Welcome Emmett!

Today was the baby shower for my cousin’s soon-to-be-here son Emmett. Having purchased for numerous showers and causes in the past, I am a snob when it comes to baby clothing. I only like Carter’s brand because they have quality items and the softest fabric. Alas even with Carter’s I was finding that they had prints that were scratchy so I had to touch every piece of baby clothing in J. C. Penny’s before I fell in love with this little set…

TBH there is nothing quite like a good bear hug – and the fact that it is camping themed doesn’t hurt. 🙂 Hope you like it Emmett!

Thanks for reading!

-Anna San

Cactus Pear

Recently I decided to try cactus pears (prickly pears) because they were on special for two for a dollar. 🙂 First step after purchasing was to figure out how to eat it. Since none of my family or friends were familiar with this fruit, I found a video on YouTube…

Armed with knowledge, I attacked my pear.

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Very pretty. :3

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The flavor is unlike anything I’ve ever had before, slightly sweet, fleshy…  The plentiful seeds are a great source of fiber, but were too hard to chew so I spat them out! XD

One word of caution, the little spots on the fruit have itty bitty little pricklies. I rubbed my finger the wrong way on one and was irritating for quite a while afterwards. -.-;

To conclude, it was inexpensive, fun, and I would totally try cactus pears again.

Thanks for reading!

-Anna San

Happy First Day of Autumn!

Hey hey everyone! Hope your summer
was amazing. 🙂 Mine was pretty packed – running from this to that, trying to fit things in – many of which I will be sharing soon. 🙂

I dunno about you, but one of my favorite things about this summer was the epic Michigan skies. Some days I was captivated by the impressive cloud formations, and other days it was the colors. No two days were ever the same and had my camera pointed at the sky every chance I got!

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What was your favorite thing about this summer?

Thanks for reading!

-AnnaSan

Sunday Fun Day

Hey Everyone!

Beautiful day today! I went to St. Sebastian’s festival and hung out with some of my brothers. 🙂 

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Always a lot to do and see! I really like how vibrant the colors are on this ride!     wpid-img_20150517_185104.jpg

My youngest bro had a wristband and went on every “good” ride including this one. I used to love going on the UFO!

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After seeing him ride hop for a while, I caved and bought tickets for one ride. (These cost me $5!)wpid-img_20150517_181654.jpg

Of course I had to go on the most eye catching ride – the super high swings! I didn’t dare bring my phone with me!

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Once back on the ground,  I snagged an affordable hotdog and tea from the church’s booth the Quick Stop. 🙂

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After having cotton candy for dessert and winning a glass in the dime toss, it was time to wrap it up. I had fun and am glad I went. 🙂 Can’t wait for my parish festival! 

Thanks for reading!

-Anna San

Plan Ahead

“What would I do if my car was totaled?”

This question came up earlier this week and really concerned me. Going through 5 vehicles in the past 11 years due to mechanical failure, I’m no stranger to vehicle loss – yet I couldn’t think of a single back up plan. “Am I really that unprepared?” I asked myself.

When I opened my eyes the next morning, the question was still there. I was musing about it while I nibbled on my Kashi and yet again while packing my lunch bag. Since trying to be direct about answering the question wasn’t getting me anywhere, I decided to admit the truth of the situation. “If my car was totaled right now, I wouldn’t have the money to replace it and that would really suck because I still have to pay off my auto loan-” Lightbulb!

It was then I realized that I do have a back up plan – Full Coverage. Instant relief! But this got me thinking – I’m basically prepared for car-pocalypse but am I financially prepared for other emergency situations? >:x Yeah… no.

There are also many things I want to do, to achieve, to have… but my income isn’t limitless so how can I achieve them? I sat down, took a long hard look at my accounts and started asking myself some pointed questions. What are my most important goals? When do I want to achieve them by? What is my monthly savings goal? What sacrifices am I willing to make? How can I change my habits to stretch my dollar more?

Slowly but surely plans have been formulating as I’ve talked out my finances, and momentum has been building as I have been using up the undesirable miscellaneous foodstuffs left over from previous shoppings, resisting sale notices, and not buying anything while I’m at work.

What I am realizing:

  • I don’t need everything RIGHT NOW
  • I can MAKE DO
  • Reclaim, repurpose, reuse and recycle BEFORE replacing
  • Buying something doesn’t necessarily fix a problem

Some things that are going to be changing: Grocery shopping list is going to be simplified and I’m going to start shopping at stores that actually have sales and lower prices. I do not: need every supplement under the sun, have to try every pricey organic smoothie drink or have an expensive gym membership to be healthy. Also my Golden Year Project isn’t going to be as flashy as I originally hoped – but it will still be formative which is the whole point. 🙂

So yeah, that’s what I’ve been thinking about this week. How about you?

Thanks for reading!

-Anna San