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Ilana is co-owner of AppleCheeks Reusable Diapers and mother to three girls - Azure, Phoenix and Ione. She's also the owner of A Jaded Mama, a blog about mothering, small business ownership and all things green. When she's not busy coming up with new product ideas, working on social media campaigns and co-managing the business, you'll find her babywearing, cloth diapering, co-sleeping, breastfeeding, raising school-aged children and reading.

Amy is the other co-owner of AppleCheeks Reusable Diapers and mom to three boys - Bailey, Davray, Sacha, and to baby DAUGHTER, River. She's a dedicated and very attached parent and just adores the company of her enormous, gorgeous boys. When she's not busy juggling the company finances, talking on the phone with suppliers and trying to talk Ilana down off a cliff, you'll find her very involved in her community activities and enjoying the great outdoors.

Beth is the Social Media Coordinator for AppleCheeks Reusable Diapers. You can find her on @AppleCheeksDipe on Twitter or Instagram or the Facebook page! Beth has a little boy, Mason, who is 4, two girls, Audrey, who is 3 and Hayden who is closing in on 1! When Beth isn't busy figuring out fun for the AppleCheeks Fans or blogging on Me as a Mommy, she is avoiding housework, breastfeeding, trying to find some space on the couch or in her own bed, or chasing after her older kids with Hayden strapped to her back!

Katie is the Events Coordinator {aka Party Girl} for AppleCheeks Reusable Diapers. Katie has a little boy, Austin, who is 4. You may recognize her from Pickled Pink, the beautiful swim diaper named in her honor! When she isn't busy party planning or working, Katie is playing with Austin, hanging out with Beth, or glued to her iPhone texting Ilana & Amy from the shower.

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11:17AM

Meet Our Newest Ambassador!

In case you missed the news recently, we have a new Ambassador on our team! When there was an opening, one fan stepped up and graciously volunteered to take on the position. The ladies at HQ couldn’t resist such an offer, and recognized her in this video:

 

So, let’s meet Ashley!

1.Tell us about your journey with AppleCheeks!

I discovered AppleCheeks two and a half years ago when my first (A) was around eight months. My sister was cloth diapering her baby and I had been curious about it for awhile. She convinced me to try and I built a stash of mixed brands that were all primarily pockets. I bought four brand new AppleCheeks covers: Delicious, Purple Rain, Raspberry Sorbet and St Lucia. We started cloth diapering a month later when my little was nine months. I will admit I was underwhelmed with AppleCheeks. I couldn’t get a decent fit and felt they were too bulky. Turns out instead of size 2’s… I should have been putting A in size 1’s instead. After trying ones, I fell in love with how trim they were and how perfectly snug I could get them. I began destashing my other brands and built a stash of primarily AppleCheeks. I still dabbled in AIO’s and fitteds but kept reaching for our AC’s. When I became pregnant with my second in the Fall of 2013, I knew I wanted to use only AppleCheeks on her. I started building a size 1 stash again (I had sold my others to fund twos when A was 15 months). I built a decent stash of 36 covers and 2 ply inserts and was so excited to use them from the beginning. Well turns out my second daughter K, had a very sensitive skin and could not wear any type of fleece. Microfiber pajamas, pants, jackets, blankets and sadly our AppleCheeks were all a no-go. So I decided to keep our 2 ply inserts and use simple PUL lined covers. We did this for about four months and had no more rash issues. In December of 2014, I noticed her fleece sensitivity was starting to lessen and I decided to attempt using AC’s again. I tried a size 1 AppleCheeks on her and lo and behold… it did not fit! SO when Delishmas was released, I couldn’t resist and bought a size 2 to try. I added this to our stash and used as an AI2. Luckily we had no issues and I happily started destashing once again and rebuilding my AppleCheeks stash. I had not found another cover that gave us the same type of fit and leak protection so was thrilled to be using them again. By the end of January 2015, I had over 40 covers and inserts plus a multitude of storage sacs, wipes and mini zips. And the rest is history!

2. Let's meet your family! What bums are or have been diapered in your house? Is your husband supportive of cloth diapering? What's his favourite colour?

We are a family of four who reside in the Golden Heart of Alaska. My husband, Garret, and I were both born and raised here. Garret works maintenance for Banner Health and I run a home daycare and am currently working toward my early childhood degree. We have two daughters, Avery (3) and Kendall (recently turned 1). Avery is spunky and has an independent spirit. She was cloth diapered from 9 months until she daytime potty learned at 22 months. At newly 3 years old, she made the switch to panties full time. Kendall is our chunky monkey. She is happy as can be and loves anything to do with food or balls. She has been cloth diapered since birth! My husband was resistant to cloth with Avery and would refuse to change a diaper and if he did, he would always put a disposable on her. With Kendall, he has adjusted and knows how to wash them, stuff them and has recently developed favorites (Sailor’s Blue and Emerald City!) He still says I’m ridiculous for stash shots, AC inspired selfies and other AWESOME things I’ve done for the love of the brand. But I love his newly developed support!

