Today, I’m talking about the part of working out that many people dread and actively avoid: cardio. From muscled bodybuilders to people who just don’t like to exercise, cardio is viewed as its own kind of pain that lasts a lot longer than a few agonizing bicep curls. But whether you like it or not, cardiovascular workouts are an excellent way to lose weight, maintain weight, and just live a healthy lifestyle. And the best part is that you don’t need a gym or fancy equipment to do them, so it’s perfect if you’re living on a budget.
So you’re in your twenties. You’re out of college, working that 9-to-5 grind, and earning your own paycheck. You’re living in a world of freedom where you can eat what you want, watch what you want, date whomever you want, and travel the world ... and then the bills roll in. Saving money is especially hard as a young adult (and even more so in California) because you’re barely venturing out on your own. But I’m here to tell you that it is possible. To show you what I’m talking about, here are seven simple tips on how to save money slowly and improve your credit score at the same time.
Ever since I did the Daniel Fast, I changed the way I approach meals. Now that it’s over, honestly my diet isn’t going to change all that much because I gotta tell you, it feels great to feel great. I know it’s not easy overhauling your entire diet, so start off slowly by eating healthy breakfasts. To help you out, I decided to put together a list of my favorites below. And don’t worry; these aren’t under the Daniel Fast, so they’re food for humans, not just rabbits or birds. In the end, these breakfasts are delicious and will cost you under $5, saving you money and calories!
Growing up is tough, but I’m here to tell you that it’s okay to take a break. After all, one of the perks of being an adult is getting to do whatever the heck we want. :) To help you out, I’ve made a YouTube playlist ─ a breakfast buffet, if you will ─ of some of my favorite cartoons growing up. And the best part? They’re free and accessible to everyone, even if you don’t have Netflix or Hulu. From Ducktales, Darkwing Duck, and Doug to Gargoyles, Recess, Rocket Power, and more, this video playlist will bring you back down memory lane.
Are you ready to kick it old school? And by old school, I mean the epic decade of Air Jordans, flannel, MTV, mom jeans, Lunchables, spiked and bleached hair, Discmans, mood rings, and overalls with one strap down. That’s right. I’m talking about the ’90s. So because the Smoosh crew and most of our friends were born and raised in this era of slap bracelets and Fresh Prince — and because I’m obsessed with planning — we decided to bring the decade back and throw the ’90s party of the century.
As Southern Californians, we experience perfect weather year-round. Unfortunately, that means everyone wants to live here. Los Angeles alone has a concentration of about 4 million residents plus an influx of out-of-town commuters every single day (including me). Our lives are lived in cars, buses, and trains, and how we tell time is dominated by how long it takes to get anywhere. To combat this mountain of stress, we’ve put together a list of escapes that would be perfect for long-weekend getaways.
Valentine’s Day (and Galentine’s Day!) is just around the corner, so here at Smoosh, we thought it was time to give you some sweet Valentine’s Day content. And who would we be if it wasn’t DIY or budget-friendly? So here we go, with our 10 Cheap & Simple Valentine’s or Galentine's Gifts That People Will Actually Like.
Unless you actively avoid news and don’t care about the Olympics, you’ll know that this year’s 2018 Winter Games are taking place in PyeongChang, South Korea ... and the Opening Ceremonies give me another excuse to throw a party! Woo! So, to kick off this year’s Winter Games — which you can watch this Friday, February 9, at 5 p.m. on NBC— I’m throwing out some ideas for Olympics-themed decorations and food to make it fun and culturally relevant.
If you really want to commit to something but don’t know where to start, I found seven fitness apps that may help you make exercise a part of your daily routine. Also, and most importantly, they’re free!
Disney pin collecting can get expensive real quick — and I know this from personal experience. So, rather than suggesting you go into pin collecting, I want to present an alternative for those who don’t want to go down the black hole that is online pin hunting (whatever you do, stay away from eBay...seriously). For your Disney souvenir needs, consider pressed pennies!
In honor of 2017, I made a six-hour playlist filled with hits that were all released this year. It has pop, hip-pop, R&B, rap, reggaeton — basically a mishmash of different genres and all the songs that I personally like (so none of that Taylor Swift break-up/revenge music...). The playlist was super fun to put together because each song brought back a different memory or moment in 2017 — and I hope it does that for you, too!
I know that Christmas is the star of December, so December 31 is always kind of an afterthought. But I’m here to tell you that it’s not too late to throw the ultimate NYE bash. You can still throw a poppin party without breaking the bank. But how, you ask? The answer: Amazon.com.
Yesterday, I posted an article called “DIY Christmas Gift Wrap,” where I shared how I wrapped my presents using inexpensive masking paper from Home Depot. As you might have noticed, I also made my own gift tags because, well, I was out of them and I didn’t feel like going to the store… But in the end, it was actually really fun making them, so I thought I’d share! There are 16 different labels to choose from in these three sheets.
I can’t believe there are only four days ’til Christmas. December has passed by crazy fast! At this point, you’ve probably spent much of your December paycheck on gifts for friends and family — or at least hurriedly gettin’ that Amazon two-day shipping (aka one of the best things ever invented). Now, onto the last part: the gift wrapping.
One of the best parts of December is driving around and looking at Christmas lights. Imposing, stolid houses are suddenly transformed into festive abodes that welcome strangers to come and admire. Even though we all live separate lives, it’s oddly comforting and unifying to see us all coming together to celebrate the season. But instead of listing out the dozens of neighborhoods that have lights, I thought I’d suggest an alternative — head to the water!
For those of you who don’t know, Shannon — my good friend and business partner — is engaged!! I have the honor of being her bridesmaid, and for the last few months, I helped plan her bachelorette weekend. It was so much fun, and I learned a lot about what to and what not to do.