WOW! Where did this year go?

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As we come to the end of the Christmas season and the the end of another year I am trying not to reflect back too much on what has been, as much as what can be.  Yes, there has been good, really good in fact, but there has also been bad and downright ugly.  I won’t go into my thoughts on politics or celebrity deaths or whatnot, it only fuels some peoples internet-anonymity-driven fires.  That’s not what this is about.  This is about reflection of a personal nature and looking toward a future with hope and dreams and some common sense as well.  

I am excited about beginning the 2nd semester of homeschool with my 9th grader and he absolutely loves it!  The first semester went so well… I call it a success for sure!  Just gotta get printing on assignments for him starting back next week… wow time is flying isn’t it?  

I look forward to getting myself healthier, as I have slacked off in that department quite a bit.  Holidays, amiright?  You have no idea the amount of cookies and other sweet treats I created.  Too many!  That’s how many!  The smell of sugary goodies in my house was almost unbearable…hey, I said almost!  HA!  Seriously though, I have had maybe two cookies and two tiny pieces of baklava… go willpower!  

I also look forward to doing a savings jar again.  Now, it may not seem like much to some, but to us it was a good chunk of cash-ola that paid for some summertime fun!

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All I did was get a $1 plastic container from dollar tree, cover it in duct tape(yes, I has cherry duct tape…I used it for roller derby, on my skates) and then make my weekly date sheet of what to put in it and on what date.  I just put in cash once a week, starting Jan 1 with 50cents and each week increase it by 50 cents.  By the time I reach June 11, there at the bottom of my list, I will have $150 in the jar, plus whatever random change I add here and there outside of the set amount.  Now, if I choose to keep saving, at this point I will probably just add $10 a week for the rest of the year.  Much more than that and it can become a nuisance.  Like I said, to some this may seem like a tiny amount, but honestly, $410+ by the end of next year sounds amazing to me, just by throwing a little cash in a jar each week.  This may be a yearly thing for us now.  

Lastly, I look forward to being more comfortable in my own skin.  This has always been hard for me, even if I don’t show it.  I worry about what I look like, what others will think and if someone will think bad of me or laugh because of my choices in clothing, hair, etc.  Lately though, I have all but abandoned those unimportant thoughts and just went with who and what I am.  I like clothes, don’t like shopping because I am not a size 2, but guess what, I don’t have to be in order to be me.  So I shop with pride now.  I have bought clothes recently that I would never have bought before but I love them and guess what, they fit and no one stared or laughed or poked fun at me.  Not that I care now.  I have also gotten many tattoos this year(yay!) with an appointment to get another next week.  Did I ever think I would be a 40-something mom getting tatted, especially with my adult son, NO.  But there we were, a month ago, at the shop together… he paying for mine as a birthday present to me.  Awww!  Anyway, my point in all this is that THIS IS ME!  I will be me and be happy about it…it took me a long time to find my confidence.  But DAMN am I glad I did!  This year I will continue this confidence, I will continue home education for my child and I will be the cheapskate that I am, shopping sales, making my own stuff and saving every penny in a jar.  I like me.  2016 me was good, but 2017 me is gonna be GREAT!

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This is me, the CRAZYMAMA

MORE SOON…

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

From CrazyMama RK!

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To tell ya the truth…

ImageSo, to begin…a little about me.

I am a mom of two boys and a wife to a hard working husband!  We live in Texas, where I am from, and have no plans on going anywhere else.

In the past 6-8 months or so, in order to cut household costs as well as provide healthier alternatives to everyday food and hygiene products, I have “gone homemade” on a great many things.  I can pickles, peppers and my own jams and jellies as well as make my own laundry soap and bars of people soap.  (The pic is of some of my canning efforts as well as a bunch of my homemade oats n’ honey soap bars)

I can and will post recipes…the good and bad results too, in coming bloggies.  🙂

I have also begun to crochet a lot more and have made a few afghans and scarves as well as my own crocheted dishcloths…these are a great alternative to store-bought throw-away dish sponges.  They can be thrown in the wash with your towels or hooked over the rack in the top of your dishwasher to clean.

Lastly, I can be a bit of a geek when it comes to sci-fi!  I love Doctor Who and Supernatural…well OK that may be understating it a bit.  Just a warning though, should I fire off a random, seemingly unrelated quote, rest assured that, in my mind, it is totally relative to my blog.  And if you understand my quote, a gold star for you and I expect you to say something or at least give me a “lol”, OK?

RK~~~~~

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