Saturday, November 2, 2013

Go Vote!!!

Soap Box: Voting is very, very, very, very, very, very, very important!

These are the results of the primary election we had a few months back.

Registered Voters 13081 - Cards Cast 2529 19.33%
Cedar Mayor
Total
Number of Precincts25
Precincts Reporting25100.0 %
Times Counted2529/1308119.3 %
Total Votes2514

Holly Porter45818.22%
Maile Wilson93937.35%
John Black111744.43%

Shocking...  I can't believe so few people actually vote. You can read the full report HERE.



I remember the first time I ever voted, it was like Christmas, I was so excited.  I registered to vote on campus, the person from the politics center was very enthusiastic. She really made me excited to participate in my god given right as a US. citizen. I filled out the form and I  received my voter registration card a week before an election. I didn't know how  use it or even where to go. I remembered seeing the pollsters during an election when I was in high school so I decided to go to Cedar High School and maybe somebody there would point me in the right direction of where to go. The ladies working that night were very helpful and told me my precinct and the correct location .

When I got there I didn't know what to do, the voting machines were confusing and I  my vote before I even got to see the candidates. I seriously thought I ruined the machine. Go figure. I told the pollsters what I did and they let me fill out a provisional ballot. I didn't even know those existed before that day. I was given one of those, I Voted, stickers and was on my way. I was so excited to find out the results of the election. I felt so mature. The next day I went to class and my professor  was talking about the election results. He asked us to raise our hands to show how many of us actually voted and I was the only student that voted. I was so shocked I was the sole voter. This day I decided I am always going to vote and over the years I have found out the importance of it, especially in local elections.



If  you are registered to vote, don't forget the local election on November 5th. 
If you are not registered  to vote do so, it's super easy. Click HERE

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween


I am not much of a fan of Halloween especially when the holiday is not on the weekend. I am undecided about a costume and would rather do homework instead of dressing up. Man I feel old. I would feel bad if I didn't do anything for Halloween so here's a couple of fun date night ideas to do at home while you are passing out candy.

Get the Jack- o- lantern Pizza from Papa Murphy's the family size is only $9. This is by far the cutest pizza I have ever seen. The oven will heat your house and make you feel nice and cozy while you are watching a scary movie with your lover.




Doorbell Ditch goodies instead of going and begging for candy.



 I love to make and decorate sugar cookies. The recipe I like makes 50 cooks what ever am I going to do with 50 cookies? Give them away! I saw this cute idea to "Boo" my neighbors online, can't remember where so I created my own version.My hubby waited until it was dark, put the cookies on the neighbors door step, rang the doorbell and ran. It was so much fun. I felt like I was 12 again.  I found these cute plates, cookie cutters, and sprinkles at Wal-Mart. I bake my own cookies but I can't make frosting. This time I bought Pillsbury Orangesicle frosting. The orange flavor made the cookies so yummy. I think I ate about 10 of them.

Have a happy, safe Halloween and I hope you all find a little time to celebrate even when you don't want to, like me. Thanks for following my blog.... XoXo



Monday, October 7, 2013

Day 13 Get healthy.

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I was reading an article the other day and it talked about how being healthy saves money. Here are a few examples of how we can save money by being healthy. Read the article HERE.

Cost Savings in Doctor Visits

Reduced Medication Expenses

Premium Costs

I try to be as healthy as I can but sometimes it's super hard because I am so busy all the time. I wanted to start doing some kind of weight loss program but I don't have the funds. I was so excited when I found  SUPER TRACKER. This site is truly amazing. I have learned so much about the things I eat because of this site. It's a lot like Weight Watchers, but it's FREE!  YIPPEE! You type in what you eat that day and it tells you how you are doing based on what you eat. The site sends you positive email's and reminds you of your progress.  Hopefully by being healthy I will don't have to go to the Dr. as much and not get sick. Keep your fingers crossed. 

XOXO, Happy Savings my loves,

Monday, September 30, 2013

Day 12

I am finally going to finish my challenge. I know I didn't do it in 30 days but life has been busy for me since I took summer school and am taking a class this semester. Anyway, on to day 12, tips to save on Power. 

