Category: Tending Hearth

  • August Challenge Update: Days 5-7

    I love doing updates.  It’s fun ~ more fun when I’ve been “good.”  LOL I made a Sprout’s run and it was $101.  I used one of the tiny carts and usually I don’t spend as much that way so I was a little disappointed it wasn’t closer to $75 but I guess that was…

  • Capsule Wardrobe Update

    I finally feel like my capsule wardrobe is SET.  Here’s what I ended up with: two pair of jeans six pair of jeggings six pair of jean shorts six pair of capri leggings in black and charcoal gray four pair of workout crops in black and charcoal gray eight sleeveless tops in dark plum, black,…

  • TGIF! Happy Friday!

    First Friday of August! My pantry challenge is going well!  We celebrated a birthday yesterday, and I cooked dinner mostly from the pantry.  I did need to pick up a couple of jars of pasta sauce (for my baked ziti, and for K’s gluten-free single serve pizzas she makes) and I bought string cheese, salami…

  • Today’s Decluttering Challenge: Board Games

    We’ve paired these down a LOT over the years.  They used to take up an entire hall closet!  For a few years I kept them on the bookshelves in our family room, but in the interest of reducing visual noise, after we put in our new floors and got the room back together, I felt…

  • I can’t believe it’s AUGUST and Debit Card and Pantry Challenge!!!

    Where does the time go?  Do I say that a lot?!  🙂 I’m taking a month off from my “low-spend” challenge, at least on paper.  I’m going to continue the mindset but will take a break from the actual logging of {almost} every expenditure. I’m doing two other things that I think will help foster…

  • Low-spend July Recap: Days 29-31

    I can’t believe it’s already July 31st!!  Looking back over the past couple months, I’ve been able to reduce a lot of my spending which is great!  There’s still room for improvement, so I’m excited to move forward and continue working on this area of my life….experiences vs. things! Food remains a challenge, particularly fast…

  • Sink Organization

    This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, you won’t pay extra, but I’ll receive a bit of commission if you shop through my link(s). Sink organization has ALWAYS been a HUGE hot spot for me.  I never quite found a system I liked.  Simply leaving…

  • Minimalist Kitchen: What do you REALLY need? Part 2

    Minimalist Kitchen, Part 2   http://www.michelejo.com/blog/minimalist-kitchen-what-do-you-really-need-part-2/   My kitchen is pretty roomy but it’s open on 1.5 sides and doesn’t have a lot of wall space which equals not a ton of cabinetry. I’ve learned to continue to minimize so I can live more simply and fight less with my stuff. Several of my drawers…

  • Low-Spend Recap: Day 28

    Today… I spent $15 on FIVE good-sized artificial plants in nice baskets/pots.  I think it was a steal.  I want to add more green to the house but I don’t want to buy too many live plants because…black thumb.  😉 I sold two books for a total of $30. I bought Dakota two pretzels and…

  • Day Six Thrive Update

    I ran out of the capsules a few days ago…but I’ve had enough shake mix and patches to see me through.  My order finally arrived at about noon today (it only took two days to get here, but I ordered late in the day so technically three…and it seemed like forever!) and I told K…