Sunday, October 31, 2010
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Friday, October 29, 2010
This whole pregnancy thing is so new to me, and I have been getting tons of great advice from friends, online friends, and total strangers. I'm a member of the Frugal Living community on Blog Frog, so asked those fun folks for their best frugal pregnancy tips to share with y'all. They came up with some great stuff! I'll share all of the tips with you over the next few weeks.
Have a friend who was just pregnant? Talk to them about maternity clothes. Maybe they'll let you borrow some shirts.
Talk to friends and neighbors who are all done having kids - esp if they just had their last kid. They're dying to get rid of their old stuff. Check for safety issues.
Don't pay any medical bill that hasn't been through your insurance. I overpaid the doctor's office because they insisted on a certain amount that *they* expected. It took a WHOLE YEAR to get my refund check."
- from Heart Baby Home
"This may sound silly to you but I just had a baby and this my personal experience. With my first, I craved taco bell like no tomorrow. And I ate it all the time. And whatever else I craved. With the baby I just had I craved pizza all the time. Instead of ordering out for it, we did homemade pizza and almost always had some in the fridge. When I was hungry but didn't know what I wanted I would eat cereal. I had a ton in my stockpile and after awhile that's what I craved. Those two things helped me save money on my cravings while pregnant!"
- from Fabulessly Frugal
"Always try the cheaper brands first. My babies all did fine with the off brand diapers and I saved nearly $10 on a big box (buy the big box) each time. This is the same for wipes, food, bottles, etc.
Also, get items that grow with the baby: a crib that turns into a twin bed, a car seat that grows with baby,
Our baby started eating the same things we were eating as soon as he could have solid foods. A $6 mini food processor makes your meal edible for the baby. Since we get vegetables from the garden and meat from the farm, we know the baby isn't getting overly-processed foods either."
- from Keeping Up with the Joneses
I would not forget about thrift stores and yard sales too. You can find really awesome clothes for you and your baby all up until they are about 3-4 years old. Most people have too much stuff for their baby that is never used or maybe used only once and that includes clothes, and bedding."
- from Saving Your Green
Somewhere for them to sleep, if even a pack&play next to your bed or cradle/basinet/baby moses basket for first couple of months too."
- from 3 Boys and Adoption ?!?
I would love to hear all of your Frugal Pregnancy tips as well. Share them with me in the comment section!
Monday, October 25, 2010
We have been trying for a baby for three months now, and this time around I was sure we were pregnant. Jed asked me to wait until I was 3 days late to test. We took the test that night, and it was a bit inconclusive. It was the kind with the plus and minus signs, but the cross bar on the plus sign was VERY light. I didn't know what to think. The test instructions stated that even a faint cross bar was a positive, but we just weren't totally sure. We prayed that night for our future child, as we had been praying for three months.
The next day I drove to Walgreen's and bought the digital test, the one that reads - pregnant or not pregnant. I figured I couldn't screw that up, right? I took the test while Jed was still at work (I work from home a lot) because I couldn't wait. It said with certainty - PREGNANT! I immediately called and texted Jed, telling him to call me asap but that everything was ok. I'm sure he knew immediately that we were pregnant. He called me after school and was so excited.
That night he took me out to dinner at Tillman's Roadhouse, a cool restaurant in the Bishop Arts District. It is fancier than our normal fare, and felt like a real celebration. I'll feature it in a post later. The coolest thing about finding out we are having a baby is that we both have a total feeling of peace about it.
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Friday, October 15, 2010
Thursday, October 14, 2010
I will be setting up a new fall display and carving some pumpkins at our new house!
Would you put up with a crazy landlord to avoid moving and stay in a nice house?
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Here's the coolest thing about this large size rose: you can wear it as a hair clip, or as a brooch. I've added a pin on the back that can easily be attached to a sweater or t-shirt, or even a necklace. Yay!
I'm not sure why this looks like a mug shot. At least it is a mug shot with festive hair.
So, here are the three sizes and three colors. I've made one of each for myself, and will start making some for Etsy pronto. I can of course make any of the colors in any size.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
I haven't quite figured out how to wear it tucked behind my ear. I'll keep working on it, don't worry.
Monday, October 4, 2010
The velvet was trickier to work with than felt, because the rough edges don't look so great. I had to double each strip over to create thick "petals" and hide the rough edges.
The rose is backed with a simple alligator clip that holds pretty well in my thin, fine hair.
Here are all three colors and sizes. I'll be showing off the other two later on this week. I'd love to hear your opinions about which color and size you like best. Hopefully I'll be posting some of them on Etsy later on.
Stay tuned to see the medium red and large teal designs later this week.