50 Things


Friday has surprised me.  I honestly had no idea it was this late in the week!  Do days ever sneaky, sneak on you?  Change is in the air here at Sage Manor with the possibility of a move.  I am not in “panic mode” yet, and am trying to hang on and not even go there…..I do believe if this door is open, God will bless someone with our lovely home so I am not without my Sweetie for too long!  Belief!!

With that, we have been advanced Spring Cleaning here!  Everything is being looked at, which reminds me of things that us Mamas do in order to save, and to stretch what we already have.  So here are 50 things that is saving us, our sanity, and hopefully our carbon footprint!

1.  Know what you have.

2.  Look at your money in the bank, daily.

3.  If you no longer love it, don’t like to dust it, bless it to someone else!  It doesn’t matter WHO gave it to you!

4.  Buy in bulk if you can.  One little step a week to build up your pantry.

5.  Use the library.  Use the “inter-library” option too.  Don’t willingly give full price for a book.  Barter, borrow and beg for a book if you have to!

6.  Make sure the freezer is full!  Put in empty milk gallons filled with water (smart!) to fill up the room so the freezer doesn’t have to work as hard.

7.  Use insulted curtains (mine are fleece blankets, it’s still winter here!) in the kitchen (or anywhere) to keep it warm.

8.  Keep food items off the counters…uninvited buggies and kitties are notorious for snitching in the middle of the night!

9.  I keep rugs down in the winter for warm toes.  Which helps with the heating bill too.

10.  Eat by candlelight.

11.  Learn to make good homemade family bread…without electricity (my beloved Bosch!!), mixing that is. 

12.  Or if you are lucky enough to have a wood stove, learn to use it for your cooking too!

13.  Grow herbs in the summer to have on hand in the winter, just in case.

14.  Have a good herbal book in the home that tells you what to do!

15.  Know how to make simple homemade cleaners…..try it for a month, you may get hooked!

16.  Know the importance of NOT using anti-bacterial everything!

17.  Keep your important papers (birth cert., ss cards, passports, titles) in a Non-burnable “safe” somewhere close so you can grab it.

18.  Know where your important financial papers are.  Can you make a copy and put those in the box too?  How about pass words?…Account numbers?

19.  Have a goal with your pantry.  Have one day of food on hand, then a week, then a month, then 3 months, then 6, 9, and a years worth.  Believe me, there is some sort of security knowing that you won’t be stressed out because of a lack of food.

20.  Only put in your pantry things that your family will eat.

21.  Rotate that food, use it and replace.

22.  Make an apron.

23.  Wear it.

24.  Learn to knit, crochet, sew a button, etc….these are skills that we are losing and must be broght back.

25.  Have a outside laundry line if you can.  If not, have a makeshift one in the basement or somewhere else.

26.  Use that too!

27.  Find fun things that your family like to do that doesn’t cost money (games, listening to a story on tape, hiking, looking at photos)

28.  Our domestic, inside pets will not die from eating good human food (chicken in broth, kale, tuna, apples!) In fact they like it.  Worst case senerio, you can continue to feed them too.

29.  Buy a couple of chickens.  Add safety, feed, fresh water & sunshine.

30.  Eat organic eggs!

31.  Have a “product” or “book” or “clothing” exchange with your girlfriends.  And chocolate and coffee and you have an Eco-Party!!  woohoo!!

32.  Know your neighbors.

33.  Love them, and do things for them.  They will do the same.

34.  Change your heat filter, once a month in the winter.  Your nose and heating bill will thank you!

35. Buy local.  Know a honey source, know a milk source, know a beef source.  Add these people into your life and bless each other.

36.  Wear used / recycled clothing.  It doesn’t kill a soul!

37.  Plant trees.  Fruit trees…..pines, anything!!  Just plant!

38.  Pick up the trash in your yard.  Need I say more?

39.  Use good oil if you can.  I know it’s a luxury, but the health benefits are well worth the couple of extra dollars and a doctor visit.

40.  If you can’t pronounce what the ingrediants are:  DON”T EAT IT!

41.  Same for the stuff that we put on our skin.

42.  Paint, colour, sew, create.  Let your kids in on that to, or someone else’s kids…….teach them what you know.  It’s so important.

43.  Worship.  How ever you want and be grateful for all you have.

44.  Dust & clean so you don’t have to take allergy meds! (reminder to ME!!)

45.  Let your kids get dirty instead of buying the newest gadget on the market.

46.  Know where you are spending your money.  Do you like that company?  Are they ethical in their treatment of people?  (will post my Anti-Walmarts article soon!!)

