6/30/2011

Freedom and Purple Mountains


Freebies, Freebies, Freebies
good on orders 6/30 - 7/4
no codes necessary - all freebies and sale prices are automatically applied to your order
In addition*

AND**
Babykicks 3g Pocket, Fuzzibunz Leggies

Sales, Sales, Sales


Fine Print
  • Freebies
    • Good for all orders received after 16:00, 6/30, through 23:59, 7/4. All times are central. 
    • *Limit two 'in addition' freebies per household.
    • **Limit two of each type of freebie. For example - 
      • Two woollybottoms freebies + two PlanetWise food bag freebies + two Rockin Green freebies = ok. 
      • Six dozen OsoCozy flats = not ok. Well, you are welcome to purchase six dozen, but only the first two dozen will earn you a free Snappi each. 
    • All offers good while supplies last. 
    • No codes necessary - discounts and freebies will be automatically applied. 
    • If your free diaper(s) selection isn't specified, I'll choose for you. 
    • Please note 'boyish,' 'girlish' or 'neutral' at checkout. 
    • Bulk pricing on One-Size Pockets cannot be combined with Wet-Bag Freebie. If you'd prefer the bulk pricing just let me know. 
  • Due to the super-duper freebies for the weekend, Bitsy Bucks cannot be applied to any freebie orders. I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. 
  • Gift Certificates, Trial Packages and Newborn Diaper Rentals do not count towards qualifying order total.
  • Facebook fine print: By purchasing you agree to release Facebook of any involvement, and that the promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. Your participation provides Itsy Bitsy Bums with your name and shipping details, and Facebook does not receive any notice of your personal information.

6/27/2011

Thank You! + Email Updates

A few bits of info for those who might not frequent the IBB Facebook page

1. A big thank you to everyone who helped celebrate my darling girl's birthday last week! And with her birthday came a real live birthday party and a lovely day spent with friends and family. Such a nice time! 

2. Thank you to everyone who has been patient with the sometimes-delayed email replies. Between a non-napping toddler and my own chronic fatigue issues, I don't always get to answer emails with the speediness I would like. But rest assured (haha, at least someone is resting) that I always strive to reply super-speedily.

3. Happy pre-4th-of-July-weekend-week! Stay tuned, IBB folks, as there are a ton of sales coming your way later this week! A newsletter will go out shortly with all the details. Don't get the newsletter? Sign-up at the right >> 'Get the Itsy Bitsy Bums Newsletter' - 'Join Our Mailing List'


6/22/2011

Birthday Celebration = Sale!

My darling little girl is two years old today. I cannot even believe how fast time has gone!

sitting up with Grandma, 1 week old

9mos

14mos

my little charmer is 2!

So let's celebrate!

Happy Birthday to my Darling Little Girl!

All orders* received today will receive a 10% refund!**

AND

First order received will be 20%-off instead of 10! snagged!

Fifth order will be 20%-off instead of 10. snagged!

Tenth order will be 25%-off instead of 10. snagged!


Fifteenth order will be 20% instead of 10. snagged!


Twenty-second order will be 30%-off instead of 10!! 

AND

Stay tuned to Facebook. I'll announce special offers through the day. 
For example - 
'Next order received gets a free fitted.'
or 
'Next order received gets a free tub of CJs.'
or 
'Next order received gets a free diaper cover.' 
you get the idea 



*bumGenius, Econobum, Flips, GroVia and Thirsties ineligible for any discount. AppleCheeks limited to 5% off. Please see 'Fine Print' for further limitations.

**So sorry, I know it is so convoluted, but Paypal's shopping cart doesn't allow me to issue discount codes. Instead, I'll refund 10% off all qualifying items on your purchase.


Fine Print
  • Must use code 'Happy, happy birthday' at checkout (or just email me if you miss it at checkout). 
  • Ineligible for refund: newborn diaper rentals, trial packages, preloved items, gift certificates, shipping charges, taxes and specific brands: bumGenius, Econobum, Flips, GroVia, Thirsties. 
  • Refunds will be issued as quickly as I can turn them around. If we are home then it will be sent immediately. If we are running errands I will catch them up in the evening. 
  • Not good on previous purchases. 
  • Offer expires at 23:59pm central 6/22/11.
  • Facebook fine print: By purchasing you agree to release Facebook of any involvement, and that the promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. Your participation provides Itsy Bitsy Bums with your name and shipping details, and Facebook does not receive any notice of your personal information.

