It’s Been Six Years

Today marks six years since my dad passed away. It’s been a hard six years but I do believe that life is getting better and that I am who I am because of how amazing of a person he was.

Below are some of my favorite pictures of him. He was an amazing person and I am so happy to have had him in my life!

Enjoy your weekend everyone, and always live life to the fullest :)



This is us on an airplane. Jet-setting since I was a baby!


This is him from the 80′s, I believe. I have tons of photo albums from him and he was big on solo traveling. He worked at the airlines when he was alive, and enjoyed the perks of free airfare as much as he could.


 This is him in the 70′s I believe. It was for a newspaper ad I think.

Do You Spend $12,000 Each Year To Look Good?

Do You Spend $12,000 Each Year To Look Good?The other day I came across an article that said men and women spend around $15,000 in their lifetime to look good.

At first that amount of money seemed like a lot, but when I really thought about it, $15,000 really did not seem like enough at all.

When you include, beauty products, hair cuts, spa treatments, clothing and so on, the number is probably much higher than $15,000 in your whole entire life.

In fact, I came across another article that said the number is actually around $12,000 per YEAR (according to Siren Magazine). $12,000 a year sounds like way too much to me though.

$12,000 a year would be around a third of what the average person makes a year. Maybe people are using personal loans such as from Yes Loans to fund their beauty expenses?

Here is how much I estimate that I spend each year:

  • Beauty products (lotions, makeup, brushes, nail polish, etc.) – $250
  • “Normal” items (toothpaste, toothbrushes, razors, etc.) – $75
  • Haircuts and coloring – $250
  • Fitness – I’m not really sure how to estimate this since we just bought a home gym. The ongoing cost is $0 though since everything is paid for.
  • Clothing and shoes – $1,500.


That makes my grand total of how much I spend each year to look good at $2,075. The number is a lot less though if I don’t include my estimate for clothing spending.

I used to spend a lot more to “look good,” but I now do many things to lower the amount that I spend. Below are different ways for you to lower the amount that you spend:


Go for the natural look.

If you want to save the most money, then staying your natural self will most likely save you the most amount of money. For example, if I wanted to be blonde, that’s going to cost more than if I stayed with my natural brown color because of the upkeep that would be required.

The same goes for if you want to tan, you want to wear makeup, and so on.

Also, if you decide to go completely natural and go without makeup, beauty products, or clothing, your cost would be $0 each year! Haha, that wouldn’t work for most though because clothing is pretty much a necessity for life… :)


Find an awesome hair stylist that is in your price range.

I have been going to the same girl for over a year now, and no one can beat her prices. I refer all my friends to her because she is affordable and always does a great job. A cut and color is usually less than $65 if I use her, which is better than what most of my friends pay for their stylists (usually $150+).

It does help that I don’t do much with my hair, I usually only color it variations of dark red and/or brown. I’m not gutsy enough to do much else!


Take surveys and/or mystery secret shop.

This is something that I used to do all the time so I could save money on my beauty spending. There were many beauty mystery/secret shops available when I used to mystery shop.

I would sign up for mystery shops for products that I already used (such as Estee Lauder). This way I would get the product for free, and I would also get paid something around $10 to do the shop. It was great and definitely a win-win for me.


Try makeup dupes.

I am not the type of person to spend $500 on face lotion. I am also not the type of person to spend $100 on face lotion. There are plenty of makeup dupes out there that can save you money.

A makeup dupe is when there is a cheaper version of an expensive product that almost works the exact same. Here is an article from Buzzfeed that lists 9 makeup dupes.


How much do you spend each year to look good?

What do you do to lower your costs?


P.S. Lets try to not get into the politics of it all about why people feel the need to spend money on beauty. If you can afford spending money on beauty, then I see no problem with that. People can spend their money on what they want. Also, many people feel more confident when they look good, which is great. Many people also enjoy clothing and makeup, so no need to judge others about that also :)


What If It Floods On Our Wedding Day? And Weekly Update

What If It Floods On Our Wedding Day? And Weekly Update

There’s a road under that river. Read the Wedding section below to hear more…

Hello! I hope all of you had a great week.

Our squirrels are gone! The final one was caught just a few days ago, and the loud noises in the attic have stopped also.

We are going to wait a few more days before we repair all the damage though just in case we have a straggler. We did notice that they tried chewing through the roof and they tried chewing on a metal pipe, so we may need to get those repaired as well.

Sadly, Wes’ grandma passed away last week, and she had a beautiful service. Many people came and it was a great way to celebrate her life.

Next Friday also marks 6 years since my dad passed away, and we’re trying to think of something new to do to celebrate his life. I bought introductory flight lessons awhile back and I’m starting to think that I need to schedule that because I know he would love it if I followed in his footsteps. I’m still a little terrified and intimidated though!



April hasn’t been the greatest for spending so far. We have car expenses (the Jeep needed an oil change, transmission flush and license plates renewed), I bought some clothes (for the warmer weather), and I have had a lot of wedding stuff that needed to be paid for.

We need to buy more dirt for our house as well. It’s been raining a lot here in St. Louis and we had a lot of ponds form in our front and backyard. We put down over 1,000 pounds of dirt last month and it doesn’t look like we even put down a handful!


Business Income

April has been a super busy month for me so far. I added a new staff writing client, and I’m trying to do as much work as I can right now so that I can enjoy May and June a little bit more. With the nicer weather, my sister moving, a few vacations, the wedding, and so on happening in those two months, I need to finish as much as I can now so that I have more time later for other work.

I know I have time, I just need to get back on schedule and work on time management.

If anyone needs any help, check out my Hire Me page and let me know what services you are interested in.


Being healthy

Working on being more healthy hasn’t exactly been going very well. I’m eating better than ever, but I haven’t worked out in forever. Lets hope that all changes soon!


Wedding Planning

The wedding is less than 2 months away. AHHH! Who else wants to scream with me?

We finally received our wedding invitations in the mail the other day. I know, I know. Our wedding is in less than 2 months and I don’t even have these out yet. Everyone keeps asking me if theirs was lost in the mail.

Nope, I’m just that lazy.

Luckily, I did send out Save The Dates back in 2013, so everyone already knows what day the wedding is on. My goal is to get the actual invitations done sometime over the weekend. I have horrible handwriting though, so addressing the envelopes will take me awhile to do.

We also need to think of a backup plan for the wedding too, just in case it rains. Our ceremony and reception are entirely outdoors, and if it rains then the road will flood to the property and we will be screwed. Other events have been canceled at the property because of flooding, so I’m not just overreacting…

Watch this video from my Instagram that shows the flooding problem (that water is over a foot deep – the road dips in the middle right where the water is).

I’ve tried contacting many other wedding venues, but for some reason a lot of them have been pretty snarky about the whole situation. They either get mad that they weren’t our first choice (I guess they really don’t like the work “backup”), they accuse me of wanting to bring the flood to them (LOL, seriously, that actually happened), and so on. Finding a backup wedding location must not be the norm for St. Louis… But, I guess the snarkiness that I experienced is just how a lot of the wedding industry acts, so I’m not super surprised.

If you were an outdoor bride, did you have a backup plan for your wedding? Please tell me what you did.

Main things that we still need to do include:

  • Find a bartender. I tried looking this week and this is actually a lot harder to do than I thought it would be.
  • Signage. We want multiple signs for the wedding. We want some for the bar area, directions for the actual property (such as bathrooms, dancing, ceremony, reception, etc.) and then signs so that people can find the location of the property.


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