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Homemade Fruit Smoothies

Smoothie We have been on a smoothie kick over here for the last month. While I love the taste of Smoothie King and Planet Smoothie, I don’t like paying the inflated price. Which is why I have been making our own homemade fruit smoothies.

At first I was using a 1950’s Oster blender that had seen better days. It was taking about 20 minutes to whip up a batch of smoothies, but my thoughtful mother-in-law purchased a NINJA blender for us (anniversary present) and now it takes less than five minutes!

I make a batch of smoothies once a day for everyone in the family, and we all love it. Moo moo literally does not stop sucking on her straw until she has ingested every last drop. I don’t know if she gets a brain freeze or if she doesn’t have the sense to care. LOL!

Smoothies are extremely versatile and healthy, so you can totally make this work for you. Here’s what I have been using.

A big handful of fresh spinach

Spinach

About a tablespoon of flax seed

Flax Seed

One frozen banana

Banana

Several frozen strawberries

Strawberries

Several frozen blueberries

Blueberries

Enough milk to run the blender smoothly

Milk

Enough honey to bring out the sweetness in the fruit

Honey

Blend that baby up and you will have enough homemade fruit smoothies for four people. It tastes so good and you won’t even notice the spinach or flax. But you are definitely getting the healthy bonus! I’m interested in using carrots too, any suggestions on that? Also, could I substitute the milk for water? Experiment with me and let me know how it goes! 🙂

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Easy Fruit Salad

Airport Reunion DEC 2012

Here I am with two great girls, and dear friends of mine, Tracy and Val. Back when we all lived within five minutes of each other, we had weekly play dates. We would get the kids together and have so much fun, that before we knew it, it was lunch time! Which is why we implemented the weekly POTLUCK play date.

One hot summer day, (I have no recollection of what I contributed) Val offered to bring a fruit salad and it CHANGED MY LIFE! This is by far the best fruit salad recipe I have ever had, and you are gonna love it too. (Oh and it is one of my favorite things- EASY!)

I think one reason I was so pleasantly surprised was because I was expecting a fruit cocktail.  You know, the kind you buy in a can for a buck that has those gross cherries in it? Ok that does not even compare to what I am about to share with you. And it’s just in time for your summer cookouts, parties, camping, potlucks, and everything in between. The ingredients are as follows:

easy fruit salad

Chopped fruit (berries, apples, pears, and bananas work best)
Honey
Ground cinnamon
Slivered almonds

 

 

 

Just mix everything in your bowl and add as much or little of each item as you like. It is a hit every time. Your friends will be asking for your easy fruit salad recipe.

easy fruit salad

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DIY Face Scrub

I have found another great use for coconut oil, and it’s too good not to share. It’s a DIY face scrub, and it is better than any other scrub I have ever used.

I have to give all the credit to my friend Tracy. She is the one that suggested this little recipe. It is easy as well as rewarding., which is why I had to share it with y’all!

First, gather your supplies.

DIY Face Scrub

        Get a spoonful of coconut oil…

Spoonful of coconut oil

And a spoonful of corn meal…

Spoonful of corn meal

Then mix them together until well blended.

Mix well

Now pull back your hair and enjoy the gritty scrub as you exfoliate your face.  (I did my lips too!)

Rub it on!

After you are covered, rinse well with warm water and enjoy the afterglow and smoothness that the coconut oil leaves behind. If there is any scrub left in your dish, put it in your shower and use it on your arms and legs the next time you bathe. It feels great!

Do you have any other DIY face scrub recipes? Or more uses for coconut oil? Please leave a comment below and share!

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How to Get Rid of Cable

AntennaThe average cable bill that I’ve heard advertised is anywhere from $50/mo to well over $100/mo depending on the service options. Well with that being said, here’s the Live Frei plan for how to get rid of cable. It has evolved over the years but has saved us well over $3000 since we’ve been married.

First thing, get rid of the cable company. Janna and I both grew up without cable and although some think we are weird, we are better for it.

Now here is where some of the legwork comes in.

Buy an antenna

You can receive all the local major network channels like Fox, CBS, NBC, and ABC.  Plus, most of the channels you get will be in HD. I would not recommend buying an antenna from your local dept store. You’ll want to buy a real antenna; especially if you don’t live smack dab in the middle of a major city.

You’re likely to spend at least $60 or more on a quality antenna, but it will work very well, and you will not be disappointed. We bought one and put it in our attic, which is great since it is be hidden from view.

Attic antenna

Here are some tips when buying and installing your antenna…

  • Go to antennapoint.com and type in your zip code to find out how many stations are broadcasting near you. Also, note the distance of the furthest broadcasting station. (This will help in knowing what type of antenna to buy.)
  • We bought the Antennas Direct DB2 on Amazon; it’s good up to 30 miles. If you’re further away try the Antennas Direct Clearstream4; it’s good up to 65 miles. Both of these antennas can be used for indoor, outdoor and attic use.  (Note: Some of the links on this page are affiliate links and at no additional cost to you, we will earn a small commission if you decide to make a purchase. Please understand that we do not make these recommendations unless we feel they have been helpful to us first. Thank You.)
  • If your house has been wired with cable in the past it may be worth trying to find the input to your home and plugging your antenna in there. This can save you a lot of headache.
  • If you are splitting your signal to several rooms make sure and buy an amplifier. (This prevents distortion of the signal) We bought this Winegard Signal Amplifier on Amazon. Note: The second picture on Amazon for this product illustrates how this is installed better than the instructions that come with the amplifier.
  • If installing outside you can purchase an antenna mount, they are relatively inexpensive and look nice.
  • When positioning your antenna you can take the guesswork out of which direction to point it by going back to antennapoint.com and looking up the heading of most of the stations. If you don’t have a compass to do this, don’t worry there’s an app for that! : )
  • This is a little more complicated than just plugging in the bunny ears so you need to be somewhat handy when attempting this. Feel free to contact me with any questions and I will try my best to walk you through it. My e-mail is     j e s s e @ L i v e F r e i dot c o m.

Buy a Roku

Some of you may be asking why we didn’t go with the Apple TV. Here’s why… Amazon. Apple TV does not have access to Amazon and this is important because we are Prime members with Amazon, which if you didn’t know, gives you access to streaming movies kind of like Netflix. But more importantly gives me access to shows that neither Hulu or Netflix have. Amazon has a multitude of shows that you can pay-per-episode for. I pay for The Walking Dead; I realize the current season will probably be on Netflix next year but at $1.89 an episode it’s too hard to resist. We have the Roku XS; it works great and gives us so much more access to content.

Subscribe to…

We have subscriptions to Netflix ($7.99/mo), Hulu ($7.99/mo) and Amazon Prime ($79/yr). So for an entire year you can get access to a boatload of media; more than anyone can actually handle, for a fraction of the cost of cable (22.56/mo). Plus, when you subscribe to Amazon Prime you will get free 2 day shipping on most orders. We love this; it saves us lots of trips to the store.

Enjoy

Janna and I love to watch certain shows together. It’s great to relax after the kids go to bed and watch all our favorite shows together, when we want to. Hopefully I got your mind thinking of how to get rid of cable, but if not then at least pay a little less for it. Check out my post on BillCutterz.com, they can help you save on your cable bill as well as any other bill you might have.

Did you grow up with cable? Can you live without it?

Jesse

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