Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Healthy Living Link Party # 115



Welcome to the Healthy Living Link Party # 115


Just a quick note:

We love to feature you! We also love to share your content and give you a shout out on our social media accounts. However, some of you do not have their social media accounts visible. Make it easy for us to feature you and follow you too! We would also love to pin your posts , providing a tall graphic with text will help with your reach.

We are looking for two hosts , if you are interested to become a Healthy Living Link Party Host send me a message and I will send details your way!
abountifullove (at)gmail (dot)com

Join our HEALTHY LIVING LINK PARTY PINTEREST BOARD .Collaborate with us and we would love for you to pin with us. Pin your healthy living related post , recipes, giveaways, reviews and more! If you like to join our collaborative board,  you can email me at abountifullove (at)gmail (dot)com or comment below! 
  We’d like to thank each and every one of you for making every week so amazing! Keep sharing your healthy and inspiring posts with us.  If you are new here , we are so glad to have you!! Have fun and make new friends! I appreciate each and everyone of you for joining us.



The Healthy Living link party is all about living a healthy life. Link up your posts related to healthy living and recipes that are low carb, low calorie, paleo, keto, organic, clean, etc. Eating healthy doesn't have to be boring and is more fun when you share your recipes and find some new ones.


We all pick our week's feature, so don't forget to stop by their blogs!

 Here’s what your hosts have been up to this week


 A Bountiful Love  




Urban Naturale
 

                                                 Using Essential Oils with Your Family




    31 Clever Ways to Green Up Your Life with Lemons
    PIN-IT




    Don't forget to grab your button if you are featured
     photo Feature Button_zps3bx7qsie.jpgP




    SIMPLIFIED Rules of the Party: 

    • Link up only healthy living related post --> recipes, tips, guidelines, giveaways, etc.  
    • PIN THE FEATURES.




    By adding your link to this blog hop gives A Bountiful Love and all the Co-Hosts permission to share your posts and pictures via social media. Emails are obtained ONLY TO NOTIFY participants of the next link-up and for that reason only. You may opt out of these emails by unsubscribing from them at any time.

     Let's party, link up below!



    Monday, May 29, 2017

    Washing and Organizing Reusable Bags

    It took us several weeks to get used to ( I mean, to remember) using reusable bags. California finally banned the use of plastic bags . What's not to support, it is very important in reducing litter and ocean pollution. I am not sure about you BUT we are a product of our own habits. I do forget to bring them inside the stores. Good news is that we are getting good at remembering to bring the bags.

    Using the reusable bag to help save our mother Earth ( one of the many ways) is so great , however..When was the last time you washed them? It is not about being freakishly clean . It is very important to wash those bags too!

    Confession time :  I also do not remember to wash them. I keep them nicely organized in our car and some neatly folded here at home. I mean, out of sight out of mind right? And that is very true with germs lurking in your bags. You don't see them BUT it is there and it will make you sick. A  study from scientists at the University of Arizona and Loma Linda University found  97% of shoppers with multi-use bags said they DO NOT regularly wash them. Only 3% remember to wash their reusable bags.

    The same study found bacteria in 99% of bags tested; half carried Coliform bacteria while 8% carried E. coli, an indicator of fecal contamination. Fecal contamination - Did I get your attention now?




     Ryan Sinclair of the Loma Linda University School of Public Health, a co-author of the study said "I classify them as pretty dirty things, like the bottom of your shoes,". You wouldn't lick the bottom of your shoes right? Nor give your shoes to your little ones so they can gnaw on it. Okay, I may be exaggerating , my point is. Reusable bags are dirty!!

    Just reflect on this..

    "The researchers found that bacteria thrived and multiplied on bags stored in the trunks of cars and that machine or hand washing reduced bacteria on bags by more than 99.9%. A separate study published in 2012 traced a norovirus outbreak among a girls' soccer team from Oregon to a reusable bag stored in a hotel bathroom used by an ill team member.Source HERE.

    We own bottles of hand sanitizers and wipes. Tucked inside our purse , even inside our Suv's, cars and vans. It means that we try to stay away from bacteria, germs that can make us really sick. So why don't we wash our reusable bags?

    Luckily , there are steps to avoid cross contamination. Here are the steps according to FoodSafety.Gov 

    1. Wash reusable grocery bags often.
    2. Always put raw meats into a disposable plastic bag before putting them in a reusable bag.  
    3. Keep meats, fresh produce, and ready-to-eat foods separated.
    4. Store reusable bags at home in a cool, dry place, not in the car.
    5. Do not use reusable grocery bags for other purposes.



