Thursday, December 18, 2014

A WEEK OF FRIDAYS

I swear every day this week has felt like a Friday and I don't know why.  But it's great and disappointing all at the same time.  I wake up with Friday excitement and then realize it's not.  

Everyone's gearing up for the holidays and the streets are packed with last minute shoppers.  What have I been doing?  Working, working out, running, netflixing, holiday parties, relaxing, sleeping in... all things great.  Looking forward to my time off which starts next Tuesday.  Until then, cranking out as much work as I can so that I can have a stress free holiday.

¡Pura Vida!


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Monday, December 1, 2014

Our New Financial Goals - Update

Time for a financial update. I'm happy to report that Mr. S's credit card has been paid in full. I am so proud of him. One month ahead of schedule, we are dunzo with that bill! Yay!

We won't do much celebrating for this one. We will re-group and enjoy December because in January we hit the student loans fiercely.

Almost there...

Here's where we stand now:

Goal #1 - Hubby's Credit Card Debt - COMPLETE Nov 2014.  I just love kicking debt's butt. 
[He/We should be able to knock it out by December.  The plan?  I will take over all of the household expenses through December, while he throws his checks at the debt.]

Goal #2 - Hubby's Student Loan Payoff 
The balance is not bad at all considering the debt I climbed myself out of. It shouldn't take more than 6 months to pay this debt off if we buckle down and focus.  The plan? Once his CC debt is gone, we'll tackle this. We are shooting for April 2015 to be done with this.

Update 01Dec - We'll start tackling this one in January.


Goal #3 - Wifey's Emergency Fund Replacement
I used a little of my emergency fund to help with some of our home remodeling projects and honeymoon. So the goal is to get my EF back to where it was. The plan?  Put as much as I can in my account monthly once bills are paid.  Once the fella's debt is paid, he'll take over the bills so that I can finish this up.  Goal date is Jun 2015.

Update 01Dec - Still on hold. Won't rev this up until 2015 hits.


Goal #4 - Bank accounts 
Open a joint account and redirect our direct deposits to this account, less whatever we decide is our fun money.  We plan to keep our personal accounts and open a joint account so that we can continue have personal money that doesn't really need to be accounted for while contributing to our joint bills and goals.  We will open it soon because we have some wedding gift money that we'd like to put into a joint account.

Update 01Dec - The joint accounts have been opened. We just need to re-direct our direct deposits at work and plan on doing so this month.

See original post here

¡Pura Vida!

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

What's For Dinner



Salmon Cakes, cous cows and a very simple side salad. I made this for dinner a couple weeks ago but just hadn't gotten around to posting. Hubby loved the salmon cakes. Added to the roster.

¡Pura Vida!

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Sad Days

We had to say goodbye to our pup. It was very hard. It continues to be an adjustment not having him around.  He was the sweetest. He aimed to please and everyone who ever met him, fell in love with him - whether or not they were a dog lover. Bye pup...if we made half the impact on your life as you did ours, we know you thoroughly enjoyed your time with us. Miss you and see you on the other side...

¡Pura Vida!

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

What's For Dinner


Teriyaki chicken and broccoli with white rice. This is my go to when we order Chinese food so I decided to give it a go. We eat brown rice more frequently than white rice. But some dishes are just plain better with white.  This is one of them. It turned out pretty tasty so I'll add it to the dinner line up.





¡Pura Vida!

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

What's For Dinner



Chicken meatloaf, sweet potato casserole and asparagus spears. You can find the recipe for the chicken meatloaf here. It's actually a turkey meatloaf recipe. I loosely followed it because I didn't have all of the ingredients, namely the tomato sauce. I made a sauce using barbecue sauce as my base and added some of it to the chicken mixture before placing it in the oven. I also used breadcrumbs in lieu of saltine crackers. I have to say it was deliciously moist.

¡Pura Vida!
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Monday, October 20, 2014

Home Diaries: Fireplace Project

Earlier this year I did some work on our fireplace. It's in our living room/dining room, the room we are currently getting updated. While we were demolishing the family room (which I haven't shown here yet), I was working on the fireplace because we thought we would do the cosmetic changes in that room at the same time. We decided against that and voted to do one room at a time, but I still worked on the fireplace since I had already started that project.

We have a brick fireplace that had been painted. I love exposed brick so I thought it a travesty that it was painted, and wanted to strip it down. As Nicole Curtis says...I want brick! Here's what it looked like in the beginning...

I started with a run of the mill paint stripper but the fumes were ridiculous. I wore a mask while doing the work, but the smell still lingered for a while so I had to let that go. An exposed brick fireplace is not worth the health risk. This is as far as I got...

I did some research on line and found Smart Strip. It's an eco-friendly paint remover and the smell is very faint. It smells kind of like play dough and you have to be right up on it to smell it. Best of all, no fumes. It has to sit a very long time (overnight or longer depending on the job) and several coats are needed, making for a very labor intensive process. Well, stripping paint off of brick is tedious anyway because its a porous surface. So this project took quite a while. Here are a few progress shots...






I wanted the brick to be completely exposed whereas Hubby wanted the whitewashed effect. I stopped somewhere in the middle to make each of us somewhat happy. And quite honestly, I couldn't muster up the patience to do one more round of Smart Strip and many hours of time. I even had a couple friends come over and help me a few times. I was done. So here's what we have now. Not perfect, but it'll do...


Looking forward to seeing how it looks in the finished room.

¡Pura Vida!
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