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I'm Just Breathing




Hey y'all!

I know that I have been MIA lately with posting videos and blog posts.

There's a good reason for that.

I just needed to breathe. 

Don't worry! I'm not going anywhere! I just needed a moment to gain some perspective.

Have you ever been working on something so closely, like putting your nose right on the canvas, that you only see little parts of your work? But then you take a step back to see the whole picture and it's a BIG. FAT. MESS?!

Yeah--that's kinda where I'm at.

The truth is, I have been incredibly overwhelmed the last couple of months with all the things. I thought I was doing everything right. Work, homeschool, homemaking, homesteading, social media, team mom, YouTube. I got this. I'm an easy going, agreeable individual. A team player. That's me. I can do the "one more" thing.

**face palm**

Apparently, I can't.

Apparently, I have a breaking point.

And I met it.

Like a punch in the face.

Crying spell and all (sorry about that, Trish).

I asked myself, "What have I done? Is this what being a homeschooling, WAHM is supposed to be like?? Overwhelming? Nothing to show for all of the hours of work I put into all the things??"

That's when I took a step back. I saw that what I was creating wasn't a Monet, but a really bad version of a Jackson Polluck.

NO!

No more!

No more stuff. No more yes. No more projects

Not until I have my priorities in check and I know what I'm doing!

So, what now? 


This is the exciting part. I know what I need to do and I have already taken steps toward that direction. Here's what's happening:

1.  Returning to my First Love. I need Jesus. Don't we all? In the name of busy-ness, I have neglected my relationship with The One I Need The Most. I stopped talking to Him, spending time with Him, and going to Him about things. I decided that I can do it all by myself. Well, we see where that got me. This was the first thing I went back to. I missed that communion. I missed the peace I feel when I surrender.

To redirect my focus, I started a new devotional reading from an app called She Reads Truth.  I'm reading the devo called "Jesus, Keep Me Near The Cross". As soon as I read the title, my heart yearned for the wisdom that it promised.

I also started listening to Christian podcasts again. A couple that I have REALLY been loving are The Homemaking Foundations Podcast with Jami Balmet, and The Purposeful Home Podcast with Allie Casazza & Kelsey Van Kirk. If you are striving for a Christ-centered home, I HIGHLY recommend both of these podcasts.

When I am working around the house, I have also been listening to Jami Balmet's downloadable {audio}book called "The Proverbs 31 Homemaker". I have NOT been disappointed. It's also available as an eBook. I have both, but audio is perfect for me.

not an affiliate, but a fan ;)


2. Being an intentional minimalist. Those that know me personally, know that I am a minimalist. I've been a minimalist since I got married and had a house of my own to keep. I don't like having things that I can't use, don't have a place for, or don't love. However, if you look at the state of my house, you would probably think the opposite. So, I started remedying that this past week and I ain't stoppin' 'til I can breathe, y'all!


Clutter is chaotic for me. It effects my mood and my thought process. I love farmhouse inspired decorations, but I love empty spaces just as much. I purge regularly, but lately I haven't been intentionally purging with a vision of how I want things to be around here; not just with my stuff, but also with my time.

That has all changed.

I know how I want things to be and it's going to rock! Stay tuned for that journey!

3. Re-branding The Caver's Wife. Well, kinda. I have struggled with how to define my blog and my channel. I had to ask God about this one. "Lord, what do you want from me? I have this platform to share Your boundless love and incredible mercy. What do you want me to share? What is my part in this?" I got my answer! In a nutshell--God wants me to be a Titus 2 woman.




You see the term "aged women" and are now asking yourself how old I am. I turned 37 yesterday. That might not seem "aged" to some of you, but think of it this way; I have been married over half of my life. 18 and a half years, to be exact.

We have a good marriage; not perfect, but good.

In 18 and a half years, I have learned so much about when to be sober; loving my husband when he is hard to love; loving my children when they are hard to love; when to keep things to myself; the beauty and importance of being chaste; the glory and challenge of being a keeper at home; the struggle of being good; and the picture of Christ and His church being lived out thru the obedience of a wife to her husband.

