Weekly Budget Tracker!

Every year at school brings new challenges. One of my challenges this year has been keeping my budget in mind! I haven’t totally failed but it’s definitely something I need to work on. The hardest part for me is being able to visualize what I have spent and what I have left.

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So! I made a weekly budget tracker to help myself get organized. I decided on a weekly tracker because I like short-term goals and it seemed less stressful than a month!

How to make a weekly budget? I took what I get for the month and deducted my monthly fees for rent, utilities, etc. Then I took what was left over and divided it by four, because four weeks in a month, gets my weekly budget!

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I hope this can help you as much as it helps me!

Download the Weekly Budget Tracker!

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[Basil] for stems to roots

A couple of weekends ago I got a bundle of basil from the farmers market. But when I got home I wasn’t sure how to keep it fresh.. So I went to the trusty Google!

Google said to set the stems in a container half full of water. It sounded easy enough for me! As I continued to read I found out that if you trim the stems a little and refresh the water every few days I could get the basil to root!

I was so excited to try rooting the basil. I found a container and kept a good eye on the water. After 10 days my plant had roots!!

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My next project is getting some soil so I can plant the basil and start my herb garden!

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Peach [Green Tea] Pie

 

As the month of August comes to an end so does peach season in the south. Before the last of the peaches were gone I got some fresh ones from the Farmers Market.

This weekend was so much hotter than expected… and peach green tea was sounding super refreshing! Then I had the idea of peach pie with green tea in the crust! So here is my little experiment that turned out amazing!!!

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Peach pie with Green Tea crust

Crust:

2/3 cu plus 2 Tbs shortening

2 cups flour

1 tsp salt

1 individual bag of green tea (I used Twinings Green Tea with Jasmine!)

4 to 5 Tbs cold water (tip put ice cubes in the water ahead of time)

Mix all ingredients with a pastry blender or fork. Or if you’re like me just get elbows deep in it! Mixing with your hands lets you feel the pastry and will avoid over working it. Over worked the pastry makes a tough crust…

Split pastry in half and refrigerate while you mix up the filling. Once pastry is cooled roll out your pastry to fit a 9-inch pie pan. My pie has a full top pastry with vents, this pie will also do wonderful with a lattice top.

Filling:

2/3 cup sugar

2 Tbs corn starch

¼ tsp ground cinnamon

1/8 tsp ground nutmeg

1 tsp lemon juice

6 medium peaches peeled and sliced

1 Tbs cold butter

Put everything except the butter in a mixing bowl and mix! Pour into bottom piecrust. Before placing the top crust, put small slices of cold butter around top of filling.

Bake at 425 degrees F for 40 min or until filling is boiling and crust is starting to brown.

Top with homemade whipped cream!!

Whipped Cream:

1 ½ cup heavy cream

4 big Tbs confectioners sugar

½ tsp vanilla extract

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5 tips: Landing an Internship

The process of finding and landing an internship doesn’t have to be scary and frustrating! Last summer I had an internship lined up months before the end of school, this year I wasn’t so lucky. But! Both years of searching have taught me 5 tips to make to process easier and more successful!

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  1. Keep an open mind: When applying for internships you have to be willing to take the opportunities that are where you are. Your dream internship might be in New York when you’re stuck at home. Also, don’t sweat it if the internship doesn’t work perfectly with your major. If the work interests you then you will grow from the experience!
  2. Apply and Email: Applying online isn’t enough. Sadly but truthfully, your resume will most likely be over looked if you allow yourself to get lost in the crowd. After applying make sure to look online or call the office to find out who you should email about your interest in the position. This gives the employer the motivation to find your application.
  3. 3 sentences: When I am composing the email to introduce myself and share my interest in the internship I try to keep each thought less than 3 sentences. My first paragraph will say why I emailed them. The second paragraph will briefly describe myself. The third will repeat my intentions for emailing and point out my attached resume. The email is a shorter and less formal version of your cover letter!
  4. Don’t be afraid to ask: Last summer I found a company that really interested me but found that they didn’t post internship opportunities. So I went out on a limb and asked if they would be willing to add me to their team for the summer, and they did! They might tell you no, but from my experience they will kindly decline while offering alternative opportunities to look into!
  5. Always say thank you: The people you are contacting have more to do in their day than to answer your emails. With that in mind remember to always thank them for giving you their time. Plus you never know what contacts they have and if they will forward your information along!

