Organic Living (on a Budget!)

Clean eating and do-it-yourself tips from a newly married couple's persepective

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(Not) A Lazy Sunday

Good morning! I had a late start to the morning, but this girl is on fire! LOL I’ve cleaned the kitchen and living room already, and have big plans to work on a powerpoint and handouts for my team’s business training this Tuesday night (I have my own business educating and empowering young women and moms to improve their health and finances with doTERRA Essential Oils, and a huge part of that is mentoring/training my team of other product consultants). Right now I’m enjoying a plain latte with skim milk…mmm!



On a totally unrelated note, my 42 days to fitness are halfway gone! I can’t believe it. I’m so ready to finish this semester and get aboard our cruise ship! Just another 21 days to wait! 

My workouts have been going really well. I need to keep changing up the reps/sets to prevent a plateau. Yesterday my sister and I did 30-12-8-30 (reps) for biceps, triceps, and shoulders, and my arms were burning! They were exhausted by the end. Here’s the workout we did:

30-12-8-30 reps, increasing weight until you get back to 30 reps, then go light again:

Hammer bicep curls w/cable

Skull crushers on ball w/barbell

One arm lateral raises w/cable 


AMRAP (as many reps as possible) 1 minute:

Barbell bicep curls

Tricep press w/cable

Shoulder press w/cable


My diet, on the other hand, still needs some work. I’ve been better than before, but not perfect by any means. I see more salads in my future…it’s only 21 days, right? I can do this 😉 Here are some of my meals/snacks from last week, my new (short!) hair cut, and a wild onion that was left alone for too long in the dark…











TTYL! ❤ Gina


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Lunch from today + things I like

After my fabulous workout today (bi/tri/shoulders + 30 mins tempo cardio), I headed home from work and made lunch. At the time, salad, kiwi, and sweet potatoes were enough to fill me up, but I grabbed a Larabar & made my afternoon coffee a few minutes ago because I was getting hungry again. Here’s my beautiful lunch (part of the rainbow of nutritious foods I try to eat every day!):


On top of my salad I drizzled some of this on as a dressing, and a way to get my omega-3’s (which promote heart and brain health, and reduce inflammation). It has a clean, mild, orange-y flavor (from the Wild Orange essential oil).




These pics aren’t from today, I took them last week…just some things I like. And, keeping in mind my blog’s “money-saving” theme, these are (almost) all free (OK, the latte and the enchiladas cost a few bucks, but I made it at home, which is MUCH cheaper than buying while out).


Rich, red, Florida sunsets (this isn’t edited!)


Doggie kisses 🙂 right when I’m trying to take a picture!


Veggie enchiladas! That one covered in jalapenos on the left? That’s mine 😀 I make these almost every week. Dice veggies (onion, bell pepper, zucchini, garlic) and saute in olive or coconut oil, stir in a can of fire-roasted diced tomatoes, and a can of chopped green chilies. Fill each tortilla with a little of the veggie mix and wrap them up. Cover in enchilada sauce and cheese and bake at 350 for 15 minutes. Perfect!!


My afternoon latte–this is a luxury I get over the weekend when I can finally sit down and study/read at home. I’m on the go way too much for this during the week.


Learning about the effects of essential oils on our emotional health. This book is Emotional Healing with Essential Oils, by Daniel MacDonald. Great book! Each oil gets a page, so you can find things quickly.

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Day One

Hello! I’m Gina, and this is my eclectic little blog. I’m passionate about health, nutrition, and enjoying life–but not breaking the bank! I’ll post on a variety of topics with a common theme: getting the most out of a dollar. This may or may not be because I’m the daughter of a Certified Public Accountant 😉 I am a AAAI/ISMA certified personal trainer, and I have my own business teaching classes about and selling doTERRA’s 100% Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils that have helped my family treat a multitude of health issues. I love both of my jobs!

I’m in my final semester as a college student in central Florida. I’m studying biology, and only 5 classes stand between me and my B.S. degree! Today is the first day of class, and I’m already loving my classes. Looks like I saved the best for last 🙂 My classes this semester are:

  • General Physiology (and lab)
  • Parasitology (not as nasty as it sounds…we’ll do an overview of ALL types of parasitic relationships in the plant and animal worlds)
  • Principles of Ecology
  • Principles of Immunology (this might be my favorite! Have to wait for class tonight to find out, but this topic is VERY interesting to me)
  • Organic Evolution (sounds boring, will find out for sure tomorrow)

I think prioritizing sleep will be my biggest struggle. There’s going to be a lot of reading to do–which I love, but sometimes there isn’t enough time in the day! If you’re wondering why sleep is so important to me (read: invaluable), I’d recommend watching this short video on TED.

Time to start reading!