How to Cloth Diaper {Frugally}

I’ve been part-time cloth diapering for over a year now….and I’m fixing to begin a journey of cloth diapering 2 boys (ages 2 & newborn)! Believe me, when I saw the prices of some of the brand-new diapers, I knew we could never afford that, especially when they say you need around 24-36 diapers (depending on age) to wash every 2-3 days instead of every day!

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I started my cloth diaper journey by getting 10 $5/$6 pocket diapers off of Zulily. I instantly loved cloth diapers, and I could use cloth for 2 days, then use disposable diapers while I washed & dried the cloth. And like I’ve said before- I only clothed very part time. Then, my then 15mo son developed a chemical burn from the disposable diapers- and we tried every brand….it wouldn’t go away. So I knew I had to cloth full-time, at least until it healed.

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I have never spent more than $8 for a diaper, and have gotten them as low as $3 for one. How do I do that?

Cloth Diaper Auctions

I’m in an awesome Facebook group where you can bid on diapers. That’s where I’ve scored some of my cheapest- and most favorite!- diapers!

Friends/Family

You might actually know someone, or a friend knows someone, who is de-stashing and can usually get diapers for a steal! Ask around!

Consignment Sales

Our twice-annual kids’ consignment sale has had cloth before…although you might have to look hard for good ones or a good price. I won’t pay over $10 for a diaper. That’s just me, though.

Alva Pocket Brand

For someone new to cloth diapers, getting a “starter pack” from the Alva brand is usually the best way to go- although on Amazon, they only have plain colors, not cute patterns. I’ve gotten a OS and newborn size packs before and love them!

Do you cloth diaper? Where do you get your cloth diapers and what’s your favorite brand?

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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Mama’s Sanity {Unicorn Roller}

Emotions. Feelings. We, as women, can have a lot of them all at once. The two best things that help me during crazy times? More Jesus time and lots of oils. ❤

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I always start with a drop or two of Stress Away on my wrist and Caleb’s little wrists. He loves getting oils put on him! He smells it and says, “Mmmm!”. If Caleb will play nicely (inside or out), I’ll settle down with my Bible and pray some and seek the Lord.

My other secret weapon? The unicorn roller blend! Oh…my….y’all. It’s amazing!! I mixed mine up in an old oil bottle and put a roller top on it, then decorated it with washi tape. Caleb also likes this blend, but I try to keep it to myself! 😉

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You have got to give it a try….and let me know if you do! ❤

Interested in oils, but don’t know how to begin? Start here. If you don’t have Young Living’s Seed to Seal guaranteed oils (perfect for little bodies), but want some, click this link to get started! You’ll get a fun welcome package in the mail from me!

Oh, and did I mention now through January 31, you’ll also get the coveted Peace & Calming?!? #youneedsome #naptime #nuffsaid

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Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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Top 5 Posts of 2016

Okay, y’all…I know we’re almost done with January (where has the time gone?!?), but here are the top 5 posts of 2016 for Through the Lens!

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Even though it’s one of my oldest posts, this post on how to use essential oils with horses is one of my most popular!

4) Detox Naturally

These 3 Ways to Naturally Detox {even while pregnant} helped keep me feeling good through my pregnancy!

 

3) wdding-reception

My post on How to Have a Simple, Tasteful & Inexpensive Wedding Reception was a favorite of mine to do. I loved putting our reception together and then the post gave me all the feels. ❤

2) Strawberry Lemonade

This Good Girl Moonshine is STILL our favorite…we make it weekly!

1) Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Muffins

These Healthy Chocolate Muffins were #1 on the list again for this year! I think I’m going to have to make them again soon….

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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Milk Supply Support

I am still nursing my baby. He’s over one now and I’d love to nurse him until two or a little longer if he wants to. But, when I started the 21 Day Fix and portioning my food (and cutting back on fats), it seemed my milk supply dropped some. Because he is over one and eating food,  and I really am ready to lose the rest of this weight, I decided to keep with the portion containers and just do some things to naturally help support my milk supply.

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Besides putting a teaspoon of coconut oil in my morning Shakeology, I’ve been doing two things that have really helped my supply a ton! And I notice the increase almost immediately.

Drinking Mother’s Milk Tea

I get this organic Mother’s Milk Tea from my local Wal-Mart and it definitely works! I brew a bag of the MMT and a Chai blend together, with just a little bit of honey. I drink this mid-afternoon. It’s a good reminder to sit for a minute, read a few pages in a book and just relax. Sometimes it’s the only quiet time I have in a day!

Apply 2-4 drops of Fennel Oil

I’ve known for a long time that Fennel helps with milk supply (it’s also in the MMT), but because I had such a large supply early on with Caleb, I never needed to use it. Every morning after my shower, and also right before bed, part of my oily routine now is to apply 2-4 drops of Fennel oil on my chest. If I don’t feel like my supply is very low, I just do one drop for each side, applied topically. But if Caleb’s nursed longer or acted hungry after nursing, I’d apply 2 drops each side and definitely notice an increase quickly.

