Giveaway: Tumblewool Wool Dryer Balls and Felted Soap — $44 ARV {9.7; US}

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Tumblewool is offering one of our readers a giveaway of their products: wool dryer balls and felted soap. Wool is an all-natural product that is safe for your family, easy on our environment, and beautiful to boot!

Tumblewool is a home-owned business in Clinton, New York that strives to be environmentally conscious while bringing a little touch of beauty into everyday life, even if that beauty is while you do your laundry! The main product of Tumblewool is the fantastic and very well made dryer ball, which helps people use less energy when they dry their clothes in a dryer.

From our reviewer, Laura at Pug in the Kitchen:

Dryer Balls

Natural Parents Network Giveaway: Tumblewool Wool Dryer Balls and Felted Soap — $44 ARV {8.24; US}

Personally, I have a lot of faith in dryer balls. The opportunity to test this product out came at the perfect time; we sadly lost the dryer balls I had made when we moved, and have not been able to use our laundry line much this spring. After trying them out, I have nothing but good things to say about the Tumblewool dryer balls! There is nothing like knowing your clothes will actually be dry when you take them out of the dryer.

For the most part, I’m also not dealing with static cling when using these, either, which is a great plus! When the laundry is done, there are fibers standing up with static electricity all over the dryer balls, but my clothes are cling-free. The only clothes that haven’t responded well to the Tumblewool product are my workout tops that are decidedly not cotton. However, I will say that they are the same clothes that never responded to the standard dryer sheets, either!

Additionally, I really like that the dryer balls are colorful and the size is perfect — about the size of a softball. They are easy to find in your laundry basket and don’t roll under my couch or tempt my dogs to use them as toys. However, I can’t say the same for my children, considering that they just discovered baseball and any spherical object is now  fair game to them.

Felted Soap

Natural Parents Network Giveaway: Tumblewool Wool Dryer Balls and Felted Soap — $44 ARV {8.24; US}
To be honest, I had never seen felted soap before, and I hesitated to use it because it was so beautiful! In addition, at first I didn’t know how to use it. Because I have a very low-flow shower head, I wasn’t able to get the soap to lather up in there at first, and for the first time you use a felted soap, you do have to get it very wet in order for the soap to lather up enough to get through all the layers of wool. After realizing this, I filled my bathroom sink with hot water and let the soap soak there for a while; then, I just squeezed the soap in my hands until I got a good lather worked up.

Now when I want to use it, I can just get the bar wet before I turn on the shower and am able to wash (and even shave my legs) with the lather. My skin is very sensitive, but I haven’t had any sort of irritation from the soap or the wool so far, and that’s surprising because typically my sensitive skin is even fussier from all the sun. I’m a fan!


You can purchase your own Tumblewool products on their website. Their prices range from $7 to $28, and they have very reasonable shipping. These would be a fantastic gift idea for your friends and family members, especially since it is such a thoughtfully made product by a small company, and is useful, too!


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About Our Reviewer:
Laura, Author of Pug in the Kitchen
Laura is a stay at home mama to two spunky little ones. She’s learning day by day with her family as they strive to live as naturally as possible. She’s also cooking from scratch, hanging cloth diapers on the line (in full view of the neighborhood!), growing and preserving their food, breastfeeding, homebirthing, and spending lots of time in the great outdoors. Laura loves to learn and her family provides more than enough for her to draw from! She shares what she learns at Pug in the Kitchen. Read Laura’s NPN articles here.

The finishing touch

I love to sew my daughter’s clothes and have recently started sewing for myself again.  Personally, I think that a label sewn into your garment gives it such a personal finishing touch.  I was offered the opportunity to do a product test on custom labels from and as someone always looking for new ways to make my work look personalized and professional, I jumped at the chance! is a Swedish company who up until recently had only been available to their country, but is now shipping (FOR FREE) internationally!!!  This company makes labels that are either for use as an iron-on label or to be sewn into the garment.  You can choose your styles, colors, fonts and wording.  You don’t sew your own clothes?  That’s ok! You can still make personalized labels to iron into your children’s school clothes, sports jerseys or coats! is one of few suppliers that can supply short series of 100% cotton name labels at reasonable prices. Our name labels are Egyptian cotton produced in accordance with Oeko-Tex 100 Standard (  Their products are in Sweden mostly used by parents who are labeling their children’s clothing but have an increasing number of home designers joining their satisfied customers! 

The company was easy to work with, shipped quickly and answered my questions cheerfully.  They provided me with my labels which I chose from the site and designed.  I LOVE the dark, multicolored labels, but Sylvi likes the larger multicolored ones.  If you’re in the market for personalized labels, I’d recommend in a heartbeat!

As an added bonus for you, dear readers, there is a 20% off coupon code when you enter Puginthekitchen at the checkout! This generous code is good through September 14th!

