Inside: Blogging is a ton of work, but over time you’ll learn what’s worth it and what you need to stop worrying about. Get advice from a 2nd year blogger!
August marks the birth month of Medium Sized Family! I love to spend a little time reflecting on how far the blog has come, and this year I have 2 years under my belt as a blogger.
When I wanted to be a music teacher, I went to college and studied the subjects they told me to. Blogging is a whole different beast! Sure, you can take classes to learn how to be a better blogger. But it’s tough to figure out what’s valuable… and what’s just noise.
While I have no intention of becoming a blogger who blogs about blogging, I would like to share some of my experiences this year. Maybe this will give other bloggers an aha moment. Or maybe you’ll decide that you’d like to try blogging yourself! Or…not. 😉
When I agreed to help build a brand new non-profit PTO from scratch with a few other enthusiastic parents, I had no idea what I was getting myself into! We’ve been working hard to get everything ready for back to school on a very limited budget.
At least I knew a little about dealing with a budget anyway!
Needless to say, I’m a little fried from all of that busyness, so I apologize for not getting a new 5 Ways post up last week. I’m glad you didn’t give up on me!
Inside: You must learn how to stop worrying about money, because life is so much more than hiding behind your current circumstances.
The cart was nearly full as I turned down the last aisle at the grocery store. I eyeballed the foods I had selected to feed our family, which were always carefully chosen to keep our budget down. But prices had been rising steadily for months. In fact, the cost of food seemed higher this trip than they were just a week ago.
Gas prices were through the roof and everyone I knew was struggling in one way or another. There was a recession. Plus I had just quit my job, lowering our income just as our third child was born. The timing wasn’t perfect.
As I pushed the cart along, I couldn’t help but wonder if the cost of food would continue to climb until we’d find ourselves unable to feed our small family. A terrible feeling washed over me, and I frantically dug through my purse, looking for my phone. As I called my sister, I knew I was having a heart attack.
Inside: Last minute dinner ideas can save you from another night of pizza deliveries. Get recipes that use ingredients you probably have on hand!
At least once a week around here, there comes a night when dinner time sneaks up on me. I’ll look at the clock, wonder what happened to my day, and realize that I’d better get something that looks like dinner put on the table!
Since our days of ordering pizza on the fly are over, it’s good to have a list of foods you can usually toss together with just a little effort using things you have on hand. I’m not saying this list will cut it if your pantry is down to nothing but a jar of pimentos and a bottle of hot sauce! (If that’s you, head over to learn more about grocery services like Kroger Clicklist instead. Trust me, you need this in your life!)
But if it’s a run of the mill evening and you’re too tired to create a recipe based on what you’ve got, don’t worry. It’s as simple as scrolling through this list of delicious recipes here!
July was kinda rough. There were moments (hours) (days?) that I was just doggone tired of paying off debt. For a while, I wondered if I could even see it through to the end.
Paying off debt ain’t for the weak, and after some reflection I wrote about it. And as I wrote, I realized that the only way around these problems was to go straight through them.