January 27, 2017

Madmen style! Chic & pretty dresses for the office

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Photo courtesy of ohthatsyou.com

It’s no secret that one of the main reasons the TV show Madmen was so popular was the super chic fashion. Yes, it had fascinating characters and intriguing story lines, but ohhh the clothes! While Betty wore jeans on more casual events like a picnic with Don and the kids, and Peggy wore pants or jeans while at hanging at home, pretty dresses were the main “uniform” of the female characters in almost every other situation, especially at work.

Although the womens’ movement in the sixties included wearing pants (more than dresses) as a sign of independence and power, I think nothing makes women look more powerful that the right dress. It’s like the female version of the “power suit”. There is something about wearing a dress that makes me feel classier, chic, more feminine, and confident.

One of my favorite clothing brands when it comes to vintage or retro-style is Modcloth. While they also carry pieces that follow current trends, I always find the cutest, “vintage-looking” items when I shop there.

Pretty dresses that evoke the Madmen Era!

Below are a few of my favorite Modcloth dresses that would look as appropriate in the workplace today as they would on the set of Madmen. And as always, every item is under $50.

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Campaign Pitch Confidence Dress, $26.99

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Cove Conference Sheath Dress, $26.99

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Sassed as You Can Dress, $34.99

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Coach Tour A-Line Dress, $29.99

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Reinvent the Appeal Dress, $20.99

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A Lot to Author Dress, $26.99

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Fleurs Truly Dress, $38.99

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Defined to Refine Dress, $38.99

Another good thing about a dress versus separates is you never have to worry about matching a top and bottom. This is why dresses are awesome on mornings you are running late and don’t have time to put any thought into an outfit. And, because you only need to buy one piece versus two to create an outfit, a $50 dress is like buying a $25 top and a $25 bottom- a pretty good deal in my book! I hope you enjoyed these looks and take the time to browse all of the pretty dresses (or any category) on the Modcloth site!

xoxo,

Missy

Note: While I am an affiliate of Modcloth and get a percentage of any sale that originates from this post- all opinions are my own and I NEVER promote a brand or product I do not love.

January 25, 2017

How to make the creamiest, fluffiest eggs ever!

fluffiest eggsLow carb, high protein, and versatile, eggs are my breakfast item of choice- I eat them five out of seven mornings. Out of sheer laziness, I usually scramble them. Adding different herbs and or vegetables provides plenty of variety. Because I have them so often, I’ve become obsessed in finding a recipe for the creamiest, fluffiest eggs.

Like most people, my history with eggs runs deep. My mom used to add water to the eggs, which didn’t do much except make more servings (her mission) and make the eggs thinner. We use to beg her to watch the eggs carefully because the thinner mixture burned easily, creating what we kids called  “screen door” on the bottom of the eggs. Gross. After lots of experimenting, I have developed a recipe using two secret ingredients that result in the yummiest scrambled eggs ever. I could have these every single day they are so freaking delicious.

Scroll down for this amazing recipe!
fluffiest eggs
Creamiest, Fluffiest Eggs- Fast & Easy!
Print Recipe
The easiest, most delicious scrambled eggs using two secret ingredients!
Servings Prep Time
2 People 5 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
8-12 Minutes 1 Minute
Servings Prep Time
2 People 5 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
8-12 Minutes 1 Minute
fluffiest eggs
Creamiest, Fluffiest Eggs- Fast & Easy!
Print Recipe
The easiest, most delicious scrambled eggs using two secret ingredients!
Servings Prep Time
2 People 5 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
8-12 Minutes 1 Minute
Servings Prep Time
2 People 5 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
8-12 Minutes 1 Minute
Ingredients
Servings: People
Instructions
  1. Crack the eggs into a bowl. Add the cream of tartar and half & half and whisk until the egg batter is a pale yellow. Be sure to lift the whisk out of the eggs a bit when stirring as this will incorporate more air into the batter.
  2. Melt the butter in a large non-stick sauté pan over a medium-low heat. Tilt the pan to make sure the butter covers the entire bottom of the pan. The pan is ready when the butter starts to bubble.
  3. Add in the egg mixture and slowly stir it with a heat-proof spatula. Never stop stirring! The key here is to the contant stirring, and to make sure the spatula always touches the bottom of the pan so the eggs cook evenly.
  4. Remove the eggs when they are almost done (still slightly moist). Like steak, eggs continue to cook off the heat which means most people are overcooking them! Let the eggs rest on the plate for a minute. Taste to see if they need any additional seasoning and serve!
Recipe Notes

Ingredient notes:

If you haven't figured it out, the "secret" ingredients are cream of tartar and fat-free half & half. The cream of tartar is what adds more fluff".  How is does this is kind of technical, click here is you're interested in a comprehensive explanation. The fat-free half & half adds more creaminess than milk without weighing the eggs down like heavy cream or sour cream. I use organic eggs and dairy to avoid added hormones. Plus organic eggs have a brighter, more yellow yolk!

