Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Book review,

The Life Changing Manga of Tiding up a Magical Story by Marie Kondo illustrated by Yuko Uramoto.

Review by Ask zombie House Wife
You need this book in Your Life.

The Life Changing Manga of Tiding up.  This is the best graphic novel I read all week and the best ten dollars I spent on a book all year.
I never could get into the audio or text version of this book and gave up after a half hour.  The graphic novel is an eye opener. It is more about the clutter in your head then in your house.
The book is more geared to single women. I am not single and still have use for it.
 It is about keeping only what sparks you joy and not buying what doesn't. While I am never going to be June Cleaver when it comes to tiding up. I declutter several times a year.
It made me look at my things and my children in a whole new way.  While I am not going to get rid of every book I haven't read. Sometimes the cover sparks me joy.    I have started giving time limits to myself and my children to start reading specific book. This has increased my main desire of getting the kids to read more.
        I need to let it find a new home.  It helped me and my family part with a bunch of more books even after a major purge. It helped me look at my things in a new way. While I have a home that mostly parks me joy.   I have quirky art I love.  I have somethings I need to give new homes. I have books my children hate. I have cookbooks I will never use or even look fondly at the photos.
I started with shoes since I don't have a lot of them.  I kept my ugly rain boots because they keep my feet dry and spark me joy. My pretty prink crocs on the other hand are torn and I needed to finally discard them. I have two other crocs. I had to get rid of my sparkly shoes that never fit right. It is going to the thrift store.
I also able to finally get my teen to understand why she needed to discard a cookbook she never even looked at its pages. There are cookbooks she uses and cookbooks she just loves to look at. Its not about if you just cook from it does looking at cause you joy.
Do to me being clumsy I cant fold right, but I realized I was making excuses I can do the roll method.
Cosplay masks we keep. The quirky art, my self reliance/frugality/green book collection I keep.
This book also made me think about what we bring in the home. We buy things because others say it will increase joy even though we don't like them.   Purging toys was a bit more of a challenge with one of my children.  Many men and women buy into false abundance because we are told if we don't buy this car, this suit, this purse or wallet, this piece of jewelry, this dream house we are not successful. We are told if we do not use shopping as therapy or entertainment we are depressed and boring.  The interesting joyful people have more things to do than shop. It is an advertising lie to make us okay with buying what doesn't make us happy.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Super Bowl Ads 2019

Book Review
Make It, Bake it, Sew it or Grow it By Kate Singh
Review Unicorn Frugality 
A very inspiring way to look at simplicity and going back to old fashioned homemaking, frugality and thrift. Why we should learn from the great depression.
Its about Kate's Start of her Journey on reducing her costs by making things herself.
My husband and I have been into DIY a lot lately. The book is short and sweet.
I would have finished it in an evening but I had other things to do so it took two days.
Its also super cheap.  None of Kate's books are over $2.00.
I cannot wait till Kate's Next Book.

Super Bowl Ads 2019

Ask A Zombie Housewife

I don't blame the half time show.  The bands are good but they usually have poor sound quality
and limited things you can do with the time

The ads are my favorite part of the super Bowl.

Usually the super bowl has some amazing ads but this super bowl had more boring ads than Usual.
When Devore foods isn't your worst Advert your in trouble.

Ones I loved. Planters, M&Ms and Pringles at least they had some humor.   I don't drink Alcohol but the bud light ones were good.   I wanted to eat Pringles, M&Ms and Planters.
NFL 100 was a great one.

Microsoft and Amazon both did amazing ads even though I saw the Microsoft ones before.

I don't drink soda regularly I aim for once or twice a month b or sometimes once every couple of months but the Pepsi Okay advert did make me want to buy a caffeine free diet Pepsi.   My dad when he was alive loved diet Pepsi.  It drive would him crazy when restaurants didn't offer it.

The coke ad was cute but not memorable it was just Okay.

The worst of the worst: the one with the mermaids and spiked water. (I am not putting the name up on purpose. It was so bad.) 

Bad Bad ad: Devore Frozen foods.  It wasn't charming it was creepy, depressing and boring.  It made me not want to eat frozen food.

