Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
I'd love to share some of my experiences with you (the handful of friends who happen to read my ramblings). Maybe it can help someone out there to avoid being completely overwhelmed by the the very W-I-D-E world of cloth diapers, as I was.
But for today, I'm just going to start simple. One diaper at a time, as it were. Today's installment of "Works for Me Wednesday" is all about gDiapers. (Remember THIS picture (on #24)??)
Those of you who know of what I speak can begin ignoring me....right...now.
But for those of you still hangin' with me...
gDiapers are, in essence, flushable cloth diapers. They have cotton outer pants that go on like a regular diaper, only the Velcro straps fasten in BACK rather than in front, which helps to prevent diaper removal by the baby. Attached to the cloth pant (by cute, little orange snaps) are water-resistant liners. The liners are machine washable but need to be hung to dry. This is no big deal because they dry in like ten minutes. Inside the liner, you place a flushable insert. This is the actual "diaper." It does all the absorbing and catching, etc. These inserts can either be placed in the trash or flushed down the toilet after each use. Ingenious.
1) Something about flushing it ALL down the toilet makes me happy. Somehow it sort of erases the memory of the yuckiness (unless, of course, the liner needs to be washed).
2) The pants are soft and come in cute colors.
3) Customer service is AWESOME! (I have even been personally contacted several times.)
4) Shipping may be a tad pricey, but it is always CRAZY fast!
5) They're easy to use. Even daddies (love you, Babe) can pop an insert in the liner...once daddies learn to get the diaper up good and tight, that is. (Rise is everything.) I've heard that many daycare centers even accept them over traditional cloth diapers.
6) gDiapers are healthy for babies, as they contain no chlorine, latex, perfumes, dyes, plastics, or other chemicals.
7) They are better for the environment, because even IF you don't flush them, they will biodegrade in about 50-150 days.
1) The swish stick (used for breaking up the flushable insert just before flushing) sort of grosses me out sometimes. Mostly when I catch my toddler with it in his hand after being far too quiet in the bathroom. (Ugh!!! What was he up to??!?)
2) gDiapers are really not great for exclusively-breastfed babies, at least not in the very beginning. Poops are just FARRRRR too runny and a consistency that is not as easily absorbed (quickly) by the flushable insert. To be fair, though, the liner still does a good job of catching runny poops before they get out and actually LEAK. BUT you'll have liners to wash at every diaper change, and those liners stain immediately. (Hate stains.)
3) They're not that great for using at night, in my opinion. Certainly ONE insert is not enough!! gDiapers suggests you place one insert in as usual, and then roll a second insert and place up front for boys and in the middle for girls. The downside of this is pretty obvious: You use up TWO inserts and, therefore, will need to buy refills sooner than you normally would. That said, I have used gDiapers at night many times (in a pinch), and this method really does work just fine.
5) You have to BUY the refills, so they're not nearly as economical as ACTUAL cloth diapers.
You might wonder, at this point, if you're going to be purchasing refills (for roughly the same price as disposables--if not more!), then why not just use disposables?? Well, for me it goes well beyond the environmental concerns, like this for instance: Dioxin, which is a by-product of paper bleaching, is a harmful carcinogen. (That's why when I DO buy disposables, I buy chlorine-free.)
I have enjoyed gDiapers for several reasons. They have saved me on more than one occasion when I have not done the LAUNDRY and therefore have nothing with which to clothe the baby bums. I've found they're great for going places when I don't want to deal with coming home with stinky laundry. They NOW have actual CLOTH inserts available, which I only just got, so I'll have to let you know how they do. (But I'm excited about not HAVING to go buy refills.) I also just really LIKE this company. They are clever and creative and cool. One thing I really like is how they put a "g" in front of everything. Each pair of "Little g's" has a "g" color name, like "grasshopper green," "glam black," "goo goo blue" or "ga ga pink" and some of the pants have a printed fabric with every "g" word they could think of (groovy, giggle, genius, gorgeous, grow, green, etc.). They even have a buyer's incentive program called "gThanks" (cute) in which you get a free gift after buying ten gDiaper products.
If you think you might like to try these out, your best value is to buy the starter kit available on the gDiapers website or at Whole Foods Market. You'll get two pairs of "Little g's" pants, three liners, ten flushable refills, and a swish stick all for $27. Normally, a pair of "Little g's" costs $17-18 and comes with ONE liner. So, already you SAVE MONEY by buying the starter kit. The bonus is the swish stick (valued at $2.50) AND ten refills (refills run $14.50-16 for a package of 32). Catch the starter kits on sale (by chance) or pick up a coupon (sometimes they have them ON the rack at Whole Foods) and you have really done well.
I actually just got an email from them: Right now (through the 24th) you can get 4 "Little g's" (in specific fall colors) for $49. Unfortunately, I'm not getting paid to tell you that. (Gee!)
Monday, October 19, 2009
If you're one of my three blog followers (okay...19, but who's counting?), then you know I do NOT keep you waiting for weeks at a time (and certainly not months) to finally post something. I mean, I have such a dull, uneventful life that I most assuredly have nothing better to do than sit at the computer all day every day and churn out some of the best, most creative, photo-filled blog posts ever to grace the internets. Right??!!
