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First, some adorable diaper derby pics. It was hard to get good ones during the actual races because there were a lot of people, but we managed as best we could:
Éamon came in second in his heat, which wasn’t enough to advance him a round but was still very respectable. He was a bit shocked by all the people so it took him a few seconds to realize I was holding his absolutely favorite toy on the other end (Alisdair’s Mr. Potato Head.) He bulleted across that mat when he saw it, though!
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It was a fun way to spend a Saturday morning, and overall the derby raised over $25,000 to fund crisis pregnancy centers in Pittsburgh.
Alisdair also had a blast, competing in the “Toddler Trot” and then playing on all the other stuff they had set up for the non-diapered set.
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This week has been a bit of a whirlwind. I started couponing, maybe because I’m a crazy person. So far my big savings are coming on things like shampoo, soap, and other personal care items. Not a lot of great food coupons, since I cook most things from scratch and even at the best sale prices, Aldi store brands generally win out. But I’ve only been at it a few weeks so we’ll see what turns up. Most of the coupons I get for free (or I print them), but then I found that I could get the Sunday paper for under $5/month at Discounted Newspapers so I’ll start getting those, as well. Some people like to subscribe to multiple copies, but with my other free coupons I think I’ll end up hitting the maximum household numbers anyway for the best deals.
I am starting to understand that “couponers high” a bit. Stocking up on shampoo for 50 cents a bottle, instead of running out unexpectedly in the shower and then running out to the store and having to pay three times that much (at least)? Awesome.
So far my method is a binder. I have been assembling a price list of our most commonly purchased items on Excel, and I’ll print that out to go with the coupons, which are in baseball card holders, sorted by type. I clip, sort, and plan shopping trips on the weekend (usually on Sunday evening) while checking out the deals posted on Money Saving Mom and viewing the weekly ads. Now that the weather is warm I don’t mind going out with the kids more than once per week to shop, and since we live close to a lot of stores I am not wasting my savings on gas, which was a concern I had before I started doing it.
(In case you are curious, right now I can buy all of our food, cleaning products, hygiene items and baby stuff, and other householdy things for $300/month, which is not bad at all, though some of the crazier blogs out there do better than that, or use that much to feed more people. Still, $10/day for two adults, a toddler, and a baby isn’t bad. I easily used to spend twice that on just Ian and myself.)
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I’ve also been doing some important work getting together some presents and the stuff I need to make a cake for this kid:
Nobody asked my permission, but he turns three (YES) years old TOMORROW.
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Alisdair’s Birth Story
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So, my oldest is not a baby anymore. I know every mother in history goes through this, but I still have to say watching a child grow up is the most heartwrenchingly beautiful but also awful thing ever. If you would have told me before he was born that I would be experiencing all these feelings before he even reached school age, I’m not sure I would have been able to say yes to being a mom. But the cool thing is that being a mom has forced me to do a lot of growing up, and I have to say the benefits are awesome. I have this cool little dude to thank for starting me on that journey.
Not a baby anymore, but still adorable when he’s sleeping
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Let’s go back to lighthearted fun, shall we? Alisdair asked for a red cake this year. I borrowed a dinosaur cake mold from Ian’s mom, so I’m going to be attempting red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting, which will be green to make it appropriate for the dinosaur, even though maybe T-Rexes were white. I don’t know, I wasn’t there. I may not have entirely learned my lesson from last year because I am using Internet recipes again. But the cake is from All Recipes and had about 1000 reviews, and the frosting is Martha Stewart, so I think that’s a bit more trustworthy.
(I did already check at the grocery store, though, and they do have red velvet cake mix. So I’m covered.)
Happy birthday, Alisdair!
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