Wednesday, April 15, 2015

North for Spring Break

We ended up going the wrong direction for spring break this year, north instead of the traditional south bound trip.  Phil was invited to a conference for work, they paid for the room, mileage and he got a per diem so we took a family vacation to Madison, Wisconsin. It was surprisingly nice, though it was chilly and rained the majority of our time there.  We stopped at Ikea on the way through Chicago for lunch and so Pete could run off some energy.  I like the Cincinnati Ikea much better, plus they seem to be able to accommodate more kids in the smalland than Chicago's.  It was probably the best traffic I've ever been in through Chicago.  We listened to The Grapes of Wrath on the trip because Phil needed to read it for school, though only when Pete was watching a show. Phil had to endure meetings all day Thursday and Friday Morning.  Poor hubby taking a hit for the family.
Nora's Adventure Grovia Diaper came just before we left. She wore it on vacation and it made me think of my dad's vacation shirt he always wore on the first day of vacation.  We won this beauty on Grovia's weekly facebook chat.
Pete saw a Target while we were driving around the first night and was dying to stop there in the morning.  I wasn't about to complain about that so we puttered around there for a bit in the morning. We played at Barnes and Noble with the trains and then played at the mall and shopped for a bit.
Trying on shades while eating popcorn
Playing on the playground at the mall on a raining day.

Phil finished up and we decided we didn't want to deal with both kids at a decent restaurant but weren't wiling to eat at McDonalds either. So we called in carryout, both kids ended up falling asleep in the car and we had a great date night in the car with the rain.


2 Entrees, salad, breadsticks, and dessert for $20!
Friday we only had the morning to explore and play before Phil was done and we headed for home.  We stopped at Target...again...then played at Chick-fil-a and had a snack and finsihed up at Nicki's Diapers-my first trip to an actual cloth diaper store! I found a couple things and had a fun seeing all the different kinds of cloth diapers.

 
Nora watching Pete play on the playground.



Chicago traffic was awful it took us about 2 hours to get through town on Friday, which is really sad considering how fast it was on Wednesday.  I'm so glad I rarely have to deal with that kind of traffic!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Nap Time Project: Toothless Towel

Phil's family has had 3 new baby boys born in the last month. My sister-in-law really likes the movie How to Train Your Dragon.  I'd seen tutorials for making a Toothless (he's a dragon in case you are familiar with the movie) and thought I'd try one out for their new little dude Quinn.  I followed this tutorial from pinterest.  I followed how she made the face and head but I didn't like the way she attached it to the actual towel, so I made it up myself. I also didn't like the idea of using felt so I used polar fleece and towel trimmings for the black part of the eye. I attached the face pieces to the large part of the cut handtowel then sewed it onto the long side of the towel. Quinn will probably be able to wear the towel until he's 20! I didn't want him to grow out of something fun too early.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Hoppy Easter!

We have had such a great day and weekend in general!  We had an Easter egg hunt at a friend's house.  Phil's sister came to visit for General Conference and to have Easter dinner with my family and her dad was coming to visit everyone.  To our surprise Phil's mom stopped by for a visit as well after being out in Wyoming helping with the new twins at his other sister's house. I've been storing up quite the haul for the kids for Easter this year thanks to Kids Market and mperks at Meijer! Pete got a GeoTrax set and Nora got a Little Tikes slide, and Phil got a lego set.  I just set out a pair of Birkenstocks I'd gotten for myself last year on clearance.  I put some adorable footprints from Pete's room to the Easter baskets this year that I had laminated from his class party.
My cute little bunny baby! (no baby or diapers were harmed in the making of this picture)

She decided this photo shoot was done, and high tailed it out of here.

Pete hunting for eggs at grandma's

Dexter the Dachshundbunny
I also wanted to share with you all that this is just the fun, silly, commerical, and childish side of the Easter.  The most important and true reason behind the holiday is so much more meaningful and important than silly ears, eggs or even a ham dinner.  Though I believe they hold a special place in the holiday too, but want my kids to know the real reason, because Christ was cruxified and rose on the third day. He Lives!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

#makeclothmainstream

Did I really just use a hashtag for a blog title? I'm just going to skip over that part shaking my head at myself.  We cloth diaper, Pete was and so is Nora. I love cloth diapering, really the laundry isn't bad at all. It has become my favorite laundry to have to do, which I normally despise laundry but don't mind this one bit.  I use a little bit of everything on Nora, Pete was strictly in gdiapers, but I've since expanded our "stash". Phil and my mom are both able to change Nora and rarely have any issues.
Nora showing off her cuteness in a Grovia

The cloth diapering community is doing a big challenge to share and try to get more people to give cloth a chance.  Some families that are already doing cloth are challenging themselves in some way as well.  I've decided to finally attempt cloth diapering at night. It has always scared me to do it but I'm going to give it a go at least through Earth Day.

