Saturday, February 28, 2009

Favorite Five Friday (Vol. 2)

Ok...so I am one day late : )!
1) I got to see some of my really close friends, Anne and Jason. It was great! I miss them so much.

2) I got a lot of one on one time with Kael this week since Bryce was gone. I realize even more how important it is for me to make sure I get one on one time with him. It is so hard to do with Bryce running around, but I am going to make sure it happens!

3) I finished recovering my chairs in the dining room. The fabric is beautiful and it is laminated for easy cleaning. Love it!!

4) Bryce spent this whole week with my sister. He had a blast! I was really worried that he wouldn't want to come back home. I met them to pick him up and he jumped out of their car and threw his arms around my neck. He was so happy to see me and it really made my heart feel good : ).

5) Bryce, my dad, and Chris raced little kid riding toys down the deck ramp at the farm. It was hilarious especially seeing my dad and Chris sitting on those little toys!

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Friday, February 20, 2009

Favorite Five Friday (Vol. 1)

So, I am not very good at this blogging thing. I attempted a " top ten thankful for" list on Sundays and didn't stick with it. So, I saw this on someone's blog and I am going to try it. It is a list of my favorite five things from the past week. Maybe since it is only five things, I will be able to keep up with it. So, here goes...

1) On Saturday (Valentine's Day), we took a trip to the grocery store to get dinner. We didn't go anywhere since we didn't have a sitter. We decided that going to the Duke/UNC game was our Valentine's celebration. I let Bryce pick out some Valentine's candy. Then, when we got to the check out he picked up another candy. I told him he had to pick just one piece of candy. He looked at me and plainly stated, "Take a chance, Mom. Take a chance." Chris and I almost fell in the floor laughing!!

2) My fabric to cover my dining room chair cushion came in the mail! It is a pretty green damask that is laminated for easy wiping. I can't wait to put it on them!

3) Ok, this one is about shopping too! I found some awesome pink metal containers at pottery barn that I am going to use to plant herbs in my kitchen.

4) My husband to an email from someone giving him a major compliment on his pathology work. I am so proud of him!!

5) I am in Greenville, SC this week with my family and seeing some old friends, Anne and Jason. I have been struggling a lot while living in Raleigh. We haven't joined a church and haven't met any friends to hang out with except for our neighbors (which are wonderful). It always lifts my spirits to come see family and friends. Thank you Lord for this opportunity!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

To cloth or not to cloth...

Hello all you moms! I am a mother of two boys...one is almost 3 (in may) and the other is 9 months. This is not a post to try to convince or say that everyone should use cloth diapers. I just want to share my reasons for loving them with you so you will know. Honestly, before using cloth myself, I thought everyone that used them must have a screw loose somewhere. Those of you that know me know that normally I am all about convenience. Then, my second baby boy came along and all of that changed. He deals with a lot of allergies - food, skin, and environmental. He also had a hemangioma that his diaper was rubbing on and causing it to break open. We were seeing a dermatologist for it because it was ulcerating and causing him a lot of pain. After much thought, getting steroid ointments from the dermatologist, spending a TON of money on different lotions (of which I am IN LOVE with CeraVe...thanks Carlyn) and talking to my friend Angela, I decided to give cloth a try. I will never used disposables again!! Within 3 days of using cloth, his hemangioma was cleared up and his skin started to improve. I was so glad that I decided to make the change. Now, I am completely addicted and really have to watch what I buy so it won't eventually cost me more than disposables...hehe : ). Cloth has improved so much that really the only difference in cloth and disposables that most people are afraid of is the laundry. I thought that doing the extra laundry would be so annoying but now it is just part of the routine. I HONESTLY don't mind it at all!! Now, I don't have to spend any money on diapers since my oldest has been using the potty since October. We are saving a ton of money!!!! I made the switch to cloth wipes as well. It is a lot easier than having to handle the dirty disposable wipes. Now, I just wrap everything up together and throw them in the wash. For my wipes solution I use water, olive oil, and Dr. Bronner's.

My diapers of choice:
1) Growing Greens which I ordered off of ebay. They are seconds but completely usable and a lot cheaper.
2) Bumgenius 3.0
3) I have a few prefolds that I use with a snappi. I actually like them. I thought they would be a pain but they aren't and they were only $2!
4) Bummis Super Whisper Wraps
5) Mother Ease Rikki Wrap
6) Babyology wool longies and covers
7) Prowraps I have found that these leak sometimes. However, for the price you can't beat them. I usually just use these at home. A lot of people love them so it is probably just my baby's build.
8) Wet Happened wet bags which I found at our Target here in Raleigh. I love these!!

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