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Fun Times with Mr. Oscoey

Fun Times with Mr. Oscoey

Mr. Oscoey and I took some time a little bit ago to spend some time together since I have so much more free time now that I have been laid off. We had a great time exploring the Amazon Spheres, Pike Place Market and just […]

Fall 2018 Gardening Update

Fall 2018 Gardening Update

It has been a while since I have posted a gardening update so I thought I would post some pictures I took when I toured the garden recently. My latest gardening post was February 2018 State of the Garden so it has been quite a […]

The Dreaded Lay-off…

The Dreaded Lay-off…

A little bit ago I was laid off from the job I started last spring. It was very sudden and shocking to me but the job was not going that great and if I had not had the most dreadfully awful week I probably would not have been so upset initially but that is how it worked out. Now that I have had some time to think and have gained some perspective I am eternally grateful that I was laid off. I am now able to find a new (better) job without the pressure of of working at the same time and this is largely due to the support, advice and great financial advice I have received over the past 18 or so months from the personal finance community.

 

salmon and salad
Frugal healthy meals for the win!

You see, if I had not found the Financial Freedom movement and Mr. Money Mustache and then taken a deep dive into the personal finance community two summers ago we would have handled my new found influx of cash much more differently. We would have found all sorts of things to spend our money on and I would be in much more of a panic about suddenly having a major source of income cut off two months before Christmas. But since I have been focusing on saving and we have been living more frugally I know for a fact that we will be ok for a few months even though we are still having to pay for day care during that time. Day care spots are difficult to come by and I need to be available for job interviews so we made the decision to continue to pay for care to keep our spot.

 

I don’t miss my 60-90 minute each way commute!

Since I was laid off we have cut back on our grocery spending, reduced our savings contribution, and cut way back on any sort of extra curricular spending. Christmas will be smaller this year, although not by much for the little kids since I bought most of their presents in August and September and we have put our travel plans on hold until I find another job but honestly I am eternally grateful that we did not rely on my income to make ends meet. I was putting a large percent of my income towards debt/savings and although it is really frustrating to not be able to put more in the bank I am so happy that we were smart about how we spent the money in the first place.

 

spider web tree
Spider webs on our morning walk.

I have been taking my new found free-time to connect with friends, focus on my fitness, spend quality time with my family, and catching up on household projects. I have started swimming laps again and I absolutely love it!  I have also applied for a few jobs with companies that seem like a good fit and I hope to start interviewing in the next couple of weeks. Now that the dust has settled and I have been inspired to write again I will be posting more on the blog and I am super excited about it! I hope you are working on reducing your expenses and building your emergency fund as well!

 

How would you handle an unexpected lay off?

 

Pumpkin Farms and Pumpkin Carving!

Pumpkin Farms and Pumpkin Carving!

In honor of Halloween I thought I would post some pictures from our pumpkin farm visit and pumpkin carving extravaganza. We have been going to the pumpkin farm with the same group of friends for the last five years and our kids love this tradition! […]

A Not So Brief Hiatus

A Not So Brief Hiatus

About eight months ago I took a break from blogging. There were many reasons, the most pressing being a complete utter lack of time while trying to maintain balance with both Mr. Oscoey and I working full-time with small kids. To say it was difficult […]

Happy Blogiversary!

Happy Blogiversary!

One Year of Blogging Done!

 

Last weekend was the one year anniversary of Oscoey. I can’t believe how quickly the last year has gone! I have learned a lot about blogging over the past year and gotten to know many fabulous bloggers as well.

 

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Huckleberries in the garden.

 

When I first started out blogging with my very first blog post:

 

 

I had all sorts of ideas of what I wanted the blog to be and then the reality of life set in and I had to way scale back my ambitious plans.  There simply was not time for me to be posting quality posts 3 days a week, be on top of social media all day long and be an active member of all the blog groups I am part of and have some semblance of a home life. Luckily I realized pretty early on that it is ok if I can’t write an article for a few weeks or if I miss out on pivotal twitter discussions because I am not doing the blog as a full-time business making gig. I am doing it because I enjoy writing about our life and I love the community of people I have become a part of.

 

Raspberry Jam!

 

My blog first started out as a basic mom blog with many posts about the garden and recipes. I loved my weekly garden posts and will continue them on a less frequent basis this year. I love looking back at how the garden changed over the growing season.  I am probably going to scale back on the recipes though. Mr. Oscoey is more the cook in the family and now that I am working again I really don’t have time to cook much any more.  I use my banana bread and chocolate chip cookies recipes all the time though. They are a great dairy and gluten free choice for any sort of social gathering you need to bring an item to.  I am planning on making my dairy and gluten-free banana bread to bring with a jar of homemade jam to our work potluck at the end of this month.

 

Summer squash.

 

I have spent a little time focusing on urban homesteading on Oscoey because I firmly believe that people should grow at least a little of their own food. It is easy to set out a pot and even just grow a little bit of lettuce. Connecting with nature and understanding the seasons is something a lot of people have lost. Growing your own food is the easiest way to regain that connection and as an added bonus you have cheap organic produce to munch on! I am very excited to start our garden this year and I look forward to spending time out there with the kids every day. They love to graze and eat whatever is in season and that is fine with us!

 

Blue skies.

