Project: Food Budget 4

Another successful week in food budget land, despite overdrawing my account and being a complete and utter failure in the land of overall budgeting. Ugh. Weekly Budget: $125 Actual $ Spent: $96.21 Amazon $68.97 Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance $27.24 Our purchases at Amazon were restocking MCT Oil (another keto staple) and testing out a bulk order of coffee from a new roaster. In our constant effort to save money, we are considering a subscribe and save order of the aforementioned coffee for daily use and reserving our beloved Commonplace brews for more indulgent purposes.  But, of course, N and I are coffee snobs, […]

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Project: Food Budget 3

Budgetary success woohoo! Fun! Fast forward to my enthusiasm waning once we make a Costco trip. We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it. Weekly Budget: $125 Actual $ Spent: $103.75 Amazon $20.80 Giant Eagle $57.15 Commonplace Coffee $25.80 The biggest splurge of the week was $20.80 for coconut oil. The good news is this container is 54oz and should last approximately a month.  Because someone asked in a comment on the last post, my uses for coconut oil are myriad and sundry. I use it as a nightly facial moisturizer mixed with some pure lavender essential oil. N […]

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Project: Food Budget 2

It was an odd week, but a week where I think we didn’t blow the budget – yay for succeeding to get things started. Weekly Budget: $125 Actual $ Spent: $92.25 Trader Joe’s $21.44 Marty’s Market $73.81 Success! I credit this success largely to a Costco trip prior to the beginning of this project that has us well stocked with various staple items, as well as the large portions of meat in our freezer. Trader Joe’s was an odd diversion for us.  I usually make a snack for a regular meeting I had to go to Tuesday evening. Because we’d […]

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What I’m Reading 2

As I mentioned in the first of this series, I read quite a bit. My reading materials vary from books, blogs, and other articles. I’m still reading the same book. I’ve had a slow couple of weeks with that one. I find it to be a fascinating topic, but I also find it harder to stay engaged with books that are non-narrative. I love a good story! Why the Sustainability Myth is just as destructive as the Overhead Myth Nonprofit With Balls is a newly discovered blog on my list and I seriously love it.  There are not a whole lot of […]

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Project: Food Budget – Let’s Do This!

I am both excited and nervous to participate in Project: Food Budget.  After the lovely Emily Levenson said she was starting it up after swearing she never would again, I thought about how powerful the experience must be for her to come back to it.  And, honestly, food spending has been a major thorn in my side for quite some time.  N and I have done some great work over the last couple of years to reign in our expenses trying to pay down some pretty horrifying credit card debt. (I am a recovering credit card junkie!) But even though we’ve […]

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What I’m Reading

There was a time in my life where I didn’t love to read. I struggled to keep up and actually had my teacher call my parents to say that I needed help. I remember sitting on the couch in my childhood home with my dad helping me to get through a book (chosen by my super-advanced-reader BFF at the time) that I was behind in for a group book report. In fact, my short-lived dream of following in my father’s footsteps, going to Notre Dame for undergrad and Stanford Law for graduate school and becoming a lawyer, came to a […]

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Changing it Up

When I started this blog, I had no idea I was on my way to starting my own business. I simply wanted a space to write down the stories of my life.  I had so much fear around starting because I felt that all my stories worth telling would be negative. So far, I’ve largely fulfilled that prophecy, writing about the trauma of seeing an ex, depression and the failure of my mother to fulfill her role. But, I haven’t written anything since November. This is largely because when I think about the topics I intended to write about, I don’t […]

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Sixty-One

It was sixty-one years ago today that my mother was born the eldest daughter of my grandparents. It was about eighteen months ago today, that my grandmother passed away and subsequently, my mother decided she no longer wanted to have a relationship with me, her eldest daughter. (It is important to note that she would not claim ownership of that decision.) After a nearly thirty year long tumultuous and tense relationship, I can’t say that my mother’s refusal to communicate with me was terribly disappointing. It was difficult at first, sure, because after spending nearly thirty years fighting to have a relationship with her, […]

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I’m featured in a book!

Really, it’s true. Actually, lots of cool stuff around books is happening around these parts the last few weeks. I’m editing a cookbook that’s all about the nutritional value in different colored foods. I’m starting a book project with a local photographer. And, I’m featured in a book.  The lovely ladies of Propelle have authored their first e-book on entrepreneurship called Seven Secrets to Soaring, and it features relevant stories of some super inspiring women. My piece was about valuing and believing in myself. Those of you regular follow this blog or know me well will recognize this as a topic […]

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My Love of Writing Knows No Bounds

Writing and editing lights me up. I know that makes me weird to some people, but I know there are others who get this particular brand of enthusiasm. I really can’t describe the satisfaction that comes from putting words together in a compelling, clear way that communicates a message or story. My business is focused on supporting writing and editing needs of creatives and artists. I grew up an artistic kid, focused on studio art in both high school and college and so have a love for all things creative. Because of that, I have a passion for seeing artists and creatives […]

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