All of the pretties ~ Farmhouse Style

Hi Lovelies! 

If you know me, then you know that I love Fixer Upper and the FARMHOUSE STYLE. It’s seriously my favorite. I love barn doors and rustic touches everywhere. I have always wondered what theme or design I wanted to go with when it came to decorating our home. Farmhouse style has been at the top for awhile now. I love the beautiful look of shiplap, the rustic touch of barn doors on metal railings and love chippy items (tables & candle sticks). You name it, I love it!

I wanted to share with you all a few things that I have been eyeing lately but am just resisting buying at the moment seeing as how we are moving in May into another apartment. Got to save for that and then start saving for a house now that we know we can apply for a home loan (just want to save up for a good down payment).

Onto what I have been drooling over!!

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Let’s be real… how adorable is the little washing machine tin!!! LOVE IT! And it’s not that expensive on worldmarket.com. Again, these are just a few of the things I’ve been eye-balling. I just need to come up with some “play” money so I can get it all. Ha Ha!

Comment below with your favorite decorating style! I’d love to hear from you ❤

xoxo
Kaytee

Money Savings Bingo >> New Years Resolution

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Now, I know what you’re thinking, “Oh god, Katie is doing a New Years resolution..new year..new her, thing. It’ll never work and everyone does the same thing.” Well, you’re mistaken. I’m not doing a “new year, new me” thing, I’m doing a save more money…thing.

Every year people try to set these super high New Years resolutions. “I’m going to lose 100lbs, I’m going to buy a lambo”, something like that. I want to be more realistic and just try to save more money this year. Now, last year I had started the savings bingo and I got quite far but then an unexpected expense popped up and I had to deplete the funds (thank God for those funds though for covering it). *Insert crying face*. This year I plan on doing things differently. Before, I would just put money in all the time, not leaving any out to go toward added expenses and then would end up having to empty out the jar (which should be left alone and not touched till it’s completed). With that being said, this year I plan on just depositing around $50 from each of my checks. That way, I still have money set aside for bills, groceries or any emergencies that might pop up. My hopes are to be able to not touch the money in the jar and end up completing the entire bingo chart. (has yet to happen)

Now, if you’re someone who has trouble saving money and complain all the time about being broke, then you should TOTALLY check this out and give it a try! It’s really easy and fun because you get to color in all the squares once you’ve completed that deposit. *insert cheesy grin*

Here’s how the bingo chart works:

  1. Print Chart (see photo below to print)
  2. Find a jar or other way to store money
  3. Tape chart to jar or have it in whatever container you choose
  4. Mark off each square as you deposit that amount
    (i.e: Square 34 – Deposit $34 or if you’re unable to afford that amount, maybe do pennies. So 34 pennies)
  5. Complete Bingo Chart = Cha-Ching! $$$$$$$$

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The Bingo Savings chart is really fun and a great way to get your children started on learning how to save money. Trust me, saving money should be taught because it’ll help in the long run (I know this because I was never really taught to save money and it affected me once I moved out #alwaysbroke). For children, I would recommend doing pennies (unless of course you’re giving your child $52 for some reason lol).

“Is there a certain day or week I should be depositing and marking off a square?”
No. I tend to just go off of when I get paid. If for some reason, I have extra income from either Swagbucks or photos, then I might put a little extra in the jar and mark off a few more squares. Other than that, I just do every pay day.

If you end up having any questions or want to get started on saving money and leaving the broke life behind, feel free to drop a comment below or if you’re on FB – message me.

Hope you all enjoyed my post! Here’s to a new year and more money!! $$$$

Xoxo Katie

oh my precious!!

Good Evening Everyone!

I have been waiting forever to finally own a Kitchenaid mixer! My dad, brother & I went in together, years ago, and got my mom one for Christmas. A real pretty red Kitchenaid mixer. Since she got hers, I have always wanted my own but I could never decide on what color to get or did I have the money to ever buy one. First it was pink, then teal, then purple, then back to pink and finally ending it with teal. My husband as well as friends all thought it would look lovely in my kitchen and frankly, so did I. No lie, it does look AMAZING in my kitchen.

