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Not What You’re Looking For - WHAM Podcast #023

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Not What You’re Looking For - WHAM Podcast #023

023. Not What You’re Looking For

We obsess about the craziest things and constantly feel under a microscope. Listen to how Whitney and Pam navigate through all of the false promises that will supposedly “fix” our insecurities! 


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Ways to Save Money When You Travel

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Park ‘N Fly Airport Parking for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

We’ve shared quite a few tips and money saving ideas (here) before but for some reason forgot to mention one of the biggest money saving tips…parking offsite!

Just to recap for those of you who haven’t read some of our money saving posts yet:

  • Pack your own food for the airport and plane (Yes, you can take food through security as long as it’s not liquid. Check with TSA first but we’ve NEVER had any problems!).
  • Get a hotel room/house with a kitchen or at least a fridge and make your own meals at least once a day.
  • Pay attention to fees when booking plane tickets. Luggage fees can add up! Pack lighter so you don’t have to check a bag or if you are traveling with others, try to fit everything into just one checked bag. If you are driving, try to carpool and take the most fuel-efficient vehicle available.
  • Park offsite at Park ‘N Fly Airport Parking!

Read more tips here.

Scott and I always park offsite. It doesn’t take much longer and it’s much less expensive. Our favorite place to park our ride while we travel is the Park ‘N Fly lot. Can I just tell you a little story really quick?! In April we were supposed to fly to California for Scott’s work but there were weather delays that turned into staffing issues that caused our flight to be canceled. To make a long story short, we spent quite a bit of time driving to and from the airport, not to mention the many hours waiting at the airport. We, of course, had parked at Park ‘N Fly. It was really late at night before we returned to our car. We got our car (and free car wash!) and as we were pulling in the driveway at home we get a call from Park ‘N Fly that Scott left his wallet on the shuttle bus. Did I mention we don’t live near the airport?! Luckily, I had a friend (thanks, Kim!) that was able to retrieve the wallet for us but how amazing is it that the shuttle bus driver turned it in and the worker called us. My love of Park ‘N Fly got even better after that experience.

Did you like how I threw in the fact that we got a car wash? Cheap is good. Free is even better. We love the fact that there is a free car wash on our way out of the parking lot (at least at our location – the Atlanta airport!). Some locations also offer valet parking, oil changes, car detailing, and pet boarding…among many other things. Talk about win-win and crossing items off your never-ending to-do list when you return from your trip!

Hear from the CEO himself about what sets Park ‘N Fly apart from the rest! Watch here.

Another way we save money is by buying our Park ‘N Fly passes at Costco. Our Costco carries them and you can get six days of airport parking for $29.99 (that’s less than $5 per day!). If you don’t have a Costco nearby or can’t get to one before your next trip, don’t fret! Park ‘N Fly makes it very easy to prepay and reserve your parking spot online. This ensures that you have a space even if the lot is full plus it saves time so you can get home faster after your trip. That ride back home from the airport always seems to take sooooo long!

I seriously can’t sing their praises enough, before we collaborated with Park ‘N Fly for this post, Scott and I were talking on our way back from Arizona about how pleasant their drivers and cashiers always are. We usually try to give the shuttle driver a large tip because they are so helpful and nice. The driver picks you right up from your car and drops you off at your terminal. When you are returning from your trip, you are picked up and dropped off right at your car. Talk about easy airport parking! Another small touch that we love is the fact that they offer us water on our way out. The small things really do matter. J

Park ‘N Fly is celebrating 50 years of service! Check them out next time you are lucky enough to be flying somewhere! They also have a Frequent Parker Loyalty Program where you can earn one free day of parking for every 7 paid days. Sense the money saving theme here?!

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Life is Short Make it Count. #13

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Hiking Blood Mountain on the Appalachian Trail | He and She Eat Clean

Since our last update we've been trying to get back into our routine. We've done food prep each weekend and we've also hiked each weekend! We love it that we are about 30 minutes closer to our favorite hikes since we moved. The last three weekends we've climbed Blood Mountain. It's a short hike but a fantastic workout (with killer views!). The trail climbs 1,400 feet in elevation at 2.15 miles (total hike is 4.3 miles). It's the highest-elevation summit on the Appalachian Trail in Georgia. Two weekends ago we had blue skies and great views from the top (picture above) and last Saturday it was pretty spooky (picture below) but beautiful in a different way. We're still doing the She Sweats 12-Week Run Builder and we can definitely tell we are getting stronger on our hikes (we swap some of the running for incline training and/or hiking). It's good to be back on a plan!

P.S. I've shared these pictures on Facebook and Instagram so make sure you are following us there!

Hiking Blood Mountain on the Appalachian Trail | He and She Eat Clean

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Home Updates:

We had our mattress on the floor for over a month because we didn't have any bedroom furniture. I sold our last set before we moved because I wanted something new. So after we got back in town from Arizona and Chicago we had to find some furniture! I wanted someone to build me a farmhouse style bed but a lot of the people I spoke with had a crazy long wait time and I'm not a fan of waiting... ;-) We found some furniture that we both loved. We were told that our new furniture wouldn't be in until mid-June but it thankfully came in early! We also had to get a new couch because ours was too large for this house. We gave our old couch and recliner to my parents. So we ended up having to buy a new couch, king bed (headboard, footboard, rails) two nightstands, and a chest (good thing I sold so much stuff before we moved!). We knew the set we wanted but because I hate spending money I called the outlet center for the store we were shopping at and knew that they had the gentleman's chest (that's what they call it!) that matched the bedroom set. We ended up getting that at the outlet for $400 off because of a small scratch INSIDE of one of the drawers. It gets better though, when we went to go pick up the chest we saw the exact same couch we just ordered full price at the store for $800 less at the outlet because of a small stain on the side (which came out immediately). We canceled the order for the new couch and ended up getting the couch at the outlet! #winning. I had a family member that owned a furniture store so I had our last furniture since my first year of college (over 13 years!) (yes, I had a king bed in college!). While it was still nice, I was ready for something new. We also went from having a chest, dresser (and mirror) to just sharing the gentleman's chest. I'd say we did a good job at downsizing!

Below are our "before and after" pictures. I'll share more once we get the other items into the rooms. You can't really tell from the pictures but all of the walls are gray. It's called Agreeable Gray by Sherwin Williams. We are thinking about painting an accent wall in the living room and one in the bedroom but we haven't decided yet.

I'll share more of the house once we have more of it put together. Since this house is a lot smaller than our last house and is laid out differently we've had to change quite a few things but we are loving it so far!

P.S. You can read more about our moving situation here.

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Grocery Shopping:

(Visit this link for our shopping lists and this link for ways to save money grocery shopping.)

Costco:

  • Cottage Cheese (We eat this plain, add to oats and eggs --- it's so good!)
  • Greek Yogurt (We eat this plain and also use it for Clean Eating Chicken Salad)
  • Organic Orange Juice (Copycat Chick-Fil-A Egg White Grill)
  • Frozen Wild Blueberries (Scott uses these in his shake every single morning. It's this shake.)
  • Organic Kale (Juice)
  • Balsamic Vinegar (Marinade for grilled chicken - recipe coming soon!)
  • Energy Bars (Those are actually for my cousin we used to live with - he loved them!)
  • Avocados (Used in Scott's breakfast shake and also for avocado toast.)
  • Eggs & Egg Whites
  • Pistachios

We also went to Publix but I didn't take a picture. ;-)

Clean Eating Grocery Shopping at Costco | He and She Eat Clean

Until next week, have a good one! Let us know if you ever have any questions or comments! I've loved hearing from you about the updates! Click here to read all of our updates.