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Monday, November 3, 2014

Menu Plan Monday 11/3


I've been working hard this past month at changing my eating habits... which means that the rest of the family is benefiting, too, since I do all the cooking.  It's all good.  ;)

On Sunday morning, we tried these Cottage Cheese Mini Pancakes by Weelicious.  They got rave reviews in my house-- the kids couldn't figure out the mystery ingredient.  My daughter (a Type I Diabetic) had a whole plate of pancakes and low sugar syrup for only 42 carbs-- you can't beat that!

Here's the plan for this week:
For more ideas, check out Menu Plan Monday!



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Sunday, November 2, 2014

Healthier Me

Hello, blog land.  I haven't blogged much for a while now, and I do miss it.  It's ok, though, as I never wanted this blog to become a full-time thing.

So, recently, I've been working hard on my eating habits. Here's what's working for me:
  • I've successfully given up my daily Mountain Dew habit.  It's been a lot easier than I thought, actually.  In the past month, I've had three... and I only actually finished the first one of them.  The other two, I took a couple of sips, then decided it just didn't taste good so I didn't want to waste the calories on it.   I'm amazed at how something I used to drink daily (sometimes more than once a day) now doesn't taste good to me!
  • I am logging every single bite I eat into MyFitnessPal (free website/app).  I've used this in the past, and I know that any time I log my food, I automatically eat better.   Right now I'm on my 27th day straight of logging!
  • I used the The 17 Day Diet Breakthrough Edition to start my weight loss.  I followed the program about 90% for the first cycle of 17 days, then decided to transition to just watching what I eat instead of following the next cycle.  (I kept my coffee creamer, and I had a few other things that weren't 100% legal on the plan, but I still lost 9lbs in those 17 days!)  If I find that I start gaining or just not losing, I will definitely hop back on the 17 day wagon.  
  • I'm learning that many of my new food preferences fall under "clean eating" categories.  My tastes are definitely changing, and several of my old go-to snacks just taste... funny.   That definitely makes it easier to stay away from some of the bad stuff!
I'm working on this week's menu plan, and it will be up tomorrow for Menu Plan Monday.


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Monday, May 19, 2014

Recent Reads: The Miting



"The Miting" by Dee Yoder tells the story of Leah, a seventeen year-old Amish girl who has questions about the Amish lifestyle in which she has been raised.  She is not seeking the English life, but rather she is reading the Bible (a forbidden act) and developing her own faith.

"The Miting" is not the typical Amish fiction that I have read in the past... this story involves someone who leaves the faith, enters another church, waivers on that decision, pays the harsh consequences by being shunned in her own home, and then ultimately is forced to make life-changing decisions.   It wasn't a flowery picture of the fairy tale Amish life, but a gritty and realistic-feeling story about what it's really like to live with the multitude of rules and restrictions that the Amish must follow.  I appreciated that this wasn't a fairytale with a "perfect" ending. I was quickly drawn into this story and found myself considering things that I didn't know before-- like why can't an Amish girl read the Bible for herself?  

All in all, this was an excellent read and I will be looking for future books by Dee Yoder.

Get your own copy: The Miting by Dee Yoder will be available for FREE May 19 and $1.99 May 20-31 on Amazon Kindle! 

Disclaimer:  I was given a free copy of "The Miting" in exchange for posting my honest review during Kregel Publishing's Blog Tour of the book, May 19-23.  I will also post this review on Amazon and Good Reads.


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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

New Sample Site

Have you seen this new sample site?
I just got free samples at https://www.samplesource.com.   After answering a short survey, I was offered free hair products, a toothbrush, and two types of antacid.  You can choose to receive any one or all of the samples.


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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

A good CVS trip

Don't you love a good CVS run?

I hear all the time from people that they don't have time to do coupons.  Yes, you do.  Just a few minutes at home to organize your list and coupons, and then a few minutes in the store can really save you money on things that you would be buying anyway.

Yesterday I had a great ten-minute trip to CVS:

  • two Crest B toothpaste  (raincheck from last week when they ran out)
    • $5.69 each
    • on sale (raincheck) for $4.99
    • - $1 printable coupon on one
    • - $1 newspaper coupon on the other
    • - $2 coupon machine coupon off an $8 toothpaste purchase
    • and received $4 back in ECB on each one  
    • = better than free  
  • one Dawn dish soap
    • on sale for $.99
    • - $.25 newspaper coupon
    • = $.74 total
  • two Cadbury eggs  (my very favorite treat)
    • on sale, buy one get one free
    • =$.99 total for two
  • I had $1 in ECB to use
Grand total= $7.27 paid out of pocket, and I walked out with $8 in ECBs to spend next time.  I like to think of it as CVS paying me $.73 cents to take those things home.  THAT is my kind of shopping!  :)



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