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Welcome to the World, Cayia June!

This isn’t my official birth story post, though I have been writing that in my head for a few days now. That one will take me a little bit longer, but for now I just wanted to take a few minutes to officially announce the newest addition to our family: Cayia June Blythe! 

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Cayia arrived at 2:56 p.m. on Tuesday, June 2. Cayia is my maiden name (pronounced Kay-uh) and it was our girl name when we were pregnant with Porter as well.  In fact, we had talked about using Cayia as a possible name for one of our children before we were even engaged! People have asked if her middle name comes from the month she was born, and the answer is no. June would have been her middle name if she was born in May, too. We chose June to honor the month we were married. 

We are over the moon in love with her, and while it seemed liked she would never arrive, now it feels like she was always meant to be a part of our family. 

We’ve only been home from the hospital for a little over 24 hours, but it’s strange how everything falls into place.  Our house was relatively clean when we left for the hospital, but now it is ridden with burp cloths and bottles, and gift bags, and diapers and a lot of pink (in addition to Porter’s trucks, cars, balls, and sippy cups.) And as I look around, it seems as if it’s always meant to look this way. 

The baby sounds and squeaks and sighs quickly brought back memories from Porter’s newborn days, but these additions add the sweetest melodies to the soundtrack we had gotten so used to. 

Porter has been absolutely amazing with her, and now more than ever he seems so grown up.  A few days ago, he still had some baby in him (at least in my eyes) but now he’s 100% big boy. While this makes me sad in a way, I know he is going to be a great big brother, and eventually–I hope–an even better best friend to his little sister. 

More details and pictures to come! 

 

Toddler Easter Basket Ideas

Toddler Easter Basket Ideas

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Last year I wrote about Easter Basket Ideas for a One Year Old. This year, I wanted to keep it simple, but I also wanted to include some fun things for Porter to open. 

Here’s what Porter is getting in his Easter Basket this year. 

P is for Potty Sesame Street Book: This is the #1 Best Seller in Children’s Toilet Training Books on Amazon. We aren’t ready to potty train Porter yet (our pediatrician said to wait until after baby #2 arrived), but he can go a long time without wetting his diaper, so we’re thinking he’s getting close. He loves Elmo (and I often say P is for Porter!) so I figured this book would be perfect. Plus, it has over 30 flaps and he loves books with flaps. 

Alex Toys My First Scribble Book and Beeswax Crayons: Porter has gained some interest in coloring/drawing in the past few months, so I thought this scribble book and 12 pack of crayons would be perfect.  The scribble book comes with stickers and he LOVES stickers.  The crayons come with a case, so I’m hoping that helps to keep them contained and not at the bottom of the toy bin. 

Radius Totz Toothbrush (3 pack):   Don’t they say to change your toothbrush every few months? Okay, Porter won’t care an ounce for these, but I figured this was a practical gift. These toothbrushes get good reviews. Plus the bristles are 100% vegetable based. How cool is that?! 

Toddler’s Converse One Star Sneakers: There is just something about kids’ shoes that makes my knees go weak. I bought these a size up from the size he wears now, so it may be awhile before he can wear them, but once they fit, he’ll be stylin’ for sure. 

Race Car Toddler Pajamas : This is another practical gift.  Once it starts to get a little warmer out, Porter will need some new pajamas. He loves cars, so I thought these were perfect.  It’s hard to tell from the photo, but this set included two pairs of pajamas! 

No Spill Bubble Bucket: Porter is pretty obsessed with bubbles. This is a “no spill” bucket and we’ve tried the smaller no spill containers and they truly have been no spill, so this truly is a toddler friendly gift. 

Melissa & Doug See and Spell Puzzles: This was too big to fit in his basket, and I forgot to take a picture of it, but we’ll just set it up next to Porter’s Easter basket when we give it to him. Porter has been doing great with his letters and ABCs–and he loves spelling everything he sees–but he struggles with a lot of the lowercase letters. He loves puzzles, so this gift was a no brainer. 

What are your favorite little ones getting for Easter this year? 

 

Using Cash Back Websites When Shopping Online

If you know me, you know that I love shopping online. In fact, I shop online way more than I shop in any store. My husband jokes with me that we have a package on the doorstep every single day. Amazon is my weakness, and Amazon Prime is the best thing ever created. Click here for a free trial of Amazon Prime! 

Around the holiday season, I try to do most of my shopping online. I did a TON of shopping over Black Friday weekend and I came home one day after work the following week to SEVEN packages on my doorstep. 

One of the reasons I love shopping online is that I love comparison shopping and I often feel like I can get a better deal online than I can in store. I’ve learned some tricks along the way, and while this isn’t a “normal blogging topic” for me, I thought I’d share it for all the other online shoppers out there. 

One of the biggest ways I save money by shopping online is by using cash back websites. My favorites are Ebates, Mr. Rebates, and Big Crumbs. [Update: Big Crumbs has recently changed to MainStreetSHARES.]The cash back that each site offers varies depending on the retailer, and sometimes the percentage changes from time to time. For instance, I know Ebates offered extra cash back during Black Friday. Before you assume that it’s not worth the extra step of using one of these cash back websites, I will tell you that I recently received over $100 from Ebates alone. 

Saving Money When Shopping Online

 

All three of them are super easy to use, but when you’re ready to make an online purchase, there is no need to visit each one to see which offers the most cash back. Evreward.com is a website that will do the hard work for you. I’m not sure when I discovered this website, but now I use it every time I make an online purchase. 

When you’re ready to make a purchase, visit Evreward.com and search for the retailer or website. 

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After searching, you will be given the cash back amounts for each of the cash back websites. As you can see, Big Crumbs offers the most cash back for Target. 

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Visit the website that offers the most cash back, search for the retailer in the search bar, and click on the link provided. The cash back website will direct you to the website and it will automatically track your purchase. 

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ebates

 

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This is my favorite way to save some money while shopping online, and if you’re a big online shopper, you should give it a try. Remember when I saved almost $5 on Porter’s winter coat from Land’s End? It may not seem like much, but the pennies and dollars add up! 

If you love Amazon like me, I recently discovered that Ebates does offer some cash back if you shop within certain departments on Amazon.

How do you save money when shopping online? If you have some tips to share, I’d love to hear them!  

 

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