To Cloth Diaper Or Not & A $100 Target Giveaway!

That is the question!

cloth diapers VS disposable diapers

You see, with our first baby boy, Braylen, I cloth diapered him 99% of the time. At home, when we left the house for outings, etc. The only time he was in a disposable was overnight, since I never could find a diaper that was able to keep him dry for the 12 hours he sleeps.  I kept up this routine with him until he was about 20 months old. At that point, my hubby and I decided that his poop was just too freaking nasty for us to handle it with cloth anymore {tmi!? He will love reading this some day!}.

So at that point we switched to disposable 100% of the time, and then 5 months later he was potty trained. I assumed that I would follow in those same footsteps with our second baby boy, Winston. I knew I would use disposable for the first month or so just to give myself time to adjust to life with two kids. But then a month rolled around, and I just really didn’t want to deal with cloth and all that went with it quite yet.

So I told myself that when Winston turned 2 1/2 months I would switch.  I literally had to mentally prepare myself for this.  Now don’t get me wrong, I love so many things about cloth diapers, but I also despise things as well. The fact that CDing meant even more laundry than I was already doing seemed so sucky.  Also, I got so used to the easiness of disposables since that’s all we had Bray in for the last few months.  Not having to bring a wet bag and bulky extra diapers with me. Not having to worry about the diapers leaking {because no matter what I did with Bray, he would always leak if it was on for more than 2 1/2 hours}.  Not having to worry about ‘running out’ and having to do a wash load ASAP.

And one thing that a lot of CDing mamas don’t notice since they are around it constantly–the PEE SMELL that takes over.  I knew that Bray’s diapers smelled, even in a zippered wet bag, and washed every other day. BUT the other day I walked in to a room of a baby I know that is also cloth diapered, and the pee smell hit me like a ton of bricks!  When you are around it constantly it doesn’t seem that bad, but man it is!

I didn’t want that smell to take over the room again! Sooo… here I am–stuck. I have all these fantastic cloth diapers that are in great condition since I rarely ever dried them in the dryer {they were line dried in the sun 90% of the time}.  I go to Target, and pick up a pack of their new up & up cotton-enhanced diapers and I just want to use those all the time.  I know some people tend to be loyal to a certain brand, but I highly suggest you check out the up & up brand diapers, because that is all I use for disposable.

They just came out with a new cotton enhanced diaper that is amazing.  They added in the cotton to not only make the diaper softer for the baby, but cotton also holds up to 25 times its weight in water–so this baby works great not only during the day, but also as a night diaper!! And the liners are hypoallergenic, and are elemental chlorine free! I also recently picked up a pack of their new botanical wipes and am in love. Not only are they made from 100% plant based materials, but they are also alcohol free {and hypoallergenic}- so I use them not only on his booty, but also his hands and face- worry free! And I love that I can decide if I want the scented, unscented, or sensitive! target brand diapers review

So pretty much then… I want to use disposable! What would you do?  Sell the cloth and at least make some of your money back {they sell surprisingly well} and just make life a little easier by using disposable?  I just don’t know if I can imagine taking the time to not only cloth diaper, but also use the cloth wipes again this time around like I did last! So.Much.Work! Especially when I am such a lover of the up & up diapers and wipes already!! IMG_2766

And since I love these diapers, up & up products, and Target in general… how about a chance to win one $100 Target GiftCard? To enter, all you have to do to enter is answer this: What is an up & up product that you have been wanting to try, but haven’t gotten the chance to yet?


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Apple Hand Pie Recipe

apple pie recipe

While I have a serious love for food, I will 100% admit I am not the best at photographing it, or even sharing the recipe well!  I try, but I feel like it never comes across as good as the actual food is.  So my solution?  Find someone that not only photographs food well, but makes these INSANELY good original recipes!  You guys, I am so excited to introduce you to Ashley. Ashley and I were best friends in middle school, while wearing tube tops and short denim skirts from Hollister were all the rage.  Oh and our eye shadow?  Well that always matched the color of shirt we were wearing, or when in doubt- a hideous metallic silver all the way!  Our friendship has had ebbs and flows, and now we are in this sweet spot of enjoying motherhood together.  So, without further ado- here is my friend, Ashley:

I’m Ashley and I blog over at CrazySimpleLove.

I am a wife to my love, mama of four, and saved by grace.

My blog touches a bit on my life as a mama and a lot on my love of cooking for them.

I am so excited to be here today and share this recipe with y’all.

Growing up I wasn’t too fond of pie.

I remember visiting my grandma when I was young and her baking a fresh cherry pie each and every time. I would always find myself trying to escape the dinner table before the slice was placed in front of me.

Weird right?

I wasn’t very successful at sneaking away, so I would end up just picking off the crust enjoying that with what little bit of filling stuck to it, only to have my plate covered with a big pile of the filling. That was usually followed by me sliding it around and spreading it out to make it look like I ate enough.

Oh kids.

Well, since then a lot has changed and very little has changed.

I now love pie, but the crust is still my favorite part.

That love of crust became the inspiration behind this recipe. I knew I wanted to create a simple apple pie but I wanted it to be one that didn’t become a soupy mess all over the plate.

TaDa…the hand pie.

Eat it as a literal hand pie or dress it up with some whipped cream and caramel sauce.

Friends, this is a good one, so please enjoy.

apple pie recipe Apple Hand Pie:

Ingredients for the filling

4 Apples peeled and cubed

1 Lemon juiced and zested

1/4 Cup Flour

1/4 Teaspoon Ground Cloves

1/4 Teaspoon Ground Nutmeg

1 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon

1/2 Cup Brown Sugar

pie crust recipe

Ingredients for the crust

2 1/2 Cups Flour

1 1/4 Teaspoon Salt

6 Tablespoon Unsalted Butter chilled

3/4 Cup Vegetable Shortening chilled

3/4 Cup Water cold

egg white

coarse sugar

Apple Hand Pie


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Begin by placing peeled and cubed apples in a medium size bowl. Add lemon juice and zest to apples and toss to coat. Sprinkle in sugar, flour, and spices. Stir to combine and place in refrigerator while you prepare crust. Add flour, butter, shortening, and salt to your food processor. Pulse a couple of times until mixture becomes crumbly. While food processor is running slowly stream in cold water. Stop as soon as dough begins to form a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap and allow to chill for about ten minutes.

apple pie recipe Once dough is chilled roll out. Using either a cup or cookie cutter cut dough into about three inch circles. Spoon apples into the center and top with another circle of pie crust. Using a fork press both sides of dough together.

apple pie crust recipe Place hand pies onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Gently brush each pie with egg whites and sprinkle generously with coarse sugar. Place in preheated oven and cook until lightly browned, approximately 30 minutes. Eat while warm, or top with whipped cream and caramel sauce.

apple pie with whipped cream

//Original Recipe and Pictures

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