Saturday, April 27, 2013

Disney via Instagram

Here are some pictures from our most recent Disney vacation. Thank you Instagram for being so awesome :) and hooray for a mostly wordless post!








 












We had an amazing trip and I am so happy we got to go and celebrate my grandma's 90th birthday! I'll have a full post with details once I get my camera back from Austin :)

Friday, April 26, 2013

Change of Plans

So today while I was driving back from Austin, I was thinking about this post I was going to write about my trip to Disney. It was going to be amazing with pictures and excitement, and then my mom called when I was 20 minutes away from College Station and informed me that my camera was still in Austin sitting on her dining room table. wah wah wahhh

So now that I am camera-less for the next few days, I get to make due with my phone and instagram. I'll see what I have tomorrow and hopefully have a nifty little mini-post about our vacation :)

Also I am super excited because we have less than 3 weeks until we move!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Home

We just got home from Orlando today and I think that I need a vacation from our vacation. Walking around Disney World is exhausting! I'll have a post up later this week with pictures from the trip :)

I hope everyone is having a great week so far!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

WIP Wednesday

I'm bummed that I haven't had more time to work on projects recently, but I got a little bit done once we got home from apartment hunting on Sunday.

My Craftsy Block of the Month 2012 blocks are coming along amazingly. I am really starting to love that I am using the scraps from projects I have made for William because it is turning into a super bright and fun quilt. This quilt is part of my Lovely Year of Finishes. I'm hoping to have the quilt top completed for my April goal!

I'm quickly making this shirt for William for our upcoming trip to Disney (i.e. I really need to finish this because we leave on Friday!) This is my very first attempt at doing machine applique (actually I think this is my first applique ever) and I am excited about how it looks. I used this awesome tutorial from Anne Marie over at Gen X Quilters.

My poor Shining Stars BOM has been neglected so far this month, but I am hoping to get to it soon. Maybe I will tackle it during William's nap time today.

Well that's it for me :) What are you working on this week?

Monday, April 15, 2013

We Found a Place!

I am so excited and have so much less stress now that we have found a place to live! And it totally makes me want to say

 

The apartment is amazing! It is really big, has granite counter-tops, and there are TWO sinks in the master bathroom!!!! I'm just a tad excited about the double sinks if you can't tell :) It is a newer complex, so we are paying a bit more than we would if we had picked something older. But it is super close to Jeff's work and walking distance to shopping and restaurants.

Plus on top of all that awesomeness, there is a playground on site and a kiddie swimming pool right next to the adult pool! None of the other complexes we looked at had anything for little kids, and I love that I don't have to leave our gated complex to take William to play on a playground.

I guess now it is full steam ahead for all our packing and moving plans! Houston here we come :)

Friday, April 12, 2013

Apartment Hunting is a Pain

I have been apartment hunting online for the past couple weeks, but it feels like I have been doing it for months! Tomorrow we are finally going to go to Houston and tour apartments, and (fingers crossed) decide where we are going to live :) I'm hoping to find a place that makes me say:

I love 30 Rock :)

I am excited and nervous all at the same time. I have a list of about a dozen apartment complexes in the area we are looking at moving to, and I have called a couple of them to see what is available.This morning I broke down and called an apartment locator that my mom knows. She said that she can find out more information than a basic online search will find. Hopefully that helps.

Wish me luck that after this weekend we will know where we are going to live and I won't have to deal with this anymore :)

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

How to Wash a Vera Bradley Bag



Before I went away to college, I had no idea what a Vera Bradley bag was :( I guess I was sheltered when it came to material things like that. Well all of a sudden I started seeing these adorable floral bags in all shapes and sizes, and they even sold them in the campus bookstore! I was hooked on Vera Bradley from that moment on.

I have fallen in love with Vera Bradley bags because there are so many color options to choose from, they come in a plethora of shapes and sizes (I'm dreaming of owning the luggage one day), and they can be washed!

