Monday, February 25, 2013


So, recently I've been recruited to sell Tupperware by a friend.  Just as a source of a little extra cash on the side.  I love the products already, so may as well sell and try to earn some free stuff, right?!  So!  If you guys need anything from Tupperware (like warranty replacements or Bridal Showers or just a fun party) then let me know!  You can also just shop whenever you feel like it on my website.  I appreciate the help!  Hopefully we'll have something a little more fun to post on the blog soon... we do have a birthday coming up!!!

Friday, February 15, 2013

Valentine's Day

I have to say, even though I had to work an unscheduled double at the OG yesterday and only got to see my hubby for about 5 minutes, it turned out to be a fairly good Valentine's Day.  Hubby thinks I beat him out on the gift-giving, but I think otherwise.

Valentine's Day is a hard holiday to give for because it needs to be something that shows your special someone how much they mean to you.  Last year I made my hubby a giant candy-gram card.  This year I made him a gift basket with his favorite candy, soda, jerky, and a movie.   Here's a pic of his gift and my daughter's. (Ignore the mess... I'm a working mom for goodness sake!)

Wednesday while I was at work, Robby told me he was having a difficult time deciding what to get me still.  He just couldn't think of anything I wanted that we could afford at this moment in time (like a pantry in my kitchen.... or bookshelves/a window seat in our living room).  Well, he figured something out and I don't think he'll be able to beat this Valentine's gift.

In case you can't read it, the plaque says "Mirror, Mirror on the wall, I've become my mother after all."  And the mason jar is labeled "Why I love McKenna Stroud."  It has 50 reasons why he loves me, I get to read one a day... and I guess he is incorporating a scavenger hunt into it somehow?  I'll find out!

In case you're wondering... my hubby rocks :)

I hope you all had a great Valentine's day too!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Cloth Diapering Week 1

This is a lot easier than I was expecting.  I washed all diapers on Monday, and didn't have to wash them again until Friday...  That is 5 diaper covers (2 lined with fleece so you can't really reuse them and 3 that aren't so you can wipe them down and reuse them), 13 tri-fold organic inserts, and 7 microfiber "stay-dry" inserts, and 12 wipes.  There were inserts and wipes left over, but the covers really needed a washing.

I figured there are probably a lot of you out there who kinda want to try cloth diapering, but have no clue how to go about it, what you need, and what to do with the poop.  That is why it took me so long to get started, so I thought I'd blog about it.  Give advice from things I've learned along the way.

First things first:  There are 2 types of closures I've found so far: snaps and velcro (also called hook and loop?).  I only have 1 snap diaper right now.  The problem I have found with velcro is that if there is any gunk left on a dirty diaper when you throw it in the wash it is bound to get stuck in the velcro.  Velcro, as you know, sticks together.  As the diaper is rolling around in the washer, the velcro finds other velcro and sticks, trapping any gunk inside.  For that reason any additional diapers I buy will be snaps.... (I ordered 3 off of and I'm super excited to get them).  Has anybody else come across this problem and/or have a solution?  Right now I'm thinking I'll just have to get a diaper sprayer.

So, here are my supplies so you can get a glimpse of what they look like.  

From left to right you've got the tri-folds, the microfiber inserts, the velcro diapers, and the organic re-usable wipes (which I LOVE).

Second things now: How to choose a type of insert.  I prefer the organic tri-folds personally.  There are a couple reasons for this: 1, I don't like the way the microfiber feels on my hands.  It seems to catch on every little piece of loose skin.  2, the microfiber doesn't seem to be as absorbent.  You have to use 2 or 3 microfiber inserts in one diaper for it to last more than an hour or 2, let alone overnight.  You can get the gist of what they are above.  Here is a picture of an unfolded tri-fold: It's essentially 3 inserts in one so you don't have to dirty 3 at a time.

If anybody has any questions or advice on cloth diapering, please feel free to share!!!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Converting to Cloth

The other day on CNN I saw a segment about a woman who started a business during the Recession and how well it's doing.  It's doing well because it's a niche market that also helps people save money: She makes cloth diapers.  She stated in her interview that using cloth diapers instead of disposables will save a family an average of $900 just on the first child.

I had considered switching to cloth before, bought a couple diapers and used them even.  But I found that if you are going to switch you really need to switch all out to make sure you have everything you need for a successful cloth diapering experience.  So I quit. But after hearing it can save $900 I decided to add up how much we spend on diapers.  Averaging 4 diapers a day, we probably go through one economy pack of Huggies a month (The bigger the size of diaper, the less in the box so that probably accounts for the newborns going through 10+ a day well enough).  That is $35 per month.  My daughter is 19 months old, which puts us at $665 we have spent on diapers so far.  You could probably add more, seeing as the size 1 diapers only hold 70 more diapers; and boy do those newborns go through them!

