Thursday, December 26, 2013

The tree and the meaning of Christmas

I put up my tree for the first time in over four years this year.  I was late in putting it up, but at least it was up in our living room.  Now don't get me wrong--I love Christmas.  It's my favorite season, but somehow I just didn't have the time, or energy, or ability to put up the tree.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Babyville's New Fabric

I had the opportunity to get a sneak peak at the new line up of PUL from Babyville!  I absolutely love the new boy's fabric and the girl's is absolutely adorable.  I now you are going to love it too!  That's why I'll be giving away a diaper cut of your favorite fabric!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Winning in the potty training battle and a giveaway! August 8-23, 2013

So Abbie is now consistently going #1 in the potty.  We still haven't gotten a #2 successfully in the toilet, but I would like to share with you some of the advice we were given and what actually worked and if you share your plan, I will add you to a raffle for some training pants!

Monday, July 22, 2013

New Year's Resolutions Updates HA!

So here it is July.  Let's see how I am doing with my New Year Resolutions!

I HATE POTTY TRAINING!!!

So I'm home all day during the summer.
Abbie is three years and two months.
Abbie starts school in four weeks.
I should have her potty trained.
Right?
If you said, "Right!,"
YOU SUCK!

Boxes for Babies Update

My last post was about the Boxes for Babies idea I had a few weeks ago. I just wanted to give everyone an update on how that project was coming along. So far three families have applied for our program. I have gotten one of the boxes out. I'm working on the second box which will be going to a teenage mother with a five month old little boy. The third box is for a teenage mother 21 weeks along and expecting a little boy. The problem I have run into is that most of the stuff I have is for little girl's. So until I can collect more boy things I'm stuck where I am.
Meet Winston.  This was our first little baby sporting one of his new diapers!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Creating boxes for new moms

I know what I want to do with my life!
I'm not kidding.  I read this article on BBC News about how Finnish babies sleep in cardboard boxes.  That's when it hit me.  This is what I want to do.  I want to create these boxes for teenage moms.  I have no idea how to go about doing this.  I don't even really know how to handle the business stuff for Cutie Booty, so I of course don't know how to start a non-profit organization.  I've posted on craig's list looking for any donations of items.  Of course I would prefer new items, but I think to start off I will take whatever I can get.  I've got to find really cute boxes somewhere.  And these are the items I'm going to start collecting for the boxes:  newborn cloth diapers, diaper covers and inserts, gender neutral onesies and pants, blankets, mattress for the box and sheets, diaper cream, pacifiers, bra pads, condoms.
If you guys have any suggestions or ideas please feel free to comment.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Instead Softcup Review and Giveaway

     Growing up my momma bought me pads. Not only did she by me and my sister pads, but she bought us the huge overnight pads. Talk about awkward! I learned about tampons on my own. I figured them out on my own. As I had my own family and learned about cloth diapers I began to think about all of my contribution to the landfills. Those pads and tampons have to go somewhere. I began to research other options and learned about menstrual cups. The jump was so scary. What if I paid all of the money and it didn't work for me? What if it leaked everywhere and I just ended up using pads all over again! That is when I discovered Instead Softcup.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Specials at Cutie Booty

Here are a couple of deals for you at www.thecutiebooty.com!
Use coupon code NEWYEAR at check out to save 25%!
Add a mama cloth to your cart and use coupon code MAMAME to get it free!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Product Review: Leap Frog's Tag Reading System

"Learn to read with the #1 selling reading system" brags the Leapfrog website.  Well of course.  Watch the demo and you would your child to have one of these too!  But just like any system there are positives and negatives.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

PFAPA and my little girl



After over a year of taking Abbie to the doctor every month when she went through this crazy fever cycles that sometimes reached 104° we finally got a diagnosis in August. Finally having a diagnosis has been such a relief but at the same time I finally had to admit that there really is something wrong with her.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

New Year's Resolutions

It is now New Year's Day.  I've never really made New Year's Resolutions in the past, but I've decided that this year I'm going to do a few things differently.

1) More eco-friendly.
With Abbie I switched to cloth diapers mostly to save money, but also to help reduce the amount of trash our family produces.  Last week our trash pick-up day was on Christmas day and instead of trash being picked up the next day or the next, they just didn't come at all.  Our trash can was over flowing.  Today they picked up the trash.  I've already filled the can back up.  I can't imagine what it would be like if we also had disposable diapers.
Here's my plan.  First I'm going to introduce unpaper towels.  I already make them, but don't actually use them.  I'm going to use them this year.  Next we are going to switch to unpaper napkins.  I can make those as well, so why not make some for myself?  If I can talk the hubby into it I'm going to go for family cloth too.  He's been opposed so far.  He says that anything he wipes his butt with is going to be flushed....  We shall see.
I already switched from tampons and panty liners to the Softcup by Instead Cup and made myself some mama cloth.  I like the whole idea of using the softcup because it doesn't have all of the chemicals and junk, but you still throw it in the trash.  There are other menstrual cups that you dump, rinse, and reuse.  I'm thinking about purchasing one to try out with my next diaper sell.  I've been nervous about making the switch because with the Softcup I have leaking.  What if I pay all of that money and it leaks?  I did like that the hubby and I can still have a little fun with the softcup with very little mess (TMI, I know, but you were all wondering if you could).

2) Reduce the stuff.
Every where I look in my house I see stuff.  Stuff stacked here and stuff stacked there.  It has got to go.  I want only the stuff we need in our house.  This is a problem because I like to hang on to stuff, but I've got to make myself let it go.  I want to start with this baby grand piano and all the junk hiding underneath it.  The problem there is that my mother-in-law won't let me sell it because she wants to keep it in the family.  I want to declutter.  And it is a whole lot of clutter.  I have books galore and I've got to thin them out.  I'm thinking I take them all out and sit them in the yard and say "free."  Do you think I can do it?  And the kids' toys have got to go.  We don't buy our kids a lot of toys, but somehow they multiply.  For Christmas we only gave them two from us each and one from Santa.

3) Keep up with laundry.
Seems like it should be easy, but I can't do it.  For the past month I have had a mountain of clothes beside my bed.  Beginning tomorrow I am going to put up each load as soon as I take it out of the dryer.  I may need some help!

4) Live healthier.
For lunch each day I have a Mountain Dew and bag of gummy Lifesavers.  So that has got to change.  I need to start planning out my meals for the week and be sure I have enough healthy stuff for lunch.  I need to take my vitamins EVERY day.  I need to exercise EVERY day.

5) Plan ahead.
I bought a family calendar, grocery list organizer, and a daily planner.  I AM going to use them DAILY!!!  No more pointless trips to the grocery store only to come home and have no idea what I can fix for dinner.  No more surprising Carl with family events.  No more forgetting birthdays or events (we shouldn't mention my father-in-law's present sitting on top of that before mentioned piano waiting to be mailed).

6) Review one product every month and have a giveaway.
I've already decided on my product for January.  I won't ruin the surprise but be on the lookout for a review in the next two weeks with a giveaway.

And there are my six resolutions for the new year.  Keeping these will be difficult but I am going to try very hard.  Hopefully my readers will help me keep up my resolutions.