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Great Cloth Diaper Change

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

On Saturday, I’m participating in the Great Cloth Diaper Change. The Real Diaper Association is sponsoring this attempt to get in the Guinness World Record Book for the most simultaneously changed cloth diapers. If you are a cloth diapering parent with a child under 39 inches (the rules), check your local area. It is probably not too late to participate.

I’m excited about going because my local event location is hosted by a local company and my old breastfeeding support group. I hope to see some familiar faces and there is a potluck breakfast after the event. My only worry is that Spencer won’t let me change him, he has been pretty squirmy lately, but I am hoping in a big group he lets me change him in 60 seconds.

Woot! Here’s to breaking the record! Now I just have to decide which diaper to bring, so many choices…

 

Welcome to the World: Soup or Salad Blog

Monday, November 15th, 2010

I have been wanted to do a food blog since I found out that blogs existed, although I am very glad they have never been shortened to fblogs. I just never started one and then I worked a job 60 hours a week and my husband schedule was such that we only overlapped for 2 dinners a week, maybe. And most of our shared meals were breakfast, which I prefer out. So, I didn’t feel like I was cooking enough to provide content for a dedicated food blog. Then, this summer, during an IM conversation with my good friend Jody, the idea for a blog focusing primarily on soup and salad was formed.

I was busy with Spencer and this blog and Jody was readying her family for a move to another continent, so we took the planning slow, bought the name, had the lovely Sarah design our pretty header and do some techie work and then slowly we started getting some recipes up. And what better week than the week before Thanksgiving for our official launch, with a bunch of recipes for using up your leftover turkey.

So, I give you Soup or Salad Blog! And we are kicking off Turkey Week with a fantastic and super easy Turkey Chili Verde.

I do hope you will join me over there. Also, we are planning to feature tons of guest bloggers, so if you are interested you can contact me.  It doesn’t need to be original content for the site. We’d be happy to showcase a soup or salad you have blogged about on your own blog.

***Giveaway is now closed and the winner was Amanda! (comment 8)***

In order to celebrate, I am going to do a few giveaways this week, at least two, three if I can get it together in time.  So, today, I am giving away a fantastic Blue FuzziBuns Perfect Fit Diaper in Medium. If you don’t cloth diaper, it would be a great gift for a friend that does.

Four (!) ways to enter, leave a separate comment on this post for each:

  1. Go to Soup or Salad Blog, look around a bit and tell me what you think, about the content or site design or how we could make it better.
  2. Tell me your favorite soup or salad
  3. Follow Soup or Salad Blog on Twitter
  4. Tweet the following (once): WooHoo! Celebrating the launch of @SoupOrSaladBlog with a #clothdiapers giveaway: http://bit.ly/8Yw6cR

A winner will be selected 11/21. Contest is open to US addresses only. FuzziBunz did not sponsor this giveaway or give me the diaper for this purpose. I won this diaper at a Twitter party and since I seem to win a lot of diapers, I thought I would share the wealth. The diaper is brand new and in the original packaging.

Cloth Diapers Are Not All Sunshine and Lollipops

Friday, October 15th, 2010

Diapers - not just for butts anymore

I’ve been cloth diapering for just about a year now and I love it, I do. I love that we are saving money and keeping a bunch of diapers out of the landfill, folding the diapers is pretty soothing, buying diapers is pretty fun because they are adorable and and using them is making the earth a little bit greener for my little guy. I do, however, hate it when my diapers stink, the obligation of the extra laundry and most of all I hate it when they leak at night.

My initial investment in cloth diapers was about $250 which is about average for using pockets and all-in-ones. I was lucky and I got a few diapers for gifts. We were set for a few months and then Spencer became something of a heavy night wetter and our night time struggles began. I tried wool. I tried specialty night diapers. I tried triple-stuffed pockets. I tried hemp. I tried bamboo. We still had leaks.

Wool worked the best, but after about 2 days post wash, Spencer would have red marks on his legs from ammonia in the elastic. Wool takes too long to dry to make washing it every other day a viable option. I easily spent over $100 trying to solve the night time leak dilemma. And then we went on vacation and we used disposables (for shame!) and what do you know – no leaks. So now we are a cloth diaper by day only family and I am fine with it. As an added bonus, my laundry stinks a lot less now too, with out the super-ammonia night time diapers in there.

Speaking of laundry, I’ve had soap struggles, build-up struggles, ammonia struggles and stink struggles. I used a very popular, almost cult-like, soap for quite awhile with some success – no smells and no stains. Then there were some formula changes with the soap and then a recall and it just doesn’t seem to work as well. I am using up what I have left and then will try something else. The nice thing is that the soap works pretty well on my husband’s work clothes, so it is not a total loss.

As far as diaper brands go, my all time favorites are SmartiPants. They make up the majority of my stash and are my go-to diaper, especially for naps or when we are going out. I also love my sized Bum Genius all-in-one and my Thirsties all-in-one. I haven’t tried the new Bum Genius 4.0, but I am interested. My just ok diapers are Happy Hineys, mostly because Spencer always seems to be between snap settings, Tot-Bots because they leak a little and are really hard to clean poop off of and my Bum Genius 3.0 one size. My least  favorite diapers, by far are my Fuzzi Buns one size. I know people LOVE these diapers, but they just don’t work for us. The PUL melted and when we tried them for nights, the elastic left huge ammonia welts on his legs. Incidentaly, I think these are the only diapers I own that are made in china. Perhaps it is a coincidence.

It is funny, when I first started buying and using cloth diapers, I got swept up in the online cloth diapering community. And boy do they love a new convert. It can be overwhelming, with the choices and care and twitter parties and blog giveaways. There is a lot going on with cloth diapering on the internet. I have back away a bit. I stopped entering giveaways and reading diaper based blogs and unfollowed a lot of diaper companies on twitter and facebook and I feel a lot better. The internet can be so relentlessly positive about the awesomeness of cloth diapers and you know what, sometimes they suck.

Diaper Drama

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

It is always something with cloth diapers. It could be stink, stains, leaks, rashes, the perpetual wash routine. Cloth diapering is an ongoing process. Don’t get me wrong, for the most part I love it, but every once in a while, I want to chuck all of my cloth diapers out the window.

I have been having some problems with stink and a diaper rash that looked like it was maybe caused by ammonia build-up. I soaked. I added extra rinses. I used more soap. I used less soap. I sunned. Finally after one more soak/sun combo, the stink was gone. Mostly. And then the leaks started. Diapers were lasted less than 2 hours. Diapers that could previously go as long as 4 hours. And night-time leaks too. I was not a happy cloth-diapering camper.

I took a little break and used disposables for the San Francisco trip and was loving the lack of leaks. This made me more determined than ever to fix the problems before my lazy self went back to disposables for good. And then a light bulb went off. Spencer is in the 95th percentile for height. I’ve been on the same rise setting for at least 6 months. I unsnapped the front and lo and behold, no more leaks. It was user error all along, but I am still going to blame the diapers.

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