Thirty-One Review ~ Flip Top Organizing Bin

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I’m so excited to be trying thirty-one products for the first time ever (yes I know I am a little behind). My good friend and thirty one distributor, Jamie (www.mythirtyone.com/jamiekelley) has set me up with some really fun goodies for my car and for my business. I will be doing one post a week for the next three weeks to review each item. Check her website out if you get a chance!!

The first item I chose was for my kiddos (weird) to use in our suburban. It’s called the flip top organizing bin and I’ve only had it for an hour yet I’ve managed to find things to fill it up with!!

I will be putting it between the car seats and it will hold their books, DVDs, extra diapers, wipes, baggies of pre-made trail mix, a burp rag, and a few baby toys. Can anyone think of anything else I can add to this? I love that there are little net things on the side where I can keep extra bottles of water too!! I’m sure Jamie loves my skills at describing her product (little net thing? I couldn’t think of another word). I will also be adding an extra pair of bottoms for my 2 year old and an extra jumper for my baby.

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Most people are probably wondering why I don’t use a diaper bag. To be honest I HATE diaper bags and only use one the first couple months after a baby is born. I just feel like it’s one more thing for me to remember to load and unload, pack and unpack, and forget at places at least a few times (please tell me some one else has forgotten a diaper bag somewhere?).

Now nothing will ever be forgotten. It will always be in the car!!

Another thing that I love about this product is how the lid snaps to the box. It won’t be taken off and thrown in the back and lost forever to the abyss of the back of my suburban. Does anyone else with a suburban feel like the very back is a black hole? A dark abyss that attracts junk that you never knew existed in your car to begin with? Well I’m getting off track but thankfully I have found these products that are going to fix that!!

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So enjoy the pictures and check out Jamie’s site! She’s always got great deals going on and is so helpful with styles and colors!

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Do you use thiry-one products? If so what do you use!?

What do you keep in your flip top organizer?

 

 

Crazy For Cloth Diapers: Part 3 (Our Laundry Routine)

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The third part of this series is going to be all about how we clean our diapers. Now like I said in the intro to this series, most people turn their noses up at cloth diapering just because of this part of it.

Here are some great quotes that we have received from anti cloth diaper parents…….”gross” ………”O…M…G you do NOT seriously do that?!?!”………”doesn’t that give your babies a rash?”………”I’m sure it costs more in water than savings on diapers”…………and my all time favorite……..,”what do you do when they start have human poop?!”.

Most people keep their diapers in a wet bag (I will post a link later) in between washing. We wash every other day. You can go longer if you have more diapers but I would not suggest going longer than every 3 days. As of right now I do a rinse, set my washer to heavy load with extra rinse, then I do another rinse. Why so many rinses? Well I’ve tried every which way to do less but I think it comes down to the fact that I have a front loader washer. I have heard time and time again and read in many cloth forums that The top loaders are way better for cloth diapering. It’s because these front loaders are so energy-efficient and don’t allow enough water for rinsing. Such is life and of course we have to deal with it. For detergent we use Shaklee concentrated powder http://emilysutten.myshaklee.com/us/en/shop/healthyhome/laundry/product-_p_fresh-laundry-conc-14lbp?g=powderlaundryconcentrate. I’ve done everything I can to use the recommended detergent from bum genius but sorry dude, it just doesn’t work. I know the Shaklee works amazing. I also add a capful of Shaklee Basic G (emilysutten.myshaklee.com) . This is their germicide. I use this in place of the bleach that is recommended for stripping the cloth diapers. I then take the diapers out and hang them on a clothes hanger that my sweet hubby made me. Sigh……..you know you are a true cloth diapering mama when you get excited and giddy at the sight of all your diapers clean and hanging. It’s even better in the summer when I hang them in the sun (I will do another post about washing and how I hang my diapers in the sun).
So that’s pretty much it. I always do the load at night when I’m making dinner and I get them hung before bed so they’re dry all night.

Crazy for Cloth Diapers

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To cloth or not to cloth?? That is the question most crunchy mamas to be ask themselves when they start the baby planning process.

Wether you choose all out cloth diapering, part time cloth diapering, organic/all natural disposables or regular disposables, it all comes down to one thing. What works best for your family and the time you have together. Because in the end, cloth diapering does take time (I feel like it doesn’t take much but other families may disagree).

We are crazy for cloth diapers in our house but people wouldnt really know it if they didn’t read this post. Sadly anytime I have ever talked about it, most people turn their noses up with an “eeeeewww” or “that’s gross” or “wow you have time for that” or my most favorite “what do you do when they start having human poop”. Um……..aren’t they humans from the beginning?

So im here to hopefully answer any questions the new mama may have and to reassure you that the “human” poop isn’t much worse than the baby poop.

In this 4 part series I will cover

1. The brand and style we love and use.

2. How much money will I save?

3. Our wash routine

4. How Eco friendly is cloth diapering?

Stay tuned for the down and dirty (well mine are clean) on cloth diapering.