How to prepare to sell and buy in today’s housing market when you have a shoestring budget.

I was reading my yahoo mail and what happens as you clear out all the mail and trash it is that the news pops up. I detest the news with a capital D! But I get sucked in every time. I try and race my mouse to the tab to move on but there it is waiving frantically with its eye-catching drama. I was just closing out the tab after responding to my lender when a report came on with the headline “Americans in credit card debt over $1T.” I’m assuming that is one trillion, I did not listen. I’m … Continue reading How to prepare to sell and buy in today’s housing market when you have a shoestring budget.

Back to Coffee with Kate. Dang.

Well, it seems some people don’t enjoy new and interesting change. Some people had a fit over the new name and idea and even my husband was against it. I have changed the name back, but I warn that the content will be changing no matter if some are uncomfortable with it or not. There are plenty of frugal and homemaking channels out there to enjoy. They will not be short of variety. As for me, I will keep the name as Coffee with Kate but I’m going in new and fun directions as I’m bored silly talking about home … Continue reading Back to Coffee with Kate. Dang.

Sammy and Kate Cook. Name change for YouTube Channel.

  Coffee with Kate will be no more. Awww…what happened? Where did it go? Why are you quitting just when it was getting good? I ain’t quittin’ peoples! I just had an enlightened moment with my sons the other night and then a strange cooking dream followed…and then the smoke alarm went off because Bali was burning toast at four in the morning…so a new show was born, voila! The Coffee with Kate channel has been renamed Sammy and Kate Cook. So many things are happening for me emotionally and I’ve been shifting into a new paradigm. I think about my … Continue reading Sammy and Kate Cook. Name change for YouTube Channel.

Cooking in my little kitchen.

Life has been filled with change these days. Life coming, life going. We took on a little pup that wasn’t wanted and later that week I put my cat to rest. I didn’t think I’d be so sad but I did mourn her for a couple days, still haven’t disposed of her kitty dishes and haven’t been as motivated to feed the strays out in the front yard. Life slowed down for two days and bugs gathered in the water bowl on the porch where she used to hang out. Then we have this new little life, Molly. She is … Continue reading Cooking in my little kitchen.

Being inspired to clean a little deeper and finding more inner peace in my work.

I was introduced to a new channel Haegreendal. It is based in Korea and is a homemaker recording her days and family life. It has influenced me heavily as it is beautifully filmed and edited and very Zen-like. I watched it the other night attempting to fall asleep. It didn’t work as the competition was a mocking bird rehearsing all the songs it had learned recently and then a grown cat that sounded like a lost kitten (you know I had to go out searching for it at 3:00 am only to find this adult/child cat having a fit over … Continue reading Being inspired to clean a little deeper and finding more inner peace in my work.

Enjoying my days of cleaning, gardening, and being creative with a reduced budget.

    Ah, summertime. Summertime to us means a bounty of delicious produce and lots of swimming in any body of water we can come across. This year summer is all about my two big kitchen gardens, creating some fun for the boys, and saving money. It’s also a time of changing my patterns of working too much and learning to slow down, become present, meditate during chores, and allowing my more creative side to flourish. I’m finding that decorating my home with little odds and ends I’m finding in closets and the garage, and harvesting organic food from the … Continue reading Enjoying my days of cleaning, gardening, and being creative with a reduced budget.

Living on a reduced income and a no spend summer.

We’ve created some changes in the last few days. The first big change was asking my husband to quit his second job. The other changes had to come after that big executive decision. If a business (aka household) needs to cut cost then they have to come up with ways to reduce cost in the business and without sacrificing quality…if they are a smart company. I made the decision to eliminate the second job because, upon careful observation of my husband’s behavior, I decided all this work was not good. I’m no psychologist but the man used to be pleasant … Continue reading Living on a reduced income and a no spend summer.

Easy ways to manage the home and cooking for the working parent and single parent.

I am not a working parent…well, yes, I am but from home and on my terms. I rise naturally and not with an alarm, I work as I please and when I feel moved to create. I write and have a YouTube channel that generates enough money for me to say I work and be able to afford organics. But for a working parent or single parent work is an alarm, rising unnaturally and often in the dark, maybe a long commute and working for someone else doing what they want you to do. Not only that but there are … Continue reading Easy ways to manage the home and cooking for the working parent and single parent.

Homemaking like our grandmothers.

    I love that we have the choice of running water, we can watch funny things on TV, and with the press of  3 buttons our laundry does itself and comes out fresh and clean (sometimes). I love flushing the toilet and being able to stock my pantry with a few shopping trips at stores filled with pretty jars and brightly colored boxes. And the vacuum, God bless it, let us not forget the vacuum. I’ve added a few other items to my life to bring some modern ease into my domestic duties; a bread maker from the Hospice … Continue reading Homemaking like our grandmothers.