Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Some snags along the way but...

Yes we had some snags along the way with the new (to us) camper, a gas leak yikes! That's been fixed thank goodness and not a big chunk out of our pockets. On top of that the couple who sold us the camper lied a bit with the new batteries so we had to have all 3 replaced, but again not a big deal. The awning wasn't even picked up even though we paid them for it so we're going tomorrow to pick the money up and then get the awning ourselves.

Had the camper at the shop the past couple of days to fix the issues and today is inspection day, with all these fixes and new wiper blades we purchased I am confident it will pass (crossing my fingers).

I cant wait to get our baby home and put our own touches on her, the hubby wants to name her Felisa after his mother who passed away years ago and I'm ok with that. She was a wonderful woman.

I'll make this post short and sweet today as I have a busy day ahead of me here at home. Dishes, laundry, taking care of the pets.... you know the drill.


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Tracy - SimpleTimeLiving
My love of repurposing, homesteading, learning to be
self-sufficient, making homemade goods & living simply!
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Friday, September 8, 2017

We've gone and done it....

So we DID IT! Yes we sure did, we finally got our camper and I'm in love..... it's a 1989 Winnebago Super Chief with only 35,000 miles on it, new brakes, new tires, new awning, even new mattresses (pillows, blankets and dishes too) and this baby has so much storage space I'm super impressed.

We got the title transferred today 9/8/17, new plate and insurance on our new baby and we have some plans on doing some painting and changes in the RV to have my personal touch to it! Sunday we put on the new awning and Monday she gets a fresh new inspection.

I am sooooo excited I am so proud of myself and the hubby for saving money and being able to pay in cash for everything. Feels good to be a little on the frugal side..... We kept saying to ourselves to "remember our dream" and sure it feels amazing. Pictures to come in the next few days so keep a look out for them.

The couple we purchased it from took really good care of it and it shows. Not only that I think we made some new friends as they invited us back for a cookout on Sunday as well.

Until next time, God Bless.

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Tracy - SimpleTimeLiving
My love of repurposing, homesteading, learning to be
self-sufficient, making homemade goods & living simply!
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“The greatest fine art of the future will be the making of a comfortable living from a small piece of land.” ― Abraham Lincoln

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Decluttering CAN be so much fun... AND

Decluttering CAN be so much fun AND ... can make you money too! For the past couple weekends the hubby and I have been learning to let go of things that DO NOT bring joy in our lives and either give them away or sell them at the flea market. We've made some money but we also donated some to local charities and YES it feels amazing.

Who would have thought that after a few months of "really" trying to simplify our lives that we would actually be doing it? Not me, that's for sure but we are and I am super excited about what comes next.

I was watching a you tube couple the other day and the couple talked about going through all and yes I mean ALL your belongings and find out whether the item brings JOY into your life. How to do this is a time consuming task BUT it really does work. What you have to do is hold each and every single item and ask the question DO I FEEL JOY? If you answered yes you keep it, if no then either sell it or donate it. At first it seems easy but when you get to sentimental items there will be tears and emotions but remember DOES THIS ITEM MAKE ME FEEL JOY?

With all that we are still slowly getting to each category but so far so good, until next time, be JOYFUL!



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Tracy - SimpleTimeLiving
My love of repurposing, homesteading, learning to be
self-sufficient, making homemade goods & living simply!
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“The greatest fine art of the future will be the making of a comfortable living from a small piece of land.” ― Abraham Lincoln

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Simply Your Life

Sorry it's been so long since I've posted but it's actually for our good.

Recently my husband and I have really been trying to live more simply, such as getting rid of stuff we dont need or use, or practicing alternative ways to do things, such as composting, making our own concoctions, selling away stuff at the flea markets to save for our future dream of purchasing an RV/Camper and travel and find a new place to live simply/off grid.

Funny thing is, we are both on board to simplifying our lives, the husband donated 4 large grabage bags full of shoes and clothing to good will and I well, have done the same and more. I am one of those people who want stuff gone so I don't mind giving it away if someone really needs it, that's when I freecycle it locally.

Sometimes I sit back and realize how good it feels to get rid of stuff, I currently live off approximately 30 pieces of clothing, a few pairs of shoes and it feels amazing. I realize after all this time that "stuff" doesn't make me happy like I thought it did. I don't need to have the coolest things or the best house I just want to be happy and I AM!

On that note, we put our house on the market and hoping for a few showing to come our way and then we can begin our dream of traveling, oh how much fun it will be!


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Tracy - SimpleTimeLiving
My love of repurposing, homesteading, learning to be
self-sufficient, making homemade goods & living simply!
*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~* “The greatest fine art of the future will be the making of a comfortable living from a small piece of land.” ― Abraham Lincoln

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Homemade Strawberry Jam

Today my husband and I made strawberry jam, it was fun and it turned out super yummy. Since we're newbies at this, we went with the no cook version until we get used to things.

For mothers day my wonderful hubby purchased me some books I wanted at the Tractor supply store, one being the ball preserving recipe book where we saw the strawberry jam recipe. I think he was more excited than I was since he's the jam eater in the house but we made it a family thing to do thing together. So off to the grocery store we went to pick up supplies and started as soon as we got back home. Fun, easy and tastes good too? Wow this is amazing.

Not sure what is on our list next, but I'm thinking something with herbs but since we don't at this current time, have our own garden we purchase from the farmers market or mass chain grocery stores for our ingredients, but hey it's a start.

Happy Homesteading!

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Tracy - SimpleTimeLiving
My love of repurposing, homesteading, learning to be
self-sufficient, making homemade goods & living simply!
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“The greatest fine art of the future will be the making of a comfortable living from a small piece of land.” ― Abraham Lincoln

Friday, May 12, 2017

Compost bin...check... NEXT a homemade bug repellant spray

I have to admit this is getting to be so much fun, learning new ways to be self-reliant and making my own things. Yesterday I got the compost bin finished and didn't need the carbon filters just some holes all around with some browns and greens to start it up and it's complete.

Today I made a homemade bug repellant recipe I found on a wonderful website (link down below) called the "Vinegar of the Four Thieves" which has a story behind it. I have it sitting for approx. 3 weeks till I can strain the herbs and get to using it before mosquitos and other yucky bugs come at us with the warm weather.

If you have a tried and true recipe, please let me know if the comments below, until next time... Live Simply!

Vinegar of Four Thieves Recipe and credit to Wellness Mama.


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Tracy - SimpleTimeLiving
My love of repurposing, homesteading, learning to be
self-sufficient, making homemade goods & living simply!
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“The greatest fine art of the future will be the making of a comfortable living from a small piece of land.” ― Abraham Lincoln

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Kitchen Composting Bin

As I learn many new ways to live self-sufficiently, I am really into making my own homemade things and next on my list is a composting bin.

Along my travels to many and I mean many YouTube videos, groups on facebook and various homesteading websites I figured I might as well get the feel for it before getting our own homestead and then being clueless or trying so many things at once so here goes.

So as of right now I'm heading to tractor supply to pick up some carbon filters to do a makeshift compost bin using an old 5 gallon pickle bucket with removable lid, where I'll cut some holes in the top and attach the filter.

If anyone has any tips or tricks, Please send them my way..... until then have an awesome day!


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