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Breadmaker — There’s Nothing Like Fresh Homemade Bread. (Review)

About the same time I started juicing at home and decided to stop buying all bottled juices, etc., we also decided that we would stop buying processed store bought breads, too. I told my husband that I would like to bake all of our own breads and asked if we could purchase a breadmaker. He warned me, just like he does with everything — “If we buy it, you better use it…”

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RLR Laundry Treatment — Product Review

About a month ago, I decided to increase my cloth diaper stash (in preparation for baby #2 and also because I’d like to be able to make it an extra day or so without having to wash my diapers), so I purchased some used diapers online. I bought from a few different people and as you should do when buying used cloth diapers — I had to strip them before I used them. I also have been noticing a tiny bit of “ammonia” smell from our own diapers — not bad, but enough that I’d like to do something about it before it got bad. We had also had a few leaks — I’m not positive it was the diapers, or the fact that my kid just pee’s pretty heavily.

Anyways, I researched online about diaper stripping and came across this product:

I found it on a website that I frequent, Mom’s Milk Boutique. They sell for $2.50 per packet, but if you buy larger quantities the price goes down. There are great reviews on the site, and there are specific directions for stripping cloth diapers. For only a few bucks, I figured — why not? It sounded a heck of a lot easier than boiling diapers, washing them in the sink or tub with Dawn dish soap, etc. So I placed my order on a Friday — and I think I had my RLR packets by Monday? (Quick shipping!)

The process is ridiculously easy. I have an HE front loading washing machine. You just throw your (clean) diapers in the machine, open the packet and sprinkle it on top of the dry diapers. I separated my covers from my inserts and did two separate loads. Then I just ran a regular wash cycle, and then ran an extra rinse cycle. The directions state to make sure that if there are still suds in the water, to run extra rinses until they were gone. I didn’t notice any suds in the rinse, so the one extra cycle seemed to be just fine.

I hung out all of the diapers in the sun to dry and let them stay there pretty much all day long. When I brought them inside they all looked BRAND NEW. They were whiter than before and smelled SO GOOD. If you hadn’t known, you would have NEVER guessed that they were used diapers.

All of our diapers look brand new again! It’s not recommended to use this for every wash, but only when you notice an issue (smell, leaking, etc) or up to once a month as a preventative measure. If you use cloth diapers you should DEFINITELY purchase some of this stuff. It couldn’t be easier and I couldn’t be happier with our results!

Go to Mom’s Milk Boutique and grab some RLR Laundry Treatment.

[I am in no way affiliated with Mom’s Milk Boutique or RLR Laundry Treatment. I was not compensated for this review and all opinions are 100% my own. If you have a product you would like me to try and review, please feel free to contact me.]

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Nook — A Christmas Gift Review.

I’ve never had any interest in an e-reader of any type. Sure, I’ve heard of them. But what would I need one of those for? And anyways, I can’t afford one!

But I got one for Christmas. It was a gift from my Father-In-Law. A Nook (by Barnes & Noble) e-reader. And a pink case for it!

So, what can a Nook do?

Well, either from your actual device or from a computer, you can download books for it. The books are cheaper than their actual soft/hard cover books, but still can run you $10 or more. I do like the option of adding giftcards to your account and using them whenever you want to download a book.

It’s much more than just an e-reader, though. Since I recently got rid of my cell phone (bye bye, Iphone!), the Nook is a great way for me to be able to have apps that do things — like Facebook, Twitter, and more. Plus I downloaded some excellent “mom” apps. A family planner, calendars, to-do lists and more. Great things to keep me organized.

Also, I set up all of my email accounts to go directly to my Nook. So with one click I can check all of my emails at once. It makes it great for me to keep up with everything without sitting down at my laptop during the day.

Plus, you can load pictures, music, use Netflix, Pandora and more. And it’s small enough that you can toss it in your diaper bag without worrying about it being too big to lug around! It totally takes the place of my cell phone and does more than I ever imagined it would!

And one more thing, going back to books. You can find “Nook friends” and lend each other books. The one downside — once you lend a book out, it’s no longer “lend-able”, which i dislike. Why can I only lend a book that belongs to me out ONE time?

We don’t travel much but I definitely see it useful to be able to throw ONE thing in my bag and have as many books with me as I want. And another cool option — you can read a book outloud and record YOUR voice! So when the baby wants to hear mommy read a book to him, one button and he can flip along and hear my voice! I love that feature!

And as a mom, I spend a LOT of time underneath a nursing/sleeping baby. Before, I couldn’t use a laptop or read a book without disturbing him. But I can hold my Nook in one hand and flip through a book, an application, the internet, Facebook, Twitter… all without waking the sleeping baby! LOVE IT!

[I am in no way affiliated with Barnes & Noble nor am I being compensated for this review. All of the opinions in this post are that of my own.]

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