    How to Clean the Reusable Bags?

    For Canvas bags ,toss them in the washing machine and launder in hot water with detergent. You can run them through the dryer but I air dry them.  If you use insulated shopping bags for meats and eggs, you should always wipe them with sanitizing wipes. I also wash them on cold , gentle cycle and then air dry the bags. For nylon bags , flip them inside out and wash them by hand in warm soapy water and then air dry.



    Ways to Organize the Reusable Bags

    Here's a very tidy and easy way to organize the bags. This is a frugal way to keep those bags organized, just a trip to the dollar tree!  See I am Homemaker's post about reusable bags HERE.

     Photo Credit


    This one is very cute! A Tote Buddy, who knew. Check out Organizing Junkie's vehicle organization HERE. Pretty impressive and as a matter of fact ..I am inspired to clean our SUV now.

    Photo Credit


    I also love this from Organising to Make Life Easier . You probably own a lot of baskets already, so this may not cost you anything.

    Photo Credit





    I know it's quite hard to remember to wash the bags regularly. So I would suggest to set your alarm or calendar.  Or write a reminder note and post it by your laundry room. Soon , it will be a great habit. A habit that will prevent us from getting sick.




    Shop my products on Zazzle:




    Friday, May 26, 2017

    Top 6 Tips for Living Comfortably on a Tight Budget

    Living on a tight budget doesn’t need to be a nightmare – it’s often just a few small changes here and there until you’re on terra firma. With these six quick tips, you’ll find you’re able to stretch a tight budget a lot further.




    Information Is Power

    Do you even know where your money is going each month? Begin religiously documenting when and where your money is being spent. Keep a spreadsheet of all of your income and outgoings, and at the end of the month tally all of the items to see where you’re spending all of the money you work so hard to earn.
    Consider the debts that you have, how much you still have to repay, and the interest rates you are paying on them. Prioritize repaying the loans and credit cards that are charging you the most interest and get yourself out of debt as soon as possible.

    Stop Eating Out and Eat Healthily at Home

    Eating out, getting takeaways, and going through drive-ins is one of the most expensive things that a family on a budget can do. The costs really do add up. An average family can spend between $300 and $500 a month on restaurant and takeaway bills.
    Do some basic research into nutritional requirements and begin eating a healthy and balanced diet prepared at home. When you cut out the junk food, your home food bills go right down, your family will be healthier, and you might end up having a lot of fun cooking together!

    Leverage Credit against Your Collateral Assets

    Being on a tight budget doesn’t mean you’re poor. Often, people with sizable assets can be on a tight budget at points in their lives, when they move house or purchase a car, for example. If you have the majority of your money tied up in tangible assets, you can find yourself in an illiquid cash situation – you’ve got money on paper but not much cash to spend.
    In such cases, consider taking out a loan against your property. Banks will generally give you better interest rates as there is much less risk to them.
    Even if you just own a car, this is a potential source of credit. You can get a cash loan on a car title, allowing you to pay more pressing debts immediately and spread out the cost over a much more manageable period at a better interest rate.

    Get Into DIY

    The internet has made learning new skills easy, yet many people have to pay an external company to do their home repairs and improvements for them. See if you can borrow any required tools from neighbors or friends so that you don’t need to pay out of pocket for them. Most of the repairs around the household are simple to perform – and plumbers/joiners/electricians are expensive!
    If something breaks and you don’t have the cash or know how to replace or repair it now, figure out a way to live without it in the short term. If the washer is broken, take your clothes to the laundromat or wash them yourself. If the kettle is broken, heat water in a saucepan until you’re able to afford a good quality replacement.

    Save on Kids Stuff

    We all know that having kids is a massive expense, but you don’t need to always indulge them. Soda, candy, nail polish, toys – it all adds up. For older kids, it may be time for them to pay for these indulgences on their own through a part-time job. For younger kids, you’ll need to decide which are the most important things to purchase for your loved ones and which will just be tossed after five minutes.
    Kids’ activities are a particular drain on funds. If you’re on a budget, you’re going to have to think long and hard on whether those gymnastic lessons are within your budget when you’re struggling to pay the mortgage.
    Kids don’t need expensive activities. They’re generally just as happy playing with mom and dad as they would be going on an expensive day trip.

    Buy Used

    Finally, purchasing items used is significantly cheaper than buying them new. A car, for example, generally costs around 45% of its new price when it is five years old, even if it has been lightly used. Yard sales and thrift stores are alternatives to high street stores that allow you save up to 90% of the cost.


