And so it begins

July 22, 2010

soooo, The start of my new budget as far as meal planning goes will be starting on monday, the 26th. But until then I still have today and tomorrow to plan for (we’ll be away for the weekend). So I thought I’d share a site that I’ve been grabbing a TON of inspiration from… $5 dinners! What an awesome name and it is a VERY helpful site too! Here’s the link http://www.5dollardinners.com/ I went through and saved some of the meal ideas that she had that I figured my family could live with ( I have some VERY picky eaters in my house) and so tonight, we’re going to start with an easy one because I have a busy day ahead of me. We’re going to be enjoying Grilled bbq chicken quesadillas SOOOO yummy! and to go with it my romaine is all ready in the garden (yay me and my not so great green thumb lol), so we’ll be having caesar salad to go with it! 🙂 Now if I remember to I may even take some pics of my food and my garden, because lets face it, everything is better with photos. 🙂 

I should mention, one of the other reasons we’re starting a budget other than a house is, my baby girl, we’ll call her shorty 1, she has some not so great teeth, and as a result is needing to get some appliances put in and will have braces in about 4 years (so they tell us). The first set is gonna set us back a couple K in the next month, not only that, she will be limited to what she can eat, so I need to plan around her mouth lol. 

Anyhow, check back soon for a picture review of tonight’s grub! chow!

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Budget time…. ugh!

July 21, 2010

So for those of you that know me I’m not a fan of the “B” word. As a matter of fact I try just about anything to avoid it. However, the time has come for me to face my “B” word fears and create a ….. BUDGET plan! My hubby and I are wanting to buy a house. For the last few years we’ve been unsettled as to where we wanted to live so the house buying was put off. However, we have now gotten quite comfortable here in the great white north and are wanting to call it home. 🙂 That being said…. we havn’t really though of a house budget until now. Up until this point things like just going to Cuba, or Disneyland or heading on a road trip were just spur of the moment let’s do it kind of things… now that we need a down payment those “just do it” things need to be a little better planned out. So we decided it’s time to enforce a budget, and that’s what we’re going to TRY to do. Cut costs where they’re not needed, make things like clothes and shoes last longer (more so for the kiddos), cut back… WAY back, on groceries and start meal planning and really focus on savings. We’re in the clear as far as debt, so if we can lasso our spending habbits and stick to a plan the goal of a house should be easily done in a matter of 2 years.

So, now that you’re bored to death of my ramblings. If you’d like to join me on this journey, I can’t promise I’ll post everyday, or every second day. I am a very busy photographer, and a mom and housewife still, so the blogging will come as it comes. But, if you’d like to watch me struggle through this then please feel free to. 🙂

For starters this week I’ll be planning out the budget, seeing where I can use some of my girls clothes that are warn out and revive them, plan some meal plans and a better grocery budget and start some serious savings accounts, like a tax free savings account. So off I go to get a start… chow!

Hair cuts and Hats

February 17, 2010

Ok, I promise to never make promises again that I can not keep… including promises to post because we all know that it might not happen! :O)

So as promised a while ago I said I’d post photos of hats I made… well, I didn’t, but I did put them on facebook so you can see them here… HATS

However I will post photos of my baby girls new haircuts! So cute! I took my girls to a salon for the first time ever yesterday and they came out like this… first up… Phoebe… they took nearly 10 inches off her hair!!!!!!!!!! And I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!! and so does she! :O)

Maybe I should have taken the photos BEFORE they went to play and put their pjs on… oh well. it still looks cute :O) and the dye is temporary :O)

Next up… Madde… They only took 3 1/2 inches off but if you had seen her right before it is a HUGE difference too! Her hair was SO damaged and looked really blah, now it’s super cute and has some layers :O) LOVE IT!

So there you have it… aren’t they purdy :O)

This afternoon my sister gave me a call and had a GREAT idea. She wants us to challenge each other in our scrapbooking so we can get back into it. We are going to a scrappy retreat in May together again and we would both like to be more prepared than we are now… probably me more so than her, considering that she is a CTMH consultant she still does some, I have hardly touched my stuff in a LONG time, but it’s partly because I took on sewing and crocheting and my photography career, and life happens… :O) So I’m really looking forward to getting back into it again… you’ll be able to see some of my progress here too I’m sure.

Anyhow, that’s it for now… I’m off to watch some more of the Olympics! YAY, GO CANADA!!!! :O) ttfn!