Make it fit: Bra Measurment

This week I have been thinking about buying a new bra, so I went online and have been looking for one that would fit me the best. But the first thing I had to do was measure and see if I am the same size I was when I bought my last bra, and this is when it came to me. I bet there are some women out there that don’t know how to properly measure themselves for a bra. So I thought I’d share.

This headless manikin has been so wonderful as to pose as a model for me (sorry for the white on white).

Alright let’s get started. the first thing you want to do is measure just under your bust (marked by the yellow line), make sure you write it down so you don’t have to measure over and over. mine is 38″. this will be the band size.

Next you will measure at the widest point of your bust (over the nipples, marked by the orange line), Again make sure you write it down. mine is 44″

also it helps if you have someone who can help or even in front of a mirror to make sure that the measuring tape is in the right spot or else you’ll end up with the wrong measurements.

Next you will take the band measurement (under the bust) and subtract it from the bust measurement. (44″-38″=6) for every two inches of difference it is another cup size up for example 2″ difference is A, 4″difference is B, 6″ difference is C, and so on.

I hope this helps someone out there.

Thanks

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The Friday Journal

I’m not an avid traveler, and I’ve never been outside of the United States, but I am a dreamer. Today I thought I’d share a few places I’ve been .

I’ve been to Utah, of course, because I’ve lived here my entire life. so this is where I’ll start.

Personally I favor the old slogan (Still The Right Place) because this one makes it sound like everyone is high.

As for my travels. when I was about ten-years-old my aunt in California got married. So the whole family (plus my grandparents went to california. not my favorite state but I’d never been anywhere else so it was exciting.

I still don’t think much about california, but I did get to visit the beach the second time we went down there, so that was nice.

but onto the real travels.

In 2010 right before my 17th birthday Doc’s family invited me to go to their family reunion in Florida. (Remember we live in Utah, that’s clear on the other side of the country) I was so super psyched!

On the way there we went to

As soon as we crossed the border there were tons of places to buy fireworks…. and we did. Doc bought like $75 dollars worth of fireworks (many of wich we still own and are now legal in Utah)

After Wyoming we visited Colorado, Kansas and Oklahoma (I can only spell this one if I sing it in my head) on the way to Doc’s Grandparents in Texas.

I enjoyed texas, although it was really hot and humid, but I got used to it, plus I was taking a lot of Dramamine (I get car sick really easy. My mother didn’t call me throw-up-baby for nothing) so I hardly notices. We stayed on night with Grandma and Grandpa before getting back on the road again. Grandma made biscuits and Cocoa Gravy for breakfast. It is so delicious! After leaving Grandma and Grandpa we stopped at a gas station and Doc’s mom and dad got a few scratch off lottery tickets just for fun. They gave one to me and I won like $7. It’s dangerous for me to gamble or play the lottery because I always win.

After we left Texas we headed through Louisiana.

(I tried Google translate but it wouldn’t translate the words underneath)

I am not a fan of Louisiana. It was dirty and it smelled funny and I felt all uncomfortable while I was there.

After Louisiana we went through Mississippi and Alabama before we finally made it to florida.

The first thing we did when we got there was, buy some real Florida Oranges! they were so good! After the oranges we found a hotel in Gainsville (This is where Doc was born and where his parents lived before they moved to Utah)

these are the only two substansial trips I have ever been on but I have also been to Navada and Idaho. I cant wait to travel some more. One thing I wish I’d done is take more pictures. I feel like I should have had some pictures with the people I met and the things I did and of other family members. So from now on I’m going to try to take pictures of everything, (as long as I can remember to charge my cameras more often.

Well I hoped you enjoyed taking this little stroll down memory lane with me.

 

A Blog Epiphany

I just had a blog Epiphany! I am super organized in almost every part of my life except my blog! So I thought it was high time I sit down and have a good old-fashioned talk with myself and ask myself where I wanted this whole blog thing to go.

I want people to be inspired by my blog the same way I am inspired by others’ blogs.

What am I going to do about it?

I’m gonna get organized.

How am I gonna do that?

A schedule.

Monday= Meckaniky Monday. if any of you have read my very first blog post you would know that my husband is a mechanic and I am constantly learning new things from him about cars and I figure it’s about time I share my knowledge with everyone.

Wednesday= Something Crafty whether it is sewing or a yummy dinner or decorating or just a little craft I would like to share my cool crafts with everyone and hopefully get back into my crafty side (I’ve been on a craft sabbatical since I got married)

Friday= The Friday Journal. This is where I will give you a the low down on my week and hopefully something inspirational.

Saturday/Sunday= Whatever, Whenever Weekend. I will do the occasional saturday or sunday post with some interesting and random content/pictures.

