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6 Reasons I’m Always Behind on My 365 Photo Project

In my current 365 Project, I often find myself playing catch up. I sometimes chuckle to myself when I realize just what has held me up, so I decided to compile a list. My 365 has been a great adventure so far and I am so glad that I am doing it, but sometimes life can get in the way of good things. The only thing you can do is keep moving forward, no matter the set backs!

  1. Challenging Prompts – There is always a prompt here and there that REALLY stumps me. I might have every photo taken after it up to the current date, but I can’t post until I get that shot!
  2. Computer Accessibility – With a small kiddo, I have limited windows that I can actually get on my computer. That’s usually when he’s asleep. If I try to get on it when he is awake, he wants to either pound on the keys, or complain very loudly that I won’t let him pound on the keys. This means some times I have multiple days worth of shots just sitting on my camera, waiting to be uploaded.
  3. Chores and Life, Ugh! – I guess the house needs some attention sometimes…and sometimes we need to eat. So nap time is sometimes utilized for other pressing needs…depending on how crazy the house is currently driving me.
  4. Quality Time – When Little Man goes to bed at night, that’s also when I get quality time with the hubby. Sometimes we just want to relax and spend time together. That’s not the best time to have a computer uploading and posting images. (And maybe sometimes I’m just lazy at night :P)
  5. Camera Accessibility – I don’t always take my camera everywhere with me. I want to, but with even the few things I need when I go out with Little Man, I just don’t have the right bag at the moment to safely take my camera without having a massive, clunky bag. No fun.
  6. Mommy Brain – I blame a lot of things on “Mommy Brain,” but I’ve probably always had a bad memory, I just don’t remember. With not always having a camera, and with just day to day life, I honestly forget some days completely about my project.
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How Having a Kid Changed How I View Road Trips

 

img_7387Road trips. They were a big part of my childhood. I mean if we did go anywhere, we drove. I use to love it…sleeping, playing games, eating gas station junk food…what’s not to love? I also remember staying up late playing navigator to my dad with a REAL PAPER MAP. It was awesome!

Fast forward many years and I still loved road trips. Blaring music, gas station junk food, and chair dancing. Yes!

Fast forward again…kids. Hmm. They can put a damper on road trips. We live about 8 hours from my family and many of our friends. We are lucky enough to be able to go back frequently to visit everyone, but that means packing up a car, strapping a baby into a car seat, and praying that he naps at least enough to not turn into a monster.

 

Good luck.


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img_7390The first few times were nothing. The smaller Little Man was (he was 6 weeks for the first trip), the easier it was to just get him to sleep most of the way. Now that he’s older (15 months), doesn’t like being imprisoned in his car seat, hates diaper changes, and stays awake longer, things can be rough. Sometimes we blare music and belt it out to stay sane. You do what you have to do.

“Sorry honey, we can’t just crash at Quik-Trip for the night, no matter how much daddy loves their hot bar, we have to keep driving.”

It’s rough goings sometimes, but it’s worth it in the end to see the family and friends we love so dearly. I pray one day God’s plan includes us all living closer, but until then, we will endure the nap nightmare car rides!

 

Do you cringe at the thought of car rides?

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My New Addiction to Wet/Dry Bags

_MG_7485When I started diving into the world of cloth diapers, I came across wet bags – Bags made to hold dirty diapers. Well, they can be used for all sorts of things – clothes, rags, laundry, food utensils, you name it – but I was introduced to them in relation to cloth diapers. I quickly stuck a few on my baby registry.

I didn’t end up getting them, but I ended up winning one in a cloth diaper giveaway. I was instantly in love. It was so handy to have on outings and stick wet or blown out anything in! Contain the mess, the smell, and deal with it later! Throw it in the wash, and bam! Like new again.

I bought the two I had on my wish list immediately. It wasn’t love with them, but they were handy. They were Planetwise Wet/dry bags. They do their job, but they have an outer shell and a lining. This makes them more bulky, and the lazy mom in me hates how they flip inside out in the wash, some times even if I zip them partially closed. Ugh, more things to turn right side out!

I still loved wet bags. Then one of my moms groups introduced me to PatPat. It’s an app with lots of products, not just for kids, at steep discounts. Discounts? I’m there! The person who posted said I could get a wet bag for $0.97! Um, yes! It was some kind of first order deal. I picked one out, checked out, and patiently waited my 2 weeks or so. Things take a long time to ship from them, but what do you expect from a place selling things super cheap?!
I wasn’t expecting a whole lot, but at under a dollar, I didn’t feel it was going to be a big deal if I hated it.

It turned into my FAVORITE bag. It’s a wet/dry bag, so it has a main pocket for wet thugs and then a smaller front pocket for dry things. You can have a couple fresh diapers in the front, along with wipes and a changing pad, and any dirties in the big one. LOVE!_MG_7482

Eventually I bought three more. It was tuff narrowing it down to three, but I tried to control myself. (These were full price at like $6 a piece, but considering my other ones cost $20+ per, it’s a great deal). I also bought a few half sized wet bags for smaller things like wipes, meds, spare clothes. Now I have everything, including my baby wrap, sectioned out in my bag…and much more safe from damage! My organizing side is appeased.

So far they have all held up really well to repeated use and wash. Hopefully they will continue to do so. I never knew I would get so excited over a little bag. Who am I kidding, I get excited about the most RANDOM stuff, it’s ridiculous.

What’s your latest obsession?