Actually it seems way longer than a week. I've hit Friday really tired!
But it is good to hit the ground running and have lots of plans to look forward to.
Thank you for all the amazing comments and support in The Vicky Challenge and The Christmas Challenge. I have been going well with them both and will update on Monday and Wednesday.
I have an extra post I want to get out too about our time. It is a good thing to think about now as there are so many demands on us and we cannot do them all.
We were lucky with milder weather. It was warm but not too hot. This helps! It has helped the garden too.
Some ways I saved money this week:
I planted basil. It grows the best when I plant in January. The last years I have ended up with giant luscious basil and had so much I gave away huge bunches. So this is a future saving!
We picked cherry tomatoes every day.
Found three amazing bargains to put into the gift cupboard. Will show those Wednesday.
I dried some of our Hydrangeas and these will be used in crafts during the year.
Some ways I got ahead:
I have two gifts completed for up coming birthdays and added easy meals to the freezer.
Some ways I built up the nest:
I kept fluffing up the lounge room and it looks so much nicer! I put out some cushions I made from vintage fabrics and old curtains.
Then I went onto the kitchen/dining area. I haven't finished the table yet but I have a new table cloth I made and I re arranged cases of flowers...
Next is the bedroom as the floorboards look so nice. This has transformed the room. When I have finished I will put up photos. It is all just re arranging, cleaning etc. I haven't bought one thing.
Each week I will continue on my pantry challenge. This changes now as I also need to be rotating. For anyone starting out I did a weekly post last year and covered lots of subjects as I learned myself. There is a whole section in the index "Pantries and Preparedness". It is an ongoing thing and I add anytime I have the chance and take every opportunity. This week I was able to add laundry products and today I am making jam.
I hope your year is off to a good start. Having a planner is my number one help. Each day I have a list I try and work to and each night I write in what I achieved. Looking over what we did is a very good thing. We should feel good about what we did! Looking back over the week helps us plan our next week and see how we are going. I am really happy with how things have started!
How did you save money and build up your home this week? Lots of people would have children home on school holidays. I loved that time! We would do a lot of crafts and cooking. We would re arrange bedrooms and cover books etc. In Australia it is the heat we are dealing with and the US ladies it is the cold! But we all have so much in common, trying to do the best we can with what we have.
Have a wonderful weekend! xxx