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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…


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…


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

garage sale collage

…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…


Small Office Update

Office-workroom Update

Okay, admittedly this office update isn’t huge or spectacular, but sometimes it’s the small things that reap big rewards – and for very little effort – so you know I had to share about it! I mentioned in last week’s post on my thrifted Tiered Pie-Tin Stand that I moved around some things in my office-workroom, but what I didn’t mention was that I also brought some new furniture into the room. Of course, ‘…


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…


2011 Goals Update

…this off the list (which has taken three years!), I decided to review the other goals we made back in January as well: Home: We’ve started on the kitchen update by installing an overhead microwave. We are making weekly progress on our back deck remodel- we’ve torn it off and have been reconfiguring the area with a smaller deck/porch, gravel patio, and gazebo. In fact, make sure to visit tomorrow to see the updated pictures- you’…


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…


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