I love Pinterest! In some ways it's replaced Google for me; whenever I have a question about something even mildly related to a craft, Pinterest is where I turn. And although there is a list of wonderful things on Pinterest, there are also somethings I've tried from there that didn't work out as I'd hoped (we've all seen those Pinterest fails).
Anyway, in hopes of sparing a few of y'all from potentially ending up with your own Pinterest fail, I've put together a list of recipes I've done on Pinterest that have been just as good as the author said.
I just made this on Monday and it was delicious! I'm super excited that it's finally cold enough for soups and chili. Not only do they warm you up, but they're easy to make.
This one was super easy to make and so yummy. It's also a list of ingredients that you probably already have in your house; which is nice!
This Cinnamon Swirl banana bread turned out to be a great idea! It's become a recipe I like to whip out when I take treats to work.
I've said before that I love hot chocolate, and this recipe is perfect for parties.
Never had I ever made spaghetti squash before this, but it turned out to be very good and I was proud of myself for stepping out of my box.
And lastly, this recipe is one that I continue to make. It's simple and oh so yummy!
What are some of your favorite Pinterest recipes?
I know it's been a while since I last talked about budgeting, but I'm back at it and wanted to talk a little more about the grocery budget. This is perhaps one of my most difficult "envelopes" to stick to. However, over the past few years I've learned a few tricks to staying within your budgeting goal.
>>plan your meals<< this is something I could definitely stand to do more of, but for now the little bit of planning that I do works. I will usually think about how many times that week I want to eat out and how many times I want to eat at home. From there, I try to decide specifically which days are going to be easiest for me to cook. The days were I know I'll have a lot going on, I just plan to eat out. You may also be able to plan your meals based on what's on sale that week.
>>make a list<< DUH! I can't tell you how many times I've gone to the grocery store without a list and ended up spending most of the month's budget in that one trip. Figure out what you need and what you want; the things you need are for sure purchases, the wants are only if you have room in the budget. Ex. a need for me is coffee, a want is orange juice. You'll want to make your list based on the meals that you've planned for the week.
>>look for a sale<< I'm not one who likes to drive all over town to try to find the best deal on cereal. By the time you find it on sale, you've saved $0.30 on the cereal and used $3.00 worth of gas... not worth it. I usually only shop at one store, occasionally going to a second if they have a lot of things on my list for sale.
>>coupons<< I'm not saying you have to become an extreme couponer. I'm Kroger shopper so I always make sure to go on their website to check for any online coupons I can load to my Kroger Plus card before leaving the house. If your Plus Card is registered with them then they'll also send you coupons monthly based on your previous purchases; which is really helpful.
Publix also has BOGO deals every week, and if a good amount of my need items are on their BOGO list then I make sure to stop by.
>>apps<< there are some apps out there that will almost do the couponing work for you. Checkout 51 is my favorite. They have a list of groceries each week that you can get discounts on and very few of them are brand specific. They also have coupons for things like avocados, and strawberries which you rarely have coupons. Once you've gone shopping, all you have to do is upload a picture of your receipt and they add the allotted amount to your account. Once you've reached $20, they send you a check. It's like coupons in reverse.
Ibotta is also another app I use. This one requires a little more time, but it works similarly to Checkout 51. On this app, you earn your rewards by taking a short question quiz or "learning something new" about that product. Again, once you get to $20 in savings, you receive a check.
I hope you'll find this helpful as you continue to strive to manage your money wisely!
How do you cut costs on your grocery bill?
When I was younger I used to dream of becoming a photographer, veterinarian and a police officer, all at once. And although the list of my dreams have changed, there's still a list of things I desire to tackle in my lifetime. But desires are only the first step in tuning big dreams into a reality; it takes time and energy and the risk of great disappointment.
Daring to dream big can be scary. And the idea of starting off on an unfamiliar path can frighten you into staying put. But the best part of fulfilling your dreams is that it doesn't have to happen in one day. Ask anyone who's accomplished a major goal in their life and they'll tell you that it's the result of many small goals that have lead to the accomplishment of their big dream.
So if little steps are how we accomplish big dreams than we just need a plan for taking those tiny steps.
>>dream<< every great artist, performer, scientist will tell you that they got where they are because they dared to dream big dreams. There are times when I think that my dreams have to be dictated by reality; but the truth is, sometimes reality is shaped by our dreams. So think of something you've always wanted to do, and don't let small set backs keep you from what you're most passionate about.
Yes, there are some things you probably will not be able to accomplish, for instance, I think it's too late for me to become the youngest first chair violist in the Trans- Siberian Orchestra, but I can pick up something I haven't done in years, perhaps even becoming great at it; but only with hard work.
>>plan<< well this one sounds super simple but it's the first thing I tend to skip over. Making a plan for for your dream is one of the most important steps to turning it into a reality. So sit down and think about what exactly it is that you want to accomplish, what's your end goal? WRITE THESE THINGS DOWN! I can't tell you how many times I've thought of brilliant plans only to forget them within an hour. Once you've begun to do this, you can sort of work your way backwards in thinking about what steps will get you there.
>>tiny steps<< again, for me, this is where I find it difficult to achieve most goals. If you've got a big goal that you're trying to achieve, I would say that it's important to remember to take it one day at a time. You've made tiny steps to follow so that, hopefully, climbing this mountain doesn't overwhelm you.
>>stop and evaluate<< I can't stress how important it is that you take time to evaluate your progress. There are times when you can get so swept away in what's going on that you forget why you began doing what you're doing and the passion you once had fizzles with the stresses of life.
I think it's important to stop and figure out where you were when you started, where you are now and what the road ahead looks like. Taking the time to think through these thing allows you to make sure you're continuing on the right track as you seek to fulfill this dream.
One of my favorite quotes is from Van Goh and although I've used it before, I think it's perfect when talking about dreams.
"I so much long to create beautiful things. But beautiful things require effort and disappointment and perseverance.
I hope that as you set out to boldly accomplish your dreams, this post has been of some assistance. For anyone who may be following their dreams of performance and need a little assistance with where to start, America's Got Talent may be a great place to look.
Unlike other talent competitions where it's just singing, or dancing, AGT is the only show that welcomes all performers. And having chatted with someone involved in the process, I think it would provide, not only a launching pad, but also a networking group of performers with a variety of talents.
They'll be holding auditions in Nashville, November 5th. Or you could submit an audition online. Every video submitted is viewed by producers, so don't think you're getting looked over if you send in a video! If this is your dream, I hope that you'll consider heading to an audition! And if you do, come back and let me know how it went!
How are you seeking to accomplish your big dream?
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