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Why Blog? (written in 2009)

This is a question my dear friend Audrey posed to me not long after I started Alicia's Homemaking. What is my motivation behind blogging?

With the birth of our son in late November of 2009, my life changed from working full time as a nurse to staying at home full time...taking care of baby, keeping house, making dinner. I love the change. Being a SAHM is something I have wanted to do as long as I can remember.

With this comes lots of challenges! How to balance my time, cooking more often, meeting our grocery budget of $200/month, etc. I am very excited about learning to glorify God by being the best housewife I can be! How do I best serve Him in this role?

I have lots of learning to do.

One area my husband and I both want to work on is hospitality. We want to open our home up to people...to have it be a safe place where they can come, feel comfortable, get rest, and hopefully find Jesus wherever they turn. Hospitality almost always involves food (or at least I think it should!!), which brings me to my next topic....

I know how to cook moderately well, but I want to explore cooking new dishes, freezer cooking, menu planning, and even embark on a canning adventure this year.

Saving money: In 2009, I started using coupons for the first time and was amazed at how much money I was able to save, and how much food we had in our house! I would like to expand here by learning how to stock up more efficiently and also shopping at different stores (right now, I primarily coupon at Publix).

Keeping house...! I love an orderly, comfortable home that smells good when you walk in the door! A place where you feel free to relax...where you don't have to worry about knocking over something expensive or freaking out the hostess because you spilled something on her carpet! At the same time, a home where you can spread out on the couch because it's NOT covered with laundry! Not an impeccable house, but a cozy home. That's what I'm going for here.

So, that's a start! I hope to keep all of the above in the context of loving Jesus, my family, and other people.

This is where I will document some of my learning process, learn lots of tips from the blogging community, and also share some of my own discoveries with you. :) I'm sure that many most of my ideas will come from other people ("there is nothing new under the sun"), but that's ok, because wonderful women have gone before me, and I will sit at their feet! :)

Here we go!

Love, Alicia

Contact info:
 I would love to hear from you.

AliciasHomemaking (at) gmail (dot) com

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7 comments:

  1. How do you like the Tilly Tally dipes? I've tried to find out more about them but I'm having a hard time coming up with anything. Thanks

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  2. oh my gosh, you are not kidding...I seriously think we're kindred spirits. But no baby for me yet :( Can't wait to be a SAHM though... :)

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  3. Hi Alicia!

    I was just checking out the newbie linky list for the Blissdom conference & thought I'd [virtually] introduce myself. I'm Ruth & I'm a newbie too. (Ugh, that sounds so dorky! Like highschool all over again....) Anyway, your blog is great! (I'm now subscribing) Stop by when you get a chance!

    living well, spending less

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  4. Do you have a button code for your New Adventures Thursday? I would love to add your button to my linky party page?

    http://momscrazycooking.blogspot.com/p/blogs-i-love.html

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  5. Love your site Alica, wonderful information, keep up the great work!

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  6. I have so much enjoyed your blog. The recipes I just can't wait to see what is new. I made the Morning Glory muffins. (DEVINE) Also it is a wonderful way to relax. I put on some beautiful Praise music and it is Spring here and the windows open I just chilled out and baked the Beautiful muffins. Thank you and please keep up the great job!

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  7. Alicia i love your jingle bell jar, and the easy-peasy attitude about the crafting! One thing I do wish for you.. that may one day enjoy the freedom of breaking rules , even your own!
    When I turned 50, (a few years past) and I got over the surprise of my own aging.... I decided "I am a grown woman and I can wear Halloween costumes, put up a silver sparkling fake tree as soon as I want, and I can read children's books before bed."
    Life is too short to follow anyone else's path!

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