Daily Chatter: 1/31/13

Yesterday I came home from a trip to the library and the grocery store and the kids were, as usual, delirious with excitement. New library books?! And cereal? And cheese?! It’s very rare that I buy cereal these days, but I couldn’t resist getting three boxes of Mom’s Best for $0.50 each, and I bought a rare box of Velveeta to make queso for movie night. They were just thrilled, and I can only hope that they continue being so thrilled with such small things! :)

On a similar note, they stayed with their cousins a couple of weeks ago while Jeremy and I went out, and when I told them where they were going, they said, “Yay! We get to drink MILK at their house!” Apparently they consider that a special treat (they do drink milk at home on occasion, but not regularly).

Oh yes, so I went grocery shopping yesterday and you are probably questioning that if you remember that I said I had $100 leftover from my budget for the month. You can tell that I am new at the spending cash-only thing, because I somehow failed to remember that I don’t actually get paid until the 2nd or 3rd business day of the month. We run payroll once a month (which saves us money in our payroll processing service), so it’s not like my bank account is empty, but not full enough to take out all of the money that I need for a whole month. If there’s one thing that I’ve learned, it’s that in order to make cash-only work, I have to take out all of the money at once or I’m setting myself up for failure.

Anyway, so whereas before I’d planned on just getting through January 31st with our current stock of groceries, I realized that I wouldn’t actually be able to withdraw February’s money until Monday, and we definitely didn’t have enough groceries to go that long, at least not without the husband and children staging a revolt. So, I grudgingly took my $100 “extra” and spent about 75% on it on enough groceries to last through until Monday. I guess I just need to make my “month” from the 4th to the 4th. Good heavens, this is hard, and those of you who have done cash only for years are probably rolling your eyes.

Since I was gone during the afternoon yesterday, Jeremy cooked the pasta for our Crockpot Lemon Artichoke Chicken and I had to combination roll my eyes and laugh that he broke at least two pasta cooking rules that I just preached to you about the other day. But before that, when he got home earlier in the afternoon, he’d brought me flowers so I think I will keep him. :)

You know that my first goal for this year is to sleep through the night, so you also probably know that I am not the person to be giving baby sleeping tips. However, if you need advice on how to cope with not sleeping through the night, I am your woman. When I read chapter eighteen (Or was it nineteen? I can’t remember; I’m short on sleep.) of the book I mentioned yesterday, I wanted to write the author and told her she’d stole one of my tips. ;) Here it is:

One of the best things I ever did was to get rid of all the digital clocks in our bedroom so that I can’t see what time it is when I’m getting up with a child. When I got rid of the clocks, I also realized that not only did I not know what time I got up, I also couldn’t keep track of how many times I was up. That considerably cuts down on the amount of whining you can do, because the story becomes a whole lot harder to tell, when you can’t say “I was up at 1:30, 2:30, 3:45, and 5:31!” It sounds silly, but it really did help me have a better attitude. I’m not sure we’ll ever go back to having clocks you can see in the dark!


  1. Christina W says:

    This is probably an odd question but I just started reading Denverbargains. As I have as son who is allergic to both proteins in cow’s milk and from the sounds of it your children don’t drink milk that much. What do you use to supplement the calcium and vit d in the milk. He can’t have cheese but is also does not have all the same vitamins. Looking for options. Thank You.

    • Hi, Christina! We don’t intentionally supplement milk, but we do eat a lot of fresh vegetables so I’m not concerned about calcium and Vitamin D. I’m kind of of the opinion that cow’s milk was designed for baby cows and while it’s not bad to drink, it doesn’t seem to be the be-all, end-all of nutrition like American dairy farmers want us to think. ;)

      • Christina W. says:

        I always thought that myself and wondered where it even came from drinking cows milk? lol My son loves fruits and veggies but at his doc appt, they did blood work and said he is deficient in Vitamin c and d. and other than the powders for the vitamins I am trying to get him to eat more of those things. Thanks, Christina

    • Hi Christina,

      My 2 year old is allergic to dairy (and soy and eggs). Calcium can be found in leafy greens (like spinach and kale), and is added to dairy alternatives like rice milk, almond milk, and coconut milk. Those milks also have vitamin D added to them. I also give my daughter Target’s Up&Up gummy children’s vitamins. The Target gummy vitamins specifically say they’re dairy free (and free of other common allergens as well).

      When my daughter was first diagnosed with her allergies, I was very overwhelmed and felt like I didn’t know what I could feed her. Our pediatrician referred me to a dietitian and that was very helpful. She gave me ideas of safe foods I could feed my daughter that would meet her requirements for protein, calcium, vitamin D, and healthy fats. If you haven’t spoken with a dietitian, I highly recommend it. We certainly don’t need dairy in our diets, as there are other foods that provide the same nutrients. It just takes a little more effort to put those foods together to make sure our little ones are getting a good balanced diet.

      Hope that helps!

  2. Christina W. says:

    Thank you I will ask for a referral to a dietician. He can’t have vitamins like that he is allergic to corn in any form as well. High fructose corn syrup is in about everything, I just found out citric acid can be made from corn, dextrose, monodextrose. etc etc. I tried some spinach leaves in his salad he handed them back the same with cooked. I have no idea how to cook kale. I better get to see one quickly. Thanks.

  3. If you google “kale chips,” that’s a kid friendly way to fix kale. You could also try making smoothies using coconut milk, frozen fruit, and a handful of spinach.

    There are vitamin D drops by a brand named Carlson labs, and it’s just vitamin D suspended in coconut oil. That would be a HFCS free option for a vitamin. And it only takes one drop a day. You could check out their website to see if they offer other vitamin supplements as well.

  4. Christina W. says:

    Thank You I will look at that book. My 11 yr old is picky because of texture issues, the 3 yr old being allergic to so much is hard. I can’t wait to go to the library!