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Applecheeks Cloth Diaper Review

Applecheeks Cloth diaper review - Running On Eagles Wings

It is no secret around here that we love cloth diapers and that one of our favorites is an Applecheeks Cloth Diaper. Emily introduced me to Applecheeks with their two-size system as a great newborn cloth diaper solution. Let’s just say – I got hooked FAST! We have continued to use Applecheeks cand they graciously sent us a Size 2 diaper along with a 2-ply & 3-ply bamboo inserts!

Applecheeks Cloth Diapers are a an envelope pocket diaper that can be used as a pocket or as a cover! This makes them some of the most versatile diapers available. Additionally, they come in two sizes to cover you full from Newborn to Potty Training. Hannah easily fit into her Applecheeks diapers before she potty trained  at 2.5. (and still can fit into them if the need were to arise!) I started using the size 1 Applecheeks diapers on Teddy at 1 week old and he is now wearing the size 2 diaper at 22 months! Update: He still fits in the size 2 pockets at 36 months!

There are a few different features about the Applecheeks cloth diaper system than your other pocket diapers. If you prefer to stuff your pockets like I do, the pocket is quite large and because the opening is about ⅔ of the way down the diaper, it’s quicker and easier to stuff. Because of the wide opening – you can stuff a lot more in the pocket – such as multiple inserts for night time diapering. My other favorite feature of the pocket opening size & location is that it allows your inserts to agitate out in the wash – meaning you don’t have to touch the yucky and can just toss it in the wash!

Applecheeks has some amazing rayon from bamboo inserts to go with their pockets. They have a 2-ply insert which is great for newborns and daytime use. Then there is a 3-ply insert which is great for toddlers, heavier wetters, and naps! The 3-ply easily lasts during Teddy’s 2-3 hours of nap time. Additionally, you can pair BOTH inserts in the pocket for nighttime diapering! The rayon from bamboo inserts retain twice as much moisture as a cotton insert!

Applecheeks Cloth diaper review Image

One of the pretty & functional features of an Applecheeks cloth diaper are the ruffles on the edges! You may think why would you ruffle a diaper? Those ruffles give this diaper a great fit on ANY size baby leg from skinny to chunk! They are also spectacular at holding in poop. Applecheeks has elastic in the front as well to help reduce that ‘tummy’ leak from a tummy sleeper or a little boy who can go go go!

Applecheeks Cloth diaper review Image

Applecheeks cloth diapers come in solids and they have quite a few fun prints they have made over the last few years. So if you like either or both – there are choices for you! Applecheeks are our main diapering system and will continue to be as long as we have kids in diapers! 

Read more about our decision to cloth diaper here.

Tell me – have you tried Applecheeks? If so what is your favorite feature?

(note this review was written 1 year ago an published on Our Knight Life, but has been moved to here)

Pick Your Lillebaby Carrier Giveaway – USA & Canada through 11/20

If you have followed me for the last couple years, you know I am a HUGE fan of Lillebaby as my top pick for a baby carrier! They have such a great selection of high-quality carriers, from soft structured carriers for babies through toddler, ring slings and even a wrap! Additionally there are many beautiful color and print options for all of these! Don’t want to wait? Use any of the links in this post to purchase your own Lillebaby Carrier! (Affiliate links are used.)
Enter to win your choice of Lillebaby carrier below:

Pick your Lillebaby Giveaway

Lillebaby has many options for carriers that take you from newborn through toddler. The styles include the Complete 6-in-1, the Essentials 4-in-1, the Carry-On Toddler, Seat-Me Hip-Seat, Ring sling and Wrap.

Complete 6-in-1 Baby Carrier

  • See my full review of the Complete here.
  • Available in original, air flow, all seasons, organic, embossed and woven.
  • 6 ergonomic carry positions – wear an infant from 7 pounds up to 45 pound toddler, no infant insert needed!
  • Lumbar Support
  • Two-way Adjustable straps – much easier to adjust when front/back carry!
  • Neck Support – great for supporting babies heads and raises the panel height to better fit toddlers!
  • Zippered pocket for storing essentials
  • Wide, padded shoulder straps and waist belt

Lillebaby Complete All-Seasons

Essentials 4-in-1 Carrier

  • See my full review of the Essentials here.
  • Available in all-seasons and original.
  • 4 ergonomic carrying positions. Recommended for children 15-45lbs. Infant insert needed for 7-15lbs.
  • Perfect-fit Adjusters -give the perfect fit for the panel and strap adjustment.
  • Two-way adjustable straps
  • Zippered Pocket for storing essentails
  • Mesh panel (All-seasons only) to allow airflow for cooling baby

Lillebaby Essentials Carrier

Carry-On Toddler

  • All-seasons, air, and woven options
  • Fits children 20-60 lbs
  • 3 ergonomic carry positions. Front, hip and back.
  • Lumbar Support
  • Two- way adjustable straps
  • Extra tall panel
  • Zippered pocket for storing your mom essentials.
  • Wide, padded shoulder straps and waist belt.

