. Some people start in the middle, adding layers of diapers as they go around, until each tier is the desired size. There is nothing wrong with this, but the Mom will still have some work to do before she can use the diapers, as she will have to untie each layer and stack them up herself as she goes.
Then there is the boutique spiral style cake, this is the best kind. But beware, many people call their cakes boutique spiral style diaper cakes although they are not. This may be to mislead buyers, or it may be because they do not know the difference, that is not my call to make, I am just saying beware. The boutique spiral style cake is absolutely the easiest to use, the diapers will have been handled the least, and it is super easy to take apart when the time come. Here at Diaper Cakes by Wendy, I make my cakes so all you have to do is untie the whole tier and there you have a whole stack of diapers, ready to use, nice and neat.
The next thing you should be looking for is the brand of diapers used in the diaper cake. If you do not see a brand listed, this is usually a good indicator that they have used low quality, store brand diapers in the cake. If you are unsure, always ask first. I know very, very few new Moms who are willing to use cheap diapers on their newborn, so while your gift may be cute, it will be a waste of money because the Mom is unlikely to actually use the diapers. Huggies, Pampers, and Luvs are all good brands. You may want to ask the new Mom what she prefers, or if you want to surprise her, just make sure you get good diapers. I use Luvs for a couple of reasons. One is because I am a Mom and I have tried just about every diaper out there on my two children. I do not like Huggies because they leaked on both of my children, and the padding bunches up in them badly. I do like Pampers, but not the Swaddlers. They get really puffy and leave gel on baby's skin, which is hard to remove with a wipe. Pampers Cruisers are the exact same diaper as the Swaddlers, they are just made in larger sizes, while the Swaddlers are made in smaller sizes. Pampers Baby Dry are good diapers, they conform to baby's shape and they absorb well without leaving gel on baby or getting too puffy. They don't make a good diaper cake choice though as they have print all over them, making for a cluttered looking cake. Luvs is the EXACT same diaper as the Pampers Baby Dry, but they are white on the back, making for a perfect diaper cake diaper choice. If you do a little research, you will find that Luvs and Pampers are made by the same company, PG. They are the same diaper, sold under a different name and at a better price. This allows me to use excellent diapers while also keeping my prices affordable. I would NEVER use anything on my baby shower creations that I would not use on my own baby.
Next thing to look at is the diaper size. If you have children of your own or know anyone with children, you may already know many babies are born big. My son was born at 7 pounds 15 ounces, and my daughter was 8 pounds 9 ounces, so they were both pretty big! Newborn diapers are only for babies up to 10 pounds, so my son was able to wear them a couple of weeks, while my daughter could never wear them (although she wasn't 10 pounds, they didn't fit her). Many sellers use newborn diapers because they are smaller and more come in a pack, giving the illusion that you are getting a good deal because you are getting more diapers per cake. This is not the case, plus you never know if the baby will be small enough when born to even wear the diapers.
Then there are the sellers who use large diapers, say size 2 or 3. This is good because the cake will be able to stay together longer before the new Mom has to take it apart, but it can be bad too. The cake will just be sitting in the nursery taking up space and gathering dust until the baby grows into the diapers. Also, you will get fewer diapers per cake when these diapers are used.
All reasons listed above are why I use size 1 diapers. They fit babies from 8 to 14 pounds, so the Mom can keep it together for a while, or she can use them right away! A win-win either way!
Now, look at the amount of diapers used in the cake. Sometimes it is hard to judge by pictures how big a cake is. Many sellers use about 25-30 diapers in their 2 tiered cakes, and about 45-50 in their 3 tiered cakes. Not me!! My two tiered cakes contain over 50 diapers, and my three tiered cakes contain about 70!! That is a great deal! And on top of that, my cakes are priced lower than what theirs are, while still offering more diapers!
While I do not add baby supplies to my cakes, some people do, so be sure to look at that too. Sometimes these things that cost you more will go to waste. New Moms are very picky about what they use on their new baby. Many sellers use Dollar Store items to "fill" their cakes. Sad, but true. Not only that, but if pacifiers, bottles, etc.. are on the cake, make sure the Mom will use them before buying the cake. If the Mom plans on breastfeeding or not offering a pacifier, they could just go to waste. Also, with bottles, spoons, and pacifiers, make sure the sellers uses BPA free items for the new baby!
So there you have it, these are very important things to think about when trying to decide on a diaper cake! Please feel free to leave a comment here letting me know what you think! (you do not have to be a Blogger member to comment). Thanks! See links below for my website, where you will find beautiful boutique spiral style diaper cake, all with FREE shipping!
Diaper Cakes by Wendy
My Helpful eHow Articles
Saturday, August 1, 2009
If you came directly to this post and have never seen my items before, feel free to click on the Diaper Cakes by Wendy banner at the top of this page and check out my website, or you can also view the rest of my blog, as I have tons of pictures of actual items I have made so far for the show! I will even be happy to make you a special cake or any special order of my items if you plan on being there, and you can come pick them up!
My website can be seen here: Diaper Cakes by Wendy
My main blog page can be viewed here: Sassy8722
To learn more about the Summerfest, visit York SC's website here.