Day 19 of 2018 and I’ve missed blogging.
It has been a long, exciting and painful week since I last posted. A few times I started to sit down and try to type something up, but the truth is I have been completely drained. Between everyday life, working on my android developer class, and being in pain. I don’t have much left in me at night. Truthfully, I wouldn’t be typing this now if I hadn’t needed desperately to floss my teeth.
Yes, floss my teeth.
I don’t know if it’s pregnancy, or if it’s just where I’ve gotten so used to using my water flosser every night, but if I don’t floss before bed my gums ache something awful. I’m sure this isn’t all that interesting to you, but I bought an off brand water flosser just a couple months ago because I have weird spacing in my back teeth that make it hard to floss. Since using the water flosser, if I go even a day without the water flosser I can tell there is food and gunk left in there and it kills my mouth. The regular old string floss just doesn’t work for me.
Or, maybe I need to go to the dentist.
Anyway, I haven’t been blogging for long, but I really missed it this past week. It helps keep me focused and motivates me to find and execute new and old ways of saving money. Something I’ve not been doing very well with this past week. My pelvic pain is out of control. I can barely clean and walking in a grocery store is pretty much impossible. The hubby has been having to pick up a tremendous amount of slack from me lately.
I’m not beating myself up about it, however. I have a lot going on physically and the hubby has the weight of the world on his shoulders. We’re doing the best we can under the circumstances. There are many good things I can’t wait to share with you from this week though. So, on to the good stuff…
Hello Rev A Shelf
We finally (by we I mean the hubby) managed to get my pot/pan organizer installed. I don’t know where this thing has been all my life, but I’m so glad it’s here now. It holds all of my pots/pans, except for my bake ware, and it’s so easy to use.
I started looking up the other types of organizers they have and almost fell out of my seat. These things are so, so expensive. I didn’t realize just how good of a deal the hubby got when he managed to pick this up from a Facebook yard sale site for only $40 until today. The Rev A Shelf stuff is super nice, but also super expensive.
If you find yourself in need of cabinet organizers, make sure you check locally first. On our local buy and sell pages there are a ton of pallet sellers that usually have stuff like this. This is where this came from actually. Just make sure they verify all the parts are there and the item is working. Lesson learned after buying a “new” cheap rice cooker. It ended up in the trash.
My Green Thumb
So, I don’t really have a green thumb. Typically, everything I try to grow dies because I eventually forget it even exists. My green onions and celery, however, are growing pretty well. The first day I noticed that my green onions were taller than the glass I couldn’t stop pointing it out to the daughter and hubby. I had no idea you could even regrow what would be normally tossed out as scraps.
Breakfast Bar Fake Out
Last weekend, I woke up one morning and came downstairs with the toddler as usual. Hubby was already up and after greeting us he asked if I wanted to go out for breakfast. My first instinct was to say yes, enthusiastically I’ll add. I love, love, love breakfast bars and we very rarely go. As in, the last time we were at a breakfast bar the toddler was only a few months old. He’s 3 now.
Then, I started to think about the cost and suggested making our own breakfast bar using mostly what we had on hand and adding a few things if needed. After I said that hubby started breaking down the cost of things if we fixed it at home and decided it wasn’t worth it. I was pretty proud of him. He was pretty proud of himself when he came back and had spent less than what we would have at a breakfast bar on extras we didn’t have, plus food easy lunches for him and the kids.
I fixed enough food for us to eat on it for more than one meal so that was a nice added bonus.
Something I’ve been trying to do more of lately is stretching leftover meals into whole new meals. Typically, leftover are just eaten as are the next day by whoever gets to them first. The past couple of days I’ve been doing things a little different.
Pictured above is some mac & cheese with shredded broccoli. I decided to make it because the toddler loves broccoli, one of the only veggies he’ll eat, and we only had one stalk left. Since it wasn’t enough for a side and I had some left leftover noodles from making chili mac, I though adding the two together with some cheese would work.
The toddler loved it.
I didn’t get a picture of the chili mac like I had planned, but it was pretty good. I had made chili one night for dinner and there really wasn’t enough left for the next day. Instead of one or two people finishing it off, I added half a pound of noodles and it worked for a full dinner the next night.
The night before I made homemade sweet chili sauce to go on top of some beef, peppers, and rice. It turned out pretty good, but I wasn’t crazy over the rice and the sauce. So, this morning we had leftover sweet, cinnamon rice and for dinner I turned the leftover meat and pepper mix and sauce into a soup. Since the hubby isn’t a fan of soup by itself for a meal I added in some grilled cheese. It wasn’t even enough for two people and I turned it into another meal for 4 with leftovers.
Freezer Meal Breakfast
At my prenatal appointment the other day they told me that my iron was low after some bloodwork. I haven’t been to pick up my iron supplement yet due to snowy weather, so I have been trying to have some iron packed meals. Pictured above was my partial freezer meal iron packed breakfast.
I fixed the soup beans in December. I’ve loved having single portion size bags frozen that I can heat up when I want. I still have one bag left. The eggs are just chopped kale and tomatoes scrambled into the eggs. I used to eat my eggs like this all the time and stopped for some reason. I’m looking forward to fixing them often again.
Compliments for Coupons
This is what I was sent through the mail this week for reaching out to different companies. I haven’t taken the time to sit down and email any new companies and I need to get on that. I love getting these. Included in this batch is two free product coupons for Frito Lays brand!
Cheap or Frugal
Sometime this past week I realized that I do something that saves money and I’m not sure if it’s frugal, or cheap. I used to collect those tiny little sample bottles/packs with good intentions. I once had probably two hundred. After way too much time of letting them collect dust, I started opening the bottles and letting them sit and drain into the full size bottles. If you’re weird about your body wash or shampoo, this might not work for you, but I don’t really care. Soap is soap to me.
I just thought I’d share in case you’re like I was and have a million of these little bottles hanging around collecting dust and taking up space in your home as well.
I’m not sure if I’ll manage to post again soon, but I plan to try to make Friday my blogging day at the very least. I miss blogging, but this baby is going to be here in six weeks or less and I’m trying my best to get as much of this 4 month class done before he or she gets here. I really want to get it completed and do well so that I have a shot at the second scholarship for the 9 month nanodegree. If I can complete this, it could become a huge money saver and maker for our family.
I’m not really sure what I’ll be able to share next week as my goals have sort of went out the window. With my physical condition getting worse, I’m just doing what I can and trying to keep myself from doing too much. I do know that closer to February I will be starting my seeds that will eventually be planted outdoors and I absolutely cannot wait. I have plans to do a combo of back deck gardening, raised beg gardening, and some regular old ground gardening.
I won’t be going overboard with however much I plant, and how it’s planted will be done so in a way that I will be able to manage it in whatever physical shape I’m in after a hysterectomy, if that’s’ what I end up with. It might be ambitious to try to plant vegetables when a new baby is coming through a complicated surgical delivery, but I’m going to give it my best shot. Hopefully recovery is a breeze and I can go on with life as usual.