New Fluff Love

Friends, I am in love. With new fluff! My Micro-man has been wearing some of the same cloth diapers from Little, meaning they went through Little, Mini, and now Micro! Listen, cloth diapers are the bomb when it comes to saving money, but having them go through THREE bums over six years is nothing short of a miracle. I was getting the itch (it is a true addiction I swear) to buy more colorful diaper fluff to replace some of the more worn pockets and covers, and well, finances are as tight as ever (right??) so I was having a hard time deciding to buy more of the same or to try a more affordable option that I had been giving an interested side-eye at for some time. I loved my more expensive diapers (note: expensive does not always mean good! Be careful and do your research before buying), settling for the uber cheap knock-offs (think one-way ticket from China through Ebay) was not happening, so I put myself on the waiting list to be notified when the affordable but quality diapers would be back in stock. Thankfully I didn’t have to wait too long as a good friend was downsizing her fluff collection after having potty trained her youngest and her stash was chock full of the ones I’ve been wanting to try ~score!!

I bought a handful off of her and put them to the test immediately. Love. LOVE. They are Diaper Rite, the in-house brand for Diaper Junction. “Diaper Rite products, brought to you by Diaper Junction,are an inexpensive choice for parents who want best quality cloth diapers at a reasonable price. Diaper Rite brand products are a great way to add to or build up your cloth diaper stash!”  I couldn’t have said it better myself Diaper Junction! They are almost half the cost of other well known diapers and they ROCK. Word of advice, they sell out QUICK! Stash the cash, get on the waiting list if there is one, and be ready to pounce 🙂

PS… The true test? Micro’s bum is happy, therefore Micro is happy

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Frugal Friday Finds

I’m always on the look out for frugal finds that we can actually use. Here are some that I’ve found lately that I think you would like too! If you have a fabulous frugal find, please leave a link in the comments 🙂

The Honest Co.

The Honest Company offers free discovery kits of their diapers, wipes and home essentials for the cost of shipping ($5.95). Once your receive your pack(s) you have 7 days to cancel your membership or they will ship a monthly supply at regular cost. The Honest Company’s baby care and cleaning products are derived from natural and organic ingredients and their disposable diapers are absorbent, eco-friendly, and uber cute. We are cloth diaper people but I like keeping a few sposies on hand for some sicknesses and emergency backups.

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Nature Made VitaMelts

Target Sample Spot brings this fabulous little freebie. Nature Made’s VitaMelts are smooth melting and a tastier way to get your daily nutrients. Answer a short little questionnaire and your sample will be on it’s way to your door. On a side note, Target usually has great samples, you just have to watch for them and get them before they are gone!

All You Magazine

I love this magazine. I subscribe to this magazine (I am not some one who subscribes!). This magazine is so chock-full of high value coupons that you will wonder why you’ve never purchased it before. Now it is even better because you can get a $1.00 coupon for the Health & Wellness issue from coupons.com.

Scentsy Sale Month

This entire month is sale month for Scentsy! You can save on nearly everything in the catalog including any holiday items left (buy now for next Christmas!). AND they have a fabulous deal on solid perfumes (which I love – they last forever and are one of the few things that don’t irritate my skin).

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My Newest Obsession

We’ve cloth diapered from the minute our first little bean was big enough to fit them (she was preemie size and I couldn’t bring myself to buy teeny tiny cloth diapers for at most a month). I LOVE them. They ARE addictive. To date we have saved approximately $6000 by opting to use cloth (yes, that includes the cost of washing…). The only downside is that eventually they wear out. However, considering we’ve used some for almost 4 years, I’m ok with buying a few new.

The first thing that has worn out on us has been the micro terry inserts. Even after stripping them, there really is just so much they can handle before giving up the ghost. Since I prefer covers and inserts/prefolds to pockets, I’ve decided to replace them with these little gems:

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These are bamboo terry flats by Sustainablebabyish. These little wonders come in four sizes (we buy medium since it covers the range my kids stay in the longest) and have three fluffy glorious absorbent layers of bamboo terry. When I first tried one on my super pee-er 18 month old, I was absolutely shocked at how much it held and how dry his skin felt. LOVE AT FIRST PEE. We’re in the process of replacing our micro terry and bird’s eye with these (they are a bit pricey at $10 each) and I can’t wait until we can diaper solely with bamboo.

