THANK GOD IT’S WEDNESDAY

Hey. What’s up? Hello. I keep taking unintentional hiatuses. Sorry. These last few weeks have been slightly insane. I can’t complain, but I am going to say that I need way more sleep than I have been getting.

Where do I even begin? How many days has it been? Oh, right! I went to the Cape for an overnight last week! It was fun, but very humid! It was great to see my family and get some beach time in! I packed super light, because I was there for less than 24 hours, but I promised you an itemized list, so here it is!

 

 

  • 1 maxi dress for our annual family dinner (which doubled as a beach cover up for the following day)
  • 1 pair of shorts + a tank top to sleep in
  • 1 pair of “fancy” sandals to wear to the family dinner (which doubled as beach shoes for the following day)
  • 1 pair of jeans + 1 tank top + boat shoes which I wore during my travel time down and drive back (outfit pictured above)
  • 1 (very) small over the shoulder bag to accessorize my dinner outfit & hold my money, card & phone
  • Necessary undergarments (duh) x3
  • 1 Hoodie because this is New England and you just never friggen know
  • Beach towel
  • Baseball hat
  • Bathing suit
  • Phone charger
  • A book to read at the beach
  • minimal make-up & personal hygiene/hair care items (cover-up, sunscreen, mascara, foundation, toothbrush and travel-sized toothpaste, face wash and 2-in-1 shampoo, hair straightener, comb and deodorant

The Cape is ALWAYS beautiful and I wish I could have spent more time down there, but I am glad I got to go. Here’s some pictures!

 


What else? OH YEAH! I went to the Alkaline Trio show in Boston on Saturday. I have been DYING to see them play! They have remained one of my favorite bands for many years. Here’s a video!

In other news, I’ve also been going to zumba four times a week and I LOVE IT! Finally finding a way to work out that I can get excited about makes me very excited about my fitness goals! I used to dread the gym, but going to the zumba studio instead has really changed that for me! I get to shake my butt to get back in shape; I am living the dream! haha!

I think that is all for now. I have my last “big” vacation coming up on Thursday of next week! That day can’t arrive soon enough! Very much looking forward to spending 5 days on the beach in Maine! I’ll do a “what I packed” update and all of that for that trip as well! Until then, enjoy the rest of your week/weekend!

 

The fog.

This weather is weird. It’s kind of eerie, but I kind of like it, because I’m strange like that.

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I am sorry that I haven’t been updating much. It has been a weird month and then some.

Things to look forward to? I am going to the Cape for an overnight tomorrow. I could use the break. Really feels like I need a day to reset & be around my family and the beach. Friday is ladies night! I am going out with my girl friends to eat, dance and be merry! Saturday will be great too because I FINALLY get to see Alkaline Trio, which I’ve been trying to check off my concert bucket list for years! Good things coming up!

In other news, my last overnight shift is a week from Saturday. I am excited to get my weekends back and look forward to not working 7 days a week.

Short update, I know, but at least it’s something! Fun update(s) to come. I’ll post about my Cape trip & how I pack light for an overnight! I will also post about the concert and hopefully get some great pictures of Boston on Friday while I am out too. Until then, enjoy the rest of your week!

Quick update!

Check out the new domain name! lindsliveswithless.blog 🙂 Finally, everything is cohesive!

In other news, my closet organizer stuff was delayed, so I will be getting it in the mail tomorrow. I will update you on that whole process once it’s finished, as I mentioned in my last post!

I hope that everyone had a great 4th of July!

I deleted my Facebook.

Okay, it’s Tuesday! Sorry I missed posting yesterday. I had a migraine from hell and didn’t do much all day, aside from sleeping and pounding fluids. But, I’m back now and ready to roll.

This weekend was productive! I started cleaning out my kitchen on Friday night and honestly, I was SO overwhelmed by the amount of tupperware and everything else, that it took me through Saturday to finish it all up. Here’s some before and after photos:

BEFORE – UGH

AFTER 🙂

*Not pictured – I forgot to take a photo of the inside of my cabinets. I got rid of all but 5 plastic tupperware and anything with broken lids/cracks in them. I kept all but 3 of the glass tupperware that I had*

HTG, it felt like a huge weight was lifted after that whole process was finished. It’s nice to have (and only have to worry about washing) only what I truly need.

In addition to cleaning out my kitchen stuff, I also tried to use up some of the (many) leftovers I had in my freezer, fridge and cabinets. If you saw my last post, you know that the list of stuff I still had left over after not grocery shopping for two weeks was EXTENSIVE. In an attempt to waste a whole lot less, I whipped up a few dishes Saturday-Monday, and used up a solid amount of stuff. Here’s some photos:

I also made grilled cheese, rice and beans, chocolate chia pudding and pasta with sauce. Not too shabby, for using strictly leftovers.

