Quilt Top Finish!

Friday, April 25, 2014

The top is finally finished! 
It probably wouldn't have taken so long if I hadn't started it at the busiest point in my life. :)

This is probably one of the best pictures as far as color accuracy.

This one is the best for my husband's cute face.

Now to make the backing, binding, and actually finish it....

If you're really, really, really going to miss me, I'll try posting a bit more on the Faith and Macaroni Facebook page (maybe some web links or photos) and I'm actually on Instagram a good bit.

Honest Company {Diaper} Review

Friday, April 18, 2014

Throwing caution to the wind and embracing life as a mommy-blogger. I'm around a 2 foot tall human all-day, every day- this is it! But as always, I will write what I feel- there will always be a hodgepodge of things here. Thank you so much for reading and supporting me.

Since Thomas and I have been married, we've been making commitments to healthier living. It was a (sort-of) simple switch to start shopping the perimeter of the grocery store- focusing on fresh foods instead of packaged and processed things. We still love a good pasta dish and I occasionally sneak through and pick up some Cheez-its. When Miss Margaret came on the scene, I started to be conscientious about what we were buying. When I was pregnant, we switched over to more eco-friendly (and human-friendly) cleaners. Don't get me wrong, there was no part of me that missed bathroom cleaning, but with more and more organic/green/eco-friendly companies out there offering competitive prices, I'm happy to switch.

Oh, diapers. Many kuddos to the parents who cloth diaper- I understand in the long run it can be very cost effective, but my distaste for laundry runs deep. :) We've tried every big name diaper on the market and our current favorite is Target. But a while back, Zulily ran a deal on a delivery of the Honest Company diapers. I made a big gamble in ordering over 200 diapers I had never tried before! Turns out I didn't need to worry.

Okay, here are the details you want to know:
-Ordering from Honest Company, you pay $79.95 for 6 big packs of diapers (8 for the newborn size) and 4 packages of wipes.
-It's a subscription service. You can manage your delivery date online, just tell them when to ship it to you next (and you're free to cancel at any time).
-The diapers are free of lotions, fragrance, chlorine, and latex.
-You can choose up to 6 different prints (the box pictured above is our actual box- minus the wipes and other things we ordered).

And here's what I think about cost:
The elephant in the room for my family is the cost. All diaper packages have a different number of diapers based on size, where the diaper is being sold, and other mystery factors. I always look at cost per diaper to figure out what I'm really paying. For size one diapers (the cheapest size- you pay more for bigger sizes in all brands), I can get them for $0.15 each for the Target brand and $0.21 each for Swaddlers Sensitive (with Amazon Mom). It's a little harder to figure out with the Honest company, since they include wipes. If you bought the diapers and wipes individually, it'd be $103.50- so you save about 23%. Going by that, it's $0.24 a diaper with a subscription, without (buying a single pack for $13.95), it's $0.32. With the subscription, you're still paying an additional $16 for wipes- steep for 4 refills, considering I get 7 refills of Pampers Sensitive wipes in a box for less than $9 (again, with Amazon Mom).

So many numbers!

Margaret kindly offered to model for you.

But what about the product itself?
I really love these diapers. Way, way more than I expected to. I love the way they fit Margaret. Like the Target diapers, they have an elastic band at the back of the diaper- no gaping the way some other brands do. Check out the awesome fit in the picture above! They fit snugly around her thighs, but no red marks. We have had no leaks, no blowouts, and no diaper rash- not even a spot. I think my only qualm about the diaper itself is that the tabs must be on the diaper- you can't secure them on top of one another if your baby is on the small side. Overall, that hasn't been a huge issue, even though she's at the low end of the size 3 range. I love the patterns! (C'mon, who wouldn't?) Even Thomas liked picking out the anchor and the stars/stripes patterns. You also get an incredible number of diapers per box (even our size 3 diapers had 204 in a box)- factor this in when thinking about the price.

I'm really picky about my wipes. I've tried every fragrance-free version out there. I only buy Pampers sensitive. But I liked these- a lot. They work well in my OXO dispenser, they are thick and strong (without tearing), and I like that they're a little bigger than the average wipe.

The subscription service is great. Everyone who has read this blog knows that I am a loyal subscriber to Amazon Prime and a huge fan of the subscribe and save feature. No lugging big boxes of diapers and wipes to your car with a baby in tow. I think the Honest Company really gets it right by allowing you to change the date that your order is shipped based on when you need it. 