6/17/2011

Fathers & Fondness + Fluff & Freebies

While the majority of the diaper shoppers out there are women, I have many a father in my IBB email address book. And to you guys, I wish you a very Happy Father's Day! Let's celebrate your weekend - and those fathers in your life of whom you are quite fond - with four diapers of which I'm quite fond. 



The way it works.... 
  • Place your order of $85* or more
  • Let me know your top freebie choice (and second, third and fourth choices) - if you are one of the first five to claim that diaper, then it is all yours! 
  • I have: 
    • 5 bumGenius Elementals
    • 5 bumGenius 4.0 Stay-Dry Pockets
    • 5 GroVia Shells + 50 Biosoakers (aka. freebie = 1 shell+10 Biosoakers)
    • 5 itti bitti tuttos
  • Please be sure to also mention 'boyish,' 'girlish' or 'neutral' along with your ranked list, as well as your preferred closure type (snap/velcro). 
  • Freebies are finito: a) once those twenty qualifying orders come in or b) 23:59 central rolls around on Sunday 6/19/11. Whichever comes first. 
  • Feel free to ask on Facebook what has been claimed, what is still available, what the weather is like in KC and/or to just chime-in how much you love IBB. ;)

$85 seem a bit arbitrary? Oh but it isn't. Happy 85th Birthday to my Grandpa! Shown below demonstrating how to fold a flat diaper, while simultaneously sporting a Hawaiian shirt, leather vest and Wisconsin Badgers hat. Yes, he's a very stylish man with a big bark and an even bigger heart. 

Grandpa George

Fine Print
  • *Gift certificate and trial- and rental-package sales do not count to towards the qualifying order total. 
  • *Order must be over $85 after Bitsy Bucks and any other discounts are applied. 
  • Not valid on previous purchases. 
  • Limit two freebies per household. 
  • Prints/colors featured above are just there because they look pretty together. I'll be picking your freebie's color/print. 
  • Facebook promotion fine print: By purchasing you agree to release Facebook of any involvement, and that the promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. Your participation provides Itsy Bitsy Bums with your name and shipping details, and Facebook does not receive any notice of your personal information.

6/11/2011

Back to Basics: Introduction

The goal of Itsy Bitsy Bums has always been, and always will be - 

make cloth diapering easy and accessible for anyone and everyone who is interested. 

I'll admit, as I've focused on growing the brand offerings and deepening the product selection, I haven't been great about upholding the education side of things. One-on-one education still happens on a daily basis (hello to my email pen pals!). But I apologize, my fine shoppers, that the larger tools have fallen by the wayside. But I am excited to share that I have soooo many projects in mind that will add a large teaching piece back into the online site.

So here you go - a taste of what I have planned: 
  • You Tube videos - online tutorials, comparing brands and items side by side, trial package and newborn diaper rental introductions, and more! please forgive the Minnesota/Kansas hybrid accent I've managed to cook up.
  • Photos, photos, photos! - cannot stream that video while browsing (I mean, working) at work? These photos will capture the key points of the You Tube videos, giving you tons of visuals. 
  • Related items - putting all the tools in one place. Yes, you will probably want pins or Snappis and a cover for that prefold.
  • Blog posts - while I may rant and rave over here on Bitsy Buzz, this information will soon be linked within individual product pages, making it easier to find commentary and advice while shopping. 
  • Introductory Headers - more didactic material to introduce types and brands. You can get a taste of this upgrade on the 'Doublers and Inserts' page

Other upgrades in the works: 
  • Revised Trial Packages: so many great brands in the store, why not update the trial packages to match the variety and options available? 
  • New Trial and Bulk Packages: Nighttime diapering trial packs to be released shortly. In addition, more sampler packs. 
  • Larger Inventory Offerings: The store began with a 2-in-every-color-in-every-size inventory strategy* and will now be moving in to higher inventory numbers. Want five of that one color? Yes, we'll have it.  (*well, a gross simplification of inventory management, but you get the idea)
  • So-special Orders: For some of the more specialty brands, it is cost- and space-prohibitive to carry so many of any one color. For these items, enter special orders! Several of my amazing wholesale partners ship ├╝ber-quickly, and oftentimes directly to customers. This page will feature those brands, and perhaps even offer some special pricing from time to time....
  • Glossary: Taking a cue from the 'Type of Diaper' and 'Accessory' pages, the glossary will (hopefully) elucidate those concepts and terms you encounter on your cloth diapering journey.
  • Help! Gets More Helpful: More 'help!' featurettes, including 'Is It Too Late to Switch?' and 'Cloth Wipes Are Fabulous!'

