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I still don’t know what I was waiting for, and my time was running wild. 
David Bowie
 
I sure wish I knew what you were looking for.  Might have known what you would find.  
Eric Church

If you knew either of those were song lyrics without needing to be told, please assign yourself two cool points.

“But how can anything you like be worth cool points Sarah”, you are currently asking yourself.

Touché

I started ye olde blog in 2010 to just share a few ideas with others to help them lead a good life at a lower price point.  I didn’t have a real direction or big plans – it just was a hobby.

I eked away at that for a year or so, and then things picked up a tad, and I cleared the “100 follower” hurdle.  Still very much a hobby, but I started thinking bigger.

Then things went from fast to furious (dropping Vin Diesel movie references?  Oh yes, I went there) almost overnight last March.  A post I had written brought a lot of new traffic to my blog, and many of those people stuck around (thank you!).

This blog takes up more and more of my limited spare time these days.  Please note, I am not complaining about this – just stating a fact.  It’s fun, I enjoy it, and I get to meet some awesome people like you knuckleheads.

And even with all the time spent here, I feel like I am doing everything half-assed. I feel like no one is getting the best version of me.  It takes me forever to respond to emails, I’d love to actually learn how to properly use my camera, and I haven’t done nearly all the cool things on this site I have planned in my head.

Being pulled in so many directions away from my family and this page leaves me lacking in other aspects of my life.  I hate it. I hate the routine of it all.  I hate that I have to wake my kid up so early to leave for work and that I’m always rushing him around and having to juggle an insane color-coded schedule (no lie) to make sure I have spawn coverage because I’m always fucking working late, and my husband is always gone.

Let’s recap: I HATE IT.

A day or so after Jack recovered from a recent bout with a fever and feeling poorly, I had to wake his little ass up early to leave the house.  He looked at me from his cozy bed and said “I’m too tired to go anywhere mommy”.  And you know what?  So was I.  I’m sick and tired of bags under my eyes, and feeling like my head weights 6,212 pounds (approximately).  I drove to work that morning feeling like I was trying to scream under water.  It was like treading water in Jell-o.

I don’t believe in making resolutions.

I don’t believe in hokey crap like “The Secret.”

I don’t believe in putting things “out in to the universe.”

What I do believe in, after years of being a giant dumbass, is that “ain’t shit getting done without the assistance of others.”

So, here we go.  I’m asking for help.  I’m asking you to help me achieve what I’m calling “the next steps.”  The “next steps” aren’t 100% defined (go me), but they all lead to an end goal – for this blog to be my full-time job. I’m not sure if I’m cut out to stay at home, but dammit, I’d love to try.

People ask “what do you want to be when you grow up” and I never have a legitimate answer, because I feel like they’d scoff if I told them the truth.

This.

This is what I want to be when I grow up.

How can you help?

  1. Suggest things that you want to read more about!  This will help me generate ideas that I know you’ll enjoy.
  2. Send your friends.  Like something I’ve written?  Share it with someone you think will enjoy it, link it on Facebook, etc.
  3. Do you have an Etsy site, business, etc. that you think is a good match for my readers?  My advertising rates are stupidly low, so shoot me an email and we can discuss ideas, details, options, etc.
  4. Send happy thoughts if all else fails.

I don’t know what will happen, but I’ll keep on trucking.  I hope you want to come along for the ride!

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103 comments on “The Whirlpool”

  1. Love the Blog! Random thoughts (cause I am so random) how about highlighting a resource that you have used and love weekly/monthly ie: books, blog spots, people, organizations etc. Also interview your suppliers for milk etc. Also, i’ve been in the “sucks to be stuck” job…look for something part-time that will allow you to keep a steady income while you work on the blog. Best of both worlds for a while. keep up the good work 🙂

    • I love random! And I love the idea of highlighting people, blogs, etc. and will try to incorporate that in.

      I’ve often thought about interviewing my farmer, but I keep my action location on the down low, and I feel like it would be a disservice to the farmer to not pimp out their farm if I were to do a post on them.

      Until Troy has a job with health insurance, part-time won’t work out simply for the safety reason. It’s definitely something I am keeping on my radar and would love to pursue!

  2. I stumbled on your blog while I was looking for new recipe ideas. I liked the blog title, read the recipe and then completely forgot what I was doing and stayed to read the whole page of posts… then clicked on previous, and kept going. I read it every morning at work when I need that “10 minute break”. I’ve tried several of your recipes and want to try more of the DIY ideas. I’ve showed it to several coworkers and hope they read it as much as I do!

    I know it can be challenging to be pulled in so many directions, I also often feel like I am just throwing things around and giving everyone a solid 50-60% and not a full 100%. That’s why I really like this blog and relating to you. You don’t lie. As people have mentioned above, you are real. There are challenges. But you seem to make it all work and I must say, it seems like you are a superhero at times!

    Maybe you can set aside 20 or 30 minutes a week for yourself to learn or do something for you? Like try out something on your camera, or sketch, or anything that makes you happy. I tried doing that when I got really burned out and I kept a log of what I did. It was basically a piece of paper on my fridge that said something like “Friday-learned how to give myself a manicure” and I kept it going and each week added one thing that I did. It might make you feel like you’re accomplishing something small, but when you look at it over the course of a month or so, you’ll see you’re making progress!

    I don’t know as much about blogging and pinning things, but if I can think of anything, I’ll let you know! Could you get linked up with parenting, food, DIY, etc. blogs? Maybe if you could make this your dream job, you could keep this blog, but also maybe contribute to larger blogs that could help pay your way?

    I’m going to be a little selfish and say I hope you keep writing and can make this your dream job. I’ve never (really, never, and still don’t) follow any blog except yours!

    • I decided to not take another college class this term because I wanted more time to just do my own stuff. With Christmas out of the way, and no more canning, the new few months will be for me! My cousin is going to teach me how to knit a pattern over the next few months, and I’m really looking forward to working on that!

  3. I love your blog and like most of ytour loyal readers, stick around because you are so real life. I totally agree with the comments above; You can’t get back time, so as far as I am concerned, staying home with the kids is my priority (I do contract work at home so that I can do this and we can eat :)). Pinterest is the way to get a following these days; so lots of images will make it easier to get a pinterest following. If you want to learn a new hobby, take lots of photos about your learning process for your blog; that way others can learn along with you and are likely to pin your items. That way you get a twofer; a hobby ad a blog post.
    I will personally pin what ever I can from your posts to help give you a bigger pinterest footprint. Good luck. I have been where you are and it can suck the life out of you, so hang in there.
    Patricia (Following from Calgary, Alberta Canada)

  4. I came across your blog when I spotted your fabulous vapor discs on Pinterest (which I ended up making for my dad when he was sick). Then, I got hooked on your blog because of your true-to-life humor. Everything you post, whether or not it is relevant to me, I find interesting because of your writing style. I often end up reading snippets of your posts to my mom because I find them so amusing.

