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7 Simple Tricks for Stocking a Healthier Pantry

7 Ways to Stock a Pantry
It’s always fun when friends come over and they want to see my pantry. Most people know that I make so much of our food from scratch, and that I use whole ingredients. People want to see what I actually stock my pantry with. 

This got me thinking: what are some simple things that people can replace in their pantries with healthier alternatives? Are there small changes people can make that have them eating healthier? Most definitely.

Let’s talk about six of them. If you just do one of these, you’ll have made a small change towards a healthier lifestyle. I like small and simple, don’t you? 

Here’s what to choose:

1. Brown rice instead of white rice. 

Brown rice is far superior to white rice nutritionally, as well as helpful in managing a balanced glucose metabolism.
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Super Bowl Sunday: What You Need To Do To Prepare

SuperBowl 2014 Scratch

With the Super Bowl coming up, the thought on everyone’s minds is “who will have the funniest commercials.” But you should also be thinking ahead for what you should plan to eat. Because it’s the New Year, we’re all thinking of ways to save money and be healthy.

It would be easy to throw together unhealthy and expensive treats, so let’s do some planning.

What you should and shouldn’t do to prepare for the Super Bowl 2014.

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Diets don’t work but lifestyle changes do

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You often hear the phrase “Lifestyle Change” when people talk about dieting. I used to hear that and think I didn’t want to change my lifestyle, I just wanted to lose weight and then go back to “being me”. Well, there are many flaws in that theory, of course.

A few years ago I opened the front door and my dog took off out the door running after another dog. I immediately ran after her. It was probably the first time I had run in a long time. As a Blogger I am very sedentary, and on top of that I HATE to exercise. I began having some pain in my foot after that, and a few weeks later I found out it was caused by my Achilles tendon being torn almost in half. The injury is called a “Weekend Warrior” injury, which come from people who work all week and then without stretching go full force into an outdoor sport. So, my running after the dog, without stretching, causes the injury.

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5 cheap and easy Fall decor ideas


I just can’t get enough of Fall these days! Pinterest is swarming with excellent decorating ideas for Fall, and it’s easy to get sucked into all the beautiful possibilities.

The DealPros have some good Fall decor ideas that are perfect to help keep you on a budget. Check out a few of our favorites: 

1. Karen made this easy, DIY centerpiece out of an inexpensive mirror and other supplies that cost her very little.
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5 must-have back-to-school books for kids ages 6-8


The first thing, the last thing, and every thing in between that your child’s teacher will tell you is READ TO YOUR KID. Reading to them or with them for 20 minutes a day will go a long way toward their successful in school, and in life. They are not kidding.

Here’s how I look at it: Learn to read. Read a lot. Exercise imagination. Acquire big vocabulary and conceptual thinking skills. Ace SATs. Save your mother money because you got a college scholarship.

All that starts with reading.

I started reading to both of my boys when they were days old. And it hasn’t stopped yet. Even though my oldest is 16, we just die laughing reading David Sedaris out loud together. And we still love to take turns passing around the original Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle to read aloud as well.

My youngest? At age 7 he’s already developed quite the sense of humor. I’ve put together a list of books that he thinks are hilarious. And that’s one key component to getting a kid to love reading…entertainment. When they’re having fun doing something, they keep doing it. That includes reading.

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4 steps to a successful back-to-school year


While the summer has gone by way too quickly, the reality is that it’s back-to-school time again!

Whether your child has started or about to start, the days leading up to it, is one stressful event. Without adding to your already full plate, here are 4 steps that will lead you to a successful back-to-school year:

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10 things you could do with your crayons


I can’t believe that it’s already the Back to School Season! This means there are lots of great deals on new school clothes and school supplies. Take advantage of the crayon deals and create a special gift for your child’s new teacher or as a memento for your child marking the new school year. Here are ten things you can do with crayons:

1. Melted Crayon Art

One of my favorite ideas to use crayons, is melted crayon art. To create your own masterpiece you glue crayons in any shape that you want onto a canvas. Use a hair dryer, on the highest setting, and melt the crayons, sending melted wax into crazy designs on your canvas.

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5 ways to save on pet food, accessories, and more


Pets are fun to have as part of the family. However, sometimes you will find the cost of having pets can add up, so here are some great sites to check out to find some money-saving alternatives:

1. Use Pinterest to find ways to make your own pet food, make your own pet accessories, and even how to do CPR on your pets.

2. You can find great deals on sites like Craigslist and Ebay for pet accessories. Things like fish tanks can be quite expensive when you buy it new, so you may be able to score a great deal on a fish tank with accessories for less than the price of buying just a new fish tank.

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Healthy summer eating – 8 great grilling recipes


With summer here, and the heat upon us, its a great time to focus on eating Healthy. So many of the foods that are good for us, are in season right now, and grill up great!