Every month I open the power bill there is a news letter and it always talks about ways toi save $$$$. I have always wondered if these tips really work. Since it's getting cold outside I am going to post what it says to do when to reduce heating costs. I got this information directly from their website, 
http://www.rockymountainpower.net/res/sem/het/heating.html.

Heating tips:
  • Pay attention to the thermostat – Keeping the temperature a few degrees cooler can lower your heating bill and you can still be comfortable. We recommend setting your thermostat to 68°F to save energy and money.
  • Use a programmable thermostat to set the temperature back automatically at night and while you're away from home during the day.
  • Seal and insulate your ducts – Seal heating ducts and insulate ducts that run through unheated spaces. You may be eligible to receive a cash incentive.
  • Replace filters – Check forced-air furnace filters regularly, and clean or replace them as often as once each month during the heating season. Shake reusable filters outside or spray them with a garden hose. Be sure they're dry before replacing them.
  • Use window coverings to help insulate – Drapes can add an extra layer of insulation to windows. Blinds also can insulate, but they aren't as effective. Keep your drapes closed at night and on sunny days, open the drapes and blinds to let in the sun's free heat, especially on the south side.
  • Keep vents clear – Don't block registers, baseboards, radiators or cold air returns. Air must circulate through and around them for maximum efficiency.



Lighting:

Reap considerable energy savings with efficient light bulbs

CFL
Use ENERGY STAR® qualified CFL or LED bulbs. They use 75 percent less energy and last far longer than incandescent bulbs. When shopping for new light bulbs, look at the lumens to determine the brightness of a bulb. Watts measure the amount of power used to produce light. ENERGY STAR rated bulbs produce more lumens (brightness) from fewer watts (power). The lighting facts label is a convenient way to compare bulbs on these attributes. 



TV and Entertainment

  • Turn off your TV and other devices when not in use. Many homes also have game consoles, DVR/cable boxes, stereos and DVD or Blu-ray players. Most of these devices continue to draw power when they are switched off but still plugged in. In the average home, 75 percent of the electricity used to power home electronics is consumed while the products are turned off. Unplug the appliance or use the switch on a power strip to prevent DVD players, game consoles and TVs from drawing power when not in use.
  • Consider dimming the display on your TV to reduce brightness, contrast and backlight. Settings like "vivid" or "dynamic" typically use more energy.

I have blinds but I have been wanting curtains for a really long time. I guess now I have an excuse to buy them, haha. About the lighting, those bulbs are super expensive. Maybe I will buy them and see if I really do have any savings on my bill. Anyway, I hope you find these tips helpful. Let me know if you try any of them and have a lower bill. 

Thanks so much for reading my blog. I just want remind you all about the craft sale we are having for my brother. He was in a mountain bike accident. Click HERE to check it out. 

Saturday, September 28, 2013

An Update on NATE

Heard from Nate the other day and this is what he told me, " doing a lot better and I've been back at work actually workin on cars haha not helpin out in the office." This is awesome news. I hope things continue to go well for him and he has a full recovery.

Nate needs physical therapy and can't go until he has enough money to pay for the office visit. Revisit this 
POST if you are interested in any of the items from the craft sale.




PS. I started a new blog it's about my personal struggles if you want to read it click HERE.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Arts & Crafts Benefit Sale!

Season ender for me and the bike...

This handsome young stud is my brother Nate Spicer. A few weeks ago he broke his back in 3 places while mountain biking. He is extremely lucky to be alive. My family is very grateful his injuries were not worse. Since my mom is an amazing artist she is willing to donate her art work/crafts to sell to raise money for my brothers medical bills. All donations are greatly appreciated!

Items for Sale:














Crocheted headband, pink $10.00

Award winning Crochet rainbow hat $12.00




Purse $10.00



Olive oil dish towel $5.00
Rooster crochet dish towel $5.00
Original fall watercolor $20.00 not framed



Original flower vase $20.00 not framed
 I saved the best for last. Award winning, hand stitched, purse is being auctioned off with bids starting at $25. I know for a fact my mom put countless hours in to this purse the quality is superb, besides it's super cute. I wish it was mine. Lets see how many bids we can get out of it.





