Category Archives: Adventures in Parenting

My personal accounts of our day to day encounters, explorations and expeditions in and around the Kamloops area.

Twirly Skirt Tutorial

The other day I was in the fabric store picking out some fabric for a custom apron that I had been asked to sew.  Well, when I was there I saw the perfect fabric to make a twirly skirt for my 2 yo daughter.  I was reading Captivating, at the time, and thought that a perfect little sparkly twirly skirt would be a great gift for my little woman.  So, I made one up and here is my tutorial.  Please excuse the photos.  I’m afraid that I have not yet had my camera fixed and I am really missing it.  While my Sony was top-of-the-line when I got it… that is now eight years ago!

Without further delay my Rooty-Tute-Tuesday Twirly Skirt!  (Please keep in mind that I just invented this in my head, so I don’t have exact measurements or anything.  If you like it, you might need to figure out your measurements… or just guess, like I did.)

1) I figured that for the length I wanted I could just fold the fabric in half and cut my strips from there.  So, I folded the fabric in half lengthwise and then cut along the fold so that I had two pieces the same size.dsc07263
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Elizabeth is a Kamloops lifer. Born at RIH, she is happy to be raising her family here. Married with four wonderful children, Elizabeth is also teacher and enjoys working with parents as she learns more about this “Mommy gig”. Elizabeth is passionate about parenting and enjoys networking with other parents.

Alex the "Pig": A Tutorial

This morning I was feeling a little sorry for myself and in a bit of a 39-weeks-pregnant-messy-house-fighting-a-cold funk.  After my daughter went down for her nap, my four-year-old and I pulled out some books to read, together.  One of his choices was this:dsc_1703We’ve read it a number of times and had seen that there were instructions, in the back, on how to make your own pig!  H is in a stage where he wants to “make” everything that he sees, and “build” all kinds of diggers after reading our digger books from the library and so this fit perfectly.  I thought I’d break out of my feeling-sorry-for-myself funk by trying a little crafting with him.Here are the instructions to make your own pig (or whatever it ends up being).

1) Cut a 25 cm length of stocking, or a sleeve from an old knit sweater…whatever you have lying around.dsc_1672dsc_16732) Sew one end off with loosely stitched embroidery thread so that it Continue reading Alex the "Pig": A Tutorial

Elizabeth is a Kamloops lifer. Born at RIH, she is happy to be raising her family here. Married with four wonderful children, Elizabeth is also teacher and enjoys working with parents as she learns more about this “Mommy gig”. Elizabeth is passionate about parenting and enjoys networking with other parents.

Ten Minute Tutu: A Timely Tutorial

It was Thursday.  The day of my daughter’s second birthday.  I have no money to spend on a lavish birthday girl and a daughter who doesn’t really “need” anything, but likes a lot of things.  I had a party to prepare for and a nap to take and a bunch of other things on my plate.  I had an idea of what I wanted to get for her, and was planning to make it, but ran out of time (another little tutorial coming, perhaps?).  My daughter loves dress-up.  I mean, LOVES dress-up.  Also, she likes to dance and be girly, so, I went to my scrap fabric cupboard and found some things that would work to make a quick tu-tu.

The ingredients:

1)about 1.5m of tulle (I just happened to have two colours)

2)enough elastic to fit around her waist (about 30cm)

3) scissors

4) my sewing machine (but you could totally sew the elastic by hand)

STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS

1) I sewed the elastic into a circle.

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2) I cut the tulle into strips that were about 10 cm wide and the length of the whole fabric (so about 1m)dsc_1235

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Elizabeth is a Kamloops lifer. Born at RIH, she is happy to be raising her family here. Married with four wonderful children, Elizabeth is also teacher and enjoys working with parents as she learns more about this “Mommy gig”. Elizabeth is passionate about parenting and enjoys networking with other parents.

A Super Hero in 5 minutes

My kids are almost four and one-and-a-half. They love capes. We have quite a few of them in our dress-up bin. Whenever they have friends over, the capes come out and the kids rip around in them, inventing whatever super-hero fits the cape. The capes I’ve made are pretty much the easiest costume ever, and you can make them, too. All you need is an old shirt. I’ve used biiiiig shirts, that way there’s lots of neck room and fabric to flow behind you when running. You take the shirt and pick whatever side you want to use – front or back. I used shirts that came with logos… just because they were offered to me. Also, for the latest batch of capes I made, I used the shirt-front, because that’s where the logo was. Here are the steps you can follow to make your own super-easy, for-any-occasion, cape.

