Thursday, November 13, 2014

NaNoWriMo!


Every November out of the darkness arises thousands and thousands of hopeful authors!
NANOWRIMO Begins!
The National Novel Writing Month is a big occasion for creative writers of all ages! Starting November 1st all the participants gather to their desks, note books, and sticky notes with the goal of writing a novel with 50,000 words. The website helps hopeful authors-to-be keep track of their word counts as well as help you find inspiration with Write-in Meet ups with others in your area and a forum to chat with others. 
I too an participating this year. 
I've had close friends participate in years past and I dabbled with the idea, but never had the time to sit down and think up a good idea that could last me for 50k words.
Now I've been creating stories since I was in middle school. My friends and I would write stories with each other in them or we would all share this note book that moved from person to person and each had to write a few pages as to what happened next in the story. It was fun! 
I kept up the creative out put all through high school. Carrying my stories on a thumb drive in case inspiration hit and i needed to run to the library computer lab during lunch to type what I wanted up.
Now I just keep them on my desktop, in an unsuspecting folder so my Fiance doesn't find them. They aren't bad. I was just too nervous for eyes other than mine (And 1 very close friend) to see what I've written. I was afraid of criticism. 
Well not anymore! I took the leap! 
Grabbing inspiration from past stories I got to work Nov. 2nd. At this very moment I have a 13k word count and i'm still very much behind, but to make up for it I have plans as to where the novel will go. It's just the matter of getting to know my characters better, the environment better, and gluing my butt to my desk chair and typing it up.
Many people thought I was crazy for taking on another project. I already have school, a house to run, sick dogs to care for, and a drowning personal life I have yet to save. However, to me this didn't seem like another stressor to add to the pile. To me this was a great chance to sit down and relieve some stress with a hobby I enjoy.
And so far I'm right!
Please let me know if you are also taking part in NaNoWriMo and how your story is coming along! I wish you all the best of luck!
And for those thinking of joining, It's not too late! You still have the rest of the month to type up the 50k! It may seem daunting but believe me, once you get to going with a good scene it's hard to stop and the numbers just start adding up with out you realizing it!

See you all at the finish line!

Friday, September 26, 2014

School Bound!

It's been a long time coming but my wish has finally been answered! I got to go back to college! I'm currently Enrolled in both an accounting class, a business class, and fitness center. All year I've been helping others with their finances and keeping track of the comes and goes of their money and really want to further pursue that as a career. I want to be able to help my friends become entrepreneurs and I their trusty assistant manager/bookkeeper. I'm just so unbelievably excited for whats to come in this up coming year for Camron and I. 

This wouldn't have been possible with out the love and support of my friends and I am so lucky to have them.

Once things have settled down and I've had the time to get into the swing of homework, house work, and such I hope to find more time for my blog! 

I have so many things planned to share with you all!

Such as:

- What to do when you think your dog has allergies
-Couponing 
- Organizing your kitchen when you have no pantry
- Crocheting
- Fun DYI 
-Exercise tips that have helped me
-Healthy and Easy Recipes

Thanks so much for being patient as I get caught up on my busy life!

Cate

Friday, July 25, 2014

DIY Bedroom Headboard

Today.. about 3 I decided that I was going to something that I've wanted/wanted to do for MONTHS. I've  been wanting a headboard for a looonnnggg time. Just wasn't really something that we could just throw money at. To be honest it's a frivolous item that is honestly for only aesthetic purposes. And spending something like $50 or more dollars on it is really something I don't have to throw around easily. SO I made one!
 You can find the blog I got the idea from HERE. Now I was really bad and didn't take step by step pictures. Which is something I'll need to remember to work on.
 Her over all cost was $30. Mine only cost me around $20.
List of materials we used: 
- cardboard ($0)
- 2 yards of quilt batting ($6)
- tape, packing or duct
- staple gun ($13)
- 2 yards of fabric ($5)

For stencils I also used some baking bowls like the blogger did. It really helps! 