Optional ingredients:

If including sturdy veggies like zucchini, onions or bell peppers to your eggs, cook them separately before cooking the eggs, and add them at the last minute before removing the mixture from heat. If adding softer, quicker-cooking ingredients like cheese, tomatoes or mushrooms, mix them in right before you remove the eggs from the stove. Herbs, like chives or cilantro, can be added right before serving.

Adding in any optional ingredients like this ensures the eggs still cook evenly and stay fluffy!

 

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January 22, 2017

10 healthy, easy snacks that are kid approved!

I was recently diagnosed as prediabetic and have been desperately trying to lower my carb intake. I say “desperately” because I love carbs. Bread, pasta, crackers, pretzels, potatoes in any form… Oh the magical, magical carb. Trying to reduce my carb grams from what was probably over 200 a day to less than 100 a day has proven tough. I needed some healthy, easy snacks that were low carb AND kid-friendly. I don’t want to start making snacks that only I will eat- it’s not frugal or efficient, and therefore NOT Faking Fancy.

Below are 10 of  my favorite healthy, easy snacks (kid tested!)

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Paleo Corndog Muffins: These are delicious and easy to make! There is a big dispute in our house about how only weirdos use ketchup on their hot dogs and corn dogs.  Actually, it’s just me that insists on using only mustard. Everyone else in our house is in a taste-bud coma a weirdo. Do you eat your dogs with ketchup or mustard (or both)? Comment below!

Cinnamon Apple Chips with Peanut Butter Yogurt Sauce: I got a mandolin for Christmas and it changed my world in the kitchen. I’ve been slicing everything I can get my hands on. Sweet potatoes, zucchini…you name it. These apple chips are like candy, but much better for you – especially with the protein from the peanut butter sauce.

Low Carb Mozzarella Sticks: When I found this recipe I heard angels singing. They were singing, “healthyyyyy snack, healthy snack, made of cheese, cheese, cheese..” It was weird, but not unusual for me. Because I love cheese. (And I might have been holding a dirty martini while perusing Pinterest…don’t judge.)

Baked “Fried” Cauliflower Tater Tots: No wonder Napoleon didn’t share his tots, they are freaking delicious. These baked cauliflower tots take the “sin” out of this sinfully delicious snack. Chopping cauliflower is messy, but I heard Trader Joe’s had pre-chopped cauliflower so I need to check that out!

Flourless Peanut Butter Bread: I love to have warm cookies or bread on cold winter afternoons. This recipe totally is comfort food at it’s healthiest. Spread a little sugar free jelly on it for a truly rich and satisfying PB&J fix!

Crispy Jalapeno Cheese Crackers: I LOVE crackers, with Crunch Master Gluten Free crackers being my favorite. These jalapeno cheese crackers combine my love for spicy & crunchy into a super yummy treat! They only take two ingredients and are extremely quick to make.

Crispy Baked Avocado Slices with Chipotle Dipping Sauce: To be honest, this is only approved by 2 of my 3 kids, one of them can’t stand avocados. But that same kid read a street sign the other day and thought “Dr.” meant doctor, so his opinion on anything snacks doesn’t count.  If you like avocados this snack might be your favorite, the crispiness mixed with the creaminess makes them soo decadent!

Low Carb Pudding Mousse: The recipe linked here uses whipping cream and Jello pudding, but I like to use Sugar Free Cool Whip and pudding mix. It’s lower carb but not as fattening. The options are endless...chocolate mousse and lemon mousse are the two I make myself the kids the most.

Cream Cheese Clouds: These are like little frozen cheesecake bites. Like the mousse recipe above, you can make a huge variety of flavors of these with just a few simple additions. I like to add some cocoa powder and peppermint extract for a cool and fluffy Mint Chocolate chip treat!

