Thinking Out Loud

Happy Thursday! I’m very excited for the weekend this week since Sunday is Ryan’s birthday party! I had plans for a different Thinking Out Loud post today, but honestly, my brain is still fried from the weekend. So here is a more traditional version, my random thoughts right now!


1. Alex has my car this week since Monday night his started to have signs of an alternator problem. His car is here with me, but I’m under strict orders to only use it when it’s an emergency. Having no car has taught me a few things: a. I probably go out of the house a lot more than I need to. Like a lot. b. being with out a useable car stucks hard. c. I’ve got a great me family. My mom came up on Ryan’s birthday to take us out and to the grocery store and my dad is coming tomorrow. They knew I was without a car so they came up to help. Family is awesome.


2. Ryan is teething like crazy.  We’ve been so blessed that other than a few months of colic, he’s a very happy baby. But man, oh man, he’s been super grumpy. Irritable, having trouble sleeping, pulling on my pant legs to be picked up non stop. He’s also been chewing his food and spitting it out which is both SO frustrating and hilarious. I’m assuming that has to do with the teething. I can’t see any new teeth but he doesn’t really let me take a good look regardless sooooo…

3. What do people do without Netflix? I grew up with having TV and music on as background noise and it’s a habit I’ve kept for better or worse. I have seen so many TV series, even though I only pay 50% attention. I have to make sure I only watch shows that I can tune in and out of, but man do I love Netflix.

4. I got my first watermelon of the season when I saw it on sale on Friday and I’m on my third. I think I have a real life problem. I also got a pineapple, but I hate how if it’s not a perfectly ripe pineapple, the top half is so so acidic and burns my tongue. As someone who can legit chug vinegar, I always wonder how much acid is in a pineapple.

5. We really need to get Ryan a real toy box. I’ve been throwing all of his toys into a cardboard box that he can pull them out of each night, but it’s such an eyesore. I’ve been eyeing this one, and I’m very temped to get it.


6. On Monday we took Ryan to Toys R Us to get his birthday present and although we went in looking for a watertable, Alex some how convinced me to walk out with a SpongeBob Squarepants Go Kart. I have to admit, it’s absolutely adorable. It only has one button and a steering wheel but it’s so funny to watch him in it. He still doesn’t get the concept of pushing the button, but he’s getting it! We hold his finger down and guide him for now.

7. He’s a standing machine these days. He can’t go from sitting to standing, but he climbs up on things and lets go, balancing for up to a minute. Sometimes he inspects something (the remote is a big one) or drinks his sippy cup while doing it and oh God it’s adorable. He looks like such a big boy!!


8. This is what my house looks like after I put Ryan to sleep. This one was after an hour of rocking a teething baby to sleep, so you can tell how excited I was to come out to this… See why I need a toy box?

Okay, I’m exhausted, so I’m off to sleep. Linking up with Running with Spoons!



WIAW – First Birthday Day in the Life

Back to the grind post Memorial Day and Ryan’s first birthday! I took the weekend off from phones and computers for the most part and I’m so glad because I really got the savor the last few days of Ryan’s first year without checking my phone and checking out. Sometimes it’s really nice to just be, as much as I love social media and reading blogs.

Anyway, here’s to another What I Ate Wednesday! This is actually our eats from Ryan’s birthday, thought it would be fun to be able to check out what we did on his birthday. Alex was at work so it was a pretty low key day. My mom came up to take the birthday boy toy shopping. Without further ado, here’s our day in pictures!

Good morning little boy! Ryan’s up later than normal at 8:30 due to teething all night. He’s smiley though so after a nursing and a change he’s in his jumpy chomping dried apples and watermelon.



Breakfast: Watermelon forever for the momma. I sprinkle mine with salt and eat so much that I’m too full for any other breakfast. Pancakes, veggies, watermelon and eggs for the birthday boy.

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After breakfast was playtime, where the little boy was moving so fast and furious that every picture I took of him was a blur. Also, he didn’t want to put on clothes after breakfast, and who am I to make a birthday boy unhappy?

