Frugal First Birthday Party

On the 16th, my baby turned one! We had a party for him with family on a fairly small budget.

The budget : $100! Now, I know some of you are thinking, that’s not a frugal birthday party at all! And, I do agree! However, when you have family visiting from 1.5 to 3.5 hours away, the least you can do is feed them- remember there is a difference between being frugal and being cheap! Feeding 20 people a decent meal, having dessert and decorations with a $100 budget, that takes a little creative frugality!

Cake:

I made a mini smash cash and cupcakes {using Silicone Baking Cups}. The cupcake stand is made of 2 wrapped boxes! {The 2-5 candles are for Paxton’s Papaw who turned 55-they share a birthday!}

Cost:

  • Funfetti Cake Mix: $2.16
  • Funfetti Frosting: $3.24
  • Candles: $2.80
  • Wrapping Paper: $1.06

Total: $9.26

Decorations:

We created a slideshow of our favorite pictures from Paxton’s first year {I only chose about 750!} This played throughout the course of the party. I saved a lot of money doing this instead of developing a bunch of pictures to display.

We used his blocks to add a personal touch and we developed a favorite birthday picture (using a gift card left from a baby shower!) and put it in a frame we already had. The most expensive decor item for the party is the Dr. Seuss ABC book which I bought for $7.85 (I looked for it used at several thrift/used book stores with no luck). The party “theme” was books and primary colors and this book tied it all together! Of course, we’ll enjoy the book for years and years to come!

I also displayed more of our favorite books! Using these to decorate with was free! I also printed 4×6’s of Paxton’s birthday pictures {using the shower gift card to pay!}

Food:

The cups and straws, we already had! {The cups had survived 4 moves so it was time to use them finally!} Tying a ribbon {from my scrapbook stash} really made the straws look adorable!

We also already had plates, napkins and forks! I spent $1.06 purchasing spoons {which weren’t even used since nobody ate any ice cream…could have saved that $1.06!!}

I used fabric from my fabric stash as a table cloth! The blue, green and red fabric was perfect! I made a mini birthday banner from my scrapbook stash and purchased 4 balloons (red, yellow, blue, green) for $5.29! {Paxton just loved the balloons!}

One of the best parts of the party, other than the adorable 1-year-old and family, Chick-fil-A nuggets! Yum!! We had Chick-fil-A nuggets and slaw, potato wedges, and fresh fruit!!

Food costs:

  • Nuggets: $54.06
  • Potato Wedges: $11.25
  • Fruit: $11.67

Total: $76.98

Total Costs:

  • Cake: $9.26
  • Decorations (book & balloons): $13.14
  • Food: $76.98

Total: $99.38

I was $.62 under budget!

Of course, if we just had cake and decorations, I would have only spent $22.40 on the party, which is a very frugal first birthday party!

Paxton had an absolute blast at his party surrounded by those who love him most! He especially enjoyed eating his cake, opening presentsspending time with grandparents and guests!

A Year of Breastfeeding

A week ago Paxton turned one and we reached the goal of breastfeeding one year!

When he was born, I knew I wanted to breastfeed and hoped my body would allow me to exclusively breastfeed to 6 months. Once we reached that goal, I decided to keep going to a year. Now, we are a few days past a year and have no plans of quitting.

He nurses every morning and before bedtime. During the day, sometimes he nurses only twice, sometimes up to four times.

I believe breastfeeding has made him a confident baby. He is occasionally clingy but that’s normally when he doesn’t feel good or is tired. Typically he is friendly and loves spending time with other people. He’ll go to just about anybody and we make friends everywhere we go! Paxton’s waving, smiling or reaching out to people!

I know nursing a toddler is strange to some but I’ve been blessed with a supportive husband who believes this is best for our child and several friends who are pro-breastfeeding!

