Friday, March 19, 2010

Spring, Come Quickly

After playing outside with my kids today, I came inside frustrated that, after two days of warmth (okay, 50 degrees but we got to play outside for a few hours!!), we got hailed on in the middle of a sunny day. This happens alot in Utah. Anyways, trying to stay positive, I noticed outside the roiling storm clouds on the horizon against a bright blue sky, sunshine, and pellets of hail. It was a really neat effect. I thought of how my mom often says "How can you see a sunset and not believe in the gospel?"

And I found this wonderful quote:

"Can any man who has walked beneath the stars at night, can anyone who has seen the touch of spring upon the land doubt the hand of divinity in creation? So observing the beauties of the earth, one is want to speak as did the Psalmist: 'The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth His handiwork.' All of the beauty of the earth bears the fingerprint of the Master Creator."

-Gordon B. Hinckley

I tried to find a good image of springtime online and just pulled up one I took in Japan at the height of cherry blossom season:

This picture makes me so happy. For two weeks, during cherry blossom season, everyone flocks to parks to relax under the blossoming trees and celebrate nature. You bring a lunch or buy a candied apple nearby and just enjoy springtime. America needs to adopt this.

So, Spring--please come quickly and stop teasing me. I can only try to stay positive for so long! I need some sunshine!
Monday, March 15, 2010

Table Love!

We got this new table at Ikea, and I love it! Both sides can fold down, so you can stow it away, but ours usually looks like this:

I am just so thrilled that there is that fold-out leaf, because that means I can keep my sewing machine out all the time! My sewing machine is an old, heavy metal one. I hated lugging it out of the closet and then having to put it away whenever we ate. Sometimes it would sit on our table for days in the middle of unfinished projects, and we would have to eat on the couch--no fun. Now, I can keep it out and just prop the other leaf up when we need to eat. It makes me so happy, because sewing is not an ordeal anymore. I have gotten so much done, and I just love being able to sit down and sew a little bit throughout the day. It is the next best thing to having my own actual sewing/cutting table. Hooray! Oh, the six super deep storage drawers are really nice, too! We've got the "notions" side and the "playdough and accessories" side for quick fun!

P.S. Here is a recent sewing project: a reversible cape (pattern is here) for Cash with Superwhy and of course, Batman. Very fun and easy!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Cloth Diapers

...or crap wrappers... oh how I love you! One day my little brother was visiting and came up with his own brand of cloth diaper:

The Turd Turban: Treat your bottom like a Sultan

(makes me laugh everyday!)

I wish someone would have told me about modern cloth diapering when I had my first baby. It seemed like I pushed the stroller over to our neighborhood grocery store a few times a week for yet another package of diapers so scented that my baby would get rashes up his legs.

I wish someone would have let me in on the cloth diapering secret that your baby will never have blow-outs, since diaper covers have gussets and elastic waists, as I threw another cute (stained!) baby outfit in the trash.
(Then again, I am kind of glad I never cloth diapered my son, as he produced what my hubby called "Satan's buttercream frosting" several times a day. Soo glad that's over!)

Ah, life lessons!
The basics:
Cons: A few extra loads of laundry a week, some dye/scent free detergent purchasing, potential "zoo-butt" (cloth diapers aren't scented like regular diapers), and a bit more diaper changing, as it's not cool to keep your baby in the same cloth for 6 hours. Also, cloth diaper booty (big ol' bottom which sometimes requires a size up in pants).

Pros: Cheaper (you can save hundreds of dollars a year), no blowouts, proven quicker potty training, less diaper rash, more environmentally friendly (yes, trash is more polluting than water waste), you can use the same diapers for your other kids...and, get this---the same diapers for your baby and toddler!


Here are Cash (age 2) and Cosette (age 7 months) wearing the same diaper, a Coolababy One-Size Diaper. The "Cool" thing about these is that they fit from baby to 35 pounds and you can stuff it with more cloth to make it more absorbent. We like ours, although I am a little sad about the fact that they are made in China.

Everyone has a different system, but I use the old-fashioned prefold ones (like Grandma used) just folded in thirds and laid in a Thirsties or Bummis SuperBrite cover (the only ones with good gussets or leg elastics). At night, I put two prefolds in one cover, and that lasts over twelve hours. When I change diapers, I put the used ones in a garbage pail with a tight lid lined with a waterproof liner (called a wet bag or pail liner). #2s of course get tossed down the toilet, and the dipes rinsed out if needed and then in the pail, too. You can also just use flushable liners. I wash every 2 or 3 days with a cycle of rinse first, warm wash with good detergent, final rinse and then dry on low heat. We have no stains, and I have used the same diapers on Cosette for over 9 months!

That is all I am going to say about cloth diapers. We use them. We love them. We can't imagine ever going back to disposables for any of our kids. There is almost too much information about them out there, so here are some good links:

The Basics of Cloth Diapering: The Facts, What You Need, How to Use the Different Types of Diapers

The Diaper Jungle: Everything cloth diapers, patterns to make your own, reviews, and getting started

 Little Lions: Good prefolds for a great price
 Cheeky Diapers: Diaper Patterns Galore!

Diaper Swappers: the ultimate cloth diaper forum. There are over 40,000 moms on here making, buying, selling, and trading cloth diapers, clothes, craft supplies, etc. I buy all my covers here (and also all my fabric!) for very cheap. The site is confusing at first, though.

Jillian's Drawers has a Changing Diapers, Changing Minds program that allows you to try several different types of diapers for 3 weeks for just $10. I did this and really loved trying out the different dipes!

The Cloth Diaper Foundation provides free cloth diapers for needy families. We got a big box from them when Coco was born, and it was amazing!


Too much information, right? I'm done now. Let me know if you want even more info. :)


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