Tuesday, April 23, 2013

I gave up on I gave up by noon

(or I don't have time to sleep, eat or shower, why did I think I had time for another blog?)

Well I'm going to have to at least take a little vacation from this blog (if not abandon it altogether). I already write a cooking blog, which takes a lot of time (creating recipes, photographing them, writing about them, associated social media promotion, ect...) and I spend 5 days a week home alone with a baby and a preschooler 12 hours a day. There is just not enough time for both!

Maybe I'll come back to this when my oldest starts full time school in September. Or perhaps I'll use my free time to nap while the baby does. But in any case, I just don't have the time right now!

I'll still be here mixing it up as always on my cooking blog.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Storing bath tub toys

(or no more gross boats)

Bath toys. Ugh. These are the reasons I hate them:

1. Husband is taking a shower after the kids are in bed. I suddenly hear crashing noises and @%@$% because he's stepped on a plastic Elmo head.

2. Wet slimy ooze on the bathroom counter from various rubber ducks and plastic boats that have been set down wet and left there for days.

3. Stubbing my toe several times a week on the random ones that get tossed into the hallway when they get removed from the tub and bathroom counter.

They have those toy baskets you can hang in your tub, but they are expensive and tend to fall down at the worst times. They also never fully dry if they stay in there and get very gross and full of mildew.

So now they go here:

I cleared part of the shelf in the linen closet just outside the bathroom door to make room for tub toys. I bought a dish rack from the dollar store and throw them in there. It holds them all well without any falling out, but the rack allows them to air dry nicely so they don't get gross.

Now when we give the girls a bath we just grab a handful from the rack and toss them back in when they're done. No more slime, no more stubbed toes and no more cursing at Elmo.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

How to save money on cloth diapers

(or stop now while you still can!)

Any cloth diapering mom trying to convert a pregnant woman always offers the same advice- it will save you SO much money!

THIS IS NOT TRUE! Well... most of the time. Because this is what happens:

Look at my stash, isn't it neat? Wouldn't you think my collection complete? Wouldn't you think I'm the girl, the girl who has every diaper? I've got Sweetpeas and Alvas a plenty, I've got CB and BG galore, you want Fuzzibunz? I got plenty, but who cares, no big deal, I want morrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrre......

It's too late to save me. I'm too far in. But here is some advice to those new moms and converts out there who still have time.

1. Put a cap on it. You only need so many diapers per bum. 24 should do you nicely, 36 if you really want to stretch it. Once you go past that you're getting into addiction land.

2. Find your brand and stick to it. If something works for you don't try anything else (my mistake) because the more brands you're working the more 'limited edition colors and prints' you just HAVE to have.

3. Stay away from online buy/sell/trade groups. You may think you're going to make money selling off the diapers that you don't use but you won't, you'll just buy 10 times more from the other group members.

4. Don't ever EVER start buying diapers that you need to bid on.

5. There is no shame in using disposables overnight. Most of the money I spent was in trying about half a dozen night time systems that in the end didn't work. One disposable a day won't cost you much.

6. If you must buy more, only use money that you've made selling other diapers.

7. Remind yourself- why do I spend half my life obsessing over something for my child to poop into?

8. Make yourself tell your husband about every new diaper you buy instead of hiding them in your current stash.

9. If you've got another one on the way, lower your cap per bum. I doubled my stash and then only had two in diapers for 2 months. Just treat your new baby to a few diapers if you want.

10. If you fall in love with a certain brand later in the game, don't buy an entire stash of them immediately. Chances are the honeymoon will be over after a couple of months and you'll have moved on to something else. I have a friend who bought an entire stash of 7 different brands.


12. If you have enough diapers, no browsing. Not in baby stores, not online, not on the diaper tables of play dates houses. Once you see it, you will find reasons you 'need' it.

13. If a friend posts a cute fluffy bum online, never ever ask 'where did you get it?' You won't just be buying that diaper, but it will probably lead to a new brand/store/site/style. Don't go down that road.

14. NEVER GOOGLE! A random pondering for a specific print can lead to dozens more diapers from wherever it come from.

15. Unless you're in dire financial straights, ignore all this advice and enjoy your fluffy little bum. They are only babies for a short time.