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EASY home-made (gluten free) potato wedges

EASY home-made (gluten free) potato wedges

When I lived in Australia (which was quiet a few years ago now, so maybe things have changed…) the most popular bar snack you could order was potato wedges with sour cream and sweet chili sauce.

Oh. my. goodness. Is it weird that one of the things I miss the very most about Australia (and this is a place I love with my whole heart) is a bowl of potatoes?

I hesitate to buy pre-made potato wedges ‘cus not only are you paying a premium for one of the cheapest foods out there, but lots of the stuff their coated in has gluten (and all manner of other stuff) in it. (But seriously, the price of pre-made wedges vs. the price of a potato! Crazy stuff.)

Anyhow, a few years ago I was watching my sister make dinner and she solved ALL my potato wedge dilemmas. And she made it look so easy I couldn’t believe I hadn’t done it myself before. Plus my husband LOVES these, and doesn’t mind if we eat them multiple times per week.

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I stopped being messy, and it changed my life

I stopped being messy, and it changed my life

Claiming that anything is “life changing” is pretty cliche, I know. It’s the sort of statement we throw around, but it doesn’t really mean anything…

So I should really call this post something else, but I’m struggling to come up with anything less cliche that could actually convey just HOW MUCH this simple change in my habits has improved my life at home.

I’ve stopped being messy. I do this thing where I put stuff away now.

It’s not like this is something I stumbled upon that no one has ever thought of before, in fact, it’s something that naturally tidy people come by… naturally. But I am not naturally tidy.

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How we flew to London for $778.00 (return) over Christmas

How we flew to London for $778.00 (return) over Christmas

This one’ll be short and sweet – especially sweet if you’re hunting for a cheap flight for your next holiday. I’m always raving about how ITA matrix and Skyscanner can get you to where you’re going cheaper than ever before… and I just want to give you guys a quick example – it occurred to me I’ve never told you about how we flew to London last year over Christmas for $778.00 return.

AT CHRISTMAS. My husband is originally from England, and we (try to) go every other Christmas to stay with his family and catch up with everyone. We have paid as much as $1100.00 per person before, and as little as $900.00, but we have never, ever, gone over the holidays for less than $800.00 per person. (Sometimes in the off season you can get flights for $700.00.)

But ITA matrix and Skyscanner have changed all that for us. It wasn’t even hard. First I searched on ITA Matrix for flights from all airports in our area to all airports within 500 miles of London, and I made the departure and return windows as wide as I could. (For example, leaving anywhere between Dec 1 and Dec 5, Returning anywhere between Dec 28 and Jan 2).
And ITA Matrix came back with flights to Copenhagen from Edmonton for $660.00 return.

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Natural Supplements for Anxiety – The Ultimate Guide to living (well) with anxiety, Part 5

Natural Supplements for Anxiety – The Ultimate Guide to living (well) with anxiety, Part 5

Perhaps some people would call me a fence sitter, when it comes to the whole natural health vs modern medicine debate. Wait don’t leave! If you are firmly in one camp or another, I’d say we can probably find common ground.

That’s the nice thing about fence sitting. I lean toward the natural, but I understand the place for medical intervention. If the only way you’re making it through the day is with your Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, Lexapro or maybe Ativan, then who am I to tell you it’s not the right way?! It wasn’t the right way for me but that doesn’t mean it’s not working for you. (I do have a prescription for Ativan… but I only take it when it’s absolutely necessary. 50 pills can last me a year and a half or so.)

That said, I don’t want to live a life dependent on chemicals if I can avoid them. I really like the fact that most natural supplements come without a scary side effects warning label. I have tried so. very. many. natural supplements for anxiety, and some of them have really worked for me. I can’t write this series without telling you about them, because I believe they have played a huge part in getting my anxiety under control. (Further disclaimer: I’ve shown them to my medical doctor, who is absolutely awesome, and he says maybe they are working by placebo effect. But here’s the thing about that: working is working, regardless of why. Less anxiety (with no chemical side effects) = better life. And THAT’s what matters to me.)

But I don’t believe it’s just a placebo effect.

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Are there actually any paid online surveys worth your time?

Are there actually any paid online surveys worth your time?

Do you agree with the whole “time is money sentiment”? Is money always as valuable as time?

It astounds me how many blog posts and recommendations there are out there for online survey companies that claim great rewards. I have even seen claims of people making up to $500.00 / year with these companies (which I have tried in the past and which have amounted to a big fat nothing in exchange for my time).

I have wasted my time, my precious time, taking surveys that never amounted to anything at all. Actually half the time I would do the “short” qualification survey and then find I wasn’t even eligible for the “real” one because I don’t belong to the demographic that interests the researchers.

Are paid online surveys worth my time? Short answer? Not usually.

There are countless times that I desperately wish for a free hour in my day, only to realize that I am the cause of my lack of free hours.

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Hi! I’m Carly – a woman in pursuit of a life lived from more than just habit. I’m sharing practical tips and thoughts on managing money, living a healthier lifestyle, and enjoying the life God has blessed me with. Thanks for stopping by!

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