Changing Your Mentality Can Help You Afford a London Vacation

Changing Your Mentality Can Help You Afford a London Vacation Many people have a hard time saving money for elaborate vacations. Although the lack of income can play a significant role in how much you can save, it may be your overall mentality towards saving that limits your abilities. A lot of these problems are caused by habitual spending that you may not be completely aware that you're committing. By changing your mentality of how you spend and save, you can easily afford a London vacation. The Paycheck Percentage One of the most common methods of saving money is by dedicating a percentage of your paycheck to a separate account. If you make $550 per week, $55 of it should be moved to a savings account if you're dedicating 10 percent. While this can help you accumulate money rather quickly, many people tend to dip into this account to pay for frivolous things. You need to limit your spending in this manner if you wish to build onto a way to visit places such as London. The … [Read more...]

Maple Bacon Cupcakes

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Maple Bacon Cupcakes   I love Maple and Bacon together. The sweet with the salty is a perfect match. Even in these amazing Maple Bacon Cupcakes! Yum! Batter Ingredients: 4 1⁄2 tablespoons butter at room temperature 1⁄2 tablespoon bacon drippings (solid) 1 egg 5 tablespoons brown sugar 4 tablespoons maple syrup 1 1⁄4 cups self rising flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1⁄2 teaspoon baking powder tiny pinch salt 1⁄4 cup milk 1⁄4 cup of cooked minced bacon Directions for Batter: - Cook  bacon in a fry pan (I used one pound). - Reserve the drippings and place in the fridge to solidify. - Mince 1/4 a cup of the bacon. - Beat the butter and solidified bacon fat until light and creamy. - Add the brown sugar and maple syrup and beat well until combined. - Add the egg and beat until incorporated. - Sift the flour, salt, baking soda and powder together. - Add some of the flour and mix, then some of the milk. - Continue to alternate the dry and wet ingredients, … [Read more...]

Cotton Candy Cupcakes

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Cotton Candy Cupcakes   I can't get enough of Cotton Candy this year. From ice cream and candy to cupcakes and bubble gum. I keep finding this flavor everywhere. I must say that I am so happy to be surrounded by Cotton Candy flavors. I love, Love, LOVE Cotton Candy! That is why I am excited to share with you all this great Cotton Candy Cupcake recipe! I hope you enjoy it a much as I did!   Ingredients 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 cup sugar 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter softened 1/2 cup sour cream 1 egg, plus 2 egg yolks, at room temperature 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 cup cotton candy Directions Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin pan with paper liners and place to the side. In a large bowl combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add the butter, sour cream, egg, yolks, and vanilla and beat until smooth. Stir in the cotton candy until evenly distributed -do not over … [Read more...]

Chicken Soup for the Soul Be the Best You Can Be Review & Giveaway!


** I was provided a copy of this title for the purpose of this review. However, my own opinion was used and not influenced in any way. Chicken Soup for the Soul Be the Best You Can Be I adore this Chicken Soup for the Soul book. It is a book that my daughter can relate to. I was so happy to hand her this book to read. These stories are able to uplift and inspire her. I love that she will learn more about making her best effort, having confidence and being grateful. Everything in this book is traits that I can only hope and prey to install in my daughter. I want her to always be the best she can be and it is books like this that will help me get her there. She is a remarkable young woman. I am very proud of her and I am grateful for Chicken Soup for the Soul for writing such a great book for kids & preteens! Chicken Soup for the Soul Be the Best You Can Be is filled with over 100 stories that will teach your kids & preteens about Tolerance, Respect and Compassion. … [Read more...]

It’s Catching The Infectious World of Germs And Microbes


** I was provided with a copy of this title for the purpose of this review. However, my own opinion was used and not influenced in any way. It's Catching The Infectious World of Germs And Microbes By Jennifer Gardy, PhD - Illustrated By Josh Holinaty My daughter loves to read books that are educational. She wants to know everything and anything she can about the world around her. Recently I was sent a copy of It's Catching The Infectious World of Germs and Microbes by Jennifer Gardy, PhD. This book not only  taught my daughter about the world of germ and microbes but it captivated her interest and she has read this title at least 10 times. She has even memorized many of the germ and has brought them up several times in our conversations. This has truly became one of her most read and most favorite books. Since she loves it so much I think it best to let her review this book in her own words! Ashes Thoughts (Age 10) The book It's Catching is useful and helpful. I learned that … [Read more...]

