Woolzies Dryer Balls – Review & Giveaway!


Disclosure:  I received this product for free as part of a review and giveaway opportunity. The opinions in my review are honest and my own and I would never recommend a product I would not personally use and purchase myself.

It’s funny how a bit of time can change things.  Just over a year ago, I was probably just like a lot of busy moms, just using products that I had grown up with because I didn’t have the time or energy to research alternatives.  With health challenges in our home and the desire to find more natural ways of cleaning, eating and caring for our bodies I was thrilled with the opportunity to try Woolzies Dryer Balls. [Read more...]

Autumn Bliss – Giveaway


I cannot tell you how happy I am to share with you a book that will add to your Fall season:

Autumn Bliss – Over 200 ways to celebrate the Fall Harvest Season through faith, home, and family,”  by Denise Thompson and Lori Ramsey.

It is always fun to share a really good book with my readers that I know will inspire them, but even MORE fun and exciting when it is a blogger that I have a personal friendship with.

Both Denise and Lori are Godly women who share a desire to transform the hearts of other women, especially in the home.  I am thrilled to say that this book hits a home run!  You will be comforted to know that you can slow the pace down in your home this fall season and enjoy some fun family activities that will not only be enjoyable, but will not break the bank. [Read more...]

DIY “Good For You” Body Wash


I am all about getting a good shower in, sometimes I get so smelly during the day I take two – yep – not very frugal!  It never fails though, if I decide to “wait” to shower until I’ve taken my run or had my session of exercise for the day – it can be dangerous for those around me.  I honestly don’t ever feel quite right until I’ve had my shower.

Oh, and the other part of the secret here is that when I do exert myself…… I sweat like a pig -seriously.  It is disgusting.  I think it must have something to do with my German heritage – or at least that is what I want to believe.  This whole talk of showering and sweating reminded me of a funny story that happened when my husband and I were dating…

We were in the beginning of a workout together at the local L.A. Fitness, both climbing on the stair machine, when I caught a whiff of something really “STANKY” – I mentioned it to my hubby {AKA, boyfriend at the time} and he said that he smelled it.  We continued on and it was getting worse – I was getting all in a bother about how bad it stunk.  It was horrible.  How embarrassing for someone to be smelling like that I thought, as I peered those who were close by me.  Then all of a sudden, my boyfriend pointed out that it was me! [Read more...]

Magical Bean Recipes Rescue the Budget


We’ve been making some changes in our home with regard to the food we eat over the past month.  We’ve gone to drinking raw milk, eating only pastured eggs, grass-feed beef and cutting back on unnecessary snacks.  There are many reasons for this choice and I will share more in the weeks to come as I journey this new frontier for our family.

But, one thing I have discovered is our food budget is being stretched – real food is more expensive.  Instead of paying $2.98 for a gallon of milk, we are paying $9.99 for a gallon of raw milk.  Eggs are no different – $4.69 for a dozen instead of $1.59.  I have had to look for ways to reduce my food budget and one of those ways is to use more beans!  Yep, that magical fruit!

I wanted to share with you two recipes I’ve been using and love.  One is a recipe for Black Beans that I have adapted from eMeals and the other is for homemade refried beans.  I’ve been making batches of these beans in the crock pot and then freezing them so I have a stock pile of ready made food available.  They are easy to make, can be done during the day while I am doing other things and it saves us money, they taste better and are better for us! [Read more...]

The Big Secret {Day Thirty-One}


Day Thirty-One: 31 Days to Becoming a Frugalista – Live Well While Spending Less

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This series will soon be available as an ebook – watch for it and get all the great tips, secrets and ways you can DREAM big too!

Are you good at keeping secrets?  I guess I would have to say that I am, because I’ve had a secret I’ve been keeping to myself for quite a few months and have been waiting to share it with you all.  I know you will want to celebrate with me, but I had to create the right atmosphere to share it in.

Dream Big

You see, the 31 Day series was about finding ways to save money, learning to live well by spending less than we need to.  Some of us need to learn to spend less because we just don’t have it to spend.  Others want to learn to spend less in order to create more to share with others, plan for a vacation or dream for something even bigger than that. [Read more...]