To My Dear Readers,

So we’re moving on close to a year since I’ve updated this blog. As I previously wrote, I’ll continue to keep this blog live. However, I’m doing other projects and will not be blogging at this url. I’m blogging on The Mighty Mite.  Most of you follow me on Instagram, so you know how to reach me. Anyway, I’ve greatly enjoyed writing at this URL and getting to know all of you. This isn’t a goodbye, just a see you later, elsewhere on the web.




FITNB is Trademarked!


It’s official: Fit is the New Black is a trademarked blog!!

Fit is the New Black has been in existence since 2009 or 2010. I started it as a hobby and it’s evolved in so many ways since then. When I began blogging, the term “(fill in the blank) is the new black” wasn’t such a buzzworthy term in pop culture but was generally something you read in fashion mags. I developed a sturdy following of readers back in my WordPress.com days and had a huge following on Tumblr. That’s when I started to notice annoying copycats popping up. They used different url’s but their blog titles were similar or straight up the same. That urked me out, so I decided to protect myself and go official. Yes it cost some money and took some time but it’s worth it in the end. I now how legal rights and if I so choose I can send these copycats “cease and desist” letters because really, this is the original Fit is the New Black and no one should accept wannabes or imitations. Even though sometimes I take blogging hiatuses, FITNB is my baby and I love it. I’m not going to just leave it to the wolves.

In other news, if you follow me on Instagram (@miss_holly_j) you know I’ve broken out into a gnarly rash.


This weekend my arms broke out into this mess! Gross, I know. The culprit? My diet.

Oh, diets can be such tricky beasts. I think I’m going to write a more detailed post about food allergies and intolerances down the road, so I’ll just say here that when I look back at what I’ve had in the last week this skin rash makes sense. Last weekend I had ice cream with cookies. I’ve been enjoying way too many sauces and dips. I’ve had chips and I also have been sneaking bites of the pasta I made for my boyfriend. Because I eat well most of the time it’s really easy for me to ignore these indulgences. I eat them in such small amounts that I fool myself into thinking I’ll be fine. The problem is that when these “small amounts” happen frequently, my body freaks out. Now I’m beginning to wonder if this is the reason I’ve been also feeling stressed and moody.

I really hate the idea of having to monitor everything I eat and being so stringent. I associate these things with eating disorders and you know how I feel about that.  On the flip,  I also feel too old to still be dealing with this. There was a time when I always had rashes like this on my arms and face. Eventually I hauled in my eating habits and the problem went away. I look back and cringe over how reluctant I was to do something that was good for me. Now I’m thinking I’m repeating history. Not cool.

Finally, remember how a few posts ago I wrote about how I wouldn’t wear leggings to the gym? Well guess what I’ve been sporting recently?

workout outfit

I’ve come to strongly dislike posting cell phone pics on FITNB but just so you can see me in the feared garment…



I started wearing leggings and tight pants out in public, so I decided to try do it at the gym. Honestly, it’s easier working out when you’re not wearing heavy clothes. Who knew?

That’s it, darlings. How was your weekend?





Vacation Beauty Must Haves

Getaway Beauty

If you follow me on Instagram you know that I’ve been away in Atlantic City, NJ. My boyfriend scored a free room for two nights, so on Monday afternoon we tossed all our stuff (minus the cat) into his ride and hauled ass to the shore.

If you haven’t been to a casino let me school you on some things I learned the hard way.

1. You pay for practically everything.

Wi-Fi, gym pass, you name it and they’ll find a way for you to pay for it.  On this trip my boyfriend and I paid $20 for each of us to use the gym and indoor pool. Granted, the gym and pool was lovely but paying to use the amenities in the hotel you’re a guest in is like having to pay a dime every time you use the toilet.

