warning :)

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!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Giveaway.

I'm back... I hope for a while. I've been experiencing some pretty bad ALL DAY. Morning sickness. That's right, I'm pregnant. Whoot whoot! We are really excited around here. I'll talk all about that later. Today I have a really exciting giveaway to tell you about.

Veils by lily is giving away one of her beautiful veils. If you didn't know, I wear a veil at Mass and have for about 2 years. This is my favorite. Just so cheery.

So if you veil, or know someone that does. Go enter to win. I'd love to hear about your veiling experience in the comments.

Until next time friends. God bless.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

homeschool fun

I love workbooks. I could buy them all day and gaze at their beauty. I love the idea of my children using them to practice handwriting or math.

What I don't like it when they use them and "mess them up" :) I feel ripped off. It was so pretty, so new, so useful. Now is covered in marker, crayon, pen and no one is better at handwriting. We have 4 kids we are homeschooling and buying all those workbooks can get pricey.

I first thought I could just make copies each day for them to practice. I may still do that for somethings. But today I had an idea. For my preschoolers and kindergartner and maybe even my 3 grader for somethings I am laminating the workbook pages and they can practice with dry erase marker over and over again, until a skill is mastered.

I took our preschool workbooks and laminated them!
Now we have reusable workbooks. Whoot, whoot! I really love my laminater. It was only $24 dollars on amazon and has been well worth the tiny investment. Most of our preschool stuff we get from the Dollar Store. Some of these tracing books my mom bought a few years ago.  We have laminated flash cards and sentence practice too. So fun!

I am so happy about this I could giggle, in fact I did the whole time i was laminating!

Happy Homeschooling!



Tuesday, August 27, 2013

late start is still a start

If you are following my journey to happier mornings then you know I'm not really a morning person anymore. I also struggle with the sin of perfectionism. Yes in my life this is sinful. If you know me you know I am messy and unorganized. My mindset for a long time has been "if i can't do it perfect, i just don't do it" Wrong thinking? Yes! Very wrong!

I am Not Perfects. But In Christ My willing spirit is made perfect "But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me" 2 Corinthians 12:9

So the quick version of what I am relearning this week, is, Just get back up lady and start where you left off.  "Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning" Lamentations 3:23


The challenge has been going well. I've been getting up about 5:30 each day and spending time in prayer, and working on business stuff. It's a little more the 2 hours before the kids get up. Sometimes I have a little one with me, must mostly not. It has been great, peaceful time. 


However today, I slept through my alarm by 2, yes 2 hours :( But instead of being angry about it, I just got up and carried on as usual. Thankfully and praise God, the kids were still asleep, so I was able to Pray and study my Bible for a good 45 minutes. Then we made breakfast. Now the kids have a few free minutes, while I type this up. After I'm done here We'll Start school 2 hours late. 


Gods, power is made perfect in our weakness. His grace is sufficient! Let It be sufficient. 


OK, I have to run, we have school to do. 


Have an Awesome Tuesday! 


Monday, August 26, 2013

breastfeeding Multitasking

I like to multitask. If I can do 2 things at once, I am happy. I really think is more like add. But we'll call it multitasking :)

For example, in high school, I couldn't just watch a show with my family on a Friday night. I had to also be writing and flipping through a magazine at the same time. I don't idle well. 

Silent prayer has always been hard. Something I really have to focus on. Be still and be with God. 
The be still part, is the hard part for me. My brain works really fast. 

So, when i became a mom, I brought my multitasking ways with me. Breastfeeding/ pumping with baby number 1, I read and watched tv.

By the time I had baby number 2, I had a smart phone and I wasn't afraid to use it. :)

I read a lot of books on breastfeeding (something I struggled with ) I read email, checked facebook, all while nursing my sweet baby. It seemed to be a great time to multitask. 

Then came baby 3 and then 4 all pretty quick. 

We didn't have a computer. So all my Internet needs were fulfilled by my smart phone. Email, Facebook, blogging. I did most of it while nursing a baby or two. 

Well, a few weeks ago I realized I was WAY stressed out. (Something I don't  normally deal With) We are in the middle of a move, a job change for my husband, homeschooling and launching some family  businesses .  A lot to do at once. 

One of the things I always look forward to during  the day, is getting to sit and nurse my sweet baby girl. It doesn't happen very often any more since she's 17 months old, but it's still one of my favorite things  each day. I get to lay down and chill for a few minutes. 

