Have you tried to go offline?

 Hello everyone! Sorry I’m hit and miss on this blog (not that anyone is actually reading it).  Anyhow,  I recently decided to get rid of my Facebook and have tried to be as offline as possible.  With the exception of Pinterest.  I mean I need crafty things to do and recipes now that I’m not attached to my  phone. =]

Let me recap on some things that has happened since the last post.  The girls and I have been starting all sorts of different seeds indoors.  And they LOVE to do that.  Hopefully they will enjoy the rest of the work gardening also.  We also recently got 14 chickens and 7 ducks.  We have lost 1 chicken and I had to save another. The girls LOVE them.  We bought  each girl a chicken harness for when the birds are big enough. haha. I am hoping to obtain some eggs that my stomach can handle.  At the moment store bought eggs make me feel very sick to my stomach for an entire day when I eat them.  I am wondering if it isn’t the corn or soy that’s used in the feed.  Because of this I mixed up my own feed from a mix recipe I found on Pinterest.  It contains sunflower seeds, flax seeds, barley, wheat, oats, and crushed oyster shells.  All the birds seem to enjoy this.  It’s a tad bit more pricey, but not too much.  We are also in the market for quail to raise for eggs.  Just need to find some at a reasonable price in our area.

Another thing that’s happened is Evan and I decided to finally take our real honeymoon that we never took.  Sure it’s a few years late, but who cares?! It was much needed and amazing.  We went to the Riviera Maya in Mexico.  The first couple days were really windy, but we could still enjoy being outside.  It was in the mid-upper 80s the whole time. =]  We missed the kids immensely, but it was good for us and the kids to have some space from each other.  The Riviera Maya has INCREDIBLE sights to see (I will post pictures on another post later for you to see).  We did a tour with alltournative tours and went to Tulum where some Mayan ruins were and also into the Jungle for some zip lining, repelling, and snorkeling in a cenote.  Cenotes are like caves with rivers running through them.  Fresh water.  Absolutely stunning.  It just so happened that some National Geographic people were there (National Geographic endorses this tour) scuba diving while we snorkeled.  Tulum is in the top 20 beaches of the world!  ABSOLUTELY STUNNING falls short of describing it. Same as with the Jungle and the Cenotes. I wish I could’ve gotten pictures from there.  I did take a GoPro, but realized on the first zip line it was dead =[.  They did have photographers there but they wanted $25 per 5×7 picture and $70 for a USB.  They wouldn’t bargain, and we had already went over budget on our trip so we opted out =[.  We do plan to go back to the area in the future, so maybe I can get some pictures then!  I highly recommend using alltournative tours and taking the Tulum/Jungle Maya tour!

Moving on to some other things:  I still homeschool preschool Olivia, but I’ve switched to Easy Peasy All in One homeschool and still do some workbook stuff here.  Isabelle just wasn’t as interested in the workbooks so I looked into something different.  Easy Peasy is exactly that.  http://www.allinonehomeschool.com check it out for your kids!  We just finished day 6.  You literally have nothing to worry about.  It’s free, all the assignments are linked for you, it shows what to do for each day, and it goes from Preschool-High school.  And my favorite is that you can incorporate the bible.  ALSO…………it has ART, PE, and MUSIC! S you don’t have to come up with those curriculums yourself.  HIGHLY recommend them. The woman who started it lives in Pennsylvania and they have one of the strictest homeschool laws, so you will be sure your children are doing more than probably needed and you won’t be short on anything!

Now onto the kids:

Olivia: still a huge sweet heart who enjoys learning.  I babysit once a week now for 2 girls ages 5 and 1.5.  She loves when they come over and they play.  She also really loves to go to the library and play on the computers

Isabelle:  Still as ornery as ever.  Wants to win everything.  Now at every meal the girls race to see who wins drinking all their drink, and eating their food.  Guess that’s one way to make sure they eat all of their food =]  She also enjoys when her friends come to play.  And she’s really wanting to get into Sunday school (she still has about 2 years) haha

