Friday, August 30, 2013

Free Chik-fil-A

Thought I would share this deal with my readers. Free Chik-fil-a with a reservation September 9-14.

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

We Got Our Citrus Lane!

So after seeing it advertised over and over, plus all the adorable items I kept seeing didn't help, I decided to sign Ava up for a subscription to Citrus Lane. Since they don't ship new orders out until the 15th of each month we had a small wait however it was worth it!

I stalked the mailbox for 5 days waiting on our package to arrive. Well it is here and we couldn't be more impressed with it! This month was "Back to School" themed so all the smaller kids got educational toys to make them think!

We paid $15 for this months box thanks to me signing up under a fellow friend. They have a referral rewards program that saves the person who signs up under you $10 as well as credits you $10. Here is the breakdown of the items we received.

Rich Frog Little Stacker - Bunny $12.95

Ah Goo Baby Bottle Strap - $10.49

Cleo's Color Book - $6.29

Clean Well Wipes - 4.99 Coupon - $39.95 (downfall Ava does not fit in 2T+ clothing yet at 7.5 months old lol)

3 Samples of Weleda Baby - $?

For $15 or even if we would have paid the $25 regular monthly fee I would have to say I'm very impressed with Citrus Lane and we will be ordering another box for next month! Ava had a blast opening the box up and pulling everything out. And of course sticking it all in her mouth!!

If you want to try it out and get $10 off your first month and of course it gives me a $10 credit Click Here and sign up!

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Oh Yeast Rash, How I Hate You!

Ugh. We have been battling yeast rash now for over a week now. It originally was a very mild case so we used liners on her diapers and started our usually diaper rash treatment prescribed by her doctor. After getting better and now horribly worse I finally broke down and decided it was time to give the diapers a good old fashioned tea tree oil treatment.

It is a fairly simple process and takes no time to do. Here is my routine.

Wash Diapers Per Usual.

1. Cold Rinse with 2 tablespoons of vinegar

2. Hot/Cold Wash with my detergent (2 cups washing soda, 2 cups baking soda, 2 cups oxiclean)

3. Extra Cold Rinse

Once Finished I do yet another rinse and depending on the load size add 10-20 drops of Tea Tree Oil. Followed by yet another rinse. Process complete. I then sun my diapers outside and dry my inserts on high. (I'm using pocket diapers)

It is a fairly simple process and now all her diapers smell of yummy tea tree oil. I also have made a tea tree/coconut oil diaper rash rub consisting of 1/2 tsp of tea tree and 6 tablespoons of coconut oil. I melted the coconut oil and added the tea tree. Blended well and then put it the the fridge to harden up quickly. (Note if your baby's booty has any open sores this will HURT so do not use!)

Benefits of Tea Tree Oil Tea Tree is a natural anti fungal and antiseptic. It also naturally helps get the stink out of your diapers. It is a natural way of killing yeast as well as has many other benefits around the home.

We actually mix 1/2 tsp of tea tree oil with 1 cup water and use it as a pee pee cleaner for our horrible chihuahua (We love her she is old).

As mentioned above you can mix tea tree oil with another oil such as coconut or olive oil and use it as a diaper rash treatment. Do not use though if there are open sores in the rash. You will not be happy with the reaction your child gives.

I am now adding 4 drops of tea tree oil at the beginning of my wash cycle in hopes of yeast never returning. If you make your own wipe solution try adding a couple drops to it as well. It will help kill any fungal growth on your baby's bottom as well as give them a lovely smell.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Watch Your Diaper Rash Cream!

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Many people new to cloth diapering don't realize that many diaper creams available are not cloth diaper safe. Zinc oxide can cause major wicking on your diapers as well as it is nearly impossible to wash out. You also want to watch for creams that have cod oil in them. Many diaper companies will have their recommendations on what creams to use with their diapers and some may recommend not using any creams at all so always be aware of the care instructions that come with your diapers.

Here are a list of common diaper rash creams that are safe for cloth diapers:

Angel Baby Bottom

Baby Bottom Better


California Baby (I do not recommend the Calming. It made Ava scream bloody murder and we have not used it since.)