2. Everything is more expensive.

Case in point, when I went to find a Starbucks Tuesday morning. Imagine me, a little out of it from the night before (we played video poker and drank), wandering down the boardwalk in heels because I don’t like to wear sneakers unless I’m working out, in search of a place to get a soy latte. There was actually a Starbucks in the casino next to mine but I had no idea where it was and was not in the mood to look, so I walked about half a mile in totaling, searching for the bucks down the way. I ordered a grande and purchased a Kind Bar. The total price? Seven bucks and some cents. I know, ridiculous but I still forked it over. Later that night I spent $2.25 on an 8 fluid ounce bottle of water from a vending machine (no, I wouldn’t have paid that much if I knew the bottle was so small) and much later my boyfriend spent almost $5 on a liter of Aquafina for me.

3.  Expect to get lost

Casinos in general are like freaking mazes. Half of them connect to one another and with all of the flashing slot machines and noise just accept you will become discombobulated. This is particularly true in places like Vegas, but even in Atlantic City you’ll find yourself wandering up and down escalators and hallways trying to find a bar or the gym or a food court. Go with it, memorize landmarks. It’s the only way. Sure, you can GPS yourself but then you look lost and you never want to do that in a strange place. Better to act like you know where you’re going and ask directions from a staff person on the low.

So that’s some of the annoying stuff we dealt with but on the plus we had a good time. The pool and gym area was an entire floor and really nice. We had a voucher for a free buffet and I was able to scarf down not one but TWO plates filled with salad, mashed potatoes, vegetables, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and of course, I did have room for dessert which was a moist chocolate cupcake and vanilla ice cream. I started and finished Ira Levin’s The Stepford Wives which I loved loved loved.  I slept late.

But my mini-vacay isn’t what this post is about.

Today’s post is actually about how to properly pack your makeup bag for such excursions. You know, the kind when you won’t be gone long enough to get a pet sitter but will still need more than the clothes on your back and chapstick?

It’s been extremely hot in New York and in general, when the temp rises I change my beauty routine up. Honestly, it’s not as exciting as my fall or winter routine but it’s efficient and simple.

Getaway Beauty

1.  Vanilla Coconut perfume by LAVANILA; Sephora, $58

As a rule of thumb I don’t share what perfumes I wear but this isn’t my signature and honestly, a beauty bag isn’t complete without some sort of scent. I love the ones from LAVANILA. They don’t have parabens or icky chemicals. This one is perfect for summer and has notes of creamy coconut and Madagascar vanilla. It’s very subtle and soft, works for day or night, and packs well.

2. Year round I tend to do the whole primer and foundation and setting powder thing. However, when the weather makes you drip sweat from the moment you get out of bed I skip all that muck and opt for BB Cream. It gives basic coverage and makes me feel like I put in the “effort” to look presentable. Dream Fresh BB Cream; Maybelline, $7.44. I only wore it once while I was away but I like to pack it “just in case.”

3. Contouring and highlighting means more brushes and sponges you have to pack. Skip it and focus on the brows. I like a bold brow. I’ve been using the Brow Envy kit from Anastasia for about a year. I’m not sure if they still sell the one I have which comes with eyebrow stencils but as long as you have eyebrow powder, a pencil, and some setting wax like this kit provides you’ll be good to go.

4. I didn’t feel like bringing my cleansing wipes, astringent, Clarisonic or any other device to remove my makeup so I opted for a creamy facial wash. My sister just gifted me the Checks and Balances cleanser from Origins ($21.50). One of my friend’s raves about this stuff and I see why. It’s super foamy but doesn’t leave a residue. It did a pretty decent job of taking off my mascara.

5. It goes without saying that you should always travel with your tweezers because there is nothing like unsightly stray brow hairs to wreck your entire look. I highly recommend the ones from Tweezerman ($25) which are amazing at catching those barely there under the skin hairs. If twenty-five bucks seems steep for tweezers you can find mini versions for half the price at Sephora and they work just as well.

6. I wear my hair natural during the warmer months but I still attempt to blow it out on occasion. Moroccanoil Curl Defining Cream ($33.60) is my single must have hair product when I travel because it works to tame frizz but also can weigh down my hair just enough if I decide to straighten it. It has argan oil which hair loves. The first bottle I ever had of this stuff lasted two years, so it’s totally worth the upfront dough.