What I noticed last week was, I ALWAYS, Facebook, blog or read while nursing. I didn't ever think this was a problem. But this week I decided to put the iPhone down while breastfeeding and let the happy mommy hormones really help me relax. I realized my brain was never at rest. I was always on the go. always "at work" 

I feel God really working on my mommy heart, to just be still and love my baby and rest. Moms don't get a lot of that. But it's built into our day.  We just have to take the time God gives us. 


So off with the phone. (At least while nursing) :)

What do you think about breastfeeding and multitasking? 

Monday, August 19, 2013

hello simple breakfasts

I am participating in the hello hello mornings challenge.  Today is day 1. And if you read about my morning monsters you know I need to come up with a simple, sane way to feed all these kids and myself, while I'm still in a daze.

So here is my,
Hello Breakfast Menu

Soaked oatmeal We really like soaked oatmeal. I measure out about 2 cups of oats into my cooking pot. dice one apple and put into the pot, cover with water, mix in about a tbsp of yogurt cover the pot and let it sit on the counter over night. In the morning, I turn on the pot, bring it to a light boil, turn it down until it's warmed. Then serve with cinnamon and milk or cream.

Pancakes. I make up the pancakes sometime during the week and store in fridge or freezer. In the morning I just warm them in the microwave or toaster. Easy Peasy. I am just using the good old fashioned Better Homes and Gardens red and white cookbook recipe, but am working on some almond flour, and whole wheat recipes. I'm sure you could do the same thing with these.

Baked eggs. Whip up 6 eggs with a little milk poor into buttered muffin tins cover and store in fridge (or you can do it all in the morning, I wont be that awake)  In the Morning pop in the 350 oven for 10ish minutes until done. Serve on homemade rolls or alone with cheese. If you want to get fancy these are really yummy

homemade or not :) yogurt. I love making yogurt, but sometimes I don't do it. So I buy it.
We eat it with frozen blueberries

I won't lie, I'm sure there will be days, we'll probably have, just plain old toast and jam. But I'm hoping my menu will eliminate the "shhh and just eat some bread or cold cereal" monster that likes to show up in the morning.

Bless us, 
O Lord, 
and these your gifts, 
which we are about to receive 
from your bounty.
Through Christ our Lord. 

Amen.

What are your favorite sane breakfasts?

today I'm linking up with
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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Family Sanity Saver

I just recived these in the mail yesterday.
 I am so excited about them. Drinkbands are going to change our dishes situation forever. We have 4 kids and we always seem to forget whose glass is whose. So I end up just getting a new glass for whoever lost track of which was theirs. It happens all day.

I tried color coded plastic cups but if they didn't get washed that day or were still in the dishwasher I didn't have the right color for the right child.

But now that  I have Drinkbands, I can put one on any glass and we know whose is whose. Its already working like a charm.

Check it out and let me know what you think!

curriculum 2013-14

Our kids are 8, 4, 3, and 17 months old.  This is what we are using this year. We are still piecing together some things, but this is a good start

READING
We have this whole curriculum from dollar homeschool I like that I can print new books, when the old ones get worn out (or milked dumped on them, or chewed up or...) I haven't really looked at the sience and history yet, but I'm sure its great too.

This came in the dollar homeschool but I also bought the hard back version

MATH



I really Love this Math. I've never been very good at math, so I was nervous to have to teach it. However these books are awesome. I am learning something everyday!

RELIGION

WE have this child training Bible but I want this one. It is pretty much the same, but has some Catholic elements. And it's an ebook, so you can down load it right away. (I like instant gratification)
We have theses catechisms 

We love this book from Holy Hero's too 
We memorize one scripture or prayer each week, and part of the catechism question.

HANDWRITING

I copy the Bible verse or prayer we are learning and they copy that each day. 

SIENCE


We have a set of these that my parents gave us. So We are just doing a book a week, Unit study style. 

HISTORY

I am still looking for something we really love.  For now we are reading the Bible and talking about the history.
We also watch this
and talk about American history.

SOME EXTRAS

We love anything from Holy Hero's
The kids love to draw, and paint and use their kindles 

 What do you use?

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Baby Wearing Wednesday

Here are some goofy videos of me quickly showing a friend how to use her new ring sling.

This is how crazy my days alway are. fun, fun, fun!

Enjoy wearing your baby today. 

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

homeschooling awesomeness

I am planning our homeschool year this week. ( I'll post what we are using this year in a different post) We are entering in our 4th "real" year of homeschooling. WE have an 8, 4, 3 and almost 2 year old. I love homeschooling, I really do. But I get overwhelmed and stressed pretty easily. So when I saw this book,
Homeschooling Day by Day  I wanted to read it. I bought it yesterday and dove right in. IT IS GREAT!

