Tuesday, August 25, 2015

GroVia O.N.E

If you remember back to last year, GroVia announced their Kickstarter campaign for their newest addition- the GroVia O.N.E diaper! They had tons of really awesome prizes for those who backed their kickstarter campaign, including exclusive colors. They had CrimsONE- a beautiful red, LemONE- a really nice yellow, CyclONE- a very pretty blue that was kind of close to their ice color and a FreshONE- which is pretty much like their vanilla. (There were also some super cute onesies and wetbags!) Then they gave the option of voting for some super cute prints for the next round of O.N.E diapers to be released if they reached their goal of $60,000! They had 6 prints to choose from. Ur the O.N.E, Ace, Zen Garden, Dandelion, Cabana and Koi! This all happened in October of last year. Once the campaign ended and the votes were counted they announced that they would be making the following three prints- UR the O.N.E, Dandelion and Koi. The Kickstarter rewards were then set to be shipped to the backers in March of 2015. Then the prints were set to ship to retailers in April.
I was lucky enough to get my hands on a CyclONE and had been using it for nighttime for my son who at the time was just about to turn one! It was working really well for us, so I decided to purchase the Dandelion print once The Green Nursery got theirs in stock. Luckily I got there in time because they ended up selling out pretty quickly. That brings us to this month, where GroVia released the O.N.E in four new colors! There was Lotus, Citrus, Topaz and Cloud. All very great colors. I decided I needed to snag another solid so I could use my Dandelion during the day and save the solids for nighttime, so I picked up a Lotus. Though, now I'm thinking I need to use Lotus during the day because the color is beautiful! 
If you haven't heard (or seen) all the talk about the O.N.E (you've kind of been missing out) here's the rundown. The GroVia O.N.E diaper is a game changer. That's the tagline for the diaper and it's properly fitting. The O.N.E comes with hook and loop that snaps onto the diaper. So you can choose to use either snaps or  hook and loop. This is a genius idea! I've used both and both closures work really well. I prefer to use the snaps currently, because with it being summer, it's pretty hot so he sleeps in just a diaper usually (or just a diaper and a shirt). If I use the hook and loop, it's bound to come open with as much as he rolls and moves at night. However, when it gets to the cooler months, we'll use the hook and loop again since he'll be wearing pants to bed. This diaper can be used from 10-35 pounds, so shortly after your little one is born and all the way up to toddler-hood. My son is just about 30 pounds now and it still fits him really well with both soakers in.
A huge perk of this diaper is that it's no prep! This mean you can start using your diaper right away without multiple washing. However, it's important to remember that before putting it up against your heavy wetter or nighttime use, you need to wash it a few times. So use it during the day, toss it in the wet bag, wash and repeat. After a few times of that, it'll be perfect to use overnight. It comes with two soakers and the entire diaper itself has some absorbency. During the day, you can easily use the larger soaker then add the smaller soaker in for nighttime. Using just the larger soaker during the day gives the diaper a nice trim fit. 
With the hook and loop, it's recommended not to wash it with your diaper so it will last longer. However, when you need to replace it, it's a pretty easy task that's low cost. This is nice because changing out your hook and loop for snaps can take some work on any other ordinary diaper. It's also a really easy diaper to maintain. The cotton blend soaker material means there is no shrinking. You can easily wash it like you would wash any regular laundry and you can even use bleach if needed!
At $21.95 the O.N.E is pretty reasonably price. If you consider this your nighttime solution and compare it to other nighttime solutions, you're saving money. We used to use fitteds and covers for nighttime. Fitted diapers can be pretty pricey, then you have to purchase an additional cover. We're now using the O.N.Es and some GroVia prefolds as our nighttime solution and couldn't be happier. Honestly, the hassle of trying to change into a fitted and cover while my son was sleeping was too much. Now it's a pretty simple change and more times than not, he stays sleeping through the diaper change.

