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Costco: What NOT to Buy

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COSTCO: STICKER SHOCK 💰😳 What NOT to Buy!

Are you a Costco fan? I truly LOVE Costco, it’s like a outing instead of a chore 🤗 So many fun and sparkly new things grab your attention, which might explain why it’s hard tell if you’re getting the best deal. To be fair, Costco doesn’t advertise themselves as the best price in town, but for some reason, we’ve been trained to think everything there is a deal. While a lot of items are a big savings, here are the 5 items you’re better off grabbing at your local grocery store 😉

Item 1: Chicken

This is probably the most surprising item. You can find chicken A LOT cheaper at Aldi, Walmart, and Vons, saving up to 30%! The best part? You don’t have to buy chicken in bulk.

 

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Item 2: Organic Milk

Organic milk at Costco costs around 25% more than your local grocery store. You are better off buying it there, and again, you don’t have to buy it in bulk.

 

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Item 3: Soda

When it comes to soda, you are going to want to buy this at the grocery store. Grocery stores do something called a “loss leader,” marking down Soda to really low prices to attract costumers.

 

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Item 4: Canned Goods

When it comes to canned goods, you can find these guys 20-30% cheaper at your grocery store, where they’re often on sale.

 

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Item 5: Diapers

One more thing to skip… Costco diapers. Walmart’s private label carries diapers that are 50% cheaper!

Which item was the most surprising to you? Comment and LMK! I was blown away buy the price of the chicken!


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Have You Heard This? 1 Mom = 4 Jobs!

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👩‍🍳🧺 1 WOMAN = 4 JOBS??? 🚘🛒 ARE YOU DOING TOO MUCH?

I read this article the other day and I can’t stop thinking about it. Super sad…wife / mom passes away and husband hires FOUR people to replace her. I couldn’t believe it! A mom was doing the job of four people!

 

This article has really made me stop and think… are we all doing too much? Should we be asking for help more? And why do we feel guilty asking?

 

I’m awful about asking for help, worried it could make me look “less than” as a wife and mom. Worried that if I say “I need help with X, Y or Z” I won’t look competent. I realize how nutty this sounds, but I’m being completely candid, have you ever felt like this?

 

This article was an EYE OPENER! What do you think?


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Free & Easy Genius Life Hack

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FREE LIFE HACK 🤩 One of my FAV OF ALL TIME! Bonus: it’s also a nail saver 💅 How frustrated do you get when you can’t find the start of the tape? I know this sounds like a pretty small detail in the grand scheme of life, but honestly, once you try this you’re going to love it!life hack

Have you ever noticed your tape rolls have an extra little piece at the top? Well, that thing is about to save you so much time and frustration. Do you struggle with finding the start of the tape? Here’s the solution.

Start by taking that extra top piece and press down on the tape. Now start turning the tape. Eventually, your roll will stop at the start of the tape! So there you have it, a simple yet effective way to conquer the tape dilemma.

This is one of my favorite hacks, and I hope you love it, too.


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LORAfied List to Low Carb Fast Food

Sharing the best low carb hacks to help guide you the next time you’re ordering at your favorite fast food chain!

 

LORAfied List to Low Carb Fast Food😍💚

 

 

Low Carb KFC Order🍗

  • Buttermilk Ranch (2 g net carbs)
  • Buffalo (2 g net carbs)
  • Hot sauce (1 g net carbs)
  • Chicken Wing and Drumstick (3 g net carbs each)
  • Green beans, add butter spread (2g net carbs, 0 carbs for butter spread)

 

Low Carb at Taco Bell🌮

  • Chicken Power Bowl (21 g protein, 4 net carbs (with no sauce), 240 calories)
  • Nacho cheese sauce (and most sauces)
  • Lettuce wrap or bowl option

*SKIP: bread, wraps, biscuits, anything fried (chicken, fries, desserts), rice, beans, chips

 

McDonald’s🍟

  • Double quarter pounder with cheese, no bun, and no ketchup (42 g protein, 4 net carbs (with no sauce), 540 calories)
  • Mix buffalo and ranch (low carb and tasty)

*SKIP: sauces can be tricky and add unnecessary carbs. The sweet & sour, hot mustard, tangy bbq, and ketchups are not low carb friendly!

