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Life is Moving Fast

Raise your hands if you are in shock that it's MAY!

Seriously! The fifth month of the new year, already?

I just celebrated my 54th birthday.

Baby Nolan just turned 4 months old ... he'll be here when he's hitting his 5th month!

Mark just finished up his 5th round of chemo, which means he's been dealing with all that loveliness for 10 weeks ...

We are approaching our 5 month diagnosis period. Odd, it feels like it just happened yesterday, yet it's gotten to the point where I can talk about it and not immediately tear up. Some days.

I stopped crying for a while there. And then I realized, it was late April and how fast life was moving. It made me extremely sad so I started crying daily, again. Serves absolutely NO purpose, let me tell you.

All I want is a PAUSE button. It's not that I want to stop the process, because I know I can't. But I would like to be able to stop and enjoy some moments more than others. That's what happens when you know your soul ma…

Grocery Shops in Review

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Hey, hey, looking to see what we've bought in the past week or so?

Hubby was out the previous week, home for his 4th treatment and then flew out again on Saturday morning. The only good news on that is that we didn't shop a whole lot those 2 weeks ...

So after he flew out Saturday morning, I came home and cleaned house at 6am ... had to wait for the medical pickup people to pick up the defective pump from this week (yeah, Hubby was hooked up for 48 hours and only got, maybe, 1/3 of the poison. He knew it wasn't working right and even called to do a check of everything) and THEN I knew I had to hit up a store! Not my best choice....

Whole Foods - April 28th, 2018
Total Spent - $116.63

Yeah. Quite a bit more than planned AND I still need some other things. Ugh.


3.48 pounds of b/s chicken breast $13.89 ($3.99 a pound)
4 pkgs of ground beef (90/10) that were $4.99 a pound - $5.11, $4.84, $5.24 and $5.19

SO Delicious coffee creamer $4.79
bottle of Rose wine $17.66
bottle of White…

Grocery Shops in Review - Costco Edition!

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Hey hey ... it's that time again!

Time to look at what I bought ... and what I spent ...

::cringe::
It's not so very bad ... honestly! And actually, had the boy not come along, I would have spent even LESS ... but it is what it is ... so while my Mandarin Orange Chicken from Trader Joe (freezer!) cooks up, I'm going to type up the receipt and hopefully get the pictures cleaned up and ready to post asap!

I did have a list.
A very specific list.  And it was short! Crazy, I know!  And I stuck with it, except for ONE thing ...


The biggest frugal fail ever! I bet that book is available on Kindle, Amazon, the library! Everywhere for FREE ... if not today, soon!

Yup. It called my name ... "over here ... you deserve a brand new book to read this weekend" ... "yes, you do ... it's only $15.99"

Uhm, that's the equivalent of THREE bags of that Mandarin Orange Chicken ...


Moving on ... (and that book better NOT get a single splash of pool water while I'm …

Frugal Activities

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Hey hey, it's been a LONG time since I've shared any of our Frugal Activities and I would love to get back in the habit of doing so!

This past week has been pretty good on the frugal front, thankfully ... we really need it! This insurance and cancer stuff is pretty expensive, you know?
Being intentionally frugal is the best approach to having a successful week, trust me!

Here's some of the Frugal Activities we've been doing for the past few days!

1.  I personally avoided the store ... Hubby went one day and spent a whopping $30 ... such a thrifty guy! He had a chemo session so he needed to stock up on liquids to drink for 3 days ... I'm ok with this as it's very important that he stays hydrated!

2. Gave myself a manicure AND painted my toes. Ahem, not just the toe nails, I might add. I started laughing half way through as I couldn't see squat and could see the dark blue polish on the sides of my toes. Oh well, saved me a minimum of $60 doing it myself. Perfect? …

10 Ways to Save Money

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Everyone has a few favorite tips for saving a dollar or two ... Today, I'm going to share TEN WAYS to save money ... and I promise, they won't be all that hard for you to incorporate in to your daily routine!

1.  Pack your food and drinks for the day. I don't care if you are a stay at home mom or work full time at an office: don't leave home empty handed! Bring your snacks, drinks, etc. I pack a lunch daily, and always bring a water bottle along. I figure I save a minimum of $8 a day by doing this. That's 40 bucks a WEEK!!

Yummy Yummy Chicken BLT Salad
2. Avoid that grocery store. Hold out as LONG as you can ... I am a big fan of counting the number of days til I actually step foot inside a grocery store. Seriously, try it. Shop your pantry and freezers FIRST and make do with what you have. Go ahead, I promise you, your family will not wither away if you don't buy groceries this week. Savings? Probably a minimum of $50 a week. Of course, it doesn't work so w…

Menu Plan Monday

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Hey, let's take a walk down memory lane and do a Menu Plan for the week ahead!

Ha. Sorry. It's just been quite a while since I've done a real menu plan, I'll admit it. Hubby's currently medical situation has really turned a lot of things upside down and food has certainly been the #1 thing.


He goes in for treatment #3 on Tuesday and just told me this evening that he's very nervous about this one for some reason. I would make a safe guess it's because he flies out on Friday morning and well, what if he does feel like crap?? Then what?

It will be fine. I told him so, therefore, it will be. ;-)

I'm trying to do a little mini-pantry/freezer challenge this month as well ... to save a little money and to clear out some of the clutter food stuff we have hanging around too!

Here's what we are looking at for the week!

Saturday - bacon and mushroom burgers on the grill with a wedge salad (we did stop and pick up the ground beef)

Need to buy some more soon!
Su…

Grocery Trips in Review

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The Boy and I hit up Costco on Tuesday ... only because Hubby took a road trip to Ocala to see his sister. We originally planned to go on Monday but the Boy opted to spend time with some friends so we went on Tuesday instead. I went to Trader Joe's on Monday, which, in hindsight, was pretty dumb on my part.

Oh well.

I love Trader Joe's ... my wallet, not so much!

But I can justify it the majority of the time, just as long as I stay under $50 ... and I can't tell you the last time I did that.

Bummer.
However, there are some things that we just can't buy anywhere else that's acceptable.

A few of those things:

frozen macaroni and cheese


frozen cooked shrimp

decent, inexpensive wine

onion salt (!!)

and, of course, that riced cauliflower

Of course, I didn't buy all that stuff but a bunch of other things ...

Trader Joe's - March 19, 2018 Total Spent - $72.89
I guess I should be glad it was under $100, right?
about 4 pounds b/s chicken breast, $5.99 per pound. $9.46 and $…