Just a cute shot of Nora in a Bumgenius

Bumgenius Diaper all ready for duty


Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Preschool Spring Party

Today I worked Pete's spring preschool party.  He goes to a cooperative preschool so I go in to work in the classroom about once a month and work two parties a year. He loves when it is our turn to work at the preschool.  Last week I planned the party with a couple other moms at Starbucks, without the kiddos! I was in charge of a "bunny hop" game and picked up these super cute bunny ears from Party City online with free shipping.
Pete cheesing it up with his ears and Easter basket

The kids had a great time and loved all the games, snacks and books that we had ready for the party!

Snack time with the butterfly bodies they made during the craft! Such a great time all the way around!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Nursing Happens Scarf Review

I breastfeed Nora, she rarely eats from a bottle and I'm seldom sitting at home eating bon-bons and watching soap operas; actually that last part never happens.  My life typically is go go go, whether it is going to the park, church, preschool, my mom's house, grocery shopping or the doctors, something is always happening around here.  I'm not complaining, I get horrible cabin fever and find it easier to keep Pete from driving me nuts if we keep busy and not just stick around home all day every day.  As a result of life Nora has to eat other places than our nice comfy dedicated recliner.  After two kids I've become rather good at not flashing the world while feeding and sometime just don't care to cover while feeding my baby in public, not because of wanting the world to see it all but because of practicality.  Rarely is it possible to see anything so typically I don't see the need for covering once we have a good rhythm going with nursing, I also wear clothes and are a bit more conducive to nursing as well. I do find myself covering to nurse Nora at church the most of all the places we go. I think it is the proximity of people and the relatively quiet atmosphere makes me feel more comfortable to cover.  I cover for my comfort, not for those around me, if I'm comfortable nursing it works better for the both of us.

Nursing Happens Infinity Scarf in Pink Kiss Chevron

I was given the Nursing Happens Scarf in my MommyCon goodie bag as a blogger.  I've had the chance to wear it a couple times since then and have found it rather useful and that I missed it one day when I forgot it and had to use a blanket.  I started out my nursing journey with Nora using a tent style cover, I've never been a big fan but needed something. We stopped using it around 3 months because she would kick and flail around and send it flying open and me, being unprepared for such events, would be visible to what seems like the whole world.  I just stopped using anything and nursed so that nothing would be visible during our sessions. Nora does like to stop and look around sometimes, especially as she gets older, this cover seemed to allow that a bit more but also keep me covered where I needed it.  Surprisingly it wasn't horribly hot to wear the scarf, no more than any other I have hanging in the closet. I found it easy to throw in the diaper bag if I'm not actually wearing it, no plastic pieces to get bent out of shape.  It also looks good even when I have no plan of nursing Nora, like at work.  Part of me is tempted to get another in a different color because they are just cute and I like wearing scarves. I'm rather partial to the Boho Feathers design, lots of different colors would look great with it!

Check out all of the selection at their website. They also sell a wide selection of reusable snack bags, teething necklaces for mom, wet bags and lots of other fun and cute looking items!

I received the product for free in order to review and as part of a gift bag, but all comments and reviews are my own and not that of the company's.  The pictures are my own.


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Kandoo Wipes and Handsoap Review and Giveaway!

Kandoo Wipes were not a big hit in our house for Pete.  Mostly he associated them with baby wipes and wanted nothing to do with them touching his behind! I'm not one to try and argue too much with a 4 year old (nobody wins when it does happen). I thought they'd be useful and help him do a better job on his own, but alas he didn't want to be a "baby". Though I have found them useful for other things such as cleaning up after him if his aim is off when peeing, quickly wiping down the bathroom between cleaning, and wiping off the SprayPal Splatter Shield after I've sprayed off Nora's poopy cloth diapers.  Pretty useful. And if Pete uses them for something, I'm not too concerned with bleach or anything on his hands. So they are useful for things other than the intended purpose I
n our house!

Kandoo Handsoap has been a huge hit in our house! Pete likes that he can see the soap on his hands and loves trying to see how purple he can make them before I finally make him rinse.  He has really gotten better about consistently washing his hands after using the bathroom and before and after meals with this soap.  I also enjoy the berry scent which isn't overpowering but definitely there. I even find myself occasionally using his soap. We all have sensitive skin in this house and frequently get dry skin rashes in the dry winter air, and frequent handwashes can aggravate it.  Pete hasn't had any issues this year, whereas last year at this time he had horrible rashes on his hands from dry skin.

I received the product for free in order to review, but all comments and reviews are my own and not that of the company's.  The pictures are courtesy of Kandoo. 
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