Friday, June 27, 2014

My First "Aha" Parenting Moment





This was originally posted on my Facebook page, found here

2 years ago, Viking Man, Big A, and I all moved from Maryland to my home state of Arkansas. Viking Man had just finished his service with the Navy and we were on the search for a new life.

Big A was only a few months old and I was struggling trying to breastfeed him. We always had a latch problem, even though he had no tongue or lip tie. I had seen several lactation consultants, but nothing helped.

During our move, we stopped at a truck stop for a break. I lugged Big A, and my nursing cover, over to an isolated corner in the truck stop's diner.

There I sat, nursing my baby, wrapped up in a way-too-hot nursing cover, almost to tears because the latch was so painful. Then began the fight...

Big A flung the blanket off.

I was exposed. The diner was crowded and everyone there could see me, my breast, and my flustered little one. I immediately panicked and covered myself and Big A back up.

Moments later, he did it again.

At this point, I really was almost to tears, thanks to frustration and pain.

I tried covering him up again, but once again, he yanked the cover off. Exhausted, I gave up. I was too tired from the journey to fight him any longer.

After sitting for a little while, mortified that I was exposed, I soon realized that Big A's nursing didn't hurt as bad anymore. There was still a little bit of pain, but nothing like what he and I normally experienced.

It was in that very moment that I had my first "aha" moment. I realized that a huge part of our latch trouble was because both Big A and I were uncomfortable.

I was uncomfortable because I was ashamed of my lactating breasts, and Big A was uncomfortable because I was uncomfortable with my body doing what it was naturally supposed to do.

After that day, I stopped covering. I freed myself from the shame. I was liberated. I was wild.

Big A and I continued breastfeeding until he was 13 months old, at which point, he weaned himself. He and I struggled all throughout our breastfeeding journey with latch problems, but the pain and insecurity I had with breastfeeding practically disappeared.

Never be ashamed of your breasts, especially your lactating breasts. They are natural, they are wild, they are woman, and they are meant to be free.


What was your first "aha" moment as a parent? 

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Vegetarian BBQ Black Bean Burger





Can I say YUMMO!?!

For real, these burgers are amazing!

Like, AMAZING!

Did I mention how amazing these burgers are?

So here's the low down - I get kind of sick and tired of eating rice and beans all the time. I know, I know, I'm Cuban. I should live for rice and beans. Most days, I do. But when you're on week two of rice and beans, they get a little old, no matter how much parsley and saffron you put into the dish.

Rice and beans make an excellent budget-friendly food. They're cheap, calorie dense, and provide enough nutrients to keep you going. But sometimes a girl's gotta change things up a little.

This recipe is actually a variation of a recipe I found on The Prudent Housewife blog. Check her blog out! She's got some amazing stuff on there.

Anywhoodles, back to these delicious burgers!

They are freezer friendly, budget friendly, vegetarian friendly, vegan friendly, and gluten free!

Ingredients:

3 cups cooked black beans
1/2 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, diced
3 tablespoons of your favorite BBQ sauce
1/2 cup cooked garbanzo beans (optional but provides a nice texture)
2 flax eggs
1 teaspoon nutritional yeast
2 teaspoons Himalayan pink salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black peppercorn
2 cups gluten free bread crumbs (whole wheat bread crumbs work just fine, too)
Pinch of ground cayenne pepper (optional but gives it a nice kick)

Extras: 
Olive oil, butter, or coconut oil for frying
Gluten free hamburger buns
Fresh spinach leaves, lettuce, and/or kale
Baby bella mushrooms, sliced
Swiss cheese, sliced (can use vegan cheese options instead)
Roma tomato, sliced

Directions:

Combine all of the ingredients in the first list together.

Heat a skillet with oil over medium heat.

Spoon the bean mixture onto the skillet and flatten out into patty shapes.

Fry for roughly 5 minutes (until patty is hard enough to flip over), flip, and fry on the other side for an additional 5 minutes.

Serve on buns with veggies and cheese.

Serves: Roughly 12 patties


Freezer Option:

Cook patties and allow to cool. Fold patties into wax paper, place into freezer bag, and store in freezer. 