I used 2 big boxes that i stacked on top of each other and taped together so I could cut and draw on them easily. I wanted the head board to have some girth and the 2 boxes helped.
I later went back and spent another $5 on similar fabric and made matching pillow cases. I found that 1 yard of fabric is the exact length X width as a king size pillow case weather you fold it one way or the other. I found folding it hot-dog was more to my taste. 

Now I walk into my bedroom and feel instant pride in myself seeing my beautiful headboard and matching pillows. Soon i'll be trying to dye my white comforter navy so that it all matches. But i'll save that for another blog.



Friday, July 18, 2014

Week 1 Meal Plan :-3

This week's been amazing! The more and more we eat the more confident I am that We can totally do this! The picture down below is Week one's meal plan (And my original shopping list, I like to write down next to the items I get how much they are to help me calculate as i'm walking around. The items highlighted in green are items I had in my kitchen already)


(Side Note: The Chicken breast we buy are HUGE too big for us to really eat so before I put them in the freezer I cut them in have horizontally. Which not only doubles how much chicken I have, it also means no left over chicken that's being fed to the dogs)

Monday: Camron and I have a weakness for Velveeta Skillet dinners... It's pretty much a currency in our house. Our favorite is the Chicken w/ cheddar and broccoli. We had it with a side of lettuce topped with ranch and some cucumbers on mine.

Tuesday: Homemade Pizza night!!! I have a yeast-less pizza dough recipe that I love since I am HORRIBLE with yeast. We had pepperoni, bacon, green peppers, and spaghetti sauce (From Pantry)  on top. Yum!
Wednesday: Crock Pot Chili. Camron is not a fan of diced or any tomatoes so I used  a can of tomato sauce instead so there was no chunks.
Thursday: Just a simple Chicken taco night. Followed the recipe on the back of the seasoning packet. Had re-fried beans, shredded cheese, sour cream, and some hot sauce. I had a packet of Mexican rice in the cupboard that I served with it as well. 

Friday: Grilled cheese and Tomato Soup. Pretty easy.

Saturday: It's my break day from cooking! Camron and I have sandwiches for dinner with some left over tomato soup.

Sunday: Breaded Chicken with a can of corn. (I'll post my recipe once I decide on one. Luckily it's not Sunday yet!)

For Lunches It's been a mix of Tuna and Mayo with some carrots and other veg on the side to snack, Soups, sandwiches, left overs.

Breakfasts have been easy. Just a cup of coffee with maybe some toast, a bagel, or nothing because I get caught up in something else.

It's been fun. Keeping track of our meals. Checking off the days and still seeing plenty of food left for next week. Not sure how week 3 will end. I'll have a better idea half way through week 2 :)
Please feel free to ask questions, post your own cheap meal ideas, or just comment! 

Have a good weekend!

Cate

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

3 Weeks with $100 Challenge! Day 1!

I'm challenging myself! I give advise and help people with their budgeting all the time. Now it's time to do something that really seals in the title of "Amazing Budgeter"! I've come up with a challenge for myself. And that is to feed 2 people for 3 weeks on $100. No Coupons! Just me finding cheap inexpensive dinners to make. Plan out said meals and stick to it! I'll be posting and blogging my recipes and how said week is doing. Here We Go!


I went shopping today and spend 81.47. Leaving me with 18.59 for misc spending, milk, and what ever else we may need. Mind you I do have items in my household that I will be using but I will make sure to note which items I already had on hand and which are from my shopping. I went shopping a week ago, and just to make this clear I started and decided to do this challenge yesterday so there was no cheating and prepurchasing some items.



