April

The Weekend Recap: Spring Edition

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and a happy Easter (and you aren’t suffering the lingering effects of a sugar coma). The weather on Easter Sunday reached a record high (around 75 degrees) and I was happily able to break out a lacy yellow sundress. Here’s hoping the rest of the week is just as nice, and that I don’t devour all of my Easter candy in the next 24 hours.

Starbucks

{Iced coffee season is here}

Spring

{Beautiful Blooms}

Chocolate

{I think the caption sums it up}

Glow Fish

{These fish got their glow on}

Lindt Gold Bunny

{This Easter bunny is out and about}

The April Agenda

April Flowers

It has come to my attention that I completely forgot about documenting my March agenda last month. Perhaps that’s partly because most of March was consumed with figuring out what constituted a low-iodine diet and in preparing for an I-131 whole body scan (which never happened due a snowstorm that hit the East Coast that week). So, yeah, March wasn’t exactly fun, nor did I feel very productive (but I was hungry for most of the month).

Since my health testing is temporarily on hold (through no choice of my own), I have decided to live it up a bit this month. With the weather improving daily, I want to spend more time outdoors and less time in front of my computer.

Here’s what’s on my agenda this month:

Go: I feel like I haven’t traveled much this year, so when I was asked to go on a work trip to Washington, D.C. at the end of the month, I jumped at the chance. Having spent two years going to college in D.C., I am always thrilled at the idea of returning—even if it is only for a day or two. While I won’t have much free time, I see a visit to American University and at least a couple of hours in the Georgetown neighborhood in my future.

Read: I have many books on my reading list, but sadly have not gotten to any of them. A fellow blogger recommended reading The Hopefuls, which happens to be set in Washington, D.C., and with my upcoming trip, it seems like the perfect read to bring along.

Try: I have wanted to try pilates for a while now as it is a nice complement to my yoga classes. So when a studio based in New York City and with locations in the Hamptons reached out to me on Instagram, I was elated. Unfortunately, with my busy schedule I have been unable to allot a day to driving an hour each way and taking a class, but now that the weather is nicer and the days are getting longer, I am ready to give it a go.

See: I never thought I would say this (and perhaps I’m too old to say this?), but I kind of want to see Beauty and the Beast. Is that wrong? I vaguely remember seeing it as a child, but after I heard the soundtrack on my way to work the other day, let’s just say my interest has been piqued. Have any of you seen it? Did you love it? I have been hearing good things.

Do: Two words—cat cafe. Yes, you read that correctly. I have been following Crumbs & Whiskers, a cat cafe based in Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles, for a while on Instagram. So you know I have to pay them a visit in person when I am in D.C. (trying not to take a cat home will be the hard part). To date, Crumbs & Whiskers has facilitated the adoption of 256 homeless cats, which is a mission I whole heartedly support. With every purchase from the cafe, a shelter pet is able to be fostered with Crumbs & Whiskers while they wait for a forever home. If you need a daily dose of cuteness, I highly suggest you follow them on Instagram.

What’s on your agenda this month?

Farewell, April!

I'd rather be sleeping mug

{New mug for my home office}

I’m having a hard time comprehending how we are already at the end of April! Wasn’t it just January five minutes ago? Looking back, I’ve crammed a lot into the last two months. With trips to Philadelphia, Rhode Island, and New York City, I feel like I’ve taken full advantage of the nice spring weather.

This weekend it’s back to my kickboxing routine, some time at the barn, and a little rest and relaxation.

Hope you all have a great weekend!

Spring mani with OPI

{Spring mani with OPI}

NYU

{Meeting with fellow New York blogger, Kristin}

Barn Day

{Life on the farm}

New workout outfit

{Today’s workout is sponsored by coffee!}

Cupcake pancakes from IHOP

{Delicious cupcake pancakes from IHOP}

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The April Agenda

The April Agenda

I for one am not sorry to see March go (although it is hard to believe that it’s April already!). And while I was sick for half the month, I did manage to accomplish a few things on my March agenda, like touring Eastern State Penitentiary. April is looking busy, too. I’m currently in Rhode Island (and I wrote this post on the Long Island ferry ride over!).

Here’s what I have going on this month:

Try: A friend of mine told me about this sea salt cave in Montauk, on the East End of Long Island. The Montauk Salt Cave offers yoga, reiki, and halotherapy. Himalayan sea salt has all kinds of health benefits — including being good for your lungs, preventing illnesses, and increasing your energy levels — and I’m all for giving it a try. Expect to see a blog post soon!

Read: I always say I’m going to read more — and there are tons of books I’d love to read. But the truth is, between all of the blogs I read daily, I rarely have enough time in my day (I know. That’s no excuse). One book that has been on my ‘must read’ list for a while is Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. I read her book Eat, Pray, Love a few years ago and really enjoyed it. I have no doubt I’ll feel the same way about this book, too!

Go: As I mentioned, I’m in Rhode Island at the moment (leave any suggestions on what to do while I’m here in the comments, please). It’s been about 15 years since I last visited, so it will be nice to explore Providence — and take lots of coastal photos. Here’s hoping all of the snow melts, soon! After all, it is April.

Do: I already have one NYC trip on the calendar this month, and I plan to spend some time touring both New York University and Columbia University while I’m there. No, I’m not enrolling as a student. But I do like seeing college campuses (and reminiscing about my days as an undergraduate). It’s been a while since I’ve walked around NYU, and as my mom is an alumna, I may leave with a shirt…or two.

What’s on your agenda this month?

Happy Financial Literacy Month

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I am a huge fan of Suze Orman. So much so that, every Saturday at 9 p.m. I can be found in the same spot: watching Ms. Orman’s show on CNBC. Since April is financial literacy month, I thought I would share some of what I think is Suze’s most valuable advice.

I was first introduced to Ms. Orman’s books as a recent college graduate, pondering the next phase of my life. A colleague suggested reading Suze’s book Women and Money. The next day, the book arrived on my desk and to my surprise, it was a page-turner. To be honest, I had given little thought, at the tender age of 22, to things such as life insurance, retirement, and long term care insurance. By the time I finished the book, not only did I learn more than I ever thought I would need to know about how to live a financially stable life, but I was hooked on Suze Orman.

Since watching her shows, I have learned even more. Some of the advice that I really have taken to heart and have applied in my own life is as follows:

1. Stand in your truth. Be honest with yourself as to your financial reality and what you can and cannot afford.

2. Have at least an eight-month emergency fund. I know it can seem daunting after paying your expenses, but trying to put a little money away at the end of each pay period or month is a great start to savings. You never know when you might need to access that money, and knowing that it is available affords you peace of mind.

3. Invest up to the point of your company’s match. If you are fortunate enough to have a job that will contribute money to your retirement based on your contributions, then contributing just makes sense. By ignoring this option, you are passing up free money!

4. Before you purchase anything, ask yourself: Is this a want or a need? This is something I actually find myself doing more and more. Buying items just for the sake of purchasing something has never really resonated with me, but there are occasions when I like to splurge. As I have gotten older, however, it has become easier to pass on things that I don’t really need or may never use.

5. Know your credit score and what’s on your credit report. Paying your bills on time is a great way to keep your credit score high, but knowing your number and what’s in your report is also important.

These are just a few of Suze’s tips. Tune in to CNBC each week to watch Suze dole out her epic “Suze smack-downs.”