Thursday, June 12, 2014

June Junk - Moment Of Genius

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I'm not great at a whole lotta things. I suck at a lot of shit. I'm really freaking awesome at meal planning though. I love my store, HEB,  and I make our meal plan based on the weekly ad. It works out since I shop on Thursdays and the new ad comes out every Wednesday. I'm also a member of a Facebook group called HEB Deals and MatchUps - my friend Kassie goes to HEB almost daily and snaps pictures of all the unadvertised deals, and matches them up with current coupons in the newspaper or online. It's pretty sweet! I build my meal plan around that.

Here lately, I've been lazy, and it's Thursday and I haven't been to the store yet and we have don't have anything to eat. I mean, we have ingredients to make food, but none of it goes together. We had bread for dinner last night. (Not as bad as it sounds - I made 2 loaves of fresh bread and we just "tasted" it so much that we ate it all and were too full for dinner)

So today, I really wanted to do the best I could at the grocery store, so I've printed coupons, collected coupons from other sources, and have my ad, and I made this super awesome meal plan based on those and the info I got from the FB group. If you live in Austin, feel free to steal any of all of my ideas, and know you'll get a good deal at your local HEB!

I shop two weeks at a time (minus milk and bread) so here's 14 suppers! To get any of the printable coupons mentioned below, click this link!

  1. Popcorn shrimp, onion rings, fries, salad (deal found on the FB Group - unadvertised yellow HEB coupon) 
  2. Sausage, kraut, potatoes (HEB combo loco, buy smoked sausage, get cheese and tortillas free!) 
  3. Party Tray, cut veggies (Hormel Party tray  printable coupon)
  4. Pizza  - (Jiffy crust,  cheese from the sausage deal, printable pepperoni coupon, fresh tomatoes from the farmer's market)
  5. Kung Pao Chicken (HEB natural chicken breasts, pasta from the meatball combo loco)
  6. Chicken with cucumber yogurt sauce, greek taters (HEB Natural Breasts, cucumbers on sale)
  7. Mini chicken parm cupcakes, pasta (Jenny O Ground Turkey coupon, Mozzerella combo in HEB ad)
  8. Asian cobb (We just have everything to make this except lettuce) 
  9. Wet burritos, beans, broccoli (Tortillas from the sausage deal) 
  10. Meatballs in gravy with mashed potatoes (Meatball deal, get free pasta sauce and pasta)
  11. Wings - Combo loco! 
  12. Steak, baked potatos, salad, rolls (Father's Day) (burgers for kids) (Steak on sale, burger Meal Deal combo)
  13. Lemon butter shrimp, panzanella salad (shrimp on sale in ad, leftover bread from dinner, market tomatoes) 
  14. Tilapia burgers, guac, oven fries (Combo loco - buy the burgers, get the guac free, deal on frozen fries found in the FB group!)
I use coupons, too, for all my toilet paper, tampons, bleach, etc - this frees up so much money to spend on the stuff that I'm picky about - organic meat, amazing vegetables from the farmer's market, the zillions of gallons of organic milk the girls drink, and cake pops. Because cake pops. 

This is my moment of genius. We've got a lot going on (fingers crossed for us, guys) and so saving money is super important right now - meal planning based on the sales is a vital way to save money for us!

Edited to add: Had a few requests for numbers - I get it - put your money where your mouth is, bitch! So I'm leaving for the store in about an hour, when I get back I'll update with a total - or follow me on Instagram  and Twitter (@evinschmevin for both) for real time updates as I shop!

What's your Moment Of Genius?? Link up! 




Wednesday, June 11, 2014

June Junk - Wordless Wednesday Before and After

BeforeAndAfter
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Monday, June 9, 2014

Junk in June - Best Friends

Today, in honor of National Best Friends day (it was yesterday!) my bestie and I are guest posting on each other's blogs! You can check out my post on her blog, Slightly Off Kilter. And now, here's my Shelley! 


Yesterday was National Best Friend day…which is good seeing as how I spent the day with my bestie. It wasn’t that long ago when Evin and I first met. Well, officially. We met at a Blog conference where we shared a table but never spoke. Kismet would have a conflict come up that prevented her from attending a painting class and she gave the spot to me. We still weren’t besties.

 And then, the planets finally aligned one day and I picked her up for some fun function we were both attending and from that moment on, we were inseparable. There are people who walk into your world and you look at them and say “Well, shit! I thought I was the only one!” That’s my Evin. 

Best Bitches by Jen Hearts Art

 We may fight like sisters at times… mostly when one of us tells the other one of us something we don’t want to hear – even though it’s truer than true… but there is a love there that has the freedom to say things like “I know what you are about to say and I don’t want to hear it” and then we sit in silence and just know that there is love there.

 She’s my soulmate. My other half. The girl who makes everything weird in my world normal. She makes me laugh when I don’t feel like it and lets me cry when needed but mostly, we are both just better when we are together and that’s not something I take for granted. I can’t imagine my world without Evin and yes, I am totally gushing on her own blog but you guys only see one side of her here… the side that screws stuff up, says “fuck” a lot… cooks amazing meals… that’s Evin. But there’s more.

 One look at our mutual Pinterest board and you can see the depths of “us” because sometimes we talk through pins and facebook shares. Sometimes, we just have to send a text that says “Hey – I know you are busy but I’m secretly scared you are mad at me so send me a picture of a happy goat so I know we’re ok” when our bestie goes silent… and no matter how busy, we do… and have.

 Friendship isn’t always telling the other person what they want to hear… it’s telling them what they need to hear...which sometimes is nothing at all.

 Friendship isn’t holding your tongue for fear of upsetting the other person… it’s not holding it against them when they piss you off.

 Friendship isn’t about everything being sunny and wonderful… it’s cherishing those moments but being willing to stand strong in the storm.

 Ours is a friendship so obvious that even the others in our worlds - kids, significant others, mothers - have realized that neither of us is going anywhere. 

 




Friendship means you can celebrate victories without fear of your friend being jealous because you have something better or cooler.

 Friendship means being ok with the other person no matter where they are and holding a candle in the darkness and waiting until your friend is ready to join you in the light.

 Friendship… when done right anyway… looks a lot like love.

 So, in honor of National Best Friend Day {a day late cause that’s how we roll} I thank my bestie. For being there through good times and bad. For being able to turn almost any conversation into something dirty. For making me smile just by existing. For taking my side in the stupid arguments without needing a reasonable reason. For embracing my crazy and making it ok. For being the awesome to my sauce. For being the butter to my bread. For being the sunshine to my cloudy days. For not hurling chunks as you read this post. So much love for you my dear friend. I can’t imagine my world without you in it and considering my track record for ditching partners, I’d say that’s quite the compliment.
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