Typing out the classic "Every family has to make their own decision." is true, but not as helpful in a review context, I suppose. For us, it's a lot to spend at once. But I have to say, I admire the commitment to keeping the lotions, fragrance, latex, and chlorine out of the diapers and their eco-friendly commitment as well. 

Per diaper, they are not that much more expensive than buying on Amazon with Amazon Mom. Wipes are way more expensive, but you can't get one in the subscription without the other. I'm impressed with the product and would definitely buy it again.

This was not a sponsored post. I paid for the diapers and wipes and all opinions are my own.

If you'd like to purchase something via the Honest Co., you can use this link. If you use it, I get a credit (to help me afford more of these awesome diapers). :)

We also purchased a swim diaper, fruit & veggie wash, and some dryer cloths, but I need to use them some more before I write a review. I'm also curious to try out more of their products. Have you tried anything by the Honest Co. yet?

Seven Months

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Things to know about Margaret at seven months:
-Not crawling yet (thank goodness). Still sitting with even more confidence, rolling to get places, and slowly showing some interest in crawling (the wiggling and moving).
-Still doing well with solids and I'm happy to report, better with nursing as well. 3x a day with solids, and really as many nursing sessions as she wants. We keep a list of all of the foods she's tried on the fridge and it's really impressive! There isn't much that she doesn't like (beans), but mango is still her favorite. We are introducing lots of real foods too- small bits of strawberry, chicken, mandarins - really anything that isn't seasoned with salt or sugar that she's had before. Lots of people have asked me if I'm nervous about that... not really. We are very cautious with the size of the bite and the texture. She chews things up really well despite her lack of teeth and seems to really enjoy it.
-She's working really hard at picking up her sippy cup (usually just water, sometimes a tiny splash of apple juice) and she does a decent job. She's also working on picking up food (puffs and yogurt bites); she's pretty much mastered that. The problem is that she is only 50/50 on choosing to put it in her mouth. She likes to pick it up, observe it, and drop it over the edge of her high chair. Moby is loving this phase and frequently lays beneath her chair to wait.

-16 pounds, 12 ounces the last time I got on the scale with her (sometime last week). It's not the most accurate method - I weigh myself first, then get on the scale with her, but it gives me an idea.
- Miscellaneous: Still likes to nap three times a day, but I'm unsure how long that will last. Went to the beach last week and she loved it! Loved the sand, the wind, and wading in the tidal pools. We're going back tomorrow- just soaking up the time we have left in Charleston. Headed to the aquarium on Monday and I hope that she's going to love staring at the fish. She loves eating the little teething biscuits - it's one of her favorite things!

Things to know about parenting this month:
I've got nothing. Life is crazy and busy and awesome. We are eagerly waiting for Thomas' leave that starts in less than two weeks. So here are some more beach pictures:

Wedding Song Dance Along

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Breaking my (rather short) blogging sabbatical (hope you don't have any great expectations) for a quick little link up with the Camp, aka Camp Patton, aka Grace. If you are not following Grace and her merry brood, you should be. Go now. Or maybe right after you read this (any of the Julia Styles posts will make you cackle with toddler hilarity).

So here's the Wedding Song Dance Along
Maybe I want to do what bunnies do with you if you know what I mean...

Dancers we are not. I especially do not like dancing in front of people. It's like some sort of sick joke that observed dancing is part of wedding festivities. So with our first dance, along with many other things in our reception, we improvised.

We both love music- he loves country, I can't stand it. I love alternative/indie/rockish stuff and we compromise by shamelessly listening to top 40 in the car together.

When it came time to choose our song my mom suggested keeping it short, sweet, and not too slow. We settled on Ingrid Michaelson's "You and I."

It's sweet and short, and a little quirky- just like us. To add to the quirk, we danced normally (and poorly) in the beginning, but at the final refrain we did a choreographed little dance- miming the words. We managed to keep the choreography a secret but our family and guests loved it - and it was the perfect ending to our song. I only wish we had a video.

Oh let's get rich and buy our parents 
homes in the south of France
Oh let's get rich and give everybody nice sweaters 
and teach them how to dance
Let's get rich and build our house on a mountain
making everybody look like ants
Way up there
You and I
You and I

Funny story... I looked this up on YouTube last night and left it on his computer to find this morning. Thanks Grace, for making me write it all down!

Aren't we cute? (Yes.)