I dusted my camera off the other day and set out to capture a few shadow themed pictures before the sun had completely set. I really want to begin branching out and become more creative with my photography. I also want to use subjects other than my children. It will take time though, mainly because at the moment, I have to drag them everywhere I go.
If you’re like me, who has three children under your feet at all times to manage, then it’s enough to make you batty by the end of the whole mess. Couple this with next-to-nothing canning supplies and only working with what you have; It makes a long day even longer. (and you can forget about eating lunch)
This past weekend, I handed over most of my day, and managed to retain most of my good mood by the end of it all. Despite my high spirits, I was wiped out. I smelled like vinegar, too. I also had very little ambition to clean the mess afterwards, but I did, because I was the only one there to do it.
Let me back up to Friday. Our first frost hit, so I made sure to pick every pepper I could manage—just in case—hence the canning and freezing I had to do. I brought my herbs inside, so they are still thriving. As for the rest of the garden, I trimmed back the asparagus ferns, artichoke, etc, and added additional dirt in preparation for Fall/Winter months. Let’s hope they survive!
So there you have it. My weekend in a nutshell. It was full of peppers, tomatoes, canning, gardening and cleaning.
At least it is finished.
Linking up with Mary Beth at Annapolis & Company.
Here are some outtakes from the jalapeno jar photo shoot. I told ya, I always gotta kid on my heels.
Nathan and I got a little crafty last night. We dipped the leaves we had collected from the yard and the park into candle wax. The effects are gorgeous. At least in my humbled opinion. I plan to use the leaves in various ways around the house, and maybe even use one as a future love letter to a stranger. (I’ll keep you posted on that last one) I thought about using them in a photo frame, or perhaps making a garland out of them, or maybe adorn them inside of a glass vase, along with some of the pine cones and acorns we have collected as well. What do you think? Any ideas?
If you’re interested in doing this with your rascals, then I’ll tell you how I did this really fast. I bought a block of candle wax at Michael’s craft supply store. Had the hubs cut a 1/4 chunk off, then I grated it on a cheese grater. I preheated the oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Nathan emptied the shavings into a disposable, aluminum 8×8 pan. Place it into the oven until it is completely melted. Once it is melted, you simply dip each leaf into wax, coating each side, and then place onto wax paper to dry. //Tip: The wax cools quickly, so I placed the pan on top of one my stove top burners, turned to low, in order to keep the wax melted. If it starts to dry, when you dip the leaves, the wax won’t be translucent.//
You’ve heard the environmental arguments from the holier-than-thou-be-green-team, explain the importance of ditching your use of the paper towel.
I –am not– that fanatical. My motivation is merely me being a cheapskate. (my husbands words) Or as I like to assume, a conscientious consumer.
Although, I’m happy to see my inability to splurge on the aforementioned item also does our planet a little good. 😉
I’m not going to sit and lie to you, and say that we never buy paper products. We do on occasion. For instance, back in July, while my niece & nephew stayed with us, I splurged and purchased a $2 package of paper napkins. I understand that napkins are not paper towels, but it is close enough!
I’m also not going to lie to you and say that we gave up our use of paper towels cold turkey. When it comes to changing ones habits, it has to become a lifestyle change. Even small ones such as paper towels. And just like with most habit busting techniques, I winged us off of them.
On average, we used one roll per week. I changed that to only using one roll every two weeks, and then eventually only one per month. Now I don’t purchase them at all.
Now, we use a cheap set of 18 white rags from Wal-Mart for $4. At least that is how much they cost in my neck of the woods. We use them for everything, and once the holes begin to form, I toss them out.
(The picture of the their 9 count dishcloths. They were out of the 18 count.)
Because I’m sure you’re curious, I will go ahead and tell you that we have not bought paper towels in 11 months. It will be ONE YEAR this November. My husband will tell you that he misses them sometimes, but I haven’t really noticed a difference.
// I also wash all the rags once a week, along with other whites in the house. This way it doesn’t feel like the extra laundry is a burden. // You can get my DIY Laundry Soap here.
My cost is about $11. I purchased two packages of the 18 count and one the 9 count in one year.
I asked a friend of mine who has the same size family as myself (5), how many rolls per week they use. Her answer was about 3 rolls. I would say that is close to $20 per month, right? Give or take.
Tally that up for a whole year and that would equal $240.
Visualize the savings: What could I buy every month for $20?
You see where I’m going with this?
It’s just as easy to pull a dishcloth out of a drawer, as it is to pull a sheet off a paper towel roll. Promise.
What ways do you save extra money in your home?
Like this post? Then check out some of my other posts on budgeting!
Today is the Tuesday that marks our eighth anniversary, and I Love you.
I’ll love you tomorrow, and the next day, and next week, and even next month.
In six months, I will still love you, just like I fell in love with you nine years ago.
In sixty years, I’ll look back on our beginning, and smile at how much I’ve loved you and how far we’ve made it in life together.
Happy Anniversary, Bubba.
Age: 10 months
Weight: I can’t remember
Baby, Sissy, Little girl, Lucy, Princess, Pumpkin, Cuddle Bug
Foods: She has moved on to finger foods! She still takes formula with her meals, but for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, she is eating regular foods. (I still haven’t given her eggs. I’m nervous!) So far she is doing great with her food and eats just about anything you set in front of her.
Development: She can shake her head no at you, climb, crawl, pull herself up, clap, and tries to stand on her own.
Her personality: Rori has been growing in to herself, expressing her independence, facial expressions (her favorite expression is what I call the bunny nose), playing with toys, etc. She is still my laid back little baby who sleeps like a champ. I often say that I need just one more baby that’s just like her.
She loves to cuddle with me and will often fall asleep lying on me…which I totally love. Makes my heart pitter patter. 🙂
Rori is our last child, so I’ve been savoring every moment of her being my sweet baby. I sometimes think God got the teen years and the baby years backwards.
In my eyes, the baby stage should last for years, while the teenage stage should only last one year. Sounds better to me!