Friday, April 30, 2010
When I first decided to make the switch to cloth diapers, I turned to Ebay to find a good deal. I didn't want to invest a lot of money on something I wasn't sure I'd stick with. I knew I wanted to pocket diapers, but I was on a budget. I found that there were a few sellers, carrying these minky pocket diapers. Some of them were going under the brand name Kawaii Baby, and others had no brand tag at all. Upon comparing them I realized there exactly the same diaper! Although the ones that come with the Kawaii brand tag have more variations to them. This is where I got mine, http://shop.ebay.com/joejoewai/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_from=&_ipg=&_trksid=p3686.
These diapers are a one size pocket diaper. They have a 3 snap rise adjustment, for a small, medium and large size. This diaper fit's babies 8lbs to about 40lbs. They come in a variety of adorable prints in a waterproof minky fabric.
The inner lining is a suede cloth material, similar to that of the Bumgenius. The pocket opening is located in the rear of the diaper. It is large enough to get your hand in to stuff the the inserts in, and is elasticized to keep the inserts in place. This also helps prevent leaks, and provide a trim fit. My diapers each came with two large microfiber inserts. I can easily get by with using just one insert during the day at home, for naps or going out I would use both. I find that the diapers are surprisingly well made and durable. Even with daily use and some SERIOUS action due to some bad stomach bugs, these diapers have held up beautifully. I have had them for about 5 months now and they are still stain free and look brand new. They wash up great every time.
Monday, April 26, 2010
Just stumbled across Sheri's blog, http://www.unexpectedbliss.com/. She hosting a giveaway there for a new Apple iPod touch 8 GB (3rd Generation) NEWEST MODEL and a $15 itunes gift card. Head over there to find out how you can enter to win. Good Luck!
I have been cloth diapering my 15 month old son for the past 41/2 months now, and I really love it. I love the money I'm saving not having to buy throw away diapers, and not filling landfills with diapers that take 5oo years or more to biodegrade. There is a downside though. A very, very STINKY downside.
Every morning when my hubby and I get up he looks at me and voices his disapproval. It's the smell."He smells like a little bum". My sweet baby, smells like a urine soaked homeless person, gross! It's really not what you want to smell first thing in the morning. I really don't know what to do. I have a good wash routine going, so I don't know what I'm missing. Is this a norm for cloth diapered kids. Shh... don't tell but I have even thought of using disposables at night. I know horrible right.
Am I the only one with this problem, or have any of you had to deal with a morning hobo baby? If you have, any advise? Please enlighten me, PLEASE.
Friday, April 23, 2010
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
I have been racking my brain, for the last week trying to come up with something to share for WFMW. It has been really stressful, lol. I'm new to blogging and I don't want to be the lame newbie. I decided that I would share a recipe that is a staple for my family and many other Latin families.
Sofrito is like the secret ingredient of latin food. We use it in Everything! From beans to beef stew, soup to a marinade, it's very versatile and add's amazing flavor to your dishes. It can be found in the international section of your supermarket, under the Goya brand or frozen in the freezer section . The version I prefer is called recaito. The one from the freezer is better then the jar stuff, but neither come close to homemade. Once you try the real stuff you will be hooked.
2 Green bell peppers or cubanelle peppers
1 large spanish onion
5 large cloves of garlic
1 bunch cilantro
1/2 bunch recao/culantro (hard to find, skip it)
1 cube chicken bouillon
1/4 to 1/2 cup olive oil (to get it moving)
Cut peppers in half, remove seeds and membrane. Peel and cut onions in quarters. Rinse cilantro and culantro and pat dry. I cut the bunch of cilantro in half and use it stems and all. Throw all ingredients in a blender or food processor and let it rip! You want a smooth consistency, it should like the picture above when your done. Store in the fridge, in an airtight food container. Or you can keep half in the fridge and half in the freezer. You can even pour it into ice cube trays and freeze, when you need some pop it out and throw into the pot.
This is how I get great flavor in my beans, soups, and stews. It's what works for me, and I hope it works for you too.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
My daughter's sixth birthday is next month and we are planning on having it at one of those bounce house's. If you don't know what they are check it out here, http://pumpitupparty.com/.
She has been adamant on having her party there since the beginning of the school year, after being invited to one for a classmate.
Now normally we just do simple parties at home with family, but this is the first year she has had friends. We don't really know people with kids. So we thought it would be nice for her to have a big party with all her friends.
So I called in to get some info, and were kind of shocked to find out that a 2hr party for 25 kids with pizza and drinks is going to cost us over 375 bucks! This caused my husband a severe case of sticker shock.This doesn't include the cost of cake and goodie bags. So I'm rounding up and saying this is gonna cost us about 400 bucks or more, gasp.
On a positive note, this includes a party coordinator that sets up everything up for you, (decorations, ordering and serving food, ushering kids around, and my fave cleanup). I still cant help but feel kind of nuts for spending so much on a 2hr party. I do plan on making the cake myself, so that will save a little money.
This isn't something we plan on doing every year, so I hope she enjoys every minute of it. I hope to make future birthday's more personal, creative and Frugal!
I'm still looking into some ideas for the birthday cake, goodie bags and decorations. I hope to share them soon.