How I Saved Today: Making Starbucks Hot Cocoa at home!

Go Royals!

You can take the girl out of Kansas but you can’t take the Kansas out of the girl. Representing our Kansas City Royals in the new shirt Jesse bought me and cheering them on as they head to the World Series!!

So, I’ve been a little quiet here the past two days.

Tuesday we had some big meetings here in Nashville with a team of people to discuss some future projects we’re working on (I’m just about ready to burst with excitement — more details coming soon!) and then we went over to hang out with some friends and watch the Royals game.

Our Nashville friends are {mostly} all rooting with us for our boys from Kansas City with us and we keep getting multiple generous offers to please come hang out while the games are on so that we can watch the games on real cable TV instead of our creative non-cable solution. :)

Wednesday morning, I got up in the wee hours of the morning to finish two business projects that were due yesterday. And well, by the time they were done, I was so tired, that I went back to bed at 8 a.m. and slept for a few hours. I guess my body was behind on sleep!

At any rate, it was so nice because we stayed home all day long yesterday. I never even made it out of my yoga pants. And a quiet day at home was just what my soul needed.

The highlight of yesterday was definitely the Royals winning and making it to the WORLD SERIES! If you know my husband, you know what a HUGE deal this is. I’m just so happy for him… this has been a dream of his since he was a little boy and he never believed it would actually happen. And it HAS!

Starbucks Inspired Hot Cocoa

Today, I finally got around to making the Starbucks Inspired Hot Cocoa that reader, Amber, shared with me a few days ago. She’d left a comment saying that they had made it and loved it… so naturally, because I love all things Starbucks, I asked her if she’d share the recipe. She graciously emailed it to me along with details.

Starbucks Inspired Hot Cocoa

I took the recipe and Trim Healthy Mama-fied it. So here’s the original recipe + my tweaks:

Starbucks Inspired Hot Cocoa

We all agreed that this was very yummy! And it is definitely something I’ll be making again. It was so easy to make and such a fun treat — and much less expensive than Starbucks!

Tell Us How You Saved & You Could Win a $50 Starbucks Gift Card

How did YOU save today? Just for fun, I’m giving away a $50 Starbucks gift card to one reader who leaves a comment on this post telling us how you saved.  I’ll choose and post a winner tomorrow.

This giveaway is over with and the winner is Jessi (admin@). You should have received an email with information on how to claim your prize.

The winner of this week’s earlier Mrs. Meyer’s giveaway is Riza {missriza@}. You should have received an email with details on how to claim your prize.

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How We Saved Today: Watching baseball games without cable!

How We Saved Today

We are staunch Kansas City Royals fans… and have been for years. So we are thrilled that they have made it this far into the post-season!

There’s only one problem: the post season games aren’t on non-cable TV. So we’ve had to get creative. :)

Jesse purchased a subscription to at the beginning of baseball season, so he was able to hook the video feed from that up to our TV. Then, he was able to get the audio feed from cable TV through, too. The video and audio feed don’t match, but between the two of them, it’s almost like watching it live on cable.

It’s so fun to come up with creative solutions like this. Okay, so it’s not quite as great as watching the actual TV coverage — especially because the camera angles aren’t as great — but it works and it’s a lot less expensive than paying a cable bill every month. :)

This has nothing to do with saving money, but this was our excitement for the day…

How I Saved Today

We noticed our ceiling was all bubbled up and wet last night. We weren’t sure what was going on, but we discontinued using the bathroom/shower/tub right above that spot and called our landlords.

They sent a handyman out to investigate today. He checked our shower, our tub, and cut into the ceiling to see what was going on up there.

He ruled out some possibilities, but we still aren’t sure what’s up as nothing was conclusive. However, we’re watching it carefully and hoping to get to the bottom of things soon.

How I Saved Today

We’ve had so many interesting house issues recently: earwig infestations, drainage issues, pipe issues, caulking issues, refrigerator issues, and now this leak. Between all of this, it’s almost becoming abnormal to not have some repair person working at our house on any given day!

We’re so grateful for our kind and gracious landlords. They are certainly getting their money’s worth on the home warranty they purchased for this rental house. Yikes!

We feel so badly that we keep having to call them with another issue. And yet, we know it’s better to take care of things right away than to let them fester or grow worse.

Share How You Saved & Win a $50 Amazon Gift Card

How did YOU save today? Share a way that you saved money today and you could win a $50 Amazon gift card. Just for fun, I’ll choose one winner from the comments and will post that winner tomorrow.

This giveaway is over with. The winner is: nktimmerman@. You should have received an email with details on claiming your prize.

Yesterday’s winner was Sally {sallycoupons@}. You should have received an email with further details on how to claim your prize.

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12 Months to a Healthier You: October’s Challenge


For September’s 12 Months to a Healthier You Challenge, we focused on clearing out clutter. I committed to spend 30 minutes to an hour every week de-cluttering at my house. Here’s an update from my last 30-minute decluttering session:

30 Minutes of Decluttering

I cleaned clutter/trash/things that didn’t belong out of the car. Um, I’m sort of embarrassed to show you the sack I brought in from the car.

Yes, that whole entire thing was stuff in the car that was either trash or didn’t belong in the car. Yikes!

October’s Challenge is to cut back on caffeine. And I kind of groaned when I saw that’s what it was. Because I love my two cups of coffee each day!

But I’m going to try to slowly cut back to one cup of coffee per day just to see if it changes how I feel or my sleeping patterns or anything. And also just because I think it’s good to challenge myself to things like this on occasion (yes, you can call me crazy!)

Did you do any de-cluttering this past week? If so, how’d it go for you? Are you planning to join us for October’s challenge?

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