Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Monday, August 27, 2012
I want her to treat her body well, to nourish it with good and healthy food, to eat the occasional cookie and to be an effective reader of food labels. * I have a lot to say to her about food, this is just the start.*
My mom is a type 1 diabetic and since I was a kid we would read labels together to try and find healthy and tasty foods that she could eat without causing major spikes and dips in her blood sugar. My family has always been health conscious, so label reading is second nature to me. My interest in healthy living and good eating has expanded as I have moved from consumer ("mom, will you make me a sandwich?"), to novice gardener, to chief cooker and head of the family shopping committee (har-har). Over the years my interests have expanded to include organic and pronounceable ingredients, sustainable farming practices, ethical food companies and minimalist packaging.
So far the Child has begun to eat a mixture of table foods (she loves to squish and then eat blueberries) and purchased baby foods. I know some people are firmly in the "make-your-own-baby-food-all-the-time" camp, but the fact is that just does not work for us.
In the last month I've purchased some baby foods and done A LOT of label reading and researching. Some of what I've found is reassuring, there are some good and responsible baby food companies, but there have been some real surprises as well.
In the next few weeks, I'm going to be writing about some companies that I've come to trust and really feel comfortable feeding their foods to the Child and some others that I think come with some serious caveats .
Thursday, August 23, 2012
I was thrilled when a small envelope, arrived in the mail because one and I was excited and two the packaging was compact and efficient and there is nothing that bugs me more than wasteful packaging (I'm looking at you major online retailer). Anyway, here they are all artsy-fartsily arranged.
Extreme action closeup! Bazinga! Terry in action!
These are my first terry cloth wipes and l now understand the appeal for terry cloth. These are nice and "grabby" both for diaper changes and as wash clothes in the tub. They are also the right mix of thick and thin, thin enough to not take up too much space in the wipes container and thick enough to get a good lather for soap and provide a safe barrier for wiping when changing the Child's diapers. If you hold up your hand (provided you have normal sized hands), that's about the size of the wipe and I've found that it's been easy to "palm" a wipe and maintain control of it while wrangling a wiggly child.
I've been using Bummas for about a month now, and they are holding up very nicely and the fabic has remained exceptionally bright and soft. Functionally and aesthetically, I'm really pleased. I think any mama would be happy to receive these as a gift, I know I would have!
Bummas can be purchased here and a set of 10 Bummas will cost you $15.
Casey has very generously offered one set of Bummas to a lucky reader, enter below earthlings!
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Disclosure: I received said product for a review. The opinions are my own and your experience may differ from mine.
Saturday, August 18, 2012
I'll be taking along my Bumbledoo swim diaper, 12 flats, 3 covers and 7 flip disposable inserts. I think I should be ok because I'll have access to a washer and dryer and knowing my parents, I guess more specifically my mother, we will be doing laundry everyday and I will just toss my flats in. The child has been pooping sporadically as we slowly transition into solids, so that should help. But I'm sure, given my luck, we will get to the beach and she will promptly begin pooping 3x a day. I'll report back on how it all goes. I'm hopeful to say the least.
In other news, I have stocked the freezer full of frozen burritos for the husband, so hopefully he won't starve.
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Then my brother came for a visit, giving me a little bit more time to listen to Maggie Smith's biting one liners. That Dowager Countess is a real tart and frankly she reminds me of my grandmother. I mean that in the most loving way possible...
Anyway, I'm in love with the show and the only way to actually watch is to find some means of care/entertainment for the Child. So I opted to visit my folks for a few days and promptly foisted the Child on them (which, oh by the way, they loved) and got on to season two. OMFG. I cried at the end of the season finale when they kiss! That kiss was so many wistful glances in the making. Sigh. I am in love.
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Saturday, August 4, 2012
I'm not sure what this, maybe it's a rant, maybe it's a query but I don't get this "Grab my button" business on rafflecopter. What IS that? (double crazy emphasis points for both italics and caps) No, seriously, what is the point? I get that everyone wants to show that they are interconnected and that other blogs love them too, and they're cool but blah blah blah, come on!
They clutter up pages and I think they're silly. If someone can explain this "button" concept to me, please enlighten me. Heaven forbid I should ever have a "button", "grab a button" or sew a button on feel free to tease me and remind me of this.
Monday, July 30, 2012
Sunday, July 29, 2012
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Before the Child wakes up I like to enjoy a little alone time in front of the computer, sipping my coffee and entering my giveaways (cue old lady/bathrobe image). But today, horror of all horrors(!), rafflecopter isn't working.
So, rafflecopter, this one is for you. How dare you mess up my morning routine?? Don't you know that you are integral to my morning zen/zone out process?? I need you to be up and running so that I have something to space out and do while I drink my morning coffee. Don't get all "well you could read the news or clean the house" on me. No, I absolutely cannot do those things. Cleaning the house is for after my giveaways and reading the news is for while laying in bed. There is an order to my life, it can't be disturbed! Do you hear me? Do not disturb my morning routine!!