    Guest Post by :
    Brandon Davis
    Outreach Relations Manager
    Midwest Title Loans

    Don't forget to pin and share! 


    Shared with these LINK UPS and BLOG HOPS

    Thursday, May 25, 2017

    Bloggers Spotlight Link Party # 65

    Welcome to the Bloggers Spotlight Link Party # 65

    Please make sure to PIN the features!

    Just a quick note:

    We love to feature you! We also love to share your content and give you a shout out on our social media accounts. However, some of you do not have their social media accounts visible. Make it easy for us to feature you and follow you too! We would also love to pin your posts , providing a tall graphic with text will help with your reach.

    Thank you  for making the last party successful and wonderful! We enjoyed stopping by and learning new things. If you are new here, welcome and we are glad to have you. If not, welcome back!  There's a few and awesome changes on our linky party, first we are opening up our BLOGGERS SPOTLIGHT LINK PARTY for everyone, so you all can pin your great posts! Second, we simplified our rules ..everybody loves simple right?

    Join our BLOGGER SPOTLIGHT LINK PARTY Collaborative board! You are welcome to pin your awesome post that you had shared in our parties. Just please let's make it clean and wholesome.  If you want to join the board, just send us a message and let us know!








    Here's what you may have missed from your hosts :


     






     


     Thank you for sharing the word on our party too, we really appreciate each and every one of you.


    Meet Your Hostesses :



    Not a must but we appreciate follows! Follow your host in any way, let us know if you are a new follower and we will be glad to return the love.

    Cristina of A Bountiful Love 
      
    If you are featured, don't forget to grab your button!


     photo blog button new_zpsff6dmv7c.jpg



    Tweet , help us spread the word!

    Join us every Thursdays, 7pm . Connect with bloggers and grow your reach.
     


     Sign up for Blogger Spotlight Link Party email reminder, we will only remind you of the party ..we don't like spam too!



    Subscribe to our mailing list

    * indicates required

    NEW AND SIMPLE RULES:

    Leave a link to your actual post and not the homepage. Leave as many links as you want ( wholesome, inspiring , uplifting, new and old).  We ask that you PIN THE FEATURES.

    Have fun and visit a couple or more links! Meet new friends..


    By adding your link to this blog hop gives A Bountiful Love and Raising Fairies and Knights permission to share your posts and pictures via social media. Emails are obtained ONLY TO NOTIFY participants of the next link-up and for that reason only. You may opt out of these emails by unsubscribing from them at any time.

    Link up below





    Wednesday, May 24, 2017

    Healthy Living Link Party # 114


    Welcome to the Healthy Living Link Party # 114


    Just a quick note:

    We love to feature you! We also love to share your content and give you a shout out on our social media accounts. However, some of you do not have their social media accounts visible. Make it easy for us to feature you and follow you too! We would also love to pin your posts , providing a tall graphic with text will help with your reach.

    We are looking for two hosts , if you are interested to become a Healthy Living Link Party Host send me a message and I will send details your way!
    abountifullove (at)gmail (dot)com

    Join our HEALTHY LIVING LINK PARTY PINTEREST BOARD .Collaborate with us and we would love for you to pin with us. Pin your healthy living related post , recipes, giveaways, reviews and more! If you like to join our collaborative board,  you can email me at abountifullove (at)gmail (dot)com or comment below! 
      We’d like to thank each and every one of you for making every week so amazing! Keep sharing your healthy and inspiring posts with us.  If you are new here , we are so glad to have you!! Have fun and make new friends! I appreciate each and everyone of you for joining us.



    The Healthy Living link party is all about living a healthy life. Link up your posts related to healthy living and recipes that are low carb, low calorie, paleo, keto, organic, clean, etc. Eating healthy doesn't have to be boring and is more fun when you share your recipes and find some new ones.


    We all pick our week's feature, so don't forget to stop by their blogs!

     Here’s what your hosts have been up to this week


     A Bountiful Love  



     Urban Naturale



     







       Chicken Wraps with Coleslaw
      PIN-IT





      Don't forget to grab your button if you are featured
       photo Feature Button_zps3bx7qsie.jpg




      SIMPLIFIED Rules of the Party: 

      • Link up only healthy living related post --> recipes, tips, guidelines, giveaways, etc.  
      • PIN THE FEATURES.




