My Amazon Wish List for Christmas

With the holidays sneaking up on us and all of the holiday gift shopping hopefully being almost completed, it’s tough to shop for others without seeing a few things you wouldn’t mind getting yourself. I did purchase some of these as gifts for others, but really wouldn’t me getting one for myself! I’m gonna throw this out there, this list is a bit all over the place because it’s random things I have had my eye on or bought for others. If you’re anticipating a super organized list thats expertly curated, you unfortunately are in the wrong spot.

I’m hoping this list can help inspire you if you are have a gift-block when looking for others, but hoping that it can also entice you to also treat yourself this holiday season. Oh and it’s worth mentioning these are all Amazon links (and Prime), so for the last minute shoppers or those finding this a week before Christmas, rest assured these will come in time for the big day!

Amazon Christmas Wish List

Snowboard Addiction Jib Board

This awesome practice board can help you master park features, but also build up your confidence on standard tricks like butters and jumping. As a beginner in the park, I’ve had my eye on this since the end of last season. Something tells me that I will have this board and the full Jib set-up pretty soon.

Balloon Dog Home Decor

As I continue to make my apartment feel more like home, I’m starting to add little things that bring me joy. This little balloon dog is something I see being adorable on my console table!

Ugg Coquette Slippers

I swear by these things and live in them all snowboard season, my most recent pair is totally shot and I need a new pair. You can’t go wrong with gifting these to someone.

The North Face Nuptse Jacket

This retro style is coming back, and to me it is pretty timeless. They have tons of colors and they are perfect for staying warm in the winter.

Under Desk Treadmill

Moving in the winter and staying active while working has never been easier. I need one of these things and so does every remote employee in your life!

Hand Bag Display Stand

As a designer handbag addict with a few vintage bags on route to my house, ample storage that shows off their beauty is necessary.

Huna Snowboard Helmet Hood

I have two of these already and need more to match my new gear. This keeps you insanely warm and stops the wind from hitting you!

Nike Blazers

I recently ruined my trusted pair of Blazers at a lacrosse tournament and they were truly a staple in my every day wardrobe. If. you’re looking to get sneakers for someone, this is a good place to start!

Obsidian Candle

Obsidian is one of my favorite stones and one that has been resonated with me a little extra recently – this is a must gift for any crystal lover.

And that’s all she wrote for this disjointed Amazon Wish List!

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Winter Affirmations for Self Love

Affirmations help us align with our thoughts and begin to consciously (or subconsciously) act to achieve our goals or think a certain way. Imagine being reprogrammed and shifting how you behave based on the reprogramming. Affirmations don’t quite work like that or that quick, but affirmations help us feel emotions that will steer us in the direction that we desire to go.

With winter on the horizon and as the calendar flips to the second week of December, here are some winter inspired Affirmations to take into the cold season.

Winter Affirmations for Self Love

  1. No matter the weather outside, I will keep warm and love in my heart.
  2. There is beauty to be found in every situation.
  3. I will protect my energy and my boundaries.
  4. I am letting go of everything that no longer serves me.
  5. I recognize nature’s season of rebirth and will let it guide me in my own life.
  6. I am open to and embrace the power of transformation.
  7. I am eagerly walking into the new adventures that await me.
  8. What is meant to be will be, what is not, will pass me by.
  9. I am overflowing with abundance.
  10. I will be present and grounded as the weather around me changes.
  11. It is ok to put myself and my needs first.
  12. Slowing down is ok, there is not need to rush.
  13. I embrace the cycle of change that it happening around me.
  14. I am grateful for where I am and hopeful for where I am going.
  15. I will remain steady as change and uncertainty are inevitable.
  16. I am empowered by the elements and their beauty.
  17. It is okay to not be productive.
  18. I feel strong amidst the changes of the seasons.
  19. I am abundant with light and energy that I carry with me every day.
  20. I am not afraid to put myself and my emotions first.
  21. Embracing change is what allows me to grow.
  22. I carry the brightness with me in my heart even when darkness is around.
  23. I love fearlessly.
  24. What I have is exactly what I need.
  25. I feel healthy and happy in my own skin.
  26. Even if I feel like I behind, I am exactly where I need to be.
  27. My thoughts are positive and carry me through tough times.
  28. I embrace transformation and all that awaits me.
  29. I an open to the beautiful changes that are happening in my life.
  30. Taking a moment to reflect and slow down is okay.

Winter Self Care Practice Ideas

Winter Self Care Practice Ideas

Between the sun setting at the ungodly hour of 4:30pm in New York and temperatures steadily dropping, it can be easier than ever to fall into a seasonal funk or depression. Starting and ending work in the pitch black does a number on your serotonin levels, in a bad way. That is why it is extra important to continue or expand on your self care or self love practice as winter sets in.

It’s about taking a few moments every day for yourself and not forgetting that you need to invest some time back in yourself! When it gets colder, being lazy can be an easy habit to fall into. Without even knowing it you’re 8 episodes in on Love is Blind and its 10pm and you barely took 100 steps in the day… Not speaking from personal experiences or anything.

