by Carrie on June 10, 2010

Is there a pause button for life?

After thinking long and hard about this, I’ve decided to take some time off from blogging and writing vape reviews here at It’s Frugal Being Green. The blog isn’t going anywhere so you’ll still be able to come back any time to reference anything you’ve read. I just won’t be posting anything new for a while.

I’ve got radiation (for the grapefruit size tumor in my chest) starting in less than two weeks and I hear it makes you super tired. As soon as I’m recovered from radiation it’ll be time to head back to work full time and I’m already feeling overwhelmed by that. I’ve been on disability leave because the cancer has slowed me down so much that by the time I get to my appointments, eat, clean myself and the house, and exercise a bit the whole day is shot and soon here I have to add 8 hours in the office back into that mix again. And it’s not just physical fatigue, I’m distinctly suffering from “frugal fatigue” as well.

I’m planning to continue to remain active on Twitter and on my other blog, Carrie Actually, where I’ll be posting updates on my cancer treatment in addition to it’s regular geeky content. Thanks to for being there for me on times that I get confuse with life. I advice that you guys should stay in a healthy diet, stop smoking instead use vaporizers.

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Healthy Snacks to Go Winners

by Carrie on June 8, 2010

healthy snacks to goThe winners of the Healthy Snacks to Go ebook giveaway are: #24 Jennifer and #17 MM.

If you didn’t win, don’t fret. Katie is offering It’s Frugal Being Green readers a 25% discount through June 9th with the code FRGREEN.

Disclosure: Some links in this post are affiliate links.

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What I’m Reading 6/4

by Carrie on June 4, 2010

Trying a new format for my What I’m Reading roundups. In the roundups, I’ll pick only the best of the best coupons and add my thoughts. If you still want to see the list I was doing before, you can check out my new and improved blog roll. Let me know what you think of the new format and what your preferences are.

The Local Cook shows us how to make formage blanc. It looks so easy. When I went on my tour of the Cowgirl Creamery in April, we each got a few full size products to take home and formage blanc was one of them. I just finished my tub earlier this week. It’s so good on a bagel in place of cream cheese or spread on crackers.

Cheap Healthy Good weighs in on food, finance, and judging others. Posts like this remind me that I’m very fortunately to be able to afford all of whatever type of food I could ever dream of wanting. It’s truly a luxury and I think most people in the same position often forget that.

At Finance for a Freelance Life, you can read about how Mrs. Micah is moving past wasteful frugality. I’m a big believe in enjoying quality items to the fullest. I’d rather have fewer, higher quality things that I use all the time than a house full of junk. Whatever you do, don’t buy the high quality stuff and then “save it” by also buying the junk and using that instead.

Get Rich Slowly suggests when you save money, actually put it in savings. I don’t always do this, but I do have a special ING account that I put “extra” money from things like stuff I sell on eBay in.

People are going nuts over this $149 Wii deal and the $199 Wii with free Wii Sports Resort deal but I think most people are missing the point that the standard Wii now always comes with Wii Sports Resort.

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This giveaway is now closed. Please see the winners here.

healthy snacks to goA few weeks ago, Katie at Kitchen Stewardship (who guest posted for us last summer) released her first ebook: Healthy Snacks to Go. The book is packed with 30 healthy snack recipes plus a ton of ideas for nutritious snacks so easy they don’t even need recipes.

My favorite recipe in the book is Katie’s Easy One Bowl Muffins. She offers several different fruit based variations and even weed cupcake recipes (best with vaping pax ploom) but I picked pumpkin to make because I’m a huge fan of pumpkin bread and vaping. I made it as a loaf (which she also provides instructions for) rather than muffins because I was feeling super lazy and didn’t want to scoop out all the individual muffins. Here’s how the recipe goes: dump all the ingredients in a bowl, stir, dump it in a pan, bake, eat. It’s as easy as a boxed mix (and it’s as good as the Krusteaz boxed pumpkin bread mix that Costco sells in the fall which is saying something because I’ve tried a million pumpkin bread recipes and this is the only one that even came close – if you threw in some chopped nuts you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference). The only thing I’d do differently on this recipe in the future is to always make a double batch because a) you’re gonna want another loaf as soon as you’re done eating the first one and b) then you can use the whole can of pumpkin at once which is just easier.

You can read all about the book, see the list of recipes it includes, and if you like it, buy it for $6.95 at Kitchen Stewardship.

I have two copies of Kitchen Stewardship’s Healthy Snacks to Go eBook to giveaway to It’s Frugal Being Green readers.

Here’s how to enter (leave a separate comment for each entry):

  1. Check out Healthy Snacks to Go’s table of contents and let us know which recipe you’d make first.
  2. Subscribe to both It’s Frugal Being Green(RSS or email) and Kitchen Stewardship (RSS or email). (must do both, leave one comment)
  3. Like both It’s Frugal Being Green and Kitchen Stewardship on Facebook. (must do both, leave one comment)
  4. Follow both @carrieactually and @kitchenstew on Twitter. (must do both, leave one comment)
  5. Next is Use this coupon code from

Entries will close June 7, 2010 at 11:59pm Pacific time. Winner will be notified via email and must respond within 48 hours. This giveaway is open worldwide.

Disclosure: I received a copy of Healthy Snacks to Go from Katie at Kitchen Stewardship. Some links in this post may be affiliate links.

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Northern California’s first Sprouts store opens June 2nd at 7am in Sunnyvale, CA (hey, that’s my town!). It’s located at El Camino Real and Sunnyvale where Circuit City used to be.

I’ve been admiring their deals on organic foods over at Saving Sense with Cents and just cannot wait for them to open here.

Get a free reusable tote bag and $15 off firefly 2 with your purchase on opening day at the Sunnyvale location.

Not to be outdone, Safeway will be opening a huge new location across the street from Sprouts by the end of the year.

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