    When I read this post, my first thought was, “Oh my gosh. I would totally like Sarah’s page on Facebook!” But then I started thinking about it and wasn’t sure if you actually had a page. So I would consider making your social networks more visible somehow. Maybe make a “connect with me” tab at the top of the page or something? I now realize that you have buttons on the side bar, but I personally tend to tune things in that part of the page out because I’m so busy reading your wonderful posts! Also, do you have a Twitter? I can’t seem to find one. If not, you should get one!

    Another possibility is doing giveaways. Unfortunately, if they aren’t sponsored, you’re going to have out-of-pocket expense, but the traffic it creates will likely make up for it. You can get even more traffic for your giveaways by posting them on other sites, like freegrechen.com (although that focuses on fashion and beauty giveaways, but I’m sure you can find others via Google).

    Anyway, those are just some ideas. Hope some of them help! Thank you for sharing with us! You’ve inspired me to start canning this summer to save some money. Keep it up! Although, you definitely deserve a day off first. (;

    Katie

    • Katie, I hope your mom doesn’t mind potty humor! ;-D

      I moved my Facebook “badge” up further on the page after reading your comment. Based on your experience, do you think it makes it more visible, or should I be more “obvious”?

      I have done giveaways, but frankly they don’t really bring any new traffic to my page. I’m not the kind of person who would make someone “like” my page in order to enter a giveaway (it feels like buying friends), so the giveaways are kind of a neutral thing. I love to do ones that I think my readers will love, but I try not to shove them in everyone’s face to the point where think my blog is all about giving away free stuff.

    • That’s true, and I totally respect that. It’s better to have truly loyal readers than a bunch who just “like” your blog for freebies.

      The Facebook badge is definitely better, but I think it could still be improved upon by adding a page dedicated to links to all of your social networks- just maybe something to consider for the future.

      By the way, have you seen Modern Family? One of the episodes reminded me of your posts about being the “unfun” parent. I think you would really like it! (I think it’s on Hulu Plus.)

      Best of luck with everything!

    • I’ll see what I can do. I’m not a HTML whiz, so it’s painful for me to make changes. Lots o’ cursing.

      Have I seen Modern Family? Oh yes! Sadly enough, I identify with Claire a little too much. Have you seen the episode where Phil knocked her over in Whole Foods and then spent all that time teasing her for tripping?

      By minute 7 of that show, I though “she needs to get herself to Whole Foods and talk to the security people and get a copy of that tape to PROVE he did it”. So yeah, I’m a little nutty.

  5. I’m a SAHM and I still have that feeling of drowning while everything piles up around me.

    I agree with another comment that my primary job as a SAHM is to help save my family money, which is why I admire you for what you’re doing for your family and what you have been able to do with your thriftiness and inginuity (I really don’t think I spelled that right), all while working a full time job!

    I also really love your blog. I don’t like going to other blogs and feeling like a dumba$$ because I don’t knit all my family’s outfits out of compostable hand dyed yarn that I harvested from my organically fed alpacas on my self sustainable 50 acre ranch. Your blog gives me lots of ideas that I can implement and they seem more realistic to my family’s life. I can handle trying a new recipe every so often that doesn’t have any processed ingredients. I can try canning. I really want to try to make my own vanilla extract.

    Life is rarely perfect and I love that your blog shows that.

    I agree with the other comment about a canning for dummies post (or two . . . or three). I have tackled some jams, but anything other than that, I feel intimidated. I love the gardening stuff too. Last year I had okay success with starting seeds (for the first time ever!!) and I would like to keep going.

    Good luck!!!

    • Why don’t you have alpacas? Don’t you love your family? Clearly you don’t! ;-D

      I have done canning for beginners in the past, but you and the previous commenter inspired me to work on a “Cannning for Dummies” category under my “hippy shit” tab. It won’t be up immediately, but I’ll work on it. Thanks for the feedback!

  6. Wishing you luck on the next steps! I love your blog and get so excited when I pass it on to a friend, it is my morning virtual read with my coffee before I get serious about work. 🙂 Your posts on DIY natural crafts (the lotion bars post is how I stumbled on this little goldmine of sarcasm) are my favorite. Second fave is how you save money.. like your grocery posts. I would love any ideas on how to have/ maintain a self sufficient home. Good luck and thank you for the time you put into your blog!

    • Bobbie, “goldmine of sarcasm” made me giggle – thank you for that!

      Can you give me more detail about what you’re looking for with the self-sufficient home? We rent, so we can’t really do any structural things, but we use insulating curtains, etc. Is that kind of what you’re looking for?

    • I think you already have some self sufficient inspiration on here (like grinding your own flour.. you do that right, or am I dreaming.. maybe the better term is sustainable living)? What I love about your approach is that it isn’t a grandiose project that is a serious undertaking. I also love that you try it, that way before I ‘buy into it’ I have less apprehension and more confidence in the end result.
      Some ideas for posts that crossed my mind:
      **rain barrel of some sort
      efficient gardening (I recently read something on making a trellis for sun loving plants that was set up to shade the lettuce growing on below where it hung)
      **composting (I stink at this.. I tried the compost barrel you’re supposed to roll idea and it dried out constantly without making any compost)
      **how to use all your groceries so you have minimal waste (I try to do this with my produce.. finding freezer meals I can put together so it doesn’t go to waste if we can’t eat it fresh; another thought that crossed my mind, is there any use for the pulp that is a by-product of juicing? I’m all about getting my money’s worth.)
      **ways to recycle/re-purpose common household packaging
      **are there any un-intimidating projects for implementing sustainable energy in my home?

      Just some thoughts, hope that helps! Thanks for the reply!

    • Yep, I do that.

      Rain barrels are on the list of things to incorporate with our chicken coop. We have asphalt shingles and I don’t feel comfortable using run off water from that on my edible plants. We’ll see what the chicken coop roof ends up being!

      Loving the other ideas, and will do my best to highlight them

  7. Sorry, it sucks to be a mom pulled in so many directions. Wondering if you could have someone figure out how to add a “pin it” button to you posts? Not sure how hard it is, I’m completely ignorant, but there are so many of your currently great posts that would light up your membership if posted on Pinterest. If I can figure out how to link some myself I will. Good luck!

    • Hi Donna, I have a “Pin it” button on the right column on the page, but thanks to your suggestion, this weekend I’ll be working on trying to add it to individual posts.

