Have you ever stopped to smell the roses? In my family, we spend time “tickling the wheat.” Life should be enjoyed, but sometimes life happens and we get carried away worrying about things that don’t really matter. When was the last time you stopped to “tickle the wheat” and enjoy everything that life has to offer?

On Tickling the Wheat, I share strategies to savor the sweet and simple things in life. Parenting, finances, and everyday life should be stress-free and simple! Let’s take some time to “tickle the wheat!” 

Hi, I’m Alison. I’m a farmer’s wife, and we have two (sometimes) sweet darlings. We live in Michigan, where we grow corn, soybeans, and of course wheat.

I’m the type of person that craves order. I have an M.B.A. in accounting and human resources, and I worked for years in banking, auditing, and quality assurance. I love nothing more than writing, editing, and playing with budgets and Excel documents, but the journey to creating a happy, orderly household is not an easy one, even when I use printables.

In my previous life as a work-outside-the-home mom, I was miserable and I wasn’t spending enough time with my family. I recently quit my job to stay home with my wild hooligans full-time. Since quitting my job, I found that I still wasn’t able to “tickle the wheat” as much as I had hoped.

Do you ever feel like your life is a mess? You’re running around in circles trying to get everything done, but you feel like nothing is getting accomplished? I can relate.

Currently, I have three baskets of clean, unfolded laundry in the family room (at least they’re clean, right?). My darlings are serenading me from their beds instead of taking their naps, and one darling is still “having a pajama party” at 3:00 in the afternoon.

I expected that I would magically have a clean house, a daily schedule in place (darlings dressed by 8, preschool activities done by 10, followed by playtime, lunch served at noon… you get the picture). Clearly, that didn’t happen.

Six months later, my house is still a mess. In fact, I think it’s messier now that I’m home full-time. And timeliness? Don’t even get me started. I couldn’t be on time to save my life. I consider us on time if we make it to story time less than ten minutes late. The only timely thing that happens on a daily basis is the darlings’ bedtime at 7, followed by my evening glass of wine!

Join me on my adventures as I try to simplify life. Let’s get organized and share finance and parenting/life hacks to get through the day.

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Cheers to that!

(P.S.) If you want to know more about the farming lifestyle, read my story about the life of a farmer’s wife on Country Living.

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