Gile Wedding

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

This past weekend consisted mostly of wedding festivities for my wonderful cousin Kayla.  It was a beautiful ceremony (in which I was honored to do a reading) and a perfect back yard reception. Just a quick summary in photos-


Congratulations Kayla and Kenny!

Smoothies!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

I'm going through a smoothie phase right now.  I've always loved them, but I've found the process of making them and cleaning up after them so tedious that it was always too much of a project for me to ever do.  I recently decided to buy a small one serving blender (the top comes off and acts as a travel mug!).  I know you can spend hundreds on fancy ones, but this one was $15 and it has done me well so far.

I did a shopping trip and gathered all of my favorite fruits and veggies (also for around $15).  I spent one evening chopping and measuring and freezing my f&vs.  I was able to prep about 10 smoothies in 30 minutes.  By freezing them I negated the need for ice so my smoothies are a lot less watered down. Also, by prepping them all at once and freezing the individual baggies, I can wake up and dump the contents into the blender, blend, and go.  The whole process in the morning takes less than five minutes.

The downside?  Because I use a bunch of dark colored fruits and veggies, my smoothies almost always come out in one of two colors; vomit-green or diarrhea-brown.  Yes, they look disgusting, but they still taste delicious and I don't care what anyone else thinks of them.

Despite the gross color I am really loving these morning smoothies.  Oh, and the best best part?  They keep me full for several hours and only have between 150-170 calories.  Wooo, healthiness!

Put the fruits on the bottom and veggies on top since you'll want to blend the veggies first.
It's best to blend the greens and water before you start adding the fruits.
(Here is our Diarrhea-Brown variety)
(And his would be the Vomit-Green flavor)

$60,000 in Debt: Month 4

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Another month down!  I made some big moves this month.  For one, I wanted to pay off my oldest/smallest loan.  It was $2048 which is a good chunk of money to pay all at once (especially when my regular monthly payment had just gone through), but it felt SO GOOD to knock that completely off the list.  It's a big hit now, but it's a whole lot of interest I won't have to pay over the next few years.  And now each of my regular monthly payments can start taking a bigger bite out of the rest of my loans.  And I got my Federal loan debt below $40k!! I love setting and meeting milestones when it comes to my loans.

I've taken my AmEx card off this list since I've gotten that down to $0 (yay!) and really I'm trying to share how much I'm paying off each month, not how much I'm spending (eek!).  Just rest assured that at the end of each month that card has a $0 balance.

Now that I've made that big payment on my loans, I'm going to focus on getting my Discover card back down to $0. I have until February until I start earning interest on that, but I'd rather get it down to $0 asap.