Cloth Diapers: Fact vs. Fiction

As many of you know, I am the proud mom of two amazing children. Westley just turned 6 this week and Arwen is 2. As they get older, I naturally start to consider things I could have done differently – and one thing I often think about is cloth diapering.

When I was pregnant with Westley, I quickly decided that cloth diapering was just too complicated for my lifestyle – so I used disposable diapers with him. When Arwen was born, I made the same decision. And even though Huggies (my preference for Westley) and Luvs (my preference for Arwen) have performed well for us, I wince every time I think of my kids’ used diapers piling up in a landfill somewhere.

Honestly, I never considered cloth diapers an option for my family because I never did the research. I just assumed they were messy, leaky and too much work for me to handle. But what I’ve come to realize – thanks to the Internet and some friends/fellow mamas – is that cloth diapers have evolved so much from what I thought they were. Had I done a little homework, I may have chosen to, at least, try cloth diapers…or used them in tandem with disposables.

So if you’re reading this post because you’re trying to decide, allow me to drop this knowledge on you…

Fiction: Cloth diapers are a hassle.
Fact: Okay, let’s be honest. Disposable diapers are probably the simpler option. But cloth diapers, once you find the right style and learn how to use/clean them, can also be easy. Here’s some great tips to get you started. One of my favorite online destinations, diapers.com, has a bunch of different cloth diapers, liners, accessories, detergents and more – which makes this option even more convenient; and orders of $49+ ship for free and arrive on your doorstep in 1-2 days!

Fiction: Cloth diapers are a leaky nightmare.  
Fact: I’ve heard that cloth diapers are arguably better at containing messes than disposable diapers – because they’re designed with a more adjustable fit and stronger, thicker elastic at the legs and back. But I’ve also heard that they need to be changed slightly more often than disposables.

Fiction: Cloth diapers are expensive.
Fact: According to Consumer Reports, disposable diapers will set you back at least $2,000 before your kiddo learns how to use the potty. Cloth diapers can cut that cost in half, especially if you wash them yourself. When you buy cloth diapers, you get your money’s worth because they’re yours to keep and reuse over and over again – even with a second child.

Fiction: Cloth diapers have to be folded and require dangerous pins.
Fact: Gone are the days of fold-and-pin diapers. Modern cloth diapers secure with snaps and Velcro. And they come is so many cute colors and patterns.

Arwen is getting ready for potty training, so I missed the boat on this one. But I hope I provided some helpful information for you moms and dads who are trying to decide. And whichever you choose, please know that your goodness as a parent isn’t dictated by what type of diaper you wrap around your baby’s bum.

What kind of diapers do you use on your children? Share your experience/wisdom in the comments below.

 

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NARS Velvet Lip Glide for Fall 2016

This season, NARS takes lips to a whole new level with the new Velvet Lip Glide.

The new lip color strikes the perfect balance between softness and strength,coverage and comfort in a full range of colors. Laced with NARS’ Oil Infusion Complex, this hybrid lip color combines the fluidity and effortlessness of a gloss with the coverage and comfort of a lipstick. Oil Infusion Complex allows for a smoothglide effect, instantly delivering saturated color with sensorial comfort. The new doe foot applicator offers a plush application delivering effortlessly nourished lips and intense color.

NARS Velvet Lip Glide

Top row shades, left to right: Stripped (beige pink), Unlaced (nude pink), Playpen (pink coral), Bound (rose pink), Danceteria (fuchsia), La Main Bleue (rich berry), Mineshaft (poppy red)

Bottom row shades, left to right: No. 54 (raspberry red), Le Palace (deep cherry red), Unspeakable (garnet), Toy (deep aubergine), Area (rich chestnut), and Deviant (deep burgundy)*

*Deviant is a NARS boutique & NARSCosmetics.com exclusive

Velvet Lip Glide will be available September 6 and 7 exclusively on Sephora.com for the VIB & VIB Rouge Preview, September 15 at NARS boutiques & NARSCosmetics.com, then October 1 at Sephora, department and specialty stores.

 

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Tatcha Summer Celebration Gift With Purchase

tatcha_summercelebrationTatcha, one of my favorite skincare brands, is having a special offer right now. To celebrate summer journeys and fun in the sun, Tatcha is offering 14 different gift with purchase sets!

tatcha2For purchases of $150, you will receive a Gold Camellia Nourishing Lip Balm, an exclusive Tatcha travel pouch and a travel-size treasure of your choice.

For purchases of $250, you’ll receive a Gold Camellia Nourishing Lip Balm, an exclusive Tatcha travel pouch, and a selection of travel-size trios to choose from!

Need shopping suggestions? If you have uneven skin tone or hyperpigmentation, Tatcha Deep Brightening Serum is one of best products on the market. I just purchased a bottle last week and though it’s pricey, it’s soooo worth it. I also love the Rice Enzyme Powder – it’s a powerful yet gentle exfoliant that leaves my skin as soft and smooth as my 2 year old’s. Honestly, Tatcha products are so effective and pampering that you really can’t go wrong.

 

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2016: Top 15 Beauty Picks!

nsaleIt’s the most wonderful time of the year for beauty lovers – the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! Because it’s rare to find deep discounts on the hottest beauty products and tools, the #NSale is a must-shop event. This year, there are 270+ beauty exclusives that need good homes. But being the thoughtful beauty girl that I am, I whittled down that list and am sharing my top 15 picks.

 

I picked up the Foreo Luna device (I’m curious to see how it compares to Clarisonic) and Mario Badescu cleanser online last week. And yesterday, I visited my local store and ended up buying the Clinique Moisturizing Gel duo.

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale runs from July 22-Aug. 7, but Nordstrom Cardholders get early access. Need another credit card like you need a hole in the head? Sign up for a Nordstrom debit card, which offers the same benefits as the Nordstrom retail card, but your purchases are drawn directly from your personal bank account. Apply today to get your #NSale shop on. Don’t wait too late…products are flying off real and virtual shelves, and stock is not guaranteed.

 

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