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Rascals, Romance & Riches (or lack thereof)

Thursday, July 11, 2013

I don't know how two weeks has already flown by, but it's already mid-July. How did this even happen?

A few fun updates to report:

Miss Minerva and I are getting along splendidly. She absolutely adores my kids, which surprised and delighted me. She is definitely a cuddle bug and she has been the PERFECT kitty! I'm SO glad I adopted her!



The kids are on a 13-day trip to Florida right now with their Dad and grandparents. They are hitting the beach, then Disney World. So excited for them!



And, gotta admit, it's nice to get an extended break. I have decided to go into business with Melaleuca and this is a wonderful time for me to hit it hard and get this business started right! I've just been so pleased with everything I've received so far and I should be receiving another 50+ products this week. Can't wait!

Last weekend was the 4th of July AND my birthday (on the 6th). I took Friday off of work and made it a long weekend because my sweetie booked us an adorable little cabin in the middle of the Smoky Mountains. It was AMAAAZING...had a covered hot tub outside and a heart-shaped jacuzzi tub inside.







We grilled out EVERY SINGLE MEAL. We checked in and only left ONE time to go buy a birthday cake. Otherwise, we laid around, read books, watched every single Harry Potter movie, talked, napped and just enjoyed being together. It was just the most relaxing and amazingly wonderful birthday EVER.

This is my favorite part. At 6am on my birthday, we woke up and he gave me this gift:



Now, get this. He wisks me away to a beautiful cabin in the Smoky Mountains for four days and then he says, "I'm sorry it's not the most romantic gift." HA! Are you kidding me? He's A SAINT! And I just adore him!

I have been able to stick to my nutrition plan rather well for the past couple weeks. However, I just paid rent so now cash is seriously strapped. I've noticed an odd phenomenon in eating healthfully.

When you have a full regular grocery budget, it actually seems that it IS cheaper to buy fresh fruits and veggies, etc and that it's MORE EXPENSIVE to load up on the processed foods and carbs, etc. BUT...when you have a VERY LIMITED budget (like, say, $11 that has to buy you and your kids at least 4 meals - hypothetical situation, I'm sure!), then it is LESS expensive to load up on the carbs and processed stuff. It's a conundrum. And I just realized this today. WEIRD. Perhaps I just need more training in how to shop on the cheap for veggies, etc.

Anyway, there you have it. Hope you all are well! Have a lovely weekend!
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CHRIS4338 7/16/2013 11:38AM

    We live in the city so, while we love getting to the farmer's market it doesn't always fit into our schedule to drive 30-40 minutes north. An Aldi's recently opened up in our neighborhood and it has been a godsend. There are only 3 of us so sometimes the amount I would have to purchase at Costco would end up going to waste. Aldi on the other hand has great prices and I don't have to purchase huge amounts to get an awesome deal.

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COLETTEISGREAT 7/14/2013 4:37PM

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PS: How's Minerva handling the time without the kids?

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KIPPER15 7/14/2013 9:48AM

    emoticon a bit late. Sounds like a wonderful birthday to me.

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JMARIES51 7/12/2013 10:56PM

    Happy belated birthday. You sound so happy and that is fantastic.
Hope your new business venture does well. I am not familiar with these products.


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DESERTJULZ 7/12/2013 3:21PM

    I've used Melaleuca products in the past. Love their cleaning products. Excellent quality & safe. However, their nutrition products fall short, in my opinion.

Best of luck in your new venture!

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IMAGINE46 7/12/2013 2:06PM

  Happy belated birthday! emoticon

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JLR080500 7/12/2013 8:38AM

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OLIVIANIGHT 7/12/2013 8:13AM

    Aw that sounds absolutely wonderful! What a lovely, lovely man you've found : )

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KENLIGRACE 7/12/2013 7:35AM

    What a wonderful birthday you had. Good for you. I took an economics class last year and the topic of food costs, income and the correlation to healthy living was focused on for several weeks. Studies showed that some of the unhealthiest areas were in the inner cities which corresponded to the income levels. It is more affordable to feed a family of 4 with highly processed (junk) foods than the more expensive, organic choices that families with more income enjoy. Your findings match perfectly with what I learned. Thanks for sharing. :)

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REMEMBER2BME 7/12/2013 6:39AM

    So great to get the update. Sounds like you are doing wonderful. Keep up the great work!!!

