Saturday, December 31, 2022

Shopping For Men at Fashion Nova Men

Clothing shopping for fashion concious individuals can be challenging at times, especially if you are trying to stick to a budget. Finding out about Fashion Nova is really exciting for me, because I plan on taking advantage of their decent pricing and free worldwide shipping (if spending over a certain amount) to buy clothing for my sons, who like what they see on their site.

Fashion Nova Men carries a wide selection of styles, including shirts, tees, jeans, joggers, and more. They also carry a wide variety of sizes, from plus size to petite. Whether you're shopping for yourself or for a friend, you're sure to find the perfect style. If you have any questions about what to buy, don't hesitate to ask a member of their sales staff.

Is an ABSN Program Better Than a Traditional BSN?

If you are looking to increase your earning potential and learn a profession that would work with children, you may have considered going into nursing. But what about an ABSN (Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing) program to learn nursing? Learn more about that option here.

The demand for nursing courses has gradually gone up as more and more students are now interested in nursing degrees. A lot of good institutes also offer a variety of nursing degrees to choose from, and this is where some students might get confused. One of the most common questions is whether to get a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) or simply go for an accelerated program.

People who have a bachelor's degree in a different field and want to change careers may find the accelerated programs available to be encouraging. Also, as the baby boomer generation ages, the skills of registered nurses with a bachelor's degree will be in demand.

The pandemic has also shown how important nurses are to the healthcare system every day and in emergencies. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says that between now and 2031, the need for nurses will grow by 6%. A lot of people are hence taking up nursing courses like BSN, MSN, and accelerated BSN programs.

But is an ABSN program better than a regular BSN program? Let’s take a deeper look at both programs.

Budgeting, Once Again

I have a confession. 

I haven't budgeted since the middle of the summer.

As someone who talks about how important it is to have a budget, it is embarrassing to share that. 

I've written before about building a bedroom for my son, something that I couldn't wait any longer to do. He was already nearly 13 and sharing a room with his two sisters, 8 and 10, and he needed his own space already. And I could only do it in the non rainy summer because in order to build it I needed to store the things that were in the stairwell outside during the construction. 

But the summer was already an expensive one. I had promised my children to give them an enjoyable and meaningful summer and though I tried to keep costs down, the cost of the outings did add up. 

Friday, December 23, 2022

Tips for a Successful Parent Entrepreneur

Being a parent while running a business definitely is not easy. Both place large demands on you. How can you do both successfully? Here are some tips.

Parenting is one of the most rewarding and challenging roles a person can take on in life. As if parenting wasn't challenging enough, more and more parents are taking on the extra challenge of starting their own business while their kids are still young. Sounds like a big challenge, right? It's a rollercoaster of emotions and it takes an immense level of determination and hard work to be successful in both roles. For those considering taking this journey, the following are some tips that may help to keep you grounded and increase your chances of success.

Thursday, December 22, 2022

How to start earning huge profits from Forex trading today

My dad is an expert when it comes to buying and selling things for profit, like with stocks. Forex seems to have some overlap, predicting trends, buying low and selling high. Some people make enough money this way to have it be all the income they need. But I know nothing about these topics. So I'll leave them to the experts to explain. Here is an explanation on how you can earn money with forex trading.

Forex trading is one of the most profitable and popular online professions that have attracted a huge number of fans in the last couple of years. From the two words "foreign" and "exchange," it is clear that this is the business of trading foreign currencies for profit.

The Forex market is a world-famous financial market that is considered the largest and most volatile, with a daily turnover of 6.6 trillion dollars. Considering that an increasing number of people are interested in Forex, the competition in the market is growing significantly.

Also, many people who once managed to make profits as a hobby now find it much more difficult because Forex requires a lot of dedication and time. So, what does an individual trader need to know to achieve a meaningful professional career in Forex? Here are some tips.

Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Firecracker Peanut Butter S'mores Recipe -- Easy Homemade Medical Marijuana Edibles Recipe, Gluten Free Vegan Cannabis Cookies

Medical marijuana is a lifesaver for many people. I have been dealing with chronic pain with doctors basically telling me there's nothing they could do about it; I've been on all the medication suggested other than opioids and they didn't work and my situation was written up as being treatment resistant. I went to a pain clinic and the doctor there told me there was nothing he could do for me, while I bawled the entire appointment in frustration. What could be done? The only suggestions both the endocrinologist and spinal specialist had for me were that I should try medical marijuana, and apply for disability. Fortunately, I got approved for medical marijuana within 48 hours (I hear that is extremely quick) and I was lucky in that the medical marijuana almost completely takes my pain away.

I want to interject here and say that I generally call this pot. Or weed. Because why not? Some people think that if you're using something medically you should only call it cannabis, because that's the scientific name, and that using pot or weed makes you sound like someone using illicit drugs, but pot is pot, no matter what you call it. It should be legalized period, but at the very least if I have a license for it, I won't pretend it's something else other than what your "stoner" friend smoke just to sound more sanitized for people. Not to mention all the people that use it illegally either because they don't have a license or because of strict rules that they are in may very well be using it medically as well, since it helps so many different health issues. So throughout this, I will refer to it as either bud (the form it comes in), flower (its a flower bud), weed, pot, marijuana, medical marijuana, mmj (medical marijuana), or cannabis. They all are the same and I see no reason to stick to one specific name.

The thing is this. I never smoked because cigarettes are bad for you, and while smoking marijuana isn't nearly as bad for you as cigarettes are, inhaling smoke on a regular basis isn't amazing for your lungs. Edibles, though, can be really pricey to buy, or difficult to find if you have any food restrictions. 

