It is the exciting month of NaNoWriMo!! This will be the second time I have done the November full novel challenge, however, I have participated successfully in a couple NaNoWriMo spring and summer writing camps in April and July. But this is the big daddy where the challenge is a complete 50,000-word novel. I have published one book from all these challenges. This NaNoWriMo challenge is a great way to exercise the writing skills in a fast-paced and condensed way. So, I’m starting here on the 3rd…3 days and thousands of words behind. I have one month to complete this … Continue reading A month full of wonderful changes and challenges.
I have been online searching budgeting blogs in the wee hours with the roosters and early morning train whistle. Actually, I was trying to find this blog I just loved from a single mother who lives quite simply. Instead, I found all the fancy budgeting websites. These said sites are supposed to be about frugal living but I’d have to agrue that. I’m going to sound critical or snarky here, but most of these sights, although very smart and creative, aren’t what I need right now. They are shiny, trendy and have “shops” where you can buy budget calendars and … Continue reading Brainless budgeting. And the bliss in a simple life.
The new book is out right this minute!! Just published in the last few hours. Want a fun book that teaches you how to run your home like a business…a cozy business, of course. Turn the kitchen into a cafe and your pantry into a grocery store. Grow your own organic produce and save tons of money. Learn how to budget like a pro without all the fancy financial spreadsheets. Make your house sparkly clean and charmingly decorated from thrift stores. Learn to love this job and become more creative with a tiny budget. Have fun and learn to slow … Continue reading Home Economics: How to Run the Whole House, Budget, and Garden.
This gorgeous fall canopy is in my favorite city in the mountains. I’m surrounding myself with as much beauty as I can take in daily. I’m filling my mind with these beautiful images, rich and abundant thoughts, and conjuring up wishes and dreams all the time. I’ve been listening to a lot of Dr. Joe Dispenza and other teachers and lessons are clicking into place. You know how that is when it all finally makes sense and you have a large shift of consciousness. Life flows, gifts appear, blessings are daily, and it feels like the whole Universe is working … Continue reading A money blessing and stocking the plant-based pantry.
Recently I rented The Game Changers. I’m a huge documentary lover. It’s how I choose to educate myself on most topics. This documentary is a top most popular rental on iTunes and I can see why. It really gets you pumped up to dive into a devoted plant-based lifestyle. Now, here is some history. I was introduced to veganism when I was 15 years old and my mother sent me to an activist camp one summer. It was the only summer camp I had ever attended and I loved it! I met Ram Dass and learned about walking meditations. … Continue reading How will we afford an organic plant-based diet on a small budget?
Choices. I said something real smart the other day and I’ll try and remember it…hum…something like, “our choices today make up our harvest tomorrow”? Brilliant! Someone may have already said this and I’m copyrighting. We have heard this sort of saying about today’s choices are tomorrows….or yesterday’s choices are todays something rather. Anyway, the smartest thing we can do to ensure a good tomorrow is to really weigh in on our decisions. You know in your gut what to do in all of life’s situations. One top priority is to pay off that mortgage as fast as we can. I’m … Continue reading Paying off a mortgage within 5 years and how to build big savings fast.
All it takes is a shovel, some pots, fruit trees, long weekends, lots of love for the work and voila! You have taken a hideous yard and made it lovely and productive. I was searching frantically for homes in 2017. We watched housing prices double in the Sacramento area and rents were skyrocketing (as they are to this day). I have two children and two dogs and I’ll tell you this…do not have dogs if you plan to rent cheap. It is very hard to find a rental that will allow dogs, especially big dogs and you have to … Continue reading Transforming an ugly yard and house into a sanctuary.
Frugal living is living under your means. It is exchanging one expense for another that might create a higher quality of life, not getting rid of all the fun things in life. It is learning the craft of living simply in order to have more of what makes life truly delicious and luxurious. One way to save a huge amount of your monthly income is to learn to shop and cook differently. I did a Jumpstart Frugal vlog recently about extreme ways to start living under your means. This goes with it perfectly. I love working from cookbooks that help … Continue reading Quick way to set up a pantry for scratch cooking.
We are busy, busy, busy. Homeschooling began and the boys have a day of enrichment classes and one day of the forest/outdoor school up in the mountain community. We have put in our Fall garden and I’m back to writing out our budget and cooking up a mess of beans and fried onions and potatoes on a regular basis. I made this video recently. It is inspiring for those of us wanting to cut cost and downsize. Enjoy and part 2 will be out soon. Continue reading Jumpstart frugal. Part 1.
Two years ago we moved to this little 1941 stucco cottage that was home to many local squatters and drug dealers. It was the bane of the neighborhood, to say the least. Today it is the cutest cottage on the block and the neighbors enjoy looking upon it to see what new idea we will create in our yard. My husband and I have turned it into a hobby house where we garden and repair things and feel much like we are in some sort of training camp for a bigger project down the road. We have fun and play … Continue reading The Frugal Life. Living on $27,000 a year.