Friday, August 28, 2015

Final Friday Finance #1

I'm so excited for this linkup with Stephanie! As many of you probably know, I work in the financial industry. I don't usually think about blogging about financial things because I talk about them all day long at work. I decided it would be fun to bring some tips and tricks to the blog world. Since this is our first week I thought I would start by doing a little 5 on Friday and give you guys 5 tips for budgets!


I like to keep things pretty simple. You can download my budget builder here.

Here are my first five tips:
1. Focus on one goal at a time - try not to get overwhelmed.
2. Add a miscellaneous category - something always comes up that you can't control.
3. Put the left over in savings when you get it. Kind of like the whole out of sight out mind deal ;)
4. Be honest with yourself - you are only going to cheat yourself in the end.
5. Look at ways to cut down your variable costs

If anyone has any topics they would like to read about in the future please let me know!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

What's Up Wednesday - August Edition

Today I'm joining Shay and Sheaffer for What's Up Wednesday.
What we're eating this week...
Hot dogs :) Sometimes I really love eating hot dogs for dinner. That has definitely been true the past 2 weeks. 
What I'm reminiscing about...
I wrote this post about high school last week, so I went through a bunch of pics!
What I'm loving...
Getting my hair done!! I love love love it!
What we've been up to...
BBQing and spending time with friends and family!
What I'm dreading...
I have probably said this before, but I'm always dreading that I5 drive...kills me.
What I'm working on...
A new link up tab for my blog! More to come.
Don't forget our Final Friday Finance linkup THIS FRIDAY! Link up any post that has to do with finance, budgets, $$, etc.

What I'm excited about...
It is supposed to rain this weekend :) cannot wait for that!
What I'm watching/reading...
Watching plenty of Bachelor in Paradise
You will have to wait until next week to see what I'm reading. Join us for Bookworm Wednesday next week and link up your book reviews!
What I'm listening to...
Lots and lots of country lately. I love when there is lots of upbeat and happy country on the radio. Specifically, I'm listening to Spotify's Hot Country playlist.
What I'm wearing...
Nothing exciting. But I cannot wait to wear my new fall clothes! Bring on the boots please!

one // two
What I'm doing this weekend...
It is my niece's 2nd birthday! We are going to her birthday party and seeing family. 
What I'm looking forward to next month...
What else is new...
You know the usual, just with kittens in the mix. We are trying to catch the other 2 babies outside Justin's office. 
Excited to have 2 more of these cuties at our house!
What is your favorite back to school tradition...
Check out my post about it here.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015


Today I'm joining up with Stephanie to do a Twosday post. Basically, it is really easy and you just talk about 2 things...just as the name suggests. 
Here are my two things:
Yesterday I got my hair done. My amazing hairdresser Bre took this really cool pic where it looks all pretty. Eeeek look how blonde! Obsessed.
Afterwards, since I was already near by, I popped over to Davina's boys football practice. How are they playing football? I think of them as little boys. But they are tough and wayyy cooler than I ever was. I mean Cole even has everything in pink. I drove Cole home after his practice and we talked about Pokemon cards. Maybe I was kind of cool to him because I used to have those. I told Justin that and he said he used to make fun of kids that played with those! He is a meanie.
Also linking up with ladies over at Sweet Little Ones for Tuesday Talk!

Monday, August 24, 2015

Weekend Wrap Up

Well I was really bad about taking photos this weekend. We did plenty of fun things, but I just didn't document them. It is always fun to get lost in the moment and forget about blogumenting right? 

Friday night we came home and had left overs for dinner. The Hawks played at 5pm so we had to be ready to watch! We got a peak at this years team and then went for a walk. I was annoyed that we lost, but whatever it is just preseason. We were starving at like 10:30pm so we made little waffles for a late night snack. 

Saturday morning we got up pretty early and enjoyed coffee in bed while reading. Well Justin played games on his phone...but I read. We cleaned up the house and put everything away. Later Ethan and Krystalynne came over and we went out to dinner at Lucky Lab. We got to bring Krystalynne's dog Uma too. She was sooo good. We went to Salt and Straw afterward too. Yum! Then we checked out a few little shops on 23rd and wanted to buy so many things, but we were good and we didn't. :) We ended the night watching Alone and Naked and Afraid (2 of Justin's faves).
Sunday morning Justin got up super early to go set up for his work summer BBQ. I slept in a bit and then he came to pick me up to go to the BBQ. We went and hung out there for a few hours and I got to meet a bunch of Justin's coworkers. I also got a little update on the tiny kittens and it sounds like they are doing great! They had a photo booth too, but it was right in the sun so you couldn't really see the screen...the photos turned out to be pretty ridiculous! 
Then we went to Macy's to pick out an iron...super fun adult stuff huh? Sunday night was spent catching up on blogging, doing laundry, and watching Bachelor in Paradise :) our fave summer show. 

