Category: The Pointers

Sayonara 2015 and Hello 2016

Happy New Year Royals! I hope all of you brought in the new year surrounded by loved ones. The beginning of the year is an excellent time to reflect on the previous year and set goals for the new year. Last year wasn’t really one for the record books so I’m thrilled to say sayonara 2015 and hello 2016. In fact more negative things come to my mind than do positive things. However, I am grateful for the my health as well as that of my friends and family, the trips we took, starting Royalty in Reality, and all of the other blessings that came my way. This year  will be spending a lot more time focusing on myself both professionally and personally.
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How to Buy Christmas Gifts at the Last Minute and NOT go Broke

Let’s be real, if you still have Christmas shopping to do, you are officially behind and in the category of “last-minute shopping”. Don’t worry, I’m there too. I just started my shopping this past weekend and I still have quite a bit more to do. The holiday season can be really stressful for Royals on a tight budget. As I’ve gotten older, I really enjoy buying gifts for my family and now that I’m working, I can’t get way with a macaroni necklace for my mom (not that I even want to). It would be so easy to go to a really nice store and just buy the most expensive things I know those I’m giving gifts to would like, come home, wrap it up, and relish in the fact that it took my less than three hours to get my shopping done. Unfortunately, the way my bank account and bills are set up, this isn’t an option and I have to be much more strategic with my shopping. In the spirit of spreading holiday cheer I figured I’d share my personal game plan for buying Christmas gifts at the last-minute and not going broke! (more…)

The Royal Travel Guide to Cancun

Last week, we started The Boy’s birthday celebrations with a surprise dinner at Kobe’s Steakhouse with our family and friends in St. Louis. Ever since our first trip out of the country together to Punta Cana, we’ve both been excited to explore new countries and cultures together. A huge milestone, like turning 30, seemed like the perfect opportunity to add another stamp to our passports…plus who wouldn’t love to be on the beach in December? (more…)

Liebster Award

First things first, a HUGE thank you to Rachel over at Her Happy Home for my nomination for the Liebster Award! Rachel is a lifestyle blogger on a journey to create a happy atmosphere for her family (her daughter is ADORABLE). She shares health & wellness tips, book recommendations, and tasty recipes on her blog! (You guys really should check her out)

So for those of you outside of the blogging community, the Liebster Award is an award by bloggers, for bloggers. It is passed from one person to the next to encourage networking and support within the blogging community. The cool thing about the award is that it’s a nomination from a new blogger for another newbie, and by “new” I mean fewer than 200 subscribers. I was beyond thrilled and honored when I found out that Rachel had nominated me.  When I started blogging, I had no clue I’d enjoy it as much as I do and it feels amazing to know that people other than The Boy and my mom are reading Royalty in Reality. (more…)

The Royal Guide to Surviving Black Friday

Bargain hunters, our favorite time of the year is finally here, Black Friday. For all my Royals outside of the U.S. or unaware, Black Friday marks the beginning of a weekend filled with unbelievable deals on basically EVERYTHING. It unofficially marks the first day of Christmas shopping and is always the Friday after Thanksgiving. Savings on highly sought after Christmas gifts like electronics, high-end accessories, and clothes draw very large crowds that can be overwhelming and even sometimes dangerous (I’ve seen people get ran over when the doors of a store open). As a bargain hunter that’s also into fashion and the latest electronics, I would be a hypocrite to tell anyone to stay home on Black Friday because of the crowds. So instead, I’m going to equip you all with tips for surviving Black Friday. The key to Black Friday success is your preparation! (more…)