I did make a trip to the store last night, just for a few basics that I had run out of. I picked up one thing of fresh strawberries, 8 bananas and 2 things of unsweetened almond milk, I also grabbed a bag of frozen acai packets, because everyone raves about them and I wanted to try them out in a couple of smoothie bowls this week. It’s a short week for me because the 4th of July is tomorrow and I really only needed to come up with 3 days worth of food, so I didn’t want to buy too much. I will probably have to do a real trip next week, but that’ll make almost 3 weeks without a big trip to the store, so I’m content with that.

In other news, I deleted my Facebook yesterday. I went through, saved all of my pictures, wrote down all of the important birthdays and then opted out. I was keeping a low-key tally of how often I checked that app daily, and it was disgusting, the amount of time that I spent, falling down the “I haven’t spoken to this person in years, but I’m curious” rabbit hole(s). The whole point of this #sldmchallenge is to create more time for myself and to start getting (more) in the habit of using my free time more productively. Having Facebook totally goes against all of that, and I decided that it was time to let that shit go. It was weird, deleting it off of my phone. My account is “disabled” for 14 days, before the actual deleting will happen, which…why? I thought that was a bit much, but the creators of that platform must be fully aware of the fact that the temptation is real  for people to sign back in, within that first, two-week period. I’d be lying if I said that wasn’t true, but I am doing my best to resist. It’s weird, because I joined that platform way back in 2008 or 2009, when it first came out, so over a decade of my life was cataloged there. Kind of creepy and kind of sickening to think about. I feel like a huge weight has been lifted off of my shoulders, thus proving to me that social media has a strong effect on everyone and everything. I still have my Instagram account and obviously, this blog, but that’s it. That account is for documentation purposes only, for this #SLDMchallenge. It helps me document my efforts and my progress. If you’re interested in following me on this journey, you can search @lindsliveswithless and hit follow.

20180701_1405037732112231459660449.jpgI donated EVEN MORE clothing this weekend too. I ordered a clean out bag from #ThredUp, which is an online consignment store that will buy your new/gently used clothing. ThredUp* allows you to choose to receive a pay out for the items that you send in OR to donate whatever amount those items are worth to one of the charities below:

Big Brother Big Sister Foundation:  www.bbbsfoundation.org
Feeding America:  http://www.feedingamerica.org/
National Head Start Association:  https://www.nhsa.org/
Girls, Inc.: girlsinc.org
Help a Mother Out: helpamotherout.org
Wardrobe for Opportunity:  wardrobe.org

I think that using ThredUp is a great way to give back. Check out http://www.thredup.com for more information. The clean out bag is free and they send it to you with with pre-paid postage, so you do not have to pay to mail it back to them either. If you choose the pay out, you can select to be reimbursed via PayPal, or opt for store credit, to use on their online shop. If you choose to donate, once your bag is recieved, you will get an email listing the total amount donated to the charity that you chose. *I am not affiliated with ThredUp, I just think it’s an awesome thing!*

Additionally, I ordered some closet organization stuff (which was on SUPER SALE from The container Store!) last week, and it should be delivered by Thursday. I’ll post some before and after pictures of my closet, once I’ve completed that project.

Tomorrow is the 4th of July, so I will be as far away from my computer as possible, enjoying some time with family & friends! Hopefully you all can find some time to do the same! I’ll be back at you with another post by the end of the week. That’s all for now!

 

I haven’t gone grocery shopping in 2 weeks!

Good morning, happy Friday & happy heatwave, to anyone in the Massachusetts/New England area right now. I feel like I’m melting.

Fun fact: for the last 2 days for sure, I’ve basically been living off of smoothie bowls, which I’ve recently become a huge fan of and can’t figure out why I never made them before, because they are SO simple AND they are a great way to use up leftover ingredients! Plus, they look pretty AF and keep me cool – which is super important, especially on gross, humid days, because I have MS and need to keep my core temperature down. (Not to mention all of the super foods that you can stack on top of these bad boys!)

Anyway, as you may have noticed from the title of this post, it’s been about 2 weeks since I’ve had to do any grocery shopping. I have literally been living off of leftovers and free food from work for 2 weeks. I usually only spend about $50/week on groceries, but even still, that means I have saved myself about $100 AND I still have more than enough food left to get me through next week! (Though, I am starting to run low on almond milk – so I’ll probably have to pick some up). Pretty crazy, the amount of stuff that I had in my freezer and pantry. There is literally no excuse, aside from pure laziness, that has kept me from using up all of the stuff I’ve apparently been stockpiling. really made me reconsider my spending habits even further. (I was spending WAAAYYYY more than necessary. It actually kind of makes me sick to think about, TBH)

