Monday, February 21, 2011

I Had a Little Glory Box!

I love this tradition that many generations of women have been keeping as they become a little older and think towards the future! Like most when I was in the middle of my teens I started a 'Glory Box' where I collected different homewares for a house that one day I hoped to have.

Birthdays, Christmas and just general purchases I made, my glory box grew and grew! By the time I met Jeff, I had a fairly large collection (no longer a box but a cupboard) but I knew that we'd need more for our house one day. I remember one particular day at uni, sitting on the veranda outside the student centre at Pomona campus with Katie, Talia, Rachel and Jordan. I'm sure we were meant to be studying or working on a group assignment but rather we were making lists of things we needed for our houses! That's when my list began!

I spent sometime wondering around my parents house with a note pad in hand, writing down everything in the house that I used regularly or thought was important to have in a house. While Jeff and I were dating and engaged we would head out to Thursday night shopping each week and purchase something new for our future house, off the list! We had so much fun picking out the things we liked and would match our home! Other than electrical appliances and big furniture items, we pretty well have everything we need for our house plus more!!!

Over time I've gotten more and more homewares from more birthdays, Christmas presents, our engagement party, kitchen tea and wedding gifts! I've been storing them at my parents house but space has been a huge problem. Last week I took almost everything out and sorted everything out to pack away a little neater. I came across a few things that we had double ups of and also that we really wouldn't ever need or use. I'm going to pop a few things up on eBay to raise a little more cash towards our future home!

I had a little Glory Box... but now I have a whole glory room!!!!!!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Wasting Time!

I know this post is pretty heavy for 6:45am but I have been thinking about it for quite a while and seeing as it’s too stinking hot to go back to bed, I thought I’d share it with you.

How many of you feel like sometimes, some days, you are just wasting time? I do for sure! Not all the time, but some days I just think ‘What a waste of my day!” and it annoys me so very much! Whether it be that I stayed up so late that I slept most of the day away, just couldn’t get motivated to do anything no matter what or that I just had to do something I didn’t want to that day. Wasting days and time really quite annoys me.

Let’s get one thing straight though, there is a BIG difference between wasting time and having a relaxing day doing nothing. I’m all for relaxing days off and holidays where nothing gets done, what I am talking about is general day to day life.

Do you know that if you were to live until the age of 90 you would only live for about 32,850 days? Okay, there are times when that number seems huge but in the grand scheme of things, that really isn’t a lot of days! Jeff and I borrowed more money than that to buy a block of land! That is why wasting time and days annoys me so much!

So let me encourage you not to waste your life away. If there are things you want to do, save up and go do it! Be sensible, we all need homes, food, clothing etc but seriously, if there is something you really want to do/achieve in life, go do it! 32, 000 or whatever days is not a whole lot of time to achieve what you what, just shows you that we certainly don’t live forever! And be happy, don’t waste those days away being cranky and bitter about things. Forgive and forget quickly and show your love to those around you. A smile can be the greatest gift you give another person!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Valentine’s Day 2011

I can’t believe that Valentine’s day has been and gone already! Days seem to be going so fast lately that I can’t keep up! This year was our first Valentines as husband and wife which in itself was very special. But this year because we are saving up for our first home and are sticking to a very tight budget, we decided not to give each other anything. Of course it was the year when everyone on facebook put up pictures of their amazing flowers and gifts haha!

 Rather than gifts and flowers, we went on a picnic together! Because Jeff had to work on the actual day, we went the day after and sat under the beautiful tree’s at Buderim park and enjoyed lots of yummy food together!!! Followed by a nice peaceful walk together and coffee! It was simple but very sweet and best of all, didn’t cost very much!

I love my husband so much and am very grateful that we can enjoy the simple things in life together and still love each other very much! Walking through life together is the most amazing gift I could ever dream of and I know we’ll always look back on these times with great fond memories! I hope everyone else had a great Valentine’s Day too!!!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Money Saving Tips

So let me throw it out there, what are your tips for saving money?

