Month of Meal Prep
For the month of January, I challenged myself to stop eating out. This is something I’ve wanted to do for a while to not only improve my diet but also save money. It’s so easy to get into the habit of constantly grabbing meals on the go and I found that I waste so much money on food. This was caused by laziness; I would get home late and end up having food delivered. Which was an expensive, unhealthy, and unsatisfactory option.
Overall, this challenge was difficult. I allowed myself to have a coffee a day (a necessity to get through my work schedule) but didn’t buy any other food besides my weekly Trader Joe’s grocery trip. In the beginning, I was overwhelmed because I had to pack multiple meals at once but as soon as I figured how much food I needed, it became less daunting. Each week, I would plan out my meals before heading to the grocery store and each night I would plan my breakfast and lunch. For dinner, I would make bigger portions so that I could ration them out throughout the week.
The month of meal prep helped me save money, eat healthier, and plan better. I’ll always be a lover of trying new foods and restaurants but I hope to continue the good habits that came from this month.
I challenge you to try this, you’ll be surprised at the creativity that comes out of planing ahead and your wallet will thank you. I firmly believe it’s so worth it.
My favorite bag for the past two years has been the Madewell Transport Tote. While it’s still my go-to tote and I love it’s simplicity and structure, I’ve noticed since moving to the city that the one strap shoulder bag has started causing problems with my back so I began looking for another option.
Over the holidays, I purchased this Lululemon backpack and it was the best purchase I’ve ever made. When I first moved to the city, I was super against backpacks because it freaked me out thinking that someone could steal something but after seeing the amount of people that carry them, I felt more comfortable. Plus, I always keep my phone and wallet in my pocket for convenience anyways.
When I started my search I knew I wanted it to be big enough to fit my MacBook but small enough that it didn’t look like I was going to school. I narrowed my search down to the Lululemon everything backpack and a State backpack. Even though I’ve heard great things about State backpacks, I ended up choosing Lululemon because it fit my needs better. Although the backpack came in navy and a really beautiful olive, I went with the color black so that it would go with everything I own.
I love that the Lulu backpack is sporty yet also sleek and stylish; not only does it go with my winter parka but it also goes with my dressier options. In addition to its fashionable outside, I also love its practical inside. It has just the right amount of pockets and compartments to keep all of my things stored and organized and it’s comfortable and convenient to use. Since purchasing my backpack, I have used it practically every day; to say I’m obsessed is an understatement.
A backpack is great for commuting in the city, on the go travel, and outdoor adventures. I would highly recommend one since they are versatile and great for everything. In the market for a backpack? Stay tuned for some different options!
Do you use a backpack?
The day before Valentine’s Day is the day to celebrate your girlfriends. Leslie Knope from the television show Parks and Recreation called this day “Galentine’s Day.” My college roommate and I have celebrated Galentine’s Day for the past three years and it’s one of my favorite traditions. It’s typically a brunch but you can celebrate however you would like: have a movie and wine night, take a cooking class, or go out for dessert.
If you’re in the New York area, here are some fun Galentine’s Date ideas:
Tea and Macaroons at Ladurée
Hot chocolate and cookies at City Bakery
Brunch at Bar Primi
Donuts from Dough
Dessert and wine at Ayza Wine & Chocolate Bar
How are you spending Galentine’s Day?