Sunday, September 30, 2012

Product Reviews from my Naturals VoxBox

Not too long I received a VoxBox from Influenster. Influenster is a company that allows you to try and test new products. You fill out surveys on their page and they select you for boxes that would be best suited for your lifestyle. I was recently chosen to try out the Naturals VoxBox. It was full of wonderful natural products and products that support a green lifestyle. Here are a few of the items I have been trying so far!

Lypsyl LypMoisturizer



Created with pure Swedish beeswax, organic shea butter and vitamins A and E for long-lasting, deep-penetrating moisture and lip care protection. LypSyl Intense Protection LypMoisturizer™ helps moisturize, soften and protect your lips naturally. The unique one-hand slide allows for quick application. And, the oversize application tip ensures this ultra- light formula spreads evenly for better lip coverage. 
I have been loving this product!  I have been a die hard Burt's fan for many many years.  It has always been my balm staple.  I haven't busted out that yellow tube since this bad boy arrived.  My first reaction was "Wow, this tube is HUGE!".  That is really my only complaint.  It does take up almost twice the size of a normal chapstick tube.  I think that the design helps the product stand out but maybe a less bulky package in the future would be more convenient.  I just toss it in my purse so it isn't a huge issue but  I know my husband wouldn't want to have this in his pocket all day.   The balm glides on effortlessly (which is a bonus if your lips are already chapped and sore).  Lypsyl never left a greasy, unpleasant residue on my lips.  I could feel it hydrating and healing without an intense burning.  Some of the other beeswax balms I have used are pretty strong but Lypsyl is mild enough that my 4 yr old doesn't mind it (BONUS!!).  
Overall Opinion:  "Great balm bulky package. Way to go swedish bees!"
Would I buy it:  "Yup, I sure would."

The Original Dish Drying Mat


The new solution to the age old tradition of placing dish towels on the counter when hand washing pots, pans, dishes and glassware. Hand washing dishes uses less water than conventional automated dish washers. 
Using the dish drying mat also conserves energy by allowing dishes to air dry. 
Product Details
• Holds 4 times its weight in water
• Cushions delicate dishes and stemware
• Machine washable and highly durable
• Folds and stores easily
• Can be used in multiple ways including underneath your dish drying rack in place of the plastic drain board. Place it underneath your appliances (mixer, blender, etc.) to protect your counter top from scratches and scuffs. Also cleaning up big spills and messes normally cleaned with paper towels.
In our home, we hand wash our dishes and have been doing so for quite some time.  I had gotten into a bit of a routine with it.  I also had come to a few conclusions.  One conclusion was:  Hand towels for drying dishes get yucky fast so I need to change them often.  This mat has blown this conclusion up.  The dish mat is soooo absorbent and you would think that it would be difficult to dry (which would mean you have a nice, stinky mat).  Not the case.  The little loop on the back of the mat makes it so easy to hang up and let air dry until your next round-o-dishes.  It also kept my counters from getting wet from water excess . . . .well . . .because there wasn't any water excess.  It absorbs all the water that runs off my hands and dishes.  You can pick this lifesaver up at Bed Bath & Beyond for only $4.99!!!!  Easily going to be the best five bucks you ever spent!
Overall Opinion: "Where have you been all my life!!??"
Would I buy it: "Yup, and plan to purchase the larger one too!"

EBOOST


 EBOOST is a boost that does more. It’s a mood boost, focus boost, immunity boost, natural boost, a no-crash boost.
EBOOST uses real ingredients, stuff you’ve heard of like Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Green Tea, Vitamin B-12 and Folic Acid. And the stuff you might not have heard of: Quercetin, 5-HTP, Resveratrol, Huperzine-A — it’s all good too. What could be sweeter than that? Well, we even sweeten our product with Stevia, a plant, not a chemical.
EBOOST is a powdered vitamin rich mix that you add to water to give you a boost.  When the powder hits the water it fizzes and bubbles.  Reminding almost of Alka-Seltzer.  The sample I received was the orange flavor.  I went into trying it very optimistic but was let down a bit.  The artificial orangy flavor was not my favorite and paired with the fizziness, totally reminded me medicine.  It was pretty chalky and overall unpleasant.  Probably much better if prepared as a shot.  I cannot say that I noticed a huge difference in my mental clarity or mood but I did feel like there was a slight pep in my step.  Not sure that the difference was worth the drink experience but there was some difference.  I did like getting a good dose of vitamin C.  With the cold season right around the corner we could all use an immunity boost!
Overall Opinion: "EBOOST is E-yucky but was somewhat E-ffective."
Would I buy it?: "No, I think I will pass on this one."