As the weather shifts to full blown winter mode, friendly reminder – it’s still fall, putting a little extra effort in your self care practice can only breed positive things! Here are some ideas to keep your self care practice alive in the winter :

Winter Self Care Practices

Pick Up a New Book

Get lost in a romance novel or fill your brain with positivity with self love book, why not even learn about the past by diving into a historical documentary? Take the time to sit by yourself and lose yourself into the world that the author curated. Reading not only keeps your mind sharp, but it can be a great exercise to start decompressing after a busy day. Reading is a great activity for a night time routine.

Move Your Body in the Morning

Don’t get stuck to your bed or sofa during the winter, even though it’s incredibly easy to grab a fuzzy blanket and hunker down for the day when it gets chilly. Take advantage of the sun being up in the morning, throw on a jacket and take a walk outside. It’s important to take in the sunlight when you can – even if it’s an over cast day, going outside and breathing in the fresh air can be an absolute game changer.

Hot Chocolate Dates with Friends

The laziness can fully set in and next thing you know you’re lonely and haven’t checked-in with your friends in days! The days can all blend together in the winter it you allow them to. Staying in touch with friends and planning hot chocolate dates or Christmas Movie nights can help pick up everyone’s spirits when they may be silently sinking into a seasonal funk. Self Care can be spending time alone, but it can also be spending time with ones you love the most as well!

Pick Up a Winter Hobby

Continually growth propels us internally and can be a driver for learning new skills or activities. When I hear winter hobbies I immediately think skiing, snowboarding, and even snowshoeing – which are all great! I highly recommend trying them all if you have not. They are readily available during the winter and gives you something to do on even the days when there’s a snowstorm! If you’re not ready for braving the elements in the cold, there’s plenty of indoor winter hobbies to explore – indoor pickle ball, craft classes at AC Moore, indoor rock climbing, and more. Keeping up a certain level of activity during the winter is an ultimate self care practice!


This is a self care practice that sees not season! Continuing your meditation practice throughout the winter and year round is a great way to show yourself some extra self love. We value movement and activity, which is wildly valuable, but exercising the mind is just as important. Using meditation as a tool for self care can be beneficial in many ways – it can help combat anxious thoughts, depressing thoughts, mental roadblocks, and can be used to ground ourselves when we let our minds wander and get lost in thought.

Phone a Friend

It’s easy to isolate ourselves in the winter – “it’s too cold to go outside” “I’ll meet up with them next time” “Did you see the storm that’s coming” – but it’s important to not let ourselves be stranded alone on an island. Even if you aren’t feeling up to getting outside or going out with friend, there’s not reason to not pick up the phone and call someone! Having a facetime or hour long conversation with a friend can fill your social bucket without having to leave your home. Practicing self care does not mean you have to be alone or an individual activity, keep yourself involved with your people!

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You are your best friend There’s one person who will always be in your corner no matter what, that’s yourself. Practicing self-love does not take hours, its a couple minutes or even seconds out of your day to give back to yourself. At the end of the day you’re the only one who truly has … Read More

Get Creative

Keep your brain healthy and maybe find a new passion by picking up a new art project or craft. There are plenty of places to find inspiration online like Etsy and Pinterest, but even taking a trip to your local Michaels or Hobby Lobby can spark some ideas to get your creativity flowing. Instead of sitting around watching TV or scrolling through social media, you can make some incredible art! Who knows this one time winter hobby could become a life long practice (just like self care!).

Online Yoga

Starting a new form of exercise can be intimidating, even stepping into a Yoga studio with all the zen and calm vibes can be scary at first. To kick start this practice, that incorporates breathing techniques, stretching, and meditation, all you need is a yoga mat and YouTube! There are amazing creators that post many videos on different Yoga practices that you can try in the comfort of your own home. The beauty of trying Yoga on YouTube is that it is free! It can also build up your skill set so you understand some basic flows and then the idea of going to a yoga studio is not so daunting after all. It’s a perfect self care practice to continue after the snow melts and the temperature rises back up.

Start a Blog

I can say from experience that starting this blog has been an amazing self care practice. It has created an outlet for me to be creative but also share my stories and even make friends. I do need to be more consistent with posting, but sometimes life gets busy and I need to prioritize other things. Regardless I know my blog is always here and I find comfort in sitting down and writing about what’s on my mind. Maybe a starting a blog will be beneficial for you too!

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With the warm summer weather in full swing and good vibes all around, it seems like a pretty good time to add in some daily practices that promote self-love! Check out some super simple ways to add a little bit of self-love into your daily routine this summer, and beyond! Meditation Meditation is a great … Read More

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10 Things I’ve Learned to Do in My 30s

I still don’t believe that I am in my 30s, but here we are. Just thriving, learning, and living at the ripe old age of 31 slowly but surely approaching 32. My 20s were a gigantic emotional rollercoaster filled with career changes, moving all over the east coast, falling in and out of love, and trying to navigate it all without falling apart – oh and to add in friendship and family drama, it was a never ending spiral of things to worry about.

My 30’s, this year and half has been different. I don’t know if it’s an actual physical shift that happens after you hit 30 or if saying “I’m 30” enough sets of triggers to make you act a certain way… Whatever it is, I have changed a bunch in these 500 or so days. I was absolutely terrified about turning 30, even more so 31, but it really isn’t as bad as you think it is.

Here are 10 things I’ve learned to do in my 30s.

