Monday, September 19, 2011

Mommy and Me Monday - Laundry

It's Monday again.  Sigh........  One of the few bright spots of Mondays are Mommy and Me blog posts.  I love seeing how other moms spent their weekend and posting my own little photo.

This week's entry is brought to you by the letters "L" and "H." L is for Laundry and H is for Helpers.  Yep.  I had me 2 little helpers as I tried to fold a couple loads of laundry yesterday afternoon.

Audrey actually WAS helpful.  She could fold the small towels and napkins.  And I didn't even re-fold them (which takes great restraint for a control freak like myself).  Annie, on the other had, had her own ideas of helping.

Audrey is very diligently folding a napkin.  And the striped towel at my feet? She folded that one.

Pardon the "dear in the headlights" look I have.  Sheesh!!!

See more Mommy and Me Monday posts over on Krystyn's blog.

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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Part of something bigger than you...

Have you ever wanted to be a part of something bigger than you? Have you been a part of something bigger than you and want to again?  Want to take just a small part in something?

Now's your chance!  (OK ... corny infomercial over.)

But seriously.  Remember this post on the Kingdom Assignment my church was doing?

Despite the warning against, I have been given the opportunity to help 2 of the participants with their projects.  Not just help, because they didn't get started, so do a lot of it from the beginning.  I didn't want to see the $200 go back to the pastor and have to say, "Sorry.  I couldn't do it."  So I'm taking over.  They will help and be a part of it, but it won't be done on time.

All that to say ...........

I need YOUR help.  Seriously.  I have $200 that I want to grow and then bless someone with.  Who do I want to bless?  I don't know.  I'm praying that God gives me someone to bless.  How do I want to bless this person?  I want to buy an entire supply of cloth diapers and accessories for a new mom in need.  I have $200.  I need probably closet o $500 to get everything I think she'll need.  I could do it for $300, but $500 gets everything.  

So what am I asking for?

I'm asking you to buy a picture.  I'm going to sell my photographs and all profit will be put into this project.

I have a few photos that I'm selling.  I am selling them electronically, printed and unframed, or printed and framed.  Printed will be sized to 8x10 or 5x7.  Electronically will be at a resolution to print at 8x10 or smaller.


  • Electronic - $15
  • Printed and unframed - $10
  • Framed 5x7 - $20
  • Framed 8x10 - $25
I believe these to be VERY reasonable prices, especially when a frame is included.  Please consider helping out to grow this money and help a new mom.  



Pacific Star 



Sunset 1

Sunset 2

Sunset 3

Monday, September 5, 2011

Mommy and Me Monday .... FEET!

Hanging out at church this afternoon, the three of us girls sat in the grass together.  Audrey on my lap, Annie on Audrey's lap.  Stuck out our feet and enjoyed the warmth of the sun.

For more Mommy and Me Monday ... head on over to Krystyn's blog.

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Sunday, September 4, 2011

Cloth Diapers without a Washing Machine

A big reason many people don't want to use cloth diapers is because they don't have a way to wash them.  Going to the laundromat is OK once a week for your clothes, but diapers need to be washed more frequently and it's difficult to find the time to get to the laundromat that often. Or perhaps the laundromat just doesn't get the diapers clean enough.

Today I bring you a guest post by an acquaintance of mine who washes her diapers (for 2 babies) by hand.  Here is what she has to say.
My name is Jessica and I cloth diaper to save money, my babies bums, and the planet!

“Hand” Washing Cloth Diapers with a WonderWash and Electric Spinner

I collect soiled diapers throughout the day in a plastic storage bin without any water, detergent and without rinsing first…I just pile them up in the bin. I wash diapers every morning - we normally end up with 6-10 diapers and 6-10 cloth wipes per day.

I wash using a WonderWash in our bathroom, using the toilet, bathroom sink, and bathtub.

The "WonderWash"

I use Kawaii pocket diapers and BumGenius All-In-Ones, with some hemp inserts here and there. I also use cloth wipes which are cheap baby washcloths.

  1. Don heavy duty rubber cleaning gloves 
  2. Remove all inserts from pocket diapers, and place pee only diapers in sink 
  3. Rinse poopy diapers with the diaper sprayer into the toilet, set in the sink with pee diapers 
  4. Run super-hot over all diapers, swishing, and rinsing…adding them to WonderWash (my WW is setting on top of a shower chair for height in our bath tub) 
  5. Fill WonderWash with hot water (I use a hand held shower head), pouring a bit of detergent (1-2 Tablespoons?) into water stream (I use Sun Burst Free and Clear) 
  6. Lock on lid 
  7. Turn for 60 seconds 
  8. Drain water. I find it so much easier and faster to just dump the WW upside down, rather than use the drain pipe 
  9. Repeat steps 4-8 (minus detergent) 2 more times for 30 seconds to continue to rinse 
  10. Place clothes in spinner for 3 minutes 
  11. Hang diapers and inserts outside on clothes line to dry (wipes go directly back into wipes warmer without drying

Indoor Diaper Chandelier and Special Helper