Amber R. spent six years working with various non-profit organizations that focused on adult home living support, foster care, youth group homes and family-based services. Now a stay-at-home mother to a baby girl, she blogs at Empowering Ellie to help support women in their roles as wives and mothers, especially by providing practical, application ready and research-based information. In her spare time, she enjoys knitting, photography….and of course, cloth diapering!
Q: How have cloth diapers changed your life?
Our family decided to use cloth diapers to save money. Until we started using cloth, we had no idea how much we would appreciate our decision. We enjoy not having to budget each month for disposables. We also never have to concern ourselves with running out of diapers; they are always in the house. Finally, we never get concerned that we are “wasting” a diaper if it is only slightly wet. Having a baby changes your life and budget. This was one way our family eased into the financial transition.
Q: What are you most looking forward to this summer?
This summer I am looking forward to our family “staycation.” We decided that this year we are going to spend a week at home rather than a week traveling. When we travel to new destinations, we feel pressured to “see it all” so a week at home will be magnificently relaxing.
Q: The most unusual thing in my diaper bag or purse is…
A cash envelope system. Our family doesn’t use credit cards and rarely uses a debit card. Staying debt free is important to us and we pay in cash so that we stick to our budget.
Q: If I could live in one outfit for the rest of my life, it would be…
An Adidas track suit. It’s not too sloppy, but super comfy!
Q: If you could offer one piece of advice to a new mom/dad, what would it be?
Don’t rush the end of your pregnancy, enjoy it. As soon as the baby comes, your world will change. Go on dates with your husband, take naps and go out for ice-cream. You may feel uncomfortably pregnant now, but once a new baby comes you will cherish the time you had before the baby came!