December 14, 2017

BLOGMAS // Holiday Budget.

Heeeeello, everyone!

I know everyone does Christmas differently. However, we can all agree that in the most wonderful time of the year we all spend the most amount of money. We need to buy gifts, decorate the house and treat ourselves a little because that's important too. So, I wanted to share with you guys how I plan on staying on top of my finances during the holidays. I know that we'll all have different things we need to spend money on, but hopefully you can at least pick up a few tips and tricks here and apply them to your situation. 

In my family, my mom and my aunt are the ones in charge of providing Christmas dinner on the 24th and Christmas lunch on the 25th, so at least that's one last thing I need to worry about and also, they are the best cookers in the family. I'm a single lady with no kids and I'm only responsible for me and my cat, so most of my money goes into my savings account and, during the holidays, the only extra spending I do is relate to getting gifts for some people and whatever else I feel like doing, which I know is the case for most people.  
Cooking + Baking // This is going to include everything related to, well, cooking and baking. All the supplies I need for my Christmas cookies and other related deserts. My mom and my aunt are the ones who cook Christmas dinner and things like that, but me and my sister like to help a little with desert. Last year, I didn't even include this category on my budget and I ended up overspending. So, I planned out all the ingredients and recipes and I've got my shopping list good to go. 

Gifts // This is the most obvious one. Me and my sister get one gift for my mom and one for my dad together, so that helps. Other than that, I'm planning on buying something for my sister, my two best friends and my grandma. That's all. Honestly, I know this is going to sound bad, but I would really suggest reconsidering the amount of people you're getting gifts to. If you're on a budget and trying to save your money, don't try to pull a Santa Claus. You don't own people gifts but if you still want to make something nice for them, bake cookies or muffins. Going into debt to get people gifts is not the best decision.

Activities // In this one I'm gonna include everything I decide to do with my friends or alone, like eating out, going to the movies, uber rides and gas. I think that is going to be the most difficult category to stick to since things come up all the time unexpectedly, but I'm determined. 

My Birthday // My birthday is on the 29th and I think my Holiday Budget is going to last until New Year's Eve, so I'm including it here. My sister got us Cirque Du Soleil tickets for the day and my family is going out to eat after, so I don't think I'll spend a lot of money. I will however make sure I treat myself to something special, maybe some makeup or cute dress for NYE.

I guess that's it! I know I didn't tell you the exact amount of money I'm spending for each category, but that's too personal. The important thing to do is to pick which categories you want to include on your budget (maybe you're traveling to see family and you'll have to include airfare) and stick to it. Don't give yourself the option of going over it! My number one tip to sticking to any budget is to have an end goal that way it's easier to resist small temptations. In my case, I'm saving money to travel next year and to, maybe, move to a new place. I'm excited for 2018, guys!

How are you budgeting for the holidays?

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December 13, 2017

Working Out + Loosing Weight.

Heeeeello, everyone!

I've recently done a post about how to loose weight or stay on track during the holidays and I believe I started that post the same way I plan on starting this one: You don't have to loose weight. You actually don't have to do anything to your body you don't want to. When I talk about loosing weight or working out, I'm talking to the people that are on the same path as me at the moment. I've been trying really hard to get in shape, feel good and be healthier and since this blog is a reflection of my life I've been writing a lot about this topic. 

However, I wanted to talk about my relationship with working out. I truly believe that eating healthier is the key to feeling good and loosing weight, but I also think working out is a big part of it. I've recently joined a new gym with a friend of mine and we've been working out together for the past 14 days. We worked out every single day (even on Sundays) and we've been feeling pretty good about ourselves. This is the first day " skipping the gym" crossed my mind.

I was up late last night watching Christmas movies and I have a very busy day ahead of me today - two birthday parties, a doctor's appointment for my bad ankle and I bought tickets to watch the premier of the new Star Wars movie. The only time I had to go to the gym was in the morning and I absolutely hate doing physical activity in the morning. Despite everything, I pushed through it. I got up, made myself some coffee, ate my oatmeal and went. I'm gonna be honest with you, I hated the whole process of getting to the gym.

When I got there I was in a bad mood and I didn't feel like working out. My friend and the fact that I was doing something fun as a workout are the only things that me through it. During our spinning class, I was tired and I was a bit cranky, but I kinda had a fun. I forgot that I was supposed to be cranky for the whole 45 minutes of the class and after I was sooooo glad that I went.

