Tuesday, December 21, 2010


Just to let you all know that I still have no phone or internet which explains why posts are sporadic right now...any time I do post, it's from work (and only when I'm not chasing after kids)!  If I don't get to say it before the 25th, Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Plans for My Small Space...

So my tiny little home...it still sits empty without my stuff.  I'll be sleeping on an air mattress until the 23rd when the moving truck comes.  I'm going to be thrilled when I get my stuff to make this house a home...

My plans though are to stick with the same color scheme throughout the whole house.  I think by sticking with the same colors, it'll just flow better and make the rooms flow better...The color scheme?  Purples, browns, greys, with touches of cream and blue. 

I do need to buy some furniture and I need to find a sofa.  With my dogs, the only choice I truly feel that I have is the leather...so I could be sitting on a lawn chair until February.  I've been looking at some items that are like condo size, but their width is the same size as a lot of other furniture I've looked at.   One that I really like from just looking online is one from Leons.  It's only $400 from Leons and while I don't expect it's top quality, it would probably do me for at least 5 years. 

What are your thoughts on this one? 

Friday, December 10, 2010

Teacher??? This Weekend Only Get 20% Off!

Hey, if you're a teacher, then Scholar's Choice is offering 20% off this weekend (Friday and Saturday) if you go into their store to buy any teacher stuff.  If you want to buy online, it's 10% off and free shipping.  This counts as your automatic 10% off if you're already a member...

Biggest Tip to Save Money

So I've moved and completed a whole week of my new job.  For those of you who don't know, I moved across the province and accepted a job with a school division.  I am teaching grade four and it's going well.

But back to what this blog is about...cheapness...

Seriously, you want to save a lot of money???  Move to the stix where there is no where to go and no where to spend money.  You'll save tons!

Where I managed to find work and a house is 45 minutes apart from each other, so it has me spending about $20 or so a day on gas.  That's not bad...but it has me needing to look at new options for a vehicle and such.  However, where I live, is quite rugged, so I definitely won't be saving any money there...

But my house...well, it's less than 600 square feet I'm sure.  It's tiny, and I definitely need to start making some decisions on how I'm going to furnish it and make it stylish.  I still don't have most of my stuff...it's still back in my old place.  I did end up selling most of my furniture though as it did take up a lot of room.  So stay tuned to what I have in store and more tips on how to save $$$$$.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Fresh Start

So it's official-I am moving across the province to a new home with a new job.  I found out the little house I looked at is mine.  Yup.  You heard me, mine!  I'm excited at having a place to live-it was my only option of housing as housing is that scarce.  It's definitely not a place I see myself staying long term, but for now, it's perfect.

Believe it or not, the big window on the left is actually a tiny little bedroom.  The small window on the left is the living room window.

To celebrate my new home, I bought the new edition of small homes...though I have one complaint-they have homes in there that are 2000 square feet and bigger.  I don't think that's small.  I'm hoping for some ideas as even though I don't see myself living there for a long period of time, I need to make it feel like a home and make it as functional as possible!

But still in the midst of this I have been busy packing, painting, trying to get things ready in a matter of a couple of days as i start the new job on Monday.  It may take a week or longer for me to get internet and everything up running, so you might not see a post for a week or so.  As it is, I'm moving without my furniture-that'll come later.  Seriously, I'll be sleeping on an air mattress for a couple of weeks!  It's worth it though.

So don't think I've abandoned this blog if you don't see a post for a week or two...

Friday, December 3, 2010

Possible New Home??

So the possible new home that I could be moving to (I find out tomorrow) is like half the size of what I live in now.  I'm going from 1200 square feet to maybe 600 or so?  It's tiny.  If I do get it, I made the right choice in selling my bigger pieces of furniture.  Seriously, it's tiny.  The bedroom is like just big enough to fit my bed and maybe a little nightstand?  This will definitely be a challenge for me (should I get it)...I'll keep you posted because we may need to start making plans!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

I am a Messy Painter...

I am a messy painter.  Maybe I should rephrase that, I am a HORRIBLE, MESSY, SLOPPY painter.  I get it all over me and splatter the floor quite well.  I am in the midst of priming my walls as I'm moving in only a couple of days and I am reminded of how much I hate painting walls.  I love the final result, but I hate it. 

Seriously, if I had the money, I would hire someone, but I don't.  I think there are jobs that we take on because we want something so bad that we're willing to take the risks.  Sometimes this is good, sometimes it has disasterous results.  The reality is I shouldn't be allowed to paint walls.  What's your reality?

Space Storage 2 in One

So by now, most of you probably know how in love I am with Nate Berkus and his show.  On an episode the other day, he focused a new modern family and helped them solve a dilemna for making a room function in different ways.  The challenge?  One room needed to be a child's bedroom for when they were in the home, a guest room, and a home office.  Nate mastered it by finding the neatest invention.  Take a look at the pictures to see for yourself!

Murphy bed with storage, called the Poppi Pointe.
 The Poppi Pointe, folded down.
This version is called the poppi board.  When the bed folds up, you're left with a desk area.   There's no need to even clear the mess on your desk!

These beds can be found at:  http://www.resourcefurniture.com/...Unfortunally, I have no idea of their cost...but aren't they incredible!

Running Around Like a Chicken with its Head Cut Off

The title says it all, but I'm doing great...I thrive under good pressure, and that's finally what I have...I'm moving, I secured a job and I can say good bye to being unemployed  as I've been for the last 6 months.  I just found out today and I'm ecstatic.  I feel really good about it.  I basically need to move under a week and right now am checking out my moving options...do I go with movers or do I go with a u-haul?  I'd rather go with a u-haul but I don't think I have the people there to help me.  Those closest to me are able to physically help (due to health reasons)...it's the cheaper route, but I don't know.  How do you make such a large move when it's basically you?

I'm getting rid of some of the bulkier things to save in moving costs, even though it could cost me money in the long run.  I've decided to sell my couch and love seat as they are simply too big.  There's other things for sale too, but I feel like I need to do it to save moving costs.  I'm okay with making a fresh start and using my single bed as a daybed for some time....

So, in the next week or two, you might not hear a lot from me...just warning you!