Homemade Sweet Potato Dog Chews

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I was at the pet store the other day and noticed Sweet Potato Dog Chews for $7.99 a bag and thought … huh? I could totally do that! It looked just like dehydrated sweet potatoes, and I can dehydrate things in my sleep. So I made some and Lucy devoured them. It’s a super easy, super healthy treat. And guess what? Way cheaper than $7.99 a bag.

Plus, I’m always hearing about salmonella or other harmful ingredients in store bought dog treats. This way I know exactly what I’m feeding Lucy!

Homemade Sweet Potato Dog Chews

Ingredients

Sweet Potatoes {seriously, that’s it!}

Homemade Sweet Potato Dog Chews

Directions

Wash and dry your sweet potatoes, and then cut in 1/4″ inch thick slices {cut the potato lengthwise}. One simple trick is to make one lengthwise cut and then lay the sweet potato with that cut down to make your remaining cuts to keep it from rolling around.

Place the potatoes on your dehydrator racks, leaving space in between each slice. Set your dehydrator’s temperature according to your manual, and dehydrate for about 10 hours.

You can bake these in the oven if you don’t have a dehydrator. Bake them for about 3 hours at 250F, flipping halfway through cooking.

Homemade Sweet Potato Dog Chews

Place in Ziplocs or a sealed container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

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How to Treat a Cold Sore

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5 Ways to Treat a Cold Sore

Ah, cold sores.  Good times!  :)  There is nothing worse than a cold sore staring back at you in the mirror.  And, if you can’t hunker down in the darkness of your basement and wait it out, there are a couple of things you can do to minimize the appearance and duration of a cold sore.

  1. Run to the pharmacy and grab some Abreva.  It’s over the counter {fair warning:  it’s a bit pricey}, but it will take that baby down pretty quick {it won’t cure it, but it will minimize the symptoms}.  It’s important to do this at the very first sign of a cold sore, though, for it to work effectively.
  2. Apply a cold compress–or even better apply moistened and then frozen green tea bags.  It will help with the inflammation and take some of the red out.  This is a good one if you are looking for a little more natural solution.
  3. If you really want herpes to forget your name, you can get a prescription from your doctor.  This might be an option if you are getting cold sores frequently.
  4. Little known fact:  Visine will take the red out.  Put a couple of drops on your cold sore before applying your make-up.  It will reduce the redness {and appearance} of the sore.  Meanwhile, make sure you wash your hands after applying make-up to a cold sore–or throw the application sponge away.  You can totally spread cold sores if you  aren’t vigilant.
  5. Avoid the sun like the plaque when you have a cold sore.  It can aggravate them and make them worse.  While you are at it, try to minimize stress–stress also makes cold sores worse.  {Both of those can trigger the cold sore in the first place}.
  6. Like I said, cold sores are contagious, so no making out with the cute pharmacy tech.  This is the time to go into make-out seclusion.  Even is there is no pharmacy tech in the picture, avoid kissing anyone, sharing toothpastes, toothbrushes {if you share a toothbrush, you’ve got other problems}, etc.  Keep hands clean too-you can spread cold sores to other parts of your body, particularly your eyes {closest mucus membrane}.
  7. Okay, so this one pretty much applies to all of the life’s unfortunate mishaps, but practice a healthy lifestyle.  Get plenty of sleep, water, healthy diet and exercise.  It will minimize the inflammation in your body, and make cold sores a waaaay less common occurrence.

How about you, do you have any tricks to getting rid of a cold sore faster?

~Mavis

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The $20/$20 Challenge: Paige From Salem, Oregon Shows Us Her Pantry

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gardenAnd so it begins. I can’t believe how fast you guys work. My inbox was hit almost immediately after posting the $20/$20 Challenge with pictures of your pantries. You. Guys. Rock. I’m so excited to see all of the different ways my reader organize, shop, splurge, etc.

First up is Paige. Can I just say that I adored her from the very first picture? I mean, she planted a garden in her front yard. How cool is she?! Take a look at her story:

Hi Mavis! I’m Paige. I live in Salem, Oregon. Last ye​ar I found your blog and started a garden {in my front yard GASP!}.

