Hello, and welcome to Jess T.’s Book Club! Today, I simply MUST share a brand new book by Adam Mansbach, author of books like Angry Black White Boy and A Fictional History of the United States (With Huge Chunks Missing). This book is a “children’s book.” I use quotations because once I tell you the title, you will realize that though it will make your day, you can never EVER read it to your kids (unless you’re willing to make all other parents frown at you). So, without further ado, I give you…

Quite honestly this whole cloth diapering adventure has me very nervous. When Austin was about 2 months old I decided I wanted to cloth diaper. There are so many benefits to cloth diapering. One of course being economically better. Did you know that a disposable diaper takes about an estimated 250-500 years to decompose? GROSS! Another benefit is that it is CHEAPER. The average household spends over $3,000 on disposables on just ONE child. With Cloth Diapers you can save an estimated $2,000. Head on over to Banana Peels Diapers for a break down. Of course if you have another child, you can reuse your previous cloth diapers for even MORE savings! Plus, a child wearing cloth diapers is typically easier to potty train! WooHoo! So why did I wait so long to make the switch?

I’m pretty sure the first time I came across Beatrix New York I squealed! How could I not? Look how ADORABLE the designs are! I don’t think I have ever been so excited to be browsing through someone’s website. I just kept thinking, “Oh man.. my 5 year old would love this” to pretty much every thing on the website. It wasn’t until I clicked on the Eco Packs that I knew this would be something that he truly had to have.

Hi, my name is Jess and I’m a hermit. Ok, I’m not REALLY a hermit, but I hate going to the store. HATE IT. So now, thanks to the internet, I order nearly everything I can. If Whole Foods offered internet shopping and delivery like Safeway, I’d buy all my groceries online too! When I say “everything,” I mean it. I get everything from textbooks to hand soap, office supplies to accent furniture – and snacks too. You can even set up a ”subscription” to automatically receive an item at regular intervals at a discounted price!

Like many people, I have spent the last 10 years eyeballing the Toyota Prius. At first, I laughed at them – there was no way this would catch on! Then, I marveled at them – how neat and quirky they were! More recently, I’ve boiled with envy as they flew past the gas pump while I plunked down all but my firstborn child in exchange for the diesel my car gobbled up like peanuts at a dive bar.

That is the question. I have no problem washing clothes. As a matter of fact, I would be happy to wash clothes all day long. That’s not the issue. The issue is folding & putting away. This is my least favorite chore and one I would be happy not doing, ever.

Step 1 in the breastfeeding basics was to do your homework. Hopefully you have found an intro to breastfeeding class, you’ve been on youtube searching latching tutorials and instructional videos and you’ve picked up a few breastfeeding books. While you’re sitting at home twiddling your thumbs anxiously awaiting your little one’s arrival do yourself a favor and actually flip through that book and educate yourself on what to expect.

It’s no secret that I am a much happier person with Swiffer products in my life. Just see for yourself. I wrote previously about my obsession with the Swiffer Sweeper Vac and after all the total fails of purchasing other vacuums, I discovered the sweeper vac. It lasted me 3 whole years, people. 3 years of sucking up all kinds of junk. It’s a definite “mom must-have” and I would give you all one, if I had my way.

If you’ve ventured over to my personal blog www.mamasurfs.com you would notice that my 4 month old son is very rarely photographed wearing clothing. He goes naked majority of the time for a few reasons: 1. That baby chub is just too cute to cover up and 2. It’s far too hot and humid for my little guy to rock anything more than a diaper and the occasional lightweight t-shirt.

A few years ago when my daughter was 18 months old and starting to draw everywhere, I decided to give her a wall to color on. I went to Home Depot, picked up a can of chalkboard paint for only $9 and turned my hallway into Audrey’s future masterpiece. I taped off one long chalkboard on one side and three smaller rectangles on the other. It has been my best idea yet! She has walls that she can color on, preventing her from sneaking off behind my back and turning my other walls into her own pieces of art. Over the last few years we have worked on learning colors, shapes, and letters; she even wrote her name for the first time on it. We play matching games, I write little notes on it, and enjoy decorating it for parties and on holidays.

I love to cook! I subscribed to satellite television for the sole purpose of the Food Network Channel. Okay, and for Grey’s Anatomy. I used to spend several hours a week planning my weekly menus and challenging myself to create new and exciting dishes to eat. I would spend an hour or two every night cooking a fun, delicious and oftentimes intricate meals. Beef bourgiugnon, tamales, pies, the more challenging, the more I enjoyed making it. It gave me a sense of accomplishment when I could make something incredible out of raw ingredients.