The Best of the Best Diapers

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Looking for the best diapers and diaper products on the market? You’re in the right place. As we all know, diaper products can be quite pricey for your little ones if you aren’t getting them from the right places. Raising a child is even pricey in itself, but you want the best for your infants to ensure comfort. It is worth the money. There are several sources that you can get access to, to find the best products or even coupons to get your discounts. You want well made products that are going to last and be a comfortable fit for your child. Too often are there cheaper brands that end up leaving rashes and discomfort for toddlers, which I’m sure no one wants. Also some off brands of diapers may even leak or fall apart. So check these awesome brands that we love for your little one!

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luvsdiapers.com allows you to shop for products but also  redeem coupons right on the front page. The nice thing about this is that you can get the coupons emailed right to your phone so you can just pull up the coupons on your device when you want to purchase these products from  a store. Using Luvs products has benefits. Specifically speaking on the new and improved diapers. These diapers now have what they call “nightlock” which basically means that they have a better protection from leakage. It’s very important that your toddler is comfortable when wearing anything on their body, especially something that they’re going to be using to go to the bathroom in.

The Luv diapers are specifically made to be comfortable on your infants skin, that way they don’t develop rashes and other things like that. Most importantly, if you don’t like the products from Luvs, they will give you your money back guaranteed! As a whole company,they believe that you will be getting what is best so there shouldn’t be a real reason as to why you would want to send them back, but if you choose to all you will need is a receipt! One customer reviewed:

“I’d like to begin by saying that I appreciate the value and pricing of Luvs diapers. My baby has not suffered one diaper rash or infection and for that I am also thankful.”

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 Pampers is another big company that we all know about. They’re very similar to Luvs if you visit their website. Pampers allows you to see their most popular diaper products on the front page and then you can search through all their other products on the tabs. You can find pampers at local grocery stores, and if not you can always order from them online or on Amazon. Pampers also offers coupons just as Luvs does. Coupons mean savings, so take advantage of these as much as you can! If you’re interested, you can also become a Pampers rewards member and save more money and get even better offers. Once you become a rewards member, you start to get points every time you go to make a purchase and eventually these points add up so you get things for free! One customer had a pleasant review for Pampers. They said,

“My friends baby loves pampers. She uses them all the time for her son, and soon will start use them for her daughter. Never has any rashes or leakage problems. Loves the moving comfort fit.”

Pampers and Luvs are top of the line and the most well-known sites for purchasing baby diaper products. It’s much more ideal to get the pricier products that are going to last longer, than the cheap ones that cause irritation. Becoming reward members for these sites is never a bad idea that way you can get more deals for you child, and if you have more than one it’s even better.

 Check out the new Pampers Cruisers, for even better protection and hold-up!
Wondering How to Correctly Size your Baby for a Diaper?
It may be a little difficult for you to find the right size diaper for your baby because you simply don’t know how to size them correctly. Don’t worry, there are several sources on the web that can help you out. It really all depends on your child’s weight. As your child starts to weigh more, their size in diapers goes up. It all depends on how the diaper fits on your child too. You don’t want it to be too tight and leave marks on their skin either. Seventh generation has a perfect diagram on how to size your baby for the perfect fitted diaper.

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Quick and Healthy Snacks

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As a stay at home mom with children, you know how important it is to make sure that your kids are getting healthy food to put into their systems. In today’s society, it is so easy to turn to unhealthy foods and get into bad eating habits. It’s your job as a parent to make sure that your child is eating healthy, because for them they may always want to turn to the chocolatey, sugary snacks which may be okay every once in awhile but not always.

You want to make sure that these snacks are high in nutrients also. Here are some simple recipes that you can follow to get your child on the track to snacking smart and healthy. You can easily have these ready for when they get home from school or when it’s most convenient for you.

 

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1.) Peanut-Butter Banana Smoothie

Make a deliciously healthy banana smoothie! These are simple and quick and your child may be sure to love it! All you need is one banana, 1/4 a cup of natural peanut-butter, 1/2 a cup of ice, and a cup of low-fat or soy milk. You can add however much you desire for thickness. For more flavoring you can add yogurt or even honey, but if not then you’re set!

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2.) Apple Crisps

Apple crisps are so simple and tasty, perfect for an after school snack! First off, you need to preheat your oven to 225 degrees fahrenheit. Then you’re going to mix 1/8 tsp of ground cinnamon and 1 tsp of sugar. Having a mandolin slicer is key into making these. If you don’t have one of these you can try to hand slice them but that may be tricky. So you’re going to slice apples as thin as you can with your slicer. You can use one apple, two apples, however many you would prefer. You don’t want the outside skin of the apple, just the inside. Then you’ll lay out all the slices on a cookie sheet. Next you sprinkle just a little bit of cinnamon sugar on the slices. It’s all up to you how much you use, but less is more. After this you put them in the oven and the whole goal is for them to dry out. You’ll leave them in the oven for an hour and then pull them out after the hour is up and flip them over. Then you will proceed to cook them for another hour and then let them cool before serving.

