The debate of which grill is the best, gas grill or charcoal grill is an everlasting one amongst the grill freaks.

Well, let’s be clear about one thing, be it a gas grill or a charcoal grill both sets of grills come with their own set of benefits and drawbacks and what you choose comes down to personal choices and factors such as price, ease of use, portability, the cooking area provided etc.

Today in this article our team is going to take look at the benefits and drawbacks of both grills to make choice as clearly as possible.

Charcoal Grill

The reason to use charcoal grills is that it can reach higher temperatures as compared to other grills. The temperature may vary between 400-700 degrees thus the ideal grill to get the perfect sear on your steak.

Apart from that charcoal grills are also cheaper and can be bought for as low as below $50. They offer greater portability and due to greater temperature control especially with the Kamado models they produce more flavorsome and juicier meat.


Cleaning a charcoal grill can be a pain especially for first-time users. Make sure you use gloves but first let the ash get fully extinguished.  Also, cooking time with charcoal grill is longer as it takes the time to get started and heated up.

These grills also produce more ash thus it’s advisable you get a charcoal grill with a removable ashtray.

Charcoal Grill

Gas Grills


With a gas grill comes the power of getting the job done quickly and yet efficiently. It can heat in about 5-10 minutes and is also easy to get started. Apart from that, controlling temperature on a gas grill is easier and can be done with just the turn of a knob.  It is also easier to clean and maintain.


Not getting the smoky flavor or the year you were expecting? Well, that’s one of the biggest drawbacks of the gas grill. This happens because temperature with a gas grill is limited. It can only reach up to 500 degrees.

Gas grills are also considered quite unsafe due to flare-ups and are also harder to maintain in the long run as their repair cost is significantly higher. Also, they are expensive and the budget models can cost you about $100 to $200.

Gas Grills


If you’re all about flavor and juicy, yummy meat and veggies there’s a clear winner, the charcoal grill but if you need to get the job done quickly and need a grill that is easy to clean post a cook than the gas grill best fits your needs.

Blog, Blog post

Today I am writing to inform all my wonderful followers of an opportunity that I recently came across. The ability to compete for the Root Pretty spokesmodel 2017. I personally love this company and every product I have used of theirs! So, what would be better than representing this amazing company and all their awesome products!

What does that exactly mean? Root pretty has asked for contestants to enter their model search in order to find their 2017 spokesmodel, a woman who they feel embodies the Root brand and green beauty. The search lasts for 5 rounds. So, that’s pretty much the search in a nutshell.

What does that mean for you? I will be posting more pictures regarding Root pretty products and the model search. If you see a picture on Instagram or Facebook, I’d love to hear from you! Let me know that you are cheering me on…I appreciate every like and comment y’all leave me! Plus at certain points, your involvement (i.e – Likes) will help me progress to the next round.

As the contest progresses I will be posting more pictures and tweets regarding the contest. At this point, I am in Round 2 and will be posting my entry for that soon! I am excited to have moved onto round 2 and am hoping to continue on…

That is all for now….please feel free to ask any questions and leave me comments here or on my Instagram.

Thanks y’all!

P.S. – If you do not know much about Root pretty, check out my previous reviews, Root pretty review and Root review #2, as well as Root pretty’s website

My Paleo Journey

For all of my kombucha loving friends out there, you know how much that tasty kombucha is costing you at the store….a small fortune, ok maybe it’s not a fortune but it is definitely not cheap. I know I was spending about $2.50-$4.50 a bottle depending on the brand and when you want to drink a bottle almost every day, that adds up!

What’s a girl to do? I don’t want to stop drinking my tasty healthy kombucha (that by the way, my gut loved) but I also don’t want to keep spending the money on the store bought kombucha. Not to say that I have anything against the store bought brands. There are some great local companies that have wonderful business ethics and that I am truly happy to support by splurging and buying every once in awhile. But…this post is all about making wonderful tasty healthy kombucha at home. So, friends, let’s get to it.

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What you will need to get started….and I got it all on Amazon!

