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Love Notes: 6 Reasons Why We Love Thirsties and You Will Too!

It never fails. Every time. No matter what diapers are on top, we always dig through and find a Thirsties cloth diaper. Not only are they my favorite, these diapers are the top pick for both my husband and mother-in-law too! We love so many things about Thirsties brand diapers! When we started our cloth diapering journey sixteen months ago, we only had four Thirsties diapers and now after trying so many other brands, we still keep reaching for them over all the others. Here are the six big reasons why Thirsties diapers are our favorite and what keeps us coming back for more… The Company – Made in Colorado, we love that they are made in the USA, even down to the packaging they come in. On top of that, 90% of the fabrics and materials that are used to make these high quality diapers are sourced in the USA. Their customer service is exceptional and they are so helpful with any questions and concerns! Returned diapers are repaired (if possible) and then donated to families in need. They recycle all their scrap material and have a 100% windpowered warehouse they distribute their diapers from. The Choices – Everyone has a favorite style of diaper. My husband loves the ease and fit of hook and loop. I love using natural fibers on our baby’s bum. We prefer covers and …

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Make freezer meals?!? I don’t even have time to cook tonight’s dinner!


If the title is what brought you here and that is what you are thinking, let me just say, I AM RIGHT THERE WITH YOU. Which is exactly why I make freezer meals.  I have eagerly tried and failed freezer cooking on more than one occasion. I fell victim to the promises of “20 meals in just 4 hours!” or lures about how dedicating one Saturday a month to cooking would leave me with 30 dinners to last me the month. If that works for you, kudos! But this lady right here… not for me. There were a few reasons why this did not work for me.  Reason 1: Most of the recipes I found when excessively Pinteresting were either heavy casseroles or “dump chicken” recipes that call for mostly canned ingredients that do not fit well with how my husband and I typically eat. There is nothing quite like wasting 12 hours prepping meals you then do not want to eat! Reason 2: Taking an entire day to dedicate to cooking is just about impossible now that our little bundle has arrived. She needs to eat. She needs her adorable fluff butt changed. She needs entertainment AND I would much rather be cuddling with that little cutie than chopping and pouring ALL.DARN.DAY. Reason 3: Unless you have time to store-hop, finding good deals on all the ingredients for that …

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How to Budget for ONE.MORE.DIAPER!

We’ve all been there. You think you’re finally finished buying diapers. Your stash is complete. Laundry is all done. You sit back and smile as you mentally comb over your stash. You have cute animal prints, trendy patterns, a variety of brands, and every cute color under the sun. Then you are scrolling through your newsfeed and it hits you. An ad for a new diaper style/pattern/print. Somehow the diaper companies have crawled into your head and come up with the most perfect diaper and your baby needs it! It’s the one print you don’t have. (Thirsties Outdoor Adventure anyone?) But isn’t one of the greatest perks of cloth diapering that it saves money? It’s hard to justify buying yet another diaper when you have plenty in your stash for your baby. Or 2 or 3 babies. But when your budget is tight there are some tricks and ideas you can do to come with an extra $20 or $30 for a new diaper-or anything else. Plain Old Fashioned Change Jar In our house, my husband uses cash when he’s at work. When he empties his pockets at the end of every day there is always loose change. I keep a mason jar on our dryer and each day he puts his loose change in there. It might not sound like much, but twice a year I empty it, and …

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30 Uses for Coconut Oil

I am an absolute nut when it comes to natural remedies, our medicine cabinet is full of essential oils and bandaids. I’m not sure what it is about it, but I love taking life back to the basics. Of course, coconut oil is not all that alternative, but there are still many people that do not understand the power of this edible oil. (Literally, I buy coconut oil by the gallons!)  There are many different types of coconut oil; Virgin is unrefined, and cold pressed is the way it is extracted from the fruit. My personal preference is Organic, cold pressed, extra virgin coconut oil. As a young mom, I always looked for ways to safely remedy my child. Here are some things that I have used in the past few years that have helped us. 30 Uses for Coconut Oil: Add a couple spoonful’s to a bath for a moisturizing bath, you can also add lavender for additional benefits and aroma therapy. Take a spoonful to get rid of heart burn, indigestion or acid reflux. Coconut oil contains lauric acid, which is a powerful fatty anti-microbial, this assists the immune system of the baby. So the nursing mom, can take a couple spoonfuls a day to boost her baby’s immune system. Virgin coconut oil balances blood sugar and helps keep morning sickness at bay DRY HAIR -Cover hair in …

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10 Ways to Use a Geffen Fladdle

What is a “Fladdle?” A Fladdle is a large (approx 30″x30″), single layer piece of fabric that can be used in a variety of ways with your baby. The Geffen Baby Fladdle is ultra soft combed 60% hemp and 40% organic cotton fleece. Here are just a few uses for the Fladdle that I’ve found, the possibilities are endless! As a flat diaper! The fleecy side is very soft against baby’s skin. It works perfectly pad folded and laying inside a cover and is also large enough to use with more creative folds and pinned. It is super absorbent, while staying surprisingly trim. (Photos show inside a Rumparooz One Size cover and alongside a Small, Geffen fleece prefold.) As a swaddle blanket. I can still swaddle my 10 pound, 21.5in baby with the Fladdle. As a burp cloth. I prefer to fold the Fladdle in half and drape over my shoulder for good coverage while holding and burping my little guy.   For tummy time. During tummy time I fold the Fladdle into a square and place under my baby to catch spit up. It also works well in this same way while under his head when I lay him down after a feeding. As a nursing cover. Since it is so absorbent it is perfect to use while nursing for extra coverage when wanted and to catch milk. As …

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