Category Archives: Cloth Diapering

Writer Road Trip: 50 Shades of Mommy Wars

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Writer Road TripThis month has been a very trying month for me. First, all the sudden there is an uproar about moms wearing yoga pants, then there was a measles outbreak at Disneyland and the whole country went crazy and finally, the movie “50 Shades of Grey” came out in theaters and people POUNCED. I try really hard to remain neutral because I’m a blogger and I often have to represent both sides in my social media freelance work but when posts get completely overwhelming like they have been, I take a different approach: I leave social media altogether. No one in my real life is going to bring up these controversial topics and if they do, it’s with a mutual agreement that we love and care about each enough to empathize, respect and stop before feelings get hurt. Guess what? Posts on the internet that make money off of people viewing and sharing them aren’t too concerned about people’s feelings getting hurt. There are the few gems but let’s face it, anything you read in a blog should be taken in with a grain of salt. And I’m a blogger. I can say that.

Frustrated with the ongoing, never-ending mommy wars, I took a new fun spin on it and created my latest post for Mumbling Mommy. Go check it out, 50 Shades of Mommy Wars. You won’t regret it.

5 Tips to Remove Plastics from Your Life in a Plastic Obsessed World

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Photo from Creative Commons Search

Photo from Creative Commons Search

This summer before having any clue about just how severe my medical issues were, I got the results of a basic hormone screening from my gynecologist. He’s a good guy but being told yet again that “everything is normal” when everything was very, very much NOT normal was extremely infuriating. I never advocate for using the internet to diagnose problems but with my range of symptoms, there was no way that it was all in my head. I knew something had to be wrong somewhere and I wasn’t giving up my fight yet to figure out what. I took to my trusty Bing search and tried to find ANYTHING that could explain. I came across a wide variety of [scary] articles about plastics and the endocrine blocking chemicals that make them up. It was overwhelming. I think everyone had a good idea about BPA these days but BPA is just the icing. There is so, so, so much more.

I began the extensive task of removing dangerous plastics from my life and my family’s lives as best as possible. I think it’s impractical to eliminate plastic completely but for anything controllable in your home, I highly recommend making the attempt.

Here are 5 practical ways to remove plastics from your life:

1. Dishes: It is easy for adults to use glass or ceramic plates and bowls but with small kids involved, finding a solution was hard. For our family, we selected a 5 piece set (plate, bowl, cup, spoon and fork) from Untangled Living. We’ve used them 3 months now and still really love them. They are the perfect size for small kids. The girls think they are awesome too. And there was no looking back. We have just one set per kid as they are a bit pricey and we wash them every meal by hand. It keeps our clutter down as well so win-win. Read the rest of this entry

Review: Reusable Cloth Pads via Pampered Mama

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This post is Day 18 for National Blog Posting Month on Blogher.

Please note that while I do post many product reviews based on receiving products for free, this review is being done completely of my choice simply to tell you about a product and company I love. I have purchased all of my products and reviewed my own personal collection.

579701_558974344121724_1328241020_nI started using cloth pads about 4 months after my twins were born. I googled cloth products and compared the first two things that came up, picked a few and done. I didn’t ask my friends or talk to my mom. I was pretty secretive about it at first. I’m not so sure I was ashamed of what I was doing but rather I was just very new to this world of natural living.

About 3 months in, I was convinced. I didn’t have enough pads for my full cycle and I could easily tell the difference between my cloth days and disposable days. My cramps were different. My flow was different. My skin irritation was different. It was pretty miraculous. I knew I needed more and by this time, I was comfortable speaking up in some of my Facebook groups of crunchy moms. Read the rest of this entry

#MommyConKC Wrap Up (No Pun Intended)

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20131029-192349.jpgWhat is it? I heard about MommyCon through my local babywearing group. They were putting together a group to get discounted rates to the convention. Since it was located sort of local-ish (a 4 hour drive) but only minutes from my big brother and his wife, my mind started whirling and I knew I had to go! PLUS, I am going to be an Aunt for the first time soon so what better way to introduce my sister-in-law to a fun world of natural parenting (which she was already intrigued about.)

Anyway, what is MommyCon? Quoted directly from their website, MommyCon is a parenting convention of “forward thinking in parenting concepts.” Read the rest of this entry

Cloth Diaper Fleece Longies: Cheater Style

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Step 1: Visit Your Favorite Store

Step 1: Visit Your Favorite Store

This post is a part of a link-up series going on during the month of October from Money Saving Mom and Simply Rebekah: Frugal Photo Friday.

For my previous contributions to Frugal Photo Friday, see The Easiest Fresh Face Recipe and Do Some Cartwheels, Save Some Money.

It’s been just over six months since I began my cloth diaper journey. I have already talked about just how much money this saves our family. I mean, we started with three kids in diapers. OUCH. Now that Orange is potty trained, having two in diapers isn’t quite that bad but still, diapers cost A LOT of money.

