Category Archives: SAHM

Why Classy Sites?

There’s two big reasons that I built this business plan. One is quite noble, the other very selfish. Since I’m writing this article and I like to point out the best in me (who doesn’t?!), I’ll start with the noble cause! wink pic The number one reason that the website Classy Sites exists is because I want to help other families avoid the money-traps that my family has endured. Over the years we have managed to function on one income. Was it easy? Hell no. Was it worth it? Heck yeah! I was able to stay-at-home with my children and watch them take their first steps, eat their first taste of carrots and peas, and help them ride their bike without training wheels. But we did pinch pennies! It was hard!

The second and much more selfish reason that I started Classy Sites is because I hope to make a few dollars. I’ve learned how to set-up and run websites through my search for the perfect stay-at-home-job searches. I learned that I love to design websites, and I really enjoy writing. I love to share what I’ve learned with others. So I created a way to sell that skill-set at a fair price and I hope to someday have enough clients that my webhosting and copywriting truly does supply my family with a second income.

So if you are tossing the idea around that you want a website for your home business, or you want to try your hand at professional blogging, shoot me an email. I can set you up with a GREAT back-end and you are allowed to make money, build a shopping cart, or whatever else you need as long as it’s a legitimate home-business. I’ll help you get started for much less than other web designers charge, and honestly, my fees are not much more than going it alone!

What to Do When They Tell You It’s Colic

Our son was born 8 pounds, 2 ounces and was healthy with 10 fingers and 10 toes. He was the most amazing thing we’d ever seen. He was so sweet and quiet during the first two weeks of life that we thought we might want 100 more babies. He slept in his bassinet right by our bed and we wheeled him around the house so he could be close to us during the first few days. We worried about him, of course, like all new parents will do. We’d even rouse him while he slept, just to be sure he was still breathing!

But then the colic started.

At first it was just an hour here and there. He’d cry and mommy would feed him, and he’d cry and she’d feed. He ate a whole lot the first couple of months of life, just because that’s about all we could think of to stop him from crying! We wondered if something mommy was eating could be causing him a tummy-ache so mommy tried eliminating certain foods. The doctors, nurses, and breast-feeding consultant all said the same thing. The best thing to feed a baby is mother’s milk, hands down. So we kept feeding him mother’s milk.

But the crying didn’t stop, it just got worse. By this point mom had stopped eating bananas and dairy products. She had eliminated all caffeinated drinks including coffee, tea, and soda. She didn’t eat soy, peanuts, shellfish, or coffee. She’d pretty much eliminated all citrus fruits and gassy vegetables. And still, the baby cried. One night it was so bad we went to ER. While there, our baby pooped. I’m not talking a little “awww, isn’t that special, he poo’ed” kind of thing. This monstrosity filled his diaper, spoiled his clothes, and got all over his blanket. It was a huge mess. After he was cleaned up, he quit crying. We told the doctor what happened, and they sent us home with medicine for reflux. Hmmm.

When he was about 5 months old, Mommy decided to try something new. She picked up some Carnation Good Start, which is supposed to be created to be easier for babies to digest. Lo and behold, the baby quit crying so much. He still had issues once in awhile, but it wasn’t the incessant, never-ending cry of pain but more a baby that’s annoyed sort of thing. What a relief!

We never figured it out back then when he was an infant, but now we feel pretty strongly that more than likely, the poor kid just didn’t handle milk of any form all that well. Mom has had problems with dairy since she was born. It was never really diagnosed until she was in her late 20′s to early 30′s and even then, she still had the occasional bowl of ice-cream. It was never quite nailed down until the colicky baby grew into a little boy and wouldn’t stop complaining about stomach pains.

First, we as parents thought he was just complaining. He’s always been fussy, we’d say, so this is nothing new. Then Mom began to think “what if it’s milk?” and the rest is pretty much history.

