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Energy drinks are more popular than ever right now. Whether you are someone who can’t start their day without a morning cup of coffee or you need an energy-boost for a pre-workout grind, you are likely to resort to some sort of energy supplement.
I am a die-hard Diet Coke fan. You drink a cup of coffee first thing in the morning? I drink a Diet Coke. I do not feel any energy benefit from drinking it so its clear that I am addicted.
So when mid-morning rolls around, I am dragging. I began a manhunt for a good energy drink shortly after I became diagnosed with hypothyroidism. Even after my thyroid levels stabilized, I was still tired all the time.
I went to The Vitamin Shoppe and asked what the recommended. That was when I was introduced with my miracle drink, Amino Energy.
What I like :
- Low in carbs
- Low in calories
- Caffeine is said to be derived from green tea, green tea extracts, and green coffee extract. With all that “green”, it’s got to be healthy, right?! (just kidding)
- Super tasty (orange and grape are my favorite flavors)
- No “shaky” effects or crashes
- No trouble falling asleep at night
What I dislike about Amino Energy:
- Price. $29.99 per 30-serving container of powder supplement. However, The Vitamin Shoppe is very gracious about giving out coupons to their customers who utilize their member cards. And this item does goes on sale occasionally.
- Fruit Punch, Watermelon, and Blue Raspberry flavors are for the birds. Yack.
I normally drink one serving a day, which is two scoops of powder mixed in water. I usually drink it around noon and it perks me up for the rest of the day and evening. I never feel shaky or light headed and I never get a heart-pounding burst of energy. It’s smooth and keeps me energized without any nasty consequences later.
This weekend I ran out of my Amino Energy but placed an order with The Vitamin Shoppe that was expected to arrive Tuesday, which it did. My husband is an avid fan of Monster Energy Extra Strength Super Dry and we had a little bit of a stock pile of them in the fridge. So, I drank one.
Monster Energy Extra Strength Super Dry
What I like:
- Tastes really good.
- Gave me a lot of energy.
What I dislike:
- Heart palpitations.
- Energy wore off within an hour.
- Headache and dizzy after it wore off.
- Price. $2.00 per 12 oz (Dollar General sells them for this price, which is actually a good price. Gas stations will charge anywhere from $2.50-$3.25 for one of these bad boys).
Thankfully, I have my Amino Energy now. If you are looking for a good energy drink that doesn’t have bad side effects, you may want to consider Amino Energy. It has the same amount of caffeine as a Monster Energy per serving. But I’ll let you be the judge as to the actual nutritional value.
Chicken Pot Pie is one of my favorite things to make! Homemade pot pie is a hearty dish that will leave you full and is healthier than frozen pot pies that you buy at the store. Plus, it’s super easy!
Instead of making my own dough, I use Pillsbury Pie Crusts. Then I simply pack it full of chicken, seasonings, and lots of veggies!
Here’s my recipe:
Grease a small pan (4″ x 8″) with coconut oil.
Place pie crust in bottom.
In a medium sized pot, boil your boneless, skinless chicken breast and chopped onion and celery.
In a small sized pot, boil your veggies. I bought a mix of frozen carrots, peas, and green beans for $0.99. I added diced celery.
Once the chicken is done, let it cool then shred it.
Place it on the first layer of crust.
1/3 cup of chicken broth from your boiled chicken.
1/4 cup milk.
2 tablespoons of flour.
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese.
Salt + pepper.
Bake at 450 degrees for about 20 minutes or until the top turns golden brown.
Some days it seems harder than others to come up with dinner ideas. By the time you actually figure out what you want to make for dinner, the day may be half gone! If you have a few meals stocked in the freezer for those days when you mind goes blank, you will thank yourself later- I promise!
Pre-making your meals ahead is a great way to stay on top of things throughout the week. Parents and non-parents can benefit from the relief of asking or being asked, “What’s for dinner?”. Plus, this can save you money in the long run because it helps reduce the temptations of just ordering take-out.
This is a quick & easy recipe that is also dairy and gluten-free!
I love this idea! You can do this for practically any kind of soup: chicken noodle, vegetable, and beef vegetable, to name a few! If your recipe calls for noodles, its best to add those at the time when you actually eat the meal. Pasta tends to become a bit mushy after it’s been boiled, frozen, then reheated.
Soup is one of the easiest meals to freeze and it always tastes fresh when heated up! After your ingredients are combined, it’s best to cool it immediately before freezing. This reduces the chance of bacteria. You can do this by putting your soup in a bowl and set the bowl in ice. Once its cool, pour it in a ziploc bag, label it, and date it! Soup can stay in the freezer for 2-3 months.
Lasagna is so easy to freeze! Simply line your pan with aluminum foil, with extra foil outside the edge. Add extra sauce to prevent it from drying out and cook as normal. After it has cooled, pop it right into the freezer. Once the lasagna is firm, take it out and wrap it in foil. Label and date it. This meal will keep for 3 months in the freezer!
