Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Wedded Wednesdays- A 'Dude's' Date Night

Hey all. As a wife and mom, along with the various other things we are, it is sometimes hard to get QT with our hubbies.  My husband and I have been drifting lately, and have even looked into counseling. I do not mind sharing this, now, because I know, for the most part, it happens to everyone.  It is better to give/receive advice, than keep it in and feel stressed.  When you are newlyweds, have a baby, move to a new city, start new jobs, etc all at once, it can put a strain on a marriage.  So instead of nagging or blaming the other person, I have been working on myself, and trying to do small things, and they do make a big difference! So here's my date night, and some ideas for you!

I first got my idea from this site.  #1, build a fort. *Bam* That's where my idea began.  Liam has a circle gate, so I hung our comforter on that. Check.

Then, I decided since I usually am the controller of the movie selection, I would pick out a few of Kyle's favorite movies, and let him choose which one we would watch. ('How to Train Your Dragon' was a rental ;])

Then, of course which every movie date night, popcorn! =)

Since we were out of soda...

Alas, our movie date night, at home, was a go!

So, I put a spin on our usual at home, movie date night, but having the fort, and surprised him by having a "date night" after he had been at work. What guy doesn't like coming home watching an action movie, having a beer after a hard day?

This literally took 5 minutes to put together.  When he got home, I told him to take a shower, and put on his PJs, and let me know when he was ready for his surprise. Even adults like surprises when they're unexpected. 

It's little things like this that are cheap and show much needed appreciation on a marriage.  The same could go for a family movie night (although I'd skip the beer) or for a husband to do for his wife, with wine and a chick flick. 

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Friday, February 22, 2013

Frugal Friday- Library

Hey PC&S readers! Here is our first Frugal Friday here at the new blog, and in general...

Today I wanted to share my new obsession with you all- The Library.

Now reasons why I love the library

  • It's FREE-(enough said, you don't even need to read any further, but in case you do..)
  • Lots of resources (CDs, DVD, Blu Rays, Magazines, books of course)
  • Free classes (baby classes, toddler classes, book clubs, etc)
  • Educational
  • Gets you out of the house
  • Did I mention it's FREE?
Now my frugal friends, my old library, where I used to live, was nothing like my new one/new best friend.  For one, my new library is ginormous. It also has these awesome self-checkouts with a radio frequency.  You set it down, and it automatically picks up, and checks out your book. I have never had to wait in line to check things out.  

They have several copies of books, especially popular ones that a lot of people are likely to be reading at once.  They have new cds, videos, and dvds.  They have an extensive kids collection of cds and dvds as well.  I literally check out between 25-30 items.  I go a couple of times a week.  If you do not have TV, or only have netflix, this can be awesome! Liam doesn't get to watch his favorite show, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse anymore, but with the DVDs he can watch one every morning. 

My next favorite thing is the free classes they offer! We live in a big city now, which means there is more than one library within 10 minutes.  The two closest to me, offer children's classes. Liam can sing songs, read stories, and also interact and learn with other kids his age. Best part? It's FREE!

I also was getting tired reading the same books over and over, even though he has probably 100, so we get a few different ones each week to read.

I love getting out of the house and not having to spend a dime! Liam gets to interact with other kids, I get to talk to someone over the age of 1, and we get to spend time together! The library is an awesome place for us who are normally stuck indoors all winter. Even if you don't get much, or don't go but once a week, your little one will love looking around and spending time outside the home, they get stir crazy  too!

So check out your libraries website (if they have one) and see what they have going on!

Have a good weekend my frugal friends! What's your favorite part of the library?

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Tuesday Tips

Hey all! Lil Nut had Gymboree today! -Have I ever mentioned this kid has more social events on his calendar than I do... 

 Anyways, we live, literally, 20 seconds away from a Whole Foods. Since we're extremely cheap, we were scared to venture in and check it out, because let's be honest, organic = pricey. So we go in, and the fruit and veggies are reasonably priced for being organic. Only about $0.20 more expensive than Walmart. The meat was okay too, and it is nice knowing that your food actually came from a healthy cow, and not a scary, hormone fed one. 