Crispy Cinnamon Twists: This recipe uses almond flour and coconut flour to make a light & flaky, low carb treat. They are a little more labor intensive than the other recipes, but they can still be hot and ready in less than thirty minutes. They taste like a Toaster Strudel and cinnamon sugar tortilla chips had a baby. A very, very delicious baby.

I hope you and your kids enjoy these healthy, easy snacks as much as my family does!

xoxo,

Missy

 

 

 

 

January 16, 2017

5 cute outfits using the same top & pants!

There has been a lot of talk lately about “minimalism” as it applies to fashion. How pairing your wardrobe into a few basics pieces that you really love can save you a ton of time and effort when getting dressed in the morning. French women are a perfect example of this. They are universally known for their incredible style, and yet I have read in several articles written by French women that their wardrobe consists of just a few simple basics. They say with a few key pieces you can create an unlimited wardrobe just by changing the accessories. Below is a cute outfit for every day of the (work) week using the same top and pants. I would love to see if the accessories REALLY made that much of a difference. Tell me your thoughts/opinion in the comments below!

5 Cute Outfits Using the Same Top and Pant!

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Monday’s look (sans top and pants): Travel Safari Crinkle Vest $20, Rosegal Vintage Cuff Bracelet $2,  Belk Carolee Cubic Studs $35, Embossed Crocodile Shoulder Bag $20, Nelly Lacing Thigh High Boot $34.

No time for a shower? Grab some dry shampoo to soak up the greasies and throw your hair (if it’s long enough) into an easy updo. A two in one product, like this lip and cheek stain saves time when putting on your face. Some highlighter on the inner rim of your eyes will make you look less hungover perk you right up!

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Tuesday’s look: Bling Sparkle Drop Earrings $14, Yoins Open Front Blazer $33, Eiffel Tower Alloy Watch $6, Vintage Bowtie Platform Pumps $22.

I love the girliness of this jacket & heel combo. The fake lashes and pretty pink lip complete this romantic “It Girl” look.

 

Wednesday’s lookcute outfits

Come hump day you will be looking to really shake things up. To keep people off your “same outfit” trail try donning some gorgeously bohemian fringed accessories and a bright lip.  Keep the rest of your makeup muted to really capture the “hippie chic” vibe.

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Thursday’s look: Romwe Cat Stud Earrings $3,  Rare Lace Sweatheart Bodysuit $42H&M Tuxedo Jacket $42.

If you have drinks with the girls or a hot date after work simply wear a saucy bodysuit under your work-appropriate top and toss the top on the way to your after hours venue. Throw some liquid eyeliner in your purse and add some winged eyeliner to jazz up your daytime makeup look. The cute kitten earrings keep the look from veering into “street worker” territory.

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Friday’s look: Shein Striped Blazer $28, Lydell NYC Filigree & Crystal Necklace $39, Newchic Vintage Zipper Shoulder Bag $23, Torrid Supersize Glasses $13.

End this week of “outfit deception” with a bang by adding a super bright (and distracting) pop of color. Bold, graphics like this striped blazer work overtime to create a whole new look. Another no shower day? Spritz on a fresh but saucy floral perfume like this one to boost your beauty mojo. Keep your updo or ponytail in place all day with some super-duper hold hairspray and strut your style-smart stuff!

What do you think? Would you be fooled into thinking someone had a HUGE wardrobe with these 5 cute outfits? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

xoxo,

Missy

January 15, 2017

Easy and delicious Valentine’s dessert idea!

Okay ladies, I am about to rock your world with the easiest, creamiest, chocolatiest dessert ever. And then to top it off I am going to tell you how you can make this dessert in an almost infinite variety of flavors! This easy and delicious Valentine’s dessert idea came to me a few years ago after making chocolate covered strawberries for my husband as a romantic Valentine’s gesture. I didn’t think they would be that complicated to make, and in a way they really aren’t. But it was insanely messy. I got chocolate everywhere. I needed something quick and simple. (Read: I don’t want to be cleaning the kitchen for an hour afterward..)

delicious valentine's dessert

My solution? A dessert that tasted like chocolate covered strawberries, but much, much easier to make. When I started noodling on this idea, I knew right away I wanted to make a no-bake cream pie. Pies are some of the easiest desserts to make, especially no-bake pies. Below is the recipe for my Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cream Pie. I hope you enjoy it as much as my husband and I did!

