May brought a ton of rain in these parts. In all I think we had 10 or more days of rain. Getting out and enjoying the warmer weather was a little difficult but we managed with a ton of indoor activities and crafts. On days where the sun made its appearance we took advantage by taking super long walks around our neighborhood. We’re still very much new to the area so it’s nice to explore all the small streets that line the limits of the small town we live in. I’m always amazed at how beautifully maintained these homes are. I absolutely love pushing Margs in her stroller and taking in the sights and sounds (lack thereof really since we used to live on a boulevard where traffic never stopped).
On the home front we worked on a ton of projects this month despite the wet weather. I told you fine folks a little about our barter adventures this month but if you missed it here’s a little summary.
We worked on the curb appeal of our home. The house had zero in the way of planters or perennials so we got working on that when the weather permitted. After installing this eco-friendly garden edging we set to work filling our new planters with gorgeous perennnials (frugal gardening for the win). So far, we’ve planted a lilac shrub, dwarf magnolia tree, lavender, rhododendrons and camellia. Mixed in there are a few annuals that we bartered for from neighbors who had bought too many.
In the back of our house we installed this raised planter. We opted to build our garden using interlocking cement blocks because they wont weather in the long term the same way treated wood will and it’s the safest option for Margs who enjoys pulling things at the moment. Our garden is a little smaller than I would have liked but it does house 9 tomato, 6 bell pepper, 4 basil, 2 arugula and roughly 20 or so heads of romaine lettuce. Since snapping this photo we’ve added green bean and cucumber plants.
In terms of frugal finds, I focused on building a shoe stash for Margsy this month. Shoes are so incredibly expensive so when I come across a pair that will fit her moving forward I buy them and stash them away in the closet. The shoes above cost me a little over 10$ combined. The open toe sandals are probably not the best footwear for Margsy but they were just too cute to pass up. The sandals in the back are Geox and the front ones are as well – these shoes although used are in relatively good shape and after a good cleaning they will provide her with the comfort and support her little feet need.
Oh and, this little girl turned 17 months old this month. I cannot even wrap my head around how much she has changed in the last couple of months (I say that all the time don’t I?). She’s mastered walking, running, jumping and spinning in circles. She’s chatting up a storm and loves to sing along to her favorite nursery rhymes. She also tasted her first ice cream cone this month and although more than half ended up on her coat she was grinning ear to ear with every lick. There’s really nothing quite as sweet as watching a tiny kiddo eat ice cream is there?
I’ve taken to blogging outdoors as well. I absolutely love sitting out on the back patio while writing posts and working on the blog. I find it so relaxing and it’s so wonderful to be able to enjoy some nice weather after the brutal winter and spring mother nature brought us.
We also discovered a nature reserve in our area. Who knew that we had such an awesome local green space? We’ve been making it a point to head there on weekends to enjoy some quiet family time together. On our last family walk we came across these dudes. Simply amazing.
So many trips to our local hardware store. Although we scored most of our building materials for our garden planters through barter it feels like we’ve been constantly shopping for odds and ends we didn’t account for like nails, screws and the like. This trip was actually made to buy some bean seeds so we can plant some broad beans in our garden. We brought seeds with us last year when we moved but storing them in the garage led to them spoiling – we gave it a shot anyway and went ahead and planted but now, nearly 2 weeks later we don’t have even a sprout so we called it and went and bought some new seeds to plant. We’re crossing our fingers that these produce some plants.
May 2017 blog income report
Disclaimer – This Tiny Blue House was monetized in December 2016. At the time my goal was to simply cover the costs of running this blog and hopefully generate a little side income to help cover some household expenses. My blog income is unique to my site and my blog traffic – it is not typical nor atypical since blog income can vary for a multitude of different reasons.
Sponsored posts: 350$
Affiliate income: 18$
Ad revenue: n/a I’ve ended my relationship with WordAds for the time being.
Total income: 368$
What are your highlights for the month of May?