23 Free or Cheap Date Ideas

23 Free or Cheap Date Ideas

Hey Everyone! Megan Here!

So lately, Bartley and I have been trying to get on a stricter budget and save money. Finding things to do on date night can get expensive! Definitely not something we can budget for every weekend. So here is a list of 23 Free or Cheap Date Ideas we have been doing or are planning to do!

23 Free or Cheap Date Ideas

23 Free or Cheap Date Ideas

  1. Make a unique meal together that typically is not in your meal plans.Look for recipes on Pinterest, try out that recipe on Facebook you shared, or watch a cooking show and find something to make! But most importantly make it together!
  2. Plan a movie marathon! Snacks are a must!
  3. Do a puzzle together! This is actually one of our favorites!
  4. Dust off an old board game you haven’t played in a while.
  5. Restore a piece of furniture. We restored a coffee table, and can’t wait to start our next project.
  6. Have a picnic! This can be indoor or outdoor.
  7. Visit a farmer’s market and pick up stuff for a meal.
  8. Go for a hike.
  9. Bake and decorate a cake together.
  10. Visit estate sales, maybe pick up a piece of furniture to restore.
  11. Have a pizza night and make your own pizzas.
  12. Make an ultimate sundae and enjoy while binge watching a TV show.
  13. Visit a local museum.
  14. Volunteer together.
  15. Fly a kite.
  16. Visit a fruit orchard or farm.
  17. Have a romantic dinner at home.
  18. Go see a high school or college play.
  19. Grill food together.
  20. Look through photo albums.
  21. Plant a garden.
  22. Take some time to look at the stars.
  23. Learn or try out hobbies that your spouse likes. I found something new that I now enjoy when I started playing video games with my husband.

 

I hope you can use some of these ideas when you are planning your next date night!

Megan

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Cover Letter Tips

Hey Guys! So, you’ve all read Megan’s post, 10 pieces of advice for getting a job. Well, today I am here to help you with your cover letter. Now something important to remember is that every profession is different. This is just a guide line/starting point for you.

Cover Letter Tips

First,

Start of with the date. Follow this with who you are writing and their business address.

Format:

[Date]

 

[To whom it may concern]  ALWAYS research for the name of who will be reading you letter

[Business Name]

[Street Address]

[City, State and Zip Code]

Second,

Start off your letter strong by having the name of your contact. DO NOT HAVE “TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN” By having their name it shows interest in the company, oppose to this is something that was just sent out to everyone looking to fill this type of position.

For the Body,

For your first paragraph start with how you found out about the job. Follow this with why you are interested in the position with this company. This will be a shorter paragraph.

To start off your second paragraph talk about what this job can do for you. Then go into your experience, certificates, awards, etc… This can be two paragraphs long.

For the final paragraph state when you are available for an interview and your contact information. End with restating your interest in the position and that you look forward to hearing from them in the future.

Signature,

You should sign off with something that fits you. I, personally, use Cordially. Several others I know use, Best Regards. There are several ways to sign off. Find one that fits you. Leave a space for your actual signature and then type your name underneath. I typically leave about 3 lines for my signature. I have scanned my signature into the computer so that I don’t have to print and sign every letter. No matter how you do it, YOU NEED YOUR SIGNATURE ON THE LETTER!

General Formatting,

Your letter should be single spaced, and either left aligned or boxed aligned. You should always send it as a pdf.

Now this is for a full letter. There are some cases where you should condense your cover letter and simply make it an email with your resume attached. This is where you need to research the position you are applying for and your field that you are looking for work in.

What do you put in your cover letters?

Let us know below!!

-Katy

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Galaxy Popcorn

Galaxy Popcorn

Hey everyone! Megan here.

I am so excited for this weekend! Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 premieres and this past Thursday was Star Wars day. So it was time for a space themed recipe! This Galaxy popcorn is the perfect balance between salty and is so pretty. Yay! Sprinkles! I hope you love this as much as I do!

