My Favorite Healthy Snacks

Listen… I know what you’re thinking. Yet another list of tasteless snacks. Absolutely not. I struggle with healthy options because I to love to snack on no good for me foods. I learned that if you prep your snacks a head of time and make them easy and quick to choose you will likely eat them more. A lot of items you will see are things I personally typically have at home and are cheap to purchase.

Organization Tips

One of the most important benefits of organizing your space is reduced STRESS. Simply having a more efficient system to keep track of your papers, appointments, and personal belongings can help minimize stress-influenced conditions. Keeping your house clean and organized can be a pain, and sometimes its just don right hard to make time each day to get stuff done.

For me organization is key, keeping things organized and in a common place can save tons of time and make you feel less stressed about your clutter. The Process of getting organized helps you familiarize yourself with what you currently have, making it a great fresher so you are not buying the same hand soap 15 more times over when you already have 30 under your sink! Here are some things I do at home to help me stay organized.

Magazine Holder:

Use a magazine holder to hold your aluminum foil, zip lock bags, wax paper, and more. Either mount it to your cabinet doors or simply keep it in your cabinet and keep all of the boxes standing up and out of the way!

Under Sink Organization:

I recently found out that I was not utilizing my under sink space by only using the bottom level of the cabinet. Leaving things stacked terribly and the cabinet is left stuffed and hard to find exactly what you need. Then I got organizers for under my sink and my life has been changed, I finished with more room than I started with which is what we are doing this for right?!

FIFO Your Pantry:

First in first out. Every time you go grocery shopping bring all of your old food to the front and your newly bought food to the back, this will help you use up old food you didn’t even know you had!

Shopping Station:

Use a magnetic board for your fridge, use for a shopping list. This will ensure you buy exactly what you need and help with useless shopping. This one from amazon also has a weekly list to keep you even more organized. I would add magnetic pockets to keep all of your coupons there as well so it a one stop shop before you leave for your grocery trip.

Linen Closet:

Linen closets always seem to be over flowing and hard to keep organized. Start by storing your sheet inside the matching pillow cases. Use bins to store rags, supplies, or even toiletries. I just bought these bins from amazon to use in my linen closet.

Pantry:

Keep bulk items in stack-able bins. This eliminates bulky boxes and you can see exactly what you are looking for.

Side Of Fridge Storage:

This hack you can either DIY to get the exact size you are looking for. You can find tons of ideas on Pinterest for this. Use the side of your fridge for extra storage, some use this for spices but you can make it work for you and use it for anything you please. This one I found on amazon.

Financial Apps That Will Help You Save Money

Being able to save money any chance you get can lead you to having more financial security in life. We all have different reasons for wanting to save some money. Some of us just want a nest egg or maybe some for a wedding. Here are some great apps that can help you achieve what ever goal you are reaching for.


Acorns: Acorns is an investing app lets people automatically invest their spare change by rounding up the purchases they make with a linked credit or debit card. Acorns has been lauded by investors and journalists alike for finally getting more people investing. When you want your saved sum, all you have to do is withdrawal your earnings from the app choosing how much, and how you want your money. Its simple and easy!

Mint: As a finance aggregation app, Mint helps users create and manage budgets by using the information from bank accounts, bills, credit or debit cards, and PayPal and other accounts to track how much money users are making versus how much they spend. Mint’s main categories include overview, transactions, bills, budgets, goals, trends, investments, and ways to save. From there, users can set up alerts for bills or other financial goals that you can customize to fit your needs. This app is perfect for you if you have a long term event to save for. Mint really lets you see an in depth look on how you spend your cash and can really help see where you can save.

Qapital: Visa Debit Card Qapital offers its users this fee-free debit card through its partner Lincoln Savings Bank. You can use the card wherever Visa debit cards are accepted, and you’ll also earn 0.1% interest on both your Spending and Goals account. This app does have a base fee of $3 a month for basic package or $6 a month for complete package depending on the tier you choose. Your Qapital Invest account helps you reach your short term and long-term Goals. When you make an investment Goal, your money is held in an ETF portfolio based on the risk level you are most comfortable with. 

Digit: They keep your money and personal info safe and offer a valuable service that will benefit many people. It’s a great option for people who have a hard time saving money. There is a $5 monthly fee attached to using Digit so be sure to weight if the investment is worth using their service to save money. Digit doesn’t require you to come up with an arbitrary amount to transfer every month. It adapts to you and saves accordingly. Digit learns when and how much is safe to save based on your spending habits. Making this an affordable and easy option for most.

My drugstore makeup must haves!

Hello ladies! This is probably my favorite post so far. I have always been a drugstore makeup kind of gal all my life. Not only has it most likely saved me thousands of dollars over the course of my life, the products are amazing. For me choosing to shop drugstore did not mean compromising quality.

Before I jump into my lists of product let me give you the run down on my skin. When I said you were going all in with Amanda, I meant ALL in.

Growing up I had trouble skin and acne due to improper skin care. As an adult I have taken a tremendous effort to take my skin care way more seriously and that has made a dramatic difference in my skin. I still to this day have my struggles with my skin like we all do. My skin type is combination; a mix of dry and oily as all get out through my t-zone. Therefore I tend to gear towards more matte foundations and primers as you will see.


  1. Maybeline Superstay Full Coverage Foundation only $9.39 at Target

With 28 shades to choose from this foundation has been a staple in my routine for years now. This foundation is lightweight, yet has a high-impact coverage formula that glides onto the skin for a flawless makeup finish that lasts all day. Oil free and Doesn’t clog pores. This product blends well with a damp beauty sponge as I use this technique daily.

