Monday, January 18, 2010

My dryer has balls... does yours?!?!?

Laundry. It's my nemesis, my never-ending story, my dreaded nightly chore, and oddly enough, something that gives me a sense of accomplishment (however short-lived) with I'm done.

When we started cloth diapering Graham, I really began to pay attention to the chemicals and additives that are in cleaning agents - laundry detergent included. It's amazing how many harsh soaps, fragrances, additives, preservatives, brighteners, well, GUNK is in so many of our day-to-day products. So I started trying to cut down. We try to use more earth-friendly, biodegradable detergents to protect our water supplies. I've eliminated fabric softener, opting instead for vinegar in the rinse cycle, which does a fantastic job (and no, there's no acidic smell when it's done).

Dryer sheets were another obvious chemical-leach that we needed to cease. As an alternative, I made these felted wool dryer balls. They roll around in your dryer, and reduce the static buildup. And They.Are.Awesome! My first load of towels came out so fluffy and soft! The next load, down blankets, were bouncy and downy and snuggly. Seriously. These things rock!

You can find instructions on how to make them here. Probably the hardest part of the whole process was picking out which yarn to use. I would say my first two balls took about an hour each to complete. Once I got the hang of it, the other two went quickly, maybe 25 minutes each?

If you don't fancy yourself a Martha Stewart type, you can always purchase some Fuzzy Wuzzy Dryer Balls here. They'll run you around $12 each after S&H.

Erik even thinks that our laundry smells better now, as we think the wool absorbs any residual skinkies left on the clothes. Or you can add a few drops of essential oils (lavender, almond, lemon and orange) to the balls for some real, non-synthetic frangrance.

Seriously, for $5 each, why not give them a try? Of course, you might become the addict that I am and start scoping out prettily colored wool skiens everywhere you go, but hey, wouldn't three (or seven or nine) more just gorg all stacked up on top of the dryer?

Another perk to having these around the house? The dryer's not the only one happy to have a few spare balls laying around :-)

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Hell on two wheels feet...

Shortly before Christmas, Graham's Oma generously purchased him his very first pair of real, big-boy walking shoes. Prior to getting these walkers, which are the "next best thing to barefoot walking," G had been in soft-soles shoes like his PediPeds, which I don't think were offering him quite enough support. Once we got him in the StrideRites, the improvement in his walking skills were near instantaneous. Which is great, I love watching Graham improve and develope new skills, but yeah... he's EVERYWHERE now!!!

He gravitates to cabinets and their contents. The more breakable/spillable/crumb-producing, the better:
@ Oma's house, getting into her baking goods

He has a newfound love of toilet paper, tissue-filled trash cans, and that little porcelain "pool" in the powder room:

Shoes? I don't need no stinkin' shoes now, I'm a professional walker! (And yes, those ARE mini-Saucony trainers! Aren't they just too freaking ah-door-ah-ble?!?!?)

He's not even safe in his little "baby jail" anymore. He just wants to get out and RUN.

Who knew these little things could cause so much trouble?!?!

So yeah, a big ol' huge THANKS MOM for getting him those walking shoes. How ever will I repay you?!?!?

Oops, gotta go, *someone* is getting into the entertainment center. Again....

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Go Ahead, Be Opinionated....

Please use the poll on the left right to cast your vote --->

We'd love to see what you think, are we having a boy or a girl? We're less than 30 days from finding out, and we are so excited!

I can't wait to meet you in July!!!

Monday, January 4, 2010


Currently, I'm just reserving this blog address... please check out Graham's blog for all of our happenings!