tuesday tidbits.

by Janetha on June 24, 2014

in dogs,meals,oh baby,random rambles

hi! happy tuesday. i thought i would pop in tonight because it’s 8:34 and i am really procrastinating writing my thank you notes from my baby shower. i am a pro procrastinator. 

it’s so light outside still, i feel like it’s only 5 PM. i love how bright it stays in the summer! but that also makes me stay up later, which makes mornings harder, so it’s kinda a domino effect and not in a good way. 

we had greek salads for dinner tonight per marshall’s request. i switched up my usual chicken souvlaki marinade this time around, and i think it turned out awesome.

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 i diced a pound of chicken breasts and marinated them in fresh lemon juice, olive oil, dried oregano, minced garlic, dried dill, and fresh ground salt and pepper. after about an hour of marinating, i cooked the chicken in a cast iron skillet. (it splatted a whole lot and now i have a messy stove on my hands. the only downfall of a gas range!)

salad toppings included tomatoes, cucumbers, garbanzo beans, kalamata olives, mediterranean feta, and tzatziki. 

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oh, i also made some couscous to throw on top. it was such a summery meal! perfect!

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the bright nights and pretty food both make me want to get my canon DSLR camera fixed. it’s been broken for over a year, but i use my iPhone camera so much (even before my canon broke) that i haven’t been able to justify paying to fix the nice camera! plus, i am scared that it won’t be an affordable fix. i need a camera repairman in my family. and a dentist. and a vet. the list goes on.

how about a few random rambles? (or, for even more fun alliteration, tuesday tidbits!)

*i mentioned that i was going to chat with a veterinary nutritionist to get randy on a low-copper, high-zinc homemade food. i spoke with her yesterday and we made a game plan. (a $250 game plan.. so it better be a pretty awesome one!) his diet will consist of oats, veggies, rotating protein (lean beef/chicken/pork), and cottage cheese. there will also be a balanced supplement panel in the form of a powder that will be added to the food in order to reach his vitamin and mineral needs. it’s pretty intense! we will make the food once a week. i am hoping that once the baby comes, we will have the hang of making randy’s food, so it won’t be too hard to keep up with. we have been giving both randy and penny a digestive enzyme for a couple of weeks and will continue that once we switch to the homemade recipe. i picked it up at a local natural pet shop. we have seen great results by adding the enzyme to their diet!

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this guy is so, so worth all the work. love him more than life.

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*marshall and i went to a breastfeeding class last night. jessica and her husband simon were there, too. our hospital offers a lot of different classes, but the only two we opted to take were the third trimester childbirth class (it was super informative and made me terrified for labor) and then this breastfeeding one.  we learned alllllllll about breastfeeding and, i have to say, i feel a lot more confident about that whole feeding-the-baby thing. we now know important things like, oh, you know.. how often the baby should eat.. so that’s good. 

*while we are on the topic of baby.. i made the mistake of logging into my health care dashboard today. it showed me just how close to my $7500 maternity deductible i am. ummmm.. not very far, ha! we have only paid for ultrasounds and bloodwork so far. i haven’t paid my OB anything yet, and then of course the hospital delivery and stay will add up. but can i just take a minute to say i hate insurance?! it’s crazy that just because i have a self-employed insurance plan, my maternity deductible is $7500. that’s the lowest it can be here in utah if you are self-insured (my work doesn’t offer insurance.) when i hear other maternity deductibles (some as low as $250!) i cry inside. it’s such a racket.. it should just be the same across the board!

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*sorry, another baby-related tidbit (it’s kinda all that is on my mind these days…) i just bought a grip of diapers from diapers.com and they are offering 20% off for three months if you use the code WOW3MONTHS. just thought i would pass along the info. apparently pampers swaddlers are where it’s at, so i bought two huge ass boxes of those (size 1 and size 2) and it worked out to be 17 cents a diaper. is that even good? i hope so. seemed like a legit deal haha. plus, using that website you get free shipping and don’t have to pay sales tax, so it beats buying them at the store! i ordered them saturday night and they came yesterday.. that was speedy. the dogs aren’t quite sure what to think about all this baby stuff showing up at our door. hmmmm.

