Why Hello There!

So it's been almost a month since my last blog post. It's funny, because if you look back through my archives, you will notice that I always seem to disappear around this time of year because our summer schedule is pretty crazy. But I just wanted to say hi, and give a little update of what we have been up to. Phillip went on a 10-day mission trip to Jamaica a few weeks ago. It was the longest he has ever been away from me and the boys, and we sure were happy to have him back. We picked him … [Read more...]

Garden Notes

I have been busy the last 2 weeks working in the backyard and garden. I don't know if you remember the raised bed vegetable garden we started last year or not, but you may have noticed that there was not much mention of it after that first post. Why? Because it was an epic fail. Let's just say that my thumb is a little more brown than green. But I am DETERMINED to master this, so I approached the garden with a lot more planning and intention this year.I started a little gardening journal, … [Read more...]

DIY Reusable Produce Bags

I try my best to bring my resuable shopping totes with me when I go to the grocery store, but it always feels a bit strange to put my plastic covered produce into my "green" shopping tote. Kind of like the one cancels out the other. So I have had it on my list for a while to make some reusable produce bags, and I finally got around to it.I used these gauzy, tulle-like curtains that I purchased specifically for this project a while back from IKEA for $4.99. I'm sure you could also find something … [Read more...]

A Very Craigslist Christmas

If you know me at all, you know that my husband and I are slightly obsessed with Craigslist. You know you have it bad when your 3 year old can't find one of his toys, and asks if you sold it on Craigslist. (And yes, sometimes I have.)Over the years, we have found amazing deals and saved lots of money by shopping Craigslist instead of retail. Here are a few examples...Last Christmas, my husband gave me a black Kitchen Aid mixer that he found on Craigslist for $75. I have always wanted a Kitchen … [Read more...]

Frugal and Creative Gift Giving

I have never been one of those girls that enjoy shopping at the mall.  But take me to a thrift store and I am in heaven! I don't know what I love more, saving money or the thrill of the find.Here are some Christmas gifts ideas that you may find at your local thrift store...Picture Frames I purchased most of the picture frames for my photo wall from the thrift store for under a dollar. A simple coat of paint followed by a little sandpaper distressing, made these frames as stylish as a … [Read more...]

Our First Garden

This weekend, some good friends of ours helped us plant our first garden. First, the guys dug up the grass for our plot..While they did this, Little Man snacked on some Ritz Crackers around the garden box my husband built.When the plot was ready, they leveled the box and filled it up with soil and composted manure. Then we started planting. Laura showed Buddy how to plant "baby" seeds.I made temporary garden markers out of Home Depot paint sticks and a Sharpie until I can come up with … [Read more...]

DIY Rice Heat Therapy Bags

So I know that I said I was going to take a little break from the blog this month because I have lots to do.But then I came down with the flu. Bad flu. Unfortunately I am not the kind of person who can sleep a lot. I am more the type to lie awake at night because I can't shut my brain off. Or because I feel miserable. And right now it's the latter.One thing that is bringing me great comfort is my rice heat therapy bag. I have it on the back of my neck as I am sitting here … [Read more...]

How to Shop Diaper Swappers

I love Diaperswappers!Not only for the amazing deals I have found on cloth diapers, but also for the community of mama's whose parenting styles are very similar to mine. There are so many discussion forums that have topics on everything you can think of as it relates to natural parenting. It has been an amazing resource to me as a mama. But I will have to say that I was a little intimidated at first, because I  didn't know much about posting on forums. So, for any of you that feel the … [Read more...]

How To Shop Craigslist

So if you know me in "real life" or have read much of my blog, you will know that I am a big fan of buying used. I LOVE Craigslist, yard sales, thrift stores, hand-me-downs, dumpster diving, free stuff at the curb, etc. In fact, I cannot tell you one piece of furniture in my house that was purchased new. We always look to buy used whenever possible. And not just furniture, we also buy used clothing, cloth diapers, baby gear, electronics, and jewelry.One of our favorite places to shop for used … [Read more...]

Cloth Diapering 101: Getting Started

I have a couple of friends who are expecting and are thinking about using cloth diapers. They have both asked me about what they need to get started, so I thought I would post my advice here on the blog in case any of you are wondering the same thing. First up, I would recommend purchasing used diapers from either Craigslist or Diaper Swappers. That will save you a lot of money up front and allow you to try out cloth diapering without investing too much money. If you have never shopped … [Read more...]