Other easy and delicious dessert ideas

Looking for an easy pie recipe that isn’t chocolate or strawberry? Try mixing lemon curd and Cool Whip and pouring it in a premade graham cracker crust..boom, Lemon Chiffon Pie! Or mix banana pudding and Cool Whip and pour it into a graham cracker pie crust, then top with Nilla Wafers for an easy Banana Cream Pie. The possibilities for a quick and easy pie using Cool Whip and a premade graham cracker crust are almost as limitless as your imagination! Well, maybe not that limitless. Don’t go mixing cut grass and Cool Whip for a Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Pie or anything. But you get what I mean…

See below for the recipe (and printable recipe card) for this delicious pie!

delicious valentine's dessert
Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cream Pie
Print Recipe
A quick and easy cream pie that tastes just like chocolate covered strawberries.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 Slices 25 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 Slices 25 Minutes
delicious valentine's dessert
Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cream Pie
Print Recipe
A quick and easy cream pie that tastes just like chocolate covered strawberries.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 Slices 25 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 Slices 25 Minutes
Ingredients
Servings: Slices
Instructions
  1. Slice the strawberries and set aside. In a medium mixing bowl, make the chocolate pudding according to package directions. Spread the strawberry jam on the bottom of the chocolate pie crust. Top with the chocolate pudding. Top the pudding with the sliced strawberries and drizzle with the chocolate sauce. You can enjoy it right then or chill it in the fridge until it is ready to eat!
    delicious valentine's dessert
Recipe Notes

Notes: You can even buy premade pudding cups and skip all that whisking! Also, I have 3TB of chocolate sauce listed, but I never measure it, I just drizzle it over the strawberries until a lovely swirl pattern partially covers them. To make this pie more "romantic" arrange the sliced strawberries in a heart shape on top of the pie!

 

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January 14, 2017

The easiest Valentine’s date night dinner ever!

easiest valentine'sRecently, I was looking up recipes for a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner with my hubby. Now, I love to cook and bake, but even I panicked at the time and effort involved in some of the recipes I found. Valentine’s Day is on a weeknight this year, which means that even if I am willing to get complicated, I’m not going to have time for some fancy schmancy recipe like Beef Wellington or Steak Au Pouive.  What I need, and what I suppose most women need, are recipes for the easiest Valentine’s date night dinner ever! The recipes need to include few ingredients, be simple to make, and come together quickly. And let’s not forget that even if you are married, avoiding garlic and onions is a good idea! After browsing through hundreds of recipes, I had an epiphany…

Easiest Valentine’s Day dinner idea

My epiphany? Men like meat. (Okay, so it’s more of a realization of the obvious, but whatever, I heard angels singing and I was only one glass of wine in….) Now I ask you my Faking Fancy readers, what’s meatier than a thick, juicy burger? Hamburger also has the added bonus of being one of the most affordable meats available as well. What’s so romantic about a hamburger you ask? Well, if you shape the burger into a heart, draw a ketchup heart on top, and set it on a heart-shaped bun, it’s super romantic! Use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut the out the heart buns. You can also cut the cheese (yeah, I see what I did there) slices and tomato slices into hearts with the cookie cutter as well. If you have a few extra minutes, grab a paring knife to carve the pickles slices into little hearts as well. Aww….

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Hamburgers are one of the easiest meals to make, even easier if your “recipe” is to add a handful of breadcrumbs, seasoning, and an egg to some hamburger (nothing wrong with that!). But if you don’t have a “go-to” recipe, or you want to try something new for this special dinner, look through the mouth-watering hamburger recipes below. I can’t really pick a favorite- they are ALL delicious.  Tasty note: If I cook hamburgers on a skillet instead of a grill, I like to brush one side with liquid smoke when cooking to give them a rich and smoky flavor.

4 Easy & Delicious Hamburger Recipes

Don’t bother with making homemade french fries. Ore Ida makes thin cut fries called, “Fast Fries” that, as the name implies, taste almost like they came out of the fryer at McDonald’s. They will seriously change your life if you’ve never had them. Change. Your. Life.

You see? A lovely date night dinner really doesn’t get any easier than this! And trust me when I say that unless he’s a vegan your man will LOVE this meal! (And if he is vegan by chance, try this black bean walnut burger recipe, it’s actually really good.)

