I grew up in the heart of South Georgia, among the tall pines and sweltering heat. I was born a little different. Arts and crafts were my main “thing” as a child – and still are. I loved learning. My parents encouraged every bit of it, but I don’t think either of them truly understood that creating something from nothing was a physical need for me. Through my mother, I learned how to cook, clean, and keep a household running smoothly, though none of it sank in until recently. She also learned along beside me while I discovered different mediums of art. My father, on the other hand, taught me about the outdoors, that nature can be your grocery store. See, when my father got out of the Air Force and we returned to the States, he had enough money for a down payment on a house…and that was kinda it. So shopping in the great outdoors for meat, gardening, cooking from scratch, and being frugal were the only ways to survive. I was 4 at the time, so it stuck with me, even as we slowly worked our way up to a nice middle class way of life.
Then came what I call my “lost years”. I went through an abusive marriage, a multi-year string of bad decisions and bad luck, moved to Atlanta to continue that string, and finally landed when I met Mr. Cozy Cottage. He is my partner, my other half, my ultimate teammate. We fit so perfectly together that I moved in with him a couple weeks after we’d been dating. I don’t recommend that; I’ve seen it end badly too many times before, but it worked for us. He proposed 6 months later, and now we’re newlyweds! 2016 has been a big one!! We quickly fell into step with him being the main bread winner of the household while I kept house…which is difficult with 5 acres, 4 bedrooms, 3 dogs, a cat, and 8 chickens. I have learned a lot in the time we’ve been together: how to be a stay-at-home wife, how to REALLY save money when grocery shopping, cleaning and organizing tips, and how to decorate on a budget without looking like a 5-year-old did it. I wanted to be able to share my knowledge with everyone, just in the hopes that I can help someone through the struggle of life.