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#Flats Challenge, Day 6 - #MAM

The 3rd Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge is almost over.  We have made it to day 6!  Being the weekend it is once again an open topic day for the bloggers who are participating so you will have to visit their blogs to see what they are writing about today.

 Ooowee, I'm kinda glad that the challenge is over. I've read and know a few moms who stopped the challenge early. And I kinda wish I was one of them. I saw that some of the babies got ill, but it was Mami who got sick! It was a horrible night for me, not to mention is was stormy last night so I couldn't hang the diapers out this morning cus it was still muggy and bugs flying everywhere. But that's a good thing cus this mama is resting. Annaleah is taking a nap right now and she's gone through 4 flats today so far. My muscles ache and she gave me a hard time changing her, so I haven't been using the snappi cus I don't wanna scratch her by accident.

I had so much planned today... it&…

#FlatsChallenge: Day 5 - It Worked!

The question, “What is working” for the Flats and Handwashing Challenge also implies that there are certain things that just aren’t.

Can't believe that the challenge is almost over. I did not wash any flats today.... mami got sick! I've been mopy all day and almost put a disposable diaper on her. Hubby did take the girls out to dinner so I could rest and he doesn't wanna tell me if he used a disposable or not! But if he did, one disposable is better than 8 a day.

Washing once/day has worked for us. If I washed at every change I'd be washing all day! I'm so glad that I don't have to use my large wetbag for the flats, I do well with just a medium size.

No Pins - I have a set oftwo and I only used them once. Probably just because I'm lazy, but the fold stays and if you put the diaper cover on correctly you won't have a problem either.

Prefolding - The first two days I didn't prefold, I folded as I went, but then Tuesday was super busy so afte…

#FlatsChallenge, Day 4 - The Washing!

On the fourth day of the Flats and Handwashing Challenge the topic I and the other bloggers linking up will be discussing is an important one- the handwashing part.

Here we are on Day 4.... and with a post that a lot of readers are waiting for! The handwashing!

You know, a lot of people say and complain about this part, but I find it...
RelaxingA great work-outAn escapeTheraputicFun  Yeah, I'm weird. And it's not hard to do at all.

First, as you change your baby, put the flats and covers in your wetbag. I'm just using a medium size wetbag because flats are not bulky at all and when I use a cover, I just wipe and reuse the cover for the next changing and just put the flat in there.

Next, you gotta figure out when you are going to wash your flats. You can either wash them as you go (I think this might waste a tad more water) or you can wash them at the end of the day or the next morning.

Then, it's time to get your hands dirty. There are a few different wa…

#FlatsChallenge, Day 3 - Day in the Life

Day 3 means we are almost halfway through our 7 day challenge to use flats and handwash for 7 days. This week there are over 60 bloggers participating who have been linking their posts and today instead of there being a prompt for writing they are picking their own topic.

Yeah! We've survived through day two and have combated day three! Today is Open Topic Day, so I decided to talk/write about our day today in the flats and handwashing challenge and being a stay-at-home mom/blogger! I did a vlog earlier today, actually two, and let me tell ya, it was a busy day.

7:30 AM - Woken up by my 8 year old, Yvette. She is my alarm clock. I kinda love it. I've never really had an alarm cloth that I used daily. But she has woken me up every day since she started school four years ago! Anywho... then my 4 year old climbs into bed with us and she goes back to sleep until I come back from dropping off my daughter.

8:00 AM - I'm back home and I grab the flat diapers from the…

Wordless Wednesday - Soaking

HEB Unadvertised Deals, 5/22

By popular demand I will be posting a 2nd HEB "match-up" post on Wednesday after doing my walk-through and post the Unadvertised Deals HERE! CLICK HERE to see the "Advertised Deals" as they are updated with prices and coupons n such on Wednesday as well! *Updates in RED*
I will have the NEW HEB yellow coupons that I found first, followed by the Old Unadvertisded deals that are still valid. Then I will post the clearance found at my store (Feel free to like my Faceboook Page and post any deals/clearance that you find at your local store!). At the very bottom I will occasionally post pics or a list of what tearpads/peelies/blinkies that I found at my store!
Like always deals/prices vary by location. I am in the deep south Texas area (RGV)and prices are off by pennies even in the RGV region, so please check your local store if you are out of the RGV.  Coupon Lingo:
"***" = Stock up price "Red words" = Updated with price "Exp" =…

#FlatsChallenge 2013, Day 2 - My Stash

It is Day 2 of the 3rd Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge, that yearly even where we only use flat cloth diapers and handwash them for 7 days.  Our second day will focus on the diapers and other items we are using.  Since flats are so economical it will be fun to see what our other participants have spent to participate! Click HERE to read more and sign up to take the Challenge!

