• Book Reviews,  Books,  Lifestyle,  Person Finance

    Book Review: Meet the Frugalwoods

    Meet the Frugalwoods: Achieving Financial Independence Through Simple Living by Elizabeth Willard Thames Rating: ★★★★☆ I am really glad that I read this book. Seriously, I think it has reinforced the way I think about money – as a tool for comfort, but not happiness itself. Of course, it’s easy for me to say as a member of the upper-middle class, that money isn’t everything. I am blessed and fortunate, and I want to maintain financial stability and frugality as I get older and move into adulthood.  5 Big Takeaways Eliminate necessary expenses – like do you really need to eat out twice a week? If you can do it…

  • fashion,  Lifestyle,  Shopping Guides

    Currently Coveting No. 6

    t-shirt | earrings | sneakers | jeans I haven’t done one of these in a hot minute, but I was inspired by these Golden Goose look-alike sneakers (aka dupes)!  Tbh, I never loved the Golden Goose sneakers, because I feel like they look too distressed. I like their design, but I just wasn’t a fan of the price point or the scuff marks.  Tangent aside, I saw these Steve Madden sneakers and I thought I would create an outfit with them.  I paired the sneakers with this adorable ~almost~  rugby style t-shirt and straight legged jeans, both from J. Crew. I’ve been really interested in straight legged jeans lately and…

  • Lifestyle,  mental health

    My Best Purchase of 2020: Hiking Boots

    My best purchase of 2020 was a pair of hiking books, specifically the Columbia Women’s Newton Ridge Plus Hiking Boot in Quarry/Cool Wave (size 9). I love these boots! They have carried me on about 30 miles since I got them on April 28, 2020. They are amazing while I wished they had a bit more ankle support, they’re really great as is. It is a trade-off though – these boots don’t have amazing ankle support (they do have some, to be clear) but these boots are also pretyy light weight, so I really don’t think it’s too bad! They’re also waterproof which is a huge plus. A couple of…

  • fashion,  Lifestyle,  Shopping Guides

    Currently Coveting No. 5

    sweater | earrings | watch | headband | sneakers | necklace | jeans Here is a super simple outfit that I wear a variation of practically every day.  I actually bought these jeans, and they were too small! If you have a muscular body type, I would definitely size up or try one of the other cuts of denim. I also love wearing a scarf in my hair. I find that its a such a great way to add a pop of color to your outfit. I like to stick with my neutrals, so scarves are a great way noncommittal to add a pop of color. So you don’t have…

  • fashion,  Lifestyle,  Shopping Guides,  wellness

    How to Curb Your Shopping Habit

    1. Stop browsing – if whatever format  If that’s blogs, emails from your favorite retailers, social media posts from your favorite brands, or just scrolling through your amazon webpage – stop browsing. 2. Mandate a waiting period  For example, if I see something I want to buy, I’ll sleep on it. If in the morning, I still want it, then I’ll consider buying it. Generally, I won’t want it in the morning. Another way I’ve seen people do this is to use a 72 hour waiting period for purchases under $100 and a week long waiting period for purchases over $100.  3. Make a list If you need something, write…

  • Academia,  Lifestyle,  productivity,  Shopping Guides

    My Picks for Eco-Friendly Notebooks

    One of  my big goals for my life is to be more environmentally friendly. I’ve been thinking about the whole paper notes vs. iPad debate and others like it. For example, instead of going out and buying a Tesla or Prius, it’s actually better to keep the car you currently have provided it isn’t  a massive gas-guzzler like a Hummer (or some other mechanical abomination)! So, I’m keeping my 2003 Camry until the wheels fall off, and then, I’ll replace those wheels! Anyways, the iPad vs. Notebooks debate is sort of inconclusive. But what is clear is that if you’re using notebooks made with some fraction of PCW (Post Consumer…

  • Lifestyle,  mental health,  productivity

    My New Year’s Resolutions for 2021

    I have a number of New Year’s Resolutions. But who is really surprised by that? Literally, no one. It should be noted that these resolutions are in no particular order. I’m thinking of resolutions as I go along, so take that as you will.  One | Take My Meds Consistently  I am terrible about taking my medications every day, and obviously that’s really important. So I WILL get better about taking my meds! Two | Hike More Often I love being outside – hiking or walking, but I don’t do it enough. I recently went on a “hike” with some kids from my school to Halibut State Park in Gloucester,…

  • Lifestyle

    We Gotta Be Better People: We Cannot Go On Like This

    Y’all. We are failing to take care of one another and our environment. We don’t stay home when we should, drive too much, machine dry our clothes when they could hang to dry, and hoard resources.  I’ve been wracked with guilt. For the past five-ish years, I’ve been thinking a lot about my role in our world. I haven’t come to any definite conclusions besides these two: one, do as much good as possible and two, love is the answer most of the time.  “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all…