3 back to school lessons from Pitch Perfect


Good morning Loves.  I know what you’re thinking, “Acca-cuse me”.  For all you Barton Bella and Barton Treble maker fans out there believe me when I say you’ve found a friend.  Please feel free to leave your favorite Pitch Perfect reference below, I promise to respond – most likely with the next line in the movie because I pretty much know it by heart.  Pitch Perfect is just one of those movies that I could watch over and over again without ever getting bored.  Another one of these movies for me is Clue, but that’s a whole different conversation.

This weekend I had a back to school movie marathon that included Center Stage, Easy A, Pitch Perfect and The Social Network.  I don’t know why but there is just something about the last weekend of summer that gets me all excited, even though I’m not going back to school.

What was your favorite thing about college?

As I watched the students at Barton University attend the activities fair, relax in the quad and make new friends I started thinking about my own college experience.  I attended a school with a campus in the middle of a metropolis.  Unfortunately I didn’t have the benefit of a big campus full of trees and green spaces; however that was my choice.  I wanted to go to school in a big city because I wanted to get as far away from my small hometown as possible,  at the time I didn’t know that I would be missing out.

Now that I’m older (Yes I know that 33 is not yet qualified as old) I can look back at  particular moments in my life and learn from my choices.  Now I can say “Oh if I only knew then what I know now.”  My college experience is one of those moments.  So here we are;  this is my shoulda, coulda, woulda list from college.

3 lessons from Pitch Perfect that will make your college life acca-mazing

1. Join a club, it will make your life easier.  Throughout the movie Bella’s Dad tells her to “Join in”.  My parents wanted me to have the full college experience, but they never expressed the importance of joining a club or organization.  It’s an easy way to make friends and it’s also a great way to always feel like you belong to something.  Sometimes college can be lonely and meeting other students with similar interests is comforting.

2. Don’t be afraid to open up.  Jessie and Bella’s relationship starts as colleagues then blossoms into a friendship and eventually into a romance, but it practically takes an entire school year for the feelings to develop.  College is the time to try new things, it’s definitely not the place to be shy.  This September if you are headed back to school get out of your comfort zone and try something new.

3. Just be yourself.  I think everyone can relate to some character in the movie Pitch Perfect.  Whether you are introverted, a born leader, the silent side kick or just the girl who likes to be alone there is a character for you.  These girls are so different but singing accapella music brings them together.  The best example of this is the character Fat Amy.  She owns her flaws and she is who she is – she never apologizes for it and neither should we.  

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Friday Faves: I’m off to a family picnic

Fish Tank

(This a photo from the Boston Aquarium)

Happy Friday and Happy Labor Day.  What are your plans this long weekend?  I am headed to Toronto to spend tomorrow afternoon at a family picnic and Sunday at the new Ripley’s Aquarium.  As you may have noticed I love nature, especially anything to do with water; so look forward to lots and lots of pictures to come.

Enjoy your long weekend.

Here are some of my favorite posts this week:

Broke Millennial – Leaving a Job? Here’s How to Rollover a 401(k)

Suburban Finance – Are Gym Memberships Worth The Cost?

Frugal Portland – How Much Money Can a 20-Something Save?

Savvy Financial Latina – How to Succeed in Corporate America

Money Beagle – This Big Winner Sees Beyond The jackpot

Girls Just Wanna Have Funds – Hidden Costs that Can Break  Your Wedding Budget

My job is costing me a fortune


Good morning loves.  As you know from my post on Monday morning BF and I have had a pretty rough couple of days.  His tooth ache turned into emergency dental surgery and he hasn’t eaten anything since last Tuesday.  He is currently living on Special K protein shakes.  In the midst of this I came down with an awful fever and have been off work since last Thursday.  To put it bluntly we are currently a hot mess, literally.

I would like to say thank you to everyone for your kind words over these past couple of days.  If you reached out to me on Twitter or sent an email, thank you from the bottom of my heart.  My temperature has dropped but I am still very tired, I guess it’s because the fever burned all the energy out of my body.

