Friday, October 29, 2010

Be safe on halloween!!!

Just a little reminder for everyone to be safe on beggar's night! Have fun trick or treating everyone :)

Halloween Safety Tips for Trick or Treating

Kids look forward to Halloween for many reasons. They like the dressing up in costumes but the mostly they like it for the candy and treats! Who wouldn't? Even some adults still like to go our trick or treating. It makes them feel young and happy again. While this section sticks mainly to guidelines for kids, they are just as useful for adults.

Some parents like to take first dibs on some of the candy that the kids have picked up during the night. It's their reward for taking them around from house to house! We suggest that you watch the candy intake when you all get home, too much at one time can lead to stomach aches and indigestion. That includes mom and dad as well!

Make your child's Halloween a memorable holiday and they'll have good memories that last a lifetime! If you are taking your kids out for the night, dress up as well. Mom and dad should get into Halloween as much as the kids do!

Trick or Treating should be one of the great adventures of Halloween for kids! They can get dressed in scary costumes and go door to door, begging "Tricks or Treats!" from neighbors or at the local mall. Lots of small towns have a Halloween Safe Night at the community center or school so kids can Trick-or-Treat safely but going door to door is the stuff of childhood memories! It should be a fun time, without trouble and pain, so following some easy tips can keep your child safe every Halloween.

Children should always go out trick or treating accompanied by a responsible adult. If you have a group of kids going, the parents should choose two or three of them to go along and keep an eye on things.

Some towns set a curfew for trick or treating which makes it easier for townsfolk to know who's coming to their door. Make sure and stick to the curfew times and stick to subdivisions and areas with a lot of homes so your kids can get in as much trick or treating as possible in a few hours time.

Plan a safe route so parents know where their older kids will be at all times. Set a time for their return home. Make sure that your child is old enough and responsible enough to go out by themselves. Make sure that they have a cell phone.

Let your children know not to cut through back alleys and fields if they are out alone. Make sure they know to stay in populated areas and not to go off the beaten track. Let them know to stay in well lighted areas with lots of people around. Explain to them why it can be dangerous for kids not to do this. If they are going out alone, they are old enough to know what can happen to them in a bad situation and how to stop it from happening.

Instruct your children not to eat any treats until they bring them home to be examined by you. This way you can check for any problem candy and get the pick of the best stuff!

Instruct your child to never go into the home of a stranger or get into their car. Explain why this is not a god idea and what to do if someone approaches them and tries to talk to them.

Make sure your child carries a flashlight, glow stick or has reflective tape on their costume to make them more visible to cars.

Let them know that they should stay together as a group if going out to Trick or Treat without an adult.


Monday, October 25, 2010

The kind of trick or treating I can get into!!! is hosting a great halloween event! If you want a chance to win some prizes mamas you really need to get involved in this!!!!!

Rave for PrettyBittyBoo

I was introduced to this adorable set through diaperswappers. I fell in love and it was Kairi's size so I knew it needed to come live with us.


It is constructed very well, the fit is perfect and it is so adorable.

She does not have a lot of items available at the moment but she should be stocking soon!

Check her out!

She also has a facebook fan page:!/pages/Colfax-CA/Pretty-Bitty-Boo/132308173488615

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Give a way from For the Love

Heather, the mom behind has offered a great give away for all my lovely readers. You have the chance to win one short mama cloth pad (approximately 10" long, 3 1/2"wide not including wings) from For the Love... Heather will chose the colors but the pad will be topped in flannel and backed with PUL.

A little about Heather:
Why is mama cloth important to you?
Cloth menstrual pads are important for so many reason. First, like cloth diapering, using mama cloth is so much better for our earth and our environment. All of those disposable menstrual products really make a negative impact on our environment. Another reason is it is SO much healthier! Add to that the fact that using mama cloth has show to reduce the length and cramping of your periods and I'm a fan!

How did you get started making mama cloth?
I actually started making mama cloth as a "Toddler Pee-Pee Pad". My son was potty learning (all on his own!) and I needed something as a "just in case". So I made up what is now known as my short pad. It was topped in flannel, had several absorbant layers, and was backed in PUL. I snapped them into his little underwear just like if you were using a pad. They were absorbant enough for one pee, but didn't feel like a diaper on him, so that he KNEW he had an accident. From there, I just figured if cloth was good enough for him, it was good enough for me. I expanded my cloth line from there.

