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Monday, August 23, 2010

Frugal Finds: Diapers



I don't like diapers at all. They are a necessary evil. I hate even more than diapers the cost of diapers.

I tend not to buy anything online because I don't like to pay for shipping. So, when I saw a coupon for 20% off an Amazon order of diapers, I naturally threw it away when I threw away the magazine when I was done. But, while boating with my sister-in-law, she told me that you could stack the coupons from different magazines and save even more. She still had a coupon code and I had just gotten another one in the mail in another magazine.

Here's how I saved on Pamper's diapers for my little peanut.

First, I ordered a 228 count pack of Pamper's Baby Dry diapers in size 2 from Amazon's Subscribe and Save program. They are offering a limited time offer of 30% your order this way. Normally it is 15% off. They also offer FREE 2 day shipping. Then, I got a coupon for $1.50 off any Pamper's diapers offered by Amazon. Then, I stacked 2 coupon codes worth 20% off each found in parenting magazines (Parenting and Parents, I think) My total was $11.09 for diapers that normally cost $41.99. If I would have saved that other coupon, I would have spent only $2.63 for the diapers. I wish now I would have saved it, but I still got a great deal!


Heres's my reciept...

MHR

Yeah, I know...late again. Better late then never, though!

So, my wonderful hubby rocks. Yep...he sure does.

"Why?" you ask?

Because he is so wonderful. We spent a great weekend together. Starting off at the Green Dragon Farmer's Market on Friday night. We ran into probably a dozen people that we knew. Then, on Saturday, he decided to come yard saleing with me and my grandmother. I ended up getting some bulbs for my garden and some clothes for N with the tags still on them! Then, he took me out for breakfast with his money that he sets aside for things he wants. He doesn't put much money aside, but I am blessed that what he truly wants most is a smile on my face. Saturday night we went boating and fishing with my sister-in-law and her husband. Mike's little brother and his girlfriend also came along. We didn't catch any thing, but we had such a wonderful night, it didn't matter that we didn't catch anything. Sunday, we went Christmas shopping and got some really good deals!

I just love him so much! He is such a good man.

Please don't hesitate to tell your spouse regularly how much you love them. Tell him how much you appreciate him and tell him that he is a good man and husband or father or whatever. He needs to know!

Friday, August 13, 2010

MHRF on time!

Mike rocks. You know that by now!

This morning, when N had a particularly smelly diaper, Mike took her and changed her. I later had a particularly smelly diaper too, and as I was changing her, she continued her business all over the place. She was quickly changed! Oh well. But, then I get smiles like this...
...and it's all ok!

Chocolatest Cake

Chocolate.

Yum.

I found this recipe for chocolate cake (it's called Chocolate Bliss) at The Stories of A to Z. And, let me tell you, it is good. Very, very rich, but good.

Here's the recipe:

  • 1 3/4 C flour
  • 1 C sugar
  • 1 C brown sugar
  • 3/4 C cocoa
  • 1 1/2 t baking soda
  • 1 1/2 t baking powder
  • 1 t salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 C buttermilk
  • 1/2 C vegetable oil
  • 2 t vanilla1 C STRONG coffee (extra hot and freshly brewed)

  • Preheat the oven to 350. Grease 2 round cake pans.
  • Mix all the dry ingredients into a bowl. Mix very well.
  • Put the rest of the ingredients (minus the coffee) into your mixing bowl and blend together.
  • Slowly add the dry mixture while still blending.
  • Nuke the coffee for 15 seconds and add to batter. It will be runny...but no worries.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes.
  • Cool on wire racks. When cakes are cool enough to handle, run a knife around the edge of the pan and turn upside down on the racks to finish cooling.
When the cakes are cooled completely, it's time to ice the cake.

Here's that recipe:

  • 1/2 C cocoa
  • 2 2/3 C powdered sugar
  • 6 T softened butter
  • 4-5 T milk
  • 1 t vanilla
  • Place all ingredients into a mixing bowl and blend until light and creamy.

Stack the cakes and frost. I put cut up strawberries inside, but that's optional. I did also top the cake with strawberries and put little Wilber chocolate drops around the outside.

And then I ate it!

Behind again!

I'm terrible! Absolutely terrible! I didn't get around to MHRF last week. So, there will be 2 posts today.

Now, for last week...

My babe is the best. He had off last Monday and we spent the entire day together doing whatever we felt like doing. It was great! Especially since it was spent with him. He doesn't have to do anything to rock. He just does!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

MHR Sunday

This week has been a little rough. Norah has had a growth spurt...which means eating every 45 minutes, no naps and all out screaming whenever I put her down. Literally!

Screams that look like this...


But, the real kicker was Friday! I blew out a tire! And I don't mean a little, fixable blow, I mean a huge chunk taken out.

Mike, ever my hero, came out on his break (I was trying to bring him lunch with N) and changed my tire!

What a guy!