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This is my fridge. We are a “leftovers” family, which means I usually make one large dinner meal that we can eat for lunch the next day. Sometimes for dinner the next day too. I try and make something my husband can easily transport and heat up at work {and that tastes good reheated}. This way we get a lot of good meals we really like AND fewer dishes, which I happen to abhor doing.

pantryThis is my pantry {upper} and longer term food storage (lower). Our home is about 1100 square feet so we have fun trying to make the most of our space. Also on the counter next to the toaster is part of my reused Pirouline tin collection we use for dry goods storage {yes, I have a Pirouline weakness and yes, I have a LOT of tins}.

cupboardI used to make a dinner menu but found its upkeep tedious and buying missing ingredients to often be expensive. I buy what’s on sale or is a good deal and start watching prices for our favorite ingredients when we are running low. I stick, mostly strictly, to whatever gets onto the shopping list and buy when the price is right.

bottomHowever, if something we use a lot of goes on a good sale, I buy a ton and we stick it down here. I think the small space actually helps us use all of the food we buy. Our dinner menu is driven more by what will expire soonest. We haven’t thrown anything out for spoilage in many years.

Our fresh foods and compost containers live on our counter. During the summer it was so full of produce from our garden, we had very little preparation space!

freezer1We were blessed with a free and perfectly functional deep freezer last year and have begun to build our frozen reserves. It lives in the garage.

I buy sale meat, sale popsicles, and our favorite {guilty Trader Joe’s splurge non sale} frozen fast dinners for when nobody feels like cooking {because it’s still cheaper than eating out}, and throw them in here. Also, easy frozen lunch meals for when there are no dinner leftovers for the next day live here. On the middle shelf to the right are tomatoes from our garden and cherries we preserved from the 2014 harvest!

We are a family of four with two children. One 4 years old and one 2 years old. I prioritize buying organic meat and produce as long as I can make the budget work and they are available at the store. I primarily shop at Winco and hit the Fred Meyers sales if they have something I need. I buy mostly honey and salt at our natural foods stores when we are low, and hit their organic produce/meat sales, and I bake bread as often as I can. ​I don’t coupon and we usually have to make a store run once every 6-10 days. It usually costs us between $60 and $110 a trip, depending on if I buy to stock up on a sale or not. I was astounded to see you spent that in a whole MONTH! Thanks for letting me share, and thank you for donating to food banks!

Sincerely,
Paige

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Find out more about the $20/$20 Challenge: Show Your Pantry – Fill a Pantry

 

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Dividing and Transplanting English Ivy

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Yesterday I went outside with the intention of pulling weeds and ended up pulling up English ivy instead. Maybe you think English ivy is a weed, but I don’t. In fact I’m kind of in love with the stuff. ;)
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Yes, English ivy is invasive and can get pretty out of control if you don’t keep on top of it, but, in the right setting, it’s a magnificent {and low maintenance, and cheap} ground cover. If I lived in a brick house, I’d have it growing up the walls and around the windows, I LOVE ivy that much.

English ivy on a hill

But right now we just have a patch of it growing along the side yard between our property and our neighbors. The ivy is kind of in the way for what I want to do there, so yesterday, I decided I would dig it up. pulling up English Ivy

And attempt to transplant it somewhere else on the property.
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Last week I thought I might plant a nice row/hedge of blueberry plants alongside our property. But then I took a tape measure out there and figured I would need to purchase about 25 blueberry bushes for it to look right. And at $15 a piece, I quickly decided paying $325 + tax to line the side yard with bushes {any kind of bushes really} would be a big waste of money on my part.

transplanting English Ivy

After all, this is NOT our forever house. Not even close. We basically found a good deal in a neighborhood we liked, decided that if we did some remodeling, cleaned up the yard a bit and re-painted the whole place, we’d probably be able to flip this puppy in a few years and be ahead. It’s a good house, but I am not in LOVE with it. So really, why spend a ton of money on landscaping because the reality is, you and I may love the idea of a blueberry hedge, but the next guy probably won’t care.

transplanting English Ivy

Just like we didn’t care for the 15 rhododendrons in various shapes and sizes that littered the hillside when we moved in. {Now only 3 are left! Soon to be ZERO. Woohoo!}manicured English Ivy

This is my end goal. This is a picture of a corner lot down the street from us. Their hillside is covered in English ivy and I love the way it looks. Neat, clean, and easy to maintain. I of course will make sure I keep a good 12″ border between the ivy and the trees though. :)

I’m not sure exactly how fast ivy grows, but I hope it’s quick.

