Category: Family

Gluten Free Bread #Fail

Today is officially Monkey’s 5th birthday. I cannot believe where I was 5 years ago and what was going through my mind overnight and into the wee hours of the morning. I am still amazed at how quickly, yet slowly, this time has gone. He’s grown into an amazingly hilarious little man who’ll always be my baby guy.

Monkey has found my new gluten-free status to be interesting. We talk often about it. We discuss what might or might not have gluten in it, and he jabs at me with jokes on the regular about what I can and cannot eat. “Mommy, you can have this chocolate piece here, but not this cupcake, okay?”

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February 2017 Frugal Momster Expense Report: A Forced Day Without the Car

February was filled with a lot of excitement. It included some fun for Valentine’s day, in which we don’t really celebrate much. Since I was on the elimination diet, it became even more of a non-celebration for Chris and I and a fun little treat for Monkey and Crab.

Monkey loves working with tools, so I couldn’t pass up this set of tool chocolates! It’s taken Monkey over four weeks to make his way through the tools. It was fun when he’d say, “Could I have my plier chocolate tonight for dessert?” It was worth the few extra dollars for that cuteness! The Crab received chocolate pudding he devoured. Continue reading…

January 2017 Frugal Momster Expense Report

Crab is streamlining his cooking skills.

I mentioned last month that I streamlined our finances to organize our income and expense reports better each month. In doing so, I made putting together these expense reports even easier!

By combining categories, and eliminating others, I’ve simplified an already pretty simple budget and expense recording process. I’m somewhat shocked at how much easier this month’s report was to create.

In other financial news, I’ve taken a free course on travel hacking credit cards. As I explore travel hacking, I’ll share our experience.

So far, it is very enlightening, and I’ve realized how many bonuses we’ve left off the table in the past several years since our financial turnaround. Several significant renovations could’ve covered some excellent travel we’ve been missing.

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Eight Days into the 8Safe Elimination Diet

It’s been over an entire week now since I’ve started the 8Safe Elimination Diet. Eight days in and I’m feeling somewhat better.

I had attempted it last spring but gave up after 1-2 weeks in due to personal distress and a death. An elimination diet that eliminates the top 8 food allergens is no joke and without a clear mind, I couldn’t keep going.

Why an Elimination Diet?

I have now taken this on again to find answers to my eczema that has flared up wildly again this winter. Usually, it is well hidden under my clothing on my arms, but this season it has proven to manifest itself right where the sun shines daily: my face.

You’ve not done anything difficult until you cannot eat a thing with eggs, dairy, soy, fish, shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, or gluten.

Even the worker at Wegmans, my new favorite every-allergen-is-labeled place to shop, said “elimination diets are so tough but so worth the information you learn, good luck!” as he put back the vegan cashew cheese he was recommending.

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