Introduction to Cloth Diapering

by jenna on April 23, 2014

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We are planning to cloth diaper our baby boy. I was planning on writing this post after I had a little “hands on” experience (literally) but a bunch of you have requested more info so I thought I’d go ahead and write it now and then post a follow-up this summer.

First of all, reasons we are going cloth. I sort of always knew I wanted to use cloth diapers instead of disposables when it came time for it. It’s so much more economical and I LOVE the fact that we won’t have to constantly be going on diaper runs to the store. God willing, we want to have a couple more kids and hopefully this system will work out well for us so we never have to worry about buying disposables. True, cloth diapers are an investment but I’d rather spend a couple hundred dollars now than thousands on disposables over the years. Plus, they are so adorable! I’m really excited to get started.

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Before a few months ago, I knew absolutely NOTHING about cloth diapers. Man…was I in for it! I had no idea there was so much information out there and so many different types and kinds. If you’re just getting started, it’s really overwhelming. I mean…everyone has an opinion, down to the laundry detergent you should be using.

I learned a lot by reading various blogs and websites, but I have to say — I learned the most from the Green Mountain Diaper website! If you’re new to CD or interested in making the switch from disposables, I highly recommend this site. It’s literally an information goldmine as well as online store for all things CD. I’m not kidding when I say that I’ve spent hours pouring over all the info on there. It’s truly a wonderful resource and Karen {the owner} is so sweet and gives great advice.

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Soft Baked Banana Breakfast Cookies

by jenna on April 22, 2014

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Good morning!

Is there any better way to start your morning than with a big, soft cookie? Obviously not. Unless, of course, cake is involved. I love cookies but cake always wins.

I baked up a batch of these to — you guessed it — freeze as quick snacks while breastfeeding. Yes, my deep freezer is really starting to fill up! Adam thinks it’s funny but I know he will be especially thankful for all the goodies I’ve stashed a month from now. All that’s left on my nesting to-do list is bake one more batch of muffins and wash/prep all of our cloth diapers. Hospital bag is packed and ready to go! I seriously can’t believe he is coming so SOOOOOOOON. Where have the past nine months gone?!

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These cookies are made up of wholesome ingredients and only slightly sweet, making them perfect for the morning alongside a big cup of coffee or tea. Keep in mind that when I say “soft baked”, I really mean soft baked. These cookies have the texture of banana bread in a cookie form. Next time I make them I might toss in some shredded carrots and cinnamon for a carrot cake variation!

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Homemade Beef Empanadas

April 17, 2014

In case you’re wondering, I am still working my way through my list of meals to freeze for post baby! I really love making these meals, packaging them up and putting them out in our deep freezer. I love thinking that the next time I see them we’ll have a new family member! Such a […]

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Dinner at the Farm

April 16, 2014

The other night we did something really special! To celebrate Adam’s birthday, which is TODAY (!), we went and had dinner out at the farm where we get our CSA veggies every week. Once a month, from April to October, the farm hosts true farm-to-table dinners outside in the grass. It was my first time […]

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Raspberry and Cream Cupcakes

April 15, 2014

You’ll never believe how easy these springtime cupcakes are to make! They might look fancy schmancy, but I promise they are not. At all. Really! To make these, I’m guilty of using a liiiiiitle secret ingredient known as Betty Crocker cake mix. Don’t judge! Sometimes you just gotta do it. I mean, you definitely don’t […]

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Barre3 Giveaway!

April 14, 2014

Happy Monday! I know I’ve talked so much on here about my love for Barre3 online workouts — they really have saved my life this pregnancy! I’ve tried to keep up with doing them three times a week this whole time {now at 36 weeks I find I am slowing down even more but I […]

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The Plan

April 11, 2014

I’ve been doing tons of thinking lately {mainly around the 4am hour} about how to address my maternity leave. Do bloggers even take maternity leaves? How long? When to go? I don’t know. I adore my job here because I get to make my own hours and do what I love most in life — […]

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Asparagus Pasta

April 10, 2014

I love fast and healthy pasta dishes! Especially when Adam works late and I’m on my own for dinner. I usually just end up taking whatever I have in the fridge and tossing it together with some pasta and cheese {of course}. It’s the perfect solo meal or light family meal during the week. I’ve […]

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