Frugal Foodie Mama: About Me

About Me

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Frugality is a skill I learned early on from my parents. While we always had what we needed, there were times when things were very tight. It was then that I saw my parents' resourcefulness and financial skills in practice. I spent almost 9 years being a single mom to my son, so frugality took on an entirely new meaning then. And when my now husband & I decided to have a child of our own, we made the decision that I would stay at home with our baby girl. Once again I turned back to what I had learned as a child from my parents and the hard financial lessons I was dealt as an adult, and we found a way to go from two incomes to one. It wasn't easy, but we made things work. Though things are now much easier for us financially, that creatively frugal mindset has never left me. From budget friendly meal planning to affordable family travel, it is a part of what I share with you all here every day at Frugal Foodie Mama.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Though I have always loved food (and sweets in particular), I haven't always loved being in the kitchen & I haven't always been a foodie. Let's just say it was an acquired taste and skill that took me more than a few years of my adult life to develop. ;) After I graduated college, I moved from my small hometown to a much larger city. It was there that my eyes were opened to all of the different delicious culinary experiences that up until then I didn't even know existed. I opened my mind and my palate to the different experiences, tastes, and smells. And from there I found my passion for cooking, baking, and developing my own budget friendly versions of some of my favorite dishes. I am now and will always be a foodie at heart.

I have been many things in my life- a student, a teacher, a bartender, a salesperson- but the most important role I have ever taken on has been becoming a mother. Being a parent is beautiful, taxing, amazing, tiring, rewarding, & relentless, but it is by far the best "job" I have ever been given. I teach and guide them not only with my words, but also with my actions, the experiences I give them, and the many places we travel to as a family. In addition to sharing my money saving tips and delicious recipes with you all here, I also want to share a part of who I am at my very core- being a mama to my son and my daughter.

23 comments :

  1. So glad to meet you! :)
    This is a great blog, and I love all your stories, recipes, and green-living tips!

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  2. I love your blog! :) Makes me want to sign in all the time, just to read what you've posted. Your family is beautiful, by the way. ;)

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  3. I love what you've done with the place! It's beautiful!

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  4. Geez, ladies... I am gushing! :) Thank you all so much!

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  5. Glad to have found your blog. Love the description of "semi crunchy". I think that describes me too, although I'm maybe "a touch of crunch". :)

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  6. I just stumbled upon your blog and it seems that we have similar philosophies for food, raising children and healthy living. I am a little of the "semi crunchy," too. :) I look forward to reading more!

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    1. Hi there, dear! And welcome to my little corner in the blogosphere! :)

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  7. Great family photo, Carrie! :)

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  8. What a great concept for a blog. I love looking at different recipes and all the better if they are budget conscious. I'm also so sorry to hear about your loss. I know it isn't even close to the same, but I've struggled with depression and have found blogging to be extremely therapeutic. I hope you have found it to be the same!


    Lisa

    P.S. Thanks for linking up to the GtKY blog hop!

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  9. Hi, I found you through the hop. I'm looking forward to reading more! :)

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  10. Stopping by from the blog hop. Great recipes. 2013 our whole family, parents and teens will be getting healthy. Your family is very beautiful.
    www.cheermamadrama.blogspot.com

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  11. Dawn here stopping by from GYB hop party. Precious children. I look forward to reading some of your recipes.
    Fellow food blogger
    Dawn
    http://spatulasonparade.blogspot.com

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  12. your blog looks amazing! It has come so far and I am happy for you ^_^

    Leasa
    @projparenthood (twitter. you know me :P)

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  13. Found you through GYB hop... newest follower. As I was reading your about me.. it sounds just like me. I have had multiple miscarriages, all though I haven't carried one to full term.. I think my age has something to do with it. So glad that you were able to have children.. they are god's gifts to us. I will enjoy reading through your blog and would like to invite you to share some of your recipes on our Foodie Friends Friday linky party. It starts tonight Thursday and runs through Sunday morning.
    http://marlys-thisandthat.blogspot.com

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  14. So glad to have joined you now through GYB! I also would love to invite you to our Foodie Friends Friday linky party on my blog! Come on over!

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  15. hey there- i visit your blog often and just NOW realized i wasn't following when i thought i had been this whole time!!! so glad to have fixed that! thanks for all the recipes, i look to your blog often for those:) oh, yesterdays guest post on the apple pancakes-yum! gonna try that one too.
    thanks carrie! have a great day!

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  16. You have a beautiful family! So glad to be following along!

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  17. Hi Carrie:
    I am here from GYB. I love your blog. Your family is beautiful. I am trying to live is eco-friendly as possible, too...it isn't easy!
    ~Kelly @www.hoppybottoms.com

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  18. I'm so glad I found your blog through the Aloha Friday bloghop! I'm now following you!

    Isn't it amazing how you start out blogging and it turns into something totally different? I'm so sorry about your losses but happy you conceived your little girl.

    www.MommaCandy.com

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  19. I just found your blog. We are all different--but not really. I easily had 6, yes 6 children. I was a stay at home Mom, home schooled for a couple of years and had to live on a very tight budget. But I wouldn't change it for anything. IT is so good to be home when you are needed (that's really all the time). We are empty nesters now--I still talk my kids daily or at least a couple of times a week.
    My oldest daughter has been unable to have children so we have witnessed with her the many heartbreaks associated with that. She has adopted one amazing gal that is now 7 and hopes to adopt a cute 8 month old girl soon (they are meeting with the social workers today, we are praying for a speedy resolution--this gal need the love of a permanent family!)
    So life goes on. I'm excited to follow you blog.

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  20. I just found you through the blog hop and can't wait to read more. We seem to have a lot in common I also have three kids ages 13, 3 and almost 1. I love the term semi crunchy.
    Lindsay (thegigsdigs.blogspot.ca)

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  21. Carrie, I'm glad I found your blog on the Collective Blog Hop! Looking forward to following and connecting! I'm know in my family as the frugal sister.... Have a blessed day!

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