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How I Lowered Our Dish Bill By More than Half!

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We have Dish Network. Like many people, especially large families living on one income, we've been trying to cut expenses wherever we can to trim down our budget as baby expenses continue rising. One of the items we discussed was cutting our cable bill. After several years of being a loyal customer, our bill had crept it's way up and I'll admit I didn't really stay on top of keeping the cost down as much as I should have. If it were up to Adam, we would have cancelled it completely. However, the TV has become my friend during the day. I love my babies so much and wouldn't have it any other way than spending my days with them. But they don't talk back to me and sometimes, I just want to hear other voices. So I pushed back on cancelling all together although I knew we were going to have to find a way to cut back somewhere. 

When I received a Black Friday flyer in the mail from DirectTV and idea hit me. "I wonder if Dish would be willing to negotiate with me i…

Making Formula by the Batch AND Pampered Chef Giveaway

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Remember the other day when I posted that my must-have for multiples gadget, the Baby Brezza Formula Pro was officially on the fritz? Well, I'm still making bottles by hand and mixing up formula by the batch so I thought perhaps it was a perfect time to write out instructions for how to make formula by the batch AND I've partnered with my friend and Pampered Chef Consultant, Brelee Hull, to bring you a special giveaway! More details about that later! 

Making formula by the batch is much easier than mixing bottles individually. Right now, we go through about 112 ounces of formula a day. This post tells you how to make 90 ounces of Similac Advance at a time. We currently have one baby who is on a combination of formulas so his bottles are made separately. However, these instructions can easily be modified to fit your formula needs. 

I like to use my Pampered Chef Quick Stir Pitcher when making formula. This pitcher is AWESOME! Before I got my bottle maker, I bought this pitcher af…

Why It Is a Bad Idea to Cram Little Behinds into Diapers a Size Too Small

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It's every parent's worst nightmare. Times two! You guessed it, the BLOW OUT diaper. If you've got a child, you know the one I'm talking about. The one where you pick your child up and immediately know something's not right.

It happened to me today. Twice! I don't know what it is about car rides, but for us, not only do they have a calming affect on our children, it also seems to clear up any issues with, ahem, regularity, for our little squad. I was proud of myself for disassembling all four car seats, washing the covers, wiping down the plastic parts of the rest and then reassembling everything. Today was our first day out sporting clean car seats. I knew the babies were appreciative of their clean seats. I mean, if you'd seen the funk they'd been sitting in, you'd understand. I dressed everyone in brand new outfits that Grammy bought them, strapped them in, and we took off for errands in the van. About an hour and a half later and one trip through…

A Clean House Makes a Healthy Home!

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It's officially cold and flu (and strep and some other nasty bugs) season. I'm a big believer that a lot of sicknesses are preventable by keeping things clean and sanitary. With four little ones starting to crawl, I try hard to keep our floors clean along with other objects they come in contact to regularly. One sick baby in our house means four sick babies here so it's extra important for mommy's sanity to prevent as much as we can. But it's also the first of the month! Time to remember all those things a new month brings! I use the first of the month as a reminder to clean some of those things that often get overlooked! 

I've been busy this morning cleaning house after having company for a week but I also have a few items that require regular cleaning, some of which I didn't initially think of when it came to cleaning. Here's a few that are on my list:

Bottle Maker - I posted previously about my Baby Breeza Formula Pro. I did a lot of research prior to …

Archibeque Quads First Christmas Wish List

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We are so lucky to be surrounded by sweet family and friends who love our babies (and us) so much! Recently I've been asked several times what our babies need for Christmas this year. Since they are still too young to really understand, we hope they'll enjoy unwrapping a few packages. We've purchased a few developmental toys so far to put under our tree along with Christmas jammies but here is a list of items they are in need of:


Diapers - size 4 and up


Along with formula, diapers are one of our biggest needs. We go through about 20 diapers a day or approximately 140 a week right now. We aren't brand loyal and usually shop for the best price. 




Carseats  
It's getting close to time for us to upgrade from our infant carriers and into Convertible (Rear-Facing Seats). After much research, I think we are going to go with the Evenflo Symphony™ DLX All-In-One Car Seat. It is the top rated seat for safety as well as affordability plus it should last us both rear and forward fa…

Our Family's First Thanksgiving (And Other Life Updates)

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Happy Thanksgiving everyone! If you're reading this, chances are very good that you've made a strong impact on our lives for the better and we want you to know how thankful we are for you.



We have A LOT to be thankful for this year. We are so blessed to have our four children home with us, happy and healthy. We are thankful for each other. We are thankful for the family and friends who have prayed for us, helped us with various acts of kindness, and generally showed their love for us. Most of all, we are thankful for God looking out for us and always seeing that our needs are met. And...in keeping with how our lives have been for the past year and a half, we celebrated anything but the normal way. 

We were blessed that Adam's parents were able to come down this week to celebrate with us and enjoy spending time with their grandchildren. They arrived on Sunday evening after a long drive in from New Mexico. Our two-year wedding anniversary happened to be the next day. When we w…

Have you tried Ebates yet?

