June 28, 2018

Cloth Diaper Problem Solving

*This post was sponsored by Tide purclean and all opinions are my own—thanks for helping to support this blog and our family!

Most of you probably know by now that we use cloth diapers with Lola and have since she was about 2 months old. While it took a bit for us to figure out our favorite kinds of diapers and our wash routine we hit a pretty good stride where we really didn’t have any problems at all with our diapers until just a few months ago. All of the sudden Lola kept getting persistent rashes and we couldn’t figure out where they were coming from. We tried experiments with avoiding certain foods (especially more acidic ones) and switched to disposables for a bit and we finally concluded that it was something with the diapers (most likely our wash routine) that was bothering her all of the sudden. We never had any smell in our diapers, but we decided to strip them and start over with a different detergent (we were using a free-and-clear conventional brand at that point) to see if that would help—which it did! But only for a short amount of time. We started having stink issues with the new all-natural detergent and even though we tried to tweak more things like the temperatures we washed on or adding in towels to the load as well to trick the HE washer into adding more water (thinking that maybe all the detergent wasn’t rinsing out) but we are still having the ammonia smell issue.

Anyways, we’ve been in the thick of trying to figure our next move when Tide contacted me and asked if I wanted to partner with them to try their new Tide purclean detergent that is a 65% USDA certified plant-based detergent that still has the cleaning power of Tide even in cold water (you can purchase the detergent here). They have an unscented version (which is good since we try to avoid added fragrance whenever we can) that also is free of dyes, chlorine, and phosphates, and as an added bonus the purclean is made with 100% renewable wind power electricity at a site that sends zero manufacturing waste to a landfill. Needless to say, I love all those points about the product and we obviously need to find a solution to our problem in order to keep continuing the duration of diapering with cloth, so we’ve decided to give it a try!

We’ve only had the chance to do one full wash routine with the new detergent but so far the diapers look and smell clean so I think we are off to a good start (they have some tips for using purclean in your wash routine here)! It really can take a bit to know when you try a new detergent how well it’s working (and sometimes you have to tweak a few things before your wash routine clicks into place) so I’ll update my main post on diapering after we give the purclean a proper try but I’m hopeful this we’ll be a solution to our diaper problems!

I’m really happy to see large companies start to respond to consumers desires for more green and natural choices (with less waste in the process as well) so I hope that this is something that we will continue to see more of across the board in all areas. If you haven’t cloth diapered before, I promise that it’s not as scary as it sounds and it’s a great way to save lots of money and keep a pile of disposables out of landfills as well. Give it a try!

xo. Laura

June 27, 2018


Just wanted to share a few sweet photos of our outfits from this week! It’s been really fun to find matching outfits opportunities (like this one) so when I realized that I had ordered us both gingham summer outfits, well, we just had to have a matching day. I knew that I would love to see her in an outfit with bell sleeves, but man, I don’t think my heart was fully prepared for it—it’s ridiculous. Unfortunately that’s the only bell sleeve item I’ve found in her size so far so it may be a bit before I get to see her in another one! Seriously though—how is this a real baby??? I can’t even. Dress/Shein, Shoes/Steve Madden (with poms similar to these), Sunnies/Amazon, Romper/Amazon, Furry Sandals/Amazon (similar)

I think we are pushing through some bottom molars this week as she has been off the charts cranky the last few days and it hasn’t been this bad since we thought she was pushing through her top set. It’s so hard when you want to help them but you aren’t totally sure what’s wrong. I don’t want her to grow up too fast but I’ll be happy for the day when she can tell me what’s bothering her with actual words!! Anyways, we are making some summer memories, but now that it’s almost July I feel like we need to kick that summer bucket list into high gear and really put some more fun at the top of the list. It’s way too easy to fill all our “free time” with laundry, bills, and cleaning up from the day so we need to make sure we have a good balance of being lazy on purpose too 🙂

xo. Laura

June 19, 2018

Gummergal.com? Why The Name Change?

Ok, ok, ok…so I’ve been thinking about changing the name of my blog for a while now, but like everything else in my life, it just took a while before I could actually find the time to make it all happen. In case you are wondering, I’m not abandoning the “Band Wife” label all together, I just feel that there are other bigger parts of my life now that have eclipsed that one particular aspect (like being a new Mom for starters!) and since Todd has been sliding into less and less traveling lately, I’m not sure how much longer the “traveling musician” thing will be a part of our family— I know the musician part will always be huge, but the traveling part is up in the air as of lately.