Monday, June 23, 2014

Frugal Mondays: DIY Food Saver Clips



I have a confession to make. I've never actually purchased a food saver clip before in my life. They always seemed like a huge waste of money to me.

I discovered this diy trick as a teenager and have been using it for all of non-sealing food bags ever since.

This frugal diy is very simple to do and wont cost a thing if you have a bunch of plastic skirt hangers hanging in your closet.

All you have to do is snip off the clipy ends of the hanger and you'll be good to go!

The easiest way I have found to do this is to use heavy-duty scissors or pliers. You can also cut through it with a steak knife, but this is kind of tedious and you end up with a bunch of plastic shavings everywhere. If the hanger is thin enough, you can also just snap it at the ends with your brute super momma strength. ;)

You can use these clips on chip bags, chocolate chip bags, and any other non-resealing baggies.

I never have a low supply of plastic hangers, but if you happen to not have any like these, ask friends and family for some. Some stores will even give you their excess hangers if you ask them.


What are some of your favorite frugal supplies? 

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Saturday Frugal Hippie Housewife Accomplishments 6/21/14



This is actually a very old series to the blog that I've decided to bring back for a while, just to see how everyone likes it. 

Saturdays are basically my super crunchy, mega meal prep, go all out hippie, days. I do most of my grocery shopping, bi-weekly, on Saturdays. I also like to do a lot of my menu planning and meal preps on Saturdays. Basically, Saturdays are the days I completely go insane. 

My plan for these posts is that they'll encompass all of the frugal hippie things I've done for the entire week, I'll just be writing them on Saturdays. But since a lot of the things I do that you all would even remotely be interested in happens on Saturdays, I think Saturdays are an appropriate day to write all of these. 

I'm not writing these to brag, or anything. In fact, these are more of a way for me to keep track of what all I have done the past week and what all I still have left to do. These are also meant to help my family and close friends to keep track of what my family and I have been up to in a list-like format (because I dig lists, yo.) Lastly, these posts will hopefully help inspire others to find ways that they can be frugal hippie housewives (or househusbands!). 

Without further ado, here is the grand list of what all I have managed to accomplish this past week:

Made a large batch of kitchen scrap vegetable broth in the crock pot and froze it for future use. I'll be using it in taco soup later in the week. 

Purchased 2 weeks worth of food for $110. My total food budget per month is $200, so I try to keep each bi-weekly paycheck's food purchases within the $100 range. 

Hemmed a pair of yoga pants and fixed the elastic in them. I'm short, so pants never fit me right in the legs. 

Purchased several loaves of French bread and multigrain bread for cheaper than what I could have baked it for. They have all been frozen for future use.

Finished next week's meal plans. Lots of fruit that I purchased at Aldi. 

Made a large batch of carob granola cereal to eat for our breakfast meals.

Relaxed and read a book. Because relaxing is a HUGE accomplishment for me. ;)

Repaired several loose buttons on some of Little a's dresses. The girl goes through buttons like everyone else goes through toilet paper. It's crazy!

Made a large batch of banana nut muffins. Froze some and left the others out for snack food. 

Saved my dying pepper plant and it now has several blossoms and even a little pepper growing on it. I can't wait to have my own bell peppers!

Made a large batch of crock pot applesauce. We feed this to Little a and Big A, as well as like to top our leftover mashed potato cakes with it. 

Made 2 loaves of vegan banana bread. One to freeze and one for snack food. 

Friday, June 20, 2014

Wednesday Book Haul 6/18/14



This post is late, obviously, and I forgot to take pictures of our books before Viking Man left for work with our only camera. Go figure, right?

Anywhoodles, here are some of the books the kiddos, Viking Man, and I checked out this Wednesday.


Books the A Team are reading:

Kitten's First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes

Lemonade in Winter - A Book About Two Kids Counting Money by Emily Jenkins &G. Brian Karas

Dinosaur Bob And His Adventures with the Family Lazardo by William Joyce Review: Once again, Little a is on a dinosaur kick. She really enjoyed this one and I found it rather cute as well. 

Moongame by Frank Asch Review: Cute book and the kids enjoyed it. It was a simple read and involved things that my children can currently comprehend (hide and seek). 


