Essential Oil Infused Dryer Balls

Since it is not recommended to use dryer sheets with children s sleepwear we decided awhile ago to do away with dryer sheets. We have been using purecosheets to help eliminate static but I was really missing that fresh laundry smell. I took to Pinterest and one of my safe essential oil use groups on Facebook to come up with a solution.

I chose to make a spray and designate certain dryer balls to infuse. For the spray I used 15 drops Lavender, 15 drop Purification from Essential Oils and filled the rest of the bottle with white vinegar. Diluting oils in white vinegar and letting it soak in before use with help prevent oil marks on clothing. White vinegar also helps with static. Some oils are photosensitive so amber bottles like these are perfect for any sprays you want to make using essential oils. You can mix up many different solutions depending on your mood Lavender/Orange, Purification/Mel-A for sheets when the house is sick, Peppermint/Ylang-Ylang for sheets and towels. While the load is in the washer I spray the ball(s) to let it soak in. Once the clothes are dry on the air fluff cycle, no heat. I also rinse out the lint trap every other time to get any of the residual oil off, although it is so diluted to begin with I am not sure if any is really on it anyway.

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I didn’t want the spray to get mixed up with anything else so I used my Silhouette and played around with some vinyl for the first time. It was really easy to do and a lot of fun. Now I have a whole list of things I want to label with vinyl. My friend who has been doing it for awhile says once you start it’s really hard to stop!

Favorite Consignment Finds

Boy has it been a crazy month so far. Iv’e been trying to stay away from the computer a little so I could focus on getting our house a little more organized. I can’t wait to share some of the hacks we have implemented that have been working beautifully so far. In the meantime, I just had to share some updates from the latest consignment sale that we both consigned and shopped at. What an unexpected hit!

Although we didn’t have as much to consign as last time, I still wanted to get some things out of storage. Following the same method as I did in my 8 Tips & Tricks For Selling Consignment we ended up with about 40 pieces of both Parker and Caity’s clothing and 30 pieces of maternity clothes I am ready to say good bye to. We also had some gear like the Belly Buds and Snuggle Nest that were just taking up space. I priced everything low and available for purchase 1/2 off on the 50% off day. That is usually the best way to get rid of items and it worked. Of the 128 total items we consigned, 89 were purchased. Luckily items that were not sold can be handed down to a few mommas I know with littler babies than mine. I decided to keep some of the summer maternity items to wear around the house and left the rest for the $1 dash. By volunteering we were able to earn 70% of our sales which ended up being about $240. Not to shabby for items just laying around the house and taking up space!

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Of course I also had to go shopping 🙂 We decided to try out our new double jogger which I am more and more impressed with each time we use it.

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We got to shop early and found some fun toys for the kids keeping in mind my 10 Tips For Shopping A Consignment Sale Successfully. I am IN LOVE with that purple elephant rocker from Toys R Us for $10. We found some DVDs for $1, and brand new golf club set for $3, and a complete train set from Little Tree for $8. The America canvas usually goes for $75 and we found it for $15 in perfect condition.

A few days later I went back to look for clothes during the 50% off sale. I found a ton of Gymboree, OshKosh, Cherokee, and Childrens Place for under $5. Here were a few of my favorites…

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Ekkkk! Gold… Sparkle… What more could a mother girl want?!? I can’t wait to put Caity in this and snap a few photos around Christmas time next year. I know it’s a little early to be thinking about winter but I just couldn’t resist this for only $3.50.

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Iv’e already pulled some of my bow making materials out to match this adorable dress for July 4th! Items like this are always a great find because they were most likely only worn once. Since Caity will probably only wear it once I can still turn around and consign it for around the same price. It’s more like “renting” clothes 🙂

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Parker still loves Jake so I was stoked to find this Disney brand hoodie for only $4. Although it was well loved by it’s previous owner, there is still more time for my little guy to love it.

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While I was shopping around I noticed a great deal of dress up items. We are going to a special little girls 2nd birthday party in a few weeks and I knew a dress up kit would be the perfect gift. All together I ended up spending $30 on 3 dresses, a Doc McStuffins lab coat, tiara, wand, bag of beads, heels, and a beauty kit. I can’t wait to put it all together for her!

We are headed into yard sale and consignment season and I can’t wait for all the great finds I have headed my way. What are some great finds you have scored recently?

Fluffy Butt Series: Favorite Cloth Diaper Accessories

We have been cloth diapering going on two and a half years now. I have learned a lot along the way and can still say after all this time that we love it. Although it isn’t always the most convenient, each time I change out a diaper and it goes in the hamper instead of the trash I get a little warm and fuzzy inside. We don’t exclusively cloth diaper and do opt for disposables on vacation, long day trips, and for daycare (not by choice) which isn’t ideal but it still means our kids are sporting a fluffy butt 90% of the time.

Over the years we have tried our share of products and through trial and error have found our favorites. Below are some of things things that have made cloth diapering a little easier and a lot more enjoyable.

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bumGenius Sprayer  |  Diaper Extenders  |  7.9 Gallon Stainless Steel Round Step Trash Can  |  Bumkins Reusable Flannel Wipes  |  Thirsties Hemp Inserts  |  16 oz Glass Spray Bottle  |  Wet Bags  |  GNEDBY Shelf Unit  |  Essential Oils from Young Living

We have been using the bumGenius Sprayer  for about two years now. Although it is a little pricey, we picked ours up at Buy Buy Baby and used ones of their 20% off coupon. Hands down I LOVE this thing. It makes cleaning off the messiest diapers easy and quick. I also thing is has contributed to the fact that even after 2+ years our diapers have no stains.

