The Zarb Homestead

Living natural and healthy on a simple budget

Living Healthier on a Budget April 18, 2017

Filed under: Green Living — Sheena @ 2:50 pm
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On the Zarb Homestead I am growing my garden and growing my little ones too. I decided to make a change this year and try to get back to nature as much as possible. I started with ridding my house of “stuff.” My goal was to get rid of 80% of the stuff cluttering my house. I have been working weekly to achieve this with my goal of one (or more) trash bags out of my house per week. I am about 30% there but I will continue to my 1 bag rule weekly and hopefully end up with only have what is truly needed. I use the 80:20 rule. We only use about 20% of the stuff we own and rest is just stuff. Anyways, I decided since I am the gate-keeper to what comes into my house, and I am very picky since my deep clean, I want to my sure it is as healthy as possible. I also want to make sure it is good quality too, buy-it-for-life products are a big item on my shopping list. Junk out-good stuff in, but on a budget. I mainly purchase only organic food and organic on most of our “other” items. I have been researching each item I buy to find out if it is easier, or cheaper, to make it or purchase it. If I +purchase it I want to find the best at the best price. I thought I would try to share what I find weekly with you all. Take it or leave it, no worries. I am in no way paid to do any of the reviews and I pay for the products myself.

My journey starts at Trader Joe’s, aka poor man’s Whole Foods, I go weekly here to grab 80% of my grocery list. If you have never visited this place, close your computer and go right now but it is that awesome! My 80:20 applies to food too. 80% good healthy and 20% fun food. Let’s start with fun: Trader Joe’s Joe Joe’s! My husband has an Oreo problem and they are a must have in our house. They have been replaced with JoeJoe’s and we are not looking back. I honestly think Oreos are just okay, which is great for my waist line, but JoeJoe’s are amazing with real vanilla creme filling….yummy! Plus, they have special flavors throughout the year. Our toddler is also a big fan, which speaks volumes if this kid will eat them, he hates everything! I don’t recall the exact price but I think they are $2.99

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Next is the healthy, but still delicious, Trader Joe’s Broccoli & Kale Slaw: A Complete Kit. My friend served this at dinner one night and now I am hooked. It is a crunchy blend of shredded broccoli stalks, shredded kale, and shredded radicchio. Packaged separately in the bag you’ll find dried cherries & dried blueberries, and crunchy, roasted sunflower seeds & slivered almonds. The traditionally tangy cole slaw dressing is just the right combination of flavors to wrap the veggies, fruits, seeds, and nuts together to create a unique salad. Inside every bag there are ample ingredients to make side salads for about three people. I make it about an hour before it is to be served. It only cost $2.49! 

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Most Wonderful Time of the Year December 20, 2011

Filed under: postaday2011,Uncategorized — Sheena @ 12:31 pm
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This is a demanding time of the year for everyone and I am being fully affected by it. I am working 10 hour days since we are closed on Friday and Monday and then trying to get ready for the Holidays in my “free time”. December is always a stressful month for me. I have to get all my Christmas shopping done for my family and my husband’s while staying my small budget. Needless to say, I have to groom a few dogs and sell things on eBay but every year I always make it without charging anything on the credit cards! With the holidays emptying my pockets, I also the Zarb annual family ski trip to Colorado and there is nothing cheap about skiing. We are leaving on New Year’s Eve and will be gone for 7 days 🙂 but I have to get everything packed and ready to go, more stress. SO MUCH TO DO! Starting to feel that Holiday stress, like normal.

You would think after 8 years I would have gotten a handle on managing mine and his families but not yet. This Thursday, I have to pack us and all the dogs to our annual Christmas trip to Nashville to visit Phil’s mother, Linda. We stay there until Christmas day, and then we wake up very early and pack up the car and start our Christmas adventure.

The day goes like this: Car: drive to Knoxville – 3 hours with dogs. Home: drop off dogs, unpack enough to make room for new gifts, grab gifts for both families – place in car, back in car, drive 1 hour. My parent’s house: Christmas dinner, gifts, back in car, drive 30 minutes. Phil’s parents: Dinner again, gifts, drinks, back in car, drive 45 minutes. Home! (Around 1:00 am): Too tired to care about gift exchange, hand Phil his present and go to bed.

Every year we say we are going to have to modify something but each year we do the identical schedule. It is so hard to make everyone content. People get mad because we don’t spend enough time here or there, but there are only so many hours in the day. It is kind of hurtful when you bust your butt to get from one place to another and sacrifice your time and happiness and you get there they have started dinner without you. At times, I honestly think we will have to have children before we can enjoy a simple Christmas together, sadly. Just thought I would spread my holiday cheer!

 

Wedding Planning: Right on Target March 28, 2011

Filed under: postaday2011 — Sheena @ 7:17 pm
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On Sunday, Phil and I went to Target to begin our wedding registry because we were starting to get the question “where are you two registered at” and didn’t have an answer. Since this past weekend was a wash out, due to the rain, we decided to run around town to do some shopping and get a start on our wedding registry. First we did a little personal shopping, starting at Borders. I had a 40% off coupon and wanted a new book to read. Of course, once I starting looking around I find 20 books I needed but I was good and only purchased the one I went there for. Afterward, we had a hunger hibachi and sushi so we went to lunch at Kampi of Tokyo, one of Phil’s much loved restaurants.  Following lunch, we had a few other stops: Bath & Body Works for a few hand sanitizer and soaps given that I have developed a small case of germophia since I started working in an office, Victoria Secret for their big sale and finally off to Target for the wedding registry.

We didn’t think this trip would take too long since we already have a house and it didn’t feel too empty. Boy were we wrong, once we started the journey up and down the aisles with that scanner, we ended up needing/wanting a lot more than expected. Presently, everything in our home is either hand-me-downs or discount items, from the mix-matched towels to the furniture. We don’t have themes or colors scheme, we just live with what we have, even if our sofa and love seat are purple with rips in the pillows 🙂 We thought it was would be nice, for a change, to have things in our home that matched one another so we picked out colors scheme: green, brown, and teal.

We started our journey out in the home goods department. One of the first things we looked at was curtains. Currently, we don’t have curtains or binds but in one room of the house and we need them in every room. We didn’t comprehend all the items involved in putting up window treatments and by the time we were done scanning rods, hooks, white curtains, decorative curtains, and curtain ties we were worn out.  We scanned a few other things like sheets and rugs that we liked but Phil’s feet were starting to hurt and I was mentally exhausted from trying to make everything match and flow in my head, so we called it a day. We still have at least one more round at Target, because we didn’t get too in depth in the kitchen section and wanted to scan a few more things we desired. Overall, we had a good time. It was really nice be able to pick out nice things for our home and imaging how our house will look if we got some of those things we put on our list.

When planning a wedding, you get so wrapped up in all of it you forget that there is actually a wedding. Our wedding is no more than 68 days away and I’m starting to get that I’M GETTING MARRIED feeling. We are getting so excited and can’t wait to share our special day with our friends and family!  We still have a few more things to figure out before June 4th but we are moving in the right direction. I am so happy it is finally coming together!