Why Cloth Diapers & A Giveaway


storkWhen I was a baby back in the late 1960’s, I wore cloth diapers.  My mother used a diaper service which would periodically drop off a bundle of clean diapers and pick up the soiled ones.  If you live in an apartment with shared laundry facilities, it’s not that neighborly to be putting used diapers into the machines, so a service is a good option to have available.

And since I wanted to use cloth diapers for my twins back in 2007, I had to hunt around for a diaper service, much like my mother used, since we were apartment dwellers at the time.  After calling around and trying to find a service that didn’t use toxic detergents to clean the diapers, we found Brian the diaper service guy and his wife who used to run their service in Florida before they moved to another state.  Really nice folks, chock full of new baby advice.

Hyland's Calenula Cream - our fave diaper rash / skin rash creamHyland’s Calendula Cream – my fave diaper/skin rash cream

And we used that service for about a year until the twins were entirely too squirmy and the multitude of steps required to cover a baby butt with an older-style, fussy pre-folded cloth diaper (that the babies LOVED to disarrange) was a bit too much for me so we switched to 7th Generation disposables. (Sometimes you have to pick your battles… 😀  If I were having an individual baby today, where we live now with our own private washing machine, I would go back to cloth diapers and not bother with a service.)

That was 8 years ago, when the options for cloth diapers and covers were pretty…bland.  Nowadays though, cloth diapers are awesome! So many colors to choose from! And they have different configurations, inserts, etc.  Instead of hundreds or thousands of disposables, you just need approx. 30 diapers or so to get your child to potty training age!

That’s a lot less landfill than disposables!

Here’s some more input on the ‘Disposables vs. Cloth Diapers’ debate:

diaperOmg – does this one come with a matching mini-cape?

If you’ve been looking for a chance to either try cloth diapers out for the first time, or to add to your diaper stash, how does winning a $50 gift certificate** sound? Just comment below with any interesting or funny diapering stories, or what you think of cloth diapering vs. disposables ! (and don’t forget to add your email so I can contact you if you win) 😀

I’ll get the ball rolling:  When my mother-in-law came to visit our newborn twins, she was nice enough to pitch in with diaper changing duty. On one memorable occasion, we heard her give a startled shout from the babies’ room during diaper time and she called us over.  Apparently, baby H had gotten a…nugget…stuck, and had given a stronger ‘push’ to it and it had come shooting out of her little butt at ballistic speed until it hit the wall – NINE FEET AWAY! Since then, we were certain that baby H was destined for something interesting! 😀

**RULES:  Just one entry per person, and a winner will be chosen randomly from all who comment.  Entry period ends 10/21/16 at 11:59pm and a winner will be chosen on 10/22/16. Winner will be contacted by email and will have 48 hrs to respond before a backup winner will be chosen. This giveaway is a partnership with Nakturnal, with a prize of a $50 gift certificate.  Open to US residents, age 18+.

All The Home’s A Stage…(sorry Shakespeare, couldn’t resist! :D )

Let’s talk about home staging!  Home staging is something you might already be familiar with if you’ve ever gone house hunting or looked for a new apartment.  You can really tell the difference if the seller or rental agent has invested any time and effort in making your prospective new home feel like such from the very moment you pull up at the curb outside.

Whether it was a few simple things such as making sure the landscaping was clean and tidy, to actually setting up a lovely display of furniture, or even seemingly small details such as a small basket of new molded soaps in the bathroom, from the first time you laid eyes (and nose!) on the place, you were already dreaming of your happy new life there and visualizing where your belongings will be placed.

With a great many folks looking to move states for a great many reasons, or even looking to move abroad depending upon which way the political winds blow this November 😀 , a lot of homes will be going on the market, with their owners hoping to get them sold and done with in record time.  Home staging will be an important part of that process.

But home staging is useful for more than just selling a property, many of the tips in the infographic below** can also be applied to your rented home if you’re looking for someone to sub-let so you can get out of a lease early, if you’re planning to host your boss or that influential neighbor for dinner, or even if it’s your turn to host the fundraising committee for the PTA and you’d rather not have them come away with the impression that you’re maybe only a degree or two above actual slovenliness.  Occasionally in-laws might pay a visit and it’d be nice to get through the experience without them making snide remarks about your home resembling a Comic-Con refugee camp.

If the latter description resembles you in any way, believe me I sympathize! (Star Trek rules!) Getting your home muggle-ready may seem a gargantuan task when your idea of decorating is a ton of bookcases and your favorite fandom posters, with your well-loved sci-fi tchotchkes hodge-podge all over the place collecting dust.  However, going step-by-step through the infographic below can cut down on the overwhelming and before you know it, your home will look like one of those well-put-together spreads you’ve secretly admired from real estate open houses and home & garden magazines.

An additional tip: a couple hours before company comes over, pop an apple pie or two in the oven (even a frozen one, if you’re short on baking skills).  The smell of fresh apple pie can put someone at ease and make them feel welcome! (Unless they’re allergic to apples, in which case you might want to swap for an alternate baked goodie.)

The occasions when I’ve done some home staging (to impress my kids’ well-off playdates’ moms) were immensely gratifying when my husband would walk through the door after work and do an actual double-take in amazement at how nice everything looked! 😀


**Infographic supplied by Moms With Voices Media. This was a sponsored post.  The opinions expressed herein were entirely my own and were not influenced in any way by the sponsor or the small fee I received in compensation for writing it.