Shea Moisture Organic Raw Shea Butter Baby Eczema Bar Soap
(phew! that was a mouthful!)


This creamy, sulfate-free bar soap, enriched with luxurious natural and organic ingredients, is gentle enough for the sensitive skin of babies, children and adults. Use daily to cleanse and moisturize. Naturally soothes the symptoms associated with eczema such as inflammation, irritation and itching. Formulated with a special blend of unrefined, "raw" shea butter, argan oil, chamomile extract, frankincense and myrrh.
My daughter has suffered from eczema since she was a baby.  Poor dear gets inflamed, red blotches all over.  The only thing we could ever use as a body wash was the Aveeno brand soaps.  Aveeno is a great brand but is really pricey.  Until this product I was a bit skeptical to try anything new.  I tried it out first and was really impressed.  I do not have eczema but I do like having my skin taken care of.  This soap lathered into a foamy delight.  It left my skin hydrated and so soft.  Not dry like other bars I have tried.  I also enjoyed the fragrance, very earthy and warm.  I was familiar with the wonderful properties of raw shea butter, coconut oil, and chamomile but hadn't tried Argan oil.   In this experience I would say I will be looking for it in future products I purchase.  Having such result from the soap I decided to try it on my daughter and it was great.  She didn't have an adverse reaction to it and the bath seemed to calm some of the redness she had on her tummy.  We have been using it for 4 baths now and we are hooked.  Not only is it effective (most important) but it is also very affordable ($4.99 a bar).  
Overall Opinion: "Awesome product! I highly recommend to anyone.  Eczema or not, child or not."
Would I buy it?: "I plan to replenish it the instant we run out!"

Nectresse


New NECTRESSE™ Sweetener tastes like sugar and is naturally zero calories per serving. How? We started with the deliciously sweet extract of monk fruit and combined it with the perfect blend of other natural sweeteners. It's 100% natural with nothing artificial. You're going to love the way it tastes.
The voxbox came with 2 pks of the Nectresse Sweetener.  It is a natural sweetener that is made with monk fruit.  I always think it's fun to see companies exploring options for ingredients.  I tried this sweetener out in my morning tea and really enjoyed it.  It was pretty sweet but I didn't think it wasn't too overpowering.   I think this would be a cool item try out with some dessert recipes.  The price is fair and it is available at most shopping centers.
Overall Opinion: "A great new natural sweetener."
Would I buy it?: "Yeah, I can see myself buying this to have around the house."

CleanWell


And CleanWell doesn't use alcohol or benzalkonium chloride - so no concerns about dry skin, skin irritation, or irritating Mother Nature. Our all natural hand sanitizing wipes are great for hands (and faces) large and small.
This awesome little packet has a ton of amazing pros!  First, they are so convenient.  You can purchase them in a box of 50 and they fit practically everywhere.  I kept mine in my wallet until a playdate at the park.  I imagine these would also be perfect for small first aid kits.  Second, they are all natural and totally safe for kiddos.  Wipes containing alcohol can irritate skin and are not a great product to use on the face.  These actually say on the package that they work great for hands or face and actually have a moisturizing property!  Way to go cleanwell!  And one of my favorite qualities is that they do not test on animals (just me lol).  I think it says a lot about a company when they are cruelty-free.  It shows compassion and love for our world :)  Only downside is they are a little on the pricey side ($29.99 for 50 pks).
Overall Opinion: "Really enjoyed this one.  Seems worth the extra money for the quality product."
Would I buy it?: "With the upcoming cold season I think this is in my future."