 

Chick Fil A🐔

  • 12 count grilled nuggets (38 g protein, 2 net carbs (with no sauce), 200 calories)
  • Mix their zesty buffalo sauce with their house sauce for a delicious low carb hack
  • Cool wrap in a bowl (42 g protein, 5 net carbs (with no sauce), 350 calories)

*SKIP: the spicy chicken sandwich, and sauces can add up the carbs here again…2 Polynesian sauces have as many carbs as a bun!

 

Starbucks☕️

  • Low carb latte hack: large cup of ice with 2 shots of espresso, then I add my own low carb, high protein shake to the cup. The regular way Starbucks makes it has 49 net carbs! Adding your own shake will make it so it only has 5 carbs (and my shakes have 20g of protein!)

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Easy and Affordable Trader Joe’s No Bake Dessert Hacks

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Do you have the time or energy to bake? And have you noticed how expensive the ingredients have become? Here’s the answer! 3 QUICK + EASY + AFFORDABLE DESSERTS that you don’t need to turn your oven on for, all from Trader Joe’s! NO BAKING SKILLS REQUIRED 🥳

 

First stop is Trader Joe’s! We are going to grab their cupcakes, the mini sheet cake (I gabbed their new lemon one, but you can use any flavor you prefer), and their cheesecake. The key to any of these desserts? Remove the evidence😉

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I started off with the sheet cake and of course, removed the packaging. To make it look even more homemade, I re-frosted this guy by running my knife across the icing.  Little imperfections will trick your guests into thinking you made this guy yourself.

Now, grab your cookie cutters. I found these cute spring shaped ones. Press these guys into your sheet cake to make petite fours. I decorated mine using sprinkles, but you can use anything you like!

Next up, I’m sharing the easiest cupcake transformation hack. If you can use scissors, you can make these adorable marshmallow flowers. Simply cut through the marshmallow to make slits that act as the petals and gently pull them apart. When you add a candy to the middle of the marshmallow flower, it looks like spring.

I saved the best for last! Wait until you see how easy it is to transform this store-bought cheesecake into a fancy dessert. We are going to dress it up using strawberries and strawberry preserves/jelly.  Of course, start by removing the packaging. Next, grab the strawberries. Here’s one of my favorite hacks: to remove the strawberry stem, simply slide a straw right through. How easy is that?! I lined my entire cheesecake with sliced strawberries.

Here’s where it gets fancy… we are going to make our own strawberry glaze! To make the strawberry glaze, mix 1/2 of your preserves/jelly with 1 Tablespoon of water 🍓❤️ After popping it  in the microwave for about 20 seconds, use a spoon to glaze the strawberries on top.

 

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All three of these dessert hacks are quick and affordable. Your guests are sure to love ’em!


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3 Genius Kitchen Hacks: Save Money and Get Organized!

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You guys are going to love these 3 kitchen hacks- they are game changers! Do you use paper towels? My family was using a crazy amount until I started doing this hack! Plus 2 of my favorite hacks tricks 😍

My family is notorious for using a crazy amount of paper towels, and these days, the prices for paper towels are crazy! I have a solution. I started cutting my paper towels in half. This way, they end up using half as much!

Now, onto the fridge! Baking soda is great for eliminating odors, but here’s the thing… we have to change it out every few months for the rest of our lives. I’ve got the solution! I grabbed my handy refrigerator deodorizer. If you swap your baking soda out for this guy, it lasts 10 years! Mark you calendars a decade from now. Your welcome 😉

Under the kitchen sink, I’ve always wanted a towel holder! But, my Husband Scooter doesn’t love the idea of drilling holes into your cabinets. Instead, I found a bar that doesn’t require any tools! This damage free towel bar doesn’t look like a temporary bar, which makes me and Scoot happy!

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Do you use dish gloves? Comment and LMK! I’m so addicted to mine, I’ve been known to buy them on vacation 😂


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Where to Get FREE Birthday Items

What’s better than FREE?! 🥰 Who really makes your birthday happen? Your spouse? Kids? Friends? Maybe you take the wheel like I do 🤭 This year I did something super fun and created my own personal party! I ran around town without spending a dime and grabbed all my FREE BIRTHDAY GOODIES! It was so much fun and everyone was so nice! Although I did all of these on my actual birthday, the vast majority give a pretty big grace period on when you can claim your free items 🎂

 

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Nothing Bundt Cake: free Bundtlet of choice // click HERE 🎂

Let’s start at Nothing Bundt Cake. The week of your birthday, pick our any bundtlet flavor you want… for free!

