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Please Send Cool-Whip

August 30, 2013

The kitchen looks like the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man exploded in here.

Fortunately, my kitchen has a door.

The King and Princess M are in the sitting room where he is being forced to endure episodes of Madeline for HIS ‘birthday party.’ They have no idea of the mess I’ve made.

Tomorrow is the King’s birthday and I am feeling under pressure after his great gift of strawberry picking for me earlier this summer. So I decided to stray from my safe, traditional, all American Betty Crocker cake in a box and go for something a little more….European.

A fruit pavlova!!

Ok not really, it’s more like meringue nests with fresh fruit and cream—and to be completely honest the meringue nests were store bought.

But the cream….the cream was real fresh cream…all that needed to be done was open, mix and enjoy.

Or so I thought.

I’m pretty sure the first time I had fresh whipped cream was in Ireland. Back home any desserts calling for cream really meant Cool-Whip.

That’s nothing against my upbringing. In fact, I am pretty sure had I asked my parents, they both would know what to do with the fresh cream to make it whipped…..I am confident they both would have known.

But no. I mixed and mixed and mixed but nothing was happening. I mixed some more. The more I mixed the more it spattered until I eventually caved and asked the King.

Who knew you had to add sugar? Why isn’t it written on the dang container?

Why can’t they just sell Cool-Whip? At least we have Betty Crocker.

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Party of 5

June 21, 2013

The Prince arrived on 25 May…a week overdue and weighing a whopping 10lbs 41/2 ounces. (Of course I had to stick that in there. I will forever be acknowledging his birth weight & giving all due credit to my amazing body for creating and delivering such massive perfection).

My increasing crankiness leading up the main event and the subsequent period of adjustment should explain my recent absence. Perhaps starting a blog 30+ weeks pregnant wasn’t the smartest idea, but I’m not the type of person to think things through really.

So we are now a party of 5. The Princesses are in love…as of course is the King. I don’t think he ever believed we would have a son. I knew all along of course.

Princess M’s only experience in what being a big sister means is nearly 14 year old Princess B. Therefore Princess M spends most days insisting her two year old self is quiet capable of doing everything Princess B does as she is too is now a big sister.

We are a month getting to know each other. It awes me how easily we adjusted from 4 to 5. Perhaps the only glitch being our “new to us” car leaves little space in the back middle seat for Princess B. Thank god she is tiny.

Much like Princess M’s arrival it feels as if the Prince has always been a part of us even before he arrived.


So we’re broke

May 10, 2013

Not really. Not even close actually.

It’s just been one of those weeks where you get an unexpected bill (like the Irish TV license, because yes you need a license to own a tv here) and then there is still the not-so-unexpected however still untimely car repairs (new timing belt and two rear tires).

All this in the midst of saving our asses off while we have some ‘down time’ awaiting baby and summer expenses.

So it felt like we were broke there for a bit this week.

It made me think what does being “broke” mean?

We did live differently over the past 7 days.

For starters we reverted to menu planning for the week and chose meals from the ‘cheap end.’ Like breakfast for dinner and soup & sandwich night. We shopped at Aldi which we generally do but did it even cheaper and kept it under 50e for the 3.5 of us.

We rationed our petrol since that is the biggest daily expense we are seeing these days. Cutting back on driving is hard, but the man of the house alternated cars he took to work. Little M and I tried to stay close to home for the most part.

We put up with what we had even though we wanted something else…this was mostly me and my pregnancy cravings but I did it.

I didn’t go out to lunch this week but had friends over instead.

It all seems so simple but I actually found it quite difficult to really watch the spending.

Like I said we are currently saving our asses off.
Still trying to buy a house.
Always conscious of having airfare to the US.
Trying to get ahead for September when college fees, car insurance and health insurance are all due.
And having just paid for a car in cash in March so we need to replenish the savings.

I still panicked when the accounts were down to 5e and 15e the day before payday. I’m the type of person who panics when the gas tank is below 1/4 of a tank though.

It was totally fine. We both got paid today, which is a clear indicator that we are definitely not broke and I immediately “paid us” first and transferred money into the savings account.

There will be money to do something fun this weekend, even if my idea of fun for the weekend would be a trip to the labor ward.

So we’re definitely not broke but maybe we could have a look at our spending habits and see if we can save even more over the next few weeks.

I’m curious how other people cut corners to save a bit extra.