Homemade edibles theoretically would be the best option, but most of the recipes out there are complex with lots of steps and can be tricky to get right. But I learned about firecrackers and they have been a staple in my house now, the best way to consume medical marijuana without dealing with the smoke. They, unfortunately, can't be the only way for me to use it, because unlike smoking marijuana that goes into your lungs and then your bloodstream and has a close to immediate effect, edibles have to first make their way through your digestive tract and only then will start working, depending on your metabolism. I have a slower metabolism, and sometimes it can take up to an hour or two even for me to feel the effect of weed edibles, so if I am in a lot of pain and need immediate releif I still smoke it, but will use these more when I can predict that I'll be needing the pain releif in the future.

It is important to note that with edibles made at home it is hard to get exact dosing right, so you need to play around with this and figure out how to use what you made. The first time you eat a firecracker, take just a nibble and wait a few hours and see how long it takes to affect you and how much it affects you. This way you can guage it and know in future times how much you need to have the effect that you want.

The original firecrackers are basically a cracker spread with peanut butter and weed and baked together. I updated that and made mine with gluten free tea biscuits (petit burre) since we don't have gluten free graham crackers locally, and then I often add marshmallows and chocolate to make mine into smores, though that is just optional and fun and not required at all if you don't like those.

To make edibles, it's important to know and remember two important facts about marijuana. First is that it needs to be decarbed. This doesn't mean getting rid of carbohydrates, but rather, going through the process of decarboxylation, a process that actives the psychoactive compounds in the cannabis plant. The cannabis plant has both THCA and CBDA in it, acidic forms of THC and CBD that, according to have an additional molecular carboxyl ring, which prevents them from binding to receptors in the brain that make you feel the affect of the cannabis, and decarboxylation makes it more bioavailable. Heating the cannabis does this, so when you're smoking it happens automatically, but when you're eating it, that needs to happen separately.  

The second thing to be aware of is that THC and CBD, the chemical components in marijuana that you want, are fat soluble. So if you want to eat them and have your body be able to digest them, mixing them with fats makes you get the most of it. (This is why cannabutter, cannabis infused butter, is so popular with edibles.) This is why you use peanut butter for this recipe, but you can also use other nut butters or even chocolate spreads like Nutella. If it's a fat and it's a spread, you're good to go.

I knew when making these that I ended up getting more bang for my buck with edibles than when smoking, but I don't have a quantifiable way to prove that since I'm not exactly testing THC and CBD levels in the firecrackers. But I tested it out and using approximately 30 small flowers, 1/4 cup of buds, I made 65 firecrackers. From my estimation, each firecracker gives me the same effect as one flower smoked, but this isn't a scientific thing. You'd have to test this out yourself and see about the effects yourself, trying just a bit at a time, and seeing its effects, to make sure you don't end up too high and uncomfortable.

I use primarily THC flowers because while both THC and CBD work for pain relief, THC specifically works for muscle spasms, and most of my pain is because of spasmed muscles because of subluxations due to my Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. I've found it to work really well, and surprisingly, when I'm in a lot of pain, the THC seems to go straight to the pain and doesn't make me high, whereas when I'm not in as much pain I get high more easily with the same amount. It is very curious.

I learned how to make this from this recipe on And I either refer to these as my pot cookies or my medicine, depending on my mood. 

Firecracker Peanut Butter S'mores Recipe -- Easy Homemade Cannabis Medical Marijuana Edibles Recipe, Gluten Free Vegan

Tuesday, December 13, 2022

Successfully Navigating a Household Rodent Problem When On a Budget

I am not scared of bugs. I don't freak out when I see one scuttling across my house. But while I am not scared of mice, when I saw one run across the floor of my house it did get me freaked out a bit. We definitely don't want to need to deal with rodent issues in our homes, but when they come up, here are some ways to deal with them without spending too much money.

About 14 million (of approximately 124 million) occupied housing units in the U.S. reported seeing roaches in their homes during the last 12 months, while nearly 14.8 million reported seeing rodents, according to the 2019 American Housing Survey. While coming across a rodent — whether it be a tiny mouse or a massive rat — can be a frightening event, addressing the matter as soon as possible is essential in maintaining a healthy and hazard free home. Thankfully, there are plenty of options when looking to do so — even when on a budget.

Wednesday, December 7, 2022

6 Tips for Playing Golf on the Cheap

If you want to be able to play golf but heard that it was pricey, here are some things you can consider to lower the cost.

Golf can be an expensive hobby. There is a lot of equipment to buy, and if you fancy joining a high-end golf club, expect to shell out a lot of cash. Luckily there are ways to cut the cost of enjoying golf as a hobby. In this article, we have some useful tips if you enjoy playing golf but would prefer not to blow a small fortune on your hobby. Read on to learn more.

Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Vegetarian Luxembourg Bouneschlupp Inspired Green Bean Soup Recipe -- Gluten Free, Frugal

I heard about bouneschlupp, a green bean soup hailing from Luxembourg, from my friend Juli. (She inspires me a lot in the kitchen, can you tell?) The first thing that came to mind when I heard the name is that it sounds like bone slurp, so I assumed it was a bone broth type thing, but nope. 

It is a name meaning bean soup in Luxembourgish, which I didn't know was its own language until I was doing research for this post. It's kind of weird in my opinion that one of the smallest countries in the world (with only 2500 square kilometers) with only 600,000 residents has its own language. Luxembourgish is a Germanic language, but bean soup in German would be called bohnensuppe, and in Dutch, which is the closest language to Luxembourgish, bonen soep, so this bouneschlupp name is something unique to this tiny area of Europe. But I digress, kinda. I like nerding out on languages.

Though I based this soup off of various versions of bouneschlupp that I saw, it is in no way authentic, for two main reasons. Number one is that bouneschlupp pretty much always has bacon or sausage or both in it. That is basically the main reason that this is not bouneschlupp, it is vegetarian. The second reason is that the spice that very often gives bouneschlupp its flavor is summer savory, which I don't have, so I didn't use it. I used smoked paprika to give it the smokey bacon flavor, and I used consomme soup mix

This, therefore, is just inspired by bouneschlupp and it tastes great and is worth sharing, even if it isn't authentic. Feel free to play around with it to make adjustments to suit what is in your house or what your family likes to make it yours.