Lastly, here are a couple of the upgrades already in place:
  • Doubler Samplers: streamlining your research into easy-to-digest pieces. Find it here
  • On Nighttime Diapering: get that perfect overnight combination for your baby! Find it here

Please stay tuned as these updates are made - some while be published with fanfare, while others will quietly appear when you aren't looking. As always, if you have any feedback and/or other ideas that might enhance these upgrades further, don't hesitate to let me know! 

XOXO,


6/10/2011

Teething....

As any parent knows, teething is a rough time for everyone in the house. The poor babes are often unsettled, uncomfortable and all around unhappy. 

I'm very excited to offer a little bit of comfort that might just soothe your little one, while at the same time dressing up your own day. 

Teething Bling has arrived! Bangles and pendants designed with safety, and beauty, in mind. 


 


Let's Welcome Teething Bling with a Bang!

Two Gift Sets Up For Grabs!
(each valued $34)
Pearl and Onyx Gift Set

Pink Cupcake and Pearl Gift Set

Two Ways to Enter
  • Shop 'Til you Drop
    • To enter for the first gift set - just shop at Itsy Bitsy Bums - all purchases received through Sunday (6/12/11) at 23:59 central will be automatically entered into the drawing. 
    • For every $10 spent* at Itsy Bitsy Bums, your name goes into the hat once. 
    • If your order includes $25+ spent on Teething Bling, your number of entries into the hat will be doubled.
  • Talk it Up
    • To enter for the second gift set, you just need to put in some face time! 
    • Three ways to enter!
      • Like Itsy Bitsy Bums on Facebook = 1 entry
      • Publicly follow Bitsy Buzz = 1 entry
      • Sign-up for Itsy Bitsy Bums email list = 1 entry
    • Simply comment once this blog post for each 1 entry.  1 comment = 1 entry. Be sure to mention in your comment what your specific entry is for (ie. 'I like IBB on Facebook' and/or 'I get your emails.'). Also be sure to include your email address with your comment. 
    • Don't be offended if I remove your comment - I am just doing a bit of housekeeping to make sure the only comments are entries - so when I draw the winning entry I don't have to pick through duplicates.
****Giveaway now Closed!****
Fine print below. 




Fine Print
  • Winners will be selected using random.org Monday morning (6/13/11). Winners will be alerted using their email address provided. If you do not check the email address on your Paypal account please be sure to include a note with your updated address.  
  • Shop 'Til You Drop
    • *Trial and rental packages, shipping, tax and gift certificates do not count towards your total spent
    • All orders will be shipped Monday once the winning order has been drawn for Gift Set #1. 
    • Bitsy Bucks cannot be applied towards the winning order, but you will of course accrue Bitsy Bucks for your order's total. 
  • Talk it Up
    • Gift set #2 will be shipped for free to any domestic address. If you do not reply to my 'congratulations you've won' email within 24 hours of notice, I will redraw the winner. 
  • Facebook promotion fine print: By purchasing you agree to release Facebook of any involvement, and that the promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associate with, Facebook. Your participation provides Itsy Bitsy Bums with your name and shipping details, and Facebook does not receive any notice of your personal information.


6/07/2011

AppleCheeks + Prints = CUTE


As likely anyone who has tried AppleCheeks diapers can tell you, they are luxurious! Seriously, luxury everywhere you look. Super-soft and stretchy leg gussets and waist. Fantastic fit on any size legs. Amazing PUL colors. 

Well, the prints have now arrived! AppleCheeks presents..... 

Delicious
Wild Child

Preorders up NOW! 


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6/03/2011

Fancy Pants


Did you know I have a Masters in Art History? Yup. Although I might not have pursued my doctorate as originally intended, I still did firmly establish my love of beautiful, striking and all-around aesthetically pleasing things. 

So what's more fun than when I pack an order, and realize just how fabulous all the items look together? I get a not-so-secret kick out of the fact that it just looks gooooood. And sometimes I like to photograph these orders, just so I can upload them to Facebook for others to oogle as well. 

Exhibit A

Exhibit B

I don't know if people actual intend for their items to look so good together, but I did begin to wonder... what would happen if people *did* attempt to place the prettiest orders?? What would that look like? 

Enter Fancy Pants!
Your mission - create the prettiest order! 

The winner scores an itti bitti tutto all-in-one,
in a color or pattern that perfectly coordinates with your order!

