LET’S BUDGET |Spending Spreadsheet

Hello! Today we are talking about SAVING money and budgeting! Yay!

We are a one income family, and have been for 9 years. Even though my husband makes the money, it is my job to manage it. I pay the bills, I budget, I save, and let’s face it, I’m the one doing the swiping. He’s at work all day.

I create a SPENDING SPREADSHEET each month, and it’s changed my life!

A spending spreadsheet is basically just writing it down every time you make a purchase. You will be SHOOK at how much you are actually spending. The month is half over, and I’m still in the first column. You should have seen this when I first started doing it. I was in the second column by day 10. Swipe, swipe, swipe.

First, make your key according to what categories you spend. Bills like mortgage, phone, water, electric, etc. come out of our bank account. This is for our credit card. Every time I actually make a purchase, it goes here.

Gas – I use orange for this – I document both my husband’s and my gas purchases.

Bills – these are things that are necessary items that I have to purchase. Things like school pictures, prescriptions, lunch money, things like that. That’s yellow. The non-negotiables.

Groceries – I try to spend $100 or less on groceries each week. This goes in blue.

So, seeing a lot of orange, yellow, and blue on your spreadsheet is ok.

We don’t want a lot of green and pink.

Food – fast food or eating out goes in green.

Fun/Other – this is unnecessary spending; things that you don’t need. Amazon, Target…you know what I mean. Goes in pink.

Here’s ours for September so far.

As you can see, I’m not perfect! I went ham at target on the first of the month, and we have definitely eaten out a lot.

This spreadsheet just makes me way more aware of what I was spending. At the end of the month, add up the green and pink. You will be shocked, and you will think twice before you swipey swipey.

I hope this is helpful to you!

Let me know if you want more budgeting tips!

Thanks for reading 🙂


EAT | One Pan Chicken + Asparagus

Hello! Having a family of four, I am always on the hunt for quick and easy meals, and especially meals that only require only one pan! Less dishes = happier me.

Today I am sharing my recipe for chicken and asparagus. My whole family loves this recipe (yes, even the girls- they love veggies!) and it’s really flavorful and semi-healthy (it has butter, lol).

Let’s get started.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 lb chicken tenders
  • 1 lb asparagus
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp basil
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder

Season your chicken with salt and pepper.

Melt 1 tbsp butter in large skillet, and stir in your garlic and seasonings.

Add your chicken and sauté.

After chicken is cooked through, scoot to one side and melt the remaining tbsp of butter.

Add in your asparagus and cook for 5-7 minutes, or until tender.

How quick and easy was that? It tastes so good and everyone will love it!

Thanks for reading!


Life Changing $10 Amazon Face Mask

Hi friends! I know we all use a face mask every once in awhile, they are so good for deep cleaning and exfoliating the skin. I know that they can get pretty spendy (umm Glamglow??) I’ve used masks from every price range, and I think, for a deep pore cleansing, you can’t get any better than this one from Amazon.

The Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay.

This has over 15,000 five star reviews on Amazon. Whoa. It retails for $9.99, and comes in a ONE POUND container. There’s enough in here to last you a lifetime.

This mask claims to be the world’s most powerful facial, and is supposed to deep clean pores. It doesn’t contain any fragrance, harsh chemicals, and it’s not tested on animals.

So, this isn’t exactly a mask, yet. It’s a powder.

You mix equal parts of powder and water (or it says ACV, but I’ve never tried that). I usually do a 1/2 tsp and it’s plenty.

It’s a goopy mess, so that’s what we want! It is a light green color, and pretty chunky.

Time to apply!

Am I pretty yet… and did I actually post this picture on the internet?

So, you leave it on for 10-15 minutes, and it gets really tight…then you rinse it off with warm water.

BOOM, poreless face. It makes your skin feel so clean, so smooth, and just, perfect.

Have you tried this?

Thanks for reading!


Top 5 | Lip Glosses

Are you a lipstick girl or a gloss girl? I feel like I’m both…! I love a matte lip, but also a glossy shiny lip! Today I am sharing my 5 favorite lip glosses. These are all non-sticky, too. I cannot stand a sticky lip gloss!

First off, my FAVORITE one of all-time. The Dior Lip Maximizer. This is not only a lip gloss, but a plumper too. When I first started using this a few years ago, it only came in this color, but now it comes in a bunch! The color I have is just Pink, and it’s a very light pastel pink, and smells like vanilla. It doesn’t add much color, but it is oh so shiny and it tingles a bit when applied. It plumps the lips ever so subtly, and is just the perfect lip gloss. It’s Sarah Jessica Parker’s fave, too.

