Pink Lemonade Shop’s 9 year celebration giveaway

Rafflecopter BannerI’ve posted several times about mama cloth and specifically my favorite brand, Pink Lemonade Shop.  If you’re a fan of my Facebook page you know I routinely share sales and stocking announcements and such over there too.  Well PLS is turning 9 years old this week and they’re celebrating by teaming up with several great brands and bloggers (like me!) to bring you a cloth pad chat and tons of giveaways!

Monday through Friday they’ll have a Flash Giveaway every day on their Facebook page. They also have a HUGE Rafflecopter giveaway you can enter to win right here at the bottom of this post. On Thursday they’re hosting a Cloth Pad Chat with EIGHTEEN winners chosen from those who attend and who knows what else they’ll share, Sue always has something up her sleeve!

Pink Lemonade Shop is thrilled to have been in business 9 years. They’ve come so far and they can’t wait to see what the next 9 years has in store for them.

The Flash Giveaways

Flash Giveaways will be daily and the sponsors include, in order of appearance, Taylor’s Pure & Natural, Eco Sprout, Grace Green Beauty, Smart Bottoms and Eclipse Sun Sleeves.  Follow PLS on Facebook to enter these.

The Rafflecopter Giveaway

This giveaway includes prizes from Allen’s Naturally, Eyla’s, Logan + Lenora, Momme Meals and of course, Pink Lemonade Shop!  Keep scrolling down to enter!

The Cloth Pad Chat

Our Cloth Pad Chat w/ Flash Giveaways is Thursday May 26th at 7pm est. Nine winners will be chosen to receive 50 points each and nine winners will be chosen to receive a mystery cloth pad or pantyliner! Winners must be present to enter to win and will be chosen at random from those who participate.

*The Cloth Pad Chat prizes are open to both USA & International winners.

RSVP for the Cloth Pad Chat here.

If you are totally confused about what all this is about check out my blog posts about mama cloth 101 and how I used mama cloth for my post partum recovery.

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Spring Oily Bash

A few weeks ago our local oils group threw another oily bash like the one we did in the fall.  We kept the same basic format – we had various stations set up for everyone who attended to rotate through and if they visited all the stations (they had a card that we stamped) they could turn it in to be entered into a drawing for a door prize.

We charged a $5 entrance fee.  That basically helped us cover the cost of renting the room, the make and take materials, and the refreshments that we provided.  The event was open to the community so we had a good mix of people who weren’t using oils yet, some who were brand new, and some veterans.

Station 1: diffusers (I took this before we started, we ended up with several more diffusers later)

IMG_1568Station 2: Thieves productsIMG_1564Station 3: Make and take.  This time everyone got to make a relaxing bath soak to take home in a cute little sachet bag.IMG_1560IMG_1562Station 4: Food.  We dialed it wayyyyyy back this time around when it came to the food.  In the fall we did a huge spread and it was really fun but also a lot of work.  For this event we just had cookies made with lemon oil (and some water if anyone was thirsty).

The cookies were incredibly easy to make and sooooo good!  I usually am not a big fan of non-chocolate sweets but I was very surprised and how much I liked the lemon crinkle cookies!  I will definitely make them again.IMG_1573IMG_1572Recipe from here.

lemon crinkle cookies recipeBecause Young Living just recently released their line of Vitality oils we highlighted those at the bash.IMG_1582Station 5: Ningxia Red bar.  This was a new and very fun addition!  Every person who came got a Ningxia shot (1 ounce of Ningxia Red with their choice of essential oils added).  This was a huge hit!IMG_1553IMG_1555IMG_1552club red shotsStation 6: Peppermint, Purification, lemon, and lavender oilsIMG_1569Station 7: Frankincense, copaiba, RC, and Thieves oilsIMG_1570Station 8: PanAway, Stress Away, and DiGize oilsIMG_1575Another new thing we added were the addition of some other stations that weren’t required in order to fill out the stamp card but were available for anyone to visit.

The station I worked at for part of the time had the KidScents oils and products.
IMG_1574We had one set up with various supplements and skin care productsIMG_1558There was an Oils of Ancient scripture set for people to see and smell.IMG_1557And we also had some of the animal oils and products on display.  IMG_1556Then we had one table that had other various and sundry things – a Raindrop kit, an Aroma Complete set, a Premium Starter Kit, etc. and there were also some people available to help with sign ups if anyone wanted to join that day.IMG_1565IMG_1566Like last time we had several vendors – people from our oily team who have businesses selling oily accessories.  These bags that are made to hold oils were a new and very cool addition!IMG_1559Diffuser jewelry from Designing DivaIMG_1563Crochet diffuser items from Hearts Desire by JessIMG_1567

We had so much fun!  It is a blast to get to hang out and talk about oils with so many fellow oilers.  It’s also neat to get to meet or catch up with people that we see all the time in our oily Facebook groups but have never met in real life or don’t get to see often.  I love putting faces to names!

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I’m looking forward to doing this again in the fall!

Parker’s 3 month update

Parker is three months old – he’s growing and changing like crazy!  Here’s what he’s been up to:

growth

Parker is now 15 pounds, 6 ounces and 24.5 inches long (approximately…measuring a baby is hard!)  He has outgrown the majority of his newborn cloth diapers and fits nicely into our one size diapers now.  He’s currently on the smallest rise snap but I actually think he could move up to the middle rise.  In disposable diapers he’s in a size three.  In clothes he wears some 3 months and some 6 months.  In sleepers he’s in 6 months because otherwise his feet are all scrunched up, in onesies he can still wear some 3 months since they’re stretchier and don’t have legs.

I took this comparison picture when I was working on my newborn cloth diaper post – on the left was his very first cloth diaper and on the right is that same diaper at 2.5 months.
2016-04-21_15.41.13 copyIn a one size diaper cover2016-05-03_12.17.14 copyBusting out of a size 2 disposable so we went and got size 3s.2016-05-03_19.48.37 copy

eating

He’s still pretty much on the same “schedule” (put that in quotes since I don’t keep him on a schedule, he just eats when he’s hungry but that usually falls into a pattern) of eating every 2-3 hours.  Most nights he goes about 5 hours in between feedings.  He’s still a great eater and is obviously gaining weight.  He spits up like crazy but that’s normal for our kids apparently.

sleeping

Parker is still a great sleeper, especially compared to the way Hudson was.  We’ve fallen into a nice little routine too which I think has helped.  With Hudson we didn’t really have a night time routine until much later but since Hudson already had his routine Parker has kind of just adapted to that as well.

