3 Ways You can Save Money Without Changing Your Spending

I WISH I could say I wrote this article! If I did though our bills would be a lot lower lol. I found it on pinterest and wanted to pass it along ! ❤

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Thank you Money Saving Mom!

One of the people that commented below the article also had an awesome idea that I’m going to start doing! Wanted to share:

“We live in an old house and it takes a long time for the water to warm up when we turn on the taps.
I keep pitchers and buckets by all tubs and sinks & catch the water that is cold.
That water goes on the garden in the summer, into the washing maching in the winter.  It is used almost daily to flush the toilet.
When we started to do this, our water bill dropped by about $20 per billing cycle.” -Heather Chandler

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How do you organize your life?

Hello Friends!

FIRST AND FOREMOST:

Happy 4th of July.

To my friends, family, and those who I have yet to meet- Thank you so much for your dedication and sacrifice.  It’s because of  you that we continue to live in a free country.

america

I was hoping some of you could share  your office organization tips with me.  I feel like I have papers, books, random coupons, etc everywhere. I’m trying to figure out the best way to organize where I can actually locate some things in my house! As for the kitchen, I saw something similar to the picture below in a persons house that I gave childcare to the other night. It looks really good and crazy organized!! If you love mason jars you will probably appreciate!

mason jars

Except the family used “chalkboard labels”  that can be found on the Etsy link below:

Chalkboard Labels

I definitely want to do this soon!

Also, a mini update:

I’ve decided to start helping someone locally with their pet sitting business as a job to do on the side this summer while I go to school. I see some pet photographs in my future! So far, it sounds like this is going to be a really low stress job. God knows I need one of those…..    Also, my school loan check FINALLY came in. As much as I want to rush to Target and go on a spending spree, I sadly must resist this urge. Trying to figure out what I “need” right now is a really big challenge. I KNOW that I need a laptop. Unsure what an reasonable amount to spend on one is though….. Advice?

I’m going to try out this Etsy store thing too soon. I have to order mailers and plastic covering for my photographs. I will post about that when it’s up. Thanks for all of the wonderful comments that I have been getting. ❤

Etsy Feature # 2

Today I am going to introduce you to my 2nd Etsy feature! Tracy, from England, is the owner and creator of Chasing The Crayon.  Her work stood out to be because it is incredibly unique and creative.  I personally have a hard time drawing a bird much less a vast assortment of characters! I love that her inspiration comes from fairy tales that many of us grew up on! Tracy’s use of color in the prints is very good.  Though the animals might be complete opposite species in the pictures, they seem to all belong together! Below is an example of a piece of art from Chasing The Crayon and a short interview from the artist! Enjoy ❤

 Bear

When did your shop open:  May 2010

What is the name of your shop AND the story behind the name:  ChasingtheCrayon. I wanted something unusual and spent a while playing around with ways of incorporating the word Crayon into a catchy sounding name. ChasingtheCrayon popped into my head and I was happy.

What do you sell: I sell my illustrations, which I would describe as an assortment of eccentric individuals in a variety of guises; playful, humorous and a touch surreal. They feature on archival prints, in two sizes, A4 and A3, on greeting cards, postcards and badges. I work mainly in pencil and watercolour with a dash of collage. My inspiration comes from stories, poems and very tall tales, from choice finds in second hand bookshops or on colourful flea market stalls.

What item is your best seller: I have two prints that are bestsellers; an illustration that features a gang of Woodland Creatures, a big ol bear, a badger, fox, deer, hare and two tiny birds, all off on a grand day out. The second features a bear, deer and fox hiding up trees.

What inspired you to start selling: I found that although I like working to a commissioned brief, what I really like is creating my own ideas and images. I realised that producing them as prints and cards and selling them meant that this was a viable way to work
What motivates you:  I have to draw, everyday. I couldn’t do anything else.

Any advice that you have for new sellers on Etsy: Be prepared to work hard at your shop. Have great pictures, relevant tags, make treasuries, don’t fret too much during the slow times, most of all..enjoy yourself!

Scrap Plants. Fascinating!! I’m doing the Avacado and Carrot ASAP

avacado

I fell upon a wonderful plant blog with photography and tips over the past few days.  I quickly discovered the article “Plants you Can Grow From Scraps.” I think I’ve heard of this but honestly never really knew how to do it! If you want to know how to grow:

  • Avacado plant
  • Carrot plant (who knew you can get white flowers from planting a carrot back into the ground!?!)
  • onion
  • pineapple
  • and others!!

