Weekly Photo Challenge: My 2012 In Pictures

WOW! It’s hard to believe this year is just about over! It’s been a busy, crazy and fun year. We made a big trip from Oahu to Colorado for a visit and to introduce my cupkeiki to the family. It’s hard to believe she was only two months old a year ago. Back on Oahu we had fun getting to explore the beach and the ocean with our little babe and enjoying our life on the North Shore, but a change was in the air, and in June we made a big move back to Colorado, leaving Hawaii for a little while. I had imagined my cupkeiki growing up there, and I hope one day we return and she falls in love with it; just as I did. I’ve watched my cupkeiki grow and learn and have enjoyed the opportunity to get to be a stay at home mama. I’m looking forward to this next year, who knows what is in store for us!

Here’s to wishing everyone a happy and prosperous new year!

~Dusty

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My rant and rave…Soap Nuts and Cloth Diapers

I love using cloth diapers! I think it’s a wonderful way to diaper any child. Free of crazy chemicals, less money being spent on buying boxes of diapers, plus what little bum doesn’t look cute in a cloth diaper?! Seriously, they are adorable! That being said, I hate…HATE trying to find a reasonably priced detergent that solves all my diaper dilemmas! I haven’t been persuaded to buy into the “special diaper” detergent where you spend quite a bit for a small bottle because it says it’s better for your cupkeiki’s bum. Generally I use an Eco-Friendly liquid and occasionally a little oxygen bleach powder. One thing I cannot stand is diaper smell. I loath the “clean but still funky” residual smell I sometimes get. This often leads to an ever long diaper stripping adventure, which I’m also not too fond of. For Christmas however, my cupkeiki got a new soap I hadn’t heard of called, Soap Nuts (bot. name: Sapindus Mukorossi) from her grandma. She said the store clerk said they were great for cloth diapers. I was, honestly, a little unsure about them, I mean they are nuts from a tree, but after my first wash I’m excited by them! My cupkeiki’s diapers are soft, clean, and thankfully, “clean but funky smelling” free. It might seem out of place to share that bit about funky clean diapers, but hey, I’m no cloth diaper expert and I am often faced with the, “why is this occurring?” questions! So three cheers to soap nuts! I’m looking forward to more washes to see how they stand up over time! I encourage anyone out there with babies/small children (or anyone regardless of children) who are looking for an alternative/natural  laundry soap to check them out!

Here’s a link to the brand we were given ( there are several companies who sell them if you want to shop around): http://www.greenvirginproducts.com/soap-nuts/

First Snow Experience!

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There is nothing like that first taste of snow!!

My cupkeiki has been enjoying her first year of snow! Last year, when we came to visit for the holidays; she was too young to know what was going on. This year, she is able to experience it all! I’m looking forward to our first downhill sled adventure. Until then, we are practicing our balance and just taking short afternoon walks through the neighborhood!

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Big Smiles!

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First Sled Ride!

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It’s tasty, and cold!

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Time to warm up!

DIY Felted Wool Ugly Critters!

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FINALLY!! The holiday’s are over, and I can once again sit down and write! Oh the joy. Part of my DIY Christmas gifts this year included these cute little ugly critters. My cousin and I did all the felting ourselves. It was a pretty simple process that involved multiple hot washes and hot drying before the sweaters were ‘just right’! The hard part, for us, was convincing ourselves to make that first cut into a decent looking, although incredibly small, sweater. But, after that first snip we were on our way to whip stitching, critter mayhem. It sort of became a non-stop critter-thon and we wound up making about 10, we gave four away and had a very hard time parting with all of them! This project has become one of my favorites and I’m a “little” excited to find more wool sweaters! The great part about this project was that, there was no right or wrong cut! In fact we decided that the more imperfect they were, the more perfect they became! That is certainly my kind of project!

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Our first batch

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We gave away four and replaced them with four new ones