Jolyn Swim offers a 10% Military Discount

Jolyn Swim offers a 10% Military Discount.

Chipotle bogo BUY-ONE/GET-ONE FREE for Students Chipotle bogo BUY-ONE/GET-ONE FREE for students on burrito, bowl, salad, order of tacos, or kid's meal this Saturday, 8/18.

Baskin-Robbins will have Scoops for $1.31 on the 31 of the Month.

For those of you who love ice cream here is a great deal. Every month with 31 day Baskin-Robbins will have scoops for $1.31 on the 31 of the month. So May 31 you can get your scoop for only $1.31. Great way to kick off Summer.


Baskin-Robbins Celebrate 31- $1.50 Scoops

AIP Plantains Chip at Kroger

Finding an AIP  crunchy treat that is 100% compliant can be hard. Today my AIP friends look what I found at Kroger!!! 100% compliant plantain chip for only $2.50 a bag. They are very good.

Chocolate Everything Free Bread/Brownie

This is a recipe that is always a hit even with my non-AIP friends. I made this recipe up so if you want all those fancy nutrition facts you often see on recipes you will not find those here.

Chocolate Everything Free Bread/Brownie

1/2 cup coconut flour and 1/2 cup tapioca starch,  
1 bananas mashed, 
1/2 cup coconut milk 
1/3 cup cocoa
1 ripe fresh avocado, halved, seeded, peeled and mashed 
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. baking powder
3/4 cup coconut sugar
1/4 a cup Life is Good chocolate chips mixed in and 1/4 a cup on top while baking
Sea salt lightly on the top of the loaf if you want or not

Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease or use parchment paper 8x4-inch loaf pan or Brownie Pan

In a small bowl combine coconut flour, tapioca starch, cocoa, salt, cinnamon, baking soda and baking powder; set aside.
In a large bowl beat avocado, banana and coconut sugar at medium speed until smooth. Fold in chocolate chips, and dry ingredients into avocado mixture until blended; remove to prepared pan. Top loaf with chocolate chips and about 1 teaspoon of sea salt

Bake 50 minutes; cool. Cut with sharp serrated knife for best results

I win no prizes for my food photo skills but my food is very yummy!

*All post on this blog were written by a dyslexia mind. Love me even when I miss something that clearly needs to be edited.

New Blog Focus AIP Diet

I started this blog about 10 years ago. At the time I was a stay at home mom of three very young kids. I was very good at saving money and had a passion to help other moms Save Money and Stay Home (SMASH) with their kids. I still have a passion for saving money but my focus the last few years has been rescuing my health.

Seventeen years ago, when I was expecting my second child I told my OB in passing how worn out I was. It was feeling extreme exhaustion. She ran some blood work and told me I had hypothyroidism. I was 30 years old. She smiled and said all I needed to do was take one pill a day for the rest of my life and I would be fine. I remember calling my sister crying at the thought of taking a pill for the rest of my life.

I got over the tears, took the pill, felt okay and went about life the mother of two small children. I am tall and had been very thin my whole life. After my second child was born I kept on some baby weight and thought that was just what happens after two kids.

A few years later I had baby number three. Again I kept on a bit of baby weight and assumed that was just what happens after three kids. Then after baby three all these other issues started showing up and I assumed it was just aging until the issues got so bad I know they were not normal. I kept going to my doctor and was being told all was fine. All was not fine and I knew it. I started talking to friends with hypothyroidism and learned so much no doctor ever told me. I learned what test to ask for and I learned to change my lifestyle.

My new mission with this blog is to share money saving tips but also to share autoimmune diseases healing tips.

The first place to start healing from an autoimmune diseases is to understand what your autoimmune diseases is doing to your body and how to stop the damage. For me the key to stopping the damage has been the The Autoimmune Protocol Diet (AIP).

