a do-it-yourself halloween

It’s that time of year — when people go out and buy elaborate costumes to wear around town in celebration of Halloween. Boutique stores pop up in malls and otherwise empty buildings, and become overrun with people of all ages looking for the perfect ghostly garb.

If you’re like me, you don’t really see the point in spending almost $100 (or more!) on a fancy costume that will most likely be used once, only to sit in the back of your closet for the rest of eternity (or at least until enough time has passed to wear it again without anyone noticing). So this year, I’ve decided that I’m going to save money and put together my own costume — made out of clothing that can be used in outfits for every other day of the year!

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professing my love for trader joe’s

Over the weekend, I went to one of my favorite places ever: Trader Joe’s.

I actually used to live basically less than a block away from our local TJ’s and would do a ton of my shopping there. Now that I have to deal with mall parking and whatnot, it’s sort of a hassle to go. But it was raining and the mall had just opened, so I figured traffic wouldn’t be too bad. Plus, my mom had just gotten a new issue of their Fearless Flyer and everything looked amazing.  Continue reading

learning to like exercise

I’ll admit it — I’m pretty lazy when it comes to fitness. I’d rather spend my post-work evenings curled up on the couch with a cocktail than out on the road in my Reeboks.

However, I know it’s important to live a healthy lifestyle — and that includes eating well and getting at least SOME exercise on occasion.

SO, I’ve decided I’m going to learn to like exercise. Or at least attempt to like it.

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book review: renegades write the rules

If you weren’t 100% satisfied with what you were doing with your life, would you simply deal with it, or would you do something to change it?

I recently had the honor of receiving a copy of Amy Jo Martin’s book, Renegades Write the Rules, and my mind is STILL racing with excitement after reading it. Amy Jo Martin has been an idol of mine for several years now, and I have always looked to her Twitter account and blog for inspiration when it comes to business — and life in general. Upon finishing Renegades, I am filled with motivation and the desire to do great things with my life. Continue reading