My second favorite lip gloss formula is the Nars Lip Gloss. Like Dior, it is smooth and non-sticky. The color I have is Love Me Do, which is a bright hot pink. I love this for summer, it is so so pretty on the lips. This lip gloss doesn’t really have a smell.

The next one is the Winky Lux Disco Lip Gloss. I have tried all of the different colors of this gloss, and they are STUNNING. When first applied, they come off as clear, but then they change into a pretty pink color, and they are chock full of shimmer. They also smell like vanilla, and I LOVE THEM. This color is Hustle, but all of the colors are pretty.

This Fenty Beauty Gloss in Fenty Glow was the original color of this gloss. This is a more neutral color, a rosy mauve color with some golden shimmer. This gloss smells just like Hawaiian Punch and I love the big applicator. This is just a go-with-anything type of gloss.

Lastly is technically a balm…but it is just as shiny and shimmery as a gloss so I wanted to throw it in here. This is the Glossier Birthday Balm Dot Com. The smell of this, you guys. The smell. It smells like a Funfetti cake, but in a REAL way. It is clear, but chock full of glitter. It is so so pretty and really hydrating. I love this stuff. It comes in a bunch of different colors/flavors, but I LOVE this one. Love the holo packaging, too.

Here are the swatches…they don’t really do them justice at all though, especially the shimmery ones.

From left to right – Dior, Winky Lux, NARS, Fenty, and Glossier.

I hope you enjoyed this post!

xx Amy

Everyday Makeup | 10 Minutes and Natural

Happy Friday! Today is a beauty post, which are still my favorite types of posts to create! I am talking all about makeup today; sharing my every day routine!

I wear makeup every day, and this is what I do most days. It only takes 10 minutes, and makes me feel more put together, more awake, and just all-around better.

A little bit about my skin – I have normal to dry skin, no breakouts, and my skin is very fair and freckled. I do not use liquid foundation because it makes me feel like I have a mask on, and covering my freckles looks weird to me. I use a powder foundation that allows my freckles to show through while still evening out my skin tone.


Lets start off with face makeup.

I’ve already applied my sunscreen and moisturizer, so first I apply my Bare Minerals Bare Pro Performance Wear Powder Foundation in 04 Aspen. I use the Bare Minerals Precision Face Brush to apply this; it is a dense angled brush. I buff this all around in circular motions.

The next product I use is the Tarte Shape Tape Concealer in Light. I apply this underneath my eyes to conceal my dark circles and then tap it in with my finger to blend.

To add some color and dimension to my face, I use the Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer in Milk Chocolate. I use the Real Techniques Blush Brush in circular motions all along the perimeter of my face and into my cheekbones.

For blush, I use the MAC Sheertone Blush in Springsheen, a peachy pink color with golden shimmer. I apply this with a Morphe M435 angled brush.

Let’s move onto the eyes!

Eyebrows are verrry important, so I use the Anastasia Brow Powder Duo In Dark Brown along with an angled brush to fill in my eyebrows. I kind of just mix the two colors together. This helps keep them looking put together, but still natural.

For shadow, I keep it super simple with this Too Faced Natural Eye Palette. I use a shimmery beige color on the lids, and a matte medium brown color in the crease. The brushes are both from Sigma, E25 for laying down the lid color, and E35 for blending.

For liner, I prefer a dark brown pencil, my favorite is Urban Decay 24/7 Pencil in Demolition; a matte brown color. I apply this to my upper lash line, and smudge it under my lower lash line. This gives definition to my eyes while still looking natural. Black liner tends to look harsh on me.

Lashes make a big difference, so I make sure to curl them, and also use a mascara that adds volume and length, like Benefit Roller Lash. I actually picked up this travel size the other day, because I was at the mall and had forgotten to apply mascara that morning. This is my favorite high-end mascara.

Can’t forget the lips! I used my all-time fave lipstick, MAC Syrup, which is a pinky-purple that has some shine to it. I then topped it off with my Dior Lip Maximizer in Pink, just to add a little bit more shine.

Here’s the before and after!

Can you see my dog Mollie on the chair? 🙂

What does your every day makeup routine look like?

Thanks for reading!