 

3. Do you have a local retailer you love to support, or are you a fluff mail junkie?

I am so excited because we just recently got a local retailer who sells AppleCheeks! They stock a fairly small selection so I still often order online. There is still nothing better than fluff mail!

4. If you could only have two colours in your stash, what would they be?

Only two?! If I had to choose, it would probably be Riptide and Suddenly Royal or Jem. Oh wait I LOVE lemon zest and Raspberry Sorbet too. First Crush is also great… okay it’s impossible to choose only 2. Too hard… next question!

Her beautiful Raspberry Sorbet and Lemon Zest badge!

5. What's your dream AppleCheeks colour that doesn't exist yet?

I would LOVE a peach. A soft, pinky peach.

6. Destash, Unicorn, Permastash: which colour goes in each category?

If I had to destash any color, I would probably choose Eucalyptus. Is it blasphemy to say it’s not a favorite?! Although I do love it paired with peachy colored clothes. My permastash is definitely Riptide, I reach for it every single time it is clean. My unciron is a size 2 Samoa! We had a size 1 we got to play with for awhile but I didn’t fit my chunky butt so I would love a size 2!

7. What do you like to do as a family?

I would love to say my family has lots of fun exciting Alaskan adventures but honestly we can be quite boring. In the summer, we take lots of walks to the park across the street. We bbq a ton and spend time with family (we both have lots in town) and friends. Occasionally we do day lake trips and camping trips. In the winter we watch lots of movies and we are big hockey fans so we attend many of the local universities games.

8. What's your favourite movie? Book? Dinner to cook for your family?

I have a few hobbies that I haven’t been able to find time for recently. Life is just so crazy! I love to sew and was getting into scrapbooking again. My current favorite movie is the Hunger Game trilogy (go figure!) I love to read and have been in love with the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. They just finished a season related to the first book and I loved it! I will admit, I do not enjoy cooking. I often go for the easiest things to prepare so it’s a good thing my family loves spaghetti and meatballs with garlic bread so much!

Well, I don’t want to keep you away from the pasta and AppleCheeks selfies any longer, so we’ll wrap this up! Thanks for answering our questions! Readers, if you have any more questions for Ashley, please post them in the comments!

1:14PM

What's New Around Here!

Another week has flown by and of course we had some new products to share with you!

On Monday, we released our brand new fleece liners! These super-soft 11" x 5" liners are made from the same microfleece as our envelope covers. They are perfect for providing a stay-dry layer for all-in-2 users, to keep your covers safe from bum cream when needed, to keep your fleece sparkling white, and to facilitate removing solids with a reusable, washable liner! We're sure you'll find many uses for these - they are now available in packs of 5 from your favourite retailer!

We also released a size 2 storage sac in a print for the first time - Winging It! Winging It is flying away soon with the release of our prints Irrelephant and Parade, and we thought it was fitting to send it out in style. These are fairly limited, so catch one now before they're out of reach!

We've got some holidays coming up, so that means GIVEAWAYS! Keep an eye on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/AppleCheeksDiapers) and Instagram feed (@applecheeksdipe) for ways you can enter to win some of your favourite fluff!

3:21PM

AppleCheeks Cares

 

 

What do AppleCheeks Cloth Diapers mean to you? You may think of them as your hobby; perhaps as your favourite brand, with gorgeous solids, fun custom prints, excellent customer support and an engaging, generous online community. You may just think of them as a diaper in your stash that you enjoy reaching for at the next change. For some fans and retailers, though, AppleCheeks are more precious - they are a way to support causes and charities near and dear to their hearts, all while clothing a baby’s bum in the best fluff on the market. AppleCheeks is a proud partner in these varied ventures.

The most recent charity initiative with AppleCheeks is by retailer My Lil Sweet Pea (www.mylilsweetpea.ca), with their exclusive release Believe. It is Sailor’s Blue with St-Lucia-coloured snaps and a custom tag on the back. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of Believe covers and sacs - both available in all three sizes - will go to Kerry’s Place (kerrysplace.org). Kerry’s Place is an organization providing services to families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder, including the family behind MLSP, whose oldest child was diagnosed with ASD shortly before his 4th birthday. Along with MLSP’s contribution to Kerry’s Place, AppleCheeks Cloth Diapers will donate a portion of proceeds to Autism Canada (autismcanada.org). Believe is the perfect complement to MLSP’s first charity release, called Hope. Hope was St-Lucia with navy snaps and a custom wing tag, featuring a puzzle piece image in honor of autism awareness. It is no longer in production due to the release of Believe, but thanks to Hope, MLSP was able to raise $900 for Unity for Autism (http://www.unityforautism.ca/). For more about MLSP and Believe, read the blog here: http://www.mylilsweetpea.ca/blogs/whatsnew/33772548-believe-an-applecheeks-cloth-diaper-charity-exclusive

