Monthly Archives: February 2016

Share the Wealth Sunday Link Up {#45}

Share the Wealth Sunday | Money Savvy Livng Do you have a great money saving idea—or want to hear what other people are doing to save money and still feel like they are living the good life—even on a budget? It’s that time of the week again: Share the Wealth Sunday Link Up time! I look forward to sharing (and learning!) many great money saving ideas again this week! Come visit us on social media and say hi! We’d love to get to know you more! It would be great if you would follow us too: Share the Wealth Sunday | Money Savvy Living

Hannah at eat, drink & save money | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

Lisa at Fun Money Mom | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

Gina (that’s me!) at Money Savvy Living | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

 

Suggested guidelines:

  • Link to anything that can save people money: recipes, DIY, crafts, printables, tutorials, or any and all personal finance/budgeting ideas
  • Leave up to three links that you have not linked up within the last six months
  • Leave specific links to posts (not your entire blog)
  • Do not link to any Etsy shops
  • Grab the Share the Wealth Button for your blog
  • Have fun! Check out the other great money saving ideas…and share/interact with as many as you can!
  • Follow your hosts on Facebook and other social media—we want to stay in touch!
  • Link your post back to this site so others will know about the party each week!

 

Feature:

Share The Wealth Sunday 45 | Money Savvy Living

East, Drink & Save Money: Guilt Free Indulgence: Banana Nut Waffle Breakfast

Fun Money Mom: Celebrate Viva Italia with Italian Stuffed Chicken

Money Savvy Living: 5 Easy Ways to Get Rid of Credit Card Debt

Share the Wealth Pinterest Group Board:

Check out our Share the Wealth Pinterest Group Board! Come on over and pin your most recent posts or other great pins that you want to share with the group. This is a great way to get a little boost for some of your pins, but make sure that you return the Pinterest love and pin something from a few other bloggers.

Also, don’t forget to follow your Share the Wealth Sunday hosts on Pinterest too:

Hannah // Lisa // Gina

 

Share the Wealth Facebook Page:

Have you joined the Share the Wealth Facebook page yet? Come on over and mingle with other bloggers, share your content, find other great content to share and ask questions/get advice. We’d love for you to join us! This is meant to be an interactive group for bloggers… feel free to invite any of your blogger friends!

Healthy Living Facebook Page:

Did you make a New Year’s Resolution to lose weight or get healthy? (or decided on a New Year’s Transformation instead!) Stop by my Healthy Living Facebook page for some tips, recipes, and encouragement to get healthier and lose a little weight this year. Also, feel free to join and post your health-related blog posts anytime… another great way to share your blog posts!

Round Up:

Each week, I will pick a few awesome posts from the week before to share with you. That will mean additional exposure for your post and blog! Here some of my favorites from last week:

Do You Really Need a Shopping List to Save Money on Groceries?

Budgeting 101: Creating a Budget

4 Reasons Today’s Kids Need to Understand Money

How to Naturally Dye Easter Eggs

 

 

 

 

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Share the Wealth Sunday Link Up {#44}

Share the Wealth Sunday | Money Savvy Livng Do you have a great money saving idea—or want to hear what other people are doing to save money and still feel like they are living the good life—even on a budget? It’s that time of the week again: Share the Wealth Sunday Link Up time! I look forward to sharing (and learning!) many great money saving ideas again this week! Come visit us on social media and say hi! We’d love to get to know you more! It would be great if you would follow us too: Share the Wealth Sunday | Money Savvy Living

Hannah at eat, drink & save money | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

Lisa at Fun Money Mom | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

Gina (that’s me!) at Money Savvy Living | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

 

Suggested guidelines:

  • Link to anything that can save people money: recipes, DIY, crafts, printables, tutorials, or any and all personal finance/budgeting ideas
  • Leave up to three links that you have not linked up within the last six months
  • Leave specific links to posts (not your entire blog)
  • Do not link to any Etsy shops
  • Grab the Share the Wealth Button for your blog
  • Have fun! Check out the other great money saving ideas…and share/interact with as many as you can!
  • Follow your hosts on Facebook and other social media—we want to stay in touch!
  • Link your post back to this site so others will know about the party each week!

