Essential Traditions/Real Food Real Frugal

The archives for the old Essential Traditions blog and the old Real Food Real Frugal Blog

We're Moving!

As you can see, I haven’t been blogging here at Real Food Real Frugal in several months.  I have decided to expand on the subjects I blog about and RFRF just doesn’t fit well in the scope of things.  So, I created a new blog that will allow me to blog about a wider subject matter than just Real Food.  I hope that you will join me over at my new blog and if you come by, be sure and enter our Grand Opening Giveaway!!

You can find my new blog, Essential Traditions at



This weekend, I was doing a little bit of tweaking on my blogs and oops! I managed to do something wrong where instead of fixing them, I broke them pretty badly. They were entirely gone. Thankfully, my server was able to do a restore and they are back up–minus a few posts. So today, I have some work to do on the blog. behind the scenes to finish getting everything straightened up. Unfortunately, the posts that are now gone will not be replaced because silly ol’ me didn’t have a backup. That is going to start happening today (and everyday) from now on. I don’t want to see this happen again. Expect me back tomorrow with a a real blog post!


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Christmas Cash Giveaway!!


Christmas Cash GiveawayWant to win some Christmas Cash? To celebrate the release of my brand new eBook, Real Food Real Frugal, I’m hosting a giveaway for $50 PayPal Payout. The winner will receive $50 through Paypal! It’s a great way to kick off your Christmas shopping!

Don’t forget to stop by my Real Food Real Frugal blog to join in the Launch Party!! There will be lots of activities during the day to celebrate the launch, plus special offers.

Enter to WIN a $50 Christmas Cash

To enter, simply use the Rafflecopter form below! This giveaway ends on Friday, December 7th and the winner will be announced on Saturday, December 8th!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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$200 Have It Your Way Giveaway!!


FREE Blogger Opportunity! We will be giving away $200, in their Have it your way event! How will this work? Whatever the winner wants, the winner will get! Kindle Fire, PayPal Cash, Amazing, Wal-Mart, Target! Who cares, they get just what they want!

Blogger get FREE Facebook llink with the option to purchase additional links!

About the event

    • Prize: Whatever you want up to $200 (shipping included) Do you want a Kindle Fire? Maybe an iPod, hummm maybe gift card to Target, oh wait Paypal cash? We don’t care we want you to have it your way! So let the games begin, and let’s have some fun with this one!

We’re celebrating the lunch of Pink Ninja Media and we would love for your to join us!

    • November 5, 2012 and end on December 5, 2012
    • FREE Facebook Link With Announcement Post
    • Winner will receive $200 anything they want – if they choose a product shipping is included in the $200.
    • Additional links will be $2 – Daily Votes $3 – Paid links will be moved up on Rafflecopter.
    • Sign up HERE
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Taking Applications for Contributors and Guest Posters

We are currently looking for additional contributors and guest posters for the Finding Beauty. Finding Beauty is a Christian blog geared towards stay-at-home wives/moms and homeschooling moms. Themes include homeschooling, homemaking, Christian living, frugality, gardening/farming/homesteading, parenting, Christian womanhood, Christian Wives, Preparedness, cooking, recipes, real food, crafts.  If you are interested, please fill out the application.

Contributors are required to post an article on their assigned day once a week as well as participate in promoting their own posts and the posts of other contributors. In most instances, you will be allowed to write on whatever topic you wish, but the editor has the right to make minor tweaks and or ask for changes to the article if she feels it is needed. We also have one week a month where we all write on the same topic and you will be required to write a post on that topic.

Guest Posters are required to provide an article on an as needed basis. These articles are meant to help fill in when a contributor is on vacation or a leave, as well as for special occasions. Guest posters will be contacted on a monthly basis with a calendar of available dates. In most instances, you will be allowed to write on whatever topic you wish, but the editor has the right to make minor tweaks and or ask for changes to the article if she feels it is needed.

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Comment Policy :: Think Before You Comment – Be Respectful

I’ve recently received some unsavory questions/comments and so I wanted to share my comment policy with everyone.

I am more than happy to approve questions/comments that are posted that are respectful in nature. I don’t ask that you agree with me on everything. We’re all different and we all have different opinions. I’m all for open discussion and as long as I deem that your comment shows respect to me then I will publish them. The list below are ways to get your questions/comment deleted.

