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Lighten the Load With Savings, FREE Chicken

23 Feb

Attention Publix Shoppers! From February 23–29 you can participate in P&G’s “One List Life” promotion, available exclusively at Publix: simply select any four fabulous participating P&G items and pick up a FREE Rotisserie Chicken while you’re at it! Learn more at

Publix Rotisserie Chicken is right up my alley. Not just because it’s free. Or because chicken is a go-to protein for me (no red meat here). More like because it’s already cooked, and that is a big bonus in my book, because (1) I don’t love to whip up recipes and fun foods, and (2) any ready-to-serve meal takes one big chore off my to-do list (well, for a day, anyway), and that leaves a little more time for managing mommy madness.

OK, I’m not all that crazed, really, mostly because I try hard to streamline the stuff of life so that my days are filled with peace. Here is sorta how I do it:

  • I pack school lunches at night because I hate hectic mornings.
  • I run a few miles right after I drop my  boys at their classrooms so that I’m all fit by 8:30 a.m., latest.
  • I keep a paper calendar that details all my goings-on. It’s a supplement to reminder alarms on my phone, which might seem like overkill, but I’m a fan of staying on track at all times, and double duty works well for me.
  • I type all kinds of lists on my phone (grocery lists, to-do lists, packing lists), and I check off tasks as I complete them.
  • I manage a “spending” spreadsheet on my computer desktop, and I add every itty bitty purchase we make in this family. Each item subtracts from our total income, so, with just a moment’s notice, I can spout out just how much money we are using and saving.

I could go on, but let’s get back to the chicken, plus the scoop on how you can rack up some savings via the P&G promotion at Publix. It’s really easy.

First, just head over to and print the promotion coupon from the site (or grab one at your Publix — I found them on the counter where the chickens are kept).

Then, head to Publix, and choose any FOUR of the listed participating P&G products.

Finally, gather up your rotisserie at the deli department — your chicken will be free at checkout.

Now, your freebie isn’t the only deal you’ll be getting. You’ll also score super sales prices on all of the participating items. Prices vary by market, but you can save up to $2.50 on Charmin and Bounty and close to $2.00 on Tide 50 oz. You might see P&G advertisements next to each participating item — I did, which made them simple to spot.

And bonus >> if you saved your January 29 P&G brandSAVER, there are coupons for Tide, Charmin, Pampers, Bounty, Iams, Pantene, and Cascade!

Ahhh, savings.

Mmmm, chicken.

Can’t beat that combo!

Thank you to P&G for sponsoring my participation in this “One List Life” promotion. I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective. All opinions expressed here are my own.


May I Suggest Starting Over?

9 Aug

“Vitality shows in not only the ability to persist but the ability to start over.”

I’m borrowing this so-true quote from my friend MizFit (she borrowed it from F. Scott Fitzgerald), because I so totally believe in the power of starting over. My own start-overs are what inspired this blog, and I happen to be working on a few at this very moment. I’ll devote whole posts to them at some point, but in a nutshell, they are:

  • School starts in less than two weeks, and that means fresh school supplies, and meeting teachers, and establishing routines, and classroom volunteer opportunities, and I love it all.
  • I’m taking on a few new work projects (three of them editing gigs), and I’m eager to roll them into my world.
  • As always, I’m tweaking my diet and exercise efforts so I can keep my body and my weight at a healthy happy. It’s never easy, but always worth it.

Got any plans for starting over? Would love to hear!

A Better Boiled Egg

6 Jul

Until recently, I was never a very good hard-boiled-egg maker. Peeling was the problem — shells always stuck to the eggs, and I was forever losing big chunks of nutrition. Thanks to my friend Jessica Johnson Cribbs, who shared with me her tried and true tips, I now know what I’m doing, and today, I made eight perfectly boiled and peeled eggs. Here’s the scoop:

    • Place eggs in pan, and cover with water.
    • Put pan on stove, and turn on heat (in my case, gas heat).
    • Once water starts to boil, set timer for 7 minutes.
    • After 7 minutes (or 8 or 9, if you’re like me, and you totally don’t hear the beep, beep, beep), turn off heat, and move pan to another turned-off burner to cool.
    • Cover pan, and let sit for 30 minutes (use your timer again — and be warned: if you let your eggs sit for more than an hour, like I did last week, this whole process kinda goes up in smoke. Well, not literally, but shells will stick for sure.)
    • After 30 minutes, pour out water, run a little cool water on eggs, and start peeling.

Works like a charm — for me, anyway. Give it a try yourself, and let me know how it goes.