So, with that being said my blog and channel will be more of the same (homemaking, homesteading, homeschooling) but with a Titus 2 intention. Biblical Homemaking & Womanhood. That's it. I'm pretty pumped about it!

So that's where I've been and what's going on. I can't wait to get this all into motion and see what God does with it.

Until next time,
Tangi

I have been incredibly overwhelmed the last couple of months with all the things. I thought I was doing everything right. Work, homeschool, homemaking, homesteading, social media, team mom, YouTube. I got this. I'm an easy going, agreeable individual. A team player. That's me. I can do the "one more" thing. **face palm** Apparently, I can't.

A Frugal Seed Source


Frugality is something that I strive for, not something that I have mastered.

If you listen to or read anything from the wonderful Dave Ramsey, you know that in a typical marriage, there is a Saver and there is a Spender.

I am the Spender.

Granted, I don't go out and buy things that aren't necessary, nor do I ignore the price tag. Quite the contrary. I am, however, a little more quick to spend money without thinking through all of the tiny details or hunting down the best deal.

My husband won't buy something unless he has done exhaustive research on an item and set aside the appropriate amount of funds. I don't have that kind of patience.

Where he and I have to compromise on most things when it comes to money, one thing that we both agree on 100% --Gardening saves us money on our grocery bill and is worth the effort ESPECIALLY since we have found a FRUGAL, HIGH QUALITY, FAMILY OWNED, HEIRLOOM SEED source!

Since we try to grow as much of our own food to save money, it only makes sense that we find the highest quality seeds at the most affordable price, right?!

How frugal are we talking? I'm talking to the tune of 99 cents per pack!

Visit the MIgardener store and use my code TCW10 at checkout to save 10% on your purchase

How many seeds do you get for $0.99?

It has been my experience that I get either the same amount or MORE seeds than I get from other suppliers that charge triple the amount.

What about the germination success rate?

I, personally, have gotten almost 100% germination rate with MIgardener seeds! No joke! Even seeds that I bought last year have sprouted this year!



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How about customer service?

Since MIgardener is family owned and operated, your questions and concerns will most likely be answered by Luke (MIgardener) or his sweet wife, Sindy (Mrs. MIgardner). Luke is a Master Gardener and is very knowledgeable on growing all the things! Not only that, but Luke's channel is dedicated to teaching people how to grow their own food which includes complete growing guides to almost every kind of vegetable they offer in their store. I don't know of any other seed company that will source you with high quality heirloom seeds, as well as teach you everything you need to know about growing those seeds.

But they get you with the shipping, right?

NO! MIgardener has said a million times, they WILL NOT make a profit from shipping charges. What it costs to ship your package, is what it you will be charged for shipping. Period.

I'm Team MIgardener (get your own shirt here)

Have I talked you into it yet? Are you willing to give it a try? I hope so! With seeds at $0.99 per pack (less, if you use my affiliate link TCW10 at checkout), what do you have to lose?!

Let me know if you have any questions, but feel free to click around MIgardener's website and let him know I sent ya!

Happy Gardening!


Gardening saves us money on our grocery bill and is worth the effort ESPECIALLY since we have found a FRUGAL, HIGH QUALITY, FAMILY OWNED, HEIRLOOM SEED source!   Since we try to grow as much of our own food to save money, it only makes sense that we find the highest quality seeds at the most affordable price, right?!      How frugal are we talking? I'm talking to the tune of 99 cents per pack!



Does Gardening Really Save You Money?


I have been asked many times, "Does gardening really save you money?" The answer is an emphatic YES!

At my local farmer's market, a bundle of eight beets will cost $4.00, where a pack of two-hundred beet seeds will cost me $0.99. Yes, time and sweat go into it, but that's one of the most satisfying parts of gardening and you can't put a price tag on it for me. In fact, the hours that I spend in the garden save money that I would spend on a therapist or a gym membership....not that I need a therapist...

Moving on.

