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How To Create A Cash Envelope System

By June 29, 2015 Budgeting, Money Saving Series

cash-envelope-system-postI work full-time and my boyfriend works while going to school full-time. In our household we’ve adapted to the “Cash Envelope System.” When we started it was a little difficult, and things were tight, but as the weeks flew by we quickly realized that we had a lot more money than we thought to work with.

There are many methods of creating a cash envelope system but we do ours a little different. In theory, you’d take out all of the cash you need for the month and put the money into separate envelopes, and only spend what’s in them for what you need without overspending. I’m going to show you how we created our cash envelope system. Read More

My DIY Macbook Pro Makeover

By June 26, 2015 DIY, Electronics

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In early 2010 my grandpa gave me a Macbook Pro as a gift when my old HP laptop died out on me. I was in the middle of a semester in school and desperately needed a personal computer because I worked and went to school full-time. Me and my Macbook have been through a lot. Last year I had to get a new hard drive and battery. I’ve replaced the cable that recognizes the start up, and I’ve added more RAM.

I figured with all of the money I’ve put into my computer, it’s a much better system than the original. The only thing that bothered me was the wear and tear. I didn’t protect it like I should have and it endured its fair share of scratches and minor dents. But, there is no way I was going to give up my baby, so I decided to give my Macbook a makeover.

It’s embarrassing, but I’ll show you my before picture. It makes me cringe. Read More

Over 250,000 FREE Graphics, Stock Images, and More

By June 24, 2015 Blogger Resources

 

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As a blogger one thing you might run across while blogging is graphics for your blog posts. I’ve searched and paid a lot of money for stock images and materials that I didn’t even end up using.

GraphicStock has over 250,000 graphics, stock images, and more to choose from for FREE with your 7 day trial. Remember, if you don’t want to use the services past the free trial cancel your subscription so you won’t be charged. At GraphicStock.com you can take advantage of UNLIMITED downloads and pick and choose between images you’d like to use.

I’ve been able to find vector images, and paper mockups for presentations and other formats.

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African American Bloggers You Need To Know

By June 21, 2015 Blogger Resources

african-american-bloggers-you-need-to-knowWhen I first started blogging I had no idea how many blogs existed in the blogging sphere. Everyday I’m discovering a new “favorite blog,” favorite YouTuber, favorite pinner, and an awesome Instagram page.

One thing that is close to my heart is my African American bloggers. I’m not able to list them all, but here are a few African American Bloggers you need to know:

The blogs are broken down by category. Read More

Recycling My Period Pads: Um…Greeting Cards Anyone?

By June 15, 2015 Deals

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Thank you Poise for sponsoring this post.

Did you know that 1 in 3 women experience Light Bladder Leakage (LBL)?

Um, yeah I didn’t know that either. I didn’t even know that LBL was a thing or that women had it. I mean, I know that a lot of older people have some bladder issues, but I never knew people my age and younger also experience it. Read More

Turkey Chili Cheese Dogs Recipe and Amazon Giveaway

By May 29, 2015 Recipes

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Thank you to HORMEL® Chili for sponsoring today’s post and inspiring me to try a new way to eat chili!

In my household we don’t eat a lot of beef. In fact I use ground turkey so much that my boyfriend can’t tell the difference between the two. So I was ecstatic to find out that Hormel had Turkey Chili.

I love chili and I usually keep a few cans of Hormel Chili with beans in my pantry for “just in case” meals. For example, when I have my nieces and nephew over, or for days when I need to cook a quick meal because I forgot to meal prep, or I meal prepped and forgot to take something out to thaw (lol, everyone has those days). (Click Read More For Recipe And To Enter Amazon Gift Card Giveaway) Read More

FREE WeekEnder Movies at Crown Center Kansas City 2015

By May 28, 2015 Kansas City
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photo credit: crown center

Kansas City…the WeekEnder is back at Crown Center for 2015!

At the WeekEnder you’ll be able to enjoy music from the top local bands, eat food from your favorite food trucks (cost applies), and watch FREE movies outdoors on the big screen while laying under the stars. This even happens every Friday in July.

This year, the Free Movies line up includes: Read More

Capturing Memories This Summer With Walmart Family Mobile

By May 27, 2015 cbias, Deals, Electronics, Ericka's Blurbs

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and Walmart Family Mobile. All opinions are mine alone. #MobileMemories #CollectiveBias

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My boyfriend will be leaving in a few weeks….more like in 17 days.

He got accepted into the Public Policy and International Affairs JSI Program at the University of California-Berkeley, and will be spending the summer in California. I’m super excited that he got into the program because it’s very competitive and he worked extremely hard on his application to get accepted. I know he’ll do great, but I will definitely miss him.

That’s why I’ve been capturing memories (as many as I can) before he leaves, and thanks to my unlimited talk, text/data Walmart Family Mobile 4G LTE service plan for only $29.88 per month, we’ll be able to stay in touch.

Last year he got accepted in a summer law program, but it was here in Kansas City, so we were able to spend the weekends together. Him being away at Berkeley is a whole different story.

So far we’ve been shopping for the items he’ll need while gone, spending quality time together, having a few date nights per week, and cuddling up on the couch watching movies and (lately) basketball.

This past weekend we had a lunch date and went to the City Market. We shopped for fresh fruits and veggies (which he hates to do), we had lunch at Carollo’s Italian Deli (I had an italian sausage, he had a cheeseburger), and we topped it off with cookies & cream milkshakes from a vendor at the market. Read More

Happy Mothers Day Mama

By May 10, 2015 Ericka's Blurbs

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My mother and I haven’t always gotten along…

It wasn’t that we didn’t get along, I wasn’t one of those close-my-door-and-keep-out-kids, but I never felt close to her. I always felt like she had to do so much for my brother (now he was one of those problem kids) that she didn’t have time for me, or she didn’t notice me. Read More

The ONLY Homemade Pancake Recipe You’ll Ever Need

By May 8, 2015 Recipes

The ONLY Homemade Pancake Recipe You'll Ever Need, seriously! Simple, inexpensive recipe with ingredients you already have in your pantry.

At 21 I decided to venture off and get my own apartment. Without anyone’s help I searched and searched until I found my very first place: a one bed, one bath, 700 sq ft loft style apartment, Downtown Kansas City, MO. I was ecstatic! The building had just been rehabbed and I was the first person to live in my apartment.

I had no idea what I was getting into, “OMG, I have to pay real BILLS!” Lol, so I quickly changed my spending habits.

The farmers market was literally one block away from my apartment so I’d walk over every weekend and stock my fridge for $10-$15. I also cooked most of my meals which saved me a lot of money. Plus, it made my friends think I could really throw down in the kitchen (lol, making those Knorr sides and cooking all of the meat on the George Foreman grill, I really thought I was doing something).

Cooking meals…Ok, I cooked most of my meals, but I called and bugged my mom, and aunts, and uncles for recipes on a regular basis. I was shopping at the grocery store one day and saw that a box of pancake mix cost $4. I quickly put it back. As soon as I got home I called my Aunt Valenta and asked for her recipe for homemade pancakes. My very first attempt was a disaster, but over the years I’ve tweaked it and created the perfect recipe for pancake mix from scratch. I’ve never purchased another box of pancake mix (well, besides this time when I got a bunch for cheap couponing, and I donated all of the mixes).

My nieces and nephew LOVE my pancakes, my boyfriend gets excited like a kid every time I make them. I love how delicious and fluffy the pancakes turn out. So basically, this is The Only Homemade Pancake Recipe You’ll Ever Need, seriously. Plus, I bet you probably already have all of the ingredients. Read More