Saturday, April 1, 2017

What we are Reading- April

Another Month has gone by and I am ready to move on to the next book of choice. Hubby and I are getting prepared for children. We want to be the best parents that we can. Lately, I've been bombarded with suggestions on what to buy for this child. Their opinions are often followed with "its best..." or "its a better idea to...". To be the best Parent and a better Parent, one must be the best adult. So many parents regret certain aspects of their actions because they aren't the best person they can be. I want to be the best wife, best mother and the best daughter that I can be. I hope to gain some insight through this book.

Hubby has been contemplating on what to read next. He has been talking about re-reading  Good to Great, In God's Eyes. He read this book about 3 years ago with a small group of men, however they didn't finish the book. With some relaxing time coming up, I believe that he will give it another go during April.

So that is the run down of what we are reading around here this month. 

What is on your night stand?

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Packing for Interstate Adoption

Part of our adoption package included information on what to have when you pick up a baby from the hospital. The list was sadly vague. It listed Car Seat and Going Home Outfit. That is perfect if you are no more than 15 minutes from your home. We however, have a higher chance to travel more than 2 hours from our home. That trip will also include a night or two at a hotel.

The list needed some help. I searched high and low on Pinterest and other blogs, but so many packing lists referenced traveling overseas to pick up an older child. Here are my recommendations of domestic infant:

  • Pack(s) of Diapers, Size 0 & 1
  • Changing Pad
  • Sleepers
  • Onesies/Outfits
  • Sleep Sack/Swaddler
  • Mittens
  • Socks
  • Hat
  • Burp Cloth (1-2)
  • Blanket (1-2)
  • Bottles (4-6)
  • Bottle Warmer
  • Formula
  • Fingernail Clippers
  • Pacifiers
  • Baby Soap
  • Washcloths
  • Towel

Quantities of these items depend on the number of days that you will be away from your home. If you are going to be far from home for a long time, you might want to think about sleeping arrangements. Perhaps you would need a pack and play, portable crib or for the baby to sleep in their car seat. I dont recommend the car seat but others have. If you are crashing at a hotel or rental home for more than 3 nights, you might want to pack the following items:

  • Quarters (vending machines and washing machines)
  • Dish Soap for bottles
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Trash Bag

My last tip for  infant domestic adoption packing, is to pack the parent items sooner vs later. You can run into Walmart or Target to get what you need for the baby, but will you recognize in all your daze and glory that you forgot your toothbrush or that you hubby is wearing the same socks 3 days in a row? Pack a bag with items that you can live without for a month or so and leave the bag off to the side. Save yourself the headache!

Happy Packing

Monday, March 6, 2017

Fun Financial News

We have fun news! Drum roll please......

We paid off our car! And we paid it off 18 month early!! We have freed up $330 a month for the next debt in our snowball! It was such a freeing feeling pressing the Pay Now button. We worked so hard to pay off the car and it took us a couple months. We have been working overtime and two jobs for nearly a year. I would have to say that it was anticlimactic when we paid it. I thought perhaps the website would have falling confetti or a happy face, but it just simply said Thank You. It shows how much they care for our money.

 It was very important for us to be debt free and this was the last piece before our massive student loans. I encourage you to take a second look at your car payments. It doesn't matter if you are buying or leasing your vehicles, you must have better plans for that money than to give it to credit company. We certainly have great plans for that money. We are still saving for our final adoption fees.

Do you need a how-to? 

Well we combined our second jobs' pay, overtime and snowball cash into one account. This amount came to over $1100 a month. We stored this amount into an account until we reached $6200. If you haven't picked up a second job yet, give it a try. We make around $360 a month via our second jobs. If overtime is possible at your current job, stay on for more pay. You might be able to lend an extra hand to a different department for more cash. This accounted for an extra $200 a month.

So put in the work now, so you can benefit in the future. Good luck to all those that are working hard to get away from owing anyone for anything. We are definitely happy to add another victory to our belt.