Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Wooly Naturals Wool Dryer Balls

I can't even begin to tell you how much I love dryer balls. Is that a weird thing to love? I used to be the girl who put dryer sheets into the dryer every single load, and throw them away after a single use. I must have used thousands. The only contribution to my life they provided was a nice smelling load of clothes after they dried.

Wool dryer balls have a special place in the hearts of most cloth diapering families. When you're drying something that has six extra absorbent layers . . . it can take a lot of time. Before we got these, we had to dry our inserts and all in ones through the dryer twice. Drying time was around an hour and a half. It was ridiculous, expensive . . . very annoying. Now we have six dryer balls in our washer and it has cut down my drying time nearly in half! These are essential to cloth diaper users! Fabric softeners and dryer sheets are not cloth diaper safe. When we made the switch to cloth, we had to change up a little bit of our wash routine. But with dryer balls, it doesn't seem like it's that difficult at all. My clothes still come out soft and smell nice without all the extra chemicals. I add a drop of essential oil to a few of the dryer balls every few month or so, and it gives them a great scent.

These wool balls include a cute carrying case in case you are traveling and want to take them with you (or you're moving!) and a silly little sheep coin purse. It's a great conversation starter for my green life when I take it out to get change.

Have you used dryer balls before?
Look for a giveaway for your very own set later this week! 

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Fat Bottom Babies Bottom Soother

Hello. My name is Beth Ann, and I have a problem. With diaper creams. All the diaper creams. And calling my diapers by their given names. But that's a different post. 

Fat Bottom Babies
When I first found out I was pregnant, I knew I wanted to cloth diaper. I also knew that in order to cloth diaper, I had to use "cloth safe diaper cream" which is basically no zinc oxide. I thought this meant that I needed to search out every nook and cranny to find these little tubes of natural goodness, so I went a little crazy. I looked everywhere, and bought a LOT. We have so much that I have been forbidden to buy any more. If you've ever seen my cloth diaper stash, you would know that I don't take "no" well, and I usually end up getting what I want anyway. Which leads me into today's post. About diaper creams. Even though I have enough to cover all the tushies of the entire Navy, I still need to buy more.

We need to begin here today by talking about this packaging. LOOK at this packaging. I opened this and was immediately happy. Is it possible to get a package and not be happy though? The owner of this store, Tabatha, puts a lot of love and happiness into each of the products she makes, and you can see it through her unique and happy packaging and products. The names of her products are adorable too, she has fluff dust (bless my cloth diapering heart!) and bottom soother. How sweet do those sound? I wanted them in my stash simply because it's fun to ask my husband to bring me some Fluff Dust from the changing table. 

Unique to FBB is the great push up design of their diaper cream. Have you tried this in a diaper cream before? This makes it so you don't actually have to touch your kid's bum, which might be helpful if there is a bad rash. It's also a great changing table toy for little wiggly babies. I love not having to wipe my hands off on my baby's diaper before snapping it on. Wait, I'm not the only one that does that, right?! If you don't do it, you should try!

I like to think that I'm a pro at cloth diaper creams. I'm pretty thoroughly obsessed with them. I've tried hundreds, and I keep about the same amount in my house at all times. I love the versatility of cloth safe cream. When my daughter wants to put extra on her knee, or if she tries to put it on her face I'm not worried about it getting in her mouth and hurting her. I let her put some on my son also (she loves putting it on his belly which results in giggles all around) and it's okay to get it outside of the diaper area. My daughter also loves having diaper cream put on her bug bites. I'm not sure if this helps her at all, but she loves putting it on. She asks every single day for me to "put some stuff on it". All of these products that Tabatha stocks are edible (although maybe not tasty) so you don't have to worry about any toxicity in their tiny little systems.

If you're in the market for a new diaper cream, I can't recommend this one enough. It comes in some great scents, including Monkey Farts . . . which smells a lot better than you'd think it would based solely on first thought. Some other scents are blueberry tart, watermelon, and tea tree and lavender. I've smelled them all and I'm a fan of every last one! I think I like watermelon the best, most likely because it's July. What a great summer smell!

Lastly, before I leave you with the links to find these wonderful products, here is the wonderful Bottom Soother with our friend Jules, the traveling genius. She loves diaper creams too.

Where to find these goodies!

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Please go take a look at her sites and see her fun products. There is no better way to support a working at home mother than to buy her products. This mommy is a great one to support.

Do you have fun uses for diaper cream? Have you ever tried it for anything besides tushies??

