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Washing Cloth Diapers

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Washing Cloth DIapers

When I decided to cloth diaper one of the most intimidating parts was the wash process. What soap to use? How many times should I rinse? Should I line dry or use my dryer? Thankfully, it is not as hard as I once thought. Below are a few wash routines submitted by our bloggers:

Erin uses All Free and Clear detergent in her old, not HE, washing machine. She sets her machine to “soak” at the beginning of the day and fills with hot water.  As she gets dirty diapers she tosses them in and does a load at the end of the day. One great thing about All Free and Clear is that it is easy to get at the grocery store and you do not need to order online.

Karyn is a believer in Charlie’s Soap in her old washing machine.

I use Rockin’ Green in a top-load HE machine, though I started out with an old washing machine. I always do a pre-rinse and then a warm/cold wash followed by an extra rinse or two. I dry the inserts from my pocket diapers as well as my wet bag in the dryer and my diapers dry on a drying rack outside if the weather is nice. If the weather does not cooperate then they dry on the rack in my laundry room. If I need a dry diaper fast then I will occasionally throw a diaper in the dryer on low or medium heat. I then enjoy stuffing and folding my diapers while watching the news in the afternoon.

There are many different detergents, many different washing machines and all different types of water;


Know how much detergent to use (don’t use too much)
therefore there are many ways to wash cloth diapers.  Here are a few pointers:

  • Do not use laundry additives
  • Wash frequently (every two to three days max)
  • Line dry when possible- this makes the diapers last longer and the sun can remove stains
  • Have wash routine written down so others can help

What is your wash routine? Do you have any tips or pointers?

Kristen Beggs is a mom of two who hates doing laundry unless it is diaper laundry…diapers do not wrinkle!

Great Pool Snacks for Summer

Friday, June 27th, 2014

Sailor girlDuring the hot Texas summers, daily trips to the pool are a must to stay cool. This is my third summer taking my kids to the neighborhood pool, and this summer they are 3.5 and 1.5 years old. I have learned that I must pack snacks when we go to the pool or my kids will end up eating all of the neighbor-kid’s snacks.

Below are a few of our favorite pool time snacks. We always make sure to take plenty of water so that no one gets dehydrated. Either sippy cups or the small water bottles work great.

Grapes:  I love taking grapes as they are healthy, easy to pack in a little ice chest, and easy for little kids to eat. Grapes won’t get soggy if little wet hands go to grab some. I like to take plenty of cups so I can give all the kids a serving of grapes. Keep in mind if the kids are younger, you might want to cut the grapes in half to prevent choking.

Graham Crackers: These are also easy to share, but it is best if a parent gives the kids a sheet so they do not all get soggy. We tend to go through a whole sleeve of graham crackers each time we take them to the pool.

Peaches: A great summertime snack that everyone enjoys; just wash and pack. These go fast as well so take plenty to share.

Trail Mix: You can either get trail mix in a big bag or in individual packets. I like taking a big bag to the pool and sharing in cups for all of the kids. Make sure you know that the kids are not allergic to nuts and can handle all of the shapes and sizes of food without choking.

Popsicles: One busy afternoon at the pool a mom brought a giant box of popsicles and handed them out to all of the kids at the pool. This would work great if you took and shared right when you got to the pool, or it is even better if a second parent can bring once everyone has been playing a while. I think all of the kids loved that mom and it was a great treat.

Hope your summer days at the pool are full of sun, splashing and yummy food!

Kristen Beggs is a mom of two who loves spending her summer afternoons by the pool with her kids.

When Mom is Gone

Friday, May 9th, 2014

when mom is goneMy mom passed away when I was 20. The first holidays were especially hard, but one day that continued to be difficult was Mother’s Day. In college, all of my friends would go home to see their moms, but all I had was memories.  Once I was married we would celebrate with my awesome mother-in-law, but I wished I had my mom. Then we decided we wanted kids of our own, but this did not come easily. So when Mother’s Day rolled around not only did I miss my mom, but I also longed for babies of my own.

I became a mom November 15, 2010. From that day on I have had an even deeper appreciation for everything my mom did for me. My first Mother’s Day as a mom was bittersweet; I was thankful for the beautiful daughter I was blessed with, but wished my mom was able to enjoy her as well. We had my mother-in-law and my husband’s grandmother over for dinner to celebrate all of the moms in his family. It was an enjoyable afternoon and I was able to celebrate my mom by cooking for everyone. I always enjoyed helping my mom in the kitchen and am thankful for all the memories I have of her teaching me how to cook.

