I LOVE this wine!
We have recently adopted a new motto at the winery….We work like crazy so our guests can be lazy. And boy have we been crazy busy lately. Getting ready for our summer concert series, Grape Blossom Festival, Happy Hours, festivals…you name it, we have been doing it. The only problem I have found with our motto is that the new winery mascot, Bo, has decided that he must be a guest and is taking the lazy part way out of hand. I thought we would do a cool cameo on a day in the life of Bo, but check out the video to see all we got! Until next time….we hope your days are more lazy than crazy this summer.
This thoughtful poem by Single Dad Laughing touched me this afternoon so I’m sharing it with you. I had a snippy morning with Out of Time Toddler and her 2 year oldishness. Sometimes I feel like it’s a constant battle with her independent spirit, but it’s one of the things I love best about her. It wore on me this morning in my sleepy condition and I snapped at her impatiently, that ugly part of me that wanted to crush her stubbornness to just get her to do what I wanted, when I wanted. Tonight, I will be extra tender and patient with her. Mommy’s sorry, kiddo.
If you are not watching this show, it’s not too late to catch up on abc.com. I was watching it last night in bed while battling some insomnia and had some full out belly laughing. Maybe I was giddy and over tired, but that was so funny, I could barely keep the laughter to a quiet-middle-of-the-night level. You can find the pilot episode here.
There are big changes going on in my life, and I’ve abandoned this blog for a ridiculously long time. The big news is: I got a new job! I’ll be working with a network of family child care providers as Program Coordinator (or some such title, I’m not sure). I’ll be in charge of the network in my county which stretches from Vermont to Connecticut. Family Child Care, particularly in a childcare system, has a special place in my heart as it’s the best of both worlds. It has the warmth and nurturing of a home mixed with the educational provisions of a Child Care Center. There is oversight, and I will be visiting providers to observe the care the children are receiving. It’s a bonus to the Family Child Care providers as I will be making sure their paperwork is in order and they receive the trainings they need to keep up with their licenses. As far as I’m concerned, it’s a win-win-win situation for the providers, the children, and me! It will be great to be able to interact with the kiddos, and look forward to organizing fun and educational field trips.
As thrilled as I am, I am also anxious about starting a new job. It’s hard to leave the familiar, even if it’s not a job I love. I will miss my co-workers who are the key to how I was able to manage the work. They’ve become like family to me, and I’ll miss them so much! It’s also difficult to adjust to new responsibilities in a new job. There is a lot of uncertainty with new starts. What if I don’t like the people I work with? What if the job is a lot tougher than I thought? All those fears are bubbling around in my mind. I’m sure it will be fine, but I can’t help but have those thoughts. I’m going to try to keep the outside stress to a minimum, and maybe add some wine to the equation.
Anyway, I may not be updating and interacting with you dear readers as often as I would like until I get settled in my new routine. Wish me luck on my new adventure!
I received a free promotional copy of the book “The Money Saving Mom’s Budget” to review on my site. I have been a huge fan of her blog, Money Saving Mom, and I was eager to pick up more tips for managing my budget. After all, she was the one who inspired me to use coupons and manage my spending at both the grocery store and the pharmacy. I saved a lot of money using her advice on how to use coupons, and also the coupon match-ups that she provides through her site. I have enough toothpaste for a year stockpiled away, along with many other health and beauty supplies that I scored for free or nearly free because of her. When I heard she had a book on budgeting, I eagerly signed up to receive a copy to review on my site. I was thrilled when I was selected to receive it!
I got the audio copy of the book, along with PDFs of the visuals in the books. As I was taking a train trip with Out of Time Toddler, I downloaded the audio onto my phone for listening while on the train. If you are familiar with that trip at all, you know that didn’t happen. I did listen at nights when I was going to sleep, but Crystal’s voice was so soothing, I quickly fell asleep and would have to start the chapters over again. It’s not reflective of her book, just my exhaustion and her soothing voice. She must have the most rested children ever!
Once I was finally able to stay awake and really listen to the book, I was impressed with her frugal life story. She and her husband were able to save the money to be able to buy their first house in CASH! That’s quite impressive. She and her husband have always lived a frugal lifestyle, which, is also impressive, but it made me feel like maybe she didn’t know where the rest of us are coming from. I have been swamped in debt, over-extended, and under funded. I have almost lost a house to foreclosure, lost a house to divorce, and *gulp* even had my car repossessed. I’m not sure she understands how those things happen and how you pull yourself out of that mess. It may be that I wanted more from the book than she is able to give because of that.
Becoming fiscally responsible after living your life in a more extravagant way is challenging. There are so many ways that we define ourselves by our belongings and financial status. There is such an emotional component to money. When you don’t have money and are buried in debt, it seems like you’ll never be able to get your head above water. While Crystal has a fascinating story of her newlywed life while her husband was going to law school, and how they were able to live on a minimal amount of money, I felt a little resentful that her husband was even going to law school. When you have debt, it’s hard to see your way out of the tunnel when there is no light shining at the other end. They had a means to an end. Often that’s not the case for many people, it seems as though you’re never going to get to a financially secure place in life. I would have felt a little more inspired if she knew what it was like.
That being said, the book offered a lot of tips that would be really beneficial to people who are new to living a more frugal lifestyle. The book gives you ways to set financial goals, and how to break them down into manageable pieces. She also gives tips on how to make an extra $100 per month, and also how to trim down your clutter and make money at the same time. I was inspired by her tag sale stories, and am looking forward to pulling one together this spring! I have a ton of baby stuff I need to shed before we move!
Overall, I think Money Saving Mom’s Budget is a great book for those first starting down the frugal path. It is well worth the money in the savings you’ll pick up from using her helpful tips. However, for more advanced Recessionistas, you probably know this information already, and can go back to enjoying her website, with your pennies pinched firmly in hand.
As part of her book tour, Crystal is celebrating by giving away an ipad 2. Check out the button on the sidebar for more information! Good luck!
Man-Pleasing Chicken? I think Out of Time Dad would like some of that!
How is everyone this Monday? Did you have a good weekend?
This weekend for us was a pretty relaxing one. My dad left for business so my mom made him some delicious food, which we benefited from. The weather was also cooperating, so I managed to fit in two jogs and a hike. The only chore we had to do was our weekly grocery shopping. Normally, we are pretty good about planning our meals for the week. I even have a grocery list app on my phone to keep track of the ingredients I need. But lately, we’ve been too
lazy busy to plan ahead. So after our hike, we found ourselves wondering around aimlessly at the grocery store trying to figure out what to make for dinner this week. In these situations, we cruise the meat section for inspiration and the weekly specials and then rack our…
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