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Hey breastfeeding mamas! Is there
anything worse than leaky boobs? Well, ok, there are a lot of things
that are worse, but work with me here. How many times have you woke
up in the middle of the night with a wet shirt plastered to you or
had an “uh oh” moment in public? Whether you pump or give it to
your baby straight from the source, chances are one of these things
has happened to you at least once. With that being said, I think we
can all agree on the importance of investing in a good quality
I recently had the chance to try out
Softies nursing pads from Fairhaven Health. I've been
meaning to make or purchase some more absorbent reusable nursing
pads, especially for nighttime, for awhile, so I was more than happy
to give them a shot! Softies consist of three layers, the inner layer
being microfiber and the layer next to the skin being bamboo rayon,
making them nice and thin, but surprisingly absorbent! It should go
without saying that they are super soft too! Much softer than any of
my other reusable nursing pads.
Hey folks! I have a parenting
confession to make: I have been treating Ripley, our second daughter,
way differently than Myka, our first, just for the fact that she is
more than likely our last kid. Is that terrible of me? At least I
realize this about myself, right? I've done so many things
differently this time around and have, naturally, gotten more lax
about certain “baby rules” too. One thing I've done the same,
however, is swaddling.
If you've never swaddled a baby, let
me tell you that it can be a real life-saver. Well, at least a sanity
saver. Swaddled babies tend to sleep longer (and more restfully since
they're not able to startle themselves awake as easily) and swaddling
can help with colic and fussiness. I have found that it seems to help
them fall asleep faster most of the time as well. I can't remember
how we came into the swaddles we received with Myka, whether we
bought them or they were gifts, but I am so glad we had them and
still do! It's one of the few baby products that I was afraid would
be totally useless, but was pleasantly surprised that it was not.
Hey folks! I talk about how much I
love Best Bottom diapers all the time whenever I talk about cloth
diapering since that's what we mainly use. For some reason, though, I
have never written an actual review for them! Well that ends today
because if you're looking for a quality diaper AND don't want to
spend a fortune to start cloth diapering, you need to know about Best
We did quite a bit of research on
different brands and styles of cloth diapers while I was pregnant
with my first daughter. Neither John nor I liked the idea of
all-in-one or pocket diapers, not to mention you have to buy even
more of them, which equals more money! I don't know how we came
across Best Bottom Diapers, but we both liked them (both their
functionality AND price) and the rest is history. We used them from
the time Myka was a little over a month old until she was potty
trained and plan to do the same with Ripley.
Hey folks! Boy, have we been busy
outside! The Indiana monsoon season seems to be on pause for now (or
hopefully gone! Not that I don't want water since we need it for
plants, but uh, it's one of those “too much of a good thing”
scenarios.) and the weather has been perfect! We've really been
cracking down on getting things done. Lucky for you, I've been so
busy and haven't had much time to get on the computer and write that
this update will be mostly pictures and minimal rambling! (hopefully
I finally got some pictures of the
area next to the walkway that's finished! See that weird spot in the
back next to the stones in both of the bottom pictures? Yah. That's
the mole hill that turned into a geyser I was telling you about in a
previous post. We finally found a new home for those plants and rocks
in the background too. ;)
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Hey folks! As much as I like cloth
diapering, I don't write about it much because, well, we have a
pretty boring set up. We found something that worked with Myka and
stuck with it. Up until recently, I've not been very adventurous in
the cloth diapering department. Part of the reason being that we
don't have loads of expendable income to spend on diapers and I am
especially loathe to pay for something, try it out, only to find that
I don't like it or it doesn't work. Sure, I could try to resell them
on my local B/S/T cloth diaper group, but the few things I have for
sale on there now aren't selling very quickly.
Anyways, you may have read my recent
review of one of Greenchild Creations' diapers, where I fell
in love with fitted diapers. If you've not tried these kind of
diapers, they are great for nighttime! As much as I like the flannel
ones that I tried because they are super absorbent, I've noticed that
if Ripley doesn't wake up during the night, she ends up with a red
butt in the morning from having it on so long. And so began my
journey into trying different fabrics out...