The Child is teething, (fun!) so I'm already on edge, consider yourself warned. You have zero time to fix this problem.
Also, for those of you who wonder what I am going to do after I post this, the answer is look at cute animal pics. Nothing to bring you back like pictures of bunnies snuggling dogs.
Monday, July 23, 2012
Frankly, that's the only perk/benefit of having the Husband traveling. Who's going to kill the errant moth's that get inside? How about my internet? And what about regulating our finicky thermostat?
I'm ready for him to be back NOW, but in the meanwhile the Child and I will be hanging out, visiting my folks and eating those strangely addicting Dr. Sears puffs.
Thursday, July 19, 2012
These next few weeks I'll be reviewing kid food. Freeze dried, purreed, in a pouch. You name it, I'm trying it.
Why? Because as much as I love breastfeeding, and trust me I do, I will not be breastfeeding the Child until she is five.
I miss red wine. Red, red wine, you make me feel so fine...
Monday, July 16, 2012
On occasion, I like to check the Thirsties outlet page. I know, I know, I have a Thirsties problem. They were the first cloth diapers (duo wrap, stay dry insert and wipes) I ever bought and I love their business ethos, so cut me some slack. But, I digress. Anyway, I often wonder about the kind of defect that forces a cute little wrap to end up in the outlet.
In my cloth diaper fantasy world, I like to imagine that there has been some crazy accident at their factory and that the covers end up tie-dyed. Wouldn't that be cute? Or better still some tie-dyed wipes.
And then, after this terrible factory accident (no injuries) the tie-dyed wipes and covers end up in the outlet, where they are purchased by yours truly.
Sunday, July 15, 2012
I think there's a lesson to be learned here.
Thou shalt not save up the diaper laundry until one only has ONE night time diaper left.
Honestly, I'm not sure what prompted me to do the diaper wash yesterday afternoon ( I normally do in the morning or late at night) but I'm taking it as a sign from above that I almost erred seriously in my diaper ways.
Also, does anyone else ever put a night time diaper on their child only to have said child promptly poop?
Thursday, July 12, 2012
I will say this though, they are an award winning company founded and run by a mom. Mom power!
More news on this giveaway in the upcoming weeks, in the meanwhile I will be dancing around my kitchen to "I like to move it move it" out of one joy and two because the Child finds it highly amusing.
Monday, July 9, 2012
How can I grow my Thirsties stash/obsession if they don't have a giveaway?
**Plea to Thirsties**
I beg of you, oh dear Thirsties, please have another giveaway so that I might try (in vain so far) to win your lovely US made, carbon offsetting, solar powered products.
This is one of those "absence makes the heart grow fonder" sort of moments, I think.
The Thirsties weekly giveaway was the first giveaway I ever entered and I have devotedly/OCD'ly entered ever since.
Saturday, July 7, 2012
It wasn't until the great poopathon at our two month well-child checkup that I decided things had to change. Basically in the course of an hour and a half visit ( we waited and waited and then waited some more to see our pediatrician and lactation consult) the Child pooped three times and spit up all over me. There is nothing like leaving an exhausting morning appointment with a disposable Harris Teeter plastic bag fully of poopy diapers and clothes to make you rethink your current set up.
Anyway, I requested and received a Planet Wise Wet Bag for the holidays from my folks and I haven't looked back. Here's a picture of the one I have:
Tada! There it is and aren't my photo taking skills lurvely? Yeah, I know, they leave a little something to be desired.
This wet bag has been great, not only do I use it when I'm out and about, but I've also successfully used it while on vacation. What does successfully mean? Well, it's a medium and I have stuffed a days worth of dirty (including poopy) flats and covers in it without stink or leaks. This is the only wet bag I have, and I have no intention of switching it up, although I'm considering buying a large one with a snap handle thingy in Owl to possibly coordinate with the Child's room.
This bag has held up very well after almost seven months of constant ( I have a hard time sitting at home) use AND it's MADE in the US! Go Planet Wise! What more could you want in a wet bag?
Also, I was perusing their site and they make cloth wipes as well! Swoon!
Thursday, July 5, 2012
6 BumGenius Freetime
$25 gift certificate to Etsy store
1 package of Molly Suds
7 Ella's Kitchen pouches and an upcycled bag
3 pack's of samples from Sweetbottoms baby
1 Geffen Absorber and 2 Geffen wipes
1 set of lunchskins reusable bags
1 Grandmas's natural soaps
1 pack of 3 Snappi's
1 better bottoms diaper
1 Earth's Best Bars
1 Blogger Bash ( swim diaper, wet bag and something else that I've currently forgotten)
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
*This is where I get ranty*
There is one family whose choices have been diametrically different than ours. Our husbands are in the same profession, but very different ends of the spectrum resulting in different lifestyles. Very different. I realize I am being vague, but I like a modicum of privacy so I'm sorry. Deal with it.