Stunning Personalized Necklaces with oNecklace + Giveaway!


This is a Fashionista Event Opportunity in conjunction with oNecklace. I received a review item in order to share my honest opinion about the item and the company. Fashionista Events is co-hosted by Still Blonde After All These Years and ModlyChic. #FashionistaEvents   Stunning Personalized Necklaces with oNecklace!   My jewelry staple has always been and will always be a necklace. I never go without one and when I find one I like I usually wear it every day with everything! That is why I fell in love with oNecklace's personalized necklace. It is a style that I can wear each and every day no matter what the occasion. Plus it is personalized and made just for me. This year my husband and I will be celebrating our 10 years of marriage. It is so wonderful to have been married to him for these past 10 years and I can't wait to see what is in store for us over the next 10 years. That is why I chose a necklace that incorporated our love for one another. It is a double heart … [Read more...]

Free Disney Stick Figures – Order Your Free Decal

  Free Disney Stick Figures - Order Your Free Decal     Build your Disney Side stick figure family and order a free decal. … [Read more...]

Couponing To Save Money

Whether you have a large family or you live alone, saving money is probably an important aspect in your life. There are a few ways that you can save money. Your insurance rates can decrease when you get a quote here if you don't have tickets or if you are considered an experienced driver. Another way that you can save a good bit of money through the year is by using coupons. These can be found in newspapers, mail inserts and online. If you are a beginner to the coupon world, then there are some tips that you can keep in mind to get the most savings possible. First, you need to find out about the coupon policies at various grocery stores. Some stores will double coupons while others will only accept one coupon for one item with each transaction. If you find a store that doubles coupons, then you probably want to shop there more often. Only use the coupons when the item is on sale so that you can get the biggest discount possible. If there is something buy one, get one free, then this … [Read more...]

Celebrate Dia del Nino with a Taco Supreme Casserole!


Thank you to HERDEZ® Brand for sponsoring today’s post and inspiring me to further celebrate Día del Niños!  Celebrate Dia del Nino with a Taco Supreme Casserole!   Dia del Nino (or Day of the Child) is right around the corner. This year my daughter asked if we could spend the day hiking together. My daughter and I love hitting the trails and try to go hiking at least once a week. It is a great way to get my family off the couch and doing something together. Recently my husband built a RC Rock Crawler that he takes on the trails with us and this year we are going to surprise my daughter with her own on Dia del Nino....shhh don't tell her. ;) After our hike we will come home and make my daughters favorite dinner. She absolutely loves my Taco Supreme Casserole. It has a mixture of all of her favorite foods right into one casserole dish! Yum! Plus she is now old enough to help me make every aspect of this dish. I love cooking with my daughter. It is a time spent … [Read more...]

Announcement I McFarland USA on BD 6/2‏


* From Press Release Discover Your Inner Champion   New on Disney Blu-ray® Combo Pack, Disney Movies Anywhere, and Digital HD  June 2nd     SYNOPSIS:                      In the tradition of Disney sports movies comes “McFarland, USA” based on a true story of underdogs triumphing over tremendous obstacles. This heartwarming drama follows novice runners who strive to build a cross-country team under Coach Jim White (Kevin Costner) in their predominantly Latino high school. Everyone has a lot to learn about each other, but when Coach realizes the boys’ exceptional running ability, things change. Beyond their talent, it’s the power of family, commitment to each other and work ethic that transform them into champions — helping them achieve their own American dream. CAST:                        Kevin Costner (“Dances with Wolves,” “The Untouchables”), Maria Bello (“A History of Violence,” “Prisoners”), Carlos Pratts (“Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones,” “Out of the … [Read more...]

