Saturday, 26 January 2013

Cloth Crazy!!

Good Afternoon!  

I thought I would take this little bit of quiet time that I have today to share something.  I use cloth diapers!  I realize that a lot of people think its gross and a lot or work, because I was one of those people with my first two boys.  With my first, I didn't really know about it... I was like many other first time moms and thought that when you had a baby you buy Pampers or Huggies and that's that.  With my second, I had my best friend telling me about cloth, as she had her first shortly after mine and she was going cloth!  I thought she was crazy.  I didn't understand how/why she would want to put dirty diapers in her washing machine (the same one she put her family's clothing in.... DISGUSTING!)  And so, I continued in my world of $20/week disposables.  

With my third baby, that very same best friend was due only weeks before me.  She again began trying to convince me to give it a go.  She played the "you will save so much money" card a lot, and reassured me that it was not nearly as gross as I thought.  Long story short, its WONDERFUL!  I wish I had done it with my first two boys!  Its so easy (maybe 1-2 extra loads of laundry/week... which in a house of 5 isn't even noticed).

It was a little overwhelming to start.  There are serveral different types (all-in-one, pockets, fitted, covers, all-in-two, etc...).  It took me a while to get onto the diaper lingo... I have joined several FB groups and whatnot where I have learned a lot about the process, about washing, striping, drying, sunning (This amazing process by which you lay your stained diapers in the sun and within a few hours, BAM! Stains gone!!)

I could truly go on and on about cloth diapering.  There are so many benefits including, but not limited to, saving money, saving the environment, saving the baby's bottom... My little guy has had NO rashed of any kind caused by the diapers, whereas my other babies developed rashes from time to time for no apparent reason.  They are also so darn cute!!  There is a wide world of colours, prints, fabrics and styles to choose from.

Here are a few shots of my stash for you!  I have also sewn one for my friend that got me started... I will share that here as well.

This is a Little Fancy Pants called Julius Blue

Little Fancy Pants Ooga Booga

My Little Fancy Pants stash... they are amazing.

Sunning :)

Even a Finding Nemo Pocket!

The boys being silly..

Again in the Julius.  My fave!

This is the one I sewed for my friend.  Not too shabby for a first attempt!

Enjoy the rest of the day and thanks for stopping by!

Friday, 25 January 2013

My Boy's 5th Birthday!!

Ok, this is my very first post!  And wouldn't you know it... something weird happened and I lost the beginning of what I was trying to do... and I thought it was quite witty.... so I will try to repeat it...

Also, please let me know if there are some blogging rules that have been ignored.  I don't know how to do this...

My little one turned 5 back in November!  He is my oldest.  This birthday was surreal for me.  I can NOT believe that I am the mother of a 5 year old! (not to mention the 4 year old and 9 month old!).  So, after reminiscing and looking back at old photos, I decided that this birthday party would be all out!  I am on Maternity leave currently so that made it a little easier to plan & execute!  When I say a little, I mean that I still had the high energy baby to follow around... and he is everywhere... all the time!

So we decided on a dinosaur theme (me & the baby.. ha!) and we went to town!  I spent a lot of late nights on Pinterest searching for ideas.  There is a lot of WONDERFUL stuff out there!  I am going to try to post a link to that board for your viewing pleasure.  Let's see how that goes!!

So, back to Dinosaurs.... I spent an entire day being crafty!  Its been a long time since I was able to spend an entire day doing such things.  And I have to say that I renewed my love for scissors and glue!

So, here are some photos from the party!

Here are the initial few shots of the party!  My Big Guy was SOOO excited! (That's him in the striped shirt!)

This table... I used my Cricut for the banner... I'd like to say a big THANK YOU to my neighbour who lent me her cutting mat & hole punch!  There would have been no fabulous banner without you!

This dandy display was brought to us by the Qupcake Queen!  Here is a link to her FB page.  Stop by and give her a LIKE!~  They were fantastic! (The little dudes on top are handmade chocolates!!)

These cool dinosaurs are from Dollarama!

Marshmallows dipped in coloured chocolate dipped in sprinkles.. the kids LOVED these! (Ok, and the adults too!!)

This one was sugar-overload.... but so cute!  

First time Photo Booth... Not too shabby!!

My Son and I!  :)  Happy Birthday!

We had a colouring station... the girls loved, the boys thought it was boring!

Even little dino sandwiches!

Here's another shot of LO taking in the scenery...

Baby Brother clearly enjoyed himself!!

Hope you enjoy my very first post!!!  (Hopefully there is someone out there who reads it!!!)