To Participate
  • Your order must contain at least three items, and these three items must be from at least two different brands
  • Mention code 'Fancy Pants' at checkout (or email me afterwards) to let me know you want your order entered 


Yes, this contest is incredibly subjective, I straight-up acknowledge that. I'll photograph participating orders and upload those photos to Facebook. You are in no way, shape or form required to comment on nor 'like' any of the photos. But if you feel inspired to comment regarding which you think is the prettiest, feel free to follow that instinct. While I might be the CEO, COO, merchandise coordinator, photographer, business analyst and everything else in between, I'm no dictator and am happy to entertain popular opinion when making my decision. 

Remember what Stacy and Clinton have taught us - color, pattern, texture, shine. 

Happy planning! 



Fine Print
  • Order must be received by 23:59 Sunday, 6/5/11. 
  • All participating orders will be shipped Monday once the winning order has been selected. 
  • Trial package orders not eligible to participate. 
  • Facebook promotion fine print: By purchasing you agree to release Facebook of any involvement, and that the promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associate with, Facebook. Your participation provides Itsy Bitsy Bums with your name and shipping details, and Facebook does not receive any notice of your personal information.


ps. Do you know of John Singer Sargent? I'm often told by folks in the art history circles that I look like Madame X, one of his most famous paintings. It actually is kind of eerie. 

 
image from Met


6/02/2011

WOOT there it is!

1,000 fans!

First, thank you so much to all my amazing customers! It means the world to me to have the chance to help in your cloth diapering journey. The store opened July 22nd, 2010, and since then I have met so many amazing people. My only regret is that I won't get to meet everyone in person! In lieu of a massive bash at IBBHQ, we'll instead have to party it up internet-style.

To celebrate

Facebook Freebies: There will be flash-mob-type events on Facebook through the day. I'll periodically post the giveaway up for grabs and how you can snag said freebie.

Orders+Freebies:
Freebies will escalate in value through the day. Order must be $20 (before shipping) to qualify.

1st order: 2 CJ's BUTTer samples ($3.00 value)
2nd: Rockin' Green Pail Freshener ($6.50 value)
3rd: 3 Mother Moon Wingless liners ($7.50 value)
4th: 6 Packets of RLR ($9.00 value)
5th: Wahmies Small Wet Bag ($9.50 value)
6th: Econobum Single Pack ($9.95 value)
7th: Thirsties Wipes ($10.75 value)
8th: Green Body Basics Deodorant & Wasabi Mommi Lemon Liner ($11.00 value)
9th: Kissaluvs Fitted ($12.95 value) 
10th: Grandma El's 3.75oz Jar ($14.99 value)
11th: OsoCozy 3-pk Flats+Proraps cover+Snappi ($16.70 value)
12th: bumGenius 4.0 Stay-Dry Pocket ($17.95 value)
13th: AppleCheeks Swim Diaper ($18.60 value)
14th: Flip cover+Disposable Inserts ($18.90 value)
15th: Rocky Mountain Diaper One-Size Pocket ($18.95 value)
16th: Fuzzibunz One-Size Diaper ($19.95 value)
17th: Bestbottom Shell+Stay-Dry Insert ($20.90 value)
18th: Bright Star Baby All-in-One ($21.50 value)
19th: GroVia All-in-One ($22.95 value)
20th: Bottombumpers One-Size All-in-One ($22.95 value)
21st: Softbums Shell + DryTouch (New Style) ($26.90 value)
22nd: bittitutto One-Size All-in-One ($26.95 value)
23rd: Planet Wise Hanging Wet/Dry Bag ($29.99 value)
24th: Tiny Tush Wool Soaker ($28 - $38.50 value)
Orders 25 and up: Your pick of one diaper + one accessory.

Curious what order we are on? Just ask on Facebook - I'm happy to answer.

Fine Print
  • All the flash-mob giveaways include free shipping to US addresses. 
  • Any order* over $20 (before shipping) received once this promotion has been announced will count towards the order # count. *With the exception of Newborn Diaper Rentals, Gift Certificates and Trial Packages.
  • If you place multiple orders through the day, I'm happy to refund shipping once your orders total $35+. But please note, each order must still be over $20 to qualify for a freebie.
  • Due to the nature of this promotion, order cancellations cannot be accepted.
  • If you do decide to return any items from the purchase, your freebie's retail value will be deducted from your return. In other words, please don't place the order simply to get the freebie, then return your order's items.
  • WOOT! promotion expires at 23:59 central 6/2/11. 
  • Facebook promotion fine print: By purchasing you agree to release Facebook of any involvement, and that the promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associate with, Facebook. Your participation provides Itsy Bitsy Bums with your name and shipping details, and Facebook does not receive any notice of your personal information.



ps. WHOOT There it REALLY Is. Talk about old school!