Thursday, December 19, 2013

Bumgenius elastic replace/ adjustable toggle leg conversion.

My bumgenius diapers are on their last leg. A few go them have cracking PUL, the elastic is shot on all of them and the hook and loop is useless. 


They are in desperate need of some new life.

Since I still need to order snaps and pliers (to convert the hook and loop),
I decided to make my first step replacing the elastic. 

As I began to cut it out, I though 'why not make these in to adjustable legs, like sofbums?'

So that's what I set out to do.

DISCLAIMER: I'm posting this after my first go at it. I'm using only supplies I could find at JoAnns,
I think I could find better (hopefully smaller) toggle cord locks online. I'm sure I'll figure out better ways of doing things as I work on the rest of my BG, and I plan on updating as needed, and hopefully get a few more photos of some of the details.



First, look at where the stitching is encased the old elastic.





Look inside and you'll be able to see (at the two red marks above) where the elastic is sewn in.
Get a nice pointy pair of scissors, be very careful not to cut your PUL, and cut the elastic at each end, so that you can take the old elastic out.




Next get your elastic cord (the round kind), attach a safety pin to the end, and start threading it through the stitching that encased the old elastic.





I threaded the new elastic past the point where it had been sewn in before. Since I was making the legs adjustable, I thought this would give it more flexibility….. it may not be necessary, but you can see I went almost all the way to the front.
Once I got the elastic to where I wanted it, I cut a small slit in the fleece layer in order to get the safety pin out (I'm wondering if I can find a way to avoid this). Once the safety pin is off the elastic cord, and the cord is in place, begin to stitch the elastic to the fleece layer (DO NOT stitch through the PUL!).


These are the toggle cord stops I'm using for now, the bottom one in this pack was the smallest size I could find at JoAnns, so I just got two packs. I'll probably use the medium size too, just because I'd hate to waste it completely, but I think the large one is just too big. I'm sure I'll be able to find a better option online….I'll let you know when I do.


Back to the other end of the diaper. Since these toggles had two holes, I used one to sew it to the diaper, I just sewed it like a button to the fleece at the very top, the put the elastic cord through the open hole and cut off the extra.


Here is what it looked like at the end, all synched up and on it's smallest setting.

And, at a larger size.

Haven't completely tested it out yet since I still need to convert the hook and loop (it doesn't hold worth a darn at this point), but it seems like it should be a nice conversion from normal BG diapers. 

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Tomorrow will be anxious for itself



I feel like I've been so anxious lately.
We're house hunting, and I think it's a little bit to be expected there,
but I feel like I've been letting anxiety take over many areas of my life/thoughts.
I never felt too burdened by anxiety before, not sure if it came with the move, or just 'getting older'.

Trying to keep things in perspective....
pack monadnock {SOOC}




25 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?[a] 28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, 29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, andyour heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
-Matthew 6:25-34

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Nice people {with a large side of photo bombing}

(These are just some random photos of some of the fun we've been up to this spring.
They have nothing to do with what I'm talking about today.....)

What's on my mind today is NICE people.
But not 'just' nice....intentionally nice.


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And why can't I be one of these intentionally nice people?

We started our membership at the YMCA shortly after moving here, so nearly a year now.
I've been going 4-5 days a week, and generally at the same time each day.

I see many of the same people day in and day out,
but I know NONE of them.

It's a little weird, because you even start to pick up on who's kids are who's,
I know some of their kid's names (from my kids playing with them), 
but I don't know them. At. All.



Arched bridge {SOOC}

Until recently.
One girl
(one of the ones who you're completely jealous of because she is literally running laps around you)
introduced herself to me.


E at Twin Bridge Park {SOOC}

Whoa!
It sounds like a silly high school crush story,
but it's amazing how one simple, intentional, act of friendliness can totally make your day.
(particularly to someone like me who is still pretty new and fairly dry in the friends department).


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It's not like 'insta-friends' or anything.
I don't even have any expectation of being anything more than mere acquaintances at the Y, 
but since then, she has continued her 
'intentional friendliness'.
From a simple "good morning" as she speeds past me on the track,
to suggesting that I join certain classes that she enjoys.