      By adding your link to this blog hop gives A Bountiful Love and all the Co-Hosts permission to share your posts and pictures via social media. Emails are obtained ONLY TO NOTIFY participants of the next link-up and for that reason only. You may opt out of these emails by unsubscribing from them at any time.

       Let's party, link up below!



      Monday, May 22, 2017

      The 10 Most Effective Ways to Save Money

      As a stay at home mom, I know how hard it can be financially. We skimp on things. We plan carefully. We make things homemade. We coupon. We have a budget and we try to stick to it. We appreciate the overtime work that comes our way. The truth is, I don't think only SAHM are the only ones who think about living frugally and saving money.

      Saving money is hard when you do not know how to find ways to save. Saving money can be challenging if you do not set your heart and mind to it. We all know that little amounts here and there easily adds up. Different families have tricks and tips. What worked for them, may not necessarily work for you. The good news is that there are tons of ways, effective ways to save money. From food to clothing to prescriptions






      1. Cut your grocery bills in half. While this may be hard at first, menu planning will definitely help. If you have time to do so, you can clip coupons or download money saving rebate apps. Most stores nowadays, have their own app and bar code. Some apps, you can accumulate points for rewards. Shop in bulk if it makes sense.

      2. Lower your electric or gas bill. We live in Southern California. Inland Empire to be exact and summer season is really a summer season. When it's hot, it gets really hot. I signed up for summer program from SoCal Edison. What it is was, you adjust the thermostat when they notify you of power saving days. You either adjust it to a comfortable setting ( 78 or 80 degrees) or avoid using major appliances at certain hours. I must say that I was pretty happy that we did that. Why? Because of all the credits that we accumulated for the fall season. Those credits reflected on our electric bill. How about a $20 electric bill? Can't complain.

      ReduceTheElectricBill.com ( free) can help you also to lower your electric bills. Or you can personally call your electric / utility  company. They might have some programs that you are not aware of.

      3. Review and revisit your car insurance again. It will not hurt if you make some phone calls. Ask for discounts, esp if you have a great driving record. They might even have bundling discounts, where you can bundle your home and car insurance.

      4. Cut the cable. You can sign up for Amazon prime ( not just the perks of free shipping but videos/shows too), Hulu or Netflix.

      5. Learn a skill/ Baking perhaps, who knows maybe you can turn that hobby into a home base business. Sewing classes, you just don't know how creative you can be and it cam lead to sewing your own clothes, kid's clothes, curtains and more.

      6. Have fun with little to no money. Check out one of my popular post : 50 Things To Do with Your Kids Before They Grow Up.

      7. Think homemade. Make your own coffee. Pack your own lunch. Try homemade cleaning products.

      8. Love to read? Shop second hand books. Shop book sales at your local library.

      9. Pack snacks when your out and about. Trips to fast food even though it is a value meal , easily adds up. Besides your body will thank you.

      10. Save time and money with SingleCare App. When you have school age kids. I'm sure you can relate to this. When your kids come home sick, then everybody gets sick. Medicines specially prescription drugs are expensive! Most specially if your family does not have a great coverage (health insurance). Luckily , with SingleCare you can save up to 80% on services ( dental, vision) and prescriptions. The app is FREE. That's a great start right?

      How does it work?

      SingleCare's savings can be both found on their website, Itunes or Google Play store (where you can also register to get a free card). It saves you money by partnering with 35,000 pharmacies nationwide to give consumers up to 80% savings on 50,000 different prescriptions. They also partnered with over 200,000 providers – you can save up to 55% on dental care. Based on my own personal experience, dental expenses are a killer. In a bad way! It is just so expensive. With vision, they partnered with Walmart Vision centers with 1,500 locations nationwide. The prices are all negotiated, so you’ll be paying SingleCare and they will pay the provider directly. Amazing right?

      Here's a quick view from my phone.



      .
      I need some allergy medicine. Just fill up the needed info on the space provided.


      and here was my search results. What I love about this is that not only it saves me time from checking which pharmacy will carry the cheapest medicine but it also saves me travel time.


      I even tried a different medicine.



      Once you decided on which pharmacy to go, click/select on it and just show your codes to the pharmacist.


      I was also looking for a new dentist, I really love that they showed the prices and services. I really do not like surprise charges and amounts. I can prepare and save up for major procedures. Though we know how it goes with dental check ups, so,etimes you really do not what procedures are needed to get done until after the x ray. but at least this way, a rough estimate will be a great help.

      Download SingleCare's app HERE : 

      Don't forget to pin and share the savings!