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Grab This Week’s Free Kindle eBooks on Amazon

Looking for kitchen inspiration or a new book to read this weekend? Looking for a new free ebook download list? If you need kitchen inspiration or a new book to read this weekend, you will love this list of free Amazon Kindle ebooks – fiction, nonfiction, cookbooks, and free ebooks for kids too! Check back at the end of each week for a new list.

free Amazon Kindle ebook round up

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If you don’t have a kindle, but have a computer, iPad, or smart phone, head on over to download a Free Kindle App. Or you could go here and buy a Kindle ! Make sure you check the prices as they change quickly on Amazon. While everything was free when I posted, it’s highly likely that they will change!

Grab This Week’s Free Amazon Kindle eBooks

free Amazon Kindle ebook round up

Free Fiction eBooks on Amazon

The Envelope

Three Days In Heaven

Memories of Home

Going Home

A Friend in Paris

free Amazon Kindle ebook round up

Educational Free Non-Fiction eBooks

Filling The Pig

Perfectly Grown Strawberries

Freedom From Clutter

Chihuahua Training

Connect with Animals

free Amazon Kindle ebook round up

Free Delicious Cookbooks on Amazon

Homemade Pizza Cookbook

Meal Prep: 100 Delicious And Simple Meal Prep Recipes

Secrets from the Restaurant

5-Ingredients or Less Air Fryer Recipes

5-Ingredient Ketogenic Air Fryer Cookbook for Dummies

free Amazon Kindle ebook round up

Free eBooks for Kids

The Boy Who Painted the World

Bridget Knotterfield and the Hiccup Fantasy Trees

New Neighbors

Bella’s Dress-Ups

Secret Cove

I’d love to hear from you about this weekly free ebook post. What types of free ebooks do you most like? Is their a category I don’t cover but should? Please let me know how I can improve this post for you!

Many thanks to Shelly from Frugal Family Home for her help compiling this list of free amazon Kindle eBooks. 

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Growing Potatoes the No-Dig Method

Growing potatoes does not have to involve back-breaking work. If you want to add potatoes to your garden without all the digging, follow this no-dig growing method! It’s my favorite way to grow potatoes.

planting seed potatoes

Growing Potatoes the No-Dig Method

Potatoes are one of my very favorite crops to grow. Potatoes are found on the Dirty Dozen list which means conventionally grown potatoes contain a lot of pesticides. Since I keep my grocery costs down by buying from Environmental Working Group’s Dirty 12 / Clean 15 List, I try to grow as many of the “dirty” foods as possible. Organic potatoes are hard to find in my area, and when I do find them, they are really expensive. I can save a lot of money by growing my own potatoes.

But beyond that, potatoes are just awesome! I think they are a very pretty plant and digging them up in the fall is like going on a treasure hunt. It’s always fun to see what’s down there, buried in the dirt. {Yes, I know I am a little weird…} But really, I just love to eat potatoes!! So let’s get started growing potatoes. It’s really not hard.

flowering potato plant

How to Plant Seed Potatoes Using the No-Dig Method

Potatoes can be planted early in the spring, as soon as the soil can be worked. Make sure the ground is not too wet and that the ground temperature is above 45 degrees. Potatoes will not sprout if the ground is too cold, and a really wet soil can cause the potatoes to rot before they grow.

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The ISU Extension Office advocates planting seed potatoes 3-4 inches under ground, and according to folklore, they should be planted on Good Friday in my zone, Zone 5. I don’t know about you, but digging a 3-4″ trench sounds like an awful lot of work I’d rather not do.

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Luckily, you don’t have to dig that much to plant potatoes! The Rodale’s Illustrated Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening advocates a “no-dig” approach. I love the no-dig approach because it reduces time it takes to plant, makes back breaking digging unnecessary, reduces loss of moisture, and results in fewer weeds being brought to the surface. I’ve been planting potatoes using this method for about 8 years now and love how easy it is to grow potatoes.

cut potato seeds for planting

To plant using the no-dig method, all I do is hoe up a very shallow trench, put in the cut and cured seed potatoes, cover with dirt. Potatoes should be planted 12″ apart in rows that are 3 feet apart. Then, mulch heavily and keep the plants well mulched for their entire growing season. I normally use free wood chips as mulch, but straw works very nicely too.

Before you plant the seed potatoes, make sure to prepare them for planting. Letting the seed potatoes crust over for a couple of days helps prevent them from rotting in cold, wet ground. Read more about preparing seed potatoes for planting here.

mulched potato rows

What kind of seed potatoes to grow

It’s important to buy seed potatoes from a reputable store like Seed Savers Exchange. Conventionally grown potatoes that you buy to eat are dipped a solution to keep them from sprouting too quickly so planting them is generally not an option. You can save your own potatoes from year to year, but make sure to choose the biggest and best disease-free potatoes to use as seeds. I generally grow a mix of different types of potatoes – choosing varieties that store well. My favorite type of potatoes to grow are Yukon Gold, Kennebec, and then a colored potato like All Blue, Red Norland, or Purple Majesty.

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Once the potatoes start to grow, replenish the mulch as necessary to keep them covered. The Rodale’s Illustrated Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening recommends covering the mulch with grass clippings once the plants are big enough to meet across the rows. This keeps the light out of the potatoes to keep the tubers from turning green and that it will also encourage birds to visit and help control pests!

potato patch in June

How Long does it take to Grow Potatoes

Potatoes take anywhere from 90-120 days to mature. Make sure to read the information included with your seed potatoes and note this information in your garden notebook. Since potatoes should be left in the field for 2-3 weeks after the plants die back, it’s pretty obvious when it’s time to harvest. Noting the time to harvest however, will give you an idea of when to expect potatoes to be finished growing.

how to grow potatoes

When to harvest potatoes

Potatoes can be harvested a couple different times. If you’d like to harvest baby potatoes, you can do so 2-3 weeks after the plants have finished flowering. Baby potatoes should be harvested very gently so as to disturb the plant. Take the larger potatoes only and leave the smaller ones behind so they can keep growing!

If you plan to store potatoes over winter, wait until after the plants die back before digging them. You should wait 2-3 weeks and dig them on a dry day during dry weather if possible. Let the potatoes cure in the field for 2-3 dry days. Curing matures the skins and helps them last longer in storage. If the weather is going to be wet, cure them in a covered area where they will stay dry.

