Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Honey Dog Review

My 5 year old has been asking for a night light for a year now. We have never used one in his room because he feel asleep well and has a lamp that we use in the morning. But, recently I was asked to review the Honey Dog nightlight, and figured now was the time. Sam was thrilled when it came in and could barely wait for it to charge up before he wisked it off to his room to begin using.

When it came, I opened the box to find another cute box inside!
When I opened it up, there was a card inside, along with instructions for charging the big Honey Dog. The little one is just to be cute--although I wish it also served as a night light!

We let it charge overnight, and have used it for about a week on the same charge! It stays on for 11-12 hours, and we've kept it on the lowest setting. There is not a huge difference in the settings (3 settings total), and while I wish it dimmed to a bit darker, it's not a distracting light, but a soft one. It is touch-screen so easy to turn off and on quietly. This would have been awesome when I was nursing in the middle of the night, but those days are gone.
It is a bit pricey on the outset--I was given one at a discounted price, but not free. It is currently about $25 and can be found on Amazon. There is a 100% satisfaction guarantee, so if you are not happy, you can opt for a full refund. I am glad I found it though, and may purchase for future baby showers!

Friday, August 5, 2016

Dinner Menu: Week of 7.31

I wrote up the menu for this week and realized it ended with alot of eating out. Some weeks are like that! I actually haven't cooked much this week, but sometimes you just need a break! The casserole I made on Monday was HUGE though--and last many lunches as well!

Sunday: Chicken, broccoli, & rice casserole
Monday: Leftovers
Tuesday: Cheeseburgers & Tater Tots
Wednesday: Cereal, fruit & eggs (husband had a meeting, so I went the easy route!)
Thursday: Thai takeout
Friday: I will be going to a girl's night out to see "Bad Moms", so we're catching a quick dinner somewhere in town!
Saturday: Dinner in Atlanta with grandparents

Monday, August 1, 2016

Kroger 7/30: 47% Savings

I haven't posted a grocery trip in a while...mostly because we've gone to doing alot of our shopping at Costco or Aldi, but we do step into Publix and Kroger on a semi-regular basis still, but mostly to grab milk, eggs, bread, etc.

I have stepped away from couponing with less time on my hands, but I still keep my notebook (although it's not as full as it once was!) and on rare occasion, remember to actually bring it with me! On this particular trip, I ended up buying more than I'd planned on because of the Mega Deals. I bought 10 participating products in the Mega Week, which took $10 off my total. Also, ya'll, grapes were $1.28/lb. This is an AWESOME price. I wanted to buy all the grapes. But, I didn't. Just 4 lbs. Which is actually alot, but they are sooooo good! The blueberries weren't supposed to be in this picture...we also hit up a Trader Joes on Saturday!
Total after coupons & Mega Sale: $31.58
Total Retail: $59.39
Total Savings: 47%

(6) Cascadian Farms Cereal @ $1.99 each, so $11.94 total (reg. $3.59 each)
    -(3) $1/2 peelies
Final Price: $8.94 or $1.49 per box

Ritz Crackers @ $1.77 (reg. $2.89 each)

Jimmy Dean Sausage Roll @ $2.49 (reg. $3.99 each)

Kroger Cheese Block @ $1.49 (reg. $3.59)

Thomas Bagels @ $2.50
    -.75/1 Thomas bagel when you buy a dairy product peelie
Final Price: $1.75

Kroger Beef for Stew @ $5.62 on Manager's Special

Peter Pan Simply Ground @ $2.50
    -Free product coupon from Crowdtap
Final Price: FREE!

Simply Cheetos @ $@.49 reg. $3.69)

4 lbs Red Grapes @ $1.28/lb, so $5.12 total

(2) Minneolas @ 2/$1 (reg. $1.50)

Friday, July 29, 2016

Dinner Menu: Week of 7.24

Have ya'll ever heard of The Fresh Market grocery store? I used to never shop there since the prices seemed pretty exorbitant, but this summer the prices on produce have been pretty good! An organic avocado for .78? Don't mind if I do! They also have what's called Little Big Meals. These used to be a meal that they had every Thursday, and it was the same meal for a month. Now, they do a different meal each week, but have it every day! Instead of spending $30 on a complete meal, it's always $20, and you get all the ingredients to make a complete meal, including dessert! I don't do it all the time, but in a pinch it's really helpful and it's introduced us to some new flavors I would otherwise not have thought to buy!

