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Tuesday
Apr152014

What do you spend money on during the week?

Since I've made a concerted effort to bring my lunch 4 out of 5 days per week, I noticed a considerable uptick in the fullness of my wallet (and bank account). I've certainly gone through phases of buying lunch and that can add up to $10 (or usually more in NYC) a pop. Once I realized that I was easily spending a jaw-dropping $50/week on lunch alone, I got myself back in line.

Without that major daily expense, I realized that I don't really spend much money during the week. My one splurge?

Usually I spend on hot coffee, not iced, but this is the photo I had...this was a particular treat yesterday since it was super warm and amazing outside!

Coffee!

For a long while, I had even reined this expenditure in and would drink office coffee 4 of 5 days per week, allowing myself a glorious medium Dunkin Donuts hazelnut coffee on Fridays only.

Well, times have changed a little and now I find it really hard to resist my morning fix, especially since I walk right past it everyday on the way to work.



All told, I'm out about $11/week. Not exactly a drop in the bucket when you extrapolate over a month ($44) or a year ($572), but I'd happily forego a day of ordering in lunch per week to cover my weekly java fix.

Outside of that, there's not much to speak of. I have been tallying a serious online shopping habit as we begin to redecorate our apartment and occasionally I'll stop off after work to pick up a couple of dinner fixins or a bottle of wine if it's been a really trying day. And of course, I have daily commuting costs but since I purchase one 40-ride card at a time to ride the Path (totally just $1.90 per ride...less than my daily coffee!), it doesn't feel like a daily wallet-opening expense.

What about you? Do you find that you spend a lot of money during the week? Or do you save and splurge on the weekend?

I find that I spend a bit more on the weekends since we are often on the go and tend to order dinner in or pick up food while out and about!

Monday
Apr142014

fEaster

Thanks for all of your suggestions on footwear after Friday's post. I'm sorry to report that I wore my new high top Converse for most of the weekend and today my feet are killing me...please send help!

I love holiday weeks.
The streets are quiet, the trains are empty and there's excitement in the air!

This weekend, we celebrated Easter a week early with my side of the family...or as I'm lovingly calling it, fEaster (as in fake Easter). The whole family (minus a few) gathered at my aunt's house for a long day of eating, beveraging, scavenger hunting and, well, more eating.

 

Saturday was absolute perfection in the weather department and it was so refreshing to just be outdoors after such a long and trying winter, especially at their house in western Jerz. So much open air and land, it sometimes makes me wonder why I love city living...



Though this wasn't Penelope's first Easter celebration, it was the first in which she kinda sorta figured out hunting for Easter eggs. And by that, I mean we laid a bunch in the grass for her to pick up and immediately devour their contents.


My aunt prepped such a sweet mini egg hunt for her, filling up patterned plastic eggs with special toddler-friendly treats. Among them were animal crackers, gerber nuggets filled with blueberry jam, and Penelope's favorite, yogurt melts.

Penelope soon realized that not all of the eggs were created equal and proceeded to open and pour out the animal cracker and nugget filled eggs. She'd drop them right in the grass and then hunt for more of the yogurt melt variety. Once she found any of those eggs, she proceeded to immediately devour the melts on the spot.



She also had to fend off fun with Jake, my aunt's French bulldog, and one of the sweetest dogs around. He wasn't raised around kids or babies, but he is so calm and gentle around Penelope and she loves feeding (or fake feeding) him and trying to do 'gentle' while petting him. #penelopelovesjake #getthiskidadog

In the end, this pretty much summed up Penelope's day:

We also celebrated my cousin Alyson's birthday...




And dined on lots of Eastery treats, like these cutie bunny and chick cupcakes that she made:



Along with a bunny Peeps cake that my mom made:



Since my life is sadly no longer condusive to baking (sniffle), I picked up this Ube Overload cake from a bakery in my neighborhood. So Eastery, right? And so yummy to boot.

 

It was a great day and we were all completely spent by the time we arrived home late Saturday evening. I'm still recovering today, and am also excited that we still have actual Easter to look forward to this coming weekend!

Have a great week, everyone!

Happy Passover to those who are celebrating this week!

 

How did you spend your weekend?

Friday
Apr112014

Friday Things

Here we are, another Friday and I'm so ready for the weekend.

We had another busy week in the Humiston house and here we are on the brink of holiday time, warm weather (I hope!), a few upcoming trips this spring and summer and more.


 

Over the last two weeks, I've bought a lot of new shoes...and as my mom always says, Some people have 300 pairs! What's the big deal?

I do plan to return some of them, specifically the top left 2 ballet flats. I scored some good sales at Urban Outfitters and Gap, and while I really like all of the Urban Outfitters shoes (the other 3 in the bunch), to be honest, none of them feel like 'the one' for spring and summer. I do a lot of walking and so comfort and durability are key but I'd also like to not look like I'm wearing orthopedic shoes...any suggestions? I'm considering a pretty pair of Tieks, but am hesitant to make such an investment unless I know they will be truly awesome.

Who said you were allowed to be a big girl?

Today is sweat pants day at Penelope's daycare. Her child care center is also a school and since the older kids wear uniforms, they have a fundraising program to donate $1 on Fridays to participate a themed outfit day. Penelope obviously doesn't wear a uniform yet, but it's still fun to participate. Such a big girl.

 


We are celebrating Easter, round one this weekend with my side of the family. I'm pretty excited to get Penelope outside for some playing on real grass and for a little Easter egg hunt. I'm not sure she will get it just yet, but something tells me yogurt melt-filled eggs will do the trick. (Yogurt melts are my seldom-used secret weapon since Penelope is Obsessed with them!)

As another part of Penelope's fundraiser, we had to purchase 10 bundt cakes, which have invaded our kitchen. Perfect timing for Easter, but man that's a lot of cake.

I plan to unload a few of them at my aunts house tomorrow and I also plan to make a corn dip. There is nothing better than cheesy dip, don't you think?

Penelope also starts her first music class tomorrow. She absolutely loves music of all kinds (even hymns in church) and shakes her tiny tush whenever it plays, so I think she's really going to love this class.



In other shopping news, I bought a spring coat. It's a Trina Turk royal blue jacket and I'm kind of obsessed with it. It also has this gorgeous lining and oversized gold buttons. I found it hiding on a side bar at Nordstrom Rack, and for $250 off the original price, I couldn't refuse. Also on that note, I need to stop spending money :/



Springtime always makes me long for a trip to Atlantic City. I hope we can make it happen this year too!

Lastly, I'm also obsessing over Dropbox. Do you guys use it? I'm probably very late to the party on this one, but a friend finally showed me the wonder of it all and I'm now Obsessed (with a capital O) and love having access to all of my files, no matter where I go!

I hope you have a great weekend, everyone!