Daily Roundup

Productivity:

  • Peeled and cut for various uses, 10 lbs of carrots
  • Cleaned out the refrigerator
  • Cleaned out the back of the truck – it was full of boxes, plastic and paper from the hardwood flooring.  I broke down the boxes and bundled them, gathered up the plastic, and separated the paper — all for recycling.  Also, this was done in 20 degree weather…

Nutrition:

  • Coffee
  • Cheddar cheese and Boar’s Head Pepperoni (I didn’t want to cook anything and make the guys jealous)
  • Spinach dip, guacamole, peppers
  • Primal Cavatini – zucchini, squash, mozzarella, sauce, pepperoni, ground grass-fed beef, parmesan, mushrooms

Budget:  Let’s not talk about the budget while the house is under renovation…

Tip:

  • Cooking things in bacon fat is one of the great culinary joys of life.  Cook up your bacon (preferably in a cast iron skillet and preferably nitrate-free bacon).  Strain the bacon fat through a fine mesh strainer into a Ball canning jar.  Store the jar in the fridge.  Whenever you need to cook something in bacon fat, nuke the jar in the microwave for a minute or so (depending on how much you have in your jar).  The point of straining the bacon fat is so you don’t end up with little pieces of bacon in your bacon fat jar.  This way, the bacon fat will stay good for a long time.  Remember, fat is your friend.  If you think you can’t eat bacon fat, or beef fat or any other kind of fat because it raises your cholesterol, you are mistaken.  Fat is what gives you your energy.  If you think carbs give you your energy, you are mistaken.  Educate yourself – http://www.proteinpower.com/drmike/ and http://www.marksdailyapple.com
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Published in: on December 1, 2010 at 8:05 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Tuesday, Friday?

Happy Tuesday!  I know that for many of you, this is your last day of the week– your Friday, if you will.  Have a nice holiday and vacation!  Since Jim was here sanding the drywall today, I decided to spend a few hours out of the house to avoid breathing in the dust.

First off, I went to Penzey’s Spices to get my free 1/2 cup jar of Arizona Dreaming spice — which seems like it might be similar to taco seasoning.  I’m not sure what I’ll use it for, but it was free!  While I was there I also picked up some Pacific Fine Ground Sea Salt.  Good stuff.  From there, I went to Bed, Bath and Beyond and bought felt furniture bottoms.  The floor we are going with is Bamboo and it is very soft and easily marked, thus felt furniture bottoms are a necessity.  Also, there will be no heeled shoes allowed on my floor!  I never thought I’d be a person who doesn’t allow people to wear their shoes in my house, but I need to protect my floor.  It’ll keep dirt out as well, so that’s a bonus 🙂

I had to stop in Birmingham to visit my friend at Tiger Shoe Repair to see if he could fix Nick’s brown Ecco dress shoes.  Sadly, he cannot fix them.  Nick has had them for years and definitely gotten his money’s worth, but it is always better for the budget if we can fix old shoes instead of buying new ones.

Then, I was on to the Somerset Collection — dangerous place for someone on a budget.  Alas, all I left with were a few freebies from Aveda (I’m on their email list), much to the disappointment of the Aveda shop girl, I’ll wager…

My final stop of the day was where I got my best deal!  For my birthday, DSW sent me a $5 gift certificate.  I also had a $10 rewards certificate from them.  I ended up buying a pair of Minnetonka Moccasins (my favorite!) for $9 out the door — they were on clearance and then an extra 40% off.  I saved $51.03!  Whether I actually needed another pair of Minnetonkas is neither here nor there for that price.  They will get worn, for sure.

When I got home there was another surprise for me in the mail – a free sample travel-size toothpaste from Tom’s of Maine.  I’m not a die-hard Tom’s of Maine person.  Not in the way I’m a die-hard Burt’s Bees person.  I actually don’t prefer Tom’s toothpaste because it still has sodium lauryl sulfate in it, so we use Jason brand.  But it is better that Colgate!  Today was a good day for the freebies 🙂  Thanks Aveda and Tom’s!

You’ll notice the Daily Roundup will be absent this week.  With Nick off of work this week (except today), all the work going on at my house, and the fact that it is a holiday week, I don’t have as much time to track and I don’t really want to know what my nutrition is like this week. 🙂  You only live once, and the holidays are meant to do just that.

I hope you’ll all check in once or twice during the rest of the week but if not, have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving.

Published in: on November 23, 2010 at 4:14 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Daily Roundup

This is actually for yesterday, but I was too tired to post before bed last night.

Productivity:

  • On the needles – finished the last pot holder in Nonie’s Christmas order.
  • Planned meals for the week and went grocery shopping

Nutrition:

  • 4 strips of nitrate-free bacon
  • coffee
  • salad with chicken and guacamole
  • strawberries with primal whipped cream
  • Simply Bliss Mint Chip coconut ice cream
  • Honey Hoisin pork tenderloin with mashed cauliflower, red wine
  • egg nog (yeah, this isn’t great but, ’tis the season!)