3.) Baked Kale Chips

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Baked Kale chips? It might be hard to introduce your child into such vegetable, but this is such a healthy choice. All you need is kale, olive oil, and salt. You’ll want to preheat your oven to 350 degrees F, and in the mean time, cut pieces of kale and wash them in a salad drainer. You’ll want the pieces to then dry off as much as possible before adding olive oil. You don’t want to overdue it with the oil though. Put the pieces of kale on a cookie baking sheet. After adding your oil you can sprinkle salt over the kale and then pop it in the oven. Leave it in the oven for a goo 10-15 minutes until the edges are brown and then serve.

4.) Strawberry Oatmeal Bars

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Strawberry Oatmeal bars are a healthy and nutritious after school snack. For this recipe you will definitely need 1 3/4 stick of butter that you can easily cut up, 1 1/2 cups of all purpose flour, 1 1/2 cups of oats, 1 cup of packed brown sugar, 1 teaspoon of baking powder, 1/2 tablespoon of salt, and then one 12 oz jar of strawberry preserves. You’re going to want to preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. You’ll then mix all of your ingredients together, except for the strawberry preserves. Next, you’re going to spread HALF of the oats mixture that you now have across your baking pan, and then spread the strawberry preserves across that. Now that you’ve done this, you will still have the other half of the oat mixture, so you will need to lightly pat this down on top of the preserves. You will bake this then for about 30 minutes, until the bars are lightly brown. After this, you’ll let them cool off and then cut them into squares as large or small as you want. Enjoy!

5.) Peanut Raisin Granola

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Along the lines of granola, you will have a various amount of ingredients. You will first preheat your oven to 325 degrees. You will need 2 1/2 cups of rolled oats, cooking spray, 1 cup of dry-roasted peanuts, 1 cup of raisins, 1 cup of sunflower seeds, 1 1/2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon, 1 14 oz. can of condensed milk, and 1 stick of unsalted butter that will then need to be melted. You’re going to mix all of these ingredients together and then use cooking spray to coat foil that you’ll put down on your pan. Bake until the bars a golden brown color, so it should take about 45 minutes until they’re done. Once they’re cooled, you’re going to peel them off of the tin foil that you had down and then cut the granola into little bars!


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Need To Save Money?

Couponing is one of the biggest things that is taken advantage of or underestimated, when it comes to saving money. People underestimate what couponing can really do for a household. It’s as if no one wants to take the time to gather the coupons or find where they can save a lot more than they think. If you are a stay at home mom, it may be easier for you to clip, find and sort through various coupons. Some moms take the time to do this when their kids are down for nap time.

People tend to think that .50 cents here and a dollar there won’t really mean anything after one shopping trip to the grocery store, but in the long run it’s pretty massive. Also, a lot of people associate the couponing process with being an extreme measure, but in reality, it’s what you make it. You can do it at your own risk, at your own time and to whatever extent you want.

If you’ve ever seen those extreme couponing TV shows, some of those people get many items for free. If you wish you can “coupon it up” and take it to the extreme or take it down a couple of notches and do it in moderation.

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If more Americans were to start couponing yearly, they could save thousands of dollars. You see coupons everywhere; newspapers, magazines, etc. Couponing is perfect for parents that stay at home and are looking for something to do, or maybe if your family is tight on money and looking for different ways to cut back on spending. If you want to look deeper into couponing and its benefits, you can look into sites on the web that will allow you to save more in the end.

For beginners, this site it perfect. It will teach you all the ins and outs of couponing, and what to look for exactly when looking for deals. The woman who runs this site also has her own coupons from sites that she’s subscribed to that she allows people to print off the web for their own sake. There’s a lot more to couponing that what one sees, and this is a great site to look into and read about if you’re interested in the maddness that comes with saving money.

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Couponing sites such as, http://www.coupons.com/ allow you to print coupons off the web, and you can pick and choose what you’re getting rather than getting whatever they have in a magazine or in the newspaper. It gives you more freedom and this allows you to get exactly what you need to save for by searching through the categories that it has to offer. This site also tells you how much available money you can save right when you go to the home page. Along with this website, you may have to download a certain software so you can get the bar codes from the coupons codes when you go to print them.

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A coupons.com customer stated:

 “Talk about PRINTING MONEY with your computer, this site is a gas! After you download a simple coupon printing program (it’s required to print bar codes), you can just line up all the savings on this website with your shopping list and kick butt! I found this site when I was trying to locate the $1 OFF coupon for the new V8 Fusion drink… A great money-saving resource and it’s all FREE!”

The Krazy Couponing Lady site is awesome! This site isn’t specifically for grocery shopping or set on one thing. This site allows you to search through categories, different stores, and also see what the biggest coupon deals are. You can then print the coupons right off the site just like the previous one.

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I think that the nice thing about this site is that you can search for any store that you want and see what’s available to get a discount from. Local grocery stores may not always be in your range but their are nationwide stores that are all over the country that you can find discounts for. Customers always seem to have positive reviews from this site.

One customer reviewed:

“The grocery stores aren’t local for me (I’m envious of anyone who has an Albertson’s!) but the national store deals are great! Also they have lots of tips to get you started as a couponer. I also enjoy their videos. I recommend this site to everyone who asks me about the deals I get — and almost everyone asks!”