A few Breastfeeding Benefits:

  • A healthy baby. He’s not been very sick at all! He even had a fever when his daddy had the flu but we continued to nurse and he never got the flu and didn’t have to take antibiotics! He has had 1 stomach bug and breast milk was the only food he could keep down for a day which prevented dehydration and antibiotics! We’ve yet to have an earache!
  • Helps with teething. Nursing helps soothe him when he’s teething. I love that he is able to find comfort when he’s in pain.
  • It’s simple. I don’t have to worry about bottles or sippy cups to feed him.
  • It’s frugal. We haven’t bought a single can of formula and now that he can have cows milk, we’re saving money not having to purchase extra organic milk for him to drink.

I haven’t set any goals beyond this point. We are going to continue breastfeeding probably to 15 months and maybe to 18 months. I’m not going to initiate weaning any time soon but if he does initiate whether it is next week, next month, or in several months, we’ll wean.

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*I know many women struggle with breastfeeding whether it is horrible pain, a baby who won’t latch or lack of milk supply and these are things they just can’t control. I do not think mothers who formula feed their babies are inferior to those who breastfeed, we all love our babies and do what is best for them! I also know that breastfeeding to a year -and beyond- doesn’t work for many mamas! If you’ve nursed 2 weeks, 4 months, 11 months or even to age 2, congrats!

**Be sure to enter the Bamboobies Nursing Pads giveaway going on through Wednesday, April 26th!

Bamboobies Nursing Pads + Giveaway

{This giveaway is now closed.}

Breastfeeding is by far the frugal (and green) way to feed your baby! Of course breast pads are a necessity for nursing mamas. A big question is whether to use disposable or reusable!

Before Paxton was born, I was given disposable pads which I used during the first few weeks. The disposables were uncomfortable and I was incredibly self conscious due to the ‘paper sounds’! Not to mention, I hated all the waste they created!

After those early weeks, I switched to reusables and haven’t looked back with no plans to use disposables with future babies.

There is a cost with whatever nursing pads you choose to use. I’ve invested in reusable pads which have held up through this first year of breastfeeding showing minimal wear! I prefer that to spending $10 or so on a box of disposables every few weeks.

There are all different types of reusable nursing pads but there is a quality and comfort difference! While nursing you’ll be wearing nursing pads daily so choose a soft, comfortable and absorbant pad like Bamboobies!

There are two different types of Bamboobies – Regulars and Overnights.

Regulars:

The regulars are heart shaped and adorable! They come in pale pink, hot pink and black. They really are soft, they’re comfortable and absorbant! The heart shaped pads shifted on me when worn right side up so I wore them upside down with minimal movement. Of course, bodies are shaped differently so you may have no problems wearing them right side up!

Overnights:

Overnights are round shaped, plush and incredibly soft! They are designed for heavy leakers and for those early weeks of nursing. These are the most comfortable nursing pads I have ever tried! Honestly, I love these so much that I wear them during the day. I would recommend the overnight Bamboobies to new mamas wanting to avoid disposables entirely during the first few weeks.

Buy Bamboobies:

2-pair packages of Regular Bamboobies or Overnight Bamboobies ~ $16.99

Multi-pack (a lingerie bag with one pair of Overnights and three pair of Regulars) ~ $29.99

4-pair package of Overnights (in a pink lingerie bag) ~ $29.99

Use discount code FAS20 for 20% off!

Giveaway:

Win a coupon code worth $16.99! You can purchase a 2-pair package to sample or apply them towards anything else they sell!

Mandatory Entry:

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Giveaway ends Tuesday, April 26 at 12 pm EST.

Disclaimer: I was provided a pair of Regular and Overnight Bamboobies to review. I was not compensated in any other way. All opinions expressed in this post are my own!

Winner: Commentor #6, Jill!


Happy Birthday Paxton!

Happy First Birthday to Paxton Graham!

It seems like only yesterday I gave birth to him and I remember that wonderful day so vividly! On the other hand, it seems like we’ve had him forever and we can hardly remember our life without this precious little boy!

{And we pulled off a very frugal birthday party! I plan to share about it soon!}