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I can't even decide if this week was especially good or not, but it happened so that in itself is worth something!

14. November 2014

Another good(ish) week in the books!*

* I actually don't know what this phrase means. Does it mean this week is history? Because I certainly didn't record the events of my own life in any books... although I guess I did write in my journal once, which is an improvement over most weeks!

I won't say this week was necessarily easy, because it wasn't. Clara's sleep 'schedule' is inconvenient (again) and Tim has been working a lot and even though the days flew by, the hours went by slowly.

Know what I mean?

I did make an effort to spend more time reading and less time in front of the TV, so that was nice. I'm going to attempt to set restrictions on my TV/social media time at night, but that may be a losing battle. I'm setting myself up mentally for no TV after 10pm, but we'll see how that social media rule goes, because I have a horrible habit of scrolling aimlessly in bed.

Last night I was admiring that one of our trees had all of its leaves still attached. This morning I woke up and not one leaf was still on the tree. Winter is definitely coming.

Anyway, those thoughts are neither here nor there... onto Friday-type things!

(This Week) I've Learned:

  • I'm not the only one that thinks nursing in public should be a non-issue. (here)
  • Some tips on simplification. "The thing about being married is that your pre-marital crap cuddles up to your spouse’s pre-marital crap in the basement with the lights off when no one is watching, spawns and creates more crap. When kids come along, the process amplifies exponentially." (here)
  • 45% of people are planning on shopping on Thanksgiving day. I do not approve of this, by the way. (here)
  • What the republican agenda might be. (here)
  • "Jumping between jobs in your 20s, which strikes many people as wayward and noncommittal, improves the chance that you'll find more satisfying—and higher paying—work in your 30s and 40s." (here)

(This Week) Clara

... decided to start napping again (thank goodness)! For the past few weeks she had been on a sleep strike during the day.

... has gone back to her bad habit of not going to sleep until almost midnight and sleeping until noon.

... enjoyed (I assume) accompanying me to my postnatal workout classes - which are completely kicking my butt.

... watched me learn to parallel park and didn't laugh even once.

... has found her voice and has subsequently started yelling all-day-long. I love it but it gets to be a bit much!

(This Week) I Wrote:

  • Thoughts. (Mon)
  • How to save money when shopping online. (Tues)
  • About wanting to create holiday traditions (Thurs)

We're spending this weekend in Michigan with our small group - which we're super excited about! It should be a nice weekend away from the city.

I hope you had a wonderful week and have an exciting/relaxing/eventful/uneventful/perfect weekend!

I need to know your family (holiday) traditions so I can pass them off as my own.

13. November 2014

I was at my mom's house the past few days, and we were discussing holiday plans. You know, the typical 'when are you coming over here vs Tim's family's place' etc etc. 

Then we started talking about decorating.


Wish lists.

You get the idea.

I mean, the holiday season comes quickly and I think being a parent makes that even more true so one can never be too prepared! (Sidenote: I used to be the person who didn't even think about Christmas until Christmas Eve... being a mom has changed me.)


(Last Christmas I was 15 weeks pregnant... wow!)

Anyway. I've always been a bit bothered by the lack of traditions my family had when I was little. Some years we went to Cincinnati (where my extended family lives), some years we didn't. Some years we cut down our own tree, some years we bought it from a parking lot, pre-cut. Some years we went to church on Christmas Eve, other years we went on Christmas Day. We never had a specific meal for Thanksgiving/Christmas/etc.

Well, I want different for Clara (and Tim and myself). I want there to be some sort of 'routine' or event that Clara (and we) can look forward to every single year.

I will admit that I'm becoming overwhelmed with this sense of 'ohmygosh this is Clara's first Thanksgiving/Christmas and we need new traditions and if we don't start them this year we'll never have them and she'll end up in therapy for the rest of her life because of it!'

I mean, yeah, that's a little dramatic, but you get the general idea.

Should I be collecting an ornament every year? Should we have certain decorations we collect? Should we have a tradition of opening presents? What traditions do people even have that children love all the way into adulthood?!

I don't want to do everything, of course, I just want there to be a few awesome things that I can easily incorporate into the holiday season - and of course, I'd love it to not revolve around consumerism.

I'm no expert on this, so I thought I would ask you.

I guess this isn't really a blog post at all, it's more of a question that is too long to ask and properly answer on Twitter.

What Thanksgiving / Christmas / Holiday traditions do you love?!*

* I may steal them from you.

Taking 5 extra minutes.

11. November 2014

You may know this about me already, but I really dislike stuff. 

I'm not a huge shopper (although I do love Amazon Prime), I don't get excited about 'great deals', I hate dusting around things on shelves and vacuuming around stuff on my floors, and an overflowing closet just stresses me out.

That being said, I have an abundance of winter jackets and shoes and I just refuse to get rid of them. We all have our weaknesses.

Now that we're down to living on one-income, I've attempted to slow down my spending even more, and I've found one fool-proof way to save money while shopping online.

Oh wait, two ways.

How To Save Money When Shopping Online

1.) Sign up for Ebates. It's simple, you go to Ebates and then go to an online store from their search feature and then you get cash back after every purchase you make. Yes, I love telling you about this because I get a referral bonus and you get a gift card to a store as soon as you sign up FOR FREE, but I also mention it because I've saved hundreds of dollars in just a few years - and I don't even shop very much! Basically, it's too good not to share, and I know that a lot of my friends don't even use it. I just don't get it.

2.) Leave your online 'shopping cart' sit for a few minutes. I find that if I go to a site and put things in my cart, then view my cart, then go to another (non-shopping) website for a while, chances are I won't even remember what I put into my cart when I return, and I can usually determine that I don't need the items I thought I couldn't live without a few minutes earlier. Of course if I return to the cart 10 minutes and can't wait to hit that 'Check-Out' button, I know it was meant to be, and I can complete my transaction guilt-free!

Ta-da, that's all there is to it!

What methods work for you to save money online?!

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