Saturday, November 1, 2014

Halloween Costume Favorites



I love seeing everybody's costumes on Facebook, so I thought it would be fun to do a post of this years favorites. I know how much work everybody puts into their costumes and thought this could be a way to show off how amazing some of them were. So, here are my fav's. 



The Fava Family as 
The Simpsons


Ed- Benjaman Franklin




Elise- The Queen of Hearts

Chelsea- Statue of the Goddess Athena

Aria-Skelita from Monster High 


 Janalee
"Since I work in law enforcement, I thought I'd be a favorite among officers."


Last But not Least
ME!



I never knew I could look that scary. Halloween was really fun this year.  I was a mummy turned zombie. (My big plan of wrapping up in toilet paper didn't really work out.) Anyway, I hope you all did not eat too much candy and get sick. Check back soon for more posts. As always thanks for reading, sharing, commenting, and following.


Loves, 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

What's For Dinner Wednesday--- It's a Halloween Party

Every year for Halloween we get a Jack-O-Lantern pizza from Papa Murphys and I make Grandma Grimshaw's sugar cookies. See post HERE for one of our many pizza parties. My hubby kinda hinted what our Halloween plans are and asked if we were going to get pizza... again. This year I decided to get creative and go out on a limb and make something else for Halloween dinner. This years menu will consist of:

Lil Smokies Mummy Dogs

Idea found Here

Frighting Fingers

Idea found Here
I think I am going to take this to my work pot luck


Witches Brew

Ingredients:
  • 1 two liter ginger ale
  • 1 package of grapes, peeled
  • 1 pint orange sorbet of any flavor, thawed
  • 5 cups cranberry juice
Directions:
Thaw sorbet until it becomes liquid. Mix sorbet, ginger ale and cranberry juice in large punch bowl, then add peeled grapes. Serve with a fork. I think I am going to add dry ice for a more spooky effect.

Last but not least
A Massive Bowl of Candy, it is Halloween in all.



I hope you have a a SPOOKTACULAR dinner with family and friends!!! Happy Halloween. Until next time, Happy Savings.  

Loves,

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Dream Create Inspire Party

Go Check out the Dream Create Inspire Party. I found the cutest stuff on there. You can find my post on week 2.  Enjoy!


Dream Create Inspire


Monday, October 27, 2014

Money Monday

DID YOU KNOW: That by simply NOT "Opting In" to overdraft services on a checking account could save a consumer hundreds of dollars every year on costly over draft fees. 

Now is about the time that many will be wondering what in the heck I am talking about. So here's a short explanation. I will start with the basics.

An overdraft occurs when more money is spent than the available amount of the account. Overdrafts most commonly occur when a check has not cleared and a funds from the account are spent. Overdrafts can also occur when debit card transactions have not been cleared or electronic payments are charged to the account and there's not enough funds in the account. Usually what happens in the above situations, the bank will pay the amount the account holder owes to the business, and then charges the account holder a fee for covering the insufficient amount. Fee's are assessed  until enough money  is deposited into the account  to give the account a positive balance.

A few years back, many debit card transactions were being authorized even when the account holder had no funds. Individuals were charged multiple overdraft fees in a single day depending on how much they overspent. Funds were being held for long periods of time and were not made available within a reasonable time period, causing more overdraft fees. Consumers were not given the option to have their debit card decline at the point of sale, which was unfair to the consumer. These practices made it very difficult for the consumer to understand how to maintain their accounts. In 2009 a rule was passed that prohibits financial institutions from assessing fees for paying ATM and one-time debit card transactions that overdraw consumer accounts unless the consumer consents (Opts-In).

Every account holder is automatically "Opted out" and debit card transactions will be declined if the account has insufficient funds.  There is a few instances when debit card transactions will be authorized with insufficient funds, like when paying at the pump and it only authorizes $1. However, overdraft fees will not be assessed and an small amount of interest will be charged to the account instead. See, you just saved yourself $25 bucks because your opted out. So if your opted in and are not signed up for an overdraft protection program OPT OUT! Here's a couple of links where I found my information, to read, if your ambitions  and want to know more about Regulation E. Here and Here.

NOW YOU KNOW, how to avoid costly fees. Until next time... Happy Savings Y'all. Please spread the love, get the word out about my blog and share my posts on your social media sites.
Disclaimer: The opinions in this post are solely mine and are not influenced by any other source.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

What's for Dinner Wednesday- Pinterest Edition



Tonight's meal is inspired by the by mutant tomato plants that successfully hijacked my zucchini and swiss chard. What ever shall I do with the all of my over producing tomato plants?   I did what any modern, young woman as myself would do, turn to Pinterest.  For this dinner I searched "tomato" and voila, 1000's of yummy recipes popped up. I could not decide which recipe to follow so I used two, http://southernbite.com/2014/05/15/zucchini-tomato-bake/ and this http://ifoodreal.com/garlic-parmesan-zucchini-and-tomato-bake/. I went out to pick the ingredients for my dinner and I only found 1 zucchini. So, I had to get creative, still have a kale and turnips growing so I decided to add those to the bake. When I got in the house I remembered the mushrooms in the fridge that needed to be used so I added those. It took me kind of a long time to cut up all the veggies, I used the spices, cheese and garlic from the ifoodreal.com recipie and the bread crumbs from the southernbite.com recipe. I mixed the spices, veggies, and cheese together and than added them to a large baking dish. Both recipes said to spray cooking spray in the pan and I forgot, luckily nothing stuck to the pan. During the process I preheated the oven to 350. I topped the bake with the bread crumb mix and baked in the oven for about 45 minutes.


