Starting Over with Grace- Let’s Get Healthy

If you remember way back in January this girl set some goals. Most of the goals I set, I failed miserably achieving them. This past year has been especially difficult for me in more ways than one.

My husband  has been in school. Paramedic school is so much more involved than EMT school. I think for this year I have spent time been with my husband an average of 4-6 hours a week. That mostly includes just having dinner together. We did manage to squeeze in 2-3 full days over the summer while he was on break in August. One of my goals was to strengthen my marriage. Between finding my husband was doing more than looking at pornography and not seeing him, I can’t really say my marriage is stronger. I do have to say though that I believe this period has shown me a lot of other things. Our marriage can with stand time apart and huge mistakes. I am praying for my husband more.

In the areas of being frugal and getting better physically, I have failed. This year we have ate out more times than I would like to admit. I haven’t made more blogging income, but have recently changed my mind about what that means to me. I haven’t lost any weight, in fact I gained some.

I have even failed on being more creative. I love doing that stuff but with trying to up the blogging income, I lost me.


Starting Over with Grace

I have shared all that to say that I am restarting with God’s grace. September 4th was my January 1st. I can make changes today. God allows it. He has seen me fail, he has seen my struggle and is there to encourage me. During August I battled some depression, but I am slowly climbing out of it and in a way redefining who I am. Change is good and I am so glad I have God by my side.

Here is a quote from Austin Andrews (a former contestant on the Biggest Loser). [Read more…]


10 Pantry Essentials for Baking

Part of being a frugal shopper is having a well stocked pantry. If you have the things that you need on hand, then you don’t have to spend more money buying the items when you run out and risk not getting the best deal. Baking items are usually on sale during November, December, and March. Normally these items do not have coupons with them. I find that I like to get these items at Save-A-Lot or Aldi’s when they are out of season. Here are my pantry essentials.


10 Pantry Essentials for Baking

  1. Baking Powder– Lots of recipes call for baking powder. The easiest way to test baking powder to see if it still works is to put some in a small bowl and add some water to it. If it foams up, it’s still good.
  2. Baking Soda– Make sure to replace your baking soda when needed. The easiest way to test baking soda to see if it is still good for leavening is to put some in a small bowl and add a little vinegar to it. (Make your own baking soda volcano!) If it bubbles up, it’s still good.
  3. Vanilla– I make sure to keep imitation and the real stuff on hand. You can also make it homemade.
  4. Corn Starch-Corn starch is a thickener.
  5. Flours– Bread and All Purpose, you don’t really need cake flour if you sift you all purpose.
  6. Sugars–  granulated, brown, and powdered [Read more…]

7 Things I Never Buy New

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle is more than just for throwing things away it is for shopping too! The more you buy things used the less stuff you buy new.  I save money and the person selling it makes a little money. I won’t buy used things that are unsanitary. Here are 7 Things I Never Buy New to save money.


7 Things I Never Buy New

  1. Books. I never buy new books. I can go to the library, visit a thrift store, or do a book exchange with friends. Even with college textbooks you can get used or even rent them now. Sometimes in college I would even share a book with a friend.
  2. Decor. I very rarely buy decor brand new. I get most of my decor from yard sales and thrifting.  Picture frames, artwork, curtains (though I did make most of the curtains in my home myself) are all things I buy used.
  3. Gaming Systems and Video Games. Even if you want the latest version of a gamily system, give it a month and you will find an almost new one in Game Stop. Games are always a gamble to me. No one knows for sure that game will be a hit in your home or that it won’t be too easy. I have only bought one game new and I have since regretted it. I wanted the Epic Mickey game when it first came out. After 4 times of trying to play it, I gave up and never touched it again.
  4. Musical Instruments. Brand new musical instruments are so expensive! Renting a musical instrument might be an option if you are not sure you are going to like it. Overall though, find a nice used instrument and get the most worth for your money. I got a pretty nice clarinet for $40 used. My husband got a hold of a beautiful tuba that just needed to be restored, back in its’ prime it was the most expensive model out there.
  5. Dressers, Entertainment Centers, Tables. Pretty much if I don’t sleep on it I will buy it used. Some of these items I have even got for free. Since I know I am going into foster care and will be needing more dressers, bed frames, and a bigger table I already am scoping out the Craigslist free section. I could always restain, paint, or do over a piece that is ugly to me if the quality is good enough. [Read more…]