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DIY Toddler Training Underwear

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Well I now live in the wonderful world of potty training a toddler. About a month ago my saint of a mother kept my 2 year old for 2 days and got him well on the path to potty-land. thomas-the-train-toddler-underwearHe is doing really well and goes peepee in the potty about 75% of the time, but he hasn’t yet learned to let me know before he has to go. I just have to take him to the potty every 45 minutes. He willingly goes when I take him, but sometimes I get busy with the baby, or making dinner, or I just plain forget. And then we have accidents. He is very good at announcing that he has gone (or is going) peepee, so sometimes I can catch him in the middle of it and rush him to the potty. We have about 10 or so pairs of adorable little tiny toddler boy undies, but they are so thin that we had little puddles of pee on the floor.

 

  • Disney Toddler Boys' Mickey 3 Pack Training Pant, Assorted, 3T I found these great toddler trainers on Amazon. They do have a little padding which helps with small accidents if I catch him in time, but they weren’t incredibly absorbent and we still had soaking through his pants. They are also not cheap. They run about $5.50 a pair compared with $1.35 a pair for the regular toddler underwear. You can also find many cloth diaper brands offering toddler training pants for as much as $20 a pair. Although I’m sure they’re quality products, its just not really something I wanted to spend.

make-toddler-trainers-out-of-boy-underwearSince I have recently switched from pocket cloth diapers to All-in-ones for my youngest baby who is in diapers, I have a lot of extra charcoal bamboo inserts lying around that I’m not using. So I decided to utilize that little pocket in the little boy undies to make my own toddler trainers! The charcoal bamboo inserts are $2.50 a piece new, but 1 insert will make 4-6 pairs of trainers and I already had them on hand so they were no extra cost. You could really use any cloth diaper inserts including microfiber (which are cheaper at around $1 each) or regular bamboo (around $2.15 a piece). I don’t recommend hemp because it is slower to absorb which wouldn’t work well for this purpose. Or if you’re really on a budget you could also use a cut up piece of a microfiber cleaning cloth. As long as its not touching the skin directly. Amazon sells a 12 pack for $10.50 and you can use the rest to wash your car or clean your floors! Boom! These are pretty thin so you will want to tri-fold your piece for enough thickness that it will absorb accidents well.

So here’s what you do:

DIY-toddler-training-pantsCut your insert into pieces. For 2T/3T sized undies I cut a piece that was about 2″x4″.

 

 

 

 

sew-your-own-toddler-training-underwear-insertsSew the open edges down. This is simple enough to do and does not require any advanced sewing skills. I used a zig-zag stitch on my sewing machine to quickly sew down the open edges. You could just sew a straight line. Make sure to back stitch so it holds up well in the wash. You could also hand stitch the open edges down.

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Stuff the undies with the tiny insert. 

Put the insert in the tiny little pocket opening in the front of the diaper. Note: Only “boy” underwear has the convenient little pocket. Now if you’re wanting to do this for little girls you can do a couple options. 1) Put “boy” underwear on her. Unless she is particularly inclined to wear princess undies, she won’t know the difference. 2) Sew the insert directly onto the panties. You can do this if you’re using a natural fiber insert. DO NOT put microfiber directly against a child’s skin. It is TOO absorbent and will pull moisture and oils from baby’s skin causing uncomfortable rashes and dryness.

Tada! For less than $2 a pair we have great accident protection and little buddy still feels like a big boy in his goofy undies! Win! To wash these just throw them in with your regular laundry (or cloth diapers). The inserts should agitate out on their own in the wash.

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How To Remove Pen Ink From Leather Furniture

how-to-remove-ink-from-leather-furnitureHaving a toddler is lots of fun. Everyday I get to witness all the new and exciting things he is learning. Like today for example, I got to see him learn how to draw… with a pen… on my white leather sofa. Palm:Meet:Forehead.

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A quick google search yielded a few options for ink stain removal one of which included using rubbing alcohol. Since the first idea that came to my mind was rubbing alcohol anyway I figured I’d go with my gut. Now I didn’t find this beautiful work of art until about 2.5 hours after he did it, so I think this method will work great even if you don’t catch the problem right away.

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All I needed was a couple of cotton pads, a bottle of rubbing alcohol (or isopropyl alcohol: you can find it at any supermarket, drugstore, or chemist) and a little elbow grease. It came right off!