    • I just pinned one of your posts to a new Pinterest board I created called Blogs I follow….if all your readers did this it would hype up your readership.

  8. I too, stumbled across your site from the Pinterest vapor disk pin. Once I started reading, I was hooked. I agree that social media has to be a top priority. It has to be EASY for people to share. In this fast paced world folks aren’t going to do anything for themselves…oh, that’s why we follow you! Kind of a catch 22 isn’t it?
    P.S. Happy thoughts

    • I have a Facebook badge and didn’t think it wasn’t obvious, but it is sounding like it was too far down on the page for people to notice it. Based on your feedback and others, I’m moved it further up the page, and will try to think of other ways of letting people know it is an option!

  9. Could you learn to sew a little more and then open an Etsy shop? It won’t exactly match your current salary, but it might help generate some extra income. You could also sell all the other hippie shit you make 🙂 What about offering workshops in your area, or a nearby bigger town? You could teach canning for dummies, soap making (once you learn how), lessons/tips on being frugal, making lip gloss, etc. I know this means time away from Jack and having to find a spawn-sitter, but if it’s only one or two nights per week, and you get to spend the whole day with him, it wouldn’t be that bad.

    • To be honest, I don’t think that would be an option right now. Wanna know why? I’m not confident enough in my craftsmanship; I’m constantly thinking my stuff will fall apart after the 5th washing. Once I get more time under my belt, I’d love to do something like that. Right now, I feel like I’d be selling people potential crap.

  10. One of the things I like most about your blog is how real you are. This post, for instance, says things that a lot of us feel. Too many crafty/diy/home blogs are all about how awesome their lives are and “here’s a little craft that I whipped up between milking the goats and my big dinner party for 10 with all homemade foods!” These sites are pretty to look at, but I rarely return because seriously, who really lives like that?

    I like that you talk about how you made something to fill a need or how you are dealing with the issues in your life and you have a good sense of humor about it all. People can relate. I think it’s telling that one of your most viewed pages is the one about a day in your life. You are interesting to others and you have a unique voice. I think Anonymous (above me) makes some good suggestions and you can write about these things in your own style.

    I agree with Donna R. that if you were able to add a Pin-It button to your page, it would be easier for others to pin your blog. I found you through Pinterest and I check in often. You are doing a great job – keep on with what you are doing. BTW, once your son has his surgery, he will be more rested and so will you. Sleep makes all the difference in how you see the world. 😉

    • Wait…you don’t have goats? What is wrong with you? ;-D

      Thanks to everyone’s suggestion on here, I’ll be working on a “Pin it” button and hopefully can get it added this weekend!

      Honestly, I get plenty of sleep. It’s just tiring being tired of the grind. If that makes any sense at all.

  11. Hi Sarah –

    I’m one of those who stumbled upon your website a few months ago and stuck around. (I think I was looking for ideas on how to beeswax?!?)

    Anyways, the reason I put you in my google reader was because you have a real honest, no BS voice that I (and I’m sure a lot of people) can relate to. You’re not superwoman, yes you put popcorn on the dinner menu every week, and some nights you’re just tired but that damn stuff needs to get canned.

    Here’s some feedback:

    1. Pinterest is a crazy beast that might get you a ton more traffic, but it’s a visual beast… therefore, if you’re going to offer a pin button, more pictures is a must.
    2. Make links pop a bit more, the dark gray color for links makes it hard for me to actually see if you’re linking to stuff (seriously I have been reading your weekly meal plans for months and just now realized about 5 minutes ago that there a links to the recipes).
    3. When you don’t post a link to a recipe, like last night’s crockpot chicken, if it was a success, please do a follow up post with your thoughts and any tweaks you might do for next time, did Jack like it? How about your husband? And give us a link to the original recipe. Also insert the link to the follow up post back in the original meal plan, so if I’m digging through your old meal plans for inspiration I know that it was awesome, Jack ate every bite and next time you’re going to make two because it freezes really well.
    4. Do you ever make one meal and prep the next night’s dinner at the same time so the next day all you have to do is toss dinner in the crockpot or oven? I was stupidly proud of myself the other day for making a casserole for Friday night while also making Thursdays dinner. But there were definitely some lessons learned that could make the process go much smoother next time.
    5. Love hearing about the little things you do to be greener, especially when it is something that you do with stuff already around the house. More of those are always welcome!

    Thanks for doing what you do!!

    • I feel like I already put so many photos in the posts. Can you elaborate on what you mean by more photos? Would a simple “Pin It” button under the finished project/main point of the post serve the same purpose? Just trying to figure out how much time to invest in figuring this out!

      Totally agree with you on the making sure I link back to new recipes, etc. On the links, on my system I’ve set it to be a dark blue, but it keeps coming out grey. I have no freaking clue why it does that. I’ll try again to fix it.

      I do that occasionally with meals, but I will make more of an effort to talk about it!

    • Beat my head against the wall tonight and I think I found a good text link color. It’s orange. thoughts?

  12. I love your blog so much! I found you on Pinterest from the vapor disc thingies, and I spent like 2 weeks going through and reading ALL the posts. Good luck! 🙂

  13. I remember you saying that you wanted to learn how to make soap…I am planning on making some soon. Haven’t made any in a looooog time, but am doing it with my granny, so it should be ok–she knows all. Plan on taking plenty of pictures during the process, both for memories and insurance purposes 🙂 Would love to link up with you after? I know that I definitely haven’t put the time into my blog that I intended either.
    As the previous poster said, take some time to learn the hobbies you want. Maybe keep a blog journal as you are learning–just something to jot notes. I would love to learn how to work my camera. I hear they have something called instructions? Whatever..
    I will most certainly send my sister-in-law your way. She will love your blog, and I promise she won’t complain about the cussing.

    • I requested a soap book from the library last week, and it finally arrived today. I picked it up tonight, and I’m looking forward to delving in to it this weekend!

      I would love to hear how you and granny do it! I’m going to bet she uses lard. Old school style.

      I keep meaning to checkout “Canon Rebel For Dummies” at the library, but I feel like my brain would gloss over very quickly.

      Send your SIL over!

  14. My “job” around here as a SAHM is cutting our expenses enough so that we didn’t (and continue to not) need my income. Perhaps you could start a journey working towards that? I’d love to see posts on how to cut costs and trim the shit out of a budget.

    • You’ve got one hard job!

      Until Troy gets a position where health insurance is involved, I am where I am. However, yes I can absolutely keep working towards trimming the budget.

  15. First let me say it was like you were writing this from inside my head. Rarely do I actually nod along with something I am reading. So now feedback time!