Semi Bad: Captain Marvel (I am sure the movie is awesome but the trailer was cut weird and the voice over annoying.)
Infact most of the movie trailers were just bad only the Handmaid's Tale looked interesting and I don't watch mature shows.  (Hulu Pg 14 cut pretty please)

Only semi Okay: Stella Artois it was almost cute but not super bowl worthy. It felt like.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

New Year Book Challange and The Big Frugailty Issue

My Ten book New Year Challenge
Ask A zombie Housewife
       A lot of people fail new years goals because they are two big and not fun. If I would have said I am reading 200 books this year I would of failed. I wouldn't have gotten past four books. If you want to do the challenge.
The rules were
 1. The books could be unfinished books from last year.
2. They could be really short nonfiction books. I had been putting off reading books about raising chickens "for eggs" for over six months maybe longer. I realized I probably don't want to raise chickens because I don't think I could put non egg layers down. Though I do know I could probably raise a couple of chickens if I needed to. The shortest book I read was 11 pages it was very useful self help book but it could have used a couple extra pages.
3. I could have read them last year and reread them.
4. Unfinished books don't count. One ebook was this book on yoga and it wasn't bad but it didn't move me to read more.
 5. Picture books could count but board books wouldn't. They had to be deeper thought books. (Though none of the books I counted were picture books.) Meet the Frugal Woods
6. Cookbooks counted anything that made me a better person counted.

The Big Frugality Issue

My No/low Spend Weeks
Ask A Zombie Housewife
I do a no/low spend weeks or month at least once a year for the past three or four years. Though I had a lot of no spend months when I was younger.  That wasn't by choice.   I have something called mad/fun money and its my personal spending money for the year.  I can add to it if I sell a story or some of my artwork. No spends are not gimmicks with me. I do them to stretch my fun money out.
It also lets me contemplate my blessings and the feelings that I have enough.
Last no spend month. I gave homemade gifts, babysat as gifts and learned to make my own laundry soap. I am frugal by choice. I extended way past that I needed too.
This year I am trying more for less.  I am doing one week of no personal spending. Then if I can I extend it a week or two.  I use reward points to buy things.  I earned digital money by choosing slow shipping on Amazon.com and buy ebooks with it. I did spend a little much after my no spend but I had to buy gifts for people and buy new used clothes. (Not part of my fun money but a  needed expense because I hadn't bought clothes for myself in over a year and I lost the weight I gained.)
I am going to have shorter low spends through out the year.  My low spend this week is Tuesday to Friday.  Monday I needed to buy a thermos because I could only find broken ones in the thrift store so it had to come out of my fun money as a gift to a family member .   I am planning a low/spend
week next week then I am going to spend  

Why Frugality is important for Everyone "including the rich, poor and upper middle class"
By Unicorn Frugality

40% of Americans are just one pay check away from poverty.  About %25 of people who make over 100,000 are struggling. Its even higher with millennials who make a good living even though Millennials are more frugal housing costs, student loans and not documenting.  
I am not an extreme frugality person I am a selective frugality, and a value green person.
The frugality is just the tool I use to get green.  Its the tool I use to buy the things that are more meaningful to me.  I would rather buy books than shoes and fancy purses and have good reasonably priced food and nice kitchen gadgets.

1. A frugal person has more money to give to the charities and people who need it.
2. Frugality is greener and more eco friendly. Reusable items cost less are more elegant than disposables.  That doesn't mean I am zero waste. When my kitchen needed to be redone I used disposables but reusables are cheaper and I even have reusable straws.
3. Being Frugal doesn't mean you never can go to Disneyland. It means your going to save for it.
4. Being frugal means having a retirement plan.
5. Being Frugal means being abundant.  The true masters of Abundance spend less than they earn and give to charity.

Book Ebook Reviews: Frugality
Unicorn Frugality
I have amassed a good sized frugality, homemaking eco friendly book and ebook collection.  There is always something I disagree with in frugality books even the ones I really recommend.

I bought used frugality books. I supported the writer if they also sold inexpensive for sale ebooks.
I bought the Frugal woods on Sale and part of that was digital gift code I had.  I bought Kate Singh's ebook Living on One Income on one of her free sales on Amazon.com.  I have bought several of her ebooks with money because they are cheap and inspirational.  Frugalwoods speaks from someone who is upper middle class/wealthy person who saves to stop working the job she hates and retire to work at home jobs and motherhood.  Both these points are different but valued.

Right now I am being more Frugal. I still buy things, food, clothes for the kids, art. My husband has a good job but frugality sets a huge safety net, and lets us live magically greener, be able to give.
It also affords to indulge in our hobbies. My husband's hobby is cooking and mine is writing and being green.

