Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Diapers Available

Informational purposes only. Contact me on DiaperSwappers to purchase.
This post contains photos of diapers that I am selling on DiaperSwappers. Photos will not be deleted. There are currently 9 lots of diapers: three each of girly, boyish and neutral. This post is long and has a lot of similar-looking photos. Please look carefully. I've labeled each lot and already have the diapers boxed up, ready-to-ship. USA ONLY.

Diaper brands: mostly Sunbaby, Alva, or similar.
No velcro; these are all snaps for OS.

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"G1" - 12 GIRL OS Pocket Diapers
Mostly Sunbaby. Includes 2 inserts per diaper (total 24 inserts.)
At least 3, or more, are bamboo inserts; the rest are blends/microfiber.
Clean, minimal staining. Click photos to enlarge.
You will receive exactly what is pictured.




"G2" - 12 GIRL OS Pocket Diapers
Mostly Sunbaby. Includes 2 inserts per diaper (total 24 inserts.)
At least 3, or more, are bamboo inserts; the rest are blends/microfiber.
Clean, a couple need to be sunned. Click photos to enlarge.
You will receive exactly what is pictured.



 
"G3" - 12 GIRL
OS Pocket Diapers
Mostly Sunbaby. Includes 2 inserts per diaper (total 24 inserts.)
At least 3, or more, are bamboo inserts; the rest are blends/microfiber.
Clean, minimal staining. Click photos to enlarge.
You will receive exactly what is pictured.



"B1" - 12 BOY OS Pocket Diapers
Mostly Sunbaby. Includes 2 inserts per diaper (total 24 inserts.)
At least 3, or more, are bamboo inserts; the rest are blends/microfiber.
Clean, minimal staining. Click photos to enlarge.
You will receive exactly what is pictured.


The blue with stars, and the blue and green dots (both at the top of each stack in photo below) were used as overnight diapers. They were more absorbent.

SOLD "B2" - 12 BOY OS Pocket Diapers
Mostly Sunbaby. Includes 2 inserts per diaper (total 24 inserts.)
At least 3, or more, are bamboo inserts; the rest are blends/microfiber.
Clean, minimal staining. Click photos to enlarge.
You will receive exactly what is pictured.

The blue with stars, and the blue and brown dots (both at the top of each stack) were used as overnight diapers. They were more absorbent.


"B3" - 14 BOY OS Pocket Diapers
Mostly Sunbaby. Includes 2 inserts per diaper (total 28 inserts.)
At least 3, or more, are bamboo inserts; the rest are blends/microfiber.
TWO "Little Monster" diapers are NEW/UNUSED.
Clean, minimal staining. Click photos to enlarge.
You will receive exactly what is pictured.

Orange/brown stripe, two camo: used as overnights. I believe those three are bamboo, if I remember correctly.

"N1" - 7 NEUTRAL/BOY Pocket Diapers
NO INSERTS!
Sunbaby/Alva, or similar, diapers.
Some diapers may be bamboo/blend.
Clean, some staining. Click photos to enlarge.
You will receive exactly what is pictured.
Green, stars, web, red/black stripe = great for overnights! I believe those ones are bamboo lining, if I remember correctly.


SOLD "N2" - 7 NEUTRAL/BOY Pocket Diapers
NO INSERTS!
Sunbaby/Alva, or similar, diapers.
Some diapers may be bamboo/blend.
Clean, minimal staining. Click photos to enlarge.
You will receive exactly what is pictured.
Blue with zoo animals (right of pic) and stars = great for overnights. May be bamboo lining.


 Spaghetti stain on outside of diaper.


SOLD "N3" - 7 NEUTRAL/BOY Pocket Diapers
NO INSERTS!
Sunbaby/Alva, or similar, diapers.
Some diapers may be bamboo/blend.
Clean, some staining. Click photos to enlarge.
You will receive exactly what is pictured.
Cow and zebra animal prints, black/yellow stripe = great overnights! They may be bamboo.





Both are PUL on inside but one has a soft fabric on the outside. Great overnight diaps.


THANKS for your interest!
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Saturday, March 12, 2016

Spring Break!

Woo, officially on spring break. And I'm already dreaming up our school year for the next year. I'm going through books to sell and looking for ones to buy. It's so refreshing to make changes, even minor ones. It gets you excited about new things to come. We have a lot of familiar favorites we're keeping handy, as well.