Ingredients

Popcorn

White chocolate melts

Purple food coloring or gel icing color

Sprinkles

Directions

  1. Pop your popcorn, if your popcorn is unsalted or without butter and you want to have the sweet and salty combination, I would add that here.Galaxy Popcorn
  2.  Melt the chocolate melts in the microwave on the defrost setting or half power, stirring every 15 seconds until completely melted.
  3. Add the food color to the chocolate melts until desired color is reached.
  4. Drizzle immediately over popcorn. Galaxy Popcorn
  5. Add sprinkles of choice. I used a combination of purple, black, and green. I really wish I had gotten some star sprinkles. Galaxy Popcorn

You can change up the food coloring color and sprinkles to create any theme. Perfect for a movie night in!

Hope you enjoy!

Megan

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Traveling!!

Hey guys! So, in the craziness of packing, moving, and driving up to Utah I found myself not having the time to do a full post this week. Do Not Fear! I should be back on regular schedule next week!

I’m so sorry for the inconvenience!

If you want to prevent this from happening to you, you should check out Megan’s Time Management Post and my post on my Bullet Journal ( I fell off my journal the past week ).

See you guys next week!!

-Katy

10 Pieces of Advice for Getting a Job

10 Pieces of Advice for getting the job

Hey Everyone! Megan Here!

Today was the last day of a once a week career seminar that I have been attending for 16 weeks. I gained so much knowledge and was given invaluable pieces of advice. In this post I would like to share some of the advice I was given and some things I have learned over the years. These are 10 Pieces of Advice for Getting a Job.

10 Pieces of Advice for getting a job

10 Pieces of Advice for Getting a Job

  1. Keep your resume up to date at all times. You never know when you might need it. Adding new things continually helps to ensure your resume is as accurate as possible. It is much easier to add details and dates when they are fresh on the brain rather than having to think back several years.
  2. Take the time to write a cover letter. In my opinion, cover letters can show interest and motivation. This is where you can explain why you are a great candidate for the position.
  3. In addition, pay attention to the job posting. You can use the job posting to help guide you in writing your cover letter. By looking at their requirements, you can decide what experience and education to highlight to show that you are a good candidate.
  4. Dress appropriately when going to interviews. The hiring manager needs to know that you are a professional.
  5. Similarly, be on time. Actually, you should try to arrive a little early. Also, keep in mind possible traffic, trying to find parking, and any other unexpected things that could happen.
  6. Research the company you are interviewing with. You should be familiar with the mission and values of the company.
  7. Prepare and research some questions to ask if given the opportunity. Typically, most interviews end with the hiring manager or team asking if you have any questions for them. By having a few questions prepared, this shows that you are interested in the position and company. Depending on what you ask, you might impress them.
  8. After the interview, send a thank you note. Not only are you showing that you appreciate their time and consideration, but you reiterate your interest in the job.
  9. Especially important, be careful what you put on social media. For instance, a potential employer could see something inappropriate that you posted and not give you a chance.
  10. Networking is important. For instance, through networking you can learn about career opportunities or find mentors.

I hope in this list you found some advice you didn’t know or maybe a reminder of something you already did! If you have advice to share, we would love to hear it, so please leave us a comment!

Megan

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DIY Beeswax Food Wraps

Hey guys, so these beeswax food wraps have been all over the internet lately. Personally, I really like the idea; the price not so much. So I set out to make a DIY version. The great part of this project was that I got to do it at my parents house with Mama Morton. (I seriously miss crafting with her) So, I started with researching what is in these wraps this passed week, and I found the most common ingredients are: Beeswax, Pine Resin, and Jojoba Oil. So, first I tried several combinations of these ingredients and application methods. Here is the best combination and method that Mama Morton and I found. After I show you what I found to be the best method I’ll explain what I found with other combinations of ingredients. So, here we go.

