10/14/2014

We Cloth Diaper

Confession: I love cloth diapers!  I never thought I'd say that, but it's true!  If you follow me on Instagram, you've probably seen me sharing pictures of some of our diapers.

I did a ton of research while pregnant on cloth diapers.  Honestly, it's more than a little overwhelming.  All the information out there is great, but it's hard to figure out what you're really looking for because there's just so much!

Plus, there's so many different options available to the modern mom who wants to cloth diaper that it's easy to get intimidated.  So, that's exactly what happened to me and my daughter went straight into disposables (often referred to as sposies in the cloth diapering community), just as my two boys had been.

However, almost a month ago I got turned back on to cloth diapers and finally decided to take the dive after, once again, overwhelming myself with information.

The best advice I can give is to find a support group to help to you through making your decision and to help to find the essential information.  There are plenty on facebook, such as Everyday Cloth Diapering and Fluff Love & CD Science.  In groups you can ask specific questions you might have and have conversations with people to help guide you in your decisions!  It's so much better than giving it a go alone.

Anyway, we have really had a fantastic experience cloth diapering so far.  My husband has embraced the decision, and we love all the cuteness!  So bye-bye $50-$60 a month on disposables.  I now have a nice and adorable stash of cloth diapers, which I can even resell when I'm done with them.

Oh and it's definitely not hard or gross, like many people assume.
Have you ever thought about trying cloth diapering?
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10/08/2014

Overcoming Breastfeeding Shaming

In early September, I shared a post on A Fulfilled Mommy about dealing with judgement, negativity, etc. as a breastfeeding mom.  It's unfortunate but true that this is an actual issue.  I, myself, have experienced it firsthand.

Unfortunately, when I first returned to breastfeeding my daughter (rather than exclusively pumping), I had some negative reactions after I posted breastfeeding and proud photos on my social media.  What was even more shocking was that these came from family!

I just couldn't believe it.  These are the people that we expect to support us the most.  Well, this made me even more determined because I was doing something I felt strongly about.  I had my own realizations about why I'd stopped breastfeeding with my son and, for several months, with my daughter shortly before this happened.  I wasn't going to be shamed or bullied into hiding in a corner (or a nasty bathroom) somewhere.

I still post breastfeeding photos, and I think it's important for other moms to know that you are not alone.  Feel free to read my entire post at A Fulfilled Mommy, where I talk more in depth on the topic.

Have you ever had negative reactions or feedback to your breastfeeding or know someone who has?
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10/04/2014

Transitioning from 2 to 3 Kids & More Changes


Sour candy face.
My daughter is 5 months old! Time has flown by and, as this has been happening, I've managed to lose my control of my time. I've managed to let life take a hold of me and drag me along, rather than me taking life by the reins and being in charge of my own time.

Auntie babysits while
mom is in class.
I'm definitely standing by the fact that transitioning from 2 to 3 kids has been harder than the transition from 1 to 2.  However, I think a big part of that might be due to our more hectic lifestyle now.

I work more.  My husband works more.  And we have obligations for the two boys on top of stuff for the baby.

It's so easy to be overwhelmed, and I have to admit that I've been drowning in my own chaotic mess and obligations.  I'm not good at asking for help and I've loss all sense of organization and management of my time.  I feel like I'm constantly forgetting things, missing appointments, cramming for schoolwork or other stuff, and so on.

I've lost the balance.

Poof.  Gone.

I'm ready to get back on track with my life, my goals, my health, my family (as I sit here drinking a Mt Dew...oops).

Life really is about what you make it, and I've been letting it be in charge of me.  I need to own my life and shape it into what I want it to be, and I'm ready to do just that.  I'm tired of being tired.  I'm sick of not accomplishing the things I want to.  I'm ready to pursue my dreams and reach my goals.

I'm starting now.  Today is the day I get it all together and start to feel a little less overwhelmed.  I can do this.

What tactics do you use to keep your crazy life balanced?
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10/02/2014

Slow Cooker Pork Loin

I just had this absolutely ah-mazing Slow Cooker Pork Loin the other day, and I'm still in awe of the fact that pork loin was not a part of my life for 22+ years!  I was seriously missing out!

I recently shared my Slow Cooker Pork Loin recipe over a Plucky's Second Thought, so go ahead and go take a look.  Whether you're a pork loin newb like me or you already know how awesome pork loin is, go ahead and give this simple, delicious recipe a try!

9/09/2014

Homemade Flea Repellent Shampoo & Spray for Dogs & Cats

In our household, my husband can't say no to cute, furry critters.  Although he frequently tries to pin that on me, he truly is the culprit for bringing home and/or begging for all the animals we have.  We currently have four fur babes: two cats and two dogs.


Our black cat, Elle, is very sensitive to fleas.  One or two and she starts losing hair, digging herself raw, etc.  Both cats are indoors, except once or twice when my mischievous male went out and got himself stuck in a tree.  However, she seems to get them once a year, probably from the dogs trekking in and out.

Anyway, I really hate how ridiculously expensive flea treatments and even shampoos and sprays are.  So, today I decided to turn to the internet to find how I can treat my animals without emptying my wallet.  Plus, my dogs were getting a little stinky and needed a bath anyway.

Flea Repellent Shampoo for Dogs & Cats

You will need:

  • Pet friendly/safe dish soap or shampoo
  • Distilled white vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • Water
  • Lemon juice (optional, but not recommended for cats)

Mix equal parts dish soap, vinegar (or apple cider vinegar), and water.  You may add 1/2 cup of lemon juice, as well, as it contains a chemical that kills/repels fleas but it harmless to your dog.

Flea Repellent Spray for Dogs & Cats

You will need:

  • Water
  • Distilled white vinegar and/or apple cider vinegar
  • Essentials oils (optional for use with dogs only)
Mix 1 cup vinegar to 1 quart water.

Skip the nasty chemicals.  Save money.  And make an effective, natural shampoo and spray for your pets.  It's really a win-win!

How do you deal with fleas?  What kind of pets do you have in your household?

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