Tuesday, January 11, 2011

I´m in heaven . . .

You can tell by the expiration date on the cap that i did not take this picture :) :) :)
I am in love,,, I am obsessed with greek yogurt!!!!!!!!!
It is soooo creamy and scrumptious, I can´t fully describe the wonderfullness (not a word) of it.

Yogurt in Spain,,,, well, what can I say, it has its own aisle in the grocery store. Yup, there are hundreds of different selections to choose from.

Now, I have never had plain yogurt, except for the time I made my own and decided to taste it before I added strawberries. It wasn´t all that great, but plain GREEK style yogurt is an entirely different story.

For those of you who know me personally, I am an ice cream addict. I can´t live without it; however, this stuff is so amazing, ice cream could get bumped down to # 2 on my list of addictions...

Saturday, January 8, 2011

New Year...My Resolutions for 2011 :)

Okay, okay, I have never REALLY made any new year resolutions that I actually planned on keeping.
However, this year, I am gonna do it.
Here they are...

1. Read the entire Bible through with my husband,,, we have never done this together, and I am quite excited that we will be able to spend more time in the word TOGETHER.

2. Take care of my body,,, what I put into it and what I do with it.  God gave me one body, I should take care of it.

3. Read to my child,,, I haven´t done a great job at this one this past year. It is important for him to hear as much english as possible, and what better way, than through reading.  I plan on reading him the Bible, Dr. Suess, Aesops Fables ... feel free to suggest.

4. Take more pictures and record more videos.

5. Wear  my stinken retainer... my parents spent their good earned money to correct my teeth and I really shouldn´t let it go to waste : )
SO if you see me walking around without it,,, please give me a guilt trip and remind me of this post.

6. Be frugal, I will look into ways of saving money, making things, buying second hand when possible, etc, etc, etc....

Check back in a year to see if I have accomplished everything on my list :)

Monday, January 3, 2011

Cloth Diapers

Okay if you would have asked me a year ago if I was planning on cloth diapering, you would have seen a ¨ what in the world is wrong with you¨  look on my face.
If you ask me now,,, well lets just say my opinion is a bit different. I´m a cloth convert!!!

I know, most of you reading this probably have the ¨What in the world is wrong with you¨ look on your face right now :-)  No, I have not gone mad

When did I become interested in Cloth diapering?
- July 2010,  I was at Toys-R-us shopping for a pack of swimmers when I saw a pack of gdiaper biodegradable refills. I thought, what a cute little picture, and what are gdiapers anyway??? I went home, got online, found out what they were and researched other modern cloth diapers.

Why did I want to even consider Cloth Diapering?
- Honestly, my first reason was the cute factor... they are soooooo cute, so much better than white disposable diapers.
- Next, The outrageous cost of disposable diapers. You spend, on average over $2,000.00 per child on diapers from birth to potty training.
- Chemicals !!! have you ever thought about all the junk they put in diapers. The thinner they are, the more toxins they have. ever seen little gel beads on your babies skin??? those are chemicals. Ivan tried the cute huggies jeans diapers, they were cute, until he got his first diaper rash coincidentally at the same time. That is the only time he has ever had a rash (knock on wood).
- Environment, no I am not a neurotic tree hugger, but I do think we should be responsible.  Disposable diapers take hundreds of years to break down,,, and since disposables were only invented about 60 years ago, there are 60 years of tightly wrapped packets of human feces buried in land fills all around the world.
...These are my top 4 reasons based on what I researched, feel free to do your own :)

What do I have in my Cloth Diaper Stash?
4 gdiapers - orange, vanilla, gaga blue, goodnight blue
12 gcloth
3 bumgenius os 4.0 aplix closures - butternut, grasshopper, twilight
2 bumgenius os 4.0 snap closures artist series - free spirit, eiffel tower
3 fuzzibunz perfect size - apple green, bigsky, watermelon
1 fuzzibunz os -tootie frootie
1 bottombumpers aio side snapping - shamrock
accessories...
1 rockingreen detergent in orangevana
1 planetwise wet bag - lime cocoa bean

I use the pocket diapers on a daily basis, and the gdiapers for outings.

What else do I need to complete my stash?
With the diapers I have now, I need to wash almost everyday, and I can get by. If I could purchase a few more diapers to add to my stash they would be...
A few rumparooz os snap closure in the kangarooz, robotronic and gumball print... and a few ragababe aio in squiggles, newspaper, cube, tie dye... (they have too many awesome prints to choose just one :)).
I would like to try out the bestbottoms in moo-licious with the hemp/ cotton insert or stay dry insert.
I need to get another wetbag, and kangacare (rumparooz brand) with their new shaped bag seems like a good choice.
I would like to eventually (someday) buy a diaper sprayer, but for know I am just using my shower head.

Would I like to Cloth Diaper my next baby?
If we are blessed with another child, I would love to cloth diaper starting from birth.
I might even dare try prefolds... weehuggers have the cutest diaper covers.
rumparooz and ragababe also have newborn diapers that I have read great reviews about and I would love to  have a few for when the one size diapers are still too big.

What would I tell someone who is considering Cloth Diapers?
Don´t be afraid to give it a shot. Yes, you will have to see more poop, but you won´t really have to touch anymore than you would have to with disposables. If at first you don´t succeed, try another brand :) one brand will not work for everyone. Start with a diaper that is well trusted and similar to disposable, like bumgenius with applix closure. Don´t let other peoples opinion discourage you from cdiapering, make an informed decision.

Hopefully this post will spark your interest :)