Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Been a busy few weeks...

Just popping in for a quick update. Work and life are busy, however we are finding a new normal and embracing change.

Little dude is walking around... teething...

We went to our friends wedding and had a "time" - it was great, however we both had a horrible stomach flu little dude brought home from daycare that we haven't fully recovered from.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Life and random updates

Things are pretty normal on our end.

I'm on my last week of the #21DayFix and little dude is as cute as ever. I'm glad i've been sticking with it. Clothes are fitting better, I've got more energy and the workouts are making me stronger! I think I might keep it up and do another round after because its really easy to make it a lifestyle change. After all, after 21 days its now a habit :)

Friday is hubs birthday and despite it being the big 3-0, we're not planning anything crazy... my birthday is the following week as well for the 3-0 (and also mothers day) so were just keeping things mellow since there's just so much going on.

SCB's mom will be in town for a lace class, were watching a friends kiddo, then there's batchelorette stuff and wedding stuff the following weekend that its just best to wait till things slow down so we can enjoy a little celebration.

On a sad note, my cat died... I got him when he was 1 or 2 from the shelter, but when I went off to college he became my mom's cat... He had a good 16 or 17 years but went horribly fast in a sudden stroke... My mom's really beat up about it, but she doesn't want a replacement animal.

In happier news, I am excited that we are planning something for our 5 year anniversary! We're going to go Zip lining! I'm a big fan of doing things instead of acquiring things, so i'm looking forward to seeing the sites! Hubs and I will play hookie on a Thursday in July, drop little dude off a daycare and have a day to ourselves with a little hiking, zip lining and lunch.

Speaking of lunch, little dudes favorite thing to do is thief your snack. Say you sit down with something to eat because he's happily playing and occupied... second he gets wind that your eating food, he's automatically interested (doesn't matter if he's just eaten too or if your munching on broccoli)... He just walks over and expects you to share... (and that smile of his just means you can't say no). Yesterday my husband had to keep feeding him noodles out of his pasta salad and I had to share some of my fruit and yogurt today.

We are also going to get our first night alone without Master Booger Bear when my friends wedding rolls around in late May. Unfortunately we won't be able to sleep in since we have to be back home by 10 am to pick him up, but well have a night to ourselves and breakfast without a toddler....

Our friends are being super awesome and are going to watch little dude since I'm a bridesmaid and its a late Sunday night wedding where no kids are allowed.

I'm also doing an online fundraiser for Relay For Life -- If you want to pick up anything from Thirty-One gifts, use the link below and 20% of your purchase goes to support the cause :)

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Monday, April 18, 2016

Week 2

I swear there are days were I don't think we would survive without Amazon prime, lol. The convenience factor alone has eliminated trips out to the store sans Walmart, Target (for diapers only), and Costco --especially since Sprouts will deliver to our door.

And that my friends is making this week 2 round of the 21 day fix so awesome. I didn't get enough produce and I like to sort and measure out my meals on Sunday and Monday so I don't have a mid week crisis and eat a whole loaf of bread or crackers... But I didn't order enough food for me and little dude and Sprouts delivery came to the rescue. God bless the $30 minimum order and free delivery! SCB is getting better about the healthy eating, so I just pad my weekly apple order and add a couple bananas and he eats whatever I put down for him for dinner so that's when I sneak his veggies in -- but I didn't calculate enough fruit to mix in with plain yogurt and snacks for little dude for the week.

Speaking of the #21dayfix, I'm already down 4 lbs after week 1 (I'm not going to measure inches until the final week, but i'm hoping by the end of this week i'll be able to knock off a 2 more lbs and hit the 160's again). Its been hard to do the meal prep and get the work outs in (I had a crazy week planned already), but I did it!

Little dude will be walking any day now. He walks besides us if we hold 1 of his hands and he's a total 1 finger surfer. A couple times he lets go, takes a step and grabs another part of the couch, so He's almost there.

SCB is getting busy at work with inventory so he's a bit more stressed than usual.... but were managing.