Preston:  A few weeks back ended up in the hospital.  I woke up to him coughing/choking.  Got out of bed to check on him and he seemed fine. As soon as I laid back in bed I heard him start to gasp.  I ran to get him out. Checked him over, ripped his sleeper open and grabbed my stethoscope.  It was like he couldn’t catch his breath but he wasn’t coughing.  About 30 seconds in he coughed and seemed okay for maybe another 30 seconds, but by this time Evan was holding him and I was getting dressed to take him to the ER (as in putting on a bra) This was about 12:35am on the Saturday after his 1st birthday.  Then he started to wheeze bad and his chest began retracting.  At this point I began to freak out even more.  I told Evan I was calling his mom and picking her up to ride along with me because God forbid I would have to perform CPR on my own child-I still needed someone to drive to the hospital.  (side note): I live close enough to a hospital it would not have been worth it for the 5 minutes in calling 911 and them to dispatch then the 15-20 minutes for the squad to come and the 15-18minute rush via ambulance to the hospital. Instead I chose to take him myself.  I tried to use Siri on my phone to get the number for the hospital to call and let them know but of course, the first time my phone won’t use 3G in that area was then.  So I used my trusty OnStar.  They were wonderful.  They called the hospital for me, stayed on the line with me kept asking how he was doing, and directed us where we needed to go (even though I already knew how to get to the hospital).  Once we pulled up to the ER drop off there was a nurse already waiting for me.  They immediately gave him a breathing treatment and started and IV to give steroids.  I was scared. Oh so scared, but still had a feeling of peace.  Like he was going to be okay.  Thank God he was.  All praise to him.  They called it sporadic croup.  Not sure what caused it because he was not sick and tested negative for RSV.  He was admitted at 4 am and discharged Sunday afternoon. So I consider staying 2 nights.  Since we went in on my “Friday” night and got home Sunday.  Anyhow that has been his only episode and I hope it never happens again.  So besides turning the BIG 1, that’s been Preston’s eventful news.

So like the title of this blog post: Have you tried to go offline? If you have let me know. Tell me why, how well it worked, and how you felt.  Have you went back?  I’ve enjoyed being off of Facebook really.  I kind of miss seeing the happy news on there.  But honestly there wasn’t much of that.  It’s really refreshing to me.  I’m spending more time with my kids.  I would say I’m staying on top of the house, but since we went on our trip I’m still pretty behind, but hopefully I will be able to stay on top of it! =]

God Bless and enjoy your day,

Miranda

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Invite-a-guest

It’s been a little bit since I have last posted.  While I was lost from the blogging world our kid’s have enjoyed Story time at our local library.  And we got ready for our churches invite a guest weekend.  Every year our church invites fellow member from our other churches throughout the US for a great time of fellowship of people of like minded faith.  This was our first year opening up our home to anyone and inviting them.  Guess what? I let my husband invite people I have NEVER met or talked to into my home…for a night!  Crazy to think in this day and age with the world the way it is that we could do that.  But our church whether it be our local church or one from another state we feel comfortable around them and trust them.  Anyhow, Alex is Evan’s cousin and he of course brought his wife and son.  His son Pierce is just a month older than Preston.  The kids all had fun.  We all got off of schedule so my kiddos were a little grouchy, but it all worked out.

The week of them coming I was an emotional roller coaster.  I was nervous, excited, and stressed about having guests. I was searching Pinterest for the perfect ideas about how to be a good host and so on.  I’m sure anyone who has had children or does have children can understand cleaning with them is like brushing your teeth with Oreos.  I just could not seem to get ahead.  And then I broke down.  Full panic attack mode.  The whole hyperventilating and all. =[  I managed to have Olivia get me a plastic bag.  (we didn’t have paper) and I calmed down.  For real people, mental illnesses are not a joke they are real things people fight with daily.  Whether it be depression, anxiety, anger, etc.  Evan told me one day  I needed to go to a third world country so the “little” things wouldn’t bother me so much.  I simply told him. I know.  BUT, while I’m sure it would put things in perspective for me, I do not think it would take away my depression or anxiety.  I tried to explain to him that I realize the things are insignificant and do not really matter, but it still gets to me no matter how much I tell myself that it isn’t a big deal.  I told him it’s like when you have a cold, you try to not cough so much, but sometimes you have to have a complete coughing fit to finally get whatever it is out of our chest.  That probably isn’t the best explanation, but it is all I could think of at the time.  Anyhow, Evan’s mother came over the Saturday they were to arrive to help us.  Thank goodness!  My Grandma watched the kids, and she helped clean.  We got it done in time.  Our guests arrived and we went to have a meal with all the other couples that invited other couples out.  It was a nice time.  Maybe one day we can travel out to the church that they traveled from.  I’m pretty introverted and the thought of new places and people scares me a bit, but knowing I would be with people who think like me makes it a little better!

