Confessions of a Crazy Coupon Lady

I absolutely LOVE couponing. It’s like finding money in each of my five (yes five) Sunday papers each week. And when you have a child with food allergies like I do, sometimes it’s the only way to provide the nutrition your kid needs, without breaking the bank.


Just one days papers… The Delivery guy loves meūüėČ

So let’s play my favorite game…. Guess how much!! I have been torturing Hippie Hubby with this for years. I stack up all of my groceries and make him guess how little I spent on everything. You ready?


Today’s haul. How much do you think?!

So today I went to my favorite grocery shopping place… CVS! (What? Doesn’t everyone go grocery shopping at CVS?!) I got 6 boxes of cereal, 5 packages of Tide Pods, 5 Bottles of soda (don’t shame my uncrunchiness here) and a bottle of Palmolive dish detergent. Can you guess how much I spent?

Let me know what you think. Go to my facebook page and comment your number on the game post. I’ll announce the winner and my total on Friday. The person with the closest to my total will get $5 off my Etsy page! Good Luck:)

Super Muffins


These muffins pack a punch nutritionally. They’re loaded with Vitamin C, Fiber and have no added fats. They’re also gluten, sugar and dairy free. But here’s the kicker….


They’re delicious!!!

I stumbled across¬†this recipe, where else, on facebook and I had to make it my own. They were a breeze to whip up and the kiddos are wolfing them down. I know you’re going to love them:)


Super Muffins (Prep time: 10 minutes, Cook time: 25 Minutes)


1 1/2 cups mashed banana

1 cup shredded zucchini

1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

1 egg

1 tbsp vanilla

2 cups and 2 tbsp separated gf baking mix (contains baking soda and baking powder)

1 cup oats

2 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp nutmeg

1 cup blueberries


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease cupcake pan or use baking cups.
  2. Mix bananas, applesauce, zucchini, egg and vanilla in a bowl until combined.
  3. In a separate bowl combine the oats, spices and 2 cups baking mix.
  4. Fold the dry ingredients into the wet mixture just until combined. Do not over mix.
  5. Dust the blueberries with the reserved baking mix then fold into batter.
  6. Scoop batter into the cupcake pans and bake for 20-25 minutes until set in the middle. Makes 12 large or 18 medium muffins.


Blueberry Zucchini Cupcakes with Lemon Butter Cream


It’s been a long time since I’ve done a new post. So why not jump back in with a favorite; a new recipe!

Looking for a way to use up all of your summer produce? We have been getting a ton of zucchini from our garden and this is by far my favorite way to prepare it. I basically followed this recipe which popped into my facebook newsfeed but made a few changes. First I used Pamela’s Baking Mix to make it gluten free, just sub out the flour, baking soda and baking powder for 3 cups of the mix. Second I added a tbsp of cinnamon just for a little somthin’ somethin’. And lastly of course I made cupcakes instead of a layer cake:) Hope you enjoy!

Vegetable Chili

So the picture I took of this yumminess is not working out. So I’ll be making a video of me preparing this tonight to upload! YAY. It is so delish and whole 30/paleo friendly. I know you’re going to love it! If you’re not familiar with thrive foods please check out my site at


  • 6¬†tsp¬†Thrive¬†beef bouillon
  • 3¬†c¬†thrive fd roast beef dices
  • 1‚ĀĄ2¬†c¬†thrive fd onion
  • 1‚ĀĄ2¬†c¬†thrive fd celery
  • 1‚ĀĄ2¬†c¬†thrive fd¬†carrot
  • 1‚ĀĄ2¬†c¬†thrive fd¬†zucchini
  • 1‚ĀĄ4¬†c¬†thrive fd bell pepper
  • 1‚ĀĄ2¬†c¬†thrive tomato powder
  • 2¬†T¬†chili powder
  • 1¬†T¬†smoked sweet paprika
  • 1¬†t¬†granulated garlic


Combine 6 C water and Thrive Beef Bouillion. Bring to a boil. Add all other ingredients, stir thoroughly. Return to boil, cover and turn off heat. Allow to sit for 15 minutes. Serve with avocado on top.


For a spicier chili, add .5 tsp Chipotle pepper powder. Smoked Sweet Paprika is optional in this recipe, but it truly makes a huge difference– giving it a slow cooked, smoky flavor. If you like your chili without a tomato base, substitute 2 T. corn meal for the tomato powder.