Here is what I bought to brew my 1st batch
  1. Scoby (Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast) – Basically your scoby is what makes the kombucha. I think of it as a little colony of bacteria that ferment my tea into tasty kombucha. Keep your scoby healthy, and you will make some great kombucha! This is the one I ordered – $5.95. You can also make your own scoby from store bought kombucha, or if you have a kombucha brewing friend they could give you a scoby. Usually, after brewing 1-2 batches the scoby will produce a sister scoby, so after awhile you end up with so many scobys (it reminds me of that friendship bread where you are always trying to give it away)!
  2. Glass Gallon Jar – You need something to make the kombucha in, and a glass container works best. It is not recommended to use plastic or metal containers. This is the one I bought – $9.39 .
  3. Cheese Cloth – The cheesecloth, along with a big rubber band, is used to cover the top of the jar. You want the scoby to be able to breathe during the fermentation process, that is why you do not want to put a lid on the jar. I’ve read that some people use a coffee filter if you do not want to use a cheese cloth. Here is the cheese cloth I use – $3.99.
  4. Tea – I use regular Tetley tea and some type of flavored organic tea. I usually make the tea half and half, meaning that I brew a gallon of tea at a time using half Tetley tea bags and half whatever flavored tea I decide on. I have tried a few different flavors of organic tea, and they have all tasted good. I think it’s really just up to you and experimenting with flavors. I will leave a link to my Pinterest board where I have pinned multiple things about kombucha brewing, that way if you would like to read what other people do to make kombucha you can access it easily.

How to Brew Kombucha

I am going to give instructions for making 1 gallon of Kombucha.

Start off by boiling your water. I use distilled water, although I believe you can use any kind of purified water. I’ve read different instructions for making kombucha, some state to boil this specific amount water or that amount of water. After making a few batches, I have found that the amount of water you boil doesn’t really matter. Once you have boiled your water, add 1 cup of sugar and your tea bags. Let this cool to room temperature! It is important to let the water cool down before adding your scoby…if you add the scoby to hot water it can kill it, so let that water cool down.

Next, add your tea and sugar mixture to your gallon jar, along with 1 cup of vinegar or store bought kombucha. You want to use regular vinegar, not apple cider vinegar. The vinegar or kombucha keeps any mold from growing on the scoby. Then add water until your jar is almost full to the top, leaving enough room for your scoby and a little space. I do not fill my jar all the way up to the mouth, I leave about 3 inches or so. Wash your hands before touching your scoby, then add it to the jar.

Put a cheesecloth over the top and it’s ready to ferment!

Lastly, cover your jar with your cheesecloth and a rubber band. Now place that lovely tea/scoby brew into a dark place and let the scoby do it’s work for the next 7-10 days. At this point, you can either drink the kombucha or do a second ferment.

How to do a Second Ferment

After you have made a batch, you can place it into smaller jars. I use pint mason jars, which work very well, but you can pretty much use any glass container that can withstand the pressure of fermentation. You will want to fill the containers almost to the top, leaving room for whatever fruit you want to use to flavor your kombucha. Check out my Pinterest board for different flavoring options…my favorites so far have been peach, and strawberry-lemon. This second ferment is also what gives the kombucha it’s fizz, if you drink the kombucha after the first ferment it won’t be very fizzy.

Here is the link to my Pinterest Board – Kombucha Brewing


Happy brewing! I hope you have found this post to be useful…I wanted to take what I have learned and share it. I would love to hear what you flavor your kombucha with or any helpful tips/tricks. You can also check out my video on YouTube

Blog post

I hope that all you Fathers out there had a great weekend! Today I wanted to write a little bit of a different post, instead of writing a lot of words, I am going to post mostly pictures and let them do the talking.

We celebrated Father’s Day at Messina Hof  Grapevine Winery and enjoyed some tasty BBQ, sangrias, and of course, wine slushies. Thank you to everyone that worked the event yesterday, everyone was so friendly and we appreciated all of your hard work! I want to give a special shout out to Amanda, Garrett, and Juan, y’all are always so friendly and make sure that we enjoy our time at the winery!

We had a great time Celebrating Father’s Day! What did y’all do….I’d love to hear about you celebrations!

