Friday, March 29, 2013

2 year pictures

I just wanted to do a quick post and show off Evelyn's 2 year pictures.  She did a pretty good job staying still and I think they turned out great.  Still can't believe my little lady is 2!!!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Weekly meal plan

I'm keeping things pretty simple this week and still trying to cut out processed food. 

Monday- probably take out with Evelyn 
Tuesday- Dijon marinated chicken topped with bacon, cheese and tomato, broccoli and maybe a baked potato
Wednesday- Italian paninie with roasted vegetables
Thursday- lentil tacos with salad
Friday- baked pasta with mushrooms, carrots and chunky tomato sauce, galic bread and salad

I'll probably make some kind of dessert too since I've been craving sweets. 

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Birthday fun

My niece turned 2 yesterday, so the family got together for dinner and lots of cake. Evelyn had a great time and ate way too much frosting :)

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Family outing, Disney on ice

We took Evelyn to Disney on ice last weekend. I wasn't really sure what to expect and I wasn't sure if she would sit through the whole show but she loved it.  There were lots of princesses and even though she didn't know the storys she really payed attention. At the intermission, Mike took her to get a toy and she choose a wand that lights up. 
When the lights came on to signal the show was over, Evelyn started crying. She cried the whole way out to the car. We all had such a great time. 

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Homemade salad dressing

I have been trying to cut out processed food one small step at a time.  We eat salads almost daily so making salad dressing is a great way to cut out some of those preservatives.
This one is a Dijon vinaigrette. I found a similar recipe on and then made a few adjustments.
1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/4 Cup red wine vinegar
Pinch of salt and pinch of pepper
3/4 Cup extra virgin olive oil
Mix together and chill until ready to use

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Fajita dinner

Sometimes dinner seems to just sneak up on me. I meal plan on Sunday morning and grocery shop when Evelyn naps so I'm pretty prepared for the week. 
I still wanted to find some healthier convenient meals that I could have on hand for bus days. 
I found this fajita sauce in the international isle and the ingredients were all pretty normal. It wasn't full of sugar, corn syrup and salt. Mostly natural things so I thought I would give it a try. 

I cut up some peppers, onions and some left over asparagus that we had from dinner the night before. Stir fried it all together with a little coconut oil. I took it our of the pan and then added some sliced chicken breasts and stir fried that. I added the vegetables back into the pan and added the sauce packet. I simmered it all together for 10 mins or so while I set the table.

I served it with brown rice and some tortilla shells.  It was really good.  Other than cutting everything up it was a pretty easy dinner.  I think this will be in our regular rotation.  I might even look for an easy homemade sauce that I can put together ahead of time.  

Monday, March 11, 2013

Cloth diaper update

I have not done an update on my cloth diaper situation in a while so I thought now would be a good time.  Well, Evelyn is now 2 and things have changed in the diaper department.
She is now able to take off her diaper on her own and does so whenever she pee's so, we have not been using the aplix ones unless she has a onsesie on.  I am still using primarily Flips with a few pockets during the day.  I have also started to use some prefolds instead of just the stay dry inserts with the Flip covers.
I bought a few kawaii covers and a couple econobum covers too. The kawaii cover seem to be pretty roomy which is great for using over a fitted but, I didn't like it too much with a regular sized prefold.  It just seemed bulky.
For pocket diapers I am primarily using Bum Genius 4.0 but Evelyn sometimes gets a little red from the microsuede so I don't use them for more than a couple of hours at a time.
I just ordered a Thirstie AIO and an Imagine AIO to try.  I haven't tried any AIO's so I thought it might be worth investing in a couple.  Evelyn will probably potty train in a few months but, with another little one on the way, I am sure they will get used.
Things that did not end up working out were the Best Bottoms.  I loved the idea of them, but the double leg gusset and the sizing were just all wrong for Evelyn.  She is tall and pretty skinny but, they left really deep red marks on her thighs and she was out growing the waist band so I had to get rid of them. I also stopped using the Grovia's because I had constant leaks with them.  I am not sure why.  They were prepped completely and I loved the fit but, I just couldn't rely on them.  Every time Evelyn wore them her clothes would be soaked after one pee.  I also stopped using the planet wise wet bags.  I liked the zip part but, I really disliked the 2 layers of material.  It just was a pain so I switched to the Fuzzy Bunz hanging wet bag.  I have used it for the past year and really like it.  It does not zip but, since I do laundry every day and a half, smell has not been a problem.  I also use a medium sized Fuzzy Bunz zip wet bag and an Alva bay wet bag that zips.
I still have not bought a diaper sprayer and really have not needed it.  I use a plastic knife and a peri bottle to squirt off any extra mess.  I have always been a bit leery of the diaper sprayers because I have ready so many horror stories about them leaking and causing tons of damage to the house.  I think Mike would lose his mind if something like that happened.  He is still not completely on board with cloth diapering.  I think if he realized how much money I have saved and how much better it is for Evelyn's skin he would understand more why I do it.
All in all things have been going great.  Accept for a few months during my first trimester and I was so sick that I couldn't deal with extra diaper laundry we have been full time cloth since week 8.
I did a bit of a break down of the costs included.  I was spending nearly $100 a month on disposables so up until this point I would have spent about $2,500 on diapers.  My entire stash costs around $400 or $500, so I have saved about $2000 and will continue to save since we will be diapering our new little guy.  I do plan on buying some more boyish diapers for him when the time comes.  I went a little pink and purple crazy for Evelyn but, I can still sell what I won't use and make back at least half of the money.
Oh I also wanted to mention that I have had great luck with the detergent, Tiny Bubbles.  I have never had a stink problem, or had stains or had any type of repelling and I have never needed to strip my diapers.  I know there are lots of detergents out there but, I have loved Tiny Bubbles and would recommend it to anyone.  I also use it on baby clothes.

Life lately

Things in the new house are going great. Evelyn has adjusted well and loves her new room. Life lately has been relaxing and pretty calm. Heres some new pics.

Friday, March 1, 2013

20 weeks and it's a BOY!

We had our ultra sound this week and after much debate we decided to find out if this little one was going to be another little girl or a boy.
I was really undecided as to what we would have but in the back if my mind I really did think girl and so did the rest of the family. Mike thought we had a "20% chance" of having a boy.
Our ultrasound tech was really nice and she did a great job explains everything she was looking at. When she asked if we wanted to see we said yes. She showed us the picture and I could clearly see little boy parts. I could not believe it. I just started tearing up.
Our little guy is measuring on track and is healthy. I am very excited to see him in July!
We have talked about names but haven't decided on anything yet. I have already bought some blue onsies and I'm excited to get his room put together.