Taco Meat

(Let me start by saying I was going to take a picture of my salad…guess I was hungry!)

I’m trying something new.  I browned about 1.5 lbs of taco meat.  I think the husband and I will have taco salads for lunch one day this coming week.  And then a family taco night.  I’m hoping by preparing some meat ahead of time, I can save some time in the kitchen for the next week or so.  Any meat left over after that can be used in taco soup.

Do you have any time saving tricks in the kitchen?


Saving time (and money) on shopping for clothes…

Continuing this week’s shopping theme, how do I find time to shop for clothes?  I’m not much of a clothes shopper, nor is my daughter.  So, many of our clothes are purchased online.

If we are looking for pants, especially for my daughter, it’s likely we are going to the store to try on or I’m ordering with free return shipping online.  I have a couple of brands of pants I like and know what size I wear in them, so I can order online.

However, if it’s shirts or a brand of pants that I know what size fits, we love these online options:

thredUp is an online consignment store that offers great quality used (and sometimes new) clothing.  I’ve been pleased with my purchases here.  If you haven’t ordered from thredUp before you can follow my referral link for $10 off your first purchase.

Swap.com is another online consignment store that offers clothing, toys and a few household items.  Again, I’ve been pleased with my purchases here.

Amazon is another place I like to shop for clothing and especially shoes as many items have free return if they do not fit.  This is a huge timesaver for me.

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Time Saving Tip: Cleaning the Microwave


I don’t know if you are like me, but as a busy homeschooling, yet working mom, I am always looking for tips on saving time.  I read something similar to this a while back and decided to give it a try.

Get a microwave safe bowl and add three drops of a citrus essential oil.  I used Doterra Lemon as I know it’s safe for ingestion.  (Using the oil, do not use a plastic bowl.)  I put this in the microwave and turned it on for 3 minutes.  Take a damp rag after the three minutes and wipe out your microwave.  It seriously took me all of two minutes to wipe out the microwave thanks to the steam building up.

(I should add, use essential oils at your own risk.  My family uses oils on a regular basis, but please be cautious with brands and what you use/ put into your body.)

Do you have a time saving tip to share?