Why I created this blog:
I grew up with a super thrifty mother, so thriftiness has always been in my blood. I avoided going into debt during my poor newly married student years and even had fun being thrifty. After having children, I became a SAHM (stay at home mom) since it was more economical for our situation at the time. Being a SAHM is a pretty thankless job and I found myself feeling depressed after about 10 years of nothing but diapers, cleaning, cooking, and other mundane tasks. I created my blog as a way to document my hard work somewhere that would last longer than a few hours. I took pictures of my clean faucet after using my vinegar trick to get rid of the hard water. I took pictures of my thrifty projects and documented them as a way of feeling some sort of accomplishment. It has been great to get comments, feedback and connect with others.
Now that I am no longer super poor, I still enjoy being thrifty. The difference is that instead of finding cheap ways to decorate my apartment or starter-home, I am decorating my dream home. I still don't have thousands of dollars to throw at a kitchen remodel, so my thrifty decorating skills come in handy.
Even though I am a SAHM, I am also a feminist. I support women's rights and equality. I had no choice but to stay home with my children, since there currently is little support for working moms in the US. I don't regret that decision, but hope that the world will evolve and create more options for my daughter and future generations.
Other Stuff I Like:
In addition to my thrifty skills and hobbies, I enjoy playing the flute, making home movies, reading, traveling, and browsing Pinterest. I do not enjoy scrap-booking or making crafts. I have many friends who enjoy those things, but I would rather do almost anything than scrapbook or craft. Some crafts are okay, but the ones that take all day and just end up collecting dust, are not my idea of time well spent. I prefer digital creations like home movies and digital photo books. I got a job in high-school (back in the 90s) and saved up all of my money to buy my first computer (an Apple). I was thrilled when the internet became affordable and have embraced the digital world. I earned a degree in Computer Image Specialization and love technology (I loved Apple back before the iPod). I don't like clutter and love organization. The perfect day for me would be a day spent organizing something or reading (can you tell I'm an introvert).
Books and TV Shows/Movies:
I LOVE The Big Bang Theory, Zombie shows/movies, Buffy, Once Upon a Time, Merlin, Star Trek and other Sci-Fi shows like Firefly & Battlestar Galactica. I also love all of Jane Austin's novels with Pride & Prejudice being my favorite. As an introvert, I relate to Mr. Darcy and love how complicated and true to life Jane Austin's characters are. I love Anne of Green Gables as well as other classics. I love almost any fantasy series involving magic: Harry Potter, Leven Thumps, and Magyk to name a few. I read all 3 Hunger Games in 3 days and all of the Twilight books in less than a week. I only read the Twilight series to know what everyone was talking about, but I did not like how weak and dependent Bella's character was. I did a face-palm every time I turned a page in those books.
So that's me in a nutshell! Thanks for visiting my blog.