Friday, January 3, 2014

Thrifty Thursday (A Day Late...)

So I procrastinated...a bit.  But instead of just not making my post like I normally would do, I decided better late than never!. 

This year marks the start of several new themes, and here is the first one.  Every other Thursday here at Twenty-Five Plus will now be Thrifty Thursday. A day to post ideas on saving money here and there and making a more efficient and profitable home.

This week I'd like to talk about small savings goals. This last Christmas season I found myself scrounging for extra cash to purchase Christmas presents.  As is the case every year, the holidays just kind of snuck up on me.  So this year I will be prepared.  I stumbled across this savings goal over at Life as You Live It and decided this year would be a great one to give it a whirl. 

52 Week Savings Challenge
For every week of the year, you deposit the corresponding dollar amount into a jar.  Then, after 52 weeks you have saved $1,378 - plenty enough to get Christmas shopping done for all your friends and family! So go ahead - give it a try, what's a couple dollars a week?
Special thanks to Life As You Live It for the photo.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

It's a New Year - It's a New Me

Every year we gather with friends and family to celebrate a year passing and a new year coming, and during this gathering we brag about all of the things we plan to change during the new year...every year most of us fail...

Nevertheless - I come into this new year as a new person, I have a new name, I have a new "status", I have a new outlook on life and my future, and I have a new opinion on New Year's Resolutions.  So, the wait is over, here are my resolutions for 2014:

1. Typical weight loss goal: Lose 20 pounds.  I honestly would love to lose less, but 20 not only seems reasonably, it also puts me right in the middle of the healthy BMI category.  This year I'm not only losing weight for myself.  I'm losing weight for my future; because after all, they say you have a better chance of conceiving when you are a healthy weight!

2. Typical financial goal: Pay off credit card debt.  I have to say I don't really have much, that is, compared to the national average.  But for my family, any amount is too much so this year I will pay it off - as quickly as possible.

3.  Get organized: I am surrounded by clutter, and my poor husband had a huge eye-opener when I moved in.  Cleaning and organization just aren't my thing, they never have been.  But this year I will organize my home and I will make it a comfortable place for him and I to come home to every night!

So, this morning I joined the local gym with a friend of mine from work, I have a clean kitchen and most of our laundry is done and put away, and I have a healthy dinner ready to put in the oven when my husband gets home.  So far so good :)

What are your resolutions and how do you plan on sticking to them this year?

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Newlywed Life

Well we are one month into our lifelong journey - and I must say it's been a whirlwind.  You hear and read all over the place about the ups and downs of the first year of marriage, but if the first month is any representation of the first year then I think we will be just fine :)
We've started getting back into most of our routines, along with adding all the new ones.  Really, who knew cooking every night could actually be FUN?!  I say that now... but I'm already getting to the point that I'm running out of things to make without being to repetitive - we'll see where that takes us!
Budgeting is a new part of life that takes some getting used to, and as you all know, living in the country has been an adjustment all of its own.  But at the end of every day, good days and bad, I am still going to sleep next to my best friend, nothing gets better than that.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Bring on the Turkey's

It's time for another episode of Tosha in the country. In this months episode I introduce you to our newest animal/pest occupant - the Turkey.

Jeff came home one day to the sight of these lovely creature roosting in the back of his El Camino. They ran away after much chasing - only for him to find they had returned the next day. 

As sweet and innocent as these silly birds look, it was the last straw when I witnessed all 4 roosting on Miss Priss! The landlord took the appropriate measures and now we are without turkeys again. Oh the life of a country girl...

Monday, October 28, 2013

The Perfect Honeymoon

We just got back from our honeymoon so I'll post about it and come back to the wedding post later :)

Jeff planned a beautiful and activity filled trip to California for us. We left Oklahoma at 6:45pm the night of the wedding and headed on our merry way... MARRIED!!! 

Sunday morning we got up and Jeff ran an errand to pick up my "surprise" which turned out being a 2014 Convertible Camaro!!!! A man after my own heart :) We drove the coast of Cali stopping in Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Bel Aire, and Malibu before making out final stop in Santa Barbara. Lots happened that day. We roamed around the upscale neighborhoods of Bel Air, seeing Rob Lowe and Kate Hudson along the way!! We stopped in Malibu for our walk on the fridged beach, and we ate fresh crab on the Santa Barbara pier!!

The rest of the week was spent at Disney Land and California Adventure. Apparently mid-to-late October is the time to go because there were rarely any lines. We were able to walk right on to rides like Space Mountain multiple times. We got to meet Cinderella, which was the highlight of that particular day, as well as watch the parades, race Cars in Radiator Springs, and watch the light show at World of color!

It was really a perfect trip, kudos to my new hubby for a vacation well done!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Country Life

I'm not sure how many people know this tiny little secret about me... But I'm a city girl. Yea, real shocker. Here's another... I'm a little over 2 weeks away from marrying a full fledged country boy. And what does this mean for this little city girl you ask? It means a drastic lifestyle change is coming, and it's coming at me like a freight train... Or maybe a stampeding herd of cows...yea, that's it. 

So I will start off my first of many more Country Lessons Learned posts by explaining very briefly my new found fear of spiders. 

Now don't get me wrong, being from the city, I've always had a dislike for 8 legged crawling creatures. But I had no idea until recently just how many there are and how sneaky they can be! In the city I might see 3...4 spiders tops per year. I've seen well over 20, 30, maybe 40 spiders since moving to the country - just a couple months ago. And in the city, they walk around out in the open on the floor, in the country, they hide in corners, under piles of clothes, in the shower, under toilet lids, 

So my city girl dislike for spiders has grown to a country girl deathly FEAR of spiders. Screaming night terrors and all.

Welcome to the country my dear.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Wedding Wednesday - 10 Weeks and Counting

73 Days to go!!

This week we were finally able to get a lot accomplished!  Over the weekend we went and picked out the tuxedos, vest and tie colors, style, shoes, etc.  I learned a lot about tuxedos and the general male hatred for them.  I have to give it to men, as women we complain a lot about the heals we have to wear, but at least we can wear a dress and feel cool in the summer. I couldn't image wearing a full tuxedo with coat in the 100+ degree weather of the Oklahoma summer!

Side note: Our meteorologists have said a couple of times this week that it will be 98 degrees as a high but it will feel like 106.... can anyone really tell the difference?  Sure if its in the 80's and it feels like the 90's, I understand voicing that, but who walks outside when its in the upper 90's and says, man it feels like its in the hundreds today?  Okay side note over...

I also finalized my invitation order this week.  This was such a relief - they are beautiful and elegant and just absolutely perfect.  I couldn't be happier with them!  Here's a sneak peak!

(Terrible image quality - I know)

I was also able to stop by the hotel this week and get a block of rooms with group rate together for our out-of-town guests.  This is something I honestly hadn't thought of, so glad my hubby-to-be is on top of things!

With those two big items out of the way along with the hotel chosen, I am feeling more comfortable. We still need to decide on the groom's cake (what it will look like and who will make it), we need to pick out usher attire, shoes style for the girls, food that will be served as snacks, and so many more tiny details!