Blog post

Where to start?

I have been trying to write this post for the past 2 weeks, but just didn’t know where to start. There is just so much information!!! I have been researching Messina Hof and learning so much about the wine, the family, and the company. I have been thinking, “how can I fit all this information into 1 post….there are so many things I would like to share in this post..what do I say and what do I leave out???”.

It’s all about the wine…do y’all see all of my research material spread across the coffee table??? So much to narrow down!

Then I decided, focus on the wine and the rest will follow suite. So, here I am with my most favorite glass of Port sitting on my couch writing this post. Just to be totally up front with y’all, I am not a wine critic nor will I claim to know everything about wine, but this I do know, I love Messina Hof wine. With that statement said, let’s get into this review!

The Wine

Here are a few statistics for y’all:

  • Messina Hof (MH) is the largest producer of Texas wines
  • Family owned winery with 7 generations of winemaking experience
  • Most awarded winery in Texas (earning 1000+ awards)
  • 30+ varieties of grapes with 90+ wine labels
  • 4 series: Messina Hof Tribute Series®, Messina Hof Private Reserve® Series, Messina Hof Port Series, Messina Hof Paulo Series®

I was pretty impressed after learning all about Messina Hof’s accomplishments, because I like facts and concrete evidence. Before I started researching and learning more about MH, all I knew was that I loved their wine. I first really learned of MH about 6 years ago, when we visited for my besties’ birthday. Since then my love of wine has grown, with MH wine always being my favorite. If you would like to know a little more about my wine story then check out my previous post, Messina Hof Grapevine Winery.

The Family

Paul and Merrill Bonarrigo founded Messina Hof Winery & Resort in 1977 and planted their first vineyard in Bryan, Texas. The name Messina Hof came from both Paul and Merill’s heritage, with Paul’s family origin of Messina, Sicily, and Merill’s from Hof, Germany. This power couple helped blazed the Texas wine industries trails and are now joined by the next generation of winemakers, their son, Paul Mitchell, and daughter-in-law, Karen.

Meeting this amazing family in person was a little intimidating at first, just to be blatantly honest, but they are truly the sweetest most down-to-earth people, and you can tell they love what they do and are passionate about it. I just loved talking to Paul senior, he is one of those people who is so easy to talk with and whom one can see the passion in his eyes. He just came up to us at the last event we attended and started talking as if we were all in the middle of a conversation and had been talking for awhile and then like that, he goes off to talk with the next group of people. He is such a fun person to talk to! I know I have used the word passion multiple times, but that is the word that comes to mind when I think of this wonderful family. I think many of us want to know that we are doing something to make a difference or that our life has a purpose, well this family has definitely found their purpose! I am not trying to sound shallow, saying their purpose is to make wine…maybe you are thinking, what kind of true fulfilling purpose is that? Well, to me they have started a business and made it successful, they are impacting the community around them, they have worked hard and done something in this life, and I applaud them.

The Winery

Ok, back to some more technical details. I want to share a little bit about each of MH’s locations with y’all.

Bryan, Texas

The original winery is Messina Hof Winery & Resort in Bryan, Texas. This is what I dub “the center of operations”, and boasts 30 acres of vineyard, a wine bar, event venue, restaurant, and bed & breakfast. We always enjoy visiting MH Bryan, the property is beautiful and the food is quite tasty too! If you are in the Bryan-College Station area, make a plan to drive out to MH winery & resort, I do not think you will be disappointed.

Main entrance for Messina Hof Winery & Resort

Fredericksburg, Texas

Messina Hof Hill Country Winery is located in beautiful Fredericksburg, Texas, which is the second largest wine tourism destination in the country. We love to visit the Texas Hill Country, it is one of the most beautiful parts of Texas and the wine is nice too (*wink*). This winery features a tasting room, event spaces, tasty treats, and a bed & breakfast. With all the wineries to visit in Fredericksburg, MH is a must stop for those of you who are serious about wine!

