The World of Wool: Potty Training Edition

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In my last post, I mentioned that we are no longer using cloth diapers. However, I did hang on to the majority of our wool shorties because they’re great for added protection over undies while in the potty training phase. (Plus, they’re so pretty!)

There are many different brands of wool in various price ranges, but there are two brands that I like more than others. For knits, my favorite is Sloomb, and for interlock, I prefer Wild Coconut Wear.

So, what’s the difference between knits and interlock?

Knits are softer and more delicate than interlock. They must be handwashed and lanolized, and can be easily felted if not cared for properly. Most people in the wool community consider felting to be a bad thing, but some moms prefer it because it’s denser and more absorbent, therefore “bulletproof” when it comes to leaks.

Interlock is generally felted before hand, which makes it very durable, while still being relatively soft and stretchy. It can be washed by hand, or in the washing machine on a wool cycle.

I love the softness of knits, but I do find myself reaching for interlock more often with a toddler!

If you’re child is in the beginning stages of potty training, you will need something more absorbent than regular underwear between them and the wool, like Super Undies training pants. For more experienced potty-ers, wool shorties can be worn directly over underwear to catch small leaks and protect your floor/bed/couch. The stretchiness of the wool makes it easy for a toddler to pull them up and down themselves, as opposed to pants with snaps, buttons, and zippers.

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Read more about The World of Wool is these posts – Part 1: My New-Found Love and Part 2: Washing Your Wool Diaper Covers.

{I am an affiliate blogger for Kelly’s Closet. This post contains affiliate links that support this blog. Please read my disclosure policy for more information.}

One Word Wednesday: PACKING!!

You may have noticed that I’ve been MIA for a bit here. I kind of alluded to some big news on my Facebook page a while back…

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Yes, we are moving!

(So much for my #OneWord365 this year, right?! lol)

I’ve been hesitant to post about this because…well, there’s just not much to tell right now. Our main objective at this point is to pack up everything we can and move it to a storage unit, so we can stage our house and list it (t-minus 20 days until our planned “on the market” day!) We do have a general area where we are house hunting…a different suburb about 45 mins. away from our current house (closer to my family, easier commute to husband’s work, etc.)

Fingers crossed that this whole process goes as smoothly (and quickly!) as possible. There may not be many updates on the blog until we get settled in to our new home, but I’m always on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

One Word Wednesday: RELAX #OneWord365

I try to make resolutions every year. And maybe that’s why the month January always overwhelms me. Because I’m trying to CHANGE ALL THE THINGS and “become a new me!” every time the ball drops on NYE.

Two years ago, I made a list of goals. And did about half of them. Last year, I summed up my resolutions in a sentence, which was only slightly more effective. This year, though, I’m making it super simple. With just ONE WORD.

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Choose just one word.

One word that sums up who you want to be or how you want to live. One word that you can focus on every day, all year long.

It will take intentionality and commitment, but if you let it, your one word will shape not only your year, but also you. It will become the compass that directs your decisions and guides your steps.

Discover the big impact one word can make.

One word. 365 days. A changed life.

So, my word for 2014 is:



I take things too seriously. I take LIFE too seriously. I worry and stress about the small things. Things that I CAN NOT CHANGE.

It’s time to stop doing that. It’s not good for my health, my family, or my marriage. R. E. L. A. X.

What’s your #OneWord365 for 2014?

Summer in Seattle – Day 3

Continued from Summer in Seattle – Day 2. All recommendations are based on my own experiences. No compensation was received.

Our last full day in Seattle was spent enjoying nature (the weather was perfect for this!), and exploring a couple of little towns outside of the city. Two girls in our group took a ferry to the San Juan Islands for some whale watching, which they loved (but it is COLD out there on the water so dress appropriately!) The rest of us hopped in the rental car and headed east.

Our first stop was the Japanese Garden at Washington Park Arboretum. I probably could have spent all day here just sitting in the peace and quiet. It was beautiful!

We were starting to get hungry, so it was off to Woodinville for some lunch at Teddy’s Bigger Burgers. (I had a veggie burger that was pretty good, and sweet potato fries that might be the best ones I’ve ever tasted!) But the main reason we went to Woodinville is because it’s wine country! There are no actual vineyards to walk through out there (they’re all about 2-3 hours south, I believe), but there are PLENTY of places to drink! We only went to one tasting at DeLille Cellars, though. (Cute little place, and the wine was great!) Being the last day of our trip, we were running out of money, so we decided to find some FREE things to do…

Just a ways up the road we ran into the Woodinville Lavender Farm. I have never seen lavender plants like this! Gorgeous! And the smell…ahhh!