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Both of these things are inexpensive and so easy to do, just to give my supply a little help. Have you had to do anything to increase your supply? What have you done?

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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How I Use Oils on my Baby

All throughout my pregnancy, I used Young Living oils for feeling my best. If I had a longer birth experience, I totally would have used them for that, too! 😉 So it is totally natural for me to use oils on my baby….here are my favorites & why I use them!

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When using oils on your baby (or child), V6 or coconut oil will become your BFF. Known as a carrier oil, it helps make the oils “go further” and it also helps dilute some of the hotter oils for baby’s sensitive skin.

I have used these 6 oils since my son was 6hrs old. He is currently a year old and, although we add different oils for different occasions, these are STILL my go-to oils for him!

I use 1 drop of R.C. diluted in V6 on his chest. RC stands for Respiratory Care.

A drop of Valor (or Valor II) on the base of his neck after a chiropractic adjustment.

2-3 drops of Gentle Baby on his head before bed. This is great for skin- it definitely helps his cradle cap, and it’s also a calming, relaxing scent.

Diluted Thieves on his feet! I do this before bed, when he gets up, and before we go into town. A baby can use all the immune system support he can get!

Tranquil & Rutavala; this is the bedtime duo! If I forget to apply these to Caleb, he doesn’t sleep/nap as soundly, nor does he go to sleep quite as quickly! I roll Tranquil on behind his ears and Rutavala on his big toes.

I hope this helps you on your path of a healthy lifestyle! If you want more information on Young Living, check out my page here, or if you’re ready to jump feet first into a oily lifestyle & join my community, you can sign up HERE.

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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Monthly Wellness Box

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Monthly boxes have become ALL the rage lately. But there is only one monthly box that I do, and I’ve been doing it for 3 years now! I am absolutely in love! It’s Young Living’s Essential Rewards program and it ROCKS! Why? Let me tell you….

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…..because I get to change the date it processes every.single.month. Why do I love that? Because depending on my paycheck, a new bill or my husband’s bonuses, we can move the date to what’s most convenient for us!

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….replacing my toxic and chemical-laden products is easy now! If I need more hand soap, cleaner, laundry detergent, ect, I know I can add it to my order. Easy peasy! Plus, that is less for me to remember to get at the grocery store!

….did I mention all the FREE stuff I get? For being a loyal essential rewards member, I get special gifts after 3, 6, 9 and 12 months on ER! Plus each month, if you meet the criteria, you receive an extra free oil that non-ER members don’t get with their order! Score!

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…..awesome points back? Yes please! Young Living has updated their rewards points to 10% months 1-3, 4-24 get 20% and 24+months get a huge 25% back! And what do you do with those points? Cash them in for more FREE products! Can I say more Thieves cleaner?!?

AND….what’s even better, in the month of September, if you sign up with Young Living with their Starter Kit, you’ll get a FREE toxin-free Thieves Laundry Soap! swoon I am in total love with it and use it for everything! So, sign up and join the #revOILution with the essential rewards program! If you join with me, not only will you get a big oils book, a bunch of freebies, and fun & encouraging community, but I will send you a special gift for jumping feet first with the ER program!! What are you waiting for? These oils & products have changed our life and I can’t wait to see them do the same for you!<3

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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Cleaning My Baby’s Toys

I’m not a germaphobe. Really, I promise. Letting your child be exposed to some germs is perfectly fine. I mean, you can’t hide them away forever! I personally don’t disinfect all my child’s toys or anything they put in their mouth…plus, bleach? No way. I haven’t ever owned any in my life!

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So, what do I use? I use this amazing stuff called Thieves Cleaner! It’s so awesome, I’m in love!

I absolutely love that it doesn’t have any nasty chemicals or fragrances that could hurt my baby. It’s just another part of having a chemical-free, healthy home!

So, how do I clean the toys? If it can be in the water, I just put some thieves dish soap & warm water in the sink, soak the toys, rinse and let dry. Easy peasy! If the toy needs to be “spot cleaned”, I just put some thieves cleaner on a rag, and clean the toys. I usually do this before & after I have other children in our home.

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I am so thankful for all of Young Living’s products that help me keep my home toxin free, while supporting our immune system! Would you like to know more about Young Living? Check out all the info & other posts that I’ve shared HERE, or to sign up with the Thieves Kit go HERE. You definitely won’t regret supporting your family’s wellness!

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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Super Easy DIY Cloth Baby Wipes

Happy Monday! Did you know I started using cloth diapers on Caleb a couple months ago? We’re loving it! I love that we’re using less chemicals, easier on the environment, and they are better for his skin!

