A new adventure… on the road to being a healthy, happy (and ENERGIZED) momma!

Well, this is not exactly about my kids or necessarily being a mommy… BUT it is important to me!  I am starting a new chapter in my life and I want every reader to hold me accountable!!  I am starting, yet again, to take care of myself!!  After my oldest was born, and a few years old.. I got a job in the fitness industry and it became my #1 obsession.. to take care of myself!  I would eat better, and exercise, and overall I was so much happier!

After Baby R… I attempted, but I never committed… and I lucked out in the short time span that I did dedicate myself to at least eating a bit better.. but I was never where I wanted to be.  I was ten months post partum when we found out we were expecting Baby M…

She turned three months yesterday!!  And we know that we are all finished with having children.  So you know what – it is time for me again!!!  I have committed to a 30-day challenge in order to help me prioritize myself and my life.  And I have promised myself that I am going to exercise NO MATTER WHAT at least 5 days a week.  And I do it all from home so there’s no fees :).

How does this help me with my life?  Well – I have been running out of patience with my ten year old.  I am always tired from the babies keeping me from my loving naps, and my full nights of sleep.  Baby R has some amazing sleep issues ( we will touch base on that maybe this week!), and in order to be a fully-functioning mommy, I need to do this for myself.  I have already discovered so much on only day 5 of my challenge… and I know that I need some balance.  Right now it is always about my two little kiddos, and everyone and everything else seems to just fall into place.  I need to make some changes!!

I want everyone to really look and understand how important balance is.  Better yet, we all know this… but who is actually going to take the initiative and do something to balance it all out!  Join me!!!  I could use the accountability partners.

My challenge is also going to help me set a schedule to post consistently here on my Blog and do what I have been wanting to do for quite some time now.  Just because my blog had a post or two, doesn’t mean it is where it should be.  It’s time to make some changes!!

Stay tuned and enjoy the ride!

Why I Chose Cloth Diapers for my lil’ ones

Cloth Diapering was never something I ever thought about doing for my kids.  My ten year old only used disposable diapers and they were just fine for me and for his daycare.  So why change?  I knew that I would not want to wash poopy diapers, and I was horrible with laundry – why add this burden?  Cloth Diapering just wasn’t in the cards for me.  I had a girlfriend who was completely on board with cloth and nothing else would touch her baby’s bum.  For me, I was all about the disposable diapers and not having to deal with a darn thing!  It was all about convenience, and my goodness, Cloth did not fit that category.

With my son, now 22 months old (today!), he was in disposables until about five months of age.  And poop was our biggest nightmare!  Keep in mind this was my first exclusively breastfed baby, so I was already playing a new game I was not familiar with.  I cannot recall how many horrid blowouts we had with disposable diapers.  But I can recall that each and every time I had to completely disassemble his car seat and wash the poor thing – of course this was after I had to cover his seat with a blanket so he would no longer have to sit in the lovely mess that came from the back of that diaper.  Being a stay at home mom, I was lucky I had the time to deal with the inconvenient poop issues.  But then I started thinking – why on earth am I dealing with this?!  Better yet – why on earth am I making HIM go through this nightmare??  So I decided to take another route – the world of Cloth Diapers.

After talking to my girlfriend and doing some Internet searches, I was impressed to know that there are fewer blowouts, if any, with Cloth Diapering.  If I’m already dealing with poop, what is the big deal, right?!  I would much rather clean poop out of a diaper (which we are supposed to do anyway) than have to wipe my poor baby boy down head to toe with ice cold wipes and make him sit back in the poop filled car seat with that blanket under him.  So I bit the bullet and I tried SoftBums.  Why SoftBums??  I wanted a diaper that looked soft around his legs.  No other reason than that!  And luckily, I had much success with this diapering system for my little man.  And that poop – honestly, it took maybe an extra minute or two to deal with the poopy diapers, and even less if I added a flushable insert

Although it was time to introduce my boy to solids, and I knew blowouts really were not going to be an issue at this point, I was quite happy with my choice, and I was not about to turn back.  I knew that I was doing something great for him.  I was utterly disgusted after reading the ingredients list for disposable diapers, and refused to put those chemicals and oils back on his bum.  I also knew that I was doing something even greater – I was helping our planet by using Cloth.  I continued to read more and more on Cloth Diapering, and every read I felt even better about my choices.  When we found out we were expecting baby number three, I had no doubts with diapering – Cloth all the way!  Another perk – with two babies in cloth, I could use some of my boy’s diapers for baby when he no longer needed them, or he outgrew them!

I would be lying if Cloth Diapering was the cheaper route for us – but I know it absolutely could have been.  However, I have become obsessed with Cloth Diapers and how absolutely adorable they are!  I also love to try something new that I have not tried before!  I love knowing that I am doing something great for my kids.  What’s another load or two of laundry a week?  Really, it’s nothing!  And stuffing diapers?  I choose to use pockets for parts of my lovely collection, so stuffing is on me!  Poopy diapers – they have nothing on me!

I have learned that the world of Cloth Diapers has so many great options, and that there truly is something for everyone.  I was excited to know I would never need to buy another “pack” of diapers –  Cloth has many diapers that fit from birth to potty training!  The best part of Cloth Diapering for me –my toddler expresses his personality by choosing which diapers to wear – you don’t get that with disposables!

Welcome to Pickles and Pansies….

Pickles and Pansies… love the name, right?!  I’d like to thank my AMAZING friend for the name idea.. because it is perfect!  I am a SAHM of three amazing kids!  Two boys, one girl.  I have always wanted to start writing, but I never got around to it because of my fears mostly… what would I write about?  My life is so boring – who cares! But then I realized, it’s more than that… I can write for me!  I can write to cherish the things that happen in my life, and I can write when I am having a bad day… I’m only human, and I am SURE other people go through the same things that I do at one point or another.  So this site is about my kids, my life, my desires, my hobbies… me and all that I want to share.

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