Breastfeeding can be such a daunting thing to so many people and pressure to do so is everywhere. Weather you choose to or not is totally up to you! It was a goal of mine to breastfeed and I was very nervous if I would be successful.
I am happy to say I am. It was not easy and I had to push through pain, bleeding. blisters, blebs, clogged ducts, mastitis and more. What women can do is amazing. In the hospital my baby only wanted to latch to one side, so yes I am lopsided, after working with a lactation consultant we determined that using a guard worked beast. She latched right away and I used it from then on (both sides). I really think this also helped with adding in the bottle because she was already used to the texture and it wasn’t a new or shocking change.
After my milk came in and I was about 6 weeks postpartum I started pumping to build up my stash for daycare while I was back to work. It started out slow and not much came out. I was so upset but just like with breastfeeding you have to push through. Your body is learning something new and it takes time to adapt. Not long after pumping on a regular schedule was I able to fill the bottles in 12 minutes or less.
I would pump the opposite side while she ate. This saved time and allowed me to build my stash while not adding in another time commitment during the day. While I work I pump 3 times to keep the supply going because she is still exclusively breastfeeding with some table food.
How I freeze and Store
- I pump and then pour it into the storage bags, I do not have a bag preference all have worked just fine for me. I fill each bag up to the full 6 ounces. I do this because it takes up less space, saves bags and is easy to thaw and use knowing they are all the same. I don’t have to pick and choose what I need.
- I seal and re-seal the bag several times and lay it flat in the freezer.
- Once the milk is frozen I stand the bag up in a storage bin. I place them in order in the bin with the oldest up front and each new one behind.
- I keep each filled bin in our freezer in the garage. (I honestly don’t know what I would do if we didn’t have the extra freezer)
- I only keep one bin in the freezer in our kitchen. This is the bin of oldest milk and what I use to thaw and feed her with when she needs a bottle.
This has been what has worked best for us and kept things organized and moving for use.
I took a poll on Instagram recently wondering how many people went to more than one grocery store for their shopping needs. I was surprised at the response but it appears that 60% do! The other 40% thought it was too much work.
I recently have been going to two different stores because it has been saving a lot of money on our shopping. I will most likely be upping it to three because getting all the cleaning supplies and such I have found another place to go for even less. It does take more time but all the stores are fairly close and the savings is significant enough to make it worth it to me. Some areas or small towns this may be more difficult.
The way I break down our shopping:
- Produce & Meat
- Snacks, Boxed items, non perishable items
- Cleaning Supplies/Personal Care Items
In the past I have used a lot of coupons but that didn’t really make a difference, I now only use coupons on the food items we buy. Trying new brands or products never worked out for us, but it may for you. Using the stores rewards cards and apps actually seem to save us more money. The apps give you coupons you may not otherwise find and special discounts in the specific store.
We tend to go grocery shopping twice a month and cook a lot at home. Especially with me working from home now our shopping needs have slightly changed so going once a month just isn’t enough with perishable foods and produce.
Do you go to more than one store? What are your grocery shopping tips?
Oh boy have things been going on with the house. I am not happy to say that we found out we had a slab leak, for anyone unfamiliar that means a leak under the foundation of our house! (Yes, we just moved in and yes, we are very sure the sellers knew about it.) However, we needed to focus on fixing it. Who knows how long they let this go but I was immediately alerted after our first water and gas bill. The water company even contacted us to say based on the consumption you most likely have a leak. So investigating began.
I checked everything, nothing was running, but our meter was. Everyone kept trying to say it was a leaking toilet but those had all been checked. When the plumber arrived, who was so nice and professional, he agreed not the toilet. He had a hard time finding it at first but once he turned off our tankless water heater the meter stopped. Meaning a pipe leading to or from the water heater was the problem. Since we do not have a tank we weren’t running out of hot water it was just constantly making hot water. They used sound over our floors to locate the leak and luckily were able to break through the garage floor with no tunneling needed to find and replace the pipe. (For some time we thought they would have to break through the kitchen floor.) The leak is now fixed! I would definitely recommend this plumbing company, Service Contractors Plumbing and specifically James. He was great!
