Pros and Cons of Cloth Diapering

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One of the things I’m doing differently with our Daughter Madeline, is Cloth Diapers. I was on the fence about using them with Leo and loved the prints BUT ultimately I just chose not use them with him. So when Madeline was born I really wanted to start using them to replace using disposables.

She is 9 months now and we have been using them since she was 2 months old, just around the time we ran out of Newborn/size 1 diapers that we had stocked up on. I wanted to write this post for all the moms who are on the fence about using them like I did. There is a lot of “How to’s” but none really giving you the Pro’s and Con’s of using them. I hope this list may help to to decided if you are on the fence just like I was.

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PRO’S

  • Saving money. If you do Cloth Diapering correctly and don’t get swept up in it all it can be very money saving by time your baby is no longer in them.
  • Adorable prints. We use Mama Koala and I absolutely love all of their prints. They vary from different colors, themes, and even some Harry Potter ones come out sometimes.
  • Better for the environment. Ultimately Cloth diapers ARE better for our planet, because you don’t throw them away and they go sit in a dump for years.
  • Multiple methods. There are so many different ways to cloth diapers which gives you many options to find what will work for your family lifestyle and your budget.
  • They can last years. If taken care of cloth diapers can last you from birth till about 2-3 years old around potty training time.
  • You can match them with your child’s outfits. Honestly I find this part so much fun, I can match her to her outfit or if its a special holiday or something is going on I can dress her up in some cloth diapers that go with the day!

CONS

  • Takes time to get a routine. Other it is washing the diapers in the washing machine, or hand washing them, you have to find your routine and that can be a little time consuming.
  • There are a lot of rules to taking care of your cloth diapers. My best advice for this is add your self to a Facebook group that is just for taking care Cloth diapers. The experts there will give you EVERY detail what to do to improve your wash routine or what not to do. So sometimes it can be overwhelming.
  • Sometimes onesies and pants don’t fit. Because the cloth diapers are “bigger” it can make it where the clothes for your baby don’t fit. (Pro tip: Get knee high socks and onesie extenders)
  • Washing the poop off the diapers can be gross. Im not going to lie, it can get gross and you will probably get it on your hands more than once.
  • Adds more laundry. I know it’s not something you like doing but it’s a part of it.
  • Can be expensive. If you want the diapers that exactly like disposables called the AIO (All in Ones) it will be expensive. BUT Also seeing all the adorable prints on your baby bum will honestly have you on the shops pages looking to buy every single butt fluff you can get your hands on. I mean there are are many moms who have over 500 diapers and some will pay $75+ for one diaper if its a special limited print.. Sop beware it can get addicting.
  • People will think it’s gross. ” Oh my gosh ew I couldn’t do that, do you like wash it with your clothes?” I hear it all the time when someone asks about Madelines diapers and I explain what they are. People suck sometimes simple as that.
  • Disposables are easier. It’s not a secret, I am not going to lie they are, I mean you take it off your child and throw it away. Fast and simple.

We choose to cloth diaper because the pros just out way the cons for us. I love knowing we help the environment even just the little bit that we do, and already it has saved us money by not having to buy diapers every month plus I mean come on the prints are just to perfect and adorable.

Do what you feel fits your family first. If you choose to CD then make sure to find a few facebooks groups and do research to find which method is right for you!

We have found that the Mama Koala Diapers are amazing for us! They are always coming out with new prints every Thursday and are very affordable.

Inspirational and fun Christmas Advent Calendar for Kids

My two year old loves Curious George and on the Christmas episodic the man in the yellow hat makes a count down to Christmas for George. I instantly loved the idea, then while scrolling through Instagram I saw small shop mom boss Stephanie Hathaway post about her her freebie of Christmas flower themed advent calendar tags she designed. Stephanie is a fellow homeschool mom who creates these amazing lessons and bundles for your home. I recently bought her  Daily rhythm bundle and weather bundle to use for the  boys chore charts and morning lessons! Cant wait to share that with you soon.

Anyway Stephanie had an awesome idea that instead of a gift advent calendar she made more of an inspirational advent calendar using the beautiful cards she had made. She simply printed out the cards and on the back wrote something inspirational for her son on the back! So for our advent calendar I wanted to combine the gift calendar and non-gift calendar.

