Awful Beautiful Life

I tell you what, when it rains IT POURS. For­tu­nate­ly in my case I’m in a down­pour of all good things. My prob­lem (not that I real­ly have a prob­lem) is that EVERYTHING is hit­ting all at once. It’s an over­whelm­ing mix of tons to do with lots of time I can’t do any­thing. I’m not doing any­thing at … Read more

Is There Such a Thing as Free?

We’ve all seen the ads. “Free Pan­do­ra ring!” “Bonus 40,000 miles!” “Free poster!” “Free WiFi!” But are they real­ly free? Now, look at those exam­ples above and look past the bold head­line to the small aster­isk and even small­er print. “Free Pan­do­ra ring!”* (when you buy jew­el­ry over $100) “Bonus 40,000 miles!”* (when you spend … Read more

Monthly Spending Report: June 2015

For me, June was a time of new begin­nings. I moved to a new apart­ment in a new town in a new state to start a new job. I’ve been busy set­tling in, try­ing to fig­ure out my way around town, and learn­ing tons of new infor­ma­tion at my job. Who knew there was so much to learn about data­bas­es and … Read more

Rant n Rave: Moving, Identity Theft, and Minimalism

Rants: I was check­ing over my accounts in Mint when I noticed some­thing strange. Appar­ent­ly, I had appa­rat­ed to the East Coast and gone on a wild $10 shop­ping spree at Build a Bear. No joke. Some­one stole my cred­it card infor­ma­tion and bought $10 worth of mer­chan­dise from Build a Bear. It was painful­ly obvi­ous I hadn’t done any­thing of the … Read more

Monthly Spending Report: May 2015

The month of May has come and gone at light­ning speed. From start­ing out the month cel­e­brat­ing my best friend’s wed­ding to clos­ing it out by cram­ming all my stuff in a U-Haul, it’s been quite the month. The wed­ding went won­der­ful­ly, the dress­es were beau­ti­ful and the smiles abound­ed. I’m not sure I can talk so … Read more

Rant and Rave 2: Freaking Food

Rant: Hi my name is Gwen and I have a prob­lem with food. Not like the tra­di­tion­al prob­lems of eat­ing too much or too lit­tle, or even the prob­lem of eat­ing bad stuff. (Although I could prob­a­bly stand to eat less sug­ar.) No, my prob­lem is not mak­ing my own. I ate out WAY too much last week, and … Read more