Thursday, September 22, 2016

Frugal Fall Fun!

Life with children is expensive….so much more so than I ever imagined! It definitely explains the old adage “if you want til you are ready for kids, you will never have them!” With the costs of simply raising them, comes the cost of all the fun things you hope to do with them! This time of year brings so many festive and exciting things that I am so thrilled to help my children enjoy. If you aren’t careful, you can spend a lot just trying to spend time together as a family.

This fall, we are aiming to do fun things as a family without blowing our budget! Since we are new to our area, I decided to do some digging to see what events are around here that are frugal and fun. My in laws came to visit last weekend and we wanted to take them somewhere fun. I found a local apple festival online and knew it would be perfect!

Since my in laws spoil us, we got off pretty cheap with this outing anyways, BUT it was still extremely affordable if we had paid our own way. Admission was FREE, and we packed some snacks to keep Noah full and happy.

It was the perfect atmosphere to stroll around, enjoy the beautiful scenery, take in the early autumn smells, and listen to the bands play. While there was plenty to spend our money on, we limited ourselves to a bag of apples that would last longer than just the few hours we were there.

There was also a small petting zoo! Admission was free but you had to purchase food to feed them, which was $2.

We were also lucky to stumble upon a booth with cheap face painting and balloon animals. This gave our little guy something to tote around and we were good to go!

I hope you never let your budget dictate how you enjoy your time with your family! Not every outing has to be pricey! To help us manage our budget, I just started using Personal Capital’s free financing software. With their app, I can check our budget before we make any purchases while we are out and about.

Happy Fall!

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Wide Open Spaces

When we first moved into this house we found ourselves loving every inch of it and we had a blast decorating each individual room. As I mentioned in my office post, the front living space in the house was being used as our dining room.

We found in the first months of being here that we never went in that space. It's actually the largest room in the house and it felt totally wasted. 

We decided to have a local renovation group come give us a quote to open up the walls to make one large room instead of a front dining space and smaller living space in the back. We were really surprised by the affordable quote, so we also had them open up the wall between the kitchen and the back living space.

Today's post is going to highlight the new living room that you see as soon as you enter our home!  The other rooms will have future posts dedicated to them but we've got some painting to do first!

Here is this space before we moved in and before the carpet was replaced...
View from foyer

Walking into room from foyer

View from my office

And this is what it looked like after we were using it as a dining room, but before the french doors to the office were complete...
View from foyer

And this is what it looks like now!

View from foyer

View from where the wall used to be

From foyer

View from back of the room

Looking toward my office 

View from my office doors

View from my office door

View from the front of the room

You can see over the back of the couch that our dining space was relocated to the back of the house. With the wall down, you can easily see from the front to the back of the house! I can't wait to share more soon!