A nap later, Gammie (my mom) was here and ready to hang!

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Lunch: I made my mom and myself chicken taco salads (chicken, avocado, tomato, onion, cucumber, olives, homemade salsa, chicken, greek yogurt and homemade avocado vinaigrette) and Ryan had bits and pieces as well. Salads make BLW and meals SO easy – take what you’re having, cut some up and give to baby. Easy Peasy. No picture of Ryan’s food because he gobbled it as it came to him.


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Followed by a trip to the grocery store and saying goodbye to Gammie. An unpictured free Panera iced coffee may have happened in between.


failed selfiesytime and a bunch of attempted selfies later, it’s naptime again.


After his nap, Ryan plays with his walker while I get dinner together.


Dinner: Grill food for me means minimal clean up. BBQ chicken kabob of half a chicken breast, mini potato kabob (boil mini potatos until tender, coat in olive oil, salt and pepper and throw on the grill to get crispy) and a charred corn cob. Ryan gets all of his favorites for dinner – seasoned chicken (chicken cut small with paprika, garlic powder, black pepper and a litttttle bit of salt cooked in a non stick pan) watermelon, tomatoes, olives, eggs, sweet potatos, apples.

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A little playtime with his birthday balloon, a tub, and bedtime for the little birthday boy and a snack for the momma. More watermelon and a coconut Chobani. Dip the watermelon in the yogurt=amazing.

So, a great, low key first birthday for my favorite boy. I’m feeling so sad and so happy that he’s already a year, it’s the weirdest feeling.

I hope you guys all have a great Wednesday!! Linking up with Peas and Crayons for What I Ate Wednesday!

Do you like salt on your watermelon? Whats your favorite greek yogurt flavor? Let me know in the comments!

Happy Birthday, Ryan Richard

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I can’t believe that you are turning one year old today. In the weeks leading to this day, I’ve tried to not to think too hard about the fact that you are no longer going to be a baby. In the past year your dad and I have watched you grow leaps and bounds into the funniest little man I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. You are so handsome, which I knew would happen, but it still amazed me when I see your big blue eyes and crazy curls when I see you standing in your crin each morning.

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You are such a happy little boy. You laugh at everything, big screeching belly laughs that sometimes come from nowhere. You love your big puppy brother, Cooper and let him lick you face and give him your food all the time, much to mommy’s adamant ‘no’s. I know you’re going to be a handful in the coming years, especially when I tell you no and you crack a big smile and shake your head no. You also love your big sister Molly, and have a nasty habit of catching her when she’s not paying attention and grabbing her tail or hugging her. She’s been really good with you, thankfully, and doesn’t retaliate.

You light up every time you see your daddy, and it melts my heart. You run (crawl) over to him everytime he comes home as fast as you can and climb up him, asking him to pick you up. He is already your hero and I can’t wait to watch him teach you things and watch the bond between you two grow.

You love love love to be about and about, running errands. You flirt with all of the cashiers who talk to you and then shyly rub your face in the the nook of my neck. I’m going to have a big problem on my hands once you’re at the age where girls are more interesting.

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Food is your favorite thing, and, just like your momma, I can calm you down or buy a couple of extra minutes of times by giving you a banana cookie or some dried apple. All of your meals are always so fun, and you are very open to trying new things.

Bud, you are just the coolest. I’m crying while I type this up, which I knew would happen, but you make me one big ball of mush. This past year has been the hardest, most fulfilling and amazing year of my life, and you have every bit to do with it. I am so blessed to be your mommy, and I can’t wait to see who you grow into. But please, slow down!

I love you so much munchkin head.

Love, your momma.



** Tomorrow we’ll be back to our regularly scheduled programming. This weekend and today we soaked in Ryan sans much phones/computers/tv and loved it. Thanks for understanding! See ya back here tomorrow for WIAW **

Memories on Memorial Day

Memorial Day will always be a really special day to me. As a kid living in NJ, it meant the start of the summer. As a teenager, it meant the day when all the “benny’s,” or tourists came down to the beach to intrude on the locals. When I was in college it meant school was out and I had 3 months of freedom.

