Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Five Ways We Create Financial Peace of Mind in Our House

IMG_9103 (1280x1280)

This post is brought to you by Haven Life.

My husband, Mal, and I aren’t financial experts by any means, but we’re pretty good with our money. Mal is a successful teacher, and I’ve been fortunate enough to form an amazing career by having Carrots ‘N’ Cake. We definitely consider ourselves lucky.

But, a big part of why we live a good life is because we make decisions to ensure peace of mind in our household. Part of that is making sure we are on the right financial path.

For my regular readers, you know I don’t normally talk about money or similar “intimidating” topics often, but the Haven Life team has a tendency to try and bring me out of my shell with more personal topics. Here’s the thing though – I don’t think talking about money or celebrating your monetary successes or good choices should be such a taboo topic. In fact, I think it’s one that can enrich our lives and help us all do better!

I think many of my readers have embarked on the same life stages as I have. They’ve gotten married, had a child (or many!), and bought homes or taken on large home renovations. So I want you all to know about some of the decisions we’ve made to create financial peace of mind in our house. And I welcome you to share the ones you’ve made (below in the comment section) to help enrich us all.

Mal and I work together as a team to manage our money. We have similar views on our finances, so we’re both involved in the decision-making process and sharing this responsibility definitely makes us stronger as a couple. Read the full post here.

from Carrots 'N' Cake http://ift.tt/2akl3qI

via http://ift.tt/1WrJOXs http://ift.tt/2aA8bxt


Smoothie via http://ift.tt/1WrJOXs http://ift.tt/2aA7Cnw

Basic breakfast smoo

Basic breakfast smoothie- so easy, this is what I've been looking for! via http://ift.tt/1WrJOXs http://ift.tt/2aA7KU1

Four great, healthy,

Four great, healthy, smoothie recipes. An easier way to get a super serving of fruits and veggies. Tip: prep all of the ingredients ahead of time and store in individual Ziploc® bags in the freezer. Then, grab one and blend for a quick breakfast, lunch, or snack. via http://ift.tt/1WrJOXs http://ift.tt/2aA7vbk

Make Your Fruit-Infu

Make Your Fruit-Infused water Get in your daily water quota with this Fruit-Infused Water – 6 ways! From berries, to citrus, to cucumber and herbs, we’ve got you covered for refreshing drink recipes all summer long! naturallyhealthyp... via http://ift.tt/1WrJOXs http://ift.tt/2aMjJkv

Avocado Peach Power

Avocado Peach Power Smoothie #health #recipe via http://ift.tt/1WrJOXs http://ift.tt/2awiDZr

As the weather gets

As the weather gets warmer I always feel more inclined to eat fresh fruit, salads and smoothies! My recent purchase of the Breville Blend-Active is making this even easier than before, and I’m excited to make “Smoothie of the Week” a potentially regular post… The Blend-Active is an individual sized… View Post #health via http://ift.tt/1WrJOXs http://ift.tt/2awiFQP

Detox Water- make yo

Detox Water- make your own cleansing detox drinks. via http://ift.tt/1WrJOXs http://ift.tt/2awiCol

Sunrise Detox Smooth

Sunrise Detox Smoothie | A nutrition packed smoothie filled with Vitamin C and yummy tropical flavors! | AmyintheKitchen.com via http://ift.tt/1WrJOXs http://ift.tt/2ajYNgm

Reboot Infographic.

Reboot Infographic. Watch Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead, then you'll understand Reboot #kombuchaguru #smoothies Also check out: kombuchaguru.com via http://ift.tt/1WrJOXs http://ift.tt/2b0P5kI

Pineapple Cucumber m

Pineapple Cucumber mint juice recipe weight loss juice feast via http://ift.tt/1WrJOXs http://ift.tt/2agfcan

Simplify your mornin

Simplify your morning routine by keeping a freezer full of smoothie packs on hand so you can wake, shake and be on your way! via http://ift.tt/1WrJOXs http://ift.tt/2b0PuUa

Banana and Honey Oat

Banana and Honey Oat Breakfast Smoothie recipe for kids. This power-packed oatmeal smoothie delivers all the healthy energy of a bowl of oatmeal in a delicious smoothie form that means faster consumption and less clean up- perfect for kids! via http://ift.tt/1XEVhBX http://ift.tt/2asypH0

Let’s Relax

This post is sponsored by IKEA via Syndicate Ads


For years I’ve been trying to make my life run like a well-oiled machine. I strive to make the demanding ho-hums of life as automated as possible so that I can actually sit back and enjoy the ride. IKEA has created a new film called “Let’s Relax” to start a conversation about the expectations that make our lives unnecessarily demanding. This video is pretty cute!!!

I love this mission and wanted to share IKEA’s list of expectations as well as some of the ways I have been working to make life most meaningful.

Expectation #1:
You should spend a lot of quality time with family and friends

The reality:
This is hard to do. While 73% of people say they cook to make themselves feel at home, 42% say they lack time to cook everyday day. 34% of those living alone wish they could eat with others more often.

Kath:: Now that I am down to one adult in my household, it IS harder to make cooking a priority. I don’t mean literally – cooking for one is not hard. But

Now that I am down to one adult in my household, it IS harder to make cooking a priority. I don’t mean literally – cooking for one is not hard. But emotionally, it’s been hard to muster up the motivation to prepare a nice meal for myself (and the almost-4-year-old who might take one look at the meal and reject it). I’ve been in a bit of a cooking rut this year. To help reverse that, Sarah and I try to have dinner together once a week and combine our cooking efforts with play time for the kids and social time for us.

