DIY: Budget Envelops

Ladies,  how many of us can actually say we follow through with our budgets?  Like for real, legit follow through? Over the past few weeks I’ve been paying special attention to my spending habits and have finally decided to adopt a budgeting method! 

Have you heard of the “envelop method”?

With this method, you allocate a budgeted amount of cash into envelops, with each envelop representing one of the items from your budget. I heard about this a little over a year ago, and honestly didn’t pay it any  mind until recently.   I was having a conversation about finances with one of my girlfriends, and she was telling me how she uses this  method to help control her spending habits. She pulled out these fabulously decorated envelops and for a visual person like myself, I was sold! But I wanted to start immediately. I didn’t feel like waiting for an order to arrive. So I did the next best thing, and created my own! Here’s how I made my budget envelops in 3 super easy steps, and they are just right for me!

Supplies you’ll need*: Mini envelops (3 5/8 x 6 1/2), Alpha stickers, Invisible tape, and 3/5 Cards. (The dollar store came all the way through, y’all!)

1.  Write out your budget. Be sure you have enough letters to spell  out the respective categories of your budget. 

2.  Place the stickers on the front of the envelop.  Be creative!  “The Market” is one of  my faves!

3.  Reinforce the stickers with invisible tape to ensure that the letters stay in place. The last thing you want is for your letters to start peeling off!

And there you have it! The 3/5 cards are like your mini accountability partners. Use these to write down your financial goals or motivational quotes to keep you on track. You can also use them to jot down your purchases. I’ve placed one 3/5 card in each envelop, along with my cash,  to help me stay the course!

Making the envelops is the easy part, actually following through and sticking to your budget is the real challenge. Believe me, I know the struggle firsthand.  I’m no financial expert, but I do know that being a good steward over that with which God has blessed you (with a dose of discipline), is a vital component to living your fabulous live! I’m still learning, but I’m determined to get it right this time! Are you with me?

What budgeting methods are you using? What works for you?


3 Simple Steps to Order (Organize Your Life)

Have you ever found your life to be out of order? Life is good, but you feel like you’re in a constant game of catch up, trying to clean and organize! Well that is exactly how I felt for the first few months of 2016. Yes, months! The struggle was real, until I took a real look in the mirror and asked myself, “What are you going to do about it”.

So what did I do?

Well, I put these 3 simple steps to work in my life, and have had great success! So you know and I am here to share the wealth with you! Let’s win together! 

1. Get Rid of Waste: Toss/trash/shred all of the things that no longer serve a purpose in your life!  Those “things”  may be old papers, old clothes,  boxes…etc. For me, I had to bring myself to throw away old makeup containers.   (Judge me not!) I had to literally go through my entire makeup vanity, and decide what needed to go.  And then I had to actually complete the process by throwing it away (that’s key)!  I couldn’t believe the junk I was holding on to. Like seriously, did I need to keep that empty tube of ruby red lipstick from 3 years ago? A whole mess. For you it may be sorting through that pile of mail, organizing your accessories, or cleaning out your closet. For others it may be setting a cleaning schedule for your home, so that the cleaning/organizing is done on certain days.  Whatever it is, set a date with yourself, and get it done! Put on some great music, and get rid of the unnecessary things are cluttering your fabulous life! 

2. Everything in it’s Place: Once you’ve taken inventory, and trashed the clutter, assign a “place” for your belongings. This will help you keep your place organized and peaceful.  Listen, after a long day of work I’m guilty of dropping a trail of clothes around the apartment. However, I had to re-train my mind to put things back in their places. Dirty clothes in the laundry bin, coat back on the hanger IN the closet, makeup brushes in their case, and keys on the key ring. This will take a bit of time and effort at first, but the payoff will be well worth it! 

3. Organize in Doses: Make a list of what needs to be done, and tackle one room/project at a time. Don’t overwhelm yourself trying to do it all in one sitting. God forbid, that you start 5 projects and don’t finish any of them. That is not your portion! Think it through, and give yourself the time to do what’s needed. The ultimate goal is to life a life of order, and that starts with strategic changes that will eventually turn into great habits! So take it one step at a time! 

Say it with me,

“I will live a lifestyle of order”


3 Surefire Ways to Handle the Unsolicited Opinions of Others

 As a newlywed, a lot of people have an opinion about what my husband and I “should/shouldn’t do”, especially with regards to our first married year/holidays together. Nothing malicious at all, just opinions that caused a great deal of pressure. I got caught up at first.  Then it dawned on me; this is our life and we will live it as we please!  Some of you may have experience this same pressure.  You may have certain goals and aspirations in mind, and you’re trying to handle all the uninvited opinions that other have for your life. So I’ve decided to share what I’ve learned to do, and I hope it helps you as well:

1. Hold your peace: Peace of mind is more important than the best of clap-backs!  Some opinions aren’t even worth entertaining,  especially when they come without provocation. It’s one thing to go to a trusted source, and ask them to dissect your life. When that’s the case, then I expect them to let me have it. Dig deep and help me get my life in order.  However, if I didn’t ask and it is not worth a response, I simply don’t entertain it. Especially when I know they don’t have my best interest in mind.

2. Use your words:  If you feel the need to respond, put your words to good use and create a standard response. Here are two of my favorites: “It’s unfortunate that your feelings differ from how I plan to live my life”, and  “No, I don’t plan to do it that way, but I appreciate your concern”.  Feel free to use at will, and proceed to exit stage left.

3. Don’t tell everything you know: This is probably one of the most important lessons I’ve learned! Keep your personal life, marriage,  goals and aspirations under lock and key. Yes, we all need accountability, but take a break from posting and sharing every detail of your life and hustle. Hustle in private, enlist the help of an accountability partner/mentor,  and let the results of your labor do all of the bragging. The less you share, the less access people have to your life.   If people don’t know what you’re up to, then they won’t have an opportunity to  create an opinion.


This is your time. This is your year! Make it count!



The One Habit to Break Today (Video🎥)


Be Encouraged!*

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**So the restaurant I mentioned in this post is UNO’S. We paid with a gift card and the server took an additional 20% and didn’t notify us. 😱 (I noticed that the remaining balance displayed was much less that what it should have been.) If I wasn’t alert I wouldn’t have noticed, but I did and I informed corporate! I am still awaiting a response. In the meantime, PLEASE BE MINDFUL WHEN YOU DINE OUT AND PAY WITH A GIFT CARD OR CREDIT CARD! CHECK YOUR BILL AND MAKE SURE ALL THE NUMBERS ADD UP!



A Proverb for Today


I’m standing on this truth this week! God’s Word clearly declares that our gifts will make room for us… the gifts that He has given to us! Make every effort to use what God gave you, and watch His Word come to fruition in your life. Very soon, you will stand before great men! And in that moment you will know, it was nobody but God! Have a fabulous Monday!

I’m hyped for what this week has in store for us!

Be Encouraged!


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