I hope everyone had a great holiday. I celebrated Christmas with a lot of family (7 different ones) Crazy I know. Made it up to northern Indiana to my side of the family and everyone loved Annabel. It was so great seeing them all. My twin brother even paid for a date for my husband and I! We saw star-wars on Christmas Night and even splurged on popcorn. Dates are rare, but movie theater popcorn is more so.
Annabel was spoiled (only grand-baby so far) and loved the toys and other kids to play with. My husband even enjoyed himself some, he has anxieties, so I was proud of him. (I have a very large family) We both got some great presents from everyone and won some cool ones during the bingo and exchange.
We started Annabel with a tradition, now that she is one. Christmas eve she gets a pair of pajamas, a book and a movie. We got her the book Twis the Night Before Christmas and the Movie The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas
Hope everyone is safe tonight for New Years and congrats to Amber and Lauren for their New Years Wedding and Happy Anniversary to Todd and Becky. Love you all!
If you have a child in diapers, you understand that they are expensive! I swear you use all your extra income on them, wipes and formula. It gets crazy.
I always wanted to try cloth diapers, but didn’t know how I was going to afford starting my stash. I looked and found some great deals. If you are like me, you want cheap, but still good. I found some at 2 different places. Diaperswappers and Amazon. They have great deals and bundles.
I have a stash of 35 diapers (with a insert each) plus a x-large wet bag. I paid $250 for it all. I used them at home until my daughter was 6 months old. We were given a lot of disposable diapers, so we used them when out and about and staying with family. I loved them, even if my husband didn’t. (Men!)
My diapers were one-size pocket diapers. I loved that they were easy to clean and dried quicker. There are also prefolds, AI1, AI2, flats and more. They held a lot of pee and I never had any blow outs with them. (Which is amazing all in itself!)
My way of washing my pocket diapers:
Wash every 3-4 days (depends on how many diapers you have in your stash, but this is probably the longest you want to go)
Put all diapers into your wet bag til you are ready.
Take inserts out of diapers before putting everything in the washer. Even put your wet bad inside out into the washer.
I have a HE washer and dryer. I have a pre-soak button that I use with a heavy duty cycle.
I use homemade detergent. ( On another post!)
Once they are done washing, I hang up all pocket diapers to air dry, throw the inserts and wet bag into dryer on heavy duty drying cycle.
Side note. I also washed and dried her baby clothes with the diapers and had no problems.
I let the hang drying diapers dry overnight and they are ready to go next day!
I love satin hands, if anyone knows what that is, by mary kay. It is amazing and I have been using it for a few years now. Problem is that I don’t always have the money to buy it. I know I am not alone in that.
It makes my hands so soft and feel like heaven. I have been searching for a way to make my own for awhile. It was tough, but I found one that is almost perfect! I even gave to some friends to test it out. (love my guinea pigs.)
It is really simple, which blew my mind.
Dawn Dish Soap, Pomegranate or cucumber melon
Container (size of your choosing)
Add sugar to your container til u meet your desired amount.
Pour Dawn on top til you coat it and it starts to sink into the sugar.
Mix with a spoon til you get a paste, add more dawn if needed. Especially if making a large batch at once.
Side note, you may need to mix some before uses if it sets for a bit.
Everyone wants to save money these days. I needed to for my daughter pictured above. It is hard starting out, but don’t be discouraged. I started out making small changes and did one at a time. Here are some of the ways I have saved money for my family living on one income.
Make your own laundry detergent! – yes, I truly did make my own and over a year and a half ago! I still have a bunch left also. I have a family of 3, so we do laundry every other day. 1-2 loads each time. I used Zote Flakes, Arm & Hammer Washing Soda, and Borax. I mixed it all in a 5-gallon bucket. I use 1-2 tablespoons per load and it works great with my HE washing machine.
Cloth Napkins, Wipes, and Diapers – Napkins and wipes are pretty much the same, just napkins you can use different material that you may not use on a baby’s butt. They are simple to make as well. Cloth Diapers save you $100-$1000 a year. We loved them especially living on one income. We bought in bulk and cheap. Amazon is great for these.
Buy in Bulk!!! – Can’t stress this enough. It has saved us so much money doing this. We mainly buy in bulk our household products. Toilet Paper, Paper Towels, Soap, Trash Bags and Dishwasher Tabs. If I find a good deal I will also buy food in bulk such as pasta, meat, and canned goods.
Coupons and Promotions – This is a great way to say on what you already buy. I save about $100 a month on groceries by using rebate apps and coupons. Ibotta, Mobisave, Checkout51, and Savingstar are great rebate apps. I also use Groupon, Ebates, Krazy Coupon Lady, and Retailmenot for deals, promo codes and cash back. I also check out the Sunday paper for coupons, email companies for coupons and check out their websites. Do not forget store cards that have coupons on them!
I rarely pay full price for anything. I try to buy on sale 90% of the time and stock up on the really good deals. Clearance is your best friend. I stocked my daughter’s shirt collection for $1-2 a shirt thanks to Meijer. I also bought all of her Birthday on clearance.
Yard sales, Flea Markets, Facebook Sale sites and the like. Find great deals on there and sometimes steals. I have gotten my daughter’s toddler bed, outdoor play toy and my new phone from these sites for half off or more. You can also sell your items, just remember these are not places you sell full price at.
These are great ways to get you started and make a difference in your budget. Hope they help!
Rachel Hauck is a wonderful Author I have come to know. She writes spiritual love stories that are magical and uplifting. Every time I read one of her stories, I can’t put it down. Her newest book The Wedding Chapel is a wonderful book about 2 couples and a chapel. Love stands strong even when apart. It helps you realize that even if life gets in the way, love is worth it. It does show struggles and real emotions. She captures what people are going through as she writes and tells a story. Coach and Collete are a couple that is torn apart for many years, but fate steps in at the last moment. Taylor and Jack are a new love that is going through a rough patch and need to learn to communicate and listen to each other. Hope you read this book to find out what happens.
I know I haven’t posted in awhile, but I have gotten so busy. So here is an update and a promise:
My daughter turned 1!! She is walking, kinda talking, enjoying a couple bottles of breastmilk a day and eating like a crazy person. She has finally 2 teeth and her hair is finally coming in. She is just so adorable. (I am biased 🙂 )
My husband and I will be going on 5 years in April! I love him so much and he supports us right now, so I can stay home with our daughter. He spoils us both. He has been getting back into drumming now that his music room is back to where you can move around in it. It was storage for a while.
I have been growing my hair, which is very weird for me. I love chin length hair the most. I also have been going through some health issues. Knee pain, Stomach problems and Post Partum Anxiety. Getting back into working out now that physical therapy is over and they gave me ways to work around my knee. Need to lose some weight and get healthy.
Blog Posts Update:
I will be posting at least once a month from now on, things like product reviews, book reviews, Music that I am into at the moment, working out, healthy eating, and Mommy updates. Also as I get into saving money, I will be posting about that as well.