Here is what I came up with. 

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  1. I printed and cut out Stephanie’s cards that can found in her freebie section in the link below.

https://www.stephaniehathawaydesigns.com/freeprintables/christmas-advent-freebies

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2. I wrote an inspirational thing to say to my boys OR something Christmas themed for us to actually do! I took events from our printable Christmas bucket list! You can find that in this post.

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3. For the little baggy behind the card I just simply put a piece of chocolate for each of the boys inside and pinned it to some twine to hang on our wall!

4. I ended using some tiny ornaments and a gold star we had bought last year from Walmart for a little tree the boys decorated to hang with the calendar for a finishing look.

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So far this Advent Calendar is perfect for the boys to see how many days left till Christmas AND to see how much we love them and how proud we are of them each day.

Favorites of the Week 1st Edition

Happy Sunday! I’ve been wanting to write something like this for quite some time ever since I found this idea from fellow blogger Hillary from hillarymichelleblog.com. If you get a chance check her page out, shes amazing with fashion and definitely one of my favorite bloggers to follow! With that being said do you ever just want to write down some of the things you want to just share and get out? Just random finds that you think people should see or check out for themselves. That’s what this series is going to be about! With Christmas right around the corner, I will be posting some awesome gift ideas here and there for the whole family, along with just some things I think are worth talking about.

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Miss Fong Leather Diaper bag

For the past year I was using just a regular backpack as our diaper bag, and with being pregnant with Madeline I know I needed something bigger with a lot more pockets. I also wanted something a tad more stylish that I know would last. I found this bag on Amazon for only $50 it’s 4 1/2 stars and has a lot of great reviews! There 5 Outer pockets & 8 Inner pockets and its water resistant. My favorite thing so far minus the amount of pockets, is the fact on the side two pockets they are insulated perfect for those baby bottles. This bag also fits my homeschool books perfectly for when we are on the go and I want to bring some lessons with us!

 

 

Bow subscription

I kept getting one of those ads on Instagram about some really cute little girl bows from Little Poppy Co, and after a few times of seeing this ad I decided to check it out. It ended up being a bow subscription ( Didn’t even know that was a thing ) where each month Little Poppy sends you 3 bows for your baby girl that goes with the holiday or season of the month, it’s only $13.99 a month and the bows are absolutely adorable! They have 3 sizes from infants to little girls. Even though Madeline is not suppose to be here until January the Christmas bows were just too cute not to get.

Less Screen Time

I noticed with Bentley recently that he has became quite argumentative, which would turn me in to the big bad mom. He was constantly saying he was only happy when watching YouTube videos.. He wasn’t wanting to go any where or do anything and it was driving me insane. SO I started taking back his screen time during the week to only an hour in the afternoon after dinner. I’ve been seeing small changes in his behavior and school has became easier because he knows if he doesn’t finish his school that there will be no screen time at all.

Michaels Christmas Tree 

We have already started putting up Christmas, and I’m not sorry about it. We’ve had numerous Christmas tree’s in the past, fake and real but nothing compares to the one we got last year on sale at Michaels. It’s the 7.5 Pre-Lit Jasper Christmas Tree and easily goes together, with a few clicks. If I didn’t buy it I honestly wouldn’t know by looking at it that its not real. Micheals is with Black Friday at the end of this coming week Michaels is having a huge sale on tree’s up to 60% off. Trow on a few of the tree pine scent sticks from Walmart and you couldn’t even tell the difference.

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Disney+ 

I just wanted to talk for a second about how I love that Disney paired up with National Geographic. I have been using it with our Good and the Beautiful Marine Biology Science unit. If you homeschool this is a great tool to use with some lessons!

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That wraps up this weeks favorites, there wasn’t a ton of great stuff to talk about this week but tell us in the comments something you loved this week! I would love to find something new!

 

 

 

Christmas Bucket List

The fall season is almost over, that means Christmas is right around the corner and if you’re like me you have already started decorating for the holidays and playing the most wonderful music ever. So this year I wan to do some of the extra Holiday / Winter type activities with the whole family so I made a list and printed it off to hang on our fridge. Each one we get to do I’ll have one the boys check it off!  I made this list printable for you all too! I’m going to update which things we check off over on our Instagram . Fingers crossed we get to do each one, but living in Florida the snow activities will be a challenge to complete.

