Monday, January 26, 2015

Menu Plan Monday! A week of Dinners for 4 just $27

Menu for this week..... will be BUDGET ORIENTED!  My car need almost four thousand dollars of service.  Holy Ouch!  Gonna pull the drawstrings in and tighten back up our food budget...  saving money this week will make me feel much better about my car bill!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Skinny Cinnabon White Russian

Its Sunday. Isn't that a good enough reason to celebrate?

My journey to health and fitness continues...

This week marks Month #2 with my journey.  I have learned so much!  I feel I now have the knowledge and skills to keep this up easily.  This now is a total lifestyle change and I LOVE IT!  The best part?  Its easy and hardly changes a thing in my daily life.....

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

going for a jog...

took 20 minutes for myself today and went for a jog. i actually really didnt want to but made myself. and i felt awesome afterward!

Free Protein Bar Treat from NOW Foods

I like this company, and even more do I like free healthy snacks disguised as decadent treats.  Oh,  I will be saving this one for myself!  Sign up here- and if you don't already get a newsletter from them you will have to sign up for it (they will let you know).  I hope its as good as it looks!  Get yours HERE.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Monday, January 19, 2015

Menu Plan Monday, ultra clean eating week!

Its monday again??  What?!?!

Im finishing the last week of my Beachbody Challenge and am planning on eating super pure, packed with nutrients, healthy and with low salt this week!  Want my final weigh in results to be AMAZING!

fast frittata for the freezer!

Easy and fast, this 'recipe' can be adapted to pretty much anything you have on hand!  Eggs.  You do need eggs for this one!  Everything else is pretty much flexible ;)

Fabletics again! and why I keep coming back....

I was tempted by the bargain-basement deals promised by Fabletics a while back...  so I gave them a shot.  Lots of washes and wears later I have now found my new favorite comfort/workout wear company...

check this out!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Bargains a plenty at Grocery Outlet.

I had about 7 things on my grocery list today...  so I went to Grocery Outlet.

Quinoa.  They didn't have any dang quinoa.  I didn't get quinoa.

But I only spent $46.  And my shopping cart was full.

Full of awesome, healthy and mainly organic food that WILL get eaten!

Want to see some deals and why YOU should be going to Grocery Outlet??  Keep reading....

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Fast Wheat Drop Biscuits with herbs

This is one of those things I usually throw together last minute- and the family usually thinks I slaved over it....  these are divine!

Don't tell them how simple they are or I will have to make them daily....

Saturday morning cozy kids activities...

We love fun, educational activities!  Some of our favorites are printable worksheets.  These always bring on spur-of-the moment fun.

I came across this darling Valentines Day set....

Thursday, January 15, 2015

13 Dollar Store Deals for the Natural home

I never was a dollar store shopper before I had children...  I wouldn't exactly call myself a frequent shopper, but I do on occasion, and for specific items!

There truly are some great deals to be had there!  No- its NOT all terrible toxin-leaching, cheap plastic crap! Who knew!?!?!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Workout Wednesday: how I made time for 2 workouts

Its workout Wednesday and somehow I managed to squeeze in TWO workouts today.  That is pretty much a first for me!

But how???

Sunday, January 11, 2015

menu plan monday!

wow- how is it monday AGAIN????  the older I get the faster theses weeks fly by...  so here is what is on my well planned list this week!  added bonus?  i did my grocery shopping last week so have ALL the ingredients for everything listed!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

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Friday, January 9, 2015

healthy zucchini pizza boats; paleo, 21 Day Fix, clean eating!

Its pizza night in our house tonight.  Normally I would enjoy a couple huge pieces of empty-carb-laden, blood-sugar spiking, then dipping, emotion-high and stomach-ache inducing pizza.  

Ahh, a classic American treat!

But not tonight.  Tonight I am committing to my body.

Freebie Friday!

Happy Freebie Friday!  Did you use your skills and earn any freebies this week?  Those small bonuses are things I count on to act as extra treats while we focus on spending our money smart.  Heres what we got this week!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

African Peanut Stew for the Crockpot, Freezer Meal

We had 'the' decadent African Peanut Stew tonight...  I was wise and turned it into a mini freezer-cooking session.  So glad I did.  It was freaking amazing!!  I asked my family to rate it on a scale from 1-10, here are their responses:
my 7 year old:  'a 10!'

my 4 year old:  'well, if 2 is bad .....and 3 is okay .....and 4 is great....  then i give it a 4!'  (whew)

my 36 year old: 'certainly a 12'

oh, these people.....  and now for the details........

workout wednesday!

WHEW!  I was actually worried if I would even be able to complete my workout today as I am SOOO sore from the past 2 days.  But I did it!  Just 30 minutes for my lower-body workout.  It was HARD, I huffed and puffed and sweated a LOT.  AND I DID IT!

Did you workout today?

Monday, January 5, 2015

Im certainly not starving while doing the 21 Day Fix

Of course its only monday and I have already veered from my menu plan.....  but with this delicious aroma in the crockpot all day there was no way I could hold off 'til tomorrow.....

Menu Plan Monday, healthy, clean eating, 21 Day Fix

My Menu for this week.  I am kicking monday off back on track with my healthy lifestyle.  And Im doing it 100%!!! The Holidays are officially over...  time to get my jeans buttoning with ease again...  ya with me?

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Budget Minestrone Jar Soup for the pantry, Cheap, Healthy Crockpot Meal

I was gifted a wonderful book off of my husbands grandmothers shelf while visiting over the Christmas holiday.  I knew the second she gave it to me I would covet it.  Homemade Mixes is the title, seems to be a vintage book from 1981..  does that make it vintage?  I was 3 years old when this came out, sure hope that doesn't make me vintage!

This book is packed full of thrifty, natural pantry meals.  I am testing and adapting them as I go, this recipe is actually mainly created by myself, only inspired by the book as it does not contain a Minestrone Soup....  it is so delicious, you will be amazed!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

My organized grocery trips, how I keep us healthy AND in budget.

Im not one to just run into the grocery store for a couple of items.  Well, sometimes I do that, but always kick myself for making purchases when they are not at their ideal price, so I try hard to stick with my tried and true methods.

Here is how I keep my shopping not only healthy but on budget as well...