After supper we get them both in their pjs and ready for bed.  I lay down with them (usually around 8pm) and nurse Parker to sleep (unless he has just recently eaten, then I just pat his back until he falls asleep) while Hudson falls asleep.  Once they are both asleep I move Parker to his crib (which is attached to our bed) and get up.  Most nights Parker will wake up one time to eat during the night and then be up for the day around 6 or 7.  Occasionally we’ll have nights where he will wake multiple times and nurse off and on all night but for the most part he’s just waking up once to eat.2016-05-04_07.45.12 copy

During the day all three of us lay down for a nap after lunch time and I do the same thing – nurse Parker to sleep while Hudson falls asleep.  Parker usually sleeps most of that time and often continues to sleep even after I get Hudson up (I can’t let Hudson sleep past about 3:00 or he won’t go to bed so I have to wake him up).2016-04-26_15.00.12 copy 2016-04-07_13.26.20 copyThe rest of his naps aren’t quite as structured.  I do usually rock him and lay him down for a morning nap after Hudson and I eat breakfast.  Then he’ll fall asleep randomly during the day if I’m wearing him in the carrier or while we’re in the car.

His gas issues aren’t gone totally but are definitely better and not waking him up as often.  I’ve been giving him a probiotic daily which I think helps and also putting him on his stomach to sleep has made a big difference in how well he sleeps too.

new accomplishments 

Parker is holding his head up really well.  When I lay him on his stomach he pulls his head up and looks all around.

He smiles all the time and “talks” constantly, especially in the early morning hours.  He also rolls from stomach to back easily and once he almost made it all the way over from back to front.  Not quite there yet though.

He has started chewing on his hands some and drooling.  I have a teething necklace for him that I want to put on but because he spits up so much it would get all nasty from the spit up so I haven’t done it yet.2016-04-21_17.20.48 copy

He has started holding on to a ball that has lots of finger holes and it distracts him for a few minutes if he’s getting fussy.

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Our church presents new babies with a little Bible in front of the congregation.  Parker got his Bible this month.

(photo cred Stephen Hunter -thanks for capturing this for us!)

2016-04-18_06.53.57 copyIMG_1459IMG_1469IMG_1471We tried out my new camera remote control to take a family picture of us in our coordinating clothes.
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random photo dump

Hudson loves his little brother!2016-04-06_15.13.45 copyHudson really wanted Parker to play with him – he kept putting the hammer and balls in Parker’s hand, it was so sweet!2016-04-23_11.09.17 copyfamily play time2016-04-23_11.24.45 copyI love watching these two together!  2016-05-03_11.01.41 copyThankfully Parker is a better car rider than Hudson was – he cries when he’s over tired or hungry but a lot of the time he just sits quietly or falls asleep.  That’s nice.  2016-05-01_11.39.09 copy2016-04-12_16.47.44 copy 2016-04-17_09.26.02 copy 2016-04-18_17.21.36 copyFridays are grocery days for us.  I was worried about how hard it would be to grocery shop with two but it hasn’t been as difficult as I expected – I wear Parker and he sleeps the whole time.2016-04-22_10.02.15 copy Parker is usually easy to get to sleep but on the occasions that he fights it I put him in the Lillebaby carrier and he passes out right away.2016-04-22_13.02.59 copy 2016-04-30_08.26.01 copy We tried some Mommy and Me yoga.  It wasn’t a very good workout for me but Parker had a blast and smiled tons! 2016-05-03_10.52.10 copy 2016-05-03_12.11.50 copy 2016-05-04_11.41.04 copy We ran some errands at the mall and Parker started to get fussy.  Hudson held his hand and he calmed right down.  That didn’t last very long though and by the time we got in the car Parker was full on mad…and then we got stuck in traffic that made our trip home very long with lots of screaming.
2016-04-29_16.55.56 copy walking around the neighborhood2016-04-26_17.36.59 copyI love dressing the boys in matching or coordinating clothes!  It’s hard to get a good picture of them both but we try anyway.
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3 month comparison

mama cloth after birth

cloth pads for post partum recoveryI’ve shared before about mama cloth – what it is, how I use it, my thoughts, etc.  I didn’t start using cloth pads until after Hudson was born but I knew I wanted to use them in my postpartum recovery with Parker.  While I was pregnant I started building my stash of BIIIIIIG pads to use postpartum.

IMG_1606I purchase all of my mama cloth from Pink Lemonade Shop.  They carry 12″ and 13″ pads to be used postpartum (or if you just have a really heavy flow during your normal cycle).  When I got my order I laughed out loud at how HUGE they were!  However once I actually used them I loved the size – nice and comfy and great for the heavy bleeding after having a baby.  No worries about leaks.

I didn’t start using my mama cloth until six days postpartum.  I had some large maxi pads and Depends that I wanted to use up so I used those for the first few days.  However, once I switched I wished I had started using my cloth pads earlier!  They are so much more comfortable!

I had 11 postpartum sized pads – five 13″ pads and 6 12″ pads.  That was enough for me to wash every other day.  By the time I started using them (day 6) my bleeding had already slowed down a lot.  If I’d used them from the beginning I would have probably needed to wash every day.   Once I was past the initial crazy amount of bleeding, 11 was plenty.  I will definitely add a few more to my stash for next time (no, that’s not an announcement!) so that I don’t have to wash quite as often though.

I mentioned before that I’d heard that using reusable menstrual products can result in your period (or postpartum bleeding) being lighter and less painful.  I still don’t know if that’s true or not but I will say that I only bled for two, maybe three weeks.  When I went back for my six week check up my doctor was very surprised to hear that I’d bled for such a short time.  I guess maybe that isn’t the norm?  I don’t remember how long I bled with Hudson (when I didn’t use mama cloth) to compare but I thought it was interesting and worth noting.

IMG_1624Because the pads were so much bigger than my regular pads I bought a larger wet bag to store them in.  My favorite wet bags are these Bummis brand ones so I got a medium and it was the perfect size!

IMG_1621I was a little nervous about using mama cloth after giving birth because I wasn’t sure if it could stand up to the mess that is postpartum bleeding.  However it was great and I will most definitely do it again!  For now my pads have been packed up but once my period returns the postpartum pads will be great to use as overnight pads as well.

Did you use cloth pads in your postpartum recovery?  Would you try it for next time?

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making the most of my time with Cinchshare

If you’re in direct sales/network marketing then I’d guess you’re doing some of your parties on Facebook – that seems to be all the rage these days!  It’s super convenient, you can share from the comfort of home, and they can participate in their jammies.  But something that can make online parties even more convenient is to use a post scheduling program.

While I love doing in person classes and events it’s not always practical for me.  I have little ones and I don’t want to be gone all the time teaching, plus a lot of my team is not local to me at all so I can’t easily go teach for them.  As a result I do the vast majority of my business building, supporting, and teaching via social media.  I teach a lot of classes on Facebook  – introduction to oils classes for newbies as well as more specific/detailed classes for my team.

