Friday, June 29, 2012

Diaper Cakes!

Hey everyone!

I've been busy making diaper cakes for my friends' baby showers! And they are SO much fun to make. I found a person on youtube that shows you how to make a whole bunch of different kinds! Not just the boring simple cake!
So far I have made:

A bike: (Boy colors)

This is a 4 x 4 Truck: (Boy colors)

And a regular diaper cake (Neutral Gender Colors)

For some reason this picture wouldn't upload in the correct orientation...

Anyway, I LOVE making diaper cakes and I can't WAIT to make some more!!!! =o) Maybe I'll start some "business" making diaper cakes... I need to see how much money it actually took to make the cake (supplies) =o) Who knows... if you need one... I would be happy to make one for you!


Sunday, June 17, 2012

Getting off beach sand (or sandbox sand)

    Yesterday, Lexi and I had the opportunity to go to the beach with my friend and her family at their beach house. I was excited but nervous at the same time. Lexi had only been to the beach last year, at 3 months old, but she just slept in her stroller the whole time. So the excitement was that we were going to the beach, and the nervousness was due to the fact I had no idea how Lexi was going to react to it. The beach has so many different sounds, mostly loud ones =o), and textures that she wasn't used to. But, of course, it wasn't going to stop us from going. =o)
    The day started off a little chilly, but sunny, and a tad windy. So right there I was even more nervous about how Lexi was going to react. My friend, Melissa, and I (and her family) set up our beach spot while Lexi stayed in her stroller. Thankfully she was anxious to get out of her stroller, but she was also very tentative to the new experience and held on tightly to me at first. I put Lexi's feet in the sand at first, and she was not so happy about it. My first thought was "Oh great, I have a child who doesn't like the sand." Then I started thinking why doesn't she like it at the moment. It could be because it's not as stable as the floor and ground (since she just started walking), it's a weird texture, and there is so many other noises and new sensations going on at the same time. So I picked her up and we thought of something else. My friend's mom suggested that we put her on the blanket, and have her slowly start to experience the sand. (Thankfully she had experience with two children.Thanks Ellen!=o)) Melissa and I played with her, with Lexi's sand toys, and Lexi started to really enjoy the sand. Before you knew it she was digging holes with her hands and sitting in it! =o) Overall we had a GREAT beach day and Lexi had so much fun!
   Now, getting to the actual point. (Now that the background info is done.) Since Lexi now was so acquainted with the sand, the problem was "How do I get sand off her without scratching her skin and dunking her in water???" Luckily, when Lexi and I went to the park on Friday (the previous day), a mom told me that the trick was to use BABY POWDER! I thought, "Wow, that's interesting and weird. And hopefully it works." So, packing for the beach day, I remembered to pack some baby powder, just in case.
   With this new knowledge in hand, I tried it. And THANKFULLY, it worked like a CHARM!!! Not only does it get ALL the sand off wherever you put it, Lexi smelled WONDERFUL!!!
    SO to all the MOMS out there, I know some of you already know this trick, if you need to get sand off of your child (or yourself) BABY POWDER IT UP!!!!!! (And just be wary of those pesky harsh chemicals! =o) (Refer back to the list I posted up a few weeks ago)

baby powder, natural clay baby powder

Enjoy the BEACH!!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Picture of Yummy Soup

For some reason, it wouldn't let me post the picture in the other post.

Sorry it's not a great picture.  I took it with my phone.And it wouldn't let me rotate it, even though the picture file, it is rotated.

The Yummiest Soup EVER!

Now that I'm not making baby food specifically, I figured that I would start to post some of my adult recipes on here.  I LOVE cooking, and try and cook at home every night. I won't post all of my recipes, but only the best ones! I do a lot of experimenting and recipe changes, but they are usually based on recipes I've seen or been given. So let's get cooking!

   This recipe was given to me by one of my friends. Her mom created the soup and it was really looked like it was going to be delicious. Of course, because EVERYTHING her mom makes is super yummy. But of course when I went to the store, they were out of leeks, so I had to improvise. 
And that, as it usually does, lead to more improvisations.  Here is the recipe she sent me along with my improvisations. (My improvisations are bolded and in pink.)

