Let’s Get to Quilting!

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Happy March! I recently embarked on a journey to make my own t-shirt quilt after I got the best gift of all time… a sewing machine! I had been wanting one for a while now so I could patch up some of my clothes instead of buying new stuff (money saving tip right there). But I quickly found out there are so many awesome projects you can do with a sewing machine! Continue reading

7 Things I Learned After Moving Out

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It’s been almost 3 months since I moved out of my parents’ house. After college, I moved back home to save money while I searched for a job. In a year and a half, I completed an internship, worked a job from hell, then ended up in my current role at the best company ever! Needless to say, it’s been one hell of a year and a half, but I’m still feeling the effects of the transition from college to adulthood – especially with the whole move.

Now that my life is a little more stable and I am finally settling in to my new place, I am slowly starting to realize how impactful my decision to move was. From a long and trying period of figuring out logistics to the short period of adjustment in a new city, I have learned so much about myself… or as Kylie Jenner would say, “I am realizing stuff.”

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Back & Better

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Oh, how good it feels to be back! Since August, I’ve had a lot of changes in my life – both good and bad. I’ll have to catch you up soon with a series of new blog posts. But until then…

Check out the resolutions I made for myself in the new year. Please hold me accountable! Usually I go with something simple like “be a better person” or “work out more.” This year, I took a different approach that is a bit better suited for my mindset.

I like to compartmentalize my life just to stay organized, so I figured that compartmentalizing my resolutions would be more beneficial to me. Check out how I broke it down below.

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4 Things You Should Know About Taking Charge of Your Dental Health

Hello & good morning! I’m so happy to be 100% again. I’ve been recovering for the past few days from a wisdom tooth extraction and a root canal retreatment, so I’ve been a little out of it.

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Since this whole dental stuff is fresh on my mind, I figured there’s no better time than now to talk about some important things – real life things – that might help you as you attempt this thing called adulthood.

Scary right?

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New Year’s Resolutions for Every Type of Person

Having trouble coming up with a New Year’s resolution? Look no further than this post because here are some potential resolution ideas to help you meet a 2016 goal!

For the Budgeting Bosses

  1. Start coupon clipping – Save money by browsing through sites like Coupons.com, Groupon and RetailMeNot.com. Many grocery stores have online coupons like Kroger, Target, Publix and Walmart. Sometimes going to brand websites can also result in coupon discoveries. In addition, don’t forget to regularly go through coupons in the mail. Keep your coupons organized digitally through apps like SnipSnap Coupon App and the various other coupon/discount apps. And if you’re into online shopping, definitely sign up for ebates.com where you can earn money back from your purchases through this site. Be sure to let them know I referred you here!
  2. Sell your old stuff – Take your old clothes to Plato’s Closet. Auction it off on eBay or Amazon. Give your friends a heads up on Facebook. Go to local stores that sell used goods like MovieStop or GameStop. Not everything you have can be sold, but if it’s in good condition, it’s definitely worth a shot!
  3. Try a money challenge – There are endless challenges to help you save money (52-week challenge, no spend challenge, 10% challenge). If following a plan isn’t for you, try creating your own plan where you put aside a set amount of money that is suitable for you.

For the Fitness Fiend

  1. Workout with a fitness app – Smartphones are a wonderful thing, especially when it comes to your health. Download apps like Couch to 5k or 7 Minute Workout to help you make some progress in your fitness.
  2. Enroll in a workout class – Sometimes having an instructor can push you even further in your workout, and sometimes working out with a group can make you enjoy it more. Don’t shy away from classes! Even if you’re a beginner, you can learn a lot from those who have been at it for a while.
  3. Try a different style of workout – Maybe you’ve been slacking on your workouts because it’s getting stale. Spice it up by trying different types of exercises like yoga, pilates, swimming, kick boxing, barre, cycling, etc.

For the DIY Diva

  1. Sell your crafts – If you’re really good at something, odds are that someone out there is willing to pay money for it. Create your own Etsy shop and give people the chance to see the amazing things you make. You can also think local and see if there are any upcoming events where you can be a vendor.
  2. Challenge yourself – So you’ve become an expert in crocheting? Try expanding your skill set to knitting and sewing. Or take a leap and try woodworking. Who knows – if you’re really good with your hands, who is to say you won’t succeed in other arenas of crafting?
  3. DIY to change the world – Lend a helping hand to those who need it by offering your products to those who need it. Try making quilts for wounded veterans by working with American Hero Quilts. Or knit hats for children in Russia. There are a ton of ways to put your hobbies to work!

For the Food Fanatic

  1. Do a tour of seven cities – Or three. Or twelve. The number is really up to you. But travel to different cities, small or big, and try some of the restaurants recommended by locals. You never know what delicious meals you might find!
  2. Start cooking with exotic foods – Be an adventurer and start exploring international grocery stores like H-Mart and Assi. You’ll find lots of unique foods that you can experiment with and use to add a little spice to your dishes.
  3. Create homemade recipes – It’s so easy to hit the stores and pick up chicken stock or a jar of pasta sauce. Start this year off with original, homemade recipes that can make you a legend in the kitchen. Plus, you’ll be able to control exactly what goes into your food, so you might find yourself with healthier options for lunch and dinner!

For the Wanderlust Wanderer

  1. Move somewhere where you have no connections – Be bold. Be brave. Moving somewhere where you have no connections is daunting, but it’s worth it if you want to truly understand what it means to be on your own.
  2. Organize a roadtrip – So you don’t want to make a permanent commitment to a new city? Well, plan a road trip and stop by all the cities you’ve ever wanted to visit. Maybe you’ll fall in love with a city.  And don’t forget to pick a few road trip buddies to tag along to make the long rides more entertaining.
  3. Travel more – Whether it’s to a different part of town, a city, state or country, just go. Traveling doesn’t mean that you need to pack your bags and buy a plane ticket. Any adventure is a good adventure, so pick a destination and go!

Budgeting Like A Boss

As I count down the days until I get my first pay check, here are some things I’m going to put into practice to save money.

1. Pack home cooked meals for lunch.

I know, I know. It’s not rocket science, but the best way to save money is to not spend it. For the past few weeks, most of my money has been designated to food – breakfast, lunch, and a little fast food run on my way home. But it has sucked the money out of my wallet and right into my stomach. Last week, I started eating breakfast at home and packing a homemade lunch to work, and it’s saved me a ton of money.

2. Stop shopping. 

Clothes, shoes, and nail polish are my weaknesses. I have more clothes than my closet can hold, and it just doesn’t make sense to have items that I only wear once. Instead of shopping, I’m learning to how to make the most out of what I have and restyle all my different pieces.

3. Create a list of expenses.

I am just starting to realize how difficult it is to manage money. I have been meaning to do this for years, but I am finally getting around to making a budget. The first thing I did was make an excel sheet for all my expenses like utilities, groceries, and gas. Now that I know how much money I spend on all of this stuff, I can make sure I don’t ever go wild and spend too much.