Saturday, December 18, 2010
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Last week we had a lazy (relaxing) date night.
I picked up a treat at the grocery store while doing my weekly shopping. That night I sent bentobaby and hubby out for soda, and a redbox.
Sorcerer's apprentice redbox rental $1
Box of brownie bites $5
2 liter of coke $2
The brownie bites were a bummer. Hubby and I had a few but saved most of them. We've been slowly nibbling on them all week. Hubby made my coke special by adding a splash of (sugar free) vanilla syrup. Yum! He even put my coke in my favorite reusable Starbucks tumbler. What a great way to make a regular coke more special without spending a penny.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Two movie tickets $21
candy, soda, bottle of water $13
Total $34! OUCH! It would have cost more if we had to pay for a baby sitter.
That makes my (usually) $10 or less dates look wonderful!
Monday, December 6, 2010
Bentobaby has frozen carrots, peas, hummus, cheese, blueberries, peanut butter, and cookies.
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
We were able to keep it in budget by using a few free items, a few multi packs from the dollar store, and a decent toy sale. My husband says the lego car 'rocks'. :) $26.74 + the $14 donation asked for, means we spent $40.74. Just slightly over budget.
If your able there is still time to pack a shoe box. I would encourage you to watch the videos on the Operation Christmas Child website. The video from Oksana Nelson really touched my heart. Adopting from an orphanage is personal to me, and her study of hope made me bawl.
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Friday, November 12, 2010
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
BentoBaby has green beans, sharp cheddar cheese, onigiri, and sliced grapes.
Sunday, October 17, 2010
I looked through the available stand up comedy titles from Netflix's instant queue. Hubby made us Mimosas using the $11 bottle of champagne from this post. In a matter of minutes we had an improvised date night together. Thankfully we had orange juice in the fridge. We never did find a new super funny comedian but we still had fun flipping through the different ones.
Netflix comedy shows $0
Orange juice $0 already in fridge
Date night total $11
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Friday, October 15, 2010
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
She has a soft squishy dog ball (with squeaker) $1, a 3 pack of water bombs $1, a loofa $1, a 3 pack of waffle balls $1, an orange squeezie ball $1, purple spikey ball $3, two Koosh balls $4 each $8 total, 3 pack tacky balls, $1. I gave her a shoe box $0, a halloween bowl $1, and a plastic box $1 for scooping and dumping. $28 in play supplies plus the $14 for the box. $42 total. Am I done adding things? Nope. I could be, Bentobaby loves her ball pit the way it is. But like to challenge her.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Monday, October 11, 2010
We had guests last night. I asked if they could tell it was made of coffee filters. My guest (who would tell me) said she could not tell. However once i asked her that, she could see them. :) i have plenty of coffee filters left so a second wreath would cost me $1 plus the cost of ribbon.
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Netflix rental (Backup plan, so funny) $0
Frozen chocolate silk pie $8
2 liter of Cherry Coke $2
Lets say you don't like frozen pies, and you don't have a netflix account. First of all I would recommend at least the minimal netflix account. One movie out at a time is $9 and you get unlimited streaming movies on your computer and XBOX or WII. Worth it.
However if you don't use netflix, check out a redbox dvd. $1 a night with free codes available online. Just take it back the next day! You can also make your own pie or cake for a lot less money then $8 if you watch sales. Same with the coke, we had to buy it at convenience store because our grocery store was out. They had a good sale going on.
The point of date night is to do something special with your spouse on a budget. If you don't like chocolate pie, buy what you do like. If hubby has to have soda, then find a good deal on it. customize date night to be what YOU want it to be. While on budget. :)
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
This was made in her Dora bento box. She has raisins, cheese, blueberries, peas, a peanut butter sandwich, and tiny cookies. Bentobaby hardly every gets cookies, this is a real treat for her.
I pray the lord grants me strength, patience, and wisdom to help my daughter.
