The Diaper Diaries

but hopefully not full of crap

Weekly Contest Review September 30, 2007

Filed under: Contest — thediaperdiaries @ 7:49 pm

C O La lettre N Bus Graveyard 06 E S T S

1.  5 Minutes for Mom is giving away a portable hard drive from Western Digital. My hubby has been strongly desiring one of these and I think it is a bonus that it looks so cute. They are actually giving away 3, but with over 600 entries, I’m not holding my breath. Still it can’t hurt to enter.

2. Crunchy Domestic Goddess is giving away an adorable t-shirt she designed and sells over at Cute As A Bug. My grandma used to say things were “Cute as a bug’s ear” which never made much sense to me. That is neither here nor there, but a little tidbit of info for ya.

That’s all I found this week. Good luck!

 

Save the Tatas! September 29, 2007

Filed under: Random Life Moments — thediaperdiaries @ 8:54 pm

pink-ribbon.jpg I participated in the Susan G. Koman Race for the Cure today. I walked in honor of my mom who is a breast cancer survivor (and faithful reader of my blog- hi mom!). While walking, I was really overwhelmed looking out at this huge crowd of people a majority of whom have been touched by this disease. Out of 7 of us walking together, 4 of our moms had had the disease. I also have an aunt who is a survivor (and faithful reader- hi aunt s.), a friend who is currently bravely fighting the disease and a friend who lost her battle after a long fight.

I love this walk because all the survivors are wearing pink shirts. I am amazed at this sea of women who have fought this disease and won. There were even a few women walking with scarves on their head who might even be battling it why they walk. Others who looked like they were my age or younger. Many people walking carrying signs and pictures of loved ones. It was just a very moving experience for me.

So since October is breast cancer month let’s do a small something to beat this disease. Click on the button below to help give mammograms to women in need. It takes 1 second and is such a simple thing, but it could save someones life.

                                        The Breast Cancer Site

Also head over to Toddler Planet and educate yourself on inflammatory breast cancer, a rare, often misdiagnosed form of breast cancer. If you feel so inclined, I would love you to leave a comment letting me know who in your life has been touched by this disease. Oh, and I really need to get me one of these.

 

Frugal Friday- Cheaper Travel September 27, 2007

Filed under: Frugal Fridays — thediaperdiaries @ 10:39 pm

frugalfridays.jpg There are a lot of great websites out there to help you plan a trip on a budget. I would like to highlight three of them that we use often.

  1. Kayak.com: I have used many different search engines that promise discount flight prices. I think this one is the best. It searches hundreds of travel sites to give you the lowest prices. It isn’t its own store, but instead points you to other places to purchase what you need. By doing this it doesn’t just save you money, but time too (which often times is even more valuable). They also have a blogwith fun travel info if you’re into the blog thing 🙂
  2. Frommers.com: Frommer’s books and magazines have written some of the best known travel guides. What many people don’t know is how great they are at seeking out travel deals. We used some of their tips for our honeymoon and stayed at an amazing resort for a killer price.
  3. Tripadvisor.com: So you’ve done the research and have found the perfect destination and a cheap flight. Now, where to stay? You can use both the above resources to find good deals, but don’t you want to know what realpeople think about that hotel. On trip advisor, people give honest feedback, often with pictures about hotels and vacation destinations. Let’s be honest, if a hotel is $30 a night, but has cockroaches and dirty sheets, it isn’t much of a deal. You can also plan trips from this site, but we use it mainly for the reviews. They also have great forums where you can get all sorts of ideas for what to do when you get to your destination. This is another way to get insider tips that often can save you lots of money cause they aren’t catering to tourists.

That’s how we travel frugally. For more tips check out Biblical Womanhood.

 

Let’s All Have A Moment of Silence…

Filed under: Motherhood — thediaperdiaries @ 6:59 am

bigbaby.jpg for this woman. Then let’s all say a collective prayer that

  1. We aren’t birthing 17 pound babies (good golly, Hannah weighs 19 pounds and she is 16 months old)
  2. Someone, somewhere, once upon a time invented the C-section. Otherwise I am sure this woman would have a very different answer to this question.
 

