Dirt poor by choice. And having fun with it!

I wrote a book called Dirt Poor and Lovin’ It!  I now feel like I’m living the experiment.  We are not dirt poor, however, we are preparing for an unstable future with not knowing if and when Bali will have to return to India and how long before we can bring him back.  In the meantime, I am doing so many things that I have written about and now living my advice and my books in their full glory.  It is crucial that we save every single penny for the future or we may be poor and not of choice. I … Continue reading Dirt poor by choice. And having fun with it!

The Lazy and Cheap Housewife.

  Free all week!  Great little book to get started on a simpler and more frugal life.  The title is deceiving because this isn’t really about being cheap or lazy, it’s about creating a life for your family and as a homemaker that is easy on all of you, peaceful and relaxed.  It’s also filled with ideas to begin a frugal and thrifty life which will also create peace and happiness in the family home. If you find this book only begins to peak your enthusiasm for a different lifestyle go on to my The Homemade Housewife that is literally packed … Continue reading The Lazy and Cheap Housewife.

What to do during these blazing hot days as a homemaker.

The week’s forecast has been daunting with its announcement of 107 to 111 degree weather.  It freaks me out a little, to be honest.  But then I decided to work with it. We have planted a lot of trees but they are still 4 feet high and not very shade productive yet.  We do have some trees and shady areas on the sides of the house and we put up a large canvas gazebo.  Under it, I placed a rather large child’s wading pool that my sons are small enough to float around in along with their 50,000 dinosaurs.  I stocked … Continue reading What to do during these blazing hot days as a homemaker.

The Funky and Frugal Housewife Free this week.

How to be a wonderful homemaker and mother without trying to compete with the Martha Stewarts of the world.  All sorts of ideas on homeschooling, homemade house cleaners, recipes for scratch cooking, penny-saving ideas for holidays, farming in your backyard, lots of ideas on free fun, building savings with frugal behavior and so much more. This ebook will be free July 14th through July 18th.  For those of you who miss this freebie, don’t fret, it’s only .99 cents. Continue reading The Funky and Frugal Housewife Free this week.

Homemaking, urban farming, and homeschooling can be the best life ever. Ideas on keeping it simple.

Homemaking doesn’t have to be complicated.  It can be easy and fun.  You can even add Urban farming to it and have a thriving little farm right there in the town.  Add homeschooling and you’re living like Little House on the Prairie. I was obsessed with Laura Ingles and her family.  I was obsessed with pioneers too…as a child.  Now I’m in my 40’s, live in town and I’m obsessed with the Amish.  I love parts of their lifestyle, however, washing clothes by hand and no radio or long dresses in the summer doesn’t appeal to me. What does appeal … Continue reading Homemaking, urban farming, and homeschooling can be the best life ever. Ideas on keeping it simple.

The Homemade Housewife.

This is my last homemaking book!  I think… This is a whopper of a book loaded with all the best from all my books.  It’s got the recipes for scratch cooking, household cleaners, even beauty products.  I cover Urban farming, affording organics, going green and creating a sustainable life.  There are ideas for working from home and earning money, getting out of debt easily, and stretching that dollar.  How about traveling, holidays, parties, having house guest?  Covered.  Raising children and pets?  Homeschooling?  Covered! The ebook will be free for the next few days and after that, it is a tiny … Continue reading The Homemade Housewife.

How to thrive on one income and not miss all the good stuff.

  These are photos of all the fun…well, only a few of all the fun things I do with my sons.  I am so very fortunate to have the luxury of staying home with my boys, to be a housewife and to have the choice to homeschool.  I realize that this life is not for everyone.  It requires huge financial sacrifice, patience, lots of coffee, and the taste for repetition and monotony.  Never boredom, I never get that, however, some days feel like that movie Ground Hogs Day where the character wakes up to the same day over and over and over. 95% … Continue reading How to thrive on one income and not miss all the good stuff.

Becoming a Housewife.

What a great memory it is for me, the day I became a housewife.  I think I’m more fond of those memories than my wedding day.  I was working full time in the offices of Living Light Raw Food Culinary School on the coast and it was getting to me.  I had been working outside the home since I could legally work.  I always held two jobs and classes at whatever local college and then on the holidays I would get an extra job.  Mostly I did this to pay off debt, but also to keep busy and stay out … Continue reading Becoming a Housewife.

Choosing to stay home and making it work on one income.

I quit working in the mainstream and started my career as a housewife a couple months before my first son was born.  I was thrilled!  I had been working for other people and companies since I was 15 years old and I had carried two jobs for most of that time.  Mainly to get out of a huge debt I had gotten myself into by the time I was in my early 30’s. We were prepared for this moment.  I had paid off all my debt and we owned one car that was also paid off.  I refused to get … Continue reading Choosing to stay home and making it work on one income.

Creating a home school for pennies.

Homeschooling is growing in popularity by leaps and bounds for many reasons.  It could be the best thing that ever happened to your kids and family if done properly.  First, let’s take the fear and stress and money out of it. You may be homeschooling from the start or deciding to start doing it after years of having your kids in public or private school for years.  It will be a transition either way.  There is lot’s of great news and let me list it for you.  These are the basics and you’ll want to do some research on your … Continue reading Creating a home school for pennies.