Monthly Archives: May 2011

Going GroVia!

I intended to write a post about Memorial Day…and I may still, but I got side tracked (which I often do), to the wonderful world of GroVia.

We traveled for Memorial Day. We were going to my parents’ house 3 hours away. No biggie, but I wanted to bring my cloth diapers with me. Packing pockets can be a bit bulky and I was looking for something a bit lighter that could be used more than once. I dug through my “I’ve used these but they aren’t in rotation” bin and found four GroVia shells, 4 soakers, and some fleece liners, and a few of the disposable inserts, and some non-GroVia bamboo doublers. I thought it could get us through the three days we’d be gone, and a quick wash on the middle day, fingers crossed we have no ‘poosplosions’!

I hadn’t been using my GroVia’s previously for a variety of reasons. Mainly my babysitter prefers pockets so she doesn’t have to layer the shell, soaker, and fleece each time. I work during the week and I need to have everything prepped for her each day unless I want to come home to find the lil’ guy in disposables. Pockets are easier for this since I just wash, stuff, and stack them.

However, when I started this cloth diaper thing, I swore I LOVED the All-In-Two/Hybrid concept and wanted to go with it. Not only because I think it’s a bit ‘airier’ on the bum, but I also like that I have needed less of everything in my rotation. Less shells because I can reuse them if they aren’t wet or poo’d on, less wash because I don’t have to wash 14 diapers every other day, it’s just less. So I dug them out and thought “perfect for travel”. It will keep his bum fresher in the car seat, have less bulk and while we’re driving I can just toss the poopy diapers away rather than store them in the 100+ degree car each time. He spent the weekend in GroVia’s, and I LOVED it.

GroVia offers a variety of products, their slogan “A diaper for every family™”. They offer Cloth, Hybrid, and Bio Diapers and Bio Soakers, you can see them all on their products page. They have All-in-one diapers in newborn and one size, all-in-two diapers with cloth soakers and the option of a Bio Soaker, and a Bio Diaper (which I haven’t seen personally but is on their website). In addition if you scroll down on their page you can see all the other diaper accessories they offer.

My review of the Hybrid (All-In-Two) Diaper

For starters, the shell it’s self comes in some ADORABLE prints and bright colors. The tabs on the aplix are nice. They aren’t large hooks and loops but rather a soft material that is super flat and smooth. It holds like no tomorrow! They have “tuck under laundry tabs” so when you wash you can tuck the tabs in and they STAY there through the wash. It’s really nice and eliminates the diaper chains. I LOVE THIS. I HATE diaper chains. They also have front snaps that allows for a great custom fit over time. The shell grows with the baby. Less to buy overall!


The inside of the diaper is a cloth mesh; it’s super soft and breathable for the bum! I swear the shell helps keeps lil’ man cooler on hot days, no shorts needed! There are snaps on the mesh that allow the cloth soaker to be snapped into place. This is fantastic because the soaker doesn’t shift around when he moves. He can twist and turn, but the shell and soaker are ‘one’ together which is nice. In other shells, I’ve had the problem of the soaker/prefold shifting as lil’ guy moves around or is carried.

The soaker its self is nice. It has gussets which I swear help contain ‘poosplosions,’ and is soft. It isn’t however, ‘wet proof’ so if you don’t use a fleece liner over it, baby can feel the wetness of the cloth. The soaker has a waterproof backing which I think helps contain the pee along with the shell. In addition, I like that the area between the legs is narrow, behind the bum it’s wider, and the front is just right (though on the smallest shell setting you have to tuck the front in a bit). It allows lil’guy to keep his legs closer together, which I like, though I’m not sure he notices the difference. The legs also are cut higher so his thighs can ‘hang out.’ I like this because he tends to get dry patches where other diapers rub on the thigh. After doing the suggested prewashes, the diaper has managed to contain his super pees. He hasn’t peed through this diaper yet. If I know it’s going to be a while (3 hours) before I can change him again I add in a bamboo doubler. GroVia doesn’t make bamboo products yes, but fingers crossed they offer something in bamboo soon. They do however, offer a Organic Cotton Booster.

As for the Bio Soaker option, I LOVE it. While we were out and about I was able to change his diaper and throw it away eliminating the need to store dirty diapers in a car that was very, very hot. [dirty diaper + hot car = stinky car ride!] The Bio Soaker just sticks into the shell. I think it was a bit stickier than needed as it left a bit of ‘goo’ on the snaps, but with a little rub after a rinse it came off.  The Bio Soaker has gussets that contained his messes. They absorbed really well and when he pooped, we had no leaks and I could reuse the shell.

