Monday, March 22, 2010

Babies, Babies, Babies!

I feel like I'm surrounded by pregnant women! As you know, my sister is pregnant and due in June, but there are also like 5 other people at our church who are due within about 2 months of each other. Then there are other girls outside of church who are pregnant too... I have started calling this the Baby Boom of 2010!

Of course, with pregnancies, there comes baby showers. The first one was Saturday. While shopping for all of the upcoming showers, I have realized something -- I have a problem. I all out when buying gifts, and the presentation of the gift, is just as important as the gift itself. Enter the diaper cake. I knew that I was going to be doing at least one for my sister's shower, so I figured, why not scale it down a bit and do it for the others too.

Here is the diaper cake that I did for the first of the showers.


This cake included 59 Pampers. I use size 1 in my cakes, because I figure that a lot of people will be giving Newborn diapers, and this will help them out a little further down the road. Since I have quite a few diaper cakes to make in the next couple of months, I decided that it would probably be more economincal to purchase a larger box. At Babies R Us, a pack of 252 diapers was $41.99. I had a coupon for $5 off, so that brought the prcie to $36.99. It averages out to about 15 cents per diaper. Total cost for Diapers in this cake = $8.85

I also purchased receiving blankets off of the registry. The pack of 4 worked well because the colors and patterns already coordinated with each other. The cost for 4 receiving was $14.99.

I also like to put in a few baby care items, like lotion and diaper cream. I purchased a variety pack with 5 different items to place around the layers. Cost = $2.49

The other items (rubberbands, dowel rod, ribbon) I usually keep for craft projects, so the grand total for the diaper cake was $28.44 (including tax)

There will be a lot of other baby related posts over the next few months, as there are lots of showers to attend, and even one to host. I have started planning all of the details for my sister's shower and if things come together like they are in my mind right now, it will be awesome!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Book Review -- "The Lucky One" by Nicholas Sparks

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I have long been a Nicholas Sparks fan... after reading "The Guardian," I was hooked. I've had "The Lucky One" sitting around for a while, and never read it. I picked it up a few nights ago after a long reading break, and it was just what I needed to get me back into the reading habit.

A page turner for sure, I spent a couple of nights reading into the 2am hour. Last night, I had just over a third of the book left, and I could not put it down... before I realized it, I was done with the book, and it was 3:30am.

If you've read any of Sparks' books, you know that they are usually set in a coastal NC town and his characters are easy to fall in love with. "The Lucky One" was no different. And in true NS fashion, there were a few tears... All while leaving you with the question "Do you believe in luck?"

Watch for the upcoming movie... I hear its in production now, scheduled for release sometime in 2012.

Book Review -- "Bitter is the New Black" by Jen Lancaster

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I finished "Bitter is the New Black" in January, but I've been lazy about writing the review for it, partially because I'm having a hard time with how I feel about the book.

I'm not really sure how I found out about Jen Lancaster, but when I read her blog and the online reviews of her books, I was compelled to purchase all of them. I had high hopes for "Bitter," but I'm not sure it lived up to my expectations.

This book is the first of a series of Memoirs from Jen. Her writing is sarcastic (which is a turn on) but rather narcissistic at times (which is why I think I didn't LOVE this book). The book deals with her rise and fall in a career and the ups and downs of unemployment.

It took me a long time (about 2 weeks) to get through the whole book, because it was not one of those I couldn't put down. At times, I had to force myself to get through chapters. Overall, I wouldn't say that I hated the book, and I will probably eventually read the others. Next time, I will just go in with lower expectations.

Monday, March 1, 2010

REWIND: February 2010

Where did the month of February go? It is so hard to believe that it is already March. Time is flying, and so many things (including this blog) seem to get left behind in the day to day shuffle we call life...

Not a lot happened last month, but, for the sake of writing an update, here is the Cliff Notes version of the past 28 days.
  • Had a couple of "dates" or just "hanging out" with a guy... hasn't amounted to anything... don't know if I'm feeling it.
  • Valentine's day came and went... nothing special...
  • Work was the same...
  • Not much on the Tupper front...
  • Worked a Vendor Fair for Relay for Life, and was able to sell off a lot of my Tupperware stock and raise money for a great cause.
  • Bored with life right now...
There are so many things that I want to write about, but they come to me at weird times, when I can't stop and type a post... I need to get better at this...

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