What our full Budget looks like

So I have been Seeing a lot of how do I budget question on the interwebz lately. I am not saying this is the ‘right’ way to budget, I am saying this is how *we* budget 🙂
Total monthly Income $5,000
Rent $1575
Gas $160
Gymnastics $222
Phones $178
Elect $133
Water $80
Truck payment $470.70
Food $400
Insurance (car and life) $112
Internet $36
Gym $55
Mini emergency fund/truck payoff/big emergency fund $763
Vacation $334
CSA $110
Family pics $10
Extras $40
Christmas $40
Birthdays $21
Clothes $83
Dentist/Dr copays $142

Left over $22 a month

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The Girl behind the Blog and a yummy recipe

We got family pics done not too terribly long ago and I wanted to share with y’all who I am and the people I blog about 🙂 I also wanted to share with every one my awesome Black Bean and Rice Recipe (modified from AllRecipes.com

Done by the amazing Ania Mikol Photography!


  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3/4 cup uncooked white rice
  • 1 1/2 cups low sodium, low fat vegetable broth
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 can of canned black beans, drained
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes


  1. In a stockpot over medium-high heat, heat the oil. Add the onion and garlic and saute for 4 minutes. Add the rice and saute for 2 minutes.
  2. Add the vegetable broth, bring to a boil, cover and lower the heat and cook for 20 minutes. Add the spices and black beans.

That was Refeshing

As I am sure y’all noticed I took a little break (this was from meal planning and any good cooking too) and it was def. needed and well, appreciated. I tend to loose sight of who I am and concentrate on what I think other people want me to be 😦 So I took a little break and went shopping with my friend Nichole and got Emmer a retro pbk kitchen for $20 (I’ll post pics in like ten minutes) and some new sweaters for myself and then I took the kidlets and the hubs and drove to Michigan which is where I am posting to yall from! I am originally from a small town in Michigan so we are here to visit for Thanksgiving and its just lovely to see all my awesome family (aside from Amanda whom should be here tomorrow)! Today we are lazing around at least for the AM portion of the day, thinking about heading to the mall to let the kidlets play in a few and then family time this afternoon! One thing I have noticed about Michigan is that it is really not easy to be a vegetarian! That is a okay though because I know how to work around it and I am going to making a yummy veggie dinner for everyone and butternut squash risotto for Thanksgiving!
Other things I have noticed about Michigan the oxygen rich air has provided me with the ability to get my mile down to 10 minutes from 11:47 when I left on Saturday! I am so psyched to go for a run tomorrow I am thinking a solid 3 miles (did 2.7 yesterday in 27 minutes) and then 4 on Friday! I was hoping to do 6 in an but its kinda hilly here and its wreaking havoc on my solias’ which is pathetic and tells me I need to run out side in Colorado because the treadmill is doing me a serious a disservice and I will never be able to finish tough mudder at this rate! Hmm well I think that is all that is fit to print at this point! More to come latter from our fun filled trip 🙂

Grocery Lovin Mama

I went to the grocer with my kids and My hubby- he of course got a call AS SOON AS WE WALKED IN…but he was able to stay long enough for me to rock through my grocery trip :YAY:

So this week I got at Safeway
Mission Chicken Ceasar Wraps (2 boxes) 2.68 (Total) orginally 7.38 -3.70 (SC)-1 (MC)
Lucerne Sour Cream 2.15 orginally 2.39-.24 (Employee Discount)
Open Nature Pizza 4.49 orginally 5.49-.50 (SC)-.50 (ED)
10.95 lbs of apples 9.64
Total $19.65
Savings 14.75 or 44%

Meal Plan
Cinnamon Rolls
Omelet x3

Roll Ups w/apples
Mac and Cheese

Mexican Pizza
Left Overs
Mac Bake
Pumpkin Soup in Crock Pot
Date Night
Left Overs
CJs Moms

We also have a ton of left over pizza from our meal splurge last night with take and bake pizzas from Papa Murphys

Where has the week gone?!

It’s WEDNESDAY!!! Can you Believe that? I certainly dont want to believe it! I am sitting here awe-struck in where yet another week has gone (or at least half a week). I am sure it has everything to do with the Spooky Holiday on Monday than anything else. CJ had Monday off so we trick or treated and played and just over all enjoyed our day (including a very FUN Kindie Class Party)

Tuesday we rocked the lazy day Jayden sounds like he is coming down with cold (the icky stuffy nose sound) and we had the chance to talk about operation christmas child, the kids will be putting together boxes, the youtube video brought tears to Jaydens eyes! I am so amazed by his heart ❤

Today….well today its snowing, and a late start day! We were going to Playdate with the lovely Becky, but I am thinkin’ if Jay is sick it will be a lazy day with some Pastina for lunch (and yes a recipe to go with!) and lazy day antics…or home work, playing in the toy room and lots of baking…if he is NOT sick then we will be rockin’ the snow outside *brr* and then dress to impress at school 🙂 with a recipe for candy cookies