Anyway, the wife, who gives out a lot of unsolicited advice as it is, always makes a point of comparing our lifestyles. She very clearly feels they have made the better choice. What I really want to say to her is "what works for you is not what works for us, to each their own!". I don't want to fight, I don't want to argue when our mutual friend has invited us over for a nice afternoon. The choice we have made for our family is the right choice for us, and really that's all that matters.
There, that's it, I'm done. Rant over.
Monday, July 2, 2012
I also used the bathroom by myself, which is a rare occurrence.
This day has already been productive, so if the Child wakes up and it all goes to pot? Well, at least I got to use the bathroom by myself and honestly, these days, that goes a long way towards a good day.
Saturday, June 30, 2012
So for 10 wipes it was $8.99. I'm not sure if this is still the price, but even if it's a dollarish more, these wipes are still worth it. For one, they are USA made. GO USA! (Did anyone have a Mighty Ducks moment or was that just me? Remember when they played the Russians? I think that was the second one.) Two, these wipes are thin. How thin? This thin.
Yeah, that's ten wipes folded up. I plan to put the majority of these wipes in my diaper bag since space is at a premium. But I also intend to keep a few by changing table. Why? Because they are white, and when you use a white wipe in little nooks and crannies you can tell if you got everything. You should know what I mean.
On a totally different note, I also purchased the lavender prefold. I'm in the process of prepping it, and it's too early to really tell, but I think it's gonna be a winner. I pulled it out of the wash, and it was so heavy with water (yes, my washers spin cycle leaves something to be desired) that I can't even imagine how absorbent it's going to be when it's fully prepped.
Friday, June 29, 2012
Fast forward two decades (yes, I've been kicking around Fayetteville on and off for 20 years) and the city is completely different. The downtown area now has restaurants, cute shops, bars and museums. It's urban revitalization done right. When we go to visit my parents, downtown is where we choose to go.
You know what's downtown that I love? Sweetbottoms Baby Boutique!!! Yay, diapers that I can touch and ogle over! Ok, ok so I know the main store is in Raleigh/Fuqay Varina and to be clear I've never been there, but wow do I love the Fayetteville store! The store is cute and small and the women who staff it are nice, like legitimately nice. I went in one Saturday close to closing time and they let me browse the consignment bin while they closed up (I got a Fuzzibunz ). It's a well curated store and they even have those famous SBB wipes that always seem to sell out so quickly online (that'll be another post).
It's stores like SBB that make downtown Fayetteville a fun place to be. So SBB? I love shopping with you both online and in the Fayetteville store. You, and you alone have my love and loyalty when it comes to online diaper shopping.
Thursday, June 28, 2012
I come from a military family and am married to a National Guard soldier and both my childhood and married experiences have given me a deep love and belief for and in America. I think it's important to support US companies and products. So you know what? NO foreign made diapers for this mama (does thumb jerk movement back at self)!
I realize that this is not an option for every family, that some families can only afford to buy cheaper diaper packages from overseas, but I am lucky to be able to afford a US made diaper and that's what I'm going to buy! I choose to vote with my dollar and support US mamas!
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
When we started cloth diapering I wasn't so sure about using cloth wipes. Frankly it seemed like cloth diapering was accomplishment enough, but after about a week of trying to separate the disposable wipes from the diapers, I gave in and purchased four packs ( three girl and one boy set) of Thirsties fab wipes. Wow, what a life changer! Of all the wipes I have, admittedly not a ton, these are the first ones I reach for when I open a messy diaper. In short, they are my workhorse wipes. After almost nine months of continuous use, they are still soft which is not something I can say for other wipes I own. As I've mentioned before, I use anywhere from 6-9 wipes per messy diaper, so each wipe is getting washed anywhere from 2-3 times a week, so it's not like they aren't getting used a bunch. I have been beyond impressed with the quality of the Thirsties wipes and Thirsties in general.
I also really love that they are made in the US and that Thirsties is such a responsible manufacturer. Carbon credits? Low impact dyes? Solar Panels? Seriously, what's not to love. More and more, as the economy is in flux and people are out of work and struggling I want to support eco-friendly US businesses. It's a nice feeling for me knowing that I am 1) getting a good product and 2) that I am supporting a business that has good values.
But, in the spirit of honesty, the Honeydew color drives me crazy. Absolutely bananas. You'll notice it's on the top of the stack, well I want to use it first so I don't have to see it. I really have no idea why the color upsets me so, on its own I like it, but in that stack of lush wipes it just bugs the heck out of me.
Monday, June 25, 2012
I can't even begin to imagine.
The Child is now 8.5 months and I can't imagine a world without her. I just can't. I know there is not a lot of control over life, but I will do everything in my power to protect my child. When I read something like that it makes me hug her a little harder and longer, find more patience in my heart and recognize how valuable and precious life truly is.
Friday, June 22, 2012
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Chocolate(we don't have any and it would go nicely with this coffee)
How still the House is when no one is up
My parents and brother, they're coming up got visit today
Grammar, I'm not good at it
Community, I found an online one that's really making me happy