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*This post was started a few mos back.  I finally got around to finishing it.  😉

As I sit here and type I will end up getting up about 10 or so times, and I probably won’t finish this post without saving it for at least 2-3 days.  Dinner is in the process of being made, I am supervising kids doing homework, watching the baby monitor as the little one wriggles around fitfully trying to avoid her afternoon nap, doing laundry and keeping an ear out for the sounds of dogs misbehaving.  They do that a lot lately, but that’s another post entirely.

It’s cold outside and we just put up our tree.  It’s times like these when I feel very blessed to be able to be at home with my children.  Being a mom comes with some of the most complex of feelings.  You can be so incredibly thankful for the ability to be a mom, so grateful for the precious gifts that come along with motherhood; yet you can feel less-than, utterly behind in everything you do, not good enough, the most tired you’ve ever been in your life, unattractive and just plain worn out.

It’s no secret that motherhood and the art of mothering is not valued much these days.  Try explaining to your boss that you need to leave early because your child is sick, or worse yet try calling in to work when you have a sick child.  Stand in line with your children while waiting to board a flight.  Try to wrangle a screaming toddler who is having a fit in the center of the grocery store and you will feel the eyes upon you.  You can feel the loathing, the disapproval, the general dislike. It’s a common thing nowadays in our society, to look down upon having children and being a mother, much less a stay-at-home mom.  Which is in large part why our society is generally spiraling down the crapper, in my opinion.  The value needs to be out back where it belongs.   Not on the almighty dollar but on caring.  On respecting mothers for all they do rather than making them feel like second-class citizens.  How many times have we as mothers apologized to someone for something having to do with raising our children?  Your child is crying while you’re in the checkout line at the grocery store and you can hear the people behind you commenting.  People generally have an intolerance for mothers, children, mothering and motherhood in general in our society.  I wholeheartedly believe this.  I actually had a dr refuse to see me because I brought my one-month-old with me for the consult (which included no exam) and he began to twitch in his carseat and made a whimper.  The dr looked at me in exasperation, got up and said, “I can’t work like this.”  He left, instructing me to come back when I had a babysitter.

So is it any wonder why we mothers feel so worthless at times?  So unappreciated?  We are undoubtedly doing THE single most important and most difficult job there is to do, so WHY is it not seen for what it is and valued as such?  It has been said many times; how much moms would be worth $-wise if we collected a paycheck for everything we did.  How much does a Chauffeur/Personal Shopper/Personal Chef/Life Coach/Accountant/Personal Shopper/Nanny/Teacher/Manager/QC Supervisor/Housekeeper/Motivational Speaker/Nurse make?  Add all of that up (I’m sure I’ve forgotten something) and get back with me on how I’d be THE richest person on the planet.  Do I command that respect?  No.  In fact, moms end up paying far more than they will ever see in return.  We worry, we give ourselves headaches and backaches and we age far faster than we should.  We give of our bodies, our souls, our hearts.  We give everything.  That’s what moms do.  Go thank your mom.  Hell, stop any mom on the street who looks like she’s about ready to snap, and tell her she’s doing a great job.

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You have your cute cloth wipes, now you think to yourself , “How the heck do I use these?” Well fear not, it’s not nearly as daunting as beginning to investigate cloth diapers.  Some mamas prefer to keep their cloth wipes wet.  I am not one of those mamas.  I tried that with my first child and did not like it.  Too much propensity for them to mold, even if you just use water.  There are plenty of articles and videos online if you want to investigate that route.  I am going to concentrate on the spray bottle method.  This is where you keep your wipes dry and use a spray bottle to dampen them for each use.

You simply fill a spray bottle with plain old water or the cloth wipe solution of your choice.  Cloth wipe solutions are easy to make.  Many online shops carry wipe solution cubes that you simply dissolve in a larger container and add to your spray bottles as needed.  I keep a spray bottle on my diaper changing table and one in the diaper bag.   You can also make your own solution using pure essential oils (never use synthetic oils), vitamin e, baby wash, oatmeal soap cubes or many other ingredients.  Tea tree, lavender and chamomile are popular choices, and I believe the common ratio is 2 drops of each oil per 2 cups of water.  The first solution I ever tried was tea tree and lavender with a few drops of baby wash.  It smells yummy and the benefits of the essential oils are a plus.

