Introduction: gMum Cloth Diapering Series

April 7, 2014 by Monica Geglio Leave a Comment

Hello!

I’ve been waiting for my motivation to kick in to write a gDiaper blog series for newbies or those checking out different cloth diaper brands. I finally captured it so hooray!!

I am very much in favor of using cloth diapers for my little ones. My husband thinks I am weird that I am such a big advocate of this gross but unavoidable part of raising babies. He thinks I am weird to be super excited about changing baby diapers. He has a good point… While I am not thrilled to clean soiled baby butts every 1-2 hours around the clock, I am happy to be choosing a diaper that meets the needs of my baby, family budget, and one that helps reduce landfill waste.

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Why I am a gMum and chose gDiapers for our baby’s diapering needs:
I took a sustainability course at Michigan State University as part of my Bachelor Degree (in International Studies). We had to research different ways to be sustainable and create a presentation. For some unknown reason, I became fixed upon cloth diapering. I did not have children yet nor was I planning to have children in the near future but the idea stuck in my head. I searched the web a little bit and found the gDiaper website. (You can visit here.) Cool fact: The disposable inserts are cradle to cradle certified! My project idea formed instantly and I became a gDiaper expert before ever needing diapers in my home!

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If you have not read the book, Cradle to Cradle, you definitely should. It is about “remaking the way we made things” and a “reduce, reuse, and recycle” approach to minimize waste in our environment. It was one of my favorite and most inspiring books that I read in college. Even the pages of this book are sustainable in that they are composed of a plastic that the ink can easily be washed off and contained for later use. You can dip the entire book in a tub of water and continue to read without the book disintegrating, which is why this is a perfect bathtub reading choice.

Back to gDiapers and why they are great.

They are super easy to use! (Of course, it is easier to throw a diaper away than to wash and reuse cloths, but that is not very responsible.) If you take the time to learn the ins and outs of cloth diapering, you will wonder why only a few people choose to use cloth diapers. After all, you can save thousands of dollars using cloth compared to disposable. I’ve used gDiapers for both of my two children so I am proof that this diaper can be a good choice for you too.

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gDiapers are are so stinkin’ cute and they come in many, many colors!

In this blog series, I will help teach you how to be a gDiaper expert and turn you into a professional gMum! You can expect the follow topics to be discussed in depth.

Benefits of the Hybrid gDiaper
gDiaper Options
Laundering gDiapers
Changing Table Organization
Added Benefit of Cloth Wipes & Solution Recipes
Travelling with gDiapers
gDiaper Leak Troubleshooting
and more!
Here is my little one’s gButt! :O

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Hope you all have a wonderful day! Time to go back to some real life parenting action with my little ones. Ciao!

*Disclosure: This post contains Amazon affiliate links that I have underlined for your awareness.

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Welcome to Mommy & Love: Ultimate Blog Party 2014
April 4, 2014 by Monica Geglio 4 Comments

Ultimate Blog Party 2014
Hello Party Goers!

I am happy that you found my mommy blog! I have to give a big shout out to the party hosts over at 5 Minutes For Mom. THANK YOU! This is my second time attending. Please take a look around and introduce yourself in the comments below. I would be more than delighted to wander over to your site as well, so be sure to leave your URL. =)

Mommy & Love began when I was pregnant with my first child (born July 2011) and it has been a long adventure learning the ins and outs of blogging ever since. I have been writing about my pregnancy and new mom experiences, good and bad. I am officially at a point in my life where I feel more confident in myself as a parent. I’m still new to it all with two children ages 2 years and 3 months but I am definitely getting the hang of it. I am working towards writing more informative posts based on my trial and error experiences to success. Just recently, I moved my blog from blogger to a website that I officially own now. It has been a very nerve wracking and exciting transition. I am still adjusting but am very happy that I can participate in this Ultimate Blog Party with my new website!

I hope you enjoy my posts. If you are looking for more friends on your social media sites, follow me and I will be sure to follow back asap. Have fun everybody!! I can’t wait to meet some new cool bloggers!

*for giggles* Click here to see my full time job posting. =)

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Easy Fix for Snoring
April 4, 2014 by Monica Geglio Leave a Comment

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Is there a snoring problem at your home? I’ve had to deal with my husband snoring obnoxiously loud every single night for the past few years. He works 60+ hour weeks at all different hours so when it is time for bed, he passes out within seconds of hitting the pillow. Two minutes later, the snoring begins. I have had the pleasure of listening to his snoring for hours on end thanks to my insomnia that has plagued me since my second pregnancy. Let me tell you, it is not fun. My husband has been kicked, elbowed, suffocated, and shoved repeatedly in my attempts to stop him from snoring… He doesn’t have bruises, I promise.

In theory I don’t mind having insomnia because it gives me the perfect amount of time to focus on meditation and rid my emotions of the day. However, it is impossible for me to meditate next to someone who is exhaling like a dying hog suffering panic attacks. He not only annoys me with the sound of his snoring, but he scares me half to death every twenty minutes or so with a super loud gasping type of snore. Dear sweet Jesus.

