January 9, 2015

Weekend Merriment

This week went by surprisingly fast. We were joined by one of the coldest days of 4 years in Boston, that I was so glad to have brought a lunch that day because I didn't leave. We also got a little bit of snow and a few train delays. But nevertheless it was a good week filled with meeting a new friend and catching up with old ones that were passing through town. I'm looking forward to a relaxing weekend cozying up under blankets and a few moments outside for errands! I hope you have a great one!

1. 1989 // I bought it last weekend and it was the best decision ever! I love Taylor Swift but her albums just keep getting better and better. This one is so relatable and I pretty much listened to it on repeat all week. My favorites are Style, Out of the Woods and I Wish You Would. Seriously obsessed.

2. The Kitchn // I've been spending a lot of time on this site hunting for lunch friendly recipes that I can make in advance and will still taste good and relatively fresh! Learning to cook is quickly becoming my favorite activity.

3. Cashmere // The winter reminds me how important basics are in my closet. Because when I get up in the morning getting dressed into something cute is increasingly more challenging. Since my only two concerns are being warm and comfortable. So I've been thinking a lot about these cashmere sweaters and how I would love to fill my closet with them to make wintertime work wear cute and comfortable!

4. Simple Necklace // My sickness the past few weeks has prevented me from wearing any big statement earrings or necklaces. They have felt too heavy on my head so my body has been rejecting them. Thank goodness for this dainty piece to get me through, so I can have a cold and still be stylish.

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January 6, 2015

This Week's Batch: Spinach Lasanga

As you know one of my new years resolutions is to pay off my student loans, I've been in a money saving mode. Anything aside from transportation + food is out of the question aka no shopping and lots of budgeting. I really struggle with budgeting so I'm hoping this resolution will help. I really need to learn how to not spend money on whim and keep more of it! 

So for food, I've decided to make my a batch of something over the weekend to bring to work. This week's batch: Spinach Lasagna.





This was the first lasagna I've ever made on my own - well I had a little help from my mom and 3 different receipes. Turns out there is no Spinach Lasagna recipe out there for beginners! I.e. how to cook the spinach and sharing that you have to mix it in with the cheese and then the sauce - how to make it if you aren't adding meat! So needless to say what began as a soothing Sunday afternoon cooking activity turned into a confused mess of trying to figure everything out! But I managed, thanks to my mom's vintage cooking book from the 80's! It's the most beautiful cookbook ever and it's called The New Enchanted Broccoli Forest, I had a hard time sharing that because it's so special.

For the Lasanga construction, I used the kitchn's reciepe and I used a their base for the red sauce plus a few things my mom suggested I add in (red wine, oregano, salt, pepper, agave and let it took for 30 minutes). She said don't be afraid of seasoning!

What was the first dish you've ever cooked? Did it turn out well!? 

January 2, 2015

This Year I Will


Pay off all my student loans and I couldn't be more excited and ready. I know I'll have to make some cut backs, no shopping and no traveling but I think it's so worth it. A few months back I stumbled on this post on the Growing Slower blog. Prior to that I thought I would be paying my loans of for years and didn't realize there was another option aka being debt free. I've since been reading that post almost every week and doing so much math to figure out how I could too pay my loans of in 22 months. However since I've always lived and been inspired by lofty goals and the impossible, I've decided to decrease the amount of goals despite my parents uneasiness. I know the importance of saving money but what's equally important to me is paying off ALL those loans, so I can continue to save, travel and spend a little more on quality items over quantity.

Because right now I honestly just feel trapped in the loans! But now that I see there is a way out I am determined to get there and so excited to pay my loans back each month....wait did I seriously just say that!

So here's the goal.

Pay off all my loans in 7 months - January to July.

I'm so excited and cannot wait to get started! I hope you'll be with me in this journey!

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December 11, 2014

50 Things For Your Desk At Work

After being at my full time job for about 3 months now, I wanted to do a recap of this post from earlier. Since then I've found about 50 items to keep in my desk that make my day to day so much easier! I love the feeling of being over-prepared more than anything. Especially if I forgot a hair elastic at home and need to pull my hair back or I spilled coffee on my shirt that morning - the extra shirt saves me from looking like a slob all day. So I think I have everything I need, but the list could keep growing - for now here are 50 things to make your day to day easier!

1. Tweezers
2. Nail Clippers
3. Band-aids
4. Perfume Samples of your favorite scent
5. Nail file
6. Lint Roller
7. Deodorant
8. Ibuprofen
9. Neosporin
10. Rubber Bands
11. Ruler
12. Tape Measure
13. Cough Drops
14. Extra Pens
15. Sticky Notes
16. Lotion
17. Business Cards
18. Keyboard duster
19. Feminine Products
20. Thank You Cards
21. Stamps
22. Dry Shampoo
24. Hairspray
25. Comb
26. Bobbi Pins
27. Hair Elastics
28. Birthday Cards
29. Sympathy Cards
30. Tissue Paper
31. Ribbons
32. Gift Tags
33. Sewing Kit
34. Gift Bags
35. Markers
36. Silverware
37. Plates
38. A personalized Mug
39. Snacks
40. Floss
41. Tums
42. USB
43. Paperclips
44. Labels
45. Tissues
46. Flats
47. Extra Shirt
48. Extra Pair of Pants
49. Tooth brush
50. Tooth paste

Is there anything in your desk at work that you can't live without?