GeoDeo Natural Deodorant


Specially formulated to be safe for your body and your world. The base ingredients in GEODEO® are 100% natural, allergen-free, vegetable based and derived from renewable resources. Main ingredient approved by NPA and EcoCert. This deodorant contains no harmful aluminums, phthalates, parabens or propylene glycol. GEODEO® uses eco-technology to reduce greenhouse emissions and reduce energy consumed up to 50% compared to other deodorant sticks.
Best thing about this deodorant . . . the fragrance!!  I got to try the "Island" fragrance and was whisked away to a tropical oasis.  Well maybe not whisked away but totally reminded of a tropical oasis.  I felt like the protection was decent.  I am not super active or an athlete but I did feel like for everyday use it kept me dry and smelling good.  I love using natural products in my personal care and this one is an awesome new product.  Most of the natural deodorants are unscented or very light fragrance so it is fun to try this product and shake things up a bit. I have not seen it anywhere local to me.  I am never a plan ahead kinda gal for deodorant so this is a bummer for me.
Overall Opinion: "Great smelling and decent working natural deodorant."
Would I buy it?: "If it was ever available locally I totally would."


Monday, September 17, 2012

Being Kind to Your Postal Worker

I love getting free samples in the mail.  It makes everyday feel like Christmas!  My favorite days are the days when I open my mailbox and wonderful surprises come pouring out.  Something I have come to realize is that after I apply for my samples and kick back my postal worker's job has just started.  They are the ones responsible for making sure all my freebies and packages make it safely to me.

We moved recently (not so fun when preggo BTW).  I did the responsible thing and had my mail forwarded early.  I really liked our old Mail Woman.  She was so thoughtful and patient with all my loot.  She really spoiled me.  SO much so that when I greeted our new mail man I felt disappointed that he wasn't as friendly as she had always been (if you currently have an awesome mail person, be GRATEFUL!).  His strictly business attitude scared me that may not be as considerate of treasures.

At first I just whined about it to my hubby.  This, of course, did nothing to help the situation.  Then  one night it came to me . . . "I should leave him a nice note, introducing ourselves!".  I thought I was brilliant. Hubby thought I was crazy (this is pretty normal with my "aha!" moments lol).  So, I go to work.  Printing a cute little note and pasting it to some scrapbook paper in a very Celia fashion.  I decided to add a small care package of items I have gotten for free couponing and that I felt a postal worker could use (small hand sani, tissues, candy bar, and sunflower seeds).  The letter explained that I would be getting a lot of mail and pre-thanking them for their hard work.



The result was amazing!  The next day he came to the door and we arranged a place for packages when I am not home.  He has been so nice and really helpful.  So, here is the moral of my story.  Be kind to your postal worker!  You can never go wrong with a random act of kindness.  Whether you have a great relationship or no relationship with your mail person a small note can really make a difference.  

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Sweet & Spicy Baked Beans

Beans, beans, the magical fruit.  The more ya eat, the more ya . . . well . . . .you know.  While we all know gas is an unpleasant side effect of the tasty lil' treasures we still eat enjoy every spoonful.  In our house we always have canned beans, pork n beans, baked beans, and chili on hand.  I have always had aspirations of making my own but for some reason I felt really intimidated.  So, I did a little research on cooking beans, gathered my favorite baked bean flavors, and went to town.  Turns out bean town is easy to get to and sooo worth making your own!


Sweet & Spicy Beans
  • 1lb bag of dried white beans 
  • 1 ham hock (you could use bacon or ham if opposed to "hockin" it up)
  • 1 white onion, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 jalepeno, sliced (i remove seeds to keep the heat down but feel free to crank it up!)
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • tbsp liquid smoke
  • tbsp salt
  • 2 tbsp ground black pepper
I am really sorry for the lack of pictures!!!  I had a total pregnant moment and barely remembered to snap any before I wolfed it down!
Start by soaking the beans. The, pour beans in a bowl and pick out any debris or funky beans. Cover with about 3 inches of water and let sit on the counter for 3-4 hrs (I didn't soak overnight and it the beans cooked beautifully). Dump beans lovingly into a strainer and rinse.  Transfer to a large pot or dutch oven, fill with water 2 inches above beans, and add the ham hock (or ham/bacon). Cover and let simmer for about 2 hours.  While the beans are simmering cut up veggies.  In a small bowl add the molasses, ketchup, and liquid smoke.  Mix well and taste (adjust to your liking).  Stir the veggies and sauce into the beans.  Add salt n peppa and start to shoop.  And by shoop I mean combine well and cover for additional 1 1/2 to 2 hrs (I was hip in the 90's, word to yo mutha).  You can tell it's done when the beans are tender and swimming in a delicious, thick gravy.  I served it over Johnny Cake but feel free to eat yo beans how you like.


Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Mind Jar

Mind jar, eh?  Yes. Mind jar.  No, this is not some mystical brew but it is pretty magical.  It is a mason jar filled with shimmery colored water and sparkles.  Sounds pretty basic but think about it . . .so are most of our kids' favorite things (boxes, bubbles, water etc).   This is a quick and easy diy project that can be a really helpful tool for us mamas.  Being a little person in a big world can be overwhelming. Over stimulated kids = tantrums, whines, fusses, and tears.  As parents this can become a hard situation to handle and feels like no matter what we do the madness escalates to catastrophic proportions.   This is where the jar comes in as your trusty sidekick (minus the cape and snazzy lines). Have your child sit in a quite place with no TV or big distractions and hand them the jar (it also works great if you just put them on your lap or hold their hand while they explore the jar).  As your lil' one shakes the jar the glitter dances around and makes beautiful soothing swirls.  This, can often times refocus them and you.   I think the best results come if you do not associate this with a "time out" . . . the idea of being punished is stressful for kids.  This is just a tool to help calm them down so you can come to a solution without all the meltdowns. There is just no reasoning with a screaming toddler.


What you need:
  • 1 bottle of glitter glue (any color is fine)
  • food color
  • Mason Jar (pint or quart works)
  • enough warm water to fill jar 


Fill jar with warm water (about 2 fingers space from the brim).  Add food a few drops of food color and about 3 tbsp of glitter glue (I didn't measure, I just did it until the glitter was to my liking).  Shake jar like a mad women.  Who needs a shake weight?  It may take a min or so to get the glue mixed completely.  I warmed my water in the microwave and held onto the jar with a towel while I shook it (it gets pretty warm which is why I do not say this is a kid friendly craft).  And poof!!  You have your very own Mind Jar.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Cool New Baby Items


Baby Friendly Necklaces!!

Today I saw two really awesome necklaces for baby and I had to share!! 

The first necklace is an Amber Teething Necklace.  Baltic Amber has a lot of healing properties and looks super cute on baby.  The ones I got to see were made by Spiral Mama and totally gorgeous. Her shop link is http://www.etsy.com/shop/spiralmama2.  Here is a snip about Baltic Amber and teething from her site:
"Baltic amber has been used for centuries to treat many different aliments. It offers pain relief, strengthens the body’s immune system, restores energy, helps maintain wellness, helps break the cycle of chronic inflammation, and has a calming effect for the wearer. Baltic Amber has been used as a remedy for teething for thousands of years. This is a wonderful alternative to over-the-counter pain medicine. There are no side effects. Natural anti-inflammatory and pain relieving properties of Baltic amber are perfect to soothe teething babies. By having the baby wear the necklace everyday it helps reduce the common symptoms related to teething such as; redness in the cheeks, swollen gums, diaper rashes and fevers. The necklace is suitable from about 3-4 months of age. The miseries of teething can often continue for 2 years or more. It's never too late for your child to start wearing this necklace!"



The second necklace are called Chewbeads by Lisa Paige.  They are a necklace wore by mama and enjoyed by baby. Meaning, as moms we can wear them as a funky accessory and baby uses them as a teether!  Genius right?! They are made of 100% silicone (similar to pacifiers) and have no BPA, PVC, Phthalates, Cadmium, or Lead.  Other benefits are: Great for sensory development (help your baby focus while breastfeeding), soft on babies gums and new teethies, they have a breakaway clasp for mama safety, and are pretty cute if I do say so myself.  You can get these bad boys at www.chewbeads.com.




Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Baby Bump

Who doesn't love a baby bump?  While mine is just starting to get full I thought I would share the journey :)

                         



This is 12 weeks and 14 weeks                                    
 (I was going through a "duckface" phase)


16 weeks
20 weeks


 24 weeks

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Stuffed Chicken Breast

Chicken breasts always seem to be on hand in my home.  While there are about a thousand recipes for chicken I found myself today just staring.  Willing the chicken to turn into something magical.  I guess I was having an off day because the chicken remained uncooked and stubborn.  I was gonna have to make a move but I was having a bad case of culinary block.  Then it hit me.  I am gonna stuff these babies!  I had some fresh Basil from my garden, a tomato that needed to be used up, and some shredded Italian cheese.  We were ready to rock . . . except . . . I have never stuffed chicken breasts before.  *Gulp* So I did what any one would do and took my quest to youtube for answers.  Here is the video that guided me.



My chicken wasn't as beautiful as hers but it held the goods and was really yummy.

Tomato and Basil Stuffed Chicken Breasts
  • Chicken Breasts, thawed
  • Fresh Basil
  • Shredded Italian Cheese
  • Tomato, sliced thin
  • salt
  • Italian Seasoning
  • Olive Oil
For the chicken breast prep follow the instructions on the youtube video above.  Slice the tomato very thin.  The thinner you can make it the easier it will be for you to roll it.  Layer the ingredients one side of the chicken.  Then roll like in the video and secure with tooth picks.  I think next time I will be using kitchen twine instead.  I required a lot of tooth picks.

Next, coat the chicken with olive oil. Then, sprinkle with salt and Italian seasoning.  We chose to put these on our grill.  They took about 25 mins on medium heat.  If you choose to put them in the oven I recommend a 350 degree oven for about 35 mins.

Let rest for about 5 mins and remove the toothpicks or kitchen twine.  These were so tender and the basil really infused into the chicken.


So Pretty!!!

Product Review: Honest Company Sample Pack

Monday, July 30, 2012

Maque Choux

Pronounced "Mock Shoe" (sounds tasty, eh???).  This is a traditional dish of Southern Louisiana. I am so in love with Cajun food, music, and culture.  I dream about having an outdoor crawfish boil.  Hmm . . .possible baby shower idea??  Okay, back on track Celia!!  Maque Choux is a lovely get together of fresh corn and other veggies cooked up Cajun style!  You will be able to spend the evening being complimented on how tasty this side dish is while patting yourself on the back for how CHEAP it was to make!


Maque Choux (serves about 8)
  • 4 Ears of yellow corn 
  • 1 large green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup of bacon grease 
  • Cajun seasoning
 The prep work on this is crazy simple.  Dice green pepper. Dice Onion. Clean and remove corn.  BAM!! Prep work done!

In a large iron skillet or dutch oven heat bacon grease on medium high. (WARNING: Bacon Grease Advocacy speech in 3 . . .2 . . . .1)  I know so many of you cringe when you think of bacon grease and will want to substitute with Olive Oil.  Please don't.  This dish is old timey and to get the REAL deep flavor you wanna use the bacon grease.  If you choose not to I am sure it will still be tasty but I pinky swear to you it will not compare to a maque choux with the bacon grease.  *steps off soap box* Toss in the bell pepper and the onion.  Cook for about 5 mins.

Once the onions and peppers are softened and have a tinge of brown you wanna add the corn.  Give the it a good stir to make sure all the corn is coated.  Then add your Cajun Seasoning.  I use a premade seasoning that I fell in love with.  Making your own is easy too.  While no 2 homemade cajun spice is the same there are a list of staples: Paprika, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Black Pepper, Oregano, Salt, Thyme, and Cayenne Pepper.

After adding the seasoning cover and cook, stirring it occasionally.  Taste to make sure the seasoning is where you like it and the corn is tender.  You will know when it is ready.  I use this as a side dish but it works great as a main course too. I recommend using a whole ear of corn per person you are serving and pump the other veggies to your liking. Then, just add some andouille sausage, shrimp, or  chicken and you have dinner!  



