Done! For Now.

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You.

Everyone who donated time, money, materials- thank you. I am so proud of what we have accomplished together. Tomorrow two boxes will go out. One full of brand new diapers to Giving Diapers, Giving Hope. The other to It’s Our Mission: Period!

Let me just say what a joy this has been for me. I will absolutely continue sewing as much as possible, so if you wanted to donate or participate in sewing with me you have not missed your chance!


The diapers are the same from my last post, but thanks to some other wonderful women we now have 93 liners, 34 shields and 5 wet bags all done! Good work ladies 🙂

Published in: on May 29, 2013 at 4:27 pm  Leave a Comment  
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A Sewing Update

A few of you have been asking how the sewing was going for the diapers and pads I am making to donate. Mentioned here in case you missed it. I am so excited with the progress I have been making. So far I have 12 complete diapers done, and supplies for a couple more. I also have found myself really loving working on the shields and liners for the girls in Africa. It is such a rewarding experience because with just a little bit of my time I know that it has the power to completely change the course of some girl’s life. Where she once felt shame and was forced to either drop out of school, or do horrible things to be able to take care of herself, now she will be empowered, and confident and able to better her life for herself. It is amazing to be able to be a part of that. I have made a total of 10 shields so far (each kit has 3 of these) and 21 liners (each kit has 10 of these) and 5 wet bags (each kit contains one of these). I don’t need to worry about making complete kits, as It’s Our Mission: Period! assembles the kits and makes sure there are the right amounts of everything included. A few other ladies have asked to help partner with me in sewing, pinning and assembling the materials. We are going to try to have a Sewing Bee this weekend! I am so thankful for the support I have received in this project. I look forward to helping as much as I can in the future too. Here are some pictures of some of the things I have been working on.

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five diapers in the newborn/small size
seven diapers in the medium/large size
(over $125 worth)

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examples of three different waterproof shields

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five examples of reusable flannel liners

Thanks so much to everyone who has donated money, fabric, and time to help. We are making a difference!

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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A Special Day

Today is a special day for a number of reasons. On this day back in 2005 Russell asked me to be his wife. One year ago my brother married a wonderful woman who I am proud to call my friend (let alone my sister!)

And this year something else special is happening, although a little less romantic 🙂 I am shipping off another cooler of breast milk. I had mentioned last year when I sent off the first cooler that I donated and gave some examples of babies who might receive the milk. You can read that post here. I haven’t talked a lot about it on the blog, but most of my friends know I have continued to pump and donate milk all year. I still have about 5 gallons saved in our deep freezer for Wyatt, and rotate it out to keep it fresh. What makes today’s donation special is that it fulfills a goal I had set for myself months ago. I wanted to donate 50 gallons of breast milk.

50 gallons is 6,400 ounces of milk. For the preemie babies that are most likely to receive this milk just one ounce averages 3 feedings. That is almost 20,000 meals for little babies.

Those are numbers I am pretty proud of. Currently, the woman who holds the Guinness World Record for most breast milk donated gave 87 gallons. When I told Russell that he said “Well, 50 is respectable.” Today’s donation will hopefully not be my last. Wyatt has not started to wean yet, and until he does I will continue pumping and sharing what I am so fortunate to have.

Published in: on February 25, 2013 at 2:51 pm  Comments (1)  
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My First Quilt

The first quilt I ever made was not for my son. It wasn’t for one of my daughters either.

It wasn’t a baby shower gift for a friend of mine. In fact, I have no idea who it will go to.

I do know she will be sick. I know she will be in the hospital for one reason or another.

I know this because I made it for Quilts for Kids.

And for the little girl who chooses my quilt, I hope it will help add a little smile to her face.

Quilts for Kids depends on volunteers to sew patchwork quilts which are then distributed to hospitals to comfort children with life-threatening illnesses and children of abuse. Can you sew? Do you have a little time you would be willing to donate? (I made my first quilt in a little less than two days, with all three of my kids around!) You don’t even have to buy or cut the fabric yourself. Quilts for Kids will mail you a quilt kit with the fabric already cut. Yes, you read that right! All you have to do it sew it, add the batting, and mail it back. Easy Peasy! And think of the how much it will mean to a little boy or girl who is stuck in a hospital bed.

Here is the link for your FREE quilt kit.

If you have extra fabric laying around, or prefer to purchase the fabric yourself here is a link with patterns and yardage for quilts they can accept. (No fleece or hand tied quilts as they can get caught on IVs) If you have never quilted before no worries! The four patch quilt is super easy and the kit comes with instructions. I do know I will be making many more quilts for them over the years.


Last night I chopped 9 inches off my hair.

I have been planning to cut it for a little while. It has been a few years since I had it short. Actually I started growing it out right after the girls were born, so it is funny I decided to cut it after Wyatt was born. It has been driving the kids crazy getting long too. It bothers Wyatt while he is eating (and doesn’t have very good control of his arms/hands) and the girls have asked me more than once to take my hair off of their books, not to mention they HATE it in their faces every time I strap them into their car seats.

I wanted to cut off most of it so I would be able to donate it. I checked out Locks of Love and Pantene Beautiful Lengths. Long story short, I decided I liked Pantene Beautiful Lengths better. I won’t say anything bad about either option, that is just what I chose. The info is out there if you want to check it out.  To donate to Pantene you must be cutting at least 8 inches (dry), be free of permanent color, bleach or other chemical treatments, and no more than 5% gray.



I want to encourage everyone to consider doing a hair donation. If you think it would make you uncomfortable to lose 8 inches, think about the difference it would make to someone who has lost all of their hair.

Published in: on May 30, 2012 at 8:54 am  Leave a Comment  
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