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Glamping in Northwest Arkansas

When Shaun and I were dating we used to go on several weekend getaways a year and while we've been on family vacations or weekend visits to my Dad's house we haven't taken a few days to get away and spend some time just the two of us since our honeymoon. Now, since we don't have kids you might be thinking isn't it always just you two, why do you need to get away but while it is just us two at home it's also jobs, and a mortgage and buying a lawn mower instead of paying a service - you know, adult responsibilities. One of the perks of fulfilling adult responsibilities though is every now and then you can afford to take a break. When we decided to make the five hour drive to the Lauren James sale I knew that I wanted to make a fun weekend rather than drive shop and drive home. Last time we drove to Fayetteville we saw advertisements for wineries in the area and since going to wineries is one of our favorite hobbies it was a no brainer and when researching the lo…

Lauren James Warehouse Sale Haul

Hello Friends! I know many of y'all kept up with my Lauren James warehouse sale journey over the weekend and if you're anything like me you like following along even if you couldn't make it yourself. When Lauren James announced the warehouse sale I was super excited but not sure I could make it work - it was short notice, a five hour drive and I'd already spent my June spending money. Luckily I have a good hubby who recognizes that sometimes you just need something fun in your life and was ok not only making the trip but with me borrowing from ourselves against my July spending money. Since this is the last warehouse sale Lauren James plans on holding I really didn't want the opportunity to slip by.
Warehouse sales can serve many purposes for a business - as a way to move excess inventory, create buzz and excitement for the brand, reward the most loyal brand fans by giving them access to great deal (which also puts more product into the hands of those most excite…

Emergecy Fund Savings Guide

I know with my finance Friday posts I've skipped ahead a little because I've been talking about where MY life is but rather than presume the basics are a given I want to talk about the first steps in being financially responsible. You can catch up on my guide to building your home budget here and while I think EVERYONE should have a budget I also recognize that some there are some things you simply cannot budget for - and that's why the very first thing you want to do is create an emergency fund.
According to Value Penguin, 41.2% of American households carry some type of credit card debt and when I surveyed my followers a few weeks ago I discovered about 1/2 of you also are carrying some kind of credit card debt, so a little more than the national average but that's probably because we're a younger portion of the population.. Now, if you want to be really serious against credit card debt I would recommend checking out Dave Ramsey and The Total Money Makeover. You …

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

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