That is $700 that could have been spent on food, insurance, clothes, or even put in savings!  $700 that could have been put toward our food storage or a new windshield for my car!

After figuring this out I decided, enough is enough!  We are switching to cloth.  My husband is not too excited about it, but he has agreed to it.  I went to Cotton Babies and stocked up on the Flip diaper system (that is what I decided I liked best when I half-heartedly tried it before) with the organic tri-fold inserts.  While I wait for them I only have enough diapers for one day... once what I've ordered comes I'll probably have enough for 5 days or so.  I figure 2 days of the week she goes to daycare so she can stick with disposables those days.  So far she doesn't like them much.  It takes her a minute to break them in so they move with her, so she waddles around for an hour until they soften up.  It's funny... Hopefully she'll get used to them!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Been a while....

Wow it's been a long time since we posted!  I guess we've just been busy trying to get our new house together and working on our garden and chickens!  We decided not to spend any money that we didn't have to this month, including unnecessary groceries.  That means we are making a lot of home made snacks!
Robby is from the South, as you probably know.  Georgia to be specific.  I don't know how many of you have ever visited the South, but it is like an entirely different world down there (much like Utah is entirely different from any where else in the US).  From their etiquette to their hospitality to their accents you find warm acceptance (however, they do expect you to show the same etiquette and hospitality... which can be scary!) that you would be hard pressed to find other places.  And then, you can't forget, their cuisine.  From Fried Chicken to Grits to Fried... anything.  You wonder how people come up with these things!  One thing in particular that got me saying, "What the....?!" was Boiled Peanuts.

I read somewhere that Boiled Peanuts were 'invented' during the Civil War.  The war was rough on the Confederates.  They didn't have near the supplies that the North was able to gather, and they ran out of food frequently.  One thing that there always seemed to be an abundance of was peanuts (which are grown down there if you didn't know...) so the starving soldiers decided to boil some up.  Low and behold there were delicious and are now a Southern specialty!

It wasn't until my third or fourth visit to Georgia that the hubby introduced me to them, and I admit I was hesitant to try them.  We pulled up to a roadside stand on our way to his grandmother's house and he came back with a styrofoam cup full of steaming Boiled Peanuts.  I watched DH eat one before I tried.  He sucked on the shell then slurped the nuts out, so I attempted to do the same.  It took a while to get used to the process but boy were they good!  It's like a potato chip.  Once you start eating them, you can't eat just one.

I got to thinking, "Hmmmmm, peanuts that are boiled.  That can't be too hard to make!  I'm gonna try!" I googled it and found a variety of different recipes.  I found a Paula Deen recipe and decided to try it. It didn't quite work.... It said the peanuts should only take 2 hours to cook.... They weren't ready 6 hours later.... so we let them cook overnight.  By morning they were done, but waaaay too salty (I added one cup of salt... for one pound of peanuts).

For my second attempt I started them much earlier so I could keep an eye on them.  They started around noon, and I only added 1/4 cup of salt this time.  At 5 we had to leave for a few hours and they weren't done, so we lowered the heat and left them.  We got back at midnight and they were perfect (although I think they could have used a tad more salt... maybe 1/2 cup?)!  Unfortunately by then we couldn't just sit and snack on them, so we strained them and put them in the fridge until morning.  When we got them out we boiled them for 10 more minutes to heat them up and have been snacking on them ever since!  Delicous!

Monday, May 14, 2012


On April 21, 2012 I began new hobby that I've greatly enjoyed ever since. This new hobby is beekeeping. I've created a little book explaining my experiences. Please wait for the book to load

Friday, April 20, 2012


So, when I was in high school I was a Thespian.  I was kinda loud and obnoxious, alongside my kinda loud and obnoxious friends and we had a blast.  Our slogan was "Thespians, we do it on stage," and we stayed at school often past 10:30 pm trying to make our shows the absolute best.  

We had a Thespian Convention every year where we got to go to workshops where we'd work on dialects and get feedback on our monologues we used to try out for different shows, and there was even an opportunity to try out for a scholarship to prestigious theater schools.  Then, of course, we would watch the shows being put on my the schools in the area.

One year we went and saw Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida.  I don't remember what school put it on, but I remember it was amazing.  It was not that the acting was that great (I mean... it was high school, come on.) but the songs gave you shivers and I am not ashamed to say that I cried.

Since then I often have the urge to watch it.  I am always checking online to see if anybody will be putting on this play in Utah anytime soon.  A few years ago I saw it at a small community theater and was just as blown away then.

The other day my mom came up to me and said her friend had season tickets to some theater in Salt Lake and gave her the tickets she wasn't going to use.  One of them was Aida!  She is giving me those tickets for the weekend before Rob's and My anniversary.  I am so excited!  It is going to be AMAZING.