If you need a little encouragement to start the year off right, this is the book for you.

Thank you little natural cottage for you hard work and encouraging message!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Morning Monster

I have always been a naturally cheery person in the morning. My parents home schooled my brother and me. I remember in high school, my mom looking out over her morning coffee at my chipper face with a look that said, "quit being so loud" all in a loving mom way.

After high school, I had many a roommate give me this same look with more colorful looks and with colorful words.

What I've always liked about the morning, is the still, quietness. I have always loved to spend time with God, listening to God, quietly listening.

I like to watch sunrises, and smell the morning dew. I even like to chill of morning and wrapping myself up in a blanket with a cup of fresh ground coffee and a bit of heavy cream or a nice cup of earl grey tea.

I LOVED MORNINGS.

10 years of marriage and 4 kids, has created and morning MONSTER!

As soon as I had my first baby, I almost instantly turned from chipper morning lady, to, tired, lets watch tv until I can function mama. My first son even slept through the night early and slept in his own bed.

I tried to blame it on my husband being deployed and having to do everything myself. But I really had a lot of help while he was gone.

Then we had more kids. The next group of little ones came fast. 18  months apart. Each one slept with us and nursed until a little over 2 years old.  Co-sleeping hasn't really made me anymore tired then I was with one baby sleeping in his own bed. In fact it has very much helped the breastfeeding relationship and I feel I get more sleep now, not having to get out of bed every time the baby needs to eat.

The real Problem with mornings is... THEY (all those kids) can sense when I'm about to get up. It does not matter how early I set the alarm, they will know and at least one of them with want to be up.

No more still, quiet, prayerful, sunrise watching, dew smelling, coffee enjoying mornings. NO! NO more!

So I have started staying in bed until all 4 of them are up and begging me for food, or I can smell that a baby needs a diaper change or I hear them fighting over a toy in the other room.

I hide from the morning.


Have you ever noticed that everyday normal things, are soooooo much louder in the morning, when people are sleeping?

Take this morning for instance, I very quietly (like a ninja in fact) snuck out of my warm bed at 4 am. I noticed how much the floor creaks, and how loud I walk (like an amazon women) and even the light switches make noise and the coffee pot. Oh my the coffee pot SHHHHHH.

I have already had to go and shush the baby back to sleep, twice. I know she's not ready to get up, but she knows I'm up. They all do.

In my ideal world, I wouldn't care so much if they were up with me. We could enjoy the quiet together. We could pray together and enjoy the sunrise together.

But instead we have LOUD. With 3 boys and then a girl, our house is always loud. Morning, noon and night.

I do have a plan though. I am casting my sleepies on the Lord. I am making a stand against the morning monster. I am going to say hello to mornings again. If the kids wake up, so be it. I will be coming up with a morning action plan.

Easy breakfasts
quiet activities for the littles
Prayer
Coffee and a smile once more.

Take That Morning Monster! Take That!


Join me and other moms from around the globe in the hello mornings challenge. Go check it out and follow me on my fight again the Morning monster. http://www.hellomornings.org

I want to know your best morning tips. Help a tired mama out.

Don't forget to check out moms the word and The modest mom 2 of my favorite blogs. Thanks ladies.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

breast-feeding week. MY struggle to breast-feed.



I'm nursing my 16 month old baby girl as I'm typing this. (not easily I might add, she thinks is funny to kick my arm). Today I am actually using a computer (I usually blog from my iPhone) My phone is easier to use I am finding out. A lot less arm kicking.

Anyway, enough about where I'm typing hey?

If you didn't know, It's World breast-feeding week and really breast-feeding month. I love breast-feeding. It however, has not always come so naturally to me. When my first baby was born, I was very ready to nurse this sweet blessing from God. All went well enough at the hospital, until I meet with the lactation consultant (if thats what she really was, I don't know) She told me I had inverted nipples and handed my a nipple shield and a prescription for a breast pump.

I instantly, thought I was broken. It broke my heart. I didn't know what to do after that. My husband and mom were very supportive and tried to encourage me, but This was new for all of us.  I cried and tried to feed my baby. I pumped like crazy day and night. All while trying to nurse. But I really felt like I just couldn't do it. After just a couple of weeks, I gave in to pumping only. After What seemed like forever (it was only 3 months) I started formula feeding.