A friend of mine had recommended a program called Cinchshare multiple times but I didn’t want to spend the money since I wasn’t sure if it was something I’d use.  However I got the opportunity to have a month long free trial and I decided to finally give it a go.  I wanted to maximize my free month and see if it was really worth it so I scheduled as many classes I could – I think I ended up doing 14 that month!cinchshare

During that time period I absolutely fell in love with Cinchshare!  It simultaneously increased the amount of classes I could commit to teaching each month while decreasing the amount of time I spent working.  Earning more while working less?  Yes please!

Here are some of the fabulous reasons why I love it:

  • – You can post to Facebook events, groups, pages, and even your personal profile.
  • –  I do all of my classes in events so this is super great for scheduling my class posts.
  • – I also have a couple of private Facebook groups for my downline.  I do most of my work at night after the kids are in bed and while *I* may be up working at midnight I know most sane people are asleep so I don’t want to post in my group in the middle of the night.  I used to have to try to remember to post the next day but now I can just type it up when I’m thinking of it and it’s convenient for me then schedule it to post at a more reasonable time.
  • – Same goes for my My Chocolate Moments Facebook page – I can schedule my posts all at once for the day or even days at a time.
  • – My personal profile is more spontaneous, I hardly ever plan out in advance what I’m going to post there but if that’s your thing you can use Cinchshare for that too.
  • – It saves all of your posts so if you reuse posts and graphics for multiple parties/classes it is so easy to use them over and over.
  • – Having the posts scheduled to post automatically frees you up to answer questions and interact with guests instead of having to constantly worry about keeping up with posting the new posts.  That doesn’t seem like it would be that big of a deal but it really does help!
  • – It connects with Canva so you can create graphics within Cinchshare

(I think I just said “post” like a million times…)

The other day I had an online class for some of my team.  I got stuck in traffic coming home and got in the door right at class time – thankfully I had it all set up and ready to go so the posts began while I took a few minutes to get everyone settled and then I was able to sit down and begin answering questions.  I wasn’t stressed at all about getting back before the class started.

It boils down to this: Cinchshare lets me work on my time and around my life.  And I love that.  I’m all about running my business…not letting my business run me.

Cinchshare has their own YouTube channel with lots of tutorials if you want to see it in action.  Their staff will also do trainings for you and your team to introduce you to the site and show you all the cool features.

I am a Cinchshare ambassador (anyone who has a Cinchshare account can be one – you get to beta test the new updates to the program before they roll out…exciting!) so I have a link for you to get a free trial.  Click here – there will be an option to try free for 7 days, then you can use the code CSFREE and get an additional 30 days.  Trust me, a month is more than enough time to fall in love with the program!  After your free trial a Cinchshare subscription is $10 a month or $100 a year.  The time that Cinchshare saves me and the way it helps me grow my business is more than worth that $10 a month!

Do you use Cinchshare or some other post scheduling program for your business?  Has it made a difference in your productivity?

Hudson’s 2 year, 3 month update

I didn’t keep great notes this month so this might be a shorter post, but here’s what Hudson has been up to for the last month.

growth

I hoped Hudson would still fit in his 24 month/2T stuff from last summer but that is not the case and he’s mostly in 3T things now.  He’s also already outgrown some of the shoes that just started fitting his feet right around when Parker was born (so about 3 months ago).

It’s no surprise though because this child eats like none I’ve ever seen before!  A few nights ago he ate a 16oz steak by himself.  One night we fixed breakfast for dinner and he ate three eggs, three pieces of bacon, two biscuits, and a banana.  It’s unreal.

Here he is drinking a “moosie” (smoothie)
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We got his hair cut not long before Parker was born but he desperately needed another cut already and this time we went a little bit shorter.  It makes him look so big!

new stuff

Hudson has started singing a lot more this month.  Instead of just wanting to be sung too he now sings along.  It’s adorable!

Some funny things he says recently:

  • – He asks “Daddy go?” multiple times a day and so I’ll tell him that Daddy is at work and he’ll say “yeah!  hammer!”.  Michael doesn’t use a hammer at work but somehow Hudson got that in his head. (I’m sure it’s because Michael does lots of work around the house that does involve a hammer)
  • – When he wakes up in the morning or from a nap he says “all done sleeping!” and tries to get out of the bed.  A lot of times we’ll wake up and then spend a few minutes in bed before getting up but once he announces “all done sleeping” then he wants to get down immediately and doesn’t want to stay in the bed at all.
  • – He used to just say “yummy” but now says “yummy tummy!” or “yummy e tummy!” (yummy in my tummy)
  • – He’s constantly talking about things hurting or itching, no matter how big or small, he says “ow!  boo boo!  hurting!” and wants you to give it a “tiss” (kiss).  He usually says “diaper hurting!  clean diaper!” after he has pooped.
  • – Everything is “14 minutes”.  No idea where he got that but if you ask him about how long something is or how big or how much it weighs he says “14 minutes”.

He is so incredibly expressive with his face while he’s talking or telling a story.  He definitely got that from me!  He’s hilarious to listen to, I try to take videos when he isn’t paying attention so I can always remember his sweet little voice telling stories.