Do YOU have ivy growing at your place? Do you love it? Hate it?

~Mavis

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Free Kindle Books, The North Face, DIY Hot Cocoa Mix, Jones New York, Urban Farm Magazine and More

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Word of the Day: Peccadillo Definition: Petty, fault, trifle, silliness Used in a sentence: That was not a serious fault but a simple peccadillo.

Last night I stayed up and watched Gone Girl on Amazon Instant Video. Wowza! What a movie. Have you seen it? Anywho, I didn’t get to sleep until around 1 am so I’m thinking today might be one of those stay in your pajamas and lounge around the house kind of days…

Have a great Wednesday everyone,

Mavis

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Amazon has the Jacquard Tie Dye Kit on sale for $7.57 and it ships FREE with Amazon Prime. This would be a great project for a rainy day. I LOVED tie dye as a kid.

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Amazon has the Silver plated Double Heart Necklace available for just $2.50 shipped. Several styles are available.

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6pm has the Jones New York 1/2 Short Sleeve Scoop Neck Tee on sale starting at $13.99 shipped and there are 12 colors to choose from. I LOVE this brand!

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A guide for those in cities or suburbs looking to become more self-sufficient by growing some of their own food and treading lightly on the environment in the space they have. Articles include how-to projects, gardening basics, composting, beekeeping, roof-top gardening, preserving and freezing, and time and money-saving ideas. Get Urban Farm Magazine

crock-pot-chicken-recipeSavory Chicken with Tomatoes: We’re all about convenience this week, with CrockPot recipes galore! This is one of my favs because I typically have all the ingredients on hand. Get the recipe HERE or Pin it for later. Find more recipes on my Crock Pot Pinterest Board.

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Cooking From Your Pantry | Menu Plan Ideas, Freezer Meals and Simple Recipes Week 2 of 52

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Cooking From Your Pantry  Menu Plan Ideas, Freezer Meals and Simple Recipes Week 2 of 52

This past week I made a homemade chili, refried beans, pasta sauce and blueberry bars using ingredients from our pantry as well as a few items at the store. To be totally honest, I stink at meal planning, so for me, it’s really important to have a bunch of tried and true recipes on hand to choose from that I know I can make in a jiffy when the mood strikes without having to use a bunch of exotic ingredients.

So here are a few recipes I may be making this week {I know granola it definitely on my “must make” list. :)

Peanut Butter Banana Granola

Breakfast Ideas

Peanut Butter Banana Granola – Both Monkey Boy and the HH like to have milk and cereal in the morning.  I can’t stand all of the added sugar and crap, so instead, I usually whip up some homemade granola.  {Pin it for Later}

Blueberry Banana Smoothie – When the bananas get too ripe to eat, and I am not in the mood to make banana bread, I like to peel them, wrap them in plastic wrap, and toss them in the freezer so that I can whip up smoothies anytime I want.  {Pin it for Later}

Pumpkin Spice Waffles – If you didn’t use up the last of your pumpkin puree over the holidays, give these waffles a try.  They are ridiculously simple, and odds are, you have everything on hand.  {Pin it for Later}

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Lunch Ideas and Dinner Ideas

Easy Taco Soup - The crock pot is where it’s at this time of year for me.  This recipe makes a ton, so you’ll have enough for lunch the next day.   {Pin it for Later}

Easy Crock Pot Stuffed Bell Peppers - These stuffed peppers are so satisfying, and best of all, you can really stuff them with just about any leftover meat you like {chicken, beef, etc.}{Pin it for Later}

Spaghetti Casserole – This casserole warms up beautifully for lunches all week long, so make it for dinner on Monday and eat it for lunch the rest the week.  {Pin it for Later}

Homemade Tortillas – If you have never made your own tortillas, brace yourself, because they are uh-mazing.  They turn boring old quesadillas into culinary magic.  {Pin it for Later}

Easy Apple Recipes - Applesauce Spice Cake

Sweet Treats 

Coffee Cake – There is truly nothing better than a cup of hot tea and coffee cake in the late afternoon–you know to wet your whistle and stimulate your appetite for dinner. :) {Pin it for Later}