Now I’ve made new friends and have a clean house (except the toy room and a couple loads of laundry, and need to remop).  Okay so maybe it’s NOT as clean, but better than what it was =] and I’m not as worried for next time we invite guests over night.

On another note, Preston slept from 10-7a last night with only waking up once and soothing himself back to sleep.  It probably was only a one time thing, but I needed it that night.  He’s cutting a couple more teeth.  A 3rd bottom tooth and a 3rd top tooth (molar). OUCH. He has also began to say  Pop Pop! PawPaw, up, Pup, and Dada.

Olivia’s swimmers ear cleared up after realizing she was allergic to the first eardrops she was prescribed, and had an inner infection that was just treated last week.  She was put on a zpack and steroids.  Her tonsils were and STILL are HUGE.  She goes to Dr. Jones, a chiropractor, tomorrow to see about some remedies from him and an adjustment.  At this point Evan and I have realized that probably sometime in March when she visits the ENT again that a tonsillectomy and ear tube placement may be in the near future. =[ We hope this is NOT the case, but if it is we pray this is the answer to her problems.  Everyone we have talked to that has had these procedures say they are glad that it was done.  So if we have to have this done for her I hope we can say the same.

Isabelle is a firecracker like normal.  Her new favorite saying it, “of course” meaning as in, “of course not” or “of course you can” on and on. haha.

Now that I have touched on a little bit of what’s been going on since my last post I better get to reading my kiddos a bedtime story and get their bedtime prayers said and hope we all get a great nights rest!

As always-

Love,

Miranda

Pineapple Day 

When you read the title of this post did it cross your mind with all the other useless “holidays” that today was Pineapple day? Well honestly I couldn’t tell you if it is or not. Haha but I can tell you that today was Pineapple canning day at my household. Quick, easy, and delicious. I have canned pineapple before, but today seemed to go so smooth. Maybe I forgot something? OH NO! I did. I forgot the pineapple. That’s how my Monday is going……….come on now. Did you really think I forgot the pineapple? I didn’t. Lol. I didn’t stress so much about my WHOLE kitchen being sanitized prior to canning. I made sure my current working surface was clean and my jars were sanitized. That made it go a lot smoother. DISCLAIMER always follow the USDA, FDA, your local extension office guidelines for proper food preserving. Just because I chanced it doesn’t mean you should too. Like I said I did clean where I would be working 🙂 safety first! 

Anyhow I found a sale for 2/$4 on pineapple a few days ago. While I have seen them cheaper in previous years it has been the cheapest I have found them this year. So I jumped on that deal. I sanitized 10 jars thinking 4 pineapple would fill that. Well 3 pineapple filled 9 pint jars perfect! I decided not to sanitize more jars for the last pineapple. We will just eat it fresh. Mmm. I’ll let you in on why and how you should preserve pineapple by waterbath canning. First find an awesome sale on some pineapple and find 100% pineapple juice. I bought a bottleof 32oz worth of pineapple juice it was organic and I paid just over $5 for it. That’s all the store had 😦 otherwise I would not have paid that much any other time. So keep an eye out for cheap 100% pineapple juice prior to canning. Once you have that prep all of your equipment. Full your canner with water and begin to hear it. Sanitize all your tools from your jars, ladle, jar grabber, knife, measuring cup, lid magnet, etc. Then in a pot put the jar of pineapple juice and add water to make it a 50/50 mixture. Heat it almost to a boil or boil it, but if you bring it to a boil do not continue to boil it. You want it to go into your jars hot so when you add your filled jars to the canner they do not bust from the temperature difference. Trust me it’s no fun to have a jar or more burst. And it’s a mess. Cut up your pineapple and put into your jars using your funnel. Pack them down leaning 1″ headspace. Once you’ve filled all your jars with the fruit add the pineapple and water mixture leaving 1/2″ headspace. Once all jars are filled with the liquid use a knife to get all the air bubbles out. After that you put on your kids and rings. Then slowly put them into your canner and once your canner begins to boil set your timer for 15 minutes and wait. 🙂 BEEP BEEP BEEP. Times up get those jars out of the canner and set on a towel on your counter. And DO NOT TOUCH THEM FOR 24 hours. Then wait for the magic to happen. PING PING. Your kids begin to seal. Such a marvelous sound to all my fellow canners :). A job well done. If some of your jars do not seal put them in the fridge and enjoy in the next day or two. And if they do seal put them in the pantry and when you’re ready to enjoy a pint place it in the fridge to cool prior to eating. Enjoy. :). 
–directions for pint jars in waterbath canner—

