thoughts on diapers…

*This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks & Luvs.  My opinions are completely my own!*

Some of you may remember that I tried cloth diapering several years ago.  I started when my oldest was about 6 months old and loved it!  Until I had baby #2 who couldn’t wear cloth (long story).

And then baby #3 came along, and for a while there all 3 of those ‘babies’ were in diapers at the same time.

Needless to say, I quit cloth.

And although I think about going back sometimes, the truth is…  I’m just too lazy.  And too content with where I am right now.  (And maybe too hopeful that in another year or so I will be done with diapers?!)

So, I a little reluctantly sold off all my cloth diapers several months ago (Did you know that cloth diapers have an amazing resale value?!  I didn’t at first either!) and never looked back.

I am happy with my disposable diapers.  And I am truly sorry for adding more of a burden to the environment, but my life is just too overwhelming to change now.

Or maybe I am just having too much fun with cute little girl outfits that don’t have to factor in a big fluffy bum?!  ;o)

Anyways, I have been pretty set in my ways as far as which disposable diapers I love to use.  So, I was a bit skeptical about trying something new when I was offered the chance to give the new and improved LUVS Ultra Leakguard diapers (they are only available at Walmart…  the clue is in the blue!  These special ones have a blue seal on the box!) a try.

But I realized it never hurts to try something new, and you might like to know what I think about the redesigned LUVS as well!

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I have been using them for a few weeks now, and I have to say there have been no leaks and no major issues with them.  If you liked LUVS diapers before, you will probably love them now, with their new overnight leak-guard!

Unfortunately for me, ever since my first pregnancy several years ago, I have been hyper sensitive to perfume-y smells and the LUVS scent is just too overwhelming for me.

I really don’t know if it’s just me (that’s entirely possible!) but the fragrance they put in the diapers is so strong that I can’t even smell my daughters poopy diapers through the scent.  I suppose that’s the point, but to me that is just gross.  I WANT to know if my child has just filled their diaper, because I want to change it as soon as possible!  Especially with my girl…  I don’t want her sitting in that stuff!  YUCK!

Also, my boys think the ‘scent’ of the diaper is a dirty smell, so they keep trying to tell me every 30 minutes that she is dirty, even when she’s not.

I have to say, I won’t be using these diapers again for that reason.  But, I will say again that if you have liked LUVS in the past, or scented things don’t bother you, these fit well and we had no issues with leaks or blowouts, so for that, they definitely did their job!

how do I get ahead?

“I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Maytag.  I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.”

I need your help guys.  Seriously.  

I have just entered fully into this crazy multiple kids in school – meaning way too much time in the car – season of life and it is totally kicking my ‘you know what’.

I don’t know how you all do it!  What with rushing breakfasts, packing lunches, constantly making snacks, and then prepping and cooking dinner in the midst of all that, I am just plain exhausted.

And I won’t lie…  we have eaten way more than our fair share of mac & cheese lately!  My goodness, I feel like I spend 99% of my life in the kitchen.  (Good thing it’s my favorite room!)

I am trying to get better at prepping things ahead of time, in order to simplify my life a little bit during this hectic season.  Bure here’s where I need your help.

What are your tricks and tips for simplifying this chaotic season of life?  (Besides running through a fast-food joint or ordering take-out!)

Packing lunches the night before, prepping breakfasts the night before, and getting crockpot meals ready to turn on in the morning are a few of the ways I am trying to improve the flow here in the kitchen.

But you know what?  Before I got my new Maytag appliances, especially the big roomy fridge, it was so hard to do some of those things.

Even packing a lunch the night before was hard sometimes trying to find places to store it in the fridge for later.  And prepping a crockpot meal was not even possible, since there was no way to fit the crockpot insert into the fridge until morning!

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Even with all this room though, I am running out of fresh ideas.  And my family is getting a little tired of the same old, same old.  So…

What are your favorite crockpot (slow cooker) meals?  

What are your kids favorite lunches?  

What are your favorite after-school snacks to make??

What are your favorite school morning breakfasts?

Wow, I am full of questions today aren’t I?  I told you I needed help!!

Please, please, I would love your tips.  How do you stay on top of things when it feels like you spend half your life in your car?!

Gummi Smurfs? Yes, please!

“I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Haribo. I received product samples, and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.”

