How to Get Over His Love of Video Games

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When The Boy and I first started dating, I was still in undergrad in Miami. This meant the early part of our relationship was cultivated through texts, phone calls, and Skype sessions. I can vividly remember many conversations where when asked what he was doing, he replied “playing the game”. At the time, I didn’t think much of it, but when I came home I quickly began to feel like his video games were his mistress. He played the game while we were on the phone, when I came over to visit, shoot at one point he was packing it in his backpack and plugging it up whenever he could. I literally used to hate “The Game”, but now after almost three years of cohabitation I hardly mind the time he spends on the sticks at all (well maybe a little bit when he’s supposed to be doing something else). So ladies, if you’re man is video game obsessed, I’m here to help you learn to get over it! (more…)

The Royal Travel Guide to Saint Louis, MO

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A few weeks ago, my mom and I met the sweetest couple from Boston visiting Saint Louis for the first time. After learning they learned we were Saint Louis natives, they wanted to know all the things and places they HAD to see before they left. Since I was put on the spot, I couldn’t really think of many places worthy of mentioning. So I gave a few suggestions, but I was really embarrassed that I couldn’t rattle off a laundry list of cool things to do in my hometown. It later dawned on me how much I don’t appreciate all of the amazing things to do in Saint Louis. So I decided it was time for me to compose the official royal travel guide to St. Louis and tell you all about your chance to win an awesome giveaway. (more…)

Looking Good For Less with Daily Opulence

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The necklace I am wearing in this post was gifted to me courtesy of Daily Opulence. However, the opinions express in this post are mine and mine alone. For more information, please see my full disclosure statement.

I realized last week that the Boy and I have been so busy, we hadn’t had time for a date in probably over a month. Despite all we have going on and the fact that we live together, I still think it’s important for us to date. For me, a date doesn’t have to be super fancy or expensive. Just some uninterrupted quality time, not worrying about the dogs, the house or school work. Even if we’re going to keep it low key, I try to get dressed up for my honey just to keep things fresh. Daily Opulence, a fairly new online boutique, has become one of my favorite go-to’s for affordable and unique accessories. I love shopping the site to find inexpensive pieces to take my simple date night outfits to the next level. They also have nice selections for men and recently began to sell clothing! (more…)

How to Get Your (Last Minute) Spring Cleaning Done

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It has been quite the eventful few weeks at my house. As all of you know, we had the whole little white dog shakers syndrome scare with Daisy a few weekends go. Then we had a full weekend of celebrating Mother’s Day.This past weekend I attended Go Blog Social (which was AMAZING) and we took a class. My point is that we’ve been SWAMPED the past few weekends and I’m realizing how neglected our home has been. We have an excellent team of women that clean our home, but we don’t have them deep clean. Now that spring has sprung, my allergies are running ramped, all of the spiders and creepy crawlers have resurfaced, and we desperately need give the nooks and crannies of our house some TLC. This is why I put together a spring cleaning checklist for myself and any other royals needing to quickly do a little extra cleaning. (more…)

The Zero-Based Budget System

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Are any of you familiar with the saying “money makes the world go round”? I’m not sure who the originator was, but adulthood has truly been showing me the truth in that statement. With almost EVERYTHING coming at a price these days, money is a necessity for any level of comfort and unfortunately many of us find ourselves in situations where we wish we had more. While some may want more money to buy material things and some may need more for basic needs like shelter and food, one thing for sure is that you must be smart about your money. In my opinion, a major to key to financial success is budgeting. Last month, I introduced you all to the envelope budgeting system (make sure you check that out if you missed it). Today, I’ll be covering the what, why, and how of the zero-based budgeting system. (more…)

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