I hope to add a few more inserts and shells to my stash over the summer with the Gro-To-Go sale. I think these will be great for the park and zoo trips!



  • Light and seems very breathable
  • Aplix with ability to convert to snaps later (easier for night and squirmy babies)
  • High cut legs
  • VERY trim fitting (especially with Bio Soaker)
  • Cute colors and prints!
  • Holds poo well with gussets in both cloth soaker and Bio Soaker
  • Ability to add Bio Soaker for disposable option on the go
  • Has a warranty


  • Have to use fleece over soaker for stay dry effect similar to pocket

Final SAY:

Buy it, buy it, buy it. They have a summer sale going on called Gro-To-Go. For $49.99 you can get their summer kit which includes three shells, 50 Bio Soakers and 3 packets of Tiny Bubbles detergent. A $22.00 savings (So you basically get a shell for free).

** I purchased my GroVia’s. I wasn’t asked or given anything to write this review.

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Kids cost Cash …. But not as much as you might think.

The cost of having a child can seem daunting to some, but in reality, kids don’t have to cost that much. Sure the cute baby stuff, and toys, and what-not can cost your right arm, big toe and a knee cap or two, but if you’re smart, cost conscious and lead a modest life, they in reality, don’t cost that much.

I’ve realized that a baby needs five basic things; a roof over their head, food, clothes, an education when they get older, and most importantly LOVE. With love, anything is possible (cliché, yes, not true, no).

We’re very blessed as a family. We have generous friends who share used baby things (<3 hand me downs), grandparents who are able to ‘spoil’ our child, and we’re both employed.

We save, and try to think before we buy (most of the time!). We still try to lead a modest life (I bring my lunch to work), we save our money, and put it where we think we will benefit most (be it family vacations, a need for a new car, or just plain old savings).

We paid off our debts (minus school loans, and our mortgage, but this is KEY), and cut back on things we don’t have time for like cable (who has time for TV with a 4 month old AND a job). This makes time for the LOVE portion of baby needs. We spend time playing and chatting as a family. Most importantly, in the journey, we keep on learning. You can’t put a price on that.

While trying to be economically efficient, we found we have become slightly greener.

When we bought our house we knew we would have to remodel the majority of our home, we “thought green to save green”. We have installed new windows, insulation (our home had none on the exterior walls), new doors, and energy efficient lights. We’re looking into getting a tank-less water heater (to save on space and money, and energy). All of this is money up front, but we had to do it, and spend it, so we wanted to get as much savings in the end out as possible.

We managed to lower our gas bill $200 in the course of the year, and electric was cut by $100. With that we’ve had extra money to save/spend on baby things we need. I always make sure to look at what we have, what we ‘NEED’ and compare it to what we want.

We’ve also started to go green with baby things.  

I got tired of buying diapers, throwing away diapers, buying bags for the diaper genie, etc. ect.) Lil’ man is a pee machine (as of late a poop machine too). We were spending $35 on a box of diapers that would last 2 weeks maybe. That was after cost comparing stores, signing up for coupons at, and printing out coupons from Target. So we switched to cloth. See previous post “Enter Cloth Diapers…switching over”. I’m happy to say I haven’t spent more than $10 on diapers in 2 months.

We still use Pampers Sensitive wipes (which I use a coupon for and buy in bulk), and collect the Gifts to Grow points to get our photos printed.  I’m tempted to switch to cloth wipes, however ‘baby steps.’ I still need to have time after my 12 hour work day to be with my family, and not doing wash!

Switching to cloth was more money up front, but will be more cost effective in 2 months. We will have broken even, at that point. Then it’s savings from there to potty training. In addition, if I wanted to save even more money, I could have used old school flats.

Side NOTE: Right now there is the flats challenge going on (#FlatsChallenge). You can read in detail about it here on the Cloth Diaper Blog. Basically, people who cloth diaper are being challenged to use flats and hand wash them.

Side NOTE2: So because I work in community development, I’m often hearing about impoverished areas that are looking to develop and change. These areas often do not have easy access to healthy food, grocery stores, etc. etc. Daycares don’t accept cloth diapers, which would save parents money. I was reading this article, No Butt Left Behind and thought you might enjoy.

Back to the point here:

We clip coupons. I recall being a child and making fun of my mom for doing this, but it works. I’m not a crazy coupon’er like you can see on TLC’s Extreme Couponing, but I do look through the Sunday paper for the coupons. I only clip the things we use. I watch for them to go on sale, and use the coupons. Yes it takes some time to figure out a system to make this work for you, but once you get started you can build on it and save.

