Month: July 2017

Our Emergency Fund: How Much to Save

Our Emergency Fund: How Much to Save

We were so excited to get to building our emergency fund to our “fully funded emergency fund.” This is also known as Baby Step 3 of Dave Ramsey’s Financial plan. After we became debt free, it was time to begin saving up. But how did […]

July Favorite of the Month

July Favorite of the Month

Welcome to my favorite of the month! I select ONE item from my beauty/hygiene products (all hair, skin, and makeup) that has really stood out to me as being the top item. The reason I do this is to appreciate what I have. Aside from […]

Marquette Weekend Getaway

Marquette Weekend Getaway

In my last post, I mentioned that we had traveled and spent a bit more than we meant to. One of these weekends was Travis’ and my Marquette weekend getaway. Honestly, I’m okay with us overspending because this was our first long weekend away together in quite some time. This wasn’t just a weekend away for us, it was traveling for a friend’s wedding. But we decided that since the travel was pretty far from home to take a vacation day. I’m so glad we did, because the day of the wedding was pretty rough. Poor Travis was REALLY sick, and he doesn’t get sick often. I think he would’ve been happiest if I’d let him stay in bed for 36hrs straight. Being the wonderful husband he is, we went hiking together (albeit a lot less than I wanted and after me running to get him medicine and breakfast). We went to Presque Isle, a gorgeous park along Lake Superior. This is where people famously cliff jump. We did see people doing this. I was about to until I realized that 100% of people jumping were obnoxious high-schoolers. This wouldn’t have been my first time cliff jumping, so I decided to walk into the water (which is freezing even in July) and that was all.

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Preqsue Isle Park – some hiking during our Marquette weekend getaway

The Most Important Food on a Marquette Weekend Getaway is…

After this hiking came pasties. Good, true, yooper pasties. What is a Yooper you ask? Click here. What is a pasty you ask? Click here. In short, the pasty is a rich delicious meat and potatoes pie wrapped in buttery, flaky crust. Honestly, by the sound of it, a pasty doesn’t sound like something I’d like. But the taste. Oh man. If you ever are in the middle of nowhere Upper Peninsula of Michigan, you NEED to eat a pasty. I can personally recommend Jean Kay’s in Marquette (which is what we ate on and brought home from our Marquette weekend getaway), Lawry’s in Ishpeming, and Amy J’s in Hancock. Any of these and you’ll have a delicious stick-to-your ribs, perfectly portioned meal.

a little piece of heaven, also known as a pasty. This is from Jean Kay’s Pasties and Subs in Marquette.

Also on our agenda was Blackrocks Brewery, which I have a love/hate relationship with. The beer is good, the vibe can be a big miss depending on the crowd that is there. The summer season helped, we had a great time when we were there. I didn’t take any photos there though, bummer! I did however walk out the proud owner of an extremely comfy t-shirt dress that is 100% fair trade cotton. I haven’t seen anything quite like this, and it was so comfy. So comfy that I decided it’d be a good outfit to hike in! It was fine, but the choice to wear sandals wasn’t as fine. I could’ve rolled my ankle or broken a toe on roots/rocks, but thankfully nothing eventful happened. I got more quality time with my husband than I have in at least a year, even if he was sick as a dog for a good portion of it.

I do not advise hiking in a dress and sandals. Do so at your own risk.

Oh and the wedding?  A great time was had by all, the happy couple is married and on their honeymoon. Grateful that their wedding also meant a Marquette weekend getaway for us!

-Rachel

July Budget Recap – the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

July Budget Recap – the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

This month involved some tough learning for us in the budget department. It was a bit of a slap into “don’t get too comfortable” reality. I want to end on the exciting positive, but first some guilty admissions. I might sound a little dramatic. We […]

My Wavy Hair Wash and Go Routine

My Wavy Hair Wash and Go Routine

There are zero affiliate links in this post. I am SO excited but yet so nervous to post this. I have a few “hair troubleshooting” posts partially written for how I figured out my routine, but honestly I was getting too frustrated to post them! […]

Climate Change and Social Media: A Rant

Climate Change and Social Media: A Rant

Disclaimer: this is a rant, not a scientific journal. Take my opinions for what they are…opinions.

About a month ago, the Paris Agreement was a huge deal. Suddenly, out of nowhere, the world of social media has an influx of environmentalists like I’ve never seen before. Everyone  was suddenly so upset that our country didn’t sign some contract about environmental agreement to combat climate change that the rest of the world agreed to. And where are we a month later? Where is the caring now? Honestly….this has really pissed me off.

 

Should the US have signed this agreement? Arguably, yes. But why did all of this caring come out of nowhere? And (this is the part that makes me upset),why did this caring about climate change fall away not long after? Why am I not hearing about how people are helping out the environment on their own? Some companies did the whole “still with Paris” thing arguably for PR but I’ll take it with a pure intention….but what about all of the people? I’ve seen the instagram hashtag, but only a little after it circulated the first time.

 

It’s basically been a ghost town on my Facebook about anything environmental and/or climate change for the past few weeks. No one has mentioned changes made or any more “outrage.” We need to have some personal accountability. Guess what? The money you spend (and don’t spend) talks more than a shared meme on Facebook or Instagram. Why don’t we all try to make some small changes? If everyone did something small, the environmental impact would be HUGE. In fact, here is the most basic list I could possibly give you.

 

  • Buy LESS – We live in a consumer culture. Those businesses that are “Still with Paris” still want you to buy from them. And the more you buy when you don’t need something, the more waste you are producing. Which is BAD for our environment.
  • Refill Your Beverages – Find a tumbler and a thermos and USE THEM. Bring it into the coffee shop with you too!
  • BYOBBring your own bags to the grocery store. Ideally ones not made of plastic.
  • Buy Secondhand – it’s the most sustainable way to shop (and it’s cheaper!)
  • Buy in Bulk – not always financially feasible, but if you can buy in bulk. Less packaging overall, and lower in cost to you!

 

Trust me, there are so many small changes that can be made. Just look into the Zero Waste lifestyle. I’m not saying everyone should have a year’s worth of waste in only a mason jar….but I AM saying that everyone making small changes would make a massive difference. And guess what? You can be ANYONE and make a positive change. Quit being a Facebook hero, and start making a difference.

-Rachel

The Organ Donation Process Experience

The Organ Donation Process Experience

When I was in my final semester of college, I took a class called “Psychology of Death and Dying.” At that time, I took it because it was an easy class and I needed an elective credit. My degree is in Materials Science & Engineering, […]

First DevaCut Experience: A Full Review

First DevaCut Experience: A Full Review

About a week and a half ago, I decided to take a trip home for one of my good friend’s weddings. I don’t think I’ve come out and said it, but my hometown is in Anchorage, Alaska. Yep, surprise! So trips home are few and […]