If you liked this post on growing potatoes, make sure to read these posts too:

Preparing seed potatoes for planting

200 pounds of potatoes each year

How to kill the Colorado Potato Beetle Organically

How to store garden seeds 

Gardening tips everyone needs to know

And that’s it! How to Plant Potatoes, in a nutshell! How do you plant yours? I’d love to hear your favorite method! 

Linking up: TGP; Tuesday Greens; Homestead Barn Hop; Natural Living Monday;  Mostly Homemade Monday; Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways;

 

Regular Girl is Not Your Grandma’s Fiber Supplement

What do you know about fiber? If you’re anything like me, you might know you need it to be healthy, but maybe you don’t really know why. Since fiber is such an important part of digestive health, here’s what you need to know about fiber, fiber supplements, and healthy poops to keep you and your family healthy!

why regular girl is one of the best fiber supplements

*This post is sponsored by Regular Girl. All opinions are mine.*

Regular Girl is Not Your Grandma’s Fiber Supplement

Who takes fiber supplements? Only old people, right? Gloppy, gritty, nasty – that’s what comes to my mind when I think about fiber supplements. Last fall I had the great pleasure to meet Dr. William Sears, the doctor my kids never knew they had. I have a total fan girl crush on Dr. Sears and I really enjoyed a talk he gave on a topic I never thought I’d enjoy – poop! I know what you’re thinking, but it’s totally true. His talk was so great.

meeting Dr. Bill Sears

If you’re anything like me, you might not consider fiber supplements at all. However, if you aren’t getting enough fiber in your daily diet, and many people don’t, it might be time to make some healthy changes. While I’m sharing tips today that are working for my family, please understand that I am not a doctor. If you have severe gut health issues, please consult your trusted medical professional.

poop chart and Dr. Poo book

Together with his wife, Martha, Dr. Sears published an informative book called Dr. Poo – The Scoop on Comfortable Poop in 2018. I even have a signed copy, but I digress. After his talk about keeping guts healthy, I started paying attention to my body (and my poops), and I realized that I need more fiber in my diet too. Although I try to eat as healthy as I can, I have not been getting enough fiber either. Luckily, Regular Girl Prebiotic Fiber & Probiotic Blend busted every preconceived idea I had about fiber supplements and I’m excited to share what I’ve learned!

Why Do You Need Fiber and How Much Do You Need?

Dietary fiber is an important part of your health. You need it to keep regular and keep your gut happy and healthy. Adults need up to 38 grams of fiber a day, toddlers need 19 grams, and school-age kids need 25 grams of fiber a day. I really recommend that you get your fiber from a healthy diet, but we live in the real world and that’s not always possible, is it?

Fiber Rich Foods to Add to Your Diet

Fiber is found naturally in a lot of foods like the ones listed below.

  • whole grains: oats, brown rice, popcorn
  • nuts: almonds, walnuts, peanuts, cashews
  • seeds: pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds
  • berries: blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries
  • fruit: bananas, apples, pears, oranges, figs
  • veggies: broccoli, spinach, peas, sweet potatoes, potatoes
  • beans: black beans, kidney beans, pinto beans, garbanzo beans, lentils
  • and water is very important too when consuming fiber!

Sadly, most of us only get about half the needed fiber from our diet. That means many people are constipated or strain to poop and their guts aren’t happy. Have you ever examined your poop before you flush it down? You might be surprised to learn what a healthy poop even looks like. It was a shocker to me. 😉 You can download Dr. Sear’s family friendly poop chart here.

regular girl fiber blend

Looking for the Best Fiber Supplement?

If your poop is not happy, and you can’t get enough fiber in your day-to-day diet, I really recommend Regular Girl! Made with clinically proven Sunfiber (a highly soluble guar fiber), Regular Girl provides 5 extra grams of fiber per serving, and it also contains 8 billion active probiotics too. It’s available in a scoopable powder and a pre-measured on-the-go packet to provide relief from occasional constipation, diarrhea, gas or bloating. You can trust me when I say it’s taste-free, odor-free, and totally dissolves in water.

Regular Girl

I’m super picky about my water and I will admit that I was a little scared to try Regular Girl in it. Several years ago we found out our well water was full of nitrates and other nasty chemicals. The nitrate level was so high that even a reverse osmosis system was not enough to make it safe. We work hard with a water purifying company to this day to filter everything out of it.

The last thing I want is a gross additive messing it up, so trust me when I say I was worried. I reluctantly filled up a water bottle with water and ice, added a Regular Girl packet and shook to combine. Then I drank it, and I really couldn’t tell it was in there – maybe a teeny tiny bit, but nothing to turn me off. My kids can’t tell when I sneak some in their water bottles either.

Regular Girl is also low FODMAP, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, Non-GMO Project verified, and vegan. It’s absolutely nothing like the gritty, gloppy mess that may come to your mind when you think of a fiber supplement! Beyond all of that though, it’s recommended by Dr. Sears and that just means a lot to me.

winter smoothie

How to Add Regular Girl to your Diet

If you’re traveling or just need that extra added boost, it’s so easy to add Regular Girl to your diet. I’ve already mentioned that you can add it to water without telling it’s there – and it’s really true! I’ve also added a scoop to smoothies, and I’ve put a scoop full on the yogurt, fruit, granola mix I love to eat for breakfast too. Super easy! Because of the added probiotics, it’s better to eat the Regular Girl cold than to heat it. And the portable packets are perfect for taking along when you’re traveling and might not be able to eat as well as you eat at home.

Regular Girl at Hyvee Health Market

Where to Find Regular Girl

You can find Regular Girl in a lot of the standard places – Amazon, on line, and they just recently launched at HyVee too! If you’re in Iowa, you can find now find Regular Girl  in the Vitamin Aisle of Hy-Vee’s Health Market too! Not only can you find Regular Girl at Hy-Vee, but they also have registered dietitians available for a whole host of food and nutrition needs as well! Learn more about Hy-Vee dietitians here.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on fiber and yes, even pooping. Do and your family members get enough fiber? What healthy changes can you make for your family’s gut health?