My oldest daughter and I love pineapple and she eats an entire pint by herself. And this takes maybe 30 mins if you prep right to do. So quick and easy and worth it. So if you decide to can pineapple I hope you enjoy your Pineapple Day even if it is a Monday 🙂 
  

Waiting for the PING

  
    
    
   

Sun, Sand, & Shades

For the last few years Evan and I have traveled to Florida.  I went quite a few times growing up as a kid with my Dad and Step mom and once with my Mom and her boyfriend at the time.  I absolutely love Florida.  Evan on the other hand had no desire to go.  Until one day 3 years ago I convinced him for just him and I to go for a few days, and he agreed.  After that trip he was hooked.  I about have him ready to move down there for the winters =] Maybe in the near future? Great reason to home school right? Anyhow we left after our 10th—yes, 10th Christmas gathering this past year.  We drove again this year.  It really wasn’t that bad going down. The kids slept, and we had plenty for them to do or watch during the ride.  The ride home, not so much.  Izzy was pretty fussy and we both were really tired driving. But the roads were getting bad back at home so we decided we shouldn’t stop in case they got worse if we took a rest.  Any how, some of the things and places we went were:

Orlando:

  • SeaWorld
  • Ate with sharks
  • Aquatica
  • Discovery Cove (must do for EVERY family) I’ll explain later.

Inverness:

  • Visited my Grandpa Henry and Sue.
  • Went to crystal river beach
  • Great bonding time

(I think Grandpa really took to Preston) =]

Ft. Myers:

  • Beach
  • Beach
  • Beach
  • Shelling
  • Dolphin sighting
  • finding sandollars
  • fire ant attacks (watch out for those, Izzy STILL has scars from them)
  • visiting the Ft. Myers Apostolic Christian Church

We had about a 2 week stay all together in Florida. I personally did not want to come back, but it is something we look forward to doing this coming year. Maybe we can convince Evan’s parents to go this time. I really think they would enjoy it.  While we were in Ft. Myers my sister in law, Kelli, and a couple of Evan’s cousins (Anita and Jaci) shared our condo with us.