Coconut Oil

I'm a big fan of coconut oil. I use it as Ava's daily moisturizer as well as her diaper rash cream. She is a rather yummy smelling baby. Coconut oil is all natural and completely chemical free. The only time it has not worked for us is when we had a nasty yeast rash a few weeks ago and our pediatrician had to prescribe a compound cream to get rid of the rash (she got it thanks to a food allergy and having very acidic bowel movements from it - no more yogurt). If for some reason you have to use a non-cloth diaper friendly cream I recommend purchasing the flushable liners and lining your diaper with them each change. We get our liners from Amazon. They are $6.00 a pack and got the job done of protecting the diaper from the cream.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Charcoal Bamboo 5-Layer Inserts

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I purchased some Babyland 5-layer charcoal bamboo inserts (CBI for short) from one of my regular co-oping groups. After having a few leaking issues with just microfiber inserts I figured it was time to change things up. I've tried the blended inserts from Sunbaby however I just wasn't that impressed by them. They didn't seem to hold much for the cost and description that came with them.

I'm on day 5 of my CBI inserts and I LOVE them!! I double them at night and always get 12+ ours of sleep from them and during the day Ava gets probably 5 hours with just one insert at 6 months old. I usually change her sooner than 5 hours but it is helpful if we are out shopping or socializing not to have to stop every 3 hours and change a diaper due to having a heavy wetter. They also fit wonderfully in all my diaper brands (i.e. Sunbaby, Charlie Banana, Happy Flute, Flip, Weegro)

So here are the perks to using CBI inserts:

* They don't stain as much as the white microfiber inserts do

* You can put them directly on skin so you can use them in covers as well.

* The insert is 2 layers of 100% bamboo charcoal and 3 layers of 100% microfiber inside which is suppose to make them 5 times more absorbent.

* Charcoal bamboo is naturally antibacterial.

The other plus is that they are easy to prep but you will realize how much liquid they absorb while prepping. I prepped mine the following way:

1. Bring large pot of water to a boil

2. After water is at a boil place as many inserts that you can into the pot (Be careful cause it will bubble and boil over if you put to many)

3. Boil for 20 minutes and then careful remove the inserts and let them cool down (They retain heat for a good 20 minutes)

4. Wash inserts like you usually would with detergent on hot/cold

5. Rinse inserts and extra 4 times on a cold rinse

6. Dry inserts either by line drying or in dryer (I am a fan of line drying however these take FOREVER to dry due to being so absorbent)

7. Stuff your fluff! You are good to go!

I always do an extra rinse before washing soiled inserts and diapers after using them. And on a super exciting note I should be getting some new fluff this week to try out and review! I'm stalking the mail lady!

Friday, June 28, 2013

Off Topic: Baby Teething Biscuits

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So I decided with Ava teething I would try to make my own teething biscuits. This is the recipe I came up with after a few failed attempts.

Ava's Teething Biscuits

Preheat oven to 350

1 cup baby oatmeal

1/2 cup flavored baby rice cereal (I did banana apple)

1/2 cup plain rice cereal

4 tablespoons coconut oil

2 tablespoons gluten free flour (Our family is known for wheat allergies)

Ice cold water

Mix dry ingredients then add coconut oil. Slowly add in ice water until you get a dough consistency. After that roll out dough to cracker thickness and cut into squares.

Grease pan (I used coconut oil) Cook squares on one side for 8 minutes and then cook on the other side for another 8 minutes. Should be golden brown.

After they cooled off I cut off the crunchy edges so they are just chewy now.

I then freeze them so that they are hard and cold :-)

They are similar to a more bland banana bread and dissolve easily in her mouth when she nibbles on them.

How to Prep Your New Diapers (Inserts and Pre-folds)

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Ok so you finally went all in and decided to purchase your cloth diapers. So how exactly do you prep them.

*Note this is my own personal way of prepping my inserts*

How To Prep Inserts and Pre-folds:

What you need - A big pot and some water

Step 1: Fill pot with water

Step 2: Bring water to a boil

Step 3: Place inserts/prefold into boiling water (I usually do 10 inserts or 6 pre-folds at a time)

Step 4: Let boil for 20 minutes

Step 5: After boiling let inserts cool off to room temperature (they will be super hot because they hold alot of water)

Step 6: Run on one rinse cycle in the washer with cold water

Step 7: Wash on a hot/cold cycle with the diapers as well using 2 tablespoons of my detergent recipe

Step 8: Do 3 more cold water rinses

Step 9: Line dry the diaper part and place inserts/pre-folds in dryer until completely dry

That is it! The more washes the inserts get the more absorbent they will be come. It usually takes 4-6 washes for mine to reach max absorbency.