Before having William being able wash one of my purses wasn't that big of a deal. I have always been careful about taking care of my things, but now my darling little boy doesn't know that the Coach purse I got for Christmas doesn't need any orange juice :(

That is where my lovely Vera Bradley comes in. If William spills something, I can just wash the bag easy peasy. (I actually used to be terrified of washing them because I was worried I would mess them up)

The Vera Bradley website states: "Machine wash cold, gentle cycle, only non-chlorine bleach as needed, line dry". This is basically all you need to do, but I throw in an extra step to protect my bags and it is super simple. A pillowcase.

You want to take the item that you are washing, open all of the pockets and empty them, and make sure you remove the base of the bag if there is one. This bag doesn't have one, but my Vera Bradley diaper bag does.

Next you want to throw it into a pillow case. I use a white one so that I do not have to worry about colors running (the colored threads on the pillowcase are synthetic and will not run). The pillowcase will protect your bag from rubbing up against any parts of the washing machine. Plus it will make sure that the straps will not get tangled either.

 Then just "Machine wash cold, gentle cycle, only non-chlorine bleach as needed, line dry" :) It's that simple.

Now I have my backpack all washed and ready for our trip to Disney World in 9 days! :) I'm a bit excited about our vacation if you can't tell. I like 90% packed.

As always, make sure you double check that your item can be machine washed. Vera Bradley has a couple items that can only be spot cleaned. If you're not sure if your item can be washed just check on their website because it should be listed there.

**The opinions in this post are 100% mine and I was in no way compensated for this post and tutorial. I just really love Vera Bradley bags :)**

Monday, April 8, 2013

Busy Busy

This past weekend has been super busy. I've been packing, cleaning, and making things for my Etsy shop.



I made a handful of these adorable headbands, out of some fabric scraps I had leftover from all the stockings I made at Christmas. My sister was an amazing model for me :)

And tonight I taught my very first sewing class at JoAnn's. I signed up to be one of their classroom teachers a couple of months ago, but since the store just started offering the classes no one signed up (till now that is). The project for the class was a simple shopping tote, and only one person signed up for the class.

Even though I get paid by the number of people who take the class, I was actually relieved that there was only one person. It gave me the chance to kinda get the swing of things and "learn" how to teach (if that makes sense).

I can't wait to teach more classes. I had so much fun and it gives me a chance to have some grownup time :) Every mom needs some grownup time every now and then!

Friday, April 5, 2013

A Lovey Year of Finishes: April Goal

This evening I stumbled upon the blog Fiber of All Sorts, and they have this awesome year long series going on called A Lovely Year of Finishes. Basically every month you set yourself one goal for what project you want to finish, and link it up to share with everyone participating.

It doesn't matter what your skill level is or what your goal is, you just have to commit to "finishing" the project. 

So for my commitment, I plan on finishing the quilt top for my Craftsy BOM 2012. All the lessons are already posted, and I have completed over half of the blocks. I think this will be a nice little push for myself to get something finished. 


These are the first two blocks from the class. I really love how these came together. I'm excited to finish this one up because I am going to use it to practice my free motion quilting. :) Wish me luck on getting this finished!

We're Going to Disney!

In exactly 2 weeks William, my Mom, my Grandma, and I are going to Disney World for the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. Jeff and my Dad are not going on this trip because they both have to work, but we'll have a nice girls trip with William :) I have never been to Disney during the Flower & Garden Festival before, so I am thoroughly excited.

via Disney World Website
My grandmother loves to garden, so we have always wanted to take her to Disney during this time of year. I read that there are over a million flowers throughout the Epcot park during the Festival. The Festival runs from March 6th - May 19th and there are tons of additional things going on in Epcot, including the HGTV Designers Stage! Sara Peterson, the editor-in-chief of HGTV magazine, is going to be there the week that we are. 

This trip will also be the first time that William flies on an airplane. I've been on a number of flights with children that scream the entire time, and I am having nightmares that William is going to do the exact same thing.

We're flying out of Austin and have a direct flight to Orlando. Thankfully, I have been to both of these airports multiple times and I am not worried about not knowing where to go. Plus we are flying on Southwest, and I have always had amazing experiences with them.

