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Sorry for any typos. I mostly blog from my iPhone lying in bed nursing a baby or sitting on the couch nursing a baby, or wearing a baby nursing. In between home schooling and laundry and diaper changing. Oh did I mention I might be nursing a baby? The point is, I rarely sit down at the computer. Thanks for understanding. You're the best!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Day 1 flats handwashing challenge.

Crazy day 1 video. 37 weeks pregnant, tired and ready for bed. Enjoy :)

flat and hand washing challange

Do you think having a baby takes a lot of money? Well, it certainly can, but it doesn't have to.
This year I am participating in the flats hand washing challenge put on by Kim at Dirtydiaperlaundry.com.
This is my 3rd year doing this challenge. I want to help people rethink the idea that babies are to expensive. Babies are a great blessing from God. In fact I am about ready to pop with baby #5 ANY DAY NOW! (if you feel so inclined, you could pray that maybe it would be tonight, thanks)

Anyway, Diapers are EXPENSIVE! So for this week, I will be using old fashioned flat diapers and covers and hand washing them, to show that you don't need a lot of money to diaper a baby.

We actually use this type of diaper everyday. I found that they are very versatile and easy to get clean.

Sorry for the very short post, I'll write more tomorrow.

Follow me on this great adventure.

Here are the official rules
RULES of the Flats and Handwashing Challenge-

Materials Allowed
The following diapering items can be used:
• Any flat cloth diaper, store bought or handmade. A flat should be only 1 layer of material for easier handwashing and faster drying.
• 1 night time diaper per night of your choice although you are asked to make flats work for you (this diaper must also be handwashed)
• Doublers (not inserts meant to be absorbent enough to stand alone) if you absolutely must.
• A diaper sprayer.
• Wet bags/diaper pails for storage.
• Handmade “washing machine” for diapers such as the camp style washer I made last year.
• Non Electronic Portable washing machines (must be powered by you and cost less than $100.
• Commercially available or handmade covers.
• Commercially available or handmade detergents.
• Snappi, Boingo, and Pins for closure.
• Pocket diapers STUFFED WITH FLATS. (note that the potential for repelling on the stay dry lining could make your challenge harder but you can see what happens)
• Homemade or store bought fleece liners.
• Iron (to use in order to expedite drying time or sterilize)

Materials Not Allowed
• Electronic washer/dryer.
• Pockets with inserts other than flats, AIO’s, Fitteds, Contours, Prefolds, AI2’s, etc.
• Flushable liners.

Rules for Everyone
• You cannot use your washer or dryer.
• If for some reason something arises and an exception is made you need to disclose in the Conclusions Survey or on your blog if you are a blogger.
• There is no limit on the number of flats or covers you can use. Should you purchase 100 flats for $100 and go a whole week without washing? No. Use your common sense on this one. As a tip the more diapers in your camp washer/ sink/ tub the harder the washing will be.


Monday, January 13, 2014

Happy New Year

Happy New year to you all. I pray that the Love, Joy and Peace of Christ fills you this year. We had quite a 2013. We moved 3 times and finally settled into a home that we are renting from my grandparents.  They need to move somewhere with out stairs and we needed a place to live. We are kind of settled in. We have been in this new home since August, In September We found out I am expecting baby #5 the end of May. We are now living in a new state, a new home, and new job for my husband, He is officially getting out of the military after 10 years and we have a new baby on the way. Wow, What a year it was.

We have been so blessed to be able to move near my family. I have been away from them for about 13 years. I visit a lot, but I really did miss them. I know it is bitter sweet for my husband, since we did move away form his family and my step son. I hope we have to opportunity to visit often. 

Now that we are settling into a new life, we realized we need to make a few changes. Mostly, I need to make a few changes to my homemaking, homeschooling, mothering stuff :)

If you know me, you know, I am pretty messy. I don't particularly enjoy all things domestic. I thought I would before I got married, but I way wrong :)

I hate dishes, I forget about laundry, I pile junk instead of deal with it right away. As a result of my messy ways, a lot of thing get left undone. I can say that my bathroom is usually clean. I just have a weird thing about dirty bathrooms, they get cleaned a lot. SO I have that going for me. 

