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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! 

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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. 

Vaseline 
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 …

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.

Comedy

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 …