January 3, 2012

What is a minimalist and a simplistic?

When you define "minimalist", you always get results pertaining to politics. Then when you define simplistic, you just get referenced to simplism.

For the last few days and crossing over into the new year, these two words have been on my mind. As you know, we are a one income family by choice. How do we do it? We often ask that question when it comes time to pay the bills. Then I really sit and think about how little is required to live. You must have food, water, heat, power, and other essentials to maintain a healthy lifestyle. However, does it really take 45 pairs of shoes, 12 pairs of jeans, 25 purses, and chrome wheels. NO!

In the bible, it tells us not to lay up treasures on earth, but in Heaven. Through the recent passing of my father, I have learned so much! Even though my father had many treasures in Heaven, on earth, he left so much behind. I think about stuff he kept just simply because someone might need it! Truth was, often times....they did and they would come to him to get it! I have also learned that some of these worldly treasures cause strife, pain, and discort.

In an effort to create a minimalist and simplistic lifestyle, and no, not politically speaking. A few of my goals for our family this year is to just live simply and only have the minimal requirements of life. The bible teaches us that if we just have FAITH and TRUST God, he feeds the sparrows and he will feed us! We must use what God has given us wisely and for HIS glory.

Here is a few things on my list:

Homemade laundry soap, floor cleaner, and all purpose cleaner.
Homemade duster and swiffer pads
Repurpose clothing
Sew more for others
Clean out clean out clean out
Prepare meals and monthly plans ahead of time
Enjoy my children
Focus on the husband when he is home
End each day positive, and begin each day with a thankful heart

God Bless!

October 3, 2011

Monthly Menu

Recently, one of my household goals has been to create a Menu for an entire MONTH! This is a tough task to accomplish for many reasons (like pleasing everyone!). However, after actually looking at the dates and who has what when, I think I have finally got it. Now....this may change and may be totally chaos, but we ARE going to try it out! Here is what we are having this week, and this is only suppers as the boy is in school so me and the girl just eat lite breakfast and lunches!

  • Monday~Pigs in a Blanket
  • Tuesday~Buffalo chicken sandwiches, fries (trying a Zaxby's recipe)
  • Wednesday~Chilibeans, Cornbread
  • Thursday~Breakfast (Omelettes or Wraps)
  • Friday~Pizza Penne Bake
  • Saturday~Hamburgers, Ranch Potatoes
May I also mention that for the entire month, there are NO repeats and I hope to make enough each night to fill up the freezer for future "crazy nights" with the holiday seasons coming. I will also be trying a new way of doing ground beef....will let you know if it works! Have a blessed day everyone!

September 24, 2011

Back in action!

Hello friends! I am back in action! Looking forward to what is to come!

May 12, 2011

Finally! A new post

Good morning friends, just an update on life in general. We are all doing well and still as busy as bees! I just wanted to let everyone know that we are still here....

This is my next couple of weeks in review:

Home inspection, wedding, vacation, working two festivals, oh and mom, wife, caretaker, etc...

Can you say CRAZY!

I did want to let you know that we are still saving with coupons as well! My last best was the following for $22, I do not have a picture, but will just give you a list:
  • 1 80 count box of huggies
  • 1 large bag refill wipes
  • 2 degree deo
Total was over $37, got all for $22 thats a pretty good deal to me!

Have a blessed day everyone!