Project 52 | SEVEN

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I often wonder what would have happened if I listened to the people who scrunched their noses at me when I told them, three years ago, that I wanted to cloth diaper. Boy was it different back then. Or at least it seemed different….these days it seems that my passion for cloth diapering (& subsequent education on this blog) has affected enough people around me that it is sort of a normal thing around here. I am THRILLED at how much of a shift there has been. Thrilled & amazed that it’s kind of going mainstream! I get so many questions from friends eager to understand and that always brings a smile to my face. I’ve gone from being the crazy one to being a resource. Even on days when I wonder why this blog even exists, I remind myself of those babies who no longer have diaper rashes because their mamas learned a new way to help the problem. I think about all the diapers that are not in landfills because there is just a smidge more information out there for others to absorb. I think about all of the babies that got a wonderful nutritional start on real food because my homemade baby food system helped their mama wrap her head around what seems like a daunting task. Thinking outside the box involves research, education & passion. I hope that you leave this blog knowing all three of those things are VERY important to me. :)

…So here I am. 39+ weeks pregnant. Contracting like crazy. Dilated. Ready. & yet…I had no CDing plans for my newborn baby. I just spent $50 on Seventh Generation diapers on amazon…thinking maybe they’d last until we could use our FuzziBunz. Enter my awesome MOPS group (Isabell specifically) and my “favorite things” item at Monday’s meeting. While we were all chatting about my beloved FuzziBunz & I was fielding some great questions, Isabell mentioned renting newborn cloth diapers until the baby was big enough to fit into the regular stash. Hmm. That is a GREAT idea…and I just had to ask Liz, of Go Baby, Go Shop about it. I visited her bright & colorful new store here in San Antonio and walked out with two dozen newborn diapers, that I will rent monthly until my new baby can fit into our FuzziBunz. How awesome is that?

I think the concept of renting newborn diapers is such a great option that I wanted to be sure that you all knew about it–instead of spending a ton of money on teeny tiny diapers that the baby will grow out of quickly. You can always rent a newborn pack from Go Baby Go (which requires a refundable $300 deposit on the diapers, and will cost you $50 a month). Then you can buy your favorite diapers from Liz once you are done with the newborn phase & decide what brands you like. Talk about a deal. I’d much rather use these adorable, tiny XS BumGenius & Lil Joeys she sent me home with than the disposables that came in the mail. They are so CUTE! (caroline has officially hijacked the pink-est one for her favorite baby doll…ha!) & none of them require stuffing–they are just an all-in-one diaper. I’ll be sure & do a full review of the different styles when I have given them a good enough run to decide what I like best & why.

& if you don’t yet know Liz or the Go Baby Go Shop, then let me introduce you! San Antonio now has a brick & mortar store where you can touch & feel all the pretty diapers–but you can order everything online too–INCLUDING NEWBORN RENTAL PACKS. Liz is having a grand opening celebration this Saturday from 11-1, full of really great door prizes–including a stylebabyLOG! (I’ll be there if I haven’t yet had a baby & feel up to it…) She’s got a rainbow of colors available in all the good stuff: Moby Wraps, Boba Carriers, BumGenius, FuzziBunz, GroVia & Best Bottoms. She also holds classes on Cloth Diapering & Baby Wearing if you have no idea where to start. :) I am, obviously, so excited to have her shop in town & strongly encourage you to drop in & explore. Or even just to learn. She is a wealth of information & I always learn something new when I see her!

Oh, and pretty soon she’s going to be the exclusive local retailer of the stylebabyLOG…in case you want to flip through one before you buy. Yay! ;)

Happy Friday!

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& Project 52 is off to a very collaborative start! If you’d like to join in–it’s not too late. Here’s everything you need to know about

my 2012 Project 52.

& those of you who are linking up (please let me know if you need to be edited/added!):

Adventures in MommyhoodAubrey My LoveBlossoms & VintageBugs & Boo-Boos Candice Craves Caynay Photography Chronicles of KT The Crain’s Nest Dana Moran Photography The Daulton Dabbler Englexas Everything Eatherton Fairy Wings & Dinosaurs Finding Joy Firecracker MamaFreckled PinkFrom Stanwood to Seoul Gin & Juice Boxes Heather Marie PortraitsIci & LaIt’s a Graham LifeIt’s a Strange & Lovely RideKate L Photography Keeping up with the Carters Kim Percival PhotographyLiving for Love •  Lizzi Photography Mahina & Lucas Mama Bethany McLain Padilla Photography Mist Moments Memories by Mere Moments & Impressions The Mommyhood Memos Moo with Me Moxie Made My Tot TravelsNavigating the MothershipNicole Dina PhotographyOh the Places We’ll Go Our Splendid Little Life Phreckle Face Photography Quiet FootstepsRachel Gray PhotographyThe Robersons Shades of Bliss Shutter Mama BlogSide of the TableSimply Us Snaps of Our Life The Todd’s We Aren’t Scared of SugarWe’re Better Together Wicked KateWokabout Z as in Zebra

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Hi! Hello! I am Shawna, the founder of Styleberry Blog. This creative corner of the internet has become a learning haven for moms and creatives, offering a warm and encouraging nudge to those who wish to be better and do better, but often don't know where to start. From Decorating to DIY to Diapers and Paleo-ish Dishes, I strive to make the complicated simple and empower women to take action beyond their personal comfort zone. I subscribe to the Shine Theory & so strongly believe that we shine when the women around us shine and mutual support—lifting up instead of tearing down--will always be the culture here. Are you in? I hope so! Beyond the computer, I run Styleberry Creative where I work with clients to create low fuss, high function spaces that are pretty and practical in San Antonio, Texas and beyond. I LOVE making a house a home. My own studs out renovation is now complete and I am now back to working with clients. Please don't hesitate to drop me a line if you'd like to work together! I hope you’ll join me on this fun new adventure! Xo.