The Most Important Reason to Wear an Apron in 2020

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

Humour 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 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 Turn a Onesie Into a T-Shirt

As parents we know the trouble that comes with onesies. By 9 months old, most kids are too old to be wearing them and they just become this massive hassle that is so not worth it. Ease some of the annoyance in your life by turning a onesie into a T-shirt. You’ll get more use out of it and it will save you time and energy during dressing and diaper changes. Win-win!
As parents we know the trouble that comes with onesies. By 9 months old, most kids are too old to be wearing them and they just become this massive hassle that is so not worth it. Ease some of the annoyance in your life by turning a onesie into a T-shirt. You’ll get more use out of it and it will save you time and energy during dressing and diaper changes. Win-win! As parents we know the trouble that comes with onesies. By 9 months old, most kids are too old to be wearing them and they just become this massive hassle that is so not worth it. Ease some of the annoyance in your life by turning a onesie into a T-shirt. You’ll get more use out of it and it will save you time and energy during dressing and diaper changes. Win-win! As parents we know the trouble that comes with onesies. By 9 months old, most kids are too old to be wearing them and they just become this massive hassle that is so not worth it. Ease some of the annoyance in your life by turning a onesie into a T-shirt. You’ll get more use out of it and it will save you time and energy during dressing and diaper changes. Win-win!

Can we dedicate today's post to one of the most adorable things on the planet?  No, I'm not talking about all the cute trick-or-treaters you had your way last night.  I'm talkin' about baby clothes!  All those teensy-weensy little garments that really have no reason for being so adorable other than they're, well, teensy-weensy.  Specifically, shirts.  We're going to talk about turning a onesie into a T-shirt!

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How To Make Cloth Napkins

Learn how to make cloth napkins. Easy diy sewing photo tutorial for making cloth napkins. Replace all your paper products with easy to make alternatives. Easy to wash. Fun and elegant to use. Be environmentally friendly with these cloth napkins. How to make your own cloth napkins. Get rid of all the yucky disposables!
Learn how to make cloth napkins. Easy diy sewing photo tutorial for making cloth napkins. Replace all your paper products with easy to make alternatives. Easy to wash. Fun and elegant to use. Be environmentally friendly with these cloth napkins. How to make your own cloth napkins. Get rid of all the yucky disposables! Learn how to make cloth napkins. Easy diy sewing photo tutorial for making cloth napkins. Replace all your paper products with easy to make alternatives. Easy to wash. Fun and elegant to use. Be environmentally friendly with these cloth napkins. How to make your own cloth napkins. Get rid of all the yucky disposables! Learn how to make cloth napkins. Easy diy sewing photo tutorial for making cloth napkins. Replace all your paper products with easy to make alternatives. Easy to wash. Fun and elegant to use. Be environmentally friendly with these cloth napkins. How to make your own cloth napkins. Get rid of all the yucky disposables!

Learn how to make cloth napkins. Easy diy sewing photo tutorial for making cloth napkins. Replace all your paper products with easy to make alternatives. Easy to wash. Fun and elegant to use. Be environmentally friendly with these cloth napkins. How to make your own cloth napkins. Get rid of all the yucky disposables!If you've been keeping up with Hampers&Hiccups, you'll know that we try not to use disposable products in our home.  One of the first items to go was paper napkins.  Come to think of it, I don't know that I ever really bought them to begin with.  My first cloth napkins were inherited hand-me-downs.  I loved using them so much that I vowed to keep up with it.

Cloth napkins are so much more fun and enjoyable to use than the paper alternative.  Yes, you can get the ‘sposies in all sorts of colours, shapes, and designs, but they're still not very nice to use.  A cloth napkin is much softer and pliable.  Plus, often times they're larger and obviously more durable.

If you're into giving homemade gifts, these make a great one!  Try selling them to pick up some extra cash.  I've done both!

A couple of years ago I made my first set.  They're a Christmas/winter set and I love them!  They are a little on the smaller side, 8″ or so, but they get the job done and look beautiful and elegant on the table.

LAST spring I bought some material to make a spring/summer set.  Over a year ago!  I finally got around to whipping them up specially for this post.  Nothing like blogging to motivate a mama.  I decided to make them larger than the previous set, but the same style.

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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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