living a full life on a smart budget-naturally and organically

Moving to March 28, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — nskinner @ 5:15 pm

This blog is moving to That site is under construction. Please bear with me while it transfers during the next week or so. I’ll post an update here when it is up and running!

Until then…save money, live debt-free, eat organic and natural, love life.



This Week’s Dinner Menu… March 27, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — nskinner @ 10:13 am

Sunday-Dinner @ Parent’s

Monday-Foil Packet Tilapia with Asian Slaw

Tuesday-Mexican Rice & Bean Bowls (with ground turkey)

Wednesday-Ron’s night…he’s home with the kids by himself. (I have a commercial shoot.)

Thursday- Roast Salmon with Thai Red Curry Sauce, Sauteed Swiss Chard, Broccoli, Jasmine Rice.

Friday-Pork, Apple and Cheddar Meatballs with Noodles. (If I can’t find some pork on sale by then they will be turkey.)

Saturday-Grilled Greek Chicken, Wild Rice and Butternut Squash and sautéed Swiss Chard.

Recipes to Follow!


ECOS Products Sale–Just In Time for Spring Cleaning March 19, 2011

Filed under: Coupons,Household — nskinner @ 10:15 pm

This is great brand of safer home cleaning products. I love the everyday stain remover for spot cleaning carpet stains. Use the code above to try out some products for less than normal price!


Register for Bloomsday Today!!

Filed under: Fitness,Lifestyle — nskinner @ 2:13 pm


It’s that time…Bloomsday is just around the corner. The first Sunday in May is a special one…this is the 35th year for Bloomsday. The weather is always a surprise. We just got the entire family registered. We’ll be walking it since you are not allowed to run with a stroller. Come on back to the red section and walk with us! And yes, to avoid a surprise… I might as well tell you that if you plan on pushing your little one in a stroller you do have to pay to register them too. Seems silly, but they will get a finisher t-shirt.

Online registration is due by April17th to avoid late fees. Register today!


Gas is how much per gallon? March 18, 2011

Filed under: Lifestyle,Transportation — nskinner @ 10:17 pm

I had the following conversation with my car today…

Car: The gas light is on you know.

Me: Yes, but we are in Spokane. Gas is $3.49 per gallon.

Car: So you don’t think you’re going to make it all the way to pick up Rocco from daycare and then go to the gas station do you?

Me: You’re right. I will have to stop.

Car: Just get a few gallons to last until we go to Coeur d’Alene on Sunday. Gas is cheaper there.

Me: Sounds good. You know, gas keeps going up and we might have to look at taking the bus again.

Car: No, really?

Me: Oh come on… you’ll have all the other cars at the park and ride lot to keep you company.

Car: You know that the bus isn’t very convenient. I’d rather go to work with you.

Me: True, our area needs some improvement on our public transportation for the entire metro area. But it does save money and is good for the environment…even if it is a little inconvenient.

Car: I don’t like where this is going.

Me: Don’t worry. You have about $.50 more per gallon before you need to start worring about this. We’ll revisit this conversation then.

How much is too much for gas? At what point will you have to think about alternate transportation options? We drive a lot to work so this creeping price per gallon is starting to shrink money from other areas of our monthly budget.


Snapfish Deal Expires 3/21/11

Filed under: Good Deals — nskinner @ 10:53 am

Need to order some prints that have been sitting on your camera or computer for too long? Here’s a great deal. Hurry, expires 3/21/11.


Albertsons 200 Bonus Points Coupon

Filed under: Coupons — nskinner @ 6:00 am

If you will be shopping at Albertsons in the next week, you will want to print this Bonus Points coupon for 200 extra points when you use your Albertsons Prefered Rewards card. I printed mine with an expiration of 3/23/11-so print this now and use it this weekend on your shopping trip!