I’m linking up with Sew Much Ado’s We Did it Wednesday!


Sibling support, even in the potty!

Welcome to the August 2013 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Sibling Revelry

This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama. This month our participants have written about siblings – their own, their hopes for their kids, and more. Please read to the end to find a list of links to the other carnival participants.


My children are 21 months apart in age. I figured this would be helpful in bonding them… the jealousy would be limited and they wouldn’t remember a time without one another. But then, Liam was NOT interested in Sylvia. As in, didn’t want to talk about the coming baby. Didn’t care about her arrival. Didn’t want to hold her – didn’t even want to sit next to her in photos! When you are sleep deprived and hormonal, you worry.

Two years have passed since then. My worries about them bonding are far from my mind. They’ve gotten along well for the most part, outside of the occasional sibling spat. They bicker like any other set of siblings, they roughhouse, they laugh.

But the best thing to me, is watching Liam encourage Sylvia. The most recent example of this is Sylvia’s learning to use the potty. Sylvia made the decision to rid herself of diapers when I wasn’t mentally prepared. But Liam was ready. The first time she peed in the potty, he was the one to tell me. For weeks after, every time she peed in the potty, he lead us in cheering and hugging and encouraging. The first time she pooped in the potty, he was sitting in the bathroom with her.

It’s only been a year since he informed me he wouldn’t wear diapers anymore; it’s only been a year since we all sat in the bathroom cheering for him. Because they have been so close in age, they’ve learned to support each other and I couldn’t be prouder. I’m looking forward to watching their dynamic adapt as Liam starts school and soccer next week… they will continue to have opportunities to develop their own persons, but still be an integral part of each other’s support!


Carnival of Natural Parenting -- Hobo Mama and Code Name: MamaVisit Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama to find out how you can participate in the next Carnival of Natural Parenting!

Please take time to read the submissions by the other carnival participants:

(This list will be live and updated by afternoon August 13 with all the carnival links.)

  • The Damage of Comparing Siblings — Comparing siblings can lead to hurt feelings and poor relationships. What Jana Falls has learned and why she hopes for more for her son.
  • Connecting Through Sibling Rivalry — With four children who are spaced so that each child grows up in a pair, Destany at They are All of Me shares her method for minimizing the competition so her children can focus on bonding, rather than besting each other.
  • Sibling Revelry — Lucy at Dreaming Aloud shares the two-week transition that happens every summer as her kids transform from bickering to learning how to play.
  • Baby Brother born from an OceanAbby Jaramillo describes how her toddler connects in a possibly mystical way with her new baby brother and his birth at home, and Abby draws parallels with her own sister’s new baby.
  • Hard, But Worth It — Claire at The Adventures of Lactating Girl discusses how difficult having two children can be, but how it’s definitely worth it.
  • Raising Attached Siblings — At Living Peacefully with Children, Mandy and her husband are making conscious choices about how they raise their children to foster sibling connection and attachment.
  • It’s Complicated — Henrietta at Angel Wings and Herb Tea reflects on how life’s twists and turns have taken her from a childhood with no siblings to a constantly changing family life with five children, including one in spirit.
  • Supportsustainablemum reflects on how the differences between her relationship with her siblings and her husband’s have affected their family and at a time of need.
  • Peas in a Pod — Kellie at Our Mindful Life enjoys the special relationship her oldest two children share.
  • Lessening the competitive enviornment in the homeLisa at The Squishable Baby discusses how downplaying competition in the home has led to cooperation, not competition.
  • The complex and wonderful world of siblings — Lauren at Hobo Mamareflects on her choices to have not too many children, spaced far apart — and how that’s maybe limited how close their sibling relationship can be.
  • 5 Ways to Help Young Siblings Have a Loving Relationship — Charise I Thought I Knew Mama shares the strategies that help her three year old and 14 month old have a somewhat beautiful relationship and aid in keeping peace in their home.
  • 4 Steps to Encourage Sibling Revelry, even in Hot Moments of Rivalry — Sheila Pai of A Living Family share 4 Steps she uses to shift hot moments of sibling rivalry towards connected moments of sibling revelry and human compassion.
  • Twins Are Fun — Mercedes at Project Procrastinot witnesses the development of her twins’ sibling bond.
  • Growing Up Together- Sibling Revelry in Our House — Amy at Me, Mothering, and Making it All Work realizes that there is great utility in raising siblings that are close in age, and is grateful to have been blessed with healthy siblings that both love and challenge one another every day.
  • Top 5 Ways to Reduce Sibling Rivalry — Deb Chitwood at Living Montessori Now shares ideas that helped her two children be best friends along with Montessori resources for peace education and conflict resolution.
  • Sibling Uncertainty — Alisha at Cinnamon and Sassafras wonders how her children’s relationship will change now that the baby is mobile.
  • Living with the Longing — Rachael at The Variegated Life sees that she can live with her longing for another — without changing her plans.
  • For My One and Only DaughterPlaying for Peace mommy reflects on her choice to not have more children in order to focus on other dreams.
  • Siblings: A Crash Course in Relationship Training — How have your siblings prepared you for later relationships? One of Dionna at Code Name: Mama’s top priorities as mama of siblings is to help them learn how to navigate relationships.
  • The Joys of Siblings: An Inside Joke — Ana at Panda & Ananaso shares the a glimpse into the joys of having siblings through sharing a perplexing yet hilarious inside joke betwixt her and her own.
  • Sibling Support, even in the potty! — Even though Laura at Pug in the Kitchen‘s children didn’t start out best friends, they are joined at the hip these days, including cheering each other on with potty successes!
  • Don’t Seek What Isn’t There – On Sibling Jealousy — Laura from Authentic Parenting analyzes the seeming desire people harbor for seeking out hints of sibling jealousy.

