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This is Thirty

This is it. I am 30. 3-0. Thirty.

I turned thirty three weeks ago. It feels a little bit different than 29. I find myself questioning things I never used to; like does this shirt make me look old? Am I too old to braid my hair? Perhaps these were things I always thought but never noticed until now. Maybe these things just came with being a Mom? Anyway, somehow, I do feel older… different. This is thirty.

There is nothing wrong with being thirty. It is only one more than twenty-nine. But somehow it makes me feel slightly sad. I can’t really put my finger on it.

I hear the thirties are awesome (some even say the best) and I know there are going to be better then my twenties. But still, this was just something awesome about being twenty.

Goodbye twenties. Hello thirties.

I Need More Time

Time. I need more time. I need more time in everything that I do.

I need more time with my son.
I need more time for having fun.
I need more time to play.
I need more time to cook.
I need more time to work.
I need more time to clean.

Okay that last one is debatable.

But I just need more time. I am sure we all do.

Lately I feel like time is just vanishing. I have so many things I want to do but I never seem to get them done. I always have this list running through my head of all the things I want to do. While I am showering I think about all the things I am going to do that day. I am usually lucky if I get half my list done. Why do I keep making these lists for myself? They just stress me out and overwhelm me. But I do it anyway. Every. Single. Day.

I try and tell myself the most important things are spending time with my son and having fun but I keep making myself silly lists and giving myself stupid expectations. But if I just had more time…

Priorities Change

Priorities change.

Maybe this is obvious to most people but it wasn’t to me.

Before baby I would shower every morning. I would then spend an hour blow drying my hair and then straightening it. After that was done I would apply my makeup. Getting dressed sometimes took 3 of 4 outfit changes. The whole process took too long (in my husband’s eyes) but to me it wasn’t that long and it was completely necessary. Now it is too long. Way too long.

I used to see other Moms with their hair in a messy bun and no makeup and think “that will never be me.”

WRONG!

Now it is me. Totally me.

people don't change their priorities do

I still shower every morning, or at least at some point close to morning. That is necessary. I also still shave every single day – that is an absolute necessity and something I always make time for. I just can’t be that person who hasn’t shaved their legs in a week. It gives me the hebejebes just thinking about it. If it works for you AWESOME, no judging from this Mom – but that does not work for me. I even shaved in the hospital after baby was born.

Everything else? Well that is a different story. In the 14 months since baby was born I have done my hair maybe a dozen times and I now wear very little makeup . Usually just a little BB cream, sometimes some eyeliner and mascara. I don’t remember the last time I used eyeshadow or actual coverup. BB cream has become my new favourite product.

Things that used to matter just don’t anymore. All the things I worried about before just don’t even cross my mind. Okay, well they still do sometimes. It amazes me what a different person I have become.

I had all these plans for this blog after baby was born. I took all these pictures of products I was going to review, I even had half the posts written out in my head… obviously that never happened because priorities change. Priorities change for the better. My priority now is to love my little human as much as I can. Fill his day with as much fun as I can and just be his Mom. Obviously some things still have to happen like cooking (I love cooking) and cleaning (I hate cleaning) but not much else matters besides him. He is my whole world. I still want to blog (when I can) but I no longer have any plans for what this blog will be or won’t be. No apologies.

Time for a fresh blogging start

This blog is about to see a change.

It probably won’t get a new look, at least not for a while. I am not going to delete old posts or change the name but I am going to change the topic. Hopefully now people will find my site for reasons other then burning their eyes with contact lens solution.

There are a couple reasons for this, the big one being that I am no longer couponing. I haven’t been for a while. A long while. I gave up on it – I was sick of shelves being cleared and the amount of time I felt like I was wasting looking for coupons (that were gone or didn’t exist) and deals simply to buy more shampoo or deodorant when I already had 10 bottles of each. How much shampoo and deodorant does one need? The answer is not that much because I am *still* using up all the stuff I bought and I really didn’t buy that much. Recently I have been thinking I would like to start couponing again but I just don’t have the time or energy because of the baby.

Oh did I mention I had a baby? Well I did. In April. That is actually the real reason for changing this blog around. I am going to start blogging about baby things and writing reviews on all the different things I purchase.