I met Alex on Memorial Day at a party. He was living in a rented room in a house my best friend was also living in. We hung out the whole night and a month later he told me he loved me and I told him I was going to marry him.

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The following year, we went on our first vacation together to Ft. Lauderdale on Memorial Day weekend. The night before we left we were walking on the beach and he told me he wished he had a ring so he could propose to me then and there. (Granted, it took another four months until he actually did, but it was still on the beach when the time came.)

Two years later, Ryan came to us, on, you guessed it, Memorial Day.


When I was pregnant, I had a silent hope that Ryan would be born on a day with a lot of meaning. I originally was pulling for the 22, since I had gradated on May 22 and we were married the following June 22 the prior year. But when Memorial Day rolled around, it all made sense. Alex’s father, who passed when he was 16, was a veteran of the Vietnam War, so to me it was like his saying, “Hey, I’m here with you guys too, you just don’t see me.” Ryan has the same middle name as the grandfather he will never meet, which was something I held in high importance.

Memorial Day is a day to remember the brave men and women that have served our country to guarantee that we can live our own lives how we wish safely and securely. But while I am remembering and thanking all of them, I am celebrating my own little day of joy.

Happy Memorial Day, everyone. Go out and make some of your own memories while honoring those who have allowed you to do so!

Friday Favorites #4

 Happy Friday!!! And happy Memorial Day weekend! We don’t have any plans other than eat good food, celebrate Ryan’s Tuesday birthday and get the house ready for next Sunday’s party! Anyway, I hope you have a fabulous start to your long weekend! Without further ado, here are my favorites from the past week!
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Making Present You Accountable for Future You

The other day I went to the cabinet where I keep the chocolate chips to grab a handful and I couldn’t find them. Then I remembered. They were in a jar with the lid one as far back in the cabinet as I could put them. I’d need to either climb on the counter or grab a chair to get them. In that moment, I thanked my past self and went on with my day.

Do you ever eat just because it’s there? Do you ever snack because it’s accessible and easy? I know I do. These are some of the scars that a lifetime of over eating and free range snacking have left. Even four years after losing 45+ pounds, I still have trouble with mindless eating, over eating, and snacking when I’m not hungry. I have to plan ahead in order to combat my weak moments. I have to make my stronger, present self accountable for my weaker future self.

We see it all the time. On Monday, we vow to eat great, work out daily, and live a healthier lifestyle. By Wednesday, we’ve all but forgotten our goal, and by Friday we’re telling ourselves that we’ll “start next Monday.” Lather, rinse, and repeat. It’s too easy to submit to temptation when you pretend that it’s not there.

I recently starting owning up to all of my mistakes. Now karma is kicking my ass for everything I've done in my past.Got leftovers? Either chuck ’em or freeze ’em. Tasty leftovers are an easy target when they’re sitting pretty in the fridge. I am definitely likely to take a bite here and there if they’re easily accessible. If it’s enough food to make a serving, I’ll throw them in the freezer for an easy meal later. If not, I try my hardest to just throw them out to avoid temptation.

Put it somewhere harder to get to. If it takes me a few extra steps to get to a tempting food, I’m more likely to build the willpower to say no. You will be reminding yourself why it is where it is, and more likely to stop.

Double wrap it. If I can’t freeze it, or don’t want to throw it out, I either wrap it two times in plastic wrap or foil or twice in a baggie. Again, make it harder to get to, and you’re more likely to resist later!

Write a note. This used to work great for me when I would bring meals and snacks into my office at work. If I let myself, I’d eat all of it before 12 and then have to go out at 3 for a snack. I KNOW. I started putting post-it notes on things, telling myself when I could eat them. That way, I could re-evaluate whether I was hungry or bored at work. Did I really need to eat my snack before lunch, or did I just need to get up and stretch my legs.