7. I know every blog and magazine says this but I’m going to repeat this important phrase: You must wear sunscreen.  If you hate the idea of applying the stuff after you’ve made up your face get the kind that’s built into your moisturizer like this one. I wear sunscreen even when I’m just running to the grocery store, so obviously I pack it when I’m on vacay.

8.  I’ve blogged numerous times about the power of retinol but I pack it on vacations for another reason besides warding off wrinkles and it’s because it also acts as an anti-acne treatment. As you noticed I keep my cleansing products to a minimal while I’m away, so a quick application of a retinol having serum ($22.99) before bed helps to ensure I won’t wake up broken out.


I’ll level with you ladies. I also packed a load of lip liners and glosses, liquid eyeliner, and some mascara. But for me, that is light packing. Anyway, I’m home now, unpacked, and gearing to enjoy some Netflix time. Let me know what you pack when you go away.




The 21 Vegan Kickstart App

Photo Credit: Firm Bee/Pixabay

Photo Credit: Firm Bee/Pixabay

Writer Carol Johnson was kind enough to contribute a post for Fit is the New Black. Everyone knows how I love apps and Carol is here to tell you guys about a great new one.


The 21-Day Vegan Kickstart App

Have you always wanted to try a Vegan diet but don’t know how to start? If you use a smartphone, the 21-Day Vegan Kickstart App can help you out!

Start becoming a vegan!

The 21-Day Vegan Kickstart app is great for “beginner vegans” who have no idea what to eat in the first few weeks. It was created by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine so you can be assured of the meals’ nutritional value. In it, you will find tips that will aid you in turning the simplest ingredients to the most scrumptious meals. You can also browse the app for substitute dishes if you don’t want the ones being suggested. This app is useful for long-time vegans too since its suggestions jog the memory on what Vegans should eat within a week in order to have a well-balanced diet.

One of the best things about this app is that it tells you that being a Vegan doesn’t mean depriving oneself from eating delicious food. There are tons of options in this app and it conveniently lets you choose which ones you’d like to make for a day or an entire week. Check out a sample suggestion from the creators of this app:


Breakfast: Green Apple Oatmeal
Lunch: Balsamic Zucchini Sandwich and Curried Tomato Lentil Soup
Snack: Oatmeal Banana Bites
Dinner: Fettuccine with Asparagus, Peas, and Lemon and Baked Marinated Chickpeas

Doesn’t that menu sound delicious?

A great body doesn’t only come from exercise but from a healthy lifestyle as well. Smartphones are becoming more and more helpful for this. They’re not just tools anymore for watching shows or playing games but digital teachers that make life easier as well. Before, you’d have to power up your desktop or laptop to find information about the Vegan lifestyle. Now, you can discover amazing things with just a swipe of a finger. And you can do it wherever you are, too, not just when you’re about to cook something in the kitchen. Whether it be at the bus stop, a sporting event, or in a cinema before a movie starts – locations that are common for gadget use as stated by Alchemy Bet, the company that manages the entertainment site Pocket Fruity.

Let me know what you think about the 21-Day Vegan Kickstart app in the comments section!




Carol Johnson is a full-time writer and blogger from London U.K. She graduated with a degree in Communication Studies. She has worked in an editorial capacity for over 5 years. She describes herself as an adventurous woman. Apart from writing, she enjoys travelling, hiking, snowboarding, surfing and rock climbing.

Oat and Berries Smoothie

oat and berries


Hello my lovelies. Believe it or not it actually pains me to do these short sporadic posts but right now that’s where my life is at.  I draft up ideas for posts but finding the time to execute them is where the challenge lies. My apartment has less than stellar lighting which leaves me a small window of time to style and shoot. Don’t get me started about filming.

But I’m getting off topic.

