Archive for March, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: Spring is Here… Kinda

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011 by by



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Best Diaper Pails

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011 by by

VIPP Diaper Pail
VIPP Diaper PailVIPP Diaper Pail
What the name Bugaboo is to strollers; the name VIPP is to diaper pails. It is the top of the line diaper pail.  It is made of stainless steel that is easy to keep clean and odour free. Even doctors use them because they are compact, airtight, and sanitary. You will not faint from the smell that leaks from this diaper pail because there isn’t any; however, you might faint from the price of this diaper pail.  The VIPP will cost you around 240, so it is not cheap, but might be worth the investment, especially if you have twins. It may be an expensive purchase, but you are able to use any plastic bag in it, so you will not be spending extra money to buy refills for this diaper pail.

Playtex Diaper Genie II Disposal System
Playtex Diaper Genie II Disposal System (more…)

Rumparooz One Size Cover Review

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011 by by

Rumparooz keep coming out with new products!  I can hardly keep up, and they have more on the horizon.  Known for their popular One Size G2 Pocket Diapers and tiny Lil’ Joeys Newborn diapers, they have released a One Size and Newborn Cover as well.  Like their other diapers this comes with the option of Snaps or Velcro.  I reviewed the one size cover.

Ease of Use ✩✩✩✩ I chose the aplix version since putting a fitted on, then a cover, already takes more time than a pocket or all-in-one diaper.  I wanted to save myself some time.  If you choose the snaps it will take a little bit longer to put on the baby.  Keep in mind you have 2 things to put on.  To size the diaper it is very easy, there are 3 snaps across and 3 rise snap settings.  You won’t need to do this very often at all.

Bang for the Buck ✩✩✩ The Newborn version (4-12 pounds) is 10.00 and the One Size cost 14.00. I think this price is pretty fair, though higher than many well known covers in the same category. RaR use TPU and vibrant, brand specific prints that many are willing to pay a premium price for.

Performance ✩✩✩✩ I used these primarily overnight and had no leaks with them at all. This is partially because I use great, absorbent fitteds with them. The cover has nice double leg gussets to hold in all that icky runny newborn poop.  I did have an incident with a trifolded flat and a gigantic newborn poop that defied the gussets and I was shocked.  I think much of this was related to the user (me) not getting it on properly! (more…)

Overheard at the Play-date

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011 by by

“Bob? Thanks for having me over for a play-date. My dad told me to stop asking him all the time about coming over to your house.”

“My mom said that to me too about play-dates!”

“Yeah. It takes planning from our parents and that means a phone call or maybe an email.”

“I know.”

“So yeah, he told me I have to be patient.”

“Mia? You really have to just keep asking anyway. That’s how it really happens.”

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2 + 2

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011 by by

So, what do kids learn in Kindergarten these days?

I’m seriously starting to wonder. The closer Eric gets to Kindergarten, the more I am amazed by what he already knows. My memories of Kindergarten are limited to getting on the bus, laying down in the nap area, and sitting in circle time with someone reading a book to us – I have a few memories of that spot, some excellent books and some opportunities for me and others to stand up and help play out parts in Paper Bag Princess and other stories that I am sharing, or can’t wait to share, with Eric.

What I do not remember is being able to name all the letters by sight, counting to 120, and doing simple addition.

Eric, however, has been so into addition lately. “Mommy, what’s 2 plus 2?” “What’s 4 plus 4?” “What’s 8 plus 8?” After a few go arounds, I started turning the tables on him…and for heaven’s sake, he gets them right. He has learned how to add using his fingers, able to go as high as 10 + 10, and has memorized some of the more basic ones like 1 + 1 and 2 + 3.

At 4 and a half.

Really?

Kids these days, man, are so stinkin’ smart!

Wordless Wednesday: Shed Hunter*

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011 by by

*Rob took Weston out of school for a couple of days so they could drive to Iowa and walk the woods looking for antlers that the deer shed in winter.  Because Lord knows, we certainly don’t have enough…..

There is life

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011 by by

I was watching Bambi II with my rainbows the other day.  I’d never really paid attention to it before, but I was laying on the couch with nothing else taking my attention.

So there’s a song, between when Bambi’s mom dies and the spring reappears, and it really struck me.  It’s called “There Is Life”

Under the snow,
beneath the frozen streams,
there is life.
You have to know
when natures sleeps,

she dreams there is life
And colder the winter,
the warmer the spring,
the deeper the sorrow,
the more our hearts sing
Even when you can’t see it
Inside everything
There is life (more…)

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Quincy, Your Nest is Ready!

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011 by by

I sleep with my babies.  I got a crib for Lawson (because “that’s what you do!”) that he didn’t use until he was a year old because it turned out, I wanted him right next to me at night!  I slept with Naomi, too.  Actually, at that time, we were renovating the upstairs of our house in Washington, so she was in the bed with me and Lawson’s toddler bed was right next to our bed, so it was “family bedroom” more than a “master bedroom.”  I loved it!  Dustin was a good sport.  Now Naomi and Lawson share a bedroom across the hall and still wake me up quite a bit at night between teething and bad dreams.  My guess is that as much as I’m going to want to snuggle Quincy up close at night, she may have to reside next to me in her own little nest, to keep from being disturbed every time I have to get up with the other kids.

I already had a soft little bassinet that I used with Naomi, but I didn’t just want her plopped down on the floor by the bed.  So, Dustin built a simple, perfect little piece of furniture to make the bassinet into a co-sleeper.  I love it!  It currently has four wheels on the bottom, but I’m thinking of switching one side to regular feet and adding a handle, so it’s more of a “cart.”  Right now, the kids think it’s fun to push the “train” around and I’m not a fan of that.  A baby cart seems cool, anyway!  Mobile when I need it to be, stationary to keep the kids from driving down the hall with their sleeping sister!  Either way, I love that it’s handmade with love by dad!  There’s room for lots of baby items down below in the shelves and baskets and I envision that it will re purpose as toy storage easily later on.  (more…)

Is it Spring Yet?

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011 by by

The Rosas household is getting really antsy and can’t wait for the weather to warm up!  When the weather report threatens forecasts of snow and record setting low temperatures it really messes with your mood.

Fortunately we have been keeping busy.  I am constantly updating The Cloth Diaper Finder with new diapers.  I am up to 167 diapers!  I am also compiling lists of things that need improving so that when I get enough funds I can send this to the developer and have him start working on them.

I’ve also started a new project and if you are a Fan on Facebook then you may have heard.  I will be working on a brand new website called What’s a Cloth Diaper? It is meant to be accessed using a QR Code that the Street Team will be handing out.  It is a long way from finished but once done you will be the first to know.

Speaking of new websites, I broke www.dirtydiaperlaundry.com for a few hours on Sunday night.  I was trying to get the other new site working but managed to overwrite all of my DDL files.  Yes I did. And then my husband and I frantically tried to figure out what happened!  We contacted tech support and they were able to restore my website!  And then I sent this message to the man who made it happen: (more…)

The Eyes

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011 by by

“I can shoot 2,009 lasers out of my eyes, Mom. I am telling you the truth.”

“Is that right?”

“Yeah and I can do it faster than a spider can move.”

“Whoa.”

“And I am silent as flowers.”

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