Cloth Diaper Love

I never thought this would be a post I would write…but it’s true, I love cloth diapering!

I was worried it would be too time consuming, but let’s be honest; I have 4 kids now. What is 1 more load of laundry? I wash the diapers every other day and it’s as simple as that. I keep the freshly stuffed diapers in this cabinet in the laundry room

The bottom shelf has extra inserts and wet bags for when we are out and about. I have a small one that holds one or two wet diapers and then a larger bag that easily holds 10+ that I use when we will be out for long periods of time. When they are dirty, they go in an open hamper in the laundry room.

No solids yet = no stink. Walking into that room, you would never know there was a hamper of dirty diapers. It takes me about 20 minutes to fold and stuff inserts into a load of washed diapers, so I do that at night after everyone is in bed and I can watch uninterrupted TV. Win. Win.

Plus, look how dang cute she looks in them!



Five Things Friday

Fingers crossed this is the last day of Christmas vacation. These three little kids of mine had their last day on December 19th. ALL of us are ready for the school routine again. We are supposed to get hit with another round of snow this weekend, so there is a chance for a snow day on Monday. We spent the last two days cooped up in the house because the roads were so bad, today we are busting out of here! My daughter turns 9 tomorrow (I swear she was JUST born) and I need to pick up a few things.

In no particular order;

1. Cereal. I have never been a huge cereal lover until the last week or so. Honey nut Chex of Frosted Mini Wheats with a banana and cold milk. Yes, please.

2. Citrus. I am so obsessed with oranges and grapefruits right now, I think we have 10lbs of grapefruits and two giant bags of oranges.

3. Soup. My lunches have been a variety of soup with a piece of fruit on the side. Easy, but so delicious.

4. Cloth Diapers. The cost was a HUGE factor in deciding to cloth diaper this time around, but seriously, how cute are these?! I have a few more coming and that will bring our stash to about 20.

5. Books. I set a goal to read 100 books this year, and I have already started with this one.

The youngest of three daughters, Angela DeSaria Malone was always “the princess” of the family, a girl who thought she knew how her life would unfold. High School. College. Marriage. Motherhood. That was how it had gone for her sisters, her cousins, her friends. But it didn’t work out that way for Angie. She and her husband tried desperately to have a child; year after year, their perfectly decorated nursery remained empty. Finally, their marriage collapsed under the weight of lost dreams.

After the divorce, Angie moved back to her hometown and rejoined her loud, loving, slightly crazy family. In West End, a place where life rises and falls in time with the tides, she will find the man who once again will open her heart to love . . . and meet the girl who will change Angie’s life.

Lauren Ribido lives in a rundown apartment in a bad part of town with a mother who cares more about her next drink than about her daughter. At seventeen, Lauren knows that her aspirations in life may never come to pass.

From the moment they meet, Angie sees something special in Lauren. They form a quick connection, this woman who is desperate for a daughter and the girl who has never known a mother’s love. When Lauren is abandoned by her mother, Angie doesn’t hesitate to offer the girl a place to stay. But nothing could have prepared Angie for the far-reaching repercussions of this act of kindness. In a dramatic turn of events, she and Lauren will be tested in a way that mothers and daughters seldom are. Together they will embark on an intensely moving, deeply emotional journey to the very heart of what it means to be a family.

Have a great night! Want to post five things you’re loving this week? Leave a link in the comments.

Five Things Friday

I was looking forward to spending the day cleaning, organizing some Christmas gifts and doing a little bit of relaxing before the kids are out of school for two weeks…and then the phone rang at 5am. Apparently the back roads were a bit icy, so snow day it is. Thankfully, the school sing a long and Christmas parties were yesterday afternoon!

Let’s get on to this edition of Five Things Friday!


1. Last Saturday night, our Church had a Christmas dinner and then the younger kids did a live nativity. Tyler was Joseph, Karlie was an angel and Aiden was supposed to be an animal, but got a bit of stage fright at the last minute.

2. We have decided to cloth diaper this time around. I am having way too much fun shopping on Ebay for fun girly cloth diapers! I can’t believe we are going to have someone small enough to fit into this soon!!!!

3. Throwback Thursday action. This was my brother and I circa mid 1980’s. Apparently we were very excited to get those sunglasses.

4. Fisbee the Elf has come to visit from CA with my sister and niece. I have never been a fan of the Elf on the Shelf, but my son’s Kindergarten teacher does a version of it in her class room (theirs is the Frog on the Log) and Aiden has been SOO excited about it, I think I’ll have to break down and get a freaking elf next year.

5. Christmas parties at school yesterday. I bounced between the Kindergarten and 3rd grade classrooms and both were festive and full of fun activities for the kids to do. So happy they did this yesterday and they didn’t have to miss out today because of the snow day!!