Contributors

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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9:15AM

Marine Parents - 30k for Mother's Day

If you know much of anything about Katie and Beth you probably know they love Marine Parents like nobody's business. Between the two of them, you're sure to find a new pouch, clutch, or some other creation every couple of weeks. Today, we want to introduce you to April, the woman behind Marine Parents and give you a chance to win a make up bag (for the record, Beth has a power wristlet that matches so whoever wins will be TOTALLY TWINSIES!).

 

Marine Parents was born four years ago at the dining room table of our teensy apartment in North Carolina.  My husband spent nights & weekend nap times teaching me to sew.  Finally, after a few frustrating months, the whole thing kind of "clicked" into place for me & I whizzed away sewing & haven't looked back since!  
Since the start of Marine Parents, items have been tweaked & perfected in an effort to put the highest quality handmade items in the hands of thousands of ruffle loving friends!  With almost 150 different items available for order through our etsy storefront & multiple ready to ship sales each week through instagram flash sales, Marine Parents ruffle pouches, backpacks, makeup bags & more can be find all over the world [which is a major awesome feeling!].  I'm forever in awe of the support of those who love handmade & are buying all the ruffles which supports my sweet little family.

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7:15PM

The Mama Necklace - 30k for Mother's Day

When I started thinking up brands to reach out to for this giveaway, I started with what my favorite Mother's Day gifts have been. My favorite of favorites was the Mama Necklace I got for Mother's day the first year I had an outside baby. It was gorgeous, Mason (my son who is now almost 5!) was starting to say mama and dada and it was (and still is) an absolutely treasured piece. When Tali said she would sponsor a giveaway for all of you, I was beyond excited!

 

The Mama Collection - A jewelry collection inspired by baby's first word.

After hearing her son utter those long awaited syllables "ma..ma..ma" Tali was smitten and knew she needed to capture those first words, and so she designed a chic and unique collection of jewelry inspired by the word "mama" and in celebration of mothers everywhere.

Overnight, The Mama Collection struck a chord with women everywhere.This simple and modern line of  jewelry gained an  immediate following. From brand new mothers to seasoned grandmas responding to the common bond of motherhood.

The Mama Necklace has many celebrity fans such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Naomi Watts, Sarah Mclachlan, and Bethenny Frankel. Tomorrow, one of our very lucky fans will get to choose between the two necklaces shown above!


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10:13PM

Lori Harrison - 30k for Mother's Day!

Being a mom shouldn't mean we have to sacrifice style... but sometimes that's exactly what it ends up meaning. Sure, those yoga pants and ratty t-shirt might be comfortable, but is that really what you want to be wearing on the night when you FINALLY get a babysitter and get to go out without half of lunch on your shoulder? Maybe a day at the office would be a little more cheerful with a pop of St. Lucia blue to help remind you of your little one? Today we'd like to introduce you to Lori Harrison, a beautiful woman who creates absolutely stunning scarves, cushions, and bags.

 

Lori Harrison’s studio, founded in 2011, creates home décor, accessories, furnishings and art that bear her signature aesthetic, “unexpected beauty” — the result of the conscious integration of art and design in her practice.

Mindfully experiencing the world around her, whether at home or abroad is the beginning of each of Lori’s designs. If we shift our perspective, literally and figuratively, Lori believes that something that we would otherwise overlook or think insignificant can emerge with a powerful narrative, texture and tone — with great beauty. For Lori, it is observing things worn and weathered, decayed and frayed that most often leads to inspiration for the patterns and imagery that are integral to all of her work.

Since the launch of the first collection at the Interior Design Show in Toronto in 2012, Lori Harrison home decor and furniture have been featured in prominent design media such as Azure, House & Home magazine, design blogs and on national television.  She has received prominent commissions in Canada and abroad while her work is available at exclusive retailers across Canada and the U.S.

Lori leads a small team of dedicated crafts people in Toronto, using quality natural materials, locally sourced whenever possible and responsibly made. Every piece is hand made with care, passion and a belief that our homes and our lives should be filled with beautiful, meaningful things.

 

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9:58AM

Posh Mommy Jewelry - 30k for Mother's Day

This week, we're bringing you lots of great giveaways for our 30k for Mother's Day giveaway! Each day, we'll be introducing you to a mom-focused brand and giving you the chance to win some of their great products!! We also have a giveaway for an iPad mini going on the AppleCheeks Facebook page, and you can get an extra entry just for completing all of the entry methods available in the daily giveaways! Today, we want to introduce you to Posh Mommy Jewelry.

