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Thursday, December 4

Holiday Reward!

So, how was your holiday week/weekend? We had a blast. Got to see some babies, cousins babies that is, and they are so adorable. So, did you finish all that turkey leftover? If not, I have something you can eat it with!!

How about some GUACAMOLE? Here is a $3.00 OFF any 1 Yucatan Guacamole Product COUPON --->
http://bit.ly/YucatanCares coupon for all my readers, that will make for some cheap Guacamole!

ohhh and it gets better, Yucatan is donating $1.00 to Toys for Tots for each print! Scratch $1 off your holiday donations for this year. Have ya'll seen the bell ringers yet? We saw one like two weeks ago. So excited for the next holiday!! Christmas!!

HEB also has a deal on free chips when you buy tortillas, we bought it and enjoyed it with some barbacoa for dinner (cockpot!!) If ya'll want the recipe, let me know, DELISH!

Also, let me know if you print the coupon and how good of a deal you got!

Monday, December 1

Menu Plan Monday: Something New!



Doing something New this week/month. I am going to menu plan for the month!! Crazy. I have never done this before. I also plan, don't know if I'll actually do it, but I am going to prep some meals and make two batches and put one in the freezer. I figured I would try it out this month since it's going to be a busy month and we won't be home a majority of the time, so that might make it a smidge easier. Wish me luck!

If you have any tips or suggestions that would make this easier, please leave a comment below! Check out my Instagram to follow my journey and progress. 

This weeks shopping list: onion and tomato

Month of Breakfast: For Breakfast I want to have themed days. So every "Monday" we will have the same thing. I think that will work out fine. Two days we will have cereal and oatmeal. I'm also going to do freezer eggs for Wednesday, So i'm going to take a whole dozen, scramble them and freeze them and that should be more than enough for the month. And I think I actually have to buy cereal! Oh and hubby will be happy about the barbacoa! We started buying it raw frozen for so much cheaper. I just made one yesterday, and there was no leftovers, so I gotta put oatmeal on there for backup and gotta buy two more, that should last us through the month.

Mondays: Cereal
Tuesdays: Barbacoa/Oatmeal
Wednesdays: Scrambled eggs
Thursdays: Fruit Salad/Smoothie
Fridays: Cereal
Saturdays: Oatmeal
Sundays: Barbacoa Tacos


Lunch: I usually always have leftovers for lunch and think that should stay the same. But latley there has been no leftovers. So this is the plan: Sandwiches, Tuna and Salads.

Dinners:
Mondays Oriental, beef or chicken
Tuesdays: Taco/Buritto with rice and beans
Wednesay: Crock-pot Meal
Thursday: Pinterest Meal
Friday: Italian/Pizza
Saturday/Sunday: Pantry Meals 

Eating Out Days: Weekend of the 12th. Christmas Week; Dec 24-26th (Traveling to Corpus)

Eeek! I'm excited, I think this will work out great. I will prep on Sunday, cook beef for Tuesdays taco nights and take out what I will put in the crockpot on Wed and put it in the fridge and choose a meal I'll plan on Thursday! I'll also chop/slice veggies for the week as well! It sounds easy! And I haven't started for this week. I have an hour till I have to go pick up the girls from school, so CHOP TOO IT! lol

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Check out OrgJunkie.com for more ideas! Click here for her Menu Plan Monday post for ideas and yummy recipes! Be sure to follow me on Pinterest (recipes) and Instagram for pics of the recipes!

Tuesday, November 25

The Nutri Ninja *Giveaway*

The Nutri Ninja | Ninja Blender DUO with Auto-iQ

Welcome to the Nutri Ninja | Ninja Blender DUO with Auto-iQ

hosted by Merlot Mommy

and co-hosted by Mom's Slice of the Pie

Jana at Merlot Mommy won a Nutri Ninja | Ninja Blender DUO with Auto-iQ and absolutely loves it. It's powerful enough to pulverize ice into snow. You can make frozen drinks, soups, sauces, smoothies, and a whole lot more. Read her full review and get her Strawberry Banana Chia Smoothie recipe here.

I have been looking at all sorts of blenders and we got a cheap one at the grocery store this past summer, and it sucks! lol I am so glad to team up with Merlot Mommy to giveaway this awesome blender!

She's teamed up with Ninja Kitchen to give away a Nutri Ninja | Ninja Blender DUO with Auto-iQ to one lucky reader. Enter below using the Rafflecopter entry form. Good Luck!
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Wednesday, November 19

Aztecs & Edemame!

 Yvette asked me the other day why I was wearing the same lipstick the other day when I picked her up from school. She's been asking a lot of big girl questions, heck, they were teenage questions. She turned 10 in August. So we had a good talk as we drove home.

I thought I'd share a list of my favorites with ya'll..... FALL FAVORITES!

    http://www.copythatcopycatnails.net/2012/10/my-blonde-hair-aztectribal-nails.html
  • Socks! Yes, socks. I am loving socks this fall because it feels like it's a lot colder in south Texas this year.
  • Aztec! I don't know why but I am loving everything with aztec designs latley. I did some nail art (maroon and gold) and showed it on Instagram. I bought a tee and some pants this month that have an aztec design. Don't you just love this nail art from Copythat?! --->
  • Dry Shampoo! I don't use it that often but, when I'm in a rush I reach for it instantly. I have been using the Tresseme brand. I used the Suave for a while, but I didn't like it, it left too much "grey" YUCK!
  • Edemame! I could eat that stuff all day. Have you ever tried it? It's yummy and a great dish with steak and potatoes or stir-fry and rice. We buy ours from Costco, super affordable!

So, those are my favorites for the past few months. What have your favorites been? I'll be uploading a video on you Youtube channel with my favorite make-up items for last month as well. Be sure to subscribe so you can see when it goes live!

