Category Archives: Tale of Two Kiddies

I Heart Traveling

One of my favorite things to do is to daydream about traveling the world with my family. I get excited thinking about taking Stella and Harry to – the top of the Eiffel Tower, The Great Wall of China, on a safari in Africa, St. Sophia mosque in Turkey, the mountain tops of Switzerland, the Grand Canyon, the beaches in California, etc. You get the point.  I know they will love it and they might learn a thing or two from other cultures.

Our next destination?  New York City!  Actually, we are staying in Park Slope, Brooklyn visiting my fly sister Krystle and her boyfriend, Tim.  Fun times ahead!  I’ll share some stories and my own pics afterwards!

Happy Earth Day!

Hi Everyone!  I know it has been a while since I have last blogged – sorry! Things have been a bit hectic, but fun in our household.

So, it’s Earth Day…it’s great – there’s so much attention, celebration, and dedication to our home.  Innerpeace Project participated in One Small Change to make our Earth a better place to live, not only for us, but for many generations to come.  Today honors the celebration of it.  I’ve been thinking about this day for some time and wondered how am I going to teach my 1 and 3-year-old about the importance of sustaining our planet?  I want to teach them at an early age so the three r’s become second nature to them.  Today we are going to do a few things in honor of our earth AND they will be fun activities for them.

First I thought we would go on a walk around our neighborhood and pick up litter on the grass and sidewalk (I’ll be sure to bring hand sanitizer and plenty of wipes!).  Hopefully later we will plant some herbs and flowers on our back deck while being cognizant of our electricity and resource usage. Sounds like fun to me…I’m sure Harry and Stella will be somewhat amused by our activities.  I’ll post some pictures tomorrow!

A little update on what’s going on in my life: my sister moved in with us for a couple of months to save some mula before she moves to Brooklyn to start her own adventure!  We have been having loads of fun playing with the kids, laughing a lot, challenging one another’s creativity, and reliving old memories.  I’ve also been hanging out with the kiddos and soaking up every bit of enjoyment they bring me. I’m trying to be present when I’m around them because these treasured times are what I live for… and I do not want to forget these beautiful innocent moments (my dad reminded me of this yesterday).  Also, in an effort to do things for myself, I broke out my art supplies and started painting again!  I’ll post some pictures after I finish.  Along with doing things for myself, I’m trying to stay active in my neighborhood.  Yesterday I stopped by my alderman’s office to get involved in some type of community clean up.  I am going to really try to make a sincere effort to try to make a difference where I live –  instead of ignoring it.  But I’m back and ready to share more ways we can improve our lives.

Are you doing anything special for Earth Day?  I would love to hear some of your stories!

Cloth Diapering-The Real Scoop

As a mom of 2 small children in diapers, I was concerned with the cost factor and the impact it has on our earth. My concerns prompted me to take a cloth diapering class at Be By Baby in Chicago. The instructor was totally gung-ho about cloth diapering-it was almost scary. She made it seem like moms who use “evil” disposable diapers are as bad as those moms who put pop in their baby’s bottles. I did learn a lot though and it prompted me to take the plunge and invest in those colorful sacks for poop. Here’s the real scoop on how cloth diapering works and you decide if it’s worth it for your child and the environment.

PRO- They are super cute! My 2 year old daughter loves all the fun colors. We enjoy hang drying them together and we discuss all the colors as we hang them – a good learning lesson!
CON- It’s not so fun scraping the poop off the diaper and let me tell you, my son has a lot of poop! I’m talking 4 times a day. I say I have a very close relationship with my kids’ bowel movements. In fact, I found a googly eye in his diaper this morning.
PRO- The new cloth diapers are pretty easy to use. They come with snaps or velcro – no need for pins like the oldies.
CON- They do have a tendency to leak if you leave the diaper on 20 minutes too long. It can get pretty inconvenient if we are hanging at the park or the museum.
PRO- Gotta love the diaper sprayer that helps deposit the poop into the toiliet. This is a must. I cannot imagine this whole process without it.
CON- Sometimes they smell funky if they aren’t washed well enough, e.g., not enough water in the machine, which I tend to do often.
PRO- No more stinky diaper pails hanging out in the room! Man, my hubby and I hated that thing. We were elated when we realized we didn’t need it anymore and chucked it (actually recycled it)!

Sure some of the pros look like cons masked nicely, but what really assured me was the positive feedback from other moms who cloth diaper. They were all really positive about it. In fact, they all LOVE it. I think it’s great too but it’s not so glamorous when having to change 10+ diapers a day. On the flip side, the peace of mind you feel from knowing you’re not contributing to the smelly diaper mountain, er…landfill., makes it worth the effort. It makes me happy that I could help this Earth stay cleaner. I just wanted to give you the real low-down on this process. It’s not always fun and exciting but it’s helpful for our children and for our earth.

Here are a few more facts I learned from the class:
-Every baby produces approx 4000+ pounds of disposable diaper waste that ends up in our landfills (whoa!)
-It costs between $2500-$3500 for disposable diapers for one child vs $700 or less ( I spent less than $400 for both of my kiddos), and many can be reused on siblings
-It can take 500+ years for a disposbale diaper to biodegrade if it ever will
-Dioxin, Tributyl-tin and Sodium Polyacrylate are all toxic substances used in disposable diapers
-Washing cloth diapers uses the same amount of water as flushing the toliet 5-6 times per day

Now you tell me, is it worth it?