Welcome to TwentyFivePlusFive!

When I started writing TwentyFivePlusFive in April 2018, I never made an introductory post. It dawned on me the other day that I should probably do that. Truthfully, I had no idea what I was doing when I started TwentyFivePlusFive. Between social media and the blog, I’ve been able to connect with several thousand readers and followers. I’m learning to embrace- and be grateful- for the journey. Let’s face it, I still have little clue what I’m doing most days when it comes to blogging. This is a space for me to share what is in my heart, on my plate, and in my shopping cart. My 2019 vision for the blog includes more shopable content to elevate everyday affordable style. In reality, the blog is a lot like me- full of energy and completely random.

Let’s get to it…(9 months later is better than never, right?)

What the heck does TwentyFivePlusFive mean?

25+5=30…get it? At age 32, I often find myself letting out an audible groan when I tell someone my age. I’m not old, but there is just something about 30 that makes you stop in your tracks for a minute. It’s like once you turn 30, you really become an adult. Some of us are #29forever, but for me, I’m simply 25+5. I guess technically, I’m 25+5+2, but who’s checking the math here?

Five Things About Me

1- I am many things, but being a teacher is my proudest accomplishment. I’ve been teaching first grade for ten years and have had the opportunity to work in two drastically different settings- a city school and my current school. As corny as it sounds, I truly love what I do and feel as if God put me on earth to teach. Sure, I have bad days, but you’ll never find me complaining about my job. I am beyond blessed, spoiled, and grateful. (That being said, I’m sad that I can’t share more about my daily happenings on here. First grade is so funny. Perhaps I’ll have a stand-up routine once I retire.)

2- My last name is Barbosa. It’s a pretty bad-ass, pirate name. In reality, the name is Portuguese, not Italian as many people often think.

3- One of my biggest insecurities is seemingly completely dumb. I have tibial torsion. (Don’t Google it. The pictures can be kind of scary.) I went through a lot of physical therapy as a kid to correct it, but my feet still tend to turn-in. My parents decided to forgo surgery when I was a kid, and I’m glad they did. I try to embrace it, but in reality, I am super self-conscious about it.

4- I love to dance. (Period. End of story.)

5- Family is the most important thing to me. My family lives locally, and they are my best friends. I am so blessed to be able to see them whenever I want. In July, I get to marry my best friend and gain another incredible family. Ben’s parents live 7 minutes away from us!

Thank you for following along over the last few months as I began this journey. As always, thanks for your comments and messages. It is so fun for me to get to learn about you girls (and guys), too.

Memories and Anticipations

Writing this post is bittersweet for me. 2018 was oh-so-good to me. As I reminisce back with my Top 5 Memories from 2018, I’m also looking forward and sharing my Top 5 Anticipations for 2019. As always, thanks for following along on my journey!

2018 Top 5

Getting Engaged

Ben caught me completely off guard the night he proposed, June 2, 2017. He recreated our first date, and left me speechless. (Shocking, I know.) I still can’t believe he managed to pull off the greatest surprise of my life like that. You can read more about it in this blog post.    It still seems surreal that I get to be Ben’s wife in less than eight months.

Going to Paris

We went to Paris for 5 days and just spent time getting lost in all its beauty.

Going to Disney World with Ben’s family

In February, I had the flu five days before we left for Disney. (Talk about perfect-timing, right?) This was our first time in Disney together, and it was such a blast. Fun fact- I get horrible motion-sickness on rides. I consider the Barnstormer a thrill-ride.

Vegas Trip

Ben woke me up at 3am to tell me that we were going “somewhere” and to pack clothes for 60ish degree temps. He kept the surprise going until we walked up to the departure gate at Laguardia. As if the trip to Vegas wasn’t enough, Ben got us front-row seats to see Britney Spears and managed to make all my middle-school dreams come true in one weekend.

Isabelle’s 1st Birthday

My niece turned 1 on January 2, 2018. The year she was born, 2017, was the most life-changing year I have ever had as an adult. Celebrating her first birthday was really emotional. She is a constant bright light in my life!

2019 Top 5

Our Wedding

July 27, 2019…we. cannot. wait!

My Best Friend’s Wedding

I will be traveling to Belize in April to celebrate the wedding of my friend Lindsay to her fiancè, John. I cannot wait to be back in paradise celebrating their love!

Our Honeymoon

We’re going to Italy and Greece in early August for our honeymoon. I love traveling with Ben, and it will be our first time in Greece.

Completing My First Whole30

Initially, I didn’t want to tell anyone about my Whole30 goals for fear that I would fail miserably. (Just trying to keep it real, and for real, I cannot keep a secret. So here I am, professing my cliché goal for January.) We’re doing it January 2-February 1 (and beyond). As you may know, I’ve struggled with GI and inflammatory issues for years. I stopped eating dairy about 18 months ago, but recently I’ve noticed my symptoms start to creep up again as I’ve been making some poor food choices. (Lots of wine, bagels, and dairy-free treats). Honestly, I’ve felt bloated for about 2 months. I’m hoping the Whole30 will be just the reset I need to push myself forward to a healthier 2019.


I started TwentyFivePlusFive in April 2018, and I can’t wait to celebrate 1-year in April 2019. Thanks for reading my ramblings and supporting my growing hobby. More importantly, thank you for commenting and interacting with my writing- it means the world to me.