How We Eat Healthy On A Budget

Let’s get specific here. I’m going to tell you exactly how I make my budget work with eating healthy. Everyone has a different budget with different numbers of family members. Currently there are three people in this household – Barry, Annie, and me…..and Dottie who THINKS she’s a person. If I tell you how we do it and make it work, hopefully you can make it work for your budget too.I’ll just go ahead and tell you, it was a hard switch to make for me. I was used to paying LOW prices for food…..and now I’m of the opinion that with only very few exceptions, you get what you pay for when it comes to food. I still do struggle at times when I realize how much more good food can cost. In the long run, I’m already finding it is cheaper. Not only do we feel better, but we ARE better in general. Before you disagree, you may want to consider future medical costs, etc. when you look at this type of diet. A Whole Foods diet is proven to lead to better health and it increases immunity levels. That means fewer doctor visits and other medical expenses, and thus more money in your pocket. For me, that actually means a Whole Foods diet is cheaper. While I know it doesn’t guarantee you won’t get sick, I believe it is a HUGE step in the right direction.Okay, now let’s get to the fun stuff.Continue reading

Transitioning to Two


Some of you have asked me if I would write about the transition in our family from having one child to having two children. I’ll be honest – I didn’t really want to write this. Mainly because I have friends who are pregnant with their second and I don’t want to scare the dooby out of them…and also because I have friends with like 8 kids and I know they’re going to laugh at me. But anyway, here goes. And remember, you asked for this.

Honesty:  having one kid is super easy. I know those of you with one kid would disagree with me. I know, because I used to just have one and I thought it was rough. Now I’ve got two and I realize just how easy ONE was. Dude…there was ONE. Me versus Annie. I am bigger than her. I win (okay, so I win part of the time).

Now I’ve got TWO. Do you know what happens when you have two? I’ll tell you – they gang up on you. You are now outnumbered. They are partners in crime. They scheme about things to do when you’re on the potty…they have a friend. And when you have a friend, you scheme. I know because I have friends and we scheme. It’s what friends do.Continue reading

How to Make Soap Nuts Liquid

How to Make Soap Nuts Liquid

Yay! Y’all asked for more videos and I’ve finally delivered. :-) It’s a miracle that I figured this out without injuring myself. Anyway, here is my post on how to make soap nuts liquid. It’s very easy and VERY frugal.

Here is my original post on Soap Nuts just in case you missed it. You guys were really interested in them – and I’ll just tell you again…they rock and I love them.Continue reading

A Simple Way To Improve Your Dish Drainer

I’m easily grossed out by certain things. Hair. Hair really grosses me out…..but mostly just hair in public bathrooms. AHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Okay, sorry. Another thing – cleaning out the drain. Why? Well because there is HAIR down in there. Gobs of it. You’d think we were bald by seeing how much is in there. One more thing – rotten vegetables. They get all slimey and scary. Whew! Who knows what will happen if you touch that?And finally, the dish drainer. We don’t have a dishwasher (by my choice) so I air dry my dishes. I hate how gooey and slimy that silly mat underneath gets. It gets yellow…..and green…..and did I mention, slimy? In a perfect world, I’d just clean it every day……but then again, in a perfect world I’d also get 8 hours of sleep every night.Continue reading

Ask Barry: November 20, 2011

I’m always interested in the transition that occurs about this time of year – fall leaves, turkey and dressing, and certain people who transform from normal, kind citizens into impatient, rude, and just flat out meanies who will take you out for taking “their” parking space at the store.  As we get closer to Thanksgiving and Christmas, I want to encourage all of you out there to be generous with your family – be generous with your time, your love and your patience.  All the STUFF you buy to  put under the tree may cost a fortune and be lots of fun for a while, but your time, love and patience will mean much more to the people to whom you give it.  As we slip into one of the most dangerous times of year for a household budget, make sure to remember what is really important in your lives and don’t make this time of year about money!  Now, onto your questions…Continue reading