Also, I’m not staring at my cabinets/fridge right now because I’m at work, but from memory, as of last night, here’s a list of what I STILL have left (not counting basics like nutritional yeast, spices, flour, oil, etc. because I am not running short on any of that):

  • 8 oz quinoa
  • 16 oz green lentils
  • 1 liter of almond milk
  • 8 oz jar of almond butter
  • 1/2 bag of sliced almonds
  • 1/2 bag of chia seeds
  • 1/2 a (giant) bag of frozen berries & chopped kale (mixed)
  • < 1/4 bag frozen spinach
  • < 1/4 bag of PB powder
  • 1 dozen eggs
  • < 8 oz of cacao nibs
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 1 jar pre-made Arrabiata sauce
  • < 1/4 bag each of frozen peppers & onions
  • 1 bag each of steamer-bag broccoli and asparagas
  • 1 lb of penne
  • 1/2 a (giant) bag of frozen broccoli, cauliflower and carrots (mixed)
  • 1/4 loaf of whole grain bread
  • 1 bag chocolate plant-based protein powder
  • 2 sandwich-sized bags full of chopped, frozen bananas
  • 3 fresh bananas
  • 10 oz steel cut oats
  • 2 lbs of frozen haddock
  • 1/2 bag frozen strawberries
  • 6-8 granola bars
  • < 8 oz coconut oil
  • < 5 oz canola oil
  • (2) 15 oz cans of Chickpeas
  • 16 oz brown rice
  • 1 lb of chicken breasts
  • 1 can black beans
  • 16+ oz veggie broth
  • 2 slices of American cheese
  • 2 cans of tuna
  • 12 oz frozen, quinoa salad (from the grad party in NY last weekend)
  • a bunch of condiments
  • 16+ single serving packages of Hummus
  • 3 bottles of kombucha
  • 20 green tea bags
  • 4 oz Matcha latte mix (powdered)
  • 6 oz ground coffee

That’s all that I can remember right now, but DAMN, talk about excess stuff. I have quite a few recipes in mind that I intend to whip up over the next week, to use up all of that stuff. I’m not going to go shopping again until I use the majority of that because honestly, it’s just not necessary. I’ll post updates on that process as it happens. Who knows, maybe it’ll spark some inspo for all of you to try something similar!

Also on the agenda for the weekend (because I may as well do it all at once), de-cluttering the rest of my kitchen! I’m going to go through all of my pots, pans, plates, cups, etc. and just create a donation pile for Goodwill with the excess. I don’t really have a lot of usable space in my kitchen as it is, so it’ll be good to clear out the stuff that I don’t need.

I think that’s it for now. Enjoy the sun while it’s here and spend some time at the beach for me! Enjoy your weekend!

Hump Day Update

Happy Wednesday everyone!

The next step in the process of this whole #SLDMchallenge for me is going to be cleaning out the clutter from my kitchen. My cabinets are overflowing with coffee mugs and glasses that I never use, so that’s next on the list. I plan to bring whatever I clear out to Goodwill, as everything is in decent condition and I am only getting rid of it to free up some space. I’ll post pictures of that process once I get to it this week.

I recently learned that the park near my work is hosting free exercise and yoga classes 5 days a week (M-F) through August 31st, so I will definitely be taking advantage of those! Looking forward to it too. It’s been far too long since I’ve broken out my yoga mat and I miss it so much.

In other news, I’m getting used to the less-is-more concept. I’ve worn the same pair of pants to work for two days in a row and just alternated tops and cardigans. It’s worked out well, which is great, because I honestly didn’t have time to get to the laundromat this past weekend. No one has noticed. I get it now. I don’t need 6 pairs of work pants, 2 or 3 work just as well.

I did not go grocery shopping over the weekend because I planned my meal prep, or lack-there-of, around work. Lunch has been delivered by clients every day this week so far and today, there is a tenant event, where lunch is provided. This doesn’t happen often, but when it does, I make sure to account for it. Though lunch has been provided, that still leaves breakfast and dinner + snacks, for which I’ve planned accordingly, by using up what’s in my cabinets and any leftovers from the weekend, which I had frozen for future use (inclusive of a large container full of quinoa salad that I intend to use for lunches for Thursday, Friday and Saturday. I don’t have to grocery shop again until Sunday and nothing will be wasted!

All of that being said, only one question remains: WHY didn’t I make more of an effort to do this kind of stuff sooner? I could have saved myself so much time/money! The more you know. It sounds SO simple but let’s be honest, it’s no secret that many of these SIMPLE AF money/time saving habits have been replaced by “CONVENIENCE.” It’s just a fact of the times; Amazon and GrubHub, for example, are all about effortless ordering… for almost anything that you can think of – but looking back at it all now, I feel so silly for falling into similar habits. Adopting this lifestyle, slowly but surely, has already taught me so much. It’s not about having the least, it’s all about having just enough