Living Simply, Surviving College

Tricks for Treats – a foodie’s guide to discounts on Halloween!

“If it’s free, it’s for me.”

You may have heard this phrase before, or may even say it yourself.

It’s true. If there is one thing that joins twentysomething’s together, it’s food–not just any kind of food–free food, or discounted food. Any type of food that we don’t have to pay full price for a full tummy.

And although we are a bit too old to go trick or treating around our neighborhoods and stash away candy for the next 6 months, there are restaurants out there that want to treat the kid in us on this holiday.

Here are some of my favorite restaurants with scary-good deals!

Chipotle: from 3pm to close, customers dressed up in their Halloween costumes will get to enjoy a $3 “boorito.” This discount applies to burritos, burrito bowls, and tacos.

Krispy Kreme: Trick-or-treaters get a free donut! No purchase necessary.

Baskin-Robins: pick one of their 31 specialty flavors for $1.31 one-scoop cones!

I hope you take advantage of these dinner and dessert options–goes to show we’ll never be too old to enjoy the benefits of this holiday.

No tricks–just treats!


Friday Favs

“Can the mind change the brain?” Dr. Caroline Leaf asks the TedTalks crowd, “can a brain that’s damaged grow?”

One of the most valuable tools we can ever utilize is our brains. Yes, your noggin can be your greatest weapon.

Mental illness is running rampant in our society. Our generation is experiencing anxiety, depression, and other forms of illnesses like never before. I have fought my own battles with mental illness in the past, and although my anxiety today is not as severe as it once was, I still experience the symptoms of it pretty often.

It wasn’t until I was 20 years old that I heard THIS message by Dr. Caroline Leaf, a neuroscientist, that I was able to take control of my thoughts that triggered my anxiety. Since hearing the message and reading her book, I have seen tremendous change in the way I handle my anxious thoughts.

I chose this topic and resolution as my Friday Fav because of how important it is and how powerful these techniques can change a person dealing with mental illness. I encourage you to read/listen to the words of Dr. Caroline Leaf if you find yourself struggling with your thoughts and feelings.

Tidbit Tuesdays

Tidbit Tuesday

All we have is today. Tomorrow, next week, next month, next year–they all become today. Today’s add up, blur together, and go away when we believe that we will always have tomorrow, but tomorrow is never ours. Tomorrow never really comes.

So go. Start now. Find what brings you happiness. Work hard for what you want. Take time for yourself to rest. Push yourself further. Imagine what you want your life to look like and make it so.

At the end of it all, your today’s become yesterday’s; your yesterday’s add up to weeks and months and years. Before you know it, you have grown more than you could’ve ever imagined all because you started every day.

So start today.

Living Simply

Minimalism + Marriage

When Jordan and I got engaged (story here), we started the journey of joining our lives together.

When we decided to join our lives together as one, we were agreeing to take care of one another as we would want to be taken care of, we agreed to a life-long promise of listening and loving and making our relationship work through the good and the bad.

We agreed to support each other’s dreams and goals.

We decided that no matter what, we had enough in our relationship with God and in our marriage.

We adopted a minimalist mindset for our marriage, and it has benefitted us more than we thought possible. Here’s how:

Minimalism + Money

For over the past year, Jordan and I have been stewarding our finances in preparation for our marriage.

We have the necessities in mind: rent, groceries, car payments, etc.

But we have dreams to travel. We have joined our mindsets together and realized that minimalism will make way for us to be disciplined with our money and create the life that we both want to live.

Minimalism + Mind/Body/Health

Like I stated earlier, minimalism creates a mindset that says “I have enough,” but it also makes space for us to use our money in different ways–ways that better us. Less mindless spending means more intentional purchases

Less mindless spending means more intentional purchases that better our health, such as food. Being picky and ruthless in your diet will make a huge overall difference in your health. Being alert and energized has a lot to do with what you put in your body. Skipping the purchasing of loads of cheap food and refining your grocery list to a smaller, more tailored and intentional list of healthy options will show you how you can eat well and spend wisely.

Minimalism will also help redefine what you spend the bulk of your time doing. It causes you to take a step back and evaluate the influence of your daily decisions. You will begin to weed out the activities that don’t inspire you or keep your body in good health and replace them with activities that do.

Minimalism + Making Decisions

Now when invitations pop up, or if we are just trying to decide what to cook for dinner, we are able to make better decisions together because our mindset and focus are going in the same direction.

We ask ourselves: what makes more sense in regards to our time and finances? Where are we putting our effort and energy into right now, and does this decision reflect that?

I encourage every couple to explore more into the idea of minimalism in their marriages, or their dating relationships.

When minimalism is adopted into a couple’s life:

The arguments over spending minimize.

The money lost over pointless spending diminish.

The time used doing mindless activities decrease.

And the quality of life is restored.


Friday Favs

Friday Favs

One of my favorite topics to discuss, as I have said before in past blog posts, is minimalism. I think minimalism is such a powerful concept for millennials to grasp at this stage in life. When we feel like we need more to be more, there is a problem. But minimalism offers a solution that works.

Today’s Friday Fav is The Minimalists. These guys have changed the way I view my finances, relationships, closet, and life in general. Read some of their “essays” here. I promise they will change your mindset on the things that normally stress you out. Let me know what you think!


Our Engagement: the story

This past March began the greatest journey I’ve ever experienced this far in life as a young twenty-something: the engagement to my love and best friend. Life has been a whirlwind trying to balance work, school, and wedding planning. But I thought I would share my favorite story I’ve ever told on my blog today. My engagement story!

Cocoa Beach has always held a special place in our hearts. The second half of our first date was spent there walking along the shore for hours. That was the first and last time we had been to Cocoa together…that was, until March 12, 2016.

We spent all day in Cape Canaveral and after dinner, we drove over to Cocoa Beach and retraced the same path we wandered down back in January of 2015 (our first date!). It was near sunset (when everything already becomes a bit more magical) when Jordan got down on one knee, making that spot even more special to us than it already was.

March 12 will always be one of the best days we’ve ever had together, and a day we excitedly get to share with our family and friends because Jordan planned a secret photographer to capture our entire evening; we were even able to celebrate with a little impromptu engagement shoot right after saying “yes!” to forever.

A photo compilation of our engagement is coming soon! Stay tuned 🙂


Tidbit Tuesdays

Tidbit Tuesday

Adulthood can be scary. Decision-making can be difficult. Growing up is uncomfortable at times, and no matter how much we wish we had all the answers, life doesn’t work like that.

But life can be beautiful, exhilarating, rejuvenating, fun and crazy. Embrace the journey; everyone’s looks different and our path is ever-changing. You don’t have to know it all to move forward.