How to Lose Weight Simply and Cheaply

Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional and I am not offering medical advice. I am telling you about what has worked for me. It may not work for you, I am not responsible if it does not. Or if it does, really. You are following my advice, if you choose to do so, at your own personal risk. Reading past this point is agreeing to this disclaimer.

When I gave birth to my third child I weighed 266 pounds. I’m 5’6″ and I was miserable. My blood pressure and blood sugar were both high and I was worried to death that my gestational diabetes was going to become type two diabetes.

I had a c-section with my last baby so I had to allow my body to heal before I could do anything strenuous. I could walk, but not for long. I was (and still am) breastfeeding so I started losing weight because of that.

What really helped me was getting a Fitbit Flex 2. I could see how much I was doing and challenge myself to do better. I started with a 1,500 step goal and now I’m getting at least 3,000 steps a day. It’s no where near the recommended 10,000 steps, but I’m getting up and moving. So it’s a start. - books at affordable prices 160x600

    I also cut back on how much I eat. I’m in Alabama. I have been all over this country and I swear we have the best food, but a lot of us are obese because of it. I’m not going to give it up entirely because I feel enjoying what you eat is part of enjoying life. So I do splurge from time to time and I don’t feel guilty. The scale can and does go back down.

    You will hit plateaus where it feels like you are never going to drop below x amount of weight. I hit mine in November and I dropped for a little while earlier this year, but now I’m back to x. I remind myself that it is still better than where I started and I walk more. Every plateau forces me to add 500 steps, which is not a bad thing.

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    Another thing, I use real sugar and I drink coffee and sweet tea instead of water. I just can’t do it. It tastes like sadness to me. Yes, I’m weird. Lol

    My goal is to be around 130 pounds and fit in my size 7/8 jeans again. I can get them on now at 164 pounds, but I can hear them crying. So I happily put on my 12/14 jeans and I’m happy because it’s a long way from the 4x I was wearing in January 2017. That’s what really matters, being happy in your own skin.
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    So, live your life to the fullest. Enjoy your food. Don’t put unnecessary stress on yourself trying to stick to a strict diet. You get one life, be happy! You can achieve anything if you want it, I promise. I’ve lost over 100 pounds and, I’m not going to lie, I’m lazy. I would rather sit and read a book or play on my phone, getting up to walk is a struggle for me. I do it because I don’t have type two diabetes and my blood pressure medication was cut in half at my last doctor’s appointment. Results aren’t all about weight and dress sizes, I swear.

    Feel free to share your struggles and accomplishments in the comments!

Ways to Connect With Your Ancestors

Today I want to talk about ways you can connect with your ancestors. For me this is a fun topic because you are continuing a legacy from a long time ago. Or maybe not so long ago. It depends on how far back you were able to trace your ancestry. This also gives you something to do with all of that information.

So, let’s get started, shall we?

  1. Learn their language. Look at where your ancestors are from and learn their language, if you can.
  2. Listen to the music that was popular in their day and in the region they’re from. My grandmother from Germany loves polka. I personally don’t care for it, but my three year old loves it.
  3. Try some cultural dishes. You can use Pinterest or Google and find great recipes. I enjoy making Paprikash like my German grandmother did when I was little.
  4. Hang pictures. If you have pictures of your ancestors hang them up instead of just looking at them on a screen. My parents and inlaw’s have pictures of their grandparents hanging up and it’s great to see them and allows me to tell my kids about their great, great grandparents.
  5. Write down or print stories you find about your ancestors and put them in a book. One day someone else in your family will thank you.
  6. Tell their stories to your children and grandchildren, even if you don’t think they’re listening. You may be surprised.
  7. Learn an old fashioned craft that your ancestors may have enjoyed. A lot of them, such as knitting, are becoming popular again.

How do you keep your ancestor’s memories alive?


How to make money homesteading

These are not get rich quick schemes, but genuine work from home jobs. You will likely have to put in 40+ hours a week to see an income. That’s still no guarantee, these are simply ideas that I have seen work for others. - books at affordable prices 160x600

  1. Blogging. Yes, some people earn a living doing what I’m doing. It takes a lot of time and commitment. In order to earn money blogging you must have affiliates or a product that you’re selling. Ebooks do well.
  2. Crafts. Can you sew, knit, crochet, or something else? Then you can probably make things and either sell them online or at fairs and festivals. You probably won’t become a millionaire, but one weekend a month just might pay the light bill.
  3. Handyman or cleaning service. Are you good with your hands? Try starting a handyman service. Like cleaning? A lot of people are too busy to make repairs, do yard work, etc. Or they can’t or simply don’t want to do it. I hate cleaning and would gladly pay someone else if I was able. Lol
  4. Selling wares from your homestead. Check your local laws on this one. You may be able to sell eggs, cheese, produce, and soap that you have made on your homestead. A lot of people where I live love to support local farmers!
  5. Direct sales. Do your research and find one that hasn’t been done to death. There are unique ones out there and if you market it right you can earn an income. I have a friend on Facebook who not only is able to stay home, BUT her husband is able to stay home, too.
  6. Freelance. There are tons of ideas on Fiverr. You can check it out at the link below. If you make a purchase I earn a small commission at no cost to you.

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This is a short list compared to what’s out there. There are websites and ebooks out there that only deal with this subject. Who knows, maybe you will be able to quit your day job and work from your homestead.

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Let me know what you do from home! I love hearing new and creative ideas!

Living on a budget

I have been a stay at home mom for eleven years now and my husband has been disabled for almost two. Trust me when I tell you that we can make a dollar stretch a long, long way. Lol

The way we have done this is by listing all of our bills so that there are fewer surprises. I love Google Sheets because I can start on my tablet and edit from my phone or vice versa. An added bonus is that it’s free! This step may take a little bit to fine tune because you’ll need to average some things, like your utility bills. - books at affordable prices 160x600

Another thing is my husband buys discounted meats at our local grocery store. They’re not out of date or anything, they’re just close. If we won’t use them that day then we toss them in the freezer. We have eaten steak for $2/lb this way.

We buy online when we can. We have Amazon Prime so we get free shipping. That means we don’t use gas and we don’t have to load and unload three kids. Win-win!

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I earn a little extra money doing surveys and reading emails from Inbox Dollars. It’s not a fortune, but $35 every couple of months adds up.

My favorite way to earn extra money is through Ebates. I don’t buy anything without searching for it through their database. I got $40 back Christmas shopping last year!


So $75 every couple of months may not pay your bills, but it will buy extras you want that you couldn’t afford otherwise.

We also save money by using Cricket Wireless for our cell phones. We have three phones with unlimited everything for $90. We have been with them for nearly three years now and have never had any problems. I highly recommend them! I’m not being paid by them to tell you how much I love them. Lol

What are some of your favorite ways to budget and save money?

Knitting: What you need to get started

The great thing about knitting is that you don’t have to use a pattern. You can just start knitting. This guide is for us rebels who just want to get started.

First, check your yarn for what size knitting needles are recommended. That’s the X in the picture below. You can use a different size, but I tend to follow the recommendation when I’m free-handing it. Lol This includes length. You don’t want to use short, straight needles if you’re making a blanket (or a shawl 🙋) and you don’t need a 60″ circular needle to make a dish cloth.

Now you need to look at your yarn again for how many yards are there. You may need to look for a chart on Pinterest to see how many yards you need for what you’re making. You don’t want to be in the middle of a blanket and run out. Unless your yarn doesn’t have a dye lot number. Then you can just buy more and continue. If there’s a dye lot that means there could be variations from one skein of yarn to the next. Not something you want to risk.