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Howdy! How is everyone doing? I am doing pretty good over here in WV. I wanted to thank Deneen for her kind letter to Peggy. I also sent a letter to Peggy privately and asked her what her situation was. It is not unusual for young people to have a baby now a days. I don't want to assume anything and my arms are open to anyone who wants to join the group for help. I also don't mind jokes, just so long as they are family friendly and clean. We have such a good group here and it has surpassed all of my expectations. I, too, started this group after being snubbed by the moderator in another group because I had sent in a recipe. The group was designed for pregnant people and people with small children, and I thought that the recipe was good to eat while I was pregnant, and quick since I had precious little time once the baby was born. Well, I was told it was not acceptable. I unsubbed myself from the group only to get invited back and received an apology. During that time, I conceived of the idea of FrugalSAHM. And I think that everyone in the group is great. Everyone is different and everyone has different things to offer. I just really try to be friendly and open to other people's feelings and thoughts. It could be true and Peggy's letter could be SPAM...we just don't know. That's one thing about the internet, you never really know who you are talking to unless you just do what Deneen did and meet them! So, I want to just thank everyone for their sensitivity to our potential young member and applaud our maturity and understanding. You are correct, tightwadshe, that people can be young and have kids. And if they are anything like I was when I got married at 19, they need every money saving tip they can get. And if she isn't a spammer and just confused, then that's okay too. Everyone makes mistakes. Well, I will get off of my soapbox now. I just wanted to let everyone know what a wonderful group of people I think you are and I really appreciate everything that is contributed. Have a good day!
 
P.S...Bridget, cloth diapers are wonderful and I use them frequently. However, when Hill's went out of business I stocked up on disposables and had been using those for the past month because they were cheaper than washing. That might be what is wrong since he has been a cloth diaper baby until then! I will try that! Thanks!!!
 
FRUGAL TIP
As we all have children and some of us like to go CAMPING also, I remembered a trick that we used to use as children. On hot days like this, kids really need to drink lots of water if they are playing outside. But, as we all know, running in and out costs money in air conditioning! For those of you who do not have a water cooler, this is a cheap idea that really works and the kids think it is fun also. Thoroughly rinse out an empty bleach jug and peel the label off of it. Be really sure it is rinsed completely. Have the kids decorate the jug with permanant magic markers to make a silly face, making sure the mouth is low on the jug. Very carefully, put a small hole where the mouth is. This can be accomplished quite efficiently with a hot nail and a good pair of pliers. Place your finger over the hole and fill with cold water. While plugging the hole, place the lid on tightly. With a piece of rope, hang the jug from a tree limb or a fence. When the kids need a drink of water, all they have to do is loosen the lid slightly and the water will flow out of the hole for a fun "water fountain." No cups needed.  When they are through, they just need to tighten the lid again and this creates a vacuum that prevents the water from flowing. Great on camping trips too!!!
 
RECIPE
My family likes Rice A Roni (the generic version). I found this recipe on a box of generic Beef Rice Mix and it is yummy. Enjoy!
 
Sukiyaki Skillet
1 pkg beef flavored rice mix with vermicelli (rice a roni)
1 lb stew meat, sliced thin
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 medium onion, sliced
1 can 4 oz mushroom stems and pieces, drained
1 large green pepper, cubed
2 stalks celery, thinly sliced
1 can bean sprouts, drained
1 pkg 10 oz frozen chopped spinach drained
2 tablespoons soy sauce
 
Prepare rice mix according to package directions. In a separate large skillet, brown meat in hot oil. Add onion slices, cover and cook 10-15 minutes. Add mushrooms, green pepper, celery, bean sprouts, spinach, and soy sauce. Cover and cook 5-8 minutes until vegetables are crisp and tender. Combine cooked rice mix with beef mixture and serve. Other vegetables can be omitted or added according to taste.
 
Alice
SAHM to Jared 4 1/2 months