1. Hateful speech.

2. Use of curse words an/or taking the Lord’s name in vain.

3. Threatening speech of any kind.

4. Inappropriate content of any kind

5. Being argumentative in a disrespectful manner.

The items listed above are based on MY opinion, so if I deem it unacceptable, then it will be deleted. While this blog is out there in the public for all to see, it is still my blog and it’s up to me to edit it, both in content of my posts AND any questions/comments that I approve.

I will not delete comments/questions that are presented in a respectful manner. I’m not big on debate, but I will be more than happy to listen to differences in opinion presented to me in a respectful manner. But, you must also realize that I have a right to my opinion and I always try hard to present them in a respectful and kind manner and expect you to do the same. I honestly try very hard to present myself and my opinions in a manner that reflects Christ.


Win a TupperWave Stack Cooker!

On my Tupperware website, Susan Godfrey’s Tupperware Page, I’m giving away a Tupperwear, TupperWave Stack Cooker, a $69 value!! Click here to Enter to win today!!

The TupperWave Stack Cooker is a  microwave meal prep favorite. With the ingenious design of the TupperWave® Stack Cooker Starter Set, you can prepare ingredients for up to a complete meal, stack the pieces—then pop them in the microwave for a few minutes and you’re done!

The set includes an insert with nine delicious recipes to mix and match several mouth-watering meals. All recipes are presented in English, Spanish and French. The set also includes the following pieces:
• ¾-Qt./750 mL Casserole that doubles as a cover.
• TupperWave® 3-Qt./3 L Casserole
• TupperWave® Cone that turns 3-Qt./3 L Casserole into a tube pan.
• Seal.

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Now Accepting Applications for Contributors to Finding Beauty

I am looking for a few Christian women bloggers to become contributors here at Finding Beauty. I have found that as this blog has grown that I have less and less time to write as admin duties keep me really busy. So I’ve decided to open Finding Beauty up to some other writers to free up a bit more time for me. I am accepting applications until Saturday, July 19th.

As a contributor to Finding Beauty, you can look forward to:

  • An average of over 600+ page hits per day (and growing!)
  • An average of over 18,000+ hits per monthOver 1,400 posts (Blog established in 2006)
  • I participate in lots of blog link-ups which drive LOTS of traffic to the blog. I work hard to bring in traffic so your ads are seen by as many folks as possible.
  • I promote via social media forums, such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and more
  • I am a member of TOS Homeschool Crew, as of May, 2012, which will bring in even more traffic to the blog. I expect over the next several months for traffic to increase quite a bit.
  • I host 3 Blog link-up each week which bring in numerous visitors.

By becoming a contributor, you will get great exposure to your writing and your own personal blog.  This is an excellent opportunity to help you build your base of readership on your personal blog.  It opens up guest posting opportunities as well.


  1. Contributors must provide a quality blog post 1 time per week.  Contributors will be , assigned 1 specific day each week to post (ie: always on Monday or always on Tuesday, etc.)  Articles must be provided 1 week prior to publishing date to allow for editing and approval.  You may include a bio at the end of each blog post which contains a short “About Me” paragraph, as well as a link back to your personal blog.
  2. Blog post subjects can include homemaking subjects, crafts/hobbies, organization, simplicity, frugality, saving money, gardening, homesteading, femininity, modesty, homeschooling, parenting, Titus 2, Proverbs 31, hospitality as well as other related subjects.  Subjects not within these confines will need to be pre-approved.  You can write on ANY subject each week, as long as they are within the confines described above.
  3. I would like at least 1 year blogging experience, with regular posting on your personal blog.  Knowledge of WordPress is preferred, but not required.
  4. You always have the choice on what subject you write about, but I have final approval on each blog post.  I reserve the right to suggest changes of an editorial nature when I feel it is necessary.
  5. You just commit to a minimum of 6 months as a contributor.

To Apply:

If you like what you see, won’t you consider subscribing via RSS or by Email? You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest! You may also wish to check out my current giveaways! I hope you have a day full of blessings!

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Flying Creatures of the Fifth Day Giveaway Winner

WOW!!  There were 345 entries to my Flying Creatures of the Fifth Day Giveaway, this is a record!  Big thank yous go out to all those who entered.  I really appreciate it and can’t wait to do another giveaway soon.  How soon you ask?  Well check back here tomorrow (Sunday, June 3rd) and you will find another giveaway.  This one is truly YUMMY!!

So just who is the lucky winner of the Flying Creatures of the Fifth Day Giveaway?  Congratulations go out to entry #139, Taunya Coleman Richards!!  Way to go Taunya, email me at with your mailing address and I’ll get your prize mailed out to you!  Again congratulations and be sure and come back on Sunday to enter my new giveaway!