Saturday, July 28, 2012

Strawberry Lemonade Mason Jar Cake

Mason jars are so versatile it's crazy!!  I saw the idea to use a mason jar to bake a cake and I just had to try it out!  I winged this recipe. This was my first run so I made a few mistakes but I will steer you clear of those :)  This is obviously just one recipe for the mason jar concept.  The possibilities are endless!


Strawberry Lemonade Mason Jar Cupcake
  • 4 pint sized mason jars with lids, clean and dry
  • 1 box of Strawberry cake mix
  • 2 large lemons
  • 5 ripe strawberries, cleaned
For the Buttercream Frosting
  • 2/3 cup softened butter
  • 2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 tsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp of milk (possibly more to get desired thickness)
  • zest from 2 lemons
Preheat oven to 350 degrees (this was my first mistake- I baked at 375 and too long which caused the browning).  Zest the 2 lemons and set zest aside. The strawberry cake mix asks for 1 cup of water and to boost the flavor I made a simple potion.  In a food processor or blender add the strawberries, juice from the 2 juiced lemons (watch for seeds!!), and 3/4 cup of water.  Process until no chunks.  Substitute one cup of this mixture for the 1 cup of water.


Prepare the cake batter as directed on box (I 100% encourage a scratch batter but I am a total fan of semi-made options when I can take them).  Fill each mason jar about halfway with batter.  Place jars in a cake pan with 1 inch of water. Bake for 30- 35 minutes.  To check if done, insert a wooden skewer. If it comes out clean you are in the clear.

The cake is going to rise!  The baby is taking over my brain!  As you can see above I filled the mason jars WAAYYY too full and they rose really high.  No worries.  If this happens you can easily scoop out the cake :)


Remove jars from dish with potholders. These bad boys are HOT!  Place them on a cooling rack and let cool for about 15 to 20 mins.  Now onto the yummy buttercream frosting.  In a mixer (or a bowl using a hand mixer) combine the butter, sugar, and salt.  Beat until well mixed.  Add the vanilla and the lemon zest.  Start adding milk a little at a time until you get the consistency you want.  Transfer to a piping bag (No piping bag? No problem!  Fill a large Ziploc with the frosting and cut out the end.) and pipe into the jars.  Yes you can just spoon it in but I like how easy and pretty this makes things.


As you can see I went a little nuts on the frosting but you can add as little or much as you like.  That's the beauty of an individual cake!  If you are making these as a gift: make a fun label for the lid, add some ribbon, or put in a pretty garnish!  I would say these are okay on the table for a day then move to the fridge or freezer.

Muffin Tin Omelettes with Hashed Brown Crust


It's 10:30 AM here here is what my morning looked like.  I woke up at 8:30 with my daughter, checked my facebook, rinsed off the dishes I lazily left in the sink last night, and had this wonderful breakfast made by 9:45.  These lil' bites are so great and you can choose to fill them with whatever you please!  My brain is flooded with combinations. Spinach and sausage, zucchini and mushroom, salsa and olives . . .the list could go on forever!  But here is the recipe for the bacon, green pepper, and onion ones I made this morning.

Muffin Tin Omelette With Hashed Brown Crust
  • 8 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup of sour cream
  • 8 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • Half a green bell pepper, diced
  • medium onion, diced
  • 3 cups of shredded breakfast potatoes, thawed
  • 2 tbsp of melted butter
  • 1 cup of shredded cheese
  • cooking spray
  • salt and pepper
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Spray muffin tin with cooking spray.  In a bowl mix thawed shredded potatoes with melted butter. Press spoonfuls of the mixture in the bottom of the tins and sprinkle with salt.  Bake for 25 min.


While the potatoes are in the oven I fried up my bacon in an iron skillet.  Then I sauteed the diced peppers and onions in the same pan with a small amount of the bacon grease (yes, you could opt out of using the grease and cook your veggies in olive oil). Remove pan from oven and then lower the oven temp to 350 degrees.  In a bowl beat eggs and sour cream until smooth. Add the veggies,crumbled bacon, and salt/pepper. Re-spray the tin.  Divide the mixture between the cups.  