 

After I had done the mom blog thing for a while and focused on our little urban homestead I found the personal finance community and I haven’t really looked back. I love reading about personal finance, talking about savings strategies and getting inspiration from others. I will be honest and tell you I was a little nervous when I added the “Finances” category to the top of my page but then I did the Uber Frugal Month Challenge this January and I loved being a part of that community and jump starting our frugal mindset once again.

 

Wrinkly full picture off of the frame. 3/30/17

 

My crossstitching progress pictures seem to have fallen by the wayside…and that is mostly because I have not been stitching.  I would love to have the time to stitch every day and I am very inspired by my Instagram feed with everybody’s progress but I am honestly too tired at the end of the day to even think about picking up a needle.  This picture was taken almost a year ago and even though I have actually made progress on the piece I am no where near finished with it like I had hoped.  I also have several sewing projects I would love to write about that I have not worked on in months so I think one of my blogging goals for this year is to talk about some of my projects and spend some time tracking them on a weekly basis to motivate me to finish them.

 

Oscoey had a great first year! I want to thank everyone that is a regular reader of the blog! I love your comments and interacting with you. Here’s hoping to another great year of blogging!

 

 

 

An Overview of Meal Planning

An Overview of Meal Planning

Meal Planning to Save Time and Money   I have heard of the wonderful idea called meal planning many times over the past few years and every time I read a post about it I love the idea of having all of our meals planned […]

Going back to work after being a Stay at Home Mom

Going back to work after being a Stay at Home Mom

Going Back to Work   Three weeks ago on a Monday marked a new day in the Oscoey household. For the first time in over three years I am no longer a stay at home mom. I went back to work and the next few […]

February 2018 State of the Garden

February 2018 State of the Garden

February State of the Garden

 

I thought I would take some time today to show what is happening in the garden before spring officially is here. Spring is coming fast and now is a good time to get the garden ready for planting and finish cleaning up any debris left over from winter storms. We are way behind on our garden work this year and I did not get around to mulching the vegetable beds last fall but now that we are getting over the massive amounts of sickness that invaded our house this past winter we are able to get outside and get started! Some of our plants seem to think that spring is coming early and started to bloom and grow last week right before the cold snap over the weekend. I am hoping our early bloomers will not be too badly damaged!

 

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Early Bloomers

 

Primrose
Primroses are flowering!

 

Flowers Blooming

 

I forget what these flowers are but they have already started to bloom. Last year this plant took a hit with an aphid infestation but it seems to have come back very well and I am hoping it will be much healthier this year. This is part of the side yard plantings that the previous owners installed that I really like although they are starting to encroach on the path and will probably need to be cut back next year.

 

Slugs

 

slug in the garden
Slugs in the garden.

 

It was very warm earlier this week and while the kids and I were walking around we found this little slug crawling out from some succulents. Slugs are a huge pest in our vegetable garden every year and we go on slug patrol most mornings in the spring to help clear them out.

 

Firewood chopping!

 

fire wood pile
Fresh chopped fire wood!

 

My husband has been hard at work this winter chopping fire wood out of the trees we had removed last fall. We need to find a place to stack it but there is so much we will have to build some sort of structure.  The wood is still pretty green so we won’t be able to use it until next fall but I love having a bunch stock piled for next year!

 

Mulch pile
Mulch Pile

 

Sadly the mulch pile is only about half way spread. I am unable to spread it when I am alone with the kids and we have been so busy I haven’t really been able to work on it. I am hoping to have it finished by the end of March but we have reached a point where trips to spread it take longer and longer so it will take quite a bit of effort to get it to the lower back yard. I really want it out of my driveway though!

 

Volunteer Carrots

 

carrot seedling
Volunteer carrots!

 

I was taking a peek into the vegetable beds and I found a few volunteer carrots popping up! I am really excited about them because we did not have much luck with carrots last year so maybe if they come up on their own they will grow better. I won’t be planting in that bed for a couple of months so there is plenty of time for them to grow!

 

Before and After Hydrangeas

 

Hydrangea bush
Hydrangea bushes in hibernation.

 

Our hydrangea bushes are still in the stick phase. They make such a dramatic change once the leaves start to grow that I thought I would include a picture of them for a before and after shot. These bushes completely take over the space and form a nice cave in between for the kids to play in.

 

Snow!

 

Snow
Snowy February morning.

 

Of course the day after I took all of these fabulous early spring pictures the temperature dropped and it snowed! We only got an inch or so in the grass but it was enough for the kids to play in it a little bit. I am really excited for the weather to warm up a bit so we can start planting our vegetables! I am starting our peas this week and figuring out when to start our squash, pumpkins, and sunflowers. We will buy tomato starts and direct sow our green beans, radishes, lettuce and carrots later this spring. We probably won’t plant much more this year to keep the garden manageable.

 

What exciting plans do you have for your garden this year?

 

Indoor Seed Starting Resources

Indoor Seed Starting Resources

Indoor Seed Starting Time   It is that time of year again when I start to think about what seeds I need to start indoors. This is our third year gardening at our house and the second year for us starting seeds indoors. Last year […]


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A few weeks ago I found the Uber Frugal Month Challenge over at the Frugalwoods and I was immediately hooked. What a great way to start out 2018! I signed my husband and I up and we have spent the last week reading through the daily […]

Hilarious Japanese Toilet Candy

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Easy Dairy-Free Grandma’s Fruit Salad

Easy Dairy-Free Grandma’s Fruit Salad

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