Printable Road Trip Games for Kids & Easy to Make Activities

The key to smooth car travel is lots of road trip games for kids. Enjoy this list of fun ways to keep your kids occupied in the car without resorting to electronics!printable road trip games for kids

Welcome! If you’re reading this post, chances are you’ve got a road trip coming up. Driving everywhere is one of the only ways we can afford to travel with six people in our family. The kids and I especially, log a lot of travel miles in my car. I know you will love the selection of road trip activities we’ve put together for you.

Enjoy the list and let me know what you liked most or would most like to see!

Printable Road Trip Games for Kids

Free Printables for Road Trip Activities

One thing I really like to do is print out a lot of fun activities for my kids and then put them on a clipboard. I make one for each kid so they don’t have to fight over one. These are my go-to websites for finding fun, printable games:

Travel Games for Kids – Moritz Fine Designs

Travel Scavenger Hunt for Tweens & Teens – Meander & Coast

Free Printables ~ Road Trips Games – The Organised Housewife

More Road Trip Travel Printables – The Mad House

DIY games and activities for road trips

Road Trip Scavenger Hunt {Printable} – Double the Batch

100 Would you rather questions for kids – The Measured Mom

The License plate Game {Geography} – Makeovers & Motherhood

If you’re a crafty mom, you might really like some of these NEXT ideas – they can help amuse your kiddos and keep the “Are we there yet questions” to a minimum!

DIY Road Trip Activities



If you’ve got a little time to prepare for your upcoming road trip, I really recommend making a few of these road trip activities. They take a little more time to prepare than simply printing out from your computer, but they are cute and educational too! Your kids will really enjoy them.

Creative activities for road trips

 Are We There Yet? – Repeat – The Via Colony

Pull Ball Magnets {aka Magnetic Pom Poms} – Mama Jenn

DIY Convenience for Road Trips

Crayon Roll Tutorial – The Pleated Poppy

Travel Memory Game – Kids Activity Blog

Road Trip Activity Bags – The Nerd’s Wife

DIY games and activities for road trips

Felt Mr/Mrs. Potate Head and Boy/Girl Dress Up Set – The Dagenais Daily

Truck Spotting – National Post

We’re heading out next week for our Spring Break in Florida! The links in this post will help us all have a pleasant 20-hour drive. What’s your best tip for surviving long road trips with your kids? 

If you liked this post on Fun Road Trip Games for kids, you will like these posts too:

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Road-trip Activities for Keeping Kids Occupied in the Car

Why You Might Consider Raising Chickens for Eggs

 As more cities jump on the backyard chicken bandwagon, you might be wondering if you should consider raising chickens for eggs too. Here are reasons you might want to make this the year to start your flock!

flock of egg laying chickens

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Why You Might Consider Raising Chickens for Eggs

There are so many reasons to start raising chickens for eggs. While the eggs by themselves are wonderful, they are not the only reason to care for a flock of chickens. If you’re on the fence about taking the chicken plunge, here are several reasons we love to raise them on our little homestead.

Sara with a chicken

1. Family bonding / learning experience

There is not much cuter than baby chicks. Their peeping is precious, and the potential is enormous. Chicks have taught my family so many useful skills. Together, we have learned how to be mindful of the creatures we bring to our homestead. We’ve cuddled them, fed them, cleaned the poop off their butts, and watched them grow and give back to us! They’ve also taught us valuable lessons about raising our own food, and life and death as well.

Ben with an egg laying hen

2. Hours of entertainment

Chickens might have a reputation for being bird brains, but they provide hours of fun for people who take the time to watch. We love learning the true meaning behind so many chicken sayings. There is a true pecking order in chicken flocks. Some chickens are indeed hen-pecked. And the rooster may crow, but the hen delivers the goods!

colored eggs

3. Variety of colors

If you’ve ever compared a farm-fresh egg to a store-bought egg, you will be amazed at the difference. Farm-fresh eggs from your backyard chicken flocks come in so many spectacular colors. Chickens lay eggs in almost every color of the rainbow. I was mind blown when I first found out there are more colors than white and brown. Green, blue, pink, speckled, dark brown, cream – so many lovely shades of farm-fresh eggs.

4. Quality of eggs

Not only are the outside colors different, but you’ll find differences inside the eggs too. Chickens are natural carnivores and a varied diet gives yolks a brilliant and rich orange color and helps firm up the egg whites too. While I haven’t really found much of a difference in taste, farm-fresh and store-bought eggs are just not the same.

5. Reduce the amount of food waste you send to the landfill

Did you know that a huge amount of food goes to the landfill? You can reduce the amount of waste you throw out by feeding it to your chickens. They eat a lot of different types of food that would otherwise end up rotting elsewhere. Our chickens love to eat melon rinds, beans, most fruits and veggies, leftover eggs if there are ever any, and pasta and bread too. I love being able to give the chickens my food waste!

6. Free fertilizer for your garden

And not only do the chickens eat my compost, but their own poop makes the perfect garden fertilizer! Chicken manure is very high in nitrogen and also calcium. You do need to let the chicken poop mellow for several months before you use it, though. Three to four months is the minimum time it takes to clear the pathogens (salmonella, E.coli etc)  that could be in the manure, but six months is recommended. I clean out my coop in the fall and put the manure right on my garden. Since I won’t be plant for at least six months, the manure has plenty of time to stop producing pathogens.

7. Eggcellent tilling of your garden

While I don’t always want chickens in my garden because they can be pests, I do like to let them in sometimes. Their scratching is an excellent way to till your soil!

8. Pest control

Finally, chickens are amazing at keeping the bug population down. They’ll eat grubs, Japanese beetles, tomato horn worms, and I even catch ours eating mice from time to time. They are great help beyond simply providing eggs!

9. Extra source of income

Another benefit to raising chickens for eggs is selling excess eggs! I’ve found multi-colored farm fresh eggs to be in great demand and selling them earns me a little money to buy more chicken feed and treats.

Cons of raising chickens for eggs

While there are a lot of pros, there are also a few cons to raising chickens that you might want to consider. We have found the benefits to outweigh them, but you should still know what you’re getting yourself into.

