Hiya! Welcome to my home within my home. Tastefully Frugal is my happy place, a place for me to escape the craziness that is my life and to give you a glimpse into that craziness. Firstly, I’m a wife and a mom.
I met my amazing husband, Jeremy, through my younger brother. I had car troubles and Jeremy is a wiz when it comes to cars. It was pretty much love at first sight…. which was pretty lucky for me since I looked like I got ran over by a truck that first time.
We were pretty much inseparable from that day. Back then the idea of doing a blog had never crossed my mind. Honestly, I didn’t even know how to cook. When one of my co-workers jokingly asked him how he felt about me not cooking his response “Of course she can cook, she’s got a credit card and phone.” He’s a keeper huh?! Three short years after we first met we were expecting our first son.
Up until that point I had a career in sales and marketing that I absolutely loved. But Jeremy and I both knew that we did not want someone else raising our children. So it was a very easy (and yet extremely hard) decision for me to quit working and become a stay at home mom. With half our income gone we couldn’t continue living like we had in the past. No more buying whatever we thought we needed/wanted and definitely no more eating out 5-6 nights/week. Not only was it not in the budget, but have you tried going out to eat with a baby?! Yeah, totally not worth it.
That’s when I knew I had to learn how to cook. There were many burnt meals, several “Ah forget about it, let’s just get McDonald’s”. But eventually I got the hang of it. And you know what? I actually really enjoyed cooking. It was fun and it was a nice, little break from being a mom. People always told me being a mom would be the hardest thing I have ever done. I thought, “Psssh yeah right, I can do anything” Boy was I wrong. Being a stay at home mom is the hardest thing I have ever done. But it’s also the most rewarding. And 6 short months after Rohrl was born we were blessed (and shocked) to find out we were going to be a family of 4.
Statham was born 14 short months after Rohrl and even though they look like twins they are polar opposites. And best buds. Now that I was surrounded by boys, I needed some way to be a little girly. Wearing jewelry was out of the question.. Getting my earring ripped out or strangled to death by a baby wasn’t something I found enjoyable. And getting all dolled up with only 3-4 hours a sleep was out of the question too. That’s where Tastefully Frugal came to be.
Not only was it a way to be a little girly but it was also a way for me to continue what I loved doing, helping people. I’ve always loved helping people. Whether it was at work or doing volunteer work on my days off; I’ve always gotten a great from lending a helping hand. That’s why my goal here at Tastefully Frugal is to help YOU live a better life with the money you have. I can’t change how much money we make; but what I can change is how we spend it. It’s taken years to get here but I can happily say that on a consistent basis we only spend $350/month on groceries and household goods. That includes diapers and all the kid stuff that comes up. I want to help you be able to do this too!
Lastly, here’s just a few random facts about me:
I love sports. I am a total tomboy and would much rather spend the day shooting hoops or playing catch then doing most anything else; except maybe cooking.
Though I am a tomboy, pink is my favorite color.
I only have one younger brother but Jeremy is the youngest of 6. Adjusting to having a big family was a little rough but I love it now. I would love to add 4 more boys to our family.
Jeremy and I love watching Flip or Flop on HGTV. We’re currently working on our getting our first real “flipper” and will post lots of before and after pictures as we complete projects.
I am an OCD neat freak. I seriously clean my house 4 or 5 times a day. And it’s rubbing off on my boys. Let’s hope their joy of cleaning continues forever.
I love lists. And schedules. My day will be a complete wreck if we don’t stick to our routine in the morning.
I went to the University of Utah for a year wanting to pursue a career as an attorney… that all changed when I started my career at DirectBuy and fell in love with sales.
I love negotiating and haggling. It’s both a blessing and a curse.
My dream home is on a ranch in the middle of nowhere. Someday this will happen.
If you made it this far I’m sure you are totally done hearing me talk about me… so I’ll be done. Thank you for visiting my happy place and I hope you stick around awhile!