This coupon idea goes for baby things as well. We have target, buybuyBaby, and BabiesRUs at our disposal. buybuyBaby and BabiesRUs accept competitors coupons if they are for a percentage off. Target lets you use manufactures’’ coupons, and Target coupons, and then if you bring your own bag you get $.05 of, and as of late they have been offering in-store credit for certain purchases, so we save on our next visit as well.

We also are blessed and are able to use our family nearby for day care so we can work. There are advantages to living close to your in-laws!

Over all we’re saving money on the things we need and use.

As for lil’ man we find the only things we must have are clothes (side snap under shirts, and rompers, the rest he only wears once in a while if we go out, but he’s so little, footed and non-footed sleepers are easiest). We will probably start formula soon. Diapers are taken care of, and then baby needs a safe place to sleep which could be a variety of things (we have a crib, but a pack and play would work just fine). The rest is optional.  So there you go, for just a little, you can afford a kid.

I believe there is never a right time to have a baby financially. We live in a society where we always “NEED” more, and could put off baby for a long time, but if you think you’re close to being ready, I say you probably are, just take a leap, not all great things can be planned!

FuzziBunz Perfect Size Review

When I started this whole cloth diaper switch I wanted to find something simple, easy to use, I could leave with my babysitter, husband, and that I could change with my eyes half closed in the middle of the night if needed. Being new to this whole world I started with a trial.

Cutie Poops and Bottoms diaper trial includes a FuzziBunz perfect size diaper and a one-size diaper. I LOVED the perfect size diaper. I love that lil’ man feels totally dry when I change him. I love that it was probably one of the softest diapers I had to try, and it really doesn’t leak, unless I let him go too long (2.5 hours) or I double stuff. It holds everything in the’ number 2’ area quite well. No explosions! YEA!

It is easy to wash, earth friendly and by far one of the trimest diapers we have tried if it isn’t double stuffed (read his pants still fit). I don’t mind that I have to shake out the wet insert to wash, and with a poop liner, there is little to rinse off. Great!

 I also like that they snap so the “diaper wars” aren’t terrible! My son can’t try to pull it off like he tires to with Velcro. They also come in tons of cute colors, and it looks like, perhaps, in the past patterns? (which I certainly hope they bring back).

Photo below: Small perfect size on 12 lb 3 month old baby.

We haven’t had many stink problems (just once) but I use EcoSprout (2 table spoons in a top loader with about 10 diapers in the load and it set to medium for water level). I do a prewash and 15 minute soak in cold. Then I add the detergent; do a HOT wash followed by a cool down rinse, and then an additional cold rinse. I then dry the inserts in the dryer and line-dry the pockets. If it’s nice out, I dry them outside which is great for naturally bleaching any breast milk stains and really leaving them fresh smelling.

To do pockets you need to have quite a few. I currently use 9 FuzziBunz and a few other diapers and wash every other day to every 2 days. They dry quickly so even with working full time, it’s still totally a doable cloth option. Laundry only takes me 35 minutes to wash a load and 50 minutes to dry a load completely.

As for the sizing, I think the mediums have a very high-rise and are a bit bulky on my skinny son, but as he grows I’m sure they will fit better. I hope I won’t have to buy any more than the mediums, so the length is actually a good thing. The leg area comes down a bit far on him in the Mediums but I think that will get better as he grows since the smalls don’t seem to have this problem. He seems to be right between sizes.

Overall size wise I like FuzziBunz perfect size, and think they fit much better than the one size.  The one-size was nice because I could adjust the back elastic, but other than that, they were just more bulk for my lil’ man.

So far so good!

I have only a few complaints.

FuzziBunz will leak if they are too full. My son likes to be changed, rather he looooves to be changed so I change him frequently. On the rare occasion that I need to leave him in it a bit longer or he drinks a lot at one feeding, he most likely will pee through the diaper. It surprises me because he won’t leak through the legs, but up his back, usually on a side.

I don’t use these are night because I just don’t like having him in something so bulky, but that’s just me. I recently purchased some hemp inserts to use when I double stuff so we’ll see if that helps and I can begin to use these at night. Most people seem to think they are great for night. It could just be my son is long and thin.

It is a bit pricey compared to other diapers that are very similar and Charlie Banana’s work just as well. CB’s offer more options in terms of adding a disposable if needed. The CB’s are less expensive, and I was able to use a Babies R’ Us gift card to buy them. For the fit and for starting out, FuzziBunz are great diaper. They definitely make a great first impression for cloth diapering.

