How 5 People Live Off 1 Income: February 2019 Expenses

February is usually a month when we are able to get our finances back on track. The holidays are over and 4 out of the 5 birthdays in my house were celebrated in January. But just as that dust was starting to settle, the service engine light started blinking on my 15-year-old car! How does my family of 5 live off one income? Here are our expenses for February 2019.

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How to Eat Food: Making Sense of Food Labels

Saving money is one of my goals. Improving my health is another. These two are not mutually exclusive. In fact, eating a healthy, low-added sugar diet can be very affordable. In this post we talk about reading food labels and eating real food.

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Inpsiring Reads: February 2019

February was a good month. The holidays are over (I don’t consider Valentine’s Day a holiday,  but I do celebrate Groundhog’s Day) and Spring is nearly here.

Time is precious. When I read blogs, I look for articles that inspire and motivate me to move closer to my values and goals. Here are my top picks for February 2019.

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Is Homemade Food Really Cheaper?

We all assume that preparing items at home not only saves money, but can also be so much healthier than buying prepared items. Many people say they don’t know how to cook or don’t have the time. As a working mom with three small children who can’t even boil water, I am telling you that if I can do it anyone can. Here we share recipes and cost-comparisons for 10 easy to make items at home.

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Simple Steps for Better Health

As a Health Psychologist, I wholeheartedly believe that exercise is one of the best medicines for the body and the mind. And you don’t need to buy any equipment or pay for a gym membership or class to do it. The problem is, I am a couch potato and have never been one to workout. Week 2 of my wellness class was all about physical activity. This includes exercise as well as increased movement in general. Here’s a summary of what I learned, how I applied it to my own life, and how I lost 7 pounds in two weeks!

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Mom is “Lazy”: Thoughts on Stay-At-Home Parenting

When my son said I was “lazy” because all I do is work, it broke my heart. My husband has been a stay-at-home dad for the past 9 years while I have been the sole earner for our family of 5. My kids see daddy cooking, mowing the yard, cleaning the pool, going to the store, helping with homework, and taking them to their activities. I am lazy because I go to work.

In this two-part series, we share our experiences having a stay-at-home parent. In Part 1, I share the pros and cons (both financially and otherwise) from my perspective as a working mom.
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‘Planetary Health Diet’ Grocery Haul

We eat a lot of food. Yet we are as unhealthy as ever. The problem is we are overconsuming unhealthy foods and not eating enough nutritious foods. A recent study suggest that if we as a planet adopt a new dietary pattern, we could all be healthier. This ‘Planetary Health Diet’ would not only reduce morality, but also result in more sustainable food systems, and reduce the environmental impact of food production. I argue that a plant-based diet may even be less expensive than one centered around meats and processed foods. This week I tried applying the recommendations of ‘The Planetary Health Diet’ to see how it would look in my life.

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Is Your Diet Eating At You?

As a Health Psychologist, I know a thing or two about diet, exercise, stress management, and most importantly behavior change. However, even I needed a little help getting back into shape after a stressful few months. So I enrolled in a 12-week wellness class. Follow my journey on the new Wellness Wednesday feature as I summarize what I learn each week and how I implemented it into my own life. Week 1 is Nutrition Basics during which we learned about the SAD Standard American Diet.

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