Now that the leak was fixed I had to finally give in and organize our garage. I didn’t want to purchase anything new at this time to complete this because I wanted to get things cleaned out and put away with what we had. Now I can take some time to see what we need or want to change about the garage. I am happy with how it is for now, we just need to find a place to take the 6 huge containers of paint the previous owners left. They actually left a lot of stuff we have had to clean out, including furniture. Some people are just really rude, that is all I will say. 🙂
A lot of people skip organizing the garage and just throw things in there but then you can’t find things easily. So what I did was put the things we use the most in one area in storage baskets/tubs that we can grab easily and are near the door to the house. This section is used a lot and also has our second refrigerator. I put decorations in plastic tubs by season and store them all together so we can change out our decor easily by having everything to put away and get out in one place. After that I fill in the rest with my husbands hunting stuff, sports items and miscellaneous. Through out the process I am eliminating boxes, trash, anything that is broken or we don’t use or need anymore. Don’t store it if you don’t use or need it!
So I have been MIA with my posts lately and I am sorry. Sometimes life gets in the way and before I know it it’s a month later. Let’s start with some House Happenings.
We are excited to be relocating VERY soon! Our house went on the market September 1 and I wasn’t really thinking it would go quickly, people told me it would but what do they know lol. I really didn’t think we would be in a new house for the holidays! So all of a sudden our house was under contract and we needed to find our new dream home asap. I am glad to say that under pressure things worked out and we were able to find our new house.
With that being said my free time has been taken up by cleaning out, cleaning up and packing. I don’t like to wait until the last minute for things. We have moved 6 other times together in (8 years) so I know my way around what needs to be done. I start by cleaning out every closet, cabinet, drawer and room of anything we don’t need or want any more. (Including furniture) I sell some and donate the rest.
Then I start by packing all of the framed photos and decor throughout the house. You don’t need these things for daily living and it eliminates so much! As I seal each box I label it and then take it out to the garage. Getting the boxes out of the way helps keep you organized and know what is left to pack. After decor I start with the closets and cabinets in rooms other than the kitchen and bedrooms, usually coat closets, dvd cabinets etc. Making sure the label and move the boxes as I finish. While doing this if we find more to get rid of we do! Next we do the bathrooms and bedrooms that aren’t being used, leaving just our clothes, bathroom & kitchen. This is where we are now.
Once I get to this point I start deep cleaning the house, scrubbing base boards, cleaning out the fridge, cleaning all closet shelves and walls that you can get to. After all the deep cleaning then I get everything in the garage boxed up and cleaned out. Now I am ready to enjoy the last few days in our house and won’t feel rushed to pack our clothes and kitchen. (I also have already packed up everything in the kitchen that we don’t use daily such as serving dishes, mixers, appliances etc.)
So as you can see I have been busy. 🙂 I also had jury duty and work full time. Plan ahead and it isn’t so bad.
I have gotten several compliments on my linen closet so I want to share my tips with you. The closet is located in the guest bathroom and is a great size.
The first thing I did was get several different containers and baskets that coordinate together, are different sizes but not all the matchy matchy. Next I went through everything I had that needed to go in the closet.
- Body Towels
- Hand Towels
- Wash Clothes
- Body Washes
- Oral Health supplies
After separating everything into groups that I wanted. I put each into a basket/container and labeled it. This way when guests open the door they can find exactly what they are looking for without need to search. (sometimes as a guest I feel uncomfortable looking for something because I feel like I am snooping)
Next I place everything in the closet. This takes a couple times and is sort of a puzzle, I switch containers and move things around until it all comes together. I want to keep like things together so if you are jumping in the shower you can grab your shampoo, conditioner and body wash easily without searching.
It’s in the details, when folding towels keep the hems or details all facing the same way, it will transform the sleek look with this quick change.
Another question I get a lot is where do you get all those little bottles well it’s simple. When I travel I take them all from the hotel room we are in. I also ask other people for them if they are traveling. 🙂 I used to just keep them in glass containers in the bathroom but my collection is quit large now.