About Me

Hello there! Welcome! I’m Manuela, a frugal homemaking blogger living outside of Atlanta.

A Cultivated Nest A Frugal Homemaking Blog

Do you have a “someday” home? Mine would be  a sprawling farmhouse on two acres,  filled with vintage/cottage style treasures, a pantry filled with food I’ve grown and canned,  a picket fence all around the farmhouse with a huge cottage style border in front of it, a  big vegetable garden out back, an orchard, berry bushes and a cute chicken coop too!   And lots of dogs (love dogs).

make the most of the home you have now

But the reality is that we just downsized and now live in a house we are renting. So I don’t know if living on a farmhouse on lots of acres is going to ever happen. Although the home we’re in now looks like a farmhouse with a big front porch and swing even!

be content with what you have


So I’m cultivating what I have the best way I can on a one income budget, trying to live with a grateful heart and embracing the now!

In trying to make the most of what I’ve got, I’m always scouring the internet for great ideas that will help me and I really love sharing those ideas.

About A Cultivated Nest

I’m a big believer in taking my job as a home manager seriously.  We live on one income so I’m always looking for ways to make the most of that money. Whether it’s painting something I found in the trash or thrift store, finding a great clearance sale, to making my own seasoning mixes instead of buying them, growing some vegetables, or just looking for new ways to save.

I enjoy writing about ways you can save money, managing/organizing your home, how to decorate and garden on a dime, how to make items that look like a million bucks but don’t cost it, and also sharing recipes that are easy and budget friendly.  Please check out the categories at the top of the blog for great ideas.

My passion and goal is to show you how to live a beautiful life right where you are now and do it without breaking the bank (and maybe even saving some money too)!

Grab a cup of coffee or tea and stay a while! So glad that you’re here!


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