While I've been away I have been crossing over to frugality. With Jody's new job, I have a newfound sense of responsibility for how I spend the money. Jody being unemployed has humbled me and taught me many lessons. So, I have sucessfully made my own laundry detergent (which I am loving) and my own fabric softener (which smells really good and performs just as well) and am line drying my clothing, which not only cuts down on my electric bill by not running my old dryer, but also has helped on the cooling part since my return vent is in my small laundry room and the unit has to work double time to cool off the air. More conscious of turning off lights and of wasteful water use. I have sucessfully been cooking almost entirely from scratch and have found so many recipes for items I use regularly in cooking that cost me a collective fortune if I buy them at the store already prepared. Cut out diaper wipes all together opting for a spray on diaper wipe solution and heavy duty paper towels. Natural cleaners using vinegar and baking soda etc. When there is extra, I have stocked my freezer and pantry to cut down on what I will have to spend weekly for groceries. Eating out is almost non existent and soon, Jody will have uniforms and his own company van to drive back and forth, so the money we will spend on gas will be majorly reduced. I will soon do a post with links for all the great blogging ladies out there who have been such a wealth of information and an inspiration.
Been doing some crafting also. I LOVE to craft...it relaxes me greatly. Made some super cute prayer journals for the older children's Sunday School class at church...
Hanging Bedside Organizer for books, toys, etc. using old Jeans and jumper pockets. Crayon Roll which I will pair with a few coloring books. Small Cowboy themed plushies that I used clipart and ironed onto linen and then stuffed and sewed. They turned out very cute and I will be making more of these.
Wooden Story Dice for my neices Hannah and Kasey. Kasey and I played last time I was up at Leila's and these were a blast!
Well, that's enough for now. I hope to post more regularly. Have a blessed day!