  • Some cities do not allow backyard chickens, so make sure to check your local zoning laws.
  • You will need space to house them, generally 4-4.5 square feet per bird if you intend to keep them inside.
  • You’ll need some sort of chicken coop to keep them warm, dry, and safe from predators.
  • While some varieties and do free range very well, you will still have to buy them food, especially in the winter when there is nothing for them to forage.
  • You’ll need someone to take care of them when you go on vacation.
  • Cleaning the coop is a chore. It doesn’t have to happen all that often, but at least a couple times a year, someone will have to deep clean the coop.

chicken eggs, zinnias, peacock feathers

If you liked this post on raising chickens for eggs, you might like these too:

How to choose the perfect breeds for your homestead

Beginners guide to raising chickens

How to prepare for mail order chicks

Tips and tricks for keeping chickens warm in winter

Do you have another reason for raising chickens for eggs that I didn’t mention? Please share!

February Grocery Report and our Top 6 Budget Friendly Family Meals

Welcome March! What a wild ride this winter has been! I’m so ready for spring in under 20 days now! Since it’s March 1st, it’s time for my February Grocery Report. I also thought I’d share our top six budget family meals that help me keep our grocery budget in check! Without further ado, here’s report!

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February Grocery Report and our Top 6 Budget Friendly Family Meals

Have you been reading my monthly grocery reports? I started writing them last year and have found the process very eye-opening. In the first post, I explained the average cost of groceries per family according to the USDA and analyzed how we compare. Since my kids are older now, I need to revisit their suggestions to see where we stand now! I’ll try to remember to do that next month. For now, make sure you head over to my very first grocery audit to see the average grocery cost per month for families according to the USDA.

Do you remember my audit last month? I found out that ALDI charged me for 8 cantaloupes instead of 8 grapefruit. Well, it turned out that it wasn’t grapefruit – I bought 8 mangoes and was charged for 8 cantaloupes. I took my receipt back to ALDI and was able to get an $8.80 refund! So not only is it interesting to examine receipts, it also earned me a Chipotle burrito too. 😉

aldi grocery haul 3

Ok…here’s what I bought in February to feed my family of 6:

2/2/19 – Costco $96.68

  • Organic almond milk – 8.99 (3 – 1/2 gallons)
  • Pretzel rolls – 4.99
  • Ruffles (super bowl party) – 5.59
  • Frozen berries – 8.99
  • Mixed peppers – 7.99 (6 pack)
  • Organic butter – 19.98 (2 lbs)
  • Uncured bacon – 11.99 (3 packages)
  • Organic 1/2 & 1/2 – 5.99 (1/2 gallon)
  • Bananas x 2 – 2.98
  • Organic diced tomatoes – 5.99
  • Grape tomatoes – 4.99
  • Organic eggs – 5.99 (2 dozen)

2/2/19 ALDI – $43.73

  • Cream cheese – .79
  • Hash brown patties – 3.29
  • Winking Owl Merlot – 5.88 (2 bottles)
  • Pineapple – 1.29 x 2 = 2.58
  • Shredded mozerella – 2.49
  • Never Any lunchmeat – 3.29 x 2 = 6.58
  • Cauliflower – 2.29
  • French onion dip – .99
  • Organic whole milk yogurt – 2.89 x 2 = 5.78
  • Ricotta cheese – 1.69
  • Salami – 2.59
  • Mandarins – 3.89 x 2 = 7.78
  • Crushed tomatoes – .65

2/4/19 HyVee – $38.20

  • Applegate pork pepperoni – 4.49 x 2 = 8.98
  • Bobs Red Mill unbleached white flour – 4.99
  • Kalona Super Natural chocolate milk – 2.59
  • Kalona Super Natural sour cream – 3.50
  • Organic Valley Whole Milk – 6.99 (1 gallon)
  • Fresh ground pork – 3.50
  • Bean sprouts – 1.89
  • Mandarins – 4.99 (FREE w/ coupon)
  • Snow peas – 2.64
  • King Arthur flour 4.99 x 2 = 9.98
  • Savings for Monday Healthy Market Bag Sale – (-8.61)

2/8/19 ALDI $8.66

  • Cabbage – 1.89
  • Extra sharp cheddar cheese – 1.69 x 2 = 3.38
  • Avocados – .25 x 4 = 1.00
  • Bananans – 2.39

2/10/19 Trader Joe’s – $40.94

  • Organic russet potatoes – 3.69
  • Nacho cheese tortilla chips – 1.99 x 2 = 3.98
  • Applegate sliced turkey – 3.99
  • Sliced mushrooms – 1.99
  • Ground pork – 4.49
  • Organic ground beef – 5.99
  • Uncured Black Forest Ham – 3.69
  • Organic tortilla chips – 2.69
  • Organic frozen blueberries – 3.49
  • Organic frozen mixed berries – 2.99
  • Organic whole sweetened cranberries – 2.99

2/11/19 ALDI – 52.01

  • Organic frozen berries – 2.89 x 2 = 5.78
  • Mandarins – 2.49 x 2 = 4.98
  • Pineapple – 1.29 x 2 = 2.58
  • Winking Owl Merlot – 5.88 (2 bottles)
  • Mangoes – .69 x 4 – 2.76
  • Organic grape tomatoes – 2.49 x 2 = 4.98
  • Red grapes – 2.04
  • Organic pears – 3.29
  • Organic granola – 3.49
  • Organic granola – 2.79 x 2 = 5.58
  • Crackers – 1.49
  • Limes – 1.69
  • Navel oranges – 1.99 x 2 = 3.98

2/13/19 Walmart  – $11.98

  • King Arthur bread flour – 3.68
  • King Arthur unbleached flour – 3.16
  • Bananas – 2.36
  • 1/2 & 1/2 – 2.50
  • Mandarins – 3.98 (FREE w/ coupon)

2/16/19 ALDI – $20.03

  • Organic gala apples – 4.89
  • Paleo muesli – 4.99 (really good!)
  • Kiwi – 3.79
  • Organic baby spinach – 2.49