Lillebaby Carry on Air

In addition to these,  Lillebaby offers a Seat-Me (Review here), Ring sling, and Tie-me-knot wrap.  All of these come in beautiful styles and colors like this Royal Teal Ring Sling.  Having a  Lillebaby carrier has made a huge difference in my life. Both for traveling and for daily errands.

Lillebaby Ring Sling Royal Teal

One lucky USA or Canadian person will win their choice of carrier! See all of the carriers available at Lillebaby and good luck!

Pick your Lillebaby Giveaway

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Easy Instant Pot Red Curry

This summer on Prime Day I was one of the many who scored an Instant Pot.  What is an Instant Pot you ask? Pretty much the best cooking invention since the Kitchenaid Mixer. Its a pressure cooker – BUT it has many other features: slow cooker, rice cooker, yogurt maker, steamer.  Now you may say – well I have a crock pot and a rice cooker and yes so do I- but the Instant Pot is different.  It cooks faster and I’d say better so now we have come up with an Easy Instant Pot Red Curry that is a favorite dish!

Easy Instant Pot Red Curry | Running On Eagles Wings

One of the recipes we love to make at home is a yummy Red Curry with chicken. In the past I would have to cook the chicken, then use separate ingredients and cook everything in stages. However, I recently discovered Trader Joe’s Thai Red Curry Sauce. This sauce combined with the Instant Pot to cook everything made delicious curry we couldn’t get enough of!

Start off by cutting up about 1 pound of chicken into cubes. I used fresh chicken here – but you can use frozen. Just run it under cold water for a few minutes and use a sharp knife and chop it up.

Dump the chicken in the Instant pot and cover with the entire jar of curry sauce! Then I put a little bit of water in the Jar to get the rest of the sauce out (1/4c-1/2c water).

If you care for cashews you can throw some in there as well – I added 1/2 cup.

Easy Instant Pot Red Curry | Trader Joe's Ingredients | Running On Eagles Wings

Set the Instant Pot for High pressure – manual cook time of 5 mins for fresh chicken & 7 minutes for frozen. If you have chopped up the chicken these cook times should be good. If you didn’t, it will need longer.

Once the cook time is finished, toss a towel over the valve and do a quick release of the pressure. Once it has released you can open it up and make sure the chicken is cooked. Then I turned the instant pot to saute and added about 1/2 can of whole Coconut Milk and stirred it around. I let it saute for a few minutes to mix and set the flavors even more. If your chicken isn’t cooked all the way – it should finish cooking during this time. If you want your curry even more soup-ey you can add the whole can of coconut milk.

We ate ours on top of brown rice and topped with a few more cashews!

Here is the Recipe:

Easy Instant Pot Red Curry
 
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Easy Instant Pot Red Curry with chicken
Author:
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Thai
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 pound uncooked chicken breasts
  • 1 Jar Trader Joe's Thai Red Curry Sauce
  • ½c Cashews
  • 1 can whole coconut Milk
Instructions
  1. Cut up the chicken into approximately 1" cubes.
  2. Add chicken to the Instant Pot
  3. Pour jar of curry sauce on top. Use a little water (1/4-1/2c) to rinse out Jar & add to chicken.
  4. Top with cashews
  5. Set Instant pot to manual high pressure for 5 minutes for fresh chicken (7 min frozen)
  6. Perform quick release when finished.
  7. Add in ½ or whole can of coconut milk and turn to Saute.
  8. Saute for 3-5 minutes.
  9. Best served with brown rice and topped with more cashews.

This is a recipe that is going in our regular rotation!

Do you like curry? Let me know if you give this recipe a try!

 

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Mommy and Me Monday | Toddler Foods Ep. 2

And Another week has gone and with it August! This past week was pretty typical around here. We hit up the gym every day and the kids had a BLAST in the bouncy house. We also went out to eat a couple times so I’m going to share a few pictures of our toddler foods when eating out methods! And there are some funny faces being made on a regular basis that are just too good not to share!

We went to our favorite taco store last week on Tuesday to celebrate Auntie’s birthday – Even though she isn’t here with us! Its her favorite place to eat at our house! I usually get nachos and so we have lots of chips – but the kids aren’t huge chips fans because they are so hard. The guy sat this place are super accommodating to toddler foods and so we order a plate of rice, a plate of beans, and some flour tortillas. They bring us plastic spoons and the kids ate almost all of the food! You can see their plates here and most of it was gone when we left! Serious win!

Running On Eagles Wings Mommy & me Toddler foods eating out

We also went to 5 guys burgers this week and the kids split a little hamburger. They both ate their half a burger plus a good bit of yummy fries! I realize it is peanut friendly so not great for everyone – but they definitely enjoyed it and Hannah asked for more after it was all gone!

Running On Eagles Wings - Toddler foods

We also get Jersey Mikes once a month – I get turkey on white bread and they both eat 1/2 of the kids sandwich (they split one).

We had some super fun play time and some good brother & sister play time. these moments make my heart so happy to see them having such fun with each other. Yes they fight at times. Yes Teddy actually but Hannah this week. But they have fun playing cars, coloring, and always with our Lillebaby carrier!

