Feeling a little under the weather today

Hi all!  Today was a normal day, even though my throat has been a little scratchy since last night.  I noticed a lot of sinus drainage later this morning and I was unusually tired.  After experiencing some chills, I took some of Melaleuca’s Activate-C, which is a Vitamin C drink mix containing zinc that helps you with boosting your immune system.  It’s not a miracle cure, but I feel better knowing that I have it at my finger tips when I don’t feel so hot.  I also ordered Counteract AM and Counteract PM cold medicines last month, even though I rarely get sick.  I doubt I will use it today, but it is very nice to have it at home!

Because my health comes first, I am going to lay low and take it easy for the weekend, so I hope that you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day weekend!  One tip I have for our frugal Valentine’s Day lovers is to wait until the day after to stock up on cards, party supplies and candy so that you will save money and be prepared for next year’s Valentine’s Day!  I plan to take advantage of the post Valentine’s sales on Saturday afternoon.  If I find anything good, I will post it.

For now, I am signing off!

Calling all Windy City Readers! Your invitation to TAP-Chicago’s Lunar Ball 2014

Hello all,

I have been a volunteer for the planning committee for TAP (Taiwanese American Professionals) Chicago’s annual Lunar Ball formal gala.  For only $65 until Valentine’s Day, Friday, 2/14/14 (price goes up after Early Bird 2/14 deadline!), you will enjoy food from various restaurants, an open bar and very interesting young professionals!  A portion of the proceeds will go to a local nonprofit.  It will also be a great opportunity to meet me in person!  For more information, click on the link here:  http://tapchicago.org/lunar-ball-2014/

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Saga of The Stinky Fridge Part 1

I will have to be very honest with you and tell you that I am not sure about the number of installments there will be in The Saga of The Stinky Fridge.  (This IS a bachelorette pad) I hope that if you fridge neglect tendencies like me, you will be inspired and encouraged by my stories.  Here is a sampling of what’s been lurking around:

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Action Plan to attack the Invaders of Stink:

1) Wipe out the nastiness and breathe with my mouth as much as I can while listening to some happy music.  I will listen to The Black Keys  (Brothers CD if you care) on Spotify.

2) Soak it with fully concentrated amounts of Sol-U-Guard and Baking Soda for around 10-15 minutes. The stuff is incredibly concentrated and usually used to dilute with water.

Here is what it looks like while it is soaking:

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3) Examine and throw away anything that looks suspicious while waiting. (Note: There was a LOT of nasty stuff I found in the fridge and I will spare you from the grotesque photos)

4) Rinse the dishes out and load the dishwasher and pop in a pod of Melaleuca Diamond Brite Automatic Dishwasher Detergent.

De-stink-ification Part I

Here is a picture of the fridge AFTER getting rid of the smelly and spoiled contents:

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Here is a picture of some of the clean, safely disinfected dishes!

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In Stinky Fridge Saga Part II, The Sequel – I will be cleaning my fridge from the inside out next week!  Have a great week and see you tomorrow!

Melaleuca Vitality Omega 3 Creme Delights Help Your Brain Function Well – Nothing Fishy About It :)

I am so grateful for the *warmer* weather! Here is a link to a video about a young man who almost died and thanks to Omega 3 fatty acids found in fish oil, he is better. I enjoy taking a spoonful of the Melaleuca Vitality Omega 3 Creme Delight Peach Mango Tango because it tastes great! Nothing fishy about the flavor! Here is the link to this CNN video: http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/health/2014/01/17/exp-sgmd-omega-3-grant-virgin.cnn.html

Whole foods doesn’t have to be “Whole Paycheck!”

A few months ago, I went to Whole Foods to purchase a few vegetables and some cat food.  When I saw that my balance was less than $10, I joked with the cashier about how I should earn a reward for having the smallest balance at their store!

Because I have been getting the Meowmixers cat food from the store every week and it is in such close proximity to me, it is very hard for me to justify making another trip to another grocery store if I get their food and several essentials from Whole Foods on a weekly basis.  So I thought to myself,”Does Whole Foods HAVE to be Whole Paycheck?”  When I went on the tour that I blogged about in my last post, I decided to take this challenge more seriously.  I also want to be a true example of someone who benefits from the power of eating well sourced natural and organic food.  So, I have decided to add a post about saving money and shopping at Whole Foods!

