Monday, February 2, 2009

potty training and knock your socks off savings!

Our little pumpkin doodle had a few tests done a little over a week ago and passed with flying colors, so that means...WE"RE GOING TO START POTTY TRAINING!! She'll be 18 months in 2 weeks, so I'm taking these next two weeks to prepare and enjoy diapers which keep the waste contained. I've done some research and questioned a few people, but I need all the input of what you've found or heard that works. I know to take her often (one friend said every 20 minutes and another said 20 minutes after means and nap time, and 20 minutes before bed and when she wakes up in the am). I know that a book at the potty is a good idea and treats too when they go. I still haven't figured out if I should buy pull-ups or just use diapers or do the underwear thing. I have a bunch of diapers still and want to use them all up, so I was thinking of them until they run out and then if she is doing good I can just use underwear at that point. I am sure that using a diaper at bedtime is a good idea until she gets older and has more control, so I could keep the rest for bed right? I need input PLEASE!!

Wow, the topic of potty training gives me anxiety so I'm gonna tell ya all about my grocery shopping experiences cuz they have been AWESOME lately. I should first mention that I hate grocery shopping because I just do and because groceries cost so much money that it depresses me. I could buy so many clothes if I didn't have to grocery shop and spend so much money at that kind of store!! So now that I have stumbled across this amazing trick/tool, I WILL BE ABLE TO INCREASE MY WARDROBE!! Who doesn't want to do that?! There is a website called and they have a list of all the grocery stores along with the list of items that are on sale at the grocery store you choose. They rate the items on sale from 1 to 5 stars so you'll know if you're getting the best deal or not. They also have 3 lists of coupons that you can print which will go with some of the sale items listed. My sister showed me when Albertsons was having some killer deals and I spent a little over $100 and I got over $200 worth of groceries. I NEVER shop at Albertsons, but now I am a regular because if you buy right you save tons!! Every time you go, you should save around 50% if you organize things and buy right. I am happy to show you how although I am still learning! I love to shop now and have gotten a good food storage started up... like 20 boxes of name brand cereal that cost me $15!! I can and will post deals on my blog when I notices killers out there too. I can get the info on a party too because there is a lady that does them and she knows what she's doing, so if you are interested let me know (I can find out if someone does it in St. George as well, cuz there are a bunch of you down there). You have to have a code to get on the site and I am going to get it soon so I'll post that when I find it in all my coupons. Another thing to remember is to make sure you save coupons because if you can find that item on sale before the coupon expires you'll get an even better deal. That really is the trick is finding those coupons that match up with items already on sale. Let me know if you have questions or want to go out and shop sometime!!


kgoody said...

My friends have been doing the Albertsons shopping but I get overwhelmed with it all. Ill keep checking back so I can learn some more. Calli has been really into sitting on the potty since she was one but never went so when itried a month before her 2nd birthday i did the check every 5 minutes give a skittle take to toilet every 15 min give a starburst if they go but she freaked when I wanted her to go and went in her panties right after so I kniew the timing was good. But I stopped. My experience with Lexie was to wait til she was interested in it enough and wanted to do it so it wasnt a chore to do. Calli saw her cousins that are her age doing it and wanted to after that so if you have someone for her to see that they do during the week thats close to her age or she looks up to helps alot. Calli is in a play date now and the two kids are older than her but not pottytrained and just seeing her go now they want to. If shes not ready though dont push it just try again next month. I know of someone who started at 1 then spanked when he had accidents and he peed his pants til 4 or 5. Not that youd spank but it is a big thing to get into and frustrating at times. I know I had hard times with both my girls where I wanted to spank them. Call me if you have any questions for me. GOOD LUCK!!!

Nelson's said...

Good luck with the potty training it sucks!! Dont get frustrated if it doesnt happen over night. Caden took several months to figure it out he would do great for a week or two then would have an accident all the time. It take time and once they get it they get. One day it will just click well at least that was how it worked for us. She is still young so be patient and make sure she is ready. Good luck!!!

Alan, Amber, Emma, and Zachary said...

Potty Training was frustrating, but so rewarding at times! It takes time and that is the thing that you just have to keep reminding yourself! Emma was just stubborn and didn't want to be asked! If you asked she NEVER had to go, but would end up going 2 seconds later. You just have to adjust to whatever your child's needs are! I am totally interested in the coupon thing. I've heard about it a little before, and I really would like to learn and know more. . . I'm all about expanding my wardrobe!!!