Archive for March, 2012

Potty training

Evelyn just told me she needed to use the potty, then she actually did- number 1 and number 2. Hooray! That means she gets a jelly bean AND a cookie. It also means she gets to try out her new panties.

I’ve really been frustrated in my search for underwear smaller than size 2T. There are cloth diaper companies that sell training pants in the 18 month size, but they are expensive and still too big.

I’ve finally found my solution! Evelyn has a ton of bloomers/diaper covers that she doesn’t wear. With a onesie or tights under her dress, it seems superfluous. So I took an extra burp cloth, folded it, and stitched it into her bloomers. Viola! 2 minute training pants, in her size.  (Eek! My brain was broken and I forgot to give credit where credit is due when I originally posted this earlier today- here is my inspiration for this project.)

And if I didn’t already have several pairs of bloomers, this tutorial from Dana at Made works great, too. I can make several pairs in about an hour. The extra room for a diaper leaves the perfect amount of space for adding a burp cloth. Folded layers of flannel would work just as well, I’m sure.

Now, if only potty training was that easy…


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I haven’t been doing too well at telling you what we’ve been up to, or even what you really want, showing off cute pictures of my daughter.


So, here she is!

Evelyn is modeling her piggy jammies, as well as a sneak peak at our nearly finished reupholstered couch, a poorly done bang cutting job, and our throw pillow cover of the season.  Steve and I have decided we like change enough that we’re not picking a color to decorate our living room, we’ll just change it up whenever we feel like it.  I’m loving the green pillows right now, and assuming I won’t feel like changing them for April, since I’ll be having a new baby and all.

This is when I should show you other pictures of my house and tell you all about what our new place is like, but I have a couple more things I want to fix up/clean up before I take pictures, so… be patient with me.

But speaking of cleaning up, I’ve discovered an AMAZING housekeeping tool: Let me introduce you to the fort.

Our folding table with a cover over it was made for Evelyn to hang out and play with her toys under.

But Mommy has found a new special use for it!  All I have to do is lift up the side, shove everything in on the floor underneath…

and viola! My living room looks clean! Or, it would if I vacuumed, but I’m still working on that.

Unfortunately, Evelyn isn’t really using it as a fort, so eventually my guilt at being a lazy housekeeper will catch up with me and I’ll take it down.  But for now I’m loving the laziness.

And finally, to show that I do still eventually make food (since, you know, that is all I used to write about…) here is a quick pic of Steve eating his Pi day pie.

I started out the day planning on making pecan pie, then changed my mind at the grocery store and decided on key lime.  Apparently I wasn’t the only one, since Pioneer Woman, Ree, decided to do the same 3 years ago for Pi day.  You can’t go wrong with her recipes so I gave it a try.  Fabulous!  I used 3 less graham crackers than she did, simply because I ran out, but I was very happy with the crust/filling ratio.  I also added a drop of green food coloring, since it seemed like I should.

And by the end of the day I was too tired to mess with adding more lime zest to the top, so I didn’t.  But, ohhh…. it was so good.  So good, in fact, that I think I will go enjoy a piece right now.  Maybe in bed.  Because I’m 37 weeks pregnant and that is what I should do.  Right?

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Sunday Musings- Voices of Anger

Today in Sunday school we discussed the doctrine of Christ, mentioned in 2 Nephi 31:2.  We went on to discuss what it means to speak with the tongue of angels (versus 13-14, chapter 32:2-3), or in other words, to speak the words of Christ through the power of the Holy Ghost.  This led to a discussion of how to keep the influence of the Holy Ghost with us, and what things we say, how we say them, and what and whom we listen to.

My husband then stated something that made me immensely proud of him- “Well, doesn’t this mean that we shouldn’t listen to angry voices?”

I knew he was referring to specific angry voices- the ones on the radio and the news telling you who not to vote for and how awful certain parties, viewpoints, and candidates are. And I totally agree with him- the spirit cannot testify truth to us if the voices we are listening to are voices of wrath and contention, regardless of their message. And as a fairly conservative independent voter, I have been interested in the GOP race.  While I’m certainly not anti-Obama, I don’t totally agree with the way he has done things and I’d be interested to know how someone else would do things differently.  The problem lies in finding out how they would do things, because all I hear is yelling, tyrades, and back-biting. “Scornful men bring a city into a snare: but wise men turn away wrath.” (Proverbs 29:8)

And while Steve’s comment works so well to convey the message he meant (but didn’t explain, he didn’t want to make anyone angry…), it extends so much further than that. Angry voices are everywhere.