Continuing with the botanical theme, our next stop was Bellevue Botanical Garden about 20 minutes away. Don’t be fooled by the fact that it currently looks like a construction site! There is a lot of beauty to be found behind those barriers! We saw so many wonderful plants and flowers that would never grow in my neck of the woods.

Snack time! Back to the city for some gourmet cheeses at The Calf and Kid! YUM YUM YUM! We split a cheese plate with some crackers and fig jelly…wow! Cheese will never be the same again…

Back to our condo for a little bit of downtime before dinner. We considered ordering in, but there was a cute little pizza place a few blocks away, so we decided to walk down there instead. (Less for us to clean up later, right?) If you’re ever in the Belltown area of Seattle, stop for a bite at Bambino’s Pizzeria. The pizza is great (and pretty reasonably priced!) They have an extensive drink menu, or if you’re not in the mood for alcohol…coke in glass bottles!! (Why does it taste better like that?!)

And that pretty much ends the highlights of my trip! Something tells me that a separate post about cleaning up the condo, packing, then sitting at the airport wouldn’t make for a good read! (Though, recycling is mandatory in the city of Seattle…let’s just say there was some trash digging involved…lol)

 

Seattle Day 3

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Summer in Seattle – Day 2

Continued from Summer in Seattle – Day 1. All recommendations are based on my own experiences. No compensation was received.

Saturday morning, our group split up. Two of the girls wanted to go exploring outside the city, and the rest of us were ready to hit the tourist spots with the least amount of walking required. Enter Ride the Ducks of Seattle! This 90 minute tour takes you through the highlights of Seattle (the waterfront, Pioneer Square, Pike Place Market, the downtown shopping district and Fremont), then drives right into Lake Union! Is it a van, a bus, a boat?! No one knows. But it was awesome! Our tour guide was fantastic! I highly HIGHLY recommend this. (Again, not getting paid to say that!)

Across the street from our duck tour drop-off was the EMP Museum. They currently have a Jimi Hendrix exhibit that one of the girls in our group wanted to see, and the rest of us were just excited that there was a restaurant inside, so we spent some time exploring that. In addition to Hendrix, they have a Women Who Rock exhibit, which I really liked.

Then, we were off to the Space Needle! Holy long lines in the heat! We waited at least an hour before we could go up, but it was totally worth it. I’m not a fan of heights, so I was a little nervous, but once you get up there it doesn’t seem like you’re over 600 feet off the ground, and the view is spectacular!

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Summer in Seattle – Day 1

If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you know that I was in Seattle for a girls weekend last week. These are the highlights of my trip! (Pictures or it didn’t happen, right?!) I’ve decided to split this into three posts, just because it’s going to be EPIC otherwise! **P.S. I am not receiving compensation for posting any of the following links – only sharing my experience!**

We all flew into Seattle on Friday morning, and while we were waiting to check into our condo, we explored the Pike Place Market. OMG – so much awesome! I had to take a picture of the original Starbucks, of course. (Forget going inside, though…the line was out the door and down the street!) We stopped at Pike Place Chowder for some lunch, followed by gelato at Bottega Italiana. A quick trip back to the market for some fresh fish and produce to prepare Saturday night’s dinner (we opted to actually make some use of the kitchen in our condo), and we were ready to get settled in to our home for the next few days.

If you ever visit the Seattle area, and need a bigger place to stay, check out Sea to Sky Rentals! They have several locations available to rent, but our party of five stayed in Centennial Tower. The location was FANTASTIC! I couldn’t get enough of the view! (It’s even more amazing at night!)

Once we got settled in, it was dinner time. We drove down to the pier for some yummy seafood at Elliot’s Oyster House. Luckily, we decided to spring for valet parking, because parking at the pier was a mess. Dinner ran pretty late (as you would expect on a Friday evening, so keep that in mind if you’re so hungry you could eat your arm!) Rather than ride the Ferris Wheel (not that I would have anyway – heights and I do not mix), we headed back to the condo to get some much needed sleep.