How long have you been sewing?
I have actually been sewing for about 15 years. I've always been crafty, and able to make something out of nothing for as long as I can remember. In fact, one of my first sewing projects was an outfit for my dog (back before dressing your dog up was cool!). I made it out of one of my old pairs of jeans and a flannel shirt that was past it's prime. I measured him and drew out my own pattern to make that outfit.

Rules and how to enter:

1. To enter please leave a comment.

2. Extra entries:
1. Be a follower
2. Refer someone to the blog and have them leave your name in the comment
3. Post about this give a way somewhere and come back with a link.

Contest will run till Nov. 1st, a winner will be picked using a random number generator.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Why I make my own laundry soap

I have extremely sensitive skin and our last adventure with it was when my husband bought some laundry soap on sale, I figured it would not hurt to give it a try and it ended up causing me to break out from head to toe ( I am not joking ) in hives that lasted about two weeks. I had to rewash everything and needless to say I was not going to deal with it again. I had been reading on DS how mamas there were making there own laundry soap so I decided to give it a try and I was shocked how much I really liked it. It cleaned my clothes, left a clean smell and I could use it on clothes and diapers without ill effects.

This is how I make my soap:
1 bar of laundry soap ( grated )
4 cups of baking soda
4 cups of washing soda
4 cups of borax
2 cups of oxyclean ( I get the store brand since it is cheaper )

Mix it all in a large tupperware container and I add 1 full scoop ( using the scoop that came in the oxyclean tub to a large load of clothes and about half a scoop to the diapers )

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Being a mom

I always wanted to be a mom. Even when I was in high school and I did not know what I wanted to do for sure with my life one thing always stuck, I wanted children. I got married when I was eighteen years old and got pregnant on my honeymoon, I know a lot of people thought I was to young to be starting a family but I knew I was ready and my husband and I were thrilled to be starting our family together.

I knew the birth of my child would bring about changes in my life. I knew I was going to have many sleepless nights, I knew that I would worry more then I ever had before and I knew that I was going to be taking care of someone that needed me for everything in their life. The things I did not know was that I would spend many nights in tears wondering why my friends did not seem to want to be around us anymore, that poison control would become a contact number in my phone book ( in the first year of my sons life he tried to eat a Christmas Cactus, perfume, deodorant and almost a whole bottle of teething tablets )and I did not know how badly it would hurt when people judged me for the way I chose to raise my child, how badly it would hurt when they looked down on me for one reason or another or how defensive I would get over it all. I wish I could go back and tell myself to let it slid but it hurt so badly at that time.

Now that my son is four years old and I have had two other children I have learned to let the judgments go. I have learned that no matter what I do someone somewhere will have a problem with the choices I have in my parenting style. The thing is now, I do not care. I know the choices my husband and I make are the best ones for my family and I have learned that I do not have to defend them to anyone.

Being a mother seems to open you up for the whole world to tell you what you are doing wrong and honestly I have noticed that other moms are really bad about doing it to each other. I have seem moms rip each other apart on some of the message boards I am on. They will seriously go head to head over what to feed kids for breakfast and I will be the first to admit that I have been pulled into this before but I am doing my best to not let it happen. I know first hand that moms need to stick together and be there for one another.

Being a mother is very hard, there are days that I want to throw a fit right along with my kids. There are days that they test me more then I can explain but it is always worth it. Yes they test me, yes they can be very naughty sometimes but they can also be the sweetest, most lovable kids in the world. I love it when they run up to me and give me a big hug and for no reason at all tell me they love me. I love snuggle time and I love the sleepy smiles.

Being a mother has changed me in every way. I have more patience, learned to live off very little sleep, have become more selfless and I know that my kids will keep on changing me. I look forward to the changes and times to come.

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I have a doopsy diaper and I really love it!!!

Giving up meal planning ( this time for good )

After several months of taking a lot of time to make it, and still not following the meal plan I made,  I have decided to give up on meal pl...