Saturday, December 31, 2011

Welcoming our baby boy

I wanted to wait to post anything until I had his birth story typed up, but he's 3 weeks old tonight, and I've yet to finish it. But I will! I'm not giving up.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Stationery card

Initially Baby Sage Birth Announcement
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Friday, December 9, 2011

Attention Cloth Diaper Bloggers!

Do you like to try new products?
Do you like free things?
Do you like sharing your opinion?

Then this opportunity might be for you!

Kebbie's Diaper Bag is looking for people to try out and review select cloth diapering products.
100 cloth diapering bloggers in the United States will have a chance.
You might even get a chance to host a product giveaway!

There are a few simple rules, and a form that must be filled out here if you are interested.
If you're interested, don't delay. Time is of the essence! It's first come, first serve.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Fluff Stash

We've decided to cloth diaper. This means we have to buy things now, so that we can save money later. It also means that we get to pick out cute designs and patterns for diapers.

I think we're pretty much set on newborn-sized, but we would like to get some newborn AIO (all-in-one) diapers to make life easier. If we don't get around to it, that's fine though. We'll make do. (What is an AIO? Click here.)

All of the following photos were taken as I sorted diapers for prepping, hence so many grouped photos.

Our "stash" consists of the following:
These were what I received from the December mom gift swap. A joey-bunz insert/doubler, and a medium Planet Wise wetbag for use when out and about. Love it!

16 small prefolds, misc microfiber inserts for various pocket diapers, 5 BumGenius 3.0 size small, 10 Kissaluv size 0, one Dappi fitted size small

2 Econobum one-size prefolds, and the joey-bunz insert again (because these are new and got boiled before going into the wash)

Working from bottom to top - 5 BumGenius 4.0 One-Size Pockets (they were seconds which means they have small "flaws" and came with no insert), 2 Lovely Pocket Diapers (one has monkeys, hearts and bananas, the other is just polka-dots), and one Little American Pocket Diaper (Batman-themed, and my husband's favorite - he even "stalked" and bought it)

Two Econobum one-size covers, one "La-Di-Da" cover size small.

5 Happy Heiny Pocket Diapers

2 FuzziBunz pockets, size medium.

The wetbag again, and our only cloth wipe - organic, by Kissaluv.

12 BumGenius 3.0 AIO size small - bought used, and not sure if we will use them as they require minor repairs before use.

Most of this was bought used, then we had a lot of sale purchases. Only the Little American Batman diaper, and the two Lovely Pocket Diapers were bought without a sale.

We also have some more on the way:
2 Bummis Whisper Wraps size newborn, 1 unknown brand cover size xs, 1 Ceilidh cloth fitted size newborn, 3 cricketts fitteds size newborn, and 1 Sage Pocket size 1.

This brings our total to:
The newborn stage: 14 newborn fitteds, 4 newborn/small/x-small covers, 16 newborn prefolds (I'd rather just use these as inserts...), 1 pocket that can be used on a newborn
"In-Between" newborn and one-size: 5 BG 3.0 AIO's that we will use, and another 12 that we may not
One-sized: 2 prefolds, 13 pockets, 2 covers
Medium: 2 pockets

Misc: 1 medium wetbag, 1 cloth wipe, 1 joey-bunz insert, 15 pocket inserts (multiple sizes)

Must get still: A pack of snappis to secure prefolds, inserts (we want these, and more joey-bunz), more one-size (unless I want to do diaper laundry every day), preferably some newborn AIO (though this isn't needed at all), at least 1 hanging wetbag, and definitely a lot more wipes!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Mission Impossible: Kitchen Clutter

Our kitchen is the center of our home. It's where we spend the majority of our time. Heck, we have our laptops on the table, next to a center counter.
There are cabinets to the ceiling (many of which cannot be reached, and thus are empty - but we'll tackle that another time), and because of this, among other things, many things get left out on the counter. Not to mention papers, bills, magazines... Oh boy.
This weekend, I made a list of everything I deem urgent in our home. I sat down and decided which of these things could possibly get done in only a couple days.

I chose:
  • Under Sink
  • Cup Cabinet
  • Counter by Fridge
  • Bathroom Drawers
There is still an overwhelming amount that needs to be done on the list. However, I tackled the first three of those things - and still have time to get the fourth done this weekend.

First, let's start with under the sink. It's never really been touched before, except to shove extra dish detergent and vinegar down there. Well, it was time to change that! It was a mess. The whole right side was never cleaned since moving in and was full of debris, a broken shelf, and some random pot lids that must have belonged to a former owner.

I emptied everything out, and began cleaning. It was very discouraging though, especially because the bottom dipped down... and then there was the massive hole for piping. How could I store anything down here?
 Not to mention it was extremely filthy.

 After some scrubbing, I got it cleaned up. Then came the problem of actually utilizing the space. I didn't want my things touching that. Can you blame me?