Running on Eagles Wings Toddler life siblings play, lillebaby

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JillFit August 2016 #20x20challenge Recap

August 2016 #20x20challenge JillFit Metabolic effect workouts

Jill threw down the #20x20challenge again this year for August! Complete 20 workouts in August that are ~20 mins long. I completed this challenge last year and you can read my recap here.  This year I was SO excited for this challenge. I was coming off a month  of 3 vacations (truly it was amazing!) and looked forward to the challenge and getting back on track!

The basic of the challenge is to complete 20 20 minute workouts(hence #20x20challenge) and be accountable with it- posting to Instagram.  It is a weight training challenge so at least 12 of the workouts had to be weights – not cardio. Workouts are limited to 30 mins tops! This is the metabolic effect way of training and in reality you can’t do these workouts longer than 30 mins!

Thankfully Jill provided workouts for this challenge.  She provided 8 weight training workouts and 6 cardio workouts to mix and match. I tried to loosely follow the schedule she provided. She pretty much had 2 full body workouts per week then 1 upper and 1 lower body workout. These workouts are not for the faint of heart! Here is one of my posts after one of the upper body workouts. I had to sit to rest up before I could even put my weights away!!

Running On Eagles Wings #20x20challenge #day3 JillFit Metabolic effect workouts August 2016

The lower body workouts were a serious challenge for me for this. I definitely had to step out of my comfort zone for them and get back to using the bar for squats and lunges. I also conquered my fear of box jumps and kettle bell swings this last month! The upper body workouts were a challenge too! I’ve been struggling with shoulders after a small injury last year so I’ve been hesitant to really push myself but I figured this was the perfect time. I can definitely see some improvement and I’m really excited to keep it up!

Awesome shoulders and Squats with the bar!

Running On Eagles Wings #20x20challenge JillFit Metabolic effect Squats and shoulders

In this #20x20challenge I really had to push myself to Keep Going. Doing 4-5 weight lifting workouts per week is a struggle. If you aren’t careful you CAN get injured. I’m also a full time mom to two little kids. Sometimes I don’t get that much sleep. Sometimes I’m having to work around my entire family getting the stomach bug. My kids get up at or before 6 am and they are busy pretty much from the moment they wake up! Some days I can get to the gym and all I want to do is meander on the treadmill or sit on the bike and play on my phone – BUT I know and have found that by getting going and doing just those 20 minutes my whole attitude will change. It gives me the energy I need to get through the day. It gives me the motivation to keep going.

To keep going you have to BELIEVE in yourself.  I believed that I could complete this #20x20challenge.  Even when we were all sick with the stomach bug I sat down with the calendar and was counting out the days so I could complete it! I believed that I could do those shoulder workouts which made me nervous. I believed I could do the bar squats and box jumps. Guess what? I DID. I completed all of that. Yes I have my moments of not thinking I’m strong enough, but at the same time I can see the small changes here and there in my arms or my legs that the weight lifting is making a difference!

This #20x20challenge didn’t have a nutrition aspect to it. BUT I know enough about Metabolic effect and earlier this year doing Metabolic Prime – I know the premise and the guidelines for getting your HEC (hunger, energy & cravings) under control and eating well. So this month I challenged myself to step it up and sort out my nutrition. I had 1-2 protein shakes per day. I use either Orgain Organic protein, Amazing Grass Protein Superfood, or Arbonne protein. Then I sometimes would have a couple eggs and one slice of bread as a snack. In general I didn’t feel the need for other snacks even! Just a spoon of almond or peanut butter if I was starving. Then dinner was usually protein such as chicken, a little rice, beans, or potatoes. Typically a lot of protein, limited carbs, and some veggies. I’m not perfect -Yes I ate out and ate other stuff. But in general I felt a lot better and was still FULL.

Results:
I can see some definite improvement in my arms. I can lift heavier and I can squat a lot more. My legs are also getting some better definition.  I also noticed my midsection seemed slimmer.  The truth is the scale – it didn’t change! Its NOT all about the scale! I take measurements on the first of the month (except I forgot August). So between July 1 & September 1 here are the results:
Waist:- 1 inch
Thigh: -0.5 inch
arm: -0.25 inch

DID you read that?! yes I lost an INCH on my waist! No the scale didn’t move but things are changing! That is the most encouraging part! My clothes fit better and that matters!!

I owe Jill a HUGE shout out. She is amazing. There were a LOT of people participating in the #20x20challenge. Do you know that she spent HOURS on instagram commenting and liking and encouraging people?! She did. She read our struggles and wins and participated. Its one thing to have someone do this when you pay them-  but this – this was for free. So thank you Jill for being so awesome and for offering this again! I can’t wait until next year!

Lastly, one of the perks of participating in this was if you completed it and posted all your workouts to Instagram – you were entered to win some prizes from Jill. Its not the main perk  – really the accountability of the challenge is the main perk – BUT its a bonus. And uhh you guys – I was one of the winners! So stay tuned for what I pick as my reward from the challenge and what this next year is going to look like!

Did you participate in the #20x20challenge? If so, leave me some love & your instagram name and tell me what was the #1 thing you got out of it!

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