How NOT to go BROKE This Holiday Season

How NOT to go BROKE This Holiday Season
The holiday season is one of my favourite times of the year. But don't know know, all that magic means that I am prone to spending way more of my budget than I want! 

These few steps will help you not go broke this holiday season! 

  1. Create a Budget
    1. Set a spending limit on each aspect of Christmas (decorations, tree, food, gifts, etc.)
    2. Make a List and Check it Twice for all the items you want to purchase for the Holidays
    3. Add up what you have already spent and deduct from your budget
    4. Track your spending
    5. When you hit your target, you have hit your end of spending
  2. Follow Through
    1. This is easier said than done
    2. Make sure you follow through on your spending limits so that January isn’t so hard
    3. Make a promise to yourself that you will stop when you reached your limit
  3. Shop Early and Not Often
    1. Don’t go out if you don’t have a plan
    2. Without a plan you will spend more than you want
    3. Shop around as early as you can to ensure you are not emotionally purchasing right before the Holidays
    4. Stop shopping once you either a) got all you wanted or b) hit your limit
  4. Shop Around for the Best Deals
    1. Do research for the best deals before you go out to shop
    2. The internet is our friend and will tell you where to get the best deals for the items we want
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  5. Believe that this year is going to be different
    1. Know that you are doing your best no matter what happens
    2. If you believe that this year is going to be different, then it will!
 


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How I Accidentally Saved Over $4,000 in ONE YEAR!

How I Accidentally Saved Over $4,000 in ONE YEAR!
I did a one year $5 challenge last year where I saved every $5 bill I received for the entire year.

It was challenging in the sense that $5 is a fair amount of money, but the outcome drew me into participating. I saved that money for my vacation fund which ended up being over $4,000 from January 1st to December 31st.

I was inspired by a change challenge that I read on the internet of someone saving all of thier change for the year. I thought I would try it with $5 bills and I have to say this was a great use of my money!

I think that determining a fun use for your savings helps it grow faster than not. It gives you motivation to keep saving as opposed to not having it.

Guys, this is amazing and I will be doing it again next year.



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4 Ways You Can DIY Your Health and Wellness while being GLUTEN FREE!

4 Ways You Can DIY Your  Health and Wellness while being GLUTEN FREE!

You really can DIY your health and wellness with these four fantastic DIY recipes. 

From reducing stress to reducing inflammation, you can find ways to help yourself at home.


Remember to Eat Breakfast!

Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day! It resets your system and fuels your brain. Skipping breakfast can lead to burn out and even diabetes. 

That’s why I love eating yogurt smoothies in the morning! They are quick (especially if you prepare a few in plastic bags and throw them in the freezer ahead of time) and easy! 

I love a peach and cranberry smoothie. 

Add one peeled peach with 10 cranberries to half a cup of vanilla yogurt to a blender with one fourth a cup of milk and you have a delicious, nutritious treat! 

Don’t forget to add a scoop of plain protein powder to get that extra boost of nutrition!






Drink More Anti-Inflammatory Tea

Turmeric is a wonder spice that actually has anti-inflammatory properties. 

Curcumin, the substance in turmeric that has anti-inflammatory properties, is essential for relaxing tired muscles. Adding ginger boosts the health benefits! 

Add ½ a teaspoon of ground ginger to ½ teaspoon of turmeric to 2 cups water and bring to a boil on the stovetop. Add honey to taste and strain.

Find a Chance to Reduce Stress by Meditating with Mindfulness 

Meditation and Mindfulness is a key feature in reducing stress. Doctors say that meditation and mindfulness can rewire the brain into being less stressed and more happy. 

All you need is a couple of quiet minutes – I like the time before I go to sleep – to take the time to meditate. 

I follow prerecorded speeches from apps such as Headspace and The Mindfulness App, both of which have free versions, in order to follow a mindful meditation for a short period of time.

Immune Boosting Rollerbottle Recipe 

Essential oils have enriched lives for thousands of years, offering a variety of benefits from cosmetic and dietary purposes to spiritual and religious use.

Extracted through careful steam distillation, resin tapping, and cold pressing, the purest essential oils are far more powerful than the botanicals from which they come.

