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Chalkboard Label Jars – A Five Minute, Three Dollar Update

chalkboard label jars

…unny why sometimes a thought comes to you out of the blue? I mean, I walk by these jars multiple times every day on the way to my workroom and not once in the last month has the thought occurred to me that I could use my $3 chalkboard labels on them. Anyway, about five minutes later, the jars looked like this: And I just have to say, what a fun update! Not only are they cute (chalkboard stickers = brilliant, btw) and make me s…


Friday “Live Well On Less” Update

I’ve mentioned in previous weekly shopping posts that one of our goals this year is to reduce our monthly groceries/household budget area. My goal originally was to be at $400.00 or less EVERY month, but am now realizing that it’s very possible to aim lower as I build my stockpile, optimize the use of my pantry, use coupons, and shop at drugstores. So the update: After only 2-1/2 months, our monthly bill dropped by $130.00 (see my si…


Live Well On Less Update

Two significant things happened in the month of November: I was able to stay under (if only by a few dollars!) our $375 food/household budget and start stocking up on Christmas baking supplies. This is significant because I like to make cookie plates to give to family and friends and in the past, this has added a lot extra into our budget. But this year I’ve been using my new shopping strategies (outlined here), and stocking up before I ne…


Live Well On Less End of Month Review

…7;ll see how these impact my bottom line, but I’m not too worried as I’m doing a number of things at once to maximize my savings as I mentioned here. I will continue to update my sidebar, but I plan on spending time on other ways to live well on less over the next few months. I’m going to be posting some before-and-afters of our house remodel in order to talk about budget makeovers that are truly budget (not as in a recent magaz…


Eliminate Update, Garage Sale Tips, And A Few Writing Links

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…my favorite. Some items I’ve targeted are waiting for replacements from Craigslist and thrift stores (more on that as they happen), but many actually made it to our donate/garage sale pile. Um…piles in a garage don’t make the best blog posts, do they? That is, unless they show what’s left after a garage sale, right before the piles were taken to be donated. Yeah! I get to write a real update. Of course I forgot to take pic…


Bee Update: Harvesting Wild Bees {TGP}

Bee Man Waving

Today I have a special treat for you all – an update on the bees that my brother-in-law (affectionately known as ‘Zack, the Bee Man’) keeps on our property and how he harvested wild bees from an old barn! You may remember when I first told you about the bees arriving and when The Bee Man gave us a BeeKeeper’s Perspective and a ton of great information about raising bees last year. Well, there’s bad news-good news on…


Asparagus Experiment Update

Here’s a quick update on the Great Asparagus Experiment (I know you’ve all been waiting with bated breaths…): The first week of June I stopped harvesting bed #1 so it could produce it’s ferns. Just yesterday, during this last week of June, I cut down the ferns from bed #2. In the picture above, bed #1 is on the left with young, tall ferns growing and part of bed #2 is on the right, trimmed and awaiting new spears. A…


First Eliminate Update

…t of time photographing areas around our house, preparing for a year of looking at things differently. I plan to update you periodically as I eliminate some things and replace others. This is the first item that found it’s way to our donation pile: Goodness, no- not the chair! That’s a $35 dollar chair that was one of my first slipcover projects. I found a creamy matelasse-like material on sale (I think I paid $24 or thereabouts) tha…


May Garden Update- Tuesday Garden Party

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Happy TGP everyone! If any of you happened to read the Monday update/menu yesterday, you will know that we spent this last weekend working around the acre. We were able to check a lot of things off the to-do list – yeah! Thanks to Shannan’s lesson from the last TGP, the blueberries were given a topping of peat moss before being freshly mulched with straw. This flower bed edging our new gravel patio had been an a…


Vegetable Garden Series Part 3b: Caring for Seeds Update

I wanted to give you a quick update on what the vegetable seedlings look like after 6 weeks. FYI for the crooked shop light: I just raise one side of the shop light to fit the tallest seedlings, in order to let the lower side still be closer to the smaller seedlings. Pictured above are the pepper and tomato starts. I’ve given them a diluted fish emulsion fertilizer once and will probably feed them again in a week. Otherwise I’m just…