Having a baby at the start of this school year has meant restrictions on some things. I wanted to do so much more art and art study, but too often we aren't able to get to it. Art is very leisurely and wonderful... unless you have a toddler (or two) and a baby. I'm trying to juggle so much and am often exhausted. The big girls have done stuff solo but that is met with different challenges. Overall I'm excited for what next year will bring when my hands a little more free. Of course it's bittersweet because I don't want my baby to grow too fast!

In great, irrelevant news, we have a family vehicle now. My minivan was giving us so many problems and needing expensive work almost monthly. It sat for many months and I finally sold it. We found out we were having another baby so the van wouldn't have worked for us anyway since it only seated 7.

For a very long time after I sold the van, we only had Daniel's pickup truck. Which meant we didn't all fit and we almost never left the house. I'm so happy to say that we got an Expedition a few months ago and we all fit quite comfortably. My only issue is the lack of trunk space. When I get groceries I have to pile stuff around everyone or go alone. Daniel ended up selling his pickup truck and we just have the one family vehicle now. He works two jobs so he always has it. Doh! So I'm still often without a vehicle. BUT it does mean that we can get to church and do fun family stuff on Daddy's day off, unlike before.

A peek inside our vehicle. We had to play musical carseats after this because it was extremely difficult getting Thea into the center seat while rear-facing. Thea is now behind the passenger, Silas in the middle and Abigail sits behind driver (we bumped Judah to the far back). We fold Abigail's seat to allow the other three kiddos into the very back. Much, much better arrangement. I feel more comfortable going out with all six by myself with this configuration. Elaina helps with Silas so he doesn't run off and get hit by a car when the kids get out.

So for spring break I don't really have much planned. Thus far, the only thing we've planned is to take the kids to the zoo on Monday (Daddy's day off), then Daniel has an eye appointment, and then we want to put a fire in the firepit and roast hotdogs and marshmallows. It's supposed to be a gorgeous day/evening.


 I can't end a post without showing off the baby, of course! Thea is 6-months-old, as of tomorrow. She has two teeth, started waving this week, rolls over (and over and over until she's clear across the room). Still breastfeeding, still bed-sharing. She squeals in delight when she sees her siblings and her daddy. She LOVES the mirror and gets so excited when she sees her reflection that she starts shaking. She's been babbling for awhile so I sense her first word is coming soon!



Saturday, January 23, 2016

Selling and Buying: Home Edition

This is the year! This is the year we list the house, and hopefully sell it quicker than I can imagine. I'm so nervous about living in a house that I'm trying to sell, with six kids! I'm thinking we may have to go the "open house" route. Most stuff will be packed away in storage when we list the house. But first we are finishing up some projects.

I knocked out a few projects last year. Obviously did the exterior work (see previous post). Before Thea was born I got this major itch to redo our master bedroom. I knew she'd be sleeping with us for at least the first few weeks (she's still in there with us at 4-months-old!) so I wanted it painted and given enough time to air out before she arrived.

I don't have a real good before. I just found some random shots of my room. The walls were dark green, the trim was painted brown. Blech! Dark on dark. The room felt like a dark hole, and not in a good way.

 BEFORE

 We went with Sherwin Williams paint. I usually use pretty cheap paint. I did not realize how expensive Sherwin Williams was until after my paint was mixed. I'm so glad I went ahead with the purchase because this paint is amazing! We went with Sea Salt in matte finish for the walls and semi-gloss Alabaster for the trim. The exterior trim on our house was also done in Alabaster. It's the Sherwin Williams color of the year for 2016. We're so hipster.

Progress Shot! Rooms are so much easier to paint when you just have to do the walls. The trim/woodwork is so tedious. Especially as I was using oil-based paint so it was just so so so sticky and stinky! Why oil-based for the trim? It is strong enamel and easier to wipe clean. I wanted durability. The walls were latex but we're not touching walls like we touch door frames and window frames.
 Ta da! The effort was all worth it. My room went from dungeon dark to light and airy! This picture doesn't do it justice and still looks dark but that's just a bad pic. It's gorgeous in person. Such a calm, serene color.

 I was still cleaning up, but the painting was done, and yes our bed is on cinderblocks. We sold our bed frame and cinderblocks are a cheap alternative until we upgrade to a king-sized bed, from queen-sized. Notice the ugly light fixture and ceilings: that is what is left on my To Do for the master! Painting the ceiling white and maybe replacing the fixture (we may not and let new homeowners pick out a light they want).

