It’s 4:30 in the afternoon and I’ve already changed my shirt four times. It’s such a normal feeling to walk into my closet and grab a different t-shirt that it doesn’t even surprise me anymore. That doesn’t mean that spit-up covering my shoulder doesn’t take me off guard though. There is so much that has changed these past four months and so many things that are my new normal. You have to adjust to the feeling that you aren’t the most important thing in your life anymore. There is a fine balance that I’m still trying to find between being there 100% for my little one and taking care of myself, the house, my husband, friends, family and career. In the movies and on television they make it seem like you wake up one day and boom you have everything together… yeah, no.
Everyone has that one decoration that has stuck around for some reason. You want to throw it out but you’ve had it for so long you just keep it in the closet or the garage. This is what our “Home Sweet Home” sign was for us. We’ve been in our house for a year today and have had this thing since we had our second apartment together. We had originally put it by the door and hung our coats on it, but when we got our house I really wanted to do a gallery wall instead and it just didn’t match. My husband also pointed out that we had a lot of décor that said “home” on it, so I didn’t want to hang it, but I also didn’t want to throw something out that we have had for so long.
We live in Texas, which means that we have to embrace fall when it’s still in the 90’s outside. A nice Fall day right now means that it’s less than 80 degrees outside and that there is possibly a breeze. As much as I am a die-hard Texan it’s no secret that we have to embrace Fall in our own way. Yesterday morning was one of those days for me. I woke up and wanted to smell cinnamon, enjoy a warm breakfast and feel like it was a chilly autumn day. Yesterday also kicked off the first day of Fun and Frugalfest where we aren’t spending money outside of our budget and we are planning a budget-friendly date night which meant whatever I was going to cook needed to come from what we had in the pantry and fridge.
If you research personal finance or budgeting at all then you know that most people consider it a taboo topic. They will write about it but won’t openly discuss it, mainly because it is seen as rude to talk about how much you make, how much your house cost, how much money you owe in student loans and so on. What if instead of being ashamed or feeling like failures we actively made small changes to better ourselves and our situations?
I’ve done quite a bit of research around meal planning and to be completely honest, it is all just too much in my opinion. I think that meal planning is something that is pretty simple but I think it may seem simple to me because we don’t try to over-complicate it. At one point, we tried doing meal-prep but it took up the entire day Sunday and left both of us feeling frustrated and burned out. Below I’ve listed the 6 things we do to have a successful and non-stressful shopping trip.