47.  Recycle.  Try. 

48.  Use cloth napkins or those crazy Shamwows on everything!

49.  Know who you are.

50.  Love all and yourself.  Never give up on your dreams!


Little things add up.   Know matter where you are in the frugal/ eco-friendly/ homesteading lifestyle don’t give up.  Those things make a difference, save money, encourage others and strenthen your own skills if you are placed in a difficult situation (like a lay-off).  More fab ideas…check out Jessica at LifeasMom

Be blessed this weekend!! 




Frugal Friday thoughts


I have to say I have no real nuggets of truth this week.  I couldn’t think of anything new that we are doing.  No new pantry tricks, no new How to warm the cold house news, Unschooling/library news…nothing.  The only real thing we have done this week is : STAY HOME.

I haven’t used the $20 allotted for gas money.  We’ve read a ton.  Granted my oldest at home has been alittle under the weather.  We invited a family for tea (before the sickness!!)  We did go to town yesterday, 15 minutes away & a quick visit to the library.  Living in a rural town one must think before hopping into the car!!  I haven’t the luxury of running to town for a pepper, or a bit of milk, or even a pizza!!

Staying home certainly isn’t a brillant concept, but it’s a frugal, natural way of being way before we had tele’s and cars.

What would the kiddos do if we couldn’t get to homeschool gym??  How would be deal with a new suit that must be bought?  And I can certainly attest that the cats in the house would have an uprising if we didn’t provide a bowl of store bought food on a daily basis!!!

Thoughts of Frugalness/ Livng Simply:  Stay Home!!  Need some more thoughts?  Have a glance at Biblical Womanhood!!



A truly scrumptious day!

A Jane Austen day:

I am pleased to inform everyone concerned that there were a many of a women folk that truly did enjoy our day.  We promptly had tea while our small children frolicked about the home and scrutinized how certain people must indeed change their ways before detriment sets in.  Many ideas were given to the simple concept of the garden beds for the summer as our dreams of fresh blueberries teased our tongue.  Our time together was so enjoyed as the sisterhood of friendship continues strongly.

* A truly scrumptious blog to visit is the Barefoot Mama!!



It’s the little things



Frugal Friday it is. 

I was thinking about the phrase above, “it’s the little things” and how that can be used for alot of different situations in life.  Our passions, our finances, our relationships.  I look around here at Sage Manor and think of the little things that impact us.  Here are some little things that we don’t give priority to in our lives:

*HE Laundry Soap.  I make my own.

*Cable.  We use the library and Netflix (savings $34 a month)

*Clothing.  We are Environmentalists: we shop at the Goodwill and other Resell shops, or make our own, or do without.

*Heating: more clothes & digging out the blankets.  Basic hibernation skills kick in.

*Personal Hygiene: (stay with me here!!): My daughter and I use minimal cosmetics and nail stuff.  Actually I hardly use any at all.  My crazy hair does best air dried, my Love is allergic to nail polish….so none of that in the house, and we don’t prescribe to all the hype of different soaps, conditioners, and colours.

Here are some little things that DO get priority at Sage Manor:


*books: if it cannot be found at the library or used book store.

*Soup Night: it is a must to have friends over and be able to serve simple, delicious soup with homemade bread.  Most of the time this is a very little cost, sometimes more if wine is involved!!  But it is always, always worth it.

*Socks: sounds silly.  But my Beloved has had many bouts of frost bite from the military and he must have certain socks that protect and comfort his feet in the winter.  Here is a favorite brand.

*Shoes: our feet are important.  Mine: well, I can still find discounted shoes at Targets that makes me very happy.  My Love: oh my.  A $144 dollar bill this Valentines day weekend for his shoes.  Because of his super wide feet, “normal” shoes are impossible, so this is a “normal” twice a year cost.  Feet are important my friends!!

*Fun: Meaning like this past weekend when we went rock climbing.  Major expenses for our wee family, but so very worth the memories for the kids and the friend they were able to bring along.  Certain “fun” things are worth the cost in our book.  Think: State parks instead of Disney land for our family. (not that Disney land is wrong, it’s just not us).  Certain memories have a cost investment involved, and we are willing to adjust and plan for those fun times!

All this to say is that what is frugal to some families is way off base for others!!  Don’t fall into a silly guilt trap by trying to emulate other families and how they deal with their finances.  We all need certain little things in life for comfort. 

 Enjoy your little things!!  I am sure they are scrumptious!!

Peace & Love!