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Teens and Budgeting

Financial Literacy Month 2014: Budgeting Divas - Your Finances From A to ZTeens and budgeting are today’s topic for Financial Literacy Month 2014: Your Finances from A to Z.

For the month of April, we will be bringing you daily posts centered on our personal finances – saving, making and managing our money.

If you have teenagers, then you know how expensive they are. The old saying that small children need small things and big children need bigger things certainly is true. But, can you successfully set a budget with your teenagers? Of course, you can. It may not be easy, at first, but it is certainly doable. There are a few tips and tricks to setting and keeping a budget when you have teenagers. Continue reading

Scattered Links by Michelle Weidenbenner

I received a free copy of Scattered Links written by Melissa Weidenbenner to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours. No other financial compensation was received and, as always, all opinions shared are 100% mine.

Thirteen-year-old Oksana lives on the streets of Russia with her pregnant mama and abusive aunt—both prostitutes. When Mama swells into labor, Oksana makes a decision to save herself from abandonment, a decision that torments her forever. But her plan fails when her aunt dumps her in an orphanage before she has the chance to say goodbye to her mama or tell her the secret that haunts her. Continue reading

Mom’s Night Off Courtesy of Annie’s Frozen Entrees

I received a coupon for a free Annie’s frozen entree courtesy of Influenster.  No other financial compensation was received and, as always, all opinions shared are 100% mine.

Recently, my oldest son has taken great interest in helping with dinner. There are even a few easy dishes he can make from scratch using recipes.  I try to use his time in the kitchen to help with his math skills (doubling recipes or cutting them in half).

Recently, our family was given the opportunity to try out a product from Annie’s frozen entree line. My boys (and I) were excited to try their Classic Macaroni and Cheese and it was a perfect opportunity for my son to be in charge of dinner.

Annie's Homegrown Classic Mac & Cheese courtesy of Influenster.com #RealFoodTastesBetter #spon

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Spring Cleaning – The Frugal Way

Financial Literacy Month 2014: Budgeting Divas - Your Finances From A to ZToday’s topic for Financial Literacy Month 2014: Your Finances from A to Z is Spring Cleaning – the frugal way.

For the month of April, we will be bringing you daily posts centered on our personal finances – saving, making and managing our money.
Have you ever noticed all of the new cleaning products that hit the market in the spring? Savvy marketers know that homemakers are looking for faster, easier and better ways to get their spring cleaning done, so they barrage us with their latest innovations. And these great new products invariably come at a premium price.

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Rules For Saving Money On Your Weekly Food Bill

Financial Literacy Month 2014: Budgeting Divas - Your Finances From A to ZToday’s topic for Financial Literacy Month 2014: Your Finances from A to Z is Rules for saving money on your weekly food bill.

For the month of April, we will be bringing you daily posts centered on our personal finances – saving, making and managing our money.

Food is one of the necessities in life. It’s also something that most of us spend entirely too much money on. Even those who think they’re doing well when they do their grocery shopping are often paying more than they need to for their families’ food.
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That’s Fresh Friday #21

Welcome everyone to another week of That’s Fresh Friday! I hope you’ve all had a fantastic week!!! It was Spring Break in our neck of the woods and the kiddos and I are getting home and settled after a fun week at Universal Studios and Adventure Island in Florida! I have to admit – I had just as much fun as they did (if not more!).

We’re so happy that you’re hanging with us sharing your amazing post. If this is your first time with us and don’t know what That’s Fresh Friday is, it’s a weekly link-up hosted by Southern Girl Blog Community and six other amazing ladies where you can come and share all of your “freshest” post from your blog. The only thing that we ask is that you read our simple rules below and help spread the word about the party.

First let’s meet the girls that let us hang with them every week:

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#SouthernCharm … Or Not?

I was a little wary when I first heard that Bravo Television was adding a new reality television show to their line-up that was based in my hometown – Charleston, South Carolina.  Southern Charm has become a show that I have hated to admit I watched but cannot help but tune in to watch each week.

Southern Charm airs on BravoTV on Mondays at 10 PM EST. It follows the lives of some of Charleston, SC's most aristocratic families. #SouthernCharm #SverveChat

This past Monday, I tweeted live during the show with fellow bloggers as part of a campaign with Sverve. I received no compensation for doing the campaign or for writing this post. Now that I have gotten the legalese out the way…here’s a recap of the show from Bravo’s website for those that have not seen it or heard about it before: Continue reading

Flames of Love by Melissa Foster

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As one of New York’s Finest, firefighter Cash Ryder is always prepared. When a woman’s car skids off the side of a mountain during a snowstorm, he’s there to rescue her. Cash is totally focused on the woman’swell-being, but within minutes of getting her to safety, he realizes that he’s nowhere near prepared for the heat that rolls off of sensual, smart-mouthed, and stubborn Siena Remington.
As a model, Siena Remington has dated some of the wealthiest, most handsome men in the industry, and she’s made peace with the idea that most men are just looking for eye candy and they wouldn’t know how to romance a woman to save their lives. When she’s rescued by a tall, handsome stranger, she thinks that maybe, just maybe, she’s found her own real-life romantic fairy tale—until he opens his mouth and everything that comes out is gruff, ornery, and aggravatingly sexy. Continue reading

6 Tips for Managing Your Money

Financial Literacy Month 2014: Budgeting Divas - Your Finances From A to ZToday’s topic for Financial Literacy Month 2014: Your Finances from A to Z is Money Management.

For the month of April, we will be bringing you daily posts centered on our personal finances – saving, making and managing our money.

Money management is essential for a balanced, happy life. Financial stress resulting from poor money management skills can affect our capacity to make good decisions, harm our relationships, affect physical and mental health, and ultimately to function well in life. It is no exaggeration to say that poor money management breaks up marriages and breaks down hope. Yet, money management is a skill which can be learned. Even if financial problems are largely the result of just not earning enough income, good money management skills can reduce the stress of these circumstances and provide a bit more mental room to focus on solutions. Continue reading