Friday, February 26, 2010

Skydiving Trip: May 1st

So... I have tentatively scheduled my skydiving trip for Saturday, May 1st! I am so freaking excited! I called the skydiving company today and they said it would be no problem scheduling a Saturday dive and that I only need to call about a week ahead of time to make the final reservation. I have also priced out this challenge: the jump will be $225, the fuel surcharge is $10, and the videotaping is $85... total price of skydiving jump: $320! Gulp! That seems like a lot of money but I have wanted to do this for at least 3 years and I am going to finally do it! I guess I could leave the videotaping out and save some money but I would really like to have a keepsake of this exciting day and event! I also want to see myself on film freaking out as I jump out of a plane! So the countdown has begun, I have a little over 2 months till jump day! I can't wait!

Pomegranate Wine

Tonight I had the pleasure of drinking a bottle of Pomegranate Wine by Colorado Cellars with my friend Krista. We enjoyed watching the movie "Marley and Me" while enjoying a few glasses of this fruity and delicious wine. This was the first Pomegranate Wine I have tasted and it was great! I love enjoying local Colorado wines and this one is a definite repeat!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Salmon With Lemon-Cilantro Vinaigrette

Tonight I cooked Recipe #3 in my challenge and it was amazing! So easy and really healthy! Salmon is one of my favorites and I love finding new ways to prepare it. The recipe only took about 20 minutes total to cook and the clean-up was easy as well. You can find the recipe here. Hope you try it and enjoy!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Corn & Shrimp Chowder with Bacon

Tonight I tried Recipe #2 in my cooking new recipes part of the challenge. This recipe came out of the Everyday Food Magazine from Martha Stewart and it was so delicious! We made a double batch so I have plenty of leftovers for my lunches next week, which should save me some money, something I always like! Here is the recipe if you would like to try this out! Enjoy!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Planning my SkyDiving Adventure

I have wanted to go skydiving for years and I am finally going to do it! There is a company about an hour and half from where I live that offers tandem skydiving for an affordable price. They also have an option where you can have your experience videotaped. Once Spring arrives and the weather is warmer, I will be headed to Moab to jump out of a plane. To check out the skydiving website, click here. I can't wait to go on this crazy adventure and experience!

Renaissance of Tuna Casserole

Part of my challenge is to cook 10 new recipes and last night was Recipe #1. I tried a great new recipe with my best friend Lisa. It was an easy and delicious recipe by Rachael Ray and I would recommend it for anyone that enjoys pasta and tuna casserole. You can find the recipe here! Enjoy!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Using Restriant While Shopping

During my shopping trip yesterday, I spent about an hour in Target. I had about $40 to use up on a gift card so I was trying to get as close to that amount as possible. While browsing through the clothing department, I found so many things I wanted! I was so close to putting about $50-100 worth of clothes in my shopping cart, but then I thought about my other goals of saving money. I thought about how many clothes I have at home and that I really did not need anymore. So, I passed on the clothes and instead bought the things on my list that were needs for the house and for a birthday gift. I ended up only spending $7.36 from my own money, so all in all, it was a very successful trip and I am proud of myself for not buying the clothes. I should learn to practice this restraint more often!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Planning a Wine and Cheese Party

I have been wanting to throw a wine and cheese party for my girlfriends for years and this year I am finally going to do it! I found this great website that features a whole selection of wine and cheese party invites. The hardest decision will be choosing an invite from the amazing selection this website has. I am pretty sure I have decided to theme the party with local wines. I live in Colorado, where we have lots of great wineries, and finding local and affordable wines should be no problem! I think 4-5 different wines should be enough and then I plan on serving cheese, fruit, and some specialty breads! I am looking forward to picking out invites and getting started on the planning for this fabulous party to be!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Budgeting for These Challenges

So I have been thinking a lot tonight about how I can complete all of my challenges and still be reasonable as far as costs go. Some of the things I have listed, such as the trip to New York City, professional pictures, skydiving, and the savings goals will all require money and proper budgeting. I am preparing myself for splurging on some things while saving money on other things. I have been cutting back my discretionary spending by almost half and that extra money will be going towards either savings or paying for my challenges and goals throughout the next 13 months. I plan on being smart with money and spending, so that I can fully enjoy the challenges I am about to embark upon.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Planning a Weekend Getaway

I spent some time tonight researching a weekend trip to either Glenwood Springs or Ouray and I am trying to decide when the best time of year is to go. I would love to get away for a weekend soon, but my schedule is going to be crazy until at least June. I was also thinking it would be a nice getaway for my husband and I to celebrate our anniversary at the end of August. I am going to research some options and prices and hopefully have a date nailed down by the end of March.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

The Beginning of a Challenge

I will be turning 25 years old in approximately 13 months. I wanted to start a challenge for myself of several things I would like to accomplish before this milestone. My list of challenges and things to do will appear on the right, and I will update this blog throughout the coming months on my progress through these challenges. I am looking forward to a full year of new things to try and accomplish!