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Baby Registry Freebies!

Below are the baby registry boxes/bags that I received in November of 2019. These boxes can totally vary based on the minute it was packed, but overall they have a ton of great freebies.

For the babylist box, you pay $10, but get a $10 babylist credit.

For Amazon, you need to have at least $10 purchased from your registry. Then, you can log in and “order” the registry box.

For Walmart, you need to fill out a form online.

For Target, you need to go into the store to pick it up.

Babylist Box

SkipHop Silver Lining Cloud Starry Rattle

Evenflo Balance Bottle & Pacifier

Boon Nursh Bottle

2 Pampers Pure Diapers

1 Pampers Swaddlers Diaper

Pampers Foldable Changing Pad

Pampers Wipes Samples

Dreft Laundry Detergent Sample

3 Huggies Special Delivery Diapers

Nanobébé pacifier, 3 breastmilk storage bags, daytime & nighttime breast pad samples

Babybum moisturizing lotion

2 Lansinoh Breastmilk Storage Bags, lanolin sample, & disposable nursing pads

Water wipes samples

Amazon Registry Box

Simple Joys By Carter 3-6 month onesie

Amazing Baby Muslin Swaddle

Hanes 0-6 month pullover

2 pack mam pacifiers

Cetaphil baby wash & shampoo

Philips Avent Natural Bottle

Philips Avent Disposable Breast Pads

Water Wipes Sample

Aquafor Sample

Walmart registry

Pampers wipes

1 pampers swaddler

Water wipes

Palmer’s Massage Lotion for Stretch Marks sample

Hyland’s Baby daytime oral pain relief tablets and tiny cold tablets

Evenflo Balance Bottle

3 Huggies Special Delivery Diapers

Dreft Laundry Detergent Sample

Dr. Brown’s Options + Bottle

Baby Dove Tip to Toe Wash

Mam Pacifier

Enfamil Gentlease Powder Sample

Monthly Milestone Cards

Target baby registry

3 Huggies Special Delivery Diapers

Lansinoh Storage Bags & Disposable Nursing Pads

Dr. Brown’s bottle

Palmer’s Massage Lotion for Stretch Marks sample

Boogie Wipes Sample

Babyganics moisturizing daily lotion sample

Aquafor Sample

Honest shampoo & baby wash sample

Honest face & body lotion sample

Aveeno Baby Lotion sample

Johnson’s cotton touch newborn wash sample

Cetaphil wash & shampoo

Dreft Laundry Detergent sample

Water wipes sample

Man pacifier

2 honest company diapers

Honest company wipes samples

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Pennsylvania Public Library – Quest Summer Reading Program

Growing up, visits to the library were my favorite! (Thank you, Aunt Debbie) This summer Caden is the PERFECT age to start attending some of the different activities they have to offer. I wasn’t sure which library to check out since we have so many amazing ones near us. We have Carbondale, Dalton, Abington Community, and the Nancy Kay Holmes library all within a half hour drive. There are even more that I just haven’t visited yet. Best of all – their activities are FREE!!!!!

We have attended BabyGarten at Nancy Kay Holmes and Baby Storytime at the Abington Community Library. Both activities involved play, songs, listening to a story, and a craft. Next week, we plan to dive in with some more activities, such as other “age level” story times since Caden is in between the baby and the pre-school age crews, block parties (building with Legos), and music time. All of the Lackawanna County Libraries have rotating times for magic shows, jugglers, art exhibits, zoo mobiles, and other animal exhibits. Children 4 to 13 can even earn a free ticket to attend a RailRiders game!