2. E.l.f Instant Lift Brow Pencil only $2.00 at Target

This is the most affordable product in my entire routine and such a staple. It is such a build able product and a great product all around. With 5 shades and a price point like that how could you not try! The Instant Lift Brow Pencil has a dual-sided design. The fine tip liner on one side and tames and combs brows with the other to create natural and defined looking eyebrows. This slim mechanical pencil shapes, defines, and fills in brows for a natural, polished look. Cruelty free and vegan.

3. Airspun powder only $5.97 at Amazon

I used this translucent powder every day for setting my foundation! It is such a light product that does not make my foundation patchy after use like most powders do. This powder comes in 6 shades making it easy to find the best color for you. This ultra smooth powder hides tiny lines, wrinkles and blemishes and gives a new softness to your skin. Use to set make-up or as a foundation. This container lasts me months at a time and is a must have.

4. E.l.f Poreless Putty Primer only $8.00 at Target

I need to thank Jeffree Star for this one! This is a go to product for anyone with large pores or oily skin. This bad boy helps with all of it. This skin perfecting poreless putty primer is infused with Squalane to help grip makeup for all-day wear and help protect skin from moisture loss. The velvety texture glides effortlessly over the skin, smoothing over imperfections while helping minimize the appearance of pores for a poreless effect.

5. L’Oréal Volume Lash Paradise only $9.47 at Amazon

I am very particular when it comes to my lashes. I want volume and length without clumps and lumps. This is a know dupe for Better Than Sex by Two Faced retailing at $25. This volumizing and lengthening mascara delivers a full lash fringe that’s feathery soft. No flaking. No smudging. No clumping. This is a product that a picky girl like me swears by and so do my lashes.

6. Maybeline Master Holographic Highlighter only $7.99 at Target

This highlighter is ridiculous, it has no business being this good at this price. This gives me such a vibrant glow, I also use it on my inner corners for a nice pop of shimmer. It has beautiful pink and purple undertones that reflect beautifully in any light. No other highlighter I’ve had compares.

Perfect plants for the first time plant owner

Alright guys you read it, we are talking PLANTS. I’ve recently turned into a crazy plant lady. There is only one issue with that… I can’t keep plants alive! I know that I can’t be the only one. I’ve heard many of my friends tell me similar stories about their love hate relationships with plants. So here I have made a list of 8 plants for the first time plant owner. These are plants that are strong enough for the not so savvy plant parent.

1. The Snake Plant

Obviously I had to put my favorite one first. The snake plant is a versatile house plant. It is an excellent plant for the forgetful gardener and is considered a top air purifier plant for indoor environment. Ideal lighting for the snake plant would be in direct sunlight. Allow the soil to dry in between waterings and this plant will thrive with low maintenance.

2. Fiddle Leaf Fig

This tree will bring a new element to your house. With beautiful green foliage this plant stands out. Although this plan does not like direct sunlight it will adapt to most indirect lighting and low light locations. With this plan you will water more generously throughout the summer months but once winter comes you can slow down the amount of water given. Making this plant easy to manage.

3. Chinese Money Plant

Well this plant won’t grow actual money, but it sure is cute! This plant like others thrives off indirect light making this plant is ideal for most rooms in your house. The Chinese Money Plant can also control your indoor humidity levels and access a natural air purifier. This plant can be beneficial for your health as well as your mood. I don’t know about you but I could use some good mood juju.

4. Air Plant

Air plants popularity seem to have been flourishing within the past few years and there’s a reason why! These plants are perfect for home school and work. They require very little upkeep, only soaking the plant once a week. Keep these plants out of direct sun or else their moisture will be depleted. Take care of these plants and they can last you years.

5. Spider Plant

The spider plant is one of the easiest house plants to maintain the spider plant will produce oxygen while purifying the air in your home and office by absorbing carbon monoxide. The spider plant is one of the easiest house plants to maintain the spider plant will produce oxygen while purifying the air in your home and office by absorbing carbon monoxide. You will only need to water this plant once per week during your first year which should be enough to keep the soil consistently moist. This plant thrives in bright indirect light putting in direct light will cause the plants moisture to be depleted.

6. Aloe Plant

I recently just bought my first aloe plant and I’m loving it! Aloe plants love indirect light and thrive with a good soak every week or two. This plant is from the succulents family and helps remove harmful pollution from the air and provides abundant oxygen back into the air around it. Not only are these plants easy to take care of their good to keep on hand to use for your beauty routine and sun damage.

7. ZZ Plant

This plant is a little different from the rest on the list, this plant thrives off both low and high amounts of light, low humidity and dry soil. This plant is a favorite indoor plant because it removes airborne toxins by transpiring at a high rate. when watering this plant allow the soil to become dry at the top and do not over water. It’s best to water this plant less than too much because over watering can cause damage to the plant.

8. Succulents

Last but not least succulents! These bad boys have been a part of my life for a while now. Well super easy to take care of and low maintenance there’s a reason these plants are such a popular house plants. Succulents thrive best in low light, but be careful because very few survive in full shade. Succulents should be watered at least once a week and during each watering give the soil a good soak. It’s not too hard to keep these guys happy.

I hope this list helped you guys in your new indoor plant journey. These plants will do more than brighten up your home, they will brighten your life! Find cute pots and planters to use you plants as the perfect home decor.