One of the things I got to do as a member of the Pampers Baby Board is participate in a program called "The Gift of Sleep." (I could use some of that sleep right now. I'm getting progressively worse at making myself go to bed at a reasonable time).
(More parentheses. This isn't a sponsored post. I wasn't asked to write about this or share it at all, but hey, I took some picture I wanted to share, and also, I had 46 packs of diapers in my living room. Surely that deserves a blog post).
Anyway, The Gift of Sleep program is part of the roll-out of Pamper's new 12-hour absorbency diapers.
Those of us that decided to participate got a gift card to buy diapers with and then could decide who to give them to.
I decided to give mine to the Duke MBA partners who are pregnant (I was assuming there would be something like 10. There were 22!). I can only imagine moving to a new place (for many of these women, a foreign country), with your spouse doing a really intensive program, while expecting a baby. I hosted a little party where they could come pick up their diaper packages and also meet some of the other pregnant moms.
I bought 46 packs of diapers in various sizes and 23 packs of wipes. Pushing around a cart like this is definitely a way to get a lot of double-takes. I also got super lucky and ran into my friend, Paige, at the store who is a major couponer and happened to have a bunch of extra Pampers coupons that she gave me, so my gift card went a little further than it would have otherwise.
It turned out to be a really fun morning, and a chance to meet many people I didn't know yet.
Also, when I was cutting out paper circles for a banner on the kitchen floor the night before, I kept thinking, "I really love hosting this kind of thing."
I bought a big bunch of baby's breath that was on clearance at Kroger's, cut it up, and filled eight glass bottles with it (these glass bottles were a birthday gift from my mom. I think she bought them here).
Autumn colored M&Ms are about half the price of regular colored M&Ms. So obviously I went with these ones. And I picked Peanut Butter M&Ms because those are my favorite. (Mugs are from Crate & Barrel)
Since Pampers are yellow, teal, and white, I did all the decor and paper products in those colors. Bart has STRONG feelings against teal (I have no idea why), so this was definitely not his favorite color scheme, but I loved it. I bought two yards of burlap at Joann's for about $5 and used it as a table runner.
I'm sure all my Texas friends are like, "Seriously? Still making that jalapeno popper dip?" Yes. Always. And eating the leftovers for breakfast.
So many cookies. Many of which are still in my freezer. Rats.
This is 46 packs of diapers. And 23 packs of wipes. (I still have a few of them sitting on my hearth waiting for the people who couldn't make it to the party to come pick them up).
The librarian in me always thinks books are the best decor.
Ella was in heaven with all this food (and playing with the other children who came along with their moms). I think she wishes we'd have this kind of party every Friday morning.
And some little red-head found Ella's abandoned plate which did not thrill certain older sisters.
Everyone was really nice and thanked me about a million times, which made me feel a little silly because Pampers was the one providing all the diapers while I got to eat leftover cookies and M&Ms for a week. I guess that's a win-win.
Now, just a few days until Ani's first birthday. Time to make another banner.