I just joined the B/S/T cloth diaper
group that I mentioned above a few weeks ago. I've been scouring the
sales posts for fitted diapers and wool covers. (I'll get to that
later.) I was excited when I came across a Sweet Pea one size bamboo
fitted diaper that looked practically brand new! Even better, it was
$10 less than it would cost brand new!
So far I've only been able to try it
out a few times (we were out of town for a funeral last weekend), but
it seems to be helping with the red baboon butt situation! Little Bit
had it on for about 6 hours the first time with no issues. She had it
on for a whopping 9/9 ½ hours another time, and even pooped in it,
and it performed beautifully! Not only did she not get a diaper rash,
but it kept the poo from getting on the cover as well, which always
makes me happy. ;) Oh. And no leaks either!
As for the flannel fitteds, I'm hoping
and thinking a more breathable cover would help prevent diaper rash.
We exclusively use PUL covers at the moment, so I'm planning on
trying out at least one fleece and one wool cover in the near future.
Greenchild Creations has a fleece cover I've been eyeballing
for the longest time and I'd like to try one of her bamboo fitteds
out. There are a couple of wool covers for sale on my B/S/T group,
but I haven't decided which I want to go with yet.
It's not cloth diaper related, but I
have somehow ended up with a plethora of nursing pads. I've been
trying to find/make some that will actually keep me dry overnight,
mainly the nights that Little Bit decides to actually sleep all night
without waking up. Someone on a Babycenter post said she used flannel
to make her own. I had made a few myself before Ripley was even born,
but didn't use flannel for some reason. Duh!
Yes, they're uneven. Yes, the sewn by hand job is terrible, but hey. They work!
So I finally got around to finishing
these in the picture with four layers of flannel and PUL on the back
for extra protection. I tried them out for the first time last night
and, funny enough, Little Bit actually slept through the night. I
usually wake up to a fairly wet shirt on the mornings this happens.
I'm happy to report that I only had one tiny little wet spot and I'm
pretty sure that's only because ALL of my nursing pads move around
when I sleep. Yay! I'll definitely be making more now that I know
they work. I'm so sick of waking up and feeling like I've entered a
wet t-shirt contest some time in the middle of the night! Lol (I also
have a review coming up for Softies nursing pads which I think will
work just as well as my flannel ones, if not better, so stay tuned
Moral of my rambling: I'm glad I'm
finally getting adventurous and breaking out of my boring ole cotton
bubble. ;) What fabrics do you like in cloth diapers? What have you
found that works for you overnight, whether it's cloth diapers or
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Hey folks! Things have been
interesting this week. We pretty much got the first half of the
walkway area finished. We still need to clean some things up (read:
find a new home for the yucca plants we dug up and get rid of the
godforsaken hostas). John got some flowers and herbs planted in what
is finished, as well as thinned out and replanted some of the irises.
However, I've not taken any pictures of it because we've been getting
deluges of rain and it's been super muddy. Not very pretty yet. We
have a huge mole problem too and it actually rained so much one
evening that there was a geyser coming out of one of the mole hills!
It was insanely windy last Saturday. I
was sitting on the couch nursing Little Bit when I heard a noise
outside. I looked out the window and saw one of the electric poles
bend like 20 degrees and the power lines shaking like crazy. The pole
went back up, but I kept looking out and thinking, “Has that power
line always hung down that far?” because you can only see part of
it from the living room. Anyways, I finally went outside when Ripley
got done eating and sure enough, a giant limb had fallen on the line.
The top left picture is of the initial
limb that fell and messed up the pole. The top right is from about 4
hours later when even more limbs fell, blocking the driveaway. :/ The
bottom two I was trying to get a better picture of the pole and how
far over it was leaning. It's right in front of the chicken coop, if
you're having a hard time finding it. It's not even the one I saw
from the living room window! So yah, John is going to try and fix the
pole this week because the power guys came out and said it's our
problem since it has the meter box on it, I guess? The things you
learn when you're an adult and have to be responsible. Ha ha I think
it's a bunch of crap, personally, that they don't fix it. They at
least tied another temporary cable to it so it wouldn't fall any
Needless to say, we had a lot of clean
up to do Sunday afternoon. Very glad we have a chainsaw! (I still
need to have John show me how to use it. I've finally come around to
the idea. Lol) As you can see in the picture, we replenished our wood
pile in a major way! Speaking of which, we really need to find a
place to move that too. It's always nice enough for a fire the day
after it rains...which means, of course, all of the wood is wet. :/
We were very excited when we found
some decently priced fruit trees at Walmart, of all places. There
were only two pear trees left that weren't in good shape, sadly, but
we were able to get three apple and two peach trees. I can't remember
exactly what varieties all of them are, but I know we have at least
one pink lady and one gala. I can't wait! Yum!