They kids enjoyed swimming at the resort that we stayed at in Orlando, and Preston relaxed in the water so much he fell asleep. =] The weather was absolutely perfect. The day we arrived it was in the upper 80s.  The first few days it stayed in the 80s and then the rest of the trip it was in the mid-upper 70s but little wind and sun! So it felt great. I absolutely love dolphins, otters, elephants. They are my favorite mammal/animals ever.  It has always been a dream of mine to work as a dolphin trainer.  Obviously God had other plans for me, but the dream to swim with dolphins stuck with me.  Evan granted me that dream on New Year’s Day this year.  I’m sure it is apparent to some that I struggle with bits of depression and more so in the Winter time, but ladies and gentleman the smile on my face with this dolphin is pure genuine joy. I stated earlier how Discovery Cove is a must for all families for a vacation and my reasons are this: you get free admission to Sea World AND Aquatica for 14 days from the first ticket used.  So we went to SeaWorld before we went to Discovery Cove and Aquatica also. We at at the underwater grill (or whatever it was called) at SeaWorld.  We ate with a bunch of Sharks (pictures below). Aquatica is a water park. It was awesome! For for buying a ticket to discovery cove you are getting tickets to 2 other parks that give you UNLIMITED amounts of times to go within the 14 day time period. So you could do half days of SeaWorld and not get burnt out from walking all day or missing something.  Discovery Cove had a lot for smaller children also which was a big plus for us.  And if you’re traveling with just adults there are still plenty of activities and slides for adults.  Now for the greatness of Discovery Cove first of all you need to bring nothing except yourself. Literally.  They only allow 1000 people a day to enter so it is not overcrowded. They provide you with a beach accessible stroller for FREE if you need one.  They provide you unlimited use of towels, beach chairs, snorkel gear, wetsuits, and sunscreen.  You also get a FREE locker to store your things.  I strongly advise taking a waterproof disposable camera or buying a waterproof case for your phone. TRUST ME you WILL want to take pictures IN the water there!  We opted to buy the girl’s each a disposable waterproof camera of their own.  And guess what?! A worker told us to go to the service desk to have them write our names on it.  In case they got lost they could see our names and they would SEND them back home to us! This place had it all! FREE FOOD, that’s breakfast, lunch, dinner, SNACKS ALL DAY, and alcohol (if that’s your thing).  The food wasn’t too bad either.  They have a grand reef area where they have over 7000 different fish rays, sharks, etc.  The water is on the cooler side so we opted for the full wetsuits for that, but oh my goodness you guys it was beautiful.  And you can touch the rays.  Olivia took right to snorkeling in the freshwater river and we tried to get her to go in the reef, but when we walked in there was a 4ft (no joke) wide stingray that we about stepped on and she was OUT. Wanted NOTHING to do with it.  Horrified to say the least.  So Evan and I took turns going in there alone while the other did something else with the girls.  Okay they also have an Avery and you get FREE food to have these birds come and eat out of your hands.  Marvelous.  You definitely get your moneys worth at this place, and by buying Discovery Cove tickets you could make an entire family trip out of it with the use of the other tickets for free.  One other thing that I LOVED about this place is I needed to use my Breast Pump since we left Preston with my Grandpa and Sue, I went to the first aid station to have some privacy and a plug in.  When I was done I realized that I forgot to freeze my cooling pack to keep the milk cold.  I asked if they had some ice I could have. Guess what?! Even better than that! They allowed me to keep the milk in their fridge and had special notes for mothers milk in there! This place thought of it all, and its not very often you find nursing mom friendly places.  That was probably one of the best days of my life, ya know besides getting married and having kids. 😉

Now that I touched on that, I’ll get on to our beach days.  The first beach we visited was with my Grandpa and Sue.  It was a man made beach but it was awesome.  We didn’t have intentions of getting into the water so we wore regular clothes, well the kids still went in. haha. I thought Preston wouldn’t like it, NOPE he LOVED it.  Crawled in it. No fear I tell ya, none.  That boy keeps me on my toes, even at the young age of 9 months (at the time of the trip).  The boys took a snooze in the sun and the girl’s played.  We had a nice time with Grandpa and Sue.  So glad they opened up their home for us to enjoy some sunshine with them.

Ft. Myers beach was GORGEOUS.  I love to look for shells and sand dollars and the beach was filled with them. A snowbirds delight =] Everyday we would see dolphins in the water. I kid you not, close enough we could’ve been swimming or WALKING in the water right up to them. The pictures below will show you just how close they were!  There is just something about the smell of the salty air and the sound of the waves that just lets you think of how Mighty Awesome our God really is.  He knows how many hairs are on our heads is enough to try and fathom, but while I was there I thought to myself that’s its crazy that he knows that, but just think he knows of EVERY GRAIN OF SAND. And that there is NOTHING too small that he doesn’t care about.  BOOM–hits you right in the feels right? He created every.single.grain of sand and knows the EXACT amount there is in this world, and cares about it all and us. =] Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy.  We found quite a few sand dollars and some other things like crabs on the beach.  This was a different beach experience for me,  I was used to having a hard time finding full/unbroken shells or any sand dollars at all.  So this just topped the trip off. =] And we didn’t have all the birds to bother us like years past.

Another thing we did was a Sea-venture tour with Adventures in Paradise in Sanibel. We got to go out in the water with nets and net sea critters up.  I only found a crab and little fish, but others found seahorses and other things.  We took a boat out to a little island to do this. When I stepped onto the island I stepped right on a fire ant hill.  I still have scars from it.  They HURT. And they go from your toes to your knees in .38749387493 seconds. Okay maybe that’s an exaggeration, but it sure seemed like it.  Isabelle also stepped on an ant hill by a sidewalk one of the last days we were there. She screamed terrible.  I felt awful.  It had me on edge the rest of the day.  To this day she still looks at her feet and says, “Mommy I got bites”. Yes my dear, you still have scars. =[ hopefully soon they fade. While we were on the seaventure one of the guides found puffer fish for us.  It was pretty neat to see.  And of course the girls enjoyed the boat ride itself too.  Such a beautiful area.