Anyways, I’ll still leave all the posts that speak to the band wife life as I hear often through comments and emails that those are helpful to other gals out there who have to deal with traveling partners (and I’m so glad I can be of help to anyone!). And who knows, I may still have a lot more to share on that topic in the future but I’ll just do it as Gummergal instead as that feels a lot more encompassing of me as a whole and all the new roles that I’ve taken on in the past few years.

So, there you have it—it’s a small name change but I wanted to explain a little bit about why it’s happening and just assure you that if you like following along with our lives and what kinds of things I share here, all that will still be the same. Thanks for reading guys, as always I’m so glad you are here!!

xo. Laura

June 18, 2018

Whatever Lola Wants

Summer is in full swing and we are lining up some fun trips to see family and friends in the next few months while the summer vibes are flowing. My brain is all tangled up in baby sandals, rompers, and swimsuits for Lola, and I loooove it!

-I find it’s not the best idea to have only one lightweight sleep sack for Lola since there are so many times when it’s in the wash and it’s bedtime/naptime and I have to dig out her winter one (that she’s also pretty much outgrown) to use as a backup. I ordered this one this week so hopefully that problem is solved! I just wish these pajamas would fit her!

-Ordered these now that her hair is long enough for a clip or two!

These have been great for outdoor sandals (Lola’s wearing them in the photo above) since I can literally wash them off in the sink if they get dirty. I also have these waiting for her when her feet grow a bit more—hopefully they will fit by the end of summer!

-The back of this jacket is amazing!!

-Are these close enough to match mine?

-We use these cups with Lola for water, but I wanted to get her some sippy cup type bottles to wean her off of having to give her soy milk in a regular bottle so I’m trying this glass bottle (with this lid) instead. For whatever reason, while she does drink water out of the 360 cups periodically throughout the day, we can’t really use those yet for something that we really want her to totally finish like she would with a bottle so maybe the sippy cup will be a good transition.

-This is not something that Lola wants at all, but Mom needs to order more of these for the house. I keep thinking maybe she’ll lose interest in opening drawers and doors, but she’s not! I’m just losing my mind instead having to put everything back in every cabinet after she’s been in a room…

-Wish I had time to order this dress for a wedding we are going to this weekend!

-I bought Lola a romper similar to this last summer and she outgrew it so fast she only got to wear it once—maybe I can get a second chance with this one? So cute!

-This rashguard is perfection! Although this one comes with a matching hat!

I figure I’ll wait to see if we ever go to a beach to look for a matching Mommy/Daughter swimsuit kind of a thing. I know several people that drive to Rosemary Beach and they adore it there so we’ve been thinking about when we could make that happen…have you ever been?

xo. Laura

May 31, 2018

Lola Turns One!

I still can’t believe that earlier this month our little Lola turned one! When they talk about the “days are long but the years are short” when it comes to babies it really is so true. I think the first year is especially that way since it’s such a tough season and I can totally see that she looks different in pictures that are only a few weeks old—they grow up so fast and it’s a terrible and wonderful process to behold. Lola was born on my birthday, as you may recall from her birth story, but we mostly celebrated her on our actual birthday (and I took the birthday night after she went to bed!) and then waited a few weeks to do more celebrating with my family when they came into town for a joint birthday celebration. As you can see above, I didn’t go overboard with the decor for the official party like my brain would normally like to, but I couldn’t help buying some special balloons and a few cute items for the table (and her balloons matched her rainbow romper so well!).

Since we wanted to wait until the bigger party to do the whole cake/candles thing, we counted down to her birth time (12:34 pm—easy number to remember!) on May 7th and it was actually pretty fun! I think we may do that every year now. She was a little unsure of the confetti since she’s never seen any before, but she just kept picking it up over and over so I think she liked it. Birthday girls!

When we finally did a full celebration two weeks later, we added in Todd since his birthday is May 18th for a full Gummerman family birthday party. We took a weekend outing with my fam to 12 South, a lively outdoor area in town, and did some shopping and got donuts for our official party later that night. Chasing around a toddler in full summer heat and humidity is no joke you guys! It’s extra exhausting! I love that romper on Lola— the tassels are so sweet! Those sandals are nice and grippy (is that a word?) for toddler walking as well…(my heart sunnies are from here).

I made Lola a mini cake out of watermelon decorated with blueberries and kiwi and I think we discovered she doesn’t like watermelon which was so surprising to me! She loves all things sweet so that was a shock. I’m going to try it again soon to see if she changes her mind…

Todd got a crazy birthday candle for us girls and it was pretty amazing—you can tell by my reaction that I was pretty impressed! Lola, on the other hand, just keeps eating her fruit unfazed…haha!! He bought a pack of 3 so I guess we can be amazed two more years in a row. Happy birthday Lola, we love you so much!!

xo. Laura