 

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Crumbl: free cookie of choice // click HERE 🍪

Next stop is Crumbl, where you get a full size cookie for free, and you can choose your flavor! Note: You have 40 days from your Birthday to pick your free gift up.

 

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Sephora: free birthday gift  // click HERE 💄

Sephora’s free birthday gift is FANTASTIC, and they give you your entire birthday month to grab it. It’s full of some amazing mini sized products you don’t want to miss out on.

 

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Starbucks: one free drink of choice // click HERE ☕️

This is a goodie! Make sure you hit Starbucks on your actual Birthday, because this is a one day offer. You get one free drink, ANY drink at ANY size.

 

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Baskin Robbins: free scoop of ice cream of choice // click HERE 🍦

Next, I ran to Baskin Robbins. On the day of your actual Birthday, you get a gigantic scoop of your choice flavor for free.

 

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McDonald’s: free item varies by location // click HERE 🍟

If you’re a fan of McDonald’s, this one’s for you. On the day of your birthday, you can get a free item on their birthday menu. I chose from: the spicy chicken sandwich, 6 piece nugget, or fries.

 

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Sprinkles: free regular size cupcake of choice // click HERE 🧁

At Sprinkles, you can get a full-size cupcake of your choice on the day of your birthday.

 

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Bath & Body Works: free travel size item of choice with any purchase, no matter how small the amount // click HERE 🧴

Finally, I stopped at Bath & Body Works. Here, you have to purchase something to redeem your free travel size gift, but it can be any amount!

 

It is crazy how much free stuff is out there! Which one of these freebies would you pickup first? Comment and LMK! I’m going with Nothing Bundt Cakes then immediately heading to Sephora 😍


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New Makeup Dupes: Money Saving Drugstore Finds

 

NEW MAKEUP DUPES💄👯‍♀️

How shocked are you by the price of makeup these days? When did foundation become the price of a shirt? Luckily, there are some amazing dupes out there, including one for the coveted Kylie Cosmetics Matte Liquid Lipstick❤️

First up is Kylie Cosmetics. The one from NYX is an INCREDIBLE dupe for a fraction of the cost! The Kylie one is $21 and the NYX is $7.50!

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If you’re a fan of It Cosmetics CC Cream, e.l.f makes an incredible copycat for $15, versus the $39 price tag on the It Cosmetics one!

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At $35 a pop, the Chanel eyeliner is a fortune – but if you’re looking for a good dupe, grab the Revlon eyeliner for under $10!

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If you’re a fan of the Nars foundation, try this one from Maybelline (it’s 60% less!)

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BONUS! If you’ve been missing the Becca Sunlit Bronzer since they went out of business, try this fantastic copycat from Physicians Formula.

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If you could only pick 3 makeup items, what would they be? Comment and LMK! Mine: Eyeliner, Mascara & Concealer🤗


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6 Travel Hacks for 15 Bucks: Dollar Store Edition!

Do you love or hate packing? Are you the kind who starts packing well in advance of a trip or more of a toss it all in the night before like Kid 3 and my husband Scooter? No matter what your style, these EASY TRAVEL TIPS will have you ARRIVING ORGANIZED without blowing your budget 😍

 

✈️ TRAVEL HACKS: AFFORDABLE PACKING TRICKS 🧳 DOLLAR TREE FINDS💰🌳

Hack #1: we’re using straws to pack necklaces! You’ll need one for short necklaces and two for long. I grabbed the extra wide kind!

Hack #2: head over to the car section and grab a couple of microfiber mitts. It’s the perfect way to pack things like perfume bottles and delicate items. Just roll it up and secure with a hair tie.

Hack #3: run and grab an oven mitt! When you’re traveling, you don’t always have time to let your irons cool down and this easy hack is the answer.

Hack #4: make sure to grab some shower caps! They make fantastic shoe protectors and you can get a pack of 10 for $1.25.

Hack #5: head over to the craft section and grab these plastic boxes. The pill box is great for your larger earrings and the craft one for the smaller.