    1. I like to hear about any coping techniques people use. And considering you are in a similar situation (young kid, job, husband gone quite a bit), I would love to hear how you deal with day-to-day shit. Any tiny things like planning and de-stressors.

    2. I will share your f.a.r.t.s with my friends.

    3. I will be setting up my Etsy shop soon, and you are so on my ad contact list.

    4. Lots of happy thoughts going your way. And since I am drinking chai, they are WARM happy thoughts.

    • Mmmmm, I love chai! Now I want some.

      Well with coping, I don’t know if I’m the best example, but I’d be happy to think about it and maybe write a post. Sunday night I decided my 2013 hobby to learn would be “drinking wine” since I was so stressed out. ;-D

    • Oh, and please do keep me in mind for your Etsy store!

  16. your blog is, hands down, my favorite blog. like most of the other readers here, i’m drawn to your real voice and the no-bullshit approach you take to discuss the realities of a DIY lifestyle. i read not only for the crafty projects (lip balm! lotion bars! canning! bread!) but also for the gripes. i love a good gripe. i relish them, especially when they’re done with a certain amount of humility and self-deprication. such a fan. i hope this can be your full-time job. my dream is to be a writer, too. i don’t know you, but i’m, in a hopefully-non-creepy-because-i-know-i’m-a-total-stranger way, really proud of you. you inspire me. keep up the good work. and make fart noises while you do it.

    also, i would LOVE to hear about how you found your local suppliers for milk (and cheese?). and if you know of any from your time in LA. farmers markets, i guess? i’m still on the hunt for someone who makes goat cheese in their backyard in, like, echo park.

    • Well thank you very much!

      I don’t feel you being creepy at all. I’m glad you’ve been able to identify with my gripes. =D

      I do not have a connection for cheese in LA. I lived on the west side and would go to the Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, and Brentwood farmer’s markets. There was a guy in the 90210 who sold 25 pounds of organic juicing oranges for $12. I miss that guy.

      I’d recommend reaching out to these people because they’re near downtown and would probably have a great connect for you. http://www.rootsimple.com/

  17. No amount of money can take the place of being home with your children. I always hear “but we need the money”. Do a reality check and figure out how much you are spending on daycare/fuel/parking?/car maintenance/clothes/lunch/what convenience foods you eat for supper because you don’t have the energy or time to cook a proper meal/and anything else that may affect your household because mom works outside the home. You might be surprised to find out your are in the “hole” or just making a few extra hundred dollars (and don’t forget the gov’t’s share!) after all is said and done, whereas you could easily save that money by being at home and doing even more frugal things than you already do. And BEST of all, you would have a happy boy!! Never be ashamed of what you do or don’t have. Who cares how old your vehicle is, as long as it gets you from point A to B…you won’t have a car payment! One less reason to work! Sorry, I’m rambling now!!!!

    • I can get back to bare bones, but the fact of the matter is, I make 75% of our income and bring home the health insurance. Until that changes (even just the health insurance), I’m kind of stuck. Jack’s sleep study alone was $8,000 and even with health insurance, we’re on the hook for $3,300. His surgery will likely be another $3k.

      I totally get and appreciate what you’re say, but until we have the health insurance safety net, it is off to work I go!

  18. Hi, Sarah! I absolutely love your blog. It’s the first one I check in the morning, and it’s a main go-to for healthy and easy dinner ideas. You have a lot of great cooking, crafting, and general living ideals (thank you, by the way, for being so kind to me when I tackled your vanilla extract project. I gave away those bottles, along with your DIY rice heating pads, to my family for Christmas. My new family nickname is “domestic goddess.” You earn mad goody points for that!). I would love it if you could blog full time. You make me laugh and cry with your honest points of view (and your dirty jokes) and I want more!

    I admit that the other day I tried to follow your whole wheat sandwich bread tutorial but I got so lost between the two pages and kinda vague directions that I had to use another recipe (I died a little inside. I wanted Sarah bread, damn it!). Could you redo or update that post to make it more specific as to measurements, times, and directions?

    • So glad to hear the gifts went over well! I love “homemade and heartfelt” items during the holidays.

      The sandwhich bread recipe was one of my first/earlier posts, so I’ve grown a lot since then in explaining things (ha). Next time I make bread, I’ll do a better step by step post. It won’t be for a few weeks since we’re stocked in the freezer right now.

  19. Sarah I hear you loud and clear. More than once, I felt like I was screaming underwater or in a crowded room where no one could see or hear me. You work full time, you are mom and a wife and a daughter and a sister and a friend and a blogger…Take some time to remember that you are Sarah. Reconnect with yourself, even if that means locking the bathroom door and having a bubble bath. And I bet this most recent feeling of helpless is coming from the fact your boy needs his tonsils out…am I right? Nothing like a sick kid and surgery to make you hate all things.

    I have been a counselor for years…not in practice anymore as I went back to school, but you need to remind yourself how awesome you really are. I am not trying to discount how you feel. But I want you to know that I admire your tenacity, and your dedication to something you love, and the lifestyle you want to live. How many of us can really say that?

    So you want ideas? How about garden planning for space/water/time savings? Or planting an herb garden for use later like lavender for soap, etc.
    I would also like to see more things like the bread…not so much the bread itself but replacing something we waste money on at the store that we can make cheaper/healthier at home, and in quantity. And how about canning for dummies? I know a lot of people that want to know how. I know how but only because I was lucky enough to learn from my parents.

    • My cousin is going to teach me to knit using a pattern this winter, and I’m really looking forward to chilling out and getting time to just focus on that. It will be a good opportunity to catch up on some TV and just sit on my keister.

      I’m actually not stressed about Jack’s surgery. Yet. I’m sure the day of, I’ll be a little on edge, but I’m good for now. I’m looking forward to it because I’m hoping the increased sleep quality will chill him the heck out.

      Thanks for the other suggestions, and I’ll be working on that in future months! Gardening around here won’t start until March, so you’ll just have to hold tight for now. Well, I’ll do things about seed starting, but nothing cool until things go in the ground.

      I have done step by step posts about canning (I think I said canning for beginners), but you’ve inspired me to create a new category under “Hippy Shit” called “Canning for Dummies”. It will take me a bit of time to get that up, but I’ll work on it!

    • You da’ bomb Sarah.

  20. Hi Sarah!!! I love your blog! Your writing style feels like conversations I have with friends over coffee or a glass of wine. It’s real! Also, as an accounting major, I tend to fall on the frugal side, too. I love your realistic solutions to everyday tasks. We work too hard for our dollars; I would like to hang on to them a little longer.