My lone MAJOR complaint about FuzziBunz is regarding the “new” diapers. They moved their factory from China to Turkey which was supposed to give them better quality, etc, etc. I personally feel like it did a little of the opposite. The fleece isn’t as ‘soft’ and doesn’t seem to wick as quickly as the diapers made in China. It seems like it is more ‘raggy(?)’ than the previous fleece and the poo attached to it a tad. The leg gussets are also loose compared to the older diapers, as well as the back elastic, and I find with the new diapers I get more leaks.  Since I have some of both, I tend to look at the fleece before I put them on and if the newer ones are in my stash I might grab something else.

Below are photos of two  medium perfect size diapers purchased on the same day. The one on the left is the “New” diaper and the one on the right is the “Old” diaper. I prefer the “Old” one on the right and think it is generally just made better.

I still like them enough to keep using them, and I’ll give them some time to get a bit more worn in. Their Customer service on Twitter is also nice, it gives you a quick response if you need/have a problem with anything.



  • Super soft fleece
  • Snaps
  • Adjustable legs
  • Trim fitting
  • Cute colors
  • Easy to wash, pre-stuff, stack, and use, just like a disposable
  • Holds poo well



  • New fleece doesn’t seem as nice
  • Bulky with two inserts
  • Leaks occasionally


Final Say: Buy it, give it a try, it’s worth seeing if it works for you, since we own 9 we still use them all the time. I’m just really disappointed in the new fleece.

Gardening 101 – How to…or wait you tell me!

I hate dirt. I’ve always HATED dirt. For as many summers as I can remember my mother would beg me to help her outside. She wanted me to plant flowers, vegetables for the summers we had a food garden, basically she wanted to teach me how to grow things: I’d refuse. I would have rather done anything than ‘play’ in the dirt.

Since buying our first home, and having a baby, I now respect my mom’s beautiful garden beds and the hard work she put in outside over the years. I never thought I’d care about being outside and making things grow. I was determined to be a city, concrete loving girl forever. However, now that I have my son, I find I’m slightly more inclined to give growing things a try (and make an attempt to please my neighbors with a nice looking yard). Perhaps my mom did rub off on me!

I want the lil’ guy to see how things grow, appreciate what it takes to put food on the table. I want him to know that getting dirty is ok, and then you can take a bath and be clean, only to get dirty all over again! I want him to see nature, know animals (my son loooves to follow our backyard chipmunk and crazy squirrels, he looks at it with awe in his eyes “whats that lil’ thing running around mommy” style!), and then hopefully one day teach his kids (though this is waaaay down the road of course!) how to take care of a yard, how to grow things.

Even though I still don’t like to get dirty, I am planting my first ‘garden’ this summer. So far it’s going ok. I started my seedlings indoors, and I bought bags of Scotts Miracle-Gro Organic soil, some MOOnure organic comport with manure, and called my mom for directions. She told me to mix it together, by hand (which I did, with gloves of course), and to put it in my new cedar planter that my super handy husband built for me.

I decided to start small. I’m growing 2 tomato plants (in large pots), 2 cucumber plants (also in large pots), some green beans, a whole handful of herbs (basil, oregano, cilantro, parsley, chives and sage), bell peppers, finally for good measure and fun, baby carrots (which hopefully I can cook and mash-up for the lil’ guy). We’ve also planted four types of small hot peppers ‘for color.’ (I’m really getting into this!). So let’s see how the summer goes and what actually ends up producing vegetables for us to eat!

Do you have any growing suggestions, tips for keeping these lil’ plants going and producing throughout the summer months!

What kind of outdoor garden stuff do you do with your kids? Do they like to play in the dirt? Do they have their own garden tools? A sandbox?

Let me know in the comments section! I could certainly use suggestions in the garden department*


*it should be noted; every plant I’ve ever owned has died, or almost died.  I’ve desperately tried to grow them, but they never last more than a year. Usually right before they are dead I give them to my mom to ‘bring them back to life’! She then gives them back to me and the whole cycle starts again! So fingers crossed, let’s see how this goes!

Enter Cloth Diapers…switching over

My lil’ guy hates wet diapers; actually, he just hates diapers. He LOVES to be naked all the time and personally, I think makes a game out of getting his clothes off! Regardless, this means I am changing his diaper ALL the time. The fact that he hates to be even the slightest bit wet, and the fact I know he’s wet (thanks to the handy blue pee line), makes me feel like I have to change him right away. We seriously go through roughly 10 diapers a day. And while I know I can let him sit in it a bit longer because of the ‘super new extra dry never know it’s wet’ technology (read chemicals) I can’t. My guilt takes over and I change him as soon as I know he’s soiled.

