Baby Mealtime Made Easier

Daniel is turning 9 months old today and I couldn’t be happier with his development and all the milestones this little guy has been achieving. He’s been loving to stand up since he was 7 months old (at first, held by us and now all by himself). It’s so amazing to watch those little humans grow up and learn all sorts of new things.

I remember when I started feeding him solids… He made the weirdest face and would NOT open his mouth anymore at all. I would think: “How on earth am I going to feed this baby solids if he doesn’t cooperate with me and at least open his mouth?”.

I knew from experience feeding him solids would take time, but didn’t think it would take SO long. It was not until we came back from our 25 day vacation to Brazil, that he started eating more and more kinds of veggies each day (with no need to add bananas, something I had been doing in order for him to at least have a few spoons of his veggies).

Now, 3 months later from his very first spoon, he absolutely loves food even more so than he loves his bottle! Can you believe that? He eats all kinds of veggies, fruits and meats and he already got started feeding himself. The downside of self-feeding though, we all know, is the huge mess left on the table, floor and their clothes for us to clean up.

I’m so glad I got to try out the new and improved Gerber® pouches, the Gerber® Smart Flow™. They have a molded spout with customizable flow control like no other, that helps get more food in baby’s tummy than everywhere to be cleaned up later! Whoop whoop!



I was so excited to hear about this and even more to try it out and see how little of a mess was left behind after mealtime. We chose the Apple, Mango & Strawberry flavor and it was a total success!

Look how Gerber® has managed to turn a mealtime #PouchFail into a #PouchWin:






 

Grab yourself a COUPON so you too can start having a stress free and mess free mealtime with baby/toddler. The Gerber® Smart Flow™ can be purchased at your local Krogers or Ahold. I hope you love discovering this as much as we did!

 

Love,

 

Isabel

How To Save Money on Groceries

How To Save Money On Groceries, Save Money on Food, Grocery Shopping on a Budget

 

I have gathered some of my best tips on how to save money on groceries. It can become very expensive if we don’t make an effort or take some necessary actions to make our trip a little cheaper.

If you have a big family, you, more than anybody else, know what I’m talking about here… After spending excessive money on food for several years, we decided to set aside a budget for grocery shopping.

We also found some great resources to help us save and I will list them bellow as we go through all the tips.

 

1. Always bring your grocery list with you:



I always make our grocery list and I always bring it with me! I know, I know… What if you forget it at home? Then, you won’t go grocery shopping even if you drive by the store? Well, let me share a common mistake and a great tip for the solution with you: For years and years I would write our grocery list on a piece of paper. That just doesn’t work. First, the piece of paper is not always with you so you can’t add items to it as you remember them. You plan on adding them to the list when you get home, only to forget what it was as you grab the paper. It sucks. For years and years I made that mistake. Then, I found the AnyList app (it’s free), which keeps everything organized by category. Plus, you can favorite the items you buy most so it’s easier to find them later. One more thing… It’s on your phone and I bet your phone never leaves your pocket or purse. Am I right? This is an easy and convenient way to have all the items in hand so when it’s time to go grocery shopping you’ll stick to your needs and won’t spent extra money on what you already had, by mistake. For fruits and meats I usually buy what’s on sale or what is priced cheap (and fits my taste and lifestyle, of course)!

2. Set aside a monthly budget for groceries:

We used to buy everything we needed and wanted with no clue of how much it was gonna cost and how it would affect our total household monthly budget. Can you imagine how much we spent when we went grocery shopping hungry? Haha. I don’t even wanna remember. We bought all the items with the most buttery, juicy and delicious packaging. Do you do that too? Finally, we realized this wasn’t working in our favor. We decided to set aside a monthly budget and it has been working perfectly ever since. The first month was the hardest for us to adapt with us going over a few dollars. Then, it became easier and easier. This way, we know exactly how much we will spend in food every month and it doesn’t blow our bills in the end.

3. Shop once a week:

I remember going multiple times a week to the grocery store and buying everything that was in my list and a few extra “I had just happened to see”. My husband had the awesome idea of going only once a week no matter what. Even if something was out we would wait until it hit one week to be able to go again (unless of course, it was something we couldn’t live without). The first weeks we might have ran out of milk and cheese, which are things we eat a lot, until we learned how much we needed for that period. Now we’re completely comfortable with this time line and everything runs out mostly in the last 1 or 2 days. By doing this, we save on gas by not taking multiple trips and we avoid feeling tempted by all the delicious foods we see (haha) more than one time per week.

4. Go on sale days:

We recently discovered that the Yoke’s Fresh Market in our neighborhood has a huge sale on fresh items such as produce and meats on random Fridays. Every time they announce the sale that’s where I go for these items and I’m sure we were able to save around $15 or even more in a week by purchasing our items there. Keep an eye out for the sale in your neighborhood markets. Each of them offer different sales.

5. Get cash back every time you shop:

A friend told me about the Ibotta app, which offers cash back on almost any type of purchase you make. From supermarkets to restaurants and clothing stores. They have excellent deals on snacks, frozen items, personal care… basically anything in your grocery list. In less than a month using the app I was able to redeem almost $30.00. That’s huge savings right there. Also, you get $10.00 just for trying it out when you redeem your first item. All you need to do is unlock the deals first, buy the items, scan them and take a picture of your receipt. Cash back will be on its way to you and you can transfer it using PayPal. Does it get any easier than that? Go here to get your first $10.00! Oh… I almost forgot to mention. You can also make money on Ibotta by referring it to your friends!

6. Get coupons:

Most grocery stores have their own coupon booklets at the door or they offer some on their website. If not, you can find retailer coupons in the RetailMeNot app or in the Coupons app. These apps have coupons for all kinds of products in your grocery list and will help you save tons of money!
These are my tips for saving BIG time on your groceries! I hope you like these tips and put them to good use! Please share in the comments what you do to save on your purchases! I would love to know! You can never save too much. It might allow you to go on an awesome family trip at the end of the year. Don’t ever underestimate the power of saving!
Don’t forget to win your $10.00 and get unlimited cash back.
Love,
Isabel