Archives for March 2017


Peanuts Easter Giveaway

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EVERYBODY loves Spring.  It brings with it things like April showers, May flowers, Mother’s Day and Easter!! A lot of us go to church on Easter, spend time with our families and await the arrival of the Easter Beagle.

Well, Spring is FINALLY here and Easter is around the corner. I have an awesome spring-inspired package to help you celebrate. [Read more…]


Sponsored by Jack N’ Jill Kids and Hosted by It’s Free at Last

Taking proper care of your teeth is very important since they have to last you your whole life.  Good dental hygiene is something that needs to be instilled at a young age. Using products designed especially for children makes it more appealing and fun to use them, and as you get older, it becomes a habit and a way of life !!    [Read more…]


Have you checked out Fabletics yet?  Right now you can get your first outfit for only $15 SHIPPED!!  Check out their great selection of High Waist, Capris, Leggings and Joggers.  There are lots of different styles and prints to choose from, so you’re certain to find the perfect pair!!  They have a lot of great outfits, too!!  Right now you can get your first one for just $15….If trendy new leggings are your latest thing, be sure to check out their 2/$24 leggings!!  They have both solids and prints in all sizes!!  CLICK HERE to take a look!!

Making The Experience Of Buying Your First Home Easier

Has the time come to buy your first home? If you’ve recently decided that you want to get a foot on the property ladder, then the chances are you are thinking about what it takes to get that house of your dreams. Admittedly, buying a house isn’t always as straightforward as a lot of buyers think, it’s actually a fairly complex process, especially when you are buying for the first time.


One reason why more and more people are choosing to buy rather than renting is because it means that instead of wasting money on rent each month, you are paying for a little bit more of the property. You’re not lining someone else’s pockets. Instead, you are ensuring that when it comes to yours’ and your children’s futures, that you are preparing. Although buying a house is costly, in the long run, it saves you wasting a lot of money, which is why it’s something that’s definitely worth doing if you can.

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To make the process of buying your first home easier, here’s what you need to do:


Save as much money as possible


If you are going to successfully buy a house, you will need to save up at least a ten percent deposit. If you’ve already got savings, then you may not need to worry about this, but if you haven’t then you will need to spend some time saving up. Remember, the higher your deposit, the more likely you are to be accepted for a mortgage. So, the more money you can save up, the better.

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Do You Really Have To Spend A Fortune On Makeup?

In recent years there has been a phenomenal shift in the makeup industry. What was once a dull scene dominated by a specific few drugstore brands is now a multi-million dollar industry, with everyone from Kylie Jenner to Kat Von D bringing out their own mascaras and lip kits. So, what exactly has changed? The most obvious argument is the landslide of makeup-related social media that is thrust in our faces on a daily basis. Ten years ago, we were all buying makeup, but none of us had any clue how to actually use it. Today, however, we can simply log onto YouTube, and a whole array of makeup tutorials and reviews are right at our fingertips. This rise of makeup bloggers and vloggers is typically what has caused the expansion of the industry, as picture-perfect makeup is something that becomes achievable for all of us. But all this availability comes at a cost – makeup is no longer the cheap asset it once was. With a good quality mascara now setting you back up to $18, it is clear that in order to get hold of the very best, you need to put aside a fair amount of money. Or do you? Take a look at these tips for getting the Instagram-worthy makeup look for a fraction of the price. [Read more…]


Beef Nachos


I love good munchies, and this is most definitely one of my favorite “munchie foods.”

It’s also a great thing to make with leftover taco meat, and I will often whip this up the day after “Taco Night” for lunch  since it only takes a couple of minutes to prepare.  

You can add additional ingredients like tomatoes, re-fried beans, black olives, etc., but I prefer mine pretty plain.

I KNOW you will enjoy these as much as I do.

Beef Nachos
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
  1. 1/2 - 1 lb. ground beef
  2. 1 package taco seasoning mix
  3. 1 c. lettuce, chopped/shredded
  4. 1/2 c. onion, diced
  5. 1 c. Mexican Cheese
  6. 1 bag of Tortilla chips
  1. 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. 2. Brown ground beef, add taco seasoning, and prepare the meat as you would for tacos.
  3. 3. Line a pan with Tortilla Chips. Top with lettuce, beef mixture, onions, cheese (and additional toppings if desired).
  4. 4. Bake for 5-10 minutes, or until cheese melts.
  5. 5. Enjoy!!
  1. You can add additional toppings such as tomatoes, re-fried beans, etc.
Shore Savings With Patti

PEANUT BUTTER PIE that will have you coming back for seconds!!

peanut butter pie If there’s one thing I love it’s a good Peanut Butter Pie!!

Last week we went out to dinner, and we ordered dessert.  I couldn’t believe it was $8 EACH!!  I thought, geeze for that price I could’ve made us a whole pie!!  This pie turned out BETTER than the pie I paid $8 for a piece of, and I’m sure you will agree that it is better than most desserts served in even the finest of restaurants!

My mom gave me this recipe a long time ago, and I just came across it so I figured I’d whip one up and see how it turned out.

We were not disappointed!!   

The crust is a crunchy chocolate goodness, and the filling is light, fluffy and fulfilling.  It’s texture is soft, smooth and creamy, and it literally melts in your mouth.  You can smell it from the next room!! [Read more…]

The Financial Case For Downsizing Your Home

Downsizing is never easy. No matter how you cut it, you’re going to have to say “sayonara” to some of your stuff if you want the move to be a success. The problem is that saying goodbye to your treasured possessions is easier said than done.



But despite the problems with downsizing, it’s something that has become increasingly popular over the last few years. It’s not just about there being less money in people’s pockets. It’s also got a lot to do with people’s desire to be financially independent, be closer to work and have less impact on the environment.


Regardless of how you’re downsizing, here’s how to do it and save money at the same time.

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The University Of Life: A Graduate’s Guide To Post-Degree Financial Survival



They told you that studying hard to get a degree would open up a world of riches, but you’ve now realized that the real world is a lot tougher than you imagined. The dream you was sold wasn’t an honest reflection of reality. The general economic situation, along with the volume of graduates, makes it very difficult to walk into that well-paid career.


If you’ve found yourself at the bottom of the ladder or in another role altogether, then you are not alone. Unfortunately, you cannot afford to feel sorry for yourself. You should still continue to apply for the positions you want. In the meantime, though, you need to think about your immediate and future finances.


There’s no point in sugarcoating things, and this could be a very difficult moment in your life. Here’s what you can do to keep your head afloat.

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Fill The Money Pit Under Your Home


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You probably don’t realize this, but there’s a massive pit underneath your home. It’s where all your money disappears too in home bills, insurance, energy costs, and upgrades. You might think that your home is quite cheap to run, but it will almost certainly be costing a lot more than you realize. Luckily, there are ways to handle these costs and in doing so fill in that expensive pit. We can start by thinking about those pesky energy bills.

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