Click on the link below to download our Christmas bucket list!

Christmas Bucket List

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30 Weeks with Madeline

Finally able to update on our little bundle of joy coming this January. The past few weeks have been crazy, I have been having some breathing problems doing about anything. My doctor referred us to a cardiologist which had me do a Echo cardiogram and a heart monitor for 24 hours to find out I have a mild case of Cardiomegaly which leads to shortness of breath and hopefully will be gone after I have Madeline. . I’ve also been having some family emergency’s going on, So updating on here as been on the back burner.
Highlights: 
  • Decorating her room and getting everything ready! 
  • Madeline is looking great on Ultrasound! 
  • Her Heartbeat is strong! 
Lowlights:
  • Restless legs when I’m trying to sleep is the worst
  • Having Braxton Hicks almost daily. 
  • Cardiologist says I have Cardiomegaly (Enlargement of the heart) 
Weight Gain/Loss:  13 weeks: 170 17 weeks: 165  27 weeks: 175 30 weeks: 180
Sleep: Wake up constantly
Best Moment This Week: 
Finally got into Dr. Smith which is the Doctor I had with the boys and I feel so much more at ease!
Movement: Madeline has been kicking me like crazy right before bed.
Food Cravings: Sweet things like fruit.
What I Miss: Having any kind of energy.
Mood: Emotional and cranky
Upcoming Appointments/Events: Coming up I have start going to the doctor every 2 weeks starting the 18th. We have a lot of Events going on this month with Bentley’s  birthday and were hosting a Friendsgiving dinner and hosting Thanksgiving  this year.

What I look forward to:  This whole month of fun and family time!

Thanks for reading
Jessica

DIY Madeline Book Banner

Were finally getting our girl, and I have always adored the name Madeline from the books as a child. When James agreed to the name I was ecstatic! Unfortunately there is not a lot of Madeline rooms out there that I could find. Finding some decor ideas was a bit of a challenge, I did however see a recent picture of someone who was selling a vintage book banner and it gave me an idea for her room! I previously had an old ripped up Madeline Book and just never felt the will to throw it away.

What you will need:

Madeline Book

Scissors

Pencil

Whole punch

Twine or ribbon

Directions:

1. Carefully take all the pages, and pick out the pages that you feel will look best!

2. I decided to cut down the pages to all one size , I chose a page that was the perfect size I had in mind and use it as a template to cut out the rest of the pages down to its size.

3. After you have traced and cut, Put the pages in desired order that looks best to you! I put mine in semi order what how the book went.

4. Then take the whole punch a place one whole on either side of a page at the top.

5. Take your twine or ribbon a feed it through the whole punches wholes in desired order you had laid out.

6. Hang up the banner and enjoy!

Honestly super simple project, and it’s the perfect fit for a Madeline inspired nursery, or any book inspired nursery.

One more to adore!

The Bindscheattel family has some exciting news! If you are follow our Instagram or Facebook page, you are already caught up with our great news.

So to get you all caught up, In January of 2020 we are expecting another little Bindscheattel to arrive! I’m currently 17 weeks and this has been the worst pregnancy, between the sickness and loss of energy, it has been a big difference from the last two. So like I did with Leo, I’m going to do updates every few weeks on how everything is going with Baby! This is also a great way to document everything going on for the future!

Highlights: 
  • Found out the gender! 
  • Baby is looking great on Ultrasound! 
  • Heartbeat is strong! 
Lowlights:
  • Haven’t had an appetite 
  • Barely getting sleep
  • Doctor is sending me to a Cardiologist for breathing troubles.  
Weight Gain/Loss:  13 weeks: 170 17 weeks: 165
Sleep: Wake up constantly
Best Moment This Week: 
Finally got into Dr. Smith which is the Doctor I had with the boys and I feel so much more at ease!
Movement: Haven’t felt any movement yet.
Food Cravings: Nothing
What I Miss: Having any kind of energy.
Mood: Emotional
Upcoming Appointments/Events: Coming up I have to get a lot of blood work done, and a few ultra sounds to see why I’m having back pain and to see how the baby is developing.

What I look forward to:  Hopefully getting some energy back.

