Friday’s Favorites.

I had a really great morning. I got to do one of my favorite things in the whole world: roam around Barnes & Noble bookstore, hot tea in hand, with no kiddo to keep up with! Don’t get me wrong, I love spending time with my Milo-man, but it’s nice to have a few hours to myself every once in a while. Pre-kid-life, roaming bookstores aimlessly for hours was mine and Sam’s favorite thing to do. He’d be in the history section, and me a few aisles down in the psychology section. Ah…makes me happy to think about those days.

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Anyway, back to reality..I wanted to share a few of my favorite blog posts from the past week.  Check ’em out!

7 Natural Uses for Baking Soda by Wellness Mama

Salmonella Hoopla: Why I feed my children RAW egg yolks, RAW cheese, & RAW milk by Weed ‘Em and Reap

The Family Tree by Thistlewood Farm

I’m So Glad I Live in a World Where there are Octobers by Lovely Thoughts

Homemade Beauty 06: Mama Belly Butter by Love + Cupcakes

Have a wonderful weekend!

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5 Cloth Diapering Must-haves

Cloth diapering my son is one of my favorite decisions I have ever made. I don’t think it’s hard at all because I have been doing it for so long that I don’t remember what it was like to do disposables! I don’t mind doing laundry every day, because I would be doing it every day anyway since I don’t like for clothes to just sit around waiting to be washed. And I don’t mind getting poop on my hands every now and then because, well, I’m a mom, and that just comes with the territory. I know cloth diapering is not for everyone, and everyone who cloth diapers has a different way of doing things. I just want to share a few things that work for me, or that have made cloth diapering easier.

1. bumGenius Diaper Sprayer

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This is one of those items that you either love or hate. I happen to love it! I did just fine the first 10 months of cloth diapering without one, but then I saw this thing at a yard sale and she practically gave it to me, so I decided to give it a try and I can’t imagine not having one now. Now, you really need to be able to control your squeeze when operating this sprayer. So, normally men don’t do well with this thing. My husband tried it once and poop flew everywhere. It was pretty bad. Just remember that the first time you use one.

2. GroVia Wetbag

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We take weekend trips to Phoenix to see the in-laws and I normally either do disposables for the weekend or I do the biodegradable inserts and the gDiapers, but now that I have these wet bags I just cloth diaper the whole weekend! Seriously, not one whiff of stink escapes from the top of this thing. I am able to keep my diapers in the bag until we get home where I can toss everything in the washer! I love these bags.

3. Hemp Doublers {Inserts}

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I almost gave up on cloth diapering. Milo was about 5 months old and he was soaking his diapers every night. I was so frustrated. I tried to double up with some newborn inserts that I had, but that didn’t help, so I did some research and decided to buy 3 hemp inserts. Haven’t had a leak since! Don’t let these skinny, little inserts fool you! They can absorb a sink full of water. Well, maybe not that much, but you get the point. I just stick one of these inserts in with his regular one for his nighttime diaper and he’s good to go for the next 8 hours or so. If you’re new to cloth diapering and are having problems with leaks, get yourself some of these things!

4. Ecos Free & Clear Detergent

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Most of us cloth diapering mommas have learned the hard way that we can’t use our favorite smell-good detergent on our cloth diapers. It seems to work (somehow) for some people, but for most of us, we have had to consult this wonderful chart  that rates how safe detergents are for cloth diapers. Ecos Free & Clear just happens to be available at my local grocery for a reasonable price, so this is the one I have used for a long time. I did use Rockin’ Green, but the bags are so small and last about a month while this thing is the same price and will last me about 5 months. If you’re thinking about cloth diapering, check this chart out beforehand. CD’s do require a little extra care, which includes using the right detergent.

5. gDiapers Disposable Inserts

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I know I said I use my wetbags when I travel, and I do for short, weekend trips. For the longer trips, {like the one we are taking to England in October!!} I like to use my little gPants along with these biodegradable inserts. It’s just easier to tote around a few diaper shells than it is to tote around a days worth of dirty cloth diapers. I can just throw the gPants in with our normal laundry and toss the insert in the garbage. I think they do say the are flushable, but I believe I have tried flushing one before and it didn’t go down so well. Anyway, it’s worth a try if you’re still using disposables when you travel. At least these are biodegradable and you can keep reusing the shell until it gets soiled, if it ever does. I’ve also used Honest diapers while traveling, and they held up pretty well. Plus they are super adorable with all the different designs.

Anyway, those are my cloth diapering must-haves. I mean, I could definitely get by without them, heck, people were doing it for thousands of years before the 20th century, but these things make it a lot easier for me to keep going.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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5 pins that make my mouth water

My friend, Amanda (who will be moving to Yuma at the end of the year!!!!) keeps pinning very naughty, delicious, mouth-watering desserts. I have no idea why she wants to torture my pregnant eyes and belly. She knows I have little control over my cravings at this point in my life. Shame. Anyway, I thought I’d share a few of the best looking pins. I will be making most of these in the near future since I’m working at the CPC now and can share my sweet goodies with the ladies there!

1. Skinny Vanilla Bean Donuts

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2. New York Style Cheesecake Cupcakes

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3. To Die For Banana Cake with Vanilla Bean Frosting

 

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4. French Toast Sticks with Cream Cheese Filling

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5. The Best Banana Pudding Ever!

