Monday, May 11, 2015

Plan With Me | May 11-17


Here's a look at my last week.

Before


After


Here's a look at my planner for this week. It's pretty empty so far so lots of room to decorate!


Hope you guys are enjoying these posts and have a great week!


Thursday, May 07, 2015

Plan With Me | The First



Life. One word and yet you already know this post is going to be a jump and a skip away from the deep end. Lately, life has been exhausting. Since this year started, I've felt unmotivated. I've been tired. I've felt... dead. I wasn't depressed because I didn't really have anything to be depressed about. Work wasn't horrible. Friends and family were doing fine. Relationship is good. There wasn't anything to complain about yet something was off. I was disappointed with mediocre ("I don't want no mediocre..."). I wanted... more.

Because I've been so tired, I wasn't as productive as I would have liked to be. It wasn't until the start of May that I started having a spurt of energy. I bought a new planner and started my planner journey. I can honestly say that I feel rejuvenated. I've been more productive and in turn, that has given me more energy. Finally, things are starting to look up.

I thought I'd share with you what my planner looks like from week to week. It's sort of similar to how I would do my week/month in reviews except now you get to see it in writing instead of pictures. Maybe I'll add in pictures from my phone or something.


My planner isn't anything crazy special. I bought it at CVS for $9.99 (full price) so I'm pretty sure you can use coupons and pretty much get it for free. It's the PlanAhead Mother's Organizer. It's an 18-month calendar and has a monthly section as well as a weekly section. I actually like this set up and I'm debating whether I want an Erin Condren planner just for the easy access to stickers but for now I'm ok with my cheapy planner.

For my group of friends, we actually take turns doing scrapbooks for each other's birthdays and I was being a super procrastinator so I barely finished mine which was due this past weekend. I had to buy some embellishments for it hence going to Michael's. I went a little crazy and bought a bunch of stickers for my trip to Hawaii next month. I really want to do a traveler's notebook (example) for this trip and I've been super addicted to watching videos on YouTube on how people document their travels. I have a pretty good idea of how I want to do mine but usually things will change depending on how many trinkets (business cards, room keys, etc) I collect while I'm there. Here are some of the stickers I got. I had a 40% off one item coupon as well as their $5 of $25 for filling out their survey so all of the stickers below ended up costing less than $20.








I hope you liked this post and I'm extremely excited to start planning with ya'll. The June gloom arrived early in San Diego and I'm absolutely loving it. This entire winter has felt like summer so I'm excited for the cool down. Now if it would just freakin' rain! Hope to talk to ya'll soon!


Monday, May 04, 2015

Money Mondays: April 2015 Budget Verdict


April was an unpredictably spendy month. We took a small vacation. I decided to finally purchase a new camera to replace the one that I had lost on the plane ride back from Hawaii. I decided to splurge on a present for the significant other. I've just finished tallying everything up and man oh man O_O. Looks like I went a tad crazy this month. Luckily, we have 3 paychecks in May! Hooray!


One of the things I haven't been so good about doing is analyzing my spending. Sure it's great to track and see what I'm actually purchasing and the bills I'm paying but what about doing something to attack what's sucking all your money? For this month, one of the major money suckers was eating out. It's something that has definitely been difficult to control. We've moved to an area that has high walkability and every day that I get out early is an opportunity to go to happy hour. For the month of May, we definitely need to start cooking more at home as well as packing a lunch. I think that will be the thing that will help us decrease our spending the most.

Here's to getting shit together in May! Happy Monday!

Friday, May 01, 2015

Fitness Fridays: The Little Black Dress Challenge


Wedding season is upon us once again! And there's no better time than now to get that body into shape. I think the sense of urgency helps. I have two weddings to attend at the end of the month and I'm far from ready but I'm motivated to be ready when the weddings are here. And to knock down two birds with one stone since swimsuit season is coming right up!

I found this 30 Day Little Black Dress Challenge and I think it would be perfect for the month of May. They also have many other 30 Day Challenges on their site so definitely check them out.



TGIF and I hope everyone has a great weekend!



Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Wanderlust Wednesday: Ensenada


A couple of weeks ago we went on a little vacation to Ensenada on the Carnival Imagination. It was a 3 night cruise leaving out of Long Beach, CA. I've been itching to go somewhere but I didn't have much time off so this was just perfect. The cruise started on Thursday and we came back Sunday morning. This would be my 4th cruise and 3rd with Carnival. I've been a big fan of cruises since my very first one because of the convenience. You don't have to worry about lodging, food, or basically anything! Despite getting sea sick on every single one of the cruises I've been on (I took meclizine too!), I was still able to enjoy all of them.



no waiting in a separate line to get our sign and sail cards since our rooms were already ready!


This was the view from our room on the Riviera Deck (Deck 4).



We opted for the beverage program on the ship which was 15 alcoholic beverages (valued at $10 or less) for $50 per day. Each person in that cabin must also enter the beverage program. We weren't able to drink all 15 drinks each day but it was a stress-free way to not have to lug a bunch of alcohol in our luggage.




muster station selfie!

menu on the first night





The towel animals are usually my favorite surprise of any Carnival cruise! You never know what you'll get! On the first night we got this fellow. We think he might be a lobster. What do you think?



We arrived in Ensenada around 9am and would be leaving again at 6pm. We weren't sure what we would be doing that day yet so we decided to check out the shore excursions desk. We ended up deciding to go horseback riding in the mountains. I've only been horseback riding once before (in Santa Barbara for a bestie's bachelorette party) but it should be like riding a bike? lol.


we were wondering why mr. potato head doing there and his significance to mexico lol

Getting off the ship is sometimes a long process so we had breakfast and explored the ship a little since we had some time before our excursion started.





On the ranch




















After horseback riding, we wanted to eat some seafood and decided to pick the brain of our tour guide. He recommended Haliotis which turned out to be this really high end restaurant but super delicious food. We felt bad because we were dressed in workout attire and everyone else there was dressed in business attire! Luckily the staff made us feel right at home and didn't look at us like some dirty Americans lol.


fish ceviche








Formal night ended up being on the same night that we were ported! That was really weird but we still managed to do it and snap a few shots around at all the booths. Our photos were much to hideous to post lol.




Formal night means unlimited lobster!



Then we find this cool guy waiting for us in the room.



Mornings started at the omelette station. It reminded me of the good 'ole days at Covel at UCLA.



Overall we had a nice little getaway to Ensenada. We were able to try some really great food. We were a bit disappointed with the quality of the ship as well as the quality of the food on the 3 day cruise (Baja Mexico) versus the 7 day cruises (Mexican Riveria). But if you're not impressed with the food on the 3 day cruises, don't let that deter you from going on the 7 day cruises. The food is SIGNIFICANTLY better on the 7 day cruises. I was also disappointed that there was no sushi bar! That was one of the highlights on the 7 day cruises for me. It was a nice appetizer before dinner especially if you had the later dinner. I would probably do the same cruise again if I had a 4 day weekend to spare and do a different excursion (probably visit the blowhole).

The quality of the ship was also a disappointment. This ship must have been decades old and as much as they tried to maintain it, it still looked really dated. Again, the cruise ships that they use for the longer cruises are also much newer so don't let this kind of cruise deter you from future cruising. You pretty much get what you pay for.

Because the cruise wasn't really up to par with what I had expected, the travel bug is latched on and not letting go. Not sure where we're off to next but we're off to brainstorming!


Happy Hump Day friends! Hope the rest of your week will fly by!


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