15 Quick & Healthy Meals for You

January 20, 2015 By · No Comments

Disclosure: This is a paid post, but all opinions are my own.

I haven’t officially announced this yet so I guess this is kind of my reveal post (another will come with pictures) about what I’ve been doing since January 1st. I’ll give you a few hints, the title of this post should help you out, but if that doesn’t I did this very thing back in early 2011. Okay, I’m looking for quick & healthy meals for myself and my kids. Why? It is just better!

Yes, I’m trying to change my lifestyle, lose the weight and get back into shape. This was a bit hard but not nearly as hard as it was in 2011. I quit the fraps and the sodas cold turkey, I had my last of both on December 31st. I didn’t get a single headache which has been great but I’ve been getting extremely tired so I know I need to kick it up a notch in the healthy meals. If you are like me quick meals are your thing, I mean ya’ll know I have 5 kids which means many times crockpot meals are the best. But sometimes I want to make a quick meal and now I totally want to focus on the word healthy. I’ve compiled a list of 15 Quick & Healthy Meals for you to pick from. Do you have any I can make? Let me know in the comments below, leave a link.

Check out 15 Quick & Healthy Meals

by Eliza Ferree at Foodie.com

Salads are great! They really are Stater Bros has a buy two bags of salad and get the glass jar Lighthouse dressing for free. I took the entire shelf. haha. I have kids that love to eat salad now as a snack or even a side and I’m not going to frown on that. I do want to move away from the bag of salads but for now we can use it to start to get use to it. I want to try some of those Mason jar salads. I think they are great because you can have them reaedy, all you do is shake them to get the dressing on everything, open it and eat. Perfect for on the go as well.

I have found many healthy meals that you can make fairly quickly like the Zucchini Boats, Greek Quinoa Salad or even the Skinny Chicken & Broccoli Casserole. I cannot wait to try them all out, so many look fresh and tasty. I was a bit worried my meals would get old quickly but thanks to my foodie collection I think I’m going to have plenty.

I’m Eliza Ferree over there and I’d love to see what you like so let me know so I can find you too.

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Electric Dog Fence Benefits & a Giveaway

January 17, 2015 By · 5 Comments

I am only posting this in an effort to help some of ya’ll win some Amazon cash. How many of you could use $50 Amazon Gift cards? I don’t know about you but I would love to win an amazon gift card. So for this giveaway we are talking about the four benefits of installing an electric dog fence. How many of you have one?


I don’t own a dog, actually I currently do not have any pets. But I grew up with dogs and some days I wish we had something like this. Why? I had a number of dogs growing up but I remember a time we had just moved into a new city and our three dogs got out. If we had an electric fence it probably never would have happened. They pushed open the gate and ran, only one came back that first night but the other two would take much longer. After a week one of the other two came back but we would not see the third dog, my favorite one, for almost 6 months and by the time we did he ended up with mange.

1.  It keeps the dogs in.

2. It can be cheaper than a traditional fence. Traditional fences can go from hundreds to thousands while an electric fence can be as low as $300.

3.  It can be added on without having to buy a whole lot of materials.

4.  Makes it easier for you to keep a nice yard. Just think you’ll no longer have to worry about weed eatting all that grass that grows into the fence.

Enter to win the $50 Amazon Gift Card from FabGrandma

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52 Week Money Challenge for You

January 6, 2015 By · 7 Comments

This post has been updated to give you more tips.

52 Week Money Challenge
By now you’ve probably seen the 52 week money challenge on either Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Google+ or a blog. I tend to save money fairly easy and now that the kids and I are experimenting with Crockpot meals and other home meals at home we are saving more than before. Yes, I am a penny pincher, but I still need to figure out how to best use coupons so you can bet I’ll be looking more into that this year too to save even more money. If you got a tip on coupons or some other cheaper way of doing something at home instead of buying it in the store, let me know in the comments below.

TIP: Use the Savings Catcher at Walmart. Every time you get home you just put in your TC# and if it finds another store with a cheaper price it’ll give you back the cents/dollars and it all adds up. I plan on saving mine up until Christmas. 

Getting an Emergency Fund
Dave Ramsey tends to state, as well as many other financial advisors that the best thing for anyone to have, not just families is a $1000 emergency fund. I’m like most Americans and do not have one, so this is one of my first goals. I want an emergency fund but I also want to be able to save up money for other items I am in need of here, plus fun things to do. How does one save up when they really never have? You do it with a bunch of others doing the same thing so  you can see others doing it right along with you. You pick up how they are doing it, what method they are using, how to coupon better, etc. You learn and grow together, sometimes couples will do it together, other times seeing another person such as a friend doing it, have a family member do it with you and see who will be there in the end race. Make saving fun!
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A Kid’s 52 Week Money Challenge

January 5, 2015 By · 25 Comments

For those looking for an update please scroll to the bottom. Below this will be how my kid’s did their 52 week money challenge. 

Many bloggers around the world are jumping into the 52 week money challenge, however some are asking how to get their children involved in this but a smaller amount. I wondered about the same thing and saw a few references for ideas for kids to do it so I’ve jotted only a few down. Let me know if your child would do this and how much you think they’ll save in 2015…or what they want to save so they can buy later on.penniesinajar

Penny for the Day

Similar to the dollar per day for the adults but instead they put a penny for the day of the month it is. January 1st they would put 1 penny in, on January 17th they put 17 pennies in and so forth. Each month starts new and by the end they should have roughly $55. (I did not sit down and do each day but it will equal out to being very close)

A Dollar a Week

Have your child put only a dollar in the jar for every week that passes and by the end of the year they will have $52 saved up. This method may be done with a nickel, dime or a quarter a week, each week though you put that many in it. If you they are on week 23 they should place 23 quarters in the jar, week 2 would only be 2 quarters and by the end of the year they would have $13 in the jar. With dimes they would have $5.20 at the end of the year, with a nickel challenge they’d end up with $2.65, with a penny a week they get 0.52 at the end of the year.
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