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Diapers: Generic vs. Name Brand January 3, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Danielle Brigance @ 11:19 am
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In the world of diapers the choices seem overwhelming. It seems like diaper aisles are getting bigger and bigger…this week we noticed that Target has 2 aisles devoted to diapers and wipes! We’ve tried everything under the sun when it comes to diapers.

When Lexi first came home from the hospital we used Huggies for 2 reasons. 1: They had a preemie size. 2: The umbilical cord cut-out was bigger than Pampers. I guess a 3rd reason would be that Huggies have a Winnie the Pooh theme! We used Huggies for quite a while. We used Pampers that we had been given, or when we had a good coupon for them.
The big difference between Huggies and Pampers is the way they feel. Pampers have the “Baby Soft” texture, so they almost have a cotton feel on the outside. In our area Huggies and Pampers cost the same amount, so really it was just a matter of choice on which one we wanted to use.
We had gotten a package of Luv’s at the shower. After using them for a whole 2 days Lexi had the worst rash imaginable and we vowed to never use them again.
After we went through all the diapers from the shower and what we had bought with coupons we began the search for cheaper alternatives.
A family member had told us the Babies R Us brand of diapers were really good, and they had a “Sensitive” version to be on the safe side. Thankfully we only bought the small package because as soon as I opened them, I knew they weren’t going to work for us. Those diapers were like cardboard! I couldn’t believe how hard they were! Moving on…
I think next was the Walmart brand “Parent’s Choice.” These worked pretty well for us. They are almost as soft as the Pampers. We did have some leakage issues overnight, but overall they were a good buy.
Currently we are using the Target brand “Up and Up.” They are a little bit more stiff than the Paren’ts Choice. Probably comparable to Huggies. They have, on occassion, leaked at night. We get Target coupons in the mail, so that helps make our decision whether to buy Parent’s Choice or Up and Up.
I never had the smell issue, with any of the diapers, that I’ve heard people talk about. I’ve heard people say that Huggies smell really bad when wet, but I never noticed it. The only leakage we have ever had has been overnight, even with the store-brand diapers.
I am a believer in the store-brand alternatives!


Job Search November 24, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Danielle Brigance @ 12:24 pm
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My job search gets more frustrating by the day.  Last year when I was fired the week of Christmas it broke me.  I was pregnant, it was the week of Christmas, and I didn’t know what to do.  Thanks to lots of help from family, Christmas turned out great.  But, never did I think that in a year I would still be looking for a job.  Granted, I haven’t really been looking too hard for the entire year, seeing as how I was pregnant and all.  But, here lately I have really stepped it up because I didn’t want this Christmas to suck.  I waste my time sneding out all these emails to ads on craigslist only to get an automated response leading me to a website that tries to get me to further my education, etc, etc.  It’s so frustrating!  What makes it more frustrating is when I get motivated to get online and search for jobs and Lexi decides that’s the time to throw a major fit!

I guess she got spoiled this weekend at the grandparent’s house…being held practically all the time, her every need was catered to immediately.  Well, we’re back to reality now, where it’s just me and her at home, and when she gets hungry, she has to wait for me to make the bottle.  When she needs something while I’m busy doing something else, she’s going to have to wait.  Well, this isn’t going over too well.  She has decided that when she needs something she needs it NOW!  What really pisses her off is if I walk by her without acknowledging the fact that she’s screaming…oh boy does that bring on a whole new level of fit-throwing!

Back to the job thing…I’m getting less and less hopeful by the day that I will have a job before Christmas.  And even if I do get a job before Christmas I probably won’t work long enough to get a decent paycheck in time to buy anything with it. UGH!

I was given permission to use our walmart credit card to buy gifts.  And by gosh I’m doing a pretty good job!  Nieces and nephews are all taken care of as of yesterday!  It felt so good to cross 7 people off my list at one time!  However, due to budgeting I won’t have more money to spend until Dec. 11.  Hopefully I’ll be able to find the rest of the stuff I need in the store because I don’t think that will give enough time for the stuff to ship!  Which reminds me that I need to go to walmart to pick up some things that I had shipped site to store.

Speaking of shopping, I need to go to the store to get ingredients for the desserts I’m making for Thanksgiving.  We are going to Jacob’s family Thanksgiving this year since we went to mine last year.  We will be going to mine afterwards…not sure how many people will still be there, but it’s at my parents’ house so we’ll get to see them at least.