Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Friday, March 26, 2010
So.. about a month ago I was having some SERIOUS issues with my cloth diapers. They were getting really funky smelling. Not just stinky...not just smelly... they were down right FUNKY! The ammonia smell was ridiculous! So I finally had to break down and strip my diapers.. again. It doesn't help that Nebraska is cursed with hard water.
In my head I begin to wonder WHAT IN THE WORLD is causing these issues. I mean yes.. we have hard water.. but I know for a fact we're not the only inhabitants of the entire freakin' world cursed with hard water!! I was my diapers every other day. I use the appropriate amount of soap. I do an entire cold wash cycle, HOT wash, cold rinse..yadda yadda. So what's the deal?!?! So I begin reading and researching.
I read that pail liners can be a cause of the stinks. They hold odors and bacteria just like diapers do. My current pail liner (at the time) was about a year old and had housed MANY a disgusting diaper..especially back when I didn't have a very good wash routine.. oops. SO.. I started looking around for a pail liner that could help me out with keeping the stink under control. That's when I came across Kissaluvs Antibacterial Pail liner! I contacted Kissaluvs and had the pleasure of working with Heather who offered to send me a liner to review!
Kissaluvs Antibatercial Pail Liner is " Made from a high quality PUL (poly urethane laminate) fabric with a special anti-microbial effect*, the Kissaluvs Antibacterial Pail Liner lets your diapers sit another day or so, worry free, without collecting gunk! The special finish also helps reduce unpleasant odors and protects against the spreading of health hazardous bacteria which can sometimes collect on soiled diapers." So I tested it out by using it straight out of the packaging. After tossing in 2 days worth of diapers, it was wash day. BUT.. I didn't wash the liner! I wanted to put it to another test. Could it.. WOULD it really not smell after having 2 loads of diapers in it without being washed? Well... 2 days later I did another load of diapers and after tossing the diapers in... I stuck my nose down into the liner and believe it or not.. I still have my sense of smell!! (Now with my other pail liner I wouldn't dare do that!)
So what makes this liner so different?? It has been specially treated with SILVERPLUS® antimicrobial effect!
Moisture in diapers is ideal biosphere for bacteria, which exploit the organic content of the moisture. The degradation of this exploitation is associated with unpleasant odors. SILVERPLUS® silver ions which are embedded in the fabric in a resistant-to-washing and dry-cleaning manner, without using a binder or adhesive system, protect against the spreading of health hazardous bacteria and form a reservoir to counteract odor. Many products with antimicrobial effects migrate from the textile onto the skin to then attack it. SILVERPLUS® has developed its antimicrobial effects exclusively on the textile surface. The hygienic effect develops on the textile, leaving the skin fully functional. This has been confirmed by the independent test institute ITV Denkendorf.
Lots of room for those stinky, wet diapers (can hold several dozen diapers)
Affordable (costs less than $15)
Keeps a lot of the smell associated with dirty diapers away! (I dig that!)
The liner is only available in white (I'm a woman who loves bright and bold colors and prints)
As you can see.. there's not a very "valid" dislike that I have with this liner. I recommend it to anyone who asks about liner recommendations and I will always sing praise of this liner to any listening ear. So get one. You won't regret it!
Thank you Kissaluvs and Heather B (of Kissaluvs) for allowing me to review such an awesome product! All words in italics are from the Kissaluvs website (http://www.kissaluvs.com/antibacterial_pail_liner.php) and all other words are my own and of my own opinion.
Monday, March 15, 2010
Friday, March 5, 2010
It may be a "secret" to some.. but for those people who have lived with me..trust me.. it's no secret. I HATE sock seams. I don't like the way they feel against my toes. I don't like when my sock gets twisted (even a tiny bit) and the seam then runs crooked across my toes. I just don't like it. Now.. does Kylee complain about her socks with seams? No. She's too young. But.. when I was asked by Rose from SmartKnitKIDS if I wanted to do a review of their socks, I jumped right on it. Why? Because SmartKnitKIDS makes seamless socks! It's true. Socks with no seams. (My dream come true!)