All This time I was also struggling with, just not feeling like a good mom. I put on a good face in public, but I was Sad! I just wanted to be able to feed and nurture my baby.

In an attempt to gain some sanity I started a rather strict schedule. And a cry it out method of Parenting. Most people would have thought, I had it all together. I thought I had it together. I was "that mom" that pushed sleep training (sorry friends) But inside I felt like a failure. Silly? Maybe. But it was what it was.
My son paid the price for my unattached parenting style. I just wasn't always nurturing. I was so focused on being the perfect parent. Or rather, having the perfect baby.

After 4 years I was pregnant again. This time I was determined to breast-feed.

After The birth of my second son, I meet the most wonderful lactation consultants in the world. At the hospital they had a breast-feeding support group every single tuesday. It was a come and go group. they usually had 2 lactation consultants, and doctor in the room. You could have your baby weighed and talk to a dr, or lactation consultant. They were sooooo helpful and supportive and great problem solvers.

I went every week. They were so encouraging. They helped me more then I can say. I am so Thankful for them (I'm tearing up a little) They also helped me know, I was not a bad mom for not nursing my first baby. They helped me understand how to nurture him now along with my new baby.

The next thing that helped me was Dr Sears website. I went to the problem solving page and would read it on my phone while I was breast-feeding. It was so helpful to read that having inverted nipples isn't a hindrance to breast-feeding, because baby should be latching on the whole areola not the nipple anyway! I was a very encouraging website. also Some of his books
are great (I don't agree with all of it, but they were so encouraging)

I also found (and later read) that breast-feeding can very much help the baby blues. I found this to be true.  but also letting go of my crazy dictator schedule and just really enjoyed being with each baby also helped a lot.

I gave up some of the control and tried to let God and His word lead. This book was helpful Brestfeeding and Catholic Motherhood

I have now breast-fed 3 of my 4 children. tandem nursed #2 and #3 together and #3 and #4 together. I read this while pregnant with #3 to try and prepare. I am now only nursing the youngest.

Mothering is quite the adventure and breast-feeding is no exception.

How has your nursing relationship been?

Monday, August 5, 2013

Cover up that diaper

A few weeks ago I did 2 cloth diaper videos, but forgot to talk about why I like the covers I use. Do here's another video :)




  
If you have any questions let me know.
Don't forget to check out the modest mom and moms the word.

Smile and have a great Monday!

Monday, July 29, 2013

Simple sane cloth diapering.

Happy Monday.  Today I wanted to share a video I did for a friend all about what cloth diapers I'm using now. I hope you all find it helpful too.





Oh and don't forget to enter the 100 likes giveaway I'm giving away a ring sling!

and... 

I'm linking up with the modest mom and moms the word go check them out. They Rock!


Thursday, July 25, 2013

Nap on my back?

I wanted this post up on Wednesday, but, well, umm.  Anyway :) I plan to have a regular "baby wearing Wednesday"  post. I'll do videos, and have pictures all about baby wearing. You can ask questions or link up (once I figure out how to do link ups. Lol) 

So here you have it. 



Wearing a toddler to sleep.  
 
What can you do while baby wearing?
 

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

100 likes a live website and... A giveaway!

The website is live and we reached 100 likes on Facebook, so... it's giveaway time. a Rafflecopter giveaway Go enter the giveaway. Go now. Thanks again everyone.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Going green or, Lots of kids


Reusing bath towels is just part of having 5 kids (or going green) whatever your deal is. Mine, it lots if kids and no desire to have 5-7 bath towels to wash daily. No thank you! 

We have had a problem with, how do we store that many towels after bath time?

Well her you have That Crazy Moms 5 minute solution. 

Labeled hangers. 

Each child has a color. After a bath we hang them over the hanger and on the shower rod. 
It's been working really well. 

Do you have a special way you hang towels to reuse?


Today I'm linking up with mommy monday The modest mom and moms the word, go check them out. Really great stuff! Thanks ladies, I am always inspired.


Friday, July 19, 2013

The Website is live!

It's live, It's live! My website is live! I am so happy. I have been trying to get this thing up and running since Christmas last year. Now it is done. The site is still bare bones. You can only order custom Ring slings. I will be stocking some already made slings, nursing covers and aprons soon. But I am up and ready for new custom orders. You can send in fabric or just message me what you're looking for and I'll whip up a beautiful creation made just for you.

I love being a mom, I love homeschooling, I love being a wife and homemaker, but trying to get it all done at the sometime is hard work. That Crazy Mom came out of a need for simple sane parenting.

