Thursday, July 24, 2014

No Technology Night


Recently Ian and I decided that we were spending entirely too much time on our computers and netflix. We found that once we were finished with our nightly tasks that we would sit down on opposite sides of the couch and be "busy" on our computers until it was time to go to sleep.
Now don't get me wrong, there are a lot of important, useful things that we use our computers for (This blog and Diaper Parties are two great examples) but there is also a lot of not so important or useful things that we like to use our computers for.
We decided that while we would still continue to use our computers for those useful, important things we would cut back on the amount of time that we spent with them.   We came up with a master plan entitled "No Technology Night".


No Technology Night is Wednesday night at our house and from the time we get home from work on through the night our computers stay off and put away.   We go about our usual evening routine of dinner, homestead chores, and prep for the next day and then instead of sitting down on our computers we sit down with each other.  The past few weeks we've tuned the radio to the Red Sox game and played a few rounds of dominos before heading to bed.

You know what...I haven't missed my computer! We have had a great time talking, laughing and enjoying a little friendly domino competition.  It is such a nice break in the middle of the week and come Thursday I feel refreshed, its just the thing to get us ready for the end of our week.

Do you have a "No Technology Night" at your house?

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Meal Plan 7.7.14


You guys, it's July! I can't believe the summer is going by so fast.  I'm using a lot of crock pot and prepare ahead meals this week because I foresee us being really busy with outside work most nights.  I'll try and link up recipes when I have them and you can check out my Pinterest boards for more ideas and inspiration.



Breakfasts: We have a variety of breakfast items kicking around the house and pick and choose as we go.  This week we have yogurt, cereal, and english muffins.

Lunches: I typically pack our lunches the night before.  Most of the time it is leftovers from dinners but some of our other favorites include, english muffin pizzas, quesadillas, crackers and hummus, and sandwiches. For toddler lunch ideas, check this out.

Dinners: I plan these out one for each night.  Typically we'll have a "breakfast for dinner" night once a week and at least one "meatless meal".  I try to stick to traditional real food (no food dyes, artificial coloring, flavoring, or sweeteners)  I also try to make as much from scratch as possible, it is cheaper that way and I can control the type and source of my ingredients.

Note: Tilly eats the same things we do because 1. I don't want to make extra work for myself and 2. I want her to be exposed to lots of different flavors and textures.  I just make sure things are cut into pieces she can handle.

Week of 7/7/14

Monday: Beef and bean enchiladas

Tuesday: Grilled cheese and veggie sticks with dip

Wednesday: Baked spaghetti with salad

Thursday: Bean and cheese tostadas with left over beans 

Friday: Puppy play date with some friends (We grab sandwiches on the way there)

Saturday: Veggie quiche

Sunday: Baked spaghetti leftovers with salad and garlic bread

What are you serving up this week?

Monday, June 30, 2014

The Ultimate Nighttime Diaper

If you've been reading the blog for awhile now than you know that nighttime diapers have been a bit of a sore subject for us.  We have tried many different options and just recently discovered what I like to call "The Ultimate Nighttime Diaper".

It's super absorbent without being uncomfortably thick and that is pure magic.  Every other option we've tried has either been trim but not absorbent or absorbent but so bulky that no pajama bottoms in the history of pajama bottoms can contain it.


And so without further ado, I give you "The Ultimate Nighttime Diaper".

The "Ingredients"



1 flour sack towel: I buy these at Target for like $3.50 a 4 pack. They are in with the dish towels and bar mops (whatever those are).  No, they are not made to be a diaper but trust me they work.  They are 100% cotton, thin as paper, and hold so much water (or not water in this case).

1 square of fleece:  These are just strips from an old fleece blanket and look like garbage but they are my little secret.  The fleece pulls moisture away from the edges of the diaper and single handedly saved our cloth diapering journey, seriously.

1 diaper cover:  We like Flips by BumGenius but there are bunch of great companies out there.  Just please, please, don't use "made in China" diapers or covers.  The U.S. has specific standards that China doesn't have. The materials used in China made diapers / covers can end up being very dangerous to your child's health. Please do your research and make sure you know what your diapers are made of!

