Organic Living (on a Budget!)

Clean eating and do-it-yourself tips from a newly married couple's persepective


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Freedom!

I finished my last final exam and turned in my term paper today at 11:40am! I’ve been in school so long, I forget what it’s like to be myself! I’m a completely different person when school is out–no stress, I don’t feel guilty for spending time doing “nothing,” I go out and have fun with friends…I am really looking forward to the end of next semester, when I graduate with my B. S.! Literally, the moment I left the exam this morning, my world changed. I’m waiting for my brain to start working again and list all the books I’m going to read during the next 3 weeks…that’s literally what I wait for all semester long!

I was up past midnight last night finishing up my paper on Major Depressive Disorder for my biomed physics class. It’s a fascinating topic, but not at midnight. At that point, staring at the inside of my eyelids was all I wanted to do. I got up at 6:30am to finish it then headed to my exam at 9. It was a 10-question exam but it took me an hour and 40 minutes! And I was the second person to finish in class. Yikes. My hand was getting tired from all that writing. It was so gloomy this morning I thought winter had actually arrived. But by the time I stepped out of the classroom, it was bright and sunny again! Good try, Florida skies. At least I can keep my bedroom window open today! That’s a sure sign something is right with the weather.

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Let’s be glad it’s so bright we can’t see how dirty the window is, K? 😉

First up after my exam was LUNCH. In the dead quiet of the exam classroom, my stomach was growling! Embarrassing! I made a simple sandwich with spicy mustard, homemade pickles (my boyfriend makes the BEST, even though he’s never tried them and he doesn’t like pickles…), ham, turkey, and cheddar. I grilled it to crisp up the gluten-free bread (the kind we get is pretty fragile).

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And now I’m enjoying a cup of hot tea (something fancy & fruity from Teavana, I made it at my boyfriend’s house before I left) as I decide whether I should pack for my cruise on Monday or read a book. Hmmm.

TTYL! ❤ Gina

Currently loving:

The Jazz24 app! I discovered this radio station from Seattle online during my freshman year. It’s written my college papers with me ever since.

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Day One

Hello! I’m Gina, and this is my eclectic little blog. I’m passionate about health, nutrition, and enjoying life–but not breaking the bank! I’ll post on a variety of topics with a common theme: getting the most out of a dollar. This may or may not be because I’m the daughter of a Certified Public Accountant 😉 I am a AAAI/ISMA certified personal trainer, and I have my own business teaching classes about and selling doTERRA’s 100% Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils that have helped my family treat a multitude of health issues. I love both of my jobs!

I’m in my final semester as a college student in central Florida. I’m studying biology, and only 5 classes stand between me and my B.S. degree! Today is the first day of class, and I’m already loving my classes. Looks like I saved the best for last 🙂 My classes this semester are:

  • General Physiology (and lab)
  • Parasitology (not as nasty as it sounds…we’ll do an overview of ALL types of parasitic relationships in the plant and animal worlds)
  • Principles of Ecology
  • Principles of Immunology (this might be my favorite! Have to wait for class tonight to find out, but this topic is VERY interesting to me)
  • Organic Evolution (sounds boring, will find out for sure tomorrow)

I think prioritizing sleep will be my biggest struggle. There’s going to be a lot of reading to do–which I love, but sometimes there isn’t enough time in the day! If you’re wondering why sleep is so important to me (read: invaluable), I’d recommend watching this short video on TED.

Time to start reading!

Gina