Friday, February 28, 2020

friday favorites 02.28.20

hey hey friday!
Seriously could not be more excited to see an end to this week. It's been a really tough one with getting sick last weekend and carrying over into the week. But finally starting to feel better and looking forward to catching up on a few things and enjoying some time this weekend. 
But as proof that is hasn't all been bad, here are a few favorites from my week. 

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Travel Budget: a long weekend in Portugal

After spending just over a week in Morocco, we took advantage of a long layover in Lisbon on our way back home to the States. We only had 3 days/3 nights in Portugal, yet were still able to visit two major cities. It's a lot to cram into a short period of time and was quite the whirlwind, but we loved every minute of it. 
travel budget Portugal blog
Whenever, we have the opportunity to do a long layover in a new place, we take it. And this proved to be the perfect way to visit the country of Portugal on a Budget because we didn't have to worry about the most expensive travel cost...the flights. Here's a breakdown of our real life budget for a weekend in Portugal below...

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

day trip diaries: Sintra Portugal

 Whether at home or far away, I love a good day trip because it's the perfect way to explore. While doing a long layover in Lisbon, we decided to take a day trip out to Sintra-the city of fairytale castles. You could easily spend a week in Sintra and not have enough time to tour all the palaces. 
making restorations blog Portugal Sintra
It definitely took a bit of effort to make it to Sintra using public transport. We walked from our hostel to the train station, did an hour long train ride, and then shared a 30 minute taxi before finally arriving at the famed colorful Instagram worthy Pena Palace.

Friday, February 21, 2020

friday favorites 02.21.20

Happy Friday!
 Actually really not looking forward to today, as we got some snow last night and are 100% not equipped to deal with it. Since I'm the doctor, I kind of have to show up for the patients that will inevitably call and cancel at the last minute anyway, but wish me luck. 
But before I hit the road for the day, thought I would share some favorite highlights. 

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Valentine's Day 2020

Love Day celebrations for us this year were a little delayed and definitely low-key with having spent the actual day at my grandmothers funeral. But since we had traveled out of town for the service, we tried to make the most of it and gave ourselves some time to explore Charlotte North Carolina before making the long drive back home. 

Wednesday, February 19, 2020


Tuesday, February 18, 2020

money diaries vol 3: a very pricey week

I wasn't kidding when I announced our financial goals for 2020 and said that we were being extremely mindful of our money this year, so don't be surprised about seeing lots of these money diaries around the blog. 
As a head's up, this week is definitely not typical of our average spending. But not every week is a frugal balanced week. In particular, we had a lot going on with making purchases for upcoming holidays, birthdays, and travel.