Got to keep this post short... little dude is attacking the dirty laundry basket in an effort to turn off my desk lights while I type. To keep him happy I have to keep pausing after every few words to hit the light switch back on so we can continue to play our little game.

Nap time will be food prep time so I can get the rest of my lunch bags set for the week.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

21 day fix

It's been hard being over weight for a whole year while I pumped and worried more about making milk and less about myself. I'm really excited to make time for me now that little dude is a year old and i'm "free" of my pump!

I'm finally getting to tackle the 21 day fix I purchased a while ago. I'm on day two and while i'm totally out of shape, I'm loving the program, getting sweaty and feeling it!

I have 20 lbs gets me back to my "normal" ... 30 lbs gets me to my post college healthy weight ... 40 lbs gets me to fit... something I haven't seen since like high school I think...

I'm gonna have to do a few "rounds" to get there, but I'm in it for myself. (So much so that I told hubby to sign me up for a 10k in November at Disneyland for my birthday party this year.)

I'm hoping to break back into the 150's by mothers day (which is also my birthday this year)!

Anyone done the #21DayFix before? I found a great local coach (she actually trains at the rec center I work at so its nice to get face to face support if I need it). Any tips?

I'm not doing the whole Shakeology thing this time around so I won't be able to provide feedback on that but I'm motivated to be a healthy mom who can chase my soon to be walking toddler around!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Little Dude's Birthday

South County Boy's parents came down to California for a visit in honor of little dudes first birthday.

We rented the picnic shelter in the park since our place was too small for his parents and mine and it gave us a good excuse to have a fun gathering with family and friends.

Just the day before we "introduced" little man to the little walker we picked up for him. He seemed to catch on fast enough because the next day at his party he was all over the park with that sucker (well until it needed to turn that is!).

He had a great time and it was fun for me to see some friends and be social for a bit.

My friend even made him a Mickey Cake for him to attack. It took him a while and a lot of coaching for him to play with it, but eventually he caught on and stuck his hands in it.

He was more interested in playing with it than eating it!

Bets are being taken, but we are pretty sure little dude is going to be walking sometime this month.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

March Spending - Easter Edition

It was a crazy expensive month for us... but with the way we are handling our finances (and have been for many years now) we didn't "feel" the pinch shelling out almost $1000 for car repairs, planning little dude's birthday party, doing Easter, experimenting with sippy cups and getting things together for my friends May wedding (of which i'm a bridesmaid)....

Things that a few years ago would have caused headaches and massive planning are now just on auto. Have a car expense, take it from the car fund... gifts, no sweat- pull from the gift fund.... Had to spend a little extra on the baby, pull from the slush fund...

Since we are so diligent each month with our various savings accounts, we aren't having to scramble when the out of the ordinary expenditures come up and its so freeing!

As I mentioned, we went THREE times to the auto mechanic.
  1. First, SCB drove over a blade and had to get 4 new tires for his car because they were all really bad.
  2. Then I got my car smog done and the guy who tested it said I needed new breaks and my engine was running horribly. I wouldn't let them work on it and i'm glad I told them i'd just take it to my regular place because IT WAS ABSOLUTELY FINE. I didn't know it at the time however. Thankfully I did know that I needed to replace something with my alignment that wasn't vital but was on the list of "things to do next time you bring in your car" so I scheduled that repair and then told them to check out the breaks and the engine while they were at it. What I love about our mechanic is he tells the truth. My breaks are still fine, and my engine was fine, so they just did the thing I asked them to replace.
  3. Since SCB's birthday is coming around the corner, we decided we were going to get him a new car stereo and speakers... so he started taking apart his dash board and messing with the speakers. Somehow in the process, he disconnected his fan and air conditioning unit, and his defrost... and couldn't get it back together. He didn't want to take more of it apart for fear of making the problem even worse, so back to the mechanic to pay a $132 "stupid" tax. They found the item that was "unplugged" and he got his oil changed, but it was a good lesson for him to learn.  