Materials:DIY Beeswax Food Wraps

  • 100% Pure Beeswax, either grated or the pellets
    • I’m using pellets because they were on sale. Either works very well.
  • Jojoba Oil
    • 100% Pure, Make sure you have no mix ins. I bought mine off of Amazon: Here
  • Pine Resin
    • Again make sure it is 100% pure. Here is where I got mine.
  • Foil Lined, Oven Safe Sheet
  • A clothsline
    • I made mine in a doorway with twine and push pins
  • Pastry Brush
  • 100% cotton fabric cut to size
    • I did 8″ X 8″, 11″X 11″, and 14″ X 14″

Process:

DIY Beeswax Food Wraps
First, I set up the clothes line.
DIY Beeswax Food Wraps
Pre-Heat your oven to 250 Degrees Fahrenheit.
(Please ignore how crooked this photo is)
DIY Beeswax Food Wraps
Lightly brush the Jojoba oil onto the foil. Think greasing a pan to cook on.
DIY Beeswax Food Wraps
Sprinkle the pine resin on the pan. Think salting a piece of salmon
DIY Beeswax Food Wraps
Repeat with the Beeswax
DIY Beeswax Food Wraps
Put in the pre-heated to melt all ingredients and mix with your pastry brush
Lay your fabric wrong side down and brush with your pastry brush to ensure it get coated. (By melting it first it helps avoid splotchy-ness in the wraps) Put it back in the oven with the fabric for 5 minutes. When it comes out hang it on your clothes line.
DIY Beeswax Food Wraps
To repeat for more fabric add about 1/2 to 3/4 the amount of each ingredients that you did for your first batch. And Repeat
DIY Beeswax Food Wraps
Let them cool completely before removing and TADA you have your own food wraps! Store folded in a dry place!

Why Beeswax, Jojoba oil, AND Pine Resin

Well, Mama and I tried all combinations of these ingredients and here is what we found out.

Just Beeswax:

I had no luck with getting these to cling to what I was covering it was like a lid that didn’t fit and would just fall off. They do shape really well though.

Beeswax and Jojoba Oil:

This combination also didn’t cling well but it also left a gross residue on what I put it on.

Beeswax and Pine Resin:

These cling well, but it also left a residue and was…crunchy.

There we have it!

You can use any of the combinations that work best for you.

What fabric will you use?!

Show us pictures in the comments; we can’t wait to see them!!

-Katy

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A Beginners Guide to Tea

IT’S NATIONAL TEA DAY!

And we’ve decided to bring you A Beginners Guide to Tea!

In honor of one of our favorite hobbies we have decided to do a post entirely about tea today! This is the Beginners Guide to Tea we wanted when we started drinking tea. It’s gonna be great.

So, it’s getting, gotten, warm around here, but the flowers aren’t quite blooming in my area. They’re SO close. For days when I want a little spring in my day I make blooming tea. It’s this hand woven ball of tea. The taste overall is fairly weak but it’s so pretty. Plus it makes the dreary days a little brighter with their wonderful appearance. SEE!

A little touch of spring

Now that we have our touch of spring lets talk different teas. We are going to focus on the four more known teas in this post but know there is so much out there to try! First you will find what tea is, at the bottom you will find picture of our tea equipment and some of our favorite moments so make sure you make it to the end!

What is tea?

An often-surprising fact is that all teas (Black, Green, Oolong, White, and Pu’erh) come from the Camellia sinensis plant (it’s actually related to the lovely camellia flowers seen in botanical gardens and landscapes). Anything else is called Herbal tea or tisane which we will also talk about.

What is in Tea?

The three primary components of brewed tea are:

  • Essential Oils – these provide tea’s delicious aromas and flavors.
  • Polyphenols – these provide the “briskness” or astringency in the mouth and are the components that also carry most of the health benefits of tea.
  • Caffeine – found naturally in coffee, chocolate, and tea caffeine provides tea’s natural energy boost.

How do we get different teas?