Monday, October 4, 2010
8 bags of frozen veggies $1 each = $8
2 frozen turkey breasts $5 and $6 = $11
1 bag frozen biscuits (I have been unable to make a good biscuit) $4
1 bag chicken breasts $5.62
2 packs ground turkey $2.50 each = $5
Our freezer is still far from full but its starting to build up slowly. Losing everything from the freezer has shown me how convenient it is to have a deep freezer. I depend on it far more then I was aware of! I'm thankful the freezer did not break but was simply unplugged.
I have budgeted $200 to help fill it. I will still look for good deals of course!
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Our most recent date night cost us $11. We laughed and teased each other the whole night.
We spent $6 on Sorry Revenge. This is our beloved game and the 3rd copy we have purchased. It is an amazingly fun game. I hate math, but i adore this game.
The other $5 went to a treat. We splurged on 4 Auntie Anne's cookies. This was a huge treat for me. I love Auntie Anne's cookies and rarely treat myself to them. Homemade cookies would be cheaper but Auntie Anne's cookies were more fun.
Thats $11 total. Our 6 dollar game was an investment purchase (assuming we can find this copy again!) that will bring us tons of fun.
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Saturday, September 18, 2010
$2.50 orange juice
$11 bottle of champagne (huge splurge, we never drink!)
$3.50 bundle of wood (all of ours is wet!)
Plus smores fixings leftover from dh's camping trip. We plan to sit outside around our fire pit, roast smores, and sip Mimosas. We can relax alone (away from the 7 animals, while baby is sleeping) but still be there if BentoBaby needs us (via baby monitor). Sounds like a perfect evening to me!
Friday, September 17, 2010
$3.50 frozen pizza (on sale from $7)
$3.29 bag of frozen ravioli.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Last week my husband finished painting our home. It was a long over due project! I was so excited! This Tuesday I walk outside to my back porch. I need a bag of veggies from the deep freeze. I reach inside to find everything very defrosted. Apparently when my husband finished painting he did not plug the freezer back in. The contents of the freezer are useless. What a blow! That is where I keep my carefully stocked up frozen meat. That i just recently restocked. Thankfully our freezer is small 5 cubic feet. But its still a loss. At a time when money is unusually tight no less.
Will you join me as i restock my freezer as carefully as i can? I'm starting with a blank canvas, and a super tight budget.
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Bento baby has banana slices, cheddar cheese, raisins, and onigiri. I use a seaweed, sesame furikake. I thought bento baby wouldn't like it, but she loves it!
Mama's bento has carrots, hummus, banana, and two yummy onigiri. Typing this makes me want onigiri! Unfortunately I'm out of the right kind of rice. Sad.
Monday, August 2, 2010
The top box holds strawberries, pb&j, carrots.
Middle holds a granola bar, yogurt raisins, crackers, and toddler puffs.
Bottom box holds carrots, cheese boats.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Friday, July 9, 2010
He has yogurt covered raisins, blueberries, dried berries, dried mango, ranch, sugar snap peas, carrots, Herb de provance BBQ chicken, and cheese. YUMMY!
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Friday, June 25, 2010
I have a pb&j, strawberry, and cheese. Very exciting :)
This bento was for hubby. He has a sandwich, strawberries, almonds with chocolate chips, pretzels, cheese and carrots.
Monday, May 24, 2010
Almond butter and Jam sandwiches on whole wheat. Toddler crackers, cheese cubes, strawberries and blueberries. I haven't been able to get her to eat a blueberry yet. I'll keep offering them to her. Eventually she will eat one, right? lol.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
My bento has a turkey and cream cheese sandwich, bananas, strawberries, and blueberries below. I also have carrots, and sugar snap peas. I was able to eat some of my sandwich but I did have to share. :) I'm getting used to not being able to eat my whole meal, a good portion goes down bento baby's tummy. And I LOVE it!
Friday, May 14, 2010
J's bento and mine.