Vegetarian Luxembourg Bouneschlupp Inspired Green Bean Soup Recipe -- Gluten Free, Frugal

Monday, December 5, 2022

4 Tips on Protecting Your Finances as a Single Mom

When you alone are responsible for your finances and you can't rely on a partner, it can be challenging. Now when you are in that situation and have kids to take care of, as a single mom, you aren't just worrying about yourself but also others, and you have to be extra careful to protect yourself financially. Here are some things you can do to protect your finances.

As a single mom, it can be difficult to keep your finances in order. You have to worry about providing for yourself and your children, and it can be tough to find the time to focus on money matters. However, it is vital to take some time to protect your finances. Here are four tips that can help you do just that.

Sunday, December 4, 2022

5 Things Parents Can Do to Help Their Children Stay Physically Fit

If you would like your kids to be physically fit, there are some things you can do to facilitate it. Nothing is a guarantee, but the following will be helpful.

Physical fitness is important for children and adults. In addition to being good for their overall health, it can help them stay active as they get older and prevent certain diseases that may develop later in life. The best part of staying physically fit as a child is that it will also benefit them when they become adults.

Here are some tips on how parents can help their children stay healthy through physical activity.

Is Crypto Staking Risky?

I know absolutely nothing, I mean nada, about crypto currencies. So I'll let others do the talking. If you've heard about crypto staking, you might wonder if it is worthwhile or if there are any risks. Read more about that below.

If you have crypto and want to easily earn interest on it, you can try staking. So, you will not only receive passive income but also support the operation of the blockchain network. The essence of crypto staking is to block a certain number of coins in the wallet to obtain the right, directly or through intermediaries, to participate in maintaining the blockchain of this asset and receive a reward for this.

Crypto staking seems to be a profitable alternative to simply holding cryptocurrencies in a wallet, being an analog of a bank deposit in the crypto industry. The profitability of staking differs depending on the blockchain; its value can reach tens of percent per annum and more. But are there any risks in staking cryptocurrency?

Saturday, December 3, 2022

The 12 Days of Ramen Advent Calendar

Another great post from Juli of Pandemonium Noshery. Juli loves interesting and delicious food around the world what better way for a food lover to get excited about Christmas than with unique foods? She decided to share how she made her original advent calendar, with ramen. If you are looking for another way to package this one, feel free to use this idea, perhaps hanging up each of these wrapped packages on a string. And for a little history behind advent calendars, you might find this an interesting read.

Hi Guys! You have no idea how motivating having my own tag is. Seriously, it’s like winning an award, like the Tony of the food world. I have no idea what a Tony is, to be honest, but I know it’s related to Hollywood and famous people so it’s big. Not as big as having your own tag, but it’s big.

Friday, December 2, 2022

12 Scenarios Where You Might Need Your Emergency Fund

I was discussing budgeting with my son today, and he asked about my emergency fund and what types of things I use it for. I reminded him about the car accident I got into this summer (completely totaled the rental car) and unfortunately needed to pay the large deductible. Emergency funds are so important and everyone should have them. Here are some situations where you might find yourself needing your emergency fund.

An emergency fund is an important tool in managing your finances. It's a dedicated account that you can draw on if an unexpected expense arises, such as a medical bill or car repair. But there are some instances where it might be okay to use your emergency fund—though they should be used judiciously. In this article, we'll explore 12 scenarios where it can make sense to tap into your emergency fund. By understanding when and why it's okay to use your emergency fund, you will be better prepared to handle financial emergencies without putting yourself at risk.

12 Scenarios Where You May Need Your Emergency Fund

Have no qualms about asking for what is rightfully yours!

Sometimes we're owed money but don't know it, or don't know how to go about getting it. Other times we feel guilty about getting the money we deserve. Here are some of those times. You don't need to feel guilty.

To put it another way, just because you're young doesn't mean you can afford to ignore your health and avoid doing what you need to do to keep it in top shape. The standard of living you maintain is just as crucial as your physical wellbeing. You could think that no one will take you seriously as a claimant because of your age. However, if you need to hold the liable party accountable for your loved one's death, it must be taken seriously.


The first thing you should do to protect yourself financially in the event of an accident or illness is to get health insurance. Although it's an added cost you'd rather avoid, medical insurance will come in handy if you ever end up in the hospital. Can you fathom being hit with unmanageable medical bills? If you carry insurance, you won't have to worry about paying for any damages out of pocket. Don't forget that staying in good physical shape can help you avoid the need to file any claims at all!

Thursday, December 1, 2022

A Chore System that Actually is Working -- My Spin on Chore Sticks with Popsicle Sticks with Points

Before I get to this post, I need to say that if you've heard of "Chore Sticks" before, from what I've seen my method is quite different than the other ones I've seen online, so don't assume that you've seen it already; read on.

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The Messy House Problem

My house has a mess problem. By nature, my ADHD makes it really hard for me to focus on cleaning my house- I'm very scatterbrained, which actually has benefits for me in some ways, but definitely poses large challenges in other ways. People keep try telling me to just "clean as I go" but that feels impossible to me. I've tried multiple times to attempt that but my brain doesn't really allow me to do that.

Add in health issues and other stressors. While I was the stay at home parent throughout my marriage, I dealt with 9 months of nausea and puking (yay hyperemesis) and then once my kids were born I dealt with very challenging high needs babies and toddlers who didn't necessarily get much easier as they got older. This definitely caused tension in my marriage, as my then husband felt that since I was the one home all day long, I should be the one cleaning and organizing the place, but as hard as I tried I simply wasn't able to do as good of a job of it as he wanted, so he ended up pitching in a lot with the cleaning and organizing.

As a single mom now, it is all on me to get the house clean and keep it that way, or get my kids to help. Over the years I tried many different ways to get my kids to help around the house, but they all had their down sides, and all of them petered out because... guess what? ADHD makes consistency hard for me too!

