I finished up so many empties in August! I've decided to add baby empties into the mix for now. We have been amazed by how many diapers and wipes we've gone through already. Let's get started!
Monday, September 13, 2021
Wednesday, September 8, 2021
I've been absent on the blog the last couple of weeks because a new baby is a TON of work. Ellie and I have been spending our days on the couch, but for some reason the day flies by. I often don't have free hands or arms and have been simply holding our little miracle all day long.
Ellie is a very sweet baby who rarely ever cries. Only when she is hungry or when we change her in the middle of the night.
But if I am not around as much, it's because I'm snuggling this tiny, perfect human.
Tuesday, August 17, 2021
You guys know by now that I am a couponer and love to stock up on items for super cheap. I have been spending the last few months trying to fill my stockpile and get items as cheap as possible before Ellie arrives. I always love to save money but I figured with a baby coming I wouldn't really feel like heading out to the store too often once she arrived so it was better to have all sorts of essentials already stocked. I watched a few youtube videos and found a few lists online that shared lists of what to stockpile before baby- not just baby items but household items as well so I thought I would compile my own list and share it here if anyone is interested! I'm also going to share a few photos of my current stockpile because I'm pretty excited with the amount I've accumulated lately.
Stock Up Before Baby List
- Diapers (Obviously...) Every chart online says a different number but I looked up a few on Pinterest and just sort of guessed what we would need. I am completely stocked up for newborn through size 3, so I will be working on size 4 and holding off to see if I even need size 5 or 6. I wasn't afraid of buying too many because I made sure they were less than 20 cents a diaper and we plan on having at least one more kid in the future. Also, diapers make great gifts for baby showers!
- Wipes- Again, obvious but make sure they are one cent a wipe or cheaper!
- Bottles- Just a few free sample bottles to try out and find the kind you like.
- Formula- Free samples are available through Enfamil and Similac. Even if you plan on breastfeeding it doesn't hurt to get the samples just in case. You can always donate them!
- Clothes- Not a ton, but look for clearance clothing and stock up for the next year.
- Baby Gear- I will share more of the gear we received at our shower and what else we picked up in another post, but we ended up with a lot of stuff. Probably not all necessary, so talk to friends and family and do your research to see what you will actually use and love. I plan on updating once Ellie is here and we actually know what she will use.
- Paper Towels
- Toilet Paper
- Shower Gel/Soap
- Laundry Detergent
- Dryer Sheets
- Laundry Scent Boosters
- Dishwasher Tabs
- Cleaning Sprays
- Dish Soap
- Aluminum Foil
- Plastic Wrap
- Ziploc Bags
- Parchment Paper
- Lysol Wipes/ Other Cleaners
- Garbage Bags
- Paper Plates
- Hand Soaps
- Bathroom Sprays
- Medications- Tylenol, Tums, etc..
- Pet Food
- Pet Treats
- Pet Medications
- Water Bottles
- Soda/Juice/ Other Drinks
- Ingredients For Simple Meals
- Ingredients to Make Freezer Meals
- Tucks Wipes
- Ingredients to Make Padsicles
- Ice Packs
Monday, August 9, 2021
Anyways, let's get into the empties!
Downy Unstoppables Fresh Scent- This isn't the first time I've shared these with you guys. They make your laundry smell amazing! I want to try out some of the other scents offered but these are so good I just keep on repurchasing them.
Lysol Wipes- A staple in our house. I mostly use these in the bathroom because I prefer to make sure everything is super sanitized. Ibotta has had some amazing deals on these lately so I keep stocking up every time I go to the store.
Tide Pods- This huge container of Tide Pods was picked up on a BJs trip and while I don't like purchasing detergent at such a high price point I really loved how big the container was and how long it took me to get through the whole thing. I will be stocking up with couponing deals going forward though because these are just too pricey for me!
Bath and Body Works Malibu Heat Shower Gel- I really liked this shower gel and would definitely repurchase it in the future. I love these mini shower gels because I get to try different scents and don't get stuck using one scent for too long. It helps me not get bored! I would get this again and would even purchase it in a larger size.
Bath and Body Works Watermelon Lemonade Candle- This candle smells so good! I love the watermelon lemonade scent, it's so sweet and this candle had great throw. I would definitely repurchase.
Sensodyne Gum Repair Toothpaste- My gums have been a mess during this pregnancy and this toothpaste really did seem to help. I can only use sensodyne toothpastes since I get bad canker sores with other brands and was so glad to see they had this gum repair version. I will definitely repurchase this in the future to strengthen my gums back after pregnancy.
Dreft Laundry Detergent Sample- So you would think I used this sample on baby clothes...but no. I used this on a load that smelt like dog poop, after we had an issue where Rory got sick and pooped all over her dog bed. After washing the dog bed, everything smelled fine...until I put the next load in and everything came out smelling like dog poop. After using vinegar, deep cleaning the washer and the dryer and using draft detergent, we finally have everything back to normal!
Bath and Body Works Cactus Blossom Hand Soap- I really liked this hand soap. I've mentioned before that I'm a big fan of the BBW foaming hand soaps and I picked up quite a few summer scents this year. I've been working my way through them pretty quickly and this is definitely one I would repurchase in the future.
Bounce Dryer Sheets- These are definitely my dryer sheet of choice and I repurchase them quite often. I like the scent of them and they work great!
Philosophy Snow Angel Scrub- I've had this body scrub for a few years and finally finished it. I did like it, but I don't know that I would repurchase it in the future. I have been trying out a bunch of different scrubs and this one wasn't as abrasive as some of the others.
2 Cake Batter Chapsticks- I still have a huge stock of these and am obsessed with them. Always a repurchase for me!
What products have you used up lately? I feel like I didn't have a ton of empties this month but I always want to share what I've finished so you guys can hear my thoughts on everything. I also think it's a good view of what free samples I have bean able to snag and what products are available through couponing. I hope you enjoy empties posts as much as I like writing them!
Have a great day everyone!
Tuesday, August 3, 2021
Tuesday, July 13, 2021
Thanks to my amazing husband we finally have wall prints in Ellie's room! I had three quotes that all dealt with night time that I wanted to hang in her room. They are quotes from Harry Potter, A Court of Thorns and Roses, and Throne of Glass. Before we even got pregnant I knew I wanted a night sky theme in the nursery and wanted to feature one of my favorite quotes so I went ahead and found two others that I love as well.
At first I was attempting to make these with my Cricut, but it was frustrating and I kept ripping the paper. So I made some Photoshop prints and Tim printed them out for me at work which was so sweet.
This was the last quote I decided on and I think it's so sweet and perfect for a nursery.