Gym Wear Haul

I’m feeling motivated to get back in shape and get in the gym so I picked up some gym wear. I know it’s all in my mind but I feel so much better working out when I look well put together. The video features Gym Shark, Puma, Adidas, and Nike. Give the post a like if you’d like to see more videos like this and let me know what your favorite outfit is.

Gym Wear Haul

DIY Projects: Desk Edition

In the process of moving and saving money I’ve had to get a little ingenious. I needed a desk for my office and I’ve had a wooden desk that I planned to revamp for years. I know most of us might not have a wooden desk that has been lying around for years (I might be a little bit of a hoarder), so I’d recommend checking out a local thrift store. The only products I needed for this DIY project were a sander, knobs, and spray paint. This project only cost around $80 for the knobs and spray paint. I used seven cans of spray paint and probably could have used less if I properly sanded the desk down. I also used rather expensive knobs so that is another area you could save money.

From Shabby to Chic

If I had to do it again I’d properly sand the desk down and use a spray paint primer. There were a few spots I had to go over more heavily because the wood was stained. This should go without saying but, please do not spray paint in the house or even your garage. This is definitely a project that needs to be done outside. Also depending on how old the item you are sanding is you want to be careful because the paint could be a lead base paint. If you have any questions about that I’d recommend doing some research and/or wearing a face mask.

Be on the lookout for more DIY Projects coming your way.

Skims: Satin Stretch Review

When I saw this collection I just knew I had to have it. The stretch satin material looked absolutely gorgeous and very luxurious. The colors were beautiful and I knew instantly that I would be stalking the website once they dropped.

I originally wanted the Smokey Quartz but was unable to get my hands on it because the smaller sizes sold out almost instantly. Can I just say I hate that! Why do brands, especially big brands like Skims make so few products? I NEED ANSWERS! I was only 3 minutes late to the launch and was only able to grab the bodysuit in, Desert Clay. Again, I’m so annoyed that I wasn’t able to get my hands on more and even more annoyed that you have to wait so long for the Skims inventory to restock! Big brands please do better!

What you’ve really been waiting for! I loved the bodysuit. I will say initially I wasn’t impressed at all! The package wasn’t great at all especially for the price, you can see me unbox the bodysuit below. Once I put it on I fell in love! The quality, the fit, and the feel was perfect. I enjoyed the fact that the bodysuit isn’t a thong bottom and the fact that my double D’s actually had support; you will need pasties because the girls will poke through. I will say that this bodysuit does not feel as compressive as shape wear and I believe she said it wasn’t meant to be shape wear. Nonetheless, it did a great job at smoothing out my back rolls. Depending on how your standing or sitting there may be a few rolls, which I’m not mad at. I can’t be mad if my clothes show what’s there.

If I had to describe the bodysuit in two words I’d say silky and smooth. It definitely felt luxurious and I can’t wait to style it a few ways. The video below shows how I styled it, more photos and styling videos will be added in a part two to this post.

Skim’s Satin Stretch Bodysuit Review

The only negative thing I can say about the bodysuit is that it doesn’t snap between the legs. If you have a weak bladder that could be a problem. Please make sure you consider where you are going and what you will be doing before you wear this out. Do not get caught slipping Sis!

Let me know with a like or comment if you’d like me to review more of Skim’s inventory.

Missguided Haul

It’s that time again, drum roll please…it’s Haul Week! This time I picked up a few items from Missguided. Missguided is one of my favorite “fast fashion” brand. You get cute quality clothes for a good price. There’s always a sale going, and items can be picked up at a great price.

Button Front Ribbed Bodysuit
Black & White

Here are the items I picked up and all the details:

  • Kissy Roddy x Missguided black graphic print long sleeve body – US6 $25.50
  • White Poplin Corset Shirt Dress – US8 $21
  • White Button Front Ribbed Bodysuit – US8 $11.50
    • Black – US8 $12.50
    • Lime Green – US6 $12.50
  • Purple Zip Front Kangaroo Pocket Sweat & Jogger Co-ord Set – US6 $25.50
  • Stone Hoodie & Jogger Co-ord Set – US6 25.50

Styling Video

I truly loved all the items I got. The white dress is by far my favorite. I initially was a little skeptical about the material, but baby when I put it on I felt amazing. I definitely feel like the dress looks more expensive than it actually was. The fit was great and I can’t wait to wear it on a date night! I also really enjoyed the bodysuits and sweat suits. The quality with all the items except the Lissy Roddy jumpsuit we’re great. I’d definitely recommend checking them out if you haven’t already.


Debt Free 2020

One of my personal goals for 2020 is to be completely debt free. Please keep in mind I am not including my student loans in this. I know for those of us who have student loans they can be a huge burden. I recommend tackling any other debt you have first and then addressing your student loans. Typically the interest rate on your student loans is significantly lower than any credit card(s) you have. If you address the credit card(s) or other loan debt first it will be easier to tackle student loans at a later date. Please note when I say later date I DO NOT mean do not pay on them now. If it is in your budget make sure you’re on some type of payment plan or pay the interest every month so you’re not shooting yourself in the foot.

I’ve always enjoyed writing out a budget but I’ve never stuck to them. The first time I saved more than 5k is while I was pregnant with my little one. Something about having a kid motivates you to get it together. Yes, at almost 30 I finally became somewhat financially savvy. I say somewhat because I have a long way to go as I’m sure many of us do. But I digress, lately I’ve been using the budget below to help me get it together.

Monthly Budgeting Tool – 1
Click the link above

This budget is simple and easy! Click on the link provided and you can fill in all your expenses and change it from month to month. What I like about this budget is that it easily shows you your income, expenses, and what you have left over. Don’t panic if your expenses are more than your income. Look at the budget again and cut some expenses. Be realistic! Eating out may not be in your budget, nor may entertainment, clothing, shoes, or beauty expenses. One thing Dave Ramsey always says that has stuck with me is, “You don’t need to see the inside of a restaurant unless you work there.” Those small purchases really add up so keep track of every dollar you spend. The draft budget I filled out includes some red boxes that help me customize the budget to my needs or remind me of certain things. Please do the same with yours.

One of the next things I did was start reading books and listening to podcasts. I would also recommend finding sites on Instagram or Facebook that encourage you to stay on course. Having a community that holds you accountable is extremely helpful. Leave a comment or send an email if you would like me to create a community where we check in on each other’s progress and hold each other accountable.

The internet can be a beautiful thing if used correctly. One person that has helped me out a lot is Dave Ramsey. I’m sure most of us have heard of him, but may have never paid any real attention to his methods. I encourage you to read some of his books. Here are a few of his books that may be helpful: Financial Peace Revisited, Smart Money Smart Kids, The Money Answer Book, Complete Guide to Money, The Total Money Makeover Workbook. Please also take advantage of his YouTube channel. He is giving out FREE advise and it just might help you!

Disclaimer: I feel like this has to be said I am in no way a financial advisor, I’m just sharing what I’m doing in hopes to help someone else. Please do your research and do what feels comfortable to you. Food, water, and shelter are things that you cannot live without make sure your basic needs are met and credit cards are not tools to live on! I hope some of my journey and some of what I’m sharing can help you or motivate you to take control of your finances in 2020.