Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Simple ways to Save and Make Money

Let's talk money, it's never an easy subject and typically a topic of the table at dinner parties, etc., but today I want to dive into simple ways you can save and make a few extra dollars. Remember a few dollars/cents here and there can add up to a few hundred dollars by the end of the year.


ThredUP | A quick and easy way to buy and sell clothes. Order a bag online, fill up the bag with gently used items and send it back. ThredUp will purchase what they think they can resell and donate the rest. It's pretty much hassle free. Want $10 off your first purchase join ThredUP via my LINK and start shopping.

PoshMark | Ok, with a few clicks on your phone you can set up your own consignment shop via the PoshMark app. This app has been a real money maker for me. Yup, since may I've sold 14 items and made roughly $130. Oh does it work? You list your item and set your own price. PoshMark keeps 20% and provides you with the shipping label. While you might have to wait a few weeks for items to sell the return is can be higher than ThredUP. Download the app today and start selling! Sign up with code PTGUE to get $5 off your first order.

EBATES | Get paid to shop online. I personally to 90% of my shopping online. So why not make money for doing something you would do either way. Stores pay EBATES a commission for sending members to their websites, and they share a percentage with you. For example 1% at Target, 6% at GAP, and 9% at Macy's. They even offer cash back on travel! Get cash back for shopping on Ebates! Sign up with my invite link, HERE, for a $10 bonus when you shop at over 2,000 stores!

Ibotta | In short, Ibotta is a rebate app giving you cash back on qualifying purchases. How does it work? Before you shop, add rebates by completing simple tasks. Buy the products you selected at any participating store. Don't forget your receipt! Redeem your rebates by taking a photo of your receipt or just by linking your loyalty card. Ibotta matches the items you bought to the rebates you selected and gives you the cash! Your cash back will be deposited into your Ibotta account within 48 hours. Use my referral code, eoltjxx, and you will receive a $10 welcome bonus! Sign up, HERE.

eBay | While I'm not a power seller and having listed anything in a while I do still occasionally dabble in selling items via eBay. If you have the time, patience, and the right items it's worth listening on eBay. In the past, I've sold gear, clothes, fine jewelry, and name brand purses.

Craigslist/Local Online UpCycle Groups | Have some big ticket items, but don't want to host a garage sale and would like to make a few bucks? This is your next best option. Plan to haggle, but again if you have the time and patience it's a great avenue to make a few extra bucks. I typical price things to sell to limit any haggling.

There you have it. Just a few ways I make a few extra bucks. In our household, all the "extra" money goes into our fun account.

So what are you selling? Do you have tips?

Disclaimer: I'm not a financial advisor. I'm just a gal who was taught the fundamentals of money i.e., saving and budgeting. 

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Burrito Bowl Intentions

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Although, I've been radio silent for some time I'm ready to dive back into blogging, inspiring, oversharing food, fitness, and fun with all my peeps. This summer has been crazy good and hectic on the life and business front. While at times, I've wanted to pull my hair out I honestly I wouldn't have it any other way. Unfortunately, that means from time to time, this space is neglected. I'm working on balance, but is that even a thing?! HA.

Anyway, yours truly is still counting macros and slaying the food making game. Because everything is better in a bowl today I'm sharing one of my favorite dinners, the burrito bowl!


What you need to build your next burrito bowl.

- greens (I prefer spring mix)
- protein (chicken, pork, beef, shrimp, etc.)
- beans (I prefer black beans)
- veggies (think corn, cauliflower, etc.)
- salsa or hot sauce
- avocado or guacamole
- rice (pick your favorite; sweet potatoes work too)
- cheese (I prefer feta)
- chips on the side (optional)

Once you have all the goods cooked start layering your bowl. I start with greens and end with salsa/avocado and a sprinkle of cheese.

It's honestly that simple and quick. This a great way to use leftovers during the week. I even used a 90 second Seeds of Change Quinoa & Brown Rice pack for the bowl above. We buy a box at a time from Costco. For the black beans,  once drained and rinsed I cook them on the stove top with minced garlic, onion, cilantro, and lime.

Also, I don't use little cereal bowls. I like using these bigger bistro bowls from Crate & Barrel.

Well folks, there you have it my go-to burrito bowl. I eat this at least once a week - not kidding. The goal this fall is to check in more often so I hope to see you around. Until then don't forget to follow along on Instagram!

Chicken Burrito Bowl Pictured Above
Macro Breakdown: 49C/11F/29P
Calories: 410

Monday, August 20, 2018

That Fit Family Life

Creating a healthy life and home means getting the whole family involved. The key is making it fun! I workout and eat healthily, but it doesn't stop with me. It's a family affair.

By creating these habits now I hope I'm setting my daughter up for a life without chronic illness, disease, etc. I also hope that Nick and I will live a long happy life. I mean no one ever says they want to be sick. I look at exercise and making better foods choices as preventative care. I'm looking at the long game just like I do with my finances (more on that another time).

So how do we live that fit family life?

We run/walk together.
Emerson likes to show me how to "run" or race. While these "runs" are usually at a run/walk pace I'm ok with it.


We bike together.
Soon enough Emerson will be peddling along the side of us. Until then, she'll be in the support car yelling at us to let her out.


We hike together.
Although her face might not show it she was having a blast. Emerson has been hiking since she was born. We love getting exercise well exploring the great outdoors.


We workout on Vacation.
Just because we're on vacation doesn't mean we can't get a little sweat in poolside.



We talk about going to the GYM and being big and strong.
Yesterday, Emerson said, "I need to go to mommy's gym to do exercises and get big and strong." I'm not kidding.

Anyway, do you see a theme? We like to get outside to make it fun for Emerson. Working out is even better when you have fun tops like FIT and Flirty. I'm currently loving the Champagne Poppin’ muscle tank [c/o]. 

Want to snag your own FIT and Flirty top? Recieve 15% off with discount code SWEATPINK13 (valid from August 15 - September 15, 2018). There is also an in-store special from August 15-31 of "buy 2 shirts - get the 2nd one at 50% off" (not valid with other promo code). 




Want to snag your own FIT and Flirty top? Recieve 15% off with discount code SWEATPINK13 (valid from August 15 - September 15, 2018). There is also an in-store special from August 15-31 of "buy 2 shirts - get the 2nd one at 50% off" (not valid with other promo code). 

Regarding sizing make sure to size up.

* Thank you FIT and Flirty for providing me with the cheeky tank. Cheers!