So, we did that on Tuesday because they also have $2.99/lb hormone free chicken breasts AND ground chuck....which I used to make the tacos you see below. I buy a few pounds of each, and freeze them for future use...that way I'm not making weekly trips to the store! I also buy organic ground beef from Costco but this is a nice supplement and I know I'm still getting good quality meat!

Sunday: Tacos
Monday: Skillet pork shops, baked potato and peas
Tuesday: Angel hair pasta with pesto sauce/shrimp and salad
Wednesday: Leftover pesto pasta and salad
Thursday: Chicken chili
Friday: Pizza (that I will get for free thanks to mystery shopping!)
Saturday: Leftovers

Thursday, July 28, 2016

(Our FAVORITE!) Sandra Boynton's "Moo Baa La La La" Only $2.75 on Amazon!

This is our favorite Sandra Boynton book by far...Charlie is just picking up the sounds and it's so cute! Our copy is quite worn...I'm debating actually buying another copy or two to give as baby gifts!
"Moo Baa La La La" is only $2.75 on Amazon today....I know I've seen it at TJ Maxx for $4, but never $2.75! It retails full price at $5.99!

If you have Amazon Prime, the book will ship free in 2 days, or get free shipping with a $49 order. Otherwise, shipping will most likely be $3.99.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Nuby Review: Super Spout Grip-N-Sip

In addition to the stainless steel options Nuby sent me to try, I also was given a plastic/silicone combo sippy, the Nuby Super Spout Grip-N-Sip. To be honest, this was not my first go-round with this cup. It was the first one I think I ever bought when Sam was little...it says it can be used from 4 months+, but even at 10 months Sam couldn't figure that thing out. I don't blame him....it's tricky to bite at just the right spot! As far as holding the cup though...the double handle made it very easy for even young babies to hold, so it was neat (albeit frustrating at times!) to watch Sam (and then Charlie) learn to use the cup.

I'll tell you what though--Sam wore that cup OUT. I didn't even realize how much he had until I received the new cup--and then realized I probably should've recycled the old one long ago! It truly is no spill, which makes it a bit trickier to get fluid out, but comes in handy when toddlers who like to throw things around (ahem....Sam and Charlie...) get a hold of it!

I'm not as wild about the plastic cup, but it is good for long car trips, and the mouth is mostly touching the silicone spout, so I've conceded that this cup is pretty decent at needed times. It comes in multiple colors--we have the more boy/neutral version of colors in our house, although I'm not sure my boys would really care one way or the other! I know I took a picture of Charlie using his cup...but in a mass deletion recently, I think I cleared out a few extra photos....oops!

The cups are fairly easy to clean, but the silicone insert does need to be taken out before each washing! It can be found at a multitude of places, but my go to is usually TJ Maxx or Amazon!

www.amazon.com
www.diapers.com
www.babiesrus.com
Walmart
TJ Maxx
Tuesday Morning
Buy Buy Baby
Kmart
CVS

Friday, July 15, 2016

Dinner Menu: Week of 7.10

I remember when I lived by myself, and my now husband I were dating, but only got to have meals (together) on the weekend for the most part. Most nights, I'd just eat a bowl of cereal for dinner because it was way too much work to make a meal that only I was going to eat. Every now and then I was inspired to cook, but I'm almost positive I survived on single frozen meals and cereal. I honestly don't remember very well....but, I do remember thinking, it'll be great when I have a family and I cook dinner every night--it'll be a varied and healthy menu!

Fast forward 7 years....and most nights I'm thinking, can't I just feed everyone cereal tonight? Coming up with an actual meal that everybody will eat is becoming harder everyday! But alas....it still gets done. Even if it is last minute....

Sunday: Leftover pasta w/ marinara sauce
Monday: Poppyseed chicken w/ brown rice
Tuesday: Leftover chicken
Wednesday: Skillet cooked bratwursts, baked potatoes & broccoli
Thursday: Blueberry pancakes & scrambled eggs
Friday: Local Jamaican restaurant where I have a Groupon!
Saturday: White bean soup
 
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