Set an alarm. My weakest time is nighttime, when I slowly snack the world away. This year I imposed a 9 o’clock rule. Except for very rare treats or emergencies, I don’t eat after 9 pm. Sounds fine and dandy, but its upholding the rule that’s tricky. I found if I set an alarm for 9:15 I am more likely to not eat or snack after 9. It’s a visual reminder of the pact I made with myself.


Look, if you’re the kind of person who has willpower of steel, ignore this post. But if you’re like me, you need an extra push. This is what helps me keep my present self accountable for the future, to help me prepare for weakness. I hope it helps you too.

Linking up with Running with Spoons for Thinking Out Loud.

How do you keep yourself accountable? Do you have willpower of steel, or do you need tricks to help along the way like me?


Baby Led Weaning: First Foods, Fruits and Vegetables

My favorite part of baby led weaning has been choosing which foods to give Ryan and watching him pick and chose his favorite. Like his mama, he favors sweet things, carbs, and tomato sauce, but isn’t a fan of brussel sprouts or cauliflower (YET!)

When first starting out, it’s important to stick to softer foods that your baby can pick up and essentially smash with his gums. Like I noted in my post about BLW first steps, the most common recommendation for the softness of food is to smush it easily between thumb and pointer fingers. I went a step further and made sure I could smush it a little between my tongue and the roof of my mouth. I don’t know if that extra step is necessary, but it helped to ease any concern I felt about something not being soft enough before his first few teeth came in========0999999999

So what are good options for whole, clean foods the first month or two? We found a ton of options for Ryan, so I’ve broken the list into categories. Here’s the longest of the lists, fruits and veggies!

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-Baked sweet potato sticks. Peel and cut sweet potatoes into sticks that are about the length and thickness of your pointer finger. Coat in olive oil (or oil of your choice. We started with olive, but sometimes now use melted coconut or canola oil.) and put on a baking sheet. I like to line it with either parchment paper or foil because I’m lazy and don’t want to clean. Bake at 350 for 40 minutes or so, checking often for softness and flipping half way through. Once soft, let cool before serving.
-Carrots. I used baby carrots for a while, but I found that they a. took more time, b. cost more, and c. kept a tougher outer layer. Now I peel and cut whole carrots (same size and shape and sweet potatoes) and steam until tender.
-Banana. Bananas are way too slippery for little hands, so I cut the whole banana in half, and gently cut off the peel in rings so as not to cut into the banana but remove the peel, making a handle with the peel.
-Tomato slices. Just wash and cut into slices!
-Green beans. Fresh or frozen (I use frozen due to ease and availability) steamed until soft.
-Snow peas. Same as green beans. May have to remove sting depending on child, Ryan spits it out.
-Zucchini/summer squash. Cut into sticks and steamed or roasted.
-Spaghetti squash. Bake at 350 for at least an hour until soft and cooked through.
-Apple slices. Washed, cut into slices and lightly steamed, with a sprinkle of cinnamon if you like. We used to call them applesauce sticks since they’re so soft. I leave the peel on because it keeps the apple together, and Ryan just spits it out when done.
-Avocado. Also very slippery. I cut it into zig-zig sticks with a paring knife to make it easier to pick up, but you can also use a crinkle cutter. (I’ve read about coating them in crushed cheerios or breadcrumbs but I’ve never tried it myself.
-Roasted pepper strips. Roasted in a 350 oven until soft. Also try raw – Ryan loved them cold when teething.
-Broccoli. Frozen is quicker, but you can use fresh. Chop in to baby hand friendly florets (long stalks make for nice grips) and steam well.
-Cauliflower. Same as broccoli
-Oranges/citrus. Peel and cut segments in half OR peel off the “skin” of the segment. A lot of work, but TBH I do it for myself so I can’t complain.
-Cantaloupe/Honeydew. Big sticks of very ripe cantaloupe are easy to nom. If not super ripe, just keep an eye out for smaller pieces that come off to see how your child handles them.
-Mango. Peeled and cut into sticks or spears.
-Asparagus. Steamed with woody ends cut off.
-Onion. Roasted until sweet and tender.
-Watermelon. Cut into sticks.
-Peaches, plums, nectarines. Peeled and sliced. (Peeled optional)
-Kiwi. Peeled and cut into sticks. Leave out the white middle if tough.
-Frozen strawberries. When defrosted, they’re the perfect softness for toothless mouths.


