Combating Stale Air

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We have a crawl space in our house rather than a basement and, with all the tornadoes and other types of weather events we get in my area, we've been thinking about creating a tornado safe spot in the crawl space. We'd put flashlights, snacks, a tarp and other emergency items down there  so that, when a tornado is near, we can head back and there and, hopefully, weather the storm safely.

But, crawl spaces and basements are the most problematic areas in a house when it comes to air quality, and if we're stuck down there for a while, we want to make sure the air we're breathing isn't stale. The stagnant air doesn't have anywhere to go because there's no ventilation, and that makes it a breeding ground for dust, mold and mites as well as toxins.

I don't know if we could put a dehumidifier down there because I'm not sure what the electrical outlet situation is like, and while dehumidifiers do dry out the air, they don't ventilate it, so the stale air still sits there. That's why I think Wave Ventilation by Wave Home Solutions might be a better idea for us. The system ventilates and dries out the house. It also draws out damp, polluted air from the lowest level and expels it outside. I bet it would be better to put in our room than a dehumidifier, too, to dry the air out and help our sinus issues. It costs pennies to run — as opposed to dehumidifiers, which can cost around $50 a month — and are maintenance free. Check out this video:

Do you have issues with air quality in hour house, too? Check out Wave Home Solutions and let me know what you think!

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If we had room at our house (and extra funds), I’d want to get a pickup truck. We have to borrow trucks from friends quite often to pick up items for the house, and it would be so much more handy to have our own. Of course, then I’d have to check out Tonneau Covers for sale to keep the truck bed from getting full of water when it rains. That’s OK though!

Have you tried any money-making apps like Checkpoints or Jingit? They are so easy! All you do is scan in barcode labels when you’re out shopping, and you get points that you can use to get rewards, like gift cards. I need to remember to use those apps more often when I’m out and about. Usually, I’m in so much of a hurry that I forget!

My 1-Cent Shopping Trip

Nothing makes me happier than a shopping trip full of freebies, which is exactly what I had tonight at Publix! I REALLY wanted the penny item, which is a 4-pack of Greenwise toilet paper. This is my FAVORITE penny item, and I cannot pass up toilet paper for one-cent. There wasn’t much else I wanted or needed this week (aside from maybe stocking up on some more frozen veggies, though I’ll need to make room in my freezers), so I gathered up my Beechnut coupons from this week that make for free items and headed out.

What I bought:

  • (1) Greenwise toilet paper, $2.39 (penny item)
  • (2) Beechnut Goodies, $4.18
  • (4) Beechnut Fruities, $3.96 (only three are pictured because my kiddo ate one in the car!)
  • Coupons used:

  • Penny coupon (from the newspaper)
  • (2) Free Beechnut Stage 4 Snack IP (NLA)
  • (4) $1/1 Beechnut Stage 4 or 5 product
  • Total retail: $10.53
    Total OOP: $0.01
    Savings: 100%

    Convenient Breakfast Food

    This post brought to you by Quaker Oats. All opinions are 100% mine.

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    I am always busy, and it's hard for me to sit down and have time to really eat a good breakfast. There's too much to do around the house, with Lucy and for work. I've gotten Pop Tarts, but they're just so full of calories, and granola bars tend to not fill me up too well.

    I really want to try one of the Quaker Soft Baked Bars. They are wholesome foods made with real fruits and nuts, and have 140 calories, 5 grams of fiber and 6 grams of protein, and are an excellent source of B5 vitamins. They make a great on-the-go snack or breakfast snack. The bars come in two flavors — Cinnamon Pecan Bread and Banana Nut Bread. I LOVE banana nut bread, so I think I would really love that flavor. I seriously cannot get enough when there is banana bread around. I think my husband, parents, brothers and everyone else in my family would love this product, too, because it's so convenient and healthy. 

    Have you tried Quaker Soft Baked Bars before? If so, what is your verdict on them? If not, would you want to try them, and which flavor would you choose?

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    Farmers Market Basket #3

    I wasn’t as thrilled with my third Farmers Market Basket as I have been with the others, probably because I was hoping for more lettuce. I can eat salad for every meal, so having all that fresh lettuce was nice. But, it was still a decent basket overall. Here’s what I got:

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  • Hydroponic lettuce
  • Kale
  • 2 onions
  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 4 oranges
  • 2 bell peppers (one I had to toss because it was bad)
  • 6 sweet potatoes
  • 2 lemons
  • 1 bunch of bananas
  • 6 apples
  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 1 head of broccoli
  • I’m going to use the onions and tomatoes to make salsa. I sauted the broccoli with garlic (yum!) and will post that recipe soon. I’ll probably roast the cauliflower with garlic (are you sensing a theme here??), and the fruit we’ll eat whole, with the exception of the lemon, which is being used to flavor my water. I’m going to make Kale chips, which I’ve heard are really good, and I’ll probably cut up the carrot and eat them raw.

    I don’t really know what to do with the sweet potatoes, though. I’m not a huge fan of them, but I do like sweet potato fries, so maybe I’ll make up some of those. Do you have any ideas or recipes?? I’m all ears!