Applesauce Spice Cake - Assuming you canned applesauce this year, or have some in the pantry, you probably have everything you need in your pantry to whip up this fantastic dessert. {Pin it for Later}

Peach Crisp Freezer Meal – I love this recipe, because frozen peaches work great.  It’s the only way to enjoy the tastes of summer in the dead of winter.  {Pin it for Later}

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Featured Freezer Meal Recipe

Teriyaki Chicken Freezer Meal – This is a quick and easy freezer meal to put together, and when you are ready to eat it, just make a little rice, cook the chicken and serve.  {Pin it for Later}

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Featured Canning Recipe 

Sauerkraut - Homemade sauerkraut blows the store bought stuff out of the water, plain and simple. {Pin it for Later}

What are YOU planning on making this week?

~Mavis

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Tips for Seed Shopping From Catalogs

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Hopefully, you’ve ordered all of your seed catalogs, spread them out, rolled in them with sheer glee and are ready to get busy ordering.  {If not, don’t worry, you’re not to late.  You can check out my list of seed catalogs to get started.}

Ordering from seed catalogs is a great way to get around the fact that most stores only order the most popular selling seeds–which really limits the variety of plants you can grow.  Plus, you have complete control over colors and plants that will grow in the space you have {i.e. container friendly seeds, seeds that thrive in shade or cooler weather, etc.}.  Over the years, I’ve learned a couple of tricks to ordering from the catalogs.  Because I’ve learned most of them through trial and error, I thought I’d pass them on, and save you a little time.

  1. Don’t over-order.  Seriously, this is the biggest mistake you can make with catalogs.  Most catalogs are full of enticing pictures that make you think you have 50 acres worth of planting space.  I suggest planning out your garden space first, then ordering the seeds…seeds are cheap, but when you order 25 packets more than you needed, it starts to add up.
  2. Sign up for emails from your favorite catalogs.  MOST seed companies will offer free shipping over the course of the year, and since sometimes shipping is more than the actual seeds, it pays to get an email alerting you when shipping will be free.
  3. Read the growing conditions carefully before ordering.  Not every plant thrives in every zone, so even the best seeds won’t produce plants/flowers.
  4. If possible, stick with organic, untreated, and/or heirloom seeds over hybrid seeds.  Most seed companies let you know if they are Non-GMO, so that’s not as much of a concern, but heirlooms usually produce better tasting crops–and give you a chance to sample something  you will likely never find in the grocery store.  Organic and untreated seeds will at least ensure that your seeds have not been produced using dangerous chemicals.
  5. If you have a small garden space, consider ordering with a friend.  A packet of tomato seeds can literally serve a whole neighborhood if you only need a plant or two.  Might as well divide and conquer.
  6. KEEP your seed catalogs after you have ordered.  Circle all of the seeds you ordered.  Make a note right in the seed catalog about how you liked the plant, growing tips you picked up over the season, etc.  That way, you will know exactly what you liked and what you don’t want to try again as the years roll on.
  7. My favorite seeds are Botanical Interests, but I came to that decision after trying several different seed companies and comparing results.  If you are a newbie, try a couple different companies.  You may find that one company seeds are better suited for your area/liking.
  8. Shop early so that you have plenty of time to start your seeds indoors.
  9. Tack on extra time to the “days to maturity” estimate on the seed description/packet.  That is just an estimate, and in my experience, it always takes longer.  If you are expecting it, you can plan a little better.

That’s pretty much all I’ve learned {only really knowing 9 things seems kind of pathetic now that I see it in writing}.  What tips do YOU have for gardeners that are new to the seed catalog world?

~Mavis

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How to Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half

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How to Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half

That saying, “There’s always too much month at the end of the money,” really rings true after the holiday buying frenzy dust has settled.

It seems like everyone wants to reign in their spending and get a good start on the new year.  Out with the old, in with the new. Groceries are a great place to save money, because most of us spend a pretty big chunk of our monthly budget on eating, and most of us unintentionally waste food.  By adjusting your grocery buying strategy just a bit, you can see immediate savings in your budget, without really sacrificing health or flavor.