How was your weekend?? 

Linking up with Biana for Weekending and Meg for Mingle Monday!

Friday, August 21, 2015

Friday Favorites #26

Friday Friday Friday!! I'm so happy it is almost the weekend. This week has been a long one. What are you up to this weekend? We are hanging with some friends on Saturday and then going to Justin's company BBQ on Sunday. 

As usual, I'm linking up with some of my faves for Friday Favorites and 5 on Friday

 My new button!
I'm just now learning how to use photoshop, so I get super excited about every little project that I do. Here is my new button! I love it :) You can use it by copying the code in my side bar...I mean if you really want to :)
New Home for the Tinys
We delivered these babies to their new home last night! It is so amazing to me that they get to stay together forever. I'm so grateful that this family wanted not just one but two kittens at the same time! It makes my heart so happy!
Stitches Song
I'm a little bit obsessed with this song right now. I love how it is so quite in the beginning and then has such a good beat.  I just really like it and have been listening to it all week long.
Fall Vibes
First I did my Fall themed blog post and then I decided to pain my nails dark purple and wear fall colors. Ahhh fall cant come soon enough for me!
This one is with Stephanie and it will be on the last Friday of the month. We will be talking about all things finance including budgeting, saving, reaching your financial goals, shopping budgets, etc. Anything money related will work. I hope you will join us! The first one will be 8/28.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Thursday TV Talk

Well it is that time of year where there aren't a whole lot of new shows on. However, there are some that are definitely keeping us entertained this month. 

Bachelor in Paradise
We can always count on the Bachelor producers to bring us the drama. These shows with all of the prior season castoffs tend to be the funniest (and most drama filled) versions of the show! There is always plenty of crying and "heartbreak" for all of America to see. It is like a huge train wreck that you cannot take your eyes off of it! Clearly the producers know who wants to meet who and love to throw a wrench in things as the worst possible moment. But hey, it makes for bad good tv. So far we are liking Carly and Kirk and Jade and Tanner. I wish they were on camera more, but they have no drama so they don't show them as much.

So You Think You Can Dance
I used to watch this a lot during the first few seasons, but for some reason I never really realized when it was on over the past few years. Maybe because summer time is usually just so busy? Holy moly the contestants are so good this year. My favorites are Neptune, Haliee, Gaby, Jaja. They are so good. It is a completely different show from DWTS though. They just start out so great. I have Justin hooked on this show too :)

And so many shows start in September. I'm definitely getting excited for them...

And since we are talking about fall shows...I have been seeing lots of commercials for these 2. I'm definitely intrigued. 
What shows are you watching or excited to watch?
Linking up with Annie and Natalie for Thoughts for Thursday. I don't know about you, but I'm so ready for it to be the weekend!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Waiting on...Fall

I always go a bit crazy towards the end of summer time. I just LOVE fall so much. It is my favorite time of year. Here is why...

It's not too hot or too cold!
No heat and no ac (still just a tiny unit in our bedroom) = perfection! And, hate to say it, but I love the rain! Except when it messes up my hair ;)

Need I say more? 

I'm a huge soup lover. I could eat it every single day for lunch. I love making a big pot of soup on Sunday and finishing it thought out the week.

Pumpkin everything. 

I cannot wait to try this recipe!

I could live in them. I wear boots almost every day from October - May. I'm a boots kind of girl. I hate wearing regular shoes in summer. 

Pretty Leaves...

Do you ever just want to curl up in a big comfy sweatshirt and lay on the couch with a heated blanket?? I can't wait for that kind of weather. 

Apple Cider and Hard Cider. 
Yum! Even though I drink this anyway, it just feels like the right time to drink it in the fall. 

Ahh I just cannot wait for all of this :) I'm so excited. Linking up with Holly for Waiting on Wednesday