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For the areas where the ink had seeped in between the cracks of the leather I just used the corner of my finger nail to work out the ink, and then scrubbed it with more alcohol and cotton pads. Good luck! Hope it works as well for you as it did for me!

Mustache Bash 1st Birthday Party

mustache-first-birthday-party-boyWell 2015 is here, the holiday season is over (whew) and we officially have a toddler in our house. My little teeny tiny baby boy is not so teeny anymore. He turned 1 in October and he is surely giving me a run for my money. He is so fun, lively and active! Oh heavens is he active. When I started this blog 3 years ago I was not a mom-blogger. I now have a newfound appreciate for mom-bloggers and how in the world they find time to not only do crafty projects, DIYs and write recipes, but then they photograph and write about it!! How do they do it? In the 2-3 hours a day my prince is napping I have just enough time to clean up the house, do some diaper laundry, eat some lunch, and if there’s any time to spare I just want to stare at the TV and catch up on Parenthood (I can’t believe the series is ending!! Waaaaah!!).

So that might be why, over 2 months later, I still haven’t shared the awesome pictures of Luke’s Mustache Bash 1st Birthday Party! I spent about 3 months agonizing over details and I’m so pleased with how perfectly everything turned out.

Luke was obviously not interested in a family portrait. He also tripped and bit his lip just before the party started which explains the busted lip. Ohh boys. I thought it would be fun for my husband to grow a real mustache so he wouldn’t have to wear one for the party. So he doesn’t normally look quite this dorky, but he was a good sport. Lol. My poor husband is so cooperative with my silly ideas. I got the skirt custom made from BasiltheGirl on etsy. Isn’t it adorable?

mustache-familyMy vision for this party was a hipster, vintage, Atlanta style theme. I wanted chalkboards, burlap, and of course LOTS of mustaches. The exposed brick on our porch made the perfect backdrop for our hipster table.

First things first I hit Amazon.com. I found all sorts of amazing mustache goodies like the mustache straws, mustache cupcake picks, mustache napkins, mustache duck tape, fake stick-on mustaches, and the birch ware cutlery (don’t you just love the rustic look of those birch wood forks? I LOVE these!). I got chalkboard stickers and the chalkboard markers for the mason jar glasses at Michael’s. The chalk board signs also came from Michael’s. I tied twine around the mason jars to add a rustic touch.

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The food all had “manly” titles. Here is a list of what we had:

  • Big Cajones – Spicy Meatballs
  • “Was it the frank or the beans?” – Baked Beans with Hot Dogs (bonus points to the first person to get the movie reference!)
  • Stud Muffins – Chocolate Cupcakes
  • “Real Men Eat Their Veggies” – Veggie cups with Ranch dip
  • Bowtie Pasta Salad
  • Chocolate Pretzel “Cigars”
  • Manly Mustache Manwiches – Cookie Butter and Chocolate Spread Sandwiches
  • Mustache Brownies

I got the mustache cookie cutter on etsy. You’ll want a 5″ or larger cutter so you can get decent sized sandwiches. Mustache-manwiches

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I made the banner with Luke’s monthly photos of his 1st year, and also the “Luke Is One” banner using my sister’s Cricut paper cutting machine, and hung them with some garden twine.

IMG_1348Seeing Luke’s month by month photos all in a row really made this last year feel like it went by so fast!! I can’t believe my little butter-ball is a running, hopping, vibrant little toddler now!

I spent a lot of time on the Chalkboard sign. I used a large sewing measuring stick to measure out my letters so each letter was the same size. I mapped out sections for each milestone and measured everything so it didn’t turn out wonky. Then I looked up fonts that I liked online and just copied the styles freehand using chalkboard markers. It took me a few days of working while Luke napped but I’m really happy with how it turned out! I waited until the day before his birthday party to measure him and weigh him so I had the most up to date numbers. P.S. You can buy these black foam boards for $5-$8 dollars at craft stores but I found them for a buck at the dollar store!! Always check the dollar store for craft supplies because they often have just what you’re looking for at a fraction of the cost.

