The Best Beach Locations for Spring Break

The Best Beach Locations for Spring Break

We are nearing the end of winter, which means you are inevitably going to come out of hiding to put those bathing suits on. I love this time of year. The sun, music, food, drinks, and friendships are always the main focus of spring and summer. With spring coming up, what are you doing for spring break? Are you looking for the traditional spring break spent beaching? If so, here are the best beach locations for spring break. You will not be disappointed.

Bahamas

If you are looking for the perfect Instagram shot featuring wild pigs, the Bahamas is your spring break destination. There is so much to do here. Local eating, shopping, and exploring will take plenty of your time. I suggest checking out the Queen’s Staircase. You can snorkel over beautiful reefs, but watch out for sharks. The sunbathing on white sand beaches isn’t too bad either! And of course, check out Atlantis while you are there. It features such a great aquarium and water slides. You might even run into Mary Kate and Ashley- okay, maybe not. The 90’s kid in me can dream though.

Cabo San Lucas

If you are looking for all-inclusive resorts and great nightlife, Cabo is for you. Even if you are a daytime adventurer, Cabo is a great destination. You can walk on Lover’s Beach, snorkel and scuba dive amongst the fishes, and even kayak through caves. If it is nightlife you are looking for, Cabo Wabo Cantina, Giggling Marlin, The Office, El Squid Roe, Nowhere Bar, and others will excite you. Spend your days on the beach and your nights dancing away.

Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta features some amazing beaches and daytime cruises. Be sure to book a sailboat tour or whale watching cruise on this spring break trip. The El Malecon boardwalk is definitely worth checking out. It is along the sandy beaches of Puerto Vallarta. This is such a beautiful, warm, and perfect spring break destination because it too features the inclusive resorts, and nightlife, but less college kids as compared to Cabo, if that isn’t quite your thing.

Miami

Miami Beach and South Beach are famous for their spring break parties! If you are looking for a big party, Miami be the perfect spot for you an all your friends. This is where you will find an abundance of college kids. South Beach features all the popular nightclubs during this time of the year and daytime beach parties. Here you will find music, drinks, games, and more. Miami even has a clothing optional beach called Haulover Beach. Proceed with caution!

Santa Monica

If you are more of a West Coast kind of person, Santa Monica will be the spring break beach for you. It is over three miles of soft sand and features a pier with a Ferris wheel, shops, and great beach food. The Santa Monica beach is an iconic California beach.

 

These are five of the most recommended spring break beaches. Now go get started planning the spring break of your dreams. Remember to find the perfect bathing suit and pack plenty of water!

5 Top Rated Easy Baked Pasta Dishes Perfect For Any Night

5 Top Rated Easy Baked Pasta Dishes Perfect For Any Night

A bit of winter blues, with a dash of extra stress, and a sprinkle of dropping outdoor temperatures sounds like a perfect recipe for comfort food cravings and for me pasta screams comfort. A box of mac and cheese mixed with some leftovers works great for most cravings. However, a full out craving for the comfort only pasta can dish out needs a web search for the best and easiest baked pasta dishes. I ended up with a dizzying array of results to fit any pasta craving.

Every food website seems to have a few baked pasta dishes to offer. I had just landed in foodie paradise, where there is a pasta dish for everyone. Whether I want light on the dairy, heavy on the veggies, and no meat please to full throttle loads of it all, or anything in between I am in heaven. So, follow me as I follow my cravings and make your choices based on eating style, mood, and your pasta cravings.

All these options make you a little dizzy? If so, start with these top rated easy baked pasta dishes. You’ll be whipping up awesome delicious pasta dinners in no time. I chose a variety of dishes ensuring there is something for everyone. We are going to jump right in starting with an Amish Baked Spaghetti recipe from Pinterest. Feel free to use premade sauce if homemade is a bit intimidating.

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Amish know their food, especially anything baked. Take an Italian favorite like spaghetti, add an Amish twist, and the results are likely amazing. Looking for a traditional pasta dish with just a slight twist look no further than Amish Baked Spaghetti with 5 out of 5 stars on reviews its sure to be a hit with your family.

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This is a meaty hearty dish with just enough cheese and tomato to balance it all out. This easy one pot baked pasta dish, Pastitsio is rated, 4.6 out of 5 stars, is warm and filling for those long winter nights. Topped with a generous amount of melted cheese covering the top of the dish.

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This cheesy, meaty baked pasta dish is an old favorite of pasta lovers with a simple twist. The Lasagna Rolls are more elegant and less messy than the traditional dish. With a review rating of 4.6/5 stars, it will likely become a family favorite.

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With this hearty easy dish for those cold winter nights, you won’t even miss the meat with its rating of 4.7/5 stars. Baked Penne with Roasted Vegetables can easily be made into a non-vegetarian meal by adding crumbled precooked drained hamburger meat into the mix.

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This creamy vegetarian option of an Italian favorite is sure to please. For those of us that enjoy meat, Creamy Spinach and Mushroom Lasagna could be easily transformed from a vegetarian meal with the addition of precooked boneless skinless chicken breast. With a rating of 4.8/5 stars this is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

This Cute Washi Tape Looks Just Like Sushi

This Cute Washi Tape Looks Just Like Sushi

If you dig way back you’ll discover my love for bullet journaling.  Now, I’m a purist… which is just how I say that I’m too lazy to use fancy tapes and pens and such.  Regardless I love to browse the sections of the store made for journaling.  I especially love the washi tapes.  Now, if you’re unfarmiliar, washi tape is Japanese decorative tape made of rice paper.  It’s thin and perfect for sticking to a variety of surfaces. 

Recently, a British illustrator by the name of Rosie Upright created an extremely adorable washi tape collection designed to look like Japansese sushi. The collection of tape features four designs and is available now for washi tape collectors everywhere.