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It's not just me either.
There are a couple other people there who are working out alone,
(it seems like most of them, including her, form a 'group' and they all seems to know each other)
and I've heard her extend her kindness to them as well.
Again, it totally makes my day.


Vine swing {SOOC}

So I'm left to wonder,
If I've seen what a huge impact the simplest 'hello' can have on someones day,
why am I not extending the same kindness to others? 


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I mean, I like to think I'm generally a nice, kind person,
but I don't have that 'intentional' kindness. 

My automatic response is to justify it with
"well, I'm an introvert, I just don't do well initiating conversations with people I don't know".

And, okay, there's definitely some truth in that, but does
"Good morning"
or 
"Hi, I don't think we've officially met, my name is Maria.."
really require an extroverted personality? 


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Yes, it would be a little out of my comfort zone,
but the reward, of making someones day, would be SO worth it!
And seriously we're talking about the simplest thing ever! 

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We were talking, in small group, recently about our fears that keep us from talking to people about Christ. 
(which is, in a sense, exactly what I'm talking about because isn't 'intentional kindness' exactly what Jesus  shows?)




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One person suggested identifying exactly what you were scared of,
and write it down.
Then just look back at it occasionally, and eventually you'll realize,
that your fear is very irrational, and usually a case of
'making a mountain to of a mole hill'.

Coralee

So what IS my fear here?
Well let's be honest a simple 'hello' isn't going to make everyone's day, they way it makes mine.
Some people just wont really care, and that's fine.
Where I get irrational, I think, is thinking that they'll think I'm weird, maybe trying too hard to fit in with them....or something of the sorts.
See?
COMPLETELY IRRATIONAL.
Logically, I know the 'worst thing that could happen' would simply be that they just don't really care if I talk to them or not.
I'm betting however, that most people appreciate the kindness,
in some cases I might actually make someones day brighter, 
and in all cases, I'd be demonstrating Gods love and kindness to them.


Essex

So why is it SO hard for me?
Can you imagine if we all made the simple change in our lives to show this kind of intentional kindness? 


***In other news, for my few readers here, I've been getting TONS of spam comments, so I turned on comment moderation. It always bugged me when I went to comment on a blog with the comment moderation on, so I never really wanted to do it here, but I'm seeing now that sometimes it just needs to be done.  :/ ****

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

first....

Haircut.

14 months, it was getting pretty shaggy.
Growing into a nice mullet shape.
John has been bugging me to cut it for a while, 
but I was dreading chopping off his baby blond.
(all my kids are born with a decent amount of dark hair, they loose it all, and it grows in blond,
for a little while. This blond stage is always my FAVORITE!
My kids make extra cute blonds.... :)
It had to be done though.
I still want his hair to grow out a bit, but it needed a little shaping.
E's hair cut
I stuck in Mickey Mouse, and went to town.


E's hair cut
You wont find me applying to be a stylist anytime soon, but it turned out ok...
He's not complaining anyway. 

E's hair cut

And like all 'first haircuts', he instantly aged nearly a year.
It's so hard to let this baby grow up.

{not so}Wordless Wednesday (DONE.)

I love winter,
but what I love even more is living in a place with all four seasons.
.....Ok, I've never lived anywhere that didn't have all four seasons, but I'm pretty sure I wouldn't like it.
Right now I'm ready for that change.
Last week we had this one day that was like spring!
I knew it was too early to last, 
in the north, in March, 
you can ALWAYS expect at least 'one more' 
snow storm, before spring is really here to stay. 
But we milked that one day for all we could....

Sandy Cuppow {SOOC}



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My littlest dude is far too independent on the playground. 
*Sigh* 


spring {SOOC}



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Naked toes in the sand.....

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And then another 12" 

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I wont let myself be fooled into thinking this is the last snow.
April snowstorm aren't all that unheard of. 



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Whatever the next month brings....
I'm done with winter,
hanging out inside, as much as possible,
until the snow melts, and spring is here for good.


Friday, February 22, 2013

Insta Friday

These are going back a few weeks again...


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This was our "Nemo" snowstorm 24" of crazy fun! We had a blast!

