6 Struggles of Grad School Students You Need to Understand (and Accept)

Today’s blog post was scheduled to be about a simple, yet cute outfit I wore this past weekend to The Boy’s cousin’s birthday party. The thing is, I didn’t even make it out of the house. I was mentally/physically exhausted and while I wanted to celebrate her milestone, I couldn’t pull myself together to put on real clothes (i.e., a bra), comb my hair, put on make up, brave the cold, and be in a club. So as I sat at the computer trying to think up fake words to accompany my pre-shot photos, it dawned on me that I was doing both my readers and myself a disservice. Instead of trying to make you guys think I was looking fabulous and twerking in the club this weekend, I thought I’d address the reason why I had to skip out on the partying. In two simple words, the reason is graduate school. If you have a full-time working graduate student in your life there are  some grad school struggles you simply must understand and learn to accept. (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…)

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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Our New Christmas Eve Tradition

I know everyone is totally over Christmas and on to counting down to the New Year, but I just had to share our new Christmas Eve tradition. A couple of weeks ago I shared 10 inexpensive winter date ideas. That post was inspired by my desire to still do special things with The Boy, despite the cold weather and hit our bank accounts took because of Christmas shopping. I’m thrilled to announce we were able start our new Christmas Eve tradition of having a bake off! We each prepared a cake of our choosing, with the only rule being it had to be a cake we both like. Despite this being my idea, I have to admit I was pretty worried about losing the competition. Since grad school really picked up, The Boy has been the primary chef in our house and my cooking skills have suffered. Like anyone serious about a baking competition, I took to Pinterest to find a simple yet amazing recipe. (more…)