If you live in a big household of people, or even small, when it comes time to make the weekly to every two week trip to the grocery store, the bill can sometimes be outrageous! All in all, groceries are very expensive and it starts to become annoying when you have to spend that much money on them all the time. So look into couponing!

At first, you might think that it doesn’t really make a difference with a little money here and there but boy will you be surprised even after two months. Who doesn’t love having extra savings? You don’t need to go to the extremes of couponing, but it’s something to look into. Next time you go to make a big trip to the grocery store, keep in mind that there are ways around spending a lot of money.

Take a look at these crazy couponing ladies — this could be you someday if you really want to dive into the world of couponing!

Some people have even gone dumpster diving to grab their fix of coupons!


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Top 10 Uses for Ziploc Baggies

Tips-Pages-Graphic-9Do you have a ton of Ziploc bags at home that have perhaps been sitting around for months and you don’t know what to do with them aside from storing food? Here are a few ideas for how you can put them to good use.

Ice Packs
As parents there is no escaping the occasional “boo boo”. When these moments happen it never hurts to be prepared. You probably have bandages, ointment, and peroxide. However, do you have an ice pack on hand? If not, try this simple DIY recipe for ice packs.

All you will need is a quart-sized Ziploc bag (preferably the double sealed kind), a bottle of liquid dish detergent (9 oz), and ¼ cup of rubbing alcohol. Simply pour these ingredients in a Ziploc bag (it should not be full), squeeze out as much air as you can before sealing it, and toss it in the freezer. It should be ready for use overnight, but it will never fully freeze so you can mold it to fit body parts.

Storing Herbs
Do you buy fresh herbs from the grocery store or grow them in your garden? Want to make sure you get the most from their shelf life? If you plan to use them within 1.5 weeks, wash them, wrap them loosely in a Ziploc bag and then place it in the crisper in your refrigerator. If you are not sure when you will use them, it is best to freeze them. To do this, make sure that you spread them out in a single layer in the Ziploc bag and store it flat in the freezer. You can store them for up to a year in the freezer.

Pipe Frosting
Baking a cake or cupcakes and don’t have a piping bag for your frosting? Make your own by filling a Ziploc bag with frosting and snipping a small hole in the corner. If you have a small child, you can also make yogurt melts (like the ones that Gerber makes) by using your Ziploc piping bag to pipe dots of yogurt on a cookie sheet, and freezing it. They make for a great toddler snack – especially during the summer months.

Kneading Dough
Doing some baking (or perhaps some crafting) and hate to get your hands dirty? Simply place the dough inside a Ziploc bag and knead away! Personally, I love kneading dough as a way to relieve stress, but I love that this helps to keep my hands clean during the process.

Bubble Wrap
Do you have something small to ship but don’t want to buy an entire roll of bubble wrap to keep it from rolling around in the box? Place the item in the box with a Ziploc bag. Stick a straw in the opening of the Ziploc bag and then seal it. Using the straw, blow air into the bag until it is inflated to the size you need, then slip the straw out and seal the Ziploc bag completely shut.

Mess-free Painting
Love letting your kids paint? Don’t love the mess they can leave behind. Try this: squirt some paint into a couple of Ziploc bags and tape them to a table on top of plain white paper. Your kids can paint away – without the mess.

Homemade Ice Cream
This is a fun and tasty treat for your kids. For each serving of ice cream you will need ice cubes, 1 cup of half and half, ½ cup of rock salt, ½ tsp, 2 tbsp sugar, ice cream add-ins (fruit, candy, caramel, etc). You will also need 2 ziploc bags – one pint size and one gallon size.

In the small Ziploc bag, place half and half, sugar, and vanilla extract then seal it tightly. In the large Ziploc bag place the salt and ice as well as the smaller bag. Seal it well. Now comes the part your kids will love. Shake the bag vigorously for about 5 minutes (until the mixture in the small bag hardens. Once it is the right consistency, remove it from the large bag and add in your mix-ins. Your kids can eat the ice cream right out of the bag and simply toss the bag in the trash when they are done.

Marinate Meats
I think that the easiest (and less messy) way to marinate meats is to use a Ziploc bag, simply place your meat inside the bag, pour in your favorite marinade, squeeze out as much air as you can, and seal the bag shut. I find that doing this results in more flavorful meat as the marinade covers every inch of the meat.

Stocking Storage
I don’t know about you, but runs in my stockings are the bane of my existence. To keep your stockings from getting snagged on something in your drawer, keep them in a Ziploc bag.

Homemade Playdough
Another great DIY project is homemade playdough. There are quite a few recipes out there. One no-cook recipe requires ¼ cup of salt, 1 cup of flour, and ¼ cup of water. Mix the dry ingredients first, add the water, and then knead them together into a clay consistency. I like to add unsweetened kool-aid to give the playdough color as well as a nice scent. Once your kids have finished playing with it for the day, you can store each color in a separate Ziploc bag.

What ways do you use ziplock baggies?


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