Grapevine, Texas

This winery is MH newest location, which opened in late 2014, and is located on historic Main Street in the Wallis Hotel. This location is the smallest but it is the first urban MH winery, and it packs a great time. Come on by for a tasting, they offer 40 different wines with a few options on tap. I always enjoy the view from the second story balcony – so grab a glass of wine and make your way out to the patio or up to the balcony to enjoy the hustle and bustle of Main Street. Check out my full review of Messina Hof Grapevine Winery if you want to hear a little more about this gem located in Grapevine, Texas.


The more I learn about MH, that is the company and the people behind the label, the more I love it. We have had the privilege to meet the Bonarrigo family and talk with them on a few occasions. They are such a pleasure to talk to and within a few minutes of talking with them, you will see the passion they have for this business. What is better than supporting a Texas-based company that is a family owned and produces such amazing wine? I personally love supporting local businesses, especial those with integrity.

One more tidbit that I wanted to fit into this post but wasn’t sure where to put it, so it is going here. MH just rolled out new packaging of their bottles which also includes new environmentally-friendly corks! Love it – a great company that is also working to be as environmentally-friendly as possible.

There is so much more I could say, but it would take like 10 posts to get it all in and I’m not sure if y’all would want to read all of that! I hope you have enjoyed this post…if you love wine, then I hope you go out and try a bottle of Messina Hof wine and/or visit one of the locations!

*Disclaimer – I was not paid to write this post or even asked to write it. I am just sharing something I love with all of y’all in Cyber space*

3 Things Thursday

Thank you for stopping by the blog today and joining in on 3 Things Thursday . Today this post is centered on my birthday – I turned the big 30 this year and I am embracing this milestone birthday. It is a little hard to go from your 20’s to 30’s, but at the same time I feel that my 20’s were a time of exploration where I figured out who I am (do not take this statement to be meant in a negative/dirty sense). I am not saying that I have got it all figured out or anything, but I am looking forward to 30 and at this point in life I am more comfortable in my own skin, maybe it is that I more confident in the person that I am. I am also ready to embark on this next part of my life – I almost feel like turning 30 is a new start, it is almost like at 30 you are an adult, where as in the 20’s you are a teen finding your way to adulthood (or at least that is how I am feeling).  Here is to 30, flirty, and thriving (something I have been waiting to say since 13 going on 30 came out)!


I want to start this post off by talking about my sweet handsome bearded man, my other half, my husband, Dustin. He is such an integral part of my life, a part that I almost cannot remember not being there. God brought us together 5 years ago and the rest is history. These lovely flowers he brought home as a gift for my birthday are not just flowers to me, they are a symbol of our love. He knows that I am not really the flower type and he, therefore, does not buy me flowers very often (I think I can count on 1 hand the times he has bought me flowers). That is why when he does buy me flowers, it means a lot to me. It means that he wanted to give me something beautiful, he wanted to express his love with a sweet smelling, beautiful, and one of a kind creation of God. I do not know if he thinks of this gift in the way that I do, but flowers to me mean something special. Flowers are not just something to look at, but they are a symbol of something more beautiful. Sorry, I think I went a little deep there but I hope that y’all kind dive into my thought process and see what I am trying to communicate.



I love going to aquariums, I think it is something about watching the fish swim around that is mesmerizing and so calming. We have a Sea Life Aquarium close to where we live and decided to go for my birthday. The tickets were not overly expensive and I thought well, let’s give it a try! My parents, sister, and hubby went along with me, and we were all pleasantly surprised by the exhibits. It was amazing! We all had such a great time. They had multiple tanks with all kinds of fish, as well as a crocodile and snake exhibit. If you live near a Sea Life aquarium I would definitely suggest giving it a try…we were happy we did. I will let the pictures do the rest of the talking.

Family & Friends

Lastly, I want to thank my family and friends for making this birthday into such a special occasion.

My family made me loved and cherished today. I don’t mean to go on and on, but I guess this post has turned into a reflection on life and I am almost done reflecting (wink). My parents and sister have always been there for me, and I am blessed to have them in my life. Spending the day with my family and husband was just amazing, that’s really the only word that comes to mind. Something about being with those people that love me and want the best for me made my day.

