1. Homemade convenience foods.
I think the combo of job quitting and CSA getting (see what I did there?) has jumpstarted my passion for homemaking all of our “typical” convenience foods. For a while now, we’ve been slipping back into buying a lot of processed and packaged stuff. Admittedly, it was mostly healthy, but still, I never love buying stuff when I know I can make it healthier at home for a fraction of the cost. This weekend I pounded out a batch of homemade yogurt, some granola bars, some granola, and a loaf of bread. Yum! I can’t wait to see all the things I can make once I’m actually unemployed.
Do you Viggle? It’s an app that lets you earn points for watching TV. Basically, you check in through the app when you’re watching live TV, you get points for the show, and then you can redeem those points for everything from gift cards to cruises. You can even donate your points to charity. We don’t watch a ton of live TV shows, but we do watch a lot of live sports on TV and Viggle gives lots of points for those! It takes about 10 seconds to check in on my phone at the start of a game, and that’s it. Eventually I hope to save up enough points to get something awesome! Although, Craig did the math, and at our current rate, it’ll take about 22 years to get the 4,000,000 points needed for a cruise, so that’s probably out of the question. Ha! I think the gift cards or free movie rentals are a little more in the realm of possibility.
3. Broken Plow Bikram Studio.
We live, oh, 30 minutes away from the closest yoga studio, so I decided to create my own Bikram studio in our basement TV room. I crank up two space heaters about an hour before I want to yoga. Then, when it’s time, I turn off the lights, light some candles, and put on this Yoga Download. It’s not quite as hot or humid as I’d like it, but it works! And it’s much cheaper than driving an hour round trip and paying for a class. And the heat feels so good in the winter.
Alright, let’s talk about how the NHL is finally (FINALLY!) coming back this weekend, please. Who else is way excited? I never watched hockey before I married a Canadian, but the fanaticism definitely rubbed off on me and I can’t believe how much I missed it during the lockout. I’m also pretty stoked that the Hawks are playing on NBC the first day of the season. You better bet we’ll be glued to the TV on Saturday afternoon. Go Hawks!
5. Oil-Cleansing Method.
Have you guys heard of the oil-cleansing method? Basically, you take a mixture of oils (I use castor oil and olive oil) and use that to clean your face. It sounds crazy, but the oil helps dissolve the oil and dirt in your pores, while keeping your skin nice and moisturized. I tried it a few years back and never got my mixture right, but this time around, I think I finally found a ratio that works for me (two parts olive oil to one part castor oil) and my skin has never felt nicer! There is an adjustment period where I’m breaking out a bit, but the overall clarity and feeling of my skin is much, much better. I can’t wait to see how my skin adjusts over a long period of time!