food we ate, april 4 til now

Well,honestly – this isn’t ALL the food we ate. I forget to take pictures or I’m too tired or my house is chaosville. Most meals were  made w/ things we got at the food pantry 2 weeks ago . We did do minor grocery shopping for basics. I had two crying meltdowns that were food related…

Jan 5: Yays,Boos,and Goals

Here’s what’s happening in our world. Starting with the bad stuff…. BOOS We’re late with the rent because we had to pay car insurance We had no water from Friday night until Saturday afternoon. I lived in a house without running water once and forgot how much I love running water and indoor plumbing. Eventually,…

We’re having a Seed Party

The first thing my little one does when he wakes up in the morning is go to our “Seed Shelf”, a plastic yellow shelf my husband rescued from the garbage at a supermarket. It was an end-of-aisle display shelf for bug repellant. It’s been sitting  in a corner of the boys’ room, displaying lego creations…

Jenn’s Words: “Living in poverty is like being punched in the face over and over and over on a daily basis. “

Thank you to Jenn for sharing her personal story of living in poverty right now…. ================================================================================================================================================ Today, I did something I never thought I’d do. I yelled at my son for being hungry. Oh sure, there are many parents nodding in agreement because they’ve done the same thing. Many have yelled at their kids for…

Cloth Diapering & Low Income Families

Awhile back, I read about the results of a Yale study that examined low income women and how poverty affected their mental health. One of the neat tidbits that came out was that about 30% of these mothers stated that they could not afford diapers for their babies and admitted reusing diapers. We didn’t need…

Teach Me How To Breast Feed [VIDEO]

Urban Matriarch made this awesome video, inspired by women she has helped breastfeed and her own breastfeeding experience. I want to just say a few things about breastfeeding and formula to make it totally clear what my intentions are here, now and in future blog posts. I am a “lactivist”. I support and encourage breastfeeding. I’ve…

11 Meals for $50 and a little bit about Freezer Cooking

  Freezer Meals Boot Camp – Freezer Meal Recipes in 3 Hours for about $50! | Lamberts Lately.   The recipes at the link above  are intended to be recipes for a freezer cooking day but they’re great, economical meals even if you’re not doing freezer cooking. If you’re not familiar with Freezer or Once…

Cleaning & Personal Care Products You Can Make With SNAP Purchased Ingredients

I have more great recipes like this I will add to the blog separately but these are great basic ones , perfect for when you’re just beginning to make your own cleaning and  personal care products. I’m also working on putting together a  print zine , due out the end of this summer. —————————————————————————————————————— SNAP allowances…