Bye Bye, Focus. Hello Sally!

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Last night, I bid farewell to my Ford Focus. While it was a great car while in its prime, lately it started having issues. I just wasn’t prepared to continue putting money into it. So I started the look for my next car. Obviously, I wanted a Subaru Impreza. The AWD alone is enough reason to buy it in Minnesota. I test drove a beautiful one at Minnetonka Subaru and fell in love but quickly realized it was out of my budget. :(

So, I thought to myself. What do you want in a car?

  • Heated seats
  • Bluetooth connection
  • Hatchback
  • Great gas mileage (I drive 60 miles daily)

I found two cars matching what I wanted in my price range: the Hyundai Elantra GT and the Ford Fiesta. I loved them both and am confident I would be happy with both.

I decided, after doing calculations in a spreadsheet, the Fiesta was the way to go. It had all my wants and needs for the right price.

So, I’d like to introduce…SALLY!

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Celebrated with a trip to Caribou this morning!! :)


Favorite 2014 Planners from Around the Web

This year one of my goals is to start using a paper planner again. I used to love getting a new planner and filling it with the years plans and looking back over the year after it’s over. Now with iPhone’s we can get a lot of our calendars online but writing things down is something I have found necessary for myself.

I wanted to show you the ones I have been stalking online for the past weeks, hoping one or two would go on sale making the purchase easier. I have gone to Barnes and Noble, put 3 planners in my cart at Target (and back on the shelf), and almost bought the Simplified Planner. Alas, I am still waiting to find the perfect one.

Here are some of my favorites!


From left to right
1 | 2 | 3
4 | 5 | 6
7 | 8 | 9

What’s your favorite paper planner?

Amanda’s Sexy Arm Workout

Sometimes I love working out, other times I just hate it. Today was a day that I loved it. I thought I would share my workout with you because it was one I enjoyed. I created it myself and because I am not a fitness professional I must disclaim that I am not a fitness professional so make sure you’re able to do this workout before attempting. There, that is over with.


Update: My mom reminded me that not everyone knows what these exercises are. Here are the links to learn how to do each exercise.

Tell me: How did the workout go for you?

2014 Goals and Aspirations


Life has a way of just flying by. A recent quote made it ever so clear…

Days may drag on but months and years, they fly by.

When I look at how busy I (and everyone else in the world is), I think how I need to slow down and actually think about what I want in 2014, strategize if you will. But more importantly, what do I want this year? So I crafted a list of 2014 goals and aspirations. I want to document them here for all to see. I will most definitely need your help with some of these. I will, in turn, help with anything I can in your life!

With work, freelancing, a new business, and getting married, 2014 is going to be crazy! And having some focus on what I want to accomplish is important to me. Here is my ‘bucket list’ for 2014!




Some of my hopes…

  • Enjoy a relaxing wedding day and reception
  • Continue to travel as much as possible

  • Do more of what I like, less of what I don’t like
  • Document my bucket list on my blog
  • Purchase a kick-ass house
  • Host a Cards Against Humanity party
  • Run another 5k
  • Buy a new car, preferably a Subaru with AWD (All Wheel Drive)

Stay tuned for more about the ongoing results of my 2014 goals.

What are you do you want to accomplish this year?