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7 Ways to Save Money on Heating This Winter

By November 16, 2015 Deals, For The Home, money saving, Money Saving Series

7 Ways To Save Money On Heating Bill This WinterAs much as we hate to admit it, winter is right around the corner. In addition to dealing with snow filled roads, waking up early to scrape the ice off of the windshield, and having your sidewalk turned into a ice skating rink, winter also brings with it higher heating bills. Thankfully, there are a few steps that homeowners can take in order to reduce the impact that the winter cold has on their heating bills. Here are 7 ways to save money on heating this winter: Read More

Choose To Save Money This Halloween With Chuze

By October 29, 2015 Deals

Chuze Money Saving App

This post is sponsored by Chuze

It’s so crazy how fast the year has gone by, I can’t believe Halloween is just a few days away. If you’re anything like me you wait until the last minute to get supplies, costumes, etc. I know I always run to Party City or (similar store) the day before or sometimes even the day of looking for an item to complete my look.

I’ve mentioned to you Printable Grocery Coupons over the years but there have been some great money saving apps coming out lately that help save tons of money. One mobile coupon app in particular is Chuze. Read More

Cheap DIY Halloween Costumes

By October 25, 2015 DIY


Halloween is a few weeks away and I have some great costume ideas to save you money! If you weren’t able to tune in to my news segment on Fox 4 News Kansas City, you can watch it here. I got a lot of emails after the segment wanting to know how I made the “Baby Gumball Machine” costume. I also included a Pinterest board below that has instructions on how to make each costume. Read More

Quick Side Item To Make Meal Prepping Simple

By September 26, 2015 Recipes, Reviews


Thanks General Mills for sponsoring today’s post.

Lately I’ve been MIA. I started a new job and have been crazy consumed with my day to day duties. I’m still getting the hang of it, but I’m glad to say…I’M BACK!

There are no restaurants or fast food places in walking distance to my new job therefore I’ve been forced to meal prep. I guess I should really be meal prepping anyway because it’s healthier, and saves me money.With Betty Crocker’s “Suddenly Salad” #SuddenlySalad dishes I’m able to quickly prepare a side dish to eat with my main item (mostly fish or chicken breast). Sometimes I throw in broccoli spears and pepperoni and have it as a main dish. Read More

Eat StarKist Tuna? You May Be Owed CASH

By September 1, 2015 Ericka's Blurbs


The Story

Ok, while browsing the internet today I came across an article by Consumerist that stated “Starkist Class Action Settlement Means Customers Get $25 In Cash Or $50 In Tuna.” I said to myself, “What? I buy StarKist tuna all of the time” Remembering I have like five cans of Starkist Tuna in my pantry right now, and I ate a can the other night.

Of course I’m thinking that it has been recalled, someone got sick, something major. Come to find out a man that eats tuna all of the time discovered that StarKist allegedly shortened it’s consumers by under-filling each can by a few tenths of an ounce. Read More

Escape to Beautiful Hotel Valencia Santana Row

By August 28, 2015 Couples Travel, Hotel Reviews, Travel

hotel-valencia-santana-row-enteranceIn the middle of the Santana Row shopping district is beautiful Hotel Valencia Santana Row, the only hotel in the area. Walking into the hotel feels like you’ve escaped away on a European vacation, but the reality is, you haven’t left California.

After not seeing my boyfriend for 7 weeks (remember he went away to UC Berkeley for the summer) we were definitely in need of a romantic getaway. On the second to last day of his program I flew out to California so we could take our summer/makeup spring break vacation that we’ve been wanting to take.

After staying in Berkeley for a few days and exploring San Francisco we took a roadtrip down to San Jose to check out the area and visit Hotel Valencia Santana Row.  Read More

100 Places To Get Free Stuff On Your Birthday

By August 20, 2015 Freebies

Everyone loves Free stuff, at least I think they do. One way I enjoy my birthday is by signing up for freebies. You’d be surprised at the items companies give you for FREE during your birth month to keep you as a customer.

In order to help you out, I came up with a list of over 100 places to get free stuff on your birthday. I wrote a list a long time ago when I first started blogging and wanted to share it again with updated information.


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What’s In Your Purse?: Avoiding Life’s Uncomfortable Moments

By August 13, 2015 Beauty, Giveaways

u-by-kotex-image-postThank you U by Kotex® for sponsoring today’s post and inspiring me to try the U by Kotex panty liners.

Ok, I’ll admit it…

I’m a sucker for a huge purse. I just can’t help it.

I HAVE to tote around all of my “just in case” items. I HAVE to be prepared for life’s uncomfortable moments so I ALWAYS try to keep those items in my purse.

I have so much stuff in my purse I had to question others and ask, “What’s In Your Purse?” to make sure I wasn’t alone (with my packrat ways).

Sometimes I keep even more items in my purse depending on the day, but the items listed are items I usually keep on me daily.

1. U by Kotex Curves Liners

With U by Kotex Curves Liners I’m able to be comfortable and confident every single day. I mean, it’s always safe to wear a panty liner (because vaginas have a mind of their own), but it really helps when you know that your liner keeps your undies protected. It’s thin enough that it doesn’t show through your clothes, and the curve flows naturally with your body. Read More

Staycation: Schlitterbahn Kansas City

By August 11, 2015 Family Travel, Kansas City, Places I've Been, Staycation Kansas City, Travel, Travel Tuesday

schlitterbahn-entranceHere’s another Staycation series post for Travel Tuesday: Schlitterbahn Kansas City

I can’t believe it’s already back to school time. Which means the summer is almost over and the pools will be closing soon (well at least in the midwest that’s how it works). If you haven’t gotten the chance to visit Schlitterbahn I suggest you give it a try before the summer is over.

My nieces and nephew have been asking me all summer to take them to visit Schlitterbahn so I finally gave in and let them go. They had a blast! Read More

15 Minute No Bake OREO Pie

By August 10, 2015 For The Home, Recipes


Do you have an extra 15 minutes?

If you do try whipping up this simple 15 minute no bake Oreo Pie. It’s easy to make, taste delicious, and will make your house guest think you really know what you’re doing in the kitchen  ;-).

I’m a big cooker but I don’t make desserts that often. My boyfriend loves desserts though so this quick pie keeps him happy. Read More