I’m also looking to soup up my blog with some new fonts/pictures/guest post/ideas so keep viewing to see the evolution.

-Jane

Gourmet In a Can

This is what Doc and I had for dinner last night and as I put it on the plate I thought about how fancy it looked. A lot of it had to do with the new plates my brother and sister-in-law gave us the other day. And I started thinking about making meals that are cheap and easy but look nice. So I thought I’d share my recipe.

First are the ingredients (This recipe is for two so you may need to increase the serving sizes)

2 Chicken Breast

2 Cups uncooked rice

1 Can Cream-of-Chicken soup

1 Can Green Beans (the French Cut beans look fancier)

1 Green Onion, Chopped

Directions;

Cook chicken breast on medium high heat. Meanwhile add 2 Cups uncooked rice with 4 cups water. Once boiling cover with lid and turn to medium heat and continue cooking for 15 minutes. In a sauce pan empty the can of Cream-Of-Chicken soup, then fill the can half way with water and add to the soup, whisk together and heat on medium. Empty can of green beans in a microwave safe bowl. Heat in microwave until warm. sprinkle chopped Green Onion on the top.

This is probably one of my favorite meals because it is fast and easy and it still looks nice and it is fairly healthy its only 308 calories for the whole meal and it is really filling with the rice and the chicken on the same plate.

Thanks for reading,

Jane

Married with Roommates

So this past week my husband learned that his best friend was being kicked out of his current living quarters to make room for another tenant. So of course being the ever-loving and wonderfully charitable man that he is. He told this friend that he could move into our spare bedroom (you know the one that I put all of our random possessions in, affectionately call ‘the island of misfit toys’). So my initial thought was “Heck NO!” I mean we just moved away from his parents house so we could have our privacy and now he wants to bring another GUY to live in our house INDEFINITELY But, he kept telling me “it’s the right thing to do” so of course I caved and he is moving in as soon as we get approval from our landlord.

And I had to break down and tell my mother (bracing myself for the storm of disapproval) not that I was necessarily scared…. I mean my mom was always the cool mom that let us do whatever we wanted as long as it wasn’t illegal or immoral. But she does have a way of letting us know of her ever-so-humble-opinion (which I guess is where I get my voice from) and lets just say I am all nervous again. I know K is a good guy, he’s clean, friendly, he has the same values as Doc and I so we know he wont have strange girls sleeping over, and he really has had a hard time lately. So in the end I think this will be a good thing. after all he’ll pay a third of the rent and utilities and possibly let me borrow his car (Doc and I are still sharing hence the awesome chance to save up for a car) every once in a while so we actually have food around to eat. So I’ve decided to be okay with this and just roll with the punches, not excited by any means but okay.

On a side note, the manager at our apartment complex asked me to apply for the assistant manager position. Which means I don’t have to go job hunting after the school year is over (which is in 21 days…. but who’s counting).

Thanks for reading,

Jane

Holi, Color Festival

Next week my hubby and I are planning on attending the Holi/Color Festival in Spanish Fork Ut.

My brother went last year and had a lot of fun, plus we have been seeing a lot of pictures from last year on facebook. So I decided we should go. And like everything else I did my research on everything that goes on and the history and traditions behind the celebration. So here is a little bit of what I found in case anyone out there is thinking about joining in the fun.

Holi is a religiouse holiday celebrated by Hindus (and appearantly Harry Kerishnas, because the festival is actually at the karishna temple.)

The main day, Holi, is celebrated by people throwing scented powder and perfume at each other.  They light Bonfires the day before the festival, this is known as Holika Dahan (burning of Holika) or Chhoti Holi (little Holi). After the burning, holika dahan prayers are said and praise is offered.

Holi is celebrated at the end of the winter season on the last full moon day of the lunar month Phalguna (February/March), (Phalgun Purnima), which usually falls in the later part of February or March. This year it’s March, 24th.

In most areas, Holi lasts about two days. One of Holi’s biggest customs is the loosening strictness of social structures, which normally include age, sex, status, and caste. Holi closes the wide gaps between social classes and brings Hindus together. Also, Holi lowers the strictness of social norms. No one expects polite behavior, as a result the festival is loud and rambunctious and from what I hear there are a lot of body surfers.

Every year, thousands of Hindus (and non-Hindus, such as myself) participate in the festival Holi. The festival is celebrated for many reasons. First, it celebrates the beginning of the new season, spring. It also has a religious purpose, commemorating many events in Hindu mythology. Although it is the least religious holiday, it is probably one of the most exhilarating.

So now that I knew a little bit about why is was celebrated, I looked around for some cool pictures and I kept seeing pictures of fires and wondered why in the world that had to do with sprind and color.

and I was wondering what in the world this had to do with the color festival.

