Save The Bees Tee

Friends, I am very happy to share something with you that I am so, so excited about. I was honored to receive this bright and cozy, “Save the Bees” tee from Wholesome Culture! ( I shared it a few posts ago, in this post, where I rounded up my favorite botanical tees)

They generously donate a portion of their profits to environmental, and animal rescue organizations.

I am more than happy to share with you how much I love it, and more about this company’s mission to encourage a plant based lifestyle.

While I don’t practice veganism myself, I do believe we should all do what we can to leave our world better than we found it. (I discuss this practice for us personally, in this post).

While they may not seem like much, here are a few ways we, at the Yellow House are trying to leave this place better:

  • I have cut down greatly on paper towel use, by switching to reusable cloths for cleaning, and using them multiple times before washing.
  • I have switched almost entirely to reusable containers and reusable baggies in my kid’s lunches ( I love these from grove.co, and these from Amazon)-why haven’t I done this all along?
  • I always use my reusable bags at the grocery store, even for produce! (I LOVE my washable produce bags!)
  • Using only rainwater as the water for our all our house’s needs, we have become so much more aware of our water usage and while my kid’s sometimes take, “if it’s yellow let it mellow” a bit too far, (It’s been three days! Flush.it.) I love that they “get it” too. Like the planet, but on a much smaller scale, this yellow house has a limited amount of water until the next time it rains. Use it wisely! Again, why haven’t we always had this mindset?

I am not trying to sound like I’ve got it all together when it comes to living responsibly on this beautiful planet!! I only hope to share with you a few small things that I think anyone can do in their own home.

If you feel like even a small change would be too much on your plate right now, can I just encourage you to spend some time outside this week? I have found, from living on our beautiful ranch, that I feel so much more inspired to save water, and create less waste. (Read how we got here in this post)

When you find yourself in awe of God’s creation, whether in your backyard, at the park with your kids, hiking, biking or running, you feel more inclined, and even responsible to care for it…however you can. To keep you feeling inspired, why not check out some of these other cute, comfy tees from Wholesome Culture?

I love this sweatshirt!
This one comes in gold and white!
So cute as a tank top!
They also sell tote bags! Great for those trips to the grocery store, or farmer’s market.

There are so many good quality tees and products with a message. You can buy a tee with a cute saying about your love for adopting animals, or a water bottle sharing the message, “Less Plastic, More Love”. There are even shirts and tanks for those of you that love yoga. And remember, they donate a portion of their proceeds to several charities, so it’s all for a good cause!

Let me know what you find for yourself. I always love to hear from you!

Thank you so much for being here, and happy shopping,

Botanical Tee Round Up

I guess it’s the aspiring gardener/wannabe plant lady/hopeful homesteader in me, but while we’re still in the midst of stupid, ‘ol winter, I have been eyeing this botanical tee I spotted on Pinterest months ago, while Christmas shopping.

Wear green things on shirt. Grow green things. This is how it works, yes?

Love this one? You can buy it here.

It’s got a vintage look to it that I love and since it’s likely I was wearing a sweater when I first saw it, I’m sure those short sleeves and artfully depicted flowers gave me tulips bluebonnets for eyes, a la a cartoon character.

I followed a link, which sent me to a blog, where I searched high and low for the info on this tee. I came up with nothing. Oh well. Christmas is busy, and I forgot all about it.

Recently, I saw it again on Instagram, on @cottonstem’s page. I love her feed, and her blog! Be sure to go check her out if you haven’t yet!

After more investigative internet surfing I found it at Urban Outfitters. (now it’s in the comments of her photo) It sells for $34, and since I’m not even cool enough to enter an Urban Outfitters…meh.

Kidding. It’s mostly just that I’m cheap. I was now motivated to find a botanical/floral print tee for myself.

Below, I’ve compiled a list of tees for you that are similar. Most are under $30 too!

Buy it here.

This tee comes from wholesomeculture.com and if you have been “with me” long, you know how I feel about yellow. I love the simple look of the flowers and that font adds such a cute whimsical touch. It’s currently on sale for $27, but does charge for shipping so it’s the only one I’ve linked here that comes out to more than $30. But, this website does offer a portion of their proceeds to charity.

Buy it here, on Etsy.

This one is so similar to the Urban Outfitters version, and only $26 with free shipping! I love that large red poppy mixed in with the other flowers.

Buy it here.

This tee reminds me of seed packets: “Wear seed packets. Plant seeds.”- right?! Unlike most everything on Amazon, this tee does charge for shipping but still stays below $30.

Find this cutie cactus tee here for $25. 

I love the cactus and succulents on this tee! I don’t mean to brag or anything, but I have kept a cactus and several succulents alive and thriving.

Buy yours here.

This is the one I decided on and is on sale right now for less than $20! I loved the pink shade of the shirt with the green, and a few pops of red.

botanical tees for spring
I have it tied off to one side here, but it’s a good length for tucking in, or casually untucked, too.

To get me through until warmer, spring days I’ll layer it with my denim jacket, or army green button down shirt.

