Living with Less Television

Over the course of a year, I have cut down on the amount of television I watch probably by about 98%.  When I was single and working full time, I would come home and watch TV religiously.  It just became a habit.  Like a good book, I was taken away to another place where I could just forget some of the stress in my life at the time and where I could daydream.  The programs on the TV entertained me and relaxed me.  When I got married, things changed.  I no longer had the amount of time I had when I was single to just veg.  I began to watch television less and less.  Then, when I became a mother, my days of watching TV came to an end.  With a child to take care of and with my new job as a stay-at-home mom, my days were filled with daily chores such as cooking, cleaning, running errands, and taking care of my husband and daughter.

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Fun Inexpensive Money Saving Activities

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As you know, I’m all about saving money.  Engaging in activities, especially when you have children, can sometimes be costly. Because my family is on a budget, I’ve had to find ways to entertain my 19 month old daughter and to just get out of the house once in a while (in case you didn’t know, I’m a stay at home mom).  Here is a list of money saving activities I’ve found are fun and engaging:

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Vegan Bean Salad

Vegan Bean Salad

Happy Hump Day!  This week’s recipe list (I choose 6 recipes usually for the week- Friday is our family restaurant night) included a delicious bean salad I made for dinner.  It is super easy to make and the parsley and lemon juice that are added really give it that delicious fresh flavor that just bursts in your mouth!  Here is the recipe:

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My New Found Stress Reliever That Costs Next to Nothing!

Hi Everyone!  It has been a while since my last post.  I lost my sweet doggy of 15 years and needed some time to grieve and heal. But, I’m back and am ready to share some more of my tips for improving overall health and wellness through diet, simple living and budgeting. Over the past week or so I’ve found a VERY inexpensive hobby that not only saves money, but also takes up little space in your home and is a MAJOR stress reliever.  I decided to dabble in some sketching, and let me tell you, I’m addicted! I have found that not only does drawing take me to a place of total relaxation, but I’m pretty good at it.  It’s just pure fun and is a

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Benefits of a Whole Foods Vegan Diet

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Why Choose a Whole Foods Vegan Diet?

Whenever I’ve encountered something in my life that has had a positive and life changing impact on me, I feel the urge to share what I’ve learned.  When I became a vegan over a year ago, I had no idea the immense way it would improve my overall health and the way I felt each day.  I have more energy than I’ve ever had and my body and mind feel renewed.  By eliminating meat, dairy, and processed food in your diet, you can receive an array of health benefits.  Read and be amazed!

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Health Hazards of Eating Processed Food

If you have read my ebook, you already know that I’m not a fan of processed food.  After watching the movie Fed Up, I was convinced that eating processed food was like putting poison into my body.  I made a vow never to eat it again and have kept that promise for over a year.  I revisited the idea of processed food being harmful to the human body just a few days ago and this is what I found:

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My Money Saving Tips

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Hello!  I’m excited to share this blog post, because for the past year and a half my husband and I have been saving, investing, and have paid of all our debt except for our mortgage, which is in our near future!  I would like to let you all know that you don’t need to earn a ton of money to be financially successful.  Being frugal I found is the key to getting out of debt and to saving and making money.  My husband and I follow a wonderful financial guru named Dave Ramsey.  He is the reason why we are in the place we

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Organic vs. Non-Organic Food

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I have been reading a lot of positive information regarding the health benefits of organic food as opposed to non-organic food. Some of the research I have done mentions how the use of certain pesticides on conventional crops could pose some very serious heath risks such as learning and developmental disabilities in growing children and puts people at risk for growing various types of cancer.  Another area of concern is that animals on non-organic farms are being given antibiotics which in turn show up in the food we eat.  This is an area that wouldn’t be applicable to my daughter and I due to the fact that we are vegans and don’t eat any

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Why I Choose to Live a Minimalist Lifestyle

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I have been a minimalist for a number of years.  Having less has allowed me to focus on the important things in life such as relationships, God, and family.  Owning less has inspired me to be highly organized (easy to do when you own few possessions) and to treasure those things that I have without just letting them collect dust in a drawer.  I know where everything is in my house and I can locate things quickly and easily.  With fewer toys than most children, my 1-year-old daughter appreciates the things she

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Getting the Necessary Vitamins Through a Vegan Diet

Vegans getting vitamins

I felt compelled to write about how vegans get all of the adequate nutrients they need to thrive and live a healthy life.  There are so many critics who feel a vegan diet is not enough and that a person needs to incorporate meat and dairy into his/her diet.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard, But are you getting enough protein?  What people fail to understand is how jam packed beans are with protein.  Although I am in no way a doctor or a nutritionist, I have found through research, that there is no reason why a person couldn’t get all of the nutrients needed by eating

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