Here's what the bake turned out like. I admit, I'm no food photographer and the dish looks kinda gross based on this picture, but it was turned out so yummmmmmmmy!  *Learning experience, cook the turnips before baking because they were still rock solid. However, they were easy to pick out.

Moral of the story this recipe is a must. I think it would be super yummy with a piece of chicken cooked on the barbecue. Any veggies could be used really, but in this case I used Italian herbs so I thought it would be good to use Italian veggies. Oh I... almost forgot, I didn't even spend much money because I either had the ingredient in my pantry or grew it in my garden. Enjoy your dinner my friends.

LOVES,

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

What's for Dinner Wednesday


Everyday while at work, my coworker or myself, some how end up discussing the dreaded topic,  What are you going to make for dinner? Usually my response involves microwave burritos or some kind of take out. I had the genius idea, and came up with What's For Dinner Wednesday's. This way I can compile all of my favorite meals to cook and remember the epic failures. Not only will I achieve my goal of learning to cook, I will save money and be healthier.


What's for Dinner?
Mmmmayzing Shrimp Cocktail Salad.


How to make:

 Beet Greens and Tomatoes are from my garden. So I went out back and picked those and chopped them up. I had a half of an avocado that was going to go bad, so I cut it into bite sized pieces and threw those in. Purchase 1 bag of pre-cooked large shrimp, a lemon, and a bottle of cocktail sauce. My hubby cooked the shrimp in boiling salt water, darned them and cooled them off in an ice bath. Arrange the shrimp on the side of your bowl and toss the salad part. Pour yourself a side of cocktail sauce and squeeze the lemon all of the shrimp and salad. Dip the shrimp in the sauce and ENJOY yourself a nice shrimp dinner for about the cost of a combo meal at your favorite fast food restaurant. YUMMERS!   

Happy Savings y'all. Loves...

Monday, August 25, 2014

Redoin My Master Bath on Practically Nothin

The Problem: 
The whole time I have lived in my house I never did anything with the master bedroom or bathroom. I hate going in the bathroom, even to pee. Too broke to even spend a penny to on fancy trinkets. 


The Solution: 
Get Creative and Restore some of the trash (treasures) I have laying around. My vision: Spa Atmosphere Modern Decor Colors, Grey, Mustard Yellow and turquoise I want to be able to have nice relaxing, detoxing baths. I am amazed what a $3.00 can of spray paint did to my ugly, rusty, hand me down trash can.


I'm super happy with the results. It's amazing what a can of spray paint will do to something ugly!
Money spent on bathroom so far: $3.29 for spray paint. I can't wait until my bathroom is as beautiful as I imagine.

Loves...

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

3 Months Later


I know, I know, I made a bunch of promises I didn't keep. Maybe I should run for office. LOL. Anyway, 2014 has been of to an interesting start. Back in January I made my list of goals for the year, usually I do it around my birthday but this year I decided to hop on the bandwagon and have some New Year's resolutions.
1. Get a job when I graduate. 
2. Pay off my student loans.
 3. Learn to cook. 
4. Become a yoga teacher.
 5. Be a better friend and strengthen my relationships
 6. Write my blog every week. 

Well as you can see it's March and I have done nothing for goal 6. The reason for this is my new job. Yep, I said it. After 10 years of being covered in ice cream, I am done with the food business. I now have a desk job, with my own cubicle. This is the reason of lack in posts. I absolutely love my new job. I don't know how much I can express my gratitude and appreciation for this new opportunity and journey in my life. 3 months into the year and I can scratch one goal off my list. How cool is that? Anyway, since I have 5 other goals to achieve this year I would like to focus my posts on goals 2, 3 and 6. I was also thinking about doing some fun professional clothing and job interview tip posts. We will have to see how well I do at not ignoring my blog and be so busy. Anyway,  have a great week and I can't wait to see you back to rekindle our relationship.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy Happy Happy New Year!



2014
I can't believe it's 2014! It's going to be a wonderful year. I am working on some fun new posts and can't wait to share all my ideas with you. My mom sent me this beautiful New Years quote and had to share it with you all. This is the original credo from Al-anon that Dear Abby puts in the paper every New Years. 

Just for today:  I will live through this day only.  I will not brood about yesterday or obsess about tomorrow.  I will not set far reaching goals or try to overcome all my problems at once.  I know that I can do something for 24 hours that would overwhelm me if I had to keep it up for a lifetime.
Just for today:  I will be happy.  I will not dwell on thoughts that depress me.  If my mind fills with clouds, I will chase them away with sunshine.
Just for today:  I will accept what is.  I will face reality.  I will correct those things that I can correct and accept those I cannot.
Just for today:  I will improve my mind.  I will read something that requires effort, thought and concentration.  I will not be a mental loafer.
Just for today:  I will make a conscious effort to be agreeable.  I will be kind and courteous to those who cross my path, and I'll not speak ill of others.  I will improve my appearance, speak softly, and not interrupt when someone else is talking.
Just for today:  I will refrain from improving anybody but myself.
Just for today:  I will do something positive to improve my health.  If I'm a smoker, I'll quit.  If I am overweight, I will eat healthfully - if only for today.  And not only that I will get off the couch and take a brisk walk, even if it's only around the block.
Just for today:  I will gather the courage to do what is right and take the responsibility for my own actions.

Thanks for all your support and love! Nothing makes my day more than when I read all the kind words and love you leave me. Be safe. 



 
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