Friday, March 2, 2018

Top Five Friday : Snowing Again

Hi everyone!  Happy Friday!  Can you believe that it's March already?  Everyone says that February seemed to fly by since it's the shortest month, but it always seems long to me.  It wasn't the best month and just dragged along, so I'm happy to be on the other side and into March.  One step closer to warmer weather!

Here's what my favorites were this week!

linking up with ErikaHeather, and Friday Five 


Twenty One Pilots
This week has been really hectic and busy at work, so I had to put on music that can really get me into the zone.  For me, that's always Twenty One Pilots.  They're one of my favorite bands, and their music is just the perfect background when I'm having a busy day.  I like to listen to their Pandora station for some variety, or just stream all of their albums on Spotify!


The Death of Dr. John Parker
I'm not sure if I've mentioned this podcast before, but season one just ended so it feels appropriate to talk about again.  To get a major spoiler out of the way, this show is fictional, and follows Dr. John Parker's son in law who tries to figure out what really happened after John is found dead of an apparent suicide.  What follows is an interesting story full of twists and turns and dead ends.  You'll never know what happens until the very last episode, and we're left with a bit cliff hanger.  I'm excited for season two!


Celebrity Big Brother
It took me a while, but I finally watched CBB!  To be honest, I wasn't that excited about the show and thought that it would be annoying celebrities that just wanted to cause drama.  While that might be true, the magic of Big Brother editing made everyone seem silly and made me laugh out loud multiple times.  It was a great season to watch since it was so short, and there was always so much action going on.  I ended up really enjoying it!  My favorite from day one ended up winning it (which, by the end, didn't think that person deserved it but oh well).  I also love the fact that Shannon stood up for animal cruelty in her speeches and had a great message to put out there.


Koral Leggings
For a while now, I've been admiring Koral leggings and have been wanting to try them out.  They always look so sleek and well-made, with interesting designs and colors.  They also have amazing reviews and are known for their high quality and durability.  So, when the company contacted me to try out a pair of leggings I immediately accepted.  I tried out a pair on a run, and loved how flattering they looked (very compressive, yet comfortable to wear at the same time).  They were great for a run and I left them on to go to the store later.  I think these would be great for any kind of low, medium, or high impact activity (I'll keep testing them out and let you know if they fail anywhere) as well as a cute athleisure bottom. (I tried the Forge Midrise and can't wait to try out more in the future!)

Anyone else watch Celebrity Big Brother?
What's your favorite legging brand?

Thursday, March 1, 2018

What's New With You? FF Update

Hi everyone and Happy March!  It's already time for the monthly What's New With You linkup, and today I'm going to be talking how Frugal February went.

Overall, I did really well with my goals.  I managed to stick with all of them (with the exception of one small exception in my first category).  But- this was one of those months where a few things went wrong and we ended up having to spend way more money than we wanted to.  First, our car broke down and we had to spend money just to get it home, then had to buy a repair kit to fix the issue.  Then, we had a pipe in our basement crack and leak all over the place.  Luckily, our home warranty covered the issue, but we still had to pay the consultation fee and a bunch of our stuff was destroyed.  Finally, Selma had her annual vet appointment and was due on a bunch of shots, so that added on to our bills as well.

In happier news, we got our tax refund for the year, and were able to put that all towards our mortgage!  I also got a promotion at work, and Dan had some overtime hours from a work trip.  It all ended up balancing out in the end, but at the same time I want to try to carry over some of these goals to March and try again.

With all that said- here's a breakdown of how my month and goals went:

NO buying breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee, or snacks out.  I did really well with this, but I did buy coffee and a cookie one day at work.  I found out that a project that I was working on for the last year and was about to launch had to be delayed, so I took a break at lunch to leave the office and needed a little pick me up.  Other than that, I packed every day and didn't go out for dinner or breakfast at all.

NO online shopping.  Nailed this one!  I didn't even do that thing where I put items in my shopping cart (online window shopping).  Just avoided it completely.  I also managed to not buy anything on Amazon, which I'm really proud of.

NO Target!!  I did not step foot in Target or buy anything online from  Go me!  Now that February is over I'm interested in trying their new brand(which reminds me a lot of one of my favorite stores, Madewell).  Might reward myself with a new pair of jeans or a top.

NO Netflix and Hulu.  I'll give myself a pass for this.  I managed to cancel my Netflix for the month, but Hulu needs more lead time and is on hold for March instead. 

NO Trader Joe's or Whole Foods.  Also nailed this one.  I went to Aldi for all of my shopping and managed to save money.  In January we spent a total of $312 on groceries, and in February only $235.  Coupled with the fact that we saved over $100 in restaurants, I'm really happy with how we did.