The only word of caution about the avacoda plant is to be very careful about having it out of the way of pet’s. I’ve heard contradictory stories about dogs eating avacados and getting extremely sick. I do know that there is something in the avacado that can be deadly to birds. Please research if you have pets before you plant.

Check out aristonorganic’s page here  for planting instructions and pictures! Also, another huge thank you for the Inspirational Blog Award! It really made my day. NOTE: I apologize one of the links was sending people to the wrong page! this has since been fixed!

Do’s and Don’ts of dieting…in my opinion

Hello!

I know I’ve been blogging a lot about recipes lately..and not the most healthiest ones haha! It’s weird but if I am craving sugar sometimes it helps to blog about things that I can eat in the future (and in moderation) 🙂 I had a friend recently post about some do’s and don’ts of friendship. It inspired me to write some do’s and don’ts of dieting. If you would like to add to my list please comment below! I would love to add things that I feel are relevent and true.

Do

  • Choose a diet (or lifestyle) that is right for YOU
  • Write, blog, and inform people about it
  • Share your ups and downs
  • Join www.sparkpeople.com for their amazing message board, food trackers, and huge support group
  • Try recording your food in a spiral notebook for one week. I’m not saying count calories, I’m saying learn what’s really going in your mouth.
  • Teach yourself to cook. And by cook I don’t just mean main dishes. I recently learned how to cook broccoli for the FIRST time in something other than the microwave!
  • Make a board on www.pinterest.com dedicated sheerly to healthy things and/or fitness inspiration
  • Watch the Biggest Loser
  • Find an exercise that you enjoy
  • If feel you may have anorexia, bulimia, or body dismorphic disorder seek counseling
  • Do subscribe to health magazines
  • If your diet (or lifestyle)  allows, eat lots of fruits, vegetables, and lean meats.
  • Listen to your body. There is a difference between doing one more crunch when you feel like you can’t go anymore and literally exercising to the point where you are ill.
  • Allow yourself treats in moderation
  • Pee before you weigh. I’m telling you, get all that water weight OUT first! 🙂
  • Reward yourself when you have lose weight or achieved a goal
  • Find a motivational partner, write them about weight gain and loss, make goals together, and never give up on one another.
  • Take your dog on a walk ! It makes it more fun!
  • Make sure you have a good pair of walking/running shoes that fit well.
  • Get enough rest! It aides in the weight loss process. I need AT LEAST 8 hours a night if not 10!
  • Find other hobbies to take your mind off of eating
  • Sneak healthier popcorn into the movie theatre. I pop those snack bags and bring them right on in inside my purse haha!
  • Take your vitamins!
  • Drink as much water as possible

Don’t

  • Expect fast results. If they happen then great but remember often weight loss is slow.
  • Push your diet (lifestyle) on people. There is a difference between sharing what you are doing and pushing/preaching it to other people. If they ask for information that is fine! But realize when you say “you really should be doing this” it is likely coming across in their brain as “You look overweight and are clearly not eating right”
  • I’m sorry but if at all possible, don’t smoke. Smoking is not only horrible for your lungs but for your over all health. Yes, it is for many people an appetite suppressant. However, when you decide to go off smoking expect to crave food.
  • Don’t judge others based on their diet unless you feel their health is in danger.
  • Just because a celebrity is supposedly doing it does not mean doing the same thing will morph you into their body.
  • Give Up.  Always push yourself. If it didn’t happen yesterday then today is a great day to begin.
  • Use holidays as an excuse to NOT diet or diet afterwords. If your going for long-term results  you must try to stay strong during holidays. that does not mean saying “no thanks” to desert! It means SMALL PORTIONS.
  • Regardless of what type of diet (lifestyle) you are following, never starve yourself.
  • Scare yourself when you go to the gym and weigh right afterwords. If you had bottled water to drink them more than likely 1-2 pounds of water is sitting in your stomach.
  • Give Up. Often you must cheer yourself on even if you feel like the only one
  • Keep food in the house that you will binge on
  • Feel you have failed if you gain weight back.. Many people fluctuate (like me) up to 3-4 lbs a day for some reason a day
  • Keep people in your life that do not motivate, support, and stand for you. Unhealthy relationships lead to stress which leads to weight gain. There are definite scientific studies to prove this.