1 hemp insert:  We use Thirsties Hemp Inserts, but I have heard good things about a few other brands.  Hemp is the key material so make sure that you have hemp as the main fiber.  Hemp is ultra absorbent but without being super bulky.

Putting it all Together:


1.  Fold the flour sack towel in half and in half again.



2. Lay the hemp insert on one side and fold the towel over it (a hemp insert sandwich, if you will)

3.  Put the towel insert sandwich inside the diaper cover.  I love that Flips have the edges that you can tuck inserts into, they really help hold the whole thing together.



4.  Place the fleece square towards the top / center of the diaper

That's it! This combo has kept Tilly dry and comfortable each night that we have used it.  While it has gotten a good bit heavier during the night she hasn't had any leaks or weird bunching.

Hope this helps solve your nighttime diaper problems!  What other suggestions might you have?

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Meal Plan 6.23.14


Tilly and I went strawberry picking (along with our favorite doula) so the preserving season has officially started! Also, everything is now growing out in the garden so we are busy, busy, busy.  I'll try and link up recipes when I have them and you can check out my Pinterest boards for more ideas and inspiration.



Breakfasts: We have a variety of breakfast items kicking around the house and pick and choose as we go.  This week we have yogurt, cereal, and strawberry muffins.

Lunches: I typically pack our lunches the night before.  Most of the time it is leftovers from dinners but some of our other favorites include, english muffin pizzas, quesadillas, crackers and hummus, and sandwiches. For toddler lunch ideas, check this out.

Dinners: I plan these out one for each night.  Typically we'll have a "breakfast for dinner" night once a week and at least one "meatless meal".  I try to stick to traditional real food (no food dyes, artificial coloring, flavoring, or sweeteners)  I also try to make as much from scratch as possible, it is cheaper that way and I can control the type and source of my ingredients.

Note: Tilly eats the same things we do because 1. I don't want to make extra work for myself and 2. I want her to be exposed to lots of different flavors and textures.  I just make sure things are cut into pieces she can handle.

Week of 6/23/14

Monday: Breakfast casserole 

Tuesday: Chicken Gyros with veggies *Never got to this last week

Wednesday: Pasta and sauce with salad

Thursday: Simple chicken and veggie soup 

Friday: Puppy play date with some friends (We grab sandwiches on the way there)

Saturday: Grilled cheese and fruit salad

Sunday: Leftovers 

What are you serving up this week?

Linking up with: Homemade MondaysModest MomHomestead Barn Hop

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Meal Plan 6.16.14


I haven't been grocery shopping in 3 weeks (except for milk and yogurt) I can't tell you how happy I am that we bulk shop.  I'll try and link up recipes when I have them and you can check out my Pinterest boards for more ideas and inspiration.



Breakfasts: We have a variety of breakfast items kicking around the house and pick and choose as we go.  This week we have yogurt, cereal, and english muffins.

Lunches: I typically pack our lunches the night before.  Most of the time it is leftovers from dinners but some of our other favorites include, english muffin pizzas, quesadillas, crackers and hummus, and sandwiches. For toddler lunch ideas, check this out.

Dinners: I plan these out one for each night.  Typically we'll have a "breakfast for dinner" night once a week and at least one "meatless meal".  I try to stick to traditional real food (no food dyes, artificial coloring, flavoring, or sweeteners)  I also try to make as much from scratch as possible, it is cheaper that way and I can control the type and source of my ingredients.

Note: Tilly eats the same things we do because 1. I don't want to make extra work for myself and 2. I want her to be exposed to lots of different flavors and textures.  I just make sure things are cut into pieces she can handle.

Week of 6/16/14

Monday: Quiche (bacon, carrot, and cheddar)

Tuesday: Turkey melts with carrot chips

Wednesday: Chicken Gyros with veggies

Thursday: Pizza (toppings TBD) and salad *We never got to this last week

Friday: Puppy play date with some friends (We grab sandwiches on the way there)

Saturday: veggie nuggets and sweet potato fries

Sunday: Braised beef over rice

What are you serving up this week?