Cloth Diaper Detergent Recipe

2 Cups Washing Soda

2 Cups Baking Soda

2 Cups Oxiclean

Hope this helps!!

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Places to Get Cheaper Cloth Diapers

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Facebook has become my cloth diaper shopping best friend. The following are places you can use on Facebook to purchase new and used cloth diapers at an affordable cost.

1. Buy-Sell-Trade Groups (B/S/T)

Cloth Diaper Swap and Sell

Diaper Swapper

Cloth Diaper Trader

2. eBay

Ebay offers both used and new diapers. My recommendation for cheaper brands on eBay are:

~Happy Flute



~Baby Wizard


Just remember when ordering with eBay to check the return policy from the seller. If you have an issue with your diaper you want to make sure it can either be replaced or refunded if the item was not as described.

4. Small Local Businesses (Work at home moms and some are even dads!)

Just Simply Baby

3. Facebook Co-Op Group

This is my absolute favorite source for getting my diapers. Yes it takes about 6 to 10 weeks to get your diapers however the cost is great! They also do toy co-ops, stuff for cleaning, and a ridiculous amount more.

Co-ops work the following way. A host sets up a bulk buy with a manufacturer that will give the group wholesale pricing on diapers. They create a spreadsheet for you to place your order on (usually in Google Drive). The co-op is open for about 3-4 weeks and then it closes and you are invoiced for your order. Most co-ops use WePay for invoices which you are not required to have an account with. After everyone pays the host pays the supplier and the order is packed and sent to the host. Once received the host will repack the order for all they buyers and send it out. Usually you pay shipping to you through PayPal. Most co-ops require that you know someone already in the group in order to join. Here is a list of my favorite co-op groups:

Cloth Diaper Loving Mamas

Mighty Mama Co-op

The Shue In

How many diapers do you need?

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Here is a quick chart to let you know the expected number of diapers you need:

And as usual an adorable photo of Ava.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Cloth Diaper Detergent? Overpriced! Make your own!! (Laundry DetergentRecipe Included)

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So I absolutely hate spending $14 on cloth diaper detergent. The price is insane! Yes it works great and Rocking Green is a wonderful brand however I can make cloth diaper detergent and my home laundry detergent that lasts for months for the same price!

What to get at your local grocery store (if you are only wanting to make your diaper wash you only need the first three thinge:

1 Box Super Washing Soda

2 Boxes (32 oz total) Baking Soda

1 Container of OxyClean (I buy the larger one since I'm making laundry detergent as well)

1 Bar of Zote Soap (We get Pink or White)

1 Container of Purex Crystals, Dawn Pebbles, or Gain Fireworks (Optional if you don't want a fragrance don't get)

OK you have all the ingredients you need so now lets get mixing! I use my blender for the cloth diaper detergent. Blends it up better!

Cloth Diaper Detergent Recipe - 2 tbsp per load

2 Cups Super Washing Soda

2 Cups Baking Soda

2 Cups Oxiclean (If you have hard water add half a cup. Link to the USGS Water Quality is listed below.)


Laundry Detergent - 1 tbsp for a small load and 2 tbsp for a large load

4 Cups Washing Soda

2 Cups OxyClean

1 Cup Baking Soda

1 Bar Zote Soap (you can shred this with a cheese shredder)

1/2 Container of Crystals, Pebbles, or Fireworks (if purchased)

I hate the smell of the Zote soap, however after washing and drying you will not smell it. I store my detergents in a set of stainless steel containers I purchased at Target for around $12.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Wanting to cloth diaper but confused by all the different types?

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When I started getting serious about wanting to cloth diaper and started doing my research my initial reaction after realizing all the types was almost a panic attack!

Which ones do I pick? What the crap does that mean?!? Why are there like 5 different kinds? What is an AIO? And the list goes on... Well get your pencil and paper out! Here is my personal experience with the types of cloth diapers I have used as well as information on other types.

What I've experienced so far:

1. Prefold - yes the classic old school rectangular-shaped cloth diapering system I was so terrified of while pregnant and lead to me thinking my mother-in-law was nuts!
I myself never did the old school fold with my prefolds. I would just fold them 2 times into a rectangular and put them in my FLIP covers (and yes these are also pricey covers however I was lucky and found 5 for $25 from a mama that cloth diapered triplets. I now use Happy Flute covers and they are just as good of a quality as my FLIP and were about $4 new.