Have you ever tried to read online reviews?  Take ratemyprofessor.com (I’m not linking to it, because if you feel you want to check it out you can type it out yourself).  How likely is a student to go online and tell about how great their Religious Studies teacher was?  Or how much they enjoyed their Geography class? Not likely.  However, if that teacher flunks you how are you going to feel about it? Are you going to want to blame them and tell the whole world what a waste of time and money their class was?  It sure seems that people in general are a lot more likely to talk about what angers them than about what they liked about something (unless they are getting something for it). This goes for movie reviews, waiters at restaurants, product reviews, etc.

So there is just one more thing I love about my husband.  Not only is he wise about whom he listens to, but he is wise in the way he speaks himself. If you are going to hear an angry voice in my house, I can totally assure you that it will not be his.  I have never heard Steve raise his voice in anger.  “A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.” (Proverbs 15:1) It is something I’m trying desperately to learn from him- and I think his example is definitely helping with that.

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We had big plans for Evelyn’s 18 month birthday(the 25th of February).  Well, sort of.  By that, I mean we made a cake and planned on taking her picture with it.  But then life got busy and I didn’t have time to frost the cake so I put the cake in the freezer and the frosting in the fridge.  Where they remain untouched.

That night Evelyn didn’t sleep well. And then the next morning she threw up all over me as soon as I got dressed for church.  And then she spent the rest of the week with a high fever, not sleeping or eating and visiting the doctor 4 times in 3 days and being poked and probed and generally hating life.  Poor kiddo.

But now it is the weekend again and we are doing a lot better.  I called and cancelled her doctor’s appointment today.  I’m tired of watching them poke and probe and everything else.  The fever is gone, and she slept last night.  Maybe I’ll pull out the cake soon and we’ll take a picture.

But in the meantime, we are back to potty-training.  Because I want this kid to be a little better trained when her little brother arrives NEXT MONTH! Can you believe I only have a month left?  I’m so not ready.  We are working on getting a little more independence from Evelyn when it comes to going to bed, trying to get rid of the pacifier, and trying to figure out how to get her to let us know when she needs to use the potty.  I should probably also be thinking about things like “Where is this new baby going to sleep?” “What is he going to wear?” etc.  But for now, my focus is on Evelyn. Yeah, I’m silly.

Luckily, MyBlogSpark contacted me again a couple weeks ago and asked if I wanted to try out and review some training pants.  Are you kidding me? Of course I would!  I was quite skeptical of being able to use them, since they are size 2T- 3T, and Evelyn is back down under 20 lbs (thanks to her illness), and wearing size 12 month clothes. But they are great!

Let me back up, since I’m supposed to be reviewing this product and I haven’t even told you what it is.

Seventh Generation partnered up with Universal Studios’ release of Dr. Seuss’ release of The Lorax, and so now their diapers have pictures of the Lorax on them to remind parents of environmental responsibility, as well as to encourage reading.  We’re all about those things at the Flynn house, especially when it comes to Dr. Seuss (Happy Birthday to him, by the way!).  They sent me a package of Free & Clear training pants, which have an absorbent core made with more renewable, plant-based materials.  They also feature stretchy, tear away side panels for a better fit and added convenience, as well as inner leak barriers for leakage protection.

Evelyn probably isn’t quite ready for training pants- she goes potty in the potty if we ask her to, and she occasionally tells us if she needs to “go poopy,” but she never stops herself from going in her diaper and rarely initiates the idea of using the potty by herself.  But I love them, anyway.  It is so handy to just slip them on, and they hold stuff in much better than I expected, especially since they are too big for her.  I also appreciate that Seventh Generation Free & Clear baby care products do not contain chlorine, fragrance, petroleum-based lotions or latex, and all Free & Clear products are also hypo-allergenic. Evelyn has had allergy problems with diapers before.

So, will I switch her?  Probably not.  I’m too much of a penny-pincher.  Amazon currently offers these training pants for .35 each with their Subscribe & Save/Amazon Mom discount, which is a fantastic deal. However, I’m currently using Luv’s with the same deals, and their current price is .16 per diaper. She is leaking at night, however, so I appreciate the thought of switching, especially as I’m told that right now Seventh Generation is promoting their newest product, which will be introduced later this month- Overnight diapers, which profess to be absorbent enough to keep your baby and bedding dry through the night or during prolonged travel.  I think I may be giving those a try soon.

MyBlogSpark is giving me the opportunity to let you try a Seventh Generation Free & Clear baby care product, as well, along with a copy of Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax.  Simply leave a comment below letting me know which product you would like to try- NEW Free & Clear Overnight Diapers, Free & Clear diapers, or Free & Clear training pants.

Feel free to send any potty training advice you have for me, as well.  I need all the help I can get.

Giveaway ends Tuesday, March 6th.

*Disclosure:  While the opinions are my own, the Seventh Generation Diapers prize pack, product and information have been provided by Seventh Generation through MyBlogSpark.


Congratulations to winner Alissa!  The book and diapers will be on their way soon!

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