Super Yummy Soup.

  • One whole celery stalk (cut all the pieces in half vertically and then in slices horizontally)(I also add in the leaves of the celery heart. The light green part. I feel it gives the soup a fresh taste.)
  • 3-4 leeks ( cut same as above) wash them, they carry lots of dirt. (I used 2 Sweet Vidalia Onions)
  • 6-7 carrots( peel, cut same as above)
  • One can of Goya red kidney beans (drain and wash beans)
  • One chicken breast ( cut in very small pieces) (I did not put this in.)
    • (I made  turkey "dumplings". 
    • 1 lbs ground turkey, 
    • 1 tbsp of dried parsley. 
    • 1.5 tbsp of chopped fresh cilantro. (You can use as much as you like or eliminate it altogether)
    • Salt. 
    • Pepper.)
  • Salt, pepper to taste.
  • 2 Goya chicken bouillons
  • One can of tomato paste, may add another half if you feel there is too much water.

There is no order of this ingredients, just put them all together (MINUS the beans and the turkey meatballs [if using]) in a pot of water covered and cook for about 1.5 hours on low heat after it boils.

Add the beans (and turkey meatballs) after an hour of cooking time.

I sprinkled a little chopped cilantro when serving. (I LOVE cilantro, so if you don't like it, just don't use it. =o)

Have fun!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Toddler Busy Bags

So my friend just recently introduced me to these things called "Toddler Busy Bags". Of course I had no idea what they were. But they sounded interesting. If you don't know what they are, they are little bags (usually ziploc) that fit in a diaper bag or purse that contain easy to use hands-on activities. They are designed to keep little hands busy when you need them to be still. (Haha... of course they only work for a little while, but that's better than nothing!)
 Now that Lexi is completely mobile and is interested in the whole world (and getting into trouble), I looked into them. I haven't made any yet, but they look awesome! I love DIY crafts. So I'm going to start to make some and post them when I'm done.
There are plenty of sites to look at different activities to make, but here are a few: (click on the pictures)

quiet activities


Molding Minds Homeschool - life. love. learning.
These are just a few. But if you google "Toddler Busy Bags", you'll find a lot more!
I can't wait to showcase my busy bags!


Friday, June 8, 2012

Safe Baby Skin Care Products

There are plenty of harsh chemicals out there in the things that we use everyday and we don't even know about it. And there are always crazy people out there who just throw around these "researched" facts that ----- is bad for you. I usually take these things with a grain of salt and look into the ones that I see that really affect my life. My dad usually brings my attention to the most important things that I should look into. (Because as you all know, mommies have very little time for anything besides the baby =o)).
Recently he has notified me of chemicals that may cause cancer or just are toxic to your body. I of course immediately thought of Lexi. I wondered what things were lurking in her products that I didn't even know about. Paraben being the one chemical my dad told me was really bad. There are TONS more that are too long to even list. Here are 10 chemicals and descriptions for you. Also,  I found a website that lists best, better, and good products to purchase.