Anything else you can think to add for baby led weaning first foods? Let me know in the comments!

What I Ate Wednesday: A Menagerie of Eats

Happy Wednesday guys!

Another Wednesday, another What I Ate Wednesday! This week, instead of showing you a snapshot of one day, I thought I’d post some random pictures of random food I’ve eaten this past week. So here we go!


Dinner on Thursday was: An everything bagel, BBQ sweet potato chips from Food Should Taste Good, and a salad. I have free coffee all month at Panera and about once a week (since I’ve been cashing in on that coffee almost daily – sorry I’m not sorry) I get a bagel. They’re not as good as bagel shop bagels by far, but they’re convenient and tasty.


Lunch on Monday was: cheddar quesadilla, chips, and left over grilled veggies from Saturday.



Lunch on Tuesday was: Another bagel, half with veggie cream cheese, half with salsa and melty cheddar. I did half salsa since I wasn’t sure if I’d like the veggie cream cheese (I didn’t realize until too late it was roasted veggie cream cheese, rather than traditional fresh carrot/onion/celery cream cheese and I’m picky) and I’m glad I did since that other half went in the trash.



Snacks and Breakfasts were: Too many of these blurry banana bread breakfast bars I’m working on. Super tasty, but I have one more thing to tweak before posting. Only bothering to post this poopy picture because both Ryan and Cooper’s faces are hi-larious.


As you can see, my food hasn’t been the healthiest this week. It happens. Since on the weekdays I only cook for one and a baby, meals are harder to plan and sometimes I am in need of cleaning out the fridge. I know that I need to get back on track and I’m doing it, but I think sometimes I personally need a week like this where I eat not great, though not horrible, and crush some weekday cravings. As long as I don’t allow that to continue forever, I’m happy with myself.

Anyway, Happy Wednesday, hope it’s a good one!

Linking up with Peas and Crayons for What I Ate Wednesday.


Do you ever get off track? How do you fix it? What are some of your favorite random meals? Let me know in the comments!

How I Save Money on Groceries (and More!) Using My Phone

Does anyone else miss the days of opening up the fridge at your parents’ house and going to town on all the groceries they just bought? Man were those the good days. (Also, sorry mom and dad. And even more, sorry dad because I still do that when we come to see you.)

Grocery shopping is expensive, guys! While we eat pretty clean, have a membership card at Sam’s Club, and try to keep an eye on sales, it really adds up each week, and I can see it getting more and more expensive as the little dude starts eating more . So what do I do? I use my phone.

The thing is, there’s tons of ways to get discounts, coupons, and rebates for the groceries you buy if you just take the time look. I don’t have the patience, the printer, or the Sunday paper subscription to clip coupon. But that doesn’t mean that there are no other places to look. Apps and mobile coupons can help you save big $$! Below are my favorite apps that can help you save money on groceries this week!

Money Saving Apps

Open this post on your phone and you can click on the links to open the download page for each app directly on your phone. 