My husband had a solution, even though he didn't know it. He proposed covering the hole with some of the remaining wood from a desk we had taken apart. An idea was born! How about covering more than just the hole? Covering the entire bottom even? Brilliant!
So he set off to cut just the right size from one of the sides. It took some work, as we are severely lacking in proper tools, but he managed.
And then I got to do the fun part. Organize and decide what could go down there.

The right side. Unopened vinegar, dish soap, extra Brillo pads (stored conveniently in tupperware, rather than the unsightly box they came in) all went onto the shelf I feared I couldn't make used of.
Below, I put unused sponges into another plastic container (we use three different types for different purposes), and in another plastic container went the water-plug-things (don't I just have a way with words?) that we never really use anyway. In front of these, I placed the mat that preluded our dish rack, and on top - the dish rack. It finally had a permanent home that was not the counter. Voila, instant counter space.

Now the other side. What did we even have left?

The left side. Carpet cleaner went to the back right, glass cleaner to the back left, and opened vinegar in the front right. I also decided this would be a decent place to put our plastic baggies (gallon sized are what is in the jar behind the boxes) and tinfoil. I plan on getting one of those racks for them at some point, but for now, this works. We also now have extra washcloths under there. They will soon get a small bin.

Look at that progress! I was so proud, already. However, we couldn't be done yet. Next to the fridge is an awkward section of counter that is a bit tucked away. That had been collecting everything for two years now. During the process of working under the sink, we moved all the junk from by the fridge (minus the microwave - that got to stay put) out onto the counter. Now it either had to go back (what?) or find new homes.

We started with a shelf. It could house our coffee and like items that usually lived on our main counter. We decided to place it above a set of hooks that were already over there. On the hooks live cat collars that we don't use - but they have tags on them. If we ever take the cats somewhere, the cats get a pretty collar until we are safely home again. They have only been used for vet trips thus far, and it's definitely reassured me for those spay/neuter trips.

 Below the shelf, we placed non-dairy creamer and sugar. Behind it is a jar of dog treats, and next to that is the kettle, and microwave.

We kept a box of pet things, and moved it to the pantry until we can do a complete makeover to that, and we got rid of pretty much everything else. Amazing how much more space this created. My husband is extremely happy about it all as well.

The other thing we did was go through all of our cups and put those that we don't use aside to post on Craigslist.We still have some disorganization, but honestly, it's nothing that a pretty shelf won't fix.
I was thinking of buying this:
Bamboo Stacking Shelves from The Container Store
So now, the kitchen is a bit of a better place. Hopefully we can keep it up. And want to see what we decidedly got rid of? (Somebody is supposed to come get it all any minute actually.)

I also added some other random things since the picture was taken. Tongs for grilling, a whisk, and a picture frame that just wasn't my style.

I love the feeling of making my life easier.

Nesting the Nursery

Last weekend we took huge advancements towards our nursery. We had already cleaned out the clutter, and started scrubbing the back bedroom down - something we hadn't done since we moved in two years ago.

However, our crib had been delivered, and needed a space to call it's own.

My brother and his girlfriend loaned us their steamer to strip the wallpaper, which actually wasn't all that bad, and we officially embarked on our mission to beautify the room.

After pulling the outdated paper, and border, down, we called it a night.
We felt accomplished, but worn out. There was still a lot to be done. Behind the wallpaper, many imperfections were discovered. Eddie patched up most of it, sanded what needed it, and finished cleaning everything (mainly the ceiling, which certainly needed a paint job, given that some of the paint was flaking off).

Rather than buy new paint, we took an easy way out. We mixed our upcoming wall color in with some old primer we had on hand from two years ago. The color turned out great. Granted, it could have used another coat, but we honestly didn't mind.

We let that sit to dry for a bit, and then peeled the tape off. It was time to prime the walls, doors, and window.
It said we could paint over it in an hour, but we gave it a little extra time, and then we got back to work.

Look at that color!

Once the green was up, it was pretty late. We decided to let it dry, and air out, overnight. We could tackle the baseboard and whatnot when we woke up.

Once I woke up, we decided that I would do the rest of the room, while Eddie painted the armoire we had. It had been mine for ages, and definitely in need of some touch-ups.

Doors, drawers, and shelves were separated from the armoire, and he set off to work. It seemed to go quicker than everything else we had done, but somehow it ended up taking longer. I'm not sure how.

Then the weekend was over. We had wanted to get the crib put together, but it looked like the giant box was going to be a fixture in our hallway for a little bit longer. The next night, we were impatient to get some space back in the hall, so we decided to assemble the crib. Finally!
We brought the green rug that had formerly lived in the room back upstairs, along with our recliner, and put it all in place. The armoire wasn't reassembled yet because we're waiting on new knobs/pulls. We also have yet to get our changing table and decor, but we have time.

I threw an old baby blanket that was mine over the chair - partially for appearance, and partially because the corners are wooden and I was worried about the paint - and Eddie put up the matching light switch and electrical outlet covers.

Voila! What an amazing change it all made.