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Hello Beautiful Readers

Hello, beautiful readers! Thank you so much for checking into Frugally Rooted to learn a little about what I’m passionate about. Join me, if you will on a trip down memory lane. Or rather, “new information lane”, since this is my very first post on this shiny new blog. My passion for writing has taken many forms over the years. I’ve dabbled in blog writing (I see you, “ForkBook” circa 2011), creative writing, and even written a grocery list or two in my day. I have found that writing brings me joy and is incredibly therapeutic (#selfcare).

Right now, as I learn the ropes to living my best life, I find that the changing tides are bringing me to a cleaner, more sustainable, less complicated lifestyle.

It isn’t going to happen overnight and I certainly don’t always have the answers. Slowly, through research of my own, reading nonstop,  and trial and error, I have changed the way I see food, and the way I approach wellness and health.

Like many of you, in my thirty one years on this earth, I’ve spent several of them trying  to figuring out what the heck “healthy” looks, feels, and sounds like.

Since honesty is the best policy, weight has been a huge consideration for me for many years. I have lost and gained weight and have yo-yo dieted like it’s my  J-O-B and am still on a journey to reach my ideal weight (whatever that is). More on that later, but the reason I sit here today to share my journey, is that I finally feel like a lightbulb has turned on and I’ve found that if I listen to my body, it has a lot to say. I spent a lot of years listening to what people were telling me to put in my body and never felt my best.

As it turns out, finding a healthy weight is a drop in the bucket. Wellness and health are measured by many factors.

My purpose for writing this blog is simply to share my experience with you. Friends and family members have encouraged me to do this for years and I’m finally giving it a go.

Am I here to share all of the tips and tricks on how to lose or gain weight? Not a chance. Am I a leading expert in the field of clean and sustainable living? Nope. I don’t even have a degree in nutrition or anything health related. Now that I’ve talked you out of reading any further, here’s some real talk…

This blog is my REAL life experience of trial and error as well as some successes and ah-ha moments towards living a life of food freedom while being kind to the earth and keeping my piggy bank intact.

My intention is to have many puzzle pieces that fit into this blog including recipes and food finds, restaurant and brand reviews, and travel experiences all while pinching a penny (or seven). As all things do, this project of mine will likely change, adapt, and eventually surprise me.

If you’re still reading, thank you. I’ll share a little who I am on paper. Howdy, I’m Valerie. I live in a suburb of Denver with my husband, Josh and our cat, Nancy Reagan. Yes, I said Nancy Reagan. I work in education by day and have been in the field for seven years. I am so excited to see where this endeavor takes me and am grateful to anyone that takes the time to join me in this exciting new venture. Here goes nothing!

Be Kind and Be Well

-The FruGal

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  • Reply
    Steven Arroyo
    January 8, 2018 at 2:36 am

    Excited to be able to follow along on this journey with you!

    • Reply
      The FruGal
      January 9, 2018 at 2:36 am

      Thanks, pal! Expect more goodies to taste test in the near future.

  • Reply
    January 8, 2018 at 9:47 pm

    This is awesome Val! I’m totally digging this!

    • Reply
      The FruGal
      January 9, 2018 at 3:00 am

      Thanks so much, Maggie! More to come soon.

  • Reply
    February 17, 2018 at 2:18 pm

    Thank you for sharing this with us! Looking forward to catch up with all of the posts as I am just getting started. Love the piggy bank artwork. You should give your web design guy a raise 😉

    • Reply
      February 24, 2018 at 11:17 am

      I’ll consider upping the number of snacks I pay him with

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