Proposing A Partnership

In the past few weeks I have stumbled on two charities that really speak to my heart. One is called Giving Diapers, Giving Hope. Here is a little about them taken from their website:

“Giving Diapers, Giving Hope is a non-profit organization that provides education, support and cloth diapers to low income families in the continental United States. This enables families to conserve money that would have been spent on disposable diapers and use it towards other necessary expenses. It also reduces the environmental impact that disposable diapers have on landfills. We are devoted to a greener planet and empowering families and thus, primarily focus on cloth diapers.”

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The other non-profit organization is called It’s Our Mission – Period! This group of women sews economical, earth-friendly, washable & re-usable cloth menstrual shields and liners. These are then distributed to girls in countries like Kenya, Nigeria, Haiti, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Uganda, South Africa, Ghana, and more. Girls in these places face many problems when it comes to enduring their periods. For us in America it is simply and inconvenience. For these girls the situation is so horrific that they will sometimes find used pads in garbage dumps and try to wash them out to reuse because they can not afford anything better. Others turn to prostitution to pay for supplies.

“What if there were no toilets, no toilet paper, no pads, no tampons, no water?  Can you imagine the emotional and mental discomfort counting the days until ‘that time’ came around again?  Consider this:   Globally, 100 million girls currently enrolled in school may drop out — because of their period.”


Both organizations need support. I have decided to sew donations for both, but I do need help. Please consider partnering with me to help pay for the supplies I will need to sew diapers, wet bags, shields and liners. If everyone gives a little we can make a big difference! Because I will be sewing everything myself nothing will get caught up in operating expenses and 100% of what you give will go to the cost of supplies. Just a few dollars can help. For around $8 I can make one complete diaper, and around $15 can provide about 24 menstrual shields. If you prefer your donation to go towards one charity vs. the other please let me know. This isn’t anything formal or fancy and I can’t provide any tax deductible offers for you, but if you feel drawn to help please consider it. I’ll do all the work! I will keep you updated on what we will accomplish together.

Click here to send money via Paypal. The email address is anina duren @ gmail . com (remove spaces)

Published in: on April 11, 2013 at 2:40 pm  Comments (2)  
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Backyard Project- Part 1

I mentioned yesterday that we were having some work done in our backyard. It started with wanting a pool. We’ve been talking since last summer that we would like an above ground pool. Vegas gets so hot in the summer, it is already in the 80’s and it is only the first week of April) and with three little ones getting out, even with family helping, can be a big production. We didn’t want a house with a pool when we were shopping around because of safety reasons, but above ground pools are much easier to childproof. We have a small yard so we need the space to do double duty, so the pool will be taken down during the winter months and we are going to get a portable fire pit to put in its place. All of this is to say we needed a landscaper to come out and level the area for the pool to go. We also have hated the rocks back there since we bought the house. They are too big for Rusty and too big for the little feet and knees that hit them too often. We are going with a much smaller, kid friendly rock. We decided to add some trees, which evolved into fruit trees (yay!) and a small patch of artificial grass to add another play area on the side. I am so excited and can’t wait to see our plans actually come to fruition. The first issue was getting rid of the old rocks. It is almost as expensive to remove rock as it is to buy new rock, and I didn’t want to spend our entire budget simply hauling away rock. I listed it on craigslist and we were able to get rid of 8-10 tons of it. That is easily $1000 worth of work for free. Here are some pictures of our project so far.

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step one: removal of rock

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of course the girls wanted to sit in the little truck

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Kylie being shy

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step two: let the girls play with the old irrigation lines

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step three: put those kids to work!

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step four: attempt to transplant the big rose bush to the front yard

I’ll keep updating as the progress goes on. The landscapers will be working around the end of the month and things should go really quickly at that point. I can’t wait to see our new backyard. The first night I get to put the kids in bed and head out to the pool with my husband and a nice cold beer… ya. That’ll be nice.

Published in: on April 7, 2013 at 10:14 am  Leave a Comment  
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Hey, remember when I used to post like every once in a while? Ya, things have been busy. The girls have been doing swim class at the city pool for the last 2-ish months. We are also in the middle of redoing our backyard a bit. We had three birthdays and all of our parents visit in a short amount of time. Oh ya, and we still have three kids three and under. But I miss sharing what is going on in our lives and want to try to get back to posting a little more often. Like I mentioned, the girls have been doing swim class and today was their last day. They are by no means close to swimming on their own yet, but are much more comfortable kicking, scooping with their arms/hands, jumping in, and putting their faces in the water. (Only sort of on that last one!) An above ground pool is in the works for our new backyard and that combined with doing really well at swim class new suits were in order.

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Here they are demonstrating holding their noses. Side note: these swimsuits are 5T. My girls just turned 3.

Published in: on April 6, 2013 at 1:34 pm  Leave a Comment  
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