In the pictures below you will also see that I purchased the PieFace game at a Ft. Myers Walmart.  All sold out at home, but nope not where the older generation lives. haha. Liv enjoyed it for the first time using it. Then she did NOT want to be pied again. haha

Anyhow that’s really just the tip of the iceberg of our Florida trip. I hope you enjoyed hearing about it. I highly recommend traveling there!  God Bless!

Love,

Miranda

 

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Wow it’s been awhile

Not sure why I just dropped off the face of the earth. I’ll just touch on some points to sum up some of the things that had happened since my last post. I began homeschooling Olivia for preschool to kind of test the waters to see if I would want to homeschool her for kindergarten. It’s going okay. She’s super smart! Behind a little on motor skills, but she’ll get there! We started late in the year for school but I plan to continue into summer with it. With Evans busy farm/pumping schedule taking the fall off would be beneficial for now. 

We bought a farm just down the road from the pig barns and we also dug a lagoon. 

We recently traveled to Florida where we spent a few days in Orlando going to seaworld, aquatica, and Discovery Cove. FYI discovery cove is money well spent and you get free admission into seaworld and aquatica with the discovery cove ticket! I got to swim with dolphins. A life long dream of mine! It was awesome. And Olivia learned to snorkel and she LOVED it. Izzy didn’t care for the mask so much she she just swam with us. It was a great time. Preston stayed with my Grandpa Henry and Sue while we went there. We had spent a few days at their house in the Inverness area. It was a blast and time well spent. We then went down to Ft. Myers for a week with a couple cousins and my sister in law. The beach was awesome for shelling and sightseeing Dolphins. They would come really close to the beach! I didn’t want to come home. I hope someday in future we can have a house or condo down there for the winter months. I’m perfectly fine being a snow bird. 

As far as school I started back for nursing, but had prayed if it was God’s will for me to continue in that path I would pass my pathophysiology class with higher than a C. A C is a passing grade, so I didn’t fail, but I prayed I would get a C+ or higher to continue. I found out my grade at our first of 10 Christmases of 2015 and I received a C in the class a mere few points away from a C+. I was pretty bummed and sad, but I quickly found peace about it. I still feel I need to be somewhere in healthcare at some point. It’s just a feeling I can’t shake off, but for now I’ll sit back and let God work his wonders. I know some of my family will not be very accepting that I have quit, but God must come first. 

Kid facts:

Olivia is learning so much in school, she loves movies, and to help me cook. Oh and she learned to snorkel. My 3 year old snorkels like a pro 🙂

Isabelle does not like to “snork” as she refers it. She’s a fireball and sneaky who always has us on our toes and is finally catching on to learning her colors. And we will hopefully have potty training done soon

Preston is a walking and almost running little man. He says the word ball and still fits into 6 month clothes at almost 10 months old. He for sure has my genes haha

That pretty much sums up the last few months. 

Love,

Miranda 

Dirty Laundry that’s okay to air online

Dirty laundry has it’s place and the internet certainly isn’t one of them. Unless, of course its cloth diaper dirty laundry. In that case air it all over the place!

I started looking into cloth diapers when I was pregnant with Olivia. Over 3 years ago! And the cloth diapers I chose are still holding up! You might wonder what brand/type/style did I choose. Well, I chose BumGenius All in One Elemental diapers. 3 years ago they had a different Elemental diaper which is now considered the “original” that’s the kind I have. I wish they wouldn’t have changed it, but they did. Anyhow, I will ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS recommend BumGenius. After all, they have lasted me 3 years and I do not take care of my cloth diapers like some cloth diapering momma’s do.

Now let me explain. This post is not for the faint of heart or queasy stomachs. If this is you PLEASE go visit some of my other posts =]

I never used a diaper sprayer. I just kind of plopped the poop into the toilet when we had a “dirty” diaper. I wouldn’t even spray it with anything. WHAT?! That’s right, I’m a lazy cloth diaper mom and I do it to save money. Not to keep spending money on diaper sprays and all that other mumbo jumbo they try to sell. Which in my case made cloth diaper researching a scary big deal. And it didn’t have to be. I got so discouraged about how people were saying how easy it was but yet had all these guidelines and instructions to use them. Like hello a disposable you put on and throw away what’s more simple?

