Wednesday, May 30, 2012


Hope everyone had a marvelous memorial weekend. I know mine was full of celebration. My baby brothers graduation was this weekend so we celebrated that as well as got the family together for a pool party since its been hot here. Along with all this heat our garden has sprouted up and getting big! This was the first year me and my boyfriend have had a garden and we sure did a great job.
Gardens are a great way to save some money at the store as well. Growing your own fresh produce is great because you know where and what is happening to it as well.
Here's is what our garden is starting to look like.

My boyfriend and I have planted a variety of vegetables this year and we did pretty well. Mostly everything came up. We have all kinds of peppers from hot to just green peppers for flavoring. We've also planted cucumbers, squash, beans, onions, spinach, and tomatoes. It's funny because the whole time we planted our garden we were being told we weren't doing things right, but we must have because we have a garden in progress!! :)
We've decided that this will become a tradition of ours and one we can continue when we have children in the near future. We are both excited for the lives we have planned for ourselves. Since he is getting is degree in the arts of culinary a garden is perfect and a money saver. In the long run there won't as many trips to the grocery store for vegetables, since we can go outside and pick them right off the plant. Can't wait for it to continue to get bigger and start eating a lot healthier as well. 

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Relaxing Weekend..

Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend! This weekend has been so busy and eventful for me. It's that time of the year, GRADUATION!! My little brother is graduating from high school next weekend, so I've been busy helping my family clean our home. Hope if you have read about my financial plans blog you are getting more information on the Total Money Makeover and are making a change in your life! I'm taking on the challenge with you.
On Friday me and my boyfriend to a trip to the city and enjoyed the day by walking the trials. It was a great way to get fresh air and enjoy the outdoors. We walked a beautiful trail and the canal in our city. We had so much fun and the time flew by. After we arrived back to our vehicle we went to grab a bite to eat at Olive Garden. It was so nice to have a sit down dinner for a change. We shopped and looked around at Target (one of my favorite stores) for awhile to kill some time then headed back home.
Yesterday me and my family went to my cousins open house and had some dinner with the family. It was nice to see everyone.
Today is just a relaxing day with my boyfriend. Got some lunch then came home and are watching the basketball game. Such bums :)

Hope that everyone is enjoying themselves and hope to have a great post on organizing or crafting in the next couple of days! 

Monday, May 14, 2012

My financial plan

Taking on the Total Money Makeover

A couple years ago my cousin sent me a book called "The Total Money Makeover" by Dave Ramsey.

 I can't say I have read it yet, but going into my 3rd year in college with $5,500 in student loans & a car payment I'd figured I should learn the ropes on how to get out of debt now before I create more debt while I'm in college. I hope to learn that I won't need to find myself in anymore debt once I'm debt-free. 
Im ready for this change of habits, because I love to spend money on things I don't need, but come on what girl doesn't. I can gladly say I have zero credit card debt though! Thank GOD or I would be that irresponsible college student who just swipes it for anything and everything. Which I have heard multiple stories from my mom who's colleagues children have done just that. My problem is I have school loans & a car payment that have me in the hole. My car should be paid off in about 6 more months! :) but I need a change! 
Some background about my family!!
This is a very recent picture of me and my family from Christmas in 2012.
My family and I are very close and are very supportive no matter what the situation. My mom is currently battling breast cancer, which she found out in Nov. 2012. My aunt is also battling cancer, but hers is lung cancer which she found out the same time my mom did as well. My mom's medical condition hasn't stopped her. She loves her job and hasn't lost hope through this obstacle in her life. With that our financial times could be better but we make it work. I have learned a lot from my parents and how they manage the money they live off of. They have taught me to be a hard worker and to never pass up an opportunity, which leads me to my current job. 
I work at a local factory that pays a whom-ping $8.50 an hour. It helps in the summers with my retail splurges that is for sure, but working only a few days during the week while I'm in school mostly helps with the gas from my commute. As I started reading the book yesterday I couldn't put it down. Dave is so inspirational to me, because he tells it how it is & lets his readers know about so many topics you might not have really thought about when it comes to money. Im not that far in his book, but I am learning so much already and cant wait to be debt free before I graduate college!!! (Hopefully :) )
I will post more on my total money makeover when I finish the book and share with you how to create your cash envelope system and become debt free.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day!!

HAPPY MOTHERS DAY to all the moms out there!! :)
I made this for my mom. She defiantly loved it!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Weight management and the ugly truth.

     Today my brother had his county invite for golf and was that a rough morning. I had to get up around 7:30 this morning and my body is definitly not use to that. It was a nice morning though got some great shots of him playing golf and sure got in my exercise walking the 18 hole course with my parents as well.
   Exercise...not my forte but this is something I have thought about blogging or keeping a journal of my progress for quite some time now so what a great time to start!
      I will be the first to admit that I need to lose weight it has always been an uphill struggle for me. When I graduated high school 3 years ago I wasn't extremely slim but I was probably in the best shape I had been throughout high school and then college came. The first year wasn't bad on me, but this year I found myself having some pretty bad eating habits. I love fruits but ice cream has become my weakness especially the Ben n Jerry's "half-baked" kind. It is so mouth watering and delicious and has become a bit of a problem. A BIG PROB!
     Today I am giving up junk food!! Everything that is on the list will be easy except for ice cream. I mean it is getting close to summer. I know here in Indiana it gets pretty hot and miserable during the summer so a cold treat always helps cool off a little bit. As well as a dip in the pool :).
I would also like the stick to a workout plan. I have multiple fitness games and activities to do its just hard for me to actually stick to it for more than a couple weeks.
     If there are people out there who are having a hard time getting motivated I have found a great app for my iPhone that helps me keep track of the food I consume and the type of exercises I do. This app is MY FITNESS PAL. It's great because you and your friends can help motivate one another and congratulate each other when one is making progress with there weight loss.
     I would love the help and support from my readers to keep me going through this journey as I challenge myself this summer and the rest of my life to get on the healthy track! We all want to feel healthy and beautiful so let's take the challenge together!