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Online Financial Resource: Mint.com

My brother told me about Mint.com a couple of years ago, but I didn’t pay much attention to him. My loss…probably literally. A couple friends from church started using Mint.com and loved it so much they couldn’t stop talking about it, so I thought I’d give it a try. It’s a pretty helpful tool. You can link all of your accounts for tracking purposes, set up budgets, savings goals, retirement tracking, and so much more. And it sends you a weekly email to let you know how you did in reality compared to your budget. Pretty cool! Worth a shot, especially if you’re trying to save and live within your means. Oh, and did I mention it’s free! Happy Saving!

Easily Accessible From Multiple Devices

What Others Are Saying About Mint.com

Celebrating 40,000 Hits with a Giveaway! Joy Bauer’s “Slim & Scrumptious” Cookbook! WINNER ANNOUNCED…

And the winner is…Pam Fulton! Congratulations! Please email me your mailing address (at mel.mckinnon@gmail.com) and Joy Bauer will ship you a copy of this fabulous cookbook! Enjoy!


On New Year’s Eve, My Journey To Lean hit 40,000 hits just before midnight! What a way to ring in 2012! And, in celebration of this moment, my readers have a chance to win a great cookbook for free (one winner will be drawn at random and will receive a free copy shipped directly from JoyBauer.com)!

Slim & Scrumptious: More Than 75 Delicious, Healthy Meals Your Family Will Love by Joy Bauer, “New York Times Bestselling Author and Nutrition Expert for the Today Show.” Published by Harper Collins in 2010, this book contains over 200 pages of beautiful photographs by Joseph DeLeo, delicious, easy recipes from Joy Bauer, as well as helpful tips on what to shop for (and avoid) at the grocery store (from economical and nutritional perspectives), how to get kids interested in cooking at all ages, and basic necessities for every home kitchen. Retail value of this book is $24.95! It contains some inspiring recipes, including healthful brunch and dessert options! Here’s a sneak peek:

Front Cover Snapshot

Table of Contents Preview (that's only half of it)

Sample of Recipe Format and Photos

So, are you ready to kick off the New Year with a free cookbook from Joy Bauer? All you have to do is tell me one of your New Year’s Resolutions (or why you laugh at those of us who make resolutions) in the Comments section. Ready, set, go! You have until Thursday, January 5th at 5:00PM EST!

Sweet Paul’s Thanksgiving…And His New Winter Magazine!

If you love beautiful photographs of delicious food, fun crafts and home decorating ideas that will make you smile, then check out Sweet Paul! They also have recipes to go along with the beautiful food pics and some DIY gift wrap inspiration! Enjoy!

Recently he’s been putting out digital magazines of his collections. Last year, he put out a Holiday edition that featured ideas for Thanksgiving and Christmas! So, if it’s your turn to host this year’s Thanksgiving feast for your family, and you still don’t know what you’ll be serving, check out some of Sweet Paul’s ideas here. Here’s a glimpse:

And for the latest Winter edition of Sweet Paul's Magazine, check this out!

Doesn't French Toast Stars sound like a fabulous Christmas Morning breakfast?!

Check out the adorable tartan Scottie ornaments!

Don't forget to check out back issues of the magazine on the left nav bar when you're viewing any of the editions.

My favorite edition to date is the Special Kids edition from this past spring! This article is full of recipes for homemade organic baby food! So great! And the rest of the magazine has adorable crafts and kid-friendly recipes and party ideas!

I always look forward to the next edition of Sweet Paul Magazine! I hope you will too! Enjoy!

Free Stone Soup E-Cookbook

Stone Soup is an amazing blog with beautiful and simple recipes (5 ingredients or less). Recently, the author posted a free e-cookbook. Download your copy here.

Here’s one of the recipes that I’d love to try:

Do you have a favorite 5 ingredient or less recipe?! Let me know in the comments section.

Eat Right America! Free Nutritional Analysis!

I found this site on Whole Foods Market’s blog. It’s absolutely amazing! They’re offering a free analysis with the Key Code: CERAWSBLG. Check it out!

Once you’ve set up your login, click on “My Nutrition Prescription” on the left nav bar, and enter your info. It helps if you’ve had a glucose blood test done recently, but it’s necessary. You type in answers to questions about how many times per week you consume certain types of food and how often you participate in other activities, such as exercise, and it gives you a 30+ page analysis, comparing your habits/risks with the average American and minimum nutritional guidelines.

It also gives tons of information about becoming a “Nutritarian.” Basically, a Nutritarian gets most of his/her calories from Nutrient Dense Foods. The Nutritarian Pyramid looks like this:

The Results can be saved as a PDF. It includes some great information including a 28 day meal plan with recipes! Plus, you get 30 days free access to the site. Enjoy!

Free eBook from Leo Babauta of Zen Habits

Leo Babauta of Zen Habits announced his newest book today. I’ve been following this blog for some time now and have not been disappointed. Download a free PDF of this 27 chapter book on simplifying your life here. There’s also a full digital copy with extra features available for $35 (which happens to be satisfaction guaranteed, or your money back). Check out the release post here.

table of contents

i. step back

  1. introduction
  2. the age of distraction
  3. the importance of finding focus
  4. the beauty of disconnection
  5. focus rituals

ii. clear distractions

  1. limiting the stream
  2. you don’t need to respond
  3. let go of the need to stay updated
  4. how not to live in your inbox
  5. the value of distraction
  6. why letting go of these distractions is difficult
  7. tools for beating distraction

iii. simplify

  1. creating an uncluttered environment
  2. slowing down
  3. going with the flow
  4. effortless action
  5. 3 strategies for prioritizing tasks
  6. letting go of goals
  7. finding simplicity

iv. focus

  1. a simple system for getting amazing things done
  2. single-tasking and productivity
  3. the power of a smaller work focus
  4. focused reading and research
  5. walking, disconnection, & focus
  6. creativity and practicing deep focus (available in full version)
  7. finding stillness and reflection (available in full version)

v. others

  1. finding focus, for parents
  2. the problem of others
  3. managers transforming office culture
  4. how to start changes on a broader level (available in full version)

Earthfare: Free Pantry Makeover (Feb. 2, 2010)

If you’re considering going organic and want to taste some of the items, here’s a great way to start. Go to http://www.earthfare.com and click on “My Health Journey.” Click “Get Started!” and fill in your info. This will also get you started on receiving regular coupons via email.

When you’ve submitted your info, a coupon will come up. Select print. Then, raid your pantry and take it to your local Earthfare Market for a free exchange. Find the following items that contain either high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) or hydrogenated oils (or partially hydrogenated oils) and receive an Earthfare brand Organic equivalent for free:
peanut butter
jam or jelly
salad dressing

Even if the container is almost empty, they will switch it out for an organic Earthfare brand equivalent! Bring in partially hydrogenated peanut butter and receive Earthfare Organic Peanut Butter. Bring in soda that contains high fructose corn syrup, and receive an Earthfare Vitamin Water. Bring in cereal that contains HFCS, and receive an Earthfare Cereal or Granola of your choice, etc. It’s a great way to see if you’re willing to switch to organic. One offer per person limit; offer includes all 5 ingredients with one coupon.