If you are interested in any of the items for sale email me at astaudte@gmail.com so we can make payment/delivery arrangements.The items will be posted on No More Ramen Noodle's facebook page as well, so remember to share/like my page for the latest updates on the sale. Please keep my brother in your prayers that he may heal and be free of pain. Thank you in advanced for all of your kindness.



Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Day's 9, 10, 11

Day 9 Plant a garden.
Gardening takes a lot of work, especially when you can't keep your dog out of the peas, but it's so worth it in the end. And the veggies, they taste wonderful. This year we planted pea's, kale, zucchini, peppers, and tomatoes. I love garden food. Can't wait to post pictures and recipes from my bounty.


Day 10, Get rid of your cell phone plan. 
I am crazy, I know. I am most likely the only person in their 20's that doesn't have a cell phone, but I simply just can't afford on right now. I am not really the type of person that has to be glued to their phone and I'm not much of a talker. It's really annoying at times when I can't just pick up my phone and be like, what kind of  cereal do you want me to buy? But... one day when I can afford a $100 phone bill I will have an Iphone and instagram my little heart out. I heard straight talk is good and pretty inexpensive and I think that's the route I will take when I make a little more money. But seriously I have so much more money since I got rid of my phone, it's crazy!

Day 11, Cancel Unnecessary Memberships.
Don't pay for the gym if you don't go! I am going to do a whole series on how to save money on working out and eating healthy. So I am not going to say much except calculate how much your membership is and see if it's cheaper to buy out of it. I hate paying for gyms!


Monday, July 29, 2013

DAY 8 TIP 8 Save Dollars With Your Change

I am always really good at saving my change I cashed it in the other day and it had $56.00 in it. YAY for being able to buy gas for my car. Anyway, I read an article and it was like why not save dollars instead of change. I thought why not save both. I can't wait to see how much I have saved at the end of the month.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Day 7 Tip 7 Plan For Your Meals

I have one word for meal planning... YUCK! Grocery shopping sucks and so does cooking. Plus I never have anytime to do it. I go out to eat way more than I should. Hummm, this sounds like it would be great for next months challenge. To get back on track here. Since we all have to take care of ourselves I would rather save money then spend.

1. Plan meals ahead of time. Use Pinterest, cookbooks, and online to find recipes for the foods you like to eat. Make a big collection, really big, since we have to eat 5-6 times per day 30 days in a month.

2. Plan your meals around weekly sales and use coupons. 

3. Commit to yourself to making those meals. If you don't you will throw out a lot of food and  end up wasting money.

4. Have fun and treat yourself.  Make sure you always have dessert! If you like to go out for cookie dough ice cream like I do, buy yourself a huge tub of it and indulge.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Day 6 Tip 6 Date Night In

The Challenge: Create a gourmet dinner using store brand items. 

What I love about the idea of staying home for dinner is you can make everything just the way you want it. I am not by any means a chef, but I can bake, and I totally enjoy it. At my house my hubby does the cooking and I do the baking. I have gotten really good at setting the table, LOL. 

To get started determine the kind of dinner you want and create your environment.

 We wanted a relaxing ambiance and a healthy summer meal. 
To create this environment I put a 3 drops of lavender oil into my humidifier and put on music by AYKANNA . I went to their concert a few weeks ago and totally fell in love with their music. I decided to go with an elegant casual look and got out my punch bowl. I was so excited to have the opportunity to wash the dust off and put it to good use. 


 Our menu consisted of:
 Kroger Brand Pork Chops with

PRIVATE SELECTION PANKO BREAD CRUMB and

PRIVATE SELECTION RUB


PRIVATE SELECTION ARTISAN BREAD

Cheese bread to be exact
Broccoli
Carrot Cake for Desert

Since I am a Bzzagent I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to try most of the indigents free.