Home Store Challenge Day 3 & 4

Two more days down! I’m having to get creative now with what I have. I haven’t had a meal yet I’ve been disappointed with, though. Maybe I can do this longer next time:)

Menu Day 3:

Breakfast – Oatmeal with Brown Sugar and Raisins

Lunch – Grilled Chicken and green salad

Dinner – Veggie Sausage Frittata, my adaptation of this recipe

Dessert – 5 minute Black Cherry Ice Cream ( I used cherries instead of the strawberries called out in this recipe)

Menu Day 4:

Breakfast РPeanut Butter Protein Shake 

Lunch – Thrive Chicken Salad, green salad and Corn Muffins

Dinner – 15 Minute Shepherd’s Pie


Half way done with the challenge! How are you doing?


Home Store Challenge Day 2

Happy Tuesday! I found some brown sugar in my basement pantry so coffee was almost normal today:)  How did you do? Here was my menu:


Oatmeal with Brown sugar and grapes


grilled chicken (left over from the weekend) and salad


pepperoni, cheese and rice crackers


One pot creamy skillet with Pasta, Sun Dried Tomatoes and Broccoli

Looking forward to tomorrow! What was on your menu?

One Week Home Store Challenge

Hi guys! This is my first post in a long time. Thanks for dealing with my hiatus:)

As I was perusing facebook yesterday I stumbled upon a post from a good friend and Thrive mentor. It said “Who will join me? No grocery shopping. Only make meals from what you have on hand at home. That includes lunches, coffee etc. if you eat or drink it must have come from home. Document and share what you do. Monday to Monday! Who is in?” I immediately thought “What a great idea!” I have so much food that I store in case of emergencies but if I don’t use it soon it is going to expire. AND I ate out 4 times last week. I need to get my budget and eating habits back on track.

SOOO, I told her I would join her! This was day one, and first thing this morning I realized how little I prepared for it. I’m out of sugar for my coffee and I NEED my coffee. Luckily the kids had a gallon of chocolate milk in the fridge. Mochas anyone? Otherwise the day was a success! Here’s how it went:

Peanut Butter Protein Shake
Scrambled Eggs for The LOs


Grilled Ham and American Cheese Sandwiches and a side salad

Thrive Taco Night and Margaritas (Happy Cinco de Mayo!)

I’ll be posting my menus and recipes all week. So who of you will join me?!


So the court hearings have ended and transitioning has started. The weeks Alex is away are tough on me but even more so on Henry. He’s not used to being an only child. You would think since he’s our first child that experienced attachment parenting from birth that he would enjoy this alone time with mommy. Turns out he’s just as attached to big brother.

Alex met with his new therapist that is going to help him with the transition. She was very attentive to him. I think I like this one. Now to find one for myself…

One day at a time

Stopping the spinning

I know I have been quiet lately. It may be because I was looking for the words to describe how I’m feeling. Or it may be because I don’t want to say it out loud. But until I do I can’t come to terms with it. My worst fear is coming true.

In June, A’s father petitioned for full custody. After a long litigation process it seems the court is siding with him and Thursday is our final hearing. After which “transitioning” will begin.


Comic relief aside, Heavenly Father I am trying to understand your plan but I’m having trouble seeing the good in it. This child saved me from a life of temptation, is he now meant to do that for his father? But when does he get to rest and enjoy unconditional love? Can anyone possibly love him more than I do? Will I still be his mother?

If mothers can go on after their child goes to heaven, surely I can survive mine moving to the next state. But how can I act like everything is normal when I feel like my world is ending.

Not so proud mommy moments


Sigh. Lately I’ve been feeling like I’m failing at the whole mom thing. My patience is gone, I’ve been yelling A LOT, I even hang out with some mainstream parents so I don’t feel as bad for it.¬†

But I do feel bad. When I’m trying to sleep, staring at the ceiling, I can’t help but feel the guilt creep up. I know better. It’s time I DO better.



I haven’t quite figured out HOW I’m going to do that. I have some good inspiration from fellow bloggers¬†Our Muddy Boots¬†and The Orange Rhino. I already took the first step – apologizing.¬†

Do you have any not so proud mommy moments? Any gentle advice?