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Sorry for any typos. I mostly blog from my iPhone lying in bed nursing a baby or sitting on the couch nursing a baby, or wearing a baby nursing. In between home schooling and laundry and diaper changing. Oh did I mention I might be nursing a baby? The point is, I rarely sit down at the computer. Thanks for understanding. You're the best!

Friday, May 5, 2017

DIY Face Serum.

I have crazy dry skin. Like crazy dry. I have to put lotion on my hands or face RIGHT AFTER I WASH THEM, Otherwise they crack. Ahhhh.

I started washing my face using the oil cleansing method about 4 years ago and that has help greatly!!
But I was still needing to put on a moitserizer very quickly after washing. 
I tried to use almond oil as a moitserizer. I tried coconut oil. I had tried other store bought moisturizers. My favorite has been just plain old Jergens lotion 😀
I wanted something more natural though. 
Here is what I came up with. I use this morning and night. 


- 2 TBS avocado oil

- 5-6 drops frankincense essential oil

-5-6 drops lavender essential oil 

I put mine in a little glass jar with a dropper. I use about 2 drops morning and night! 

I'm not an essential oil expert but from what I've been reading these two oils are excellent for skin care.

Let me know if you try it.

Here is a video of me explaining how to make it.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Quick link

I was just on periscope (@catholicmom_) talking about getting my Norwex box. I said I would put the link in a post here if you want to shop or sign up. It's free to sign up in September. 😀 I'm new to the company and a pretty excited. So here is the LINK... http://www.norwex.biz/pws/amandayates/tabs/home.aspx

Monday, May 11, 2015

Stash stash show me your stash!

Well hello and welcome back. If you are following us in the Flats and hand washing challenge, today is day 2! The topic for today is...what diapers are we using. 

We've been using flats exclusively since our first challenge 3 years ago. I love flats. The first year I used flannel receiving blankets and flip covers I already had.
 I bought some Walmart flour sack towels the next year.
I made some DIY Tshirt flats  and DIY fleece covers our 3rd challenge. 

Ok ok blah blah blah.  WHAT ARE YOU USING THIS YEAR? 

ANSWER...SAMs club flour sack towels. 

These things are AWESOME! 
They are quite a bit bigger than the Walmart flats. 

The tie dyed one is a Walmart flour sack towel, it is laying on top of a SAMs flour sack towel. 
The reason this is so cool, is it makes the pad fold thicker. I even use it overnight. 
I'm still using the same flip covers. I also made some fleece liners. I'm hoping this will help wick the moister away and keep baby rash free. 
I just cut up a pair of old fleece Jammie's for the liners. 

cost  brake down of this years stash 
SAMs flour sack towels $12.99
4 flip covers (bought 2 and 3 years ago) $48
Old Jammie's for fleece liners. $ free 
Wipes (baby wash cloths, purchased 6 years ago) $3

Total cost $63.99

There are years of diapering still in these things. 

Happy diapering! 

Check out my video on this same topic! 

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Day 1 flats handwashing challenge.

Crazy day 1 video. 37 weeks pregnant, tired and ready for bed. Enjoy :)

flat and hand washing challange

Do you think having a baby takes a lot of money? Well, it certainly can, but it doesn't have to.
This year I am participating in the flats hand washing challenge put on by Kim at Dirtydiaperlaundry.com.
This is my 3rd year doing this challenge. I want to help people rethink the idea that babies are to expensive. Babies are a great blessing from God. In fact I am about ready to pop with baby #5 ANY DAY NOW! (if you feel so inclined, you could pray that maybe it would be tonight, thanks)

Anyway, Diapers are EXPENSIVE! So for this week, I will be using old fashioned flat diapers and covers and hand washing them, to show that you don't need a lot of money to diaper a baby.

We actually use this type of diaper everyday. I found that they are very versatile and easy to get clean.

Sorry for the very short post, I'll write more tomorrow.

Follow me on this great adventure.

Here are the official rules
RULES of the Flats and Handwashing Challenge-

Materials Allowed
The following diapering items can be used:
• Any flat cloth diaper, store bought or handmade. A flat should be only 1 layer of material for easier handwashing and faster drying.
• 1 night time diaper per night of your choice although you are asked to make flats work for you (this diaper must also be handwashed)
• Doublers (not inserts meant to be absorbent enough to stand alone) if you absolutely must.
• A diaper sprayer.
• Wet bags/diaper pails for storage.
• Handmade “washing machine” for diapers such as the camp style washer I made last year.
• Non Electronic Portable washing machines (must be powered by you and cost less than $100.
• Commercially available or handmade covers.
• Commercially available or handmade detergents.
• Snappi, Boingo, and Pins for closure.
• Pocket diapers STUFFED WITH FLATS. (note that the potential for repelling on the stay dry lining could make your challenge harder but you can see what happens)
• Homemade or store bought fleece liners.
• Iron (to use in order to expedite drying time or sterilize)

Materials Not Allowed
• Electronic washer/dryer.
• Pockets with inserts other than flats, AIO’s, Fitteds, Contours, Prefolds, AI2’s, etc.
• Flushable liners.

Rules for Everyone
• You cannot use your washer or dryer.
• If for some reason something arises and an exception is made you need to disclose in the Conclusions Survey or on your blog if you are a blogger.
• There is no limit on the number of flats or covers you can use. Should you purchase 100 flats for $100 and go a whole week without washing? No. Use your common sense on this one. As a tip the more diapers in your camp washer/ sink/ tub the harder the washing will be.