I was trying to tempt them with chickweed as a treat. They weren't having it. lol
What would a homesteading update be
without a picture of cute baby chicks?! You probably can't tell from
the photo, but they have grown quite a bit this week. It always
amazes me at just how quickly they grow! I knew they were kind of
bigger birds going into this, but I was especially surprised by how
big the Black Australorps and Buff Orpingtons had gotten! (The Buffs
are pretty obvious. The Australorp is the one in the back with the
all black head. One of them, anyways. ;) )
What's been going on in your neck of
the woods? Have you had any nasty weather? What spring preparations
are you working on?
Hey folks! Do you like finding easy
and affordable ways to go green? Have you tried out reusable sandwich
and snack bags yet? It's a simple change to make, inexpensive, AND it
can help making going green fun for your kids!
Revelae Kids offers Yummi Pouch
reusable snack and sandwich bags in fun prints for kids. They are
100% polyester, BPA, pthalate, PVC, and lead free, and even machine
washable! (both the dishwasher and your regular washing machine)
Yummi Pouch sandwich bags are also water resistant and measure 7in by
7in, so there is plenty of room whether you use it to store
sandwiches or snacks.
We recently had the opportunity to try
out Yummi Pouch's reusable sandwich bags in these fun “girly”
prints. I've been wanting to try some reusable sandwich bags for
quite awhile and just haven't gotten around to it (read “lazy”),
so I was particularly excited to try these since I already know Yummi
Pouch makes quality products. There were tons of things about them I
liked and think you will too!
As you can imagine, they are
convenient to take on the go: playdates, road trips, picnics, trips
to the store. The possibilities are endless. It seems like we are in
the car quite a bit, especially when my husband is home, running to
the this store and that, visiting family on the weekends, playdates
during the week, so these sandwich bags are a welcome new friend in
the diaper bag. Speaking of which...
The bright, vibrant patterns make them
so much easier to find in your purse, diaper bag, backpack, etc. I
have our diaper bag packed for two kids, so it goes without saying
that there is a LOT of stuff in there. The Yummi Pouch bags are nice
and easy to spot so you're not digging through the entire bag to find
a darn sandwich or snack! (We all know how patient kids are anyways,
I would have pictures a whole sandwich, but Myka hardly ever eats a whole one. ha ha You can still tell there's plenty of room in there for one, though!
That's another thing I like about
these bags: since they are sandwich sized, they are big enough to use
for a sandwich or snacks. Not that I'm trying to talk anyone out of
the snack bags too, but I like things that can be used for more than
one thing. You can't fit a sandwich into a snack bag, but you can fit
snacks into a sandwich bag! Or you can buy both and be set for years.
I have also found that besides their
obvious use, Yummi pouch reusable sandwich bags are good for storing
leftover sandwiches and snacks at home. I have a 3 year old who
rarely eats all of, well, anything. These are handy for storing pb
and honey leftovers, apples, chips, you name it.
With the fun prints these bags are
available in, I'd like to think it helps going green more fun for
children. Myka, being the bossy little thing she is anyways, enjoyed
telling me which bag she wanted for her sandwich. She likes anything
girly and pink and not surprisingly chose the one with butterflies.
(That's my favorite too. ;) )
Last, but not least, these are great
if you have multiple children since they come in sets of 3. (Although
if you have younger children you may have to break up arguing over
who gets which bag.) Even if you don't have multiple kids, I don't
think the prints are too “childish” to dissuade adults from using
them as well.
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