See how we did below the break!
Last January, we talked about how to actually keep your New Year’s Resolutions. But how did we make out with our own?
See how we did below the break!
By Morgan Spurr
It’s no secret—everyone has a different comfort level when it comes to sharing feelings or expressing thoughts. For some of us, it’s woven into everyday life, while for others it’s more of a challenge to open up.
Are you looking to borrow some money and/or build your credit? It can be difficult to choose which avenue is best for you, especially considering everyone has their own individual needs and spending habits, but we’re here to help.
If you’re intimidated by the idea of credit cards and loans, check out some of the basics below!
(Note: I’m not an expert—please consult with your bank or a financial advisor if you have questions about borrowing money and/or your specific circumstances!)
The holiday season is upon us! A season of giving and gratefulness—joy and STRESS! The pressure to find and give the perfect gift to your loved ones is hard enough but what about the people in your life who you may not know so well or that seem to already have everything? How do you find a gift that doesn’t feel like a waste of money or something you give just so you can say that you did?
If you have a few people on your list that you’re struggling to find ideas for useful, thoughtful or meaningful gifts then perhaps the following guide and advice will provide you with some inspiration!
By Samantha Armstrong
Growing up, we all have our own holiday traditions—the way that we have celebrated the holidays almost every year for as long as we remember—but what happens when we get to a point where those holiday traditions change and we have to create a new way to celebrate?
by Taylor Downs
Lately I’ve been really busy. Like, too busy to even consider meal planning and really cooking in any way whatsoever most nights. (I’ve been eating a lot of cucumber sandwiches.)
I also really love Indian food, but don’t get to go out to eat it nearly as much as I wish I could! Plus, I don’t cook many Indian recipes because I’ve always had this idea of them being really complicated / time consuming (from the few I’ve looked up).
But recently I found a dish that is absolutely delicious and doesn’t require a whole lot of effort (despite taking almost 2 hours to prepare). This recipe is really easy to make (& is easy to make LOTS of), AND keeps in the fridge really well for a few days. All you may need to do when you heat it up is cook some rice or grab some naan! (And maybe a side salad if you need some more veggies in your day.)
by Taylor Downs
In college I interned at my community’s local Humane Society, and continued volunteering at their events here and there after the internship ended. I loved it, but couldn’t totally keep up with a consistent volunteer schedule while in school and working full-time.
After I left school, I had a job I didn’t totally love and, quite honestly, where I felt like I was totally undervalued and treated poorly every day. Then I remembered how good I felt when I volunteered at the Humane Society - people were SO appreciative of my time and I knew I was doing work that mattered. So, I started volunteering weekly on Saturdays.
Eventually I left that job, started a new one, and all was well as I continued volunteering. Later that year, I started a Yoga Teacher Training that took up at least one full weekend a month, and I decided to take a break from volunteering because it was quite a bit to manage in addition to work, this blog, etc. ;)
The following year, everyone at my job was suddenly laid off, and shortly thereafter a request for volunteers conveniently went out from the Humane Society’s volunteer manager. I decided I had quite a bit of free time all of a sudden, so why not take up a morning a week again?
This time around, I’ve really been thinking about how volunteering - especially with a nonprofit that deals with difficult work (i.e. sick people, animals, etc.) - can really help both the nonprofit, and the volunteer. Here are the three traits I think you really grow through volunteering.
Keeping a clean house can be more than just sweeping, mopping and tidying up. There are some things in our homes that we don’t clean enough—or at all—because we don’t know how to or it’s just not obvious to us that we should!
To avoid the extra germs and a nasty surprise when you finally notice what’s really lurking in the bottom of your toothbrush cup, here are some tips on things you should be cleaning and how to do so!
Have you ever arrived home later than planned and hungry, only to realize that you don’t really have something you can make for dinner? Or at least not something that is as satisfying and nourishing as you’d like? I definitely have.
At that point your options are limited—finding something to throw together (grilled cheese in summer? sure!), heading back out to the grocery store, or resorting to take-out.
While I know it may sound daunting (and/or really boring), meal planning can help save you a lot of stress, food waste, trips to the store, and unplanned takeout expenses! However, meal planning is an active, evolving practice that requires some effort, and there isn’t one way that works for everyone. But this means that you’ll be planning to fit your individual needs, and learning from your experience along the way!
I haven’t always felt successful with meal planning, and I don't always have a "good" week. But signing up for a CSA has pushed my partner and me to improve on our planning skills, in an effort to make the most of our weekly produce shares. Sometimes it's difficult (especially when working with items we don't often eat), but I’ve learned a lot about organization and cooking through it all.
*Note: I'm not a doctor. If you have concerns about your diet and/or need help choosing the right foods for you, consult with your doctor or a nutritionist.*
Below are some of the things that I consider when meal planning for my week:
When you get to the age where having a party involves more than just a keg, it can become pretty daunting when you decide to start playing host! The dollars can add up as you figure out food, decorations, drinks and more but you don’t have to break the bank to have a great party if you do a little bit of planning and some DIY skills! Here are some tips on how to throw a party on a budget: