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Homeschooling To Do List for Students

Hello everyone I hope you are well.  We are still preparing for this coming school year (5th grade for our oldest, Little A, and sort of preschool for out youngest, M). One of the big things we take into consideration while preparing our homeschooling year is our oldest, Little A’s ADHD, and possible Disgraphia.

This means a decent amount of structure to keep our oldest, Little A, on track during the day. The best and most simple way I have found to do this is to give him a visual of what is expected of him each day. The way we do this is by giving him a basic list so he knows what the day holds and relieves any anxiety about the day.

Now this last year has been our first homeschooling, but we have learned so much in this year it seems like much longer. I have tried a few different styles of “To Do Lists” for our homeschooling schedule, until we found the best style of To Do List that fit our son, Little A’s, styles as well as our homeschooling style so far.

I have always wanted to do more of a free style homeschooling, so having to use these lists and schedules is a little disappointing for me but whatever my son needs to reach his full potential I will make sure I do regardless of what I want for him.

The way we came up with our final homeschooling To Do List was through an awful lot of trial and error. This being our first year homeschooling any of our children we were not sure what exactly to expect when it came to the day to day.  After awhile of switching up , and tweaking our homeschooling To Do List we finally came up with one that seem to work perfectly for us and our boys.

At the top of the Homeschooling To Do List list we list what day of homeschooling into the year we are (from day 1-180). I also list the date , and the day of the week. After that we have the list split into two categories. Those two categories are things our oldest, Little A, can do on his own, and then the items that we would prefer he wait to do along with us. Our oldest, Little A, gets his Homeschooling To Do List every morning with the main items he needs to work on his own. He normally gets up extremely early so this gives him some time to work on his alone homeschooling work on his own before the day really begins for everyone.

The type of things he does alone are worksheets on things we have already covered. He can also do writing, like journals or story writing, or copy work writing.

He uses this list to help him understand what all he has to finish in a days time. This helps him be able to manage his time a little better than if he just waited for me to tell him what to do as he finished his work. This works best for us, but as all children and families are different this may not be what is best for you.


Hopefully you found this helpful, and if you would like a printable version of our Homeschooling To Do Check list I will soon be adding it here.

Thank you for reading,

The Momnipresent Mother

How I Found Out I Was Pregnant

Good evening everyone. I hope you and your family are well.

Speaking of family, I am sure most of the mother’s reading this remember the moment they found out for sure that they were pregnant.  I figured telling my story about how I found out I was pregnant for the first time (our second child but the first I gave birth to) would be appropriate for Mother’s Day.

Well, I will start out saying that I was always really worried that I would not be able to conceive, or that I would but then something would happen. I have pretty bad anxiety attacks, and have had them since I was very young so I tend to worry about most things, and this was no different.

My husband and I had just opened our own business, and had been discussing trying for another child. I have always wanted to have a few children so I was all for it. My husband wanted to wait to make sure our business was set to go before we tried.

Well once we got all the kinks worked out with the business and hired some great employees we began to actively try to conceive. We were both excited but anxious. I have uterine fibroids and ovarian cysts so I was of course worried this would cause some issues conceiving.

Because of these issues my cycles were all over the place normally so trying to figure out when I was actually ovulating was a fun game, and by fun I mean extremely frustrating.  While we were trying I was taking test after test to see if I was indeed pregnant. Soon after we began I started just feeling off, and we both thought it was because I was indeed pregnant, but every test I took was a big fat negative.

We bought the fancy expensive pregnancy tests and the cheap dollar store ones, just hoping one would give us a positive. Still nothing.

We kept trying and I kept feeling worse. As all the tests kept giving us negative results I just started attributing it to my anxiety that we just weren’t going to be able to have a child together.

Then one day I after even more negative tests piling up (not literally of course that would be rather unsanitary) I started getting terrible pain in my lower abdomen.  This of course made me terrified of ectopic pregnancy.

The pain continued and then suddenly I couldn’t use the restroom despite having that horrible feeling like I really needed to urinate. Then the pain increased and and all of a sudden I got go but it felt like someone took a knife to me and I was bleeding everywhere.

Now this had me even more terrified something was wrong so I got my Grandmother to take me to the doctor’s office. I was lucky they had an opening soon after I called.

