Monday, April 24, 2017

The Wheels are turning....

Such a true statement but not as far as a bus but the wheels are turning in our heads and everyone is so on board now with simplified living. The reality of it all is we are ready, I was able to start simplifying my life by selling off a bunch of my belongings at the flea market yesterday, made a decent amount, put some in savings and the rest to my credit card which is now PIF. It's a start to a dream that will come true.

Spoke with hubby yesterday and as much as he loves his "things" he agreed to sell off our professional embroidery machine and t-shirt printing machine, even if it means taking a MAJOR loss on it just to gather funds to fund our dream. This is E X C I T I N G !!!

YouTube has been our friend lately and once we start this journey, we will also start our own youtube channel complete with videos, bloopers included just to record the process, the ups and downs, mistakes and ideas. So keep on the lookout for that in 2018!

For now, the saving begins and the house selling process will begin shortly, stay tuned!



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Tracy - Simple Time Living
My love of vintage goods, antiques
handmade goods and living simply!
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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Off the grid....

Lately, my hubby and I have been watching videos on YouTube about living off the grid, building a tiny house, etc. And of course, it's appealing to me, some guy made a van into an off the grid camper, with solar panels, storage, kitchen and fully insulated for less than $5K, not bad if you ask me. It didn't have a bathroom though so that kinda bothered me but he did mention taking showers with a portable shower (water holder) and a magnetic shower curtain with rod once he opened the back doors to the van, kinda neat. Just not so much liking the no toilet.... I mean even a compost toilet would be an option, something to think about for the future I guess. For me this is an option but I would much rather buy a camper that is drivable, then fix it up how I see fit, since it still would be under $5K since around my area, people just want to basically give stuff away because it's just sitting in their garage or yard and not being used. Just the other day I saw a camper online for $800... what a bargain. If anyone has converted their camper into an oasis or even a van/truck into a camper, please show the love and send us pictures and a rough cost :)

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Tracy - Simple Time Living
My love of vintage goods, antiques
handmade goods and living simply!
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Monday, March 27, 2017

It's time to start S A V I N G

Some may think of this a being a hard task, I think it's doable if you set your mind to it! I recently opened a savings account with my local bank and as soon as I was done and got into my car to drive home, I felt.... relieved... is this possible I thought? OF COURSE it is, I CAN DO THIS, and so can you! Many years ago, I had to save for something I really wanted (no, I didn't need it!) I really just wanted it, so I was able to save a few thousand dollars in a matter of 6 months, some of you are wondering "How the heck did I do that?" the answer is pretty simple. Stop eating out, stop and think before making a purchase and most of all if you've thought about making a purchase and didn't.... take the money you "would" have spent and put into your savings. Even if that was a $1 for a cup of coffee or $100 on that purse you just had to have but didn't buy.... just think of how fast you can save up for something. I'm sure you've seen my post about traveling the US, so now it's time for me and Hubby to get into really saving. It's funny because I was in a store the other day and I wanted to buy something and now out of habit I ask myself "Do you REALLY need that?" The answer is always NO, so I think "Good I can put that money into savings!" It's all about control and mindset. Sometimes we often feel we need this or that when we really don't, I mean it's not a dire emergency for me to have that wonton soup, I'm sure I could find something at home to eat. Saving money isn't as hard as you think and we don't need to keep up with everyone else, it's time to be happy with what you have and think big, long term. For me I'm saving so I can travel the US with the hubby and enjoy myself, and yes, while some of those attractions aren't NEEDED, it's what I'm saving up for. Have a goal in mind and GO FOR IT! *~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*
Tracy - Simple Time Living
My love of vintage goods, antiques
handmade goods and living simply!
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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Dreaming.... of selling mostly everything and travel the US

