By now, I’m sure all of you know that I love shopping local, but I would be lying if I said I’m made out of money. Because I’m totally not. I feel like I make a decent income for someone my age, but I still think like a broke college girl when it comes to shopping: I try to avoid paying full price for anything and have various rebate apps on my phone. Unfortunately, these rules don’t always apply when you’re trying to shop local, but it’s certainly not impossible to save a buck here and there. And I–or should I say we–are going to show you how.
I collaborated with my dear friend and fellow blogger, Annie Austen to put together the most comprehensive guide we could to help you save money while still shopping local and just in time for the holidays! There are a lot of amazing makers and businesses out there that are pretty affordable and if you can beat the big box prices while putting money back into your local economy it’s a win win. Hope you enjoy our picks! Continue reading
Last week, Kansas Citian’s open tabled like they never have before in anticipation of the 7th annual Kansas City Restaurant Week, myself included. The fundraiser/restaurant expose benefits prominent local charities while feeding adventurous foodies for reasonable prices. If you weren’t making reservations or at least looking through menus before the start of restaurant week last Friday, you have probably set yourself up to miss out on a lot of those “hot commodity” restaurants. But, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t plenty of amazing alternatives to choose from. Or if you are from the camp of why go to restaurant week, which I can’t imagine anyone saying, there are a couple of reasons why you should. Continue reading
I know we are all coming down from that good good World Series high. Believe me, I’ve been feeling it so hard, I haven’t been able to talk about a little event that was was sponsered by The Pitch; $5 Burger Week. And with Thanksgiving on it’s way, my blogging has been lost in the shuffle, but there is no time like the present to talk about stuffing my face. A bit of pre-Thanksgiving binging, if you will. If any of you guys got to capitalize on this sweet deal, which burgers did you try? Brent and I only got the change to hit up two spots but, both were amazing and a definite steal at their $5 price mark.
Night #1 Brent and I visited Charlie Hoopers, not only to watch the Royals secure their spot in the World Series over the Toranto Cardinals but also to snag a signature Hickory burger. If you love bacon and barbeque—which I’m sure you do if you’re from KC—you will definitely love this burger. It may be a simple burger; a tender pattie topped with gouda and cheddar cheeses, fried onions, bacon and BBQ sandwiched between a farm to market pretzel bun, but you will have a good time getting dirty with this burger. I’m serious, I was an absolute mess by the time I was finished; it probably should’ve come with a few wet wipes.
We all have to go through this phase of the relationship right? Meeting the parents? While I wish I could say I’ve done this plenty of times—I haven’t. We could also probably draw a few conclusions about what this does or doesn’t say about me but the truth is I’ve only recently felt serious enough about someone to want to meet his parents, and last Saturday, I was beyond anxious leading up to meeting Brent’s parents.
I had previously settled on one outfit, but due to the rainy weather we had been having and the fact that my sister said it was too short, I decided to wear longer ensemble. As I began doing my makeup, I kept wondering what Brent’s parents were like and whether or not they would like me. Brent kept telling me there was nothing to worry about but I was still anxious; not only was I about to meet his parents, I was meeting them at The Jacobson, a local restaurant in the crossroads where the most expensive thing on the menu was about as much as it takes for me to fill my little Ford Focus. While this may not seem expensive to some, to a girl who’s only making about 30k a year, I’d never dream of eating there myself. Not only that, the pressure to impress them was higher as they picked such a nice place to take me. Continue reading