 

Feature:

Share The Wealth Sunday 44 | Money Savvy Living

East, Drink & Save Money: 18 of the Best Tips for Doing Disney on a Budget

Fun Money Mom: Menu Planning Made Easy

Money Savvy Living: Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Chickpea Cookies

Share the Wealth Pinterest Group Board:

Check out our Share the Wealth Pinterest Group Board! Come on over and pin your most recent posts or other great pins that you want to share with the group. This is a great way to get a little boost for some of your pins, but make sure that you return the Pinterest love and pin something from a few other bloggers.

Also, don’t forget to follow your Share the Wealth Sunday hosts on Pinterest too:

Hannah // Lisa // Gina

 

Share the Wealth Facebook Page:

Have you joined the Share the Wealth Facebook page yet? Come on over and mingle with other bloggers, share your content, find other great content to share and ask questions/get advice. We’d love for you to join us! This is meant to be an interactive group for bloggers… feel free to invite any of your blogger friends!

Healthy Living Facebook Page:

Did you make a New Year’s Resolution to lose weight or get healthy? (or decided on a New Year’s Transformation instead!) Stop by my Healthy Living Facebook page for some tips, recipes, and encouragement to get healthier and lose a little weight this year. Also, feel free to join and post your health-related blog posts anytime… another great way to share your blog posts!

Round Up:

Each week, I will pick a few awesome posts from the week before to share with you. That will mean additional exposure for your post and blog! Here some of my favorites from last week:

Nutella Latte

Meatless Meal Ideas to Save You Money

Family Meals on a Budget

 

 

 

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Chickpea Cookies

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Chickpea Cookies | Money Savvy Living #glutenfree #healthy

 

Even though I try very hard to eat healthy and feed my family healthy foods, sometimes, I just have a sweet tooth.  I don’t want to feel like I am depriving myself, so having a treat now and then is good…

But what if I could have a treat that is relatively healthy too?  That’s a win-win!

A friend had shared a recipe for chocolate chip cookies made with chickpeas (I would have probably never thought to do that!), but I tried it and liked it, so I decided to put my own little twist on it:

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Chickpea Cookies | Money Savvy Living #glutenfree #healthy

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Chickpea Cookies

 

  • 1 can chickpeas, rinsed and patted dry
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • ½ cup natural cream peanut butter (or any nut butter you like)
  • 2 Tbsp. raw honey, melted
  • 2 Tbsp. agave necter
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 Tbsp. gluten free all-purpose baking mix
  • ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

 

Mix all ingredients in food processor, except for chocolate chips.  Blend until smooth.  At this point, stir in chocolate chips. Now, you can either roll into 1 inch balls and place on parchment lined cookie sheet, slightly flatten; or you can simply spoon-drop them on and bake for 12 minutes at 350 degrees.

 

Easy, right?

And so good, you won’t even know that they’re healthy too!

 

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Chickpea Cookies | Money Savvy Living  #glutenfree #healthy

ENJOY!

Share the Wealth Sunday Link Up {#43}

Share the Wealth Sunday | Money Savvy Livng Do you have a great money saving idea—or want to hear what other people are doing to save money and still feel like they are living the good life—even on a budget? It’s that time of the week again: Share the Wealth Sunday Link Up time! I look forward to sharing (and learning!) many great money saving ideas again this week! Come visit us on social media and say hi! We’d love to get to know you more! It would be great if you would follow us too: Share the Wealth Sunday | Money Savvy Living

Hannah at eat, drink & save money | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

Lisa at Fun Money Mom | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

Gina (that’s me!) at Money Savvy Living | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

 

Suggested guidelines:

  • Link to anything that can save people money: recipes, DIY, crafts, printables, tutorials, or any and all personal finance/budgeting ideas
  • Leave up to three links that you have not linked up within the last six months
  • Leave specific links to posts (not your entire blog)
  • Do not link to any Etsy shops
  • Grab the Share the Wealth Button for your blog
  • Have fun! Check out the other great money saving ideas…and share/interact with as many as you can!
  • Follow your hosts on Facebook and other social media—we want to stay in touch!
  • Link your post back to this site so others will know about the party each week!

