Why I Chose to Be a Homemaker.

I had everything a woman dreams of. We had just moved into a new home, I had married my best friend, we have a beautiful little boy, and on top of all my other blessings in life, I had a great job. I was a recruiter for a local blood bank. I loved my job, I loved my team, and I loved the impact my work had on the community. For a good while, everything seemed like it would work out forever.

IMG_1191Life decided to throw some curve balls (as life tends to do.) My mother-in-law who watched my son half the time could no longer do so, daycare ended up being crazy expensive for a full week, and my husband was working 120+ hours in a pay period. Because we were never home, our house fell into a shamble, nothing was ever clean, no chores were done, and both of us were so exhausted from work and parenting that when we were home we wanted nothing more than to sleep or sit. We started gaining weight, getting into spit-spats about nothing, and being generally unhappy.

C and I sat down and began to crunch the numbers and examine the pro’s and con’s of giving up my career to man the fort. (he made more money, so we chose to look at the possibility of me leaving my job instead of him leaving his.) As we were going through our list, the benefits started stacking up. Happiness, a clean house, more structured time with our son, a balanced home life. And The pro’s? There was only one on the list: More money.

Ultimately, that wasn’t enough to sway the list in favor of working. The morning after our discussion I gave my employer my resignation letter. It was bittersweet. I loved my job. I felt a sense of accomplishment every day, and it suited my personality. At the end of the day, I missed being a full-time mom. I missed my son, and I missed my husband. Staying home made be a better wife and mother, and I don’t regret it one bit.

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Want to save some cash? Cut your own hair.

If you have longer, simple hair like I do, you can easily save some money every month by trimming your own hair.

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I go to the salon twice a year to professionally shape up my layers and do any coloring I don’t trust myself to do at home. Any other time, I drop off my son with my family for an hour and trim it myself. (this is ESSENTIAL… kids have this magnet towards anything that requires any level of precision with dangerous tools.)

My monthly trim saves us about $400 a year, which usually will go to gaming or food or you never know, we could get a little crazy and use it for our electric bill…who knows? The possibilities are endless.

I wouldn’t recommend going the self-trim route if you have any type of bob, asymmetrical cut, or if you have bangs (most salons will actually give you a free bang touch-up in-between cuts.) Remember, do what you’re most comfortable with.

Goodbye, Florida!

Florida will no longer be our home. We have decided to make the move to our favorite state, North Carolina! (sorry, Florida… You’re just too darn hot.)

C and I chose North Carolina as our honeymoon getaway spot back in 2013. We loved the history, the weather, the scenery. We loved everything about it, and vowed to come back one day to stay.

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The official date is November 1st, so we have a few months to plan. I’m sure we’ll hit some speed bumps, but I’m ready to start this new adventure.

“What is Keto?

I get this question every day. I can see why people are curious. Between my husband and I, we’ve lost 35 lbs in our first month on the ketogenic diet.

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Ruled.me is a great source, and answers this question more thoroughly than I can:

“A keto diet is well known for being a low carb diet, where the body produces ketones in the liver to be used as energy. It’s referred to as many different names – ketogenic diet, low carb diet, low carb high fat (LCHF), etc.”

Usually your body will use Glucose (from carbs and sugar) for energy. Putting your body into a state of Ketosis retrains the body to use fat for energy in place of glucose, turning you into a 24 hour fat-burning machine!

There are many resources to help you along the way. Reddit’s Keto subreddit a great community, and for questions and concern from the ladies, the xxKeto subreddit is extremely helpful.

Keto is not for everyone. Consider speaking with your doctor before starting any diet, especially if you have any chronic health issues.

Wreaths!

I am so excited for fall! This front door wreath is $45, and $5 off for all military, police, fire rescue, EMT, or teachers.

All items are one-of-a-kind and cannot be exactly replicated. If you would like something similar, or if you have a custom request, please send me a message.

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It feels good to be back.

There’s something uniquely special about needlework, whether it be sewing, crochet, knitting, or embroidery.  I have been craving that calming feeling that comes from creating something beautiful and functional, and since I’ve stopped working to be home with my son I can finally get back to what I love.

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I will be sharing my projects and creations, and I am willing to take custom orders (for now.)  I am in the market for a sewing machine, so if anyone has any suggestions on brands or types, please leave me a message or comment.