Check it out. What do you think?

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Glow sticks equal happiness?

The kids were sick today. Well, ok we only had one sick kid. But that meant, sick day for all. (No formal school)

By the afternoon our sick little one was feeling a bit better and the others we ready for some run around fun. 

I happens to have glow sticks for some reason ( thank you Pinterest for convincing me I needed them)
So, I cracked them open and sent them to  the playroom. Off with the lights, I ordered. 
And the giggles began. They built a camp fire, they roasted hot dogs,they made their paper plate masks glow.(yes paper plate super hero masks) 
(Yes it looks kinda like Jason, I know. Don't judge) ;)

 
It was a great end to a sick morning. I got to get some laundry done and listen to the giggles (only a little fighting) of my babies. 

My conclusion? Glow sticks equal happiness. :)

Well maybe not, but they sure provided us some good clean fun!

Monday, July 8, 2013

Modest Monday - travel outfit.

Well, it's been a long wonderful weekend. The kids and myself are still visiting my family while my husband remodels our home. But this weekend my amazingly brave dad, drove us (4 loud kids and me) to Salt Lake City UT to meet up with my husband and step son for, Man In The Moon Event
We only got to attend the education seminar (everything was sold out before we decided to go) but it was wonderful for us all to see my husband. The kids were so happy. And the conference was informative. (I'll blog about that another day)

Here's what I wore to travel in. 
Sorry for the bad picture. I take them all with the self timer on my iPhone.
Shirt- the only one I like :)
Shirts- a kaki cargo skirt I got from a friend 
Shoes- flip flops. 
It was comfy and practical. 




What are your go to travel outfits?

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

hard mommy days

 
Monday was a particularly hard mommy day. You know the kind (well i hope I'm not alone) when the kids wake up fighting, crying, whining! AHHHHH! It makes me want to run for the hills.  The day started that way and ended that way. It DID NOT get better ALL day. Usually if we are having one of "those days", we scrap all plans and I send everyone back to bed for a "do over"  I make more coffee, and we paint or play in the water or watch TV, yes watch TV. But Monday was different. NOTHING worked. I turned into grumpy grouchy mom and we were all unhappy, There was no joy of the Lord is our strength on Monday.

It made me sad, angry, frazzled and all together CRAZY!

Then after all the littles were nicely tucked in bed I started praying and thinking about the day. What went wrong, I thought. What didn't I do, I thought. Then, like a lightning bolt, it hit me. We all have those days. (right?) We do.  It could have been a lot of things. We are visiting my parents, so we aren't in our own home, our schedule is off, daddy isn't with us, or they could be catching a cold. I'm not sure. What I am sure of, is these little blessing from God are part of how I work out my salvation. I realized I didn't treat them the way I would have treated Jesus.

I'm not sure if I could have made everyone happy, but I'm sure I could have behaved better. I could have chosen to Let the Joy of the Lord be my strength.

Tuesday and today have been much better. I've cracked my Bible back open and am diving in. I'm offering up my "crazy days" for Heaven for my children. 
It's not a magic pill or easy button, but I know that God can and does work all this out for His Glory! (and our good!)

Here are some great things to do, when you need a "do over"

Monday, June 10, 2013

Monday, already.

This weekend was a blur. I woke up and honestly forgot it was Monday. I am linking up with http://www.themodestmomblog.com/2013/06/modest-monday-and-a-link-up-38/

It's a maternity skirt, but I liked it so much, I still wear it :)

The shirt, my mom gave me. 
Flip flops are from target. I think. ;)


We had a busy, but relaxing weekend. Saturday was spent cleaning and doing laundry. I took the two oldest boys to Mass Saturday night, with my dad. My wonderful mom stayed with the 2 little ones. Sunday was relaxing. We straightened up the toy room at my parents house ( we are visiting my family) then the kids played in the sprinkler. And searched for bugs.  Fun in the sun.  



I hope you have a crazy awesome week. 
 
 

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Modest Monday link up

I feel a little strange posting about modesty, then putting up a picture of myself. I very much enjoy seeing what other moms wear. How they make skirts work everyday. I am far from being skirts only. But I very much desire it. I wear skirts 99% of the time when I'm out and about. At home however, I still wear yoga pants or jeans a lot. I don't think this is wrong, however I don't feel "ready for work" dressed like I just rolled out of bed. 

So here you go. 

This is a strapless maxi dress from target, with a button up my mom gave me. 

