Thursday, January 3, 2013

Happy New Year

Hello and Happy New Year!!  It's been awhile since I have posted.  Time has seemed to fly by.  Things are a little crazy as usual around our house.  It's hard to believe we are into a new year already.

I love the new year.  I always feel like it is a fresh start.  New beginnings.  I usually sit down and write up a list of goals for the year but I haven't even had time to do that yet.  It's on my "to do" list along with many other things!

Our family had a great Christmas filled with good food and wonderful family.  My boys had 10 days home for winter break.  Unfortunately some of that time was spent with one or more of them being sick.  It seems our family has had it all already.  The respiratory bug, the stomach bug, hopefully it is all done and over with for the season (fingers crossed). 

Our new year's was filled with more good food and some time well spent with good friends from out of town.

Now that the holidays are over it's time to buckle back down on our spending.  On the top of my "to do" list is to revisit our budget and make necessary changes.  As usual we have had many expenses pop up.  We had 2 vehicles break down, a daughter who is having surgery in a week, and we are still paying for my husbands very expensive new teeth (2 root canals and crowns in November).  There is never a shortage of people wanting our money!

I plan to start posting more and am excited to share with you some ways my family will be living more frugally and saving money in the new year.

I hope everyone enjoyed the holiday season.  Now it's time to get back on track, get those bills paid, and start saving some money!


  1. Sorry to hear about all the illness. Praying for your daughter. Hope recovery goes well. I am glad to see you post. I was wondering if you and your family are doing any special challenges in Jan.? My goal this year is to make as many household items myself, ex. Laundry, dishwasher detergent, soap. I want to learn to make soap. Many blessings this new year.

    1. Thanks Heidi. I wanted to do a 30 days of nothing challenge but I didn't get prepared soon enough. We are cutting way back this month however and plan to eat mostly from the pantry. Maybe I will do some sort of challenge for February! Good luck making your own cleaners. I make most of mine and it is very easy. If you find a dishwasher recipe that works well I would love to get it. All the homemade ones I have tried haven't really worked. Good luck!