Review One Living one Income a Simple Guide to making it Work Kate Singh
I love Kate Singh's books.  The ebooks have a lot of good tips for beginners even those like me who been frugal for a while will find it inspiring. Though I did find a tip or two I plan to use. Her writing makes you want to be frugal and make it sound magical, homespun and romantic.  Even when her books aren't on sale they are pretty cheap.
The only thing really I disagree with this ebook is co sleeping. I felt safer having my babies in their own basinet in my room for the first few months.
There also couple of books on her book list that are not have not liked as much as hers.
 I agree with her not to bath a baby in the sink or tub.  I agree with her frugality can be beautiful and you can live well on less. I agree that home should a joyful place so you will want to spend more time in it instead of wasting money.
This ebook is full of the Life Kate lives.  Its like listening to a real friend and I recommend people buying this book.  Even though some subjects overlap the inspiration is well worth it. I think anyone who is embarking on being frugal or being a frugal homemaker, doing the Dave Ramsey Program, or going through a job loss or just wanting to spend less. You should buy at least three Kate Singh ebooks. They are pretty cheap inspiration.
She teaches you in this Ebook:
1. How to build savings one Penny at a Time. I have always believed people go broke on little things.
2. I am going to try use a bucket to catch water in the shower while it heats up for the garden. It will do two thing not waste.
3. I don't have pets but she has tips to save money on that too.
4. Even though its a short book its not like those cheapy frugality rip off books with no real content.
Its full of content.

Meet the Frugalwoods
Elizabeth Willard Thames
I recommend this book as well. It is a fast read and enjoyable.  Its more a biography than a frugality book. I put it in my inspiring I hope she does put out of a frugality book though much of those tips can be found on her blog. I absolutely love her blog. I love this book as well. I bought when the ebook went on sale.
There have been some not kind reviews which I don't feel are completely honest or they misunderstood what they read.
Mrs. Frugalwoods never claimed to do what she did on a modest income.  She has always stated she and her husband made good money.  She said she didn't make as much as an investment banker. Which is the wealth that she worked around when she worked for a non profit. I don't think she owes it to me or anyone else how much she makes.
She comes off as thoughtful and very knowledgeable of her privilege.
Some people think her saving was extreme. Her upscale trash picking would give Amy Dacycyn a run for her money.  A middle class person could find use of her advice its just going to take longer than two years.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Cooking Myths

Myth: Why Millennials Cant Cook
I read an Article based on another article. The first article stated millennials can't cook because the internet. It's not.   YouTube is not dumbing down cooking skills.
Many people are visual learners when it comes to cooking.
Many Millennials do know how to cook because someone in their family taught them.
The reason is Millennials are having difficulty cook is because they got rid of home ec. My family refused to teach me to cook or wasn't interested in teaching me.  Without my home ech teacher. I would have been helpless.  While I didn't turn into a master chef I learned basics I couldn't learn from a book. I had lots of cookbooks as a child. I had a small collection. Cookbooks are great if you already have the skills.  Getting rid of Home ec. is not female empoerment it just makes sure men don't know how to cook. Making women the only one I the house that can cook.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Weird Doggy song video

Staycation What is your favorite staycation I am doing a no money staycation this weekend but I have done a more expensive ones which were the supplies and videos I bought from Amazon. Most of my staycations are at home. Anytime I stay in a hotel that's a vacation not a staycation. Though going out to eat is fine on a staycation this staycation

Friday, March 2, 2018

Going for Gold, vote for crystal Marcos, Thankful. Life Clutter Cut it out

Crystal Marcos book cover is up for cover of the month please vote


Thankful List

What are you thankful for? Here is my list.

Have a list of what you a thankful for

God, family, air, water

sleep, love, art,

Graphic novels, happy news, joy,

Art supplies, music, rain

Everything else

Life Clutter: Cut it Out

There physical clutter papers, and items we don't use. There is also time wasting, clutter.

1. Negative News its okay to be informed but if you find yourself but is news taking to much of your time.

2. TV shows that make you feel bad. Yes the show might have great acting, but sometimes we confuse adrenaline with good writing. If a TV show makes you feel bad about your body, your soul its time to toss this life clutter.

3. Message boards if you find yourself spending hours reading negative or write negative comments its time to do something else.

4. Cut out shopping for therapy. There is no such thing as retail therapy.  Shopping can be fun but it should never replace real connections, Shopping to make yourself feel better when your sad makes you more sad in the long run. If you are going to spend the money do so on activities like a museum.

Art I love