the millennial's guide to the new tax bill

6 years ago, I was preparing more tax returns in a period of 2 months than most people do in a lifetime.

Newsflash: not my most exciting years.

However, I am now down to one each year (my own), and love him or hate him, Trump’s new tax bill is definitely going to affect it.

3 financial attitudes you need to adopt after getting engaged to keep your sanity

It's officially wedding season, and if you are in your 20s, you don't need me to remind you. (I had NINE weddings one year in my mid-20s, two of which I was in. Talk about some 27 Dresses business.) Since I have not yet tied the knot, I don't have much experience in planning a wedding; however, Katie from at Quills and Crystals does, and this week she's sharing what she's learned about finances during her engagement. Take a read and share your thoughts below!

On a scale of Pinterest-perfect centerpieces to spontaneous courthouse elopements, my wedding plans always fell somewhere in between (messy chalkboard art, perhaps). The closest I’ve ever had to a “dream wedding” was during a family trip to Disney World, where we spotted a bride and groom head towards their happily ever-after in a horse-drawn carriage. My jaw dropped. “I want to get married here,” I announced. I mean, why wouldn’t I get married at Disney World?

10 budget friendly ways to make your home look luxe for less

It’s that moment when the storm has calmed.  The movers have left, your furniture has been arranged, and you look around your new place….and see emptiness.  Absolute emptiness. Because while your stuff seemed to overflow at the apartment you shared with your college roommate, you now notice how sparse your new place looks. Oy vey.

Don’t worry – I’ve been there, too. When I bought my home, all I brought over from my previous apartment was my mismatched bedroom furniture, and I went into a tizzy trying to figure out how I was going to furnish everything and not completely deplete my bank account. (I mean, let’s be honest, my down payment had already done a pretty good job of that.)

But then I realized that Rome wasn’t built in a day, and my home wouldn’t be, either. If I wanted the feel I was going for (within the budget I had set), I knew it was going to take some time to pull it all together.  And that’s when I got creative.

life as a part-time blogger: the ins & outs of running a blog while still working a 9-to-5

Guys, I’ve officially been blogging for 3 years.  THREE. YEARS.  I celebrated my blogiversary back in September, and while I can’t say there haven’t been times where this has felt like job, I don’t regret all the time and effort that has gone into it. To be honest, I love doing this. I love hearing that one of my posts has helped one of you save a little more or inspired you to go kick some a$$ in this world.  And while I’d like to do more (I have SO many ideas that I want to put into action), I also have a full-time job, friends, family, a house to maintain (why are there so many leaves??) and a new boyfriend.  And balancing all of that can be hard.

the ultimate guide to hiking the inca trail: how to book, train, and travel for a once-in-a-lifetime trip

For 4 days and 3 nights, I hauled a 30 lb backpack around the Andes Mountains on my way to Macchu Picchu.  I slept on the hard ground in a tent and woke each morning before the sun rose.  I didn’t shower.  I went to the bathroom in stalls that were more disgusting than the porter potties at the Indy 500. My knees ached from the constant pounding on stone steps, and I had to endure rain more than once.  But.

It was one of the greatest experiences of my life.

lacking wanderlust: what my trip to Peru taught me about traveling

I first came up with the idea to travel to Peru last summer.  I had just gotten out of one of those rollercoaster relationships and needed a way to gain back my confidence, a way to challenge myself, a way to figure out who I really was and what my limits were.  I had spent so much time and energy making sacrifices for someone else that I had somehow forgotten some of those dreams I’d had before.  Like traveling.  And seeing how much Ramen I could eat in a week. So, with this newfound freedom, I decided that I wanted to do what I had always put off doing: getting the heck out of the USA for a little while.  And not only leave the country but find a way to accomplish something significant in the process. Like I said, I needed a confidence boost.

15 free motivation desktop backgrounds to help you get s#!% done

Honesty Moment:  Sometimes working just plain sucks.  There are parts of my job (and my blog) that I simply loathe doing, but hey, they have to get done. 

That’s why I’ve compiled my 15 favorite (and better yet, free!) motivational desktop wallpapers.  I’m not saying any of these will make the work any more enjoyable or easier to get through, but they are pretty pleasing to the ol’ eyeballs and could act as trigger to remind you of your goals (i.e. the reason you’re doing all this work). 

7 reasons why women need to hit the weights

I know – this post is a tad bit different.  When I initially started this blog, I wanted to focus on helping women become better versions of themselves (read my first post ever here >>> All About the Benjamins).  While this has mostly centered on personal finance and career advice, I wanted to branch out this week and talk to you about something that is completely unrelated, but I’m still very passionate about because it has helped make me a better me.

how to throw the perfect valentine's day (for under $50!)

Ughhhhhhhhhh, Valentine’s Day, I loathe you so.  And not because I’m single but because you are SO. DARN. EXPENSIVE.  (Yes, fellas, I got your back here.)  While it started out innocent enough, it has since grown into a $20 billion dollar industry.  $20 BILLION DOLLARS.  Whew, that’s a lot of candy hearts. And it sucks, guys, especially for you because you’re the ones footing the bill.  On behalf of all women, I apologize (kind of – I’m sure you owe us).  And I’m also here to help you out.