Not Let Petty Issues Bother Me

In my 20s, throughout college and my early career, I genuinely cared so much about everything. If something happened, I was invested and needed to solve it, even if it wasn’t my issue to solve. Someone didn’t like me? I lost days of sleep trying to figure out why and what I can do to fix it. But in reality? It doesn’t matter. Letting situations that are out of your control bother you takes up too much space in your head and leaves less time to focus on important things that you really care out. In my 30s, it is what it is, I offer my two cents, share my opinion, and then leave things where they are. I don’t carry work issues out of work, I don’t talk about friend drama with other friends, I don’t overract when others overreact. Living in your own lane is an incredible thing.

Appreciate What is Mine

The universe has an incredible way of giving you exactly what you need exactly when you need it, even if you don’t think you need what you actually need. Are you following? This one took me a bit, but probably the best thing I’ve learned to do so far in my 30+ years of living on this crazy planet. There’s no need to wish for more when you have enough. Sometimes I was blinded by what I didn’t have that I didn’t truly see what was right in front of me. I can honestly say that I am so blessed to have the life I have and am so thankful for every person that has come and gone from my life, come and stayed in my life, or has been there by my side through it all.

Let Go of What isn’t Mine

So you know the universe gives you what you need, well guess what? It also takes away what you don’t need. One of the toughest things I’ve had to come to terms with is that peoples, places, and things that come into your life and sometimes not meant to last forever. Letting go of what isn’t mine has allowed me to spend more time appreciating what is currently in my life, because it can be taken at any moment. Friendships change and evolve, sometimes dissolve. Relationships fall apart. Promises are broken. Lots of let downs happen, but knowing that if that person leaves your life, it’s because they aren’t meant to be there.

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Ignore People Who Suck

Literally, everyone sucks. For one reason or another, it’s finding out who doesn’t and keeping them in your circle. I learned to not be ashamed of letting people fall out of my life if there is not place in my life for them and if they are not bringing any sort of positivity to the table.

Not Care About Social Media

Social Media is beyond fabricated and I’ve always had a pretty realistic view of social media, in that it’s very curated. But not until recently have I truly understood how manipulated social media is and that it’s important in everyone’s life is terrifying. I know I’ve personally pulled back on posting on social media, but also not cared what I was posting. When I was actively growing my page in the Jeep World, I would work with photographers and get gorgeous images of my Jeep and myself to post to gain followers, but I only posted pictures I thought were perfect. Now, I post pictures of me being an absolute idiot with my boyfriend. My page is private and I post what makes me smile, it’s for me and no one else and no one’s opinions on it matter!

Live in the Moment

In my 20s I packed out my scheduled more so than I do now, which is terrifying, but I was so focused on making money and being able to support my lifestyle that I overlooked some incredible people and some amazing opportunities by being so focused on myself. I guess you can say it worked out because I now make more money annually than I ever imagined making at this age and have created a life that I wouldn’t trade for the world, but I really am able to appreciate every moment because of how caught up with everything I was in my 20s.

Hug My Parents and Loved Ones Extra

There’s no need for explanation here. Life is short.

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Let’s be real here, real quick… Social Media can completely take over and consume our thoughts. That’s actually what it is designed to do – it’s designed to be an addiction. It’s scary to think about, but it really does have to be acknowledged. The negative side of Social Media pops its ugly head into … Read More

Raise My 401k Deductions and the Importance of Tax Free Gains

I wish I maxed out all my retirement funds sooner. This was actually a lesson in my 20s but I still wish it was sooner. Taking advantage of company matching 401ks is a must. Taking advantage of life insurance, huge plus. Letting my money work for me has been a game changer. Another thing I learned that should have it’s own, but will just be a nugget for those who read this far, know your worth. There is a reason that my annual salary jumped over 6 figures overnight, you have to know what you are worth and get it. I wish I learned that sooner.

Do What I Love

Being miserable at a job is not worth any amount of money that you will make. I have learned that it is easy to make money and that you can find ways to make money that you wouldn’t even think of. I never knew that I could take the sport I love and start to make a supplemental salary off of it along with my day job. Not only does that make me a happier person, but I love my life because I look forward to what I do every day and that’s an incredible feeling. I always wonder what would of happened if I took this leap earlier in my 20s, how would my life be different?

Not Care Because No One Knows What They’re Doing

This one took me by surprise but it’s one of the most valuable things I’ve learned in my 30s. Not necessarily learned because this is said frequently, but actually learned to know that it is 100% true. No one knows what they are doing. Literally no one. Everyones trying to figure it out and so am I. That’s the beauty of being 30, I have no idea about where my life is going to go anymore and that doesn’t matter because I know whatever happens is meant to be. It will workout how its supposed to and I will figure it out just like everyone before me has and everyone after me will continue to do.

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Winter Activities for Remote Workers

As the weather gets colder and the sun setting happens well before 5pm, seasonal depression seems to be setting in pretty quickly. Working fully-remote is a blessing for many reasons. Cutting back on commuting times means more time for errands, activities, and spending time with friends & family. It cuts back on transportation costs, maintenance needed on vehicles, and clothing purchases. Everyone raves about the benefits, but there are not many conversations with the negatives..