The AIP diet is based on a belief that autoimmune conditions are caused by something called a "leaky gut", which is medically now referred to as altered intestinal permeability.
The theory is that small holes in the gut cause food to leak into the body. This is thought to cause the immune system to overreact and start attacking bodily tissues in error.
By eating nutrient-rich foods and avoiding inflammatory ones, the AIP diet aims to heal any holes in the gut. This is thought to help:
  • reset the immune system
  • prevent the autoimmune response
  • reduce symptoms of autoimmune diseases
  • prevent the occurrence of secondary autoimmune diseases
People who do the AIP diet should follow it strictly for a few weeks and then slowly reintroduce foods that they have avoided.
The idea is to see if there is a reaction when the food is reintroduced. If there is a reaction, the suggestion is that a person should exclude this food from their diet long-term.

Foods to eat on the AIP diet

These include:
  • meat and fish, preferably not factory raised
  • vegetables (but not nightshades, such as tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, and potatoes)
  • sweet potatoes
  • fruit (in small quantities)
  • coconut milk
  • avocado, olive, and coconut oil
  • dairy-free fermented foods, such as kombucha, kefir made with coconut milk, sauerkraut, and kimchi
  • honey or maple syrup (but only to be used occasionally, in small quantities)
  • fresh non-seed herbs, such as basil, mint, and oregano
  • green tea and non-seed herbal teas
  • bone broth
  • vinegars, such as apple cider and balsamic

Foods to avoid on the AIP diet

These include:
  • all grains, such as oats, rice, and wheat
  • all dairy
  • eggs
  • legumes, such as beans and peanuts
  • nightshade vegetables (tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, and potatoes)
  • all sugars, including sugar replacements (except for occasional use of honey)
  • butter and ghee
  • all oils (except for avocado, coconut, and olive)
  • food additives
  • alcohol
So keep an eye on my blog and welcome new friends to my blog who want learn more about health and healing.

These are my embarrassing before and after AIP photos

*All post on this blog were written by a dyslexia mind. Love me even when I miss something that clearly needs to be edited.

Lexington Public Library Read off your Fines May 15-31, 2018

  • All fines and fees are eligible for forgiveness, including those on overdue, lost, or damaged items.
  • Each 60 minutes of reading forgives $8.00 in fines.
  • Reading must be done in the Library.
  • An adult, parent, or volunteer may read to a pre-reading child.
  • Find a Library staff member to register.
  • All ages

Southland Pool FREE Admission May 26 | Noon – 4 p.m.

Start Summer off with a FREE trip to the pool. Poolapalooza  is Saturday, May 26. Admission: FREE from Noon - 4 p.m. at The Southland Aquatic Center

May 10 from 6 to 9 PM Low-Cost Rabies Shots in Lexington, KY

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)- There is a new location for Lexington pet owners can get a low-cost rabies shot this year.
This year, the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department’s annual Rabies Vaccination Clinic will be held at Castlewood Park, 201 Castlewood Drive on Thursday, May 10 from 6 to 9 PM.
Vaccinations will cost only $3 compared to the usual $20.
Cats must be in carriers and all dogs must be on leashes.
The date of the clinic is subject to change depending on the depending on the weather.
The health department will post updated information on its website at and on its Twitter account at
State law requires all dogs, cats, and ferrets have updated rabies vaccinations.
The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department’s Rabies Control Program had reports of 740 animal bites last year; each of those animals received an updated vaccine.
Rabies is a viral disease that can affect humans, pets, and wild animals and is transmitted through the saliva of a rabid animal usually through a bite.
By getting pets vaccinated, it helps to protect your pet as well as yourself and other people safe.
In addition to the discounted rabies vaccine, the cline will also allow owners to purchase animals licenses for $8 if the animal has been spayed or neutered compared to the regular $40 cost.
The clinic is also sponsored by the Lexington-Fayette Animal Care and Control, the Lexington Humane Society, the Lexington-Fayette County Division of Parks and Recreation Department, Gainesway Small Animal Clinic and MedVet Medical and Cancer Center for Pets.
For more information on the annual Rabies Clinic, call the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department’s Division of Environmental Health at (859) 231-9791.

Make Extra Money as a Voting Poll Worker

I have a fun way you can make extra money. They still need election workers in Lexington/Fayette Co., KY. It pays $250. You work all day but it is fun. Call 859-255-8683 and ask to talk to Vicky or Paula. The Primary is May 22, 2018.