I ended up purchasing the Kitchenaid Artisan design series in Sea Glass (shiny teal as I call it). Instead of getting the mixer with the stainless steel bowl, I went for the one with the beautiful glass bowl that has a built in spout. That’s one thing I didn’t really care for when my mom got her mixer – the lack of spout makes pouring a nightmare and a big mess. Though it was a little more expensive to get the mixer with the glass bowl, I have no regrets.

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Last night was my first night using it. *Insert girly giggle*. I decided my first recipe being made with the Kitchenaid mixer was going to be peanut butter blossoms (husbands favorite cookie). Not only did the mixer tackle the task but my cookies came out delicious.

Who else own’s a Kitchenaid mixer and is absolutely in love with it? I seriously can NOT wait to make everything under the sun with it. Cookies, scones, cupcakes, cakes…EVERYTHING! 

I hope you all enjoyed my post! Stay tuned for more posts in the future.
xoxo Katie

Me & My Big Ideas Happy Planner | Organization Lover

Raise your hand if you like to organize. *Raises hand* I love to organize and keep track of my budget and bills. You name it, I’ll organize it. Ha ha! During the pre-Black Friday sales, my friend Jessica mentioned that she was going to Michael’s. The minute she said that, I hopped on my computer to see what sales they had going on. I wasn’t even really looking to get out and spend money but I saw they had the planners on sale for around $9.99-$13.99 and after looking through them online and watching a couple of videos on youtube about folks who used them and LOVED them, I was sold. I convinced hubby to go with me Thursday night at almost 9:30PM to go get my planner. We walked in and they had a small selection near the front of the store. However, there was a bigger selection toward the back that had more planners and the stickers/additional things you can get for them. I ended up picking the happy planner because I loved the quote on the front and loved the watercolor on the cover. One of the things I love about this planner is that you can customize everything! There are super cute stickers to add to personalize it and one of the things I got was a budget planner. It fits the smaller planners but since they’re all setup the same, you can make it work in the big planner as well. Anyway, enough talking … let’s get on to the photos!

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Isn’t it lovely!! The little hearts on the rings was a cute touch. I forgot to mention that thanks to how they’ve set this planner up, you can easily remove and add more pages! It’s great! I’ve heard that a lot of people will take the pages out and get them laminated so they don’t have to buy new ones. I actually was thinking of making copies of my budget planner so I don’t have to keep buying more. Hope you all love my planner too and don’t forget, they’re available at Michael’s!

ZzzQuil Vox Box >>> Review

Hello Ladies & Gents

I had the pleasure of receiving the #Zzzquil Vox box via Influenster free for testing purposes.

I have to say that this stuff works pretty good. Made me fall asleep fast and stay asleep throughout the night. No more tossing and turning and waking up every few hours. Love it! Normally it takes me hours to fall asleep, but this works great and helps me fall asleep faster. Yay!

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Be sure to check out my video of me unboxing my Zzzquil vox box 😀

Here’s to a New Adventure!

Hello Everyone!

At the beginning of the month, May 8th, hubby & I left California to start our new life in Fayetteville, NC. We were both very miserable living with my parents. It was time for a change and that meant packing the kiddos up and moving across the states to the East Coast. I know a few of your are asking, “How did you do it? How did you just pack up and move? How could you afford it?”. Well to answer those questions, it was easy. Hubby decided he wanted to make this move and I was on board with him. He sold both of his cars so we could afford to make the expensive move out to North Carolina. The expensive part wasn’t even driving out that way, it was for the Penske truck and trailer to tow my car all the way out here. It wasn’t hard for us to do the move but it was more so of when to tell the parents that we were planning on leaving. Hubby’s parents already knew ahead of time because he told them about a month in advance. The hard part, however, was telling my parents (who are pretty judgmental). I was expecting the worst. Basically guilt trips, un-approval and so on. Sad truth, that’s exactly what I got. Mom sorta freaked out and then the whole week or so before we left, it was guilt trip after guilt trip. “You know there’s bad weather right now”. “Your cousin said there’s NOTHING in Fayetteville”. “Sissy and Nardi are not going to like the move”. You know, just saying anything in hopes to get us to stay. Which of course, did not work. (Sorry mom! lol).

