Testing Freezer Meals

In Thirty-One we ask “What is your ‘why’?”.

My WHY has been eclectic and ever changing:

to travel again

to pay the car repairs

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pay student debt

Now I have a new “why”.  My sister-in-law is marrying a guy from Hawaii!      IN HAWAII!

IN JANUARY!!!!

This means we will need to save about $600 a month to pay for the travel, lodging, and vehicle.  Sooooo….guess what my new “why” is?

I am hoping to contribute about $300/mo from my Thirty-One business.  We will also be tightening the belt...even tighter.

Since groceries is the one area I feel I am able to have the most control over I would like to see how far I can make my dollar stretch.  I picked up a book at the library a while back that I wanted to try, and now is the perfect time to put it into practice! It is called Frozen Assets by Deborah Taylor-Hough. I know the whole freezer meal thing was already the rage a while ago but it has never really appealed to me.  We like food.  I mean, we LIKE food! We are a little bit snobbish about it. At least what we eat within out own house.  I don’t want you to go canceling dinner plans with us now!

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I thought I would give it a try and just go in with not-so-high expectations. I thought it would also be good to have some meals made up when I begin my new semester of grad school next week.  I wont have to revert to expensive and very unhealthy pre-packaged meals. I think it will also make it easier for me to incorporate healthy side dishes such as a simple veggie dish.

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Unlike many freezer meal plans I have seen, this book does mini-sessions. This consists of 5 dishes with one common main ingredient such as a type of meat, veggies, tofu, or pasta.  I chose a chicken mini session that looked good.  I got my chicken in bulk at Costco.

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I haven’t looked in depth at other meal plans, but this one gives you your ingredient list for all of the meals and tells you what you need to do to prep the food. MOST of my ingredients are here.  The night before I boiled the chicken and used the stock from that for the dishes.

I was happy to use jalapenos from my garden rather than buying the canned stuff that they called for. The recipe also called for canned white beans, but I always prefer to use dry beans. Cheaper and no salt added.

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Once everything was prepared and ready in their dishes it was pretty simple to put the meals together. They did require some cooking before pouring into the freezer bags.

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My gallon freezer bags are filled with White Chicken Chili, Chicken-Asparagus Crustless Quiche, Penne Cacciatore, Marinated Lime Chicken, and Cheddar Chicken.  Each bag should be 6 servings, but my husband always surprises me with how much he can pack away! 🙂 We will see how long each dish lasts us.

I got all of my ingredients for $36 so each serving costs about $1.20, but I did not include the cost of spices that I already had.

Thirty-One On America’s Got Talent

My husband says I can spot a Thirty-One bag a mile away. And he is right!

This bag flashed on the screen for about a second and I popped out of my seat and said, “That was a Thirty-One bag!”

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Did you spot it?

Do you know what IT is?

I will also tell you that this is your hint for next month’s special!  Eeeee!!!

So if this is what the STARS’ hair an makeup artists use, does that make you want to just run out and get one right now because of how practical and handy (and, eh-hem, stylish!) it is?!

Well, you CAN’T run out and get one, but I CAN tell how HOW to get one! 😀

Thirty-One Adverts in InStyle and Real Simple!

This is so incredibly exciting to me! This is HUGE! Do you know what this means?! Things are going to explode! Things will be happening around here! Now is the time to join Thirty-One.  They are reaching out to a new market of people with their campaign in Real Simple and InStyle.

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Together with this and the GREAT new catalog beginning September 1, Thirty-One is setting their consultants up for success!

Vary You Versatile Bag

I am thrilled, just THRILLED to finally have my Vary You Versatile Bag!  It was one of my MUST HAVE bags when I saw it at the product reveal at National Conference.

And here it is!

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I love everything about this. I LOVE the color, the fabric, the size. I am thrilled with how my embroidery turned out (Platinum is the color, if you would like to know).

Above it is fully extended. It is nice and tall for a laptop or fill it up and use as a carry-on. There is a snap closure.

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Here the top portion is folded in, the straps pulled out through the grommets, and zipped closed. I think this is a comfortable height for me, but I like the option of making it bigger.  This will be a GREAT travel bag!

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You can see the zipper pocket on the inside and opposite the zipper pocket is 2 flat pockets.

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Front pocket with a snap closure. I carry catalogs with me everywhere and they fit sideways perfectly in here, so you will be able to easily slip your magazines out of sight when they are not needed.

This bag is 1/2 off this month when you spend $35, so DO NOT miss out on this great deal!  I can recommend a great wallet to go with it!

Do you have any of the new Girl On The Go purses yet? Which is your favorite?

Unboxing My National Conference Kit!

More free stuff! Can’t go wrong with that. And what’s even better is the free items are from our new catalog! Woo-Hoo!

Since I earned National Conference for free I also got a kit that included the new Medium Thermal Zipper Pouch, Perfect Bottle Thermal, Free To Be Carry-All, and the not-new-but-in-the-new-pattern Cosmetic Bag Set!

I feel so luck to be with Thirty-One. Just in the last few weeks I have gotten $370 in free products AND my $200 National Conference fee was paid for!

I wanted you to share the in excitement of my lasted package, and I KNOW you have been dying to see some of the new products and patterns. These will be available starting September 1, 2013, so book your parties NOW before my dates are filled. You will want this stuff for FREE because there will be too many great products to choose from!  I would be happy to set up a catalog party or facilitate a Facebook party for you.