As you would know if you are a faithful reader, Jeff and I are now paying off our own block of land and are saving to build a house. Our goal has always been to borrow as little as possible to build something we can live in and perhaps extend one day. We’ve drawn up plans, visited project builders and gotten quotes from private builders and all in all we’ve discovered that we’ve got a little more saving ahead of us.

We figure 1 or 2 difficult years of saving is better than 30 years living on a very tight budget. We’re not going to build anything fancy but something with good re-sell that isn’t like living in a shoe box!

So we sat down tonight and tightened our budget a little more! No more shopping, no more eating out all the time and no more extravagant gifts. We’re hardly suffering; in fact we are extremely blessed and have a wonderful life, we just need to save our little butts off for a while!

So what are your money saving tips? How do you make living more fun without spending money? How do you motivate yourself to keep saving? Or how to do you make a little extra pocket money? I like to dabble in ebay, how about you?

Thursday, February 10, 2011

My Clever Husband!

I want to dedicate this post to my clever husband who I am very proud of! He's a very hard worker and while he works full time he still finds time to help those around him. He's always helping me with things, I guess we help each other in many ways but I wanted to share with you some of the special things he's been working on lately! Whilst he works very long hours, he's still found time to build some websites (free of charge of course) for family and friends and I just wanted to share with you his very hard work. He's very good at what he does and everyone so far has been very impressed with their websites, I hope you like his work too! (These lucky people are getting a free plug here!!!)

Palmwoods Baptist Church Website
Our church was the very first website that Jeff decided to build. He has changed it quite a few times but it's now looking very professional and in constantly changing! (Even though he's always busy, he still finds time to update it!) If you follow the blog link you will also find the church blogs which I write each week!

Karizma Dance and Entertainment
Jeff built this website for his sister Laree who has been working on building up her dance business. If you live in Sydney and need a dance group for parties, workshops or lessons than check out their website!

This was the next website project for Jeff which is for his brother and sister in law's band Kindread. Head over to their website to listen to some of their music and check out their two new music videos! You can even buy their latest album on itunes! If you like what you hear, than check out their tour dates as well!

Bonnie's Mobile Pooch Parlour
The final website that Jeff has been working on is for a friend of his who runs Bonnie's Mobile Pooch Parlour. If your looking for someone to clip, wash or pamper your four legged friend than check out this website and give Gavin a call! He offers really good services with great prices!!!

I hope you enjoy the websites and that you don't mind indulging me in my little boast about my very clever and hard working husband!!! He's the best and I love him very very much! I'm so very proud of you and your work!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Are You a Risk Taker?

I’ve wanted to write a post now for a while that has a little bit more deeper content than just telling you about our day to day life. I haven’t really thought of anything ‘blogworthy’ but over the past week Jeff and I have been talking about the decisions we have and are making for our future. Which leads me to the question, are you a risk taker?

I am certainly not a risk taker and I don’t think it’s a bad thing. When I’m presented with a decision or opportunity I like to take the time to go away and research, think, write down the pros and cons, think some more and talk about it a lot. I don’t normally rush into anything no matter how big or small it may be.

I’m also one to look more on the negative side of things than on the good. Yes, when it comes to decisions (especially big ones) I’m more of a cup if half empty kind of girl. I like to prepare for the worst because if all goes well I am usually pleasantly surprised.

As a teacher I have been taught that it is good to teach children how to take sensible risks especially with their learning. I agree that taking risks is important, it allows us to make mistakes and learn from them and it also helps us achieve things we never thought we could. But how do we know what a ‘sensible’ risk is?

I think it’s something that won’t hugely affect the rest of your life or have big consequences for the future. For example it’s been a risk taking out a loan and planning to build a house but we believe it is a necessary risk and a positive step in married life. We live with our decision every day, we learn more each day and we pray that it will have a positive impact on our lives in the future…. A house for us to live in!!!!

So are you a risk taker and why or why not?