Archives for August 2010

From Shabby to Naturally Chic

I have been wanting to redecorate the dining area of my kitchen for a while now. When we moved into this house 8 months ago, I was very pregnant with Little Man and we just moved our stuff in, hung a few pictures and that was that. Last Sunday, I really got bitten by the decorating bug and started searching Craigslist for a new table and chairs. My timing was perfect, because somebody had just listed this table and four chairs for FREE! I love the table and saw great potential for the … [Read more...]

Pears and Laundry

I have had a really busy week and haven't been able to blog much, so I thought I'd share some highlights of our week... Our pear tree is full of ripe pears ready to be picked and made into yummy preserves! Little Man had his first taste of food other than Mama's milk... Buddy had fun pretending to hang laundry like Mama. He's even wearing a little apron to hold his clothespins... The little cousins relaxed on the sun porch... We scored an amazing deal on this table and chairs (4 … [Read more...]

Cloth Diapering 101: Dirty Diaper Storage

Now that I have explained the different types of cloth diapering options that are available, I am going to talk about the everyday practical side of cloth diapering. If there is a "good, bad and the ugly" side of cloth diapering, this would probably be the ugly. But it's not that bad...I promise! Basically there are several options to choose from when storing your dirty diapers until wash day. I am going to tell you what I do, and then offer you some links to read up on methods other than … [Read more...]

The Value of Things

"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."    Matthew 6:19-21 I've been thinking a lot lately about consumerism and materialism, and how I do not want to live my life in constant want of things. My feelings on this subject are very … [Read more...]

A Greener Mailbox

One of the things on my "to do" list has been to find a way to unsubscribe to unwanted catalogs and junk mail. I found a great website that allows you to do just that. Check out Catalog Choice to set up your personal mailing preferences. Recycling is great, but reducing the amount of catalogs that are printed is even better. If you still like to look at catalogs and sales ads, most companies now offer online catalogs and ads that you can view on their websites. But just think, the less catalogs … [Read more...]

Mama Notes

When Buddy was a baby, I was really good at keeping a baby book and a little calendar of all of his important milestones. When he passed the age of one, the calendar was over and the baby book came to an end except for birthdays and first day of school. But Buddy was still doing so many cute things that I didn't want to forget. Then Little Man came along and as they say, you never do as much for your other children as you do for your first. And that has been so true with me. Not nearly as … [Read more...]

Goodbye Dishwasher!

There's a great blog called One Small Change that encourages people to make one environmentally friendly change per month. My change for August is to stop using my dishwasher. I'm one of those people that pretty much wash the dishes before putting them in the dishwasher anyway, so it's not that big of a deal. I actually enjoy washing dishes, I just hate having to dry them. So I am going to use my dishwasher as a huge hidden drying rack! To make washing dishes more fun, I knit up some fun cotton … [Read more...]

Cloth Diapering 101: Hybrids, Pockets, All-In-One’s

Hybrid Diapers are fairly new on the market. Basically, they consist of a waterproof (PUL) cover or shell, and an absorbent insert. Some have traditional reusable cloth inserts that you would wash, and some offer disposable inserts that are bio-degradable and can be flushed or composted. Some people also use a prefold that is folded into thirds to lay in the inside of the shell making this pretty much the same as using prefolds and PUL covers. The most popular brands of hybrids … [Read more...]

My Nursing Necessity

I was invited to a baby shower this past weekend and was so excited to make the mama-to-be a nursing cover. My nursing cover has absolutely contributed to my "success" in breastfeeding and I wanted to help this new mama in her breastfeeding journey. Breastfeeding is one of the BEST things you can do for your baby! To read about the many benefits of breastfeeding, click here. My nursing cover has helped me so much because it makes me feel comfortable to nurse in public, which makes … [Read more...]

A Sewing Basket for a Little One

Buddy has been invited to a birthday party for a little friend of his who is turning 2. Since I took the handmade pledge, I had to get creative in my planning for her gift. Inspired by this, I decided to make her a sewing basket. I had the kids paint up some cereal boxes, so I could make some more sewing cards. Buddy also loves to string beads, so I found her some great wooden beads at our local craft store and made a little pouch for her to keep them in. In addition to the sewing cards … [Read more...]