Easy Slow-Cooked Split Pea Soup

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It seriously does not get ANY easier than this delicious, hearty split pea soup.  My family loves it so much that we have started buying whole spiral-cut hams on a regular basis just so we can make it more often!  It actually ends up being a pretty good value, though, since an eight pound ham will provide [...]

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Good Enough (Secret 13 Essay Contest Finalist)

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 Living Well Spending Less: 12 Secrets of the Good Life shares 12 secrets for seeking—and finding—the Good Life in our day to day lives. From time management and goal-setting to managing our homes and finances, these practical and concrete strategies can help each of us discover a life rich with purpose. Even so, a life well [...]

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5 Habits of Successful Debt Slayers

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 Today I am absolutely honored to welcome the Queen of Free herself, Cherie Lowe.  Cherie shares her wisdom and frugal adventures daily on her blog, Queen of Free, and she is also the author of the incredibly inspiring book, Slaying the Debt Dragon, which chronicles Cherie and her husband's journey of knocking out more than $127,000 [...]

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Weekend Wandering

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Happy Weekend!  I'm not quite sure what I am going to do with myself this weekend, what with my garden all taken care of again and no football to watch! (Did anyone else almost have a heart attack watching that Seahawks-Packers game?  Oh. My. Gosh!)  But I'm sure I'll think of something....this might just be a [...]

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I’m not really one for conspiracy theories, and I don’t generally tend to panic or automatically assume the worst.  I wouldn’t call myself a “prepper,” and we don’t have a secret bunker built in our basement, an arsenal of supplies on hand in the event of a zombie apocalypse, or plans to go off the grid. [...]

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Thrifty Thursday {Week 93}

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Happy Thursday! I hope you are all having a great week and staying warm and healthy in what can be an icky time of year!  After I was sick almost constantly last year, this year I have been a little fanatical about taking care of myself.  I have been a lot more careful about getting [...]

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Flourless Chocolate Cookies

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A few weeks ago I was at Starbucks and, craving something sweet, I ordered a flourless chocolate cookie.  It was actually my second choice--they were all out of my favorite, Cranberry Bliss Bars--and my expectations were low.  After all, I am a carb-loving girl and flour has always struck me as a pretty key cookie [...]

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 Living Well Spending Less: 12 Secrets of the Good Life shares 12 secrets for seeking—and finding—the Good Life in our day to day lives. From time management and goal-setting to managing our homes and finances, these practical and concrete strategies can help each of us discover a life rich with purpose. Even so, a life well [...]

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3 Ways to Let Go of Mom Guilt

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Today I am so happy to welcome my sweet (and very wise) friends, Kathy Helgemo & Melinda Means, from Mothering from Scratch.  Not only do they live right here in my same small town of Punta Gorda, Florida, they are bloggers and moms who love to share their insight, struggles and parenting wins.  Last year we commiserated [...]

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Weekend Wandering

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Happy Saturday!  Bring ON the weekend!  My plans for the next couple of days include tending to my somewhat neglected little garden (you can follow our progress, or lack thereof, on Instagram using hashtag #SoukupGarden), doing a few deep cleaning/decluttering projects, and cheering on my hometown football team in the NFC Championship tomorrow! (Go Hawks!)  What have [...]

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10 Freezer Meals in One Hour: Part 4

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  Here at Living Well Spending Less we are 100% committed to bring you easy recipes that taste great and don’t take a lot of time, effort, or expensive ingredients to throw together.  As a busy mom, I also want meals that can be made and frozen ahead of time to save time on hectic weeknights, especially as [...]

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Thrifty Thursday {Week 92}

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Happy Thursday! I hope you are all having a fabulous week!  The month of January can definitely be a cold and dreary time, but I have also found that it is a great time to get re-focused and re-inspired!  I'm super excited about this free mini course happening right now, called 4 Steps to Rediscover Your Inner [...]

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Bloomin’ Olive Bread

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Olives.  Most people either love 'em or hate 'em, and in my family there is definitely nothing but LOVE for the round little green and black treats.  My kids literally cannot get enough of them! During a visit a few months ago, my friend Edie introduced us to the joys of olive bread, something I had never [...]

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 Living Well Spending Less: 12 Secrets of the Good Life shares 12 secrets for seeking—and finding—the Good Life in our day to day lives. From time management and goal-setting to managing our homes and finances, these practical and concrete strategies can help each of us discover a life rich with purpose. Even so, a life well [...]

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5 Tips for Taming Your Tongue

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Chances are that we've all done it at one point or another.  Whether it be during a moment of anger or nervousness or insecurity, we've all said something that we later regret or wish we could take back.  We've stuck our foot in our mouths or let our words get the best of us.  It's a sinking [...]

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