When we first started this quest, I was in no mood to attempt overnight cloth. I heard horror stories of leaks all the time. And it just didn’t sound fun. At all. But once we started buying disposable diapers pretty much never, buying those boxes of overnight Pampers really hurt. $25 at our local Target for enough diapers to last us 2 weeks. Have you ever suddenly found a $50 bill in your pocket? Yeah, that’s what it is like every. single. month now. Read the rest of this entry

Cloth Diapers: What’s in Your Stash?

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Freshly Folded Diaper Laundry

Freshly Folded Diaper Laundry

I started cloth diapering back in April. Beforehand, I was nearly adamantly against it. It sounds funny saying something like being AGAINST cloth diapering but I really was. It sounded so gross and unhygienic. It seemed expensive and time-consuming.

And even in the first few weeks, I still wasn’t overwhelmed with excitement.

But here I am, just over 3 months later and I’m sold. We just started embracing night-time diapering as well which honestly is much easier than I expected. I researched the options in length before committing. And before the month ends, I’ll be doing a blog about my ideal diaper as part of a contest Kawaii Baby is running.

In the meantime though, here’s an overview of what’s in my stash (and other cloth diaper related supplies): Read the rest of this entry

Who Wears Short Shorts?

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Short Shorts Purple

What do you see? A mom and her kiddo? Or short shorts?

Moms wear short shorts!

No seriously. Do you think it’s okay for a mother to wear short shorts? Is it an age thing? Or just being a mom in general? Or is a weight/size thing? A size 4 mom can wear short shorts but a size 10 mom can’t? A 24-year-old mom can do it but a 35-year-old can’t? Or just anyone who is setting an example for a child in their own home can’t wear short shorts?

Furthermore, what exactly qualifies as short? I have several pairs of short shorts. They absolutely do not pass the finger tip test. They cover my bottom but yeah, that’s about it. It’s not that I am trying to walk around dressing skanky or anything. I have plenty of pairs of longer shorts and capri pants as well. I wear the shorter ones when it is appropriate: day long trips outside at the zoo, family reunions in the park, as swim suit cover ups by the pool and around the house for yard work or chores.

I don’t wear short shorts when I go Open House for my daughter’s school or on her field trips. I don’t wear them to the movies or museums. I certainly don’t wear them to church (not that I’ve been anytime recently.)

The funny thing though is that I can’t promise I’m comfortable with my girls wearing shorts this short. However, they are kids. And I think kids have to be just a bit more modest. Orange has a couple of pair of short shorts but she almost always wears them under a summer dress because she’s almost always in a dress and simply doesn’t get the protocol on not showing her panties to the world yet.

Short shorts, Long legs

Short shorts, Long legs

The twins though have quite a few pair of short shorts though. Many in fact that cause their cloth diapers to hang out the bottom of their shorts. It’s actually freaking adorable. So they are 1 year olds and Orange is a 4-year-old and I am a 28-year-old so where exactly is the right and wrong line?

I’ll keep wearing short shorts as long as my legs look nice enough too. My husband thinks I’m hot. The shorts keep me cool. I don’t feel distasteful or crude. And I know my place. So mom or not, I wear short shorts.

What about you? It’s summer time here, temps are pushing triple digits… Are you a short short wearer? Why or why not?

Leave me a comment below!

 

Washing Cloth Diapers: Am I Doing it Right?

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With the arrival of my first few cloth diapers and prefolds, I made myself a little note of all the things to remember about washing cloth diapers. I know it will become second nature but I want to be sure to have this around to help when my memory is a bit foggier than it used to be. Plus, it’s nice to have it all somewhere so Princess Daddy can help too if I need him to 🙂 So here’s what I have:

My collection includes misc. brands of prefolds (all cotton I believe?), misc. microfiber inserts, and Kawaii, Sun Baby, and Alva Baby pockets.

 

PREPPING (Only new diapers/supplies)

  • Wash and dry 3-5 times before use (See CLEANING).
  • Separate fibers during prepping

CLEANING (Every 2-4 days or more as needed)

  • Scrape or dip poo into toilet. Rinse with cold water.
  • Wash prefolds warm.
  • Wash pockets/covers cold with like colors.
    • Homemade “Detergent”
      • 1:1 ratio of all natural baking soda and oxygen powder cleaner
      • 1-2 tbsp. dissolved in water per load
      • ¼ cup white distilled vinegar during rinse cycle
  • NO fabric softener, bleach, borax or dryer sheets.
  • Dry like normal. Line dry optional.

STRIPPING (Once every month to three months or more as needed)

  • Pre-soak in HOT water with a drop of blue Dawn dish detergent (Do not exceed 95 degrees for covers)
  • Rinse warm
  • Rinse cold
  • Dry like normal
  • Sunning recommended with line drying at least once every three months to reduce bacteria and stains

So what do you think? What am I missing? What do you do different? Is anything here TOTALLY WRONG? I know there’s a lot of different options for washing and prep so not everything will be exact for your regimen but I just want to be sure the dipes are clean, sanitary and taken well care of.