Category: The Pennies

Looking Good 4 Less: Monte Carlo by NYX

Those that know me outside of Royalty in Reality would probably tell you that I’m not a huge makeup buff. In fact, I seldom wear any makeup on a daily basis. While I’d like to think this is because my face is flawless, it’s really because I value sleep more than adding makeup to my morning routine. I’m also confident and comfortable enough to rock a bare face. However, since I started Royalty in Reality, I’ve been trying to step my game up when it comes to getting glamorous. I can definitely appreciate how makeup enhances my beauty and recognize the large role it generally plays in women’s lives. Because of this, I want to start really exploring the world of makeup. (more…)

How to plan 60+ meals with less than $250

The Boy and I are self-proclaimed foodies. One of our favorite things to do together is to try new restaurants and/or recipes. If you’ve been here before you’ve seen pictures of my honey and from what people tell me he’s a big guy. Despite his appearance, he generally doesn’t eat a shockingly absurd amount. Don’t get me wrong, he’s a man so he can put away some food, but he’s not eating us out of house and home. Anyway, even though I love food and like most people prefer the foods that have been deemed “unhealthy”, we try to make conscious decisions about what we put in our bodies and as always I try to avoid breaking the bank when I grocery shop. We have developed a system that keeps our spending down, let’s us consume healthy meals while allowing a little cheating, and gives us enough groceries to last no less than two weeks. After our trip to the grocery store last weekend, The Boy suggested that I share our strategies for how we get 60+ meals for less than $250. (more…)

Giving Away My Wedding Dress

After 6 long years, I have decided to give my wedding dress away. I’m hoping the next girl that wears it will be as beautiful on her day as I was on mine. Okay, let me stop, by now I’m sure most of you are wondering when I got married as I’ve never mentioned a husband and those of you who are close friends are probably gearing up to send me a “WTF” text. Don’t worry, the boy still hasn’t proposed and we didn’t elope behind your back. However, I really did giveaway a wedding dress, but not one that was worn to a wedding! (more…)

4 Fun Ways to Earn Extra Income

One of my 2016 goals is to monetize this blog. I’ve spent a lot of time reading other blogger’s tips to generate income from a blog, but was having a hard time applying those tips. I felt like I needed to do a few things before I was ready to monetize. Over the weekend I had a blog consultation with my blogger buddy Diana of The Coffee Date. She’s really been helping and teaching me everything I need to know to be a successful blogger. Her biggest piece of advice was to narrow my focus/pick a clear topic. By the end of our conversation, I realized I want make Royalty in Reality all about incorporating budgeting/saving/making money into all aspects of your life. My primary goal is to give you all the tools you need to be well dressed, eat good food, see the world, and enjoy high quality relationships without clearing out your bank account. Don’t worry you will still get fashion/beauty posts, relationship stuff, and recipes.You will just be getting a lot more about saving, budgeting, and fun ways to earn extra income. Today we are going to focus on the latter topic. (more…)

10 Inexpensive Winter Date Ideas

It seems as though majority of America is experiencing a pretty warm winter. Here in St. Louis, Missouri we are still seeing temps as high as 65 during the day but as low as mid 20’s at night. Even though we haven’t had any snow, we have had an abundance of rain and everything is dead and dreary. With the weather being so rainy, I feel even more restricted when trying to think of date ideas than when it’s simply cold and/or snowing. I can bundle up and brave the cold, but y’all know rain/humidity and being a naturalista just don’t mix. (more…)