Once I got there and talked to the doctor they decided I had kidney stones and was actively passing some rather large ones. Thus the pain and blood. So on top of feeling terrible to begin with now I had Kidney stones and was going to have to take antibiotics which always kill mys stomach.

They wanted to do an MRI to make sure I didn’t need them to break them up. Now, if you are a woman I am sure you have heard almost anytime you go to the doctor and have to have some sort of testing done, “is there any chance you are pregnant?” Well normally I would say now but this time I was planning on telling them we had been trying so there was a possibility. The funny thing was, this time they didn’t ask me at all.

So I brought it up to them on my way out, and my family doctor asked if I had tested recently. I told her I had this morning but it said negative but I had been feeling off. So she decided to test me while I was there. Meanwhile I had to sit in the waiting area while she waited for the results.

Then she came out to me, which she normally doesn’t do, and sat down next to me and said, ” Well, you are pregnant.” anyone who knows me knows I don’t get overly excited about anything on the outside.  Inside however I was doing cartwheels. I had known it but the tests had me second guessing my own instincts.

She then cancelled my MRI and changed the antibiotics I was given.

Now the fun part is I had to try and keep this information to myself when I really wanted to tell everyone. I waited until I got home and my Grandmother headed home to call my husband. I told him all about the doctor’s appointment but left out the pregnancy bit.

Well he must have felt I was keeping something to myself because he asked me if I had asked her to test me to make sure I wasn’t pregnant. I said yes, they did test me. He said, “So?” I told him it was positive and he got so excited.

We decided then to try and figure out a way to tell my mother and Grandmother, and decided to let her read my medical results from that visit telling her it was easier than explaining  what she said about what was causing all these issues.  Funny thing is the part that said “Pregnancy – Positive” was way into all these papers. So my mother stood there and read through all this nonsense and then got to the pregnancy part and stopped. She was so excited. We did the same with my Grandmother and got her on camera.  She was all excited as well.

I was so glad I finally had some proof I was pregnant and not just feeling off all the time.

How did you find out you were pregnant?

 

Thank you,

The Momnipresent Mother

Bed Time Routines and Why They are Important

 


Hello everyone.

I hope you and your families are  well.  Half of our little family is asleep right now after a busy day of running. We missed church because of my husband and our youngest being ill, but they both seemed to be feeling somewhat better by bedtime, which is a good sign.

Speaking of bedtime I thought today we could talk about bed time routines we have in our home and why they are important to us.

For us bedtime routines are crucial to having a decent week with our two kids. Our nine year old, A,  is ADHD and thrives best on a good nights rest, and with routine so routine is especially important for him to be able to get a good nights rest. This helps him stay a bit more calm and attentive to his schoolwork and other daily tasks.

Our one year old, M,  just will not sleep through the night unless we keep him on a schedule for bed time and naps. He also gets rather grumpy throughout the day without a good amount of rest.

The start to our bedtime routine begins around 7pm, sometimes a little earlier or later but for the most part we try to stick to as close to 7pm as we can. We have our oldest go and put his pajamas on and bring down his dirty clothes to put in the dirty hamper near the washing machine. This makes it easier to start a load of clothes when the kids are asleep because I don’t have to sneak into their room to get their dirty clothes.

Our youngest is normally already in his pajamas at this point. Normally unless we leave the house he changes into them right after supper because he is one and the food doesn’t all make it into his mouth.

After our oldest takes his dirty day clothes down to the washing machine he goes to the bathroom and flosses his teeth. This normally takes him about 3 minutes all together. After he finishes flossing, he brushes his teeth for also about 3 minutes. Being ADHD he gets a bit distracted with his daily tasks so the extra time is to account for him being distracted by something and him not brushing his teeth. Once he is finished brushing he spits, rinses his mouth with water then rinses with ACT Kids mouth wash. He prefers the Batman Fruit Punch flavour. He uses his mouthwash for about a minute. After he finishes with his mouthwash he washes his hands and face and comes into the living room.  We definitely stress dental hygiene with our boys.

After our oldest does his dental routine I floss, and brush our youngest’s teeth. Before he had teeth that touched we only brushed those teeth, and before he had any teeth at all we brushed his gums.

Next we sit down on the couch in the living room and I read a book to the boys. Right now we are reading through the Harry Potter   Books. We are on Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. We normally have the time to read one chapter a night sometimes more depending on the book and the size of the chapter. This helps both the boys begin to relax and start getting ready to get tired.

