Wednesday, February 3, 2016

How to improve your energy and health


There are many degrees of health when it comes to people.  From the gym rats who survive off of protein shakes & organic food, to the people who eat only fast food and consider walking to the car exercise.  And all sorts of variations and combinations in between.  Until recently, I've always considered myself on the more healthy side of average.  Although our habits could be better, we don't eat out very often, and buy little processed food since most of our meals are made from scratch.  When it comes to exercise we live a busy life and don't always get specific exercises in, but we don't sit on the couch all day either.  No matter where you're at in this spectrum there's a way that you can easily improve your health and energy, it's simple, anyone can do it, and it will make a drastic difference!  Here's how-

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Peanut Butter Bars




Every once in awhile I get a craving for these tasty peanut butter bars.  Since they contain oatmeal I feel a little less guilty about eating them- because that makes them healthy right?  They are similar to the kinds served in school cafeterias, however I think these are better.  Here's the recipe-

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

How to make a custom slipcover



Do you have some furniture around your house that has seen better days?  Sturdy, but stained, out dated colors, ripped or starting to get worn out to the point that it's time to cover it or get rid of it?  Well here's how you can make your own customized slipcover and turn that chair or couch into a brand new looking one.  Best of all the slipcover is easy to take off and wash!

Friday, January 22, 2016

SCOTT® 1000 & Dollar General Digital Coupons


If you missed my last post on the Dollar General Coupon app and SCOTT® products you need to check this out.  Saving money is always nice, and why not do it when it's so easy!?? it's money that stays in your wallet!  And for a limited time you can get SCOTT® paper towels and bath tissue in bonus packs- that means even more savings. Here's the instructions and links you'll want to check out.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Jicama Fries


Last week in our Bountiful Basket we got 2 Jicama's...... I think it's the first time I've ever had one in my house.  I've probably only ever even tried one once or twice on a veggie tray at someone elses's house.  So when I had 2 good sized ones in my basket it was time to turn to Pinterest!  That's where I found many ideas for Jicama- but the one I decided to try was Jicama Fries.....

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Valentine's Day door hanger made for $1



It's time to start decorating for Valentine's Day seeing how it's a month away. I've made a goal recently to make or buy a new door hanger/wreath etc for each holiday or season this year.  Originally my idea was to make fabric flowers and glue them in a heart shape.... but on what? cardboard? Not sure how well that'd hold up outside on the door.  Then the other day a friend and I went to the dollar store and I saw this super cute heart chalkboard!  For $1 it was worth the investment to see what I could do with it!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Don't judge a cake by it's frosting


My husband's birthday is January 9th, and being so close to Christmas we typically don't have a lot of extra money to spend on a nice gift for him.  He's totally okay with this fact, but that just doesn't fly with me! So each year I make him a gourmet birthday cake- whatever flavor/etc he wants.  It's pretty fun because typically our family doesn't eat cake very often so this once a year splurge is easy to justify.  And it's fun to get my creative baking on!  Usually the cakes each year turn out amazing in both flavor and appearance, this year however, not so much in the appearance.  But don't judge this cake by it's frosting appearance.... it was probably one of the best tasting ones I've ever made!

Friday, January 8, 2016

Olive Garden Zupa Copycat recipe


Winter is soup season in "JoDeeland", unfortunately my husband is not a fan of soups so I don't make them as often as I'd like to.  We do make them quite often when he's working at night though.  Last night was one of those times.  It's been raining a lot here lately and that makes perfect weather for soup!  Typically the soups we make are veggie, tomato, chowder, chili, and of course my amazing recipe for Olive Garden's Chicken Gnocchi soup.  But last night we were in the mood for something different.  So Pinterest to the rescue and soon we came across the inspiration of making a Olive Garden Zupa soup copycat.  After looking at a couple recipes I came up with my own recipe- it's soup- really it's not rocket science.  And the results were probably the best soup I've ever made, one to rival my famous Chicken Gnocchi soup!  Here's the recipe:

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Dollar General Savings app & SCOTT® Products


Do you shop at Dollar General? Do you use Scott products? If the answer is yes, keep reading- I'm about to save you some money!  If the answer is no, read this post and you may want to start!
In the small town we live in Dollar General is the closest store to go to for a few quick things like milk, or that late night ice cream craving when I was pregnant.  When you watch their ads you will find that they regularly have sales with prices better than the bigger grocery stores.  And now they have digital coupons that can help you save even more!  Here's the scoop-

Monday, January 4, 2016

A year of Awesome, 52 week challenge


Last year I provided you with a 52 week challenge where each week I shared a task list to help you accomplish a few different things such as: clean/organize your house, save some money, get projects done, try a new recipe, make new friends or strengthen old relationships, build your food storage, and personal development.
Linked here are all 52 weeks of tasks so that you can go to each week's link to do that week in detail.  Good Luck!

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