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Sadie’s First Ear Infection + Coffee Talk

Poor Sadie girl came down with an ear infection last week. She randomly started tugging on her ear and acting not at all like her happy-go-lucky self. I gave her some Tylenol and booked an appointment to see the pediatrician the next morning.

Sadie did well at the appointment, except when the pediatrician wanted to look in her ear. We left the office with a diagnosis of an ear infection, a script for an antibiotic, and were on our way. I’m so thankful we were able to get in to the doctor quickly.

This little ear infection made me thankful that Sadie has been quite healthy otherwise! What a blessing. Another blessing? My mom had slept over that night because Jimmy was out of town for work. God knew when this mama needed her mama 🙂

Our little chicka doesn’t seem to be in too much pain. She’ll tug her ear and cry every now and then, and she’s not sleeping great, but she has taken everything in stride (even the diaper rash from the medicine, ugh). Getting the antibiotic in her has been quite the challenge! We tried giving her the amoxicillin in a mini medicine bottle, but that was a bit of a disaster, haha.

As I’ve mentioned before, she’s not a fan of bottles. We thought maybe she’d take the medicine from a bottle because it was bubblegum flavored, but nope! We’re using a syringe, but it seems like she just pushes the medicine right out of her mouth. Fellow parents, do you have any tips?!

Okay, enough about ear infections and bottles! Did everyone have a nice weekend? It was cold here in Pittsburgh, but we stayed warm with coffee!

Starbucks coffee date

My mother-in-law gave us Starbucks gift cards for Christmas, so we’ve been enjoying great coffee lately! I tried the Papua New Guinea blonde roast and loved it.

I had coffee on the brain this morning (see above about not getting much sleep, lol), so Sadie and I went on a little Starbucks date so I could work on editing my book.

Book editing at Starbucks

I tried the Kenya Barichu Reserve coffee, which was awesome. Having the Reserve coffee brewed in Starbuck’s Clover Brewing System was such a treat and reminded me of my coffee date with my dad around this time last year! Is anyone else really into the flavor profile of coffee, or are you in the coffee is coffee camp?

At home, Jimmy and I brew the Fair Trade Organic whole bean coffee from Aldi because it’s less than $5 for a 12 ounce bag and the coffee tastes great. If we go out to coffee shops like Starbucks, though, I really enjoy trying different blends and drinks!

Well, I better wrap this post up. Sadie is currently napping on me (I’m practicing my typing-with-one-hand skills, lol) and is starting to stir. Before I go, I need your help!

I’m still deciding on what to cook for our Valentine’s Day get-together. I’m considering the following: chili and cornbread, grilled barbecue ribs and chicken, spaghetti and meatballs, or a make your own pizza bar. What would you pick?!

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A Good Deal Kind of Day

I knew today was going to be a good day when I started it off with a coffee date with my Dad! We went to Starbucks before he had a work meeting and spent some time talking and enjoying our coffees.

Man in Starbucks with large iced coffee

A large iced coffee for my Dad and a Reserve coffee brewed in the Clover Brewing System for me! I explained what’s so special about the Reserve coffees and Clover Brewing System to my Dad and he just smiled and called me a foodie, haha. He did try my coffee and said it was very smooth compared to Starbucks’ “regular” coffee!

Okay, confession time. The last time I had my hair cut was in June, before my sister’s wedding. It was looking… hmm, what word am I looking for? Gross? Stringy? Frizzy? You get the point.

A girl I pet sit for is a hairdresser, so I went to her to get my hair cut today and it feels so much better. I think she said she cut three inches of dead hair off! She even texted me a before and after picture.

Curly hair Deva hair cut before and after

The hairdresser used DevaCurl products and technique to cut my hair (DevaCurl is a whole system of haircare exclusively for curly-haired people!) and it really made a difference in how defined the curls look.

She wanted me to try DevaCurl products so much that she generously gave me a free full-sized bottle of shampoo and conditioner. You better believe I tipped her more than 20% 😉 I also made sure to just book another haircut right then and there so I don’t go eight months without a haircut again.

DevaCurl shampoo and conditioner

Okay, so onto why today was a good deal kind of day. I went grocery shopping at our local grocery store, Shop ‘n Save, which I believe is a chain with stores in the Pittsburgh area only.

I’m usually a tried and true Aldi girl, but Shop ‘n Save had some amazing deals for four days only, so I braved the crowds and I’m glad I did. I was so pumped about some of these deals that I decided to take pictures. Here’s some of what I bought!

Toufayan Pita Bread, rigatoni, and chocolate pudding from Shop 'n Save

The Toufayan Pita was $0.88, the rigatoni was $1.00, and the chocolate fudge pudding was $0.88. I was honestly so surprised at the price of the pita bread. I am already dreaming up sandwich ideas 🙂

Jif peanut butter and Salada black tea bags

The Jif peanut butter was on sale and I had a $1.00 off coupon, so each jar was $1.17. The Salada tea was buy one, get one free and each box ended up costing $1.75.

Cheese Nips and hot Italian sausage flavored potato chips from Shop 'n Save

Onto the snacks! The Cheese Nips were $1.00 and the hot Italian sausage flavored potato chips were $1.50. I literally have no idea what made me buy hot Italian sausage flavored chips. I’ll let you guys know how they taste, LOL.

Ground chuck and eye of round steak on sale from Shop 'n Save

Okay, meat time. Ground beef was $1.99/lb and I bought almost three pounds for $5.87. I see either stuffed peppers, meatballs, mini meatloaves, sloppy joes, or stuffed cabbage (a Pittsburgh classic!) in mine and Jimmy’s future 🙂

The boneless round steak was on sale for $2.98/lb and I got almost a pound and a half for $4.08. I’m thinking I might marinate it in a combo of soy sauce, Italian dressing, and brown sugar and then plop it on the grill and call it a day.

Fresh loaf of Italian bread and baby back pork ribs

The baby back ribs were $2.69/lb and I got a little over 2 pounds for $6.35. I’m going to use my favorite (and easy) barbecue ribs recipe from Genius Kitchen for these. The loaf of Italian bread was freshly baked and only $0.79!

Eight pound bag of Green Giant Russet Potatoes

This eight pound bag of russet potatoes? $1.98. I might make homemade gnocchi, mashed potatoes, or potato skins with these. Or all three and more since we now have eight pounds of potatoes…

Chobani whole milk greek yogurt drink coffee and cream

Last but not least, this Chobani coffee and cream whole milk yogurt drink was free with a coupon! Chobani actually has the coupon on their website right now if anyone wants to print it. They’re offering a free yogurt/yogurt drink/etc. until March 4th, so there’s still time 🙂

Whew, if you made it through this post I am in awe of you!

Really, though, it was fun going to a different grocery store and finding deals. It makes me feel so blessed that I live in a country where we can simply go to the grocery store and buy food and that we have the means to do so. Saving money on groceries allows us to use our extra money to give to missions we love and support those in need, and for that I am so incredibly grateful!

Have you found any good deals lately?