A blog about the life of a 33-year old beauty junkie who is trying to find her place in the world! From being a Mom, being passionate about helping other Moms save some cash, to being a successful businesswoman. I've walked all sorts of lives, and I want to share them with you!
The one that looks back on 2014 and looks forward to 2015.
2014 has been an incredibly blessed year for me. It's also been a year full of struggles.
First off to begin 2014, there was the birth of my incredible son.
But having a brand new baby and owning your own business is by no means easy. My marriage struggled with the 60 plus hours a week I was working and my sanity really got strained. I started off the New Year of 2014 wondering how I could possibly juggle it all. I was pumping, feeding, working, and never sleeping. It put such a huge strain on my marriage because I physically couldn't stay up after about 8 o'clock. My husband and I never got to see each other. The first 6 months of Tristan's life until finally closing up the daycare really just flew by.
Then there is the daycare itself. It was such an emotional roller coaster to come to a path where we had to decide to expand or to close. Our problem was not that our business was unsuccessful. Our problem was that our business was too successful. We quite quickly outgrew our space. We had capped out at an income that was jokable. We knew if we ever wanted to make more money we'd have to start over at a new space and it just became impossible to think about working even further on a second location or a new bigger location. We were all missing our family lives and returning to them became most important.
The last half of 2014 my family and I have spent re-adjusting to life as a one income family. Things have not been easy. Not one bit. I am so thankful that I have an incredibly supportive husband who is willing to try anything to make me happy. We have struggled so much this year, but in a good way. We are really growing into a stronger couple, I truly believe that. And sometimes we have knock out, drag down fights because we are both passionate, stubborn people. We are not perfect, our marriage is nowhere near perfect, our life isn't perfect, but it is perfect. We are making it. We know we can do just about anything and that's very empowering.
This year was the year that my mental health struggles really came to a head. I was diagnosed bipolar and I found some peace in that. Coming to terms with my mental health issues and using them to empower me rather than tear me down is something that I'm still learning.
Some things I'm looking forward to in 2015 are continuing to grow this blog, to offer more opportunities and contests to my readers, to keep doing what I love, and probably even more things I haven't even thought of yet. I hope you all have an incredibly Happy New Year. I'm spending mine with my loves. It won't be perfect, but it will be.
Christmas is coming! I'm getting so excited for Christmas this year. I haven't gotten a lot of things yet, but I already know what all the kids want. I'm most excited for Harper's stuff because the Calico Critters are toys from my childhood that I ALWAYS wanted. I'm probably going to have just as much fun playing with them as she is! Ha! Calico Critters and a Lalaloopsy doll that poops charms for a charm bracelet (so weird) are all that Harper talks about lately. It's pretty cute.
Since I picked up my secondhand Critters off of Ebay without any clothes, I've been busy working away to make everyone clothes. Here are the final shots of the 3 families I got:
I think everyone turned out really cute! It's all DIY clothes that involve NO sewing. No sewing was important because in my family I don't sew, my husband does. Seriously, he's the designated stuffed toy fixer. I dressed all the girls in simple dresses, the babies in diapers, and dads and boys …
Today the mailman came and he brought with him the most anticipated Christmas gift! The calico critters! Hooray! I can't wait to see Harp's face on Christmas morning. And my face is happy because they are in awesome condition. The only issue that they have is that some are missing their clothes. But, these guys are the vintage version. Some of them still have their 1985 Epoch stickers. Which means that this was a super good buy. The vintage ones sell for even more. So when Harper gets older if she gets tired of them she can get rid of them for a decent price!
So, since some of these guys need clothes, my mommy DIY cheap brain has been working overtime to think of ideas on making these guys some clothes that don't involve me sewing. I'm not a seamstress. I found a tutorial on Pinterest for making doll dresses out of socks, but when the Critters got here, I quickly realized that a sock would be too small. Even my son's infant socks didn't have the snug fit I want…
Gas. Gas is so damn expensive. My family goes to the gas station a lot. My husband is a delivery driver and spends most days out in the field. He makes numerous trips to the gas station for food or drinks. We are a typical family who gets gas in our vehicles at least once a week, too. You have got to find ways to save when you cut your budget. My favorite gas saving app/money making app for gas stations hands down is trunow.
The trunow app is two-fold, the app will tell you which gas station has the cheapest gas around you, and then if you take pictures of your gas receipt, it gives you points for them which you exchange for cash or gift cards. Again, I have really specific rules for what apps I will use. See Part One of my post about ibotta.
I'm all about this app since I am dually saving money because it's finding the lowest gas price for me and adding to my reserve funds through gift cards. trunow also allows you to spend your saved money at gas stations, however, I don'…