As a sales professional, I have the luxury of speaking with people every day but I know a lot of people don’t have that. Just a simple check in in the morning then it’s off to the races to get the days tasks completed. The days either fly by or go really slow, when they drag they really drag. When something goes wrong you’re alone and when you want to celebrate something you’re also alone. It can be a very lonely very sedentary life. As it gets even colder and dark out earlier, the opportunity for getting outside and moving your body gets more difficult to find.

Here are 5 ways to keep your body moving as a remote worker…

5 Ways to Stay Active as a Remote Employee

Early Morning Walks

The sun rises before 9am, which means plenty of time to get some movement in before the work day even starts. Start with a 10 minute walk then slowly work up to 30 minutes or even 1 hour! Sitting at a desk, or at your kitchen table, or on your sofa is exhausting and draining because of how lazy it is. Keeping your body in motion not only gives you energy for the rest of the day, but the bit of sunlight you can soak in the morning hours will keep you in good spirits throughout the day.

Even as it gets cold, the sun will be up before a typical 9am-5pm job which leaves plenty of time for morning activities. If you’re feeling motivated, go ahead and make that walk into a ran! Who knows, a small winter walk habit can turn into a big lifestyle change. You could be running a marathon before you know it!

Lunchtime Gym Sessions

Use your lunch hour, while the sun is still up, to get yourself to the gym. Whether it’s a gym down the street or your home gym, or even just a body weight workout outside, using your lunch break for physical activity is the best way to take advantage of the sun during the shorter winter days. Not to mention as a remote employee, actually taking your lunch break, and going to the gym, is a great way to break up your day. You come back to your desk feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the afternoon’s tasks.

If your looking for ways to boost your productivity as a remote worker, this is a great way to make that happen! Planning your day around a midday gym session means you have clear goals for your day and can make personal deadlines to finish projects or start them before or after your midday gym sessions!

YouTube Workouts

So maybe you’re not a morning person or don’t have a gym membership… That’s ok, there’s still plenty ways to get active as a remote worker and these don’t need to be done early and won’t cost you an additional penny.

Sure doing a YouTube workout won’t get you out in the sunlight, but it will get you moving and that’s the bigger picture here. Not letting the seasonal depression sink in and getting up off your butt from spending all day working! YouTube workouts are a great way to fit in a quick workout and get a sweat. You can do these in between the work day, before, or after. Whatever time you decide, block it off and stick to it. From yoga, zumba, and even bootcamps, YouTube has everything. A quick search for “20 minute Yoga” and you are likely to find hundreds if not thousands of hits for yoga workout videos to try. Don’t like one you picked? Go back and find another. Who knows you may find an instructor that you really enjoy and starting watching more of their workout videos.

Top of the Hour Exercises

I started doing this back when I got my first remote job almost 4 years ago now and its been a habit ever since. I get so focused into work that I lose track of time and before I know it the day is over and I have done nothing but stare into my laptop screen and have calls with my team. Then all of a sudden it’s 5pm, dark outside and I feel like a giant slob.

To combat this I started doing exercises at the top of every hour I was working. So I’d take 3-5 minutes every hour and do 10 air squats, 10 sit-ups, and 10 push-ups, then get right back to work. Incorporating this little addition to the top of every hour means every day your are doing 80 squats, 80 sit ups, 80 push ups. Every week that adds up 400 reps of each exercise weekly!! I chose these exercises because they hit all parts of my body that need to be moved, but you can make them any ones you’d like! For added accountability, I have alarms set on my phone. When I hear the ring, I stop what I’m doing, hit my quick flash workout, then get right back to where I left off!

Sunset Breaks / Resets

Part of turning down and getting ready for the next day, is acknowledging that the day is over or ending. The sun may be setting before the workday ends, but going outside breathing in the fresh air and seeing the sunset marks that the day is almost done and you will be closing out soon. Getting up, even if it’s not for a walk, but just to go outside can help you get through these short days and add a tiny bit of movement back into your life.

Put a block on your calendar for the time of sunset and always head outside to watch the beauty that unfolds. Sunsets are the prettiest in the winter and it’s a shame to miss the few minutes of beauty while being stuck into an excel spreadsheet on your laptop.

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Save Money, Live Better.

You may hear “save money, live better” and immediately think of Walmart and the catchy slogan, but it’s a lot more than just a marketing phrase for a big box retailer. Saving Money is something that has been a topic of many conversations lately. With the direction of the market, housing prices, and the rising cost of nearly everything, money and liquidity has been on a late of people’s minds.

With social media and lots of individuals flaunting extravagant lifestyles, it’s easy to want to spend money aimlessly and even spend money that you don’t have. Saving money and living better is about not only saving money and having funds to fall back on if needed, but also living better because you have peace of mind in knowing that you are able to make ends meet. Saving money is not just about putting cash in the bank or a retirement fund, there’s a lot more to it.

Here are 8 ways to save money and live better..

Cut back on Alcohol, Cigarettes, Vapes, etc.

I would hope that everyone reading this is aware of the negative health effects of alcohol, cigarettes, vapes, and other ways people escape… These activities have long term health risks associated with them and also cost a decent chunk of money. The minimum retail price for a pack of cigarettes in New York City in $13.00, I highly doubt you’ll find them for that low but we can use it for the example. If you smoke a pack a day, which is pretty standard for more smokers, you’re looking at $4,745 a year on cigarettes. Now do the math for drinks or cocktails at a bar, vapes and vape cartridges, it really does add up. Money is being spent and quality of living in failing.

