Beautiful Day

April 30th, 2012

It was beautiful outside today. I got the kids dressed and lessons finished, then scooted the 3 oldest out the door to play. First, they started helping rake up the grass daddy mowed in the front yard and disposing of it in the compost pile. They soon were tired of that, though, and asked if they could just play. I said that was fine :-) .

Baby A woke up within a few minutes and I set him at the screen door to watch and he fussed at me because he wanted out there too. Of course, I was hoping to stay inside and get some cleaning done, but who could resist that little face?! So, my solution was putting his walker on the back porch (and the gate up at the stairs!!) and setting him in it with a snack. I finished up a couple things close to the windows where I could see and then rounded up the bubble blower and extra bubbles to take outside to the kids. This was Baby A’s first encounter with bubbles and he LOVED them. All the others love them too, so they played with bubbles until lunch. I let Baby A crawl around the porch and chase them and I grabbed the camera. Fun!

 

 

Pockets and the One-Size Cloth Diaper

April 29th, 2012

I love seeing the shock, horror, and/or surprise in someone’s face when I mention that we cloth diaper. I also love to see that expression change to excitement when I actually SHOW them one of our diapers. There are several types of cloth diapers available. I plan to post soon something I put together explaining the types and options. For now, I just want to talk about my favorite. The pocket diaper. There are also several brands of each type. I’ve tried Fuzzibunz, Knickernappies, Fuzzi Fannies, Green Acre Designs, Alva, Kawaii, Swaddlebee, and Babykicks Bumboo – to name a few. My all time favorites are the Sunbaby diapers. They come from China and the company is owned by a Mom. It’s amazing, really. She recently changed her design to include 2 different sizes of “One-Size” diapers. Confusing? Yes.. a little, but I really don’t mind. The size 1 is smaller and is great for newborns and up… even fitting babies up to 28 lbs (coming from personal resources). The size 2 is great for chunky babies and older babies. For what it’s worth, my 20 lb 10 month old can wear both sizes just fine. What’s so wonderful about this particular brand? They are CUTE for one thing (see 1st picture). She puts out new prints at least twice a year and they are all adorable. The diapers are pretty well made. They are not perfect, but I’ve never had any that didn’t WORK. They are also CHEAP going for as little as $4 without an insert – SHIPPED on the Sunbaby website. You can’t beat it.

So, a pocket diaper has a water proof lining, a pocket for an insert, and then the inner lining. The second picture of the gallery shows the pocket. I use microfiber, bamboo, hemp, and/or prefolds as inserts. Microfiber is very absorbent but sometimes can be tricky when it comes to washing and “stinkies”. Bamboo and hemp are slower to absorb, but hold a LOT of moisture. They are natural materials and a little easier for washing. Prefolds are natural material, hold a lot, and are very easy to wash and keep smelling clean, but are bulkier. I like using a prefold or microfiber with bamboo behind it in the pocket.

Some pockets are “One-size” diapers. That means, you can snap the diaper down to a small setting, a medium setting, or leave open to a large setting. They typically will fit a baby from birth to potty training. If you’ve never used a One-Size diaper before, seeing all those snaps can get confusing. The 3rd picture in the gallery here is a tutorial I put together on how those snaps work. It will show you how to put the diaper on each size setting. The last picture of the tutorial shows how to put the diaper on your baby.

 

Adorable, right? I love them.

~Rachel

Something New

April 27th, 2012

I love to up-cycle things from clothing to furniture and beyond. I decided it was time to “up-cycle” my blog as well. I still have all the old entries and comments, but I’ve added them to a whole new blog experience, called Blue Willow Homestyle. We are a homeschooling family and we named our school Blue Willow Academy for the beautiful willow tree in our yard and the Bluegrass state in which we live. The definition of homestyle is: involving the home or family. The plans I have for this new blog are just that, things that involve our personal home and/or family. There’s so much I want to share and enjoy talking about. I hope you enjoy hearing about our life and ideas as our family grows and learns!

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    Blue Willow is our homeschool name, chosen for the beautiful willow tree in our yard and the Bluegrass state we live in. Homestyle is defined as "involving the home or family" and "domestic". Here you will find stories about our life as a family and tips from me, a mommy of four. I will talk about a variety of things that pertain to our family and other things I'm passionate about. I do hope you enjoy.