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But then, we ran into a problem. What do we do about wipes? You’ll have to have a separate bag for the disposable wipes and the cloth diapers….and it just wasn’t fun! So, my friend who taught me all about cloth diapers helped me out with making my own wipes. It’s so cheap, easy and chemical free!


You’ll need:

24 baby washclothes

Wipe container

Epsom salts

Young Living Lavender Oil

Water

Quart Jar

Directions:

Mix 6-10 drops of lavender oil & 2 tablespoons Epsom salts in a quart jar. Slowly add 2 cups hot water and stir until dissolved. Put 6 washcloths in the bottom of the wipe container, then pour 1/2 cup of the mixture over the 6 washcloths. Continue with the rest of the washcloths. You might have to play around with the amount of water for your desired “wetness” of the wipes.


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It’s that quick, easy & affordable!

And now through June 30, 2016, the Premium Starter Kit (which includes lavender!) is 10% off! You can sign up HERE, or learn more HERE.

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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Our Must-Haves for Teething

Y’all, motherhood is awesome. It’s also crazy hard sometimes. You bring home this new bundle of joy and you’re completely in love. Then reality hits….hel-lo, this little person needs your constant attention, time and love. It does get easier though….until teething hits.

New moms and moms-to-be….teething can hit wayyyyy sooner than you ever thought or dreamed. My little one started teething at the ripe old age of 2 months old. His first tooth popped through at 5 months old (yes, 3 months of painful teething with nothing to show for it!), and his second one is almost through and he’s 6 months old. Just because my boy got teeth that early doesn’t mean that’s what will happen with your sweet baby. But when teething hits…Mama, you’d better be prepared!

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Today I want to share with you some of my FAVORITE products for handling teething discomfort for your poor baby. And moms-to-be, don’t put off getting this stuff for after baby is born…make sure you have the stuff now! It will will be here sooner than you think!

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The first thing I got Caleb was an amber necklace. NO, I don’t put it around his neck. I have lots of friends who let their babies do that, and that’s fine for them. That’s just not for me; I don’t feel comfortable with it. Amber beads are known for helping relieve pain. People ask me if I think it really works…and I believe it does! If we forget to put it back on his ankle after his bath, he’s definitely hurting and crankier. Once I put it back on, he settles down. SUCH a blessing! And, it’s super adorable and people are always commenting on it! 🙂 I got mine from a local herb shop, but I know you can get some on amazon.

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Say hello to Caleb’s favorite things! The amazing Sara from Saraisms sent Caleb these adorable teething rings! As the mom who cares about what goes into my son’s mouth, I appreciate that the wood is organic and so much safer than plastic!

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He adores snuggling with his teething lovey as he takes a nap, or on a chilly day out and about. I love the print- it’s so fun! The fabric piece can snap off so you can wash it when it gets soiled- so perfect!

Teething Toy

The teething toy can keep Caleb happy for a long time. Especially when he tooth is cutting, he will just sit in his highchair, chewing on and tossing it around. 🙂 It’s super handy to keep in my diaper bag, too!

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These oils are SUCH a blessing to have to help relieve teething discomfort! The above things I mentioned usually keep his fussiness and discomfort to a minimum, but on those really rough days….the big guns get brought it!

In my hand, I dilute a drop of Frankincense Vitality and a drop of Thieves Vitality with a “squirt” of V6 carrier oil and rub on his gums. He really enjoys it!

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I also rub Lavender & Copaiba undiluted along his jaw line. It always helps him calm down and stop acting like he’s uncomfortable. 🙂 And ALL of these oils come in the starter kit! You can learn more about Young Living HERE or sign up under me HERE, and I will send you a free guidebook to using oils with babies!

How did you get through the “terrible teething time”? How did you help ease your baby’s teething discomfort? It always hurts my “mama heart” to see him uncomfortable!

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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Life Lately

Happy Tuesday, y’all! It’ been a while since I’ve given you a little peek into our lives. I’ve missed blogging and really staying connected with the blogging community. My goal is to change that! I love keeping up with all the amazing ladies in the blogging world and sharing my life here in my little corner of the web. Of course, you can always keep up with me over on Instagram!

Family Photo#1- Our little man is growing so quickly! We’ve gotten lots of family photos…that I’ll share later on. 😉 Caleb is also sitting up by himself, scooting around the floor, and loves to talk!

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#2-  Our homestead is expanding! We have gotten ourselves a piggy! She’s going to be good ham and bacon come fall. Yum!

Working Out

#3- I am still busy working out! Stay tuned for some tips on postpartum working out, working out with a DR, and more.

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#4- Detox soaks! Seriously…I don’t think I could live without my twice a week detox soak!

What have you been up to lately? Anything exciting? Share below!

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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