Now it has been more challenging than ever to keep my place clean, since it I've been dealing with significant mental health issues and my body simply doesn't cooperate. Not only does doing most housework cause me immense pain, when my anxiety is bad (and it has been pretty bad lately) sometimes even doing basic life tasks is too much, let alone keeping my house up to snuff.

But while I don't have my ex at home grumping at me about the messy house, I have my sons, who are old enough to appreciate and desire a clean house, and are frustrated enough about the state of the house. I mean, don't get me wrong, I also don't like a messy house, and when it gets messy enough my anxiety gets so bad and it makes it even harder for me to function. But that appreciation for clean doesn't make it any easier for me to be neat.

I want to clarify that my sons do help around the house. They, since I separated from my ex over 4 years ago, have been the ones to take out the garbage. (I've taken out the garbage very, very few times since then.) They pitch in to clean up with various things, as do my girls, but they get frustrated because they feel like their sisters aren't helping as much as they are, and therefore the boys have to pick up the slack. (In the case of my kids, my boys are the older ones, 13 and 15, and girls 11 and 8.5, so its not about the genders, but the ages.) My daughters also have a hard time with neatness and cleanliness (yay ADHD and autism) and in general, it's just a situation where lots of people are frustrated. 

Things needed to change.

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

The Common Mistakes People Make Early On In Any Relationship

Are you trying to find a new partner, possibly post divorce? Here are some things to keep in mind, common mistakes that people sometimes make when starting out in a relationship. Avoid these and hopefully your relationship will be successful.

Relationships are difficult things to navigate aren’t they? Particularly if you’re carrying that little bit more baggage, have children in tow or just coming out of a messy divorce. But that doesn’t mean you can’t find love.

In fact, far from it. The person you want to spend the rest of your life with could be just around the corner. However, there are certain things you may wish to avoid early on in a relationship.

There are so many common mistakes made in the early stages of a relationship, and here are some of the biggest you want to be avoiding if you’re just entering the dating scene…

How To Start A Successful Law Firm

One of my kids really wants to become a lawyer. When you're a lawyer you can work for others, or you can start your own firm. Here are some tips on how to start a successful law firm, but honestly, these same tips apply to almost any business that you start.

Starting your own successful law firm doesn’t have to be as difficult as you might initially imagine, as this guide contains some of the most important steps that you need to take in order to turn your dreams into a reality today. So, what are you waiting for? Read on if you want to discover more about how you can go about building your own brilliant law business in no time at all!

Monday, November 28, 2022

Attempting to Keep Kids Safe From Harm on Social Media

Raising kids in the era of social media is really, really difficult. We're in uncharted times, when children are growing up with smartphones and tablets accessible from the time they are babies, with technology all around them, and the rules that worked when we were younger no longer work for our children. As parents we want more than anything to keep our kids safe, but with social media arises so many issues, from physical safety to emotional safety, as well as keeping kids safe from inappropriate content, including those with values contrary to the ones you promote in your home.

Safety Then Vs Now

When I was a teenager we were told very strictly not to meet people online, since people could be pretending to be anyone and you couldn't trust that the person you are meeting online is who they said they were. We were told stories (possibly made up) about people who showed up to meet strangers they met online only for them to turn out to be completely different than how they made themselves out to be online only to be kidnapped or murdered. So when I was online, meeting people on forums, I pretended to live in a different country than that in which I lived, and didn't give away personal information unless I was talking to a friend of a friend or someone else whose identity I could verify.

Webcams and video chats changed things because then you could see who you were talking to, and then the advent of Facebook changed things a lot more, because you got to see people's real names and their friends and find out who you know in common, so you can verify people's identities, so there's less of an issue of there being threats of strangers lying about who they are in order to cause us harm.

Today the issues with social media are even more complex to handle, in my opinion. And it really is hard to figure out what to do with it vis-a-vis your kids.

Sunday, November 27, 2022

Using Shopkick -- An Easy Way to Earn Money While Shopping

Money is tight for most of us. And while we can try many ways to save money, we also need to make money. But making money takes time, and many of us are swamped whether with our children, our jobs, or our lives in general, and don't have the time to spend to make money. 

Enter Shopkick, an app that give you rewards, known as kicks, for what you already are doing anyhow, or other very easy things. These kicks then translate into dollars used for gift cards at a variety of different stores and companies. Basically that means... free money, without needing to expend valuable time and energy. You might even have fun while doing so!

So, how exactly does this work?

First, you earn kicks doing some very, very easy things.

How Coupons Help To Fight Inflation

Ugh. Inflation. I read recently that if federal minimum wage kept up with inflation, it would be a little less than twice as much per hour as it is now. Inflation is currently quite high, in large part due to the pandemic and the war between Russia and Ukraine, among many other things, and the people who feel this impact the most are those in low income households, who are finding it harder than ever to make ends meet. In times like this, we frugal people need to do what we can to lower our costs somehow, and using coupons is a good way to do that. Here is how coupons can help you fight inflation.

It is no secret that the cost of living has been on the rise for years. Inflation has caused prices for necessities to skyrocket, and it seems like no end is in sight. One way that people have been fighting back against inflation is by using coupons. Coupons allow consumers to get a discount on the products they need, which helps to offset some of the increased cost of living. In this blog post, we will discuss how coupons help fight inflation and how you can use them to save money!

4 Ways To Teach Your Child Kindness And Gratitude

As parents it is our job to impart our values to our children. Teaching them to be kind and gracious people is a very important thing to do. But to do that, we can't just talk, we have to model it in action. Here are some ways we can teach these to our kids.

Children are slowly growing up and adjusting to the world they live in, and they’re also gradually exposed to more people. Humans are social species, meaning we have to interact with one another as an intrinsic need. These interactions form relationships and connections with people that we may treasure during our lives.