Kevin putting the seasoning on our bread

Bread before the oven

Pork Chops
Roll in panko bread crumbs


Look how pretty my table is. 

Look how pretty the table is
Mmmmm, lets eat!


The desert, simply delish. This plate matches my punch bowl


Dinner times are the perfect time to have discussions about what the call on The View, hot topics. Don't talk about anything that will upset the two of you because you want to have a fun night, not a fight night. Dinner time is a good time to plan your week or talk about your goals and aspirations. Since technically you are on a date you can have mushy kissey talk. This is why I am Pro Dinner time, it's a great bonding experience any couple.

My vote, using store brands makes no difference then using name brand items. In fact I think the rub I used tasted better. Since it has been raining so much lately I think you all should have a wonderful date night in and see how much you can save. I know I probably should not write this, but the best part about dining in, the bedroom is right down the hallway. haha. Enjoy your day and remember to tell all your friends and family to follow my blogey blogg.



Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Day 5, Tip 5, Try mint.com

I know I owe you 6 days worth of posts, they will be here I promise. Last week I was having some problems with blogger and everything kept being posted on the wrong day. I think I have finally fixed it, hopefully.

I like to think that I am do quite well at keeping my own budget, but it's so time consuming. While sitting in one of my accounting classes, we were learning about Quickbooks and my professor told us about Mint.com. The site is made by the same company as Quickbooks so they are similar in style, it just on a personal level.

 On the site you link your bank accounts and it keeps track of all your spending. The site is a lot like your online banking, but it lets you keep track of multiple bank accounts, if you have them. You make your budget and it categorizes all your spending. You can make saving goals and keeps you on the right track with your spending. You get email alerts if you overspend in one of your budget categories.

What I don't like about the site is they try to sell you into getting credit cards you don't need. So completely ignore that feature of the site. Also, I don't like how you can't add cash you spent on there. So you could totally cheat and still buy your guilty pleasure items and not have them tracked. You literally have to use your debit card for every transaction you make.

Anyway, go check it out and check back often for more saving tips.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Day 4 Tip 4 Happy 4th of July




Somedays we need to indulge a little and just have fun. Enjoy the fireworks, bbq's, and potato salad but spend within reason, and enjoy your day. Happy Independence Day.  You can like my page on Facebook, email, or follow the page with google +. I will be sad if you miss out on any of my fun tips.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Day 3, Tip3 Make Pancakes



I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE pancakes. They are on my list of top favorite foods. I am not really sure why I like them so much, maybe it's all of the butter and syrup I spread on top of them. I guess I kind of have an emotional attachment to them as well. When I was a kid any time I was not feeling well or having a bad day my grandpa would make me pancakes. There were numerous occasions I can think when his breakfasts would make me feel better. His pancakes would come out perfect everytime. I remember him telling me the key to making  a good pancake, is to not make them too big.

I found this Old Fashion Pancake recipe online and I totally love it. I can't believe how cheap it is to make them from scratch. I will never buy pancake mix again.

1 1/2 cup Flour
3 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon white sugar
1 1/4 c milk
1 egg
3 Tablespoon melted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla

Sift together flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Make a well in the center and pour in the milk, egg, and melted butter and vanilla. Mix until smooth.

Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake. Brown on both sides and serve hot.

These pancakes will make the perfect breakfast before you go enjoy the 4th of July Parade and festivities.
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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Day 2, Tip 2, Keep Cool



Want to know  a great way to stay cool and not break the bank?

What's the need to go out for frozen yogurt when you can have one of these?

I have found store brand ice cream bars, especially Kroger, are super tasty and usually cost less than the name brands. With NEW Yogurt Smoothie Bars from Kroger you no longer have to think twice about indulging in a tasty reward. Reach for Strawberry Banana or Triple Berry for a guilt-free frozen treat that’s sure to satisfy. If you're not feeling like a smoothie bar then be sure to taste something from the rest of the low fat and sugar free line that includes Ice Cream Sandwiches, Fudge Bars and Fruit Bars as well! Unless I have a coupon I totally skip the the other ice creams and go straight for the Kroger Brand. I am so happy that I am a Bzzagent and was given these delicious treats to try because now I am hooked.  This will forsure be my new guilt free summer treat. So see you in the frozen food isle. 


