I moved …

I moved my blog to the following address:

http://budgetcreations.blogspot.com

I hope that I will see you there!

Meal Plan Sunday (6/12/2011)

I haven’t really uploaded any meal plans in a while but thought it would be a good idea doing this. When I posted my plan every week, I was much more diligent about actually making a plan.

Yesterday we stopped by our local Aldi and picked up mainly produce, fresh berries, and some meat. They had strawberries for sale ($1.49 per pack) and blueberries (also $ 1.49 per pack). I stocked up on those. They had big packs of frozen Tilapia at $ 3.00 per pound. We had those filets before and really liked them baked.

Anyway, here is this weeks menu:

And here is the legible version:

Breakfasts:

– Rice pudding with fresh cherries

– Oatmeal with milk and blueberries

– Wholewheat cereal with milk and apple slices

– Melon and berry smoothie, toast with homemade strawberry jam (I finally made a batch last week)

– Homemade waffles (from the freezer) with fruit

– Oatmeal with berries

– Scrambled eggs with toast, melon-berry-smoothie

Lunches:

– Peanut butter sandwiches, yogurt, fresh fruit ( x 2 )

– Leftovers and fresh fruit ( x 3)

Dinners:

– Pasta and veggie casserole with cheese

– Rice, beans and beef steaks ( x 2 )

– Pasta bolognese with veggies, side salad

– Wrap with ground beef, carrots and peppers, side salad

– Baked potato wedges, zucchini, mushrooms and baked chicken

– Leftovers

A 2nd Birthday Party – Part 2

Friday morning was great. Our little one woke up to a room full of balloons and had a blast. It’s amazing how something as simple as balloons can leave a child so utterly happy.

Somebody hadn’t woken up yet, lol.

After breakfast and a few pictures with Mommy, I was off to work and the birthday boy had the whole day to spend with daddy, who was lucky enough to have a day off.

I got home and then quickly assembled and decorated the sideboard, prepared the table and table wear:

I re-used last years dark blue table clothes, as well as napkins and plastic forks and knifes. Then I took a curtain panel found in Ikea’s  ‘as is’ section a few months ago for $ 3.00 and used it as table runner.

A blue bucket from the dollar store held little gifts (from the dollar store) for the guests. I also used blue and green hard plastic cups, which I had purchased for the 1st Birthday and which we use to this day every day.

I believe, the balloons, the bucket, and the little gifts altogether were less than $ 10.00.

After making final preparation and ordering 2 large pies of pizza to be delivered later on, our two little guests arrived.

We played, ate and had lots of fun to end the night with a birthday song and wish-wishing.

Now for my final approximate budget breakdown:

– 2 large Pizzas and Ice-tea: $ 28.00

– Ice-cream cake ingredients: $ 10.00

– Decoration, balloons and gifts: $ 10.00

Total: $ 48.00

A 2nd Birthday Party – Part 1

On Friday was my son’s 2nd Birthday. I can’t believe it, since the last two years just went by so fast.

My little preemie baby is growing up and we can see his character traits coming through. A strong-willed little boy who loves to shares food, who loves, loves, loves balls, going for walks to the port and our chocolate lab.

The last two years I have also seen our worries about possible long-term preemie effects go away.

So finally Friday was the big day again. We decided this time to keep things very small. We only invited one married couple with their two daughters, and had a great time.

Party preparations started on Thursday evening. I had decided on homemade ice cream cake. So, after dinner I prepared a simple chocolate cake, which I then cut in half.

I added slices of strawberry and then cover the cake in foil to keep it from turning dry.

I also covered the same sized form with aluminum foil and then used this as a form for my ice cream, which I added while slightly soft. The form was then also covered and put in the freezer.

The next day, I then assembled the cake and the ice-cream layer, to create this:

Since my mixer gave up on me a few months ago, and I haven’t gotten around to buy a new one, I used the ready whip cream to decorate my cake. Not ideal, but it worked. But a new mixer is definitely on MY birthday wish-list.

After the little one went to bed, the hubby and I started blowing up balloons. Our son loves them, so I thought it would be cute to see how he would react to a room FULL of balloons when he woke up.

About 20 minutes of blowing up the balloons our living room looked like this:

I used some of the balloons to create a garland for our party corner and the rest was brought next to the baby’s bed.

Part 2 will follow soon …

Happy Easter everyone!!!

I am just stopping by to wish everyone a Happy Easter and a great time with your families.

We just enjoyed a nice breakfast and will be taking a stroll at the port’s waterfront park to enjoy the surprisingly warm weather today.

A pop of color

I previously wrote about the small updates I made to our beige-on-beige master bathroom for very little money.

I used leftover paint from my hallway project to add a very light blue to the walls. Then I used the bottom portion that I had cut off from the white and long curtains in the master bedroom.

I also added some artwork by printing ocean inspired images.

The bathroom went from bla

to a little better:

So far, I was really liking my low budget updates, but something was missing. Now I had beige walls, very lightly colored walls, and my accent color was a baby blue that just didn’t seem to be enough to bring some fun to the room.

I also did not like our shower curtain anymore, which was (what a surprise!) and exciting beige color.

You see? The beige color of the shower curtain just did not work with the rest of my updates.I left it there however, until I could find something I could fall in love with. Here is a little peak:

I purchased a new curtain, bathmat, and hand towel on one of my recent trips to Ikea. They had the curtain on display in one of their bathroom models, and I fell in LOVE.

The colors were just what I needed for my bathroom. And the best part is, that this curtain fits perfectly. Its colors complete the look I was going for in my bathroom.

Cheating on Ikea … with Ikea

I cheated on Ikea with their own items again. This time for my son.

The last few weeks it became apparent at a friend’s house that he really liked the little kids table and chair sets.

However, Ikea prices for the little sets aren’t actually that cheap. We went looking around and decided on small white chairs, and ignored the tables they offered in the same section. Why? Because the math is very simple:

Chair + matching Table: $ 13.00 + $ 25.00 (or around that)

A cheaper alternative would be the kiddy chair with a $5.00 Lack Side Table.

We only purchased the chair from Ikea’s ‘as is’ section. The Lack-table itself we already from a few years ago and was taking up space in the guest room.

Now, we placed both in the little corner between our two sofas in the living room and the table serves as play table for my son and as sofa side table for the adults.