Once we finish the book it is normally about 8pm we hug and kiss goodnight and our oldest gets tucked in bed with his heavy blankets, his Green Bear, his Kitty Bear, and Little dog. He also wears earmuffs to bed. He likes them because of the pressure on his head and that it blocks out some of the noise from the house.



Before we put our youngest in bed I change him into an overnight diaper. We cloth diaper and this is just a diaper that is wider than his others and has more inserts in it so it is more absorbent.

Our youngest has bad reflux so we tuck him in his rocker chair and I slowly rock him a bit and sing to him until he falls asleep.  Then when my husband and I go up to bed we take him up and put him in his pack and play near our bed. His bed has a crib wedge in it so that he is still propped up.

So in short our bedtime routine looks like this:

  1. 7:00pm Pajamas
  2. 7:05pm Teeth
  3. 7:15pm Story time
  4. 8:00pm Bedtime

The reasons we think bedtime routines are important:

  1. Better sleeping habits
  2. A sense of structure and security for the children
  3. Help prevent as many toddler tantrums
  4. Help reduce inattentiveness in our ADHD child
  5.  And of course sanity for us… heheh

We try and stick to this every night. If it is thrown off just a small amount it isn’t bad but when it gets thrown off a lot or often it throws off everything else during the day.

What kind of bedtime routine do you have with your family? Do they help your kids throughout the day. Let us know in the comments.

 

Thank you,

The Momnipresent Mother

How to Prepare Your Own Home School Curriculum

Hello everyone.

I apologize for not posting in awhile. Our youngest, M,  has been sick, yet again. He had another rather high fever and twitches. We still aren’t sure what is causing it but what is great is he seems to be feeling well again today.

Let me tell you how  I prepared to create our own home school curriculum for our oldest son, A. This year was our first year of home schooling so I am no expert, and have changed my way of doing our curriculum a few times so far this year. I am hoping this will help another new homeschooling parent gain some footing and get their year started out well.

My first suggestion is to start by finding a list of the required subject areas for your child/children for the year of school they would be starting. Use this to make an itemized list of the specific goals you would like to set for your child for that year. These are adjustable so if you find your child is learning faster or slower than you expected you can always adjust the goals to fit their needs.


This is our current World history curriculum we are doing. Both my boys love it. It is great for all ages.


 

Now, from here you can jump in and find material you like for the specifics in each subject you would like your child/children to learn and print it all off or buy it all at once. Then you can have it organized in binders or folders for what you want to do each day. This was my plan in the beginning but then I thought,

What if my son does learn something faster than I expected, or what if he gets stuck on a certain material and needs extra time?

So I ended up not going this route, and collected all my ideas for the curriculum but waited until I knew for sure I would need something before purchasing it or printing it off from the computer.

I absolutely love this website for finding worksheets, lesson plans, activities, ect for our school days. You can just search for a certain topic, or pick from categories along the side to narrow everything down. Now, you do need a membership, and you can do a free subscription and get a handful of worksheets a month. I used to use the free subscription when my son was still in public school for extra homework to help him understand his subjects better. Now that I am fully schooling him myself I bought a paid subscription for unlimited downloads and access to the lesson plans. It is definitely worth it. Another great thing about it is you can save worksheets for later if you don’t want to print them right away. This makes it easier to just print out what you need as you need it instead of all at once.

Once you know what you want to teach them another good resource is Pinterest. You can collect ideas for activities and ways of teaching. I use this often and have a board for each subject. Such as , “4th grade PA History”, or ” 4th grade English”.

I like to keep track of what we have to do each day as well as what days we did what and what number day into the school year we are on. The way I do this is by making a check list for my son for everyday with what he can do independently and what he should wait for me to do like new material, tests, flashcards, ect. I also have him write the date at the top of the page along with what school day from 1-180 it is. Right now we are on the 135st day of 4th grade. I keep these all in a binder together and he checks off the things he has done as he does them. This helps him stay on task and helps me keep everything in one place.

Speaking of the days of school you also want to make sure you know how many hours of schooling, or home many days you need to do in order to finish an entire year of schooling. From there you can tentatively schedule what days you will teach and what days you will have a break from it. Then you can figure out how to parcel out your lesson plans throughout the school year.

