Stuff I’ve Gotta Share + You’ve Gotta See

Stuff I've Gotta Share and You've Gotta See

Stuff I’ve Gotta Share and You’ve Gotta See #52

Hello my lovelies,

How are you? What are you doing this fine last week of July? I am all kinds of happy because I’m taking a five day weekend, starting tomorrow. And, we’re supposed to hit possibly 90 degrees F, which is perfect swimming weather. 90 degree days are pretty rare, as in almost non-existent here on the coast so anytime you can swim without having to bring along a fleece or a long sleeve shirt to throw over your bathing suit when you get out of the water it’s a spectacular day.

Have you been engaging in any summery activities or are you lodged in somewhere so hot you’re not supposed to leave the air-conditioning? Tell me all about it.

Onward and upward to the Stuff I Gotta Share and You’ve Gotta See.

First up, an app from a yoga teacher I really like, YogabyCandace, whom I didn’t realize was developing an app. It was a really great surprise to see it show up in my Instagram feed last weekend.

Candace is one of the few  yoga teachers on Youtube that I really enjoy. She just launched an app, which you should download immediately if you want to have a fulfilled life and sexier butt cheeks.

Candace is one of the few yoga teachers on Youtube that I really enjoy. She just launched an app, which you should download immediately if you want to have a fulfilled life and sexier butt cheeks.

Here’s a snippet from the app description:

“Finally, you can access all of YouTube YogaByCandace videos in an instant… For free on your mobile phone! Separated by category, this app makes it easy to find your favorite YouTube videos, and exclusive tips.”

Apps are supposed to do one of two things: entertain or make your life easier. The YBC app definitely makes it easier to practice yoga. I can choose from 15-minute videos to 60 minute videos to morning yoga videos, afternoon or evening yoga videos, just to name a few of the options inside the app.

Candace also has her website forum in the app as well.

Because I’ve had consistently enjoyable practices with Candace’s videos, I signed up for the $1.99 a month exclusive content, which includes a monthly video download, which won’t be available anywhere else.

Have you tried yoga before? If you’re starting out, there’s no substitute for a class with a teacher who can watch your posture and make suggestions. But, if you’re like me and have been practicing for a few years and can’t get to your teacher regularly, youtube videos are hugely helpful.

What I really like about Candace is the simplicity and straightforwardness of her videos, including her instruction. There’s no hippie dippie music in the background, it’s just her on a mat, leading you through a practice and making form suggestions.

Food:

Have you ever eaten a Goetze Caramel Cream candy? You know Goetze, they also make Cow Tales. I’ve tried the caramels and they are quite tasty. And now, you can put them in a barbecue sauce.

I don’t have fresh tomatoes in my garden yet but this quiche looks tasty once I do.

Mr. 46 and Mr. 12 will shovel this stuff in by the spatula-full. Not sure if I should attempt a homemade version, they might dunk their faces in it.

Beauty:

I discovered that one of the secret tools behind cool nail art designs is Liquid Palisade, like painter’s tape for your nails. I must get some stat. Have you tried Liquid Palisade before or something similar?

Should women of a certain age stop baring their upper arms? One woman speaks out.

Tech:

So, you’re reading this but soon you’re going to leave for a nature hike and of course you want to bring your iPhone because

a) the phone is always tethered to your wrist and

b) you want to take photos during said nature walk

but, your battery is low.

Of course you’re charging your battery but the husband and dog are chomping at the bit so the chances of it being fully charged before they drag you out the door is slim to none and you don’t want to run out of power mid-shot during the walk. Did you know that your iPhone will charge faster if you go to settings and put it in airplane mode first?

Charge your iPhone battery faster by going to settings to put it in airplane mode while it's charging.

Charge your iPhone battery faster by going to settings and put it in airplane mode while it’s charging.

Learn that tip plus several more iPhone shortcuts.

Please, tell me what I’ve missed. Leave any comments, links, photos or videos you need to share and I need to see in the comments. :)

Happy July,

Jennifer

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Soak Up Summer

I hate to be the bearer of bad news but look at your calendar. This is the second to last Saturday of July, which means we don't have many summer Saturdays left. What are you going to do today to make the most of yours?

I hate to be the bearer of bad news but look at your calendar. This is the second to last Saturday of July, which means we don’t have many summer Saturdays left. What are you going to do today to make the most of yours?

Well, what are you going to do this fine Saturday, my fine friend?

I will be in the garden and perhaps in the water or on the water for a while, depending on the temperature. The coast put a few extra ice cubes in the drink this weekend so we shall see.