Lavender Wow! Review of New York Biology 100% Pure & Natural Lavender Essential Oil

I love lavender. I love the smell, I love the taste!

I also love the wonderful and beautiful lavender-scented and flavored gifts I see for sale at practically any worthwhile boutique.  The price of those wonderful gifts (I would love to spoil myself with) is not as lovely, however. 😀

Then it occurred to me…maybe I could make some of those pretty things myself! (for myself…and, uh…gifts for others, I suppose ) 😀

So a little bit of Google-fu later and I’ve got a trove of free recipes to try out!

(Note: although some recipes add Baking Soda or Baking Powder, some folks have reported that unless the mixture is COMPLETELY dry, it will tend to explode, glass jar and all. So I didn’t add any of that to my recipe.)

Who doesn’t love a good soak in the tub (minus the shrieks of children) with a lovely dash of Lavender Bath Salts?

Thanks to the kind sponsorship of Tomoson and New York Biology, I was offered a sample of Lavender Essential Oil that I used for this review*.0I just needed epsom salts, sea salt, food coloring and a small decorative jar (you can buy the kind of jar I used at a good craft store), and of course, the Lavender Essential Oil, which you can buy HERE for a very affordable price.

It was so easy to make, and within mere moments of opening the bottle and adding just a few small drops of the lavender oil, my kitchen smelled like a lovely lavender sachet!  I can’t wait to try out my new pretty bottle of lavender bath salts!

I used 1/8 cup Epsom Salt and 1/16 cup Sea Salt, 3 drops Lavender Essential Oil, Several drops of red and blue food coloring, and mixed it well. Then I spooned it into the jar and applied a cute little label with a gluestick! That’s all there is to it!

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It smelled so good!  I’m thinking about also mixing this with some coconut oil (as a carrier oil, because you should never use essential oils undiluted on your skin!) as a lovely lotion for the inevitable winter-roughened skin every winter!

Unlike some other Lavender Essential Oil brands I’ve used in the past, New York Biology’s Lavender Essential Oil’s scent lingered for quite awhile, which I was very pleased about. Other oils I’ve tried in the past dissipated too soon, but this was not the case with this oil. 😀
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*I was offered a sample of the product for the purpose of my honest review by Tomoson and New York Biology. No other compensation was received.  My review was my own honest experience and opinion of the product and was not influenced in any way by the sponsors.


Caution: Holiday Travel Ahead!

“Don’t drive after dark on a holiday, in fact – best not to drive at all on a holiday!”               – My Mom

Normally, we think that holidays and family road trips go together like cookies ‘n cream, like that song from Grease with the weird lyrics, and like chocolate with practically anything. That’s what I used to think, and felt my mother was being a tad over-reactive and worrying over nothing.

Until I experienced driving at dusk, on a holiday, down a one-way street – with a clearly inebriated guy in the other car that was barreling towards me from the wrong direction! And I had my kids in the car with me.  Luckily the other guy responded to my flashing my high-beams and realized he’d done an oopsie and pulled into a side-street before driving away.  And this wouldn’t be the only time I’d witness something similar.

At least two other times, I witnessed some bereft-of-brains, who-knows-how-many-brewskis-drunk driver going the wrong way down a one-way highway lane. One of those I called in to the highway police, while my husband drove us even more carefully than he was already doing. “Sure, we know about it,” the police stated. “We’ve gotten quite a few calls about that one and officers are on the way.”

A bit older and wiser, with experience under my belt, I’m less inclined to brush off my mother’s wisdom.  Now we make sure that if we need to travel on a holiday, we get it done before darkness falls if at all possible, and we keep a careful eye out for drivers who may have had a little too much liquid fun (among other kinds) at their own holiday celebration.

According to the National Safety Council’s data – about 405 traffic fatalities are expected for Labor Day Weekend, and about 30 million people will be driving to and from their Labor Day destinations, compared to the 2.5 million who’ll choose flying instead. Wow – 405 fatalities – and that’s not even counting other folks who may also be severely injured in those accidents!

Sure we want an awesome big blow-out Labor Day Weekend bash to close out the summer with (and to celebrate the kiddos going back to school – YAY!!!), we want to relax and take it easy, de-stress, unwind and let the good times roll – but as the infographic* below shows, those who party hearty don’t always make an effort to avoid intoxicated driving altogether by designating a sober driver or taking a taxi.

(We’ve also got Halloween coming up soon: October is the second-most deadly month in terms of car accidents! 70% of those happen at crosswalks or intersections, and 70% of the deaths and injuries to children ages 5-9 were from the littles running into the road. Keep a firm grip on your littles on Halloween, please!)

Please be safety-conscious while you’re out there this weekend and all holidays. Your holiday memories should be happy ones.


*Infographic supplied by Moms With Voices Media and http://www.dallasdwilawyer.org/dallas-dwi-information/hazardous-holidays-happenings/

This is a sponsored post that I received compensation for from Moms With Voices Media.  All opinions expressed in the written text are my own and were not influenced by Moms With Voices Media or dallasdwilawyer.org.

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