2/16/19 Costco – $155.74

  • Organic romaine lettuce – 4.99 (6 heads)
  • Granola bars – 16.79
  • Organic triscuits – 9.59 (4 boxes, I think)
  • Organic 1/2 & 1/2 – 5.99 (1/2 gallon)
  • Bananas – 1.49
  • Frozen 3 berry blend – 8.99
  • Organic frozen blueberries – 8.49
  • Salami – 7.49
  • Organic sugar – 7.99
  • Organic butter – 9.99
  • Grape tomatoes – 5.99
  • Pine nut hummus – 5.99
  • Mini peppers – 5.99
  • Tillamook extra sharp cheddar cheese – 10.79
  • Tillamook mild cheddar cheese – 8.59
  • Organic unbleached flour – 6.49
  • Organic carrots – 5.99
  • Avocados – 4.99 (6 count)
  • Green grapes – 9.99
  • Bananas – 1.49

2/20/19 Jeff’s Market – $26.91

  • Bag of ripe bananas – .99
  • Tortillas – 2.99
  • Bottle of wine – 7.99
  • Canned kidney beans – .67
  • Canned black beans – 1.35
  • Ground beef – 4.9
  • Tomatoes – 3.26
  • OJ – 4.15

2/23/29 ALDI – $45.39

  • Organic frozen pizza – 3.99 x 2 = 7.98 (not a big hit at our house)
  • Organic granola – 2.79
  • Organic whole milk – 5.39 (1 gallon)
  • Organic strawberries – 3.99
  • Organic whole milk plain yogurt – 2.89 x 3 = 8.67
  • OJ – 1.99 x 2 = 3.98
  • Apple sauce squeezers – 1.49
  • Organic bell peppers – 3.49 (2 red peppers)
  • Organic grape tomatoes – 2.49 x 2 = 4.98
  • Single pack of sunflower seeds – .59

2/28/19 ALDI – $70.94

  • Paleo granola – 3.99 x 2 = 7.98
  • Crushed tomatoes – .65 x 5 = 3.25
  • Navel organes – 1.99 x 2 = 3.98
  • Cilantro – .65
  • Winking Owl Merlot – 5.88 (2 bottles)
  • Organic red potatoes – 3.89
  • Mangoes – .69 x 4 = 2.76
  • Never Any ham lunch meat – 3.29 x 2 = 6.58
  • Mozzarella cheese – 1.69 x 2 = 3.38
  • Kettle BBQ chips – 1.09 x 2 = 2.18
  • Wide egg noodles – 1.09
  • Fresh mozzarella ball – 2.39
  • 1/2 & 1/2 – 1.55
  • Tortillas – 1.99 x 2 = 3.98
  • Organic whole milk plain yogurt – 2.89 x 4 = 11.56
  • Bananas – 2.16

Total Spent in February – $611.21. 

In January, I spent $673.56, so this is surprisingly less than that! However, I know March will be more as I have 1/2 a pasture raised hog on order that I think will be ready in February. Also, I really need to order beef from my farmer so I quit buying it at the store! I much prefer buying meat in bulk by the animal from local farmers who raise them more humanely and sustainably.

Takeaways from February’s Grocery Audit – 

  • I made way too many grocery store stops in February. I need to get better about making a list and a plan and sticking to it!
  • I started making sourdough bread and flour is flipping expensive! I am used to grinding my own flour from wheat berries I buy in bulk. I need to figure out how to make the sourdough with freshly missed flour and see how it tastes!
  • Need to call my beef farmer!
  • We save money by paying attention to what’s in season. In the winter, avocados, oranges, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, mandarins, are cheaper than apples etc. You can save money by paying attention to what’s in season too!
  • Coffee! I just realized I rarely have coffee on here, but we drink lots of coffee. Dan has a subscription to a coffee roaster and I never see the bills.
  • Need to find a good paleo granola recipe. I’m not paleo, but I love the granola with all the twigs and berries as my husband says. Do you have a good granola recipe? Send me a link!

Top 6 Budget Family Meals

Okay – so I also promised a list of our Top 6 budget friendly family meals that help us eat cheaper, so here are some of our favorite meals a long with a few tips I use to make them stretch.

  1. Tacos – our family loves tacos. I made a huge pot of taco meat that includes lots of beans. Not only are beans a good source of fiber, but they’re also filling, cheap, and help stretch the meat.
  2. Taco soup is another one of my kids’ favorite meals. It also uses beans and my time saving big batch homemade taco seasoning.
  3. Beans and rice. I made a lot of beans in the instant pot. It’s quick and easy, you don’t even have to soak them!
  4. Chicken Noodle Soup – if you’re following on social media, you know that the flu made its way through 3 of my kids this month. Luckily, the other 3 of us remained unscathed. One thing I always do when someone is sick is make a healing pot of homemade chicken soup from chickens I raise myself. It’s easy in the Instant Pot!
  5. Recipes using shredded chicken that I get by cooking whole frozen chickens in the Instant Pot! It’s so easy and after the chicken has been shredded I use the bones to make healing chicken stock too.
  6. Beef Stroganoff – added mushrooms are another great way to stretch ground beef and my family loves this easy and satisfying beef stroganoff recipe. It’s also easy to double or quadruple this recipe and put away meals in the freezer too.

How’d you do on your budget in February? What are your biggest struggles to create healthy meals on a budget?

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Harlem Globetrotter Schedule

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January Grocery Budget Report – The Monthly Grocery Haul

It’s time for the January grocery budget report and a look at our monthly grocery haul. Happy February! Here’s how my family of six did with groceries this month. How’d you do?

fridge full of fruit - January grocery budget

January Grocery Budget Report

We survived a brutal winter month in Iowa. We’re just coming off some of the coldest weather in history and my kids were home more days in January than they were in school. When I compiled my receipts the other day, I was shocked at how little I actually spent. Less than I thought we would have!

I can attribute that to three things. First, I bought a TON of groceries at the end of December in anticipation for holiday guests. My sister and her family were here for almost a week. Turns out, my mother also bought a ton of groceries which she contributed to the group and I had a lot left over. Then, my parents left for the winter and gave me more food as well!

So that’s one reason for the decrease in our January grocery budget. Another decrease happened because I finally started baking bread again. When I first began writing these grocery budget reports last year, I thing I said almost every single month was that I would be able to decrease my budget if I actually started baking bread again.

homemade 10 grain bread

How we decreased our budget this month

Well, guess what. I finally did it! In January not only did we bake a lot of bread, but we also got back to making homemade granola as well. Since I already have all of the ingredients on hand for both bread and granola in my huge pantry, it saved a lot of money. It’s also a lot healthier. And it really doesn’t take that much time. I bake five loaves of bread in under 2 hours. That includes time to grind the flour from wheat berries, bake the bread, and clean up the mess too.

