Distract Yourself From Food

Sand Art 4

So it has been a rainy Saturday and I have been wanting to snack all day. It has been driving me crazy. I totally caved a couple of times and I’m regretting that now because I feel like crap. I decided to go through my “save for later” bookmarks on Facebook and saw this idea I saved to make baking soda artwork. My husband has been playing on his computer Sand Art 1and writing all day so our time spent together has been pretty much non-existent today. I took control of the situation!
Baking soda art is simple and easy to do. I live on a river in the Chesapeake Bay so the water is brackish (salt and fresh water mixed). We have seahorses, oysters, dolphins, and crabs here so I wanted to make a couple of pieces that remind me of where I live. I chose a seahorse and sand dollar. Really the sand dollar was chosen because I got tired after the seahorse haha. Here is how I made the dough: Continue reading


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

One Income, Once a Month – Budget

So it’s that time of month again, budget time. I have been pretty lazy with our budget for the past two months and our accounts definitely show it. I was absent from here yesterday because I spent the day cleaning my kitchen. I am so behind on my spring cleaning challenge!

I have decided to mix things up a bit with how I use my budget this month, and I have chosen to use the cash envelope system. I get paid once per month which seemed nearly impossible at first and my husband is still writing his book so this is not bringing in income yet. We are working off of one income, once per month. Once that money is gone, it’s gone. When I first started working my current job trying to budget this once a month income was really hard. We ran out of money countless times and I had to turn to little sources of income which were insignificant but helped in the long run. My favorite is Swagbucks, I’ll do a post on this later. I earn at least $10 a month on this little site and I choose Amazon gift cards since I am a Prime member. Its fabulous!

Anyway, back to my budget. Continue reading

Day #1 Spring Cleaning Challenge

What a day already!

My students were banging around at 8am and woke me up (I live in a dorm apartment). I think they forgot I’m on spring break still. I “forgot” to do the dishes last night so I woke up to a disaster of a kitchen and couldn’t make coffee until that was done. I then started a load of laundry and found out our washer is leaking. We were able to get a repair man over here pretty quickly only to find out the washer is fine, the drain is clogged. *duh, face palm* So now we have to wait for a plumber tomorrow, hopefully. I’m sure it is a simple fix with a snake but we try not to do repairs around here that aren’t straight forward. We are fortunate enough to not have to pay for repairs where we live.

So this leads me to the Spring Cleaning Challenge Day #1, bathrooms! Continue reading