Thanks for reading
Jessica

10 Amazing Homeschool field trips to go to in Florida

One of the best parts about homeschooling is the endless amounts of times you can take your kids on a “Field Trip”. Going out of town and on vacation? Turn one of multiple days “Field Trips days”. Florida has a lot of great places to take the kids and learn something new! Today I wanted to share with you 10 amazing places to take your homeschooler in Florida!

U.S Air Force Armament Museum

Located in Okaloosa County Right off of Eglin Airforce base this museum has planes and I don’t mean one or two, the parking lot is surrounded by all sorts of Military Planes. Admission is free and donations are always welcome. Both my boys had a blast here, its a great place to show the kids what our MIlitary does. We sat down at the picnic table and did a history lesson!

Pioneer Florida Museum

Teaching the kids about the Civil War? If you go here on Civil War Day you can see an awesome Civil War reenactment, you also can learn about how things used to be during the Civil war, see Pasco’s first “School Bus” visit beautiful old homes, a schoolhouse and more! Admission varies from $5 for students to $10 for Adults.

Tampa International Airport

I recently found out the TIA gives guided tours / educational programs for children of all ages! Have a co-op group and have kids who love Airplanes? Contact them to set up a tour! This is definitely on our bucket list!

Full Moon Honey

Learn all about how bees work and make honey here at Full Moon! What started as a way to help their daughter get over a fear of insects turned into a love of bees!

Glazer Children’s Museum

We are planning on going here for our next field trip! A hands-on place JUST for kids! Learn about being a Firefighter, Police Man, Store Clerk and so much more! There is so much for kids to do Build stuff, get into stuff, and even destroy stuff! EVERYTHING is kid oriented!

Kennedy Space Center

Who doesn’t love space right? One of the must-sees in my opinion for kids is the Space Center, While it is more on the expensive side ranging from $47 to $57 per person you can learn so much! Take a tour to see old rockets and shuttles, learn more about NASA  the list goes on and on. We plan on going here after we have finished our Good and the Beautiful Space lesson. Call and see what offers they might have going on or see if they give discounts to homeschool groups/ Families!

Tallahassee Automobile Museum

Have a child that loves cars ( Leo is obsessed with them right now ) this museum is geared all towards old and new Automobiles! Admission varies from $8 to $17.50! They also sometimes have a cool event going on, a great way to learn about some History!

Florida Aquarium 

This one is definitely a must! Learning about Marine life? This is one of the best Aquariums in North America. They even have programs just for homeschoolers where you can go each month and learn something new from scientist or people who work at the Aquarium. Dive in and fall in love with over 8.000 different animals and plats throughout the whole area!

MOSI

Another awesome place that has homeschool programs, each month is a new theme and is really hands on! If you want to go for a day MOSI is a science Museum just for kids, they have some fun exhibits, rope course and so much more! Admission starts at $7.95 for kids up to $12.95 for adults.

Walt Disney World

I know what you are thinking, “how can Disneyworld be educational for homeschoolers?” but stay with me here, Disney has some awesome places to learn about some cool stuff and plus Disney is amazing! Go visit all the animals at Animal Kingdom, go to Epcot during the Flower and Garden Festival and learn all about the beautiful flowers! Come back and see my next post on great tips for a day of homeschooling at Disney!

There are so many more great places for a field trip for your homeschooler! Like State Parks, Beaches, Gardens, and Farms here in Florida! We would love to hear if you have been to any of these places or have been to somewhere else that wasn’t on this list!  Leave a comment below and tell us!

 

 

New Family Addition!

Hello everyone! Today I’m excited to tell you about the new addition we made to our family!

Meet Waffles! 

Waffles is a Lionshead Dwarf Rabbit! We do not know if Waffles is a boy or girl just yet, which we will be bringing Waffles to the vet very soon to find out and to possibly get him or her fixed.

Fun Fact: Did you know that Bunnies really shouldn’t have a lot of carrots? They are high in sugar and really are not good for their digestion! Bugs Bunny fooled me!

Having a Bunny is a 10-year commitment and they are very high maintenance! So please make sure you do A LOT of research before you get a bunny of any kind! The boys have been helping me every day, clean his home and feed him! He does live inside, and roams throughout the house during the day!

Honestly, Waffles is the perfect fit for our little family! Does anyone else have a bunny? Let us know down in the comments!