I use to eat oatmeal a lot. It’s a complex grain with staying power and easy to make. Since I turned into a smoothie fiend I don’t eat the stuff as much as I like but on occasion I make this baby and it’s just as good as having it in a bowl. The premise of the recipe is simple: Blend oats, fruit and nut milk together and bam, you have a well rounded breakfast. But since I’m fancy I like to toss some other things into the mix.


See what I mean about the lighting? And nine out of ten times I’m shooting with a Canon EOS 60D.



– 1/4 cup of oats

– 1 cup of frozen blueberries

– 1 banana

– 1 Tbs of chia seeds

– 1 Tbs of flax seeds

– 1 tsp of vanilla extract

– 1 Tbs of honey

* Optional, 1 Tbs of malt


1. Blend ingredients and drink.


I know that malt isn’t the healthiest thing. To be fair, I don’t know exactly what malt is but it’s delicious. It really takes the drink up a notch. Let me know what you’ve been eating.



Redoing My Space: Ideas?

I’ve decided to get rid of the coach in my living room and turn the space into a proper office. Between my gym equipment and my cat’s tendency to yack on the sofa, no one uses the thing. I’ve finally accepted that I don’t live in a spacious high rise or loft with massive windows and rather then hold out for the day I live in Trump Towers I’ve decided to embrace the space I inhabit.

In all fairness my place is nice. It’s an old building with french doors and hardwood floors. It’s not small just a funny shape and I  have a lot of stuff. But no matter, I’m ready to edit, toss, and rearrange. Obviously a pullout couch that’s been ripped apart and vomited on is a good place to start.

I’m already coming up with ideas of what to do once that thing is gone, the first being purchasing a desk and room dividers.

Photo Credits: Uptown Home (dot) com; Urban Outfitters

Photo Credits: Uptown Home (dot) com; Urban Outfitters

Magical Thinking Coin-Tie Curtain; $39

Uptown Home Murphy Winter White Fold-Out Convertible Desk;$184

I don’t want to get rid of furniture just to fill my place up with more of it. This convertible desk is perfect because it folds up into a wall cabinet. There’s no door between my living room and bedroom, just a doorway. Having a curtain I can draw will not only separate the space but give some much needed privacy when guest are over. And how cute it that curtain rod?

Photo Credit: Pottery Barn; Urban Outfittes

Photo Credit: Pottery Barn; Urban Outfitters


Brass Shelf; $199

Reclaimed Wood Crate Wall Shelf; $29

I already have a bar cart in my kitchen but I like the idea of using glass shelves. Reflective surfaces give the illusion of more space and I think it would be a cute way to display mini dictionaries and other tools of my trade. Because of the dark wood, my apartment has that urban hipster vibe, so I’m trying to embrace natural elements. This shelf made of reclaimed wood is earthy and may make a decent home for some of my chachkis. If I’m feeling particularly crafty this spring I may try to make something similar from scratch.

And of course my primary concern is decorating. I already have a lot of baubles (I collect skulls, owl and elephant, and religious items) but I don’t really have art. I feel too old for posters, so I’m try to upgrade myself. Cue the Beyonce music.

Photo Credit: Nautical Nell on Etsy.com

Photo Credit: Nautical Nell on Etsy.com


Green and White Octopus Print Set; $52.50

Recently my BF and I have become obsessed with the magic sea creature known as the octopus. I just love them for their intelligence and grace. Ironically, I strongly dislike squids. Their pointy heads make them seem sinister, no?

Anyway, for obvious reasons I love all the work from Nautical Nell, a shop on Etsy and this set of prints are a favorite.

Photo Credit: CamRaFace via Society 6

Photo Credit: CamRaFace via Society 6


im goin out; Canvas Print; $85

Society 6 has become one of my favorite places to surf. It’s just a good place to find affordable art and best of all you can have your chosen image placed on a cellphone cover, throw pillow or whatever you want really.  What I would really love is to find some cool-ass Kelly Cutrone quotes against some backgrounds of NYC or typewriters or something like that. Seriously, she and Wendy Williams are the fairy godmothers I’ve never met.

