Losing weight isn’t easy


So it’s has been a little bit over a month since my last post. Something that I have learned is Working out with kids is not as easy as I though. I have found that my daughter seems to think that when I work out, that is a perfect time to beg for attention and climb all over mom. I have been working at losing weight I started at 198 and I am now down 10 pounds. I am not losing the weight as fast as I would like but I’m hoping this Minnesota winter finally end soon and LP and I can go on walks again.


 

Things I have noticed since started my weight lose goal.

Ever since I started eating more healthy I have noticed:

  • I am not as hungry
  •  when I am craving a snack, I crave fruits or Veggies.
  • I have more energy
  • I am happier
  • I feel better about the way I look

Tips:

  • I drink a glass of water with one freshly Squeezed Lemon in it every day in the morning. I have noticed this helps keeps my cravings at bay
  • When I am waiting for something I do squats, butt kicks or lunges. I do it at work (I make sure no one is around), while I do dishes, folding laundry. If I can do it I do it.
  • I take the stairs every time
  • I dance. I turn on the radio and just dance. It makes you feel good and it’s exercise.
  • When I want to snack I reach for carrots

How are you doing with your weight lose goal? Comment below and let me know.

Happy spring 🙂

How This Mama Got Her Groove Back!


It is the heart of winter and I am already dreading swim suit season! Loosing weight after LP was born was not as easy as I thought it was going to be. It has been almost three years since my Little Pumpkin entered this world and I have not lost the weight.  So I decided to change things.

Back Story

Before I got married I weighted 180 pounds

Before wedding

September 2009

The winter before my wedding (December of 2009) I decided to look the best I have ever looked for my wedding (I have always been the bigger girl growing up). So I buckled down and started eating right. Whole grain everything, healthy snacks, no pop and one cheat day. Once I got that down I joined a gym. I started working out once a week, after two weeks twice a week, after another two weeks three times a week until I was going four times a week. Through out the day I would find ways to work out. Squats while folding laundry, taking the stairs instead of the elevator things like that.

I lost 40 pounds by doing all of this by my wedding (July 2010)

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The week before my wedding July 2009

So I decided I am going to get back to my past glory and get back to the weight I was on my wedding day 140 pounds. I have already switched my diet back to how I should be eating, so now it’s time to start working out.

Things have changed since I lost the weight the first time. I have no free time and I have a kid now. Solution: I quit the gym I was going to once a month and bought an elliptical, a yoga tDVD and “30 Day Shred” with Jillian Michaels DVD.

I have decided to bring you along for my journey and if you would like to join me Comment your progress in the comments on my blog posts and follow my daily routines on my Facebook Page  Letjoy Cloth Diapers.

Happy Work out 🙂

Mama! I can’t…….can do it.


As a parent you want to protect your child, you don’t want them to get hurt, you want them to be happy, but you don’t want them to be whiny (what parent does, right?). There is a line that can cross and that line is the over protective parent. No one wants to be that person but I can see how it is easy to not even notice that you have become one.

When LP was younger Hubby and I were at his parents house. By this time LP had long been mobile and she has had her share of bumps along the way. LP was climbing on a chair (on the Legs not very far off the ground) and Hubby jumped up to retrieve her. “What are you doing?” I asked. “I don’t want her to fall and get hurt.” She was just learning to climb and I asked him “How do you think she will learn how to get up on a chair if you always stop her?” The way I see it is most of the learning we do as adults is trial and error, what makes us think it’s any different for kids. The only difference is we don’t have a giant stopping us when we are having a little trouble. Same with parents that help their child too much. I’m not saying not to help your child but there is a point where it goes to far. Like instead of your child going to try a task on their own they turn to you for help, Then you might have passed that line. If you catch the early signs of over protective parent don’t worry there is still hope for you 😛

I am not saying that it isn’t easy to risk your child getting hurt but the smile that takes over their little face with pride when they have accomplished a task on their own is worth the stress.

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I have to remind myself that everything is a new experience for LP and that I need to let her have those experiences and knowing the difference between learning and danger is part of what makes a good parent.

Happy parenting 🙂

DIY. Turning a Prefold into a Fitted Diaper


Prefolds are great to use because they are so versatile and one of the most affordable diapers you can get; unfortunately they can get tricky. A lot of dads have a hard time  learning how to use a prefold.  In this tutorial I am going to show you how to take a regular prefold and turn it in to a fitted diaper.

 

 

1. Get a regular prefold and fold it in half (chose an appropriate size for your little one).

 

 

 

2. Find or make a pattern for a diaper. Place the straight edge on the fold. To make a pattern take a diaper (cloth or disposable) And a paper bag and trace around the diaper over your bag. Remember to stretch out the legs and back. cut it out fold it in half and cut it down the middle.