Learning how to be kind and gratuitous is one way to maintain these social relationships. Kindness, in technical terms, is defined as choosing to do something good for other people, motivated by a person's genuine and pure intentions. This choice can be as simple as doing a little favor for a friend or something significant such as contributing to a cause or a donation pickup in Long Beach. Either way, the goal should be leading to the greater good with the best intentions at hand.

Gratitude is the quality of showing appreciation, mainly when the person receives an act of kindness. Social interactions are give-and-take processes; being thankful and appreciative after receiving service from others lets the other person know that their efforts are recognized and warmly accepted.

These two qualities comprise a person's most fundamental social etiquette — being human. To be human is to connect with other people, and these connections are established and kept once a person learns how to communicate their needs and appreciate when they’re met, while also providing for others.

Saturday, November 26, 2022

Juli's Lemon Chicken Soup Recipe -- Gluten Free, Allergy Friendly, and Frugal

I love ways to repurpose leftovers. Chicken frames are often leftover after people make a whole chicken and they are a great base for soups. With Thanksgiving just passed, people still have leftover turkey, many have turkey frames, and I'm sure those would also be amazing for this soup recipe from my friend Juli. (And since she has shared so many recipes here already, I decided to make her her own tag for posts so you can find them easily.) I hope you like this. Can't wait to try it myself!

Hey again! It’s me and I am sharing one recipe we have made a few times in the last few months and really enjoy. I’ve been on a kick where I get a whole, already-roasted, chicken from a local grocery for $5. They are fairly large which means that I can use the chicken for dinner and then the frame for a second dinner. That means I am feeding 6 people twice and only spending $5 on the protein. I dunno about you, but we are pinching as many pennies as we can and we have found this is one way to do that easily.

I’ve tried to get creative with how I use and then reuse, the chicken. Hopefully, I’ll have a chance to share a few more of those ideas with you but for today I want to talk about this recipe. This is one is based fairly loosely on a Greek chicken recipe we love. It has the lemon and pepper, and the artichoke that I really enjoy in that dish but in a soup instead of baked in the oven. To start with, caramelizing the lemon juice and reducing it adds such a great flavor to the soup without overdoing it on the acidity and throwing the balance off. It’s got a tang, but it’s not sour. So you have the flavor from that, and then since I so like some sour in my soup I add a little more back at the end for some zip.

Feel free to change it up however you like. I like to roast veggies but you can skip that step and boil them with the rice. I like the char the oven gives them but it’s not required. Then you can leave out the rice and replace it with a small pasta. Or leave them both out for a lower-carb option. And then the veggies are infinitely customizable. You can add more or leave them out to suit your tastes and still enjoy the flavors.

Lemon Chicken Soup Recipe

Friday, November 25, 2022

7 Important Estate Planning Documents To Put Your Affairs In Order

No one likes to think about their death, especially if they're younger, such as in your thirties like I am. I mean, how likely is one going to die in their thirties? But unfortunately that isn't a guarantee. The way the world is now, people often die at a young age, whether from mass shootings, terror attacks, or car accidents. Even sometimes people drop dead from previously unknown health issues- a friend of ours just a few years older than I am suddenly dropped dead mid conversation a few months back. These things are scary to think about and we might want to avoid thoughts of our mortality, but when you have children, it is especially important to make plans for your death. And hey, in some cultures, preparing for your death is a good charm for a long life. Here are some important things to know about putting your affairs in order before you die.

Planning your estate in the event of your death might seem like a morbid activity. It is difficult, especially since it means coming to terms with your mortality. Apart from that, you would also have to deal with a lot of paperwork and attempt to understand legal jargon. That doesn’t mean you should avoid planning for your estate. Studies show that 67% of Americans don’t have an estate plan. Not having an estate plan can burden your loved ones, and you would have no say in how you would like your assets to be distributed. So, what should go into your estate plan? Here are some important documents to include, and this article will help you understand why you need them.

How To Keep The Spark Alive In Your Relationship?

When you're first starting to date someone, or when first married, things are all new and exciting. But as time goes by, and you need to also live your "real life", especially once kids get into the picture, you might find you're putting less and less time into your relationship and it may become all about the mundane things enough. Here are some ideas to keep the spark alive in a relationship that is going on for some time.

A relationship naturally goes through different phases over the years. For example, you may have encountered certain family obligations or financial problems that shifted your focus elsewhere. So the 'spark' may disappear in your relationship, especially if you are not working on it.

Do you remember the last time you had an interesting conversation with your boyfriend or husband, or you both went on a dinner date?

A little 'spark' is essential for keeping and maintaining a forever relationship. What is this 'spark'? It can be otherwise called 'chemistry' or the strong connection. You can better describe it as that feeling of butterflies in the stomach. It's the current that passes through the body when your lover touches you. Now: 

Although this feeling may dim and gradually disappear, you can get the 'spark' back too. So couples who want to know the secret recipe to keep the spark alive or bring the spark back in their relationship, this article can help.

Ways to Keep Your Relationship's Spark and Romance Alive

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Beyond Overwhelm- How to Get Out of the Overwhelmed Rut Using CBT (and Not Toxic Positivity)

When someone is struggling, often people think that the way to help them is with platitudes, and encouragement to just be happy and look at the positive, but this can be problematic, and honestly doesn't help. This is called toxic positivity, and one of my favorite speakers and authors, Susan David, talks a lot about why it is problematic and the harm it causes. If you want to learn more about toxic positivity, here is an interview with her on a podcast on the subject. (Transcription is included for those that can't listen.) 

But when you're overwhelmed, it can be debilitating and stop you from functioning. So how do you manage it? There are many different ways to approach it in a healthy manner. CBT is one of them. Here is how my friend Leia deals with feeling overwhelmed, based on a CBT approach. Hopefully, you'll find it helpful, because, come on, who doesn't feel overwhelmed and like everything is too much, at least sometimes?

Every time my aunt (*family member changed to protect their privacy) hears me say “Im so overwhelmed” she calls me out on it. “You aren’t overwhelmed, you have a lot to do with limited resources”.

