Jumping Into Uncharted Waters

After seven years of working at the same company and for the same boss, I’m going in to work tomorrow and will give them an ultimatum.

When I joined this company in 2001, I was a single woman with lofty goals and great ambition. I worked very hard and got several promotions within the first few years. It was the right fit for me. My boss and I saw things the same way. We were always ready to forge ahead with any challenge and conquer any obstacle. And it was fun and exciting.

Since I joined, I’ve gotten married and had two children. With my first child, I went back part time because I didn’t want to be away from my baby the entire week. With my second child, I also went back part time and it all worked out pretty well. As time went on, I didn’t seem to be as happy or as driven as I was before and my ambitions were more about my family than about my work.

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I’m so Happy Now That…I Know The Secret

I watched The Secret movie last night with my family. I’ve read the book twice, and this was my first time with the movie.

Every time I open The Secret I’m struck by something new that I can apply to bring the Law of Attraction into effect. One of the more powerful suggestions in the movie and book is to visualize what you want, and feel as though you already have it. One contributor suggests writing it down by saying “I’m so happy now that”…. But now back to The Secret.

One of the tricky things about The Secret for me is that I want to believe in it, but I’m scared. I, probably like so many of you, am afraid to truly evaluate what I want to be, have and do, because I figure it’s unachievable.

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Tiny wallet styles thrifty kitchen

It’s no secret that we love to be in the kitchen, preferably with the stove full of bubbling pots and something delicious in the oven. If you’re NOT cooking crazy like us, you may be resolving to figure it out this year and we’re here to help!!

One major hurdle to getting your dinner on is the lack of proper cooking equipment. Fear not, frugal friends, because you can hook up your kitchen for mere pennies (well, not really, but still…).  Here’s what we consider to be the bare essentials of cooking a great meal. If you’re curious about specs/prices, follow the “Found Here” link to the website.

We aren’t endorsing any of these products nor are we being paid to advertise for them. We just think they would work well in a beginner’s kitchen! Do you have any favorite thrifty kitchen items?? Comment and let me know!

 

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Snow Day Organization

Oh hello there. Almost didn’t see you beneath the various piles of snow and clutter that are surrounding us today here at TWS Headquarters. Remember a few weeks back when we got really ambitious and promised a closet makeover? Well, that didn’t happen right away.

We got busy, etc. etc. and pushed it back. But…the boxes…they taunted us night and day. We waited for a window of free time to manifest itself, and today it did!

We’re snowed in here in Boston. The perfect excuse to spend hours and hours on a project! But first, some snow photos!

Here is our porch railing. Snowy wonderland.

This is the view from our stoop! Walking in a…well you get the picture. All of our neighbors did a great job shoveling their walks!

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Tiny Holidays: Holiday Decor We Heart

Hey y’all! If you’re anything like us, this time of year consists of lots of oooh-ing and aaah-ing over all of the genius holiday decor showing up around the blogosphere! Here are some standouts that have us double-checking our decorating budget to see if there is a little extra room!

1) Sweet holiday vignettes

This mantel from Crate and Barrel is so gorgeous and elegant. I love the muted color pallet manages be traditional and modern all at the same time. This would be SO easy to recreate on your mantel. Plus, the Angelique stockings are adorable.

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I want to live inDecor Chick’s house.

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Tiny Holidays: Easy Shortbread Cookies

Guys. I awoke yesterday morning with a desperate need to bake 20 dozen cookies. Does that ever happen to you? I think it stems from the fact that my brain correlates Christmas decorations to baking cookies.

As soon as the decorations are up, the cookies appear- just check out our “to-bake” list!! Our freezer, by next weekend, will be chock full of cylinders of dough waiting to be sliced and baked. If you want to get a jump on your cookie baking, here is my very favorite bake-ahead recipe- shortbread!

We are going to use this shortbread for 3 kinds of cookies this year, both caramel and raspberry thumbprints as well as chocolate-dipped traditional shortbread cookies.

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Tiny Chalkboard Style!

A chalkboard project! I know we’re not breaking new ground with this, but I think our application is great for cheap-os like us! This is a project that meets all of our DIY criteria:  super simple to do in an afternoon, cheapy cheap and versatile. It’s a homemade chalkboard and it’s unbelievably easy to do.

Now, we’re not reinventing the wheel here, but we wanted to make something for our kitchen that we could write down our weekly dinner menu, jot grocery items or a quick note. When we came across this tee-shirt frame at Christmas Tree Shop for a mere $1, we decided to pick it up and see what we could make out of it.

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Thrifty Tips: How We Save Cash Around the Holidays

The holidays are approaching quickly and we have been doing quite a bit of thinking about Christmas shopping lately. Our families are both huge, so buying gifts for everyone is quite the task!

With the new budget in place, our holiday spending has starting shrinking which makes shopping for lots of people even harder. We love giving gifts, so not shopping at all is out of the question. We have, however, come up with some sneaky strategies to save cash AND still play Santa to our family and friends.

1) Make a list and stick to it! Seriously. Estimate how much you will spend and budget for your gifts as far in advance as you can -we budget in January and then split the total between 12 months. Every month, we contribute to our Christmas gift fund. This really takes the financial burden off of you when December comes rolling around.

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