Looking for a crazy easy dessert recipe for Valentine’s Day? That’s tomorrow’s post…stay tuned!

xoxo,

Missy

 

January 9, 2017

The perfect winter skincare routine

I live in Colorado, where the humidity is pretty low year-round, particularly in the winter months. Lips get more chapped, fine lines become more pronounced…every part of your body that was slightly dry in the spring and summer now become positively parched. To help prevent my skin from looking and feeling like the Sahara desert every winter I worked hard to develop the perfect winter skincare routine. I looked for products that were not only effective but affordable. This girl can’t afford a $100 face cream and shoes food.

Winter skincare routine

Below are my favorite products for making sure my body is super-moisturized from head to toe!

winter skincare routine

Product details

Top row: Korea Moisture Your Face Mask $7.99, Dry Bar Mudslide Nourishing Hair Mask $15, Sephora Avocado Hand Mask $6, Middle: Baxter Hydrosalve Lip Balm $10, Bottom row: Shiseido Instant Fix Mask Eye Wrinkle Smoother $18, Boots Mediterranean Eden Luxuriously Rich Body Butter $9.99, Forever21 Botanical Choice Foot Mask $2.90.

I’ve heard beautiful women in their sixties and seventies with gorgeous skin claim their “secret” to a youthful glow was anything from vaseline to rice bran oil to $300 face serums. Personally, I think the secret is consistency. When you hear women like Jaclyn Smith and Christie Brinkley talk about skin care the one thing they have in common is a dedication and commitment to moisturizing, exfoliating and protecting their skin every day since their teen years.

Stick to a regular regime with products like the ones above and a brighter future (or at least brighter skin in the future) is yours for the taking!

xoxo,

Missy

 

January 5, 2017

Tutorials for quick and easy hairstyles

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Are you tired of your hairstyle or lack of? Have you been wearing your hair in a ponytail for the past three months? If you answered yes to either of these questions (or to both like me), then this post is for you! I watched hours and hours of YouTube to find tutorials for easy hairstyles that were as simple as they were pretty. I can’t tell you how many tutorials with the term “easy” in the title involved a curling iron, a flat iron and six different styling products. Ummm, no. Next video…

Below are my favorite easy hairstyle tutorials, categorized by hair length:

Easy  hairstyles for short hair

These next two tutorials come from my favorite hair guru of all time, Kate at The Small Things Blog. She is so stinking cute, and an actual hairstylist she really knows her stuff. She started doing tutorials years ago when she had a shortish bob and now she has long hair, so she has a wide range of tutorials for various lengths. Her styles are all really pretty and her instructions are super easy to follow.

Easy hairstyles for medium length hair

Easy hairstyles for long hair

xoxo,

Missy

December 28, 2016

Best Small Space Organization Hacks

My house was built in the 1970s, which apparently was before the advent of the walk-in closet or open floor plans. There are actually quite a few closets throughout the house, the problem is they are all insanely tiny. My three and a half bathrooms are also on the smaller side. Because of these small space issues, I started researching and collecting organizational ideas and tips for making the most out of a small space about a year ago. Below are (in my opinion) the BEST small space organizational hacks.

Top Small Space Organizational Hacks
Small Bedrooms

Design blogger MinYang Lu of Haive shows us the incredible power of paint in a small space through her compilation of small bedroom makeovers. She also illustrates the optical illusion certain patterns can have. Check out the difference wall-length curtains do to expand the room below. I’d think it would make it smaller but it’s the opposite!

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I also like this “closet to changing room” idea for a small nursery from Charlie & Chooka, and the corner desk and floating shelves from Shanty to Chic that turns a tiny teen room into a multi-functional and fun space!

Small Bathrooms

This over-the-toilet shelf idea below from Rachel, a contributor for the online DIY mecca Hometalk, is just one of many brilliant ideas in her small bathroom makeover.

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If you have a towel rack over your toilet like I do in my kids’ bathroom and powder room, consider moving it to the back of the bathroom door, as blogger Lilly from Listotic has done below. (Lilly is so amazing she’s got two ideas in this post!)

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Small Kitchens

Not a lot people can afford to renovate their kitchen, and for some people with loadbearing walls lining their kitchen, it’s structurally impossible to make a kitchen bigger. The latter was the case in our kitchen, so I had to find ways to make the most out of the space we already had. Luckily I found some creative ways to make our smallish kitchen much more organized and functional! Below are my favorite solutions for a small kitchen.