Chicken-Casserole-with-Mashed-Potato-ToppingHere’s a couple more tips to help  you cut your grocery bill in 2014:

  1. Cook from scratch.  You pay for convenience plain and simple {in price and with your health}.  Processed foods contribute to heart disease, diabetes, obesity, etc.  So, even if you can coupon yourself into rock bottom convenience food prices, you will pay for it in the rear with doctor visits, etc.apples
  2. Eat seasonally.  This one leads to HUGE savings.  Foods that are in season are at their lowest prices.  For example, if you browse through the ads, you may find grapes or strawberries “on sale” in January.  Be wary of the “sale” price.  They are still grossly marked up, because they have been shipped from who knows where to get to your plate.  You may end up paying $2.99/lb for grapes “on sale” in January, but if you wait until they are in season, you will get U.S. grown grapes for $.99/lb.  {I personally like to eat from my canned and frozen good reserve this time of year.  For veggies, choose items that can either easily be stored from the fall harvest {potatoes} or that can be grown throughout winter {kale and spinach}.Weekly Meal Plan - Menu Plan Ideas
  3. Make a plan.  This includes a list AND  a meal plan.  You already know that I am not great about meal planning, but that is because I am willing to cook from my freezer, not because I just go willy-nilly throwing things into my cart at the store.  I usually have a list when I go to the store–and when I don’t, I pay for it!  Also, meal plan with the ads in hand.  Plan all of your weekly consumption around what is on sale {assuming the sale is actually a good price–see #2}.costco butter
  4. Keep 10% of your monthly budget available for “stock-up items.”  If you plan on spending $300 a month, keep $30 available for stock up purchases that you can make when you see rock bottom prices.  For example, if you see butter on sale for $2.00/lb, it’s probably time to buy several pounds and freeze them.  Having money set aside in your budget to make those kind of unplanned purchases really saves money later on.
  5. Use coupons wisely.  Coupons for cheese, yogurt, etc. are great when you can pair them up with store sales.  This is just basic couponing 101.  Don’t use coupons just because you have them–use them when they make the price competitive and worthwhile.
  6. Minimize waste by USING WHAT YOU HAVE.  In the past, I have totally been guilty of wanting to try out a new recipe, even though I had food in the pantry/freezer that I could use.  Shopping at home is the fastest way to save money.  Plain and simple.freezer meals
  7. Make freezer meals.  These will take the place of convenience foods.  And, let’s be honest, there are just nights when you don’t feel like cooking.  Freezer meals are perfect for these sorts of things.  You make them when your actually motivated and cook them when  you’re not.  You don’t have to sacrifice your health by getting a pre-packaged meal, or totally blow your budget by going out.How to Save Money at the Grocery Store  Buy Spices from Bulk Bins
  8. Buy in bulk.  I love to buy spices in bulk from Winco.  You seriously pay pennies on the dollar.  I also buy my meat in bulk from Zaycon.   It is great quality offered at wholesale prices.  The catch is that I have to process and freeze most of it myself–but that actually works out okay, because I can make freezer meals as I go.  It saves TONS of money over the year.
  9. Shop alone.  I know this is sometimes impossible, but shopping without the kiddos really limits distractions {which leads to missed items and last minutes runs to the grocery store} and potentially throwing unplanned items into the cart.  If possible, go when you can leave them at home.  Or, if you are lucky enough to have a friend that would like to team up, arrange a kid swap on grocery days.
  10. Keep a designated use first area in your fridge.  Keep all of the items that won’t last much longer in one area.  Plan your weekly menu around these items first.

You’ve probably heard/read all of these before, but have you tried all of them at once?  Commit to trying all of the them and I am totally convinced that you will watch your grocery bill drop dramatically.

Happy Saving,

Mavis

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Artificial vs. All-Natural Dyes and Flavors – What’s the Difference?

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Artificial vs. All-Natural Dyes and Flavors What is the Difference

I swear, something about the over-indulgence of the holidays always makes me vow to clean up my act around this time of year.  It’s the new, healthier Mavis…Mavis 2.0.  One of the things that I have been working on in my house over the past year {and I plan on continue working on} is moving toward healthier eating options.

Making most things at home helps a ton, but sometimes, grabbing quick convenience foods happens {say, because you are remodeling and have no kitchen :) }.  The list of ingredients on the back of prepared foods can be a little bit daunting.  Half of it seems made up, and the other bits are just hard to interpret.  Most prepared foods have some sort of dye or coloring added to make it the “right” color, and almost all have flavoring to enhance your taste bud’s experience.  Knowing what counts as natural vs. what is artificial is a whole other skill set, though.  I thought I’d break it down for you, just in case you’ve ever wondered.