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We also had a fun “Guess That Mustache” game. I did a google image search for famous mustaches and printed out 25 of the best ones. Guests were given sheets with 25 spaces, and instructions to write down their guesses. I took the extra time to wrap the pencils with twine using little dabs of hot glue as I wound the twine around. It just added another custom touch! mustache-party-table

Later in the party I read out the answers. My brother guessed every single one correctly and won a set of Mustache Chip Clips. Everyone had a blast trying to guess! (Btw, check out my awesome Bahamian blue ceiling on my porch! My husband surprised me by painting it while I was out of town a few months ago. We love the tropical Key West look it brings to our porch!)

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mustache-smash-cakeFor Luke’s smash cake I made a little mustache cake. It was so simple to do! I just baked a chocolate cake in a 6″ round. After it cooled I leveled it and cut it into a yin-yang shape. Then I flipped one side over and placed them side by side. I frosted it using chocolate frosting and a Wilton #47 basket weave tip. *Here’s a great tutorial with photos that might help.
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Luke thoroughly enjoyed his birthday cake! He’s such a sweet boy he wanted to share a bite with Mommy. And he went straight into the bath and took a nice long nap after a wonderful 1st birthday party!

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DIY Birdie Onesie

If you’re a mom, on Facebook, who has had a baby in the last few years, chances are you’ve heard of, or are in, some sort of Mom’s group. Well I’m in one too. Our group is seriously awesome. Its a bunch of girls from all over the country who happened to be pregnant at the same time and happened to join the most amazing group ever. Over the last year we’ve all grown so close. We’ve been there through the births of our children, though those early weeks of being up all night, and wondering if our baby will always be so needy. We’ve answered each other’s questions from “what-the-heck-is-this-rash?” questions, to “how do I keep from shooting my husband?” questions, and “does this dress make me look fat?” questions and everything in between! Some of us breastfeed, others use formula, some of us had magical unicorn hippie natural births, while others had c-sections. We’ve shared joys and losses, ups and downs, moments where we think we’re gonna lose it, and moments where we all just laugh at each other. We’re all different, but we all have something in common- we’re moms and we’re there for each other. Its been a beautiful thing to see how so many different women, from all over the country, from such vastly different backgrounds, can come together and support one another with virtually no drama. It really is a miracle.

So one of the things we like to do is send each other gifts! We do several gift exchanges a year. For our babies 6 month birthday I got paired up with a sweet momma with an absolutely darling little girl who loves birdies. Isn’t she just precious? I wanted to do a homemade gift and I had seen some super cute custom onesies on etsy that I knew I could totally DIY, and you can totally use scraps of fabric that you already have lying around. So here’s how you can make your own custom birdie onesie that makes an awesome homemade gift!

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Plain onesies
  • 2 complimentary fabric scraps.
  • Embroidery floss (various colors)
  • Sewing Needle
  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • Paper and Pencil
  • Iron on interfacing
  • A couple beads or a button (for the eye)

Start by getting your onesies. I got the Carter’s pastel set with the lace edges on Amazon. They are simple and sweet. Just what I was looking for.

black-baby-pink-birdie-mdNext, you’ll need a template. I just freehanded a birdie shape onto a piece of paper and cut it out. Or you can print out something like this

(I just did a simple google image search for “birdie vector”).

IMG_0507You’ll need three templates, one for the outside of the birdie, one for the beak and one for the wing. Again this is a simple enough design that you can easily freehand the template.

Trace your birdie, beak and wing onto your fabric. Then flip the templates backwards and trace them onto your interfacing. You will need to cut out two of the birdies from the interfacing (I’ll explain why later).

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IMG_0504Cut everything out. You’ll want to use a different fabric for each piece so you will have a nice contrast. Iron the facing onto the back of the large birdie piece and onto the wing and the beak. Peel the paper backing off the back.

IMG_0513Using a contrasting thread color, stitch the wing onto birdie. I made my stitches about 1/4 inch long, to give it a nice, old fashioned, homemade look.

Next, stitch a little eye onto your birdie. You can do this with a bead, or a cute little button. Or simply stitch a little circle or X to make an eye.

IMG_0516After you’ve stitched on the wing and the eye, lay your second piece of interfacing on the back of the birdie and iron it on, over the stitching. This will ensure that everything lays nice and flat on the onesie.

