A Slice of Little Caesar

A Slice of Little Caesar

What started out as a routine Saturday filled with paying bills and grocery shopping turned into a slice of fun. I am still not sure if it was a grand opening but Little Caesars sure turned up. This stop wasn’t planned at all, in fact I had no idea they were even open.

The popular pizza brand Little Caesar has made its way to the sunny isle of the Bahamas, Nassau to be specific. Tucked  away  just between The Nassau Guardian and Xtra Value food store you’ll find Hot – N – Ready pizzas starting at only $7!

Ok first things first, the food. I know you want to know about the food! Despite the slogan, no pizza was ready upon my arrival. But, if this was indeed a Grand Opening I will give these guys the benefit of the doubt, they must have been slammed with customers and I completely understood. The attendant was more than pleasant and promised me a Hot – N – Ready pepperoni pizza in 10-15 minutes or less.

The time was easily spent. Unbeknownst to me a mini fair was going on right outside that was hidden away from the street entrance. This distraction would more than help me to kill time (clever, clever Little Caesar’s).

Equipped with balloon animals, bounce house, popcorn, snow cones, party bags and yes the Little Caesar Mascot, my kids were more than entertained. At one point I was so engaged we almost forgot about the pizza, ALMOST.

So, how was it? Well worth all the freebies I got and then some. Oh, yea I forgot to mention all those items above were free!

The pizza was eight slices of cheesy pepperoni  goodness. I know what you’re saying, oh gosh another pizza franchise. But the pizza is ready, you know almost like drive thru but you walk in and supposedly walk right back out, so no wait time, plus did I mention it tasted great?

Most grand openings are a huge mess. You know long lines, uneducated staff, sometimes even burnt food but Little Caesars gets my $7, but then again I am still not sure it was a grand opening.

Have you tried it yet? Whats your favorite pizza?

Till next…

The Birds and The Bees

The Birds and The Bees

How many of us have had the “talk” with our parents? You know, the “where do babies come from” kind of talk. Let’s be real, its almost considered taboo to talk about sex let alone with your own kids. That’s like blasphemy!

To be honest my parents never talked to me about sex. I was just expected to get good grades and not get pregnant before I finished high school. Simple as that.

Maybe our parents thought if they prayed hard enough then Susie wouldn’t come home with a baby…maybe.

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Truth is kids are having sex, I mean some have more mileage than you and I but we aren’t going to venture there. The reality is that they need to be educated not only on how to prevent pregnancy and STD’s but also on how to have standards and morals.

Why are we so afraid of this talk is beyond me. If we don’t teach them someone else will.

When should you talk about sex?

The sooner the better! My then five year old came home one weekend and educated me about the topic. Naturally I was mortified. I hadn’t talked to her about it thinking she was too young and there she went and got her own tutorial. Her six year old cousin politely gave her an earful granted I am sure the information was inaccurate.

When should we stop talking about it?

Never. OK I am exaggerating a bit. Our babies can’t stay babies forever. But there are a lot of babies having babies. It’s like some parents have let their guard down and are simply satisfied with finishing school. Not judging, I get it. No really I do. They are grown, they are working and you are just happy to not be buying uniform anymore let alone lecturing them on their sex life.

Why should you talk to your kids about sex?

Why not? Its time to not be embarrassed about SEX. Let’s be honest about abstinence and even birth control. What they learn elsewhere may not be true, the TV lies, the internet lies, their friends are lying! Talking to them about sex helps them to develop healthy attitudes and responsible sexual behavior. It can even help to develop healthy emotional and physical relationships when they enter these dinky boyfriend/girlfriend situations they be so trip over.

We have to start talking about. We have to stop being afraid and sweeping things under the rug. I mean for a country where sweethearting is such a big thing you’d think we’d talk about sex more!

A little bit of research on find age appropriate ways to talk about sex in your house hold can go a long way.

So why how about it? Let’s talk about SEX!

Till next time..

XOXO

 

 

 

 

Grocery Shopping Haul

Grocery Shopping Haul

This week I was very bad! I purchased Lunch every single day! Anyone who knows me knows this is certainly not my style. I live life on a budget and while an occasional Lamb Gyro here doesn’t hurt it certainly isn’t something I practice.

Simply put, I had no choice. My fridge was empty, cupboards was empty, even the cats bowls was empty.

So finally I hit the grocery store and to my surprise I didn’t have to cough up over $200.00. Here’s what I managed to get!


Look at my trolley! (Fact: Trolleys are being made larger to trick persons to thinking they haven’t purchased enough items). 

I felt real good about my purchase and even better when I had tip left over for the packing boy!

Let’s dissect this for a minute.

Fruits and Vegetables

I’ve been trying very hard to get my family to eating more healthy. Sorry I got lazy and they are still wrapped in bags but here I got romaine lettuce, sweet potatoes, bananas, tomatoes, grapes, Idaho potatoes, limes, oranges and sweet pepper.

My highlight here was the 5lb bag of potatoes for $1.89 and the oranges which were 3 for 99cents.

The meat department was very clean and well organized. I don’t think I am use to all the space that was available for me to twirl my trolley around!

Meat

I didn’t see any meat packages listed but the individual pricing wasn’t that bad at all. Here I got ground beef , pork chops, portion chicken wings (for that Curry!!!), petite steak and porkloins.

Highlight here was the porkloins at just $6.04 and the petite steak were  $2.99. I’ve gotten this at the other guys for over $6.00 average same size so win win here.


