Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Impending Snow Fall and Books!

Hey guys and happy tuesday! 

I got to leave class today because we have snow on the way! As a Maine native whenever it snows in Virginia I get a little overly excited! I can't help it! Look at these cute little suckers! 

Let me just say this picture was not an easy capture, but I just love the intricate snow flakes and just felt like sharing some of this cuteness that brings me joy!

We are supposed to be getting 10-12" of snow which is crippling for the area that I live in. I probably won't be going anywhere tomorrow and I am totally ok with that.

I am planning on doing some leisure reading tonight and tomorrow. I don't get to do that too much during the semester because any time that I have to devote to reading is for required reading. Boo!

Has anyone read Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? By Mindy Kaling? This is one of my favorite books I have ever read! I'm about halfway through this and plan to finish it tomorrow. Have you seen her show The Mindy Project? Her humor is so right up my alley, I love it!

What kind of books do you guys like to read? Any favorites I should pick up?

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Link Love

Greetings and Happy Saturday to you all!

I want to share some lovely link love for you guys! These are some of my fellow bloggers/writers that I absolutely love and think deserve some recognition! 

1. Rabbit Food for my Bunny Teeth! Catherine is an absolute sweetheart! Ive been following her for almost two years and I couldn't be more impressed with both her content and her honesty. She has struggled in the time I've been following her and still seems to be completely open and honest with her readers and I really admire that! She's got some great recipes too! Please show her some love and let her know that I sent you! 

2. David Carlson from Young Adult Money! This is an absolute must! I just started following David recently, but his posts are informative with some humor which I connect with! He's got some great tips on there for saving money as a young adult, and I always have a good time cruising his archives!  

3. Lastly is Sprinkle of Glitter!  This girl is awesome! I first found her through a youtuber that I follow and I have honestly fell in love. Louise is an awesome gal with a great personality! I love reading her reviews and watching her videos on youtube! Also, all her posts about baby glitter? Yep, they give me major baby fever! 

I hope you all take the time to check out these lovely sites as they are some that make my internet space a little more entertaining and colorful! 

What are some of your favorite bloggers? Share their page/your page below in the comments! I'd love to subscribe and read some of your favorites! 

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Friday, January 24, 2014

Finance Fridays!

Hey Guys, and happy friday!

I am so excited to be doing finance posts! It is something that I have wanted to write about many times before but my previous blog was not a very god medium to be having those types of posts (more on my previous/current blog to come in another post!). SO I am very excited to announce Finance Fridays to you all!

I haven't made a decision about whether this is going to be an every friday thing, or if I may pick a friday out of the month that I will do it. I'm going to do some brainstorming about the types/amount of things I want to talk about and will make another announcement about the subject later!

So let's get right to it then shall we?

Today I wanted to just quickly touch base about making a budget. Later I am going to post the secondary and third steps to creating this budget, but for now I'm just going to touch base about the basics. Not many people go through the process to see what they spend where and how much they can allot to various activities throughout the month. I think this is one of the biggest mistakes you can make when it comes to finances. Unless you are so overwhelmed with the amount of money you have coming in (yeah, we all wish right?) then you need to have a budget. Period.

This doesn't have to be anything fancy smancy like a spreadsheet in excel, (although I am planning on posting one later for all you neat freaks like me who like to have all your ducks in a row!) it really can just be a piece of paper on it with what you spend each month.

I find that most of us have no problem telling anyone how much our rent or utilities are each month, as those are things that usually don't change, however, it is usually harder to nail down how much you spend on things like eating out or gas. For things like this, I choose to go back 2 months in my checking account and add up how much I actually did spend on those types of things. If you spend cash most of the time on these things, start an envelope for the receipts from those things and then add them up after a month.

Having all of your expenses listed out in a visual way is one of the easiest ways to see where you may be spending excess money each month. The first time I ever did this, I realized in one month I spend almost $200 for coffee…and I'm totally not kidding!

Gathering information is the first step in creating a budget. You won't have any idea where you can save money if you don't know where you are spending all of your money.

In the next Finance Friday I am going to talk about how we are going to analyze this information! Yay for saving money!

I'd love to hear about you trials and successes! Please comment below, I love hearing from you guys! If you have any additional questions please head over to my contact page and shoot me an email or contact me via social media!

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Hello! 

Welcome to my blog! I'm so glad that you decided to stop by and hope that you have some fun looking around! 

I wanted my first post to focus on the name of this blog, as well as some things you can come to expect from French Press This! Let's jump right in! 

I may or may not have a coffee addiction. I am currently in my second coffee shop job and honestly coffee shops are my second home! I love curling up with a good book or my laptop in a cute environment and reading or writing. There is something about physically going to a coffee shop that is nostalgic for me. 

I write most of my blog posts and do most of my homework from coffee shops so I knew that the name of this blog had to fit in with my love of coffee. I also wanted it to capture my strong straightforward personality, so I thought what would be more fitting than "French Press This"? 

The content is going to be super exciting (at least I think it is! ;))! I am going to do regular posts on health, nutrition, fashion, finance, coffee, adventures, and anything else I feel worthy of sharing with you guys. It's going to be a great ride and I hope that you guys choose to come with me! 

So lets get to know each other! Comment below and let me know you're here! If you are a fellow blogger feel free to share a link to your blog so I can follow you back. I would love to hear for you all! <3