Book Viking Man is reading: 

Dragons of a Vanished Moon - Dragon Lance Series by Weis and Hickman - Review: I've yet to read any of the Dragon Lance books, but Viking Man loves them and recommends them to anyone who enjoys fantasy. 


Books Frugal Hippie Housewife is reading:

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People - Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey Review: A blogger friend recommended this one to me, and I gotta say, so far I am totally loving it! I'm only into the first 100 pages, but I am really enjoying it. I have a feeling this one will be a book I'll have to read annually in order to retain all of the juicy knowledge and wisdom it contains. 

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Unjobber/WAHM Income



I am a full time WAHM/Unjobber while my husband works full time outside of the home. As of this year (2014), we are working very hard on getting to the point in which my husband will be able to quit his job outside of the home so that he can go back to school full time. This means every little bit of support I can receive from my readers helps tremendously!

I don't blog to make money. In fact, I don't make any money from this blog. I refuse to set up annoying ads and promote products that I don't care about. My intentions with this blog is to provide my readers with advice and support, as well as to give me a little place that is mine. If I ever do advertise a product on my blog, it will only be a product that I have tested and that I love.

If you're interested in helping me and my family out, check out the links below to discover some of the ways you can help:



Newcomb Apothecary

Viking Man and I own and operate an organic herbal apothecary on Etsy. We specialize in organic, handcrafted herbal goodies for medicinal and magical uses.

Some of the products we carry in our store include herbal massage oils, herbal stuffed dream & sleep pillows, herbal tea blends, herbal body scrubs, tinctures, salves, and much more.

You can find Newcomb Apothecary here.



Hubpages 

I have been a writer on Hubpages for several years now. This site is one of the many that helped me get my toes wet in the world of online freelance writing.

At Hubpages, I write articles and receive a commission every month based off of how many views I received, comments, likes, shares, items purchased from the ads on my page, and more.

Hubpages is a very easy way to help support my family and I. All you have to do is check out some of my articles. You can find the link to my Hubpages site here.

P.S. My pen name is Daniella Lopez on Hubpages.



PayPal 

One way that you can help us out is through donation. My PayPal account is danienewcomb (at) gmail (dot) com. Please be sure to mark it as a gift and let me know that you are a blog follower! <3



constant content 

Like Hubpages, this is another site that I have been writing at for some time now. Unlike Hubpages, this is not a site that I receive revenue based on clicks and likes. This is a site that you can purchase whole articles that I have written. If you run a blog, website, or magazine, this is a useful way to find articles without having to write them yourself.

My article prices are typically $50 for you to have full rights to the article. Prices vary for smaller uses.

You can find my page on constant content here.



Newcomb Tidbits  

At Newcomb Tidbits, I write about self-publishing and writing. I also sell articles and offer consultations in herbalism, freelance writing, and self-publishing. You can also find my portfolio on Newcomb Tidbits.

If you're interested in hiring me, check out Newcomb Tidbits.




Amazon Wish List


Some of my readers have been able to support my family and I through our Amazon wish list that I keep active, and I thank them so very much for that.

The things on this list range from food items that we could use in our pantry, to books that we would like to own, to supplies we could use for our Etsy store.

If you have any of the items that we have listed on here and would like to share them, we are more than happy to take used items.

Any contributions to this list are greatly appreciated!



Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! for taking the time to read this and for any contributions you might give. Thank you for all your support, readership, comments, and everything else that you do to help make this blog function. Thank you!



If there's any way my family and I can possibly help you with some of the skills that we have, please feel free to message me at danienewcomb at gmail dot com




Saturday, June 14, 2014

Saturday Frugal Hippie Housewife Accomplishments 6/14/14



This is actually a very old series to the blog that I've decided to bring back for a while, just to see how everyone likes it. 

Saturdays are basically my super crunchy, mega meal prep, go all out hippie, days. I do most of my grocery shopping, bi-weekly, on Saturdays. I also like to do a lot of my menu planning and meal preps on Saturdays. Basically, Saturdays are the days I completely go insane. 

My plan for these posts is that they'll encompass all of the frugal hippie things I've done for the entire week, I'll just be writing them on Saturdays. But since a lot of the things I do that you all would even remotely be interested in happens on Saturdays, I think Saturdays are an appropriate day to write all of these. 