A few of my best girlfriends came and visited with me Saturday. We had a great time talking, catching up, and just having a little girl time. It was nice to have time to just relax together and talk. I am definitely a talkative person, on most occasions, and thoroughly enjoyed being able to talk about anything and everything. These ladies are my closest and dearest friends, with whom we all feel comfortable enough to talk openly about life’s troubles, struggles, and triumphs. These lovely ladies are such an encouragement to me, and friends out there I hope you too have a close girlfriend or group of girlfriends. I thank God for bringing each of these ladies into my life!

Happy Thursday!

Stitch Fix Report

What is Stitch Fix you might ask? This is an online styling service, where you create a style profile and they send you 5 items. You pay a $20 styling fee once you schedule a fix, but that money goes toward the items you purchase from your fix. The clothing items you don’t want to keep are sent back in a return envelope that comes with your order.

Step 1:

Either at Stitch Fix or on the Stitch Fix app, you create a style profile. You fill out a style questionnaire, this way the stylist can get a feel for your personal style. You can also link up your Pinterest style board, this way your stylist can see the type of clothes you like (if you want to try out Stitch Fix, I highly recommend linking a Pinterest board).

Step 2:

Schedule a fix. There is a $20 styling fee once your items ship, but that $20 is put toward the items you decide to purchase. Then you receive your items. This is the fun part, where you open your front door to see a wonderful little box sitting there with 5 items picked out just for you. It is kind of fun because you don’t know what’s in that box until you open it, so it’s a fun surprise!

Step 3:

Try on the items. You then sign into your account, buy what you want to keep, and return what didn’t quite work out for you that time. Each fix comes with a return envelope that is addressed and ready to be mailed back. So returning items is easy breezy! There is a plus if you love all 5 get to take 25% off the entire order!

Want to try out Stitch Fix? Use my link to get started –

Stitch Fix Report

Nine West – Jellybean Studded Flat Sandal

Ok, so I did not like these sandals from the minute I saw them. My first impression was “these look cheap”, it was something about the edge of the sandal and I really did not like the stud detail. I did like that they came in this cute bag. That is a neat idea instead of sending the shoes in a box. I did at least try them on and look at them on my feet, but again I did not like them. The sandal just did not look good on me – that sounds weird to say about a shoe but that’s all I can say about them. Did not like them at all.


Eden Society – Harrison Embroidered Top & Dear John – Finnegan Printed Cuffed Short

The top fit a little too snuggly. I think it was meant to be a little bit more of a looser fit top not so snug. It was pretty tight through my bust. I also was not a big fan of the design, it looked kind of like snowflakes all over the shirt. I also did not think the bottom scallop design of the shirt really went with the “snowflake” design on the rest of the shirt. This shirt confused me a little bit, plus it is not my style at all. I was getting more of a shabby chic/southern romantic feel from this top, which is not me.

I did like these shorts from the moment I took them out of the box. The fabric was very soft but sturdy. They were also very comfortable because the fabric had a little give to it. My only issue with these shorts was the pattern. I just was not too sure about this faded floral design – it kind of reminded me of a pair of old shorts that had been passed down too many times. At first, I thought I would keep them because of how comfortable they were and I liked how they felt, but then I was not sure what shirt to wear with them. I am more of a vibrant color person, not light colors, so I decided to return them. I think I would like for Stitch Fix to send me another pair of these shorts but in a solid color.

41Hawthorn – Keziah Shirt Dress

I just loved this dress from the minute I pulled it out of the box. The fabric is so soft, which is important to me. I am very tactile and if a fabric does not feel good then I won’t like it. This fabric feels amazing, it is very lightweight and soft (sorry I keep saying soft, but it is so soft and comfy feeling). I also like the pattern and colors of this dress. The bright pink paired with navy – perfect! Just my kind of colors. I also feel like I can wear this for summer, and into the fall pairing it with a jean jacket or cardigan. It has pockets, which is another win for this dress! As y’all can probably tell, this dress was a keeper! I think I like this brand because the only item I kept from the last box was also from 41Hawthorn.

