Month: July 2012

Photo Finish: The wait is over.

This is me, in my preggie jean shorts, hooked up to the fetal heart rate monitor and contraction monitor.  I’ve been hooked up like this at labor and delivery 6 times in 3 weeks.  Good times!  I go they hook me up, they watch me, […]

Bed Rest: Day 10

This week has been a lot harder than last week. The Adventure has been staying with her grandparents in PA on and off for the past week.  It’s been helpful because I can’t get up and do all the things for her that she needs.  She […]

Pin it or Pointless? Aluminum Foil in place of a Dryer Sheet

About a month ago I was wasting time on Pinterest when I came across a pin that claimed you could use a ball of aluminum foil instead of a dryer sheet.  Not only that, but it would work multiple times eliminating the need for purchasing dryer sheets.

I was excited!

Here’s a copy of the pin from

She claims you can use the same ball of aluminum foil for up to 6 months.  I thought to myself, this has to be too good to be true.

So I tried it out.

Unfortunately, for me, it was too good to be true.  It worked well in loads with socks and underwear (small items).  But when it came to all my other loads of laundry I still had TONS of static.

So I looked at Pinterest again and found had their own way of doing it.

Source: via Amy on Pinterest

It took some looking through her comments but I found out that she used 2-3 inch balls and that she used up to 3 balls for heavier garments, towels, and blankets.  I decided to give it another try.

Unfortunately, adding another couple of aluminum balls didn’t help much.  The static in the dryer was still a problem.  So my husband, Kirk, suggested we try 5 balls.  Again, there was static in the dryer at the end of the cycle and the risk of static build-up in the dryer wasn’t worth the savings of using aluminum balls.

When that didn’t work, Kirk suggested we go Mythbusters style and use the entire roll of aluminum foil rolled into balls.  I vetoed that.

The Verdict:

Pointless.  Sure, you save money, but is it really worth static electricity building up in your dryer?  No!


We forgot our wedding anniversary.

Today is Friday July 13th.  Exactly 5 years ago today my husband and I tied the knot. Yesterday, we didn’t realize what today is.  We were heading off to one of our tri-weekly doctor’s appointments for our little unborn Finale.  Kirk decided to check the […]

Bed Rest: Day 5

Sitting on one’s behind for more than a few hours a day is easier said than done. I have an issue where I see something that needs to be done and I want to get up and do it. If I can’t get up and […]

How to measure yourself for a bra.

What size bra do you wear?

Are you sure really know?  When was the last time you were measured?

If it’s been over a year or you’ve gained or lost more than 5 lbs you should be remeasured for a bra.  You can head to a store that specialized in measuring.  HanesBrands, Nordstrom, and Trusseau Stores are great places to get measured.  But you can also measure yourself.  It takes a bit of practice.  But once you’re used to measuring yourself, you will have mastered an invaluable skill.

What will you need for a successful bra fit?  A soft tape measure, a bra, and a mirror.

There are 3 measurements that will help fit most body types.One under the breasts, one above, and one directly across the nipples. 

Bra Fit Recap 1


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Here are the in depth steps to follow for a successful bra fit:

1. Put on the best fitting bra you have.  This will allow your bust to be close enough to the right place while you’re measuring.

2. Snugly measure around your torso directly under your bust with your tape measure and make a note of that number.  Remember to stay relaxed while you’re measuring.  Don’t take any deep breaths.

3. If it’s an even number, add 4.  If it’s an odd number, add 5.  This will give you your band size.

Bra Fit 1

4. Measure snugly above your bust, under your armpits.  This is a double checking tool.  Most women should measure the same above as the band size they get below.

Bra Fit 2

Notice my amazing model, Kara, is measuring at 42 on both the top and bottom?  Her band size checks out!

5. Next measure loosely around your bust.  Make sure the tape measure is level across your back and nipples.  

6. Subtract your band size from the measurement you got around your bust. The difference is your bra cup size.

  • Inches difference = Cup Size
  •                       0 = AA
  •                       1 = A
  •                       2 = B
  •                       3 = C
  •                       4 = D
  •                       5 = DD
  •                       6 = DDD
  •                       7 = G
  •                       8 = H

Bra Fit 3

7. Put it all together… For my model, Kara, her bra size is a 42 DDD.

If you have any questions, leave a comment and I’ll do my best to help you through it.  Just remember, the more you practice, the better you will measure yourself.

Also, remember that a bra measurement is a guideline.  All bras and brands fit differently just like different brands of jeans fit differently.

Once you have a bra that fits click here for 6 Simple Steps to a Clean and Long-Lasting Bra.  Thanks for visiting!
love DB

Bed Rest: Day 1

There’s one thing going through my mind right now… This sucks. This weekend I was hospitalized for 24 hour observation due to what preeclampsia.  Since my liver enzyme levels went down after my 24 hour hospital rest (not to mention, I felt a lot better), […]

Thank you, Hubby.

I’d like to take a moment today to give thanks where thanks is due. My husband and I are, as most of you know, expecting The Finale, our 3rd kiddo.  He’s due in the first week of August.  Time is winding down. Out of all […]

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