Monday, August 25, 2014

Shave Time, Shave Money

I've been a member of the Dollar Shave Club for a couple months, so when they asked if I would write an article on how to shave time and money, I happily obliged! 

This time of year is especially crazy for our family since J is a teacher and I work at a university.  Back to school is nuts and we don't even have kids!  Here are a few of my favorite tips for saving yourself some time, while also saving yourself some money.

1. Every Sunday, I go grocery shopping.  As soon as I get home, I portion out the fruits and veggies into smaller packages.  This saves so much time when making lunches for the week because I just have to put them in our lunchbox.  I've found that being prepared for lunches makes me more likely to actually take my lunch and not eat out.

2. Bouncing off of lunch, I make sure both of us have reusable lunch boxes and water bottles so that we don't waste paper bags and plastic bottles all the time.  Good for the environment and our wallet!

3. New clothes are always a necessity for fall.  Instead of doing one huge shopping trip, we plan it out over a couple weeks so that we can shop the sales.  Yes, it doesn't save time, but it saves so much money! 

4. I've recently developed a cleaning schedule for our house which is working wonderfully for us.  Instead of letting everything pile up and then spending hours deep cleaning the house, we have a couple tasks to do every night and that helps us keep up with the cleaning and organizing. 

5. For a lot of our household necessities (cleaning supplies, toiletries, paper products, etc), I've turned to shopping online.  I don't have to run out to the store which saves me time and you can find a ton of great deals on the internet.  Amazon Subscribe and Save is a great way to order things you need for a great price.

As I mentioned above, I recently signed up for Dollar Shave Club which has definitely saved me time and money.  If you didn't already know, razor blades are expensive!  I use the most expensive blades they have at $9 a delivery and have them delivered every 2 months.  They're drastically cheaper than the blades I used to use and work just as well!  I highly recommend it if you're in the market for some cheaper razors. 

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I was not compensated for this post.  I love the Dollar Shave Club and wanted to help them out with their Shave Time, Shave Money campaign.  My referral link is included in the post and I get $5 off my subscription for every person who signs up under me.  You can do the same if you sign up!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

runDisney Princess Registration Information

I've always wanted to do a runDisney race, so I'm currently training to run the Enchanted 10K during the Princess Half Marathon weekend (hopefully will eventually be able to do the full half!).

If you're interested in also running one of the races during the Princess Half weekend, I wanted to give you the information so that you were informed and ready to register.  These races fill up fast!

- Registration opens up on July 15th for the general public.  Annual passholders and DVC members are able to register today at noon EST.

- Just like last year, you have the option to run a 5K, 10K, half marathon, or the Glass Slipper Challenge (10K and then half marathon)

- Entry fee is non-refundable, so make sure to commit before you actually register

- Proof of time for the half marathon must be submitted by December 1st or you will be placed in the last corral

If you would like to register for any of the events during the Princess Half weekend, I suggest you not wait! Keep an eye on and register ASAP if you notice them starting to fill up.

Have you done any of the runDisney races?  Are you planning on signing up for the Princess Half in 2015?

Monday, July 7, 2014

Crockpot Chili

My husband loves chili.  He doesn't care whether it's 30 degrees outside or 100 degrees, he'll eat chili any time of the year.

Chili is a classic American dish, so I figured I'd make some over Fourth of July weekend.  Just throw all the ingredients in the crockpot and let it simmer for hours.  You really can't go wrong.

Crockpot Chili

1-2 lbs. hamburger meat
3 cloves of garlic, finely minced
2 (14.5 oz) cans of diced tomatoes with green chiles
3 (8 oz) cans of tomato sauce
2 1/2 Tbsp. chili powder
1 Tbsp. ground cumin
1 Tbsp. paprika
2 tsp. cocoa powder
1 tsp. sugar
Salt and pepper to taste
1 (15 oz) can light red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 (15 oz) can dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed

Cook hamburger meat using skillet over medium heat.  Drain oil out of pan, reserving about 2 Tbsp.  Put ground beef and 2 Tbsp. of oil in slow cooker.

Add garlic, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, seasonings, cocoa powder, and sugar.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Cook on low 4-5 hours.

Stir in kidney beans and cook on low for another hour.  Serve warm with desired toppings.

