If you remember in my last post, Valentine’s Day is all about the food for us! Whether we go out or eat in – which is about 50/50 each week depending on how we are feeling. This year we decided to celebrate Valentine’s Day early and teamed up with Whole Foods to bring you the perfect Valentine’s Dinner you can make at home for under $60! Now, you know we shop at Whole Foods pretty often (usually 2-3x a month) in addition to some of other favorites (Trader Joe’s, Target, Costco), but we almost ALWAYS get our meat at Whole Foods. It’s just the TOP of the line and still affordable. Shopping List 2ct Filet Mignon 1/2 lb Shrimp Handful of Asparagus 2ct Yukon Potatoes Gorgonzola Cheese 4 Garlic Cloves Tablespoon of Chopped Onions* Butter* 1ct Lemon Seasonings – salt, pepper, garlic powder* Red Wine Reduction Ferrari Carano Wine* or any red wine on hand Balsamic Glaze* Honey* Mini Cheesecake Strawberries *Items we already had on hand and not included in the the cost. Quantity/Weight may also vary your cost. We chose LARGE filets. Our total cost was just under $60. We also snagged a dozen roses for $20.99 (Huge sale for 2 Dozen starting 2/7 for $24.99). How to Make the Perfect Valentine’s Dinner At Home Note – Most of our prep is “to…

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Is it hot near you, because it is over 100 degrees here in Reno! I guess I shouldn’t be complaining since I am heading to Italy and supposedly it is hot and humid over there–hello, rompers and dresses! I am going to be walking everywhere and these sunnies will be traveling everywhere with me. Yes Man Watches has been awesome enough to collaborate with me and give my readers a chance to win a pair of their Coronado Edition sunnies. I love, love… did I mention LOVE their sunnies. They are so lightweight, polarized, have bamboo arms, stylish, and affordable. I always get nervous purchasing sunnies, because I have a smaller sized head than most, but these are perfect! I debated buying the black ones because I loved the way they looked, but instead I decided to give one away to one of you sweet friends. I know you liked that photo of me attempting to be all seductive and cute. Okay, I just used those two words together, but you catch my drift! 🙂 I love my Tortoise Sunnies and cannot wait for one of you to win a pair of the Black Coronado Edition Sunnies! Did I mention they come with a case??? The case is perfect to throw in your backpack or handbag on the go and they keep those sunnies far away from…

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In high school I collected shirts throughout my four years to hold on to memories. From Choir to Student Council, and different leadership events I went to. I wanted so badly to make them into a quilt that I could cherish for ever, but I never got around to it. So the shirts just sat there is a box collecting dust and taking up space in my closet. Three years later and I’m in college.  The box of shirts is still sitting there and as much as I want to get them made into a quilt, other things have come up.   As I make my way into my final year of college, I wanted to have a piece of this adventure to keep with me always. I have several shirts from various sorority and Greek life events from the past three years and most of them hold meaning. There is my very first shirt from Tri Delta, the day I received my bid, and then there is the shirt from my very first recruitment, oh and the one from our Delta House Of Pancakes (DHOP). I wanted to learn how to make my very own t-shirt quilt, but with being so busy and getting ready for the next school year, I had to find something quick with very little preparation on my end.    That is…

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Paying for college can be nerve wrecking. It is expensive and figuring out how much you can pay out of pocket and how much you need to get loaned to you is not easy. It takes time, patience, and a lot of research to figure out how you will be able to afford it- scholarships, student loans, savings, etc.  I scouted colleges around the United States. I was accepted at Boston University, Penn State, Arizona State, and many others. But what it all came down to was the cost of tuition–don’t forget room and board, books, living expenses, etc. I had no clue how I was ever going to afford a $50,000+ tuition per year not including other expenses. It was up to me to figure out how I was going to afford college on my own and without such a heavy financial strain. This is what I have learned and what I wish I would have known 3 years ago. Save $$$: You never know what expenses will be thrown at you when you least expect it. Have a plan, start saving. I use to save 50-75% of every monetary gift I received (birthdays, holidays, graduations). It adds up. Going into my freshmen year of college I had saved around $7,000! I wish I would have started saving sooner and maybe 75% every single time. Research: Browse…

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As a senior in college, I have one more year to rely on our sorority chef and affordable eats in Midtown Reno to keep me satisfied in the foodie arena. Although, I love being able not to cook and I love being a foodie and trying out new food around town, I think it is crucial for me to learn how to cook different types of foods— most with healthier options for myself and eventually my family. The best things about cookbooks are the photographs. I would never–and I mean NEVER– purchase a cookbook without them. When a cookbook has a photo with the recipe, it makes me want to make it even more knowing what it should look like in the end! As much as I love recipes online, the best feeling is knowing your creating a meal straight out of the book in front of you. I was so excited to get this cookbook in the mail (a big thanks to Blogging for Books) because I am ready to grow my cookbook collection and expand my knowledge. I wanted to try out some healthier eating options to try at home. The Sprouted Kitchen: Bowl + Spoon was my first choice because the idea that any of these dishes could be put in a bowl and whipped up quickly really intrigued me. I am constantly…

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