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These Are A Few of My Favorite Things…(December – A Budget, Grass-fed Meat, a Podcast, Tea and Chocolate)

Do you know I love to try new things and then share my opinion about those things with other people? It’s true. What better way to share my favorite things, than a post dedicated to just that, some of my favorite things. So, I thought I would try to, semi-regularly, review a few things that you may (or may not) be interested in, and why I like them. Here goes…


YNAB (You Need A Budget) I’ve shared about this budgeting tool before, and I am sure I will share about it again. I love it! I have been using YNAB for a year (in January), and it has simplified my life. I never had a budget until a few years ago when I facilitated a Financial Peace University class. I thought, because my husband has been self-employed much of our marriage and our income always fluctuated, that I couldn’t have a budget. I’ve learned that’s not true. So, if you’ve never budgeted because you have a fluctuating income, or have just never thought to do it, try it out. Budget is not a bad word, and it doesn’t mean that you can’t spend money. What it means is that you tell your dollars where you want them to go. Before YNAB, I was using an Excel sheet to keep track of all our monthly payments, Adobe to allocate our changing budget, and pen and paper to reconcile payments. It was a lot. With YNAB everything is in one place. You access it online and can add the App to your phone (and your spouses phone). It is user-friendly and they have tons of great features. Check them out here: YNAB. You can check out an older post I wrote about budgeting here: You Need a Budget Oh, you can give YNAB as a gift too! 🙂

Butcher Box I recently started using Butcher Box, and I’m hooked. Finding grass-fed beef, organic chicken, and all natural pork is a challenge where I live. I can sometimes find grass-fed ground beef, but outside of that there’s not much available. Eating good, nourishing food that is humanely raised is important to me and this is a great way to do it. Butcher Box is a monthly subscription starting at $129, or you can get an extra-large box starting at $238 (which is double the amount of meat). They select the cuts of meat, but you can choose if you want all beef, beef and chicken, or a mixed box with beef, chicken and pork, you can also add additional items. Your subscription can be set for monthly, every two months, or every three months. You might feel that the price is a little bit higher than what you typically spend, but I’ve found that we are more likely to eat at home if we have something we can grab from the freezer, I’m less likely to waste any of it because I know it’s good quality meat, and it tastes delicious. If you would like to try for yourself you can use my referral link to get a package of free bacon and $10 off your first order here:


If you like the idea of eating grass-fed meat that is humanely raised, but don’t want the commitment of a subscription you can also check out U.S. Wellness Meats. They have a minimum order amount based on weight, and a handling fee, but free shipping. I’ve ordered from them several times and always been pleased with what we’ve received.

Sheologians. A new podcast and blog. Reformed theology for women. Yes! We so desperately need good theology, that when I heard about this I was like, “Why didn’t anyone think of this sooner?!” (Maybe they have, but I haven’t heard of them. Please share if you know of any Reformed theology based podcasts for women.) Anyway, so far, they (Summer and Joy) have offered some great insight into feminism, Westminster and Baptist Catechism (1689), and many other relevant subjects to women in the 21st century from a biblical perspective. They are younger, fun, and share insight that is needed in this time of relativism. I encourage you to check them out and let me know what you think.

Here’s a couple of my favorite podcasts/blogs from them, so far (they’re new):

Confession: You’re Confessional (podcast)

The Episode With A Super Famous Recording Artist (podcast)

This Is Not The Modesty Blog You’re Looking For (Blog post)


*Bonus* I’m trying to keep “My Favorite Things” to 3 per post, but since it’s almost Christmas, I thought I’d also share two additional items that I’ve discovered in the last month.

Teeccino – I am not able to drink coffee and  have tried an assortment of coffee substitutes over the last couple years. This tea is one of the best coffee replacements I’ve had. I enjoy the Dandelion Caramel Nut and the Dandelion Dark Roast. They have a wide assortment of “coffees” and teas, but many of their other products contain barley. If you are not gluten-free these also would be a great addition to your diet, especially if you cannot drink regular coffee.




Alter Eco Chocolate Bars – Delicious! My favorites (from the ones I’ve tried) are the Dark Salted Brown Butter, Dark Mint (which has tiny, crunchy, minty bits), and Dark Twist (chocolate and orange, my very favorite, which has bits of orange throughout). They’re all gluten-free, non-gmo, fair trade, and several have no dairy (or very little).



You can find both these items at (one of my favorite places to shop online). If you haven’t used Vitacost before and you use my referral link, you’ll get $10 off your first order here: I also found a few of these chocolate bars at our local Kroger.


I hope you enjoyed short reviews in this format. If there’s something particular you would like me to review, let me know, and I’ll be happy to share my thoughts.

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