Saturday, June 25, 2011

Our Peach Tree!!

 We have peaches growing in our backyard!
I'm excited b/c this is the first year it's had fruit on it.
I never knew what kind of fruit tree it was!
Here's the whole awesome tree.
Not much to it right?
I picked them early,,, oh well. :)
These are the only edible things growing in my backyard.
And they taste so wonderful!!
 Thank you God for this homegrown sweetness.
 And here are my doggies!!
Ruger loves to play fetch.
Usually with a tennis ball though.
Ruger's been running around with a peach.
Playing with food. Silly dog. :D
They love to chill out.
Always in that exact spot.
Every day, they lay right there.
Yeah, my dogs keep me company,,,
when hubby's at work.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Tips to Save Money at the Grocery Store

It's so easy to go to the grocery store, spend $100 and and ask yourself "What in the world did I buy?"
I've really enjoyed saving money lately (who wouldn't) and I want to share some of the tips that I've done to keep my spending down.

~Coupon! Look in the sunday paper for coupon fliers like Smart Source, Red Plum, and P&G. Also look online for coupons either on brand websites (like or coupon websites (like

~I like to clip coupons I know I'll probably use and keep them in my coupon binder. I then file my coupon fliers to go back to if I know a coupon is in a certain Smart Source or Red Plum.

~Visit blogs that list coupon match-ups to weekly sales at your grocery store. A couple of great blogs for my area are (Julie!!) and They list match-ups for stores I visit often: Hy-Vee and Price Chopper.

~Hy-Vee will give you the total amount of a coupon if the item's sale price is less. Ex: Masterpiece BBQ on sale for $.79. I have a coupon for $1.00 off. They will apply the overage of $.21 to my bill. I just made 21 cents on that item!! When I tried this at Price Chopper they just gave me the $.79 off.

~Match your coupons to weekly sales! This is especially helpful if your stores don't double coupons. (No stores around me double!)

~Create a monthly cash budget for groceries and try to stick to it. (I've gone a little over this month, but I makes me aware of what I've spent.)

~Try a month of Kitchen Cupboard Cooking. I've done this a couple of times and love it! I use up a lot of food that's been sitting around. Plus, saves money. Try to just buy essentials like milk and produce.

~Plan shopping trips for when you're already out (like before or after work) and make a route that won't have you backtracking. Saves on gas!

~Go early in the morning, the first day of the sale. You won't have to fight the crowd and you're guaranteed that they won't be sold out of an item you want. (You know it's a good deal when they sell out!) I don't go to work until noon on Thursdays, and that's the day when most sales start where I live.)

~With all I've done I usually leave a store saving way more than I spent. Ex: Price Chopper, spent $6, saved $12. When I average out the price of each item it usually comes to about $1 per item! $1 for 24 bottles of water, $1 for a big box of Kellogg's cereal, $1 for olive oil...

~It will take a few months to get your own system down, but when you get good at it you'll be excited with all the money saved! Next step... put that money in savings. :D

Monday, June 6, 2011

Detox Diet Day 1

    I just started my detox meal plan. And it's quite challenging! Why detox? To cleanse out the body of all the toxins we take in every day. (Even though our liver and kidneys do a great job of this naturally). Also, I want to see if removing certain thing from my diet will help me to feel better. Sometimes I feel tired, and I get headaches all the time!
     For my detox I'm cutting out practically everything for the fist few days.(a week if I can make it that long)
What I can't eat: Dairy, Wheat, Gluten, Meat, Chocolate and Sugar
What's left: Fruits, Veggies, Nuts, Seeds, Rice, EVOO, spices...
     It's hard to give up dairy b/c I have milk EVERY morning with my oatmeal. I love cereal. I like yogurt for a snack. And cheese on my salads is a must.
    I also love chocolate and always raid the freezer for pieces of dark chocolate bars, or chocolate chips. So, it will be hard not having chocolate.
    It's not hard to forgo sugary foods, and I'm not a big meat eater, although I do enjoy it b/c it helps fill me up!

     Here's what i've had to eat today:
     -Oatmeal w/ flaxseed, cinnamon and blueberries
     -Smoothie w/ water, frozen strawberries, banana, endo 24, pb2
     -1/2 grapefruit
     -organic red grapes
     -organic gala apple
     -spinach salad w/ vinaigrette, raspberries, cucumber, organic carrots, tomato, sunflower seeds and sliced almonds
     -rice cake
     -Brown rice w/ frozen corn & broccoli, EVOO and seasoning
     -water and green tea
     -multivitamin and supplements

And I feel full and pretty darn good! We'll see if I can keep this up. I know I don't have an exact plan, but I've got some good books from the library for ideas and recipes.

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