Shower Squeegees: Reduce Your Time Cleaning The Shower

Shower Squeegees: Reduce Your Time Cleaning The Shower

Shower squeegees are not the most exciting topic, but they do provide you with an easy way to reduce the amount of time you spend cleaning your shower.   And who doesn’t love that?

A quick swipe of a squeegee will effectively remove soap scum, excess water, bacteria, and even reduce mold and hard water stains.  And it only takes a second, so why not give it a try?  After all, if you’re anything like me, you’ll put off cleaning until the shower scum is so grown over that it takes a good thirty minutes of scrubbing to take care of it.

If you want to give it a try, here are some of the best squeegees money can buy.

Hiware All-Purpose Shower Squeegee

With an average 5 star rating, this squeegee is a best seller on Amazon. It provides streak-free drying with a smooth wiping motion. It comes with an ergonomic handle, making it easy on the hands, it’s lightweight, and it comes with a set up to hang it in the shower.

Some other great things about the Hiware Squeegee is that it can be used on multiple surfaces, depending on your needs. It’s great for the shower, windows, mirrors, and even car windows! It comes with a 2 year warranty in case you’re skeptical. Sounds like it’s worth a try!

Price: $12.99

 

OXO Good Grips All-Purpose Squeegee

Ratings from over 3,000 customers lead to an average 4 stars for this squeegee, making it a reliable choice. The lightweight build and comfortable, non-slip grip make it easy to use. The suction cup holder provides a simple way to hang it up where needed. It has a durable blade and should last long enough to be worth your money.

Price: $11.99

 

Original Soft-N-Dry T-Bar Silicone Water Blade

This squeegee also boasts a 4 star rating from customers and can be used on multiple surfaces besides the shower. The unique T-Bar edge eliminates over 90% of standing water stains, and its silicone blade bends to fit the surface being worked on, helping to get a deeper clean.

This squeegee does not come with a way to hang it on the shower wall.

Price: $11.94

 

CLERET iDO Shower Squeegee with DUAL Wiping Edge Cleaning Blade

The CLERET iDO squeegee with dual wiping edge cleaning blade is an Amazon’s Choice product and is a quality product while also being inexpensive. With an average 4.5 star rating, customers have shown this is a squeegee they prefer.

The dual wiping edge design leads to better cleaning than a one edge squeegee. Also, it only weighs 3.9 oz! Talk about easy to carry. With an attractive design and practically invisible wall holder, this squeegee is good for the eyes as well as for cleaning the shower.

Price: $8.99

 

E-PRANCE Shower Window Squeegee

Over 500 customer reviews have led to the E-PRANCE squeegee having an average 4 star rating. Like many of the other squeegees, this squeegee can be used on multiple surfaces, not just the shower. Its secure holder mounts on the wall and is more reliable than suction cup holders.

E-PRANCE consists of durable, quality parts, ensuring it will last. Also, the new handle design provides a longer handle with stripes for easy gripping.

 

Price: $16.99

 

Get Your Squeegee On

In the end, we all have our own preferences when it comes to cleaning products like squeegees. But sometimes it’s worth giving something new a try, so get your squeegee on!

10 Ways To Actually Save Money

10 Ways To Actually Save Money

Saving money is difficult when living from one payday to the next. However, there are ways you can save cash without much sacrifice.

Our editors tried out different methods of saving money to determine which one is best for actually saving money and not feeling too deprived.  Here are the ten methods that worked best for us.

Homemade meals and money savings.

Eating out, ordering in, and mail order meals are all ways the convenience of avoiding cooking can wreak havoc on your budget. Making larger meals and reuse leftovers in different ways throughout the week to help your savings pile up even faster.

Plan travel using incognito mode.

When travel planning, use incognito mode on your browser and delete cookies between searches to get the best rates. This keeps sites from using your browser history and computer type to adjust rates.

Use financial apps.

Apps like Acorns and Stash help track expenses and while growing your savings. Money Brilliant and Betterment are two other good choices for this. Most money apps help with budgeting, saving, and tracking expenses.

Get your bills automated.

Automated drafts for monthly expenses can save you cash in a couple ways. If they’re set to draft on or before the due date, you’ll avoid late fees. Being sure its drafted on or after pay day will help you avoid overdraft fees. Some companies offer discounts for having your payments automated and can help you avoid reconnection fees due to payment issues.

Unlink checking and savings accounts.

Linking checking and savings accounts makes it easy to borrow from savings for unnecessary purchases or holiday splurges. Moving your savings to an unlinked account or a different bank to minimize the urge to overspend.

Cancel unused subscriptions.

Automated subscriptions are forgotten or go unused. Especially when choosing the annual option for a larger discount. Forgetting these subscriptions can cost you more than just paying for unused services. It could cause overdraft fees from forgotten annual payments as well.

Do a 7-day money detox.

For a detox choose 7 days during an 8-week period in which you won’t spend any money. Prepaid services don’t count as spending when using the service. Have plenty of gas and groceries or prepaid public transportation passes to avoid spending on detox day.

Create your own savings challenge.

A savings challenge is an almost painless way to begin saving. Starting with $1 the first week, $2 the second week, and continue adding an additional $1 for 52 weeks. Your savings will total $1,378 upon completion. Find a variation that works for you like reverse it by starting at $52 on week one and working down to $1 on week 52 or a checklist numbered 1 – 52 pick different amounts each week until they’re all used.

Find local free events.

Placing free events on your calendar will enable you to suggest entertainment while hanging out without straining your budget. Use an online search to find free local events such as festivals or concerts.

Utilize free money courses.

Opportunities for free financial literacy courses can be found with an online search. You’ll find free courses at libraries or online. Books can also teach you the basics of money management.

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