Thursday, March 24, 2011

Better After

So have you ever seen something that you immediately thought that could be so much cuter! Ya know, it's just not living up to the potential that it has.  Well that's exactly what I thought when I saw this chair

Has a ton of potential minus the flowers....and the color of the chair really isn't that bad but it didn't match our decor AT ALL, plus the seat is super comfy but was uber dirty.

So I worked my magic.

Sanded, spraypainted, reupholstered the cushion,

and VIOLA.....

Just what I needed.  Even better was that it was only $10 to do all of this! :)

And that's how I get my crafty fix for the month!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Fun with Finances

This semester I'm taking a personal finance class which has completely opened up my eyes! In my opinion I don't think you should be able to graduate from college without taking a class like this.  It really opens up your eyes, and everyday I leave being like....I'm so glad I know this now!

Our book for class Guide to Money & Investing, which you can get for just 20 buckaroos is a really great book about personal finances. 

On top of that, nothing beats One for the Money! This is an awesome book through the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that offers advice and counsel to everybody.  The principles in here are not just for the wealthy but for people of all financial circumstances.  There is also a debt elimination calendar and budget spreadsheet that is to die for.

Since we are both getting closer to graduating and want to grow our family sooner rather than later ;) we have really decided that we needed to get a better hold on our finances.

What better way to figure out what's up with your finances then to see where you are spending them! So found out that we spend WAY to much money eating out.  More then we definitely should.  So we are using this website Budget Tracker, the basic stuff is free which is really all we need.  It allows you to put in your month expected income.  Then schedule all your bills that you have each month (i.e. rent, gas, electric, credit cards).  After that we made a budget for stuff like gas, food, dining out, dates, and school expenses.  The point of this is to get you to really commit to not spending more then you need to.  So when we go grocery shopping we go through the fridge and find out the basic stuff that we need.  With the left over $ we plan out what we are specifically going to eat for the week, and make sure it doesn't go over our budget.  Then we take only $50 to the grocery store.  That's actually quite a bit too for two people, so we usually don't have to put stuff back.

The trick is to literally track everything you spend. Sounds a little anal right?  Well, if you do it for a little bit it gets easier every day.  The point of a budget is to get you to only buy within your means and to be frugal.  It's not about restricting you, it's about you managing your finances and not your finances manage you.  So pay for stuff in cash only.  Me and Ben both get $10 a week to eat out.  Between his long days at work, and my days on campus it isn't realistic to not spend a few bucks to eat out.  So we each get a $10 bill every monday and it has to last us until the next monday.  Works out pretty well.

It actually fun to keep track of your money and to build up savings, and get out of debt.  That's our goal when we leave here in December to have a great budget and to be saving money for the future.

Managing your finances though isn't just for the wife.  Ladies get your husband excited about finances! Elder Marvin G. Ashton said "In the home, money management between husband and wife should be on a partnership basis, with both parties having a voice in decision- and policy-making". 

In my Family Foundations class we talk about about money management in the family, and it surprises me how many people don't really sit down and go over it.  Every night we track the money (if we spend any) and we talk about how we can improve, upcoming bills and if we are in need of anything that we didn't budget for (like a haircut or medicine).  It's going to become a tradition for us, we've just started doing this at the beginning of the week but I have seen as soon as today from less stress and more knowledge.

Our goal isn't to turn into this
  So much as to have a little more of this
So we can avoid this
And start having some of this ;)

Friday, March 11, 2011

Oh what a deal!

So......I'm NOT one to brag but I'm going to.  If your looking for a romantic getaway in Salt Lake City or Boise then you should head on over to Anniversary Inn

It was 11 months ago yesterday that me and the Hubs were sealed for eternity in the Salt Lake City Temple!  We had an amazing day filled with love and celebration.  Since both of us don't live in Salt Lake City we were kind of nervous about staying at a hotel that we've never ever seen before.  But me being the dutiful planner that I am research every hotel in Salt Lake City.  When we came across the Anniversary Inn I got so excited! They didn't have a single bad review, so we booked it!  Now here's how nice Anniversary Inn is! There was some mix up with the reservations when we wanted to add an extra night.  Apparently somehow they just deleted our entire reservation.  OH MY! Picture this I'm sitting in my wedding dress in the car not knowing why it's taking so long as Ben is checking in.  He is such a charmer....he explained that this was our wedding night and that we NEEDED a room.  Guess what they did....

Upgraded us to one of the nicest rooms and only charged us for the cheapest.  Pretty great deal night! 