    As a mother to 3 kids, 2 dogs, an Army wife, and a full-time college student let me share with you….IT WILL NEVER BE DONE. There will always be a dish that needs cleaning, a load of laundry that needs to be folded, and a craft that just needs to be tweaked. I too am striving to be Super Mom, but have quickly come to the realization…chill out and enjoy the time with friends and family (they have NO CLUE how much dirty clothes you have).

    If turning your blog into a full-time job is your goal…plan it out. I too am not big into The Secret concept, but planning for success is why I read your blog. You plan your menu out each week to attain your financial goals (as well as have fun). Planning you escape from working for someone else has a lot of the same concepts. Just stop…take a deep breathe…we LOVE your writing…now, how do you turn it into the stay-at-home-business you want??

    Ideas: Hmmm, natural spa treatments you can make yourself, the benefits of these natural concoctions, or any other de-stressing (inexpensive) techniques. Being frugal does not have to equate to frazzled and stressed lives.

    Keep up the awesome work~
    Carmen

    • Thanks for the reminder that something simple like meal planning is planning for success. Planning out my next steps for the blog seems daunting, probably because I’m trying to think too big.

      I think once Troy gets a job with health insurance, I’ll be more likely to be able to plan in-depth. Right now things are all “if and when, then I can…”.

      I just got a natural beauty products book for Christmas, and I’m sure that will be inspiring some posts in the next few months!

  21. I hope you get to stay at home. I did when my three kids were growing up and I wouldn’t trade a brand-new car for that time with them. You obviously know how to pinch a penny until it cries, so you’re half-way there. Nothing is more fulfilling than to hear your 27 year-old “child” compliment you on things she observed growing up, things that never occurred to me would draw a compliment. I’ll say a little prayer tonight that all goes well for you and your family and your little one will get to see more of his mom, and hopefully one day give you a compliment for a job well done.

  22. Let me assure you I can relate and my heart breaks for you. I Love LOVE LOVE. your blog. You have a wonderful writing style and I have learned so much from you. I pin you constantly. I wish when I was where you are in life I’ld had a friend like you… Do NOT give up you will succeed. Marketing is everything but so is social networking that much I know. (I am rather technically challenged)
    I will try sending energy to the universe for you.
    I am a stay at home Grandmother…… My school teacher daughter had a beautiful baby boy 9 months ago with a man who turned out to be a lying cheating S.O.B. I lived in FL she lived In AZ. I live with her in AZ now. We live on her salary and my very part time job nothing from the S.O.B. (Who wants more time with his son)
    My point is I find myself a homemaker (housewife)again after years of living alone. Cooking dinner every night, laundry and I staying home with my grandson. I don’t know how you do it.
    I know she couldn’t do it without me and she’s exhausted too.
    I admire the heck out of what you accomplish This is a great blog don’t change who you are or how you do it I love reading it and it’s helped me laugh and remain almost sane.
    Sending good vibes and calling all advertisers!!!!!!!

    • Beth, that sounds exhausting for both you and your daughter. That man sounds like a total ahole. I’m sorry that your family has to go through that, but I’m sure your grandson is a lovely side effect of the relationship.

  23. Sarah!!
    (I’m not sure if it’s weird or not to call you by your first name, seeing as I’ve never met you, but I read your blog so often I feel like I know you. =] )
    In any case, I absolutely adore your blog. I love the personality you put in to each and every post (even the language and ESPECIALLY the fart jokes). I’m so excited to hear that you’re making efforts to do this full time and – it isn’t much – but you have my full support!
    I’m a 20 year old college student in rural Mississippi – just trying to save a buck and feed my little family in our tiny apartment. I think you should know you’ve been a tremendous inspiration. I’ve read a ump-teen blogs about saving money, eating well, diy projects, etc. and yours is by FAR the most realistic and down-to-earth that I’ve found. I’d love to see more about your adventures taking college classes, how you save money, and how your scheduling. Like, your color-coded calendar and other planning techniques – how you save time.

    Congratulations on taking the next step, and I wish you the very, very best.

    -Tia

    • That’s my name, so yep, it’s more than ok to use it! ;-D

      Ah, I always love to “meet” fellow fart joke affeciandos. Welcome! I’m so glad that you’ve been able to connect with what I write, and I’ll do my best to keep you interested and saving!

  24. Sarah, your are so not alone! It’s brutal having to balance work, a child, a husband (counts as 2 children) and a household. Nevermind produce a unique and fantastic blog every single day! Wow! I’m (early) retired with grown children (although they never stop needing you) and am STILL determined to start my own blog. Soon. Really. But I keep becoming intimidated by it. Talk about a wuss! Anyway, the point is that you are an amazing woman.

    I love your posts on DIY and always look forward to your recipes and How To’s. You make things seem so doable. I’d like to learn more about making my own cleaning supplies, kitchen staples, lotions and recipes for slow cooking, double duty meals, etc.

    I’ll pass your dailies to my sister and friends. They’ll like you, too!

    • I think my husband alone counts as two children! ;-D

      I’ve always used Blogger, but from what I understand, it’s easier to start blogging with WordPress. I’d encourage you to start one just for fun and not try to make it a “thing”. Make sure it is for you first and foremost, and then it will be an enjoyable hobby!

      Thanks for pimping me out!

    • PS… btw, you had me at farts!

  25. Kate from The Small Things Blog has an online class coming up about how to be a Pinterest sensation. She would be the girl that knows.

    • I’ll look in to it, thank you!

      I prefer to let things happen “organically” instead of forcing it, but more tips on how to succeed probably won’t hurt me any!

  26. Hi Sarah, One of the things you might think about doing is adding a graphic to all of your posts. I say that because I pin a lot of posts from blogs onto pinterest and when there’s a graphic that relates to the subject it’s just a good way to grab people’s attention. I user your blog banner graphic whenever I post your articles to pinterest but it doesn’t really tell what your post is about and let’s face it, pinterest is initially all about the pictures. If the picture grabs our attention, we’ll look further. If not, well….. Just a suggestion. I know it’s more work for you, just what you need huh?

    • Hi Becky, can you tell me more about what you mean by “graphic”? I’m going to work this weekend on adding a “Pin It” button to posts; do you think that would accomplish what you’re thinking of?