Um, nope. I actually do feel overwhelmed. And heres a tip, never tell someone how they do or don’t feel. You’re either being insensitive or patronizing and neither of those things are kind. Feelings are an automic domain. You feel whatever you feel and that feeling is your truth.

As someone who overthinks and sees potential disasters in the simplest of circumstances, overwhelm is a pretty constant companion.

She sits on my chest and clouds my focus. And everytime she takes a seat in my brain, I want to pull the chair out from under her and see how she likes it!

I don’t like her very much, this Ms. Overwhelm. And she’s shown up again. She’s loud, she’s invasive, she brings the heat and creates panic. I have so much to do, I don’t really want to deal with her on top of it all.

After years of CBT experience, I try that angle.

Saturday, November 19, 2022

6 Things To Consider When Selling A House During Divorce

As someone who owns a house and is in the last stages of the divorce process, the one in which we take care of our assets including a jointly owned house, this post on things to consider regarding the sale of a house during divorce is very apt. I hope you find it as enlightening.

If you and your spouse are contemplating a divorce, you may find yourselves wondering whether to sell your home. Especially if the value has risen in recent years, as most properties did, you could find yourself sitting on a substantial amount of equity. Those funds can help both parties start fresh, find new housing, and begin their new lives.

However, divorce proceedings can complicate everything, and this is no exception. Before you take steps to prepare to list your home for sale during a divorce, consider these six questions.

Five Family Friendly Activities to Do When Visiting Pigeon Forge

I love going on trips, whether local or abroad, and either alone or with my family. I always love learning about new great places to visit, and even if I don't visit there I at least can explore it via the internet. Whether you've heard of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, or not, here are some interesting things you can do there- maybe you'll decide to make a trip there with your family.

Regardless of age, you will never forget the time spent and moments shared with family. Even after a long time, most people can recall the details of their family holidays, what they did, and how excited they were about it.

Families often choose places to have fun together and create lasting memories. Spending quality time with family is a beautiful opportunity for your children to meet new people and strengthen relationships.

Understanding what your children like is crucial, and so is knowing what you can do to relax and have fun. As you plan a trip with your family, pick a location to experience all those feel-good moments.

No matter the age of your children, we have a vacation option that will provide you with a perfect combination of relaxation and entertainment.

Pigeon Forge - A Place to Create Fun-Filled, Lasting Memories

Friday, November 18, 2022

My Ridiculously Easy Slightly Nutritious Go-To Meal -- Gluten Free Comfort Food

It is kind of ridiculous that I'm posting this, but I'm trying to be honest about where I am in life... But I've been having a hard time in so many different areas, either in physical pain or emotional or just thoroughly exhausted, so productivity and energy levels are pretty slim.

But even so, I still need to eat, and I still need to feed my family. My family is easy enough to feed though, toast and eggs go a long way (and lets pretend they eat enough vegetables on those days, but at least they eat lots of fruit), but since I don't eat gluten or eggs I don't have that go-to.

However, I "chanced upon" this meal I have been making regularly when I went away for a week and ended up with corona... I had purchased some gluten free instant "ramen" which was actually just rice noodles with chicken soup mix, and to make it a little healthier, so it at least had protein, I added cheese. Then add green beans and voila.

Yea, that's basically this. "Chicken" noodle soup with cheese and green beans. But with rice noodles. 

Hits the spot. Nice comfort food, soothing with a sore throat or upset stomach or cold day, or just an "I can't be bothered to do more complicated cooking." It has carbs, it has protein, it has a vegetable. It has fat. Voila, well rounded meal. And other than dairy it is allergy friendly. Yes you can make this without cheese to make it more allergy friendly, but then you don't have protein. And it isn't expensive to make, unlike most super easy meals to make.

But let's make this written as an official recipe, so I can pretend I'm being a professional recipe blogger.

Ridiculously Easy Cheesy Noodle Soup -- Gluten Free Comfort Food

Thursday, November 17, 2022

How to Sell Your House on a Budget

Selling your house is a good way to make money, right? Not necessarily. Even if your home went up in value, there are a lot of costs involved in selling a home that can eat away at your profit if you aren't careful. Here are some of the things you can do to keep down those costs, to be able to get the most money after expenses from the sale of your house.

Selling your house is expensive. Although you make a lot of money at the end of the process, you’re bound to spend a few dollars (or more) along the way. It would be an impossible task to cut all costs, but there are certainly ways to save money. Just because you’re on a budget, it doesn’t mean that selling is out of the question. This article will take you through a few steps to take if you want to sell your house whilst spending as little as possible.

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

3 Essential Things to Know About Walk-In Baths

Dealing with physical as well as mental disabilities I've been aware of how many things are needed to make places disability friendly. A very common issue people with disabilities face is difficulty bathing. There are many different ways to make a home more accessible for bathing, and a walk-in bath is one of them. Here are things you might not know about them.

Walk-in tubs are convenient for many people, not only those with mobility issues. They suit the needs of most people who love a quick soak in the tub. Walk-in tubs are also ideal for young children. They have built-in seats, and some are heated for additional comfort. With walk-in tubs, the user can sit while bathing and performing other personal hygiene activities. Moreover, they can relax their muscles while in the tub. One of the primary features that make walk-in tubs a good choice for many people, including young children and the elderly, is the ease of going in and out of the bath. Users do not need to climb up the side of the bathtub.

What you Don’t Know About Family Meals

My friend Yaffi is a Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist, and to help take off some of my stress load I asked if she could write something for you. Here she elaborates on what makes a family meal a good one, why they are important, and what they should include. With my kids in two different households and coming home at all different hours, with packed schedules. family dinners can be hard to do, but at the bare minimum we have two a week, but try to have at least a couple more. 

Hi! Let’s chat about family meals. They are good. Tons of benefits. All the good stuff.

To contrast, eating Red Vines alone, while hiding in the pantry is not good. For starters, Twizzlers are so much better.

I said what I said.