“Would my family like to try out Haribo’s new gummy Smurfs candy?  Are you serious?!  You obviously don’t know my gummi-addicted boys very well if you even have to ask!”

Yes, that was the conversation running through my head when I got the email request from Haribo (click here to go check out their facebook page and learn more about these gummi Smurfs!) & Mom Central.

I mean, goodness, I didn’t even have to think about that decision for 2 seconds.

My family is absolutely obsessed with gummi candies, and very specifically Haribo brand.  They have always been our favorite.

Check out these faces when I opened up the package! 

(Yes, I staged it with the camera, because I knew there would be joy.  The boys, however, had no idea what was coming!)

Oh and to make this deal even sweeter (ha!) I have a little potty-trainer in my house right now who just so happens to love gummis as much as the rest of us.  Gummi Smurfs?  Have been potty-training GOLD in this house!  (I am already dreading the day I run out.  Actually, no I’m not, because I will be buying several more bags when that happens!)

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what makes life easier…

I have so many good things to say about my new Maytag Kitchen.  I could really go on and on about all the things I love about my new appliances…  but the bottom line is, my life is that much easier now than it was 6 months ago, and I am so grateful to Maytag for that! As a busy, overwhelmed mom, I am all about making life easier.  But do you want to know what I have loved the most about Maytag?  The amazing customer service I have received! We have had a few very minor issues, and they were handled so well and so quickly I could hardly believe it!  I was seriously in shock at how fast and well our glitches were resolved.  10 gold starts Maytag!! There is not one of our new appliances that is not used every single day. I bake or cook something on our range every day.  I reheat my coffee in the microwave multiple times a day.  :o)  We run the dishwasher at least once a day!  And obviously…  the fridge is well loved and used! I have never been much of a microwave user, but I have to say, it is so nice to be able to reheat two plates at once in this gigantic beautiful microwave.  When I do need it, I am so grateful that it’s there…  if you have little kids close in age, you know how hard it is for one of them to wait there turn for the other.  Two plates of mac & cheese heated up at once = happy kids and happy mama! The fridge has still not worn off its novelty…  the littles love opening the middle drawer and getting their own apples/carrots/string cheeses out for a snack.  I love that they can grab something healthy, without me having to do it for them!  And I have yet to run out of room in the fridge, even after major Costco-stockup trips! The dishwasher is… well…  a dream.  I barely ever remember to rinse any dishes and have yet to have one dish come out less than perfectly clean.  My kids think it’s the funnest game to load and unload the dishwasher, and you know what?  After not having a working dishwasher at all for about 6+ months…  I think it’s a pretty fun game too!!  (My other favorite feature of our dishwasher?  The “extra dry” function!  No more drippy dishes or leaving the door open for an hour before you can put stuff away!)

Check out Maytag’s website, Twitter and/or Facebookfor more information and reviews from other moms in the Maytag Moms program!


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holiday baking extravaganza

I have been baking like crazy this last week!  Have you?  Does your oven put in some serious overtime in December, like mine does?

Caramel corn, peanut butter swirled dark chocolate fudge brownies, sandebakkelse, hawaiian oatmeal cookies…  all sorts of treats for parties and gifts for family and friends.

This winter we have kep the heat in our house down at 67º all the time.  I decided that I would rather spend that electricity money on running the oven and all the twinkle lights we have up for the holidays!

So I have been baking almost every day so that our house is warm and cozy.  The delicious smells don’t hurt anything either!

I had a little wall oven before I got this new Maytag range and I am absolutely in love with my new big, huge oven.  6.2 cubic feet, to be exact!

I used to have to cut off the edges of Costco pizzas in order to fit them into my old oven.

Now I am in heaven…  the other day I cooked a huge turkey and a pan of stuffing all the the same time with ease.  And today I cooked two 9×13” pans of brownies right next to each other!

Have I told you I love this new Maytag oven?   Because I do!  :o)   I am looking forward to the next time I bake pies, being able to fit 3 or 4 in there at the same time.

Oh and the huge front window is so much fun for my boys.  They watch the oven like a tv half the time!

What are your favorite holiday treats to bake?

Disclaimer – I wrote this post participating in an Maytag Moms Dependable Kitchen Ambassador program by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Maytag. I was provided with a Maytag kitchen appliances set, including a refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher, and range to facilitate my post.

Check out Maytag’s facebook and twitter pages to see what other mom’s think!