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Sew Russia: Plan Your Weekly Meals & Save

Have you ever walked into the store with a budget in mind only to come out over on your budget and wondering where your money went?

Honestly I have been through this more times than I can count or remember. Who doesn’t like to save? I do! At the same time if I go into the store without a list I can get a bit wreckless with spending. A $100 budget can easily turn into $200 or more. Sewww…I decide to make two guides that I can use to arm myself while shopping. I do much better when I write things out and use a list. That’s just how I am wired.

I am sure that some of you can relate. No one likes the feeling of guilt after spending much more than you had planned to. In today’s world saving up is essential to survival these days. You just never know what can occur in your life to where you may need some extra cash. I have said to myself that I would rather spend as less as possible on food so that I can spend big elsewhere. I don’t want a bulk of my money going on food (Some foods we don’t even get around to eating anyway).

I thought that it would be really cool to share the guides that I have designed with my audience. I am sure they will help someone out who would like to travel along the same journey.

Below you will find a weekly meal planner guide and a grocery list guide. These tools are helpful for planning your meals for the week and listing the groceries you would need to make them. This will help you control spending and manage your time shopping ( I can spend 1 hour easily in the grocery store).

Download and print this Weekly Meal Planner-PDF 

Download and print this Grocery List-PDF

I enjoyed sharing this post with you.

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Sew Russia: My Blog: Life Is What You Make It

Can I admit I have been having some consistency issues with my blog? I always wrote for fun as a child. It’s was almost effortless to write growing up. Maybe that was due to the fact that there was no such thing as social media to distract you and blogging was actually called writing in your journal. I felt that I could myself 100% when I wrote in my journal. You didn’t have the world looking at you with judgement and you could say whatever you wanted to say.

The name of my blog is called “Life Is What You Make It”. I always loved that phrase and I believe it. I believe that each one of our lives is what we make of it. Our lives matter and are so precious. Every moment spent on Earth is very vital and dear. Deeper than that, I wanted to come out of my room a bit. When I was younger when I would craft no one was allowed in my room while I was doing so. This helped me to create freely and focus. I can also admit it shielded me from the judgement and objections of others.

I want to share my journey the good, the bad, and the ugly. I am not perfect and will never claim to be, but I am growing. At some points in my life I wish I had an example, something to read, or someone to talk to to help me get through things. Most of my experiences had to be learned on my own. I have always been an open book and don’t mind (at this point) letting people in from time to time to help them heal, get answers, and to become inspired.

Life Is What You Make It

I enjoyed sharing this post with you. Connect with me on social media. Like my Facebook Page Like my Instagram Page.  Watch my YouTube channel. I am also on Twitter and Periscope as @sewrussia. Thank you for reading my blog! Send me any suggestions of anything you would like to see me write about (sewrussia@gmail.com)! Thanks again for stopping by!

Sew Russia: How I Package My Items

Nothing is more satisfying than when my work looks clean. I work extremely hard to produce quality items. Now I’m not going to lie, I have made my share of mistakes. Who hasn’t? There is a learning curve to everything. You don’t just wake up one day and know it all. You learn each day, and one of the main ways we learn is through trial and error.

I spend a lot of nights researching. I would love to say mornings, but  I am honestly more of a night owl than a morning person. At night I get a little more free time when my husband and daughter are sleep (If they go to sleep). For about 1-2 years I have visualized how I would like my products packaged. I knew that I wanted my products in something that I looked professional.

It is very important to make sure that you check your items thoroughly before shipping them off to clients. You want your work to look as clean as possible.

In addition to the product(s) ordered you should package your business card, thank you cards, coupons/gift certificates, and any other communications such as fliers. This lets clients know how they can contact you for future orders. It lets them know you appreciate their business. It lets them in on any important information you want them to know that they may be interested in.

I ordered mine from Vista Print. They have really good deals. Their products are very professional looking. I have not had any issues with ordering from them. Items have arrived on time and in great condition.

I always think steps ahead. I like to plan for the worst or the “unseen”. What if its raining or snowing and the box that is being delivered gets wet or damaged? There should be extra packaging inside to protect your product. I sew and heat press shirts. So what would be great for this? Cello bags! There is one problem with that. The only cello bags that I found locally were only big enough to put cookies and candy in. I needed to find bags that were big enough to fit shirts and clothing in. I knew I would have to search online. I got 10 X 13 inch  self seal poly cello bags from Amazon here. It is one pack containing 100 bags. It’s perfect for what I need, and it gets the job done. I actually started using them immediately and had no issues using them.

I enjoyed sharing this post with you. Connect with me on social media. Like my Facebook Page. Like my Instagram Page.  Watch my YouTube channel. I am also on Twitter and Periscope as @sewrussia. Thank you for reading my blog! Send me any suggestions of anything you would like to see me write about (sewrussia@gmail.com)!

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