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So, as you can see, I am craving mostly bananas and cheesecake. Also peanut butter, but she didn’t really pin any great peanut butter recipes. That is probably a good thing, though.

Enjoy your weekend!!

5 Easy Piano Pieces {for beginners & rusty intermediates}

I learned to read music when I was about 5. My Grandma taught me with this book, and this one, oh, and this one, too. I found that I had to keep playing regularly or I’d just revert back to a beginner stage. Of course, I have always remembered how to read sheet music, it was just the actual reading and playing that I would get rusty at. When we got our piano a few weeks ago I decided it would be a good idea to collect some easy pieces to help me get reacquainted with the keys. My husband has also decided that he would like to learn how to play, so these pieces are easy for beginners and intermediates like me who have fallen out of practice.

1. Moonlight Sonata by Ludwig van Beethoven

My sister suggested this one. I printed off the sheet music and mastered the first page that day. It’s pretty darn easy. Like I said, my husband is teaching himself {with a little guidance from me} and he’s already got the first few measures down.

Sheet music found here {they even have a level 1 & 2 so you can gradually work your way up!}

2. Waltz in A Minor by Frederic Chopin

I’m a little partial to Chopin. Not sure why he’s my favorite classical composer, but he is. This song is taking me a little longer, but that is probably due to the fact that I’m consumed with learning all 5 of these pieces. Still an easy piece to learn, though.

Sheet music found here.

3. Prelude in E Minor Op.28 No.4 by Frederic Chopin

This one is super easy, and it sounds beautiful, too!

Sheet music found here.

4. Für Elise by Ludwig Van Beethoven

This song gets on my nerves. I am not sure why, maybe it’s because my sister ruined it for me by playing it every waking hour of the day when we were teenagers! I mean, I still think it’s beautiful, but I need about a year in between listens. Anyway, it’s a pretty easy one to learn.

Sheet music found here.

5. Comptine d’un autre été by Yann Tiersen

Okay, so if you know this song and you’ve never tried to play it, you might think I’m crazy for putting it on this list, but it really is an easy piece to play! Just try it if you’re familiar with reading sheet music. Not only is is relatively easy, but it’s an absolutely beautiful piece. My favorite on this list, by far.

Sheet music found here.

If you’re in the same boat as I was and you need some easy pieces to get you back to playing like a pro, then try these out! Have a wonderful weekend!

Friday’s five favorite things

Friday’s five favorite things is simply a list of 5 things that I have been enjoying during the past week.  I like lists, a lot of people I know like lists, so I thought this would be a good topic for Fridays.

1. SheaMoisture Olive & Marula Baby Head-to-Toe Wash and Shampoo

14232078     I normally use California Baby, however, Target decided to mark it up to $18.49!!! I couldn’t believe my eyes. Luckily, I found this right beside the California Baby! The label boasts of being Paraben free, phthalates free, paraffin free, gluten free, synthetic fragrance free, propylene glycol free, mineral oil free, no animal testing, no PABA, no synthetic color, no DEA, no animal ingredients, and no sulfates! A MUCH better alternative to Johnson’s. Plus, the smell is amazing.  I don’t need an excuse to sniff my child’s head excessively throughout the day, but if I ever did…

2. Fry’s Spicy California Roll

I am not normally a California Roll fan. In fact, I hate crab! Maybe it’s because I haven’t conjured up the courage to ask the sushi chef to make me a spicy salmon roll, but I have been craving this spicy California roll from my local Fry’s all week! So good..and spicy…and sweet!

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3. Juice Beauty Blemish Clearing Serum

     I love my whole Juice Beauty skin care line, but this Blemish Clearing Serum has been my face’s saving grace for the past month. I don’t know what has been going on with my face. It’s probably because I’ve been slacking on the fruits and veggies lately, but I’m so glad I have this stuff in my drawer. I applied it to the blemish on my face and went back to check on it 5 minutes later and all the redness was gone and the healing powers of the serum had already started to work!

4. My New Workout Shirt!

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Yay for Stroller Strides, which is where I got this shirt! I love going to this class. Not only is it a great way to meet other moms in the area, but I get a great workout, and I don’t even have to leave my kid with anyone else! He just sits in the jogging stroller while I sing silly songs to him. I’m sure it’s quite entertaining for him, too, watching a bunch of moms running around singing songs and making funny faces at their kids.  Their website, Fit4Mom, has a local class finder if you’re interested!

5. Folks, This Ain’t Normal by Joel Salatin

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I love Joel Salatin. I wish that somehow he could be one of my grandfathers. I mean, I don’t want to trade any of my grandpas for him, but I wish I could squeeze him, somehow.  This book is an awesome place to start if you’re one of those people who don’t get the anti-GMO-er’s, the big push for more organic farms, and the general concern about what is happening to our food here in America. It’s also a great book for people like me, who want to know what they can do to help.  He certainly practices what he preaches and he even gives tips for what city people can to do help out. He doesn’t just tell you what you can do to help, he tells you why it will help and actually explains why these things need to be done. He knows what he’s talking about. Love this guy, and this book.