When mom is gone

I try to talk about my mom on a regular basis with my daughter. I remember things we did together when I was small and try to do some of the same things with my daughter so that we can make precious memories. This year we do not have plans for Mother’s Day yet, but I am sure it will involvelooking through pictures of me with my mom and cooking family dinner. My daughter will probably help me make a dessert for everyone.

As my kids get older, I hope to share more stories about my mom with them. I wish she were here with us to celebrate Mother’s Day, but I can celebrate her daily by sharing stories and memories with my children.

 

Kristen Beggs will celebrate this Mother’s Day thankful for her 3.5 year old daughter and 18 month old son while missing her mom.

Working From Home With a Mobile Baby

Friday, April 25th, 2014

Working from Home with a Mobile BabyAs I type this blog post, my 16-month-old is in my lap nursing; not the easiest way to work, but I can get the job done. I am blessed to be able to stay at home with my babies in addition to having a full time job. I would not change my situation for the world, but it can be challenging at times.

Here are a few tips for working at home with a mobile baby:

  • Take advantage of naps. This would be my number one tip. I can get so much done during nap time. I make sure I do everything I can do to prep my work area while the babies are awake so that I can go straight to work once I put them down.
  • Have office-only toys for baby to play with. This is a no brainer, but I always have a few toys ready for my babies to play with in my office while I am working. They can entertain themselves while seeing me and I can get work done. I love that I can interact with them while working. You can keep these toys separate from their regular toys, or rotate them out so whatever is in the office is always new and exciting.
  • Nurse your baby. I have gotten pretty adept at typing with one hand while nursing. If my baby is fussy and I must get some work done I will nurse. I also nurse to keep my baby quiet while I am on conference calls just in case I need to un-mute my phone and speak.
  • Have snacks ready to go. I prepare bite-sized fruit ahead of time to give my babies for their morning and afternoon snacks. I move the high chair into my office, and they get to snack while I am working. This way I do not have to take a break to get them snacks.
  • Be flexible. I think this is a must for all moms. You never know what your baby will do or need; sometimes I have to work in the afternoons or weekends when my husband is home in order to get the job done. Thankfully, my employer understands my need to be flexible and we have both benefited from me working from home.

How do you get work done with kids at home? What is your secret?

Kristen Beggs works from home while keeping up with a three-year-old and a sixteen-month old.

Working Out and Breastfeeding

Friday, April 18th, 2014

Working out and BreastfeedingI really enjoy running; so much that I ran 1.5 miles three weeks after giving birth to my second child. This was a terrible idea, by the way. They tell you not to work out for six weeks after baby for a reason.

After having a baby I want my body back as soon as possible, but I have also found that if I want to breastfeed successfully I need to take it slowly.

There are many benefits of moderate exercise for mom; these include: higher level of cardiovascular fitness; improved blood lipid profiles and insulin response; improved energy; reduced stress; enhanced maternal-infant relationship and alleviation of depression symptoms in those with major depressive disorders. I truly see these benefits when I make time to exercise; not only am I a happier/better mom but I am also a better wife.

I breastfed my first for 18.5 months and my second is now 16 months old and still going strong. With both kids, I made breastfeeding a priority over working out for their first year. I still work out, just not as much as I may like. I have to be very careful with my calories while breastfeeding or my supply will tank. I eat lactation cookies anytime I feel my supply dropping. I also make sure I am consuming enough calories and drink enough fluids once I add exercise.

One other challenge I encounter is comfort–I am rather large while nursing and must find a supportive sports bra for any type of exercise. I have found I need a maximum support sports bra for comfort as well as confidence.

Once my kids hit a year old, I give myself a green light to exercise more without stressing about my milk supply. With both kids I began working out harder at this time and did not see much of a drop in supply; although I do keep my calorie intake high to insure that they still have milk. I treasure being pregnant and nursing, but after four years straight of being pregnant and/or nursing I am excited to work out without worrying about either.

Kristen Beggs is an active mom of a 3 year old and 16 month old.  On nice days she enjoys taking her kids out for a run in the double stroller.