But I want to focus on what you don’t know about family meals. Stick with me here. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry (from laughing, obviously), and you’ll maybe possibly think that you’re doing ok already.

How do I know you’re doing ok? If you’re still with me, caring about your child’s nutrition is not the first good thing you’ve done, nor the most recent. Caring is a constant. Sometimes it’s a balloon and other times it’s a heavy suitcase. But you’re here and I’m here and we can lean on each other through the absolute scam joy that is parenting.

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Looking After Mental Health When Dealing With Illness

As someone dealing with chronic illness and running in circles of people also dealing with them, I know very well how much one's emotional wellbeing is affected by these health issues. However, it isn't only the one who is sick that is affected, but also their caregivers. Here are some ideas about how to take care of your emotional health when dealing with illness.

Whether it’s you who has the illness or it’s a family member or loved one who has been diagnosed, it can be a blow to the stomach. It’s something that can often take people by surprise, especially when the prognosis is uncertain.

With any illness, going through the motions emotionally can be challenging. There can be many ups and downs experienced. With this being said, here are a few ways to look after your mental health when dealing with an illness.

Take it all day by day

When it comes to an illness, the best thing to do is to take it day by day. After all, depending on the diagnosis and the outcome of the prognosis, it might be best to take each day as it comes.

It’s better to do this than to think ahead or try to plan for something that at this point, feels very uncertain still. If it’s a loved one, then try to offer that same advice. Although it can be easier said than done when a person has the illness, it’s good to take each day as it comes with as much energy as possible.

Help those who are affected

It can be hard to see those you love, go through an illness that strips away their personality. There are such illnesses that do this, with dementia being a prime example. For those who have older loved ones, dementia is often part and parcel of those at a certain age.

In order to get them the help they need, understand the illness and what might be able to help ease their pain or suffering. For example with dementia, those with the disease can get a gps dementia tracker. This can be highly effective in helping keep track of loved ones, should they become confused or lost at any point.

Make a plan to overcome any future hurdles

There are going to be challenges along with any illness no matter how good or bad the outlook might be right now. Those challenges are going to require a lot of moral support for those going through it. From chemotherapy for cancers to physical rehabilitation after an infection.

Think about how family members and friends who can help pitch in and help out when that person needs assistance.

Keep up communications

Communications are important to keep when it comes to those going through a tough time. A simple phone call or a surprise visit could be just what that person needs to get them through a particularly challenging period of their illness.

A person going through an illness needs a network of support and those who are willing to communicate throughout.

See a therapist

Where it might be a struggle to talk to people you know, see a therapist. This can be the case for the person suffering from the illness and anyone who is experiencing a loved one going through it.

Looking after mental health is important and it’s something to prioritize when one finds themselves with a life-altering illness.

Saturday, November 12, 2022

How To Plan And Execute A Successful Business Event

I have wanted to run a business event, an event to promote my book, a tasting event with recipes from the book, with the book on sale, of course, but I never got around to doing it. For those of you who are trying to figure out how to make an event to promote your business and do so successfully, here are some ideas you can consider.

Events are a great way to get your business in front of potential customers and partners. They can also be a great way to build loyalty among your current customer base. However, an event can be a wasted opportunity for your business if not planned and executed well. Therefore it is essential to put some time and effort into ensuring that your business event is successful. So here are some tips on planning and executing a successful business event.

Sunday, November 6, 2022

Making A Frugal and Fun Book Nook and Sensory Area

Do you have a small space in your house that you aren't sure what to do with it? A book nook is a good idea to make, because you don't need a large space for it and it can turn into a great and comfortable resource. My friend Cheryl made one, and she was excited to share with you how she made it.

We had a space in between the steps and the wall for luggage in our apartment. It was a place that was messy and an eyesore because we don’t have a storage room. My husband decided that we should do something cute with the space and make it into a reading clubhouse.

Once he gave me the idea, I ran with it. We are kinda book people and a bit creative so this was right up our alley. I first started by doing a purge of all the things we didn’t need to keep so that I have more space to work with. I then went on Amazon and ordered a beautiful wall decal of a sprawling family tree which had space for pictures for $18.95. I went through my photo album and picked seven pictures that would be good for a communal family space, I used contact paper to cover them so that they would stay as well as blue tack to not ruin the paint.

Saturday, November 5, 2022

How to Have a Good First Date?

If you're divorced like I am, you might be thinking about getting into another relationship, but it can be a daunting thought especially if you've been out of the dating ring for a long time. The first date can be the most intimidating of all. Here are some tips on how to make sure that your first date goes as well as possible.

When you meet someone new, the first thing on your mind is to know if there’s a spark between you. To figure out if the person is worth your time, you begin with a first date. It’s a short, casual meeting to judge the person as a potential partner in the future. But how do you have an excellent first date? Moreover, how do you ensure there are no awkward moments and that it goes well? We reveal everything about how to have a good first date.

1. Plan ahead

The best way to ensure that you have a good first date including with people from around the world, such as with Russian women looking for men, is to plan ahead. It makes perfect sense to do so because you can avoid any awkward moments. You can plan your outfit, setting, date place, and even conversations. You can also be sure to have enough time for the date. If you don’t plan anything, you leave a lot to chance. You might not have the right outfit, you could get stuck in traffic, or you could be late. Anything can go wrong, so it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Friday, November 4, 2022

Should I Get a Baby Monitor with Extra Features and Uses?

When my kids were little, I co-slept with them. But for parents that don't, especially if you have a larger home where a baby may be sleeping a little further from where the parent is, a baby monitor can be very helpful. New baby monitors often have extra features, but are they worth it? This piece below explores that.

When purchasing a baby monitor, it is best to consider what other features are available on the models that you are considering. We all know that a baby monitor is used to keep an eye on your baby while they sleep in another room. You can also use a baby monitor to communicate with your child if they wake through the night, with most newer models acting like a two-way radio.

However, there are some current models of baby monitors that offer other features to help you to look after your child and soothe them overnight.

