Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Cutting processed foods

So, like most people I am really wanting to feed my family as healthy as possible.  I have been cooking for a few years and love experimenting in the kitchen.  Lately, I have been trying to make as much as possible and cut out processed foods and let me tell you it has been a challenge.  Since I am a stay at home mom I get up each morning and make breakfast.  Our go to is always scrambled eggs and frozen waffles.
So, instead of making the frozen waffles I have been making homemade ones with the waffle maker.  They have been yummy.  Instead of smothering them with syrup I add some crushed up strawberries to the batter to give them some extra sweetness.  I made a batch and it lasted 3 days with making 2 each day.
Here is the recipe I used.  I didn't take any pictures but, they did look great.

2 eggs
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup wheat flour
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 C milk, maybe a little more

Beat eggs in large bowl with hand beater until fluffy. Beat in all of the flour, milk, vegetable oil, sugar, baking powder, salt and vanilla, just until smooth.

Spray preheated waffle iron with non-stick cooking spray. Pour about 1/4 cup or a little more of the batter onto hot waffle iron. Cook until golden brown. Serve hot.

You could add a little brown sugar to the batter to give it some more sweetness.  

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Cloth diaper reviews

My little lady is almost 17 months old now. We have been cloth diapering since she was 8 weeks old.  I have found that her needs have changed through all of her milestones.
We have tried many different styles and brands.  In this post I am going to review each that we have tried and give you my honest feedback with each.

Here we go:

Flip:  by Bum Genius.  I have bought the majority of mine through cottonbabies and have got some great deals with their promotions.  I can usually get them for about $9 a piece.  They run second sales, and buy 2 get 1 free promotions often.  The insert options are stay dry or organic.  The organic are tri folded.  They are extremely absorbent but can be a bit bulky.  The stay dry can be used in the cover by just laying it in and folding over the top or bottom to make it fit a bit better.  I use the stay dry for every day and the organic at nap time or night time.  I have never had a leak and they have held up really well.
What I like about this system is that it can by used from about 8 weeks to potty training.  I like that the covers are soft and stretchy and come in great colors.  This has been my go to system from day 1.  I have no staining on any of the inserts, never have stink issues and only have to wash the covers when they get poop on them or after a couple of days usage.
What I have not like about the system is the the inserts can move around a bit because they just lay in.  It can also be difficult to get on my squirmy little 16 month old.  The crotch area is a bit wide too.

Bum Genius 4.0.  I bought these at cottonbabies and also at Buybuy baby with a coupon.  I love that I can get these at my local store and use a coupon.  I like the pockets and that I can add absorbency for night time.  They are easy to put on and I have only had leaks when I over stuff and I get a gap in the thigh area.  The prints are cute and the colors are great.
What I have not liked is that I have to stuff them.  I just dread doing doing the laundry and then have to spend more time stuffing.

Alva Baby:  First I love the prints.  They are shipped directly from China so it does take 2 weeks.  I have not had any leaks with these and they fit great too.  There are a whole bunch of different ones including fleece insides and a type called colored snaps.  These are really nice because they have leg gussets on the inside, which I like because they don't leave red marks on Evelyn's thighs.  The insert snaps in so when you wash them you can throw the whole thing in and the insert will wiggle it's way out on its own.  I have bought quite a few of the J style and have like them a lot.  Also, the wet bags are great.  Super cute and really inexpensive.  The only con I have is again it is a pocket so you have to stuff them.  Other than that I do really like them.

Grovia AI2:  These diapers are great because they have a snap in insert.  I have the stay dry ones and seem to keep Evelyn feeling dry.  I like that these are a one size diaper.  I am on the middle setting right now and have lots of room in the waist and rise.  They don't seem very bulky.  So far they have been good.  I have however had 2 times that they completely failed to keep pee in.  I mean so much so that DD was completely soaked.  It is like the diaper didn't hold anything and she had only had it on for a half hour.  I am not sure why it didn't work but I am going to keep trying them to see if they get more absorbent as they are washed more.  Price wise, I think they are a little costly.  The covers alone are around $18 and the inserts come in 2 packs for around the same price.  I only have a couple of these because I am still trying them out to see if I want to buy more.

Best Bottoms:  Ok, so at first look I love these diapers.  The colors are cute, even though I don't think there are many to choose from that are really girly.  I like that the insert snaps in and they are not bulky. I have only used these a handful of times and have a few things that I already don't like.  First, I don't like the leg gussets.  I know a lot of people really like these but, I am just not a fan.  I don't think DD has chunky thighs and these leave really deep red marks on her.  Also, Evelyn is only 16 months old and weighs 22 pounds and I am already on one of the biggest settings.  I don't see how they are going to fit much longer.  That is probably why they make additional waste adapters.  They seem to be pretty absorbent and I love that I just have to snap in the liner.  It stays put nicely too.

Fuzzi Bunz:  I only have a couple of these.  Overall I do like them.  I like the fleece inside.  It is really soft.  They are pretty absorbent too.  I use these at night time with a Joey Kicks Hemp insert.  It is nice and trim.  I think these are a bit pricy considering I have the ones that are sized.  They are trim but I don't think they are any trimmer that a one sized diaper.  I have a Fuzzi Bunz wet bag that I use daily.  I  do like it and it is easy to just hang on the door.  It doesn't have a zipper but, that is ok with me because I bring it downstairs each night so I don't have any stink issues.

I have a couple more diapers that I am looking at trying so I will keep you all updated as to how they work out.