Sunny D (hubby started drinking before I took the pic) was 2 for $5 which seems to be normal at the other stores and I was a bit disappointed on the cold cut selection. It was either ham or turkey and they didn’t offer a lot of brands to choose from but over all I was able to get 2 boxes of cereal (Navy picked that milo thing), 2 yogurts, hot dog, bacon, eggs, wheat bread, bagels, cheddar cheese, turkey cold cut, and egg0.

Nothing to really highlight here but I do like the brands of cereal they have and although it’s generic for $3.09 you can’t tell me that isn’t the real honey bunches of oats!

A side from that I filled my cup board with canned goods and other staples. Spaghetti, tuna, chicken noodle soup, condiments, sugar and spices.

Highlight here was the spaghetti which was either 2 for $3 (chef boyardee) available in assorted flavors but you know us Bahamians it’s all spaghetti even if I bought beefaroni. Or you can get the Libby’s brand which was 99 cents a can.

Keep in mind this is all grocery. I did pick up a few toiletries that tipped the budget but still were good bargains.

You can’t tell me this isn’t Charmin and for $6 total win. If you buy this and have kids please watch them or you’ll need a plumber..trust me 😑 that toilet will be so clogged! That’s how thick this is!

Overall, I was happy I paid a visit. I maximized my budget and walked it a winner!
If you have any tips or suggestions on where you get your bargains leave a comment!

Till next time..

Xoxo

*disclaimer* This was my opinion and based on my experiences. Xtra value food store is not affiliated with this post.

Quick Guide: Family Planning at the Government Clinics

Quick Guide: Family Planning at the Government Clinics

Recently a certain church member was under fire for suggesting in not so many words that women need to stop breeding, and some people were not to happy about this comment.

I am not even gonna venture there…

Family Planning does exist in the Bahamas believe it or not. It is offered for free at the community clinics and the hospital. Now if you read my post Surviving PMH you know I am not the biggest fan of the public sector but overall they do get the job done, most of the time.

From what I understand women can get real forms of birth control at the community clinic. Depo Provera  which is a contraceptive shot that prevents pregnancy, this can be given every three months. You also have the choice of going on the “pill”. I am not entirely sure of the variations available for the pill but I know this option does exist and then there is the ole faithful condom. If you want something a bit different say the IUD (Intrauterine Device), The Patch or any other form of contraceptive you will have to seek a private facility or sign up through the hospital.

I played devils advocate one day and decided to venture to the hospital to sign up for the IUD, I was told my appointment date would be in April…Keep in mind we are in the month of January but moving right along here.

So we have these bountiful options for birth control which is great and did I mention free? Women can visit the nearest community clinic and sign up for any of the services. Each clinic has different days where services are available but for the most part it’s a pretty easy process once you pass the pregnancy test (a small fee is charged here) you are signed up for the contraceptive of your choice.

Registration

Let’s talk about your appointment day. This is the day you get your goodies, so you can be thumping and humping without a care in the world. But wait, not so fast. This process can be tiring and easily consume your entire day.

First you have to register. Simple right just go to the window give them your card and register or so I thought. Turns out persons come out at the crack of dawn, drop card off and get an early number because it is a number system. I am talking as early as 5.30am!! There’s a security guard there that assists with this process. Oh and the clinic does not open until 8am but stay with me here.

If you somehow were not able to wake up and come out your bed at the crack of dawn then please revert to the registration window. If you have to revert to this option please know you maybe waiting to be served a very long time.

Insert waiting area. 9 times out of 10 there are NOT enough chairs. So if you have weak ankles this process will not work for you! Now if you are new to this here is where it can get a bit confusing. Apparently you are to automatically go in the “back” area and have your vitals checked. However, no one really tells you to do this. Sporadically a nursing auxiliary or nurse comes out and yells to check your vitals but for the most part there is no method to this madness. So if you are like me and you are waiting for a sensible system of doing things, chances are you would be sitting there for coon’s age.

Checking Vitals

During this time a nursing auxiliary will check three things. Your weight, Your Urine and Your Blood Pressure. This happens at every single visit. Oh and there is a line to complete EACH of these things…

Here is where I wanted to vomit!!

DISPOSABLE URINE CUPS!

YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME! But it was real and persons were actually using these. Rinsing and reusing. Can you imagine the germs! I am cringing just thinking about it! So if you are going this route please buy your own medical/sample cup, tissue, hand soap, sanitizer and napkin and I’ll just leave that right there, but we have carnival… 😑

Once your vitals are completed you resume the waiting area and wait to be called a second time (well technically you weren’t called a first time but you know what I mean).

Nurses’ Chambers

So your name was finally called! This time around you are interviewed by a nurse. Most of them are pleasant at this stage. They ask you questions about your health and make sure you aren’t experiencing any negative side effects from the contraceptives being administered.

Then you go back to the waiting area and once again wait for your name to be called. Good Luck if you have a non traditional name. They might have called you already and you just didn’t understand them for the life of you. You should be getting your contraceptive of choice during this session and hopefully on your way home.

If for some reason you are not lucky and need to see the Doctor you go back to the waiting area. Some visits require a doctors touch.You may have had an irregular blood pressure reading or during this visit your pap smear is due. There n be various reasons you have to stay behind, so get comfortable, bring a book or make sure your phone has data. The Doctor doesn’t arrive until 10am or 11ish…if youre lucky.

This pretty much sums up an average visit to the community clinic for your contraceptive. You know, so yinna women can stop breeding. 😒

Each community clinic more than likely has their own procedures for this process but for the most  part the end result and wait time is still the same.

As with every thing medical I would encourage women to always do your research and find out which forms of contraceptives are right for your body.

Happy Family Planning..

Till next time..

XOXO