By the end of the year you should have a somewhat organized idea of what you had as goals, what your child/children did throughout the year, and if you met the goals you set.

 

I hope you found this helpful.

Thank you,

The Momnipresent Mother

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Baby Bare Necessities

Hello Everyone. I hope you are well as you are reading this.

I have been wondering what to write about the past few days. We have all been ill with the flu so I had a lot of time to think. As usually I got sidetracked and instead I made a list of things that I needed to get done around the house once we were all well again.  It was quite a long list of things and it will likely last me awhile, but the first item I decided I should start with was to go through all of M’s baby things we no longer use or wouldn’t want to use if we have another child (although my husband says there is no if , and that two kids are enough). As I was going through all the items in my mind I realized this might be a good topic for a blog post. So here we are.

Now this isn’t necessarily all you, as a parent, will need, or want, but this is a list of the bare minimum we needed to use from birth to the present now that our son, M is 17 months old. You can use this list as a base or just for possible ideas of things you may need.  Personally, when I was pregnant I was very adamant that I didn’t want an entire baby supply store in our house. I just wanted the basic items, the least we could get by with. If you are like me this may help you decide if you want the things on my list or if you do not.

Our minimal baby items list


1. Diapers

2. Feeding supplies

3. Clothes

4. Blankets

5. Pack and Play

6. Place to sleep

7. Play pen

8. Bouncer seat

9. Car-seat

10. Personal Care items


Now that is just a short list, but I guess that is the point isn’t it. Heheh. If you have anything that was a huge necessity for you when you had a baby please let us know in the comments.

 

Thank you,

The Momnipresent Mother

Non-candy basket stuffers for Easter

Non-Candy Basket Stuffers for Easter

 

Maybe it is only me but I hate the idea of all the candy given to my kids on holidays. We always ask people specifically not to give our kids candy or sweets but sometimes it seems so unavoidable. Then you get to be the big ol’ meany that only allows them to eat a small amount at a time of what they get anyway.  We especially try to monitor our oldest who has a sensitivity to processed sugar and many sugar substitutes.  He actually ends up physically ill and has horrible stomach pain if he has too much of either.  One good thing from this is he can read a nutritional label and ingredients list very well now..

Anyway, many events surrounding many holidays seem to include people handing out candy and sweets will-nilly. So if you want to attend these events the candy is often unavoidable. However, one place you definitely can avoid them is in your own child’s  Easter basket they receive from you or the Easter Bunny. We try to avoid any candy in our children’s basket especially since they will inevitably receive some at one of the other family member’s festivities for the holiday.

This is a list of some ideas for alternative Easter basket stuffers.

 


EASTER BASKET STUFFERS THAT AREN’T FILLED WITH SUGAR

 

1. Puzzles

2. Books

3. Games

4. Clothes

5. Stuffed Animals

6. Non-sugary snacks

7. No sugar added juice pouches or boxes

8. Special tickets to events

9. Necessities/toiletries

10. Entertainment

11. Art supplies

12. Craft supplies

13. Action figures/dolls

14. Outside toys

15. Fruit

16. Family made coupons


Those are just a few examples of thing you can add to your child’s basket that they are bound to love. Obviously every child’s taste is different so your child may like other things that aren’t on this list.

Is there anything you traditionally put in your child’s basket, or any new ideas you are trying this year? If so leave a comment with yours.

 

Thank you,

The Momnipresent Mother

 

Toasted PeppAcado and Cheese Sandwich

Hello everyone. I hope you all are well today. It seems like everyone here is finally over this nasty virus that was going around. My husband and youngest were terribly miserable with it. They barely wanted to eat a thing, which for them is extremely out of ordinary. Well, now that everyone is feeling up to something more than plain told nothing fancy soup I can start cooking more for them again.

Yesterday my oldest asked for a toasted cheese sandwich for lunch so I obliged. However, I didn’t want to give him a boring old toasted cheese, sorry plain toasted cheese, mostly because I was sick of so much bland food these past few weeks. So I dug around to see what I could add to the sandwich, and to decide if I thought my son, Little A would actually like it.

Now, in our house you have to eat what you are given regardless if you kind of sorta don’t like that food today. We don’t force them to eat it all but if they don’t finish they don’t get their after meal snack/desert so It isn’t like it would go to waste if he decided it had something on it he didn’t like. I just don’t go out of my way to make a food I know my son won’t enjoy eating.