The reason this blog exists is to help other families. Whether you are struggling with finances, childcare, food intolerances, or life on-the-go, we are here to hopefully help you find some answers. Just because colic is rare does not mean it doesn’t exist! There is a REASON your baby is crying incessantly. Colic, in our opinion, is a rotten diagnosis and not good enough. If it’s not lactose intolerance, then maybe it’s something else. But it’s not just colic. Colic is the term for the incessant crying, not the answer to why the crying occurs.

Tips and Tricks – Moving Out of Rental Housing

We move frequently.

If you are a military family, you probably relate to that first sentence well and giggled a little. This article is for those frequent movers or not so frequent movers who are trying to make the best of it and not tackle the project willy nilly. It’s written with Lincoln Housing at Camp Pendleton, California in mind, but is certainly relevant to anyone living in a rental.

■Start Early. Start planning and putting thought into the move at least a month prior to packing day. Don’t wait until a week before the packers are coming to start collecting your thoughts, boxes, and planning the move. If you only have a week left and you are just reading this article, bless your heart. You are going to have to work very fast or you will not be ready come moving day.
■Get Organized. Because of The Planner – namely, my husband- we are pretty well organized all the time. If you are not, I recommend that you spend a few weeks trying. Put all the packing tape in the same drawer, for instance. Get little cheap containers and try to put items together. Use ziplocks in childrens’ bedrooms to organize toys.
■Put Away Hardly Used Items. If you rarely use something, go ahead and put it nicely away. If you are boxing yourself, then by all means, get some boxes and start packing. If a moving company is going to move you, being organized will make unpacking and arranging the new home much easier.
■Fix Things. If you’ve got some small damages in your home, get those fixed right away. Do not procrastinate on those items. Once you know you are moving it’s time to take action as some fixes SEEM simple but are time consuming. If you wait too long you may end up paying Mr. Fat Pockets three to five times more money than if you’d fixed it yourself. One item in particular that we had fixed was a very big red marker stain on the carpet. No amount of cleaning was getting it out so I bleached it and hired a professional to dye it back to the original color. I don’t really recommend this process as it cost us $110 for a little bitty spot, but we have only been in the house a little over a year and the carpet has a 5 year lifetime. If we’d left that spot we might have had to pay hundreds to replace that carpet.
■Clean, Clean, Clean. We had a pre-inspection and the gal said my house was lovely and complimented me on my housekeeping skills. I’m thinking ok, but you aren’t the actual inspector! Later that week we were talking to some friends who just moved out, and they got dinged for over $1300. It seems at pre-inspection they don’t tell you that they may check the carpets for urine stains with a black light! Pretty shady, right? As awesome as it feels to hear that you are a great house keeper, don’t forget that someone else will probably do the actual inspection. Clean your house from top to bottom before you leave. Don’t let Mr. Fat Pockets force you to pay for something that you could have taken care of for much less money.
■Carpet Black Light Inspection: If your landlord is going to black light inspect and you have pets that peed on the carpet, you’re probably out of luck. I could NOT get the pee out. Believe me, I tried. I followed the directions to the letter and tried the following products with NO luck: Urine Gone, Nature’s Miracle, Spot Shot, WD-40, vinegar and water, boiling hot water, and detergent. I did not try Urine Out Powder and if I had it to do over again, I’d certainly give it a go. I ran out of time on the other products. Don’t waste your money paying a professional to clean the carpets, they don’t care and charge you anyway.
■Think Ahead: Not only do you have to get organized, clean the house, and fix things, you also have to think ahead to the travels and new living arrangements you face. If you are going to be living in a motel for a month or more, planning for that and packing appropriately will save you lots of money and hassle once you are on the road. We like KOA cabins, since they are more often than not, pet friendly, and honestly since they are made of wood and simple plastic covered mattresses, I feel they are cleaner too. No carpet, bedbugs, etc. The downfall to cabins is there’s no bathroom in the room, but they are a short hike down a path, with hot showers to boot. They are generally cheaper than hotels and much more fun. If the weather is decent you could even opt to camp in a tent but you’ll need more gear.
■Good luck on your journey and Semper Fi!