I just want to say a special thanks to Caroline from The Modest Mom for this awesome link up. http://www.themodestmomblog.com/
 


Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Baby wearing Wednesday

What's your favorite way to wear baby? This is a picture of my 2 favorite ways. On my back or in a ring sling. 
Next week I hope to do a video or more pictures on why I love a good ring sling. 


 

Monday, May 27, 2013

Modest Mondays

Today I'm linking up with the modest mom http://www.themodestmomblog.com/
For modest Monday. I love Caroline's blog, especially modest Mondays. It is always so encouraging to read about modesty and femininity. 

I love wearing skirts and dresses. I feel so much more feminine and motherly. There's just something about being dressed for the day. I notice a huge difference in my attitude when I'm all put together vs still being in my yoga pant at noon or even all day. Now, I'm often still in my pjs at noon :) but I feel better when I'm not. Here's some pictures from this week. 
This skirt is from the modest moms clothing store. http://www.deborahandco.com/skirts/
I'm not sure it available anymore. It is my FAVORITE skirt. 


 

 

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Last day. Day 7 of the flats challenge.

Today is the last day of the the flats hand washing challenge. http://dirtydiaperlaundry.com/ 
sorry in advance for any typos or nonsensical jabber. I am blogging in bed on my phone, nursing my 13 month old. It's been a busy day. Thank goodness for modern tools, like my iPhone I can blog from. 

I had a great week. I am visiting my parents. Thankfully they have 3 bathrooms, so my diaper stash and wash system didn't have to take over their areas. 
I did the challenge last year and have switched to flats full time and wash part time. I knew what to expect, how to wash, how dry and what I liked and didn't like. 
Some things I didn't expect, was how much my 13 month old would love helping wash diapers. She gets really into it. 

It was a really fun time to hang with my youngest. 

Another thing that was surprising was how fast diapers dry outside in the sun. Last year we lived in Tacoma , WA. It rains 300 days a year. So I dried my diapers in the bathroom each night. But this year... SUNSHINE! The sun is awesome! The diapers were drying in about an hour. 


 

My parents have soft water.  As a result, I have had a much harder time getting all the detergent rinsed out. We had a little diaper rash a few times. I think it was from the detergent not getting rinsed out. It wasn't consistent, so I just  tried extra hard to make sure there was no more bubbles. Sometimes this took 5 rinses. 

I like washing as I go. But I'm guessing once I get home from visiting my parents, I'll be crazy busy and won't have built in babysitters, so the wash may happen at night when my husband can watch the kids. Or I may try to get all 4 of them involved and call it home economics :)

Something I realized, was I want to learn other homemaking arts. I want to learn to hand wash all clothes. I'm not saying I desire to get rid of my beloved washer and dryer. But learning how to do it, would be a great thing. 
Someone over on the Facebook page talked about teaching a class at crisis pregnancy centers. I have a deep passion for the pro life movement and especially single moms. I believe All life is a blessing from God, and something like diaper should not be a stress maker in a mothers life. ( there's enough to worry about) 
I would love to take that great idea, and do the same. Donate, flats and teach classes to young moms. Single or married. 
We have 4 kids and I know we save a lot of money by cloth diapering. 
I worked at a crisis pregnancy center in high school. I wish I'd known about cloth back then. 
I may have a new mission :)
I really do love cloth diapers. I mean  If you have to deal with poop everyday, it might as well be fun, fashionable and affordable. 

Thank you dirty diaper laundry for all your work and passion in sponsoring this awesome event.  http://dirtydiaperlaundry.com/3rd-annual-flats-and-handwashing-challenge-day-6-open-topic-linky/

If you have any questions let me know. Thanks for joining. 

Next week have: modest Monday link up hosted by http://www.themodestmomblog.com/2013/05/modest-monday-and-a-link-up-35/

Baby wearing Wednesday. Join That Crazy Mom on my adventures in babywearing. 

Five minute Fridays. Things this crazy mom can get done in five minutes. 

See you tomorrow. 
 
 

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Pictures.

So, today is day 6 of the flats hand washing challenge, sponsored by dirty diaper laundry http://dirtydiaperlaundry.com/

It's been a crazy Saturday. Sorry my post is up so late.  

I put off washing last night. I was just to tired. So I had to do 12 diapers and 8 covers this morning. I got interrupted several times, but finally finished. I think I like washing as I go, better then so many at once. 

