Month: March 2017

March Favorites 2017!!

March Favorites 2017!!

A quick round-up of some general favorites of mine from beauty to food to random life things! The lists will always be pretty short because I don’t own tons of items within each category, so you know these are things I really REALLY love. So […]

Save Even MORE Money On An Already Tight Budget

Save Even MORE Money On An Already Tight Budget

Do you feel like you are already doing everything right as far as budgeting and pinching but still need to somehow save even more money? Me too. Even though our debt payoff had been in a good place, we yesterday were given the news that […]

Naturally Soothing a Sore Throat Tea Recipe

Naturally Soothing a Sore Throat Tea Recipe

I had strep throat two weeks ago. It was pretty terrible so I went into the doctor. They swabbed my throat, confirmed it was strep then sent me off with a prescription and strict instructions to take all 10 days worth of the medicine. Spoiler alert: I lost track after about a week. I was feeling fine and just forgot (FYI THIS IS BAD. DON’T DO THAT. LISTEN TO YOUR DOCTOR.) Anyways fast forward to now, and not only has my husband gotten strep, but I believe I’ve been re-infected by him. This led to him asking me to make my “tea” to soothe his throat. I realized I haven’t ever written this down before. This “sore throat tea” is simple, natural, delicious, and effective.

The sore throat soothing tea is made of only three ingredients: honey, fresh ginger root, and fresh lemon.

The ginger and lemon must be fresh. No substitutes.

I would recommend a local honey if possible, but understand sometimes this can be $$$$. Use what you can afford. Always.  I am quite generous with the lemon and ginger. I used about 2 tbsp of fresh ginger, 1 lemon, and 6oz of honey. Next time I will be getting a large container of honey like {this 32oz bottle for $11}.

Directions:

  1. Peel the ginger. Mince into small bits.
  2. Wash the lemon (skin on) and dry off. Chop into small bits. Don’t get worried about seeds, it isn’t a big deal.
  3. Get a small container, put the ginger, lemon, and honey into the container and mix.

To drink:

  1. Boil water
  2. Use 1tsp-2tbsp of the mixture – this is very much a personal preference. My husband likes a lot of the tea, I prefer a smaller amount.
  3. Pour hot water over the tea and stir
  4. Drink for a soothed throat!
    I store my  sore throat tea in the refrigerator. You can continue to add in additional ingredients as needed.
It’s Reset Time. I Feel Like Junk.

It’s Reset Time. I Feel Like Junk.

Did you begin 2017 in a healthy way only to find yourself slipping into bad habits just a couple of months later? Me too. In fact, I seem to have developed habits I didn’t even have before! Today, my pants are tight. I feel uncomfortable […]

Pursuing My MBA Makes Money for Me Already

Pursuing My MBA Makes Money for Me Already

     My husband and I are in the process of paying off over six figures worth of student loans. Currently, we both work full time, and about 4 months ago I began pursuing my MBA. Wait, what?! That much debt and MORE school? Well, […]

Welcome

Welcome

Hi, my name is Rachel Smith. I’m a 23-year-old full time engineer, mom, and MBA student. My husband Travis and I are working to pay off over six figures in student loans. It’s been a crazy ride, but in 2016 we paid off 25K in student loans and 3K in medical loans. Our goal for 2017 is to pay off 30K in student loans.
Of course, the tips and what we do can help out anyone who is trying to pay off debt, or to live a simple life. The reason I didn’t want this to become a “debt payoff” blog entirely is because I hope to reach the goal of being debt free fairly quickly. One thing we won’t let go of is budgeting. Our financial goals will certainly shift, but we’ll still have a budget. So there is the “budget” in the title. Kale? Well, most people link kale to health, so I just kind of threw it in there tbh.I wanted to begin writing to reach out to those who have acquired massive student loan debt. It’s a MAJOR problem in the U.S. that not many people talk about. Paying off debt this intensely can affect every aspect of life. One aspect is health. Some who talk about eliminating debt say to “eat rice and beans,” etc but I don’t agree with that for several reasons to be discussed elsewhere. Somthing that our family decided right away is that we would NOT sacrifice our health for the sake of becoming debt free. We eat Paleo (Whole30-ish) with the occassional Whole30. We pay for gym memberships (yes more than one) and use them. We also LOVE being outdoors. Camping and hiking will always be a priority of ours.

If you are interested to see how we live life and some other fun, random things from me (I also love skincare and makeup) then please join me in the journey!

Cheers,

Rachel