The silver lining of staying at home

I know I’m sounding a little poor me, but please don’t take it that way.  I’m just setting you up for the silver lining I discovered over this past week.  Yes that’s right throughout BFs unbearable pain and my extreme high body temperature I learned that being sick is actually saving us a lot of money.

Please don’t get me wrong, I would rather go to work and be healthy than be sick in bed and lying a pool of my own sweat, but I have to say I am pleasantly surprised at how much money I’ve saved by being at home.  Last Friday I got paid and today, five days later, the money is still in my account.  That was a lovely surprise.

The expenses of having a job

I go to work to make money, but at the same time it’s costing me a lot of money to be there.  To start off there’s the cost of transportation to and from work, then there’s the added expense of coffee breaks with co-workers and finally there’s the lazy factor in which I spend $5 to $15 a day on my lunch, depending on how many snacks I bring.

I try to keep my costs between $5 and $7 a day which usually includes breakfast and a sandwich for lunch.  However on Thursdays or Fridays I like to go out to a restaurant with my co-workers which can cost close to $20.

How can we avoid the temptation to spend?

If I choose to walk to and from work I usually stop at a pharmacy or grocery store on my way home to pick up items for the house.  Needless to say being at home has eliminated all these costs.  I know eventually I will get better and I will have to venture outside to stock up on food and other items, because our in house supply won’t last much longer.  However for the time being I’m enjoying the cost savings of being sick.

Of course these are expenses that I can live without.  I could wake up 15 minutes earlier to eat breakfast at home and I could stay up 15 minutes later to make my lunch for the next day, but I don’t always do it.  Especially when I know that nothing I prepare will be as good as my store bought lunch.

So here’s my question to you, how do you avoid the temptation of spending money at work?

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Overwhelmed with it all


This past week we had a reality check in our house and it just kind of just put everything into perspective.  Sometimes we are so busy in our little bubbles that we just don’t know how to deal.  I don’t know about you but have spent many late nights crying myself to sleep because I just can’t see beyond the tornado of things to do, bills to pay and places to be.  Does that ever happen to you?

Everyone’s busy, we have to deal

I’m 33 years old and sometimes I think, this can’t be my life.  I work a lot, but that’s my choice.  I pay expensive rent, but that’s also my choice.  When I actually take the time to sit back and think about all the good things in my life I realize that things aren’t so bad all the time; I stop and think maybe I’m just going through a rough patch.   I usually don’t have time to stop and think but the events of this past week forced me to do just that.

My life isn’t always so hectic.  Sometimes we just go through a busy/bad period where it seems that nothing, and I mean nothing, goes right.  Those times are so hard it’s tough to see the light at the end of the tunnel and think of a place where everything goes back to normal.  How do you get through your rough patches?

Sometimes life happens…unexpectedly

On Tuesday night BF had a tooth ache and by Thursday morning he was having emergency dental surgery.  The dentist said he would feel discomfort over the next two days but he shouldn’t be in pain so he didn’t prescribe any medication.  When I got an email from BF saying that he couldn’t talk and asking me to call the dentist to see what kind of pills he could take for the pain I knew something was wrong.  In the 15 years I’ve been with BF I’ve never seen him take anything stronger than a multi vitamin.

I went to the dentist to get a prescription for  pain killers and then rushed home.  I found BF laying in a pool of his own sweat twitching from the pain.  I have never seen him like this and it was terrifying.  The doctor gave him Percocet for the pain and because he never takes medication we didn’t know what effect they would have on his body.

Make time for me time

I sat by the bed for three days as BF rolled in and out of consciousness and it was terrifying.  It’s truly amazing how caught up in our busy lives we  get but when you or a loved one is sick it all just seems so irrelevant.  I know that next week I’ll be playing catch up to finish everything I dropped this past week but I really had no choice.  I would never put work or anything else before BF and for those three days there was nowhere else that I would have been.

The truth is all the noise in life that makes us stressed and busy is just that…noise.  It’s sad that it takes someone getting sick for us to see that it really doesn’t matter.  This past week I learned to stop and enjoy life…even if it’s only for 30 minutes a day.

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