Strategy session:

Phase I – Making the most out of your coupon book and sales.

It takes about 15 – 30 minutes for me to make my shopping list based on my needs and my coupons.  If you choose to coupon at Whole Foods, the coupon book will become your best friend.  I like to pick up one to put in my car and one to keep at home.

1) Take out your Whole Foods coupon book or open up the link on your computer. Also, take out any manufacturer’s coupons you might want to use.  I prefer the book because I am a very tactile person.

2) Go to the Whole Foods website and look for the website of your local store to see what is on sale.

3) Grab your computer or a pen and paper.  I prefer a pen and paper because I like to write my lists down.

4) Make your list and make sure that you write down which coupon you plan to use with it.

5) Enjoy a snack before you go shopping because shopping and couponing when you are hungry is the pits and might give way to impulse buying. I like to blend my Melaleuca GC Control Creme Brulee with water and drink it while I am planning my shopping list and organizing my coupons.

6) Before you run out to the store, organize your coupons in a neat pile so you can access them when it is time to check out.

Here is my pile of coupons and my shopping list ready to put in my purse for shopping:

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Phase II – Shopping

1) Stick to your list.

2) Make sure you have time to shop and check out so that the items in your cart will correspond correctly with the coupon deals and sales deals.

3) Enjoy yourself. Take time to enjoy trying new samples and sniffing their many essential oils and handmade soaps.

Here is my shopping list and the regular prices:

Suja Juice  –  8.99

1 can of Muir Glen Organic Fire Roasted Tomatoes 2.19

1 can of Muir Glen Organic Fire Roasted Tomatoes with Green Chilies 1.99

Whole Paws Grain Free Cat Food .79 per can

Herbal St. John’s Wort 11.99

1 pound of Navel Oranges  .99 cents per lb (SALE!)

1/2 pound sweet brown rice from bulk  (I paid 2.17)

Brown Cow single serving Greek yogurt  1.00

1 Bunch of Red Swiss Chard  $2.00 for a bunch (2 for $4 special!)

1 bottle of Three Wishes wine  $3

Coconut Milk (unsweetened vanilla)  $3.99

2 pints of Coconut Milk Ice Cream 5.99 x 2 = $12.00

1 organic yellow onion     $1.77

1 Wellshire Farms Turkey Kielbasa   $5.99

Organic Valley Munster Cheese $5.99

1 bag of lentil beans – $2.39

Here are the coupons I had:

Organic Valley Cheese  $1.00 Off Whole Foods store coupon

Wellshire Farms Smoked Turkey Kielbasa $.50 off Whole foods store coupon

Muir Glen Canned Tomatoes $1.00 Off Two Cans Whole Foods store coupon

365 Dry Beans $.50 off one can Whole Foods store coupon

1 Voucher for a free single serving Greek yogurt

1 Suja Coupon – $1.00 off a bottle

Here was my subtotal before coupon savings:  $72.48

Here was my final price after coupon savings and the free $5.00 gift card from last week’s tour:  $60.39

Now, I understand that many of you don’t need ice cream, Suja juice or St. John’s Wort, so here is the adjusted cost of everything with coupon discounts included:  $28.61

I would love to hear about what you do to save money while shopping for toxin-free, pesticide-free food and household goods so feel free to comment!  Have a great week!

Saving $2.00 – a cup of coffee at a time

I am listening to a webinar given by a fantastic business mentor based in North Carolina.  Her name is Clare Luffman and she has really helped me and encouraged me to work consistently towards my goals.  While I am listening to her wonderful advice, I am craving a cup of coffee from Starbucks.  I could easily jump into my car to grab a cup, but why should I spend that extra $2.00 and go out into the cold if I have delicious coffee beans and a wonderful French press at home?

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For those who are wondering “What is that pink drink she has in the background?”, that is Melaleuca Sustain Sport Ruby Red Grapefruit!  This stuff tastes great and helps me stay hydrated.  If you like carbonation, it would probably taste great with your favorite sparkling water! It has two times as many electrolytes as Gatorade and is healthier to drink than Gatorade and other mainstream sports drinks.