Garden & Weight Update – Life is Thriving

Garden Update

Good evening everyone! I am so excited with our gardens progress. We have been putting Garden Update 3so much work into it and it has sometimes been tiring. We have to carry them inside and outside every day since we don’t have a greenhouse. In the short time we have been gardening we have never seen so much success starting from seeds. I know that some of our plants are ready for their containers but we don’t have the rest of our supplies to transfer them over yet. We are hoping they can handle their little pots a little while longer.  Continue reading

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How I Earn Extra $$$ Each Month

One of the websites that I absolutely LOVE is Swagbucks. It is very easy to earn Swagbucks and cash them in for gift cards. I always go with Amazon gift cards. I have been using this site for years, pretty much since it started. I log in each morning and complete the Daily Poll and the Daily Offers to earn SB (Swagbucks) and once I have 500 I cash them in for a $5 gift card to Amazon. I earn around $25 a month using this program and I barely do any work. Here is what I typically do to earn SB: Continue reading

Ugly is the New Pretty

Why do all the fruits and vegetables look the same when we go shopping? Do you ever go to the store and see the rows of vegetables and fruits neatly stacked building a pyramid of oranges or apples? This is what I grew up seeing as a child and still see this as an adult. I never thought about these displays until this morning when I read an article from National Geographic. I highly recommend reading it!

53% of Food is Wasted

When you sit back and look at the world, around 800 million people are hungry and 53% of food is wasted (National Geographic). That 53% includes anything from vegetables not picked and put on the truck to what we throw away in our fridge. We are all guilty of tossing that bruised apple we forgot about, right? 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

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