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And just a week later, we found these beauties sprouting up from a sunny spot! Felt like spring for a few minutes until we looked at the forecast again.

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Silly face here, decided 3am was play time. Seriously, my desire to co-sleep is already on the edge, if it isn't going to keep him sleeping, why bother? He was up and happy for about 2 hours.... 
What. The. Heck
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Thankfully that was a one time deal....so far.





Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Days of diapering....

Some day we'll be done with diapers.
Most people dream of the day, but honestly I kind of dread it.
It'll mean my last baby is far from a baby.....
and diapered butts are just cute.

"I'll NEVER"
You know how those comments go right?

My mom cloth diapered all (6) of us, and after babysitting kids who were in disposables, it was a no-brainer. WHY on God's green earth, would you use cloth diapers, when you had disposables readily available?!? Why? Why? Why?
Well, 'God's green earth' is one answer, but it's not the one that converted me.

Really, it didn't even cross my mind as an option until I was pregnant with Coralee. I met someone who used the old school pinned prefolds with 'plastic pants'. 
That was the moment I actually said "I'll never". 
Fast forward about 6 months, and it hits me Diapers are EXPENSIVE! 
I was terribly annoyed with how much of our budget was, literally, being thrown in the trash.
Somewhere, I stumbled upon diapersewing.com , and I thought, "I could do that".
So I dug around my scrap fabric and made a fitted diaper. Eventually I decided that it's wasn't worth the effort to make a fitted that was just going to get covered, so I changed gears, bought some (GMD) prefolds and made some (wind pro) fleece covers (shown below).
I never made enough to use cloth full time, but we used them on days that we were just hanging out at home, and it really helped stretch out a box of disposables. 
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As Haakon was coming, I knew I wanted to switch to cloth full time. 
With a little Coralee running around, the thought of making everything seemed unreasonable, but 
these were also a matter frugality more then anything, so I kept it real simple. 
Prefolds and covers (also some size 0 kissaluves that I jot dirt cheap at a thrift store). I had a mix of covers, homemade, bummis, and thirsties. 
This system worked well for about a year. In hindsight I think I could have continued, but I didn't know what to do at the time. 
We had a stink issue, and Coralee was potty trained (or nearly) by then, so disposables seemed like the easiest answer.

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So it was 'sposies' for the next 2(ish) years. 
When I was pregnant with Essex, I had a little reservations about using cloth again....
I knew I wanted to, but I knew I would have to re invest in all new cloth, and if I did that, I wanted it to last longer then a year.

My decision was easier to make when a friend of mine offered her entire fuzzibunz lot for $50.
It was only size small, so I knew I would still need to buy a stash for after that, but it made it seem easier.

Here is Essex, just a few days old (about 8.5lbs) in a small fuzzibunz.
Baby Essex

Now we use a mix of everything.

A little of this.
demolition team.
A little of that.


Diaper stash {SOOC}
My current 'stash' is
* 3 Honey Boy diapers (picked up at a thrift store) that we use for overnights. These work....they're VERY bulky, and the cotton over the aplix wicks a little, but ultimately they get the job done.
* 5 bum genius 4.0s. I'm a little indifferent about these, I find nothing real exceptional about them, but nothing to complain about. They're a good simple reliable diaper.
* 3 Grovia Hybrids. I'm falling in love with these. Perfect fit (something that's obviously different from kid to kid). I like the soaker system, I find it easier to clean out solid waste with these. And, they get points for cute prints.
* 1 Grovia AIO. This is, by far, my trimmest diaper. In contrast to the hybrids, though, I find these the most difficult to get solid waste out of. 
* 1 Wild mountain mommies pocket diaper. Love that it's a local wahm! When I first got this, I was a little unsure, but as Essex is growing, the fit is getting much better (not a one size diaper), and I definitely like this one.   
* 1 knickernappies I have a bit of a love hate with the side snaps (also on the grovia aio), but over all a good diaper.
* a collection of flats (old receiving blankets) and prefolds. Mostly, I like using these uncovered around the house.
* Thirsties covers. My favorite PUL cover (and I've tried quite a few different kinds).

Diaper stash. flats {SOOC}

If you think "i'll never" think again, It's easier then it seems.

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