Monday, March 22, 2010


I've been up to my neck in t-shirt orders, but the end is in sight. The first ones are being delivered today, with many being shipped across the nation tomorrow!

(I still have 10 more to make!)

There have been lessons learned and money made and I've enjoyed the work (mostly). Now, what to do with my earnings? I've already pre-spent some of it on my first venture into gardening, as my basil, rosemary and mint sit in my windowsill waiting for the chill to disappear outside. I bet I'll buy a little Easter present for Mason and hopefully tuck the rest away into our savings account. Thanks everyone for their orders!

Yum-o good!

Mason loves his peanut butter and banana sandwiches, just like his daddy.

Surely, peanut butter and banana is great for the skin, too!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Personalized Easter T-shirts

I created a personalized Easter t-shirt for one of my Etsy customers and loved it so much, I had to make one for Mason and his cousin. From there, I've sold a few (Thanks for the plug, Court!), so I figured others must think they are cute too. If you're interested, I'm selling them for $12. I think $12 is a pretty darn good deal when you see the originals selling for $54!

They are such bright colored t-shirts, that I think they'll make Easter photos adorable, especially for siblings. Let me know if you are interested in ordering a t-shirt and I can send you the t-shirt colors and sizes, etc. Or if you have any questions.


Monday, March 1, 2010

What's for Dinner?

Dash was out of town this past weekend and I went a little crazy with my spending. Friday alone, Mason and I ate all three meals out. Not exactly being a good steward of our money. As a stay-at-home mom that only contributes a small amount from my Etsy shop and freelance jobs, I feel that groceries and meals are one of the things where I can help support Dash and make my small impact on our budget. So, here's to March - a new month and fresh start on our grocery budget.

I've been a big fan or $5 Dinners for a year or so. Her meals are simple, healthy and quick and only require a few ingredients, making them cheap. My kind of recipes! Maybe if I didn't have a one year old, I'd be more Martha Stewar-like. Honestly, my Sandra Lee's Semi-Homemade cookbook has been used way more often. At the beginning of every month, $5 Dinners posts her monthly meal plan. Starting today, I'm going to follow her meal plan so I can plan ahead for sales and also add some new recipes to the mix. I'll probably be behind her a little since she posts her recipes at the end of the night and I go to the store at the beginning of every week. And I'll probably throw in some of my own cooking since I have things I need to use up in the fridge and freezer. Fair warning that I may share my successes (or her successes) with you and probably a few failures. We went grocery shopping last night and the receipt got thrown away with the empty sacks, but next week I'm going to try to keep track of what I spend on each meal too.

What's for dinner this week?
  • Chicken salad sandwhiches and a spinach salad with strawberries
  • Black bean fajitas with corn ($5 Dinners recipe)
  • Meatball subs (already had frozen meatballs)
  • Smoked porkchops with sweet potato mash
  • Lazy Lasagna on Friday night for my mom and Mimi (recipe from our recipe exchange by Mrs. Traci Dixon)
  • Dinner out on Saturday night with my mom and Mimi