Love is in the air! In celebration of Valentine’s Day, here’s a collection of just a few of the beautiful cloth diapers out there, perfect for celebrating the day in fluffy style. Which one is your favourite?
The girls asked to pose for this picture on the way home from school. (In case you were wondering, I don’t typically send my two-year-old out under dressed for the weather. It was a sunny 9 degrees today, and she was in the carrier snuggled with me on the way to school but decided she wanted to walk the last couple of blocks home on her own.)
In last week’s meal plan I mentioned that I wanted to try cabbage rolls. Grain-free and sugar-free of course, to make them paleo and Whole30 compliant. Honestly though, I don’t know what I was thinking, planning this for a weekday meal. While they turned out great, this is not the sort of thing you just whip up for dinner. I had no idea these would be so labour-intensive. Luckily they were delicious, but these will be strictly weekend only from now on.
We’re halfway there! Actually, if you want to be picky about it, we’re 55.7% of the way there, but who’s counting? I’m getting into the groove, and not experiencing too many cravings now.
Something I’ve noticed lately is that doing a nutritional challenge like this forces me to be intentional about the foods I’m eating and serving to my family. Because I need to actually look at every ingredient label and carefully consider what’s in the food we eat, I find myself thinking more deliberately about whether a particular food is something I want to feed myself or my children.
That’s not to say that we’ll be moving into the country and growing our own food or raising our own livestock anytime soon. I still think there’s room for goodies and special occasion treats. I do think it’s important to be conscious of these decisions. I don’t want to just go along on autopilot and eat what we’ve always eaten just because it’s a habit. Being intentional about my food decisions (and other decisions too, of course) keeps me moving towards my long-term goals.
Welcome to the first annual Cloth is Cool giveaway hop! Your hosts, the Zephyr Hill Blog and Cloth Diaper Addicts, and all the participating bloggers and retailers wish you a happy, successful, and fluffy 2015! Winning a new diaper would be a great start! All the giveaway information is at the bottom of this post.
You know I love discovering new Canadian WAHMs and diapers, right? Last month I featured Canadian WAHM Sar n’dippa Dee in my Christmas diapers roundup, and now I’m excited to review one of her hybrid fitted diapers for you!
Dee sent me this super cute hybrid with Care Bears woven cotton print on the bum and wings, paired with this pretty rainbow stripe. I love the nostalgia of this print. And even though my kids haven’t seen the Care Bears, Keira can’t resist the adorable bears on her diaper either!
When I was a little girl, my father would read to me at bedtime from A.A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner. Pooh and Christopher Robin, Piglet, Tigger, Eeyore, Owl, Rabbit, and Kanga and Roo grew to be comfortable old friends. When hubs and I began dreaming about starting a family, I picked up my own copies to read to my future children.
My father told me a long time ago that Winnie-the-Pooh was based on a real live bear, but I had forgotten the details. Now that story has been made into this beautiful hardcover book, perfect for sharing with young Pooh fans.
Look what I found in the garden this week! I think these are my crocuses, but I don’t know what’s been nibbling on them.
So every time I do this Whole30 thing, one of my strongest cravings is for an ice cold can of pop. Cola is my preferred poison, but just about anything sweet and bubbly will do. Any form of added sugar is out for 30 days though, so pop is not an option. This is definitely one habit I’d like to break.
But I still haven’t developed a taste for plain water, so I’ve been trying to mix it up with herbal teas and with my newly discovered love for infused water. Today I want to share my current favourite recipe: raspberry and basil infused water. The raspberries adds flavour, colour, and a hint of sweetness, and the basil leaves add freshness. I like to add a couple of slices of lime for a touch of tartness too, and the citric acid also acts as a natural preservative. Together, they make a delicious, refreshing drink that’s so much better for you than any sugary drink. Now there’s no reason not to drink your water!
Surprisingly, I’m finding this Whole30 not quite as difficult as the last go around. Sure, I would have given my third born child for a can of soda on Friday, but I walked away and distracted myself with the kids until the craving passed. (You never really know what a hold certain foods have on you until you make the conscious decision to stop eating them!) But overall it’s been going smoother than the last time.
I learned some things from our last Whole30 that allowed me to plan a little better. Last time I felt really overwhelmed at times with what seemed like never ending food prep, cooking, and clean up. Facing a mound of dirty dishes that needed to be cleaned before I could even start with the food prep felt disheartening and sapped my motivation. But this time, hubs has committed to washing all the dishes every night so I can start the next day with a clean sink and kitchen. Much better!
Welcome to the Lil’ Monkey Cheeks Funksters Grow With Me Pants & Bandana Bib giveaway!
We all love to have our kids’ cloth diapers match their outfits: that’s what inspired Renee at Lil’ Monkey Cheeks to commission these Grow With Me Pants and Bandana Bibs in the exclusive Funky Fluff print, “Funksters”!