pictures

Sweet boys in their coordinating Easter outfits

2016-03-27_12.08.00 copyIMG_1394 Easter egg huntIMG_1399 IMG_1405 IMG_1415Hudson asked to hold Parker and although he looks unhappy in this picture he was very proud of himself.2016-03-28_09.23.50 copyPretending to breastfeed his baby doll.  I know some people think that it’s weird when little boys pretend to breastfeed but I think it’s sweet – that’s how he sees Parker eat and so to him that’s how babies eat.
2016-03-28_10.50.13 copySharing his “fuffle” with Parker
2016-03-29_07.26.50 copyI (perhaps with poor judgement) bought him a cheap little recorder for Easter
2016-03-29_10.31.23 copyWe also got him a Boogie Board for Easter.  It’s kind of like a high tech Magna Doodle.  He loves it, however, we’ve had issues with it working so we haven’t been thrilled with it.
2016-03-29_15.17.53 copySidewalk chalk with Daddy (how many nerdy references can you spot?)
2016-03-29_18.03.22 copyHudson loves to help me clean and I absolutely let him!  I know he won’t always like it but I’m hoping this will teach him some important skills and such.  He likes to use my Norwex dusting mitt and dust the furniture.2016-03-30_10.08.40 copyShowing Daddy some of our yoga moves
2016-04-04_19.29.35 copyMichael his this thing that he uses for his bicycle and after reading “Where the Wild Things Are” one day Hudson started putting it on his head and calling it a crown (like Max’s in the book)2016-04-01_11.16.54 copySnuggling with my sweet boys2016-04-04_09.54.18 copyHe has no idea who Batman is but he was pretty proud of his Batman pajamas anyway2016-04-04_20.23.29 copy  The stuff that goes through his head…he just cracks me up!  He piled all the balls into Parker’s swing and called it a “nest”.  Then he laid his baby doll on top, grabbed the calculator he plays with (he calls it “calcy phone” and pretends it’s a cell phone), and pretended to take pictures of his creation.  Hilarious!
2016-04-05_11.39.44 copyLooking very serious in his safety goggles.2016-04-05_15.49.24 copyHe lined up his cars on my leg and we counted them over and over.  He did a great job – he can count to 10 when he wants to.2016-04-06_09.22.37 copy Hudson wanted to hold Parker after nap one day so I helped him.  2016-04-06_15.13.45 copyBut then he decided he needed a drink of water so he got to practice a very important parenting skill – multitasking.
2016-04-06_15.13.56 copyI love nap time!  Not just because I get a much needed break but also because I just love snuggling with the boys.  I know we won’t be napping together forever so I’m soaking it up while I can.2016-04-07_13.26.52 copyHudson got some sunglasses for Easter and he loves them.  He wants to wear them all the time – even in church or when it’s dark!2016-04-10_17.32.15 copyPlaying at the park.  It’s amazing to me how much he has changed.  Last year he was totally timid when we’d go to playdates.  Now he jumps right in and starts playing, and he loves to slide down the slide (which for a child who was terrified of basically everything is pretty great!)2016-04-13_10.11.22 copyHe set out all of these toys and told us this was a “cupcake party”.  He talks about cupcake parties a lot (we ate cupcakes at his birthday party in January and he talks about that pretty frequently)2016-04-17_12.19.00 copy He looks practically grown in this picture here!  Where did my little baby go?
2016-04-17_17.17.27 copyThe water department laid a sewer line along the back side of our property.  They tore down a bunch of trees and while it was sad to see all those trees go, Hudson enjoyed watching the construction vehicles at work.  He got on his own digger and sat there observing.2016-04-18_11.17.48 copyHudson has gotten a lot better about smiling for pictures instead of giving a stoic stareIMG_1456Checking out Parker’s new Bible
IMG_1472Taking selfies at the deli counter.  Shopping with two is not the easiest thing in the world but thankfully Hudson is pretty well behaved which makes it do-able.
2016-04-22_10.02.15 copyThis was so sweet – Hudson really wanted Parker to play with him so he kept putting the hammer and balls in Parker’s hand.  They are going to have so much fun together as they get bigger!2016-04-23_11.09.17 copy Daddy is definitely his favorite playmate right now
2016-04-23_11.24.11 copyHudson is strong willed and stubborn and…well…two.  I guess it’s just part of toddlerhood.  But he’s also incredibly sweet and caring and loving as well.

our newborn cloth diapering stash

newborn cloth diaperingWe didn’t start cloth diapering Hudson until he was almost three months old and was able to go straight into one size diapers.  With Parker though I wanted to use cloth much earlier on so I needed some newborn diapers to get us through until he was big enough for our one size diapers.

I figured we wouldn’t use them for a super long time so I didn’t want to spend a ton on our newborn diaper stash.  My original plan was to use flour sack towels (also called FSTs – large squares of fabric that are similar to flat cloth diapers, you can find them in the kitchen section of stores like Walmart and they usually cost just $1 each) with diaper covers.  I didn’t want to buy a bunch and then realize I was too overwhelmed to use the cloth diapers right at first so I started with 10 FSTs, a handful of newborn size diaper covers, and two newborn all in ones (AIOs).

Once Parker was here I realized that 12 diaper changes was not nearly enough since newborns go through so many diapers a day plus the FSTs were bulkier and not as absorbent as I expected so I bought a couple more AIOs, a few more covers, and quite a few prefolds.

I ended up with 5 AIOs, 6 covers, 15 prefolds, and 10 FSTs – so a total of 30 diaper changes which was the perfect amount to wash every other day.  I’d love to not have to wash every other day but it’s manageable.  If you want to wash less often then I’d recommend planning on 15 per day (30 if you want to wash every two days, 45 for three, and so on).

Here’s a run down of what we have, what I liked, and what I didn’t.

newborn all in onesAll in ones

  • – top left: Thirsties Size One (no longer made, I had this one from when Hudson was little, now Thirsties has a one size diaper instead)
  • – top middle: Thirsties newborn (freebie that I got with an order from Kelly’s Closet)
  • – top right: Blueberry newborn (a friend bought me this one as a baby gift; it has a cool snap that you can snap down so it doesn’t rub on the baby’s umbilical cord.  I didn’t have this until after Parker’s cord healed up so I didn’t use that feature but I thought it was neat!)
  • – Bottom row: Grovia newborns (I got one of these as a freebie from Kelly’s Closet, I loved it so much that I bought another one!  These were my favorite for the very beginning since they are so trim.)

inside of Thirsties and Blueberry newborn all in onesInsides (from Left to Right): Thirsties size one, Thirsties newborn, Blueberry newborn

inside of grovia newborn all in oneInside of one of the Grovia newborns

Grovia newborn all in one diaperHere’s the Grovia on Parker at about three weeks old (roughly 9 pounds).  It’s so trim!  Hardly any bigger than a disposable diaper.  It uses hemp, cotton, and microfleece inside so it’s very absorbent and soft.  These were my favorites and I’d have loved to have a full stash of them but that would have been very costly and they were the first ones he grew out of (at about 2 months/13 pounds)Blueberry newborn all in oneBlueberry newborn at a month old, not sure of how much he weighed.  This one lasted until about two months as well.Blueberry newborn AiO comparisonThe Thirsties size one is no longer available but I had to share this comparison picture anyway.  On the left is Parker’s first time wearing it (actually his first time wearing a cloth diaper at all) – 2 weeks, 9 pounds.  On the right is him wearing it at 2.5 months, 15 pounds.  It’s the only AIO that still fits him (but that’s because it’s not a newborn size).

Sweet Pea and Rumparooz newborn coversCovers

  • – Top row: Sweet Pea newborn (great budget diaper, one of the cheapest covers and also my favorite)
  • – Bottom row: Rumparooz newborn (also a great budget diaper, I was not a fan at first but like them now)

Sweet Pea newborn diaper coverThe Sweet Pea covers were fairly trim, they quit fitting around 2 months/13 pounds

Rumparooz newborn cover with flour sack towelI was not a fan of the Rumparooz covers at all when we first started using them.  You can see how huge they are in picture above.  They were so big and went almost all the way to his knees. (this was at 2 weeks/9 pounds)

IMG_6514However, now that he has grown some more I really like them.  They’re not nearly as bulky.  These are the last of his newborn diapers that still fit him at 2.5 months/15 pounds but I noticed last night that they were starting to get a bit small so I don’t think they’ll last much longer.