My brother and sister-in-law have flown with my nephew a couple of times and they said it's not that bad. They just held him in their laps and didn't buy him an extra seat. I spent the extra money and bought William his own seat because I know there is no way I could hold his squirmy butt for a 2 hour flight.

This way he'll have his car-seat, and hopefully that will make him comfortable and not so nervous about being in a new place. (he's getting to that stage) We even got a Brica Roll 'n Go Car Seat Transporter! It's this fancy thing to put the car seat on and pull it like it was a suitcase. Since we're not going to have the boys muscles :) I think the Brica will be a huge help at the airport.

 When we get to Orlando, we are taking The Magical Express from the airport to our resort at Disney.


If you have never used The Magical Express when flying to Disney, you totally should. It's a charter bus that will pick you up at the airport, drive you to your resort, and pick you up and take you to the airport when you go home. Plus they get your luggage for you and deliver it to your room! You can find all the details here.

Well I guess I should probably start packing and making sure I have everything we need. Once again I'm going to cloth diaper William while we are at Disney. He's doing great with potty-training, but he's not ready to do it away from home yet.

Do y'all have any exciting trips coming up sometime soon?

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Dreary Day

Today was a  dreary day in our part of Texas. I guess Mother Nature decided that Texas needed a couple more days of winter even though we're almost a week into April.

The high today was in the 50's and for us that is cold! I even had to turn on the heater. On the bright side, the cold weather gave little man and I the chance to stay inside all day and play :) Plus I tackled my WIP pile!

 Playing peekaboo like always :)

 

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Work in Progress Wednesday

I've got so many things on my plate recently, so my WIP pile is huge!  First off, I am excited to say that we will be moving to Houston at the end of May because Jeff accepted a job offer from Hewlett Packard. I can't wait to start this new chapter in our lives, but I wish I could put off all the packing and moving that is involved.

Jan - Mar blocks
I'm really excited about how my Sisters' Ten BOM from Gen X Quilters is coming along. I got an amazing little fat quarter bundle from Pink Castle Fabrics. At first I was worried that the prints were a bit too girly, but I fell in love with them after I started playing around with all the fabrics. The blocks are all 12.5" unfinished.

wip apron
I'm also working on this super cute ruffle apron. It is the first one I have ever made, and I am liking how it is coming together. I just need to add the ties and it will be all done.

Shining Stars bom

Shining Stars Block of the Month - March
I'm also working on the Shining Stars BOM by Jeni Baker. It is using her new Color Me Retro fabric line, and I am really liking how it is coming together.These two blocks were my first adventure into making flying geese. I need some work, but it was fun to try something new.

I have two more big piles of inventory I am making for my Etsy shop. I am trying to get everything made, that way when I start to pack for our move it will all be done and in one box (hopefully).

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Cloth Diaper Q&A



Our good friends Brandon and Christine are trying to have a baby, and the other day Christine was asking me some questions about cloth diapers. She is really interested in cloth diapering when they have a baby so I told her all I know about it.

Most of her questions were things a bunch of different people have asked me, so I thought I would share my answers. Hopefully this will help anyone out there interested in cloth diapering.

Q: Do the diapers ever leak?
A: Yes. Especially now that William has gotten older, we have occasional wetness leaks because he has tinkled a bit too much for the diaper to handle. Most of the time it is no big deal and he just gets a quick change.

The great thing about cloth diapers is that you may have some wet leaks, but I have never once had a poop explosion problem like you normally see with disposables. The elastic around the legs and waist is secure enough that even William's heftiest number 2's have not busted through.

Q: What about the poop?
A: When it comes to poop, you have two options: invest in a diaper sprayer, or use flush-able liners. I've done both, but I am partial to the flush-able liners. They look a bit like a dryer sheet (minus the residue) and they allow wetness to pass through, but they catch the poop. That way you just plop it in the toilet.
I really love using the GroVia brand bioliners. They come on a roll and they are a perfect size.
We used a diaper sprayer for a little while, but I found that it was not as effective as the liners. It is difficult to regulate the spray pressure, and I on numerous occasions sprayed poop all over the bathroom. Plus you can't take the diaper sprayer with you when you go out in public.