So here we are now, Fayetteville, North Carolina. We got here Wednesday May 11th and stayed with our friends. We weren’t able to move into our new home till Saturday. 

Now it has been 8 days since we moved in and we sorta have everything squared away and organized. Ha ha, who am I kidding. There’s still a lot of stuff to be organized. There’s still stuff that we need to get like a tv stand, a dresser, a bookshelf for all of our dvds and then more kitchen stuff. The joy of living in a new place with your hubby and not having to share and of it with your family is amazing. It means I can finally decorate the place how I want. Plus I love this place. It has tall ceilings, granite countertops, cherry wood cabinets and nice plush, super soft carpet. I believe it’s a little smaller than our last place but it feels bigger and more open.

Did I mention I can’t wait to decorate. These are some items I’ve been eye-ballin’ to pick up for the house.

Kitchen Rug - Target Crockpot - Target Kitchenaide Mixer - Target

I can’t decide which cookie jar I like.

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There are other things we need to get as well, like a dresser, a tv stand, actual glasses and more pots and pans.

Hope you all enjoyed my post!

Gotta Save Dat Money | Update #2

Hey Hey Everyone!

It’s been exactly a week since I last wrote about saving money with the bingo 52 week challenge. I have been having so much fun with the bingo one rather than the regular 52 week challenge. But really, who doesn’t like coloring? I think that’s the “fun” part about doing the bingo style challenge; you get to color it in! Yes, my inner child likes to come out from time to time.

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A little off topic but aren’t my mom’s Valentine’s day decorations cute! I love this sign.

Back on track. So this week I have managed to mark off quite a few squares. If you remember last weeks jar, I didn’t have many marked off at all. [sad jar]

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Yep, I had a whopping 3 squares marked off. This week I have managed to mark off:
1-10
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11, 14, 20

That’s quite a bit! That’s $253 that I’ve saved since starting this year! Whew! This is going to be used toward getting a new motor for my car. [eeee, can’t wait!]

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If you’re looking for an easy way to save money, then this is it! It’s also a great way to get kids started on the importance of saving money. Of course, it’s a little hard for a kid to come up with $50 at one time but you can always turn the bingo challenge into a penny challenge and have the child put in a penny for week 1, then 2 for the second week and so on.

I know from personal experience that I would have loved it had my parents taught me how to start saving money at a young age. I know when it’s my time to be a parent, I’ll teach my kids about saving money so they’ll have a good start on their future.

If you’re a little worried about starting the bingo challenge and you’re sitting there thinking, “Katie makes it look easy but I can’t spare a lot of money each week”. Well, you don’t have to do weekly, you can always put in as much money as you want whenever you want. That’s the joy about doing the bingo version versus the regular 52 week challenge. On that one you have deadlines to meet for each amount. I love the bingo style because there’s no time frame. You simply put in the amount you can spare whenever you can spare it. For me, I usually have a week or two out of the month that I actually have money so I’ll plan out how much I want to put in the jar because you know, once it goes in, that means no touchy touchy! I personally like to try to knock out the bigger amounts when I can but sometimes I only have $15 and that’s okay. You do what you can. 

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If you have any questions regarding the Bingo 52 week challenge, please leave a comment below and I will answer it promptly! If you’re interested in printing out my version of the bingo square, click here.

I hope you all enjoyed my post and as always, have a great rest of your week!

Now get to saving!

Xoxo Katie