My Stash: 5 GlowBug Pockets - $70 (Split costs of package) 2 Econobum Covers - $8.95 (Won) 1 Thirsties Covers - $13.50 (Won) 1 Go Green Cover - $4.95 (Sale) 1 Alva Pocket  - $5 (Won) 2 Wetbags - (Won)
12 Gerber Birdseye Flat Diapers - Free with Trade 6 Flat Diapers (bought from Ross) - $2.99 2 tee Flats (bought from Good Will) $.50
24 Cloth Wipes - $5ish dollars, including homemade
1 Bag of Rockin' Green Detergent - $10
Washing in the bathroom sink!
The only thing I bought was the tee from the Good Will for $.50! Woohoo. And yeah, when I started using cloth with Eliada, our…

HEB Weekly Deals: 5/22 - 5/28

Welcome to another week of Coupon Match-ups for HEB! I will share the best deals that I know of and be sure to be a fan of my Facebook Page because if I hear of any deals then I will update this post and post it on my FB page! I don't post every single deal but you can just pick up your local ad or view it on, But I just also wanted to add that with the new Coupon Policy I will no longer be posting Health and Beauty deals unless I know the prices, and it's a good deal!

Here is the link to the Weekly Ad. Here is the link to H-E-Bs Coupon Policy.

*Updated Coupon Policy* The HEB Coupon Policy has changed (January 29th). The main thing everyone is concerned about is that HEB will no longer allow stacking. But I am more interested to see how the digital coupons will work. They say it will save us more money... but no one seems to know. I will keep ya'll updated.... SEE MY RANT HERE! See Digital Coupon Update HERE! What do you think of the new policy? Leave your com…

#FlatsChallenge 2013 - Day 1, To Save!

On the first day of the 3rd Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge our topic of discussion is “Why take the Challenge?”

Plain and simple... that is why we started using cloth in the first place. Flats were one of the first type of diapers I bought. I have about 30 flats. I bought some from Ross on clearance for $2.99 (6pk!), some from Kmart, on sale for $5 (6pk) and then traded some online for some of my newborn prefolds.

So, as you can see.... Flats are extremely affordable!

Flats are also customizable and so many folds out there to learn. I don't know anyone that used flats back in the day. My grandma used prefolds and my grandma actually gave me one of the prefolds used on me when I was a baby! I gotta share that pic some day. I think it's on my twitter feed.

Anywho, so you can just use a flat with a snappie, boingo or pins. And then cover the babies bum with a water proof cover.

Tada! You're ready to go!

I would estimate that it would cost…

Menu Plan Monday - May 20th

Jumping right into it... Monday: Egg Salad Sandwiches with carrot sticks and bell pepper and baked cinnamon apples for dessert Tuesday: Beef Stroganoff Wednesday: Heading to Sprouts for some organic produce, gonna eat out at a new restaurant, Rico and Saludable (Rich and Healthy) Thursday: Chicken Burgers with grilled zucchini and carrots Friday: Stuffed Baked Potatoes, fixed as you wish! Shopping list for the week... NOTHING!
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The Mami Blog is taking the #FlatsChallenge

Challenge starts, or started, May 20th, today. We are ready to go. Still time to sing up, here is some info from Kim @ The Dirty Diaper Laundry...

The3rd Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge begins this Monday, May 20 and will go until the evening of May 26.  As a quick reminder, this event will involve hundreds of families from all over the world; they have signed on to only use flat cloth diapers and handwash them for 7 days.  That’s why we say “No Washer.  No Dryer.  No Problem.”  On the surface this event may seem like fun and games (well, as much fun as handwashing dirty diapers can be!) but the goal is to prove that cloth diapers are possible in almost any situation.  1 in 3 families struggle to afford diapers for their babies but flats are the cheapest diapering option available and they are easily handwashed and air dried, unlike other styles of cloth diapers.

If you have decided you would like to participate but think you won’t have time to get prepared, have no fear…