After digging around and weighing my options for awhile I decided on some left over avocado I had in the fridge from making some awesome salads. I also decided on adding some sort of meat to it. We had some left over chicken also from our salads, and some pepperoni left over from our experiment with pizza stuffed waffles. (What a Mess.) I decided to try paring the pepperoni with the avocado, and add some seasoning to the toasted side of the bread.

If I may say so myself it was pretty darn delicious. Both my sons agreed wholeheartedly after downing their sandwich(s). My oldest asked what was in them so I told him Pepperoni, avocado, and cheese, and he repeated but in a way that sounds like peppacado so I decided to stick with that name. Thus, his new favorite sandwich, The PeppAcado toasted cheese was born.

If you are interested on the specifics on how to make your own Toasted PeppAcado and Cheese Sandwich below is the recipe.




The Toasted PeppAcado

and Cheese Sandwhich

 

Serves: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 3-5 minutes

Ingredients-
  • 2 slices of whole wheat bread
  • 3 thinly sliced pieces of Colby jack cheese
  • 4-5 baby spinach leaves
  • 4-8 slices of pepperoni
  • 2-4 slices of avocado
  • 2 pads of butter
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • a pinch or two of dried basil leaves
  • a pinch or two of garlic powder
  • a pinch of ground black pepper

Directions-
  1. Collect all your ingredients near a cutting board, and slice the cheese, avocado, and butter.
  2. Meanwhile heat your pan up to about medium heat.
  3. Place one of the sliced pads of butter in the pan until it melts completely and add the spices.
  4. Put one slice of bread in pan and slide it around in the butter to fully coat the bread.
  5. Then place a slice of cheese or two, the avocado slices, spinach leaves, pepperoni, and then another one to two slices of cheese on the bread in the pan.
  6. Cook until the bread is golden brown and toasted.
  7. Next remove the bread and add another pad of butter and let it melt and sprinkle in the spices.
  8. Then place the second slice of bread on the sandwich and lay the whole sandwich non-toasted side down in the pan until it is toasted as well.
  9. Remove from heat and let sit to cool a bit before eating. This also lets the cheese to melt some more.


    If you try out this recipe let us know what you think in the comments section below.

Thank you,

The Momnipresent Mother

Crockpot Chicken and Vegetable Pasta Sauce

Are you hungry? Are you looking for a great pasta dish for the family? Then look no further. I have a habit of just using what we having lying around the house to cook our meals, and so many times the resulting dish ends up being a family favorite. This is one of those dishes.  This like a good many of my dishes is a crock pot meal, but could just as easily be tweaked to be cooked alternative ways. I think the only downside to this dish may just be that it gets eaten so quickly it doesn’t last long.




Crockpot Chicken and Vegetable Pasta Sauce

(This hopefully will be renamed once I can think of something better. Feel free to comment with your ideas.)

Serves: 6-12
Prep time: 5-10 minutes
Cook time: 4-6 hours
Ingredients-
  • 3 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 2 24 oz jars of spaghetti sauce
  • 1 24 oz jar of diced tomatoes with peppers
  • 1 lb bag of frozen chopped greens
  • 1 lb bag of frozen sweet corn
  • 1 lb bag of frozen mixed vegetables
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbs garlic powder
  • 1 tbs paprika
  • 1 tbs onion powder
  • 1 tbs dried basil
  • 1 tbs dried oregano
  • 1 tsp ground pepper

Directions-
  1. Turn the crock-pot on high.
  2.  Grease the inside of you crock-pot to prevent sticking. (This is optional.  I only do it maybe 1/4 the time and I have no trouble cleaning my crock pot even if things do stick to the sides)
  3. Place the chicken breasts in the bottom of the crock-pot.
  4. Pour the water over the chicken breasts in the crock-pot.
  5. Sprinkle the spices over the chicken breasts in the crock-pot.
  6.  Pour the spaghetti sauce and diced tomatoes over the chicken.
  7. Add the frozen vegetables into the tomato sauce and stir slightly to mix them into the sauce.
  8. Add the chopped greens into the mixture and stir slightly again.
  9. Cook on high for 4 hours.
  10. After 4 hours check the chicken and shred if it is thoroughly cooked.
  11. Cook to more hours.
  12. Check to make sure the chicken is done if it wasn’t previously  and shred if it is.
  13. Stir the mixture together and serve over your choice of noodles with grated Parmesan cheese on top.


