Friday Link Love

As we head in to a jam packed weekend, I wanted to share some DIY projects, tutorials, and spaces that I have been loving this week in the blogosphere.  Sometimes I find great inspiration and motivation from seeing other peoples work, and sometimes it brings me down on myself.  Thankfully, this week it was simply encouraging!  Does that ever happen to you?  How do you manage to keep it all positive instead of just judge it?

Here are the fun things I found:

An awesome Copper Pipe Candelabra from The Gathered Home

How romantic is this DIY hanging candle chandelier? I imagine it in the most beautiful of outside dinner parties! Found on The Merry Thought

DIY Hanging Candelabra @themerrythought

Ever needed a tutorial for fun Marquee Letters? Check out Love Grows Wild version!

Step-by-step instructions to create gorgeous DIY Marquee Letters for your home! Click for details at LoveGrowsWild.com

Needing a new Table Lamp? Check out this tutorial to build a modern one from Build-Basic

Build a Modern Table Lamp - Building Plans by @BuildBasic www.build-basic.com

Or needing a new industrial style faucet?? Loving this Pipe one from Vintage Revivals!

How To Build A Brass Bridge Faucet vintagerevivals

This awesome DIY Coffee Table with storage from Jade and Fern. Love the room also!!

DIY Storage Coffee Table by Jade and Fern

This Farmhouse Cottage kitchen reveal is stunning from Cherished Bliss.

Love this beautiful Farmhouse Cottage Kitchen. Shaker style cabinets, butcher block counter tops, and cast iron sink. All done on a budget!

Thats it! I hope that you all have an amazing weekend!  We are doing a little photo shoot at our house on Saturday, and the pumpkin patching it up on Sunday! Love a mix of work and family time:)

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

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