I'm not writing these to brag, or anything. In fact, these are more of a way for me to keep track of what all I have done the past week and what all I still have left to do. These are also meant to help my family and close friends to keep track of what my family and I have been up to in a list-like format (because I dig lists, yo.) Lastly, these posts will hopefully help inspire others to find ways that they can be frugal hippie housewives (or househusbands!). 

Without further ado, here is the grand list of what all I have managed to accomplish this past week:



Dehydrated mangoes, pineapple, and blueberries that I purchased on sale in bulk. These will be added to my homemade trail mix, oatmeal, muffins, and finger foods for the kids. 

Froze organic local blueberries that I purchased on sale in bulk. I managed to get a great deal on blueberries. I purchased an entire gallon for roughly $12. 

Ground, using a mortar and pestle, brown rice that I sprouted over a few days. My family really likes brown rice flour in baked goods like cookies, brownies, etc. A few years ago, my family went completely gluten free. Now days, we include some gluten into our diet, but we still enjoy many gluten free grains. I like to make flours while I'm reading other blog's posts. 

Ground, using a mortar and pestle, flax seeds to use for flax eggsOrganic flax is cheaper than organic eggs in my area, so I rarely ever by eggs. Instead, I make flax eggs for recipes that call for eggs.

Sprouted garbanzo beans and made an entire weeks worth of hummus. This is far cheaper than buying pre-made hummus. The A Team and I love hummus. We use bell peppers, carrots, and cauliflower to dip with. We also like to make hummus and avocado sandwiches. 

Found Big A a pair of Crocs (with Lightening McQueen on them, no less) in his size at a garage sale for $2. The kids has the biggest feet I've ever seen on a two year old, so I was pretty excited to find shoes his size, at a reasonable price, with a character on them that he enjoys. 

Purchased a toy shopping cart for Big A to play with for under $1. He enjoys playing grocery shopping, so even though I don't generally buy toys for the kids, I made the exception for this purchase. 

Hand-stitched several tea bags to give to customers of Newcomb Apothecary when they make a tea blend order. Each of my tea blends comes with a free reusable tea bag. 

Purchased 15 dresses for Little a at a garage sale for under $20. She's only 10 months old and already wears a 2T, so needless to say, she goes through clothes rather quickly. I always seem to be on the search for new clothes for my little chunk!

Purchased 5 Dr. Seuss books and a Tic Tac Toe board game for the kids unschooling pleasure for under $2. Big A is learning how to play Tic Tac Toe. So far, he really enjoys it!

Purchased other books for the A Team all for under $3. I purchased roughly 10 books (other than the Dr. Seuss books) for under $3. Many of the are Caldecott Medal books and hardbacks. 

(I made way more garage sale purchases than what's normal for me, but I found several good deals for the kids that I just couldn't pass up.)

Slow cooked a large pot of bean chili and froze a good portion of it for future munching.

Purchased several loaves of French bread for cheaper than what I could have baked it for. They have all been frozen for future use.

Harvested lemon balm that I grew organically myself and dehydrated it. These will be used for tea blends.

Made a large batch of homemade toothpaste. It should last us for at least 4 months.

Viking Man hemmed a pair of khakis that were bartered to us so that they would fit him properly. Viking Man hems his own pants so that we don't have to spend money getting his clothes tailored. I lucked out when I married a man who could sew. 

Big A and I saved excess candle wax that melted away from our altar candles. We reuse the wax to make our own candles. This kind of recycling is a lifesaver to Pagans who use altars. 

I bartered off several things from our cosmetics stockpile that I had gotten free with coupons. I received gmo-free unrefined sugar and organic chocolate chips in exchange for the items. The chocolate chips get added to my homemade trail mix and the sugar is used for sweet tea and the occasional baked good that I make. I keep a large stockpile of goods specifically for bartering (i.e. goods my family don't really use). The barter stockpile are items that I either manage to get for free from couponing or close to free. 

Finished next week's meal plans. They involve a lot of cabbage, blueberries, beans, mangoes, and avocados, because I got a very good deal on all of those items. I try to make our meals as seasonally as possibly to save the most money. 



Newcomb Apothecary

Newcomb Apothecary
An Organic Herbal Apothecary Owned and Operated by Danie Newcomb (Frugal Hippie Housewife)