All teas go through the same basic processing: Plucking, Withering, Rolling, Oxidizing, Firing. Basically the leaves get picked, are allowed to wilt, are rolled out to shape the leaves and wring out juices, then are oxidized (same idea as fermentation of grapes for wine), and then they are fired to stop the oxidation process. The Oxidation step is the step that defines what category the tea will fit into.

Black Tea

Black tea goes through the entire process above. It is allowed to oxidize more than any of the other teas mention. with only Pu-erh Tea beating it in the amount oxidation (although this is argued weather Pu-erh is allowed to oxidize since it follows the same processing as Green Tea and then is aged) basically the oxidation happens at a different point in the processing to my understanding. Anyways, Black tea tends to have the strongest flavors and is the most popular base for ice tea. It is best brewed with boiling water for 3 to 5 minutes. It contains the most caffeine in the teas in this post.

Green Tea

Green Tea goes through all the processes except for the oxidation. It is only allowed the little of natural oxidation that happens as it goes through the other steps. The fresh leaves are steamed or pan-fired to prevent the browning of the leafs. Flavors are typically grass in nature. These teas are best brewed for 2 to 3 minutes with near boiling water. It has some caffeine but not much.

White Tea

This tea is practically unprocessed. It doesn’t get rolled and only the little bit of natural oxidation while drying the leaves is allowed. This tea tends to be the most aromatic and delicate in flavor. It is best brewed with near boiling water for 2 to 3 minutes. This Tea has very little caffeine.

Herbal Tea

Herbal tea (often refereed to as Tisanes, meaning herbal infusion) is usually dried flowers, fruits, and/or herbs. They actually don’t contain any tea leaves. While it varies depending on the flowers, fruits, and herbs in your tea on average you want boiling water for 3 to 5 minutes when brewing this tea.

Fun side fact:

Chamomile was first known as the Ebers Papyrus in 1550 BC and was used to honor the gods in Egypt.

Our Favorite Flavors

Black Tea

The most popular black teas are Earl Grey and English Breakfast. (Which happens to be two of our favorites) Others include Lady Grey (Our top favorite) which is Earl Grey with some citrus/fruity undertones, and Chai Tea most famous for the latte you can make with it.

Megan’s Gorgeous Tea set with some brewed black tea.

Green Tea

Now this is Katy’s go to tea in the mornings. One of the most popular forms of green tea is Matcha right now. Which has done wonders for energy level, thought clarity, and so much more. Two of our favorite flavor combinations are Mint and Cucumber Mint. They add a bit of freshness to the green tea. At least to us.

Morning Green Tea

White Tea

Now we don’t drink much white tea but it should still be mentioned. White teas tend to be mixed with spices and some fruits such as: rhubarb, cinnamon, coconut, ginger, sage, etc… While we haven’t found any that make us jump for joy white teas have good flavor; they are defiantly worth trying if you haven’t, even just once.

A cup of white tea for you.

Herbal Tea

These are best know for their home remedies. Peppermint Tea for an upset stomach, Chamomile Tea for help sleeping, etc… However there is so much more out there! Celestial (our go to brand for Herbal teas) Has an amazing Country Peach Passion that with a touch of honey is to die for. It taste like summer in a cup to me. Apple, Apricot, and Blueberry are also really common flavors throughout herbal teas.

Katy loves using her cast iron tea pot with her clay cups for a relaxing evening.

Loose or Bag Tea?

Well, it depends on time, energy, and what we want. We keep the basics in bagged form for easy brewing (especially on the go). But some of the more elaborate tea (Jasmine Pearls & Peach Tranquility anyone) we tend to have in loose form. With strainers and pitcher infuser when we are having a tea party to out little personal infuser for just one relaxing cup loose leaf tea is nothing to fear. Make sure you store you loose leaf tea in air tight containers. We store ours in Mason Jars, but there are tons of options.

Megan’s Cute Infuser!

 

Katy’s loose tea collection and her single cup infuser.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This rock sugar is my favorite and can be found on Amazon for a great price: here!

PerfecTea Rock Sugar for delicious tea.

What is tea without a friend?