 

Feature:

Share The Wealth Sunday 43 | Money Savvy Living

East, Drink & Save Money: How to Get the Best Shutterfly Deals

Fun Money Mom: Triple Berry Breakfast Smoothie

Money Savvy Living: Valentine Sugar Cut-Out Cookeis

Share the Wealth Pinterest Group Board:

Check out our Share the Wealth Pinterest Group Board! Come on over and pin your most recent posts or other great pins that you want to share with the group. This is a great way to get a little boost for some of your pins, but make sure that you return the Pinterest love and pin something from a few other bloggers.

Also, don’t forget to follow your Share the Wealth Sunday hosts on Pinterest too:

Hannah // Lisa // Gina

 

Share the Wealth Facebook Page:

Have you joined the Share the Wealth Facebook page yet? Come on over and mingle with other bloggers, share your content, find other great content to share and ask questions/get advice. We’d love for you to join us! This is meant to be an interactive group for bloggers… feel free to invite any of your blogger friends!

Healthy Living Facebook Page:

Did you make a New Year’s Resolution to lose weight or get healthy? (or decided on a New Year’s Transformation instead!) Stop by my Healthy Living Facebook page for some tips, recipes, and encouragement to get healthier and lose a little weight this year. Also, feel free to join and post your health-related blog posts anytime… another great way to share your blog posts!

Round Up:

Each week, I will pick a few awesome posts from the week before to share with you. That will mean additional exposure for your post and blog! Here some of my favorites from last week:

 

 

 

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Valentine Sugar Cut-Out Cookies

Valentine Sugar Cut-Out Cookies

Valentine Sugar Cut-Out Cookies | Money Savvy Living

 

Cut-out cookies are a classic sweet treat.  I know that I remember my Grandma making these cut-out cookies for nearly every holiday… and they are my absolute favorite!  And I think your family will love them too.

 

Cut-out cookies can be tricky to make, so I’m going to share a few secrets with you to make cut-out cookies so good, you will never want to buy a pre-made sugar cookie dough or mix again!

 

Valentine cookie collage

 

Secret #1 Use a table mixer.  This is one of the only recipes that I actually get out the table mixer, but I don’t think that you can make these without it.  While you don’t want to over mix and make the dough too tough, it does need to be mixed until it is a stiff dough and a hand mixer just doesn’t do as good.

 

Valentine Sugar Cut-Out Cookies | Money Savvy Living

 

Sugar Cut-Out Cookies

Sugar Cut-Out Cookies

3 ¾ cups sifted, all-purpose flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 ½ cups sugar

2 eggs

1 cup butter (2 sticks), room temperature

1 ½ tsp pure vanilla extract

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a bowl, stir together flour and baking powder.

In another bowl, beat butter with sugar until fluffy and light.

Beat in eggs and vanilla.  Stir in flour mixture, a third at a time to make a stiff dough.

Secret #2 For best results, refrigerate for 15 minutes before rolling out cookie dough.

Roll dough out on floured counter-top.  Make cookies approx. 3/8 inch thick.

Secret #3 Divide cookie dough into thirds.  Only roll out  one-third of the dough at a time.  This way, once the dough has been covered in flour and rolled out, the excess will be mixed with fresh dough (that has not been floured or rolled yet), so it keeps it from becoming too tough.

Bake 8-10 minutes.

Secret #4 Make sure each batch of cookies is approximately the same size and thickness.  If cookies are different thickness or size, they will not cook evenly and you will have some that are overcooked, while others may be undercooked.