Have any decorating tips for me? Let me know.



You Eat What? How to Deal With People Who Don’t Get Your Diet

Photo Credit: Andy Melton

Photo Credit: Andy Melton


One of my pet peeves is having to explain my diet to people. Does anybody feel me on this?

I’ve changed diets like boyfriends. I use to be a carb junkie. Seriously, all I wanted was pasta, cereal or bagels. For about a full year of my life I lived off Dunkin Donuts lite mocha lattes (extra chocolate and whipped cream), pears, kashi crunch bars, and chicken nuggets from Wendy’s. I didn’t think anything of it because my weight was in check but I shutter at what my insides must have been like.

That hair tho...fried city.

That hair and eyebrows tho


I went through a phase where I had a more mainstream “healthy diet” which translated into chicken and fish, dairy, and produce but all it did was make me feel sick. At some point I lived off of mini-snickers, stogs, and lots of coffee? So much coffee and diet coke you guys. We all know that I use to be a vegan and for those of you who don’t know, I grew up Seventh Day Adventist so there was a time when I didn’t drink cola, eat any meat and sometimes didn’t have dairy.

In short, my personal menu has varied, so I get why people get confused about what to offer when they invite me to dinner.  It’s the questions I get from people who have known me the longest that frustrate me the most. I’ve been eating more or less the same for the past six years. Why do they think I’m suddenly going to eat steak or cheesecake?

Here are some of the questions and comments I’ve had to deal with:

Are we still not eating?

Are you still doing that vegan thing?

I thought you couldn’t eat that?

What can’t you eat?

Not even fish?

So what do you eat?

You don’t eat anything.

I don’t think I could live like that.

You’re making me feel bad.

You see why I’d rather talk about my diet on the internet than in real life?It’s just annoying. And I’m not the only one who feels the need to justify what I eat. Check out this super cute infograph I found on Tumblr.


via Tumblr

via Tumblr/namelymarly.com


I love this infograph not just because it shows that there are many types of vegans but because its existence proves that there are others who struggle with explaining what they eat. No one likes to feel judged or dissected like a frog on the lab slab. It’s uncomfortable, especially if food brings up a myriad of issues for you.

In a perfect world there would be no need for a post like this but in my experience diets are a hot button for lots of people and it can be difficult to live your life when you’re getting hit with twenty questions about what you put in your mouth.

Over the years I’ve become a semi-expert in dealing with these well meaning if not straight up obnoxious interrogations and the best way is to be polite and refuge to engage.  I’ll give you some scenarios.

They ask: What do you eat?

You say: Whatever I want.

Yes, you’re being vague but it’s not lying. Make sure to smile so you don’t come off hostile.

They say: I just couldn’t eat like that. It’s too restrictive!

You Say: Word! So how’s work?

People can project their own food guilt onto others. I’ve seen this with people who don’t workout as well. If you find yourself in this situation the best way is to get out is to neutrally acknowledge their feelings (try using works like okay, that’s cool, or my fav, word) and switch the subject. These people are not looking for you to convince them of the merits of your lifestyle. They’re looking to validate their own choices. This response should help them know you are not judging them and get you onto a new topic.

They Say: [Insert name] never eats.

You say: Never.

Alternative answer: That’s silly.

People who accuse you of self starvation are trying to get a rise out of you. I like to let them know that their accusations are ridiculous by giving a ridiculous response. If you feel like you can’t deliver the sarcasm just be direct. Tell them the comment is unwarranted but don’t go into detail. If you’re going to go into detail you may as well start giving an in depth description of what you eat and why and isn’t this post about not doing that?

It goes without saying that there are times when these responses are not appropriate but I think it’s okay in most scenarios to avoid feeding into the conversation. And if someone pushes food on you that you don’t like, just say no. I totally get that it can be scary and may leave you with the worry of not being polite. But I encourage you, give it a try. It’s empowering. If you want to be softer about it  say something like, “Maybe later” or “I think I’m going to try [insert some other food] first.”  You’ll show you’re not rude without having to eat something you’re not into.  In all of these scenarios you want to smile which will eliminate suspicions that you’re being defensive.