BAD Chemicals: 
  1. Sulfates (
    If you find these in a shampoo's listing of ingredients as sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) or sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), you should know that these harsh chemical surfactants are simply foaming agents to give shampoos that thick "luxurious" foam in order to create the illusion that you're getting hair cleaner, when you're really not. SLS's are also a penetration enhancer and known skin irritant.
    Look for farm grown ingredients such as gylcerine and glucosides that come naturally from corn and sugar, usually found on the label as decyl glucodisde, lauryl glocoside or coco-glucoside. These organic ingredients won't give you that abundant lather you may be accustomed to with chemicals, but try the natural shampoo for a few weeks and your hair will become healthier, shinier, silkier and softer.
  2. Parabens (Methyl, Propyl, Butyl and Ethyl) (
    Used to inhibit microbial growth and to extend the shelf life of products, these ingredients have caused allergic reactions and skin rashes, and in one laboratory study, parabens were found in breast tumors. This controversial study has fueled the belief that parabens in cosmetics migrated into the breast tissue and contributed to the development of tumors. The cosmetic industry holds steady that parabens are safe for general population use, but because its hormone mimicking properties have proven enough of a "what if", wary consumers are opting now for paraben-free products and cosmetics. And no wonder: parabens penetrate the skin and appear in the blood.
  3. Phthalates ( (pronounced THA-lates)
    These ingredients are additives widely used in plastics and other materials, primarily to improve flexibility; in cosmetics they are used to bind fragrance to the product. It is, however, thought by environmentalists that adverse health effects of phthalates include: early puberty in girls, premature delivery, impaired sperm quality and sperm damage in men, genital defects and reduced testosterone production in boys, genital defects and testicular cancer. (Source: Read this article from a leading hospital, Beauty Chemicals Tied to Early Puberty.
  4. 1.4 Dioxane (
    This by-product of a chemical-processing technique called ethoxylation, in which cosmetic ingredients are processed with ethylene oxide, is a possible carcinogen. 1,4-Dioxane is primarily used in solvent applications for manufacturing; furthermore, it is also found in fumigants and automotive coolant. It may contaminate cosmetics as well as personal care products such as deodorants, shampoos, toothpastes and mouthwashes. 1,4-dioxane is a known eye and respiratory tract irritant. It is suspected of causing damage to the central nervous system, liver and kidneys. Dioxane is classified by the IARC as a Group 2B carcinogen: possibly carcinogenic to humans due to the fact that it is a known carcinogen in animals.
  5. Formaldehyde (
    Stay away from this carcinogenic impurity released by a number of cosmetic preservatives, including diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea and quaternium-15. According to reviews by the industry-funded Cosmetic Ingredient Review panel, these cosmetic ingredients can release formaldehyde at levels as high as one-tenth that of the original ingredient. The International Agency for Research on Carcinogens (IARC) has classified formaldehyde as "carcinogenic to humans", and the U.S. National Toxicology Program has classified it as "reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen", based on emerging evidence in humans and robust evidence in animals.
  6. Propylene Glycol (
    This synthetic petrochemical mix used as humectants has been known to cause allergic reactions, hives and eczema. When you see PEG (polyethylene glycol) or PPG (polypropylene glycol) on labels, be careful because these are related synthetics.
  7. Diethanolamine (DEA), Triethanolamine (TEA) (
    Often used in cosmetics as emulsifiers or foaming agents, these ingredients can cause allergic reactions, eye irritation and dryness of hair and skin. DEA and TEA are "amines" (ammonia compounds) and can form cancer-causing nitrosamines when they come in contact with nitrates. They become toxic if absorbed into the body over a long period of time.
  8. Petrolatum, Mineral Oil
    Also known as petroleum jelly, this mineral oil derivative is used for its emollient properties in cosmetics. It has no nutrient value for the skin and can interfere with the body's own natural moisturizing mechanism, leading to dryness and chapping. It often creates the very conditions it claims to alleviate. Manufacturers use petrolatum because it is unbelievably cheap.
  9. Synthetic Colors
    Used to make cosmetics "pretty," synthetic colors, along with synthetic hair dyes, should be avoided at all costs. These seductive, unnecessary ingredients will be labeled as FD&C or D&C, followed by a color and a number. Example: FD&C Red No. 6 / D&C Green No. 6.
  10. Synthetic Fragrances
    Synthetic fragrances used in cosmetics can have as many as 200 different ingredients, and there is no way to know exactly what the chemicals are, since the label will simply read "fragrance". Some serious problems caused by these chemicals include headaches, dizziness, rash, hyper pigmentation, and skin irritation.

Here is a link to the site:

Through some of the research that I have seen, it seems that Johnson and Johnson (a brand that we all know and love) seems to use a lot of the big "no-no" chemicals in their products! Who knew! I've also noticed that the target brand equivalents to J and J products also contain them.

For more information, check out the Skin Deep Website and

Good luck!