When else can you get paid for talking to your neighbors? If your polling place already has workers you can still work as a floating poll worker.

Saturday, May 5th, 2018 is FREE Comic Book Day

Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) 2018 features an amazing selection of comic book titles for the industry's most anticipated annual event which happens Saturday, May 5th, 2018 at participating comic book shops worldwide.

Retailers on the Selection Committee chose fifty titles overall to be available on Free Comic Book Day: twelve Gold Sponsor comics and thirty-eight Silver Sponsor comics that give fans a great opportunity to discover new titles and genres. This year's announcement of Silver Sponsor comics includes such great titles as Adventure Time, Berlin, Infinity Watch/Spider-Man, Nintendo’s Arms, Star Wars Adventures, and more.

"It’s a great time to be a comics fan, and an even greater time to experience the medium of comic books for the first time during our 17th annual Free Comic Book Day," said Joe Field, originator of FCBD, and owner of Flying Colors Comics in Concord, CA. "The amazing line-up of titles, the great events staged by thousands of independent comic book retailers, and the enthusiasm of comic shop fans all over the world will make May 5, 2018 a great day to celebrate comic books!"

A complete listing of all fifty FCBD titles, including the twelve Gold Sponsor and thirty-eight Silver Sponsor comic books, can be found in the January issue of Diamond Comic Distributors' PREVIEWS catalog, on sale at comic book shops on December 27th, 2017. 

 Free Comic Book Day 2018 Gold Sponsor Comics 

FREE Paper Shred Day in Lexington, KY May 19, 2018

Lexington will host a Paper Shred on Saturday, May 19, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1631 Old Frankfort Pike. Fayette County residents may bring up to five boxes or bags of material to be shredded at no cost. No wet material will be accepted.
This event allows Lexington residents to safely dispose of their sensitive materials in an environmentally-friendly way. Shred-it, a division of Stericycle, securely destroys documents on-site with their fleet of mobile shredding trucks. The material collected is recycled into low-grade paper products.
“Lexington partners with Shred-it to provide residents with an opportunity to keep financial and other information secure,” said Tracey Thurman, Director of the Division of Waste Management. “Over the years, we have helped save hundreds of trees with the amount of materials shredded and recycled.”
The Better Business Bureau of Central Kentucky and Keep Lexington Beautiful Commission are also Paper Shred partners.
Participants are invited to bring non-perishable food for donation to God’s Pantry. Please do not bring items in glass packaging.
Please note:
No plastic binders or binder clips.
Staples, paper envelopes and paper clips are acceptable.
Entrance to the event will be accessible via Jimmie Campbell Drive.
Please do not arrive before 9 a.m. as event organizers will be unable to accommodate anyone before that time.
Cardboard boxes will be collected at the event and sent to the Lexington Recycling Center.

FREE Keeneland Military Day At The Races April 22, 2018

Keeneland Military Day At The Races Presented By Marathon
April 22, 2018
Military Day at the Races Presented by Marathon recognizes the men and women who serve our country.
All active-duty, reserve, veterans and military families receive free general admission and reserved grandstand seating with a military I.D., DD214, veteran I.D. or other form of Military I.D. at any pass gate. The Military Family Zone in the North Terrace will offer free food, live music and more from noon to 4 p.m.
In honor of Month of the Military Child, Keeneland will have activities for children throughout the day.

Great Shopping Trip. $120 worth of Clothing for only $1.30

I love a good deal. I got six new item of clothing for my 16 year old and 11 year old with a retail value of $120 for only $1.30. How did I do it?

1. I Bought discounted gift cards to Old Navy with rewards points.
2. I shopped the sales and clearance racks
3. I shopped on a Monday to receive a 10% Military Discount.

Blaze Pizza for only $3.14 on 3-14-18 Pie Day

Great deal on pizza 3-14-18. You can build your own pizza at Blaze Pizza for only $3.14 on 3-14-18. The best treat for gluten free eaters like me, there is no extra charge for gluten free crust that day.