Max’s Crochet Owl Hat

Max's Hootie Hat

Maxs Hootie Hat

We’ll, I finally got Max’s Owl Hat finished a few weeks ago. Just in time for summer! LOL! Hey, I am just excited that I got it finished. It’s no small feat getting things done around here these days with little Z and Max. I am not exactly sure where all my time goes, but it’s definitely not going toward the stack of “projects” that are piling up. One day . . . .

Maxs Owl Hat

Maddox in his new Owl Hat

LO PROFILE: Favorite Spreads from Jan/Feb and March/April

Clear Solution

Is There a Clear Solution?

Here are a few of my favorite spreads from the last two issues of LO PROFILE Magazine. I am already hard at work designing spreads for May/June’s Build & Design issue. It’s going to be great!

Golf Fashion

Golf Fashion

Hand-Held Tech

Hand-Held Tech

Columbia College

Columbia College

March/April Cover

March/April Cover

Austerity Project: How it went . . .

Shame on me for not keeping up with my weekly posts! Life has a way of getting away from me these days with an infant and a toddler. I did however keep up with the project the entire month of January. Here is how it ended up:

Total Dollars spent on groceries and household items: $369.
This is much, much more than my $125 budget, BUT it is much, much better than my previous $750 average. So, I am going to call this little project a success!

Part of the reason that my budget was over my $125 was that I found some great opportunities to stock up on diapers and grocery items for super cheap! I realized that in order to save money, you have to spend money at the right times. When diapers come up for .14/diaper, you have to buy and buy a lot.

I continued watching what I spent in February and pushed it a step farther. In February I used an all cash system for groceries and household items. This worked out great and is THE new way for me. I budgeted $400 for the month and took out $200 cash on the 1st and 15th (my paydays). I carried that in an envelope in my wallet. It felt so different to shop with cash. It really made me stop and think if I needed something. Something about having that money in your hand makes you not want to spend it. I also kept up with planning our meals for the entire month. This is a great tool for me. And while it’s not set in stone, it helps me feel more prepared and it keeps the evening chaos to a minimum.

Overall I can feel a shift in how I shop and how I spend. I am making smarter choices. I am choosing to not buy things that I don’t really need. I am training myself not to feel like shopping is a “reward.” When I go to the store now, I focusing on getting in and getting out with the most money still left in my wallet.

Diapers

The growing stock-PILE of diapers and wipes.