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How I Lost 8 Pounds Without Dieting or Exercising

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Today, I have the easiest weight loss tip ever to share with you. I've never been overweight, but now that I'm in my 30s, the scale has been creeping up year after year and it has seemed impossible to drop even one pound and keep it off. Our Alaskan cruise a few years ago really did me in - I jumped from 118 pounds to 124 and never lost an ounce. (Remember my blog post, Eating Our Way Through Alaska? Yeah, I may have gotten carried away. I love meringue!)

There wasn't much in my lifestyle to improve. We don't buy soda. I shop from the produce section more than anywhere else in the store and we eat home-cooked meals almost daily. Fad diets worked as a temporary solution, but the weight would quickly come right back. Lately, my scale has been hitting 130. 130! I haven't gotten any taller since weighing 118 a few years ago. (Wouldn't that be nice?) My weight gain was unacceptable but I had no idea how to reverse it. I fell into the solution.

We ran out of cereal.

Abo…

Ooh La La! Hot Ham and Cheese Crepes

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I slaved over these homemade crepes all day.

Just kidding! My secret ingredient? Prepackaged crepes, which taste just as good, if not better, than homemade.

For something so simple, don't these look so fancy?
I have a fantastic recipe for you today. But first, behold the 50 calorie giant cookie...



Giant YUM!
And only 1 measly gram of fat. Can you believe it?
Best of all, with the help of your toaster oven, these mega-cookies crisp up in less than ONE minute! Prepackaged crepes, where have you been all my life?


Of course, you can also devour these Frieda's French Style Crepes (or other prepackaged crepes) as they are intended, with a fruit or mascarpone filling. It couldn't be easier to fancy up a crepe. 

Filling them with chocolate chips and mini marshmallows before their party on the stove or in the toaster oven gives you smores crepes. Blueberries and whipped cream (skip the toaster oven!) is also yummy.

But have you ever thought to make a savory crepe? Now my all-time favorite …

How to Get the Best Lighting - On a Budget! 6 Tips

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One of my favorite things about our new home is the unique assortment of lighting, including custom-made pieces and luxury designer fixtures, such as Arteriors. If you added everything up at retail price, we'd easily be looking at thousands of dollars just in lights. But, of course, we would never pay the retail price. (And you shouldn't either!)

Everyone who knows me knows I love a bargain. Here are my tips for scoring the best deals on light fixtures for your home.

Money-saving tip #1: Use Amazon Move, Wayfair, and Lowes coupons to save 10%, then save even more.
When you move into a new place, be sure to fill out a USPS change of address form online, not at the post office. As we have a new construction home, we were required to go to the post office either way and, while there, we were encouraged not to fill out a change of address request online because it would cost us a dollar.
(I've always thought this was dishonest of the post office, by the way. They say they have t…