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The Lost Load

Laundry… oh how I used to love thee! Honestly, if there was one chore I relished doing it was laundry. Of course, this love was before I had a total of 3 kids, worked from home, started homeschooling, and long before my daughters discovered their inner Princess. Halimah, or shall I say Her Royal Highness, insisted on incessant wardrobe changes. Initially I didn’t realize she was chucking the perfectly clean clothes in the hamper – but after discovering Mt. Everest in her hamper a day after I washed laundry I knew I had a problem on my hands. As any good (and wise) mom would – I did my best to salvage the clean clothes from the pile and immediately took away ALL of her clothes (I hid the clothes in a basket and put them on a shelf well out of reach inside my closet). Then, since the only items left in her drawers were socks and panties Her Royal Highness subsequently decided a single pair of socks was not sufficient for her precious feet and started wearing 8-9 pair of socks at a time. “Away with the socks!” I say! I quickly grew weary of all laundry – clean or dirty – so much so that I would end up with mountains of laundry to do and I’d grudgingly spend ALL day doing it. When I finally felt …

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Quick Wit and Wet Bags: Mama’s Best Friends!

My oldest daughter, Aaliyah, has officially started kindergarten this year. Honestly, I’m AMAZED at how far the kindergarten education has come. I quite fondly remember simply learning letters, numbers, the fundamentals of writing, and of course story time and play time! Although we homeschool, the program we use has a very progressive curriculum. Now kindergartners are expected to learn the continents (history), all about the skeleton and inner body parts (science), money (math), artists such as Matisse and Hiroshige, along with reading fundamentals and language arts (phonics and reading) and SO much more! A couple weeks ago we met with Aaliyah’s “teacher” who simply checks our progress and assures we’re meeting our goals, etc… We were only at the library for approximately an hour and were just about to wrap up our meeting. Aaliyah walks over and whispers the dreaded, “Mama I went pee-pee in my pants.” UGH! Seriously? She never once asked to go potty or even indicate in the slightest that she had the need to go. Now, in the middle of the library, she’s protesting as I prevent her from removing her pants in front of everyone. “Just WAIT a moment and I will take you to the bathroom.” “NO Mama! My pants are wet. I HAVE to take them OFF!” “PLEASE WAIT just a minute!” Several whines and protest filled moments later, we’re off to the …

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On a Budget? How to Cloth Diaper for Less!

Often we hear from customers advising the initial start up cost for cloth diapers can be quite daunting – after all, there are many other “big ticket” baby items one usually needs such as car seats, baby carriers/slings, strollers, bassinet/crib. Quite surprisingly, cloth diapering on a budget is definitely doable. First, you’ll need to determine what your cloth diaper preference is; do you want to use all-in-one’s, pocket diapers, fitted diapers, or good ol’ prefolds and diaper covers? Prefolds and covers are one of the most economical cloth diaper options available to parents. You can easily cloth diaper your little one for $100-$150 using prefolds and covers. bumGenius is launching a new diaper product called Econobum – delivering a cost effective cloth diaper option with the simplicity of prefolds coupled with the well loved fit and design of the bumGenius One Size 3.0 pocket diaper. Be sure to check out all the options – and remember, with cloth diapers it’s okay to use a little of this and a little of that! Not fond of prefolds and covers? Prefer the convenience of all-in-one’s s, pocket diapers, or fitted diapers? While these diapers are generally more expensive options – all hope is not lost! Consider setting up a gift registry for the items you need/want. This allows your family and friends to help share the initial cost and allow you to …

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Retrospect; My Advice on Buying Cloth Diapers

When my dad does something, anything, no matter what it was, he does it 150% percent. Scuba diving? He bought the most expensive scuba gear and equipment! Metal detecting? Yep, he had a fancy schmancy metal detector. Muscle cars? He owned a 1969 Hemi Super Bee (commonly referred to as his “retirement”). I even created a stand-up routine that lasted more than 10 minutes highlighting some of his many “hobbies.” Alas, I am very much my father’s daughter! My mom and I have a long standing joke: “Mirror Mirror On the Wall… I am my father after all!” Therefore it was no surprise when I finally succumbed to my incredible urge to cloth diaper that I would become the cloth diaper aficionado I am today. Despite being my dad’s twin, there’s one thing I’ve learned from him that has always proven beneficial; RESEARCH BEFORE you buy!I spent DAYS (not just a few minutes here and there over the course of a couple days, but hours upon hours) pouring over all the cloth diaper options available (at the time). Reading reviews, analyzing the pros and cons of just about every diaper option and brand, deciphering detergents (what was and was not recommended), laundry routines, you name it, I did the research on it! Finally I settled on purchasing the bumGenius One Size 3.0 pocket diapers. So I spent another two days …

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Method to my Cloth Diaper Madness!

Method to my Cloth Diaper Madness! We women are notorious for opening our closets and peering inside only to exclaim, “I HAVE NOTHING TO WEAR!” I’m guilty! I’m sure you are too, right? Thankfully, I don’t have the same problem when it comes to cloth… Ok, well, if truth be told, I do. Oftentimes I insist that my little man’s diapers match his clothes… even his pajamas match his nighttime diapers (as do my girls’ nighttime cloth too). Obsessive? Yes, I know! With the overwhelming amount of diapers I do have available I worked out a little routine which helps me rotate through my stash and ensure all the diapers in our stash get some lovin’! For nighttime we used to use all bumGenius One Size 3.0 pocket diapers. However, I’ve grown weary from stuffing diapers and trainers for all three of my kids for night purposes therefore I’ve converted both Ilyas and my younger daughter Halimah over to the bumGenius Organic All-in-One One Size diapers for night-time. While these diapers aren’t typically suited for night-time, I’ve found if I add a Thirsties Hemp Insert to the diaper by simply laying it on top then these diapers work great for both my son and daughter for overnight. My oldest daughter is thankfully showing signs of being night trained soon! However, in the meantime, she wears the Happy Heinys pocket trainers …

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