Receipt:
2 Packs of Chicken Breast @1.98 lb. :1st. 8.87 2nd. 7.54
2 Loaves of White Bread @ .98 ea. : 1.96
1 Potato Bread Loaf : 1.96
2 Sleeves of Bagles @ 1.74 ea. : 3.48
Spaghetti Noodles : .78
Chicken Taco Mix : .52
Cream Cheese: 2.03
2 12 pks String Cheese @ 3.22 ea : 6.44
Chunk of Chedder Cheese:  6.80
Ham Sliced: 4.07
Turkey Sliced: 6.44
Avocado : .98
Yellow Onion: .39
2 Velveeta boxed meals: 2.98
Baking Soda: .52
Mac & Cheese: .48
Coffee: 4.54
Flour: 1.64
Vinegar: 1.05
Vanilla: 1.05
Strawberries: 1.98
Blueberries: 2.48
2% Milk: 2.40
Cheeze Itz: 3.68
2 cans Kidney Beans: 1.36
2 cans Refried Beans: 1.70
2 cans Tomato Sauce: 1.14
Diced can of Tomatoes:  .88
2 cans Black Beans: 1.36
1 can Corn: .48
2 cans Tuna: .1.56

Total: 81.47


I'm lucky enough to live in a state that has no tax on food items. So it does help me in this challenge.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

New Town. New Adventures

This last weekend my Fiance and I have moved to the Tri-cities for a great job opportunity for him. Like the dream job kind of opportunity. He's graduated from college with a degree in Hydraulics (The big trucks kind, not the stupid bouncy car kind) and in Spokane there wasn't many jobs in the field he was wanting. Thanks to a friend of his he finally got a in-house sales position which is EXACTLY what he's been wanting for years. I'm so happy for him.
Luckily I had already quit my serious job (It's a LONG story) And had been working at a new place for only a month so nothing was serious. I was totally ready for a new adventure for us. So far it's been hard being so far away from friends and family. Mostly friends going through a hard time and I can't be there for them except over the phone. It hurts.
However we have plans. Big plans for us and me to get in a better life style and find out own piece of heaven down here in Richland.

(Valentine and I at the Richland Doggy park)


I'm going back to school! This September I will finally be returning to college to finish my degree in Business management and get me a good start in the business world. I'm so excited for school. I've always loved school. Since I was little. I"m really looking forward to the extra side classes. I want to learn Japanese! I want to go Kayaking! I want to paint again!
College right now is just the answer all to every problem for me and i'm SOOO looking forward to it.

Right now i'm the lovely House-wife who is taking care of running the house. Doing all the errands and Chores. And i'm happy. It's been a long time since I was relaxed like this. Sure I still worry about money. Even though Camron makes more than enough. I worry more about us finding a balance with one income. It's has always been OUR money since we started being serious and living together. But it's still weird for me not having my own money to spend on what ever I want. We'll make it work i'm sure.  But I have been looking for a nice part time job to have for the summer till school starts for me. Something a little extra on the side.
Maybe my craft store will take off? Who knows.

For now I will post all my adventures, recipes, and tips I've found that have been great on how to live life to the fullest on as little as possible.

Thanks for coming along for the ride.

Cate

View from our apartment patio and windows

Saturday, April 26, 2014

My Own Shop

I've had my account on etsy for probably almost 4 years. Wow, hard for me to believe! My aunt is REAL big into crafting and has made quite the success doing so. At one point she had up to 4 shops going at once. I went to stay with her for a few weeks to help her move and she got me into making Ear Cuffs and helped me set up my first site.

It was great!

I was still in school, didn't have a job, was only 17 and I was able to buy everyone Christmas gifts with the money I earned via my shop.

I managed to keep it going for 2 years and then life got too busy for me to keep up with the restock of packages and supplies for the store not to mention getting to the post office in a timely fashion. So I put the shop to bed, didn't delete it, and let it rest until I found the time.

Which was about a few days ago.

My boyfriend and I are about to move soon and we have tons of plans in the works after we move into a less expensive home. A 2nd car to buy, getting me back into college, and lord knows what else we will need so I started it back up in hopes of bringing in more side cash.

Please take the time to check it out by clicking HERE. Possibly like my facebook page HERE . And if you don't see anything you like and are looking for something specific please drop me a message and maybe I could make it for you!