 For the most part, I don't buy into these "trends" like smothering your kids with hand sanitizer and never letting them touch anything! Eating organic though definitely has it's benefits. Now to the point of this post. I found some cool things there. First off, I got organic green beans. All you have to do is boil them for a few minutes, and they were $2.99 for 1lb. I usually buy the canned or steam able ones, and for a $1 or so more I got organic and it seems I got a lot more for the price. I also got some organic sweet potato fries. Now, I didn't want to feed my child fries so much, so I thought, well sweet potato fries are better than regular, and they were organic. These were $3.99, but they are solely for Liam, so it will take him forever to eat a whole bag, if I can keep his daddy out of them. Next, I found these awesome meals. They come in a tray, and each time, you drop a cube from it, heat it up, and *bam* - baby chicken. They have 12 trays and 6 are chicken and rice & 6 are chicken and spinach, already baby bite sized (ages 9+ months). This was $4.99, but again, will last him a bit. & It was all organic. Overall I spent about $11.

 To me, even buying a few organic things here and there will help. If you have the budget to buy all organic, go for it! I am definitely no saint at keeping my body fit and healthy, but I am trying, and want to show my son how important it is. This is why I try to feed him the best and not have junk, or at least not much at all.

The good news? They also have coupons, in store and online. I also found an awesome article on "How to Extreme Coupon your way through Whole Foods" 

 Here's his lunch =) 
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Monday, February 18, 2013

Dishwasher- Not Just For Washing Dishes

Since Peanut (& I) have been coughing and snotty(lovely) for the past week, I decided it was time for some over the top cleaning!

Let me just first start out with this, I got this idea from the Frugal Queen herself, Miss Jordan Page from Fun, Cheap, or Free.  I tried it today, and it works amazingly!

  • In Jordan's post, she mentions what items she usually puts in the dishwasher, ya know, besides dishes...and she included:
    • toothbrushes
    • hair brushes (hair removed of course)
    • and last but not least, children's toys.
  • So, I put in all the above, because Lord knows they could have all used it...

May I just mention, that I had much nicer pictures, when it was day time, and I didn't remove half of the things I put in (including toothbrushes), and my stupid SD card erased the photos as soon as I attempted to upload them..awesome. So, due to technical difficulty, I will just list the instructions..erg.

  1. Put in hairbrushes (minus hair), toothbrushes, and kids toys
  2. Make sure the toys are not battery operated, fabric, or have working parts, or several parts for that matter.  
  3. Set your dishwasher on the ligher option, air dry, and light wash.
  4. I added a tiny bit of dish soap as well, and that's it!
You would not believe how lovely my toothbrushes look now, as well as how good I feel about Liam's toys being clean!

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Okay, so I know my first post at the new blog should not necessarily be a sappy, mom one; but I'm in charge and it's all I've been thinking about lately!

My baby boy will be one in about two weeks! My birthday is in 10 days (like I care right now!), so that means Liam's is in 17! :(  It's the same old song and dance, seems like just yesterday we brought the Lil Nut home from the hospital, BUT IT REALLY DOES!

The main thing I have been doing is trying to spend every waking moment with him! Kyle and I watched Courageous last night (good movie, religious or not), and it really got me thinking. How many hours in Liam's short life did I give up to doing other things. Laundry, cleaning, homework, hobbies, sleeping...the list could go on and on. I know there is no such thing as the perfect mom, and if there was, I'd be far from it, but I always try to go above and beyond.  Some days I think, I'm a good mom, and some days, I really question it.  I guess worrying about it answers my questions, but....

As moms, we're only human, but we also sometimes know, instead of going through so & so's entire facebook for the fifteenth time, sit down with your tiny tot & play a game.  My son loves being independent, but sometimes he is screaming (sometimes literally) for just a smile or a hug. He's only human too.

So in honor of my soon to be toddler *sigh* hug your tots tight, and give them all ya got. I want to be that parent that my child gets excited about seeing when they come home, not the one they always feel they need to please to get love & attention.  So take a break from yourself, and really be with the person who adores you more than your 200 followers on twitter.

To close with a quote from the movie: You can't fall asleep at the wheel, only to wake up one day and realize that your job or your hobbies have no eternal value, but the souls of your children do.

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