    • That’s not really what I mean. I’m talking about, you know how when you go to a blog and there’s a recipe? There’s almost always a picture of that recipe (or there should be 🙂 Anyway, if I want to pint the recipe, I want that picture because that’s what’s going to grab someones attention. Same with your blog posts. If you write a post about something as simple as what happens in you and your family’s day, it would be great to see a picture that relates to that event. It doesn’t have to be you or members of your family, but it should relate in some way. Hmmmm…say for instance you write a post about how messy your house can be sometimes. Well, why not post a picture of a messy room? It can be as simple as that. Just something that relates and might even make people think “what’s this about?”. I know you do have pictures on some of your posts, but you don’t with all of them. Does that make any sense? Sorry for using the word graphic. I do it all the time to describe pictures, photos, clipart, etc. Bad habit 🙂 …. I will say, with or without pictures, yours is one of my favorite blogs. You have a great way of writing like you’re talking, and that’s not easy to do and keep people interested. Any you’re funny too so your stories make me laugh. I wish you the best in trying to get out of the rat race. I was able to able 10 years ago and I’ve never looked back!

    • Ok, I think I got it now. Look at this link. Do you mean the box around the recipe that says “print this”?

      I’ve tried doing that in the past, but it’s very hard with the Blogger platform. It ended in my cursing and not being able to make the HTML work. It’s been a year since I tried it, but I can give it another shot.

      The issue with posting photos that I haven’t taken is that the source always has to be listed, etc. It might be weird for me to just post random photos of a messy room.

      And I don’t post a ton of at home photos because (and I’m serious), Jack is a naked kid 99% of the time. Trying to get a photo without a naked butt it in is next to impossible. Pretty silly, right?

    • When we get home from day care, or running errands, there is a progressive pile of clothes on the stairs, and then a happy little nudie boy!

      Ok, I totally get what you’re saying now! This weekend I’m going to be working on adding a “Pin it” button to individual photos. I think that will accomplish that you’re talking about. The current pin it link that is one my blog was added by a friend during the blog remodel, and I never really knew how it worked.

      Could you do sweet potatoes with the paleo thing? I thought sweet potatoes were ok?!

    • Hi Sarah,
      First of all, no I don’t think it’s silly that Jack is running around naked most of the time. He’ll have plenty of time when he’s older for people to try to make him feel self-conscious about all kinds of things so I say good for him for being so carefree and happy. It’s actually kind of refreshing 🙂
      I think I might be confusing you. I looked at the link. I saw the “print this” button. That’s not what I mean. That would be nice 🙂 but if it’s a real pain I don’t have a problem with cutting and pasting to print recipes. What I’m trying to explain is, well, OK. Take this post as the example. Duh, I probably should have just said it this way in the first place. When I click on the “Pin It” button to put this on pinterest, no image comes up that actually relates to your post. Your banner comes up and some other miscellaneous images but nothing that relates to this story.
      Honestly, the first thing I thought of when I read the title of your post was you know how in the movies when a ship is getting sucked down into a funnel of water and they end up in another world? That’s what I had in my head. If there was an image of that – or what you would think would relate to the post – that was pinnable, I think people would see it and maybe say “hmm, this is neat, I wonder what this is about?” and then they’d click on it and make their way back to your blog. Whereas if all there is to choose from is your banner and then the other misc images, maybe not so much.(Try to pin this post yourself and you’ll see what I mean about the images available) Not that there’s anything wrong with them but I just like being able to pin things where the picture has something to do with what I’m pinning.
      I realize that using random images can be a challenge because of the credit/copyright issues. But you’re so creative in your thinking that I think you could probably come up with an image in your mind that would make sense for the post and actually take a photo yourself (of whatever you come up with) and use that. You only need one pinnable image that goes with the story in your post. Your post today on the soup had a ton of images. Easy to pin one of those and people would know right away that it was something that had to do with potatos.
      I hope I’ve made some kind of sense this time? My apologies for being so confusing. Like I said before, I’m not a writer and I’m sure it’s painfully obvious 🙁
      You do have one thing going for you though. At least your images are usually ALL pinnable. I’ve tried to pin things from blogs before where NOTHING is pinnable. It can sometimes be dozens of photos. I don’t get it. Must be for some reason I can’t figure out because I’d think you’d want the exposure you can get from being on pinterest. But, I’m not a blogger so I don’t know all the ins and outs.
      FYI. Your soup recipe today was killing me!!! It looked so, so yummy but my hubby and I eat Paleo so no potatoes 🙁 I do miss them from time to time.

  27. I was just talking to my husband the other day about how much I enjoy reading your blog, but I don’t know how you find the time to do all of the things you do. Just a note of encouragement that half of your ass is at least 5 times that of mine (figuratively of course). Keep on doing what you do! You are interesting, informative, and best of all: real.

    thanks so much for your writing!

    megan in texas

  28. You know Sarah – the only advice I can give you is that it DOES get easier. And I’m not talking about the blogging. Just life in general “as it relates to toddlers and spouses at work”. Please believe that. The more independent Jack becomes the more you’re going to have a love/hate relationship with that – hey were’s my baby boy – hey he can get up and dressed by himself! Way cool!

    What I can tell you about blogging in the short (very short and crappy) attempt I’ve given it is – It can get very narcissistic easy and that’s not what any of us bloggers want. You have managed to completely stay out of the narcissistic arena completely. I love to read your posts. They are a little bit of everything – funny, important, naughty, realistic. I get SO TIRED of looking at everyone else’s perfect fucking family room and their perfect kids. (noticed I left the F-bomb as it relates to kids…) but you know what I mean. You offer invaluable advice and keep us all laughing. We ALL want to be you! And not just because Troy is so hot!

    I’m going to “put this out there” for you. That you get so successful in your blog -but only just successful that you can quit working full time. If you don’t follow House of Hepworth’s – she had a very good post today about how her blog was really cutting into her family time. She cut back completely on sponsors and only does ad sense. You and I both know you have to get to the big girl’s table before you can cut back but I will put it out there for whatever higher power we all might follow that your life becomes easier and funner.

    Hang in there girly!

    • Troy says thanks for thinking he is hot! He is sitting next to me on the couch watching some weird ass Japanese slasher movie. Still want him?

      I’m looking forward to things getting easier (come on fulltime job with benefits for Troy!), and the idea of getting so big I could cut back sounds luxurious! Another blog I read (Homestead Revival) did a similar post this week.

  29. One thing I would like to see change. Every so often, I am startled by bad language in your blog. It makes me very uncomfortable, and question whether I want to continue to read it, and I would definitely not pass it on to friends. I like your posts an ideas, I think they would be 100% better without the bad language.

    • Hey Vicki, thanks for the honest feedback! You may not like my response, but I’ll be just as honest with you as you were with me.

      1) I’ve really toned down the swearing within the last 6 months. Jack is on the cusp of learning to read short words, and I don’t want him learning naughty ones from mommy’s page.

      2) How I write and what I say is an extension of me. I write like how I am in real life. I recognize that it doesn’t appeal to everyone, but just like in real life, I continue to not edit myself because people have options. If they don’t enjoy my language, I know there are lots of blogs out there that that will love and identify with more.

