I decided to start this blog as a place to post my thoughts, ideas, tips, and tricks (and failures of what you shouldn't do!) I'm a stay at home mom of a 2.5 year old girl and 1 year old boy. I'm no expert on anything but hopefully you'll get some good ideas and share tips you have for me as well! I like to do a lot of different things with my free time (however little I have of it) so there will be quite a variety of information here: recipes, home decor ideas, crafts, etc.
Here's the card that M made for her daddy and grandpa's for Father's Day. I got the idea for the dad one from Pinterest but it didn't have an original source so I'm not sure who came up with the idea. Then I just adapted that and found a cute Grandpa poem that also incorporated Dad and did the same idea. They were a hit!
I must warn you though that you have to print multiple copies of the poems and hope that the handprints turn out well - especially when you're doing it yourself with a one year old like I did! I had 2 extras for daddy and one extra Grandpa but they turned out pretty decent I thought!
And here's the gift that M got daddy (I know it's cheesy) :) Got the idea from here.
He also got this sweet Star Wars diaper from Baby Boy.
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I was at the Farmers Market a few weeks ago and I saw some cute hair-bow holders. I almost bought one but then decided that I could probably make something similar myself, so I waited until I went to the craft store. I knew I'd always get back to the farmers market so I could always buy it later. Well the other day, we made it out to Hobby Lobby, and I found all my supplies needed-plus I already had some ribbon at home that I could use.
Here's my finished product!
I thought it turned out great! If you'd like one for your little girl, let me know and I'll make one for you too! This style letter also comes in sparkly light blue which I liked but thought it might clash with M's blue walls. Of course you could also just buy a plain wooden letter, paint/glitter/stencil however you like but I got this letter 50% off so it was a lot cheaper to just buy this then all the supplies for that!
Now I'm excited to get back to the Farmers Market so I can see how mine compares. I didn't take any pictures or anything of theirs, so we'll see if I end up liking mine or theirs better. :)
There is always a question as to what diaper rash creams are safe with cloth diapers so here is a great link I found that all cd'ers should have on hand. It's from Pinstripes and Polkadots which is a great online cloth diaper resource!
I use CJ's BUTTer and have had pretty good success. I think it's best used for preventing rash rather than curing it once your little one (lo) gets a bad rash but of course it's better than nothing! I also use coconut oil which works really well - you can usually find this in the organic section of your grocery store.
And don't forget - even if you don't use cloth diapers, you could still use these creams as they are a more natural product to put on your little one's tushy. =)
Why can't you use any old diaper cream with cloth diapers? Diaper creams like Desitin or A+D will cause repelling issues with your diapers because of the ingredients in them. They are made to create a thick barrier on baby's bottom which then transfers to your diapers and causes repelling. If this happens, you have to 'strip' your diapers which isn't the most fun process in the world...although not terrible if it does! My mom actually just got some Resinol on one of my diapers and it's currently soaking in hot water and blue dawn to 'strip' it out.
If you feel that you do need to use a cream like A+D or Desitin, you can use a liner in your diaper so that the cream doesn't get on your diaper. Just be sure that you wash the liner separate from your diapers and don't throw it in the wet bag with them either because the cream could transfer during washing. Also be sure not to wash cloth wipes that you use to wipe the cream off with your diapers either.