I love that you can use this meat for a variety of meals. Tacos, salads, sandwiches, etc! Plus, cilantro and lime are currently one of my favorite combinations. Check out my recipe for Zesty Orange, Lime, and Cilantro Chicken Breast.
I love that you can make this meal in the slow cooker. As it is cooking, you can get started on preparing another freezable supper for the week!
Chicken nuggets are a kid-approved meal! These nuggets are a lot more healthy than store-bought chicken nuggets.
A kid-approved dinner! Homemade freezable chicken nuggets are a tasty, easy, and healthy way to enjoy this finger food favorite!
Nothing beats coming home from a long day at work to enjoy a home cooked meatloaf! I have tried this recipe and my family loves it. I usually pair it was a pack of microwaveable/steamable veggies and a baked potato or salad.
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Facebook can be such a horrible place to spend your time. I recently went a little crazy with deleting my “friends”. I like living a minimalist lifestyle and felt a bit cluttered with whats going on in the lives of many people that I hardly know. I even deleted a bunch of family members. Ruthless, I know.
So what is the purpose of Facebook? Well, there are a few things people use Facebook for: stalking, snooping, playing games, bullying, whining, etc. Those don’t sound very appealing, huh? Well….
There are ways to make your personal Facebook page earn you money. The number one biggest “no-no” to anyone who is interested in being successful at anything is to not waste your time. Time is money. It’s easy to blow time on reading and commenting on senseless posts out of boredom or procrastination. Don’t let yourself fall into this trap!
For starters, I landed my first writing gig on Facebook. How? By “liking” my favorite couponing website. I saw a post one day that said they were searching for a BI-LO expert and boom. I got the job! So make sure you “like” your favorite company or business. Social media is the new best way to search for jobs!
You can also find jobs on Facebook by following popular job search engines such as Indeed, careerbuilder, and monster. If you are searching for a job to do at home, check out The Work at Home Woman. I have been following her for a couple years and her site is packed with everything you need to know about a work at home career!
Another way I have earned money via Facebook is through Ibotta. For those of you who are not aware, Ibotta is an app that you can download on your phone. I have an iPhone but am certain it’s available other phones as well. Simply put, there are times when you need to post on your Facebook timeline that you scored a certain amount of cash for purchasing an item in order to actually receive the money.
Easy, right? VERY easy. The only problem I have had was a recent rude comment of my “obnoxious” couponing posts. To be honest, I don’t know this person very well and I don’t spend my time browsing through nonsense on Facebook. I hide a lot of peoples’ feed and focus only on companies, bloggers, or close family.
You can get around feeling “obnoxious” by making your posts private or posting then deleting right afterwards. Or, just not worry about it.
Bottom line is this: I like money. Some people enjoy being unhappy. To each their own.
Facebook yard sales are also an awesome way to add some cash back into your life. It’s super easy to do. It’s like craigslist only your items are shown to a much larger audience and it’s more responsive. Easier to ask questions and entertain multiple offers. I recently wrote a blog post about easy tips to make money online.
Sweepstakes are other great ways to make some money on Facebook! Check out my list of sweepstakes. Scroll to the bottom and view Facebook-specific giveaways. I have found that since there are so many Facebook sweeps, it’s a more organized way of sorting through them. Not everyone has or wants a Facebook account so it’s easier for them to bypass.
I have won some awesome things from sweepstakes that I have entered through Facebook. So far, I have one a Big Green Egg (Valued $850+), $50 Gift Card to BI-LO, free products, and most recently an iPad mini!
Facebook is pretty much the go-to for many coupons now. If you go to a products’ website, many of them direct you to their Facebook page for their latest deals and coupons! Facebook benefits businesses BIG time because every time we like or share, they get more exposure.
Another bonus about coupons on Facebook is that they are normally high-value coupons. But on the flip side, they typically aren’t offered for a very long time.
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Do you sell on Etsy or eBay? Share with your friends what you are selling! You can sell your items at lightening speed and cut out the cost of shipping if you meet up with your buddy to swap your item for their cash.
Or if you sell Mary Kay, 31 products, Pampered Chef, etc than you can earn some super easy commission by providing your friends with a link to your online catalog! No party needed!
Lastly, if you are looking to find a babysitting, cleaning, or pet sitting job, you can advertise your services through your newsfeed! Your friends may not need your service but someone is sure to know of someone that could use your help!
Before anyone suggest that I am a horrible person, let me explain a little about who Goodwill actually helps. Many people that the Goodwill helps families in need, aka “the poor”. That is not who Goodwill helps.
The Goodwill helps people with disabilities search for employment. They also provide training for these individuals to make it easier for them to find jobs. This is very important, don’t get me wrong. But I think a lot of people have the wrong idea about what Goodwill is all about.