 

 

POSH Mommy is a jewelry collection renowned for setting new style standards with personalized luxury for the entire family.  Founded in 2007 by Ali Krebs, the collection features distinctive pieces that can be customized with engraving and birthstones to commemorate special moments such as births, anniversaries, and other milestones with the elegance of fine and fashion jewelry. The collection has coined iconic heirloom designs including the Wee Loop, Forever Loop, Mommy Disc and Due Tag. POSH Mommy for women, children and men can be found in over 40,000 upscale specialty stores and boutiques in the US and internationally, as well as at their online destination.

POSH Mommy was founded in 2007 as a unique and fashionable mommy necklace company. Ali Krebs self-funded the business, keenly utilizing her education, experience and style. "I knew if we were going to make this work we had to be different!” she says. “My husband suggested embedding birthstones, which was our first big hit! I learned to embed stones into the precious metals and for the first two years embedded every stone in the thousands of pendants sold... My first unique designs, the loop and square were the beginning of making mommy necklaces hip and hot!" Ali and her husband live in the Bay Area with their two children, Tanner and Tayler.

What would you get with $100 to Posh Mommy? Will you get something for yourself? Something for your mom? No matter how you spend it, this prize is sure to become something beautiful!!
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10:15PM

Featured Retailer: Squish Tushy!

Happy April!! Can you belive Spring is already upon us? Jokes on all of us, eh?! Today, Our darling friends from Squishy Tushy launched a super fun AppleCheeks sponsored giveaway. You NEED to go over to their facebook page and check this out! We know all too well how creative you AppleCheeks fans can be and now it's time to prove it to Teresa and her staff!! We thought it might be fun for all of you to learn a little bit about Squishy Tushy and the folks behind it first...

First off, can you tell us a little about the family behind the store?   My name is Teresa and I am the proud mom to 3.  I started cloth diapering with my oldest and found after 5 months that Gerber prefolds and plastic pants don't work so well. When I discovered that my second child was allergic to disposables I found the new modern diapers and haven't looked back!  I have enjoyed helping thousands of families find the best diaper for their little ones, AppleCheeks are a favorite at our store! I'm certain she meant to say in her house too... although I know Teresa's children have been out of diapers for a few years now. We have had the INCREDIBLE experience of spending some time with them the past couple of years at trade shows... Katie and Beth may have taught them poker one year, then follwed it up the next by plastering them in AppleCheeks glitter tattoos.

What is the name of your store?
Squishy Tushy

When did your store open?  Our online store opened in April 2008. After a few years of being online only we decided the area needed more and opened up a brick and mortar storefront in April 2012.

How long have you been carrying AppleCheeks?  Oh goodness,  maybe 2010??  I have a terrible memory... it's been awhile!

Do you ship to countries other than your own?  We ship worldwide, I've shipped to countries I have never heard of!

What are your customers saying about AppleCheeks?
Our customers love AppleCheeks.  I have several customers that have started using AC from birth and went right up to potty training with AC!  The colors and prints and the fit are some of the best things about AC. Totally agree... like TOTALLY. ;)


What are your other top sellers?
  Toys!   We sell Melissa & Doug, Haba, Hape, Sophie, Kleynimals as well as breast feeding supplies and for summer natural bug spray and sunscreen that really works!   We also sell a line of jewelry that helps arthritis, diabetes, ADHD, high blood pressure, depression and more!  We offer a 90 day money back guarantee and it actually does work! Say WHAT?!?!? I'll have to check those out. Sounds super awesome! And with the money back guarantee it can't hurt to try!

What would you like us to know about your store or yourself?  I love to help my customers, it is really one of the best parts about having a store.  Helping someone decide what diapers are best for their family and troubleshooting are where my heart is.  Having made almost all of the mistakes in cding personally, I try to help people before they go down the path that I did.  We carry the largest selection of cloth diapers and trainers in SE Michigan and NW Ohio (I've been told it's actually all of Michigan-Pennsylvania but that's customers talking, I have no proof).  Squishy Tushy also carries diapers for youth and adults with special needs and/or incontinence. 

Where can we find you?  At my store :)   Blissfield, Michigan (on the Ohio, Michigan border)

 

Thank you so much for spending the time to chat with us Teresa! With 3 kids, and a busy business we know you must have very little spare time, so we are honored that you chose to spend some of it chatting with us!! Now... for all you eager fans! Head over to the Squishy Tushy facebook page for details about their fun giveaway. And be sure to check out their selection of AppleCheeks both in store (if you're local) and online because they are 15% off this week!! YIPEE!!!