Instead of spending nearly $5,000 on cigarettes, think about taking on a gym membership. A $30 a month gym membership is $360 a year. Cutting smoking and purchasing a gym membership still equates to an over $4,000 profit in your pocket! Not to mention all the positive health benefits and the chunk of change you have in your pocket.

Start Saving Small

A tree starts as an acorn and it takes time to grow, so does your savings. As we enter into this unsettling time, it’s important to review finances and start to put cash aside sooner rather than later. With job market volatility and rising prices, you will never know when you may need to fall back on savings. Wether it’s $5 a week or $500 dollars a week, you need to start somewhere.

Saving money, in any capacity helps you live better because it helps ease the stress around money. Knowing that you have something, anything, to fall back on is such a feeling of relief. It’s like starting to workout, the hardest step is starting! But once you start it becomes addicting and lifestyle changes just start to fall into place. I remember my first job making less that $30,000 a year, paying nearly my entire monthly paycheck on rent, and starting to set a side a couple dollars every month. Watching that grow to what it is now is such an accomplishment. But you have to start in order to live better!

Cut back on Starbucks

As a note, when I say Starbucks, I mean all coffee shops. Similar to cigarettes and drinking, coffee comes with a steep price tag! Let’s say you’re getting coffee 7x a week and your latte costs you $7.00. That means in an entire year, you are spending $2,548 on coffee, not to mention the gas to get there and the croissant or cake pop you buy to go with it. What would you do with over $2,500 back in your pocket?

Sure caffeine addiction is real, but buying your own coffee machine and coffee beans is a much more cost efficient way to start your mornings than running to Starbucks or your local coffee shop. Here’s an awesome coffee machine for $25 and espresso machine for $70 on Amazon now. With the rising prices I have starting going to my local coffee shop 1x a week instead of 4x a week, I want to keep supporting small businesses but also need to keep an eye out for my own well-being! There are many ways to save money and live better, you just have to find them!

Give Yourself an Allowance

Remember when you were a kid and your day would be made when your parents gave you an allowance? You cherished that money and kept it in your piggy bank for something nice. You didn’t just spend it all in one place, or maybe you did and then you immediately regretted it… You’re the keeper of your own finances know, give yourself an allowance.

Now what you do with that allowance money is on you, but if I were you I would start saving it and maybe even start investing it! The beauty of investing money is compound interest, there is a risk but historically speaking sound investments in solid funds will over time give you back more money than what you put in. A great way to start investing in through Acorns, this app allows you to schedule transfers (could be your allowance) and invest them into your portfolio. You can check progress on the dashboard and also make purchases through the dashboard and many retailers and get a % of your purchases invested back into your account. If you’re interested you can check it out and sign up here.

Set a Financial Goal

If you don’t have a goal what are you working towards? Having a healthy competition with yourself can be fun! If you are saving for a home, car, sort of large purchase, or just saving for an emergency fund, it’s incredible important to set a goal. I want to save $X,XXX by this date. Make it clear and actionable to make you want to reach it!

Having a goal is going to naturally help you curb unnecessary spending. You might find yourself questioning, “do I really need this?” “Am I actually going to wear this?” “Is this something I will use more than once?” When you start adjusting your current spending lifestyle, and realize that you are fully capable of surviving off a less, then you really are acting on save more, live better.

Shop Around Before You Buy

See something you want and immediately impulse buy it? I’ve been there. Mid range purchases have been the death of me, it’s just $20 right?? Wrong thing about what that $20 bucks could turn into! But what if you actually need to spend that $20 to buy a jacket for your son or daughter, or a new pair of sandals because your only pair broke? Shop around. You might find that same jacket or a better one, for less money. Just because you are being money conscious, does not mean you are sacrificing your comfort in life. There’s always a deal to be found, whether its a different store, brand, retailer, or even with a coupon!

Saving money and living better is about small actions or changes that can add up to a huge profit. Just keep thinking about the coffee example, imagine you’re able to save $1-$3 on everything you buy because you looked for a deal and didn’t just spend the money at the first place? It can add up and guess what? You’re lifestyle didn’t change, you still have what would would have, plus a couple more dollars in your pocket.

Opt for Streaming Services Over Cable TV

Cable is way too expensive for what it is. I stopped paying for cable almost 7 years ago and never looked back. There are multiple streaming options that are substantially less, even with the necessary internet connection, than standard cable. Imagine paying $80 for multiple streaming platforms and internet instead of over $200 for cable, internet, and probably the same streaming networks.

You can save money many different ways, including TV! If we’re talking about living better also, there’s much better things to do then part your butt on a sofa and watch TV. Go for a walk, ride your bike, get your body moving instead of falling into a binge on TV. Think about the money you could save by cutting TV cable and streaming services all together?

Limit the Number of Outings

The definition of outings here is anything where you are going somewhere to do something that is going to cost you money. There are plenty of free activities you can do, explore a local park, spend a day at the beach, hike a trail, or just enjoy reading a book on a park bench to name a few. If you are spending money every time you leave the house, for dinner, activities, shopping, whatever it is, that means there is an opportunity to save money.