Another option are soap cubes.  You can purchase them from online shops; many wahm’s make their own soap.  They’re usually quite inexpensive and last a long time.  If you have the time to make your own, this is a great option.  A nice hypoallergenic soap works well.  Oatmeal and goat’s milk soap are favorites of mine.  Just cut the bars up into small cubes (about the size of a sugar cube) and dissolve into a gallon of hot water.  I keep a large glass bottle on my kitchen counter for wipes solution and use it to periodically refill my small spray bottles.

 

Awesome, right?  Also saves a lot of money and is just one more thing you can do to be just a little greener.

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Many moms have heard of cloth diapers.  Have you ever heard of cloth wipes?  Well now you have!  Cloth wipes are definitely an eco-friendly and cost-effective option when deciding how to diaper your child.  They can be made to fit nicely into those plastic wipes containers and are reusable.  Awesome, right?

They can be made from many cute prints, materials and colors and are also great for wiping spills, cleaning dirty little hands, faces and even as a cloth alternative to paper napkins in your child’s (or your own) lunchbox.

I made these from one layer of flannel and one layer of terry cloth:

If you’re not too picky about what you use, you can always use the cheapo baby washcloths you find at the dollar store as wipes, but they’re awfully thin.  using regular-sized terry washcloths is an option but they can be a little bulky in the diaper bag.

If you’re just not all that crafty and would rather just order some online, I do take custom orders (online store is still being put together, but I can still take orders via funded paypal).  Flannel/flannel, flannel/terry, flannel/minkee in girl, boy and gender neutral colors/prints.  Just shoot me an email at peasloveandcamelot@gmail.com and we’ll see what we can whip up.  These also make great baby shower gifts!  So fun!

Next post:  Baby wipes solution!  Yes, you can make that, too!

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Social Parade on Friday

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I love this hop.  Check it out!  😀

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Check it out!  🙂

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I was thrilled when I came upon these awesome lunch kits while looking for school supplies:

They’re called Fit & Fresh and they are SO cool.  There are even portion marks on the sides.  I LOVE the fact that the ice pack is thin and it fits between everything and it’s all one concise piece AND they’re BPA-free.   I was so excited about them that I bought one for the kids and one for myself.  I was determined to get rid of ziploc baggies for good.  Not only is it better for the environment to use reusable containers, it’s a big money-saver.

Then I thought of all the days I am out running errands and have to stop to feed the baby, then end up buying lunch for myself.  If I packed my own lunch, I could save SO much money, plus avoid the lure of foods that are unhealthy.   The hubs was so excited when I told him–like it’s a new thing, right?  Packing your own lunch is such a simple thing to do.   It all adds up.   All fired up to put my money-saving plan into action, I began my search for just the right lunch bag to fit this fantabulous lunch kit.

I eyeballed the really cool Built lunchbags.  They were oh-so-expensive (close to $20 a piece, some even more) but so cool.  They’re made of neoprene–the same stuff wetsuits are made of.  I found a black one with matching drink holder that snapped to it.  My new lunch kit fit perfectly, but I passed it up, hoping to find something cheaper.  Weeks went by and I just couldn’t find anything to fit this kit.  At least nothing that I felt worked for me.

Then I happened to be walking through Target today and what did I see?  The very same Built lunch bag on sale for $7.40!!!  I snatched up that sucker, came home and slid my super duper lunch kit into it and my favorite bottled water and was so thrilled.  I’m all set!

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Green Blog Hop Wednesday

I tell you, I am dragging my butt this week with the blog hopping.  I did SO GOOD a few weeks ago!  Ugh!  I LOVE blog hopping!  So it’s Wednesday and time for the awesome Green Blog Hop, which is obviously one of my favorites.  Check it out and get in on the fun!

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