Grovia and Osocozy prefoldsInserts

Even though he has outgrown his newborn covers the prefolds are still working pretty well for us in our one size covers (Flip covers).

IMG_1549Grovia prefold in a Sweet Pea newborn coverI just pad fold my prefolds (basically a trifold) and lay them in the cover.  That works well for us, especially since he’s not mobile yet, but there are tons of other folds you can do too.flour sack towels pad foldedHere’s our stack of flour sack towels.  These are the ones that I reach for last, when everything else is dirty.  They’re not as absorbent as prefolds plus you have to fold them (which is not a big deal, it takes a whole 10 seconds longer, maybe).  I just love the convenience of prefolds best.

I’ve shown how I like to fold my FSTs in the pictures below:IMG_1536It starts as a huge square of fabric

IMG_1537I fold it in half and in half again, so it’s a smaller square.

IMG_1538IMG_1539Now that Parker is bigger I do a pad fold – taking that smaller square, folding it in thirds like a prefold, and laying it in the cover.
IMG_1540When he was teeny tiny though I preferred the bikini twist – folding that smaller square just in half instead of thirds, and then twisting it around once.  You can see it in the pictures below.IMG_1542IMG_1544IMG_1546IMG_1547I also made a quick video showing how to pad fold and bikini twist fold a flour sack towel

Several of these diapers were gifts or some that I earned free with promo codes when I ordered other things, but my total newborn stash was less than $150 (I think around $130).  That lasted us two months and some items we are still using.  I’m not totally sure how much disposables would have cost if we’d used them instead of cloth but from the rough estimating I did I think we at least broke even if not saved money plus we’ll be able to use these for future kids down the road and then sell them and recoup some of the money.  So totally worth it in my opinion!

I buy almost all of my cloth diapers and diapering supplies from Kelly’s Closet so that’s who I’ve linked to for most of the diaper descriptions.  They are always running a promo where if you spend X dollars you get a free diaper.  I’ve gotten several free diapers that way (some of the newborn AIOs I listed here as well as some one size diapers I used with Hudson).  You can also earn Diaper Dollars (1 point for each dollar spent usually) that you can redeem for giftcards once you have enough built up.  Plus they have a Facebook group for all your cloth diapering needs, they have great customer service, they offer affiliate links for bloggers (which I have), and I like supporting small businesses.

And there’s the overview!  Hope it was helpful!

(P.S. Kelly’s Closet is currently running an Earth Day sale and lots of their brands, including my favorite one size diaper BumGenius, are on sale right now so if you’re thinking about cloth diapering or need to add more to your stash now is a good time to buy!)

my natural makeup search – what I found and what I’m loving

100 Pure and Alima Pure makeup reviewI’m dubbing 2016 The Non-Toxic Beauty Makeover Year.  Apparently being pregnant makes me want to totally overhaul things.  In January of 2014, when I was pregnant with Hudson, I decided to quit thinking about trying essential oils for a household cleaning solution and use my Christmas money to dive in and get a kit (and if you’ve been reading here long you know that decision has made a huge impact on how we care for our health as well as our finances).  In January of 2016, when I was pregnant with Parker, I decided to quit thinking about ditching my old makeup and trying to find something more natural – so again I used my Christmas money, threw out all my old makeup, did a bunch of research, and bought all new stuff.

Yep.  For someone who doesn’t wear a lot of makeup I sure had quite the stash!  It didn’t help that I never threw any away unless I completely used it up so I had stuff in there from high school.  I gathered it all up and into the trash it went.  I kept a few things that I had been using on a regular basis (and weren’t expired like 99% of what I owned) just in case all the natural things I tried bombed or I needed something for a special occasion (so far I haven’t touched the stuff I put aside so I’ll probably throw it away soon too).

2016-01-29_12.07.21 copy2016-01-29_12.11.44 copyLook at all these lipsticks!  I don’t even hardly wear lipstick.  I sure like to buy it though!

Obviously the most natural thing to do makeup-wise is to not wear any at all.  Back when I first started my journey toward natural things I said that I would change a lot of things but I’d never give up my makeup.  I’ve learned to never say never, so I guess it’s potentially possible that someday I might go makeup free but I really don’t see that happening in the near future.  However I really wanted to find a better alternative to what I was using.

Most makeup is full of hormone disrupting, cancer causing components.  I don’t want that on my face (or anywhere on my body), not to mention I don’t want it touching my kids when I kiss them or snuggle their faces to mine.  I’d switched out all my other personal care products to safer, more natural options but hadn’t done anything about my makeup and decided it was time to get it done.

I did a lot of research.  I made a list of several companies that I’d heard were good non-toxic, free of harsh chemicals, natural options.  I then began looking at each one to see if I liked the products.  Some companies got thrown out, quite a few looked like good contenders.  Then I started comparing similar products from all of the companies (foundation from each company, eyeshadow from each, etc.).

In the end there were several that I was impressed with.  I only bought from two but there are really a lot of good choices out there!  (and I’ve actually heard of a few more even since I did my initial researching that I haven’t checked out yet).  I’ll include a list of all the companies I liked at the end of this post in case you want to try them out.

I really wanted to buy a little bit from each company so I could try them all out but when I realized that the shipping costs to buy an eyeshadow here, an eyeliner there, some blush at a third place, etc. was going to be pretty steep so I decided to just stick to a couple.

The two companies that I chose were 100% Pure and Alima Pure.  Here’s why:

100% Pure

  • – TONS of options.  This was one of the biggest reasons.  There are a lot of great companies out there but many of them only carry a few things but not everything that you need.  100% Pure has every makeup item that I use and pretty much everything I could think of needing so you can do a one stop shop and not have to buy from multiple places.  Instead of just loose mineral powder they offer pressed powder, tinted moisturizer, BB cream, liquid foundation, and cream foundation.  The have primers, multiple types and colors of eyeshadows, tons of colors and types of lipstick and glosses, and so much more.
  • – Free shipping – no minimum order required
  • – Free returns.  This was a biggie too because I was making a huge leap buying makeup that I hadn’t tried before.  I wasn’t convinced that I’d find anything natural that actually worked so I liked that I could return anything if I didn’t like it (and I have since used that feature and it was an incredibly smooth process)
  • – Lots and lots of reviews on their website so I was able to get real feedback on products I was interested in.
  • – Organic, vegan, cruelty free products.  (I don’t care about vegan but I know that’s important to some people so I threw it in here for your info)
  • – Most of their products contain more than just minerals, they’re made with fruit and flower extracts too.
  • – Offered pressed powder foundation and eyeshadow.  I’m not a fan of loose powder and loose eyeshadow, I feel like it’s super messy.  But since most natural makeup companies use mineral makeup then it’s usually loose.  I liked that I could get pressed!
  • – They also have a rewards program where you get points for each purchase you make and once you’ve accumulated enough you can redeem them for free product (they did not have this when I placed my original order so it’s wasn’t a factor in my decision but they’ve since come out with it and it’s something that I really like so I thought it was worth noting!)