Anyhow after I decided to buy a pack of BumGenius Elementals I thought I would “prep” them and then just see if I really needed the other stuff. That way it truly was simple. After 3 years I will recommend a diaper sprayer. It would’ve made life simpler, but we did get along without one.

How I prepped them: I washed them about 3 times before Olivia was born and air dried them each time. I did use a normal detergent like Tide. (which the companies will tell you that you need to use their detergent. Which to me seemed to cost and arm and a leg). So I just used a normal detergent.
Once she was born I waited until her poo was a little bit more firm until I started using them. Then we used them at home and disposables at night and on the go. Same when Isabelle was born. Olivia wore them through potty training! And Izzy is still wearing them and Preston is about to go in them now that he is outgrowing the sizes that a friend of mine let me borrow.

Anyhow I want to encourage people to find the right “fit” for them. So if you think stuffing is the way to go then go right ahead and order some! I’ve used those too and find no faults in them! Just more time consuming to me. I highly recommend a One-Size diaper. Mine go from 8lb-35lb which saves money! And that is a typical size range for One-Sized diapers.

An advantage to cloth diapering is your little on is sure going to have a cute bum. And I personally think it’s okay to splurge for 1 or 2 prints =] I bought 12 diapers to begin with and that was enough for 1 child and laundering every 2-3 days. Then when I put Izzy in them we quickly realized we needed more. So now I have 24! That lasts me a good amount of time. And now that Izzy is just in them by herself until I transition Preston over I go about a whole week without washing. This is where I said the faint of heart and queasy need to not read this post. haha. I know that’s super gross, but she’s half potty trained and poops in the potty so we mainly just have wet diapers that sit. So now that I’ve given you some insight to a lazy momma’s cloth diapering routine want to know what will drive some momma’s crazy? How I care for them. As if letting them sit for one whole week and not rinsing wasn’t enough–I’m sure they will gasp and roll their eyes at this. But hey they aren’t lazy I am. So kudos to you ladies & gents who properly take care of your own. I salute you!

Miranda’s Diapering 101
Norwex laundry detergent curious as to what it is click here

Norwex detergent costs me $0.04/load with hard water and a front load HE Washer

-Melaleuca’s Sol-u-Mel stain fighter (if you’re interested in ordering Melaleuca please comment on her and I will direct you to my Mother-in law who sells it! =]

Bleach..yep I said it-BLEACH!

Alright so I take my basket of dirty diapers and put them into the washer.  I then add Sol-U-Mel into the “pre-wash” compartment.  Next I add 3/4 tsp.

of Norwex Laundry detergent and then fill the “bleach” compartment to the max fill line.  I set my washer on the “heavy duty” cycle and let it go to work.

So do I line dry every time? Nope. Seldom…well actually maybe I have 10 times in the 3 years I’ve used them. I dry them on HIGH. GASP.

So there you have it folks there’s my “incorrect” way to launder cloth diapers and my recommendations for them.  I just wanted to let you know it doesn’t have to be a scary journey researching them. And even not taking care of them “correctly” can still save you money and be a great choice for you! Feel free to comment on here with questions!

As Always,

love-

Miranda

The Basket

1 capful of Sol-u-Mel in prewash area, 3/4 tsp of Norwex in main wash, bleach to max line in bleach area.
1 capful of Sol-u-Mel in prewash area, 3/4 tsp of Norwex in main wash, bleach to max line in bleach area.
I keep this scoop in the glass jar in the background. That is where my Norwex detergent is.  3 scoops for diapers 1-2 for normal loads. That's $0.02/load or $0.04/load DOESN'T GET CHEAPER!
I keep this scoop in the glass jar in the background. That is where my Norwex detergent is. 3 scoops for diapers 1-2 for normal loads. That’s $0.02/load or $0.04/load DOESN’T GET CHEAPER!
Melaleuca's Sol-u-mel helps rid the smell from diapers too =]
Melaleuca’s Sol-u-mel
helps rid the smell from diapers too =]
right before entering the washer
right before entering the washer
Almost ready  for a fresh weeks worth of clean diapers!
Almost ready for a fresh weeks worth of clean diapers!
I'm thankful for piles of laundry it means my blessings are nearby =]
I’m thankful for piles of laundry it means my blessings are nearby =]
Heavy Duty settings that I use. Then DRY ON HIGH
Heavy Duty settings that I use. Then DRY ON HIGH