Bake in oven for about 20 mins.  They will rise slightly and be a little golden around the edges.

They put a pinch of shredded cheese on each cup and put back in the oven for about 5 mins.  Let the omlettes cool in the pan for about 10 mins.  I ran a butter knife around the edge to loosen any stuck cheese.  Then pop em out and eat.  Don't forget the hot sauce!


Thursday, July 26, 2012

Too Sweet not to Share

Look at me posting 3 times in one day!!  Can you tell I am excited to be blogging??  I am a part of a wonderful online community of girls who are also pregnant and due in November.  We decided to do an online shower and exchange gifts.  Well today I got my gift!!  I am sooo excited!!  It is actually kind of ironic since I just posted my Cloth Diaper system.

She sent me 2 Thirsty Duo Wraps, a package of Cloth-eez newborn prefolds, a bag of Snappis, and a REALLY cute laundry pail liner!!  What a fun way to start my day!! 

Cloth Diapering


Cloth Diapering.  Holy Cow is it overwhelming!!!!  I have read soooo many articles/blogs and watched a ton of youtube videos.  Today I visited my favorite local baby shop Best Loved Baby and got to practice with some prefolds which totally helped my decision!  Here is my first prefold . . .I am so proud!

 She can now pee with confidence :)  So here is my plan. I am going to use the Thirsties Brand Duo Wrap with Cloth-Eez Organic Prefolds.  If you are a cloth diapering newbie like I was this is all foreign.  First let me start with a small vocab lesson.  These are very basic definitions!

Cloth Diaper Definitions

Prefold:  A cloth insert used when cloth diapering.  This is what absorbs the pee and poo.  The ones I have used/seen are a rectangle that have three sewn columns for you to fold along.  The outer two layers have about 4 layers and the inner layer has 6-8 layers (usually).  These can be laid in a cover, pinned on, or used with a Snappi. 

AIO:  This is an All In One Diaper.  The cover and absorbent inner lining is attached as one unit. These are really easy to use.  No prefolds or additional liners are required.  They work just like a disposable diaper but you keep them.  They do take longer to dry and harder to really get clean.  Your load of laundry also just doubled in size from just using a prefold.

Diaper Cover:  This is usually a lined cover that goes over your actual cloth diaper/prefold.  You can get them with snaps or velcro.  They ALL fit differently just like any other diaper.  What I like about the Thirsties Brand covers is that they have these amazing gussets that help prevent leaks.  Using a cover seems to be less washing to me.  Like I said most are lined with a waterproof material that can easily be wiped clean. So you are pretty much just changing out the prefold.  I mean you obviously have to wash them but not as often.  

Pocket Diaper:  These are relatively new. They are a two piece diaper with an inner portion made of fleece and a waterproof layer that makes up the outermost part.  Absorbent material is used inside the two pieces making the diaper act as an AIO.

Snappi:  This replaces a the old fashion diaper pins.  It is T shaped and attaches to the three areas of the prefold (you can see the one I used in the pic above to give you an idea).  These are super easy to use and don't prick you :)   I like getting stabbed less.

Diaper sprayer:  A really cool little device that hooks up to your toilet so you can pre spray the "love" out of your diaper.  It reminds me of the sprayers on a kitchen sink.

Okay so thats my brief lil lesson. Yes I know there is more . .. much much more.  But this lil cheat sheet will help you understand my system choice.The breakdown of my diaper get down.  Here is the cost breakdown of my self devised starter kit and some pictures to help you envision.

My Diaper System Breakdown

- Six Thirsties Brand Duo Wrap Covers solid color with snaps size 1: $11.25 ea = $67.50
(size one covers fit 6lbs to 18lbs)

- 3 doz Cloth-Eez Organic Prefolds Small Yellow Edge: $33.00 doz = $99.00
(13x13.75 in long Cloth-Eez prefolds found at www.greenmountaindiapers.com)



- Bum Genius Cloth Diaper Sprayer: Around $45.00

- Two 2pk snappi: $6.50 a pk = $13.00

Total = $224.50

Not too shabby considering using disposable diapers costs about $800 per year.