Dehydrating chives from my patio container garden

My new friend, Brianne, from the Instagram account and YouTube channel, House to Homestead, saw that I was going to be sharing with everyone what we spend on the garden and then what we bring in from the garden, comparing it to what we would have to spend if we purchased it from the farmers market or grocery store, to show just how much money we save by growing our own food. She sent me a message and said that she was planning on doing the same thing on her channel and wanted to know if I would be interested in collaborating.

I said, "Sure! That's a great idea!"

So, now begins our exciting Garden to Pantry collaboration. We don't have anything formal set for this collab, other than we are recording expenses, recording our harvest, and then we will price compare with the grocery stores and the local farmers market to reiterate our point.

Grits made from homegrown, organic heirloom non-gmo Glass Gem corn


This is going to be so much fun and we are thrilled to take you guys along for our journey!

I am keeping up with my Garden Expenses on the blog. I also have a Garden Journal that you can also follow along with. 

I interviewed Brianne on my channel on April 4, 2017, and we talked about our project. Check it out and let me know if you have any questions for either of us regarding this endeavor.


I have been asked many times, "Does gardening really save you money?" The answer is an emphatic YES!   At my local farmer's market, a bundle of eight beets will cost $4.00, where a pack of two-hundred beet seeds will cost me $0.99. This growing season I, along with my friend, Brianne of House To Homestead are going to show you how much money we save our family by growing our own food.

Garden Planning Around Your Pantry



In one of my recent videos, 5 Things To Consider When Planning Your Garden, I mentioned that I always ask myself "What does my family like to eat" when I am deciding on what I want to grow in my garden.

I suggested that it would be a good idea to look back in your meal planner at the meals that you have prepared for your family in the past, and then think about the ingredients that you used for each of those dishes. A lot of those ingredients can be grown and prepared in your own kitchen.

To re-enforce this train of thought even further, I would highly recommend checking out Esther Emery's series, The Homesteader's Wife's Skills of the Month Club. Even if you think you have a pretty good handle on all of the skills, it never hurts to hear another person's perspective on things. It has really challenged me to think deeper on how and why I do the things that I do when it comes to growing, preserving, and storing our food--which brings me to this post...
Garden Planning Around Your Pantry
Yes, I always consider what my family likes to eat when I plan my garden, but this year I'm doing it a little differently. 
This year, I am envisioning my garden as a market. I am making my list of "things to get" to stock my pantry for the year, and I am planning the garden that way. It really has made me rethink everything that I plan to grow. I have added a few things to my list and have readjusted the amounts of certain things I want to bring in.

Here is my "things to get preserve" list (please bear in mind that it may change in the coming months):

Salsa
Pizza Sauce
Pasta Sauce
Diced Tomatoes
Ketchup
Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies 
Tomato Juice
Corn & Black Bean Salsa
Green Beans
Dill Pickles
Bread & Butter Pickles
Pickled Okra
Dilly Beans
Jalapenos
Banana Peppers
Dill Pickle Relish
Pickled Beets
Squash Relish
Sauerkraut
Carrots
Apple Sauce
Apple Butter
Pears
Pear Sauce
Pear Butter
Tomato Powder
Green Powder (kale and other greens) 

Dehydrated
Peas
Carrots
Herbs
Apple Rings

Cellar Storage
Squashes
Onions
Garlic 
Potatoes (?)

Herbs
Sage
Basil
Oregano
Thyme
Chives
Rosemary
Parsley


Peas
Corn (on and off the cob)
Kale
Collard Greens
Swiss Chard
Broccoli Rabe
Brussel Sprouts
Chopped Bell Peppers
Basil in Olive Oil
Cabbage
Summer Squash (breaded for frying, shredded for baking, chopped/sliced for cooking)
Okra (breaded for frying, whole for roasting) 
Stir Fry blends (peppers, onions, squash, cabbage, garlic, etc.)
Fajita Blend (colored peppers and onions cut into strips)
 
As you can see, by making this list, it's really easy to decide what I will need to grow.

There are calculators online that you can use to determine how much you need to grow to feed your family for a year.

I hope you found this helpful. 

Much Love, 
Tangi