 

Icing

1 Tbsp butter, room temperature

1 tsp vanilla

2 ½ cup confectioners sugar

3 Tbsp milk

 

Beat butter, vanilla, and confectioner’s sugar until smooth.

Add in milk 1 Tbsp at a time.

 

 

Valentine Sugar Cut-Out Cookies | Money Savvy Living

 

Secret #5 Bake cookies on parchment paper.  Ok, this may not be a secret, but baking cookies on parchment paper prevents the cookies from sticking to the cookie sheet.  No need to buy a liner, just use parchment paper.

 

Valentine Sugar Cut-Out Cookies | Money Savvy Living

Valentine Sugar Cut-Out Cookies | Money Savvy Living

 

Secret #6 Let cookies sit on baking sheet after you get them our of the oven for at least 30 seconds to 1 minute before trying to move to cooling rack.  This is especially important with cut-out cookies because you want them to maintain their shape.

Let cool completely before icing.

 

 

If you don think you’re ready to tackle the cut-out cookies, you may want to try making some gourmet chocolates for Valentine’s Day.  Delicious… and much cheaper than buying gourmet chocolates…

Make beautiful, gourmet chocolates for Valentine's Day

Make beautiful, gourmet chocolates for Valentine’s Day

 

 

If you want the great taste of the frosted sugar cookies without the hassle of rolling out dough and using the cookie cutters, you can easily make cookie pops by taking a look at the post detailing how we make these for my son’s birthday treat at school.

Cookie Pops | Money Savvy Living

 

ENJOY!

Share the Wealth Sunday Link Up {#42}

Share the Wealth Sunday | Money Savvy Livng Do you have a great money saving idea—or want to hear what other people are doing to save money and still feel like they are living the good life—even on a budget? It’s that time of the week again: Share the Wealth Sunday Link Up time! I look forward to sharing (and learning!) many great money saving ideas again this week! Come visit us on social media and say hi! We’d love to get to know you more! It would be great if you would follow us too: Share the Wealth Sunday | Money Savvy Living

Hannah at eat, drink & save money | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

Lisa at Fun Money Mom | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

Gina (that’s me!) at Money Savvy Living | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

 

Suggested guidelines:

  • Link to anything that can save people money: recipes, DIY, crafts, printables, tutorials, or any and all personal finance/budgeting ideas
  • Leave up to three links that you have not linked up within the last six months
  • Leave specific links to posts (not your entire blog)
  • Do not link to any Etsy shops
  • Grab the Share the Wealth Button for your blog
  • Have fun! Check out the other great money saving ideas…and share/interact with as many as you can!
  • Follow your hosts on Facebook and other social media—we want to stay in touch!
  • Link your post back to this site so others will know about the party each week!

 

Feature:

Share The Wealth Sunday 42 | Money Savvy Living

East, Drink & Save Money: King Cakes for Every Budget

Fun Money Mom: 10 Essentials that Will Make You a Better Blogger

Money Savvy Living: 60 Day Shake It Up: Smoothie Challenge

Share the Wealth Pinterest Group Board:

Check out our Share the Wealth Pinterest Group Board! Come on over and pin your most recent posts or other great pins that you want to share with the group. This is a great way to get a little boost for some of your pins, but make sure that you return the Pinterest love and pin something from a few other bloggers.

Also, don’t forget to follow your Share the Wealth Sunday hosts on Pinterest too:

Hannah // Lisa // Gina

 

Share the Wealth Facebook Page:

Have you joined the Share the Wealth Facebook page yet? Come on over and mingle with other bloggers, share your content, find other great content to share and ask questions/get advice. We’d love for you to join us! This is meant to be an interactive group for bloggers… feel free to invite any of your blogger friends!

Healthy Living Facebook Page:

Did you make a New Year’s Resolution to lose weight or get healthy? (or decided on a New Year’s Transformation instead!) Stop by my Healthy Living Facebook page for some tips, recipes, and encouragement to get healthier and lose a little weight this year. Also, feel free to join and post your health-related blog posts anytime… another great way to share your blog posts!