Optional toppings: Shredded cheese, sour cream, chives, hot sauce

Friday, June 27, 2014

Five on Friday

Sorry I haven't been around much.  My sweet dog that I've had since college recently passed away from cancer.  I'm having a hard time with it and not really feeling much like doing anything around the house, so I don't have too much to blog about.

I figured I'd do a Five on Friday though because I'm so excited that it's the weekend.  I need some sleep!

- ONE - Peonies are my favorite flower.  I spent a ton of money to use them in my bridal bouquet for our wedding.  I was giddy when Trader Joes had a bunch of them for only $6.

- TWO - Summer is my favorite time of year to go to Chick-fil-a because they have peach milkshakes!  I never order milkshakes anywhere, except for the peach milkshakes at Chick-fil-a.  Yum!

- THREE - Razors are expensive!  One of my friends recommended the Dollar Shave Club to me, so I decided to try it out.  For only $9 a month (I actually signed up for every other month), I get 4 blades, plus the handle.  I tried the blades out last night and they make my legs silky smooth.  Way cheaper than my Venus razors.

- FOUR - It's hot as heck in Florida!  I'm ready for the fall.

- FIVE - Bought me a pretty pink canopy to use for vendor events.  Love it!

I linked up to Carolina Charm.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Local Tourist: Florida Caverns

 I've always heard about the Florida Caverns, but after almost 10 years of here, I had never made the trip.  J and I were having a little bit of wanderlust this past weekend so we decided to make the hour drive over to Marianna to check it out.  It costs $5 to park and then $8 per person for the cave tour.  Tickets for the tour are sold on a first come, first serve basis and only 25 people can go on each tour.

During the tour you are about 50 feet underground.  It's about 3/4 miles long and takes about 45 minutes.  The average temperature in the caverns is 65 degrees, so it's fabulous after walking outside in the 90 degree heat.

The caverns were very pretty and had an interesting history to them.  We got to see how a sinkhole was created from underneath, which was very neat.  I have toured many caves in the midwest which are a lot bigger and more spectacular, but it was interesting seeing the differences between those and Florida.  We thoroughly enjoyed our trip and would definitely go again.  I highly recommend it if you're in the area.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Tropical Bridal Luncheon

One of my good friend's at work got married last week and I planned a small bridal luncheon for her at work.

So funny story about how we came up with the tropical theme.  I originally planned on turquoise and sapphire colored polka dots.   Emily's boss offered to bring in all the paper products for the party.  Stupid me assumed that she would just bring in white napkins and plates.  Well, she dropped the stuff off to me the Friday before the party and there were bright colored hibiscus flowers on everything!  So, 3 days before the party, I had to completely change the theme to tropical.  In the end it worked out wonderfully and is now a great story to tell.

We had a menu of chicken ceasar salad sandwiches, little sandwich roll-ups, quiche, spinach dip, pasta salad, regular salad and fruit salad.

For drinks, I had water and a blue fruit punch.  The fruit punch was delicious!  It was made with a two-liter of Minute Maid lemonade and a huge jug of blue Hawaiian punch.  Yum!

One of my very talented co-workers made the cake.  It worked with the theme perfectly!  We were even able to send the bride home with the top tier of the cake to save for her one year anniversary (she was having a small wedding, so was only doing cupcakes at the reception).

 Most of the decor was purchased from Party City.

For the centerpieces, we purchased some cylinder vases and pink fake flowers from the Dollar Tree.  We added some jasmine and greenery from the gardens outside our office.

The luncheon turned out wonderfully and the bride loved it! 

Monday, May 5, 2014

Hello, Weight Watchers!

For the past 7 or 8 years, I've been progressively getting bigger every year.  I'm not healthy and I feel horrible about myself.  I've tried a couple different things and never found anything that I felt motivated enough to stick with.

So, I decided to join Weight Watchers.

Now I have no where near enough time to do the meetings, so I'm going to try WW Online.  I'm hoping the Points Plus system is easy enough to work with and that there is enough support and recipes online that it will make it simple for me to stick to.  Also, since I'm having to pay for the system, that should motivate me to actually use it! 

I'm not going to bombard you with weight loss information, but I'm going to start posting my menu plans and I will try to do updates every now and then.

Is anyone a Weight Watchers member?  Any advice for me or tools you recommend?