Mazen and I had dinner with the Struckmanns last week, by the pool. We had grilled veggies, a pork tenderloin I bought from the Organic Butcher, rice, and pesto on all of it.

Foodblog (3 of 3)

Foodblog (1 of 1)-11

Expectation #2: 
Social media should unite and inspire.

The reality:
It does, but it can also set impossible standards and make us feel inadequate. 
Social media has a firm place in our homes: 23% of people think reliable Wi-Fi is more important than space at home for socializing. 60% of people say they use social media to explore food ideas. 16% of the 18 to 29-year-olds eat & drink while online. 15% of these young people say they post pictures while eating. How does all this delicious inspiration affect how we think we should perform in the kitchen?


As a food and lifestyle blogger and a reader of other blogs, I am in a unique position! I completely appreciate all the great things about sharing food online (including all of you who come here and support me!), but at the same time, I also want to disconnect from time to time. Not sharing every.single.meal I eat has been a really nice shift from the olden days of blogging thrice daily. I also share the sentiments of those who get overwhelmed by the perfection on the internet (I’m looking at you, Pinterest!). Let me just tell you this: sometimes I eat lunch while standing up at the kitchen counter. Sometimes I crunch way too many Red, Hot, Blues before lunch is even ready. Sometimes Mazen has frozen pizza for dinner. Sometimes he watches his tablet while he eats. Just like so many online influencers, we are far from perfect (and in fact I have a post about this coming soon!)

Foodblog (1 of 1)

Expectation #3: 
People’s homes should be spacious and inviting.

The reality:
People feel their places are too small or not nice enough to welcome company. 
There’s pressure to keep up appearances. We feel most at ease when our kitchen is tidy and clean: 39% say their messy homes annoy them weekly. People think their kitchens and how they perform in them need to be perfect.


Spacious is nice, but it’s not the size of your home that matters. It’s the amount of air that can circulate around your stuff. Thus, I think decluttering is one of the keys to a peaceful mind. Messy homes are messy because there is more stuff than place to put it. Ask yourself (or your kids!) if you really, really need all that stuff. When we moved, I got rid of 30% of my things. I have no idea how everything used to fit. I now have fewer clothes, fewer oatmeal bowls (!), and less artwork on the walls. Now my things can breathe, and I have less to manage in my life. The less you have the less you need to clean and tidy.

Also: I have never been invited over to dinner and thought, “This space is so small I wish I hadn’t come.” I always appreciate an invitation, and I’m sure most people would agree.

Foodblog (1 of 1)-2

Expectation #4:
We should make better, more sustainable choices when it comes to food.

The reality:
This is difficult and we always feel guilty and that we should be doing better. 
There is a growing consciousness about our impact on the planet and how our behavior needs to change. On average, 15% of people feel guilty about owning too many things. 25% of urbanites feel guilty about how much food they throw away. 1 in 5 households regularly double up on food and drink items by accident.


The key to less waste, better food choices, and healthier meals is planning. I always say that the best offense for a healthy diet is a well-stocked fridge. That doesn’t mean it’s so full you can’t see what’s in it, but it means that the foods that are in there are ones that you will actually be inspired to cook with using a meal plan you’ve created. I am working on this myself because I want to cook more with Mazen. He always tries more food when he is involved in the cooking process. And as always, growing your own food is about as sustainable as it comes. My garden is overgrown and needs eating! I’m off to make a kale salad….

Thanks to IKEA for inspiring and sponsoring this post! 

from Kath Eats Real Food http://ift.tt/2aNscF3

Juicing Recipes For

Juicing Recipes For High Blood Pressure All In One Place! via http://ift.tt/1WrJOXs http://ift.tt/2aQ8C8g

Looking for healthy

Looking for healthy recipes, meal prep/cooking tips, nutritional tips, and health benefits of many foods and ingredients. Check out our nutrition section #eatclean #healthy via http://ift.tt/1WrJOXs http://ift.tt/2aQ8dmr

What Happens When You Detox From Sugar? See The Amazing Results!

I’m opening up the 7-Day Food Babe Sugar Detox Program this week for a limited time offer and I’d love to have you on board! The number #1 ingredient that wrecks havoc on your health is refined sugar and this is the program that … Continued

The post What Happens When You Detox From Sugar? See The Amazing Results! appeared first on Food Babe.

from Food Babe http://ift.tt/2b02klC

via http://ift.tt/1WrJOXs http://ift.tt/2aNribS

Thin Mint smoothie

Thin Mint smoothie via http://ift.tt/1WrJOXs http://ift.tt/2aNs8FB

Are you looking for

Are you looking for a way to reduce the carcinogenic substances in your, improve your body defense system (immune system) and regain loss energy? If yes, then you need to try this powerful Healthy Cancer Killer Green Juice Recipe... via http://ift.tt/1WrJOXs http://ift.tt/2awO0jr

grape juice jigglers

grape juice jigglers and more easy kids favorite recipes for #SundaySupper via http://ift.tt/1WrJOXs http://ift.tt/2awNOkw

Cucumber Lime Mint A

Cucumber Lime Mint Agua Fresca ~ Cool and refreshing agua fresca, made with cucumbers, lime, and mint. Perfect for hot days! ~ SimplyRecipes.com via http://ift.tt/1WrJOXs http://ift.tt/2aNsjAH

Your taste buds will

Your taste buds will be whisked away by the sweet, juicy pineapple combined with the refreshing twist of mint. Vegan & Gluten Free. via http://ift.tt/1WrJOXs http://ift.tt/2aNrGY8

Pineapple Cucumber m

Pineapple Cucumber mint juice recipe weight loss juice feast via http://ift.tt/1WrJOXs http://ift.tt/2aNroR1