Friday, November 28, 2014

Preparing For Life's Ups and Downs

Happy Thanksgiving to all my lovely readers.
We had a wonderful time going out to eat at our favorite resort up in Lake Texoma. What a blessing it is to spend our time with our friends and loved ones.
I am especially thankful that I am here to make new memories. As you may have read before, 3 years ago I suffered a pretty serious brain injury. You can read about it here.
Needless to say, I am quite cognizant of our limited time we may have with our loved ones.
{my granddaughter and I}
I am also here to share with you that setting up an emergency fund should be a top priority in everyone of our lives. 
An emergency fund can help us get through the rough times, such as when we experience a medical emergency, lose our job, or face an unexpected expense. 
Several years ago, I opened an emergency account and had my employer take $50 out of each paycheck and put it into that account thru direct deposit. Having that $50 each paycheck go towards and emergency fund helped to get us through several rough times. It got to be that I didn't miss that "extra" money from my check. 
If you can afford to put more into your emergency fund, please do so. Now is a good time to start yourself on the path to financial peace of mind. 

And with that being said, I'd like to share how Capital One 360 is helping people like you and me start an emergency fund.

From November 28th to December 1st, 2014 when you open either a checking or savings account you can earn $100 with Capital One 360.

 You can find out more about this here: 
Capital One 360 Black Friday Sale
 I actually  have had a Capital One 360 account for several years. This is why I believe and put my trust in this type of account:

  • Capital One 360 products are designed to save consumers time and money. From online to their mobile app, Capital One 360 is with customers 24/7.
  • Capital One 360 Checking and 360 Savings are fee-free and earn interest.
  • {Did you read that? No fees and they EARN interest}
  • Capital One 360 offers remote deposit capture with Capital One 360's CheckMate tool and make savings a snap with the Automatic Savings Plan 
In addition, Capital One 360 is also offering deals on some of their other products like: 
Home Loans
and even the refer a friend deal where you get $40 for sharing this great deal with friends!

How cool is that?!
 So start saving up for that emergency fund today.
You'll be glad you did tomorrow.
Have a great holiday weekend.


I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Recipe: Caramel Popcorn and Halloween 2014

I had a hankerin' for some good ole' fashioned
caramel popcorn and this easy recipe did NOT dissapoint.
Here's what you'll need:

I medium bowl of plain popcorn (microwave or air popped)
1/2 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons of light corn syrup
dash of vanilla 
12 large marshmallows

I used my air popper to pop the corn. 
 Then I melted my butter in a saucepan. 
I added the rest of the ingredients and mixed them while stirring. Lastly, I added the marshmallows and melted them into the mixture.

Immediately pour it on the popcorn and using a spoon coat all the popcorn.
Transfer to a glass baking dish and enjoy!! 

Sinfully gooey and delicious!!

And last but not least, here are a few pics of my last minute Halloween decorations. First up my  mantle. 

The stencils for the wood blocks were cut with my new Cricut Explore which I absolutely love!!
The cat face was also cut with the cricut.
We put the outdoor decorations the day before Halloween. Talk about cutting it close. For some reason I haven't been in my "game" this year for decorating :(
These are our Nightmare Before Christmas themed decorations that we made as a family years ago.

 My sweet little guy dressed up as an old time photographer/"press guy" as he called it. 

Easy and snazzy don't you think?

The camera is a working Pentax film camera. 
It's from the 1970s I think.

So much fun. 
Enjoy the cool weather!




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