I haven’t truly blogged in forever.  Life has been in chaos and I’ve pretty much lived out of a suitcase for the past 6 weeks.  BUT – one thing that is still the same is that I’m still using my oils.  I first shared about them last year with my Christmas ideas and I can say I am SO thankful that I discovered them and gave them a try.  Life has been forever changed.  Sounds dramatic, but it’s true.

I use them every.single.day.  In fact, I’m getting ready to head over and plug in a few of my diffusers at our new house before we move in and diffuse Purification like crazy.  I love how I can truly freshen the air (not just mask it)…and it’s chemical free.

I have decided it’s time to do a Thanksgiving special for those of you who are thinking of starting your oily journey.  I’m so thankful for these drops of goodness that I have found and want everyone to experience them as well.  I can assure you that I haven’t ever looked back.  You can read about how I use my oils and my glass water bottle here.  If you decide you would like to sign up for your starter kit, you can sign up here.

If you have questions about the oils or anything at all, you can always email me and I would be delighted to help you out!!  Happy Thanksgiving!

Black Friday


$25 Remke Giveaway and New Remke Rewards Program

by Katie on November 19, 2015

Exciting things are happening with Remke Markets. I mentioned earlier this fall that Remke was going to be rolling out an awesome new rewards program – with great new additions to the program. Well…it’s here!!

new remke rewards

Highlights of the new Remke Rewards Program:

  • Save at the pump with Remke’s Pump Perks
  • Special deals and savings announced in the circular for Rewards Program enrollees
  • New mobile app to easily check weekly ads, store hours and more
  • New digital coupons on the mobile app
  • Special Clubs you can join to save in specific areas (baby club, pet club, etc)
  • Caring Neighbor Program which donates up to 2% to your favorite community non-profit

I think all of the new additions are fantastic, but I really love the Caring Neighbor Program. Sign up for this program and Remke will donate up to 2% to your favorite community non-profits for every purchase made when your Remke Rewards Card is used. I just love this – simply buy your groceries and help others by doing something you would already be doing.

Whether you are a regular Remke shopper or haven’t ever been there…now is a good time to check out their new rewards program if you have a store near you!

In celebration of the new program rolling out I will be giving away a $25 Remke gift card to one lucky reader.

To enter comment below (please leave a separate comment for each entry):

1. What is your favorite grocery shopping tip?

2. Check out The Cutting Back Kitchen and Remke Markets on Facebook

Entries will be open through November 23.  Winner will be announced November 24. (winner will have 24 hours to respond to claim their gift card)!




4 Easy Ways to Simplify Your Grocery Shopping

by Katie on September 2, 2015

If you are like most people, the thought of going grocery shopping doesn’t exactly get you excited.  It’s a sea of aisles and if you aren’t prepared you may find yourself roaming for far too long!  I enjoy cooking and getting a good deal on my groceries, but shopping for my groceries isn’t the highlight of my day so I like to simplify the process and streamline it as much as possible.

I have some great ways for you to simplify your grocery shopping trip before you even step foot in the store.  These tips will help you make quick work of your grocery shopping and help you save a few bucks!

4 tips to

1. Make a menu plan

It’s the most simple tip I have and I would argue that it’s also the tip that will save the most money. If you have ever wandered aimlessly through the grocery store…this is for you. This easy 3 step process will help you plan your week in no time.

  • Sit down and browse through what food you have in your pantry and freezer
  • Browse the weekly ads and see what is on sale this week
  • Look at your families schedule and be realistic about how much time you have to cook meals

Start writing down meals that you can make that utilize sale items and items you already have.  Make sure you are realistic about what you have time to make.  Don’t plan a big dinner when you only have time for grilled cheese and tomato soup (surely I’m not the only one who struggles with this).

2. Make a grocery list

There is nothing worse than wandering aimlessly through the store.  Believe me, I’ve done it and it’s such a waste of time.  Simplify your shopping by making a simple list.  Write down what you need and only go looking for those items.

3. Try to limit the amount of trips

I try to go grocery shopping as little as possible.  It saves both time and money.  I usually do a bigger trip every two weeks and stop in for a quick one on the off weeks.  To save even more time, you could do a monthly menu plan and shopping trip.

I also try to limit the amount of stores I go to.  In the beginnings of this blog, when I was an avid couponer,  I took my coupons to 3 different stores each week.  I was saving a ton of money and had my trips detailed out so I could do it quickly, but those days are over – now it’s the simpler the better for me.