Okay another part of our master was the little extra room. It's been many things. Now it's our walk-in closet. It's big, it's beautiful. Check it out!

"Closet" BEFORE (our AC broke twice last year so we got a window unit and everyone slept in our room until the AC was fixed, hence all the extra people and clutter here).

After! I love coming in here to sit. The nursery glider is in there right now and it's a cozy nook.


Daniel and I bought a pine board and a pine pole, cut them each in half. Then we used white closet brackets to attach it all together into the studs in the wall, creating an inexpensive and open closet system. The little white bookcase fit, on the left, perfectly between the wall and the shelves we built. I need to redo the white bookcase but it's not attached to anything and can be taken out and painted any time I get the urge to paint yet another piece of furniture.

While I had the stinky enamel trim paint out, for our bedroom trim, I started in on the downstairs bathroom trim. The door and baseboards came primed from the store, but they were never painted. I learned my lesson with painting the baseboards in my bedroom: use tape! Latex paint, no big deal. But oil paint? Tape, tape, tape.

 Our downstairs bathroom was gutted and done for us by our brother-in-law. He did a fantastic job and we just love it. The walls are Tranquility (a paint from Lowe's but I forget brand) and the trim is Sherwin William's Alabaster. At this point, all that is left to do in this bathroom is to put the vent plate in and touch-up  a little ceiling paint.

 I was so done with painting by the time I got to this door. But I'm so proud of it every time I walk into the bathroom and see how clean and glossy it looks now. Before it was painted it got extremely dirty from the kids' hands and it couldn't be cleaned off! You can see toward the top of the door that it is yellowed and stained looking, yuck. The primer just soaked all the dirt up. Now the door is wipe-able and beautiful. Taking the doorknob off was such a good idea. I was able to paint much quicker without it in the way.

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Thanks for checking out my updates! I realize the pics are mostly dark and not the greatest but I'm not a photographer and used my phone for most of them, ha! The rooms look way better and brighter in person.
There are only two major projects left to do before we are ready to get the house appraised and listed. Those would be the upstairs bathroom (I'm actually in the middle of painting it right now) and gutting the kitchen.

Upstairs bath: finish painting, new sink faucet, new toilet.

Kitchen: replace all the walls, paint walls and ceiling, put in new cabinets and counters.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Fourth Month

We have been back-to-school from winter break but today it's been very relaxed. Today it is snowing these big fluffy snowflakes. The baby and Silas are napping while Abigail bakes Snickerdoodle cookies, Zoe and Judah attempt to clean up Legos that were dumped everywhere and Elaina is playing on her Kindle. Almost 2pm and we still haven't started a lesson, oops.

I could get frustrated about it, or I could let it go and start something momentarily. It was a three-cups-of-coffee kind of morning for me. It's going to be a leftovers-for-dinner kind of night. Because baby kept me up all night with her restlessness and first cold. And because I've been busy selling used books online and just trying to play with the kiddos. Sometimes I just need to stop and really look them in the eye and say, "I hear you. I see you. I love you."

So Miss Thea turned 4-months-old this month! She is still such a sweet and happy girl. Lately she has wanted to be held, seemingly constantly. She's been suckling and chomping on her fingers. Only mommy will do, for the most part. She's smitten with her daddy and I've been able to leave the house solo a few times for quick errands (usually my exclusively breastfed babies go everywhere with me because we don't have bottles).

 Four-Month Beauty

Roly-poly with the prettiest almond-shaped eyes.
Thea is trying really hard to roll over now. She makes this whining-shrieking sound when she gets tired (I have jokingly referred to the sound as a "stuck pig" because that is what it reminds me of). She has lost almost all of her hair and has some lovely cradle crap. She's really liking this Peek-a-Boo game that Mommy started playing with her lately. She thinks it is hilarious when we jiggle her arms and make her dance. Her laughs are mostly silent but I can get some good sounding belly laughs from her when I tickle all her chins (ha) and behind her thighs. 

One of her favorite things is diaper changing time. I've never known a baby to be calmed down, from crying, by simply laying them down and taking their diaper or clothes off. She's never had a rash so it's not seemingly discomfort. She just likes being undressed. She will stop crying and start grinning (like the B&W pics above). Her newest thing is to lift up both legs and crash them down together, over and over, when I change her. Not so fun if she does it before I can move a dirty diaper out of the way because it gets on her feet, ew!

