When you are making a dish consider if it can be frozen. If so make a double dish and freeze it for a quick dish night. This also works on stuff like pizza dough, tomato sauce (made from scratch), alfredo sauce, pretty much any sauces, and just get creative. Don’t freeze cabbage (trust me).
When you are cooking a dish with the cover on it, flip the top and you can cook two dishes at once. Example: wrap veggies in foil, dinner rolls on foil (already cooked dinner rolls), and basically anything without a sauce wrapped in/or laid on foil.
Make your life easier by shopping on a different day then you do preparation and cooking.
Now I will spend money on patterns; however, I love, love, love the free pattern options on this website. I have found some beautiful patterns and most come with some type of Youtube tutorial. If you haven’t been there go check it out!!
I decided to do a tip Tuesday series on money and how to keep more of yours. I read a lot of articles and books on money (saving and budgeting). However, the main thing missing in these books (except for Personal Finances for Dummies, which is my favorite money book) they forget to tell you to first figure out where your money is going. If you are overspending you will never have enough to pay your bills or save. Saving 15 percent of your income is a great concept but how do I get 15 percent to save if I am living paycheck to paycheck and barely making it in between. Before you do anything track your spending. This is affective in more ways then just preparation for your new spending and saving habits. I found when I held myself accountable (writing stuff down) I was more reluctant to spend on the unnecessary. I didn’t want to have McDonalds for dinner three times a week staring me in my face. I would suggest tracking your spending for a minimum of 2 weeks (a month is better but we will work with what you are willing to commit to). Once you have tracked your money you can figure out where all your money is going. Are you eating out too much? Is your spending on clothing too much? Is your car hooked up but you are eating oodles and noodles every night for dinner? Is your car insurance too high? Is your car payment to high? All of these questions will be answered when you look at your spending list. Do not limit this list to what you spend out of pocket, include all your automatic deductions as well. I shop on HSN and QVC (I feel like the payment plans are the greatest thing going because there aren’t any interest charges involved). However, that HSN and QVC thing was getting me in trouble. I had over three hundred dollars coming out on automatic payments to QVC and HSN which is not good. So take inventory on where your money is going then we can work on the budget and savings. I am starting over because I feel like I have gotten off track and I will use my Tip Tuesday segment to get me back on track.
Does anyone else like to write their “to do” list down. I feel like I should use one of my many tablets, my laptop, or my phone even to keep up with my “to do” list. But honestly nothing is like writing down what I need to get done and what I have gotten accomnplished to keep me accountable. My cell phone is annoyng to me at times so I ofteen times forget about things that I have assigned myself on my phone. I just forget to take my tablet off the charger more times then I remember to bring it with me. Long story short I love the feel of a pen and paper. I like watching my hands create the words and I feel so complete as I check off things from my list. I know in this technical day and age some might not understand but it is my thing.
Everytime I take my artificial nails off I swear I am done with them. Then I see all the pretty nail designs on the pretty long fake nails and I get weak. Now I am remembering why I had sworn off fake nails with all the damage they cause to your natural nails. My nails are so thin that they are literally peeling off. Thank God for the Nailtek strengthener formula because the pain of the peeling has been minimal. Unfortunately my natural nails don’t keep polish on 2 to 3 weeks like with the fake nails. However, with the Nailtek system I can go a little over a week with minimal touch ups before they get so bad I need a fresh manicure. I am also using the Nailtek cuticle oil (it came in the kit) to help keep my cuticles healthy through this process. I got some great tips from: http://www.simplynailogical.com/2015/02/how-to-grow-your-nails-long.html?m=1
Check her out, she also has some great tutorials on her Youtube channel. Godspeed.