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First, the plain fact of the matter are that the word “natural” means pretty much nothing.  The word is basically unregulated, so it’s totally up to subjective interpretation as to whether you find it natural or not.  In general, “natural” means that it has to be derived from nature in some way.  While it may contain some component of plant or animal, it CAN also contain “solvents, emulsifiers, and preservatives, all of which are lumped into the category of ‘incidental additives’, and are not required to be disclosed by food manufacturers,” according to an article I found on treehugger.

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Artificial dyes and flavors are dyes that are made up of completely synthetic ingredients combined in a lab.  Things like red no. 40, yellow no. 6, and blue no. 1 are artificial dyes, while common ingredients like vanillin are artificial flavorings.   Artificial dyes have been linked to all sorts of crazy behaviors in children, so while natural dyes aren’t really any better, artificial dyes and flavorings are definitely still worth avoiding.

Basically, the take-way from this breakdown is that here in the U.S., the regulation on food additives is abysmal.  Natural vs. artificial doesn’t mean you’re safe to consume it–so basically, you’ll need to read your labels carefully {because you didn’t already have enough to do already, right?}.

The good news {kind of} is that England has already banned several additives in children’s food and given the term “natural” a heck of a lot more weight–opting for ingredients like, beetroot powder, annato, and paprika extract to color foods instead.  So, that means that the methods to keep the convenience train rolling are totally in place, now we just have to make sure to put our money where our mouth is and buy those products, instead of the less appealing alternatives.  Money talks, right?

Do you care about the additives in your food?  Do you try to avoid buying certain products if they have undesirable items on the ingredients list?

~Mavis

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Lucy the snuggle puggle spent most of yesterday on the fluffy pillows I propped up on our coffee table.  She’s been sleeping a lot lately so I hope she’s not coming down with anything… I think she misses The Girl. Poor thing. :(
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Word of the Day: Hedonism Definition: Belief that pleasure is chief good in life. Used in a sentence: He adopted hedonism as his philosophy of life.

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Amazon has the Double Heart Crystal Silver Necklace on sale for just $2.95 shipped. Perfect for Valentine’s Day. Choose from purple, blue, pink or white.

zaycon bacon

 Zaycon Foods is offering Hickory Smoked Bacon at $3.79 a pound and pork sausage links for $2.89 a pound.  I was able to split a case of this yummy bacon with my neighbor Girly Girl last year and we both really liked it.  Go HERE to find out if this deal is available in your area.

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DIY-72-Hour-Emergency-KitIf you don’t have a 72-Hour Emergency Kit on hand, you totally should. If there ever is a catastrophe or natural disaster, you’ll have no time to search your house, but you will have time to grab a bag and go. Here’s how to make a DIY 72-Hour Emergency Kit. Find more cool projects on my DIY Pinterest Board. 

fingerless fur gloves

Amazon also has Women’s Knit Arm Warmers/Long Fingerless Gloves on sale for just $3.89 shipped!

converse socks Snag a 4-Pack of Converse Girl’s Knee High Socks for just $9.99 shipped! Got Boys? Get a 6-Pack of Converse Boy’s Cut-for-Chucks Hi-Top Socks for $6.60. deals on boys levi jeans Amazon has Levi’s Big Boys’ 550 Relaxed Jeans on sale starting at $14.99. Wowza.

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Slow Cooker Mushroom Chicken – Something this simple should not be this flavorful. But it totally is! Get the recipe HERE or Pin for Later. Find more recipes on my Crock Pot Pinterest Board.

sweatpants

Great deals on sweats…

belkin headphone splitter

Amazon has the Belkin Rockstar Multi-Headphone Splitter on sale for just $9.36. This is great for sharing the iPod on car rides and while waiting at the Doctor’s office.

terra chips

Get 24 Bags of TERRA Original, Sea Salt, 1 Ounce Chips for just $9.47 shipped when you use the subscribe and save option at checkout.

*Keep in mind you can cancel your Subscribe and Save membership at anytime. To cancel or change your items, simply click on “My Account” and then click on “Subscriptions.” You can easy peasy modify or cancel any of your Subscribe and Save items at anytime, no obligation at all.*

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