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The World of Wool – Part 2: Washing Your Wool Diaper Covers

A couple of days ago, I posted about my new-found love of wool diaper covers.  We’ve had our covers for a couple of weeks now, and I just washed them for the first time using several products you can find at my favorite cloth diaper store, Kelly’s Closet! (Links to products in this post are affiliate links, which help support the blog!)

I prefer to hand wash mine, but Kelly’s Closet has some wonderful instructions on washing wool in the washer! *Remember- you only have to wash and lanolize again once it starts to smell like pee (you know the smell – ammonia, like a cat litter box…ugh!) or if it gets soiled (ie: pooped on). You can go weeks without washing and lanolizing!*

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  • Bucket or Bowl
  • Small plastic container with lid
  • Lanolin
  • Wool Wash (bar or soap)
  • Baby Wash Soap (any brand will do)
  • Wool Cover(s)

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  • Fill your bucket/bowl with lukewarm water just enough so it will cover the Wool.
  • Take your Wool Cover and swish it around in the bucket/bowl.
  • Grab your wool wash (bar or soap). If using a bar, apply in areas that need most attention. (I have a tummy sleeper, so I focus on the front and legs of the cover.) If you are using a wool soap, add a small amount (depending on water amount and how many wools you are washing) prior to adding your wool cover(s) to the bucket/bowl.
  • Swish your wool around in the bucket/bowl, and let it sit and soak for 30 minutes or more.
  • Come back after the time has passed, and drain out the water. Most wool washes don’t require you to rinse!
  • Refill bucket/bowl back up with fresh lukewarm water.
  • Grab the small plastic container and lid and fill it with VERY HOT water.
  • Add 1 peasize of lanolin (1 per cover) and 1 squirt of baby soap to the plastic container, then put the lid on and shake it really well, so it dissolves. (Note – I recommend using a small spoon or other utensil to do this, rather than your hands. I had lanolin all over my fingers that I could not get off!)
  • Add this mixture to your bowl/bucket that is filled with lukewarm water.
  • Put your wool back in the bowl/bucket and squish around, then let sit for an hour or more.
  • Come back after the time has passed, and drain out water and remove wool.
  • Lay flat to dry
  • By the next day, your wool will be ready to use again!

{I am an affiliate blogger for Kelly’s Closet. This post contains affiliate links that support this blog. Please read my disclosure policy for more information.}

The World of Wool – Part 1: My New-Found Love

(Some links to products in this post are affiliate links, which help support the blog!)

For a long time, I was nervous about venturing in to the world of wool. So many cloth diapering mamas I knew would rave about it, but it just seemed like SO MUCH WORK!

Then, all of our nighttime diaper options became ineffective. Leaks everywhere, multiple sheet changes…so we resorted to using disposables at night again. The leaks were contained! And THEN…

One morning I came in to Little Man’s room to get him ready for the day, and HE WAS NOT WEARING A DIAPER! Awesome. (Luckily, the bedding was still clean and dry!)

So, I decided to give wool a try. I could always resell them if I didn’t like them, right? (Benefit 13546353 to cloth diapers!)

Let me tell you…everything I previously thought about wool is WRONG! I LOVE IT! These covers fit like a glove, we have had NO LEAKS!

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(Sorry for the dark picture – he would run away whenever he saw the flash…lol)

The wool we’re currently using is a work-at-home mom brand called Chelory. I use her wool-in-two cover, with a night-solution insert and a wool doubler underneath. It works fantastically for us overnight!

If you already have fitteds and are just looking for wool covers to try, Sustainablebabyish (aka: Sloomb) makes very popular covers, shorties, and longies in gorgeous colors!

A bonus of the shorties and longies? They are both a cover AND pants – you don’t need an extra cover in between!

Image via Kelly's Closet and Sustainablebabyish

Image via Kelly’s Closet and Sustainablebabyish

Some of you may be looking at the prices in shock, but keep in mind that you probably only need 3-4 covers, making wool a very economical choice! As long as the wool is not soiled or stinky – it doesn’t have to be washed after every wear!

Next time – how to wash your wool diapers!

{I am an affiliate blogger for Kelly’s Closet. This post contains affiliate links that support this blog. Please read my disclosure policy for more information.}

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