**Some of the link in this post are referral links. This means that if you get and use the app using my code/link, I receive a bonus. I will note which ones are refferal codes, and I greatly appreciate anyone who uses mine!**

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I downloaded Ibotta a while ago and didn’t use it, then on a whim tried again last month and now I’m hooked! They offer rebates for some “any brand” items, as well as different name brand items. Sort by whatever store you’re headed to, and a huge list of potential rebates comes up. You have to unlock them by watching a short clip or answering a question, but the rebates are from $.20-$5.00 on average. Take a picture of your receipt after you buy and submit it to earn your cash back. Have your friends join and you can earn team bonuses as well. (For example, this month, if you redeem $5, and your team redeems a total of $10, you receive the level 1 bonus of $2.00, which puts a total of $7 into your account! But don’t worry, no one can see what you buy!) If you use my referral code or link, qumsmfo, when signing up, you’ll join my team and we can help each other get that goal! (Full disclosure: I will receive $2.00 as a referral bonus is you use my code. Thanks for supporting me!) Get your money sent to venmo, your PayPal or in the form of gift cards such as Starbucks and Amazon when you hit a $10 minimum.

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Link up your club cards to this app (for stores without club cards like Target you can submit a picture of the receipt) and earn rebates for your purchases. They offer a weekly ‘healthy offer’ of 20% back on a produce purchase (this week it’s bananas). You can earn cash back on name brand purchases of food, household supplies, and over the counter medicines. It’s usually a buy 2, get $.75 kind of thing, but they also do something called ‘one or many’ where you spend a certain amount on one or many trips to earn your rebate. (Right now, they have spend $30 on SC Johnson Home Care products, get $5. If you buy Glade, Windex, Ziploc, this is easy, especially since you are usually given a few months to reach the goal) With no minimum required, you can cash out directly to your bank account, PayPal, or Upromise account, or give it as an American Forests Donation.

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Checkout 51

This is another receipt rebate app. Take a picture of your receipt with qualifying purchases using the app and earn money back. Each week they have a different fresh food that you can choose from five options to claim as well as a gallon of milk. If you claimed both each week, you’d earn $.50 a week, they also have name brand products you can redeem. Some are definitely not the healthiest choices, but others are! This week there is a $.75 option for Kashi cereal or snack bars. Once you earn $20, they will send you a check in the mail.

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Snap by Groupon

This app is owned by Groupon which is cool. They offer coupons on produce as well as name brand, but the produce ones go quick, so keep an eye out for them. Again, take a picture of your receipt and submit to earn your money. Right now they have an offer for $.75 off Wonderful Almonds. Like Checkout 51, you can request a check when you hit $20. (Full Disclosure: Using my referral link above earns me $1)


Local Grocery Store App

We shop most often at ShopRite, and I quickly found out they have a Mobile App you can use and link to your club card. From there you can select and load digital coupons from their site to your card that are automatically applied at the register.

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If you don’t know about Cartwheel, I’m about to make. You. Life. I love Target. LOVE Target. Cartwheel is an app made by Target that gives you discounts on your purchases at the register by scanning a barcode off your phone. You can select and load different offers (there are usually over 1000 offers at one time!) based on what you are buying, with discounts from 5-60%. There is a limit to how many offers you can load at once, but the more you use it, the more offer ‘slots’ you get. You can also use it with mobile coupons…

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Target Mobile Coupons

There are a bunch of different codes you can text to Target to enroll in a monthly text service to receive different types of coupons that will be sent to your phone. Again, at the register a barcode is scanned and the discount is applied. Usually its X dollars off, but also percentage coupons are offered.


Pampers Rewards

If you use Pampers (Huggies does this as well!) you know that there are codes on wipe and diaper packs that you can enter into the Pampers Rewards site that you can redeem for toys, magazines, coupons, gift cards, Shutterfly goods, and more! I always forget to sit at my computer and put them in a bunch at a time, so I downloaded the app and now I can put them in when I remember/when I’m nursing Ryan/when I have a a spare second. If you remember to put in at least one code per month, Pampers will reward you every 3 months with a different prize. If you follow Money Saving Mom, she occasionally posts freebie codes you can enter for points without making a purchase.

