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The Padfold, For A Young Padawan

Day 5: Flats and Handwash Challenge

Topic: Technique, Performance: How you make it work for you.

At first i was intimidated by how big flats were and all the complicated folds out there. Then i tried the Padfold. It’s crazy quick and simple. Like.. if you didn’t know what you were doing and attempted to fold a flat to fit into a diaper on your own..you’d probably end up with a padfold. Haha. Once the flat is folded you place it into the diaper cover and you’re all set!

Diaper covers are my favorite because, unless baby poops, you wipe it clean real quick and stick a new flat in! They are reusable shells so you dont need as many! Cheaper this way too. 🙂

Here is the video that taught me padfolding:

That’s all for tonight!

Blessings
Bethany

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My Handwash Routine

Day 4: Flats Handwash Challenge

Wash Routine

I have tried a few different things so far for the challenge and will share the easiest wash routine for me so far.

Do not underestimate the power of soaking!

If my son poops, BAM, it goes into a small bucket of water in tbe bathtub to soak until I wash my batch. After i spray the poop into the toilet first of course. It is so much easier to scrub out the poop stains this way.

At night when im ready to wash my daily batch (smaller batches are easier on the arms and hands) i fill the bathtub enough to submerge all diapers with cold water. Soak for at least 30 minutes. Then, i drain the tub and fill it up with warm water. I add a small amount of Gentle and Free Detergent and agitate the diapers as best i can. I do this by either stomping around the bathtub like a crazy person, plunging everything to death, or plunging each individual piece quite a few times. If there is stain spots i scrub the fabric against itself until it fades, plunge it some more directly over the spot and rub it against the textured bottom of the tub.

Then i drain the bathtub and fill it a bit one last time but with hot water. This is my rinse cycle. I just make sure i squeeze out all the detergent and water and then im all ready to hang them up!!

I’m looking forward to reading other blogs from the challenge and finding new ideas too!

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Be blessed!

Bethany

Don’t be blue, go GREEN: Eco-friendly Diapers and More

Flats and Handwash Challenge: Day 3

Today’s wash was the quickest and easiest so far! I figured out how to use the plunger more effectively without splashing detergent into my eye sockets. 🙂 but anyways..

Want to know another thing i love about clothin’ it up??

Cloth diapers are eco-friendly.

Unless you’re buying Honest Co. or another more costly disposable brand of diapers promised to be biodegradable, then the vast majority are going into landfills.

Through cloth diapers i have also discovered many other eco-friendly options for things i use daily! Ive been driven to find more and more ways to help the environment. I love being green!!

For the past two years, me and my husband haven’t bought ziploc bags and we have used reusable containers instead. Until recently!! I discovered washable cloth snack bags!

Here is one of mine from Nickisdiapers.com that i use for my son’s snack pouch!

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Planet Wise brand also sells the Large hanging wet/dry bag that i have in my sons room to place the dirty diapers in! No plastic trash bags necessary. I also have a small sized one for the diaper bag when I’m on the go.

I could keep going but I’ll stop there for now!

Stay green!!

Bethany

Like $ in your Pocket (Diaper)!

Get it? Pocket diaper? No? Well that’s a type of cloth diaper.. with a pocket, umm.. Well, forget it! You can’t use those for this challenge anyways! 😉

Flats and Handwash Challenge: Day 2

My Stash Costs

For my sons cloth diapering I am using:

18 Nickis Bamboo Flats- $59
10 Nickis Diaper Covers- $90
Plunger- $3
Reusable Gloves- $2
Planetwise Lg Hanging Wet/Dry bag- $30
Diaper Sprayer from Amazon- $10
Walmart Drying Rack- $9

Total cost: $203

These are the full prices and not how much i actually paid. I was given diapers as baby shower gifts and Nickis has constant sales, so i paid much less. However, instead of bamboo flats you could go cheaper with receiving blankets or old tshirts (who doesnt have these am i right??), or cotton flats or flour sack towels (6 pack for $5 at Walmart). I chose bamboo because my son is a heavy wetter and bamboo is great for that!

This stash is also enough for washing every 2-3 days. Seriously. For the challenge i am washing every night though. I do have Grovia Cloth Wipes, but im not using them for this challenge. You can get a 12pk for $10.95 and honestly, I prefer them to disposable wipes. One wipe for a poopy diaper rather than 3-6? Yes, please!!

Here is my drying rack! My arms are sore from today’s washing, but im getting the hang of it!

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So as you can see, cloth diapering is extremely cheap and will save you so much money!!

Especially if you plan on having more than one child. Even still, if you have one or two you will still make money off of them by selling afterwards. Can’t sell disposables, can you? 😉

I am so happy I never have to spend money on a box of diapers again!

Hope you’re encouraged. Be blessed!

Bethany

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Scrub-a-dub-dub! Handwashing Cloth Diapers

Flats and Handwash Challenge: Day 1

What is the challenge?

The handwash challenge is to spread  awareness that there is an affordable way to diaper your children, whether you have a washer/dryer or not! Handwashing is easier than you think and will save you SO much money.

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Why am I doing the challenge?

For two reasons.

First of all, in the next season of our life we will be moving to a place with no washer/dryer options for cloth diapers, besides handwashing or shared laundry machines with a lot of people. With shared machines who knows if bleach or something harmful to your diapers has been used before your load?? Not to mention the quarters situation.. Simple solution: handwash!

Second of all, my husband works hard. I hate the thought of a huge chunk of his money going to disposable diapers and wipes. No one should have to choose between bills, diapers or food. Money gets tight. Cloth diapering is so affordable. It takes stress out of our marriage. I’ve spent maybe $150-200 on all of my bamboo flats, cotton prefolds, diaper covers and snappis, etc! Over a period of time of course, and that is for my two boys. Yes, it is even doable with two kids!  You can make it cheaper and use old cut up tshirts or fold up receiving blankets too, but flats and diaper covers are already the cheapest and fastest drying diaper solution.

