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Saturday, March 5, 2011

Changes coming....

After a not so brief hiatus, I'm going to continue working on this blog. That is, if my 2 year old will let me.

Anyway, I think I'm going to migrate the site to a new platform soon. So, if you stop by sometime, and the site is not up, it will hopefully be a very short outage.

Why am I doing this? I'd like the site to have a new look, and be able to add some different features. Plus, I'm learning a new technology and it give me good experience. So, in the future, look for a change to the layout, the theme and some new types of content.

In the meantime - for all of you parents of two year olds - hang in there! I'm told it's just a phase!

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

What to Get Myself for Mother's Day from Amazon

For Mother's Day, I received an Amazon gift card. Since then, I've been trying to decide what to get. I am determined not to spend it on the baby. I really need to treat myself to something. I'm considering downloading a Kindle book and trying out the free Kindle reading apps, I might capitalize on the Clothing Sale going on at Amazon this weekend.

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Monday, May 3, 2010

Kicking the Bottle and Other Habits...

Since my baby is 16 months old, I have been trying to wean him off the bottle. It's been about 4 months now, and I've made zero progress. I have tried different kinds of sippy cups - disposable ones, leak proof hard top ones, leak proof soft spout cups, cups that go with his Avent bottle system and cups with hard spouts in the middle. I can honestly say, nothing is working. He takes one sip and then spits the milk out. It's not like he won't use the cups at all, they are great for juice and water.

My doctor has advised me to just stop giving him the bottle and don't worry about his milk intake. However, what about the soothing factor? He's used to getting soothed first thing in the morning. We have a routine. He's used to being soothed at night, too. He likes that snuggling in my arms with the bottle before bedtime. I'm not sure he'd go to sleep without it. Not only that, he's teething now, so he's generally upset. Some days he won't eat and just wants his ba-ba. Poor boy.

On the other hand, I have been giving this some thought. Maybe it's not the baby that has the problem. Maybe it's me. Maybe I'm the one who is used to the routines. As time consuming as they can be, I like the snuggling, too. For now, we have removed the lunchtime bottle. It's time for some changes. Maybe I'll see what happens if I remove the morning bottle and offer him some milk in a cup. We can still snuggle with a cup.

On another note, we also have to kick the rocking him to sleep habit and the not going back to his crib in the middle of the night situation we have. At some point, I need to be able to go back to my own bed and not sleep with him for the second half of the night.
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Saturday, February 20, 2010

1 Year Old Feeding Drama

Feeding my 1 year old has been a challenge, but I thought it was settling down, until today. I finally got him to the point where he'll eat just about anything and try to use his spoon. It was messy, but not terrible. We had a routine.

Today was different. For the past week, he has been moving towards a new feeding ritual. He removes the contents of his bowl onto the try and onto his bib with his spoon. Then he takes his hands and eats the piles of food. The food gets everywhere, even under the bib and down around his pants.

He has also altered the drinking ritual. I've been trying to get him away from the bottle, so I give him some milk in a sippy cup at his midday meal. Today he spit every mouthful of milk out and let it run down his chin. It was like some sort of fun game to him. Of course, bibs don't catch this kind of mess, so I had to change his shirt.

All day I have been battling this, and I am going to declare that he has won. It was a messy 3 outfit kind of day. Oddly enough, there was no food in his hair, but it got everywhere else.

I think he needs to wear a poncho instead of a bib. Either that, or he needs to be enclosed in a self cleaning bubble. His suction bowls need to actually stick and his sippy cups need to have fewer parts.

Thus ends a long day of food and drink. Maybe tomorrow will be better. At least he's eating.

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Thursday, January 28, 2010

More Once a Month Cooking Resources

Yesterday, I posted about an eBook that teaches the Once A Month Cooking method. After looking around the web, I found some other helpful books on the topic. Everyone learns differently, and it's nice to have several books to use as a resource to learn something new.

Here's what I found at Amazon today:

I found these books and a bunch more on the topic of make ahead cooking techniques. Some are just recipes, and others include a whole system and tools for planning your meals. Some of the books are for once a month cooking, while others are for once a week or whatever interval you like. I think I'll start with once a week cooking and go from there. It would be a major improvement.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Once a Month Cooking eBook from Frugal Mom

Have you heard of Once a Month Cooking (OAMC)? People everywhere are saving time and money by cooking only once a month and freezing the meals so they are ready when you need them. A few months ago I investigated this, and I think I might try it. I have done once a week cooking, and it went well. It would definitely help me free up time during the week if I didn't have to think about cooking.

The method basically consists of creating a menu, shopping the sales and using coupons, setting aside one day a month to do your cooking and freezing your meals. Frugal Mom teaches you how to do once a month cooking with easy step-by-step instructions and tools.
Click here for more information.

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Printing Online Coupons to Save Offline

If you are not doing so already, you should try printing your coupons online to use at your local grocery or drugstore. Many stores happily accept these coupons, but some don't, so be sure to contact the store or check the store's website to find out their policy on printed coupons. I have been able to use them at CVS, Kmart and Walgreens regularly, though.

I've been doing it for about a year now, and I find that I save a lot this way. This is especially true when I combine the coupons with sales going on in the store. Sometimes the coupons even qualify for doubling.

Are you concerned that you can't keep up with what sales are happening? No worries! I'll be sure to post the deals here and share the savings!

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