Abington Community Library Schedule

June Schedule

July Schedule

Special Event Schedule

Nancy Kay Holmes Library Schedule

June Schedule

July Schedule

Ages 0 to 5 Summer Quest Recording Sheet

Children earn “points” for reading for 15 minutes or completing an activity. Some of the activities that I think are really cool are –

  • Visit a Farmer’s Market – Shopping local is SO important! I desperately want to instill this in Caden from a young age.
  • Eat a “tech-free” meal with your family – I am hoping that we can always keep our meals “tech-free,” but I know that this is a struggle for many families.
  • Write your name in the mud or sand – This is great for sensory exploration and practicing letters!
  • Find shapes in the grocery store – This is something simple that I can start incorporating in our weekly visits to the grocery store. We can also point out the different colors or food groups, too!

Adult Summer Quest Recording Sheet

Adults also get points for reading for 30 minutes or selecting an activity to complete. Some of the adult activities that I think are really cool are –

  • Visit a local business that is new to you – Clarks Summit has so many amazing small businesses that I would like to explore. This will be the push that I need.
  • Visit a farmer’s market – same reason as above 🙂
  • Write someone a thank you card
  • Complete a DIY or home improvement project – Another activity that I need an extra push on!
  • Visit a new city – This is ALWAYS on my summer to-do list!

Happy Reading! ❤️

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Cloth Diaper 101

You’re going to touch your child’s poop?! You’re going to put THAT in your washing machine?!?!!

NEWSFLASH: You do this with disposables, too. Has your child never had a blowout diaper????

I LOVE sharing my love of cloth diapering with other. I am always here to answer questions and help anyone get started. It saves you money and the universe a ton of extra garbage in landfills! If anyone needs help, feel free to comment on this post, shoot @TheTeacherMama_ a message on Insta or FB!

There’s a lot of information out there about cloth diapering. I like to stick to the basics to help a newbie decide what is best for them. When we first started out, I ordered a few different types to see what they looked and felt like. Overall, I stick with one-size diapers and don’t worry about newborn or specific sized diapers. This is easier on me and my pocketbook. My boy also came out 9 pounds, 3 ounces, so newborn diapers would have been a total waste! He fit in one-size perfectly from day one.

What types of diapers are there? (There are more, but I’m keeping this simple!)

-Pocket – You stuff an insert into the diaper. When you wash, you pull out the inserts.

  • PROs >>>> You get to customize absorbency.
  • CONs >>>> You have to take the time to stuff the diapers.

I love Charlie Banana pocket diapers. They have leg straps that you can adjust. 

-All in one – This diaper has everything you need attached.

  • PROs >>>>> No stuffing 🙂
  • CONs >>>>> You don’t get to customize absorbency as easily. You made need to add in extras to make it work for you.

I love Grovia and Thirsties Natural All in Ones!

-Covers – This is the most economical route you can take.

  • PROs >>>>> You can reuse the cover as long as it’s only peed in. You just change the refold inside.
  • CONs >>>>> This seems intimidating, but it’s really not. We use Grovia covers and Osocozy prefolds which have the folds sewed into them. You just have to fold it into thirds. You can do super fancy folds and use snapeez, but I like to keep it SIMPLE.

I love Grovia covers and Osocozy prefolds!

What type of closures are there?

Applix/Hook & Loop/Velcro –

  • PROs – Super easy to use. Just like a disposable.
  • CONs – A little bit higher maintenance because you will need to make sure the velcro is attached before washing. Velcro doesn’t have as long of a life expectancy as snaps.

Snaps –

  • PROs – Snaps generally last much longer than velcro.
  • CONs – May take some trial and error to find the right fit.

 

How do you wash your diapers?

What works for me, may not work for you. This is a lot of trial and error. It also will depend on the type of water you have. We have harder water living off of well water, so I use Tide powder. It has a softener in it automatically. If you post your washing machine and water hardness in a cloth diapering group, they will help you figure out a wash routine.

I keep my large pail liner/wet bag in the bathroom. I spray poop diapers and place them in the bag. I put pee diapers straight into the bag without rinsing. I wash every 2-3 days… sometimes 4, but I try to stick to 2-3. I put all of the diapers in my top loading washer as a  SMALL load, cold, quick wash with line one of Tide powder. Then, I do another small load, hot, FULL cycle, with a full cup of Tide powder. I dry the inserts and line dry the diapers.

