Winter Tips: Keep Your Home Warm

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Hi Darlings :)

Well, winter has arrived! February seems to be the month – at least in Rhode Island – where winter decides to rear its head. Classes were cancelled for me Friday and again on Monday, so I lucked out getting a 4-day weekend; too bad I still had to actually like, do work. #graduatestudent

Anyway, with the return of winter, I figured I would do a post focusing on winter tips, and more specifically, how to keep your house warm… because who likes being chilly? Not this girl.

First things first; tune up your heating system. When you take care of your heating system, it returns the favor. If you’re unsure if it’s functioning at maximum efficiency, make an appointment with a local professional to check the scene and do whatever tuning up that needs to be done.

Second, invest in a new thermostat, and make it a programmable one while you’re at it. We are in the 21st century as you may know, and these save money by making sure your home is always at the proper temperature. Many now even offer wireless controls and apps so you can alter the settings without even being home (fancy!). Others are so smart they can program themselves by learning your family’s daily routine. Creepy? A little.

Next, check the attic. A lot of homes, even new ones, lack sufficient heat in the attic. Remember dears: heat rises! You don’t want all your heat escaping from an imperfect attic, so make sure it is staying trapped indoors. If you can easily see the floor joists in your attic, you don’t have enough insulation.

Also be sure to close vents and shut doors; this is something that can often be overlooked. Shut off rooms that you don’t use regularly or rarely spend any time in. You want to keep the heated air concentrated in spaces that you actually use, and you will see yourself $aving $ome money.

Finally, install cellular shades. When you replace windows, you save money on energy costs, but it is also a big investment not everybody can make. If your windows are letting too much cold air into your home, try cellular shades; they’re cheaper. If you have to be extra money conscious and can’t add shades on every window, focus on the ones that let in the most cold air… usually on the north or east sides of buildings.

Well, that’s that. Stay warm and dry! Until next time…

Best Places To Travel

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Hi! Okay!

I have this accumulated list of the “best places to travel in 2015”. Yes, it may be 2016, but I don’t think that this means that these locations are any less awesome, so I’m still going to share them. For my benefit just as much as yours. Here’s the original link in case you want it.

  • Fez, Morocco
  • Cuba
  • Catskills, NY
  • Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • Puerto Plata, D.R.
  • Wasatch Mountains, Utah
  • Istanbul
  • Chengdu, China
  • Milan
  • Prince Edward County, Canada
  • Oman
  • Mekong River Region
  • Valletta, Malta
  • Chile
  • Tanzania
  • Houston
  • Western Ireland
  • Leipzig, Germany
  • Mozambique
  • Nicaragua
  • Norway
  • Cleveland
  • Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Las Vegas
  • Puerto Rico
  • Hokkaido, Japan
  • Malmo, Sweden
  • Iran
  • Palm Springs, CA
  • Florence
  • Great Barrier Reef
  • Hong Kong
  • Louisville, KY
  • Pristina, Kosovo
  • Maui
  • Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Orlando, FL
  • Central Otago, New Zealand
  • Bali, Indonesia
  • Haiti
  • Miami
  • Dharamsala, India
  • Bahamas
  • Cartagena, Colombia
  • Manhattan
  • Singapore
  • Bath, England
  • Durham, NC
  • Playa del Carmen, Mexico
  • Canberra, Australia

I’ve only been to like four of these places… so much to see!!

Arizona Escapade

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Bonjour mes beaux <3

As you may know, a few weeks ago I took a trip out west to Tucson, Arizona to visit a former co-worker turned friend, and since I still owe info on my NYC trip, I figured this would be a good bone to throw.

Even their trash cans are artsy!

Even their trash cans are artsy!

Let me start off by saying that downtown Tucson is a place I would not mind spending some extended time. I loved the local, up-cycle and unique vibe it was giving off, and there seemed to be plenty to keep all sorts occupied, including decent music. Also, there are rocks *swoons*.

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The nature is pretty wild out here. I never knew 1) cacti could get so big and 2) a cactus forest was something that existed. Super cool! Peep the pictures for some amateur shots I took on our hike up Mount Lemmon. It was pretty wild to start out the trek at the bottom of the mountain with a cactus forest, then end it at the top with an evergreen forest and lots of snow on the ground.

Bottom of Mt. Lemmon

Bottom of Mt. Lemmon

Top of Mt. Lemmon

Top of Mt. Lemmon

The food here is pretty tasty, too. I had my first In-N-Out experience, so I can say I’ve experienced what everyone talks so much about. I mean, I wasn’t a fan of all the fast food chains, but there were enough local and healthier cuisine to satisfy me. It’s funny; the food is a mix of southern and west coast and considering it’s location… that makes sense.

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Being a rock addict, I had to get my hands on some outdoor rocks. It was too snowy to climb at Mt. Lemmon the day we went, so I had to settle for indoor climbing, which was still okay with me. I went to Rocks & Ropes right here in Tucson, which was incredibly convenient. I also had some time to kill before the gym opened, so I decided to try acupuncture for the first time… because why not? In the same day as the two above mentioned events, I also stumbled upon a random Jazz Festival and a Twilight Farmers Market. It was a really successful last full day in Tucson, I can say that much.  If you ever get the chance to visit Arizona, I can certainly claim that Tucson is not a disappointment!

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Plan Ahead Meals

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How goes it my dears?

Today marks the first day of classes of my second semester at graduate school. Woooo (kind of). Break was awesome, but now it’s time to get back to work.

As I may have mentioned in the past, I’m not really that into “New Years Resolutions”, but I try and set goals whenever the occasion seems to arise to better myself. So far this year, I have two: 1) not to shampoo my hair everyday and 2) plan my weekly meals ahead of time. I’ve been doing smashingly for #1, but since I spent the last month traveling, I haven’t started #2 yet. I figured the start of classes was as good a time as any to start!

To keep up with that mentality, here are two links that a co-worker shared with me… and I plan to utilize it at least a few times. Here is the vegan option, and here is the carnivorous option.

Now, I must get to work; my papers will not read themselves. Cheers!

Raising the New York state minimum wage to $15 by July 2021 would lift wages for 3.2 million workers

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Raising the New York minimum wage in several steps to $15 would restore its value to a level that ensures full-time work is a means to escape poverty—and would provide more than a third of New York’s workers with a long-overdue improvement in their standard of living.

Source: Raising the New York state minimum wage to $15 by July 2021 would lift wages for 3.2 million workers