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Nature’s Stain Stick – The Sun!

You made the decision to cloth diaper! You run out and buy all the cute fluff and start prepping as soon as you can, you finally made the leap!  You quickly get the new fluff on the bum and next thing you know, you get “that look” from the baby, you know the look that I am referring to, the diaper is no longer clean. After the change and soon the first wash (or even the hundredth) using the wash routine you thought you mastered and you just don’t end up with clean diapers!  You pull them out of the wash and they look dirty but smell fresh.  They have this ugly looking stains and you wonder if you will ever have new looking diapers again.  Let me introduce you to my favorite bleach – and, the best news?  It is FREE! – the sun! The sun doesn’t contain any of the chemicals that us parents cringe at thinking that they may be touching our precious baby’s tush.  It is a cheap, safe and effective way to rid those unsightly stains. The sun’s UV rays will remove the toughest of stains.  All it takes is some time and patience and a nice day.  Following the wash, rather than dry in the dryer, put the diapers in the sun.  Inside, outside, in a window, on the floor, even on the dashboard!  …

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2 Months into Cloth Diapering and the Top 10 things I’ve Learned

We are just now getting comfortable with our cloth diapering routine and it’s time that I share a few tips with you. I promise cloth diapering isn’t as hard as you think it will be. Meconium doesn’t stain and disposable liners aren’t for me. I was so worried about this but most of the time the disposable liner didn’t stay where I wanted it and the meconium got on the diaper anyway. A wash later it was gone. Exclusive breastfed poo stains for sure, but a few more washes and it seems to go away. If that’s not working or you don’t’ want to wait see point 2. The sun is magic Seriously. Put your diapers outside a little damn in the sun and the bright yellow EBF stains will disappear before your eyes. I’ve even found it really helps the darker stains from used diapers I’ve bought.  Cloudy day? Don’t worry the UV rays go through the clouds and they will still lighten up. Can’t put it outside? Find a window.  Have no fear of stains when you have the magic sun to help you. Overstuffing will cause leg gaps and will cause the leaks I’m trying to avoid I get it, you’re afraid of that cloth diaper leaking so you throw in some extra stuffing in an effort to help. Then little one ways up wet around the …

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7 Things I Will Do Differently with the Next Baby

Being a parent is a tough job! Now that my husband and I have a toddler we often chit chat about what it was like when he was a newborn and what we want to do differently the next time we become parents. Here is our list: 1.       With baby #2 I will use newborn cloth diapers. With the first baby I really had no clue what I was doing. I was hesitant to build a stash of diapers before his arrival. It took awhile to get a wash routine. Now that I have a good grasp on cloth diapers, I know which styles work for our family and have built good sized stash, I will definitely start cloth right from the beginning. I realize there is nothing to be afraid of when it comes to cloth diapers now, that infant poop isn’t so scary once you have a toddler!  2.       When it comes to the next baby I will do less caring. I don’t mean less caring for the baby. I mean less caring about what others think. With #1 I did a lot of unnecessary worrying about what others thought of my decisions as a mom. I worried about what others thought of breastfeeding, what I was wearing (or not wearing), how my baby was dressed, opinions about using cloth diapers, opinions about where and how my baby …

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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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