The last reason for the lower grocery budget is that I am trying to eat up meat from our freezer. I buy most of our meat in bulk from local farmers, but I’m at that point where it’s time to order more. That means the less desirable meat cuts are left. I’ve been making stock out of beef soup bones and using up whole chickens and making a lot of stock from their leftover bones as well. From scratch cooking really can help reduce the grocery budget!

Okay – without further ado – here’s what I bought to feed our family of six in January.

The Monthly Grocery Haul, January 2019

1/3/09 HyVee – $29.22

  • Cayenne pepper – 1.00
  • Tarragon – 1.00
  • Organic Whole Chocolate Milk – 2.59 (workout recovery for me)
  • Organic whipping cream – 4.49
  • Boneless pork loin – 14.00

Butcherbox meat haul

1/5/09 BUTCHER BOX – $129

An assortment of grass fed and grass finished and humanely raised beef and pork, plus 2 lbs of absolutely delicious Alaska Sock Eye Salmon. I bought this to see if I want to recommend Butcher Box to all of you! The verdict is still out because I still need to do my comparison shopping, but I do know that Costco Salmon actually costs more than Butcher Box, and the meat we have eaten so far is very delicious. So my initial thoughts are very positive.

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1/7/19 ALDI – $36.45

      • Green onions – .79
      • ABF ham – 3.29
      • ABF ham – 3.29
      • Avocados x 4 = 1.96 (.49 c each)
      • Yellow onions – 1.79
      • Pineapple x 2 – 1.98 (.99 c each)
      • Red onions –  1.89
      • Organic baby spinach – 2.49
      • Red onions – 1.89
      • Sliced mushrooms – 1.69
      • Blood oranges – 4.99
      • Organic broccoli – 2.39
      • Limes – 1.89
      • Grapefruit x 8 – 5.52 (69 c each)
      • Cara Cara oranges – 2.49

1/17/19 ALDI $75.58

      • Banans 1.54
      • Corn tortillas – 1.99
      • Kiwis – 3.89
      • Italian bread – 3.69
      • Everything bagels – 1.49
      • Cinnamon bagels – 1.49
      • Breakfast sausage – 1.89
      • Hash brown patties – 1.89
      • Pretzel sticks – .59
      • Winking Owl wine – 2.94
      • Winking Owl wine – 2.94
      • Mandarins – 1.99
      • Half & Half – 1. 55
      • Organic baby spinach – 2.49
      • Cara Cara oranges – 3.99
      • Pure maple syrup – 5.99
      • Sausage links x 3 – 2.97 (.99 c each)
      • Sliced mushrooms – 1.69
      • Organic baby carrots – 1.49
      • Pineapple – 1.89
      • Mangoes x 4 = 2.76 (.69 c each)
      • Lemons – 2.89
      • Avocados – 2.89 (.89 c each)
      • ABF ham  – 3.29
      • AFB ham – 3.29
      • Pineapple – 1.89

1/22/19 Jeff’s Market (local grocery store) $16.56

      • Mandarins – 3.99
      • Yellow onions – 3.99
      • Bananas – 1.53
      • Broccoli – 2.50
      • Half & Half – 1.49
      • Eggs (2 dozen) – 3.06 (1.53 each)

**Jeff’s is my local option when we’re out of something and it’s too late to go to town. I don’t shop there very often.

1/23/19 COSTCO $109.38

      • Organic whole milk – $9.99 (3 – 1/2 gallons)
      • Organic maple syrup – 10.79
      • Organic frozen mangoes – 8.89
      • Tortillas – 3.99
      • Organic half / half – 1.97 (not sure why that’s so cheap?)
      • Clementines – 5.99
      • Bananas – 1.24
      • Grape tomatoes – 5.99
      • Organic tortilla chips – 4.59
      • Avocados – 4.59
      • Uncured bacon – 11.99
      • Mini babybels – 10.89
      • White sharp cheddar cheese – 10.79
      • Organic frozen berry blend – 11.69
      • Bagels – 5.99

1/26/19 Jeff’s Market $10.86

      • Canned black beans x 2 –  1.35 each
      • Light red kidney beans x 2  – .67 each
      • Ground beef – 4.96
      • Bananas – 1.86

**Usually I cook dried beans in my Instant Pot (it’s super easy – here’s how!)! This is how poor planning affects my budget. I have plenty of dried beans in my pantry.

1/27/19 COSTCO $190.67

      • Kind Granola bars – 17.99
      • Organic triscuits – 9.59
      • Organic broccoli – 6.49
      • Organic tortellini – 9.99
      • Wild Caught Alaska Sock Eye Salmon – 32.99
      • Organic tortilla chips – 4.59
      • Bagels – 5.99
      • Organic eggs (2 dozen ) – 5.99
      • Garlic Kielbasa – 13.52
      • Hummus – 5.99
      • Sharp cheddar cheese – 10.79
      • Organic Greek yogurt – 5.59
      • Organic half & half – 5.99
      • Organic ground beef – 19.99
      • Baguette – 4.99
      • Organic carrots – 5.99
      • Organic romaine lettuce – 4.99
      • Grape tomatoes – 6.49
      • Mayan Sweet? I have no idea what this is. LOL – 4.49
      • Giant potatoes (15 lbs) – 7.99

1/29/19 ALDI $63.84

      • Sweet Potatoes – 4.09
      • English muffins – .99
      • Sliced mushrooms – 1.69
      • Hot dogs x 2 – .79 each (for giving our dogs pills – I think we spent more money in vet bills this month than we did on groceries.)
      • Kombucha – 2.89
      • Yellow mustard – .55
      • Pantene conditioner – 3.94
      • Organic baby spinach – 2.49
      • Cilantro – .65
      • Speciality shredded cheese – 2.99
      • Powdered sugar – 1.29
      • Winking Owl Wine x 2  – 2.94 each
      • Cara cara oranges x 2 – 1.49 each
      • Navel oranges – 1.99
      • Cream cheese – .69
      • Flour tortillas – 1.99
      • Bananas – 2.15
      • Green grapes – 2.72
      • Bananas – .73
      • Avocados x 9 – 4.41 (.49 c each)
      • Cantaloupe x 8 – 15.12 (1.89 each) which I DID NOT BUY. I bought 8 grapefruit though which are not on the receipt. So I will take this receipt to ALDI and see what they say! The grapefruit cost a lot less.