I have read a few books on organizing and cleaning. The one I have found the most helpful for me is A mother Rule of Life. I like this one, because it focuses on the whole person, the whole family and its is meant to help you in your vocation, not just cleaning. It is centered around God and the Church. I am still in the middle of rereading it, but have already implemented a new schedule. A very, very, very, simple new schedule.

I needed to make sure, I made time for prayer, and family prayer. I need to make sure school gets done everyday. I need to gain control of the laundry and the dishes. Then, just make sure the random things all over the house get addressed each day. 

So here is my simple, work in progress schedule.

DAILY: Wake at 5am, shower, dressed, make coffee say Rosary.
              Make breakfast
              unload dishwasher.
              school
              Mass practice 
              clean up kitchen after each meal
              15 minute family clean up after breakfast, lunch and before dinner

Monday: bedding laundry
              clean downstairs bathroom

Tuesday: towels laundry
               dust
               clean kids bathroom

Wednesday: oldest and youngest laundry
                    clean master bathroom
                    sweep

Thursday: little boys laundry (they wear they same size)
                Declutter project 
                clean downstairs bathroom

Friday: Husbands and my Laundry
            clean master bedroom and bathroom. 

After every meal kitchen chores.
             rinse and load dishes
             wash pots and pans
             wiped down counters and table
             sweep.


My biggest issues are laundry and dishes. So that is what my focus is for now. 

You may have noticed that I have Mass practice in my daily things. My kids are not very good at sitting still and quiet at Mass. So I decided we need to practice. I can't go to daily Mass with them all at this time, so instead to are watching Mass on the Internet. CatholicTV.com shows daily Mass on demand everyday. I set up the Chairs, we practice walking in, genuflecting, saying our prayers and sitting still and listening. We been doing it for 2 weeks about 4 days a week. Then of course we go to Sunday Mass as a Family. I like that I can explain whats going on , we are learning the prayers and I can hold a screaming baby in my lap until they stop crying with out having to leave the church. I think its helping too. 

I think this is simple enough for me to not get overwhelmed. I hope to add more later, but I just need to keep my head above water for a bit. 

What does your day look like? I love hearing how other moms, get stuff done. 

I'll keep you posted on our success and failures.

God Bless you all!


Monday, December 16, 2013

Giveaway.

I'm back... I hope for a while. I've been experiencing some pretty bad ALL DAY. Morning sickness. That's right, I'm pregnant. Whoot whoot! We are really excited around here. I'll talk all about that later. Today I have a really exciting giveaway to tell you about.

Veils by lily is giving away one of her beautiful veils. If you didn't know, I wear a veil at Mass and have for about 2 years. This is my favorite. Just so cheery.

So if you veil, or know someone that does. Go enter to win. I'd love to hear about your veiling experience in the comments.

Until next time friends. God bless.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

homeschool fun

I love workbooks. I could buy them all day and gaze at their beauty. I love the idea of my children using them to practice handwriting or math.

What I don't like it when they use them and "mess them up" :) I feel ripped off. It was so pretty, so new, so useful. Now is covered in marker, crayon, pen and no one is better at handwriting. We have 4 kids we are homeschooling and buying all those workbooks can get pricey.

I first thought I could just make copies each day for them to practice. I may still do that for somethings. But today I had an idea. For my preschoolers and kindergartner and maybe even my 3 grader for somethings I am laminating the workbook pages and they can practice with dry erase marker over and over again, until a skill is mastered.

I took our preschool workbooks and laminated them!
Now we have reusable workbooks. Whoot, whoot! I really love my laminater. It was only $24 dollars on amazon and has been well worth the tiny investment. Most of our preschool stuff we get from the Dollar Store. Some of these tracing books my mom bought a few years ago.  We have laminated flash cards and sentence practice too. So fun!

I am so happy about this I could giggle, in fact I did the whole time i was laminating!

Happy Homeschooling!