Biking, Walking, Running… They’re Not Just Exercise and Entertainment, They’re Transportation Too!

November 20, 2013

Good morning!  For the last three months, I’ve had to become a morning person again, after five plus years of getting up at 8am.  Our son has to leave for school by 7:40, which means we need to be up by 6:40 in order to get breakfast cooked and eaten, teeth brushed, and have him […]

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Our New Gym And Some Homemade Equipment

March 20, 2013

We have a couple of new pieces of gym equipment that my husband made recently, and they were far less expensive than buying ready-made stuff.  So I’m sharing details and pictures in case you feel like doing the same thing. First, he made a calf-raise platform out of scrap lumber that we had left over […]

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Our Homemade Pull Up Bar

February 12, 2013

When it comes to body weight exercises, it’s hard to beat pull ups.  Unless a person has a very strong upper body and/or does pull ups regularly, it can be tough to do even one good one.  But, as with anything else, practice makes perfect – we can all get strong enough to do pull […]

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Ten Bucks For A New Carpet Cleaner

January 10, 2013

The main level of our house has a lot of oatmeal-colored carpet.  It’s in our bedrooms, hallway and living room.  It wouldn’t be my first choice – I prefer hard floors that can be mopped – but it’s what was there when we bought the house, and it’s only five years old, so it’s not […]

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Homemade Mouthwash

December 5, 2012

I promised a post about the mouthwash I made last week, so here it is!  This was one of the easiest projects I’ve ever done.  For years, we’ve been buying fancy (ie, expensive) mouth wash with all natural ingredients (no dyes, artificial flavors, etc.), and we’ve been quite happy with them; we also use food-grade […]

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Healthy Living ebook Update And More Secondhand Made Easy

November 2, 2012

I’m glad you guys have been enjoying the amazing healthy living ebook sale this week (here’s the link where you can get the whole package for $29).  I’ve been browsing around on the Redmond clay, Earthpaste, and Real Salt sites, and I’m excited about the $21 worth of free gifts from those companies.  Such an […]

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Healthy Living eBook Sale – The Best I’ve Ever Seen!

October 29, 2012

I haven’t been this excited about an ebook bundle in a very long time.  This one is so awesome, and it’s a perfect fit for my blog.  It’s all about healthy living, which is one of my favorite topics.  You get 34 healthy living ebooks for $29! (valued at over $300 if you bought them all […]

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Freezer To Crockpot Cooking

January 30, 2012

A couple weeks ago, I wrote about how I had finally caved in an visited Pinterest, and wasn’t sure if it was going to be awesome or a total time sink.  I’ve since found that it cuts way down on the number of tabs I have open in my browser at any one time.  Instead […]

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More Improvised Exercise Equipment

January 22, 2012

Remember when I told you about the walker I started using as a dip station for my Bodyrock workouts?  Well, I have another inexpensive, DIY piece of workout equipment to share with you. They use sandbags as weights on Bodyrock all the time.  The one they use sells for about $100.  Of course there was […]

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Small Steps To Create A Great Year

January 2, 2012

Happy New Year!  I hope that 2012 got off to a good start for you.  I’ve never been one for New Year’s Resolutions, simply because the date seems so arbitrary.  I prefer to make changes throughout the year as I think of them, and January 1 is no different from any other day in that […]

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A Walker As Exercise Equipment

December 17, 2011

I’ve posted before about how much I love and I’ve had several comments from readers saying that they’re also fans of the short, high-intensity workouts on that site.  I’ve been Bodyrocking for 8 months, and I’ve never felt stronger – I highly recommend it if you’re looking for a way to fit exercise into […]

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Natural Health And A Place For High-Tech Medicine

September 14, 2011

In response to my recent post asking what you’d like me to write about, Navya posed this topic: I have a question for you. I am an ardent fan of your blog and you have inspired me to stay healthy and I always thought that one day when I would have kids ( my husband […]

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Awesome Veggie Burgers And A Call For Questions

August 19, 2011

I’m thrilled to announce that I have found the perfect veggie burger!  I’ve probably tried about 20 different recipes over the years (plus several kinds of packaged veggie burgers, which are way too expensive to have on a regular basis).  Earlier this week, I wrote about the excellent burger buns that I made, and how […]

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Our Own Gym For $300

October 25, 2010

My husband and I both love going to the gym.  We enjoy outdoor activities too, but both of us have also worked out at the gym since we were in college.  In our first apartment together, we had a great gym facility on site, and used it just about every night.  For the five years […]

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Avoiding Nestle Without Even Trying