I recently posted on my favorite forum website about selling everything and travel the US, to which I received MANY MANY responses. One major hurdle was having a "safe place" as far as insurance and drivers licensing goes and well that's finally figured out. Now the question is how do you go about selling almost everything? Of course, on my internet searches, I've come across many websites of people who have done just that! How cool! Hold an entire house contents sale - Obviously, it makes sense, so while our house is on the market we will post in free publications, local facebook groups, local Craiglist categories, with the hopes of getting people to come but that's not my only idea. I usually sell a few times a year in the spring/summer at a flea market called Saylorburg or Blue Ridge Flea Market and I make a decent amount of money but of course I will NOT be lugging my furniture around there (plus my car isn't big enough for that) so that's when the house contents sale will come in handy. Some are probably asking, what about your jobs? (Hubby and I) Well, hubby can take a leave of absence for a while and I've already talked to my boss and since he just signed a 5-year lease so, when we get back I will still have a job (I am a manager of a children's clothing store). If not, I can always search for another job which in my field isn't hard to find. For me, I just want time, time to be me, to do the things I want, to not worry about this or that and to sightsee around the US, nothing wrong with that. PLEASE if anyone has any ideas, thoughts or places to visit, comment below. I'd love to hear from you! *~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*
Tracy - Simple Time Living
My love of vintage goods, antiques
handmade goods and living simply!
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Sunday, March 12, 2017

I've got something brewing....

It has come to mind a few times in previous years but this time I am pretty set on doing it. What's that you ask? Sell it all and travel the United States. YUP! you hear me, sell both my home and my belongings, get a travel trailer/camper and hit the lovely roads in the United States. I know it seems like a dream to some, but for me and my husband who've always been just OK, have come to realize that owning 2 homes (1 is rented) is just not for us, neither is being a landlord, especially when renting a home to a family member means, no profit and sometimes having to actually help pay. We're just tired and now realize we want to just GET UP AND GO! If we sell our homes and most of our belongings, we can when needed, find odd jobs to make a few bucks but wouldn't have to worry about working 40 hours a week just to pay bills but we would be able to have fun in life! With 7 grown children we think it's time to get going, enjoy life, have fun, not worry! If anyone has done this and has any pointers, tips, etc... send them my way. We're not saying we want to do this forever but we can if we want to. Having the mindset to say I AM DOING THIS because I WANT TO can make things so much easier. We would leave our jobs on good terms, so if we ever decided to return back we could get our jobs back (Hubby works for a very large and VERY well-known marketplace). Comments, thoughts? *~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*
Tracy - Simple Time Living
My love of vintage goods, antiques
handmade goods and living simply!
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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Handmade - Good for you products...coming soon!

I've always been into making my own handmade products, which started back when my children were small and I started with diaper salve/healing salve, ever since I've been into making candles, tarts, room sprays and handmade dolls too! WELL... I've decided to get back into making handmade, good for you products such as: lip balms, good for you body salves, body scrubs, room sprays, candles and even animal paw protection balm. If you'd be interested in learning more, post a comment below.

Planning on launching the new line (no name being revealed yet) on May 1st, 2017! New year, new you with our handmade all natural body products. Well update you on where we will be as trade shows/craft shows are in the future.

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Tracy - Simple Time Living
My love of vintage goods, antiques
handmade goods and living simply!
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Saturday, September 19, 2015

Busy as a bee.....and then some...

Ok, so I've been super busy with work and all. Working nights 7:30pm - 6am was killing me with no time for my home or myself. I decided to give my notice and now I'm home until I reapply on Monday (9/21/15). Yes, I requested days and Monday-Friday.

With that being said, I have gotten alot done around the house, not to mention been able to spend time with my furbabies and made time for myself. I was able to finally read a magazine my hubby got me last month and catch up on some other reading, especially learning how to homestead. While I'm not quite there and ready yet, I have some tips and tricks with the help of a wonderful book "The Homesteading Handbook" by Abigail R. Gehring. Some useful information indeed.

Not to mention, I am in love with Mary Janes Farm books and was able to pick a few of her books up "used" at 2nd and Charles, a wonderful store that buys and sells books and other fun goodies for a good price too!

I know I haven't been blogging much but now you know why, but I really want to get in gear and learn how to do a few things in 2016. Here are some off the top of my head.

- Learn how to grow a garden (tomatoes, cilantro, basil, cucumbers, peppers, onions, green beans, etc.) AND keep the critters out
- Read more on homesteading (will also help with #1)
- Homemade cleaning solutions that work with pets in the home
- Cut costs, live simpler
- Learn to can

That already seems like a lot to accomplish but with only 3 months left of 2015, I've got to get myself in gear and be prepared, so it's time for me to keep reading and browsing the internet to help me accomplish the things on my list and maybe a few more.


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Tracy - Simple Time Living
My love of vintage goods, antiques
handmade goods and living simply!
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