Do you like botanical tees for spring and summer? Which is your favorite? Let me know if you get one, I would love to know what you picked for your own closet!

Thanks so much for stopping by, thank you for reading!!!

My tips for shopping at Sprouts on a budget and my menu for the week

Hi friends! I have had enough people ask me about my meal planning, grocery budget and dinner menu that I thought sharing my weekly meal plan would be something to share here, on the blog. To get this started, I wanted to share how, and where I shop and some “rules” I follow. Next week I’ll share my menu, but this week I’ve also included some of my tips.

I do all my grocery shopping on Wednesdays. And only Wednesday. I would rather sit on a cactus than grocery shop twice in one week. I do Wednesdays because Sprouts has double circular day. This means that all the previous week’s specials, as well as the following week’s specials are all applicable that day. You get double the savings! I look through the circulars on Tuesday, and make my meal plan based on the promotions they are running.

First, I should mention that we have 1/3 of a beef in our freezer, so I will make beef meals about once, or more a week and those meals aren’t included in that weekly amount since we have that meat here already. I also make 1-2 trips to Costco a month, ringing up about $150-$200 a trip depending on our needs that month. So I am spending more than $400/month on groceries. But, I do feed my kids breakfast, lunch and dinner from home, or packed in a lunchbox, every day.

I really, really love Sprouts for lots of reasons I won’t bore you with. Here’s where you can find your circular, or if you have a Sprouts near you: Sprouts.com But, hopefully you will find these tips are applicable at your grocery.

  • Make a list.
    • Y’all know this. You’ve heard it. Sorry to be lame, but it’s true. You have to plan your meals, and you have to make a list.
    • I make my list the night before. I sit down with:
      • My computer or phone for looking at the circulars (you may get them in the mail)
      • Two pieces of paper. One for grocery list, one for my menu.
      • My cookbooks nearby, or Pinterest available to refer to my recipes.
      • I also have a whiteboard on my fridge to keep track of staples that we need. Peanut butter, milk, ketchup…my whole family is trained to write down anything they realize we are out of.
  • Keep to the list.
    • you knew that was coming.
    • I do make exceptions to that rule if something is on a seriously good sale/on the clearance cart. If it’s something that’s on sale, but you don’t need it this week, the tag often has a “On Sale Until ___” date on it. You can assess whether or not it’s something you want to make an exception for.
  • Try to keep your “aisle items” to a minimum, but don’t make a special trip to find them elsewhere.
    • Aisle items ARE more expensive at Sprouts. A can of beans is $ .59 at HEB, and $1 at Sprouts. I have tried the approach of, “I’ll get meat, fruits and veggies at Sprouts, and “aisle items” at HEB where they are cheaper.” This didn’t work the way I hoped. I spent too much at HEB after I got all my good, necessary food at Sprouts. There will be something else you forgot you “needed”, there will be a coupon you can’t pass up…you get the idea. Just spend the extra on aisle items while at Sprouts, and just don’t get too many. I have gritted my teeth and spend $7 on peanut butter because we were totally out and I couldn’t get to Costco. It can seem painful but not worth that extra trip.
  • Make your menu reflect what’s on sale.
    • If pork is on sale, you’re having pork chops. If chicken’s on sale, you’re having chicken.
    • As soon as you see something on sale you can use, find a recipe, add the ingredients you need to your grocery list right then and write down what you’re making on your menu.
  • Don’t be too picky about fruits and vegetables.
    • We eat lots of fruit. Know why my kids think Kiwis are like candy? Because kiwis don’t go on sale. So Smiths get Kiwi every blue moon when I’m feeling very generous:) We regularly eat bananas and apples plus another one or two on sale/in season fruit.
    • On my list, I usually just write, “veggies x ___”. I choose from the veggies that look good and are a good price that week. I don’t stress too much about choosing them from the circular while I make my list.
  • Don’t make “kid food”
    • I have a whole soap box about this. You don’t need to hear it. Just make one meal for your family.
    • (If you are pregnant, have a baby, a toddler, or PMS, this doesn’t apply to you. You are in your season. You are pretty and worthy. Your kids, AND your husband like, and appreciate, cereal and sandwiches for dinner.)
Here’s what we’re eating this week:
Wednesday: Chicken Curry and Eggplant Punjab with Naan bread
Thursday: Beef with Broccoli, egg rolls (from Costco), and rice
Friday/Cinco de Mayo: soft beef tacos, corn salad(corn, avocado, purple onion, lime juice, salt, pepper, chili powder), chips and salsa
Saturday: Steaks, homemade bread, zucchini
Sunday: Homemade pizzas (pepperoni for kids, supreme for grown-ups), salad
Monday: Falafel with yogurt sauce, cucumbers and carrots with hummus
Tuesday: Sloppy Joes, sweet potato fries
I have included the links to two of these recipes, but happy to share with you any others you want.
Ok, Sorry to be so long-winded! Next week I’ll keep it short and sweet, and share my menu.
Thanks for reading! XO, Steph