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Valentine Bear Upheaval

My Dad sent Chloe a Valentine package, including an adorable outfit and this big pink …bear. I thought I’d take a few pictures of her and the new bear to send to back, but Chloe didn’t really want to co-operate for very long.

She sat still for only a few shots…then suddenly got all fussy.

Next thing I know, she’s tackled that poor bear!

I had no choice but to place them both into time-out.

She said afterwards that she was sorry, but I don’t really believe her. 😉


All Dressed in Red…

One Mother’s Unbiased Disposable Diaper Review

We have been so fortunate when it comes to diapers. Not only did we benefit from a diaper raffle during our baby shower, but also were given a year’s worth of diapers from my mom. On top of that, David’s co-worker gave us bags of unused diapers (her baby was born large) and just last week, a neighbor left a package of diapers on our doorstep. Free diapers are a wonderful thing.

Because of our good luck, we’ve been able to try a lot of different brands and given them a run for their money. I’ve listed below thoughts from our experience, but of course, what works well for one baby might be different for another. Feel free to provide your own reviews and comments below.

(All diapers tested were size 1 except for the swaddlers and seventh generation which were newborn size, and the Huggies which were size 1-2. Prices listed are for size 1 diapers at

Pampers Swaddlers 44ct/$11.99
My friends and I agree that these are pretty much the best. Soft and plush, with an almost cloth-like feel. I don’t think we’ve ever experienced a blow out.The shape is contoured and the fit is superb. This is what they gave out for newborns at our hospital. I could do without the light “baby fresh” scent and the Sesame Street character design, though.
Overall: One of my favorite diapers. (5 stars)

Nature Babycare Diapers 44ct/$11.99
Currently the greenest diaper available – Environmentally friendly, natural, breathable, 100% chlorine free, latex free and fragrance free. Even the packaging is 100% natural and biodegradable. The fit of these diapers is very good. I particularly like their simple print – matte white (although slightly papery) and dotted with tiny abstract leaves. To roll up a used diaper, you have to attach the two tabs together, otherwise it will not stay closed.
Overall: My eco-friendly favorite. ♥♥♥♥ (4.5 stars)

gDiapers 2pk starter kit $26.99/40pk refills $14.99
An earth-friendly “hybrid” diaper which consists of a soft, washable cotton outer “pant” in which you place a disposable breathable liner held by a nylon sleeve. The liner can be flushed, composted or simply thrown away. We never actually flushed them because I read tales that made me cautious with our older pipes.

These are the cutest-looking diapers by far, but you’ll need a number of the pants and liners. It’s easiest when you have time to place a bunch of liners in sleeves before hand, instead of one-at-a-time during a diaper change. Then you can just snap them into the pant when you need one. Overall, more time consuming, plus you have to use a trash can liner since you can’t roll up the used liner neatly. The sleeve also tends to stain. We used these during the day, but chose a traditional diaper for nighttime. Note: You must close the velcro tabs before washing or they will catch on and damage other articles that are in the wash with them. We learned this the hard way.
Overall: Super-cute alternative to traditional diapers (4 stars)

Seventh Generation 44ct/$12.99
A good, chlorine-free diaper. The fit on these were good, but the size ran a little small. A bit papery. Their plain tan color (from brown pigment) definitely sets them apart from other diapers.
Overall: A good, basic, chlorine free option. (3 stars)

Earth’s Best 42ct/$10.99
Another chlorine free diaper. Bulky and oddly stiff, but can be softened slightly by rolling it it your hands before diapering baby. A good fit. The liner has a waffle texture that bothered me, but baby didn’t seem to mind. I doubt I’ll buy these again, although the company makes other good products.
Overall: Stiff, but solid. ♥♥♥ (3 stars)

Huggies 56ct/$11.99
With an extra stretchy waist and contoured shape, these are a good overall diaper. Occasional leakage. And I don’t really like the Disney characters.
Overall: Affordable, but average. (3 stars)

Luvs 58ct/$8.49
A decent fitting, contoured, thin and flexible diaper. There were many things I didn’t like though, the worst being the annoying synthetic diaper smell. These diapers stained quite often, but rarely leaked. I didn’t like the cartoon decoration and blue cross-hatch design, or the use of blue dye on the elastic and liner. They were my least favorite diapers.
Overall: Only for tight budgets. ♥♥ (2 stars)

I’d like one of these for the office…

Decorative Paperclips Using Brads

Here’s a set of spiffy paperclips I made as part of a Christmas gift this past December. To make them, the only supplies needed are:

  • Paperclips
  • Brads
  • Needle-Nosed Pliers
  • Wire cutters
  • Glue Gun (optional)

First, bend the fasteners on the back of the brad around the top two sides of the paperclip, cutting off the ends that extend beyond the brad’s face. Tighten the fasteners down using the pliers. If the brad is attached loosely, you can always add a little hot glue to keep it from shifting. Let dry and you have a little bling to dress up your paper files.

Chickens & Eggs

Photo of Freddi Farm eggs taken this fall, in a re-used carton.

Reading Sarah’s recent posts reminded me that I never followed up on the Little Chicks. Well, they’ve long since grown up and we’ve been the lucky recipients of several cartons of brown and blue bounty from the Freddi Farm. Sometimes, when I happen to look into their backyard, I’m still surprised to see those girls pecking along, trying to uncover the tastiest vegetation and juiciest bugs.

There really is a difference in free-range, natural diet, home-grown eggs – they’re fresher, lower in cholesterol, contain 2 times more vitamin A and E, have twice as much omega-3 fatty acid, have less saturated fat, and have 5 times more beta carotene. The latter is totally obvious, as you can see from the photo below. That pale yellow yolk at the top is from a store bought egg, and the two bright yolks are from the Freddi Farm eggs. What a difference.

Chloe with Toy

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