Hindu legends say, tell about a brutal King named Hiranyakashyapa. This demon king Hiranyakashyapa was very cruel and thus forcefully suppressed all this subjects and make them his devotees. He tried to eliminate the existence of God from the earth and establish his own supremacy everywhere. All the citizens of his kingdom were forced to pray to Hiranyakashyapa and not to Vishnu. However his own son, Prahalad, never abided by his Kingdoms rule. He tried every way to stop Prahalad from worshipping Vishnu but the little devotee never stopped praying his almighty.

Out of frustration and anger, the demon king then decided to kill his son. Despite all his efforts, Prahalad remained safe by the blessings of Lord Vishnu. Finally, Hiranyakashyapa decided to take help of his cruel demon sister Holika. Holika was blessed with a drape which protected her from burning into fire. The demon princess Holika sat with young Prahalad in a huge bowl of fire wearing the drape over her body. But this time, due to heavy wind the drape came over young Prahalada, saving him from burning and as a result Holika was burnt in fire and thus died on the spot.

I have always been interested in learning about different religions and thier traditions and holidays.

I am so escited to attend the festival!

I would love to know more, if anyone out there knows more about these traditions please comment.

Thanks for reading.

Budget is not a four letter word

My mother is a financial counselor, so while I was growing up my siblings and I learned a lot about budgeting debt and how to avoid bankruptcy. I though this was normal, I thought that everyone knew how to budget because it was just so simple and easy that, well, everyone should just be able to do it. Then I found out that budgeting and planning financial futures is like a foreign language to most people and if you don’t grow up learing about this stuff, it can be really difficult. So I thought I might share my little bit of knowledge with you all especially if you are just starting out and trying to balance your budget.

First of all if you are just starting out and you don’t know how much things cost (like when I tried to spend only $20 per week on groceries for two people…. just FYI, it’s impossible).

I got this table from irs.gov it shows the national averages of what people/families are spending on basic living needs.

Expense One Person Two Persons Three Persons Four Persons
Food $300 $537 $639 $757
Housekeeping supplies $29 $66 $65 $74
Apparel & services $86 $162 $209 $244
Personal care products & services $32 $55 $61 $67
Miscellaneous $87 $165 $197 $235
Total $534 $985 $1,171 $1,377
More than four persons Additional Persons Amount
For each additional person, add to four-person total allowance: $262

These are not exact numbers for every single state and your house may spend more or less in each of these categories.

Now for actually setting up your budget I recommend actually sitting down and writing down each of your bills and how much they cost.

Here is a list of my household expenses to help you create yours. (The values are for a 1 month period)

  • Tithing/Charitable/religious donations
  • Saving (10% generally about $280)
  • Rent (864, including water, sewer and garbage)
  • Gas ($160  for our one car)
  • Utilities ($50 for 1,180 sq.ft.)
  • Groceries ($300 )
  • Prescriptions and over the counter medications ($50)
  • Car maintainance (We use this money to either do little repairs on our car or save the money in case we run into a larger repair) (about $100)
  • Car Insurance ($33 our car is still insured under his parents)
  • Cell Phone ($120, we share a family plan with his parents to keep costs down)
  • 401K/Health Insurance (This may be taken out of your paycheck by your employer)(130.36)
  • Life Insurance(Is absolutely necessary!!)($9.00, for $180,000.00 incoverage)
  • Entertainment ($50)
  • Tools (Unless you or your spouse is in a trade you may not have to include this in your budget)($150)
  • Renters Insurance ($16)

(Remember this is my personal household of only 2 people, your budget amounts may vary.)

I would like to mention Life insurance and Disability insurance for just a second. the average cost of a funeral in the U.S is

According to the National Funeral Directors Association an average funeral will cost about $7,750 not including a head stone, burial plot or obituary.

Also depending on your age and marital status you might want to decide on how long you want your family to be able to live on the insurance.

Also disability insurance (especially if you are the major money-maker) is important because if you are seriously injured or disabled you will need to be able to pay medical costs and possibly in home care costs depending on your injuries.

Whew! now that you have all that stuff worked out, you have to do the math.

so add up all your expenses and deduct this from your NET pay (Net pay is how much money you get after taxes)

now look at the total, if the number is more zero or above, you are in good shape if your number is below zero you might want to consider adjusting your budget.

If you need some help or advice I would like to recommend my favorite financial counselor.

Sherri Overby, AFC

Here is her contact info incase you need it and she gives free advice over the phone.

Globous Financial Relief

   info@financialvitalsigns.org

 1775 West 1500 South

 Salt Lake City, Utah 84104

   (866) 977-0555 (toll-free)

 (801) 977-0555

  Fax: (801) 977-3999

or you can visit her website financialvitalsigns.org

Thanks for reading.

Jane