*everyone should read this awesome post from carly! it basically says screw achieving the ideal “bikini body” (hate that phrase) and just rock your body as is this summer. it’s a really great read and you all should check it out.

*did you guys catch this article about the mommy blogger who allegedly killed her son through poisoning with salt to increase blog traffic?! say WHAT??? if this is true, it is so awful! i can’t imagine any amount of freaking INTERNET TRAFFIC being worth your child’s LIFE. ay ay ay. what a world. sorry to be a downer but, geez, sad stuff.

*because i can’t end on such a tragic tidbit, how about i share my most recent drool-inducing pins? i want to make these both ASAP!

peanut butter cup cheesecake squares from bakerella..

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 …and this summery salad from how sweet it is. 

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yum and yum!

ok.. i guess i better get to work on those thank you cards. hope you are all having a great week!

Qs~

1. what was the last thing you pinned?

2. what’s your favorite salad combo?

xo. janetha g.

{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

Erica June 25, 2014 at 5:58 am

So…want to come make me dinner tonight?? That Greek salad looks awesome! Writing thank you notes is SUCH a project, but SO important. Love all of Jessica’s recipes. Nom Nom.

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Kim F June 25, 2014 at 6:56 am

Yay, I’m glad you have a great plan set for Randy <3 Best of luck and wishing him many more years of puppy love!

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betty June 25, 2014 at 7:23 am

oh randy. there’s seriously nothing quite like the love i have for a basset. so much love. and i’m glad you know how often the baby needs to eat now! haha

warms quinoa on a cool salad. yum! my favorite. and ALL the cheese. gorgonzola.. feta.. goat. i’ll take it all please. i’m glad the baby helped your dairy intolerance, bc i felt so bad you couldnt eat cheese!

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Tamara June 25, 2014 at 7:30 am

That Greek salad looks amazing!! For that matter, Randy’s food also sounds pretty yummy. :)

Thanks for sharing the link from Carly. Great article!

I think the last thing I pinned was barre moves for yogis. But there have been lots of tasty looking treats, too. xo

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Amy June 25, 2014 at 8:40 am

The last thing I pinned was things to travel with on a budget. I’ve got the bug these days…

My favorite salad lately is sunflower seeds, strawberries, goat cheese, and balsamic. The strawberries have to be from the farmer’s market though…none of that grocery store yuckiness. :)

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Janetha June 25, 2014 at 1:07 pm

agreed on farmers market produce! where are you planning to go?! take me with??

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Monica June 25, 2014 at 9:42 am

The New York Times just had a big article on the huge impact of mental illness on moms: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/17/health/maternal-mental-illness-can-arrive-months-after-baby.html That mommy blogger story is horrifying, but probably a mental illness/public health problem, which is even worse.

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Janetha June 25, 2014 at 1:07 pm

scary and so sad!

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Stephanie @ My Freckled Life June 25, 2014 at 10:46 am

Sounds like you’ve got a great plan for Randy! We’ve been considering looking at different diet options for our dog, especially after all the drama with some of the dog food recalls out there. I didn’t even know there was such a thing as a dog nutritionist!

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Janetha June 25, 2014 at 1:07 pm

I know, right?? I think I should become one.. because it seems like a really cool thing to know about haha.

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Livi June 25, 2014 at 12:47 pm

Yum that salad looks amazing!!

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calee @ life + running June 25, 2014 at 1:10 pm

the last thing I pinned was probably wedding-related. somebody has been dropping hints lately soooooo, now i’ve got the bug again.

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Janetha June 25, 2014 at 3:05 pm

ohhhh!!!!