Here is my stash for the challenge! Bamboo flats (padfolded and ready to go!) and Nickis Diaper Covers (Minus the Blue Razz Houndstooth on the bum of my 1 yr old).

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I am doing this challenge to learn the easiest and most efficient ways to handwash my diapers and to save money for my family.

I hope through this you will feel empowered and confident to step into the cloth diaper world too!

Bethany

“The way we handle the heart is everything. A man must know he is powerful; he must know he has what it takes. A woman must know she is beautiful; she must know she is worth fighting for.”

From the book Wild at Heart by John Eldredge

“The way we han…

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Modesty, Purity, and Respect

A few weeks ago God really spoke to me about modesty, purity and respect. Arriving at CFNI with little knowledge of the dress code I had many articles of clothing that I thought would be appropriate for Texas weather. I hadn’t thought about whether or not they would be appropriate for mixed gender classes. During the first all-girls orientation the Dean of Women blew my mind with the rules. Now, don’t get me wrong, I respect and agree with them, however it opened my eyes to how desensitized i have become over the years. That’s what threw me for a loop; that I would have to learn how to be modest, and a real modest. My idea of modest was not honoring to myself or men and I had to purify my wardrobe. The dress code is no shorts, only capris if they go to your mid-calf, no back or shoulder revealing shirts (including razor backs), three inch tank top, dresses must be to mid thigh (preferably with tights/leggings underneath), pants must not be too tight, no skinny jeans, no t-shirts with writing (because words are across the chest), and no leggings/jeggings/spandex (in gym or class) worn with only a shirt. For some, these rules might come off crazy. Especially with 100 degree weather. Most of the time we are indoors for classes, lunch, or dorms; air conditioning requires us to dress thick anyways. When i heard the no skinny jean rule and no shorts rule, I almost threw my clothes out. Going through my short shorts (yes, I am so ashamed) I was so upset with myself. I had become blind.

We always hear the verses, “Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout is a beautiful woman who shows no discretion (Prov 11:22),” and “Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised (Prov 31:30).” You’ve probably heard of the Proverbs 31 woman even. These verses speak about modesty and how the outward appearance can be manipulative or misleading while the true admirable women is she who is discrete and modest. The Message bible calls us foolish for not being respectable, “Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout is a beautiful face on an empty head (Prov 11:22).”

Now look at this. A lot of women hate men. In fact, they think guys are disgusting and perverse. The majority of women get irritated and feel disrespected by men who hit on them or stare. Despite your past experience with men, abuse, stereotypical upbringing, or pride, who is really responsible for these acts of lust?

The answer: Men and Women. Both of us. We are both accountable.

Ladies watch what you wear! . You need to respect your brothers in Christ and not even hint at sexual immorality. This is such a serious issue.

Look at what Jesus spoke on adultery and lust:

“But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart (Matt 5:28).”

“If anyone causes one of these little ones–those who believe in me–to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea (Matt 18:6).”

 

This is so serious to Him! We can guard each other’s hearts and protect each other if we just take responsibility for our part and start to dress modestly. You see it in Timothy, “I also want the women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, adorning themselves, not with elaborate hairstyles or gold or pearls or expensive clothes (1 Tim 2:9),” and again in Peter, “Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes.”

How wonderful to know that you are worth more than your body? How beautiful of a God do we serve that He wants us adored for our hearts and not our appearance? You can have this. You can have a man who will respect you and treat you pure and innocent. You attract what you are, how you act, how you dress and where you hang out, though.

So what kind of man or woman do you want to marry?

Are you going to be respectable? “Therefore let us stop passing judgement on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister (Rom 14:13).”

Are you going to meet them at a bar or at a church group? “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also (Matt 6:21).

Are you going to respect your Father, your Creator? “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own (1 Cor 6:19).” Wow. “You are not your own,” Soak on that. You carry something so precious. The Holy Spirit is inside of you.

Take delight in knowing that you are so precious and worth far more than your flesh. You are not a body, but a soul. Let’s respect ourselves and our brothers in Christ by honoring this request from God. You are so loved.

Bless you all.

Bethany Lynn

 

“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God (1 Cor 10:31).”

 

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Peach Tea

Well hellOOOOO sisters and brethren of Christ. I am all settled in at Christ For the Nations Institute in Dallas, TX. I am already very comfortable here and have three great roommates and lots of amazing classes. Couldn’t be more excited for school to start Monday. I had an interesting experience flying for my first time, but the struggle came after I arrived at the DAL airport. My shuttle never showed up, and after calling three times and being told three times someone was on their way, I ended up with my first taxi experiment. Which would have been cool if the taxi would have went the right direction! I was terrified but I attempted to praise God the whole time. It’s a new feeling when you have absolutely nothing to rely on other then the trust of your Father. He got me where I needed to be and I am beyond blessed with all I have here already. We are staying in old motel rooms for dorms and they are nice but it’s still a humbling experience.. One of my roommates parents blessed us with kitchen appliances and WiFi! Praise God for their generosity. Orientations have been a blast, experienced an awesome retreat and got to do a lot of shopping for things that didn’t’ fit in my suitcases! Don’t know how I’m getting this stuff back home when the time comes. 

CFNI has a gymnasium, workout room, and pool! So I got a chance to run a couple miles on one of those babies. It hit me in the middle of it that my Pastor back home had ran on the same treadmills! Cool stuff man!

I can’t wait to begin the semester.

God bless you all!

Bethany Lynn