There’s no need to never go out and to never spend money again that’s not what we’re getting at here, part of living better is going out and enjoying life. But cutting down on expenses on outings can be a huge cost saver. Even reducing outings to 1x a week or 2x a month can amount to a large chunk of extra change in your pocket.

Think about all the ways your spend money now and how you can revisit some spending habits so you can save more and live better! Little changes really to add up in your wallet, and with the current economic landscape, there’s not better time to start than right now!

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A Weekend at Stratton Mountain Resort

It’s officially snowboarding season and ya girl is through the roof! Opening weekend for Stratton Mountain Resort in Vermont was Friday, November 25th. So you better believe, we took off early Black Friday morning and headed right up to the condo at the mountain. Is it too early to say it will be my second home this winter? Probably not.

It was my first time at Stratton Mountain and I loved it. For an east coast mountain it had the cutest little town that really reminded me of the mountains out west that I visited. Obviously, no where near the size of Vail Village or Beaver Creek but still as adorable and enjoyable to walk through.

The Good

  1. Parking was not bad
    Being that it is early season, this is no surprise. From the condo, we would typically take a shuttle to the homeowner’s lodge but with the little traffic we were able to score parking in the garage so no need for a shuttle.
  2. The food is next level
    We ate a few different places in the village – The deli has incredible sandwiches and an awesome craft beer selection. The main cafeteria at the Base Lodge has quite possibly the biggest salads you could image. It also has delicious soups and noodle bowls, which is the absolute perfect winter day meal. I was shocked for how great the food was given the typical quality you expect from mass food service venues – but Stratton Mountain Resort proved that wrong! The sushi place also looked amazing and will be a stop next trip.
  3. Sunday was empty
    If you could imagine a private mountain, that’s what Sunday was. Everyone had left with looming rain, but it held off. We had an amazing day riding with spring-skiing like conditions and little to no crowds anywhere on the resort.

The Bad

  1. Ice Everywhere
    This is expected, but it still needs to be mentioned. Conditions on Saturday were awful, but it was still incredible to be out of the mountain so in reality it wasn’t that bad.
  2. Minimal Trails Open
    There were only a handful of trails open. Again, totally standard with early season but still doesn’t mean it would have been better if there was more snow! It was imperative to get out there early to get runs on the trails before all the snow was inevitably skiied off. They did have 2 park features available, which I wasn’t expecting. (This is the year I’m tackling more of the park).
  3. We had to Leave Sunday Night
    We would of loved to stay another day or two, but my dumb self left my computer on Long Island so I could truly disconnect from work and Ian had a busy day with clients on Monday. With snow on the forecast for this week, I’m thinking another trip up will be in our future real soon.

The Trip – Long Island to Stratton Mountain Resort

I wasn’t only counting down the days to this trip for almost a month, but I was geeking out the entire time. I started snowboarding two years ago and there was a point where I never wanted to step on a snowboard again very shortly after I started. With my friends and family I was able to get over the hurdle and continue this sport that I picked up quickly and fell in love with even quicker. To sum it up, snowboarding has a special place in my heart and I genuinely enjoy getting out to the mountains and getting batter whenever I can.

We left Sunday, later then we anticipated, which is pretty on brand. We packed up the cats and heading up to Vermont. There was not much traffic for Black Friday, even by the malls, so the drive up was pretty pleasant. We found this really silly question generator for couples that kept us laughing and entertained when the trip got a little boring. I think the cats had more fun on the road trip than we did. They were climbing around the truck and cuddling with us, then going back and hanging with each other in the backseat. It was adorable and they were incredible in the car, it makes sense because Ians been traveling with them since they were little kittens.

We made it to the mountain and had a little family dinner before getting to bed to try and get first chair! …We naturally didn’t get first chair but we tried our best. When we got to the mountain on Saturday it was pretty packed, but we have the blessing of using the home owners lodge and it was great to be able to escape the crowds and relax when needed.

We mainly took the gondola up but occasionally hit the 6er chairlift that only went halfway up the mountain. After 4 or 5 runs we grabbed lunch at the deli and hung out in the village before returning to the mountain for the afternoon. The food was incredible highly recommend. We were on the mountain until about 3pm, which was when we took a run that was like sliding down a hockey rink on a mountain – so we called it a day. It seemed that everyone else was on the same page. We grabbed a drink at the base camp lodge bar, which was clearly a hot spot, and watching the people still out on the mountain coming back to the base after their final runs for the day.

Ian and I met up with my friend Frank on the mountain and after the drinks at the lodge, we headed over to the village for some shopping and browsing. If anyone has a connect for a grey fuzzy bucket hat let a girl know! Check it out on the shelf in the second picture!! I fell in love with this hat, but didn’t end up getting it and I immediately regretted the decision. We ended up at Mulligan’s for some beers and snacks before heading home for the night.

Sunday was a slow start for sure, but we made it to the mountain and the conditions were drastically better than the day before. We were ripping! I don’t even know how many runs we got in, but it was non stop until it started raining and we called it a day. It was super slushy and very reminiscent of spring riding which I loved. At the end of the day, it was an incredible trip and one awesome way to kick start the 2022/2023 season! I’m exciting for putting this Stratton season pass to use, but I will be at Stowe before I’ll be back at Stratton this year, so expect another trip update from further north in Vermont in the next week or so!

