Labor Day deals

Lots of sales going on this weekend, especially from our Affiliates. Why Affiliates? I have hand-picked several companies that I enjoy and shop at to promote, and in turn, if you purchase something because of the link I shared, they share a small amount (usually about 2-5%) of that amount with me. It helps keep this blog up and running. My first priority is not to blog about Affiliates every day, but here and there when appropriate. So if you were planning on purchasing something from one of these businesses, then I appreciate you going there because of a link I shared 😉

 
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Adventures in Breastfeeding + Altered Shirt Tutorial

Little man is 7 weeks old now; where has the time gone!? Actually, much of it has been spent sitting on the couch watching Netflix and breastfeeding. Not many complaints here, though. My wonderful husband has done a great job with most of the cooking and house upkeep so that I can feed Gabe and keep him happy.  Plus, I get to stare at his sweet face on cuddle him. And steal lots of baby kisses, don’t forget about those.

It has been nice, though, that he has started going longer between feeds. It’s nice to have a little break!

Breastfeeding for a new mom can be a bit of a surprise (at least for me and those that I have talked to). Much of the time you expect it to be such a natural thing, but it can be hard work! Between getting that baby to latch correctly, worrying about supply, and having sore and sensitive nipples, it’s no wonder our breastfeeding rate is one of the lowest in the world. Having said that, nowadays there is so many resources available to new moms that can help. Le Leche League and hospital run courses are just the tip of the iceberg – just do a Google search!

Get through some of the tough patches and the benefits of breastfeeding make themselves more clear. Besides the health benefit of the milk itself, the amount of money we save, and the bonding experience, I really think little Gabe would cry much more if it wasn’t for breastfeeding. We are lucky that so far, he has never been inconsolable. If he starts to cry, it is usually because he is hungry. If he is crying for another reason, then breastfeeding automatically fixes the problem. Nothing the boob won’t fix and it’s always a pleasure having a happy baby.

My biggest breastfeeding problem currently? Trying to find clothes I actually want to nurse in (and can afford)! I think I have finally found the solution: altered camis/spaghetti-strap tanks with a nursing bra under a loose or stretchy shirt. This makes nursing easy and discreet and way cheaper than buying specialty nursing clothes. Sometimes nursing tanks don’t offer much support; by altering these tanks it is easy to choose the support you want by wearing it with a nursing bra.

All you need is:

Easy!

All the tanks I used were fitted, so there was no droop in the back. It is so easy to nurse in any top!

13 Days Until Christmas: Shopping for the rockabilly/psychobilly male and rockabilly/pin-up female

Several People in my family adopt the rockabilly/psychobilly/greaser lifestyle and way of dress. If you have a friend or family member that does as well, here are some gift ideas for that rockabilly or psychobilly person in your life!

Common elements:
Pin-up
Tiki
Skulls/skeletons
Hot rods
Zombies
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Card suits
Nautical
Sparrows/swallows
Alcohol/smoking

More lady elements:

Leopard print
stripes
Polka dot
Cherries

The following are items are things that I have bought or have been on mine or someone else’s wishlist:

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Gift Ideas for Guys (scroll down for gift ideas for the girls)

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Homemade Laundry Detergent = Success!

Even though homemade dishwasher detergent didn’t work out for me, I was still dedicated to trying the laundry detergent! I compared many recipes online and tried the one that seemed easiest, quickest, and cheapest.

The liquid laundry detergent recipes seem nice, but I don’t have room for gallons and gallons of it to be stored, so I went for the powder type.

Easy Homemade Powder Laundry Detergent:

  • 1 cup washing soda (found at grocery store)
  • 1 cup borax (found at Target and grocery store)
  • 1 bar Fels Naptha soap (I’ve used Ivory as well, it is easier to grate, less caustic to the senses, although Fels Naptha is a better stain remover)

Grate the bars of soap, the finer the better.  A food processor works great for this, but I have also used a cheese grater and that was fine too.

Mix soap shavings with washing soda and borax

Use 1 tbsp powder for each load – I like to start the water, put the powder in, then wait a minute to put the clothes in so the soap can dissolve, but when I don’t, I haven’t noticed a difference.

Makes approx. 36 loads worth of detergent

Cost:

Prices at Raleys (probably cheaper somewhere else!)

  • Fels Naptha: $1.49
  • Borax: $4.39 (approx. 7 cups) = $.63 a serving
  • Washing Soda $3.99 (approx 6 cups) = $.66.5 a serving

Total: $2.785 for 36 loads = less than $.08 a load!