Am I the only person who’s developed a script for these situations? Does it bother you when people ask you questions about your diet? Sound off.








New Things & Ramblings

If you haven’t been able to tell by my lack of posts things have been busy my way. But I have a few moments and I thought it would be rather relaxing to whip up something while watching The Conspiracy for the fourth time. Do you believe in conspiracy theories?

Anyway, although I’ve been in work mode I do have some fun if not trivial things to share. Let’s begin with the plants.


I’m a plant owner you guys! To be fair I do have a small terrarium but till this point I’ve avoided having any greenary other than flowers because I seriously am inept when it comes to it. Years ago my boyfriend bought me a chia pet, something I desperately wanted. You know what happened? I killed it! Not intentionally, of course. I’m not sure what I did wrong but it’s tiny sprouts dried up and died before it could become anything impressive.

My new green friends come courtesy of my neighbor who is moving. I’ve cared for his plants whenever he’s gone traveling and he was kind enough to give some to me, since he can’t take all of them when he leaves New York.

I have horrible lighting in my apartment but I placed the most sun needy ones in front of my bedroom window. It’s such a small change but having them has completely given my place a face lift. Now I want to do a whole urban jungle thing with the apartment. Here’s a little apartment porn/inspo for you.

Photo Credit: Urban Outfitters via BirdWings (Tumblr)

Photo Credit: Urban Outfitters via BirdWings (Tumblr)



Photo Credit: In Da Urban (Tumblr)

Photo Credit: In Da Urban (Tumblr)


Photo Credit: Tina Crespo

Photo Credit: Tina Crespo


In other news I have three beauty props to give.


Right to left: Better in Buff, Maybelline Colorshow, $3.99; Revlon Colorstay Gel Eny; Gilded Rose, Maybelline Colorshow, $3.99



I usually favor reds but something about this nude pink from Maybelline screamed at me. It’s super neutral but it doesn’t disappear on your nails which happens with some of the more sheer colors. It has a gloss finish, something I find preferable to matte polishes.

The second color I scored is also from Maybelline. I find that glitter polishes are always a hit or miss. They can sometimes run rather clear and work better as a top coat than a single nail polish. However, that’s not the case with this one. Gilded Rose has flecks of rose gold but make no mistake it’s more gold than pink thanks to its base. If you like glitter polishes I’d recommend it.

And finally, the gel top coat from Revlon. If you get your nails professionally done you know that gel manicures are the best because they last and are super glossy. Recently the nail polish market has been flooded with DIY gel kits and this one is pretty sweet since it doesn’t require a UV light. My only complaint is that my mani only lasts three days and that’s if I don’t do dishes or heavy cleaning. I don’t remember how much I spent on it but it was under $10 bucks. I layer it on top of all my colors because it usually ensures my nails will look good for at least twenty-four hours. Believe it or not, I’m able to rec a manicure in a day.


And finally, my newest obsession is adding flax seeds to my morning shakes because they are high in fiber, Omega-3s, and estrogen antioxidant providing lignans. My mother says I should grind them up to release their natural oils but my Vitamix does a fairly good job of breaking them down.

And that completes the fun and random stuff I’ve been up to as of late. Happy Weekend my lovelies! Let me know your plans or latest finds.



PS. I’m now watch Disturbing Behavior. Who remembers that movie?

Financial Planning, The Unsexy Necessity

When I decided to turn FITNB (Fit is the New Black) into more of a lifestyle/wellness site and not just a place to share my personal ramblings (I have a journal for that), I knew I wanted to branch out from discussing typical areas of fitness like exercise and diet and begin to explore other areas in life that could use strengthening.  Finances are one of those areas.

