Little Man

Cups and Cars

Sorry for the lack of posts lately…

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we are teething at our house…

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most children might gravitate towards traditional teething toys…

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not mine…

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he prefers objects like medicine cups…

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and trucks…

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I think they make rather good teething toys…

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don’t you?

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Whatever makes him happy…

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these memories made me happy today…

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Friday Favorite: Thriving Family Magazine

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A little less than a year ago, my sister Ashley gave Drew and I a subscription to Thriving Family Magazine. It was such a sweet gesture for us newbies, and it has since become my favorite magazine to receive and read. It is published by Focus On The Family, which some of you might be familiar with. It covers a wide range of topics including marriage tips, age specific parenting advice, seasonal family activities, book and movie reviews, healthy lifestyle tips and recipes and so much more. All content is faith based, encouraging and uplifting. The articles are short and sweet but rich and relevant in substance. Subscribe today or get their new iPad version, you won’t regret it!

 

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Our Cloth Diaper Routine

The most challenging thing about cloth diapering is getting started! Narrowing down the brand of diaper, cream and soap took me a few tries, but I think I have found the perfect combination. Once you have a routine down, cloth diapering is super simple and gratifying. Drew and I were talking the other day about how we can’t even imagine NOT using cloth with our next babies. I hope this post saves those of you who are thinking about using cloth some time and energy, so that you can start the process with peace of mind!

NOTE:

We own 25 Rumparooz pocket diapers, and 30 Thirsties wipes.

Step 1: Always use the right products on your diapers to make cleaning easy.

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Earth Mama Angel Baby Bottom Balm is THE BEST cloth friendly cream I have found. It smells good, works wonders, and will not create build up.

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Bac-Out helps eliminate odor when sprayed on dirty diapers before tossing them in the pail. We keep both products at our changing station.

Step 2: Empty diaper pail and replace pail liner.

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We use a trash can, and always keep an extra liner on hand.

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Step 3: Dump the diapers and wipes in the wash, and then the pail liner. 

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Good news! You don’t need to pull out the inserts for pocket diapers, they wiggle out on their own.

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Step 4: Rinse cycle with cold water. 

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Don’t scrimp on the water, I always set it to large.

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Step 5: Heavy wash cycle with hot water and detergent.

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Large water load is important.

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I use 3 scoops of Rockin’ Green Classic Rock.

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Step 6: Large rinse cycle with cold water.

To remove detergent residue.

Step 7: Small rinse cycle with cold water.

For good measure.

Step 8: Transfer the inserts and wipes to the dryer.

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I add 4 to 6 Woolzies to the dryer as well to cut down drying time and make everything soft. NEVER use dryer sheets.

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Step 9: Hang diaper covers on drying rack.

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Air drying the diaper covers ensures your diapers will have a long life, and that the elastic will stay tight. The covers take a couple of hours to dry, I usually let them hang overnight. We use a simple folding rack.

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Step 10: Organize into piles.

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Sperate and fold the wipes, stack the inserts for easy stuffing.

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Step 11: Stuff the diapers.

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Put each insert into a cover. We have 4 sets of bamboo inserts that we put into black diapers for “overnight”. These go in their own basket (see below) for easy access at bedtime.

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Step 12: Put ’em away!

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Storing diapers is a personal preference. We use 3 baskets on a shelf that hold the diapers perfectly.

 

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Friday Favorite: Robeez Soft Soles

Eli was in socks for the first few months of his life, then barefoot once the weather started warming up. Now that he is crawling and pulling up on things, I think it’s appropriate for him to wear some shoes (plus he looks seriously cute in them). Since he isn’t technically walking on the soles of his feet, he doesn’t need heavy duty support. These shoes serve the perfect purpose of covering his tootsies in a more “big boy” way, but with do so with soft, bendable soles that allow him to move about how he wishes. I LOVE THEM.

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They have a variety of styles for boys and girls and I love how they organize them by season. You can purchase them on Amazon, their website, and in some retail stores.

 

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DIY Projects, Little Man

DIY Roller Derby!

As a stay at home mom, I am always trying to find ways to entertain Eli. Lately he has been getting a kick out of pushing things down the hall, so I thought this little project would be a perfect toy for him. I had a lot of fun picking out the items, and it was super cheap and easy to make. Here is how you can make your very own roller derby!

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Materials:

(2) 2 Liter bottles of soda

Goo Gone (optional)

Exacto knife & sharp scissors

Duck tape

Odds & ends for filling

Directions:

1. Empty and rinse the soda bottles. Peel away the label and remove extra residue with Goo Gone. Thoroughly wash the bottles with soap and water.

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2. Cut each bottle in half by piercing with an exacto knife, then completing the cut with scissors. Keep the two ends.

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3. Fill one bottle with anything you can find! I decided to make mine “dinosaur” themed, so I put an assortment of green things: shiny pieces of ribbon, beads, buttons, pom poms, and bells.

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4. Line up the two openings of the bottles and secure with duck tape. I did this twice to make it extra durable. You can find a variety of colorful and patterned duck tape rolls at craft stores.

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5. Give it to your little one and watch them race and roll!

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