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Winter Snorm Drama

The northeast had a huge snow storm this weekend, as you probably know. This was one of the worst weekends ever - we weren't prepared for the storm. Our snow-blower didn't work and we lost power. We just installed a standby generator a couple of weeks ago but it didn't work.

We spent the Saturday night without power and the electrician came out and it turns out the generator was not activated. Also, the battery was dead. We jump-started battery with the car battery and activated it and found the battery has issues because the generator would run for an hour and then die. We'd charge it with car battery again and it would die again.

We bought a new battery late Sunday night and installed it and it ran for 9 hours overnight, thankfully. But Monday morning, the battery's low again. It looks like the battery is not getting charged from the propane so the generator stops working.

Overall, we were not as bad off as some people but it was quite stressful. One lesson learned - expect the worst to happen and try to be prepared.



Some iPhone tips you didn't know about

I came across an article recently about some iPhone tips and it had some suggestions which I didn't know about even after years of using iPhone.

Here are those suggestions:Invert display colors for easy night viewing. o to Settings --> General --> Accessibility --> Invert Colors to change your nighttime display.Slide texts left to read timestamp. A few days ago, I found myself trying to find out when a message was sent in iMessages and was not able to figure it out. This is useful info for the future.Ask Siri what's happening on Twitter. For some reason, I've not used Siri much beyond basic stuff like setting a reminder or an alarm. I should start using it more.Putting the phone in airplane mode to charge faster. I don't know if this really works but something i need to try

Saving money on groceries

Recently, we had some family visiting for a few months and as a result, our grocery bills shot through the roof. It's back to being just us again and I'm trying to reduce our grocery expenses.

One of the reasons our grocery bill gets so high is we buy a lot of groceries at the local indian grocery store and it tends to be the biggest part of our grocery budget.

Use a discount grocer or warehouse club - options for me are Trader Joe's, Market Basket, Costco, ALDI's and Sam's ClubChoose your primary store and learn its layoutWatch the store flyer each weekMake a meal plan and grocery listStock up big on sale-priced non perishablesListen to uptempo music while you shopFigure out the price per unit when buying a specific non perishable itemShop your pantry - meal plan around the items in stock in your pantry So I'm going to start meal planning soon and use the rest of these tips to reduce our grocery costs every month. I will keep updating on how that's going.


Free Printable Baby Shower Planning Checklist

This would have been really helpful when I was planning my friend's baby shower and even when I was planning my own baby shower.

Check out this FREE printable Baby Shower planning checklist from Unoriginal Mom

Free Printable Baby Shower Planning Checklist - unOriginal Mom