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So glad you’re here! Really. I’m starved for conversation that doesn’t involve the word “minecraft” or a discussion of the newest lip-sync app.

You’ll find posts on gardening and landscaping, home DYI projects, cooking and family life, all on a realistic budget. Honestly, who buys $100 pillows? Especially since you can make them for a third of that price? Although, I do love a good deal and have been known to wait for a sale, I won’t sacrifice quality for price. Cheap isn’t always frugal.

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I was raised in a family that made stuff. It was cheaper that way. Every spring a garden was planted and every summer, we weeded. My first job was picking potato bugs for a penny a bug. In August, we canned and made jam from the produce. I learned to sew with a needle at age five. According to my mother, it kept me occupied and out of her hair. Traditional parenting seemed to have involved a lot of “go occupy yourself”. We camped, fished and picked berries for fun. I helped build rock walls, stack wood and had to learn how to change a tire to get my driver’s license. The world has changed a lot since those days, but those skills have come in handy when I started to create my dream haven home for me and my kids.

The name Hedge Toad also comes from family. My mother’s cousins created a game with this nickname many decades ago. It made me laugh at age three. Now, it makes us laugh with good memories. Those memories are the foundation I want to build our family life upon. I’m planting my own gardens, building chicken coops and thinking of building my own rock walls. With a new old house, I’m painting, repairing, installing, and figuring out what to do with weird walls and second staircases.

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