10 Best // Life Lately

1. first and foremost, the most exciting thing to happen to me - i won my bracket.  and not only just won, but won by a landslide by correctly predicting the final two teams, #8 seed kentucky and #7 uconn.  if you don't know basketball, this is a huge upset and pretty much unheard of so i'm either just really lucky, or really good at picking college basketball.  if you want to see just how rare it is (0.016% of people) that i actually called this correctly, read this.  espn, you can hire me.



2. st. patrick's day.  green beer is a better idea in theory than it actually is in practice, but it was a good time!  see below, the sunshine and the light layers?  yeah, somewhere there's a photo of megan and i less than 12 hours later, outside getting soaked in the swiftly falling snow.  gotta love chicago weather.


3. spending freeze.  i half did one in march (i watched my spending, tracked my issues, tried to keep it way down) and i did well so i decided to join in with steph and marla for a full spending freeze this month.  i'm doing awesome.  i know it's only 10 days in, but it's 2 weeks now of not buying coffee at caribou or taking cabs to work.  and john even said "i married the cheapest woman alive" (no, we're not married) and i'm certain that getting teased for your cheap lifestyle is a sure sign you're on the right path!  he teased me, but then also put me in charge of all finances, so i win.

4. from kerry!  tastes exactly like girl scout cookies.  i just left a joking 'send me some' comment on her post and she got my address and did.  she really is the kindest person, just add this to her list of good deeds.


5. meal prep with my mom.  we've been making food on sundays for the whole week.  and by we, i mean she makes me everything.  like buys my groceries and then chops veggies and cooks all sorts of things for me while i play with her dogs and sort her photos.  she's a saint.

6. date night.  well, kind of.  we went to an auction fundraiser for his grade school, where his mom is still super involved.  iron horse performed (they were on america's got talent) so that was fun to watch them live.  i did not bid on anything.  i know it's a tax write off but... debt free first.  then charity.


7. but we did have actual date nights too.  and yes, one of those included watching wrestlemania on pay per view.  no shame.  in fact, i even watched nascar first.  best day ever.


8. 101 in 1001 list progress - well, win a march madness bracket was a secret goal, so done.  and done with style.  i successfully completed a fitness challenge, the 30 day shred.  i also hired a cleaning service for my apartment.  worth every penny.  every penny that was budgeted first, because hell yes i'm successfully checking off #70, 'figure out how to budget.'  i read the dave ramsey book, used a couple apps and printables, attempted a spreadsheet (ha, yeah right) and then finally settled on ynab (you need a budget - yes, you have to buy the software, if you want my full review on whether or not to do it, just ask.  for a discount, use this.) which is an awesome program and i've been using it successfully ever since.  so, i'm at 59/101!  with just under 2 years to go and 3 more in the works to be finished by the end of the month.

hawkeye's learning too.  we'll be totally debt free by the end of the month!

9. blogging date with natalie.  we have fun things coming, but it might take awhile and it's a secret, but it's pretty fun to work on blog things together.

10. hawkeye.  sticking her tongue out.  i dare you to find a cuter photo!

34 comments

  1. good lord lady you mus be rolling in the bucks with those picks, we had so many black x's after the first weekend we had to stop counting, I think we ended up 238,940 on the Capital One pool.

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  2. Dude I can't believe you won the bracket! I had Florida to win... close, but no cigar. And once Florida was eliminated basically everyone except ONE PERSON in my pool was done, haha.

    www.Desgettier.com

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  3. That's pretty impressive that you won the bracket :) It's extremely hard to get close to that kind of accuracy so kudos! Those cookies look delish hehe and how lucky you are that your mom precooks all your meals -lol. Hating <- Have a great one Stephanie! -Iva

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  4. Way to go girl!!! I'm a HUGE fan of UK!!! That's my hometown team. The previous years, I picked them to win it all, but this year I didn't :-( As much as I love them, they really really surprised me!!

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  5. I seriously love your tech tool recommendations - some I've heard of before and already use but you are always giving me something new - like freaking YNAB. I just downloaded the free trial and I think I'm in love. I have been using the most ghetto ass Excel spreadsheet for that last year and half and YNAB just took it out back and kicked its ass!

    And congrats on your bracket!

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  6. Awesome job on winning your bracket! Those cookies look amazing, how sweet of her to send you some:)

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  7. That is hard getting the final two, you rock, ESPN needs to hire you. Glad you liked the Rice Krispie treats!! :) You are a budgeting queen!! Hawkeye is just so adorable! Big smooches from Seamus and me.

