I’m Tiffany – blessed wife and mother of two. Follower of Christ, devoted to bringing honor and glory to God in every aspect of my life and being a good and faithful steward of all He has provided.
The mere fact that you are visiting my blog and reading this page astonishes and humbles me. Thank you.
In the beginning…
Don’t Waste the Crumbs started in April 2012 simply as a creative outlet. I felt like my mind was bursting with ideas and ways we could make better use of the resources God provides and I had to share them with someone – anyone! In the beginning, “crumbs” were considered any small piece that was leftover from the original piece. They could manifest in terms of money, food, time or energy.
Why “don’t waste” the crumbs…
In Summer of 2007, my husband and I decided that I would stay at home to raise our child due that Fall. After reviewing our finances to see if this was possible, we came to the conclusion that if our income was going to be reduced by 50%, our spending would have to be reduced as well.
Over the course of four months, we scrutinized every aspect of our spending in order to be fully able to live on one income. We created a budget, fine-tuned it and in God’s sovereign timing we became debt free two years later, shortly before our second child was born.
Seeing the fruits of our labor first-hand and not wanting to backslide into old habits, we’ve kept our minimalist life-style to this day. Being financially independent would not have been possible if it we hadn’t captured the seemingly small areas in our life – the crumbs – and turned them into something much more significant.
Originally this was a place to reveal ways to reduce your electricity bill, how to create a grocery budget or tips for teaching your child to put their shoes on the right way. I have always loved food – both the preparation of and consuming of – so it was natural to include this too in my writing.
In June of 2012 I was inspired to research the true dangers of trans fat, what they were, how our bodies processed it and the sub-sequential health impacts. After reading the list of ingredients of a box of saltine crackers, I was stunned to see hydrogenated oils listed in what I considered the most basic, simplest of all the crackers available.
This was the cracker I fed my children when they were first learning to gnaw and chew food.
In order to carry out the role as wife and mother as I was called to be, I found it imperative that I know exactly we were eating and the impact it had on our bodies. As the result, Don’t Waste the Crumbs slowly transitioned to a greater focus on food as well.
Eating real, nourishing food is not something that happens overnight. Through first-hand experience, I have learned that it is a long, slow and gradual process that can only be accomplished by taking small steps in the right direction.
Also learned through experience is the fact that nourishing food can sometimes be expensive. Our budget mind-set means purposeful spending. Free reign on groceries was not going to be possible if we wanted to remain debt free.
Determined to no longer turn a blind eye to the chemicals and toxins found prevalent in conventional food – and doing so without breaking the bank – Don’t Waste the Crumbs is dedicated to helping you do the same on your own real food journey.
Whether you’re new to real food or a seasoned vet, I hope you find this blog encouraging and practical. I hope you see that I am not perfect, nor do I have all the answers. I am merely a mom, trying to manage a house, raise Godly kids and have dinner on the table at a reasonable hour with the ultimate goal of taking a shower before the husband gets home (which doesn’t always happen).
I am determined to do the best that I can with the abundance of resources that He has provided. With His grace and love, I cannot fail.
Please pour a cup of coffee, hang around awhile and make yourself at home. I’d be honored if you joined me on this journey and there’s a little bit of variety here for everyone. In case you need your cup to go, sign up for the free newsletter so you don’t miss out on anything.
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