Reducing Debt

land rover

It’s a wrap. I posted the Land Rover for sale Wednesday and sold it Thursday. I loved the Rover, it was the best riding vehicle I have ever driven but after 12 years it was time to let her go.

I ran to the bank and put every dollar from the sale toward my car loan, yep I danced in the bank as no car payment in a few months will be liberating.
Why is it we hesitate to get rid of material possessions. I certainly don’t think at this point they mean anything but I guess when you own something it is harder to let go. The piece of mind of eliminating debt is better…GO

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build it

We have a very small space downstairs and needed extra seating for when people visit so I found a solid wood shelf at habitat for 50 cents, painted that bad boy out and attached some 36 inch plumbing pipe n just like that I doubled the seating area. The delimma is I now need 4 more bar stools, well walked into goodwheel, which I lovingly call the wheel and 4 exact match for 10 bucks each. Yes it is my lucky day…… 

Cleaning on Mothers day

My husband is gone this weekend to visit his mother. While everyone is gone I made a master plan to get crap done today. I started bright and early by unloading both of my closets, yes I have 2. I figured it was not only a great day to purge but also help other mommas who don’t have anything on this beautiful day. Check out the before and afters. I’m proud to say I took 4 bags of clothes and shoes to donate and oh how great it is to unload the clutter. Noone needs all that. 

frugal food hack

First let me say I shop the grocery outlet like it is my religion. If you don’t have one in your town I’m sorry. This is my go to spot for all things nuts, cheese, and dried fruit. Not to mention they have a great organic section. 

  1. Huge block of swiss tillamook cheese $4.99
  2. Dried cranberries .99
  3. Mixed nuts .99
  4. Dried fruit combo .99

Total $8.00 

The assembly line included my cute little ikea snack containers and in about 4 minutes I had a weeks worth done and ready for both my husband and myself. I also have enough cheese left for months and the nuts and dried fruit should get us thru the end of the month. I added some chopped apples to mine and it is fabulous and I am proud of my food hack



gardening queen

I went to my first novice gardner class last week and I am now super excited. I got this cute little planter for free from my friend Tamra and painted to match our fence. Im growing basil (trader joes 3.99, tomato farmers market, pepper plant 89 cent, and free cucumbers. Heres to a bountiful harvest

small space on the cheap

The bathroom downstairs was so so so boring. I love spaces with personality and could no longer stomach the white wall behind the toilet. I know toilets are not exciting so I had to figure out a way to update on the cheap. Here it is finished and so cute. For a total of 12 bucks, yep one roll of peel n stick wallpaper did the wall and the cabinet doors and took all of 10 minutes. I love it…. doesn’t have to cost alot to be cute  

space make it count

As I have said many times I love love home improvement. Easter weekend the project was to cap the 6 sprinkler heads in this tiny area (not sure who made that decision) but they are no longer and it took me all of 5 minutes. Second cover up the mud pit and turn it into something usable. So here it is, fire pit area complete and all it took was 15 bags of gravel and a few chairs. Firepit we had. I look forward to less doggie prints on the floors. Yes these spoiled babies make a mess.

I hope you like it. Bring on summer cause I’m over this rain for real.

Paint It

I have repeatedly stated how much I love paint therapy, that’s what I call it anyway. Those yellow UGLY oak cabinets are no more. Sunday was the one day in the last month that it didn’t rain so I took full advantage and re-did my bathroom cabinets in a chocolate brown. They look darker in the photo I think because of the light but they are beautiful.

People listen to me, a can of paint is the cheapest way to change the look of an entire room and if you hate it just paint it again, there not a rule saying you can only have 2 coats of paint on a wall. I am not a professional and my saw horse is an old adjustable ironing board that works fantastic. You can move it up and down and it folds away after you are done. It helps that General Finishes makes milk paint. This stuff it ridiculously easy. No sanding, yes you heard me no sanding. You wipe down the cabinets with tsp and you are ready to paint.

They are not paying me to say this but I wish they would ha.. I spend the next few weeks after finishing doing some small touch up and sealing but this is just because you don’t always see areas until the cabinets are hung.

Be BOLD and Go Paint. You won’t regret it, that is everyone except my mother.

Mom please don’t paint I will help you. 


Plan and conquer

For a year we have been planning and saving to have the builder grade carpet in our living room and kitchen with a solid surface hand scraped laminate.  Yes laminate. I researched the maintenence of wood, engineered, and laminate. All wood must eventually be sanded and refinished, if you have animals scratches are a concern also, which peanut and daisy qualify. 

Let me say as much as I love diy this was not a job I wanted to do. The tearing up of the sub floor in the kitchen did not sound fun and you tube proved it. The tools needed to cut, scrape, hammer, and fit also were alot. The flooring company did a great job but you all know I got a 30% discount cause im cheap and attended the home show just for this bargain. The young man who did the work had immigrated here from Russia and at 18 started his own business showing the value of diversity in the US. Hope you love it as much as I do ​