Tips & Progress – Garden Update

The weather here has been nuts! Warm then cold and then warm and just when I think its going to stay that way, cold again. Finally we have a warm streak coming. We started our seedlings pretty early for our area (Virginia). We are doing a lot of “babying” and taking our pots in and out a lot. Everything has started to grow except for our peppers! We don’t have a greenhouse set up because we have no place for it.

Here is our progress so far: Continue reading

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Motivated Couch Potato

Oh Mondays!

Monday was just a blah day. Granted it was a Monday right? I came home from work and was not motivated to do anything. Vacuum the house that I put off this past weekend? Nope. Do the dishes left from the day before? Sure, only because I need to make dinner. Eat half of my weekly points? Hell yea! Watch hours of Grey’s Anatomy? That happened.

No matter what I told myself in my mind, I couldn’t get off the couch. I couldn’t motivate myself to do anything but eat and watch T.V. The weather has been so cold lately that all I could do was wrap up in a blanket and hibernate for the night.

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Save Money with Homemade Chicken Stock

One of the most frequent purchases we had on our grocery list was chicken stock. We use it for everything! We even add it to the dogs food for extra flavor. My husband is a big fan of purchasing organic items so needless to say our shopping gets expensive. We eat a great deal of chicken in our house so I did some research and found that I could make my own stock using the bones of my roaster chickens. No idea why I didn’t think of this before! Chicken Stock 1

When making chicken stock I use a lot of vegetables, such as celery, carrots, and onions for flavor. To save money I save my vegetable scraps for making stock later. When you cut up an onion, instead of throwing the ends and peelings away, toss it into a freezer bag and toss it in the freezer. Do the same with celery and carrots. Use these in your stock rather than cutting up fresh vegetables. You get great flavor and color as well as lessen the waste with vegetables you already use frequently in your kitchen. Continue reading

How to Start Leading a Minimalistic Life

I was recently reading a post from a fellow blogger, SusieQ over at Family, Fun, Fitness & Food. Her most recent post is about empowering one another and not focusing on the competition that life often presents. It is beautifully written and really helped me remember why I choose to live my life the way I do.

Thinking about this reminded me of how rewarding it is to live a simple life, one that is minimalistic. One way that I have been working towards empowering myself is pushing aside possessions, pushing myself in new ways, and ridding myself of barriers that stop me from being happy.

So how can you take steps to lead a minimalistic life? Here are some beginning steps to begin the process: Continue reading