Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Planning for baby #2



So baby #2 is on HIS way and we’ve decided to kick it into gear to start preparing everything we need to get before HE arrives.  Its been 4 years since we last had a little baby in our house and I’ve pretty much saved and stored all my son’s gear!  Luckily for us baby #2 is going to be a boy so there isn’t really that much we need to get.  Check out our prep/buy list, if I’m missing something please let me know!
  • Pulling things out of storage- books, toys, clothing, car seat etc.
a.       Have you oldest child sit and help you sort out the toys and books for the new baby so that they feel involved
b.      Throw out or donate any items that you are not going to be using again
  • Make a list of what you still need to get
a.       New breast pump? Or just new accessories?
b.      New bottles? Or just replace the nipples?
c.       New bedroom furniture? Or reusing what you already had
d.      Double stroller?
e.      Bigger vehicle? Time for that minivan?
  • Wash all items that are going to be used again
  • Check expiry dates of car seats
  • Check your benefit coverage
a.       Things can change from year to year.  Are you still covered for the semi/private room? 
  •  Make plans for your old child
a.       Pick a caregiver that can come and stay with your oldest at moment’s notice
b.      Pack a overnight bag for them just in case
c.       Pick up a little gift for them to have when baby is born, ie. Big brother/sister books or toys
d.      Plan a date night with your oldest before baby arrives

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

A Cheap Staycation

For those of your that are currently on a "staycation"right now and looking for cheap summer outings to entertain the family here are a couple of ideas for your family that my family is currently doing.

There are many free and affordable options in your area to consider.  For our family, my little one has been enjoying the free library events and programs that are currently taking place. For example yesterday we went to a Lego building event held by our local library!  He had a fabulous time and when he was done we checked out a couple of new movies and books for the upcoming week.

Today and Friday we will be attending the Tim Hortons free swims that are being held at two different local pools. It's great that we can have multiple days at the pool in a week and not have to pay a cent.

Also this summer for those of you that have been following me on Twitter you might have noticed that we have started our own little roadshow of neighborhood splash/spray pads. 

To hard to keep the little ones busy and baring in mind the costs of doing so. My family plan is to have something/anything planned for each day, even if its just going to the park or sitting in the backyard playing in the kiddie pool.  Mix it up with different friends and locations and your children will never get board.

Hope your all surviving the heat!

Happy Couponing.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Dominican Packing List

We are officially 2 weeks away to our family vacation.  Today I am running around preparing our luggage's, and doing some laundry and picking up any toiletries that we will need to get before the big day.  As many of you know I am a little OCD when it comes to organizing so I started to write down all the items that I need to take along with us.

As this is the first All-Inclusive vacation we are taking with our 4 year old, I find myself over thinking and over packing what I think he might need.  I have a feeling our luggage's might be over weight.  

We are going to be leaving behind a few items for the locals, so I have to write a few thank you notes for the maids so that they don't get in trouble when gift the items. 

If you have any tips, feel free to comment.  The only thing missing from the list will be the last minute toys my son wants to pack in his carry-on.  He is super excited for his first airplane ride, however, I'm secretly hoping that he will sleep for most of the ride.

Luggage and bags:

  • 2 Large luggage's, 3 carry ons
  • Stroller
  • Beach bag (for towels, books etc)
  • Small Purse

Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear:


  • Underwear for each day + 1 in case you’re delayed
  • 2-3 Bathing Suits
  • 5-6 pairs of shorts or Capri’s
  • 1 pair of long pants
  •   6-7 pairs of socks
  • 7-8 shirts/tank tops
  •  Beach dress, wrap
  •  Running shoes (I wear these on the plane)
  •   Flip flops, Dress Shoes, water shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  •  A light jacket

Toiletries and Medical Supplies:


  • Medications
  • Gravel
  • Imodium
  • Tums
  • Advil/Tylenol
  • Toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss
  • Deodorant
  •  Lots of Sunscreen
  • Purell wipes
  • Bug repellant
  •  Baby Powder
  • Aloe
  • Brush, Comb
  • Shampoo, conditioner, Soap

Electronics:


  • Camera & Memory Card, Underwater Camera
  • Batteries
  • Ipad
  • Charging cables
  • E-reader
  • Alarm Clock
  • Plug Adapter

Miscellaneous 

  •  Passports, benefits card (for medical emergencies), travel tickets, pen for declaration paperwork
  • Cash, small bills
  • Cash for Tourist Cards at Airport
  • Child Towel
  • Dollar store inflatable toys, sand toys (going to leave behind)
  • Gum, Lollipops for plane ride
  • Sealed Cereal Bowl
  • Children Books
  • Gifts for the locals/maid Tips (pre-made from home, small ziploc bags with candy, toys, toiletries)
  • Travel laundry soap
  • Large Ziploc Bags
  • Sippy Cup, snack container (to snag some fruit from the buffet for a snack later on)

     



Saturday, May 30, 2015

Messy Coupon Stash

OMG I've been such a bad blogger lately!  I have been swamped at both home and work and finally had the chance to sit down and write today's post.

All though I've been busy, I continue to coupon and search the net for sales!  I normally go grocery shopping with my little one Saturday mornings and noticed that my coupon stash was a disaster.  So today I started gathering up my coupons from all my hiding spots (purse, car, counter, etc) and started to organize them back into my binder.  I'm normally not this disorganized but lately I can't seem to keep my stash tidy.

My Binder is organized into the following sections in
case you are thinking about upgrading your current stash or binder.

Baby
Bathroom
Beverages
Baking
Cereal
Cleaning Supplies
Dairy
Freezer
Fridge (produce)
Health & Beauty
Laundry
Pantry
Pets
Other (usually I store restaurant coupons here etc.  So my question to all of you is, how do you organize all of you coupons? Binder, envelope, portfolio?

Hope you all have an amazing evening!

Happy Couponing

Friday, April 3, 2015

DIY Gift for the Tea Drinker

As I continue on my quest to make more gifts by hand then having to purchase them in the store I find myself becoming addicted to Pinterest.  Checkout my page to see what I'm planning next.

For this gift I went to my local dollar store and picked up a white mug that would be used as the base to my gift. 

Items Needed:
White Mug
Oil based Sharpie Markers
Cursive sticker letters (unless your can draw your own template on the Mug)

1. Stick cursive letter onto the mug and make sure that it is centered on the mug.
2. Start DOT- outlining the letter using a marker. Once you have completed dotting around the letter you can then start dotting into a pattern, change colours, etc.  The possibilities are endless.
3. Once you are done dotting your mug, remove the stickers slowly.

Last thing you need to do is stuff the mug with some tea bags,  honey sticks, dried lemon slices and your done!