Sunday, December 21, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
No joke! No hidden fees or anything, and they will either send you a check or drop the money right in your paypal account, easy peasy.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Wednesday, September 03, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
So you remember how I was all confused about how to get Elspeth to night time potty train? Well the answer it turned out was simple... cloth trainers. I just left her cloth trainers on her and VOILA, clean and dry every morning for THREE DAYS! I guess she just figured that she was wearing a diaper, and diapers are for peeing in, so she peed. But trainers are for keeping dry, so now she goes potty.
As a side note on cloth trainers, we are liking the cheap Gerber ones we got at Walmart. They feel more like underwear, we guess. They are also cheap, which is a winning quality all on its own. But we also have a couple of Imse Vimse cloth trainers, and if you have the money for them they are FANTASTIC. They have a layer of waterproofing in the outside, so they have to be mightily full to leak, and the inside is terry cloth so they hold a goodly bit.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
And I just found another one. So sue me, but I think they are fun and it's nice to share.
Win the Essential Babywearing Stash from Along for the Ride (one Beco Butterfly, one Hotsling baby pouch, one BabyHawk Mei Tai, one Zolowear Ring Sling, and one Gypsy Mama Wrap)
Sunday, June 29, 2008
I am just loving them on Rouena, they are so EASY. I never run out of diapers! They are so soft and fluffy! Even the VELCRO is soft and fluffy! The only problem is suddenly when we line dry them, it makes the lair smell like wet dog. The diapers don't smell, just the air in which they dry. I don't get it.
On a side note, we just found out we have to move, but we have a place to move to now unless they find toxic mold or something in the inspection tomorrow. Everybody please pray that they don't find toxic mold.
Friday, June 27, 2008
Friday, June 20, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
We got some the other day at Walmart because, frankly, I was curious. I wanted to know what the heck the difference between a sardine and an anchovy is, because as far as I could tell they are both just tiny fish in a can, except the anchovies cost about twice as much as the sardines. So, I decided to crack open the sardines with lunch. Nothing fancy, just put a bit in the sauce for my ravioli. THERE WERE WHOLE FISH IN THERE. No heads or tails, or I think I would have thrown them away immediately, but otherwise whole, intact little fish with bones and skin and everything. I stared at them for a minute. I put one on top of my ravioli, and stared at it some more. Then I figured, if I put a little piece behind a ravioli, maybe it wouldn't be so bad.
And you know what? They are delicious. Better than canned tuna. I have two more from that can still in the fridge, and I think I'm going to try them as a sandwich later tonight. Well, if I'm not too full from the anchovy pizza I'm making for dinner.
Thursday, May 01, 2008
I have to admit, I'm a little surprised at how well this is working out. We even just got back from our mini vacation in Midway, and didn't use a single disposable diaper! There are some things that never occured to me about cloth.
1. Fewer leaks. We have had exactly three leaky diapers since we started with cloth, and they have been caused by not putting the diaper on correctly, diarrhea, and forgetting to change Elspeth for way too long, respectively. With the disposables, we had small leaks more mornings than not.
2. Less smell. We do not use the lid on our diaper bin. Because it does not smell. We aren't doing anything special either -- it's just a five gallon bucked, with a trash bag in it, and a little baking soda sprinkled in the bottom. I guess if you stuck your face in it, it might be smelly, but just being in the room with it, you don't even notice. Our disposable diaper trash, on the other hand, REEKED. Even with the special sealing mechanism that was supposed to keep odors in, when that thing started to get full, you could tell by just smelling, and when you opened the lid, hoo boy!
3. Have I mentioned the incredible amount of money we're saving? We're talking, like, thirty dollars a month, and I was buying the cheapest diapers I could find. The initial investment seems like a lot of money, but seriously, by this time next month the things will have paid for themselves. And I never run out of diapers. Goodbye emergency Sam's runs!
4. Fewer rashes. Aside from the hives Elspeth was getting because of her allergy, she is getting a lot less of the regular kind of diaper rashes too. I've come to discover this is pretty usual... more than half of babies in disposables have chronic rashes, while only about 10% of babies in cloth do.
5. The laundry is oddly satisfying. I have been line drying, and it feels really useful to put those diapers up there. Maybe I am the only person on the planet who feels this way, but that big fluffy stack of freshly washed prefolds just says "good job mom!" to me.
So seriously, I think that everybody should consider cloth diapers. Of course they aren't right for every situation (disposables are wonderfully convenient things), but if more people knew how easy cloth is, I think a lot more babies would wear cloth diapers, at least some of the time.