It’s been 2 years since I’ve stopped exchanging gifts with acquaintances and doing the whole gift wrapping thing to save paper. I used to be a superstar when it came to wrapping gifts, so good that my gifts to my friends was a show stealer. haha… But that also takes a lot of effort and time and a whole lot of paper being wasted for a night’s worth of oohing and ahhing. Not worth it.
Since I’ve stopped the gift wrapping, there were rolls and rolls of wrapping paper that ‘s been sitting around doing nothing so I gave away some. This year, I’ve got presents to wrap because of babies and kids’ and as long the parents are responsible with the ripped wrap (reuse or recycle), a gift with some wrapping would totally make a child’s day.
Here are some tips on how you can make your gift LTA (“Look Totally Awesome” haha). Read the rest of this entry
Although I find Whole Foods expensive to grocery shop regularly, I shop there at least once a month because there’s an area where mommies and their babies hang out around lunch time (the Cambie location). It’s a great way to meet other mommies (especially the ‘Lululemommies‘) if you are the social type. But I found another great reason to shop there… the Cheese Ends section!
The Cheese Ends section is found near the blocks of cheese section in the fridge area. I love to try different cheeses but don’t want to spend $10+ on a new cheese. The Cheese ends are smaller blocks, probably leftovers from the large blocks being cut into popular sellable wedges. It’s in a small basket and there are many different cheeses around the price range of $1.50 – $3.00. The sizes are enough to make a cheese plate to share and definely enough for you to decide whether that cheese is for you. At that price, I managed to pick up a couple of cheese to try on Patch’s burgers and as snacks.
After my review on the diapers that we tried in the sample pack, we’ve decided to go with something that we have not tested out. Hemp diapers. There are so many reasons why we decided to go with hemp. They are more expensive than cotton but these are the reasons that changed our minds:
- stronger than cotton
- has natural antibacterial ingredients
Here is a video to show how easy it is to use hemp diapers!
The covers can be bought at your local baby store for about $10 each. We have 5 covers for 30 cloth diapers. Even if the cover is waterproof, I still wash it often and change into a new one because the trim is not waterproof so it can absorb pee.
We also have a couple of AIO (All In One) diapers from Kushies for days when all the covers are soiled. You can get them from BRU or TJ Kids for about $12 each. No cover is required and they work exactly like a disaposable. AIO diapers are a great way to see if you can handle using cloth diapers before committing to the switch. AIOs are not as absorbant and leak-proof as hemp or cotton diapers.
Storing milk the conventional way in the freezer can be a space waster as it is bulky. Milk storing bags are designed to have the milk stand upright and when it freezes the bag expands. I have been freezing milk flat so that it saves space since you can stack them one on top of each other in the freezer.
I’ve been pumping a lot of milk lately to ease the pain of engorged breasts. My friend recommended the Gerber Nuk Seal ‘n Go Milk Bags. My pump is the Medalla Swing and I love it because it’s compact and it is used by local hospitals.
I try to breast feed whenever I can. Bottle feeding is my last resort if someone else is watching Little Patch. There’s a chance that you may lose antibodies, fat or leukocytes found in breast milk (live cells that carries immunity from mother to baby) as they may stick to the side walls of the containers or plastic bags. The milk bags are made specifically for storing milk so they do a better job at maintaining the milk components mentioned above.
Along with many vitamins, an omega 3 fatty acid known as DHA found in fish and walnuts is essential in your pregnancy diet. This is good for the development of your baby’s brain, eyes and nervous system and YOU. If your baby is not getting enough DHA, s/he will start sucking the DHA out of you!
I rarely had time to cook a meal that contains enough DHA but I prefer to get my vitamins through food rather than supplements so I found a local dairy farm that carries products that contain DHA.
Milk residue scent on clothing is hard to get off. Since Little Patch’s been spitting up a lot, many of his clothing and especially bibs have an annoying smell on it even after multiple washings. I managed to find a solution to get the smell out and the clothing smelling clean as spring.
- Do a rinse in the washer with a cup of white vinegar.
- Do a regular wash and rinse cycle. During the wash cycle, use your regular laundry detergent and add a few drops of dish detergent (I used Palmolive’s Green Apple but the clothes don’t end up smelling like dish detergent so I don’t think it matters what you use).
- Do a rinse cycle with water only.
This actually takes a long time and uses a lot of water so I tried doing step 1 or step 2 only to see if I can eliminate a step but the result remained smelly. I think it’s easier to just buy new bibs for him. As for clothing, I try to do this once in awhile when I have a full load of clothes with the smell.
I dedicate this post to a mother-to-be friend, Christine. Last weekend, I attended her baby shower with Big Patch and Little Patch. She was the person that I made my diaper cake for.
Halfway through the party, I had to feed LP. I took out the bottled milk, found a cup to fill it with hot water but I couldn’t find any hot water. I wasn’t looking for a kettle, I was looking for an electric thermo pot. But she didn’t have one (or maybe I didn’t look hard enough). My friend found a kettle-like thingy on the stove and it’s been forever since I’ve used a kettle! My immediate reaction was ‘But she’s Chinese, how could she not have one!’ I ended up warming the milk with running hot water from the sink (not very eco-friendly!).
Kushies Terrycloth Newborn Booties
If you find baby mitts are too loose on your baby’s hands and keeping losing it (they tend to find ways to fling them off when you are not paying attention), you can use newborn baby booties that no longer fit their feet as mitts. The elastic area is tight enough to hold the mitts in place but not too tight to leave marks.