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07. 31. 2014

When I was first creating my baby registry, I knew we were going to cloth diaper, but I had no idea what cloth diaper related items (if any) I should register for. I ended up registering for some diapers, and only ONE person purchased any of those diapers for us. I was very thankful that she did, as it decreased the amount we had to spend on the diapers ourselves, but I wish more people had. Looking back, I wish I would have registered for other cloth diapering items as well.

I put this list together for any cloth diapering mama-to-be or for anyone who is looking to purchase a gift for a cloth diapering friend.

Gifts for a Cloth Diapering MamaGift #1: I haven’t been using Spray Pal’s Splatter Shield for long, but boy, does it make a difference when it comes to poop. Let’s talk about poop for a second. I think most people think poop makes cloth diapering scary. It definitely is the worst part about it, but it’s really not that bad. Before Porter started solids, I didn’t have to do anything special to the poopy diapers. Once he started solids, I had to start spraying the diapers with a diaper sprayer. Now diaper sprayers are a wonderful invention, but there is a learning curve, and to this day, I never figured out the perfect spraying technique. Toilet water always splashed somewhere where it shouldn’t have (either on me, the wall, or the floor.) But, Spray Pal recently sent me one of their amazing splatter shields, and I tell you what: this is an amazing invention. It does exactly what it is designed to do; it shields that nasty, poopy toilet water, and it makes spraying diapers a lot easier.

Gift #2: Speaking of diaper sprayers, a diaper sprayer would make an excellent gift. This honestly makes all the difference in cloth diapering, and when I was trying to convince David to be on board to cloth diaper, he said he was on board…as long as we had a diaper sprayer. I wrapped one up for him and put it under the Christmas Tree (Porter was due on Christmas Eve.) I don’t regret that purchase for a second.

Gifts #3 & 4: Most cloth diapering moms will also be using cloth wipes. Any soft fabric or baby washcloth will work just fine or you can purchase something like Grovia Cloth Wipes. I also found some adorable cloth wipes on Etsy from LBCOrganics. To go along with the wipes, you could also gift some cloth wipe solution. I love Lusa Organics Booty Juice; it smells delicious!

Gift #5: Wet bags are a definite must for all cloth diapering moms. We have 4-5 of them. There are many brands and styles, but I like the Skip Hop or Planet Wise wet bags.

Gift #6: Not all diaper rash creams are created equal, and cloth diapering moms will need one that is safe for cloth diapers. There are many diaper rash creams that are marketed for cloth diapers, but recently I’ve been grabbing CJ’s Butter whenever Porter gets a little red.

Gift #7: Why not get that cloth diapering mama or mama-to-be an adorable diaper to add to her stash? I, of course, am a fan of bumGenius 4.0 pocket diapers, but some may prefer prints over solids. Best Bottoms has a wide variety of adorable prints. This hedge hog print is precious!

Gift #8: Diaper liners are not necessary to cloth diaper, but they do make poopy diapers easier to deal with. We use Grovia liners, and I love that they are flushable. Sometimes it eliminates the need to use the diaper sprayer, but oftentimes it just makes spraying the diaper easier and not quite as daunting.

Cloth diapering friends, what am I missing? What would you have loved to receive as a gift?

 

 

07. 28. 2014

First thing’s first: I’m sorry it’s been awhile since I’ve written a new post, but things have been a little nutso around here lately (not that this is a good excuse at all, but I allowed myself to slack a little bit, and now I’m trying to get back on track!) 

Secondly: Make sure you check out my guest post “5 Tips From a Working a Mom” on Today’s The Best Day Blog! It’s “old news” at this point, but if you didn’t catch it when it was published, make sure you do! 

Finally, the topic of today’s post: I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again; it’s hard to find cute, affordable boy clothing. Most stores don’t carry that much in store (have you ever noticed the girls’ section will be miles long (okay maybe not miles) and the boys’ section is one tiny corner? I do 99% of my shopping for Porter online.  I recently started buying ahead a little bit for next summer, as I saw some things at a great price. I also bought a few things for this upcoming fall/winter. Here’s what the UPS guy brought me (Does anyone else love getting mail/packages as much as I do? My husband jokes that we get a package delivered every day.)

All of these items were purchased from Old Navy or Carter’s. If you’re looking to purchase some items soon, through 7/29 Old Navy is having a 30% off sale if you use the code BIGTIME. Carter’s is also having a sale. Everything is 40% off (prices are as marked). I’m not sure when this sale ends, but Carter’s is also offering free shipping through 7/29. If you shop online at Carter’s, you know this rarely happens. I’m tempted to place another order just to take advantage of the free shipping! 

To save even more, make sure to shop online using a website like Ebates or Big Crumbs! Ebates offers 4% cash back at Old Navy and 2.5% cash back at Carter’s. Big Crumbs offers 1.2% cash back at Old Navy and 1.8% at Carter’s. My rule of thumb is to check those sites before I make any online purchase! Cash back percentages tend to vary from time to time, too, so make sure you always check! 

Note: It looks like some of these items have quickly sold out, but there are still lots of deals on both sites! 

