I hate paying full price for things! I love discounts! I can only afford to shop as much as I would like if I get discounts. So here are some of my favorite sites to share with you! Please note these sites are my personal choice for shopping and are no way affiliated or sponsoring this blog. All of these sites are free to sign up.
www.BookBub.com This site provides discounted and free online books to read. You sign up online and they send you a daily email with offers. Most books are Free-$2.99.
www.BradsDeals.com This site provides a random selection of goods from clothing to furniture at the lowest possible online price available. Sign up online and they send daily emails with a selection of random deals for the day. Trust me when I tell you these are good prices! I have done my own searches to price compare.
www.Zulily.com This site features sales by brand. Mostly it showcases clothing, shoes and accessories for women and children. But sometimes home goods and furniture. Again, I can verify the great deals to be found on this site!
www.Choxi.com This site is features a random array of items at discounted prices. Even better everything has a flat $2 shipping fee. If you sign up, you will often receive emails with free shipping offers or discount coupons to use on your purchases.
www.Overstock.com This website has a great variety from home items to clothing and jewelry. This site has a great selection of items at discounted prices. Most items ship for free.
www.Hayneedle.com This site has a vast array of home items, furniture and décor. Great prices and most items ship for free. This site also builds up rewards to be used on future purchases for any purchases you make.
Enjoy your shopping experience!
I love Thanksgiving. Not only do I get to spend time with the people I love, but I also get to eat. And boy do I eat! This holiday usually offers up a glorious selection of food that makes staying healthy difficult But when you over-indulge, it puts a tremendous amount of stress on your body. It also makes you feel like a slug.
The good news is there are things you can do to minimize the effects. For starters, get up in the morning and eat a healthy breakfast. Then an hour or so later fit in some exercise. There are many local Turkey Trots you can sign up for that include both a walk and run. You can make it a family affair and take everyone with you. Some families even hold a flag football tournament that morning. Do whatever it takes to get moving.
If you are cooking the meal, there are things you can do to make it more healthy. Use a fat free chicken broth to make the gravy and baste your turkey. Plain yogurt can be substituted for cream in mashed potatoes, and stevia can be used instead of sugar in baked goods. If you have picky eaters you can stick with your tried and true recipes, but maybe cut down on the amount of butter, sugar, and salt that you are using.
The real test begins when the meal is served. Our eyes tend to be bigger than our stomachs and you may want to try every single option. Please don't. Instead, survey the food and decide what is most appealing. If there's something that you can eat any day of the year then skip it. Instead go for the holiday specialties like stuffing, turkey, and cranberry sauce. Choose portions sizes that are normal for you and eat your food slowly. Savor the moment.
After the meal spend some quality time with your loved ones. My family likes to play board games and tease each other. We have even been known to go for a walk in the neighborhood to further digest the meal. Remember that this holiday is all about giving thanks for our lives and the people in them. I hope you have a blessed and healthy holiday!!
I love to scroll through Facebook and see photos of friend and family, read the occasional joke, and laugh at the silly cartoons. Every once in a while something more serious catches my attention. I want to duplicate it on this blog so that we can have a conversation about it.
Several of my female friends and I were just complaining about these very things at work. We get ourselves so upset about elements of our lives and it makes us resent our family members. Reading this list after complaining with my colleagues made me feel guilty for taking my life for granted. As the latest terminology calls them “first world problems”.
I realized that our problems really are all about perspective. My friends tease me because when they complain, I always point out that it could be worse and give them an example. For example, one of my friends was complaining about her child vomiting on her living room carpet. I told her it could have been worse. When she asked how, I described in vivid detail how when I was a child, I always tried to run to the bathroom while vomiting, so I left a trail on the carpet in the kitchen, the family room, the den and the bathroom! My mother would be so upset that I just did not stand in one spot and make the mess. I was joking, but maybe I should take my own advice more seriously.
We get caught up in our lifestyle and routines and often forget that there are many people in the world struggling to make ends meet, do not have families to share their lives with and some do not have homes to live in. When we live our lives comfortably, we forget to appreciate them!
I encourage you to print this list or make it your background or post it somewhere you will see it often to remind you to be grateful for what you have. It does make all of those chores a little bit easier when you view them from a grateful perspective.
When trying to eat healthy, most of us will reach for the greens. Vegetables such as spinach, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts are all wonderful sources of vitamins and minerals. We need them in our diets. But what about the humble sweet potato? It too is chock full of wonderful nutrients such as:
That's a lot of nutritional punch for such a small potato! What's more, it's low in calories (about 110) and easy to prepare. Try microwaving it, roasting it, or mashing it. You can even add it to soups or salads.
There are numerous wonderful charities in the world. I get mail on almost a daily basis with return address stickers, notepads and information about their organizations. It is not possible to fund them all and I will never use that many return address labels in the rest of my lifetime. How do you choose who to help?
I choose to be selective to the ones that have personal meaning to me. I pick organizations that fund and research medical problems that members of my family are suffering from and send a budgeted amount of money to them. Finding money to budget can be challenging. You can give money directly or fundraise for the charity of your choice. Doing odd jobs or sell crafts, meals and baked goods to earn money to donate is always an option.
You can choose to rotate your charities. If you gave generously to one charity this year, maybe pick a different charity or organization for next year. Also consider giving a little money to many different charities.
