For the 8 years I've been married, most of those have been on a very tight budget. My husband and I have always budgeted. This is where Craigslist comes in. I LOVE Craigslist. Actually, that might be an understatement. I REALLY LOVE Craigslist.
Sometimes it feels like you really have to fight for dreams. I’m actually not a huge dreamer. By that, I mean, I don’t have a million different dreams. I do have one big dream though. And that is to have a self-sustaining horse powered farm.
I’m definitely a person who is organized and scheduled. I feel so much better about my day if it’s organized and if I have a to-do list. I totally get everyone is different, and I’m so glad that not everyone in the world is like me! I married a fiery, free-spirited husband that keeps me on my toes and doesn’t let me get too bogged down in over-organizing our world. But I also realize that I do have a strength. Bringing order to our family life is something I’m really good at.
After such a great experience with our first home birth, we wanted to do it for this child as well. The midwife who helped us this time has been amazing. She's a nutrition practitioner as well so she has been so helpful throughout my pregnancy.
We weren't house shopping. We actually sold our house a year ago exactly. We planned on renting for several years in hopes of saving money. We want to buy several hundred acres one day, but that is out of our price range.
About 3 years ago, my husband found a book called, “Zero Waste Home.” He knew it sounded up my alley so he got it for me. I devoured it! The author and her family only produce a mason jar full of trash each year. It is truly amazing and very inspiring. After reading that book, I really tackled reducing the amount of trash we produced. One of those ways was to get rid of papertowels completely.
I grew up thinking mayonnaise was bad for you. But I grew up in the 90’s when high fat was a “no-no.” Now, I know that mayo actually can be really good for you. About 2 years ago I started making my own mayo. After two failed attempts, I finally got it right. Now, it’s something simple that I whip up almost every week.
I also LOVE animals especially dogs. If our budget could afford it, I’d probably have 10 dogs. I can’t get enough of them. But I also know that getting a new dog (or any animal) can throw off the balance of a home if it’s not done correctly. I want every family to be able to pick a dog that fits their family without making everyone miserable in the process.
Have you ever seen the “Dirty Dozen” list for food? It’s a great list! I had a friend comment that I should do a “Dirty Dozen” for your home… in my opinion, what I think are the top 12 things in your home that are toxic and should be changed out or gotten rid of if at all possible. I thought it was a great idea! So here is my list of “Dirty Dozen” in your home.