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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Cloth Diaper Safe and All Natural Rash Creams/Ointments Review

Cloth diaper safe rash creams/ointments review.

1: GroVia Magic Stick
I hate this. It seemed pointless to me. It didn't stick to his skin. The attempted application felt very rough for sensitive places. It just didn't do anything for my baby. No residue on the diapers; probably because there was hardly any on his butt to begin with. IMO: TOTAL WASTE of $

2: Earth Mama Angel Baby Bottom Balm
I liked this. It is my second favorite. It worked quite well, but I felt like it would burn if his skin was broken. (probably the tea tree) I like this best for fungal type rashes. It has great anti-fungal ingredients. Never had residue on the diapers, but it would stain the diapers- probably the olive oil.

3: Thirsties Booty Love
I liked this okay. (Would be third choice on my list.) It is best for prevention IMO. I felt that they EMAB was very similar and was more effective. It never created a 'miracle' for him. Never had residue on the diapers, but like the EMAB it would stain- once again I am guessing it was the olive oil.

4: Made On Simply Soothing Rash Cream
This is my absolute favorite, no if's, and's, or but's about it!!! This stuff is totally awesome. It did appear to perform miracles! SO HEALING. So gentle. So moisturizing. So easy to use. No burning. I love that it ABSORBS into the skin rather than just making a layer/barrier on top of the skin. Never any residue on the diapers because it was absorbed into the skin. This actually has zinc in it- something that no other CD safe rash cream-to my knowledge- has in it. This is the rash cream bomb to me! Simple, all natural ingredients- you can actually get the ingredients and make it yourself! If you have never heard of this, check it out at: Simply Soothing Rash Cream Not to mention, Made On has so many other fabulous skin products as well as DIY kits and recipe ebooks! (I have to say that they have the best sunscreen ever- and I made it from their kit and recipe so it was like uber cheap for healthy sunscreen too! No smell and it absorbs, even the hubby said YES to it. We had Dr. Mercola's and it attracted bugs- not this!) Their products are just fabulous and so perfect for sensitive skin.

A cloth diaper confession....

I confess, I got rid of all microfiber. And all stay dry.
Two simple reasons.
Reason Number 1:
          I was sick and tired of leaks. Which meant I was changing the bed sheets and mattress covers like everyday. Not fun. Extra work and extra laundry. My little guy is just plain skinny. And he is always messing with his diapers. Between the two it makes for diapering problems. (even with disposables- yeah I tried those in desperation. But he hated them. He would say no, and find a cloth diaper to give to me instead! I guess cloth really does 'feel better' even for a 1 year old.)
Reason Number 2:
           I was sick and tired of dealing with stinky microfiber. It is such a pain to care for. Why is it so hard to get clean? So annoying. I thought of just stuffing my pockets with cotton, but the micro-suede or fleece just doesn't absorb as quickly as cotton so I figured why bother? Just sell them.
         SO I did sell all of my BGs. I only took a 10 percent loss on them. I think that is pretty good considering they were used for a few months. So I took that money and got 12 ClothEez Workhorse Diapers Size Large with snap closures and few new covers to go with a dozen pre-folds that I already had on hand from Ethan. I thought about adding 2-4 Simplex AIOs for the diaper bag, but I am trying to just get him potty trained and get my baby stash ready. With the money I also got a cover and 6 Simplex AIOs for the new baby. And I got the boy's new bedset. (so in a sense I still have $40 I haven't spent)

          I have to say that I totally agree with Karen (greenmountaindiapers.com) that cotton is just the best fabric for cloth diapers. Period. It performs the best. It cleans the best. There are options: flats, prefolds, fitteds, inserts, and all in ones. Find the cotton love. I have. And I hope that Thirsties will come out with a cotton diaper one day because I love Thirsties. That is my cover of choice- although I would like to try a Swaddlebees Capri, I just don't know if they are worth the extra $4.25 a cover! Since I have tried cotton and tried the new 'fancy' diapers, I know that for me cotton is best and I hope that I will always remember that and stick with beautiful cotton from here on out! I am already getting baby number 3's all cotton stash in order. More on that to come!

Nathan's soft, fluffy, sparkling cotton stash:

ClothEez Prefolds, Thirsties Covers, Thirsties Cotton/Hemp Inserts

ClothEez Workhorse Diapers

Thursday, November 7, 2013

A Little Fall Fun

I made candy apples. They are so pretty- but the candy turned out hard as a rock. I think I overcooked it. Bummer- Ethan was so excited about them. But, they are like giant suckers. Oh, well- I tried to do something fun at least.

Apartment Tour:

Here is a quick tour of our apartment now that it is pretty much set up and cleaned up! Ethan is eager to show off his new room to Amelia.

First up, the living room...

Dining area...

How things connect...

The kitchen...

The laundry room- my first walk in laundry room and not just a closet for the washer and dryer!

The hallway...

The spare room...

The boys bedroom- I thought that it turned out really cute. I got the bedding set off of ebay for a great deal!!

Master bedroom- the blue is so serene.

That is about it. If we do anything new I will update.

Friday, November 1, 2013

I made Pancit!

I made Pancit and it turned out absolutely delicious!! I was surprised how good it turned out for my first try. Quite healthy and inexpensive too. I do think it would have been better if I had had a wok to cook it in instead of just a stainless steel pot and pan.