Alima Pure

  • – Another one that offers pressed powder foundation.
  • – Offers little sample sizes that you can buy to try the powder before you commit.  They also have sampler pack thing where you can try multiple shades.
  • – Good reviews
  • – A ton of foundation color choices, probably more than any other company I looked at
  • – Free shipping over $35.
  • – I had found a $10 off coupon that I could use on my order (and I have one for you as well at the bottom of this post!)

100% Pure makeup packagingI bought the majority of my new makeup stash from 100% Pure since they had so many choices!  Here’s a picture I snapped of my haul when it came in – the cardboard tube packaging is cute too!

Here’s what all I currently have and what I think about each one:100% Pure and Alima Pure makeup review

100% Pure luminous primerLuminous Primer – I had gotten used to using a primer because prior to my switch I was using Bare Minerals (not as natural as one might think…) – a primer with the powder foundation and mineral veil.  I loved that smooth feeling it gave my face and how easy my makeup went on so I was excited to find that 100% Pure had primer too!  It feels and works great too.100% Pure foundation powderFruit Pigmented Powder Foundation – I was worried about picking the right color (but since they have free returns I figured I could always switch if I needed to).  I chose the color Creme and it was perfect for me.  The coverage is a little lighter than what I was used to so that took a bit of adjusting but honestly it looks more natural on me and after the initial adjustment period now I like it better.  I don’t have major blemishes, my issues are more about splotchy redness and this does a great job of covering without being heavy.

At $39.00 it was expensive but comparable to what I had been paying for Bare Minerals so I was ok with that.  However, it does not last nearly as long!  I’ve been using it since the end of January (so 3 months) and I don’t even wear makeup every day (maybe 3-4 days a week) and you can already see the bottom of the pan!  That’s my biggest complaint.
100% Pure tinted moisturizerFruit Pigmented Tinted Moisturizer – I did not buy this in my original order, this is something I added just in the last week.  I’ve actually never used a tinted moisturizer before but I thought it might be nice as a very light way to even out my skin tone.  So far I like it!  It has a sheer coverage like the powder but goes on easily with my fingers.  I do have to put a light dusting of powder over it (once I’ve done blush, bronzer, etc.) otherwise it looks a little too dewey/greasy.  Even though I got Creme powder, based on the reviews I read I bought a shade lighter in the tinted moisturizer (Alpine Rose) and it is a great shade so I think that was the right choice.

100% Pure cocoa bronzerCocoa Pigmented Bronzer – This stuff is intense!  I just barely touch my brush to the compact and still have to use a very light hand as I apply!  You can still see the “100% Pure” words in the powder so I’ve barely used any of it.  I got this the same day I got my foundation powder and always use both products so you can definitely see a difference in how much I’ve used of this versus the foundation (actually I’ve used this more often than my powder since I sometimes use another powder or tinted moisturizer but always use the same bronzer – a little goes a long way!).  As long as I’m careful applying though it gives a nice warm bronzing color.

Alima Pure satin matte foundationAlima Pure offers pressed powder foundation as well but they have a crazy ton of color choice, which is nice for finding the perfect match but hard because there are so many options. I picked four colors that I thought were close to what I needed and I figured once I picked my color then I’d buy the pressed powder version.  I haven’t even tried them all yet but so far the coverage is good – light like the 100% Pure powder.  Of course it’s messier than I prefer since it’s a loose powder but really I can’t tell a difference in this versus other loose (not as natural) mineral powders that I’ve used.100 Pure eyeshadowI chose the Pretty Naked Palette that came with Pink Champagne highlighter, a blush (Pretty Naked), and three eyeshadows (Flax Seed, Toffee, and Chestnut) to save on buying a large individual blush, highlighter, and multiple eyeshadows.  I also bought individual shadows in the shade Ginger (with my first order) and Sugared (in a later order).  As you can tell I tend to stick to a pink and brown theme.  As I order more I’ll try to add some variety into my collection.

I was initially disappointed because the eyeshadows were not nearly as pigmented as what I had been used to (I was mainly using eyeshadows from the Urban Decay Naked palettes).  However, after using them I’ve come to actually prefer the more subtle shades – I think it looks more natural. Also, I apply with a brush, I think if you used an eye shadow sponge or even added a little water you could get much more pigment.

The highlighter is very pretty and the blush is not the color I would have picked on my own if I’d been buying it separately but I like it just fine.

Alima Pure eyeshadowI also tried out one of Alima Pure’s pearluster eyeshadows in Taupe.  They only have loose eye shadows and it can be a bit messy so I don’t reach for this one as often as I do the ones from 100% Pure.  However, this one is a lot more shiny so I like it when I’m trying to dress up my eye a little bit or want to brighten up the matte look some.

2016-04-19_09.23.40 copyIt came with this plastic piece with holes in it but (and maybe I’m missing something) I can’t figure out how to get it to work other than to shake some into the lid, which is messy.  So I just took the plastic piece off altogether.  I wish I could figure out how to get the eyeshadow through the holes though without making a big mess.100 Pure and Alima Pure eyeshadow swatchesI am by no means a beauty blogger or expert or anything but I did attempt to swatch the colors on my arm so you could see them in action.  However I didn’t do a very good job and they look a lot more similar on my arm than they do on my eyes (at least, I think so).  It’s hard to tell the difference but I promise they are all (subtly) different.100% Pure mascara and Alima Pure eye linerMascara was one of the products I was most nervous about.  I’d heard it is really hard to find a natural mascara that actually works.  But I must say that I have been incredibly pleased with 100% Pure’s Maracuja mascara.  It lasts just as long as my old mascara, is a good color, thickens my eyelashes, and smells nice and fruity.  It also comes off very easily with coconut oil (my eye makeup remover of choice).  It is not waterproof, which I don’t care about, but that might be important to you.

The eyeliner came from Alima Pure.  Initially I was not impressed because I could get a good, dark line on my lower lid but I could hardly get it to make a mark on my upper lid on top of my eyeshadow.  It did fine on bare skin but wouldn’t work on top of eyeshadow unless I wet the pencil and worked really hard to get it on there.  However, after I sharpened it the first time it started working fine.  I’m guessing there was some kind of coating or something on the brand new tip that caused it to not work as well.  It’s great now and I’m pleased.

Alima Pure, 100% Pure, and Young Living lip sticks and lip glossAnd finally, lips!