      I’m too busy to tailor how I write to any potential reader, and if I did so, it would be presenting a false version of myself. That would mean being disingenuous to myself and readers (whether they agree with what I’m writing or not).

      I feel like there is already plenty of “cleaner” blogs out there that will fit the preferences of others. I made the decision a long time ago that I could do a half-assed job being myself, or do a first-rate job of presenting a character. I’ve chosen the half-assed version!

      I hope you continue reading (even if you don’t share my site with others), but I understand if you prefer to read elsewhere.

    • I am not a fan of fart jokes or bad language, but I have not been offended by anything you have said. I would not quit reading. I have two blogs I follow that actually have “bad” words in their titles. They make me squirm as I howl with laughter, but I am an adult. You are just funny, entertaining, and informative. Yes, you do have to learn “mommy cussing” when you have a little one around. I would never call your blog a “dirty” blog at all. Keep it up.

  30. I’d recommend orienting your blog more around Adam Levine. I know this is a shift, per se, in your blogging topic, but I think your readers would REALLY enjoy it. Also, add pictures and gossip. Thanks.

  31. And, oh! Business idea! Sell Fireman Troy calendars off your blog. I’m a genius.

  32. Love your blog! Keep it coming. Love the fart jokes, sarcasm, cussing…love it ALL! I forward awesome posts all the time and I linked to your blog on mine. I have been writing about my journey with the GAPS intro diet. Hope this helps you out! Good luck 🙂 http://tiffmariejones.wordpress.com/

    • Thank you so much Tiffany!

      I’m going to read about your GAPS experience this weekend. I’m so curious about it, and have a few friends I think would greatly benefit from it.

  33. AAARGH have been trying to post this since yesterday evening! FINALLY!

    Hello.

    Having read your post with *No! Don’t tell me she’s going to stop writing the blog!* whirring through my head, I just wanted to write to you to let you know how much I thoroughly enjoy reading your blog.

    I stumbled upon your blog through (surprise, surprise) pinterest and your lotion bars…but then I took a peek around and loved what I read. You have such a great writing style, I really feel like you’re chatting to me (not creepy I promise) and the things your write about are great! You’ve inspired me to have a go at making a quilt (eeeeee! haven’t sewn since textiles in year 9!), got me back on track with actually planning meals and sticking to it and generally made me chuckle.

    As I’m across the pond, I tend to check your blog in the evening before I go to bed and am always disappointed when you haven’t posted so it’s safe to say that I would be particularly happy if you took it up full time!

    But I digress, you wanted suggestions/to find out what your readers want to, well, read more of. Ok. I particularly enjoy your day to day stuff with the lovely Jack as your writing style always draws me in. I love your crafty posts, how to make things from the shops at home. More on your garden would be good as I currently have a real jungle of a garden but am going to make every effort to change this in the spring.

    Don’t know if any of this has been helpful but as a bit of a lurker for the past few months, I thought now was a good time to send you a message. (sorry it’s a bit of a monster)

    The best of luck!

    • Oh no, what was the issue? I took away the weird letter verification a month or so ago. I’m sorry you’re still having issues with it.

      Please please please email me a photo of your quilt when you finish it! I can’t wait to see it, and I’m so glad to have been a part of you making something that I hope you’ll love.

      Garden posts will be ramping up in Feb/March, so stay tuned!

    • It seemed to be a problem with the fact that I was using the iPad to try and write my reply. It just won’t let me delete anything (and when your spelling is as appalling as mine, you delete A LOT. Then it just stopped letting me type. Probably an iPad issue as opposed to a website issue. They can be temperamental beasts.

      I will do! I’m tying to decide on fabric now! eee!

      Looking forward to being inspired!

  34. Firstly, I’ll take my two cool points and raise you five! You’re way cool! Cha-cha-cha-changes I hope you get to make someday soon.
    :::Sending happy thoughts:::

    These “cool things in my head” that you speak of, I hope they’re written down for future reference? Because that’s always a good starting point.

    Question, just how organized are you? Is Jack’s room organized? Because personally I could use some extra/realistic tips in that department. My kids’ rooms are atrocious. My house is small and I make a conscious effort not to stock it with cha-chki’s and whatnot. However, somehow it all still piles up. Especially those pesky bills. No matter how long I ignore them, they still come! I asked for a mountain view but COME ON!

    So, that’s all I got. Seems like you’ve got some work cut out for you already with all the previous posters. Heck, it would be a full-time job erasing all the bulldo-do language you use =P

    Keep on Keepin’ On ~ Joe Deertay

    • Yay for cool points!

      I’m wicked organized most of the time. Jack’s room is tidy and clean because we’re never home to messy it up. I’m actually working on some buckets right now to house all his toys. I’ll post about those when/if I get them done. I hit a snag with them and gave up, and walked away for a week or so. When I’m not feeling hateful towards them, I’ll go back.

  35. I feel your pain and frustration..it’s so hard being a Mom and I know you feel like a single Mom most of the time because of your husband being away. I’m a 45 year old Mom that has a 24 year old and a 9 year old so I am going through this all once again. The full time job, PTO board at my child’s elementary school, recently just remarried (major adjustment after being on my own basically for 9 years) I’m not exactly sure how I started following your blog but I absolutely love it and it is probably the only one that I look at each and every day. (There’s just not enough hours to look at more than one 🙂 ) I can tell you that it never gets any easier and the way I handle it is by asking God for the strenght to keep on going and so far he has not let me down. I admire the fact that you accomplish all that you do in a days time and the fact you share it with a LOT of people. It says a lot about your multi tasking abilities. So I type all this just to say…just keep doing what you are doing and I will be a faithful viewer and a faithful passer onner….LOL Thanks for your contributions that make perfect sense to this chaotic life and world.

    • I appreciate your insight in the it never gets easier. I feel like too often I get trapped in the “well if x, y, or z happens, things will get better”. It’s like I used to tell Troy when he would complain about Jack’s new hard phases (teething, etc.), and I’d tell him, “there will always be something. We’ll get passed this, and something bigger will be behind it”.

      Thanks for pimping me out/passing me on!

    • LOL now that I read that I didn’t want to make the situation worse by saying it doesn’t get any easier, even thought it doesn’t, LOL its just the issues change like you said about the phases Jack goes through.

      I just want to point out that taking the time to reply to the replies is AWESOME. 🙂

      Keep on keeping on and just think..if you put a smile on 1 (one) persons face a day and believe in Karma, what goes around comes around, etc…then you have done your part!!

