Money-Saving Moving Marysville Mom

It's not how much you have; it's what you do with what you have.

Free Easter Event at Fred Meyer March 31, 2010

Filed under: Free/Low Cost Family Activities — swingingsarr @ 2:49 pm

Do I post this, do I not?  JSarr said yes, so here it is.  Easter Events

Bring your kids for Easter fun! Saturday, April 3
Cake & Cupcake Decorating
Bunny Hop Cake Walk
Bunny Ear Decorating

A Simple Rule for Eating Healthy March 25, 2010

Filed under: Fitness — swingingsarr @ 6:20 am

JSarr forwarded this to me….

Today’s Fitness Quickie from

Whenever I tell people this simple rule for eating healthy, they are always
shocked by it’s simplicity, and that they never thought of it like this

First, we need to come to the realization that food science and marketing in
recent decades has crowded all of the REAL food out of our grocery stores to
the point that at LEAST 90% of everything in a modern-day grocery store is
NOT true food anymore…

The so-called “food” that lines our grocery store shelves nowadays is better
termed — “Edible Food-Like Substances”, as the highly respected nutrition
journalist Michael Pollan calls it.

I absolutely love that term and think it is SO very true!

Our food supply has become so overly processed, that it’s not uncommon for a
simple snack food to contain a list of 20-30 ingredients of additives,
chemicals, flavorings, colorings, high fructose corn syrup, MSG, artificial
sweeteners, and more.

However, it CAN be easy to avoid ALL of this junk by following my 1 simple
rule of eating healthy… and that is:

>> Eat only foods that are 1 ingredient.

Drop dead simple!

This means sticking almost solely to these:

eggs, fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, berries, and meats (only meats raised in
a healthy manner)

For example, almost everything I ate today was 1 ingredient, although
perhaps mixed together:

*eggs with veggies for breakfast
*snacked on fruit, berries, and nuts all afternoon
*home-made guacamole (made fresh with all single ingredients) and veggie
*cooked mixed veggies, side salad, and grass-fed bison steaks for dinner

Now THIS is fat-burning nutrition made easy!

Pretty simple stuff, and all made from single ingredients instead of
processed food packages with 30 ingredients or more.

Do I eat like this 100% of the time… admittedly no… BUT, if you can
stick to this 1-ingredient rule at least 90% of the time, it is actually
VERY simple to get as lean as you want!

A 2nd simple rule:

If your great grandparents 100 years ago wouldn’t have recognized the food
you’re eating, don’t eat it!

Fwd this email on to your friends and family to show them how easy it is to
eat real food instead of “edible food-like substances”.


Mike Geary
Certified Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer
Founder – &

PS – if you liked todays article, feel free to fwd this email on to any of
your friends, family, or co-workers that would enjoy it.


Time March 24, 2010

Filed under: Stewardship — swingingsarr @ 9:25 am

The more I live, the more I realize that TIME IS A GIFT.  Are you being a good steward of the gift of time the Lord has given you?


Raising Kids March 19, 2010

Filed under: Raising Kids — swingingsarr @ 11:20 pm

I just added a new category, “Raising Kids”- part of the “Mom” portion of my blog.

The last few weeks I’ve been thinking about this one thing about raising a boy when I use disposable diapers (the $-saving part of me usually does cloth).  They are inefficient diaper-fillers.  They max out the front of the diaper, and the back looks like it’s brand new.  I throw away these half used dipes.   If you let them keep wearing it, they’ll soak their clothes because they keep filling up the front of their diapers.  My girls were much more diligent to use the whole diaper.  I wish boys were more efficient!


Shopping and Saving Philosophy March 9, 2010

Filed under: Shopping Philosophy,Stretching the Dollar — swingingsarr @ 11:19 pm

This excerpt came from an e-mail response I wrote to a friend today who was inquiring about saving money grocery shopping:

I stock and save.  I try not to put myself in a position that I need something right away (except for perishables).  As soon as I  start using the last of something, I make sure I am on the look out for the product at a good price.  And really, I try not to even get to that point.

Think ahead (I say this is the life of a mom).  What are you having for dinner?  Can you make 2 and freeze one?  Can you prepare it the night before, so there is no temptation to eat out?

I see what’s on sale in the ads this week and see if I can use them.  For instance, when I see a whole chicken on sale, I’ll crock pot it, and use that for one meal w/potatoes, and other veggies.  Then I shred the chicken and use it for something else the next day, chicken enchiladas, chicken tacos, chicken pot pie, chicken soup, the ideas are endless…


Think about it… March 6, 2010

Filed under: Shopping Philosophy,Stretching the Dollar — swingingsarr @ 10:27 pm

It’s not how much you have; it’s what you do with what you have.  I love this.  There are no excuses.  It doesn’t matter if it’s time or $…


Free EYS Concerts

Filed under: Free/Low Cost Family Activities — swingingsarr @ 10:23 pm

The Everett Youth Symphony is offering 2 free concerts as a part of a grant received by the Everett Cultural Arts Commission. The concerts are on March 9 and May 18 at Northshore Christian Church, 5700 23rd Dr. W., Everett.

Go to for more information.