The Ozark Homesteader – Issue 11

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Father’s Day 2016

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Gardening for Renters

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6th Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge – Day 7: Overall Experience; What did you learn? Would you do it?

Today is Day 7 of Dirty Diaper Laundry’s 6th Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge. You can read more about the challenge here.

What did I learn? I learned that handwashing diapers is really not that bad once you get started. Given another option, I wouldn’t want to do it every day, but it’s definitely doable if necessary. I learned that flats/covers are not that bad once you get started, either. They wash well, dry quickly, and cotton flats are easier to take care of than synthetic fibers. (I sort of knew all that in theory, but hadn’t really tested it.) They also seem less bulky on my little guy than pockets / microfiber inserts do, and we haven’t had the leaks with flats/covers that we’ve been having with pockets lately. I would definitely like to learn/practice some flat folds and try using flats/covers a little more when baby girl gets here.

I also learned that it is possible for me to write without overthinking and editing *too* much. Finding uninterrupted time to write is another story. (But I sort of knew that, too. Finding uninterrupted time for anything these days is difficult.)

A little late, but I finished! Yay!! (The challenge was actually last week, but I’m just now getting time to catch up with posts. I’m posting on the correct days though, to keep everything in order. Scroll down to check out Days 1-6.)

~ Jen

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6th Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge – Day 6: Open Topic

Today is Day 6 of Dirty Diaper Laundry’s 6th Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge. You can read more about the challenge here.

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11 1/2 months

Today is an open topic day, but I really don’t have much to say. To be honest, I’m a little behind. The challenge was last week and I’m still trying to catch up posts. (I’m posting everything on the correct day to try to keep things in order, at least.) Seems that finding time to sit down and write has actually been the hardest part for me. There just never seem to be enough hours in the day! (Or enough hours where my attention is not needed elsewhere, anyway. lol) But I’m working on that, so if you have any pointers I’d love to hear them!

I’ll leave a couple cute baby pictures for you in lieu of more stimulating content. 😉 Only one more day to go! Yay!!

~ Jen

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11 months

6th Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge – Day 5: Techniques/Performance – How You Make Flats Work For You

Today is Day 5 of Dirty Diaper Laundry’s 6th Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge. You can read more about the challenge here.

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11 1/2 months

My little guy is almost 21 months old, very squirmy, and not a fan of diaper changes, so I’ve stuck with pad folds this week. I pad fold 2 FSTs together, lay in a cover, and have it waiting right beside him for a quick change. We’ve been struggling with diaper changes lately, but this week I’ve discovered that asking him to help me hold the front of the diaper while I fasten the sides helps keep him still and interested long enough to get it on, which is helpful. I’ve also noticed that we haven’t had leaks with flats/covers this week, like we’ve been having lately with flats stuffed in pockets like we normally use, so that’s nice. I’m still leaning toward using more flats/covers with the new baby, but I should probably practice some flat folds before then. 😉

~ Jen

6th Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge – Day 4: What is your washing routine?

Today is Day 4 of Dirty Diaper Laundry’s 6th Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge. You can read more about the challenge here.

This is my first year doing the challenge, and I’ve admittedly never handwashed diapers, or anything else as far as I can remember. I planned to make a camp style washer similar to this one, but didn’t get around to it so I improvised. Hey, this is sort of about emergency preparedness and making do, right?

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13 months

So, as it seems to go with life lately, Day 1 snuck up on me and I had nothing prepared. I realized this as soon as I changed my first diaper of the day. I remembered my friend, Staci (Springpatch Jam), mentioning that during the challenge she soaks her flats in a bucket under the sink until wash time, so I cleaned out one side of the kitchen sink, added some cold water, and added flats/covers as they were used. I agitated them a bit when I’d add more diapers or think about it, drained the water and refilled a couple times, added a little bleach at one point – just to make sure, and let them soak some more. Then eventually drained, added some soap, refilled with hot water, and repeated the agitating, soaking, etc. Then drained, squeezed, and added cold water to rinse. It sounds a complicated, but most of the waiting and soaking was just because I’d get distracted and forget about it. Handwashing really isn’t that bad, but I’m still trying to decide which is worse – wringing out the water or hanging everything to dry. The hanging part reminded me of holding my trumpet up during marching band, and left me with noodly, exhausted arms! Having dirty diapers in the kitchen sink freaked Richard out a bit when he found out (he was out of town for work the first 3 days of the challenge), but I promise you that sink is cleaner that it has been in a very long time!

~ Jen

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13 months