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Starting a Diaper Stockpile

Well, I’m about 21 weeks pregnant with my second child now, and I’ve already started working on my maternity leave stockpile. One of the things I implemented prior to my first mat leave was a stockpile of household items. Knowing that I would be on a reduced maternity leave income for a whole year, I spent most of my pregnancy buying household items on sale, using coupons and Checkout51, and creating a stockpile so that I wouldn’t have to spend money on these basic household items during my mat leave. It was a huge success and for the entire year, I did not spend a dime on toilet paper, deodorant, shampoo & conditioner, and body wash.

But the biggest cost savings that I achieved was creating a significant stockpile of diapers ahead of time. Using Checkout 51 and watching for sales, I was able to buy diapers at less than half their regular price! For example, Pampers at Safeway are usually $34 regular price, but often they go on sale for $19.99. Checkout 51 also often has cashback of $2-$3 for Pampers products. When I combined the sales with the Checkout 51 offers, I got these diapers for $17 for a big box!

My stockpile numbers were pretty on point, but there was one time where we ran out of size 3 diapers and I had to go out and buy a box at full price. Let me tell you, it really hurt to buy a box of diapers for $34+tax. I tracked what my diaper stockpile numbers were and what my daughter used and this is the guideline that I’ll use to build my stockpile for my second child. Keep in mind that these numbers are for Pampers products for a baby girl, born at 7lbs, consistently measuring in the 100th percentile for height and at the 60-70th percentile for weight.

Pampers Size Stockpile Number
N (Newborn) 336 diapers
Size 1 600 diapers
Size 2 1472 diapers
Size 3 2184 diapers
Size 4 1392 diapers
Size 5 2340 diapers
Size 6 N/A – my daughter is 2 years old now and just recently transitioned to size 6 diapers.

We used Pampers Swaddlers for the newborn size, size 1 and size 2. At size 3 and 4, we used a mix of Swaddlers during the day and Baby Dry at night. This was around the time my daughter was 4 months old and we had sleep trained her so she was sleeping 11-12 hours through the night. We found that Pampers Baby Dry with their 12 hour protection were perfect for bedtime.  At Size 5, we used a mix of Cruisers and Baby Dry, as she was more mobile and the Cruisers were designed for babies on the move.

There was one size (I think it was size 1) where I had an extra box so I just sold it on VarageSale for $10. There are always other moms on VarageSale looking to buy diapers or trade diaper sizes.

For all you moms-to-be out there, I highly recommend you start a diaper stockpile! Either use coupons and watch for sales, or start having family and friends gift you with diapers!

 

Canadian Recipes/ Featured

Overnight Eggnog French Toast Casserole

I am rapidly getting into the Christmas spirit here in our household. Our tree and decorations are up, I’ve begun my Christmas shopping, I’ve wrapped some of the presents that I’ve purchased ages ago, and I’m starting to dig up some holiday recipes. I made my ginger molasses cookies the other day to fill up our cookie jar, and the flavours of ginger, cinnamon, and molasses totally reminded me of Christmas!

We’ll be visiting some family this Christmas out of town, but we are also expecting some family to come to us in Regina since being pregnant with a toddler makes travelling super exhausting for me. In anticipation of overnight guests, I wanted to find a breakfast recipe that was Christmas-y but also didn’t require me to be in the kitchen away from all the visiting and opening of  presents in the morning. I started experimenting with some overnight recipes and I’ve tweaked the perfect overnight eggnog french toast casserole recipe. It takes some prep the night before, but in the morning, all you have to do is pop it in the oven for 40-50 minutes. Perfect amount of time for visiting over coffee and opening presents!

I served mine with some blueberries on top and a side of bacon (because my husband loves bacon!). This french toast casserole is pretty sweet, so you do not need any syrup on top. A sprinkling of icing sugar might make it prettier but trust me, it is plenty sweet on its own. This recipe would easily serve 6 people. We had four big pieces left over, so I heated a piece up this morning for a quick breakfast before work and it was delicious!

Give this recipe a try for your Christmas morning!

Overnight Eggnog French Toast Casserole

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Serves: 4-6 Cooking Time: 50

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 loaf French bread, cut into cubes
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 8 eggs
  • 2 cups eggnog
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Instructions

1

Grease a 9x13 baking dish with a little bit of melted butter.

2

In a small saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in brown sugar and maple syrup and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and pour into the baking dish.

3

Arrange the cubed bread over the brown sugar mixture.

4

Sprinkle the bread cubes with cinnamon and nutmeg.

5

In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, eggnog and vanilla together. Pour this custard mixture evenly over the bread cubes. Press down on the bread cubes to make sure every piece is soaked.

6

Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and refrigerate overnight.

7

In the morning, place the baking dish in a preheated 325 degree oven and bake covered for 40 minutes.

8

Increase the oven temperature to 375 degrees, remove foil, and bake uncovered for another 10 minutes.

9

The casserole is done when a knife inserted in the center comes out clean and the top is a golden brown.

Featured/ Life & Motherhood

Pregnancy #2!

Well, hello everyone! It’s been a minute since I’ve posted anything on here. I do have a reason though – I’m pregnant with my second child! We basically found out days after my last post on here in August….and the morning sickness (or all day sickness) started shortly after! From August until October, I was completely useless when it came to cooking and food. I was basically a vegetarian for three months because the smell of meat would send waves of nausea through me, and my husband and toddler had to survive on his cooking and on Skip the Dishes.

I’m about 20 weeks along now and I’m finally feeling better, so stay tuned for more recipes as I start cooking more often. I’m still craving a lot of vegetables over meat, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. I do have more questionable cravings though, including super sugary iced tea, Cheez Whiz, basic Chinese food (like ginger beef and chicken balls), and gummy candies.

My toddler is also super clingy lately – it’s like she knows that a big change is about to happen in our family. She will cuddle with me for an hour after I pick her up from daycare. I’m not complaining – I need that chill time too, but it does make it hard to make dinner every night. Stay tuned for even easier recipes coming on this blog, as I figure out what I can easily pop in the oven without sacrificing cuddle time!