I might just Flip!

I have used cloth diapers on and off over the years. My son, who is now 5 had them for most of his diapering life.  Then when our daughter came along, my husband and I gave them the axe. We just felt overwhelmed with two babies and cloth diapers.  Not to mention we were living in a tiny NYC apartment.

When our third baby came along, I didn’t even attempt it. But now…..we have been trying to “green”our family a bit and I have just discovered Flip diapers. I ordered a set for $50 last night. In the box set you receive 2 diaper covers and 6 inserts. Definitely enough to get you started.  And what is even better, if you order from diaperjunction you can give them a 30 day trial run and if you don’t like them you can return the for a full refund. Whether you are an experienced cloth diaper user or a newbie, this is a great deal.

I have always loved the idea of cloth diapering and have always wanted to do it, but often found it cumbersome and time consuming.  I am hoping that these new Flips solve those problems. In our fast, paced 21st century world, unfortunately, there is not time for the inconvience that most cloth diapers impose.  It is truly unfortunate because I think the beautiful handmade wool covers, in an ideal world, would be stables in all homes and women would gather to help each other do the laundry, folding diapers, sewing new covers and talking about their families.  Sadly, those days are gone…or perhaps they only existed in our imaginations. I’m not sure.  I just hope that these news diapers help our family lead a little gentler life, a little greener existence and ultimately lead to a happier world. Happy diapering!

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Let me introduce, Walter the Baker…

Walter the Baker is a fantastic book written by Eric Carle. I am a huge fan of Mr. Carle’s books and this book allows for some great fun beyond just reading the book.

Before you even sit down with the read the book, pour a big bowl of pretzels.  If you wanted, you could even work in some counting activities.

Then there is reading the wonderful tale of how Walter invents the pretzel.

Afterward, if you are feeling ambitious, you can make your own pretzels. What a wonderful winter activity!

Is that your mailman or your librarian?

Well it is now possible to rent books over the internet. It is like the library and Netflix exploded on one site! It is called Bookswim and it allows you to borrow books, as many as you want for as long as you want, for $9.95 a month.

Now, I love taking my kids to the library and this won’t stop me from doing that, but I NEVER get to stop and browse at books. My arms are usually loaded down with books, puzzles, at least one kid and a diaper bag.  This might be the perfect opportunity for mama to get to have a library book.

And you also have to consider that, if you are anything like our family, the late or lost fees tend add up.  I consider myself reasonably organized, but too often we have checked out too many books and can’t keep track of them or left one behind in a restaurant or the baby rips one to shreds.  So when you take that into consideration……$9.95/month doesn’t look too bad.

On the other hand, libraries are beautiful, wonderful institutions that keep us connected to our communities and they need our support. I  would hate to see that undermined.

Is there room in this world for both? I’ m not sure. I do know that story hour is on Tuesdays at our library and there is a magic tree puppet house my kids wouldn’t miss for the world.  I know we’ll be there overdue books and all, but mama may be sneaking  a peek at Bookswim after the kiddos are in bed.

How Many is too Many?

In 2007 a Gallup poll was done asking individuals how many children they felt constituted the ideal family. The answer was and has been for a long time 2.5.
It has held steady there, fluctuating very little since 1974. Before the early seventies the ideal size was right around 3.3.
What has changed? Mostly I think it is having both parents at work. It is expensive to send kids to daycare and it is extremely difficult to work full time and come home and take care of children. It is no wonder that people are shying away from larger families.
My husband had seven in his family. I was an only child and currently we have three -1, 3 and 5 years old.
I didn’t think I wanted more, but now I am starting to wonder and as I start to wonder I ask myself, is this socially responsible? How is the world going to look in 20 or 30 years? Am I draining too many resources from the world? Is this the right thing to do?
My heart says yes, but my mind has A LOT of questions.