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A Weekend in Point Pleasant New Jersey

As a weekend trip enthusiast, I am traveling more often than not and typically insanely busy. I am super lucky that Ian likes to adventure as much as me, if not more! He is always down for spontaneous trips and finding the best things to do while we’re there. FYI – I highly recommend finding a best friend and travel buddy in your partner.

We always try to make the most of our weekend trips and turn them into little date nights. As a chronic over-worker with 3 jobs (me) and a successful business owner (Ian), we always put work first and sometimes spend a bit too much time focusing on making money. But whenever we can spend some time without work we make sure it is 100% used for us time. It makes every date night and trip so much more fun because we are 100% committed to it being for us and nothing else! Even when we travel, we try to leave work out of it. That’s exactly what we did in Point Pleasant!

A few weeks ago we found ourselves heading down to the Jersey Shore to visit my Sister, Brother-in-law, and niece & nephew. This was a bit of an unplanned trip but we had a fun-filled weekend of exploring, trying new food, and hanging with family.

First stop when we made the trip to New Jersey, was naturally Last Wave Brewing Co. With my brother-in-law being the head brewer, it’s pretty much the go-to spot when we visit. They had some incredible season brews, all pie themed, as well as Ian’s favorite from the trip, Cranito, a cranberry sour. We played some Chutes and Ladders (dinosaur edition) with the kiddos at Last Wave, naturally letting them win since my nephew is a bit of a sore loser.

While the kids went to bed, Ian and I took advantage of the free time to grab some dinner, just us. From my sister’s recommendation, we ended up at Dona Julia Mexican Kitchen. One word – amazing. The food was beyond incredible and fresh, it was also a family owned restaurant with the sweetest staff!

I got the chicken and beef tacos and Ian got a vegetarian dish, while we both shared the nachos. We both decided that Dona Julia Mexican Kitchen is 100% worth a repeat meal and we will be going back there when we come back to New Jersey.

We ended the night we some outdoor fire beers with my sister and brother-in-law and enjoyed some of the last bearable fall nights.

The next day we had a family breakfast with my sister and her family at the cutest breakfast spot, John & Elaine’s. It feels like a time wrap going back to a classic Americana spot with great food, good people, and good vibes. It was exactly how an old school diner should be. I would be gatekeeping if I didn’t share that you need to get the fresh squeezed orange juice. Pancakes were top notch. Eggs were cooked perfectly. Bacon was perfect. I don’t think I have had that great of a breakfast in a long time! …Ian and my nephew had to do some exploring for cars on Facebook Marketplace before the meal arrived.

It was overall a great weekend and an awesome change of pace for the typical busy work week. If you want to check out any of the places we went, you can find them here!

Last Wave Brewing Co.
601 Bay Ave, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742

Dona Julia Mexican Kitchen
1308 Richmond Ave, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742

John & Elaine’s
1103 Richmond Ave, Point Pleasant, NJ 08742

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My Favorite Jeep Gifts for Jeep Wrangler Owners

No matter what time of year, a Jeep owner is going to appreciate a gift that is Jeep-Themed. There is a special type of love, some might call it obsession, that comes with being a jeep owner. Whether you are a Jeep Dad, a Jeep Girl, a Jeep Junkie, or even a Jeep Dog, a Jeep gift can go a very long way.

Check out some of the favorite jeep gifts that are great for birthdays, celebrations, anniversaries, and the holidays! There’s a jeep gift for every occasion.

Jeep Gifts for Jeep Wrangler Owners

Center Console Organizer

Interior Color Changing LED Lights

Trunk Organizer – Rear Seat Hanging

Wall Mounts for Jeep Doors

Jeep Key Fob Key Chain

Phone Holder for Jeep Wrangler

Jeep Wrangler Roll Bar Storage Bags

Jeep Wrangler Front Door Storage Pockets

Jeep Wrangler Bullet Antenna

Jeep Wrangler Weather-Proof Floor Mats

Car Cover for Jeep Wrangler

Dash Cam for Jeep Wranglers

Safari Mirrors for Doorless Jeeps

Sun Visor Organizer for Jeep Wranglers

Hard Top Removal Tool Kit Replacement

Jeep Wrangler Sunshade

Spare Tire Brake Light Kit

Jeep Wrangler Tailgate Organizer

Jeep Wrangler Tow Hitch Reciever

Spare Tire Trail Bag for Jeep Wranglers

Jeep Wrangler Trunk Liner

Pro-Lift Creeper Seat

Rooftop Cargo Carrier for Jeep Wranglers

Folding Tailgate Table for Jeep Wranglers

Moveable Jeep Wrangler Door Storage

Jeep Wrangler Awning

I’ll say it again, you really can’t go wrong with getting a jeep owner a nice Jeep gift. With the holidays around the corner, you can use this list as a Jeep Gift – Gift Guide. Or you can save it to revisit for all your Jeep gifting needs.

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Eliza Fletcher Running

Why We Should Never Forget Eliza Fletcher

This case polarized me from the morning of Friday, September 2nd when I first received the notification no my phone about a missing jogger. What happened to Eliza Fletcher is something that everyone has thought of being a possibility, something that all women and men need to be aware of, something that you really only read about, but never believed would actually happen.

