September 28, 2009

Ten Ways for Mommies to SAVE Money!!!

So being a single mom I'm always looking for ways to save a buck or two. Here our 10 ways I hope that will help.

1. Clip coupons, I'm amazed at how much money you save by going through the paper each week and clipping out coupons. Also writing down items on sale that you need and tearing the product out of the flying works too, I keep a list of all the items I need.

2. Buy second hand, there's nothing wrong with buying gently used clothing and toys especially for your kids. Kids grow out of things so quickly anyways it's silly spending a fortune on brand new clothes.

3. Find family and friends to babysit. I think that this is better anyways because you have a tendency to trust these people more often than a babysitter whom you have only met a couple times. Do favours for friends and they will do so in return!

4. Make coffee at home. Buying a timmies a day will add up to be quite a bit over the length of a year. Making your own coffee ends up only being pennies a cup.

5. Look for free events that are happening in your area. The local library usually holds free activities for children that you can either sign up for or just drop in at. I find that the Early Years Centre is also a great place to take kids and keep them busy.

6. Buy in bulk. I know it seems like a lot to spend upfront but it does actually save you money in the long run. If you don't have a large family of your own you can always split the product and the bill with other family members of friends.

7. Make your own house cleaners. These are much healthier and better on the environment anyways. Water and vinegar kills germs and cleans really well. Baking soda and vinegar makes a great abrasive.

8. Try to make meals at home versus eating out. It will not only save you money but it will keep you healthier also.

9. Cancel subscriptions. You can read all those mags for free from you library.

10. Use your land line. People have gone crazy with their cell phones these days, texting, e-mailing, long distance calls... I mean we got by without cell phones in the past why all of a sudden to people need these things to survive? I myself think they are over rated. You will save a ton each month if you keep your cell phone use to a minimum.

Hope these help you as much as they have helped me.

September 26, 2009

Knitting In Public

I was knitting in public the other day and I couldn't believe how many people came up to me and commented on my method of knitting. I had more comments on my method than I did on the product the I was creating. I am a continental knitter, this is how I was taught and I do not know any other way. I am also left handed and am told that this is a better way for left handed people to knit. Some people said "Oh wow, your mother must have taught you how to knit cause you don't see many people using that method now a days." Others on the other hand said "that's wrong, your knitting wrong, you're cheating!" "You're not knitting, you're crocheting." I myself don't quite understand the controversy over it, knitting is knitting, is it not? Don't we all end up with the same result in the end? If all the knitters in the world were knitting from the same pattern even though they were using different methods end up with pretty much the same looking item in the end? Am I wrong?

September 22, 2009

Peanut Butter Cookies

This has to be the easiest Peanut Butter Cookie recipe ever! I though my little guy and I would enjoy making these cookies together. This recipe is so easy that even a child could do it! (Except for the oven part of course)

1 cup peanut butter, smooth or crunchy
1 cup sugar, white or brown
1 egg

Preheat oven to 375F. While the oven is heating mix peanut butter, sugar and egg together in a large mixing bowl. I also added some crushed almonds too, you don't have to add anything or you could add other nuts.

Roll dough into 1 or 2 inch balls, roll in some extra sugar to coat the outside and place on ungreased cookie sheet about 2 inches apart.

Press down on balls with a fork, bake for 10 mins or until edges brown. Remove from oven and let cool. Enjoy!

These really are super easy, and they taste great too!

September 15, 2009

Quilt and Rug Fair

Simcoe County Museums annual Quilt and Rug Fair is happening this weekend at the museum Friday 9:30-5pm, Saturday and Sunday 9:30-4pm. Come check it out, beautiful items for sale in a wide variety. Some of my own are also included in this show! This is a great show for families to attend.

September 10, 2009

Funky Flower

I decided I needed to spice up a hat that I had crocheted by adding a flower motif to liven it up a bit. This flower was super easy and took no time at all! All it is made up of is an I cord sewn together to create a funky flower. If you are looking for the pattern it can be found at Knitting Pattern Central.

September 8, 2009

Pumpkin Hat: The End

Yay, finally finished. After many dropped stitches and a little frustration my little guys pumpkin hat is finally finished! It may be a tad too small for his head ( length wise ) but I figure it will stretch out a little with some wear. So far he is not a huge fan of the hat and actually stomped on it with his dinosaur as I was setting up to take some photos!!! I think it turned out pretty well in the end and would like to try some other sizes. I also think little ones for babies would be oh so cute. Time to start another project!!!

September 7, 2009

Pumpkin Hat: Half way there.

Okay, so I am not as far with my little guys pumpkin hat as I had planned, for two reasons first being a holiday weekend it has been extra busy with visiting family, travelling etc... and second of all I have had to pull this cute little hat out two times. My problem has been dropping stitch after stitch off these double pointed needles, I am obviously in need of longer needles! I am about halfway there and it is really beginning to come together. If I had a choice next time I would have done this hat on circular needles therefore omitting any frustration with dropping stitches and having to backtrack a couple of times. All said and done, it's coming and it shouldn't be much longer till you see the finished product!

September 6, 2009

Pumpkin Hat: beginnings

So here we go, the first 2" (well almost) band for my little guy's pumkin head. So far it has been really easy, just your basic rib pattern on 3 double pointed needles. Alright time to get back to it!

September 5, 2009

Knitting Momma

For all you knitting mommas out there you know how difficult it can be while trying to knit with a toddler in the house. One of my sons fave activities is to get out his big plastic dinosaurs and have a fight break out. Now this is fine and dandy except for some strange reason on more than one occasion they have some how made there way inside my knitting bag ( that sits beside the couch ) they get in twined in my half finished projects and neatly spun balls of yarn. And of course I always enter the room one minute too late:) Just like yesterday when my little man was politely handing me a needle and stabbed it through the couch cushion instead. Any stories? Share them with me, I'd love to hear them!