July 4, 2010

I was aware from a very young age that my parents didn’t buy any Nestle products.  They explained the reasons for the boycott, and it made perfect sense to me.  After spending two years in Africa with the Peace Corps, those reasons made even more sense.  I don’t knowingly buy Nestle products, but the boycott […]

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Getting Started In Bulk Food Buying

February 11, 2010

Ever since I discovered Green And Crunchy, I’ve been envious of Sheri’s bulk food club.  It’s not available in our area though, so I just kept shopping at the health food store.  If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know I don’t compromise when it comes to food.  We don’t buy anything with […]

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Health Insurance Deductible Scare

November 3, 2008

When I checked the mail late last night, we had an EOB from our health insurance company, saying that we were going to be billed $2600 for my husband’s recent knee surgery.  Holy smokes.  This was his second knee surgery this year, and we had met our $3000 deductible back in January when he had […]

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No-Spending Days And A New Grocery Store

October 16, 2008

We got home from my husband’s knee surgery adventure on Tuesday evening, and other than several walks with the dog, we haven’t left the house since we got back.  Working from home makes the whole knee recovery process so much easier.  Especially with both of us working from home, since I’m able to take care […]

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Back Home Again

October 15, 2008

We’re back home, after a very successful knee surgery for my husband.  We spent two days in my sister-in-law’s condo in a town about 30 miles from the hospital where the surgery was done, and managed to do so without spending much money.  We packed food to take with us, and I went for walks […]

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Going Out Of Town Checklist: Food And Diapers

October 11, 2008

My husband is having knee surgery on Monday (the other knee this time), so we’re going to be away from home from tomorrow until Tuesday evening.  It will be the longest we’ve been gone since our son was born in May (I guess we’ve really been homebodies the last few months…)  My husband’s sister owns […]

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Tomato Watermelon Salad

September 6, 2008

A patron at our library gave me the idea to mix watermelon and tomatoes in a salad. Sounds odd, but tastes fantastic. I added a few other ingredients, and we loved how it turned out, so I thought I’d share. And if your garden has tomatoes, basil, and watermelon, this will be a very inexpensive […]

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Creative Cooking – Use What You Have

July 11, 2008

I love to cook.   Trying new recipes and putting together interesting and tasty meals is one of my favorite things.   But trying new recipes can get expensive, since it seems like there’s always at least one thing that I don’t have on hand.   So I’ve learned to improvise, and it usually works […]

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New Frugal Tips

June 20, 2008

We’ve all probably seen hundreds of lists of ways to save money; but most of the tips tend to be repeats.   But I came across this list today, and I liked the unique aspects of some of the tips.   ‘Stop smoking’ is one that we’ve heard before, but what about ‘stop tanning’?   […]

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Paying For Green Smoothies

March 10, 2008

We’ve been drinking our green smoothies for more than two months now, and are loving how healthy we feel.   And I love knowing that it doesn’t get much better as far as what I could be feeding our unborn baby.   I’ve started adding a banana and a couple carrots, along with the berries […]

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Knee Appointments and Baby Stuff

February 28, 2008

We’re sitting in the waiting room at the hospital where my husband has his knee surgery last month, waiting to see the doctor for his follow up appointment.   We’re very optimistic that he’s going to get some additional mobility clearance, and hopefully we’ll be able to do the rest of his treatments at the […]

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Laser Eye Surgery Is More Expensive Than I Thought…

February 8, 2008

Mapgirl has just had laser eye surgery, and she wrote a really informative article about the experience and the cost.   My husband has been pondering LASIK for years.   He can’t see much of anything without glasses, so I can understand his desire to have eyes that just work.   I have glasses but […]

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Durable Medical Equipment (An Igloo Cooler With Hoses)

February 2, 2008

After my husband’s knee surgery on Monday, the docs and physical therapists were going over all the things we need to do for the next few weeks to give him the best chance of a full recovery. One of the things they emphasized was ice, and their recommendation was an automatic icer. It’s basically a […]

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Green Smoothies

January 13, 2008

I’ve been reading raw food cookbooks for about the last two years, and I try to make sure that half the food we eat each day is raw.   We all know that we’re supposed to be eating leafy dark greens, and I’ve tried hard (especially since I’ve been pregnant) to make sure we eat […]

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The Credit Card Comes In Handy

January 4, 2008

Yesterday, my husband went for his consultation with the knee doctor.   He had to drive 2.5 hours to get there (the doctor is considered one of the best in the world, but the only downfall is that it’s quite  a drive.   But compared with all the people who fly to see him, we’re […]

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