So if you are suffering from the same problems I am, you will be pleased to know that I have found a solution. Actually, my mom told me what to do after I complained to her and seriously considered buying a house with a separate bedroom just for myself. It really is a simple solution. I have been able to sleep in peace for an entire week so far! And many of those nights, I laid awake for more than two hours… Still no snoring!

Easy Fix for Snoring: Place a second pillow underneath the snorer’s head.

No joke. If two pillows don’t work, try three. My husband was willing to do whatever it takes so I wouldn’t wake him up repeatedly at night to stop him from snoring. He has been using a body pillow folded in half. He is propped up and by some miracle it stops the snoring!

Peace at last.

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24/7 Full Time Position Available
April 3, 2014 by Monica Geglio 1 Comment

JOB TITLE: Mother at Mommy & Love Household

JOB SUMMARY: Create a safe and nurturing environment for the children. Maintain a clean household and healthy family. Maintain your sanity and keep the husband happy.

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CORE RESPONSIBILITIES:
Be Functional While Sleep Deprived
Wake up 1-4 times/night to breastfeed baby and change diaper.
Wake up 1-2 times/night to comfort toddler and force her back into her bedroom. (Settle with couch if you can’t handle the job.)
Wake up extra early when baby is in a deep sleep to feed toddler.
Possibly go back to bed until toddler wakes up baby.

Morning Duties with 2 Year and 3 Month Old
Shower with toddler.
Bathe baby in baby tub until he can sit and play with shampoo bottles in a shower.
Take 15 minutes to brush toddler’s teeth with her.
Braid toddler’s hair like a princess.
Pick out clothing and dress them.
Put earrings back in toddler’s ears and let her choose the color.

Cleaning
Load and unload dishwasher.
Clean large dishes by hand.
Laundry for family of four, including special cloth diaper loads–put in washer, dryer, AND PUT AWAY.
Sweep the hard floors 100 times/day– pick up every single cheerio, raisin, cat food piece, and cracker crumb.
Mop the hard floors.
Vacuum carpet areas– scrub milk, juice, grape and strawberry/fruit stains.
Deep clean bathrooms–toilets, sinks, mirrors, shower/bath tub.
Feed and water the cats.
Scoop the cat litter.
Wipe the kitchen counters.
Clean the stove.
Empty bathroom and kitchen garbage.
Clean up toddler potty accidents & moments when baby pees everything around him.
Redo most of those things because of toddler spills and excess baby poop.
Wear baby in Moby Wrap while cleaning.
Make sure toddler helps with everything and triples the duration time of chores.
**Bonuses available for those who can keep living room free of toys.
**Triple Bonus available for those who can keep toddler’s bedroom clean.

Cooking
Go grocery shopping, with both children. Must be able to push the largest red car cart at the store with screaming children inside.
Make breakfast and lunch for toddler.
Make snacks for toddler who is hungry every half hour.
Cook healthy dinner for entire family.
Breastfeed the baby 1-4 times/night and every 2-3 hours/day.
Pass out vitamins after dinner instead of dessert.

NAPS
They both need LONG naps. If you forget to give them a nap around noon, you are fired.

Appointments
Schedule and take children to all doctor appointments.
Schedule your own doctor appointments and bring two children with you.
Call insurance companies and hospitals as needed to correct billing issues.

Miscellaneous
Watch Barbie, Winnie the Pooh, and My Little Pony at least 1X/day.
Kids activities–paint, play doll house, crafts, read books, color, sing, dance, and run around
Take toddler to Tae Kwon Do once/week.
Bounce baby at least 2 hours per day.
Listen to toddler talk all day, non-stop.
Don’t forget to change baby’s diaper and remind toddler to go potty.
Mentally be capable of handling all of the above with children’s excessive whiny-ness and crying at unpredictable times.

We are looking for the perfect candidate who can do all of the above and take on a second full time (40 hours/week) side job too. You are not allowed to stop breastfeeding the baby. Please pump before, during, and after work to maintain milk supply. You will also be required to pay for a full time daycare ($1000/month minimum). It is essential that you succeed in both full time jobs. Feel free to contact me below in the comments to start working in the next hour. Thanks.

SALARY: Unpaid

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Wordless Wednesday: Toddler’s Work of Art
April 2, 2014 by Monica Geglio Leave a Comment

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My New Mom Planner from Tools4Wisdom
April 1, 2014 by Monica Geglio Leave a Comment

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

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Did you use planners during your school years? I most certainly did. I always looked for an excuse to write in my planner. I never understood why so many students hated doing so. I am an organization freak, which is why I signed up for this promotion to review a Mom Planner from Tools4Wisdom. There is never a moment where I do not have a themed to do list laying on the table. I create lists for everything imaginable from grocery lists to money making ideas to simple to-do lists for the day,week,month,year,next 5 years… Yeah. A little obsessive. My current goal is to start doing the things on my lists instead of daydreaming about them! It’s a pretty good goal if you ask me.

