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sharon has been a member since October 6th 2010, and has created 28 posts from scratch.

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nother fashion blog you say...Weeeeelll!! not really. I am no fashionista, stylista, makeup guru, chef or nutritionist. I do however have my own personal style and taste that I would love to share. I am not into brand names and I don't have a disposable income for expensive clothing. I am a frugalista if you will. Hell!! call me cheap...If it makes you feel better. On the other hand I don't indulge in cheap fast food and would rather spend the money to buy wholesome, and nutritious food for my family. I am a bargain hunter, a recipe collector ( I love to cook), and an advocate of clean, natural, organic, non GMO living. This blog is about looking good and eating healthy not just on a budget but the sensible and natural way. Stop by when you get a moment ( I know, I know we are all busy)...To browse, read, dress, shop, eat, cook, lust, hang...you get the idea. Disclaimer: I am not, I repeat am not a fashion guru, makeup expert, chef nor nutritionist. Views expressed on this blog is my own and is not to be used as a cure all. This is not a one size fits all. just because I say it works for me, it will work for you. Nothing in life is easy, it take some amount of work. This is only a guide from a working mom, who tries to keep her family looking good and eating healthy on a small amount of cash. My values, my views, my opinions. See you soon Sharon

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HAPPY NEW YEAR

No resolutions here, don’t believe in them. However, if they work for you congrats on making them and good luck in keeping them.  To all my readers have a happy new year.

 

Frugal Christmas

So again it took me months to show my face… But I’m here and hopefully to stay.

Tis the season to be jolly right? Well, not so in many household. This may be a time that might be painful because of past tragedy, fresh pain.. Sick loved ones, lack of money, lost jobs… And the list goes on.

When you have kids, the outcome of the jolliest season of the year look more bleak than ever. You want them to enjoy it but you are not in the spirit, the mood or just plain lack of money.

Here is how to enjoy at least a fabulous and frugal dinner ( non tradional). If you like the trimming and bright lights and gift giving, then I’m sorry this page isn’t for you. This for those of us who enjoy simple, a simple no fuss holiday without expensive gifts, food and bright lights.

So here some ideas for a inexpensive Christmas dinner.

Option 1

Pumpkin soup
Rice and peas
Stew chicken
Mac and cheese
Salad

Dessert: easy chocolate cheesecake

Non alcoholic apple cider

Option 2

Pumpkin and salt fish rice cookup

( ok I know what you are thinking, but I don’t worry about that)…you are thinking that’s not a holiday meal…. Oohh but you are wrong… Who said you had to have turkey and chicken and all the trimmings… Haven’t met me.

So back to option 2

Pumpkin and salt fish rice cookup
Stew chicken ( its easy)
Macaroni salad
Salad

Dessert: cranberry upside down cake

Option 3

Baked chicken
Baked Mac and cheese
Potato salad
Rice
French rolls

Dessert: chocolate cake

Champagne: Andre 4.99

No Christmas tree… No worries. You can buy some Christmas lights and hang them around your home… Very inexpensive ( no fuss).

You don’t have to buy into the norm, that at Christmas you have to spend a ton load of money. Who are you trying to impress?? You might succeed in making others believe that you have a disposable income, but come January when the bills are to be paid, what happens???

I am not judging, oh God no!  I have been there done that. I used to think, if I can get the next look everyone is wearing then I’m the ish since slice bread. However, after you hit rock bottom with nowhere else left to go, you begin to see the light.

You can look nice, without spending what you don’t have. You can eat a healthy meal everyday ( sure, can be a little expensive… but the benefits are worth it).

Anyway, without me rambling on and on about being frugal.  Just think about it… All that glitters is not gold and the bling bling of Christmas ( no longer having it true meaning), and new years have had their lights turned off… What do you end up with??

Credit card bills, school fees, car note, rent, loans, mortgages…god knows what else, we forfeited to have a fabulous Christmas.  Just Think about it, isnt it time to be frugal?

Happy Birthday

Hello Fellow Readers,

Hi and please accept my apologies for missing in action, yet once again.  I could tell you that so much of my personal life got in the way, and despite my promise to keep  up with this blog, I once again fell by the way.  However, I am not here to make promises but will make the effort to show up and do what I said and its the blog’s birthday.

Yup, 1 year old this month…..Whoo Hoo.  I’ll be back with a birthday gift for all of you…..a frugal find or a recipe…Stay tuned.

Its my party and I’ll cry if I want to, cry if want to, cry if want to……tra la la la la

 

 

 

Healthy Eating

So I cleaned out my fridge and all that’s in it is 90% organic stuff…. ewwww you say, eeeeewww right back at yah…. LOL. I haven’t change the type food like chicken or eggs, I just replace them with food that are grown by local organic farmers, with the use of  little or no pesticide.

Too healthy for you? Well, you might want to rethink that. If you have kids, that little boy or girl depends on you to feed them the right nutritious food, engage them in healthy conversations, stimulate their minds and fuel their energy. Well feeding them junk isn’t gonna do it.. A trip to  McDonald, taco bell etc,  isn’t helping…the food or what YOU think is food maybe be 30% the real thing plus 70% garbage.

