I am often asked about all of the side projects that I am involved in, so I thought I’d take a few moments this afternoon and share what I do beyond being a stay-at-home mom, wife, and blogger with all of you. Click on the links to find out more!
:: Raising A Family On A Budget
In 2007, I became a SAHM and the reality check that came with losing an income was a hard one. I started couponing for the items we needed for our son, and it snowballed from there. I’d share my money saving tips with my mom friends, and was asked to teach a couponing workshop in July 2010. This site was supposed to only be a hobby, something to supplement that one class, but it has turned into so much more! I don’t make much money off of this site (less than $50 a month, with most months being nothing) so it really is a labor of love. I enjoy sharing the deals and coupons that I find with everyone, and that’s why I keep doing what I’m doing.
Some frugal living bloggers have other people working for them, but here at RAFOAB its a one woman show, so if life happens (which have 2 young children it definitely happens) then this goes on the back burner for the day, but I always come back at some point in the day, and I’m glad you all keep coming back too!
In college, I was in Alpha Phi Omega, and national co-ed service fraternity. When I got out of school, I still did volunteer work with different organizations, and thought with the voice I have through RAFOAB I could do more. And I was right!
Shop4Charity is a semi-annual craft show/vendor fair that brings together more than 50 exhibitors for one day for one great cause! Each November our event will benefit a different military charity, and each spring we will select a different organization that we feel strongly about to partner with.
Our upcoming fall event will be held on Sunday, November 4th at the RWJ Center for Health & Wellness in Mercerville, NJ and will benefit The Philadelphia Veterans Multi-Service & Education Center.
:: Morrisville Community Farmers’ Market
It is important to buy local and support our local agricultural economy. For years, I have shopped local farm stands through out South Jersey, and when I moved to Morrisville, I was a bit out of my element since the road stands I was used to weren’t in our area, but that’s when I found community farmers’ markets. At a community market, several farms come together to a common location to sell their goods. It brings the farm directly to the people, and builds relationships between those who grow the food and those who consume it.
I want to see a community farmers’ market brought to Morrisville, PA. This is something that I am passionate about, and I think it would be a great thing for our community. We have the support of the borough, and now need to move forward with securing a location for the weekly market. Once we have a confirmed location, the next step will be reaching out to the local farmers and asking them to join us for our inaugural year, beginning in June 2013.
As of right now, this is a one woman grassroots movement. There isn’t a committee in place yet, but you can expect to hear about upcoming community meetings about the farmers market later in the fall and into the winter.
:: Lower Bucks County Food Swap
Food swaps are a growing trend where each person attending brings several items to swap with others. You fill out a swap card stating what your item is, and then go around the room and see what others have brought and “bid” on the item that you want, similar to a silent auction. There is nothing written in concrete and you’re not held to swap with anyone unless you want to. Your items are your bargaining power, and no money ever changes hands.
The food must be handmade/homegrown, whether baked, brewed, preserved, cooked, garden grown, etc…nothing from the grocery store, and the person bringing it must have made/grown it him/herself.This is a great way to meet others who share your passion for food, while expanding your pantry.
All events are open to the general public, but you will need to “purchase” a free ticket to attend since there will be limited space available.