So let me tell you. This Mom Planner from Tools4Wisdom is awesome!! Of course, you have to at least want to be an organized, goal-oriented mother in order to be interested. This planner is unique in that it contains several pages to lay out your daily, monthly, and annual goals step-by-step while providing space for brainstorming and documenting accomplishments. It even lists values to think about while making your goals. If you can find the time between all the diaper changes, feedings, and/or school activities, it is definitely a valuable product. I am using this planner for my goal planning along with the calendar on my phone.

Here are a few example pages from within.

Standard Month View
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Daily View
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Goal Pages
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For more information, please view their links below.
– Mommy Planner: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00D7NPDNG
– Full Digital Preview of the Mommy Planner: http://issuu.com/tools4wisdom/docs/mom_planner_dec2014todec2014
– Amazon Brand Page: http://www.amazon.com/Tools4Wisdom
– Tools4Wisdom Portal: www.Tools4Wisdom.com
– Social Media Pages:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Tools4Wisdom
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/tools4wisdom
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/tools4wisdom

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Underlined affiliate links are also included in this post. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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Product Review: Adovia Dead Sea Mud Mask
March 31, 2014 by Monica Geglio Leave a Comment

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

A big thanks to Adovia Mineral Skin Care for sending me their Dead Sea Mud Mask to review! I was only required to submit an Amazon review but I thought I’d blog about it too since it is truly a good product. It is a $30 mud mask formulated for all skin types including acne, oily skin, blackheads, eczema, psoriasis.

I have been using various face masks pretty much my entire life so I know when I come across a good face mask! The messier, the better! Adovia’s Dead Sea Mud Mask is my new favorite. It leaves my face feeling super soft, even after showering. I recently reviewed another face mask from Boots Botanics (view post) and while I thought that mask left my skin soft, this Adovia mask does a far better job. This mask is made with dead sea black mud, beeswax, and a “deeply moisturizing combination” of jojoba oil, evening primrose oil, and olive oil. It really does what the bottle says and deeply moisturizes your skin. I will be having my husband test this mask out on his eczema/psoriasis spots on his skin to see if it significantly improves the condition. I will update with his results.
This mask is also excellent in that it does not leave your face burning, red, or dry during/after use. It creates a clean and refreshed feeling after leaving it on your skin for 20 minutes. I used this mask this morning with my daughter because we wanted added rejuvenation after our first good night’s sleep in a long time. Let me tell you, it works! I feel great.

If you are interested in buying this product, they recently launched it on Amazon. You can view it here.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Underlined affiliate links are also included in this post. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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Wordless Wednesday: Toddler Knows Best Way To Feed Baby
March 26, 2014 by Monica Geglio Leave a Comment

Toddler Breastfeeding Her Baby
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5 Campbell’s Heart Healthy Recipes
March 19, 2014 by Monica Geglio Leave a Comment

What do you do to keep your family heart healthy?

My family experiments with a wide variety of Superfoods such as avocados, berries, broccoli, quinoa, leafy greens, olive oil, and yogurt. One of our frequently made night time snacks is homemade guacamole. I also like to toss up some quinoa and spinach salads adding in random vegetables and spices each time for variety. We enjoy creating our own versions of restaurant and store made dishes to keep our meals healthy and tasty. Many superfoods are packed with monosaturated fats and low levels of saturated fats to keep your heart healthy and reduce the risk of heart disease. I am currently trying to incorporate more well, rounded healthy meals into our family’s eating routines. We want to live long and prosperous! 🙂

In honor of Campbell’s Address Your Heart campaign, I am sharing my five favorite Campbell’s recipes certified by the American Heart Association. It is no longer necessary to just eat a quick can of soup if you want something delicious. Campbell’s makes it easy to prepare fancy meals on a time and money budget.

Creamy Chicken and Vegetables over Spaghetti Squash

Creamy Turkey and Vegetable Lasagna

Pizza Primavera with Cauliflower Crust (Coolest recipe yet!!!)

Pork Medallions with Spinach and Barley

Slow-Cooked Chicken and Butternut Squash

Click on Coupons and Special Offers to help cut the costs when preparing the recipes above!
*This post is sponsored by Campbell Soup Company.

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Corned Beef Brisket Dinner to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day
March 18, 2014 by Monica Geglio Leave a Comment

I accidentally planned an Irish meal on St. Patrick’s Day. Seriously. I bought a corned beef brisket at the store a few days ago thinking, “Hmm… I used to like corned beef, I wonder if I still do“. I didn’t get around to cooking it this past weekend because it requires 3-4 hours to cook and I procrastinated. I told myself I would cook it on Monday (today), not realizing it was St. Patrick’s Day…

It all came together this morning and I was stoked to be celebrating this normally drunken holiday in a more mature fashion! I cooked the meat with potatoes and cabbage for the side dishes to really add to the Irish spirit. All in all, I feel really excited to be celebrating this holiday, even though I originally was planning to watch it pass by! Oh, how I live for the little things in life.

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I thoroughly enjoyed eating this meal even though it looks like a cow was pulled apart and thrown about on my plate… I did eat two large plates of this though, trying my best to eat faster than my mind thought about the dead cow… Yes, I am weird.