Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Hello there!

Posted by Heather Shields On 6:15 AM | 1 comment
In case you hadn't noticed it's been quite a while since my last posting. We've had some big changes in our home and even more are in the works. My husband changed jobs after 10 years and the new job is moving us to a new area. I'm very excited about the move, and ready for a change of scenery. The area we're migrating to has more natural shopping options and is a city hub. It's going to be a big change from the rural setting we've been living in, but we've thrived in the city before and we will do it again!

 In the meantime I've been trying tons and tons of SNEAKY experiments! I've made another batch of laundry detergent, worked on perfecting my dishwashing powder, made, used (and not stunk!), and enjoyed homemade deodorant, concocted the most scrumptious chewy granola bars, attempted calcium powder using farm fresh eggs, and subsequent homemade toothpaste (FAIL!) using said powder. All in all it's been a productive couple of months, and I am looking forward to sharing my experiences with you.

Don't forget to check back with me and see what I'll be sharing!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Glow Bug Cloth Diaper Review

Posted by Heather Shields On 11:50 AM | 1 comment
Many parents are seeking out cloth diapers because the expense of using disposables is overwhelming. They look into cloth, see some of the cute little calculators breaking down the savings and BOOM they're starting a stash. Then they see an ultra cute diaper, but WHOA... the price tag! It's true. Many a money-saver has succumb to the ultra cute, ultra bank-breaking cloth diaper addiction.

How can you feed your cute cloth addiction and ensure you're still saving money? Glow Bug diapers. They ONLY sell diapers in packages. This guarantees that you're getting the most bang for your buck, and allows them to reduce the cost per diaper because every customer is buying in bulk! They have adorable prints, vivid colors, and seasonal diapers to keep an eye out for.

The design of Glow Bug's diapers is also innovative. These are pockets diapers, but both ends of the diapers have openings. No need to fish through a poopy pocket cover to rescue your insert! And don't worry that the insert will slip out, each diaper and insert snap together to keep everything where it belongs. {whispers... these inserts can be used with other diapers, and I haven't had a single issue with a regular insert migrating where it doesn't belong.}

Let's look at all the spec's together, shall we?

  • PRICE! (6 pack for $70-$75, 12 pack for $150)
  • One Size (fits from 7lbs to 35lbs)
  • Pocket Diaper with dual opening
  • Comes in prints and solids
  • Double rows of snaps, with cross over features to fit even the teeniest waists
  • Double gussets... think poop explosion crowds control 
  • SlimDry fabric. It is exactly what it sounds like. Fabric designed to stay dry without the bulk.
  • Wing snaps on top row to prevent dropping. Droopy butts are so uncool.

Just look at some of the cuteness you can buy in their packages!
So if you're considering cloth diapers, know someone who is thinking about it, or just need to beef up your current stash, get thy money saving tush to Glow Bug diapers and check out their BIGGEST SALE EVER!

Roll call - PRESENT!

Posted by Heather Shields On 11:21 AM | No comments


Who remember walking into their grade-school classroom, sitting in their desk (probably scratched with several names), and waiting for the teacher to go through the roll and call their name. Remember how you started squirming in your seat as Ashley and Ben and John were called and you knew the teacher was getting closer to you? That's been me. I've been absent from the blogroll lately, and I apologize. I've had tons on my plate, and even more on my mind. Mystery lumps and lethargy from Noah, inexplicable tummy pain from Lina, keeping up with schoolwork and homework with Henry, and readying Luke for preschool next year. Add to that the seasonal sicknesses that infiltrate a home of 6, regular housework, cooking, keeping up with 6 pets (we've aquired a random dog who eats Bella's food and sleeps on her mat),Hubby transitioning to his new job and well... I've had so much going on in live that I've had little time for personal ventures. Today is actually the first time I've sat down on the "big" computer since... ummm... well, I honestly can't remember.

But I'm back. I'm here. Present and accounted for. I can't promise I'll make it to class every day, but when I'm here I will make it worth your while to be reading and sneaking along with me.

So... I've been called on and checked off the roll for today. Let's see who else is here!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Back to school bash and more ovenless innovations

Posted by Heather Shields On 8:03 AM | No comments
Tomorrow will be my big boy's first day back to school after Christmas vacation. We've had a fun time and I am honestly going to miss him being home. Since today is our last day together I wanted to do some fun things and celebrate his return to structured education, rather than sending him grudgingly. So we had a back to school bash breakfast!

And what did he want? Cinnamon rolls. Great. Wonderful. Yum. But what about my oven? It's broke, remember. So I called up my good friend, Google. We have an intimate relationship, Google and I. Anytime I have a question, she's always there for me with an answer. I might have to fact check her every now and then, but usually she's spot on. She is a bit of a gossip, but I can look past that as her sheer awesomeness outweighs her gossipy nature. 

Back to the point. So I called Google and said, "How do I cook cinnamon rolls without an oven." First she tried telling me a joke and said to put a pan outside in the sun. She obviously doesn't realize it's January, and in the 40s. No go. Then she recommended a toaster oven. HA! What part of "without an oven" didn't she understand?! Then... a ha... success! She recommended I try my waffle iron. I was totally up for the challenge! 

It was as simple as making waffles, took a little less time actually, and the result was beautiful! A very thing crispy outer coating, just like browned cinnamon rolls, fully, soft insides, and the waffles indentations on top were the quintessential icing pockets. I don't think I'll ever make cinnamon rolls in the oven again. These were done in under 5 minutes, even though I had to do 2 batches! 

Wanna try? Here's what you do.



1. Preheat your waffle iron. I used a belgian waffle maker since the resevoirs are a little deeper. It worked perfect!
2. Put 1 cinnamon roll on each waffle section, and close the iron. It will not close all the way, but that's ok. It doesn't need to.
3. Cook. They only take 2-3 minutes, depending on your iron.



4. Remove, ice, and enjoy! 

Everyone here LOVED them. Including mama. Imagine never having to heat your oven to make cinnamon rolls again. Imagine the electricity I saved. Imagine the $$ I saved. Imagine wanting cinnamon rolls in the summer and NOT having to sacrifice the comfortable temperature inside to do so. I am over the moon about this new discovery! Now to find more things to cook in the waffle iron.

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