Friday, November 11, 2011

7 Quick Takes Friday (Take 33)

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On this Veterans Day, I am so grateful for all the men and women that have sacrificed so much to protect our safety and liberty.  I am also thankful for the families of our service men and women who have to endure the absence of their loved ones.  Your service and dedication do not go unnoticed!

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I’ll be 38 weeks on Sunday!  Baby will be here anytime in the next month.  Living in a society where everything seems to be scheduled and timed to the second, it is so strange to have absolutely no idea (or control over) when the baby will be born.  But I think the surprise just adds to the excitement!

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Speaking of surprises, I am so glad we decided not to find out the sex.  It was really fun going through the baby’s dresser, picking out the outfits to bring with us to the birth center.  Most of the clothes we have is neutral, but David and I chose a pink and a blue outfit and I can’t wait to see which one our little one will come home in!

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David and I went on a date out to dinner tonight at the midwife’s order.  With the baby coming at any time, it was nice to have one last night just the two of us before we become a family of three.  David referred to our meal tonight as our “last supper” - I’m not exactly sure what he means by that…

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I’ve received several kind comments and emails in response to my post the other day about deciding to stop attending a mother’s group due to the other mothers’ negativity.  Thank you so much!  The kindness shown to me over the internet by people who don’t know me and don’t have any personal stake in my well-being never fails to surprise and amaze me.  

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The past few weeks, I’ve been planning my grocery shopping very carefully.  I’ve looked at blogs for the best deals at my local grocery stores (my favorite blog for this is Southern Savers), matched up sales with coupons, and made detailed shopping lists.  I’ve saved a ton!  Yesterday, between sales and coupons, I saved $38 and spent $40 at the grocery store - almost 50% savings!  To be fair, I got lucky and several of the items I needed that I expected to pay full price for were on sale (or even clearance!).  I wouldn’t call myself an extreme couponer, but I definitely feel like I’ve learned a few tricks that will help bring our grocery budget down - and believe me, it really needs to be lowered.  

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Source: via Mandi on Pinterest

I can’t say enough wonderful things about this Nutella pudding recipe It’s very easy and one of the best puddings I’ve ever had - my husband especially loved it.  I tweeted about it and Kendra of The Nerdy Wife made it as well and her husband loved it too!  I’m telling you, you have to try this recipe!

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  1. I follow a ton of couponing blogs and Southern Savers is the BEST one out there. Only downside is sometimes I don't have the exact coupons she posts and I just decide if it's still a good deal or not.

  2. Yay for 38 weeks! We did not find out the sex either, and believe me, it makes labor that much more rewarding when you give that last push and finally get to meet him or her. I am glad you got to go on a date. It's so important, even after the baby comes. My best friend is a priest, and he is constantly after my husband and I to go out without our daughter. We went to a wedding tonight, and texted him a picture of us all dressed up on our "fancy date". Take care of yourself!

  3. I am in love with all recipes Nutella themed, so I may need to add this one to my list to try! DId you ever try Nutella brownies?! They are delicious!

  4. Way to go saving money at the grocery store! I coupon as much as I can and try to be clever with the grocery budget, too. It's challenging, but fun!

  5. I am going to try this recipe. I also have a nutella cookie recipe that would go great with it. I have a blog called come by and check it out. Glad I found your blog, there is not many other catholic blogs out there.


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