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Frugal Fiancée: Creating Your Guest List

Y'all, creating a wedding guest list is hard. I mean, really hard. You truly do not realize how many family members and friends you have until it's time to compile a giant list of them. Here are a few things to keep in mind while putting together your wedding guest list. 

Size Matters
Travis (my fiancé) and I both imagined having a small-sized wedding. Then we started making a list and realized how many family members and friends we have. Our idea of small changed pretty quickly and eloping was heavily discussed. While it is wonderful to have such supportive people in our lives, inviting each of them to celebrate with us is impossible. If you want to have a small wedding or cut down on costs, you will have to make tough decisions about who to invite and who to (unfortunately) leave off the guest list. 

Establish Rules
Go ahead and create a few rules. Does everyone in the bridal party get a plus one? Are you only going to invite people you've talked to within the past year? Do …

Must-Have Money Making Apps

Hi frugal friends! Make the most of all that time you spend on your iPhone (or android.. if you are into that) and download these money-making apps today. Shoutout to my friend Julia for being my model for this picture. She is a tan, beach lovin' gal who has a great instagram you should definitely check out! 

Frugal Fiancée: First Week of Engagement

Hi frugal friends! Guess what?! Last Saturday, my boyfriend of 6 (almost 7) years popped the question. I have decided that this would be a great opportunity to share some frugal wedding planning tips and tricks. In college, I worked for an event planner and saw first hand how much money is spent on weddings. After throwing away over $4,000 in flowers one night, I knew there had to be a way to cut down on wedding costs. During this wedding planning period, I am going to do my best to find ways to help you stay within your wedding budget when it's your turn. Here is the first of many in my "Frugal Fiancée" series. 

Before I start to share tips and tricks, I will summarize how the first week of this engagement has gone for me. This has been a crazy week but I am also grateful for all the positive support we have received. 

After the proposal on Saturday night (which took place in my favorite spot on Wrightsville Beach, NC), I began to tell my close friends and family. Some pe…

6 Ways To Save Money Eating Out

Going out to eat can be expensive. Especially if you are doing it a few times a week. When you are trying to save money, it is extremely helpful to go grocery shopping and cook your own meals at home. However, for your own sanity, it is also important to get out of the house every once in a while. Here are a few suggestions on how to save money when you do go out to eat:  

Chocolate Cold Brew Cupcakes

Is it just me or is cold brew coffee all the rage right now? This week, I worked on developing a recipe for Kohana coffee for a contest they have going on. You can vote for my recipe here! Now you can drink your coffee and eat it too! There is cold brew in the cupcake AND the buttercream frosting. Kick up your caffeine intake and satisfy that sweet
tooth with this treat.

Chocolate Cold Brew Cupcakes with Cold Brew Buttercream Frosting

Cupcake Ingredients: 
1/2 cup butter, softened (do not microwave to soften/melt)
1 cup sugar
2 eggs 
1/2 cup Kohana Cold Brew Concentrate 
1/2 cup milk
1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
2 tbsp baking powder

Frosting Ingredients:
1 cup butter, softened (do not microwave to soften/melt)
3 1/2 cups powdered sugar 
1/2 tsp vanilla extract 
3 tbsp Kohana Cold Brew Concentrate

Cupcake Directions:

Pre-heat the oven to 350FLine your cupcake pans Mix the softened butter and sugar until light and fluffy Beat in each egg, one at a timeIn a separate bowl, combine…

Influenster - Fierce VoxBox

I'm back at it with another VoxBox thanks to influenster! I received the following products in my Fierce VoxBox complimentary for testing and review purposes! Sign up to find out how you can receive and test products.

Here are the items I received and my honest thoughts on them:

Madam CJ Walker Brassica Seed Oil
I love trying new hair products so I was excited to try out this oil. You can work the product through dry or damp hair. The oil adds a great shine while moisturizing your hair from root to tip! Know your hair type to determine how much to use. If too much is applied, your hair may look greasy and stringy. 

Carefree Acti-Fresh Liners
I have always been a fan of carefree liners so this was a win in the Fierce VoxBox. These are great for light days. I would highly recommend throwing a few in your purse. 

I have never been a huge fan of Vaseline but my lips have been so chapped during these cold winter months so this was perfect timing! I have begun to use Vaseline on my li…

Travel Guide: Philadelphia

Are you planning a trip to Philadelphia? If so, I hope my experience helps you make the most of your trip. Here is how I spent 72 hours exploring the city of brotherly love!

Podcasts For Your Commute

Have you guys jumped on the podcast-listening train yet? If not, I have your one-way ticket. Listening to podcasts has easily become one of my favorite forms of free entertainment and it is perfect for my somewhat long commute. Most of these podcasts are around 30 minutes to an hour.


Anna Faris is Unqualified
This is the podcast that made me fall in love with podcasts. I started listening to Anna's podcasts during my morning commute and could not stop laughing. Anna along with her friend/producer Sim interview celebrities in the most fun and unique way while also helping callers with issues they are facing. This podcast is recorded at Anna's house and as a listener, it feels like you are right there in her living room. While she claims to be "unqualified," you can tell Anna truly cares about her listeners and tries to provide quality advice that will help them with what they are going through. BONUS - You can expect many surprise appearances by Chris Pratt.
*You …

Frugal Gift Guide: Beer Lover

Need some gift inspiration for the beer-lover in your life? You have come to the right place. 

This post is dedicated to helping you figure out frugal gift ideas for your beer loving friend, significant other, or father figure in your life. Those people are the best, right? I have teamed up with my wonderful and fashionable friend Fidal over at That Son of a Beach - go check out his blog  post for some Valentine's Date outfit ideas! I can't promise that he will save you money but your outfit will be on point!
Make Your Own  Them a 6-Pack - Don't let your beer lover get tired of drinking the same beer all the time. Gift them a variety pack! I have both given and received a "custom picked" 6-pack for birthdays and know this is an awesome and affordable gift idea. You can choose individual beers to build a 6-pack at most grocery stores. I usually go to World Market or Trader Joes - they have the best selection! I am planning to give this gift to my boyfriend this year…

Travel Guide: Amsterdam

Hello friends! This past October I had the opportunity to take my first trip across the pond. The company I work for is focused on expanding globally and opened an office right outside of Amsterdam. I was asked to travel over to train a new employee for two weeks. Not only was this a great opportunity for my career but I also had free time to explore the city of Amsterdam and a little of the surrounding area. My boyfriend tagged along and visited a friend who lives in Münster, Germany for a few days while I worked. I am hoping I can convince him to write a few tips for you guys in a separate post - stay tuned. For now, read about my favorite places and must-know tips for Amsterdam below.