Friday, November 28, 2014

Holiday Shopping Series- Week 3... Moms

Christmas time is fast approaching my friends… and it is time to knock out that shopping.
I am going to take the next few weeks to tell you about my favorite Christmas presents from 

Each week I will cover a different category on your shopping list…

Teachers/Neighbors/Other (Coming Soon)

So stick around and I think you will find some great gift options!
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This week is all things for mama!
Here are my favorite picks…

Jewelry

Who does not love a new piece of jewelry.  The great thing about the jewelry we carry for mom is that it is both stylish and functional!  We carry Chewbeads, stylish 100% silicone teething jewelry, worn by moms.  Another great option is Baltic Amber.  Baltic Amber is also a natural remedy for chronic ailments like Hypothyroidism, Fybromyalgia, Arthritis, GERD or Reflux, Eczema or Psoriasis, auto-immunity, migraines, and allergies.
Chewbeads- Greenwich Necklace
Mama Goose Adult Amber Necklace-Lemon



Beauty and Self Care Products

Moms need to be pampered and generally will not spend the money on themselves! Here are some great products to get moms to spend a little time on themselves!


Baby Carriers

So these are for the baby too, but moms LOVE a good baby carrier.  It gives them some ability to work  with both hands while still holding their baby!

Teas


So those are my picks!  Which are you going to get this year?




About the author…


I am Stasia- wife, mom, blogger over at Our Life on a Budget, part-time preschool teacher and local cloth diaper 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Holiday Shopping Series- Week 2... Babies

Christmas time is fast approaching my friends… and it is time to knock out that shopping.
I am going to take the next few weeks to tell you about my favorite Christmas presents from 

Each week I will cover a different category on your shopping list…

Moms (Coming Soon)
Teachers/Neighbors/Other (Coming Soon)

So stick around and I think you will find some great gift options!
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This week is all things baby!
Here are my favorite picks…

Aden + Anais

These are Muslin baby blankets, swaddles, towels, and bibs are favorites of moms and babies!


Burpy Bibs



Furniture

When my husband and I were pregnant we got our crib for Christmas and it was the biggest blessing!  We did not have to worry about the the largest furniture purchase.  The pieces eLeMeNO-Pee carries are high quality and have a low price.  This would be a great gift and would certainly make a hem mom's day!

Aloe Tree Shirts and Bodysuits

These are made with organic cotton and have a stitched felt appliqué.  They are preshrunk, soft and ready to go!



Diapers

I mean, of course who does not need a few more diapers?  Maybe a few cute patterns of covers? Or maybe there is a style or brand that you have been wanting to try, this is a great time to do it!

Elemental- Albert by Bum Genius


One Size Pocket- Blackbird by Thirsties

Trainers

If your little one is potty training soon it would be a good idea to give them some trainers for Christmas.  This helps you to cover a necessity and gets your little one excited about potty training!

Bummis Potty Pants
Grovia MyChoice Trainers

Under the Nile Baby Clothes

Super soft and made with Egyptian organic cotton these are a great go to gift.  They have classic pieces that are comfortable for any baby.
Under the Nile Convertible 

Under the Nile Kimono 

Baltic Amber Teething Necklaces

Moms are always looking for teething remedies, especially natural ones!  This is a great pick and looks cute on any baby.
Mama Goose Infant Amber Necklace- Cognac 

So those are my picks!  Which are you going to get this year?





About the author…


I am Stasia- wife, mom, blogger over at Our Life on a Budget, part-time preschool teacher and local cloth diaper 

Monday, November 10, 2014

Holiday Shopping Series- Week 1: Toys

Christmas time is fast approaching my friends… and it is time to knock out that shopping.
I am going to take the next few weeks to tell you about my favorite Christmas presents from 

Each week I will cover a different category on your shopping list…

Babies (Coming Soon)
Moms (Coming Soon)
Teachers/Neighbors/Other (Coming Soon)

So stick around and I think you will find some great gift options!
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This week is all things toys!
Here are my favorite picks...

Green Toys


Lately these have been my go to lower cost gift for the children in my life.  There are lots of options, they are high quality, ethically made in the USA and made from recycled materials.  You just cannot beat that!  Here are some of my personal favorites…

Turtle on Wheels

Stacker

Train Set

Chalk Mat



This is great for the creative child! This portable chalk mat comes with 12 piece box of colored chalk.  This could be used at home, in the car or out at a restaurant.  Plus it is made in the US and the patterns are cute.

Play Tent

Let me just say this would have been my dream as a child!  This is a great option to decorate your child's room or play room.  It is also a great option if you are not looking for more toys, but rather would like a place for reading and imagination!

Haba Teepee Playtent

Haba Blossom Sky Hanging Tent

Shadow Puppets

Trying to encourage imaginative play?  These are great simple shadow puppets for children to enjoy.

Dinosaur Puppets 

Castle Puppets

Baby Toys

Even the itty-bittys need some toys.  Here are my favorite picks for the really little ones…

Sophie Giraffe

Apple Park Crawling Critter Teething Toy


So those are my picks!  Which are you going to get this year?




About the author…


I am Stasia- wife, mom, blogger over at Our Life on a Budget, part-time preschool teacher and local cloth diaper 

Monday, November 3, 2014

Cloth Diapering Storage Options

So... you have 24 cloth diapers(maybe more if you are enjoying the new Bum Genius prints), wipes, wipe solution and maybe a Grovia Magic Stick around your changing table.  You have a lot of baby stuff and limited space.  This begs the question…

What are some of the best cloth diaper storage solutions?


