I am still alive and could not be happier!

January 17, 2016

Well, it has been awhile….

Our family moved to Chicago, sold a business, started a new job,  a new school and now it is 2016! 

I have stopped blogging for a while because of all the fantastic changes. It has been quite a year for us and we would not change it for the world. 

I was offered an unbelievable opportunity in Chicago with my current company and my husband decided to sell his business and be a stay at home dad. 

There is not a day that goes by where he does not love being home with our two boys. At first I was so worried and felt so bad for him. He still does not understand why. Mainly, because it is a job I could never do. 

I have no patience, get cabin fever like no other (that’s the Sagittarius in me) and am very career driven. I like to be the best at whatever I do….and to be honest, being a mother is one role that I constantly feel like I am failing at. 

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Easy Homemade Butter

April 30, 2015

I am always on a mission to make my own food when I can. I like to do everything myself, can’t you tell?!  

Most of the time, making your own food is cheaper and does not take up too much time. Money and time are the two key factors in making most of my decisions. I need more or have to save more!

If I do know that a product does not cost much more to buy, the ingredients are minimal and healthy, and it will save me time….then I will get that sucker any day!

Unfortunately, to buy healthy products usually tends to be more costly and honestly, rightfully so. These are usually high quality products that involve a lot of love and labor. 

Not too long ago I was on a quest to make my own butter and stumbled upon this recipe (I google things a lot)….We (ok my husband) tweaked it a bit to really make it easier. 

This butter not only tastes great, but there are no additives or preservatives. Only one ingredient and I feel like it lasts us forever! Continue Reading…

Why do I run out of everything all at once? But, at least I found some great all natural deals!

April 8, 2015

(please note: this is a sponsored post, see disclosure)

 

Doesn’t it always seem that you run out of everything all at once? And, it’s always at the most inconvenient time too, right? Murphy’s Law.

My husband is out of town for work and it seems like I have run out of everything this week. Why this week? The one week I don’t have any extra time to run to the store. Of course. 

I typically love to order items online….when I actually plan ahead (seems to be more rare these days). I have not had that luxury this week. So, to add insult to injury, I thought I would see how much extra money I spent by getting everything at the store instead of online. 

If you have some time this week, this list might come in handy.

Laundry Detergent – I make my own (post on that soon), but I did have to buy one ingredient, a bar of soap. Everything else I had on hand. Here’s a great deal online if you have the luxury of not needing it right now

Dr Bronner’s Bar Soap $4.29 ($4.69) plus 4% cash back 

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Hairspray – I love the Giovanni organic hair-line. If you are local to Columbus you can get the line at Giant Eagle or Lucky’s Market. Vitacost is  about $2.00 cheaper than either store. 

Giovanni Hair Spritz $5.09 ($7.95) plus 4% cash back

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Diapers – I love the Babyganics line at Target. The diapers do not have all the harsh chemicals and they are such a reasonable price. Also, make sure you subscribe to the target mobile coupons and Cartwheel for even more savings!

BabyGanics size 3 diapers $27.99 plus .05% cash back. You can get an extra $5 off with the Red Card and free shipping. If you don’t have the Red Card they have free shipping for an order of $25 or more.

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Tampons – I try to use only organic tampons. Since these suckers are going in my body, I thought I really should go organic on these! Yes, a little more expensive but a lot less chemicals involved. I usually get these at the community market by my house, but this is actually a pretty good deal. Noted for next month!

Natracare Organic Tampons $4.99 ($5.99-$7.79) plus 4% cash back

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Gifts – Ok, so I did not have to go out and buy this today. I actually saw that they are having a sale on Melissa and Doug toys at Target. I love their toys and have been looking for a magnetic doll for my son who is 4. I am loving this for him and all the birthday parties he has to go to. 

Melissa & Doug Joey Magnetic Dress – Up Doll $11.04 ($12.99) plus .05% cash back. An additional 5% off and free shipping with the Red Card.

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I also ran out of a handful of food items and gas. But, overall, I did not do too bad. I could have saved $3 plus earned cash back, along with the comfort of shopping in my own home (PRICELESS). Hopefully you won’t run out of everything at the same time and can save some $$$.

Hopefully, no more last-minute trips to the store, but it’s only Wednesday…..

Enjoy!

10 All Natural Deals, Articles, and Tips for this Week

March 29, 2015

Some great all natural deals, articles, and tips for this week! 

1. Large Natural and Organic Samples, Pick any 3 for $2 each and get Free Shipping!
Abe’s Market is one of my go to sites for all natural and organic products. They have great sales, promotions, and three samples are only $6, plus free shipping. You can’t beat that. 

2. Cork Small Dial Watch with Crystals $26.25 ($35.00).
Super cute watch that is perfect for Springtime. I am always on the lookout for cheap watches and sunglasses since I either lose or break them often! Plus Abe’s Market has free shipping right now for any order over $29.

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