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Final Monday: Goodbye friends

Hi friends,

Thanks for coming along with me on this lovely blog journey.

I’ve reached my goal of blogging 5 days a week for a year, and I’m finished, thankful that you’ve read along, and moving on with my “spare time” to other goals.

I hope that I’ve imparted some of my own brand of wisdom on parenting, organization, good food, money and cleaning.

Much love to you all!
Amy

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Financial Friday: Calculate your meal costs

Hi friends,

Here’s a fun, quick financial exercise:

Pick a favourite meal.  Look up the cost of that meal online at your favourite restaurant, like if it’s a fettuccine dish from a psata place that cost $15.

Then, next time you’re at the grocery store, make a little list of the cost of the ingredients for the same meal and compare the costs.  There are definitely a lot of meals that cost less to make at home, and a few that are cheaper at a restaurant, Check and see which ones are worth buying and eating where 😀
Amy

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Organized Thursday: Planning your camping schedule

Hi friends,

Here’s a lesson for your from the don’t-make-my-mistake book.

When you plan your summer camping or vacation schedule, take a look at your whole summer together as a block and then decide where you should schedule those times.

We were so excited to go camping and hang out this summer that we accidentally booked 6 weekends in a row away from home, and also there were a few streaks of camping 3 weekends in a row.  It was way too much and we were running around like crazy chickens to get our errands run in between.  It isn’t fun!

So, we are making notes for the rest of the summer and next year on the calendar to say that we will camp one weekend on and one weekend off in the future, and plan home weekends with errand running, company ad staycation fun.

Write it down so that you remember your plan for next summer too!
Amy

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Kids on Wednesday: helping out around the yard

Hi friends,

Summertime and the chore list for your kids can get outside!

Here are a list of things that your kids can do to help you outside these days – make it fun by having an outside job jar or bingo sheet to cross off.

– Clean up dog poop

– Water the garden/trees

– Sweep off the porches/decks

– Pull weeds

– Hose off the house/decks/porches

– Clean up the shed/garage

– Cut the grass

Have fun with it!
Amy

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Sparkling Clean Tuesday: Clean the crannies in your vacuum

Hi friends,

I accidentally turned my vacuum cleaner upside down recently – and yikes!
The amount of hair and debris in the beater bar that spins over the carpet was really gross.

In 5 minutes, I cut out the hair coiled round it with scissors, and pulled it out, and then wiped down the bar and as much as I could reach inside the machine with Lysol wipes.  These are perfect for the job because the cleaner dries very fast, and you don’t want the inside of the vacuum wet.

Then, I wiped down the outside of the vacuum with more Lysol wipes since it was really dusty and dirty.

It was a quick & dirty job that’s now clean and sparkly.

Amy

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Foodie Monday: Crockpot summer chicken noodle soup

Hi friends,

Another summer crockpot recipe for you to try out at the cabin, the trailer or the house!

Crockpot Summer Chicken Noodle Soup:

– 3-4 chicken breasts (I usually use frozen ones since I forgot to take them out the night before)

– 1.5 c. chopped carrots

– 3 stalks celery, chopped

– 1 med. yellow onion, chopped

– 3 tbsps. minced garlic

– 3 tbsp. olive oil

– 8 c. chicken broth

– 1 c. water and 3 tbsps. chicken base (or bouillon)

– 1 tbsp. each – thyme, rosemary, celery seed, chicken seasoning, salt and pepper

– 2 c. broad egg noodles

– 1 tbsp. lemon juice

Add whole chicken breasts, diced carrots, onion, celery and garlic to your crockpot,  drizzle with olive oil. Cover with broth, water, chicken base, and spices.  Stir, and cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours.

Remove cooked chicken onto a cutting board, allow to rest for 10 minutes, then dice into bite sized pieces.  Meanwhile, add noodles.  Increase crockpot heat to high, cover and cook for 10 minutes.

Stir in diced chicken, lemon juice, stir and serve.

Yum
Amy

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Financial Friday: Saving for a big ticket item

Hi friends,

Let’s talk about saving for a big ticket item.

Here’s my plan that I use:

– Pick an item to save to save for

– Make a savings plan: I want a $250 TV and I want to save for it in 5 months.  I’ll take $25 out per payday, $50 a month, and put it in a mayo jar in my house.

– Price shop/look up reviews for the item while I save for it

– Decide on what I’m going to buy

– Buy it at the end of my 5 month savings period

Try it!
Amy

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