With that said, lets begin my rant.
First, let me mention how comical this sentence is on their FAQ page of their website:
“If I shop at a Goodwill store, will I be depriving disadvantaged people of stuff they need?”
The answer is “NO”, of course. But let me explain to you why you are not depriving the poor of items they need: The poor can’t afford to shop at Goodwill. If you are a die-hard thrift store shopper, you have to be careful in Goodwill because prices can add up quickly.
If you haven’t noticed, the prices at Goodwill are beyond unreasonable. At my local Goodwill, a pair of womens’ jeans are priced at $5.00. All short-sleeved shirts are $3.00 and long-sleeved shirts are $4.00. I know, some of you are thinking, “$3-$4 for a shirt isn’t so bad”. It’s not bad if it’s brand new and in perfect condition. And on a side note, if you think a used shirt for $4 is a steal, then we aren’t from the same planet.
As a previous extreme couponer and lifelong cheapskate, this is an abomination. All clothing items in the same category, regardless of condition, are priced equally. That is, of course, unless it still has its price tag from the store that someone donated instead of returning to the store. Clothing items with price tags are usually priced fairly close to what the store would be asking. (OUTRAGEOUS)
About 90% of the items in a Goodwill store should be donated to the homeless shelter. But did you know that Goodwill does NOT donate to the homeless? Instead, if items do not sell, they either try to recycle them or they go to a landfill. Read all about it here.
If you have babies or young children to shop for, Goodwill is also not the place to shop. You are not getting a deal on baby, toddler, or kids clothing, shoes, accessories, etc at Goodwill.
For one, kids are messy. These used clothing items are clearly used. A stained, torn and tattered shirt will cost you a whopping $2.50 at the Goodwill. This is insane because you can get SUCH great deals if you wait for items to go on sale and retail stores to offer coupons.
Secondly, have you ever heard of clearance racks? Wal Mart is known for their $1 clearance in the baby and kids sections. Sure, you’re going to be buying shorts in the fall and sweaters in the summer but they will be brand new and still cheaper than Goodwill. If you estimate sizes well, then you won’t have a problem buying clothes this way. It’s worked out well for us so far.
Just this past weekend I went bargain-hunting at Kohl’s. I received one of those glorious $10 off $30 coupons in my email and stocked up for my son for next winter. I spent $23 and saved $85.
But in all honesty, it is hard to find a good deal at Goodwill. They research the valuable items that come in so the chances of you scoring something of any value for practically nothing is low. They even have their own online auction for high-valued items. You can go here to find what they have for sale right now.
I still go to Goodwill occasionally to browse their jeans. I have found jeans in great condition from name brands like Banana Republic, J.Crew, and Levi’s and purchased those. I always end up needing to hem them though but I can attest that they were worth the $5 spent.
I personally feel that the Salvation Army is a better thrift store. They follow a similar system like Goodwill: clothing with original tags are outrageously priced and all other items of similar categories are priced equally. However, they do have a nice selection of clothing for babies and kids that are $0.25-$0.50. Household items also seem to be better priced.
I love thrift stores and I love yard sales. It’s just hard to find anything to buy because items are extremely overpriced. With the internet and millions of coupon codes available, its hard to pass up the awesome deals online. Plus, the benefit of staying at home is always a key factor for myself.
And another thing: I love that Goodwill helps people with disabilities find jobs. That’s amazing. But overcharging people for items that are donated to them is not a reputable thing to do.
What are your thoughts/opinions on Goodwill?
I moved to North Carolina almost 4 years ago and never made snow cream until now. When I first moved here and heard about snow cream, I thought everyone was crazy. I’m from Ohio and the last thing we ever thought to do was to bring snow indoors. Sure, we made snowmen and snow angels but the only rule we ever knew when it came to ingesting snow was to stay away from the yellow kind.
I had no interest in making any until recently. I think part of me misses all the snow and as soon as it started to snow, I went a little bonkers. The endless possibilities: sled riding, snowmen, snow ball fights…And then I remembered this “snow cream” that these southerners speak of. I literally felt like this:
So I made my first batch of snow cream last night. My thoughts on snow cream: Tastes okay. It tasted like watered down French vanilla ice cream to be honest. It’s cool to do, don’t get me wrong. But as a die-hard fan of French vanilla ice cream, I can’t really like something that seems like a cheap imitation. I let my toddler decorate it with some hearts and he sat at his table to eat it. It ended up turning into a puddle of melted sugary snow. He did not approve either.
Here is the recipe I used:
1 cup milk
1/2 c sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
6 cups fresh snow
(I love my vintage pink Pyrex bowl. I want a whole collection!)
And the results:
But I didn’t let my disappointing review of snow cream take me down off of my snow-high.
One thing that you cannot mess up:
Hello, Cranberry Sierra Mist with SNOW as ICE! Genius…I know