In the early morning hours on Friday, September 2nd, Eliza Fletcher went on a run in her hometown of Memphis, Tennessee. She did this every morning, it was her routine. She didn’t know that this Friday morning would be different than all the other mornings. Eliza was met by evil in human form this Friday morning, his name should not get any notoriety so I won’t mention it, who violently attacked her after waiting for her to run by him and his car. These would be Eliza’s final moment. After her violent abduction, not long after, Eliza Fletcher was murdered and left at an abandoned help. Thanks to the Memphis Police Department, the University of Memphis, Good Samaritans and neighbors, the suspect was apprehended the next day. Eliza’s body was found on September 5th, and identified on September 6th.

This seemingly random, violent, stranger abduction raises so many questions, considering the suspect was previously arrested under violent kidnapping charges which he pleaded guilty too. This post is not for that or anything on criminal justice reform. This is for Eliza and why all runners, walkers, people who are outside, should remember her and this absolutely tragic event.

As runners and outdoor enthusiasts, we have all had nightmares of this situation.

Every morning, runners wake up to get their miles in, just like Eliza. They run for so many reasons – to escape thoughts, to stay in shape, to train for competition, but many see it as therapy. A simple act of self-care turned into a death sentence for this mother of 2 and now all runners will start their runs with a little extra awareness, a few more nerves, because of this tragic event. Even before the news of Eliza Fletcher’s violent kidnapping :

We play our music low or only wear one headphone so we can hear footsteps or people approaching around or behind us.

We carry pepper spray on our keychains for protection.

We were told to put our keys between our fingers and hold fists.

We share our locations at all times with our family and closest friends so they know where we are, when we are there, and if we are in the place we are supposed to be at.

We have disaster playbooks in our heads about how to handle people who cross our paths with bad intentions, so we have a plan if a terrible situation ever happens to us.

We make eye contact with some and avoid eye contact with others.

We make phone calls to trusted friends and family when we are alone and feel unsafe.

We touch trees, street light poles, walls, things on our path, so there is a physical trail of where we were and are headed.

As an active female, I have always been warned of the possibility of a terrible crime like what happened to Eliza. She could have been any of us. Whether it is in the morning, afternoon, or night, the fear of a random abduction has been warned. Yet, we all continue to do what we love – running, walking, hiking, etc. Eliza was outside running the morning she was senselessly murdered. The fear that we all have had did not stop Eliza.

Ways to Remember Eliza Fletcher

Share Her Story, Keep Her Name Alive.

The end of Eliza’s life is nightmare worthy, but it needs to be told. People need to know and change needs to be made. Women and men should not be afraid to go outside and ran by themselves. Share her story so others know that even though this appears to be a part of a horror movie script, it is indeed real life and was a real event that took place. We should not have to fear, but at the end of the day this is a very unfortunate reality that everyone should be aware of.

Keep Running for Eliza.

Continue pursuing your passions, your therapeutic activities, your marathon training, as she did regardless of the fears that she and many other women runners feel on a daily basis. Don’t stop running. Wake up every morning and run.

Stay Safe and Aware.

We should not have to worry about being abducted, but now more than ever we have to stay safe and aware. Do not let this story fade into the depths of the news and reporting and what’s the hot story – let Eliza’s story steer you into becoming an advocate for safety for women runners everywhere. Take the extra steps that may seem overboard – share your location, stay aware of your surroundings, carry a collapsable knife, carry pepper spray. I am sure that Eliza took precaution before her run, there is a reason why her case was solved so quickly.

Start a Community Watch Group

Keeping your community together and looking out for each other is important. Neighborhood Apps and Facebook Groups are create methods to stay in touch with your community. You never know what a small observation you make can have – many things that were reported by Good Samaritans and neighbors led to the arrest of Eliza’s killer and the discovery of Eliza’s body. If your community does not have one, start a watch group in Eliza’s honor.

Create or Join a Running Club or Group

The fear should not stop you from running or doing any activities solo – but in wake of Eliza Fletcher’s murder, it may not be the first thing on your to do list. Join a run club or create a run club to ensure that you are traveling with a group of people during your exercise. Whether it is a group of 3 or a group of 30, get people out and running and do so in Eliza FLetcher’s memory.

Eliza Fletcher Could Have Been Any of Us.

Eliza Fletcher’s case resonated a little extra to me and I know it struck a cord with many others. There’s been many times that I felt unsafe – the multiples times I called my father scared that a man was following me when I was walking home, or the car that followed me into my neighborhood when I walked home from school, or making eye-contact with someone who is uncomfortably watching me so that they know I see them and are aware of what is happening around me. The list goes on and it really is terrifying.

We cannot let this case slip beneath the rug and fade from our memories. Eliza Fletcher’s story must stay alive and everyone needs to understand the fear and the dangerous reality that we are battled every single day.

The fear is real.

The nightmare can be a reality.

We can’t let it stop us and dictate or lives. All we can do is prepare, stay vigilant, and plan for the worst. If we pretend the fear is not real then we are allowing ourselves to live in a false reality. Terrible things happen, we must acknowledge it, prepare for it, but try to not let it dictate the rest of our lives.

Rest in Peace Eliza Fletcher.

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