Q: Are they hard to change?
A: Nope. If you can change a disposable diaper, you can change a cloth diaper. It does take some getting used to snapping it tight enough. Sometimes it might seem like you are squeezing your little one, but I promise that is how they are supposed to fit. Now that I have been doing cloth diapers for so long, I have issues changing a disposable diaper.

Q: How often do you do laundry?
A: Twice a week, on Wednesdays & Saturday or Sunday. We have enough diapers to last us about three days before needing to do laundry. Basically the bigger your diaper stash, the less often you will need to do laundry.

Q: What is your favorite brand/type?
A: There are TONS of different cloth diaper brands, and I have only tried 3 of them: Fuzzibunz, GroVia, and Rumparooz. By far my favorite brand are the Fuzzibunz. They are a pocket diaper, they are super absorbent, and they fit a bit slimmer.

Rumparooz is my go to brand for nighttime. They are also a pocket diaper and they are a bit bulkier, but super absorbent for overnights. They claim that you can use the same diaper from birth to potty-training, but I found the Rumparooz too bulky when William was tiny. They also make a diaper called  Lil Joey's and they are perfect for a newborn, plus they have a special snap down so that the diaper doesn't hit the umbilical cord.


The GroVia work alright for during the day, but they are not my top choice. They are what is called a Hybrid diaper, and they use a cover and a soaker pad insert. Ideally you would just change the insert with each diaper change, but often times the entire thing gets wet or poopy. GroVia also makes an all in one newborn diaper and I actually really liked them for when William was tiny.


                GroVia                                         Rumparooz                                       Fuzzibunz

Since William is in the process of potty-training I don't want to invest in more diapers, but I definitely will stock up on Rumparooz and Fuzzibunz for baby #2 (and #3). I have heard good things about Bummis and bumGenius, but I have never personally used them.

Q: How much do they cost?
A: Cloth diapers can be pricy. A Fuzzibunz diaper currently retails at $19.95, Rumparooz is at $23.95, Lil Joey's at $29.95 for a two pack, and GroVia are at $16.95 for a cover and $17.95 for a 2 back of soaker pads. But the benefit of cloth is that most of your cost is a one time investment. Plus you can sell your stash when you are done using them; I wouldn't try reselling your disposables :).
Fuzzibunz has this great inforgraphic on their website comparing the cost of cloth (using Fuzzibunz) vs. the cost of using disposables.

Q: Why do you cloth diaper?
A: I cloth diaper for a number of reasons. Before William was born I wanted to cloth diaper him because of environmental and financial reasons. On paper they just made sense. So I started my stash and got ready to cloth diaper from the very beginning, I watched videos on YouTube, read blog after blog, and went to a local shop that sells them. When William was born he worn cloth for a little while, but my stash was so small at that point in time and the disposables won because of how "easy" they were.

Now I cloth diaper for William's health. When he was about 6 or 7 months old, he started getting terrible blistering diaper rash. I tried every brand of disposable diapers on the market and everything gave him a rash. One day I was changing his diaper and he burst into tears screaming because of the pain from the rash. That was my turning point, since that day he has always been in a cloth diaper and has almost never had a rash.

Here William is wearing a Lil Joey newborn diaper :) They fit his tiny little bottom perfectly.

And here he is wearing the GroVia newborn diaper.

Here he is wearing a GroVia cover and insert. The GroVia diapers come in lots of cute patterns. These owls are my favorite.

This is William on his 1st birthday wearing a Fuzzibunz One Size Elite diaper.


I really hope this post helped anyone who is/was on the fence about cloth diapering. I honestly never thought that I would be cloth diapering, but I don't think I would diaper my babies any other way.

If you have any more questions just let me know! This post is definitely just the tip of the iceberg in terms of everything cloth diapering has to offer :)