Between the release of the Kickstarter colors and the prints and now the new four colors, GroVia has made some changes to the O.N.E diaper. I noticed right away once I opened up my Lotus. All of the changes I noticed weren't on the outside, but on the inside of the diaper. A quick note, my Dandelion has been used (quite a bit) over the past few months while Lotus had never been used when the photos were taken.
So the first thing I noticed was the front of the diaper now has this strip that goes across the entire diaper. It's no longer cotton all the up. I'm assuming this change was because a lot of people with the previous versions of the O.N.E had issues with the cotton kind of folding out. This of course would cause wicking. I find this a welcomed improvement to the design.
The next thing I noticed was the back of the inside. First, you no longer see a tag on the inside of the diaper. You'll also notice they took away the hook and loop part from the inside as well. I'm really not sure what these changes were for, but I personally like not having the hook and loop part on the inside.
The soakers on the Lotus seem longer than the Dandelion, but like I said, Lotus was brand new in the photos. I hadn't washed it yet, so I'm sure they will settle into the same size as the dandelion soakers.
If you haven't tried the GroVia O.N.E diaper yet, you can head over to The Green Nursery's website and find all four colors in stock. Lotus is so beautiful in person, it's definitely one of my favorite colors. Although really, all four colors are great!

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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Little Bear Bums Prefitted Diaper Review!

I received this product free for review. I have not been compensated for this review and all opinions are my own.

  Little Bear Bums sent me a prefitted cloth diaper to try out. These diapers come in three  different sizes. NB/Preemie fits from about 5-10 pounds.  Size 1 fits from about 10 pounds to 15 pounds while the size 2 fits from about 15-30 pounds. 
My son is roughly 28-29 pounds and it fit him really well. Little Bear Bums come in a variety of dyed colors as well. It’s important to know that when the diapers are dyed, each batch comes out slightly different. You may get two different shades of the same color. Not only can you get a prefitted diaper, but you can also get flat diapers as well. 

The prefitteds are hand dyed Indian Cotton and are super adjustable and easy to use. While they suggest using a Snappi, pins works as well. You could also use Boingos to secure the diaper. I am not a huge fan of Snappis or Pins because my son is pretty chunky, so it’s hard to keep them secured. However I did use a Snappi to secure the diaper then put the cover over it. I then unfastened the Snappi, readjusted the cover and the diaper stayed in place. I was also able to use my Rumparooz cover which worked out the best for me. 

The prefitted diaper has some really great absorbency. We used it during the day which was more than enough absorbency for us. Even using it out during errands, it gave us more than enough absorbency. With that in mind, I decided to give it a try during nap and nighttime. As with regular daily use, it was plenty of absorbency for us during his nap time. I was a little concerned about trying something new for nighttime because he’s such a heavy wetter and we already have a solid routine down for nighttime. However, I wanted to test the diaper to see just how absorbent it really was. I’ll admit, I was cautious and added a small bamboo insert just to be on the safe side. 

The prefitted diaper held up really well overnight and into the morning! I really think we could have done without the extra insert, to be honest. Little Bear Bums has such a nice quality diaper, I’m confident that we can add this to our nighttime routine and it will hold up really well. 

You can get a Little Bear Bums prefitted diaper from their Hyena Cart for $10 plus shipping in whichever color calls out to you the most. (Or buy one of every color!) You should also check out the selection of Micro-fleece diaper covers in the shop which come in several sizes and colors as well. Browse through the shop to find different accessories and mama cloth as well!  Don’t forget to head on over to their Facebook page and give them a like  to receive updates.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Hi, I'm Katie and I'm Addicted To Making Lists!

I've noticed that I make lists all the time. I different variations of "To Do" lists. What I need to accomplish in that day, that week, that month and so on. I make lists of things I need to take along during long outings, trips and different events. I just really enjoy making lists. It's actually quite amusing when you think about it. Actually, I'm currently making a list in my head right now since we're going to the drive in tomorrow. I'll admit, since we're friends, that I just had to take a break so I could make a list. Ha! Not only do I make lists for every single thing, I also plan really far in advance for stuff. My 3 year old has a birthday coming up. By coming up, I mean in November. Yep, 5 months away and I'm already thinking about what the theme will be (MInecraft), what different Minecraft themed snacks I can come up with and what we're going to get him. I'm also planning for several different family outings that need to happen before winter sets in- and it's not even Fall! This drives my husband bonkers! (Sorry Dear!) 

I'm such a planner. I like to have every little detail planned really far ahead. I turn into a crazy lady when I'm pressed for time and planning things at the last minute. I'm not sure if I've always been like this (we should ask my husband) or if having kids has done this to me. My husband has always, always been the kind to just jump up and go. He never likes to plan. Not even a day in advance. You can see how this can become a problem. We have to kind of meet somewhere in the middle. A nice middle ground. We plan just enough in advance that it doesn't drive him mad, but not too close to last minute that I become a raging lunitic. Ha! Spoiler alert- I still plan really far in advance, I just try not to tell him about it! 