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I’m pretty new to this app, but the concept is, each store you go into that qualifies, you make sure the app is open and earn ‘Kicks’ or points that can be later turned into gift cards. If you link your Mastercard or Visa, some stores award you with extra kicks per dollar spent. (Full disclosure: If you sign up with my link, I will receive 2000 kicks per 3 referrals) Choose from the rewards store what you’s like to redeem with your kicks, including gift cards to a ton of different stores, (Target, Macy’s, Nike, Walmart, Tiffany’s  to name a few) coupons, magazines, or goods (125000 kicks gets you an iPad, and 6,250,000 gets you a cruise around the world. No, really.)


I’m sure you use RetailMeNot to get coupons while online shopping, but did you know that if you download the app, you can use it in stores as well? I try to check this app each time I’m shopping to make sure I’m not missing out on savings!

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Pick and choose which ones are best for you and your family. I use these apps to help make my grocery list and when I get back I make sure I submit my receipts to the proper apps. No, I don’t save hundreds each week, but I can usually count on around $5 or $10, not including when I get bigger saves. It adds up!

Do you use any of these apps? What are your favorite ways to save money on groceries? What ‘untraditional’ ways do you use your cellphone? Let me know in the comments!

Best of the Weekend

Gross weather aside, this weekend was pretty great! And I know next weekend will be so awesome since it’s a long weekend and Ryan’s birthday weekend! (Someone PLEASE tell em how I have a 1 year old?)  With the next two weekends pretty busy with Ryan’s birthday and then his party, so we got a bunch of house and yardwork done and planned a bit, which for this party-planning-loving mama was definitely fun! Here are the weekend highlights from our weekend!

-Alex got a new truck!


Alex has been dying for an old diesel truck since we started dating so when we had a bit of money from our tax returns and this truck popped up on Craigslist, he couldn’t resist getting it. It HUGE, but automatic so I can drive it, and SUPER roomy inside. As a road trip family (when I was 8 weeks pregnant, we took a 27 hour road trip to Austin without stopping!) we can’t wait to get a trailer to hitch to it and go on our first road trip with Ryan this fall!  As you can see, we had some fun at the DMV waiting for daddy to register the truck. (All I can say in regards to going to the DMV while starving at 11 on a Saturday is thank God I made Alex stop for coffee.)

-Pizza. Pizza, pizza, pizza.

First off, let me say pizza is my favorite food group, and I’ve had a huge aching hole in my heart the past year sans pizza. When we realized that where we bought the truck was near our all time favorite pizza place, I begged for a detour and was in pizza heaven. (Krispy Pizza in Old Bridge is THE BEST hands down for NJ locals. The name seems so stupid but you guys, I wouldn’t lie about pizza.)

-This kid who wasn’t very excited about the loud diesel.


He’s gotten more used to it (though he’s not a fan of idling,) but the first trip in the truck (an hour+ home) was a ROUGH RIDE of screaming. We pulled to the side of the road to see if a diaper issue was present (it wasn’t) and I couldn’t get his clothes back on so I just took them off. Thankfully, after a long nursing session he fell asleep in my arms and I gently transferred the nakey baby to the car seat where he slept the whole way home.

-Shake Shack.


You guys, I’ve got some seriously love for Shake Shack. I was obsessed when I was preggo and we made the, then, hour long trek often, but avoided it due to soy and dairy for the past year. One opened up near my dads, so we’ve been heading there a lot. I forgot to take a picture when the food was in front of me because I essentially blacked out, but a cheeseburger with lettuce, tomato, onion and pickle with ketchup on it, plus fries and a strawberry lemonade and amazing. Ryan was pretty excited to just be out and about. as per usual.

-These kabobs.

In the summer we use the grill non-stop to avoid heating the house, so dinner Saturday called for chicken and vegetable kabobs, quartered potatoes and corn all on the grill. nomnomnomnom

-The new website!

I transfered over to on Friday and though it’s been a bit stressful and a good amount of work, I love it so far! The name has been changed a bit to “Morgan Manages Mommyhood” but everything is the same. Thanks for sticking with me, and for sticking with me while I continue to make the site pretty and functional!!

Linking up with Healthy Diva Eats for #MIMM!