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Maren June 25, 2014 at 5:04 pm

I haven’t pinned anything in a hot minute. Do you guys have a smoker? Nate smokes chicken breasts for me all the time so I can put them in my salads all week and holy balls it’s good. Here’s my combo as of late: romaine, broccoli slaw, green onions, peas, smoked chicken, avocado, liquid aminos and nooch. It’s delicious. Miss you. xoxo

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Skye Yanovsky June 25, 2014 at 6:18 pm

I use 7th Generation diapers because they don’t use chemicals. I get from Amazon and use Subscribe & Save so they ship every month (I just log in to change size if I need too) and they are CHEAP. I just got 180 size 2 for $0.21 each. My sister used same diapers and my niece NEVER had diaper rash so I am using and so far are great. I didn’t like idea of chemicals on my baby’s private parts.

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Jessica June 25, 2014 at 6:58 pm

17 cents for pampers is ridiculously cheap! They are usually closer to 25 cents. Pampers are my favorite but I just couldn’t justify the cost when luvs (one if the cheapest) does pretty well.

But I might just have to check out this deal and get my boy some pampers!

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Carly June 26, 2014 at 1:58 pm

Ditto on LUVS! Didn’t work for us for newborn size (tons of blowouts), but we tried them again when we got to size 2 and they worked perfectly for my twins. Obviously with 2 in diapers we try to save as much as we can. Now we are up to size 3 and we order subscribe and save through Amazon Prime and they are $.14/diaper :) We did Pampers before that and they were great too. Luvs is actually the same company – Proctor & Gamble

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Jen June 25, 2014 at 7:08 pm

Instead of answering your questions I’m going to completely ignore them and comment on baby and pregnancy things instead :)

I have a seven week old, and we’ve been trying to figure out the cheap diapers thing, and my mom sent me a link to this website: http://www.southernsavers.com/2014/01/saving-diapers-pampers-luvs-diapers-deal-cvs/#.U6rtgO3i5bc.email Apparently I’ve been spending too much on diapers? Sounds like the deal you got is pretty good but maybe you could do better (if you want to fiddle around with coupons and such). I’m going to see how much better I can do!

I remember going to birth class around 32 weeks pregnant and it scaring the crap out of me. Labor is labor and, well, you can’t stop it. The baby will arrive and no matter how painful it all was, it all fades away, trust me.

Oh, and insurance! Bah! It’s horrifying. I do have insurance through work but it’s not very good. Not to scare you, but our hospital bills alone were 13k (but we didn’t have to pay all of that, just up until we reached our out of pocket), and that didn’t even include what I’d already paid to the OB up until that point. Dude, it sucks. Having a baby is VERY expensive and it’s just not fair. But worth it!!! I love my little munchkin more than I could ever put into words.

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Becky @ TheBexFactor June 25, 2014 at 8:08 pm

holy moly am I thankful for free healthcare in Canada. I can’t even imagine having to pay to have a baby… :/

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Penny June 26, 2014 at 9:18 am

FWD FROM http://www.couponcloset.net/what-is-a-good-price-for-diapers-and-wipes/#
“After couponing for several years and watching trends on sales at different stores and online, my buy price for diapers is $0.16 per diaper. In order for you to check if the local diaper deal is a good price, simply follow these instructions:”

Multiply 0.16 by the number of diapers in a box (or package).
If you are buying a pack of 40 diapers, you would do 40 X 0.16 = $6.40
That means if the pack of diapers is $6.40 or less, that is a great price!

Don’t forget to calculate in your coupons and other savings! So, if you are using coupons or are rewarded gift cards or bonus “points”, you’ll want to subtract the total value of your savings from your price you reached in step 2 (above).

If you are out of diapers and the sale price is a bit higher than this price point, then you can probably decide that it is an ok price for you. However, if you see a sale where the price point is under $0.16 per diaper, then you should definitely STOCK UP!

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Janetha June 29, 2014 at 6:45 pm

thank you!

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Kathryn June 26, 2014 at 8:29 pm

I like pampers but we buy the Target brand for 14 cents each. I suggest buying night time diapers as your little one gets older. Worth the extra cost.

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Annette@FitnessPerks June 27, 2014 at 1:25 pm

Pampers swaddles are bomb.

I need to make that Greek salad stat.

And I haven’t pinned anything in like a year. Whoops!

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