Discussing money makes a lot of people nervous. I get that and frankly, I don’t think you need to discuss how much you make or what you have saved with anyone but your financial advisory and your fiance/husband/wife. Money breeds jealousy which breeds envy. Be smart and keep that type of thing to yourself.

Now that I got that little proverb out of the way, you should also know that you should have a solid understanding about your money and how to use it. Procrastination is not your friend and if you think you’re just going to magically figure out how to pay off student debt or get the cash for a house or wedding, think again. Like so many things, money is like a muscle and you have to know how to exercise it if you want it to work for you.

I was cruising YouTube one day and an ad got my attention to the point that when I had the opportunity to skip it I decided to watch the entire thing. Allow me to get this out of the way first: this is not a sponsored post. I genuinely want to tell you guys about Better Money Habits.  It’s this genius site from Bank of America that basically schools you on how to organize your finances for the big stuff (think buying a home, setting a budget, paying off debts).  As most of you know I live in New York, one of the most expensive places in the country and being that it seems like every spot is becoming gentrified it has become more and more difficult to find affordable housing and live a moderately comfy life.

Photo Credit: 401kcalculator.org

Photo Credit: 401kcalculator.org


It’s really easy to ignore big life goals when you’re just trying to afford getting through the month. It’s also easy to throw away money on bullshit without realizing it. The info at Better Money Habits is an excellent resource for showing the nit and grit of what you need to do if you ever want to retire or just buy a new ride. If you’re shitty with money, hate planning, or just don’t know where to start I highly suggest you peruse the sight. It’s motivating, user friendly, sobering, and helpful. In the meantime, here are some tough love tips I’ve picked up for getting your finances in order.

Make A Budget-Seriously

This list should include how much you make in a month after taxes and all your bills, including savings and retirement. Whatever you have left over can go into a rainy day fund. If you find that you’re not covering all of your bills you know that you have to find places to cut back or you have to consider getting another job, a new job, or just reevaluating things.

Tally Up Where You Spend Money

I use to buy a latte every day but when I realized I was spending $35 bucks a week I started making my own coffee. Honestly, the switch wasn’t that hard. Neither was giving up cable or my monthly trip to the waxist. Go through your receipts and audit yourself. You may be spending money on frivolous things that aren’t a a true priority. For most expensive thrills there are a cheaper alternatives.

Say No

This refers to social events and was the most difficult for me but honestly, once I started practicing it I felt empowered. Going to the movies or bar is mad fun but it adds up. Don’t be afraid to cut back. If your friends give you crap about being MIA be direct about what you’re trying to do. If they’re for keeps they’ll support you and try to plan more cost effective (hopefully free) things you can do together. While clubbing is more glamorous there is a certain charm in hosting a game night b.y.o.b style. Okay, you got me. I don’t drink beer. Maybe I should say bring your own vodka style?

Does talking about financials make you queasy? Why? Do you have any money saving tips? Share them below.


Bean and Noodle Soup: The Veggie Alternative to Chicken Noodle


I’m big into having meatless meals but if you have someone in your family who isn’t into tofu and kale there’s still a middle ground. I recently made a vegetarian take on Chicken Noodle Soup for my bf and trust, it’s easy and you probably have most of the ingredients in your pantry. To make this recipe healthier use whole wheat noodles or quinoa noodles.


– 1 cup of diced onions

-1 cup of diced carrots

– 1 cup of celery

– 2 cans of Cannellini beans drained

– 2 4 quart containers of vegetable stock

-1 package of egg noodles (or a pasta mentioned above)

– Olive Oil


1. In a large cooking pot on a medium high heat, saute vegetables with a tablespoon of olive oil.

2. Add vegetable stock and bring to boil.

3. Add pasta and cook till done.

4. Add beans and continue to cook on a low heat for an additional 5 minutes.


See how easy is that was? If you buy your vegetables pre-cut you can make this in under 15 minutes (it will cost more) and your meat eater won’t even realize that they’ve gone vegetarian for a meal!

What are some of your favorite, most simple and sneaky veg recipes?


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