Freecycle.org – Better than Yard Sales!

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I love getting good deals. I get so excited when I find something great on a clearance rack. Recently, however, I started using the site Freecycle.org to get stuff, yep . . . FREE! Using this site takes a bit of persistence as some people post ads for junk, like their broken blender or 50-year old rusty patio furniture. And sometimes, you find a great treasure but aren't the first person to claim it. With time, however, you can come across some pretty great treasures! Currently, living in our 400 square foot apartment, we have to pass up many of the great deals because we don't have room ... [ Read More ]

Breakfast for a Week!

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If you're like me and work early in the morning, breakfast can be a hassle.  I need to have protein in the morning to keep me full and energized to keep up with a toddler and a newborn. Recently I have been so busy, and this simple breakfast of yogurt, granola and fruit has kept me going.  It take about 5 minutes to put together and then you're all set for the whole week. I start by gathering my 5 small containers with lids and get the granola, dried fruit, and measuring cups out.  I have been using plain Greek yogurt, but feel free to use regular or flavored if you don't care for the tang. ... [ Read More ]

Why We Don’t Want a Pet

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Scrolling through my news feed each day, I see many posts with pictures of cats and dogs. I admit that they are often very cute! I had three different cats growing up, and I loved them. I'm happy for the pet owners who love their animals and take such good care of them. I'm glad that pets provide so many people with happy experiences. However, while I loved having pets as a kid, animals don't really appeal to me now that I'm an adult. Sometimes, when I admit that I'm not an animal lover, I feel like people think I'm not fully human. So, while I'm happy for all the animal lovers, I want to ... [ Read More ]

Simple Caprese Bread

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This very simple bread can be used as an amazing appetizer to wow your guests, or as a main course if you want a light meal.  I enjoy this during the summer as a main dish paired with a simple green salad. Ingredients: 1 loaf of focaccia bread (or another bread of choice) 4-8 oz. fresh mozzarella cheese Olive oil 1 clove of peeled garlic 1/4 cup good balsamic vinegar 8-16 fresh basil leaves chopped Optional: tomato slices or halved grape tomatoes Directions: Preheat oven to 425F and gather your ingredients. Slice your bread in half and place the halves on a ... [ Read More ]

How to cut an Avocado

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It's summer time, and if you are like me, you are loving the fresh avocado on your sandwiches, salads, tacos, and wraps.  Avocado is so healthy and full of the good fats and oils our bodies need.  I was recently at a friend's house, and she was trying to get her avocado ready for taco night, and I was surprised to learn that she didn't know how to properly and safely cut an avocado.  After asking the other guest, I concluded that many people don't know how to select and properly use avocados.  Hopefully after reading this you will be inspired and willing to try something new if you are not ... [ Read More ]

5 Reasons to Choose an Inexpensive Bridesmaid Dress

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So you reach the phase of life when all your friends are getting married. It's definitely an exciting time, but it can be quite costly when you are asked to be a bridesmaid multiple times. I have been in six weddings (seven if you count my own!), and have spent a pretty penny on being a bridesmaid. When you are a bridesmaid you have often have to pay for: - Travel to the wedding (this often includes a plane ticket and a hotel expense which can add up to several hundred dollars) - Shoes - Dress and necessary alterations - Getting your hair professionally done - Getting a ... [ Read More ]