Besides, I would have died first before I neglected to tell you about the time that my sweet, innocent daughter (back when she was just over 3 years old) did NOT stuff a toilet chock-full of toilet paper, flush, and then leave it to overflow for two hours, while the bathroom, three bedrooms, and a hallway became literally flooded (and her parents slept soundly). A professional emergency clean-up crew was NOT called in (on a Saturday morning) to rip out ALL the carpeting, some insulation under the house, and the baseboards in the bathroom and set out huge fans to air it all out. We did NOT then endure an entire month (or was it two??) to get the insurance assessor over here, get the insurance money, shop for new carpet (ugh...how I detest the stuff), paint the bedrooms (might as well do it while the floors are bare), and then get the carpet laid.
And then...oh, my...THEN...my 7-year old son would NEVER have dropped a tiny plastic bathroom cup in the VERY SAME TOILET about a month ago RIGHT at the very moment he was flushing. Because that would just be CRAZY!!!! And the cup would NEVER have become 100% lodged inside said toilet so that NOTHING could get past it. (Oh. My unhandy husband just may become handy after all.)
This pic is NOT proof.
I also NEVER take random videos of my baby, while letting the rest of the children run around like wild (hoopin' and hollerin') animals. For REAL. My home is the calmest, most peaceful house on the block! You KNOW it's true.
Oh!!!! We ALSO have NOT had a single moment's trouble with our family car. It has run perfectly, in case you were wondering. I mean, we would NEVER have driven and driven it with a very old, very bad battery. Our battery may as well have been brand spankin' new, 'cause our kids NEVER leave the lights on all night long and we have NOT had to (quite regularly) get out the jumper cables. Anyway, our engine was NOT shutting down for no apparent reason at stoplights during heavy traffic. And I was NOT freaking out! I am all manner of calm and collected when my vehicle is threatening to break down with me and my four little ones aboard. So...it was definitely NOT me. In case you thought it was. And it didn't cost us over a hundred smackeroos to determine that our car runs just fine...so long as it has a decent battery inside. And while we're on the topic of our PERFECT car, we are NOT currently driving it while the hatch, which broke this winter (and was replaced), is being held together with good ol' duct tape. That's WAY too redneck for us. We Davidsons always have things promptly repaired by professionals IF (and that's a big IF, mind you) they break.
I was also NOT speaking to a friend recently about first (baby) haircuts when I realized that my poor firstborn is STILL bearing (wearing?!?) the brunt of my seemingly unhealthy emotional attachment to his hair. That did NOT happen, because it is NOT true. Certainly, I would NEVER have let my long-awaited, much-anticipated first baby boy grow hair THIS long.
And I would NEVER have allowed it to get THIS scraggly.
Or........five and a half years later.......THIS scraggly.
But with or without haircuts, my family did NOT recently stay in this one-room cabin for three consecutive nights and love it. (Well, most of it.)
And because we did NOT have a bit of fun playing "Little House," I am NOT ready to sell our large home and try something more one-roomish, preferably with one toy per child and about 30 acres of land to roam! I am NOT desperate enough to consider homes like THIS...
just to find some sanity.
And while I've been telling you about all the things I have NOT done, I have NOT been munching on cereal straight from the box and dreaming of all the things I love with peanut butter. That might mean I have a problem with food or something, and that just can NOT be true! My feelings about food are totally under control, just like everything else in my life!
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
I've got a very dirty house, many errands to run (and a broken Expedition...so I'll not be going anywhere anytime soon), and lots of food to cook. I truly don't know how it's all going to come together...
Anyway, I thought I'd quickly share the invitations I made. And hopefully one day I'll get around to sharing the party details. (But don't hold me to it.)
Saylor is having a tea party. (Did ya figure that one out?) Her ACTUAL birthday was yesterday, but we're doing the party this weekend out of necessity. She's invited just a small handful of little girls (and we're hoping her best boy friend will come help "serve" the little "ladies"). I'm hoping to serve two different types of tea, homemade scones, tiny sandwiches, and cake.
The invite is simply blue card stock I cut out in the shape of a teapot. (There I go again--stating the obvious.) After writing the party details on it, I embossed flowers all over and then rubbed a pink crayon over the raised flowers. Added some ribbon and fancy multi-color eyelash yarn and there you have it. Simple, albeit somewhat time consuming.
And then there's Atticus. This is the BIG, most important FIRST birthday party!! I've scanned two different invites because. well. there WERE two different invites. 1) I couldn't decide between the two photos of him reading the book, and 2) I only ordered four of each from Walgreen's and didn't feel like going back for more. (Isn't that disgusting?) Anyway, I tried to send THIS one to people who MIGHT not get the whole "Goodnight Atticus" thing, since the title of the book (in the picture) is somewhat visible. (I was disappointed in this photo, because it was slightly out of focus, but it was really the best "shot" for this particular invitation, wouldn't you say?)
And then THIS pic was just so stinkin' cute, I just had to use it, too.
Atticus's Goodnight Moon theme birthday party will be at dinner time this Friday night. I will serve bowls of "mush" (soup) and bread and, of course, cake. It's going to be a cozy pajama party.
This invite is green card stock to which I added a hand-drawn telephone, balloon, and picture frame to mimic the objects in the story. The yellow lettering at the top was done with a yellow Galaxy marker (love those). Yeah, also quite time consuming. Next time...I'm making ONE and taking it to Kinko's (or FedEx...whatever) for color copies. I'm not sure why I feel the need to go through all this to invite FAMILY over. I just do. (Okay. I'll admit it. It's fun.)