You can access the power of essential oils in many ways, but the most common practices include aromatic diffusion, topical application, and dietary consumption. These methods bring the pure essence of health-promoting botanicals to your home, family, and life.

10 drops Thieves
10 drops Lemon
10 drops Frankincense
5 drops Peppermint
10mL roller bottle
top up with carrier oil or V-6

Roll on bottom of feet then throw on socks when you feel you need an immune boost. Apply as often as 1x per hour depending on discomfort.

It’s important to know that not all essential oils are created equal—you can’t just go out to a retailer and trust that you’re getting the good stuff. 

Lucky for you, I’ve got a source I trust—and they’ve also got that super-crunchy daily drink that’s got me feeling 10 years younger. 

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7 Things to Know When Starting a Gluten Free Lifestyle

7 Things to Know When Starting a Gluten Free Lifestyle
Honestly, when I was diagnosed with a Wheat, Barley, etc. allergy (glutens), I thought it was the end of the world. 

I was devestated. 

I thought that I would never enjoy the things I loved again and that I was always going to be deprived. 

In reality, it took a lot of learning, but I eventually figured things out. :) 

1. Take a Moment to Grieve

You have lost a big part of your lifestyle and grieving is ok. What's not okay is being bitter. Grieve the loss and then get on with it. You dont want to have those feelings for ever weighing on you. 

2. Buckle Up

You have a LOT of learning to do. Making sure you read every ingredient list on the products you consume, learning where to dind gluten free foods and learning what arethe best out there is going to take time and that is ok. 

3. Find Your Support System

Know that this change takes time and having a support system is beneficial to your overall wellbeing. People that you can trust to do the same things you do (reading labels) and ones that will support you in eating what is best for you is vital to your success. If you have people who encourage you to eat gluten free when that donut is calling will help you keep safe! 

4. Cook Your Heart Out

You are going to have to start cooking your own meals. That doesnt mean every day you have to cook everything, but that does mean that cooking your own food will ensure you stay safe. 

5. Bring Your Own Food

You might have to start bringing your own food to events, or at least until your support system understands gluten free. Luckily, it has become very popular in recent days and most people know what gluten free is, even if it is just the basics. 

6. Gluten Can be in Everything

Shampoos, cosmetics, lotions, and more can have gluten containing ingredients. Make sure to look at your label with anything that is going to be in contact with your skin (your biggest organ). 

7. When in Doubt, Go Without

If you are unsure of the ingredients, then dont use it or have it.

Hope these help!

Sharlene



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4 Ways to Easily Create Gluten Free Recipes

4 Ways to Easily Create Gluten Free Recipes
1. Blend Different Flours and Starches Together 

This is important because gluten is the glue that binds baking together. Removing gluten means that you are going to want to blend more than one flour and starch to create a mix that mimics gluten. You are also going to want to add xanthan gum to the mix as it is a binding agent. Also, starches help bring about a fluffier consistency. I don’t love adding most starches because people have a lot of allergies or sensitivities to starches when they are gluten free. This is why I prefer potato starch.



My favourite blend is this:
1 ¼ cups brown rice flour
¼ cup potato starch
¾ cup sorghum flour
1 tbsp and 1 tsp chick pea flour
2/3 cup arrowroot flour
I leave xanthan gum out of the mixture so that I can add it individually to each recipe.

2. Smaller is key!

Make smaller versions of your previous baked goods! Little muffins, small loaves, mini pies, etc. This helps because you need less stickiness in each product and less gum means better baking!

I also find that really greasing your pans or using sleeves helps to get them out of the pan because gluten free tends to stick!

3. Whip it Good

Since there isn’t gluten in your baked goods, you don’t have to worry about over mixing. In fact, whipping your baked goods longer can make them fluffier! I always mix a completed batter for at least a minute after it is completed.

4. Let it Be

When you have completed a baking mix and before you divide it out into the pans, leave your gluten free baking alone for 25 minutes to 45 minutes. This allows the entirety of the mixture to get damp, ensuring that your baking is fluffier and less dense.

These are good methods to help perfect your gluten free baking skills!




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