Thrifty Thursday | My Work from Home Journey

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How to Make Money from Home

Welcome to Thrifty Thursday! Starting in April, I will be interviewing mom’s and other women who work at home once or twice a month for Thrifty Thursday. Today is a little different, I am going to be telling you about MY work at home journey and my venture in learning how to make money from home. Don’t miss a Thrifty Thursday, subscribe to my weekly newsletter for work-at-home tips sent directly to your inbox!

My work from home journey has been interesting. I have tried several different methods in my venture of learning how to make money from home, and some of them have worked better than others.

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Why I chose a Thrive Market Subscription

Thrive Market Review | Why I chose a Thrive Market membership and why you should too

Thrive Market Review

If you’ve been to my blog before, you may have seen a reference here and there to Thrive Market. I wanted to do a full Thrive Market review. I want to share with my readers why I chose a Thrive Market subscription, and why you should too!

If you don’t know about Thrive Market, they offer real, healthy and wholesome food at Wholesale prices. Another very cool aspect of Thrive Market is that for every subscription purchased, Thrive donates another membership to a teacher or a family in need.

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HuHot Gluten Free Menu | My Favorite Allergy Friendly Restaurant

HuHot Gluten Free Options | My Favorite restaurant for delicious food without all the gluten

HuHot Mongolian Grill has been a favorite of mine for quite some time. After discovering that I had Celiac disease, I was very happy to discover that there were many HuHot gluten free options!

I recently visited a HuHot in Tulsa, Oklahoma and realized that they have done a huge overhaul on their menu. Now, all of the “signature sauces” are gluten free. This is an amazing update for two reasons! First, those of us who have celiac or gluten sensitives/allergies can now have all of the delicious sauces. Second, the risk for cross-contamination has gone down substantially. I e-mailed the company and received a very prompt response that all signature sauces are now gluten free at all locations.

While HuHot gluten free options are abundant, it is important to note that HuHot is not a completely gluten free restaurant. I think that this is a good thing, because you can go out with your non-allergy friends, and they don’t have to feel like they’re missing out at all.

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The Best Way To Wash Fruit

The best way to wash fruit

Everyone probably knows by now that it’s best to limit exposure to pesticides. The Dirty Dozen by the Environmental Working Group let’s you know the the top 12 fruits and vegetables that currently have the most pesticide residue. The best option is to purchase these items organic, but sometimes it’s difficult to find organic products or just too expensive. This is my favorite way to wash conventional fruits and vegetables, but you can use it on organics too! For organics, I typically only rinse with cold water.

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The Best Household Items from Thrive Market

besthousehold items from Thrive Market

Balancing a healthy lifestyle and living on a budget can be tough. It’s difficult to justify spending money on healthier choices, but you know that it’s worth it for your family. Well, I found a solution for getting better deals on healthy household items. You may already know that Thrive Market offers wholesale prices on healthy food. Thrive Market also has some incredible deals on healthy and natural household items. I compiled a list of some of the best household items from Thrive Market below. These are my personal favorites, but make sure to dig around the Thrive Market website for even more!

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Cloth Diapering 101 – Types of Cloth Diapers

types of cloth diapers

Cloth diapering can get very confusing, especially when you’re just starting out. There are so many different types of cloth diapers, it can be overwhelming. The most important thing to remember is; every parent is different, and every child is different. Something that works great for someone else may not work for you and your baby.  Try not to get too overwhelmed by all of the information out there. Just take it one day at a time. For those of you that have heard about different kinds of cloth diapers but aren’t sure what is what, here is a simple breakdown. I am also including a link to each type of cloth diapersfor further reference.

Part 2 is here now! Cloth Diapering 101 | How to wash cloth diapers

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Gluten Free Chicken Casserole

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Gluten Free Chicken Casserole

This gluten free chicken casserole is one my favorite slow cooked meals! It is inexpensive, simple to make, and the ingredients can be adjusted based on what you have in your pantry or freezer. I adapted this from a recipe that I found over at A year of slow cooking.

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How to be a morning person | Wake up early & Be more productive!

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Do you use Timehop? I do, and I often look back at posts where I say something like “It’s so early, I can’t believe I’m up!” I look at the post time, maybe 6:30AM, and I laugh. I’m definitely a morning person, but it hasn’t always been that way. When I was 19 or 20, I thought having to be at work at 8:00AM was terrible. Five or six years ago, waking up early was a struggle, even though I was doing it more consistently. How to be a morning person.

Fast forward to now. I very rarely sleep past 6, and most mornings I am awake around 4:30AM. I became a morning person out of necessity, but over the past year of consistently waking up early I have realized that I am far more productive. I firmly believe that waking up early leads to a productive day. Here are the lessons that I have learned in how to be a morning person.

