Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Autumn Musings



The past two mornings have been so refreshing! It was noticeably cooler with humidity being little to none. It's a reminder that summer is quickly fading and soon autumn will be making her arrival.

I am looking forward to baking and having the windows open with the curtains blowing in the breeze. I do no real baking in summer to keep the house from heating up and making the air conditioner work harder. 

This autumn I'd like to expand my soup skills. My family loves my homemade chicken & dumplings and cheesy potato soup, but I'd like to make a hearty stew. Pare that with homemade bread and you have a wonderfully filling meal!

Right now I'm missing homemade treats. Cookies galore - peanut butter, oatmeal/raisin/chocolate chip and the classic chocolate chip cookies. I'm not much of a cake person, but brownies are a delight. We can't forget various muffins, cinnamon rolls, and pancakes for breakfast...  

The holiday season is just around the corner which means lots of baking items on sale. I plan to take advantage of these sales to build my stockpile. Also hams and turkeys are usually on sale and are beneficial to add to your freezer stockpile. 

I've been really inspired lately by Annabel's blog, The Bluebirds Are Nesting. She writes about building her home and pantry. She shares her beautiful crafts as well as money saving and beauty tips.  I'm sure you will love her as much as I do. So pop over and say hi!

 So tell me -- are you looking forward to autumn?


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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Beachy Decorating Ideas

Anyone who knows me knows I love anything to do with the beach. It is my favorite place to relax and just be! 

I am slowly redecorating our home with the beach in mind. I like to call my style Contemporary Coastal

I had the idea of buying a large canvas and doing my own abstract seascape painting, similar to this: 


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And then, I stumbled across the idea of taking decorative ceiling medallions and painting them in pastel beachy colors and hanging them as art, like this: 

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Both would pop against my milk chocolate painted walls! Not to mention they would be fairly inexpensive to do.

I love easy DIY decor!

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Sunday, August 16, 2015

Plans For the Week




Alfred just left for work training in Atlanta so I have five husband-free days to do a deep clean on the house! Here are my plans:

~ I will tackle one room each day:
     * Living room
     * Office/dining room
     * Kitchen/pantry
     * Master Bedroom
     * Master Bath

~ I will go through the grocery circulars and plan my menu around what is on sale and match with coupons where possible to maximize my savings. I aim to spend $150 or less.

~ There are two projects I am hoping to accomplish:
     * Make a wreath with supplies I already have.
     * Clean and paint my bathroom mirror frames.

~ Bake some homemade treats.

~ Reorganize my pantry. Incorporate any foods close to their expiration date into the menu for the week.

~ Create a system to keep better organized with our finances.

What are you working on this week?

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Friday, August 14, 2015

Building Up My Home





~ Saved $83.20 at the grocery store, $13.55 of that was in coupons.

~ Earned $2.25 from SavingStar.

~ Earned thirty cents off per gallon of gas.

~ Made homemade bread crumbs.

~ Received a free car wash.

~ Alfred cut his own hair (military style).

~ Made a list of house/yard projects that I want to start working on.

~ Bought three new tops from Waterfront Mission for $10.38.

~ Packed Alfred's lunches for work.

~ Listed the pool table for sale on Craigslist.

~ Borrowed books from the library and downloaded free ones onto my Kindle.

~ Worked in the yard: picked up fallen limbs, mowed grass, etc.



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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

To Work Or Not To Work?



I had been debating with myself about whether to return to the work force in an effort to get out of debt quicker. Finally I asked Alfred about it and he wasn't crazy about the idea. I never was to begin with...

So I am staying home - gladly! I am going to work my hardest stretching Alfred's paycheck as far as I can in order to get the most out of our money. 

I can do that far easier if I am at home and have the time and energy to devote to frugality. 

I am also beginning to list things online that I want to sell. Clear clutter and bring in extra money to boot!

I will continue to write e-books to sell on Amazon also. That brings in a little income for me each month. Every little bit helps, I say!

Have you found any ways to earn money from home? Please do share...




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Monday, August 10, 2015

Vintage Reading List




I love reading old fashioned books. They are full of cozy home descriptions and charm. What better way to indulge in my love for vintage books than by going through my library's website and picking my choices via inter-library loan. Here are the books I chose: 

The Invisible Intruder (Nancy Drew) - Carolyn Keene (1969)

Cherry Ames: Student Nurse - Helen Wells (1943) 

Stillmeadow Daybook - Gladys Taber (1983)

Homing (1981) and Where Two Ways Met (1943) both by Grace Livingston Hill

Class Ring - Rosamunde Du Jardin (1951)



If you are a book lover as I am, check out the Series Books for Girls and Cozy Mystery List websites!


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Friday, August 07, 2015

30 Things To Do Instead of Spending Money



When dealing with struggles it is all too easy to forget that it is the simple things that make life sweeter and more enjoyable. Here is a list of free ideas for things you can do instead of spending money.


  1. Rearrange a room
  2. Take a bubble bath
  3. Read a book or two that you loved as a child
  4. Call a friend to chat
  5. Use those craft supplies. Make something!
  6. Send an encouraging note via email, Facebook or snail mail
  7. Do a crossword puzzle 
  8. Watch the birds; see how many different species visit your yard
  9. Listen to your favorite music or find some new jams to listen to
  10. Create a meal out of all those bits in the pantry and freezer
  11. Take pictures with your cell phone or digital camera
  12. Declutter a junk drawer 
  13. Paint your nails
  14. Dance around the house while cleaning
  15. Organize your favorite recipes
  16. Take a nap
  17. Walk in the rain
  18. Watch a movie
  19. Visit your family
  20. Go for a drive in a scenic area
  21. Wash and detail your car
  22. Beautify your front porch
  23. Explore museums on free days
  24. Water your garden (early morning or evening is best)
  25. Write a love letter to your spouse
  26. Go to the beach, river, or lake
  27. Lose an hour or so on Pinterest gleaning ideas
  28. Write a bucket list
  29. Create your own magazine with a binder and sheet protectors
  30. Watch a sunrise or sunset

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