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ANEWMEB440 7/12/2013 3:47AM

    emoticon Sounds like an awesome time! Congrats on the new tennies!
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WARMSPRINGDAY 7/12/2013 2:51AM

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COCK-ROBIN 7/12/2013 1:00AM

    Thanks for the wonderful pics. And happy belated birthday.

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BLITZEN40 7/12/2013 12:05AM

    Cute kids, kitty and new shoes!

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DALID414 7/11/2013 11:49PM

    Happy belated birthday.
I started buying fruits and veggies at the 99 cents store!

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WONDERWOMAN 7/11/2013 11:01PM

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BECKYSFRIEND 7/11/2013 10:58PM

    Your kids are beautiful-Happy belated birthday emoticon

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SENIORSWIMMER 7/11/2013 9:44PM

    I'm glad things are going well for you. The grocery thing....I have no solutions. Why are the baked chips NEVER on sale. The deep fried stuff goes on sale regularly. Grrr....I shouldn't walk down the chip aisle.

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JUNEAU2010 7/11/2013 8:48PM

    Not only was that a great romantic locale, but the fact that he also gave you shoes to help you in your healthy life style - WOW!

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NILLAPEPSI 7/11/2013 8:40PM

    So happy for you! Sounds like things are going well. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GOING-STRONG 7/11/2013 8:11PM

    So happy that you are happy! And love love love the Birthday gift.... he is a keeper for sure! For cheap healthy meals I suggest a huge bag of frozen mixed veggies, an onion, a pint of fat free sour cream, dijon mustard and shredded cheese. Dice the onion, chop and saute the veggies and portion out into 2 cup servings. Top with a dollop of sour cream, a dollop of dijon and top with shredded cheese. Microwave unti cheese melts and serve. Leftover portions keep well in the fridge and can be reheated for quick easy meals. I love this veggie goulash and eat it several times a week. You can optionally also top with chopped tomato, avocado or your other favorite veggies. Enjoy!

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REGILIEH 7/11/2013 8:03PM

    Belated emoticon Greetings!

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DJSHIP46 7/11/2013 7:34PM

    I am SO happy that you sound SO happy!!! emoticon

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OPTIMIST1948 7/11/2013 7:00PM

    Beans. You need some dried beans. And some good soup recipes. I have an awesome one for Pasta Fagiole. Let me know if you need.

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SHRINKING_SARA 7/11/2013 6:41PM

    I found the farmers markets are the cheapest place to get veggies and fruit. I could get enough squash to last a week for $3 at a farmers market vs one dinner if I bought it at the grocery store.

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SLIMLEAF 7/11/2013 6:19PM

    It's good to hear your news - thanks for the update.

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MOM-MOM8 7/11/2013 6:01PM

    emoticon Happy Birthday!! So happy that things are going well for you. It is great that someone is spoiling you a bit. Have a great week end!

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MISSLISA1973 7/11/2013 5:59PM

    Miss Minerva is darling! It sounds like things are going well for you, and I wish you all the best in everything! We haven't "chatted" in a while, so it's really good to see you. : )

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LINDAK25 7/11/2013 5:56PM

    Sounds Great! Happy Birthday!
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KKKAREN 7/11/2013 5:36PM

    Happy Birthday, nice cat!

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WORLDSERIES11 7/11/2013 5:27PM

    I had a similar holiday weekend, celebrating my sweeties b-day on the 7th:)
And I totally agree with you about the buying healthy versus non-healthy stuff...it's weird isn't it?

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