Being Practical


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Some days are all about just getting things done and being practical.

Let me count the ways…

Being Practical #1: Grocery shopping and stocking up on some produce for the weekend

Various produce on countertop

Being Practical #2: Grapes were on sale for $1.99/pound.  Sure beats the $3.99/pound they were earlier in the week when I had picked up a bunch only to realize at checkout they were going to be $9.76.  So I told the cashier to forget about those, but she said they’re going on sale tomorrow.  So on Friday, I scored on cheap grapes.  That’s practical.

Bag of grapes

Being Practical #3.  Red-tape sale bananas.  29 cents/pound.   I have no idea what was “wrong” with these but I am all about sale and reduced-price fruit.

Bunch of bananas

Being Practical #4: Stocking up on sale pears


Being Practical #6: Replenishing my  eat-one-a-day tomato habit stash

Vine ripened tomatoes

Being Practical #7:  Eating this big green salad with Vegan Slaw Dressing

Green salad with Vegan Slaw DressingJar of Vegan Slaw Dressing

And adding Mango Ginger Maple Tofu to it

Mango Ginger Maple Tofu stacked in container
Close up of Mango Ginger Maple Tofu in container
Being Practical #8: Bundling up your child in a winter coat and Ugg boots when it’s “freezing” out in the “winter”.  i.e. 58F and windy.  Head to toe pink is optional.
Young girl bundled up in pink jacket and boots
Being Practical #9: Reorganizing your pantry and finding an 18 Rabbits bar you forgot about.
18 Rabbits Funky Figs and Cherries granola bar

I think my 5 Minute No Bake Vegan Oatmeal Raisin Cookies taste just as good and are a fraction of the price. 

That’s being practical. Use dried cherries rather than raisins if you want to keep things really mimic an 18 Rabbits bar.

No Bake Vegan Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Close up of No Bake Vegan Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Being Practical #10:  Stopping to smell the roses in February.  And enjoying time outside.  And having the good sense to Streamline my Workouts months ago so I am spending more time outside or with my family or doing things other than working out.  It’s nice and all, but ya know.  I am a practical girl.
Pink flowers
From my last Challenge Post: TV Shows, it was great to hear what your favorite shows are and many of them were on my list.  Shows I never watch are 30 Rock, The Office, Glee, and the entire NBC lineup that was frequently mentioned.   Good to know there are lots of Bravo TV fans, too!
And thanks for telling me what Challenge you’d like to see me write about next.
It would be practical for you to make these this weekend.  They only take 3 minutes.
Microwave Chocolate Peanut Butter & Oat Snack Bars
Close up of one Microwave Chocolate Peanut Butter & Oat Snack Bar
1. What’s in store for you this weekend?
I am working, being with the family, not watching the Superbowl, and hopefully watching some mindless tv.


2. Do you consider yourself a Practical Person?

In many ways, I am extremely practical.
I am practical because:
I like to save money and I am budget conscious.  (This post was a good example of how I save money on my grocery budget)
In life in general, I plan ahead, I take time to ensure things are planned out for the future and that I am not flying by the seat of my pants on important life matters.
In general, I think my common sense and judgment is good and it helps me be, well, practical.
But I am a dichotomy and in other ways, I throw practicality to the wind!


3. What do you do that’s Practical, even though it may be more fun to be…not practical?

It would be more fun/easier/tastier to eat a whole bunch of gluten.  For a minute. And then I would feel like crap.  So it’s more practical to keep gluten out of my life.
It would be easier to blow off work and let my credit card debt linger.  But I am making progress on it.
It would be more fun to go to my house in Aruba for another monthBut I need to stay here and work.
Woman and child sitting on couch smiling
Beach in Aruba with people and boats in water

Are you Practical?  In what ways?  Or what ways do you break the rules and buck being practical?  Trust me, life is a balance of doing that, too!  Sometimes I throw practical-ness to the wind and say…screw it and live in the moment!

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  1. I would like to be practical, but most of the times I’m a very complicated guy. I have a lot of jobs to do all the time and I do the things the hard way.

    Thanks for your advice, and congratulations, your pictures are very nice.



  2. Great work on those roses. It is a magical thing to be able to take some time out of a busy day and watch the garden, especially when flowers are in bloom. I make use of spent coffee grounds for flowers like roses, because it promotes soil and plant health. I’d be happy to take you through it at some time. Anyway, keep up this great site and all the best to you and the family.

  3. Love this post, Averie! I’m with you on reduced for sale produce. I also buy reduced for sale bread/buns/etc. Every penny counts, right? :) And I consider myself to be a practical person, but at the same time I try to stay aware that I’m not falling into the whole “routine” trap.

  4. I’m pretty much a practical person. Like scoring deals and saving money on the budget where I can. Surprise deals at the check out are great :)

    I go to bed every night before 10pm, even though I would love to stay up later.
    I get up by 6am every morning (7am on weekends through the winter) even though I would love to sleep in and stay in the comfy warm bed. Work beckons, and pays for all fun things :)

  5. I bought red taped bananas a few days ago too for .29 a pound – though mine looked a bit mroe aged than yours, haha. I bought a little more than 7 pounds and when I peeled them, they were all still perfect! So now I have tons of frozen banana slices for smoothies and “ice cream”. Cheers to being practical. :)

  6. I’m not practical. At all. Oh wait, well I do tend to have my whole life including appointments, groceries, yoga studio, work stay in the downtown core, where I live, so I never have to take too much time and stray too far. I don’t have a car so I walk or take transit everywhere. If I ask where something is and they say “over the bridge” I’m like, no thanks, do they have something downtown? haha.

    And another practical thing we do I guess is grocery shop over in the States instead of Canada. Everything is pretty much half price. It’s worth it for us to do that. I went to Costco in the States for the first time last weekend and nearly died it was soooo cheap!!


  7. I’ve been meaning to try the dressing..I think I have all the ingredients?!
    Skylar is to cute in all her pink :)

  8. I have always been so practical and such that when I was younger everyone always said I was 8 or 9 going on 30. I like being practical though sometimes I wish I could be a little more reckless! And that is so cool that the cashier told you the grapes were going on sale! I am having a hard time finding cheap grapes which is SO SAD because I love grapes (especially frozen!).

  9. I’m practical when I’m not being irrational :lol: I tend to be a wee bit too emotional sometimes! Working on that. :)

    Grapes always get me, too! $3.99 (per lb) doesn’t sound so bad until you realize they’re $10 bucks! Geez Louise, no thank you!!! Why must they be sooo tasty, though?? hehe

    I love Skylar’s pink outfits! I wish my parents took more pictures of me when I was a baby and growing up. I was just complaining to my mom today how I have so few baby pictures. Kids of the digital camera age have 100 pics a DAY! hahaha