7 Things To Do In Miami When You're Ballin' On A Budget

7 Things To Do In Miami When You're Ballin' On A Budget

Because there is more to do in Miami than going to the clubs every day.

Sunny beaches. Cold drinks in hand. Late-life nightclubs. Colorful buildings. All things associated with the vibrant, Hispanic-driven Miami.

Whether you're heading down for Spring Break, in need of a weekend getaway, or you're planning a family trip, here is a list of 7 things to do in Miami when money is a little tight.

1. You guessed it... lay on the beach.

What a no-brainer. But if you're like me, you associate South Florida with beaches, and I intended to spend my every waking hour laying outside catching the sun. And if you're always like me, you may get a little burnt so be sure to wear your sunscreen. South Beach is always a staple and not terribly busy during weekdays. So make sure you grab your towel, pack some waters, and head down to the beach!

2. Utilize the pools.

Whenever you're not at the beach or you have an hour to spare in between activities, head down to your hotel or Airbnb pool. The great thing about them is they are likely heated or at least have a hot tub tool if the Miami is a little chillier than you expected (like me).

3. Do a Groupon activity like Jet Skiing or parasailing.

Activities, especially those to be enjoyed outside and on the water, can run a little pricey. Jet Skiing can be over $100 per hour and forget about going parasailing...usually. Download Groupon and check the deals in the area so you can save some money to be spent on other activities. Activities can be up to 75% off, but make sure you check out the reviews so you know if it's sketchy or even worth it.

4. Walk around Aventura Mall on a rainy day.

As much as we wish every day can be sunny and a warm 85 degrees, it just doesn't always work out that way. When the weather gets a little rainy, head to Aventura Mall and hit up all the shops. Even if you are just doing some window shopping, there are some really cool stores to see and the food court actually has some good restaurants.

5. Wynwood Walls is a MUST see.

I always heard about Wynwood Walls, but I had no idea what in the world they were until my friends and I made the drive to check them out. If you do too, you will NOT be disappointed in the slightest. The walls are decorated in the most beautiful, colorfully unique murals of all styles. As you walk around, check out the little shops and support some local businesses. Wynwood Walls is a classic tale of gentrification, but at least it's a pretty one, so make sure you give back to the community.

6. Window shop the Miami stores.

If you're balling on a budget, don't be afraid to check out the shops and put some products on your radar. It isn't the most exciting to surround yourself with clothes you want to buy but can't, and it can be tempting to spend the rest of your money on that pair of sandals that you just gotta have, but there are a lot of shops that are just cool to see. If you head over to Lincoln Road, you can walk the span of the street to check out the awesome bookstores, cool little knick-knack shops, and some trusty stores, like Urban Outfitters and Zara. Not to mention, there are countless restaurants along that strip that you have to try at some point during your trip.

7. Food, food, and more food.

The food in Miami is one-of-a-kind. From Cuban to Mexican to Italian, there are endless options for everyone involved. Like Lincoln, restaurants line the streets everywhere with any type of food you can imagine. There are even some dessert places mixed in, so be sure to leave a little room in your stomach to check out the ice cream or macaroon scene.

I hope you found some ideas for your trip to Miami and that this helped in any way. These are some of the spots I stopped at in my little 3-day trip, but the opportunities are endless, so be sure to keep your eyes open. Enjoy the scenery!

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To The Girl Who Hasn't Been Herself Lately

Your spark return, and you will shine like you were meant to.

Life gets tough. Life gets too much to handle sometimes, and those times make you stronger. However, right now, it seems like you have lost yourself.

It’s difficult when you catch yourself not being you. When you do something or act a certain way and just wonder, “what did I do to deserve this? Why is this happening? When will it get better?” The way you’re feeling is not so much that you’re unhappy, you just feel weird.

Your day will come. I promise you. This is just a phase.

The day you realize how much you have grown from this point in time will be your reward. It is so hard to see now, and I feel your pain.

Your light will return to you. Your pure bliss moments, they are seeking you. Your laughter where your tummy aches is in your reach.

Our moods change far too often for us as humans to understand why, but the encounters you make every day have this effect on us.

You must remember the pure happiness you experienced before your first heartbreak, before the first friend became someone you thought they weren’t, before you lost your innocence. That was a time of true joy as you had not a care in the world for the things that would harm you. Better yet, you didn’t have the option to experience them because you were just a child.

The world can be an ugly place, and your attitude towards life can change every day. One thing is for certain: you did not lose who you are internally. We all put on a face for the world. For the people who we try to impress. For the life we want to live. For the things we want to achieve.

Your definitive personality is still in the works. Believe it or not, it always will be. Times like this change us for the better even though we can’t see it.

Your happiness will return. You will be a better, stronger version of you. In fact, you will be the best version of you yet.

Once this phase is over, you will be okay. This I promise you.

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'Culling' The Bullsh*t; Taking A Deeper Look At The Antibiotics In The Livestock Industry

You want the truth? Here it is.


As many people have seen around the internet, one of the hot topics is having cattle or other livestock antibiotic free. This has lead to a movement that is not only incorrect with their basic information, but they are hurting family farms across the nation. This stems from the idea that antibiotics contaminate meat products and will affect the consumer. In this article the main points that "justify" the antibiotic culture will be broken down and simplified. I hope by the end of reading this you will be more knowledgeable about this subject, and will make the best decision for you and your family.

1. "If you don't specifically buy antibiotic free meat, you will buy meat with antibiotics in it."

The FDA has control check on the processing line when livestock is processed. This means that the likelihood of any "antibiotic filled" animal to make it through is slim to none. If by chance a ranch or feedlot gets flagged by FDA, they will be fined with a bill in the thousands. This type of flag will make it difficult for that ranch to ever sell livestock in the normal market again. This is only one of the incentives for ranch owners to stay in the clear.

2. "Antibiotics are used to promote growth"

This statement is false. Antibiotics are used to treat an illness. Yes an animal might gain weight after treatment. But that is because when we are sick we tend to not eat as much. Once you start to feel better, it stirs up your hunger. Antibiotics are and have never been used to promote growth.

3. What happens to the animal on an antibiotic free farm when it gets sick.

Let's do a comparison example. If your child got sick what do you normally do? Take them to the doctor and if he prescribes a medication for them you would provide the correct amount to treat the illness. This is the same way with the livestock industry. Most antibiotics and medication in general are a prescription based. Therefore, a vet will need to sign off on the treatment of the animals. While most ranches will treat the illness and move on, antibiotic free farms need to move that animal off site to another ranch. Some of the time they have a secondary place where those treated animals go to live out their life. Not treating a sick animal is inhumane.

These are only a few of the antibiotic free lies that surround the livestock world. And I am not saying for someone to completely change their beliefs over one article, what I am saying is do your research. From both sides of the argument. Then base your final decision from what you have learned. The agriculture industry has many that oppose that will use fear-tactics to push their agenda. And although we are not a perfect industry, we are a very important part of society. And we hold high standards for ourselves because of that.

Thank you for reading,

if you have a suggestion of what I should talk about next leave a comment.

-Chrystal B.

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