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Fresh Eggs, $12

I also bought local eggs from a friend since I don’t currently have any chickens. She charges $2 a dozen, and I probably bought 6 dozen from her. I can’t really remember.

My grand total from January was $673.56 which is under my goal of around $800 a month! Not too shabby!! Plus, ALDI owes me about $8, I think, if I can get the cantaloupe charge reversed! I’ll try to remember to let you know in March how that goes for me! Remind me if I forget. How’d you do on groceries in January?

Want more Grocery Budget Reports:

Here’s how we did in January last year.

Here’s February’s report 

Here’s March’s grocery haul

Top 10 Tips for Saving Money at the Grocery Store

15 Ways to Save on Organic Food

Here’s how to save on Organic Meat

 

Instant Pot Whole Chicken Rotisserie Style From Fresh or Frozen

This Instant Pot Rotisserie Chicken is perfect for people who are looking for instant pot whole chicken recipes. The special spice mix makes this recipe a huge hit! Try it this week. 

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Instant Pot Whole Chicken Rotisserie Style From Fresh or Frozen

rotisserie chicken spice rub mix

One of the most popular recipes on my blog is for a rotisserie chicken spice rub mix. A long time ago my mom gave me a countertop rotisserie chicken cooker and I used to make my own delicious chicken using this spice mix. But then along came the instant pot. It is so much easier to use (and clean) than that cooker I used to have. I figured I can’t be the only one who would like to make instant pot rotisserie chicken, so today I am sharing exactly how you can too!

Why use a pressure cooker for whole chicken?

Cooking pressure cooker whole chicken is so quick and easy! Want shredded chicken for other recipes? Cook a whole chicken in your instant pot. Want homemade chicken broth? Use your Instant Pot! Want to save money on your grocery budget? Eat healthier? All good reasons to look for Instant Pot whole chicken recipes.

Since I raise my own meat chickens, I almost always have whole chickens in my basement freezer that I need to figure out how to use. It can also be intimidating to use a whole chicken – so here are  tips and links for recipes, to cutting, to cooking all featuring a whole chicken. But my favorite way to cook whole chickens is to use my instant pot.

Cooking whole chickens is also a very economical way to feed your family. We buy as much organic food as we can, and definitely get more bang for our buck by eating whole chickens instead of cuts. Compare $1.98 / lb for whole organic chicken to $5.99 / lb for boneless skinless chicken breasts and you can see a big difference. If you’re looking for more ways to afford organic meat, make sure you read this post.

Instant Pot Whole Chicken Rotisserie Style From Fresh or Frozen

Can I cook frozen chicken in an Instant Pot?

A lot of people wonder if they can cook frozen chicken in a pressure cooker. Why yes, yes you can. There are few things you need to be aware of if you’re cooking instant pot whole chicken, but for the most part, your frozen chicken will turn out just fine in your electric pressure cooker! Here’s what you need to know:

    1. It will take significantly longer to cook.
    2. It’s harder to put the spice rub on the chicken.
    3. You can’t stuff a frozen chicken.
    4. You’ll want to buy frozen chickens without giblets because it’s impossible to get them out of frozen chickens.
    5. It might not look that pretty, but it will be just fine for shredded chicken, soup, and other uses as well.

How long it takes to cook chicken in an Instant Pot depends on the size of the chicken, and whether you are cooking a fresh (unthawed chicken) or frozen chicken. The important thing to remember is that the internal chicken temperature needs to be 165 degrees or it’s not fully cooked. Here are cooking times for various sized fresh and frozen chickens.

How long to cook fresh chicken in an Instant Pot

  • 3 pound chicken = cook for 20 minutes on High Pressure
  • 3.5 pound chicken = cook for 23 minutes on High Pressure
  • 4 pound chicken = cook for 25 minutes on High Pressure
  • 4.5 pound chicken = cook for 28 minutes on High Pressure
  • 5 pound chicken = cook for 33 minutes on High Pressure

After cooking, use a 15 minute natural pressure release and then release the remaining pressure manually.

How long to cook frozen chicken in an Instant Pot

  • 3 pound chicken = cook for 39 minutes on High Pressure
  • 3.5 pound chicken = cook for 46 minutes on High Pressure
  • 4 pound chicken =cook for 52 minutes on High Pressure
  • 4.5 pound chicken =cook for 59 minutes on High Pressure
  • 5 pound chicken =cook for 65 minutes on High Pressure

After cooking, use a 15 minute natural pressure release and then release the remaining pressure manually.

Here’s how to make this Instant Pot Whole Chicken Rotisserie Style

Now that you know everything you need to know about cooking fresh and frozen chicken in an Instant Pot, let’s get cooking!

Rotisserie Chicken Instant Pot

The first thing you may want to do is tie your chicken legs together. You certainly don’t have to, but tying them together with kitchen twine will hold the chicken together a little bit better in the instant pot.

instant pot rotisserie chicken

Next, mix the spices with the oil and brush the mixture all over the chicken.

place trivet in instant pot

Then, insert the trivet into your Instant Pot, add chicken broth, and carefully transfer the chicken to the Instant Pot. Cook on Manual High for the time required based on your chicken’s weight. After the pressure cooker has beeped, let it naturally release pressure for 15 minutes, then manually release any remaining pressure.

place chicken on trivet in instant pot

Make sure you chicken is cooked completely by inserting a meat thermometer  (this is the one I have and love) into the thickest part of the thigh. The temperature should be 165. If it hasn’t reached 165, seal the pressure cooker back up and cook for 5 – 10 more minutes.

