April 13, 2013

Saturday Project - Organize your freezer to fit MORE inside!

I suspect most of us have areas in our house that silently bug us...places that are messy, inefficiently used, etc.  For me, one such spot was my kitchen freezer.  It seemed like it never fit enough into it and something was always falling out on my toes when I opened the door.  At best, it was inefficient use of space.  At worst, it was a plain mess.

One day, while nesting before the birth of baby #3, I tackled the freezer.  I emptied everything out onto the counter, threw away anything that was just too old, and wiped down the inside.  But now what?  Hmmm...

I pulled out my measuring tape for some quick measurements, then hit the road.  At Big Lots, I found 3 plastic shoe boxes for $1 each.  They were the perfect size for the bottom shelf.  I envisioned neatly labeled "drawers" for meats, veggies, and cheese.

At The Container Store, I found plastic file boxes in various widths.  Turned out that they would fit perfectly on the top shelf.  I imagined bags of tater tots finally having a home.

Sadly, I didn't think to take a "Before" photo.  I suppose I could empty everything out again and shove it back in willy nilly and take a picture, but hopefully you can just use your imagination.  Be sure to include something diving for the floor every time we wanted ice.

This is my "After" photo:
My dream of neatly labeled drawers came true!  And those tater tots finally have a home with walls so the bag isn't always falling over.  I like how the clear file drawers still allow plenty of light through.  Nothing falls on my feet, but best of all, I now have MORE in my freezer than I've ever had in there before.  And I can find it!

Total cost:  about $12
Total time:  about 1 hour plus shopping time

~Heather (owner Cloth Diaper Outlet)

Text and photos copyright CDO LLC 2013

April 12, 2013

PCOS to Pregnancy: A lesson in patience

Here I am, waiting to start our second round of Clomid. I have taken the progesterone to induce a period and nothing is happening. It's been 5 days since I completed the medication and nothing. I've taken this medicine so many times in the future and still don't remember what I'm supposed to expect! Is it 3 days after finishing the medicine that I get a period or 10? I'm so anxious to start another round of Clomid in hopes of getting pregnant that it's hard to be patient. I feel like one whole cycle takes forever. I have to take the progesterone for 10 days. Then I have wait to for the period. Then I start the real cycle. If I'm not pregnant, I have to wait until day 35 to start the progesterone all over again. All in all, it's like a two month cycle! It's so hard to be patient when you want something so badly.

Then again, I look at our life, at our toddler and think the timing was perfect. When we got married, we didn't go on birth control. I knew I wasn't ovulating, but our thought process was, let's see what happened. And for a year and a half nothing happens. We would have been pleased to get pregnant right away, it would have been a welcome surprise, but that's not what happened. Instead, our son was born a month after our second wedding anniversary and that was perfect! We got two years to create memories, save money, and live in a tiny, one bedroom apartment. Our life would have been very different if we had gotten pregnant right away and I'm so thankful for the time that we had as a childless couple.

I'm trying to remind myself all of that now as I impatiently wait for my period to start. I'm thankful for the time with our toddler. The memories of one-on-one time, the ease of getting just one child at the door when we want to leave. I'm trusting that things don't happen in my time, but at the right time. And that is comforting.

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.

April 9, 2013

Trophy Tuesday: Win Blueberry Flat Cloth Diapers and save 15% off them this week!

Heard of Flats?  They're the traditional, economical, durable and versatile cloth diaper that many of
our grandmothers used.

Blueberry Flats are one size, adjustable, and fit from birth through potty training.  They are made from 100% cotton birdseye. Flats are the most versatile cloth diaper style and the easiest to use when traveling because of the fact that they are very trim, they’re easy to wash and dry fast. 

They can be folded in a variety of ways and fasten with either a snappi or diaper pins.  They are not waterproof, and do require a cover.

The flat diapers are 31.5” x 31.5” (or 80 cm x 80cm), but will shrink about 10% after washing. 

The Origami fold below is just one of the many popular flats folding techniques. 

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