Thing I Love- Tropicana Juice September 26, 2007

Filed under: Food,Things I Love Thursdays — thediaperdiaries @ 10:16 pm

tropicana.jpg Oh yes, it’s more food. Can I just tell you how many times I have made the news page on Wordpress lately? Well, not tons, but every time I do it’s under the heading of food. Maybe I should start a blog dedicated to food. I am pretty sure if I did that I would grow while my blog grows.

I have never been the biggest fan of OJ. It is usually loaded with sugar and calories and unless I am staring down a big plate of pancakes, it just didn’t seem necessary. However vitamin C is really important in your diet to improve your immune system, help with calcium absorption and even increase sperm motility (yippee!!)

I have never found an OJ I love like I love Tropicana. It is actually 100% juice instead of something masquerading as such. What I love even more are all the choices that I have. Lots of pulp, a little pulp, no pulp. Reduced acid, high fiber, light, and heart healthy. They even have one geared to kids. Are they all gimmicks? Possibly, but they have me buying into it.

If you have read my blog for any length of time, you can guess which one I regularly buy. Man I love fiber. I like that it isn’t loaded with pulp, but has a touch of it. Best of all, it has 3 grams of fiber per serving. Just one more thing keeping us regular here in the Diaper Diaries household.

 

Help Push My Buttons

Filed under: Blogging — thediaperdiaries @ 9:35 pm

blog-button.jpg I need some expert advice from you fellow bloggers. Next week I am going to embark on a blogging venture of sorts and I need someone to design a button. If you do that or know someone who does, leave me a comment. I clearly need it in a quick time frame if possible. Then sit back and stay tuned for an exciting blogging adventure you can participate in.

 Isn’t the suspense killing you???

 

Works for Me Wednesday- Kitchen Tips September 25, 2007

Filed under: Food,Works for me Wednesdays — thediaperdiaries @ 9:47 pm

wfmwheader_163.jpg Man are you in luck this week. I am providing not one, not two, but 3 tips to help you out in the kitchen. In honor of Lily’s 4th birthday, I am just in a giving kind of spirit.

I love to cook. I cook from scratch most nights, but I try and avoid things with a lot of prep work. Mostly I hate chopping, cutting, slicing, dicing, you get my point. Here are 3 tips to make using a knife easier.

  1. Avocados: Cut lengthwise around the seed and rotate halves in opposite directions to separate. Take your knife and slam it down into the pit (this is a great way to get rid of pent up aggression-not that you have any). Rotate the knife and the pit should pop right out onto the knife. While the avocado is still in its skin, cut into slices (whatever shape you are going for) without cutting through the skin. Spoon out avocado from skin. Make guacamole and eat entire bowl full in one setting (last step is optional, but highly recommended).
  2. Peppers: Cut a little off the top and bottom of the pepper. Stand up so that the newly cut bottom is on the cutting board. You should be looking down at a rectangular tube with a white seedy core. Cut down each side of the rectangle avoiding the white veins. When done you should be left with 4 sides that are seed and rib free. All the seeds and ribs should stay in one piece in the middle, and you can discard. (sorry I don’t have pictures, but I can’t find the camera)
  3. OnionsSlice the top off the onion and peel off the skin. Holding the onion firmly picture the onion as a compass. Make parallel cuts from north to south across the face of the onion, but do not cut all the way through. Make them as deep and as far apart as you want your diced pieces to be. Now make the same cuts from east to west, perpendicular to the first cuts made. You onion should look like a grid. Holding the onion firmly, place on its side and carefully slice down. You should end up with a big ol’ pile of diced onion.

One bonus tip: I find it easiest to cut a tomato using a serrated bread knife. It doesn’t seem to squish (very technical cooking term) as much.

Those are the kitchen tips that work for me. What works for you? For more tips, head on over to Rocks In My Dryer.