I got a lip tint from Alima Pure in the color Petal.  It is very sheer and pretty much the exact color of my lip so I guess that makes it the perfect nude shade.  I really don’t wear lip color often so I’m good with a barely-there color.  It also makes a nice base under lip gloss.

I tried 100% Pure’s lip glaze in Watermelon (not pictured) but it was the only product so far I haven’t liked (and so I used their fab return policy and sent it back).  The color was nice but the color collected in a line on my lips and settled in my lip creases so I wasn’t impressed with how it wore.

Then I tried 100% Pure’s creamstick in Perfect Naked Berry.  I used to love Clinique’s chubby sticks (like a big, fat lip pencil) and this looked very similar.  I wanted the Perfect Naked Pink (I tend to always choose pinks or corals) but it was sold out so I tried the berry.  It was darker than I tend to wear (although not dark by most standards) but I got several compliments on it (probably just because it’s unusual to see me in lip color at all!) so I think I’ll keep it and step outside of my makeup comfort zone.  This lip product did not settle in my creases or anything and actually stayed on much longer than most lipsticks (which is one of the reasons I don’t wear much lipstick – I don’t like having to reapply all the time).  Now that I’ve tried one of the creamsticks I want to get them all!  I hope the pink one comes back in stock.

I also already had two lip glosses.  Young Living doesn’t carry any other makeup but they do have three different lip gloss/essential oil blend combos (gloss on one end, oil blend to use as perfume on the other).  I have the red gloss/amoressence scent (that’s the bottom one with the yellow oil blend) and the pink gloss/summer scent (top).  I bought the red/amoressence becuase I loved the smell of the amoressence.  I was hesitant about getting red but it’s not red at all and it’s not dark either – more of a sheer berry color.  The pink gloss is definitely my favorite color though!  I like it best out of all four of my lip color options.  Since it’s gloss it wears off faster than lipstick but thankfully it wears off evenly (instead of settling in creases) and it’s not sticky like some glosses so I really like that.

2016-04-19_09.20.24 copyI did hang on to one of my old products – this Tarte concealer.  I honestly rarely use concealer (my issues are more all over redness rather than blemishes).  Tarte is more natural than many but still not quite what I would want, but since I rarely use it I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on another one so I’m going to keep using this for now.

Again, I am no beauty blogger nor am I much of a selfie taker so try to look past the awkwardness of these next pictures.  I wanted to show you what the makeup looks like on so that you could see that it looks just as good as what you might buy elsewhere.  I feel like that’s better seen in person but I tried anyway so maybe this will help!

no makeupNo makeup at all.

face makeup onlyFace makeup done (primer, pressed powder foundation, bronzer, blush, highlighter) but eyes and lips still bare.

makeup done with 100% Pure, Alima Pure, and Young Living makeupFull face of makeup.  I think the lip color is the 100% Pure creamstick in berry.

So in case you haven’t gathered from the post I’ll recap here: I have been incredibly pleased with the makeup I’ve gotten from 100% Pure and Alima Pure, both in the fact that it’s so much better for me than my old makeup and in how well it works.  Of the two companies 100% Pure is my favorite but both are great.

Natural makeup is, as with most natural things, more expensive than their counterparts.  I typically bought brands like Clinique, Mary Kay, Bare Minerals, Urban Decay, etc. so I was used to spending a little more on makeup than if I’d bought it from Walmart, Target, etc.  However that might be a little bit of sticker shock for you so I wanted to give you a heads up!

I wish I had a coupon for you or some sort of referral link for 100% Pure since that’s definitely my favorite but unfortunately I don’t.  However if you sign up for their emails or like them on Facebook and watch their sales they do run lots of good sales, as much as 25% off which is pretty good!

I do have a discount code for Alima Pure though and they have great stuff too so worth a try!  Click here to get a $10 off coupon emailed to you for your first order (I think I might get a credit on my account too so thanks in advance!).

In case you are curious here is a list of the other companies I looked at and some of my thoughts about them.  Most I would like to try at some points, it’s just like I said before that didn’t want to pay shipping for so many different companies so I had to narrow it down.

  • Beauty Counter – This was (is) in my top 3 compaines that I want to try.  I’ve heard great things about their makeup (especially their Tint Skin Foundation) and one thing that they have that the other compaines don’t (that doesn’t matter to me but I know matters to others) is that their makeup is not mineral based.  Still natural, but not minerals like most compaines.  I don’t have an issue with mineral makeup but I know it makes some people break out, so here is another option for you.  I haven’t tried this yet but it’s on my list to try in the near future.  When I originally started my research a family member had mentioned that she was thinking about becoming a Beauty Counter consultant so I wanted to wait until she decided so that I could order from her if she did.  I had also already spent quite a bit on my makeup overhaul so there was that too.  Their selection isn’t huge but it’s a decent size and I would guess they will add more as the company grows.  I linked directly to the website but fyi this is a direct sales company so if you decide to try their stuff find out if one of your friends is a consultant first and order through them to support them!
  • Root Pretty – I was very impressed with these products too.  Lots of options, offers lots of samples (more than just foundation samples) you can purchase to try colors before you buy, more budget friendly than some of the other companies.  This is another that I would like to try out in the future.  I was not impressed with their customer service when I reached out to them which is why I didn’t order from them during my initial order.
  • Juice Beauty – Pretty good selection, including liquid foundation.  Free shipping over $30.  According to their store locator our local Ulta carries Juice Beauty (although I’m not sure how much) so that’s a plus if you like to check things out in person rather than order online.  I don’t go to the mall much but next time I do I’ll go check out our selection.
  • Sweet Savvy Minerals – This is a relatively new company founded by a fellow Young Living distributor.  I defintely like to support a fellow YL colleague but their selection is still pretty small and they only offer the loose powders and eyeshadows so it’s something I’d like to try in the future but it didn’t make my initial order.

There were a couple of other companies I checked out that were not as natural as they claim or who have since (as in, since I did this research in January of this year) closed their doors and/or rebranded due to some internal scandals.  I’m not going to name names as my goal here is not to call out other companies.  These listed here are ones I suggest either from personal experience or my research as of a few months ago.  I’m sure there are other great ones out there, I just suggest you do some digging on your own to see if the makeup you are looking at is really natural.

And there you go!  If you read this far give yourself a pat on the back!  I know that was a lot of info.  I hope it’s helpful and that you’ll see that it’s a lot easier to switch to natural makeup products than you might have thought.

Disclaimer: I bought all of this makeup with my own money.  None of these brands know who I am and I didn’t receive any products for free.  This is my honest review based on what I purchased and my own experiences.  