Give these gems a try, you WILL be impressed! I buy 99% of our cloth diapers and accessories from KellysCloset.com. I really can’t say enough good things about this store. Yes, this is an affliate link, use it or go straight to kellyscloset.com, I don’t care because you will fall in love with these at first pee too 🙂

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Need.Space.Can’t.Breathe…

We have been apartment dwellers our entire adult life, and while the itch to paint and remodel like our home-owning friends hits every now and then, it is honestly still the best option for us at this point in our lives. However, there is one little thing that is ruthlessly attacking me these days (I don’t think would be much different if these walls belonged to us) and forces me to creatively think of solutions. The walls have grown evil faces and gnashing teeth. That, or maybe they’re just seeming to close in on me.

My husband hates when I go through these phases (probably because during two of them I managed to talk him into actually moving) but I find renewed energy in them. This weekend I started preparing for one of my favorite upcoming decluttering events, Three Bags Full, and it has brought up some interesting questions. One, how much stuff do we actually need, and two, if I get rid of enough will there be space for a third munchkin without moving (my husband gets a little shaky whenever I start down that path…)? I guess I’ll stick to the first question for now. 

Turns out, we really don’t need that much, and we have wwwwaaaaaayyyyy too much right now (especially in the way of clothes). So while I go write an apology to our trash man with coupons for Tylenol and ice packs and go get the Goodwill tubs from the basement, here are links to some great posts I’ve been reading for inspiration in tackling this project. Who knows, maybe I’ll eek out enough space for that third crib… 🙂

http://notesfromthefrugaltrenches.com/2008/07/12/just-how-many-items-of-clothing-do-we-need/

http://www.livingonadime.com/how-many-clothes-do-i-need/

http://www.keeperofthehome.org/2011/08/an-experiment-just-how-many-clothes-do-kids-need-anyways.html

http://www.imperfecthomemaking.com/2011/09/announcing-31-days-to-organized-home.html

Superhero Snot Makers

My children should be renamed The Eternal Font of Everlasting Snot 1 & 2. Trying to clear their colds up and self-banishing us to the home front for one more day, I decided to tackle some spring cleaning (also everlasting, just sneakily renamed for the season, week, hour… in hopes of tricking us into thinking it will end at some point). Of course my beloved snot buckets wanted to help, so I handed out small age appropriate (in other words, things I don’t want to do) tasks and spent the morning alternating tissues and chores. When all was said and done (nap time), I went to clean them up and low and behold they have blue snot! This does not reflect on my daily dusting rituals (lack thereof) whatsoever. I apparently just have awesome blue dust making dust bunnies. And superhero snot makers.

Bread! Chocolate! Mommy Diva!

Oh, my poor husband. The diet is in full swing and I’m ALWAYS super moody mommy diva until my mind/body/wallet decide to get on track. Avoiding bread is like cutting off my right arm. Avoiding chocolate is like cutting off the rest of my body. Yet, here I am doing both. Every time I start a diet/eating plan/way of life/insert whatever you call your jaded belief of a weight loss program here/etc, I get excited, over share, and then fail. It isn’t about willpower, it is just about life getting in front of, around, and carried away with. So, I am simply taking it one day at a time and one day, one day I will post before and after pics. I’m already planning the outfit.

Matthew 4:4 “But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” 

See that? Biblical endorsement for chucking the bread once in a while.

Stay strong.

Pray for my hubster’s moody mommy diva spectrometer to not break.

 

Yes I will! I promise, really this time…

Yes I will! Yes I will! I will revive this blog 🙂 Mommyhood has caught up with me again and some major happenings have taken place in the last year (yes, year!!). For one, there was a new bouncing chubby baby boy added to the mix last April, we said goodbye to a beloved family pet we adopted several years ago, I’ve become fully addicted to Pinterest (who hasn’t???), embraced timeline, and had one minor surgery that may be turning into something major… I’ve embarked on a few business ventures here and there, and have created many wonderful projects that I hope to get photos posted and tutorials written VERY soon for you to see 🙂 It has been a crazy wonderful year and I can’t wait to start sharing!