Free Heart – Kinderhook Chambray Top

I really wanted to like this top, for two reasons: one, I liked the color, and two, I liked the feel of the fabric. This shirt was very soft to the touch and the fabric was lightweight. I also like the denim look of the shirt, but when I tried it on, it just did not work for me. It was tight around the bust area and the cut of the shirt was just strange. I did not like how low it came under my arms. It also was not flattering – I thought it looked baggy and just boxy. I tried to like it but it just did not work for me.



I was disappointed by this box, I feel like the stylist did not understand my style at all. Looking at my Pinterest board and style profile, I am not sure where she got the idea that these pieces would be my style. I loved the dress, so she did not totally miss the mark but the shoes were a totally fail and the pattern on the shorts (would’ve loved the shorts if they had been khaki or navy or some other solid color). The two tops did not fit right, and the white top just had a strange pattern going on with those snowflakes. I also left some feedback at checkout, stating that I would like to see some more affordable pieces in my next fix (I do not think that pieces ranging from $48-79 are truly affordable). So, that was Stitch Fix Report – Edition 2….we shall see how they do with the next box.

Thank you for checking out my blog. Also, check out my YouTube video where I do the unboxing and try-on. I’d love to hear from you – what did you think of the pieces and what would you have kept? I always love hearing from you!

If you enjoyed this post, please check out my previous Stitch Fix Report. You can also check out my Style Board on Pinterest


Yeti vs Rtic

I have been wanting a Yeti tumbler for the past few months but didn’t want to pay the $39.99 price tag. So, I’ve been waiting and hoping for a sale, and now I think my waiting has paid off because I found Rtic.

Rtic makes similar products to Yeti at half the price. At first, I thought, “what are the quality of these products and do the products perform as well as Yeti?” Then I decided to buy both 30oz tumblers and test them out. I did a 24hr ice test and 6hr hot liquid test to find out for myself.

*This is my review of these products, and my own personal opinion. I was not given these products or asked to write a review.*

Yeti vs Rtic

The tumblers look almost identical. Both are made of steel and are double wall insulated. The Yeti feels slightly heavier or more sturdy, and tapers down at the bottom. The Rtic is slightly taller than the Yeti, and the side wall does not look as thick. The lids look almost identical, with just a slight variance in the slit of the lid. Rtic also makes another lid that has a sliding cover for the drink slit.

I bought my Yeti at Academy for $39.99, and the Rtic at Buc-ee’s for $19.99.

Ice Test


I filled both tumblers with ice and left them sitting out on the stove top for a little over 24 hours. I checked on the progress around the 15hr mark. At that point it was a tie, both tumblers had 1/4 cup of melted ice in them. At the 24.5 hour mark, I poured out the melted ice again. This time, the Rtic had less water than the Yeti, by about 1/8 of a cup. So after sitting out for over 24 hours, both tumblers still had a giant chunk of ice in them. Both brands performed very well, but at half the price I gave it to Rtic.

Hot Liquid Test

For this test, I used my Keurig to fill each tumbler with 192-degree water. I again left the tumblers sitting out on the countertop. At the 3 hour mark, I checked the temperature of the water, Yeti read 125 degrees and Rtic 115 degrees. At 6 hours I again checked the temperature of the water, both tumblers read 100 degrees. Rtic claims to keep hot liquids hot for 6 hours, Yeti does not claim a certain amount of time on their packaging. I would say that both tumblers, again, performed almost identically. At the 3 hour mark, Yeti was doing better, but at 6 hours  I did not feel that either tumbler really kept the water hot. The water was only a little above lukewarm. I would have to call this one a tie.


So, what did I find in my Yeti vs Rtic trial?

I think that overall I would buy the Rtic again. It performed just as well, if not slightly better in the ice test and both performed equally with the hot liquid test. At half the price of the Yeti and with a similar look, I would say that Rtic is a good deal. I like both brands overall, but I think that Yeti is overpriced.

I hope you find this post helpful! I would love to hear from you…leave me a comment below.

