10) I started a new position at work in the beginning of July and it actually keeps me BUSY during the day.
9) My company has blocked Google Reader. Somehow I have forgotten how to read blogs without it...
8) There are 37 days to go until our wedding. THIRTY SEVEN!
7) Our 2 1/2 year old. What the what? How did he get so big? And fast? And has he always had this much energy???
6) Then there's this surprise we got on Father's Day:
5) Which of course means we have about 6,000 doctor's appointments scheduled.
4) Which also means we need to get the above referenced toddler potty trained. ASAP.
3) And there's the big boy bed issue to attend to.
2) And my need to sleep. All. The. Time.
1) Finally, there's the nausea. Let's not even go there.
So, there you have it. You're all caught up. Does anyone know if you can hire people to potty train your kids? That's about where I'm at right now. And every time I go to address the toddler bed issue, I just fall asleep in it. We aren't very productive these days. :)
Let me tell you a little story about how I purchased them for 37% off without any sales or coupon codes.
First, Google's shopping search found them for me for $84.45 at ShoeBuy, which was the cheapest price online. Next, I went to Ebates to see if ShoeBuy offered a rebate through them. They did! 10% back! Not only was that awesome, but they also informed me that if I bought them on a Thursday and used EBillMe to pay for them, I would get another 20% back.
So, it's Thursday. I got online this morning to purchase my Navy Satin Nina Evelixas and first went to Ebates (in case you don't know, Ebates is a rebate site for online purchases-- it's FREE to join and you get a $10 credit just for signing up) and Ebates sent me to ShoeBuy.
When you create a ShoeBuy account, you get 10% off your first purchase, so that brought my $84.45 shoes down to $76. Since it's Thursday and I used EBillMe to pay (it's where you send them a payment through your bank's online bill pay), I got $15.20 back. Now the shoes are $60.80.
Ebates will give me 10% back from the original $76 price, so another $7.60 off. That makes my shoes $53.20. Just doing a couple extra things that took me maybe one minute to complete saved me $31.25!
1. ALWAYS go through Ebates before you make any online purchases.
2. Bookmark ShoeBuy for shoes and make purchases on Thursdays.
You know how life is... not always going as planned and all. That's what happened with the most recent meal plan. Between an impromtu camping trip, dinner with a friend, and some schedule changes, we ended up missing a few nights. Luckily, that means I can repeat some recipes over the next two weeks from the last meal plan.
Thursday night Matt and I found out we would be toddler-free for the evening on Saturday. Here is a snippet of our conversation that night in bed...
Me: What do you want to do on Saturday?
Matt: Let's go camping!
It didn't occur to me until Friday when I was talking to my friend Heidi that that may sound crazy to some people. Here is a part of that conversation...
Heidi: What are you doing tomorrow?
Me: Matt and I are going camping.
Heidi: What? What do you mean? For the night? Like, you're going to set up a tent and everything?!
Me: Uh, yes!
Heidi: What a waste of a perfectly good Saturday night!
Granted, some people are just not "campers". :) I think there are a lot of people though, who want to camp but are overwhelmed by the thought of all the work camping can be. That is true. Sometimes. Here are some tips on how to enjoy a last-minute over-nighter in the woods and have it be relaxing!
Be prepared. I know, right? That seems like a lame one, but here's what I mean: make a camp box. Take a plastic bin with a lid and add the following...
Box of matches
Set of plates, mugs and utensils for each camper
Dish soap (eco-friendly, please)
Instant coffee, tea bags and instant hot chocolate
Water bottle with a filter
First aid kit
Flashlight with extra batteries
Roll of toilet paper
Roll of paper towels
Deck of playing cards
Notepad and pen
Store your camp box next to your tent, sleeping bags, lantern, propane, camp chairs, tarp and ice chest so that when you are ready to pack up, you can just throw everything in the trunk in less than two minutes.
Keep it simple. The food, that is. For this one-night camping trip, our menu consisted of hot dogs, cole slaw (you could just pick up pre-made potato or macaroni salad) and baked beans for dinner, s'mores for dessert, and muffins, instant oatmeal and fruit for breakfast. Assuming you had NOTHING in your pantry, here is your entire grocery list...
hot dogs (or, if you're fancy, chicken apple sausages... mmm...)
deli potato/macaroni salad
can of baked beans
bag of chips
Pack up your vehicle and head to the store on your way out of town. We ended up having everything we needed for this trip!
Pack lightly. If you've had a baby, you packed a hospital bag. Same idea here, people. Just bring the basics and don't freak out if you've forgotten something. Say it with me, "It's just one night." Um, hypothetically, if I were to keep an over-night camping bag packed at all times, this is what would be in it...
flannel pj pants
toothbrush and toothpaste
brush and hair ties
It all fits nicely in a small duffle bag with my pillow and water-resistant wind breaker secured on top. Since we are usually leaving late-afternoon after work on a Saturday, I wear jeans because it will probably be cool when we get there. Add to that a tank top, long-sleeved shirt, ankle socks, sneakers, and sunglasses, and I'm good to go.
Relax. Enjoy the drive. Play car games. Open up that bottle of wine as soon as you get there, take a few pictures, watch the sunset over the trees, and kick some butt in rummy. Or Go Fish. Your choice. :)
Next month's "How To" installment-- camping with toddlers... wish me luck...
Part time worker bee and full time mother hen, I'm a teacher at heart and an event planner for fun who became a mother in 2009 and has never looked back. We are a cloth-diapering, organic-baby-food-making, Shel-Silverstein-reading, would-rather-be-swimming family who loves Jesus, camping, biking, hiking, our friends and families, wine, poker, thrifting, and the beach.