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Trash to Treasure(ish): Rescuing Bar Stools

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My husband has been bugging me to get some bar stools since we moved into our house. We sold our old ones with our house before moving cross-county so have been bar stool-less since moving in. Really it comes down to the fact that I haven't found any that I really love and I don't want to buy something just to fill the void. Much to my husband's chagrin, I noticed some neighbours put some stools out for large item pick up day I went and grabbed them (well after they sat there for a day or so because I was a little embarrassed to do so. I eventually got over it and got them before the truck came round). They were in rough shape and were obviously put out due to the cracking pealing fake leather. This got worse with time as it took me awhile to get around to making some covers. I finally did that this week.

One of the things that makes my frugal and environmental soul sing is that I was able use fabric salvaged from hemming our curtains. I had about 12 inches that I cut off …

A Frugal-ish 5th Birthday

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Recently it was my daughter's 5th birthday. As with most things in life I try to keep the costs in mind without scrimping on the overall experience.

This year I've been trying to move towards more experience gifts rather than more stuff. We royally failed on that account at Christmas but her birthday gave us the chance to make up for it. We did discuss coming up to her birthday that we would give her less gifts but do a fun experience instead and she was excited about that.

I did still want her to have a gift to open so we got her a new story book collection to expand bed time reading, which I picked up at Winners for $10. I also made her a dress that matches the Minnie mouse one I'd previously made her using the free Love NotionsDoll dress. I'm really pleased with how it turned out, however she has yet to put on her and the doll's version. Hopefully that will come.


The pattern is very cute and easy to sew together. I did change it a bit as I was using flannel for …

Back to School Sewing

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When you start a blog in January you have lots of back projects to blog about, including back to school sewing!

My 7 year old didn't need a ton of clothes, but he was definitely in need of some sweatpants so I sewed him up 3 pairs using Jalie 3355. I've lost count of the number of times I've made these pants for him now. I love that I can make him pants that actually fit properly as he's about 2 sizes smaller than his height so I sewed him the equivalent of a size 5 waist with size 7 length.


When I'm feeling lazy I'll often leave off the pockets, but my son has told me how much he likes them so I made all these ones with the pockets. The patch pockets are quite quick to make.


All in all the pants now take me about 45 minutes to make so it definitely feels like an instant gratification project. I managed to pick up the sweat shirting at a charity sale for $1/m so added bonus that each pair of pants cost me about $2 to make!

For the splurge, as my son is a major …

Meal Planning - January Re-Cap

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Where did we get to for the month of January?

Total Spending: $503, but bought $553 worth of food as I cashed in a bunch of PC points I'd accumulated in December overbuying to qualify for some point offers.

As you can see from the previous posts my mealing planning went downhill about halfway through the month. I often go through phases where I'm excited about cooking and our meals and then into phases where I can't be bothered to cook much.
I'm focusing on using up the items in our pantry and freezer, but did end up stocking up a bit due to sales on coffee and cheese and buying a couple ready made meals for the nights I didn't feel like cooking (a few pizzas and a chicken pot pie). The amount of waste generated when I'm feeling lazy does reinforce I should try to find the motivation to make these things rather than buy. 
So what did we eat during the 2 weeks I only loosely followed my meal plan? Pumpkin pancakesCostco PizzaCostco Chicken Pot pieBeef & Brocc…

2019-01 Spending re-cap

Our spending re-caps for the months will focus only on our variable spending and include the following categories:
Family (includes all the stuff we spend on the kids such as daycare, anything we buy them and their education savings. Any graphs I may post with include daycare, but the numbers will not)Home Expenses (anything we spend on the house for the maintenance, taxes and insurance. I'm not including mortgage payments or interest as that will not be included in our final FI number so I want to be able to track what life costs without that. Keep in mind graphs will include the mortgage, but not in the numbers)Transportation (all car related expenses such as gas, maintenance, insurance)Utilities (heat, water, electricity, Internet, phone and cell phones)Health Spending (Life insurance, dentist other health related costs. This is pretty low because we live in Canada)Enjoyment (Gifts, Entertainment, Vacations, Hobbies, Restaurants, Alcohol, etc.)Routine Expenses (Groceries, Clothi…