3 Things Thursday

Welcome back to another edition of 3 Things Thursday! I have really enjoyed writing these posts because I feel like I’m able to share with y’all a glimpse into what’s going on in my life right now. This week I have 3 random things to talk about…hope y’all enjoy! Let me know your random things in the comment section below…I love to hear from you!

Yeti vs Rtic

Have any of y’all been eyeing and watching for Yeti tumbler sales? I know that my husband has been wanting a Yeti tumbler but the things are expensive at $39.99! We had been debating about getting one because the rumor is that ice will not melt for 24 hours. Plus they have other great features, such as being made of stainless steel, it doesn’t sweat, and the company is based in Texas.

Then entered Rtic. Just recently we were visiting with my in-laws and my brother-in-law was talking about this new company, called Rtic, that makes products that rival Yeti at half the cost. I was very interested, to say the least, and decided to buy both a Yeti and Rtic 30 ounce tumbler and write a comparison review. I will be reviewing the 2 tumblers this weekend and have a review for y’all, so stay tuned.

Ella is turning 3!

I am so excited to be celebrating another year with my little God daughter Ella. I cannot believe that it has been 3 years since she joined our lives. She is the sweetest, happiest, funniest little girl and I love her to pieces! She likes to play in her sandbox, and she is an avid water baby. Last summer she would always be asking for “bath”, which meant she wanted to go to the pool and play in the water.

She is also turning into a bit of a neat freak. When I last went to visit, her momma was telling me how Ella likes all her toys put in their place and she knows where the toys are supposed to go. It was funny because daddy had picked up the toys and they were not in the right places, so Ella told us about it and put them in the right places. So, this weekend I will be enjoying a lovely Mickey and Minnie themed 3-year old’s birthday party and I cannot wait!

Stitch Fix

I am trying out a new service called Stitch Fix. This is an online styling service, where you create a style profile and they send you 5 pieces of clothing. You pay a $20 styling fee but that money goes toward the items you purchase from your fix. The clothing items you don’t want to keep are sent back in a return envelope that comes with your order. Sounds easier enough to me, so we shall see.

I had heard about this service from friends and had seen things on Pinterest but just wasn’t quite sure if it was for me. The other day I was talking to a friend that has been using Stitch Fix for a little while and decided to go ahead and try it out. My first fix is on the way and I’ll share my thoughts with y’all on this service soon. So stay tuned…

Happy Thursday cyber friends! I would love to hear your 3 things….leave me a comment below

Thrifty Thursday Link Party


Ok friends, today I am talking about monetizing. The blog is a little over 2 months old and one of my big goals is to be able to earn money from blogging. I truly want this blog to be a place where friends come to talk and share – that is my theme, and therefore I want to be totally upfront with y’all. I am going to talk a little bit about why I am monetizing and what that means.

Blogging is not free

Blogging does cost money. That is the truth to it. There are a few different things that I pay for to keep this blog up and going, such as paying a company for web-hosting and paying for apps to edit my pictures and other behind the scenes things. Beyond just the cost of actually running the blog, I also would love to turn this blog into a source of income for my family. Don’t get me wrong, I am not trying to sell y’all anything or push you into buying things on my blog. This blog is all about sharing the things that I love, which does include products that I use. So, if you see a link to a specific product on my blog, by clicking that link it will take you directly to that product and if you buy the product, I make a commission. This does not cost you anything at all and I promise to only post and talk about things that I support therefore whatever items I link to will only be ones that I fully support.

What is Monetizing?

Monetizing means that you are making money from blogging. This can be done in a few different ways, such as placing ads in the blog, adding affiliate links and many  other companies offer affiliate programs as well, or signing-up for Google Ad-sense. These are the main ones that come to mind. There are so many ways to earn money, or monetize, and if you google it then you will see what I mean.


For now, I am just starting off with Amazon and trying to learn everything that I can. I want to make sure that I know what I am doing. I do not want to do something half-way or mess it up because I feel accountable to you (my readers). One of my goals for this blog is to earn income for my family. I am not saying that is my main focus but that is my end goal. I have loved every minute of this blogging journey – I have learned so much, met some amazing people, and enjoyed each step – I hope to keep blogging for a good long time!

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