Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Revamping some old Cloth Diapers

A dear friend of mine had 20 Bamboo Baby cloth diapers she wanted to re-purpose. The diapers are clean and in great shape with the exception of the velcro closures. They are worn out completely. For her I "unstitched the tongues" ( basically took a seam ripper to the microfiber inserts). They came out cleanly to be used as doublers for other diapers. :) Since I'm in the market for some new diapers I thought I would try my hand at putting snaps on these diapers and using them with prefolds. With my friend's blessing of course! 
It took quite a while to get the velcro off, and the process took off the tags as well. Lots of little strings but the fabric still inact. Total of 5 pieces had to be removed from each diaper.
I used this blog allaboutclothdiapers.com as a tutorial. I made my own template on the inside of a cereal box.
Using a pencil I marked the spot for each snap and using an awl poked the holes from the inside of the diaper to the outside. I used the clamp tool and secured the snaps on the front of the diaper, and then on the tabs.
 ...And it works! Since my babies have to be asleep for me to work on this project, they are asleep now and cannot model for this blog entry. Maybe sometime later they'll be still long enough to snap some good shots.


Daily Chores


My husband got the bright idea that we need to schedule a room to clean each day to keep our house livable. It will never be spotless again. Not with two toddlers who throw sippy cups full of milk across the room where they roll under the couch, or at dinner when they're finished eating and just drop their plates from their highchairs onto the floor splashing food on all surfaces in range. Forget the splash sheet, our dogs can't even keep the kitchen floor clear of food! I agree, instead of cleaning every room every day, one room each day might actually get accomplished around here. After looking at several formats and reminders of what ought to be cleaned regularly I came up with a poster for my family. Notice there is nothing there about organizing anything. Yeah, as organized as my brain can be, I cannot keep my house that way. I blame it on the lack of cabinet space and closets. I mean, my sewing machine lives on a table next to my kitchen table with the projects in bags underneath or on top. I forgot to add "dust the sewing machine corner" to the list. Oh well, everything here is a work in progress! Here is my master design.
We're starting Friday since Thursday is technically a holiday and I need an excuse to postpone this!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

From one Mom to Another, More of My Favorites

I feel like Oprah! Here are a few websites to check out. I love sharing all the knowledge I've gained!

Babysteals.com twice a day they have a quick deal on nifty items from clothing to furniture. I've gotten quite a few and if you miss the goods one time, they tend to repeat a few weeks later. Some of it's frivolous but I've bought fedoras, travel high chair, baby legs, and innobaby food storage towers.

For nitty gritty, hands on, birthing education I totally recommend Best Birth. Sarah McMoyler is a veteran Labor & Delivery Registered Nurse out of California, who will educate you better than any birthing class you've ever imagined. Forget the hospital "classes", Sarah will teach you AND your partner what to expect and what to do at the right time. I invested in the DVD I got so much out of the webcast. I'm using it for baby #2 and any thereafter.

For gently used and handmade cloth diapers, there are several sites: www.Diaperswappers.com, www.diaperjunction.com, clothdiapertrader.com/ and many more.

Local (Jackson MS) Consignment Boutiques:
Bulldogs & Butterflies in Ridgeland
Carousel Kids in Ridgeland
Leap Frog in Madison
Traditions Children's Resale & Boutique in Brandon

Local Seasonal Sales:
All4Children 
Sassy Stitches
Kids Emporium

Monday, November 12, 2012

Pumpkin Cheesecake Dip

1 can (15 oz) Pumpkin
2 boxes cream cheese or similar
3 tsp. cinnamon (or more to taste)
3/4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 cup powdered sugar

 Combine all ingredients and mix very well (I use my stand mixer with whisk attachment). Chill for 1 hour. Serve as a dip with graham crackers, ginger snaps, or fresh fruit. Keeps refrigerated for 4-5 days.

adapted from the recipe found here: chocolatecoveredkatie.com