The Budgeter: Crockin’ savings for your wallet!


As the saying goes, “money makes the world go ’round”… well this chapter in our new book It’s Our Crockin’ Life can put a stop to that nonsense! Whether you are trying to make it those last few days before payday, saving for your kiddos college, or you just enjoy getting the most bang for your buck, saving some money here and there is never a bad thing!

My husband has definitely balanced me out. While visions of fun to be had, cute clothes, home renovations, and such dance around in my head- he is one to think of budgets, savings, and “eatin’ cheap” ;) Let’s just say, this chapter makes him happy. And it doesn’t cast any shadows on my love to get a home cooked meal to my family… Don’t get me wrong. There is NO cut back in the flavor department, just a little more padding in the wallet.

Since we are in the midst of summer, I realize even more how helpful this chapter is! Kids are home more, vacations are booked (and always tend to cost a little more than you plan for), activities happening all around,

stell dance spence camp

and if you have kiddos you know that there will be that dreaded back to school shopping trip that will put a dent in the wallet. The kids are getting really excited about our trip to Colorado Springs coming up, so these recipes will help me save a little so that they can get a little souvenir here or there, or squeeze in one more activity. We did Disney summer 2014, and we were longing to go back just as soon as we came home. I would love to go back in the next couple years, so I need to be putting some of my Crockin’ savings into a “Disney or Bust” jar :)

disney small

Although I hate to admit it, I will have a {gulp} kindergartener come August (I can’t believe this is really happening), and if I can fit a little more into my August grocery budget, then I can get him a couple extra outfits to start the year :)

spence boy

I may start a tradition of taking each kid on their own shopping day before school… partly because it will be a fun one on one day with them, but mainly so we can cut down on those morning grouchies when it comes to picking out clothes! Spencer has gotten so picky about everything down to the fit of his SOCKS!

I hate to bring up the holidays in July… but let’s be honest THEY. ARE. COMING. And let’s just say I will be ready to hit Black Friday hard! LOL. We always have a good time, and some dinner time savings will make it even more fun.

While we are on topics that I don’t want to bring up. In the back of my mind I see this little thing wanting a wedding someday. Even though I don’t want to even think about that happening any time soon… IT WILL. And it would be nice to be prepared (yeah right!).

stella girls

There are so many ways that people choose to save money. Shopping store sales, clipping coupons (I never have gotten the hang of that. I end up throwing out coupons I find 6 months past expiration that I had the best intentions of using)  , buying in bulk, buying generic, the list goes on… but my favorite way to save is crockin’! It tastes so good you won’t even realize the difference- but your bank account will!

Happy Crockin’, Y’all!


Here are some recipes that will give you an idea of what you will find in this fun & frugal chapter of It’s Our Crockin’ Life:

Loaded Cheeseburger Pasta

Ground Beef Chalupas 

Garlic Chicken Thighs



Halloween Costume Situation, Marwitz Style


So I am a bit obsessive when it comes to dressing my kiddos. I like for them to have “style”, lol! Both of my kiddos came home in outfits with bonnets. Old fashion, timeless outfits. Blue gingham for Spence and pink with lace for Miss Stella. When Spencer was little I put him in little newsboy hats and fedoras, and he rocked them. With Stella it has always been about mixing prints (leopard is a MUST), ruffles meet preppy, and BIG BOWS are her signature look. They have pretty much allowed it with little to no resistance.

At around 4 years old, Spencer started wanting to wear “cool clothes” as in elastic waist everything. Having a daddy that is a coach doesn’t help matters much in his desire to wear all things “sporty”. I could feel my little style baby slipping away. Stella on the other hand has embraced fashion with a fierce desire to leave her stamp on the world. I allow her to make some style choices in her wardrobe and she actually can mix and match quite well.

I feel like this year’s Halloween costume choices are a wake up call for me when it comes to facing the fact that my kiddos are growing into their own, and I think I am handling it quite well, lol! You see, I enjoy coordinating my kids clothing in the day to day, so you can imagine what ideas run through my mind for coordinating costumes. The first halloween Stella was born she was almost 6 months old and I made her the cutest little black kitty cat costume and big brother (a little over 2 at the time) was her fire fighter to the rescue.

The next halloween we went with the CUTEST (and my craftiest, I might add) duo. I made them costumes to be a cowboy (he was 3) and a little indian girl (she was 18 months). These costumes might forever be my most favorite for all time.

Last year (Spencer was 4 and Stella was 2) I knew things were about to start unravelling so I held on as tight as I could to squeeze in one more year of the matchy matchy. With his love of super heroes I convinced Spencer to go as Clark Kent Superman and we made Stella a Super Woman costume. You will notice a pattern in all 3 of Stella’s costumes… we love a tutu.

As I received oohs and ahhhs of admiration each year, I tucked them away for the rainy day I knew would come. The day when they would have their own ideas on their halloween costumes. The time is now. I have strolled down memory lane soaking up their cuteness in previous years costumes, but I look at their costumes this year and I can’t help but smile! I smile because they know what they like, they have their own ideas, and they are PROUD of their choices. I love to see them happy more than almost anything, and I know we won’t soon forget the year of Raphael (or Raphaeyel as spencer says it) and The Unicorn Rider ;)

DIY Pillow Case Dress


1. Measure your child from the nape of their neck to mid thigh.

2. Pick out coordinating fabrics (I chose 5 because I like the “busy” look). When cutting fabrics leave it folded. In the picture of the fabrics notice the fold is on the left and the length noted below is measured from the top to bottom of fabric the way it is oriented in the picture.
*Main fabric (school print) measured the length of neck to thigh. {Stella is wears 12-18 month and I measured hers 14″.}
*Accent #1 (cheetah) measured 3″.
*Accent #2 (with with big red polka dots) measured the length of Main Fabric + Accent #1 {for Stella’s 14”+3”= 17″ of Accent #2)
*Accent #3 (black with ABCs and 123s) measured 10″ and folded in half, making a 5” trim at the bottom. I do this so that I don’t have    to do a hem at the bottom.
*Accent #4 (white with black polka dots) measured about 4″.

3. Lay Main Fabric unfolded on the floor or working surface, and place Accent #1 on top of it (at the bottom edge of the fabric) right sides together.

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