IMG_0518Now its time to sew the birdie to the onesie. Use a different color thread for even more adorable contrast. Be sure to only sew to the front layer of the onesie. Don’t be a ding-dong and sew through the whole thing. Lol, I believe you are smarter than this, but you never know. I’ve done much dumber things when sewing!

IMG_0527Now that your birdie is on, you can stitch on the beak, and make some little legs with yellow or orange stitching. So easy and super fun to make. You can get so creative with the colors and do all sorts of nice combinations. Make several for a sweet, homemade, baby shower or 1st birthday gift. Have fun and do send me pictures of your finished projects!

 

How to Remove Stains Using Tide

how-to-remove-kid-stainsMy mom is the best stain-getter-outer I know. I’ve brought countless pieces of clothing to her over the years so she could work her miraculous stain fighting magic on them. But since Luke was born I realized that this a talent all mothers should possess and it was time I learned my own magical stain removal tricks. Enter TIDE!tide

I never used Tide detergent until recently because it is a little more expensive than other brands. I normally use Arm & Hammer because it often goes on BOGO sale at my supermarket and I load up whenever it does. But when I started cloth diapering I read up on all the laundry recommendations and Tide Original Powder is by and large the go to detergent for moms these days. Lucky for me I got a GIANT box of it on sale at Costco, so while its not quite as cheap as BOGO, it certainly earns its keep!

Now I know I told you that you don’t have those fabled blowouts in Cloth Diapers, but let me clarify. There are a few scenarios under which that might not be the case, and I unfortunately have experienced them both. Here are some reasons cloth diapers may leak. Luke sadly had two pretty huge blowouts in two really cute outfits! It was due to user error I assure you.

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So this brings me to the point of this post. Having a little boy (and a husband for that matter) is messy. How do you get poopie stains (OR any stains!) of of the clothes? You guessed it… TIDE! FYI- Tide is not paying me to write this post, nor did they send me free product (but hey if you work for Tide and wanna share the love I’m happy to take it!). I just love sharing awesome products that actually work! Can I get an amen?

So here’s what you do. This is so simple it hurts.

clean-clothes-in-sinkPut the stopper in your sink and fill with enough warm water to cover the garment (an inch or two).You can also do this in a large bowl.

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Sprinkle in about 1/4c of Tide Powder (not the liquid) or up to the 1 line on the cup and stir around until it is dissolved. Toss in the soiled garment and agitate for a few seconds.2014-02-26 12.21.10

Now here’s the magical part – LEAVE IT.

That’s seriously all you do. Leave the clothes for at least an hour or as long as overnight. No need to scrub, rub, or wring anything. You can periodically check on the progress and see the stain disappearing before your eyes.

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When the stain is gone be sure to rinse the clothes very well- until you no longer see suds and the water is crystal clear.

You may find the garment smells strongly of detergent so if this irritates you baby’s skin then I’d recommend washing the garment again with you regular laundry and doing an extra rinse.

You’re welcome. 😉nice-and-clean-baby

Reasons Cloth Diapers Might Leak

1) Cloth Diapers might leak if you do not have a good fit.

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Cloth diapers need to be quite snug around the legs and waist. If you can easily slide a finger under the fabric it is too loose. You don’t want to cut off the baby’s circulation but you do want to seal in all that poo. If your diapers are too loose, try to use a tighter snap or velcro, or you might need to try a different brand that fits better for your baby. Make sure there are no gaps, especially around the legs. On more than one occasion I have put a diaper on too loose (especially with velcro) in the middle of the night when it was dark and my brain was all foggy. This unfortunately led to the horror of waking up to a poop covered child and bed. Blegh!

2) Cheaply Made Cloth Diapers can leak.

Sometimes (not always) cheaply made diapers don’t fit well, and have cheaper materials. In the Cloth Diaper world you often get what you pay for and investing in good quality, well-made diapers is well worth it. They will last much longer and will hold in messes! I’ve definitely noticed a difference between my cheaper diapers compared with higher quality brand names or hand made WAHM diapers.

3) Old, worn out, diapers can leak

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I have purchased a few second hand diapers at a nice discount. For the most part they have been great but on some, the elastic has worn out and does not sit snugly around baby’s waist and legs. This has also led to poopy blowouts. The elastics can be replaced if you have some basic sewing skills. There are lots of youtube videos (like this one) that can sow you how to do this. Or check out this tutorial with pictures.