I’m Rachael, a 30 something former elementary school teacher turned stay at home mom. I love saving money, sharing simple and thrifty recipes, and encouraging tips.
30+ years later and she’s still my best friend, second only to my amazing husband.
Yep, I was blessed to marry someone who quickly became my new best friend. You can check out the story of how we met here.
I live in beautiful, and hot, sunny Florida, which, despite humidity and the possibility of hurricanes, I absolutely love.
- Christ, who has forever changed my life and transformed my heart.
- The color blue (especially turquoise/teal shades)
- Teaching (5 years teaching kindergarten with one wild year of 4th grade thrown in the mix)
- Animals, especially these two:Over the years I’ve had a host of fish, gerbils, hamsters, dogs, a cat, and at one point 6 guinea pigs (at one time! So not intentional).
- Reading. I would take a good book over a good movie any day. I’m currently enjoying audio books. I never used to like hearing someone else narrate a book, but if I can read a book while doing the dishes or sweeping the floor, sign me up!
- Some of my favorite books include: The Screwtape Letters, The Hunger Games Series, The Hiding Place, A Wrinkle in Time, Mere Christianity and the Space Trilogy by C.S. Lewis which includes Out of the Silent Planet; Perelandra; and That Hideous Strength
- Going on walks/jogs outside. I especially love walking in shady areas with lots of trees.
- The Blue Ridge Mountains, where my grandparents have a home. I love to visit during the summer.
- Cooking. Simple, affordable and healthy recipes are my favorite.
- Saving money. I loved rummaging through flea markets and garage sales when I was a kid. I still do! Now, I also love saving money through using coupons, shopping sales, cooking from scratch when time allows and doing money saving DIY projects.
- Listening to teachings by great pastors. Besides the teaching team at my own church, I love streaming teachings by Matt Chandler, Tim Keller, David Pawson, and Joyce Meyer among others.
- Learning and researching new things (though I try not to go overboard!).
- And of course family, more than I can say. (Gary, G, and Baby H)
Why I started My Pennywise Life:
In April 2015 I left my career as an elementary school teacher (a job I loved), to become a stay at home mom (a job I love even more). I wanted to start a blog that would focus on cheap, healthy and simple recipes, DIY craft ideas and my adventures as a new SAHM.
So, I launched www.promisinglypennywise.com. I learned a lot as I went along. My focus for my blog became more refined as I realized what I really had a passion for blogging about. (Recipes and money saving tips, yes! DIY and crafts? Not so much.)
In March of 2017, I decided to part with the name Promisingly Pennywise in favor of a more succinct name that would be easier for my followers to remember. Though the name has changed, the vision behind the blog is still the same: To share thrifty and simple recipes and tips for everyday life.
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