Monday, July 13, 2015

A Fishy Love Story

Have you met Anchovy? She's my best pal. She loves my kids, she snuggles me about 10% of the time I want to cuddle, and she's adorable. This is my four year old ball of furry happiness, Anchovy. She has spent her entire life trying to be the best dog ever. Her sole purpose in life is to make me happy, and she has more than succeeded. She's obedient, trustworthy (if bacon isn't involved), a semi-good listener, and most of all on those duty nights when I am sad . . . she's always there. 
When we first moved to South Carolina, I insisted we get a dog. I wanted a Shetland Sheepdog, and nothing else. We looked on Petfinder, went to Saturday adopt-a-thons, visited local shelters four or five times a week and finally found the doggy I thought was for me. 

His name was Komar, and he has a beautiful way about him. We went into Summerville SPCA to get him as soon as we could. When we got there I was very sad to see someone else had him out and was walking him around. They brought him back, and luckily for us, we found out his true colors. Chewer at heart, and we just knew he wasn't going to be for us. 

I was pretty disappointed. We looked around at the other dogs, and found a few that we thought were pretty sweet. A little chocolate lab named Charlotte caught our eye, but she just had a surgery and we wouldn't have been able to take her home.

Then we found her. Her name was Cypress. 

They told us that she's a lab, terrier, shepherd mix. She was calm and subdued when she was waiting for us patiently. When we saw her, we just knew. She was sitting there, the only dog there not barking. Just watching us. We took her out and walked around with her . . . and we just knew. I'm not one for making rash decisions though, so we went home that Friday night, and thought about it. Dogs are a huge commitment, so I didn't want to go into that decision lightly. I could barely sleep I was so excited to see her the next morning. We rushed over as soon as they opened up again and adopted her. We changed her name to Anchovy though, because I've always wanted a doggy named Anchovy. I always thought my Anchovy would be a Shetland Sheepdog, but I'm really happy with this Anchovy. :)

Look at those paws! Well, she grew up, and she lots all the black in her face and tail, and she looks like she's actually a golden retriever. We spent some time researching other dogs, and found that we think she's a Golden Retriever / Irish Setter mix. She's so lean!

I feel so lucky to have her in my life! She's great with our kids, she loves deeply, and she doesn't mind bumming around the house all day. Most of all she's patient. She will sit with me while I cry with my children over bed time for as long as it takes. I'm glad my children get to grow up with her.

Do you have a furry BFF?? Tell me about them!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

We Had a Tea Party!

My daughter loves to go on picnics. When she was just a wee lady she got a picnic set from one of my friends, and she has since loved all things picnic and tea party. She has several tea pots and has loved them all over the years. She loves "pouring me a cup" and clinking our cups together. I just knew when I saw this tea set I just had to have it for her. 

Unlike all of her other sets, this set is metal. We have not had any issues with chipping of paint or dents, even though it is made of metal, they're all sturdy pieces. They have several fruits painted on them, and my daughter loves telling me about them. Blue is her favorite, and we love having a picnic with her best friends (baby and Ka-Pua the monkey) and Anchovy, our favorite doggy. This set goes perfectly with our "picnic quilt" that was given to us by my husband's command after we had our son.  

These are a great size for little hands, and comes with a plate, saucer and cup in each of four colors (blue, green, orange, red) a tray to hold it all, and a kettle with detachable top. 

Here are a few more pictures of my sweet baby and her tea time. 

I received this product for free in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Where to purchase? Amazon!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Tools 4 Wisdom Planner Review

I love planners. I think they're all fun, and they all serve a great purpose for me. I wish I could have them all and spend all day writing all the things that I should be doing instead of planning in them. Ahhh, peace.

Currently, I have three. A Target knock off one that I'm not in love with anymore. An Erin Condren that I purchased and this Tools4Wisdom one that I received recently in order to provide a review and introduce it to you. So here it is:

This planner is great for setting goals. It is designed for you to plan goals for your month at the beginning of the month and each week you'll really focus on those goals. There is even a place at the beginning of each day to have a focused goal. There are steps on the bottom to get to the goals you want to achieve. 

This is a goal oriented planner. If you are planning to use this as a blogger, or mother, or really anyone who has goals you will have a lot of success with this planner. It has every half hour out for you to plan in. I use arrows a lot to designate longer than half hour projects, such as dinner or lunch.

My Tools4Wisdom Planner helps me have a simple goal and turn it into an achievable goal by helping me formulate plans and ways to make that goal a reality. I'm happy I have this planner! It is my favorite! I even use the bottom for my dinner plans at the end of the day. 

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