So I've been thinking I need one of those nifty life planners. Then I can make lists and plan to my heart's desire without driving my husband to the looney bin. There are so many different brands out there though. I've seen a lot of great ones, Some are pretty costly though. Are there any you would say are worth forking over some cash for? Please, fellow planners and list makers, help me decide on one! Now, if you don't mind, I'll go back to making a list to remind myself of all the crap I need to take care of tomorrow, Until next time friends.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

If My Toddler Could Write: He'd totally have a blog!

I've decided that if my toddler could write, he'd totally have a blog. At the very least, a Twitter and Instagram account. My kid is quite the comedian. I give credit to his father who has such a great sense of humor. I'd like to think I'm pretty funny, but my husband takes the cake. 
So I usually try to write all these funny things down or put them up on Facebook so I can look back and see all the hilarious things he's said over his toddlerhood. While three has been a really, really rough and trying age, it's also been the most fun. Toddlers will say the craziest off the wall things. 
Here are some of the funny things he's been saying to me lately. 

-"Hi mommy, I like your boobies. I need to eat them!"
This one was hilarious and worrisome all at the same time. He's still nursing (at 3.5 years old) so when he says he wants to eat my boobs, that makes me cringe!

When asked (by my sister) what mommy likes to drink, his reply was nothing short of hilarious.
-"Mommy likes to drink alcohol!" 
I swear, I do not drink that often! 

Yesterday we went fishing with my sister. He must have had a blast because he said the following. 
-"We'll go to bed. Then the sun comes up and we'll go fishing. Is that a problem? Is that a deal, Mommy?" 

There's the ever popular, every parent with a toddler has to deal with:
"Uptown f*ck you up!"
Repeated over and over, enthusiastically. Which he has no idea what it sounds like is coming out of his mouth. He just knows that it's a catchy tune. This my friends, is the reason I have a strong hatred for this song. 

One every mom with a boy gets to hear, and never gets old. 
"Mommy, where's your penis?"
(Or when he gets really excited to discover during bath time that his brother also has a penis. So he exclaims loudly that he's found his brothers penis.)

One day we were at Victoria's Secret when he asked loudly:
"Is that boobies, mommy?!"
(I see a growing pattern here.)

The time he told me he wasn't going to stop nursing until he went to school. 

This one literally just happened. He brought me a wrench and balloons and asked me to "fix" the balloons. While it's not the funniest thing he's ever said, it make me smile at least. 

So now that I've shared a glimps into the funny things my toddler tells me, it's now laundry time. Comment with the funny things your toddler has said to you. 

Monday, May 11, 2015

Happy Mother's Day!

