Monday, July 7, 2014

New Budget

This month I will trying out a new plan for my husband and my grocery budget. I have been trying to cut our grocery bill for a while and did great for a while on coupons but have found that I am lacking success lately. Or at least the success that I need to achieve to make my time cutting and organizing coupons worth it.

I was reading an article from my LearnVest email digest that showcased a couple different peoples' real budgets and one of them stuck with me. A young couple around the ages of my husband and myself spent around 100$ a week on groceries by planning out their menus each week. Right now I can spend up to $300-$400 a month on groceries, and our budget just cannot take it any more. So I am going to give this method a try.

Seeing as my grocery budget is the same as this couple, I am going to shoot for around $50 a week. I know its an ambitious cut, but I think it's manageable. Today is going to be my first trip and I plan on making sure I have what I need in my house for the next week of meals.

I think the most challenging part will be keeping my husband and myself to the meal plan we create at the beginning of the week. We have a tendency to do the impromptu dinner out.

I plan on keeping everyone posted as to how it goes. So wish us luck!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Soft Opening

Today I am doing a soft reopening of my etsy shop. Not going crazy with promotions and adding items until everything is sorted out. But I figured It wouldn't hurt to get things back up and running slowly.

Check out the updates to the shop and some of the items I just added:

http://aniemandesign.etsy.com

Feedback is always appreciated!

Friday, June 6, 2014

Etsy Shop is Coming Back!

After being absent from Etsy for almost a year and a half, I have decided to re-open the ANiemanDesign shop.

There is nothing in there quite yet but will be filling up fast and soon. In the next couple weeks I hope to return some of my current inventory back to the shop. I realized I do not have time to work on custom orders so it will only be pre-made items.


I miss my creative outlet and want to work on more of my crocheting and photography on my down time. Look for more posts about when the items hit the store!



Monday, June 2, 2014

What I Have Been Up to at Work

So recently I had the opportunity to help Nestle put together their patio space revamp. We used recycled poly style furniture made by Breezesta which lasts forever!!

The slats were two toned, black and grey. One side ended up being dining and the other side they made custom corn hole boards.

Check it out!










Monday, May 19, 2014

One Month Later

So I am supposed to be back at this.... and its been a month since my last post. Whoops.

I think what is causing me to procrastinate is my indecision on what to write about. Do I want to write about design, work, money, fashion, my personal life? Well chances are I'm not going to get much into my personal life beyond myself, there are some things that need to stay private.

So eliminating my personal life, that leaves design, work, money, and fashion. All of which I have interest in or insight in, whether its worth sharing who knows. Am I an expert? No, not really. I am an Interior Designer so that is the only thing that I could call myself an expert at, but I don't believe you get to call yourself an expert until after 10 years of experience(I'm only at about 6).

Realistically don't expect a post from me everyday. I work retail and the hours are so all over the place that it leaves little room for consistency.  Writing here is more about creating consistency than anything else.

Also what should I post about?
What did you enjoy in the past and what would you like to see in the future?

Your feedback is great appreciated!



Thursday, April 24, 2014

It's been almost a year

It has been almost a year since my last post on this blog. Much has changed in my life... but really not much has changed at all. I stopped doing some things to concentrate more on my professional career at work and this blog was one of them. After this break I have realized I miss this medium and want to get back into writing again.

I am now a year away from thirty and have started to look back on my life to see what I have accomplished and what I have not. I can't help but compare my life to others and feel like I have kind of fallen behind. That being said I have to take a look at what I have been doing that is working and what has not been working (this is still an in progress process).

So I hope you will join me as I design my new way of life.

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