Round Up:

Each week, I will pick a few awesome posts from the week before to share with you. That will mean additional exposure for your post and blog! Here some of my favorites from last week:

A Week of Budget Friendly Meal Ideas

Healthy Smoothies for the Busy Person

10 Valentine’s Day Gifts Under $11

Meal Planning from the Pantry

 

 

 

 

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Shake It Up: Smoothie Challenge

 Shake It Up | Money Savvy Living

 

You may have heard of a weight loss challenge or a fitness challenge, but you probably have never heard of a smoothie challenge.  Do you currently drink a smoothie or protein shake?  Maybe you use it as a meal replacement, pre-workout energy drink, post-workout recovery, or healthy snack.  But does it really provide the nutrition that your body is needing?  If you are using it as a meal replacement, does it provide enough protein?  Are you getting enough vitamins and minerals from a good, natural source or is your current protein shake filled with artificial colors, flavors, and manufactured vitamins?

 

What you are putting into your body every day matters.  Our bodies can absorb and utilize naturally occurring vitamins and minerals from fruits and vegetables much better than synthetically created ones.  So if you are taking a weight loss supplement or protein shake that has been “fortified with vitamins,” your body may not be able to utilize those forms as well as naturally occurring vitamins found in the whole food source.  Or you may even be taking something that is labeled “natural” or “organic.”  And don’t get me wrong, “natural” and “organic” are definitely good, but let’s not forget that the elements showing up on the periodic table are “natural” and “organic” too… and many of those, would be harmful to consume.

 

Read the label of your current protein shake.  What are the ingredients?  What is the source of the vitamins and minerals?  Trust me, it matters.

 

So what exactly is a smoothie challenge?

 

I want for you to compare labels.  Look at your current protein shake and then compare it to Juice Plus+ Complete.  I have a feeling that you are going to see all sorts of added preservatives, fillers, flavors, etc in what you are currently taking.  Now look at the Juice Plus+ Complete label:

 

I have been drinking protein shakes for breakfast since I was in college… eating a big breakfast has never really been my thing… so I have tried many protein shakes from several companies, health food stores, and I can honestly say that I like Juice Plus+ Complete the best.  For me, it has been life changing. 

 

Does that sound dramatic to say that a protein shake is life changing?  Maybe it sounds that way, but it truly has been.  Before I started taking the Complete protein shakes (in combination with the Juice Plus+ Trio: Garden, Orchard, and Vineyard), I had a feeling of hunger all the time.  I was hungry, but didn’t know what I craved.  I had the urge to snack to fill that hunger—and that is the wrong thing to do.  Once I started making the Juice Plus+ Complete shakes in the morning, and taking the fruit and vegetable supplements, those feelings of hunger went away—I no longer felt the urge to snack—my body was getting something that it hadn’t had before.  I felt satiated.  (Juice Plus+ Complete also comes in individual serving packets that are perfect to take on-the-go!) 

 

And as a result of not feeling the urge to snack, I have just an overall better feeling in my body.  You know, that #hangry feeling went away.  I started to lose weight.  YES!  In the last four months, I am down about seven pounds.  Of course, I also try to get in at least 7000 steps a day on my activity tracker… you can read about How My Activity Tracker Has Changed My Life as well.  But the point is, I haven’t done anything drastic.  I haven’t had to cut stuff out of my diet… and best of all, I didn’t have to starve myself to try to lose weight.  It is happening with proper nutrition.

 

 

So… I am challenging YOU to compare labels, replace your current protein shake with Juice Plus+ Complete for the next 60 days… and experience the difference for yourself!  If you are not totally satisfied, Juice Plus+ has a Satisfaction Guaranteed policy, so you can return your purchase for a refund.  There is absolutely no risk!   So what are you waiting for?  You will literally be able to taste the difference between the vitamins from the fruits and vegetables and the synthetic ones.  Take the #ShakeItUp Smoothie Challenge for the next couple of months… your body will be glad you did! 

 

#ShakeItUp