Then we registered my car, paid the smog fee and we replaced SCB's trunk pistons so his truck stays open when he opens it...   -$917.79

Eli's birthday is coming up and this month we picked up some decorations off amazon ($40), bought a little wagon at costco to help us haul stuff down to the park, and purchased most of his party food (between family and a few friends if everyone shows up well have a fun gathering of around 40 people in the park... It wasn't going to be that large of an affair, but since most of our friends have small kids and 3 or 4 of them to boot, you never know what can happen so we could have 40 people, or more realistically 20... However, we need to make sure we can feed everyone, so were doing BBQ pulled pork sandwiches. I'll crock pot up all the meat on Friday and Saturday so we can just heat everything up on Sunday morning for the lunch. Any leftovers we can freeze so we won't waist money on expensive sandwich trays that will go to waste if not eaten in a few days. So this month we picked up all the non-perishables like drinks and the meat (which went into the freezer).

I picked up a few things for my friends wedding (I need two outfits because they are getting married twice - one wedding for his family, one for hers) attended a fun "tea" bridal shower and sent a gift up to her house (baking supplies since she's an avid baker).

We went over on groceries, under on eating out, and i'm counting down the few days left of pumping until i'm free to hit the gym hard and get this body of mine back in shape!

March Spending:
Groceries: $398.74
Gasoline: $233.60
Car Repairs: $917.79

  • Registration: $95
  • Smog: $41
  • Camry: $230.15
  • Escort: $367.09 + $132.73 +$51.82

Eating Out: $83.44
Clothes: (me) $92.91
Gifts: $124.61
Baby: $189.33
Tithe: $1,269.00
  Daycare: $800.00
Doctors Visits/Prescriptions: $28.89
Roxy: $16.88
Pocket money: $70.00
Internet: $52.99
  • HOA: $350.00
  • Mortgage: $1,099.90
Cell Phones: $49.17
Electricity: $78.12
Other: $385.83

  • lego set $10.62 
  • lego set   $10.62
  • tooth brush $6.96 
  • Party Decorations   $13.46 
  • Party Decorations, Flash Light $33.87 
  • Party Decorations   $6.48 
  • Bulk Bathroom Cleaner $44.59 
  • hooks, tooth brush,   $14.38 
  • Make up and lotion $59.40 
  • Cart Plus B-day food. $131.87 
  • Belt for wedding $6.99 
  • headband for wedding $4.08 
  • Rockabilly skirt, knife  $42.51 

2016 Spending:

Groceries: $1,238.08

  • Gasoline: $552.27
  • Registration: $95
  • Smog: $41
  • Repairs:
    • Camry: $230.15
    • Escort: $551.64

Eating Out: $214.72
Clothes: (me) $134.71
Gifts: $313.79
Baby: $439.86
Tithe: $2,540.00
Daycare: $2,600.00
Doctors Visits/Prescriptions: $118.55
Roxy: $153.80
Pocket money: $210.00
Internet: $158.97
  • HOA: $1,000.00
  • Mortgage: $3,267.19
  • Weather stripping: $6.12
  • Fix heater: $22.41 
Cell Phones: $374.70
Electricity: $144.92
Other: $2,130.29
  • Computer Parts/Technology:
    • $11.24     2 charge cables 
    • $14.17  Computer cables 
    • $8.99  Comp Cable 
    • $198.39 Monitor
    • $174.95 Hard drive
    • $107.95 Router
    • $198.39 Monitor
    • $47.00  Mouse
    • $13.00     Batteries 
  • House Items:
    • $7.99   Measuring cups 
    • $28.30 Dish Soap and trash bags 
    • $4.04   Bike Hook  
    • $10.25 Step stool 
    • $44.59 Bulk Bathroom Cleaner
    • $14.38 hooks, tooth brush
    • $6.96 tooth brush
  • $25.00   Massages (tip)
  • $296.79  Outside storage bin, tie down straps, paint, mounting board for monitors
  • $256.40   New Mattress 
  • $155.47   Running Shoes
  • $35.83      Husband Toys (Legos, cookies, etc) 
  • $50.00      Hair Cuts  
  • $71.98      Turbo Tax
  • $53.58 Wedding
  • $59.40 Make up and lotion 
  • $185.68 Eli's Birthday (Includes Wagon).