The Most Important Reason to Wear an Apron

Why I wear an apron. vintage lifestyle choice. 4 more vintage lifestyle choices to my homemaking. what I do as a homemaker to make my days meaningful. find what is important to you and your family and run with it. #homemaking #parenting #homemaker #kids #cleaning #reusable

Humor me a moment.  Take a second to think of your grandma, or the ladies of the past.  What comes to mind?  For me, it's fresh-baked cookies, a tidy home, clothes hanging out to dry, and wearing an apron.

While we think of these things as a vintage lifestyle choice today, not so long ago they were just the norm.

Women stayed home and tended the children, house, garden and, if applicable, animals.  The way they lived and operated was through hard work, perseverance, and dignity.

And be damned if they were going to ask their husbands to lend a hand.  No, supper was on the table when hubby walked in from his hard day's work.  He was greeted at the door with a smile and kiss.

Oh, and to top it off, these mystical women were dressed for the day with their hair done and even wore high heels!  

I love a beautiful shoe as much as the next girl, but you won't catch me chasing a toddler or vacuuming in such impractical footwear.

As much as I am thankful for feminists who have paved the way for us in terms of work/home balance, voting, and general equality, it's hard not to appreciate and admire the hardworking housewives of the past.  I mean, heck, I am one now!

Wait, what?

Yep, you read that right, I am a hardworking housewife today.  While I take advantage of modern conveniences (and my husband's obligation to help around the house), there are a few vintage lifestyle choices that I have adopted as my own.

Why I wear an apron. vintage lifestyle choice. 4 more vintage lifestyle choices to my homemaking. what I do as a homemaker to make my days meaningful. find what is important to you and your family and run with it. #homemaking #parenting #homemaker #kids #cleaning #reusable

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How To Replace Diaper Elastics With a Serger

Photo tutorial for fixing diaper elastics on cloth diapers. Anyone who has used cloth diapers, second hand or new, knows that eventually the elastics wear from washing and drying. Here's a great photo tutorial on how to easily replace diaper elastics yourself! No need to hire someone. Save money and DIY by replacing the worn out elastics at home.
Photo tutorial for fixing diaper elastics on cloth diapers. Anyone who has used cloth diapers, second hand or new, knows that eventually the elastics wear from washing and drying. Here's a great photo tutorial on how to easily replace the elastics yourself! No need to hire someone. Save money and DIY by replacing the worn out elastics at home. Photo tutorial for fixing diaper elastics on cloth diapers. Anyone who has used cloth diapers, second hand or new, knows that eventually the elastics wear from washing and drying. Here's a great photo tutorial on how to easily replace the elastics yourself! No need to hire someone. Save money and DIY by replacing the worn out elastics at home. Photo tutorial for fixing diaper elastics on cloth diapers. Anyone who has used cloth diapers, second hand or new, knows that eventually the elastics wear from washing and drying. Here's a great photo tutorial on how to easily replace the elastics yourself! No need to hire someone. Save money and DIY by replacing the worn out elastics at home. Photo tutorial for fixing diaper elastics on cloth diapers. Anyone who has used cloth diapers, second hand or new, knows that eventually the elastics wear from washing and drying. Here's a great photo tutorial on how to easily replace the elastics yourself! No need to hire someone. Save money and DIY by replacing the worn out elastics at home.

Photo tutorial for fixing diaper elastics on cloth diapers. Anyone who has used cloth diapers, second hand or new, knows that eventually the elastics wear from washing and drying. Here's a great photo tutorial on how to easily replace the elastics yourself! No need to hire someone. Save money and DIY by replacing the worn out elastics at home.As you know from this post and this post, we have always cloth diapered Sweet Girl. A HUGE portion of our stash is pre-loved. Anyone who has considered second (or third) hand cloth knows that there is the likelihood of having to replace diaper elastics, and maybe even some snaps or Velcro.

I'll be doing a cloth diaper series at some point.  There is SO much information on the topic.  But for now, I'm just going to outline how to replace elastics.

This tutorial will feature a serger method.  I'll be working on a basic sewing machine method in the upcoming weeks.  Stay tuned.  Sign up for my newsletter to know when it comes out!

With these tutorials you'll be able to quickly and effectively replace the elastics in your diapers, making them good as new.

The fact is, over time washing and drying is really hard on elastic!  Think of that old pair of your husband's underwear that gets stretched out and brittle.  Same deal, except diapers get washed even more frequently!

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How to Hand Wash Cloth Diapers Quickly + Easily

Why you should hand wash your cloth diapers. Hand washing cloth diapers saves you money, time, resources. It helps the environment, is better for your diapers, and saves you lots in the long run! Find out how to handwash your cloth diaper stash here, and why you want to!

“EW!  There is no way I am going to hand wash poopy diapers!”

This was my reaction when my mother suggested a vacation washing method.

Continue reading to find out how I overcame my disgust, what I did to learn more about how to hand wash cloth diapers, and my personal hand washing routine.  Plus all the benefits along the way!

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