Loving my Sour Savings on Saturday

I have been pondering for a bit now about my lemon juice. I go through A LOT of lemon juice!

I alternate between buying fresh lemons to squeeze to use each day for my water, tea, etc….and purchasing the organic fresh squeezed straight up lemon juice (Santa Cruz brand). I can go through about 1-2 jars a week.

My ponder has been:  How many lemons would it take to fill up the 2 cup jar?  And would I save if I did it myself!?

This week I set out to do exactly that.  Lemons were on sale.  5 for a dollar.  The ready squeezed jars are $4.99.

The result:  It took 12 lemons to fill the jar…..cost…$2.40!
 Sooooo half the cost…..

Caveat…..these lemons weren’t organic…..frown face…..and the already squeezed is organic!  Thus in order for me to TRULY do this test is to pick organic lemons.

This is my simple thrifty tid-bit for the day….nothing earth shattering….lol….

Saving for me is truly an expression of LOVE.  I absolutely LOVE saving money, time, etc.  For me it is about where can I help our family be blessed in another area that money might be tight.  Or what can we do with this savings that can bless another.

Marriage is truly a beautiful balance because I would probably live in a tiny home or one of those pod trailers traveling from state to state….with no possessions…..or very few.  It truly drives my sweet hubby crazy.  Every time I get itchy to clean out the house and get rid of stuff, I think it makes him nervous because he’s never sure what of his might go missing….lol.  (I actually learned years ago to ask him first and then also to help him see if he is REALLY using it!?)

Thus trying to save money on groceries….anything really….is just part of my nature!  I love it.  I love learning from it.  I love the doors it opens up in my mind of all the possibilities and creative ways to save!  BUT….I don’t obsess about it.  I don’t allow it to ROB our family of fun and life.  I make sure and keep it balanced….thus meeting the definition of AGAPE love…..life giving….sacrificing…..real…..whole….complete….

What kind of experiment can you do this week that allows you to compare something you buy already put together to something you buy and do from scratch?  How much will you save?  What can you learn from it?  Share below….I wait patiently to hear any thoughts and comments! 🙂

Have a glorious day!
Blessings and hugs,

BOOK OF THE DAY:  Color Color Color!  These new coloring books have become all the rage!  The funny thing is I have known the calming nature of color books for years.  I have ALWAYS enjoyed sitting and coloring with my daughter.  I received my first ZEN coloring book about 3 or 4 years ago from my sister in law.  What I love about them is the detail in more intricate so you have to take even more time.  It can truly take hours to finish one page.  I love coloring and even writing notes….thoughts….journal…..in them!

MOVEMENT OF THE DAY:  10 burpees every hour!  Hit it! 🙂

Day 3: Groove to the Gilmore Girls

This was on a shopping back for a business in Colorado…
….I loved what it said!

I have learned exercising, fitness, movement has cycles and I MUST listen to what my body needs.

I approach raising my daughter in a very similar fashion.  I take note of things she is interested in and use that to my advantage to accomplish a goal or growth opportunity I may want her to experience.

She recently has been interested in using her first morning hour before lessons to watch a bit of tv: Jesse, Once Upon a Time, or Gilmore Girls.

I have wanted her to have a bit more structured or consistance exercise in her every day life.

 I have always enjoyed working out first thing in the morning before she wakes up.  I usually work out while praying my rosary or watching something insirational or educational or both :)…..

Out of all that….ah…..the birth of my outside of the box approach of her recieving what she wants while I recieve what I want….and we get to do it together…bond…and have a built in support system for each other.

I have embraced the shift of my morning and am enjoying having the opportunity to remember to take each opportunity to learn and grow with and from each other.

So…this is what my morning looks like for now…who knows how long this season will last…but for now I love it…and am embracing it….

Upon waking I have been praying my rosary while “walking” throughout the house sweeping, mopping, laundry, dishes….meal prep.   This gives me a great way to warm up my body with nice simple movement, get some household things done, all the while remembering how Mary truly walked away from her will inorder to live and breath ONLY God’s WILL!  What a beautiful and lovely way to start my day.

Then once I wake my dynamic daughter….I set up our living room for our movement/workout session to Gilmore Girls….or Jesse.   It’s perfect.  It allows us to do a HIIT kind of workout.  We rotate between the mini trampoline, stepper, weights, and/or body strength movements.  I set the timer for 2 minutes and we have to rotate between stations every 2 minutes.  We proceed to watch, laugh, move, sweat, and have lots of morning moving fun!

What can we all learn from this?

What do you like doing first thing in the morning?  Can you add even 10 minutes of movement/strength in a HIIT fashion workout that gets you breathing heavy, moving fast, gaining strength and raising your body temp!?

Do you watch the news?   Set a timer for 1 minute jumping jacks, 1 min push ups, 1 min. lunges….repeat 5 times….you’ve accomplished 15 minutes of a simple work out, caught the news and are ready to conquer the world.

Do you have to run around first thing in the moring getting kiddos ready, making lunches, convinced you don’t have time for strength….a working out?!

From room to room, do lunges instead of walking.  Do 10 burpees at each kiddos bed; jumping jacks while you are waiting for your coffe to brew.

When you make movement a normal part of your life, you feel normal, you feel alive, you find yourself not focusing on negative thoughts and not obsessing about unhealthy attitudes toward yourself.

Huge bonus to all of this?  You are setting an excellent example for your children (especially daughters)  how to love yourself and do something for yourself that includes them in your everyday life….your everyday way of nurturing yourself: MIND, BODY, AND SOUL!

Todays scripture to focus on is also a prayer….reflect on….



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