From the SmartKnitKids website:
"SmartKnitKIDS® patented seamless socks are perfect for children experiencing sensory processing diﬀerences, hypersensitivity or who simply can’t stand annoying seams! These super soft socks for sensitive little feet will not wrinkle or bunch and are proven to reduce irritation."
I asked for the size small ankle sock for toddlers. I asked to be sent a pair in either white or pink. Well surprise! .. Rose sent me 2 pairs of white and a pair of pink. I told you. She's a total sweetheart. It was also perfect timing because they day they were delivered to us I just happened to be doing Kylee's laundry. So she actually got to wear them to bed that night! (Did I mention how fast the shipping was?! Like 2 days later kind of shipping.. and I dig that!)
So.. what are the likes and dislikes I have for these socks?
Well... let's start with the good.
* No seams!!
* They really “hug” the foot which reduces wrinkling
*No sweaty feet at the end of the day (the material these socks are made with actually wick moisture AWAY from the foot!)
*They are also anti-microbial, inhibiting fungal odor-causing bacteria. (Who wants to deal with yucky fungal bacteria junk?)
*The Halo Top™ keeps her socks from slipping down her leg
*The "No Heel" design means that I can put the sock on pretty much any way I want. (Which is very helpful when you're getting a toddler dressed who doesn't want to cooperate!)
*I am a huge fan of color! And I wish there were more color options
SmartKnitKIDS, you've made fans out of us!
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February 26, 2010 6:55 AM
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Wednesday, March 3, 2010
So while driving home from work this morning I heard something very disturbing on the radio. Very. Very. Disturbing. Was it some raunchy lyrics to a trashy song that makes you cringe just hearing it? No. Was it some racist, sexist, or derogatory joke? No. Britney Spears attempting to sing? Definitely no. It was the radio peeps talking about a local public school district here. Apparently, said school district has adopted the same thought process of many other school districts. They are changing their grading policy in the schools. To what you ask?
WELL... you don't want to do an assignment? Dont. You'll still get a 50% instead of that "0" you should have gotten. If you jot out a few answers that could actually be right you get a 65%. While that's still a failing grade (70% and above is passing) I couldn't believe what I was hearing! My daughter isn't school age yet..but it now makes me cringe thinking about her going to school. REALLY? You don't even ATTEMPT to do an assignment and you still get a 50% for it? Well that... that is absolutely
bullshit crazy wonderful.
So what is this
asshat backwards ridiculous policy called you ask? The "No Zero Policy". Basically the reasoning behind it is that giving a student a "0" on something just discourages them from trying in the future. They're saying a "0" on something is hard for the student to come back from in terms of their grades. WELL HERE'S a CRAZY idea.. why don't you actually try on something.. study..ask for help.. accept tutoring.. so you don't get that "0" ?
It just boggles my mind that the school district has put this policy into action. Is this really what we want to teach our children? That they'll never totally fail because we'll always be there to provide some sort of cushioning? That when they put in barely ANY effort they still won't totally fail? That they will still get rewarded with some sort of grade (even if it is just 65% and still a failing grade) even if they don't try their hardest? It disgusts me. If you don't put forth the effort and try your hardest and you get a "0".. then you deserve that "0". Period. The End. No questions asked.
It doesn't really make me nervous for my daughter or future children because we are always going to instill in them that trying your hardest with give you the greatest reward. But it just makes me sad that their classmates are still getting "rewarded" in a certain way for doing absolutely nothing. It makes me nervous thinking into the future that these kids are going to be the ones out there working in the real world. In my real world. It's not a very pretty picture. In the real world..you don't give much of an effort or performance..then you get fired. So while they're attempting to "cushion" the feelings of these kids and attempt to help them succeed... they're only hurting them in the end.
Hmmm.. I wonder if I don't put in any effort at work if I'll still get 50% of my paycheck...
OH, and have I mentioned how glad I am to be a taxpayer whose money goes into supporting this crap? .. Suh-weet!!
(Hopefully private school hasn't adopted this asinine method of thinking when Kylee is of age to go to school...)