In Your Spare Time

For a year I have run the blog/website Snazzy Artables. I have written about marriage, money, art, college, and then I found out I was pregnant.

I quit my job and we prepared for living on one income. During my time “off” I got the house ready, they call that nesting I do believe 🙂 Then getting a little bored with housework, I picked up cartooning again. I have a BFA in Fine Art and Photography, but as a young teen, I had always dreamt of being a cartoonist. I started cartooning my pregnancy – cause let’s face it, pregnancy is pretty funny. Then when my son was born, I realized that humor was going to be the only thing to get me through parenting alive, so I started cartooning the crazy stuff we deal with as new parents.

After all of that Snazzy Artables was getting pretty cluttered, so now here we are with a personal blog about our family, our money, and our marriage. We call it, The Mighty Metz. Cheesy? Most definitely. But if you’ve met us, you understand 🙂 And it might also be a little truthful. We’re pretty determined and driven people. So it was fitting, as this blog and the Snazzy Artables cartoon website came from the determination to do what we love, despite others opinions of what our lives should be.

So let this be encouragement to follow your own way, because as long as you love it, money shouldn’t determine it. Use your “spare time” until you can make it your “full-time.” And in the meant time…enjoy.

Why Epidurals Are Not The End of The World

Wednesday morning at 4am, I knew I was headed toward labor. I had experienced Braxton Hicks for the past few months and these contractions were different. I spent the next 24 hours resting, eating, drinking water, and trying to stretch and put heat on my back to ease the pain. By Thursday morning at 4am, my contractions were 3 minutes apart. The doctor gave the okay to check-in at the hospital and we began what was going to be a long 12 hours.

I had a plan, and that plan was: no drugs. I had gathered information, opinions, and advice from some really awesome women and I was ready to battle it out all-natural. At least, that’s what I thought.

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New Year, New Budget

Christmas is almost here and New Years is around the corner. I have a feeling there will be some buyer’s remorse, and maybe some New Year’s Resolutions to stop spending so much money. I hear ya. I’ve been there. In fact, I go through that phase a few times a year. Yep, that’s right. The girl that preaches debt-freedom, and living off of a strict budget is…*gasp*…not always so strict. Continue reading

Ways to Save Money – Health & Beauty

I try my best to get the best deals on things, but sometimes even little changes make a BIG difference. Here’s a few tips I’ve tried along the way:

1. Compare prices to find the best price on meat without skimping on quality. Sometimes this means buying discounted meat and cooking it that day, sometimes it means buying a larger pack to save on the per lb. price.

2. Buy the big pack! I purchase two large boxes of granola bars every month at Wal-mart and pull out one box every two weeks.

3. Plan your monthly (or even bi-monthly) menu and add up multiple ingredients. Then buy the bigger jar or box to save. Continue reading

Monthly Shopping – JUNE LIST

Here is the motherload of all shopping lists! This includes the ingredients I purchased for this months MENU – but it DOES NOT include spices, etc. I already had on hand or extra items for baking, snacks, breakfasts, and lunches for the month. This is JUST the dinners! Remember, this is my list based on what we like, so you may not want things like tomatoes and avocados every week for the salads, etc. Another savings tip: buy dried beans. I did this for a few months and it definitely saved some money, but with a baby, it’s easier to just open a can! Continue reading

Monthly Shopping – JUNE MENU

We try to eat as healthy as we can eliminating a lot of bread, sodium, and fried foods, but still eating hearty meals, which can be very challenging with an infant and a busy schedule. I try to plan meals I can prepare quickly or freeze for easy prep later. We also have one vegetarian/meatless and one breakfast dinner every week. I find most of my meal ideas on Pinterest, Spark Recipes, All Recipes, or in my own recipe box and favorite cookbooks. Recipes that are not linked are written out at the end of this post. Continue reading