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Recently Our mail carrier delivered a magazine to my mailbox, bon appetit.  It goes without saying the magazine was meant for a different mailbox. Not to look a gift horse in the mouth I looked through the many recipes and found this  it goes without saying teen magazine was meant for a different mailbox. Not one to look a gift horse in the mouth, I looked through the many recipes and found this one.  Smoked salmon, cream cheese, and cucumber; I’m in!

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Shopping for a Cause

I attended a preview event for the Southern Women Show a few weeks ago.  While at the event we had the opportunity to learn about a non-profit in Raleigh that helps people with domestic abuse.  Interact helps both men and women with domestic violence, sexual assault, and to relocate families who need assistance.  They fund their operations with donations of either money or clothing.  They have a thrift store that helps raise money, which they had set up at the Southern Women Show and we were able to shop.  I purchased 2 tops and a cardigan.  This is one of the tops I bought.  I love how light it is and perfect for either work or fun.  Not to mention when I wear it I am reminded that my purchase helped someone in a bad situation.  Wearing clothing that gives back in such an amazing way is close to my heart. Read More »

Plan a Staycation!

We are BIG advocates of Staycations.  For the obvious reason, it’s cheap and we don’t have to find a pet sitter.
I thought I would run down a few idea’s to make your staycation the best!

1. Research your area for things to try / do.  For example my area has a Kayak rental place on the Haw River that’s affordable and hours of fun!  We did this last year, packed a picnic and hit the river. Read More »

Lesson’s with an Accountant “Retirement”

Today on Lesson’s with an Accountant I am discussing Retirement.

If you are anything like me you are looking forward to Retirement.
I have a long list of things I want to do, places to travel, etc.

Disclaimer: I am an Accountant but not a CPA, please consult your CPA before making any financial decisions.

I posted the question on IG, What questions do you want answered on this series.
There were some great questions.  Budgets was the top concern, which I covered here.
Another reader posed the question “What percentage should we divide our income for savings, retirement, and recreation (travel, etc)?” Read More »

Dressing Up Jeans

Blouse / Jeans / Sandals / Sunglass  Read More »

Light Summer Salad

I love to make light salads for the summer.  Lately we have been loving fresh radishes!  So naturally I decided to make a salad around them.  I looked on Pinterest and found a corn based salad that had radishes.  I added items we love, like dead less cucumbers and onion.  With so many flavors I didn’t want a heavy sauce.  Lime juice and dill brought all the flavors together. Read More »

Outdoor Decor update

Last year April I did a blog post on Small Space Living where I shared how I decorate our small front porch.
This year I did a little updating and wanted to share a few changes we made.

My husband got me this lounge chair a few years ago and I love sitting on it to do homework when the weather is nice.  This year I have been all about Blue and Aqua color.  I redid our bathroom in blues and our Kitchen.  Well I took the color update outside.  I found this long pillow at Kirkland’s on clearance for $4.99, all because it was missing a button.  I was so excited, I knew I could get a button to replace it for so little.  When I got home and showed B, he said why do the buttons have to show, couldn’t you just turn it around?  Um, yeah I guess I could lol.  So that’s what I did.  I flipped the pillow around.  I can always get a button, but at least I can use the pillow now. Read More »

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