Make your list and check it twice

Brewed while looking at my pile of Christmas presents that are waiting to be wrapped  

For those of you who aren’t done with your Christmas shopping… this post is for you!  Here are a few steps to help make it easier.

  1. Make a budget
  2. Make a list of people that you need to buy for
  3. Divide the budget among the people on your list
  4. Think of an idea or a theme that you want to get each person
  5. Check Amazon- there’s still time for free shipping!  Shopping online saves time, money (compare prices) and it will help to avoid parking lots, long lines, crazy people….
  6. While you are out, don’t forget things like gift receipts, boxes, and wrapping paper

If you get to step 3 and find that you’re budget and list aren’t matching up, don’t panic!  There are lots of great sales out there.  And coming up later this week there will be some DIY, and homemade gifts ideas that don’t include Popsicle sticks or uncooked pasta!

for that special someone

Fitness Friday

Brewed while making breakfast because I’m running a little late this morning 

Here is a super fast, full body workout that requires no equipment and very little space.  I do this at the gym and run a few warm up laps, stretch, run a few laps at 1/2 way, and then cool down laps and stretch, and it takes about a 1/2 hour.  If you just do what’s below it could be lone in under 20 minutes, and everyone has 20 minutes!  Oh! And Happy Friday!

100 Workout

100 Jumping Jacks

90 Crunches

80 Lunges (40 each side)

70 Squats

60 second Plank

50 Jumping jacks

40 Oblique crunches

30 High knees

20 Leg raises

10 Pushups


Surviving FINALS

Brewed while reflecting on how thankful I am that I don’t have finals

This is one that I can honestly say, been there, done that.  And while I can’t come take your finals for you, I do have a few tips on how to make the week a little more enjoyable.

Now I know you have all been studying diligently all semester so you are not stressing at all right now.  Your’re like “what finals?”  But if you didn’t, or did and still look a little like our young Grinch down there, this post is for you!


  1. The Pomodoro technique basically it says that everyone has a little ADD but can be very effective if you do any task for only 25 minutes.  Now i’m not suggesting, study for each final for 25 minutes and you’ll kill it.  I’m saying, break up your studying into 25 (or more) minute segments by subject or study for 25 minutes and then take a  5 minute social media break
  2. Which brings be to this.. NO DISTRACTIONS.  No checking Facebook Instagram, Snap chat… it will save you time and right now is crunch time, ain’t no body got time for that!
  3.  Get enough sleep… some of you are probably thinking that this tip goes against the one above.  But it doesn’t, there are several studies that show getting enough sleep enhances memory.  **insert thumbs up emoji**
  4. Exercise!  You are not studying for every second of the day.  And there are so many workouts that you can do quickly and almost anywhere.  hint hint one coming up tomorrow for FITNESS FRIDAY!  Get that blood pumping.  If you do feel the need to study every second of the day.. multi task.  Read while planking, flip through flash cards while on the treadmill, or go for a walk with a friend and quiz each other!
  5. Eat!  Here’s a list of brain foods.  Take a study break to grab a meal with friends.  Again, this can be productive.  Grab food on the way to the library, or have a discussion with friends about those essay questions that your professor already gave you.
  6. I could go on forever, but I need to go to work so my last piece of advice is BREATH! Think about this when you get nervous, excited, angry… your breathing quickens and then you typically can’t think strait you turn red and start yelling or crying and its not pretty.  You are also now distracted from the task at hand and need to get back on track.   So if you take a few deep breaths before and during the test and regulate your breathing, you will be fine!  And break is almost here! YAY!

Good luck to all of you taking finals! See you tomorrow for Fitness Friday!

Getting in the holiday spirit!

Brewed while admiring my Christmas tree

We are 16 days form Christmas, in the middle of the festival of lights, and surrounded by the holiday season!  I know many of you are in the midst of finals or bracing for them… but tonight’s post contains a variety of things you can do to get in the holiday season (some are free!)!

Wrap presents …Buy presents

Make a donation

Go ice skating

Get a car full of friends and drive around the neighborhood to admire the lights

Buy a little tree and decorate it

Decorate your room or apartment

Bake cookies (yes Tollhouse counts!)

Make a gingerbread house

Do something nice for someone

Drink a holiday drink (red cups at Starbucks, or some spiked Eggnog… only of you’re 21 though!)

Watch ELF.. or your favorite Christmas movie… PS there is also a Christmas movie on ABC Family pretty much every night from now until Christmas

Add a comment below with what you are doing to get in the holiday spirit!

On tap next… surviving Finals week!

My Christmas tree... that Christopher decorated :)
My Christmas tree… that Christopher decorated 🙂


Where to start?

Brewed while watching the news and sipping hot tea with breakfast.

Breakfast is a good idea!  Its up for debate whether it is the most important meal of the day, but either way, it’s delicious! Today I’m enjoying an omelet made with salad left overs (spinach, peppers, mushrooms, tomatoes and cheese.)  Below are a few examples of easy breakfasts that you can eat with a cup of coffee while watching 5 minutes of the news, like I do.  Or grab it and eat on your commute, like I do when I’m running late.

oatmeal (with mix ins!  dried fruit, brown sugar, maple syrup, fresh fruit, granola, peanut butter (my favorite!) yogurt…)

English muffin with peanut butter

Fried egg with toast

Piece of fruit

Granola bar

Bowl of cereal

Breakfast burrito

Any other ideas…?

Make an omelet with salad leftovers
Make an omelet with salad leftovers

Hello world!

Brewed while watching Patriots vs. Eagles game and waiting “patiently” for a pizza delivery

Welcome!  Bagels to Brews is a blog for young adults, written by a young adult.  Here you’ll find easy dinners, money saving tips, and other helpful advice they don’t teach you in college.  Adult life is a little tricky sometimes, and that’s where I come in!  Leave a comment below if there’s something specific you’d like me to write about or just say hi! Cheers!