Now take a look at your gorgeous child and tell me you don’t fall in love all over again. Everytime he amazes you with his antics or conversations…. And then answer this why am I feeding my child GARBAGE?  He/She is not a human incinerator that whatever junk I can whip up or buy, he can get rid of it…NO, the dump is for that.

Except for the rich and famous, no one has excess money like that ( I for one don’t, I struggle just like the next working class, dependent on his next pay check to survive)…so why don’t I shut the hell up and go sit in a corner and eat the cheap junk like everyone else???!…. BECAUSE I REFUSE TO.

For my son who is 4, for my hubs and my own health, I REFUSE TO. I work ungodly, unhealthy hours and sleep at ungodly hrs( 8am- 2:30pm)… Ouch!!!! you say.. Yes. I leave work at “crack head time of the morning” 3 am… Depending on the mood of the train or train conductor I get home at 5-6. I spend the night trying to get work done (never-ending, always on the grind)while…trying to mentally prepare a delicious nutritious, quick meal in my head for my son’s lunch, and the hubs and myself dinner. So lunch time is spent going to my many recipe collection, and picking out recipes depending on what I have on hand.

When I get home, I pull these ingredients out and get to work. Now hubs and the little man leaves around 7am so I have 1hr, 2 tops to get that done. His lunch is always prepared, with 2 boxes of juice, water and a snack.
I spend at least 1 hr with him, ( he hangs out with me in the kitchen and gives me an update on what happened while I was at work)…. Watch out daddy, he tells on you too……:-).  He shows me his homework, begs to stay home with me OH! every five mins or so… Lol… and gets the same answer every time..or he watches  cartoons and the news. Daddy dresses him and they are out the door. This is where I collapse into the bed.

Okay I said all that to say, your time isn’t anymore precious than mine…(oh, I had two jobs at one point and still did all that)… Spend the time to eat and feed you family nutrious, good for you food, don’t neglect the little ones. A little Debbie snack with potato chip and soda are nothing but empty garbage filled calories that does nothing for your child and you.

Instead try a bean burger… Quick delicious and filling…and a snack of maybe an organic, orange and banana cut in bite size pieces… Or make him a quick Organic PBJ sandwich or bananwich( smashed bananas with real wholewheat or oat bread)

Listen, I for one understand that these food are mega expensive, but start with the basics, and eventually you will have it and no longer grimace at the prices as you would have gotten use to it.

I will try to help with recipes and where the deals are, but you gotta help yourself too, research, research and research. How about cutting out or cutting down on the necessary junk out your life like (reality tv, going out to eat salt laden food, drinking every weekend etc… Spend sometime home and research recipes, how the big giant food industry along with Drs and Big Pharma are squeezing money and your life out of you. I love my movies just like the next person, want to hog the TV every now and then but I have to balance it out.

Hubs and I spend all our weekends home having healthy debates, hanging out with the little one, Sat or Sunday is date movie night or I just go to sleep because Lord knows I sleep when I can to catch up. It’s boring you might add.. but it all depends on your expectations, your self esteem, your priorites,and goals.
I spend the week rubbing shoulders with people, crazy people on my commute to and from work and at work.  On the weekends, only wild horses could get me out… In the summer, we go out of course to BBQ, kiddie birthday parties, and yes I will admit that while I don’t indulge in the food I will drink my way through the wine coolers…. Yup… Me likey!!! ( I’m working on it…lol)

Okay enough, about me. Think about what I’ve said because what you skimp on today may cost you in Dr’s bills later on.

And remember:  With your health, there should be no compromise!!

Baby steps that’s all it takes.

Pizza a La Fru

We all love pizza, well most of us. I am not a pizza fan but I do enjoy an occasional slice. However since my family does, it’s nothing to throw together a pizza.  It’s easy as pie, I used to think that it was hard and complex but not so.

I like my food made from scratch, not  premade. However, I do believe that certain things you can  allow premade. (psst… It makes life easier).  I buy pre made pizza dough or crust, and I throw everything  but the kitchen sink on one side for the hubs and chicken and cheese and other side for puss..( that’s my son nickname)

So here’s the recipe

1 large pizza crust. ..
3 slices each green and red bell pepper… Chopped
1/2 Red onion- chopped
2 diced cooked chicken breast
3 slices pineapple diced
Jalapeño peppers diced
Mexican cheese blend grate
4 tbs pizza sauce or pasta sauce
handful of baby tomatoes chopped

Spread sauce on crust to cover
Spread some cheese
layer everything else as you wish. Topped with more cheese

Bake for 12 mins or until crust is golden brown

Cut and enjoy

P.S… Add a bottle of cheap champagne (Andres strawberry champagne)…rent a movie… Viola!!!!  Frugal date night.

Pss.. All my ingredients except for the cheese can be bought at Whole Food.

Please forgive the crappy picture. I don’t own a camera, but I am working on it.