Where do you get your diapers?

I love www.abbyslane.com. Join Abby’s Chatties on Facebook to get all of the promo codes from the pinned post for each day of the week. Their rewards program is awesome! You always get at least 11.5% back on all purchases! 🙂 ***ETA: My favorite shop closed in December! (Worst. Day. Ever.)

Some other shops – Ulmie’s Nest, The Natural Baby Company, and The Green Diaper Store!

 

PS: Check out the AMAZING GroVia chart they made to help parents decide which diaper is perfect for them! >>>>> https://www.grovia.com/pages/clothdiapers

Freezing Breast Milk

Alright…. I will admit I was terrible at storing breastmilk with my first. I had it haphazardly in our freezer in boxes or piles. I didn’t want to use ziploc bags because it seemed wasteful. I’m over it. Just looking in my organized freezer is worth the waste. I will re-use the ziploc freezer bags after all of this is over!

How To:

1) Every day or every other day depending on how much extra milk you have, bag up milk to be frozen. I tend to stick with 5 ounces, even though the bags can hold 6.

2) Use Lansinoh Bags because they lay the flattest! Be sure to get the extra air out.

3) I use an old pizza tray that we no longer use, but an old cookie sheet is even better! It helps the bags freeze as flat as possible! Some people even have a second pan to put on top.

4) Once the bags are frozen, you can start putting them in gallon size Ziploc bags. I usually fit about 8-10 5 ounce bags in each Ziploc.

5) Don’t forget to label the outside of the Ziploc bag with the month and year! Then, you’ll know which bags to grab first when you’re ready to start using your milk! To make sure not to lose any milk, use your oldest milk first!

Happy Pumping/Breastfeeding! ❤️

Olivia’s Bow Club Review

When I found out we were having a girl, bows were a TOP priority! I love the idea of a bow subscription to build our stash! Olivia’s Bow Club has a few different options. We do the set that comes with two bows on nylon and one top knot. It is only $12.99 and it is super easy to cancel or pause a month. You get to see sneak peeks in their VIP group, which helps you decide whether you want that months. That way it isn’t entirely blind! They also have really cute add-ons, such as other bow designs or MATCHING MAMA HEADBANDS!!!!!! 😍 That’s what sold me for sure!

Get a free month by using my referral link:

https://oliviasbowclub.com/a/refer-a-friend/redeem/jessica123/2040

Here are a few pics of our first month’s order! I can’t wait for our May bows with our WATERMELON top knot! ❤️

Lilly Bow Peep Boutique

We love Lilly Bow Peep Boutique! I can’t wait for when Kennedy is a little bit bigger to be able to fit into more of their outfits! They have great prices and even better quality. So many of the dresses we have ordered are made out of this extremely soft fabric!

They have mystery outfits for $5.50 occasionally! They’re always super cute and are such a steal! Be sure to leave a comment in the checkout notes if you have any requests. There’s no guarantees, but they generally try to fulfill them! I always list what outfits we have to ensure we don’t get a duplicate. I also leave my little ones size for which season to make sure I don’t get a summer outfit that won’t fit during summer!

Below is a picture of some mystery outfits I received!

Here are a few outfits that I purchased at regular price!

They also have flash sales regularly. They will post an outfit for sale for only a few minutes. You will need to check out and pay shipping on each outfit, but it evens out! 🙂

Don’t forget to use my referral discount (coupon code) JESSICA03 at checkout!

Shop here:

https://lilly-bow-peep-2.myshopify.com

Caden’s Loves Elmo, 2! (Sesame Street 2nd Birthday)

Caden’s second birthday cannot possibly be here already! 😱

He is obsessed with Elmo, so we knew Sesame Street was the way to go!

Caden’s Outfit

  • I used Avery Light Transfer paper on an Old Navy T-shirt to create a custom Sesame Street shirt. I also made M is for Mommy and D is for Daddy shirts for Sean and I!