Budget:

  • Stayed under budget in total for Costco and Holiday Market.  I admittedly bought some things that were not necessary – the little Christmas pine tree, coconut ice cream, egg nog – but still ok because still under budget.
  • Stayed in and watched “Christmas Vacation” so didn’t spend money out.

Tip:

  • To clean stainless steel appliances, cut one lemon in half and sprinkle with salt.  Scrub the appliances with the lemon and they will be clean and sparkling.  As an added bonus, your kitchen will smell lemony fresh!

Daily Roundup

Productivity:

  • On the needles – Finished the third pot holder of Nonie’s order.  Hoping to start and finish the fourth and last one tomorrow.
  • Raked front lawn.

Nutrition:

  • 3 strips nitrate-free bacon
  • coffee
  • chocolate soy pudding (trying to use this up…), primal whipped cream (heavy whipping cream, tsp vanilla, tsp pure maple syrup)
  • German Sausage and Sauerkraut Casserole
  • Homemade Primal Beef Stew (beef, carrots, celery, onion, garlic beef stock), red wine
  • Royal Oak Brewery – beer!

Budget:

  • I didn’t leave the house, other than to go to the ROB, so pretty good.

Tip:

  • As promised, a replacement for your conditioner:  Mix 1 tbsp of Apple Cider Vinegar with 1 cup of water.  Rinse well.  Apple Cider Vinegar seals and smooths the hair follicles and as long as you rinse well you won’t smell like salad dressing. 🙂  I’ve been doing this and the baking soda and water mixture for months, never have to use a styling product, and my hair has never been healthier!

Daily Roundup

Productivity:

  • On the needles – Finished the second of four pot holders in Nonie’s Christmas order.  Two more to go!
  • Cooked and shredded three chicken breasts for daily salads for me and Nick.
  • Raked the back lawn.  Still have behind the garage and the front lawn to do…  Thankfully the trees are almost bare!


Nutrition:

  • 3 strips of nitrate-free bacon
  • coffee
  • 1 serving of German Sausage and Sauerkraut Casserole (http://busycooks.about.com/od/sausagerecipes/r/sausagekraut.htm – I use 2 lbs of sausage instead of one, raw sugar instead of brown)
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs with organic salted butter
  • figs covered in almonds (I suspect these were old, so threw the rest away)
  • Salad with shredded chicken and guacamole
  • String cheese
  • water

Budget:

  • I didn’t leave the house, so I didn’t spend any money!

Tip:

  • Instead of using shampoo, use 1 TBSP of baking soda diluted in 1 cup of water.  Commercial shampoos strip your scalp of its natural oils and contain parabens and other nasty things.  Beware — there is and adjustment period for your scalp and your hair may seem greasy at first.  This is normal.  This is your scalp balancing out oil production.  You will find you need to use this mixture less and less, often just giving your scalp a good scrub under warm water to move the oil around.  It is also important to brush your hair regularly with a boar bristle brush.  This also disperses the oil to the rest of your hair.  The other bonus is that baking soda is very cheap.  Think of all the money you’ll save!  You’ll be healthier for it too!  Check back tomorrow for a tip on a conditioner replacement.
Published in: on November 17, 2010 at 9:42 pm  Comments (2)  
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Another Day, Another Blog

Yeah, yeah.  I know what you’re thinking — assuming you’ve landed here because you know me.  Another. Blog.   How many does she have now?  2?  5?  10?   I’ve lost count myself!  Let’s leave it at 2, for now.

The purpose of this blog is to keep myself accountable.  In my nutrition.  In my productivity.  In my spending.  You see, I’m a housewife.  That means I spend my days exactly how I choose.  That also means, we live on one income.  Nowadays this seems to be unheard of.  But there was a time when living on one income was the norm.  What happened?  I think we got greedy and spending habits went out of control, thus the need to bring in more money.

Anyone who knows me knows that I’ve gone through jobs like crazy.  I’ve had one job for every year out of college.  Why?  I get bored and I feel like I am wasting my life because I’m not doing what I should be.  What should I be doing?  No idea.  That’s the problem.  But I’ll say this: the job of “housewife” is the best job I’ve ever had.  The hours are awesome, the work is fulfilling and the boss is pretty easy-going.  Maybe this is the job I’m meant to do.  However, in order to keep this job, I need to be productive and I need to run the household under budget so that a second income is not necessary.  This blog will keep me accountable in those areas and hopefully show everyone else that money does not equal happiness.  Living life to the fullest equals happiness and that is different for everyone.

So welcome to the Happy Beehive!  Being a housewife also means I’ll have plenty of time to update this little blog, so visit often!

Published in: on November 17, 2010 at 4:03 pm  Comments (1)  
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