Monday, July 28, 2014

Money Monday: Meal Planning

If you’re new to my blog, you can click the links below to read the previous posts in my Money Monday series.
  1. New Series: Money Monday
  2. Discovering Dave Ramsey
  3. Setting a Budget
  4. Dave Ramsey’s Seven Baby Steps
  5. The Struggle Is Real

In my last Money Monday post, I talked about struggling with such a strict budget, especially our tiny grocery budget. To quickly update you—my mindset has been more positive lately, so I've been better able to take it all with a grain of salt. It is what it is for now! I know we’re making progress with paying off our debt and that’s what matters most.

I also mentioned meal planning, which is what today’s post is all about. I swear by meal planning! I've found that it’s absolutely essential for sticking to our budget. I must ask, are you a meal planner? If not, you really should give it a try. The best thing since sliced bread, I promise you. Having a meal plan takes the stress out of dinnertime. When you already know what you’ll be making, it’s just go-time. No hee-hawing around because we all know that leads to bad decision making—also known as fast food or takeout. Ugh!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

The Liebster Award

Hi you guys!! I had such a long and busy week, so I’m super happy it’s the weekend. Hope yours is off to a great start!

Earlier this week, Ashley from The Recipe Rebel contacted me to say she nominated me for the Liebster Award. What’s a Liebster Award you ask? It’s a way for bloggers to get to know one another and for readers to learn a little more about the bloggers they follow. Love this idea.

So, it’s my turn to reveal 11 random things about me that you don’t already know. I've already told you 63 random things about me back in December, so I’m going to have to rack my brain on this one. After listing my new random facts, I’ll answer the 11 questions Ashley posted on her Liebster Award post.

Then I happily get to select 11 other food bloggers for them to reveal 11 random facts about themselves + answer my 11 questions. Oh, and for them to nominate 11 more bloggers. Such a great way to learn about the bloggers you may already follow, or learn about new blogs. So fun!

Okay. Let’s roll! 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Kale & Blueberry Salad

Another Salad Sunday for you today!! It’s no secret salads are one of my favorite go-to meals. Healthy with a punch of flavor—you just can’t go wrong! Oh, and that fantastic healthy-full feeling that I love so much.

With salads I always want to go all-out and add tofu, nuts, seeds, raisins—you name it—but we keep it simple ‘round these parts for the sake of moo-lah. I realllly wish we could squeeze a salad into every meal plan, but it’s actually kind of difficult on a $40 weekly grocery budget. I’m working with small potatoes here, folks. Typically any meal that costs more than $5 is out of the question. That’s $5 for two people…talk about slim pickings!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Love Yourself

Thank you to Greg Dupuie Photography!!

I’m disappointed in myself. And society. Why?! Because I look at this picture of myself with my sweet and beautiful niece, and I immediately start picking myself apart. At first glance, the picture is gorgeous, but then I look closer.

…and closer.