Thursday, November 3, 2022

Insalata di Riso Recipe -- Italian Rice Salad -- Gluten Free, Allergy Friendly, Frugal and Adaptable

My friend Juli of Pandemonium Noshery and I have been bonding over our love of international frugal cooking (among other things) for a few years already, and I've shared a few of her recipes here already. She inspires me in the kitchen. Since I've been feeling overwhelmed a bit (ok a lot) lately I asked Juli if she had another recipe she wanted to share with you, and she had this delicious looking one. I can't wait to try it out.

Hey! It’s Juli again and I am so happy to be here. I wanted to share something we have been eating all summer long. Interestingly, I first heard about the dish in a local cooking group Penny added me to years ago, so it seems only fitting that she is letting me share it with you all.

So what is Insalata di Riso? Well, it translates to pretty much what it looks like, Rice Salad. It’s an Italian Dish that is eaten through the summer for a light meal. But I’ve discovered it’s great all year round, especially when you want something delicious and easy to make. It’s also great as a leftover makeover and a fridge cleaner. I love using this recipe as a way to use up leftover rice that I might not have enough of for a whole meal on its own, or I want to elevate it, or both.

As I mentioned it’s great for cleaning out the fridge too. Most of the individual items you only need a little of and not any one of them is going to make or break. It’s the variety of pickled items and fresh veggies that are the heart of this dish. Sometimes I swap around the tomatoes, have a handful of cherry tomatoes? Throw them in! Leftover chopped salami? That too! Really, it’s ideal for after a party when you have leftover charcuterie. I have a local charcuterie business so I have these items on hand, when I get low or want to use stuff up, or have a party, I chop up all the extra tidbits on hand and have a whole new meal. Any type of olives work, anything extra you have pickled on your board can be thrown in. Use it all! 

If you don't have pickled artichokes that is fine; if you have frozen artichoke hearts you can try cubing them and tossing them in.

Vinegar is anything you have on hand and like, I use a very not Italian vinegar and opt for German 13 herb vinegar. The extra flavors in there really go so well with it all. However, if I don’t have it on hand I can say from experience that white vinegar and apple cider vinegar both work.

Insalata di Riso Recipe -- Italian Rice Salad -- Gluten Free, Allergy Friendly, Frugal and Adaptable

Wednesday, November 2, 2022

How To Protect Your Phone With A Handmade Case While Traveling

My joint issues make me have terrible balance, so I fall regularly. This means I've destroyed far too many phones, so I need to protect my phone as much as possible since I need it to function on a day-to day basis. I use a heavy duty silicon screen protector and a special phone case that is extremely durable and has bits protrude that minimize the likelihood of the screen from hitting the ground when it falls down. Most people don't fall or drop things as much as I do and therefore have as bad luck with phones as I do, and don't need the same amount of protection, so they have a lot more flexibility in what they want for a phone case. Here are some types of phone cases you may consider to use to protect your phone and why.

Photo: Josh Willink

Whenever I save some extra and have the possibility to travel together with my kids and enjoy a little weekend getaway, I always tend to realize that our phones are perhaps the most important personal belongings as they make our lives so much easier in almost all life situations, particularly when outdoors.

And when I think about it, my phone is my most trusted travel companion, communicator, navigator, and memory-maker. For those reasons, I definitely pride myself in taking the appropriate measures to protect it from being stolen or damaged when I pull out my phone in unusually hazardous places to check on the map or take a photo of my kids.

Have you ever had that unwished-for feeling? You know, the one where you helplessly watch your hard-earned smartphone slip from your hand in slow motion, feeling powerless as it drops to the ground and cringing when it makes a glass-shattering, terrifying sound? I have, and it’s awful, something that happens to many people and apparently is even more likely to happen when you’re away on a trip.

Nowadays, when we rely so much on our smartphones, we sometimes overlook the fact of how vulnerable they are to theft and external damage. Therefore, one should always take the extra steps to keep their phone safe while traveling, and there’s no better way to protect your device than to protect it with a rugged, handmade phone case.

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

Benefits of Instilling a Love for Books in Your Children

I'm a huge bookworm. One of my children is a reader like I am, one is not, and I'm working on instilling a love of reading in my other two. Here are some reasons you may want to get your children to love reading.

In his story ‘I Can Read with My Eyes Shut’, Dr. Seuss wrote: “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.” Over the past two years, reading among children has increased by approximately 89% according to a report by Epic, a leading global digital reading platform. One of the most valuable things we as parents can do is read with our children. Reading not only transports children to fantastical worlds but also boosts their academic and emotional development in a number of ways. From boosting relationships and improving literary skills to teaching valuable life lessons, let’s have a closer look at just a few of the countless benefits of reading to your children from a young age and instilling a love for books in them.

Monday, October 31, 2022

Throwing a Wedding (Or Fancy Party) on a Budget

My friend Stephany got married and did it on a budget. I asked her if she could share with you how she did so, and she decided to share her expertise. She may not think she is an expert, but I definitely disagree.

I’m no expert, but as someone who recently threw one of these shindigs, let me tell you, wedding prices can range from the unbelievably expensive to the absolutely frugal, and some of the most frugal weddings are the most beautiful. Here are some tips to help lower your costs while still not sacrificing on your special day.

First, set your budget. Your absolute max budget. This is always useful for big purchases and helps you keep yourself on track. Open up a Google Sheets with it and record every single item there. Use multiple tabs to track price quotes for every vendor, and then use another tab to add it all up and make sure you aren’t going over. This is super useful.

Sunday, October 30, 2022

How To Reduce Expenses As Living Costs Increase

Ugh prices around the world have gone up and yet our incomes have not, so more and more people need ideas of how to cut back. Here are some ideas that can help with that.

The cost of living is increasing. As more and more families feel the pinch, it’s beneficial to look for ways to reduce expenses. In this informative article, we’ll outline some strategies you can employ to lower spending and decrease financial pressure.