J has two mini pb&j sandwiches, yogurt covered raisins (gap filler, only use with a cooler these things melt easily) avocado, ravioli, a baybel cheese, strawberries, sunflower seeds with chocolate chips, almonds, and goldfish. I have the same thing without nuts and seeds.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
eventually I will be making bentos for her daycare but that will be in a few weeks. I'll have time to find out her appetite and likes and dislikes. We're so excited to finally have her in our home, and I cant make her bentos!
Sunday, May 9, 2010
Friday, May 7, 2010
Top tier has raspberries, carrots, strawberries, raisins, and two chocolate chip cookies.
Bottom has turkey onigiri (i tried to put a nori face on there but it didn't work, so I sprinkled a little furikake on top) turkey, carrots, and a furikake rice ball. YUM!
Sorry no Bentos! Maybe i'll attempt one today, of course that would interrupt the day long couch fest I was looking forward to. After a week and half of getting ready for the worker's (hour long mind you!) visit, I'm exhausted!
Monday, May 3, 2010
Little's bento, and mine. We both have turkey cheddar sandwiches, goldfish, strawberries, and a piece of Sin Dawg.
Then we have turkey stuffed 0nigiri, pot stickers, and carrots. Hubby's little is 9, and he made a BIG fuss about not liking rice. So I purposely packed onigiri for lunch. The kid devored it, he loved eating the nori face off his rice. It was awesome!
Friday, April 30, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
On the left I have turkey cheese sandwich, carrots, grapes and ranch. On the right I have pretzels, yogurt covered raisins, granola and raisins.
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
Strawberries, turkey dino sandwiches, cheese, grapes, nuts, yogurt covered raisins, and carrots under the dinos.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Top left bowl holds hubby's 'UnLunchable' Carrots, turkey, cheddar, and a lion cup with crackers. Top right bowl has turkey spinach roll ups, carrots, and chicken kabobs. The bottom bowl holds raisins, strawberries, grapes, and yogurt covered raisins. The side cup has crackers. And there is a yogurt container to fill out the meal! :) That is a lot of food.
Monday, April 19, 2010
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Saturday, April 17, 2010
I was so excited to see this awesome box on my door step when I came home! Look at all those stickers!
Open it up to see:
And finally, everything I bought.
The panda box is made specifically to hold Onigiri, and did not work for sandwiches. Guess I'll be making more onigiri! I've been trying to find nori face punches for months! I'm so excited to have these! And the shape cutters that are super common for bentos. The other item I've been looking for is the picks on the right. You can make balloons, flowers, umbrellas, so cute! The seller included the picks on the left. They are very useful picks, and also super cute! I'm SO happy with my order!
Friday, April 16, 2010
Thursday, April 15, 2010
I see a lot of bento makers add apples, banana, and oranges to bento. While those are commonly found in our home, I don't particularly like them in my bento. I like to buy 1-2 'special' kinds of fruit for the Bento. Something we don't eat constantly that is more of a treat. Our treat fruit includes: mango, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries (we don't BUY those lol) pineapple, grapes (if not in season) clementines, blueberries, and cherries. Because we're also a frugal family I pick the fruit by what is on sale. Last week I was able to get raspberries buy 1 get 1 free. Those have been in my lunch all week. The week before it was strawberries. Buying 1-2 special (depending on dh's current food loves, right now its not berries) kinds of fruit keeps our bentos interesting and different without breaking the bank. Plus that is about all we can use up before they go bad! And wasting food is never frugal.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Top tier has raspberries, cucumber flowers, sugar snap peas, soy nuts, granola and raisins.
Bottom holds a chocolate bunny, cheese, raspberries, cucumber, ranch, and a few more sugar snap peas.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Top bowl has a trail mix with almonds, raisins, chocolate chips and coconut. I put cottage cheese in the small container, and half an orange. The next bowl holds two eggs, a biscuit sandwich, and a small purple container holds pickles. The bottom holds leftover stir fry in a silicone container so it can be microwaved, baby carrots, and a bottle of soy sauce.