Thursday, July 30, 2015

Pocket diapers

The most common cloth diaper style you see now are pocket diapers. They are easy to use and you can find a brand to fit any budget. But did you know there are different styles of pocket diapers? The great thing about one size pocket diapers is that they are truly multiple sizes on the same diaper. This is where we get into the different styles. You can adjust the size with snaps or the inner elastic.

With three rows of snaps you can adjust your diapers rise to grow with your baby.

An inner elastic rise adjust is like your bra strap, it sides up or down to change the size. With these styles you have a little more flexibly with the exact size, but I have found the elastic has stretched after 2 years of loose and I can't get a tight fit anymore. The other major difference is the front of the diaper has a smooth finish because of its lack of rise snaps. 

Depending on the brand the diapers inserts will be stuffed into a pocket opening on the front or back of the diaper. 

You can even get them with Velcro or "hook and loop" closures. A favorite with my mom. Also a great choice of daycare, husbands or anyone nervous about using cloth because they go on very similar to a disposable. The problem with Velcro is as babies get older they can figure out how to take it off. Keeping shorts on solves that problem. Also the Velcro can wear out but can be replaced.

Velcro diapers have a laundry tab that is used when washing so the Velcro doesn't catch on other diapers in the wash.

The last is a pocket diaper with an inner elastic gusset. This makes a little well to catch that newborn or soft baby poo.

The diapers shown above are:
Bumkins- the green diaper with rise snaps.
Charlie banana- brown diaper with inner elastic rise adjustment 
Rumarooz- blue diaper with Velcro 

Other common pocket diaper brands are bum genius, Alva, and sunbaby, but there are tons of choices.  

Pocket Diapers

Urban Mom Diaper Bag

If you want a diaper bag that is stylish this bag is for you! 
Urban Mom's  diaper bag is where style and function meet. The canvas outside is beautiful with a cute pattern that you can use every day. The navy is deep and rich and the cream is a nice natural canvas color. The brown handles and closure really set off the whole look.  It has both tote handles and a longer strap.The tote handles are a brown color that match the fold over strap that is held in place by a magnet, The long strap is a navy color that is adjustable in length to get the perfect fit.  Inside there are lots of pockets to keep you organized, and its very roomy.The cream lining makes it easy to find what you are looking for. No more looking in a black hole of a bag.  I have a cloth diaper, sippy cup, wet bag, wipes, snacks, and my purse all inside the bag with room to spare. It also has an large outside pocket perfect for a magazine. It also makes a wonderful travel bag when you are not with baby. 

More Amber !

Don't you just love choices? Did you see my last blog on the Baltic wonder necklace- did you know they come in different colors? I just got a new one for Chris. This one has different shaped beads and they vary in colors as well. Just like the other one there is a knot in between each bead and a twist closure. It also comes with the cloth storage bag.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Garcinia Cambogia

I had heard good things about Garcinia Cambogia before. A friend had taken them and had great results.But I have always been scared to take any diet or appetite suppressing pills because I was scared they would make me sick or give me the jitters. I also didn't have a lot of weight to loose so I wasn't sure I really needed anything. But I kept seeing things pop up about Garcinia Cambogia and figured I would give it a try. I took two pills with 8oz of water as directed about 30 minutes before I ate. I ate my dinner as normal, but this time I didn't feel like going back for seconds. I noticed I felt better and ate less without feeling hungry. I didn't get sick or jittery and lost the last 5lbs I had been struggling
 with. If you want to learn more about this product check it out on Life & Food. Pick your bottle up on Amazon.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The best thing I ever baked.... Butterscotch cheese cake

I am sad to say that I did not take a ton of pictures of this, that is because it got eaten the next day. Yes the whole thing got eaten buy me. Ryan had two small slices. So be warned that it is that good! First I have to give credit where it is due, I found this on pinterest by life love and sugar. I did a few things different to. I just bought a premade pie crust that come in a pie pan.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Metallic Tattoos - Mermaid Edition #flashtattoos

As a kid growing up I have always loved getting temporary tattoos. But as an adult its not really that cute anymore, even though I still like it. That is when you get Metallic Tattoos. I got this really cute mermaid set off of amazon for a little over $11. There where 5 sheet inside too. They work just like normal temporary tattoos, you cut the one you want out, take the plastic off, and then apply a damp wash cloth over it. Simple enough.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Matcha Green Tea Smoothie

I am always looking for ways to get more greens in my diet. I was raised on green beans, salad (iceberg) and corn as vegetables. So I have had trouble learning to enjoy more veggies. I started drinking green smoothies as a fast and easy way to incorporate more greens. But I had to choke them down because I didn't love the flavor. In my experimentation of finding ways to make a green smoothie that didn't taste like I was drinking lawn clippings I found a suggestion. Matcha Green Tea I was excited to try adding this to my smoothie, which included; the green tea powder, power greens, ice, a touch of honey, and two packs of True Lemon, I have also used the lime and orange to mix it up. This makes for a tart yet refreshing smoothie that is enjoyable to drink. (and doesn't taste like the lawn.) A little green tea powder goes a long way. It was about two teaspoons in my full sized glass.
Don't let the color scare you it really is a yummy drink and the benefits of green tea are awesome. Not only will you feel better you will have more energy, and what mom doesn't want a healthy way to get more energy.

Check out this page for more information on the benefits of green tea and all the ways you can use it.

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