Now y'all, I am all about some real life, so I do not have any beautiful stock photos to show you… just pictures out of real people's houses! :)

Just a Laundry Basket



Not a lot of money?  This is a great and easy option.  Stack them and store the laundry basket under a table or close to where ever you change your baby!

Just a Storage Bin


This is another inexpensive and portable option.  Find a cute storage bin that matches your home's decor and you are ready to go.  Many moms use this when they change most of the diapers in the living room.

Drawer in the Dresser/Changing Table






Make the first drawer in the changing table devoted to all things cloth diapering.  This also makes it easy to rotate your stash. Keep a basket with wipes and wipe solution on the top of the table to complete the organization.

Changing Table with Storage


Do you have a classic changing table with open storage? Add some baskets or old drawers to make for more structured organization. You can stack diapers for easy rotation and accessibility.



Closet Hanger


Are you feeling especially Pinteresty? Use closet storage hanger or baskets, and hang them above the changing table.  This basically uses your diapers as decor, while keeping them close!

Which storage method do you use?


Are you in need of some cloth diapering expertise?  Whether you are interested in cloth diaper, trying to build your stash or just need a few more diapers, we have a cloth diaper consultant that can answer all your questions!  Please be in touch!





About the author…


I am Stasia- wife, mom, blogger over at Our Life on a Budget, part-time preschool teacher and local cloth diaper 

Monday, October 27, 2014

New Diapers by Bummis

eLeMeNO-Pee has been introducing some awesome new products lately… and today I get to introduce two more by Bummis!

The Dimple Diaper




Have you ever struggled with your baby waking up wet each morning?  Most parents have and it can be quite frustrating.  This diaper is seriously the perfect nighttime solution! Dry baby every time! It fits 10-30 plus pounds and is made from soft organic cotton interior and exterior and comes with a custom booster that is double-sided with a stay-dry polyester on one side and organic cotton on the other.  If you want to use the diaper during the day too, no problem, just take out the booster! The Dimple Diaper is a great investment for any family.  

The Flannel Fitted



This product is 100% organic cotton interior and made in the good old USA.  The flannel exterior prints are to die for… so cute you may not be able to choose just one. Works great for daytime or nighttime with booster. Another great addition to your stash!

Want to grab a couple of new diapers?  Get in touch with your local consultant, stop by eLeMeNO-Pee or head on over to the website.




About the author…


I am Stasia- wife, mom, blogger over at Our Life on a Budget, part-time preschool teacher and local cloth diaper consultant.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Travel Options for the Cloth Diapering Family


Now that fall is in full swing, Thanksgiving and dare I say Christmas will be here before we know it!  Bring on the pumpkins and the candy canes please :)
Getting prepared for the holidays is exciting, but also can bring about some stress. Especially when travel is involved.  Seeing in-laws, parents, relatives.  Car rides, planes and more.
How does the cloth diapering parent handle traveling?  What options do they have?

Just Keep Using Cloth Diapers

Bum Genius Elementals Albert Print

You would be surprised, but more often than not it will probably be easiest (and definitely cheapest) to continue using cloth.  Think about it this way, you are used to it and so is your baby's bum.  You don't have to figure out a new system or choose a new system.  You will not run the risk of getting diaper rash from disposables.  Just use and wash your diapers like normal!
What about washing?  Especially during the holidays you tend to stay with family.  There you will have access to a washer and dryer no problem.  Our family drove from Georgia to Ohio to Maryland and back to Georgia again and used cloth the whole time.  I just washed them at each stop along the way.  If you are not staying with family, many condos have laundry and hotels either have a laundromat or will be able to point out some laundry options that are close by!

Use a Hybrid

Grovia Biosoakers can be used in your favorite diaper cover!

Did you know that many diaper brands come can be used with disposable inserts?  This is a great in-between option for cloth and disposables.  You bring your cloth covers and use the disposable inserts while you are traveling.  Covers would still need to be washed like normal, but disposable inserts would seriously cut down on the laundry and allow you to dispose of the waste (just make sure you don't flush the insert down the toilet, that could cause some problems).  Some of the brands that carry hybrid options include Grovia, Flip and Soft Bums.

Use an Ecosposable...



Honest Company "Ecosposables" ABCs Print
I would be lying to say we have never left the cloth behind.  This past year we our family was blessed with the opportunity to go to Orlando and spend some time at the parks there.  We planned on spending all day at the park leaving little time at the hotel.  I thought that it would feel like too much to have to wash the diapers while we were there, so I went with the best disposable option there is: Honest Company Diapers.  They are the most earth friendly disposables that I have found using natural, plant-based and sustainable materials.  There is no chlorine in the processing and the diapers contain no latex,  lotions or fragrances. They are super absorbent and feel the most"cloth-like" in my opinion. AND they are so cute- strawberries, anchors, flowers and more you get to choose the cutest patterns!  This might be a good option if you are traveling somewhere with out a washer or dryer or will legitimately not have the time to wash the diapers!
This is our little sporting the Strawberry print in our hotel room.


So what about you?  What is your travel solution? Any recommendations I missed?





About the author…
I am Stasia- wife, mom, blogger over at Our Life on a Budget, part-time preschool teacher and local cloth diaper consultant.