Pinterest Progress

Just for a good laugh on your Monday night, I thought I’d update the Pinterest meal experiments in this house.  Thus far, there have been some real… ah… bombs.

First of all, I really want to resume my bread baking. It’s shameful, but once again, I find myself grabbing a loaf of bread at the store when I have all the ingredients at home! I tried out this Potato Bread recipe.  I love that it made 2 loaves, has amazing flavor and freezes well.  What I do not love? Um, it doesn’t look a thing like this photo from the blog. Not one bit.  Also, I apparently didn’t get the potatoes smooth enough, because it’s a little odd to be eating a pb&j and have a hunk of potato in your teeth.  But you know… I’ll keep trying!

Next up, I tried a new coffee cake recipe.  MOPS is starting up again in a few weeks and the Steering Team always has to bring the first brunch foods… I like to sign up for a baked good because I can prep the night before. And, Strawberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake?

Um yeah… once again, not really sure what happened.  But it does NOT look like the blog!

At this point, I was getting worried. I mean really… how many failures can one have in a week?!  Thankfully, though, the next two recipes weren’t baking and I was pleased with how they turned out.  I made the Ravioli Lasagna on a Thursday night before I ran off to my Mommy and Me Fitness class. Quick, simple, filling… great things about a pre-workout meal.  It wasn’t too heavy and I didn’t get hungry quickly. High five!

On Saturday, we had a soccer festival at noon, but I wasn’t sure if there would be food, so we had Sloppy Joe Quesadillas. Oh my.  I mean, I’ve been eating sloppy joes for years, but never thought to put them in a grilled tortilla.  Soooooo good!  This recipe will for sure become a staple in our home.  I will tell you that I make my own sauce from the Ball recipe ketchup, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, onions, garlic and vinegar, but I don’t actually have measurements.  I eyeball everything and then stir it around until it’s nice and thick.  

I’m starting to sift through my pinned recipes to figure out what my next plans are. I really need to get some good breakfast recipes before school starts next week and then get snack ideas in hand.  Liam will have to bring a snack each day of school, and I’d like to have a good list of options so he doesn’t get bored.  Or hungry.  There are few things worse than a hungry preschooler!

Chain gang

I know… it would appear that I only sew any more.  Well, that’s not entirely true, but I’m on a roll.  My current project has almost 1,000 individual pieces of fabric and I’d really like to have this put together before it gets cold.  Don’t sniff at me, from where I sit at my computer, I can see the trees across my street starting to turn colors.

I tried chain piecing on this project for the first time. I’m not sure that it’s speeding the process along, but I don’t have threads all over the house, so that’s a plus!

I bought a jelly roll for the blocks on this quilt and then yardage for the borders and binding. I feel like I already have a lot of leftover fabric even though I did cut extra since I’ve never made this pattern before… those 1.5 inch by 1.5 inch squares are tiny! I’m planning to make coordinating Christmas stockings with another of Camille’s patterns, so it won’t go to waste!

Finish it Friday!

Liam is away until tomorrow morning, spending time with his grandparents.  I dropped him off yesterday and came home to my pile ‘o projects!  I was given a lot of quilting supplies for my birthday, so I have a rather lengthy list of projects that I couldn’t be more excited about!  I’m hoping to start working on our winter quilt soon.  I started cutting the squares last night and must admit to being shocked by how long it takes to cut out 340 squares 🙂  And I still have another 300+ to go!

Before I got started on that, I bound the edges of our new table runner. I’m getting better with those mitered corners finally, so I’m happy with improvement!

I have a LOT of material left over from the fat quarter bundle I had purchased, so I’m getting an opportunity to play a bit… and who doesn’t love that?!