The GNEDBY Shelf Unit from IKEA was a perfect addition to the kids shared changing station and excellent way to organize all of our diapers while displaying them at the same time. It’s also an easy conversation started when we host play dates or have guests over. I love spreading fuffy butt awareness and all of its advantages.

We have tried several different pails and ended up finding the 7.9 Gallon Stainless Steel Round Step Trash Can. I didn’t realize it at the time of purchase but the large wet bags my mom had made using pull material from Jo Ann Fabrics fit perfectly in the trash can. It keeps out the smell and we just pull out the wet bag on laundry day.

We always keep some of our Alva Wet Bags in the diaper bag for on the go in the rare case of a blowout. They are also handy for when you are taking a trip to the pool or to hold dirty laundry on a short weekend away.

We had initially planned to start potty training P after Christmas but he didn’t show much interest so we decided to focus on phasing out the pacifier and retry this summer. Since buster boy is now 40lbs, he is maxing out our bumGenius 4.0s. We decided it would be cheaper to invest in some Diaper Extenders and Thirsties Hemp Inserts. Both have been working out really well and were great investments.

I recently took the plunge and joined Young Living and started incorporating Essential Oils into our cleaning sillies, medicine cabinet, and daily living. One of the things I was most excited about was making a solution for our cloth wipes and a safe balm to use on red bottoms. For the wipe solution I purchased a 16 oz Glass Spray Bottle and a few sets of Bumkins Reusable Flannel Wipes. We will still use disposable wipes for soiled diapers but when they just need a little wipe we will use the cloth with an Essential Oils mix. Next week I will be sharing my recipes for our cloth wipes and a safe cloth diaper balm for red bums.

Now it’s time for a little show n tell. I would love to hear what some of your favorites products are!

Making This Home Ours: Shared Changing Station

Even though I am still finishing up Parker’s room and anxiously waiting for baby girls room to be painted, I was able to get their shared changing station in the guest bathroom complete.

Since Parker is still in diapers and we aren’t in a rush to potty train with baby girl on the way, I will have two in diapers for a little while. I didn’t want to take up space in both their rooms with a changing station or worrying about sharing products back and forth or purchasing duplicates of everything. Since our guest bathroom is a decent size, we decided to move Parker’s changing table in there and make a shared station. I didn’t have a vision of what I wanted when we started out but now that it is complete I am ecstatic. There are still a few things I need to add but it has been fully functional for a few weeks and working out really well.

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The changing table is an old purchase from IKEA, maybe 6 years ago, and one of the best purchases I have ever made. This piece of furniture has lived in 4 different places all serving a different purpose. Parker and baby girl will each have a bin on the top for jammies. The bottom two bins will hold extra inserts, disposables (yes, we do use them on occasion) and other supplies. The cloth diaper tower, GNEDBY from IKEA ($49.99), fit perfectly in the space and is a great way to show off our stash. It’s narrow and tall so it doesn’t interfere with the door but still holds a lot of diapers.

DSC_4745 v2One of the challenges we had at first was where to store all of the creams, wipes and medicine. I decided to pull out two of the IKEA BEKVAM spice racks ($3.99/each) that I had stored away for a rainy day. They work perfectly in the space and help keep everything out of the way, organized, and easily accessible. For the moment, each mason jar on the left has a different medicine with the corresponding dropper. I am ultimately trying to find boxes that fit side by side instead of the glass. Especially with two kiddos at home, I want to make sure each of their medicines and doses are properly marked and organized so there are no mistakes at 2am. The wipes container works perfectly as the front can be opened in place allowing you to retrieve wipes 1 handed.

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I also decided to move Parker’s calendar and set up baby girls while I was at it. Iv’e been keeping a calendar by the changing area since Parker was first born. It was a really easy way to jot down any memorable events or milestones each night after we changed him for bed. I used the calendar quite a bit to help with his monthly updates.

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Since all of the changing will be happening in bathroom now I wanted to find a bin to prevent all the dirty laundry from piling up on the floor. Since we only open the linen closet on the rare occasion, I decided to buy the Thirty-One Room For Two Utility Tote which fits perfectly in the doorway. It has a zip up divider so I can separate right away and has handles to make it easy to carry downstairs.

Although we don’t let P roam this floor unattended and use a Safety 1st Grip N Twist Doorknob Cover we still decided to secure the shelf using the same Plastic Pipe Strap we used throughout the house. You can read more about it in my Baby Proofing Our Home post.

The only things left to finish are the boxes for medicine and cutting out a quote on my Cricut with vinyl to go above the changing table. I was thinking, “fluffy butt headquarters”. What do you think?!?

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When P and I were at his 9 month wellness visit, the doctor noticed that he was wearing a cloth diaper and asked how my experience has been. I ended up talking her ear off for about 10 minutes. She asked if I would be willing to put together a sheet she can had out to her families. Apparently, she gets asked quite a bit about them. I was so honored and excited to take this project on. Cloth diapering can get pretty complicated with the huge selection of types, brands, cleaning agents and accessories. I am by no means an expert but I have learned a lot along the way and am slowly venturing into all of the cloth diaper impossibles and combination.

My plan isn’t to have set days that I post on this series or within a certain time frame. As a SAHM to a 10 month old boy, life gets in the way and when I set deadlines to my blogging, it becomes another item on my to-do list and not a hobby I enjoy.

Here is what I was thinking at the moment:

– The low down on cloth diapering including some numbers I put together on the cost benefit
– Extensive glossary of terms
– Types of cloth diapers
– Brands of cloth diapers
– Cleaning products, tips and tricks for keeping them clean
– Accessories available
– Cloth diaper resources

Did I miss anything? If there is something you were hoping to learn in particular, send me an email and I will make sure to include anything I know or can find out myself.

Here are some quick links of a few posts I have already done to keep you busy until my first post:

Getting Started
Prepping for Baby
Check In