I have absolutely come to love vinegar and all of the versatility that comes with it. It is an inexpensive alternative to so many things-not to mention a healthier alternative too! Saving money and keeping yourself healthy? Now that's a win!
So how in the world can vinegar save you money? Let me tell you!
GROWING UP COUNTRY is a 4-part series written in collaboration with
Tatum Evans of “Woodsy Wife”.
If you haven't already read Part One of the Growing Up Country series, feel free to head on over to Woodsy Wife to read all about where our stories began; our childhood, our homes, and the beginning of our journey. In Part Two, we are sharing our childhood memories of life in the country, the things that brought us joy, and the things that were most difficult.
Once upon a time, our world was not a hustling and busy place on Sundays. Sundays were a day of rest, a day unlike any other. Stores were required to be closed. Families came together after a long week, shared a meal together, and made connections with one another. It was a tradition that many followed: dress in your best clothes, go to church as a family, return to someone's house for a meal (a really good meal cooked by mom!), and enjoying the afternoon relaxing and sharing. It's a homesteading tradition that has been practiced for years by those who love simple living, and honor that day of rest. So where did it go?
Our homestead land is beginning to come alive with this warm weather, and we couldn't be any more excited. Each time we go up to "the land", we rush over to the garden to see what is new that day. Nature really is quite amazing; the beauty and relationships you find there continue to amaze and encourage me. Well, come along now, I'll show you what it is that keeps us so excited.
After some inspiration from The Frugal Girl, I decided that a bucket list is indeed something I'd like to write up for this summer. Anyone else a huge lover of lists? I mean, I get so much satisfaction from crossing things off of lists....all over my house you'll find, scribbled on old scratch papers or any paper I could find at the time, lists of things that need to be done. Sometimes, I even write things on my to-do lists that already have been done just so I can check them off. You know you've done it too! In all seriousness though, I'm hoping that a bucket list will help us to focus on things that are really important for us to accomplish, and gives us some motivation to get it done without putting it off any longer.
Patience isn't one of my strengths. I wasn't born a patient person and I, generally speaking, am not a huge fan of waiting for something. Like most people in our culture, I've grown accustomed to getting things now and the instant gratification that is so easily attained. Our world has become a place where we can easily get almost anything we want relatively quickly. Blueberries aren't in season yet, but I could go to the grocery store and get some. My dress has a hole in it? I can go to the store and buy a new one. What we want is literally at our fingertips and only one click away. Not to mention our minds are continuously on the go. We are uncomfortable letting our minds be still; we've told ourselves that we must fill it with something. If you walk into a waiting room, you won't hear friendly conversations beginning between strangers. Instead, you'll see heads down, faces hidden, and thumbs scrolling on a device. We rush the kids out of bed in the morning, we rush to get to work, we rush back home at night so that we can get to the next thing. Yet, in this fast-paced world, I find myself noticing what it has done to me, to relationships between people, and community, and I yearn for something different. My heart begs to slow down, to be still, and to grow in my ability to just be.
I'm pretty frugal. That might even be an understatement...I'm VERY frugal. Those who know me well know that I am all about getting a great deal, waiting until something goes on sale, and salvaging what I can to save a dime. Why? Because my time is important to me. The time I spend away from my family better be for a good reason. If I'm going to work, I need that money to be used as wisely as possible because that was money earned by being away from my children.
We all come to a place in our lives when we start to really reflect. Not just thinking about what we've done so far in our lives, but really deeply contemplating what our life is supposed to be about and if we're really doing what it is that makes us happy. It's a time when we stop and look at mortality as something that is really going to happen to us- when we lose that mindset of "death is for other people". It puts life into perspective and the questions that this reflection raises can be quite difficult to face.
For some, the questions are ignored and the deep reflections needed are pushed aside as life goes on. For others, the questions become the epicenter of living and a search begins that won't ever cease until the end. Many others fall somewhere in the middle and work to try to find the deep answers to life while also not allowing it to control everything.
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