I was so inspired by We Had Everything But Money, a collection of stories from the depression, that I have begun to look at our lifestyle in a new and appreciative way. Creating a life that is simple and sustainable, mixing a little old fashioned with modern, and finding ways to make most of our needs right at home. My baking and gardening has taken off and I brought the sewing machine in from the garage. It is only the beginning of finding ways to save money and stop spending. This book is now on Amazon and will be free … Continue reading Make it, Bake it, Sew it, or Grow it.
This is a season of frugality. I smell it on the crisp fall wind. We have had to tighten our belts due to zero savings and a smaller paycheck. It is much harder to rebuild a saving from scratch than to build one that is already plump. I’ve had to rethink money and reorganize the budget. But I’ve not wanted to get into poverty consciousness (this is a real thing) so I focus on beauty and simple luxuries. This entails decluttering junk, torn and stained items, broken things, and what does not make one feel good when looking at it … Continue reading Making do with what you have and learning to live on a tiny budget.
I’ve been obsessed with finding the perfect cleaning routine, one that will change the way I housekeep forever, one that will change my life, my families life, will give me more time to do the things I love! I want a super clean, sparkly, fresh home that makes you just want to take in a deep breath of that lemon scent and put your arms out and spin. What I have now are cobwebs I notice when I have no broom nearby, filthy baseboards I notice when in the middle of another duty, dead flies in my window sill from … Continue reading Keeping your home clean, tidy, and fresh without losing your s***.
Times are tight right now with a small income and tiny grocery budget. But life has never been so good! I’ve never been happier. How could that be? I did a vlog on YouTube recently titled “Can being broke improve the quality of your life?”. The key to being broke and thriving is your mindset. If I turn it into a game, a big, fun challenge, I enjoy life. I become industrious and creative, I turn within and learn a lot about what I’m capable of doing with very little. I also learn to just be present and … Continue reading Living on a food stamp budget.
For those of you wanting to do some farming but live in the city or suburbia, let me share this mini-documentary that will inspire you to get that chicken and plant that lettuce! Continue reading Urban homesteading inspiration.