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My Goals for 2018


My most important goal for 2018:

Octavius Baby Foot The Prudent Homemaker

Have a healthy pregnancy and deliver a healthy baby in late spring!


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Garden Goals:

1. Take out dead our peach tree and replace it. We may take out both peach trees in the back, as the other appears to be dying as well. I learned in my extension service classes that peach and apricot trees only last around 10 years here. We've had these trees for 10 years. They are the two above covered in pink blossoms, The one you see on the right died last year and the one on the left is the other we will most likely take out too.

2. Plant many more flowers for cutting and enjoying in the garden. I want to grow thousands of flowers in the garden this year for arrangements thorughout the year.

3. Plant more Swiss chard, lettuce, green onions, snow peas, Armenian cucumbers, alpine strawberries, squash, and beets than in past years.

4. Fix sprinkler issues and reseed the lawn in the bare spots.

5. Find and fix all leaks in the drip lines.


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Sewing Goals:


1. Sew curtains for my bedroom. I bought the fabric over a decade ago, shortly after we moved into the house. I need to buy lining and something to hang the curtains (I think we will need to make boxes). I want to get this project done this year. We've had shades hanging for years, but they broke last year and I'm ready for my curtains to finally be up!

2. Sew the decorative bed pillow that I embroidered a cover for last year (pictured in-progress above).

3. Sew baby clothes using patterns and material I have on hand. I gave away almost all of our baby clothing, save a few favorite things I had stored in one box.

4. Sew four dresses for myself. (These have been on my list for a few years now; this year I want to finish the ones I've started and sew two more, and I already have the fabric to do it).

5. Sew birthday gifts for the children using fabric I have on hand. My girls have requested several things and I already have a list of what they want.


Purchase Goals:

These are my planned purchases for the year. While I'm sure we'll have other needs, these are ones that I already know will be part of my purchases for the year:

1. Purchase a few baby clothing items for the new baby. I've already registered at Target so that I can get a 15% off coupon to use towards baby purchases the last two months of pregnancy (they let you use one towards what is left on your registry at that time, but the 15% is only good for ONE purchase. I'll definitely buy diapers and possibly purchase some onesies and socks at that time). I also will look at garage sales for needed items. I was recently gifted enough hand-me-down 0-3 month onesies that I don't need any in that size.

2. Purchase a car seat for the baby.

3. Buy the following clothing items for myself: sandals, black flats, nursing bras, and a few more maternity items (I'll look for those in thrift stores) for warm weather wear. It gets warm here early in the year. I am needing new-to-me maternity clothing in a smaller size; I donated all of my old maternity clothing last year.

4. Purchase new shoes for the family.

5. Purchase tarragon and tomato plants for the garden. I'll also buy more dirt for the garden; removing tree roots will mean I'll need dirt to fill in those spots.


Financial Goals:

1. Refund emergency fund. This was depleted last year after some hospital bills.  We have other goals we'd like to add to this category, but this is the first and most important one, and we won't do any of the others until after this one is accomplished.


What are your goals for this year?



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  • Mary January 02, 2018

    Congratulations! A new baby, so precious!

    My goals, since I’m in a brand new house- I hope to get a garden planted in Feb. to continue working on saving more to pay for my daughters college bills. Those are at the top of my list right now.

  • Sun January 02, 2018

    Congratulations! I have to say I personally feel very blessed that you continue this invaluable, informational, and loving blog while you are so busy. Blessings to all of you!

  • Laura S. January 02, 2018


  • Natalie January 02, 2018

    Congratulations on your new exciting news!

  • Tracy January 03, 2018

    Another baby? What wonderful news! Thank you for sharing with us!

  • gz January 03, 2018

    I've just found your blog,via others..nice to meet you..and all the best!

  • Lorna January 03, 2018

    Oh Brandy congratulations on your soon to be new addition to your home, what a blessing and God will provide :D .

    Our major goal for 2018 is to see if we can improve on our savings rate and be more frugal to save more for the deposit for our home.

    Other things we would like to achieve are -
    - Keep stocking up our grocery and household needs up to a 12 month level. We have now started a second pantry in our small workers cottage to extend our storage area using gorilla shelves.
    - Preferably spend less money in all budget categories.
    - Stock up our freezer with meat when we see it come on sale as it is getting low on stocks.
    - Work on building up the rest of our vegetable beds as we harvest to raise them more with more horse and cow manure as our budget permits.
    - Minimise travelling and combine our errands more to save on fuel costs.
    - To price check more between grocery, other stores and Ebay to get the best deals we can get on all household items.
    - To sew more items for the home being fabric napkins and other projects to use some of my fabric stash.
    - Generally enjoy life and be thankful for all the blessings God gives us each and every day.

  • Susan Watson January 03, 2018


  • DonnaMarie January 03, 2018

    Congratulations on your newest Blessing. Such a sweet surprise when I opened your Blog this morning.

  • Madeline January 03, 2018

    Best wishes for a healthy happy pregnancy and 2018! Your posts add so much to my days! The beauty and sensibility that you bring to daily life is so inspiring.It’s how I seek to live,also.I’m retired now,but I love hearing about your children,the things you sew them,their activities.. and your gardening skills just knock my socks off!!

  • Rhonda A. January 03, 2018

    Congratulations, Brandy on your pending new arrival!

    I don't usually create a formal goal list for the year, but do have a couple things I'd like to accomplish this year. I'd like to start crafting more, to build up my gift stash a bit more. Having ready made gifts will save me money when I suddenly need to come up with a gift last minute and don't have the time to make it. I'd like to work on getting our garden area designed and built this year. It just didn't get done last year like I'd hoped. I'd like to get a more formal plan together for our month long European trip my hubby and I will be taking in April of 2019. We are already budgeting and slowly buying things we will need for the trip. And last but not least, I'd like to help my daughter get more settled into high school. This has been a very slow process and the staff at her school are not being as helpful or understanding as they should be. I hope they get on board quickly in the New Year or there will be a battle waged! They picked the wrong Special Needs Mom to screw with, that's for sure!!!

  • Pamela January 03, 2018

    Wow congrats!!! I miss having babies. I can't wait to hear the name:)

  • Charity B January 03, 2018

    Congratulations on your growing family! What a sweet blessing! :) God bless your year ahead to be fruitful & filled with joy!

  • Sharyn January 03, 2018

    Congratulations on the new baby. I know everyone must be excited. Babies are always a joy.

  • Isabella January 03, 2018

    Congratulations! You and your readers might enjoy the blog and Instagram account of "To many children." Ness lives in England with her 12 children. I think you would enjoy seeing how she manages her big family! It's quite lovely.

  • C January 03, 2018

    Congrats Brandy!! I'm sure you might have thought Octavius was the last one as you gave away your baby items but I guess this little blessing had other plans. ;) Hope you have an easy and healthy delivery. Can't wait to find out what name you are going to choose. I love all the name you've chosen so far!

  • Ms. Sandie January 03, 2018

    Congratulations and God Bless.

  • C January 03, 2018

    Side note: would you ever consider doing a post on how to raise a baby frugally? In today's world, it seems like we have to have so many items for a baby but what are the necessities and what are the frills? Like how many onesies does a baby actually need?

  • I have a planned upcoming post on this.

  • C January 04, 2018

    I'll look forward to it. :)

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