Food

  • We had pizza, club sandwiches, pasta salad, veggies, fruit, chips, pretzels, cupcakes, cookies, and chocolate covered pretzels.
  • For drinks we had bottled water, iced tea, Arnold palmers, and Capri suns!

Last minute I decided to use Avery table tents leftover from our wedding to label food with the characters!

Decorations

I cut a large number 2 out of a cardboard box and covered it in pictures from the past year.

I printed picture of the characters and made a Caden Street sign to make centerpieces. They are actually attached to a wooden spoon and hot glued into the mason jar. The mason jar is filled with dollar tree shredded paper.

Staples sells 12″ x 12″ x 12″ boxes. We used clear packing tape to assemble and colored duct tape to decorate the edges. I printed and cut out the ABC 123s for the sides.

This sign will be placed near the parking lot to guide guests towards the party.

I love having a guest book for our parties, so this sign will remind people to sign!

Favors

  • We used Sesame Street party bags from Party City to put a box of crayons, goldfish, and a rubber ducky. I created these tags to go on top of the bags. We also had bubbles that didn’t fit inside the bag and were more fun to use during the party anyway!

JCPenney Portraits does a great job for cheap! Check out some of our pictures. Caden was not in a smiling kind of mood, but I love how the props we brought (stuffed animals and balloons) gave the brick backdrop such a Sesame Street feel!

Pampers PURE Review

We cloth diaper of course, but it is important for those that use disposables to really inspect their diaper ingredient lists. There are so many toxins for something that goes on such a precious bum. Pampers PURE are a great place to start if you aren’t ready to go full-on-cloth! They’re a brand you can trust with an environmental conscious. On the EWG’s Skin Deep app, Pampers Pure wipes scored a 1, which is great! They have no chlorine bleaching, fragrances, parabens, or latex. Premium Cotten is used in this plant-based product.

****This item was received free for testing purposes from Influenster, but all opinions are my own!*****

Caden’s Golf First Birthday

I’m a little late to the game, but I wanted to share how we decorated for Caden’s first birthday party!

Caden’s attire:

-Custom Moccs from Everleigh Meadow Moccs

-Custom Shirt Embroidered with Caden and 1 with a matching bib from Etsy (Addie Kakes Kreations)

– Shorts from Gymboree

Food:

-TeeRiffic Pasta Salad

-PUTTato Chips

-Watermelon Wedges

-Putting Green Dirt Cake

-And of course pizza, hoagies, wings, and macaroni and cheese!

-Two Amazing Cakes from Cakes in Cups

-Extremely Creative Cookies from Jess Dunleavy

-We has an Arnold Palmer Making Station, too!

Caden’s Smash Cake 🙂

Decorations:

-White paper lanterns and printed the Titleist logo on them to look like gold balls

-green table cloths

-a balloon arch

-Centerpieces: $1 glass bowls from Walmart filled with golf balls and navy blue flowers

-Guest Book: We plan to always have a new book that matches the theme for guests to write a happy birthday message. We chose Badges, Egg Salad, and Green Jackets: The Masters A to Z!

Favors:

-Plastic golf clubs with balls from the dollar tree. We turned a large cardboard box into a Titleist golf bag.

End of the Year Teacher Gift

As a teacher, gifts are never expected or necessary, but they are always appreciated! 🙂

We adore Caden’s daycare teachers, and he will be moving up to the next room when he returns in the fall.

We made a S’Mores basket with an added Amazon Giftcard for an extra sweet treat as an end of the year gift! It was super quick and easy, but looks adorable all assembled!

What’s in it?

  • Small Blue Tote from The Dollar Tree
  • Box of Graham Crackers
  • Bag of Marshmallows
  • Pack of 6 Hershey’s Chocolate Bars
  • Amazon Gift Card

*Shrink Wrap Cellophane and Bow are also from the Dollar Tree!

I printed out a label that says, “Thank you for making this year S’MORE fun than anything! Love, Caden”