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How to Go Gluten Free | 7 steps to get started

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How To Go Gluten Free

Going gluten free can be incredibly challenging. I have been eating completely gluten free since early 2012, and I remember how difficult it was to start. There is gluten in everything! Today I am sharing 7 tips on how to go gluten free.

My story: I suspected that I was having some issues with gluten in early 2012. I had struggled with digestive issues for most of my life, and despite seeing more than one doctor, I was left with no answers. I decided to try cutting gluten from my diet in a desperate attempt to start to feel normal again. Although I didn’t get an official diagnosis until 2013, I knew almost immediately that gluten had been the source of all of my problems. It was hard for me to cut out gluten. I hear people say “I could never do that” but I assure you, if I can do it, you can do it. My diet was based around foods like pasta, bread, and more pasta.

Maybe you, like me, suspect that you have a problem with gluten. Maybe you have an official diagnosis from a doctor and are trying to figure out where to start. I want to share my best tips for how to go gluten free with you. It’s a difficult journey, but it has been so rewarding and worth it. Going gluten free changed my life.

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Why the Whole 30 is a Joke | My Whole 30 Failure

Why the whole 30 is a joke

Why the Whole 30 is a joke

I am a Whole 30 failure. I will go into more detail on why I believe that the Whole 30 is a joke, first, let’s talk about the Paleo Diet. I think that the Paleo diet is a great starting point. There are many interpretations of the Paleo diet. The basic idea of the paleo diet is eating like our ancestors did. Eating whole, real good as nature intended. I can’t argue with the paleo diet, and that isn’t what this is about. When I eat a diet that excludes processed junk food, I feel fantastic. I bet you will too! So what is the Whole 30 and why is it a joke?

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10 Ways to Make Money from Home

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How To Make Money From Home – Top 10 Tips

Next week I am going to share my own work from home journey, but for now I am going to be talking about how to make money from home. Whether you are looking to earn a full time income, or just a little extra spending money, working at home is a great option!

I know that it can be difficult to figure out how to make money from home. There are so many ways to make money from home, it can be overwhelming! The following 10 ways are tried and tested by either myself or close friends.

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Decluttering Series | How to Purge & Organize Kids Clothes

Decluttering Series | How to purge and organize kids clothes

How to Organize Kids Clothes

Welcome to the 2nd installment of my de-cluttering series: How to purge and organize kids clothes. As I mentioned before, this isn’t the beginning of my decluttering journey, but somewhere in the middle. I have gone through the kids clothes before, but this time I have more of a purpose and a plan. I went through the little ones clothes last week, so his aren’t pictured here. Most of what I did today was with my four year old daughters clothes. The “big boys” don’t really have an excess of clothes either, so I am leaving that for now.

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5 Reasons to Drink Black Coffee

5 reasons to drink black coffee

5 Reasons to Drink Black CoffeeWhy I drink coffee. Read about reasons why to drink black coffee, and yes, I actually like it!

If you had told me three years ago that I’d be writing this, I would have laughed at you. I’ve only been drinking coffee for about 2 1/2 years and most of that time I have actually been drinking coffee flavored milk and sugar. I started drinking coffee after my third child was born. I think that I started drinking it out of necessity. I had a newborn, and two year old and a five year old. The church that I attended had free coffee on Sunday morning, so I figured that I might as well start drinking it! Fast forward to now, I started drinking black coffee during my first Whole 30 attempt and I haven’t looked back since then! Here are my 5 reasons to drink black coffee.

  • It’s healthier. Let’s face it, added sugar is never good for you. Don’t get me started about the ingredients in some coffee creamers! If you drink a lot of coffee, the added sugar + questionable ingredients will really add up.
  • It’s cheaper. If you’re using higher quality creamer like I was, the price is really going to add up. If you are getting specialty coffee on the go, the cost is going to be substantially more than a plain, black coffee.
  • It’s simple. It’s easy in the morning, make a cup of coffee and go. My favorite creamer is a dairy free coconut milk creamer, but where I live,  it’s hard to come by. Drinking black coffee has made my life easier because I am not making special trips for coffee creamer anymore.
  • It’s harder to mess up. If you’re placing an order at a coffee shop or restaurant, it’s pretty difficult to mess up a plain black coffee!
  • You will learn to like it. It may take some time, but you will learn to appreciate the actual taste of coffee, and not everything that you are putting into it. I had to choke down my coffee the first few days of my Whole 30, but it got better! Even when I stopped doing the Whole 30,I still continued to drink black coffee.

There you have it! My 5 reasons to drink your coffee black. I haven’t put anything in my coffee in over a month and I think that I will keep it that way. It is better for me, saves money, is easier, and I really have learned to like it! I recently wrote another article about my new favorite coffee accessory. If you’re worried about coffee staining your teeth, check it out here!

Do you drink black coffee? If not, what do you put in your coffee? I like coconut milk creamer, but I think I will do without it for now! reasons to drink black coffee

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