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Body Confidence

I have people tell me a lot that "I'm so confident" with such a tone of surprise and while really I think it's just that I'm a plus size women who happens to be loud and doesn't try to hide from the world but sometimes if I'm in a sensitive mood I'll take that as umm, don't you own a mirror, you should maybe be quiet and go to the gym. I'd say about 90% of the time I can say although I don't have my ideal body I don't hate myself and I don't let it keep me from living my life but then there's that 10% of the time . . .

Last week I had such a moment, You may have noticed that my pics I post on social media are either of me standing or are chest up if I'm sitting - now this is partially because I typically only take pics seated if I'm showing off a product so I was a more close up anyway but also here's something this people never have to think about - when you're plus size and you sit down if consolidates all t…

$40 Date at Old Dominick

Lately I've been turning Friday into finance Friday around here and while budgeting and spending appropriately is all super important I think it's important for y'all to know that being financially responsible isn't all excel , numbers and paperwork. So, I'm resurrecting a series I used to post here - $40 Dates! The idea is pretty simple - every couple needs a date night (or afternoon) whether you're newly dating or married with five kids and a date night doesn't always have to mean getting dressed up and having an expensive dinner - in fact I think the best way to keep your dates fun and stress free is by making sure they're not a financial burden, because date night shouldn't be put on the back burner either. It's been a few years since I started this concept and when I told myself I need to do better about date night in my own marriage I seriously considered upping the spend to $50 but here's the deal - $40 is super easy and it's a …

Brahmin Saddle Creek Grand Opening

Earlier this month the new Brahmin store opened at The Shops of Saddle Creek and Memphis could not have been more excited! I arrived right before the doors opened and there was already a crowd formed ready to explore all the goodies inside. Brahmin provided some delicious champagne punch to toast to the grand opening and it wasn't too long after the doors opened that the store was completely full - it took me 1/2 an hour to check out that's how popular the grand opening was! But enough talk, they say a picture is worth a 1,000 words so I'm keeping the text on this post brief and just letting y'all see all the fun inside. Summer 2018 Collection on display right as you walk in   Yummy snacks provided by Brahmin  As you can see, it was very crowded inside The belt bag - can be worn three ways
The back wall behind the register
All the wristlets!
Pretty Indigo - my favorite color

Shop with Mandysue - May 2018

While on this blog and on my social media I share lots of picture of the things I buy and share my excitement in these items I thought it would be fun to start giving y'all a recap of the items I purchased over the past month. I've talked at lot about budgeting lately so I think it's important to state that I currently have a $250 monthly discretionary budget. When I polled y'all on instagram it looks like on average that's a little more but pretty close to what y'all spend monthly on yourselves as well - some of you lucky ducks have a bigger budget - color me jealous! I spent years just buying what I wanted when I wanted and while I had lots of stuff I loved I also had lots of stuff that after one or two uses I because meh on and so while there are times when I REALLY want something and it's just not in my budget I found that sticking to a budget each month has made me happier with the items I purchase. I hope seeing what I spend on can give you some insp…

Creating a Home Budget

In my last few finance Friday posts I've talked about home buying and our process because that's where my life is right now and that is my biggest financial priority but this week I want to back up and talk about something a little more basic - budgeting.

Although having a good budget is an important step it is also an ongoing process - we look at and tweak our budget every single month. The common approach for budgeting when starting from scratch is to spend a month or two tracking expenses and create a budget based on your spending with adjustments as needed. I actually disagree with this process and think the very first thing you should do is build your ideal budget. Actually I think everyone should have two ideal budgets - the long term of where they want to be and then the ideal for their current financial situation. I know the idea of budgeting can be very daunting so I'm going to break it down step by step as to how I budget. I personally find Microsoft excel to be…

Shop Memphis - The Avenue Carriage Crossing

In my last post about shopping in Memphis (here) I talked about finding the perfect gift; while you can certainty find a lovely gift at The Avenue Carriage Crossing I think it's the perfect place to get ready for your gift giving occasion.

For your skin care and beauty needs head to Astoria. I recently wrote about my medical grade facial experience but that is just of the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Ashtoria's offerings. One unique offering is the year of beauty package - it's $3,600 for six laser treatments and 6 facials throughout the year - I know that's a great price and it's certainty on my radar as I age into my 30s. Of course, you don't have to make such a big commitment and can try individual laser treatments. Ashtoria also offers injectables such as botox and a wide variety of professional grade products.
 Memphis bloggers learning about Ashtoria's offerings
 Just a small sampling of Ashtoria's products
Treatment room at Ashtoria
Of c…

Medical Facial at Ashtoria

Y'all, it has been soooooo long since I've tried a new beauty treatment to share with y'all. Partially because I've fallen into a skin care routine but also partially because it hasn't been an areas of focus, which is terrible because taking care of your skin should always be an area of focus. Lucky for me the ladies as Ashtoria were able to get me back on track.  

I recently found out about Ashtoria while attending an event at The Shops of Carriage Crossing and was excited to learn about the medical aesthetics offerings. Although I put a hold on getting Botox a few years ago I'm always down to check out the latest in anti aging. I'd love to one day get laser treatments but I don'[t feel like I'm there yet so for an entry level introduction into the Ashtoria offerings I decided to book a medical grade facial. One thing that I typically find overwhelming when thinking about getting a facial is there can be so many types to choose from and I'm u…