Ending the Pity Party and Counting My Blessings

This is part of a journal entry I wrote last Monday. It’s kind of dark and whiny, and I had no plans to post it. However, a friend encouraged me to share my experience because she thought it might resonate with other people, even if it’s not pretty: The last two weeks have been rough. […]

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Motivation Monday: Get Started

Today is my first day at my new work-from-home health coaching job. I’m flying to Texas for training and to meet my new coworkers! Starting something new can be exciting and nerve-racking. I’m looking forward to a change, and I think I’m going to learn a lot from this company. It’ll be a good fit […]

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How We Started Our Journey to Financial Freedom

For the past 9 months Rick and I have been working hard at paying off our student loan debt and learning to live within our means. We’ve come a long way, and I want to share a little more about how we got started. Our adventure began with Rick graduating from law school in December […]

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Top 10 Thrifty Wins: December

December is usually a spendy month due to holiday celebrations, travel, gift giving, and being more social, which usually includes eating out. This year we added extra rent, utilities and moving to our expenses due to Rick and me living in separate cities for the month. Things turned out pretty well. We had wonderful Christmas […]

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Favorite Recipe Friday: Easy Enchilada Skillet

Here’s a great low carb substitute for chicken enchiladas. Ingredients 1 tsp. olive oil 2 c. cauliflower rice ½ c. diced green pepper 2 c. chicken, cooked and diced 2 Roma tomatoes, diced 1 4-oz. can of chilies 2 tsp. chili powder 1 tsp. cumin ½ tsp. garlic ½ tsp. oregano ½ c. black olives, […]

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Favorite Recipe Friday: Mediterranean Cabbage Steaks

I love this easy vegetarian Mediterranean recipe. The melty cheeses with pesto and the artichokes… so mouth-watering. Play around with the ingredients –Kalamata olives and mozzarella might be tasty, too! Ingredients 1 small head of cabbage, sliced into steaks 3 oz basil pesto ½ c. shredded Parmesan cheese 2 oz crumbed feta cheese Approximately 8 […]

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7 Tips for Healthy Holidays

Want to maintain weight, stay healthy, feel good, and enjoy the holidays? Follow these tips for your healthiest holiday season! 1. Get sleep and rest. Have some wind-down time each day. Read, take a bath, watch a light TV show, do some yoga, meditate. Stick with a regular sleep schedule. 2. Stay active. Go to […]

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Favorite Recipe Friday: Creamy Potato Kale Soup

This Whole30 friendly soup makes a creamy, filling meal. I did another round of Whole30 with a friend over the last few weeks (mine was Whole20 this time). It was fun to experience this diet at a different time of year with different kinds of foods. This soup really hit the spot. These are some […]

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Favorite Recipe Friday: Mozzarella Turkey Meatloaf

I’ve been meaning to share this recipe for awhile, but we always eat it up before I remember to take a picture of it! It’s so delicious and filling. A side of roasted vegetables pairs nicely with this cheesy loaf. Ingredients 1 lb ground turkey 1 c. bread crumbs 2 tsp. Italian seasoning 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce 4 oz. mozzarella sliced […]

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Top 10 Thrifty Wins: November

One thing I love about these monthly Top 10 Thrifty Wins posts is that it forces me to find SOME kind of financial positives when looking back at the month. All wins count, no matter how seemingly small they might be. Reflecting on the past month’s finances motivates me to keep going and do even […]

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