Books & Smells

Let me ask you a question. Does your library bring a BUS full of books to YOU? Well, mine does! My awesome county library does not only have 4 libraries in the county-they also have the Bookmobile. BEST THING EVER!! They stop on Wednesday 1 mile from my house at a community park for 1/2 an hour.  Which is getting bumped up to 45 minutes in September. Check out their facebook page.  My girls love it! Don’t get me wrong I love going to our local library too, its just some days its nice to have it so close to home oh and a quick stop =] I dread telling my girls they have to leave the library.  Where with the bookmobile I just say we have to go so they can get to their next stop.  It’s awesome of them to go to different communities and areas.  Especially for kids and adults who cannot get the their local libraries easily, or do not have the transportation. So kudos to you Paulding County Library and the bookmobile! Also thank you for the awesome “baby bag” full of goodies! I appreciate it! (see picture below)

My girls loved playing with the marble races! We also made sure to check out our books and keep our receipts to be entered into a drawing for a prize!

Okay so now that I’ve let you in on my love for our libraries and our little trip there. I will now tell you what happened after.

Once we were home we had some quick time to play outside before naptime.  I then brought all of the kids in and told the girls it was time to take their naps so we could go to Chief after their naps.  They love going to chief because they always get a free cookie there. They are good sized cookies that keep them occupied during the shopping trip.  Well a couple weeks ago Evan found some of my OLD adidas perfume and put in on the girls.  They love getting perfume like mommy does. Although I wear another scent now.  Anyhow he left it in there room.  While I was sitting down starting this blog–that I now am finishing about an hour later. Their room was suspiciously quiet.  For some dumb reason I thought they fell asleep right away. Rather than their normal coming out of their room 928357938274983 times before actually staying in bed.  Then it hit me.  Literally hit me.  This heavy memory.  And I thought why in the world am I remembering that. And I thought I can even remember the smell of that memory. It’s so real. Then it hit me again–wait a minute–I really AM smelling that.  I go into their room to find Olivia in Isabelle’s bed with her dousing her with this perfume.  Ladies and possibly gents–this was no slight smell.   It was Jr. High girl after gym class smell and amount of perfume being spraying in that bedroom.  I took the bottle and told them to go to sleep.  After leaving the room I came back out the computer.  Then……….drumroll please………………..AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

Screams Olivia. Like I’m dying please save me screams and wails.  Well it didn’t take me more than .0000009 of a second to realize it was in her eye and rushed her into the bathroom to flush out her eye.  She was so distraught she wouldn’t hold still for me to flush it well enough.  I quick called Poison Control.  These people are always super nice and ALWAYS call me back to check. =] Anyhow, he told me I needed to put her into the tub and run water over her head to let it run down her forehead to help flush it out.  So I told Olivia I’m going to have to give you a shower.  She usually loves showers. You know the kind that she looks up to the ceiling and NO water goes over her eyes.  Well clearly that wasn’t going to be the case with shower.  I tried to explain to her it was okay for some of it to run over her face.  She wasn’t having it. at all.  I mean like trying to baptize a cat wasn’t having it. AT ALL! So after about 10 minutes of her crying for me to stop because she hated it running over her face (not a lot just a little trickle) I decided to stop. I couldn’t take it anymore and she had told me a little before I stopped it didn’t hurt anymore. But I wanted to make sure it was flushed well.  Eyesight is something I don’t mess with and I want my children to be able to cherish.  So after that fiasco she laid back down and woke up from a nap fine.  Praise the Lord!

Anyhow, I was still just wondering “is it Monday still”? After all of that.

Moral of the story–Check out your local library and take advantage of all they have to offer. Trust me it is more than books! And don’t keep perfume from Jr. High. =]

As always-

Love,

Mirandaour bookmobile

this was an awesome time consumer there. =]
this was an awesome time consumer there. =]
enjoying his time at the bookmobile also.
enjoying his time at the bookmobile also.

Does your library give you gifts for having a baby? Mine did!
Does your library give you gifts for having a baby? Mine did!