Category: The Pennies

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…)

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…)