  36. spelling correction strenght = strength sorry about that typo to all who read it

  37. Sara-

    When you look into the mirror, I hope you realize how truly awesome, amazing, sarcastic and funny that you are. You are an inspiration to others, not in the ethereal superwoman I can never do what she does, but an inspiration because you blog as a real person who is true to herself with a genuine interest in sharing her hippy shit, F.A.R.T.S., recipes and how to survive zombie raids. I seriously love your blog, its the only one I read/follow. It was the vapor disks that really hooked me- They caught my attention one lunch hour many months ago and I havent left since. That first day of discovering Frugal by Choice, I am pretty sure that I read a year and a half worth of archived posts-completely addicting (not on work time of course……) As for things to post about in the future- I am starting to get into using essential oils and would love more insight on natural remedies and such-just a thought Much love and peace sent from Wisconsin.

    • Amber, you’re so sweet and made me blush. I’ll do my best to keep you interested and reading!

      I don’t have too much experience with EO other than cleaning and a few other things, but I’ll try to highlight what I do know!

  38. I’ll admit that Im a widowed retiree and an occasional reader only. That said, as someone who reads way too many blogs

    try and have a picture for every single blogpost or one or two. Take before, after and during pictures of EVERYTHNG.

    Consider labeling some things “tutorials” and having links to them on the sidebar that folks can link to from their blogs. Keep your camera with you at all times and take pictures as you go of every diy thing you do (the roman shade being a perfect example).

    Invite people to do guest posts on YOUR blog, and offer to guest post on other blogs.

    Look into teaching/seminar. You have a local rec center or high school that does adult classes. Develop a class, figure the fee for your instruction and materials and put it out there. Advertise it on your blog.

    Offer online course or ebook through your blog.

    Get an Amazon link show some recent books youve read (even if you actually got them from the library)

    Learn to make one thing really well, and list it on Etsy. connect etsy, facebook, your blog and pinterest.

    Get a facebook page.use it, give people incentives of some sort for liking you.

    Offer to do book reviews and review other items you believe in.

    Finally, commit to time to you on the weekend. It may take awhile for your kiddo to follow the lead, but…….assign a certain time as quiet time for him and you. you need daytime hours to yourself as well as after bed hours.

    • Hi Barb (that’s my momma’s name!), thanks for all the suggestions! Some are plausible, some are possible, and some may not work out for me, but I appreciate the thought you put in the response.

      I already have an Amazon link with books and stuff. Bottom right-hand column of my page!

  39. Best of luck. I envy you even being in a position to try this. I wish I had that option. I love reading your blog but I always just lurk, I don’t comment. I want to hear more about living cheaply/frugally and as organically as possible without too much extra work. Probably not possible but I have a 9 month old and I want to try to make changes now that will last and keep us all healthy.

    • Welcome to the world of non-lurking!

      My big ramp up of more from scratch cooking and gardening came when Jack was 6ish months old. If you start slow and don’t expect the world overnight, you can totally do it!

  40. Hey there – I am SO enjoying your blog and in fact you have inspired me to start a blog myself. I am new to blogging, (since January 1, 2013) but I have mentioned you often and have found out how to link from my blog to yours (which I have done). I have read many of the comments above and what I like about your blog – besides the recipes, tips and ideas (we have been making Kefir soda for about a month now – YUM) is the way you write. I don’t know you personally, but it sounds to me that you write the way you talk – it is as if you are carrying on a conversation with your readers. Keep doing what your are doing and the best of luck to you! I will keep linking to your blog and hope to send some traffic/readers your way!!!!!!!!

  41. Please don’t ever make your blog accessible from facebook only. I would have to quit following or commenting. I quit reading two blogs because I could only comment if I signed up, followed them, on facebook.

    • Ha, don’t worry, I won’t! I barely know how to use Facebook myself. I don’t have a personal Facebook account, and only use it to keep people updated on what I’ve posted on my blog.

  42. From what I have seen on other posts try to get Tropical Traditions as a advertiser. I know you got some free product a while ago-Ask for more so you can have a huge give-a-way! I have seen links to all the give-a-ways if you google it. It is a really nice product and I use it too!

    Have you ever thought about writing a cookbook??? I know it takes a lot of time which you don’t have just yet. Start compiling your recipes now and testing the crap out of them or have your friends test them too. Make sure they are easy enough for all the at home readers to do and trouble shoot some mishaps that might go wrong.

    Get an awesome company in your area to give you something you can also give-a-way. You always get the most followers when you offer something free! LOL!

    I will now also PIN all of your posts to my personal Pinterest page for you!!!!

    I used to have an ETSY store but I am way too busy now for it- I also work full time and crazy ass hours!

    I love your blog!!!
    Good luck!

    Alicia

  43. I love your blog!!

    I would love to know more about your milk supplier but I also know sometimes we have to keep low about the things we love if we want to keep them.

    Love your recipes.

  44. Sara,

    I LURVE your blog (lurve is like ‘love’, but with more feeling). I probably shouldn’t admit this, but I made your laundry detergent, and ended up giving some of it away for Christmas. I keep it in empty cat litter jugs. Maybe giving laundry soap as a Christmas present is lame, in this instance, I thought it was a thoughtful, and practical. The person I gave it to is currently unemployed and liked having something like that, which can be expensive to buy. (I gave her other stuff, too.) Anyway, I thought you’d like to know the ripple effect of your blog. And ust to let you know, I used your orange baking soda idea and used orange scented Castille soap, and it turned out having a lovely scent, without being too perfume-y. Do you have any ideas for a stain stick or pre-treat for stains?

    You were looking for ideas for future posts, and I have a request. I came upon your site originally through a Pinterest link for the Vick’s Baking Soda Shower thingies. I bought essential oils specifically for this, but don’t have anything else to use them for. I’m also buying more essential oils for this project:
    I’d love to find more ways to implement these oils and make use of them.

    Thanks for the awesomeness that you are!

    Staci

    P.S. I love the ‘Hippy Shit’ link/list on your blog. I always go there, first. Please add more!

    • Staci,

      I love that you gave away laundry detergent for Christmas! That is totally the kind of gift I’d love to receive. My side of the family focused on what we called “homemade and heartfelt” this year, and your gifting would full under that category.

      Check and check on the essential oil post idea!

      I totally need to add stuff to that link, I know. I’m working on it hopefully this weekend!

  45. Greedy selfish thought for you(on my part), cuz I wanna know 🙂 or maybe I haven’t discovered ir it already exists on your blog yet; ‘for dummies section’ Canning; materials, product brands, do and don’t, shelf life for individual things, how to store, temps to reach… yeah maybe emphasis on the dummies part, but what can I say i’m green in this area.