E is now 18 months and is no longer a baby. I do miss the baby days where she was largely immobile and would stay in one spot and not complain much. Now I have a stomping, running, bopping toddler who wants to be entertained 24/7 (or at least whenever she is awake). E does have her moments were she’s playing/reading on her own, but by and large she wants the attention of someone – usually me.
There are currently two adults (hubs and I) and a baby (E) in our household and we have a housework schedule.
Yes, a schedule. Usually people develop such schedules when they have children who are able to help with household chores. If you have a housekeeper or domestic
helper, or even a housemate, a schedule would also be helpful.
Balancing baby and housework can be a challenge.
I have lots of respect for moms who work and manage a household as well as stay at home moms (sahm) who despite not having to work work, still have to care for their kids.
One of the best ways to save money is to plan your meals ahead of time.
Planning ahead allows you to save time as well as you only have to hit the grocery store once a week, or once in two weeks depending on what you are planning to cook. This is especially beneficial if you (and your spouse) are working.
How to cook daily for 1-2 people? This is the question that I’m asked frequently and also the question I asked myself when I was in grad school and as a newly married individual.
I honestly can go on and on about how valuable freezer space is to me. Freezing my food has really helped the hubs and I save money and time. If we had another freezer, we would be able to save even more money (because then I would be able to freeze more things). Unfortunately, we live in a rental and can’t choose the type of fridge we have. My freezer has a decent amount of space, but to me it’s still not enough!
We live in a one bedroom apartment and space is pretty tight. As such, before E was born, I did some research online and looked for innovative storage ideas.
Here are some tips when freezing meat and seafood.
When I first started freezing food, I used Ziploc sandwich bags. However, I quickly found that I was spending a lot on sandwich bags, and throwing out a lot of bags after use.
I then experimented with a more eco-friendly option – using containers. However, I found that some foods do not freeze well in containers (think freezer burn and ice crystals) and stained the containers. Some containers also cracked easily even though they were labeled freezer-safe.
After much trial and error, here are the things I currently use for freezing food: