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mintI try to save money whenever possible. My two main New Year’s Resolutions were you lose a little bit of weight and manage my money better. I know what you’re thinking… we’re already 5 days into the month of August and I’m talking about resolutions that I made 8 months ago!

Anyway, I’ve turned to several apps and websites to help me out with my goal. After all, it’s the 21st Century so I might as well start using the technology to it’s fullest (even though I’m far away from that yet).

I heard about the website Mint a person at my bank. It’s a great way to track my spending and saving and I can directly link it to my bank account and the website pulls over information and trends to budget with. This is a really helpful, and free to sign up for so I recommend it!

Screen Shot 2014-07-17 at 11.24.21 AMI can’t believe how old my little nephew is getting. I swear I was just changing his diapers yesterday. I love fashion, and so of course I am really trying to get him to love it, well as much as a young boy can. I am that typical aunt that spoils her nephew, so I love to buy him clothes.

I found the cutest kid boy outfit for him the other day, and there was no way I wasn’t going to buy it. These are the coolest pants for kids I have ever seen. Blue camo pants are way too cool! I also love the top because it is totally a shirt that my boyfriend, brother, and friends have. Whenever you put adult like clothes on a young kid, you know it is going to look cute. I also love the colors of this outfit.

When I showed him the outfit, I was surprised how much he liked it. I thought he would be a typical boy and just shrug his shoulders, but no! He was actually excited about it! Of course I made him put it on right away and model for us, and let me tell you he looked awesome. He wore the outfit to school the next day, and when he came home we found out that he actually got a lot of compliments on his outfit, which is great.

I can’t wait to get him more clothes!

Father’s Day is coming up, and if you are still unsure what to get him, I have the perfect gift idea for you! My dad is in the army, and he totally loves all of that tactical gear and what not. He has a lot of the stuff that the army gave him, but he doesn’t really have a lot of his own tactical gear. I thought it would be a good idea to get him some of his own stuff. I know he could definitely use a bag of some sort, so I looked through some bags and found the perfect one for him. I found this Voodoo PicMonkey CollageTactical Backpack that has it all.

It will hold everything he needs. He will finally be able to have a separate bag from all of his other army bags that will be his own. He can use this on his missions, or whatever he is doing with the military.  He can also use this for every day things outside the army too. I can’t wait for him to open it!

IMG_7788I’m still over here, griping about how much I yearn for spring. Yeah, yeah, I know it’s sounding more and more like a broken record every day, but…it’s how I feel. Ya know?! Mmkay?

Along with gardening, sand volleyball, mowing the lawn {it’s true!}, and pretty much anything that I can possibly do outside; I’m excited second most for grilling season. As true diehard Minnesotans, we’ve been grilling all winter long in our winter jackets, hurrying in and out before frostbite sets in on our barely clothed stocking feet…truly, it’s just not as fun. I want to sit out with a drink in my hand, the sun on my face, laughter and friends around, perhaps even a bonfire as the smoke rolls off the grill and tantalizes all of our taste buds. Ooo, I can almost transport myself there now…

One of the first recipes I’m going to grill once our garden starts coming in is this delicious Summertime Caprese Chicken. Hopefully, the garden will be plump full of juicy ripe tomatoes and fresh basil, not to mention some white onions to caramelize, too! Cooking with ingredients found just outside your back door…that’s what I’m most excited about this summer!

What are you pumped for?




orangecrushYou know when the word actually sounds like its meaning? I know it’s called an onomatopoeia, but I’m talking about when you hear a word and something happens in your brain that makes visuals flow forth. Too deep? Well, during our travels last week, my mom and I stumbled upon a pretty sweet East Coast beverage known as the crush. As soon as the server mentioned it, I pictured boating and water droplets and sunshine and summer…and was sold.

A crush consists of freshly squeezed citrus, top-shelf vodka, orange liqueur {Triple Sec}, splash of 7-up or Sprite and ice. Our server said people mix up the 7-up or Sprite in exchange for club soda sometimes to reduce the sweetness factor. Others use tasty Van Gogh naturally flavored vodkas to add a twist {try the vanilla vodka with an orange crush…dreamsicle!}. The only thing you must keep original is having fresh squeezed citrus, not from the bar gun or a can. Oranges, grapefruits, lemons and limes…add some muddled berries…there are multiple combinations that would all be a perfect match for summer time!!

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