When you are done slurping down your treats be sure to like No More Ramen Noodles new facebook page and share it with all your friends. Be sure to Keep COOL and save lots and see you back here tomorrow.

XOXO

Day 1, Tip 1 Be Safe

With the 4th of July coming up in a few days and the summer heat make people, including myself, go crazy for some reason. The feeling I get during summer months is unexplainable. I just want to have a good time everyday. What most people think having a good time is can be very reckless and irresponsible. Although, not all accidents are caused by human negligence, like the wildfire in Arizona, most accidents happen because we forget to be safe. 


  • So this week during all the craziness remember to breath and stay focused. 
  • Plan ahead of time pack lots of water and food if you are going out and about.
  • Wear your seatbelt. 
  • Don't light fireworks in a bad area.
  • Be responsible when you drink, be sure to plan your night ahead of time and always keep extra cash to call a cab. Don't drink and drive! Cab fare is much cheaper than a DUI or the expense of taking somebody's life. If you don't have enough money to pay the cab fare, you don't have enough money to drink.
  • Take care of your pets. Make sure they have adequate shelter, food, and water. 
  • If you have a bad feeling about something, don't do it. 

I personally will be following the above list to have a safe, fun holiday. Unexpected injuries cost a lot of money! Being smart when you are going out to all of your fun activities and you will save a lot of money in the long run.

I want to give a few words to the firefighters that died this past week. My hubby and I personally knew one of them and he was a great guy. Remember to keep their families in your prayers, and chant akal for their souls, this will reach their soul's energy with the power of 108 suns and assist their souls to ascend. 

Now that I sound like all of your mothers I am ready to write some fun posts. Be sure to like No More Ramen Noodles on Facebook, yep there is finally an easier way to follow my posts. 


Monday, July 1, 2013

31 Ways in 31 Days to Save $$$

The month of July is going to be so much fun. I was told by one of my readers that I don't post enough so I decided I am going to get on it. Check back DAILY for all the fun summer savings you can have. 

Have fun and enjoy the heat.


Saturday, June 8, 2013

True Beauty

Lately I have been reading a whole bunch of beauty blogs. Ever since I turned 28 I don't feel as pretty as I used to be. I have developed some really annoying forehead wrinkles that have really bothered me and I have considered botox to cover them up. I think if I had the money I would have done it a few weeks ago, but I didn't, so I am stuck with my wrinkles. I decided I can either accept the way I look or be insecure and forever have bangs, which I don't want because of the hair trends lately.

I decided to go out on a mission to discover what true beauty means. What I found to be beautiful was far from what we see on a daily basis in the internet, on TV, or on covers of fashion magazines.

The first place I found beauty is when I took a drive up right hand canyon, to the "C" overlook. I have been there more than a hundred times over the course of my life and I would look out over the city and would think big deal, this is where I live. The other day, things were different, I decided to meditate there and I really took in all my surroundings. Wildflowers were blooming, and the day was so clear I could see all the way to Wheeler Peak, one of my favorite places go in Nevada. I had my husband snap some pic's and for once in my life, I looked at the picture of myself and thought I was beautiful, which usually doesn't happen.

I am proud that I found beauty in myself. We all age and  aging should be beautiful, not ugly, like the media makes it out to be. Self acceptance is great way save money. Every year women spend thousands of dollars on beauty products, which I am guilty of. By accepting ourselves for who we are we can save a lot of money by not buying  into all of the "anti-aging" gimmicks. This beautiful summer day I encourage each and every one of you to analyze your true beauty.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Summer's Here!

There's just something about summer that I love. This year I decided to try something a little different. I saw a picture of Beyonce when she was in Cuba with her braids and I totally loved them, so I decided to get some myself. I love that we have a hair school here for all my wild ideas. I think  my new look turned out looking like an egyptian goddess instead of Beyonce, but I love it.