I love this under cabinet shelf below from DIY blogger Jen Caputo. While under cabinet shelves are not a new idea, the fact that these shelves match the cabinets in material and color makes the overal design much more seamless and chic!

small space

When I am frustrated with a small space I tend to fall back on hanging things inside of cabinet doors with 3M peelable hooks. But when I saw this idea from Listotic for hanging sandwich bag boxes with simple thumbtacks I was almost embarrassed I hadn’t thought of it on my own! I also love the pretty simplicity of this baking rack storage idea from Amanda at IamBaker. My favorite kitchen space saver, however, is this outer cabinet shelf idea from Ashley at MyPerfectNest. When she ran out of space in her kitchen she simply created more space with floating shelves and baskets…genius!

Small Closets

Built-in closet organizers can be a godsend for those of us with small closets. Take a look at the impressive transformation of this small closet before and after from Abby at JustAGirlAndHerBlog. It really highlights the point that sometimes the best space saver (or finder) is proper organization, pure and simple.

Another favorite source of home design and decor inspiration comes from Lela at InTheNewHouse. Her linen closet makeover is an example of how sometimes organizing does not always lead to more space, but it can make a normally cluttered or sloppy space look much more streamlined and clean. As you can see from Lela’s after shot below, you can even have some wasted space, but still make a space look better. I don’t know about you gals, but my linen closet can look very pretty lined with my neatly folded towels and sheets, but it all becomes a flaming hot mess once one the kids rummages for a washcloth or pillowcase. The basket solution is perfect- everything looks so pretty and sorted, I don’t care how messy the inside of the baskets are!

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While it’s true you can’t put lipstick on a pig (although seriously, who would want to?), you can transform a small space from cluttered and unsightly to smart and orderly by using just a few of the amazing organizational hacks above.

Here’s to a happy, healthy, and organized 2017!

xoxo

Missy

 

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December 26, 2016

Get out of debt in 2017! Top 5 budgeting blogs

Are you one of the millions of American’s who put at least 50% of their Christmas expenses on credit cards? Or perhaps your debt has been slowly adding up the past year(s)- to the point of being overwhelming, all-consuming, and just plain SCARY? If you said yes (or simply nodded) then this post is or you!  The following 5 budgeting blogs helped me crawl out of debt and learn how to be smarter with money and personal finance in general.  I know they can do the same for you!

budgeting blogs

Proof that debt ages you…this was me six years ago, before I learned to budget.

Top 5  Budgeting Blogs
  1. Living Well Spending Less: blog founder Ruth Soukup is a self-proclaimed former shopaholic. She started her site as a way of maintaining accountability with her new, smarter money habits, and as a resource to others who are also looking to clean up their financial act. She is also the founder the Elite Blogging Academy (EBA), an absolute must for any blogger looking to grow their blog from a hobby to a business.
  2. The Busy Budgeter This is one of my favorite blogs overall. Blogger Rosemarie Groner’s paradigm on money and how it should be spent changed my life. She is also big on staying organized in order to save money, and her organizational ideas and tricks are killer. She also has a blogging series with articles and online courses for starting, growing and earning an income with a blog. Visit her website and sign up for the 90-day budgeting challenge – it’s free!
  3. The Budget Mama: Need a budgeting planner for 2017? Check out blogger Jessi Fearon’s 2017 Real Life on a Budget Planner for only $20! In addition to a 2017 calendar, this comprehensive planner has monthly budget pages, monthly expense tracking pages, goal tracking, monthly check-ins, debt repayment tracking, savings tracking, bill pay tracking, holiday budget planning and more. Be sure to check out the rest of her blog- she’s so savvy and sincere it almost makes budgeting less “blech”!
  4. Barefoot Budgeting: Blogger Kim Elizabeth posts all kinds of tips, tricks, and tools for both saving and making money. Her “Daily Deals” series is a GREAT resource for online and in-store discounts and freebies. Barefoot Budgeting also has a Facebook group where even more helpful resources are shared!
  5. Thrifty & Chic: This is a great site if you are into home renovation and decor DIY projects. Blog founder Alicia’s favorite places to shop are Target & Home Depot, and her projects are always both super chic and super easy!

It is NEVER too late to start a budget, learn how to save and/or make more money, and get off the “my debt makes my chest tight” train. If I can do it, anyone can!

xoxo

Missy

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