Cleanse & Detox: Post Workout Smoothie Recipe

Here is a yummy smoothie idea courtesy of Abe’s Market(If you aren’t familiar with it, Abe’s is a great place to shop for inexpensive prices on organic and natural items–though I usually double-check prices on Amazon, too).

After Workout Smoothie Recipe

Cleanse & Detox After Work-Out Smoothie



  • Blend all ingredients together!


Favado #ResolutionSolution ($100 Visa Gift Card Giveaway)

Disclosure:  Favado and are providing the $100 Visa Gift Card for this giveaway.  All thoughts and opinions are always my own!

I resolve to spend less

I’ve talked a few times about Favado–the new grocery shopping app that makes it easier to find bargains at your local store.  If you have a smartphone, I hope you’ve tried it out–it can definitely help you save at the grocery store.  (You can see my post about how to use Favado here.)

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I’m excited to be teaming up with Favado to share about their newest campaign #ResolutionSolutions. Plus, Favado and are giving away a $100 Visa Gift Card to one of you!


Here is more info about Favado:

“So you blew your budget last year. Well, it’s 2014 – your chance for a fresh start and to stick to your budget again in the new year.

Favado, your friendly neighborhood grocery savings mobile app from, can help you do just that.

Personalized just for you, the Favado money-saving app will help you keep your resolution to save on groceries this year with step-by-step weekly goals from the best money-saving brains in the business. It’s the solution to keeping your 2014 resolution!”

If you want to learn more, you can also check out the Weekly Twitter Parties!  They will be held each Tuesday evening at 9 PM ET. 

Week #1 (Jan 7-14) – Smarter Grocery Shopping Habits 

The first week, we’ll be talking mostly about the little habits you can change while shopping that can make a big difference in your grocery spending…such as not buying the magazines off the rack at the checkout, writing a grocery list and sticking to it while shopping, as well as checking unit prices and sale expiration dates.

Favado Helps by…allowing you to have a shopping list in the palm of your hand that you won’t forget at home!

Week #2 (Jan 15-21) – Shopping the Sales and Following the Sales Cycles

Grocery stores and manufacturers work hard to push out their best sale prices to you on a weekly basis through their store circulars. If you follow along closely, you’ll notice that most products operate on an 8-12 week sales cycle.

You’ll also find that “product families” all go on sale at the same time, for example all the P&G products will be discounted the same weeks, and will return to their regular prices for a few weeks, then go back on sale together.

Favado Helps by…showing you when your favorite products go on sale, so that you can purchase them when they are on sale and not have to pay full price in between sales cycles. Over time, you’ll learn how much to purchase to last you until the next sale.

Week #3 (Jan 22-28) – Couponing for “Double the Discount” 

The deep 50-70% savings that you hear talked about frequently occur when you combine a coupon with an already discounted product for “double the discount.” For example if toothpaste is on sale for $1 and you have a $.75 off coupon, you’ll get that toothpaste for just $.25, as opposed to its $2.49 regular price.

Favado Helps by…doing all the hard work for you and putting the best sale prices with matching available coupons in a nice, organized list. Favado makes it easy to find these discounts and save big on groceries.

Week #4 (Jan 29-Feb 5) – Meal Planning

Making a meal plan based on what’s on sale in your local grocery stores can help you cut your grocery bill by 20-30% alone. Matching your meals with the sales is a simple, scissorless way to save each week at the grocery store.

Favado Helps by…allowing you to search for ingredients that are on sale for the meals you want to make each week. Want to make a slow cooker meal that calls for boneless skinless chicken thighs or beef roast? Favado can tell you which store has those ingredients on sale each week.


Because of how we’ve changed our eating, I don’t use coupons quite as much anymore (although I still use them for home and personal type products–and some foods when I can find good ones).  I am still keeping our budget lowered by using menu-planning and stockpiling though.  You can find out more about our journey at

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Now for my favorite part!  One of you will win a $100 Visa Gift Card!  Simply fill out the form below to be entered to win!  The winner will be selected Monday, January 13 at 10 PM.

My Nine Favorite Books from Last Year

I ended up reading quite a few books last year–although I didn’t finish my initial list.  I just couldn’t seem to get through the classics I planned to read, but there is always next year…right?!!  Anyway, here are my nine favorite books from 2013.

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Love Does:

This book is a collection of stories from the author’s life, and I love it!  It inspired me to live a life of “whimsy”.  I read several of the chapters to my oldest daughter, and we just laughed and were amazed at Bob Goff’s life.  It pushes you to consider your own life–and how you can go beyond the humdrum of everyday.  Love doesn’t just sit.  Love does!