2. Fitted diaper - this is similar to a disposable diaper in shape and is super absorbent however you do have to have a cover over it. They are great for night-time use for heavy wetters and Ava IS a ridiculously heavy wetter.

Ok so the first two types you have to have a cover over. My recommendations for covers are Happy Flute and Weegro. If you want to spring the extra bucks FLIPs work great as well. The plus about covers and prefolds is that all you have to do is change the fitted diaper or prefold after a potty and the cover can be wiped out and used again. I do not reuse a cover is she poops though. Something mentally in my head says, "Gross baby poop = new cover."

3. Pocket Diaper - so our house is a HUGE fan of pocket cloth diapers. Pretty much it is like a regular disposable diaper in shape and has snaps or velcro to open and close it. It has a waterproof layer that usually is a fabric lined with PUL (polyester/polyurethane laminate) and an inner layer of fabric that is usually fleece or some other type of soft fabric. Between the inner and outer layers is a pocket that an insert goes into which is the absorber for pee. If it is one-size (which is what we use) then it will typically fit a baby from 8-35 pound.

The other types of cloth diapers:

1. All in One (AIO) - The shape is just like a regular disposable diaper. It has a outer layer that is waterproof and the inside is a "soaker" which will be either sewn in or snap in.

2. All in Two (AI2) - Similar to a diaper cover it has a waterproof shell and then an insert that will go inside of it that may or may not snap in.

3. Hybrid diaper - the gDiapers are considered to be hybrid diapers. It has the same characteristics of a AI2 however you can buy disposable inserts to put in them.

A Small Part of My Stash:

Charlie Banana, Baby City (Junk stopped using after a week), FLIP covers

My Sunbaby Diapers that I LOVE!! (Only $5 a diaper)

Views on Cloth Diapering (The Stereotype)

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So when people learn that I cloth diaper I'm pretty sure they get the image of the old school prefold diapers my mother would have used when I was a child.

Yes... I had the same image when my mother-in-law mentioned cloth diapering to me while I was pregnant. Originally I thought she was nuts (probably the pregnancy hormones and moodiness from bed rest). But figured I would do a little research for I was raised to look at both sides. My research was the following:

-Walk into Babies R' Us

-See the cost of gDiapers

-Laugh at the amount of money they cost

-Walk out of Babies R' Us

I know. I really didn't put much effort into it. But my husband wasn't much help either with the situation because he really disliked the thought of playing in baby poop. Watching videos on YouTube about cleaning poop off cloth diapers did not help either :-/

Well lets fast forward to about 2 months after having our beautiful baby girl...

Diaper rash! Yeast rash! We constantly had to fight with her booty having rashes with disposable diapers. We were spending nearly $60 a month on diapers because she could only wear Pampers Swaddlers. LUVS gave her a horrible rash, Huggies led to major blow-outs (the couch, myself, and even our poor dog), and off brands lead to more diaper rash. My baby girl had a miserable looking booty. After her pediatrician prescribed a compound diaper rash cream ($65 for a 120 treatment supply) I refused to keep spending money on disposable diapers. Once again the words of my mother-in-law came into play "cloth diapers," and the research began.

At first my husband was not happy about my idea to do cloth diapering. So given he is a number kind of man I had to lay out the cost effectiveness of the diapers. Of course I had no idea that there were cheaper cloth diapers out on the market because I only knew about what was massively advertised in the baby marketing world.


-Charlie Banana



And the list goes on. After purchasing a 6-pack of Charlie Banana diapers for $109 at Target I knew I needed a bigger stash as well as finding a cheaper way to purchase diapers so that I wouldn't give my husband a heart attack with my new cloth diaper adventure.

So with that all said it took about another month but I found a cheaper way to get cloth diapers. Some have been amazing and some have been horrible. Because we all know the saying "you get what you pay for." Well this is not always the case but I am hoping to help parents new to cloth diapering and how to do it on a budget.

So please feel free to check out my blog as I update mine and Ava's adventures with her cloth diapering as well as other cost saving ideas, cloth diaper prep, and many other mommy ideas I have come across with my family living on one income.

Baby Ava in her Sunbaby Diaper