25 Amazing Game Day Dip Recipes

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25 Amazing Super Bowl Party Dip Recipes urlI’ll be hosting my first Super Bowl Party this year and I’m really excited. I did everything on a budget and I can’t wait to share with you how it goes (hopefully all goes well). I’m sad the Chiefs aren’t playing, we couldn’t even make it to the playoffs, but oh well I’ll still be representing that red and gold!  [Continue reading…]

Start Your New Year With Renee Kelly’s Harvest

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photo credit: La'Shonda Woodard, FashionPlateKC

photo credit: La’Shonda Woodard, FashionPlateKC

I’m very frugal, but sometimes I splurge every once in awhile. Splurging for me could be getting a professional pedicure, getting a massage, buying an item for my home, traveling, or trying a new (high dollar) restaurant.

I’ve visited Renee Kelly’s Harvest before, but every time I visit the menu is different. And every time I visit I’m left satisfied wanting to come back for more.

Renee Kelly’s Harvest is not cheap, but the food is delicious and worth every penny. One thing that sets the restaurant apart from other restaurants is, all of the food is local “farm-to-table.” The chef is passionate about supporting local farmers whom grow food with sustainable practices. The restaurant also grows some of its own produce and herbs.

The menu also changes with whats in season, so you can expect to get a variety of savory meals each season.

bacon-salad-renee-kelly-harvestI was invited to a “new menu” tasting with some fellow Kansas City bloggers, and was impressed. I made a pact with myself that I would try every single thing that was prepared and I thoroughly enjoyed every item, even items I didn’t think I’d like. [Continue reading…]

The Longest Year: How I Lost EVERYTHING Part 1

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The Longest Year...How I Lost Everything

Happy New Year! I know it’s a few days into the year but I didn’t want to bombard you on the first with all of the, “Things To Change…Resolutions…New Year New You…Money Challenge…Lose Weight Fast” type post.

Today, I’m here to talk to you about my life. How I lost everything, and how Ericka Saves was really birthed.

A few years ago I was BROKE. I mean down to my last dollar broke, I mean cashing out the piggy bank at the grocery store coin machine mad they took a $0.38 fee to cash it out kind of broke. I was really struggling.

My friends didn’t know because…um…I hardly have friends that I share those type of things with. I was all smiley on social media, but suffering with severe financial distress.

I had so much debt, and bills, and wasn’t making much of anything at work. I was “technically” homeless, living at my moms one bed room apartment, sleeping on the couch. I was depressed, I mean severely depressed. I had a boyfriend, and even he didn’t know how bad I was struggling.

I really didn’t know where I went wrong. I think it started after my deployment, I was doing good. I had saved over $20,000, I was working a part-time job, paying my rent, insurance, car note, taking trips, and buying miscellaneous shit.

Then it all came crashing down. Well actually I wasn’t doing what I needed to do to prevent what happened. First, I started to get behind on bills. Then all of these unexpected expenses started hitting me. Things I thought I could handle at first, new tires, my brother went to prison so I was buying all types of things for his kids, paying my school money in order to enroll so I can in return get a refund check once the military paid (but once the money came back it went to another set of bills), putting money on my brothers books, phone cards, giving my mom money when she needed it, and the list goes on and on. [Continue reading…]

Tuckaway Shores: Affordable Oceanfront Retreat

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Tuckaway Shores Entrance I was invited on a blogging retreat to visit the Space Coast and stay at Tuckaway Shores. This trip was one of the best trips I’ve taken in my life. I’ve never visited Florida before (well, stopped in Tallahassee once on a college tour), so I had no idea that “Authentic Florida” even existed, and was amazed by what it had to offer.

I had been working a lot so I was in desperate need of a getaway. I’m so glad I was invited, and was able to attend.

Tuckaway Shores is a hidden gem in “Authentic Florida.” It’s tucked away in a residential neighborhood, and is literally steps away from the beach. Tuckaway Shores is also a member of the Superior Small Lodging Association, which has variety of small lodging properties all over Florida that are beautiful (sometimes closer to the ocean), and cost a fraction of what chain hotels cost. Plus, the properties have charm, are unique,  have warm southern hospitality, and the owners/staff take pride in their property.

The side I stayed on had a full oceanside view, I’d literally walk out of my back door onto the beach. I’ve never seen the Atlantic Ocean before either, so as soon as I walked into the room I ran outside like a child to take in the scenery.  I couldn’t believe how beautiful the view was.

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Last Minute Hefty DIY Gifts

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Thank you Hefty for sponsoring today’s post, and providing us with these amazing #HeftyHoliday project ideas.

I’m crafty, but this year I haven’t been much into the holiday spirit. For one my mother is battling cancer, I’m stressed out about having to pay back student loans this upcoming year. I’m in the middle of a huge decluttering war before the end of the year with my apartment, and I’ve just been feeling ugh.

I decided to brush those negative feelings/things away and start fresh by creating some type of Holiday cheer. I made a christmas wreath, put some huge red bows on my front and back doors, baked some goodies, and started to think about all of the things I’m grateful for in my life.

I work in a law office, and if anyone has ever worked in a law office you’d know it’s pretty boring and bland (well, we at least have a christmas tree ;-) ).

I thought, “Hey, I’ll bring some treats to give everyone!”

Hefty has a variety of  holiday themed DIY projects that you can make, that are pretty easy, and fun (I’ll list the rest of the projects at the end of the post).

I printed off a bunch of FREE holiday treat bag toppers and filled each bag with “puppy chow”, peppermint chocolate pretzels, candy, cookies, and more. It’s only 12 people in the office including me, so I was done in a jiffy. [Continue reading…]

Disney Planes Fire and Rescue Rollback

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PlanesToTheRescue #CollectiveBias Looking for last minute holiday gift ideas? Delight the little ones in your life with Disney Planes items now on Rollback at Walmart! All items listed below are on rollback through the holiday season! #PlanesToTheRescue #ad Disney Planes Flight […]

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Walmart Best Plans Make Perfect Gifts!

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #HolidaysAreCalling #CollectiveBias My family is not very close…by that I mean we don’t stay close to each other. I have family all over the United States. I also have an aunt that stays in Casper, Wyoming and my […]

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Fashion Friday: Get This 543 Dollar Look For Less

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The Holiday season is in full swing, and you know what that means…Holiday Parties! I spotted this beautiful shimmery jumpsuit Camila Alves rocked at the Annie premiere on People Style Watch (photo credit: Jennifer Graylock/INF). The jumpsuit is beautiful, but the way my bank account is set up I’m not able to afford a $543 dollar outfit :). […]

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What To Buy In December

What To Buy In December
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I told myself I was going to start posting items that you can purchase for the lowest prices this upcoming year. Then I thought, “Well, I might as well start today.” So here is what to buy in December.

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Old Spice #SmellComeToManhood Giveaway!

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Remember those funny Old Spice “Hello Ladies” commercials with the guy riding on the horse, and I know you remember this one… I’ve seen Old Spice products in my household since I was a child. My grandpa used them, so it was only right that my brother would also use them when he became a teen […]

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