So, I said there would be some changes coming. At one point I was going to just stop updating the blog. With the world (California wildfires, politics, etc) being so weird lately I felt like talking about DIY projects was just dumb. But after stepping away for a while I realize that I like blogging, but just not the way I was.
My word this year is to Focus – on my family, my health, finishing projects, etc. Blogging isn’t my main hobby. So, this year I definitely won’t have a set schedule (I am just not able to commit to that), but I have decided there are certain topics I want to blog about. So, some of the topics will be the following, but there will be other random topics as they come up.
Bargain of the month – Years ago my mother-in-law and I would talk about our ‘Bargain of the Month’. I realized that I had fun telling someone about my super deals so I decided I will post them on here, if nothing else. Sometimes they won’t have a photo, but most of the time there will be a photo.
Money saving topics – This could be able a new book I heard about, a discussion I saw on the internet or a tip that we follow.
Projects – There are multiple projects that I have been working on. As they are completed and/or given away I will post them.
Favorite blogger, Instagram or YouTube site I follow.
So, I am not going to commit to a posting schedule, but I hope to post at least one a month, if not more often.
If there is a topic you would like me to approach leave it in the comment section.
I was challenged to find read a new to me author whose last name started with an ‘N’.
So, I found this book Sweet Tea and Secrets by Nancy Naigle at the local library. The library marked it as a Romance, which I usually don’t read, but I really enjoyed this book. Since I liked it so much I picked up the next book in the series from the library.
Have you read this book?
I now challenge you to read a book by a new to you author whose last name starts with ‘N’. What book will you choose?
So, when I originally thought of this post it was going to tell you a book I didn’t like. It was so bad (in my opinion) that I stopped reading it after the first chapter. That alone shows that I am changing since when I was young I would read a complete book, even if I didn’t like it, with the hopes that it got better. Now I have too much I want and have to do so I stopped reading this one and it is already in the give away pile. And, no I won’t give the author or title since I know other people like the author. I found this book and others by the same author at a garage sale recently.
I will say that I do like Joanne Fluke and I recently finished Devil’s Food Cake Murder (Hannah Swensen Mystery). And if the name sounds familiar it is because the Hallmark Channel has started turning these books into movies. I like the movies too.
I won’t give any secrets away about Devil’s Food Cake Murder , but I will say that there were a few slow parts, but it doesn’t help that I usually only read a little fiction before going to bed.
What fiction (cozy mysteries, etc) authors / book titles would you recommend?
So, you all know that I try to be thrifty by doing DIY projects, making food from scratch, using coupons, find deals at the Thrift Stores and finding the best deals on the new items or services we need to buy. Well, another way is by keeping your family on a budget (and one that works is even better).
I am glad I got it since it reminded me of categories that I sometimes forget to budget for (like recently needing tires for our truck [which I found a sale on] and now it sounds like we will need them for the car also this year – ouch, definitely not something I planned for, but I will be looking for a deal on those also).
I will continue to tweak our budget using the tips in Jessi’s book.
So, would you like to win a FREE copy of the Build a Budget that Works book? I was given one copy to give away to a reader.
Between now and Thursday 20 November 2014 make a comment (which will be delayed in posting since I have to approve them) with your name and email address. After that I will pick a winner using a Random Number Generator (hey, I have to use something nerdy).
In March we went away for an extended weekend in Northern California. Our first stop was Daffodil Hill, CA (near Sutter Creek, CA) – it happened to be opening weekend.
Daffodil Hill, CA
It is free to go to Daffodil Hill, but they do have donation boxes out. We walked around for a while taking photos (along with lots of other people) and then enjoyed lunch across the street (a service organization was serving it) before heading on our way.
Now about another cool (photo) book.
The Most Beautiful Villages and Towns of California by Joan Tapper (2007)
The husband picked up the above book at the library. Considering we have lived our entire lives in or near Northern California I didn’t think I would really look at this book. But, when I saw the cover and realized I didn’t know what town it was (turns out it was Sutter Creek, CA which is near Daffodil Hill) I figured I would at least flip through the book.
The book talked about many small towns in California . It was amazing to realize that we had been through (or investigated) many of the towns (at least the ones near the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Northern California).
If you don’t know it I made no money from this blog. I know – shocking 🙂
I do it since it is fun and I hope useful to someone. That being said I am getting my first perk from having it – Free books to review!
Have you ever heard of BookSneeze.com? Bloggers (with over 30 followers) get free books for agreeing to do a review.
The first book I requested is
It’s A God Thing: When Miracles Happen to Everyday People
I had heard about this book from K-Love and was hoping it would (someday) be available at the library. When I was just accepted by BookSneeze.com and was able to see the current list of books available I jumped at the chance of reading (and reviewing) this book. It has been requested and now I am waiting for the physical book to arrive (BookSneeze.com said it takes usually takes 6-10 days to arrive).
So, look for my book review after I have finished reading it. Oh, and I guess I need to figure out how to add the BookSneeze.com badge to my blog. That will be one of the next things I need to learn.
I picked up The Lazy Couponer by Jamie Chase from the library. I have been using coupons for years, but I figured I might learn something new.
I have picked up a few tips so far and I haven’t finished the book yet. But, I have been slow at reading it so it is due back at the library. I will be checking it out again so I can go over (and finish) it again.
She has a lot of really good hints about how you can stack a store coupon (and shows examples of how to tell if it is a store or manufacturer coupon – something I couldn’t always tell) and manufacturer coupon for the same product.
I added this book to the following page:
Places to print coupons and Books related to coupons
What books have you read lately and would recommend?
Do you like nice books with good story lines and/or quilting? Well, I stumbled upon ‘The Giving Quilt’ and a book of Project Linus quilt patterns (both at the library) and am now hooked on the series by Jennifer Chiaverini.
The last book I finished was The Aloha Quilt.
(Photo from Amazon.com)
I liked this book the best so far and already plan on rereading it (once I have finished the rest in the series). I loved the story, the setting (Maui) and a friend had just given me an unused Hawaiian Quilt patttern (named Anthurium).
After reading the book I had to open the pattern and it is how they described as in the book – fold the material multiple times and then cut out 1/8th of the pattern (which goes through all layers of the material).
I have a big mental list of sewing (and other) projects for 2014, but after reading The Aloha Quilt the Hawaiian Pillow has come towards the top of the pile.
Which book series are you reading and would recommend?