March 30, 2013

Saturday Project - Organize a small closet

I think my nesting instinct has kicked in as the birth of our 3rd child draws near.  I'm organizing everything!

One day this week, I tackled our linen closet/medicine cabinet.  Our closet is really small and never fits the things I want to put inside.  One thing in particular was medical-related items that are too big to fit into the small cabinet I have for meds.

I hit Pinterest for some ideas and found inspiration in this:
This clever person bought a shoe holder and cut it down to size for her bathroom cabinet.  I loved the idea!  I already use shoe holders in most of our closets to store game pieces, hats & gloves, etc.  Just one problem...THIS idea wouldn't fit in my narrow linen closet.  

I headed to the store to take a look at my favorite cheap shoe holders.  Sure enough, I could cut one in half lengthwise.  Perfect.  

For $6, this is what I have.  There are two more rows of shoe pouches that you don't see in the pic, so lots of extra storage without any fuss.  I simply trimmed right down the center between the two seams.  I still have half left that I can  use elsewhere.  I can put extra boxes of kid meds up high, and lower down put the safe items or things the kids are allowed to get themselves.  LOVE it!  

~Heather (owner Cloth Diaper Outlet)

All photos and text copyright 2013

March 29, 2013

PCOS to Pregnancy: How to tell when you're ovulating

When you're trying to get pregnant, it's helpful to become more in tune with your body. Knowing when you ovulate can help you time your intercourse correctly and improve your chances of getting pregnant. Here's some tips to help you know when you are ovulating:

Basal Body Temperature dips then rises. If you are charting your temperatures, you will be able to see ovulation on the chart! There will be a dip on ovulation day and then a rise immediatedly after. For more information on charting, see this post.

Ovulation Prediction Tests are great! They work the same way as pregnancy tests, but check for a rise in your luteneizing hormones (LH).

Cramping - This one is a little more difficult to figure out and varies for each woman. Some women cramp during ovulation, some before, and some after. If you pay attention for a few months, you should be able to figure out which one happens for you.

Change in cervical fluid - Typically, the fluid becomes more like "egg whites", but definitely very wet.

All that said, just because you know you ovulated and took action doesn't mean you'll get pregnant that month...unfortunately!

I'm Jenny, the mama behind the blog Cloth Diaper Revival.   I'm a stay at home mom to Noah and a wife to Chas, the cloth diapering dad.  I used to be a 3rd grade teacher until I was blessed with the birth of my first child, Noah. I'm currently trying to conceive my second child while struggling with infertility due to PCOS. This series covers my journey and my experiences along the way.

March 28, 2013

Dealing with Diaper Rash

Dealing with a diaper rash can be one of the most frustrating parts of changing diapers! Rashes can happen with both cloth and disposable diapers. Many parents choose cloth diapers to avoid the rashes sometimes caused by disposable diapers. If you are experiencing a diaper rash, here are some common causes and remedies.

Common Causes:
  • Teething
  • Diet
  • Irritation due to wetness
  • Infection
  • Rubbing or chaffing
  • Antibiotics
  • Diarrhea 
  • Reaction to detergents or fabrics

  • Cloth Diaper Safe Cream - in mild cases try a cloth diaper safe rash cream
  • Prescription - if the rash is caused by an infection or doesn't seem to go away with at home treatment, you should see your doctor for advice.
  • Change diapers more often
  • Naked time - allow the skin to breathe between diaper changes by giving your baby a few minutes of naked time
  • Consider using a stay dry fabrics 
  • Consider using natural fibers - some babies are sensitive to fibers like suede cloth
  • Switch detergents - Your child may be sensitive to certain detergents

This is not medical advice. You should consult your doctor if the rash continues, becomes blistered or pusses. Yeast rash should be treated by doctor.

March 27, 2013

Paint those piggies! Try Piggy Paint, As natural as mud!

Do you have a little thumb sucker? Or maybe you're looking for a safe, non-toxic nail polish for your little girl. We now carry Piggy Paint!

Piggy Paint is a USA made, non-toxic, hypoallergenic nail polish. There's no harsh smell with Piggy Paint either. It's a low odor nail polish! It's perfect for both kids and adults! Piggy Paint is kid-friendly and comes in lots of bright color options! There are even a couple of glitter choices! We also sell Piggy Paint gift sets! These would make great Easter basket stuffers or birthday presents! What little girl wouldn't love to paint her nails in a neon pink nail polish called "Pinkie Promise" or put glitter over her favorite color with "Glitterbug"?

Individual bottles sell for $8.95 a piece and gift sets are $24.95.