The World of Cloth Diapers

5.7.12 005Introduced a friend to the world of cloth diapers this week. Click here to see my favorite diapers, covers, and recipes for diaper sprays and HE safe laundry soap. We’ll also be taking our cloth on our summer travels this year. You can get tips for travelling with your cloth diapers. And my favorite thing of all – summer is coming so hang those diapers out on the clothesline. There’s nothing better than the sun for bleaching out stains and giving your stash a disinfecting boost.

DIY Crayon Rocks


How many of you have seen these Crayon Rocks? They are great because they travel easily and they are easy for little ones to grasp. They don’t crumble when they get stuffed down in the bottom of your bag, and of course the little red bag that they come with is very cute and trendy. But, at $10 per bag it’s pricey for crayons.

2.13.14 013I admit, I did buy a bag that I found locally for half the regular retail price as a treat for the kids. But, then I got to thinking, why not make my own? It’s easy.

To begin, start saving all those tiny bits of crayons that you would normally throw in the trash. Once you have a handful collected, fill up each heart in this Silicone Heart Mold (affiliate link) with pieces of the crayon of the same color. This particular mold is the best I’ve found for mimicking the shape and feel of the crayon rocks. The resulting crayons are small, and the indentation in the mold makes them easy to grasp. Set the mold filled with the crayon bits on a cookie sheet for support and pop it in the oven on 200 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until they are all melted. Let them cool completely, pop them out of the mold and the kids are ready to color. Find a cute cloth bag to store them in (or go the easy route and use a plastic baggie) and you’re all set.

Molten crayon wax. Just removed from the oven.

Molten crayon wax. Just removed from the oven.

 

A bucket full of crayons.

A bucket full of crayons.

 

Pretty.

Pretty.

 

 

Tips for travelling with cloth diapers

10.10.10 231How do you travel with cloth? It doesn’t take up much more room in your suitcase than a package of disposables and will save you $20-30 for a two week trip. Travelling is expensive anyway. Read on for tips on what to take and how to fit them all in your carry on.