“Creating the best memories requires no money.”
~ Charlie Lee Austin
It is that beautiful time of year again when we celebrate Advent, the time we prepare our hearts and minds for the birth of Jesus.
Raising a family of 6 on a budget, I understand the stress that Christmas can create, a time when we feel the need to overdo everything, gifts, parties, meals, decorations…….but all of this costs money and can distract from the real reason of the season.
I have written a book that lists many of the ways my family has celebrated the hoidays while living on a tight budget – Frugal Seeds 101 Ways to Celebrate the Holiday Season on a Budget. It can be read FREE with KindleUnlimited and is available on Amazon in e-book and paperback.
I would be humbled if you would take a moment to check it out, thank you.
~ Wishing all of you a very blessed Advent Season.
The Holidays, even if you budget for them, have a way of putting a strain on your wallet. While my kids were younger, I worked very hard to make sure they didn’t notice our limited budget by keeping Christmas a fun and active time while remaining focused on the true meaning of this holy season.
In my latest book, Frugal Seeds Christmas Edition: 101 Ways to Celebrate the Holidays on a Budget, I share many of the ways we celebrated the Christmas season while keeping our focus on the reason for the season.
I would be greatly humbled if you would take a moment to check it out. It is now available on Amazon in paperback and e-book and can be read FREE on KindleUnlimited. Thank you.
“I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all year.”
Welcome friends and thank you very much for stopping by today. This week my question has to do with physical acitivity. This is a tough area for many people with chronic illness since there are some that respond poorly to exercise. No matter what illness label you hold, fatigue is always a side effect making exercise something that takes a lot will power to overcome the desire to climb back into bed.
We read, watch, and are told that exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle which can lead to guilt and disappointment when we cannot participate in the physical activities that we were once able to enjoy.
So, this week’s question is, What physical movement do you participate in?
Over the years I have been able to do as little as, yay! I walked up and down the stairs today or to the mailbox. Currently I am able to take my dog on a short walk, walk in the park, get on the treadmill or exercise bike but have discovered that 30 minutes is about my limit or I pay for it the next day.
Please take a moment to share what works for you. I am sure many of us are looking for new ways to move our bodies. Thank you!
- We are not providing any medical advice, only ideas of what works for us.
Chronic illnesses tend to have a dreaded side affect of memory issues which can be extremely frustrating.
Through the years, I have experimented with different approaches towards keeping myself organized and on track. The ways have changed as the kids have grown, but I have found that now they are in their busy stage of life, I must keep a very detailed schedule.
At this time, I use my cell phone and a wall calendar to keep track of daily appointments, celebrations, work schedules, really anywhere I need to be and when. Then, I write out my daily to-do list on an index card so I can carry it with me throughout the day (if I don’t forget it, that is 🙂 )
Which leads me to this week’s questions, How do you keep yourself organized?
Please take a moment to share! I deeply appreciate all of you who take the time to leave information in the comment section. I have learned a lot from all of you and I am sure others have too! Thank you.
~ wendi is the author of three books and can be seen here.
I am super excited to announce my newest book, Frugal Seeds: 101 Ways to Celebrate the Holidays on a Budget. This book is a true labor of love as it includes the many ways my family celebrated the holy season while living on a budget.
I would greatly appreciate you taking a moment to check it out here.
As many of you know I have written a book call Frugal Seeds Summer Edition: 101 Ways to Enjoy Summer with Your Kids for Little Money.
This is can be read FREE at Amazon with KindleUnlimited or you can purchase the e-book for 99 cents.
From my family to yours……….wishing you a summer filled with blessed memories.
“Summer time is the best of what might be.” ~ Charles Bowden
I am excited to announce that we have another book available on Amazon, Frugal Seeds Summer Edition, 101 Ways to Enjoy Summer with Your Kids for Little Money. This was a true labor of love as the ideas inside this e-book are how I have enjoyed summer with my kids through the years.
I would be humbled if you would check it out. Free to read with KindleUnlimited and 99 cents to download.
The title of my blog gives away the fact that I live with at least one chronic illness. Now, I don’t want to brag, but I actually live with several, and as interesting as it sounds, it is not a whole lot of fun. Unfortunately I am not the only one in my family who lives with such a burden. Every person in my immediate family lives with at least one chronic illness.
As a result of all of our medical bills, we have learned to live on a tight budget. Over the years I have had to learn to be frugal and about 6 months ago I decided to put some of my frugal ways into a book, Frugal Seeds: 501 Ways to Make, Save or Stretch a Dollar. It is now available in both paperback and e-book on Amazon. The entire book can be read for FREE with an Amazon Kindle Unlimited membership.
You will notice it is written under a pen name. This has been done as I working on additional books and I am determined to keep the lives of my children private. Thank you for understanding.
Now that it is summer (and I am way late posting this), there are so many free activities taking place around the country. Just in my small mid-west town we have a free concert series, library summer reading programs, free movies once a week and free lunches every weekday for anyone who is hungry. So check out what is available in your location………you might be amazed how many free activities are available to you and your family and the free choices can be just as fun as the ones that cost money – without the guilt.
Below is a list of some free activities for adults:
Free admission into National Parks
Free admission into museums with Bank of America credit card or
Free classes for adults at home depot………yes, they offer free kid classes too
Free fishing days
Places you can volunteer
Free music app………..makes doing something not-so-fun, more fun with a personalized playlist
Whole foods offers free classes in some locations
Some Williams Sonoma stores offer free classes
I have written a book, Frugal Seeds 101 Ways to Make, Save or Stretch a Dollar. I would be thankful if you would take a moment to check it out. Thank you.
Here is a list of stuff you can get free on your birthday……….and in case you missed it, check out free food you can also receive on your big day!
Acme Comedy Company – free tickets
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema – free movie ticket
AMC – free gift
American Eagle – 15% off coupon
Anthropologie – birthday discount
Banana Republic – birthday gift (possible coupon)
Bare Minerals – free gift
Captain Dizzy – free car wash
Colombia – free birthday gift & welcome gift
Container Store – free birthday & anniversary gifts
CVS – special offer on birthday month
DSW – $5.00 off
Famous Footwear – $10 off
Fresh – free gift
Harkins Theater – free $5.00 for concessions
House of Comedy – free ticket
J Crew – 20% off & free shipping on your birthday
Kohl’s – free gift
Lancome – special gift
Office Depot – special birthday offer
Old Navy – free gift
Out of Africa – free park admission
Payless – special birthday offer
Redbox – one free night rental
Sephora – free gift
Ulta Beauty – free gift
World Market – free surprise
~ wendi, pen name Charlie, is the author of Frugal Seeds: 501 Ways to Make, Save or Stretch a Dollar.