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The 1800 Minute Challenge

I've been wanting to exercise, get back in shape and lose some weight for a few months now. I came across this challenge on one of the blogs I follow Rags to stitches and this sounded like a good way to motivate myself to do this. So, though I'm starting a day late, I'm going to try to do this challenge.

For the months of April and May, I'm going to try to exercise and be active for at least 30 mins a day - whether that exercise is going for a walk or on the treadmill or the elliptical machine or going to the park with my daughter. If I miss a day, I'll make that day up some other day.

If I make this challenge and complete my 1800 minutes, I'm giving myself permission to buy a gift for myself without any guilt - let's say for around $100.

I'll post how many minutes I hit every day (hopefully) or every few days.

The 1800 Minute Challenge (Join us) - lifestyle - Rags to Stitches



Some iPhone tips you didn't know about

I came across an article recently about some iPhone tips and it had some suggestions which I didn't know about even after years of using iPhone.

Here are those suggestions:Invert display colors for easy night viewing. o to Settings --> General --> Accessibility --> Invert Colors to change your nighttime display.Slide texts left to read timestamp. A few days ago, I found myself trying to find out when a message was sent in iMessages and was not able to figure it out. This is useful info for the future.Ask Siri what's happening on Twitter. For some reason, I've not used Siri much beyond basic stuff like setting a reminder or an alarm. I should start using it more.Putting the phone in airplane mode to charge faster. I don't know if this really works but something i need to try

Saving money on groceries

Recently, we had some family visiting for a few months and as a result, our grocery bills shot through the roof. It's back to being just us again and I'm trying to reduce our grocery expenses.

One of the reasons our grocery bill gets so high is we buy a lot of groceries at the local indian grocery store and it tends to be the biggest part of our grocery budget.

Use a discount grocer or warehouse club - options for me are Trader Joe's, Market Basket, Costco, ALDI's and Sam's ClubChoose your primary store and learn its layoutWatch the store flyer each weekMake a meal plan and grocery listStock up big on sale-priced non perishablesListen to uptempo music while you shopFigure out the price per unit when buying a specific non perishable itemShop your pantry - meal plan around the items in stock in your pantry So I'm going to start meal planning soon and use the rest of these tips to reduce our grocery costs every month. I will keep updating on how that's going.


Free Printable Baby Shower Planning Checklist

This would have been really helpful when I was planning my friend's baby shower and even when I was planning my own baby shower.

Check out this FREE printable Baby Shower planning checklist from Unoriginal Mom

Free Printable Baby Shower Planning Checklist - unOriginal Mom