Introvert Power:

I’ve known for a long time that I’m an introvert, but I have never really considered my introversion as a strength; instead, I’ve tried to hide it or ignore it.  This book opened my eyes to the who, what, when, where and why of being an introvert.  It completely changed how I view myself–and gave me insight into some of the burn-out and struggles I’ve been facing over the past few years.  Though I didn’t agree with everything in the book, it was quite influential in my life in 2013.

Glorious Ruin:

This is a book about suffering.  It doesn’t address those typical questions–the why or how to get through the suffering.  Instead, Tullian Tchividjian explores the God who walks with us through the pain and how suffering sets us free.  After walking through various seasons of suffering, I have several favorite books on it and this is one of them.

Unfriend Yourself:

This was a short little book, but it was a good reminder to me about unplugging.  I’ve struggled with limiting my internet usage sometimes–especially as a blogger, but this reinforced and spurred me to set even more limits around my time on the web.


Sometimes, as a mom with littler ones (although they’ve grown up quite a bit!), I’ve found myself not quite as aware of what is going on in the world around me.  This book was an excellent crash course in the issues of our day–and how I can make a difference.  It can be overwhelming to look at the needs in our world, but I was reminded to start by helping one person.  We can all do that!

Being Okay With Where You Are:

I’ll admit it.  I struggle with being an over-achiever.  I like to set goals.  I like to reach them.  When I don’t, it is difficult for me.  I push myself so hard–and I burn-out!  I know many of you are like that, too.  This little eBook was reassuring and a great reminder about the seasons in our lives.  Dreams die.  Life doesn’t go as planned.  Struggles happen.  It’s okay to be okay with where you are.

Embracing Obscurity:

I wrote a guest post on this over at The Purposeful Mom.  It was a challenging book for me–it pushed me to ponder much of what I’m doing in my life–and in blogging, too.  What is the purpose of a platform?  Do I really need one?  Am I going to miss out on great opportunities because no one knows who I am, and I’m not being pushy enough?  What does it really mean to embrace being unknown in this world, yet known by God?  It really stirred up more questions than answers for me, but it was a worthwhile read.  I’ll be pondering it for a while.


I read this book aloud to the girls, and we loved it.  It’s an excellent classic story that will stick in your heart–and remind you to play the “Glad Game” in all circumstances.

Made to Crave:

I wrote a series about this book and my struggles with weight, food, etc.  Blegh.  It’s not my favorite thing to talk about, and it’s a struggle of mine–but Made to Crave was an influential book in my life last year.

How about you?  Did you have a favorite book you read last year?  Feel free to share!  I love getting new ideas for what to read in 2014!!




Homemade BBQ Sauce

Happy New Year, y’all! I hope 2014 is off to a great start for you! I’m here today to share my super quick and easy Homemade BBQ Sauce!

Homemade BBQ Sauce #BBQ

Are you a resolution maker or a goal setter? I have to confess something … I have decided to try to cut out some of the processed food out of my family’s diet. It’s long overdue. I’m not looking for the knock-out, drag out kind of change with my husband or kiddos …. but I figure if there are things I can make at home – often cheaper and more healthy for my family – I’m going to start switching things out. With the Super Bowl coming up, I know we’ll have tons of munchies and snacks – perhaps, some kind of BBQ Chicken wings. My family loves them! Maybe your family does, too? This BBQ Sauce is quick and easy – you probably have all of the ingredients on hand!

Homemade BBQ Sauce #BBQ

Homemade BBQ Sauce
Printable recipe
Yield: 2 cups

1 cup ketchup
¼ cup butter
⅓ cup water
1 tbsp. paprika
1 tsp. packed brown sugar
¼ tsp .pepper
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 tbsp. lemon juice
1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

In a saucepan over medium heat, bring the ketchup, butter, water, paprika, brown sugar, pepper and onion to a boil. Stir in the lemon juice and Worcestershire sauce. Heat through.

Store in the refrigerator up to 7 days. Serve on or with: ribs, burgers, chicken pieces, as a dipping sauce – or anywhere you would normally use BBQ sauce!

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Jamie Sherman founded Love Bakes Good Cakes in February 2012. Jamie spends her days with her husband, Brian and homeschooling their 5 children in the Phoenix area. She also develops and tests recipes using her own family recipes that have been handed down to her, as well as those she adapts from cookbooks, magazines, newspaper, online resources and from other bloggers. She believes meals and recipes should be easy enough for the average cook and uses ingredients that are available in most local markets. She strives to share recipes that are family-friendly, budget-friendly and cook-friendly!