I just bought some bath stuff from the Aubrey line.. I'll let you know how they are!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Reuseable Wipe "Soap"/Cloth Diapers

So yesterday I was talking about how I use reuseable wipes. It's my contribution to a cleaner environment. I thought about doing the cloth diapers thing, but I decided against it. I have a friend who, with her second child, decided to try the cloth diapers.
  • Some pros that she mentioned were that she didn't need to use any diaper cream since the diapers didn't have any chemicals in them and obviously it kept costs down for diapers. 
  • Some con's were that it was really hard to use them traveling and increased amount of laundry. 
She also said that since she works from home and the babies are with her, it's easier to use cloth diapers. Sometimes daycares don't allow you to use cloth diapers there since it's more work for them (totally understandable!). These are all good points to bring up with the cloth diapers. But of course I didn't go with those diapers, but it would be a good choice for moms who stay or work from home.

Anyway, onto the "soap" I used for the reusable wipes. The first thing that I tried was to fold the wipes so that they pulled out like real wipes. I put some water in the wipes box along with soap and dunked the wipes in. You need to ring them out a little so that its not soaking wet. But after a while, I thought that keeping wet wipes (homemade ones) in the wipes box too long wouldn't be a good thing. The wipes didn't grow mold on them, but they started to have the slightest hint of a "wet dog" smell.

 So I tried to think of another way that I could get the wipes wet, but also not having them sit in the water. My solution was to put the "soap" solution in a spray bottle and spray Lexi's bottom and then wipe with the dry wipes. At first, it was a little weird that I was spraying my daughters bottom, and funny =o), but it was definitely the right way to go. I don't measure the components, but the ingredients are baby soap (any kind you like, just a little), baby oil (again any kind you like, on put a little in), and water. I would say approx. a tablespoon (or a few tablespoons) of the soap and oil, and fill the rest with water.

There are solutions that you can buy, but this works just as well. =o)

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Natrual Wipes

I was so focused on sharing my baby food making adventures, that I totally forgot about something else that I do for Lexi.
When she was first born, in the hospital, diaper changing was great. She didn't have any diaper rash, and we had all the things we needed. As you all know, hospitals don't supply wipes anymore, you just use gauze and water. It did the job and that was all that we cared. As I said, Lexi's cute little butt was as clean and clear as a whistle.
We got home, and like every other parent, we used the wipes that you buy at the store. We chose to use Huggies natural care. This worked okay for a a few weeks, but one day, Lexi's bottom started to get a little red. Of course, being a new mom, had no idea what to think of it. I figured it was diaper rash, but it would go away if it kept an eye on it. Well it didn't. Also, it was summer and very humid. I, of course, wanted to be outside as much as possible. I didn't have her in too much clothes, but enough for me to feel comfortable that she wasn't going to get cold (being a newborn and all). This turned out to be a bad idea, going outside with too much clothes on. As my mom said "The diapers worked TOO well." It kept all the heat and moisture inside her diaper and created the prime conditions for diaper rash/heat rash.
Luckily being a newborn, Lexi went to the drs once a month. And lucky again, this was right around the time we were scheduled for a visit. During the regular exam, I asked the doctor to look at the reddness. She said it was irritation, but did not say it was diaper rash yet. She suggested that we switch to water and towels, face or hand towels, to clean Lexi for the time being. So we went ahead and started this regiment right away. You wouldn't believe how fast the reddness cleared up! I'm guessing Lexi's skin is just very sensitive to the chemicals in the wipes.  (I will go into chemicals and other stuff in things you use everyday, at a later time. I need to do more research into the best products to use, especially for baby.)
After that experience with the wipes, I decided to just get rid of using wipes during her diaper changes. I looked online and found that there were reusable wipes. Jackpot! I bought a few different kinds, but ended up sticking with Grovia wipes. 
GroVia Cotton Cloth Wipes, 12 count

I like these because they are, white (so hopefully no chemicals for dying), and they are soft. Also there are 12 in a pack. I bought three.

The other two I bought were:

BabyKicks 10 Pack Baby Wipes, Colors May Vary
Thirsties Fab Wipes 6 Pack and Booty Luster 4 oz with Dainty Baby Reusable Bag Bundle

These both are okay, but baby kicks are a little rough, and the thirsties are soft, but expensive.  I did not get the spray included in the picture.

Anyway, this is getting a little long, so I will talk about the way I use the wipes (i.e. make them wet) in the next post.