I hope these tips help and good luck!

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DIY: Gift in a [Giant] jar

When finding the right gift isn’t happening… put together a giant jar of treats! This is an ice cream bar themed jar but there are so many more options! If your friend likes girly nights in, put together a new nail polish, a girly movie and some pink treats. If your guy friend likes sports, make a collection of game watching snacks with Beef Jerky, unique sodas, and spicy chips.

We are always told it doesn’t matter what you put in the present, what matters is that you thought of them.. But really we all want to give the cutest gift!

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Comment and share your “go to” gift ideas!

[Five things to remember during your college years]

I know its not Friday but I wanted to do a Five things Friday… so I am! Here are five things to remember during your college years!

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  1. Make sure to get your stuff done. You are paying for school!
  2. Let yourself have fun!
  3. Spend money on experiences instead of stuff!
  4. It’s okay to do things on your own. It’s actually good to learn about yourself!
  5. Eat Pie for dinner if that’s what sounds good!

I am a workaholic personality with common 19 year-old urges to binge watch all ten season of Friends! It will create a whirlwind in your mind. So when all else fails remember these five things and if they don’t work call your mom!

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What are your recent Netflix addiction!?

[Spring Cooking]

Some people say spring-cleaning and others say spring cooking! Tomato? tomato!… I guess that works better spoken but y’all know what I mean!  

This spring I have, and will continue to explore new recipes. Cooking has always been fun for me, but this semester I have the excuse to combine cooking with schoolwork! I have semester project for my advanced design class that is 32-page magazine. I got to pick my own theme for the magazine, so I decided to make it a cooking magazine for young females! It has been a lot of fun reading recipe books, analyzing cooking magazines and experimenting in the kitchen.

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It felt great to break out my shorts and tank tops last week while I was home in Florida. Now that I’m back to school my tank top weather as limited but I’m still wearing my shorts. Today I ran to the store in a pair of my Banana Republic shorts and a Loft button down for a casual spring feel.

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Please comment below with questions or recipe suggestions for the magazine!

Transitioning into [Fall]

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Its hard to get in the mood for fall when its still 90 degrees outside. But I’m so excited for it to cool off so I can pull out my sweaters! [Sweater lady = guilty]

Until it officially becomes sweater weather I’m mixing warm weather neutrals with fall accessories! This fall I really wanted some brown knee high boots and when I came across these boots on JustFab, at the amazing price of $9.87 with free shipping, I snatched them up!

Also continuing with the fall accessories I used the colors in my skirt as inspiration for adding the green bag and navy scarf! This skirt is from Paris Market, a local vintage and consignment shop in Altamonte Florida. The material was originally a curtain and they recycled it into a skirt! So Cute!

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Shirt Eddie Bauer // Skirt Paris Market // Boots JustFab // Scarf Francesca’s // Bag Francesca’s // Earrings Kate Spade

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How are you transitioning into fall??

How do you [know]

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How do you know what the right choice is? With my upcoming school year I am having a hard time figuring out which are the right challenges to take on. I know there is no easy answer. I just wish there was something to make the decision a little more clear! Until then I’m fighting the end of a cold while trying my best to get my world packed up and organized. Its the week I move back to Tuscaloosa, into an apartment and start my second year!

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Top (not online) from Francesca’s Similar

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Are you ready for the new school year??

Red White and [Bow]:

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In preparation for the forth of July I’m showing off one of the ways I wear the Reagan Bow from Sail Bows! With this comfy dress and keds I can be ready for sitting on the golf course to watch fireworks or eating a full plate of potato salad and watermelon! Yum!

I can’t believe it’s already July! Where has the summer gone!? I’ve just gotten home from school and I’m already packing again! Even with my internship projects and working a little part time I’m really trying to make sure I enjoy being home. Every day I try to do one thing that just sounds fun. It makes life more interesting, like yesterday at work I tried a necklace I thought was just out of the box silly but ended up loving it. The necklace was gathered lace that layer hung about two to three inches with some sparkles on top. By itself it almost reminded me of a high fashion bib?? But it was great!

Make sure to use the code SIMPLY10 when you order with SailBows! And they have free shipping!!

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Dress old American Eagle // Shoes Keds // Bow Reagan Bow // Purse Coach Similar

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What are you planning to wear on the forth??