Buying Ahead for Future Seasons

Woven Plaid Shirt  / All Star Football Tee /Striped Tee 

Dark Wash Painter Jeans / Jersey Hoodie / Plaid Shirt /Tiger Tee 

Striped Shorts / Light Up Sneakers / Plaid Shorts / 5 Pocket Jean 

The light up sneakers are about two-three sizes too big for Porter right now, but I can’t wait for him to wear them. He has light up sandals that he loves, so I know he will be tickled about these, too. 

What about you guys? Do any of you buy ahead for future seasons? What are your tips and tricks? Which stores offer the best deals? 

 

 

07. 17. 2014

Nutella Swirl Banana Muffins

Last week I made Nutella Swirl Banana Muffins and I can’t begin to describe how good they were. I had a few bananas that were too ripe and I was seconds from tossing them in the trash, but then I decided to do a quick search on Pinterest, and thank goodness I did because I think these muffins will be making multiple appearances for the rest of the summer. I found the recipe via My Frugal Adventures.

I followed her instructions almost exactly (see below). However, instead of using 1.5 cups of all purpose flour, I used 3/4 cup. Then I added 3/4 cup of whole wheat flour, and the recipe still turned out beautifully.

Let me tell you: Porter LOVED these muffins (and so did David. They didn’t last long in our house.) After the muffins cooled, I gave Porter a small taste, and he went absolutely nuts for it. The next day when I grabbed one to snack on for myself, he wasn’t letting me get past him without sharing. I’ve never seen him go that crazy for a food before. It was Porter’s first taste of Nutella and I have a feeling it’s going to become an obsession.

Nutella Swirl Banana Muffins

The recipe was a cinch to put together (even with a toddler at your feet.) Here’s what they looked like all ready to go in the oven.  I got carried away with the Nutella for a few of the muffins. By the way, I use these silicone baking cups

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 And here they are baked and ready to be devoured.

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 Here’s the recipe for those of you who would like to try it.  Porter highly recommends them.  They are great for breakfast, a snack, and even for dessert. Like I said, they didn’t last long. 

Nutella Swirl Banana Muffins
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Ingredients
  1. 3/4 C. all purpose flour
  2. 3/4 C. whole wheat flour
  3. 1 tsp. baking soda
  4. Β½ tsp. salt
  5. 1 C. sugar
  6. 2 eggs
  7. ΒΌ C. of butter, softened
  8. 3 ripe bananas, mashed
  9. β…“ C. Nutella
  10. 12 count muffin tin, greased or 12 Silicone baking cups (optional)
Instructions
  1. 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. 2. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt and set aside.
  3. 3. In a separate medium sized bowl mash the bananas. Stir in the sugar, eggs and softened butter.
  4. 4. Add the dry ingredients and stir just until mixed.
  5. 5. Fill muffin tins (Each muffin should be 2/3 of the way full.)
  6. 6. Soften Nutella in microwave for 10-15 seconds.
  7. 7. Spoon a small amount of Nutella directly on top of each muffin. Use a butter knife to swirl into the muffin mixture.
  8. 8. Bake for 15-17 minutes until golden brown.
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What about you? Have you tried any new recipes lately? I’d love to check them out. Leave them in the comments below! 

 

07. 14. 2014

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Thank you to everyone who participated in the giveaway! If you didn’t win, you can use the code “babyBlythehighpants” for 10% off in the Baby Highpants shop. Baby Highpants is already having a 20% off sale, and this coupon code will give you an extra 10% off. This coupon code will be valid through August 5, 2014. 

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It seemed that Porter outgrew his first diaper bag months ago. We were stuffing it full every day, and it just wasn’t as functional as it once was. So when Baby Highpants offered to send me their Poppy diaper bag to review, I jumped at the chance, and guess what?  You all will have a chance to win one as well!

You guys, this diaper bag is amazing. It’s incredibly well made (I love the canvas it’s made from!), stylish, has tons of pockets, and it’s huge. It also came with a changing pad, shoulder strap, and stroller clip.  Baby Highpants offers  a variety of colors and the winner will also get to choose the inside fabric/pattern. 

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As you can see, this diaper bag holds a lot.

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Now that Porter is a toddler, here’s what I keep stocked in our bag.

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bumGenius diapers  / Planet Wise Wet Bag /changing pad (came with Poppy diaper bag)

  diaper liners / Grovia Magic Stick   California Baby Diaper Area Wash  / cloth wipes

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plastic bag (for unexpected messes) / extra outfit (sometimes more than one)

 book (Porter loves board books!) / first aid kit 

 fresh feet wipes (not just for feet!) / hand sanitizer / PlanToys Baby Car

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Take & Toss Straw Cups (these are amazing…and cheap!) /Beaba Spoon & Fork / pouch bib 

Munchkin Snack Catcher (with snack, of course!) / GoGo SqueeZ apple sauce

Now that you’ve seen what I carry in my diaper bag, now it’s time for one of you to win one of these amazing Poppy diaper bags from Baby Highpants.  Make sure you use all the options to enter in order to increase your chances of winning! This giveaway will end at 12:00 a.m. (central time) on Tuesday, July 22, 2014. 

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