7 Links Project

I was tagged by Little House in the Valley to take part in the “7 Links Project“. This project highlights 7 of my past posts that directly relate to the following 7 questions, sort of a “blast from the past” type project. Trip Base initiated this project with the intention of uniting bloggers and bringing to light old posts that may have not gotten as much attention due to the blog’s infancy at the time of posting. Without further adieu, I’ll address each of the 7 categories below.

Your most popular post – My post about “No Poo” is by far my most popular post.  I am always receiving comments and questions on this post, and it never ceases to amaze me the number of people that give it a try!  No poo is basically a method of washing your hair without shampoo.  It saves you money, limits the chemicals that touch your body, and is interesting, as it bucks the “normal” method of hair washing.

A post whose success surprised you Where Have All the Housewives Gone? At 78 comments and counting!  When I wrote this post, I didn’t expect it to be quite as controversial as it ended up becoming.  My stance on things is that I’m willing to listen to how others feel, so I always welcome views that are different from mine but respectful in tone.

The post that you are most proud of – The post where we finally became debt free, minus the mortgage.  I can’t stand debt, so it was such an amazing feeling knowing that we had paid everything off.  We don’t make a ton of money, so it’s even more rewarding to know that we accomplished so much by sacrificing and prioritizing.

Your most beautiful post –Maybe my post about considering adoption?  I don’t think a financial blogger normally writes beautiful posts, so that’s kind of hard. 

Your most helpful post – I think my deodorant recipe is very helpful!  I still use this deodorant recipe to make my deodorant, and it’s still working fabulously.  I like that when I run out, I just make more in my kitchen versus having to run to the store.  Love that!

Your most controversial Post – My post about “family cloth“, or cloth toilet paper, was pretty controversial.  It’s an interesting concept, but won’t work for everyone.   I think if you had a little one you were cloth diapering, it would be pretty easy. 

A post that didn’t get the attention it deserved –My post about natural laundry detergents was pretty interesting but didn’t seem to gain a lot of response.  Maybe everyone is making their own?

As part of the 7 Links Project, I have nominated the following bloggers:

* Living Well on Less
* Out of Debt Again
* Sense to Save


I’m Thinking About Quitting my Job

Since November, three of my family members have been in and out of the hospital.  First my dad had hernia surgery and stayed at the hospital for a few days.  Then he developed complications once he was home so he went back for a second surgery to correct a hematoma.  Next, my mom developed diverticulitis and spent a few days in the hospital.  After she went home, she discovered that she had a very dangerous infection called “C. diff” and had to go back to the hospital for about a week.  While this all was going on, my sister had to have surgery for what they found to be a tumor on her ovary (she’ll be fine, thank goodness) and spent the night overnight at the hospital.  So that totals five separate hospital visits for three family members.

My mom called yesterday, saying that my dad’s blood pressure was low and that his brother was taking him to the hospital.  Needless to say, they kept him overnight and today we found out he’s got about four things wrong with him including some infection.  My mom is still healing from her bout in the hospital, so she’s not really able to help take care of things around the house, and she’s not able to go be with my dad.

At this point, I feel really helpless because I live too far away and am working full time so it’s not like I can just up and leave and go help them.  I want to be there to help cook and clean, but right now it just doesn’t seem possible.  I’ve been considering quitting my job to go help take care of them.  While this sounds like a great idea, I just don’t think it’s a wise choice right now.  Then I wonder if I’m just being too crazy because we’ll be losing my income and family should come first, not money.  So I’m torn.

Positives of Quitting

-I’d be able to go up and stay with my parents as long as I needed to with no pressure from my employer.  If I need to stay up there a month, fine.  If I need to stay two months, that works too.

-I’d be able to focus on things I love and work towards making those my full time job.  I’d love to make money blogging, selling soap, and maybe even finishing my e-book and selling it.  I’d be free to do as I pleased, and do things I would love after I got done taking care of my parents.

Negatives of Quitting

-We’d lose my health insurance from work.  We’d have to look into finding private health insurance, which could be very expensive and most likely won’t cover pregnancy.  This would create stress.

-I wouldn’t have a job and consistent income once I was done taking care of my parents.

-It probably would take me awhile to get used to not going to work every day.  I’d probably miss the interaction with people.

So, I’m stuck between a rock and a hard place.  I want to be there to help my parents, but I just don’t know if it makes sense for me to quit my job.

What do you think I should do?  Is it silly I am even considering quitting my job?


Happy New Year’s Eve!

Happy New Year’s Eve! I’m looking forward to a relaxing evening at home because somehow I GOT SICK. Waaaah. I know 2011 will be a better year than 2010. In November and December, both of my parents were in the hospital twice each and even my little sister had surgery and had to stay overnight. It’s not been a great year for them health-wise. It’s been so hard to be living in an area that’s not close enough that I can run home and take care of everyone.

Financially, I think we were pretty successful and I’m happy with the way things are looking for us. I hope that 2011 is just as successful. I’ll be creating my 2011 goals this weekend when I hopefully feel a little better.

I think in 2011 I’m going to share more about natural living on a budget. I have shared many money saving tips, and while they are definitely valuable, there’s only so many things you can do to save money. I’d also like to invite you more into my home and share with you how I do things naturally and on a budget in more of a personal style. I also have become more interested in decorating and making my house a home, so I’ll share some tips and tricks I’ve learned to not break the bank while renovating.

Thanks for reading and being such a wonderful support system. I’ve met so many great people as a result of blogging, and I look forward to all the new friendships I’ll encounter in the next year.

Here’s to a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2011!

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