 

 

3.Trace your pattern on the folded prefold. Make sure you trace so that the part you cut is on the open side of the fold.

 

4. Cut along the line. no need for seam allowance.

 

This is what your prefold should look like unfolded.

 

5.Surge the edges. If you don’t have a surger you can use the zig zag setting on a regular sewing machine and sew off the edge to get the same effect.

 

 

This is what the edges should look like when you are done.

 

 

6.Now cut three pieces of elastic. For along the back 4 inches, and two for along the legs 6 inches.

 

7. Fold the diaper in half and make marks right under the arms of the diaper and a few inches from the rise of the diaper. (the reason you fold it in half is so you can mark the diaper on both sides in the same spots).

 

 

 

8.Then make your marks for your snaps/ Velcro. You want to make sure the Velcro is even. If you are doing snaps, make ten marks evenly measured from the sides about one inch away from each other.

 

 

If you are doing snaps mark two dots one inch from each other about 1/4 of an inch away from the edge.

 

 

9.Apply snaps using a hand press or table press.

 

 

 

10.Sew on your elastic makeing sure to use a zig zag stitch

 

 

It should look like this.

 

 

11.Then turn the diaper and make sure to stretch out the elastic as you do a zig zag stitch over the elastic down the leg of the diaper.

 

 

It should look like this when done.

 

12.Repeat step 10 when you get to the end of your elastic.

 

 

13. Repeat steps 10-12 On the other leg and along the back.

 

 

14. Take the two scraps from the diaper and pin the flat edges together and sew them together and surge the out side edges making it a long oval shape

 

 

It should look like this when you are done.

 

 

15. pin the top of the oval piece just below the back elastic for a girl and just below the rise of the front for a boy. (be sure you attach it to the inside of the diaper)

 

 

Using a zig zag stitch it should look like this when you are done

 

 

 

 

And there you have it for a dollar or two per diaper and some DIY, you now have a lovely fitted diaper.

 

 

 

 

Happy Sewing 🙂

Sister Mom


As I was winding down last night I was looking at parent magazine and came a cross a small piece about mom role models for new moms. I my self have a couple so I decide to write a post about it.

Sister mom is a mom with older children that has a parenting style you share. There are a few pluses to having a sister mom. You see what works for you and how moms actions shape Little ones as they grow, then you can use the same methods on your child, sister moms make mistakes and you get to learn from them. Spending time with your sister mom gives you a chance to have some very much needed adult time, you get to learn her methods, and your child get social interaction with older children which also helps with her development.

I myself have a few sister moms. ( shhhh they don’t know) I don’t just copy everything they do as a mom but I defiantly take a few pages out of each of their hand book. I have been watching them all very closely since LP was born and I have picked up a lot of stuff, learned what doesn’t work for me and got a lot of adult time in. As a new mom I defiantly suggest that you adopt a sister mom, someone with a similar parenting style or what you would like your style to be similar too. Like I said I have been watching my adopted mommies very closely ( okay girls get paranoid lol) and All of them are amazing. I have learned so much and seen the results of their actions in their wonderful children. One of my mommies have three children and I adore all three and I watch how she resolves conflicts between the three of them and I am always so impressed, (someday when LP has brothers and/or sisters I will be prepared) I also watch how she turns fun activities in to learning experiences for her little ones. Another mom has one daughter that is seven and she is also the mom with the oldest kiddo (out of my sister mommies) I watch how she teaches her little one how to be responsible and how she teaches her how to handle responsibilities.  She teaches her  how to be patient with the little ones and now that she is older how momma deals with temper tantrums.

My final sister mom I don’t get to see very often but when I am with her I always watch how she interacts with her little guy. She listens to him and even with the everyday conversations with him she always makes him feel that everything he has to say to her is important. Her patients with him truly amazes me, not because he is so wild but because she is always so patient with him no matter what her mood. ( okay I am sure not all the time but she does better than most) She always wants the best for him ands he talks to him as if he is her equal (which I love) she doesn’t dumb things down, she explains things to him so that he learns how to communicate better.

All of my sister mommies are amazing, stong, and fun women (this is why I am friends with them). They are also amazing mothers and I am so happy I have role models like them in my life.

Happy Parenting 🙂

Changing a Prefold Diaper.


When I started cloth diapering Little Pumpkin I thought that prefolds looked complicated, who would have thought that prefolds would end up being my favorite type of cloth diaper to use. This video will show you how to put on a prefold. Staring Little Pumpkin!

Happy Cloth Diapering 🙂