The Dead Period of My Outdoors Life

It’s January. I haven’t posted a lot in a while. And I’m sorry for that.

Here is what I’ve been up to.

#Sirphis aka Muddy Girl sent me a little present for the Holidays, this warm – warm as in your use to being up North and when it’s 20°F it feels like spring – hardshell jacket with my second favorite print serenity.

Y’all can get a 15% discount using my code btw FIELDSTAFF730 and clicking the picture below will get you to the right website… no I don’t get paid any profit, but I do like helping you save on cool clothes.

So I HAD to try and get some updated pictures.

The one up there ⬆was taken while my husband and I went to check on the camp, while out predator/bunny hunting…

Let me just say. As far as hunting goes.. y’all I’ve not seen a darn thing since the grouse I shot back in the fall.

It really makes a girl question herself and her abilities…

Below here ⬇ is a picture..I was TRYING to take in good lighting, but I had to share because when I went to look how it turned out, I found my mini me copying me! 😁

I’ve also been planning out my gardens. I have ideas about a pumpkin patch in my back yard and building a bigger raised bed.

I’ve got food plots on my mind too. We will see where that goes.

BUT my January is pretty boring yall. The snow is to high and the baby is to big to carry snow shoeing this year..yeah last year I carried her snow shoeing.

Anyways, that’s real life guys. Real life of a mom.

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Simple Meal Planning

Okay y’all. Let me make myself clear.

I’m lazy when it comes to meal planning, because… well if you’re a mom, someone who is working and going to school, or a business owner reading this I don’t need to explain.

This week is my “no spend” week.

Meaning, I HATE grocery shopping and it’s winter, so you never know when the roads are going to be crappy.

Which leads me to thinking I’m gonna keep my little hiney at home. Put my money I WOULD spend in my savings and stretch my groceries out until I have to go.

Which leads me to doing the following steps

1. Look at what I have in my pantry, fridge, freezer.

2. Come up with meals using those things.

3. Write down a “menu” that has no specific days per meal on a magnetic dry erase board.

Which looks like this.

4. When it comes time to cook I choose one meal and look and see if I need to prep something for the next day- like if I decide I want to make Shepard pie, I would lay out some ground venison.

I erase what I cook as I go, day seven rolls around, I’ll look again.

Now what do I do as far as groceries? Let me explain this to you very sloppy, yet simply

This week, I’m at the end of my stock, so I would look in my kitchen to see what I have + sales and create my grocery list and meal plan based off of that.

TIP: I also leave $10- $20 in my groceries budget to stock up or for a great deal.

I.e.

I make a lot of chili in the winter, I will buy 3 cans/bags/what ever that’s non perishable. Use one now and the other two for later.

chicken broth is on sale for $1, I wouldn’t grab just the one I need I would grab 3. Butter is on sale buy one get one free again I wouldn’t buy just one I would but 4 and put the other two in the freezer for later.

And because I know your going to ask.

My grocery budget for the month is $425. This includes any and all consumables, diapers, wipes, toilet cleaners, laundry soap, normal food etc.

I was at $300, but the cost of living has gone up so I had to adjust.

I try to actually only go big bulk shopping once a month because I live so far from a grocery store and then my husband grabs things as needed on his way home from work.

If you live near a store, cut yourself some slack and break down your budget into a weekly budget.

Anyways, that’s basically it. I hope this helps. 🙂 Any questions ask!

I’ve been asked, so I figured I’d let y’all in on how my hair is looking like this.

I have what I call “combination” hair. As in, it’s curly on the sides, type 2 wavy the rest of the way, except for the back part that people will often comment on and say “oh hey you have white hair”, actually..it is blond and happens to be the straight part.

I’ve ALWAYS struggled with

Fashion That’s Country & Classy

Hey Ladies and Gentlemen,

The Outdooredhead is one of my many titles, I would like to keep it, as I have worked hard for my little side hussle. Any and all support is appreciated.

As I had mentioned I am going to be introducing clothes to you in a different way.

I didn’t want to abandon everything I had worked for if I didn’t have to. I’ve found the loop holes and would love for you to stick around.

I created this group to share with you fashion that is country and classy, yet affordable. You will also be supporting small businesses IN the UNITED STATES! I am all for backing our country in every way.

Now, I will be upfront with you. This is NOT another MLM group. These clothes come from well known companies, like Muddy Girl, to little boutiques, like The Pink Buffalo.
And yes, I do receive commission in one way or another from a couple of these companies.

You can find this group here

https://www.facebook.com/groups/188115772040068/

Anniversary Weekend Pictures.

Friday through Sunday my husband and I stayed out at our family camp. My sister in-law and her family stayed with us. It was a break we all needed.

The day started with a snow that had me mad – because I don’t have a bow to hunt with during bow season – but anxious to get my husband out in his stand.

But we needed food for the house and camp. So off we went.

One of the things I love about living where we do is, we have miles of nothing but the big woods between towns, it’s beautiful and less stressful than a the big towns and cities.

Friday night my husband and I road in with our daughter after shopping for all of our splurge foods.

I love taking the road in, it’s always breath taking during the four seasons.

Saturday we took a stroll out to my deer blind, check the camera. Hunting season has really become our Family activity.

I had to see how my mock scrape was doing too, I need to give it a little longer before I decide, if you would like to TRY this, comment below and I’ll hook you up. 😉

Shortly after I shot my first grouse!

Perfect head shot, my husband got two, and now together we have five.

Enough for a meal!

Our first wedding anniversary weekend was a success I would have to say.

You Can Live On A Lot Less

Sitting in the living room of my Great Aunt Edna had me at peace in the middle of the emotional roller coaster I had been on.

It was familiar, I spent so much time doing the exact same things I was watching my daughter do. Everything had changed, but nothing had changed.

My favorite scent of wet paper towel and wood smoke with the hint of just pure cleaness still lingered. The recliner I had fought to sit in so many times still sat in it’s same ole’ spot.

It was my second home in a way. I guess many others in my family and, well anyone who had ever been to my Aunts had the same feelings when they stepped in her door way.

That is just my Aunt Edna, she always makes you feel warm,welcomed,and loved.

I admire her in so many ways and sitting in that living room with her was worth more than any gold or rubbies.

This visit had a lot of meaning though. I could tell my Aunt had a lot to say to me.

“You can live on a lot less Tashanna.” She says to me kind of out of the blue.

“Oh I know Aunt Edna I don’t have a lot of things people say they need…”

I say continuing to tell her about how I don’t have anything but antenna for TV or internet like most young folks and I budget everything.

She shakes her head

” No, what I mean shanny is… ” Shanny has always been a nick name only belonging to myself and my cousin Shannon.

She continued to tell me this story.

There was some folks that lived in a shack. They grew up working for everything they had. Dusk to dawn. They didn’t know what money really was.

They lived in a little shack, they’re counter was made of old vanilla waffer boxes and plaster. And that is what they had for a kitchen counters.

They had a refrigerator, but they didn’t have electricity, or know that they needed to plug it in. My cousin brought them canned biscuits one day and she just sat them on the counter.

The lady told my cousin when she came back they just went “poof”. That’s how little they knew about the modern-day world.

My cousin visited them up until they passed away, she was good and befriended them . A young person would have thought them to be strange. But they were happy, and they were normal, just hadn’t known anything outside of that they grew up doing to get by.

“That’s what I mean by people can live with less than what they think. My Aunt finished saying.

I finally got what my Aunt was telling me.

I needed to humble myself and would be happier if I stopped chasing material things and just loved what God had blessed me with.