Gluten-Free Works For Me

15 Jun

I am not going to say a whole lot about the gluten-free diet, because I’m a newbie, and I don’t think I have the skills necessary for spouting out real knowledge on the subject.

I can say that a gluten-free diet is one that excludes the protein gluten, which is found in grains such as wheat, barley, and rye, and that it’s the prescribed treatment for folks with celiac disease. (People with celiac disease who consume gluten have a reaction in their small intestines that is reportedly painful in all sorts of ways.) Do I have celiac disease? Not sure, but my blood is sitting in a lab somewhere, and before too long, I’m going to find out.

If I do have the disease, I’ll keep eating gluten-free.

If I don’t have the disease, I’ll keep eating gluten-free.

It just makes me feel better. Way better.

I veered onto the gluten-free highway maybe two weeks ago, after lots of tummy troubles, and now, all the treats I’ve always loved and craved are gone. I’m talking Wheat Thins, Teddy Grahams, frosted and sprinkled animal crackers, any basket of bread found on a restaurant table, and so much more — all ditched because I realized these goodies were likely responsible for my twisted-up insides.

Long gone are the buns on my turkey burgers, and so is the marinade that soaked into those patties. Pasta has to be a special variety, and so does its sauce. No more backyard bonfire smores, and that sweetness pictured above — yea, not on the diet.

The list goes on, and I’m still figuring it all out (air-popped popcorn is safe, I think, but TCBY frozen yogurt is not). In the meantime, I’m eating lean meats (do you know Boar’s Head deli turkey is gluten-free?), fresh fruits and veggies, some nuts, eggs, and a few other items. It’s the cleanest diet I’ve ever practiced and the best I’ve felt in a long time. The funny thing is, I’m not even really dying for the old favorites, because I fear if I eat them, they’ll make me sick.

So, I don’t have a bunch of wisdom to share — yet — but Shauna James Ahern does, and I hear her blog is one rockin’ resource for people like me trying to build meals and snacks that are healthy, yummy, and gluten-free. So pay her a visit if you’re in market for some accurate scoop, and then come see me later down the line, because one of these days, I am going to zero in on what exactly I’m doing.

And, of course, if you’re a pro on the subject, please, please, please share your smarts in comments.

No-Muffin Monday

16 May

Every day is a new chance to eat clean (translation: no more Mmmmm-good blueberry muffins made by mom). Here’s to Monday!

The 11-Day Challenge

9 May

Artist, author, and poet Chrissie Grace made this. Click on photo for more!

Eleven days.

I’m giving us 11 days to kick-start some new routines in this household.

The first is financial — our credit card statement closes in 11 days, and we are committed to slashing all frivolous spending in that time. It basically boils down to nixing out-to-eats (oh, how we love restaurants!) and dishing out cash for just groceries and gas — the essentials (for us). Of course, we hope to keep the frugality going long after 11 days, but in the short term, we just want to save a little extra this month.

The second is food — it’s kinda always food, because we know there is forever room for healthier eating, but we’re putting a little extra emphasis on nutrition right now. The not-eating-out-so-much challenge will definitely help in this area, but also, there will be less snacking, smaller portions, and better food choices all around.

And while I don’t have an official third, let me not forget about fitness, which isn’t so much a challenge (I manage to move strenuously most days) as something I will purposely keep as high priority.

Eleven days — what can you accomplish in that time?

Get Funky in February

29 Jan

You might not think something that’s 100% organic, 100% fat free, all natural, vegan, raw, no sugar added, and gluten free could be so yummy. But you’d be surprised. Like, really surprised. I know, because I’ve sampled a whole bunch of Funky Monkey freeze-dried fruit flavors, and they are all those things, plus pretty darn delicious.

My favorite: Applemon, for sure!

Even my pickiest eater (10-year-old Joey, pictured above) is a fan. And that’s big. Really big.

A neighbor friend also likes the stuff. “I thought it tasted good,” she told me, “And you gotta LOVE the name!

Another pal says, “I love it! Especially the Pink Pineapple and the Carnaval mix.”

So, the reason I’m telling you about Funky Monkey — the fruit that crunches! — is because February (just a few days away) is National Snack Food Month, and I’m thinking this treat is a definite good-for-you option if snacking is your thing.

Ready to kick off this month with some healthy eating? You can get all the fruity eating details on the Funky Monkey website — see flavors, benefits, where to buy, and have some fun with puzzles and activities while you’re there, too. Then, when you score yourself some crunch, drop me a comment and dish on what you think!