We Checked Out the Kids Eat Free Night, and…

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Kicking off the month of April with a post about the Kids Eat Free! Night that occurs every Thursday 5-7 at our local Whole Foods Market.  Friends, if yours has one, get in the car at 4:40!  Not only did Samaria get to interact with the kind folk making her meal…  check out this totally captivated child… she also got … Read More

LaurelLeafWe Checked Out the Kids Eat Free Night, and…

What Do We Eat When Mom’s Not Home???

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Our good friends, Dennis and Michele, decided to bring their 3 extremely fortunate teenagers on a Caribbean cruise last week.  I stayed at their farm to care for their critters. Which meant… I had an 8 day, unforgettable vacation of my own!  I read books from first page to last (what luxury), went on daily walks through their breathtaking property … Read More

LaurelLeafWhat Do We Eat When Mom’s Not Home???

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

$74.79 for a week of groceries (Without a Shopping List!) + Recipe For Beets & Butternut!

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Lonely? Wondering where all the people that you know went? Here’s a tip: Don’t bathe, work out, and go directly to the market.  Guaranteed to see at least 6 people you know! Where are they on the days that my hair is done, and I’m wearing cute shoes and accessories? Anywho… If you read the most recent post, you know … Read More

LaurelLeaf$74.79 for a week of groceries (Without a Shopping List!) + Recipe For Beets & Butternut!

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

Big Savings In Making Our Own School Safe Sunflower Butter

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The “Nut Free” policy in schools has made sunflower butter, an approved alternative, very popular amongst us moms. The $6.99 – $9.99 price tag… has not.  Knowing how quickly one of these jars empties, I found my eye looking longingly at the $1.99 – $3.99 peanut butter, and thought… “I wonder how much it costs to whip some of this … Read More

LaurelLeafBig Savings In Making Our Own School Safe Sunflower Butter

Kale

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Paying close attention to the well advertised One Day sales at Whole Foods Market is a savvy way to save some serious loot.  Like the recent $1 Organic Kale deal in honor of National Kale Day! So fun to go celebrate the abundance of this super food! Samples served up defying the common notion that Kale lacks charm. Au contrair! … Read More

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