I’ll for sure be pulling a pile of chicken out of the freezer to turn into rosemary chicken salad.

I may stop at a  local nursery to check out big plant sales since the summer’s end draws ever closer. But that’s what I love about Saturdays, especially non-working Saturdays, the possibilities are endless.

We may go to my parents’ on the bay and fish for mackerel, which we will then smoke. If that happens, look for an upcoming post on what not to do when smoking mackerel.

Who’s smoked fish before and has good tips to share? We’ve smoked trout a couple times but not what I would call terribly successfully. Email me jennifer.r.osborn@gmail.com or leave me a message here with tips, pretty please.

Have a beautiful day,

Jennifer

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Free App Alert: Soothing Sleep Aids

Do you need white noise to help sleep? There are some free apps today to help you with just that.

Sunny ~ Calm wave & ocean sounds to Sleep Relax Meditate on the beach with rain and sea birds

 

Meditate in a Thunderstorm with Rain and Thunder Sounds

 

Please note, these apps are free today but the price could change at any time. Also, I’m an Apple affiliate, if you make a purchase on the App Store through my site, you won’t pay anymore but I’ll earn a small commission.

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Bulk Isn’t Always Cheaper

Buying Couscous, bulk sizes aren't always cheaper

Buying couscous, bulk sizes aren’t always cheaper

Forget what every home economist has ever told you, buying in bulk at the grocery store isn’t always cheaper.

Couscous is a standby at our house. Mr. 12 loves it, I love it and Mr. 46 tolerates it. And, it’s cheap and tasty. Couscous is the perfect side dish for the family favorite.

I’ve been buying boxes of couscous when they go on sale for $1 for the convenience factor. You boil a little chicken broth, pour in a serving of couscous, cover and turn off the heat. Magically, five minutes later, you have a side dish without expending much effort. But I’ve always had a pang of guilt tossing the boxes into my shopping cart when there were much larger size containers within reach. Bulk is usually always cheaper right? No.

This week I discovered those boxes are not only convenient, they’re cheaper than buying in bulk or a larger size.

Bulk isn't always cheaper

Bulk isn’t always cheaper

And I took a closer look at the sale prices this week. At .88 cents a box, which is $1.41 per pound, the convenient package is significantly cheaper than a larger container of couscous, which was priced at $9.99 for 32-ounces, which equals $5 a pound. Even when the boxes aren’t on sale, they’re still cheaper than the 32-ounce container.

Bulk is sometimes more expensive.

Bulk is sometimes more expensive.

Letting my iPhone do the math for me, that’s a difference of nearly 72 percent, which I would call A Score :).

What would you do if you could spend 72 percent less on all your groceries? I have a laundry list, which starts with a new refrigerator. Ours is old, like at least a decade and I know we would save a ton of money on our electric bill every month with a new one.

Leave me a comment with your favorite way to easily save money at the grocery store or wherever you buy groceries these days.

Have a great one,

Jennifer

 

 

 

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Score Chicken for .57 Cents a Pound

 

grocery deal of the week or perhaps the year at Shaw's today. Hurry in and maybe you can score .57 a pound chicken too.

I found my best grocery deal of the week or perhaps the year at Shaw’s today. Hurry in and maybe you can score .57 a pound chicken too.

Hi friend,

I hope that if you’re reading this and you live in New England, you can run out to Shaw’s Supermarket or Albertson’s and score this same extraordinary grocery deal of the week that I found today, July 21, 2015.

I like to cruise by the meat aisle if I happen to pop in the store for something else because you just never know when stores are going to slap a $2 or $3 off sticker on a package of steak or chicken and meat is so freaking expensive these days.

Today I was rewarded :) Shaw’s has split chicken breasts on sale this week for .99 a pound. I found a 4.77-pound package with a $2 off sticker making the chicken .57 cents a pound! I can’t remember when I bought chicken for so cheap. Can you?

I’m quite excited. Before you moan and groan about using bone-in chicken breasts, remember that bone-in chicken is much more flavorful and it doesn’t dry out as quickly as boneless chicken breasts.

I like to either grill the bone-in breasts then shred the meat to use for chicken quesadillas or enchiladas or soup or barbecue chicken pizza. Or I put them in the Crock-Pot for a few hours and then shred the meat for rosemary chicken salad, which I’ve been making for years and keep forgetting to blog about. :)

Have you found any great grocery deals lately? Spill the deets!

If you need to save money on groceries, check out one of my most popular posts about grocery apps.

Have a great rest of the week,

Jennifer

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