Before I get started let me say this. You won’t find any baby pictures on this site. I don’t believe in posting my baby on the Internet for the whole word to see. If you want to look at cute baby pictures search Google images.

Having a baby doesn’t mean I am not deal shopping. I have managed to score some awesome deals on baby products. I am just not driving all over town collecting coupons to buy 10 bags of (crappy) toilet paper because it is only $0.99.

I am also no longer subscribed to any beauty boxes. I actually had my Topbox subscription until just recently, I loved it but after having it for two years I have a huge collection of samples I haven’t even used yet.

I imagine I will mostly be blogging about baby stuff but don’t be surprised if you see me blog about something else.

Boxing Day Shopping: Hallmark 2011 Keepsake Christmas Tree Ornaments 50% Off

This post is a few days late…

I braved the malls on boxing day mostly for one thing, Hallmark. I was there first thing to get dibs on all the half price keepsake ornaments. Even at 50% off they are still on the pricier side, but you have to indulged sometimes.

While I was out I did get a couple other things but I just wanted to share the decorations I picked up because I love them so much.

Boxing Day Shopping: Hallmark 2011 Keepsake Christmas Tree Ornaments 50% Off

Laughing All The Way Hallmark Keepsake Ornament 2011
Look Who’s Pook-a-Looz! (Mickey Mouse) Hallmark Keepsake Ornament 2011
Santa’s Sweet Ride Hallmark Keepsake Ornament 2011
Play Family House Hallmark Keepsake Ornament 2011
1966 Batmobile Hallmark Keepsake Ornament 2011
Happiness Is A Warm Cookie (Peanuts) Hallmark Keepsake Ornament 2011
Hello, Snow! (Winnie The Pooh) Hallmark Keepsake Ornament 2011

As you can see I seriously have a problem with the Hallmark decorations. I may have went a bit overboard… may. I also bought Gizmo earlier in the year, happy I did because they were sold out on boxing day. Have also spent some time on eBay buying up a few of the Star Wars ships for my fiance. We really do have a pretty kick ass Christmas tree!

There is a couple more I have my eye on, but only if I can get them 75% off.

Other than Hallmark I picked up a few candles 75% off at Bath and Body Works – I love Bath and Body Works!

Another Save On Foods Stacking Fail

I am just not meant to get more free Scrubbing Bubbles. This is the same stack I tried to do last night at the Save On Foods that does not allow stacking – this time I found the Scrubbing Bubbles 1 Step Toilet Kit at the same Save On Foods that I did the EXACT same stack at on a few days ago. Except this time they couldn’t do the stack because my coupons were worth 2 cents more then the product.

I understand there are policies and rules and all that but shouldn’t the same store at least follow the same rules? It seems to me couponing is like gambling – will the store take my coupons today or won’t they. Hold your breath, am I going to win today? Did I pick the right cashier? It seems to be more up to the cashiers and if they care if they follows the rules on that particular day. I just find it frustrating and embarrassing when you have to tell them you don’t want what you are buying then. I feel like I am being judged or something. I am always polite, I know they are doing their job I just wish they would all follow the same rules – makes it easier to know what I can and can not do.

Turned down for Scrubbing Bubbles for two days in a row. Doesn’t look like I will be getting anymore free – I am running out of stores to try and stock is hard to find.

Back to reading coupon policies. According to both the London Drugs and the Save on Foods coupon policies, neither will accept coupons that exceed the amount of the product. How come so many people get away with this and so often? Seriously confused.

Always Print Your Coupons & Have Them With You

Especially if you know there is a good deal or even a *free* item involved.

I knew about the potential good deal and I wanted it but I didn’t want to print the coupons off and waste paper/ink/money if our store didn’t carry the product. While in the store I found the product, there were about 20 of them – the next day I printed off my coupons – went back and they were ALL gone. Someone else beat it to it.

Lesson learned, always print my coupons off (and have them with me).

On the flip side of the coin though, now I have printed off the coupon and if they don’t get more I have wasted paper and ink. I hate wasting paper and ink – it is so expensive.