We also make sure to watch some Downton Abbey while drinking tea whenever we are together.

What is your favorite way to enjoy tea?

What are your favorite tea?

Let us know below!!

-Megan & Katy

Almond Butter Banana Bagel

Almond Butter Banana Bagel

Hello Everyone! Megan Here!

I’d like to share my favorite weekday breakfast. In the past, I’ve been known to skip breakfast or eat something that was convenient, but very unhealthy. This has changed, I’ve found something that I love, is nutritious, and super quick to make. Move over cream cheese, there is a new bagel topping in town! This Almond Butter Banana Bagel is a sweet, but protein, vitamin, and mineral filled breakfast.

Ingredients

Bagel (I typically only eat one side of the bagel every morning, but feel free to use both!)

2 Tablespoons of Almond Butter

1 Banana (cut into slices)

A drizzle of honey

Directions

  1. First, toast the bagel to your liking.
  2. Spread the almond butter on top of the bagel.
  3. Place the banana slices on the almond butter.
  4. Lastly, drizzle the honey over the entire bagel.

Almond Butter Banana Bagel

 

Super easy! This can be made in under 5 minutes, making it the perfect weekday breakfast. Since I’ve started eating healthier breakfasts, such as this one, I’ve noticed I have more energy to start the day and I stay full until lunch time. I hope you enjoy this breakfast as much as I do!

Megan

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DIY Chalkboard

DIY ChalkboardHey Guys! So, I love chalkboards, but I am not a fan of the price tag that tends to follow them. With my current cork board falling apart I figured it was time to try to make my own DIY chalkboard that could also replace my cork board. It actually turned out really well! So here we go!

MaterialsDIY Chalkboard

  • Cork Board
    • I bought mine pre-framed but you can buy a roll of it and frame it yourself or keep it free. Even do some squares with different paint for a removable grid!
  • Chalkboard paint
    • If you don’t want to buy any you can make your own with this recipe.
  • Foam Sponge Brush
  • Chalk
  • Painters Tape
  • Decorations
    • I used decorative tape but you can use anything you want.

Process

DIY Chalkboard
Tape of your cork board to paint. You can do this in any sizes or shapes. It’s completely up to you!
DIY Chalkboard
Following the instructions on your paint, paint the areas you wish to be the chalkboard. I am doing three areas and leaving one for just a bulletin board.
DIY Chalkboard
Once you have painted the approiate layers and allowed it to dry according to instructions you need to condition your chalkboard. To do this simply run a piece of chalk over the chalkboard, then wipe off with a lightly damp towel.
DIY Chalkboard
DECORATE!

ENJOY!!!

DIYChalkboard DIY Chalkboard

Tips!

DIY Chalkboard
Be cautious of chalk pins. I haven’t had much luck with getting them to clean off.

I really hope you all enjoy this as much as I am!

What decorations would you use? What shapes and sizes would you paint with chalkboard paint?

Let us know below!

-Katy

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Mermaid Jar

Mermaid Jar

Hey Everyone! Megan Here.

Today I want to share with you a craft that I am really happy with. I originally designed and created this jar as a decoration for our mermaid theme bathroom. This enchanting jar can be used as decoration for a bathroom, a table centerpiece for a mermaid theme party, or as a way to weigh down napkins and such at your summer BBQ.

What you need

A mason jar

ribbons

sand

sea shells

pearls

hot glue gun

 

Directions

  1. I love to layer ribbons when decorating. I simply used hot glue to attach the two ribbons. Then apply hot glue to the back of the ribbon that is to be applied to the jar. Attach the ribbon to the middle of the jar.

Mermaid Jar

2. Next, fill the jar a little above the ribbon with sand. You can use whatever color sand you want, or layer different colors.

3. Finally, add any additional items. I choose to use pearls and sea shells. You can press the sea shells into the sand to help them stand up a little, so that they are more visible. Put the lid on and your done. Super easy and so adorable!

Mermaid Jar

I hope you enjoy your mermaid jar!

Megan

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