Supplies you’ll need to make Instant Pot Rotisserie Chicken



You’ll need the following supplies for this instant pot whole chicken recipes:

Printable Pressure Cooker Whole Chicken Recipe

Yield: 16 servings

Instant Pot Whole Chicken Rotisserie Style From Fresh or Frozen

Instant Pot Whole Chicken Rotisserie Style From Fresh or Frozen

Delicious rotisserie style chicken cooked right in your Instant Pot!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 -4 lb whole chicken, fresh or frozen
  • 2 TBS avocado oil
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp REAL salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth

Instructions

  1. You don't have to, but your chicken will look nicer if you tie the legs together with cooking twine, so do that first, if you want.
  2. Next, mix the spices with the oil.
  3. Brush the spices on the chicken.
  4. Insert trivet in Instant Pot, add chicken broth, and then carefully put the chicken on the trivet.
  5. Select the proper cooking time based on the size of your chicken. For a fresh 4 lb chicken, cook on high for 25 minutes.
  6. Preheat the broiler after the Instant Pot beeps done.
  7. Allow the pressure to release naturally for 15 minutes, and then quick release any remaining pressure.
  8. Carefully open your Instant Pot, venting away from your face. Insert a meat thermometer into the meaty thigh and verify that the internal temperature of the chicken has reached 165 degrees. If so, carefully remove the chicken to a cookie sheet. If not, seal up the Instant Pot and cook for 5-10 more minutes.
  9. This is optional, but your chicken will develop a crispy rotisserie skin only if you broil it in your oven for 2-3 minutes, or until your chicken is nicely browned.
  10. Enjoy!

Notes

Save the chicken carcass to make homemade chicken stock!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

4 ounces

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 210 Total Fat: 11g Saturated Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 81mg Sodium: 1619mg Carbohydrates: 2g Protein: 25g
Do you want more instant pot whole chicken recipes?

We love instant pot whole chicken recipes and there are lots of ways you can use the chicken. I recommend that you shred the leftovers and use them in other recipes. You can also save the chicken carcass and make a delicious homemade chicken broth. Here are more recipes you might want to try out:

Chicken Tikka Masala Instant Pot – You can use pre-cooked shredded chicken in this recipe if you want!

Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup you can use pre-cooked shredded chicken in this recipe too

Nurturing Bone Broth in the Instant Pot

Greek Instant Pot Chicken & Rice

Let me know if you’re looking for more instant pot whole chicken recipes or how you like this one! I’d love to hear from you.

Fun, Affordable Family Skiing in Colorado at Sunlight Mountain Resort

Located about three hours from Denver and just outside Glenwood Springs, Co, Sunlight Mountain Resort is an amazing place to go skiing in Colorado. If you haven’t been there, here’s why you must go to Sunlight Mountain for you next ski vacation!

Sunlight Mountain Resort in Glenwood Springs CO

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Last year, my family took an amazing spring break to Colorado. One of the best things we did on that trip was take our kids skiing as the guests of Sunlight Mountain. Not only were they able to take their first ski lesson, but we enjoyed exploring the mountain for three great days of skiing. Thank you to Sunlight Mountain for hosting my family. Almost a year later, the kids still talk fondly about their skiing adventures in Colorado.

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photo courtesy of Troy Hawks, Sunlight Mountain Resort

Fun, Affordable Family Skiing in Colorado at Sunlight Mountain Resort


At first glance, Sunlight Mountain might not seem like that much. With only three chair lifts, the resort is not ritzy when compared to the giant resorts in Colorado. But don’t let that stop you from exploring all it has to offer. Free parking, no waiting, small crowds, powder all day, and over 700 skiable acres are just a few of the reasons you’ll want to head to Glenwood Springs and ski at Sunlight.

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Affordable Family Skiing

For about half the cost of other Colorado ski resorts, you don’t have to break the bank to take your kids on a family ski trip. With four kids, we’re always looking for ways to save when we take our kids on vacation. While we want to save money, we definitely don’t want to sacrifice fun. Luckily, you won’t have to sacrifice anything at Sunlight Mountain!!

short lift lines at Sunlight Mountain

Small Crowds & Short Lift Lines

Crowded slopes and long lift lines are often the worst parts of skiing. And crowds with kids is just a real disaster as far as I’m concerned. It’s so much nicer when you don’t have to worry about people crashing into you, or your kids crashing into other people, or losing your kids in a crowd. Luckily, we didn’t have to worry about any of that, and if we had wait to wait more than two minutes for a lift at Sunlight, that was a long time!

ski lessons at Sunlight

Great Ski Lessons For Kids and Adults

I grew up skiing in Europe and when I was young, my parents enrolled me and my sister in week long ski lessons almost every time we went. Not only did they enroll us, but they took lessons as well. Lessons were pretty much the norm in Europe, but I don’t really see that same emphasis on lessons here in the States. Personally, I think the best thing you can do for your kids (and even yourself) is take ski lessons whenever possible. I need to take some more myself.

Since this was the first Colorado mountain experience for our kids, it was important to me that they have a lesson from someone other than myself. We enrolled each of our four kids in one lesson and they loved it. My eldest daughter had a panic attack the first time she got off the lift and the instructor was not only able to get her down the mountain, but he also gave her the confidence she needed to go back up. I can’t wait to put them back in ski lessons! They really enjoyed the lesson and the confidence they gained from it.

Mt Sopris from Sunlight Mountain Resort

Runs for Advanced Skiers Too

While Sunlight Mountain is a great resort for beginners, they also have a lot of slopes that more advanced skiers enjoy too. With 67 trails through 700 acres, there really is something there for everyone. And the views of Mt. Sopris and beyond are simply stunning!

Glenwood Springs Hot Springs

Ski, Swim, Stay Vacation

The great thing about skiing at Sunlight is there is more than just skiing. Glenwood Springs is known for its amazing hot springs after all! But you can also take snowmobile tours at Sunlight and so much more. Book a Ski, Swim, Stay vacation and enjoy everything that Glenwood Springs and Sunlight Mountain Resort have to offer! With beautiful hotel partners in Glenwood Springs, relaxing natural springs, lovely restaurants, local shops and more, your family will enjoy any vacation you book!

Do you enjoy skiing in Colorado? Where have you been and what did you love??

For more of our fun family adventures, check out these posts:

Our Amazing Colorado Spring Break

Fun Family Weekend in La Crosse, Wi

Heidelberg Germany – my childhood home 

Custer State Park, South Dakota

Mother – Daughter Teen Vacation in Panama City Beach