Friday, January 30, 2009
So, the question remains: how do I make Baby stop? I know he's curious, and that's why he's pulling hair, not because he wants to hurt the other babies. I mean, he pulls my hair, too. But he's not even one yet. How do you discipline a baby that young? Do you even discipline a baby that young? He doesn't understand that kind of thing yet, I think. I don't know, maybe I'm just not experienced enough yet. And better yet, maybe it's a short phase that he'll get over. That would be wonderful.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
I'm always out for a good diaper deal, and I looked at two today, one of which I rejected. I read a lot about people who shop at Walgreens and CVS, and after reading many, many blogs, I'm starting to understand how to do so.
For a good lesson on Walgreens, visit Carrie at www.moneysavingmethods.com and for a good lesson on CVS, visit Andrea at www.mommysnacks.net.
In any case, the first deal I scoped out today was at CVS - they are running a deal on Huggies products, and after initially turning up my nose at Huggies (I was a Pampers mom), they were on such an irresistible special at Publix earlier this month that I could no longer resist (less than 20 cents per diaper!). Baby has been wearing them for a few weeks now, with no skin problems at all, and no leakage, unless you count the evil 8-pound diaper baby wound up with when Husband gave Baby a huge sippy cup full of water during a lengthy trip to Target. So right now, when you buy $20 of Huggies products (wipes, diapers, washes, etc.), you get $5 Extra Care Bucks (ECBs) for a future purchase. Of course, they only allow one per card, but even so. If you combine this deal with two of the recent $1.50 off diaper coupons that Huggies has had out, that's $3 off already. Then plus the extra $5 back, and another 75 cents per jumbo diaper pack from the Caregivers Marketplace, and you're looking at one heck of a diaper deal.
Huggies jumbo pack $10/each
$10 X 2= $20
-$3 in coupons
-$1.50 from Caregivers Marketplace
Final cost: $10.50
Another place I've heard about good diaper prices is diapers.com - I have to say, I'm not impressed. Their prices don't seem great to start with, then you have to pay for shipping on top of those prices. They've started to accept manufacturers' coupons - you mail them in, they credit you for a future order - but still. It doesn't seem to add up to savings to me. Am I wrong? Did I miss something? Feel free to share that with me!
PS - Never heard of Caregivers Marketplace? Here's their site: www.caregiversmarketplace.com
They give cash/check back for eligible products deemed "caregiving," like Huggies diapers. For a full list of products, visit their website.
I've kept all of the 6000+ (I know, a bit excessive) photos of Baby over these last eleven months on Snapfish. I don't dislike Snapfish, but I'm always open for a bargain or a time-saver. Last month, I signed up for several photo websites to get free prints, and found that Shutterfly will actually type something I request on the back of the prints - like Baby's name and age. Do you have any idea how much of a time saver that is???? Problem is - there's a million other pictures of Baby on Snapfish. I've been on Shutterfly's website most of the morning, and I'm getting more and more won over by the moment. They have this new "share site" feature, where you basically create a website for your family where you can store your photos, which seems a little more user-friendly than viewing photo albums through Snapfish. But then there's also Picasa, which I've heard is pretty cool, too, so I guess I might check that out this afternoon and see which I prefer. Then the big dilemma will be: to move or not move the old pictures. Yikes. Talk about a huge project.
So far, "Middlesex" is no exception. I'm not very far into it, but as I was reading last night, I wished I wasn't so tired, so I could keep reading. It's definitely captivating. So far, I'd recommend it wholeheartedly.
Here's the premise, if you're unfamiliar:
"I was born twice: first, as a baby girl, on a remarkably smogless Detroit day in January of 1960; and then again, as a teenage boy, in an emergency room near Petoskey, Michigan, in August of 1974." And so begins "Middlesex", the mesmerizing saga of a near-mythic Greek American family and the "roller-coaster ride of a single gene through time." The odd but utterly believable story of Cal Stephanides, and how this 41-year-old hermaphrodite was raised as Calliope, is at the tender heart of this long-awaited second novel from Jeffrey Eugenides, whose elegant and haunting 1993 debut, "The Virgin Suicides," remains one of the finest first novels of recent memory.
Eugenides weaves together a kaleidoscopic narrative spanning 80 years of a stained family history, from a fateful incestuous union in a small town in early 1920s Asia Minor to Prohibition-era Detroit; from the early days of Ford Motors to the heated 1967 race riots; from the tony suburbs of Grosse Pointe and a confusing, aching adolescent love story to modern-day Berlin. Eugenides's command of the narrative is astonishing. He balances Cal/Callie's shifting voices convincingly, spinning this strange and often unsettling story with intelligence, insight, and generous amounts of humor.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Me being a somewhat negative person, though...I do still have a few gripes. It was wickedly warm in Wal-Mart. I know I live in Florida, and today it's pretty warm outside, but still. I expect nice, frosty AC when I shop. Is that too much to ask? When we got home, even Baby was craving a frosty glass (or sippy cup) of water.
But it's Baby's dinnertime, so off I go...
I am in search of a recipe for sesame chicken. We don't eat out really anymore, both because of Baby and his antics in restaurants but also because of the exhorbitant cost. Husband and I are big fans of chinese and japanese food, and I haven't been too successful in re-creating those flavors with frozen meals. Last week, I found an amazing recipe for Beef Teriyaki that I've already made a second time because we liked it so much (and typing about it now is making me want to cook it for dinner tonight!). It used ingrediens I've never used, but it wasn't very hard, and it was a very quick dinner to put on the table. Now, I'm hunting for a recipe for Sesame Chicken. I don't care how hard it might be to make - it's Husband's favorite Chinese dish. I've done my Google homework and found probably umpteen different recipes, but thanks to opinionated people, I've narrowed my attempts down to about three different ones to try. They couldn't be any more different - one calls for chicken thighs, another calls for boneless chicken breasts. One calls for sake, one calls for mirin, and the third calls for both. It's going to be very interesting, so stay tuned for both the recipes and the pics to show you how they turned out over the next few weeks. And the next time I make Beef Teriyaki, I will absolutely take a picture of how pretty it turns out and post it, along with the yummy, yummy recipe.
So what's for dinner tonight? Meatloaf. My mother's recipe - which has evolved over the years, and I've changed it just slightly. It's still a very cheap meal to put on the table - maybe not a $5 dinner, but close. And probably also not the healthiest, but that's why I don't make it every week. I'll be pairing it with some broccoli and onion potatoes (the Lipton onion recipe packet kind - yum!).
I've never been a cake decorator. I don't mind frosting a cake, but I've never been very good at being creative with a cake. Fortunately, the Elmo mold came with explicit instructions, and I've always been good at following instructions. So here is a snap of my attempt. I'm pretty pleased with how it came out, but I must say that in person, Elmo's red fur was nowhere near red enough!
So, I am a stay-at-home mommy now, who often doubts her mothering skills, who is trying to spend less and save money, who is trying to improve her cooking skills, and who has an unhealthy addiction to reading and watching reality television. This blog will be me sharing all of these things with all of you who happen to stop by - whether it's my commentary on how I despise shopping at Wal-Mart, but sometimes it makes sense, or my thoughts on the latest book I've read or the latest recipe I've tried.
Stay tuned - I can be pretty funny sometimes and I'll try to be helpful. If I blog about a recipe, I'll share it with you. If I blog about a book, I'll share where to find it with you. If I blog about reality TV, I'll let you know if I'm posting any kind of spoilers.