4. Utilize store perks

Grocery stores have come a long way in providing us awesome ways to save money!  Remke is a great example with their store rewards program - they offer pump perks and digital coupons and are expanding the program to bring you SO much more.  Here are a few perks with the new program coming soon:

Remke flyer

  • Remke mobile app – Take Remke with you wherever you go with the new Remke app, available for iPhone and Android. With the Remke Mobile App, you can enjoy the good stuff from the palm of your hand: browse digital coupons, check store locations and hours and view weekly circulars.
  • Remke Rewards Clubs - Remke is rolling out a number of exclusive Remke Rewards Clubs for their neighbors with regular purchases in specific aisles. For example, if shoppers have a new bundle of joy and are buying lots of diapers, then Remke will welcome them into the Baby Club. If the only baby in your life has fur, there’s also a Pet Lovers’ Club. With club membership, you’ll receive special offers in these departments. A full list of clubs will be available on the Remke app. 
  • Digital Coupons - Online or on your phone, you can now load digital coupons directly onto your Remke Rewards card. Just log-in, press a button to add the coupon and the savings will be applied at the register when you scan your card. No scissors required.
  • Pump Perks - With Remke Rewards, you’ll continue to save money at the pump by using your Remke Rewards linked Speedy Card.

There you have it! My top tips for simplifying grocery shopping.  I would love to hear your tips below in the comments.

Disclosure: I was compensated by Remke for this post, but all tips and ideas are my own.


Broccoli Salad and A New House

by Katie on August 13, 2015

I have taken a break from cooking.  I haven’t had any new recipes to share, and that is mainly because our kitchen has been open for throw-together meals only lately because we bought a new house!

Did we have ours sold?  Did we have ours ready to list?  NO.  Not at all.  Long story short…we were looking to move NEXT Spring, but came across a house we liked in pictures, went to an open house and loved it, and we placed an offer on it that day.  I’ve looked at so many houses and never love any of them…so we knew it was the right one for us.

Then the mad dash was on to get our house ready to sell.  I’ve been working on going through everything and boxing things up and we got our house listed yesterday.  I have to keep our house show-ready at all times I guess, but I think I can get back to cooking some between boxing our stuff up as long as I keep my diffuser running with Purification so the house smells pretty.

We love our new house for so many reasons, but it can be primarily summed up in three words – Three-Seasons Room.  Daniel went out back to this room and he had to have it. I think he plans to practically live in this room…sadly, moving in November is probably not one of the three seasons the room will be used much. ;)

New House and Broccoli Salad

While I haven’t had much time to get creative in the kitchen, I do have a wonderful broccoli salad to share. I have another broccoli salad recipe on the blog, but you can never have enough broccoli salads, right? I got this recipe from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe. She has the most awesome recipes and several of our favorites come from her.

I love making this up and serving it with some fresh corn and a grilled burger or chicken. It’s super easy to make this up and doesn’t take much time at all. It has a little Balsamic vinegar in the dressing, which really gives it some great flavor and depth beyond just mayonnaise.

Broccoli Salad Recipe

Broccoli Salad


  • Dressing
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • Salad
  • 1 1/2 pounds broccoli, cut into very small pieces
  • 1 cup craisins
  • 1/4 cup red onion, finely diced
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 6 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients.
  2. In a large bowl, toss together the salad ingredients. Add the dressing and stir to combine. Store in the refrigerator for a couple of house before serving to let the flavors combine. Stir the salad to combine before serving.

Recipe slightly adapted from: Mel’s Kitchen Cafe


Menu Plan Monday – Whole30

July 20, 2015

Well, hello Whole30! This started today and so far so good. The Whole30 isn’t a diet, but just eating real food and cutting the junk. Grain-free, sugar-free, dairy-free, soy-free…just veggies, fruit, protein and healthy fats. We did it about 2 years ago, and I really felt like I needed a reset so it’s time to […]

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5 Ways To Use Purification Essential Oil

July 14, 2015

I’m often asked which essential oil is my favorite. That’s a difficult thing to answer. Partially because I have the worst time making decisions, but also because I love so many. Because of this great conundrum my favorite tends to change based on what I’m using a lot of at the moment. One thing that […]

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Coconut Lime Sugar Scrub {And A Facebook Class}

July 9, 2015

Is it summer, you guys? I don’t know what is going on with crazy Ohio, but it feels like it has been dreary and rainy so much lately. I don’t like it. Not one bit. It’s summer and I prefer all sunshine. In order to remind myself that is still summer I have been using […]

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Chickpea Salad with Lemon-Dill Dressing

July 1, 2015

Chickpea Salad with a delicious and easy Lemon-Dill Dressing. Amazing. That is all. That’s what I feel like lately. The words have not been flowing and I’ve not been creating new recipes. I guess that’s okay and everyone is entitled to a slump, but I miss it. I miss sharing, writing and creating. So today […]

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Menu Plan Monday

June 29, 2015

I mentioned a few weeks ago that we have started having our produce delivered from a local farm.  I’m SO loving this service.  I keep meat in the freezer and staples on hand and I always have a healthy meal that I can whip up quickly.  I don’t know how I’m just now signing up […]

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Menu Plan Monday

June 15, 2015

Happy Monday!  With summer here I have been taking my menu planning pretty lightly because it’s super easy to throw together a dinner when it’s grilling season.  I much prefer having a detailed plan, but when I don’t I can cut some veggies and thaw some meat and we have dinner! Something new in our […]

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