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**Disclaimer - this post does contain affiliate links (that means if you do sign up for Ebates, I will receive a small commission in my own ebates account; it costs you nothing).



I'm sure by now everyone has seen the commercials for www.ebates.com. I've seen them over and over again but never really checked it out because I was certain there was some sort of gimmick! Until recently! I got my first ebates check for $7.50 for buying things that I already buy online (things like diapers, bottle liners, baby wash, baby lotion, and coffee for myself)! All you have to do is sign up at www.ebates.com and instead of going directly to the sites you already shop at, go to ebates, do a quick search for the store you want to shop at and then you're on your way to automatically earning cash back for each of your purchases! I ordered contacts online for both Adam and I today and got $7.77 back! It may not be a lot but why wouldn't you make just a few clicks to save money! 

In the mean…

Bayalage Highlights

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As probably anyone would guess, four babies carry a pretty hefty price tag. One baby is expensive. Four is insane. So, logically, we've been making regular cutbacks in our household to try to help the budget go a little further. I'll try to post about a few money saving tips I've learned in the future but for now, I want to talk about something new I recently did. 

My close friends know that I've been blonde for a REALLY long time. I've been seeing the same hair stylist for over ten years in fact. And like clockwork, every six weeks, you used to see me in her chair having my roots touched up. Now that my miracles are here, not only are highlights a pricey indulgence, they also take a lot of time that I usually can't find to tear myself away for a couple hours at a time. I had pretty much resigned myself to the fact that I was going to go in and get my natural, dishwater blonde color done all over my head to try to avoid the strong demarcation line I'd been s…

This Post is Going to Make You Uncomfortable (or it should)

I'm sure by now everyone's heard me talk about how difficult it is going out in public these days.  Nothing has changed in that regard. In fact, just for fun the other day, I counted how many people approached me in the grocery store. I had a pretty short list of eight items. A trip like that, mid-day after the lunch rush, would normally take a person about 15 minutes. For me, with four babies in tow, by myself, from the time I parked until the time I was ready to pull out of my parking space, it took one hour and 14 minutes. During that time, I had 28 (TWENTY EIGHT!!!) people approach me to ask questions about my babies. (This count does not include the additional pointing and staring or the comments made about us but not directly to us. My brain can't calculate all of that AND get shopping done AND care for my babies all at once. Sorry.)

Now, I could definitely blog about how this count, combined with some other invasive questions sometimes makes me want to be a hermit an…

The Most Important Baby Product for Multiples Families!!

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**Disclosure (in accordance with FTC Guidelines) -  This is my personal review of the Baby Brezza Formula Pro. This product was purchased with my own money. I was given no special consideration or compensation for reviewing this product.


***REVISION*** December 3, 2014 - I've loved my Baby Brezza. I truly have. Unfortunately, today, the water pump went out on it. Something seemed off yesterday as the bottles weren't mixing properly and were making in the wrong amounts. (If I pressed the button to make an 8 ounce bottle, I'd get 3 ounces, or 5, or 10.) Finally, today, it stopped making bottles completely. For added affect, okay, really because if I didn't call right away I knew I'd forget, with all four babies hungry and crying in the background, I called their customer service. The agent walked me through a few steps to troubleshoot and we were quickly able to diagnose that the pump is not working correctly. Fortunately, it's under warranty and they'll be shi…

Nine Month Old Quadlings

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Can you believe our precious, tiny, tiny babies are already nine months old? So many people texted me today that before I know it, they'll be a year old. Someone even asked if I've started planning their one-year-old birthday party. (I have; in my mind at least). Since of course money and time are both precious commodities in our household during this season, I decided I'd try to do some cute nine-month photos on my own so we spent a couple hours this afternoon dressing up in our Paty rompers (Special thanks to Paty, Inc.), and snapping a few snapshots of everyone. You can only imagine how hard it was to get everyone not crying and looking in the general direction of the camera at once. Even our yorkie decided she had to be a part of the shoot. It was definitely a fun afternoon!




Overall, at nine months we are doing pretty well. Keep in mind, our adjusted age is just over six months so we're still taking our time with some things developmentally. It's pretty normal f…

Confession

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It's about time I let it all out. I confess, I haven't been completely 100% honest. You see, I'm guilty of what so many of us are. I hide my struggles, only posting the good, and keeping the struggles locked away where only those closest to me can see and many times, not even sharing with them. After all, who wouldn't prefer to see cute pictures of babies on the beach or hear about how well they're growing? Nobody wants to read about how some days, I don't have the strength to even put on real clothes, much less take a shower and brush my hair. Nobody wants to hear about how I'll do anything, including eating baby food myself, to avoid going to the grocery store alone with four babies. (For the record, rice cereal cannot be used as a substitute for rice when making stir-fry.)

See, from the beginning, I knew that my pregnancy was nothing short of a miracle. God had finally heard my prayers and my cries and had answered them with "yes". He made me a …