Guest Post From Dad: It’s a Date

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When I pick my daughter up after 4 hours of kindergarten, I  can always count on her asking  “Are we going on a date? are we going to go out to eat?” Without fail  she asks every day, and forgets that we typically go out every other week. She’s not famished because we’ve sent her to school  with a lunch box full … Read More

LaurelLeafGuest Post From Dad: It’s a Date

Recipes for the $80/Week at Whole Foods Market Challenge!

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One of the great highlights of this past week included seeing a pin on Pinterest cheering us on: “She starts this week 1/6/14! Hope she does it! Living Off $80/Week at Whole Foods Market | The Whole Family On a Budget!” !!!!!! Reader, if you’re still following along, thank you for that! You inspired an avalanche: an official website (Welcome, … Read More

LaurelLeafRecipes for the $80/Week at Whole Foods Market Challenge!

Mission Accomplished: $80/Week at Whole Foods Market & 2 Muffin Recipes!

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Anwar and I met at college, and on our first date, he said, “Well… if your Grandpa was Italian… You must be able to cook?” Hope in his eyes. “Of course I can!” I considered my gift for assembling exceptionally beautiful sandwiches, boiling pasta and adding jarred sauce, and… I’d seen it done.  I actually thought I could.  Ha! “My … Read More

LaurelLeafMission Accomplished: $80/Week at Whole Foods Market & 2 Muffin Recipes!

Living Off $80/Week at Whole Foods Market & A Hummus Recipe!

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I read the “Top Ten New Year’s Resolutions” yesterday, and 3 of them included: Lose Weight, Get Out of Debt, & Save Money.  This gave me a newfound sense of purpose for this blog effort- as it touches on these three things. It also got me thinking about why I love the Whole Foods Market SO much… why it’s worth … Read More

LaurelLeafLiving Off $80/Week at Whole Foods Market & A Hummus Recipe!

Laura’s Keep-Calm-and-Decorate-On Chili

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You know that space of time between Thanksgiving and getting the tree up?  When the rest of the world seems to have it all together, even my husband who wowed me with his Christmas Spirit when he took it upon himself to film, learn and record the bass line to the music, and compile that which very evidently came to … Read More

LaurelLeafLaura’s Keep-Calm-and-Decorate-On Chili

How We Get Our 5 Year Old to Consume Large Quantities of Raw Kale!

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Samaria shares the opinion of most 5 year olds on the topic of Kale. What I discovered about a year ago, however, is the power of some good old fashioned competition. Allens hate to lose.  Even the littlest of Allens.  So, why not use this quality as leverage to creatively up our phytochemical, vitamin, mineral, etc. etc uptake? The first … Read More

LaurelLeafHow We Get Our 5 Year Old to Consume Large Quantities of Raw Kale!

Unplanned Savings

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We decided to go to Whole Foods Market without a grocery list, and instead buy one of every item on the Hot Deals! flyer. We scored this bounty for less than $85!  (We did not buy the figs, as we had just gone fig picking the day before, or the coconut peanut butter, because of Anwar’s massively serious peanut allergies). … Read More

LaurelLeafUnplanned Savings