While we love Kabobs, and grilled chicken, we have searched the internet to compile 8 summer grilling recipes that are a little more unique for you to try on the grill this year!

8 Great Summer Grilling Recipes

Grilled Chicken Stuffed with Tomato and Basil – This recipe from Whole Living looks delicious, and if you have a garden you likely have many of the ingredients right in your back yard! I might try to “sneak” a little fresh mozzarella in my version though.

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4 ways to maximize the use of your grill this summer


Do you light the grill just to barbecue a pound or two of meat? While that may be all the meat you require for dinner, you could maximize the use of your grill to save you time and money.

Once you have taken the time to heat your grill, you might as well use it to its fullest to cook meat, vegetables, and even desserts to use throughout the week.

1. Batch Grill. Look at your menu for the week. How much of the meat on your meal plan can you barbecue in advance? It takes the same amount of time to cook 5 pounds of chicken as it does to cook one pound of chicken. You can save time on busy week nights by batch grilling meat on the weekend to use in recipes through out the week. If you can’t use that much meat in a week, package it up in useable portions and freeze it.

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15 reasons I will be happy this Earth Day


This Earth Day, I’m happy that…

…reusable bags are all the rage and that grocery stores are starting to give them away for free. Some stores like CVS and Target give you cents off for each bag you use.

…I can buy store brand organic products for much less than national brand organics. I’m not so happy when only the wealthy can afford to be green.

…my Target brand cereal box has been revamped to include 50% post-consumer recycled content and that they’ve done away with the inner bag all together. Hooray for store brands taking the lead!

…the combination of higher diaper prices and killer diaper deals has meant you can get greener disposables like Seventh Generation for the same price as Pampers or Huggies.

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4 tips to get your child to do their chores


There’s nothing more aggravating than hearing a child say “no!” when you ask them to pick up their toys after a play date. Sometimes it’s hard to hide the fact that you’re fuming at the embarrassment of your child talking back, especially in front of your friends.

Teaching your children how to complete chores, or perform tasks that you demand can be extremely stressful depending on the personality of your child.

There are several ways to tame the Chore Chart and help your child want to be on your clean-up team!

I always hear parents say, “If he had been my first child, he would have been my only one.” I was one of the lucky ones who started out with a strong-willed child.

From the age of two, my son asserted his independence daily by demonstrating that he wanted to be in charge. It has been a roller coaster at times trying to teach him that there can’t be several chiefs in the family. These next few tips are pieces of advice that I use as tools to help tame chore time in our house.

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The 411 on raising responsible and happy children


Parenting is one of the hardest but most rewarding jobs in the world. Unless you’re a parent, you really don’t know what a parent goes through. I remember after having my oldest daughter, people would often times ask me what I did. When I told them that I was a stay-at-home mom, they would proceed to ask me again what I did for a living. Just to clarify, the people asking these questions were not parents themselves.

Of course, now that my kids are older, I do have a “fulltime” job, but that does not take the weight off in parenting because it is a 24-7 effort. When you’re parenting, there are so many pieces to the puzzle. You have to make sure your kids are well-fed, healthy, happy, learning, respectful, listening, cooperative and the list goes on and on. It goes beyond your selfishness, as their well-being is in your hands. Oprah once said, “I always say moms have the toughest job in the world if you’re doing it right.” This statement rings true to me (I must say that this is true for dads as well).

As parents, we’re always looking for great resources to help us along the way. I’ve compiled the 411 on everything from potty training your child to having them earn their own income.

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7 tips for raising 7 children


Having a big family is like supersizing life. It’s more of everything- the good and the bad. I never grew up wanting a big family, but since I have one I’ve learned it means you are totally outnumbered for the rest of your life. Forget man-to-man defense, forget playing zone. It’s like David vs Goliath, and you’re the little guy.

Having a big family can be a supersized helping of fun as well. Here are seven tips for raising seven kids.

1. You will never have enough food, so shop smart and make a plan.

Kids eat, and big kids eat even more. You will spend a large amount of your time as a mom of many making food for your family. You will go to the grocery store, spend $400, and open the fridge three days later to find it practically empty. You can go broke feeding a half dozen (or more) little people every day.

Menu planning is the key to staying within the grocery budget. Plan breakfasts, lunches, and dinners for maximum savings, shop the sales, buy in bulk, use coupons, and eat more whole foods to save money. Teach your kids when they are young to eat grown up food. If not you’ll go broke buying fast food and frozen food at the grocery store. Picky eaters can sabotage the grocery budget.

Make a meal plan and shopping list and stick to it. You’ll still spend a lot of money every month on food, but at least it won’t go to waste and you won’t be making unplanned trips to the store.

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6 easy organization tips you can do


(photo credit: Coco + Kelley)

I am on a quest to get my house organized. In my search for ideas and a better system I found some great ideas via Pinterest.

1. Place shower rings onto a hanger to keep your scarves organized.

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