Things I am Loving Lately

I really enjoy seeing these posts from other bloggers, so I thought I would do one of my own!  Here are a few things I am loving right now!

  • E’s developing language skills.  I know I remark on this a lot but it blows me away how much toddler’s language growth completely explodes at this age.  And some of the things she comes up with are hilarious.  She calls the garbage truck the “yucky bus” and just yesterday during naptime (she was supposed to be sleeping but had yet to settle down) there were some birds chirping away outside and she yelled, “Birdies!  Enough!”  She tells us “mommy/daddy sit hiney” when she wants us to get down on the floor and play with one of her toys with her.  I swear she breaks out new words and phrases almost daily!  Some of her favorite sayings right now are: amazing, oh my goodness and no way!  And she loves to ask questions.  This morning she kept asking me, “Mommy happy?”  And fairly often in our house you’ll hear her say, “Thank you, mommy/daddy.  Love you.  You’re the best.”  It’s great.

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  • Sassy Grow Up Cups.  These cups help to teach kiddos to drink from an open cup.  E can already drink fairly well from an open cup but isn’t always that mindful that it’s open when she’s not actively drinking from it, which results in a lot of spills.  This cup is a great alternative to a completely open cup and E really seems to like it.  It leaks very minimally (no more than any of her other sippy cups), just a few drops here and there.  E seems to like having a “real” cup to drink from in situations where an open cup wouldn’t be appropriate, like in the car.

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  • GroVia BioLiners.  I posted a review about these flushable cloth diaper liners last week and we are still loving them!

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  • Our new camera.  At the beginning of this year we got the Canon Rebel EOS T3 and I’m loving the photos we’re getting from it.  Even in the auto settings the photo quality is great.  I’m always so nervous before making decisions about things like camera, afraid that I am going to make the wrong choice or end up with a product that wasn’t worth the money spent on it but I am so happy that we got this camera!

What things are you loving lately?

GroVia BioLiners Review (Poo Talk Ahead!)

Recently Papa Bear and I decided to add something new to our cloth diapering routine – flushable diaper liners.  Why?  Well, over the last year and a half as E has eaten more and more real food (i.e. she wasn’t just drinking breastmilk anymore), her poops have gotten…  well, less and less pleasant to deal with.  Breastmilk poo is easy.  It can go right in the wet bag and then right in the washing machine because it just dissolves in water.  (I know it sounds gross but breastmilk poo is really inoffensive comparatively.)  Real food poo is less so.  Since E began solids we’ve been dumping poo diapers in the toilet and dunking and swishing as necessary.  It’s not terrible but it’s not particularly awesome either.

Recently PB met his breaking point with the poopy cloth diapers.  As much as I don’t care for dealing with the poo (it’s just something you have to do), he hates it.  He’s disgusted by the dunking and swishing and has been turning to disposables more and more because of that.  Well, we don’t want that do we?!  We decided to look for a solution to our poo problem.

Enter flushable diapers liners.  We looked at various options on Amazon and ended up deciding to try the GroVia BioLiners One Size (unscented) in large part due to the low price.

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The liners are very thin and simply lie in the diaper once it’s ready to go on baby.  The liner keeps the majority of the poo off the diaper when baby goes #2 and makes clean up a breeze.  You just flip poo and liner off the diaper into the toilet and flush.  No dunking and swishing necessary.  Just dump the load and the diaper can go right into the wet bag.  Super duper easy!

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The GroVia BioLiners are 100% natural with no chemicals or preservatives and are fragrance and dye-free.  You know we like that.

PB’s verdict?  He is much happier these days and wonders why we didn’t start using flushable liners sooner.  I think it is safe to say that we will continue to use the flushable diaper liners!

(I was not compensated in any way for this post.  We decided to try this product on our own and we were so happy with it that I wanted to share our experience.)

Running Update

I’d love to tell you about all the running I have been doing lately but… I really haven’t been running all that much, so I’d have to lie and I don’t really want to do that!  I’m pretty sad about my lack of running.  With the weather getting better, you’d think I would be running more!

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Since the 80s Retro Run 5K at the beginning of March, I’ve been running, on average, about once a week for three to four miles.  Not for lack of desire to run but mostly because I keep getting sick.  E and I got sick right after her birthday on March 2nd and, hooray hooray, I came down with something again last week.  It’s hard to think about running when you get winded going up the stairs…

I am hopeful that I will be feeling better soon and I can get back out there and up my running game.  And, of course, I am looking ahead to some races that I hope to run.  There is Pike’s Peek 10K at the end of this month that I’m thinking I’d really like to do (though recently became aware of some scheduling conflicts that might keep me from the race – Boo!).  And there are a couple of 5Ks next month that I could do for free through MCRRC.  Got to get my races in for my 14 in ‘14 goal!

But don’t think that I have been completely inactive!  I’ve been keeping up with my yoga practice and have also hit up spinning a few times.  I won’t be completely out of shape when I get back to running more!

Silent Sunday::Hiking Along the Potomac

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My First Stuffed Animal

And, no, I’m not speaking of my first stuffed animal from when I was a child.  I’m not even sure what that was.  Mom?  First stuffed animal?

This weekend I achieved a knitting milestone and finished my first knit stuffed animal!  I made a little bunny for E’s best friend’s second birthday.  Her mom often calls her bunny, so I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to make her one of her own!

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I don’t mean to toot my own horn but… come on.  Is it not super adorable?!

I followed the pattern Lovable Toys from the book Last-Minute Knitted Gifts, which my in-laws had gifted me for Christmas.  The pattern was very easy to follow and the book actually had instructions for every technique used in knitting the bunny, so it was the only resource needed.  (It was nice to be able to glance at their various instructions and make sure I was remembering how to do everything properly.)  I love the outcome and think the bunny turned out incredibly cute.  The only thing I wasn’t a big fan of was that it was knit in so many separate pieces and then sewn together.  But that’s only because sewing things up and weaving in ends is my least favorite part of any project.

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I hope E’s BFF loves hard on that little bunny for a long time!