Special appearance in advance of Paddington

Special appearance in advance of Paddington DVD & Blu-ray™ release on April 28    WHAT: Anchor Bay Entertainment and TWC-Dimension are pleased to present a special appearance of Paddington Bear at the L.A. Zoo. Paddington will be available in Digital HD April 17 in advance of the Blu-ray™ and DVD release on April 28. We invite you to bring your family to take a photo with Paddington himself! For additional photo fun, there will be a digital photo booth. Activities are free with paid admission and for Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association members. Admission is $19 for adults (13-61), $14 for children (2-12) and $16 for seniors (62+). Children younger than 2 are free. WHO:               He’s come a long way, but he is here to stay (at the L.A. Zoo for the day). Come out and get your photo taken with the most loveable bear, Paddington. WHERE:           Los Angeles Zoo                         5333 Zoo Dr.                         Los Angeles, CA 90027                         … [Read more...]

Worried About Being Pregnant? Steps to Take Immediately

When you’re not expecting or hoping to be pregnant, wondering if you are can be pretty scary. After all, a child is a major responsibility, and if you weren’t planning on having one, even the idea that you could can seem like a lot of weight on your shoulders. However, you shouldn’t immediately jump to conclusions since there’s a good chance you aren’t pregnant. That doesn’t mean you should wait to find out. If you’ve had unprotected sex or you have a reason to think your birth control method failed, you should do what you can to find out right away. Check the Calendar One of the most important things to consider when deciding whether or not you may be pregnant is to check the calendar. While you may get pregnant any time of the month, knowing the approximate date of your last period can be very helpful in determining when you should expect it. Remember – you won’t get your period if you are pregnant. However, simply checking the calendar isn’t a solution – it’s just a way … [Read more...]

Scripture Art Printable


      Scripture Art Printable As most of you know I am the Primary President in my ward. It is such a joy to get to know all of the wonderful kiddos in my ward. Recently I was planning out some of our Baptism, Priesthood and Teacher gifts. Usually when I give out a gift in Primary I turn to Scripture Art Printables. Not only are they great for hanging on a wall but they are also budget friendly. If you are on the lookout for a great Scripture Art Printable then why not this one. I got the scripture form Romans 6:23!     GiftofGodChalboard (1) … [Read more...]

Finding the Perfect Gift

    Finding the perfect gift can be a challenge. There are many great items to choose from and it is hard to pinpoint which gift will wow and dazzle your recipient. Whether you are shopping for a gift for your mum or your neighbor, there are several techniques to help you to decide on just what gift will put a smile on their face. Know Their Interests If your recipient has a particular hobby or interest, consider getting them a gift that will help them in their craft. An avid golfer may appreciate a new set of tees, while a knitter would love a pair of knitting needles or some soft yarn. Hobbyists often collect items to add to their collection, so making your gift personal to their hobby is the perfect way to give them exactly what they will love. Ask Them There are subtle ways to ask someone what type of gift they would like. You can mention a sale at the local store and gauge their reaction. You can also ask people that know them what type of gift they … [Read more...]

Chocolate Bunny Silhouettes


Chocolate Bunny Silhouettes   Easter is just around the corner. This year my family and I will be spending Easter with my little brother. I can't wait to see him! To help get my daughter excited for the holiday this year we have been making fun treats. One of the most recently treats were these adorable Chocolate Bunny Silhouettes! They were so easy to make and tasty too! Yields: 30 Ingredients: 1 12 oz. bag semi-sweet chocolate chips 30 mini marshmallows 30 Nilla Wafers Additional Materials: Piping bag with small round pastry tip Parchment paper Chocolate dipping or kitchen fork Directions: Place a piece of parchment paper on a baking sheet. Roll each mini marshmallow in the palms of your hands to make them more round and wrinkled – like a bunny tail. Have your cookies, marshmallows, and dipping fork ready. Melt the bag of chocolate chips. Spoon a portion of the chocolate into a piping bag with small round tip. Place a … [Read more...]