Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Diaper Comparison and Testing


I have often wondered how different diapers compare to each other. There's a huge price range and many different brands to choose from. Some people swear by Huggies, some by Pampers, others only buy generics. With so many options, how's a girl supposed to know what to choose?!

I've been using Luvs with my 1 year old, but I've noticed lately that we've been having a lot of leaks. So today I'm going into all-out mad-scientist mode and giving three brands of diapers the full gamut of rigorous (cough, cough) testing.

For my tests, I decided to go with three brands of diapers that are in the same price bracket. I figure for as much as Huggies and Pampers cost, they had better work, so no need for testing. Ha!

Here are the three contestants:


Parent's Choice (from Walmart), Luvs, and up & up (from Target).

And here's a much cuter display of the three contestants. Thank you to my lovely model.


First up, let's compare price. All of the prices were for size 3 diapers.


And just F.Y.I., Huggies cost 22 cents per diaper and Pampers cost 27 cents per diaper.

One thing to remember is that Parent's Choice may be cheapest every day, but up & up diapers go on sale pretty frequently, so you can get them for an even better price. I've never seen coupons for Luvs, but maybe they are available? Does anyone know?

Let's move on to the next test, shall we? When it comes to diapers, I figure the bottom line is: "Will it hold stuff in?" Am I right? So I decided to see how much water each diaper would hold before leaking. I carefully measured so that I could give you accurate results.


This is about the point where I thought, "Am I crazy? Hmm... probably. Oh, well. Carry on!"

Here are the results:
Luvs Diaper: Held 3 cups of water before puddling.

Parent's Choice Diaper: Held almost 4 cups of water before a major leak with water running everywhere.

up & up Diaper: Held 4 1/4 cups water before pooling occured.


Isn't that interesting? You would not believe the weight difference at the end of testing. The Parent's Choice diaper got the biggest, but that up & up diaper was seriously heavy! (Can I just say "ew" once, please?!) I am guessing that the super absorbency is because up & up diapers now have cotton in them, so they hold a lot of water and actually become stronger when wet.

The last test was the least scientific of all. We'll call it "everyday observation." After switching between these three brands for a few weeks, I prefer up & up but probably won't be buying Luvs again. I especially like how up & up diapers hold up at night. I like that Parent's Choice diapers are cheaper. And Luvs? They are scented and smell great, but they just don't hold as much "stuff" as the up & up diapers. Plus, if I switch to buying diapers at Target, I'll get to browse all their cute home goods every time I need to stock up. Bonus!

So there you go. Everything you ever wanted to know about diapers. Now wasn't that fun?

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Monday, October 20, 2014

A Little Dumpster Diving

So today I was on my way to pick my kids up from school and I saw a chair sitting by a dumpster. I am a huge fan of dumpster diving, and when something is only next to the dumpster, even better! It's not even technically dumpster diving then, right? No diving involved.

I went to investigate...

It was clean and looked good.

It was a little rickety, but nothing a screwdriver couldn't fix.

It passed the sniff test... any animal or cigarette smells and I walk away.

The only problem was that it wouldn't fit into my car.

So I got creative. Where there's a will, there's a way, my friends. I found a Moby Wrap in my trunk and used it as a tie down. Oh yes I did.
 

Bet you've never seen a Moby Wrap used like that. Ha! Just chanelling my inner-redneck. I laughed the whole drive home. And then I took a picture to broadcast my crazy all over the internet. Yep.

But seriously, now. Isn't it a cute chair?


Free chair, free chair. La la la la la!

Friday, October 17, 2014

The Easiest Quiet Book (Especially for Mormons)

Hey all! I've got some exciting news that's been keeping me very busy the last few weeks. I'm not quite ready to share yet, but stay tuned.

In the mean time, I've got a quick and easy project especially for other Mormon mommies out there. If you're like me, you've got a big, fat stack of Friend magazines that you can't bring yourself to throw out but don't know what to do with.


Look familiar?

I decided to do something about that stack of magazines. I found some zippered notebooks on clearance after back-to-school was over. I filled them with page protectors, then I just went through my stack of magazines and ripped out any pages I really wanted to save.


I made two books. One is full of activites. My kids can use a dry erase marker right on the sheet protectors to do the puzzles and games over and over again.

The second book is full of pictures. Some are from The Friend and others are from The Ensign. The kids love to look at the pictures while I tell them the stories that go with each picture.


How's that for an easy quiet book? Something to keep the kids occupied during church and no sewing or crafty skills required! And if you already have page protectors and a notebook, it doesn't even cost anything! I wish I would have made these long ago!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Tortilla Egg Breakfast Bake

Oh, man. I really need a weekend. I am so happy it's Friday!

I made up a new recipe for dinner last night and it was so delicious that I decided to share it with you while I eat the last leftover piece.


This tortilla egg bake is what would happen if a breakfast burrito and an omelet had a baby. It is quite tasty. Something magical happens to the tortillas as they bake. They meld with the eggs and create the perfect, hearty, chewy-but-in-a-good-way texture. I served this recipe for dinner with Spanish rice and corn, but it would be great for an easy breakfast or brunch.

Tortilla Egg Breakfast Bake

4 large (or six small) flour tortillas
8 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1 can diced green chiles
1/4 cup onion, diced
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/8 tsp pepper
1 cup cheddar cheese, grated
hot sauce to taste

In a mixing bowl, whisk eggs and milk. Add remaining ingredients and stir together.  Rip two tortillas into bite sized pieces and layer evenly in a greased 9x9 or 7x11 pan. Pour half off the egg mixture over tortillas, then repeat the layering with remaining tortillas and egg mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes, or until eggs are set in the middle.
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