Hack #6: grab a binder pouch from the office section along with a hair clip to keep all your electronics nice and organized!

 

Do you usually check a bag or make it all work in a carry-on? Comment and LMK! For weekend trips, I can do a carry-on, but for longer trips I check a larger bag and hope for the best 😉


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Easy Low Carb Snack Hacks

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❤️ COSTCO + TRADER JOE’S + STARBUCKS ⭐️ EASY LOW CARB SNACKS 🚘 ON THE GO💨

Do you get hungry when you’re at the grocery store or just out running errands but don’t have time to run home and grab something? It happens to me all the time! To keep me from grabbing something I’ll regret, here are some of my favorite EASY LOW CARB SWITCHES 🔄💞

 

Costco Low Carb Snack Swaps

The Costco chicken bake has a whopping 76g of carbs. A great alternative? Try the hotdog with NO bun (skip the ketchup, add the mustard) for a snack with only around 2g of carbs.

 

Trader Joes Low Carb Snack Swaps

Did you know Cliff Bars have 40g of carbs?😱 On the other hand, Barbells Salty Peanut Bars only have 15 net carbs….and better yet, Think! Keto only has 11!  If you’re more of a jerky fan, half a bag of the TJs brand is 26g of carbs versus the Chomp Sticks which have none!

 

Starbucks Low Carb Drink Swap

This is the BEST low carb latte hack out there! I order a large cup of ice with 2 shots of espresso, then I add my own low carb, high protein shake to the cup. The regular way Starbucks makes it has 49 net carbs! Adding your own shake will make it so it only has 5 carbs (and my shakes have 20g of protein!)

 

***Click HERE to shop my favorite Low Carb Snack Bars and Shakes🥰

 

Would you rather have a latte or a something to eat when you hit that afternoon slump? Comment and LMK! 🤗


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My McDonald’s Copycat Shamrock Shake

 

Did you grow up drinking the famous McDonald’s Shamrock Shake? I couldn’t wait for this item to show up on their menu and I’m not even a mint flavor fan 😂 To me, this shake is more than a St. Patrick’s Day treat, it’s a sign of spring🌷and it still makes me happy when I see it. But here’s the thing, it’s now over $4 bucks a pop 😳 The good news is, we can make them at home for a fraction of the cost and without the weird ingredients found in what they call Shamrock Shake Syrup ☘️

🍀🥤MCDONALD’S COPYCAT: SHAMROCK SHAKE 👯‍♀️💚
INGREDIENTS:
3 cups vanilla ice cream
1 cup whole milk or DF milk
1/4 tsp. Mint extract (not peppermint)
10-12 drops green food coloring
*top with whipped cream, if desired.

DIRECTIONS:
Place everything (except whipped cream) in a blender and blend until smooth.
Makes 2 shakes 🍀

Thoughts on the Oreo Shamrock Shake? Comment and LMK if you like the addition of the cookies or if it was fine the way it was. My kids think it’s genius, while I like it plain 🤗


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Helpful Travel Hacks: Hotel Edition

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Have you ever looked at the laundry slip at a hotel? The prices are outrageous! But what can you do if you’re stuck and need a few pieces washed before you get home? Here’s the answer! Along with hacks for dealing with bed bugs, peep holes and making sure your hotel door is really secure 🤗

Tip 1: Avoid Hotel Laundry. The prices for doing laundry at hotels are crazy! 5 bucks for one pair of underwear isn’t going to fly. My portable washing bag is the answer. You aren’t going to believe what this guy can do! Inside, there are tiny scrubbers that do the washing for you. Just load your clothes inside, and add a little laundry sheet. It starts working as soon as you add in the water. It’s small enough to use anywhere, and boy is it effective.

I found this compact clothing line, and it is a home run! It suction cups to your shower to make drying your clothes easy as can be.

Are you scared of those hotel bed bugs? Me too sister, but I found this spray that solves the problem. It’s easy to use, plus its carry-on approved!

For extra privacy and peace of mind, a bandaid is all you need. Simply place it over the peephole.

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I also found this portable door lock for extra security. There’s a little bit of a learning curve here, but once you get it on, it works like a charm.

I hope this makes your hotel stay just a little bit easier! Comment and LMK your favorite tip.


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