Prior to having a baby I looked into cloth diapers. I expected to find the old prefolds that had to be pinned on and needed an extra large, super ‘plasticy’ cover over them. Having heard of only G Diapers at the time, I thought “at least the covers are cute; diapers sure have come a long way”. Not fully understanding that cloth had changed so dramatically, I still wanted to give it a try, pins and all. I started to look for a diaper service, believing they still existed….they don’t in my area, and came up empty handed. Being suuuuuper preggo, I decided to not worry about and went with disposables, telling myself plenty of people do, and it will be easier….

A few weeks ago I found myself driving to the local Target to get yet another box of diapers (they seem to have the best prices if you use double coupons and watch for sales), only to feel frustrated at the amount of money we were wasting on diapers. Not only that but the amount of money we were wasting on diaper genie special bags and diaper cream, AND all the time it took to remember to go to the store when we were low, and constantly emptying out the garbage can they were in, AND not to mentions all the waste we were putting into some landfill somewhere. So I drove to our closest cloth diaper store, which I had driven past a million times, Cutie Poops and Bottoms,and I was in awe.

Cloth diapers had changed. DRAMATICALLY. I was happy to find such friendly and knowledgeable staff. I was sold instantly. This is what I needed, someone to explain the options to me. It made it much less overwhelming. They showed me all the different options, the prefolds, pockets, wraps, liners for poops!!!, and all sorts of “fun” things.

I left that day with their diaper trial in hand. I got to try a variety of diapers for 3 weeks, and I could return them for all but $15 and store credit. Since they also sell adorable baby things, and have yoga classes and what not, I figured I could spend it on something even if I decided cloth wasn’t for me.

But it was. I LOVE CLOTH DIAPERS. I’ll be the first to admit I still used disposables at night (I’m back to work full time so I haven’t been willing to ‘experiment’ in the middle of the night with potential leaks) but I’ll get there. I’ve been told one day, I’ll look and it’ll be my last disposable and I’ll be quite proud that I’m done, and no longer spending money on them. But I need my sleep if I have to catch a train to work as the sun comes up!

Right now we’re using a variety of diapers, and I think I’ve got a pretty good system worked out.

During the day when I’m at work we use FuzziBunz perfect size pockets, Happy Heiny one size pockets or Charlie Banana’s (that I ordered from Babies R Us). I haven’t decided which diaper is my favorite so far; but the people who watch my lil’ guy during the day are comfortable using the pockets, and I can just clean them when I get home. It’s a win-win there. When we go places on weekends, or its extra warm out, I’ve been using GroVia AIl in 2s with a fleece liner (that I made) to wick moisture away. It’s less to carry along, and seems ‘airy to me. The other diaper that I’m in LOVE with, and wish wasn’t so $$ but seems like it might be worth the price is IttiBitti. The fit is perfect on my lil’ guy. He doesn’t get the eczema on his thighs from them and in general it’s a much more absorbent, trimmer fit. So Hopefully I’ll get a few more of these over time and I will be able to use them more often (I only have 2 right now a Medium D’lish and a one size Tutto).

So all in all, I’m happy to be mainly cloth diapering. I’ll post detailed reviews soon. I found the blogs in combination with CutiePoops to be the most helpful in selecting diapers for my son. So good luck to those thinking of switching, and thanks to those with all the info who have been cloth diapering for years! Post your cloth diaper stories and suggestions in the comments!

**Note, these are my honest opinions! I’m in now way affiliated with anyone mentioned in this post!

Hello World!

Hello world, and probably very, very, few readers… ok, hi MOM!

I hope to accomplish a few things with this blog:

  1. Keep my family (Hi family!) who are all over the world updated on our happenings.
  2. Share my experiences with baby things, being a new mom, cloth diapers vs not, sleep habits of my baby vs not (haha), toys, etc. because I had a lot of questions when I was choosing what to do, and the things I do use are all highly recommended from friends.
  3. I intend to review things I try and love, and do not like as well, in hopes of helping others make informed decisions while buying things.
  4. Basically this is a way for me to keep up my chatter! I love to talk. They called me motor mouth when I was a kid for good reason! I’ll strike up a conversation with just about anyone!

So that’s it! Welcome to my new blog! New post soon! I’ll be reviewing FuzziBunz perfect size cloth diapers.