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Monday, May 21, 2012

Newest & Last (?) Diaper

We just got our custom order from Rumpkinz the other day.



Funny thing is, when I put it on him his mood improved dramatically.

- Posted from my iPhone

Friday, May 18, 2012

Confession

I have a problem. When we decided to use cloth diapers one if the main reasons was cost. And we're very happy with our decision, but there's a hidden, secret cost to cloth diapering that no one tells you about.

Nathan's first cloth diapers were purchased used. I really loved the brand (Fuzzi Bunz) so as he started to outgrow the first batch I sought out more of the same used. And I found some. They were in good condition but some were older than others, so I bought a few new ones to add to my stash.

Then a friend of mine told me about Sun Baby diapers. She was placing an order for herself and asked if I wanted any (you can only order in lots, no single diapers). I saw this skull diaper and couldn't resist.



Then one day I realised that Nathan would probably outgrow his Fuzzi Bunz soon. I did find a few used in the next size up, but they weren't in the best condition. So I ordered 12 from Sunbaby. And I ordered a few more from Alva Baby too. Eventually I ordered a few more. Throw in a couple of custom made diapers that I had made, and that's a lot of diapers!




I could rationalize it - after all I have sold all of the diapers that he's outgrown and that money has more than paid for his new ones. But this is getting ridiculous!

So I'm trying to bring a little more pragmatism to our diapers. Nathan is only going to need them for about another year. All of the ones we have now are one-size, so he's not likely to outgrow them.

I am going to resist buying any more. It will be hard when I see new prints or if there's a sale. But resist I must!




- Posted from my iPhone

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Mother's Day - 2012

Happy Mother's Day to all of the Moms out there.  Be you a mom to be, mom to an angel, mom in waiting, birth mom, or just plain mom.

You have all sacrificed and struggled, and shed many a tear to get here. You deserve a day just for you.  So sleep in, soak in the tub, drink that glass of wine - you earned it!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Product Review - E Salon

Recently I read an article about eSalon. They are an online company comprised of professional hair colourists. All you need to do us set up an account, answer a few questions, upload a photo (optional), and they will custom blend a hair colour for you. You can even interact directly with the pros.

I looked them up and discovered that they were running a promotion. So for $4.95 (including shipping) I got my own custom-blended hair colour. Compare that to upwards of $120 in a salon or even $20 at the drugstore.

You should first know that I'm both cheap and lazy. I hate paying $60 for a haircut so I only go when absolutely necessary. I'm also too lazy to deal with roots in my hair so I rarely ever colour it. When I do, I do it at home with a temporary colour.

Through eSalon I was able to request a Demi permanent colour. I let the experts know that I have fine hair that some describe as dark blonde, and others as light brown. My hair also has a hint of red in it.

Earlier this week my product arrived.

First off; I was super impressed with the packaging. They even included a professional applicator brush:









My name is on the bottle which is to lets know that this is my hair colour, and no one else's.

I admit that I was a little nervous. And as I applied the colour and realized that it looked nothing like any previous haircolour that I've used, I grew more nervous.

Oh well, it's only hair right?

Before I took off the towel I had a vivid memory surface.  Years ago I had my hair done.  The stylist is very good and I trusted him completely with my hair (I don't see him anymore because he charges way too much for me now).  I had asked him to brighten up my hair, possibly with a "coppery-bronze look".  When he took of the towel both of our jaws dropped!  My hair had picked up all of the red in the dye and it was the same colour as Ronald McDonald's hair (maybe I'm exaggerating slightly, but only slightly).  Needless to say I was very hesitant to remove the towel.

I did and it looks great.  It's a hint darker than I like and when I re-order I will let them know to adjust the formula.  My hair feels fantastic too!  There are a few greys that are still visible, but that's okay, it makes it look more natural that way.

Well done eSalon!

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