If money is not in your budget to donate, there are other ways to support charities. You can volunteer for their organization and volunteer at their events. Your local hospitals, shelters, food banks or hospice centers are always looking for volunteers. Advertising events via email, social media and posters in your neighborhood and work area (when permitted) is a great contribution to charities. Donating gently used items to your local charities and making meals for low income families in your area are also great ways to be charitable.
You can coordinate a fundraiser and recruit others to help you. For example, I live in a very large neighborhood. This fall, I am putting together a group to collect non-perishable food items to donate to our local food bank for Thanksgiving. This winter, I plan to use the same group to gather winter clothing and boots for our local shelter. The only thing this will cost me is time, but minimal time with a big impact when I recruit others to help.
However you choose to help, please choose to help!
Color is everywhere. Everyone has a favorite color. Did you know that color has been scientifically proven to affect mood? Most of us want to paint rooms in our homes to meet our taste and style. Some are afraid to get too colorful or bold. Natural colors, light browns, taupe and white are great when you are planning to sale your home. But while you are living in your home, make it more you and stimulate your senses!
It's depressing to think about death but I'm about to go there. That's because lately it seems like a lot of people I know are passing away. What's more, they were all relatively young and left behind family members and, I'm guessing, some pretty hefty medical bills.
It got my practical side thinking. How on earth are their families paying off their bills? Life insurance could be the answer. Life insurance can do all of the following:
The good news is life insurance is pretty affordable. The bad news is many policies require a health screening before you can enroll. That's why it's important to set up a policy before you develop serious health issues. When you do that the policy is a lot less expensive and is usually good for at least 10 years.
Before you set one up, think about your goals. Do you have coverage through your work? If so this will likely cover your funeral expenses. You might then just need coverage for any debts that may incur. Of course, you have to play a guessing game. It's tough to predict illnesses like cancer but when they occur they can be quite costly!
I suggest you find a policy that you can comfortably afford. If you're hoping to supplement your retirement then it should also be one that you can add money to and earn interest on. Some annuities even offer long term care riders which will help to defray the outrageous costs of a nursing home.
The bottom line is we, as humans, are fragile beings that can die at any moment. Instead of worrying about it set up a policy to give yourself peace of mind. Your family will thank you!
Sometimes we avoid trying new foods because we do not know how to prepare them. For me, that food was spaghetti squash. I tried it last year when a friend brought it to work for her lunch. I liked it, but I had to admit that I did not know even what it looked like at the grocery store or how to prepare it myself. Of all places, I learned how to prepare it on YouTube! It was so simple and easy, that I thought I would share with you.
If you need even more reason, spaghetti squash has only 20 calories per serving compared to pasta at over 100 calories per serving! Spaghetti squash originated in China and is very high in vitamin A, C, B, thiamin and folic acid.
Probiotics, or healthy bacteria, have become quite popular these days. And with good reason. The average American has killed off a large percentage of their healthy gut bacteria by the time they reach 30. The result can be a diverse set of symptoms that include gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, nausea, headaches, skin rashes, and a greater susceptibility to colds and the flu.
Why does this occur? One of the biggest culprits is our diet. Things like fast food, sugar, artificial sweeteners, and alcohol can wipe out the good guys. This allows the bad bacteria (mostly yeast) to grow. Antibiotics also have this effect. They not only kill an infection but also the good bacteria in our gut. That's why some women end up with a yeast infection after taking a round of antibiotics.
Yeast is not necessarily a bad thing. Some yeast is good for us and experts agree that about 20% of it should be in our gut at all times. The problem is when yeast takes over our digestive system. This shuts down our natural elimination and immune processes, causing problems.
If you are suffering from any of the above symptoms then probiotics may help. They can be consumed naturally in food items such as kefir (liquid yogurt) or kimchi (fermented cabbage). If you opt for yogurt be sure to select the unsweetened option. An over-the-counter pill is another option. If you choose to go that route make sure the pill has a lot of different strains of bacteria. Your doctor is a great resource for selecting a pill.
Remember, a healthy gut makes for a happy body and a fierce immune system.
I grew up around guns. Everyone in my family was not only aware of them, but knew how to handle them and how to be safe with them. Owning guns is a very controversial topic. I truly believe everyone is entitled to their opinion. If you are not a fan of guns, that is ok with me. If you are a huge fan of guns, that is ok with me..
Women choose to be around guns for many reasons. Some are interested in personal protection. Others are interested in target shooting. Some may even enjoy the sport of hunting. I personally grew up with all three of these reasons. The purpose of this blog is to give your information if you are curious about guns.
I find that often the reason women do not like guns is that they are afraid of them. If that is your reason, I encourage you to conquer your fears and find a local shooting range to teach you how to safely handle and shoot a gun. Often women have fathers, brothers or significant other’s available to teach them about handling firearms. Once you have been introduced to guns, then you can make an informed decision about whether or not you would like to continue being around firearms.
I recently joined a women’s only gun league called A Girl & A Gun. This organization was founded in Texas, but there are several branches of it throughout the United States. The thing I love about this group is that it brings novices and experienced women together to learn about guns. In our group, we have classes on how to handle a gun, how to clean a gun and how to safely shoot a gun. There are also advanced courses offered, but everything starts with basics.
There are cardinal rules when handling any gun.
Autumn is may favorite season. I try to do as much as I can but the weeks tend to go by fast. Since it's such a short season, why not make the best of it? Below is a mini "bucket list" of things to do to enjoy fall while we still can:
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