Just a quick note to remind you that the Healthy Living Bundle is only available until the end of the day today! So if you are interested, now’s the time
I think bundle sales can be fun and really appealing. You get a lot of new reading material, and some neat bonuses (and yes, many of these ones really do ship to Canada!). Plus, this one includes free access to a twelve-week conference with several featured authors, talking about a different healthy living topic per week, including saving money on eating well (which you know I’m keen on!).
This is the second bundle I have posted about, and the second one I’ve purchased. If you are a reader of this blog, then chances are this bundle will interest you too.
Some of book topics include:
Crock Pot Cooking
Home made salves, hard lotions, cleaning products and more
Getting offline and into life
Fitting in Fitness
And much much more! 86 eBooks in all, including Wardee’s Dehydrating book ($20 value)
And some of the bonuses include:
Diszolve laundry detergent ($25 value)
Sourdough or Kombucha starter
Two months’ free access to “Tummy Safe” workouts
Four months’ free access to a meal planning app
And lots more fun stuff!
Ready to buy? Click here!
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I hope you enjoy it as much as I am
We got them in late August, or maybe early September: a bushel of apples from a semi-local farm. A big heavy bag full of them, all spotty and not shiny, not at all like store apples. They were also a tad under-ripe, which didn’t really inspire me, though I went ahead anyway and made a batch of applesauce.
I learned how few jars come from so many apples. My first batch, I sliced, cored and de-spotted what felt like a bushel of those apples (it was barely a fraction), only to end up with four jars of applesauce. Four jars! All that work!
Well, October came, and with it a really bad cold. I was out for well over a week, with barely enough energy to keep meals on the table and clean clothes in the drawers. My apples languished in their cool corner in the basement.
When the cold cleared, I visited them again, delighted to find only a few rotten ones, and the rest more apple-smelling. Ah, finally ripe! So one day I made another batch. Again, the slicing and coring, the de-spotting and fishing out of skins. Again, four jars.
I learned how much work it is.
I learned and I got smart. I asked my mom, if she had some spare time, could she come over and help me take care of my bushel of apples. And one day this week, the last week of November, she did.
My mom came over, and we got down to business. My little guy washed, my mom peeled, my daughter quartered and I sliced. On and on it went, though in reality it only took one intense hour, until, finally, we were done! The bag was empty! We had conquered the bushel!
I learned that a bushel is a crazy lot of apples. I learned that canning bees are an absolute necessity when dealing with this quantity of food. I also got a little bit closer to what it must have been like in those days when all our food came from our own lands and our own hands.
Thanks mom! Can’t wait for next year.
While we do our circle time and math games in the living room, the dining room table sees the bulk of our book work. We just started Grade 1 with my daughter this week–she is SO excited!–and are continuing kindy with my son. Though, this year with Grade 1 bringing more rhythm to our lives, his kindy has been stepped up a notch as well and I am adding a good circle time and a weekly story to our rhythm of weekly home activities.
We do a nature walk, garden work and house cleaning, handwork, baking and painting for our weekly rhythm. I also try to keep a swimming day in there, though I find with fall and winter colds–which have already started!–it is hard to fit it in weekly. And I’m also hoping to start a weekly music gathering either in my home or at the library for little ones and their parents. I’ll keep you posted!
As I was opening up a can of beans to add to dinner (not a moment I’m proud of, but hey, we all get lazy from time to time), I noticed on the inside of the can not the sauce-stained white coating of BPA-filled plastic, but shiny endoctrine-disruptor-free metal!
I found this LCBO bag in the “give-away zone” of our old apartment building (you know: the place people leave stuff that is too good to trash) and immediately knew it would serve a purpose other than carting wine bottles home from the store.
With its 6 cloth dividers, it makes the ideal snack organizer! The water bottle stays upright; the peanut butter stays with the peanut butter knife, and the trail mix is ready to grab.
We’ve moved! And while we’re a little less urban, and have been a little less frugal lately (moving’ll do that to ya!) I figure it’s about time to dust off the old blog and once again use it as a way to keep myself on the task of managing our finances and our lifestyle a little better.
A brief snapshot of our move: we’ve moved from Ottawa to Sudbury, where both I and my partner grew up, where we both have lots of family, where the housing market is better and we are able to afford a house on one income, and where my partner managed to land a good, interesting job that was a step up for him.
We’ve now been here for just over two months! Just enough time to settle in and start to assess our overall financial picture here. We now have a mortgage instead of rent, and have all these new, different bills like taxes and water that we didn’t have to pay directly before. We don’t have a car yet but that’s something we’re going to have to work into the budget. We’ve been spending more on organic food at the grocery store, and my partner has been going out more as he has reunited with long-time friends and suddenly has a more active social life than I do (which still isn’t saying a whole lot!).
So we’ve been a bit more spendy than we should be, and need to correct our course. I’d like to go back to a cash system for groceries and weekly “allowance” for me and my partner, and we will start contributing to our kids’ education savings plan (RESP). We need to allocate some money to home maintenance and repairs, and at some point we might just buy a car.
It’s become a bit of a point of pride that we’ve been able to be car-free for so long! But Sudbury is very much a car city. Incredibly we’ve made it two months without one (though we have rented several times in that short period), but come September I really want to participate in the homeschooling events that interest us. The population is lower here and more spread out, so there are fewer options as close to home as we were able to enjoy back in Ottawa.
As an aside, I’ve suddenly realized what a spoiled cyclist I was in Ottawa: it was so flat compared to here! I’m going to get some kind of strong legs hauling my trailer full o’ kids around these parts!
So there you have it! Our relocation has gone smoothly, and we’re very happy here. And now it’s time to buckle down a bit and return to frugality!