No Spend June

Today’s a special day, you’re getting two blog posts from me. I’m so excited about this news I just couldn’t help myself.

This morning I sat down with my husband and offered up the idea of a no spend month. A month where the only money coming out of our wallets is for gas, groceries, and bills.

No eating out. No trips to the ice-cream store or to the movies. No Target runs for mom (well, other than the once a month I have to go get Austen’s meds).

Nothing, nada, zip, zero, zilch.

I know that getting ahold of our finances also requires getting ahold of our spending habits, and a no spend month will help us in that endeavor. It’s going to be tough, but I know when July 1st comes around and I see my bank statements, it will also be so rewarding.

May 2017 Debt Total

I have a confession to make. Until earlier this month I hadn’t totaled our debt up since last summer. That’s right, I didn’t know how much debt we had for 9 months.

Even when we stopped using our cards earlier this winter, I still couldn’t bring myself to total our debt. I knew it was high, but I was scared and ashamed to see just how high.

A few weeks ago I gathered up the courage and bit the bullet. I added it all up; and y’all, I almost fainted. It’s that bad. 147,557.02 bad to be precise. You having trouble reading that?

147,557.02

I told you it was bad.

But you know what, it’s okay. I mean the debt is okay, but seeing the number is. Seeing that total might have made me almost faint, but it also lit a fire under my butt. It’s time to get to serious work on this debt free journey.

 

And the winner is….

Congratulations Sara on winning two sets of unpaper towels from Creekside Kid! You should have gotten an email letting you know of your win. Please email me at meagan@themoogie.com by Sunday May 14th to claim your prize.

Thank you all for your participation, and I hope you have a fabulous day!

 

Meagan

The Lazy Mom’s DIY Dish Soap Recipe

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When I first started on our minimal waste journey one of the main things I knew I wanted to tackle was the mountain of cleaning products I use. My great-greatgrandmother didn’t have this many cleaning products, I told myself (she was the author of several Home Economics books back in the day) and she somehow survived. If she could so can I. So I started reading and researching different products I could make on my own using less, and more sustainable, ingredients.

Alas, one of the first things I ran out of was dish soap, and for some reason it was also the most intimidating. I mean this needs to clean the things my family eats off of each day. Our healthy quite literally was dependent on me getting this right.

But y’all, I’ve got to admit, I can be lazy. I was not interested in a massive undertaking involving melting, cooking, and stirring ingredients. Ain’t nobody got time for that. I have been a huge fan of Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap for several years now, so I started looking for recipes that involved it, but then I made another discovery. Dr. Bronner had another product that I had somehow missed all these years-and it’s seriously changed my life, and my cleaning game.

So here it is, my DIY easy-peasy, lazy mom approved liquid dish soap. I hope you enjoy 🙂

 

1 Cup Dr. Bronner’s Organic Sal Suds Liquid Cleaner

1 Cup Distilled Water

1/4 Tbsp White Vinegar

10 Drops Plant Therapy’s KidSafe Germ Destroyer

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Zero Waste Paper Product Alternatives | GIVEAWAY!

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Hello everyone!

I am so excited to be hosting this giveaway, seriously Creekside Kid’s products have made it so easy for me to begin switching to a minimal waste lifestyle and I love being able to share that with you. Check out the contest rules below and don’t forget there is more than one way to enter! The winner will be announced Wednesday May 10th!

Meagan

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Unpaper Towels

Facial Rounds

Baby Wipes

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New Beginnings

I woke up this morning to snow. The weather man told me yesterday that snow was not the forecast, but the dainty white balls of fluff have been falling continuously outside my window. I do not mind though, snow is clean, it is refreshing, it’s pure. Snow has a way of washing away all that is dirty outside my door and making it new again. Today I need new.

I have suffered with anxiety and depression since I was in high school, but for awhile there I thought I had it under control. My anxiety attacks became fewer and farther between, and when I did have one it wouldn’t take an ativan to make it go away. But over the last year and a half that has not been the case.

Depression has a way of coming in waves. For a long time those waves were small, and I could easily jump over then without my head fulling submerging into their depths. Lately the waves have been coming bigger and bigger though, I can no longer jump over them, they make me feel like I can’t breath.

Maybe my depression is situational, it’s been a hell of a two years after all. Maybe it’s not. What i know is that I cannot handle it on my own anymore. I want to feel better, to be a better mom, a better wife, a better friend. Right now, I can’t do any of those things in the way I want to or need to. I have no energy to clean, to play with my kids, to enjoy moments with my husband. I am on the verge of crying 98% of the time. This is not normal, this is not sustainable. I’m officially waiving the white flag, I’m surrendering, I’m starting therapy.

It’s a big step for me, my one and only therapy experience in the past was less than helpful, and probably actually a tad bit unethical. But I know I cannot to do this on my own anymore, so I have to call in the big guns. I do not want to go on medication, the thought of it makes me cringe, but honestly at this point I’d have a lobotomy if they recommended it. I just want to be me again.

So with all that said I apologize for the lack of posts over the last week. I know I do not owe anyone an explanation, but at the same time I feel like I do. I also feel an tug to be fully 100% honest in this blog. I want to be transparent. And I do not want to ever lead anyone to think that I am a perfect Pinterest post of a mom. I’m real, I struggle a lot, but I also do what I have to keep going.

So here’s to admitting my flaws, to picking myself back up, and knowing when I alone cannot fix the problem. Here’s to new beginnings.

What I Want For My Children

Photo credit to Yellow Spot Photography

Today something is going to happen that I honestly never thought possible. As a nation we are going to swear a man into office who has zero political experience beyond the campaign he just finished, has already broken or twisted several promises he made during that campaign, has built himself a reputation as an amazing business man even though six  of those businesses have filed for bankruptcy, and wants to continue to tell us that celebrities have no business putting their voice into politics when he is a walking talking embodiment of that ideology. He ran a campaign largely based on loud voices, vague platforms, fear, racism, and hate. And today we will swear him in as the President of the United States.

Today I look towards our nations future, and I would be lying if I said I wasn’t apprehensive, I have spent a lot of time praying for this country and this planet we call home. I’ve prayed for the individual I do not like at all, and for all of the people scared of what the next four years will hold for them and their families. And one thing I have gotten out of my prayers is that although our countries future is uncertain, my dreams for my children’s futures are not.

I want my children to grow up to be hard working, motivated individuals who stand up for what is right, even if that means standing alone. I want them to find love, happiness, and friendship free from restrictions of race, religion, or gender. I want my children to know that others do not have to look like you, believe like you, or love like you in order for them to be accepted. To be defended. To be protected.

I want my daughters to be paid an equal wage for equal work, I want them to be able to wear what they want without fear of being assaulted and told they had it coming. I want my son to know that a woman’s place is beside him, not behind or below him.

My children are my life, my heart, and my soul. I want them to know I am always here for them, but I also want them to be capable and willing to stand on their own two feet. I want my children to look into their futures with hope and excitement, and I want them to look back on their past without resentment or regrets.

I have many wants for my children’s future, just as I have many wants for my nation’s. In the meantime I will continue to pray for both, to lead by example, and continue looking onward. As J.P. Morgan once said:

“The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are.”

 

Homeschool Dropout!

Lately I have been getting a lot of questions about whether or not Addi is still homeschooling. The answer is no, after a lot of thought and contemplation we made the decision that it was time to put her into a local charter school in our area.

In today’s video I explain how we came to that decision and why it was the best one for our entire family.