We've been so incredibly busy this weekend. Heck, we've been busy the past year really. As if you couldn't already tell by my lack of posts. (Although, you can catch me over at Change-diapers.com helping out with some reviews! I'm enjoying working with Maria and incredibly thankful for the opportunity to write reviews for her!) Trying to adjust to life with two boys hasn't been the easiest. In fact, some days I was wondering what the hell we were thinking having them "close" in age. It's all worth it though. Soon my sweet little one year old won't be so fragile and his brother can play rough as much as he wants. So we just celebrated my one year old's birthday this weekend. It was incredibly stressful for me and really emotional. I know everyone says this about their kids and more times than not someone rolls their eyes hearing it, but my sweet baby grew so quickly. My pregnancy seemed to go by rather quickly up until the end. Suddenly, it just started dragging on and I ended up going to 41 weeks and 3 days. You can imagine the constant questions on when he was going to arrive from everyone around me. So when I woke up one day and he was suddenly so much bigger, walking and starting to have this incredible personality, I just cried. He was no longer my tiny (or not so tiny) 8.11 pound squishy baby. I will definitely set some time aside to write out both boys' birth stories this week, because it's been on my list. However, the reason I started this post was because Mother's Day was yesterday! (I mean, of course you all knew that.) 
So for my mom, my sister and I bought a Mommy and Me photo session for her. My good friend (and fellow blogger) took the pictures for us. She's incredible and I love her work (both photos and blog) so much! I really need to get a frame to put a couple of the pictures in for her though. Because she's going to want to display a few around her house. We also got some photos with the boys in them so I'm pretty excited about those too. The boys certainly love their grandma! 
Then yesterday, we took Craig's mom for a joint Mother's Day lunch. So all day I saw everyone posting their cute plates of pancakes that their husbands and kids made them. This made me laugh because this is not at all how our day went. Don't get me wrong, I think it's lovely that there are husbands out there who enjoy getting up early to make pancakes. That's just not us. I'm not complaining either, trust me. I knew before marrying my husband how these kinds of events would play out. Honestly, at this point in our marriage (6 years in December) I've told him to skip the flowers. Obviously I'm not that big into romance. Not in the traditional sense that is. I was the first one to wake up, followed by our one year old, then three year old. I got them both dressed and ready for our day and then dealt with any tantrums or fighting. (Let me tell you, the fighting starts early!) Then later on my husband got up and we decided what our lunch date plans would be. 
My toddler was set on eating My Thai CafĂ©, which has the very best Green Curry we've eaten. Sadly it's closed (at least the more family friendly side of town) every Sunday. Boo! So we decided to brave O'Charley's which was extremely busy and a 45 minute wait. (We've decided we would just do Mother's Day lunch/dinner early next year!) Then we finally got to our seat, ordered and just started chatting while the boys were entertained. The wait for our food was excruciating after the boys decided there was no longer any possible way they could sit another minute. It really did take so long to get our food. And I really am proud they were entertained for the first part of the waiting. However, the long wait meant actually eating was going to be a rough event. Both boys were done. Just done. My toddler didn't want to sit anymore and no amount of Minecraft or Big Hero 6 on my husband's phone would remedy that. Our one year old decided he wanted to get out of the high chair and strut his stuff to show off how well he's doing at walking. If not, he was determined to throw every single thing in arms reach off the table. The playdoh wasn't entertaining anymore and was becoming food. So we pretty much stuffed our faces, put the rest in to go boxes and waited for the check. Which seemed to take forever as well, so my mother-in-law and I took the boys to the car while waiting for my husband to pay. 
This is just proving the point as to why we hardly ever go to sit down places to eat with two young rowdy boys. (Well, that and it's expensive.) But even on special occasions, it's worth it to get carry out and eat at home so they can play and run around and be kids. I'm not surprised by how our lunch date unfolded either. It's pretty much expected for how long we waited. I'm not sad or angry, I'm amused mostly. I'm amused because all you see is everyone posting their cute pancake pictures and here I am just trying to get my toddler to stop bothering the people behind us or to not eat playdoh. So this is my honest parenting, honest Mother's Day post. Oh and the rest of the day pretty much reflected that of lunch. This is the life with boys though. But I wouldn't trade it for anything. Because when they're teenagers, they'll still have maintained their level of crazy. Unlike if I had a girl, who would have so many emotions and drama to sort through. I'm so obviously meant to be a boys mom and I don't mind. So now that our stressful weekend is over and done with, I think we need a week of fun and play. Starting with bowling and maybe the Wonderlab. I cannot wait for the Splash Pad to open so they can run out their energy there! 
I hope everyone enjoyed their Mother's Day. No matter if it was just another day or you were wined and dined. I feel incredibly loved and so happy. These crazy little dudes made me who I am- a mother. 

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Influenster- Reese's Spreads!

Alright, so I discovered this site called Influenster. You connect any social media accounts you have and depending on the number of people you're connected with on each account, you get a social impact score. The higher your impact score is, the more programs you qualify for. You'll get offers for different campaigns and they will send you a sample for free for you to review. Then you just post about it and do the different tasks it asks and you earn points.

So I was selected for the Reese's Spread because I have a huge sweet tooth. So this was right up my alley. Reese's actually is my favorite candy to indulge in. When I got it out of the mailbox, it was just about frozen since the temps here have been really low lately. That didn't stop me though, I opened up the box, got some pretzel sticks out and tried it out. Pretzels combined with the Reese's Spread was a great combination because of the sweet and salty taste combined. Once it softened up after being inside a while, I just decided to get a spoonful to eat. This stuff seriously tastes exactly like Reese's cups. I then tried it out with banana slices and that was pretty delicious as well. It was also great just putting it on bread as a little midnight snack! 

I had planned on using it for "cake in a cup" but admittedly, it didn't last long enough! I'm not usually a huge fan of chocolate spreads. I actually still have some nutella still sitting in my cabinet that I bought quite a few months ago thinking I'd really like it. I much prefer the Reese's Spread over that. I'll definitely be getting some more very soon!
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