My oldest son got sick this evening and thew up at Church.  We are all feeling a little yucky, but I didn't think anyone was that sick. He proved me wrong. Poor guy. Thankfully the boys, all 3, are in bed ( kind of late but in bed) I'm laying down putting my sweet daughter to sleep. I still have 3 diapers to wash. But if I learned anything today, it was "don't put off until tomorrow what can (and should) be done today". 

Here's some pictures from today. 




 


 


 
 
 

Friday, May 24, 2013

Yep, I still hate poop

Well, this week I'm participating in the flats hand washing challenge  sponsored by dirty diaper laundry

Today, I'm talking about, whats working for me and whats not.

Lets start with what is working for me. I still love flat diapers. I've been cloth diapering since my second little one was born 4 years ago. We used mostly prefolds. We always struggled with getting the diapers really clean. So the idea of flats sounded like a great option. No layers for yeast and soap to hide. We have now been happily using flats for a year. We have flannel receiving blankets, homemade flannel flats and I just recently bought some flour sack towels  and ozycozy flats (that my kids and I are going to dye tomorrow)

I love the simplicity of flats. (I'm an underground minimalist, with hoarding tendencies) I love how clean I can get them. I have found I get the diapers way cleaner hand washing them, then they get in the washer. I love drying on the line, outside or in. I love having the washer free to do the laundry of my growing family (5 kids my husband and me, so far)

Yesterday, I wrote about how I hand wash. I've been washing in the bathroom sink after every diapers change or after every 3 or 4. I'm not sure I like this better then washing all at night or in the morning. I guess we'll see as I press on. Sometimes I just have to get the dirty diaper off and a clean one on and get back to whatever is more pressing.
Today I did have to do a larger load. I was lazy last night and didn't want to wash. We had been out of the house all evening and had a few diapers to wash. I didn't get around to washing until late this afternoon. I think I had 8 diapers and 5 covers.. I washed in the sink and did two rinses in the bathtub, than hung them outside.

Now for what I'm NOT into!
I really dislike poop. We usually use flushable liners. I really love flushable liners. I am very not into swishing poop in the toilet. I do wear gloves, but I really will be happy at the end of this week and I can go back to using the liners. Did I mention I DO NOT LIKE POOP!
I am visiting my parents and I don't have a clothes line (my dad said he'd put one up if I want him to) so I've been putting the diapers on hangers and hanging them all over the back yard. It's been pretty windy and we've ended up with diapers all over the yard. So, i miss my clothes line.

Herer are a few pictures from today




 


 


 






Thursday, May 23, 2013

Hand washing how to.


 My wash routine last year was simple enough. My husband would put the kids to bed while I took about 30 minutes to wash diapers  (And by put to bed I mean everyone ran around the house until I was done and I could nurse the newborn and 18 month old to sleep and my husband and the two older kids would watch a movie or eat a snack and fall asleep and my husband would move them to their beds) 
The wash routine was: dump diaper pail, squeeze poop water from diapers. Blah. Wash each diaper in the sink. Fill up bathtub with clean water. Rinse in tub. 

I continued this sink to bathtub routine for about 3 months after the challenge. I liked it. 
This year however, I am visiting my parents. My husband is remodlding our home. So I'm the "put the kids to bed person"  Which doesn't always happen smoothly or before 10pm. I'll be honest, the last thing I want to do at night is wash diapers and try and be quiet so I don't wake the kids or my dad. 

I have a new wash plan. Wash as I go. I have done  this in the past, so I know it can work. I just hope it will work, with 4 kids and trying to homeschool.  I think it should only take about 1-2 minutes to wash and hang after each diaper change. 

Update: 
Wash as I go, is going pretty good. Its more like wash every 3 diaper changes. I don't alway have time (even 2 or 3 minute) to wash as soon as its done.  I did find that washing in shifts worked well.  I rinse right way. Then when I have a few minutes (in between homeschooling, other laundry, nursing and what ever other random mothering things come up) I wash each diapers. Then I usually here someone crying or climbing on something or its lunch time, so I pile them on the counter clean. Then the next random moment I have I can hang them outside or in the bathroom. This seems to be the best "that crazy mom" with all those kids, option.  


I did a few videos on washing. 

The first is, what to do with poo diapers. I usually use reusable rubber gloves, but this is what my mom had, so I used those.

The second is Wash as I go

The last is a bit longer, 11 minutes, I wanted to see how long it took to wash 6 diapers at a time.

Some other things i've learned:

-Covers take a long time to dry, but if you roll it in a towel before you hang it, it dries way faster!

-rubber gloves help in ringing out diapers and help the gross factor when swishing out poop in the toilet.

