Originally Posted by aidenn
tillymonster - Everyone I know with a Prius loves them and they have high marks in reliability from Consumer Reports for pretty much every year they have been made. Bonus in Cali is the ability to use the HOV lane with less people. I think as long as you're only have two kids, they work great, but if you go into the 3+ range it gets cramped, not only with people but with things in the hatch. We had one for a rental car when we last visited SoCal in September with our two kids in carseats and the little Sceneras fit in there fine, but I wouldn't want to squeeze a third carseat in. Of course, the middle seat in the back is unusable until one child is in a booster, but I don't think that's important for most folks anyways...
Also, even if you don't buy dry goods at Costco, there's still savings to be had - 2 pounds of walnuts for under $15, chicken at under $1 a pound that you can actually fit in an above-fridge freezer, and again, if anyone here goes through fruits or veggies the way my family does, it's ridiculous how much you can save. I recently had to buy cream cheese at WalMart and it was $2 a bar. I get a 6-pack at Costco for $6.94. Again, I don't begrudge anyone for not joining Costco, but even if you can't store 12 rolls of paper towels at a time, there are still significant savings to be had on things that are smaller. We shopped there when we lived in our home that was 972 sf and I am still an evangelist! :)
Wow you have got to be super organized!!! I have the smallest pantry on the planet and can barely fit canned goods. It's funny, the counters are granite yet the cupboards are this UGLY brown and TINY. I already have issues staying organized (this is DHs strong suit) especially while 3yo is in the take-everything-out-of-cupboards-and-hide-from-mama phase. She's driving me bonkers. I'm nesting like a freak and she's un-nesting me!!! But wow, $6.94 for a six-pack? I tried to convince myself that Costco has SOOOO much processed food but then saw hard-core paleo/whole30 types raving about their organics and produce! We do go through alot, but then again, we throw out alot too because mama keeps getting SICK and can't bake freaking gluten free banana choc chip muffins. UGH!!!!
We are so getting a Prius! Sounds awesome. Only issue is... our stupid Hyundai is not doing well at all and we are worried no dealer will take it off our hands... We found a used one with low miles that we were planning to pick up this weekend. Boo.
Originally Posted by sarahl918 tilly
, I feel you 100% on the Costco/space issue!! We just got on my moms business membership and would love to take advantage of the bulk items like paper towels, etc, but no space for any of it. We are still thankful to be able to use the cheap gas and wine.
We just moved to Venice about a month and a half ago from Sherman Oaks, so even less space now. Before that I lived in West Hollywood for several years! I would love to be in Pasadena, but my husband thinks its too far away. Maybe once the babies really start coming he will change his mind
Ahh Venice! I'm SO jealous. It's so flipping hot here in the San Gabriel Valley so if I could afford the beach, I'd do it! The last beach we could afford was about 300 miles away in Central CA, ha! I really love Pasadena! Who KNEW? I'm from Orange County mostly and just got tired of the suburb-soccer-mom-tract-housing scene. Not to stereotype or anything... :lol I find LA so unique and vast. Also the options for schools/shopping/parks etc. is amazing!!! Even downtown LA-- my DH has discovered some amazing restaurants and a great local farmers market, all on his lunch break! So it's worth the extra money to live here, it's just hard to watch more then half your income (which will be ONE income in Sept.) go to rent.
Hi Soleilmama! Nice to see new mamas here, welcome!
And lilmamita-- is this the big move? OMG I'd be so useless if it were me, you are doing GREAT! And sorry to hear about DP. ;(
And for me... I decided to go dig up a forum thread on a site, funny enough, for niche and boutique-ish perfume oils (which I can't and don't wear while pregnant!). I was pregnant with DD at the time and I just had to see what I was up to. Turns out, I was talking about *loving* pregnancy and how at 27wks I went to the gym 3 times a week! WHAT? Who was that person? It just made me laugh. DD was such an easy pregnancy. At 27 weeks it was right after I moved 300+ miles away. It sure is interesting to read about the things I cared about. I was asking for book recommendations... I guess that hasn't changed though I READ some last time around. Ha.
On the acid reflux front... I'm getting it after eating anything. Holy crap, this is the PITS ladies. I am scared to eat. I went and looked up some remedies until I can get my hands on Alfalfa or Papaya enzyme and someone said raw carrots and fennel tea. It worked! I'm not sure which but it worked. Guess my days eating Thai are over. Sob.