Now, with this recipe as so many you can adjust ingredients as you see fit. You can also reduce the serving sizes by scaling down the measurements if that is what you need to fit your dining plan. You could even scale it up if you are feeding more people. Change it up if you would like or try it out the way it is listed. It is all up to you, the wonderful cook.

We hope you enjoy this recipe and stay-tuned for more tasty meals.

Thank you for reading,

The Momnipresent Mother

Washing Cloth Diapers



Hello Everyone.

I hope you all are well.

When I was first researching cloth diapers the biggest thing that worried me was would I be able to clean them properly. I am here to tell you it really isn’t as hard as it seems. It all seemed very intimidating when I was a cloth diaper newbie, but it quickly became routine.  One of my biggest tips is to find the Fluff Love and Cloth Diaper Science group on FB.  It is a great resource if you want to double check your washing routine or have a fancy type of washer. They will ask you a few questions and then will give you a suggested wash routine. They are great.

Now in this post I will essentially be spelling out my wash routine to show you it really isn’t hard at all to properly wash cloth diapers. So with out further a do., here it goes.


How I wash Cloth Diapers

 

Step 1: Collect all your dirty diapers in one place.

This may seem like a no-brainer but with “mama-brain” sometimes it slips your mind and you will have half a load ready to go in the washer but not all the dirty diapers. This means collect all diapers from your main diaper receptacles and diaper bags.  So, make sure you have them all with you in front of your washer.

 

Step 2: Prepare the diapers to be washed.

This is the part I think many people who are new to cloth are worried about, but it really is no worse than changing the diaper to begin with especially if you are amazing at remembering to prep those diapers in between changing your child and tossing the diapers in the diaper pail or wet bag.

There are a few things you may need to do to Prep your diapers to be washed.

The first is If your child consumes anything other than exclusively breast milk you would need to remove the bowel movement into the toilet. However I was just informed that some sources also state that both exclusively breast fed bowl movements and exclusively formula bowel movements do not need to removed before washing. I only exclusively breastfed but others say it worked fine for their formula fed babies as well to just toss them in the wash without rinsing first.    Some people use a method call the dunk and swish which is pretty much exactly like it sounds. You dunk the dirty diaper in the toilet water and swish it around until the solids come off. I personally am not a fan of this method but to each their own. Some people have specific tools like a spatula (or pooptula as I have heard it called) to just scrape the solids into the toilet bowel. You can also use something called a diaper sprayer, which is what I use. My Spray Pal Diaper Sprayer hooks up to the back of your toilet and has an on off switch that turns the water flow on and off, and a nozzle like a garden hose to spray the solids off into the toilet. Now, when doing this you will want to remove the excess water. I have a Spray pal Spray Shield that you can use to squeeze all the excess water into the bowel without toughing the diaper.  Spray pal is amazing, and I love their products for my diapers. Some kids end up having ploppable bowel movements which are a breeze to clean as they just plop right off, but until then one of these methods work too.

Now that the solids are gone from the diapers you will need to prep just a bit further. To prepare the hook and loop diapers you just need to make sure the hook and loop(Velcro style) closures are flipped and hooked to the washing tabs. This prevents the hook part to get stuck on everything it can in the washer. With snap closure diapers you don’t need to worry with this.

Another thing you may have to do to prepare your diapers is un-stuff anything with a pocket. Most people I know don’t do this but we have a low water, no agitator washer and while most have the pleasure of their diapers becoming un-stuffed in the wash because of the agitator we don’t an they just won’t come clean like that.  For un-stuffing you can purchase some thing called Diaper Dawgs Finger guards. I actually found some silicone finger oven mitts at a dollar store that I use. They are as cute but they do the trick if I need them.

 

Step 3: Filling the Washing Machine.

It is very important to get the right amount of diapers in a load. I try and make sure my washer drum is filled half of the way full. I normally don’t have to but if I needed I add some socks and underwear to the load to bulk it up to half of the way full. This is important for agitation. To little and the diapers will just swim around and won’t rub against one another in the wash. Too much and they won’t have the room to move around to rub against each other in the wash.  I do Cloth wipes as well as diapers so I just toss the wipes in the diapers in the wash when washing.