An added bonus my headband is from the $$ store! Have a great summer and do something fun with your look. 


Monday, May 20, 2013

Does it REALLY Cost More to Eat Healthy? #2

Beet and Carrot Casserole
(Sounds like barf, right?)
I bunch beets ($1.84)
1 lb. carrots ($.78)
2 bunches scallions, chopped ($1.78 for one very large bunch)
3 cloves garlic, minced ($.33)
4 -6 Tbs. olive oil, ghee (clarified butter), butter or coconut oil (The olive oil purchased was expensive, but it was a huge jug, for $26.00, estimate of how much I used, $1.00)
 Black Pepper to taste (All ready had it, but for a quality kind it's about $5.00)
1 bag of cheese ($2.48)

Scrub beets and carrots. Steam beets whole. After about 15 minutes, add carrots. Cook until tender yet firm. Remove beet skins. Grate beets and carrots with a coarse grinder. Loosely mix together. Saute scallions and garlic. Toss this mixture together with the beets and carrots,  and black pepper and put in a casserole dish. Cover with grated cheese and bake at 350 degrees just until cheese is golden.


This recipe makes 8 servings.
Total cost to make recipe.......................................................$7.03
Cost Per Serving...................................................................$.88

The PRO'S
The casserole was surprisingly very delicious. I hate beets so I thought it was going to make me puke to eat it. It's also very healthy for your liver.  Where can you go out to eat for only $.88? I am feeling so much better eating healthy meals.  My husband loved it, he ate 2 platefulls. I have a lot of leftovers.

The CON'S
Everything I used to cook with was covered in fuschia pink from the beets, the recipe is very messy. I didn't like having to grate the carrots and beets when they were already cooked, it was very time consuming. It took me about 2 hours to come out with the final product.

Once again, my excuse it's too expensive to eat healthy has failed me. Slowly, I am adapting to the idea of eating more healthy foods. All the recipes I have posted come from the book Food for Health and Healing. Click the picture to purchase.





Friday, May 17, 2013

Does it REALLY Cost More to Eat Healthy?

I have so many excuses to not eat healthy. The top one, it's EXPENSIVE. So I decided I am going to post the cost of a few really healthy meals and compare them to the fast food I am usually consuming. Yes, I know it's bad I eat a lot of fast food but I'm a student and all my time is spent in the business building, not at home being a housewife. Anyway, on to the post.

Kitcheree


Ingredients



1/2 cup basmati rice, (I substituted brown rice, the entire package was $1.99)
1/2 cup mung beans (Super cheap, 2.15 per lb. I spent $1.51)
5 cups filtered water or more if you want it soupy (FREE)
1 stalks celery (1.29 for a huge bunch)
1 carrot (1.59 for bag of baby carrots, I like them better)
1/2 bunch kale, broccoli, chard or other greens(optional) (Kale was 2.78 for a gigantic bag, broccoli was .99 per lb)
Spice choices: 1/2 tsp. of each; cinnamon , cumin powder, cumin seeds, coriander , fennel seeds, turmeric, black or chili pepper or chili flakes, basil, oregano  ( I already had all the spices so I didn't count them but this is where it can get costly. Cheaper spices are cinnamon, cumin, oregano, pepper)
1 large onion (.33)
1 inch ginger grated (.86)
1 clove garlic chopped finely .33


Total for all the ingredients including tax..............................................$12.02

The recipe made 8 servings, Cost per serving...................................... $1.50

I think I probably ate 2 servings in 1 setting so my total cost is ..............$3.00



ARBYS 

I love Arbys mmmm.... curly fries. I order the same thing everytime I go there. Arby melt combo with curly fries and have a small shake for dessert. 


               Total for the meal (estimated).....................................................$6.00

Eating healthy was cheaper in this case, plus I have tomorrows lunch, and even possibly dinner. Moral of the story my top excuse was not right. I think I need to start cooking more. 

Until next time, happy savings loves!



 
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