Step 1) Lay out the shirt, with the side up that you are going to use as your cape.dsc_6761Step 2) Cut around the edges (I took the serged edge off as my kids don’t like seams and tags). At the top, I curved the cut into a soft curve, instead of following the sleeves.dsc_6763 Continue reading A Super Hero in 5 minutes

Elizabeth is a Kamloops lifer. Born at RIH, she is happy to be raising her family here. Married with four wonderful children, Elizabeth is also teacher and enjoys working with parents as she learns more about this “Mommy gig”. Elizabeth is passionate about parenting and enjoys networking with other parents.

My journey back to cloth: it's Genius!

I have a nineteen-month-old, daughter. I have cloth diapered Susannah since she was about three months old. In March, she got quite a rash on her privates and my husband and I decided to ditch the cloth diapers and go with disposables. I was sad about it for a bit, but quickly got over it; there were other circumstances (like severe morning sickness) that were a little consuming. Over the past month, my nausea has somewhat subsided (*knocking on wood*) and Susannah’s tush has cleared up. I’ve hummed and hawed about pulling out the cloth diapers again but we had a big box of disposables to go through and I didn’t want to just ditch them. logo

At the Kids’ Stuff Swap that I organized on April 4th, there was a new local vendor selling cloth diapers, as well as my dearly beloved dimplecheeks diaper-sewing friend. I’d heard good things about BumGenius diapers, at the diapering seminar I organized in November, but had yet to see one and actually try one out. In the past, I’ve shied away from them because I felt like they were a little bit on the expensive side (roughly 23$ per diaper).I ended up being given the door prize diaper (won by a friend who passed it on) from Lizzie Bits Baby Co.

I was so excited to try it out on Susannah. It’s so SOFT and the inserts are so CUSHY. It looked to good and felt so good. The most exciting part about the diaper, for me, is that it is a one-size diaper. This means that it has snaps and can adjust in height, depending on the size of the baby. Yay! I can use it for “Mambo” (you know, #5). I washed it, tried it, washed it and was hooked. bg_rise_settings

The diaper come with two inserts (it’s a “pocket” diaper, which means that you shove a liner/insert into a pocket in the body of the diaper and that absorbs any wetness) and I started out using only one. The body of the diaper sent all the wetness into the insert so I even used it with a fresh insert right after Susannah got it wet! I was thrilled. My baby girl’s bum wasn’t wet at all! I feel confident that I’m not going to have any rashing problems with this diaper. Susannah uses a BumGenius at night, with both inserts and it’s the best! I know she’s dry and not sleeping in a wet load. I can feel so good about her tush.

I was so excited about it that I called Lizzie Bits right away, to get some more! I was also intrigued by the laundry detergent that she was selling. My detergent’s smell makes me gag (yes, still with the pregnancy sickness – awesome, let’s just hope it’s less than seven months long this time) and as Susannah had rashed up with it, I wanted to try something new. Charlie’s Soap Laundry Detergent. It’s made with biodegradable coconut-based detergents, which I find intriguing… I love it! I’m so impressed with how little I have to use in a load and how it cleans up the diapers to white!! I love it so much, and it’s non-making-me-sick smell (it doesn’t actually have any distinct odour), that I’ve been using it for all my laundry, when my initial plan was to use it only for the diaper loads. Also, it’s hypoallergenic, which is great for my sensitive-skinned husband, too.

All in all, we are thrilled to be back to cloth diapering. Susannah has outgrown many of her other diapers, so we are operating with a smaller stock, than I was a few months ago. I’m truly excited to have gotten onto BumGenius diapers and I know that I will be picking up some more when “Mambo” arrives. I’ve also purchased a potty training set from Lizzie Baby. The Potty Praisers Starter Kit. As the girl is telling us whenever she needs a “dapo-change”, I think that she’s getting ready to be out of diapers altogether. I’m excited to give this a try, when the time comes. I’ll be sure to let you know how it goes.If you are thinking about getting into cloth diapering I would highly recommend that you consider trying out a BumGenius diaper, just to know what a one-size diaper looks/feels like and how it cleans. Try Lizzie Baby!! The service was fantastic and I’m thoroughly pleased. I’ve become a huge fan and I’m so excited about my new diapers. You can tell, right? Because I’m blogging about it! Also, try out the laundry soap!!!

Elizabeth is a Kamloops lifer. Born at RIH, she is happy to be raising her family here. Married with four wonderful children, Elizabeth is also teacher and enjoys working with parents as she learns more about this “Mommy gig”. Elizabeth is passionate about parenting and enjoys networking with other parents.