We are now a few weeks into the no spend year and plant-based eating lifestyle and doing very well. I’m having some moods and a half but that is to be expected when one makes big shifts in the body, life, and mind. I’m curing myself with a huge break in my writing career except for the occasional blog and vlog. I even took down my desk in the living room as an act of commitment to simplifying life again. I’m currently attempting The Course in Miracles after finding Gabrielle Bernstein on YouTube and then being led down the rabbit … Continue reading The best homemade laundry detergent ever! A no spend year update and money saving tips.
What are your goals for the New Year? Are they meaningful, fun, playful, important? Is it the same boring goals from last year that didn’t happen or are they new and exciting? Are you setting goals that can actually be accomplished, that will be set up in bite-sized pieces? I enjoy reflecting on the year that has passed, the ups and downs, the accomplishments, the gifts, the pains and hardships, the blessings that came with the hardships. Now I begin to plan for next year. I’m a strong believer in Manifestation and with the energy of the Creator and the … Continue reading New Years Goals.
It’s been a busy and productive year for the Singh family. We purchased our first home, which was a blessing and miracle right there. Arjan started homeschooling. I’m learning how to build my own food forest and tiny, mini farm. We have a new community and that includes all the amazing people I’ve met on this blog and now the YouTube Channel. It’s time for gifting! I love giving things away but I’ve already done that recently so I’ll put all the books at .99 cents since I can only do freebies every so many months. I’m setting … Continue reading Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!! All books .99 cents to the end of January. Let’s set some goals!
My days of brilliant homemaking seemed to be slipping away. Not that I was ever the shining star. However, even the basic home care and housewifely duties seemed to be escaping me. Yesterday I dragged three tubs of toys from the garage to “organize” and instead the millions of toys were dispersed all over the house by my assistants. They didn’t miss a room nor a space. I left the mess even though the high-risk factor of breaking a toe on a small toy piece was very real. I also left a sink loaded with filthy dishes all night. I … Continue reading The tough world of homemaking and motherhood.
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.
So, here is the unveiling of our wonderful little hidden gem. We only had $130,000 for a loan to work with and I found this HUD house, made a bid and God was kind, no one else bid on it that night so in the morning we were proud parents of a poor, neglected and abused home. It had been abandoned for years and housing squatters. It had some funky energy and smells, to say the least. But with some of our savings, lot’s of scrubbing, soap, paint, and planting of trees and gardens…it is back to a wonderful life … Continue reading Bringing an old home back to life. And on a small budget.
I’ve been immersed in paperwork and study. And not really the fun kind. I’ve been doing the homework to buy a house, the hunting, finding, failing, the victory, the paperwork, showing proof of everything down to your blood type, the scanning of forms, endless emails and phone conversations, the driving all the way back and forth to the new town and house and back…the real life drama and nail-biting moments. Then I’ve been on my quest to know Jesus and all that entails. Books, books, and more books…and the internet which sucks as far as being a good source unless … Continue reading Learning to write romance. And how to make bad reviews work for you.
Yesterday was the final day of my self-created 40 days to change. It was magnificent because my biggest goal when I started this game was to find a home for my family and yesterday I signed the escrow papers for our new home! I didn’t even realize this fantastic gift until today when I looked at the calendar and found that, not only am I done with this challenge, I had finished with such a huge goal achieved. How did this challenge come about? I had gone to church one Sunday (we are irregular, unfortunately). Arjan, my eldest, had asked … Continue reading The 40 days to change complete!
When I found out I was pregnant with my first son I was thrilled and older than most new mothers. I was 41 years old and had been working very hard since I could remember. My husband and I knew that I would quit work and become a housewife when the baby came. I didn’t want anyone raising my baby or enjoying all the firsts; first word, first steps, the first time he babbled incoherently or held his spoon. I wanted to enjoy every little, chubby, yummy, gooey, babbly moment. I had worked harder than a horse all my life … Continue reading How a family of four lives well on one income.
One Sunday, not too far back, I attended a church service. My son had suggested that we go and, being that he is not even five years old, I went simple out of the sense that higher powers were sending a message through my son. That is how the Universe works after all. You never get direct and clear guidance, you get a riddle that comes through a person, place or thing. During the service, there was a banner that said, “40 days to change”. I liked it. Of course, it was more about Christianity and the message of the bible … Continue reading 40 Days to Change.