 

Step 4: Adding the detergent.

This step can be switched with Filling the Washing Machine if you want to add the detergent first.  Now I use mostly Melalueca brand detergent because of my son, M’s, super sensitive skin. You can use most detergent brand but some are better than others. Make sure to get real detergent and not things that say that they are specific for cloth diapers. Most of those don’t have the power to get the diapers really clean. I also add Melalueca’s version of Oxiclean to my first cycle to help brighten the diapers during the cold months when I can’t line dry. Putting the clean wet diapers out in the sun gets rid of most stains. It is amazing. Fluff Love and Cloth Diaper Science has a great list of good and not so good detergents (they do not recommend Melaluca’s detergent do to lack of information but my son’s skin won’t tolerate other detergents and I have had no issues with his diapers in 18 months of using it).

 

Step 5: Your first wash cycle or “Pre-wash”.

In my first wash cycle I use one full cap of MelaPower detergent and one of the MelaBright packs to my load. I start the load on heavy duty hot wash, heavily soiled. This first cycle is important to get the excess urine and left over solids off the diapers and out of the water. This way on your next cycle you will be cleaning the diapers in clean water.

 

Step 6: Your second wash cycle or “Main-wash”.

Once it is done on the first cycle I peel the diapers from the sides of the washer drum to aid in agitation for the next cycle. This cycle is where the diapers really get cleaned.  I add One and a half caps of MelaPower detergent and wash this on Heavy Duty, Hot wash, heavily soiled.

 

Step 7: Drying your diapers.

This part is really up to you. You can dry your diapers in the dryer if that is what you would like. This has been known to wear the diapers out a bit faster than hang drying due to the elastics and material and the heat.

I particularly like to hang dry diapers when I can or at least hang dry the outer diapers with PUL fabric.  Then I dry the absorbent parts like FSTs, Flats, Prefolds, Fitteds, and inserts in the dryer.

You can also hang dry everything outside on a clothesline. I love doing this. I also have a clothes rack for hanging diapers inside on bad weather days.


I hope this helped you understand a little more about washing cloth diapers and hopefully didn’t overwhelm you any further. It may seem like a lot to take in but once you know what you are going to do it is like second nature.

 

Thank you for reading,

The Momnipresent Mother

 

 

Why we decided to blog.

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Thank you for joining me on this new adventure. I figured as this is our first post I would give you a little background information on myself and my family as well as why we decided to give blogging a try.

First, a little about me. I am a wife of a wonderful, hardworking husband, and two amazing sons. My husband and I have been married for three years now, but have known each other for over ten years. We met working at a haunted attraction that raised money for a few different charities during the Halloween season.

When my husband and I tied the knot I not only gained a husband but also gained our oldest son, Little A. I have been in Little A’s life since he was an infant as I was friends with his father. Then in August of 2015 we had our second son, M, via c-section due to pregnancy complications, and our family grew.

Up until the day M was born I was working full time as was my husband. At this point our oldest was still in public school so we could work during the day while he was at school as long as we were home to get him off the bus. He is now home schooled so I have both boys 24-7. Once I gave birth to M I was stuck in bed for some time so I was not able to work.

My husband around the same time was offered a job which much better pay. Then soon after he accepted the job and we sold our business that job fell through and we were both without any form of income.

My husband, after a few months was able to secure a position as a car salesman, which is where he is currently working. He is also working on some online schooling to sell insurance.

I have been on the search for something I could do from home or at least with my two sons in tow to bring in some more income to help get us caught up on the bills that did fall behind during the period with no income. I have tried a handful of different things but so many seem to just be scams or something you put so much time into but barely get anything back.

In my searches I kept coming across people who were either quitting their jobs to blog or using it as supplemental income. At first I thought this was just more of the same, but then I decided to look into it and it surprisingly looked promising. So here I am starting this blog. Now I am not holding my breath that I am going to be rich from blogging, and i figure if the money-making portion flops I do enjoy writing and sharing all the things I find interesting with other like-minded people so it will be a win even if I don’t make any money.

I hope you all enjoy our posts. I am excited to share my interests and insight with you all. Something I would like to get going is to have a few people I know who are professional cooks to share some recipes with us for you all to try.

 

Thank you for visiting,

The Momnipresent Mother