Thursday, October 19, 2017

My Frugal Five- The Project Edition

We've done a few bigger projects together over a couple weekends the last month. It's fun to spend time together without spending any money and our home benefits by looking better.  

We used to think that we didn't have money to do things to the house that we wanted. We have found over the last couple years that we have more money to do stuff like paint and do repairs since we aren't buying as much stuff. In some situations we're using stuff we've collected but didn't get around to using. And some repairs take a bit of time but not much money. Some things like the camper renovation or if we're completely doing a room in the house does cost some money but not as much as we had expected while we were procrastinating.  We bought a fixer upper home and it looks better every year.

1. We spent an evening washing/scrubbing the camper. We used supplies that we’ve had a long time to detail it. My husband bought and installed a new toilet in the camper.


2. Our DS25 moved out in March. We painted his old bedroom with paint we already had from previous projects. It took us a weekend to do. Thankfully I had started this project in June by filling holes in the walls and sanding, putting wood putty on the window trim holes and sanding, washing the walls, and priming. I hadn’t gotten to the painting until now because of doing the camper renovations before our trip in June.


3. We painted the inside of our camper back in June. We have leftover paint so I painted the camper bathroom this week. Not sure why I didn’t think about doing it then, but instead 4 months later. 

4. We purged and organized the shed.  This was a big project to do. We sorted out all the camper renovation leftovers that we didn’t need and put them away. We put the extra cabinet door, cushions, and stuff in the trash. We put things that were out of place back onto shelves. I sorted the big red tool box. My husband sorted his electronics. My husband purged a few of his things. We swept the floor.

5. I purged and organized the garage. This wasn’t that hard to do but took a bit of time. I put the weights that our son left behind when he moved out in March in the basement with the other weight bench and supplies. I swept the floor. I stacked wood and picked up stray debris. I hung up the yard games. I basically straighten up.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Basic White Cake

1 cup white sugar
12 cup butter
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 12 cups all-purpose flour
1 34 teaspoons baking powder
12 cup milk

1.      Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9x9 inch pan or line a muffin pan with paper liners.

2.      In a medium bowl, cream together the sugar and butter. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Combine flour and baking powder, add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Finally stir in the milk until batter is smooth. Pour or spoon batter into the prepared pan.

3.      Bake for 30 to 40 minutes in the preheated oven. For cupcakes, bake 20 to 25 minutes. Cake is done when it springs back to the touch.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

My Frugal Five- The Organized Edition

I did a bit of organizing over the last month. The best part is that I didn't spend any money.

1. I organized and purged unneeded or expired items in our basement food stock. I brought a few things upstairs that were needed.


2. I organized my grandkids toy closet.  My husband hung a shelf and I put books into it. I brought the last of the toys from the shed to the upstairs closet. I washed the totes too. 


3. I organized my sewing supplies in the basement. This involved carrying items that had been in the toy closet to the basement along with putting everything onto a shelf.

4. My husband sorted, purged and organized his closet. I sorted, purged, and organized my closet.

My husband's closet. 

My closet.


5. I sorted and organized my papercrafting supplies. I sorting a big stack of scrapbook paper that I bought over a year ago at a thrift store into piles based on color and put each color into my crate with the other sorted colors. I organized 2 of my totes on my shelves that have embellishments. 

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Coloring Book: Color Your Happy Home

I bought this adult coloring book in August at Wal-Mart. I really like how it has common household topic along with bucket style lists on each page. I plan to add the finished pages to my Notebooks under the relevant areas. The adult coloring books are very fun and relaxing. I'm happy that I found one that I really like that will be useful to me once completed.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Clutter Busting Challenge September 2017

This month I don't have as many pictures of my purge. My husband and I cleaned out the shed and forgot to take pictures and once we realized it we didn't feel like doing it. We purged leftover parts from our camper renovation and he purged a few of his things. I would guess overall we purged 50 items not pictured from the shed, plus the 22 items pictured, my 54 yard sale/donate items, and my husband's 11 sold yard sale items with a total of 137 items for the month. That's a big amount compared to the rest of the months in 2017 with a average of 30 items per month.

My purge pile:

We decide to collect some stuff to sell at the Community Yard Sale. I collected about 54 items and I'm donating all my leftovers. The guys are keeping their things to sell later on ebay or something.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Cleaning the Camper

Shawn and I have had a great time with our camper this Summer. On Saturday, it was a nice warm day so we decided to do a bit of cleaning on the outside of our camper.. Shawn put the tire rimes back onto the camper. I scrubbed mildew/mold/gunk off the awning on the front end of the camper and removed sticker residue from all the outside windows. We removed tape residue from the front and back corners of the outside.  We washed the camper with soapy water before spraying it off. We did Rain-X on all the windows of the camper and our vehicles. We put Armor-All on the tires of the camper and our vehicles.

As we were starting to wash.

This was after I scrubbed mildew/mold/gunk off the front end awning.

After we finished washing. The pictures doesn't show as much difference but it was definitely dirty before we cleaned it. We bought the 1984 Foxfire camper and had it delivered to us on November 1, 2016. It's hard to tell when the last time someone has cleaned it.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

September 2017 Reading List

The Treasured Brides Collection by Grace Livingston Hill
The Big Blue Soldier
Found Treasure
The Patch of Blue

Texas Charm by DiAnn Mills
Country Charm
Equestrian Charm
Cassidy's Charm
Compassion's Charm