Believe Hope 

The Baby Bum (www.thebabybum.com) is another retailer with a passion for a cause - first came their charity release called Lil Trooper. It is Lake Echo with royal blue snaps and a custom wing tag. This cover was released to bring awareness to Juvenile Arthritis, and a portion of the proceeds goes to support the Arthritis Foundation via Team Calvinator and His Robots. (Find them on Facebook!) Calvin is the son of Sarah, the owner of TBB, and has been diagnosed with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis. He is currently seeing some benefit from a new medication as part of a research study. For more about Juvenile Arthritis, visit www.kidsgetarthritistoo.org

Lil Trooper

The Baby Bum also teamed up with an AppleCheeks fan and Ambassador, Melissa, to release Remission, which is Lemon Zest with crimson red snaps and a custom wing tag. Melissa heads up a fundraising team for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Light The Night Walk in honor of a family member fighting Multiple Myeloma, and a portion of the proceeds from Remission goes to her efforts with Team Walk with a Lymph.

Remission

For die-hard AppleCheeks collectors and fans, Cocoa Bean - Dark Chocolate with multi-coloured snaps - is among the most coveted covers. It was offered in very limited quantities - 10 per size - in a 2012 charity auction with proceeds benefiting Free the Children. Be sure to read the post here on this effort: http://applecheeks.squarespace.com/posts/2012/6/4/free-the-children-charity-auction-success.html

Cocoa Bean

AppleCheeks recognized a need in the cloth diaper market for a more generous diaper, and introduced size 3 covers for children who potty learn at a later age or larger size for various reasons, including special needs. A portion of the sales from size 3s goes to the Canadian Down Syndrome Society.

Do you have any of these extra special AppleCheeks in your stash? What charities and causes do you support in your household?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12:39PM

The Struggle Is Real

Why AppleCheeks Addictions Happen

What IS it about these ruffley colourful diapers? Let’s explore some reasons why so many of us struggle on a daily basis with the addiction called #buyalltheapplecheeks.

1. The Thrill of the Hunt: There is such a great rush of satisfaction when you find what you’re searching for. Found that HTF for retail? Your feet won’t even touch the ground as you stalk the mailbox for a few days! Even if it’s just rounding out your storage sac collection with readily available options, you can feel accomplished. Now you can take that stash shot you’ve been putting off! And who wants to be a procrastinator?

2. They Always Fit: Ok, what mommy really enjoys shopping for new underwear, swimwear, jeans or cute AND comfy shoes? Shopping is sometimes more hassle than it’s worth when you’re a grownup. But shopping for your kids is a different story - you KNOW that fluff is going to look amazing on your baby’s bum! Just think of the memories you’ll make - playing outside, reading books, snuggling for naps, doing laundry - all while admiring your latest purchase.

3. You’re Buying for the Household: Buying household products like laundry detergent and toilet paper can be less than thrilling. They’re heavy and bulky and just get used up. But AppleCheeks? They will beautify your life and you can use them again and again! You’re obtaining a useful product that is environmentally-friendly and contributes to a happier planet AND a happier house! So what did you do today? Fulfilled your duty as procurement agent. Way to go!

4. You’ve Got Mail: Who DOESN’T like something in the mailbox other than bills, catalogs and magazines you never have time to read? A package addressed personally to YOU. Maybe you have purchased so many diapers you can’t remember exactly what’s in that envelope. (It’s ok, we’ve all been there.) Maybe you finally ordered fluff after a long hiatus. (It’s ok, we’ve all been there, too.) Even if you know exactly what you’re expecting, sometimes there’s a little surprise from the Fluff Fairy, or maybe a retailer threw in a fun sample for you! And there’s nothing like getting a new release in hand for the first time after seeing it on the screen, right?

These are just some of the reasons why even the strongest of us get sucked in to the swirly rainbow vortex of AppleCheeks. I’ve been in your shoes. Lurking from afar in the Facebook groups, smirking that you’ll NEVER become one of those crazy people who pose their diapers for photos, or spend hours online looking for your dire ISO, or covet the HTF colours. If you want to avoid this predicament, I really don’t have any advice, because it just takes one to get hooked. I’d never tell you to NOT try AppleCheeks - the best option out there - so you may as well give in. No regrets. Go forth and #buyalltheapplecheeks!!

11:00AM

Fresh Prints for the Bum!

We finally revealed our long-awaited NEW PRINTS yesterday! Meet Irrelephant and Parade!

 

These beautiful prints feature graceful mommy and baby elephants in shades both familiar and brand new to your AppleCheeks stash! They are available NOW at your favorite retailer! If you don't have a bum in diapers, or you just can't get enough of this gorgeous artwork, there are also size 1 storage sacs and MiniZips available!

 

 As with all of our custom designed prints, there are apples and apple logo motifs sprinkled throughout. Can you find them all? Do you have a favorite character on these prints?

Speaking of character, if you missed the reveal video, be sure to check out some hidden talents of the staff at HQ! Here's a chance to put manes with faces! As always, you'll be the first to know about tour dates for these singing sensations.

 

June is just around the corner and of course we have some fun things in store for you. Stay tuned!