Hello, Everyone! I haven’t shared much about what we have been up to lately, so I thought today would be a great time to let you know what’s been going on around here.
Our son, Caleb, is only a few months from turning two! He and I fill up our days with building forts, playing with blocks, getting dirty outside, and lots of rough and tumble. It has been fun, but by the afternoon, I am so ready to sit down and drink a cup of coffee during his nap time!
My husband started a new work schedule which means that he won’t have to put in crazy long stretches anymore. He was working up to 9 days straight, but now his schedule is much different. We are enjoying the extra family time. However, I have found that it has taken me some time to get into a new weekly schedule. Flexibility has not always been my specialty!
My husband had Valentine’s weekend off, so we were able to go out to dinner the Saturday before and we took a family selfie before church on Sunday morning.
I’m changing some things up in our living room. There is just so much brown and I’ve been lightening up the space and adding more color. One of the things I wanted to change is our throw pillows. This HOME pillow was made from leftover fabric from my electric fuse box cover and then I painted the letters on the fabric with craft paint. I love how easy it was to put together and how it looks in the living room!
Our comforter had seen better days and probably should have been replaced about a year ago, but I held on to it. My husband got so tired of it, he told me to get another one! I searched and searched for an affordable comforter that I liked, but never found one until last week. It was at a liquidation store and we saved 80% off plus it was a white comforter which is exactly what I wanted!
I mentioned in January that I have been making blog goals. One of my goals for February was to start a Facebook page. If you haven’t liked the page, head on over and join us! I’ve also been working on Pinterest and have seen some tremendous (for me) growth which has meant more people reading my blog.
Thank you to all those who have shared my posts and pinned them on Pinterest! It means a lot to me. I love writing and sharing here and hope to be an encouragement to my readers. If you ever have a topic that you would like me to write about, feel free to email me and let me know!
In February I read 3 books. The Legacy Journey by Dave Ramsey was the first book I read and it took me 3 weeks to get through. I tend to be a slow reader, but I also took notes and let Dave’s words sink in. I can’t wait to share more about the book this week!
The second book I read was The Good Life for Less by Amy Allen Clark. I read this book in a couple of days. She shared lots of good ideas for frugal, simplified living, but most of it was nothing new to me. The third book I read was The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. This book has been all over the blogosphere, and I was super pumped about reading it after being on the waiting list for a couple months at my local library. However, I was a little bummed by the book. There were a few great tips, but through much of the book, I kept thinking, “That’s weird!” Have you read this book yet? I will share more about it in a post later this month.
Usually I devote an entire post to this, but I figured I would just share a few ways here.
1. I did our own taxes online. I have been doing them this way for years. The first year we were married we went to an H and R Block office to have our taxes done. While I was there, I realized that the program online was the exact same thing as the program in the office. The only difference was that the tax preparer was reading the questions and filling in the numbers. Ever since then, I have done our own taxes at home and saved ourselves at least $100. If you have good reading comprehension and have a basic understanding of tax documents (or are willing to learn), then I would recommend checking out an online program and save yourself some money.
2. I stretched the grocery budget a little further in February by writing down things that I buy every week: milk, ground beef, and bananas. I was buying all of these items at the regular grocery store price, but in February I made it my goal to get those prices down. By getting milk at Sam’s and drugstores, I was able to pay less than $3 for a gallon which saved me at least $4 this month.
Usually I just buy ground beef each week, but this month, I watched the prices carefully. When it was $2.99 a pound, I picked up enough to last us a few weeks. And instead of buying bananas all the time, I have been only getting them when they are on sale.
3. We have had some warmer days lately, so I started getting my son’s spring and summer clothes ready. I was able to find some great sales online at Target and even got free shipping! I love shopping from the couch.
February was a great month, but I’m looking forward to March and the official start to spring. How about you?