I'm linking up with Mama Kat, head on over to see what everyone else has to say this week on Writer's Workshop! And yes, I know I'm a week behind, but I've had this on draft more for the pat two weeks! So, deal with it!!

Monday, November 17

A Look Back: Fall 2014

So this October I tackled Pintober, Halloween, Harvest season started and we had so much fun. So many adventures. Thought I'd share some photos with ya'll.


Friday, October 31

Change the Wolrd Wednesday: Comfort Zone

Change The World Wednesday on Reduce Footprints


Aplogies for being late.... it's now Friday, lol. With all the school functions and decorating fun we did this week, I totally forgot about blogging in general :) I hope ya'll have a great holiday weekend and I kinda like Halloween because people are a bit more green than they normally are. Everyone is walking (i dislike the families that just jump in the back of the truck and stop at every house), and some parents make their childrens costumes and such, so yeah.

How did last weeks challenge go? You can check out Reduce Footprints blog for a recap and follow me on Instagram, I'll post a pic of my straw pouch that I made and we only went out to eat once this week for a quick lunch and used it :)

Oh and I also got word from a friend that November is "No Plastic November!" So no plastic bags are to be used while shopping. One local city has a plastic bag ban and another is voting on it soon. I just ordered some more reusable straws and a grocery cart bag, and super excited cus it was only $7.99! I also got a 4-pk of reusable straws (with a cleaner) for only $2!! SCORE!

Moving on.... this weeks challenge, it's a DOZI for most of us.... COMFORT ZONES! Keep reading to see what we will be doing this weekend (yes, only a weekend, lol)

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This Week's Challenge:


Change The World Wednesday (#CTWW) - Comfort Zones
Are you comfortable
with green living ideas?
When it comes to green living, we all have our comfort zones. And that's fine because every effort that we make contributes to a better world.

But sometimes, stepping out of our comfort zone helps us learn something new ... it pushes us to reach new environmental heights.

Here's your challenge ...


This week, step out of your comfort zone and try something new. Need some ideas?
  • Turn off your heat or A/C for a day.
  • Experience life without a refrigerator for a day (or a week) by refusing to open/use yours.
  • Turn off the computer for a day.
  • Go grocery shopping and only buy organic.
  • Skip taking a bath for at least one more day than you normally would.
  • Eat raw, vegan food for day or longer.
The idea, this week, is to force ourselves out of our comfort zones and try something which we've hesitated to try in the past. Who knows, it could open us up to a whole new world.
Are you ready to change the world? I know that you are!

Until next time ...

WE'RE CHANGING THE WORLD ... ONE CHALLENGE AT A TIME!

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My comfort zone.... 

 I hate the heat!! I got that from my father. A/C turned all the way up, drinks with lots of ice and no sweating! It's against the rules.... so this weekend (yes, only the weekend) we will turn off our A/C! And let me remind ya'll that we live in deep south Texas, where we only have like one week of winter, lol. Today we had the homecoming parade and it was like 90, so yeah. This is going to def be a challenge. 
Wish us luck! 

What are you too comfortable with? Laptop? Comfort food? Being clean? Try going with out for a day, weekend or a whole week. My husband i excited to see how big of an impact it has on our electric bill. I'll share the results next month and maybe i'll share on my Youtube Channel, so be sure to subscribe.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!

Wednesday, October 22

#CTWW: Challenge Accepted!

Change The World Wednesday on Reduce Footprints

Welcome to Change The World Wednesday (#CTWW)!


A few years, yes, years ago... I was participating in #CTWW, Change the World Wednesday, and wanted to share what it's all about. We truly can change the world. It annoys me when someone says, "We can't do it alone," or "the small things don't make a difference." Well, they do! I'll stop chattering and let you read what it's all about, and be sure to take a visit and leave a comment over on Reduce Footprints

And scroll to the bottom to see this weeks challenge and join in!


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Wondering how to live greener? You've come to the right place. Each week we challenge ourselves to try a new task ... or "amp up" something we're already doing. We raise our awareness, learn from each other and develop Eco-friendly skills which will improve our lives and protect our planet. Doing so together gives us power ... the power to Change The World!

If this is your first visit, please click HERE for information and a complete list of all the challenges we've taken on so far.

This post contains great information and I encourage you to read through it at your leisure ... however, if you are short on time, you might find the following quick links helpful:


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This Week's Challenge:

Change The World Wednesday (#CTWW) - Small Things
Straws = A lot of waste
Last week we saw how a small thing can make a difference.

So how many more little actions could we take to live greener?

That's the question ... and the challenge. Here you go ...



This week, search your life for a small difference you can make. Need some ideas? Try these:

  • Don't use a disposable straw ... either drink directly from a glass or use a reusable straw.
  • Use one less square of toilet paper per visit. Some CTWW participants use no more than 6 squares ... can you do better?
  • Turn off a light, or appliance, which you normally leave on.
  • Add a living plant to your home and improve air quality.
  • Go meatless for at least one day this week.
  • If you're used to taking baths, take a shower instead. And if you're used to showers, reduce the duration of yours by at least one minute.
The idea, this week, is to dig real deep and do one more small thing which you're not already doing ... or to amp up something which you are doing (like eat vegan if you're already eating vegetarian).

Are you ready to search out the small things? I know that you are!

Until next time ...

WE'RE CHANGING THE WORLD ... ONE CHALLENGE AT A TIME!


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So this week, I'm going to create a pouch to keep with me and store a fork, spoon, knife and straw in. We don't eat out much, but when we do, I'll be prepared. Follow me on Instagram for progress picks! I found some fabric scraps in my garage and got some cute design ones at a garage sale a few weeks ago :)

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