I think the moral of the story is: you need to find a workout you enjoy doing. I know I've talked about this on my Tips For Loosing Weight During The Holidays post, but you need to understand that working out is something you have to do for a lifetime, so you need to find something that is kinda fun, a little bit exciting and effective. I know some people love working out and actually crave it. I don't think I'll ever be this type of person, but I'm starting to at least enjoy my workouts. I don't dread going to the gym anymore - most days.

So, if loosing weight or working out more often are things you plan on adding to your resolutions in 2018 or your goals list, start now. Look for fun activities, different classes or even fun workout videos you can follow. My advice is to try out a bunch of different stuff and then you can see what works for you. You need to do what feels good. Listen to your body and think about what you're in the mood for that day. You don't have to run 30 miles or squat 1000 times a day to loose weight. If you feel like yoga today sounds good, do that and make the most of your class. 

I guess that's it! The most important thing to keep in mind is to keep going. Find something you enjoy doing and keep at it. Let me know on the comments your thoughts on this topic. I know dieting and weight loss are pretty controversial topics to talk about, specially on the internet where everything gets blown out of proportion. However, I'd love to start a conversation about this, so we can motivate ourselves and try to find a happy balance. 

Do you agree with me?
Do you disagree? 

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December 12, 2017

Weird Things People Have Told Me.

Heeello, everyone! 

Today's post has nothing to do with Christmas, but I still wanted to share it with you guys. I've had this idea in my head to talk about weird things people have said to me for quite some time now. Let me just preface this by saying that I attract weird people. Like, seriously. I don't know why, but I'm like a magnet for them. And includes not just men but people in general. I cannot tell you how many drunk girl have started blabbering about their emotional issues to me at clubs and bars. 

I do admit that the amount of weird people that have come my way increased after I started using dating apps. As one would guess. I have nothing against dating apps, I think they're a fun way of meeting new people but you have to agree with me that they are a sure way to come across some pretty weird humans. So, here we are! Today's post is going to be just a little taste and I do plan on sharing more. I just didn't want to get to personal too fast, you know? I'm just gonna start with my favorite one..

"I had sex last night so I'm a bit emotional." // These were the first words a guy said to me on a date. And now we're hapily married! Naah, just kidding! The date didn't go very well and we're not speaking anymore. However, I after I got over the initial shock, I did end up laughing quite a lot during the date and now I have a funny story to tell. But I mean, who says that? I think he was trying to be funny.. or maybe he actually did have sex the previous night which made him emotional. I guess we'll never know.

"I killed a squirrel. " // I went on this "double date" in the beginning of the year. It was my second date with a guy and my friend asked me if she could join us because she was going a first date with a guy that she met on tinder and she didn't want to be alone. Everything was working out well, we were having drinks and talking. I don't even remember why, but we were joking around saying the craziest things we've ever done. My friend said she broke into a house and spent the night there (which I didn't even know prior to that occasion), my date said he hitchhiked through Europe and than it was my friend's date turn. He stops laughing and says "I once killed a squirrel" with the most serious look on his face. I started laughing because that's what I do when I'm nervous and he turns to me and says "I'm not kidding.." The rest of the date was the most awkward thing I've ever witnessed.

"My religion doesn't allow me to sing." // This was said to me on a karaoke bar. I never go to karaoke bars but it was a friend's birthday and I kinda had to. So, there I am.. Having some drinks and making friends. I started to talk to this random girl on the table next to us because she had the little book with the songs. Me, being the normal person that I am, ask "so do you already know what you're gonna sing?'' and that when she responds "my religion doesn't allow me to sing". I asked if she was being serious, she said she was. She looked annoyed so I dropped it and turned back to my table. I even looked it up on google if there were religions that didn't allow people to sing and I didn't find anything. I'm pretty sure she was messing with me.

Guys, I swear I'm not lying! I don't know why, but I attract weird people. Maybe I'm giving off some vibe, I don't know. I just hope you enjoyed this post or found it at least entertaining. Let me know on the comments if someone has ever said anything weird like this to you. I laughed a lot while writing this post and calling my friends to refresh my memory. I'd highly recommend doing something like if you have a blog or a youtube channel!

Has anyone ever said something super weird to you?
Are you enjoying blogmas so far?!

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