March 5, 2019

March is the perfect month for going green isn't it?!  St. Patrick's Day, spring is in the air, it's my birthday... ok so that last one is not quite relevant - but everything else this month is bursting with goodness and greenness!  Naturally, it's the perfect time for me to talk about one of my newer passions that I haven't yet shared with all of you.  I've kind of turned into an Environmentalist...

Now, at first glance, you may say to yourself "I knew it.  First veganism and now this..." But actually this started long before my veganism. Actually my family would probably tell you I have been a closet Environmentalist for a really long time.  When I was a kid I actually forced my brother to hold a funeral for an ant he killed without provocation... so... yeah.  But two years ago I had a bit of a catalyst that has really pushed me to come clean with own my greenie tendencies.  I took an Environmental Science class.

I'll be honest.  I didn't really want to, but I...

March 2, 2019

Back when I used to be interested in politics the phrase "controlling the conversation" was often on my tongue and ringing in my ears.  After all, you can't let the enemy (As if our neighbors and fellow countrymen were our enemies!) control the conversation.  If you let them use their terminology and their vocabulary they are in control and have an edge in the debate.

It's true.  And today I'm using the concept in a much more beneficial way.  Our adopted son was recently diagnosed with Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD).  This means that a close relationship with his caregivers is terrifying and he deeply struggles to have a healthy, meaningful relationship with anyone.

Whenever he and I have a moment of connection, or he enjoys a conversation with another adult, it is always followed by a severe backlash of rage.  Grief, anger and fear pour out of his little body in ways that no one should ever have to experience - let alone a small child.  Some days I feel like we are ma...

March 1, 2019

Hi Everyone!  I'm finished with my class and we finally seem to be getting into a school rhythm that I feel really good about, so Iakabos and I are now moving into taking more time for our own projects and creative outlets.  I'm so excited to share with you all of the things I am wanting to keep going on and the new things I want to start!

First of all, I need to finally get the blog in order.  I'm going to take some dedicated time at least once or twice a week to move over my old blog posts from my previous blog and also to finish our comprehensive resources page.  The resources page is a big part of why I started this blog, so I need to prioritize it.

Second, I want to start putting out more blog content.  Obviously that's a big part of it too!  I miss blogging about adoption and home school and living simply and nurturing the faith and all the crunchy alternative things I'm into.  So my second priority is to get new blog content out there and to reestablish our community,...

January 1, 2019

Hey all! I know I've been super quiet lately.  I'm going to just be honest here.  I'm struggling.  It doesn't matter how I work my schedule, I'm always short something.  Between Jacob and Hope's needs, homeschooling, making actually semi-healthy meals for my family, cleaning, church, appointments, dance, gymnastics, etc. there is literally no time for anything.

Unfortunately, that means that blogging usually gets kicked out.  I've had several posts I have really wanted to write over the last few months and I literally can't find the time to do any of them.  I am also currently enrolled in my very last college course to finish my bachelor's degree (YAY!)  So any small amount of computer time I get is dedicated to that.

That class ends in February, so I'm hoping that by March I will be in a better place to blog regularly.  But it will still probably be hit or miss.  I'm in a season of my life right now where blogging is very difficult to do. 

I love all of...

September 14, 2018

I don't know what bug we got, but it is no fun.

Symptoms aren't horrible, but it's lasting forever!  I can't remember the last time I was sick for more than a week.  Holy cow guys....

So I didn't want to blog yesterday and I don't want to blog now.  I'm so tired!!!

I have basically been rearranging our entire house the last two days, and it's a great change, but I feel like I was hit by a truck.  It just takes so much energy to blog... Not really, but that's how I feel!

Ok, so, briefly I'll tell you what's up.  Yesterday we got bananas, oat fruit cups that I had a rebate for, and cookies.  Why cookies?  Because it was a hard day that's why.  No judging... I spent $9 and change and put a dollar in our bulk food envelope.

Later that night there may or may not have been contraband food items that came from excess funds that we had... It was a hard day, ok??  But it didn't affect our food budget so yay.  We still got three square meals.

Today Iakabos went to the store...

September 12, 2018

New to our Frugal Food Series? Start here!

Right now all I want is a big fudge brownie sundae.... sounds so yummy...

Unfortunately, that's not in the budget for the evening.  The days where I buy myself delicious treats at the end of a hard day are over, at least for now.  So I'm just going to have to get over that.  Let's move on shall we?

I went grocery shopping last night again.  I used up all but six cents of my food budget.  It was a close one!  Here is what I got: 

Yes folks, that is what $10.44 of food looks like.  I was disappointed that I ran out of money because we are pretty well out of fresh fruit, and that something we almost always eat.  I figured I could fill the gap by using some of our frozen bananas to make banana ice cream after dinner.

The only prep I did after shopping was soaking black beans.  I didn't get anything else done; I was just too tired and thought it probably wouldn't be wise to overdo myself.  So this morning I woke up at 5:30a...

September 11, 2018

The good news is that we are still in budget.  But it's just been kinda dicey.  I mentioned last night that I was exhausted.  I think my biggest issue was that I was just getting a little too overzealous. 

We are trying to eat healthier and cheaper all at the same time, which is a lot.  And we've been sick.  I need to figure out how to not spend all of my free time in the kitchen and not have to stay up until 10:00pm to make this work.

Since we are leaving the house every day for school, breakfast has to be pretty much ready to heat up and eat when we wake up in the morning, and lunch has to be made and packed before 9:00am (and ideally the night before).  

Based on what I had on hand, what I could buy in budget, and what was a good whole-food plant based meal... I came up with blueberry muffins for breakfast and collard rolls for lunch.  Last night I had to go to the grocery store for today, because I knew I couldn't do it in the morning.  

So after all...

September 11, 2018

On our school trip today we decided to go to a small little park out of the way.  Iakabos says he likes the quieter parks, and while we were there I met a gentleman who was there for exactly the same reason.  He came with some food and sat down two tables away from us. 

I asked if he was on lunch break and he said yes, and that he liked to come here sometimes to get away from people and enjoy the peace and quiet.  I agreed, and then we kept to ourselves for the most of the time.

After a long while he complimented me on how I was handling Hope and Jacob (not that I had really done much!) and then said he had a teenage son with autism.  We talked a little more.

Later Iakabos came back from the river with our other four children, at which point he said with wide, unbelieving eyes "Obviously, those aren't all yours."  I smiled and said "Yup, they're all ours."  To which he replied "I don't envy you."  Now, I wasn't planning on sharing this conversation, because it sounds rude o...

September 10, 2018

Read the first post in our Frugal Food Series.

This cold we have is dragging on and on.  I missed church last week with a sick kiddo and I'm missing church this week with a sick self and a baby who is still under the weather.  And there hasn't been weekday services so I haven't been to church in what feels like forever!

In good news, Sundays are an easy food day.  Breakfast is usually just toast for the little ones... but this adorable little lovey grabbed the toaster when I was holding her in the kitchen a couple weeks back and when I walked away it fell right to the floor and broke.  So no toast today, just bread, haha!  But she's too cute to be mad at isn't she?

We had half a loaf in the cupboard which was enough for everyone who needed it.  And then I tell my kids that I don't make lunch on Sundays because they can eat at fellowship, and there is more than enough substance there if they have the patience to sit down and eat it.

Plus today was the Sunday school kick-off B...

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