She also loves the television. If it is on she will crane her neck to try and see it. Her biggest entertainment comes in the form of five big siblings, though. She loves all of them and gets delighted to see them. 

I love waking up to her sweet, sleepy grins and shrieks. She's such a wonderful blessing!

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Better Every Year

Each Christmas that passes gets better and better. The kids really get into the giving spirit now. They are remembering Christmas past. They still get sparkly eyes and are full of wonder at all the festivities. It really is a wonderful time of year!


At Nonna and Poppy's house on Christmas

We're all sugared out from all the goodies we've baked and we are enjoying playing games. We are still waiting for snow, though I'm not personally in any hurry. It sure feels cold outside! Perhaps we will ring in the new year with some flurries.

We hope you had a Merry Christmas!



Friday, December 11, 2015

Photo Dump December

So not a whole lot has been going on over here. We are back to homeschooling, after Thanksgiving break. One more week until we are on Christmas break. My brain looks forward to these breaks. I'm one of those people who strive to be organized but sometimes it backfires real bad. These breaks allow me to get my act back together. School is one of those areas where I'm constantly fine-tuning. There are so many kids and personalities and needs... and only one me. I seriously think teachers are amazing souls. If you teach I applaud you. This gig isn't for the faint of heart. You have to be flexible to change but stern about making sure you meet the goals.

Homeschooling this year has been interesting. Things that I thought the girls would really enjoy were met with pouts and the grumps. I have to tell you that when you work overtime to make something special, it is really hard to not take it personal when they could care less. It stings. And makes me question my abilities. And then I tell myself to stop having a pity party and keep at it. They almost always come around! For instance, I wanted them to each pick a planet in our solar system to research in depth. Oh the moans and groans! You'd have thought I asked them to eat sardines. I let them have their fit and let them mull the idea over and then we got 'er done. They end up having fun and learning a lot. They love to share what they learned, which is the best part.


 Thea usually sleeps through school time. <3 p="">

This season I've had so much time to craft because I'm not creating hundreds of jewelry orders, as in the past. I don't sew but I took a stab at making my own hand-sewn ornament. It's definitely got that ''handmade charm'' look to it and is not perfect. I took an old shirt, put it in a embroidery hoop and sewed on some white felt for snow and then sewed on six little snow-people to represent my six kiddies. I stuffed it with cotton balls so it's like a little ornament pillow. The perfectionist in me is trying really hard to not take it all apart and try again, lol! I'm learning that art doesn't have to be perfect to be good. It definitely doesn't have to be perfect in order to be cherished.

And then I decided to make some trees for my mantle. I have a somewhat long fireplace mantle and always throw up random Christmas knick-knacks. I wanted to go for an actual theme. My mother-in-law made these big snow-people to represent each family member and so I made trees to be their Christmas forest.

The tree on the left was made with a cardboard cereal box, jute twine and hot glue. That's it! Both of the other two were made with styrofoam cones that I found at the dollar store. The center one I used lace ribbon, carefully wrapped around and pinned into the foam, and a votive candle for the tree base. The one on the far right was burlap ribbon and these old decorative pins that I removed from a chair long ago. I have added more trees since I took this picture: a raffia ribbon tree (handmade by me) and a tall, silver, glittered one I found at the dollar spot at Target, some bottle-brush trees found at Walmart, pinecones that my eldest and I painted.

I made a felt ball garland to go over the mirror. You can kind of see the snow-people here. I have since changed the trees up. This picture was taken long before I finished the forest but wanted to show the snow family! I'll try to remember to take an updated and better picture because all the trees look so cool together.

This week has been the Week of Perler Beads. I have been staying up watching TV and making fun things for the kids to play with. Mindless entertainment + crafts = fun! I made a Tardis and a ton of colorful Daleks (I've added 8 more to this lot). My kids are obsessed with Doctor Who. I'm going to make them Doctor Who ornaments, as I do make each kid a new ornament (or two or three) each year.

In baby news, Thea is reaching for toys now. Cue my cry face! I want her to grow but at the same time she needs to stay my little baby.

Caught her dimple! She has this big, precious dimple that flashes when she makes certain faces.

Thea and me just yesterday! Showing off her baby blues.

Miss Smiley! She is so joy-filled. She is a silent laugher but I've been able to get a few giggles out of her. It's funny because she giggles out loud like she's not quite sure what is going on and it sounds a little forced. Like when you subconsciously tap your foot to music and when you realize it you're like, 'Whoa, wth". Don't know if I make sense but it is hilarious!