Thursday, October 31, 2013


As you may know, I am obsessed with these ADORABLE cloth diapers called AppleCheeks! 
We've tried just about every style and brand of cloth diaper on the market; from prefolds to pockets, from AIOs to AI2s, from fitteds to hybrids....
And nothing out there fits like, works like, or looks as good as an AppleCheeks!
They are the only diapers we use anymore... And I so look forward to using AppleCheeks from birth on, with my next baby. ;)
Through my love of these dipes, and my advocating for them on social media, I was selected by the ladies at AppleCheeks HQ to rep the brand as an Ambassador! It's been a great time, & they are such a fun company to work with.
Today I'm the featured Ambassador on the AppleCheeks Blog. 
To celebrate I'm hosting a giveaway on Instagram.... New sure to follow me @missblyss to find out how to enter. 

Check out my feature too: 

Happy AppleCheekin'! ;)

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Back to the grind

Why is it, the only time I've found to blog is in the middle of the night? Is this how it is for all mommy bloggers? It must be.
Today was my first FULL DAY back to work. 8 hours without my baby! Ok, ok, my Toddler... Granola Baby is nearly 16 months old. It's been tough leaving her. Heartbreaking to hear her cry for me when I leave in the morning... But she does good with her daddy during the day. He can even get her to take a nap without babywearing, a car ride, or nursing... The only ways she will nap for me!
Overall this going back to work thing has been very rewarding. I work for a local coffee roasting company, North Pole Coffee, at their cafe in the community hospital. I worked in coffee for years before becoming a nanny, and shortly there after, a mom. It is so refreshing to have some "grown up" time in my days. I love working in coffee; the heat, the smell; the timing & rythum of pulling shots & steaming milk; the friendly interaction with customers. I feel young again: invincible. 
It's almost silly, that I get such a deep sense of satisfaction from something as simple as a little coffee job. But it feels good.
To top it off, I'm so proud of my man! He has really stepped up to the plate, both as father & partner. Seeing him shine in his role as daddy, makes him stragely attractive. I find myself falling for him all over again, but in a new & different way. A grown up way? Perhaps. Does this bring on pangs of baby fever? Most def. 
but alas we are not in a super hurry to get pregnant again. It will happen when the time is right. 

So why am I up at nearly 1 am, you ask? To write to you, beautiful blog readers! Beyond that, I am ironing a beautiful  handwoven wrap I've got to ship out tomorrow for a trade, & washing baby's AppleCheeks cloth diapers. 
Are there ever enough hours in the day? 
But make the most if the hours you have. La vie est belle! 

Speaking of AppleCheeks Cloth Diapers, be sure to check out my friend (&fellow AppleCheeks Ambassador) Samantha's blog! She's hosting a giveaway right now for an AppleCheeks cover & bamboo insert:

Friday, October 25, 2013

Now is always the right moment

I keep waiting for the perfect time to start writing my blog. At first I wanted to write a food blog, to share all my gluten-free vegan creations with the world! But then I became a mother & everything changed. There isn't always time to prepare the beautiful decadent meals I'd like to, more or less take pictures of the process & write down actual recipes! We new mothers have to learn to fly by the seat of our pants, improvise, and often make it up as we go along. 
As my darling daughter grew, I delved into the world of parenting: Attachment Parenting, Natural Parenting, caring loving "call it what you will" parenting! 
I have a passion for cloth-diapering, babywearing, breastfeeding, co-sleeping, and generally "spoiling my baby"... And as I grew as a parent, I felted called to share my passion. Thus, This a blog was born. Not a just a food blog, a cloth-diapering blog, or a babywearing blog.... A life blog. Okay okay... a "Mommy Blog." 
I want to encompass everything I love about the world of natural parenting, right along with the simple joys of daily life. 
A slice of life... A Slice of Blyss.
So here we are. 
I set up a blog. Then for months I have let this tiny square inch of Internet just sit, waiting for inspiration... For the right moment in my crazy, beautiful, silly, often chaotic life... To begin. 
And this morning, at quarter after two AM it hit me: the ah-ha moment. 
Am I sleep deprived? yes. Will there be typos & improper grammar?  Probably. 
I am no super mom... And this was no easy night. You see my beautiful 15 month daughter has her second ear infection ever, and she's teething to boot: not a happy camper.
Poor little love, keeps waking up fevery wanting to nurse... but her teething/ear ache are so bad that when she tries to latch on she just cries. Babywearing is the only consolation. Which means I have to get up with her lots. It's one of those nights, that being a parent is hard... When your babies tears break your heart, and you feel like there is nothing you can do to help.... but there never is nothing. There's always something... and tonight that something was a simple hand woven wrap, and the swaying of my hips. Knowing that you are all this little person needs, to feel safe, loved, & rested, is an amazing feeling. I'm so grateful. I feel incredibly blessed. Incredibly Tired... But blessed. 
And that's it. My perfect little sleep deprived beginning.
Welcome to my life:
I hope you enjoy every bump along the road as much as I do. :)