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  8. i dont know what a bracket is but i'm glad you won :) kerry is so awesome for sending you those cookies; she once sent me a batch over the holidays and my family fought over them.

    -kathy
    Vodka and Soda

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  9. I still can't believe you picked UConn and Kentucky. I feel like that tiny percentage of people who correctly picked them is even too high. But I'm extremely happy that Florida didn't win it all.

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  10. Great job winning your bracket, that's awesome! And you're so right.. I don't think I could find a cuter picture than that of Hawkeye. Too adorable!

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  11. I'm on a spending freeze this month too! Good luck! So jealous you got goodies from Kerry!!

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  12. I'm not a March Madness/bracket kind of girl, but that is pretty flipping amazing!!! Congrats sweetie, you're right, you most definitely need a job at ESPN! So far, I'm doing great with my wallet watch (mine wasn't a full freeze). I treated myself to Chick-Fil-A on Wednesday bc after the nose tampon debacle (I have another tampon my nose, btw), I decided I deserved it. Happy weekend, love!

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  13. Gah I wish I had the will power to do a spending freeze!!! I suck!! But then again while on maternity leave I think I shopped once, that totally counts, right?! LOVE me some Nascar and can your mom do my cooking too?

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  14. OMG there is no way anyone can find a cuter pic than Hawkeye sticking her tongue out!!!

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  15. I've totally been trying to do the weekly meal prep thing and failing miserably. I did at least get all Little K's snack prepped one week, but that's easy compared to planning and prepping meals for adults.

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  16. What is it about doggy tongues that is so damn cute?! HI HAWKEYE!
    Meal prepping makes things SO much easier. I don't necessarily prep my entire meals but I've cut up and washed things ahead of time - every bit helps!

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  17. Correction: You are not "cheap" you are a budget diva and you are rocking it. Plus, the store sells Caribou K cups, so you're golden. Also, I fail at meal prep every. single. time. Mostly because I go to eat said meal I've prepped and have zero desire for it. #firstworldproblems

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  18. I guess that is one silver lining to my Gators not doing as well as hoped- your bracket was a success!

    And so hard to not spend... but nice work- especially on not bidding on anything at the charity. That's always an issue for me when drinks are involved.

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  19. Congrats on your bracket!!! :)

    Meal prepping is key to being successful for me during the week. It makes me feel like I have my shit together! Props to you for finding someone to do it for you! Can I borrow her? lol

    Hawkeye is seriously so cute! Seems to have a little sass. Love it!

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  20. Will you please teach me your bracket picking skills? I have gotten dead last the last three years, I just really can't figure it out!

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  21. can't believe your domination of the bracket this year. you totally rock for that reason alone. i hope it also included $$. ;) i'll take your mom any sunday you don't need her...

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  22. Great job sticking to your no-spend month thus far! It's fun when you make a challenge out of it!

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  23. That last photo. What a girl.

    I love that you watched Wrestlemania. My friends had a baby that day and live streamed it at the hospital. I used to love it but don't watch much anymore. I'm devastated the Ultimate Warrior died.

    Well played on the food prep. Well played.

    Congrats on winning your pool! That is unheard of this year...most people didn't even pick one of those teams let alone both. You rule! I hope you won some cash.

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  24. Hawkeye is always the cutest! Love her sassy face. You are definitely a great lady if you watched NASCAR followed by Wrestlemania - and you do John's finances? Lucky guy!

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  25. so your hair always looks great, but the date night pic might take the cake!! beautiful

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  26. uggggh I think I've spent enough for everyone. Im afraid my bank is going to impose a freeze on me

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  27. I need to go on a spending freeze. I was really going to do it this month, but on April 1 I went out and bought all kinds of shit on the fabulous interwebs. Ooops. I'm proud you can stick with it!

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  28. I placed 1st in one bracket and 2nd in the other. Go me!

    Still so sad that my Wildcats couldn't pull out the win, but what a great run!!

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  29. love this post! the part about meal prep with your mom made me laugh, i guess because sometimes my mom does stuff for me that we're supposed to be doing "together" and I get off the hook by doing things like sorting her photos...

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  30. Teach me your ways! haha I'm working on paying off debt but it's a mission. I like Taco Bell too much to stop paying for it. Starbucks has been frozen though.

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  31. Hawkeye sticking her tongue out = cutest picture!!

    Also, I totally watched wrestlemania on PPV as a datenight too.. I was thinking I might have been the only one.
    It was actually really entertaining haha

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  32. I am beyond impressed that you picked UConn and UK in your bracket. GO GIRL!! And the girl who is obsessed with cleaning hired a maid? Wow!

    -AJ
    OccasionallyAJ.com

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