Have you tried any of these brands?  What were your thoughts?  Do you have any questions about what I tried?

a peek inside my Erin Condren Life Planner

a peek inside my Erin Condren Life PlannerI love, love, LOVE Erin Condren Life Planners!  I’ve never found anything that I like better.  Last year I decided I didn’t want to pay for one (they’re $50 if you don’t get one on sale) and so I tried another planner – I thought it was going to be awesome but I ended up not loving it and instead bought a Life Planner several months in to finish out 2015.  After my brief break I now know this is THE planner and I might as well just budget to purchase one every year!  Using my planner increases my productivity big time and you can’t put a price on that.

I’ve blogged about how I use my planner in the past (when I was workingas a way to track baby milestones) but I wanted to show you how I’m using it now that I’m at stay at home mom and have a business.

IMG_1480The monthly calendar spread I use as my monthly overview.  I jot down appointments, birthdays, and activities.  I pick one color pen and use that to mark all of the oils classes that I teach each month so that I can see that at a glance and it stands out.

IMG_1481The weekly spread is where the magic happens.  This is basically my brain on paper in a to-do list form.  On the left hand side I keep a to-do list of things I want to get done at some point during the week.

Each day is broken into three boxes.  I don’t label my boxes on my calendar but I do have specific uses for each of them.  The top box is where I put appointments, classes, and sometimes random memories.  The middle box is my to-do list for the day unrelated to my business (cleaning, laundry, errands, etc.) as well as where I put blog post for that day.  The bottom box is my Young Living to-do list for the day.

The very bottom section changes occasionally.  In this picture I used it to write my daily Bible reading, what I had planned for dinner, if I exercised (which I obviously didn’t much that week…), check boxes for each glass of water I drank and for the various vitamins I needed to take.

IMG_1482It’s a pretty big planner so not super convenient to carry around all the time unless you carry a big bag.  I don’t mind the size because mine usually stays at home sitting on the counter (which is like my desk) open to my to-do list so I can glance at it many times a day.  Plus I like to have plenty of room to write.

(I use an app on my phone, aCal, also for when I’m out and about. I only track the bare bones appointments on it)IMG_1483I’m in some planner groups (seriously, what DOESN’T have a Facebook group these days?) and many of those ladies beautifully decorate their planners big time.  Almost like scrapbooking pages!  They use lots of stickers and washi tape.  That’s totally fine if that’s what you like but that’s not my thing so I just stick to (pun intended) occasionally using the stickers that come with the planner.
IMG_1484There are lots of notes pages that I use to jot stuff down.

IMG_1485Also some pockets in the back to hold all my random junk.

If you have never ordered from Erin Condren before you can use this link and get $10 off your first purchase.  (they will send you an email with a code that you can then use when you purchase)

Also, at the time of this post, 2016 Life Planners are 50% off and you can use the $10 off from the link above on top of that, making them roughly $15 plus shipping!  WHAT!?  That’s a crazy good deal.  There’s still lots of time left in 2016 so try one out and see if you like it!

Any Erin Condren fans out there?  How long have you been using the LP?

Parker’s 2 month update

Wow these two months have FLOWN!  Crazy!  Here’s an update on the newest member of our household :).

growth

At his two month check up Parker weighed 13 pounds, 7 ounces and was 23 inches long.  That’s almost a five pound weight gain since his birth!

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eating

Parker eats about every two hours or so during the day.  Sometimes more, sometimes less.  At night it’s more like every 3 or 4 hours.  He’s a very quick eater and only eats from one side at a time.

He and Hudson are night and day different in most ways but apparently Parker got the same spit-up gene that Hudson has.  He spits up all the time!  We’re used to it since that’s how Hudson was but it’s still messy!  In fact, I think he might be more messy.  Hudson would only burp if you sat him up and kind of held his chin so I was able to hold a burp cloth under his face to catch the inevitable spit up that came with each feeding.  Parker burps better being held up to your shoulder so even though I have the burp cloth draped over my shoulder I can’t control it as easily so he usually rubs his face or hands in it before I’m able to get it cleaned up.  Quite the mess!

sleeping

He is a really good sleeper (and I am SO thankful!).  He usually falls asleep around 9 or 10 and we put him in the swing in the living room.  He sleeps there until we get ready to go to bed (usually around midnight).  I change his diaper and feed him again and we go to bed.  Then he typically wakes up once during the night around 2 or 3 to eat and then when we wake up for the day around 6 or 7.  Sometimes he wakes more than that but most of the time it’s just that one time between when we go to sleep and when we get up.

He has had a lot of gas issues this month that have caused some sleep issues.  Just like Hudson, Parker has gas problems in the mornings.  A lot of mornings starting around 5 or 6 he starts to fuss and cry out and have gas.  Hopefully we’ll get this resolved soon!

Parker is not on a schedule as far as napping goes.  He almost always takes a nap when we all lay down for Hudson’s nap time but for the rest of the day he takes little naps randomly.  It’s hard for him to get a good, long one in because Hudson is constantly waking him up either with loud noises or wanting to give him kisses or just messing with him.
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new accomplishments

Parker started smiling this month in reaction to us (not just in his sleep).  So sweet!

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adventures

Starting his patriotism off right we took Parker with us to the Kentucky caucus right after he turned a month old.  He snoozed the whole time.

Our church’s ladies retreat was this month as well so Parker and I went for the day on Saturday while Hudson stayed with Michael.  He did great – slept, ate, and was totally chill.  When Hudson was a month old we went to ladies retreat and I remember that it was a huge ordeal for me to get us there.  With Parker it seemed so very easy…relaxing actually to only have one rather than both kiddos!

We’ve done a couple of playdates, he got adjusted at the chiropractor, and he went with me to teach an oils class.  We also went home (about an hour away) to visit our families for Easter.IMG_13942016-03-27_12.08.00 copyHis first egg hunt.  Hudson and Daddy helped him get one egg.
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some pictures from the month

Smiling in his sleep

2016-03-06_07.32.32 copy2016-03-15_13.03.55 copyHudson wanted Parker to play puzzles with him!  I have a feeling these two are going to be good buddies.2016-03-16_09.45.14 copyLove this cute diaper a friend of mine gave us!2016-03-17_19.10.45 copy Precious boys ready for church.  Parker was not interested in taking pictures.  It’s hard to tell because it’s tucked up under his chin(s) but he has a tiny bow tie on.2016-03-20_09.04.30 copy 2016-03-20_11.53.12 copy 2016-03-20_17.42.38 copyHudson was sharing his Fuffle (his lovie blanket) with Parker.2016-03-29_07.26.50 copy After a bath.  Look at those chins!  I love my chunky monkey!
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Hopefully I’ll be able to keep up with his monthly pictures the way I did with Hudson.  It’s hard with the second child – everything goes faster and you forget a lot more stuff!

2 month comparison