-I can get a lot more regular laundry done, when the washer isn't always full of diapers. 

Happy hand washing friends. 

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Flats challenge. FOLDS

Well, its day three of the flats hand washing challenge.  We are doing great
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Today I have a few videos and pictures of some folds we do. We mostly do the pad fold which you can see in this first picture. I made this flat. It's 20 by 20 flannel. Very slim. Sometimes I use two. 

Here is a pad fold video this is what we use the most. I like it because its fast and easy. If I prep them before hand it's just as easy to put on an aio or a disposable. I especially like this one for packing the diaper bag. Just pull it out and put it on.  Easy Peesy.

Here is another kind of fold. I use this with newborns with more runny poo.
I saw this on the flats challenge Facebook page. I thought it was really smart. Snappis don't fit well on flannel, so this is a great option. This is a 27 by 27 flannel flat tied on my 2 1/2 year old.  
I hope everyone is doing great. Let me know if you want to see anything else. 

Tomorrow I'll talking about hand washing. Videos and pictures. 
 

















Monday, May 20, 2013

Day 2 of the Flats Hand washing Challenge! The Goods

Day 2 of the flats hand-washing challenge. What am I using...the goods. 

When I was first looking into cloth diapering, I looked all over the Internet, reading reviews and price checking. I spent hours and days and weeks trying to make a decision. All I kept thinking was, man these things are expensive. I knew that in the long run, I would be saving money but I just didn't have $300 or more to spend at one time. It just was not an option. My mom ended up buying us some prefolds and covers. I used those for 2 years. In fact we still use them from time to time.

When I heard about this challenge, I thought, "now that's a great idea" I am that person that can't afford diapers. So I took the challenge last year. I  bought: 

Two 10 count gerber flats $10 each.

I collected all the receiving blankets  we had. It was 16.

My mom bought me a few more flip covers.

The detergent I was already using - detergent I've used for about a year and love

I had baby wash cloths to use as wipes.

My cost was about $20 dollars
The cost all together was about $80 dollars. 

 I did make some homemade flannel flats and some more wipes at Christmas time. Cost  $20

I didn't have to buy anything new this year. My diapers, covers and wipes are all still in great working order. 

This years challenge I will be using:

-20 flannel flats. Mix of homemade and receiving blankets. 

-30 flannel wipes. Homemade



Some things I won't be using that I normally do:
Flushable liners
Washer and dryer.

Homemade how to
I bought the cheapest cotton flannel I could find. $1.99 a yard. Cut it 28 by 28.  Then serged the edges. Then washed them. They shrunk to about 27 X 27. 
I also made some smaller ones 20 x20

The wipes are about 8 x 8 surged flannel. 

Have fun everyone! Talk to you tomorrow. 




 


Saturday, May 18, 2013

Flats and Handwashing Challenge.

 
"You're doing what?" I hear from family and friends.
"I'm using old fashioned flat diapers and I'm hand washing them."
It's always an interesting conversation. So, let me tell you why I'm taking the flats and hand wash challenge  for the second year.
My first thought last year was:

Um Gross
When I first read about the challenge, I was honestly pretty grossed out. The part of cloth diapering I already didn't like was having to deal with the poo. So, the idea of hand washing poop out of diapers was less than appealing. I've been cloth diapering for 4 years. I still hate poop. 

What we used before 
I was already cloth diapering when I stumbled upon  this challenge. We used mostly prefolds and covers, I have a few pocket diapers and a couple of aio's. Over the years we have struggled with diaper rashes and lots of yeast issues. So I was most interested in being able to get them really clean and fully rinsed out. Since flats are only one  layer I thought this was a great option.

Why, Why, Why hand wash?
My why last year, was to get rid of diaper rash with a one layer diaper. which we did and have not really returned to other kinds of cloth diapers.

My why this year is to show that money shouldn't be the reason your baby sits in a poop diaper. First off, that's gross. Second it can harmful.
Diapers can be a real struggle for some families. I know that when my family is using disposables we spend $100 a month. $100 can go a long way towards other things. Things like feeding my 5 kids or paying the mortgage or gas. The possibilities are endless. Just imagine an extra $100 dollars.

As for hand washing. Well, a lot of people don't have a washer and dryer. I know we haven't always. I consider it a great blessing that we do now. So for this challenge, I want to show that not having these convinces should also not be a reason to test the limits of a disposable diaper.
Again imagine an extra $100 dollars a month.

I have 2 kids in diapers right now. 1 year old and 2 year old. So come along this week and see how we do.