Well since our one year anniversary is the weekend of finals going down to UT didn't seem like it was the smartest thing to do.  So we are going down the weekend after! Bonus...Last time we stayed they gave us a $150 gift certificate for another stay!! YES! SCORE! Another Bonus:  They have a Special that for $300 you get 2 nights stay with an early check in and....get ready for this one.....$100 gift card to restaurants like the The Roof, an amazing restaurant buffet it's not one of those cheap one's but it really is an amazing buffet with delicious food and looks right at the Salt Lake Temple.  And you even have money left over for a cheap lunch at the Garden.  They make the best Buffalo Burgers Ever! So with our discount we are paying $175 for pretty much an amazing weekend! Yes, it's a dent in our wallets but this is going to be our last anniversary out west before we move to Minnesota and the Salt Lake Temple holds a very special place in our hearts.

So what do I LOVE about Anniversary Inn??

The Rooms- yes, they are themed and I love it. :) Call me whatever you want but they are so nice and they are NOT TACKY at all!  It's a nice little get away! We're staying in the Phantom of the Opera Room! Check out this room

Location, Location, Location- right in the hear of Salt Lake City this beauty is less then a mile away from Temple Square and the best restaurants

Specials- I'm pretty sure they are running all year round, so they are definitely a good deal. 

Service- They are so nice and accommodating! Not to mention the delicious breakfast that they deliver to you in the money featuring the best scones and parfaits and fresh squeezed OJ.  To top that they deliver cheese cake to your room every night along with a bottle of Martinelli's. 

CLEAN- The rooms are impeccable.

So are you and your someone special in need of a little get a way? 

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Itching for a little Spring!

Well with the craziness of school finally coming to an end in the next month, I've been wisely using any free time I have to SLOWLY redecorate our bedroom.  Yup I'm still on that! Between working, school, and loving on my hubby there doesn't seem to be more then a couple hours a week that I can spend on some free time crafting.  I wanted to share this quote though that I found to be very empowering 
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” Nelson Mandela
 One thing that my Mom has always told me seen I was little was that I was very creative and that I needed to use my talent.   Well, after years of "failure" with instruments, painting and drawing, and singing I was beginning to think that maybe my Mom tuned into the wrong "mother frequency" for me that day.  Since getting married I'm spent a lot of time and effort on making our little home one that we love to be in.  Well when I read this quote the other day it really hit me.  I have talents!  
Yea I'm kind of a dork but who am I NOT to GET MY CRAFTY ON?!  Sitting around and not utilizing this thrifty little mind of mine helps no own.  So I share my ideas to inspire others to get THEIR crafty on.  Yes, it's simple and to be honest I'd say I'm pretty simple myself.  I don't need a lot in life to make me happy.  Falling asleep holding my husbands hand, cuddling a little baby, feeling close to my Heavenly Father, and seeing my hard work when a project is done, these are the things that bring me the most happiness.  And I wouldn't change that for the world.

Stepping off my soap....this is what I have been up to! 

Spring Wreath
  • Dollar Store Wreath
  • Spray Paint
  • Wooden Letter
  • Scrapbook Paper
  • Modge Podge
  • Ribbon
  • Fabric Scraps
Whole cost.......$4! Yup look around and you will be surprise to see what scraps you have for other projects!
  1. Spray paint wreath and letters.  Do at least 2 coats of spray paint because it will be outside.  You don't want all your hard work ruined by unpredictable weather!

    2. Use a piece of paper to make a template for your scrapbook paper by tracing it over the wooden letter.  Find some cute scrapbook paper and VOILA! It's modge podge wonderful!

   3.  Embellish!  I attached my wooden letter by getting a thick piece of ribbon cutting it in two and then hot gluing it to the back of the letter and wrapping them around the wreath.  Add some cute rosettes and your done! 

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

All that JAZZ!

So I had gotten us tickets to a Jazz game a few months ago, and we have been soooo EXCITED!

It was an awesome game! Fortunately too they WON!

WOOOWHO!!! It was my first NBA game, and to say the least it was AWESOME and so FUN! 

On top of seeing a super great game! We also we BLESSED to witness the amazing talent of 60 women over the age of 50 YEARS OLD, getting their groove on!

The last little old lady to leave the court was INCREDIBLE!
She did these awesome high kicks....and then totally jumped
and landed in a split!

She must have been like 60 years old!

She's my inspiration for what I want to be like at
her age

It was AMAZING! 

In the end the Jazz and the Kings went into over time!  The crowd got so PUMPED UP! 

And the Jazz took it home ending the game at Jazz 109, Sacramento Kings 102

Quite the Adventure if I do say so myself.